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February 22, 2010

Engaging-U: February 22, 2010

Position Openings

Director, Center for Transportation Studies
The University of Minnesota invites applications for the position of director of the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS). The center conducts transportation research, education, and outreach programs focused on transportation policy and planning, infrastructure engineering, and intelligent transportation systems in partnership with national and state government agencies and private industry.

For a complete position description and list of required qualifications please access the University of Minnesota's Online Employment System at https://employment.umn.edu/. The requisition number is (165034), which is needed to access this position. If you have difficulty negotiating the electronic application process, please contact Michelle Wittcoff Kuhl in the Office for Public Engagement at witt0160@umn.edu or 612-624-1562.

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) Assistantships
CURA is inviting proposals for the summer 2010 semester for three of it's Community Based Research programs: Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), Community Assistantship Program (CAP) and Communiversity (CMV). Please distribute this information to community organizations you work with and believe could benefit from a research assistant. Students are paid by the programs for the assistantships, making them a good potential source of funding for your students.

See below for more information on the programs. Applications should come directly from community organizations. The deadline for project proposals is March 15th, 2010. Approved projects will run from May 31st, 2010 to August 29th, 2010. Please follow the link below to find out more or to apply on-line.

Awards and Grants

Outstanding Student Employee Award
The new Outstanding Student Employee Award seeks to recognize the top 10% of the undergraduate student employees on the Twin Cities campus. These are students you employ who demonstrate skills and commitment that go above and beyond expectations. This award is also intended to recognize those students who demonstrate growth or a strong foundation in the Student Development Outcomes. All units/departments have the opportunity to select the recipients of this award from their own areas and based on their own selection process.

Students selected as Outstanding Student Employees will be receive a letter of recognition, a certificate of achievement and an invitation to a campus-wide student employee recognition event on April 26^th . More details are outlined below and available at http://selp.umn.edu/supervisor_resources.html.


Interdisciplinary Approaches to Reducing Health Disparities:
Where to go from Here
April 23, 2010, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Coffman Union Theater

This roundtable will explore strategies to reduce health disparities that target the underlying causes of health disparities in minority and low income populations. Special attention will be given to strategies that draw on perspectives from multiple disciplines.

Free and open to the public, please register online:

February 10, 2010

Engaging-U:February 8, 2010

Funding Opportunities

2010 Pilot Grants in Health Disparities Research
These grants are designed to encourage community-initiated research and foster sustainable long-term collaboration between community-based organizations and academic researchers on research projects focused on reducing and eliminating health disparities. Priority will be given to projects that have a high likelihood of leading to future funding by the National Institutes of Health, or other federal, state, or private funding agencies. Funding support for the 2010 pilot grants is provided by the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Masonic Cancer Center. In 2010, we expect to make 4-5 awards, ranging from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $25,000 in direct costs.

More information is online:

2010-2011 OIT Faculty Fellowship Program
This 18-month program fosters a multidisciplinary learning community that explores possibilities and best practices in technology-rich learning environments, produces scholarship in this area, generates organizational awareness, and advances faculty leadership around these issues.

In this iteration of the program, fellows will address the question, What are the conditions that promote or inhibit innovation and transformation in teaching and learning with technology? The results of our efforts should help our colleagues, colleges, and departments create conditions for positive change in the area of teaching and learning with technology.

Applicants' projects must be of strategic importance to the department and the college. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm, Friday March 5, 2010.

The program description and application materials are available through the following links:
Program Description: http://dmc.umn.edu/fellowship/
Call for Proposals: http://dmc.umn.edu/fellowship/2010/ffp-cfp10.pdf
Application Instructions: http://dmc.umn.edu/fellowship/2010/ffp-instructions10.pdf
Cover Sheet: http://dmc.umn.edu/fellowship/2010/ffp-cover10.docx

2010-2011 Faculty Interactive Research Program Grants
The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) invites proposals from regular faculty across the University of Minnesota for our Faculty Interactive Research Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage University faculty to carry out research projects that involve a significant issue of public policy for the state or its communities and that include interaction and engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota involved with the issue.

Each award will provide support for one month of the faculty member's time in the summer of 2010 and a half-time graduate research assistant for the 2010-2011 academic year. Limited support may be provided for miscellaneous research expenses.

For application procedures and more information, visit http://www.cura.umn.edu/Programs/FIRP/announce.php. Completed applications must be received in the CURA office by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Grant recipients will be notified in April.

RSVP Funding Will Expand Program To New Communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) today that will provide grant funding to launch new RSVP projects - service projects that recruit volunteers ages 55 and over - in communities not served and expand existing service programs.

The RSVP NOFA totals $2.7 million in new funding that will be made available through a national competition to grow the number of RSVP volunteers through a combination of new grants in communities not served by RSVP volunteers and an expansion of existing grants. In Fiscal 2009, RSVP volunteers mentored more than 103,000 children and youth, provided a range of independent living services for more than 600,000 frail seniors, and recruited and coordinated nearly 44,000 community volunteers.

Submission of a Concept Paper is required. Applicants submitting successful Concept Papers will be invited to submit full applications. The Concept Paper deadline is February 22, 2010, 5:00 PM EST. The deadline for applications is April 6, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT. Successful applicants will be notified by August 20. Click here to read the entire NOFA, and for further information, email PNS@cns.gov or call 202.606.3225. Concept Papers and applications should be submitted to https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp.

Professional Development

Together We Make a Difference: An Inclusive Service Learning Curriculum for Elementary Learners With and Without Disabilities, has just been released by the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, and the National Inclusion Project. This innovative curriculum provides educators and youth workers with a new tool for engaging all elementary-age learners in service learning. Its research-based activities guide instructors in helping children with and without disabilities become partners in planning and carrying out service learning projects. At the same time it helps teach social and life skills to children of all abilities, meet education standards in a variety of academic areas, and challenge stereotypes about young people with disabilities.

For more information and to preview sections of the curriculum visit the Institute's Web site at http://ici.umn.edu/products/curricula.html#isl, or call 612-624-4512.