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Vol. XLI No. 35; Nov. 9, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--State Relations Update.
--Features: What seekers share; Ideas on display; This Week @Minnesota; U of M Moment.
--People: 2011 recipients of the U's Award for Global Engagement are professors Kumar Belani and Zhuangyi Liu; and more.

University News and Events
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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: Minnesota's Management and Budget (MMB) commissioner Jim Schowalter and staff recently toured the U's 2012 capital request projects. MMB is responsible for producing the governor's capital investment proposal and various state financial reports, including the state budget forecast to be released on Dec. 1. The governor uses the forecast to assemble his supplemental budget proposal for the upcoming legislative session. All indications are that this forecast will show another significant shortfall in revenue for the state, spurring a heated discussion on how to balance the budget. For more information, see Government Relations.


FEATURE: Marla Spivak is a world expert on honeybees. Carl Flink is a leading dancer and choreographer. These faculty members work in what seem radically different disciplines. Yet the heart of what drives them and countless other seekers—whether they're labeled "teachers" or "students"—is remarkably similar. For more information, watch "What seekers share."

FEATURE: It's certainly not a stretch to say that Dustin Huibregtse is driven. A senior in the Carlson School of Management, Huibregtse is also the director of a student group that last winter obtained a license from TEDx for the U of M. The goal of the group is to bring together the great thinkers at the U and give them the opportunity to share and discuss their ideas, and in turn, make those discussions available to the world. For more information, read "Ideas on display."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Nov. 7. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service drops in on Coach Kill's lunch for students, gets a look at Floyd of Rosedale, visits President Eric Kaler's house for a Halloween party, and meets a U grad student who's raising money to track lions in Africa. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

U OF M MOMENT: A new $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the wine industry in the Upper Midwest and Northeast take the next steps toward economic vitality. Jim Luby, professor of horticultural science, says there are a range of obstacles to be tackled. Luby is optimistic about the impact this project will have on wine growers in the region. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: 2011 recipients of the U's Award for Global Engagement are professors Kumar Belani and Zhuangyi Liu; dean Tom Fisher and architecture head Renee Cheng have been recognized as two of the top 25 most admired design educators for 2012; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK IS NOV. 14–18. The annual event was first declared by the U.S. Departments of State and Education in 2000 to encourage policies and programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. Colleges, campuses, departments, and student groups systemwide have planned events to highlight the U's efforts to support international education. For more information, see the events.

Funding awards and opportunities

GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH GRANTS: The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance invites U faculty and graduate/professional students to submit proposals for the Global Spotlight International Research Grant competition. The deadline is Dec. 2. Proposals must focus on research projects in Latin America/Caribbean and/or the global impact of urbanization. For more information, see grant program.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

CHRIS FARRELL WILL SPEAK at the next Frontiers in the Environment seminar sponsored by the U's Institute on the Environment. Farrell, economics editor and host of American Public Media's "Marketplace Money" radio program, will present "The Frugal Future." Farrell predicts that over the coming decade, the rise of the mobile Internet and the push for sustainability will transform the economy, driving the next wave of "creative destruction" and offering the opportunity for a life made better not by ownership but by greater flexibility and meaning. Nov. 9, noon–1 p.m. R380 IonE seminar room, VoTech Bldg., St. Paul campus or via UMConnect. For more information, see Frugal Future.


UMC'S VETERANS CLUB will host a special presentation featuring guest speaker Stewart Bass during a program commemorating Veterans Day. Nov. 11, 1 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. For more information, see Veterans Day.

A HORSE OWNER EDUCATION PROGRAM, a partnership between UMC and UMTC, is designed to assist current horse owners as well as those interested in owning a horse in the future. The program is recommended for ages 13 and up, but is open to everyone. Nov. 12, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., University Teaching and Outreach Center. Registration is required; deadline is Nov. 9. For more information, see horse program.

UMC WILL CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK with events taking place on campus Nov. 14–18. From culinary creations to an international market, International Education Week will include adventures from around the world. For more information, see international.

THURSDAY COMMONS will feature the research of six UMC faculty members. The campus community is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. Nov. 17, 12:15–2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see Thursday Commons.


UMD NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE (NRRI) WAS AWARDED $2 MILLION by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. NRRI scientist Euan Reavie will use the grant in his research monitoring the bottom of the Great Lakes food chain, tracking the shifts in the abundance and composition of tiny food organisms. For more information, see NRRI grant.

LAND OF PLENTY: HOW DID YOU COME TO BE HERE? directed by UMD theatre professor Tom Isbell, explores and wrestles with the realities of the United States as a land of opportunity and welcome, but also as a land of inequality, exclusion, and forced relocation. The collaborative project brings together UMD and the Duluth community in a modern play. Nov. 11 and Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center. For more information, see theatre.

THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION video series, Science Nation, features two research films about UMD geological sciences professor John Goodge and his wintery trek across Antarctica, and NRRI scientist Cindy Hale, whose work explores the impact of earthworms on local and regional understory growth in forests. For more information, watch the videos of John Goodge and Cindy Hale.


UMM'S COMPUTER SCIENCE TEAMS "Quantum Bogosort" and "Ghost Ducks" excelled at the 2011 Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition. Professors Nic McPhee and Kristin Lamberty advise the teams, comprised of computer science majors. For more information, see computing competition.

AUTHOR KIESE LAYMON will give a reading at Briggs Library Nov. 11, 7 p.m., sponsored by the Prairie Gate Literary Festival. For more information, see author event.

A LIVE-ACTION GRAPHIC NOVEL performance will feature comic book images projected panel-by-panel while three actors perform voices, a foley artist creates sound effects, and a keyboardist plays the score. The Intergalactic Nemesis will be presented Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium. For more information, see novel performance.

UMM WAS AWARDED A "MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL" designation by G.I. Jobs magazine in its annual list honoring the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that support American military service members and veterans as students. For more information, see Military Friendly Schools.


UMR FACULTY MEMBER MARK TSCHAEPE'S ESSAY "John Dewey's Conception of Scientific Explanation: Moving Philosophers of Science Past the Realism-Antirealism Debate" has been accepted for publication in the journal, Contemporary Pragmatism. The essay will be published in December.


Administrative information

THE FIRST NATIONWIDE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS) WILL TAKE PLACE NOV. 9, 1 p.m. (CST). The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Communications Commission, and the National Weather Service will conduct the test, which will be broadcast simultaneously over all television and radio stations throughout the U.S., and may be up to three-and-a-half minutes in length. During emergency testing, local 911 operators are often unnecessarily burdened by non-emergency calls; please remember that this is only a test. For more information, see EAS test (PDF).

EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND BENEFITS FAIR will take place Nov. 9, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Coffman Union. The benefits fair provides an opportunity to talk to the health and pharmacy benefits managers and retirement investment plan representatives and participate in health promotion opportunities, including flu shots. For more information, see Open Enrollment.

THE U'S NEWEST BROADBAND ACCESS PROJECT (BAP) COMPUTER LAB, located at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center in north Minneapolis, will begin offering free public computer classes Nov. 14. NorthPoint was selected from a pool of 12 applicants representing community organizations from across the Twin Cities. Launched by a $2.9 million federal stimulus grant and coordinated through the U's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, BAP operates 11 computer labs in federally designated poverty zones across the Twin Cities. The project aims to bridge the digital divide in underserved urban communities by expanding access to high-speed Internet. For more information, see BAP computer lab.

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR UNIVERSITY PROFESSIONAL CIRCLES, a professional development opportunity cosponsored by the Organizational Effectiveness division of the Office of Human Resources and the Women's Center. The 10-month program is designed to advance employee professional goals, hone interpersonal communication and networking skills, and cut across the traditional barriers that lead to staff isolation. No more than 50 applicants will be selected for this cohort. Registration fee is $50. Applications are due Dec. 16, and the program begins Jan. 25. For the application and more information, see professional development.

Funding awards and opportunities

THE INSTITUTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT (IonE) AND THE GRADUATE SCHOOL are collaborating to support Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows. 2012–13 preliminary applications are due to the IonE by Jan. 16, and to the Graduate School by Feb. 1. For more information, see fellows application.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

PREVIEW/REVIEW: UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND LECTURES is a periodic column highlighting events and lectures recently past and soon to come on the TC campus. This issue features a review of the U Communicators Forum event, "Promoting Strategies on a Budget: Internal PR." Previews include "Cyclopath: Personalized Routing and Open Collaboration for Bicyclists," "Behind the Podium: Lecturing 101," Divas Night Out and Holiday Shopping at the Arboretum, "The Chemistry of Flavor," and more. For more information, see Preview/Review.

STUDENT VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY will take place Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. All veterans and their family members, faculty, staff, students, and the public are encouraged to attend the event and show their support. This year's appreciation will feature remarks by U President Eric Kaler. A free chili lunch will be served at noon (while supplies last). For more information, see Student Veterans Appreciation.

WORLD USABILITY DAY: DESIGNING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, will take place Nov. 10, 9:45 a.m.–8 p.m., 402 Walter Library. The events are free and open to the public. No reservation is required. For more information and a complete schedule of events, see Usability Day.

FIRST AMENDMENT EXPERT Rodney Smolla, author and president of Furman University, will discuss his book, The Constitution Goes to College: Five Constitutional Ideas That Have Shaped the American University, Nov. 14, 4–5 p.m., U Bookstore, Coffman Union. Smolla, a former law school dean, is an expert on the First Amendment who uses the American university as a lens to view the Constitution in action. For more information, see author event.

A NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY SPEAKERS' SERIES PRESENTATION will feature David Wallinga, senior adviser with the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy. Wallinga will describe the health-relevant characteristics of food environments/systems, discuss the effects of maternal food systems on birth outcomes and infant health status and development, and present model approaches for counseling maternal and infant nutritional health. Nov. 30, 3–4:30 p.m., Wilder Center, St. Paul. For registration and more information, see Children's Study speaker.

MORE EVENTS include Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity (Nov. 10); The Relative Virtues of Adam Smith's Theodicy (Nov. 11); The War Within/All's Fair, a devised work (Nov. 12); Social Seeing: Images Online—A talk by George Oates (Nov. 15). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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