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Vol. XLII No. 18; May 9, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: The last regular issue of Brief for the academic term will be May 16, after which Brief moves to an approximately every-other-week schedule. Summer publication dates will be June 6 and 20, July 11 and 25, Aug. 8 and 22, and Sept. 5. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 12.

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meet May 10–11.
--State Relations update.
--Features: A clue to Parkinson's; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media; and more.

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


THE BOARD OF REGENTS will meet May 10–11. Regents will review President Kaler's FY2013 operating budget, which emphasizes tuition affordability, investments in research, faculty, infrastructure, technology, student aid and scholarships, and the responsible use of state resources. A special public forum on the budget will take place May 11 at 12:30 p.m., following the regular meeting of the board. Regents will also review and take action on two letters of intent that would establish a new ambulatory care center at the University, and review the 2013 Annual Capital Improvement Budget, which would authorize projects totaling $513.7 million to begin design or construction during the next fiscal year. For more information, see the news release or Board of Regents.

STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: The Minnesota Legislature passed the 2012 bonding bill May 8 after increasing funding for the University from previous versions of the bills in the House and Senate. Heeding the governor’s veto threat if the proposed funding disparity between the U and MnSCU was not addressed, the House and Senate increased the U’s funding in the final bill to provide an additional $10 million in HEAPR funding, for a total of $64.1 million in state funding. For more information, see State Relations.


FEATURE: Neuroscientist Michael Lee is excited about finding what may be the key to how Parkinson's disease kills neurons. He and his colleagues have discovered that a protein normally present in brain tissue can form clumps inside neurons, which may poison the cells. They also found that at least one drug can relieve both the protein clumping and the symptoms in animal models of Parkinson's disease. For more information, read "A clue to Parkinson's."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: May 1–4. In this episode of the weekly video feature, check out deaf rapper Signmark's performance at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day; the last baseball game ever to be played at Siebert Field; and the College of Design's PLAYsentations, featuring student work from the Toy Product Design course. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

THE DEADLINE TO COMPLETE THE 2012 PULSE SURVEY IS MAY 11. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, and feedback is critical to the University's ability to understand the work experiences of faculty and staff. Responses are confidential and participation is voluntary. To view unit-by-unit survey participation, see Pulse Survey. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.

TXT-U CHANGES: TXT-U is the University's emergency notification text messaging system to provide students, faculty, and staff with critical campus safety information. To increase its effectiveness and reach, the University will enroll all students, faculty, and staff systemwide in TXT-U in mid- to late-May. You will be able to opt out if you choose not to use this safety tool. For more information, see TXT-U.

Sustainability at the U

SUSTAINABILITY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM, a hands-on workshop for college and university faculty from all disciplines throughout the region, will take place June 7–8 at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Individual faculty members and departmental and interdisciplinary faculty teams are encouraged to use the workshop as a chance to start the work of integrating sustainability themes into their teaching. For more information, see sustainability workshop.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U'S LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM WILL HOLD ITS AUXILIARY SPRING PLANT SALE featuring thousands of unique plants, hard-to-find varieties, and U of M introductions. May 12–13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum. For more information, including the plant list, see Spring Plant Sale.

THE 23ND ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE will feature Minnesota leaders and national experts discussing the role of transitways in the region's economic competitiveness. Veteran journalist Earl Swift will share highlights from his book The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways during the conference luncheon. The conference is a forum for researchers and practitioners from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest to share research findings in a variety of transportation-related areas. May 23–24, St. Paul RiverCentre. For a full conference schedule, fees, and registration, see transportation conference.


THE UMC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Board of Directors will meet May 9, 6 p.m., 116 Kiehle. This will be a board development meeting followed by a brief agenda.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS interested in starting a business will be able to experience the excitement of sharing ideas and competing with other future entrepreneurs during an Entrepreneur Experience Camp, June 17–21. The program, hosted by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, is designed to introduce young entrepreneurs to business concepts and to foster creativity, innovation, and teamwork. For more information or to reserve a spot, see entrepreneur camp or call Rachel Lundbohm at 218-281-8190.


20TH ANNUAL JOEL LABOVITZ ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS were announced Apr. 25 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The awards recognize and celebrate the economic and entrepreneurial contributions of local and regional businesses to the Twin Ports and Arrowhead Region. For a list of the recipients, see awards.

THE SECOND ANNUAL CHAMP DAY OF SERVICE nearly doubled last year's participation and projects with UMD staff, faculty, students, and alumni volunteering for a variety of nonprofit organizations. For more information, see Champ Day of Service.

SCHOLAR ATHLETES are a tradition at UMD tracing back nearly 80 years. For the 2011 academic year, 77 UMD student-athletes secured Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic honors; 18 were named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association team. For more information, see Scholar Athletes.


MARGARET KUCHENREUTHER, associate professor of biology, has received the 2012 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award, the only faculty member in the University of Minnesota system to do so. Also the first UMM faculty member to receive the award, Kuchenreuther was chosen as "a classic example of a fully engaged citizen-scientist, and a great champion of preservation and biodiversity in the prairie biome." For more information see outstanding community service.

CYRUS BINA, professor of economics, was one of nine world-class economists invited to Buenos Aires earlier this year to present analyses and recommendations for resolving Argentina's lingering economic crisis. As a result, the Argentinian government has already begun to make major changes, starting with nationalizing the country's oil reserves based on Bina's recommendations. Bina's lecture, along with the other economists' presentations, will be available on Blu-ray DVD in the UMM library. For more information, see Cyrus Bina.

JENNIFER KOLPACOFF DEANE, associate professor of history, has received the 2012 Alumni Association Teaching Award, which honors individual UMM faculty members for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education by calling attention to their educational philosophies, objectives, and methods. Deane is known for engaging her history and honors program students in the worldview and characters of the Middle Ages through creative opportunities for them to role-play and imagine. For more information, see teaching award.

JESSICA ORTH '12, Sleepy Eye, MN, has received the Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship for Women in Graduate Statistics Programs. Established in 1989, the scholarship is awarded to encourage women to enter statistically oriented professions. It will be presented at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meeting of the American Statistical Association in San Diego, CA, in July. For more information, see statistics award.


UMR E-News, a newsletter for friends of UMR, is available via email and online. The monthly newsletter highlights activities on campus and achievements of UMR students, staff, and faculty. The latest issue highlights Student Leadership Award recipient Rebeca Chery, and assistant vice chancellor Jay Hesler, recipient of the Community Partner Award. For more information, see the latest issue or subscribe at the archive.


Administrative information

REDUCED CAMPUS SHUTTLE SERVICE will begin on the UMTC campus for summer. Campus Connector buses will run from May 14 through June 8, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., every 15 minutes. There will be no service May 28, Memorial Day. For more details about the Connectors and Circulators, see campus shuttle services.

OCCUPY THE LIBRARIES is under way with three locations open 24/7 for students during finals week, and with extended hours in the Magrath Library in St. Paul. A variety of study break activities in these locations are available to help students take a break from the stress of finals. For more information, see Libraries.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

AN ITALIAN SCIENTISTS AND SCHOLARS OF NORTH AMERICA FOUNDATION (ISSNAF) Minneapolis chapter will kick off with an event May 12, 3:45–8 p.m., 1-147 Carlson School of Management. The ISSNAF works to promote scientific, academic, and technologic cooperation among Italians active in North America and the research world in Italy. For more information see ISSNAF kickoff.

THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY and Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health will host a free workshop on reducing exposures to household toxins and creating healthier homes. Workshops will be held at the Maplewood Library, May 21 and 30; and at the Roseville Library, June 4 and 18; all workshops are 6:30–8 p.m. For more information and to reserve a seat, see healthy homes.

MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO will be broadcasting All Things Considered live from the U's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis May 22, 3–6:30 p.m. The broadcast marks the one-year anniversary of the tornado that ripped through North Minneapolis and will feature live reports with UROC executive director Heidi Lasley Barajas; Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak; MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner; community leaders, activists, and residents; and MPR's Tom Crann. The event is open to the public. In the days leading up to the broadcast, listeners can hear stories on All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and find extensive coverage online at

A COMMUNITY-UNIVERSITY NETWORKING EVENT with academics, researchers, and community organizations will be an opportunity to discuss potential research projects and partnerships of mutual interest and to learn more about each group's work. Sponsored by the U's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and the Institute for Advanced Study. May 22, 4–6 p.m., University Hotel. For more information, see networking or RSVP by May 15.

DISCOUNTED MINNESOTA TWINS TICKETS are available from Student Union Information Desks. Tickets for other summer attractions are also available. For more information, see discounts.

SAVE THE DATE: The 2012 Celebrate U! employee appreciation event will be held Aug. 22, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Northrop Mall and Plaza. This year's event will again feature an employee appreciation gift, a live band, information tables displaying programs from around the University, and outdoor activities. For more information, see Celebrate U!

MORE EVENTS include Imprints: Graphic Design Senior Show (May 11); Be Delighted and Shop Local (May 12); World Languages Day 2012 (May 13); Meet best-selling author Augusten Burroughs (May 13). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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