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Vol. XLII No. 33; October 24, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Public interviews are scheduled for the VP for Equity and Diversity position.
--Operational Excellence: Natural Resources Library.
--Features: A tradition is born; Distinguished McKnight Professor David Samuels; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: The U's Center for Design in Health will share in a more than $16 million grant to reduce ICU complications and costs; and more.

University News and Events
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PUBLIC INTERVIEWS FOR THE VP FOR EQUITY AND DIVERSITY POSITION are scheduled to take place on the UMTC campus Oct. 31, 3–4:30 p.m.; and Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m.–noon; 3-180 Keller Hall. The presentations will also be recorded and posted on the VP for Equity and Diversity search website. The candidates are Katrice Albert, vice provost for equity, diversity, and community outreach, Louisiana State University; and Karen Dace, deputy chancellor, division of diversity, access, and equity, University of Missouri–Kansas City. For more information, including candidate vitae and evaluation forms, see Equity and Diversity.

Operational Excellence

THE NEW NATURAL RESOURCES LIBRARY on the St. Paul campus recently celebrated its grand opening. The library will save $130,000 annually in operating costs through consolidation of collections in the former Forestry and Entomology, Fisheries, and Wildlife libraries, and will better support interdisciplinary efforts and meet the demand for more study space. The project also responded to changes in how scholars use library resources by tapping digital technologies to enhance the onsite collection and use of the popular "Get It" delivery system. For more information, see Natural Resources Library.


FEATURE: Huntley House, a section of Sanford Hall for black, male, first-year students to find companions and support, is in its inaugural year. It has three residents and one member from another residence hall; together, these four are a small but solid nucleus of what the students and their advisers hope will grow into a large fellowship of black male undergraduates who help each other and the surrounding community. For more information, read A tradition is born.

FEATURE: In recent decades, newer democracies have begun to adopt the U.S. model of rule—and more countries are choosing to elect a chief of state. With a focus on the relationship between presidents and their political parties, 2012 Distinguished McKnight Professor David Samuels studies how democracy is organized by institutions of government and where democracy comes from. For more information, read "Defining democracy: David Samuels."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Oct. 15–19. This episode of the weekly video feature is all about STEM education. The video highlights chemistry professor Christy Haynes, who was named one of Popular Science's "Brilliant 10," and stops by a technology lecture by New York Times tech writer David Pogue. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The U's Center for Design in Health will share in a more than $16 million grant to reduce ICU complications and costs; Wendy Pradt Lougee, University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor, begins a one-year term this month as president of the Association of Research Libraries; 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

UREPORT IS A CONFIDENTIAL reporting service for faculty and staff who are concerned about a possible violation of law or policy and are uncomfortable raising it through normal channels. Reports can be made on the web at UReport or by phone at 1-866-294-8680. For more information, see the Office of Institutional Compliance.

ArcGIS SOFTWARE LICENSE prices will be reduced Nov. 1 for department- and collegiate-level software, which is available through a partnership between the University and MnSCU. The decrease is due to increased usage and a reduction in annual license fees. For prices and more information, see ArcGIS license.

Awards and funding opportunities

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Food Policy Research Center (FPRC) has announced a fall 2012 Request for Proposals. FPRC is requesting applications to fund innovative food and nutrition policy analyses. Preference will be given to transdisciplinary faculty teams who solicit broad input and examine policies from multiple perspectives such as public health, economics, and the environment. One-page letters of intent are due Nov. 15. For more information, see FPRC proposals.

NOMINATE OUTSTANDING TEACHERS FOR THE 2013 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Undergraduate Education Award and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. Pending final approval by the Board of Regents, both faculty and P&A teachers are now eligible for the awards. The deadline for submitting nomination dossiers is Jan. 17.


THE CROOKSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Legislative Committee and UMC will host a "Meet the Candidates Forum" Oct. 24, 7–10 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. For more information, see candidate forum.

THE BREMER FOUNDATION HAS AWARDED a $50,000 grant to the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at UMC. The grant offers operational support to extend the entrepreneurial assistance services and programming of CRES to northwestern Minnesota. It will also focus on developing entrepreneurial awareness among area high school and UMC students. Susan Brorson, head of the UMC Business Department, serves as the principal investigator for the grant, which was written by Kevin Cooper, director of CRES, and Rachel Lundbohm, assistant director. For more information, see CRES grant.

DEB ZAK, Extension regional director in northwest Minnesota, has received the Distinguished Outstanding Leadership Award. Zak began her career as a county Extension educator in Pennington County before moving into regional leadership positions. Some of Zak's administrative accomplishments include serving on the state coordinating committee for the Regional Sustainable Development Partnership; completing a nine-year term on the State Tourism Advisory Council; and serving on the UMC Executive Committee. For more information, see leadership award.


2012 SUMMIT ON EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND MULTICULTURALISM: "Diversity: Why? ...And What's In It For Me?" will feature keynote speaker Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo. Oct. 25, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (keynote at 4 p.m.), Kirby Student Center. For more information, see equity and diversity summit.

GLENSHEEN SPOOKTACULAR will celebrate its second year with more than 950 carved pumpkins illuminating the grounds. Oct. 25–28, 6–9 p.m. For more information, see Glensheen Halloween.

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will speak at UMD as part of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics 2012–13 Distinguished Speaker Series. Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Weber Hall. For more information, see distinguished speaker.

THOSE WHO CAN, BUILD ROBOTS: It isn't often that undergraduate students capture the attention of the United States military. And it's pretty rare when an engineering senior design project is so successful that it's considered one of the top examples of ingenuity and creativity in student collaborations. Learn about last year's silo-climbing robot and view current projects.


UMM WILL WELCOME AUTHOR ANNE PANNING Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., Briggs Library. Panning will read from her latest novel, Butter. The event will also feature readings of works by authors attending the 2013 Prairie Gate Literary Festival, which provides opportunities to learn from and interact with published writers and professionals in the field of literary arts. For more information, see Prairie Gate Literary Festival.

UMM's COMPUTER SCIENCE DISCIPLINE recently donated 31 computers to "PCs for People," a Saint Paul-based nonprofit that provides personal computers and education to people who have limited experience with technology. Morris faculty and students first learned about the organization when founder Andy Elofson and executive director Casey Sorensen delivered the keynote address at the 2011 Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium. For more information, see PCs for People.

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR UMM's 2012 CAROL CONCERT, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas—the 34th and final Carol Concert directed by Ken Hodgson, associate professor of music. The concert will be held Nov. 30; Dec. 1; and Dec. 2; Assumption Church. For more information, see Carol Concert.


"THE FISCAL CLIFF AND THE LAME DUCK CONGRESS" with Tim Penny, president/CEO of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, will take place Oct. 30, 7–8:30 p.m., 417 University Square. The lecture will address whether the U.S. president will reach a budget deal with Congress in a "lame duck" session between the election and the end of the year, what kind of agreement they might seek, and what happens if they fail. For more information, see Fiscal Cliff.


Administrative information

"OPTIMIZING THE PRACTICE OF MENTORING: An Online Curriculum for the Professional Development of Research Mentors" has been created by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute to prepare faculty in higher education to be effective research mentors for junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. The course is free and available online. For more information, see mentoring curriculum.

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 a charity. As of Oct. 22, University faculty and staff had pledged more than $823,000, a participation rate of 20 percent (with a goal of 40 percent). Pledge today at

UNIVERSITY STORES 2012 OPEN HOUSE, a vendor-sponsored event, will feature more than 40 vendors that will focus on products that improve "organizational efficiency." Nov. 1, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Coffman Union Great Hall.

"LIKE" THE "IT ALL ADDS UP" FACEBOOK PAGE BY NOV. 9 for a chance to win an iPad. The Facebook contest is part of a campaign utilizing posters and sidewalk clings that feature a fresh twist on stale political slogans to promote conservation of campus resources. The drawing will be held on Nov. 9. View and order posters and find contest details at It All Adds Up.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

"AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY" with Jake Sullivan, U.S. State Department director of policy planning and deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will take place Oct. 26, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. A Minnesota native, Sullivan has been deeply involved in all of the major national security issues confronting the United States over the past four years. He will address the challenge of sustaining American worldwide leadership in the context of conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere; the international economic crises; and relations with China and other emerging powers. RSVP online.

"DEEPENING YOUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Strategies for Partnering, Creating Scholarship, and Making Impact" will teach strategies for partnership formation, building trust, engaging community partners in research, creating scholarship from community engagement, and publishing traditional and nontraditional products of community engaged research. Oct. 29, noon–1 p.m., room 105, 717 Delaware St. SE. Refreshments provided. RSVP by Oct. 25. For more information, see community engagement.

A FRONTIERS IN GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM will feature presentations by more than 15 medical leaders, including Hans Rosling, professor of international health, Karolinska Institute, one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People, and one of the top 10 most popular TEDTalks speakers of all time; and Peter Agre, Nobel Laureate, professor and director, Johns Hopkins University Malaria Research Institute, and senior adviser to U President Eric Kaler. Researchers will discuss the major causes of death and suffering and research approaches to prompt a meaningful decline. Nov. 1–2, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis. Free. Registration is required. For more information, see Frontiers Symposium.

AN EVENING WITH LYNNE ROSSETTO KASPER will feature a buffet prepared by executive chef Beth Jones with recipes from Rossetto Kasper's book, The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends. Rossetto Kasper will also provide a lively and insightful view of food today, and copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing. Cost: $45 for Campus Club and Slow Food members and $55 for non-members. Proceeds will benefit Slow Food Minnesota. Nov. 1, 6–8:30 p.m., Campus Club, Coffman Union. For more information, see Slow Food.

UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE'S production of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein's Parables, directed by David Walsh, will be broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television this fall. The first broadcast will take place Oct. 28, 8 p.m. For more information, see University Opera.

"BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE U," a photography exhibit created by retired U of M professor Vic Bloomfield, is on display throughout the fall semester at the Campus Club. The exhibit features images taken from around the U during 2012. For more information, see Behind the Scenes.

MORE EVENTS include U of MN Food Day 2012 (Oct. 24); Half the Sky with Nicholas Kristof (Oct. 25); THE NICE SLICE: Capitalism, the One Percent, and the Occupy Movement (Oct. 26); Ghouls and Goblins in the Gardens (Oct. 27); Weekends with the Weisguides—What's Your Dream? (Oct. 28); Darby Nelson discusses his book For Love of Lakes (Oct. 29); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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