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Vol. XLIII No. 19; May 15, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

For additional news and information, see the Faculty and Staff views of the U homepage.

Brief publication calendar: The last regular issue of Brief for the academic term will be May 22, after which Brief moves to an approximately every-other-week schedule. Summer publication dates will be June 5 and 19, July 10 and 24, and Aug. 7 and 21. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 11.

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meeting summary.
--State Relations Update.
--Features: History Day: changing futures; Electrifying potential; Adapting to extreme weather; Ecologist nets top honor.
--People: The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science will honor three individuals, including Robert McMaster, at its upcoming symposium; and more.

University News and Events
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THE BOARD OF REGENTS has approved an agreement to enhance the working relationship among the University of Minnesota, Fairview Health Services, and University of Minnesota Physicians. The "integrated structure" arrangement will allow the organizations to better coordinate and align management, governance, and operation of services. Regents also approved agreements with the Minnesota Vikings that allow the Vikings to use TCF Bank Stadium for the 2014 and 2015 NFL seasons.

STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: On May 12, Governor Dayton and DFL legislative leaders announced their budget targets agreement, which included a $250 million increase in overall higher education spending. On May 8, the Senate Finance Committee heard a bill that would appropriate money to fund a partnership between the U and Mayo Clinic that aims to prevent, treat, and cure diabetes. For more information, see State Relations.


FEATURE: Every year, the past comes alive for 6–12th graders throughout Minnesota schools during State History Day, a remarkable partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society, the University of Minnesota, and others. For many of those young minds, and for their U of M undergraduate mentors, the program is life changing. For more information, read "History Day: changing futures."

FEATURE: Using primitive electricity, some bacteria can change the electrical state of metals—notably iron, but also uranium, manganese, and arsenic. That makes them gold to University of Minnesota researchers Daniel Bond and Jeffrey Gralnick. For more information, read "Electrifying potential."

FEATURE: Last year's heat and drought and this year's late spring have added extra stress to lawns. According to Sam Bauer, turfgrass expert with University of Minnesota Extension, many people saw their grass wither and even die heading into the winter, especially if they didn't provide extra irrigation in the fall. So what to do? For more information, see "Adapting to extreme weather."

FEATURE: A U faculty member since 1998, professor Sarah Hobbie has shone a light on the hidden world of grassland, forest soils, and leaf litter, where microbes decompose organic matter. On Apr. 30, her work on carbon cycling won her election to the National Academy of Sciences, an honor most American scientists rank second to the Nobel Prize. For more information, read "Ecologist nets top honor."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science will honor three individuals, including Robert McMaster, at its upcoming annual symposium; Karen Williams, associate librarian for research and learning, has been elected VP/president-elect for the Association of College and Research Libraries; Shashi Shekhar has been appointed to the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board Committee on Geotargeted Disaster Alerts and Warnings; the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration was chosen as a recipient of the Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award; recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals have been named; 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 ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS UPGRADE PROGRAM (ESUP) PORTAL TEAM is gathering feedback regarding ideas collected so far for the needs of the new U-wide portal planned for late 2014. Input will help prioritize opportunities and initiate design work. Take the 10–15 minute survey by May 20.

QUALTRICS, A NEW SURVEY TOOL, is now available systemwide to University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students. The tool is more robust and user-friendly than UMSurvey, which will be decommissioned Aug. 2. For more information, see Qualtrics.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE PROVOST'S SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT is open for registration. The event benefits U students by raising funds to endow student scholarships. The $105 entry fee includes a golf shirt, greens fee, cart, practice range balls, putting contest entry, and food at the post-event barbeque. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place teams and various events throughout the day. Registration deadline is May 31. Event is June 7, 8:30 a.m., U of M golf course. For more information, see golf.

TEACHING WITH WRITING: FIVE-DAY SEMINAR FOR FACULTY is an opportunity for busy faculty members to focus on the role writing plays in their diverse courses. Each half-day session involves lively, practical, interdisciplinary discussions, as well as hands-on activities using sample writing assignments and student-written drafts. Aug. 19–23, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., location TBA. For registration and more information, see Teaching with Writing.


A RECEPTION FOR RETIRING/TRANSITIONING employees will be held May 15, 3–4 p.m., Bede Ballroom. The reception will be an opportunity to say goodbye and provide well wishes to 2013 retirees Tom Baldwin, Vicki Svedarsky, and Mike Vivion; and also to Jack Geller and Adel Ali, who are moving on to other stages in their careers. For more information, see reception.

THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURAL PROGRAMS is offering free training for the U of M Basic Equity and Diversity Certificate, sessions 1–3. May 16–17, Bede Ballroom. For more information, see Equity and Diversity Certificate.

THE CENTER FOR RURAL ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES (CRES) will hold its inaugural Entrepreneur and Small Business Exchange May 21, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom. The event is designed to provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to learn from each other and address issues they face. For registration and more information, email Rachel Lundbohm or see CRES Exchange.


UMD WILL EXPAND TO TWO UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES THIS YEAR. President Eric Kaler will deliver the commencement address at both ceremonies. In addition, Kevin K. Washburn, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior, will deliver the address at the graduate school ceremony. For more information, see Commencement.

THE 25TH ANNUAL NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS (NEMBA) will be held May 23, Kirby Ballroom. Awards are given in six categories: fiction, poetry, memoir/creative nonfiction, general nonfiction, children's literature, and art/photography. This year's speaker will be author, playwright, and storyteller Kevin Kling. For more information, see NEMBA.

DURING THE CHAMP DAY OF SERVICE, students, faculty, staff, and alumni contributed 360 service hours to 13 service projects throughout the Duluth community. CHAMP (Connecting Hopes with Action to Mobilize People) Day of Service was held May 4. For more information, see CHAMP.


SETH ELSEN '13, Shelton, WA, has completed a variety of projects as a student employee with the Center for Small Towns, from analyzing energy usage for the local Regional Fitness Center and the Upper Sioux Community, to improving the local public access channel. As he prepares to graduate, Elsen looks back on his work. For more information, see Seth Elsen.

SAMANTHA BRUNO '13, Foley, MN, has spent most of her undergraduate career as a student employee with the Center for Small Towns. A graduating studio art major, Bruno enjoyed bringing her artistic skill and expertise to the projects she undertook. For more information, see Samantha Bruno.

THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT presented a series of awards to faculty, staff, students, and partners who have promoted exemplary partnerships with the broader community. Recipients included Citlali Ibañez de Obregón of Lazos; associate professor of studio art Michael Eble; executive office and administrative specialist Bonnie Tipcke; and George/Anne Meyers-Welsch '13, Menomonie, WI. For more information, see Community Engagement Awards.


THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY for the first U of M Rochester graduating class will take place May 18, 11 a.m., Auditorium, Mayo Civic Center. All are welcome to attend. For more information, see UMR commencement.

UMR HAS NAMED ITS MASCOT: "Rockie Raptor" was chosen by the UMR campus and community, who heard the announcement during finals week.


Administrative information

U MARKET SUPPLIER SHOWCASES will be held May 15, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Commons Hotel (East Bank); and May 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., St. Paul Student Union. U Market is the U's new supply purchasing website, which will launch later this summer. Showcases will feature a majority of U Market suppliers and manufacturers. U Market demos and additional information will be available as well. For more information, see U Market.

A LATER THAN USUAL TRANSITION FROM HEATING TO COOLING systems (due to the extended winter) has begun in UMTC campus buildings. Despite Facilities Management's best efforts to minimize exposure, some spaces may experience uncomfortable temperatures between now and the end of May, when the transition should be complete. Each campus district has a transition schedule available online.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC will present composer and U of M professor James Dillon's Book of Elements, a five-volume piano solo, performed by pianist Noriko Kawai. May 15, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Free and open to the public. For more information, see piano solo performance.

POET MARILYN NELSON will speak at the 2013 Naomi Chase Lecture in Children's Literature, May 20, 5 p.m., Andersen Library. Her lecture, "Girl in the Attic: Working with Imagination and the Past," will explore her life as a poet and the creation of many of her notable works. Free. For more information, see Marilyn Nelson.

THE ANNUAL SEE CHANGE CONFERENCE will take place at the University of Minnesota May 21–22, Coffman Union. See Change is a conference intended for creatives to refresh their talents with innovative ideas and imagery, and features inspiration and remarkable work in visual communications, with a day of national and local speakers. For registration and more information, see See Change.

THE 24th ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE will feature Minnesota experts discussing the link between transportation and public health and its implications for transportation professionals. Elizabeth Deakin from the University of California, Berkeley, will talk during the conference luncheon about new mobility options such as car sharing and bike sharing, new forms of car pooling, smart transit and paratransit, and smart cars and highways. May 22–23, St. Paul RiverCentre. For registration and more information, see transportation conference.

REGISTER FOR THE U OF M 2013 PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE. The institute offers a unique opportunity to explore multiple interest areas within public health, while networking with other students and public health professionals. Courses run May 28–June 14. For registration and more information, see Public Health Institute.

TEACHING AND LEARNING SERIES will present "Negotiating Boundaries: Developing the Next Generation of Engaged Scholars" 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.

"HOW WILL MEDICAL CARE CHANGE AFTER HEALTH REFORM? Patient Care and Payment Reform" will include panelists Bob Berenson, M.D., senior fellow at the Urban Institute; Lucinda Jesson, Department of Human Services commissioner; and Ken Paulus, president and CEO of Allina Health. May 31, noon–1:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. For registration and more information, see Health Reform.

CARING FOR A PERSON WITH MEMORY LOSS conference will provide information, support, and education for adult children, spouses, parents, health and community care providers, and others concerned with caring for persons with memory loss. June 1, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. For more information, see memory loss conference.

GOPHER ATHLETICS WILL HOST "BREAKFAST WITH CHAMPIONS" June 11, 7:30–9 a.m., TCF Bank Stadium. Speakers will include associate athletics director Tom McGinnis, head women's hockey coach Brad Frost, women's hockey co-captain Bethany Brausen Jr., and former Gopher football great Rickey Foggie. Cost: $25 per person/$150 per table. For tickets, call 612-624-8080 (option 2) or 1-800-U-GOPHER. Space is limited; register by June 7. For more information, see champions.

MORE EVENTS include Creative Work Break (May 16); Interior Design Senior Exhibit 2013 (May 17); Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale (May 18); Café Scientifique—Under the Surface: A Geologist's Take On Sulfide Mining Near the BWCAW (May 21); Our Shared Opportunity: A Vision for Global Prosperity (May 22); 11th Annual Beer Test at the Campus Club (May 23); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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