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Vol. XLII No. 31; October 10, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meet Oct. 11–12.
--Federal Relations Update.
--UMN-TV: A Smart Solution.
--Features: Islands in the Sun; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Irving Gottesman will receive the Honorary Fellowship of King's College London; and more.

University News and Events
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THE BOARD OF REGENTS will meet Oct. 12 to act on President Kaler's proposed biennial budget request and legislative proposal for fiscal years 2014–15. Pending board approval, the U will submit its request to the state by Oct. 15 and pursue the proposal during the 2013 legislative session, which begins in January. Other agenda items include a continued discussion of University spending with a focus on spending for mission support and administrative leadership relative to total expenditures; review of a new entrepreneurial leave policy to support faculty in commercializing intellectual property or pursuing other private sector development opportunities; and more. For more information, see the news release.

FEDERAL RELATIONS UPDATE: U of M VP Richard Pfutzenreuter made a presentation to the Board of Regents Sept. 13, estimating the effect of the federal government's potential budget sequestration on the U in FY13. Estimates include a loss of $50.8 million in federal grants and contracts, and a cut of approximately 8 percent to Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, federal work-study, and TRIO programs. Pfutzenreuter also detailed potential impacts to the Academic Health Center, Fairview, and U Physicians with the expiration at the end of 2012 of Medicare payments to physicians and a reduction of the Medicare provider payment. For more information, see Federal Relations.

Operational Excellence

UMN-TV: A SMART SOLUTION: As colleges, departments, and units around the University work to reduce costs while enhancing services as part of President Kaler's Operational Excellence initiative, the status quo is being challenged. UMN-TV is one example of improving a service while saving an estimated $250,000 over the next five years. For more information, see Operational Excellence.


FEATURE: More than half the people on earth live in cities, and those urban areas are warming at twice the rate of rest of the planet, with heat waves becoming more frequent. The University of Minnesota's four-year Islands in the Sun research project seeks to discover how "heat islands" work—and to help lower the temperature in cities through landscape design. For more information, see "Islands in the Sun."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Oct. 1–5. In this episode of the weekly video feature, we visit the U's first-ever multi-faith week and attend a Campus Conversation with President Eric Kaler. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements


PEOPLE: Irving Gottesman will receive the Honorary Fellowship of King's College London; John Finnegan, dean of the School of Public Health, has received the Albert Justus Chesley Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association; 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

ENTERPRISE SYSTEM UPGRADE KICKOFF EVENT: Between now and December 2014, the U of M is upgrading its essential human resources (HR), student, and financial systems and re-examining related business processes to improve operational efficiency and user experience. A program kickoff will take place Oct. 16, 1–4 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. ESUP team members, targeted leaders, and others who should attend this event in person will receive an electronic invitation with RSVP instructions included. All project team members are expected to attend; team members from outstate locations will be able to participate and ask questions remotely via ITV locations. Sessions will also be recorded and streamed. For the full agenda, ITV viewing locations, and more, see

A MICROSOFT HOME USE PROGRAM is now available for faculty and staff, enabling those who use Microsoft Office for their work at the University to purchase one licensed copy per platform of Office (for Windows or Mac) to install and use on home computers, for work, and for personal purposes. Eligible faculty and staff must be currently employed at the University. The cost to the user is $9.95 for the download. For more information, see Microsoft Home Use.

Awards and funding opportunities

PROPOSALS FOR THE FALL 2012 MINI GRANTS COMPETITION sponsored by the Institute on the Environment are due Nov. 1. Faculty, staff, and students from across the University system are invited to apply for funding. IonE Mini Grants seek to spur new collaborations across disciplines, units, and campuses by providing small amounts of funding (from $500 to $3,000, with average grants being $1,500), administrative support (including organizing and staffing meetings), and space (for meetings, small conferences, new courses, reading groups, etc.). For more information, see Mini Grants.

A REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFAs) has been issued by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) for its Research Education, Training, and Career Development programs. CTSI has three opportunities designed to support junior investigators as they build independent research careers. Investigators may apply for the New Investigator Pre-K Pilot Grant, the K to R Transition Grant, and the R to R Pilot Grant. Eligibility ranges from assistant professor rank (≤ 3 years) to associate professor rank (≤ 7 years). Application deadline is Dec. 10. For eligibility criteria, an application, and more information, see CTSI.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE JOHN TATE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING are due Jan. 17. The Tate Awards serve to recognize and reward high-quality academic and career advising. Nomination guidelines and materials, as well as sample dossiers of previous award winners, are available at Tate Awards.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

"DESIGN + COMMUNITY + SUSTAINABILITY: Accelerating the Transformation," a Frontiers in the Environment lecture by Virajita Singh, senior research fellow and adjunct assistant professor with the College of Design, will take place Oct. 10, noon, live online and at R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul. Frontiers in the Environment lectures take place each Wednesday at noon. For more information, see Frontiers.

"A SALUTE TO LAKE SUPERIOR'S SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES," hosted by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, spotlights the state's seasonal abundance of lake herring from Lake Superior and celebrates the people involved in managing, harvesting, studying, and preparing this sustainably harvested fish. The event features a professional chef cook-off and public tasting event where ten of the Midwest's finest chefs will compete for $1,000 and public approval by turning Lake Superior's lake herring into haute cuisine. Nov. 13, 5–7:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, see Sea Grant.


APPROXIMATELY 100 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS involved in Minnesota Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will take part in their annual regional conference on campus Oct. 10, 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. For more information, see FCCLA leaders.

THE FACULTY AND STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN-SERVICE DAY will take place Oct. 12. Classes will not be held but campus offices will remain open. The first session of uMobile Tech Support is scheduled Oct. 12, 10 a.m.–noon, 116 Kiehle. For more information, see in-service day.

EXTENSION WILL HOST A NATURAL PLAY SPACE WORKSHOP, including morning plenary presentations by U staff and local partners covering the planning, installation, and programming aspects of natural play spaces with examples of what has been done in the region. Afternoon breakout discussions will address exactly what is needed to move such projects forward. Oct. 17, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see Natural Play Space.


NATIONAL FOOD DAY 2012, Oct. 24, will begin with a presentation by Steven Kuross, who has 26 years of medical experience and practices hematology and internal medicine and medical oncology. Kuross's presentation starts at 7 p.m., UMD Kirby Ballroom, and will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by a free "Farm to Table" meal at Sara's Table, 1902 East 8th Street, Duluth. Leading up to the annual national food day there are workshops, seminars, and tours throughout October. For more information, see National Food Day.

$4.3 MILLION NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT: UMD's Karen Gran is one of four researchers from the University of Minnesota who received the recently announced Water Sustainability and Climate grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). For more information, see NSF grant.

JOSEPH GALLIAN will be named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society on Nov. 1. For more information, see Gallian.

THE ANNUAL KERLAN AWARD CEREMONY on Sept. 18 celebrated the 100th birthday of Irvin Kerlan. Presenters included UMD associate professor Jean Stevenson, who prepared a Kerlan Chapbook. For more information, see Kerlan Ceremony.


CHRISTOPHER BUTLER, instructor of English, sociology, and honors, was recently awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship for work he is conducting at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The title of the project for which he received the fellowship—which officially begins in the summer of 2013—is "Water Unites, Water Divides: Resistance to the West Seti and Upper Karnali Dams in Nepal." For more information, see Butler.

UMM IS PLEASED TO WELCOME BILL ROBERTS, '96, AND KARI ROBERTS, '95, as the featured speakers at the 2012 Latterell Visiting Alumnus Lecture. The lecture, "Molecules, Medicine, and Morris Musings," will be held Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Science Auditorium. The Joseph J. Latterell Memorial Visiting Alumnus Program honors the value of alumni perspectives on post-graduate studies and career opportunities. For more information, see Latterell Alumni.

THE HUMANITIES FINE ARTS GALLERY WILL PRESENT YOU COMPLETE ME, an exhibition featuring the work of mixed media artists and couple Liz Miller and David Hamlow. Miller's mixed media installations and works on paper recontextualize shapes, signs, and symbols from disparate historical and contemporary images to create abstract fictions. Hamlow's work addresses the interface of art-making and daily life. Oct. 18–Nov. 21. For more information, see mixed media.


CHANCELLOR STEPHEN LEHMKUHLE WILL DELIVER THE UMR STATE OF THE CAMPUS ADDRESS Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., University Square. Lehmkuhle will provide a report to the community about UMR's progress, growth, and innovation. For more information, see State of the Campus.


Administrative information

NOMINATIONS FOR THE U SERVICES STAR PERFORMER AWARDS are due Nov. 5. Star Performer Awards are given out each fall to University Services employees and teams of employees who have provided star quality service to the University of Minnesota over the past year. Award recipients are honored at the University Services Leadership Forum in December and receive a personalized Star Performer plaque. For more information and a 2012 nomination form, see Star Performers.

THE STUDENT EMPLOYMENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (SELP) asks that supervisors encourage undergraduate student employees to complement their on-campus employment experiences by participating in workshops and activities focused on leadership and workplace topics. The program is open to any student employee currently enrolled as an undergraduate. Students can complete the program within two successive semesters (does not have to fall within one academic year). For more information, see student employment.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

IT'S HOMECOMING 2012: Participate in events like the Wednesday blood drive, the Friday parade, and more to help celebrate this legendary University. Submit ideas for the Homecoming 2013 theme now at

VIEWS FROM THE U: THE POLITICAL SCIENCE OF ELECTION 2012 will feature some of the University's leading political science researchers. Moderated by Kathryn Sikkink, this panel discussion will feature topics including political psychology, partisan identity, the Electoral College, the impact of judicial decisions on voting, and the world economy's influence on U.S. elections and vice versa. A Q&A will follow the program. Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. Free, but registration is requested. For more information, see Election 2012.

"PRIVATE DATA, PUBLIC COMPUTATION," a public lecture sponsored by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), will feature Kristin Lauter, Cryptography Group, Microsoft Research. Oct. 16, 7 p.m., 175 Wiley Hall. For more information, see IMA public lecture.

FREE WEBINAR: BUILDING ENGAGEMENT THROUGH LEADERSHIP. Join the College of Continuing Education in a discussion of the fundamental concepts and tools that are a necessary part of successful leadership. The course will explore the importance of situational leadership and adjusting leadership style to fit the circumstances at hand, the source of employee motivation and how to harness it, and how consequences explain employee behavior. Oct. 17, noon–1 p.m. Free, but registration is required.

IMMERSION 2012: BRIDGING CONTEXTS FOR A MULTILINGUAL WORLD conference will foster research-informed dialogue and professional exchange across languages, levels, learner audiences, and sociopolitical contexts and will engage participants from the full range of immersion education. The conference features five plenaries, ten symposia, and nearly 100 sessions presented by leading immersion educators from around over the world. Oct. 18–20, Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul. For registration and more information, see Immersion 2012.

MUSIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT: School of Journalism faculty member and Institute on the Environment resident fellow Mark Pedelty will present a reading from his book Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment at the U Bookstore Oct. 19, 4–4:30 p.m., Coffman Union. The Hypoxic Punks will perform acoustic versions of three songs as part of the presentation, which will be followed by a book signing. For more information, see U Bookstores.

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC'S ANNUAL COLLAGE CONCERT will celebrate the music of legendary composer Dominick Argento. Argento is America's preeminent composer of lyric opera and holds the title of U of M Regents Professor Emeritus. He is a Grammy Award winner, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and more. He is celebrating his 85th birthday this year. Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Collage Concert.

MORE EVENTS include Civil Conversations: The Future of Marriage (Oct. 10); Ally 101 Training! (GLBTA Programs Office) (Oct. 11); Celebrating University Women Awards and Recognition Program (Oct. 12); Courting Harry (Oct. 13); Tax Reform (Oct. 15); Indoor Bouldering Clinic (Oct. 16); Frontiers in the Environment (Oct. 17); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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