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Vol. XLII No. 37; November 28, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--State Relations update.
--Features: Shaking out sugars; Counting bites, not calories; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: 2012 recipients of the Award for Global Engagement were honored at a ceremony Nov. 15; and more.

University News and Events
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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: The new legislative DFL majority has announced leaders for their caucuses and committees; the 2013 legislative session begins Jan. 8. Meanwhile, President Kaler recently presented the U's biennial budget request to state officials. Kaler offered his vision on the budget request, emphasizing the critical role the U of M plays in the health and vitality of the state. The governor's budget will be released in mid-January. For more information, see State Relations.


FEATURE: With all the talk these days about fructose, glucose, sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, and sugar in general, it can be hard for a health-conscious person to sort out the truth. U diabetes researcher and endocrinologist John Bantle says the bottom line is that too much sugar is bad, if only for the excess calories. But the story isn't quite so simple. For more information, read "Shaking out sugars."

FEATURE: Of all the dieting aids a person could imagine, a baseball pitch counter might be the least likely. But using a counting device to monitor the intake of unhealthy food can actually help people become full more quickly, according to new research by the U's Joe Redden. Redden's research gets at the intersection of self-control, desire, and attention. For more information, read "Counting bites, not calories."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Nov. 12–16. In this episode of the weekly video feature, students Sam and Lannie visit Student Veterans Appreciation Day, talk about the bowl-bound Gopher football team, and check out the operating room of the future at the Academic Health Center. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: 2012 recipients of the Award for Global Engagement were honored at a ceremony Nov. 15; Professor Aaron Folsom has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Population Research Prize of the American Heart Association; the U of M Human Rights Program has received a $1.25 million USAID grant; the Minnesota Digital Library has been chosen as a key early contributor to the Digital Public Library of America; TCF Bank Stadium was recently named the Best Public Rain Garden by Metro Blooms; the Office for Equity and Diversity recently named student winners of its 2012 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) 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

A CAMPUS CONVERSATION with Rosie Barry, HR associate director of organizational effectiveness, and Georgi Frye, assistant program director of change management, Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program, will take place Dec. 3, noon–1 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. The event will also be broadcast live via UMConnect. The conversation will center on change the U community has experienced over the past few years and will continue to experience, insight into how change affects our brains, tips for coping with change, and what the U is doing to manage change. RSVP online. Bring a lunch; refreshments will be provided.

UNIVERSITY WEB DEVELOPERS are now able to download responsive web headers and footers for their responsive and mobile website efforts. These new resources and the guidelines for their use can be found on the Our Brand website. Email the U Relations Electronic Communications and New Media team with questions or comments. Developers are also invited to submit mobile and/or responsive websites to a directory that will be published on a new U of M mobile home site, scheduled to launch by the end of the year.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IS NOW ACCESSIBLE through additional ways at no cost to the U community at UMTC, UMD, and UMC. Users can read the publication via downloads to an iPad, web browsing on a smart phone or tablet, and/or from any computer in the world. Users on the three campuses need only to create a free account using a U of M email address. For more information, see free access.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U OF M SENATE WILL MARK ITS CENTENNIAL with a series of events to commemorate the milestone anniversary, with attention to the history that informs its plans for the future. The next event will take place Dec. 6, 2–3:30 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. In a special conversation on Jan. 31, President Eric Kaler, Provost Karen Hanson, Regent Patricia Simmons, and Professor Fred Morrison will share their perspectives on the future of shared governance at the U. For more information, see Senate centennial.

Awards and funding opportunities

PROPOSALS FOR THE IMAGINE FUND SPECIAL EVENTS GRANT PROGRAM are due Nov. 30. A total of $50,000 is available each year for all special events. For more information and details about the application process, see Imagine Fund.


THE CAMPUS ASSEMBLY fall semester meeting will take place Nov. 29, 12:30–1:45 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For minutes and the agenda, see Campus Assembly.

"SMOKE AND MIRRORS," a comedy/murder mystery, will be performed Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1, Kiehle Auditorium. The theatrical production by Will Osborne and Anthony Herrera will begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. For more information, see theater.

UMC FACULTY MEMBERS Courtney Bergman, Brian Dingmann, and Matt Simmons have been selected to participate in the U's 2012–13 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Program sponsored by the Global Programs & Strategy Alliance, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Instructional Development Services, and the Office of Information Technology. Each will receive a $1,000 professional development stipend for their successful completion of the program. Faculty from all U campuses are among the cohort and represent a wide range of disciplines. UMC's Eric Castle and Katy Smith took part in the 2011–12 program.

SEVERAL NEW ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED by the UMC Business Department. Agreements were signed with Hibbing Community College, Inver Hills Community College, and Pine Technical College. For more information, see new agreements.


FORMER UMD CHANCELLOR KATHRYN MARTIN has been awarded an honorary fellowship by the University of Worcestor. For more information, see fellowship.

THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION HAS AWARDED A $600,000 GRANT to UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) to advance the science and understanding of thermal modification techniques using a pilot-scaled kiln. The research will test the process for making regional wood more marketable. For more information, see NRRI grant.


TISHA TURK, associate professor of English, testified earlier this year on behalf of the Organization for Transformative Works regarding exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. One of these exemptions was for renewal and expansion of the noncommercial remix exemption requested in 2009. Turk argued that creators of noncommercial remix videos and fan vids have a technical need for DVDs as source material. For more information, see Turk Testifies.

COREY JOHNSON '14, Redwood Falls, and CLAIRE GOODRICH '14, Rochester, recently attended the National Education Association Student Program Fall Connections Conference in San Diego. Elected by peers at the Education Minnesota Student Program fall conference earlier this year, they were two of only four Minnesota representatives to attend the national conference. For more information, see NEA-SP Conference.

SETH ELSEN '13, Shelton, WA, is working with the Center for Small Towns and the City of Morris Public Access Television channel to improve the practicality and usability of the station. Elsen, along with city manager Blaine Hill, began work on the project in October. The goal of the project's initial phase is to create a plan that will streamline the channel's program delivery. For more information, see public access.


CLAUDIA NEUHAUSER has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2013, the program's initial year. Mathematical scientists from around the world were named to the inaugural class of 1,119 fellows representing more than 600 institutions. For more information, see Neuhauser.

UMR DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE MICHON ROGERS is a recipient of the 2012 Maude Finch Award. The award honors those who have distinguished themselves in advancing the common good with their service, volunteerism, and leadership. For more information about Michon's involvement in the Rochester community, see Maude Finch Award.

VIDEO OF THE UMR STATE OF THE CAMPUS ADDRESS is now available online. In the address, Chancellor Lehmkuhle took a look back at the progress UMR has made since his inauguration.


Administrative information

ADOPT A FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: The Student Parent HELP Center (SPHC), a program of the U's Office for Student Affairs, is seeking sponsors for its annual holiday assistance program. Students served by SPHC are typically young parents making significant sacrifices to complete their education and provide a good future for their children. All of the student parents served by the program are low income, and the vast majority are single parents in the lowest income bracket. For more information, see Adopt-A-Family.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR A U-WIDE, INTERDISCIPLINARY FOOD INITIATIVE will be explored during three sessions, Dec. 4–5. RSVP for one of the listening sessions, receive background information, and be added to the distribution list, by registering at food listening session. Hosted by the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, the College of Veterinary of Medicine, and in partnership with CFANS and the School of Public Health.

COPYRIGHT PERMISSION REQUESTS FOR SPRING 2013 course materials should be submitted to the Copyright Permissions Center as soon as possible. Source information may be dropped off at any Printing Services location, faxed to 612-626-9810, mailed to 102 Printing Services Building, or submitted online. For more information, email Jackie Pitts or Dale Mossestad, or call 612-624-8258.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

PREDICTIONS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY will be the topic of the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) annual fall luncheon. Design and construction futurist Frank A. Stasiowski will describe economic, political, social, and technological trends that could define the next decade and have a direct impact on transportation. Nov. 28, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, see transportation predictions.

ADA COMSTOCK DISTINGUISHED WOMEN SCHOLARS LECTURE: "Two Brains Are Better Than One: How Small Brains Make Big Decisions, Nov. 28, 4–6 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. The lecture will feature Professor Karen Mesce from the Department of Entomology. Mesce will present an overview of her original and imaginative, almost playful, approach to understanding how neuronal networks develop and function. A dessert reception follows the lecture. Free and open to the public, but RSVP online. For more information, see Ada Comstock lecture.

EAT LOCAL CHALLENGE: Gopher Express locations and Gopher Spot are challenging the U community to eat local foods through Nov. 30. Receive $1 off any local item in the stores and enter to win a free local foods goodie bag during the challenge.

"ALAN TURING: THE POWER OF MATHEMATICAL DISCOVERY," an Institute for Mathematics and its Applications public lecture, will take place Dec. 4, 7 p.m., 175 Wiley Hall. Andrew Hodges of the University of Oxford will illustrate the way that Turing seized on a great range of mathematical ideas and turned them into world-changing discoveries. For more information, see mathematical discovery.

THE "BE DAZZLED" HOLIDAY SHOPPING CELEBRATION at the Weisman Art Museum will take place Dec. 5, 4–6 p.m. The WAM Shop invites members of the U community to "Be Dazzled" by imaginative gifts, festive melodies, and a 20 percent discount on purchases. A "Be Dazzled" discount week with 10 percent off all purchases for U faculty, staff, and students continues Dec. 6–9. Purchases support WAM programs and exhibitions. For more information, see "WAM Shop."

A START-UP SEMINAR featuring a keynote by entrepreneur and investor Michael Berman will offer faculty, graduate students, and post-docs the opportunity to find out more about the creation of new companies. The event will include networking with complimentary appetizers and beverages, followed by the keynote presentation and a panel discussion on incubators. Dec. 6, 5–7:30 p.m., Campus Club. For registration and more information, see Start-up Seminar.

FRACKING: FACTS, FICTION, AND FIXES: Join U professor Larry Wackett as he discusses how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is impacting the United States, and how his research seeks to use biotechnology to mitigate its potential environmental impacts. Cost: $15. Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Continuing Education Conference Center, St. Paul. For registration and more information, see fracking facts.

WINTER LIGHT SHOW PREMIERE PARTY and 5K RUN: Join the College of Science and Engineering Dec. 7, 5–8 p.m. for the premiere of a dazzling light show designed by students. The entire Civil Engineering Building Plaza will be covered in lights for an immersive 3D outdoor experience entitled "Illumination." This year's show will feature more than 100,000 LED lights set to music composed and performed by University of Minnesota students. The premiere will include entertainment and exhibits in Rapson Hall between shows. The "Freezin' for a Reason" 5K Run will precede the premiere. Shows will run weekends through Dec. 21. For more information, see light show.

GME GRAND ROUNDS: Graduate Medical Education Administration will host GME Grand Rounds, a quarterly gathering of the local GME community, Dec. 13, 4–6:30 p.m., Mayo Auditorium. Louis Ling, former GME associate dean, will present "The Next Accreditation System: What Does it Mean for My Program?" Ling is currently senior vice president for hospital-based accreditation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. For more information, see Grand Rounds.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment (Nov. 28); WAM Chatter—Is Memory True? (Nov. 28); Mississippi River Walk (Nov. 30); Meet author Chris Stedman discussing his book Faitheist (Dec. 3); Minnesota Funk (Dec. 4); CTS Freight and Logistics Symposium (Dec. 7); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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