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CBS News - April 23, 2003


Popcorn and picnic tickets
Pick up CBS Picnic tickets and get a free bag of popcorn, between 11:00 - 1:00 on Tuesday, April 29 on the balcony outside of Bio Sci (Rain site: Gortner Labs) or on Wednesday, April 30 in the courtyard outside of BSBE (Rain site: Lobby of
BSBE) The CBS Year-End Picnic is 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 prizesPick up free tickets by May 2 in CBS department offices, Student Services, or the Deans Office. 

Pusey to head Goodall primate research
Anne Pusey, director of the Jane Goodall Istitutes Center for Primate Studies and professor of ecology, evolution and behavior, has been named executive director of research for the Jane Goodall Institute. Pusey will oversee all research at Gombe Park in Tanzania and will continue her position as a McKnight University Professor.

CBS community event at 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, or 612-624-4770.

Campaign Countdown
You still have an opportunity to be part of Campaign Minnesota, the Universitys historic fund raising effort.  Join more than 30 percent of CBS faculty who have made significant contributions to CBS as part of Campaign Minnesota.  For example, Professor Gary Nelsestuen in BMBB, has made use of a monthly payroll deduction to fund the Stanley Dagley-Samuel Kirkwood Undergraduate Education Award.  Each spring this award is given to a CBS faculty member who best represents the outstanding contributions of the late Professors Dagley and Kirkwood. Another example is Professor Robert Megard in EEB, who has made use of the 21st Century Matching Program to create the ItascaGraduate Research Fellowship.  The 21st Century Matching Program doubles the impact of Professor Megards gift, which will sponsor graduate research at the Itasca Biological Station. To join Professors Nelsesteun and Megard, contact Janene Connelly (612-624-7496, in the CBS Deans Office.  Or if you prefer, make your contribution online at

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 at 4 p.m. CBS nominated Fraser for the doctorate, which is the University's highest honor.

Global warming could affect Minnesota's ecosystems and economy
Minnesota's summers will likely be seven to 16 degrees warmer, and winters 10 degrees warmer, by the end of the century, according to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Stephen Polasky, associate professor of ecology, evolution, and behavior, co-authored the report and said the climate changes will have a significant impact on Minnesotas environment, economy, and the people who live here. To read the entire report, go to

CBS garden clean-up day
Come and help clean up the Harriet Miller Garden on Thursday, May 1 at 10 a.m. The clean-up will include planting, spreading compost, weeding, and mulching. This years clean up is especially important because the Harriet Miller Garden is the backdrop for the CBS Picnic on May 9. For more information, contact Jodi Bjork at, or 612-625-4788.

CBS Commencement
Christine Maziar, Executive Vice President and Provost of the University, will speak at CBS Commencement on Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Northrop Auditorium. There will be an informal reception on Northrop Mall before the ceremony. If it is raining, the reception will be inside.   Student line up will begin at 7 p.m. but students may register after 6:30 p.m.

Got a great T.A.?
CBS is accepting nominations for the 2003 Outstanding Performance Award for Teaching Assistants. T.A.s who taught classes spring semester 2003 in any CBS or affiliated departments are eligible. Any CBS student, staff, or faculty member can submit a nomination. To nominate a T.A from Biol 1001 or 1009, contact Bruce Fall, or 612-625-4391. For all other CBS courses contact Jane Phillips, or 612-624-2789.

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 how it can be used to process a variety of samples for microscopy. For more information contact Mark Sanders,


The St. Paul Rotary Club named Rob Brooker, professor of genetics, cell biology, and development, Educator of the Yearfor demonstrating outstanding performance as a professional in the field of higher education. Brooker will receive the award May 6 at the Radisson Hotel in St. Paul. Brooker was also recently inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University.   

Jurgita Matuliene, graduate student in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development, received the 2003 Bacaner Research Award in Basic Medical Sciences from the Minnesota Medical Foundation. The award is given for excellence in creative research work.

Paul Germscheid, annual fund coordinator, and Andrea Pedersen Garrett, human resources representative, have accepted new positions and will be leaving CBS.  Andrea will leave April 25 to
begin her new job as a training coordinator in U of M Training Services, where she will provide system-wide policy and technical training. Paul will leave May 1 to begin his new job as field representative for Education Minnesota, the Minnesota teachers union. Jeff Thomas will be the interim contact for human resources. Janene Connelly will assume Paul's development responsibilities. CBS wishes Paul and Andrea well in their new ventures.


May 1
CBS garden clean-up
Henrietta Miller Garden between Gortner Labs and Snyder Hall, 10 a.m.
For More information contact Jodi Bjork,, or 612-625-4788

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,

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

May 1
"Cytoplasmic Dynein Function in Axonal Transport and Cytoskeletal Crosstalk"
Erika Holzbaur, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
2101 BSBE, 12 noon
Sponsored by GCD. Contact Mary Porter,

May 5
Dedication of Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics Research
Claire Fraser of The Institute for Genomics Research will give a scientific lecture at 4 p.m.
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

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.