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Vol. XLI No. 31; Oct. 12, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--The Board of Regents will meet Oct. 13–14.
--Features: Making the case; Surgery on the cutting edge; Female athletes and concussions; This Week @Minnesota; U of M Moment.
--People: Karen Hanson has been named the U's new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost; and more.

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


THE BOARD OF REGENTS will meet Oct. 13–14. Regents will act upon President Kaler's recommended 2012 state capital budget request and the 2011 University Plan, Performance, and Accountability Report. Committees will hear updates including information on the freshman class strengths finder assessment, consider a revised consent report that includes the appointment of Karen Hanson as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, and discuss the recommendation to increase undergraduate enrollment on the Twin Cities campus by 1,000 students in the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines. The board will also hear a report from the President. For more information, see the news release or docket materials.


FEATURE: Chosen by President Eric Kaler to be the U's new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, pending approval by the Board of Regents at its Oct. 13-14 meeting, Karen Hanson is acutely aware of the scope of the challenge she faces. Yet she's thrilled about the opportunity. Public universities are fundamental for the nation, Hanson says. For more information, read "Making the case."

FEATURE: Eddie Kunze came into this world bright and early on the last day of autumn in 2007. By all outward appearances he was healthy and normal. But that evening, things took a quick and dramatic turn for the worse. Nurses noticed a murmur in Eddie's heart and he was rushed to neonatal intensive care; doctors soon discovered he had a huge heart defect. After undergoing a new hybrid procedure at the U, Eddie is back at home in Buffalo, MN, chasing after his four siblings. For more information, read "Surgery on the cutting edge."

FEATURE: Last fall, Nicole LaVoi attended an ice hockey summit subtitled, "Action on concussion." As the associate director of the U's Tucker Center for Girls & Women in Sport, she was listening to the proceedings with a lens on gender, and she was surprised at what she was hearing, or rather, what she wasn't hearing. That moment ultimately led to the Tucker Center's choice to shine the light on the impact of concussions on female athletes. For more information, read "Female athletes and concussions."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Oct. 3–7. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service watches as zombies take over the U in humans vs. zombies; celebrates the 100th birthday of the Mayo Hospital with the opening of the Mayo Plaza; and gets a sneak peak at a new documentary featuring the Tucker Center. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

U OF M MOMENT: "Kids and social media, Part 2." Cyberbullying among youth is a phenomenon that has made many recent headlines. Shayla Thiel-Stern, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication who studies youth and social media, urges parents and teachers to be aware of this issue. Cyberbullying has the same effects as traditional bullying, Thiel-Stern says. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Karen Hanson has been named the U's new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost; an interdisciplinary team has been awarded a five-year, $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to boost understanding of global population-environment relationships; Disability Services has named recipients of the 2011–12 Access Achievement Awards; Caroline Gaither has been named assistant dean for Professional Education with the College of Pharmacy; Jay Clark received a VISION award for service and leadership in the Hmong community; the College of Pharmacy is part of a nonprofit organization that received up to $35 million from the FDA to reform drug manufacturing; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

A BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE INITIATIVE aims to provide decision makers at all levels of the University with relevant, accurate, and consistent data, as well as the tools and skills to analyze them. Led by the Office of Planning and Analysis and the Office of Information Technology, Business Intelligence will improve processes, tools, and collaboration on topics ranging from enrollment and course scheduling to analyzing unit spending. For more information, see Business Intelligence.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

A SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN CONFERENCE will focus on the trends and elements of sustainable neighborhood design. Presentations will include local sustainable neighborhood projects at UMORE Park in Rosemount, the University District Alliance, the Ford Plant site in St. Paul, and the Eco-Village in North Minneapolis. Sponsored by the U's Center for Sustainable Building Research and the Metropolitan Design Center. Nov. 5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Rapson Hall. Free but registration is requested. For more information, see sustainable design.

Funding awards and opportunities


AN IN-SERVICE DAY for UMC faculty and staff will be held Oct. 14. Classes are excused and each of the academic departments are planning for the day's activities within their departments.

THE UMC HORTICULTURE CLUB is, for the first time, hosting the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society's (MACHS) 39th annual conference, themed "Little Campus on the Prairie." The MACHS conference is expected to bring horticultural students from across the Midwest to the UMC campus. Oct. 20–23. For more information, see conference.

A SCHOLARSHIP FOR "NONTRADITIONAL" WOMEN completing their education at the University of Minnesota has been awarded to three UMC students. Recipients of the Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship include Beth Debeltz, a health management major from Embarrass, MN; Donna Malarkey, a quality management major from Crookston; and sophomore Nan Wright, an organizational psychology major also from Crookston. For more information, see scholarship.


NRRI OFFERS PRODUCT PERFORMANCE TESTING: UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) can do physical and mechanical performance tests—strength, stability, and resistance testing—on natural resource-based components for University research and projects. The staff also has vast industry experience to move research toward private sector application. To learn more and to see a complete list of capabilities, see NRRI services or email Pat Donahue.

PROJECT BASELINE, a four-year "Living Plant Genome Reserve for the Study of Evolution" research initiative, has been awarded $1.2 million by the National Science Foundation. The study will be led by Julie Etterson, associate professor in the UMD Department of Biology, along with co-principal investigators Ruth Shaw, UMTC; Steven Franks, Fordham University; Susan Mazer, University of California, Santa Barbara. The project will prepare a living seed bank that can be resurrected in the future to study how natural selection has changed wild plant populations over time. For more information, see project baseline.

EDDY LECTURE SERIES: "Pediatric Swallowing & Feeding: Decision Making with Complex Patients." Sponsored by the Edwin H. Eddy Foundation and the UMD Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, this event requires preregistration and is open to the public. Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., 118 Labovitz School of Business. For more information, see lecture.

UMD HOMECOMING: "THIS IS BULLDOG COUNTRY" will feature events scheduled Oct. 14–22, including a pep rally that will take place in downtown Duluth Oct. 18, beginning at 11:30 a.m., Holiday Center, 207 West Superior Street. The public is welcome to attend homecoming events. For more information, see the Homecoming schedule.


RAY SCHULTZ, associate professor of theatre, will play the role of King Claudius in Hamlet at the Austin Shakespeare Company in Austin, TX, during his fall sabbatical. For more information, see Shakespeare.

THE 2011 SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AWARD from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota was presented to the Welcome Center renovation project participants "for forging a new path that recognizes the green value of adaptive reuse, the respect for low-tech, sustainable design features in historic buildings, and the sensitive integration of high-tech energy-efficient systems..." For more information, see sustainable design.

UMM HAS LAUNCHED A RIDESHARING SOCIAL NETWORK. The private network, developed with Zimride, empowers individuals to create social, sustainable, and convenient transportation options; provides substantial cost-savings for the campus and community; and marks another significant step in continuing to improve campus sustainability practices. For more information, see Zimride.


SAVE THE DATE: Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle will give the UMR State of the Campus address Nov. 8, noon–1:30 p.m., 417 University Square. The event is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public.

A UMR SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET will be held on the evening of Oct. 25, at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Rochester. The invitation-only event will honor UMR scholarship recipients.


Administrative information

A NEW SCHEDULING POLICY WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED AT "SCHEDULING U." The Office of Classroom Management will host Scheduling University ("Scheduling U") each day from Oct. 17 to Nov. 4. The 90-minute sessions focus on topics important to schedulers (e.g., ECS tips and tricks and how to get the room you need) and are open to all U staff. Upcoming sessions include a "Scheduling Update," which will cover the new scheduling policy, the new "Classroom Scheduling Distribution Summary," and more. For more information, see Scheduling U.

TEAM SKILLS: LIBRARY TOOLS FOR COLLABORATION interactive workshop will provide an introduction to tools that will maximize group efficiency as well as discuss skills and practices that make teamwork proceed smoothly. Discussion will include use of Google Docs, Google Sites, the Assignment Calculator, RefWorks, Zotero, and other tools to facilitate productivity and keep a project on schedule. Bring a laptop if available. Oct. 18, 2:30–4 p.m., 420A Science Teaching and Student Services building. For more information, see collaboration.

FACULTY AND STAFF STUDENT SERVICES FEE COMMITTEE members are sought by the Office for Student Affairs for the 2012–13 Administrative Units and Student Organizations Student Services Fee committees. The committees play a vital role in determining how Student Services Fees are allocated. Training begins in November and committees will conduct their work from late January through late April. For more information, see fee committee or email Megan Sweet by Oct 21.

LIBRARY COURSE PAGES are designed as a starting point for course-related research. Faculty and staff are encouraged to refer students to the resource. It can be accessed through the "Course Resources" tab on Libraries homepage, the "myCourses" tab in myU, or by adding the "Library Resources" block in Moodle. For more information, see Library Course Pages.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

PREVIEW/REVIEW: UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND LECTURES is a periodic column highlighting events and lectures recently past and soon to come on the TC campus. This issue features a stimulating review of the Bell Museum's exhibit "Coffee: The World in Your Cup." Previews include a conversation with Amiri Baraka, "The Ethnopharmacology of Energy Drinks," Coming Full Circle: A History of University Avenue, and more. For more information, see Preview/Review.

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC COLLAGE CONCERT is a nonstop concert showcase of all that the School of Music has to offer, including performances by choral, orchestral, jazz, chamber, world music, and band ensembles as well as solo performances by faculty and students. More than 300 students and faculty will perform in the events. Free and open to the public. Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. For more information, see collage concert.

UMTC HOMECOMING EVENTS will include the Thank U community service day, Oct. 16; a Homecoming Blood Drive, Oct. 17; the parade and Pep Fest, Oct. 21; and more. Tickets are still available for Pep Fest, featuring performances by the marching band and spirit squad, fireworks, and speeches by University dignitaries. The night ends with a full set of music by local hip-hop legends Atmosphere. For more information, see

GOPHERS FOOTBALL COACH JERRY KILL will be the grand marshal for Homecoming 2011. Kill will be represented in the parade by his mother Sonja, wife Rebecca, and two daughters, Krystal and Tasha. Coach Kill will be present to address the crowd at the Pep Fest following the parade in TCF Bank Stadium Oct. 21. Other notable guests in this year's Homecoming Parade include President and Mrs. Kaler, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Goldy Gopher, and the current and alumni Marching Bands and Spirit Squads. For more information, see

A WIND ENERGY RESEARCH STATION COMMISSIONING EVENT will include a ceremonial "flip of the switch" to start a 420-foot wind turbine at the University's UMore Park. Visitors can tour the facility including the wind turbine, a 426-foot meteorological research tower, and exhibits on wind energy research and education. Free and open to the public. Oct. 25, 2:30-4:30 p.m. The new Wind Energy Research Station, run by the College of Science and Engineering's St. Anthony Falls Lab, is the first of its kind in the nation. For more information, see wind energy.

DISCOUNT TICKETS to Halloween Haunts are now available at the Student Union and Activities (SUA) Information Desks, including ValleySCARE, Scream Town, Trail of Terror, and Haunted Theater. Save up to $10. For more information, see SUA discounts.

MORE EVENTS include Innovative Business Leaders Can Positively Impact Our Environment (Oct. 12); Better Data Searching (Oct. 13); Public Conversation with Amiri Baraka (Oct. 14); Concussions and Female Athletes (Oct. 16); "Barbary Coasts: How Mediterraneans Came to Be" (Oct. 18). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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