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Vol. XLIII No. 31; October 9, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meets Oct. 10-11.
--Features: Urban Oasis' idea wins big; Solar car charges across Australia.
--People: The NIH has awarded $24.3 million to a partnership between the U of M and Harvard for a new trial to combat diabetic kidney disease; and more.

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THE BOARD OF REGENTS will meet Oct. 10-11. Regents will hold a strategic planning work session, act on the U’s 2014 Capital Request, and take final action on the 2013 University Plan, Performance and Accountability Report (PDF). In addition, the Facilities and Operations Committee will receive an update on space utilization efforts and strategies. For more information, see the news release.


FEATURE: Tracy Sides believes in healthy connections, the power of community, and the "magic" of food. Those three things have already played a role in her career path, and now they've come together in her vision for an "Urban Oasis," which won the $1 million Forever St. Paul Challenge. For more information, read "Urban Oasis' idea wins big."

FEATURE: Twenty years ago, a plucky team of U of M students raced the U's first student-built solar car, Aurora I, from Texas to Minnesota in Sunrayce 93. Now the latest in the lineage, the solar-hybrid Daedalus, is racing across Australia in the World Solar Challenge, Oct. 6-13. For more information, see "Solar car charges across Australia."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The NIH has awarded $24.3 million to a partnership between the U of M and Harvard for a new trial to combat diabetic kidney disease; Professor Romas Kazlauskas will receive an honorary doctorate from Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology; the College of Biological Sciences' Foundations of Biology course has been awarded the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction by the journal Science; U of M students won the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Student Sustainability Leadership Award; 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 ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS UPGRADE PROGRAM's (ESUP) STUDENT RECORDS WORK GROUP will hold a Town Hall meeting Oct. 11 to discuss the training approach for the upgrade and demonstrate a new training tool: UPK. Locations to attend on each campus, as well as an online option, are available. For more information, see ESUP Student Records.

THE U NOW ACCEPTS ONLINE TUITION PAYMENTS BY CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD. Note that the U's credit and debit card processing vendor assesses a nonrefundable 2.75 percent service fee whenever a credit or debit card is used. For more information, contact One Stop Student Services.

RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH core curriculum (RCR parts 1 and 2) is now available as online workshops. Completion of the RCR core curriculum is a requirement for new faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and others who receive funding for research and scholarship.

Award and funding opportunities

EQUITY AND DIVERSITY OUTSTANDING UNIT AWARD applications are due Oct. 11, 4:30 p.m. The award honors a campus, college, department, or unit that demonstrates outstanding leadership in equity and diversity.

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 University's interdisciplinary centers or institutes. Many centers and institutes have early application deadlines, starting Oct. 18. For deadlines and more information, see Fellowships.

GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT GRANTS are available for faculty, graduate, and professional degree students to support innovative research related to one of two themes: South Asia and global food security. Faculty grant applications are due Oct. 28; student applications are due Dec. 4. For more information, see Global Spotlight.

A U-SPATIAL MAPPING PRIZE CONTEST will award six prizes to students (more than $5,000) to celebrate design and cartography through maps of all kinds. The U-Spatial Mapping Prize is made possible by a gift from alumnus Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri. Entries are due Dec. 6.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE MORSE- ALUMNI UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION AWARD and the AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO POSTBACCALAUREATE, GRADUATE, AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION are due Jan. 13. The awards recognize and reward outstanding contributions to teaching at the University of Minnesota. Awardees become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Nomination guidelines and materials are available at Distinguished Teaching Awards.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

A SPECIAL FRONTIERS IN THE ENVIRONMENT LECTURE, "The Satellite Record of Climate: Observations, not Beliefs!," will take place Oct. 17, noon-1 p.m., 380 IonE Seminar Room, St. Paul, and live via UMConnect. For more information, see Frontiers lectures.

THE SIXTH ANNUAL EQUITY AND DIVERSITY BREAKFAST will be held Nov. 13, McNamara Alumni Center. The event brings together alumni, donors, community organizations, and corporate entities to recognize the students, faculty, and staff who are reaffirming the U's commitment to equity and diversity. For registration and more information, see Equity and Diversity Breakfast.


STATE SEN. TERRI BONOFF and members of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee visited UMC on Sept. 25. Photos and video from the visit are posted on a blog that highlights the "Listening Tour."

T. TODD MASMAN, educator, advocate, and GLBTA issues trainer, will present a program titled "That's So Gay...REALLY?!" Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., Evergreen Hall classroom. The interactive event will consist of GLBTA Jeopardy and trivia and discussions on residential life issues, bullying, dating, pronouns/word association/terminology, role-play scenarios, and situational exercises.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY will be held Oct. 11, with all classes excused. During that day faculty and instructional staff across campus will meet to review student-learning outcomes in each academic major. For more information, see Professional Development Day.


UMD'S THIRD ANNUAL ZOMBIE FEST will take place Oct. 18. Zombie Fest features professors examining the phenomenon of the reanimated dead through their areas of expertise, including ethics, visual arts, and media. In addition, Nosferatu Nite is Oct. 11 and Werewolf Encounter is Oct. 25. For more information, see Monster Trifecta.

SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS (SFA) ALUMNI Chad Albers, Bonnie Flesland, and Bill Shipley were recently inducted into the Society of Prometheans. The honor recognizes individuals who have demonstrated passion and success in their professions. In Greek myth, Prometheus was a Titan who stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. For more information, see Society of Prometheans.

THE U OF M COLLEGE OF PHARMACY DULUTH is celebrating 10 years of success. Noted for its community outreach, including medication safety programs for elementary schools in the Duluth area, the program recently ranked third in U.S News and World Report's ranking of U.S pharmacy programs. For more information, see Pharmacy.

UMD STUDENTS HAVE REDUCED THE NUMBER OF PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES BEING USED ON CAMPUS. A student project has improved hydration in UMD's dorms and made progress towards UMD's strategic plan to foster sustainability on campus. For more information, see Hydration.


THE UMM THEATRE DISCIPLINE announces its 2013-14 season, which promises "an innovative walk through the ages." Scenes from earlier eras take the stage with a sincerity and originality that will satisfy modern audiences' cravings for history. This year, the discipline presents Twelfth Night, Bent, and Uncommon Women and Others. For more information, see Upcoming Season.

JAYCE KOESTER '16 Eagan, worked with UMM's Center for Small Towns and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance to organize summer arts programming for the Morris area. Koester was responsible for coordinating outreach activities and workshops, as well as connecting local artists and community members. For more information, see Koester.


UMR Faculty members Jim Ford and Ryan Furness have been selected as two of thirteen faculty members systemwide to participate in the University of Minnesota's 2013-14 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Program. The faculty participants will engage in professional development aimed at internationalizing the curriculum.


Administrative information

DONATE TO THE 2013 COMMUNITY FUND DRIVE! The U partners with 7 federations representing more than 500 charities to give employees an easy way to donate directly or through payroll deduction to a favorite cause. This year's goal is to have 40 percent participation and raise $1.5 million for the community. Join fellow faculty and staff and pledge today at The fund drive continues through Oct. 31.

U LIBRARIES will implement MNCAT Discovery as its primary search interface in January. The tool will provide significantly greater capability for searching print and digital resources. The first step in this process was this fall's implementation of MNCAT Article Discovery, a new general-purpose database for searching journal articles. For more information about each of the tools, see MNCAT.

THE U CARD OFFICE HAS TRANSITIONED TO SATELLITE LOCATIONS with expanded hours of operation. The St. Paul U Card satellite station has moved from the St. Paul Gym to the St. Paul Student Center Information Desk, and the Rec Sports U Card satellite station has moved to the Coffman Union Information Desk. Both locations can produce first-time and replacement U Cards and can take photos for (but cannot print) security ID badges. See U Card for more information.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (CARLA) will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an open house and special lecture by Clay Pell, deputy assistant secretary for international and foreign language education in the U.S. Department of Education. Pell will make the case for teaching languages in the nation's schools. A reception follows. Oct. 15, 4-6:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. RSVP by Oct. 10.

PUBLIC HEALTH FILM SERIES: MisLEAD: America's Secret Epidemic offers a provocative look at the changing demographics of childhood lead poisoning in the U.S. A post-film panel discussion will include experts and the filmmaker. Free and open to the public. Registration is requested. Oct. 16, 5 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.

U LIBRARIES WILL HOST A READING BY ROBERT BLY, Minnesota's first poet laureate, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Willey Hall. The reading is in celebration of Bly's new book, Stealing Sugar From the Castle. A reception follows. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Robert Bly.

THE ANNUAL SILHA LECTURE will feature James C. Goodale, "Pentagon Papers" attorney, author, and former New York Times general counsel. Goodale will explore how far the government can go in its pursuit of those who disclose classified information, and whether the Obama administration has overstepped its constitutional authority in its efforts to shut down leaks. Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. For more information, see Silha Lecture.

COMMUNITY DAY AT THE URBAN RESEARCH AND OUTREACH-ENGAGEMENT CENTER (UROC) will showcase UROC's latest research projects and commitment to public accountability and transparency. A special 4 p.m. program will feature U President Eric Kaler, Provost Karen Hanson, VP for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert, and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Danita Brown Young. Oct. 17, 2-7 p.m., UROC. For more information, see UROC.

THE 21ST ANNUAL KUEHNAST LECTURE will feature a presentation by Piers Sellers, deputy director of the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. Sellers is a veteran of numerous space shuttle missions (2002, 2006, and 2010). He is trained as a biometeorologist. He will give a presentation titled "The Race to Understand a Changing Planet." Oct. 17, 2 p.m., North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center. A reception with refreshments will follow the lecture. Free. For more information, see Kuehnast Lecture.

A TECHNOLOGY FORUM AND OPEN HOUSE, held biennially by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will feature exhibits highlighting current departmental research activities and state-of-the art demonstrations by members of industry. Afternoon workshops on robotics and big data and a keynote address by Ron Kohavi of Microsoft will round out the event. Oct. 18, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Registration is free and parking is provided.

A U-SPATIAL SYMPOSIUM will bring together researchers working on spatial questions and issues. Symposium activities will focus on facilitating connections among researchers to support scientific and creative activities. This year's symposium will focus on data infrastructure and support, assessing U-Spatial after its first two years, and looking to the future. Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For registration and more information, see U-Spatial.

THE ADA COMSTOCK DISTINGUISHED WOMEN SCHOLARS LECTURE "Beyond HGTV: Can Design Change People's Lives?" will be given by Denise Guerin, professor in the Department of Interior Design. Oct. 29, 4 p.m., Humphrey School. For more information, see Ada Comstock lecture.

THE DISTINGUISHED VISITING SCHOLAR SERIES ON HEALTH DISPARITIES will welcome Moon Chen of the University of California, Davis Nov. 18-19. Chen leads the largest project ever undertaken to curb cancer in Asian Americans. The national program is based at UC Davis Cancer Center and funded by the National Cancer Institute as part of an effort to reduce ethnic disparities in cancer. For more information, see Distinguished Scholar.

MORE EVENTS include Reclaiming Our Democracy (Oct. 9); IAS Thursdays: Kirill Thompson, "Yan Fu: Between Tradition and Modernity" (Oct. 10); Assigning and Grading Posters and Poster Presentations (Oct. 11); Saturday with a Scientist: Ornithology in Action! (Oct. 12); 2013 Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium and Food Summit (Oct. 14); The Heart of the Matter--A Discussion with the Provost (Oct. 15). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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