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Vol. XLII No. 6; Feb. 15, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--State of the U Address.
--Board of Regents February meeting summary.
--Features: Figuring out flavor; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Kathleen O'Brien, vice president for University Services, has announced plans to retire June 30; and more.

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


2012 STATE OF THE U ADDRESS: President Eric W. Kaler will deliver the annual State of the U Address Mar. 1, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. The address will be broadcast live via ITV and will be available for viewing at the following outstate locations: UMC-101 Dowell Hall; UMD-173 Kirby Plaza; UMM-Studio A, Humanities and Fine Arts Building; UMR-Room 419; and at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center. For more information and live web-streaming the day of the event, see State of the U.

BOARD OF REGENTS FEBRUARY MEETING SUMMARY: At the February Board of Regents meeting, the board reviewed the U's six-year capital plan, heard a presentation on the recalibration of risk in the research enterprise, and received the report of the president. President Kaler also presented results of the 2011 U of M public perception and attitude survey. In addition, the board learned about the continued progress and success of the U's Wellness Program for faculty and staff. For more information, see Board of Regents.


FEATURE: Foods have more than 7,100 volatile compounds that may affect smell and hundreds or thousands more that trigger taste, creating the mysterious characteristic we call flavor. To solve the riddle of flavor with new analytical tools and research, U food scientists recently established a one-of-its-kind Flavor Research Education Center, collaborating with food companies to solve flavor challenges. For more information, read "Figuring out flavor."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Feb. 6–10. This installment of the weekly video feature takes a look at highlights from the Men's Gopher Basketball game, SHADE's Safer Sex Week, and the U's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, which made national headlines in identifying the cause of death of a pigeon. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Kathleen O'Brien, vice president for University Services, has announced plans to retire on June 30; the Clinical and Translational Science Institute has announced the recipients of 13 career development awards; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

THE U HAS LAUNCHED A NATIONAL SEARCH FOR THE NEXT CHANCELLOR of the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) campus. Bill Peterson, UMC professor of math, science and technology, and Carol Carrier, special assistant to the senior vice president for system academic administration and professor of organizational learning, policy, and development, will co-chair the search. For more information about the search committee, process, nomination, and application procedures, see UMC chancellor search.

CAMPUS SMOKING POLICY: Smoking is prohibited in all facilities owned or leased by the University of Minnesota. Smoking is also prohibited within 25 feet of the exterior entrances to University-owned facilities or facilities fully leased to the U. A Tobacco Cessation Program offered through Medica is available to U Plan Medical Program participants. New in 2012: Earn 150 points for your Wellness Points Bank when you enroll in the program. For more information, see smoking policy and tobacco cessation.

NOMINATE MINNESOTA'S TOP 10 PLANTS: A public awareness campaign at the U of M Landscape Arboretum asks, "Which plants changed Minnesota and transformed how we live today?" The Arboretum is encouraging the public to nominate specific plant(s) for a state Top 10 list, open through April 15. For more information, see Top 10.

Funding awards and opportunities

THE CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE INSTITUTE is funding three pilot programs: Community Collaborative Grants; the Shared University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic (SUMMA) Awards; and Translational Research Grants. Funding programs support the continuum of translational research—from investigation through discovery and into community practice—linking the most basic research to practical improvements in human health. For more information, see funding opportunities.

A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS from the U's Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center (BAARC) grant program seeks new investigators into the research field of ataxia. The BAARC grant continuously raises and awards funds for this purpose. The application deadline is Mar. 1, noon. For more information see BAARC grant or email Norrie Brumm.

THE PAT TILLMAN FOUNDATION has selected the U of M as a Tillman Military Scholar University Partner in support of the Tillman Military Scholars program. With its selection, the U is recognized by the Pat Tillman Foundation as being among the nation's leaders in support services for student veterans, active service members, and their spouses. For more information, see the news release.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

HOW CAN EDUCATION ADVANCE SUSTAINABILITY? That's the central question being investigated by "Earthducation," a project led by Aaron Doering, Charlie Miller, and Cassie Scharber, professors of the Learning Technologies program in CEHD and co-principal investigators. The project involves global research focused on education, the environment, and sustainability. Doering and Miller are traveling to climate hotspots on all seven continents, documenting local answers to this question and sharing them online. They head to Australia Feb. 27. For more information and to follow along, see Earthducation.


UMC HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE PRINCETON REVIEW'S 2012 BEST VALUE COLLEGES list. The list, announced Feb. 7 on the Princeton Review website and in USA TODAY, features 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities. For more information, see UMC best value.

A CLEAN WATER FOR EVERYONE BENEFIT DINNER will be held Feb. 20, 6 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Tickets are $20 per person, and may be purchased by calling UMC student Anthony Taylor at 218-275-3287. For more information, see benefit dinner.

AN IN-SERVICE DAY FOR UMC FACULTY AND STAFF will be held Feb. 20. Classes for students are excused and faculty and staff will have sessions for professional development and general interest. For more information, see in-service day.


UMD HAS LAUNCHED A DOCTORAL PROGRAM FOCUSING ON INDIGENOUS CULTURE, language, and leadership—one of the few of its kind in the world. The Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning prepares students to become scholarly practitioners acknowledging cultural issues known to the world of indigenous peoples. For more information, see Indigenous Culture program.

OPEN HOUSES FOR THE MASTER OF TRIBAL ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNANCE (MTAG) will take place Feb. 24, Mar. 30, and Apr. 27, from 3–6 p.m., 268 Kirby Student Center. Prospective students interested in the program will have the opportunity to meet with students in Cohort I at the March and April events. For more information, see MTAG open houses.


ATHENA KILDEGAARD, UMM POET AND LECTURER, published a new book, Cloves & Honey (Nodin Press), which came about as the result of the author's year-long discipline of writing a single love poem every day. A previous collection of her poetry, Bodies of Light, was recently selected as a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. For more information, see Cloves & Honey.

FOUR MONTHS AFTER PARTNERING WITH THE RIDESHARING NETWORK ZIMRIDE, UMM is ranked number one in users as a percentage of institutional enrollment, and tied at number one for number of ride posts, reports Jim Hall, director of information technology. For more information, see UMM Zimride.


UMR CAPSTONE COORDINATOR JENNY HEGLAND received the United Way's 2011 Community Impact Emerging Leader Award at the 2012 Celebration of Caring and Giving, held on Feb. 8. For more information, see community impact award (PDF).

UMR CENTER FOR LEARNING INNOVATION FACULTY MEMBER RYAN FURNESS was recently featured for his unique use of Twitter in the classroom in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Furness incorporates Twitter into his Spanish for Health Sciences classes. While not a requirement of the class, tweeting in Spanish offers students extra credit as well as extra practice. For more information, see the Post-Bulletin.


Administrative information

TRANSFORMING THE U'S TECH SUPPORT EXPERIENCE: "Tech Stop:" is a new state-of-the-art computer lab, technology support, and collaboration center created by the Office of Information Technology in partnership with University Libraries. For more information, see

TECHNOLOGY LEARNING BYTES, sponsored by the Office of Information Technology and University Libraries, are short, concise, 30-minute learning sessions in a small group environment. Participants can learn how to find free images, format bibliographies, edit videos, and more. Sessions are held in the new Tech Stop, 90 Blegen Hall. Free, no registration necessary. For more information, see the learning bytes calendar.

A LIBRARY IN YOUR POCKET: University Libraries has launched an updated version of its mobile website. On-the-go users can do their research anywhere, anytime. For more information, see mobile library or visit the mobile site.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

CHOREOGRAPHER JIN XING will participate in a public conversation with U dance professor Ananya Chatterjea. China's most celebrated dancer, Jin Xing, and her company, Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai, will perform at the Orpheum Theatre as part of Northrop Dance on Feb. 18. Two days before the performance, Xing will speak with Ananya Chatterjea and Ben Johnson, Northrop's director of concerts and lectures, in a conversation about the courage, spirit, and artistry that have contributed to her success as a dancer and owner of China's only independent dance company. Feb. 16, 4–5:30 p.m., 125 Nolte. For more information, see dance.

A 3M SEMINAR ON TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION, "Commercializing Clean Technology," will be lead by industry practitioners and Carlson School entrepreneurship instructors. The event is sponsored by 3M and organized by the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. Feb 18, 8 a.m.–noon, 1-109 Hanson Hall. An RSVP is required. For more information, see 3M Seminars.

JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY PERFORMANCE: Experience the ceremonial communion between tea maker and guests in the centuries-old ritual during one or more of six tea ceremonies performed by professor Fumio Watanabe, Yamagata University, Japan, and U tea ceremony students. Feb. 21, 4:30–7 p.m., 140 Nolte. Free tea and sweets. Sponsors: Imagine Fund Special Events Award, Institute of Linguistics, Institute for Advanced Studies Department of Anthropology. For more information, see Japanese tea ceremony.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers In the Environment (Feb. 15); Bamboo Carving Workshop (Feb. 17); 44th Annual Fashion Show: twelve (Feb 18); Staged Reading of A Stone Thrown at the Guilty (Feb. 18); State Climate Action Plans (Feb. 21). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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