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Vol. XLI No. 26; Sept. 7, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Inauguration week volunteers needed.
--Board of Regents will meet Sept. 8–9.
--Features: A $14 million gift; A good fit for design; Cosmic behemoth; This Week @Minnesota: U of M Moment.
--People: Pediatric cancer epidemiologist Jenny Poynter has earned a five-year $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study pediatric germ cell tumors; and more.

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KALER INAUGURATION: VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED during inauguration on Sept. 22, 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m., to help direct, greet, check in, and line up those marching in the academic procession. For more information, email University Relations.

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET SEPT. 8–9. President Kaler will present a revised budget to the Board, allocating the $25 million Governor Dayton and the Legislature restored to the U during the July special session. For more information, see the news release or the online docket materials.


FEATURE: A $14 million gift from the estate of Myrtle Stroud, a longtime resident of Windom, MN, who died in 2010 at the age of 101, is the largest single gift for scholarships in the U's history. The gift is being used to establish the Charles E. and Myrtle L. Stroud Scholarship for the College of Liberal Arts. Beginning this fall it will help 45 students, a number that will grow over the years as the endowment is fully established and invested. For more information, see Myrtle Stroud gift.

FEATURE: This summer Elizabeth "Missy" Bye, a professor in the U's Department of Design, Housing and Apparel, became the new department head. It's a milestone she never dreamed of reaching back when she was earning her Ph.D. from the department. Instead, she has always focused on research and her students. For more information, read "A good fit for design."

FEATURE: U astrophysicist Claudia Scarlata and two colleagues have found the power source of a rare vast cloud of glowing gas in the early Universe. The observations show for the first time that this giant "Lyman-alpha blob" must be powered by galaxies embedded within it. For more information, read "Cosmic behemoth."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Aug. 26. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service looks at move-in with first-year students, the U at the State Fair, and a pep talk from Gopher football coach Jerry Kill. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

U OF M MOMENT: New research conducted by professor Stephanie Carlson shows that children in a school that uses corporal punishment performed significantly worse than those in a school that relied on milder disciplinary measures. Carlson says the study suggests that a harshly punitive environment may have long-term detrimental effects on children's verbal intelligence and their executive-functioning ability. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Pediatric cancer epidemiologist Jenny Poynter has earned a five-year $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study pediatric germ cell tumors; Thomas Sullivan has appointed a search committee for the dean of the Carlson School of Management; Karen Ballen has received Sigma Xi's Award for Excellence in Communicating Science; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

COMMENTS ON THE ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER (AHC) REVIEW REPORT are sought by Sept. 30. The Executive Steering Committee charged with the review seeks comments from the U community on its recommendations about the role of the AHC. The comment period is an important phase of the review process, and feedback will be considered by the committee prior to its submitting a final report. For more information, including the draft report, subcommittee reports, and reference material, see AHC Review.

MOODLE 2.0 IS NOW AVAILABLE. The open-source tool enables web-enhanced course delivery, group forums, internal training, sharing of resources, and more. The Moodle 2.0 rollout is the culmination of more than a year's effort after the May 2010 announcement that the U would move away from supporting two Course Management Systems (CMS), WebVista and Moodle 1.9, and provide a single CMS. For more information, see Moodle 2.0.

A RESEARCH NETWORKING TOOL has been created by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to help create meaningful connections among the research communities in Minnesota and around the world. UMN Profiles, a web-based tool, is a research networking software tool and an expertise database. A researcher can search UMN Profiles using keywords, like "diabetes" or "cancer," and receive a list of potential colleagues working in that area. For more information, see UMN Profiles.

Funding opportunities

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: McKNIGHT LAND-GRANT PROFESSORSHIPS. The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the competition for the 2012–14 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, 2012, and will be awarded a research grant in each of the following two years. Nominations are due Oct. 3. For more information, see McKnight nominations.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

SOUTHERN RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTER (SROC) OPEN HOUSE: "Agriculture for the 21st Century—The Future is Here and Now" will feature activities, exhibits, and demonstrations to inform and educate visitors about what the U is doing to address current agricultural issues. Sept. 15, 4–8 p.m., SROC, Waseca, MN. For more information, see open house.

U OF M ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (UMAA) 2011–12 STATEWIDE SPEAKERS TOUR schedule is available online. Each year, UMAA travels across the state, talking about current University issues and the U's impact on the state. The theme of this year's tour is "The U of M's role in strengthening the civic and economic capacity of Minnesota's communities." For more information, see upcoming tour dates.


UMC WILL HOST THE CROOKSTON FARMERS MARKET on the Campus Mall near the Peterson Gazebo Sept. 7, 3–6 p.m. (or as supplies last). Open to the public and the campus community. For more information, see Farmers Market.

A LEARNING ABROAD FAIR will be held Sept. 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. Representatives from several organizations will be available to answer questions regarding an overseas experience. For more information, see learning abroad.

COURTNEY BERGMAN has been hired as a lecturer in marketing. Bergman holds an MBA from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, and completed her undergraduate work in management and marketing at the University of North Dakota. Additionally, she has experience in retail sales, and has served as director of marketing for Douglas Place, Inc., of East Grand Forks, MN.


STRATEGIC PLAN: Chancellor Lendley C. "Lynn" Black addressed 750 staff and faculty at two events on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, covering the Strategic Plan during the address. The plan is based on input from more than 2,000 people from the University and the community. It articulates a refined mission, vision, statement of core values, and set of campus goals. For more information, see UMD Strategic Plan.

A DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR A RESIDENCE HALL to be named in honor of Chancellor Emeritus Lawrence Ianni will take place Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m., 506 Niagara Court. Ianni will speak at the event. Open to the public. For more information, see Ianni Hall dedication.


THREE ALUMNI ARE FEATURED IN A NATIONALLY TOURING ART EXHIBIT called Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay. The exhibit features the work of noted ceramicist Richard Bresnahan and former apprentices Stephen Earp and UMM graduates Kevin Flicker '74, UMM ceramics instructor Samuel Johnson '96, and Anne Meyer '04. An opening reception will be held Sept. 8, 5–7 p.m., in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery. Three special events have also been planned in conjunction with the exhibit Sept. 6–8. For more information, see Stoked exhibit.

THE UPPER MIDWEST ASSOCIATION FOR CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE will be held at UMM Sept. 23–24. The conference, "Creating Change Together," highlights community engagement. Keynote speakers are Julian Keniry, National Wildlife Federation, and Patrick Moore, Clean Up the River Environment. Renewable energy tours will be offered, as well as healthy and local foods tours, courtesy of the Morris Healthy Eating Initiative. For more information, register online.

TED PAPPENFUS, associate professor of chemistry, is a member of a consortium of researchers that received a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program award. Pappenfus and colleagues from the College of St. Catherine, Carleton College, the College of St. Benedict, and St. John's University will share a benchtop X-ray diffractometer for a regional molecular structure facility. For more information, see NSF Award.


UMR WILL HOST A PICNIC for all UMR students, staff, and faculty Sept. 8, 5–7 p.m., Soldier's Field Pavilion (weather permitting), or the Third Floor Lounge. For more information, see picnic.


Administrative information

STRENGTHS-BASED UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE: More than 4,900 incoming first-year students took a "StrengthsFinder" assessment, giving them information regarding their top five talents and how they might use these talents to set personal and academic goals. Faculty and staff have the opportunity to take the assessment through workshops offered by the Office of Human Resources. For a list of workshops, see the Office of Human Resources. For more information, see StrengthsQuest.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES through the Office of Information Technology are available to faculty and staff, including Moodle 2.0: What's Different from Moodle 1.9?, and many more. For more information, see technology training.

IT ALL ADDS UP ENERGY WRISTBAND FRIDAYS ARE BACK. The UMTC conservation campaign will reward students, faculty, and staff with weekly prize drawings through Oct. 7 for wearing their green "Save Energy" wristbands on Fridays. Enter by displaying your Energy Wristband (available free at U Bookstores, residence hall reception desks, and the Church Street Farmers Market) at the weekly check-in location, or by posting a photo of yourself wearing the wristband on the It All Adds Up Facebook wall. For more information, including check-in locations and prizes, see It All Adds Up.

EAST BANK'S HANGTAG RECIPROCAL LOCATION for contract parkers has changed to the new Victory Lot on the East Bank. It replaces Lot 33. For more information, see Victory Lot.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

A PUBLIC CEREMONY FOR THE REOPENING OF FOLWELL HALL will take place Sept. 9, 2:30 p.m., Folwell south lawn. Board of Regents Chair Linda Cohen, President Eric Kaler, and CLA Dean James Parente will be on hand for the ribbon cutting. The ceremony will be followed by self-guided tours of Folwell, refreshments, and games on the south lawn. The U landmark underwent a $34.5 million student-centric interior renovation over the past 14 months. For more information, see Folwell Hall.

THE MINNESOTA CUP FINAL AWARDS EVENT will take place Sept. 8, 5–7 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. The program will include welcoming remarks from President Kaler and Carlson Chair Marilyn Carlson Nelson, elevator pitches from the division winners, the announcement of the grand prize winner of the 2011 Minnesota Cup, and presentation of the U's Entrepreneur of the Year award to Monica Nassif. RSVP to For more information, see Minnesota Cup.

THE OFFICE FOR EQUITY AND DIVERSITY and its Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence will host a community open house in honor of the Circle of Indigenous Nations' transition to a new space. Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., 322 Appleby Hall. For more information, see open house.

THE SPOUSES/PARTNERS OF NEW FACULTY AND STAFF are invited to attend the workshop, "Conducting a Job Search in the Twin Cities," sponsored by the Relocation Assistance Program. Sept. 14, 317-318 Donhowe, 9–11:30 a.m. Register by Sept. 9 via email, or call Mary Everley, 612-626-0775, with questions.

NEW TREATMENTS FOR GENETIC NEUROLOGIC DISORDERS will be the topic of the next Science Café, sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Featured speaker professor Chester Whitley will discuss his clinical research, which spans a spectrum of metabolic and enzyme deficiencies resulting in conditions such as Hurler syndrome, Hunter syndrome, Gaucher disease, Sanfilippo syndrome, and Tay-Sachs disease. Sept. 22 at 7:30 a.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. For more information, see Science Café or email Christi Powers.

ETIQUETTE DINNER: The University of Minnesota Alumni Association will host its annual Etiquette Dinner Sept. 22, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. Enjoy a three-course meal while learning how to professionally handle any dining situation. Cost: $20 students; $30 UMAA Members; $35 general public. Register by Sept. 14. For group registration, email Kat Snell. For more information, see etiquette dinner.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL. The fall session, Battling Cancer: Breakthroughs at the U, will cover topics ranging from the basics of cancer to exploring treatments and therapies considered improbable a short time ago, and featuring renowned U researchers. Held Mondays, Oct. 10–Nov. 7, 6–8:30 p.m., 2-650 Moos Health Sciences Tower. For registration and more information, see Mini Medical School.

SAVE-THE-DATE: RAPTOR CENTER'S ANNUAL DUKE LECTURE. "The Galapagos—Fragile Past, Brighter Future," will be presented by Julia Ponder and Lori Arent. Ponder and Arent will discuss their work with the Galapagos hawk in the Galapagos Islands. Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Student-Alumni Learning Center, St. Paul. Free, but registration is requested.

MORE EVENTS include Thomas Fisher discusses The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela (Sept. 8); Thomas Friedman discusses his new book That Used To Be Us (Sept. 9); Film: A Neighborhood of Raingardens (Sept. 9); Mushrooms and More (Sept. 10); Remembering 9/11: A Performance and Community Dialogue (Sept. 11); Indirect Land Use Change Conference (Sept. 14). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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