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Vol. XLII No. 13; April 4, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--State Relations update.
--Features: Taking on the Wicked Problems; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Rosemary White Shield has been appointed a national expert in evaluation by the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies; and more.

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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: On Mar. 28, the Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee released its 2012 bonding bill recommendations. The Senate's bill ($496 million) is larger than the House's proposal, but well below the Governor's level of $760 million. The House and Senate have identical levels of support for the University. In a press release, President Kaler responded to the legislature's low level of support and stressed the critical need to fully fund the University's request. For more information and a comparison of the proposals, see State Relations.


FEATURE: Water pollution, the obesity epidemic, tobacco use, and HIV transmission are members of an exclusive and infamous club—the "wicked" problems of the world, a term coined in 1973 to describe the messy and multilayered challenges that defy traditional problem-solving approaches. The School of Public Health's latest issue of advances magazine profiles four U faculty members who manage to find the enthusiasm and determination to make a difference in spite of the odds. For more information, read "Taking on the Wicked Problems."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Mar. 26–30. This installment of the weekly video feature is all about the student centered "Support the U Rally Day," which took place Mar. 30 at the Minnesota State Capitol. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Rosemary White Shield has been appointed a national expert in evaluation by the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies; UDS catering executive chef Greg Colline and chef manager Stacy Wiroll have earned ProChef II certification from The Culinary Institute of America; three UMTC undergraduates have been named 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

PRESIDENT KALER HAS ESTABLISHED AN OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE, a long-term commitment to working smarter, reducing costs, enhancing services, and increasing revenues throughout the University. It includes a variety of integrated activities with the collective goal of mitigating the impact of state budget reductions and keeping tuition increases low; improving operations and processes, promoting entrepreneurship, intelligent risk-taking, cooperation, and engagement; and freeing up dollars to be reinvested in the core academic enterprise. For more information, see Operational Excellence.

THE UNIVERSITY SENATE AND FACULTY SENATE will meet Apr. 5, 2:30 p.m., 25 Mondale. Topics include undergraduate and graduate education policies and the introduction of Provost Hanson. For more information, see the full agenda at University Senate.

THE P&A SENATE will meet Apr. 6, 9:30 a.m., 5-125 Moos Tower. Topics include the announcement of the Outstanding Unit Award winner, discussion with Provost Hanson, coordinated advocacy communications, and elections. For more information, see the full agenda at P&A Senate.


GRAD FEST 2012 will be held Apr. 4, International Lounge, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Graduating seniors can receive information regarding the process of graduation. For more information, see Grad Fest.

THE ANCIENT TIBETAN BUDDHIST TRADITION of creating and destroying a sand mandala will come to UMC with an opening ceremony Apr. 4, 11 a.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. Wongdue Sangbo Gurung, a Buddhist monk from Nepal, will spend several days creating the mandala leading up to the final dinner in the International Dinner Series on Apr. 11. For more information, see Buddhist Tradition.

THE UMC STUDENTS IN FREE ENTERPRISE (SIFE) TEAM traveled to the 2012 Regional Competition Mar. 22, where they were named Regional Champions for a 13th consecutive time. The team is advised by Sam Walton Fellows, Kenneth Johnson, and Rachel Lundbohm, instructors in the Business Department, and assisted by lecturer Courtney Bergman. For more information, see SIFE Team.

CLIMB Theatre of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., will present A Deeper Look," an original play about accepting differences. Apr. 9, 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Free and open to the public. For more information, see theatre.


THE LABOVITZ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS will welcome a student chapter of the Financial Planning Association on Apr. 4, 2:30 p.m., TD Ameritrade Learning Lab, JNBA offices, Duluth Tech Village. The new group will be the first student chapter in the state. For more information, see Labovitz.

THE 2012 BAEUMLER-KAPLAN HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION events are scheduled Apr. 12–19, and will begin with "European Religious Institutions and the Jewish Question," noon, Kirby Student Center Rafters. For more information and a schedule of events, see Baeumler-Kaplan.


JOE EINERTSON '14, of Brooklyn Park, recently competed in the seventh annual IBM Master the Mainframe Contest. Einertson, a computer science major, was among the first 60 entrants to complete part two of the three-part contest, in which contestants used skills developed in part one to perform more extensive systems programming and application development tasks, with 100 percent accuracy. Einertson earned $100, a certificate from IBM, and an invitation to upload his resume to the IBM Student Opportunity System. For more information, see IBM contest.

THE 2012 JOOINN LEE LECTURE will be delivered by Caroline Hartzell, professor of political science at Gettysburg College and internationally recognized expert on political peace agreements. Hartzell's research has focused primarily on the impact that power-sharing agreements have had on the duration of peace after civil wars and other conflicts. Apr. 16, 7:30 p.m., 109 Imholte Hall. For more information, see Jooinn Lee Lecture.


UMR WRITING INSTRUCTOR YUKO TANIGUCHI was recognized as this week's KAAL TV Excellent Educator. Professor Taniguchi came to the United States from Japan when she was just 15 years old. She didn't know a word of English and now, more than 15 years later, she teaches writing at UMR. For more information, see KAAL TV.

UMR STUDENTS ORGANIZED A FLASH MOB at University Square on Mar. 26. More than 30 participants danced to "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" in honor of Whitney Houston. For more information, watch the video.


Administrative information

DEPARTMENTS WISHING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE APRIL 17 BEAUTIFUL U DAY BUILDING CLEANOUT have until Apr. 6 to register. Departments will receive up to two hampers and a supply of cookies delivered to their location. Individuals can also volunteer by Apr. 6 to help out with hamper delivery/retrieval and the ReUse-A-Palooza event. For more information, see Beautiful U Day.

THE OFFICE FOR TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION will offer a free workshop focused on managing intellectual property and conflict of interest for a successful startup company. The Office of the Vice President for Research has designated the event as one that satisfies the awareness/discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement. All U researchers are invited to attend, including faculty, graduate students, and post-docs. Apr. 19, 5–7:30 p.m., Campus Club, Coffman Union. RSVP by Apr. 17. For more information, see technology commercialization.

LIBRARY MATERIALS ARE BEING MOVED IN PREPARATION FOR THE FALL OPENING OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES LIBRARY on the St. Paul campus. Created by merging the Forestry and the Entomology, Fisheries, and Wildlife (EFW) Libraries, the new library will be located in the current EFW Library space in Hodson Hall. The current Forestry Library space in Skok Hall will be reconfigured as a student study and group collaboration space. For more information, see Natural Resources Library.

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY is everywhere and brings with it both challenges and opportunities. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is offering two seminars this spring that explore different approaches: "Mobile: Designing Websites for Small Screens" and "Mobile: Designing Apps for Mobile Devices." For registration and more information, see Technology Training.

Awards and funding opportunities

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2012–13 POLICY FELLOWS PROGRAM at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs are due June 1. The program brings together rising leaders from business, government, and nonprofit sectors to hone their leadership skills, build their professional networks, and learn how to tackle the "common good" challenges facing the state and nation. As part of a 35-person cohort, fellows meet monthly between September and June for full-day workshops and seminars; to design and implement group projects on topics of their choosing; and to participate in a three-day study trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, see Humphrey Fellows.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE JURAN FELLOWSHIP AWARD will be accepted through Aug. 6. The Joseph M. Juran Center for Research in Supply Chain, Operations, and Quality at the Carlson School will award the $10,000 fellowship to a doctoral student whose thesis research contributes to the study of process excellence and quality in their chosen field. Any doctoral candidate intending to apply must email the Juran Center by July 9. For more information, see Juran Fellowship.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

"NAVIGATING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: Opportunities and Challenges" with Karen Ignagni will be the fourth forum in the series, Health Care Reform: How to Build on the Minnesota Model. Ignagni's talk will focus on what health insurers are doing to implement the new reform law, including structural changes in the health insurance system and innovations in the insurance markets. A panel discussion will follow. Apr. 5, 8:30–10:30 a.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. For registration and more information, see health care.

"MAPPING AND GEOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS COLLABORATION AND DECISION MAKING" will feature U of M alumnus Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Environmental Systems Research Institute. Dangermond is a founder of modern GIS technology, and is a global thought leader in geospatial analysis and design thinking. The event is sponsored IonE and the College of Design. Apr. 10, 4:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. For more information, see Dangermond lecture.

FORMER PRESIDENT OF MEXICO Ernesto Zedillo will present "Globalization: The Promise and The Challenge" with Timothy Kehoe, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and adviser to the Federal Bank of Minneapolis. Zedillo is currently director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. Apr. 10, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Free and open to the public. For registration and more information, see Heller-Hurwicz Institute.

A SIP OF SCIENCE happy hour forum will next feature "Geology and the Terroir of Wine Growing in Minnesota," with glacial geologist and Morris professor James Cotter. Cotter will illustrate how the challenges of wine growing in the Minnesota climate are met with the development of new grape species and innovative growing practices. The event is free. Apr. 11, 5:30 p.m., Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street, St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis. For more information, see A Sip of Science.

MINNPOST ASKS, A NEW DISCUSSION SERIES sponsored by the College of Continuing Education's LearingLife program, will launch with a discussion of "The Marriage Amendment: The Meaning Behind the Messages." Apr. 12, 7 p.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul. Tickets are $25. The bi-monthly series will focus on hot-button issues, addressed by one or two newsmakers, a MinnPost journalist, and a U of M faculty expert. A moderated public Q&A will follow each panel's discussion. For registration and more information, see MinnPost Asks.

"HOW I KILLED PLUTO AND WHY IT HAD IT COMING," a public lecture hosted by the U's Institute for Astrophysics as part of the Kaufmanis Lecture Series, will feature world-famous astronomer Mike Brown and his discovery that led to the demotion of Pluto as a "real" planet and the controversy that followed. Apr. 12, 7:30–8:30 p.m., 150 Tate Lab of Physics. Free and open to the public. For more information, see demoting Pluto.

THE NEXT BELL MUSEUM "BELL SOCIAL" will celebrate the opening of the artist-in-residence installation Freeze Frame: Capturing Nature in Winter with an evening of original art, contemporary science, and local food, with Minneapolis band Brute Heart performing live in the diorama hall. Freeze Frame invited the public to submit images—from the start of winter to its end—that capture their connection to nature during the winter season. More than 1,010 photos were submitted. Apr. 13, 6–9 p.m. For more information, see Bell Social.

FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES ON THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE will feature Lisa Diamond, Beverly Green, and Glenda Russell discussing their research and clinical perspectives on marriage equality and the marriage amendment. All three speakers are nationally renowned researchers, authors, psychologists, and teachers. Apr. 19, 7–9 p.m., 3-100 Mayo Memorial. For more information, see feminist perspectives.

MORE EVENTS include A Virtual Bill of Rights—Does the Constitution Protect Virtual Speech and Conduct? (Apr. 4); The Magdalene Project: The Ecstasy in Music—Performance by Consortium Carissimi and discussion with Kelley Harness (Apr. 5); Engaging Controversies: Remixing Writing (Apr. 6); U.S. Global Engagement in Times of Budgetary Constraint (Apr. 9); Author Eric Dregni discusses his book Vikings in the Attic (Apr. 10). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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