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Vol. XLII No. 20; June 6, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief summer publication calendar: June 6 and 20, July 11 and 25, Aug. 8 and 22, and Sept. 5. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 12.

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meet June 7–8.
--Features: 10 plants that changed Minnesota; Clean energy from CO2?; Shaping health care policy: 2012–14 McKnight Land-Grant Professor Dominique Tobbell; This Week @Minnesota.
--People: Fred Wood has been named chancellor of the University of Minnesota's campus in Crookston; and more.

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


THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET June 7–8. The board will act on President Kaler's proposed FY13 budget as well as the FY13 Annual Capital Improvement Budget. In addition, senior vice president and provost Karen Hanson will deliver a presentation on e-learning and e-texts to the Educational Planning and Policy Committee; the Board of Regents Special Committee on Executive Compensation and Administrative Transitional Leaves will report its findings and recommendations; and the Office of Human Resources will outline an analysis being done to better define University-wide workforce and administrative costs. For more information, see the news release and docket materials.


FEATURE: Which plants changed Minnesota and transformed how we live today? That was the big question behind a public education campaign led by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. U of M horticulture professor Mary Meyer spearheaded the initiative, partnering with the Arboretum, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and U of M Extension. For more information, read "10 plants that changed Minnesota."

FEATURE: Geothermal heat a mile or two deep in Earth's crust is a potential source of energy that could be tapped by an unlikely carrier: carbon dioxide (CO2), the central villain in global warming. That energy, unlike solar and wind, could be easily turned on and off without the intermediate step of being stored in a battery. And it would be constant and reliable. That is the prospect of the CO2-plume geothermal system, invented by three U researchers. For more information, read "Clean energy from CO2?"

FEATURE: Since the 1960s, the U.S. government has relied heavily on academic health centers to solve society's health care woes: from training the next generation of doctors and nurses, to leading the research that cures disease and providing equitable health care to the community. McKnight Land-Grant professor Dominique Tobbell studies the social, political, and economic history of the American health care industry. Her current project examines the relationship of academic health centers in the United States with the communities they serve, and their impact on health care policy. For more information, see "Shaping health care policy: Dominique Tobbell."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: This episode of the weekly video features highlights from commencement speeches of the 2012 U of M graduation ceremonies. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Fred E. Wood has been named chancellor of the University of Minnesota's campus in Crookston; Leon A. Assael has been named dean of the University's School of Dentistry; University of Minnesota Board of Regents executive director and corporate secretary Ann Cieslak will retire June 17; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

GOOGLE DRIVE FOR THE U: Keep everything, share anything. The Office of Information Technology has announced the introduction of Google Drive to the expanding list of Google Apps available for the University of Minnesota. Drive provides a new way to access and share files and folders, at any time and on any device. It will replace and enhance what is known as Google Documents today. For more information, see Google Drive.

TXT-U CHANGES: TXT-U is the University's emergency notification text messaging system for providing students, faculty, and staff with critical campus safety information. All students, faculty, and staff with an active Internet ID and University of Minnesota email address are now automatically added to TXT-U. To verify your information, add or change numbers, or opt out of TXT-U, go to your TXT-U page. Or you can opt out by texting "STOP" to 67283. For more information, see a TXT-U FAQ.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: Four new graduate education policies change the degree completion time limit for both master's and doctoral degrees, and establish a minimum GPA for doctoral students. The policies also include guidelines for remote participation in committee examinations, and establish a time limit for submission of the final thesis or dissertation. The Credit and Grade Point Requirements for an Undergraduate Degree Policy now reflects the current practice on the UMTC and UMR campuses of not allowing Ds in courses required for the minor. The Budget Development and Oversight for Current Non-Sponsored Funds combines three budget policies into one and includes a suspension of charging interest on deficits, and increased communications and monitoring. For more information, see policies under review.

Awards and funding opportunities

THE CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE INSTITUTE (CTSI) has extended the application deadline for its Research Services Pilot Funding Program until June 8. The program allows investigators to gather preliminary data for clinical research projects. Awards of up to $25,000 are available, and the program is open to faculty members at any campus. For more information, see the RFP.

A NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY that provides support for investigators to incorporate novel methods into their translational research programs is available through the CTSI. Funding is open to full-time faculty members. Applications must focus on human-relevant translational research with the potential to impact human health and/or disease. Applications are due June 19 by 5 p.m. For more information, see supported novel methods and view the RFP.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

RETIRING UMC CHANCELLOR CHARLES CASEY will be honored at a community reception June 7, 4:30–6 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Casey has served more than 33 years at the U and has held a number of distinguished posts, including chair of the Board of Regents and dean and director of University of Minnesota Extension. For reception details, email Jennifer Reckner.


RETIRING UMC CHANCELLOR CHARLES CASEY and Barbara Muesing will be honored at a public reception June 14, 2–4 p.m., Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. Gifts may be directed to the Dr. Charles H. Casey and Barbara J. Muesing Scholarship Fund. For more information, see public reception.

FRED E. WOOD HAS BEEN NAMED CHANCELLOR of UMC. He will begin July 2, pending approval by the Board of Regents. Wood comes to the U from the University of California, Davis, where he has been vice chancellor of student affairs and has held other leadership roles for 26 years. For more information, see Fred Wood.

UMC TEAMBACKERS' treasurer Adam Maruska recently presented a check for $25,000 to Stephanie Helgeson, UMC director of athletics. The money will be used for scholarships to support student athletes. For more information, see scholarship money.


MICHAEL SEYMOUR has been appointed vice chancellor for finance and operations effective July 2. For more information, see Seymour.

THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS (AIA) has honored UMD's Bagley Outdoor Classroom with the AIA Committee on the Environment Award. The building was selected as a national top-ten example of sustainable buildings in the United States. For more information, see Bagley Outdoor Classroom.

THE 2012 OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS were recently presented to 27 UMD employees by Chancellor Lendley C. Black. For more information, see the award recipients.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR SEASONAL WORKSHOPS from now through the fall, including tree management, pollinator conservation, and pest control offerings geared toward the novice and the expert. For more information, see workshops for gardening enthusiasts.


ED BRANDS, assistant professor of environmental studies, has received a Faculty Interactive Research Program grant for his project "Mapping Manure in West Central Minnesota Watersheds." Using manure records from nearly 450 large animal feeding operations (AFO) in nearby counties, he will create a database and maps of AFO manure generation, transfer, and application to land in the Chippewa River and Pomme de Terre River watersheds. For more information, see research grant.

ANDREANA SAUNDERS '13, Bloomington, is UMM's first recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a program that allows financially constrained undergraduates to participate in study abroad programs. She used the scholarship to participate in Pyramids and Politics on the Nile in Egypt during May session. For more information, see international scholarship.

THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION has awarded continued funding to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) through August 2013. Morris STEP supports Native American science students through mentoring and research opportunities and has increased the overall number of STEM majors by establishing a new environmental science major. For more information, see STEP.

RECIPIENTS OF THE U OF M PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE included two UMM faculty members: Jenny Nellis, professor emeritus of studio art; and Paula O'Loughlin, professor of political science. For more information, see outstanding service.


UMR FACULTY MEMBER AMY FINNEGAN has been granted a 2013 Global Seminar. Finnegan will lead a group of 12 to 15 U students on a three-week journey to Kenya in May 2013. For more information, see Global Seminars.

UMR PROFESSOR AMINUL HUQ has been selected as an Office of Information Technology Faculty Fellow for 2012–13. The fellowship program offers the opportunity to integrate technology-enhanced learning into the curriculum. For more information, see faculty fellow.

LINDA HERRICK, School of Nursing-Rochester clinical associate professor, has been named president-elect of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS). Herrick has been an active member of MNRS since 1995, participating in conferences, research sections, task forces, and committees.


Administrative information

ENERGY MANAGEMENT is eradicating inefficient lighting on the UMTC campus—with your help. The first 10 people to report old style campus lights (incandescent and T12 lamps) will receive an It All Adds Up t-shirt. Lighting typically comprises 15 to 25 percent of a building's energy bill and savings there can significantly help the U's bottom line. Departments and individuals can make a difference by actively looking for inefficient T12 and incandescent fixtures and reporting them to Energy Management. Report inefficient lighting or see It All Adds Up for more information.

BIKING INCENTIVE PROGRAM: Faculty and staff can earn wellness rewards for completing 40 rides before Aug. 31 using the automated bike commuting recognition system offered through Parking and Transportation Services. In addition, riding at least eight times a month enters staff/faculty in drawings for great prizes. Students automatically receive prizes for eight monthly rides. Form a team to compete for additional prizes. Bikes can be tagged at the U of M Bike Center. For more information, see biking incentive program.

Awards and funding opportunities

APPLICATIONS FOR THE JURAN FELLOWSHIP AWARD will be accepted through Aug. 6. 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 doctoral candidate intending to apply must email the Juran Center by July 9. For more information, see Juran Fellowship.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

SPECIAL FEATURE: THINGS TO DO AT THE U IN THE SUMMER: 2012 EDITION. In and around the Twin Cities, the University of Minnesota is abuzz with summer activities for adults and kids alike. These events are sure to keep visitors busy and brainy at the same time. So pack up and pack in the fun, Minnesota. Summer comes but once a year. For more information, read "Things to do at the U in the summer."

REPRESENTATIVES FROM BICYCLING COUNTS, a traveling, interactive bike exhibit that will be installed this summer along highly frequented Minneapolis bike paths, will be on the UMTC campus June 6 to educate through art how the individual action of cycling can contribute to individual and collective health and well-being. The project is taking place in various locations during Minneapolis's Bike Walk Week, June 2–10. For more information, see Bicycling Counts.

THE CENTER ON AGING/MINNESOTA AREA GERIATRIC EDUCATION CENTER SUMMER INSTITUTE will address how changes in health and social care will affect the lives of older people in Minnesota. The Institute features leaders in elder care and is designed to provide participants an opportunity to learn about and discuss the many proposed changes in health and social care and to determine appropriate next steps for their organizations. June 12, 8:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Earle Brown Heritage Center. For registration and more information, see summer institute.

DISCOUNTED TWINS TICKETS for faculty and staff are available at Student Union Information Desks. Tickets are now available for the Twins vs. Brewers series June 15–17. For more information, see discounts.

THE LOW LIFE OF RIVER DELTAS: Earth sciences professor Chris Paola reveals the vulnerability of river deltas as well as their remarkable natural resilience in the next College of Science and Engineering Public Lecture. June 20, 7 p.m., 150 Tate Lab of Physics. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information, see river deltas.

THE U & BREW, A BEER TASTING hosted by the U's Office of Business Relations and the Campus Club, will explore the role the U has played in the development of barley and hops, and its impact on the beer industry. Along with a variety of beers, attendees will enjoy U of M cheeses, bratwurst, giant pretzels, giveaways, and live music. June 28, 4–7 p.m., Campus Club, Coffman Union. Reservations and a $20 prepayment can be made by calling 612-625-1442. For more information, see U & Brew (PDF).

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR SUMMER GRAD SCHOOL TEST PREP COURSES. On-campus courses include Preparing for the LSAT (starts June 30); Preparing for the GMAT (starts July 7); and Preparing for the PCAT (starts July 21). Online preparation courses for the GRE and GMAT are also available. University staff receive a 10 percent discount. For more information, see Grad School Test Prep or call 612-624-4000.

GREAT IDEAS OF EACH DECADE will be examined this summer in a special commemoration of the College of Continuing Education's (CCE) centennial year. CCE's LearningLife program will host a special 10-event summer series, examining these great ideas, with morning seminars featuring University faculty and prominent Twin Cities experts. U faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount. Events start July 10; register early as space is limited. For more information, see LearningLife or call 612-624-4000.

THE 2012 SUMMER APPLEBY HALL ART GALLERY OPENING will take place July 11, noon–1 p.m. Refreshments will follow a brief program. This summer's show features the work of Harriet Graham, a U alumna who received her BFA in 1996. The AHA! Gallery is located on the ground level of Appleby Hall.

MORE EVENTS include Ladies Night Out at the Arboretum (June 7); Haley Bonar with Brute Heart and Reina del Cid and the Cidizens (June 8); "Landscape of the Mind": Public Reception for the Artists (June 9); Adam Meckler Orchestra (June 13); Crowdfunding for Startups (June 14); CURA Housing Forum—Planned Unit Development Policies in the Twin Cities Region: Insights on Flexible Zoning (June 15); Spoonriver Cookbook Launch with Brenda Langton (June 19). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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