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Vol. XLIII No. 39; December 4, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Features: New phase for pharmacists.
--People: Highlights of Today's News, featuring U faculty and staff cited in the media.

University News and Events
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FEATURE: Pharmacists and other health professionals with skills beyond filling prescriptions are in increasing demand. The U's Center for Leading Healthcare Change, housed in the College of Pharmacy, is driving the charge for reform of Minnesota laws regulating pharmacy practice. Extending the scope of what these pharmacists are allowed to do will take pressure off doctors and other health professionals. For more information, read "New phase for pharmacists."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: 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 FACULTY SENATE will meet Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. Topics include amendments to the Policy on Commercialization of Intellectual Property, an update on the Special Committee on Graduate Education, changes to the Student Rating of Teaching Form, and a resolution on issues arising from the CAFE Study and the suicide of Dan Markingson. For more information, see the full agenda at Faculty Senate.

THE P&A SENATE will meet Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m., 5-125 Mayo. Topics include discussions with VP and CIO Scott Studham and athletics director Norwood Teague. For more information, see the full agenda at P&A Senate.

THE NEXT P&A SENATE BROWN BAG will feature a panel discussion, "Understanding and Supporting the Mental Health of U of M Students," Dec. 5, noon, N101 Boynton, with remote participation available via UMConnect. For more information, see P&A brown bag.

U LIBRARIES will implement MNCAT Discovery (called "Pounce" on the Morris campus) on Dec. 26. This new tool will greatly expand and enhance a user's ability to search books, articles, digital resources, and more. Users can choose to limit a search to only materials in the Libraries' collections and/or target specific databases. Learn more or test it at MNCAT Discovery.

AN ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS UPGRADE PROGRAM (ESUP) VIDEO provides an introduction to the U's planned upgrade of human resource, student service, and financial systems, and ESUP's enhanced reporting capabilities, as well as the new portal. The upgraded systems will launch in fall 2014.

Award and funding opportunities

THE OFFICE FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT SEEKS NOMINATIONS for the President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award. The award recognizes one faculty member or P&A staff member for exemplary community-engaged scholarship. Nominations due Mar. 28. Finalists will be recognized, and the winner announced, at an awards luncheon on Apr. 18.


FALL SEMESTER GRADUATES are invited to attend Grad Fest on Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center.

THE AG AND NATURAL RESOURCES DAY COMPETITION will bring students from more than 50 high schools, chapters, and clubs to campus on Dec. 6 to compete in more than 20 contests. The competition has been held for more than 30 years on the Crookston campus. For more information, see Ag and Natural Resources Day.

INSIGHT RADIO is a weekly 10-minute radio show celebrating students, faculty, and staff, as well as services and activities on the Crookston campus. Listen and learn more at Insight Radio.


SINCE 2007, JILL DOERFLER, associate professor, Department of American Indian Studies, has been involved in the White Earth Nation's constitutional reform effort and served on the team that wrote a proposed constitution, which the White Earth Nation voted to approve on Nov. 19. Doerfler's recent work on the project was supported by a UMD Strategic Initiative Grant and by the White Earth Nation through UMD's Tribal Sovereignty Institute. For more information, see Jill Doerfler.

THE ALWORTH INSTITUTE has renamed its International Brown Bag Series the Martha B. Alworth International Brown Bag Series, in honor of Alworth's commitment to and enjoyment of this UMD event. The series was created in 1987 and provides attendees with the opportunity to share in the global travel experiences of people from UMD, as well as local, national, and international communities. For more information, see Martha Alworth.

DAVID JAFFE, president and CEO of Ascena Retail Group, Inc., will provide insight on driving sustained, profitable growth as the Labovitz School of Business and Economics Distinguished Speaker on Dec. 4, 11 a.m., Weber Music Hall. A leading national retailer with $5 billion in annual sales, Ascena has more than 3,800 stores and 25,000 associates. For more information, see David Jaffe.

COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY, a UMD production, runs Dec. 5-14, Marshall Performing Arts Center. The play is set at the beginning of the Restoration, when Charles II decrees that women may perform upon the English stage and actor Edward Kynaston is forced to take his final bow as a woman--the only role he identifies with. For more information, see Stage Beauty.


ALEXANDER SHORT '14, SAINT PAUL, AND MICHAEL LINDGREN '14, CRYSTAL, are partnering with the Minnesota Valley History Learning Center and UMM's Center for Small Towns to create a complete listing of historical sites in the Minnesota River Valley. Their goal is to create a comprehensive website that provides additional information about the sites. For more information, see Short and Lindgren.

JORDAN WENTE '15, DODGE CENTER, AND NATALIE HOIDAL '15, FOREST LAKE, are leading an effort to photograph western Minnesota's growing Latino population. Their project, Estar in el Prairie, will document the lives of Latino community members in the area and bring them together with local photographers. For more information, see Estar in el Prairie.

LOWELL RASMUSSEN, vice chancellor for finance and facilities, will accompany a Minnesota delegation to Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany this week. The delegation will attend a conference to explore energy use and opportunities between Minnesota and NRW. Rasmussen will present on UMM's approach to renewable energy. For more information, see Rasmussen.


FACULTY SEMINAR: Assistant Professor of Literature Marcia Nichols gave a presentation about integrating literature and writing into a health science curriculum at the second faculty seminar from UMR's Center for Learning Innovation (CLI) annual seminar series. The series features CLI's work in bringing new approaches to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program. For more information, see CLI seminar.


Administrative information

UMPD IS A DROP SITE FOR TOYS FOR TOTS. UMPD is collecting new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to those less fortunate in the community. The age groups most in need include 0- to 2-year-olds and 15- to 17-year-olds. Bring toys to the lobby of the Transportation and Safety Building, 511 Washington Ave. S.E., by Dec. 19, 3 p.m. For gift suggestions, see the FAQ section at Toys for Tots.

TCF BANK STADIUM FARED WELL IN ITS FIRST GAME-DAY RECYCLING CHALLENGE. From September through November, the U competed with more than 85 universities across the country to reduce waste during football game days, finishing third overall in organics and fourth overall in diversion rate. For more information, see It All Adds Up.

Award and funding opportunities

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: INNOVATIVE IDEAS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY GRADUATE EDUCATION are sought by the Graduate School. All members of the University's graduate education community are invited to submit ideas. Awards (up to $5,000) will recognize and launch the three best ideas. Proposals must be submitted online by Feb. 14. For more information, see Innovative Ideas.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

A WEISMAN ART MUSEUM HOLIDAY SALE will kickoff Dec. 4 with a preview for Gopher GOLD™ users from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by a kick off event from 4 to 6 p.m. The shopping event features unique gifts in the shop and local artists in the Riverview Gallery, with a 20 percent discount on purchases for U faculty, staff, and students. Discount Days continue Dec. 5-6 during regular WAM Shop hours.

THE DAIRY AND MEAT SALESROOM on the St. Paul campus will be open for holiday shopping Dec. 4, 11, 18, and 19, 2-5 p.m., and Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 166 Andrew Boss Meat Science Building. Holiday gift boxes (PDF) are available. For more information, email Jodi Nelson or see meat and dairy sales.

CSE WINTER LIGHT SHOW: Join the College of Science and Engineering Dec. 6 for the premiere of a dazzling student-designed light show at 5:30, 6, 6:30, and 7 p.m. on the Civil Engineering Plaza. A Premiere Party with student entertainment will begin at 4:30 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall. The show will feature more than 100,000 LED lights synchronized to music composed and performed by U of M students. Shows last about 15 minutes, and continue Dec. 7, 12, 13, and 14. For more information, see light show.

A COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS open house and poster session will be presented by the U of M Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2015. Dec. 10, 11:15-1 p.m., 202 Children's Rehabilitation Center.

MORE EVENTS include IAS Thursdays: Sawyer Seminar and the Life of the River (Dec. 5); Visual Servoing, 3D-Printed Robots, and Chicken Deboning Machines (Dec. 5); Can Machines Grade Writing? TWW Engaging Controversies Discussion (Dec. 6); Bees at the Tipping Point: Creating Bee-Friendly Flowers and Habitat (Dec. 7); Landscape Arboretum Holiday Sale Weekend (Dec. 7); Robot Show (Dec. 9). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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