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Vol. XLIII No. 11; March 20, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue

--State Relations Update.
--Campus Conversation with Pam Wheelock.
--Features: The evidence is in; To protect and defend...our food; A voice for the energy in us.
--People: James Parente, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, has announced his plans to step down as dean at the end of June; and more.

University News and Events
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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: Governor Dayton recently released a revised budget proposal estimated to create $1.8 billion in revenue, of which $627 million would be directed to the state budget deficit. The governor's support for the U's biennial budget request remains unchanged from January. President Kaler recently presented to the legislature the findings of the spans and layers analysis requested by Senate leaders, as well as an overview of a University cost benchmarking study. For more information, see State Relations.

A CAMPUS CONVERSATION with Pam Wheelock, VP for University Services, will take place Mar. 25, noon–1 p.m., 332 Coffman Union. Wheelock will speak about her first nine months at the University and how University Services supports the president's vision. A discussion will follow. RSVP if you plan to attend, or join online via UMConnect the day of the event.


FEATURE: The U is bringing scientific data to bear on health care practices. It's called evidence-based medicine, or evidence-based practice, since it also informs care decisions by nurses and other non-M.D. practitioners, read "Why health care needs science."

FEATURE: Despite the recent European scandal, horse meat hasn't been found in the U.S., and with the help of the U of M National Center for Food Protection and Defense, horse meat and other edible casualties of Economically Motivated Adulteration or "food fraud" are less likely to be on the menu anytime soon. For more information, read "To protect and defend...our food."

FEATURE: As lead singer of the band Cloud Cult, U alumnus Craig Minowa's life is a marriage of passions and pursuits that has earned him a growing legion of fans. Even if you're not familiar with Cloud Cult, you may have heard Minowa singing "There's so much energy in us" in the University's current "Discovery Illuminates Everyone" television ads. For more information, read "A voice for the energy in us."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: James Parente, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, has announced his plans to step down as dean at the end of June; nine programs within the U's Academic Health Center have ranked in the top ten in the latest national rankings from U.S. News & World Report; Hari Osofsky has been named the 2013–2014 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs; the U was presented with the Platinum Award for long-term commitment to energy efficiency at Xcel Energy's 2013 Energy Efficiency Expo; U of M cancer research pioneer John Kersey has passed away; 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

THE P&A WOMEN'S COUNCIL is sponsoring "Leading through Change," a P&A women's professional development conference Apr. 2, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Coffman Union. The event will provide information to enhance leadership skills during times of change. Keynote speaker: Karen Hanson, senior VP for academic affairs and provost. For more information and to RSVP, see Leading through Change.

Lectures,exhibits, and other events

THE CENTER FOR WRITING will host its fifth annual weeklong Summer Hunker, a small, supportive, interdisciplinary community of writers from a wide variety of disciplines and a range of academic ranks. Applications for the program are due Apr. 1. The Summer Hunker takes place May 20–24. For more information, see Summer Hunker.


A COMMUNITY DIALOGUE invites nonprofit agencies, local businesses, and faculty to come together for a discussion on internships, service-learning opportunities, and potential collaborations. Mar. 26, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see Community Dialogue.

THE UMC WOMEN'S CONSORTIUM will host a presentation and panel discussion with nationally recognized history of science expert and U professor Sally Gregory Kohlstedt. "Uncovering the Past, Charting the Future: The Rise of Women in Science," will take place Mar. 27, 7 p.m., Eagles Nest, Sahlstrom Conference Center. For more information, see Women's Consortium.

THE UMC BUSINESS DEPARTMENT recently signed an articulation agreement with Lake Superior College in Duluth regarding the bachelor of manufacturing management degree option, available to students online and onsite. For more information, see agreement.


PROFESSOR JOHN GOODGE is leading a team of researchers who will design and build a new mobile drilling platform for use on the ice sheets of Antarctica. The drilling platform, called the Rapid Access Ice Drilling system (RAID), will allow researchers to drill up to 3,300 meters in depth. The project will give access to a rich record of geologic and climatic change on a variety of timescales, from the billion-year rock record to thousand-year ice and climate histories. For more information, see RAID.

A FREE UMD GERMAN GRAMMAR GUIDE application was recently launched on iTunes. Students and faculty from UMD's Mobile Language Learning Group developed the iPad app. The group is working on similar apps for Russian, Spanish, and French. For more information, see German Grammar App.

SHARON M. LOUDEN will speak as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series Mar. 26, 6–7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall. In 2011–12, Louden had a solo exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum of her major installation, entitled Merge. Her animation work has been featured in film festivals around the world. For more information, see Louden.


BRANDON J. BURBACH '95, senior research associate at the U's Center for Immunology, will deliver the first Careers in Biology Alumni Speakers Series lecture, Mar. 28. The lecture is supported in part by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Precollege Science Education Program. For more information, see Burbach.

THE CIRCLE OF NATIONS INDIGENOUS ASSOCIATION (CNIA) will hold the 29th Annual CNIA Powwow on Apr. 6, Physical Education Center. This is the commencing event of World Touch Cultural Heritage Week. In 2012, the powwow featured more than 250 American Indian dancers and singers—the largest in UMM's history. For more information, see CNIA Powwow.

ERIN DENMAN '09 AND VICTORIA PYAN '07 are using their new script showcase—TEASE: The Easy Access Script Experience—to provide up-and-coming Minnesota playwrights a public venue for new work. The two first met through UMM's student theatre group, Meiningens, and have been friends and collaborators since. For more information, see Emerging Theatre Artists.


CHARTER NIGHT was held Mar. 14 to celebrate the induction of UMR Circle K into the Rochester Kiwanis Club family. The UMR Circle K group currently has about 70 members, is sponsored by the Kiwanis Day Makers, and was officially chartered through Kiwanis International on Dec. 10. For more information, see UMR Circle K.


Administrative information

EXPERTS@MINNESOTA, a new research networking and expertise system at the U of M, is now live at Experts@Minnesota makes it easier to find collaborators and expertise among U of M faculty. The site includes profiles of faculty based upon collegiate and departmental affiliations as well as publications and grant awards. Faculty members with profiles in the system can also find and receive relevant and timely recommendations for funding opportunities. For more information, see the FAQ page or email questions or comments to

THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE IN THE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY (SERU) SURVEY will launch Mar. 26 and run through June. The survey, part of a national study involving two dozen leading research universities, is administered to all UMTC undergraduates by the Office of Institutional Research. SERU survey data provides staff, faculty, and administrators with comprehensive insights into students' experiences. For more information, see SERU survey.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

MAJOR STUDIES ABOUT TRANSPORTATION finance and investment will be discussed at a forum with representatives from MnDOT, ITASCA Project, and Counties Transit Improvement Board. Mar. 21, 1–3 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. For registration and more information, see transit.

CEHD RESEARCH DAY, showcasing the impact of research in the College of Education and Human Development, will take place Mar. 26, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. It will include nearly 50 poster presentations featuring CEHD faculty and staff on topics such as closing the achievement gap, teacher education, early brain development, educational technology, and more. Free, with lunch included. Register by Mar. 21.

PUBLIC HOUSING TALK: Professor Edward Goetz and St. Paul Housing Authority director Jon Gutzmann will discuss the critical need for public housing Mar. 26, 3 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. The event coincides with the launch of Goetz's new book about the large-scale reduction in commitment to public housing in the U.S. For registration and more information, see public housing.

PROJECT HEAT: RACE, EMBODIMENT, AND SENSORY POLITICS in Chicago Public Housing's Aftermath, a presentation by Catherine Fennell of Columbia University, will take place Mar. 28, 4–5:30 p.m., 125 Nolte. For more information, see Project Heat.

NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK FILM FESTIVAL will feature films on topics including genetically modified food, marketing a health cause, mental health, environmental disasters, and gender identity. Apr. 1–5, Mayo Memorial Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m. nightly and the program begins at 5:45 p.m. For the full schedule, see film festival.

GOPHER ATHLETICS WILL HOST ANOTHER "BREAKFAST WITH CHAMPIONS" Apr. 9, 7:30–9 a.m., TCF Bank Stadium. Speakers will include newly hired senior associate athletics director Beth Goetz, head women's cross-country coach Gary Wilson, cross-country runner Laura Docherty (Jr.), and former Gopher great Lindsay Whalen. Journalist Robyne Robinson will serve as MC. For tickets, call 612-624-8080 or 1-800-UGOPHER. Register by Apr. 5. For more information, see Breakfast.

CLASSES WITHOUT QUIZZES features nationally recognized U of M experts presenting mini-seminars designed for the general public. Beer and hops, genomic sequencing, biomimicry, and robotic milking of dairy cows, as well as kids-only sessions like "food messology," are among the topics at this year's event, Apr. 6, 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m., St. Paul campus. Registration is $15–$35. For registration and more information, see Classes Without Quizzes.

THE WORLD PREMIERE of Something About A Bear, a modern fairy tale by playwright Constance Congdon and directed by U assistant professor Lisa Channer, opens Apr. 11, Rarig Center. Sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance in collaboration with Theatre Novi Most, the tale is inspired by a beloved Russian story and reimagined in northern Minnesota. Performances run through Apr. 21. For more information, see world premiere.

SAVE THE DATE: PUBLIC LECTURE BY RETIRING PROFESSOR LARY MAY: "Unraveling the Culture of War: Global Hollywood and American Politics in the Age of 9/11." May 9, 6 p.m., Weisman Art Museum. Film clips and illustrations detailing the changing face of movie making from World War II to the present will accompany the lecture. For more information, see Culture of War.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for "Influences of National Board Certification on Teachers' Classroom Assessment Practices," with Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University, and Misty Sato, U of M assistant professor of teacher development and science education. May 17, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Continuing Education Conference Center. For registration and more information, see certification.

MORE EVENTS include Tales from the North (Mar. 21); Working on Purpose Workshops (Mar. 22); Sugarbush Pancake Brunch & Maple Syrup Tours (Mar. 23); Chemistry Makes it Happen! (Mar. 24); Minnesota Cup Launch (Mar. 25); The Energy World is Upside Down: Or the United States as an Energy Exporter!? (Mar. 25); Juicy Topics (Mar. 27); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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