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UMM was honored October 24 as a recipient of a 2005 Green Power Leadership Award for its commitment to on-site generation of renewable energy. The Green Power Leadership Awards for green power purchasers is a component of the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program providing technical assistance and public recognition to organizations that switch to green power for a portion of their electricity needs. Lowell Rasmussen, associate vice chancellor for physical plant and planning, and student Nick Peterson accepted the award during the National Green Power Marketing Conference held recently in Austin, Texas.

UMM is one of only 11 sites selected to receive funding for the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, a joint effort of the USDA and the Department of Energy. The UMM award will benefit the biomass gasification project, a comprehensive demonstration of a community-scale biomass energy system.

Visit the new UMM campus home page at http://www.morris.umn.edu/. This design represents hundreds of hours of work by people from all over campus. Technical advances have been incorporated, including rotating banner pictures and a much simplified way of updating the home page's content. Try refreshing the home page a few times you'll find more news there than ever before! With this design, the old, off-campus "splash page" has been retired. Each of the major "relationships:" future and current student faculty and staff member alumni and friends, and visitors now have their own "home page." Many office links are gone from the home page itself. You can still find all campus offices by following the "Directories" link.

Accomplishments

UMM held its Fall College Bowl Tournament on October 29. Eighteen students in five teams and eight faculty in two teams (playing only in bye rounds) competed in this competition. Congratulations to the following winners:
Winning Team: Ox-Bow Lake: Gail Marquis, Tim Hovde, Jeff Nylander, Travis Gassman. Top individual scores: Gail Marquis, Nolan Hauta, Jeff Hansen, Geoff Sheagley, Jeff Nylander and Eli Mayfield. A team of five students will be assembled from these students to represent UMM at the regional College Bowl tournament in February.

Sam Schuman's review essay of The Cambridge Companion to Nabokov appears in Volume 9 (2005) of The Nabokovian.

Biology Professor David Hoppe recently gave a guest lecture, "The deformed frogs of Minnesota and Vermont," at the field station of the University of Massachusetts Boston, followed by round-table discussions with New England naturalists and chemists regarding causative agent research.

[Mpls. Star Tribune 10/31/05] UMM is mentioned in a story by staff writer Joy Powell, titled "The Edge: Turbines may be link to hydrogen storage."

Former chancellor David Johnson is mentioned in "From ELI to OLLI: The U's ElderLearning Institute is now the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute," which appears in U of M eNews at http://www1.umn.edu/umnnews/Publications/eNews.html/.

Announcements

Attention elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2008: There will be an informational/application meeting for all Elementary Education majors planning to graduate in 2008 at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Science 2190. If you were at the September 21 meeting, you do not need to attend this one.

Weather permitting, the UMM telescope on the 4th floor of the Science building will be open for public observing on the following dates: Friday, Nov. 11, 8- 9:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 2,from 7-8:30 p.m. Dress warmly - the dome is unheated and open to the sky. Kids are welcome. Young children may have more success on the November night, since we will be able to view the moon. In case of clouds (or worse), the event will occur the following evening (Saturday) at the same time. This schedule, and info on last-minute cancellations due to weather, can be found at http://cda.mrs.umn.edu/~kearnsk/Telescope/PubObs.htm

Plan to attend an open conversation with the new University of Minnesota vice president for research, R. Timothy Mulcahy. The conversation will take place in Science and Math room 1020 at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Dr. Mulcahy assumed his position in February 2005, and this will be his first visit to the Morris campus. This is an opportunity to introduce him to the accomplishments and needs of the Morris campus. At the open session, he will also talk about the Research Strategic Planning Task Forces, the Process Streamlining Project and Commercialization of Intellectual Property. We hope this event will help continue the long-standing and productive relationship UMM has enjoyed with the vice president for research Office. Please e-mail Tom Mahoney at mahoneyt if there are specific topics you would like discussed.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 1:30 p.m. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in to 309 Behmler Hall to discuss topics which can be addressed in a short visit. Please note: These hours are subject to change. It is recommended that you check the Web site: http://www.morris.umn.edu/academic/chancellor/OfficeHours.html the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

Mike Bull, assistant deputy commissioner, will host a public forum on energy policy at WCROC on Tuesday, Nov 8. The public forum will start at 7 p.m. at the WCROC conf room. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

There is now a new requirement for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education: the University Senate policy, Education in the Responsible Conduct of Sponsored Research and Grants Management. Implementation of the policy was guided by a faculty committee, and the resulting requirement has two components: 1) Faculty and Principal Investigators must review an online information update about changes in policies related to RCR issues once every year, and 2) Faculty and PIs must report their participation in an awareness/discussion activity related to RCR topics once every three years. PIs who have not met these requirements when they submit a proposal will receive a reminder e-mail. PIs who have not met these requirements when they receive an award will not have the award account established. Additional information about the RCR continuing education requirement is available on the FIRST Web site at www.research.umn.edu/first/ContEd.htm. Please direct questions about the new requirement or RCR education in general to rschtrng@umn.edu or to 612.624.1854. For more information on the Morris campus, please contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development Office, at warehamr@morris.umn.edu or 320-589-6458.

Dave Johnson, former member of the sociology department at Luther, academic dean at Gustavus and chancellor at UMM, will lead another trek in Transylvania, the mountainous region of Romania. (Think Dracula.) Departure from the States for Bucharest will be on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, the return from Budapest on September 29. The group has its own bus and driver and spends three nights at each of four charming rural or small town hotels, hiking out from there each morning. Co-director Ruediger Steinke will recruit some English-speaking Germans to bring an interesting diversity to the trek. In addition to good conversations on the trails, the Euroopean co-leaders will present evening programs dealing with such Romanian or East European issues as the status of gypsy (Roma) people, the linguistic minorities, the plight of orphaned or abandoned children, the transitions necessary for eventual membership in the European Union. Contact Dave at johnsond@umn.edu for further information.
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