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Vol. XLII No. 38; December 5, 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Brief publication calendar: Brief will not be published Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.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
--Features: Stand up for yourself; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Seven U of M faculty have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and more.

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



FEATURE: Evidence that moving frequently during the day promotes good health has made associate professor of epidemiology Mark Pereira an advocate for upgrading workplaces to encourage people to stand and move around more. Pereira and several colleagues recently conducted a study to determine the feasibility of giving sit-stand workstations to office workers. The volunteers not only spent a lot more of their workday on their feet, but—surprisingly—they reported being less hungry and ate about 200 calories less every day. For more information, read "Stand up."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Nov 26–30. In this episode of the weekly video feature, students Sam and Lannie check out a 90-second business pitch contest at the Carlson School, find out how the U has illuminated students' lives, and learn about mental health resources that are available on campus for students. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Seven U of M faculty have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the U has been awarded a $4.5 million NSF grant to study low-carbon, sustainable cities; the U has also received a $1.8 million grant for research that could improve efficiencies in fuel and plastics production; psychology professor (retired) Irving Gottesman received the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Psychology; Debra DeBruin has been appointed director of the Center for Bioethics; Northrop Concerts and Lectures director Ben Johnson has accepted a position as director of programs for The United States Artists Foundation; 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

A PILOT FUND FOR U OF M AUTHORS to underwrite the cost of making their work accessible to the public is now available through a joint effort of University Libraries and the Office of the Vice President for Research. To be eligible, a work must be a peer-reviewed journal article, scholarly monograph, conference proceeding, or data set created by a U of M author (faculty member, researcher, post-doc, graduate student, or staff member), and fully accessible immediately upon publication. For an application and more information, see open access publishing fund.

CHANGES MADE TO STUDENT CONDUCT CODE: The Board of Regents approved changes to the University of Minnesota Student Conduct Code (PDF) that will go into effect on Jan 1. Changes include the addition of bullying, sexual assault, and providing alcohol to minors as distinct disciplinary offenses. A definition for plagiarism was also added. Changes reflect current practice and support efforts to promote the academic environment, civility, and livability on and off campus.

AN ANNUAL DATA CENTER MAINTENANCE OUTAGE is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 5, 6 a.m., with restoration scheduled to begin at 6 a.m., Jan. 6. All affected services are expected to be restored by noon, Jan. 6. For more information, see data center maintenance.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY: Applications are now available for University Professional Circles, a 10-month program designed to advance employee professional goals, hone interpersonal communication and networking skills, and cut across the traditional barriers that lead to staff isolation. Registration fee: $50. Limited to 50 applicants. Applications are due Jan. 11; the program begins on Jan. 30. For the application and more information, see Professional Circles.


A RETIREMENT RECEPTION honoring Carol Windels, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and faculty member at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, will take place Dec. 5, 2–4 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see retirement.

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES ACTIVITIES DAY will bring students from nearly 50 high schools to campus to compete in more than 20 contests on Dec. 7. The competition has been held for more than 30 years on the Crookston campus. For more information, see Ag and Natural Resources Day.

FALL SEMESTER RESEARCH DAY is Dec. 6, 12:30–2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The campus community is encouraged to attend. For more information, see research day.

THE UMC CHOIR, under the direction of associate professor George French, will celebrate the holiday season with a concert Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Hafslo Chapel, located on the grounds of the Polk County Museum. Free and open to the public. For more information, see choir concert.


GINA KATZMARK will join UMD as director of external affairs Dec. 17. Katzmark currently serves as the associate director of communications at Wake Forest University Schools of Business in Winston-Salem, NC. For more information, see external affairs.

DULUTH HAS BEEN RANKED A TOP COLLEGE DESTINATION by the American Institute for Economic Research in its academic environment, quality of life, and professional opportunities. Duluth was ranked 14th among top locations in the "Small Metro" category in the U.S. For more information, see top destination.

A TEEN ENTERPRISE CAMP was organized by UMD interns Mercede Winberg and Reece Zimm and funded through the LaBounty Center for Entrepreneurship at the Center for Economic Development. For more information, see enterprise camp.

UMD UNDERGRADUATE FAITH ENGEN IS TOURING WITH SESAME STREET LIVE. The bachelor of fine arts musical theatre performance major and dance minor is currently part of Sesame Street's live touring show based on the children's TV show. For more information, see Sesame Street.


UMM STUDENTS of associate professor Michael Eble will be auctioning their artwork and donating the proceeds this holiday season. The studio arts students have been busy creating townscape paintings of Morris that will be sold to the highest bidder Dec. 6–14. All proceeds will benefit the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, Morris's arts and cultural center. For more information, see Morriscapes.

WORK BY UMM FACULTY MEMBERS JON ANDERSON AND STEPHEN BURKS, and students/alumni Manjari Govada '12, Tricia Steffen '11, and Chris Thorne '11, is currently receiving significant media attention—most notably from the journal of Science daily news website, ScienceNOW. The research came from UMM's long-running Truckers & Turnover Project. For more information, see ScienceNOW.

LOUIE'S LOWER LEVEL is open for use after undergoing renovations. Seeking to open the space and give it a new function, the Student Center Committee spent two years planning the renovations, which were completed earlier this fall. The primary focus of the redesign was to create a study and relaxation space that was inviting to students. For more information, see Louie's.


LINDA DICK, UMR web and software development group leader, has been awarded a Ryland Fellowship to support her to participation in EDUCAUSE professional development offerings in 2013. For more information, see professional development.


Administrative information

THE PROJECT AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT COLLABORATORS (PCMC) GROUP is offering an interactive session on "Facilitation Tools and Techniques" Dec. 6, 1–2:30 p.m., 120 Anderson Library. To register and for more information, see PCMC. RSVP after joining the PCMC Moodle site (enrollment key: pcmc).

THE REUSE PROGRAM WILL EXPAND ITS pickup service to five days per week beginning Dec. 17 to accommodate increased demand. To be collected, items must be taken to a designated building collection area by 6 a.m. on the day of pickup. Items must be in a reusable condition and be clearly labeled "REUSE." On-call buildings may schedule a pickup by emailing or by calling 612-626-9152. For more information and route schedules, see ReUse.

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 Avenue, S.E., by Dec. 18, 3 p.m. For gift suggestions, see the FAQ section at Toys for Tots.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE FOCUSING ON THE FIRST YEAR CONFERENCE, a forum for faculty and staff to strategize and discuss academic and student development issues related to first-year students. Jennifer Keup, director of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, will be the keynote speaker, presenting "Peer Leadership in Higher Education: Learning From National Data." Feb. 13, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Coffman Union. For registration and more information, see first-year conference.

STRENGTHSQUEST: Faculty and staff can continue to grow both professionally and personally using a strengths-based approach through multiple upcoming program opportunities. For registration and more information, see StrengthsQuest.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

GOPHER FOOTBALL BOWL TICKETS: The University of Minnesota Gopher Football team is heading to Texas to play in its first bowl game since 2009 and Gopher Athletics wants faculty, staff, and students to be part of the fun. The Gophers will take on Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas in Houston on Dec. 28 at Reliant Stadium. Tickets for faculty and staff are on sale now at the Bowl Central link on Tickets start at $25.

CLA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF THE WINTON CHAIR with a free, public, staged reading of Somali novelist (and outgoing Winton Chair) Nuruddin Farah's latest play, A Stone Thrown at the Guilty Dec. 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m., Rarig Center. British theater director Irina Brown directs. Part of Farah's mission at the U of M has been to mentor Twin Cities Somali youth, and four Somali readers, including College of Design student Kaamil Haider, will join participating professional actors Bruce Young and Sonja Parks (theatre arts lecturer). For more information, see CLA Winton Chair reading.

WALTER MONDALE WILL PRESENT "RESTORING CONGRESS: TIME TO FIX THE FILIBUSTER," Dec. 18, noon–1:15 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. Mondale led the last major reform of the filibuster. During the presentation he will draw on his years in the U.S. Senate and in the White House as vice president to discuss the need to fix Congress and the filibuster. Free and open to the public. Find more information and RSVP at filibuster.

"REAL GOALS FOR 2013," a U of M Communicators Forum presentation, will instruct participants on the process of goal setting, aligning them to one's strengths, developing a personal brand, and more with Margaret Smith, founder of UXL, a local career, coaching, and leadership consulting firm. Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library. Cost: free for members/$10 for others. For registration and more information, see Real Goals.

A U LIBRARIES EXHIBIT explores the quirkiness of historical sexual health campaigns by the American Social Health Association. The association used research, education, undercover investigations, and civic action in efforts to eradicate prostitution and human trafficking, while promoting the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31, Andersen Library. For more information, see sexual health exhibit.

FOURTH ANNUAL MESTENHAUSER LECTURE: "Internationalizing the curriculum and student learning: Preparing graduates for the 21st century," will take place Feb. 8, with workshops Feb. 9 and 11. Events will feature Betty Leask, globally recognized scholar and practitioner of internationalizing the curriculum and student learning from the University of South Australia. The lecture is free and open to the public; workshops are free to U of M participants. For registration and more information, see Mestenhauser Lecture.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment (Dec. 5); Minnesota Funk (Dec. 5); An Eye-Witness View from Gaza (Dec. 6); University Dance Theatre's Dance Revolutions (Dec. 6–9); Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Information Session (Dec. 7); "Renewable Energy as an Opportunity for Community-based Economic Development (Dec. 10); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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