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Vol. XLI No. 30; Oct. 5, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Features: The art of collaboration; Northside partnership; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: President Kaler has announced a national search to fill the position of Vice President and Chief Information Officer; and more.

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



FEATURE: The University of Minnesota and Minnesota arts organizations work together to allow the talents of students and faculty to mingle with those of full-time professional artists—to the benefit of all. In fact, the chance to interact with working artists at major institutions and to share their skills with the very young is a selling point for the U's music, theatre, dance, and art students. President Kaler recently told a gathering of Twin Cities arts luminaries that the U is "a creative magnet," because of those close relationships. For more information, read "The art of collaboration."

FEATURE: Six years after the idea of a more concerted University "urban vision," the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) has found a home on the Northside, both figuratively and literally. The second annual Community Day was the opportunity to showcase the efforts. In a large, bright room facing Plymouth Avenue in North Minneapolis, President Eric Kaler and Senior Vice President Robert Jones spoke to community members about the U's partnership with Minneapolis's Northside community. For more information, read "In the spirit of collaboration."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Sept. 26–30. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service looks at the Weisman Art Museum's remodel, a new campus bike center, and a smartphone app created by a U professor. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: President Kaler has announced a national search to fill the position of Vice President and Chief Information Officer; U professor Judith Martin has passed away; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY: Two policy revisions are ready for review and comment. In the Traveling on University Business policy, international travelers will be required to pre-register their trip so that the University is able to deploy resources should a crisis in-country occur (e.g., natural disaster), and to assist travelers with pre-travel preparation. The High School Preparation Requirements for Undergraduates policy changes the math requirement from three to four years, for students seeking admission as of Fall 2015. For more information, see revised draft policies.

THE UNIVERSITY SENATE AND FACULTY SENATE will meet Oct. 6, 2:30 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. Topics will include the first report from President Kaler, Vice Presidential Unit Reports, and the Gender Equity in Salaries Study. For more information, see the agenda at University Senate.

THE P&A SENATE will meet Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m., 1-451 Moos Tower. Topics will include discussion with professor Christopher Cramer and a Community Fund Drive Update. For more information, see the agenda at P&A Senate.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

A "COLLAGE OF SUSTAINABILITY" conference sponsored by the U's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships will consider economically smart and environmentally sound land use, energy, economic development, and transportation options. The conference kicks off a yearlong series of public conferences and community-based meetings sponsored by the HUD-funded Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan and designed to help residents tackle pressing issues related to development. U speakers include Brad Hokanson and Frank Douma. Oct. 13, Pine River, MN. For more information, see sustainable development.


UMC was recently awarded a grant appropriation of $615,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to continue to serve as the Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center for the state of Minnesota. For more information, see EDA grant award.

THE BLACK-JEW DIALOGUES, an energetic and captivating two-actor play, examines prejudice and racism with the goal of reuniting cultures while entertaining. It will be performed Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. For more information, see dialogues.

THE MINNESOTA CLOTHESLINE PROJECT, sponsored by the Office of Service Learning and Student Health Services, will be on display as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Oct. 10–14, International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see domestic violence awareness.


ETHICS AND POLICY will be explored in the "Torture and the U.S.: Why Accountability Matters" lecture, presented by Allen Keller. The event is part of the lecture series by the Center for Genocide, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies. Oct. 12, 3 p.m., 80 Montague. For more information, see lecture.

THE WEISMAN ART MUSEUM is displaying an exhibit created by Eun-Kyung Suh, UMD associate professor in the Department of Art and Design. Titled "Sympathies-Anchae," the exhibit will be on display through May 20. An artist talk is scheduled for Feb. 29. For more information, see Weisman exhibit.

A NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GRANT has been awarded to Peter Willemsen, UMD associate professor in the Department of Computer Science. The total award is approximately $1 million over three years, with NSF awarding $241,482 to Willemsen for a "Simulation and Environment Representation for Virtual Environments" project. For more information, see NSF grant.


THE SIERRA CLUB conducted a survey and completed the process of ranking "Cool Schools," which included UMM. Published in Sierra, the rankings act as a "guide for prospective students who seek a way to compare colleges based on commitment to environmentalism," and as a recognition of "institutions that work hard to protect the planet." For more information, see cool schools.

THE 27TH ANNUAL O. TRUMAN DRIGGS DISTINGUISHED LECTURE will be delivered by University of Iowa associate professor of history H. Glenn Penny. Reflecting his scholarship and forthcoming book, Penny's talk is titled "On Passing: A 'Redskin' with Black Skin in Twentieth Century Germany." Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. For more information, see Driggs lecture.

KELLY ASCHE, a Humphrey School of Public Affairs graduate student, completed an internship with the Center for Small Towns (CST). Asche worked with CST and the statistics department to set up a first-of-its-kind computer portal that provides rural data for small cities and townships in Minnesota. For more information, see CST rural data.

UMM'S NEW WIND TURBINE was dedicated Sept. 24. The event included a 2K walk, an art contest for area school children, a picnic, and a day of recognizing Morris's sustainability accomplishments and progress. A photo album of the event is available online.


UMR WAS FEATURED on American Public Media's American RadioWorks series, "Tomorrows College: Rethinking the Way College Students Learn." The entire series can be found online. For more information, see the UMR segment, "Inventing a New Kind of College."


Administrative information

THE 2011 COMMUNITY FUND DRIVE IS UNDER WAY. The annual fundraising effort of UMTC faculty and staff generates more than $1 million annually for more than 400 organizations in Minnesota and the Twin Cities area. There are also opportunities to volunteer time. Faculty and staff who pledge are entered into weekly and grand prize drawings to win prizes, including the iPad2. The Community Fund Drive continues through Oct. 31. For more information, pledge online.

MOODLE 2.0 TRAINING through the Office of Information Technology is available on a variety of topics. Learn to build Moodle course websites, add assignments and quizzes, use the grade book effectively, and more. For registration and more information, see technology training.

STUDENTS WHO NEED HELP WITH RESEARCH can receive assistance from the Peer Research Consultants (PRCs) program. PRCs provide one-on-one help to students on the library and academic research strategies needed to write a research paper. Drop-in hours are held at Wilson, Walter, or Appleby, and by appointment. The program is a partnership of U Libraries, the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, and SMART Learning Commons. For more information, see PRC.

EASY ACCESS TO STUDENT DATA*: The Office of Institutional Research has launched a new website that provides current and interactive information related to student data and survey results. The information is available to all faculty, staff, and students in an effort to create a more data-driven culture. For more information, see data driven. *The emailed version of the Sept. 28 issue of Brief included an incorrect link.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL fall session begins Oct. 10. Battling Cancer: Breakthroughs at the U, will cover topics ranging from the basics of cancer to exploring treatments and therapies considered improbable a short time ago, and featuring renowned U researchers. Held Mondays, Oct. 10–Nov. 7, 6–8:30 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower. For registration and more information, see Mini Medical School.

THE 19TH ANNUAL KUEHNAST ENDOWMENT LECTURE, co-sponsored by Sigma Xi, promotes public engagement in atmospheric and climate science issues and research. This year's speaker is Gavin Schmidt from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Schmidt is a climate modeler and co-founder of He will speak on the topic of "What Climate Models Tell Us and How to Communicate It." Oct. 13, 3–5 p.m., 335 Borlaug Hall. For more information, see Kuehnast Lecture.

A WORKING ON PURPOSE workshop has been redesigned for both a younger audience approaching changes in their profession as well as those experiencing unique mid-life transitions. It is geared toward individuals looking for renewal, approaching changes in a profession, and/or experiencing unique life transitions. Oct. 14, 9–4 p.m., U of M Landscape Arboretum. For more information, see purpose project.

THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT will hold a Saturday Scholars event featuring faculty who are top educators in their respective fields. The event will include discussions in casual small-group settings on a variety of engaging education and human development topics such as the economics of early childhood development, how the mind understands mathematics, family dynamics in inheritance decisions, and more. Nov. 5, 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Coffman Union. Register online or see CEHD Saturday Scholars for more information.

MORE EVENTS include University of Minnesota Farmers Market (Oct. 5); John Beardsley Lecture (Oct. 6); Gerrymander-thon (Oct. 8); My Letter to the World: Narrating Human Rights (Oct. 10); Copyright in the Classroom (and Online) (Oct. 11). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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