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Vol. XLIII No. 14; April 10, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Exploring integrating Fairview.
--State Relations Update.
--Features: Benefits of birch bark; A NOvA experience for students.
--People: Recipients of the Distinguished McKnight University Professorships have been announced; U in the News, featuring U faculty and staff cited in the media; and more.

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THE U OF M IS EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY OF INTEGRATING FAIRVIEW HEALTH SERVICES with the University to create a new statewide academic health system that would benefit Minnesotans and strengthen the U's mission. For more information, see a message from President Kaler.

STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee recently released its omnibus finance bill; the House will release its bill next week. The Senate committee also held a hearing on metrics that the University of Minnesota and MNSCU system would need to meet to receive 5 percent of their state budget allocation. The U's metrics focus on graduation rates, STEM degrees, administrative costs, and invention disclosures. For more information, see State Relations.


FEATURE: Take one of the planet's oldest tree species, grow and harvest it sustainably, remove a waste product from its use in paper production, and what do you get? An environmentally sustainable source of natural chemicals for nutritional supplements, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals—and the basis for a start-up company. For more information, read "Benefits of birch bark."

FEATURE: As one of the 250 University of Minnesota students building the elements of a major international physics experiment, Luke Wolf never dreamed he would be making history, but that's exactly what he's doing. Called NOvA, the $283 million experiment will study neutrinos, ultra-tiny particles that date from the Big Bang and may be the key reason our universe didn't promptly annihilate itself. For more information, read "A NOvA experience for students."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Recipients of the Distinguished McKnight University Professorships have been announced; University of Minnesota chief legal officer Mark Rotenberg has been named VP and general counsel for Johns Hopkins University; professor Christopher Cramer has been awarded the 2013 George W. Taylor Award of Distinguished Service by the College of Science and Engineering; professor emeritus Hy Berman will be featured on Almanac Apr. 12 to discuss the history of the University/Faculty Senate; 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 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. 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.

BEST-SELLING PERSONAL LEADERSHIP, a five-session learning program presented by OHR's Organizational Effectiveness unit, will begin May 3. The series will examine the key components of four recent best-selling leadership books. Each week, a brief overview of a model from one of the books will be presented, followed by discussions of how to apply the concepts. For registration and more information, see Leadership.

Award and funding opportunities

NOMINATIONS FOR THE JOSIE R. JOHNSON Human Rights and Social Justice Award are due by Apr. 15. 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.

NOVEL METHODS PILOT PROGRAM FUNDING is available to provide support for investigators to incorporate novel methods into translational research programs. Open to full-time assistant, associate, and full professors. Applications must be focused on human-relevant translational research with the potential to impact human health and/or disease. Deadlines: Apr. 19 for letter of intent; full proposals due May 24. For more information, see Novel Methods Funding.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U OF M LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM will host its annual Bud Break 5K Run/Walk May 5, including the kid-friendly Daffodil Dash for ages 5 to 12. A registration fee covers arboretum gate admission and includes a specially designed t-shirt. For registration and more information, see Arboretum Bud Break.


KATIE SCHNEIDER '12, Delano, MN, has begun a one-year AmeriCorps VISTA appointment in the Office of Community Engagement, following training in Albuquerque, NM. Schneider will assist with community service and service-learning efforts. For more information, see VISTA.

FIESTA IN THE SPIRIT OF CINCO DE MAYO celebration will take place Apr. 12, 3:30 p.m., various locations. Food, art, and entertainment will strive to adhere to the artistry, materials, and ingredients indigenous to the Mexican people, while paying tribute to the artists of Northwest Minnesota. For more information, see Fiesta.


JOSH BERLO has been named UMD's new athletic director. Berlo comes from the University of Notre Dame, where he was senior athletics director for guest relations and event marketing. He will begin May 1. For more information, see Josh Berlo.

UMD'S CHAMP (Connecting Hopes with Action to Mobilize People) DAY OF SERVICE will begin Apr. 13 with a rally in the Ward Wells Field House from 9 to 10 a.m. Last year the CHAMP Day of Service mobilized 328 volunteers who engaged in 1,048 hours of service in a single day throughout the Duluth community. For more information, see CHAMP.

AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR Sheila Isenberg will present "Mission Impossible: Varian Fry in Marseille" as part of this year's Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration, Apr. 15. Fry, a relatively unknown American journalist, rescued more than 1,500 artists, writers, and philosophers during WWII. For more information, see Holocaust Commemoration.

UMD'S LARGE LAKES OBSERVATORY (LLO) will open its research vessel the Blue Heron to the public in "LLO Science Friday" sessions Apr. 26, May 31, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, and Oct. 25. The public is invited to join scientists and staff to board and tour the vessel and to hear a presentation from an LLO scientist at each event. For more information, see Science Friday.


STUDENTS WILL PRESENT RESEARCH, CREATIVE, AND SCHOLARLY WORK during the 13th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Apr. 20. Spanning the entire campus, the event celebrates the diversity and quality of student work in all disciplines and is a signature event for sharing student scholarship. For more information, see Undergraduate Research.

THIRTEEN GRADUATING STUDIO ART MAJORS will share their work at the 2013 Senior Art Exhibition in the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. An opening reception will be held Apr. 18, 7 p.m., with artist introductions beginning at 7:30 p.m. This exhibit runs through Commencement, May 11. For more information, see Senior Art Exhibition.

JONG-MIN KIM, professor of statistics, has been awarded the UMM Faculty Distinguished Research Award. Established in 2000, the award recognizes sustained research/artistic productivity of a UMM faculty member over the course of a career. Kim is the 14th recipient of the award. For more information, see Jong-Min Kim.

2013 UMM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TEACHING AWARD: Timna Wyckoff, associate professor of biology, and Nic McPhee, professor of computer science, are co-recipients of the 2013 Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award. The award honors individual faculty members for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education by calling attention to educational philosophies, objectives, and methods. For more information, see Wyckoff and McPhee.


BIOINFORMATICS: ILLUMINATING THE POTENTIAL, the first annual Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) Industry Symposium, will take place May 21, Digital Technology Center, Walter Library. The deadline for poster submissions is Apr. 22. The symposium will focus on the use of bioinformatics toward marketplace application. For more information, see BICB Industry Symposium.

FACULTY MEMBERS Robb Dunbar, Molly Dingel, and Xavier Prat-Resina were awarded a grant for Enhancement of Academic Programs Using Digital Technology for their proposal, "Developing a Browser of Student and Course Objects as an Easy-to-Use Learning Analytics Tool to Facilitate Effective and Efficient Course and Curriculum Design." For more information about the grant program, see using digital technology.


Administrative information

PERMANENT DISCOUNTS AT WAM: The Weisman Art Museum gift shop is now offering a permanent 10 percent discount for all U of M faculty, staff, and students. Participants of the Gopher GOLD™ value program can now make purchases with a U Card. For more information, see WAM Shop Discounts.

ARTICLES FROM U LIBRARIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON IPAD. A new tablet application, BrowZine, allows users to browse, read, and monitor some of the library's best journals on an iPad. Items found in BrowZine can be synced with Zotero, Dropbox, and several other services to keep information in one place. Download the free BrowZine app in the App Store; then select University of Minnesota. For more information, see BrowZine.

THE PROJECT AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT COLLABORATORS (PCMC) GROUP and U Services Project Management Office are sponsoring the workshop, Project Benefits Realization—Beginning with the End in Mind, Apr. 22, 2:30–4 p.m., 101 Walter Library. Free and open to all faculty and staff. For registration and more information, see PCMC. RSVP for the event after joining the PCMC Moodle site (enrollment key: pcmc).

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: AWARENESS, PREVENTION, AND RESPONSE, a workshop through the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, will take place Apr. 30, 9 a.m.–noon, McNamara Alumni Center. For registration and more information, see sexual harassment.

Award and funding opportunities

THE MONDALE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is accepting applications. Sparked by the success of Walter F. Mondale's biography, the fellowship provides monetary support for research done on notable public figures in Minnesota. Applications are due Apr. 22. For more information, see Mondale Research Fellowship.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER COLUM MCCANN will give a free talk and reading just two months shy of the publication of his sixth novel, TransAtlantic. The new book combines narrative threads about Frederick Douglass, the first transatlantic flight in 1919, and the 1998 Irish peace talks. Apr. 10, 7:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. For more information, see Colum McCann Talk.

THE NEXT INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY "THURSDAYS AT FOUR" will explore how dancers are helping to inform a mathematical model in mitosis. Called "Bodystorming," dancers move like molecules, following rules and "running" simulations for and with biomedical engineers to explore the instances of mitosis where errors occur and daughter cells have too many or too few chromosomes, a hallmark of cancer. Apr. 11, 4 p.m., 300 Barker Center for Dance. For more information, see Thursdays at Four.

THE URBAN RESEARCH AND OUTREACH-ENGAGEMENT CENTER will hold its annual Summer Resource Fair Apr. 12, 4–7 p.m. The family focused event showcases summertime recreational and educational opportunities for youth of all ages. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Resource Fair.

DESIGN IN 7: 7 STORIES, 7 MINUTES, will feature seven professionals from the fields of architecture, apparel, graphic and interior design, housing, landscape architecture, and retail, sharing thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes curious tales from the trenches. Reception with presenters follows program. Cash bar available. Cost: $20 general, $5 students with ID. Apr. 17, 6:30–8 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. For more information, see Design in 7.

IN PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT PLASTIC: Can we create the perfect plastic that is made from renewable resources and is environmentally friendly? World-renowned chemist and Cornell University professor Geoffrey Coates examines this question and presents his current research on the synthesis of sustainable polymers at the Bayer Lecture in Sustainability. Apr. 18, 7 p.m., 100 Smith Hall. Registration is required. For registration and more information see perfect plastic.

THE CARL J. MARTINSON LECTURESHIP IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE will feature Michelle Williams, Harvard School of Public Health, in "GDM in Translation: Moving from Risk Factors to the Prevention and Management of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus." Apr. 19, 10–11:30 a.m. Coffman Union Theater. For more information, see Preventive Medicine.

COMPETITIVENESS OF U.S. MANUFACTURING, hosted by the U's Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute, will feature a roundtable discussion with Chad Syverson, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago; and Thomas Holmes, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota. Apr. 22, 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Free, but registration is requested. For more information, see manufacturing.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment (Apr. 10); A World Cafe Discussion on Masculinity, Men's Issues, and Gender Equity (Apr. 11); Engaging Controversies: Students' Right to Critical Literacy (Apr. 12); Are We Intrinsically Violent? (Apr. 13); Mountain Biking Day Trip in Lebanon Hills (Apr. 14); Cafe Scientifique: Exploring Agroecology at 10 mph (Apr. 16); Teach-in on Protest and Environmental Music (Apr. 17); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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