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Vol. XL No. 31; October 13, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents October meeting summary.
--Features: Di-Vine providence; Cultivating the creative; Benefits of Bt.
--People: U nutrition expert Mary Story elected to Institute of Medicine; and more.

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

BOARD OF REGENTS OCTOBER MEETING SUMMARY: The October Board of Regents meeting dealt primarily with financial issues, including a report on the University endowment as well as the biennial budget request for FY2012-13, which the board will act on at its November meeting. Although the state of Minnesota is facing a nearly $6 billion budget deficit, Bruininks said the state legislature raised the U's base appropriation level last session from $591 million to $642 million. The U request will be to retain the $642 million. For more information, see Board of Regents.

FEATURE: On a crisp September morning, James Luby ushers visitors into a vineyard hung with plump, ripe grapes and takes a cluster of mouth-watering, dark fruit into his hand. For more than 30 years, the Horticultural Research Center and its rustic vineyards have been home to research on producing cold-hardy grapes and making the best wines from them. Luby, a professor of horticultural science who has been with the University since 1982, is in charge of the breeding program along with Peter Hemstad. For more information, read "Di-Vine providence."

FEATURE: Now more than ever, creative minds are driving innovation and discovery. Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks in the top 10 of the most creative places in the United States; people are flocking to creative hubs; and the University of Minnesota is a fertile training ground for the next generation of idea makers. For more information, read "Cultivating the creative."

FEATURE: Fields of corn engineered to resist insect pests has allowed non-engineered cornfields to save farmers in Minnesota and four other Corn Belt states more than $4 billion over 14 years, a new study shows. For more information, read "Benefits of Bt."

PEOPLE: U of M nutrition expert Mary Story elected to Institute of Medicine; Donna Bliss has been named the inaugural holder of the School of Nursing Foundation Research Professorship; Marshall Stern has been awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award from the American Society of Animal Science; retired women’s swimming and diving coach Jean Freeman will be inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame; Carrie Haskell-Luevano will join the College of Pharmacy as the Philip S. Portoghese Endowed Chair in Chemical Neuroscience; 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:

THE NEWLY REVISED INDIVIDUAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST POLICY IS NOW IN EFFECT. Extensive feedback captured through both the policy website and University-wide consultation contributed significantly to this final policy. The policy enhancements strengthened many standards that now will govern University employees’ business and financial relationships with business entities as they pertain to consulting arrangements, the acceptance of gifts, and the presence of business representatives on campus. For more information, see Individual Conflicts of Interest.

THE NATIONAL CENTER ON EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES (NCEO) HAS RECEIVED A $45 MILLION GRANT from the U.S. Department of Education. NCEO will use the grant to form a partnership that will develop a new generation of alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The new National Center and State Collaborative Partnership will be a collaborative network of national centers and 19 states. For more information, see NCEO grant.

NEW FUND OPTIONS FOR FACULTY RETIREMENT PLAN. Effective Oct. 1, the Faculty Retirement Plan expanded its options to include two new funds: 1) Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund—an indexed fund that invests substantially all of its assets in a representative sample of the common stocks included in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index; and 2) Vanguard International Explorer Fund—an actively managed fund that invests primarily in the equity securities of small capitalization companies located outside the U.S., and selected on the basis of potential for capital appreciation. For more information on investment options, see Faculty Retirement Plan.

U OF M MOMENT: It’s well known that informed people are also more likely to be politically active, says new media journalism professor Seth Lewis, but his research also indicates that the type of media a person consumes could influence the level of his or her engagement in the political process. Lewis says these findings could play a role in how campaigns choose to target potential supporters. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

Crookston:

TWIN CITIES VISUAL ARTISTS Annie Young and Ethan Heidelbaugh have been invited as guests to an Institute for Advanced Study Conference on visual communication and interdisciplinarity. Their work will be displayed throughout the conference. The artwork of Mary Carol Peterson also will be displayed during the daylong conference. Oct. 14, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see visual communication conference.

THE CAMPUS ENERGY CHALLENGE is helping to educate students, faculty, and staff about how their behavior can help save energy. The program is a partnership between Otter Tail Power Company and UMC. Students have rallied around the energy saving theme chosen for the challenge: "Flip it Off: save your energy for later." For more information, see energy for later.

MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM with the Legislative Committee of the Crookston Chamber of Commerce and UMC. Oct. 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. For more information, see forum.

Duluth:

UMD HOMECOMING Oct. 13-16 will include a campus decorating contest, tailgating party, 5K Run, fall colors hike, and more. A 50th reunion celebration Oct. 15-16 will include a dinner, campus tour, brunch, and the UMD athletic games (including football, men's hockey, women's hockey, and women's volleyball). For more information and a complete schedule of events, see homecoming.

GUEST ARTIST RECITAL: Trumpet players Tom Pfotenhauer and David Cooper will present a recital Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. For tickets, see recital or call 218-726-8561.

LABOVITZ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS SERIES will feature 1991 UMD graduate Scott Anderson, director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, speaking on "Competing to Succeed: What it Takes to be Successful in the 21st Century." Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-noon, Weber Music Hall. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served prior to the presentation. For more information, see distinguished speaker.

UMD THEATRE will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's famous musical about WWII, South Pacific, directed by William Payne, Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 27-30, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 24, 2 p.m., Marshal Performing Arts Center. A special pre-opening night performance will be presented free of charge to all veterans and their families on Oct. 20; advance tickets are required and available through the UMD box office and various veterans organizations. UMD chancellor Lynn Black and Duluth mayor Don Ness will speak at 7:15 p.m. in honor of veterans. For more information, see South Pacific or call 218-726-8561.

RICHARD BRAUN has been selected as the 2010 State Star of the Minnesota Small Business Development Centers Network. Braun is a professional business consultant and assistant director of the UMD Center for Economic Development, the Small Business Development Center in Duluth.

Morris:

GLOBAL ISSUES HONORS CONSORTIUM (GIHC) students will present capstone seminars on research developed during their GIHC experience, which included study abroad in Ghana, academic seminars, community service, and a six-week summer workshop. Oct. 15–16. For more information, see honors consortium.

THE AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION FOUNDATION awarded UMM a grant to develop an emergency fund program. Renewable for three years, the grant will provide assistance to full-time American Indian students when unexpected expenses threaten their ability to stay in college. For more information, see emergency education fund.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF STUDIO ART Michael Eble completed a three-week Artist at Pine Needles residency, creating a series of eight abstract paintings relating to the St. Croix River. The competitive summer residencies are awarded to no more than three natural history artists or writers each year. For more information, see residency.

Rochester:

BICB ENTREPRENEURSHIP SEMINAR SERIES: MAKING A DIFFERENCE. Oct 14, 4-5 p.m., 397 University Square. Gary Smaby will recap the University’s five-year Innovation by Design initiative to create a new model to enable university/industry collaborations that advance innovation and entrepreneurship through the creation of new intellectual property. For more information, see seminar.

Twin Cities:

PREVIEW/REVIEW: UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND LECTURES is a periodic column highlighting events and lectures recently past and soon to come on the TC campus. This issue features a review of an author event with MPR contributor Peter Smith. Previews include a Sustainable Shelter exhibit opening at the Bell Museum, the Social Justice Film Festival, Halloween at the Raptor Center, and more. Faculty and staff are invited to contribute to the column. For more information, see Preview/Review.

A CONTINGENT COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE will feature keynotes by Rey Chow of Duke University and Peter Hitchcock of Baruch College, CUNY, Oct. 15 and 16, respectively, 7:30 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. Free and open to the public. The talks are part of a conference organized by the graduate students of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.

"SUSTAINABLY FEEDING THE WORLD," a panel discussion and presentation, will bring together three leaders of worldwide agricultural research centers. The global food experts will discuss how increasing global demands for food can be addressed in sustainable ways. Oct. 18, 1:30 p.m., Cargill Building, St. Paul campus. For more information, see sustainable food.

NATIONAL DAY ON WRITING events and activities will occur across campus in celebration of the second annual National Day on Writing, Oct. 20. For events and more information, see day on writing.

THE DISTINGUISHED VISITING SCHOLAR SERIES ON HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH continues with Meredith Minkler, professor and director of Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. Minkler will present "Community-engaged research: What's the value added for studying and addressing health disparities?" Oct. 21, noon-1 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 attendees, beginning at 11:45 a.m. Parking from the East River Parkway Garage and Washington Avenue Ramp can be validated. For more information, see health disparities.

THE THOMAS P. JANDRIS CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE HIGHER EDUCATION was launched Oct. 7 with a planning session that brought together faculty, state experts, and policy makers to identify key issues in postsecondary education and to define the center’s theme and vision. Funded by a commitment of approximately $2.5 million from alumnus Tom Jandris, the center will foster multidisciplinary research in the areas of policy and finance; access, diversity, and equity; leadership; and teaching and learning. Assistant professor David Weerts, Department of Organizational Policy, Leadership, and Development, and associate professor David Arendale, Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, co-direct the center. Results from the Oct. 7 meeting will be released this winter. For more information, see "New center to explore innovation in higher ed."

COOLING-TO-HEATING TRANSITION SCHEDULES. Facilities Management (FM) has begun transitioning buildings from cooling to heating, a process that takes several weeks. Unlike a residence, the process is not as simple as flipping a switch and can require putting antifreeze in the pipes and draining cooling towers. FM is staging its efforts and working with an eye toward the weather. Some spaces may experience uncomfortable temperatures for a limited time. Contact the FM call center at 624-2900 if you experience uncomfortable temperatures in your space. For more information and schedules, see heating transition.

THE UNIVERSITY RETIREES VOLUNTEER CENTER (URVC) is looking for volunteers for the Twin Cities campus and community. URVC supports a broad range of services. Retired faculty, civil service staff, administrators, and their spouses share their skills for a variety of projects, including single-day and ongoing activities. Volunteers serve any campus unit (without replacing paid employees) or nonprofit agency. For more information, email retiree volunteers, call 612-625-8016, or see UMRA.

NICE RIDE MINNESOTA AND PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES partnered last June to launch a public bike-sharing system on campus and around Minneapolis. The 12 stations on campus (and one at UROC) are responsible for 13,538 trips (as of Oct. 6)—nearly 17 percent of total trips taken on Nice Ride bikes. Fifteen percent of annual subscription sales have been at the student rate. For more information on this program, see Nice Ride.

ADA COMSTOCK DISTINGUISHED WOMEN SCHOLAR LECTURE will feature U water expert Deborah Swackhamer. "Drop by Drop: Everyday Solutions to Toxic Water" will address the threats facing freshwater resources and the achievements made in turning the tide toward sustainability. Nov. 4, 4 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute. For information, see Ada Comstock lecture.

MORE EVENTS include Advancing the Liberal Arts in the 21st Century (Oct. 14); CURA Housing Forum: Using LEED for Neighborhood Development (Oct. 15); The Responsible Conduct of Demographic Research: Why Doing Good is Good (Oct. 18) . SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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