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Vol. XLII No. 40; December 19, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Brief publication calendar: Brief will not be published Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Publication will resume Jan. 9. All submissions for the Jan. 9 issue are due no later than noon, Jan. 4.

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meeting summary.
--Register for the 2013 Legislative Briefing.
--Academic Health Center external review report.
--Features: Fiscal 2012 research report; All in the family kitchen; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May and associate professor David Chang were two of three Minnesotans awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars for 2013–14; and more.

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THE BOARD OF REGENTS heard results highlighting the sustained success of the University's research enterprise and nationally lauded tech transfer operation, and considered measures aimed at fostering continued growth. Regents also heard a report highlighting the best graduation rates in the U's history. The board also approved the capital budget request for the 2013 legislative session. For more information, see Board of Regents.

SAVE THE DATE AND REGISTER FOR THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING. Support the U with hundreds of other faculty, staff, students, and alumni who believe in higher education's role in pushing our state forward. Held annually, the legislative briefing serves as the U's kickoff to the legislative session, which begins Jan. 8. The evening features a reception and dinner, while University officials introduce the U's proposed legislative agenda and discuss the political landscape with attendees. Jan. 23, 2013, 5 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For registration and more information, see Legislative Briefing 2013.

THE REPORT ON THE EXTERNAL REVIEW OF THE ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER is available online. The findings emphasize that the U has an outstanding platform for its Medical School and health sciences enterprise, and its research portfolio is strong. The review articulates the need for increased strategic planning at the Medical School, and President Kaler has asked VP for health sciences and dean of the Medical School Aaron Friedman to launch a faculty-led strategic planning process. In addition, deans of CBS, CFANS, and CSE have been asked to join the AHC deans and define areas of further health collaboration, especially in curriculum and in research. For more information, see AHC External Review.


FEATURE: U faculty and staff competed successfully for nearly $750 million in sponsored research awards in FY 2012. According to the National Science Foundation, the U ranked sixth in research expenditure growth since 2005 among the top 20 universities and fourth among public research universities in terms of portfolio growth. Research expenditures increased 59 percent from fiscal 2005 to fiscal 2011. The Office for Technology Commercialization also continued its robust performance in fiscal 2012, helping to launch a record 12 start-up companies. For more information, read 2012 research.

FEATURE: Associate professor Jayne Fulkerson has long been interested in the implications of eating together as a family, but she realized that there's been missing information in the research puzzle; namely, just what the health benefits are or could be, and how they might aid the effort to combat childhood obesity. Fulkerson is leading a five-year, NIH-funded research effort involving families with children ages 8–12 focused on changing the home food environment and attitudes about healthful eating. For more information, read "All in the family kitchen."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Dec. 10–14. In this episode of the weekly video feature, students Sam and Lannie talk to other students about finals week and see some therapy dogs in action at the "Pet your stress away" event. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May and associate professor David Chang were two of three Minnesotans awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars for 2013–14; recently selected faculty members in the 2012¬–13 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Program include 10 faculty members representing all U of M campuses; the U has been awarded a $720,000 NSF grant to lead a virtual institute for the study of Earth-surface systems; a collaboration between the U School of Dentistry and 3M has received the 2013 William J. Gies Award from the American Dental Education Association; 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 U HAS LAUNCHED A SEARCH for a new vice provost for student affairs and dean of students. Dean Allen Levine, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, will chair the search committee. Other members of the committee were selected to provide broad representation from across the University and from a range of interested constituencies. For more information about the position, search process, or application or nomination procedure, email Chair Levine or Kate Stuckert.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: The Alcoholic Beverage Sales and Service and Venue Liquor Licensing policy consolidates all alcohol-related information into one policy. Private University departmental events, non-University entity events, and the process to request a State of Minnesota issued liquor license for a venue are covered in the procedures. Changes to the Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Education policy expand the award eligibility to include P&A instructional staff, and also reflect a change in the manner in which the award is disbursed (from a recurring stipend to a one-time lump sum.) The Faculty Development Leaves policy now includes the option of an entrepreneurial leave of up to 12 months; benefits vary based on the percentage of leave. The policies are available for review and comment at policy review.

ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS UPGRADE PROGRAM (ESUP): College of Biological Sciences dean Robert Elde has agreed to chair the ESUP Executive Oversight Committee when the current chair, vice president for research Tim Mulcahy, retires this month. For more information on the transition, see the ESUP blog.

Awards and funding opportunities

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR THE PROVOST'S REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Undergraduate degree-granting programs are invited to propose transformational enhancement of their curricula and pedagogy using existing or emerging digital technologies and associated pedagogies. Programs may request up to $35,000 for each of up to two years of support; deadline is Jan. 31. For more information, see Learn more at Enhancement of Academic Programs RFP.

Lectures, exhibits and other events

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: INNOVATION IN TEACHING, LEARNING, AND RESEARCH will highlight how members of the University community are using technology to drive innovation. Faculty, instructors, researchers, and students are invited to submit applications and to present at the event. The application deadline is Feb. 20. The showcase takes place April 10, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Coffman Union. For more information, see Academic Technology.

DISCOUNTED ARBORETUM MEMBERSHIPS for U faculty and staff are available at $10 off the regular price of the individual, family, or family-plus-friends membership levels, and include a 2013 Arboretum calendar with stunning photos. Call 952-443-1440 by Dec. 31 and reference "U of M staff discount."


FACULTY AND STAFF ARE INVITED TO THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Faculty and staff from the entire community—including UMC, the NWROC, Extension, the NWRSDP, and the NW AHEC—are encouraged to dress up according to their interpretation of this year's "Decorate Yourself" theme. For more information, see holiday lunch.

CAMPUS RESIDENCE HALLS WILL CLOSE for the winter break Dec. 20, 4 p.m., and reopen Jan. 13, 1 p.m. Current plans are to allow students moving into the new residence hall to officially occupy their rooms beginning Jan. 10, provided arrangements have been made in advance with the Office of Residential Life. For more information, see residence halls.

HUNDREDS OF ROOTED POINSETTIA cuttings arrive in August at UMC in anticipation of another holiday season. Under the skill and coaxing of students involved in the commercial floriculture class, those cuttings develop into a beautiful poinsettia crop. For more information, see poinsettias.


"THOSE WHO CAN, DULUTH" is UMD's new campuswide positioning statement. The phrase illustrates a can-do attitude that encompasses the spirit of UMD and the city of Duluth. Curious about how to incorporate it? For more information, see Champ's video.

UMD PARTNERS WITH BUSINESSES through the Student to Business Initiative program. Accounting students from UMD's Labovitz School of Business and Economics pair up and present financial analysis findings to businesses. For more information, see UMD business.


WORK BY SHENG XIAO, assistant professor of economics and management, and coauthors Ronald Masulis, Christian Ruzzier, and Shan Zhao, was featured in a recent issue of Agenda. The story discussed Xiao's presentation at the 2012 Corporate Governance Symposium, "Do Independent Expert Directors Matter?"—which was 1 of 4 academic papers accepted from among 76 submissions. For more information, see Sheng Xiao.

SEVEN MORRIS STUDENTS traveled to St. Cloud to participate in an Environmental Congress Citizen Forum on Dec. 12. Anna Pratt '15, Preston Meyer '16, Chris Blowers '13, Aaron Goemann '14, Jordan Wente '15, Adrian Schiller '14, and Natalie Hoidal '15, joined Ellen Anderson, senior adviser to the governor on energy and environment, Minnesota state agency commissioners, and community leaders for a facilitated discussion on air, water, land, energy, and climate. For more information, see Citizen Forum.

THE HFA GALLERY AT UMM will present LOCAL COLOR: Artists from the Lake Region. Curated by Michael Eble, associate professor of studio art, the exhibit will survey artists who work in a range of mediums and subject matter and reside within the lake region of west central Minnesota. The opening reception will be held Jan. 17, 7–9 p.m. For more information, see LOCAL COLOR.


BICB SYMPOSIUM: Keeping Our Curriculum Current. The Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) graduate program, now in its fifth year, invites BICB faculty, students, researchers, and others to participate in a discussion on how to keep the BICB curriculum current and provide opportunities for students. A keynote address from Gianrico Farrugia, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, and short presentations from students and industry partners will bring perspectives on the importance of BICB in the future of biomedical research and clinical practice. Jan. 18, 10:15 a.m.–4 p.m., 417 University Square. Transportation from UMTC will be provided. For registration and more information, see BICB symposium.


Administrative information

CAMPUS SHUTTLE SERVICE HOURS OF OPERATION will be reduced Dec. 21–Jan. 21. From Dec. 21 to Jan. 18, Campus Connector buses will run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Connectors will not run during the evening hours or on the weekends. The East Bank Circulator will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every 20 minutes; the St. Paul Circulator will not operate during winter break. Connectors will run every 20 minutes, Jan. 20 and 21, from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. For more information, see busing details.

AN ANNUAL DATA CENTER MAINTENANCE and planned service outage will take place beginning Saturday, Jan. 5, at 6 a.m., with restoration scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6. It is expected that all affected services will be restored by noon Sunday. The outage is required in order to perform necessary maintenance, testing, and repairs to facility infrastructure. A complete list of affected services will be shared with the University community as soon as it is available. For more information, see service outage.

THE PROJECT AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT COLLABORATORS (PCMC) GROUP will host a book club brown bag lunch Jan. 17, noon–1 p.m., 101 Walter Library and 100 Skok Hall. The group will discuss Patrick Lencioni's The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, a story describing how one manager handles a dysfunctional department, with to-the-point methods for others to to do the same. RSVP for the Twin Cities or the St. Paul session after joining the PCMC Moodle site (enrollment key: pcmc).

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

IMPROVING ANIMAL AND WORKER HEALTH AND WELFARE is the topic of a forum being hosted by the U's Center for Integrative Leadership, the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership, and the Upper Midwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center. The one-day forum takes place Jan. 17, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Minnesota Humanities Center. For more information and registration ($50), see Common Ground forum.

HOUSING & RESIDENTIAL LIFE CREATED A SUSTAINABLE MOVE-OUT VIDEO to aid students leaving campus for winter break. Students who complete the online "Sustainable Checkout Checklist" prior to leaving for break will gain points towards the year-long "Live Green Games" competition. The residence hall with the largest point total at the end of April will be treated to a catered "Sustainable Study Break" during finals. For more information, see watch the video.

CAMPUS CLUB WINTER BREAK HAPPY HOUR is open to the U community weekdays, Dec. 27–Jan. 18, 2–6 p.m. No membership is required. For more information, see happy hour.

MORE EVENTS include Minnesota Funk (Dec. 19); Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Information Session (Dec. 19); CSE Winter Light Show "Illumination" (Dec. 20); Hidden (Jan. 7); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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