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Vol. XLIII No. 29; September 25, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue

--Strategic planning work group named.
--Features: CIO of the Year; The most important meal?; It's Goldy's day!.
--People: The U has been chosen as one of two finalists for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' first-ever Most Visible Progress National Degree Completion Trailblazer Award; and more.

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PRESIDENT KALER HAS ANNOUNCED MEMBERS OF THE STRATEGIC PLANNING WORK GROUP. The group of about two dozen faculty, staff, students, and administrators will gain input from the campus community; identify key strategic issues, trends, and strengths; and develop the vision, mission, values, goals, and strategies for the U's next strategic plan. For updates about the planning process and progress, see


FEATURE: Scott Studham has been named CIO of the year/nonprofit by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Appointed VP and chief information officer of the U of M in February 2012, Studham has accomplished much in a short time. For more information, read "CIO of the Year."

FEATURE: U researchers have found that eating breakfast daily or frequently is strongly associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, along with other conditions like hypertension and abdominal obesity. For more information, read "The most important meal?"

FEATURE: The U unveiled a life-sized statue of Goldy Gopher outside Coffman Union on Sept. 23. The statue, in the works for more than two years and constructed out of bronze as well as maroon granite, was designed and sculpted by U of M alumnus Nicholas Legeros. For more information, read "It's Goldy's day!"

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The U has been chosen as one of two finalists for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' first-ever Most Visible Progress National Degree Completion Trailblazer Award; Amy Kircher has been named director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense at the U of M; Department of Family Social Science department head and professor Lynne Borden received a $3.49 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the U of M and Teach for America have agreed to develop a new teacher preparation program; 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

AN ONLINE VERSION OF STUDENT DATA INQUIRY (SDI) TRAINING is in the final stages of development by Academic Support Resources. SDI training is necessary to be granted view access in PeopleSoft. The online SDI training may be used in lieu of in-person training. Registration for online training will open beginning Sept. 30. For more information, call 612-625-2803 or email

Award and funding opportunities

PROPOSALS FOR THE FALL 2013 MINI GRANTS COMPETITION sponsored by the Institute on the Environment (IonE) are due Oct. 15. The grants help spur new collaborations by providing a small amount of funding ($500 to $3,000) plus in-kind administrative and logistical support to interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff, and students from across the U of M. For more information, see IonE Mini Grants.

THE HEALTHY FOODS, HEALTHY LIVES (HFHL) INSTITUTE seeks letters of interest for the Planning Grant Program, designed to fund the development of food, nutrition, and health-related interdisciplinary faculty research teams. HFHL has also issued a request for proposals for the Community-University Partnership Grant Program to fund partnerships that utilize community-engaged research strategies. For deadlines and information, see HFHL grants.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

REMINDER: U OF M DAY AT THE LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM will take place Sept. 29. All U faculty and staff will be admitted free of charge (a $12 value). For more information, see U Day at the Arb.

UMD AND UMTC ARE COSPONSORING “Deconstructing the Baby Veronica Case: Implications for Working with Fathers in Indian Child Welfare Practice.” Speakers and panelists will analyze the legal context of the case for a closer look at father involvement. Practice strategies and policy recommendations will be a focal point. Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For registration and more information, see Baby Veronica.


MINNESOTA STATE SEN. TERRI BONOFF, chair of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, has launched a listening tour of college campuses throughout Minnesota to receive input from students and communities on higher education issues. A student forum is scheduled for Sept. 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom. For more information, see listening tour.

UMC HAS JOINED THE COUNCIL ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (CUR) as an institutional member. Representatives for the campus include assistant professor Venu Mukku, professor Sharon Neet, associate professor Brian Dingmann, and assistant professor Katy Smith. The mission of CUR is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

A “TENT CITY” PROGRAM DESIGNED TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS OF HOMELESSNESS in Minnesota will be held Sept. 27 to 28, 5 p.m. to 6 a.m., with events at various locations. The event is co-hosted by the Office of Community Engagement and Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs. For more information, see homelessness.


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR KAREN GRAN’S students are working with her to examine climate and human impact on land and water management in the Minnesota River Basin. Gran and a group of researchers from the U of M, along with five other institutions, were awarded a five-year, $4.3 million Water Sustainability and Climate grant from the NSF. For more information, see Karen Gran.

UMD’S LIBRARY HAS OPENED A NEW LEARNING COMMONS. It brings together a number of student services, including the Tutoring Center, the Writers’ Workshop, and the Multimedia Hub. For more information, see Learning Commons.

A SERIES OF FREE TALKS in the style of the popular TED Talk format will be hosted by Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate, and UMD’s Office of Civic Engagement. The first “Chester Chat” (named for Glensheen’s original owner, Chester Congdon) will be held Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Glensheen. State Sen. Roger Reinert, State Rep. Eric Simonson, and Glensheen interim director Daniel Hartman will speak on the topic of public service. For more information, see Chester Chats.

UMD’S VISUAL CULTURE LECTURE SERIES will welcome Michael Duffy, a conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, Oct. 1, 6 p.m., 70 Montague Hall. Duffy specializes in the treatment of modern and contemporary painting. In 2004, he conserved Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon for the reinstallation of the MoMA galleries. For more information, see Duffy.


UMM HAS BEEN NAMED A MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL for the third consecutive year. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of institutions that support American military service members and veterans as students. UMM will receive a listing in the 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Schools, published by Victory Media. For more information, see Military Friendly.

WILLIAM BURGWINKLE, professor of Medieval French and Occitan at Cambridge University, will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Barber Lecture, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The title of Burgwinkle’s talk is “Medieval Bodies: Looking and touching.” For more information, see Barber Lecture.

MICHAEL CEBALLOS, assistant professor of biology, has received a NSF Innovation Corps Team Program grant for his project, “Commercialization of enzyme platforms for biofuel production.” The project will consider the potential of commercializing a mobile enzyme sequestration platform system that is under development in Ceballos’ Lab. For more information, see Ceballos.

CYRUS BINA, distinguished research professor of economics, will speak at Columbia University’s Seminar on Globalization, Labor, and Popular Struggles, Sept. 30. The talk, “The Specter of Our Time: Oil, War, and Global Polity,” will be based on Bina’s latest book. For more information, see Bina.


UMR'S SIGNATURE SERIES brings together some of the hottest topics and key professors from the Master of Science in the Management of Technology program and offers short courses for high-tech professionals and leaders. For registration and more information, see Signature Series.


Administrative information

LIVING LABORATORY CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Twin Cities Sustainability Committee invites proposals from the University community to utilize campus grounds as a living laboratory. Selected proposals will receive campus space and assistance with the facilitation of an approved project. Application period: Sept. 30 to Nov. 1. For an application and more information, see Living Lab.

A DINKYTOWN COMMERCIAL DISTRICT PUBLIC SURVEY seeks input from U faculty and staff to inform a development planning study being conducted by the City of Minneapolis. Information collected will be used to determine priorities for the area. The survey is available online through Oct. 1. Participants will be entered to win a $25 gift card from a Dinkytown business.

THE U'S PIONEERING SERIES OF RETIREMENT PREPARATION COURSES, Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life, will be offered again this fall, beginning Oct. 4. The series is designed to help employees create pathways and prepare for a successful post-career life. Courses emphasize post-career engagement. For more information, see Encore.

A NEW STRENGTHSFINDER theme will be featured every week for 34 weeks, along with two stories of how students, staff, faculty, and alumni use that strength to be successful. See stories here and submit your own for consideration.

THE BOYNTON DENTAL CLINIC has added treatment rooms for better accessibility, plus a modern reception and private check-in area. A new appointment reminder system offers a choice of electronic reminders: texts, emails, or voicemails. The clinic, which is in-network for all UPlan members, is accepting new patients. For more information, see dental.

Award and funding opportunities

EXTENSION'S CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY CONSORTIUM (CYFC) seeks applicants for the CYFC Scholars Program, which supports a cohort of Twin Cities faculty, research staff, and Extension personnel from diverse disciplines in a four-year learning community focused on community-engaged research, and research responsive to CYFC's interests in educational and health disparities. Scholars receive $15,000/year.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

SCHOOL OF MUSIC CONVOCATION with keynote speaker Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) will take place Sept. 26, 3 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator, arts entrepreneur, and founder of ICE. Her keynote will address entrepreneurship in music, artistry, and engagement. For more information, see convocation.

THE NEXT INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY THURSDAYS AT FOUR LECTURE will explore the women of sacred stories and histories with authors Anita Diamant, Rebecca Kanner, and Sherry Jones. Sept. 26, 4 p.m., 125 Nolte. For more information, see "Women in Religious Con/texts."

NORTHROP WILL PRESENT A FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES on select afternoons and evenings in September and October. Music on the Plaza will include free food, beverages, and prize drawings from various local vendors. For a full schedule, see Northrop.

THE LAW SCHOOL WILL CELEBRATE 125 YEARS, beginning with the William B. Lockhart Lecture by Doug Melamed, senior VP and general counsel at Intel Corp., in "Lawyers as Conflict Engineers." Sept. 30, 4 p.m., 25 Lockhart Hall. One CLE credit has been requested. RSVP to On Oct. 4, Dean David Wippman will participate in the panel discussion "The Future of Legal Education."

THE 2nd ANNUAL “HMONG ACROSS BORDERS” CONFERENCE will take place Oct. 3 through 5, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. For registration and more information, see the conference program and abstracts.

U OF M HEADLINERS CURRENT EVENT SERIES begins its 2013 through 14 season Oct. 3, featuring Ravi Bapna, the director of the Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative at Carlson, discussing “Big Data Landscape: Technology, Economy, Society.” Atendees will hear how digital information is changing everything, from personal communication habits to widespread social movements. Cost: $15. For tickets and more information, see Headliners.

THE ACADEMY OF DISTINGUISHED TEACHERS FALL CONFERENCE, “Teaching and Learning in Changing Times,” will take place Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Free, but registration is required. Open to faculty, instructional staff, and graduate students. For registration and more information, see distinguished teaching.

THE WEBINAR “SUPERVISING STUDENT EMPLOYEES, PEER EDUCATORS, AND GRADUATE STUDENTS" will take place Oct. 8, 1 to 2 p.m., 402 Walter Library. Cosponsored by the Office for Student Engagement, the Student Employee Leadership Program, and Organizational Effectiveness. For registration, see webinar.

“THE BIOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF ASIAN CARP: LESSONS FOR MINNESOTA” will be presented by Duane Chapman, a U.S. Geological Survey biologist who is a national leader in efforts to study, control, and prevent the spread of Asian carp. Oct. 8, 7 p.m., St. Paul Student Center. Free. For registration and more information, see

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL's fall 2013 programming, "It’s NOT all in your head: Understanding the complexities of mental health." Mondays, Oct. 14 through Nov. 11. Participants will learn how U of M researchers are making advancements in treating and helping patients cope with the complexities of mental health. Cost: $60 before Oct. 1; $65 on or after Oct. 1 for U faculty, staff, and students. For more information, see Mini Medical School.

MINNESOTA LECTURES ON APPLIED ECONOMICS AND POLICY presents the Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy, Oct. 18, 2 p.m., Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics, St. Paul. Professor emeritus C. Peter Timmer, Harvard University, will present “Why Ending Hunger is so Hard: Finding the Right Balance between Market Outcomes and Government Interventions to Improve Food Security.” Free and open to the public. Registration requested. For more information, see hunger lecture.

A SERIES OF INNOVATIVE NEW WORKSHOPS to support faculty conducting publicly engaged scholarship will be offered this fall by the Office for Public Engagement. Engaged Scholar Workshops are free and will feature discussions with community-engaged scholars, presentations of best practices, and hands-on activities to help scholars apply best practices to their own work. The first workshop is Oct. 24. For registration and a complete list of offerings, see engaged scholar.

MORE EVENTS include Coffee and Donuts with the Cops (Sept. 26); Homecoming Parade (Sept. 27); Homecoming Ski-U-Mania and Gopher Football game (Sept. 28); Google Scholar and Web of Science: Complementary Tools for Finding Academic Content (Sept. 30); Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys (Oct. 1); Frontiers in the Environment (Oct. 2). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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