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Awards and appointments, September 2009

By Adam Overland

Susan Noakes 165
Professor Susan Noakes of the Department of French and Italian will hold the first chair of the new Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair program

September 30

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A new Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair program was announced today by University of Minnesota Provost Thomas Sullivan. The first chair will be held by professor Susan Noakes of the Department of French and Italian for her project, "Globalization of the Middle Ages." The program is part of the University of Minnesota's Imagine Fund.

The new chair in the Arts, Design and the Humanities will be awarded every year for a two-year period. These chairs are intended to enable professors with a record of distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service to conduct a research project that will further their own scholarship, generate curricular innovation and forge intellectual communities in the university or wider community. The chair will provide up to $70,000 over a two-year period. For more information, see the news release.

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association will honor its outstanding alumni volunteers, groups, and programs at a celebratory event to be held at the McNamara Alumni Center on Oct. 8.

Seven groups and two individuals will receive Alumni Association awards in recognition of outstanding service and programming during the past year. For outstanding overall programming in support of the mission and goals of the Alumni Association and the college or chapter, the Institute of Technology Alumni Society will be honored as the Outstanding Alumni Society and the Northern Dakota County Chapter will receive the Outstanding Alumni Chapter Award.

Receiving Program Extraordinaire Awards for outstanding and especially creative, innovative and engaging activities are the College of Biological Sciences Alumni Society; the College of Design Student and Alumni Board; the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Alumni Society; the School of Nursing Alumni Society; and the School of Dentistry Alumni Society.

Two individuals, a faculty/staff member and a student, will receive Volunteer of the Year Awards. The Faculty Staff Volunteer of the Year award will be presented to Marie Baudek, Association Director, Continuing Dental Education from the School of Dentistry and the Student Volunteer of the Year will be presented to Amanda Lange from the College of Design.

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is a 60,000-member organization that has advocated for the University’s important work for more than a century. For more information, see Alumni Association or call 800-862-5867.

U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

U Research Making Headway In Child Cancer Fight
"Your child has cancer," is one of the most dreaded things a parent could ever hear. Still, Dr. Michael Verneris at the University of Minnesota wants to do much better. WCCO–TV.

Tubby Smith In D.C. To Rally For Cancer Patients
Tubby Smith, the University of Minnesota Men's Basketball Coach, spent Tuesday morning in Washington D.C. to rally for a cause close to his heart--cancer support. WCCO–TV.

Eat All About It: SweeTango apples
Seattle is one of three test markets in the U.S. for the SweeTango apple, a new cross between a Honeycrisp and a Zestar, hailed as the next big thing in the apple world. Like its parents, the SweeTango was developed at the University of Minnesota. Seattle Post Globe.

University area is keeping an eye on population shifts
Even with a stressed economy, urban planners and city developers have an eye on the future. The University of Minnesota has committed up to $250,000 to support the plan. Twin Cities Finance and Commerce.

9 Environmental Boundaries We Don’t Want to Cross
Climate change threatens to turn the planet into a stormy, overheated mess: That much we know. “It’s a crude attempt to map the environmental space in which we can operate,” said Jon Foley, director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and one of the paper’s lead authors. Wired.

Snorting Stem Cells
If you had a brain malady that could be treated with stem cells, how would you like them delivered—by having surgeons cut open your skull to implant the cells, or by snorting them like a nasal decongestant? A University of Minnesota researcher has taken the first step toward making this kind of medical delivery service a reality by showing that when stem cells suspended in fluid are snorted, they rapidly migrate into the brain. William Frey, an adjunct professor of pharmaceutics, and his colleagues in Tuebingen, Germany, describe their work in a recent article in the European Journal of Cell Biology. US News and World Report.

UMD tries out new unmanned submarine for research
A small yellow submarine is exploring Lake Superior to give scientists information about water temperatures and conductivity. Jay Austin, a researcher at the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, says he's just testing the device's capabilities at this point. Chicago Tribune.

Minnesota’s cool summer means fewer pumpkins
Pie makers and jack-o’-lantern carvers may want to nab a pumpkin while they can. The cool weather will no doubt affect Minnesota pumpkin production, said Terry Nennich, a University of Minnesota extension educator who specializes in growing and marketing fruits and vegetables. Duluth News Tribune.

September 23

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William Craig 165William Craig, associate director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, will be inducted into the Geographic Information Systems Hall of Fame.William Craig, associate director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, will be inducted into the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Hall of Fame during the 47th Annual Conference in Anaheim of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) at the end of September. URISA established the GIS Hall of Fame in 2005 to recognize and honor the most esteemed leaders of the geospatial community.

Craig is widely regarded by colleagues as one of the pioneers of urban and regional information systems and GIS, said Wendy Nelson, executive director of URISA. He began as system manager and project director of one of the first state-wide GIS—the Minnesota Land Management Information System.

Craig began his career at the University of Minnesota in 1967. He co-founded the University’s Master of GIS professional degree program in 1997. He has held numerous key appointments including: president of URISA (1986-87); president of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (1997); president of the National States Geographic Information Council (2009-10); chair of the inaugural national GIS/LIS Conference (1988); chair of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information (1992-93); chair of the MetroGIS Coordinating Committee (2000-02); member of the Mapping Science Committee of the National Research Council (2000-2005); and member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Land Parcel Databases (2006-07).

Craig received the URISA Leadership Award in 1989, the URISA Horwood Distinguished Service Award in 1993, the Minnesota State GIS Honor Roll Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, the University of Minnesota Academic Staff Award in 1998, and the Outstanding Service Award from the National States Geographic Information Council in 2007.

The U of M's College of Biological Sciences will confer an Honorary Degree on paleobotanist David Dilcher at the Itasca Centennial Celebration, which will be held at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories on Saturday, September 26. Dilcher, who earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology, geology and zoology from the University of Minnesota in 1958 and 1960, received his Ph.D. in biology and geology from Yale University in 1964. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he is known as one of the world's leading experts on the evolution of angiosperms, or flowering plants, the dominant plant group on Earth. Dilcher initiated the field of paleobotany - using fossils to study plant evolution. In 1986, the NAS selected him to represent the U.S. as a visiting scholar to China. Dilcher's interest in the evolution of flowering plants was inspired by studies at the Itasca field station while he was a student at the University of Minnesota.

Robert Johns, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies (CTS), has accepted an offer by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to be director of the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, Mass. He begins his new position on Sept. 28.

Johns was appointed CTS director in 2001. Previously, he served as the center's deputy director and associate director. Johns also chairs the Board for the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute, a federal university transportation center. Since Johns became CTS director, the University’s total annual expenditures for transportation research, technology transfer, and outreach has grown from $8 million to $21 million, which has moved CTS to second place in the national ranking of university transportation centers.

CTS works with more than 70 faculty members and researchers at the University to carry out research programs that advance ideas and innovations in a variety of transportation-related topics. The center also provides interdisciplinary education programs for transportation students and offers training and outreach programs for transportation professionals and policy leaders.

Johns has led interdisciplinary teams of faculty and research staff for four major CTS studies: the Transportation and Regional Growth Study, the Access to Destinations Study, the Value Capture for Transportation Finance Study and the American Institute of Architects Study on Transportation, Design, and Communities. He also led a study of the MnROAD pavement research facility, which resulted in the formation of the Transportation Engineering and Road Research Alliance (TERRA).

The Volpe Center, part of the USDOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, is considered a global leader in transportation research. Johns was chosen to be director of Volpe from a wide range of senior individuals at leading organizations in the private and public sectors following broad national search.

The University Libraries have appointed Nancy Sims to lead their Copyright Education Initiative. The program promotes understanding of copyright issues in teaching, research, and scholarship. Ms. Sims will provide educational workshops and consultation services. Sims has a master's in library science from Rutgers and experience in instructional technology at the University of Michigan Libraries. While earning a law degree focused on intellectual property at Michigan, Sims held internships with the online civil liberties advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation and Silicon Valley law firm Fenwick & West, LLP. To learn more about the copyright resources available from the Libraries, see copyright or e-mail Nancy Sims.

Pamela Solvie has been appointed as Director of UMM's Global Student Teaching (GST) and English Language Teaching Assistant Program (ELTAP). Solvie teaches education courses in the Division of Education at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She had served as interim director of GST and ELTAP for the last 15 months. Solvie has developed placement relationships for UMM students in more than a dozen countries on five continents in her role in with GST and ELTAP. Solvie received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University, and joined the faculty in the Division of Education at the University of Minnesota, Morris in the fall of 2003.

U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

Newcomers in the Twin Cities grocery wars are taking market share from longtime leaders
It's war at the checkout counter. "We call those loss-leaders, and they're probably running more spectacular loss-leaders than before," said Jean Kinsey, co-director of the Food Industry Center at the University of Minnesota. Pioneer Press.

International Right to Know Day
The collapse of traditional journalism in the U.S. may affect more than just the morning paper. It may impinge on freedom as well, said Barb Frey, director of the human rights program at the University of Minnesota, at a September 10 forum recognizing International Right to Know Day. Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Colleges Warily Turn Sensitive E-Mail Over to Outside Companies
The sour economy is leading some colleges to adopt free e-mail services from Google or Microsoft for their official faculty and administrative accounts. Officials at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities say they feel comfortable having professors and administrators, as well as students, on Google's system. Chronicle of Higher Education.

Analysts See Flexibility in Obama Missile Plan
The Obama administration has unveiled a new ballistic missile defense plan while shelving the previous program put forth by President George Bush. Steve Andreasen, a former arms control expert on the National Security Council who is now teaching at the University of Minnesota, says Moscow also saw the missile defense system as the first step in a worldwide American missile defense program. Voice of America News.

September 16

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Norman Borlaug 165x165Nobel laureate and University alumnus Norman Borlaug died Saturday (September 12, 2009) at age 95.
Nobel laureate and University alumnus Norman Borlaug died Saturday (September 12, 2009) at age 95. He left a legacy of accomplishment and caring for others that few people in the world have equaled. He was never a household name in the United States, but the work of Nobel laureate and University alumnus Norman Borlaug may have saved a billion lives. For more information, read "A tribute to Norman Borlaug." 

U of M's School of Music will confer an honorary degree on acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop at a fall convocation concert Oct. 6, 10 a.m., Oct. 6, Ted Mann Concert Hall. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director became the first woman to head a major American symphony in 2007. The Doctor of Humane Letters is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, recognizing individuals who have achieved acknowledged eminence in their field. Aslop became the first woman to head a major American orchestra when she was appointed in 2007. The convocation program will include a keynote address by Maestra Alsop on "Education and the Arts: Musicians as Engaged Leaders" and a performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Make Our Garden Grow" by the U of M Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs. The School of Music will host Alsop in residence on October 5-6, where she will talk with students and faculty.

She is highly regarded for her mentorship to young musicians, universally recognized as a role model for contributing to the public good, and deeply valued as an articulate spokesperson for American music and the place of classical music in society.

Maestra Alsop’s visit to the U of M coincides with the launch of a new initiative to integrate public engagement into the curriculum and research of the School of Music. Supported by a $10,000 grant from the University of Minnesota’s Office of Community Engagement, the school will undertake a career enhancing effort for aspiring professional musicians of the 21st century: preparing them, through projects, internships, and entrepreneurial efforts, to become engaged artist-leaders among the increasingly diverse societies and communities in which they live and work.

University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center scientist Jian-Min Yuan, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded a five-year grant of more than $3 million from the National Cancer Institute to continue research on tobacco byproducts expelled in the urine that can be used to predict the risk of lung cancer. Yuan is a member of the Masonic Cancer Center’s Prevention and Etiology Research Program and an associate professor of epidemiology and community health with the University’s School of Public Health.

Tobacco products are known to contain more than 60 different cancer-causing chemicals and cigarette smoking is recognized as the chief cause of approximately 90 percent of lung cancer. However, until recently, researchers and physicians have not been able to predict which smokers would get lung cancer and which would not.

That changed last spring when Yuan and his research colleagues reported finding that smokers with high levels of a tobacco byproduct called NNAL in their urine had double the risk of getting lung cancer compared with smokers with low levels. They further found that smokers with high levels of a nicotine byproduct called cotinine in their urine had three times the risk. Most significantly, smokers with high levels of both byproducts in their urine were 8.5 times more likely to develop lung cancer in their lifetime than those with low levels. With the newly received grant, Yuan and his research team will continue to assess these smokers by measuring the NNAL levels in their urine and dietary antioxidants in their blood.

Michael Sadowsky, a recognized authority on using microorganisms to clean up the environment, has been appointed director of the University of Minnesota’s BioTechnology Institute.

Sadowsky, who is a professor in the University’s Department of Soil, Water, and Climate and co-director of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute, has been a BTI faculty member since 1997. He joined the University in 1989 after spending three years as a microbiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a year as a molecular biologist in industry.

In addition to his achievements in bioremediation, Sadowsky has shed light on symbiotic relationships between soil microbes and plants, and developed DNA fingerprinting methods to identify bacteria in the environment. Time magazine cited his research on sources of water pollution as a key contribution to environmental microbiology. Sadowsky’s achievements have earned him membership in the American Academy of Microbiology and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

More recently, Sadowsky has led development of the University’s Minnesota Mississippi Genome Project (M3P), which aims to create a DNA database of microorganisms at the headwaters of the Mississippi and to evaluate human impact, notably from agriculture, at points downstream.

As director, Sadowsky plans to build on BTI’s success at developing environmentally friendly biochemical and microbial technologies for industry. Supported by the University’s Biocatalysis Initiative, BTI researchers have developed enzymes to produce energy, plastics and chemicals from renewable resources to replace petroleum-based products. They are also developing biosensors, nanotechnology, and novel biological compounds with applications for the environment, medicine and the food industry. Sadowsky hopes to promote BTI as a place for collaborative research among University faculty, to raise its visibility within Minnesota and beyond, and to build stronger relationships with more biotechnology companies. For more information, see the news release.

Associate Professor Charla Hollingsworth at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) recently accepted a position with the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine in the capacity of National Science Program Leader for Plant Pathology and Weeds at the Center for Plant Health, Science, and Technology in Raleigh, N.C. A farewell for Hollingsworth will be held Oct. 8, 1 p.m. Seminar Room, NWROC, Crookston, Minn. She will begin her new post with the USDA on November 8. For more information, see Charla Hollingsworth.

Former U of M College of Liberal Arts Dean Fred Lukermann passed away on September 1. He was 87. Luckermann was instrumental in elevating ethnic studies, urban studies, and public affairs.

A Minneapolis native, Lukermann graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1940 and entered the University of Minnesota the following fall. After U.S. Army service, he returned to the University, earning his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

Lukermann joined the University of Minnesota’s geography faculty in the early 1950s. The geography department steadily achieved national and international eminence, with Lukermann nurturing a pervasive spirit of wide-ranging and creative intellectual inquiry within the department and across the University.

He assumed several leadership and administrative roles at the University of Minnesota: chair of the Department of Geography; associate dean for social sciences in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA); assistant vice president for academic affairs; and dean of CLA. Working with CLA Dean E. W. Ziebarth and university Vice President Jerry Shepherd, Lukermann was instrumental in establishing the Departments of African American & African Studies, American Indian Studies and Chicano Studies; the Urban Studies Program; the School of Public Affairs (later renamed the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs) and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. A memorial service is being planned for later this month.

U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

NASA Levitates Mice in Magnetic Field
Researchers have levitated small mice in a powerful magnetic field that simulates the gravity-free world of space. Bruce Hammer, a professor of radiology at the University of Minnesota, uses magnetic levitation to learn about genes that impact bone loss. Discovery.

US govt advised to tax junk food, drinks to fight child obesity
The report from the independent Institute of Medicine and National Research Council also suggests that governments limit television and video games in after-school programs, require restaurants to list calorie counts on their menus and open school playgrounds and athletic fields to communities. ‘The research around tobacco has shown that large increases in taxes on cigarettes has been the single most effective policy to reduce tobacco use,’ said Mary Story, a dietician and professor at the University of Minnesota.

Inspecting Obama's health care claims
In his speech last night, the president laid out his plan for health-care reform in public for the first time. That's Stephen Parente, from the University of Minnesota. National Public Radio.

Consumers attracted to status of 'green' products more than benefits, research suggests
In a climate of extreme economy, a new study puts forth a radical suggestion: make things more expensive. "If you point status motives in the right direction, they can be used for something positive, with people competing to see who can be the most altruistic," says study co-author Vladas Griskevicius, a social psychologist at the University of Minnesota. The National Post.

DOJ Advice on Sleep Deprivation Varied Widely
Among the many revelations in the CIA inspector general’s report released last week is this curious fact: the CIA did not have a coherent or consistent policy about the use and legality of sleep deprivation as an interrogation tactic. “Sleep deprivation has been extensively studied,” said Dr. Steven Miles, professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and faculty member of its Center for Bioethics, as well as the author of the book, “Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror.” Washington Independent.

Organic or local?
The emerging trend toward healthier, fresher foods that are also gentle on the environment presents new dilemmas for conscientious consumers. Chengyan Yue, the Bachman Endowed Chair in Horticultural Marketing at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and colleague Cindy Tong published the results of a research study in HortScience that investigated consumers' preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for organically grown and locally grown fresh produce. Scientist Live.

Health 'co-ops' may not be realistic nationwide
Art Wineman has spent most of his 29-year career practicing medicine at Minnesota-based HealthPartners Inc. “I don’t think you can take that template and slap it down all over the country,” said Roger Feldman, a health- economics professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “The question you have to ask yourself is why aren’t there health-care cooperatives across the U.S.?” said Jon Christianson, a University of Minnesota health policy professor and HealthPartners’ member. Washington Examiner.

1887 law could send man to jail
A Winona man could go to jail for 90 days after he was cited Wednesday for violating an obscure 1887 city code prohibiting cursing in public. "There could well be some First Amendment issues with an ordinance that broad," said Steve Simon, a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Winona Daily News.

Cry me a river: why letting it all out is so good for you
A lot of times relationships invoke tears. William Frey, biochemist at The University of Minnesota, studied the make-up of tears. Examiner.

September 2

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Michael OsterholmMichael Osterholm has been elected to membership of the Council on Foreign RelationsProfessor Michael Osterholm has been elected to membership of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Osterholm is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), director of the National Institutes of Health-supported Minnesota Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (MCEIRS) within CIDRAP, a professor in the School of Public Health, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School.

The CFR is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting the understanding of foreign policy and the United States' role in the world. It maintains a diverse membership group of prominent thinkers who debate major issues with senior government officials, members of Congress, and global leaders. Council membership is divided almost evenly among New York, Washington, and other locations around the world.

Osterholm, who is internationally recognized as an expert on infectious diseases, pandemic preparedness, food safety, and biosecurty, was nominated by a group of prominent public policy and foreign relations leaders and elected by the council’s membership. Osterholm has authored more than 300 papers and abstracts, many focusing on the epidemiology of infectious diseases. Osterholm, who also was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, is the first University of Minnesota professor to be elected to both prestigious national organizations.

Deborah Swackhamer, co-director of the University's Water Resources Center, professor in the School of Public Health and Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair in Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Humphrey Institute, has been reappointed by Governor Pawlenty to the Clean Water Council. Swackhamer is one of nine recent reappointments to the 23 member council created by the legislature to provide advice on how to administer and implement the Clean Water Legacy Act, including making recommendations to the Governor on the appropriation of funds in the Clean Water Legacy Account. She chairs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the International Joint Commission of the U.S. and Canada Science Advisory Board, was a member of the advisory group that provided stakeholder feedback on the Clean Water Legacy Act, and co-chaired the science advisory panel for the Lake Pepin Total Maximum Daily Load Study. Swackhamer, who has been a member of the Clean Water Council since its inception in 2006, is reappointed a representative of a state higher education system to a four-year term that expires January 7, 2013.

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) has chosen Pamela Webb, associate vice president for research, to receive its 2009 Distinguished Service Award. The National Council of University Research Administrators established the Distinguished Service Award in 2001, as a way to recognize members of NCURA who have made sustained and distinctive contributions to the organization.

Pamela Webb has been a member of NCURA since 1991 and has served in many different capacities including her current role as an NCURA Peer Reviewer. She was actively involved in NCURA’s 2008 50th anniversary meeting as she served on the 50th Annual Meeting Program Committee, as a workshop faculty, moderator, and also a senior summit participant. In addition to having served as NCURA Secretary in 2000-1002, Webb also has served on the NCURA Board of Directors, its Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, as an Electronic Research Administration Committee member, and she was co-chair of NCURA’s ERA III Conference. Webb will receive her award at the NCURA 51st Annual Meeting, during a special recognition ceremony on Oct. 22 in Washington, DC. For more information, see NCURA.

Professor Jim Cotner received a National Science Foundation grant for $443,474 to support research into the potential for carbon sequestration in temperate lakes. The project, "Collaborative Research: Burial of organic carbon in temperate, shallow lakes," is led by Cotner in collaboration with Kyle Zimmer at the University of St. Thomas and Mark Edlund at The Science Museum of Minnesota.

Physics professor Ronald Poling has been named as head of the School of Physics and Astronomy. Poling is an experimental elementary particle physicist who has served as a faculty member at the U since 1987. He succeeds professor Allen Goldman who has served as head for 13 years and will remain on the faculty. For more information, see Poling.

Chemistry professor William Tolman has been named chair of the Department of Chemistry. Tolman is a synthetic chemist who has served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota since 1990. He succeeds professor Jeffrey Roberts. For more information, see Tolman.

The University of Minnesota "M" Club and the University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Department will honor a group of eight outstanding individuals with induction into the University of Minnesota "M" Club Hall of Fame in September.

The 2009 class of the University of Minnesota "M" Club Hall of Fame includes Mike Antonovich (men’s hockey), Aaron Broten (men’s hockey), Dennis Dale (men’s swimming and diving), Judy Knight (softball) and Lori [Townsend] Monaghan (women’s cross country/track and field) as well as legends Jack DeField (men’s track and field), Dale Hanson (wrestling) and Andy Uram (football).

The official induction of the 2009 class will take place during a ceremony to be held in the TCF Bank Stadium DQ Club Room Sept. 17. A social hour beginning at 6 p.m. will kick off the event, with the main program starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the ceremony may be purchased through the University of Minnesota Athletics Ticket Office (612-624-8080, 800-U-GOPHER or online at and are priced at $35 for individuals, $25 for active "M" Club members and the family members of inductees, and $15 for students, children and athletics department staff.

U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

Waxman Takes on Drug Makers Over Medicare
As the health care debate focuses on whether cost cuts are looming in Medicare coverage, Representative Henry A. Waxman is on a crusade to save Medicare billions of dollars--in a way that he says would end up helping the elderly. Stephen Schondelmeyer, a professor of pharmaceutical economics at the University of Minnesota who had conducted research for the government and industry, said that in 2003 many in Congress argued that private insurers would be more than capable of negotiating discounts with drug makers. New York Times.

Rain Gardens 101
Rain gardens are taking root among eco-conscious gardeners. "A rain garden is the latest `think globally, act locally' way to have clean water," said Lorrie Stromme, a University of Minnesota Extension horticulturist. "Even a rain garden as small as a queen-size blanket can help." Star Tribune.

Deadline Day for Obama's High-Speed Rail Stimulus
Monday marked the deadline for states to submit applications for some of the $8 billion in high-speed rail funding contained in the economic stimulus package (PL 111-5). David Levenson, a University of Minnesota professor of civil engineering and author of the Transportationist blog is more out front about the perils. Balance of Power Blog-CQ Politics.

U project looks to future
The first phase of the school's ambitious biotech park opens in October near TCF Bank Stadium. Star Tribune.

Online learning takes more than a webcam in the classroom
When the leading newspaper in Minnesota went bankrupt, I got scared. Jennifer Imsande, Duluth, is associate director of the Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Minnesota Public Radio.

Focus on pluses, Berglin urges
A federal overhaul of the nation's health care system "is going to be good for Minnesota, and I'm getting a little tired of people seizing on the problems instead of the possibilities," the state's chief legislative expert on health care policy said Tuesday. Minnesota's experience with reform and cost control will make it "a player at the table" as federal officials change the system and perhaps experiment with ways to improve Medicare quality and costs, said Jean Abraham, a health policy expert at the University of Minnesota. Star Tribune.