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Vol. XLI No. 24; August 10, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: Remaining Brief summer publication dates will be Aug. 24 and Sept. 7. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 14. The deadline for submissions is noon on the Friday before publication.

Inside This Issue
--Kaler inauguration information.
--Federal Relations report.
--Features: What a songbird sings; Agriculture is key; U of M Moment; This week @Minnesota.
--People: Judith Buchanan has been appointed interim dean of the School of Dentistry; and more.

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


THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT ERIC W. KALER will take place Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Although seating will be limited because of the venue's size, the inauguration will be broadcast online, with viewing locations at all campuses. Many additional events are being planned during the inauguration week of Sept. 19–25. Details will be available on the president's website by Sept. 12. For more information, see inauguration.

FEDERAL RELATIONS REPORT: President Obama and congressional leaders reached a debt ceiling agreement on Aug. 2. For higher education, the agreement ends in-school subsidies for loans to graduate and professional students but largely protects the Pell grant at its current maximum grant levels and its current levels of eligibility. Most other priorities of institutions like the U, such as research funding and other financial aid and education programs, are vulnerable to cuts the agreement forces Congress to make. For more information, see federal relations.


FEATURE: Professor John Loegering and postdoc Henry Streby are part of the Golden-winged Warbler Working Group, a consortium of researchers across the country working to learn more about an elusive bird, which is tiny, and few in number. The question is, how few, where are they, and why? Their findings will inform whether to place the little bird on the endangered species list. For more information, including a photo album, read "What a songbird sings."

FEATURE: President Kaler toured southern Minnesota Aug. 2–3, stopping for visits and speaking in Marshall, Worthington, and Lamberton, and attending Farmfest near Redwood Falls. Kaler said that agricultural innovation continues to be key for Minnesota. He emphasized that innovation drives the economy, and that higher education and research are critical toward that goal. For more information, read "Agriculture is key."

FEATURE: U researchers have discovered and received a patent for a naturally occurring lantibiotic—a peptide produced by a harmless bacteria—that could be added to food to kill harmful bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria. Salmonella and E. coli account for more than half of all food recalls in the United States. For more information, see the news release.

U OF M MOMENT: "Coffee: The World in Your Cup" opens at the U's Bell Museum Aug. 27. Jennifer Menken, the exhibit's coordinator, says it showcases how every cup of coffee we buy and drink connects us with a web of hidden stories around the world. Menken says the exhibit engages visitors in multiple ways. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: July 30–Aug. 5. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service looks at President Kaler's visit to Farmfest, football coach Jerry Kill's pre-season press conference, and new U research that has led to a natural food preservative that can kill food-borne bacteria. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Judith Buchanan has been appointed interim dean of the School of Dentistry; Saurav Paul, one of the top inventors at St. Jude Medical, has been named the new director of the U's Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program; Tim Goldsmith and Larissa Minicucci will serve as co-directors of the Veterinary Public Health Residency Program; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

UMCal IS SCHEDULED TO BE DECOMMISSIONED SEPT. 30. Effective Oct. 1, UMCal will no longer be available, and Google Calendar will become the U's official calendar. Users who have migrated to Google already and only use UMCal in order to collaborate with other UMCal users may disregard the migration instructions. Academic Health Center and other Health Care Component-related accounts still will NOT be eligible for Google email accounts at this time, and those users will receive additional information soon about transitioning to Google Calendar. For more information, see UMCal.

THE SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY HAS RECEIVED A $3.5 MILLION GIFT from Delta Dental of Minnesota Trust to support the construction of the state's only hospital-based pediatric dental clinic and the most advanced pediatric dental clinic in the Upper Midwest. The clinic will be located adjacent to the new Amplatz Children's Hospital on the west bank campus of the U's Fairview Medical Center. The dental clinic is anticipated to begin operation in April 2012. For more information, see the news release.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

AN OPEN HOUSE AT THE ROSEMOUNT RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTER AT UMORE PARK will highlight agricultural research and innovation at the U in local food production, health and nutrition, environmental quality, renewable energy, and natural resource conservation. Activities include hay wagon tours, horticultural science and Master Gardener garden tours, crop and animal research exhibits, gardening mini-classes, food samples and wine tasting, the chance to see a variety of animals up close, plus Goldy Gopher and strolling musicians. Free corn-on-the-cob and lemonade. Aug. 18, 4–8 p.m. For more information, see RROC open house or call 651-423-2455.

STATE FAIR SPECIALS AND DISCOUNTS, including discounted admission tickets and a special edition State Fair t-shirt, are available through the U of M Bookstores at Coffman Union, St. Paul Student Center, UMC Bookstore, UMM Bookstore, and the M Gear Store in Rochester.


PRELIMINARY DESIGNS FOR NATURE-BASED PLAY SPACES for the cities of Crookston and Warren, Minn., have been created by UMTC landscape architecture graduate student Kristen Murray and UMC environmental landscaping undergraduate student Kristine Neu. Both students were advised by Eric Castle, UMC assistant professor of horticulture. For more information, see nature-based play.

UMC WILL HOST ITS ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL to kick off the 2011 Ox Cart Days celebration. The social features free ice cream, musical performances by The Valley Fiddlers, a reading, a recipe demonstration, and a book signing by Cooking Up the Good Life cookbook co-author, Susan Thurston. Aug. 17, 2–4:30 p.m., Campus Mall. For more information, see Ox Cart Days.

UMC HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COLLEGES IN THE MIDWEST according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. The announcement marks the fifth consecutive year UMC has been recognized. For more information, see best colleges.


LISA ERWIN will join UMD's leadership team as vice chancellor for student life on Aug. 15. She comes to UMD from Bemidji State University where she serves as vice president for student development and enrollment. For more information, see Lisa Erwin.

UMD WILL BE AT THE STATE FAIR Aug. 27, 9 a.m.–9 p.m., with fun activities including photo-ops with the football and hockey championship trophies and athletes (11 a.m.), a chance to meet Chancellor Black (1–1:30 p.m.), the parade (2 p.m.), and much more. For the complete schedule, see State Fair.


UMM HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE FISKE GUIDE TO COLLEGES 2012, a selective review of 300 plus colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. For more information, see Fiske Guide.

"GATEWAY," THE UMM MULTI-ETHNIC STUDENT INITIATIVE, welcomed 28 incoming first-year students to campus for the annual program. Gateway prepares students for academic success and college by providing four weeks of umbrella courses in English, mathematics, and computer science, and an introduction to campus and community resources. For more information, see Gateway.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH JULIE ECKERLE completed a short-term, in-residence fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. While there, Eckerle presented "Romancing the Self: A Study of Early Modern Englishwomen's Life Writing," a lecture on the topic of her current book project, and also spoke on the focus of her Folger research, early modern women's marginalia in print romance.


Administrative information

CELEBRATE U! Join fellow faculty and staff at the Celebrate U! appreciation event Aug. 24, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Northrop Plaza. Enjoy live music, laughter yoga, and remarks by President Kaler. Bring your U Card for a complimentary light lunch and an insulated lunch bag gift. The event will also feature a scavenger hunt, 50 departments showcasing their work with interactive displays, demonstrations, and activities on the mall, and more. For more information, see Celebrate U!

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS about the U's plans to establish a combined heat and power (CHP) facility at the site of a former University heating plant will be held Aug. 10 and 18, 5:30–7 p.m., Sanford Hall dining room. Facilities Management associate vice president Mike Berthelsen will give a briefing and answer questions. The CHP is integral to the U's climate action plan, a roadmap for the UMTC campus to reach climate neutrality by 2050, with an intermediate goal of reducing its carbon footprint by half by the year 2020. For more information, see CHP info sessions.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR FACULTY AND STAFF to assist with Welcome Week 2011. Opportunities include New Student Move-In (Aug. 29–31), New Student Convocation (Sept. 1), and the Class of 2015 Cookout (Sept. 2). More than 5,000 first-year students will participate in Welcome Week this year. The initiative is designed to prepare first-year students for the start of their academic careers during this six-day, on-campus experience. For more information, see specific volunteer opportunities, or see Welcome Week.

AUGUST TEACHING ENRICHMENT SERIES: Faculty, teaching staff, and teaching assistants are invited to the August Teaching Enrichment Series and New TA Orientation, Aug. 29–Sept. 1. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, sessions are held each morning and end by noon. Workshop topics include: Sticky Teaching: 6 Principles for Developing Memorable Presentations; Teaching Critical Thinking; and more. Space is limited, but many of the workshops will be available through UMConnect. For registration and more information, see August TES.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: There is still time to take a number of free, short courses through the Office of Information Technology (OIT) during the month of August. Upcoming opportunities include Google Apps; Web Development: Dreamweaver CS5 Basics; Video Production: Creating Effective Short Videos; Excel 2007: Spreadsheet Basics; Moodle 1.9: Creating Basic Course Websites; and more. For a complete schedule, see OIT tech training.

U LIBRARIES IS OFFERING FREE AUGUST WORKSHOPS to give graduate students a head-start learning essential information, including RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, and Grant Funding for Graduate Students. For more information and a complete listing of workshops, see U Libraries.

ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS HAS EXPANDED ITS FREE WALK-IN RESUME LAB for U employees to include a wide range of career services, including resume assistance and critiquing, networking strategies, and job interview preparation. The lab will be open on alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. No appointment necessary. For more information, see career services.

WALK-IN TECHNOLOGY HELP SERVICES have been expanded by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to three computer lab locations in 103 Walter Library, B60 Coffman Union, and 50 Humphrey Center on the Twin Cities campus. The additions will bring the total number of walk-in help locations to five, including the current locations at 101 Coffman Union and 50 Coffey Hall. For more information, see tech help.

A SUCCESSFUL MANAGER'S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM designed for middle- to top-level managers at the U helps managers develop new skills and enhance existing talents. The program 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. A free information session will be held Sept. 14, 1:15–2:15 p.m., 210 Donhowe. For more information, program dates and costs, or to view the program brochure, see leadership program.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

SENIOR VP ROBERT JONES will participate in "Nibi and Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews," a three-day symposium hosted by the White Earth Tribal Council and the U, Aug. 22–24, Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, Minn. The symposium offers a chance to share knowledge and build a better understanding between native knowledge holders and University researchers. For more information, see Bridging Worldviews.

INTERNS OF THE MINNESOTA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MnTAP) will present the findings from their pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects with Minnesota areas businesses. Aug. 24, 1–4 p.m., Maroon and Gold Room, McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, see MnTap.

PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman will discuss his book, That Used To Be Us, Sept. 9, 5 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. For more information, see Thomas Friedman.

MINNESOTA STATE FAIR DISCOUNT TICKETS are available at Student Unions & Activities Information Desks. Food coupon books and ride tickets are also available. For more information, see state fair discount.

MORE EVENTS include Grant Funding—Search Tools and Resources (Aug. 16); University of Minnesota Farmers Market (Aug. 17); Explore the Universe in the ExploraDome (Aug. 17); Mendeley: Get Organized (Aug. 22); China Insights: Unsettling Consequences (Aug. 23). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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