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Vol. XL No. 33; October 27, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Features: Stopping time; A stimulating mind.
--People: Jennifer Alexander has won the Sidney Edelstein Prize for her book, Mantra of Efficiency; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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FEATURE: Associate professor Dona Schwartz pays attention to details you and I might miss. She captures them in a flash, quite literally, with a large-format camera that gathers details that—without time for reflection—the eye and the mind will miss. But the details are there, in the depths of the photographs. And for decades, Dona Schwartz has been paying attention—to the everyday, and now, in a new project, to people on the threshold of momentous change. For more information, read "Stopping time."

FEATURE: Neurologist Jerrold Vitek is an expert at deep brain stimulation, a promising treatment for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. The new professor and chair of the Department of Neurology has extensive experience in a surgical technique that has already improved the lives of many patients. Called deep brain stimulation, or DBS, it delivers electrical impulses directly to specific areas of the brain. For more information, read "A stimulating mind."

PEOPLE: Jennifer Alexander has won the Sidney Edelstein Prize for her book, Mantra of Efficiency; Meredith McQuaid will be the next president of NAFSA: Association of International Educators; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



GUIDELINES AND NOMINATION MATERIALS FOR THE 2010-11 DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AND ADVISING AWARDS AND THE JOHN TATE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING ARE NOW AVAILABLE. For more information, see the Horace T. Morse-U of M Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education, and the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Email Emily Ronning with questions or call 612-625-5652.

U OF M MOMENT: The ubiquity of the internet and social media sites like Facebook have led to an increase in online abuse known as "cyberbullying." Shayla Thiel-Stern, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, says cyberbullying is quickly becoming a crisis. For more information, listen to "Stopping cyberbullying in a digital world."


THE IMPACT 20/20 BROADBAND INITIATIVE TASK FORCE will hold a meeting open to all community members, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. All broadband stakeholders are encouraged to attend, including business owners, elected officials, service providers, and residents. For more information, see IMPACT 20/20.

ALBERT SIMS HAS BEEN APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS for the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC). Sims replaces Larry Smith, who stepped down as head of the NWROC after 27 years of service. Smith will remain a member of the research faculty as sugar beet agronomist. Sims's background is in nutrient and fertilizer management in crop production. He has been with the NWROC since 1995. For more information, see NWROC.


OCTOBER IS PLANET MONTH at the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium. Each show in October focuses on a particular planet. The last two October programs are: "Saturn, The Ringed Planet," Oct. 27; and "The Blue Giants: Uranus and Neptune," Oct. 29. For more information, see Planetarium.

A "HAUNTED HALLS" HALLOWEEN PARTY hosted by residence hall staff and students invites all community children and their families to enjoy a fun and safe Halloween by trick-or-treating through the UMD residence halls, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Check in at the Lake Superior Hall Lobby, 513 Niagara Court. Parking lot attendants will be available to give directions. Activities for children will include trick-or-treating, a game room, face painting, and cookie decorating. Attendees are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food item or $1 to Haunted Halls. All food and money collected will be donated to the CHUM Emergency Food Shelf.

A UMD JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT CONCERT will include UMD's Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, and Big Time Jazz Orchestra. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center. For tickets or more information, see benefit or call 218-726-8561.

PATRICIA MAUS HAS RECEIVED THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND INTERPRETATION AWARD from the Duluth Depot Foundation. Maus is program director of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center at the UMD Library. She was cited for "making a substantial impact in preserving and interpreting the history of our region." Maus authored five successful proposals for the Minnesota Digital Library, which added more than 2,000 digital photographs and maps to the Minnesota Reflections website. She was instrumental in completing an intensive East End Historic Resources Survey and has aided research for hundreds of books, articles, and projects on Duluth and Northeast Minnesota history.

INSTALLATION OF A ROBOTIC ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY has been completed on top of Marshall W. Alworth Hall. The UMD RoboDome (resembling R2-D2), standing about 4.5 feet tall and 3.5 feet in diameter, houses an 11-inch, fully automated Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain telescope with an astronomical camera with remote focus capability. It will be used to support coursework in astronomy and astrophysics and for graduate and undergraduate research. For more information, email astronomy.


THE COUGAR VOLLEYBALL TEAM, coached by Chad Braegelmann, has been selected as one of five national finalists for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Play of the Week. For more information, watch the play online.

COMPUTER SCIENCE TEAMS coached by professor of computer science Nic McPhee placed first and sixth overall at the 2010 Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition. Morris will host the bronze traveling trophy for the next year and will receive a $5,000 award to support activities such as student travel to conferences and special lab purchases. For more information, see computer science.

THREE UMM MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION were honored with the organization's nationwide Professional Achievement Award: Donovan Hanson ’11, Matthew Torgerson ’11, and Alexandra Weber ’11, were advised by Martin Seggelke, assistant professor of music and discipline coordinator. For more information, see music educators.


THE UMR FACULTY/INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT NETWORK WILL MEET NOV. 8, 3-7 p.m., 417 University Square. Network meetings include social networking components, as well as structured time for programmatic overviews, discussion, inquiry, and codevelopment of engagement initiatives and curriculum design as it relates to the field of health sciences.The goal of the network is to build and nurture ongoing faculty relationships with practitioners and professionals in a variety of health and bioscience-related fields. For more information, see engagement network.

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 the symposium "Continuously Rich: Black Women in Cultural Productions." Previews include a presentation with astronaut Dan Brandenstein, "Jonnycake versus Escargot: Food, Dining and Identity in Antebellum Urban America," an author event with best-selling author Robert Putnam on his new book, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, and more. Faculty and staff are invited to contribute to the column. For more information, see Preview/Review.

THE U'S COMMUNITY FUND DRIVE RAISES more than a million dollars every year for hundreds of Minnesota charities. This year's fund-raising effort ends Oct. 31. The U has teamed up with respected, well-run organizations that support social services, education, arts, the environment, and health, to make it easy for faculty and staff to give. For more information, see fund drive 2010.

MAROON AND GOLD AND GREEN FRIDAYS. Don't forget to wear your green, "It All Adds Up" energy wristband on Fridays for a chance to be entered into a weekly drawing for a $20 Bookstore gift card and the grand-prize drawing for a solar-powered backpack. Facebook fans can also post their photo on It All Adds Up's wall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each Friday to be entered into the drawing. The contest runs through Nov. 12. Wristbands are available at the U Bookstore. For more information, see It All Adds Up.

20TH ESTHER FREIER ENDOWED LECTURER IN LITERATURE: Novelist, memoirist, and screenwriter James Salter will address literary publishing's future from the perspective of six decades of involvement. He will also read from a new novel as yet seen only by his editor and his wife. Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. For more information, see Salter lecture.

FACULTY AND STAFF ARE ASKED TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO ATTEND "MAXIMIZING YOUR POTENTIAL: A DIVERSITY EDUCATION EVENT," designed to help undergraduate students improve their networking skills while meeting with representatives from UnitedHealth Group's seven business segments. Keynote speaker Matthew Sanford will talk about his experience with disability and recovery. Free lunch, plus four drawings for Nooks and SmartPens. Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Carlson School. For more information, see diversity education.

THE CHANGING FACE OF MEDICINE, an exhibit honoring women in medicine, will highlight the many ways that women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine through time. An opening reception will take place Oct. 28, 3-6 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. The exhibit runs through Dec. 5, Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall. For more information, see women in medicine.

PROFESSOR ADRIANA ZABALA'S VOICE STUDIO WILL PRESENT SONDHEIM @ 80, featuring 12 singers from the School of Music performing a unique evening of songs by the legendary composer and lyricist. The program will feature music from West Side Story, Company, Into the Woods, and Sweeney Todd, among others. Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall, Ferguson Hall. For more information, see Sondheim @ 80.

NOBEL PRIZE WINNER J. MICHAEL BISHOP will speak on "The Cancer Genome and Therapeutics" as part of the Department of Microbiology's Winford P. Larson Lectureship Series, Nov. 2, noon, Mayo Auditorium. Bishop is chancellor emeritus, university professor, and director of the G.W. Hooper Research Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a recognized authority on the molecular mechanisms of cancer. For more information, see Nobel lecture.

SATURDAY SCHOLARS, AN INFORMAL DAY OF LEARNING, will feature faculty lectures on topics such as the psychological relationships between mothers and daughters, self-control and the developing brain, and cooperative learning and globalization in K­12 classrooms. Sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development Alumni Society. Continuing Education Units are available for teachers and certificates of completion are available for other professionals. Cost: $20 for CEHD Alumni Society members; $25 for nonmembers; breakfast and lunch are included. Nov. 6, 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Coffman Union. Registration is due Nov. 1. For a complete schedule of events and registration information, see Saturday Scholars.

"STRATEGIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL CLINICAL DEVELOPMENT" will be presented by Gary Clark, vice president of Array BioPharma. The seminar is the fourth in the series, "Strategy Clinic Seminars," which are offered periodically as part of the Pharmaceutical Commercialization Initiative. The seminars are intended to be educational opportunities featuring national and international guest experts who have demonstrated success in securing approvals for pharmaceutical products in the United States, European Union, or Japan. Nov. 17, 10-11 a.m., 450 Masonic Cancer Research Building. RSVP by Nov. 5 to pharmacy. For more information, see Strategy Clinic.

STARTUP WEEKEND TWIN CITIES recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists, and others to a 54-hour event that builds communities, companies, and projects. The Carlson School of Management's Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship and the Office for Technology Commercialization's Venture Center will sponsor the event, which takes place Nov. 19-21. For registration and more information, see Startup Weekend.

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (CSE) FLASH MOB: More than 100 CSE students and a half-dozen faculty members surprised a crowd gathered for the College of Science and Engineering’s 75th anniversary kickoff celebration on Northrop Mall with the U's first-ever "flash mob" dance. Dressed in maroon and gold t-shirts, the group danced to a mix of songs including "Celebrate," "Just Dance," and "Dynamite." Goldy Gopher and CSE dean Steven Crouch joined the group for the finale. The group ended with a rendition of the "Minnesota Rouser." For more information, watch the Flash Mob on YouTube.

FACULTY OR STAFF WHO SUPERVISE STUDENT EMPLOYEES ARE ASKED TO ENCOURAGE THEM to participate in the Student Employment Leadership Program, a flexible program designed to complement students' on-campus employment experiences by offering workshops and activities focused on leadership and workplace topics. Students will receive resume critiques and create an eFolio documenting their curricular and co-curricular experiences. Open to undergraduate student employees. For more information, see student leadership.

BURGER STUDIO, a new burger concept, is now open in the food court in the Carlson School of Management, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Customers can design their own burgers using electronic touch-screen ordering kiosks. For more information, see University Dining Services.

MORE EVENTS include "The Hypnotist" by James T. Siegel (Oct. 28); School of Music Double Reed Faculty present: An 18th-Century Halloween (Oct. 31). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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