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Vol. XLI No. 12; March 30, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--State Relations update.
--Support the U: Join the Legislative Network.
--Campus Conversations, a monthly Forum.
--Features: A tsunami of giving; How to build a cell; Patricia Frazier, Distinguished McKnight University Professor; A Doctor and a Gentleman; U of M Moment; This week @Minnesota.
--People: Morse-Alumni Award recipients for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education; recipients of the Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award; and more.

University News and Events
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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: Following release of the House omnibus higher education bill on Mar. 17, the Senate released its version of the bill, S.F. 924. The U's overall reduction is 18.9 percent, which represents a $243.3 million reduction over the biennium. President Bruininks issued a statement in response. S.F. 924 also contains provisions for the U of M, including prohibitions on funds for stem cell research. It is expected that both the House and the Senate bills will go to the floor in their respective bodies for a vote during the week of Mar. 28. For more information, see state relations.

SUPPORT THE U: JOIN THE LEGISLATIVE NETWORK. With Congress considering cuts to Pell Grants and research agencies, and the massive cuts being proposed by both the House and Senate of Minnesota, the University needs advocates now more than ever. Your voice, combined with other voices from across the state, has a powerful impact. Consider joining the Legislative Network and advocating the importance of the University to elected officials.

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS, A MONTHLY FORUM to discuss issues of interest to the University community, will put its Mar. 31 focus on addressing the potential impact of deeps cuts proposed for the University by the Minnesota Legislature. In the last two weeks both the Minnesota House and Senate Higher Education Committees have released their budget bills and the potential negative impact on the University is unprecedented. Presenters include Donna Peterson, associate vice president for government and community relations, and Bill Otto, legislative advocacy coordinator. A discussion period will follow. Mar. 31, 9–10:15 a.m., 209 Akerman Hall and remotely via UMConnect. RSVP to Internal Communications. For more information, see Campus Conversations.


FEATURE: Associate professor Masato Yamamoto was a young doctor in Japan when, 16 years ago, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in that country struck with an epicenter just 20 miles from his home in Kobe. It took the lives of more than 6,000 people—with well over half the causalities in his hometown. He went to the epicenter as a volunteer doctor. In the wake of the recent disaster in Japan, Yamamoto has taken small steps to help where he can. For more information, read "A tsunami of giving."

FEATURE: The best way to learn how a car works? Build your own, of course. And though it's far more complex, the same goes for a living cell. By isolating the molecular machinery that allows just one gene to be expressed, researchers Vincent Noireaux and Jonghyeon Shin gained unprecedented insight into how cells work—and how to build one. For more information, read "How to build a cell."

FEATURE: Pediatrician Paul Quie is a healer, peacemaker, mentor, and diplomat—and the U's least-known icon. Quie, the most senior physician on the staff of the Medical School, is also co-director of the International Medical Education and Research program. For more information, read the Alumni Association's profile of Quie, "A Doctor and a Gentleman".

FEATURE: Every year across the nation, hundreds of men and women return home from combat in battle zones around the world. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress. Can an online writing intervention be one way to bring relief to returning veterans? Patricia Frazier, a professor of psychology, aims to find out. She was named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 2010. For more information, read "Patricia Frazier."

U OF M MOMENT: "Base tanning" for Spring Break is not a good idea, says School of Public Health researcher DeAnn Lazovich. Lazovich has some helpful advice for those wishing to avoid sunburn. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Mar. 21–25. This weekly video roundup from the U's News Service includes U student efforts to raise money for Japanese earthquake victims, the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving National Championships, and public safety on campus. Watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards and appointments

PEOPLE: Morse-Alumni Award recipients for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education; recipients of the Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award; Gunda Georg named one of two new editors of Journal of Medicinal Chemistry; Heidi Lasley Barajas has been appointed executive director of the U's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center; Tina Falkner was awarded the Thomas A. Bilger Citation for Service; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

THE UNIVERSITY SENATE AND FACULTY SENATE will meet Mar. 31, 2:30 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. Coordinate campuses and those who cannot attend in person are invited to view the meeting on the web. For more information, see the full agenda at University Senate.

NEW AND REVISED ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT. The revised Class Scheduling for Undergraduate and Graduate Classes policy specifies new collegiate requirements that will facilitate maximum access to class offerings for students and provides for the most efficient use of classrooms. The administrative policy Environmental Health (Food, Water, and Sanitation) outlines the U's expectations for protecting and ensuring environmental and public health. Two education policies, Credit for Nationally Recognized Exams for Undergraduate Students, and Departmental Exams for Proficiency or Credit for Undergraduate Students, cover how these credit opportunities are handled, and who has the authority for awarding credits. All four policies are available for a 30-day review at Policy Library.

U OF M FLOOD RESOURCES: Predictions across the Upper Midwest are calling for floods in all rivers. The Institute on the Environment's River Life Program has put together a website with flood information, diverse perspectives, and opportunities to share stories from across the state and region. University Extension maintains an educational resource website, which provides a wealth of information for Minnesotans as they deal with spring flooding.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

FOURTH ANNUAL DOCTORAL RESEARCH SHOWCASE will feature more than 60 of this year's top doctoral students and candidates talking about their work in more than 40 fields, from engineering to English. The showcase is designed for students to develop their ability to talk about their work to non-specialists, to raise the visibility of doctoral research, to provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs and leaders to talk to the next generation of researchers and thinkers, and to encourage undergraduates to consider graduate education. Free and open to the public. Apr. 5, noon–2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. For more information, including a list of participants, see doctoral research showcase.

SPRING GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ASSEMBLY will engage students and faculty in a conversation about program evaluation: How should a graduate student experience be evaluated? What should program assessment include, and what should be the outcomes? Keynote speakers and facilitators will be Chris Golde and George Walker, experts in program evaluation and national leaders in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate. This interactive assembly will explore ways to create a new process for improving program quality and outcomes that enhance student learning and productivity. All seats for the event are full, but participation via webcast is invited. Apr. 18, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. For more information, see education assembly.

TEACHING AND LEARNING CONFERENCE: The Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the Center for Teaching and Learning will host a one-day conference, Teaching and Learning in a Changed World. The event will feature keynote speaker Stephen Brookfield, University of St. Thomas Distinguished University Professor. Apr. 25, 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. The call for proposals deadline has been extended to Apr. 4. For more information, see teaching and learning.

THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS LAUNCHED THE ROTHENBERGER INSTITUTE, an organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of college students by offering online courses developed by top public health experts. For more information, see Rothenberger Institute.


UMC'S REDESIGNED RECRUITMENT AND MARKETING PIECES HAVE EARNED AWARDS for local communications firm SimmonsFlint. The firm worked with the Office of Admissions and with University Relations staff to design and develop the materials for the campus. For more information, see marketing awards.

A SPRING SEMESTER CAMPUS ASSEMBLY MEETING will be held Mar. 31, 12:30–2 p.m., Bede Ballroom. For more information, see the agenda.

CANTUS WILL PERFORM AT UMC on Mar. 31, 7:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium, as part of Classical MPR's Artists-In-Residence program. A reception follows the concert. For more information, see Cantus.


"THE U.S. AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE: Or, Why Obama Won the Nobel Peace Prize." Presented by Mary Durfee, associate professor of government, Michigan Technological University. Mar. 30, 7 p.m., 4th floor Library Rotunda. For more information, call 218-726-7493.

22nd ANNUAL LATIN AMERICA FIESTA will feature foods from Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, as well as entertainment including a mariachi band, a salsa group, and Aztec dancers. Apr. 2, 5 p.m., Kirby Student Ballroom. Sponsored by the UMD Latino/Chicano Association. For tickets, see Latin America fiesta.


2011 JOOINN LEE LECTURE: "Inside Congress: Legislating in Polarized Times." Brookings Institution senior fellow in governance studies and George Washington University professor of political science Sarah Binder will serve as the 2011 Jooinn Lee Lecturer. Binder specializes in Congress and legislative politics. Free and open to the public. A reception follows. Apr. 14, 7:30 p.m., 109 Imholte Hall. For more information, see Jooinn Lee Lecture.

THE 11th ANNUAL UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM is a celebration of student research, creative, and scholarly work. This year, the event will be held on a Saturday, Apr. 16, to accommodate parents and families. The symposium represents the divisions of education, the humanities, science and mathematics, and social sciences. Schedule: 10:30 a.m. poster sessions; 1:30 p.m. featured presentations; 2 p.m. oral sessions.


Administrative information

I-35W RAMPS IN MINNEAPOLIS WILL CLOSE MAR. 30 AND APR. 4 DUE TO LIGHT RAIL CONSTRUCTION. U of M motorists will encounter delays. The I-35W ramp from eastbound 4th Street S to southbound I-35W will close Mar. 30; it will reopen this summer. The ramp from northbound I-35W to east bank via Washington Avenue will close Apr. 4; it will reopen in winter (Nov./Dec.) 2012. Motorists should follow all posted detours. For more information about the project and to sign up for the weekly email update from the Metropolitan Council, see Central Corridor LRT or the Met Council.

THE MAYO CIRCLE WILL CLOSE TO ALL VEHICLE AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC APRIL 4 THROUGH AUGUST 2011 to accommodate sensitive research equipment moving into the former Mayo garage space below the circle. All shuttle service will move to the Variety Club Research Center. For more information, see Mayo Circle closure.

CALL FOR HOMECOMING ROYALTY NOMINATIONS: Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate undergraduate (with at least 60 credits) and graduate/professional students to be the 2011 Homecoming king and queen. Student nominees should work closely with faculty or staff, possess strong leadership skills, and maintain high academic standards. The application deadline is Apr. 18. To nominate a student, email homecoming.

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 "First Books," an annual reading sponsored by the Creative Writing Program featuring debuting poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers, all with a U connection. Previews include "Learn to save money and the planet," Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction discounts for faculty and staff, as well as robots, killer cookies, muckraking, and more. For more information, see Preview/Review.

THE AURORA CENTER WILL CO-SPONSOR "SHE FEARS YOU," a presentation by Keith Edwards on sexual assault prevention. Edwards will use dialogue, activities, and a multimedia presentation to encourage both men and women to be active in changing a culture that encourages or condones rape. Apr. 4, 7–9 p.m., Sports Pavilion. For more information, see The Aurora Center.

THE MEDICAL SCHOOL'S PROGRAM IN HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH will hold a community open house highlighting the work of local organizations and researchers that share its mission of reducing and eliminating health disparities. March marks the fifth year of the program. Apr. 8, 3–7 p.m., Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Avenue S., Minneapolis. Free and open to the public. RSVP by Apr. 4. For more information, see Health Disparities Research.

FACULTY AND PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR WORKSHOP: "Building Successful Research Teams: Preventing and Managing Conflict" will be presented by Howard Gadlin, NIH ombudsman and nationally recognized leader in higher education ombudsman work. The workshop will focus on strategies for building successful research teams by anticipating and preventing conflict, reducing the standard reactions of paralysis and avoidance, and developing skills for intervening and discussing difficult topics. The event satisfies the awareness/discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research continuing education requirement. Apr. 11, 3–5 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union; and Apr. 12, 9–11 a.m., 145 Veterinary Science. For registration and more information, see workshop.

AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR THE POOR: The Center for Health Equity will host a talk with Devi Shetty, world-renowned cardiac surgeon and founder and chairman of Bangalore’s Narayana Hrudayalaya, one of the largest hospitals in the world. Shetty was the first Indian to perform heart surgery on newborns, and was the first to use a microchip camera to close holes in the heart. Shetty will share his insights on providing affordable healthcare for the poor. Apr. 18, 12:15–1:15 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower. Lunch will be provided. For more information, see health care disparities.

3M SEMINAR ON TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION: Securing Intellectual Property. The third and final 3M seminar of the academic year will be held Apr. 20, 4–6 p.m., 2-206 Carlson School of Management. This two-hour session will provide an overview of intellectual property and suggest procedures for cost-effectively securing IP assets with science and technology related businesses. Attorneys with extensive experience in intellectual property will lead the discussion. RSPV to Holmes Center. For more information, see 3M seminar.

2011 GUY STANTON FORD MEMORIAL LECTURE: "MORALS, MARKETS, AND CIVIC LIFE AFTER THE FINANCIAL CRISIS." Popular American political philosopher and Harvard professor Michael Sandel will address issues such as Do bankers deserve to make hundreds of times what school teachers earn? Is the free market fair? What have we learned from the financial crisis? What is the role of markets in achieving the public good? Apr. 21, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. For more information, see Ford memorial lecture.

Professional development opportunity

THE 2011–12 POLICY FELLOWS PROGRAM AT THE HUMPHREY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS is now accepting applications. The program brings together emerging leaders from business, government, and nonprofit sectors to hone their leadership skills, build their professional networks, and learn how to tackle "common good" challenges facing the state and nation. Fellows meet monthly between September and June for full-day workshops and seminars and participate in a three-day study trip to Washington, D.C. Applications are due June 1. For more information, see Humphrey fellows.

MORE EVENTS include Mark Tredinnick reading (Mar. 31); Engaging Controversies: Writing Class (Apr. 1); 2011 Kerlan Award: Jane Kurtz (Apr. 2); Time Lag Zero: A James Dillon Portrait featuring Ensemble Dal Niente (Apr. 3); Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It (Apr. 4) SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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