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Vol. XLI No. 20; June 15, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: Brief summer publication dates will be June 15 and 29; July 13 and 27; Aug. 10 and 24; and Sept. 7. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 14. The deadline for submissions is noon on the Friday before publication.

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meeting summary.
--U awarded $51 million Clinical and Translational Science Award by NIH.
--Features: Because of Bob—a reflection on the 15th president's nine years of leadership; Reaching out to Northside neighbors; A good way to break the grip of poverty; U of M Moment; This week @Minnesota.
--People: Eric Schwartz has been named dean of the U's Humphrey School; and more.

University News and Events
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BOARD OF REGENTS JUNE MEETING SUMMARY: At the June 10 Board of Regents meeting, the board heard a formal presentation of the president's recommended FY2012 provisional budget. The board also recognized a number of individuals, including President Robert Bruininks and his wife, Susan Hagstrum, for their service to the University, as well as the recipients of the 2011 President's Award for Outstanding Service. The board elected Linda Cohen as its new chair and David Larson as vice chair. For more information, see Regents summary.

THE U HAS BEEN AWARDED A $51 MILLION CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARD (CTSA) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the largest single-institution NIH award ever received by the University. In addition to maximizing community involvement, the $51 million CTSA grant will support both new and existing University programs designed to push new treatments, therapies, and clinical trial outcomes to patients faster, offering more immediate benefits from discoveries. For more information, see $51 million NIH award.


FEATURE: As Bob Bruininks prepares to step down as the 15th president of the University of Minnesota, he reflects on his nine years in Morrill Hall and expresses his frustration with the lack of vision and leadership at the Minnesota state Capitol. For more information, read "Because of Bob."

FEATURE: The U's Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC) is dedicated to University-community engagement and urban problem solving. In the aftermath of the tornado that devastated a large swath of North Minneapolis May 22, the center took on a new role: headquarters for an impromptu disaster relief effort. UROC's "Hand to Hand" effort had volunteers going door to door to check in with residents, drop off food and household supplies, and provide information about community resources they might access regarding housing, health, and other types of assistance. For more information, read "Reaching out to Northside neighbors."

FEATURE: A new study shows that disadvantaged children who receive high-quality education between age three and third grade reap benefits to their economic and social well-being decades later, at age 28. Moreover, the strongest benefits went to those at highest risk; namely, males and preschool children whose parents were high school dropouts. The study complements an earlier one led by the same researcher—child development professor Arthur Reynolds—that reported high economic returns on investment in early education, including 18 percent for a strong preschool program. For more information, read "A good way to break the grip of poverty."

U OF M MOMENT: It seems that doing good isn't always good for business, according to new research from the U's Carlson School of Management. The discovery, says marketing professor Carlos Torelli, found that corporate social responsibility has the potential to backfire for luxury brands associated with a self-enhancement concept. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: June 4–11. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service looks at New Student Orientation, where incoming freshmen and their parents will learn about University life; the Northrop Summer Concert Series; and a taste of the ice cream at the U's Dairy Lab. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards and appointments

PEOPLE: Eric Schwartz has been named dean of the U's Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Cynthia Scott has been named associate to president-designate Kaler; the Carlson School of Management appointed professor Art Hill associate dean of MBA programs and professor Connie Wanberg associate dean of its undergraduate program; Jim Litsheim was awarded the 2011 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award for his work at the University; 2011 best dissertation award winners announced; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

THE U'S REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS (RSDP) are seeking faculty and staff experts in a range of disciplines for a federally funded regional development plan for central Minnesota. The Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan is designed to jumpstart central Minnesota's economy, sustainable housing, and transportation needs. RSDP will tap experts from the U in areas of transportation, housing, and land use, while relying on the guidance and input of residents of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties. For details on faculty and staff opportunities, email Jean Coleman or call 612-588-4904. For more information, see sustainable development.

SYSTEMWIDE SURVEY SOLUTION FORUMS: Faculty, staff, and students who use surveys for research or administrative purposes are invited to forums to help identify a survey solution (or suite of tools) that can be deployed systemwide. The forums are June 23, 1–2 p.m., 114 Science Teaching and Student Services building; and June 29, 11 a.m.–noon, 64 Biological Sciences Center, 1445 Gortner Avenue, St. Paul. The Office of Planning and Analysis and the Office of Information Technology are seeking broad input for the effort, which is overseen by System Academic Administration. For more information and to leave feedback on survey use or schedule an information session for your unit, see survey solution.

NIH RESOURCES FROM THE FACULTY AND PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR WORKSHOP: "Building Successful Research Teams: Preventing and Managing Conflict," held in early June, are posted online. Dean Allen Levine and VP Tim Mulcahy introduced the NIH presenters and spoke of the importance of successful research collaborations to the University. For more information, see NIH resources.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

A NATIONAL FORUM ON IMPROVING UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION THROUGH ACTIVE LEARNING SPACES 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. The poster and demonstration deadline is June 30. All U faculty, instructional staff, and P&A teaching staff are encouraged to attend. Aug. 4–6, Science Teaching and Student Services Building. For more information, including registration and poster and demonstration guidelines, see active learning spaces.


THE NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE ALUMNI REUNION will include both new and traditional alumni events. June 25. For more information, see reunion.

THE MATH, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT (MST) has hired two instructors to teach in the Software Engineering Program. Bouchaib Falah holds a Ph.D. in software engineering from North Dakota State University, where he has served as a graduate teaching assistant for data structures, programming, and mathematics courses since 2007. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Concordia College in Moorhead during that time. Kun Tian holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Eric Johnson School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he has served as a graduate teaching assistant for software engineering and programming courses since 2006. Both instructors will begin teaching in August.

THE AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES DEPARTMENT will host its first Land Management Field School June 21–24 on campus. The four-day, residential camp is intended to help new employees of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gain an understanding of the fundamentals of land use in Northwest Minnesota from an agricultural and natural resource perspective. For more information, call Dan Svedarsky at 218-281-8129.


THE 2011 WILLIAM PLATER AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT was presented to Vince Magnuson, UMD's vice chancellor of Academic Administration and chief academic officer, by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. For more information, see leadership award.

UMD'S HERITAGE ORCHARD WON A NATIONAL COMPETITION sponsored by Edy's Fruit Bars. More than 130 communities from around the United States participated in the "Communities Take Root" contest. The top five winners will receive more than 50 trees, a full year of orchard maintenance with community workshops, and more. For more information, see Communities Take Root.


FOUR ALUMNI WERE CHOSEN for the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association Board of Directors. The award honors alumni who have made noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, in public service, or in service to the U. The recipients are David Eckmann '78, Gary McGrath '68, the late Thomas McRoberts '68, and John Tavis '85. For more information, see alumni award.

THE MORRIS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT's combined efforts have earned it a second place finish in the final Kruse Award standings, which measure all-around success of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference's (UMAC) eight member institutions. For more information, see Cougar athletics.

2011 CESAR CHAVEZ AWARD: Students Angela Laidlaw and Yuri Machkasov, and geology professor James Cotter, received the 2011 César Chavez Award. Recipients of the award personify service to others, sacrifice, desire to help the neediest in society, determination, nonviolence, tolerance, respect for life, celebrating community, knowledge, and innovation.


UMR HAS ANNOUNCED THE INAUGURAL CLASS OF A NEW DEGREE PROGRAM, a bachelor of science in health professions. Students in the junior admitting program complete the first two years at UMR, MnSCU institutions, or other universities and colleges by taking required liberal education and prerequisite courses. Students meeting admission requirements will be jointly admitted as juniors by UMR and Mayo School of Health Sciences. For more information, see new UMR degree.


Administrative information

UMTC's DONHOWE BUILDING IS THE FIRST campus building to be rated as an Energy Star Building by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To earn the rating, the Donhowe Building's energy consumption data were compared to hundreds of similar buildings. Buildings that are more energy efficient than 75 percent of all similar buildings qualify for the Energy Star label. The Donhowe building earned a rating of 88, putting it in the top 12 percent. The Donhowe Building's high energy efficiency came about as the result of the U Energy Management group's recommissioning project in 2009. For more information, see Donhowe.

Funding opportunity

THE MULTICULTURAL TEACHING AND LEARNING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM is accepting applications for 2011–12. The Center for Teaching and Learning administers and facilitates the fellowship, which supports course development, course revision, development of teaching resources, and other projects related to multicultural teaching and learning. Applications will be accepted through July 15. For more information, email Anita Gonzalez or see fellowship program.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

"MANAGING INNOVATION AND REFORM IN HEALTHCARE: ACCESS, QUALITY, COST," the seventh annual American and German trans-Atlantic experts forum, will take place June 21–22, McNamara Alumni Center. Healthcare policy experts and decision makers from Germany and the United States will discuss the full range of healthcare policy constituencies: local, state, and national government; doctors; insurers; pharmaceutical companies; employers; and patients. Sponsored by the U's Center for German and European Studies. For registration (required) and more information, see health care.

THE ALASKAN WILDERNESS WILL BE FEATURED IN A NEW BELL MUSEUM EXHIBIT opening June 25. As the United States continues to debate its national energy policy, Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) remains in the discussion's limelight. The exhibit presents images of and information about this wild region. For more information, see Alaska exhibit.

GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS interested in learning more about the academic job search process at community, technical, and liberal arts colleges and comprehensive universities are invited to attend a panel discussion sponsored by the Upper Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, Postdoctoral Association, Graduate School, and Preparing Future Faculty. The session will be particularly relevant for graduate students and postdocs in the biological and physical sciences. June 28, 3–4:30 p.m., 2-520 Moos Tower. For registration and more information, email job search.

THE INSTITUTE FOR ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE'S 2011 EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, "The Heart-Brain Connection," will cover the topics of basic and applied research, clinical symptoms of heart/brain interactions, prevention and clinical management, and surgical treatments and resuscitation. Open to members of the University community and representatives of local industry. Early registration is suggested. Cost: U attendees, free; non-U attendees, $50. July 27, Mayo Auditorium. For registration and more information, see engineering in medicine.

MORE EVENTS include Movies & Music (June 15); The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (June 17); Minnesota River Floodplain Plants and Geology (June 19); Mini Medical School (June 20); Author and psychologist Jesse Bering discusses The Belief Instinct (June 23); Remembering Smell: Fragrance in the Garden (June 23); Pet-a-Palooza (June 25). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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