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Vol. XL No. 35; November 10, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meet Nov. 11–12.
--Feature: More than just kicks.
--People: Momentum magazine wins seven Publishing Excellence Awards; and more.

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

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET NOV. 11–12 to act on the state biennial budget request. Also included on the agenda is an update on University debt capacity and the issuance of debt, the annual report on sustainability and energy efficiency policy, an update from the University District Alliance, a presentation of the 2010 employee PULSE Survey results, and an update on the U's internal communications efforts. President Bruininks will also lead a discussion of the metrics and key measures used to evaluate the U's performance. For more information, see Board of Regents.

FEATURE: A center at the University is using soccer as a vehicle to engage underrepresented communities in Minneapolis and help them address key issues in their neighborhood. The Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing, a part of the U’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, provides training and support for organizations doing grassroots, issue-based organizing, according to operations director Margaret Kaplan. For more information, read "More than just kicks."

PEOPLE: IonE's Momentum magazine wins seven Publishing Excellence Awards; 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:

PRESIDENT BRUININKS ANNOUNCED THE RESIGNATION OF VP CAROL CARRIER from her position as vice president for human resources effective May 31. Carrier is planning to stay at the University and is finalizing plans to return to her faculty position in the College of Education and Human Development. She has served as the U's chief human resource officer for more than 20 years. Current vice president and chief of staff Kathryn Brown will become vice president for human resources, effective June 1.

THE FINAL REPORT OF THE CLA 2015 COMMITTEE WAS RELEASED NOV. 8. An executive summary is posted in full on the 2015 blog with a link to a PDF of the full report. Town hall meetings will be held to gather feedback from CLA faculty, staff, and students on Nov. 11, 2–3 p.m., Influx Room, Regis Center for Art; and Nov. 12, noon–1 p.m., 402 Walter Library. For more information, see CLA 2015.

THE ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER WAS AWARDED A $4.1 MILLION GRANT by the National Cancer Institute. The grant will help establish the regionally focused Minnesota Community Networks Center for Eliminating Cancer Disparities, designed to address the cancer burden in racial/ethnic minorities and other underserved communities with an initial focus on Minnesota’s growing immigrant and refugee populations. For more information, see grant.

DEFINING GIFTS, SPONSORED PROJECTS, AND EXTERNAL SALES: A new resource that assists users in determining whether a transaction received as a gift, sponsored project, or external sale has been processed correctly has been posted on the sponsored projects website. Definitions are offered to clarify where a transaction would fall among the three categories. The definitions spell out whether the funds are administered by the University of Minnesota Foundation or Minnesota Medical Foundation (gifts), SPA (sponsored projects), or the External Sales Office. For more information, see sponsored projects.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences is issuing a call for proposals addressing the societal implications of problems in health, environment, or the life sciences. Awards are available in two categories: for graduate/professional students University-wide; and for consortium/joint degree program members. Proposals are due by Feb. 7. For more information, email proposals, call 612-626-5624, or see societal implications.

U OF M MOMENT: Facebook gives researchers insight into young immigrants. "Minnesota 2.0," a new digital archive created by the U's Immigration History Research Center, used Facebook to examine how first- and second-generation immigrants deal with the challenges they face in everyday life. Center director Donna Gabaccia explains the purpose of the project. For more information, see Minnesota 2.0.

Crookston:

STUDENTS FROM THE MULTICULTURAL EXCELLENCE PROGRAM in the Twin Cities will visit and tour the Crookston campus Nov. 12. For more information about the day's schedule, email Rae French or call 218-281-8339.

THE EMPTY BOWLS DINNER celebrates the culmination of several community service and service-learning projects. UMC and high school students, as well as community members, have hand-built and thrown clay bowls. Hospitality Association students have created soup for those bowls. Come and eat. The event is a fundraiser for the North Country Food Bank and the Crookston Food Shelf. Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Bede Ballroom. For more information, see Empty Bowls.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AWARDED UMC A $550,000 GRANT to establish the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES), which is administered through the Business Department. The mission of the center is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting. The CRES will engage students, faculty, and research facilities on campus in order to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture and strengthen the economic vitality of Northwest Minnesota.

Duluth:

MIXED BLOOD THEATRE of Minneapolis will perform Theory of Mind, a sensitive yet unsentimental portrait of a young man with Asperger's Syndrome, whose outing with a young woman becomes an insightful look at the tugs, shifts, and about-faces found on the autism spectrum. A question and answer session on Autism Spectrum Disorders will follow the performance. Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. Sponsored by UMD Access For All. For more information, call 218-726-6101 or email Access For All.

A LEADING EXPERT ON MOUNTAIN GLACIERS will present "Climate Change: The Evidence and Our Options," Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., 200 Chemistry Building. Lonnie Thompson is a Distinguished University Professor in the Ohio State University School of Earth Sciences and a research scientist at Ohio State's Byrd Polar Research Center. Open to the public. Sponsored by the UMD Department of Geological Sciences and the Large Lakes Observatory. For more information, see climate change.

UMD PEP BAND AND MARCHING BAND will perform Nov. 14, 3 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8/adults, $7/seniors, $5/students, $3/UMD students, and are available online.

FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: Regina Zona, soprano, and Tracy Lipke-Perry, piano, will perform "From Austria to America," art songs and arias by Mozart, Strauss, Barber, and Heggie. Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. The performance will benefit the UMD Music Scholarship Fund. Tickets: $10/adults, $8/seniors; students are free. For more information, see faculty recital.

Morris:

READING: Fiction writer and poet Chrissy Kolaya, coordinator in the Office of Grants Development, and poet Athena Kildegaard, English teaching specialist, will present a works-in-progress reading, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. The two writers will read from new work made possible by 2010 Artist Initiative Grants for literary arts from the Minnesota State Arts Board. For more information, see reading.

SINGER, SONGWRITER, AND GUITAR-PLAYING CHANTEUR Kevin Soucie will perform songs from France, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Common Cup coffeehouse. The event is sponsored by the Entre Nous student organization and the French Discipline. For more information, see songs from France.

BUCKETS AND TAP SHOES will perform Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, as part of the Morris Performing Arts Series. On Nov. 14, 11 a.m., HFA 125, they will present a tap master class that is free and open to the public. For more information, see tap shoes.

"VOLUNTEERISM AND PUBLIC SERVICE: HOW INDIVIDUALS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD" will be presented by fall convocation speaker David Oliver Relin, journalist and coauthor of Three Cups of Tea. Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts theater. For more information, see volunteerism.

Rochester:

BRIANNA KAZMAREK, a senior in the U of M/Mayo Clinic Respiratory Care Program, earned first place in the H.F. Helmholz Jr. Minnesota Respiratory Care Foundation Student Paper Competition for her paper, "Breathing With You: Advanced Ventilator Modes to Improve Patient-Ventilator Synchrony."

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 School of Public Health's roundtable lecture, "Health Reform: Where Do We Go From Here." Previews include an art exhibit titled "Painting Zombies," a night of hip-hop featuring a lecture by Common, the role of U.S. forests in carbon markets, and much more. Faculty and staff are invited to contribute to the column. For more information, see Preview/Review.

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, a pecha kucha-style event, will include several short, entertaining presentations given by faculty, staff, and students, followed by time for questions and answers. Presentations will be webcast, and a recording of the presentations will be published online. For more information, see 20 by 20. Sponsored by the Office of Information Technology and the Academic Technology Advisory Committee. Nov. 10, 2-4:30 p.m., Whole Music Club, Coffman Union.

WORLD USABILITY DAY: The Office of Information Technology is sponsoring World Usability Day to promote awareness of the benefits of usability engineering and user-centered webpage design. Nov. 11, 9:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m., 402 Walter Library. For more information, see Usability.

XCEL ENERGY ISSUED A $142,772 rebate to Housing and Residential Life for a residence hall lighting retrofit project performed by Energy Management this past summer. The U retrofitted more than 7,400 inefficient light fixtures with modern, high-efficiency lamps in eight residence halls on the TC campus. For more information, see rebate check. Learn more about the U's energy efficiency initiative at "It all adds up."

THE MATH & SCIENCE FAMILY FUN FAIR will feature fascinating activities, hands-on exhibits, and entertaining presentations showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year’s highlights include Physics Force shows, a Mystery Science Room, and much more. Nov. 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. Free. For more information, see Family Fun Fair.

49TH ANNUAL MARCHING BAND INDOOR CONCERT: Hear the Pride of Minnesota raise the roof at Northrop. The program includes selections from halftime shows such as West Side Story, Big Band, and "Glee," as well as from traditional music including "Go Gopher Victory," "Hail! Minnesota," and the "Minnesota Rouser." Conductors include Tim Diem, Alicia Neal, Craig Kirchhoff, and Jerry Luckhardt. Alumnus Stan Freese is master of ceremonies. Tickets: $20 adults, $16 children 12 and under, $15 U student. Nov. 13, 7 p.m., and Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Northrop Auditorium. For tickets and more information, see indoor concert.

FACULTY AND STAFF ARE ASKED TO MAKE SURE STUDENTS ARE AWARE OF THE PEER RESEARCH CONSULTANTS (PRCs) available at University Libraries. PRCs provide one-on-one assistance to students on the library research strategies needed to write an excellent research paper. All four locations have recently added more drop-in hours. The program is a partnership of U Libraries, the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, and SMART Learning Commons. For more information, see PRC.

CONSEQUENCES OF DAMS CONFERENCE: "Experiments on Rivers: The Consequences of Dams," will examine the effects, both intended and unintended, of dams in the Midwest and across the world. Outcomes will include development of a research and policy agenda around the long-term future of dams and other large-scale engineered structures in rivers. Events will be held at the Nolte Center and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory auditorium, Nov. 11–12. Free and open to the public; however, space is limited and preregistration is advised. For registration, email the Institute for Advanced Study or call 612-626-5054. For more information, see conference.

SCIENCE CAFÉ FRIDAY: "Cooling the Brain: A Potential Therapy for Neocortical Epilepsy" will be presented by Steven Rothman, director of the Division of Pediatric Clinical Neurology. Rothman will speak about childhood epilepsy and his work exploring technologies that may stop or prevent seizures. Participants will learn how to take research findings into a human trial, advance a device through regulatory oversight, and hear about Rothman's partnership with engineering and other disciplines. Outstate campuses can participate via webcast. Hosted by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Nov. 12, 7:30–9 a.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. For more information, see Café Friday or email CTSI.

FORUM ON RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS: Jeffrey Kahn, Center for Bioethics, and Kate McCready, University Libraries, will present and discuss "EthicShare.org: A Research and Collaboration Site for Ethics Scholars." The site is being developed to provide an interdisciplinary collection of resources for the ethics research community. Attendees will learn about site functionality and will have an opportunity to offer suggestions. Nov. 17, noon–1:30 p.m., 140 Nolte Center. The event satisfies the awareness/discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research continuing education requirement. For registration and more information, see ethics.

CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE INSTITUTE OPEN HOUSE: Tour the facility, learn how the office can support research, and talk with researchers currently working on projects. Dec. 1, 4–5:30 p.m.; Dec. 2, 7:30–9 a.m.; Dec. 2, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., 717 Delaware St. SE, Room 105. Refreshments will be served. RSVP requested via email or by phone at 612-625-2874. For more information, see open house.

MORE EVENTS include Emerging Technologies and the Environment: The Right Pushmi-Pullyu? [Frontiers] (Nov. 10); College of Design Outreach Slam (Nov. 12); The Diviners (Nov. 14). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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