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Vol. XLII No. 27; September 12, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meet Sept. 13-14.
--Operational Excellence website launches.
--Features: Open-book test.
--People: Chemist Christy Haynes has been named one of Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10"; and more.

University News and Events
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THE BOARD OF REGENTS will meet Sept. 13-14. On Sept. 14, the board will receive its first introduction to President Eric Kaler's proposed biennial budget request for fiscal year 2014-15. Pending board approval in October, the U will pursue its official request to the state during the 2013 legislative session, which begins in January. The board will also hear a presentation about the 2012 University Plan, Performance and Accountability Report, comprising 150 pages of facts, figures, and updates about the U system and its students, faculty, and staff. For more information, see Board of Regents.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE: The U has launched a new, systemwide website to support the president's vision of working smarter, reducing costs, enhancing services, and increasing revenues. Visit to find out more about strategies to reallocate resources and effort to the U's core teaching, research, and public service mission. Faculty and staff are asked to share ideas for improving U operations in a variety of areas, as well as read about and vote on others' ideas.


FEATURE: The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is exploring new ways to deliver high-quality course materials to students at lower costs. CEHD director for academic and information technology Dave Ernst led a project resulting in the Open Academics online catalog, which launched in April with a list of 84 open textbooks that are in use in classrooms across the country. It was the first and only tool of its kind at a major research institution. Within hours of the catalog's launch, Ernst began to get email and calls. Since then, the catalog has received more than 26,000 visits from 138 countries and territories. Educators around the globe have offered to help. For more information, read "Open-book test."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Sept. 3-7. In this episode of the weekly video feature, U of M President Eric Kaler and his wife, Karen, help students move in; the Class of 2016 participates in Convocation; and 5,500 first-year students form a giant 'M' at TCF Bank Stadium for the class photo. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Chemist Christy Haynes has been named one of Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10"; professor Christopher Douglas has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation; the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) has been selected by Senator Amy Klobuchar as one of this year's "Angels in Adoption"; 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.



Awards and funding opportunities

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY (IAS) FACULTY FELLOWSHIP applications for 2013-14 fellowships are due Oct. 19. Faculty from all campuses are eligible to apply for one-semester residential fellowships at the IAS. For application instructions and more information, see IAS fellowships.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

FACULTY AND STAFF CAN ENJOY COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION AT THE U OF M LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM Sept. 29. All U faculty and staff are invited. Present your U Card at the Arboretum gatehouse for individual admission. Children ages 12 and under are free; ages 13 and up are $12. U employees are also eligible for 10 percent off Arboretum memberships. For more information, see faculty and staff day at the Arb.


ENROLLMENT NUMBERS AT UMC appear to have surpassed record levels, continuing a six-year trend. Preliminary reports put enrollment at 1,773 degree-seeking undergraduates — the highest enrollment in the history of the campus. That number beats 2011's record of 1,600. Final numbers will not be available for some time. For more information, see record enrollment.

STUDENTS IN FREE ENTERPRISE (SIFE) AT UMC are succeeding in a project to provide access to clean water at locations in Nigeria and Nepal. Two boreholes were recently completed near Amai College in Nigeria, with a second at the Amai Nursery and Primary School in Ajangbadi, Ojo, a local government in Nigeria. For more information, see SIFE clean water.

A SWEET STORY: UMC first-year student Emily Campbell just arrived on campus after 12 days of representing the beekeeping industry as Minnesota's Honey Queen at the Minnesota State Fair. An animal science major from Aiken, MN, she will compete for the national title in January 2013 when she travels to Hershey, PA. For more information, see Honey Queen.


UMD ALUMNI WILL GATHER AT THE MINNESOTA TWINS VS. KANSAS CITY ROYALS baseball game Sept. 12, Target Field, Minneapolis. The ballpark opens at 5:30 p.m., gametime is 7:10 p.m. Tickets are $26 per person, with seating in sections T and U on the Skyline Deck. For ticket information, see UMD alumni baseball.

PLAYWRIGHT, HUMORIST, AND STORYTELLER KEVIN KLING will perform at Glensheen Historic Estate on Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m., and at UMD Weber Music Hall on Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. For more information, see Kevin Kling.

TWIN PORTS HEART WALK REGISTRATION is open. The annual event will take place at UMD on Sept. 29 with vendor booths, live music and entertainment, as well as food and beverages. For more information, see Heart Walk.


UMM MADE A SIGNIFICANT JUMP in Sierra magazine's "Cool Schools" listing, a ranking of the country's greenest four-year colleges. Morris reached 47th in the 2012 ranking while earning top scores in two categories, and was the only Minnesota school to make this year's list. For more information, see Cool Schools.

THE 2012 BARBER LECTURE will feature Jay Parini, Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College. Parini's lecture, "The Imagination of Truth: How Fiction Shines a Light into the Dark Corners of History," will attempt to put forth a brief aesthetics of fiction, arguing that fiction enables people to look in places where conventional history and biography cannot possibly go. Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., HFA Recital Hall. For more information, see Barber Lecture.

UMM'S WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAM achieved Scholar All-American status for the spring 2012 semester. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America presents the award to college and university swimming and diving teams that achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. With a cumulative average of 3.17, the team earned its second consecutive honor. For more information, see swimming and diving award.


THE NEXT UMR CONNECTS lecture, "Women and Politics in Today's World," will feature Cecilia Manrique, professor and chair of the Political Science/Public Administration Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Sept 18, 4th floor, University Square. For more information on the weekly Thursday night series, see UMR Connects.


Administrative information

THE EARLY CAREER TEACHING PROGRAM still has limited space available for early-career faculty and instructional staff who want to develop and enhance their teaching skills and establish a foundation for a lifetime of creative and engaging teaching. The program is designed to work within the scheduling constraints of busy academicians. The 2012-13 program kicks off Sept. 18. For registration and more information, see Early Career Teaching.

COFFEE AND DONUTS WITH THE COPS returns again for three days this fall with U of M Police bearing donuts and personal safety messages at locations across campus. UMPD officers will serve donuts and coffee beginning at 7:30 a.m. at West Bank Skyway, Sept. 18; Pleasant Avenue Bus Stop, Sept. 19; and the St. Paul Student Center, Sept. 20. The event is designed to let students, police, and University leaders get to know each other and discuss how to be partners in keeping the campus safe. For more information, see Creating a Safe U.

ENCORE TRANSITIONS: PREPARING FOR POST-CAREER LIFE, the University of Minnesota's pioneering retirement preparation course, will be offered again this fall. The four-day course is designed to help employees prepare for successful post-career lives by focusing on personal, professional, and social satisfaction, as well as timely financial questions. The course begins Oct. 19. For eligibility, cost, and more information, see Encore Transitions.

A BRONZE GOLDY GOPHER STATUE to be placed outside of Coffman Union will serve as an icon for the University community, both as a common gathering area and as a collective image for promoting school spirit. A "Give a Coin, Give a Dollar, Leave a Legacy" campaign is currently under way to raise money for construction of the statue. The effort is a student-driven fundraising initiative. For more information, see bronze Goldy.

Awards and funding opportunities

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute (HFHL) has announced a fall 2012 Community-University Partnership Request for Proposals. HFHL is requesting grant applications to fund innovative partnerships related to food, nutrition, and health. Projects should include participatory action research or other creative strategies for addressing community-identified problems. Applications are due Nov. 19. For more information, see grant programs.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

TOP ISSUES OF THE 2012 ELECTION SEASON will be featured in a Humphrey School fall events series convening lively dialogues across the top political and policy issues of the day, from health and medical care to immigration. Keynote speakers include policymakers, D.C. insiders, and nationally prominent professors. Free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. For more information, see Fall Election Season.

THE HUMPHREY SCHOOL WILL HOST A CIVIL CONVERSATIONS PROJECT WITH Public Radio's Krista Tippett, host of American Public Media's "On Being" radio program. Tippett will moderate all four discussions: "The Next Christians," "Pro Life, Pro Choice, Pro Dialogue," "Political Bridge People," and "The Future of Marriage." The series begins Sept. 12. Pre-registration is recommended. For registration and free tickets, see Civil Conversations.

THE MINNESOTA SUPERCOMPUTING INSTITUTE (MSI) will hold an informational presentation to introduce new services available to University researchers. Attendees will also be able to talk one-on-one with MSI staff about their specific research needs. Sept. 17, 1-3 p.m., Walter Library. For more information, see computing.

SUPER FANTASTIC WEEK events will take place Sept. 17-21 at the St. Paul Student Center. Enjoy bowling specials, free food samples, a comedy performance by Maria Bamford, a Gopher celebration, and more. For a full event listing, see Super Fantastic.

THE SEVENTH ANNUAL CHILDREN'S CANCER RESEARCH FUND Distinguished Visiting Professor Lectureship will feature Janet Davison Rowley, Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Rowley is a human geneticist and the first scientist to identify a chromosomal translocation as the cause of leukemia. Sept. 19, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Mayo Auditorium. For more information, see cancer lecture.

THE 2012 FALL RAPTOR RELEASE will set free rehabilitated birds of prey and feature educational exhibits, children's activities, orchard hay wagon tours, and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the day but leave all pets at home. Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center. For more information, call 612-624-4745 or see The Raptor Center.

THE 28th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON POLICY ANALYSIS, "From Anecdote to Evidence: Advancing the Role of Analysis in Policy Making," will address ways to move from anecdote to evidence in developing, implementing, and evaluating public policy. Oct. 10, Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul. Register by Sept. 26 for the early rate. For registration and more information, see policy analysis.

INNOVATION SHOWCASE: SOFTWARE AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES, sponsored by the Office for Technology Commercialization, will be an opportunity to connect with potential research and business partners, and to learn about emerging University technologies in the areas of cleantech, health IT, nanotech, software, sensors, and electronics. Sept. 27, 4-6 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For registration and more information, see innovation.

THE 2012 HEALTHY FOODS, HEALTHY LIVES SUMMIT: MN LEADERS IN FOOD AND HEALTH, co-hosted by the U's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, will allow attendees to explore how Minnesota is taking the lead on food, agriculture and health research, food systems change, and more. Oct. 1, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., TCF Bank Stadium; and Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Arboretum. For more information, view the agenda (PDF) and the registration page.

A START-UP SEMINAR featuring a keynote by serial entrepreneur Phil Soran will offer faculty, graduate students, and post-docs the opportunity to find out more about the creation of new companies. The event will include networking with complimentary wine, beer, and appetizers, followed by the keynote presentation and a panel discussion and Q&A. Oct. 3, 5-7:30 p.m., Campus Club. For more information, see start-up seminar.

LEARNINGLIFE'S FALL SHORT COURSES open the week of Oct. 8. U faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount. Courses include The Politics of the Supreme Court; Fireside Sippers: Warming Beers for Fall and Winter; Exploring the Love, Abuse, and Ecology of Minnesota's Lakes; Poetry 101: Reading and Appreciation; and many more. For more information, see LearningLife or call 612-624-4000.

THE SECOND ANNUAL BLACK ENVIRONMENTAL THOUGHT AND PRACTICE CONFERENCE invites scholars, activists, farmers, artists, gardeners, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts to engage in translocal and transnational dialogues about environmental justice. The conference aims to provide a space where participants can bridge theory and practice while creating ethically responsible collaborative partnerships. Sept. 21-23, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. For registration and more information, see Black Environmental Thought.

"LIKE" CONSERVATION? PROVE IT AND YOU COULD WIN AN IPAD. Weekly prize drawings will be held through Nov. 6 for anyone who "Likes" the "It All Adds Up" conservation campaign's Facebook page, including an iPad grand prize. The contest is part of a campaign to enlist the campus community's help in conserving resources. For more information, view campaign posters and see contest details.

MORE EVENTS include University of Minnesota Farmers Market (Sept. 12); Research Series: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Courts (Sept. 13); Board of Regents Reception in Honor of Ann Cieslak (Sept. 14); We the People: Constitution Day (Sept. 17); Public reading with award-winning Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard (Sept. 18); How Alaska's Salmon Became Wild (Sept. 27); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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