myU OneStop


What's Inside

Related Links


Home > Brief > Brief (7-28-2010)  Print

Vol. XL No. 23; July 28, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Brief publication calendar: Summer publication dates will be Aug. 11, 25, and Sept. 8. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 15. The deadline for submissions is noon on the Friday before publication.

For additional news, information, and resources about U faculty and staff, visit the Faculty and Staff website. Follow us on Twitter at UFacultyStaff.

Inside This Issue
--Features: Regents Professor profile: Horace Loh; "From our Family to U: A story about coffee, family, business, and barley"; "Mind control."
--People: U chosen to lead a DOE initiative on home energy efficiency in cold climates; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
University-wide | Crookston | Duluth | Morris | Rochester | Twin Cities

FEATURE: REGENTS PROFILE: New Regents Professor Horace Loh, a lifelong researcher of opium-derived drugs, wants to find a chemical treatment for addiction and make a "better morphine" that relieves pain without causing addiction. For more information, read "A better morphine."

FEATURE: STAFF PROFILE: Guillermo Velasquez. Sometimes you can see him riding his tractor in the barley fields on the St. Paul campus, harvesting research grown from the ground. If it weren't for him and the U's barley research team, that last (unshaken) can of beer you opened might have doused you with a spray of foam. Velasquez also has a hand in creating another popular beverage, coffee. In 2001, he and his wife Cathy began importing coffee from his family's coffee farm in Rio Negro, Honduras, under the auspices of Velasquez Family Coffee. For more information, read "From our Family to U: A story about coffee, family, business, and barley."

FEATURE: MIND CONTROL. Seated before a computer screen, Elissa Gutterman does what once seemed impossible: She guides a helicopter through virtual 3-D space by the force of her thoughts. Watching her move the helicopter is fun, but biomedical engineering professor Bin He has a serious purpose in mind. He hopes that someday his work on brain-computer interfaces will give people who are only able to communicate with their minds some control over their environment. For more information, read "Milestone in mind control."

PEOPLE: The U has been chosen to lead a DOE initiative on home energy efficiency in cold climates; Tom Hays and Clarence Lehman joined the College of Biological Sciences on July 1 as associate deans for research; Fulbright Grants for 2010-11 have been awarded to 14 students--nine graduate students and five new bachelor's degree recipients--for study, research, or teaching abroad; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

University-wide:

NEW LOOK FOR VACATION, SICK, AND COMP TIME: On June 28, the personalized Vacation and Sick Leave Balances webpage, which links from Employee Self-Service, got a new, streamlined look. The page now shows in chronological order specific dates when time off was taken, whereas the previous version showed only year-to-date balances plus accrual rates by pay-period. Questions should be directed to the OHR Call Center at 612-625-2016.

UNIVERSITY FACULTY AND STAFF CAN PURCHASE DISCOUNTED TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS through University affiliates at UMart for personal use, ranging from cell phones to software. For more information, see UMart.

A NEW UMORE PARK ACADEMIC INITIATIVES OFFICE RECENTLY OPENED FOR BUSINESS. The office will be responsible for integrating research, education, and outreach into all phases of UMore Park planning and development. The office will create new academic opportunities for faculty, staff, and students and ensure that new knowledge and innovation benefits UMore Park. Carla Carlson is executive director of the new office and Charles Muscoplat serves as senior academic adviser. For more information, see UMore Park.

Crookston:

UMC CONTRIBUTES $50 MILLION ANNUALLY TO THE LOCAL AND REGIONAL ECONOMY, according to a study recently completed by University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Community Vitality. The economic impact of UMC supports a total of 602 jobs and $25.1 million in labor income. The study factored the economic contributions of faculty and staff spending, construction projects, daily operations, student spending, and spending by visitors at campus events in 2009. For more information, see economic impact.

LISTENING SESSIONS FOR THE 2010 SUMMIT CONNECTING AG conference have been scheduled across Minnesota, including one to be held at UMC. The UMC session will take place July 28, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Lunch will be provided, and the public is welcome. For more information, see Connecting Ag.

Duluth:

GILBERT AND SULLIVAN'S PIRATES OF PENZANCE will be presented by UMD's School of Fine Arts as part of the Tall Ships Duluth 2010 Festival, July 29-Aug. 1, 6 p.m., Bayfront Festival Park stage. The comic operetta features tenderhearted pirates, wide-eyed young lovers, and the very model of a modern major-general. Admission is included in the price of a Tall Ships Duluth 2010 ticket. The festival begins July 29, 2 p.m., with the Grand Parade of Sail featuring eight historic ships from around North America and Europe sailing into the Duluth Harbor. For ticket packages and more information, see Tall Ships or call 1-800-736-8636.

SIEUR DU LUTH OPERA TRAINING PROGRAM will present its final two performances this week. Sieur Du Luth Opera Scenes will feature scenes and arias from favorite operas performed by members of the program, July 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Sieur Du Luth Opera Gala, a presentation of opera arias with orchestra accompaniment, is the festive conclusion of the training program, Aug. 1, 2-4 p.m. Events are at Weber Music Hall. Admission: $10. For tickets, call 218-726-8561 or see UMD arts fest.

Morris:

AMERICAN INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ATTENDED THE FIRST MORRIS WIND-STEP PROGRAM, a learning and research opportunity encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Participants developed a wind turbine siting analysis for the Upper Sioux Agency. The program is funded by a National Science Foundation STEP program grant. For more information, see "Morris Wind-STEP program."

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF STUDIO ART AND ARTIST JESS LARSON was featured on Pioneer Public Television's new program "Postcards." Larson's episode reflects on her ongoing exploration of feminism's impact on contemporary art making. For more information, see "Postcards."

DIGIQUILT SOFWARE DESIGNED BY ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE Kristin Kaster Lamberty has been chosen as a finalist for the ACM Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques 2010 Learning Challenge. Disney Research sponsors the competition, which reflects the Disney philosophy that "fun and learning shouldn't be contradictory." For more information, see software finalist.

Rochester:

UMR MADE ITS FIRST LAND PURCHASE IN THE DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER AREA, where its permanent campus is expected to rise. The site is just less than an acre. UMR will work to build a 10.5-acre campus over the next 20 years near Soldiers Memorial Field. For more information, see UMR purchase.

Twin Cities:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR STAFF AND FACULTY to assist with Welcome Week 2010. Events include: New Student Move-in, New Student Convocation, and the Class of 2014 Cookout. More than 5,000 first-year students will participate in Welcome Week this September. Welcome Week, in collaboration with campus departments and colleges, is an initiative for first-year students to encourage academic and student development during a six-day, on-campus experience. Faculty and staff can view details for volunteer opportunities at Welcome Week.

THE PRESIDENT'S EMERGING LEADERS (PEL) PROGRAM graduated its 2009-10 cohort and welcomed a new group of developing University leaders into the program. On June 22, the 21 members of the outgoing 2009-10 PEL cohort were honored during a ceremony at the McNamara Alumni Center. The 2010-11 PEL group, consisting of 25 members, was selected in May. Celebrating its ninth year, the PEL program provides leadership development opportunities for high potential academic professional and administrative (P&A), civil service, and bargaining unit staff. For more information, see PEL program.

TEMPORARY STUDENT SERVICES CLOSURES: ONE STOP, U VETERANS SERVICES, AND STUDENT FINANCIAL COLLECTIONS IN FRASER HALL WILL CLOSE July 30 and Aug. 2 to move to the new Science Teaching and Student Services building (STSS). Full service resumes Aug. 3 at the new STSS location. During the two-day closing, One Stop walk-in counseling will be available only at 130 West Bank Skyway, West Bank campus, Minneapolis, and 130 Coffey Hall, St. Paul campus. Phone counseling and email services will be suspended. For more information, see STSS relocations. Other units moving to STSS: Career Services, from Appleby; CLA Career Services, from Johnston; CEHD Career Services, from Educational Sciences; College of Design Career Services, from Rapson; Center for Academic Planning and Exploration, from Appleby; CLA Health and Natural Science Student Community, from Johnston; Student Engagement, from Appleby.

DURING THE ONGOING FOLWELL HALL RENOVATION PERIOD, which will last until August 2011, offices housed within Folwell Hall have been relocated. Offices include Asian Languages & Literatures; German, Scandinavian & Dutch; French and Italian; Slavic Languages & Literatures; and Spanish & Portuguese Studies. Campus mail addresses remain the same. For temporary office locations and more information, see Folwell Renovation.

OFFICE NAME CHANGE AND MOVE NOTICE: The Career and Community Learning Center changed its name and transitioned to three office names to better reflect the programs and services it offers. The new office names are: Community Service-Learning Center, Off-Campus Study Programs (both moved to 240 Appleby Hall), and CLA Career Services (moving to the new Science Teaching and Student Services building). New websites are also being launched. Email any questions to Dannah Baynton or call 612-624-7577.

U LIBRARIES ARE IN THE PROCESS OF A WEBSITE REDESIGN PROJECT and would like to share a sneak peek with campus. Those reviewing the beta site are asked to note that it is still under active development, so users may encounter broken links or other issues with the content. Users are invited to provide feedback by Aug. 2 to inform development in advance of a mid-August launch. To review the beta site, see U Libraries redesign and complete the brief survey linked from the top banner.

COPYRIGHT PERMISSION REQUESTS FOR FALL 2010 course materials should be submitted to the Copyright Permissions Center as soon as possible. Source information may be dropped off at any Printing Services location, faxed to 612-626-9810, mailed to 102 Printing Services Building, or submitted online. For more information, email Dale Mossestad or call or 612-626-9416.

FACULTY AND STAFF ARE ASKED TO ADVISE ALL NEW AND TRANSFER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARRIVING for fall semester 2010 to visit International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to complete federal requirements. New students are allowed to arrive no more than 30 days before the start of the semester. All new and transfer international students are required to complete a Document Check at ISSS. For more information, and to make a reservation for a document check session, see document check.

PUBLIC LISTENING SESSION ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS INITIATIVE. Join senior representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Department of Defense for a public listening session and discussions on conservation, recreation, and reconnecting people to the outdoors. Aug. 4, 4-7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For more information, see Great Outdoors Initiative.

THE 2004 GOLDEN GOPHER FINAL FOUR WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM WILL REUNITE for the first time since their historic run, when Lindsay Whalen and the Minnesota Lynx take on Janel McCarville and the New York Liberty, Aug. 8, 6 p.m., Target Center. A portion of ticket sales will go to benefit the U of M Alumni Association, and the Women's Center (in honor of its 50th Anniversary Year) and go toward Women's Center scholarships. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to a Minnesota Lynx Target Field plaza party featuring music, games, and prizes, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The first 2,500 fans will receive a bobblehead of Golden Gopher and Minnesota Lynx star point guard Lindsay Whalen. Discounted lower-level tickets for Women's Center supporters can be purchased online or in 64 Appleby Hall (cash only). For more information, see Final Four reunion.

MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: A TWO-DAY RETREAT with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Bill George will explore the integration of the principles of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with True North leadership. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a well-known Tibetan Buddhist meditation master. Bill George is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and a bestselling author. Aug. 13-14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Continuing Education Conference Center, St. Paul campus. For more information, see meditation leadership.

THE U LAW SCHOOL RECEIVED A $2 MILLION GIFT from the Robina Foundation, extending its support of the Law School's Program on Law, Public Policy, and Society (LaPPS). The gift builds on the Robina Foundation's earlier grant of $6.01 million for 2008-12, which jump-started the LaPPS program. The LaPPS program supports innovative public policy research and an enriched curriculum that prepares law students to serve as agents of social transformation. For more information, see Law School gift.

FACULTY AND STAFF ARE INVITED TO THE EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION EVENT: CELEBRATE U! The celebration will offer employees a chance to enjoy a summertime treat as well as the sights and sounds of the U. Featuring live music by The Sunny Era, a local indie folk rock band featuring two U alumni; complimentary ice cream (while supplies last); information booths; demonstrations and interactive displays by U departments; and the Church Street Farmers Market. Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, see Celebrate U!

MUSIC ON THE PLAZA: The 40th anniversary of the Health Sciences celebrations continue. Starting July 29, noon-1 p.m., on Weaver Densford Plaza, enjoy some sun and music from the '70s. Thursdays through August. Fair weather only, food not provided.

THE OFFICE OF THE BURSAR NO LONGER CASHES PERSONAL CHECKS as a result of related banking regulations. The Office of Bursar will continue to cash University of Minnesota checks for faculty and staff with a $0.50 check fee. Call Pat Roth at 612-625-6525 with questions.

SAVE THE DATE: ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE INNOVATION SHOWCASE will be held Sept. 28, 4-8 p.m. The casual networking event will present a variety of interdisciplinary research between engineering and medicine, poster presentations, and exhibits showcasing resources available both on and off campus. Attendees will include local industry representatives, faculty, graduate students, alumni, and students working on research projects. For more information, see the Institute for Engineering in Medicine.

MORE EVENTS include Neil Young Solo, Acoustic and Electric (July 29); Triumph of Love, Minnesota Centennial Showboat (July 30); Goal Setting and Success (Aug. 3); University of Minnesota Farmers Market (Aug. 4). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS: Golden Gophers | UMD Bulldogs | UMM Cougars | UMC Golden Eagles


Published by Internal Communications in the Office of University Relations at the University of Minnesota. Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor at brief@umn.edu. The deadline for submissions is noon on the Friday before publication. All Twin Cities event submissions are handled through the events calendar at http://events.tc.umn.edu.

Brief is published by e-mail and on the Web at http://www.umn.edu/umnnews/Publications/Brief.html.

Notice: Brief is the official University of Minnesota staff and faculty weekly news digest, featuring human resource, employee benefit, administrative, legislative, budgetary, event, and other pertinent information. You may choose to unsubscribe from Brief, but please be aware that if you do, you may not receive this information in any other University communications. To unsubscribe, visit http://www.umn.edu/umnnews/Publications/Brief/Subscribe.html