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Vol. XLIII No. 38; November 27, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--State Relations Update.
--Open Enrollment and the Medical Cost Relief program.
--Features: Northrop Reimagined; To eat, or not to eat; The real killer behind cancer; Partnership improves medical training.
--People: The Midwest's first "breathing lung" transplant was performed successfully at the U Medical Center; and more.

University News and Events
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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: Over the last few weeks, both the House and Senate capital investment committees toured projects at UMTC. Earlier this fall, the committees visited UMD and UMC to learn about capital request projects on those campuses. As the 2014 legislative session approaches, the University is calling for all students, alumni, faculty, and staff to become informed on the 2014 capital request.

A ONE-YEAR MEDICAL COST RELIEF PROGRAM is available for employees who may qualify for a grant based on their 2012 household income and the tier of UPlan Medical coverage they will have in 2014. Grant amounts range from $100 to $500. If eligible, you must submit an application by Dec. 17. Make all other open enrollment elections online at Employee Self-Service by Dec. 2. For more information, see the benefits guide.


FEATURE: When the revitalized Northrop opens this April, the building will have undergone a transformation both seismic and delicate. To some it will signify Northrop's ascent into the 21st century; to others, a nod to its history. Having risen in 1929 on the eve of the Great Depression, Northrop firmly anchored the state's University as a center of culture, education, and innovation. For more information, read "Northrop Reimagined" and view a slideshow.

FEATURE: Food scientist Joanne Slavin examines the foods people eat. Her nutritional advice: One size doesn't fit all. Slavin teaches hundreds of students each year about nutrition as a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. In the lab, she investigates everything from how increasing fiber intake affects satiety to the role whole grains play in preventing disease. For more information, read "To eat, or not to eat."

FEATURE: Metastasis--the spread of cancer from its origin--is responsible for about 90 percent of deaths from human solid-organ cancer. In a new study, published in Anticancer Research, researcher Akhouri Sinha and colleagues looked into what happens in lymph nodes after cancer cells metastasized there, seeking to explain a difference in survival times. For more information, read "The real killer behind cancer."

FEATURE: As the health care industry rapidly transforms, medical training at the University of Minnesota isn't satisfied just keeping pace. Through a unique collaboration with industry partners, the U is developing new surgical simulation tools with an unprecedented level of realism--better preparing medical professionals for real-world procedures and ultimately leading to better patient care. For more information, read "Partnership improves medical training."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The Midwest's first "breathing lung" transplant was performed successfully at the U of M Medical Center, Fairview; the National Science Foundation has awarded a CBS/CFANS team a $1.5 million grant to study plant microbial communities; Bernadette Gillick has received two grants to support research in pediatric hemiparesis; Sally Gregory Kohlstedt has been awarded the 2013 Rossiter Prize from the History of Science Society; Ruth Shaw has been awarded a $700,000 NSF grant to study the genetics of adaptation; IT manager Andy Wattenhofer has been featured in Oracle Magazine; the UMTC campus has been awarded the Gold designation award as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists; 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

HOLIDAY SHOPPING ONLINE? University Information Security offers advice on how to shop online securely and how to manage passwords. For more information, see Safe Computing.

Award and funding opportunities

THE IMAGINE FUND SEEKS APPLICANTS for its Art, Design, and Humanities Chair role. The funding opportunity provides up to $70,000 over two years for a faculty member to lead cross-departmental, multi campus, and collaborative work.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR RETIREES are available through the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the U of M Retirees Association. OVPR has announced a sixth cycle of awards to help U retirees pursue projects related to their scholarship. All retirees are eligible to apply for the grants (up to $5,000). The application deadline is Dec. 10. For more information, see 2014-15 Professional Development Grants for Retirees or email Jan Hogan.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CAREER INTEGRATION CONFERENCE. The Learning Abroad Center is hosting a conference on Career Integration, which builds upon the U's proven curriculum integration methodologies, bringing together experience abroad with classroom, career, and life planning. Conference proposals (PDF) are due Jan. 1.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events


UMC RECENTLY EARNED RECOGNITION for the quality and affordability of its online degree programs. Create a Career, an online career and educational resource, ranked UMC 17th nationally among U.S. colleges in its "The 25 Best Colleges for 2014."

THE CENTER FOR RURAL ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES is seeking regional entrepreneurs and small business owners interested submitting projects that could be integrated into courses offered on campus. These projects become an integral part of the course curriculum and are designed to benefit small business owners and entrepreneurs while providing students with real-world business experiences. Applications are requested by Dec. 10. For more information, see Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies.

UMC SENIOR KOLE PEDERSON, Bejou, MN, was recently awarded a $5,000 Agricultural Aviation Scholarship, funded by an educational grant provided by BASF and administered by the National Agricultural Aviation Association.


PROFESSOR JOHN GOODGE WILL DISCUSS HIS ANTARCTICA RESEARCH Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m., Life Science Building. Goodge and colleagues are using advanced technological methods to discover the secrets beneath the surface of Antarctica's ice. He has conducted 11 expeditions to Antarctica since 1985. For more information, see John Goodge.

UMD's DEPARTMENT OF ART AND DESIGN has received accreditation as an associate member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). It is one of only 333 schools in the nation to have earned NASAD accreditation. For more information, see Art and Design.

CONTINUING EDUCATION recently launched the first Government to Government Tribal State Training, created in direct response to an executive order signed by Governor Dayton that stressed training for designated staff who work with Minnesota Tribal Nations in an effort to foster a collaborative relationship between the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Tribal Nations. More than 60 state agency and tribal leaders took part in the two-day event, which was led by UMD Professor Tadd Johnson and Associate Professor Ed Minnema. For more information, see Tribal State Training.


ANN DUHAMEL, head of keyboard studies, performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall last month with her group Ensemble: Périphérie, under the auspices of Distinguished Concerts International New York. DuHamel is a founding member of the ensemble, which aims to promote lesser-known composers of modern chamber works. For more information, see DuHamel.

ARTWORK BY STUDENTS OF MICHAEL EBLE, associate professor of studio art, will be available for sale at Willie's Supervalu until the end of November. All proceeds from this service-learning project support the Morris Area School District's Backpack Program, which provides high-quality, nutritious foods to more than 80 families in need. For more information, see Sale of Student Paintings.

UMM STUDENTS WILL HOST A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ABOUT THE MINIMUM WAGE on Dec. 3. Representatives Ryan Winkler and Jay McNamar, along with a panel of UMM faculty and staff, will present and moderate a discussion on the implications of the minimum wage in Minnesota and the Morris community. For more information, see Minimum Wage Conversation.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR UMM'S 2013 CAROL CONCERT, Dec. 6-8, Assumption Church. Featuring seasonal favorites and well-known choral arrangements, the concert promises festive holiday music inspired by a bygone era. This will be the 35th Carol Concert and the first directed by Christina Armendarez '00, assistant professor of music. For more information, see Carol Concert.


HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCHER ROBERT ZEMSKY recently published a book that highlights the unique, integrated curriculum and technology-enhanced, personalized education that students receive at UMR. In Checklist for Change, Zemsky looks at a list of problems facing higher education and provides constructive recommendations for change. Zemsky uses case studies to describe reforms, one of which is UMR's Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences curriculum.


Administrative information

INFORM STUDENTS THAT THE GOPHER CHAUFFEUR SAFE-RIDE HOME PROGRAM is now available on Thursdays, as well as Fridays and Saturdays. The program is currently serving between 300 and 500 students each weekend. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., students may call Gopher Chauffeur (612-388-6911) for a ride to residences on or near the University's East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campuses, as well as Uptown Minneapolis (drop off only). For more information, see Keeping Students Safe.

OCCUPY THE LIBRARIES: Walter and Biomed libraries (East Bank) will be open 24 hours a day Dec. 4-19, and Wilson (West Bank) Dec. 12-19. Magrath Library (St. Paul) will also have hours extended until 2 a.m. Study break activities include animal therapy, cartoons, chair massages, crafts, brain-boosting games, and holiday treats. For more information, see Libraries 24/7.

CAMPUS CONNECTOR BUSES RETURN TO WASHINGTON AVENUE DEC. 9, with stops at Coffman and Oak Street (no stop at Moos Tower). The Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator will also be back at this time. Campus maps will be updated online and in print soon. Washington will remain closed to general traffic between Pleasant and Walnut streets. Only transit buses, light-rail, emergency vehicles, and bicycles will be permitted on the new Washington Avenue Transit/Pedestrian Mall between Walnut and Church streets. For more information, see Washington Ave reopens.

THE CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE INSTITUTE (CTSI) has begun hosting clinical data office hours twice weekly: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 212, 717 Delaware St.; and Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m., 350G Diehl Hall. Visitors can learn more about the clinical data repository, discuss requests for data, see a demo on using the Data Shelter, and receive help using the i2b2 cohort-discovery tool. For more information, see CTSI Office Hours.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY will host The Art of Perfect Timing, a book celebration featuring a reading, discussion, and Q&A with author and associate professor Stuart Albert. Dec. 3, 4 p.m., 125 Nolte. Refreshments will be available.

HEADLINERS: "A Trillion Reasons to Care: Early Evidence and Expectations of the ACA" will feature Jean Abraham as she presents an in-depth look at key health-insurance provisions within the Affordable Care Act and helps to sort through the evidence and expectations related to this controversial legislation. Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul campus.

GME GRAND ROUNDS: Graduate Medical Education Administration will host GME Grand Rounds, a quarterly gathering of the local GME community, Dec. 10, 4-6:30 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. Muriel Bebeau will present "A Theory-driven, Evidence-based Approach to Integrating Professional Identity Formation into Graduate Medical Education." For more information, see GME Grand Rounds.

THE OFFICE FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT is hosting a campuswide work session to build a more coordinated, systems-based approach to public and community engagement as part of the U's Issue Area Networks initiative. The initiative is designed to strengthen the alignment of the U's community-engaged teaching, research, and outreach activities in nine areas: art; economic development; diversity and inclusion; environment and sustainability; food; health; poverty; transportation; and youth and education. Open to all staff and faculty. Dec. 13, 8 a.m.-noon, The Commons Hotel.

THE BELL SOCIAL WILL RETURN DEC. 13 for an evening that brings together art, science, and live local music, along with great eats, drinks, and door prizes. This year's Bell Social includes a performance by Rogue Valley and celebrates the debut of new works by the Bell Museum's current artist-in-residence, Minneapolis Art on Wheels. For tickets and more information, see Bell Social.

MORE EVENTS include OED Certificate Workshop 10: GLBTQ Identities and Communities (Dec. 2); Health Reform Check-Up: Learning from the Medicare Prescription Drug Program (Dec. 3); University Symphony Orchestra Children's Concert (Dec. 3); Holiday Sale Kickoff Event | WAM Shop (Dec. 4); Can Machines Grade Writing? - TWW Engaging Controversies Discussion (Dec. 6). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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