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Vol. XLI No. 25; August 24, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--U of M at the Minnesota State Fair.
--Features: On the move with Cyclopath; A love of country; From ore to more; Sifting through history; Cacophony may curb carp; This Week @Minnesota; U of M Moment.
--People: Anne Phibbs has been appointed the new director of education in the Office for Equity and Diversity; and more.

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


UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ON A STICK: The U of M promises to be among the largest attractions at this year's "Great Minnesota Get-Together," Aug. 25–Sept. 5. On Maroon and Gold Day, Aug. 28, visitors will be able to meet President Eric Kaler and his wife, Karen, as they proudly wear their maroon and gold attire. Stop by the U's building for trivia, Goldy Gopher appearances, and see the U Marching Band in the parade. The U's main building and stage are located at the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul. For a complete schedule and map of U events, see U at the State Fair.


FEATURE: Navigating the Twin Cities, the U's campuses, and in time, greater Minnesota by bike just got that much easier. Cyclopath, a navigational aide for bikers in the seven-county metro area, has gone mobile (phone) and it's on the move to expand to greater Minnesota. Developed by the U's human/computer interaction and social computing research lab, Cyclopath is one part MapQuest, one part Wikipedia, and one part algorithmic wheelie. For more information, read "On the move with Cyclopath."

FEATURE: Even though outstate Minnesota is thinning, rural physicians continue to be in high demand. The U has been ahead of the game in trying to anticipate and address the shortage. U professor and physician Therese Zink has been an integral part of a program that helps steer medical students toward careers in rural medicine. For more information, read "A love of country."

FEATURE: Born out of an economy in recession, in a spirit of collaboration among civic, business, and state leaders, and the U, the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at UMD is a Minnesota gem—or, as it was in the beginning, an iron-bearing pellet made from the rock taconite. Today, NRRI continues to help private industry succeed in an environmentally responsible manner. Director Mike Lalich has been with the institute from its start in 1984. For more information, read "From ore to more."

FEATURE: Dozens of U students as well as faculty excavated a site along the Mississippi called Bremer Village this summer to discover how Minnesota's pre-contact Native people lived. The archaeological dig is part of a larger effort to discover "the big picture" of human movements, settlements, commerce, and communication in the days before European contact, which in Minnesota began in the late 1600s. For more information, read "Sifting through history."

FEATURE: It belongs to the minnow family, but the common carp does a whale of a lot of damage. U fisheries professor Peter Sorensen calls them perhaps the number one water quality problem in Minnesota. Sorensen is part of a University team testing a new method of hindering the spread of young carp. For more information, read "Cacophony may curb carp."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Aug. 15-19. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service looks at a science camp for kids, how a giant space blob glows from within, and the threat against Minnesota's ash trees. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

U OF M MOMENT: A team of computer science researchers led by the U's College of Science and Engineering have confirmed a substantial gender gap among editors of Wikipedia and a corresponding gender-oriented disparity in the content. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Anne Phibbs has been appointed the new director of education in the Office for Equity and Diversity; Jasjit Ahluwalia was recently awarded a grant from Pfizer Global Research Awards for Nicotine Dependence; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

MICROSOFT WORK-AT-HOME OPTION: The Office of Information Technology has partnered with e-academy to offer the Microsoft Work-at-Home option, a benefit of the Microsoft Campus Agreement. The option allows faculty and staff systemwide who use Microsoft Office programs, as well as the Windows operating system, on their University computers to use a second copy of a limited selection of products on either a personal laptop or desktop computer. For more information, see work at home.

A NEW ACTIVE LEARNING CLASSROOM RESOURCE has been developed by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Information Technology, and University Libraries. The website offers information, best practices, and inspiration to those adapting their teaching methods to fit these state-of-the-art learning environments. For more information, see active learning.

THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR WILL IMPACT UNIVERSITY TRAFFIC AND PARKING. Consider alternate commuting options. From Aug. 25 through Sept. 5, traffic will increase and parking may be tight. Be sure to carry your U Card for U rates at public parking facilities. For more information, see State Fair parking.

BACK FOR THEIR 35th YEAR! UMN Extension Master Gardener volunteers answer the public's horticulture questions in the Horticulture Building every day of the Fair from 9 am - 9 pm. They will also offer gardening education on the Fair stage, The Dirt; schedule and topics available in the Horticulture Building. Contact:

NATIONAL COLLEGE COLORS DAY IS SEPT. 2. U students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to celebrate by wearing maroon and gold. Post a photo of your best maroon and gold "look" on the U of M Bookstore's Facebook page, and the winning "look" will receive a $50 Bookstore gift card.

Funding opportunities

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FALL GRANT-IN-AID of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship Program in the Office of the Vice President for Research. The grants promote the scholarly and artistic activities of faculty and their graduate students. Proposals must be submitted electronically by Sept. 19. For more information, see grant applications.

SCHOLARLY EXCELLENCE IN EQUITY AND DIVERSITY (SEED) AWARDS are available through the Office for Equity and Diversity. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to apply. Applications are due Sept. 26. For more information, see SEED Awards.


UMC WILL HOST PRESIDENT ERIC KALER AND KAREN KALER Aug. 26. The visit will include meetings with the Research and Outreach Center, Regional Extension, legislators, students, faculty, and staff. An open forum will be held at 2:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Community leaders and members of the Crookston community and region are invited to attend. For more information, see Kaler visit.

A BRIDGES INTO HEALTH WORKSHOP for community leaders from all sectors, as well as clinical staff at all levels in the private nonprofit and public health sectors, will be held Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Sponsored by the Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center. For more information, see workshop.

INSIGHT RADIO will resume its regular broadcast at 8:35 a.m. on KROX AM Radio 1260 on Aug. 27. The first guest of the academic year will be Chancellor Charles H. Casey. The broadcast is a weekly program featuring people and activities at UMC. For more information and to listen, see Insight Radio.


JOIN UMD ALUMNI AT THE MINNESOTA TWINS GAME, Sept. 28, with a pregame party at 5:30 p.m. Register for prizes and order beverages and food. Gametime is at 7:05 p.m., Target Field. For more information and to purchase tickets, see Minnesota Twins.

SAP@UMD, the Sustainable Agriculture Project at the University of Minnesota Duluth, was formed in 2009 to institute education, research, and community engagement around local food systems and food security in the western Lake Superior region. The 15 acres at UMD's Research and Field Studies Center includes a 5-acre heritage apple orchard and a 10-acre field used for experiential learning and research. Student internships and faculty and staff involvement are encouraged. For more information, see Sustainable Agriculture Project.


U PRESIDENT ERIC KALER AND KAREN KALER visited campus Aug. 23. Kaler met with administration and student leaders, participated in an open meeting for faculty, students, and staff, and enjoyed a public gathering with residents of the community and region. See a photo slideshow of the visit online.

UMM hosted its inaugural Summer Transition for English Language and Liberal Arts Readiness (STELLAR) program. The program for international students seeks to improve students' English skills, introduce students to American campus life and academic culture, help students gain a better understanding of a liberal arts education, and familiarize students with the UMM campus, the community, and Minnesota. For more information, see STELLAR.

FORBES MAGAZINE RANKED UMM 90TH OVERALL in its "America's Top Colleges" list of the best 650 undergraduate institutions. UMM was ranked 16th in its "Best in the Midwest" category and 81st on the "100 Best Buy Colleges" list. For more information. see Forbes ranking.

THE FRENCH DISCIPLINE and the student organization Entre Nous will bring the Tournées Film Festival to Morris, thanks to the support of the French-American Cultural Exchange. For more information, see film festival.

THE MORRIS ALPHA ZETA ETA chapter has been honored with a Best Chapter Award by the National Political Science Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha. Roger Rose, associate professor of political science, serves as adviser. For more information, see award.


THE 318 COMMONS RIBBON CUTTING AND GRAND OPENING will take place Aug. 25, with the ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m., followed by brief tours of the new facility. The facility is a new housing community for UMR students and Mayo Clinic health professionals. For more information, see 318 Commons.

A PODCAST ABOUT GROUP LEARNING AT UMR was created by American Radio Works and released Aug. 18. A soon-to-be released documentary entitled Don't Lecture Me will feature how people learn, highlighting UMR's non-lecture-style learning labs. For more information, listen to the podcast.


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 gift. For more information, see Celebrate U!

WELCOME WEEK: More than 5,000 students in the Class of 2015 will be on campus Aug. 31–Sept. 5 for Welcome Week. Now in its fourth year, Welcome Week offers first-year students an opportunity to connect with the U of M community to better help them have a successful first year of college. For more information, see

THE REUSE PROGRAM'S ReUse Routes pick-up schedule will change from four to two days per week beginning Aug. 29. Pick-ups will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. The number of pick-up locations will also be reduced; any buildings not included in the new schedule will change to an on-call status. For more information, see ReUse Routes.

BOREAS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: Graduate and professional students and postdocs from all departments are invited to apply to participate in a new co-curricular environmental leadership program being launched this fall by the Institute on the Environment. The Boreas Environmental Leadership program will kick off with a networking happy hour Sept. 15, and short courses and workshops will be offered throughout the semester. For more information, see leadership program.

U LIBRARIES IS OFFERING FREE WORKSHOPS to give faculty, staff, and students a jump-start on the semester, including RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, Google, and Grant Funding Search Tools. For more information and a complete listing of workshops, see U Libraries.

COURSE RESERVES FOR FALL 2011: U Libraries can help instructors provide course materials, articles, textbooks, videos, and other information resources to students online and/or in the Libraries. In addition to course reserves, the Library Course Pages bring together academic research tools tailored to courses. For information about placing materials on either print or electronic course reserves, see reserves. For information on instructor support from the Libraries, see support.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

UMR'S iSEAL, the method used to deliver UMR's bachelor of science in health sciences (BSHS) program and to collect assessment data, will be presented in the seminar Supporting the Delivery of an Integrated Curriculum: University of Minnesota Rochester's iSEAL. Linda Dick and Michael Olesen will provide an overview of the development process, iSEAL's current features, and the plans for future development. Sept. 1, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library. For more information, see iSEAL.

HOMECOMING COLORING CONTEST: Children ages 12 and under can enter the Homecoming Coloring Contest for a chance to be in the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 21. One boy and one girl will be featured as special guests in the parade. First place winners from each age group will also receive a gift basket. Entry deadline is Oct. 7. Entry forms and contest details can be picked up at the Information Desks at Coffman Union and the St. Paul Student Center, or online. For entry forms and contest details, see coloring contest.

A RECEPTION FOR THE U LIBRARIES EXHIBIT "Minnesota Roots of the Green Revolution: A Legacy of Greatness" will be held Aug. 30, 5–7 p.m., Andersen Library. A short program, featuring a preview of the documentary film "Saving Wheat: Rusts Never Sleep," will begin at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit is open through Oct. 21. For more information, see Green Revolution.

DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO SEE THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA are available to faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees online, or by calling 612-624-2345. Cost: $29/$25. The concert takes place Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. For more information, see Glenn Miller or get tickets.

A CLEAN WATER SUMMIT will focus on the role of trees in stormwater control. Featured presentations will address technical aspects and policy and planning issues related to using trees in stormwater management, as well as the community benefits trees provide. Sept. 8, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Cost: $50 for Arboretum members; $60 for non-members. For more information, see Clean Water Summit.

THE INSTITUTE FOR ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE'S INNOVATION SHOWCASE is a networking opportunity for researchers in medicine and engineering, medical device manufactures, law firms, and members of the investment community. Five of the U's research centers will provide hands-on demonstrations of their research and present an overview of the science behind it. Sept. 13, 4–7p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, see IEM Innovation Showcase.

FORMER PROVOST OF THE U'S ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER William Brody will speak about tough issues facing today's academic health centers at the fourth Annual David A. Rothenberger Lecture. Presented by the Medical School. Free and open to the public. Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. For more information, see Rothenberger Lecture (PDF).

WEDNESDAY NIGHT U STAFF BOWLING LEAGUE is looking for two or more teams as well as individual bowlers to join existing teams. Current and retired faculty and staff are welcome. The season starts in early September and runs through mid-April. For more information, see U bowling.

SAVE-THE-DATE: A Nov. 4 symposium will honor Professor Daniel Joseph. The Department of Aerospace Engineering and the College of Science and Engineering are organizing the symposium in memory of Professor Joseph, who passed away May 24. Joseph started in the department in 1963 and served as Regents Professor and Russell J. Penrose Professor.

MORE EVENTS include Creating a Data Management Plan For Your Grant Application (Aug. 26); Coffee: The World in Your Cup (Aug. 27); Moodle: Integrating Library Resources (Aug. 30); University of Minnesota Farmers Market (Aug. 31); True North Groups: A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development (Sept. 1); September 2011 First Tuesday (Sept. 6). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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