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February 25, 2009

Engaging-U: February 25, 2009


Finalists for the position have been announced and they will participate in an open forum.

Monday, March 9:
Dr. Edward Goetz
Professor, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Wednesday, March 11:
Scott McConnell
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology

Thursday, March 12:
Michael Oakes
Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

All candidate public presentation forums are scheduled for 1:00- 2:00 p.m. in Room 180 Humphrey Institute, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Each session includes a 30-minute presentation, followed by a Q&A session.


2009 Outstanding Community Service Awards
Nomination Deadline: March 23, 2009

The Office for Public Engagement is please to announce the 2009 call for nominations for the Outstanding Community Service Awards. For nomination materials and a list of previous awardees, please visit http://www.engagement.umn.edu/awards/index.html

2009 Planning Grants in Health Disparities Research Program
Letter of Intent Deadline: March 17, 2009

These grants are designed to encourage community-initiated research and foster sustainable and long-term collaborative research between community-based organizations and academic researchers on projects focused on eliminating health disparities. This request for proposals (RFP) is directed to community organizations in the state of Minnesota. For the official RFP, please visit http://www.healthdisparities.umn.edu/img/assets/24233/HD_RFP_2009.pdf

Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences

(http://www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu) is pleased to announce 2 funding
opportunities for faculty and graduate and professional students. This
funding initiative aims to encourage work on the broad societal implications
of problems in health, environment, or the life sciences.

The Requests for Proposals (RFPs) may be found at


An Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshop for Parents
March 26, 2009, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wilder Complex, 3345 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis

The workshop will feature four mini-sessions and a resource fair. The mini-sessions are (1) What's This? Autism Spectrum 101, (2) What's Next? Accessing Services, (3) What Works? Interventions: Research to Practice, (4) What's Ahead? Transitioning/Sharing our Stories.

The workshop is FREE but pre-registration is requested. Call 612-625-7849 or 612-626-9227.

April 6, 2009, 9 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Continuing Education and Conference Center, Saint Paul Campus, Minneapolis

MinneWebCon is a full-day, three-track, continuing education conference for web professionals. The conference delivers a practical blend of technical and creative information from industry practitioners and educators directly to University of Minnesota staff, students, and web professionals from ad and design agencies, corporations, non-profit organizations, and other higher education institutions. For more information and registration details, please visit http://www.minnewebcon.umn.edu/about.php

February 16, 2009

February 16, 2009

Funding Opportunities
2009 Summer Student Science Internships at the National Science Foundation
Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2009

Summer Student Science Internships at the National Science Foundation (NSF)
in Arlington, VA, are available through the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network. The ten-week summer component of the Internship will take place May 25–July 31, 2009. The internship opportunities will be made possible through a QEM Network proposal, pending at NSF.

Each internship will provide round-trip airfare, assistance with local transportation costs, summer housing on a local college campus, and a stipend ($3,000 for undergraduate students and $4,000 for graduate
students), payable in three installments. In addition to the ten-week summer internship, interns will be expected to implement science-oriented outreach activities during the academic year when they return to their home
institutions to continue their studies. For more information, please go to http://qemnetwork.qem.org/internship.htm

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute RFP
Deadline: Monday, May 4th,2009.

This RFP covers community engagement research projects in the areas of food policy, prevention of obesity and chronic disease, and food safety.

The grant to be funded through this program must utilize novel and innovative approaches to answer potentially high impact research questions. The proposal should be a partnership between a MN community and the University researchers. The research should have a high potential for growth and for becoming self-supporting over time. Please go to the website at http://www.hfhl.umn.edu for the full RFP. In addition, questions regarding the RFP can be directed to hfhl@umn.edu.

2009 Minnesota Department of Education Service Learning Awards:
Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2009

The three categories are the Minnesota Student Service Awards (for projects and programs); 2. Outstanding Contributions to Service Learning (for individuals); 3. Minnesota Leader Schools and Districts (for schools and districts).

An award ceremony will be held at the Minnesota State Capitol the morning of Thursday, May 14. $100-200 mini grants will be awarded, based on funding availability, to each recipient for use in implementing
service learning. Forms can be found at http://education.state.mn.us (search for "service learning awards.")

2009 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement,
Deadline: April 23, 2009

This award recognizes a faculty member who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. Beginning in 2009, the Lynton Award is designated as an award for early career faculty (pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses and early career – within the first six years – at campuses with long-term contracts).

Unlike traditional service-learning awards that focus on the link between teaching and service, the Lynton Award emphasizes applied scholarly activity more broadly. The scholarship of engagement (also known as faculty professional service, outreach scholarship, public scholarship, scholarship for the common good, and community-based scholarship) represents an integrated view of scholarly activity in which teaching, research, and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing, is characterized by scholarly work tied to a faculty member's expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared, and reflects the mission of the institution. For more information, please visit http://www.nerche.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=108&Itemid=69

Professional Development

IUPUI Research Academy at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
May 14 - 16, 2009
Application Deadline: March 23, 2009

The IUPUI Research Academy is an interactive summer workshop to develop skills, learn about methods and literature, develop a research project and advance research related to service learning in higher education. This academy is sponsored by the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning and National Service Learning Clearinghouse. The primary audience should be service learning researchers, well-suited for faculty developing research projects, as well as graduate students.

Topics will include research design, measurement and questionnaire development, research methodology, proposal development, statistical analyses, ethical Issues, theory, writing research proposals (e.g., grants) and research manuscripts.

Faculty and Facilitators will include the following people:

* Dr. Robert Bringle – IUPUI Center for Service and Learning
* Dr. Julie Hatcher – IUPUI Center for Service and Learning
* Dr. Kathryn Steinberg – IUPUI Center for Service and Learning
* Dr. Patti Clayton – NC State University
* Dr. Liberty Smith – National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

For more information, please visit http://surveycentral.uc.iupui.edu/ira09.aspx.

February 9, 2009

Engaging-U: February 9, 2009


Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 10:00 am
The Panic Over Girls Lecture by Mike Males

The Wellstone Center

Mike Males shares Gisa Knopka's passion for promoting the needs of young people as well as her willingness to be controversial and provocative. In this lecture, Mike will challenge the media myths about modern American girls. You can learn more about Mike Males’ work at www.youthfacts.org.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Community Involvement Fair

Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find a position that matches your major and/or interests. Spring semester and summer opportunities will be promoted at this fair. Please visit _http://www.cclc.umn.edu/CIF for more information including a list of organizations that will be in attendance.

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 12-1:30 pm
Insurance Market and Disaster Prevention in Japan Presentation by Muneta Yokomatsu, Visiting Scholar

303 Coffman Memorial Union

How do we manage economic disaster? What are differences of the insurance markets in Japan and U.S.? Will the insurance market show the sign before the economic disaster happen? Professor Yokomatsu will discuss a fundamental framework of disaster risk management and current practice in Japan with its advanced aspects and problems. Moreover, this presentation claims that the cost-benefit evaluation of mitigation investment should reflect social applicability of risk finance technology to take into account the catastrophic aspects of natural disaster. Free lunch is provided but please RSVP to gnam@umn.edu. For further information, please visit http://www.tc.umn.edu/~gnam/

Thursday, March 5, 2009, 4-6 pm
Presentation by environmental expert and activist Van Jones

Ted Mann Concert Hall

Van Jones is the founder and president of Green for All (www.greenforall.org) and author of the recently released The Green Collar
Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems. An award-winning
activist, Jones is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress as
well as co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. In addition,
Jones is a board member of 1Sky, the Apollo Alliance, and a fellow with the
Institute of Noetic Sciences. Recently he has been advising President
Obama's transition team as it develops a green economic stimulus package.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. We expect space to fill quickly for this event so please register as soon as possible at www.tickets.umn.edu. (*As this is a ticketed event, you will need to pick up your tickets at the Ted Mann ticket office in advance of the event or pay a one-time $5 processing/mailing fee for your ticket(s) to be sent to you.)