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Vol. XLIII No. 21; June 5, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Brief publication calendar: Summer publication dates will be June 5 and 19, July 10 and 24, and Aug. 7 and 21. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 11.

Inside This Issue
--State Relations Update.
--Board of Regents meet June 13–14.
--Features: Hate potholes? Nuke 'em; The Mystery of the Fallen Horses; "Calcium sponge" targets heart failure; Heated sludge helps defeat superbugs.
--People: Allen Levine, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, announced plans to step down at the end of August; and more.

University News and Events
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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: On May 24, Governor Dayton signed the higher education omnibus bill into law. The law appropriates $1.17 billion to the U of M in FY14–15, including $78.25 million in funding for an undergraduate tuition freeze and the Minnesota Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) program. Five percent of the FY15 operations and maintenance appropriation ($1.045 billion) is contingent upon the U meeting at least three of five accountability metrics. Other highlights: The law includes approximately $86 million for agriculture education and Extension services, $9.7 million for health sciences, $2.28 million for the College of Science and Engineering, and just less than $15 million for the partnership between the U and the Mayo Foundation. For more information, see State Relations.

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET JUNE 13–14. The board agenda includes an update on student mental health trends and services and action on President Kaler's six-year capital plan and his recommended FY14 capital improvement budget, as well as the 2014 annual operating budget. In addition, the board will receive a progress report on the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program, and discuss an administrative services benchmarking and diagnostics study, which was conducted by Huron Consulting Services. For more information, see Board of Regents.


FEATURE: With a little help from microwaves and magnetite, the olden days of pothole repair may soon give way to a golden age of long-lasting fixes. Research led by Lawrence Zanko, a senior research fellow at UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute, indicates that mixing ground magnetite—an iron mineral found in taconite ore—into an asphalt patch material and then "nuking" it with microwaves will seal the patch far more securely than conventional methods. For more information, read "Hate potholes? Nuke 'em."

FEATURE: Horses were dying, and nobody could figure out why. Seemingly healthy animals put out to graze in pastures suddenly got very sick and died within a few days. Stephanie Valberg, director of the U's Leatherdale Equine Center, and Adrian Hegeman, associate professor in the Department of Horticultural Science, teamed up to find the cause. For more information, read "The Mystery of the Fallen Horses."

FEATURE: Researchers at the U's Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology and Lillehei Heart Institute have utilized molecular genetic engineering to optimize heart performance in models of diastolic heart failure. The advance offers a solid conceptual step forward. For more information, read "Calcium sponge targets heart failure."

FEATURE: You've probably heard of "superbugs"—bacteria that are resistant to numerous antibiotics. They've cost many lives and billions of dollars. Timothy LaPara of the U's Department of Civil Engineering addresses a pandemic that threatens to return the world to a pre-penicillin era. For more information, read "Heated sludge helps defeat superbugs."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Allen Levine, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, announced plans to step down at the end of August; 2013 Minnesota Futures award recipients; spring 2013 Grant-in-Aid award recipients; Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education Henning Schroeder has been offered a one-year appointment as Council of Graduate Schools/National Science Foundation Dean-in-Residence; professor Jon Christianson has been appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; the Robina Foundation has pledged $9 million to University of Minnesota Law School; Mikhail Shifman, Ida Cohen Fine Professor of Theoretical Physics, is the winner of the 2013 Pomeranchuk Prize; Parking and Transportation Services is the winner of two 2013 Northern Lights Awards; 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

SPRING 2013 GRADUATE EDUCATION COUNCIL (GEC) ELECTION RESULTS are now available. Five newly elected faculty members will begin serving three-year terms in fall 2013. Created in response to the recommendations for restructuring graduate education, the GEC serves as a University-wide advisory body to the vice provost and dean of graduate education. For more information, see GEC election results.

2013 STATE FAIR EXHIBIT AND STAGE SPACE IS AVAILABLE NOW. Departments with unique and engaging exhibit ideas are encouraged to share with tens of thousands of fair-goers during the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 22–Sept. 2. Showcase the work and talents of faculty, staff, and students for a day (or more). The U stage features performances, demonstrations, appearances by U personalities, and more. Email Jackie Lee Stone to discuss exhibit ideas and available dates and times.


STUDENT CONSERVATIONIST AWARD: Wade Jackson '13, and senior Bob Guetter were recently named recipients of 2013 Student Conservationist Awards from the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Conservation Society. The award is given to outstanding conservation students at a Minnesota college or university and includes a $500 stipend. For more information, see award.

MARGO BOWERMAN has joined University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Youth Development as an assistant professor. She is based at Extension's regional office in Crookston. For more information, see Bowerman.

MARTY BREAKER, a teaching specialist in the business department, was recently certified as a volunteer ombudsman with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency. This designation allows him to work with veterans and employers in Minnesota to provide information regarding the rights and benefits of veterans as provided for in the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.


MONICA BRUNING has been chosen as the new associate vice chancellor for enrollment and institutional effectiveness. She recently served as a senior research associate and faculty member at Iowa State University and led a collaborative multi-million-dollar National Science Foundation longitudinal study to broaden STEM participation with Des Moines Area Community College. For more information, see Monica Bruning.

RESTORATION WORK on the Lester River Fish Hatchery/Limnology Lab, accomplished by UMD's Department of Facilities Management, was recently honored with an award from the Duluth Preservation Alliance. The structure was built in the late 1880s. Now owned by UMD, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. For more information, see preservation.

THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE has selected the UMD Center for Economic Development's Northeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for an "Excellence in Partnering" award. The award recognizes the SBDC's partnership with the IRS to educate and serve America's taxpayers. For more information, see excellence.

JOIN REGIONAL ARTIST ANNE LABOVITZ at a reception to celebrate the opening of her exhibit, "Anne Labovitz: Composite Portraits," June 6, 5–8 p.m., Tweed Museum of Art. On June 7, 1–4 p.m., Labovitz will lead children and adults in creating self-portraits on large paper with crayons, pencils, and watercolor pencils in Family Day at the Tweed. Both events are free. For more information, see Labovitz.


THE UMM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (UMMAA) BOARD OF DIRECTORS has announced recipients of the 2013 UMMAA Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors alumni making noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, in public service, or in service to the University. The 2013 recipients are James "Doc" Carlson '65, Mathew J. LeFebvre '87, and Ann Michels '93. For more information, see Distinguished Alumni.

THE GREEN PRAIRIE COMMUNITY ART COMMITTEE is looking to purchase original artwork for display in the new Green Prairie Living and Learning Community. The committee will review portfolios of two- and three-dimensional artwork for purchase, and selected pieces will become part of the University's permanent collection. Submissions are due by July 15. For more information, see Green Prairie Community Art.

KAYLIE CLARK '14 achieved All-American status at the 2013 National Collegiate Athletic Association's outdoor track and field meet. Clark hit a mark of 43.07 meters to take sixth place in the javelin—and broke her own school record. The two-sport athlete is the fourth UMM student to earn All-American status this year. For more information, see Clark.


REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Signature Series 2013: Management of Technology Essentials, to be held Oct. 9–10 and Nov. 13–14. For more information about these short courses for high-tech professionals and leaders, see Signature Series.


Lectures, exhibits, and other events

JOIN IN A CONVERSATION WITH LANNY DAVIS, crisis manager behind the likes of Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart, and other famous individuals. A Q&A with professor Larry Jacobs will be followed by a book signing of Davis' latest work, Crises Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics, and Life. June 5, 5 p.m., Humphrey School. For more information, see Lanny Davis.

PHOTOGRAPHY SYMPOSIUM: CONSERVATION THROUGH THE LENS will feature acclaimed photographer/oceanographer Chris Linder, who has documented 32 scientific expeditions. Nature lovers and photographers of all skill levels are welcome. Cost: $80 member/$95 nonmember, with special 2-for-1 admission for U faculty, staff, and students. Use code 2FOR1 when registering. June 8, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., U of M Landscape Arboretum. For registration, call 952-443-1422 or see photography for more information.

GOPHER ATHLETICS WILL HOST "BREAKFAST WITH CHAMPIONS" June 11, 7:30–9 a.m., TCF Bank Stadium. Speakers include associate athletics director Tom McGinnis, head women's hockey coach Brad Frost, women's hockey co-captain Bethany Brausen Jr., and former Gopher football great Rickey Foggie. Cost: $25 per person/$150 per table. For tickets, call 612-624-8080 (option 2) or 1-800-U-GOPHER. Space is limited; register by June 7. For more information, see champions.

HAPPY HOUR AT THE CAMPUS CLUB returns this summer for all U faculty and staff. Club membership is not required. Food and beverage specials will be available, in addition to an updated bar menu. Drink and food specials may be enjoyed in the bar and on the terrace weekdays, 3–6 p.m., through Aug. 30. For more information, see Campus Club.

MORE EVENTS include OED Certificate Workshop 2: Leadership in the Context of Equity and Diversity (June 6); Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Information Session (June 7); Northrop Summer Music Festival presents Charanga Tropical with DJ Fatty (June 7); Kerlan Award, featuring children's literature author Kate DiCamillo (June 8); Dave Chase on Startups, Patient Engagement and the Future of Healthcare (June 12); Northrop Summer Music Festival presents The Tasty Tones (June 12); Soil Saturday: Building on Soils (June 15); Weekends with the Weisguides—Celebrate Dad (June 16); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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