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Vol. XLI No. 41; Dec. 21, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: Brief will not be published Dec. 28 and Jan. 4. Publication will resume Jan. 11. All submissions for the Jan. 11 issue are due no later than noon, Jan. 6.

Inside This Issue

--Features: The New Northrop; Ready. Set. Go.; Brief top three features of 2011; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: The Center for Early Education and Development is part of state's successful $45M Race to the Top early learning grant; and more.

University News and Events
Top News | University-wide | Crookston | Duluth | Morris | Rochester | Twin Cities



FEATURE: With the deconstruction phase now complete, Northrop Auditorium begins to rise again to its rightful place: at the heart of the Twin Cities campus. The revitalization will restore Northrop's cultural and performing arts center with a multipurpose, 2,750-seat hall, featuring state-of-the-art acoustics and significantly improved sight lines. It will also increase the amount of public study and collaborative space on UMTC's East Bank by 50 percent. For more information, including a slideshow, read "The New Northrop."

FEATURE: At a homeless shelter in downtown Minneapolis, about 100 preschool children learn and play every day. About a third of the guests are 5 or younger—the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population. Child development professor Ann Masten works with staff at the shelter to make sure the time that children spend at the shelter is valuable to their learning. Masten is researching ways to help homeless and highly mobile children get ready for kindergarten. For more information, read "Ready. Set. Go."

BRIEF TOP THREE OF 2011: As the U heads into the New Year, a look back shows that the following stories were the top three features to appear in Brief during 2011, as measured by readership numbers. Number two is apropos to the current season, number three is forward looking toward the brighter days of spring gardening, and number one deals with that forever and infinitely interesting aspect of humanity and higher education: the brain.

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Dec. 12–16. This installment of the weekly video feature views the student produced light show, Aurora Digitalis, which plays through Dec. 23; takes a look at the new sculpture added to the facade of the Bell Museum of Natural History; and offers a sneak peek at the interior renovation of the historic Northrop Memorial Auditorium. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

U OF M MOMENT: It's the most wonderful time of the year, the saying goes. But as we all know, the holiday season can also be a time of stress and familial friction. Family social sciences professor Bill Doherty says the source of stress usually has one common cause. Doherty says we all can play a role in making sure the holidays truly are happy. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The Center for Early Education and Development is part of the state's successful $45M Race to the Top early learning grant; the Northside Achievement Zone, in partnership with the U's Center for Early Education and Development and others, has been awarded a $28 million Promise Neighborhood Implementation Grant; Professor Steven Miles has been appointed as the Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics; the Provost's Committee on Student Mental Health presented its inaugural Award for Outstanding Student Mental Health Leadership to Harriett Copher Haynes; Rosemary White Shield has been named director of evaluation in the Office for Equity and Diversity; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



A NEW APPROACH TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY arising from research projects funded by business and industry partners was recently announced by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The new approach, dubbed "Minnesota Innovation Partnerships," eliminates the need for protracted negotiations over rights to intellectual property that may result from industry-funded research. For more information, see Minnesota Innovation Partnerships.

SYSTEMWIDE SURVEY SOLUTION DEMOS: Faculty, staff, and students who use surveys for research or administrative purposes are invited to demonstrations to help identify a survey solution (or suite of tools) that can be deployed systemwide. Four vendors were identified from a RFP process and will come to the Twin Cities campus in mid-January. The Office of Planning and Analysis and the Office of Information Technology are seeking broad input for the effort, which is overseen by the Office for System Academic Administration. For more information regarding schedules, RSVPs, and remote participation via UMConnect, see survey solution.

THE U'S FISCAL YEAR 2011 ANNUAL REPORT IS AVAILABLE. The report includes the independent auditors' report, financial statements, footnotes, and management's discussion and analysis. The 2011 report, as well as past reports, are available online. For questions regarding the report, email Terri Carlson or call 612-626-1235.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE, "Addressing Global Challenges through International Research," will feature presentations by more than 60 U faculty, researchers, and graduate students, as well as panel discussions on global policies, ethics, and partnerships. David Stonner, deputy director at the National Science Foundation Office of International Science and Engineering, will give the keynote address at the conference. Free, open to the U community, with lunch provided. Early registration is recommended; space is limited. Feb. 17, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Coffman Union. For more information, see international research.


DONNA HARSHAW ALBRO has been hired as director of diversity and multicultural programs. Albro has extensive experience in multicultural affairs and education and worked most recently as a contributing faculty member for the Center for Undergraduate Studies at Walden University in Minneapolis. She has also served as diversity director (PK-12) for the Blake School in Minneapolis and as director of peer education in human relations at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y. She begins Jan. 23.

Rachel Lunbohm, instructor of marketing and management and associate director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, was named one of "40 under 40" young business leaders from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the December 2011 edition of Prairie Business magazine. The annual feature recognizes those who are likely to play an important part in the growth of the business community. For more information, see "40 under 40."


UMD'S JAMES I. SWENSON ENGINEERING BUILDING has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects/Committee on Architecture Education with a 2011 AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design award. The 13 CAE awards presented to various campus locations in North America were based on three categories that included Citation, Merit, and Excellence. UMD was presented with a CAE Merit award for exhibiting superior quality. For more information, see engineering building.

THE JOURNAL LIBERAL EDUCATION, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), features Carmen Latterell, professor and associate head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Latterell's article "Should Liberal Arts Math Courses Be Taught Through Mathematics Inquiry?" examines the potential of inquiry courses for liberal education students who are not majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. For more information, see liberal arts math.

THE UMD BULLDOGS WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM RAISED $7,950 for Essentia Health Foundation's Breast Health Program. The Bulldogs raised the money by auctioning off pink jerseys that were worn during a game against St. Cloud. For more information, see hockey fund-raiser.


THROUGH THE CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS, Jessica Armstrong '13, St. Paul, and Jolee Henkel '15, Maynard, are working with Stevens Forward!, a Stevens County organization recognized for progressive development and innovations in renewable energy, agriculture, business, and education. The organization is seeking to develop a model community in rural Minnesota. For more information, see Center for Small Towns.


GAIL SAUTER, UMR assistant vice chancellor for administration, was the December 2011 "Woman With Drive" winner. For more information on the award, see KTTC TV and watch the video.


Administrative information
SNOW REMOVAL ON THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS takes preparation. Facilities Management's (FM) Landcare group has primary responsibility for clearing approximately 240 acres of paved areas that need to be cleared during a snow event. From converting equipment into winter mode to pretreating surfaces in anticipation of snow, it's a big job. But when a big storm hits, FM is prepared. For more information, read "Land of ice and snow."

COPYRIGHT PERMISSION REQUESTS FOR SPRING 2012 course materials should be submitted to the Copyright Permissions Center as soon as possible. Source information may be dropped off at any Printing Services location, faxed to 612-626-9810, mailed to 102 Printing Services Building, or submitted online. For more information, email Dale Mossestad or call 612-626-9416.

AS PART OF THE U'S DRIVEN TO DISCOVER CAMPAIGN and focus on the student experience, UMTC will give away $30,000 in scholarships during a video contest which asks Twin Cities undergraduates to share what they are driven to discover. Winners will be chosen based on the number of "Likes" on the U's Facebook page. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to submit their videos at through Dec. 28.

THE OFFICE OF CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (OCM) IS REQUESTING FEEDBACK from those who teach in general purpose classrooms. On Dec. 6, OCM emailed survey invitations to instructors who taught in a general purpose classroom during the fall semester. OCM encourages those who received the survey invitation to complete it by Dec. 23. The survey provides OCM with valuable input on the needs, expectations, and experiences of those who teach in these classrooms. For more information, contact the Office of Classroom Management.

NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIPS FOR COMMUNITY RESEARCH has been renamed the Kris Nelson Neighborhood Research Program in honor of its longtime director, Kris Nelson, who passed away in June. The program will continue to focus on enhancing the capacity of community-based organizations in the Twin Cities by providing access to research and technical resources available at local academic institutions. For more information, see Nelson community program.

Funding awards and opportunities

CENTER FOR URBAN AFFAIRS DISSERTATION RESEARCH GRANT provides one year of support to a Ph.D. candidate in good academic standing at the U for the purpose of completing dissertation research on a significant issue or topic related to urban areas in the upper Midwest region of the United States. Deadline for the 2012–13 award competition is Feb. 10, 2012. For application guidelines and more information, see CURA grant.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY SPEAKERS' SERIES: Jamie Stang, director of the School of Public Health's Leadership and Training Program in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition, will present "Feeding Young Children: The Good, the Bad and the Picky." Jan. 11, 3–4:30 p.m., Wilder Center, St. Paul. For registration and more information, see children's study.

MORE EVENTS include CSE Winter Light Show (Dec. 22 and 23); BIG Thursday Night at the Bell (Jan. 5); The Word Made Flesh (ongoing through Feb. 24). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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