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Vol. XLI No. 36; Nov. 16, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--AHC Review final report submitted to the president.
--Features: Art detective; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Associate professor Dona Schwartz placed third in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize competition; and more.

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


THE FINAL REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER (AHC) REVIEW COMMITTEE has been submitted to the president. The Executive Steering Committee charged with the review of the AHC submitted its final report and a copy of the comments received to President Kaler on Nov. 8. President Kaler will communicate next steps in the AHC review process later this month. For more information, see the final report and comments.


FEATURE: Annika Johnson, who received her art history degree from the U this past May, did undergraduate research on Clara Mairs—a little known Minnesota artist from the depression era. Johnson describes Mairs' work as "playful yet psychological, monumental yet humble" and says she not only helped activate the state's modern and avant-garde art movements, but also was central in the early development of arts education in St. Paul. For more information, read "Art detective."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Nov. 11. In "This Week @Minnesota" for the week of Nov. 7–11, Gopher Hockey is ranked number one in the country, student veterans' service to our nation is celebrated, and Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet brings Wonderland to the Orpheum Theatre. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Associate professor Dona Schwartz placed third in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize competition; the Institute on the Environment's Momentum magazine received awards in 10 categories, including a gold for overall excellence in its class, at the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association's annual awards ceremony; CBS Dean's Scholars, a student leadership program, received the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators' Regional Award for Innovative Program; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Funding awards and opportunities

ENGAGED DEPARTMENT GRANT applications will be accepted by the Office for Public Engagement through Dec. 9. Grants support departmental or academic program teams that wish to develop or strengthen research- or teaching-focused University/community engagement initiatives for faculty and/or students. Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded to eight department teams from any campus. For more information, see Engaged Department Grant Program.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE RELIGIOUS STUDIES PROGRAM held a conference last February that is now the topic of a television documentary produced by Twin Cities Public Television (tpt). "Shared Cultural Spaces: Islam and the West in the Arts and Sciences" will next air on the tpt Life Channel, Nov 20, 1 p.m. For more information, see tpt online or Religious Studies.


THE CIRCLE OF NATIONS INDIGENOUS ASSOCIATION at UMC will host a Native American Game Night in recognition of Native American Heritage Month (November). Nov. 22, 6 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see heritage month.

ZOMBIE PROM, a musical comedy, will be performed by music and theater students Nov. 16–19, 7:30 p.m, Kiehle Auditorium, with a special matinee performance Nov. 20, 3 p.m. For more information, see Zombie Prom.


THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS (AIA) DISTINGUISHED BUILDING HONOR was awarded to UMD's James I. Swenson Civil Engineering Building. A photo of the building depicting the oversized scuppers that channel storm water was featured on the cover of Chicago Architect magazine's November/December 2011 issue. The Chicago architecture firm, Ross Barney Architects, designed the building. For more information, see building honor.

TOWARDS ZERO DEATH: GRANT ENFORCEMENT PROJECT is a local and regional initiative to enforce a safer driving environment. Formerly known as "Safe and Sober," UMD was allocated $10,000 last year from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the program. For more information, see zero death.

WOMAN OF DISTINCTION AWARD RECIPIENT Joycelyn Dorscher is the director of UMD's Center of American Indian and Minority Health. Honored on Nov. 2 by the Duluth YWCA as a Woman of Distinction, the annual award publicly honors and recognizes women from Duluth who have made significant contributions related to the YWCA's mission. For more information, see Woman of Distinction.

THE JANET HEIDINGER KAFKA PRIZE has been awarded to author and UMD associate professor of American Indian Studies Linda LeGarde Grover for her debut collection of short stories, The Dance Boots. Presented by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Rochester, Grover's short story collection illustrates the struggles of the native North American Ojibwe community as they face challenges to their traditional way of life. For more information, see Kafka Prize.


DAVID ROBERTS, a professor of mathematics researching number fields, has received a Collaboration Grant from the Simons Foundation, a new funding source for mathematical sciences. The grant is one of only 140 awarded nationwide for the first time this year. The grantor's goal is to increase collaborative contacts between active researchers. For more information, see mathematics grant.

THE THEATRE DISCIPLINE opens its 2011–12 season with Cole Porter's Anything Goes. Associate professor of theatre Siobhan Bremer directs. Professor of theatre Tap Payne designed the set. Music faculty Ken Hodgson and Diane DeJong serve as music director and vocal director, respectively. Dance faculty member Stephanie Ferrian co-choreographed with student Kari Stevermer, who is completing her senior project. Nov. 16–19, Fine Arts Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre. For more information, see Anything Goes.


BRYAN WATTIER, clinical education coordinator for the respiratory care track of the bachelor of science in health professions degree, was recently elected to the Minnesota Society for Respiratory Care Board of Directors. For more information, see Wattier.


Administrative information

U LIBRARIES CAN HELP INSTRUCTORS LOOKING TO ASSIGN MULTIMEDIA PROJECTS to students. The Libraries' Media Services staff work with instructors to integrate student media assignments into teaching and to provide students with access to equipment and professional media production support in the Walter and Wilson Library SMART Learning Commons. For more information, see Library Media Services or email Scott Spicer.

CAMPUS PARKING METERS (288 out of 355 on campus) are being upgraded to solar-powered equipment that accepts credit cards or coins. All campus meters will cost $2 per hour (special events may incur higher rates). For more information, see campus parking.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE will present Mozart's classic Così fan tutte, Nov. 17–20, Ted Mann Concert Hall. Two- for-one tickets are available for U faculty, staff, alumni, students, and retirees. For more information, see opera.

THE MATH AND SCIENCE FAMILY FUN FAIR will feature fascinating activities, hands-on exhibits, and entertaining presentations showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year's highlights include Physics Force shows, Energy and U shows, a Mystery Science Lab, and much more. Nov. 19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Coffman Union. Free. For more information, see fun fair.

A U OF M DOCUMENTARY FEATURING NORTH MINNEAPOLIS'S legendary buildings and historic spaces as the backdrop for an exploration of place and community will air on Twin Cities Public Television's (tpt) Life Channel. "Cornerstones: Stories of Place on the North Side," will air Nov. 20. Co-produced by the U's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) and tpt, the hour-long documentary presents stories of Northside life interwoven with themes of immigration, race relations, and cultural changes. For more information and channel details, see tpt Life. The film is also available at UROC.

THE ANNUAL TRANSGENDER COMMISSION REMEMBRANCE CELEBRATION will honor the community-building vital to gender liberation work through performances from local artists such as Poetic Assassins, Heidi Barton Stink, and Esme Rodriguez. This year's theme is Trans Justice: Creating Community. Nov. 21, 5:30–8 p.m., Coffman Union, Whole Music Club. For more information, or if you'd like to perform, email TransCom.

THE CONSULTATION COLLABORATIVE will host a brown bag event featuring Sherri Turner on techniques for critical listening. The collaborative is a group aimed at creating a supportive network of individuals who work and consult with faculty and instructors. Nov. 30, 12:15–1:30 p.m., 432A Science Teaching and Student Services Building. RSVP at brown bag. For more information, see consultation.

3M SEMINAR ON TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION: "Securing Intellectual Property" will provide an overview of intellectual property and suggest procedures for cost-effectively securing IP assets within science and technology related businesses. Sponsored by 3M and organized by the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, the seminar is the first in a series of four during academic year 2011–12. Nov. 30, 4–6 p.m., 2-206 Carlson School. For more information, see 3M seminar.

OFFICE OF NURSING RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP SEMINAR SERIES: Building and Sustaining Interdisciplinary Research Teams: Strategies for Success, will provide insight, advice, and team experience gathered from interdisciplinary research projects. Such projects have a positive effect on the academic research culture by cultivating collaboration among the various biomedical disciplines and encouraging interdisciplinary partnerships. Dec. 8, noon–1 p.m., 6-194 Weaver Densford Hall. For more information, see nursing seminar.

MINNESOTA WILD lower level hockey tickets are available to faculty, staff, and students at a savings of $60 for the Nov. 23 and Nov. 28 games. The discount tickets are available at the Coffman Union and St. Paul Student Center Information Desks. For more information, see Student Unions & Activities.

MORE EVENTS include Why Don't River Deltas Drown? (Nov. 16); Bi/Pan/Fluid Sexualities & (In)Visibility Discussion (Nov. 16); Queering Performance: the Role of Art in Social Movements (Nov. 17); Lynn Hershman Leeson: Investigations (Nov. 17); Encore Transitions: Making the Most of Post-Career Life: Money, Working, Helping (Nov. 18); Emerald Ash Borer in Twin Cities: Economic Perspective on Management Action (Nov. 21). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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