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Vol. XLIII No. 26; August 21, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Brief publication calendar: Brief returns to its regular weekly schedule beginning Sept. 11.

Inside This Issue
--U of M at the Minnesota State Fair.
--Features: The artistry of bees; Urban engagement.
--People: Chris Jolowsky has been named president-elect of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; and more.

University News and Events
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U OF M @ THE GREAT MINNESOTA GET TOGETHER: The U of M will have exhibitions highlighting the U's most exciting research, discoveries, and athletic accomplishments at the newly renovated building on Dan Patch Ave at this year's Minnesota State Fair. In addition, the Ag Hort Building will have an entire wing dedicated to the work of CFANS, and the Eco Experience Building will showcase how the U contributes to sustainability. Maroon and Gold Day will be Sept. 1, with President Kaler, the UMTC Marching Band, and Goldy Gopher on hand to celebrate. For a complete schedule and map of U events, see U at the State Fair.


FEATURE: There are more bees atop the museum's roof than all of the U of M's faculty, staff, students, and other daily visitors combined. The bees were put atop the Weisman in mid-May by the U of M's Bee Squad, in a partnership to educate the community about the need for bee-friendly landscapes, and about the trials and tribulations that bees face. For more information, read "The artistry of bees."

FEATURE: The U's innovative Metropolitan Physician Associate Program (MetroPAP) immerses students in inner-city medicine, where relationship building is lesson No. 1. The program trains medical students to work in urban, medically underserved communities. Now in its third year, it is the only program of its kind in the nation. For more information, read "Urban engagement."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Chris Jolowsky has been named president-elect of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; Sarah Westberg has been awarded Fellow status by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy; 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

EXPERTS@MINNESOTA is a University-wide online database that offers an inside look at the depth and breadth of expertise at the U of M. The public directory includes information on approximately 4,200 U faculty, matched with data from the Scopus and SciVal databases to create a comprehensive listing highlighting the many areas of research at the U. Individual faculty can use the tool to receive email alerts about new funding opportunities based on their profile information and customizable descriptions of research interests. For more information, see Experts@Minnesota.

THE U OF M'S NEW ENTREPRENEURIAL LEAVE PROGRAM is accepting applications from University faculty who are interested in temporarily assisting companies that are commercializing faculty-developed products or processes. Tenured and tenure-track faculty may apply for an entrepreneurial leave of 12 months, with an optional six-month extension. The program allows faculty to keep their benefits while on leave. For more information, see Entrepreneurial Leave Program.

OFFICE EQUIPMENT SERVICES (OES) can work with departments to right-size copier equipment, potentially saving departments money. OES can assess departmental needs and recommend multifunction equipment options. For more information, email Terry Kalata or see OES.

Award and funding opportunities

THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM has announced early November deadlines for student applications. The program provides three years of graduate education support for students who have demonstrated potential for significant achievement in science and engineering research. For eligibility information and application instructions, see the program description.

GRANT-IN-AID OF RESEARCH, ARTISTRY, AND SCHOLARSHIP applications for the fall 2013 competition are due Sept. 16. The grant seeks to promote the scholarly and artistic activities of faculty to foster academic excellence within the University. For the application and more information, see Grant-In-Aid.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

"I HAVE A DREAM 50 YEARS LATER: Marking the Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington" will be co-hosted by the Humphrey School and the African American Leadership Forum Aug. 28, 7 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. Panelists include Dr. Josie Johnson, educator and community leader; professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, University of St. Thomas Law School; former VP Walter Mondale; U of M professor Sam Myers; and the Rev. Rolland Robinson. The event is sold out but will be broadcast live online.


NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION begins Aug. 23. Orientation convocation will be held at 3:15 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Classes begin Aug. 27.

THE MARY TYRRELL HEALTH WALK FOR SCHOLARSHIPS will take place Aug. 28, with registration at 5 p.m. The walk supports scholarships and helps raise awareness of heart disease, in memory of Mary Tyrrell. For more information, call Tricia Sanders at 218-281-8326 or see Mary Tyrrell walk.


A RECENT UMD CAREER SERVICES SURVEY of the Class of 2011–12 reveals a high level of success among graduates. Nearly 96 percent of graduates surveyed are either employed or continuing their education. This is up 3 percent from the previous year. A full 91 percent of the class responded to the survey. For more information, see survey.

UMD DAY AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR WILL BE AUG. 23. Visitors are invited to stop by the UMD booth inside the U of M building and enjoy presentations and performances throughout the day on the U of M stage. The UMD Marching Band, along with Chancellor Lynn Black, dance team, cheerleaders, and Champ, will take part in the 2 p.m. parade. For more information, see UMD at State Fair.

SCIENCE FRIDAY IS AUG. 30. The public is invited to tour the Blue Heron research vessel, docked at Great Lakes Aquarium, and enjoy a presentation by a Large Lakes Observatory scientist about large lake research. For more information, see Science Friday.


UMM HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF SIERRA MAGAZINE'S TOP 40 "COOL SCHOOLS" for 2013. The Sierra Club's official magazine ranks universities that lead sustainability initiatives and make an effort to protect and preserve the environment. UMM was ranked 38th in the nation, its highest ranking to date and the highest ranking in the state. For more information, see Cool Schools.

UMM HAS AGAIN BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 200 institutions in the nation in support of American Indian students by Winds of Change. The magazine aims to identify institutions that graduate a high percentage of American Indian undergraduates, as well as those with vibrant, supportive American Indian communities. For more information, see Top 200.

UMM RECEIVED A COLLEGE SUCCESS GRANT in the amount of $155,555 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. The grant will help 45 first-year students achieve success in college by helping them develop campus connections to increase their odds of completing their programs of study. For more information, see College Success Grant.

ASHLEIGH THOMPSON '13 AND ALEX SHORT '14 participated in archaeological fieldwork at the Angel Mounds State Historic Site this summer. The excavation, a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, was offered by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University-Bloomington. For more information, see Students 'Dig' Summer Break.


A UMR CONNECTS event held on Aug. 6 attracted a crowd of more than 100 for a respectful discussion of religious beliefs. Coverage was reported in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

AS STUDENTS RETURN TO CAMPUS, UMR has a variety of events planned from Aug. 27 through Sept. 8. See the full schedule online.


Administrative information

AN ORIENTATION FOR NEW P&A AND ADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS and a reception for all faculty and instructional staff will be hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning the week of Aug. 26. The August Teaching Enrichment Series will take place Aug. 27 and 28. For registration and more information, see Teaching and Learning.

FACULTY AND STAFF VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to welcome thousands of students to their residences in campus neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Liaison Program needs help distributing welcome bags and resource information on Sept. 5. Participation involves a two-hour shift between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. For signup and more information, email or call 612-625-8939 by Aug. 27.

GOPHER FOOTBALL BEGINS AUG. 29. Because this is a regular business day at the University, faculty and staff may experience increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic as they leave campus (tailgating begins at 2 p.m.). State fair parking and shuttles will not be available on the East Bank that day. For more information, see gamedays.

U LIBRARIES IS OFFERING FREE WORKSHOPS to give faculty, staff, and graduate students a jump on the semester, including workshops on organizing PDFs, iPads for graduate students, Zotero basics, and more. For a complete list, see workshops.

MID-CAREER FACULTY WOMEN'S COMMUNITY 2013–14 will focus on issues central to the experiences of faculty women. The community draws upon the experiences of participants and research on gender, teaching, and women in academe. Participants who attend a minimum of six meetings receive a $500 stipend. For registration and more information, email Anita Gonzalez or see Faculty Women's Community.

MID-CAREER TEACHING COMMUNITY 2013–14 invites faculty from multiple disciplines to exchange ideas, explore current challenges in university teaching, and draw upon evidence-based research on teaching. Participants who attend a minimum of six meetings receive a $500 stipend. For registration and more information, email Anita Gonzalez or see Teaching Community.

DEPARTMENTAL CHANGE ORDERS are now accepted at the Coffman Union Post Office in amounts of $200 or less. For more information, see change orders.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

MnTAP INTERNS WILL PRESENT FINDINGS from their summer projects Aug. 22, 1–4:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Each summer, MnTAP interns help identify solutions for Minnesota companies in the areas of pollution prevention and energy efficiency. RSVP and see the agenda at MnTAP.

NATIONAL COLLEGE COLORS DAY IS AUG. 30. U faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are encouraged to show their U of M spirit. Post a photo of your best maroon and gold look on the U of M Bookstore's Facebook photo contest page and you could win a $50 bookstore gift card. Bookstore fans will select the winning photo.

A GME GRAND ROUNDS, MEDICAL STUDENT, AND DEANS FORUM, a combined medical school event, will feature bestselling author, reporter, and filmmaker T.R. Reid in "Is Health Care a Human Right? The Lesson From Other Rich Democracies." Sept. 6, 5–7:30 p.m., Mayo Auditorium. For more information, see health care.

A WELCOME AND ORIENTATION EVENT TO INTRODUCE NEW GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS to the University, the graduate community, and the broad range of resources and services available to support their success will be held Sept. 7, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 175 Willey Hall. The event is sponsored by the Graduate School in collaboration with the Council of Graduate Students. For more information, see starting graduate school.

REUSE-A-PALOOZA IS BACK AND BIGGER THAN EVER. On Sept. 10, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., more than 200 used bikes will be available for $50 or less on Northrop Plaza. The U's ReUse Program and several local reuse vendors/artists will be available at 10 a.m. to sell quality reused items and artwork. Regularly scheduled ReUse routes will not operate that day. For more information, see ReUse-A-Palooza.

DISCOUNTS ON STATE FAIR TICKETS AND T-SHIRTS are available through U of M Bookstores at Coffman Union, St. Paul Student Center, or online.

MORE EVENTS include Yoga Rocks the Park: Featuring UMN Center for Spirituality and Healing (Aug. 24); Harrison Sculpture Garden Grand Opening (Aug. 24); September 2013 First Tuesday (Sept. 3); Experts@Minnesota Funding Integration Training (Sept. 5); Is America Coming Out of its Great Stagnation? (Sept. 9). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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