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Vol. XLI No. 19; May 18, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: The last regular issue of Brief for the academic term is May 18. Summer publication dates will be June 1, 15, and 29; July 13 and 27; Aug. 10 and 24; and Sept. 7. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 14.

Inside This Issue
--State Relations update.
--Board of Regents meeting summary, May 2011.
--Board of Regents public forum planned for June 10.
--Features: Helping parents to ADAPT; Jumping into toy design; This week @Minnesota.
--People: Assistant professor Bic Ngo has been selected as a William T. Grant Scholar; and more.

University News and Events
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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: Conference committees have completed their work and it is expected that the governor and the legislative leadership will now begin serious negotiations in an attempt to find a total state budget compromise. The higher education conference committee reached an agreement that reduces the funding level for the University by $243.6 million for the FY2012–13 biennium. The bill also includes language banning the use of state or federal funding for human cloning or to pay for any expenses incidental to human cloning. The constitution requires that the last day of the session is May 23. If by then the leadership has not arrived at a budget compromise with the governor to reach a balanced budget, the governor must call a special session for the purpose of passing the budget. For more information, see State Relations.

BOARD OF REGENTS MAY MEETING SUMMARY: At the May 13 Board of Regents meeting, the president presented the FY2012 budget overview. The board also recognized and honored a range of University award winners, including 2011 Distinguished McKnight University Professors. For more information, see Board of Regents May meeting summary.

THE BOARD OF REGENTS will host a public forum on the FY2012 University Budget June 10, noon, sixth floor boardroom, McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, see public forum.


FEATURE: U researchers Abigail Gewirtz and Laurel Bidwell are partnering with the Minnesota National Guard and Reserves to develop and test parenting resources for families with children ages 5–12 who have recently gone through the deployment process. Called ADAPT (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools), the project examines the effectiveness of an evidence-based parenting intervention that’s been modified for military families in the National Guard and Reserves. For more information, read "Helping parents to ADAPT."

FEATURE: Everyone is familiar with toys, says Barry Kudrowitz, the instructor of Toy Product Design. What people often don't realize, he says, is that toy design is challenging. The turnaround time is short, it has to pass a lot of safety tests and quality assurance, and it has to be made inexpensively. Toy design is a $22 billion industry in the United States—$80 billion worldwide. For more information, read "Jumping into toy design."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: May 9–14. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service looks at graduation and commencement at the U, the closing of Washington Avenue due to the Central Corridor Light Rail project, and "A Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor speaking at the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries dinner. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards and appointments

PEOPLE: Assistant professor Bic Ngo is one of five exceptional early career researchers recently selected as a William T. Grant Scholar; School of Music professor James Dillon received a top classical music honor in London; School of Nursing dean Connie Delaney was selected as one of 25 Women Industry Leaders in the Twin Cities; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

PEOPLESOFT OUTAGE: MAY 28–29. Beginning May 28 at 2 p.m. PeopleSoft Campus Solutions and PeopleSoft Financials will be unavailable for use. Full functionality will be restored by 4 p.m. on May 29. During this time, access to all of the PeopleSoft core applications, as well the many other applications that depend upon them, will be unavailable. This outage is necessary for an upgrade to PeopleTools version 8.5. Please plan your work accordingly. Updates will be posted throughout the maintenance window on the system status page. For more information see OIT support.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

A RECEPTION TO HONOR VP STEVE CAWLEY for his leadership and service to the University will be held May 23, 3–4:30 p.m., A. I. Johnson Room, McNamara Alumni Center. The reception is open to members of the University community.

THE 22nd ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE will feature Minnesota leaders and national experts discussing pros and cons of the increasing role of the private sector in public transportation projects. The conference is a forum for researchers and practitioners from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest to share their research findings in a variety of transportation-related areas. May 24–25, Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul. For a full conference schedule, fees, and registration, see transportation conference.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR "ONE HEALTH LEADERSHIP IN A GLOBAL SETTING," a School of Public Health roundtable focusing on One Health—the convergence of animal, human, and environmental health—and leadership at a global level. The keynote speaker is Lertrak Srikitjakarn, dean and faculty member of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. June 9, 9 a.m.–noon, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. For more information, see One Health.

THE 2011 NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY COUNCIL's annual conference will focus on the theme, "Food Security: The Intersection of Sustainability, Safety and Defense." The conference will address a wide variety of issues including future threats and risks to food security, sustainability in developing countries, and how biotechnology can protect food and water supplies. Cathie Woteki, undersecretary for research, education, and economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will deliver the conference keynote. June 15–17, Airport Hilton hotel, Bloomington, MN. To register or for more information, see biotech conference.


UMC's "CROOKSTON CREW" PLANTED 4,500 red pine seedlings at the 29th consecutive tree-planting trip for the U.S. Forest Service. Eighteen members of the Natural Resources Club, along with several natural resources faculty and staff, returned to the Little Cutfoot Sioux region of the Chippewa National Forest the weekend of Apr. 30 for the event near Talmoon, MN. For more information, see tree planting.

THE UMC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS will meet May 25, 6:30–8:30 p.m., 116 Kiehle. Agenda items include 2011 homecoming planning. Director of student activities Lisa Samuelson and alumna Beth Jacobson will participate in the discussion.


THE MINNESOTA SENATE AND HOUSE HONORED THE UMD BULLDOGS for their 2010–11 championship titles (hockey and football) in a resolution passed May 9 at the State Capitol. For more information, see Bulldogs.

2011 COMMENCEMENT AT THE DECC AMSOIL ARENA was presided over by Chancellor Lendley Black. UMD conferred 1,950 undergraduate degrees, 225 graduate degrees, and 14 doctoral degrees—13 of which are the first cohort to graduate from the new education doctoral degree offered exclusively on the UMD campus. For more information, see ceremonies.


ROGER ROSE, associate professor of political science, researches public service motivation. He is one of few scholars to separate teaching from other forms of public service like nonprofit or government work. His recent online survey gauged interest in government, nonprofit, and teaching professions. For more information, see Rose.

BRADLEY DEANE AND JENNIFER KOLPACOFF DEANE, associate professor of English and associate professor of history, respectively, are 2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend award recipients. Bradley will research and complete a chapter of Better Men, in which he examines historical and literary instances of cultural cross-dressing in British Popular Literature, 1871–1914. Jennifer will complete archival research in Germany in preparation for drafting a chapter of her book on beguine communities from the 13th through 16th centuries. For more information, see summer stipend.

SARAH BUCHANAN, associate professor of French, will conduct research in Mali for her work on Souleymane Cissé's 1987 Yeelen (Brightness), a highly allegorical and densely coded film. The francophone specialist will examine the cultural intersections between the Bambara and Dogon ethnic groups, particularly through a shared belief in "nyama," the powers of creation and destruction inherent in spoken word. For more information, see film research.


UMR FACULTY MEMBERS Marcia Nichols, Rebecca Bamford, Robert Dunbar, and Xavier Prat-Resina are recipients of a research grant from the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing program to support inquiry into writing in and across the disciplines. They will examine whether there is a correlation between student writing performance in humanities classes and student writing performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects, and if that performance correlates to overall performance in STEM subjects. For more information, see research grant.


Administrative information

AN INFORMATION SESSION ON THE UMTC CAMPUS CLIMATE ACTION PLAN will be held May 25, 6:30 p.m., Van Cleve Park Recreation Center, 901 15th Avenue SE, Minneapolis. The plan proposes strategies to cut the campus's carbon footprint in half by 2020. For more information about the committee and to submit ideas and comments, see UMTC sustainability committee.

FACULTY AND PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR WORKSHOP: "Building Successful Research Teams: Preventing and Managing Conflict" will be presented by Howard Gadlin, NIH ombudsman and nationally recognized leader in higher education ombudsman work, and Michelle Bennett, deputy scientific director for the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at NIH. June 1, 3–5 p.m., 114 Science Teaching and Student Services, or June 2, 9–11 a.m., 145 Veterinary Science. For registration and more information, see workshop.

Funding opportunities

DOCTORAL STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THE 2011 JURAN FELLOWSHIP AWARD through the Carlson School of Management. The $10,000 fellowship will be awarded to a doctoral student whose thesis research contributes to the study of process excellence and quality in their field. Research should meet the highest standards of scholarship and focus on important problems that impact society. Full applications are due July 15, but candidates should email a statement of intent to the Juran Center by June 17. For more information, see Juran Fellowship.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

CURA HOUSING FORUM: Toward Culturally Sensitive Housing. Minnesota's cultural landscape has changed drastically in the last few decades. Understanding and responding to cultural differences through housing that supports various ways of living can facilitate healthy lifestyles and improve the health and well-being of Minnesota's diverse communities. Associate professor Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, will shed light on the opportunities and challenges involved in pursuing culturally sensitive housing in both policy and practice. May 20, noon–1:30 p.m., L-110, Honeywell Auditorium, Carlson School of Management. For more information, see CURA Housing Forum.

"INTEGRATIVE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP: Leading Across Boundaries for the Common Good" will focus on how leaders can bring together diverse groups of people to tackle shared problems and achieve the common good. U associate professor Barbara Crosby will offer insights from her research on integrative leadership—the work of leading across boundaries to achieve the common good. May 24, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. For more information, see common good leadership.

NORTHROP CONCERTS AND LECTURES has announced its 2011–12 Northrop Dance Season, featuring six of the world's best ballet and modern dance companies. During the Northrop Auditorium renovation period (now through Sept. 2013), programming will move to downtown Minneapolis in the Historic Theatre District on Hennepin Avenue. All six of these dance performances will be held at the Orpheum Theatre, but all discounts, rush tickets, and U staff payroll deduction services will continue to be in place. For more information, see Northrop 2011–12.

MORE EVENTS include 35th Arnold Lazarow Memorial Lecture (May 18); Write Winning Grants (May 19); Facebook (May 21); Happy 100th Birthday Hubert Humphrey! (May 26). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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