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Vol. XLI No. 13; April 6, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--State Relations update.
--Features: Sniffing out brain diseases; U of M Moment; This week @Minnesota.
--People: Distinguished McKnight University Professors for 2011; and more.

University News and Events
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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: On Mar. 29, the Minnesota House and Senate passed their respective omnibus higher education bills after lengthy debates. A conference committee, composed of members from the House and Senate, will meet to discuss the differences between the two versions of the bills and agree upon one final bill. For more information, view the amended bills and read a letter from Governor Dayton to Republican leaders at State Relations.


FEATURE: The best route to deliver therapies for brain diseases may be through the nose. Not only can "snorted" drugs and even stem cells reach the brain, they can exert therapeutic effects. U researcher William Frey's method of delivering therapies to the brain via the nose can be effective in persons with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. For more information, read "Sniffing out brain diseases."

U OF M MOMENT: The institution of marriage has evolved significantly over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries, says marriage therapist and family social sciences professor Bill Doherty. He says today’s married couples come together for very different reasons than previous generations. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: This weekly video roundup from the U's News Service includes student spring fashion trends, a robotics competition on campus, and a "Support the U" advocacy effort. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards and appointments

PEOPLE: Distinguished McKnight University Professors for 2011 are Saif Benjaafar, Mark Distefano, Marc Hirschmann, and Deniz Ones; recipients of the 2010 Award for Global Engagement honored; Howard Oransky named director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery; Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo named a 2011 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellow; five Academic Health Center schools made gains in the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report; the Governor of South Dakota named Mar. 25, 2011, as John Fraser Hart Day in celebration of Professor Hart's contributions to geography; Siri Simons has been awarded a 2011 Morris K. and Stuart L. Udall Scholarship; four U students have been named 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

NEW AND REVISED ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT. The new President's Delegations of Authority policy communicates the accountability for employees to act within their scope of delegated and documented authority, and conveys consistent standards for assigning, communicating, recording, and maintaining up-to-date delegations. The revised Use and Lease of Real Estate policy combines two existing real estate policies into one, with separate procedures, and also provides greater accountability and transparency as to how space is leased. These policies are available for a 30-day review at Policy Library. In addition, the revised Hospitality, Alcohol, and Other Special Expenses Allowability Grid, now in effect, brings together three prior documents into one to answer many questions about which conditions or funds are applicable for a type of special expense.

UMORE PARK WILL HOST A COMMUNITY FORUM to help shape sustainability goals for the future community. A brief program will highlight health, community culture, job creation and economic development, transportation, renewable energy, the environment, and other areas. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas about what makes a community sustainable, view ideas contributed to date, and visit with resource people. Apr. 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Rosemount Community Center. Refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, see UMore Park forum.

2011 MINNESOTA CUP LAUNCH: Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to enter the 2011 Minnesota Cup. The statewide contest is designed to seek out, support, celebrate, and promote Minnesota's newest and most innovative business ideas. The competition offers more than $150,000 in prizes across six award divisions. Deadline for submission is May 20. For more information, see Minnesota Cup.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM will host Steve Tobin, creator of the "Steelroots: Touching Earth & Sky" outdoor exhibition, for a public talk. The event is an opportunity to meet the artist and learn about the process and inspiration behind his artistic creations. Apr. 14, 7:30–9 p.m. Cost: $20 arboretum member, $30 nonmember. For registration and more information, see Steelroots.


GRAD FEST 2011 for graduating seniors will be held Apr. 6, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see Grad Fest.

INTERNATIONAL DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY will be the theme of the second "sustainability supper seminar," a series designed to educate the campus and local community. Apr. 7, 5 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see sustainability supper.

THE UMC STUDENT ASSOCIATION IS HOSTING A FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION DAY Apr. 12, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Lunch and other events are planned.


CHALLENGES TO A "FLAT WORLD": Lessons from Global Pockets of Sustainability. Presented by William Powers—freelance writer, speaker, and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. Apr. 6, 7 p.m., 4th floor Library Rotunda. Free and open to the public. For more information, see sustainability.

"THE LAND BETWEEN HITLER AND STALIN," a 2011 Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration event featuring Leonore Baeumler and Deborah Petersen-Perlman discussing the additional dimensions of terror during WWII, will take place Apr. 7, noon, 4th floor, Library Rotunda. Free and open to the public. For more information, see land between.

NCAA FROZEN FOUR TOURNAMENT: UMD Bulldogs will play Notre Dame in the Div I Men's Hockey Championship, Apr. 7, 3 p.m. Several viewing parties will celebrate the game day starting at 2:30 p.m. For viewing party locations, see Frozen Four.


PRESIDENT BRUININKS AND SUSAN HAGSTRUM will attend the 2011 Jazz Fest and be honored at a meet-and-greet Community Coffee event April 9, 9–10 a.m., Welcome Center.

STUDENT JOSEPH HARTMANN will serve as Morris's first National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellow. Hartmann will work with Troy Goodnough, campus sustainability coordinator. The program allows recipients to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future through projects that confront global warming on campus and in the community. For more information, see ecology fellow.

ALUMNUS SCOTT TURNBULL has been named the new head coach of the Cougar men's soccer team. For more information, see men's soccer.

CHILDREN'S THEATRE PRODUCTION PREMIERE: Sophie and the Adventures of Ice Island. The innovative, environmentally friendly production was written by playwright Forrest Musselman in collaboration with Siobhan Bremer, associate professor of theatre and the show’s director. Apr. 15, 7 p.m.; Apr. 16, 1 p.m., Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre. West central Minnesota school children will attend scheduled matinees during the school week. For more information, see children's theatre.


"SOURCES OF BACTERIA THAT CONTAMINATE OUR WATERWAYS AND BEACHES—CAN WE CLEAN UP OUR ENVIRONMENT?" Professor Michael Sadowsky, director of the U's BioTechnology Institute, will discuss where the bacteria that contaminate our waterways and beaches come from and whether that contamination can be prevented in the future. Apr. 4, 7 p.m., 414 University Square. Free. For more information, see clean waterways lecture.


Administrative information

20 BY 20: AN OIT PECHA KUCHA EVENT: The Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Academic Technology Advisory Committee will host a pecha kucha-style event on the topic "Mobiles." Pecha kucha (pronounced "peh-CHAK-cha") presentations are narrated slideshows that are concise, engaging, and entertaining. Apr. 12, 10–11:30 a.m., 402 Walter Library. For more information, see OIT Pecha Kucha.

A RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE AND SERVICE WORKSHOP will provide information on putting together nominations for the honorary degree, Outstanding Achievement Award, Award of Distinction, Alumni Service Award, and naming of buildings, with a panel discussion on the importance of building a culture that supports recognition and demonstrates commitment to excellence and service. Apr. 15, 10–11:30 a.m., President's Room, Coffman Union. For registration and more information, email Vickie Courtney.

BEAUTIFUL U DAY 2011 will feature a used bike sale, a focus on green transportation choices, and the ever-popular "Clean Up Cookies" to encourage University departments to organize a clean-up of their own work areas. In cooperation with local bike stores and the U's ReUse center, hundreds of used bikes priced under $80 will be offered to the U community in a sale on Northrop Plaza. Attendees will be able to get free or reduced bike tune-ups and watch a competition to build the coolest "Frankenstein Bike" from spare parts. A Transportation Expo will highlight the campus community’s sustainable transportation options. Apr. 20. For more information, see Beautiful U 2011.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: The Office of Information Technology offers a number of free technology training courses to U faculty and staff. Upcoming courses include Gmail and Google Calendar Overview; Moodle 1.9: Creating Basic Course websites; File Storage—Learning Bytes; Google Calendar: Effectively Managing your Calendar; and more. For more information, including a complete listing of courses, see Technology Training.

THE EARLY CAREER TEACHING PROGRAM has limited spaces available for 2011–12. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the program is for faculty and instructional staff who are in their first five years of teaching in any environment—classroom, clinic, lab, or studio—and who are responsible for teaching at least one course while enrolled in the program. The opportunity is designed to develop and enhance teaching skills. Participants receive a stipend upon completion of the program. For registration and more information, see early career teaching.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE will present Johann Strauss Jr.’s classic Die Fledermaus with a 1920s Hollywood twist. Two for one tickets are available for U faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees. Apr. 7–10. Minnesota Magazine recently featured the production in its story, "Strauss Goes Hollywood." For more information, see U Opera Theatre.

INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS PUBLIC LECTURE: "Recommender systems for fun and profit." Apr. 13, 7 p.m., 175 Willey Hall. For more information, see IMA public lecture.

UNDERGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM: More than 250 University undergraduates will present the results of their research projects, which span a wide and diverse spectrum of disciplines. Apr. 13, Great Hall, Coffman Union. Presentations are in three sessions: 11:30–1 p.m.; 1:15–2:45 p.m.; and 3–4:30 p.m. Faculty and staff are invited to attend. For more information, see undergraduate research.

"TRANSFORMING NURSING: WHAT'S HAPPENING NATIONALLY AND IN MINNESOTA?" Join the School of Nursing for presentations and discussion with national and state policy leaders. Following the presentation, participants will discuss the impact of the report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," which was released last October and has generated much discussion in nursing organizations across the country and in the health care industry. Apr. 19, 4–6 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, see Transforming Nursing.

THE COLLEGE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES ANNUAL PLANT SALE will include a large selection of blooming annuals, tropical plants, herbs, carnivorous plants, succulents, and orchids. An orchid and succulent expert will be present during the sale. Apr. 20 and 21, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Minnesota Commons Room, St. Paul Student Center. For more information, call Jodi Bjork or Ric Roderick at 612-625-4788.

A DISCUSSION OF NEW TAX LAWS AND A REVIEW OF ESTATE AND GIFT PLANNING BASICS sponsored by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association will be held Apr. 26, 2 p.m., Campus Club. Jane Goodnight, director of trusts and estates from the U of M Foundation, presents. RSVP by Apr. 21 to 651-698-4387 or email Leahy. For more information, see tax planning PDF.

SAVE THE DATE: THE 10TH ANNUAL SUMMER PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE offers 48 courses in nine public health areas and features 23 new offerings. Local, national, and international faculty and leading experts teach in fast-paced, interactive settings with an emphasis on theory to practice with opportunities for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs, and simulations. May 23–June 10. For registration and more information, see Public Health Institute.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE 2011 GOPHER ADVENTURE RACE. This year the event is open to faculty and staff. Participants race in teams of two, traveling by foot and campus transportation to take on physical and mental challenges while deciphering clues. Registration cost: $25 from Apr. 1–May 14. Race takes place Oct. 7. For more information, watch a video from last year or register at Gopher Race.

NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY SPEAKERS' SERIES PRESENTATION: William Toscano, professor and Head of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, will discuss the topic of Endocrine Disruptors and Children's Health. Following the event will be a brief presentation and Q&A session about the National Children's Study Ramsey County location. May 2, 3–4:30 p.m., Wilder Center, St. Paul. For registration and more information, see Children's Study speaker.

THE CAMPUS CLUB WILL AGAIN BE A COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA) drop-off site this summer for the Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI), a CSA farm. Any member of the University community and surrounding neighborhoods may participate. For more information, see WEI CSA.

MORE EVENTS include Dr. Annemarie Steidl, "Good luck will rub off." (Apr. 7); Department of Political Science Public Policy Speaker Series: Professor Joseph Wong (Apr. 8); Freedom by Design Annual Art Auction (Apr. 9); Gracious Acts of Geometry: Stereotomic and Underlying Geometry Analysis of Three 16th-Century Vaults in Oaxaca, Mexico (Apr. 12). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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