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Vol. XLIII No. 24; July 24, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meeting summary.
--VP Herman presents research priorities to Regents.
--Features: Simulation center gives nurses an edge; Mini golf as art; A U for everyone; A song of our warming planet.
--People: UMTC has received a top ranking as an LGBT-friendly campus; and more.

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


AT ITS JULY 10 MEETING, THE U OF M BOARD OF REGENTS approved a resolution that extends in-state tuition rates to entering and current students who are Minnesota high school graduates and who meet eligibility requirements, regardless of immigration status. The board also heard from President Kaler, who highlighted aspects of his recent 11-day trip to China. In addition, Gopher Athletics Director Norwood Teague presented a comprehensive overview of Gopher Athletics to the Board. For more information, see Board of Regents.

VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH BRIAN HERMAN OUTLINED HIS VISION for the University of Minnesota's research enterprise to the Board of Regents at its July 10 meeting. Herman expressed the importance of leading—not following—a transformative research agenda and outlined a series of innovative methods to address critical global challenges in an era of stagnating or declining federal funds. For more information, see U Research.


FEATURE: Students in the University of Minnesota's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program are learning to become family nurse practitioners using simulations that give them hands-on, worry-free practice in the School of Nursing's new Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center. For more information, read "Simulation center gives nurses an edge."

FEATURE: Students in U of M assistant professor Chris Larson's sculpture course probably weren't expecting mathematics and power tools to play such an important role in their creation of art. But then, it's not every class that gets to design and build two holes of mini golf for a world-renowned museum like The Walker Art Center. For more information, read "Mini golf as art."

FEATURE: The U's new vice president for equity and diversity, Katrice Albert, shares her vision for the University of Minnesota. For more information, read "A U for everyone."

FEATURE: IonE resident fellow Scott St. George and U of M undergrad Daniel Crawford recently put their heads together to create "A Song of Our Warming Planet," a four-minute video that depicts changing global temperatures since 1880 as notes played on a cello. The performance has drawn coverage from a wide-range of national media.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: UMTC has received a top ranking as an LGBT-friendly campus; professor Brian Buhr has been named interim dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and interim director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station; Dante Cicchetti has been chosen to receive the Association for Psychological Science's 2014 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award; Mark Umbreit has been elected founding president of the new National Association for Community and Restorative Justice; Catherine McGlinch has been elected to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's board of trustees; The Powell Center for Women's Health announced recipients of the 2013 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) and Masonic Cancer Center Women's Health Scholar awards; professor John Riedl has passed away; 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

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND UPLAN CHANGES: Over the past several months, the University has been working to analyze the ACA and its effect on the UPlan. Learn what changes to expect in 2014.

DEPARTMENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF CAN NOW SPONSOR EMAIL AND INTERNET ID ACCOUNTS FOR GUESTS AT NO CHARGE. Providing guest accounts enhances the ability of faculty and staff to engage and collaborate with guest speakers, visiting faculty, and others, improving facilitation of innovation and outreach. Faculty and staff may request an account for visitors performing a service or function that directly impacts U of M students, faculty, or staff by completing the request form for short-term, extended-term, or conference guests.

U OF M INFORMATION SECURITY has established a phishing examples blog listing examples of phishing targeting the University community. Of particular importance are phishing schemes that exist to compromise accounts in order to target individual PeopleSoft self-service options. A "Hacked" security video covers how to determine if your system or credentials have been compromised. For more information, the July issue of OUCH! (PDF) explores spear phishing in more depth.

NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION for Rochester and UMTC faculty will take place Aug. 20, 21, and 22. For registration (deadline is Aug. 17) and more information, see new faculty.

Award and funding opportunities

THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOR HEALTH of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, along with the Center for Health Equity and the Program in Health Disparities Research, are launching the second year of the Community Research Institute (CRI) in October. The goal of the CRI is to enhance the capacity of community organization leaders and staff in health-related research methodology through a six-week series of workshops. Participating organizations receive a $1,000 mini-grant. Applications are due by 4 p.m., Aug. 8.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: OUTSTANDING POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR AWARDS. Two $500 awards are available—to a junior and a senior postdoctoral scholar. The submission deadline is Aug. 9. For nomination instructions, see postdoc scholars.

THE GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT INITIATIVE IS SEEKING PROPOSALS for its 2014 grants competition to support international research by faculty and graduate students with a focus on the region of South Asia and/or the issue of global food security. Global Spotlight is the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance's biennial focus on a region of the world and a pressing global issue. The application deadline is Oct. 19. For guidelines and eligibility, see proposals.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U OF M LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM will unveil a new sculpture garden of contemporary works Aug. 24–25, offering guided art tours and more. The significant new addition—the Harrison Sculpture Collection—comprises 22 works by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists. For more information, see Landscape Arboretum.


FRESH VOICES, a digital arts project dedicated to the creation of photographs, videos, and writing pieces, will publicly celebrate the voice of Latinos living in the rural community between July 20 and Aug. 9. In Progress, the nonprofit arts center behind the project, will host a workshop for Latino youth and young adults to collaboratively produce a series of videos and photographic works for the local community. They will be on campus from July 22 through Aug. 2. For more information, see digital arts.

THE FINAL TEAMBACKER GOLF TOURNAMENT of the summer will take place July 27 at courses in Fosston and Erskine, MN. Proceeds support student-athlete scholarships. For more information, see Teambacker.


RAIN GARDENS are a beautiful way to manage stormwater and preserve water quality. Minnesota Sea Grant and the Regional Stormwater Protection Team are offering two workshops on how to design, construct, and maintain a rain garden. Workshops take place July 24–25 and Aug. 7–8, UMD Chester Park Building. For more information, see Rain Garden.

GLENSHEEN, the historic Congdon estate, will host the 19th annual Festival of Fine Art and Craft, Aug. 10–11. The festival features original photography, painting, glass, ceramic, wood, jewelry, fiber, and more. Live music and food add to the fun. For more information, see Glensheen.

GLOBAL APPROACHES TO INDIGENOUS HEALTH PROMOTION is the theme for this year's Research for Indigenous Community Health summit. The event will feature internationally recognized keynote speakers, poster sessions, a traditional healing seminar, social activities, and more. Aug. 15–17, Duluth. Free and open to the public, but participants must register before Aug. 1.

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN UMD'S NEW RUSSIAN AREA STUDIES MINOR will take courses in language, history, literature, and cinema—with current events woven into every class. Students will also be encouraged to study abroad in order to immerse themselves in a Russian-speaking culture. For more information, see Russian Area Studies.


THE MORRIS JANE ADDAMS PROJECT has been an important touchstone for the UMM campus and Morris community since fall 2011. This student-led project consists of bilingual group meetings and activities aimed at building a sense of community and understanding among diverse groups of people. For more information, see Jane Addams Project.

TIM SODERBERG, associate professor of chemistry, has received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to assist in the creation of a single, flexible resource for chemistry education. The learning tool could provide students with a supplement or alternative to their traditional textbook and an opportunity to develop content for an integrated online resource. For more information, see Soderberg.


THE UMR CONNECTS theme for August is Spirituality and World Religion. Upcoming lectures include "Perspectives on Religion: Exploring Christianity and Atheism/ Agnosticism" (Aug. 6); "A Tour of World Religions" (Aug. 13); "A Conversation with Judas: A man of faith and honor" (Aug 20); and "Behind the Scenes of 'On Being'" (Aug. 27). For more information, see UMR CONNECTS.


Administrative information

ON JULY 24 PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES (PTS) will install temporary traffic control devices that simulate a roundabout at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Pillsbury Drive. The temporary roundabout will be installed after the morning rush hour and will be removed on Aug. 21. The month-long test will help PTS evaluate the feasibility of the design, which may be considered once buses return to Washington Ave. For more information, see roundabout.

BRANDED GOOGLE DOC TEMPLATES ARE NOW AVAILABLE for the Twin Cities campus. Faculty and staff should use templates when creating official University-branded docs, spreadsheets, presentations, and Blogger websites. For guidelines and instructions, see Google Apps Templates.

iPAD LEARNING BYTES are offered by Technology Training and Usability Services. Learning Bytes are short, 30-minute sessions that teach one how to use an iPad more effectively for taking notes, drawing sketches, making presentations, and more. For more information, see learning bytes.

THE SUSTAINABILITY FACULTY NETWORK brings together faculty and staff in pursuit of common opportunities for a more cogent set of graduate education programs and courses related to sustainability. More than 50 faculty and staff from 12 colleges representing the humanities, design and architecture, professional schools, the natural and physical sciences, and the social sciences are already members. To join them, see the network website or email network director Carissa Schively Slotterback.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

NOBEL PRIZE WINNER Saul Perlmutter will present a public lecture on "Dark Energy" July 29, 8–9 p.m., Coffman Union. Perlmutter will describe his research with Type Ia Supernovae, the exploding stars used to measure the expansion of the universe—and his unexpected discovery that the expansion is accelerating due to a mysterious component known as "Dark Energy." For more information, see Nobel Lecture.

THE TENTH ANNUAL SUMMER INSTITUTE IN ADOLESCENT HEALTH will feature Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. July 29-Aug. 1, Wilder Center, St. Paul. For more information, see adolescent health.

THE McNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM will host a poster presentation and reception for student scholars Aug. 1, 2–4 p.m., Coffman Union. The McNair Scholars program seeks to increase doctoral program application, matriculation, and degree attainment by underrepresented and first-generation college students. For more information, see McNair presentation.

EXPLORING URBAN FOOD PRACTICES will be the topic of an upcoming lecture by visiting scholar Jaz Choi from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Choi will introduce her three-year research project, Eat, Cook, Grow: Ubiquitous Technology for Sustainable Food Culture in the City, exploring urban food practices. She will also discuss ways to engage people in healthier, more environmentally sustainable, and socially inclusive eating, cooking, and food growing in their everyday lives. Aug. 1, 4 p.m., 225 Rapson Hall. For more information, see urban food.

A STRATEGIC PLANNING AND EXECUTION webinar will teach participants how to create and implement viable business strategies and plans. Attendees will learn how businesses are using portfolio, program, and project management disciplines to support successful strategy execution. Instructor Richard DeBlieck specializes in management and organizational development. Aug. 7, noon–1 p.m. Free. For registration and more information, see strategic planning.

THE PROJECT AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT COLLABORATORS (PCMC) GROUP is hosting a book club brown bag lunch Aug. 13, noon–1 p.m., 101 Walter Library and 202 Skok Hall (St. Paul). The group will discuss Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip and Dan Heath. For more information and to RSVP, see PCMC book club.

A SCHOOL OF NURSING OPEN HOUSE will take place Aug. 27, 4–6 p.m., 4th floor, Weaver-Densford Hall. Faculty and staff are invited to tour and celebrate the school's new simulation center—the Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center. RSVP to Barb Mullikin.

MORE EVENTS include Toast and Taste in the Gardens (July 25); Northrop Summer Music Festival Presents Voices Merging (July 26); Yoga Rocks the Park (July 27); Northrop Summer Music Festival Presents Gloss (July 31); OED Certificate Workshop 5: Engaging Universal Design Concepts to Increase Access and Inclusion (Aug. 1); Physics Slam (Aug. 2). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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