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Vol. XLIII No. 41; December 18, 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Brief publication calendar: Brief will not be published Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.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
--Board of Regents December meeting summary.
--State Relations Update.
--Features: Getting involved in U governance; The Science of Movement; Getting their point across.
--People: Marilyn Speedie, dean of the College of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the 2014 Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pharmacists Association; and more.

University News and Events
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THE BOARD OF REGENTS addressed campus safety, examined the U's tuition and financial aid philosophy, and approved agreements for the Ambulatory Care Center and other real estate transactions at its December meeting. The board also approved Brooks Jackson as the new dean of the Medical School and VP for Health Sciences. For more information, see the news release.

STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: Minnesota's latest budget forecast projects a $1.08 billion budget surplus at the end of the current biennium. The budget forecast also shows that the state has the capacity to issue up to $1.2 billion in additional debt. This will be important when legislators discuss and determine the size of the bonding bill in the upcoming legislative session. The U is requesting funding for six projects totaling $232 million. For more information, see State Relations.


FEATURE: As the University Senate enters its second century of shared governance, representation of faculty and staff from colleges and programs is more important than ever. By serving on committees, faculty and staff can take an active role in shaping the University. Mechanical engineering professor Will Durfee, a long-time participant in U governance, talks about why getting involved matters. For more information, read "Getting involved in U governance."

FEATURE: From Parkinson's disease to obesity, human maladies and treatments are opening to discovery in the U's School of Kinesiology labs. For more information, read "The Science of Movement."

FEATURE: In March 2013, a group of U of M students laid out for an assembly of a thousand state environmental leaders their vision and hopes for the future. The students' efforts were crowned in October, when the U's Next Generation Environmental Leaders group received the national Student Sustainability Leadership Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. For more information, read "Getting their point across."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Marilyn Speedie, dean of the College of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the 2014 Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pharmacists Association; Civil Engineering Professor Emeritus Charles Fairhurst was in Paris recently to receive the French Medal of Honor; 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

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.

PROVOST HANSON SEEKS THE NOMINATION of tenured faculty members for the half-time position of director of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), which supports and encourages interdisciplinary and collaborative work across and beyond the University. Send brief statements of nominee qualifications to search committee chair Professor Renee Cheng, c/o Priority deadline is Feb. 15, 2014; applications accepted until the position is filled. For more information, see IAS director search.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY: A risk-based approach to processes associated with sales to external parties is incorporated into the revised Selling Goods and Services to External Customers policy. The new Sexual Harassment administrative policy provides options for reporting incidents of sexual harassment. Formal requirements for units to identify and manage information security risks are reflected in the new Information Security Risk Assessment policy. The policies are open for a 30-day comment period.

AN ONLINE VERSION OF STUDENT DATA UPDATE (SDU) TRAINING has been created by the Academic Support Resources Training Team. The training may be used in place of in-person training. SDU training is necessary to be granted update access in PeopleSoft. Registration and training are available via ULearn. For more information, see SDU Training or email

ONLINE TRAINING THROUGH LYNDA.COM IS AVAILABLE AT NO COST for U faculty, staff, and students systemwide. is a library of online training videos that provides access to more than 1,700 courses for all skill levels in more than 140 specialties. For more information, see

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

PUBLISHING ON INTERNATIONALIZING THE CURRICULUM: Akosua Addo, School of Music, and Shelley Smith, Instructional Development Service, UMD, will present a workshop designed to guide faculty through the process of publishing scholarly work on their efforts to internationalize the curriculum and their teaching and learning. The workshop will be delivered by ITV to all campuses. Jan. 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m. For registration and event locations, see Internationalizing Teaching & Learning Workshop.

CLASSROOM FACILITATION FOR GLOBAL LEARNING OUTCOMES is an interactive session for faculty and staff who want to reflect on and expand their ability to facilitate student discussions that promote intercultural, international, or global learning. The workshop will be delivered by ITV to all campuses. Feb. 27, 12:30-2:30 p.m. For registration and event locations, see Global Learning Outcomes.

Award and funding opportunities

A GRANT-IN-AID OF RESEARCH, ARTISTRY, AND SCHOLARSHIP information session with grant reviewers and OVPR staff will take place Jan. 14, 1-2:30 p.m., 101 Walter Library. The session will include an overview of the review process, plus small group discussions with reviewers in various disciplines. RSVP and learn more at Grant-In-Aid session. Spring 2014 Grant-In-Aid applications are due Feb. 13.


FACULTY AND STAFF ARE INVITED TO THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON Dec. 20, noon-1:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see holiday luncheon.

THE COLLEGIATE CROPS TEAMS have been a part of campus history since 1967, and this year, the team from the Crookston campus--its first all-female team--placed third in both national competitions held this past November. For more information, see Collegiate Crops.

HERITAGE HALL WAS RECOGNIZED BY OTTER TAIL POWER CO. for its energy efficiency. Among the energy-efficiency strategies employed are increased insulation in walls and ceilings, energy-efficient lighting and controls, high-efficiency heat pumps for heating and cooling in each room, and high-efficiency heating and cooling for the common areas and classroom. For more information, see energy efficiency.


UMD'S UNIQUE CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM encourages students to combine the traditional lessons of business schools with the creative thinking that is most often cultivated in the arts. The program's first cohort recently revealed solutions to cultural issues at a community event called "CUE & A."

THE UMD MEN'S RUGBY TEAM clinched its first national title on Dec. 9. The rugby club, known as the Fighting Penguins, is part of UMD's Recreational Sports Outdoor Program. They went undefeated this season. For more information, see national title.

GLENSHEEN'S new holiday tour transports visitors back to 1912. Based on the letters of Dorothy Crawford, a Vassar school friend of Helen Congdon, the tour features costumed tour guides, 15 holiday trees, and a serving of shortbread, authentically crafted from Clara Congdon's original recipe. The tour will be held weekends through Jan. 5. For more information, see Glensheen.


UMM HAS BEEN NAMED TO Kiplinger's Best Values in Public Colleges list for 2014. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. UMM is one of only two Minnesota colleges on this year's top 100 list, the other being UMTC. For more information, see Kiplinger's.

LUCIANA RANELLI '14, Duluth, is preparing to student teach at Eastwood High School in El Paso's Ysleta School District next semester. Having completed her preliminary coursework, the accomplished biology and secondary education student is looking forward to teaching in and exploring an unfamiliar city. For more information, see Luciana Ranelli.


XAVIER PRAT-RESINA, assistant professor of biochemistry, presented this year's Center for Learning Innovation seminar, given each year to update the UMR community on the presenter's research. Prat-Resina presented on the benefits of using computers in learning.

UMR CONNECTS: Due to the holidays, there will be no UMR CONNECTS on Dec. 24 or Dec. 30. The series returns in January with the theme Conspiracy Theories.


COPYRIGHT PERMISSION REQUESTS FOR SPRING 2014 course materials should be submitted to the Copyright Permissions Center as soon as possible. Submit source information by email to Kristen Maas or Dale Mossestad. For more information, see Copyright Permissions.

THE NEW HOME FOR THE "LIVE GREEN GAMES" CUP WILL BE MIDDLEBROOK HALL. Community Advisers Claire Warren and Seth Wester's house (Team Middlebrook 8) completed the most green acts during the residence hall sustainability competition. More than 900 students completed 7,000 acts that reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 280,000 pounds, water consumption by 100,000 gallons, and electrical use by 250,000 kilowatt-hours. For more information, see It All Adds Up.

MORE EVENTS include The Nutcracker featuring Metropolitan Ballet and Kenwood Symphony (Dec. 21); How to integrate values, power, and advocacy into sexual science (Jan. 8). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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