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Vol. XLII No. 14; April 11, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Features: Preserving a language; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Professor Susan Wolf has received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research; and more.

University News and Events
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FEATURE: A groundbreaking new Ojibwe-English 'talking' dictionary is the result of extensive work by faculty and students of the U's Department of American Indian Studies in collaboration with American Indian tribal elders and other partners, including U Libraries. Called the Ojibwe People's Dictionary, it is an illustrated "talking" dictionary, with photographs old and new and some 60,000 audio clips of Ojibwe words and sentences, spoken by elders from different areas and in different dialects. For more information, read "Preserving a language."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Apr. 2–6. In this episode of the weekly video feature, check out highlights from the National Public Health Film Festival, learn about the U of M Reproductive Medicine Center's BioClock Baby Plan, and see an art exhibit created by U student artists. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Professor Susan Wolf has received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

60K DAY: APRIL 12. U of M students, faculty, and staff will attempt to raise $60,000 in one day to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity home in south Minneapolis. U students and the U chapter of Habitat for Humanity are leading the effort. Beginning at midnight, Apr. 12, donations will be accepted for 24 hours through the online fundraising platform Razoo. Members of the U community will also be able to donate in person at various locations throughout the UMTC campus. For more information, see 60K Day.

THE UPPER MIDWEST HIGHER EDUCATION RECRUITMENT CONSORTIUM (UMWHERC) spring 2012 membership meeting will feature speakers on topics including faculty recruitment; the implications of unconscious or implicit bias on research and evaluation; and information about the Minnesota Network of Latinos in Higher Education. June 22, 8:30 a.m.–noon, Hall of Fame Room, Leonard Center, Macalester College. Free of charge. RSVP by June 15 to For more information, see UMWHERC.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

"CAN WE FEED THE WORLD, AND SUSTAIN THE PLANET?," featuring the U's Jon Foley of the Institute on the Environment, will be the next lecture in the Frontiers In the Environment series. Foley will discuss population growth, rising personal wealth, increasing meat and dairy consumption, and expanding biofuel use, all of which will place unprecedented demands on agriculture and natural resources in the coming years. Apr. 18, noon, R380 IonE seminar room, VoTech Bldg., St. Paul campus, or live via UMConnect. For more information, see Frontiers lecture.


U HISTORIAN ANN PFLAUM will speak at a campus luncheon Apr. 17, 11 a.m., Bede Ballroom. Pflaum will share stories about women throughout the history of the University. For more information, see U history.

THE NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE (NWSA) Alumni Association board of directors will meet Apr. 16, noon, 116 Kiehle. On the agenda are selection of Top Aggies, an award that recognizes outstanding alumni, and planning for the annual NWSA alumni reunion to be held the last weekend in June. For more information, see NWSA board meeting.

TOURS FOR TOTS, a program open to children ages three and up, will showcase the world of agriculture and farm animals. Tours will take children to visit the cow and sheep barn, the horse stable and arena, and the greenhouse. Apr. 11–20. To set up a tour time, call Leah Stroot at 218-281-8101. For more information, see Tours for Tots.


TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD IN 90 MINUTES with award-winning author and Duluth native Marty Essen as he presents his multimedia show by the same name Apr. 18, 7 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Sponsored by the Ben and Jeanne Overman Distinguished Speaker Series, the event is free and open to the public, with free parking after 6:30 p.m. in campus maroon parking lots. For more information, see Around the World.

WHAT IS AMERICA? Continuing UMD's year-long "How Did You Come to be Here?" initiative, this weeklong series of lectures, discussions, and other events will explore collective story through the many social, cultural, and intellectual lenses in the community. The UMD Big Spring Concert will conclude the week's events, most of which are free and open to the public. Apr. 14–21. For more information, see What is America?

THE SECOND ANNUAL CHAMP DAY OF SERVICE will take place Apr. 21 in a variety of locations with an expected 350–400 participants. The CHAMP (Connecting Hopes with Action to Mobilize People) Day of Service began with Chancellor Black's inaugural commitment to strengthen ties with Duluth and surrounding communities. For more information, see CHAMP Day.


THE ANNUAL MORRIS JAZZ FESTIVAL, organized by Dustin Retzlaff, UMM jazz ensembles director, will take place Apr. 12–14. Guest artists Dennis Mackrel and Gary Smulyan will perform with the jazz ensembles at nightly performances and conduct jazz clinics for high school and college students during the day. Vocal jazz group Northern Colorado Voices will add a new element this year. Shows are nightly, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium. For tickets and more information, see Morris Jazz Festival.

COLONEL DONALD OSTERBERG, U.S. Army (retired), will deliver a public talk on the strategically important role paratroopers played in the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II. Osterberg will visit the Morris campus to celebrate ten years of collaborative research between his company, Schneider National, Inc., and UMM professors Stephen Burks and Jon Anderson on the Truckers and Turnover Project, a multi-year study in the field of "behavioral personnel economics." Apr. 19, 7:30 p.m., Science Auditorium. For more information, see D-Day Invasion.


MISS REPRESENTATION, a provocative documentary seen by more than 1-million people throughout the world, will be screened Apr. 13, 6:30 p.m., 417 University Square. The film explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. A moderated discussion will follow the film's showing. For more information, see Miss Representation.

STEVE SMITH joined UMR's Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology Program in March as its new director of business development. Smith will lead efforts to further grow the program's outreach to industry and the community with the aim of facilitating the innovations that support both new breakthroughs and economic growth for the local community and the state. For more information, see the Rochester PostBulletin.


Administrative information

NORTHROP TUNNEL CLOSURE: The Northrop Auditorium renovation construction will require the closure of the Gopher Way tunnels that run through and under the building. Beginning Apr. 16, the tunnel beneath Northrop will close between the Church Street Garage and Nolte/Williamson Hall. The closure and detour will be clearly marked and tunnel users will need to go topside for the coming months. The tunnels will reopen with Northrop in winter 2014.

E-BOOK COLLECTIONS ARE GROWING at the U Libraries with more than 415,000 e-books. E-books can be read and searched on iPads, mobile devices, or laptop/desktop computers. For more information, see e-book or contact a staff librarian.

AT BEAUTIFUL U DAY APRIL 17, University Services VP Kathleen O'Brien will kick off the first-ever ReUse-A-Palooza on Northrop Plaza with her final Beautiful U Day address at 10:30 a.m. Afterwards, attendees will have a chance to participate in a medallion hunt on Northrop Mall a free bike for the winner. Beautiful U Day volunteers are still needed. For more information, see Beautiful U Day.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

INTRODUCTION TO SERVICE DESIGN: A Tool for Creating User-friendly University Services, a workshop featuring U Libraries instructional designer Paul Zenke, will introduce 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.

THE CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE STUDIES will host a symposium examining the moral role of the university in today's society. "The Betrayal of the Humanities: The University During the Third Reich," co-organized by Bernard Levinson and Bruno Chaouat, will explore the mutation of academic ideals under National Socialism, when the German university system promoted Nazi ideology and helped the state eliminate its diverse community. Apr. 16, 9 a.m.–noon, 170 Mondale Hall. For more information, see genocide studies.

THE ANNUAL PLANT SALE of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) will include a large selection of blooming annuals, tropical plants, herbs, carnivorous plants, succulents, and orchids. An orchid and succulent expert, as well as staff from the CBS greenhouses, will be present to answer questions about the care and culture of the plants. Apr. 18–19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., St. Paul Student Center, Minnesota Commons. For more information, call 612-625-4788.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) will conduct a week-long "Stop.Think.Connect." Minnesota Cyber Tour with a stop on the UMTC campus to host three sessions on cyber awareness, cyber careers, and digital critical infrastructure protection as part of its national cybersecurity awareness campaign. The U's Technological Leadership Institute has joined with DHS to help promote a broader discussion about how individuals and communities can protect against growing cyber threats. Apr. 19, Indoor Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium. For more information, see cybersecurity.

THE COST OF GRIDLOCK: MINNESOTA'S CREEPING HEALTH CARE CRISIS will feature Jan Malcolm, CEO of Courage Center, in a discussion moderated by Professor Lawrence Jacobs. Apr. 25, 9–10:30 a.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. For more information, see the Humphrey School events calendar.

"GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY REGULATORY AND POLICY CHALLENGES" will feature Jørgen Schlundt, deputy director of the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. Apr. 25, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., St. Paul Student Center. For more information, see food safety and policy.

THE INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS lecture, "The Curious World of Probabilities," will explain how a "probability perspective" can shed new light on many familiar situations. The lecture features University of Toronto professor Jeffrey Rosenthal, author of Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities. Apr. 25, 7 p.m., 175 Wiley Hall. For more information, see probabilities lecture.

HOW NANOMATERIALS CAN HELP MEET GLOBAL ENERGY NEEDS is the focus of the upcoming Van Vleck lecture series, featuring MIT professor Mildred Dresselhaus, the first woman lecturer in the series. Dresselhaus is the recipient of the National Medal of Science and 28 honorary degrees from universities around the world, and has served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, treasurer of the National Academy of Sciences, president of the American Physical Society, and chair of the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics. Apr. 26, 5 p.m., 150 Tate Lab of Physics and live online. For more information, see Van Vleck.

THE JOHN S. NAJARIAN LECTURE IN TRANSPLANTATION, "Renal Transplantation with a Southern Accent," will be presented by Arnold Diethelm, professor emeritus, Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham. May 1, 8 a.m., Mayo Auditorium.

THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN CHILD WELFARE will present "Beyond Burnout: Secondary Trauma in the Child Welfare Workforce." The conference includes prominent speakers and concludes with a panel presentation. Registration is available only through Apr. 23. Participants may earn 3.5 CEUs for attendance. May 1, 1–4:30 p.m., DQ Room, TCF Bank Stadium and via live webstream. For registration and more information, see child welfare.

MORE EVENTS include "Your Best Talk Ever: How to Become a Science Presentation Superstar" (Apr. 11); How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming (Apr. 12); Networking for Researchers: Experts @ Minnesota (Apr. 13); Sister Spit Spoken Word (Apr. 15); UMN Sculpture Foundry Iron Pour (Apr. 16). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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