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Vol. XLI No. 33; Oct. 26, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Features: Creating a data-driven culture; Profile of Marc Hirschmann, Distinguished McKnight Professor; A cell's violent dance; A higher state of beeing; This Week @Minnesota; U of M Moment.
--People: Wendy Pradt Lougee has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of Research Libraries; and more.

University News and Events
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FEATURE: A new website is helping to make a sea of University survey data navigable and useful. Some of the information that can be found on the site include reports on the impact of freshman seminars, study abroad programs, student engagement in the community, diversity trends, need-based scholarships and financial aid, and more. For more information, read "Creating a data-driven culture."

FEATURE: Eons have passed since volcanoes erupted in Minnesota, spewing lava, breathing the elements that became Earth's atmosphere. But today in a lab near the Mississippi River, tiny samples of matter are melted at high pressures and temperatures not unlike those occurring inside volcanoes. Marc Hirschmann, new Distinguished McKnight University Professor, reveals how the earth's vast interior works, and how an atmosphere forms and changes. Not just on Earth, but on other planets, too. For more information, read "Solving mantle mysteries: profile of Marc Hirschmann."

FEATURE: As a student at the University of Ceara in Brazil, Renata Borba came to love honeybees. But her program there requires students to spend their final semester in an internship outside university walls. So Borba applied to study bees through the Minnesota Agricultural Student Trainee (MAST) program, which led to her meeting Marla Spivak, a U entomology professor and internationally recognized honeybee authority. For more information, read "A higher state of beeing."

FEATURE: U professors Carl Flink and David Odde have discovered that skilled dancers can test a scientist's model of a cell's inner life more quickly than a computer can. In minutes, biomedical engineering professor Odde can sketch a model's rules and dance professor Flink's dancers can play those rules out. To test the same model by programing a computer would take hours or even weeks. For more information, read "A cell's violent dance."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Oct. 16–22. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service takes a look at a few of the festivities surrounding Homecoming 2011. Watch highlights from a student lip sync competition, flag football championship, parade, pep fest, and a concert by Atmosphere. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

U OF M MOMENT: An $8 million research project at the U will create new opportunities for understanding the relationship between population and the environment on a global scale. Cathy Fitch with the Minnesota Population Center says TerraPop, as the project is called, will combine two centuries of census data with global environmental data including land cover, land use, and climate records. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Wendy Pradt Lougee, University librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of Research Libraries; Kathryn VandenBosch, professor and head of plant biology, has been named dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW Madison; Tetsuya Yamada, associate professor in the Department of Art, has been awarded the grand prize at Gyeonggi Ceramix International; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR THE 2011–12 DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AND ADVISING AWARDS AND THE JOHN TATE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING are available. Nominations are due Jan. 19. For more information, see The Horace T. Morse Award, the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education, and the John Tate Award. Direct questions by email to Emily Ronning or call 612-625-5652.

Funding awards and opportunities

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP): The Clinical and Translational Science Institute has issued an RFP for its first Research Services Pilot Funding Program, designed to increase the competitiveness of U investigators for extramural funding. The program provides in-kind research support services that allow investigators to gather preliminary data for clinical research projects. Projects seeking funding should represent a new line of research or inquiry into issues that affect human health. Successful applications will show the promise of developing into long-term research projects that will attract larger grants from NIH or other federal, state, or private funding agencies. A total of $100,000 is available in this award cycle. Letters of intent are due Nov. 4; proposals are due Dec. 2. For more information, see funding opportunity.

THE CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE INSTITUTE (CTSI) requests applications for four new training programs with nearly $1 million in funding available to support clinical and translational research career development. Programs are designed to support junior investigators as they build independent research careers. Applications are due Dec. 16 with a start date of March 1. For more information, see CTSI funding.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

NEW APPROACHES TO PROGRAM EVALUATION is the topic of a workshop to be hosted by the Graduate School. Faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to attend. Nov. 10, 2:30–4:30 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union, and 173 Kirby Plaza, Duluth (via ITV). Space is limited and registration is requested by Nov. 4. For more information, see program evaluation.


A HORSE OWNER EDUCATION PROGRAM, a partnership between UMC and UMTC, is designed to assist current horse owners as well as those interested in owning a horse in the future. The program is recommended for ages 13 and up but is open to everyone. Nov. 12, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., University Teaching and Outreach Center. Registration is required; deadline is Nov. 9. For more information, see horse program.

UMC "FIRST LADY" BARBARA MUESING will be honored by the Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund as a 2011 Outstanding Community Builder. The award is presented to women who have demonstrated leadership in improving the quality of life for those around them, making Northwest Minnesota a better place to live, work, and raise families. A reception will be held in her honor in early November. The Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. For more information, see the Women's Fund.


A SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY made by UMD research scientists Matthew Andrews and Lester Drewes, and which has the potential to prevent life-threatening complications due to severe blood loss, has taken a major step toward commercial use. Working in collaboration with the scientists, the U's Office for Technology Commercialization has signed a license agreement with Denver-based Ariel Pharmaceuticals authorizing the private company to develop and commercialize the blood loss therapy. For more information, see discovery.

A ZOMBIE SYMPOSIUM will be held on Oct. 27, 7 p.m., 90 Bohannon Hall. Six professors from four different UMD colleges will present during the event, on topics ranging from literary characterization to infectious diseases. The professors will explore the zombie as it relates to science, art, psychology, history, and ethics. For more information, see Zombie Symposium.

UMD's MINNESOTA SEA GRANT program will host a "Salute to Lake Superior's Sustainable Fisheries" Nov. 1, 4–6:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, UMTC. The event is in honor of Sea Grant founder, Athelstan Spilhaus, former dean of the U's College of Science and Engineering, and features a recipe competition with ten of the Midwest's finest chefs, as well as UMD chancellor Lendley Black. For more information, see sustainable fisheries.


NORTH STAR ALLIANCE, a National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program, seeks to increase the number of underrepresented students receiving undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math. Hilda Ladner, director of equity, diversity, and intercultural programs; Engin Sungur, professor of statistics and program adviser; and Nancy Carpenter, professor of chemistry and faculty adviser, are working with 14 participating students. For more information, see North Star Alliance.

THE SECOND FALL CONVOCATION will feature Michael Kimmel, author, professor of sociology, and a leading researcher on men and masculinity. His talk, "Mars, Venus, or Planet Earth? Women and Men in a New Millennium," will explore "different planet" myths and gender equality. Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium. For more information, see convocation.

THE HUMANITIES FINE ARTS GALLERY is presenting two concurrent exhibitions exploring "space": Morgan Craig's Forthcoming, and Amanda Smith's Impasse. For more information, see exhibit.


UMR CONNECTS November theme is "Innovation for a Smarter Rochester." Guest speakers will share ideas on how the rapid growth of Rochester provides opportunities to transform the city's urban space into a better place to live, work, and visit. For more information, see UMR Connects.


Administrative information

SUBMIT A THEME FOR HOMECOMING 2012. Ideas should be catchy and represent the spirit of the University of Minnesota. The University community will vote on the top theme entries during spring semester. Submit your theme idea by Nov. 23 at Homecoming 2012 theme.

THE GLBTA PROGRAMS OFFICE is seeking applications for its 2011–12 Mentor Program from mentors and mentees. Commitment is about six to eight hours per month. New and former participants are encouraged to apply. A kickoff dinner is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 3. For an application and more information, see GLBTA mentor program.

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 an environment and sustainability theme, including a review of the 2012 Duke Lecture: The Galapagos—Fragile Past, Brighter Future. Previews include "The Changing Arctic: International Cooperation and Development," a Salute to Lake Superior's Sustainable Fisheries, "An Alternative Ontology of Food," "The Frugal Future," with Chris Farrell, Economics Editor of Marketplace Money, and more. For more information, see Preview/Review.

HIGHLIGHTS IN SOCIAL COMPUTING FROM AROUND THE U will be featured at an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Social Computing event highlighting four University speakers who study areas of social computing. Oct. 27, 4 p.m., Digital Technology Center. For registration and more information, see social computing.

THE FIRST ANNUAL COMMUNITY FUND DRIVE PANCAKE BREAKFAST will take place Oct. 30, 8 a.m.–noon, McNamara Alumni Center. By signing up for the breakfast, faculty, staff, and students are automatically entered to win prizes from local sponsors such as Chipotle, Noodles & Company, Leaning Tower of Pizza, Mesa Pizza, Vics, Tuggs Tavern, Gopher Athletics, Rec Sports/Outdoor Adventure, and more. Cost: $15 faculty and staff; $10 students; kids eat free. $5 dollars of each ticket will be donated to the Community Fund Drive.

UNIVERSITY STORES 2011 OPEN HOUSE, a vendor-sponsored event, will be held Nov. 3, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. This year, participating vendors will focus on products that improve efficiency. There will be two short presentations at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., which will provide an overview of U Stores' billing presentation on the Auxiliary Services web application: "eStatement: More Than You Think." For more information, see open house (login required).

U LIBRARIES ARE CELEBRATING OPEN ACCESS WEEK with a number of activities promoting open publishing and scholarship. For more information about open access to research and options for managing research data, see open access.

MORE EVENTS include Making Health and Development a Community Movement (Oct. 27); Lynn Hershman Leeson: Investigations (Oct. 27); Feminasty: Sexuality and Costumes (Oct. 28); American Inequality and the Idea of Personal Responsibility (Oct. 28); Learning How to be Ill in Early Modern England—A talk by Olivia Weisser (Oct. 31). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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