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Vol. XL No. 24; August 11, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Feature: Regents Professor profile: Karen Seashore.
--Brief Monthly top three.
--People: the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance announced Thomas Proehl as the new producing director; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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FEATURE: REGENTS PROFILE: New Regents Professor Karen Seashore is one of the world’s leading scholars in school improvement and school leadership. When Seashore began college, she was planning on becoming a historian. Then she discovered she was allergic to dust. For more information, read "Change agent."

BRIEF MONTHLY TOP THREE: In case you missed them, the top three features appearing in Brief during the month of July, as measured by readership numbers, were "Saying goodbye and hello," "From our Family to U," and "Milestone in mind control."

PEOPLE: Minnesota chemistry department and biomedical informatics and computational biology professor Jiali Gao has received an IBM Faculty Award; Cynthia Gross (College of Pharmacy) was named interim head of the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology; the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance announced Thomas Proehl as the new producing director; adjunct professor of ophthalmology Robert Ramsay will be the honored guest at the fourth annual Urban Cocktail Party; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (OIT) HAS ESTABLISHED A CHANGE APPROVAL PROCESS to facilitate change requests for technology services. The new process will help OIT to minimize the impact of changes on U faculty, staff, and students. It will also increase service quality and create a number of savings opportunities. It's part of a continuing effort to unify OIT as a single organization. For more information, read "Change Management at OIT."

AHC LEADERSHIP TRANSITION: Senior VP for Health Sciences and Dean of the Medical School Frank Cerra retires Dec. 31. The president has issued a call for nominations of individuals to serve as vice president and dean for 18-24 months, while a national search for a permanent vice president and dean may be completed. Nominations should be submitted to the president by email through Kate Stuckert before Aug. 13. For more information, see the position description.

POLICY REVIEW: The recently adopted appendix titled Individual Conflicts of Interest: Clinical Care-Patient Contact in the Academic Health Center brings closure to a comprehensive effort to develop standards governing relationships with industry and the reporting of financial and business interests. This document dovetails with the U-wide effort to revise its administrative policy on Individual Conflicts of Interest, targeted for implementation by the end of the calendar year. Comments on the policy draft may be submitted through Sept. 10 at policies under review.

THE NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION RECRUITMENT CONSORTIUM (HERC) has developed a customized higher education curriculum vitae/resume database. The database currently contains the vitae/resumes of more than 4,000 prospective faculty and staff. Accessing the database is free for all Upper Midwest HERC member institutions, including the U, and there is no limit to the number of accounts per institution. Departments seeking to fill open positions are encouraged to tap this valuable resource. For more information and access to the database, email Mary Everley or call 612-626-0775.

UMORE PARK'S ROSEMOUNT RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTER WILL HOST A FAMILY FRIENDLY OPEN HOUSE highlighting the benefits of U research and innovation in nutrition and local food production, disease prevention, environmental quality, renewable energy, and natural resource conservation. Activities include wagon ride tours, a tractor cab simulator, master gardener garden tours and mini-classes, food samples, wine tasting, animals, and more. Greet Goldy Gopher and enjoy music provided by strolling musicians. Free corn-on-the-cob and lemonade. Aug. 19, 4-8 p.m. For more information, see RROC open house or call 651-423-2455.

U EXTENSION HAS RECEIVED A GRANT TO CONTINUE POVERTY REDUCTION WORK in communities. Extension has been chosen by the Northwest Area Foundation to bolster poverty reduction strategies across the state, focusing on financial literacy education, leadership development, public policy engagement, and awareness building. For more information, see poverty reduction.

THE CENTER FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE RESEARCH AND POLICY's (CIDRAP) online resource for useful preparedness and response tools has expanded to include H1N1 pandemic response activities from higher education institutions. The expansion is one of a three-part project focused on what universities learned during the pandemic. For more information, see CIDRAP resource.

A NATURE WALKING PLAY ABOUT THE FRIENDSHIP OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON AND HENRY DAVID THOREAU will be performed for several days at the U Landscape Arboretum, beginning Aug. 19. The original play by TigerLion Arts features Emerson's direct descendant and local playright, Tyson Forbes. For more information, see walking play.

DISCOUNTED MINNESOTA STATE FAIR TICKETS can be found through U of M Bookstores at Coffman Union, St. Paul Student Center, UMC Bookstore, UMM Bookstore, or the M Gear Store in Rochester. Reg. $11, special rate $9. Special edition State Fair 2010 tees are $6.99.


UMC WILL LAUNCH TWO CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS IN THE MATH, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT in fall 2010. A certificate program will be available in health informatics privacy and security for health care providers, along with a certificate program in health informatics for software engineers and information technology professionals. For more information, see new certificate programs.

PREPARING A SOIL-BASED ATHLETIC FIELD FOR BOTH ATHLETICS AND AESTHETICS ON A BUDGET is a delicate balance. Assistant professor of agronomy Kristie Walker is spending her summer working on the football practice field at UMC, where she teaches students in the agronomy and the golf and turf management programs. Her research looks at the best mix of management, seed, and athletic field quality to aide facilities with small budgets and grounds crews. For more information, see athletics aesthetics.

WELCOME BACK WEEK AT UMC WILL BE HELD AUG. 16-20. A new faculty and staff orientation session is scheduled for Aug. 16, 8:30-11:30 a.m., 116 Kiehle. A luncheon with introductions of new faculty and staff and an address by Chancellor Casey will follow in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 24. For more information, see welcome back.


UMD CHANCELLOR LYNN BLACK OFFICIALLY BEGAN HIS DUTIES AUG. 2. UMD alumni and friends will have the opportunity to meet Chancellor Black at the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-noon, U Crossroads Building. Black and his wife, Connie, will also be part of the 2 p.m. State Fair parade featuring the UMD Marching Band. For more information, see meet Chancellor Black.

A NEW UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM AT THE RENOWNED MARINE BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY in Woods Hole, Mass., has been cofounded by UMD associate professor of biology Allen Mensinger. The program pairs undergraduates and faculty mentors for summer research. Each student is paired with MBL scientists as research mentors at this international center for research and education in biology, biomedicine, and ecology. UMD biology major Samantha Lindemann joined nine other undergraduates from U.S. universities and more than 470 advanced graduate students and post-docs at the facility, with professor Mensinger as her mentor. For more information, see new undergrad program.

PRESIDENT OBAMA TELEPHONED Evan O'Dorney, a student enrolled in the summer Mathematics UMD Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (REU). The president called O'Dorney to congratulate him on his performance at the recent International Mathematics Olympics, where O'Dorney placed second in the world among high school math students. REU was created by Professor Joseph Gallian to provide an opportunity for select undergraduate students to learn firsthand the nature of mathematical research. For more information, see REU program.


THE U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE RELEASED ITS RULING on proposed Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) exemptions. The office granted an exemption to makers of noncommercial remix, which includes vidding, anime music videos, and political remix videos. Tisha Turk, UMM assistant professor of English, testified in favor of the exemption at the DMCA hearings in May 2009, along with two other scholars affiliated with the Organization for Transformative Works. For more information, see DMCA exemptions.

IMAGINE FUND AWARD RECIPIENT and associate professor of education Pamela Solvie will travel to Yei, Sudan, to explore literacy practices as part of her research, "Local Literacies: Reading and Writing Our Futures." For more information, see Imagine Fund.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MUSIC JOSEPH CARUCCI composed the theme music for Pioneer Public Television's new program "Postcards." For more information and to listen to Carucci's composition, see "Postcards."

THE STORY OF THE MORRIS CAMPUS WILL BE TOLD THROUGH AN EXHIBIT featuring artifacts, photographs, and personal memorabilia. Michael Eble, associate professor of studio art and HFA Gallery curator, organized and designed the exhibit in conjunction with the 2010 Celebration Committee. Opens Aug. 25, Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. For more information, see UMM exhibit.


TAKE A VIDEO TOUR OF ONE OF ROCHESTER'S SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS—Thursdays on First and Third—with professor of philosophy Mark Tschaepe.

Twin Cities:

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO MEET AND GREET RETURNING STUDENTS. Faculty and staff are invited go meet and greet student renters in surrounding neighborhoods, Sept. 1-2, between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., for two-hour shifts distributing welcome bags with resource information. Volunteers will be paired with others from the City of Minneapolis and local neighborhoods. For more information, email Tichelle Henderson or call 612-624-1559 by Aug. 23.

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED FOR NEW STUDENT CONVOCATION. This Welcome Week volunteer opportunity is a chance for faculty and staff to welcome the Class of 2014 to campus. Volunteers are needed Sept. 2, 8:15-10:15 a.m. For more information, volunteer.

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE ELMER L. ANDERSEN RESEARCH SCHOLARS PROGRAM, which provides up to $2,000 for travel, housing, and other research related costs for scholarly research projects using materials from U Libraries' archives and special collections. For more information about application requirements and deadlines, see research program.

THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONCLUDED ITS NINTH ANNUAL SUMMER PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE June 11. During its three weeks, the institute offered 41 courses, welcomed 283 students—from 18 different states and 20 different countries—and processed 629 total course registrations. The institute featured courses and workshops ranging from "Tackling Obesity from a Kid's Eye View" to "Cultivating the Voice of Public Health." For more information, see public health institute.

THE CAMPUS CLUB WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL LOCAVORE BUFFET, featuring executive chef Beth Jones, Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m. Jones has created a menu featuring local and organic ingredients. Many of the Club's local purveyors are invited. Get to know the people who grow your food. Open to nonmembers. $25.95 per person. Reservations are required at 612-626-7788. For more information, see Locavore Buffet.

SAVE THE DATE: HOMECOMING 2010: PAINT THE TOWN GOLD. Honor the spirit of the maroon and gold during Homecoming week, Sept. 26-Oct. 2. This year’s celebration includes the annual Homecoming Parade on Oct. 1, with Pep Fest immediately following, and the football game against Northwestern on Oct. 2. New this year, College Day will feature collegiate events such as open houses and reunions for alumni and the greater community. Events also include an alumni awards celebration, Sept. 29, and Great Conversations, Sept. 30. For more information, see Homecoming 2010.

MORE EVENTS include Appreciation: A Celebration of the U of M Arts Scholarship Program (Aug. 12); Weekends with the Weisguides (Aug. 13); "Triumph of Love" Minnesota Centennial Showboat (Aug. 17). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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

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