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Vol. XLI No. 17; May 4, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: The last regular issue of Brief for the academic term will be May 18, after which Brief moves to an every-other-week schedule. 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
--UMTC’s Washington Avenue will close May 16.
--Features: The limits of self-control; U of M Moment; This week @Minnesota.
--People: Geology and geophysics professor R. Lawrence Edwards was elected to the National Academy of Sciences; and more.

University News and Events
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WASHINGTON AVENUE ON THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS WILL CLOSE TO ALL TRAFFIC between Pleasant Street and Oak Street on May 16 as construction begins on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) line. While the Washington Avenue Bridge will still be open with one lane of traffic in each direction, the closure will impact city and campus bus stops on Washington. For city bus stop changes, see Metro Transit. For U of M campus connector and circulator changes, see Parking and Transportation Services. For updated navigation and campus maps, see UMTC maps. See comprehensive LRT information at Central


FEATURE: Self-control can be thought of as a limited resource, and new research by the U's Kathleen Vohs suggests that people who have to bottle up emotions all day are more at risk for aggressive behaviors. That has implications for almost everyone, especially those who must frequently deal with stress and emotional situations. Vohs has been studying self-control as a limited resource for more than a decade. For more information, read "The limits of self-control."

U OF M MOMENT: Graduation day is right around the corner for thousands of college students in Minnesota and across the country. Paul Timmins, career services director at the U’s College of Liberal Arts, says he believes the job market for recent college graduates is finally on the upswing. Timmins says that there are steps soon-to-be grads can take to improve their post-graduation job prospects. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: April 25–30. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service looks at timbersports with the U's Forestry Club, the opening of the new Amplatz Children's Hospital, and a lecture by noted author and CNN contributor Fareed Zakaria. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards and appointments

PEOPLE: Geology and geophysics professor R. Lawrence Edwards was elected to the National Academy of Sciences; Ann Masten, Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the Institute of Child Development, has been named the 2011–12 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs; vice president and CIO Steve Cawley has accepted the position of vice president for information technology and CIO for the University of Miami; Marc Hirschmann, Robert Lysak, and William Seyfried, have been named fellows of the American Geophysical Union; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

A RECEPTION TO HONOR VP STEVEN ROSENSTONE for his leadership and service to the University will be held May 9, 3–4:30 p.m., Maroon and Gold Room, McNamara Alumni Center. The reception is open to members of the University community. Rosenstone was named the next chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system in February.

GRADUATE EDUCATION UPDATE: POLICY DRAFTS AVAILABLE. A list of graduate education policy drafts under discussion and draft policies are now available. The Graduate Education Policy Review Committee was charged last year to review, update, and integrate existing graduate education policies and procedures with University-wide academic program policies, procedures, and definitions. It is chaired by faculty member Nita Krevans and meets several times per month. For more information, see the Graduate Education Transition website.

U ECONOMIC IMPACT: The Office of the Vice President for Research has released additional resources regarding the recent economic impact study, including a website for external audiences and one geared towards internal audiences. The latter includes an array of tools for use in communicating about the study. The goal of the resource is to make sure that units across the University can access and share these results as support for the good work they are doing. The final report and executive summary will be completed in early May.

ACCOUNTING SERVICES IS COLLECTING INFORMATION ON UNCLAIMED PROPERTY for its fiscal year 2011 unclaimed property state report filings. Data requested includes names, addresses, and contact information for items such as uncashed checks or credit balances outstanding for three years or more, or other tangible financial property that the University is unable to return to the rightful owner. Send information by email to accounting services, or call Barb Hillstrom at 612-625-7133. For more information, see unclaimed property.

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.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR A NATIONAL FORUM ON ACTIVE LEARNING SPACES. All U faculty, instructional staff, and P&A teaching staff are invited to attend. The forum will convene members of the higher education community to examine central issues on teaching and learning in emerging technology-rich classrooms. Featured speakers are Bob Beichner, North Carolina State University, Larry Michaelsen, University of Central Missouri, and Robin Wright, University of Minnesota. Aug. 4–6, Science Teaching and Student Services Building. For registration and more information, see active learning spaces.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U’S LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM will host Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder. Louv will discuss the "nature principle," sign copies of his new book, and give the keynote address at a public policy conference on how interaction with nature improves the health of humans and the earth. May 16–17, U of M Landscape Arboretum. For more information, see Richard Louv.


COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 will be held May 7. A pre-ceremony reception will take place 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Sargeant Student Center. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., Lysaker Gymnasium, UMC Sports Center. The Office of International Programs will host a reception for international student graduates immediately following commencement ceremonies in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

THE CENTER FOR ADULT LEARNING will continue to serve as the University of Minnesota Digital Campus Calling Center. The U’s Digital Campus brings together both the University's online educational opportunities and classroom-based, noncredit classes offered throughout the state. The calling center serves all five University campuses.

PATRICK BAYNES began an appointment as interim director of Facilities and Operations at UMC on Apr. 25. The 60-percent-time appointment will continue until a search is completed for a new director. Baynes has a broad range of experience in both the private and public sector, including an appointment on the Twin Cities campus from 1997–2006.


HISTORY PROFESSOR JUDITH ANN TROLANDER recently published From Sun Cities to The Villages: A History of Active Adult, Age-Restricted Communities through the University Press of Florida. For more information, see Trolander.

A NEW UMD NEWS BLOG will highlight campus events, people, awards, and departments with daily posts on the “Area Voices” Duluth News Tribune website. For more information, see Area Voices.


MICHELLE PAGE, associate professor of education, is a 2011 recipient of the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Multicultural education and faculty development are central to Page’s educational philosophy, but teaching secondary education students, she says, is her greatest privilege and greatest joy. For more information, see Michelle Page.

JENNIFER ROTHCHILD, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, received the 2011 Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award. Nominators commended Rothchild as a professor for whom research, teaching, and service are deeply intertwined. Her research on girls’ schooling in Nepal is rooted in her sociological interest in gender and education, and detailed in her book, Gender Trouble Makers: Education and Empowerment in Nepal. For more information, see Jennifer Rothchild.

UMM WILL SPONSOR AND PARTICIPATE IN THE 2011 LIVING GREEN EXPO, a family friendly event that seeks to inspire people to lead healthier and more sustainable lives. The event takes place May 7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and May 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul. For more information, see Living Green.


UMR PHILOSOPHERS Rebecca Bamford and Mark Tschaepe have co-authored a paper that has been accepted for publication in AJOB Neuroscience (American Journal of Bioethics magazine), entitled "Biophysical models of human behavior: Is there a place for logic?"


Administrative information

PUBLIC SURVEY ON THE FUTURE OF THE STADIUM VILLAGE AREA: The City of Minneapolis, U of M, and Hennepin County are engaged in a joint planning study for the Stadium Village/University Avenue area, from the U’s East Bank to the St. Paul border. The groups are conducting a survey of those who have an interest in shaping priorities such as development, land use, parking, transportation, and connectivity. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of two $25 gift cards. Survey deadline is May 15. For more information, see Stadium Village light rail station plan.

Training & professional development opportunities

THE SUMMER TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR COURSES THROUGH THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (OIT) is now available on OIT's technology training website. For more information, see List of Courses in the left navigation bar.

RESCHEDULED: CONFLICT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS with Howard Gadlin, National Institutes of Health (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; have been rescheduled for June 1 and 2. For registration and more information, see conflict management.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

PREVIEW/REVIEW: UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND LECTURES is a periodic column highlighting events and lectures recently past and soon to come on the TC campus. This issue features a review and a photo album of the new Steelroots exhibit at the U’s Landscape Arboretum. Previews include invisible learning, an author event with the U’s Jeff Gillman, a plant sale, the Spring Raptor Release, and more. For more information, see Preview/Review.

DALAI LAMA VISIT: The Center for Spirituality & Healing and the Tibetan American Foundation will host a special Twin Cities visit by the Dalai Lama, his first official trip to the state since 2001. The theme is "One Heart, One Mind, One Universe." Events range from a full-day retreat to a shorter public address. May 8. For more information, see Dalai Lama visit.

A PANEL DISCUSSION ON PERINATAL ISSUES AND WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH, sponsored in part by the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health, will focus on understanding the benefits of screening for depression within the context of other psychosocial risk factors, gaining a better understanding of the effects of exercise on the prevention and treatment of postpartum depression, and developing a basic understanding of evidence-based practices in the treatment of perinatal depression. May 9, 4–5 p.m., 5-125 Moos Tower.

GRADING RETREAT: The Center for Writing will host an end-of-semester grading retreat, described as "a supportive (but quiet!) community of fellow teachers." Participants may come and go as they please; however, advanced registration is appreciated. Refreshments will be provided. May 12, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 15 Nicholson Hall. For more information, see grading retreat.

THE DISTINGUISHED VISITING SCHOLAR SERIES ON HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH will host Stephen Thomas, director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland in College Park. One of the nation’s leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, Thomas has applied his expertise to address a variety of conditions from which racial and ethnic minorities generally face health disparities, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and HIV/AIDS. May 17, noon–1 p.m., Mayo Auditorium, and broadcasted to 160 Life Science on the UMD campus. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 guests. Registration is not required. For more information, see health disparities research.

AN UNDERSTANDING PALLIATIVE CARE ACROSS SETTINGS summer institute, sponsored by the Center on Aging, will feature keynote speaker J. Andrew Billings, co-director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. The institute is designed for students and professionals in a variety of fields to learn about the implementation of palliative care programs (programs caring for patients who are not responsive to curative treatment). Current palliative care initiatives in Minnesota will be discussed. The institute has been approved for a maximum of 6.5 continuing education credits (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits). June 1, College of Continuing Education Conference Center, St. Paul campus. For registration and more information, see the Center on Aging.

MORE EVENTS include Sixth Annual Light Fair (May 4); "Minnesota Wine Research: Present & Future" (May 4); Sabo Lecture with James Oberstar (May 6); Better Next Time: A Workshop to Revise Our Course Designs (May 10). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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