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Vol. XLIII No. 17; May 1, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--State Relations Update.
--Features: Reaching more farmers; The forest of the future; Stars of the Big 10; University Imaging Centers.
--People: Professor Sarah Hobbie has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences; and more.

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


STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: The latest update from State Relations includes a summary and comparison of the Minnesota House and Senate higher education omnibus bills. In both versions, the House and the Senate appropriate $42.6 million to fund the U's requested resident undergraduate tuition freeze. Both bills also establish the Minnesota Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) program, as requested by the University. For more information, see State Relations.


FEATURE: Since its inception in 1909, U of M Extension has worked with farmers to find solutions to their biggest challenges. And, since we all eat—our biggest challenges. Today, Extension's research and education programs help feed a growing population while protecting the environment. For more information, read "Reaching more farmers."

FEATURE: How will Northern forests react as our climate changes and temperatures rise? It's a question both practical and of increasing relevance, especially in northern Minnesota. A demonstration project to be launched this summer by the University of Minnesota Duluth and The Nature Conservancy seeks answers to what the forest of the future will look like. For more information, read "The forest of the future."

FEATURE: The Big Ten Network has produced videos starring four U of M researchers. The latest features fisheries expert Peter Sorensen. He is leading the charge to thwart the disruption of lakes and rivers by invasive species of carp. For more information, see "Stars of the Big 10."

FEATURE: Imagine looking at a live animal the same way you use Google Maps. Start with a bird's-eye view and zoom in, past the hair, through the skin, down to an organ. Another zoom and you see the individual cells. Keep going, and you're inside the cell, watching individual organelles at work, in real time. That's the vision for the University Imaging Centers. Its state-of-the-art equipment allows it to work on an extraordinary variety of projects and collaborate with researchers and institutes across the U. For more information, see University Imaging Centers.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Professor Sarah Hobbie has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences; Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May has received a Guggenheim Fellowship; professor Renata Wentzcovitch has been elected a 2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; professor Susan Galatowitsch has won the 2013 R1Edu award for excellence and innovation in online learning; the College of Biological Sciences Student Services Office is the recipient of the 2013 P&A Senate Outstanding Unit Award; winners of the 2012–13 Mobile App Challenge for undergraduates; 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

ONLINE TRAINING THROUGH LYNDA.COM IS NOW AVAILABLE AT NO COST for U faculty, staff, and students systemwide. is a library of online training videos that provides access to more than 1,700 courses for all skill levels in more than 140 specialties. For more information, see the announcement.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR SUMMER EQUITY AND DIVERSITY CERTIFICATE WORKSHOPS. Learn more about the certificate program and register at Equity and Diversity.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY: Comments are welcome on the new administrative policy, Data Classification, which is currently under 30-day review. The policy establishes more refined data security classifications, so that data can be protected by the appropriate level of security controls according to the characteristics of the data, with the most sensitive data receiving the highest security.

THE PRINCETON REVIEW'S 2013 GUIDE TO 322 GREEN COLLEGES includes three U of M campuses—Duluth, Morris, and the Twin Cities. The publication is the only comprehensive guide that focuses solely on colleges that have demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and to sustainability. For more information, see Princeton Review.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE UNIVERSITY SENATE AND FACULTY SENATE will meet May 2, 2:30 p.m., Coffman Theater. Topics include Smoke-Free Twin Cities Campus, 2017–18 Academic Calendars, Pilot Program to Develop Graduate Student Learning Outcomes, and Support for Institutional Training Grant Proposals. For more information, see the full agenda at University Senate.

THE P&A SENATE will meet May 3, 9:30 a.m., 3-125 Mayo. Topics include discussion with VP Pam Wheelock and senior VP and provost Karen Hanson, and Smoke-Free Twin Cities Campus. For more information, see the full agenda at P&A Senate.


JON FOLEY, director of the U of M's Institute on the Environment (IonE), will present "Global Boundaries and Tipping Points of Environmental Indicators" May 1, 12:15–1:15 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see IonE lecture.

P&A STAFF are invited to an open forum with Ann Hagen, chair of the P&A Senate Committee. Hagen will give an update and be available for questions and discussion. May 2, 1–2 p.m., 116 Kiehle. For more information, see P&A open forum.

RACHEL McCOPPIN has been recognized for her teaching with the Horace T. Morse U of M Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. McCoppin has been teaching literature and humanities at UMC since 2003. She was honored, along with six others, at a ceremony Apr. 30. For more information, see teaching award.


KJELL R. KNUDSEN served on the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which recently created new business school accreditation standards. The standards will affect more than 600 of the world's leading business schools. Knudsen is dean of UMD's Labovitz School of Business and Economics, an AACSB-accredited school. For more information, see Knudsen.

UMD'S DANCE TEAM was named 2013 National Dance Association Division 2 Collegiate National Champions. For more information, including video of the team in action, see Dance Team.

UNIVERSITY HONORS SENIORS recently presented their capstone poster projects. Students from all five UMD colleges displayed research on a wide range of topics. For more information, see Honors.


DAKOTA WICOHAN, a nonprofit organization cofounded by Teresa Luckow Peterson '91, recently completed a new documentary. Dakota Iapi Teunhindapi: We Cherish the Dakota Language records Dakota elders sharing life experiences, language use, and community traditions. UMM will host a premiere screening May 1, 6 p.m., 6 Humanities Fine Arts. For more information, see Dakota Language Documentary.

MORE THAN 30 VOLUNTEERS gathered at St. Mary's School in Morris to complete an "Outreach to Teach" project on Apr. 13. Students from the Education Minnesota Student Program and the Studio Art Discipline renovated the school's teacher's lounge and painted a mural in the tunnel connecting the school to Assumption Catholic Church. For more information, see Students Give Back.

THE UMM SPANISH DISCIPLINE has been approved for membership in the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. At UMM's first installation ceremony on Apr. 23, 18 students and faculty were inducted. Professor emeritus Thomas Turner also joined the Order of the Discoverers, one of the highest honors of Sigma Delta Pi. For more information, see Sigma Delta Pi.

NEARLY 350 UMM STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE DEGREES during UMM's 50th Commencement May 11. United States senator Al Franken will give the graduation address, and Holly Gruntner '13, Chisago City, will speak on behalf of graduates. U of M regent Thomas Divine and chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson will give additional remarks. For more information, see 50th Commencement.


THE BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS AND COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY PROGRAM recently welcomed the Brain Sciences Center at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System as a program partner. An interdisciplinary research institute and training center, the Brain Sciences Center focuses on the mechanisms underlying the active, dynamic brain in both health and disease. For more information, see partnership.


Administrative information

WAM SHOP SPRING SALE: May 7–10, U of M faculty, staff, and students receive a 20 percent discount at the Weisman Art Museum shop on gifts for moms, dads, grads, and more. For more information, see spring sale.

HOMECOMING 2013: Registration is now open for Thank U, a homecoming event intended to thank the surrounding campus community by giving back through unique service projects that are designed by community members. Volunteer with a team or as an individual. Register by May 10 and receive a free gift card to a local restaurant. For more information, see Thank U Homecoming 2013.

REUSE PICKUP ROUTES have undergone minor changes, with more focused routes to increase the efficiency of pickup. For updated route information, see ReUse Routes.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

FRIENDS OF U LIBRARIES WILL HOST THEIR ANNUAL DINNER, featuring Louise Erdrich. Erdrich is the author of 14 novels and the winner of the 2012 National Book Award for fiction. May 8, 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Purchase tickets by May 1.

"STUDYING AMERICA ON AMERICA'S FRONT PORCH," a discussion with Peter Shea, director and producer of the Bat of Minerva interview series, will look at Shea's interview with Chandos Brown, a professor at the College of William and Mary. May 6, noon–1:30 p.m., 235 Nolte. For more information, see America's front porch.

PULL OF GRAVITY, a documentary on coming home from prison, examines what happens to the 700,000 people released from prison each year. The screening will be followed by discussion with Joe Soss, Cowles Professor for the Study of Public Service, and assistant sociology professor Josh Page. May 6, 1–3 p.m., Humphrey School. For more information, see prison documentary.

SIP OF SCIENCE, held the second Wednesday of every month, will next feature "Climate Change: Charting Preparation and Societal Response to Weather Extremes" with Craig Edwards, Minnesota Public Radio meteorologist. May 8, 5:30 p.m., Aster Cafe, 125 S.E. Main Street, Minneapolis. For more information, see A Sip of Science.

"UNDERSTANDING INFANT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT" will include presentations from U of M researchers Megan Gunnar, Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and director of the Institute on Child Development; and Ann Masten, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Child Psychology and director of Project Competence, which studies risk and resilience in children and families. May 10, 7:45 a.m.–1 p.m., Central Lutheran Church, 333 South 12th St., Minneapolis. For registration and more information, see brain development.

THE CENTER FOR BIOETHICS Spring Seminar Series will present "Moral Distress Among Physicians: A Challenge to Authenticity and Practice" with John Song on May 10, 12:15–1:30 p.m., 3-125 Mayo. For more information, see bioethics.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for "Influences of National Board Certification on Teachers' Classroom Assessment Practices." May 17, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Continuing Education Conference Center. For registration and more information, see certification.

THE TEACHING AND LEARNING SERIES will present "Negotiating Boundaries: Developing the Next Generation of Engaged Scholars" on May 30, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School and live online. Catherine Solheim, associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science, will give the keynote presentation. For more information, see engaged scholars.

MORE EVENTS include The Attack on Fact: American Politics and the Loss of Accountability (May 1); What is Congress's Role in Overseeing Use of Drones? (May 2); Conflict and Coexistence: Greeks in Seleucid and Arsacid Iran—a presentation by Daniel Potts (May 2); Van Vleck Lecture: A Random Walk to Graphene, with Nobel Prize winner Andre Geim (May 2); Ralph Brown Day Lecture: William J. Cronon (May 3); Engaging Controversies: MOOCs: A Place for Writing? (May 3); Bud Break 5K Run/ Walk (May 5); 22nd Annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture (May 6); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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