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Vol. XLI No. 28; Sept. 21, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Presidential Inauguration.
--This Week @Minnesota.
--People: The School of Music will confer an honorary degree on internationally renowned conductor and VocalEssence artistic director Philip Brunelle; and more.

University News and Events
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PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION: President Eric W. Kaler will be inaugurated Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Although seating will be limited and is by ticket only, the inauguration will be broadcast live online at, with viewing locations at all campuses. A public reception will follow the inauguration at 2 p.m. in Coffman Union. For more information, see Inauguration of President Eric. W. Kaler.

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Sept. 12–16. In this installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service the U of M Police give away donuts and coffee, students participate in a world record attempt balloon pop, the U gets a rooftop concert on top of the Weisman, and President Kaler starts a Twitter account (@PrezKaler) with help from student social media ambassadors. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The School of Music will confer an honorary degree on internationally renowned conductor and VocalEssence Artistic Director Philip Brunelle; Karen Nelson Hoyle will be recognized by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art; associate professor Dona Schwartz is a finalist for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize; Shaden Tageldin has been named a 2011–2012 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Egypt; Jeff Wozniak and Michael Georgieff have earned a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study children affected by prenatal alcohol exposure; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

A SCHEDULED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) SERVICE DISRUPTION WILL OCCUR OCT. 1–2, beginning at 6 p.m. Service restoration will begin 12 hours later at 6 a.m., with all services restored by noon on Sunday. The interruption will occur when the Office of Information Technology shuts down its main data center to perform necessary maintenance, testing, and repairs of facility infrastructure. A full list of IT services that will be impacted is available online. For more information, see IT service disruption.

NEW FINANCIAL REPORTING IMPROVEMENTS for faculty and principal investigators (PIs) are available in UM Reports. Based on feedback and requirements provided by faculty, PIs, and staff, new financial reports have been created specifically for the use of faculty, staff, and particularly principal investigators. For instructions and more information on accessing the reports, see financial reporting.

REVISED TRAVEL POLICY: The revised Administrative Policy Traveling on University Business is now available in the Policy Library. Policy changes include an extended time frame for submitting travel expenses, a new formula for reimbursement for partial day travel, and alignment of the international allowable lodging rate with the current domestic lodging rate. Departments are encouraged to use sound judgment when it comes to applying the new policy for travel that was planned prior to, but taken after, the new policy has gone into effect. For questions regarding the new policy, email Beth Tapp.

FLIGHT DISCOUNTS AND NEW TRAVEL AGENCY CONTRACTS: Travelers booking airfare with Delta can now book through the link provided on the Travel Services website ( For Business Travel), and by doing so will receive discounts ranging from 2 to 10 percent. Purchasing Services has also issued new contracts to three travel agencies for transient travel: Corporate Travel Services, Metro Travel & Tours, and Travel Leaders. Using a contract travel agency provides departments with the ability to book all travel needs in one place and take advantage of U discounts. It also provides the U with better tools to track spending and negotiate discounts. For more information about Delta discounts, and the new travel agencies and their services, see Travel Services.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE FRONTIERS IN THE ENVIRONMENT FALL LECTURE SERIES will feature topics including moonshiners, climate change, Union Carbide, the tides, Yogi Berra, river deltas, and more. Lectures will be held weekly (Wednesdays) beginning Sept. 21, noon, R380 Learning and Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul. All conversations are webcast live at UMConnect. For more information, see Frontiers in the Environment.

A HEALTHY FOODS RESEARCH AND POLICY SYMPOSIUM presented by the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute and the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will take place Oct. 10 (East Bank) and Oct. 11 (Arboretum). Titled "Optimizing Food Systems for Human Health," the symposium will examine the health impacts of current food system practices, from production through processing, food manufacturing, distribution, and consumption. For registration and more information, see Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives.

SAVE-THE-DATE: THE OFFICE FOR TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION'S (OTC) 2011–12 Start-Up Workshop Series aims to educate faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and staff about technology commercialization, particularly start-ups based on University research. The first workshop will give a brief overview of OTC and feature panelists from three start-up companies (SMART Signal Technologies, XO Thermix, and Upstream Technologies). Nov. 2, 5–7 p.m., Campus Club. Registration is available online. For more information, see OTC workshop.

Funding opportunities

THE INSTITUTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT (IonE) IS ACCEPTING PROPOSALS from interdisciplinary teams for its Mini Grants program. Mini Grants help spur new collaborations by providing small amounts of funding ($500 to $3,000, with average grants of $1,500), administrative support, and space for meetings and other activities to interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff, and students from across the U. Funds may be used to conduct preliminary research, develop a proposal, sponsor a workshop, and more. Proposals are due Oct. 11. For more information, see Mini Grants.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATIONS are being accepted until Oct. 31. The one-year seed grant is for assistant professors who have no independent national funding and are engaged in cancer-related research. Funding is available up to $30,000. For more information and an application, email Nancy Morgan or call 612-625-2912.


A DELEGATION FROM KISII UNIVERSITY COLLEGE (KUC) in Kisii, Kenya, is scheduled to visit UMC Sept. 27 to learn about the campus and discuss possible future collaboration. Among the delegation will be KUC Principal Professor John Akama; Anakalo "Alfred" Shitandi, director of research, extension, and linkages; Evans Basweti, College of Agriculture; and Geoffrey Otomu, dean of health sciences. U of M senior vice president Robert Jones and Extension dean and director Bev Durgan will accompany the delegation. For more information, see KUC collaboration.

UMC HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS A TOP REGIONAL COLLEGE in the Midwest for the 14th consecutive year in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges, published by U.S. News Media Group. This year's rankings place UMC in the top three public colleges in the category "Best Regional Colleges." Within the category, U.S. News compared 371 colleges by region. The rankings are available online and in U.S. News & World Report. For more information, see top three.

GLENDA KIM COUSINS, student success coordinator for the Academic Assistance Center, recently achieved her first publication in a refereed journal. "Evolving Interactions in Higher Education Change" appears in the spring 2011 edition of the Journal of the National Association of Student Affairs Professional. Her research examined how direct service staff, directors, and administrators perceived and responded to changes created by increasing international student numbers and how an academic and student affairs organization adapted to these changes.


THE U OF M SEA GRANT PROGRAM AT UMD WAS AWARDED $400,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency. The $400,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant will help reduce the rate at which human activities spread aquatic invasive species. For more information, see Sea Grant.

SCIENCE NATION FEATURES UMD RESEARCH in an episode titled "Invasion of the Earthworms." Ecologist Cindy Hale, a research associate with the Natural Resources Research Institute, is featured in the video. Science Nation is an online magazine commissioned by the National Science Foundation Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. For more information, watch the video.


UMM'S NEW WIND TURBINE WILL BE DEDICATED Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. Celebration events include a pre-dedication 2K "wind walk," an exhibition of "When the Wind Blows" art created by area elementary and high school students, and a post-dedication picnic. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, see turbine dedication.

THE FALL CONVOCATION address will be presented by Guggenheim Fellow David Eagleman, a neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author. Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Student Center. For more information, see convocation.

UMM WAS RANKED NUMBER SEVEN in U.S. News and World Report's Top 10 Public National Liberal Arts Colleges list. For more information, see rankings.


THE RAPTOR REPORT, a newsletter for students of UMR, invites all students, staff, and faculty to submit articles, events, reminders, and activities of interest to the campus community. For more information, see Raptor Report.


Administrative information

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT HAS CREATED A REAL-TIME ENERGY-DEMAND METER website showing instantaneous readings of the electricity, steam, and chilled water being consumed at UMTC buildings. The effort is part of UMTC's "It All Adds Up" conservation campaign, which asks faculty, staff, and students to save energy and recycle while on campus. Over the past three years the efforts have led to more than $4.5 million in annual energy costs avoided (equivalent to 50,000 tons less CO2 emissions per year). For more information and to see how a building is performing, see Energy Dashboards.

SUPPORT FOR NURSING MOMS is available on the UMTC campus. Through the efforts of the Lactation Advocacy Committee, resources have been made available for new mothers to receive more information and assistance in locating an on-campus lactation room. The advocacy committee for nursing mothers' lactation support welcomes new members. For more information, email advocacy committee or see nursing moms.

THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WILL OFFER the free course Getting the Most from Adobe Acrobat X, Oct. 3, 9:30–11 a.m., 101 Walter Library. The course will demonstrate the software's ability to improve educational processes in higher education, from creating research proposals and assembling instructional materials, to enhancing collaboration and rich media integration. For more information, see Adobe Acrobat X.

U LIBRARIES IS OFFERING FREE WORKSHOPS for faculty, staff, and students, including RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, Google, and Grant Funding Search Tools. Selected workshops satisfy RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements. For more information and a complete listing of workshops, see U Libraries.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

"SUSTAINABLE WATERSCAPES FOR LIVABLE CITIES" will feature internationally renowned sculptor, artist, and landscape architect Herbert Dreiseitl, founder of Atelier Dreiseitl in Ueberlingen, Germany. The lecture is the second of the annual UMore Park Sustainable Communities Interdisciplinary Lecture series. Sept. 29, 5–6:15 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall. Free. A light reception will follow in Rapson Hall Atrium. For registration and more information, see UMore Park lecture.

"CLEANER, GREENER, CHEAPER," a College of Science and Engineering public lecture, will feature U alumnus and biotechnology industry leader Patrick Gruber, who will share his views on how to connect the ethanol industry's infrastructure and agricultural supply chain to the petrochemical industry's infrastructure of existing refineries and pipelines. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m. (doors open), Tate Lab of Physics. For registration and more information, see public lecture.

THE U WILL HOST THE FIRST-EVER CYBER SECURITY SUMMIT focusing on securing the nation's digital infrastructure Oct. 3, 7:30–11:45 a.m., Coffman Union. The summit will bring together leaders from the government, business, and nonprofit sectors to collaborate on digital infrastructure security issues and share views concerning the nation's readiness. Discounted rates are available for students, faculty, and staff. Early registration rates end Sept. 23. For more information, see Cyber Security Summit.

THE U WILL CELEBRATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY of its first hospital building, Elliot Memorial Hospital, and the opening of the newly landscaped Mayo Plaza. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to enjoy music, ice cream, and tours of the newly constructed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility below the plaza. Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (program at 12:30 p.m.), Mayo Plaza. For more information, see hospital anniversary.

"CANCER PREVENTION AND CONTROL IN RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES" will be presented by Chanita Hughes Halbert of the University of Pennsylvania during the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations Cancer Disparities Grand Rounds. Oct. 4, noon–1 p.m., 450 Masonic Cancer Research Building. For more information, see cancer or email the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations.

THE ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER WILL RECOGNIZE this year's inductees into the Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Academy for Excellence in Health Research Oct. 5, 4:30–6 p.m., second floor corridor, Moos Tower. RSVP by Sept. 23 to 612-624-5100. For more information, see Academy inductees.

A BACTERIOLOGY SYMPOSIUM will showcase the current breadth of bacteriology research at the U and enhance collaboration. More than 50 U labs are actively engaged in studies of bacteria and related microbes; research that impacts infectious diseases and drug discovery, energy production and degradation of pollutants, and basic evolutionary biology. The symposium will feature presentations followed by a lunch and poster session. Free, but registration is requested. Oct. 7, 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Digital Technology Center, Walter Library. For more information, see bacteriology.

A SMALL BUSINESS NETWORKING FAIR AND AWARDS LUNCHEON sponsored by the U's Office for Business and Community Economic Development will feature vendors and celebrate the accomplishments of U employees and businesses that have shown an exceptional commitment to the University. Faculty and staff who make purchases for a department or grant are encouraged to attend. Walk-through registration is free. Oct. 11, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Coffman Union. For registration and more information, see business luncheon.

A CENTER FOR BIOETHICS CONFERENCE will consider whether people have a moral obligation to participate in research. The conference will explore the arguments for and against the claim by advocates on both sides of the question. Sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Responsible Conduct of Research credit is available. Free and open to the public. Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Coffman Union. For more information, see bioethics conference.

THE ANNUAL ADA COMSTOCK DISTINGUISHED WOMEN SCHOLARS LECTURE will be delivered by Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, professor in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Program. "Uncovering the Past, Charting the Future: The Rise of Women in Science," will take place Oct. 12, 4 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. For more information, see Ada Comstock lecture.

SAVE THE DATE: HOMECOMING 2011: ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD. Honor the spirit of the maroon and gold during Homecoming week, Oct. 16–22. This year's celebration includes the annual Homecoming Parade Oct. 21, followed by Pep Fest at TCF Bank Stadium, which features a performance by Atmosphere. Tickets for Pep Fest are available now. On Oct. 22, the Golden Gophers football team takes on Nebraska. Homecoming 2011 t-shirts are available at U of M Bookstores. For more information, see

GRAD SCHOOL TEST PREPARATION COURSES are open for registration, including preparation for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, PCAT, or TOEFL. On-campus courses include Preparing for the GMAT (starts Oct. 1); Preparing for the LSAT (starts Oct. 15); and Preparing for the GRE (starts Oct. 29). Online courses for the GRE and GMAT are also available. University staff receive a 10 percent discount. For more information, see test prep or call 612-624-4000.

THE MINNESOTA SUPERCOMPUTING INSTITUTE (MSI) has installed a new Dell Terascala HPC Storage System (HSS) on its flagship supercomputing system, Itasca. The HSS adds 550 terabytes of disk space and significantly improves Itasca's overall storage performance and capacity. For more information, see supercomputing.

MORE EVENTS include Community Involvement Fair (Sept. 21); A Moving Cell Project Laboratory: They Blinded Me with Science (& Art!) (Sept. 22); 200 Years of Latino Newspapers in the U.S. (Sept. 22); Investment and Financing Opportunities in India (Sept. 23); "Accessorizing the Body" publication celebration (Sept. 26); Astronaut Talk and Scholarship Presentation: Captain James Lovell (Sept. 28). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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