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Vol. XLIII No. 13; April 3, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--State Relations Update.
--Public interviews for vice provost for student affairs and dean of students.
--Features: The world behind 'Body Worlds'; Miracle magnetic materials; Business partnerships are a 'win-win'.
--People: Associate professor Shaden M. Tageldin has received the Honorable Mention for the 2013 Harry Levin Prize; and more.

University News and Events
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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: The Minnesota House and Senate majority parties have released their higher education budget targets, which set funding levels for higher education, including the Office of Higher Education, University of Minnesota, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The Senate's budget target proposes a $262 million increase in overall higher education spending for FY14–15, while the House's target is more than $100 million less at $150 million. Both bodies are working on the breakdown of these spending targets as they put together their higher education omnibus bills. For more information, see State Relations.

PUBLIC INTERVIEWS HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED for the position of vice provost for student affairs and dean of students. Four candidates have been invited to the UMTC campus to engage in the interviews. Forums will take place in Kenneth H. Keller Hall and will be broadcast live online. For candidate bios, the forum schedule, and more information, see public forums.


FEATURE: If you've seen the Body Worlds exhibit at the Minnesota Science Museum, you know how well the modern preservation technique called plastination works. Plastination renders organs or slices of organs—notably the brain—less fragile. Anatomy students can just pick them up and examine them closely. The U has one of the country's few plastination labs. For more information, read "The world behind 'Body Worlds.'"

FEATURE: What do disease early detection, rare-earth-free magnets, and massive information storage and processing all have in common? Distinguished McKnight Professor Jian-Ping Wang is experimenting with magnetic materials for all of these innovations, and more. Evident in his varied and monumental research endeavors, Wang's approach to discovery is to pursue the impossible. For more information, read "Miracle magnetic materials."

FEATURE: When it comes to leveraging brainpower, resources, and business savvy, the U and industry have found a perfect union. In the case of these business partnerships, what's good for the University and for corporations is also good for Minnesota. The U has thriving partnerships with many Fortune 100 companies, including several in Minnesota. For more information, see "Business partnerships."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Associate professor Shaden M. Tageldin has received the Honorable Mention for the 2013 Harry Levin Prize; three UMTC undergraduates have been named 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars; two UMTC undergraduates have been selected as Udall Scholars for 2013; 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 UNIVERSITY SENATE CENTENNIAL celebration will conclude with a final event, "The Future of Governance," Apr. 4, 2–3 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall, followed by the University and Faculty Senate meetings. The centennial commemorates the U Senate anniversary with attention to the history that informs its plans for the future. For more information, see Senate centennial and Senate agenda.

THE P&A SENATE will meet Apr. 5, 9:30 a.m., 5-125 Moos Tower. Topics include discussion of the enterprise upgrade and portal projects, and elections. For more information, see the full agenda at P&A Senate.

THE BENEFITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS REQUESTING COMMENTS about your experiences with UPlan pharmacy plans since January 2012. Comment deadline is Apr. 12. Anonymous summaries of comments are used in performance reviews of health plans. Enter comments at BAC 2012–13 UPlan Pharmacy Comments.

THE 2013–14 POLICY FELLOWS PROGRAM AT THE HUMPHREY SCHOOL is accepting applications. The program brings together mid-career Minnesota leaders from government, nonprofit, and business sectors for a nine-month professional development experience. Fellows focus on enhancing leadership skills, understanding their role in public policy, and developing a diverse personal and professional network. Applications are due May 31; program begins in September. For more information, see policy fellows.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA: CHARTING THE NEXT CHAPTER will explore the U's engagement agenda within context of 21st-century higher education. The event will feature a discussion with Provost Karen Hanson, Associate Vice President Andy Furco, and internationally recognized scholar Barbara Holland. Apr. 23, 9–11 a.m., 3M Auditorium, Carlson School. Registration is requested online.


GRAD FEST 2013 is scheduled Apr. 3, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. Graduating seniors will be able to receive important information regarding graduation, commencement, and more. Commencement ceremonies for the class of 2013 are scheduled for May 11.

THE UMC CAMPUS ASSEMBLY spring semester 2013 meeting will be held Apr. 4, 12:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Refreshments will be served. The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting are available online.

CHUNHUI WANG has been appointed assistant director of the U's Confucius Institute satellite office on the UMC campus. The Confucius Institute was created to promote the study of Chinese language and culture throughout Minnesota. Chunhui Wang's office is located in 4A Hill Hall. Contact him via email at or call 218-281-8551.

UMC HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE 2013 PRESIDENT'S HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE HONOR ROLL by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The honor roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. UMC has been on the honor roll every year but one since 2006.


UMD HAS NAMED 2012–13 CHANCELLOR AWARD RECIPIENTS: Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, art and design, is the recipient of the 2012–13 Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award. Recipients of the 2012–13 Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award are Dana Collins, assistant professor, communication sciences and disorders; Jennifer Liang, associate professor, biology; Jeff Maahs, associate professor, sociology/anthropology; Sara Pitterle, instructor, marketing; and Jennifer Webb, associate professor, art and design. For more information, see Chancellor Awards.

RANDEL HANSON, Department of Geology assistant professor and Institute on the Environment (IonE) resident fellow, was highlighted in IonE's Eye on Earth blog. The article profiles Hanson's efforts to institutionalize change around food systems. The 10-acre UMD organic farm he's developed grows produce for UMD dining services. For more information, see Randel Hanson.

THE VISUAL CULTURE LECTURE SERIES will next feature Jenna Akre and Annie Dugan, Apr. 9 6–7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall. Akre, a UMD alumna, is a Minneapolis-based art director and designer. Dugan is curator at the Duluth Art Institute. For more information, see Akre and Dugan.

UMD LIBRARY recently acquired the Muslim Journeys bookshelf collection. A reception in the Library Rotunda will introduce the collection, Apr. 9, 6:30 p.m. In addition, the film Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World will be shown. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Muslim Journeys.


THE THEATRE DISCIPLINE WILL CLOSE ITS 2012–13 SEASON with the vibrant and enchanting children's show The King Stag, adapted by Sylvia Ashby from Carlo Gozzi's traditional Italian fairy tale Il Re Cervo. Directed and designed by visiting artists Kathy Ray and Sara Herman, The King Stag will be performed in the Proscenium Theatre, Apr. 10–18. For more information, see King Stag.

DEAN OF THE HUMPHREY SCHOOL ERIC SCHWARTZ will deliver the 2013 Jooinn Lee Lecture, Apr. 11, 7 p.m., 109 Imholte Hall. The endowed lecture series showcases the political science discipline by bringing to campus distinguished alumni, scholars, and prominent practitioners in politics. For more information, see Lee Lecture.

THE 2013 RURAL ARTS AND CULTURE (RAC) SUMMIT, "Leveraging Arts and Culture to Build Thriving Communities," will be held June 5–6 at UMM. The conference will celebrate the transformative power of arts-based community development in rural towns. The summit is hosted by UMM's Center for Small Towns, in partnership with Springboard for the Arts. For more information, see 2013 Summit.


THE UMR CONNECTS THEME for the month of April is prevention. Events include "Whole Genome Sequence Analysis for Cancer Prevention and Personalized Medicine" (Apr. 9), "Preventing Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking" (Apr. 16), "Diabetes Prevention Presentation and Testing" (Apr. 23), and "How Stress Affects Our Health and What We Can Do About It" (Apr. 30). UMR CONNECTS is a free weekly series connecting the Rochester community and visitors to speakers and panels on a variety of engaging topics. For more information, see UMR CONNECTS.


Administrative information

THE FINANCIAL SYSTEMS USER NETWORK (FSUN) GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING will take place Apr. 4, 8 a.m.–noon, Great Hall, Coffman Union. The meeting will also be broadcast via UMConnect. The event will cover Operational Excellence, the HR upgrade, the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program, and the upcoming procurement tool, U Market. For registration and more information, see FSUN meeting.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

ETHICS AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGY: Yale University scholar and ethicist Wendell Wallach presents "Navigating the Future: Governance and Ethics in the Development of Emerging Technologies." Wallach co-authored Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong and is working on a book about societal, ethical, and policy challenges posed by emerging technology. Apr. 4, 2–3 p.m., 170 Humphrey School. RSVP to For more information, see ethics and tech.

A SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH DAY will take place Apr. 5, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Coffman Union. Seventy-nine students will present posters at this year's event. A complimentary light lunch is provided. For more information, see research day.

SUSTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM: Faculty and staff from across the University are invited to stop by the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building in St. Paul Apr. 5, 1:30–5 p.m., for the second annual Sustainability Symposium. View posters, listen to lightning talks, and connect diverse disciplines through the common lens of sustainability. A reception and awards program to recognize participants will follow. For more information see Sustainability Symposium.

2013 DOCTORAL RESEARCH SHOWCASE: Spend time with the U's best and brightest as more than 60 recipients of prestigious doctoral fellowships present their research in a casual and conversational environment at the 2013 Doctoral Research Showcase, Apr. 9, noon–2 p.m., Coffman Union. Guests can interact with fellows and learn how their work benefits students, scholars, and communities across the state, the nation, and the world. For more information, see showcase.

"INCLUDING PEER RESPONSE: IS IT WORTH IT?" Assigned peer response to writing can succeed or bomb. Emi Ito (earth sciences), Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch (writing studies), Jenn Marshall (art history), and Mary Rowan (nursing) will discuss peer response activities that they have used successfully. Apr. 10, noon–1:30 p.m., 12 Nicholson Hall; lunch provided. Facilitator: Pamela Flash. For registration and more information, see peer response.

A SIP OF SCIENCE, held the second Wednesday of every month, features food, beer, and learning in a happy hour setting that puts science in context through storytelling. The next event, "The Silica Sand Mining Boom in the Central Midcontinent: Why the Boom, Why Here, and Why the Controversy?" takes place Apr. 10, 5:30 p.m., Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis. For more information, see A Sip of Science.

MINI BIOETHICS ACADEMY: "Bioethics Challenges in Today's Society" is open for registration. Sessions include "Happiness is a Warm Gun: Bioethics and Gun Policy"; "Can Your Genes Be Patented?"; and "At Home and in the Hospital: Ethics of Eldercare." Attendees may join any of the sessions, which take place Apr. 10, 17, and 24, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Fairview Community Center, Roseville, MN. For more information, see Mini Bioethics Academy.

THE MIXED METHODS INTERDISCIPLINARY GRADUATE GROUP will host a special videoconference presentation by Kathleen Collins from the University of Arkansas on "Sampling in Mixed Research: An Inclusive Approach." Apr. 11, 9:30 a.m., Benston Health Communities Innovation Center, Weaver-Densford Hall. For more information, see Mixed Methods.

THE NEXT ENSIA LIVE will feature architect, social entrepreneur, and humanitarian Peter Williams, accompanied by a performance by visual artist Gregory Euclide and musician S. Carey of Bon Iver. Williams's presentation will offer unique insights into the complex and compelling links between housing design and health as the grand finale speaker in this season's Ensia Live event series. Apr. 11, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. For tickets and more information, see Ensia Live.

A HUGE TEXTILE GARAGE SALE will take place Apr. 13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ReUse Warehouse. Shop hundreds of square feet of fabric, yarn, patterns, beads, buttons, and more. Donations and proceeds will help fund Textile Center programs and services. The ReUse Program Warehouse will also be open to shoppers. For more information, see Textile Garage Sale.

POET ED BOK LEE will speak at the annual Pankake Poetry Series, Apr. 17, 4 p.m., Elmer L. Andersen Library. In 2012, Lee won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and an American Book Award for Whorled. A reception and author signing will follow. Free. RSVP by Apr. 10.

THE ANNUAL U OF M ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CELEBRATION will take place Apr. 19, McNamara Alumni Center. Event highlights include a wine and U of M cheese reception, student art showcase, dinner, and program featuring Peter Sorensen, noted U of M researcher of aquatic invasive species. For tickets and more information, see 2013 Alumni Celebration.

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.

MORE EVENTS include Literacy and Rhetorical Studies Research Series 2: Steampunk, Videogames, and the Writing Hand (Apr. 3); Environmental Health Night: National Public Health Week Film Festival (Apr. 4); What's the Big Idea? First Fridays, April 2013 (Apr. 5); All About Dogs Day (Apr. 6); Stand Up Paddleboarding (Apr. 7); "My Name Is Not Baby!": Taking Action Against Street Harassment (Apr. 8); David Noble Lecture: "Detroit: Then and Now" by Tiya Miles (Apr. 9); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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