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Vol. XL No. 36; November 17, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents November meeting summary.
--Public forum with presidential candidate Eric Kaler.
--Features: Profile of sociology chair Chris Uggen; "In search of food for all"; Profile of Daniel Kaplan, McKnight Land-Grant Professor.
--People: Three researchers have won NSF awards that will help advance the world’s understanding of plants and their genes; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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BOARD OF REGENTS NOVEMBER MEETING SUMMARY: The Board of Regents met Nov. 11–12 to act on the state biennial budget request. The facilities committee heard updates on the Mayo Garage renovation, and the board approved a 40-year mining lease to Dakota Aggregates, LLC, covering 1,722 acres on the UMore Park property. But the biggest news, of course, came in the Board's announcement of the selection of Eric Kaler as the finalist to become the 16th president of the University of Minnesota when President Bruininks returns to the faculty in June 2011. For more information, see Board of Regents.

A PUBLIC FORUM WITH ERIC KALER, finalist to become the 16th president of the University of Minnesota, will take place Nov. 17, 4–5:15 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. The forum will be streamed on the Internet and shown live via ITV connection on the coordinate campuses. A public interview with the Board of Regents will take place Nov. 18, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, Sixth Floor Boardroom. The interview will also be streamed online. For more information, see interview and forum.

FEATURE: Chris Uggen believes that faculty are too timid; that they should be bold in tackling the issues people care about. And perhaps more to the point—issues that many of us haven't been asked to care about. The criminologist, Distinguished McKnight Professor, and chair of the Department of Sociology is bringing complex issues to the public consciousness. In an era where it may seem like only the loudest voices are heard, where the political landscape is a line in the sand, somewhere amid the din it's nice to hear a calm, controlled voice. For more information, read about Chris Uggen.

FEATURE: The U has launched a new partnership with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization designed to increase food security and fight global hunger. The task is formidable—finding a way to sustainably feed a world whose population is expected to grow from 6.8 billion to 9 billion over the next 40 years. For more information, read "In search of food for all."

FEATURE: Not long ago, everybody in the science world thought Langerhans cells in the skin and lymph nodes helped the body’s immune system recognize threats. It turns out the opposite may be true—that they really suppress immune response. Daniel Kaplan is the dermatologist and M.D. who is uncloaking the little cells with the long name. Because of the promise that his research holds for better understanding the body’s immune system, Kaplan was named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor for 2010–12. For more information, read a profile of Daniel Kaplan.

PEOPLE: Three researchers have won NSF awards that will help advance the world’s understanding of plants and their genes; Karlyn Kohrs Campbell has received a national award for teaching; Joseph Neglia has been appointed chair elect of the Department of Pediatrics; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



FINAL CALL FOR POSTER APPLICATIONS FOR THE QUALITY FAIR. The poster application deadline for the 2011 Quality Fair & Forum is Nov. 22. Colleges and units are asked to submit the most notable quality improvement projects or initiatives completed over the past year. Complete the poster application form and email it to Quality Fair to apply. For more information, see Quality Fair.

THE CENTER FOR URBAN AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS (CURA) has been tapped to provide community engagement and evaluation for a $5 million federal grant that supports planning along the growing network of transit corridors in the Twin Cities region. The grant will help the Metropolitan Council and other stakeholders build on existing regional planning efforts to advance transit- and pedestrian-friendly development, provide access to jobs and housing, and promote environmental preservation and energy efficiency. CURA is part of the Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration. For more information, see CURA.

U OF M MOMENT: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) research could prove helpful for veterans. U of M researchers have identified a key part of the brain that is associated with the flashback symptoms that persist in those with PTSD, an anxiety disorder that often affects veterans. The discovery will help researchers identify the disease as well as monitor what treatments are working well to treat it, says psychologist Brian Engdahl of the U's Brain Sciences Center. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.


INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK will feature the sights and sounds of an international market come to life, as well as other events focusing on international education. The market will include items for sale from around the world. Nov. 17, 3–7 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information on other events, see international education.

THURSDAY COMMONS: "Secrets of Shangri La" will feature Broughton Coburn's explorations in Nepal, India, and Tibet, along with his book, Aama in America: A Pilgrimage of the Heart. Coburn, an explorer, internationally renowned speaker, author, and conservationist, lived in the Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet, and India for more than two of the past three decades. Nov. 18, noon, Kiehle Auditorium. A second presentation, "Aama's Journey," will take place at 7 p.m. For more information, see Thursday Commons.


UMD LIBRARY will host Michael Nelson, co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, a book about ethics and climate change. Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Library Rotunda. For more information, see author event or call 218-726-7889.

THE SWENSON COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING inducted five UMD graduates into the Academy of Science and Engineering on Oct. 8: Kurt Heikkila (M.S. Chemistry ‘79), Stephen Brand (B.A. Geology ‘71), Keith Erickson (Bachelor of Computer Engineering ‘87), Bruce Warren (B.S. Zoology ’49), and Sam Helland (B.S. General Sciences ’73). For more information, see academy inductees

UMD ACCESS FOR ALL will present the award-winning film, Train Your Brain: Temple Grandin, about Grandin, who was diagnosed with autism when she was a child and who subsequently overcame obstacles to become world famous in her field. Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m., 273B Kirby Student Center. For more information, email autism film or call 218-726-6130.

ROYAL D. ALWORTH JR. INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES will sponsor two lectures: "U.S. Democracy Promotion in Egypt and the Middle East," presented by Kristen Chick, Cairo correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.; and "Food I Have Known: Tips and Tales From Eating Abroad," with John Hatcher, assistant professor of journalism in the Department of Writing Studies, Nov. 18, noon. Both lectures take place in the Library 4th Floor Rotunda. For more information, email lectures or call 218-726-7493.


A CAMPUS HISTORY AUDIO WALKING TOUR guides users on a walk through campus with stops in various places to tell stories about campus personalities, historic buildings, and the three institutions that have occupied the campus. The audio tour was developed with sponsorship from alumni associations of both UMM and the West Central School of Agriculture. The tour and equipment may be checked out at no charge. For more information, see audio tour.

CYRUS BINA, professor of economics and management, served as keynote speaker at the second International Conference on Political Economy, "Crisis and Development," at Kocaeli University, Turkey. His presentation addressed "Globalization, Value Theory, and Crisis." For more information, see conference.

PROFESSORS OF GEOLOGY JIM COTTER AND KEITH BRUGGER presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. Cotter presented "The UMM International Programs Course 'Geomorphology of the Italian Alps': An International and Intercultural Experience," and "The UMM-Universidade Sao Paulo Collaborative R.E.U. Program: Comparative Analysis of Glacial Sediments, Western Minnesota, and Parana State, Brazil." Brugger presented "Longitudinal Trends of Late Pleistocene Equilibrium-Line Altitudes Across the Colorado Rocky Mountains: Implications for Climate During the Last Glacial Maximum." In total, Morris faculty and alumni presented 16 papers.


UMR IS GROWING and plans to keep expanding, but needs continued local support to do so, Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle said in his annual "State of the Campus" address, Nov. 9. For more information, see State of the Campus.

Twin Cities:

UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE WILL PRESENT ROBERT ALDRIDGE'S ELMER GANTRY, based closely on Sinclair Lewis’s controversial 1927 satire of evangelical religion and revivalism. Gifted student performers have mastered some of the most difficult—and rewarding—roles in the repertory. Faculty and staff are eligible for discounted tickets. Nov. 18–21, Ted Mann Concert Hall. For more information, read "Gifted student performers." For tickets, call 612-624-2345 or see University Opera Theatre.

UNIVERSITY FORUM ON RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS: Harvey Arbit with the Research Integrity and Oversight Programs and adjunct associate professor in the College of Pharmacy will present "IND/IDE Assessment: Decision Trees and Guidance." Decision trees were developed to help understand FDA regulations about IND/IDEs that are required for conducting clinical research involving drugs, or biological or medical devices. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, and satisfies the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research continuing education requirement. Nov. 22, noon–1:30 p.m., 118 Science Teaching and Student Services. For registration and more information, see research/ethics.

CURRENT AND FUTURE PUBLISHING PRACTICES, an event especially for, but not exclusive to, faculty editors, will be presented by the University Libraries and the Office of the Vice President for Research. U faculty Joshua Feinberg, David Levinson, and Patricia Lorcin will present, followed by a panel discussion moderated by U Librarian Wendy Lougee. Dec. 2, 2–4 p.m., 120 Elmer Andersen Library. Free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by Nov. 19. For more information, see publishing practices.

CHALLENGES IN ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE will feature C. K. (Tina) Gunsalus, author of The College Administrator's Survival Guide. Gunsalus will provide tips and insights for handling difficult personalities and the range of problems faced by academic administrators. Two sessions include "Survival Skills for Academic Administrators," for department chairs and heads, associate deans, and deans, 8:30–11:30 a.m.; and "Five Habits of Leadership," for members of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, 1–4 p.m. Both sessions take place Dec. 6, Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. RSVP by Nov. 29. For more information, see academic leadership conference.

MORE EVENTS include Chris Osgood, LearningLife Forum (Nov. 18); "Obituaries for Poetry: Dead Poet Love, the Life of the Author...." (Nov. 19). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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