October 2011 Archives

Henning Happy Hour in the Daily

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The Daily covered the Henning Happy Hour with Dean Henning Schroeder that COGS hosted. Check it out!

Henning Happy Hour, Wednesday, October 26

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Come to Stub and Herbs tomorrow to talk with Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education Henning Schroeder. The happy hour will be from 5:30-6:30.

Hope to see you there!

November 10 Program Evaluation Workshop

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What efforts are underway to improve the quality of graduate education at the University of Minnesota? How can programs involve faculty and students in program assessment to improve the graduate education experience? What can we learn from the University's participation in national initiatives? This workshop will engage faculty, staff and graduate students interested in learning more about different efforts at the collegiate and program levels focused on changing the way we understand and conduct program evaluation.

For more information and to register, see the workshop web site. The workshop will be broadcast via interactive television to participants on the Duluth Campus.

PhD Comics Movie Tickets Now Available

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See our website on how to get tickets to the PhD Comics Movie screening that COGS is hosting: http://www.cogs.umn.edu/events.html

Bike Safety on Campus

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Sargent James Nystrom of UMPD spoke at the recent GA meeting on bike safety on campus. He gave a few resources that might be of help to bikers in dealing with construction on campus and changes in bike paths. See the Parking and Transportation Services website for tips on biker safety: http://www1.umn.edu/pts/bike/index.html

Also, see this helpful map for approved bike paths on campus. These are likely to change frequently as the LRT construction project proceeds, so be sure to check back.

New Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

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From the Office of President Kaler:

Dear members of the U of M community,

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Karen Hanson will be the University of Minnesota's new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, pending approval by the Board of Regents. Dr. Hanson has served as the provost and executive vice president at Indiana University Bloomington since 2007. She, like me, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, receiving her bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and mathematics from the Twin Cities campus in 1970. She received her doctorate in philosophy from Harvard in 1980. View here curriculum vitae online (scroll down on the page to see it).

With Dr. Hanson as provost, we get the spectacular combination of a leader with a strong academic record and someone who has honed her skills as a seasoned administrator. Her experience at another Big Ten and AAU institution demonstrates she's ready to take on the challenges facing the U. I am especially pleased that Dr. Hanson comes here with a stellar disciplinary background in philosophy and the broader humanities, which complements my background as a scientist and chemical engineer. I couldn't be more excited to welcome her back to the U.

Dr. Hanson will begin in her new position on February 1, 2012. Tom Sullivan will stay on as provost until then. I want to thank Tom for his many years of service and for agreeing to continue to serve until Dr. Hanson arrives. I also want to thank the provost search committee, and especially Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy for chairing this process. Lastly, I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the on-campus forums, who watched them online, or who filled out the online evaluations of the finalists. I am exceptionally pleased with the end result, and I look forward to working with Dr. Hanson, the rest of my leadership team, and, indeed, all of you to continue to strengthen this great university.


Eric W. Kaler

Open Access Week Events

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Graduate Student Scholars Discuss the Future of Scholarship

Grad student scholars discuss their experiences in open access publishing, editing open access journals, producing open educational resources, and more! Panelists include: Alfonso Sintjago, Ph D student in Comparative International Development Education;Megan Corbin, PhD student in Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Wednesday 10/28 - pizza at 4:30 pm, panel at 5pm
Andersen Library Rm 120

Open Access Publishing: Making your Work Available to the World

Discover how to take advantage of open access publishing, which makes your scholarly work available to the broadest audience possible. We will explore journals that are partly or fully open access, plus what you are able to do with previously published work.
Mon, 10/24/2011 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
310 Walter Library

Decorate your space, give away goodies!

Open Access Week posters with UM logos, as well as bookmarks, are available at http://z.umn.edu/umnoaposters

We also have pens, buttons, and stickers to give away - contact one of the Open Access Week planners if you would like some to give away yourself, or pick some up at the COGS meeting on October 12th!

AAAS Fellowship Info Session

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will host an information session on the Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. This meeting is scheduled for October 12 from 4-5pm in Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) 2-122. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Robyn Kennedy by October 5th (kenne370@umn.edu) so enough refreshments and food can be provided.

Sage Russell, Deputy Director of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, is planning to visit campus on October 12 to talk about the Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This is a post-graduate level fellowship opportunity.

This would be a great opportunity for graduate and postdoctoral students. Since 1973, more than 2,200 scientists and engineers have contributed their analytical skills to policymaking in Washington, DC, while learning about the role of science in the federal government. Career-enhancing opportunities are available in more than 30 Congressional offices and 15 federal agencies for science and engineering professionals at all career stages.

Applicants must be US citizens and hold a terminal degree (PhD, MD, DVM, etc.) in any scientific discipline, or a master's degree in engineering with three years of post-degree experience. Visit the AAAS Fellowships website for more information.

Travel Awards for Female Graduate Students

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Below is information about travel awards for female graduate students.

Xi Chapter, Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science

Annual Travel Awards, 2011-2012

Agnes Hansen Award - Applications due October 28th, 2011

Xi Chapter of Sigma Delta Epsilon has established awards in memory of Agnes Hansen and Mary Haga. These awards are given to defray some of the costs that female graduate students incur while traveling to national or other major scientific meetings where they are presenting the results of their research.

Any female graduate student in Minnesota engaged in scientific research is eligible to apply but, other factors being equal, preference will be given to active members of Xi Chapter. The applicant should have limited other support for attending scientific meetings. The funds may be used for travel expenses and registration fees, not for room and board. The usual award is in the range of $200 to $300. A notice of abstract acceptance must be provided before disbursement of the award. Your meeting must take place after the award deadline, not before. To apply for the award, please submit the following:

1. A cover letter stating the reasons (both scientific and financial) you want this award, and listing previous presentations at national or major meetings. If this will be your first meeting, please indicate this. Include an itemized estimate of your registration and travel expenses only for the meeting. (Room and board cannot be funded.) Please indicate whether you will be traveling by auto, train, bus, or plane, and any travel restrictions that apply. Include the meeting location and dates. If you are a member of Xi Chapter, SDE, please note this. Also include the name and email address of the advisor sending your recommendation letter (see below).
2. A brief resume or curriculum vitae describing your educational and scientific training, honors, awards, membership in scientific, professional, or honor organizations, and scientific publications (if any). Include all degrees and dates they were awarded or are expected, and how many years you have been in your program.
3. A copy of the abstract of the work you have submitted for presentation, on an official meeting abstract form if possible. Include a copy of the official letter of acceptance if you have one, or state when you expect to be notified of the abstract's acceptance or rejection.
4. A brief description of the data being presented that can be understood by someone from another discipline, no more than one page in length, double-spaced. Area-specific jargon should be avoided or explained. Include: how the data were collected, type of data, and your specific contribution if it's a collaborative effort.
5. A letter of recommendation from your advisor confirming your intent to participate in the meeting, commenting on your technical ability and potential, and listing any other financial support that would be available from the department or research grants for travel to this meeting. Please have your advisor email this letter directly to rrduda@mmm.com, preferably as a pdf document, by the application deadline.

Recipients of these awards will be expected to provide a personal thank you letter to the awarding family, and to submit a brief written report about their experience at the meeting. The report or summary may be published in the newsletter and website and will be made available to the membership of SDE and to the donor(s) of the award funds. In addition, the awardee should expect to be asked to present their research at one of the monthly SDE meetings. The awards will be made based on both scientific merit and financial need. Submit items 1-4 listed above as one document, Word or pdf (preferred). Please email questions and/or your complete application to:
RuthAnn Riel Duda

For more information about the Xi Chapter of Graduate Women in Science, visit our website: www.xi.gwis.org

Exciting Writing Challenge

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A collaboration between the Center for Teaching and Learning and the University of Salford has led to this new venue where you can practice writing, receive feedback, and netowrk and share feedback with others. Check it out!

The Writing Researcher is a new open activity blog that aims to bring researchers from different disciplines, institutions and countries together to share their writing and provide peer-feedback in a rather informal, friendly environment.

As it reads on the blog set up for the project, The Writing Researcher: Inspiration, Creativity, Fluency aims to:

1. promote and support writing and writing researchers in creative, scholarly & collaborative ways,

2. encourage discussion and peer feedback in an online, shared environment,

3. establish an international, interdisciplinary, intercultural peer network.

As a base for the blog, every two weeks a new writing challenge will be posted via the blog using a meme (theme) so that there is a common topic that spark participants' writing and discussion with other writing researchers.

Participants may enter into the discussion from existing blogs or start a blog within the Virtual Doctoral School, which is hosting the Writing Researcher forum. Wherever the writing or talking about the prompts happens, we are asking writers to use the #WResearcher tag

The first meme has already been launched as the sharing of writing and discussions starts on Monday. Expect the project moderators to contribute to the pool of shared writing too. They are not only challenging you; we are challenging ourselves, too!

To learn more about how the Writing Researcher works please link to the How section of the Writing Researcher site.

We look forward to writing with you! #WResearcher - if you have questions, please visit the Writing Researcher or to send them directly to Ilene,

Dr. Ilene D. Alexander, University of Minnesota, Center for Teaching & Learning
Cristina Costa, University of Salford, Research Technologies Development Officer

Graduate and Professional School Day

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Graduate and Professional School Day

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Great Hall, Coffman Union

More than 100 graduate and professional programs from throughout the country will be represented at the University of Minnesota's Graduate and Professional School Day. This free, University-wide event provides students the opportunity to speak with representatives from law, business, education, health sciences and a variety of other graduate and professional programs. The event will also feature helpful workshops on "How to Apply" and "Funding Graduate and Professional School." This annual event is coordinated by CLA Career Services.

For more information, go to www.clacareer.umn.edu/GSD or check out the flyer: Flyer-GSD-2011.pdf

Graduate School Session on Program Evaluation

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Strengthening graduate education through ongoing evaluation: Challenges and opportunities

Hosted by the Graduate School

Thursday, November 10, 2011
2:30 - 4:30 pm

Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union, Twin Cities Campus

What efforts are underway to improve the quality of graduate education at the University of Minnesota? How can programs involve faculty and students in program assessment to improve the graduate education experience? What can we learn from the University's participation in national initiatives? This workshop will engage faculty, staff and graduate students interested in learning more about different efforts at the collegiate and program levels focused on changing the way we understand and conduct program evaluation.

Additional details and registration information will be available in October.

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