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Vol. XLIV No. 23; July 9, 2014
Editor: Adam Overland,

One Stop | Employee Self-Service | Professional Development | Wellness | Benefits

Brief publication calendar: Remaining summer publication dates will be July 23, Aug. 6, and Aug. 20. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 10.

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meet July 9.
--Features: Chemists turn key to new energy future; New Regents Professor Ann Masten.
--People: The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the recipients of the Research Infrastructure Reinvestment Program; and more.

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


THE BOARD OF REGENTS will hear an annual update from the U of M Alumni Association at the Board's July 9 meeting, beginning at 12:15 p.m. In addition, Gopher Athletics Director Norwood Teague will highlight key successes in his annual update to the Board. Other agenda items include the evolving national landscape of intercollegiate athletics, and a review and action on a contract extension for U of M President Eric Kaler, whose current contract expires June 2015.


FEATURE: U chemists explain new reaction, demonstrating how quantum mechanics can help design more energy-efficient catalysts. For more information, read "Chemists turn key to new energy future."

FEATURE: New Regents Professor Ann Masten works tirelessly to help children adapt to adverse circumstances. For more information, read "A child's best friend."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the recipients of the Research Infrastructure Reinvestment Program; the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute has announced the recipients of the Transdisciplinary Research Fellowship; the Institute on the Environment has awarded four new Project Grants to faculty around the University; 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

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STRENGTHSQUEST PROGRAM, strengths-based philosophy, your own "Top 5," and how to use the StrengthsQuest program with students, faculty, and staff at an Introduction to Strengths-Based Education, July 24, 114 STSS, UMTC East Bank campus. For registration and more information, see Strengths.

Award and funding opportunities

THE OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION (EOAA) invites nominees for the Lillian H. Williams Award. Nominees can be individuals or units that have shown commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action by educating the community on issues and topics related to equity, diversity, and the struggle against discrimination and harassment; or individuals and units that show deep involvement in an initiative that supports EOAA's goal of promoting a thriving University culture. Email a one-page nomination to Nancy Xiong by July 28. The recipient will be announced Oct. 27 at the EOAA Fall Liaison Conference.


UMC AND THE U OF M SCHOOL OF NURSING have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a framework of cooperation regarding enrollment of qualified UMC graduates in the U of M's Master of Nursing program. UMC will support the recruitment and collaborative advising of students interested in and preparing for the program in coordination with the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services.

UMC UNIVERSITY RELATIONS WILL HAVE A BOOTH AT THE POLK COUNTY FAIR JULY 10-13, Fertile, MN. Individuals from University Relations and Development and Alumni Relations will staff the booth, which is open from noon to 6:30 p.m. each day. Additional faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers are welcome to help staff the booth in two- or three-hour shifts. Email Andrew Svec or call 218-281-8438 to volunteer.


JAMES G. BOULGER, director of the Center for Rural Mental Health Studies and a faculty member at the U of M Medical School in Duluth, has received the Rural Health Hero award from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Rural Health Association. The award honors his more than 40 years of educating and mentoring family medicine physicians. The Duluth campus produces the largest percentage of rural physicians and family medicine physicians in the nation.

UMD DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS has received four "Best of" awards from the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators for marketing and fan-experience work during the 2013-14 sports season. The department received a gold award for Sponsorship Activation; a gold for its 2013 football schedule promotional poster; a silver for its Penalty Box t-shirt, designed by graphic design student A. J. Liskiewicz; and a bronze for a new revenue-generating idea.

FOUR IN-DEPTH PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES ON HOW TO MARKET ONLINE are the latest online offerings from UMD Continuing Education. The certificates are Social Media & Mobile Marketing; Search Marketing; Paid Search; and Digital Analytics and Conversion. Individuals who complete one or more of these certificates will be certified by OMCP (Online Marketing Certified Professionals).

THE LABOVITZ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS will hold an MBA program information session and open house July 10, noon-1 p.m., LSBE 160. The program is designed for working adults and features evening and weekend classes. An RSVP is appreciated, as a light lunch will be served.


UMM IS FEATURED IN THE FISKE GUIDE TO COLLEGES 2015. The guidebook delivers an insider's look at the academic climates and the social and extracurricular scenes at the "best and most interesting" schools in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. This is the fourth consecutive year in which UMM has been included in the guide.

UMM'S CITIZENS' CLIMATE LOBBY (CCL) chapter is celebrating its first year on campus. One of the first in rural Minnesota, UMM's group was formed by National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellow Tim Sheehan '16, Minneapolis. As part of the larger organization, this CCL chapter focuses primarily on environmental issues affecting Minnesota's farming regions.

UMM HAS INSTALLED A NEW SCULPTURE in the Welcome Center's Legacy Courtyard. Created by Chicago-based artist Plamen Yordanov, the piece commemorates two distinct eras of campus history and is part of a larger initiative to revitalize the courtyard space. A dedication of the sculpture is planned for July 19.


A GROUP OF UMR STUDENTS, led by faculty members Yuko Taniguchi (writing) and James Ford (humanities), took its education overseas for a course titled Philosophies of Wellness: Holistic Healing in Japan. For three weeks, the group toured Japan, from Tokyo to Otsuchi--where the 2011 tsunami hit--with an objective to understand the concept of "wellness" and the different aspects of Japanese culture that promote wellness.


Administrative information

THE APPLICATION TO HOST AN OUTDOOR EVENT ON UMTC CAMPUSES IS NOW ONLINE. Submit an online outdoor space application by first requesting an account at Student Unions & Activities. The space is confirmed upon delivery of an approved Outdoor Space Permit. For more information, email or attend a training session to learn more about planning outdoor events.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE FARMERS MARKET RETURNS JULY 9, marking its 10th year. Free veggie scrub brushes will be distributed on opening day (quantities are limited, so arrive early). The market takes place every Wednesday, rain or shine, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., on the Church Street pedestrian mall. Bring cash as well as reusable shopping bags for locally grown produce, berries, fresh flowers, and more. The market is also an opportunity to visit with U of M Wellness Program partners Boynton Health Service, Parking and Transportation, Campus Club, University Recreation & Wellness, U Card Office, and University Dining Services.

RECEPTION AND FILM SCREENINGS for U Libraries "Labor in the Eyes of Artists" exhibit will take place July 10, 4-7:30 p.m., 4th floor Wilson Library. Featured films include The Wobblies and Artists at Work: A Film on the New Deal Art Projects. The exhibit features artist zines, posters, and text/image formats that explore issues of social justice and promote social change.

WORKSHOP: "Addressing Bullying Behavior in the Workplace" will take place as part of the Civil Service and Bargaining Unit Women's Action Network Planning Retreat, July 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 116 Armory. RSVP to Mary Austin and indicate whether you plan to attend just the workshop (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), or the full retreat.

THE HENNEPIN COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS 2014 LEARNING GARDEN TOUR will take place July 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The tour will feature eight beautiful gardens in Northeast, Southeast, and Longfellow neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Each garden is designed and maintained by U of M Extension Master Gardeners. For tickets and more information, see Learning Garden Tour.

THE McNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM will host a poster presentation and reception for student scholars July 31, 2-4 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. The program seeks to increase doctoral program application, matriculation, and degree attainment by underrepresented and first-generation college students.

THE OTHER SIDE OF POVERTY IN SCHOOLS is a one-day workshop for teachers, administrators, counselors, and teacher educators to learn about the five principles for change to better meet the needs of working-class and poor students, develop research-based teaching practices, and take away classroom ideas. Taught by curriculum and instruction professor Mark Vagle. Cost: $75 for faculty and staff; $25-$50 for students. Email Colleen Clements for the discounted rate. Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center.

"ESTAR EN EL PRAIRIE," the new installation in the Institute on the Environment's Commons Meeting & Art Space, is a montage of Latino immigrants to western Minnesota photographed in their work, home, or school environment, holding a written message about themselves and their lives.

LEARNINGLIFE SUMMER COURSES are now available for registration. Upcoming topics include the history of brewing in Minnesota, Twin Cities caves, how to turn your personal stories into written work, and more. U of M staff receive a 10 percent discount on LearningLife summer courses.

MORE EVENTS include Flying with Northwest Airlines in the Age of Luxury and Innovation (July 10); The Teddy Bear Band (July 12); Public Symposium: Ink: Zen or Revolution (Day One) (July 12); Auxiliary Private Garden Tours (July 15); OED Certificate Workshop 7: Race, Racism, and Privilege (July 16); Toast & Taste in the Gardens (July 16); From Rails to Rubber Tires: The Streetcar Era in the Twin Cities (July 17); Jazz on the Prairie (July 20); OED Certificate Workshop 6: Educating about Equity & Diversity: Facilitating Challenging Conversations (July 23). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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