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Vol. XLII No. 10; March 14, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Support the U Rally Day.
--Board of Regents March meeting summary.
--Features: A new life for Eddy Hall; Distinguished McKnight Professor Deniz Ones; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Sri Zaheer has been named dean of the Carlson School of Management; and more.

University News and Events
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THE ANNUAL, STUDENT-ORGANIZED SUPPORT THE U RALLY DAY will be held March 30. The systemwide event provides students with the opportunity to voice their support for the University through a rally and meetings with their elected officials. Faculty and staff are asked to inform and encourage students to attend the event. For registration and more information, see Support the U Rally Day.

BOARD OF REGENTS MARCH MEETING SUMMARY: At the March Board of Regents meeting, the board heard the report of the president, discussed a resolution related to the Ambulatory Care Center, approved the U's Six-Year Capital Plan, heard a presentation on the University's land grant mission, and more. For more information, see Board of Regents.


FEATURE: Topped by a tower and ornamental weathervane, red, castle-like Eddy Hall dominates the bustling intersection of Pillsbury Drive and Pleasant Street. The oldest building on campus, it began life in 1886 as Mechanic Arts and has more recently housed units such as University Counseling and Consulting Services and the departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Curriculum and Instruction. Now Eddy is showing its age, and the University has asked the 2012 Legislature for funds to rehabilitate it. For more information, read "A new life for Eddy."

FEATURE: Hiring talent can be a tricky and time-consuming process. Yet, according to recently named (2011) Distinguished McKnight Professor Deniz Ones, it's possible to hire the best person for the job, each and every time. Ones, a human resources professional by training and a psychologist by trade, examines how people differ from one another in cognitive abilities and personality. For more information, read "The right personality for the job."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Mar. 5–9. This installment of the weekly video feature highlights the announcement of the Carlson School of Management's new dean, a U partnership with the Mayo Clinic, and the Gopher basketball game versus Northwestern. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Sri Zaheer has been named dean of the Carlson School of Management; mathematics assistant professor Anar Akhmedov has been selected to receive a Sloan Research Fellowship; professor of applied economics Philip Pardey has been awarded a 2012 Siehl Prize in Agriculture; Joan Brzezinski has been named executive director of the China Center and Confucius Institute; Jasjit Ahluwalia has been named to the board of directors of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science; the U's School of Nursing received a gift of $6.65 million from the Bentson Foundation; Gary DeCramer of the Humphrey School has passed away; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

REVISED ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES: The Fixed Price Contracts, Including Clinical Trials policy had proposed a new formula for distributing remaining balances and a requirement to close out all fixed price awards within one year of the award date. Based on the comments received during the 30-day review period, the policy and process were significantly revised and reverts to the previous practice of returning unexpended balances to departments. For more information, see the final policy.

THREE NEW GRADUATE EDUCATION POLICIES (Admission for Master's and Doctoral Programs, Re-Admission and Changes to Master's or Doctoral Degree Objectives, and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Plans Approved by the Board of Regents) are available for review and comment at policies under review.

MOODLE WILL BE THE SOLE ENTERPRISE COURSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AT THE U beginning Aug. 31. Moodle, an open source solution, allows U of M Moodle users to provide feedback ranging from participation in discussion boards to developing plug-ins to share. U of M users have made major contributions to planning, testing, implementing, and suggesting enhancements, benefitting not only the U but the global Moodle community. For more information, see Engaging in the Global Community.

Awards and funding opportunities

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) invites proposals from faculty on all campuses for its Faculty Interactive Research Program. The program encourages faculty to carry out research projects that involve a significant urban-related public policy issue for the state or its communities, and that include active engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota involved with the issue. This year, additional support is available for projects that contribute to the planning and development of the U's vision to create a sustainable community at UMore Park. For application procedures and more information, see CURA proposals.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE MOBILE APP CHALLENGE, a contest which invited undergraduates to develop their own mobile apps, will host a final judging event on March 23. Attendees can learn more about the apps that students have been working on and hear about their experiences. For more information, including a short video introducing the finalists and their apps, see Mobile App Challenge.


UMC HAS BEEN GRANTED FULL-CONTINUING APPROVAL from the Minnesota Board of Teaching to prepare individuals for Minnesota teacher licensure through June 30, 2019. UMC currently offers a licensure program in early childhood education and is seeking to add a licensure program for elementary education, beginning in the fall 2012 semester. Full-continuing approval has a seven-year interval and is determined by the Board of Teaching. For more information, see Board of Teaching approval.

THE THIRD ANNUAL HORSE JUDGING OPEN INVITATIONAL will take place March 30, University Teaching and Outreach Center. Both youth and collegiate teams are eligible to participate. Individuals and four-member teams will compete in four halter classes and four performance classes. For more information, see horse judging.

THE 74TH ANNUAL HONOR BANQUET sponsored by the Red River Valley Development Association will take place March 17, noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Individuals from northwest Minnesota will be honored as Valley Farmers and Homemakers for the example they have set with their family life, community service, and farming or agribusiness operations, and their efforts to conserve natural resources. For more information, see honor banquet.


UMD HAS LAUNCHED A NEW ONLINE CERTIFICATION FOR COUNSELING THE PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLER, in collaboration with the North American Training Institute. Studies in Gambling Addiction: Counseling the Pathological Gambler is a 60-hour noncredit development certificate through Continuing Education. For more information, see online counseling certificate.

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS that focus on natural play and design principles for formal and informal educators will be held March 20, 12:30–3:30 p.m., Library Rotunda; and 4:30–6 p.m., Weber Music Hall. David Sobel, an internationally recognized researcher, practitioner, and promoter of developmentally appropriate environmental education for children, will conduct the seminars. For more information, see educational seminars.

UMD NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE (NRRI) SCIENTIST GERALD NIEMI attended a White House Community Leaders Briefing on the Great Lakes Region. The Obama Administration's FY 2013 budget includes $300 million to continue critical interagency collaboration on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The briefing was an opportunity for dialogue between Great Lakes leaders and senior administration officials. For more information, see Great Lakes briefing.


CIRCLE OF NATIONS INDIGENOUS ASSOCIATION (CNIA) students will hold their 28th Annual CNIA Powwow March 24, 11 a.m., Physical Education Center. Free and open to the public. The powwow officially begins with the Grand Entry (at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.), a ceremonial procession of Native dancers dressed in the full traditional regalia of their tribal nations and accompanied by drum groups entering the dance arena. Authentic Native arts and crafts may be purchased directly from noted jewelers and artisans. The powwow heralds the beginning of the 39th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week, a celebration of American Indian and other cultural heritages. For more information, see CNIA Powwow.

THE WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAM was honored for their work in the classroom, earning the Team Scholar Academic All-American award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Teams that held a grade-point-average of 3.0 or better following the fall semester are recognized with the award for academic achievements. The Cougars are one of just two Liberal Arts Championship teams to win the award. For more information, see swimming and diving team award.


U OF M PRESIDENT ERIC KALER wrote a March 12 editorial in the Rochester Post-Bulletin highlighting UMR and its transformative effect on Rochester and the face of higher education in southeastern Minnesota. Kaler emphasized the value of the U to the state of Minnesota and urged citizens to contact legislators to support the U and its capital and budget requests currently being considered by the legislature and governor. For more information, see Kaler editorial.


Administrative information

THE 2012 "CONSERVATION MADNESS" residence hall sustainability champion for the second consecutive year is Territorial Hall. The competition, held throughout February, is a partnership between the Office of Housing & Residential Life and Facilities Management aimed at encouraging students to conserve campus resources year-round. Territorial residents will enjoy a national college basketball championship viewing party on April 2 for earning the highest overall ranking in electricity savings, water conservation, waste per capita, and recycling. For more information, see Conservation Madness results.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE ST. ANTHONY FALLS LABORATORY will present its internationally renowned Lorenz G. Straub Award for most meritorious Ph.D. thesis in hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, and related fields, March 21, 3:30 p.m., St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Auditorium. The ceremony will include brief remarks by the award recipient, Mariano Ignacio Cantero, followed by a keynote presentation titled "The Looming Crisis in Air Traffic Capacity: Can Vortex Dynamics Help?" For more information, see Straub Award.

A "FIRST BOOKS" READING AND DISCUSSION sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, the Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writers Series, and the Weisman Art Museum features debut authors and includes a panel discussion concerning the path to publication. March 22, 7 p.m., Weisman Art Museum. Free and open to the public. For more information, see First Books.

A "PERSPECTIVES IN BOTANY" symposium cosponsored by the Minnesota Native Plant Society and the Bell Museum to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the plant society will take place March 24, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Bell Museum. Key topics include: "Species Concepts in Plants (Why Can't Plants Follow the Rules)" by Anita Cholewa (U of M); "Minnesota's Plant Hunters Past and Present" by Tim Whitfeld (U of M); and "Plant Adaptations on the Prairie" by Rhett Johnson (The Nature Conservancy). Cost: $30 for full-time students, $52 for general public. Fee includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and handouts. For registration and more information, see Perspectives in Botany.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE PREMIERE OF MINI BIOETHICS SCHOOL, a Mini Medical School-styled program sponsored by the Center for Bioethics. The three-part series will feature ethicists Susan Wolf, Mary Faith Marshall, and Steven Miles in a lecture/Q+A/discussion format. Mondays, March 26, April 2, and April 9, 6:30–8:30 p.m., St. Paul Student Center. For registration and more information, see Mini Bioethics School.

THE AMPLATZ CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL WILL HOST A "SUPERHERO DAY" for patients March 29, featuring games, costumes, and more. In advance of the event, the Minnesota Medical Foundation is asking supporters of children's health at the U to submit stories about their real-life superheroes online. For more information, view the inspiring stories shared so far, share your own story, or make a gift to support the event.

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: Innovation in Teaching, Learning, and Research open house will feature more than 60 exhibits on topics including accessibility, data visualization, digital stories, eBooks, learning spaces, online learning, and more. The College of Education and Human Development will hold a drawing for an iPad at the event. April 4, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Coffman Union. For more information, see Academic Technology Showcase.

THE WORKSHOP, INTRODUCTION TO SERVICE DESIGN: A Tool for Creating User-friendly University Services, will feature U Libraries instructional designer Paul Zenke, who will discuss service design thinking and explore how the method can create or improve services. April 12, 3–4:30 p.m., 101 Walter Library. Sponsored by the Consultation Collaborative. For more information, see Service Design or RSVP online.

MORE EVENTS include Neurology Grand Rounds (Mar 15); The Future of English (Mar. 17); Medical Industry Leadership Institute Seminar—Michael Chernew, PhD, Harvard Medical School (Mar. 19); Identity and the American Landscape: The Photography of Wing Young Huie (Mar. 19); Coffee and Donuts with the Cops (Mar. 20). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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