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Vol. XLII No. 36; November 14, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Brief publication calendar: Brief will not be published Nov. 21 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Weekly publication will resume Nov. 28.

Inside This Issue

--Biennial budget request goes to MMB and governor this week.
--Features: Is healthy too hard?; Pioneering organic electronics; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Naty Lopez and J.B. Mayo are recipients of the 2012 Lillian Williams Award; and more.


University News and Events
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BIENNIAL BUDGET REQUEST GOES TO GOVERNOR AND MMB THIS WEEK as the state government turns its focus from the election to the upcoming legislative session. President Eric Kaler and other University staff will present the U's biennial budget request to staff from the governor's office and Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) Nov. 16. The governor is developing his biennial budget recommendations to present to the legislature in January. For more information on the University's request, see 2014–15 Biennial Budget Proposal. For more on the election outcome and the upcoming session, read State Relations Update.


FEATURE: With the prevalence of obesity rising, health practitioners want lowering the obesity rate, especially among children, to become a national priority. Much of the onus seems to fall on obese children and their parents, but a recent report made the case that responsibility for the health of Americans lies partly with systems like schools, workplaces, restaurants, and the media. Sarah Gollust, assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, and her colleagues are endorsing the report and adding some data of their own. For more information, read "Is healthy too hard?"

FEATURE: The great eras of mankind are defined by materials that shape technology. In the 19th century, it was steel. Later, new alloys redefined manufacturing. Today's technology is shaped by plastic and semiconductors. And tomorrow may be defined by organic chemicals, says Distinguished McKnight University Professor Daniel Frisbie. His work proves that "molecular electronics" hold a promising place in the booming silicon electronics industry. For more information, read "Pioneering organic electronics."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Nov. 5–9. In this episode of the weekly video feature, student hosts Sam and Lannie check in with students to see what they'd tell President Obama after his re-election. Students also explain why it's so important to vote. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Naty Lopez, director of admissions and diversity at the School of Dentistry, and J.B. Mayo, assistant professor of social studies education in the College of Education and Human Development's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, have been named the recipients of the 2012 Lillian Williams Award; the U.S. Department of State has awarded the University of Minnesota Crookston a $100,000 grant to establish an American Cultural Center in China; U recognized with Commuter Choice 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

eLEARNING: TOOLS AND TRIUMPHS, a presentation of University resources to assist instructors and programs in the development of online or digitally enhanced coursework and curricula, will take place Nov. 19, 2–3:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library and via UMConnect. In addition to introducing the offices and personnel dedicated to U-wide digital efforts, specific examples of success stories that highlight the nature of the team-driven development process will be provided. Open to all University faculty members and staff. For more information and to RSVP, see developing courses for eLearning.

A WINDOWS 8 TECHNICAL BRIEFING WEBINAR for IT training and support professionals is being offered by Technology Training Services. A Microsoft representative will present an overview of Windows 8. Topics will include Windows 8 security and encryption, Windows 8 To Go, and group policy management with Windows 8. Two sessions are scheduled: Nov. 19, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., and Jan. 23, 1–2:30 p.m. For registration and more information, see the Technology Training website.

RESEARCHERS CAN SAMPLE 'A TASTE OF INFORMATICS' at a workshop hosted by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Office of Biomedical Health Informatics (BMHI), Nov. 29. The event is designed to show how informatics can support research. Zohara Cohen, informatics research manager at BMHI, and Genevieve Melton-Meaux, faculty fellow in the Institute for Health Informatics, will present an introduction to medical ontologies. Free. Noon–1 p.m., 2-690 Moos Tower. For more information and to register, see Researcher Workshop: A Taste of Informatics.

'DISCOVERY IS ILLUMINATION' RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE for use by colleges and units on Resources include print and digital templates, graphic standards and guidelines for use in adopting the campaign, and examples that show how to capture the tone and essence of Discovery Is Illumination. The campaign is a chance to emphasize the University's contributions to society and the possibilities a U education can provide for those in Minnesota and around the world. For more information, see the Discovery Is Illumination standards site.

ESUP CAMPUS KICKOFF DRAWS CROWD. Approximately 180 people attended a Nov. 7 Campus Kickoff on the UMD campus to learn about the Enterprise System Upgrade Program (ESUP). Between now and December 2014, the University is upgrading its essential human resources, student service, and financial systems and re-examining related business processes to improve the user experience and operational efficiency and effectiveness. ESUP teams are holding events to provide system users with information about the program. To read more about the upgrade program, see ESUP or ESUP calendar. For more on the UMD event, see ESUP campus kickoff.

Awards and funding opportunities

PROVOST'S REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Enhancement of Academic Programs Using Digital Technology. Undergraduate degree-granting programs are invited to propose transformational enhancement of their curricula and pedagogy using existing or emerging digital technologies. Programs may request up to $35,000 for each of up to two years of support. Deadline is 5 p.m. Jan 31, 2013. Learn more at Enhancement of Academic Programs Using Digital Technology RFP.

AAALAC HAS AWARDED FULL ACCREDITATION to the University of Minnesota following a site visit in June 2012. The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) renewed the University's full accreditation status, a significant achievement that recognizes the efforts and dedication of faculty and staff from across the University to providing and maintaining a high-quality program of laboratory animal care and use. For more information, see AAALAC.


UMC RECEIVES $100,000 GRANT FOR CULTURAL CENTER IN CHINA. The grant from the U.S. Department of State will fund a collaborative effort between UMC and Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) to establish an American Cultural Center on the ZJETP campus in Hangzhou. The center's purpose will be to cultivate greater understanding between the United States and China. It will house a 3-D immersive lab similar to the one located on campus. For more information, read the news release.

NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH. A number of events will take place on campus Nov. 16–20 in celebration of the rich Native American culture and heritage. Highlights include Bill Paulson presenting "Thanksgiving: A Native's Perspective...History, Hope, and Healing," Nov. 20. For more events and information, see Native American Heritage Month.

AWARD HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSION WORK IN RURAL MINNESOTA. The Minnesota High Tech Association honored several rural communities and their partners with a Tekne Award on Nov. 1. Representatives of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) initiative collected the Innovative Collaboration Award for their work on broadband access and adoption. UMC's Economic Development Administration University Center is a MIRC coalition partner. Jack Geller, director of the center, served as the project's primary evaluator. Read more about the partnership at local broadband work garners award.


'SHAPING OUR FUTURE: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?' will offer an opportunity for dialogue about higher education and its purpose and impact. Hosted by UMD Office of Civic Engagement, facilitated by Minnesota Campus Compact. Nov. 15, 6:30–9 p.m., Griggs Center. For more information, see "Shaping Our Future."

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE FOR BOB NIELSON in the 2012 Liberty Mutual "Coach of the Year" contest and watch this brief video meme about "the most amazing coach in the world."


UMM'S AMERICAN INDIAN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SOCIETY (AISES) CHAPTER was named Stelvio J. Zanin Distinguished Chapter of the Year at the 2012 AISES National Conference, held Nov. 1–3 in Anchorage, AK. The honor recognizes overall excellence and is reserved for the premier chapter in the nation. The chapter also received the 2012 Outreach and Community Service Award. Alexandra Myhal '14, Parma Heights, Ohio, took fourth place honors in the student oral presentations category. Read more.

THE SECOND UMM CELEBRATION OF SCHOLARLY ACCOMPLISHMENTS will showcase outstanding research and artistic work produced by faculty and staff. Works will be open to the public Nov. 14 and 15 in the Student Center's Oyate Hall. U of M VP for Research Timothy Mulcahy plans to attend as part of his last visit to the Morris campus before his retirement in December. For more information, see Scholarly Accomplishments.

RILEE MOULTON '14, Spicer, Minn., is working with the Center for Small Towns and Prime West Health—a county-based purchasing health plan operated and overseen by 13 rural counties in Minnesota—to provide tools that will enable the company to better understand the needs of its 1,300 health service providers. Working closely with Moulton is Kelly Asche, Center for Small Towns program coordinator. For more information, see Moulton.


SIGNATURE SERIES COMPLETE. UMR has completed its 14th annual Signature Series: Management of Technology Essentials. Each year, the series offers courses that allow leading local businesses to give their employees additional tools to work with in the fields of management and technology. For more information, see Signature Series.

UMR STATE OF THE CAMPUS ADDRESS. More than 150 people attended the State of the UMR Campus Address, held Nov. 8. Chancellor Lehmkuhle took a look back at his inaugural speech to see the progress UMR has made. See chancellor looks back.


Administrative information

THE GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT UPDATE (GPU) is a regular email communication designed to push coordinated campus-wide messages to graduate and professional students. A joint effort of the Office for Student Affairs and the Graduate School, GPU aims to reduce the number of emails sent out by individual departments through consolidation. The bi-weekly email is sent during the academic year to all Twin Cities graduate and professional students, and includes information on resources and events that may be of interest. It was developed after the success of the Undergrad Update email. For more information, or to subscribe or submit content, see Graduate and Professional Student Update or Undergrad Update.

WORKSHOPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is offering an H-1B Visa Workshop, Nov. 15, 4–5:30 p.m., L-114 Carlson School of Management; and an Employment-based Visas and Permanent Residency Workshop, Nov. 28, 4–5:30 p.m., 235 Blegen Hall. For more information, see ISSS events.

U RECOGNIZED WITH 2012 COMMUTER CHOICE AWARD. Parking and Transportation Services received Employer of the Year honors for earning the top score among nominees. The department was commended for its new bike center, the biking-related programs and incentives it offers, and the services it offers to encourage the use of alternate transportation modes, like U-Pass, Zimride and Zipcar. Read more about the honor at Commuter Choice Award.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ON ECOSYSTEMS: The Big Picture and a Few "Zoom-in" Forays. Peter Reich, Regents Professor in the Department of Forest Resources and resident fellow, Institute on the Environment, will provide an overview of his work on how climate change is altering the face of our planet. It will cause changes, many adverse, for natural and human ecosystems, and it has the potential to cause substantial, and perhaps catastrophic, change for human society. Nov. 14, noon–1 p.m., IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul, or online via UMConnect. Free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information, see The Big Picture.

JOHN BORCHERT LECTURE FEATURES NINA LAM, professor of environmental sciences at Louisiana State University, as the speaker at the sixth annual event honoring the late John Borchert, Regents Professor in geography at the U and member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Lam's presentation, "From Disease to Disaster: Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Decision Making," will be held Nov.16, 3:30 p.m., Honeywell Auditorium, L-110, Carlson School of Management. Read more at Borchert Lecture.

2012 ADA COMSTOCK LECTURE. Karen Mesce, professor in the Department of Entomology and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, will deliver the U's annual Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture, "Two Brains Are Better Than One: How Small Brains Make Big Decisions," Nov. 28, 4 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. For more information, see Comstock Lecture.

THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. Dean Baker and Kevin Hassett, prominent national experts on entitlement reform, will discuss the options and decisions facing Congress and President Obama over the future of these important federal programs as America faces a fiscal cliff. Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Hassett is a senior fellow and director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Professor Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, will moderate. Nov. 28, noon–1:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information or to register, see social security and Medicare.

U ARBORETUM IS 'MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT' with a season of festive decor, live music, story times, traditional teas, winter walks, and more. The Arboretum Auxiliary Holiday Sale, Nov. 30–Dec. 2, features unique, handcrafted gifts, with proceeds benefitting the Arboretum. Events begin Nov. 24—with performances by the Minnesota Chorale and the cast of Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's "Our Hometown Christmas Pageant"—and Nov. 29, at a special Auxiliary Sale Preview Night featuring hors d'oeuvres and wine. For a complete schedule of holiday events and admission information, or to reserve tickets, see "Making Spirits Bright" or call 952-443-1400.

MORE EVENTS include "Should the Science of Adolescent Brain Development Inform Legal Policy?" (Nov. 15); Innovating Our Future: Robotics and AI at an Inflection Point for Society (Nov. 16); Math and Science Family Fun Fair (Nov. 17); University Opera Theatre presents Giuseppe Verdi's "Falstaff" (Nov. 18); Café Scientifique, "Dark Matter: Seeing the Invisible Universe" (Nov. 20); Wind Ensemble: Blockbuster Evening with Frank Ticheli (Nov. 20); Weekends with the Weisguides—Visual Journal Making (Nov. 25); Global Practices in Architecture: Hitoshi Abe (Nov. 26); and John Wright discusses "Gordon Parks Centennial" (Nov. 27). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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