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Vol. XLII No. 17; May 2, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--State Relations update.
--Board of Regents public forum.
--Features: Who is Prescott Morrill?; Not your parents' chem labs; Tiny Desk Concerts at UMTC; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Professor Linda Bearinger is featured in The Lancet; and more.

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


STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: The House and Senate passed the conference committee report on the omnibus higher education bill. The bill now goes to Governor Dayton. For more information about the provisions that pertain to the University in the final bill, see bill provisions. In other news, Governor Dayton signed the omnibus liquor bill, which allows alcoholic beverages to be sold in select locations at TCF Bank Stadium. The Board of Regents will examine the law change and determine how sales will be managed. For more information, see State Relations.

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC FORUM May 11, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Boardroom, McNamara Alumni Center. The forum is open to individuals who wish to address the Board regarding the U's fiscal year 2013 budget and related issues. Information about the president's proposed budget will be available in the May docket materials one week prior to the forum. To register to speak or present, and for more information, see public forum.


FEATURE: U of M student Nathaniel Prescott Morrill (known as Prescott) is the great grandnephew of Justin Morrill—the Vermont congressman who in 1862 drafted the Morrill Land Grant Act. It laid the foundation for the public colleges and universities across the country and shaped today's American educational system. For more information, read "Who is Prescott Morrill?"

FEATURE: Michelle Driessen, assistant professor and director of general chemistry, is making sure University of Minnesota students learn a lot more from their freshman labs than just how to follow directions. Since summer 2011, Driessen has led an overhaul of general chemistry lab experiments to let students figure out how to solve problems. For more information, read "Not your parents' chem labs."

FEATURE: Host a tiny concert at your desk: If you work on the U's Twin Cities campuses, a new feature from the School of Music can bring a live concert to your desk. Doctoral student Christa Saeger performed the first Tiny Desk Music Concert outside CLA assistant dean Nanette Hanks's office in Johnston Hall on Apr. 24. Faculty and staff can scoop up the remaining performances while they last by emailing School of Music professor Jerry Luckhardt. For more information, read "Tiny Desk Concerts."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: This episode of the weekly video feature highlights the recent Spring Jam 2012, including performances by the Head and the Heart, the Cataracs, and the New Boyz. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota".

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Professor Linda Bearinger is featured in The Lancet; President Kaler has named recipients of the 2012 President's Award for Outstanding Service; Global Programs and Strategy Alliance has named recipients of the 2012 Global Spotlight grants for international scholarly activities; CBS Student Services has received an Outstanding Program Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association for its Academic Probation Advising Curriculum; Jasjit Ahluwalia has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research; Department of Medicine professor Anne Joseph has been appointed president-elect for the Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco; David Fisher has been appointed executive director of the Law School's recently created Corporate Institute; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

FINAL CANDIDATES FOR THE POSITION OF CHANCELLOR of the University of Minnesota, Crookston have been invited to UMC for public interviews. During their public interviews, each candidate will deliver a presentation, "Opportunities and Challenges Facing the University of Minnesota, Crookston." Forums will be recorded and posted on the chancellor search website soon after the presentations are held. For candidate profiles and remaining public interview schedules, see UMC Chancellor search.

FINAL CANDIDATES FOR THE VP FOR EQUITY AND DIVERSITY POSITION have been invited to the UMTC campus for public interviews. Each candidate will participate in a public forum during which they will deliver a presentation titled, "The Role of Equity and Diversity in Achieving Academic Excellence in a Land Grant Public University." The forums will be streamed live with video available afterward. Interviews begin May 3 with Louis Mendoza, followed by Wanda Mitchell on May 7, and Alysa Rollock on May 8. For more information, including candidate vitas and evaluation forms, see VP for Equity and Diversity search.

APB ON TARs: Faculty or staff who have a Tone Alert Radio (TAR) in an office or work area need to contact the Department of Emergency Management (DEM). Emergency Management is working to track down the more than 500 TARs in use across the University of Minnesota system. Many have been "relocated" since they were originally deployed 10 years ago, and DEM needs help locating the radios so they can collect, update, and ultimately redeploy them. If you have a Tone Alert Radio in your office or work area, please email the Department of Emergency Management or call 612-625-8047.

THE UNIVERSITY SENATE AND FACULTY SENATE will meet May 3, 2:30 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. Topics include the introduction of Vice President Scott Studham, resolutions on the MLK Community Service Pledge Drive and the proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment on Marriage, 2016–17 academic calendars, a faculty salary gender equity discussion, and entrepreneurial leaves. For more information, see the full agenda at University Senate.

THE P&A SENATE will meet May 3, 9:30 a.m., 5-125 Moos Tower. Topics include presentation of the Outstanding Unit Award and discussion with Vice President Scott Studham. For more information, see the full agenda at P&A Senate.

UNIT MERGER: The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change has joined Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, effective May 1. The new structure builds on the existing relationship and takes advantage of the complementary missions, goals, and programming of the two units to foster an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural community and to address issues of global change. For more information, see merger.

Awards and funding opportunities

THE MINNESOTA CUP COMPETITION, the largest statewide new venture competition in the country, will award $200,000 in cash prizes, and other prizes, for six divisions this year: Clean Tech and Renewable Energy; BioScience and Health Information Technology; and Student, General, High Tech, and Social Entrepreneur. Anything from an idea to a new venture generating less than $1 million in revenue is eligible to enter. Registration deadline is May 18. The Minnesota Cup is a program of the Carlson School's Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. For more information, see Minnesota Cup.


PUBLIC INTERVIEWS WITH FINALISTS FOR THE UMC CHANCELLOR position will continue on May 3–4. The first candidate, Steven Hardin, interviewed May 1. Karla Hughes will interview on May 3, and Fred Wood will be on campus May 4. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to participate. For candidate profiles and interview schedules, see UMC Chancellor search.

A GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY will be held for the construction of a new residence hall at UMC May 2, noon, on the construction site located west of Centennial Hall.

THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO JOIN CHANCELLOR CASEY and the offices of Human Resources, Admissions, and the Business Department in congratulating the following individuals who completed their doctorates this semester: Les Johnson, Amber Schultz, and Lacole Hook. A reception in their honor will be held May 7, 3–4:30 p.m., Prairie Lounge. For more information, see reception.

FACULTY AND STAFF AWARDS DAY will be held May 8, 11:30 a.m., Bede Ballroom. This year's theme is "We're from Everywhere!" and celebrates the diverse backgrounds of faculty and staff. Everyone is encouraged to wear clothing that represents their hometown, home country, or a place they've lived. For more information, see awards day.


THE IRON RANGE/UMD GRADUATE ENGINEERING EDUCATION PROGRAM honored its first graduating cohort Apr. 25 at a private reception in Chisholm, MN. For more information, see engineering education.

GRASS-FED BEEF IS NOW ON THE MENU at the UMD Center Court Restaurant. The locally raised meat is part of a sustainability initiative that includes produce and products from local farms and ranches. For more information, see grass-fed beef.

NEW EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ALLIANCE: The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and the UMD Department of Theatre Educational and Professional Alliance has been created to provide a variety of educational opportunities. The curriculum includes portfolio reviews, workshops, fellowships, internships, and production feedback sessions. For more information, see alliance.


CHANCELLOR JACQUELINE JOHNSON was the guest speaker at the Ann Lydecker Lecture Series at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls on Apr. 26, presenting "Leading Ladies: Reflections on Women, Work, Identity, and Leadership." The talk considered what it means to be a woman who leads—a "leading lady." For more information, see leading lady.

MICHAEL LACKEY, associate professor of English, has received a Summer Stipend award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). One of only two Minnesotans to receive the award this year, Lackey's project is titled "A History of the Haverford Group and the Battle for Racial Justice." Since submitting the NEH application, the project has been accepted for publication by the University of Virginia Press, and is now titled Black Separatists, Black Integrationists, and the Battle for Racial Justice. For more information, see Michael Lackey.

THE PRINCETON REVIEW selected UMM for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition, a resource created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. Creation of the guide reflects the increasing awareness of sustainability issues among college-bound students. For more information, see UMM sustainability.

THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY has named UMM to its Top 20 On-site Generation list of the largest green power users. Inclusion is due in part to the campus's 1.6 megawatt wind turbine, which generates nearly 5 million kilowatt-hours of wind power annually, providing 57 percent of the electricity used on campus. For more information, see green power.


DEBORAH SWACKHAMER, co-director of the Water Resources Center; Charles M. Denny Chair of Science, Technology, and Public Policy; and sought-after international speaker, will be presenting at the next weekly UMR Connects lecture series. Swackhamer will discuss the current status of chemical management in the United States, the sources and potential impacts of "contaminants of emerging concern," along with future challenges and solutions. May 8, 7 p.m., 4th floor, University Square. For more information, see UMR Connects.


Administrative information

BE DELIGHTED DISCOUNT DAYS AT THE WEISMAN will feature a 20 percent discount for U faculty, staff, students, and WAM members at the WAM Shop May 9, 4–6 p.m. The sale continues all day May 12, with a special showcase of local artists and vendors from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information, see Be Delighted and Shop Local at WAM.

A HENNEPIN-UNIVERSITY NETWORKING MIXER will provide opportunities for faculty and staff to make connections with Hennepin County staff, and the chance to apply for a $20,000 grant. May 16, 3–5 p.m., Campus Club. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration deadline is May 8. For more information, see Hennepin networking.

WASTE SERVICES COLLECTED 29,000 POUNDS (OR 14.5 TONS) OF RECYCLABLES during Building Cleanouts on Beautiful U Day festivities Apr. 17. Of that, 7,630 pounds of electronics were sent for reuse/recycling, 1,880 pounds of items will be sold by the U's ReUse Program Warehouse, and 19,490 pounds of paper and metals will be recycled. Additionally, more than 100 gently used bikes were sold at the first ever "ReUse-A-Palooza," along with a selection of items from the ReUse Program. For more information, see It All Adds Up.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

"FREEDOM HERE AND NOW: Ending Modern Slavery" will feature an afternoon of programming designed to illustrate, inform, and engage key constituencies in the fight against human trafficking. The event will feature remarks by U.S. State Department Ambassador Luis CdeBaca and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman and former CEO of Carlson. The afternoon will conclude with the Minnesota premiere of Not My Life, the first documentary film to depict the practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Director Robert Bilheimer will introduce the film and hold a Q&A. May 8, 12:30–5:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Free and open to the public. For registration and more information, see Ending Modern Slavery.

THE MN LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program's spring forum, Intersections of Faith Communities and Disabilities: Building Partnerships and Creating Dialogue, will focus on building collaborations in faith communities for inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Strategies and best practices for outreach across faith communities will be provided. May 10, 1–3 p.m., Minnesota Department of Education, Roseville. For registration and more information, see MN LEND or email Kelly Nye-Lengerman.

FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES will celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Dickens biographer Jane Smiley. May 10, McNamara Alumni Center. The evening begins at 5:30 with a reception, followed by dinner and Smiley's appearance. For more information, see Libraries.

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED CONSERVATION BIOLOGIST M. Sanjaya will headline the second event in the Momentum 2012 series with a talk on "Awakening the Environmental Movement." May 10, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Reduced ticket rates are available for faculty, staff, and students. For more information, see Momentum 2012.

SOLUTIONS SUMMIT 2012, FEATURING KEYNOTE SPEAKER PAUL HAWKEN, will provide sustainability leaders from academia, industry, government, and nonprofits with an opportunity to share insights and define future research directions. Reduced ticket rates are available for faculty, staff, and students. May 22, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, see Solutions Summit.

BEYOND "ADD AND STIR": ENGAGING DIVERSITY IN COLLEGE CLASSROOMS, an event in the Teaching and Learning Series, will take place May 31, 11:30 a.m.¬–2 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. Amy Lee, associate professor and chair of the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning; and Rebecca Ropers-Huilman, professor and chair of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, will present. For more information, see engaging diversity.

MORE EVENTS include Public Mission, Urban Challenges: The 21st-Century University (May 2); Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day 2012: Finding Your Passion (May 3); Kerlan Award Luncheon and Ceremony (May 5); Pakistan on the Brink: A Conversation with Ahmed Rashid and Walter F. Mondale (May 7). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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