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Vol. XL No. 28; September 22, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Aaron Friedman named vice president for health sciences and dean of the Med School.
--Feature: Hovering higher.
--People: Masonic Cancer Center’s Philip McGlave and Jeffrey Miller have received renewed research grants totaling almost $26 million from the National Cancer Institute; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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AARON FRIEDMAN HAS BEEN NAMED VICE PRESIDENT FOR HEALTH SCIENCES AND DEAN OF THE MEDICAL SCHOOL. Friedman is the Ruben-Bentson Chair and Professor of Pediatrics in the Medical School, where he has served since he arrived at the U in 2008. In addition, Friedman is currently pediatrician-in-chief at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Friedman will devote half of his time to transitional issues beginning Oct. 15 and will begin in his new duties Jan. 3, pending approval by the Board of Regents. For more information, see the news release.

FEATURE: Today's parents are still highly connected to their college-aged children and invested in their future. But according to Marjorie Savage, director of the University’s Parent Program, most parents are doing the right things—letting their sons and daughters make their own tough decisions, while still being there for them in times of true need. For more information, read "Hovering higher."

PEOPLE: Masonic Cancer Center’s Philip McGlave and Jeffrey Miller have received renewed research grants totaling almost $26 million from the National Cancer Institute; U researcher Kamil Ugurbil will lead a $30 million NIH project to study connections of the human brain; Stephen Schondelmeyer will receive the Alumni Association's Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year award; Craig Shankwitz has received the Management Innovation Award from the Minnesota Public Transit Association for his use of innovative technology to solve the problem of traffic congestion in the Twin Cities; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES INTERDISCIPLINARY LECTURE. Germany's "grandfather of green building," Joachim Eble will discuss the sustainable, "healthy" design of communities and eco-cities in an interdisciplinary lecture highlighting the U's vision for a sustainable community at UMore Park. A response panel will feature U leaders Thomas Fisher, Laurie McGinnis, and Allen Levine sharing their perspectives on issues of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. The lecture will also air live online. Sept. 28, 3:30-5 p.m., 3M Auditorium, Carlson School. For registration and more information, see sustainable community.

STATEWIDE RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT THE DRIVEN TO DISCOVER CAMPAIGN made a positive impact on the public’s understanding and support of the U. In order to continue to demonstrate the impact the University of Minnesota has on the state and the world, a new Driven to Discover campaign will launch Sept. 27. It will include television, print, online, radio advertising, and on-campus materials such as sidewalk clings. For more information, view a preview video online.

U OF M MOMENT: Minnesota is celebrating its first Farm to School Week, designed to help bring locally grown foods to school cafeterias around the state, Sept. 20-24. Stephanie Heim, University of Minnesota Extension Farm to School coordinator, says the benefits of Farm to School initiatives are numerous. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

AS PART OF UMM'S FOUNDERS WEEKEND, faculty and staff U-wide are invited to view screenings of the documentary Promise of the Prairie: Education in Three Acts. The film explores three very different educational institutions that have made their home on the same plot of land: an American Indian boarding school in 1887, a University of Minnesota agriculture high school in 1910, and fifty years later, the U's unique, public liberal arts college. For more information, see UMM Founders Weekend.

SAVE-THE-DATE: THE INAUGURAL GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ASSEMBLY will feature a keynote by Bill Russel, Princeton's graduate dean and chair of the national Commission on the Future of Graduate Education, which published "The Path Forward," a study urging American universities, employers, and policymakers to address areas of vulnerability. Nov. 2, 1-5 p.m., Coffman Theater. All members of the U's graduate and professional education community are invited to attend. For more information, see assembly.


THE OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AND ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME RECOGNITION AND BANQUET will be held during homecoming, Sept. 24, with a 6 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner, and 7 p.m. program, Bede Ballroom. This year's outstanding alumni include James Clack, ’80; Jan Patenaude, ’77; and Athletic Hall of Fame recipients June Shaver, ’76 and ’82; Ken Essay, ex. ’94; Rick Spaeth, ’86; and the 1982 football team. For more information, see alumni recognition.

THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY (IAS) INVITES COMPETITIVE PAPERS to be considered for presentation at the IAS conference at UMC, Oct. 14. Submissions should explore visual persuasion in the form of "visual cues" and/or in the form of critical, scientific, and/or theoretical interdisciplinarity. Submissions should be emailed to Mark Huglen. For more information, see IAS conference.


FALL 2010 STUDY ABROAD FAIR will highlight UMD-sponsored study abroad programs, UMD partner programs, and other events related to study abroad. Open to all faculty, staff, and students. Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 1st floor, Kirby Plaza. For more information, see the International Education Office.

THE COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN WILL PRESENT "The Politics of Ethnicity: Reimagining Indigenous Identities in the Sixteenth Century," a lecture by Angelica Afanador Pujol, a scholar of Pre-Columbian and Early Colonial Art of the Americas. The event is part of the Visual Lecture Series. Sept. 23, 6 p.m., Montague Hall. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 218-726-8225.

A MINNESOTA INDIGENOUS HEALTH RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM will highlight current topics in indigenous health research, with a focus on local perspectives and opportunities. Nationally recognized experts in indigenous health research will present community-based participatory health research with North American indigenous communities. Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 3rd floor, Kirby Student Center. For more information, see health symposium.

A BRIGHTER UMD ENERGY EVENT is being held at UMD Stores Express through Sept. 28, lower level, Kirby Plaza. CFL light bulbs, desk lamps, table lamps, floor lamps, and more are specially priced through Minnesota Power to save energy and money. Minnesota Power will make a donation to the U-Pass Program for every product purchased.


DEGREE-SEEKING ENROLLMENT AT UMM INCREASED by more than five percent for fall 2010, continuing a three-year growth trend. The total enrollment of new and continuing students stands at 1,812. New students on campus this fall include 419 first-year students and 134 transfer students. For more information, see enrollment.

FOUNDERS WEEKEND FESTIVITIES include a campus history panel with participants Steve Granger, retired assistant to the chancellor and founding faculty member; Gary McGrath ’68, former vice chancellor for student affairs; Bettina Blake, retired vice chancellor for academic affairs; dean David Johnson, retired chancellor; and Sam Schuman, retired chancellor. Nancy Carpenter, professor of chemistry, will serve as moderator. For more information, see UMM is 50.

THE ROBERT B. DeWALL MEMORIAL COURTYARD will be dedicated on Founders Day, Sept. 26, 1 p.m., during the formal dedication of the Welcome Center. For more information, see dedication.

DIGIQUILT SOFTWARE DESIGNED BY KRISTIN KASTER LAMBERTY, assistant professor of computer science, received the Award for Outstanding Educational Impact in the 2010 Learning Challenge, sponsored by Disney Research. The software was chosen for addressing key knowledge concepts to promote creativity and social collaboration in young learners. For more information, see educational impact.

KAREN MUMFORD, assistant professor of biology and environmental studies, recently presented two papers in China that reflect her interest in land use policy and community development: "Understanding Park Use for Healthy Cities" and "Greening Urban Development to Accommodate an Aging Population." For more information, see green urban spaces.


IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH THROUGH BETTER MOBILITY. Community design and the layout of local transportation systems play a major role in local public health. This public forum, led by Jim Charlier, a Colorado-based expert in public health and transportation, will answer key questions about programs and strategies for improving public health through better municipal planning and design, including an interactive discussion of issues and opportunities specific to Rochester. Sept. 22, 9:30-11 a.m., 417 University Square. Free.

Twin Cities:

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE ANNUAL UNIVERSITY SERVICES STAR PERFORMER AWARDS. The awards are given out each fall to U Services employees and teams of employees who have provided star quality service to the U over the past year. Award recipients are honored at the University Services Leadership Forum in November and receive a personalized plaque. For more information and the 2010 nomination form, see Star Performer.

MAROON AND GOLD AND GREEN FRIDAYS: Starting Sept 24, those seen by "spotters" wearing a green "It All Adds Up" wristband on Fridays will be entered into a weekly drawing for a $20 U Bookstore gift card and a grand prize drawing for a solar powered backpack. Wristbands will be available at the Bookstore Sept. 23, and at the It All Adds Up table at the Farmers Market (Sept. 22, 29, and Oct. 6). For more information, see It All Adds Up.

UPERKS SPECIAL EVENTS. The Office of Human Resources has created UPerks Special Events to bring exciting and fun social programming to the University. Join coworkers for an informative Brown-Bag Fun Lunch, get cultured at a Culture Crawl, or be a good sport at a Gopher Go! event. Most events are free or reduced for faculty and staff. Registration is required and seating is limited. For more information, see UPerks events.

HOMECOMING 2010 WILL FEATURE PRESIDENT BRUININKS AS GRAND MARSHAL in the annual Homecoming Parade on Oct. 1. Faculty and staff are encouraged to sign a banner for the president, available at the entrance of Morrill Hall through Sept. 30. Homecoming events begin Sept. 24 and include a t-shirt swap, a "Stuff the Truck" charity event, and a blood drive. For more information and a complete list of events, see Homecoming 2010.

2010 ALUMNI AWARDS CELEBRATION. The U's Alumni Association will honor its outstanding alumni volunteers, groups, and programs at an awards celebration Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Seven groups and four individuals will receive Alumni Association awards in recognition of outstanding service and programming during the past year. For more information, see alumni awards.

COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE (CVM) WILL HOLD ITS "POINTS OF PRIDE RESEARCH DAY" celebrating CVM's research program, honoring faculty, fellows, students, and research partners who contribute to the advancement of biomedical sciences and veterinary medicine. The day will include research projects, seminars, and a reception. Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine Building, St. Paul. For more information, see Points of Pride or call Jess Raines-Jones at 612-624-3002.

MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: Mini Medical School students embark on a five-week exploration into the scientific basis of health and disease. This fall, learn about the U's five corridors of science and discovery: diabetes, infectious disease, brain sciences, cancer, and cardiovascular disorders. Mini Medical School professors are internationally renowned experts, so students will hear directly from the people who shape the delivery of health care. U faculty, staff, and students receive discounts. Oct. 11-Nov. 8, Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower. For registration and more information, see Mini Medical School or call 612-626-7072.

TEACHING A COURSE ABROAD is a professionally rewarding experience. More than 150 U faculty and staff have taught undergraduate and graduate students in an international setting. The Learning Abroad Center is available to assist faculty and staff in developing, designing, and implementing short-term courses taught abroad. For more information, see learning abroad.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION VOLUNTEERS ARE SOUGHT to meet with international graduate students for language practice and cultural exchange. Commitment would be one hour a week for one semester. An orientation is provided. For more information, see English conversation.

FALL 2010 TEACHING WORKSHOPS: The Center for Teaching and Learning offers several short-term, professional opportunities for faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants. Participants select topics of interest based on experience and professional goals. Workshops for this fall semester include the "Just in Time Teaching Series" and "Fine Tune Your Accent." For more information, see workshops.

MEETING AND CONFERENCE SPACE can be found more easily at the St. Paul Student Center and Coffman Memorial Union through the addition of a new search feature on the Student Unions & Activities website. For more information, see reserve a space.

A BURSAR DEPOSITORY WILL OPEN SEPT. 27 in 2-596 Phillips Wangensteen Building. U departments can drop their deposits using secure deposit bags. Instructions and starter deposit bags will be provided during a demonstration Sept. 27, 9-11 a.m., and Sept. 28 1-3 p.m. Bring your UCard. For questions, contact Bonnie Anderson at 612-625-9096.

SAMPLE DAY: Gopher Express (Coffman Union) and Gopher Express West (West Bank Skyway) will offer free samples of local, healthy products (while supplies last) on Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, see sample day.

MORE EVENTS include University of Minnesota Farmers Market (Sept. 22); Multicultural Storytelling: A New Process for Community Engagement (Sept. 23); Geography Coffee Hour: "Undergraduate Education at the American Public U." (Sept. 24); Thank U Event (Sept. 25). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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