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April 29, 2011

Assessing the Impact of Our Engaged Work: Impact on Faculty


Community-Campus Network presents: "Assessing the Impact of Our Engaged Work: Impact on Faculty" led by Cathy Jordan, Children Youth and Family Consortium. This event will be held May 4th, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at 717 Delaware in Conference Room 105. RSVP to axtel002@umn.edu

Please join us for our whole series on assessing the impact of our engaged work:

June 1: Assessing the Impact of Our Engaged Work: Impact on the University, led by David Weerts and Sara Axtell (717 Delaware, room 105)

April 26, 2011

Event: The Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities Research


The Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities Research continues on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 with Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland in College Park. This event will be held at Mayo Auditorium from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and will be broadcast to 160 Life Science on the Duluth campus.

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, is professor of Health Services Administration at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland in College Park. One of the nation's leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, Dr. Thomas has applied his expertise to address a variety of conditions from which minorities generally face far poorer outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and HIV/AIDS. He is principal investigator of the Research Center of Excellence on Minority Health Disparities, funded by the NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He is also principal investigator of the NIH National Bioethics Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers awarded in 2009.

Lunch will be provided for the first 50 guests and registration is not required. Parking will be validated from the East River Parkway Garage. Please note, Washington Avenue may be closed due to construction on this day.

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Event: Service-Learning, Character Development, and Pre-Service Teacher Education: Trends in Singapore

The College of Education and Human Development presents, Service-Learning, Character Development, and Pre-Service Teacher Education: Trends in Singapore on Monday, May 2nd, 2011 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM in Peik Hall 40.

Keynote speaker is Robert Shumer, Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse at the U of MN and Research Associate in CEHD.

The Ministry of Education in Singapore introduced the Community Involvement Programme (CIP) in 1997 in an effort to promote learning, values, and skills. Since 2004 the National Institute of Education introduced a mandatory course in their teacher education system, Group Endeavors in Service Learning (GESL), where every student teacher is required to do a group project with the community. In this presentation Robert Shumer describes his experiences in Singapore for the past three years, culminating in a study of the GESL program. The conversation will focus on the current thinking and practices involving service-learning /character education in pre-service teacher education in Singapore and implications for similar efforts in other countries, including the US.

As a Research Associate, Robert Shumer's work addresses topics related to service, participatory evaluation, and career/technical education. He is currently the internal evaluator for the National Research Center on Career and Technical Education, a consortium of universities (including the U of MN) studying issues related to career development and vocational training.

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Aryn Baxter (baxte085@umn.edu)

April 22, 2011

Event: Institute of Advanced Study

Creating intellectual community across and beyond the boundaries of the University, The Institute for Advanced Study presents a wide arrange of events free and open to the public unless otherwise noted:

Mapping Digital Brain Drain
Writing Studies presentation by Rick Duque
Thursday, April 28, 12 p.m., 125 Nolte Center

Broader Impacts & Engagement Expo
Thursday, April 28, 3:30 p.m., Atrium, Learning & Environmental Sciences

Food Systems in Healthcare: Case of Fletcher Allen, VT
New Food Regionalism presentation by Diane Imre
Thursday, April 28, 3:45 p.m., Library Rotunda , UM-Duluth

Resilient Technologies, Resilient Knowledge Communities, Resilient Cultures
Abundance & Scarcity/Thursdays at Four roundtable with Rick Duque, Isabella Wagner, and Sonja Weber
Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m., 125 Nolte Center

Image/Word/Object: Media, Nature, and Distance in the Early Modern World
Theorizing Early Modern Studies presentation by Daniela Bleichmar
Thursday, April 28, 5 p.m., 235 Nolte Center

Practicing Science, Technology, and Rhetoric: The North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order
Colloquium on Technology, Culture, & Communication
Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Rarig Center Studio E
Seating is limited and participation limited to registrants. Email blongo@umn.edu to register.

For a complete list of events offered visit: http://www.ias.umn.edu/calendar.php

April 11, 2011

Class: Engaging the Public in Policy and Planning PA5990/PA8081

Now Enrolling: Engaging the Public in Policy and Planning: PA 5990/PA8081 "The CHANCE Course"


The CHANCE course is a year-long, student-created course with a focus on the Cedar Riverside neighborhood and community-based research. Student capstone projects are developed jointly by students and Cedar Riverside community members. Our goal is to provide public policy information and ideas for investment in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Chance

CHANCE seeks to build the capacity of neighborhood stakeholders through collaboration on community-based research which produces information needed to deepen work and build connections among programs. Simultaneously, the course offers students a practical experience to develop professional skills while applying their learning to benefit our neighborhood.

In past years student research has successfully addressed community safety issues, neighborhood arts collaboration, advocacy for neighborhood parks and much more.

For further information on the course feel free to check out the flier: http://www.leadership.umn.edu/education/documents/CHANCEcourseflyer2011-12.pdf

And the CHANCE website: http://www.leadership.umn.edu/student_initiatives/chance/about.html

Event: Community Based Participartory Research in Social Work

Community Based Participatory Research in Social Work
Friday, April 15, 2011
12:30 - 3:00
Peters Hall Room 39
Refreshments/CEUs Provided

This workshop will introduce students, faculty, social work practitioners and community members to the basics of community based participatory research methods. A CBPR practitioner panel will also present four University of Minnesota School of Social Work/community CBPR projects:

* Homelessness in Immigrant and Refugee Communities (Dave Hollister, SSW & Lisa Thornquist, Hennepin County)
* Asset Mapping to Reduce Health Disparities (Liz Lightfoot & Terry Lum, SSW, Amano Dube & Jennifer Blevins, Brian Coyle Center)
* Health Care in Vietnamese Communities (Hee Yun Lee, SSW)
* Mental Health in Refugee Communities (Patricia Shannon, SSW)

Free, but please register by April 13th, by sending email to cbpr@umn.edu.

April 8, 2011

Grant: The Center for Personalized Prevention Research

The Center for Personalized Prevention Research (CPPR) in Children's Mental Health at the University Of Minnesota is pleased to announce it's Collaborative Grants Program. These grants are designed to support pilot research projects addressing important children's mental health prevention/early intervention issues identified by communities in Minnesota. Letters of Interest are requested from community organizations by Wednesday, May 4th, 2011. The full program announcement is attached. Details are also available on the CPPR website - www.cppr.umn.edu

There will be an optional pre-application workshop on April 18th from 3:00 - 4:45 pm at the University Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC), Room 107 - 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Event: Broader Impacts & Engagement Expo


The Broader Impacts & Engagement Expo is an opportunity for University of Minnesota research community to learn more about current modes of public engagement and broader impacts on funded proposals through discussions, presentations and demonstrations. The Expo is an effort among the members of the Broader Impact & Engagement Collaboration: Institute on the Environment, STEM Education Center, LT media.lab, Bell Museum, Science Museum of Minnesota, and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. Through our Expo, these groups seek to assist researchers in creating broader impacts as a key portion of grant proposals and provide collaboration on the public engagement component of projects. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded!

Broader Impacts & Engagement Expo will be held Apil 28th, 2011 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm in the Learning & Environmental Sciences building on the St. Paul campus.

For more information visit:

April 4, 2011

Applications: University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute Community Engagement Grants

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The University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute is requesting applications for community engagement grants to fund innovative community-university partnerships related to food, nutrition and health. Projects should include participatory action research, or other creative strategies for addressing community-identified problems by bringing together academic and community partners. Both academic and community knowledge systems should be honored in these partnerships.

Proposals should seek to transform communities by producing information that will enable a community to improve its overall health. To that end, funding may be used for traditional research projects or community-based programs that are rigorously evaluated.

Priority will be given to proposals that clearly incorporate community involvement and leadership at all stages, produce outcomes that are useful to and may lead to positive health impacts for the participating community, and clearly incorporate rigorous evaluation. Projects should be interdisciplinary and innovative in approach, have a high potential health impact, and include utilization of new collaborations or new strategies. They should be well-organized, quality proposals with potential for sustainability.

The grants to be funded must grow out of authentic partnerships between community and academic entities. Projects should exemplify shared power and shared governance (e.g., a transformative process). There should be Co-Principal Investigators, one from the community and one from the university, and the roles of each must be clearly described. The community partner can be a community-serving group, agency, or organization.

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Event: Assessing the Impact of Our Engaged Work: Impact on Students

Community-Campus Network presents:
Assessing the Impact of Our Engaged Work: Impact on Students
Led by Laurel Hirt and Monica Siems, Community Service-Learning Center

April 6, 12-1:30
717 Delaware, room 105
RSVP to axtel002@umn.edu

Please join us for our whole series on assessing the impact of our engaged work:

May 4: Assessing the Impact of Our Engaged Work: Impact on Faculty, led by Cathy Jordan (717 Delaware, room 105)
June 1: Assessing the Impact of Our Engaged Work: Impact on the University, led by David Weerts and Sara Axtell (717 Delaware, room 105)

For more information please visit: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/717Del/

Award: Awards for University of Minnesota Women

We invite you to submit nominations for the following awards that honor the engagement, contributions, and leadership of University women.

* Civil Service/Bargaining Unit (CSBU) Staff Award: This award recognizes a CSBU staff member who has made outstanding contributions to improve the work environment for CSBU employees at the University of Minnesota ($1500 for professional development). This award is funded by the Women's Center and Office of Human Resources.

* Distinguished Women Scholar (DWS) Award: Two awards of $5,000. Info will follow soon. Nominations will be due on Monday, May 30th, 2011. These awards are funded by Faculty and Academic Affairs.

* Mullen-Spector-Truax Leadership for Women Award: This annual award recognizes a woman staff or faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to women's leadership development at the University of Minnesota. The award ($1500 for professional development), funded by the Mullen/Spector/Truax Endowment for Women's Leadership Development and the Women's Center, is named for these women (Pat Mullen, Janet Spector, and Anne Truax) whose work on behalf of University women spanned many years.

* Sharon Doherty Woman Student Leader Award: Two awards (fees and travel to national women student leadership conference) will be given to the recipient to be used in support of attendance at a national leadership conference. Given to a female graduate or undergraduate student on the University's Twin Cities campus who has contributed outstanding volunteer service regarding women's issues on campus or in the broader community. This award is funded by the Women's Center. Award deadline has been extended to Friday, April 8th, 2011.

Any University person or group may submit one or more nominations. Individuals may also self-nominate for all of the awards.Nomination materials must be received by 4:30 PM, Friday, April 22, 2011 .

For more information and nomination directions for each award visit: