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Vol. XLIV No. 22; June 25, 2014
Editor: Adam Overland,

One Stop | Employee Self-Service | Professional Development | Wellness | Benefits

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

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents June meeting highlights.
--Features: How chaos may be organized; Rat regret informs decision research; Why University research?
--People: Professor Ann Masten has been named Regents Professor, the highest honor the U of M bestows on faculty; and more.

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


THE BOARD OF REGENTS approved the U of M capital improvement budget at its June 13 meeting. The Board also approved the U's FY15 operating budget, which freezes tuition for resident undergraduates and professional resident and non-resident students in the Medical School and College of Veterinary Medicine, commits to more than $20 million in administrative cost savings, and invests more than $23 million in faculty hires, classroom and lab upgrades, instructional and student support, and academic support.


FEATURE: We know highly creative people and those with schizophrenia share many genes. U student Rachel Grazioplene is using what we know about apophenia--the ability to connect unrelated details--to find how traits in the brains of healthy people protect them from developing mental illness. For more information, read "How chaos may be organized."

FEATURE: When his graduate student Adam Steiner walked in and announced, "My rats are expressing regret," neuroscience professor David Redish responded along the lines of, "You've got to be kidding." But indeed, it seems rats that passed up a short wait at one feeding station only to encounter a much longer wait at the next showed evidence of regret. For more information, read "Rat regret informs decision research."

FEATURE: University research drives scientific and technological advances that address critical global challenges and improve the health and well-being of society. Hear from three U of M researchers about why they are inspired to be part of a university research community in the video, "Why University research?"

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Professor Ann Masten has been named Regents Professor, the highest honor the U of M bestows on faculty; the U has been awarded a $12 million DOE grant to lead a research center aimed at accelerating scientific breakthroughs in energy research; the U has received an NSF grant aimed at helping science and engineering students and faculty identify the commercial potential of their discoveries; OVPR has recognized U of M faculty who have recently acquired patents; CLA interim dean Raymond Duvall will receive the International Studies Association's Distinguished Scholar award; Gayle Woodruff has been awarded the Marita Houlihan Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of International Education; the U.S. Geological Survey has named an Antarctic mountain in honor of adjunct professor Akhouri Sinha; Classroom Technical Services has received a $25,000 AMX Innovation Award for innovative collaboration practices in higher education for its design of the College of Pharmacy's Active Learning and Interactive Video Environment; nine current interdisciplinary graduate groups have been awarded funding through a spring 2014 competition; Michael Goh will join the Office for Equity and Diversity as its associate vice provost; 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

A NEW BLOG EXPLORES THE IMPACT OF UNIVERSITY RESEARCH. Launched by the Office for the Vice President for Research, the new blog, Inquiry, explores the impact of U research through thought-provoking and visually engaging content. Inquiry is designed to promote U of M research excellence and tap into the collective knowledge of our communities to generate and share new ideas on university research, innovation, partnerships, and university-wide collaboration.

WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS: Congress has approved a bill that launched the Pilot Program for Enhancement of Contractor Employee Whistleblower Protections. All faculty, staff, and students working on a federal grant should learn more at Whistleblower Pilot Program.

ESUP UPDATE: UM Reports will not go away as part of the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP); however, U faculty and staff will access reports contained in UM Reports differently, using a new Reporting Center that will be available through the myU Portal in spring 2015. Email questions about ESUP to

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SYSTEM UPGRADE PROJECT recently launched "HR Stars," an advance-team strategy to provide local system support in academic and administrative units systemwide.

Award and funding opportunities

A NEW RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR PRE-AND POSTDOC TRAINEES is available through the Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Translational Research Development Program (TRDP) program. TRDP helps health sciences trainees gain clinical and translational research experience by providing them with up to $16,000 in research funds, mentorship, seminars, and more. In addition, a career development infrastructure supports investigator success with a goal of securing publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Letters of intent are due by July 8, 5 p.m.

NOMINATION INFORMATION FOR THE 2015-17 McKNIGHT LAND-GRANT PROFESSORSHIP AWARDS is now available. The program seeks to advance the careers of promising junior faculty members who are at the beginning stages of their professional careers, and who have the potential to make significant contributions to their departments and scholarly fields. The nomination deadline is Oct. 28. Learn more about recent recipients of the award. For more information, email Chris Bremer or call 612-625-6176.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U OF M LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM WILL HOST TOAST & TASTE IN THE GARDENS, featuring fresh local flavors from Minnesota eateries, as well as regional wines and beers, on July 16. The party starts at 6 p.m. for the early-admission patron event ($125); general admission begins at 7 p.m. ($75). All proceeds benefit the arboretum. For reservations and more information, call 612-625-9875 or see Toast & Taste.


MARK OLSONAWSKI SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT will take place June 26, Two Rivers Golf Club. Registration begins at 9 a.m., tee-off at 10 a.m. A social and awards program will follow at 4 p.m. Cost: $40 per person. The style of play is 18-hole Texas scramble, teams of four.

NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE (NWSA) ALUMNI REUNION will take place June 28. The NWSA, a predecessor of the U of M Crookston, was a residential agricultural high school from 1906 to 1968.


JOSH HAMILTON has joined UMD as the new dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering. Previously, Hamilton was the chief academic and scientific officer at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, where he served from 2008 to 2013. In this role, he oversaw five research centers and programs and all educational and outreach programs.

THE UMD DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS has received four "Best of" awards from the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators. Two gold awards, one silver, and one bronze were presented for exemplary marketing and fan-experience efforts in the 2013-14 sports season.

THE MASTER OF TRIBAL ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNANCE PROGRAM will be available to a national audience in fall 2014 when it is offered for the first time online. The program, the only one of its kind in the U.S., focuses on best management practices for tribal governments and was developed through extensive consultations with tribal administrators, tribal leaders, and tribal organizations. Registration is accepted through August.

GLENSHEEN, the historic Congdon estate on the shores of Lake Superior, offers free outdoor concerts each Wednesday in July at 7 p.m. BYOC--Bring Your Own Chair. Mansion tours may be purchased up until 7 p.m.


THE UMM CLASS OF 1964 and friends returned for the campus's inaugural 50th reunion. The first of its kind, the reunion marks an important milestone for UMM. In addition to providing alumni the chance to reconnect and reminisce, it offers them the opportunity to establish a new campus tradition and to relish a moment in time.

MORRIS HEALTHY EATING has emphasized environmental changes and policy approaches to improve Stevens County's food environment over the last five years. By doing so, it has not only increased access to and availability of healthy foods, but also reduced overweight and obesity rates. University of Minnesota student health researchers note that there is clearly something unique happening in Morris.


SCOTT SIMPKINS has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The award will support Simpkins for three years, beginning in summer 2014. The highly competitive program "recognizes outstanding graduate students" pursuing graduate degrees in STEM fields.


Administrative information

SHARE THE AIR SMOKE- AND TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS POLICY begins July 1. Celebrate fresh air at the Share the Air Fresh Air Fair July 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Northrop Plaza. Free shaved ice, pinwheels, outdoor activities, special guests, and, most importantly, fresh air.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

A PUBLIC MEMORIAL FOR U.S. REP. JIM OBERSTAR is scheduled for June 26, 2:30-4 p.m., Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Oberstar served the 8th Congressional District from 1975 to 2011, and died last month at the age of 79. The Humphrey School memorial is one of three scheduled this week around Minnesota. Registration is requested.

THE CIVIL SERVICE/BARGAINING UNIT WOMEN'S ACTION NETWORK year-end retreat will take place July 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 116 Armory. Those unable to attend the entire event are encouraged to join in a special session titled "Addressing Bullying Behavior in the Workplace," 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. RSVP to Mary Austin if you plan to attend.

"HOW TO BE OUTRAGEOUS," a workshop sponsored by the Women's Center, will take place July 15, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 101 Walter Library. To be outrageous is defined as exceeding the bounds of the expected, to be unconventional, and to challenge accepted standards. Participants will actively think about how they are outrageous, gain some ideas for increasing self-confidence and the confidence of others, and commit to taking some action for continued positive change and outrageousness. Registration is requested.

MORE EVENTS include Smart Clothing: Wearable Technology (June 26); Ink: Zen or Revolution (June 27); Ray LaMontagne (June 28); OED Certificate Workshop 8: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women's Equity (June 30); MOVE LIVE ON TOUR (July 9). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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