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Vol. XLIV No. 21; June 11, 2014
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Brief publication calendar: Brief summer publication dates will be June 25, July 9 and 23, and Aug. 6 and 20. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 10.

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meet June 12-13.
--Features: Wait for it... The Green Line is here; The apple, rebooted; Tracking Minnesota's vanishing moose.
--People: Institute on the Environment (IonE) current Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer Lewis Gilbert has been appointed as IonE interim director; and more.

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


THE BOARD OF REGENTS will review and act on the U of M capital improvement budget at its June 12-13 meeting. The budget includes $119.4 million in funding allocated by the Minnesota Legislature: Renovations to Tate Laboratory and the UMC wellness center received full funding; HEAPR projects, the aquatic invasive species and bee laboratories, and a new chemical sciences and advanced materials building on the UMD campus received partial funding. The Board will also act on President Kaler's recommended FY15 operating budget, which freezes tuition for resident undergraduates, commits to more than $20 million in administrative cost savings, and invests more than $23 million in academics.


FEATURE: Green Line Light Rail begins service on June 14. It will link downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis and run through the heart of the UMTC campus. For more information, read "Wait for it... The Green Line is here."

FEATURE: The U's apple breeding program burst onto the global scene with the release of the Honeycrisp apple in 1991. It hasn't slowed down since. For more information, read "The apple, rebooted."

FEATURE: Researchers track diets through time and space in search of the reasons for Minnesota's vanishing moose. For more information, read "Now you see them."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Institute on the Environment (IonE) current Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer Lewis Gilbert has been appointed as interim director; former state Sen. Ellen Anderson will head the newly created U of M Energy Transition Lab; U of M Department of Art Professors Lamar Peterson and Tetsuya Yamada are recipients of the 2014-15 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists; U in the news includes highlights of Today's News, which features U faculty and staff cited in the media daily. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

THE U OF M HAS HIRED the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. to logistically manage an inquiry into current policies, practices, and oversight of clinical research on human subjects as called for in a resolution issued by the U of M Faculty Senate. AAHRPP, an independent, nonprofit accrediting body internationally recognized as an organization that sets the highest quality and ethical standards for human protections in research programs, will manage a team of external, independent experts to conduct the inquiry, including Melissa Frumin (Harvard Medical School), Joan Rachlin (former executive director, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research), and Jeremy Sugarman (Johns Hopkins University).

Award and funding opportunities

APPLICATIONS FOR THE JURAN FELLOWSHIP AWARD will be accepted through July 11. The Joseph M. Juran Center for Research in Supply Chain, Operations, and Quality at the Carlson School will award the $10,000 fellowship to a doctoral student whose thesis research contributes to the study of process excellence and quality in their chosen field. Any candidate intending to apply must email the Juran Center by June 16.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

SEMINAR: STATISTICAL GUIDELINES FOR PILOT STUDIES, sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, will take place June 24, noon-1 p.m., 717 Delaware St., Room 105. Participants will learn what is meant by "feasibility," how large a pilot study should be, what data is most useful for a full-scale study proposal, and more. RSVP by June 23 to to reserve a lunch, or join remotely via UMConnect. The seminar is part of an ongoing series that assists junior faculty with developing strong applications for NIH extramural funding and CTSI-Ed career development programs.

SUMMER AT THE U OF M LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM includes something for everyone, from glass in the gardens to botanic art and butterflies. Feature events include Weekly Music in the Gardens, Yoga in the Gardens, the annual Toast & Taste garden party, a garden art crawl, and more. For more information, see Arboretum Events.


RURAL DESIGN CONFERENCE: Thriving by Design II: Achieving Rural-Urban Economic and Community Health will take place on the Crookston campus July 30-31. The conference will explore design thinking and practice, applying the technique to specific issues on the rural landscape: nature-based recreation, food systems, and the role of Extension.

THE CROOKSTON CAMPUS WELLNESS CENTER received full funding in the Minnesota Legislature's bonding bill. Next steps for the center include finalizing the design by late 2014.


THE TWEED MUSEUM OF ART'S new exhibit, "Engagement and Transcendence," explores the work of Sister Mary Charles McGough. As an artist, she is best known for her woodcuts and icons. As a teacher, she introduced hundreds of Duluth children to creative visual expression.

THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION has named UMD a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite. UMD was also honored for Worksite Innovation, having developed and launched a number of programs and workshops that focus on such topics as healthy eating, financial health, parenting, and disease management.

UMD HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COLLEGES FOR SUMMER SCHOOL by, noting Duluth's "ideal blend of natural and urban attractions."


UMM HAS RECEIVED A 2014 CLIMATE LEADERSHIP AWARD. Sponsored by Second Nature, the awards are presented annually to American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment signatory institutions that demonstrate innovative and advanced leadership in education for sustainability and climate mitigation and adaptation. UMM was the only baccalaureate college selected.

GWEN RUDNEY, professor of education, concluded her 20th year as chair of the Minnesota Teacher of the Year selection panel. The experience has enriched both Rudney's career and those of current and former UMM students.

THE RODNEY A. BRIGGS LIBRARY is one of 73 institutions selected to take part in the Association of College & Research Libraries Assessment in Action program. Results from this project will be used to improve the quality of its library instruction program.

UMM IS HOSTING SUMMER CAMPS FOR YOUTH ATHLETES. Cougar coaches and special guests will help campers improve their soccer, volleyball, and basketball skills. Camps are available for students entering grades 4-12 and include women's soccer (July 31-Aug. 2), women's volleyball (July 27-29; July 28-30), and youth basketball (Aug. 4-7).


THE UMR CONNECTS SPEAKER SERIES MOVES OUTDOORS to the Peace Plaza in order to enjoy the summer nights. The June theme is "Performing Live" and will be headlined by the premier rock band of the U.S. Air Force, "Max Impact," on June 24. The band's six members perform exciting classic and current rock and country hits, as well as patriotic favorites and original music. Events will continue on the Peace Plaza through Aug. 26. Free and open to the public.


Administrative information

THE WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (WLI) is accepting applications. WLI is a selected cohort of University women who meet monthly to learn about and cultivate leadership skills via guest speakers, reflection, and peer mentoring. Application deadline: June 27. Activities begin Sept. 19. WLI is open to women systemwide. WLI is facilitated by the Women's Center and the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education.

DASH GRADUATE STUDENT SUMMER CAMP is a hands-on, intensive training for graduate students who want to integrate digital technologies (data visualization, crowdsourcing, mapping, and more) into teaching and research, with the goal of expanding possibilities in coursework, projects, and careers. Previous experience is welcome, but not necessary. Application Deadline: June 15. Camp takes place Aug. 18-22.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

UMTC IS A HUB FOR THE NORTHERN SPARK ALL-NIGHT ARTS FESTIVAL that will take place June 14-15. University department participants include the Institute for Advanced Study, Northrop, Weisman Art Museum, Bell Museum of Natural History, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, U of M Department of Art, and University Dining Services. For more locations and events, see Northern Spark at the U of M.

REGISTER FOR THE 2014 COMMUNICATORS FORUM CONFERENCE to hone your craft with a day of professional development and networking opportunities. This year's conference features three keynotes: Ellen Lupton: curator, author, teacher, designer; Dessa: singer, writer, rapper, and producer; and Joyce Award winner and visual artist Seitu Jones. The conference includes breakfast, lunch, door prizes, keynotes, and breakout sessions on a wide variety of communications issues and trends. Each attendee will also receive a copy of Dessa's new album, Parts of Speech. June 19, Carlson School of Management.

THE SHELTERING NATURE EXHIBITION AND SALE AT THE BELL MUSEUM will feature a group of 21 regional artists calling attention to the preservation and restoration of natural areas. Up to 20 percent of the proceeds of artwork sales will be donated to support natural areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The exhibit will be presented in two parts: The first half is ongoing through July 12. The second half runs July 20-Aug. 31, with a reception scheduled July 27, 1-4 p.m.

THE CAMPUS CLUB IS OPEN TO NONMEMBERS FOR HAPPY HOUR THIS SUMMER. All U faculty, staff, and guests are welcome during summer happy hours, weekdays through Aug. 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. Food and beverage specials are available Mon.-Weds.

U LIBRARIES OFFERS FREE WORKSHOPS AND CONSULTATIONS on topics such as Organizing Your PDFs, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, Formatting your Dissertations in Word, and more. Library staff and librarians are here to help. Set up a consultation to learn about ways the U Libraries can support you or register for a free workshop.

MORE EVENTS include OED Certificate Workshop 3: Working Effectively in Groups & Diversity Committees (June 12); U-Spatial's Web Mapping 101: Creating Online Maps (June 13); Exhibit opening: Vanished Landscapes (June 17); OED Certificate Workshop 4: Communicating on Issues of Equity and Diversity (June 18); Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus presents The Big Gay Sing! (June 21); Ink: Zen or Revolution (June 24). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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