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Vol. XLI No. 19; June 1, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: Brief 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.
--Features: Things to do outdoors at the U, summer 2011; Profile of Aditya Bhan: McKnight Land-Grant Professor; U of M Moment; This week @Minnesota.
--People: Star football player and alumnus Richard "Pinky" McNamara has passed away; and more.

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


STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: 2011 Legislative Session Adjourns. The Minnesota Legislature adjourned the 2011 regular legislative session without reaching agreement with Governor Dayton on a balanced budget for fiscal year 2012–13. The legislature and governor will need a special session to address the state's $5 billion budget deficit. According to the state constitution, the governor and legislature must address the budget deficit prior to June 30, or risk a shutdown of state government. For more information, see state relations.


FEATURE: With memories of a harsh winter finally fading, this summer you can truly thaw your mind and move your body with education and fun in the great outdoors with the University of Minnesota. U faculty and staff can enjoy science, art, food, theatre, stargazing, gardening, camps for kids and adults, and much more. For more information, read "Thaw your mind."

FEATURE: Aditya Bhan's office seems too small to contain his energy—in fact, he seems to have a hard time sitting down for very long. He gets up to reach for a model of a molecule…then another one. His quest is to develop methods to turn non-food biomass into fuels…and to do it in a highly decentralized way. Instead of a few huge reactors that require elaborate grids to transport energy, Bhan envisions many small energy-producing hubs distributed across the landscape, turning bio waste into energy that is accessible to everyone. Because of the potential for his work to transform energy production and its strategic and long-term importance, Bhan was awarded the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship for 2011-13. For more information, see Aditya Bhan.

U OF M MOMENT: The summer movie season has already begun, with audiences flocking to blockbusters like Thor and Pirates of the Caribbean 4. But Megan Lewis in the U's Department of Theatre Arts and Dance says Hollywood is caught in a vicious cycle of sequels, churning out movies that make lots of money but offer little in terms of originality. Lewis says movies are quickly becoming more like television—serialized and episodic. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: May 23–27. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service looks at the U's relief efforts for those affected by the recent tornado in North Minneapolis, a celebration of Hubert H. Humphrey's 100th birthday, and an intensive job search seminar for young grads. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards and appointments

PEOPLE: Star football player and alumnus Richard "Pinky" McNamara has passed away; biostats faculty member Sudipto Banerjee has won the 2011 Mortimer Spiegelman Award; Kay Thomas, director of International Student and Scholar Services, will retire June 30 after more than 40 years of service; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

A NEW UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HOME PAGE HAS LAUNCHED. The new home page provides primarily Twin Cities content with a customizable experience by allowing individuals to self-select an "audience view." U faculty and staff may select a "staff" or a "faculty" view, or easily switch between other views if they identify with more than one audience. Other views include current students, future students, donors & alumni, parents, and sports fans. The lower right corner of the page includes a "Tell Us What You Think" link to share your feedback. For more information, see new U of M home page.

NETFILES 7 UPGRADE SCHEDULED: On June 26 (Sunday), NetFiles will be upgraded to version 7. The upgrade includes several new features and improved functionality in an easier-to-use interface. For more information, see NetFiles upgrade.

THE INTERNET SOCIETY HAS PLANNED WORLD IPv6 DAY FOR JUNE 8. IPv6 (Internet Protocol, version 6) is the new version of the Internet address protocol that has been developed to supplement and eventually replace IPv4. On that day, many major Internet web powers such as Facebook, Google, and Yahoo!; and important content delivery network providers, including Akamai and Limelight Network, will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour "test flight." For more information, see World IPv6 Day.

Funding opportunities

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: McKNIGHT LAND-GRANT PROFESSORSHIPS. The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the competition for the 2012–14 McKnight Land-Grant Professorships, a program of career development awards for junior faculty. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate outstanding professors. The recipients named to this endowed professorship will begin their appointments July 1, 2012, and will be awarded a research grant in each of the following two years. Nominations are due Oct. 3. For more information, see McKnight nomination.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

WORLD-RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER Daniel Beltrá will speak at the U of M Landscape Arboretum June 11. A special price of $30 (regularly $40-$50) is available to U faculty, staff, and students by calling 952-443-1422. The discount is only available with the phone call. In addition to Beltrá, participants will hear from award-winning photographer, ecologist, and interdisciplinary educator Molly Steinwald. For more information, see photo symposium.


UMC HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE PRESIDENT'S HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE HONOR ROLL by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the fourth time the campus has earned the honor. To be named to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty, and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves results in the community. For more information, see honor roll.

TREASURER OF UMC TEAMBACKERS, Adam Maruska, presented a check for $20,000 to Chancellor Charles Casey to support scholarships for student-athletes on the Crookston campus. The Teambackers Club, an athletic promotion and fundraising organization for UMC, operates in conjunction with the development office, athletic department, and the U of M Foundation. For more information, see scholarship money.


UMD HAS NAMED BOB SHERMAN AS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR for the College of Education and Human Service Professions. Sherman joins UMD with 14 years of fundraising experience, the majority of which has been for colleges and other educational organizations. For more information, see development director.

JOIN THE BULLDOGS at UMD's Alumni Association hospitality tent during Grandma's Marathon to cheer on the runners and enjoy food, beverages, and games with UMD athletes and Champ. June 18, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. For more information, see Grandma's Marathon.

GLENSHEEN OUTDOOR CONCERTS will take place every Wednesday in July, 7 p.m. Enjoy the tunes while taking in the view on Glensheen's Lake Superior shoreline. The event was named a "best bet" by the Duluth News Tribune. Free. For more information, call 218-726-8910 or 1-888-454-GLEN.


DONNA CHOLLETT, associate professor of anthropology and Latin American area studies coordinator, received a 2011 Imagine Fund award to explore the question "Are Social Movements Morally Noble? Challenging the Intrinsic Virtuosity of Grassroots Social Movements." Chollett's interest in rural communities and sociocultural change in Latin America will take her back to her established research site in Puruarán, Michoacán, Mexico, this summer to learn why a worker-run sugar mill cooperative failed to live up to its potential for modeling democratic ideals and ensuring economic stability. For more information, see Chollett Imagine Fund award.

THE CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS (CST) has been awarded $91,877 through the Otto Bremer Foundation. The grant will allow CST to sponsor more faculty research projects, strengthen statistics and data resources, and enhance student involvement initiatives. For more information, see CST grant.

A NEW 32-PANEL SOLAR-THERMAL ARRAY now heats the Regional Fitness Center's (RFC) recreational pool. Several inaugural events marked the successful installation, part of an energy awareness week: two solar swims, one open to the community and one for students, were held; and the RFC hosted a seminar for senior citizens. Speakers included Senator Amy Klobuchar. For more information, see a video of Klobuchar's address or solar swim.

THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PRESENTED AWARDS at an end-of-the-year celebration to students, faculty, staff, and community partners who created or supported exemplary partnerships with the broader community. Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre, received the Faculty Award for Service Learning. Jennifer Goodnough, associate professor of chemistry, and Troy Goodnough, campus sustainability coordinator, received the Faculty/Staff Community Engagement Award. For more information, see awards.


THURSDAYS ON FIRST & 3RD will feature a weekly outdoor market of more than 100 vendors, food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment throughout the summer—right by UMR's location at 111 South Broadway. Relax with friends and family with live dance and performing arts, live music, and more. June 9–Sept. 1, 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m. For more information, see Thursdays.


Lectures, exhibits, and other events

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MITCHELL ZUCKOFF will present "Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II." The book by the same name is a true adventure story featuring John McCollum and his twin brother Robert (both were class of 1942 University of Minnesota Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics alumni). Free and open to the public, but registration is required. Space is limited. For registration and more information, see Lost in Shangri-La lecture. June 16, 6:30 p.m., doors; 7 p.m., lecture; 3-210 Keller Hall.

ONE NIGHT ONLY: SUMMER MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL will present a one-night-only summer session, "Heads, Helmets and Health: All about Concussions." Learn how concussions impact Minnesotans of all ages every day. Instructors are sports medicine expert Suzanne Hecht, and neuropsychologist Jeff Wozniak. June 20, 6–8:30 p.m., $10, 2-650 Moos Tower. For registration and more information, see Mini Medical School.

SUMMER BUSINESS CARD DRAWING: Drop your U business card in the fish bowls at the Information Desks, Goldy's Gameroom, Gopher Spot, or at the Gopher Express locations to enter for a chance to win a $30 gift card redeemable at the Information Desks. For more information, see gift cards.

MORE EVENTS include An evening with architect and author Ross Chapin (June 6); June 2011 First Tuesday (June 7); First Ave: TOO MUCH LOVE on Campus (June 8); Impulsive/Compulsive Sexual Behavior versus Sexual Addiction (June 8); One Health Leadership in a Global Setting (June 9); Beyond Paisley and Peacocks opening reception (June 10); The Global Impact of Food Protection and Defense (June 10). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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