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Vol. XLIII No. 16; April 24, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Features: Revolutionary treatment begins; Keeping mental health in mind; Stars of the Big 10; Fine-tuning the social web: John Riedl.
--People: 2013 recipients of the President's Award for Outstanding Service; and more.

University News and Events
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FEATURE: The special powers of umbilical cord blood may save a young boy with AIDS and leukemia. The blood contains potent stem cells that will not only destroy the leukemia but also form a new immune system. The stem cells also carry a genetic variant that confers resistance to HIV. If the transplant is successful, the boy will never need HIV treatment again. For more information, read "Revolutionary treatment begins."

FEATURE: The scene along the south side of the Washington Avenue pedestrian bridge was striking and sobering: black folding chairs lined up as far as the eye could see—1,100 of them. That total corresponds to the number of college students who commit suicide each year, a fact pointed out by the organizers of Mental Health Awareness Day, an annual U event held to raise awareness about mental illness and reduce the stigma attached to talking openly about it. For more information, read "Keeping mental health in mind."

FEATURE: The Big Ten Network has produced videos starring four U of M researchers from the areas of neuroscience, invasive species research, and robotics. The latest video features neuroscientist Karen Ashe, who has genetically engineered mice to model symptoms of Alzheimer's. For more information, see "Stars of the Big 10."

FEATURE: The past 10 years have seen an explosion in social computing. These tools hold immense power in our lives, and according to Distinguished McKnight Professor John Riedl, have the potential to move us toward social good. For more information, read "Fine-tuning the social web."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: 2013 recipients of the President's Award for Outstanding Service; Institute for Advanced Study 2013–14 Research and Creative Collaboratives; Associate Professor Mark Bee has received a Fulbright-Nehru Award; 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 DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA officially launched last week, bringing together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and making them freely available to the world. University of Minnesota Libraries and the Minnesota Digital Library are key partners in the new initiative. For more information, see Digital Public Library of America.

A NEW WIRELESS SERVICE IS NOW AVAILABLE for faculty, researchers, staff, and students on the Twin Cities, Morris, and Rochester campuses. Coverage for Duluth and Crookston is being researched. The service, eduroam (education roaming), is a secure, worldwide roaming wireless network developed for the international research and education community. For more information, see IT@UMN.

U OF M EXTENSION IS LAUNCHING A SMALL TOWN TOURISM PROJECT, seeking communities of fewer than 1,500 people for an innovative program aimed at boosting a community's long-term destination appeal. The Minnesota Sustainable Tourism Assessment for Small Communities project will combine "secret shopper" style visits with proven tourism assessment tools. For more information, see small town tourism.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U'S CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN CHILD WELFARE will present the 14th annual Child Welfare Conference, "The Intersection of Child Welfare and Disability," May 7, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, and online via live webstream. Participants may earn six CEUs for attendance. For registration and more information, see child welfare or email Nora Lee with questions.

U OF M DIGITAL CAMPUS will offer summer courses online, with opportunities to make progress toward a degree or certificate, to engage in professional development, or to pursue lifelong learning. For more information, email or see Digital Campus.


UMC STUDENTS COMPETED IN TEXAS at the annual National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference in early April. The team won sweepstakes in the four-year college division, including a number of first-place finishes. For more information, see UMC NACTA wins.

UMC TEAMBACKERS FUN NITE promises to be the biggest in the event's 18-year history, Apr. 26, Crookston Eagles Club. All proceeds support UMC athletic scholarships. For more information, see Teambackers.

UMC WILL RECOGNIZE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT across a variety of disciplines during the annual student awards ceremony, Apr. 25, 6 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Sponsored by Campus Assembly Awards Committee. For more information, see student awards.

OPEN FORUMS with candidates for the position of director of admissions and enrollment management will be held Apr. 29 and May 3, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom. Each candidate will provide a short presentation and take audience questions.


AMY HIETAPELTO has been chosen as the new dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. She currently serves as dean of the College of Business and Management at Northeastern Illinois University. She will begin her new role at UMD on July 1. For more information, see Amy Hietapelto.

GLENSHEEN IS HONORING MOMS with three opportunities for fine dining on Mother's Day, May 12. Enjoy a tour of the mansion, followed by live music while dining. For more information, see Mother's Day at Glensheen.

AN EXHIBITION OF LANDSCAPES from the Tweed Museum of Art's collection features works by John Constable, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Jean-Francois Millet, and Duluthian David Ericson. The exhibit runs through March 2014. Admission is free. For more information, see Tweed Museum.


UMM HAS AGAIN BEEN PROFILED in The Princeton Review's "Guide to 322 Green Colleges." Schools were selected based on a 2012 survey of more than 800 four-year colleges, which measured commitments to the environment and sustainability. UMM is recognized for its "deep roots in agriculture and land stewardship." For more information, see Princeton Review.

ABBIE THEBAULT-SPIEKER '16, Bemidji, is working with UMM's Center for Small Towns to catalog historical documents for the Barnes-Aastad Soil and Water Conservation Research Association. Board members hired Thebault-Spieker to help catalog and present on the association's history. This is the first formal organization of the lab's early records. For more information, see local nonprofit.

UMM WILL PREMIER A NEW OFFERING IN SUSTAINABILITY this summer. Students in "Sustainability Semester" will make connections between food, renewable energy, history, and culture while networking with peers interested in sustainability and change. Participants may choose from two complementary courses—Culture, Food, and Agriculture; and Experiencing Sustainability—or enroll in both. For more information, see Sustainability Semester.

IN HONOR OF THE RELEASE OF DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS CYRUS BINA'S latest book, A Prelude to the Foundation of Political Economy: Oil, War, and Global Polity, the Economics and Management Disciplines will host a reception May 1, 5 p.m., LaFave House (305 College Avenue). For more information, see Bina.


HEALTH SCIENCE SUMMER YOUTH CAMP: Registration is open for the UMR Health Science 2013 Summer Youth Camp, Disease and Diagnosis. Participants will learn how health professionals prepare to define and treat disease in an ever-changing, high-tech world. For registration and more information, see summer camp.

AT AN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TOWNHALL MEETING on Apr. 12, VP and CIO Scott Studham announced that UMR's Andy Franqueira was one of the first 16 recipients of the newly launched IT@UMN Outstanding Service Award. For more information, see Andy Franqueira.


Administrative information

THE EARLY CAREER PROGRAM through the Center for Teaching and Learning is open for registration. The program is for faculty and instructional staff who are in their first five years of teaching and who are responsible for teaching at least one course while enrolled in the program. A stipend is offered for successful completion of the course. For more information, see Early Career Program.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

GOPHER YOGA & WELLNESS will include a morning of wellness featuring a presentation, "10 Reasons to be Active That Have Nothing to do with Calories," followed by a hip-hop yoga class and a healthy breakfast with vendors and prizes. Free. Apr. 25, 8:30 a.m., Coffman Union. For more information, see Yoga & Wellness.

PROTEST MUSIC PANEL DISCUSSION will focus on the impact of music on social movements throughout history. Panelists Scott Lipscomb, Scott Currie, and Sumanth Gopinath will participate in a discussion moderated by Tim Maloney. Apr. 25, 4–5:30 p.m., 280 Ferguson Hall. For more information, see protest music discussion.

THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY will host "Experiments in How Humanities Students Can Open National Dialogue on Our Most Contested Issues," a lecture by Liz Sevcenko about a new national collaboration to build public memory and civic engagement. Apr. 25, 4 p.m., 125 Nolte. The event also satisfies the awareness/discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research continuing education requirement. For more information, see humanities.

"THE FUTURE OF BIODIVERSITY" will be discussed as part of a special presentation of the Frontiers in the Environment lecture series on Apr. 29, noon–1 p.m., R380 Learning and Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul. All conversations are webcast online. Guests will speak on the controversial issues that will ultimately determine the fate of biodiversity on Earth. For more information, see Frontiers.

THE U OF M COMMUNICATORS FORUM hosts ongoing programs for members and nonmembers (for a small fee) designed to enhance creative and communications skills. Upcoming programs include InDesign Training with Jeanne Schacht, Apr. 29, 10–11 a.m., 33 Rapson Hall; and Creative Work Break: The Balance Beam, with Maggie Tomas, May 16, noon–1 p.m., 111 Hanson Hall. For more information, see Communicators Forum.

THIS YEAR'S NATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL RESEARCH AGENDA SYMPOSIUM will focus on gun violence prevention. David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, will present the keynote, "Gun Violence Prevention, with Implications for Occupational Health and Safety." May 2, 2–5 p.m., Mayo Auditorium. For more information, see symposium.

NOBEL LAUREATE IN PHYSICS Andre Geim will share the story about his discovery of the "wonder material" graphene in a lecture, "A Random Walk to Graphene." Graphene is a one-atom-thick material made of carbon that has unique properties as a conductor of electricity and is 100 times stronger than steel. The lecture is part of the annual Van Vleck Lecture Series. May 2, 7:30 p.m., 150 Tate Lab of Physics. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Nobel Laureate.

THE RAPTOR CENTER'S SPRING RAPTOR RELEASE will feature the release of rehabilitated raptors back into the wild. May 4, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington, MN. The free, all-ages event will have family-friendly activities including nature and craft projects throughout the day. For more information see Spring Raptor Release.

2013 GOPHER ADVENTURE RACE early-bird registration is now open. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni race in teams of two, traveling by foot and campus transportation to take on physical and mental challenges while deciphering clues. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each category. The race is Oct. 4. For registration and more information, see Gopher Adventure Race.

MORE EVENTS include "John Berryman: Scholarship and Poetry" (Apr. 25); Diversity Through The Disciplines (Apr. 26); Bell Social (Apr. 27); Looking Ahead: What May Surprise Minnesotans After Health Reform (Apr. 29); How America's Public Safety System Hurts Our Democracy (Apr. 30); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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