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Vol. XLI No. 15; April 20, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--Federal Relations update.
--Features: Keeping monarchs on the move; U of M Moment; This week @Minnesota.
--People: Reuben Harris has received a five-year, $10 million grant to direct an innovative HIV research program; and more.

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

TOP NEWS:

FEDERAL RELATIONS UPDATE: On April 14, Congress passed a long-term continuing resolution that funds the government through Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2011. In general, and especially in light of the drastic cuts proposed in a preliminary bill passed by the House, U priorities fared well in the final bill: Pell Grants maintained their current maximum grant level and large research agencies received nicks rather than large cuts. Congress is already turning its attention to next year’s budget, with the House passing a budget resolution premised on cutting education and research programs back to 2008 levels, and the need to raise the national debt ceiling, which budget spending hawks have vowed to use to extract more cuts. For more information, see Federal Relations.

Features

FEATURE: Like many human retirees, some monarch butterflies have taken up residence in Florida, where they need not migrate to find winter warmth. Cushy as that life may seem, however, the Florida populations would probably enjoy better health if, like their northern cousins, they flew 1,500 miles south into central Mexico for the winter. In a new study, U monarch researcher Karen Oberhauser and three colleagues showed that long migrations tend to rid butterfly populations of parasites. For more information, read "Keeping monarchs on the move."

U OF M MOMENT: U researchers have found that being a parent is directly associated with making unhealthy choices, especially for mothers. U physician Jerica Berge says the study demonstrates the need to support and encourage mothers and fathers on their quest to remain healthy. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: April 11–15. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service includes the revelation of the 2011 Spring Jam headline band, a look at new research on the health habits of young parents, and congratulations to a U dance professor for winning a prestigious Guggenheim award. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards and appointments

PEOPLE: Reuben Harris has received a five-year, $10 million grant to direct an innovative HIV research program; professor Peter Reich named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; associate professor Ananya Chatterjea is one of 180 artists, scientists, and scholars to receive a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship; professor David Anderson, former head of neurology, received the A. B. Baker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Neurologic Education; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

UNIVERSITY-WIDE:

Administrative information

UPDATE ON AHC REVIEW. The executive steering committee for the review of the Academic Health Center (AHC) has posted an online update of its work. The committee and its three subcommittees are exploring a full range of options regarding the mission, value, and role of the AHC at the University; its organizational structure; its administrative services; and its interdisciplinary academic centers. The Mission and Value Subcommittee has developed a survey, open until Apr. 30, to gather input from the U community. For more information and a link to the survey, see AHC Review.

Funding opportunities

INSTITUTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT (IonE) RESIDENT FELLOWS PROGRAM is now accepting applications. IonE resident fellows pursue interdisciplinary research and problem solving, create new educational models, participate in professional and leadership development, and engage with IonE-wide initiatives. Fellows are appointed for three years and receive $25,000 to support their new research, teaching, outreach, or leadership activities. IonE also provides space, staff, and technical support, as well as inā€depth leadership and communications training. Applications are due June 15. For more information, see IonE fellows.

CROOKSTON:

BEAUTIFUL U DAY: At noon, Apr. 20, Youngquist Auditorium, UMTC professor Larry Baker will present "Urban Heat Islands and Global Climate Change." Baker also will be the featured speaker in the evening as part of a "sustainability supper seminar" beginning with a meal at 5 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. His evening presentation, "Urban Ecosystems and Implications for Global Survivability," will follow, beginging at 6 p.m., Youngquist Auditorium. For more information, see Beautiful U Day.

MARK BELANGER AND DANA TRICKEY have joined the staff of the Center for Adult Learning as online student personnel coordinators. Belanger is a 2008 alumnus with degrees in information technology management and business management. Trickey also graduated in 2008, with a degree in communication.

A CEREMONY IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, RECOGNIZED A $100,000 GIFT from the Korea Preparation Center (KPC) and Joong Ang G & S, an affiliated company of the Samsung family, in support of international programs. KPC and Joong Ang G & S have pledged an additional $100,000 gift to UMC in support of international programs for 2012. Peter Phaiah, associate vice chancellor of student affairs, and Sean Shin, director of international and ESL student recruitment, attended the Mar. 28 event, held at Seoul National University of Education.

DULUTH:

"WEALTH AND INEQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES: Contextualizing the Effects of Race, Class, and Gender" will be presented by UMTC professor Rose Brewer, from the Department of African American and African Studies. UMD will inaugurate its new African and African American studies minor with the presentation. Apr. 27, 2 p.m., Library Rotunda. For more information, see inauguration of new minor.

"ODYSSEY SKIES" at the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium teams up with the Theatre Department musical, The Odyssey, adapted by UMD's Tom Isbell. In conjunction with the musical, the Planetarium's "Odyssey Skies" will feature the mythology of The Iliad and The Odyssey as it relates to the stars. Apr. 20, 22, 25–26, 7 p.m.; and Apr. 24, 12:30 p.m. The musical runs Apr. 21–23 and Apr. 27–30, 7:30 p.m.; and Apr. 24, 2 p.m. For more information, see Odyssey Skies.

MORRIS:

NEIL LEROUX, professor of communication, media, and rhetoric, has been honored with the 2011 UMM Faculty Distinguished Research Award. The award recognizes sustained research over the course of a faculty member’s career. Since graduate school, Leroux has researched the rhetoric of Martin Luther (1483–1546). For more information, see Leroux research award.

CYRUS BINA's NEW BOOK, Oil: A Time Machine—Journey Beyond Fanciful Economics and Frightful Politics, a systematic study of oil in its historical stages, has been released. A reception and book signing will be held Apr. 21, 4:30–6 p.m., LaFave House. Bina will speak about his book at 5 p.m. For more information, see Cyrus Bina.

OPENING RECEPTION: "EESOME," the 2011 Senior Art Exhibition, will be celebrated in the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery Apr. 21, 7–9 p.m. The artists will be introduced at 7:30 p.m. The show features sculpture, digital imaging, printmaking, drawing, painting, and mixed media. Pieces exhibited represent the culmination of studies in the Studio Art department. For more information, see art opening.

THE RODNEY A. BRIGGS LIBRARY ASSOCIATES ANNUAL MEETING will feature special guest Richard Terrill, an award-winning author of nonfiction and poetry. Apr. 21, 7:30 p.m. Open to the public. His presentation will follow a brief business meeting and grant awards announcement. For more information, see annual meeting.

ROCHESTER:

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA'S UNIQUE ROLE IN MINNESOTA'S ECONOMY will be addressed at the next UMR Connects event, featuring guest speaker Greg Cuomo, associate dean for Extension and Outreach in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Learn about the U's role in building and sustaining a strong economy, and its impact throughout Minnesota, particularly through its research and outreach centers. For more information, see UMR Connects.

TWIN CITIES:

Administrative information

COPYRIGHT PERMISSION REQUESTS FOR SUMMER 2011 course materials should be submitted to the Copyright Permissions Center as soon as possible. Source information may be dropped off at any Printing Services location, faxed to 612-626-9810, mailed to 102 Printing Services Building, or submitted online. For more information, email Dale Mossestad or call 612-626-9416.

STADIUM VILLAGE LRT STATION AREA PLAN OPEN HOUSES will introduce the staff and consulting team, review the scope of the project, and give the community a chance to share input. Attendees will have the opportunity to view maps and exhibits and speak with the team members about the plan. Representatives from the city of Minneapolis, U of M, and Hennepin County will present ideas on addressing parking concerns along the line and around the U campus, explore options for future development, and provide an overview of the conditions and trends shaping the area. Apr. 27, 3–5 p.m., Rapson Hall; and May 3, 7–9 p.m., Profile Event Center, 2630 University Ave SE. For more information, see LRT Stadium Village station open houses.

Funding opportunities

THE AMERICAN NURSING FOUNDATION has released its list of 2011 Nursing Research grants. Thirty grants are available for both beginning and experienced nursing researchers. Criteria restrictions vary depending on the grant. Funds range from $3,500 to $25,000. Applications are due May 2. For more information, see nursing grants.

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 whopping three reviews, including a CURA housing forum, a Humphrey School discussion on Minnesota's budget, and a wine class at the Campus Club. Previews include the Guy Stanton Ford Lecture, urban farming at the arboretum, and more. For more information, see Preview/Review.

BEAUTIFUL U DAY IS APRIL 20. Free coffee and hot chocolate for those who take in the Sustainable Transportation Expo under the Big Top Tent on Northrop Plaza from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Show up for President Bruininks's address at 2:30 p.m. for a chance to win one of the bikes assembled from used parts by bike shops participating in the "Franken-bike" competition at 2 p.m. For more information, see Beautiful U Day 2011.

A FREE INTERNATIONAL TASTER LUNCHEON sponsored by the Institute of Linguistics will consist of small portions of authentic foods from several countries around the world. Seating is limited, must make reservations, and must be a group of three. Apr. 20, 23, 24, and 27; from 10:45–11:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., and 12:15–1:15 p.m.

A RECEPTION WILL BE HELD for the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center's newly appointed executive director, Heidi Barajas. Senior VP Robert Jones will host the informal event. All members of the University community are invited to attend; appetizers and beverages will be served. Apr. 22, 3:30–5:30 p.m., with a short program at 4:15 p.m.

THE CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE INSTITUTE WILL HOST A SCIENCE CAFÉ with adjunct professor John Schousboe. Schousboe’s collaborative cross-state research is changing the way practitioners treat osteoporosis patients to prevent fractures. Schousboe is the medical director of research at the Park Nicollet Institute. Apr. 29, 7:30 a.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. For more information, see Science Café.

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH AT THE CAMPUS CLUB (May 8) is open to nonmembers this year, especially University faculty, staff, and alumni. Reservations are required at 612-262-7788. For the event, executive chef Beth Jones has created a menu for this traditional family occasion with a focus on organic and local food. Cost: adults, $23.95; children, $13.95. Seating starts at 11 a.m. and continues as late as 1:30 p.m. For more information, see Mother's Day.

MORE EVENTS include Bike Sharing in the Twin Cities (Apr. 20); 'Saving Babies for Two Dimes a Day': The Politics of Hunger and Race in Memphis (Apr. 21); Dog Day at the Arboretum (Apr. 23); Distinguished Teaching Awards Ceremony (Apr. 25). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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