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Vol. XLIII No. 15; April 17, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--State Relations Update.
--Features: What a difference a 3-D makes; Food and fuel production on the shores of Lake Superior; Biotechnology Resource Center scales up innovations.
--People: University of Minnesota Alumni Association has named Lisa Lewis president and CEO; U in the News, featuring U faculty and staff cited in the media; and more.

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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: Both the House and Senate higher education committee chairs have released their higher education omnibus bills. The Senate bill provides $79.8 million for funding the U's biennial budget request, while the House version provides $60.6 million. The governor and the House also released capital investment proposals. The governor's includes $71.7 million for the University, while the House version includes $55.7 million. For more information, see State Relations.


FEATURE: When Gauge fell from a rooftop a few months ago, he had two strikes against him: 1) the ground was five stories down; 2) he was a dog, not a cat. Rushed to the U Veterinary Medical Center, Gauge looked like a goner. But Gauge was lucky. The U's was one of only a handful of U.S. veterinary hospitals to have a "64-slice" 3-D CT scanner—a godsend to Gauge's surgeon, Kristina Kiefer. For more information, read "What a difference a 3-D makes."

FEATURE: Creating jobs, producing fuel and food, and improving the environment is the focus of a partnership between the City of Silver Bay, MN, and the University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Sustainable Community Development. The project has created Victus Farm, a facility that houses a self-contained food and energy-generating ecosystem made up of a greenhouse, fish tanks, and algae production areas. For more information, read "Food and fuel production."

FEATURE: Biotechnology probes the properties of the microscopic, sometimes to great reward. But the most exciting discoveries can't impact society unless they hold up at a commercial scale. The U's BioTechnology Institute houses the equipment and expertise needed for companies to put discoveries to the test. For more information, see Biotech.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: University of Minnesota Alumni Association has named Lisa Lewis president and CEO; Stephanie Platteter is the recipient of the 2013 Dorothy Durkin Strategic Innovation Award; Katrina Klett, a UMTC junior, has been selected as a 2013 Truman Scholar; 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

ELEARNING AWARDS GRANTED: Last October, the provost invited undergraduate degree-granting programs to propose transformational enhancement of their curricula and pedagogy using existing or emerging digital technologies. More than 30 applications were received, covering a wide range of projects designed to enhance the undergraduate experience. Nine projects have been selected for multi-year funding. For more information, see eLearning awards.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY: Two administrative policies are currently under 30-day review, with comments welcome online. The revised Institutional Conflict of Interest policy incorporates two new standards of conflict review, covering research in which the University holds a financial interest in the outcome of the research and the research involves more than minimal risk to human subjects; and a review of certain mission-related commercial transactions. The Teaching and Learning: Student Responsibilities policy expands the language around academic integrity, and incorporates language from two policies that will be retired: Appropriate Use of Class Notes and Course Materials, and Use of Personal Electronic Devices in the Classroom.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM AUXILIARY PLANT SALE will begin on National Public Gardens Day, May 10. The sale will continue May 11–12, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and offers a great opportunity to shop for unique plants, hard-to-find varieties, and University of Minnesota introductions. For more information, see National Public Gardens.


THE INAUGURATION OF FRED E. WOOD as the fifth chancellor of the University of Minnesota Crookston is Apr. 18, Kiehle Auditorium. The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at 2 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, and to sign an online guestbook, see Inauguration.

THE DEDICATION OF HERITAGE HALL, UMC's newest residence hall, will take place Apr. 18, 10 a.m., Heritage Hall (west of Centennial Hall). Designed primarily for first-year students and sophomores, Heritage Hall provides a new style of suite living, housing up to 145 students in 35 two-bedroom suites.

STUDENTS IN INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL SCIENCE will host Tours for Tots Apr. 17–26. Children ages 3+ can explore the world of agriculture and farm animals on visits to the beef and sheep barn, horse stable and arena, and the greenhouse. For more information, see Tours for Tots.


JILL PINKNEY PASTRANA has been chosen as the new dean of the College of Education and Human Service Professions. She currently serves as chairperson of the Department of Education Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She will begin her new role at UMD on July 1. For more information, see Jill Pinkney Pastrana.

UMD's EFFORTS TO PROMOTE VOLUNTEERING in the community have been recognized with awards from two prominent organizations: the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Minnesota Campus Compact project. For more information, see Civic Engagement Awards.

VISUAL CULTURE: Independent artist and researcher, Mousumi De, will speak as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series Apr. 23, 6–7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall. De works with visual arts, media, and new media for peace building, social cohesion, and educational projects. For more information, see Mousumi De.


MICHAEL LINDGREN '14, CRYSTAL, AND ZAK THREADGILL '15, RAMSEY, are working together with the Center for Small Towns to create an analysis of Lac qui Parle County's Computer Commuter system. The two students are helping the county's Economic Development Administration assess the system's role in promoting computer and Internet literacy throughout the community. For more information, see Technology Education to Rural Minnesota.

SHERI BREEN, assistant professor of political science, received an all-University Imagine Fund Award for her research on ownership of native seeds, which will inform her forthcoming book, The Ownership of Seeds: A Political Analysis of Seed Sovereignty. For more information, see Sheri Breen.

JIMMIE MANNING, assistant professor of organizational/corporate communication at Northern Illinois University, will be the spring guest speaker for the Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Discipline. Manning will present "Fear of a Digital Planet: Overcoming the Anxieties of a Computer-Mediated World" Apr. 25, 7 p.m., 6 Humanities Fine Arts. For more information, see guest speaker.


THE UMR CONNECTS THEME for the month of April is prevention. Remaining events include "Diabetes Prevention Presentation and Testing" (Apr. 23), and "How Stress Affects Our Health and What We Can Do About It" (Apr. 30). For more information, see UMR CONNECTS.


Administrative information

REPORT POTHOLES now through May 1 to the Parking and Transportation Services Pothole Hotline at 612-626-7578. Specify the exact location. Pothole patching will continue for the next few weeks. For more information, see pothole patching.

TAKE THE COMMUTER CHALLENGE between now and June 30 for a chance to win prizes. Replace your drive-alone trips and take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, walk, or telework. Ends June 30. For more information, see Commuter Challenge.

"TECH STOP:" is a state-of-the-art computer lab, technology support, and collaboration center created by the Office of Information Technology in partnership with University Libraries. For more information, see

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT (BME) is hosting a TEDMEDLive event during the TEDMED 2013 conference. As part of the "What Happens When We Mix Up The Models?" session, BME professor David Odde will present "If truth is beauty, can art be science?" with collaborator Carl Flink, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. Apr. 17, 4:30–6:30 p.m., 230 STSS. For more information, see TEDMEDLive.

FIRST-YEAR PHOTO PROJECT GALLERY RECEPTION: Faculty and staff are invited to the gallery reception for the 2012–13 First-Year Photo Project. Twelve students were chosen to create a photo documentary of their first-year experience on the UMTC campus. The catered reception will be held Apr. 18, 4–6 p.m., Coffman Union Art Gallery. For more information, see First-year Photo Project.

UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE will present Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream Apr. 18–20, 7:30 p.m.; and Apr. 21, 1:30 p.m.; Ted Mann Concert Hall. Tickets: $20 adults; $5 students and children; 2-for-1 tickets for U faculty, staff, alumni, students, and retirees. For tickets and more information, see Opera Theatre or call 612-624-2345.

2013 UNDERGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM: The University of Minnesota has a rich history of encouraging and supporting undergraduate research. Faculty and staff are invited to take time to talk with U of M students who have conducted research as they exhibit their posters at the 2013 Undergraduate Symposium. Apr. 19, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. For more information, see Undergraduate Symposium.

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT SCHOLAR BARBARA HOLLAND will explore the U's engagement agenda with Provost Karen Hanson and Associate Vice President Andy Furco at "Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota: Charting the Next Chapter," Apr. 23, 9–11 a.m., 3M Auditorium, Carlson School. Registration is requested online.

TRAUMA, FAITH, AND HEALING IN THE COMMUNITY: Conversations with South Africa's Tutu Sisters, will take place Apr. 23, Shiloh Temple; and Apr. 24, Coffman Union. Find out how faith, consensus building, and communal reconciliation can heal community spirit in discussions with the daughters of renowned South African social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

WOMEN'S HEALTH RESEARCH THROUGH A HEALTH SERVICES LENS with Beth Collins Sharp will feature a discussion of current issues and future considerations for research and practice, through the lens of a health services approach. Apr. 24, noon, 2-690 Moos Tower. For more information, see Women's Health.

2013 HEALTH DISPARITIES ROUNDTABLE, "Engaging Communities in Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy," Apr. 26, 9 a.m.–noon, Coffman Union Theater. For more information, see health disparities.

THE BELL MUSEUM SOCIAL returns to celebrate science, art, and live music, along with great eats, drinks, and door prizes. This year's Bell Social includes a performance by the Chastity Brown Trio, as well as the debut of new works by Bell artists in residence. Apr. 27, 6 p.m., Bell Museum. Cost: $12 for the public; $10 for members and students. For tickets and more information, see Bell Social.

FRIENDS OF EASTCLIFF BOOK CLUB, hosted by Karen Kaler, will discuss professor Marlene Zuk's new book, Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet and How We Live, on Apr. 29, 7 p.m., Eastcliff, 176 North Mississippi River Blvd, St Paul. Free. RSVP to

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE 2013 PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE. The institute offers a unique opportunity to explore multiple interest areas within public health, while networking with other students and public health professionals. Courses run May 28–June 14. For registration and more information, see Public Health Institute.

SUMMER COURSES through the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) offer opportunities to make progress toward a degree or certificate, to engage in professional development, or to pursue lifelong learning. For more information, email Sara Najm or call 612-626-6341, or see CEHD Summer.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment (Apr. 17); Panel Discussion on Best Practices in the Collection of Life Stories for Scholarly and Creative Work (Apr. 18); A Celebration of Iconoclastic Thinking! The 25th Anniversary of the Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts (Apr. 19); Soil Saturday: How Does Your Garden Grow? (Apr. 20); TEDxUMN 2013: "Where do we go from here?" (Apr. 20); The Vagina Monologues (Apr. 21); Peter Shea discusses "Jazz the Way the Old Guys Played" (Apr. 22); Closing the Achievement Gap in Minnesota: Making a Difference with Leadership (Apr. 24); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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