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Vol. XLIII No. 4; January 30, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--State Relations Update.
--Features: Meet the meat lab; Supporting the Agricultural Life; The cost of commitment; How rejection is rejected.
--People: Professor Connie Lu has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation; and more.

University News and Events
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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: On Jan. 22, Governor Dayton released his 2014–15 biennial budget recommendations. Dayton's budget calls for funding increases totaling $732 million for the biennium, including a $240 million increase in higher ed funding, $118 million in K-12 funding, and $86.5 million in economic development. The U's budget request totals $91.6 million; the governor recommends $80 million, including $42.6 million to freeze undergraduate tuition, $36 million for the creation of the MnDRIVE program, and $1.4 million for loan forgiveness for healthcare professionals agreeing to practice in underserved areas of the state. For more information, see State Relations.


FEATURE: The science of meat and related food safety has seen huge advancements since the turn of the 20th century, and the U of M has played a central role in moving "farm-to-fork" science forward. In fact, the U's Meat Lab was the first in North America, established in 1901. Today, the lab is a modern meat processing facility. While students participate in courses ranging from food processing and safety to livestock marketing and muscle biology, the lab also offers workshops to the public through U Extension, including the popular Meat Science 101. For more information, read "Meet the meat lab."

FEATURE: Agriculture is a primary engine of Minnesota's economy, accounting for 20 percent of the state's GDP. So it makes sense to keep the men and women behind the curtain—the farmers—healthy. U of M School of Public Health faculty are on the job. For more information, read "Supporting the Agricultural Life."

FEATURE: The U of M has proposed debt relief for students who bring health care to underserved populations in its 2014–15 budget request to the State Legislature. Pharmacy student Joy Hwang has always been mindful of the health care that many people in developed nations have—and of the urgent health needs of those who have far less. Hwang attends the U because, she says, it offers an exceptional quality pharmacy and public health education, and because Minnesota is known as a shelter state for many refugee groups, including its large Somali community, where she plans to focus her work. For more information, read "The cost of commitment."

FEATURE: The mystery has lingered since the dawn of immunology: Why doesn't a woman's body reject a fetus? A University of Minnesota team has recently found a short answer. It comes down to a specific type of immune cell whose job is to suppress other immune cells that would reject a fetus. For more information, read "How rejection is rejected."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Professor Connie Lu has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation; recipients of the 2013–15 McKnight Land-Grant Professorships; the Institute for Advanced Study has announced its faculty fellows for 2013–14; associate professor Dona Schwartz has received a 2013 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board; renowned brain tumor pioneer and U researcher John Ohlfest passed away Jan. 21 after a battle with malignant melanoma; 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

A SUCCESSFUL MANAGER'S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (SMLP) offered through the Office of Human Resources can help managers develop new skills and brush up on existing ones. Designed for mid- to top-level managers, the program addresses the need for leaders to understand how to effectively apply sound leadership principles. It includes a 360-degree assessment, and emphasizes four key areas: personal leadership, thought leadership, results leadership, and people leadership. For more information, visit SMLP.

THE OFFICE FOR EQUITY AND DIVERSITY will host a wide range of educational opportunities for individuals, departments, colleges, and units this spring. Workshops focus on equity and diversity issues in higher education. They can also be customized for individual unit needs and concerns. Participants can work towards an Equity and Diversity Certificate. For more information, see Equity and Diversity.

GOOGLE FUSION TABLES is now available for Google Apps at the U of M. Fusion Tables offers a wide range of functionality in spreadsheet analysis. For more information, see Fusion Tables.

Awards and funding opportunities

FUNDING PROPOSALS FOR NEW OR EXISTING INTERDISCIPLINARY GRADUATE GROUPS are invited by the vice provost and dean of graduate education to seed and support the development of research, educational, and training activities in emerging areas of inquiry. Faculty with graduate education responsibilities are eligible to apply. Awards will be made through a competitive process and are expected to range from $1,000 to $5,000 for activities planned after June 30, 2013. Applications are due March 4. For more information, see call for proposals.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THINK SPRING WITH CLASSES ON GARDENING at the U of M Landscape Arboretum. To help gardeners of all skill levels get ready, the Arboretum is offering two series (of four classes each) in February: The Science of Gardening and The Sustainable Yard. Courses are offered Saturdays at the Arboretum; discounts are available for members or for participants who register for all four classes in a series. For more information, see Arboretum events.

THE NATIONAL FORUM ON ACTIVE LEARNING CLASSROOMS is open for registration. Faculty and instructional staff are invited to attend or present at the event, Aug. 9–11, STSS bldg. The forum will build on the success of the forum's 2011 inaugural event with an expanded set of demonstrations, posters, presentations, and panel discussions. For more information, see Active Learning.


THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL WINTER JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR will be held Jan. 30, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see the full list of participating employers.

STORYTELLER JIM PFITZER will bring Aldo Leopold to life on the stage of Kiehle Auditorium Jan. 31, 7 p.m. The performance, "Aldo Leopold—A Standard of Change," is free and all are welcome. Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. The event is sponsored by the UMC Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. For more information, see Aldo Leopold.

UMC WILL RECOGNIZE BLACK HISTORY MONTH with a series of events in February. The community and region are encouraged to attend these special events on campus. For more information, see Black History Month.

UMC WILL ADD A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, pending approval by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The degree is a career-oriented program that prepares students to be effective teachers of children from kindergarten through grade six. For more information, see new degree.


THE ALWORTH INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE will host a brown bag lecture Feb. 5, titled "Fresh Water for the Ethiopian Hamar Tribe and Snow Angel Fundraiser." Students with ties to Ethiopia will discuss the country's economy, politics, and culture, as well as how climate change has impacted the Hamar Tribe. Representatives from Make Your Mark: Angels for a Cause will talk about a Feb. 9 event seeking to raise money for clean water for the Hamar Tribe and break the world record for making snow angels. For more information, see Clean Water.

ELAINE HANSEN, director of UMD's Center for Economic Development, has been certified as a National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators Certified Global Business Professional. The certification confirms knowledge in international trade and assures that a person is able to practice global business at the professional level required in today's competitive environments. For more information, see Elaine Hansen.


THIRTEEN UMM PROFESSORS received all-University 2013 Imagine Fund Awards. Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, the Imagine Fund is a systemwide program that supports projects in the arts, humanities, and design at the University of Minnesota. UMM recipients include Stacey Aronson, Viktor Berberi, Sheri Breen, Sarah Buchanan, Mark Collier, Dan Demetriou, Julie Eckerle, Chrissy Kolaya, Michael Lackey, Jessica Larson, Tracy Otten, Elaine Nelson, and Marynel Ryan Van Zee. For more information, see Imagine Fund.

UMM HAS BEEN RANKED A TOP TEN PUBLIC LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE by The list includes public colleges that place an emphasis on quality teaching and undergraduate education. Each school has a liberal arts curriculum and fewer than 10,000 undergraduate students. For more information, see

THE UMM SYMPHONIC WINDS, under music director Simon Tillier, will begin its 2013 Winnipeg Tour with a concert Feb. 3, Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The ensemble will then perform at Kiehle Auditorium in Crookston Feb. 7, before touring Winnipeg for performances at Jubilee Place, Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute, and Westwood Collegiate. For more information, see Winnipeg Tour 2013.


THE UMR CONNECTS THEME for the month of February is "Ethics, Morality, and Ethical Dilemmas." The first event, "Dying in Contemporary Medical Culture," will take place Feb. 5. UMR CONNECTS is a free weekly series connecting the Rochester community and visitors to speakers and panels on a variety of engaging topics. For more information, see UMR CONNECTS.


Administrative information

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH: THE ROLE OF FACULTY AND STAFF, an interactive training session provided by the Provost's Committee on Student Mental Health, will highlight the state of student mental health issues on campus and provide practical language and concrete steps that faculty and staff members can use to assist students experiencing mental health related issues. Feb. 25, noon–1:30 p.m., with pizza and beverages at 11:30 a.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. Register for the Coffman session. An additional session will be presented on the St. Paul campus, Apr. 1, noon–1:30 p.m. Register for the St. Paul session.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE SNARGE MATRIX: Bird Strikes, Whale Strikes, and Road Kill in the Age of Mass Mobility will be presented by Institute for Advanced Study Quadrant Visiting Fellow Gary Kroll. The snarge matrix consists of the animals, plants, machines, infrastructure, culture, and expertise that meet at the literal intersection where vehicles collide with wildlife. Kroll examines bird-plane, whale-ship, and deer-car collision mitigation, exploring the history of the matrix to better understand how our culture's encounter with wildlife is mediated by mass mobility. Jan. 31, 4 p.m., 125 Nolte. For more information, see Snarge Matrix.

"THE FUTURE OF WARFARE: THE LAW OF TOMORROW'S BATTLEFIELDS" will be presented by the U of M Law School's Minnesota Journal of International Law. The symposium will feature panels on robotics, cyber warfare, and the privatization of war. Panelists—top experts in each field from around the world—will provide diverse scholarly perspectives and encourage debate, discussion, and an examination of the issues facing militaries. Feb. 5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., 25 Lockhart Hall. For registration and more information, see law symposium.

SUSTAINABILITY FILM SERIES 2013: Back by popular demand, the third annual Sustainability Film Series kicks off Feb. 7 with Dirt! The Movie. This year's theme, "The Edge of Civilization," explores different viewpoints of environmental sustainability and human stewardship of the Earth. Films run the first Thursday of the month through May. For more information, see film screenings.

SIP OF SCIENCE, held the second Wednesday of every month, will next feature "Public Music, Public Land, Public Water: Connecting Sound and Sustainability" with Mark Pedelty, Anthropology and Communication Studies. Pedelty, author of Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment, will demonstrate how humans use music to "make place." The Sip of Science series bridges the gap between science and culture in a setting that bridges the gap between brain and belly. Feb. 13, 5:30 p.m., Aster Cafe, 125 S.E. Main Street, Minneapolis. For more information, see A Sip of Science.

THE MINNESOTA EVALUATION STUDIES INSTITUTE (MESI) 18TH ANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE, "Learning by doing: Bridging evaluation theory and practice" is designed for professional evaluators, program staff, and students interested in conducting or using evaluations. MESI provides a unique opportunity to learn about contemporary issues in evaluation with national experts and practitioners in a small setting. Mar. 6–8, Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul. For registration and more information, see MESI conference.

SAVE THE DATE: CLASSES WITHOUT QUIZZES returns April 6. This year's classes will feature the latest research from CFANS scientists, including keynote speaker Mike Sadowsky of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. The half-day event on Apr. 6 also will include sessions on beer, robots, bioenergy, gardening, and economics, as well as programs for kids and opportunities to network with other college alumni and friends. For more information, see Classes Without Quizzes.

GET UNLIMITED fountain soda, coffee, or tea at Gopher Express locations, Goldy's Gameroom, and Gopher Spot with the new Caffeine Devotion card. Cards are $17.99 for one month and $59.99 for four months. For more information, see caffeine.

MORE EVENTS include Bouldering Basics (Jan. 31); Ice Climbing in Sandstone, MN (Feb. 1); What's the Big Idea? First Fridays, February 2013 (Feb. 1); VSAM Presents: Tet Show 2013! A Story Rewritten (Feb. 2); Stand Up Paddleboarding (Feb. 3); Honoring Distinguished Economist Thomas Sargent (Feb. 4); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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