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Vol. XLIII No. 12; March 27, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--New Board of Regents website.
--Features: A perfect season!; Up Close with Kris Wright.
--People: U in the News, featuring U faculty and staff cited in the media; and more.

University News and Events
Top News | University-wide | Crookston | Duluth | Morris | Rochester | Twin Cities


THE BOARD OF REGENTS has launched a new website to provide better access to board-related information and multimedia. The site uses web design techniques that allow visitors to easily interact with content from a phone, tablet, or laptop. For more information, visit the Board of Regents website.


FEATURE: The Minnesota Gopher Women's Hockey team finished off its magical season Mar. 24, downing Boston University 6-3 for a second straight national championship. The unprecedented undefeated run—Minnesota finished the season 41-0-0—gave the Gophers back-to-back titles and their fourth national championship. For more information, read "A perfect season!"

FEATURE: As the U's director of student finance since 2001, Kris Wright knows a thing or two about how students and families pay for an education. Her office oversees everything from need-based scholarships to veteran's benefits to state and federal loans, but she'll tell you that her job is about far more than spreadsheets and regulations—at its core, it's about helping students succeed. For more information, read "Up Close with Kris Wright."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: 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.



KEEPING OUR FACULTY OF COLOR symposium will feature speakers and panelists from across the U.S. exploring research-based strategies for advancing faculty diversity. Sponsored by the Office of the Senior VP for Academic Affairs and Provost and the Office for Equity and Diversity. Apr. 14–16, Minneapolis. Register by Mar. 31; discounts for U faculty, staff, and students. For more information, see Keeping Our Faculty.

THE REGIONAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING (NAE) WILL BE HOSTED BY PRESIDENT ERIC KALER and the University of Minnesota, Apr. 29, 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. The NAE will hold its regional business meeting for members, followed by a free public symposium. Six U of M faculty members will present on "From Grand Challenges to Grand Solutions: Moving from Knowledge Generation to Real World Action." For registration and more information, see NAE meeting.


TWO FINALISTS FOR VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS will be on campus Mar. 27 and Apr. 1. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend various meetings with the candidates and to provide feedback to the search committee. For interview schedules and more information, see vice chancellor search.

TERRI HUGHES, actress, writer, consultant, and advocate for the homeless, will speak about her life from Skid Row to the movie screen Apr. 4, 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Hughes, who has lived on Skid Row, played the character "Detroit" in the 2009 movie The Soloist and is featured in the just-released film Lost Angels. For more information, see Terri Hughes.


FORMER CONGRESSMAN JAMES OBERSTAR dedicated UMD's (and Duluth's) first electric vehicle charging station Mar. 15. He also gave two public talks: one on making Minnesota a bicycle-friendly place to live and another on developing successful alternative transportation options. For more information, see Oberstar.

GLENSHEEN IS OFFERING A SPRING BONNET BRUNCH MAR. 31. The event begins at 11:45 a.m. with a station tour of Glensheen, featuring displays of the Congdon's baskets and spring bonnets. Following the tour, a buffet will be held in the winter garden. Reservations are required by Mar. 27, 4 p.m. For tickets, see Glensheen.

UMD DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC will present the Shades of Africa Music Festival, Apr. 2¬–6. The event celebrates the rich diversity of composers and performers of African descent. Performers include Chantal Lavigne, mezzo soprano, and Jeanne Doty, piano; Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir; Ovation Guest Artists: Catalyst Quartet; Sowah Mensah, master drummer; and Joshua Russell, piano, with the UMD Symphony Orchestra. For ticket information, see Shades of Africa.


UMM'S CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS (CST) was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. CST will use the funding to promote its current portfolio of projects as well as to expand services in the areas of geographical information systems mapping and survey design and analysis. For more information, see Bremer Grant.

PETER WYCKOFF, associate professor of biology, and three of his former students recently published the second academic article including data collected at Niemackl Lake Park in Herman. The purpose of Wyckoff's work at the park is to study the impacts of invasive buckthorn on the native bur oak forest ecosystem. For more information, see Wyckoff.

THE NEXT CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE will take place on Apr. 2, 6 p.m., Common Cup Coffeehouse (501 Atlantic Ave, Morris). Tracey Anderson, associate professor of biology, will lead the discussion titled "Challenges old and new: issues facing prairie pothole lakes in west central Minnesota." For more information, see Café Scientifique.

COMMUNITY COFFEE WILL BE HELD WITH UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESIDENT ERIC KALER Apr. 6, 9 a.m., 122 Welcome Center. All are invited to this informal event, hosted by Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson. President Kaler and his wife, Karen, will be visiting Morris to attend UMM Jazz Fest. For more information, see Community Coffee.


TRANSPLANT INNOVATIONS will cover the history of organ transplantation from its early days until the modern era, as well as the fundamentals of organ donation, immunosuppression, complications, and more. The speaker, Brooks Edwards, will also provide a glimpse into the future of organ replacement. Apr. 22, 10 a.m.–noon, 417 University Square. For more information, see Transplant Innovations.


Administrative information

THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE IN THE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY (SERU) SURVEY launched Mar. 26. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to participate in the national survey, which provides U faculty and staff with comprehensive insights into students' experiences. For more information, see SERU survey.

REUSE PROGRAM has launched a new online exchange available exclusively for U faculty and staff. Along the same lines as Craigslist or Freecycle, the "virtual warehouse" allows users to exchange University property without visiting the ReUse warehouse or moving items to a building's dock for pickup. The new program is open to all faculty and staff. Register at Virtual Warehouse and watch for your password to be emailed to you.

Award and funding opportunities

COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE GRANTS PROGRAM: Pilot grants are available to community–University partnerships to stimulate new research in the area of community and population health, and to generate pilot data to allow new applications for extramural funding. Eligible projects will focus on issues in community and population health that involve both University and community-based researchers. Proposals are due May 24. For more information, download the RFP (PDF) or see collaborative grants.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

GROWING FOOD, GROWING YOUTH: Bud Markhart Urban Youth and Food Day, Mar. 29, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., St. Paul. The event honors the late U professor Bud Markhart's passion for engaging youth in urban agriculture and food. Youth will explore the concept of food systems and St. Paul campus landmarks through engaging sessions hosted by community members and U faculty, followed by a luncheon. For more information, see Bud Markhart Urban Youth and Food Day.

THE ST. ANTHONY FALLS LABORATORY will present its internationally renowned Lorenz G. Straub Award to Edmund Tedford for most meritorious Ph.D. dissertation in hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, and related fields, Mar. 29, 3:30 p.m., 210 Civil Engineering. Professor S. "Bala" Balachandar of the University of Florida will present "On the Propagation, Instability and Turbulence of Advancing Material Fronts." For more information, see Straub Award.

A CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM READING TO BENEFIT HUNGER RELIEF will be hosted by Rea Award-winning short story writer Charles Baxter, Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing. Baxter and professors Maria Damon, Maria Fitzgerald, and Julie Schumacher will read, along with affiliate faculty Patricia Weaver Francisco. Free with a suggested donation of $5 to benefit Second Harvest Heartland. Apr. 2, 7 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, see Hunger Relief Benefit.

CHINA CENTER'S 12th annual Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture: "China, Inc? China, Partners? Or China, Limited? A look at the future of China and the world in its influence," with Ted C. Fishman, best-selling author of China, Inc.. Apr. 3, 4:30–6 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For free tickets and more information, see the China Center.

A PANEL DISCUSSION ON BULLYING AND MENTAL HEALTH in Minnesota public schools will take place Apr. 3, Mayo Memorial Auditorium. MPR reporter Tom Weber will moderate the discussion, which follows the 5:45 p.m. screening of Minnesota Nice?, a documentary by student filmmaker Alec Fischer. The event is part of the National Public Health Week Film Festival. For more information, see bullying.

"MATHEMATICS AND THE MELTING POLAR ICE CAPS" will demonstrate how mathematical models of composite materials and statistical physics are being used to study key sea ice processes and advance how sea ice is represented in climate models. Apr. 3, 7 p.m., 175 Willey Hall. For more information, see math in climate models.

NEXT UP IN THE BELL MUSEUM SUSTAINABILITY FILM SERIES: If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front. The film explores environmentalism and terrorism by lifting the veil on a radical environmental group the FBI calls America's "number one domestic terrorism threat." Apr. 4, 7 p.m. Free with U of M ID. For more information, see Sustainability Film Series.

CENTER FOR BIOETHICS SEMINAR: "Detecting Awareness in the Vegetative State: Ethical Challenges and Scientific Solutions," presented by The Brain and Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario, with Adrian Owen. Apr. 5, 2-690 Moos Tower, 12:15–1:30 p.m. For more information, see bioethics lecture.

GUY STANTON FORD LECTURE: "Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World," with Lisa Randall. Apr. 12, 2–3 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Randall, the first tenured woman in the Princeton physics department and the first tenured female theorist at M.I.T. and Harvard, is currently a professor of physics at Harvard. She is one of the most cited and influential theoretical physicists. For more information, see Ford Lecture.

"ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN HEALTH CARE SERVICES," part of the 3M Seminars on Technology Commercialization series, will feature keynote speaker Kyle Rolfing MBA-'94, cofounder of Definity Health and RedBrick Health. The session is designed for graduate and Ph.D. students seeking to turn technology and science-based ideas into profitable businesses. Includes a panel session and workshop. Apr. 13, 8 a.m.–noon, 103 Hanson Hall. For more information, see 3M Seminars.

TEDxUMN 2013: "Where do we go from here?" will take place Apr. 20, Coffman Union. The event will feature 10 U of M speakers presenting and discussing achievements and discoveries from all corners of the University. Discussions will revolve around how new discoveries and research are influencing society. For tickets and more information, see TEDxUMN 2013.

MORE EVENTS include Kermit Olson Lecture: "What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Our Planet" (Mar. 27); "The Relationship Between Assigned Readings and Writing" (Mar. 28); "The Repeal of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell': The Inside Story" (Mar. 28); FIRST Robotics Regionals (Mar. 29); Maple Sugarhouse Open House (Mar. 30); Agriculture & Food Night: National Public Health Week Film Festival (Apr. 1); Meet Marlene Zuk, author of Paleofantasy (Apr. 2); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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