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Vol. XLIIV No. 2; January 15, 2014
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--State Relations Update.
--Features: A voice for improved addiction treatment; Chicken (not in a soup) for the Soul.
--People: John Coleman has been named the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts, effective July 31; and more.

University News and Events
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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: Governor Dayton recently visited the Twin Cities campus to meet with President Kaler and discuss the U's priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The president reviewed the U's capital request and underscored the necessity for facilities that meet the needs of today's students and researchers. Dayton will make his recommendations by Jan. 15. For more information, see State Relations.


FEATURE: U grad student Ian McLoone survived a heroin addiction, and is now trying to change the model of addiction treatment from the inside out. For more information, read "A voice for improved addiction treatment."

FEATURE: The Animal-Assisted Interactions (AAI) program at the U of M Landscape Arboretum demonstrates how relationships with animals can help restore what is often lost in a technology-driven world. From Woodstock the registered therapy chicken to dogs, cats, and rabbits, AAI offers therapeutic human-animal connections. AAI is part of a larger movement, Nature-Based Therapeutics, which focuses on the healing power of nature through interactions with plants, animals, and natural landscapes, and which will be the focus of an upcoming LearningLife Seminar on Feb. 22. For more information, read "Chicken (not in a soup) for the Soul."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: John Coleman has been named the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts, effective July 31; Kathleen Schmidlkofer has been named president and CEO of the University of Minnesota Foundation; Elizabeth Seaquist has been named president of medicine and science of the American Diabetes Association; Kathleen Vohs has been awarded an Anneliese Maier Research Award; Shakeer Abdullah was recently appointed assistant VP for equity and diversity; U in the news includes highlights of Today's News, which features U faculty and staff cited in the media daily. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

THE U'S NEW SUPPLY PURCHASING WEBSITE IS HELPING RESEARCHERS order lab supplies, equipment, furniture, clothing, and more by simplifying the online shopping experience. The site, U Market, is part of the U's "strategic sourcing" effort, which is saving more than $8.2 million annually. For more information, see U Market streamlines purchasing.

THE OFFICE OF POSTDOCTORAL AFFAIRS HAS MOVED to the Graduate School from the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Graduate School will enhance postdocs' access to initiatives relevant to both postdocs and graduate students, such as career development, networking, and success in scholarly research. See the announcement.

TIPS FOR SECURING YOUR MOBILE DEVICES: Take these simple steps to protect your mobile devices and to track them if they become lost or stolen.

Award and funding opportunities

THE OFFICE FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT SEEKS NOMINATIONS for the President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award. The systemwide award recognizes one faculty member or P&A staff member for exemplary community-engaged scholarship with a $15,000 prize. Nominations due Mar. 28. Finalists will be recognized, and the winner announced, at an awards luncheon on Apr. 18.


THREE UMC FACULTY MEMBERS will share their current research with the campus community as part of the Thursday Commons Spring Semester Faculty Research Day. Jan. 16, 12:30-2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

UMC'S OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURAL PROGRAMS has collaborated with the University of North Dakota to plan the Red River Valley Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Grand Forks on Jan. 20. The event begins at 11 a.m. with a rally and unity walk from Grand Forks Central High School to the Empire Arts Center, where a noon program on MLK's legacy will be followed by a community social.


UMD FOOTBALL COACH CURT WIESE is the 2013 Division II Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. Five local charities and the UMD Alumni Association will benefit from donations made by Liberty Mutual. The honor recognizes college coaches for their responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship, and excellence, both on and off the field. For more information, see Curt Wiese.

A $100,000 LEGACY GRANT from the Minnesota Historical Society has been awarded to UMD to research the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Professor Tadd Johnson, head of the Department of American Indian Studies and director of the Masters of Tribal Administration and Governance program, is the project manager. A Mille Lacs Band committee will work alongside an academic researcher. For more information, see Legacy Grant.

UMD WILL PRESENT AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE of Last Summer at Bluefish Cove on Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center. The production then heads to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional competition in Lincoln, NE, Jan. 19-25. The work is one of only five pieces selected to compete. For more information, see Bluefish Cove.

UMD FIRST-YEAR STUDENT Jireh Mabamba knows firsthand how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela changed the world. Mabamba, who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will share his experiences at the MLK Day Holiday Rally Jan. 20 in Duluth.


SPEAKING IN TONGUES will perform at UMM on Jan. 25. Featuring an unprecedented combination of Chinese pipa, African and Middle Eastern percussion, and Latin bass, the group promises a diverse performance. Prior to the evening concert, Speaking in Tongues will host a Chinese pipa lecture and a drumming workshop. For more information, see Speaking in Tongues.

UMM WILL HOST PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING JOURNALIST CHRIS HEDGES Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium. A foreign correspondent for nearly two decades, Hedges writes and speaks extensively on war, religion, culture, empire, and the conflict in the Middle East. His lecture will examine faith and belief in American society. For more information, see Chris Hedges.


UMD's JAMES FETZER will present at the next UMR CONNECTS. The topic will be "An Exploration into Political Conspiracy Theories: Exposing Falsehoods and Revealing Truths." Jan. 21, 7 p.m., University Square.


Administrative information

HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE CEDAR AVENUE FIRE: A New Year's Day explosion and fire on Cedar Avenue, adjacent to the West Bank campus, destroyed a building that housed a grocery store and apartments. Tragically, three residents of the building lost their lives and some remain hospitalized. Apartment tenants who survived lost their homes and possessions. Help our UMTC neighbors by donating to a fund created by Pillsbury United Communities or through the Confederation of Somali Community in MN. A benefit concert will take place Jan. 24 at the Cedar Cultural Center.

THE MLK COMMUNITY SERVICE PLEDGE DRIVE kicks off Jan. 20 on the UMTC and UMR campuses. The MLK Pledge Drive honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through the commitment of faculty, staff, students, and retirees who pledge to conduct community service on important causes during the spring semester. Volunteer any amount of community service hours in honor of MLK by May 16.

NEW ROUTES WILL BE ADDED TO THE CAMPUS SHUTTLE SYSTEM beginning Jan. 24. In addition, Campus Connectors will run until 2 a.m. during spring semester. For more information, see Parking and Transportation Services.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

"MARTIN LUTHER KING'S DREAM: WHERE ARE WE NOW?" will reflect on Dr. King's vision and goals, and explore where we are in relation to those goals now. The event features keynote speaker Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas Law School, followed by a panel discussion with leaders in civil rights and social justice efforts. Cosponsored by the Humphrey School and the African American Leadership Forum. Jan 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium. For more info, see MLK Dream.

THE MINNESOTA POPULATION CENTER invites registration for its spring data-training workshops. Participants will learn how to access and use the world's largest repositories of demographic data, including IPUMS-International, NHGIS, ATUS-X, NAPP, IDHS, and Terra Populus. Workshops are free, but registration is required and seating is limited. All workshops take place Friday afternoons in S30C Wilson Library.

"BREAST CANCER SUPERHERO PROJECT" celebrates the heroic nature of individuals affected by breast cancer. U of M staff member Barbara Porwit created honorary portraits of breast cancer survivors as their superhero of choice for the project. The exhibit is on display at Boynton Health Service through Feb. 28. A reception will take place Jan. 31, 5-7 p.m., Roen Room (W120), Boynton. For more information, see Superhero Project.

BIG DATA AND SOCIAL MEDIA will be the topic at the Carlson School's next "First Tuesday" speaker series, featuring Professsor Ravi Bapna, academic director of the U of M's Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative. Bapna will illuminate sources for and analysis of big data, and examine the monetization of "freemium communities" like social networks, mobile apps, and dating websites. Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For registration and more information, see First Tuesday.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL's winter 2014 programming, "Hot Topics in Health." Register today and learn from U of M experts as they take on some of today's most common health care questions. Mondays, Feb. 10-March 10. Cost for U faculty, staff, and students: $60 on or before Jan. 27; $65 after. For more information, see Mini Medical School.

MORE EVENTS include Minnesota Cup 101 Series: Legal (Jan. 16); Grow Lights: Jump Start Your Gardening! (Jan. 18); Saturday with a Scientist: A Day in the Life of a Food Scientist (Jan. 18); Made in Minnesota (Jan. 21); Leading Instructional Improvement: You And Your Team (Jan. 22). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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