The wide reach of university research
From new technology to better medical practices, university research contributes to nearly every aspect of society. "Inquiry: Exploring University Research" set out to explore just how important research is by posing the question, Why university research? The Twitter community responded with hundreds of examples demonstrating how universities' scientific and technological advances have addressed global challenges and improved the well-being of society.
Blind cave fish and human health
Blind cave fish may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to understanding human sight, but a U of M study indicates they may have quite a bit to teach us about the causes of many human ailments, including those that result in loss of sight. Genetic analysis of the tiny fish could aid research on retinal disease, metabolic disturbances, and sleep disorders.
Peter Igarashi named Head of the Department of Medicine
Peter Igarashi has been named as the next Nesbitt Chair and Head of the Department of Medicine. Igarashi comes from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he currently holds the Robert Tucker Hayes Distinguished Chair in Nephrology, is a professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Nephrology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and directs the UT Southwestern O’Brien Kidney Research Core Center.
U.S. DOE awards CARLA $750,000
The University's Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) has been awarded its seventh round of funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Center (LRC) program; the grant totals more than $750,000 over the next four years. The purpose of the competitive Title VI LRC grant program is to establish, strengthen and operate centers to improve the nation’s capacity for teaching foreign languages. CARLA is one of only 16 centers in the country funded by the prestigious program.
Distinguished Young Pharmacist
Keri Hager was awarded the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award from the Minnesota Pharmacists Association. The award recognizes her contributions to patient care, leadership in and outside pharmacy, and her community service.
Steve Schondelmeyer received the Harold R. Popp award for Outstanding Service from the Minnesota Pharmacists Association. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the association.
U in the News
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder surprised the crowd at the Xcel Energy Center by introducing Jakub Tolar from the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital; Bob McMaster and Board of Regents Chair Richard Beeson were interviewed in the Minnesota Daily for a story about out-of-state tuition; campus fungal research is mushrooming, say professors David McLaughlin and Jonathan Schilling in the Minnesota Daily.
Autumn Fun at the Arboretum
Upcoming events and exhibits at the U of M Landscape Arboretum include Ghouls & Goblins on Oct. 25; a Spooktacular Concert on Oct. 26, "Scarecrows in the Garden" through Oct. 26, and Ar-BOO-retum on Oct. 31.
Role of the environment in MN elections
The role of the environment in this year's Minnesota elections will be the next topic of the Institute on the Environment's Frontiers lecture series, featuring David Gillette, special correspondent, Twin Cities Public Television; Amy Koch, small business owner and former Minnesota Senate majority leader; and Mark Andrew, president, Greenmark. Oct. 29, noon-1 p.m., R-380 Learning and Environmental Sciences, St. Paul, and online via UMConnect.
Professional Development Day
Advising will be the focus during Professional Development Day on Oct. 24. Classes are excused for the day, and all faculty and staff are invited to take part. All sessions will be held in Bede Ballroom.
UMTC health educators to visit campus
A delegation from the UMTC Medical School and the School of Nursing will visit the UMC campus Oct. 23. The group will include Connie Delaney, dean of the School of Nursing; Christine Mueller, associate dean, School of Nursing; Laurissa Stigen, coordinator, School of Nursing; and Simone Gbolo, director of the Minnesota Future Doctors Program at the Medical School. The delegation will meet with faculty and students interested in pursuing graduate or professional education.
Alumni publication digitized
The UMC Library recently finished digitizing the complete run of the alumni publication The Torch. The Torch was first published in 1977 and continues today. Issues can be searched either by keyword or page by page.
Torch & Shield Recognition
The 2014 Torch & Shield Award recognition will be held Oct. 29, and will honor Susan Hagstrum, Peter Wasberg, and the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council. Reception at 5 p.m. program at 6 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The event also honors individuals and businesses who have supported UMC through their lifetime.
Large Lakes Observatory study
Scientists from the Large Lakes Observatory are studying an array of factors below the surface of Lake Superior simultaneously--something that hasn't been done before. The team is gathering data on nutrients, pH, carbon, oxygen, temperature, particle abundances and composition, and more. The $600,000 project is funded by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
CEHSP Inducts Distinguished Alumni
The College of Education and Human Service Professions recently honored five of its alumni: Marla Halvorson, Dept. of Psychology; John Hatten, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Julia "Bunny" Jaakola, Dept. of Social Work; Eric Kaiser, Dept. of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; and Beatrice Ojakangas, Dept. of Education. Each was honored for achievements in their respective careers.
Minnesota Sea Grant shares national award
The Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs won the Research to Application Award at a recent biennial national conference. Together, the programs worked with Port of Duluth-Superior managers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Navy, and various university researchers to uncover the cause of and solutions to an accelerated rate of corrosion in the port. Prescribed fixes are estimated to save at least $120 million in pier, wall, and piling replacement costs.
Visual Culture Lecture Series
Fine artist Dolores Purdy, a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series Oct. 28, 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall. Infused with humor and color, her ledger art pieces appear in several galleries around the country. Free and open to the public.
UMM and carbon neutrality
Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson recently discussed UMM's efforts to reach carbon neutrality on National Public Radio's "Here and Now." She and host Robin Young also addressed the campus's environmentally sustainable architecture and its onsite energy production initiatives.
Latterell Visiting Alumni Lecture
Kathryn Sullivan Montovan '05, assistant professor of math at Bennington College, will deliver the 2014 Latterell Visiting Alumni Lecture, "When less is more: Using mathematical modeling to explain why a wasp in Finland parasitizes its host at a surprisingly low rate," Nov. 3, 7 p.m., 1020 Science.
The Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery will present Eloisa Ibarra's "Seeds of Babel" and Michon Weeks's "Wheel Within a Wheel." The exhibits run Oct. 30-Nov. 26. An opening reception will be held Oct. 30. For more information, email Michael Eble, gallery curator.
University Services Star Performer Award nominations
Nominations are now open for the annual University Services Star Performer Awards. Star Performer Awards recognize individuals or work groups in University Services who go above and beyond the call of duty and provide great service to the U community. Nominations are welcome from all members of the University community, with a deadline of Nov. 7.
Creating Content Designed for Social Media
Anthony Ongaro, marketing director at Nice Ride Minnesota, has worked on every aspect of social media, from brand strategy to content creation. Join him to discuss the importance of creating social media-specific content and how to make sure your followers see it. Oct. 23, 10-11 a.m., 133 Tate.
Learn about emerging digital tools
Register for an event in the Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities (DASH) Workshop Series to learn about emerging digital tools and how they might apply to your work, research, or teaching. Upcoming workshops: Digital Pedagogy, Oct. 24, 9-11 a.m.; Media Production and Post-Production, Oct. 31, 9-11 a.m., both in 101 Walter Library.
Take a Break at Cirque De-Stress
Tame your stress at Cirque De-Stress Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. Catch circus acts on the hour, pet therapy animals, and learn about stress management resources. Free and open to faculty, staff, and students.
Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture
The Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture Series will feature U of M Health Dean Brooks Jackson Oct. 29, noon-1 p.m., 2-690 Moos Tower. Dean Jackson will give an overview of his research on the prevention of maternal-fetal transmission of HIV. Free and open to the public.
Juhla!: 150 years of Finnish immigration
Join University Libraries for an event to celebrate the opening of the archival exhibit "Juhla!: Celebrating 150 years of Finnish immigration to Minnesota" Oct. 30, 4 p.m. Andersen Library. The event also closes the symposium "From Emigration to Immigration: Historical and Contemporary Finland."
The science behind simple toys
"Toy Models," an IMA public lecture, will feature Tadashi Tokieda, director of studies in mathematics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He will demonstrate and discuss the science behind simple toys that you can find or make in minutes, yet which, if played with imaginatively, reveal surprises that will keep you puzzling. Oct. 30, 7 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower. Free and open to the public.
Women Impacting Healthcare conference
Women Impacting Healthcare: Thriving As Leaders is a collaborative opportunity for women across the entire spectrum of health care professions to gather, continue their leadership journey, and network with colleagues to build a better patient experience. Nov. 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, known by scientists as HeLa, whose cells have played a major role in important scientific and medical advancements. Though HeLa cells have generated millions of dollars for the medical industry, the Lacks family has seen no compensation. This book raises critical questions about race, ethics, and scientific discovery. Join author Rebecca Skloot in conversation Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Free and open to the public. A special event on Nov. 14, 9:45-11:30 a.m., Northrop, will feature a conversation with members of the Lacks Family and Ruth Faden.
Global Health Day
The first annual Global Health Day at the University of Minnesota will take place Nov. 21, Best Buy Theater, Northrop. Abstracts for the Global Health poster competition are due Oct. 27, with submissions for the photo contest due Nov. 3.
UMTC Featured Events
Framing Los Angeles, 1960: Case Study House #22 and the Photography of Whiteness. A talk by Dianne Harris (Oct. 23)
U of MN Food Day 2014 (Oct. 24)
Saturday with a Scientist: The Engineer's Sandbox (Oct. 25)
For a Limited Time Only (Oct. 26)
U-Spatial's GIS 101: Analyzing Data and Creating Maps (Oct. 27)
Berkshire Beyond Buffett Author Event (Oct. 29)
Board of Regents meeting highlights
The Board of Regents approved the U's biennial legislative budget request, the 2015 state capital budget request, and the UMTC campus strategic plan at its October meeting. Regents also heard that the U's focus on improving the student experience over the past decade has led to record high first-year retention rates--92.6 percent on the UMTC campus in 2013-14. Additionally, Regents heard a report from the U of M Foundation that more than 75,500 donors provided $282 million to the University of Minnesota in FY2014, making it the second highest philanthropic total ever.
Take the E2 Employee Engagement Survey
The second annual E2 Employee Engagement Survey opened Oct. 13 and is an opportunity for faculty and staff to have their voices heard. Look for an email from Hay Group, the U's engagement survey vendor, sent to benefits-eligible faculty and staff on all campuses. If you don't see it, use the Gmail search bar with the terms "in:anywhere" and "engagement" to find it. Complete the survey by Oct. 31. Online resources are also available, including a fact sheet, flyer, FAQs, and the current response rate by college or unit.
Boosting MN's renewable energy
Renewable energies are on the rise in Minnesota, increasingly contributing to the state's energy supply. The portion of the state's energy generated from wind is rapidly growing--up to almost 13 percent today from 3 percent in 2005--and its solar potential matches portions of Florida and Texas, according to the state Department of Commerce. As renewable energies continue to expand, a team of U of M experts is researching new ways to integrate them into the power grid.
Masonic Charities donates $25 Million
The U of M Children's Hospital has been renamed in honor of Minnesota Masonic Charities. The give makes Masonic Charities the single largest donor to the University.
Minnesota Masonic Charities has made public a new gift of $25 million in support of pediatric research and care delivery. In recognition of the legacy of support provided by the Masons to the University of Minnesota, the U is renaming the children's hospital the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
The new gift, when added to the $75 million in gifts to support cancer research and care since 2008 and additional gifts made over the last six decades, brings the Masons' total support of the University to more than $125 million.
Osterholm named McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Health
School of Public Health Professor Michael Osterholm has been appointed a McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Health, one of the University's highest faculty honors.
The Presidential Chair acknowledges the critical contributions of important University faculty who have distinguished themselves and their schools in the missions of research, education, and public engagement.
Medical School Wall of Scholarship Reception
The Medical School will host a public reception to commemorate the new Medical School Wall of Scholarship and its 23 inaugural honorees on Oct. 23, 5-6 p.m., Phillips Wangensteen bldg. A brief program will feature comments from President Eric Kaler, Provost Karen Hanson, VP for Research Brian Herman, and Health Dean Brooks Jackson. Light refreshments will be served.