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Vol. XLIII No. 27; September 11, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meet Sept. 12–13.
--The U will explore a potential new college.
--Features: High tunnels extend Minnesota's growing season; The trail of trauma; Wellness Center expansion; Engaged Living.
--People: Robert Elde, dean of the College of Biological Sciences, has announced his decision to retire at the end of June; and more.

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


THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET SEPT. 12–13: The board will discuss the University Plan, Performance and Accountability Report, the 2014 Capital Request to the state legislature, and the U's progress and future plans on achieving Operational Excellence. Other agenda items include an annual report on compensation from the Office of Human Resources. For more information, see the news release.

THE U OF M WILL EXPLORE A POTENTIAL NEW COLLEGE to integrate faculty and staff from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and the College of Biological Sciences (CBS). Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson announced that she will appoint a task force to examine the potential consolidation. For more information, see new college.


FEATURE: Early University of Minnesota Extension research on high tunnels has helped growers learn to build and use them for cold-climate fruit and vegetable production. Now the simple hoop houses also serve as a nursery for Extension horticultural research. For more information, read "High tunnels."

FEATURE: Previous work at the U identified a brain activity pattern so strongly associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that they can clearly tell who has PTSD. Now, a new study shows that in people with PTSD, these patterns persist. But, they found, in people who have not developed PTSD despite exposure to trauma, the patterns lack staying power. For more information, read "The trail of trauma."

FEATURE: The first thing you notice when you stroll around the new addition to UMTC's Recreation and Wellness Center is a sense of vast openness. If you're naturally a bit claustrophobic in gyms or health clubs, this is your place. The center added 175,000 square feet of space to meet the changing needs of the UMTC community. For more information, see Wellness Center expansion.

FEATURE: New residence halls on the U of M's Twin Cities, Morris, and Crookston campuses are welcoming students to the fall 2013 semester and ushering in a new era of housing. A new hall on the East Bank of the Twin Cities campus includes features designed to engage and foster community among residents. For more information, read "Engaged living."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Robert Elde, dean of the College of Biological Sciences, has announced his decision to retire at the end of June; Pamala Jacobson, College of Pharmacy, has been awarded Fellow status by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy; Stephen Kaufman has been elected to the board of the Cornea Society; Regents Professor and former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Frank Sorauf has passed away; 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

A NEW E-BOOK BY U OF M FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS showcases innovation and leadership related to human technologies. Cultivating Change in the Academy: Practicing The Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter Within the University of Minnesota is the second in the Cultivating Change series, and features meaningful conversation as a force for smart action across the U. For more information, see change or download the book.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

U OF M DAY AT THE LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM will take place Sunday, Sept. 29. All current U of M faculty and staff will be admitted to the arboretum free of charge (a $12 value). Activities that day include the arboretum's Auxiliary Harvest Sale, a sale of herb crafts and potpourris, and events for kids. For more information, see U Day at the Arb.

THE 2013 U OF M HEALTHY FOODS, HEALTHY LIVES SYMPOSIUM AND FOOD SUMMIT will take place Oct. 14–15, U of M Landscape Arboretum. The theme, "Food and the Environment: Healthy Planet, Healthy People," will feature a research symposium led by world-renowned experts in food, health, and the environment, followed by a day of case studies and conversations. For registration and more information, see Healthy Foods.

THE FRONTIERS IN THE ENVIRONMENT speaker series will kick off its fall schedule on Sept. 11. The weekly talks will include speakers from around the U of M and elsewhere on topics such as energy transformation, the importance of food literacy, fossil fuel divestment, the role of music in communicating climate science, and more. Wednesdays at noon, R380 IonE seminar room and live online. For more information, see frontier lectures.


THE UMC SATELLITE OFFICE OF THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE will host an open house Sept. 12, 3:30–5 p.m., 15 Hill Hall. The event will provide an opportunity to meet Chunhui Wang and staff and learn what resources they offer for collaborations on campus and in the community. For more information, see Confucius Institute.

UMC HAS BEEN RANKED among the top four colleges and universities in Minnesota for campus safety by the website Data is compiled from reports submitted by college and university law enforcement. The full listing is available online.

GREG BERGER, district assistant director for Facilities Management on the east bank of the Twin Cities campus, has agreed to assist the staff of UMC Facilities and Operations on an interim basis. Over the next several weeks, he will provide project management leadership for the many construction and renovation projects currently under way and others that will begin shortly.


ALUMNUS BRIAN KOBILKA, recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will present "Structural insights into G protein coupled receptor signaling," Sept. 13, 3:15 p.m., 200 Chemistry, followed by a reception in the Swenson Science Building atrium. For more information, see Kobilka.

UMD'S COMMITMENT TO INCLUSIVITY HAS BEEN NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED. UMD was named one of the "Top 25 GLBT-Friendly Colleges and Campuses" in the U.S. by the organization Campus Pride. For more information, see inclusivity.

DIRECTOR OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS JOSH BERLO has added some new projects that will increase emphasis on fan experience and engagement, while continuing to grow the national profile of UMD Athletics. For more information, see athletics.


UMM HAS OPENED ITS NEWEST RESIDENCE HALL. The Green Prairie Community is not only UMM's first fully accessible residence hall, but also an innovative living and learning environment that complements UMM's focus on sustainability. The facility provides housing for 72 undergraduates and was designed to meet Minnesota B3 sustainability guidelines and LEED Gold standards. For more information, see Green Prairie.

UMM WAS RECENTLY RATED THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT PUBLIC FOUR-YEAR SCHOOL IN MINNESOTA by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (based on the six-year graduation rate), a 12-state, nonprofit higher-education alliance. For more information, see Morris Excels.

UMM HAS BEEN NAMED A WASHINGTON MONTHLY "BEST-BANG-FOR-THE-BUCK" SCHOOL. The list acknowledges colleges that best help students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Of the 349 schools included, UMM was ranked 27th. It was the most highly ranked Minnesota school and one of eight institutions named a standout. For more information, see Washington Monthly.

UMM HAS BEEN NAMED A "COLLEGE OF DISTINCTION" by the web-based guide Colleges of Distinction. The designation is given to schools that excel at four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. For more information, see College of Distinction.

EVELYN HU-DEHART, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, will deliver the 2013 O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture in History on Sept. 16. Her talk is titled "The Strange and Curious History of the 'Illegal Alien': The Linked Fate of Asians and Latinos in U.S. History." For more information, see Driggs.


THE 2013–14 ACADEMIC YEAR LAUNCHED WITH CHANCELLOR LEHMKUHLE welcoming UMR students back to campus during a gathering on the Peace Plaza. For more information, see Chancellor Welcome.


Administrative information

NETWORK OUTAGES SCHEDULED: Hardware and operating system upgrades will take place on all Twin Cities campus large core routers during the week of Sept. 15–22. The upgrade work will impact wired and wireless network service in all campus buildings at various times during the week, and users in all buildings can expect network outages of up to 90 minutes during these upgrades. For more information, see network outages.

A DEMONSTRATION OF THE SYSTEMWIDE CLASSROOM AND EVENT SCHEDULING TOOL Astra Schedule, which was implemented in May, will be held Sept. 13, 2–3 p.m., 512B STSS. The tool can be used to request both departmental and general-purpose classroom space for an event. A quick-start guide (PDF) is available with additional step-by-step instructions.

THE RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (RAP) for new faculty and staff and their spouses and partners will host a workshop, "Conducting a Job Search in the Twin Cities," Sept. 16, 9–11:30 a.m., 317/8 Donhowe. To register, email by Sept. 13. Call Mary Everley at 626-0775 with questions. For more information, see RAP.

U LIBRARIES IS ACCEPTING COURSE RESERVES FOR FALL 2013. Make course materials like articles, textbooks, videos, etc. available to students online and/or in the libraries. Reserve materials are available from Moodle, via the Library Course Pages on the Libraries home page, and through the "My Courses" tab in myU. The new streamlined system uses Internet ID and is mobile friendly. For more information, email or see reserves.

THE PROJECT AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT COLLABORATORS (PCMC) GROUP will host the panel discussion "Great Teams at the University of Minnesota" on Sept. 19, 2:30–4 p.m., 3-180 Keller Hall. Four University experts will share experiences and respond to questions about building and maintaining effective teams and preventing development of dysfunctional teams. RSVP at PCMC Panel Discussion.

CAMPUS PARKING AND GOPHER FOOTBALL: On six Saturdays, faculty and staff with East Bank parking contracts must relocate their vehicles to East River Road Garage. No reciprocal parking privileges are available on these Saturdays: Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, and Nov. 23. For more information, see game day parking.

BOYNTON HEALTH SERVICE has reopened its newly remodeled St. Paul Campus Clinic. Besides primary care and Gopher Quick Clinic, visitors can now access mental health services. Physical therapy and nutrition services start Sept. 16. Call 612-624-7700 for appointments.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE NEXT INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY THURSDAYS AT FOUR LECTURE wrestles with "the conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud." Sept. 12, 4 p.m., 125 Nolte. For more information, see "Unspoken."

A LECTURE ON MYTHS AND REALITIES OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, a U of M Constitution Day event, will take place Sept. 17, noon–1 p.m., U Bookstore, Coffman Union. Jennifer Pierce, American Studies professor and author of Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender and the Backlash Against Affirmative Action, will discuss the myths and realities behind cases of reverse discrimination and affirmative action. For more information, see public engagement.

THE PUBLIC HEALTH FILM SERIES will kick off Sept. 17, 5 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. A discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker will follow a screening of "Absolutely Safe," a film about the controversy over breast implants. Free and open to the public. Register online. For more information, see SPH film series.

U LIBRARIES will host five book discussions on the theme "Connected Histories" for the event series, "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys." Discussions will be led by Giancarlo Casale, associate professor of the history of the Islamic world. Events are at Hennepin County Central Library Sept. 17, Oct. 1, 15, 29, and Nov. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, see Connected Histories.

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING: LEADERSHIP IN ACTION is a speaker series designed to inspire and educate the business technology community. The series features presentations by leading experts in the public and private sectors on a wide range of topics. Events are free and take place the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. The next event is Sept. 18. For more information, see Technically Speaking.

A LEARNING ABROAD FAIR will detail opportunities available to students, as well as other initiatives organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend and to stop by. Sept. 19, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., West Bank Plaza. For more information, email Kait Dougherty.

INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS PUBLIC LECTURE: "From Rubik to Escher to Security: Symmetry from Scratch." The lecture will feature Stanford mathematics professor Brian Conrad in an engaging lecture that explores symmetry in the everyday world. Sept. 19, 7 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower. For more information, see IMA Public Lecture.

AN HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL WITH LYNNE ROSSETTO KASPER will raise funds for Cornercopia, the University's Student Organic Farm. The event will take place at the Campus Club—Cornercopia's biggest customer. Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. Cost is $60 ($30 for students). For more information, see tomato.

HOMECOMING 2013, Sept. 27, will bring the campus community together with events such as community service opportunities, cheer and lip sync competitions, sports tournaments, concerts, and the Homecoming parade and football game. For more information and a full schedule of events, see

THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON POLICY ANALYSIS will take place Oct. 16, Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul campus. The conference theme is "Access and Opportunities: All Things Not Being Equal." Keynote and concurrent sessions are designed for interactive discussion to address the development and analysis of policy related to inequalities and disparities. Early registration discount ends Oct. 2. For registration and more information, see the conference website.

THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT U OF M BOWLING LEAGUE is looking for two or more teams as well as individual bowlers to join existing teams. The season starts in early September and runs through mid-April at Midway Pro Bowl, Snelling and University Avenues, St. Paul. For more information, email Scott Murdoch.

MORE EVENTS include Minnesota Cup final awards reception (Sept. 11); An Evening with NY Times Crossword Editor Will Shortz (Sept. 12); Clean Water Summit (Sept. 12); Party on the Plaza (Sept. 13); Joseph Amato to discuss latest book, Surfaces: A History (Sept. 16); Marriage and Equality in Minnesota (Sept. 18). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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