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CBS News - April 9, 2003

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Dean Elde’s brown bag lunch and legislative update
Dean Elde will host two brown bag lunches to update CBS faculty and staff on the status of legislative funding for the University. The first will be Monday, April 14, from 12-1 p.m. in 2-122 MCB, and the second will be Thursday, April 17, from 12-1 p.m. in 239 Gortner Labs. For more information contact Anwar Meah, ameah@cbs.umn.edu.

Bioscience at the Capitol
Thanks to testimony by Dean Elde and members of MNBIO, a bill that would create a tax-free zone for a Bioscience Park and give other tax benefits to bioscience companies in Minnesota has passed the Senate. The House Economic Development Committee will hear the bill Thursday, April 10.

Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment moves forward
Bills are moving in both the House and Senate that would provide funding
for the University's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment.
In the House, two bills funding "renewable energy research and
demonstration" have passed out of committee and are awaiting action on the
House floor. In the Senate, the companion bill is still being considered in
committee. Dean Elde, who is leading the initiative, has testified at the Capitol
in support of the bills.

Spring CBS Forum:
“Promise and Perils of the Biological Sciences Revolution”
What can we do to ensure that biological knowledge coupled with technology solves problems instead of creating them? Scott Selleck, professor of genetics, cell biology and development, will share his thoughts with the CBS community at the Spring CBS Forum, Wednesday, April 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Coffman Theatre. His lecture is called “The Promise and Perils of the Biological Sciences Revolution.” The CBS Forum was created to showcase the work of outstanding researchers in each department, to identify opportunities for interdisciplinary research, and to build a sense of community within CBS. Departments rotate responsibility for presenting lectures. For more information about the lecture, contact Joline Bundlie, bundl001@umn.edu.

Free pizza at CBS Legislative Calling Night
Would you like to help CBS and enjoy free pizza? CBS needs faculty and staff volunteers for CBS legislative calling night on Tuesday, April 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. Volunteers will call alumni and friends of the college to remind them to contact their legislators and ask them to support the University during the current budget crisis. CBS will be calling on the same night as volunteers from the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. Volunteers do not need to stay for the entire three hours. For more information or to sign up, contact, Peggy Rinard, prinard@cbs.umn.edu, or 612-624-0774.

Legislative Advocacy Day in St. Paul
Legislative Advocacy Day for students, faculty, and staff on the St. Paul Campus is Tuesday, April 22. Tables will be set up in the St. Paul Student Center with Legislative Network information, sample letters, and computers where people can find out how to contact their legislators. There will be free food and door prizes.

CBS Picnic May 9
Join the fun! Celebrate the end of the school year at the CBS Year-End Picnic Friday, May 9, 12 to 2 p.m. on the lawn in front of Snyder Hall and Gortner Labs. Faculty, staff, and students are all invited. There will be:

  • Free food served by the deans, department heads, and faculty
  • Gifts for graduating seniors
  • Music
  • Door prizes

Pick up free tickets by May 2 in CBS department offices, Student Services, or the Dean’s Office.

Cargill building to be dedicated on May 5
Dedication of the Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics has been set for Monday, May 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. Claire Fraser, director of The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Washington, D.C. is the guest speaker. TIGR is considered the leading microbial genomics research institute in the country. Fraser, who has led efforts to sequence several microbial genomes, will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, receive an honorary doctorate from the University, and deliver a scientific lecture. CBS nominated Fraser for the doctorate, which is the University's highest honor.

CBS community event at the Plymouth Playhouse
CBS faculty, staff, students, and friends are all invited to the Plymouth Playhouse on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. to see the off-Broadway hit musical "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline." This CBS event is a great opportunity for the CBS community to get together in a fun atmosphere and network. The cost is $25 per person, which includes a light buffet before the show. Your family, friends, and co-workers are all invited. To register contact CBS Alumni Relations, 612-624-4770.

Imaging Center Workshop
The CBS Imaging Center will host a workshop on Techniques in Microwave Specimen Processing May 7-9 in 23 Snyder Hall. The workshop will show how microwave processing has evolved into a methodology that reduces processing times without sacrificing quality, and can be used to process a variety of samples for microscopy. For more information contact Mark Sanders, msanders@cbs.umn.edu.

ART+GENOMICS+ETHICS
Learn how artists are responding to the Human Genome Project at a discussion called “ART+GENOMICS+ETHICS” on Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Weisman Art Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

People

Rex Lovrien, professor of biochemistry, passed away in March at age 75. Born in Eagle Grove, Iowa he earned a B.A. degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1953 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1958. He did postdoctoral studies at Yale University and the University of Minnesota. Lovrien joined the biochemistry department in 1965. His research focused on bioseparations, biorecognition, energetics, proteins, and enzymology. Send memorial contributions to Janene Connelly, 123 Snyder Hall.

Steve Cannon, graduate student in plant biology, received a $1500 Phillip C.Hamm Memorial Scholarship for demonstrating scientific promise through original research. Cannon studies the way groups of related genes are organized in a genome and how their organization affects the way the genes evolve.

Events & Seminars

APRIL 2
"Migrations, Mutinies, and Molecular Markers: The Story of Breadfruit"
Nyree Zerega, New York Botanical Garden
150 Ecology, 12 noon
Sponsored by Plant Biology. Contact George Weiblen, gweiblen@umn.edu.

April 10
“Actin Dynamics and Membrane Trafficking: From Yeast to Beast”
David Drubin, University of California, Berkeley
2101 BSBE, 12 noon
Sponsored by GCD. Contact Tom Hays, haysx001@umn.edu.

April 14
Dean Elde’s Legislative Update (Minneapolis campus)
2-122 MCB, 12 noon
Contact Anwar Meah, ameah@cbs.umn.edu.

April 15
ART+GENOMICS+ETHICS
Weisman Art Museum, 7 p.m.

April 16
Spring CBS Forum:
“The Promise and Perils of the Revolution in the Biological Sciences”
Scott Selleck, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
Coffman Theatre, 2 p.m.
Sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences
Contact Joline Bundlie, bundl001@umn.edu.

April 17
Dean Elde’s Legislative Update (St. Paul campus)
239 Gortner Labs, 12-1 p.m.
Contact Anwar Meah, ameah@cbs.umn.edu.

April 17
“Correction of Disease-Associated Exon Skipping by Synthetic Exon Specific Activators”
Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
2101 BSBE, 12 noon
Sponsored by GCD. Contact Laura Ranum, ranum001@umn.edu.

April 22
CBS Legislative Calling Night
McNamara Alumni Center, 5-8 p.m.
To register contact Peggy Rinard, prinard@cbs.umn.edu, or 612-624-0774.

April 24
“Glycosphingolipid Accumulation in the Mucopolysaccharidoses: Causes and Consequences.”
Steven U. Walkley, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
2101 BSBE, 12 noon
Sponsored by GCD. Contact Chester Whitley, whitley@umn.edu.

April 25
CBS community event: “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”
Plymouth Playhouse, 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences.
Contact CBS Alumni Relations, denz0018@umn.edu, or 612-624-4770.

May 5
Dedication of Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics Research
Featuring Claire Fraser of The Institute for Genomics Research
Lobby of the Cargill building, on the Corner of Gortner Ave. and Hendon Ave. on the St. Paul campus, 2 to 5 p.m.
RSVP to Jean Marie Lindquist, 625-7705, or lindq011@cbs.umn.edu.

May 7-9
CBS Imaging Center Workshop: “Techniques in Microwave Specimen Processing”
23 Snyder Hall, 8:30 a.m. each day

May 9
CBS Year-End Picnic
Lawn in front of Snyder Hall and Gortner Labs, 12 to 2 p.m.
Pick up free tickets by May 2 in department offices, Student Services, or the Dean’s office.

May 12
Governor’s Bioscience Summit
Minneapolis Hilton, 8:30 a.m.

May 17
CBS Commencement
Keynote address by U Executive Vice President and Provost Christine Maziar
Northrop Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.