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Vol. XL No. 32; October 20, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--President Obama will visit the UMTC campus Oct. 23.
--Feature: The sun in close-up.
--People: Associate professor Giancarlo Casale's book The Ottoman Age of Exploration is one of three finalists for the Cundill Prize in History; and more.

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

THE UNIVERSITY WILL WELCOME PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS OCT 23. The opportunity to host the President of the United States is a rare and unique honor, and will give U students and the entire U community a chance to see and hear a historic figure. The event will be held on the Northrop Mall. A Gopher football game is also scheduled for Oct. 23, so campus will be busy. Information about the event, including parking and logistics can be found here. Please check back to the site often as all details are subject to change. NOTE: This is a political event. The University of Minnesota is pleased to be the venue for the event, however, it does not endorse political candidates or campaigns.

FEATURE: Our sun is ready for its big close-up. An experiment by University physicists has been chosen for a NASA mission that will fly through the sun's coronal "atmosphere" to unlock its most baffling mysteries. The U instrument will fly on a NASA spacecraft swooping closer to the sun than any previous mission. For more information, read "The sun in close-up."

PEOPLE: Associate professor Giancarlo Casale's book The Ottoman Age of Exploration is one of three finalists for the Cundill Prize in History; eight individuals have received 2010 Access Achievement Awards from the Office for Equity and Diversity's Disability Services unit; the Institute on the Environment has awarded $1.9 million in Discovery Grants to six projects; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



PROVOST TOM SULLIVAN LAUNCHED A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNITED NATIONS FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION (FAO) in Rome and outlined a shared commitment to fighting global hunger during the 7th Annual George McGovern Lecture: "Minnesota’s Global Legacy and Promise of Leadership in Food." Last June, the U and the FAO signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding that commits to addressing global food security. As part of that commitment, Sullivan announced the U's plans to enhance its efforts to control the threat of the wheat rust Ug99 and to create the Borlaug International Center for Prevention of Cereal Rusts. For more information, see hunger.

THE U MASONIC CANCER CENTER WAS AWARDED AN $11.5 MILLION PANCREATIC CANCER GRANT, in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center. Pancreatic cancer remains the fourth leading cause of cancer death overall in the United States. The grant will focus on leading-edge biomarkers for improved diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and will allow for testing of new therapeutic agents that have shown promise in preventing, slowing, or effectively treating the disease. For more information, see cancer grant.

FREE U FACULTY AND STAFF DAY AT THE MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM OCT. 31. Halloween events include a Spooktacular Concert by the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra at 2 p.m. and screenings of the Bill's Big Pumpkins documentary about Buffalo, Minn., pumpkin grower Bill Foss, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Visit with pumpkin growers and watch master jack-o-lantern carvers in action, 1-3 p.m. Must show University ID for free admission. Non-University companions will be admitted free, too—if they arrive in costume. For more information, see Arb faculty/staff day.

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. This year the commission published "The Path Forward," a study urging U.S. universities, employers, and policymakers to address areas of vulnerability in U.S. graduate education. Nov. 2, 1-5 p.m., Coffman Union. Register by Oct. 25. Webcast available for plenary sessions. For more information, see assembly.

HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION PROGRAM AWARDED REACCREDITATION. For the third consecutive time, the U has been awarded full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), an independent, nonprofit, accrediting body that ensures that programs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. AAHRPP accreditation serves as a "gold seal" that assures research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public that an organization’s human research program is focused on excellence. For more information, see human research.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR RETIREES: The Office of the Vice President for Research and the U Retirees Association announced a third cycle of awards to help U retirees pursue projects related to their research, instructional, or other work history. Faculty, P&A, and civil service retirees from Twin Cities and coordinate campuses are eligible to apply. Application deadline is Dec. 10. For more information, see retiree development grants, email John Howe, or call 651-645-2584.


TORCH & SHIELD AWARD RECIPIENTS include three individuals and an organization: Susan Brorson, Phil Baird, David Hoff, and KROX AM Radio. The award recognizes the leadership of those who have been influential in the development of UMC, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, and Extension. It is the highest recognition awarded by the campus. A program and banquet celebrating the recipients will be held Oct. 26. The evening also honors donors who have given in support of the campus over the past year. For more information, see Torch & Shield.

NORTHWEST CLEAN ENERGY RESOURCE TEAM is hosting a free informational meeting about MN GreenStep Cities, a newly released challenge, assistance, and recognition program that helps regional municipalities look to the future. Oct. 27, Bede Ballroom, Sargent Student Center. For more information, see clean energy.


A "SALUTE TO VETERANS" pre-performance of the world-famous musical South Pacific will be presented free of charge to all veterans and their families Oct. 20, 7:15 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center. UMD chancellor Lynn Black and Duluth mayor Don Ness will host, with a reception and refreshments to follow. All performances of the WWII musical will feature and honor veterans from all branches of service, with each performance dedicated to a specific local military unit. The Oct. 20 performance will honor the UMD Air Force ROTC and student veterans. A military exhibit will be displayed throughout the run of the show in the theatre lobby.

ROYAL D. ALWORTH INTERNATIONAL LECTURE SERIES presents "The Role of the United Nations in the International Community." Robert Flaten, former U.S. ambassador to Rwanda, discusses the power of the United States in world affairs. Oct. 20, 7 p.m., 4th floor Library Rotunda. The event commemorates United Nations Day (Oct. 24). For more information, see lecture or call 218-726-7493.

LABOVITZ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS (LSBE) is the recipient of a $500,000 estate gift from Richard and Kim Brown, CEO and president, respectively, of JNBA Financial Advisors in Minneapolis. JNBA recently opened an office in Duluth housing the Ameritrade Institutional Learning Lab, which provides hands-on, real-world experience for UMD students pursing a career in financial planning.

GLENSHEEN LIVING LITERATURE will present Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” a classic tale staged in the living room of a historic national treasure. The event includes a flashlight tour of the mansion, refreshments, and guided discussion after the show. Oct. 21-23, 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, see Glensheen or call 218-726-8910.

THE TWEED MUSEUM OF ART WILL PRESENT a family day of games, art activities, stories, and refreshments Oct. 22, 1-4 p.m. All ages. For more information, email Tweed.


CHANCELLOR JACQUELINE JOHNSON ATTENDED A CLIMATE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT hosted by the American College and University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Attendees celebrated accomplishments, learned about national security implications, and addressed implementation challenges. ACUPCC signatory institutions serve as role models in addressing global climate disruption and in working toward carbon neutrality. For more information, see climate.

ARTISTS DENNIS BERTRAM AND ANN MILLS McCAULEY will exhibit work beginning with an opening reception Oct. 21, 7-9 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. For more information, see exhibit opening.

PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH VICKI GRAHAM SERVED AS VISITING POET at Northland College, an institution noted for an integrated campuswide environmental studies program, located in Ashland, Wis. Graham worked with advanced poetry students who had studied her recent book of poetry, The Tenderness of Bees.

THE WAILIN' JENNYS will perform Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Student Center. The Jennys are frequent guests on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion." For more information, see Jennys.

A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE GRANT awarded to Morris and the West Central Research and Outreach Center will make possible several upcoming gasification workshops for energy professionals, architects, engineers, businesses, planners, and citizens. For more information, see workshops.


STATE OF THE CAMPUS ADDRESS: All staff and faculty are encouraged to attend Chancellor Lehmkuhle's State of the Campus Address. For more information, see State of UMR.

Twin Cities:

THE MAGRAW-FULLER LECTURE WILL FOCUS ON SUICIDE PREVENTION. Dan Reidenberg, CLA graduate and international expert in psychology and suicide, will present "Lessons I’ve Learned Since Graduation in Helping, and Losing, People." Reidenberg is the executive director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), a national nonprofit working to prevent suicide and help suicide survivors and those suffering with brain illnesses. Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m. reception; 6 p.m. lecture; Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. For more information, see suicide lecture.

THE CHANGING LANDSCAPES INITIATIVE, exhibiting art by artists with disabilities, will host a reception for the fall 2010 Independent Artists Exhibit. The works of seven Minnesota artists include 39 images—photographs, watercolors, gliclees, acrylics, and solar plate etchings—and one clay sculpture. A wide range of imagery is represented, including brilliant natural scenery, highly detailed etchings, a centaur with wolves, a burning couch, and more. Oct. 26, 1:30-3 p.m., Institute on Community Integration, Pattee Hall. Tours with the artists begin at 2 p.m. For more information, email Megan Dushin or call 612-626-8649.

THE DEDICATION CEREMONY TO NAME THE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE BUILDING in honor of the U's 12th president, Kenneth H. Keller, will take place Oct. 27, 3 p.m., 3-180 Keller Hall. The Board of Regents voted to name the building after Keller in honor of his outstanding contributions to the University. Open to members of the U community.

THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE ACQUISITION will host an open house and lecture: "Expanding our National Language Resources: Guidelines for Postsecondary Language Programming," with Margaret Malone. According to current analyses of U.S. foreign language policy, more U.S. residents need to attain proficiency in languages other than English for the country to succeed diplomatically, economically, and to enhance security. Oct. 27, 4-6 p.m., Humphrey Institute. For more information, see language acquisition.

"GOING GLOBAL: INTERNATIONALIZING EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY" will feature representatives from the U.S. Department of Education International and Foreign Language Education Service speaking on priorities and initiatives in international education and the national needs for expertise in foreign language and international studies. Speakers will highlight funding and resource opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty with a specific focus on the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship program and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad and Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Programs. Oct. 28, 12:20-1:10 p.m., 101 University International Center. For more information, see international education.

"BURST, CASCADES, AND HOT SPOTS: A GLIMPSE OF SOME ONLINE SOCIAL PHENOMENA AT GLOBAL SCALES," sponsored by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, will focus on how social networks are organized, how groups of people come together and attract new members, and how information spreads through society. Computational and mathematical ideas can begin to map the social landscape that emerges as an increasing amount of social interaction moves online. Nov. 9, 7 p.m., 175 Willey Hall. For more information, see IMA lecture.

THE OFFICE OF CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT WILL HOST "SCHEDULING U 2010," covering topics including case studies in departmental scheduling, a fall 2011 scheduling update, and how to get the room you need. The workshop will be held in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Oct. 25-Nov. 12, for approximately 90 minutes each day. Open to U faculty and staff. For more information, see scheduling or email classroom.

FACULTY OR STAFF RESPONSIBLE FOR DEPARTMENTAL PURCHASES SHOULD SECURE PRINTERS, COPIERS, AND OTHER DEVICES that may have a hard drive/disk that could pose a security risk. The hard drive/disk stores images of everything copied, faxed, scanned, or printed. Stored images may contain sensitive information. Departments are responsible for the proper handling and security of the hard drive/disk from the point of delivery to the time of disposal or transfer. For more information, see OIT security.

MORE EVENTS include Stalled Writing: A Day on Writing Participatory Public Art Project (Oct. 20); The Roles of Aggravated Heterosexual Sexual Assault in Ancient Warfare (Oct. 22); U of M professor Carl Elliott discusses White Coat, Black Hat (Oct. 26). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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