U of M Brief - November 19, 2014
PeopleSoft changes: Reports
In February 2015, the PeopleSoft upgrade will usher in a new Reporting Center that consolidates UM Reports, UM Analytics, and PeopleSoft reports. Some infrequently used UM Reports will go away, and some will have different names and content. UM Reports favorites and bookmarks will not transfer, so save a list for your reference. During a one- to two-week system cutover period in February, most UM Reports will be view-only with static data. Learn the details about what is changing or watch a short video on the new Reporting Center. Sign up for "The Upgrade" newsletter to stay informed.
Treating diabetes with beneficial bacteria
In place of drugs or surgery, a team of MnDRIVE researchers are studying how to improve diabetes patients' insulin sensitivity by introducing trillions of beneficial bacteria into their small intestines. Results from clinical trials will likely lead to the development of similar therapies for other diseases as well.
Kreitzer named co-editor of Global Advances in Health and Medicine
School of Nursing Professor and Director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing Mary Jo Kreitzer has been named co-editor in chief of Global Advances in Health and Medicine.
Pfeiffer elected to International Federation of Infection Control Board
School of Nursing Clinical Associate Professor Jeanne Pfeiffer was elected to the International Federation of Infection Control Board, representing the United States, Canada, Japan, Israel, New Zealand and Australia.
Gary Balas has passed away
"Distinguished McKnight University Professor Gary Balas, former Head of the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department, passed away on November 12, 2014. A memorial gathering in his honor will be held on December 3rd from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at the Campus Club in the West Wing, located on the fourth floor of Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455."
UMN in the News
Alan Hirsch talks with the St. Cloud Times about aspirin and decreasing the number of yearly heart attacks in Minnesota; U of M historian Ann Pflaum, Professor Rose Brewer, and David Hamlar spoke on Veterans Day with the Star Tribune about how the GI Bill gave Minnesota veterans a path to the middle class; David Lee comments at WCCO on how to budget for medical care for your dog; Liqiang Chen talked with the MN Daily about a chemical discovery that could ease Parkinson's disease; a plant-based diet is best for the planet, shows research by Professor David Tilman, who is interviewed in Time magazine; CSE Professor Jim Kakalios explains in Wired magazine the science of why no one can lift Thor's hammer.
Nov. 29 - Arboretum Winter Farmers Market
The U of M Landscape Arboretum will host an indoor Farmers Market featuring locally produced food items and gifts, such as meats, cheeses, honey, coffee, baked goods, soaps, and jewelry. During the market, Arboretum Executive Chef Scott Pampuch will do a chef's demo and the Arboretum restaurant will feature a lunch special. Oswald Visitor Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Nov. 16-21 - International Education Week
International Education Week will feature many events for faculty, staff, and students, including the International Market Nov. 19, 1-5 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. During A Day of Giving Nov. 20, shoes and clothes donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the International Lounge.
Nov. 19-22 – "Next to Normal" musical performance
The Music and Theater Department will perform the contemporary musical "Next to Normal" Nov. 19-21, 7 p.m., and Nov. 22, 2 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. A live orchestra supports the performance, which showcases the vocal talent of the six-member student cast.
Nov. 24 - Entrepreneurs' Luncheon
The Northwest Minnesota Foundation, along with the UMC Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, will sponsor an Entrepreneurs' Luncheon in the back room at RBJ's Restaurant, 1601 University Ave., noon.
Nov. 25 – Soup and Substance: Homelessness
The Office of Community Engagement will host Soup and Substance: Homelessness, featuring soup and conversation about social issues affecting the campus and community. Crookston Care and Share, 220 East 3rd St., noon-1 p.m. An optional tour will run from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Seawater 3 billion years ago
Associate Professor Sergei Katsev, a researcher at UMD's Large Lakes Observatory, and a team of scientists are looking at the water in Indonesia's Lake Matano for clues to the composition of seawater 3 billion years ago. Their research was recently published in the Nov. 7 issue of Science magazine.
Pearson Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology
LSBE Assistant Professor Abram Anders recently received the 2014 Pearson Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology from the Association for Business Communication (ABC). In the classes he teaches, Anders emphasizes collaboration, networking and technology use. In conjunction with the award, he will present a plenary session at ABC's 2015 conference.
Civic Engagement Award
Rachel Forsyth, from Community Action Duluth, received the Department of Social Work's "Outstanding MSW Field Supervisor and Civic Engagement Award." Two students in UMD's Master of Social Work program, who completed their field placements under Forsyth's supervision, nominated her for the honor.
AIA Design Excellence Award
The pickle barrel scuppers on the James I. Swenson Civil Engineering Building were honored with a Design Excellence Award at the American Institute of Architects "Designight 2014" in Chicago. Ross Barney Architects received the "Divine Detail Award."
Helping to extend the strawberry growing season
UMM's Center for Small Towns and Instructional and Media Technologies, the West Central Research and Outreach Center, and the U of M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences have partnered to address the needs of strawberry growers in the region. The groups came together to create a free, interactive e-book to help area strawberry growers extend their season.
Increasing local food availability
Faith Bradley has spent the semester collaborating with UMM and the Morris community as a Minnesota GreenCorps member. Part of the initiative's local foods track, Bradley aims to increase the availability of local foods in the community. She has been working with members of the Morris Healthy Eating initiative and the Office of Community Engagement.
Sustainability in Higher Ed conference
Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson, Sustainability Director Troy Goodnough, and students Jordan Wente '15, Martin Zais '15, Peter Kvale '16, and Katie Ledermann '17 recently traveled to Oregon for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education annual conference. With more than 2,100 participants, this is the largest gathering of higher education sustainability professionals and students in North America.
Dec. 2 - UMR CONNECTS
"Resilience through Arts and Narrative after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami" will feature Yuko Taniguchi, author and UMR writing instructor. In 2012 Taniguchi traveled to Tohoku to document the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Through a series of interviews she discovered a common thread: the role of art. Taniguchi will discuss how resilience and healing are connected to arts, narrative, and community engagement. The presentation will introduce the stories of Tohoku residents. 417 University Square, 7-8:30 p.m.
2015 Tony Diggs Excellence Awards nominations now open
Nov. 20 - Shakespeare in Love
For four centuries people have been trying to reconstruct Shakespeare's biography from his verses. What is the result? The next Thursdays at Four will feature Anatoly Liberman, professor of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, discussing Shakespeare in Love. Crosby Seminar Room, 4 p.m.
Nov. 21 - Integrating a Vendor Into Your Projects
The Project and Change Management Collaborators group will host a vendor-themed session that will allow you to ask independent business owners about technology solutions (software, security, and staffing) for project managers. The event features a Q&A panel with UpNet, YFI Technologies, and Xylo Technologies. 402 Walter Library, 9-10:30 a.m.
Nov. 21 - Critical Conversations: Muslim in Minnesota
Although a large number of recent immigrants to Minnesota are Muslim, Islam in the U.S. has a much longer history. "Muslim in Minnesota: Keeping the Faith, Dispelling Stereotypes, Achieving Success" will offer a greater knowledge and understanding about Islam and basic teachings of the Quran. Panelists: Cawo Abdi, assistant professor, Department of Sociology; Kishwar Bayunus, former Council of Trustees Chair and Women's Society President, current Muslim Women Speaker's Bureau, Islamic Center of Minnesota; Keith Ellison, U.S. Congressman; and Aasimkore Shabazz, U of M graduate student. 120 Andersen Library, 1:30-3 p.m.
Nov. 22 - Math and Science Family Fun Fair
Sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering, the Math and Science Family Fun Fair will feature fascinating activities, more than 30 hands-on exhibits, and entertaining presentations showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year's highlights include Physics Force shows, Energy and U shows, rockets, and robots. Coffman Union, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Dec. 2 - The Mystery of Writing
University Libraries hosts "The Mystery of Writing" with award-winning author Mary Logue. A lively interview led by soprano and Friends of the Libraries board member Maria Jette will reveal what sparks Logue's creativity. 120 Andersen Library, 7-9 p.m.
Dec. 4 - After Ferguson: Police brutality and citizen activism
The Sociology Department Diversity Committee will host a panel featuring U of M professors Rose Brewer and Michelle Phelp, and Communities United Against Police Brutality founder Michelle Gross. They will discuss the implications and lingering climate of Ferguson, MO. 1114 Social Sciences Building, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dec. 4 - New Directions in Medical Malpractice Reform
There is wide agreement that the medical malpractice system is dysfunctional, though political interest groups continue to clash about how best to reform it. Michelle Mello of Stanford Law School and Stanford Medical School will discuss the issue as this year's speaker for the Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine, co-sponsored by the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences; the Center for Bioethics; and the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science and Technology. McNamara Alumni Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Dec. 5 - Brain Fitness
The U of M Center on Aging will present "Brain Fitness: Can physical and mental exercise preserve your mind?" Presenters Fang Yu of the School of Nursing Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence and Mary Ann Schoenberger, director of the Southwest Senior Center, Volunteers of America-Minnesota will present the latest research on this critically important topic and answer your questions. Free, but registration is requested. D325 Mayo, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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U of M Brief - November 12, 2014
The Upgrade: PeopleSoft changes coming soon
In February the U will launch a massive upgrade of three PeopleSoft systems, which will affect nearly all faculty, staff, and students. Changes include a personalized MyU portal, consolidated reporting, and new processes. Subscribe to “The Upgrade” newsletter to stay informed. Short videos about the project are also available. See how the PeopleSoft Upgrade will affect students by attending one of several Student Experience Previews to be held on each campus.
Benefits Open Enrollment continues through Dec. 1
Enroll online through Employee Self-Service. Changes are effective Jan. 1. You need to make a change if you currently have Insights by Medica, the employee and spouse coverage tier, or same-sex domestic partner coverage. If you are satisfied with your current coverage choices, you do not need to re-enroll. However, to have an FSA account for 2015, you must re-enroll. Additional options this year: Add up to $25,000 of additional life insurance without evidence of good health; add or increase long-term disability; add up to $200 to your existing short-term disability; add child life insurance.
Jenny Laaser awarded $60,000 L'Oréal Fellowship
University of Minnesota chemistry researcher Jenny Laaser is one of only five recipients nationwide of the 2014 L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship, which recognizes U.S.-based female researchers for their outstanding contributions in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Recipients receive $60,000 each for their postdoctoral research.
Laaser, who completed her Ph.D. in physical chemistry last year, is conducting research that will impact future efforts to design gene therapies. Also active in the University’s Women in Science and Engineering group, Laaser helps lead “Cool Chemistry,” an outreach event that brings local middle school girls to campus for chemistry activities and demonstrations.
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grants
Four UMTC faculty have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grants to teach and/or conduct research abroad during the 2014-15 academic year: Nina Asher, Curriculum and Instruction, CEHD (India); Karlyn Eckman, Forest Resources, CFANS (India); Shalom Michaeli, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, Medical School (Finland); and Matthew Rahaim, Music, CLA (India).
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The GPS Alliance is the University’s campus representative for the program.
Patent roll call, fall 2014
Patents allow the most promising discoveries of today to become the game-changing innovations of tomorrow. A key milestone in the transition from the lab to the marketplace, patents protect the ownership of university technologies and grant them real-world applications to benefit society. Congratulations to University of Minnesota faculty who were recently awarded patents for their discoveries.
UMN in the News
Board of Regents Chair Richard Beeson writes in the Star Tribune about ways the U is addressing student debt; Taylor Hannah, Goldy Gopher’s coach, is interviewed in a WCCO story on getting to know Goldy; Susan Wolf comments in the Star Tribune on the genomic research versus privacy debate; U research is cited in “5 tips to stay healthy if you sit at a computer all day” in Time magazine; agricultural economist Michael Boland comments in Forbes on Cargill's plan to make the world's biggest food business even bigger; Michele Mazzocco is interviewed in The Atlantic in “Turning 3-year-olds into scientists.”
Wireless network reliability
Some Macintosh laptops upgraded from Mavericks (10.9) to Yosemite (10.10) cannot reliably connect to wireless networks. Users are strongly encouraged to wait for Apple to release its 10.10.1 patch before upgrading to Yosemite. Those who upgraded and are experiencing difficulties should contact Technology Help.
Effective ways to influence corporate environmental stewardship
The fall 2014 series of Frontiers in the Environment wraps up with a thought-provoking debate over the most effective ways to influence corporate environmental stewardship. It features Steve Polasky, IonE resident fellow, lead scientist of the Natural Capital Project; Amy Skoczlas Cole, VP for corporate social responsibility at Pentair; J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy; and Chris Lambe, managing director of Columbia University Earth Institute's Agriculture and Food Security Center. Nov. 19, noon-1 p.m., R-380 Learning and Environmental Sciences, St. Paul, and online via UMConnect.