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Vol. XLII No. 5; Feb. 8, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--The Board of Regents meet Feb. 9–10.
--Features: U advocacy on display; The pitfalls of too many men; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Gopher athletics director Joel Maturi will retire in June; and more.

University News and Events
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THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET FEB. 9–10. The agenda includes a review of the U's six-year capital plan, a presentation on the recalibration of risk in the research enterprise, and the report of the president. In addition, President Kaler will present results of the 2011 public perception and attitude survey and introduce the new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, Karen Hanson, who began in the role on Feb. 1. For more information, see the docket materials.

FEATURE: A record crowd packed the McNamara Alumni Center last week for the annual Legislative Briefing. Attendees heard President Kaler talk about the U's Capital Request and the importance of sharing stories about the U, whether by postcard, phone call, or tweet. For more information, read "U advocacy on display."

FEATURE: First, mating insecurity; then, financial insecurity. Some guys can't catch a break. If you're a male living in an area with fewer females than you would like, beware: You may be facing a double whammy. According to new research from Vlad Griskevicius in the U's Carlson School of Management, the perception that women are scarce leads men to be impulsive, borrow more, and save less. For more information, read "The pitfalls of too many men."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Jan. 30–Feb. 3. This installment of the weekly video feature takes a look at highlights from the U's 2012 Legislative Briefing; a residence hall "Conservation Madness" competition that challenges U students to reduce electricity use, water consumption, waste, and to recycle the most during the month of February; and a distracted driving video game created by the Center for Transportation Studies to help teens and young adults understand the importance of concentrating on driving. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Gopher athletics director Joel Maturi will retire in June; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

AN ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE themed "Innovation in Teaching, Learning, and Research" invites presentations demonstrating how members of the U community are using technology to drive innovative teaching, learning, and research. The showcase will be similar to an open house poster session, and presenters may use posters, computer displays, or other technology. Applications are due by midnight, Feb. 24. The event takes place Apr. 4, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Coffman Union. For more information and to apply, see technology showcase.

BROWN BAG FINANCIAL WEBINARS continue Feb. 8 at noon with the second in this series of live broadcasts. The interactive webinars offer guidelines for success in the marketplace. Session 2, "A Perspective on Today's Economy and Portfolio Diversification," takes place Feb. 8, noon–1 p.m. Session 3, Vanguard's "Investment Perspectives," will be broadcast Feb. 15, noon–1 p.m. Registration is required for the Vanguard webinar. Sessions are open to U employees and their families. For registration and more information, see Employee Benefits.

A NEW LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS) WILL LAUNCH IN MAY and will allow for administration, tracking, and reporting of training content—both online and instructor-led. The new LMS will impact all University employees, as this is where training records will be located once the system is launched. It is replacing the current PeopleSoft training module known as Enterprise Learning Management (ELM). More information will be available as the launch date approaches. For more information, see LMS frequently asked questions.

THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (OIT) YEAR IN REVIEW: During the past year, OIT'S focus and direction have been on the development of "One IT," a concept incorporating a shared vision, shared innovation, shared leadership, and shared purpose in support of the U's vision, as well as OIT'S mission in advancing excellence, efficiency, access, and innovation in information technology systemwide. For more information, see OIT Year in Review.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE 11TH ANNUAL PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE will offer fast-paced and interactive courses in nine public health areas with an emphasis on theory-to-practice, with opportunities for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs, and simulations. Courses include Culturally Responsive Public Health Practice; Environmental Health Sciences; Food Protection, Global Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology; Public Health Leadership and Management; Public Health Preparedness, Response and Recovery; Research Methods; and Women and Child Health and Nutrition. Graduate credit or noncredit continuing education hours are available. May 21–June 8. For course descriptions and more information, see Public Health Institute or email health.

Funding awards and opportunities

EQUITY AND DIVERSITY TRANSFORMATION AWARDS of up to $5,000 are available to groups to assist with documenting the history and sharing the stories of equity and diversity work across the University of Minnesota. All academic and administrative units across the U's campuses are encouraged to apply. For more information, see Equity and Diversity Transformation Award.


THE 63RD WESTERN MINNESOTA REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR will take place Feb. 11, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Registration and project set-up begin at 8 a.m., with judging at 10 a.m. The public is invited to view the projects from 10 a.m. to noon. An awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. For more information, see science fair.

THE COLLEGE READINESS CONSORTIUM RAMP-UP TO READINESS WORKSHOP will take place Feb. 14, 10 a.m.–noon, Bede Ballroom. Ramp-Up to Readiness is a school-wide guidance program for students in grades 6–12 that helps them master the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary for success in higher education. For more information, see Ramp-up to Readiness.


UMD'S DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN'S STUDIES 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION will take place Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Events include a multimedia presentation; musical performances by Oshkii Gizhik Singers, Sara Thomsen and Paula Pedersen, Rachael Kilgour, Eleni Johnson, and Wild by Nature; and a reception. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Women's Studies anniversary.

UMD HAS JOINED WITH 14 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS IN THE UNFAIR CAMPAIGN, an anti-racism effort focusing on the role white people can play in addressing racial disparities. The UnFair Campaign seeks to raise awareness about white privilege in the community, provide resources for understanding and action, and facilitate dialogue and partnership that result in fundamental, systemic change towards racial justice. For more information, see UnFair Campaign.

THE NEW YORK TIMES "SLAP SHOT BLOG" invited UMD communication junior Thomas Olsen to contribute part-time to the online "depository of all things hockey." For more information, see the "Slap Shot Blog."


TWO MORRIS STUDENTS ARE WORKING TO CHRONICLE THE LATINO EXPERIENCE in Morris. Jordan Wente '15, Dodge Center, and Cristina Montanez '12, El Paso, Tex., are working with Spanish faculty Windy Roberts and Stacey Aronson through a Center for Small Towns project. For more information, see Latino experience.


KEVIN CAREY, POLICY DIRECTOR FOR THE EDUCATION SECTOR, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, testified about "Innovations in College Affordability" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). During his testimony, Carey used the UMR model as an example of how to make college more affordable and provide students with a great education. For more information, see HELP testimony.

UMR WILL OFFER A "VIRTUAL VALENTINE" on Feb. 14 at its weekly evening series, UMR CONNECTS. In addition to special Valentine's Day treats, UMR nursing students will be doing free blood pressure checks and offering heart-healthy counseling with the supervision of nursing faculty. For more information, see UMR CONNECTS.


Administrative information

VOTE FOR THE 2012 HOMECOMING THEME. Faculty and staff are encouraged to cast their votes to help determine the theme of UMTC's largest campus-wide tradition, which features pep rallies, community service opportunities, the parade, and the big football game. This year's Homecoming festivities take place Oct. 7–13. For more information, see Homecoming 2012.

REFER STUDENTS WHO NEED HELP WITH RESEARCH to the Peer Research Consultants (PRCs) program. PRCs provide one-on-one help to students on library and academic research strategies needed to write a research paper. Drop-in hours are held at Wilson, Walter, or Appleby; and by appointment. The program is a partnership of U Libraries, the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, and SMART Learning Commons. For more information, see PRC.

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION LOT 37, the daily lot north of Mariucci Arena, became automated Feb. 2. Pay machines at lot exits allow customers to pay by cash or credit card. Event parking remains cash only and those attendees will pay upon entering. For more information, see Parking Technology Upgrade.

Funding awards and opportunities

THE MN LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program is seeking applicants for fellowships in the 2012–13 academic year. MN LEND accepts pre- and post-doctoral students, and community fellows for a year-long interdisciplinary and leadership training program focusing on neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and other related conditions. Applications can be completed online and will be accepted until Apr. 16. For more information, see MN LEND Fellowships.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

PREVIEW/REVIEW: UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND LECTURES is a periodic column highlighting events and lectures recently past and soon to come on the TC campus. This issue features a review of the U's 2012 Legislative Briefing, which had record-setting participation. Previews include "Physics and Cooking," with Harvard professor David Weitz; From Hurricanes to Fresh Water Furies: Severe Storms and Their Consequences; Words at WAM, a literary open mic; and more. For more information, see Preview/Review.

THE U OF M WIND ENSEMBLE will perform the regional premiere of Judith Lang Zaimont's Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra "Solar Traveller," under the baton of School of Music professor Craig Kirchhoff, with associate professor Timothy Lovelace as piano soloist. Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann. Free. For more information, see wind ensemble.

THE U TRANSGENDER COMMISSION will hold its first full meeting of 2012 on Feb. 9, 3:30–5:30 p.m., 219 Appleby Hall. The agenda includes work on documents such as Grounding Assumptions, Mission and Vision, and a deeper look into the theme of health and wellness work across four focus areas: health care, restroom access, policies and forms, and education and training. The meeting will also include an interactive gender dialogue. For more information, email TransCom.

HOW DO NEW TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SHAPE CITIES? Michel Parent, scientific adviser to an advanced intelligent transportation systems project team from the French research organization INRIA and "father" of the cybercar concept, is the featured speaker at the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) winter luncheon. Using Paris as an example, he will explore how automation in transportation can help improve mobility in cities. Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. University Hotel Minneapolis (formerly the Radisson). For more information, see CTS winter luncheon.

TONGUES UNTIED: The LGBTQ People of Color biweekly discussion series will feature educational presentations and social events designed to give LGBTQ people of color a space to talk about their experiences, issues, and needs at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality on predominantly white and hetero-normative campuses. The group will meet Feb. 13, Feb. 27, Mar. 26, Apr. 9, and Apr. 23, 5:30–7 p.m., 11 Appleby Hall. For more information, email Tongues Untied.

THE HISTORY OF NORTH MINNEAPOLIS will kick off a new "Critical Conversations" series, featuring public discussions on urban issues and ideas with scholars, historians, artists, and community leaders. The first event will focus on the recent U-produced documentary, Cornerstones: A History of North Minneapolis. Cornerstones' director and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Pierce Bergin will moderate. Feb. 23, 5 p.m. reception; 6 p.m. film screening; 7 p.m. main event, Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis. For more information, see Critical Conversations.

A BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY DRIVE held by College of Pharmacy students will take place Mar. 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Java City, second floor of Moos Tower. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to come and "get swabbed." For more information, see bone marrow donor.

MORE EVENTS include A SIP OF SCIENCE: Rivers, Plate Tectonics, and People: Life on the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta (Feb. 8); Examples of How to Use REDCap for Research and Administration (Feb. 9); Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center Presents: Lab Day (Feb. 11); Valentine's Day Blood Drive (Feb. 14). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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