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Vol. XLI No. 22; July 13, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Brief publication calendar: Brief summer publication dates will be 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
--Office of the President website launched.
--Federal Relations report.
--State Relations report.
--Features: A working hypothesis; Focus on flexibility; University of Minnesota Farmers Market 2011; A legendary figure; U of M Moment.
--People: Terrence Adam and Lucy Fortson are the 2011–13 recipients of the Minnesota Futures Research Grant; and more.

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

TOP NEWS:

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT WEBSITE LAUNCHED: University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler officially began as the U's 16th president on July 1. The president's website features news, social media, feature stories, and more information about the president's activities and his leadership of the U of M. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to sign the guestbook welcoming President Kaler. For more information, see umn.edu/president.

FEDERAL RELATIONS REPORT: While many Minnesotans have been preoccupied by the state shutdown, the federal government is facing an even more dire decision point regarding raising the debt ceiling. Some leaders in Congress are using the debt ceiling as leverage to cut federal spending. Programs important to the U such as student aid and research would likely see cuts under any federal austerity plan. Also this month: the appropriations process moves forward, patent reform supported by the U clears the U.S. House, and possible new reporting requirements for federal grants. For more information, see federal relations.

STATE RELATIONS REPORT: The Board of Regents approved the 2012 Preliminary State Capital Request to the Minnesota Legislature at its July meeting. The request is composed of seven projects totaling $459,965,000, four previously approved by the board and three new projects. The request asks the State of Minnesota to contribute $293,310,000. It comes before the board again in the fall for final approval. Although a budget agreement at the Capitol remains out of sight, state relations continues to monitor the negotiations and meet with legislators in their districts to discuss University priorities. For more information, see state relations.

Features

FEATURE: Eric W. Kaler is eager to take on the challenges facing the University of Minnesota. Although this is an enormously difficult time for public higher education leaders across the country, the president is ready. Much of Kaler's time during his first 100 days and beyond will be spent conversing with students, faculty, and staff, and the U's external partners. For more information, read "A working hypothesis."

FEATURE: Stress is a work issue that responds to changes in the structure and philosophy of work and time, a new study led by professor of sociology Phyllis Moen and associate professor Erin Kelly shows. Specifically, when employees can work where and when they want, with the only requirement being that the job is done (and done well), they report less conflict between their jobs and their personal lives. For more information, read "Focus on flexibility." For more information about the U's flexible work options, see flexible work.

FEATURE: A sure sign that summer is here is the opening of the UMTC Farmers Market. The market comes to the Church Street pedestrian mall on the East Bank beginning July 13, 11–2 p.m., and continues every Wednesday thereafter through Oct. 5. In this, its seventh season, here are seven reasons to love the Farmers Market. For more information, read "Nutritious is delicious."

FEATURE: After coaching the Gopher cross-country and track and field teams for 33 years, Roy Griak continues his work at his "second home," coming to the U almost every day as an administrative assistant. And he still works out most of those days. The 87-year-old also freely shares stories about growing up during the Depression and fighting in World War II. For more information, read "A legendary figure."

U OF M MOMENT: One of the U's oldest buildings, Wesbrook Hall on the east bank of the U's Twin Cities campus, is set to be torn down later this summer. U of M historian Ann Pflaum recounts the past usage of Wesbrook, which will make way for green space outside Northrop Auditorium. Pflaum says there are many legends surrounding the 19th-century structure—some more true than others. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Terrence Adam and Lucy Fortson are the 2011–13 recipients of the Minnesota Futures Research Grant; eight U students have been awarded Fulbright and Fulbright-affiliated grants for 2011–12; Jean Larson of the U of M Landscape Arboretum has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project at Norwegian University of Life Sciences; Anne Hornickel Yuska, Christine Baeumler, Pakou Hang, Lue Her, and Michelle Vigen have each been named as one of the 18 Bush Foundation fellows chosen statewide; Jasjit Ahluwalia has been selected as the recipient of the American Public Health Association's Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section's 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award; Ingrid Schneider has been reappointed to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council by Gov. Dayton; Therese Zink was recognized for outstanding contributions to rural health care; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

UNIVERSITY-WIDE:

Administrative information

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY UPDATE. Nine new or revised administrative policies are now available for review and comment. Changes to the policy, Traveling on University Business, include an extended time frame for submitting travel expenses, a new formula for reimbursement of partial day travel, and an alignment of the international allowable lodging rate with the current domestic lodging rate. Five graduate education policies cover such topics as leave of absence for graduate students, credit requirements for master's and doctoral degrees, and application of graduate credits to degree requirements. For more information, view all nine policies at policies under review.

2011 BUSINESS MILEAGE RATE CHANGE. The IRS announced changes in the standard business mileage rates for the remaining 2011 calendar year. As of July, the standard business mileage reimbursement rate for personal vehicle use on approved University business increased from 51 to 55.5 cents per mile. The standard mileage rate for moving expenses increased from 19 to 23.5 cents per mile. Business mileage incurred from Jan. 1 to June 30, but reimbursed after July 1, should be reimbursed using the rates for the time period during which it was incurred. The Employee Expense Worksheet (UM 1612) accommodates the rate changes. For more information, see mileage rate change.

Funding opportunities

JUNIOR INVESTIGATORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY for the U of M Clinical and Translational Science Institute Scholars Program, a three-year mentored training program for junior investigators. The program offers 75 percent salary support, a mentoring team, formal training, and networking opportunities. Three awards were granted from the original request for applications issued in the spring; two additional awards are now available, with an application deadline of Aug. 26. For more information, see Scholars Program.

CROOKSTON:

UMC'S ONLINE DEGREE IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT has been ranked among The Best Colleges list of "Top 10 Online Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Programs of 2011." The degree was ranked number five. For more information, see online degree.

A MINNESOTA CAMPUS COMPACT AWARDS SUMMIT held in June recognized Rae French, UMC, and Nana Boaten, of North Country Food Bank, a community partner of the Crookston campus. For more information, see campus compact awards.

THE NORTHWEST RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTER will hold its annual Crops and Soils Day July 21. Producers and agricultural professionals will gather for research updates on various crops. For more information, see crops and soil.

DULUTH:

THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) is producing four stories about UMD's science research. Marsha Walton, one of the producers of NSF's Science Nation, was in Duluth July 5–8. NSF has produced almost 100 Science Nation media stories. One of UMD's four stories will be the program's 100th production. For more information, see UMD research.

UMD NIGHT AT THE ST. PAUL SAINTS: The UMD Alumni Association is sponsoring a pre-game picnic before the July 22 St. Paul Saints vs. Sioux City Explorer baseball game. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m., Area C/Main Gate picnic area at Midway Stadium, followed by the 7:05 p.m. game. For more information, see pre-game picnic.

MORRIS:

U WEST CENTRAL SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE ALUMNI will gather to recall and celebrate their Morris experiences at a July 16 reunion. The annual event takes place on the Morris campus, the high school boarding school's home from 1910 until 1963. For more information, see reunion.

BART FINZEL, professor of economics and management, has begun his two-year appointment as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean. A faculty member since 1989, Finzel has taught courses on labor economics, gender economics, environmental economics, as well as management, and has served in numerous leadership roles. He holds the all-University Horace T. Morse—University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education and the UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award. For more information, see Finzel.

SIOBHAN BREMER, associate professor of theatre, presented at the Athens Institute for Education and Research Conference for Visual and Performing Arts in Athens, Greece. Her presentation, "Going Green Globally," focused on her current environmental theatre research. For more information, see Going Green theatre.

THE MORRIS HEALTHY EATING INITIATIVE and the Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with the West Central Research and Outreach Center, have created a new Native American garden at the Morris Crocus Valley Gardens, adjacent to campus. Part of a multi-garden plot, the traditional "three sisters garden"—corn, beans, and squash—shares space with community gardens maintained by the Morris Student Organic Gardening Club and the Regional Fitness Center. For more information, see new garden.

ROCHESTER:

DISCOVER BSHS DAY will provide high school juniors and seniors with information to assist with the college search process. Students will interact with the Center for Learning Innovation faculty, learn about the financial aid and scholarship search process, explore UMR's B.S. in health sciences, tour the UMR campus, and more. July 14, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m., 417 University Square. For more information see BSHS Day.

TWIN CITIES:

Administrative information

UMTC HAS REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY FIVE PERCENT for the second consecutive year, helping the U avoid $2 million in annual energy costs. Facilities Management's Energy Management group initiated the It All Adds Up conservation program in 2009. It includes recommissioning buildings, engaging the campus community, and reducing operational energy use. Since the program began, UMTC has avoided $4.6 million in annual energy costs and the release of 50,000 fewer tons of CO2 into the atmosphere annually. For more information, see It All Adds Up.

REFWORKS LAUNCHES NEW INTERFACE. Users of RefWorks, the web-based citation manager that allows creation of citation databases, will notice a new option in the toolbar of RefWorks 2.0. For more information about the updated and user-friendly interface, see University Libraries.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: The Office of Information Technology is offering a number of free technology training courses this summer. Moodle 1.9: Creating Basic Course Websites; Gmail and Google Calendar Overview; Visio 2010: Creating Process Maps; Excel 2007: Managing and Analyzing Data; Web Development: Essentials—Cascading Style Sheets; Web Development: Dreamweaver CS5 Basics; Google Docs Overview; and more. For more information, see technology training.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL will return to Minnesota for a competition at TCF Bank Stadium on July 16. For more information, including performers and tickets, see Drum Corps International.

THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY AND HEALING will hold "An Evening with Swami Veda Bharati: Yoga: Integration & Ecstasy!" July 20, 4:40–6:30 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. The event includes meditation with the world-renowned Swami Veda Bharati and teachings related to the relationship between yoga and meditation. For more information, see Swami Veda.

MORE EVENTS include America's Wildest Refuge (July 14); Friday Night Live: Sims with Bight Club (July 15); University of Minnesota Farmers Market (July 20); 2011 Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Coronation (July 22); Food Pyramid (July 26). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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