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Vol. XLIII No. 30; October 2, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Public interviews for Dean and VP for Health Sciences.
--Features: Driven to serve; American history at your fingertips.
--People: Doneka Scott has been named assistant vice provost in the Office for Equity and Diversity; and more.

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


PUBLIC INTERVIEWS FOR THE DEAN OF THE MEDICAL SCHOOL AND VP FOR HEALTH SCIENCES POSITION will be held Oct. 3, 4–6 p.m., 2-690 Moos Tower; Oct. 15, 4:30–6:30 p.m., 2-620 Moos Tower; and Oct. 17, 4–6 p.m., 1-450 Moos Tower. During each interview, candidates will participate in a public forum and provide their 10-year vision for the academic health sciences. Candidate names and vitae will be posted the day before their campus visit at AHC VP Search.


FEATURE: U VP for Research Brian Herman brings a wealth of experience to his roles as vice president for research and key player in the University of Minnesota's strategic planning process. For more information, read “Driven to serve.”

FEATURE: History became easier for the nation and the world to access, thanks to the recent launch of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The DPLA will make many of America's significant digital collections searchable and accessible to students, teachers, scholars, and the public from a single site. The U of M played a key role in the collaboration to launch the massive online library. For more information, read “American history at your fingertips.”

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Doneka Scott has been named assistant vice provost in the Office for Equity and Diversity; the Center for Transportation Studies has been selected to lead a new $10.4 million regional University Transportation Center consortium focused on improving transportation safety; U Medical School researchers have received a $3.2 million grant to examine new approaches for diagnosing and treating meningitis; the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare has received an NSF grant for research focusing on the wellbeing of at-risk children; U of M Extension's Heidi Haugen has received the Excellence in Volunteerism award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents; 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 UNIVERSITY SENATE AND FACULTY SENATE will meet Oct. 3, 2:30 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. Topics include Resolution on Lactation Support Action, Guidelines for Evaluating Competitive Faculty Applications for University Funded Sabbatical Supplements, and Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning. For more information, see the agenda at University Senate.

THE P&A SENATE will meet Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m., 5-125 Mayo. Topics include a discussion with Faculty Consultative Committee Chair and professor Will Durfee, and a discussion regarding employee engagement with Brandon Sullivan. For more information, see the agenda at P&A Senate.

A UPLAN BENEFITS CONVERSATION WITH THE GLBT COMMUNITY will take place Oct. 7, 1:30–3 p.m., Mayo Auditorium, and live via UM Connect. Vice Presidents Katrice Albert, Office for Equity and Diversity, and Kathy Brown, Office of Human Resources, will hold the conversation about the U's same-sex marriage and same-sex domestic partner benefits coverage. They will provide an overview of current benefits and solicit input about possible changes to unmarried same-sex domestic partner coverage.

MOBILE APPS: In response to recent inquiries from University groups on the topic of mobile application development and branding, University Relations has created guidelines and requirements for branding University-related mobile apps. For more information, see mobile app guidelines.

Award and funding opportunities

APPLICATIONS FOR FACULTY FELLOWSHIPS AT THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY (IAS) are due Oct. 18. Faculty systemwide are eligible to apply for one-semester residential fellowships at the IAS. For application instructions and more information, see IAS Faculty Fellowships.

INTERDISCIPLINARY DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS are available to support outstanding Ph.D. students whose current or proposed dissertation topic is interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the U-wide interdisciplinary centers or institutes. Many centers and institutes have early application deadlines, starting Oct. 18. For deadlines and more information, see Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE JOHN TATE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING are due Jan. 13. The Tate Awards 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

JOIN THE HEALTHY FOODS, HEALTHY LIVES INSTITUTE in two upcoming healthy food events, beginning with the 2013 Healthy Foods Summit, “Food and the Environment: Healthy Planet, Healthy People,” Oct. 14 (Commons Hotel) and Oct. 15 (Arboretum). Food Day 2013, a celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food, will take place Oct. 24, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union.

FRONTIERS IN THE ENVIRONMENT past presentations are available online shortly after each event for the convenience of those unable to attend. Watch archived videos on the topics of sustainable food supply, crossing institutional silos, the palm oil problem, and more. The lectures take place weekly, Wednesdays at noon, 380 IonE seminar room and live online. For more information, see frontier lectures.


UMC IS CELEBRATING HOMECOMING Oct. 4–6. Outstanding Alumni Eugene Dufault '68, Timothy Rhonemus '84, Susan Jacobson '87 and '96, and Tyler Grove '94 will be honored. Michele (Johnson) Allen ex. '88, volleyball/softball, Craig Talberg '91, football, and Karla (Thormodson) Isley '98, women's basketball, will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. For more information, see Homecoming.

THE ART COLLEGE OF INNER MONGOLIA UNIVERSITY will present a special performance of music and dance, sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the U of M Crookston. Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Crookston High School Auditorium. For more information, see music and dance.

“MAKE IT OK,” A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON MENTAL HEALTH will take place Oct. 7, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. The goal is to encourage people to talk about mental health and related issues. For more information, email Laurie Wilson or call 218-281-8587.


A HIGHLIGHT OF THIS YEAR'S HOMECOMING will be a parade through downtown Duluth Oct. 3, starting at 6 p.m. There are more than 50 entries in the parade, all celebrating the theme “Now Entering Bulldog Country—Beware of Dogs.” The Grand Marshall is Duluth Mayor and UMD alumnus Don Ness. This is the first UMD parade in more than 40 years. For more information, see Homecoming.

THE UMD LIBRARY WILL BE DEDICATED as the Kathryn A. Martin Library Oct. 7, 3:30 p.m. That evening, the 12th Annual Weber Concert will be presented in Weber Music Hall. Kathryn A. Martin served as UMD chancellor from 1995 to 2010. Under her leadership, the campus experienced a $167 million construction boom, beginning in 2000. For more information, see Martin Library.

THE SWENSON COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING honored four alumni: Peggy Chun (physics), Alan Nelson (chemical engineering), Klaus J. Schulz (geological sciences), and Rik R. Tykwinski (chemistry and biochemistry), as well as UMD professor Joseph Gallian (mathematics and statistics), with induction into the UMD Academy of Science and Engineering. For more information, see Academy.

THE SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS (SFA) AND THE LABOVITZ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS (LSBE) have partnered to create two parallel degree programs: a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Marketing (SFA) and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Graphic Design (LSBE). The programs teach graduate level skills at the undergraduate level. For more information, see New Majors.


UMM'S STUDENT-RUN RADIO STATION, KUMM, served as Minnesota headquarters for College Radio Day. Founded in 2010, the event celebrates college radio listenership and the work contributed to high school and college radio stations by students worldwide. More than 30 countries participated in the celebration on Oct. 1. For more information, see College Radio Day.

ERIC SCHWARTZ, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will deliver the 2013 Jooinn Lee Lecture on Oct. 9. The endowed lecture series showcases the political science discipline and cutting-edge scholarship by bringing to campus distinguished alumni, scholars, and prominent practitioners representing the field of politics. For more information, see Lee Lecture.

THE 2013–14 PERFORMING ARTS SERIES CONTINUES WITH SUSAN WERNER'S HAYSEED PROJECT Oct. 12. Backed by two sidemen, the Chicago-based singer/songwriter brings her unique musical mix of Americana, bluegrass, folk, and jazz to her newest project. A variety of farming and healthy eating activities will accompany the performance throughout the day. For more information, see Werner.


THE UMR CONNECTS THEME for the month of October is "Outer and Inner Spaces." 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

THE WOMEN'S FACULTY CABINET will hold two information-gathering sessions seeking input on directions for future efforts to support the personal and professional satisfaction and career advancement of female faculty. Oct. 9, 3–4 p.m., President's Room, Coffman Union; and Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m.–noon, St. Paul Student Center, room 202. For more information, see Women's Faculty Cabinet.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

POINTS OF PRIDE RESEARCH DAY will take place Oct. 2, celebrating the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Signature Program research while honoring faculty, fellows, students, and research partners who contribute to the advancement of biomedical sciences and veterinary medicine. The program begins at 1:15 p.m., Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center. For more information, see Points of Pride.

U LIBRARIES will host a new series of monthly events, organized by the DASH (Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities) Initiative. Attend to learn more about DASH, the events and projects planned for the year, how to start a research project or incorporate these ideas into classrooms, and meet others interested in building interdisciplinary digital projects. The first event is Oct. 2, 3:30 p.m., 119 STSS. For more information, email or see DASH online.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Ken Roth will present “U.S. Human Rights Policy: Leadership Must Begin at Home,” Oct. 2, 4:30–6 p.m., Humphrey School. Human Rights Watch is regarded as the world's most influential human rights advocacy organization; Roth will discuss perspectives and advocacy on the use of drones, interrogation, privacy, and more. For more information, see Human Rights.

BOYNTON HEALTH SERVICE’S St. Paul clinic will hold an open house to mark its grand reopening on Oct. 4, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. The event will include light snacks, prizes, giveaways, and therapy animals—including Woodstock the therapy chicken.

HEALTH CAREERS WEEK 2013 will include a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, The Waiting Room, which “goes behind the doors of a public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.” Open to all U of M faculty, staff, and students. Oct. 4, 6 p.m., 2-530 Moos Tower. For more information, see Health Careers Week.

HOW DOES PSYCHIC TRAUMA PASS FROM PARENT TO CHILD? How can that transfer be interrupted? UCLA Professor of Sociology and psychoanalyst Jeffrey Prager will explore these questions in "The Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: Recovering Humanity, Repairing Generations." Oct. 5, 9-11:30 a.m., 20 Mondale Hall. For more information, see transmission of trauma.

A RECEPTION TO SHOWCASE ARTWORK created by graduate and undergraduate students last spring through a course partnership among Student Unions & Activities, the Department of Art, and the College of Design, will take place Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. For more information, see reception.

THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON POLICY ANALYSIS will take place Oct. 16, St. Paul campus. The conference will address the development and analysis of policy related to inequalities and disparities. For registration and more information, see policy analysis.

CIVIL RIGHTS & CIVIL JUSTICE: 50 YEARS LATER, a symposium of the Law School’s Journal of Law and Inequality, will take place Oct. 18, 8:45–4:15 p.m. The event will honor former Vice President Walter Mondale, and will critique the nation’s progress on race, immigration, LGBT, and women’s rights. Seven U of M Law School faculty will be featured, as well as fourteen national scholars. For more information, see symposium.

U OF M RESEARCHERS ARE INVITED to an Academic Founder Event to learn more about opportunities in commercializing technologies developed from research, and to gain a unique perspective on entrepreneurship. The event features two panels of investors and academics from around the country who have founded companies with university technologies, as well as networking opportunities. Oct. 22, 4–8 p.m., Banquet Room, TCF Bank Stadium. For more information, see entrepreneurship.

CEHD SATURDAY SCHOLARS: WORKING IN THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP will feature College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) faculty members in sessions exploring what’s working to improve PreK-20 student outcomes. Attend and share ideas, meet others, and hear how CEHD research and outreach uniquely positions the college as a leader in the effort to reduce the achievement gap in Minnesota. Nov. 2, 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, see CEHD Scholars.

MORE EVENTS include IAS Thursdays: Gayle Morrison, "Hog's Exit: Jerry Daniels, the Hmong, and the CIA" (Oct. 3); “Real Happiness,” a talk with Sharon Salzberg (Oct. 4); 2013 Fall Art Tour (Oct. 5); The Big WAM Bash (Oct. 5); Half-day Healing on Purpose Workshop with Ruth Bachman (Oct. 7); IMA Public Lecture: “The Evolution of Cooperation: Why We Need Each Other to Succeed” (Oct. 8). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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