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Vol. XL No. 38; December 1, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: Brief will not be published Dec. 22, Dec. 29, and Jan. 5. Publication will resume Jan. 12. All submissions for the Jan. 12 issue are due no later than noon, Jan. 7.

Inside This Issue
--Brief monthly top three.
--Features: U of M Moment (audio); Getting in Under the Radar (video).
--People: Marvin Bauer was recognized by NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior for work on natural resources remote sensing; and more.

University News and Events
Top News | University-wide | Crookston | Duluth | Morris | Rochester | Twin Cities


BRIEF MONTHLY TOP THREE: Brief forgot to include the monthly top three for October, so here we highlight the top three stories of the past two months. In case you missed them, the top three features appearing in Brief during October and November, as measured by readership numbers, were "Meet Eric and Karen Kaler," "Stopping time," and "Profile of criminologist Chris Uggen." 

U OF M MOMENT: Expert makes case for flu shots. Flu season is upon us, and the University of Minnesota is once again leading the charge to get college-age people vaccinated against the virus. U of M Boynton Health Service director Ed Ehlinger says that even though students aren’t generally considered "at-risk," getting a flu shot this winter could still go a long way. Ehlinger says the mobile lifestyles of college students make vaccination that much more important. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment

VIDEO FEATURE: New research by U graduate student Maryhope Howland and professor Jeffry Simpson suggest there may be something unique about the emotional support behaviors between romantic partners. They show how social support benefits are maximized when provided "invisibly"—that is, without the support recipient being aware that they are receiving. For more information, watch the video or see the news release

Awards and appointments
PEOPLE: Marvin Bauer was recognized by NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior for work on natural resources remote sensing; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information
THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA FISCAL YEAR 2010 ANNUAL REPORT IS AVAILABLE ONLINE. The annual report includes the independent auditors' report, financial statements, footnotes, and management's discussion and analysis. For more information, see the annual report PDF, or email Terri Carlson with questions.

Funding opportunities
FUNDING IS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT ACADEMIC UNITS that wish to develop or strengthen research- or teaching-focused University/community engagement initiatives for faculty and/or students. Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded to six to eight academic units to plan, establish, implement, and evaluate strategic initiatives that integrate public engagement into the units’ research and teaching activities. The application deadline is Dec. 10. Sponsored by the Office for Public Engagement's Engaged Department Program. For more information, see academic unit grants.


FALL SEMESTER CAMPUS ASSEMBLY will take place Dec. 2, 12:15 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. The agenda for the meeting, as well as the minutes from the last meeting, are available at UMC campus assembly

AG AND NATURAL RESOURCES ACTIVITIES DAY will take place Dec. 3. The annual event gives more than 1,000 regional high school students the opportunity to participate in agricultural activities, including more than 20 competitive contests for students, which are overseen by UMC Agriculture and Natural Resources Department faculty. Last year nearly 50 high schools participated in the event. For more information, see Ag Activities Day

RESIDENTIAL LIFE WILL CELEBRATE "HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD" Dec. 4, 7–9 p.m. Students can pick up a "passport" from the Centennial Hall front desk and then "visit" the countries of China, South Korea, Nepal, and Ghana as represented in the various residence halls. For more information, see world holidays


UMD LIBRARY HAS A NEW ONLINE DVD COLLECTION. Users can browse feature films, educational films, and documentaries for research and entertainment, using search links based on film genre and subject matter. For more information, see library film collection

UMD THEATRE will present William Shakespeare's historical play Richard III, directed by Tom Isbell, Dec. 2–4 and Dec. 7–11, 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 5, 2 p.m.; Dudley Experimental Theatre. For tickets, see UMD theatre

UMD BAGLEY CLASSROOM is the recipient of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Honor Award. The Bagley classroom was one of 12 award winners from 69 projects nationwide. Noted Duluth-based architect, David Salmela, designed the highly energy efficient building. The Bagley classroom is the first LEED Platinum building in the U system, and is located in the Bagley Nature Area. For more information, see Bagley classroom

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON CONCERTS will be held at Weber Music Hall, featuring the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, directed by Jean Perrault, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Choral Ensembles, directed by Stanley Wold, Dec. 5, 1:30 p.m.; Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, directed by Daniel Eaton, Dec. 5, 4 p.m.; and Jazz Ensemble I and II, directed by Ryan Frane and Tom Pfotenhauer, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 218-726-8877 or see Sounds of the Season


UMM FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE MARISOL REYES personifies interculturalism, yet she describes herself as a Mexican woman. Her identity is as much about shattering stereotypes as it is about her place of birth. The political scientist approaches life from a multicultural perspective—insight she's sharing with UMM through teaching and community service during her semester experience. For more information, read about Marisol Reyes

THE ART CLUB WILL HOST ITS ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE featuring work by students, faculty, and local artists, Dec. 2–4, Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. For more information, see holiday sale

THE CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS AND THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT will offer the Students in Service program, in partnership with AmeriCorps, on the Morris campus. Fifteen students will work with area nonprofits, government agencies, and schools. For more information, see the Center for Small Towns or Community Engagement

THE CONCERT CHOIR, under the direction of Ken Hodgson, will present "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols," Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 4, 8 p.m.; and Dec. 5, 2 p.m.; Assumption Church, 207 East Third Street. Follow the adventurous duo Ratty and Mole, from the beloved classic Wind in the Willows. For more information, see festival


UMR HELD A SCHOLARSHIP RECOGNITION DINNER on Nov. 16. More than 100 donors and students attended the annual event, and for the first time ever, this year's bachelor of science in health sciences (BSHS) freshmen recipients had the chance to socialize and celebrate with the scholarship donors and BSHS sophomore recipients. Forty-nine students received more than $45,000 in scholarships for the 2010–11 academic year. 


Administrative information
COPYRIGHT PERMISSION REQUESTS FOR SPRING 2011 course materials should be submitted to the Copyright Permissions Center as soon as possible. Source information may be dropped off at any Printing Services location, faxed to 612-626-9810, mailed to 102 Printing Services Building, or submitted online. For more information, email Dale Mossestad or call 612-626-9416.

BOYNTON HEALTH SERVICE WILL BE OPEN WITH LIMITED SERVICES during the University winter closure, Dec. 28–30, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Walk-in services (urgent care and quick clinic-type conditions) will be open. Pharmacy, Primary Care, Dental Clinic, and the Mental Health Clinic will be open. The Eye Clinic, Gopher Quick Clinic, and Women’s Clinic will be closed (no eye-glasses or contact-lens pick up.) Students paying the Student Services Fee may be seen in Primary Care for quick clinic-type services. For more information, see Boynton Health

Lectures, exhibits, and other events
THE IMPACT OF EMERGING CLIMATE POLICIES ON TRANSPORTATION DECISIONS and the coming transformation of the transport sector will be discussed at the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) annual fall luncheon. The event features internationally recognized expert Daniel Sperling. Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m.–1.30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. The annual CTS Freight and Logistics Symposium will explore the financial implications of sustainability on freight and logistics providers. Dec. 3, 7:30 a.m.–noon. CTS is a part of System Academic Administration.

SPRING 2011 TEACHING SEMINAR FOR FACULTY AND INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF: "Making a Difference: Designing Courses to Improve Student Learning and Teacher Satisfaction." The Center for Teaching and Learning offers semester-long teaching seminars for faculty and instructors. These seminars are small-group, facilitated discussions that explore a particular aspect of teaching in depth. Each group will meet with a professional facilitator for four work-oriented course design sessions supplemented by two short, personalized consultations. Seminar participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book Significant Learning. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 21. For more information, email Teaching and Learning or call 612-625-3041. 

MORE EVENTS include Europe in the News: The Radical Right and the Future of European Politics (Dec. 1); China's Challenges: Energy, Environment, and Development [Frontiers] (Dec. 1); Painting Zombies Gallery Talk (Dec. 2); Current and Future Publishing Practices (Dec. 2); Why Don’t We Riot Anymore? New concert paradigms for the 21st century (Dec. 3). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS

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