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Vol. XLII No. 26; September 5, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Welcome to the 2012-13 academic year!

Inside This Issue
--State Relations Update.
--Features: Biking the U; Storm-chasing spacecraft; 2012–14 McKnight Land-Grant Professor Jason Hill; Convocation video: The First Year, "a romance of discovery."
--People: UMAA president and CEO Phil Esten will leave his position in early October to become executive associate athletic director for advancement at the University of California; and more.

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STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: Members of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, along with 10 key senate staff, toured the UMTC campus Aug. 22. Members saw and heard about recent and upcoming projects that have received state support, including the old main power plant, a project for which the legislature awarded the U $10 million in the 2012 session. Other projects highlighted in the tour included the new physics and nanotechnology building now under construction, the Minnesota Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, the proposed Ambulatory Care Center, the Bio Medical Discovery District, and more. For more information, see State Relations.


FEATURE: Between the west and the east banks of the Minneapolis campus, more than 6,500 bikers cross the iconic Washington Avenue Bridge every day. There are 9,000 places to (legally) park a bike on campus. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors bike for exercise, for transportation, for fun and recreation—for all of this and more—and the U is supporting their efforts. For more information, read "Biking the U."

FEATURE: Alive with the energy pulsing through them, the Earth's Van Allen Belts change size and shape, meld into each other, and even disappear temporarily. The radiation belts' dynamic nature fascinates scientists, but their hazards are real to satellites like the International Space Station, which carries extra shielding for its regular passes through the inner belt. U physicists are part of a newly launched NASA mission sending twin spacecrafts to probe the heart of this gigantic natural laboratory. For more information, read "Storm-chasing spacecraft."

FEATURE: The real cost for a gallon of fuel goes well beyond the price displayed at the pump. Jason Hill, 2012–14 McKnight Land-Grant Professor, evaluates the impacts of energy and agriculture over their full life cycle. For more information, read "Weighing environmental costs."

FEATURE: U of M President Eric Kaler starred in a silent film to introduce himself to the UMTC Class of 2016 during an Aug. 30 convocation. First-year students were introduced to Kaler through the silent film, The First Year, "a romance of discovery."

Awards and funding opportunities

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: McKNIGHT LAND-GRANT PROFESSORSHIPS. The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the competition for the 2013–15 McKnight Land-Grant Professorships, a program of career development awards for junior faculty. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate outstanding professors. Recipients of this endowed professorship will begin their appointments July 1, 2013, and will be awarded a research grant in each of the following two years. Nominations are due Oct. 1. For more information, see McKnight nominations.

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. 17. For more information, see grant applications.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: University of Minnesota Alumni Association president and CEO Phil Esten will leave his position in early October to become executive associate athletic director for advancement at the University of California, Berkeley; Pam Stenhjem, ICI research fellow, was recently awarded the P&A Leadership Award from the University Women's Center; Today's News, which features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

SEARCH COMMITTEES for the vice president for research position and the vice president for equity and diversity position are scheduled to review and identify candidates to invite to confidential interviews, which are scheduled at the end of September. Public interviews on campus are tentatively scheduled to take place in early October. For the latest information on these searches, see VP for research search and VP for equity and diversity search.

THE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM (UROP) is an opportunity for students to work with a faculty mentor on a creative activity or research project with financial support from the University. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage undergraduate students to submit a proposal for the program. UROP students receive stipends of up to $1,400 and expenses of up to $300. The submission deadline is Oct. 8. For more information, see UROP.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

CELEBRATED CERN RESEARCHER John Richard Ellis will speak at the seventh annual Misel Family Public Lecture Sept. 18, 7 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. One of the most ambitious and largest scientific experiments ever, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva tries to address the most fundamental questions of physics and the cosmos. The annual lecture series, hosted by the U's Fine Theoretical Physics Institute, is free and open to the public. It assumes no background in physics. Ellis is one of the world's leading experts in elementary particle physics. For more information, see Misel Lecture.


THE MARY TYRRELL HEALTH WALK FOR SCHOLARSHIPS raises awareness of heart and women's health while raising support for student athletes at UMC. The walk will take place Sept. 8, Ed Widseth Field. Registration is $25 and all registrants giving $25 or more will receive a t-shirt designed especially for the walk. For more information, see health walk.

AN INVOLVEMENT EXPO sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and the Office of Community Engagement will take place Sept. 6, noon–2 p.m., south of the Sargeant Student Center. Students are invited to find out what campus clubs have to offer and to get involved off campus with community engagement partners.

A DELEGATION FROM GYEONGIN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION in Gyeongi, Korea, led by Gyeongin President Chung Dong Gweon and Kim Hang In, the university's international affairs director, visited UMC Aug. 22. The dignitaries met with Chancellor Wood, Vice Chancellor Baldwin, Associate Vice Chancellor Phaiah, and academic department heads, as well as staff members from UMC's Office of International Programs to discuss possible collaborations and exchanges.


LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR YVONNE PRETTNER SOLON attended the UMD Chancellor's convocation Aug. 31 as part of Bulldog Welcome Week events. For more information, see convocation.

THE PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH CENTER was formed in 2007 by the Natural Resource Research Institute (NRRI) and UMD's Department of Geology to train field geologists to become mineral mappers. Metals of all kinds—copper, nickel, gold, platinum, and others—are increasing in demand worldwide. And that means geoscientists who can map where to find these metals are also in high demand. As it turns out, northern Minnesota is a great place to become a geologist. For more information, see NRRI geology.

THE 2012 UMD EDIBLE GARDEN INITIATIVE continues UMD's rich agricultural history, which traces back to the early 1900's. For more information, see edible gardens.


CHANCELLOR JACQUELINE JOHNSON traveled to Denver Aug. 22 to participate in a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) organized by Colorado Senator Michael F. Bennett. Chancellor Johnson was among a number of national, educational, and Native American leaders who spoke in support of U.S. Senate Bill 3504. For more information, read "Chancellor travels to Colorado for Senate Committee hearing."

JULIA DABBS, associate professor of art history, has had her article, "The Multivalence of May Alcott Nieriker's Studying Art Abroad & How to Do It Cheaply," published in the September 2012 issue of Studies in Travel Writing.


UMR has many fun activities planned on campus to celebrate new and returning students. For more information, see a schedule of events.


Administrative information

A NEW ONE STOP STUDENT SERVICES CENTER has opened in 160 Williamson Hall (East Bank). The new location offers all of One Stop's services and is also the primary location for Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) and Third Party Billing. For more information, see The Ledger.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: The Office of Information Technology is offering a number of free technology training courses for faculty and staff this fall, with a schedule of courses now available online. Topics include video production, web development, Moodle 2, UMContent, Google Apps, and many more. For more information, see "List of Courses."

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR FALL GRAD SCHOOL TEST PREP courses. On-campus courses include Math Refresher for the GRE and GMAT (starts Sept. 10); Preparing for the GMAT (starts Sept. 24); Preparing for the LSAT (starts Oct. 13); and Preparing for the GRE (starts Oct. 27). U staff receive a 10 percent discount. For more information, see Grad School Test Prep or call 612-624-4000.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

REUSE-A-PALOOZA IS COMING to Northrop Plaza Sept. 12, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. More than 100 gently used bikes will be available for $50 or less, with free safety checks for all purchased bikes. The ReUse Warehouse will also be selling a selection of quality surplus items collected from around campus, and displaying local artists' work created from reused materials. The ReUse Program's regularly scheduled ReUse routes will not run that day. For more information, see ReUse-A-Palooza.

A SIP OF SCIENCE, held the second Wednesday of every month, will next feature "The Surprising Life of Native Mussels," with Mark Hove of the University of Minnesota and Macalester College. Mussels are one of the most endangered animal groups in North America. The Sip of Science series bridges the gap between science and culture in a setting that bridges the gap between brain and belly. Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m., Aster Cafe, 125 S.E. Main Street, Minneapolis. For more information, see A Sip of Science.

"STRATEGIC EXPLORATION: LEARNING HOW TO SCOUT THE FUTURE" will teach participants about a wide set of tools that can be used to explore the future, in preparation for strategic planning. Hosted by CEHD's Office of Research, Innovation and Outreach (RIO), the event is a preview of a series of professional development workshops to be sponsored by RIO. Sept. 18, 9–11:30 a.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul. For registration and more information, see Strategic Exploration.

THE TEACHING AND LEARNING SERIES will present, "From Research to Practice: Connecting Principles of 'Smart Teaching' to Emergency Preparedness and Beyond," Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m.–noon, Coffman Union Theater. Keynote Susan Ambrose will discuss research-based principles on how learning works and strategies to maximize learning. A panel discussion will address optimal training methods for emergency preparedness workers. Register and attend in-person or watch via live webinar.

THE LEARNING ABROAD FAIR, organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, will take place Sept. 19, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., West Bank Plaza. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend. Learning Abroad staff and study abroad representatives from several programs will be there to answer questions. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to stop by if interested in learning about the opportunities available to students and other initiatives. For more information, email Kait Dougherty or call 612-626-6073.

SAVE THE DATE FOR HOMECOMING 2012: LEGENDARY U. Honor the spirit of maroon and gold during Homecoming week, Oct. 7–14. This year's celebration includes the annual Homecoming Parade Oct. 12, followed by a concert at the TCF Bank Stadium featuring B.o.B with Timeflies. Tickets for the concert are on sale now. Homecoming 2012 t-shirts are on sale at U of M Bookstores. For more information, including a full events schedule, see Homecoming 2012.

THE U OF M VETERINARY MEDICAL CENTER has launched its second annual "Pet of the Game" contest, which features winning pictures of pets displaying Gopher spirit on the scoreboard during Gopher Football games. The Facebook Pet of the Game photo contest gives fans a chance to showcase their pets and capture their Gopher spirit. For details and more information, see Pet of the Game.

THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT U STAFF BOWLING LEAGUE is looking for two or more teams as well as individual bowlers to join existing teams. Past and present University faculty/staff are welcome. 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 or call 612-625-0745.

FOOD TRUCKS ARE NOW ON UMTC's EAST BANK Mon.–Wed., 11 a.m. each day. Follow @UDS_UMN on Twitter for daily food truck updates posted by 10 a.m. A new Starbucks has also opened in Lind Hall, Mon.–Fri., 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. For more information, see dining services.

CAMPUS CLUB products are now offered at Gopher Express in Coffman Union, including mini muffins, scones, and salads that are made fresh daily with local ingredients. For more information, see Gopher Express.

MORE EVENTS include University of Minnesota Farmers Market (Sept. 5); Party on the Plaza (Sept. 7); IEM Innovation Showcase (Sept. 11); The Importance of Title IX: Brown Bag Discussion (Sept. 12); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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