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Vol. XLIV No. 19; May 14, 2014
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Brief publication calendar: The last regular issue of Brief for the academic term will be May 21, after which Brief moves to an approximately every-other-week schedule. Summer publication dates will be June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, and Aug. 6 and 20. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 10.

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents May meeting highlights.
--Features: Gardening tips and how to's.
--People: Assistant Professor Rafael Fernandes has been selected by the DOE to receive funding for research as part of DOE's Early Career Research Program; and more.

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


BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING HIGHLIGHTS: At its May meeting, Regents reviewed President Kaler's proposed FY15 $3.6 billion budget, which freezes tuition, proposes $20 million administrative savings, and invests in key academic priorities, in part by redirecting administrative costs to core mission activities of teaching, research, and engagement. Additionally, Regents reviewed the U's proposed FY15 capital improvement budget. The board also heard an update on transfer student initiatives and initiatives to support the U's leadership in health sciences research.


FEATURE: From selecting a site to common mistakes, here are five bits of garden greenery wisdom from Master Gardener and U of M LearningLife instructor Julie Weisenhorn. For more information, read "From Mad Men to Green Thumb."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Assistant Professor Rafael Fernandes has been selected by the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science to receive funding for research as part of DOE's Early Career Research Program; 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

LEARN ABOUT HOW ESUP WILL AFFECT YOU at a Student Systems Town Hall meeting May 15. The meeting will focus on the changes associated with admissions, financial aid, student finance, student records (e.g., registration, grading, academic standing), and other topics related to the student systems component of the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program. Locations to attend are available on each campus.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE 2014 MINNESOTA DIABETES RESEARCH MEETING, cosponsored by the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, will take place May 17, 8:30 a.m., 4-105 Chucker Lecture Hall, Mayo Clinic. Presenters include U of M and Mayo Clinic researchers. For more information, email Brenda Micheel or call 507-284-3289.


THE LATEST EDITION OF UMC alumni e-news is now available. The newsletter is intended to provide information while continuing relationships with alumni of the UMC and the Northwest School of Agriculture.

OVER THE SUMMER UMC WILL SERVE AS A HOST SITE for a number of camps and conferences sponsored by University units and other organizations. For more information about the events, see UMC Summer Camps and Conferences.


UMD's NEW MOBILE APP is available free for both iOS and Android. The app puts users in touch with everything on the UMD website, no matter where they are. Features include Bulldog athletics information, social media links, KUMD radio, and a virtual campus tour. Users can even listen to the UMD fight song.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES for undergraduate and graduate students will be held May 17, AMSOIL Arena, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Timothy Holst, associate vice chancellor for graduate education and research, will speak at both ceremonies. Holst earned a baccalaureate degree in geology in 1973, and a Ph.D. in 1977, both at the UMTC campus. Holst is retiring after 35 years at UMD.

UMD AND GOODWILL HAVE PARTNERED to encourage students who are moving out of dorms and apartments to donate unwanted clothing, small appliances, kitchen utensils, and other household items. Donations not only help Goodwill's nonprofit mission, but also keep thousands of reusable items out of landfills.


A NEW PROGRAM CREATED BY PEER HEALTH EDUCATORS AND "FOODLUMS" will help students foster balanced diets with limited resources and time. Called "Refridgeraiders," the program will focus on three basic ideas: cooking with few utensils, cooking on a budget, and cooking quickly—all while eating healthy. For more information, see Refridgeraiders Program.

CHIMNEY SWIFTS displaced by the demolition of an abandoned school building will find a new home, thanks to efforts by Assistant Professor of Biology Heather Waye, Associate Professor of Biology Margaret Kuchenreuther, the UMM Biology Club, Facilities Management, and the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Colloquially known as "cigars with wings," chimney swifts get their names by roosting in brick chimneys. The team unveiled its Chimney Swift Tower project late last month.

THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (OCE) has presented its 2014 Community Engagement Awards. The awards recognize students, faculty, staff, and community partners whose involvement in OCE programs has been exemplary. Recipients include community partner Jennifer Amy-Dressler, Assistant Professor Nina Ortiz, and students Laura Hoppe '15 and Hector Garcia '17.


MAPS DETAILING THREE OPTIONS for the planned University of Minnesota Rochester campus near downtown Rochester moved closer to reality this week as the options were shown to the Rochester City Council. UMR officials hope to select a campus layout by June. All three show the campus nestled north of Soldiers Field, with a major corridor down First Avenue Southwest.


Administrative information

REGISTRATION FOR THE EARLY CAREER TEACHING PROGRAM is available on a first come, first served basis. The program is for U of M faculty and instructional staff who are in their first five years of teaching in any environment--classroom, clinic, lab, or studio. It is designed to develop and enhance teaching skills and establish a foundation for a lifetime of creative and engaging teaching.

A "LAST CHANCE" OFF CAMPUS HOUSING FAIR will take place May 22, 3-5 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. The event is the last opportunity for students who are still seeking housing in the fall to meet with area landlords, city services, and University services.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: TAKE PART IN NORTHERN SPARK 2014 AT NORTHROP. As a key destination during the citywide June 14-15 overnight event, Northrop seeks arts participation proposals as well as volunteers to staff the event. Proposals are due May 16. For proposal instructions and more information, see Northern Spark.

WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ETHNIC IDENTITY AND HOW DOES IT DEVELOP? Two leading scholars of ethnic identity will discuss a new NSF-funded interdisciplinary collaborative that examines new conceptualizations of ethnic identity and the contexts through which it develops. May 15, 4 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop. For more information, see Ethnic Identity Development in a Changing World.

THE U LIBRARIES exhibit: "Downton Abbey: Behind the Scenes of Health and Illness" is on display through May 16, Diehl Hall, Wangensteen Library. The exhibit illuminates the medicine of Edwardian England, including themes of nursing, surgery, and combat injuries in WWI, as well as household medicine and maternal and child health.

THE END OF CAR CULTURE? Though America has long been one of the world's prime car cultures, that status might be shifting because of new population and demographic trends. The 25th CTS Annual Transportation Research Conference will feature state and national leaders and experts discussing socio-demographic trends and travel demand. In addition, scientist Joe Casola will talk about resilience planning in response to extreme weather due to climate change. May 21-22, St. Paul RiverCentre. For a full conference schedule, fees, and registration, see transportation conference.

THE MARY J. PAGE COMMUNITY-UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS FUND has been created to support University of Minnesota Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP). The fund commemorates the contributions of Mary Page (1934-2013), a former U of M Regent and a strong voice for Greater Minnesota. Join RSDP and the Page family for a fund kickoff May 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Cargill Building, St. Paul campus.

TOP COAST FESTIVAL HEADLINERS: Tickets are on sale for the MPR News Top Coast Festival, featuring headliners Russell Simmons, Ezekiel Emanuel, Aneesh Chopra, and Paul Tough. Presented with the U of M College of Continuing Education, the two-day festival features interactive headline presentations, symposia, and solution finding with some of the nation's most renowned thought leaders and top public radio personalities. May 31 and June 1. Headliners will present at Northrop. For the complete schedule, see

MORE EVENTS include THE REVEAL: Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Show (May 15); Academic Freedom, the Public Trust, & the Entrepreneurial Univer$ity (May 16); Saturday with a Scientist: Honey Bees and the Flowers they Pollinate (May 17); OED Certificate Workshop 1: Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity (May 19); Café Scientifique: Birds, Evolution and the Tree of Life (May 20); U-Spatial's Cartography 101: Designing Appealing Maps (May 21). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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