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Vol. XLII No. 23; July 25, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief summer publication calendar: Aug. 8 and 22, and Sept. 5. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 12. 

Inside This Issue
--July Board of Regents meeting summary.
--Features: Ribbeting Research; Antarctic images; Gophers going for gold.
--People: The President’s Emerging Leaders program has graduated its latest cohort of University leaders; and more.

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

BOARD OF REGENTS JULY MEETING SUMMARY: The Board of Regents strengthened the U’s executive transition and compensation policies during its July meeting. In addition, the Board approved alcohol sales at intercollegiate athletic events. Itasca Project Higher Education Task Force chair Greg Page presented findings and a strategic vision for bringing together higher education institutions and Minnesota businesses to drive long-term prosperity for the state, and the Finance and Operations Committee recommended that the U move forward with an $83.5 million multi-year update to student, financial, and human resources enterprise technology systems. For more information, see Board of Regents.


FEATURE: Mark Bee, associate professor of ecology, evolution, and behavior, is studying the communication of frogs to learn how they hear, particularly how they separate different calls among a cacophony of croaking—something akin to how humans separate background noise at a cocktail party. The research could have implications for the hearing-impaired. For more information, read "Ribbeting Research."

FEATURE: The U's Polar Geospatial Center has teamed with Google to offer new 360-degree images of Antarctica, allowing worldwide polar exploration wherever there is internet access. Visitors can view the inside of early polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s hut, a penguin colony, images of the Antarctic landscape, and historic sites that served as bases from which explorers launched expeditions a century ago. For more information, see Antarctic images.

FEATURE: When the torch is lit in London, the onslaught of Olympic events will begin. Here’s a guide for keeping up with athletes, coaches, and others in the 2012 Olympics with ties to the U. For more information, read Gophers going for gold.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The President’s Emerging Leaders program has graduated its latest cohort of University leaders; the Institute for Advanced Study has announced residential fellows for 2012–13, including 11 Faculty Fellows and 2 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows; Robert B. McMaster, professor of geography and vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, has been reappointed to a three-year term on the National Research Council's Board on Earth Sciences and Resources; Barbara Kappler has been named assistant dean for International Student and Scholar Services; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

THE U OF M COMMITTEE FOR PHARMACEUTICAL DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED to help guide researchers in bringing life-altering drugs to market. Often, researchers invest years in technologies only to face an indefinite stall in development. While faculty in all disciplines have seen technologies wither on the vine, early stage pharmaceuticals are especially vulnerable. Researchers who would like get involved are invited to submit a proposal and attend an upcoming free CPD workshop. For more information, read "Developing pharma success stories."

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

PRESIDENT KALER will participate in a live online chat with the Star Tribune July 25 at noon, to mark his one-year anniversary as the U's leader. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate and submit questions for the president. The chat will take place at


ENTREPRENEURS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS can receive valuable help through an opportunity offered by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at UMC. CRES is seeking regional entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in forming a unique relationship that would include valuable consulting services by UMC students under the guidance of qualified faculty at no cost. For more information, see Entrepreneurial Studies.

A PROFILE OF UMC CHANCELLOR FRED WOOD: The new chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, spent most of his life in California, but he has family ties to Crookston and the Red River Valley. For more information, see Fred Wood

ROBOTICS DAY CAMP will teach junior high school students about the math, science, and technology associated with robotics. Aug. 6–8, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. each day, Evergreen Hall Classroom. For more information, see Robotics Day Camp.

LORNA HOLLOWELL has been hired as director of diversity and multicultural programs. Hollowell comes to UMC from Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, KY, where she served as director of cultural diversity. She had previously worked as an educational talent search adviser for Madisonville Community College, also in Kentucky. She began her new role on campus July 23. Her office is located in 242 Sargeant Student Center.


LISA PRATT has been selected as UMD's director of alumni relations, replacing Patty DeLano who retired in April. Pratt is a Duluth native and a 1977 Business Administration graduate of UMD. She has worked in the UMD Alumni Office since 2004, most recently as interim director of alumni relations.

JOHN A. ARTHUR has been chosen as the new Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow for Strategic Planning effective Aug. 1. For more information, see Strategic Planning.

VOLUNTEERS AT THE BRIGHTON BEACH CLEANUP, a collaborative effort between UMD and the City of Duluth, cleared flood debris from a much-loved locale that tourists and citizens alike have enjoyed for decades. For more information, see beach cleanup.


RENEWABLE ENERGY TOURS of the Morris campus will be offered on July 27, leaving from the Welcome Center; and Aug. 11, leaving from the Stevens County Fairgrounds by the Lee Community Center. Buses will leave at 2 p.m. and return by 4 p.m. During the tour, participants can see and touch a biomass gasification reactor, wind turbines, a solar thermal system, solar photovoltaic modules, and more. Save a seat on the bus by pre-registering. For registration and more information, see renewable energy.

MORRIS ALUMNI AND PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS will gather Aug. 1 for the annual Morris at the St. Paul Saints. Tailgating starts at 4 p.m., and the first pitch against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks is at 7:05 p.m. For more information, see baseball.

FOUR UMM ALUMNI have been selected to receive the 2012 University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. The recipients are Robert Hansen '73, Puncky Heppner '73, Maddy Maxeiner '76, and Ronald McRoberts '69. For more information, see distinguished alumni.


UMR’s Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program announced that Cray, Inc. (PDF) has joined the BICB partnership with UMR, the Mayo Clinic, IBM, The Hormel Institute, and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Cray brings life sciences industry expertise to the partnership, helping to support a one-of-a-kind opportunity for research and graduate education at the intersection of quantitative sciences, biology, and medicine. 

UMR STUDENTS Margaret Mahan and Sue Van Riper have each recently received awards. Mahan's involvement in a novel research project to identify the qualities of a healthy brain led to a coveted Graduate Research Fellowship Award from the National Science Foundation. Van Riper received a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University's Graduate School in May for her research, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of oral cancer progression.

UMR IT DIRECTOR MICHAEL OLESEN presented on active and collaborative learning at the Society for College and University Planning annual conference. The conference was held July 7–11 in Chicago.

SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR on July 18 highlighted UMR’s successful workforce training partnerships as a national model for communities across the country. Senator Klobuchar invited Chancellor Lehmkuhle to attend a meeting with her and other senators to discuss job creation and UMR’s innovative educational programs that connect students with employers to develop the highly-skilled workforce demanded by local industries. For more information, see the press release.

U OF M PRESIDENT ERIC KALER highlighted the U's role in strengthening Minnesota's economy in a recent visit to Rochester. Kaler spoke to The Rotary Club of Rochester about the statewide economic value of the U, his commitment to keeping tuition in check, and the challenges the University faces amid deep state funding reductions. Kaler also met with community and business leaders, alumni, and legislators from southern Minnesota on campus. He was joined by Chancellor Lehmkuhle and Regents Patricia Simmons and Richard Beeson. For more information, see the news release.


Administrative information

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES now has access to more than 18,000 digitized, streaming television and radio programs from 70-plus countries and spanning 100 years through the Paley Center for Media, iCollection. The collection has been curated to capture the most artistically and culturally significant examples in each program genre, including news, public affairs, documentaries, performing arts, children's programming, sports, comedy and variety shows, and commercial advertising. For more information, see Paley's iCollection.

A RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM workshop, "Conducting a Job Search in the Twin Cities," will be held for the accompanying spouses/partners of new faculty and staff on Sept. 20, 215 Donhowe, 9–11:30 a.m. For registration, email by Sept. 14. Call Mary Everley at 612-626-0775 with questions.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE 2012 CELEBRATE U! employee appreciation event will be held Aug. 22, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Northrop Mall and Plaza. This year's event will again feature an employee appreciation gift, a live band, information tables displaying programs from around the University, and outdoor activities. For more information, see Celebrate U!

"WORKING TO IMPROVE THE FOOD ENVIRONMENT in urban and rural settings" will feature Joel Gittelsohn, who has spent more than a decade developing and testing intervention strategies to improve the food environment in low-income, ethnic-minority populations. Gittelsohn will share these experiences during the seminar, and will comment on ongoing efforts to sustain and expand these programs by working with local policymakers. July 26, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Honeywell Auditorium, Carlson School. For more information, see Obesity Consortium.

MORE EVENTS include WAM Chatter (July 25); "1964" The Tribute (July 26); Tibetan Yoga Workshop: Awakening the Sacred Body with M. Alejandro Chaoul (July 28); Community Day with the Weisguides (July 29); University of Minnesota Farmers Market (Aug. 1); Entering the Digital Era (Aug. 2); August 2012 First Tuesday (Aug. 7). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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