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Vol. XLIII No. 40; December 11, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Brief publication calendar: Brief will not be published Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Publication will resume Jan. 8.

Inside This Issue
--The Board of Regents will meet Dec. 12-13.
--Features: 2013: A Year to Remember; The Center for New Americans.
--People: Professors Eugene Borgida and Thomas Johnson (UMD) have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and more.

University News and Events
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THE BOARD OF REGENTS will meet Dec. 12-13. VP for Research Brian Herman will provide an annual research report to the board and an update on a research strategic planning process that Herman's office launched in May, in partnership with President Kaler. Additionally, the board will review and act upon contracts related to the Ambulatory Care Center project. The board will also hear an annual University safety update from UMPD Chief Greg Hestness, begin a review of the U’s philosophy on undergraduate tuition and financial aid, and act upon the appointment of Brooks Jackson as the new dean of the Medical School and VP for Health Sciences. For more information, see the news release.


FEATURE: It has been a spectacular, victorious, and groundbreaking 2013 for the University of Minnesota. The short video "2013: A Year to Remember" features some of the inspiring highlights of the year.

FEATURE: A gift from the Robina Foundation has enabled the U of M Law School to create the Center for New Americans, an immigration law center and the first of its kind in the nation. The center is a collaborative initiative with leading area law firms and nonprofits, led by the Law School, that responds to critical legal and social needs of diverse immigrant groups. For more information, read "New Beginnings."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Professors Eugene Borgida and Thomas Johnson (UMD) have each been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; 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

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY: On July 1, 2014, the new Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus policy (UMTC, UMD, and UMR) will go into effect, prohibiting tobacco in all facilities and on all University property. The change supports the U's ongoing commitment to promote and protect the health and well-being of its students and employees. The Tailgating policy has also been revised to expand the tailgating option to other major stadium events on the UMTC campus; revises the list of lots in which tailgating is allowed; and addresses the hours for tailgating during weekday events. These policies are open for a 30-day comment period.

THE ANNUAL PRIMARY DATA CENTER MAINTENANCE OUTAGE, which impacts most University technology systems, is set for Jan. 4, 6 a.m., with restoration beginning on Jan. 5, 6 a.m. It is expected that all affected services will be restored by noon. For more information, see data center outage.

DRUPAL ORIENTATION training is available through Technology Training and Usability Services. Learn more about the U's new systemwide, enterprise-level content management system. Orientation sessions will be offered Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-noon, 101 Walter Library, and Dec. 19, 2-3 p.m., 402 Walter Library. Remote participation will also be available. For registration (required) and more information, see Drupal Orientation.

THE NEW GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT ADVISING WEBSITE offers resources for faculty and students to maximize the advising relationship and deal constructively with conflicts that may arise. The site is a collaboration of the Academic Civility Work Group, the Student Conflict Resolution Center, and the Graduate School. For more information, see Student Advising.

Award and funding opportunities

SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2014 REGENTS PROFESSORSHIP--the highest honor the University of Minnesota bestows on its faculty. The nomination deadline is Mar. 14. For nomination procedures, criteria, and a list of current and emeriti Regents Professors, see 2014 Regents Professorship.

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS: A NEW RESEARCH FACILITY ON THE MN STATE FAIRGROUNDS will be a resource for both faculty and student researchers who wish to recruit research subjects from among the fair's 1.7 million yearly visitors. For more information and to apply, see MN State Fair Driven to Discover Building.

THE MN LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program is seeking applicants for fellowships in the 2014-15 academic year. MN LEND accepts pre- and post-doctoral students and community fellows for a yearlong interdisciplinary and leadership training program focusing on improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. Fellows are offered a stipend for participation. Applications will be accepted online until Feb. 28. For more information, see MN LEND.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: THE CHINA CENTER seeks distinguished Chinese alumni, both living and deceased, to be featured as part of China 100: A yearlong celebration honoring the first students from China at the University of Minnesota and the wealth of connections made since they arrived. Nomination deadline is Dec. 31. For more information, see China 100.


JEFF BUMGARNER'S article "Federal Law Enforcement" was published in The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, edited by Jay Albanese and published by Wiley-Blackwell. Bumgarner also serves as associate editor for the encyclopedia.

THE MUSICAL PRODUCTION of Church Basement Ladies, directed by senior Beth Motley, is scheduled for Dec. 13, 14, and 15, Kiehle Auditorium. The student cast includes Alissa Hernandez, Jessica Stone, Cassie Hagg, Cheyanne Bell, and Alex Conwell.

THE HORTICULTURE CLUB will be selling poinsettias, wreaths, and arrangements for the holidays Dec. 11-13, Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. The poinsettias are the result of work by the commercial floriculture class taught by Sue Jacobson. For hours and more information, see Poinsettia Sale.


THE VOCAL JAZZ CONCERT, featuring the singing groups Chill Factor and Lake Effect, will be held Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Associate Professor Tina Thielen-Gaffe conducts the two groups. For more information, see Vocal Jazz.

UMD WILL CELEBRATE KWANZAA Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Kirby Ballroom. The event, sponsored by the Black Student Association, will showcase the talents of students, faculty, and alumni, and feature music, dance, storytelling, and food. For more information, see Kwanzaa.

UMD STORES WILL HAVE A SEASONAL PRESENCE in downtown Duluth, becoming one of 11 retailers taking part in the Greater Downtown Council's "Pop-up Downtown" program. The store, which opened on Small Business Saturday, will sell Bulldog items through Jan. 6 at 5 W. Superior St. For more information, see Pop-Up.


UMM STUDENTS SHOWCASE CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY: Last month, 14 UMM students attended the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability conference in Decorah, Iowa. Students presented their research and sustainable initiatives to faculty, staff, and students from across the Midwest. Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson gave a keynote address on sustainability and campus culture. For more information, see Campus Sustainability.

THE MINNESOTA HIGHER EDUCATION "LISTENING TOUR" WILL VISIT UMM Dec. 12. Senator Terri Bonoff, chair of the MN Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, is leading the statewide tour of colleges and universities designed to gather input from students and key stakeholders about ways to improve the state's higher education system. For more information, see Listening Tour.

CORY HOLTEN '15, Starbuck, is working with his hometown Chamber of Commerce to create an online directory of local businesses and events. Their aim is to create a website for visitors and residents wanting information pertaining to events and stores in town. Holten is collecting information to publish on the site.


UMR CONNECTS: "Adjacent Possible: Bone Marrow Cells in Skin Regeneration," presented by Jakub Tolar, associate professor and director of the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute. Dec. 17, 7 p.m., University Square.


Administrative information

THE SAFETY AND SECURITY WEBSITE has been updated to provide key information about safety at the University, including current updates, what the U is doing to respond to crime, campus safety resources, and tips to stay safe. For more information, see Safety and Security.

THE PROJECT AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT COLLABORATORS GROUP and the U Services PMO are sponsoring a vendor relationship management workshop on Dec. 16, 1-3 p.m., 325 Education Sciences Bldg. RSVP online. Free and open to all faculty and staff.

ALL NEW AND TRANSFER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARRIVING for spring semester 2014 must visit International Student and Scholar Services for a mandatory document check to complete federal requirements. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until they complete the check.

A GENERAL PURPOSE CLASSROOM SATISFACTION SURVEY invites participants to provide feedback about current and future classrooms. The survey is short--seven questions; responses are confidential. Take the survey by Dec. 20.

Award and funding opportunities

THE PRESIDENT'S STUDENT LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE AWARD honors the accomplishments of outstanding students and their leadership and service contributions to UMTC and the community. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate current U students for the award, presented annually to one-half of one percent of University students. For nomination forms and more information, see President's Student Leadership and Service Award.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE OTHER SIDE OF POVERTY IN SCHOOLS, a one-day workshop for teachers, administrators, counselors, and teacher educators, will take place Jan. 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 325 Education Sciences Building. Participants will learn about the five principles for change to better meet the needs of working-class and poor students and take away powerful classroom ideas for incorporating social class-related content. Cost: $125 general admission; $100 for U faculty, staff, and students. Register online.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment: "Tracking Animals Through Space and Time" (Dec. 11); David A. Rothenberger Lecture: "Will Physicians Lead Us Through Health Care Challenges?" (Dec. 12); Bell Social (Dec. 13); CSE Winter Light Show "Illumination" (Dec. 14); Café Scientifique: Bird Brains: Decision-Making, Experimental Games, and the Evolution of Learning in Blue Jays, with Professor David Stephens (Dec. 17). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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