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Vol. XLII No. 35; November 7, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

For additional news and information, see the Faculty and Staff views of the U homepage.

Brief publication calendar: Brief will not be published Nov. 21 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.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

Inside This Issue
--Office for Academic Administration Review.
--Features: Barley getting by.
--People: Dante Cicchetti was awarded the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize by the Jacobs Foundation for more than 30 years of work in child development; and more.

University News and Events
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THE REVIEW OF THE OFFICE FOR ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION (OAA) IS COMPLETE. The office, led by Senior Vice President Robert Jones, will be eliminated Jan. 1. The functions and reporting lines from that office will be realigned to the administrative unit or college that most closely shares their mission and work. The task force report is available online (PDF). For more information, see OAA realignment.


FEATURE: One of the foundation crops of the Western World—barley—is getting a boost from Gary Muehlbauer, professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics and head of the Department of Plant Biology. Along with a large international team of colleagues, he has produced a "draft" sequence of the barley genome and published it in the journal Nature. For more information, read "Barley getting by."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Dante Cicchetti was awarded the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize and more than $1 million by the Jacobs Foundation for his more than 30 years of work in child development; U alumnus and inventor Robert Gore has donated $10 million for the expansion of Amundson Hall; 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.

KEEPING OUR FACULTY OF COLOR SYMPOSIUM: "Transforming Our Institutions: Advancing Inclusive Excellence Among Faculty in Higher Education" seeks session and panel proposals. Begun at the U in 1998, the symposium is the only national conference focused on advancing faculty diversity in higher education. This year's symposium is co-chaired by Louis Mendoza, professor and chair of the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies and associate vice provost for the Office for Equity and Diversity, and Catherine Squires, Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity, and Equality in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. April 14–16, Twin Cities campus. For more information, see faculty of color symposium.

Awards and funding opportunities

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, and the Life Sciences seeks proposals addressing the societal implications of problems in health, environment, or the life sciences. Awards are available in categories for graduate/professional students and for consortium/joint degree program members. One of the student awards is designated for a joint degree program applicant. Proposals for student-initiated programs or colloquia will also be accepted. Proposals are due Feb. 18. For more information, see awards or email


AN EVENT HONORING 2012 TORCH & SHIELD AWARD RECIPIENTS will take place Nov. 7. Recipients include Alan Cattanach, general agronomist at American Crystal Sugar Company in Moorhead, MN; Wayne Goeken, director of the International Water Institute's Center for Watershed Education; and Otter Tail Power Company, Fergus Falls, MN. The award honors those who have aided in the development of UMC, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, and Extension. For more information, see Torch & Shield.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK celebrations will be held Nov. 12–16. Highlighting the week is a presentation by Fun wi Tita, director of Making a Difference International, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. For more information including a full schedule of events, see international education.

SCHOLARLY EXCELLENCE IN EQUITY AND DIVERSITY (SEED) AWARD recipients include two UMC seniors: Wemimo Samson Abbey and Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee, who each received the Sue W. Hancock Undergraduate SEEDs of Change Award. The two will be recognized Nov. 14 at the U of M Equity and Diversity Breakfast held at the McNamara Alumni Center, Twin Cities. For more information, see SEED Award.


JUSTICE ALAN C. PAGE will join the panel discussion "57 Years After Brown v. Board of Education: The Current and Future State of Black America" Nov. 15, 11 a.m., Kirby Student Ballroom. Free and open to the public. For more information, see panel discussion.

"A SALUTE TO LAKE SUPERIOR'S SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES," hosted by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, spotlights the state's seasonal abundance of lake herring from Lake Superior and celebrates the people involved in managing, harvesting, studying, and preparing this sustainably harvested fish. The event features a professional chef cook-off and public tasting event Nov. 13, 5–7:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis. For tickets and transportation information, see Minnesota Sea Grant.


JEFF LIEBERMAN, host of the Discovery Channel's Time Warp, will speak at UMM Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Student Center. A modern renaissance man, Lieberman explores connections between the arts, sciences, education, passion, creativity, and the potential future of human consciousness. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Council Convocations Committee. For more information, see Lieberman.

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (ISC) will perform Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Student Center. The performance is the third event in UMM's 2012–13 Performing Arts Series. Hailed as "one of the funniest, most amazing things I've ever seen" by the Charleston City Paper Online, ISC promises an evening of off-the-cuff comedy that should not be missed. For more information, see Improvised Shakespeare Company.

JOSHUA JOHNSON '10 AND ERIC WARDELL '08 are the two most recent recipients of the Rebecca Mason Perry Award, presented annually by the English Department at West Virginia University to its outstanding first-year graduate student. Johnson was the recipient of the 2011 honor, and Wardell received it in 2012. Both believe that their UMM educations contributed to their postbaccalaureate success. For more information, see alumni.


UMR HAS WON THE 2012 TEKNE AWARD from the Minnesota High Tech Association. UMR was recognized in the EdTech category for its innovative intelligent System for Education Assessment and Learning (iSEAL). UMR developed iSEAL as a complete curriculum management system that makes course materials available online to students and shareable across the curriculum. Unlike traditional course management systems, iSEAL goes a step further. For more information, see iSEAL Award.


Administrative information

THE INSTITUTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT'S SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION PROGRAM maintains a searchable database of sustainability-related courses across all Twin Cities campus colleges and departments. See the database and propose new courses for inclusion at Sustainable Education.

A STRENGTHSQUEST EDUCATION SEMINAR will teach more about the strengths-based philosophy, a person's "Top 5," and how to use the StrengthsQuest program with students, staff, and faculty. Jan. 9, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., 312 STSS. For registration and more information, see StrengthsQuest.

Awards and funding opportunities

A SUMMER ADVANCED RESEARCH PROGRAM will provide research training through a structured core curriculum, mentored research projects, weekly research seminars, and a final mini-symposium to present research to other scholars and mentors. Applicants must be doctoral or professional health sciences students with interests in clinical or translational research. Includes a $560/week stipend. Informational sessions will take place Nov. 27, 2-118 Moos; and Dec. 4, 2-580 Moos, each at noon. For more information, see summer research.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

HEADLINERS, NOVEMBER EDITION: ELECTION 2012 RECAP. Join political science professor Kathryn Pearson as she analyzes the campaigns and election results, and asks what they might mean for addressing the crises facing the state and nation. Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul. For registration and more information, see Election 2012 analysis.

OLYMPIC MEDALISTS including Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin will return to the pool at the Minneapolis Grand Prix Swimming Series, hosted at the University Aquatic Center, Nov. 9–11. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 8, 4 p.m. For more information, see Rec Sports.

COMMUNITY DAY 2012 at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) will celebrate community partnerships and urban research initiatives. The event offers the public a chance to tour UROC's 22,000-square-foot facility and review University/community collaborations aimed at strengthening health, education, and economic development in North Minneapolis and other urban communities. Activities will include free computer classes and health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, live music, and a reception. Nov. 9, 3–7 p.m., UROC. 2001 Plymouth Ave. N. For more information, see community day.

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES WILL HOST A LIBRARY INFORMATION FAIR for international students as part of International Education Week. The information fair is an opportunity for international students to learn more about Library resources and services. Light refreshments will be provided. Nov. 14, noon–1:30 p.m., 101 Walter Library. For more information, see Library Information Fair.

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE (GIS) DAY is a worldwide celebration and salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better lives. Eight centers at the University will be hosting open houses Nov. 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., and invite faculty, staff, and students to stop by and learn more about their fascinating work. Visitors can grab a passport at the first stop and visit multiple open houses. Those who visit at least two open houses will be entered into a drawing for a $100 University Bookstore gift card. For more information, see GIS Day.

THE BUCKMAN FELLOWSHIP PANEL ON PHILANTHROPY'S ROLE IN SOCIETY will include leaders from local and national foundations addressing philanthropy and its evolving role in addressing key issues in changing communities and the world. Free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Nov. 14, 5–6:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For registration and more information, see Buckman Fellowship.

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC'S UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE presents Giuseppe Verdi's Falstafffrom Nov. 15–18, Ted Mann Concert Hall. Tickets: $20 adults; $5 U students and children; group rates available. Two-for-one tickets are also available for U faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni. Seating is general admission. For tickets and more information, call 612-624-2345 or see University Opera.

THE MATH AND SCIENCE FAMILY FUN FAIR will feature fascinating activities, more than 30 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 more. Nov. 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Coffman Union. Free. For more information, see fun fair.

THE 1862 MORRILL ACT'S IMPACT ON THE U OF M is on display in the exhibit "For the Common Good" at the Andersen Library's Atrium Gallery through Nov. 30. The Land Grant Agricultural College Act—known as the Morrill Act and signed by President Lincoln in 1862—set aside public lands, the sale of which were used to fund public colleges to "promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes." For more information, see Morrill Act exhibit.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment (Nov. 7); World Usability Day 2012 (Nov. 8); International Human Trafficking Symposium: Policing, Legal, and Field Interventions (Nov. 9); American Health Care: An International and Ethical Perspective (Nov. 10); Jay Walljasper: This Place is Your Place, This Place is My Place (Nov. 12); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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