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Vol. XLII No. 30; October 3, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--VP for Research public interviews are scheduled.
--Features: The right to vote; New digs at Itasca; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: The U of M STEM Education Center has received an $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation; and more.

University News and Events
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PUBLIC INTERVIEWS FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH POSITION are scheduled to take place on the UMTC campus Oct. 8, 9, and 10. Forums will also be streamed live online. The candidates are Mark Banaszak Holl, professor of chemistry, University of Michigan; Brian Herman, Chancellor's Health Fellow for Collaboration, University of Texas System, special assistant to the president, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and professor of cellular and structural biology; and Meredith Hay, professor of physiology, College of Medicine, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, Sarver Heart Center, University of Arizona. For more information, see VP for Research.


FEATURE: A lot is up for grabs this November in America—the presidency of the United States, for one. Not to mention a third of U.S. Senate seats, all seats in the U.S. House, and state-level amendments on issues ranging from voter ID to same-sex marriage (Minnesota has both on the ballot). But almost six million Americans will sit this one out because of something they've done. They're felons—perpetrators, at some point in their lives, of a serious crime. U criminologist Christopher Uggen's latest research released this past July quantified what the landscape looks like going into November. For more information, read "The right to vote."

FEATURE: The U's Itasca Biological Station will soon get an upgrade. On Sept. 21, U President Eric Kaler headed a group of dignitaries who broke ground for a new campus center at Itasca. Made possible by a $4.1 allocation from the Minnesota Legislature, the center will replace three obsolete buildings and quadruple the number of full-time employees at the facility. The new center will help the college keep up with rising enrollment by increasing the station's faculty-student capacity to 130. Construction of the campus center is slated to begin in April 2013 and end that December. For more information, read "New digs at Itasca."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Sept 24–28. In this episode of the weekly video feature, we visit the health careers fair, get a free flu shot, and learn how to know when you're sick enough to stay home from class. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The U of M STEM Education Center has received an $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF); the U has also received a $4.3 million NSF grant to study interactions between water and land-use systems; Governor Dayton has appointed Extension's Kathryn Draeger to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency citizens' board; 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

A PEOPLESOFT OUTAGE WILL OCCUR OCT. 13–14. Beginning Saturday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m., PeopleSoft Campus Solutions (student admin and HRMS) and PeopleSoft Financials will be unavailable for use during a planned upgrade. It is intended that full functionality will be restored by Sunday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m. During this time, access to all of the PeopleSoft core applications, as well the many other applications such as One Stop self service and employee self service, will be unavailable. Updates will be posted throughout the maintenance period at system status. For more information, see PeopleSoft upgrade.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: The new administrative policy, Senior Leadership Compensation and Separation aligns with recent changes to Board of Regents policy, Employee Compensation and Recognition. The policy covers peer market comparisons, both at time of hire and on a regular basis; the amount of a severance package (if granted) based on years of service in senior leadership positions; and the approval points with the chair and vice chair of the Regents. The Professional Development Leaves for Academic Professional and Administrative Employees policy has been revised to reflect a recent Regents decision to eliminate transitional leaves for individuals separating from senior leadership positions. The review period ends Oct. 18. For more information, see policy review.

THE U OF M ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SURVEYED 2012 MINNESOTA LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES to help U of M alumni and friends make informed decisions when they go to the polls on Nov. 6. The Alumni Association is not endorsing candidates. To see the survey questions and results, visit candidate survey.

GOOGLE GROUPS, a tool that allows a team of users to quickly collaborate with one another either via email or any of Google's various applications, is now available with Google Apps for the U of M. U faculty, staff, and students, may request a Google Group for themselves, or for their unit or organization. Google Groups request forms, including instructions, are available on the University's Google support website. For more information, see Google Groups.


FALL SEMESTER CONVOCATION will take place Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. UMC Student Association President Adam Switzer will serve as master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker will be Lorna Hollowell, the new director of diversity and multicultural programs. For more information, see convocation.

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS and the history of the first flight at Kitty Hawk will be the topic of a presentation by renowned aviation historian Darrell Collins Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Free and open to the public; refreshments will follow. For more information, see Wright Brothers.

MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE MARK RITCHIE will speak to students, faculty, and staff Oct. 8, 1 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center, about the importance of civic engagement, the role students play in the election process, how to get involved and stay informed, and the issues on the Minnesota ballot in 2012. A Q&A will follow the presentation. For more information, see civic engagement.


THE UPCOMING LAND-GRANT EVENT "Land, Law, and Education: An American Indian Perspective on Land-Grant Universities" will take place Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Kirby Ballroom. Speakers are Colette Routel, professor of law, William Mitchell College of Law; Leo Brisbois, federal magistrate (White Earth Band); Jill Doerfler, UMD American Indian Studies Department (White Earth Band); and Tadd Johnson, director, UMD Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program (Bois Forte Band of Chippewa).

VOTE FOR BOB NIELSON: The 2012 Liberty Mutual "Coach of the Year" competition is under way. The winning coach in each division is awarded $50,000 for charities of choice, and a $20,000 award is given to the Alumni Association. Cast your vote online via Twitter.

A SCHOLARSHIP HAS BEEN NAMED after the first graduate of UMD's American Indian Studies program, Mike Munnell. For more information, see Munnell Scholarship.


UMM ROSE 68 PLACES IN WASHINGTON MONTHLY'S 2012 ranking of liberal arts colleges, coming in at 105 as compared to 173 in 2011. It ranked sixth among the 26 public institutions on the list. Washington Monthly assesses colleges based on their "contribution to public good." For more information, see Washington Monthly.

THE DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY'S 37th Annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium begins Oct. 5, 3:30 p.m., 109 Imholte Hall. This year's colloquium explores moral realism and features two of the most notable moral realists in philosophy today: Michael Huemer, professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado-Boulder; and Russ Shafer-Landau, professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information, see Philosophy Colloquium.

AWARD-WINNING SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY AUTHOR LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD will speak at UMM Oct. 9, 7 p.m., 109 Imholte Hall. Bujold will read from her latest book and take questions from the audience. She is a New York Times best-selling author, four-time winner of the Hugo Award for best science fiction or fantasy novel, and two-time winner of the Nebula Award. For more information, see Bujold.


UMR IS A FINALIST for a 2012 Tekne Award from the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). UMR was recognized in the EdTech category for its innovative intelligent System for Education Assessment and Learning (iSEAL). UMR developed iSEAL as a complete curriculum management system that makes course materials available online to students and shareable across the curriculum. Unlike traditional course management systems, iSEAL goes a step further. For more information, see iSEAL award.


Administrative information

THE 2012 COMMUNITY FUND DRIVE: "Continuing a Culture of Caring" launched on Oct. 1. Participate by making a gift to any of more than 400 organizations that are part of the seven federations represented in the 2012 campaign. The U raises more than $1 million every year, helping to enrich the community and transform lives. This year's goal is 40 percent participation from colleges, departments, and units. Please join fellow faculty and staff in giving. Pledge today at The drive continues through October 31.

THE RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (RAP) helps new faculty and staff identify suitable housing accommodations in the Twin Cities. RAP is broadening its current housing database to include homes that are for sale by current and retired University-affiliated employees. Homes must be located in the University District or in a neighborhood convenient to the UMTC campus. To include your home in the database, to view available properties, and for more information, see Relocation Assistance. Email RAP with questions.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U OF M MOBILE APP CHALLENGE invites students to imagine and pitch ideas for a mobile app, and over the course of two semesters, work in teams to develop the app. Prizes include iPads for the winning team and iPods for runners up. For more information and the kickoff event Oct. 8, see Mobile App Challenge.

THE NEW NATURAL RESOURCES LIBRARY is now open in Hodson Hall on the St. Paul campus. U Libraries will celebrate its grand opening with an event Oct. 10, 2–4 p.m. The celebration will include snacks, games, and a chance to win prizes. For more information, see library opening.

THE CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE INSTITUTE (CTSI) will host a "Transforming Partnerships: Community Engagement for Health Summit" Oct. 10. CTSI will gather community advisory members and University faculty and staff at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to celebrate its growing partnerships and to discuss how best to support engagement among the University and the community to improve health through clinical and translational research. Free, but registration is required by Oct. 5.

LANDSCAPE HEALTH: DIVERSE KNOWLEDGE TRADITIONS will include a keynote presentation by Dudley Edmondson, facilitated panel conversations, and small group discussions on the topics of indigenous environmental knowledge and community-based African knowledge systems. The event is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences' celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which created land-grant universities in the United States. Oct. 18, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m., St. Paul Student Center. Free, but registration is requested.

REINVENTING THE USER EXPERIENCE IN TRANSPORTATION is the featured topic at the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) 25th Anniversary Seminar and Reception Oct. 11, 3:30–5:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library. Wildcat professor Hani Mahmassani, director of the Northwestern University Transportation Center, will present. Free, but registration is requested. Includes refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. For more information, see CTS seminar.

NORTHROP UPCOMING EVENTS include the world-renowned New York City Ballet opening Northrop's season featuring works by George Balanchine, Peter Martins, William Forsythe, and Christopher Wheeldon, as well as live music played primarily by musicians from the NYCB Orchestra. Oct. 23 and 24, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. For tickets and more information, see Northrop events.

MORE EVENTS include Families Valued: A Play by Randy Beard (Oct. 3); Frontiers in the Environment (Oct. 3); BIG Thursday at the Bell Museum (Oct. 4); Gopher Adventure Race (Oct. 5); Sacred Space, Contested Terrain (Oct. 6); EduTech 2012 Showcase (Oct. 8); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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