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Vol. XLII No. 32; October 17, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meeting summary.
--Operational Excellence: "Bricks and mortar."
--Features: This Week @Minnesota.
--People: The U of M Alumni Association honored its outstanding alumni volunteers, groups, and programs at the 2012 Alumni Awards Celebration; and more.

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THE BOARD OF REGENTS approved President Kaler's biennial budget request and legislative proposal for fiscal years 2014–15 at its October meeting. The U has submitted the request to the state and will pursue the proposal during the 2013 legislative session. The board also heard a workforce and mission cost analysis outlining how the U will define personnel and non-personnel costs related to mission and administrative oversight. In addition, the board reviewed a proposed entrepreneurial leave policy that would support faculty in commercializing intellectual property or pursuing other private sector development opportunities. For more information, see Regents.

Operational Excellence

THE U OF M MAINTAINS FACILITIES with a square footage about seven times the size of the Mall of America—29.3 million square feet (22.6 million on the UMTC campus). The average yearly energy bill for the UMTC campus alone is about $50 million. With higher education hyper-focused on finding savings that it can reinvest in its core mission—research, academics, outreach—Facilities Management has and will continue to play an important role in supporting a quality education. And they're finding big savings. For more information, read "Bricks and Mortar."


THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Oct. 8–12. In this episode of the weekly video feature, we take a look at Homecoming Week at UMTC, with GopherFest, the Homecoming Parade, and a sold-out concert featuring music by B.o.B and Timeflies. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The U of M Alumni Association honored its outstanding alumni volunteers, groups, and programs at the 2012 Alumni Awards Celebration; UMD graduate Brian Kobilka won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with another U.S. scientist for studies about how cells in our body sense their environments; Disability Services has announced the winners of the 2012 Access Achievement Awards; Steven Miles, Center for Bioethics, has been awarded the St. Olaf College Alumni Achievement award; 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 RECEIVED $244 MILLION IN GIFTS AND COMMITMENTS in fiscal year (FY) 2012, an increase of 10 percent compared with FY11 and a 31 percent increase over FY10. One of the highest priorities for fundraising in recent years has been to increase financial support for students in the form of scholarships and fellowships. In FY12, donors committed $60 million in gifts for student support, up from $52 million in the previous year. For more information, see giving.

Awards and funding opportunities

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR RETIREES: The Office of the Vice President for Research and the U Retirees Association have announced a fifth cycle of awards to help U retirees pursue projects related to their research, instructional, or other work history or to their new scholarly and/or creative interests. Faculty, P&A, and civil service retirees from Twin Cities and statewide campuses are eligible to apply. Application deadline is Dec. 10. For more information, see development grants, email Judd Sheridan, or call 651-208-4280.

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, 2013. For more information, see call for proposals.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

FOOD DAY 2012 at the University of Minnesota, a student-organized event with support from the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, will feature two full days of events, presentations, symposiums, and eating. The event, themed, "Food: Good for eating—Good for thinking" is a celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Oct. 23, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Oct. 24, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Coffman Union. For more information, see Food Day 2012.


FORMER NBA PLAYER CHRIS HERREN will share his story of substance abuse during UMC's Alcohol Awareness Week. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. For more information, see Alcohol Awareness Week.

A PRESENTATION ADDRESSING how hurtful and discriminating language may be used intentionally and unintentionally will be made by Josh Caplan, a graduate student at Georgetown University who is working on a master of arts degree in public policy. Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see Hate Speech.

THE MINNESOTA EDA CENTER, based at UMC, recently published its latest report, "Successful Businesses in Rural Minnesota: Lessons Learned," by faculty members Eyad Youssef, Jack Geller, Ken Myers, and Denis Maier. The report details common traits and characteristics related to new business success across rural Minnesota in order to identify successful "second-stage" businesses and to understand the factors leading to their success. The report is available online.

COURTNEY BERGMAN, lecturer in the UMC Business Department, has been named a Sam Walton Fellow, an internationally recognized designation signifying her service as a professional business adviser for Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise). In addition to serving as an adviser for students involved in Enactus at UMC, she may be asked to assist with the selection of various awards, meet with corporate partners, present at national training sessions, or serve on panels related to her areas of expertise.


THE 2012 NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY was awarded to UMD graduate Brian Kobilka, '77, along with U.S. scientist Robert Lefkowitz, for their study on how cells sense their environments. For more information, see Kobilka.

TWEED MUSEUM OF ART OPEN RECEPTION FOR ENCODED: Traditional Patterns/A Contemporary Response will take place Oct. 20, 2–4 p.m., Tweed Museum. On Oct. 23, a Visual Culture Lecture Series presented by ENCODED curator John Hitchcock will further explain the exhibit, as well as Hitchcock's career. Both events are free. For more information, see Tweed exhibit.

AN UNVEILING CEREMONY FOR NEW MAROON AND GOLD SIGNS took place Oct. 16. The campus signs include a bulldog emblem with an eye-catching design. For more information, see signs.


THE SECOND EVENT IN UMM'S ANNUAL PERFORMING ARTS SERIES—James Sewell Ballet's Dance Macabre—will take the stage Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium. Inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, the ghost ballet Giselle Pas De Deux, and the company's own favorite daydreams and nightmares, James Sewell Ballet's latest performance promises an evening of beauty and the dark side. For more information, see James Sewell Ballet.

KATHLEEN DEAN MOORE, 2012–13 environmental studies scholar in residence, will give a public lecture on Oct. 23 and a public reading on Oct. 24. Both events will be held in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Moore is best known as a nature writer whose works question and celebrate cultural and spiritual connections to the Earth. For more information, see Noted Writer and Environmental Ethicist.

THE HUMANITIES FINE ARTS GALLERY is accepting entries from professional artists for a site-specific outdoor sculpture to be located in the north courtyard of the newly renovated Welcome Center, which serves as the gateway to the Morris campus. The commission awarded to the artist will total up to $20,000, including all expenses. A dedication is planned for July 2013. For more information, see outdoor sculpture.


THE NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM (NMDP) Bioinformatics Research Department and the UMR Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program have announced the establishment of a collaborative partnership pursuing joint projects involving NMDP and BICB faculty, staff, and researchers. For more information, see partnership.

FOUR UMR STUDENTS were awarded scholarships to attend the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation TRANSFORM 2012 event in September. The symposium focused on innovation and design solutions that transform the experience and delivery of health care. Students reflected on their experience online.


Administrative information

DONATE TO THE 2012 COMMUNITY FUND DRIVE by making a gift to any of more than 400 organizations that are part of the 2012 campaign, or by choosing your own charity. The U raises more than $1 million every year to help enrich the community and transform lives. This year's goal is 40 percent participation. Pledge today at The drive continues through October 31. For more information, including unit participation rates, see Community Fund Drive.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS AND THE COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING CENTER are partnering with the Big Ten Network to inspire the UMTC campus to get involved with community service. Several buildings around campus will serve as drop-off locations for donations going to the Minnesota Internship Center Charter High School. Collection will take place through Oct. 25. For donation and drop-off sites, and for more information, see Recreational Sports.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY: The 2013–14 Student Services Fee Committee (SSFC) is seeking faculty and staff to serve as members of the Administrative Units and Student Organizations Student Services Fee Committees. These committees play a vital role in determining how student services fees are allocated. The committees begin training in November and will conduct their work from late-January through late-April. Faculty/staff members will receive a $750 stipend. The application deadline is Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m. For more information, see SSFC or email Megan Sweet.

THE MINNESOTA SUPERCOMPUTING INSTITUTE (MSI) will put into production a new Panasus ActiveStor 14 data storage system in late November. The new system will be a central storage solution that will eliminate the need to transfer data within systems at MSI. Current MSI users are required to migrate their data between high-performance scratch storage and capacity project space storage, which has created bottlenecks in data flow. Overall, the capacity of the new storage system will be more than double the current MSI storage offering. For more information, see Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

AMBASSADOR SHABAZZ, producer, writer, diplomat, and the oldest daughter of Malcolm X, will speak on "A Commitment in the Spirit of Humanity" Oct. 17, 6–7:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. The free event is cosponsored by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence Ambassadors and five student groups: Al-Madinah Cultural Center, Black Student Union, Humphrey Students of Color Association, Minnesota International Students Association, and Sankofa: The African Student Reading Collective. Light refreshments will follow. For more information, call 612-625-8524.

A 2012 MINNESOTA JUSTICE FORUM will examine collateral consequences of criminal records. Legal practitioners, policy makers, scholars, and members of the community will discuss the effects of collateral sanctions, rationales, and options for reform. Participants will focus on Minnesota's laws and practices, especially those affecting employment opportunities. Oct. 19, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Lockhart Hall, Law School. Free, but registration for attorneys requesting CLE credits is $99. For more information, see criminal justice forum.

THE ST. ANTHONY FALLS LABORATORY will present its internationally renowned Lorenz G. Straub Award for most meritorious Ph.D. thesis in hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, and related fields. In conjunction with Civil Engineering's Warren Lecture Series, the event will include brief remarks by the award recipient, Jorge D. Abad, followed by a keynote presentation by professor Eckart Meiburg of the University of Santa Barbara titled, "Gravity and Turbidity Currents Interacting with Submarine Topography." Oct. 19, 3:30 p.m., 210 Civil Engineering. For more information, see Straub Award.

OPEN ACCESS WEEK: U LIBRARIES STAFF and graduate student leaders will roam campus the week of Oct. 22–26 to inform students, faculty, and staff about options for providing broader access to published research. They will also provide information about the recent establishment of a U of M Open Access Publishing Fund. The fund will help defray the costs authors sometimes face when they want to make their work more accessible. For more information about open access, Open Access Week activities, and the OA Publishing Fund, see open access.

A U-SPATIAL SYMPOSIUM will bring together people from across the U who are working on spatial questions and issues in their research. The inaugural half-day symposium will seek to build momentum, support existing research networks, and facilitate new networks in spatial research. Modeled after the un-conference concept, the symposium focuses on group-based, semi-structured activities to enhance networking, develop collaboration, and provide vital input for the future of U-Spatial. Oct. 22, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Digital Technology Center, Walter Library. For more information and to RSVP, see Spatial Symposium.

THE U OF M TUCKER CENTER'S FALL DISTINGUISHED LECTURE will highlight the state of women in sport leadership positions. Two expert scholars, Janet Fink and Sally Shaw, will discuss the critical issue of the decline of women in key positions of power in sport. Oct. 24, 7–9 p.m., Humphrey Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Tucker Center lecture.

U OF M THEATRE will present The Rover by Aphra Behn, adapted and directed by Joel Sass. Nov. 1–11, Rarig Center. Part sex farce, part revenge drama, part romantic comedy, The Rover will be performed by the senior class of the U's BFA/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. For tickets and more information, call 612-624-2345 or see

THE CENTER FOR NANOSTRUCTURE APPLICATIONS will host its eighth annual Minnesota Nanotechnology Workshop, Nov. 7-8, Commons Hotel. This year's workshop offers talks on Nanoparticle Synthesis and Reactivity, Advanced Electronic Materials, Nano Toxicity, and Photovoltaics. For registration and more information, see Nanotechnology.

THE 20TH ANNUAL KUEHNAST ENDOWMENT PROGRAM will take place Nov. 8, 1–5 p.m., St. Paul, Student Center Theater. The program will feature a "Mini-Climate School" with lectures by three outstanding scientists; David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, will present "Canada: No Longer the Cold, White North"; Sue Grimmond, from King's College (London), will present "Current Advances in Monitoring and Modeling Urban Climates"; and Harold Brooks, research meteorologist with the NOAA National Severe Storms Lab, will present "Severe Thunderstorms and Climate Change." For more information, see climate lecture.

A WOMEN IMPACTING HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE will feature some of the strong female voices in health care today. Participants will develop their own personal leadership approach through a series of collaborative discussions and group learning activities. Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For registration and more information, see healthcare conference.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE MINI BIOETHICS ACADEMY sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and modeled after the popular Mini Medical School program. The fall series, "Bioethical Issues in Film and Television," features ethicists John Song, Daniel Groll, and Maryam Valapour. Using film and television clips from House, My Sister's Keeper, and Gattaca, faculty will facilitate discussion about the ethical issues raised in these shows. Join for one, two, or all three sessions: Nov 12, 19, and 26, 6:30–8:30 p.m., St. Paul Student Center. For registration and more information, see Mini Bioethics Academy.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment (Oct. 17); The IKEA Project: Coloring in the Rooms—Thursdays at Four presentation by Talya Chalef and Kelly Ryall (Oct. 18); Encore Transitions: Pathways to Post-Career Life (Oct. 19); Canoeing Day Trip—Calhoun, Isles, Cedar Lake (Oct. 20); Fireside Sippers: Warming Beers for Fall and Winter (Oct. 23); Zadie Smith Talk & Discussion (Oct. 23); Religion and the Election: Roundtable Discussion (Oct. 29); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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