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Vol. XLIII No. 23; July 10, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

For additional news and information, see the Faculty and Staff views of the U homepage.

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

Inside This Issue
--President Kaler visits China.
--July 10 Board of Regents meeting.
--Features: He thought on his feet; Closing ranks on an invader; Where the organic cows roam.
--People: Timothy P. Lodge and Stephen Polasky were named Regents Professors by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents; and more.

University News and Events
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IN HIS FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRIP during his two-year tenure, President Eric Kaler traveled for 11 days in China to meet with key academic, institutional, and governmental partners. The trip saw a total of 10 cooperative agreements signed with universities and research centers. In addition, there were meetings with leading government and business officials in the region. The trip also helped launch the upcoming 100th anniversary of the first Chinese students on the University of Minnesota campus in 1914. President Kaler also met with incoming first-year students, who will travel to attend the U's Twin Cities campus this fall. For more information, see China Trip.

AT ITS JULY 10 MEETING, THE U OF M BOARD OF REGENTS will discuss the University's research priorities and hear an annual report on Gopher Athletics. VP for Research Brian Herman will envision the future of the University's research enterprise and address the growing challenges due to stagnating or declining federal funds. Gopher Athletic Director Norwood Teague will present an annual report on student-athlete academic progress, athletic accomplishment, budget, and facilities. For more information, see Board of Regents.


FEATURE: A surgical procedure, invented by University of Minnesota professor John Foker during an operation, has helped children grow an esophagus. For more information, read "He thought on his feet."

FEATURE: Two faculty members got the ball rolling on a common defense against the emerald ash borer. Their case study shows how to mobilize against the insect, which could kill many of the state's ash trees. For more information, read "Closing ranks on an invader."

FEATURE: Assistant animal science professor Bradley Heins is leading a study to help the organic dairy industry become more profitable at the U's West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC)—home to one of only two certified organic dairy farms at land-grant research universities in the United States. For more information, read "Where the organic cows roam."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Timothy P. Lodge and Stephen Polasky were named Regents Professors by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents; Rachelle Hernandez has been named associate vice provost for Enrollment Management; the White House recently honored professor Karen Oberhauser as a Champion of Change for Citizen Science; professor Emily Hoover has been selected by President Kaler as the U's Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA; the President's Excellence in Leadership program has named 2013–14 program partcipants; CBS Student Services has received a Regional Innovation Award from the National Academic Advising Association; 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'S NEW SUPPLY PURCHASING WEBSITE, U MARKET, is officially open for business. U Market provides a single place to buy University-related supplies at contract prices, consolidating U Stores, U Mart, and many new vendors in one convenient, online location. For more information, see U Market.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY: Revisions to the Background Checks and Verifications policy (formerly Pre-Hire Background Verification) create a consistent systemwide requirement of background checks on all individuals being offered employment in, or being transferred or reassigned to, non student positions. The checks will also be conducted for individuals, including volunteers, who are involved in work with minors, or where background checks are legally or contractually required. The policy is open for a 30-day comment period.

STRENGTHSQUEST: Faculty and staff can learn more about the strengths-based philosophy, their own "Top 5," and how to use the StrengthsQuest program in a Strengths Educator for Higher Education seminar on the Twin Cities campus, July 30. For registration and more information, see StrengthsQuest.

Award and funding opportunities

SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH PROJECTS that experience funding shortfalls due to sequestration is available through the expansion of the Office of the Vice President for Research's (OVPR) bridge funding program. OVPR has raised the amount of allowable funding from $30,000 to $150,000. The program offers grants for research projects across all campuses and colleges. For more information, see Grant-in-Aid.

THE CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH SERVICES PILOT FUNDING PROGRAM is accepting applications. Associate and assistant professors without RO1 or equivalent NIH funding can apply for $5,000–$25,000 of research services through the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. A letter of intent is due July 15; full proposals are due Aug. 26. Mini awards, up to $5,000, are funded on a continuous basis. For more information, see CTRS Pilot Funding.

THE POWELL CENTER FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH invites poster abstract submissions for its 10th Annual Women's Health Research Conference. The poster abstract can be on any topic related to women's health. Submission deadlines are July 15 (to be considered for an award) and Aug. 23. For more information or to submit an abstract, see Women's Health.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U OF M LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM is screening outdoor family-friendly movies during July and August. Movies are free with gate admission. Upcoming films are Mighty Ducks, July 11; and Miracle, Aug. 8. For more information, see movies at the arboretum.

THE INSTITUTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT has released videos for all three of last spring's Ensia event series speakers. Watch online at


STUDENTS AND STAFF will be at the Polk County Fair in Fertile, MN, July 11–14. The fairground is located east of Highway 32 in Fertile and the campus display is located in the Industrial Exhibits Building number 2.

SOME 150 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS who earned Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) will be on campus learning about leadership during the week of July 14–20. For the complete schedule, see youth visit (PDF).

APPROXIMATELY 70 STUDENTS in grades two through six will participate in Club Kid activities on campus this summer. This is the fifth year UMC's Center for Adult Learning has partnered with Club Kid to introduce young students to a university environment at an early age. On July 16, the group will have a Golden Eagle Athletic Fun Day at the track and gym. For more information, see Club Kid.

CROPS AND SOILS DAY at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center is scheduled for July 17 at North Farm, located one mile north of the UMC campus on Highway 75. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with tours and programs in the morning and early afternoon. For more information, see Crops and Soils Day.


BRIAN MCINNES, UMD Department of Education associate professor, has been selected to join the Blandin Foundation's board of trustees. McInnes teaches leadership and ethics within UMD's Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program. He also leads the Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project. For more information, see Brian McInnes.

UMD'S NEW CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MAJOR is the first of its kind in the nation. The program focuses on business in a global economy, foreign languages, and cultural competency. Career fields where cultural entrepreneurs flourish include marketing, tourism, event management, and advocacy. For more information, see Cultural Entrepreneurship.

A FREE ONLINE PUBLICATION by UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute and the U.S. Forest Service educates land managers, arborists, and others on disposal options and markets for trees killed by invasive insects. For more information, see trees.

CONCERTS BY THE LAKE will take place every Wednesday, July 3–Aug. 14, at Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate. The free concerts start at 7 p.m. For more information, see Glensheen.


AWARD-WINNING ALUMNI BARBERSHOP QUARTET KORDAL KOMBAT competed in last week's Barbershop Harmony Society 75th Annual International Convention. Founded by Adam Helgeson '12 in 2009, the ensemble has qualified for international and district competitions since 2012. For more information, see Kordal Kombat.

JORDAN WENTE '15, Dodge Center, is working with UMM's Center for Small Towns, Kandiyohi County, and Renville County to compile a comprehensive health narrative. The narrative will explore issues related to various health factors in the region, including demographic and economic factors. The final product will be used to help improve community health outcomes. For more information, see Wente.

UMM'S CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS AND SPRINGBOARD FOR THE ARTS co-hosted the 2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit June 5–6 on the UMM campus. Attendees immersed themselves in seminars and activities designed to teach them how to best create and sustain vitality in rural areas by mobilizing the arts. For more information, see Rural Arts and Culture.

UMM HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S BEST AND MOST INTERESTING UNIVERSITIES by the Fiske Guide to Colleges and is featured in the 2014 edition of the book. The guide offers a selective, subjective, and systematic look at more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. For more information, see Fiske Guide.


UMR CONNECTS continues to be held outside on the Peace Plaza over the summer, Tuesday nights, 7 p.m. Upcoming themes are Journeys: Remarkable Life Stories—July; Spirituality and World Religion—August; and International and World Affairs—September. For weekly event details, see UMR CONNECTS.


Administrative information

THE BURSAR'S OFFICE HAS PERMANENTLY CLOSED. Student questions regarding tuition payments should be directed to One Stop Student Services. Questions from staff on how student payments will be processed should be directed to Student Account Assistance. Due dates and payment options are available on the One Stop Student Services site. For more information about the closure, see Bursar.

ALL NEW AND TRANSFER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARRIVING for fall semester 2013 must visit International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for a mandatory document check to complete federal requirements. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until they complete the check. ISSS will also coordinate sessions with the Social Security Administration this August to facilitate the Social Security number application process for new international students with employment at the U. Space is limited. For more information, email Audrey Park.

VIDEO PRODUCTION AND PUBLISHING TRAINING is available from Technology Training and Usability Services. Classes cover basic video editing skills, techniques for screen capture, publishing options, and more. For more information, see video training.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U OF M CHURCH STREET FARMERS MARKET is back for another summer. The market kicks off its ninth season July 10, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., and continues on Wednesdays through October 9. Join the estimated 3,000 people likely to attend the opener. For more information, see "Fresh Eats on Church Street."

DEVELOPING MEMORABLE PRESENTATIONS: STRATEGIES TO MAKE TEACHING STICK, a half-day workshop, will provide attendees with a set of principles for developing presentations for an academic audience. Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, will present a simple framework for increasing the chances that presentations have a lasting impact. July 24, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch is provided. For more information, see workshop.

SUCCESSFUL MANAGER'S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM information session will be held Aug. 5, 3–4 p.m., 210 Donhowe. The program is designed for mid- to top-level managers, and addresses the need for leaders to understand how to effectively apply sound leadership principles. It includes a 360-degree assessment, and emphasizes four key areas: personal leadership, thought leadership, results leadership, and people leadership. The session is free. For more information, see leadership program.

THE OTHER SIDE OF POVERTY IN SCHOOLS, a one-day workshop for teachers, administrators, counselors, and teacher educators, will feature Mark Vagle, U of M associate professor, and Stephanie Jones of the University of Georgia. Attendees will learn about the five principles for change to better meet the needs of working-class and poor students. Five continuing education credits are available. Aug. 23, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., St. Paul campus. For registration and more information, see poverty in schools.

MORE EVENTS include OED Certificate Workshop 3: Working Effectively in Groups and Diversity Committees (July 11); Yoga Rocks the Park (July 13); Arboretum Auxiliary Summer Garden Tours (July 14); A Sense of Where You Are: Story and Science on the Mississippi River (July 18); Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Coronation (July 19); Northrop Summer Music Festival Presents The Tasty Tones (July 24); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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