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Vol. XLII No. 8; Feb. 29, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--State of the U address is Mar. 1.
--Features: Toward predicting heart disease; 'For these who die'; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Former U provost Tom Sullivan has been named the next president of the University of Vermont; and more.

University News and Events
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2012 STATE OF THE U ADDRESS: President Kaler will deliver the annual (and his first) 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—419 University Square; and at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center. The speech, "Balances," will outline Kaler's vision and priorities for the U, including efforts to push for the state's reinvestment in higher education, stem the rise in tuition and student debt, improve operational excellence, as well as expand on themes of teaching, research, and community engagement. For more information and live web-streaming the day of the event, see State of the U.


FEATURE: Currently, most screening for heart disease involves blood pressure and cholesterol tests, among others. Trouble is, those tests don't necessarily reflect the presence of cardiovascular disease. Cardiologist Jay Cohn, a professor of medicine, set out to find a simple, noninvasive way to screen people for heart disease in an early enough stage to treat and prevent or delay events like heart attack or heart failure. For more information, read "Toward predicting heart disease."

FEATURE: The U's School of Music will present Benjamin Britten's War Requiem Mar. 1, Ted Mann Concert Hall. The piece inspired Mark Russell Smith, artistic director of orchestral studies at the U, to mark the symphony's 50th anniversary in a big way. His idea became the Britten Peace Project, to include performances in four cities across the globe. For more information, read "'For these who die'".

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Feb. 20–24. This installment of the weekly video feature takes a look at the U's Mini Med School, a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, and the Real Pirates Exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Former U provost Tom Sullivan has been named the next president of the University of Vermont; the Office for Equity and Diversity and the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy have announced the 2012 faculty recipients of the Multicultural Research Award; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

THERE WILL BE A WIDESPREAD INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICE OUTAGE beginning Saturday, Mar. 3, 6 p.m., and lasting until Sunday, Mar. 4, 6 p.m. During this time, users will be unable to access the U's PeopleSoft systems and their associated web applications, such as OneStop self-service applications (pay statement, direct deposit, benefits summary, etc.). The outage is part of an Office of Information Technology software and hardware upgrade for the Oracle databases that support PeopleSoft. For more information, see IT service outage.

THE U IS IMPLEMENTING A BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE (BI) PRACTICE to enhance its current measurement and reporting practices. BI is a broad term for data management, analysis practices, and software tools enabling evidence-based decision-making. Over the next few weeks, the Office of Planning and Analysis will launch a BI website containing information about who to contact for help, training materials, and general information about Business Intelligence at the U. On Apr. 2, the BI platform will be made available to the University, albeit with limited content. For more information, see BI implementation.

THE NAME OF THE OFFICE OVERSEEN by senior vice president Robert Jones has changed, from System Academic Administration, to Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System. President Kaler announced the reconfigured name to more clearly delineate the scope of Jones's responsibility for academic, administrative, and operational leadership across the system and state, and to more closely align the U's two senior vice presidential roles—that held by Jones and the role held by Karen Hanson, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

THE UNIVERSITY SENATE AND FACULTY SENATE will meet Mar. 1, 2:30 p.m., Coffman Union. Topics will include graduate education policies and viewing of the president's State of the University Address at 3:30 p.m. For more information, see the full agenda at University Senate.

THE P&A SENATE will meet Mar. 2, 9:30 a.m., 1-451 Moos Tower. Topics include a discussion with Susan Rafferty regarding the PULSE survey and discussion with P&A members of the Senate committee. For more information, see the full agenda at P&A Senate.

Awards and funding opportunities

NOMINATIONS FOR THE JOSIE R. JOHNSON HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD are due to the Office for Equity and Diversity by Mar. 26, 4:30 p.m. The award honors individuals who exemplify Johnson's standard of excellence in creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments at the U. Both nominees and nominators must be current faculty, staff, or students. For more information, see Josie R. Johnson.

THE WOMEN'S CENTER invites nominations for its awards and scholarships, which honor the engagement, contributions, and leadership of University women students, faculty, and staff. For full award and scholarship information, see Women's Center awards.

THE INSTITUTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT is recruiting a new cohort of resident fellows, seeking faculty from across the U system who are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary work on environmental issues. Fellows receive $10,000 in flexible funds plus an opportunity to apply for additional funding for innovative initiatives. Applications are due Mar. 27. For more information, see resident fellows application.


SPRING SEMESTER CONVOCATION will take place Mar. 1, 12:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Alisha Aasness, Crookston Student Association president, will serve as master of ceremonies, and UMC's first lady Barbara Muesing will be the featured speaker. Chancellor Charles Casey will recognize student academic achievement at the event and varsity coaches will recognize their respective teams and provide season updates.

THERESA HELGESON, lab services coordinator in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at UMC, recently fulfilled the necessary qualifications to be awarded the designation of Certified Professional with a Garden Center Specialty by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA). Helgeson is now certified in all three specialties of the MNLA certification program. For more information, see Helgeson.

THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DINNER SERIES will feature the culture and taste of three countries on Mondays through March, as well as at the final international dinner on Apr. 11. The dinners will be held in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, and highlight the countries of Cameroon, Taiwan, and Germany. The final dinner includes a talent showcase, along with demonstrations, table displays, and entertainment from countries all over the world, and is hosted by the Multicultural International Club. For more information, see dinner series.


A UNIVERSITY SINGERS CHORAL EVENT will also serve as the launch of the UMD Dr. Vernon Opheim Choral Scholarship on Mar. 4, 3 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Former singers and students of Professor Emeritus Vernon Opheim, who was also choral director and conductor of the University Singers and Elizabethan Singers, will join current University Singers under the direction of Professor Stanley Wold to sing "Let Us Break Bread Together," a song that Opheim arranged. For more information, see Choral scholarship.


JENNIFER DEANE, associate professor of history, has received two grants within the past year—the U Grant-in-Aid-of-Research and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, which funds her research on lay religious women of medieval Germany. Deane's research will be published in her forthcoming book, Sisters Among: Beguines and Lay Religious Women's Communities in Medieval Germany. For more information, see Jennifer Deane.

RAY SCHULTZ, associate professor of theatre arts, will perform Blanche and Beyond: Letters of Tennessee Williams Mar. 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre. For more information, see Tennessee Williams play.

WOVEN FROM THE LAND, a film by Teresa Konechne connecting landscape and culture, will be screened Mar. 6, 7 p.m., 109 Imholte Hall. For more information, see Woven from the Land.


UMR ASSISTANT PROFESSOR REBECCA BAMFORD'S BOOK Nietzsche's Method: Experimentalism in Science and Mind has been accepted for publication by Walter de Gruyter. The book provides a critical account of Nietzsche's concept of experimentalism, and explains how the concept can enable humanity to solve contemporary problems in the philosophy of science and of mind. It will appear in de Gruyter's Monographien und Texte zur Nietzsche-Forschung.


Administrative information

FACULTY OR STAFF WHO ARE GOING ON SABBATICAL AND WOULD LIKE TO RENT THEIR RESIDENCES to new faculty and staff are advised to contact the U's Relocation Assistance Program (RAP). The program provides housing assistance to new faculty and staff who are moving to the Twin Cities. Most new faculty and staff arrive in the summer. For more information, email or call 612-626-0775.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE 2012 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FORUM, cohosted by the U of M and Augsburg College, will take place Mar. 1–3 at various U of M and Augsburg College campus locations. The annual event is designed to inspire citizens to become active participants in peacemaking efforts around the world. The 2012 theme, "The Price of Peace," will feature a variety of sessions on business, the arts, and global issues, as well as a keynote address by former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate F.W. de Klerk. The forum will also feature a panel discussion with human rights activist Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, moderated by Robert Jones, senior vice president for Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System. Mar. 3, 10:45 a.m. For registration and more information, see Nobel Peace Prize.

2012 MELENDY LECTURE: Scott Giberson, chief pharmacy officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, will present "A Ship Built for Sea," and discuss improving patient and health system outcomes. Mar. 6, 12:20–1:10 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. For more information, see Melendy Lecture.

THE PROJECT AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT COLLABORATORS group will offer the workshop, Project Management 201: All's Well That Ends Well, Mar. 12, 9 a.m.–noon, 120 Elmer Andersen Library. The workshop features instructor John Skovbroten. Free and open to all U faculty and staff. RSVP for the program by using the enrollment key "pcmc" at Moodle. For more information, see project management.

THE 2012 MITER LECTURE: "Does Winning a Prestigious Fellowship Improve an Academic Career?" will be presented by Larry Hedges, Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics, and professor of educational and social policy at Northwestern University. A reception will follow the lecture. Seating is limited, and registration is suggested via email. Mar. 23, 2 p.m., William G. Shepherd Room, Weisman Art Museum. For more information, see Miter Lecture.

NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR ENERGY FUTURE: A public forum featuring Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti will focus on improving national and economic security through investments and policies that will lead towards energy independence. Morisetti will highlight opportunities for Minnesota to benefit from addressing energy challenges through investment in clean energy and efficiency. Sponsored by the U's Institute on the Environment. Mar. 2, 3–4:30 p.m. (forum); 4:30–5:30 p.m. (reception); Cargill Building, St. Paul. For more information, see IonE events.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers In the Environment Lecture (Feb. 29); BIG Thursday Night at the Bell (Mar. 1); Engaging Controversies: Everybody's Second Language? Cross-Cultural and Multilingual Perspectives on Academic Writing (Mar. 2); Back on the Agenda? The Imperative of the Middle East Refugee Question (Mar. 5); Addressing Bullying Behavior in the Workplace (Mar. 6). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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