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CBS News - October 23, 2002

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U Legislative Request and CBS

Interim President Robert Bruininks presented his $96 million request for new state support for the 2004-05 biennium to the Board of Regents earlier this month. The request breaks down into four categories:

    - $26 million for implementing academic directions
    - $88 million for supporting talented faculty and staff
    - $20 million for helping students realize educational goals
    - $58 million to build and maintain academic infrastructure.

Unlike previous years, no programs or projects are specified because of the state’s economic outlook, according to Donna Peterson, Associate Vice President for Government Relations. Lawmakers will need to address the budget deficit before awarding new funds. It’s possible that the U will be asked to reduce its budget rather than increase it, she added. Strategic emphasis will be on maintaining momentum.  However, support materials provided to regents to refer to building on investments in molecular and cellular biology and to an investment in biocatalysis. Following is a quote from those materials:

    “Biocatalysis is an exciting new opportunity that builds upon recent investments and University expertise in molecular and cellular biology, chemical and bioengineering, and agriculture. This technology holds the tantalizing promise of reducing the world’s dependence on petrochemicals. At the heart of this technology is the understanding that biological, rather than petroleum-based, processes, may be designed and used to manufacture the materials and chemicals upon which society relies. Beyond the national security interests in having nonpetroleum-derived sources for plastics and chemicals, the potential for creating new markets for the agricultural producers of the Midwest is compelling.”

Bruininks proposes a 50-50 financial partnership with the state in which the University would fund half of its needs, through cost savings and increased revenue, and the state would fund the remaining half. Regents are expected to act on his proposal at the November board meeting.

Vote for the U on November 5

Minnesotans will soon elect a governor, 67 state senators, and 134 state representatives. Your voice, united with others, can have a powerful impact on legislative support for the U. The University encourages faculty, staff, students, and alumni to promote the U to candidates and legislators. You can do this in a number of ways: Let candidates know that you expect them to support the U; volunteer time or money to a campaign; and vote on November 5. To join the U legislative network, visit www.alumni.umn.edu/legnetwork. 

U can help get out the vote

The U of M Legislative Network needs volunteers to help remind U supporters to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 5. Volunteers will hand out buttons and flyers and encourage people to vote for the U. With a state election around the corner, now is the time to show your maroon and gold pride. A t-shirt and refreshments will be provided. Help is needed from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, November 4 at the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street. Contact Nicole Bennett, 612-626-0913 or benne069@umn.edu.

CLA Dean to moderate gubernatorial debate

CLA Dean Steve Rosenstone will moderate a debate between Minnesota gubernatorial candidates Roger Moe, Tim Pawlenty, Tim Penny, and Ken Pentel from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 28 at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel, 1500 Park Place Blvd. in Minneapolis. (St. Louis Park, near highways 110 and 394.)The debate is free and open to the public. It will be broadcast live on more than 30 radio stations statewide, including WCCO 830 AM and WMNN 1330 AM. Call 625-8837 with questions.

New faculty boost research enterprise

Hiring new faculty with the combined resources of the MCB Initiative and reallocation has had a transforming impact on the research enterprise, as evidenced by a dramatic surge in new grants awarded to faculty in the core departments. In the Department of Plant Biology, 10 new faculty hired in the past two years have obtained 12 grants (from NSF, USDA, DOE, NIH, and the Packard Foundation). In the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics (BMBB), eight faculty hired in the past three years have been awarded 11 multi-year national grants (AHA, NIH, NSF). And in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development nine new faculty have brought in 11 grants from national and local sources. Another sign that things are changing: Five years ago, the Mass Spectrometry Consortium for the Life Sciences processed fewer than 500 samples. Last year they processed 3,000 samples, and expect to process 5,500 samples this year.   

Chimps on the big (and little) screen

Jane Goodall’s “Wild Chimpanzees” opened October 17 at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Omnitheater, and the media is paying attention. The film has been featured on all four local TV stations and “CBS This Morning.”The Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, USA Today, MPR, NPR and WCCO radio have also done storieson the movie. Anne Pusey, EEB, served as chief scientific advisor for the film. Pusey is head of The Jane Goodall Institute's Center for Primate Studies at CBS. The film also features EEB doctoral student Elizabeth Vinson Lonsdorf. To learn more about the film visit www.wildchimpanzees.org. To learn more about the Center for Primate Studies visit www.discoverchimpanzees.org

CBS Class of ’06 in perspective

We assumed before and now we know; the incoming freshman class is one the brightest and most diverse ever to enter CBS. Almost half of the 351 freshmen finished in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Also, nearly 20 percent are minorities, including students from Egypt and South Korea. Furthermore, almost 90 percent are from Minnesota or Wisconsin and roughly 65 percent of CBS freshmen are female.

Minnesota counts on U to give back to the community

Do you want a chance to win an I-Mac computer? How about two round trip tickets to anywhere in the Continental U.S.? Then visit http://www1.umn.edu/cfd/ and learn about how to be a part of the University Community Fund drive. All University employees should have received a packet of materials explaining the fund drive and listing a variety of charitable organizations in Minnesota.The deadline to donate is October 31. To encourage participation, prizes are given away each Monday and grand prizes will be given away on November 15. To view a list of all of the prizes visit http://www1.umn.edu/cfd/prizes/tobewon.htm.

Computer facility open house

The CBS Imaging Center showed off the new Bioinformatics and Research Computing Facility (BRCF) at an open house on October 9. The BRCF is the result of the joint efforts of the Center for Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics and the CBS Imaging Center. The lab consists of a dozen Apple G4 Powermacs, each with dual 1GHz processors and 1.5GB RAM. The computers are configured with bioinformatics software (BLAST,EMBOSS), visualization tools (Photoshop, 3-D visualization), and other software that advances biological research

Come see successful CBS grads

The November “Exploring Careers in the Life Sciences” program will feature Michelle Anderson (B.S. biology ’92), an interpretive naturalist with the Three Rivers Park District; Susan Heffron (B.S. biology ’90), a policy analyst for the Minnesota Pollution Control agency; and Tari Johnson (B.S. Zoology ’74) a biology instructor at Normandale Community College. The series is a great opportunity for students, but also gives faculty an excellent chance to reconnect with former students. The program is at 5:30 p.m. in 150 Ecology on November 6. For more info or to register visit http://www.career.umn.edu/career_courses.html

Number of alumni mentors doubles

The CBS mentor program matched 73 students with alumni mentors this year, more than twice the number of matches in 2001. Students, who are paired with alumni based on career interests, meet with mentors twice a month and are invited to different CBS events throughout the year. Mentors and students will meet for the first time on November 7 at the mentor program kickoff.

CBS donors meet scholarship/fellowship recipients

Donors who contribute to CBS scholarships and fellowships met the grateful recipients of their generosity at the annual CBS Recognition and Appreciation Dinner, held October 10 in the McNamara Alumni Center. Dean Elde spoke on investing in the next generation and introduced all of this year’s scholarship and fellowship recipients. He and Pete Snustad, plant biology, presented an Outstanding Achievement Award to Julie Kirihara (B.S.’81 and PhD. ’88 Biochemistry). Kirihara, founder of ATG laboratories and president of MNBIO, received the award for her work in cloning and her efforts to promote Minnesota’s biotech industry. If you would like information on establishing or contributing to a CBS scholarship or fellowship fund, contact Janene Connelly. Many funds were established by faculty or alumni.

CBS Students named Pre-Med Scholars

This year, three of the five students selected for the Pre-Medical Scholars Program are from CBS. The winners are biology majors Andrea Gaetz and Forum Kamdar, and Genetics, Cell Biology and Development major Mohamed Moussa. Pre-Med Scholars are matched with mentors from the Medical School who will help them finish their undergraduate work and prepare them for the rigorous requirements of medical school. They also receive conditional acceptance to the U of M Medical School.

Lab maintenance

The U of M Instrument Services Department (E.I.S.) is offering a complete centrifuge maintenance plan to go with regularly scheduled maintenance plans. At a low yearly price, this plan includes everything necessary to ensure the proper operation of your centrifuge. Also, E.I.S. can now calibrate and repair pipettes in your lab.

Are the U of M and CBS wordmarks on your website?

Did you know that the University requires the U wordmark on all print and electronic publications? CBS also encourages the use of its college wordmark. Consistent use strengthens the College's identity, which is important for fundraising, student and faculty recruitment, and connecting with the business community. The new CBS logo includes the University wordmark, so by using the CBS logo you will comply with the U's policy. For a copy of the logo, please contact Peggy Rinard,

Event promotion

Are you promoting an event you really want to be noticed? The Dean’s Office provides specially designed paper to use for CBS event fliers. The colorful paper, which features the CBS logo, will help attract attention to your event.

West Bank Parking

Beginning November 1, reciprocal parking on the West Bank moves to lot 86, and will no longer apply to the 21st Avenue ramp. If you have any questions contact Parking and Transportation services at 626-7275.

People

Janet Dubinsky and Carrie MacNabb, neuroscience, received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health which will allow them to expand their “BrainScience on the Move” program. The program brings neuroscience education and activities into middle school classrooms.

Stuart Goldstein, GCD, received $36,180 from Tulane University to study integrative models of microorganism motility.

Karen Oberhauser, EEB, received $17,675 from the Medtronic Foundation to support her Monarchs in the Classroom project.

Vivek Kapur, microbiology, received the 2002 Schofield Medal from the University of Guelph, Canada. The award is presented to a person who has made significant contributions to veterinary medicine worldwide and also is inspirational to students by his or her character, career and ideas.

Elsie L. Hanson, a longtime CBS employee, passed away on October 15 at the age of 78. Hanson was secretary to Dean Richard Caldecott when CBS was established in 1965 and worked for him for many years.

Events & Seminars

October 25-27
Neuroeconomics conference
Honeywell Auditorium, Carlson School of Management. Learn how brain structure and function affects economic decisions.

October 30
Conflicting Roles in the Biomedical Research Agenda
3 p.m. 3-120 MCB.

October 31
Adult Stem Cells: Pluripotent or Not? Featuring Catherine M. Verfaillie
12 p.m., 2-101 BSBE.

November 6
Exploring Careers in the Life Sciences
150 Ecology 5:30 p.m. for more info visit

November 7
Mentor Program Kick-off,
6:00 p.m., 150 Ecology. Contact CBS Alumni Relations, denz0018@umn.edu, or 624-4770 .

November 7
Yeast Tails: Morphogenesis and Senescense in Two Budding Yeasts.
12 p.m., 2-120 BSBE. Contact Judith Berman,

November 11
My Life with Cytochrome C, featuring Fred Sherman from the University of Rochester; 12:00 p.m. Mayo Auditorium Contact Judith Berman,

February 12
NSF Workshop 7:30 a.m. rooms 135 B and D Earle Brown Center