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Vol. XLIII No. 10; March 13, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meeting summary.
--Features: One brain-y student; Building an artificial pancreas; Craving Our Caveman Days.
--People: 2012–13 recipients of the Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education have been announced; and more.

University News and Events
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THE BOARD OF REGENTS heard an update from President Kaler on Mar. 8 about the U's Op Ex initiative and progress to date, including a draft interim report (PDF) on "spans and layers" and plans for a benchmarking study requested by the Minnesota legislature. The board also recognized 2013–15 McKnight Land Grant Professors and heard a presentation from VP and CIO Scott Studham about the U's technology landscape. For more information, see the news release.


FEATURE: In 2010, then first-year student Erin Diamond walked into Yang Zhang's lab knowing nothing about his specialty: brain imaging. Before the day was out, she was setting up experiments, putting an EEG cap on volunteers, and generally undergoing total immersion in the field. Two and a half years later, she looks ahead to a career studying the brains of bilingual people. For more information, read "One brain-y student."

FEATURE: For people living with type 1 diabetes, the task of monitoring blood glucose levels and administering insulin is always on their minds. It's something they must do multiple times a day, every day. But University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic scientists are working together to build an artificial pancreas that would eliminate this burden. For more information, read "Building an artificial pancreas."

FEATURE: In her new book, Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live U of M evolutionary biologist and professor Marlene Zuk argues that changing our diets and habits based on notions about an idealized prehistoric past is illusory, because human evolution is continual, bumpy, and fraught with trade-offs. Instead, we should understand how evolution works—particularly when it works fast, she says. For more information, read "Craving Our Caveman Days."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: 2012–13 recipients of the Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education have been announced; law professor Dale Carpenter's book, Flagrant Conduct, has been named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards in the category of LGBT nonfiction; 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

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES HAS ADDED WORKSHOPS on copyright which satisfy RCR requirements, including two sessions for staff from coordinate campuses. For registration and more information, see Workshops.

Award and funding opportunities

EQUITY AND DIVERSITY TRANSFORMATION AWARD PROPOSALS ARE DUE MAR. 29. The awards fund creative yet pragmatic proposals for projects that support equity and diversity initiatives. This year's theme is "creative communication for social change across the University." For more information, see Transformation Awards.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE JOSIE R. JOHNSON Human Rights and Social Justice Award are due by Apr. 5. Nominate a current U student, staff, or faculty member for the award, which honors individuals who exemplify Johnson's standard of excellence in creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments. For more information, see social justice award.

THE MONDALE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP offered by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance is a new, monetary award-based fellowship for research done on notable public figures in Minnesota. The goal of the fellowship is to bring to light the stories of elected government officials whose service improved the state and the opportunities of its citizens. Applications are due by Apr. 22; submit materials via email to For more information, see Mondale Research Fellowship.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: THE UNIVERSITY AWARD FOR GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT recognizes faculty and staff for outstanding contributions to global education, global competency, cultural understanding, and/or international programs at the University or in their field or discipline. Nominations are due Apr. 30. For more information, see nominations.


THE 75TH ANNUAL HONOR BANQUET, sponsored by the Red River Valley Development Association, will be held Mar. 16, noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see banquet.

MORE THAN 500 HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS from several regional schools will visit UMC to learn about different careers from approximately 40 local professionals during Career Day, sponsored by the Crookston Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Mar. 19, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. For more information, see Career Day.

RIVER WATCH, a program of the International Water Institute, will host its annual River Watch Forum Mar. 20. High school teams from around the Red River Valley will gather on the UMC campus to share results of their 2012 water quality monitoring efforts. About 20 teams are expected, and posters of their work are open for public review from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. during the event. For more information, see River Watch.


JILL KLINGNER, assistant professor, Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences, has received a UMD Integrated Learning Initiative Grant to organize a program of certification in Mental Health First Aid. The program helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses. For more information, see Mental Health.

LAWRENCE IANNI HALL has earned Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status, making it UMD's fifth LEED-certified facility. The building houses 280 students and features energy-efficient windows, substantial insulation, low-flow fixtures, and high-efficiency lighting. Automatic shutoff devices conserve water and electricity. For more information, see Ianni Hall.


THE 35TH ANNUAL UMM JAZZ FEST will be held Apr. 5–6, featuring guest artists Bill Pierce, tenor saxophone, and Steven Davis, trombone. Performances will be held nightly at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium. For more information, see Jazz Festival.

OSCAR BALDELOMAR, assistant professor of psychology, has received an Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) 2013 Multicultural Research Award for a project entitled "Children's Understanding of Their Ethnic Categories." His research will focus on the ways in which first-generation Latino children in west central Minnesota come to understand ethnic categories and cultural identity. For more information, see Baldelomar.

ANN DUHAMEL, head of keyboard studies, will receive the Music Teachers National Association's (MTNA) Piano Technicians Guild Continuing Education and/or Performance Study scholarship. DuHamel teaches solo, collaborative, and group piano as well as pedagogy. She is completing a doctor of musical arts in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa. For more information, see DuHamel.

ORGANIC WASTE DISPOSAL IS NOW A PART OF CAMPUSWIDE SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS at UMM. In the past, all compostable materials on the Morris campus were sent off campus to be incinerated. Two years ago a group of students began work that has shown that composting these materials on campus would avoid a substantial waste-hauling fee and create a valuable resource for use in landscaping projects. For more information, see Composting.


THE UMR BALLROOM DANCE TEAM took part in the Star of the North DanceSport Competition Mar. 2–3 in Minneapolis. UMR students achieved some great results.

MICHON ROGERS, UMR development associate, explains "Finish in Four," an annual giving campaign where money donated by community members and business leaders is distributed to UMR students who are on track to graduate in four years. For more information, see Finish in Four.


Award and funding opportunities

THE BUCKMAN FELLOWSHIP, an initiative for the study and practice of philanthropy, leadership, and personal and community improvement, is accepting applications for the 2013–14 academic year. Open to CDES, CEHD, and CFANS faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni. Applications are due Apr. 1. For more information, see Buckman Fellowship or email Colleen Kahn.

THE TWIN CITIES SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE has issued a call for proposals to better utilize space on campus as a living laboratory, making UMTC campus grounds a medium for innovation, testing, demonstration, and learning. Proposals are due Apr. 5. For more information, see Living Lab.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

"SOMEBODY FORGOT TO TELL SOMEBODY SOMETHING: Feminist and Queer of Color Cultural Production in the 80s and 90s," a presentation by Lisa Kahaleole Hall, Women's and Gender Studies, Wells College, will take place Mar. 14, 4 p.m., 125 Nolte. For more information, see IAS lecture.

PROFESSOR MARK SEELEY will share his observations on what will become of Minnesota agriculture in a rapidly changing climate at the next Café Scientifique, Mar. 19, 7 p.m., Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis. Cost: $5–$12. The Bell Museum's monthly Café Scientifique series provides a happy hour program for adults that brings research from the U of M into Twin Cities bars and restaurants. For more information, see Café Scientifique.

A COMMUNITY-UNIVERSITY RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS NETWORKING MIXER for community members, academics, researchers, and graduate and professional students will be an opportunity to discuss potential research projects and partnerships of mutual interest and to learn more about each group's work. Sponsored by the U's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute. Mar. 28, 4–6 p.m., Forum Room, Humphrey School. RSVP by Mar. 26. For more information, see networking.

EFFECTIVE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP FOR TODAY'S URBAN SCHOOLS will feature principal Baruti Kafele, who led the transformation of four low-performing New Jersey public schools over the past 13 years. Kafele will discuss the characteristics of an effective principal. Apr. 10, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Continuing Education Conference Center. For registration, see school leadership. For more information, email Jessica McLain.

STRENGTHSQUEST LECTURE: Shane Lopez, whose work focuses on the links between hope, strengths development, success, and overall well-being and how we can communicate hope to spur excellence in others, will give a lecture titled "Hope for Tomorrow Pays Off for Today" Apr. 16, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. For more information, see StrengthsQuest.

THE 2013 MARTINSON LECTURE will feature Michelle Williams, chair, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health. Her presentation, "GDM in Translation: Moving from Risk Factors to the Prevention and Management of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus," takes place Apr. 19, 10–11:30 a.m., Coffman Union Theater. For more information, see Martinson Lecture.

MORE EVENTS include Catalyst 2013: Barry Kudrowitz—The Importance of Play and Humor in Creative Design (Mar. 13); A Sip of Science—What the Trees See: Viewing Modern Environmental Problems through the Lens of Ancient Trees (Mar. 13); Ensia Live: Futurist Jamais Cascio (Mar. 14); Winter Beer Dinner (Mar. 15); Soil Saturday: LIFE in the Soil (Mar. 16); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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