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Vol. XL No. 26; September 8, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Welcome! Brief welcomes returning faculty, staff, students, and the class of 2014!

Inside This Issue

--Board of Regents meets Sept. 8.
--August Federal Relations Report.
--Feature: A map of a different color.
--Brief monthly top three.
--People: Jeffrey Edleson has been appointed to a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Global Violence Prevention; and more.

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

BRIEF IS NOW PRINT FRIENDLY. The option is available by using the print icon in the upper right-hand corner of the online publication, or simply by using your computer's print function. The online version (not the email) of Brief will print with a consistent, easy-to-read layout.

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL HOLD ITS MONTHLY MEETING Sept. 8, McNamara Alumni Center. Included on the agenda is an introduction of new UMD chancellor Lynn Black; an update on strategic positioning by President Bruininks; review of the annual University Plan, Performance, and Accountability Report; and action on the recent agreement between the U and the Metropolitan Council related to the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line. For more information, see the news release. The Sept. 8 docket is available online.

FEDERAL RELATIONS REPORT: This summer, President Obama reiterated his goal that the country increase its number of college graduates by 5 million by 2020. He framed that goal in economic terms, saying, “Countries that out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow.” On Capitol Hill, Congress passed $10 billion in K-12 education aid for the states in the face of bleak predictions for state coffers, looked at questionable conduct by some for-profit colleges, and moved a bill to reauthorize key science agencies. For more information, read the August report.

FEATURE: On the surface, associate professor Rebecca Krinke's latest public art piece seems straightforward enough: a giant laser-cut map of the Twin Cities. But once people started coloring in places of joy and pain, it became an unexpected vehicle for emotional release. For more information, read "A map of a different color."

BRIEF MONTHLY TOP THREE: In case you missed them, the top three features appearing in Brief during the month of August, as measured by readership numbers, were "The ReUse Warehouse is coming to you," "A trick of nature," and "Change agent."

PEOPLE: Jeffrey Edleson has been appointed to a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Global Violence Prevention; Nabil Matar was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant; Julie Schumacher has been awarded a residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy; Roberta Sonnino has received the 2010 Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award; University of Minnesota Physicians announced Brent Wilde as senior vice president and chief financial officer; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



A NEW PROGRAM AT THE U IS DESIGNED TO HELP FACULTY AND STAFF create pathways through transitions and prepare for successful post-career lives by focusing on personal, professional, and social satisfaction, as well as financial preparation. "Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life" is a contemporary program designed to explore a variety of new directions. For more information, read "New beginnings."

A CLEAN WATER AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION SUMMIT will focus on the issue of groundwater runoff due to climate change and overdevelopment, Sept. 16-17, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Cost is $50-$60. In addition to the summit, there will be a free public lecture Sept. 16, 7-9 p.m., on the topics of "Climate Models" and "Climate Services for Society," featuring Ben Santer of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Ellen Shea of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Services. For registration and more information, see water/climate summit or call 952-443-1422.

SOUTHERN RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTER OPEN HOUSE: "Agriculture for the 21st Century" will feature activities, exhibits, and demonstrations to inform and educate visitors about what the U is doing to promote rural vitality; address social and economic issues; sustain food, fiber, and fuel production systems; and preserve a healthy environment. Activities include a corn maze, a Kid Power Pedal Pull, exhibits, farm animals, local food samples, and more. Free and open to the public. Sept. 16, 4-8 p.m., with a picnic supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, see open house.

THE GRANT-IN-AID OF RESEARCH, ARTISTRY, AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM promotes the scholarly and artistic activities of faculty and their graduate students, and fosters academic excellence within the University. The fall application deadline is Sept. 20. For more information, see Grant-in-Aid.

THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY WILL OFFER TWO FACULTY SEMINARS connected with the University Symposium on Abundance and Scarcity next spring. "Food, Food Systems and the New Regionalism" will be based in Duluth and "New Curricula for Sustainability Studies: Making Places That Maintain Abundance and Alleviate Scarcity" will be based on the Twin Cities campus. Participants will get a modest research stipend. To participate, faculty must send a statement of interest by Sept. 24. For more information, see faculty seminars.

THE HUMPHREY INSTITUTE ANNOUNCED THAT PRESIDENT BRUININKS WILL JOIN ITS FACULTY June 30, 2011, at the end of his presidency. He will be affiliated with the Center for Integrative Leadership, an interdisciplinary U-wide center closely aligned with Bruininks’ research interests in transformative public leadership. For more information, see the news release.

U OF M MOMENT: The Gulf oil spill's adverse effect on seafood and the recent egg recall have drawn attention to the safety of our nation’s food. Dennis Degeneffe of the U of M’s Food Industry Center helps track consumer confidence and says despite occasional scares, people are surprisingly quick to regain trust in the safety of our food. For more information, listen to "How safe is our food?"


THE HISTORY OF UMC WILL BE HONORED AT THE DEDICATION OF THE CENTENNIAL PARK FLAG PROJECT, hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Sept. 10, 10 a.m., Campus Mall. Open to the public. For more information, see dedication.

A CONNECTING CHILDREN AND NATURE CONFERENCE will engage K-12 educators, parents, and public health workers, along with community leaders and resource managers, in an effort to reconnect children with the natural world. Sept. 29. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. For more information, see children and nature.

UMC HAS BEEN PRESENTED WITH THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT BEAUTIFICATION AWARD by the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce. The award is given in recognition of work done by the campus to beautify the community through maintenance of flowers, gardens, and landscaping. For more information, see award.


UMD FALL SEMESTER CLASSES BEGAN SEPT. 7 WITH A PROJECTED TOTAL ENROLLMENT of 11,825 students. Up nearly 2 percent from last year, this number sets a record. New students are estimated at 2,830 (which includes 2,350 freshman and 480 transfer students). Ninety percent of freshman will live on campus. For more information, see the news release.

A NEW CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNING PROGRAM in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) will provide students with hands-on, real-world experience for a career in financial planning. LBSE will celebrate the grand opening of the program's TD Ameritrade Student Learning Lab Sept. 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m., downtown Duluth. University alumnus, Minnesota entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author Harvey Mackay will address LSBE students and guests at Weber Music Hall, noon-1 p.m. For more information, see grand opening.

UMD CENTER FOR REGIONAL AND TRIBAL CHILD WELFARE STUDIES, the only such institute in the country, held its third annual Summer Institute in American Indian Child Welfare at Leech Lake Reservation, July 19-22. The four-day institute was designed to help tribal child welfare workers, administrators, and students develop cutting-edge, tribal-based, child welfare practice skills. For more information, see American Indian child welfare.

NEW FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: Continuing Education at UMD now offers a certificate program in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The one-year program is a three-course series and is offered online. For more information, see Continuing Education, email Suzan Gonia, or call 218-726-8149.

MINNESOTA REP. TOM HUNTLEY AND SEN. LINDA BERGLIN WERE HONORED by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association as 2010 Legislators of the Year at the association's national board of directors meeting, Aug. 24. Huntley is UMD professor emeritus in the UMD Medical School. For more information, see the news release.

PROFESSOR JOHN PASTOR WAS AWARDED AN HONORARY DOCTORATE from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden, citing Pastor’s exceptional work in the field of forest sciences and his expertise in the study of boreal forests. Pastor is a professor of biology and head of the Biology Graduate Program.


JIM HALL HAS BEEN APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT UMM. Hall was previously senior manager for Office of Information Technology operations and infrastructure on the Twin Cities campus. For more information, see Jim Hall.

THE MORRIS HEALTHY EATING INITIATIVE (MHE) is one of eight projects throughout the state selected to work with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to improve campus and community food choices through environment and policy change. MHE and community partners have made advances in the shared goal of making fresh fruits and vegetables easily accessible. For more information, see healthy eating.

PLAYERS AND COACHES FROM FOUR UNDEFEATED UMM FOOTBALL TEAMS will be inducted into the Cougar Hall of Fame during 2010 Homecoming. The squads from 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1978 were the only teams to remain undefeated during regular season play in UMM's 50-year history. For more information, see Hall of Fame.

UMM WAS NAMED TO THE "BEST COLLEGE" LISTS of both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes magazine. In addition, Morris was ranked sixth in the "Top Public Schools in the National Liberal Arts Colleges" category and made the Top 100 list of "Best Colleges: Most Students Studying Abroad" in U.S. News. For more information, see best colleges.


UMR WILL REVEAL ITS MASCOT at a free public event beginning at 4:30 p.m., Sept. 8, Peace Plaza. The mascot will be announced at 7 p.m. After initially receiving more than 200 unique mascot submissions from the community, staff, faculty, and students, the votes were narrowed to three: the Falcons, the Griffins, and the Raptors. The first 500 people to arrive dressed in maroon and gold will receive a token to pick up a mascot giveaway.

UMR IS FEATURED IN AN IN-DEPTH PROFILE BY WASHINGTON MONTHLY focusing on UMR's efforts to forge a new way of teaching and learning in higher education. The article highlights how UMR is taking higher education in a new direction by erasing the traditional distinctions that separate and divide faculty into departments and by fostering a more integrated style of learning. For more information, see Washington Monthly.

Twin Cities:

UMTC RECEIVED THE LARGEST NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS IN SCHOOL HISTORY for the 2010-11 school year. The mean ACT composite score for the incoming class increased to 27. The U received 36,800 applications—an increase of nearly 9 percent over last year, and an increase of nearly 100 percent since 2004. For more information, see the news release.

A CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE HIGH-RISK DRINKING BEHAVIOR AMONG U STUDENTS LAUNCHES THIS WEEK. Called "The Other Hangover," the effort is an integrated ad campaign designed by a group of undergraduates from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The group competed in a 2009 National Student Advertising Competition, where their campaign was considered one of the best and most innovative in the country. The campaign received a $75,000 grant from The Century Council to implement and evaluate the campaign. Elements of the campaign will be visible this fall both online and across the campus. For more information, see the campaign at Facebook or The Other Hangover.

THE SECOND ANNUAL HEALTHY FOODS, HEALTHY LIVES SYMPOSIUM AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT SUMMIT will focus on plant foods for human health, featuring nationally and internationally renowned speakers. New York Times food writer and author Mark Bittman will participate in the symposium and discuss challenges related to nutrition and healthy eating messaging. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., University Radisson, East Bank. For registration and more information, see Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives.

THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE WILL HOST FORMER REP. VIN WEBER, who will offer his insights on the current landscape in Washington. Weber will be joined by Professor Larry Jacobs and will take questions from the audience. Sept. 9, 4-5 p.m., Forum, Humphrey Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Vin Weber.

COURSE RESERVES FOR Fall 2010: University Libraries offer course reserve services to help instructors provide course materials, publications, and other information resources to their students. Print and web-based services are available. Students can access electronic content from within the Libraries or remotely. For more information about placing materials on course reserves, see reserves, email Jerrie Bayer, or call 612-624-8530.

CONDUCTING A JOB SEARCH IN THE TWIN CITIES, a workshop for spouses and partners of recently relocated new faculty and staff, will take place Sept. 15, 9-11:30 a.m., 215 Donhowe Building. Sponsored by the U's Relocation Assistance Program. RSVP by Sept. 10 at relocation or call 612-626-0385. For more information, see relocation assistance.

FACULTY ART EXHIBITION: "Vis/A/Vis." An exhibit featuring work from 37 faculty members of the fine art departments at University campuses in the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Morris opened Sept. 7 at the U's Nash Gallery. The work spans the gamut of visual media. Opening reception Sept. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, see faculty exhibit.

GOPHER FOOTBALL CAMPUS PARKING CHANGES. During this season's seven football Saturdays, faculty and staff with east bank parking contracts will be required to relocate their vehicles to East River Road Garage. West bank and St. Paul parking contract holders will remain in their usual parking facilities. No reciprocal parking privileges will be available on game days (Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, and Nov. 27). For more information, see Parking and Transportation Services.

HOMECOMING 2010 WILL FEATURE PRESIDENT BRUININKS AS GRAND MARSHAL in the annual Homecoming Parade, Oct. 1. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. on University and 15th Avenues. Faculty and staff can honor the spirit of the maroon and gold by participating in Homecoming events including registering a team for recreational volleyball. Entries for the coloring contest for children 12 and under are due Sept. 18. For more information, see Homecoming 2010.

THE LANGUAGE RESOURCE CENTER HAS BEEN AWARDED A NEARLY $1.4 MILLION GRANT from the U.S. Department of Education. The U's Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition will use the grant to establish, strengthen, and operate centers to improve the nation’s capacity for teaching foreign languages. For more information, see the news release.

THE INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS PUBLIC LECTURE "How financial engineering can cure cancer, solve the energy crisis, and stop global warming," will feature MIT professor Andrew Lo. Lo will provide a brief overview of the origins of the financial crisis, the key role that mathematics played, and how a deeper understanding of human nature may allow financial engineers to focus the power of global financial markets on some of society's most pressing challenges. Sept. 21, 7 p.m., 175 Willey Hall. For more information, see financial engineering.

"BRINGING PROSPERITY TO THE SMALLHOLDER AFRICAN FARMER THROUGH LIVESTOCK," a distinguished lecture by Gregg BeVier, senior program officer of agricultural development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will take place as part of the College of Veterinary Medicine's 37th annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. Free and open to the public. Sept. 21, noon, St. Paul RiverCentre. For registration and more information, see lecture.

THE THIRD ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR HUNGER will feature readings by memoirist, poet, and Regents Professor Patricia Hampl; poet and flash fiction writer Ray Gonzalez; poet, memoirist, and Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether; novelist M. J. Fitzgerald; and poet Maria Damon. All are professors within the Department of English's creative writing program. Novelist Charles Baxter will host. Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. University Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds benefit the hunger relief organization Second Harvest Heartland. For more information, see hunger benefit.

THE U OF M BOOKSTORE IS HOSTING ADOBE DAY, featuring Adobe specialists demonstrating the features of Adobe’s new Creative Suite 5 for students, faculty, and staff. Sept. 23, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Bookstore. For more information, see Adobe Day.

"SUPER FANTASTIC WEEK" EVENTS ON THE ST. PAUL CAMPUS include the Bookstore fall sale, bowling specials, and free food samples throughout the week, Sept. 20-24. The family-friendly Gopher Spot birthday party on Sept. 24 will feature free bowling, cupcakes and soda, face painting, arts and crafts, Underwater Adventures, Toy Story 3, and more. For more information, see super fantastic.

THE OFFICE FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AND THE OFFICE FOR FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE are looking for faculty and staff to participate in the development of a strategic plan for the fraternity and sorority community at the U. A consultant facilitating the process will be conducting feedback meetings on campus Oct. 15-16. For more information and to RSVP (by Sept. 27), see fraternity and sorority.

DEALS AND DISCOUNTS at the Student Unions & Activities Information Desks: Save $4 on Renaissance festival tickets or $6 on Valleyfair tickets at Information Desks.

SAVE THE DATE: THE 26th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON POLICY ANALYSIS: "Rethink, Restructure, Retool: Building a More Resilient Minnesota," will take place Oct. 13, Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul. Early registration fees (before Oct. 1): $125; $50 students. Late registration fees: $150; $75 students. Preregistration is encouraged. For more information, see conference, email Nicole Freese, or call or 612-624-3708.

MORE EVENTS include Guest and Faculty Recital: "Instant Composition" (Sept. 8); Don't Shave the Bearded Lady! and Collectable Consumption (Sept. 9); Kshoy!/Decay! Ananya Dance Theatre (Sept. 9); Imagining America, Listening Session Brown Bag (Sept. 10); Gopher Football vs. South Dakota (Sept. 11). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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