Board of Regents meeting highlights
The Board of Regents reviewed a new faculty-driven strategic plan for the Twin Cities campus during its September meeting. Regents also discussed President Eric Kaler's proposed capital budget request and six-year capital plan, both of which prioritize future capital projects and academic planning. Additionally, Regents reviewed Kaler's recommended FY 2016-17 biennial budget request.
David Tilman receives 2014 Balzan Prize
University of Minnesota ecologist David Tilman has received a 2014 Balzan Prize in recognition of his outstanding scholarly contributions in ecology. The international award comes with an $800,000 prize, half of which is to support young researchers working with Tilman.
The Balzan Prize recognizes achievements in the humanities and natural sciences, as well as in advancing peace among humanity. Tilman was one of four scholars from around the world to receive the prize this year. Past recipients of the award include Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Tilman is Regents' Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, where he also serves as Director of the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.
Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014
George Family Foundation Honors Twin Cities Women Leaders
The George Family Foundation recognized Mary Jo Kreitzer, founder and director of the U of M Center for Spirituality & Healing, Lyndel King, director of the Weisman Art Museum, and Bobbi Daniels, U of M Physicians, as three of 84 exceptional women leaders making remarkable contributions to building the Twin Cities at its first-ever "Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders" event Sept. 16. The foundation also recognized U of M Regent Patricia Simmons.
The honor celebrates women who have served as CEO, board chair or president of large corporations, colleges and universities, government and nonprofit organizations, health care, and major arts organizations in the Twin Cities.
U in the News
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy director Michael Osterholm comments at CNN on the potential of Ebola to go airborne; Lauren Martin comments in the Star Tribune on her findings about juvenile sex trafficking in Minneapolis; Elizabeth Seaquist comments in The New York Times on averting diabetes before it takes hold; professor of medicine Kalpna Gupta comments in the Star Tribune on the hurdles of studying marijuana use; Center for Sustainable Polymers director Marc Hillmyer comments in the Star Tribune on the U's $20 million NSF grant.
Call for Nominations: Innovation Awards
The Office for Technology Commercialization, in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Research, is seeking nominations for the inaugural University of Minnesota Innovation Awards. The awards recognize the accomplishments of outstanding University innovators who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, are actively engaged in developing new innovations and transitioning those technologies to the commercial market, and who have made an impact on society.
Call for nominations: Distinguished Teaching Awards
Nominations for the Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Education Award and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education are due Jan. 13, though each college or campus has an earlier internal deadline. These awards recognize and reward outstanding contributions to teaching at the University of Minnesota. Awardees become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
Clinical data access
Data from Minnesota Death Certificate records are now available to researchers. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has launched a new database that creates a simpler, more effective way to access data from Minnesota death certificate records. CTSI will fulfill requests for death certificate record data at no charge to researchers, registries, and transplant databases at the University of Minnesota and Fairview.
UMContent will remain available through fall 2015
To fully accommodate the transition to the Drupal web content management platform and provide ample transition and preparation time, UMContent will remain available through fall 2015. Project coordinators from Collaboration and Web Content Services will remain in contact with UMContent site owners to establish migration plans and review progress updates to ensure successful transitions out of UMContent. Resources are available to assist units with any technical challenges, obstacles, or complexities involved in the transition.
Minnesota Policy Conference
The annual Minnesota Policy Conference will take place Oct. 15. This year's conference will focus on how policy can support a prosperous and sustainable future for Minnesota. The keynote, by State Demographer Susan Brower and State Economist Laura Kalambokidis, will discuss where Minnesota is headed as a state and key trends that those involved in policy need to know.
Crookston tops U.S. News Best Colleges rankings
For the second year in a row, the University of Minnesota Crookston ranks number one in the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings in the category Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges. The ranking is the 17th consecutive year the Crookston campus has appeared in the top four.
Chinese American painter Zhimin Guan exhibit
An art exhibition featuring the work of Chinese American painter Zhimin Guan, professor of art at Minnesota State University Moorhead, will take place Sept. 24-Oct. 2, near the bookstore in Sargeant Student Center.
Evening of Chinese Dance
UMC faculty promoted
Three U of M Crookston and one Northwest Research & Outreach Center (NWROC) faculty members have been approved by U of M Provost Karen Hansen and the Board of Regents for promotion, effective fall semester 2014: Mark Huglen, Rachel McCoppin, Ian McCrae, and Venu Mukku.
Post-it note creator
Art Fry, co-creator of the Post-it note, will give a presentation Sept. 19, 11 a.m., Library Rotunda. That evening, Fry will be inducted into the Academy of Science and Engineering, which honors alumni and friends of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering. Fry studied at UMD for two years before transferring to the U of M Twin Cities campus.
Visual Culture Lecture Series
Kelly Watt, assistant professor of art history at Washburn University, will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. Her research specializes in the frontier art and architecture of medieval Iberia during the turbulent period commonly referred to as the Reconquest. Sept. 23, 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall. Free and open to the public.
Glensheen Nooks and Crannies Tour
Glensheen now offers a Nooks and Crannies Tour, which allows visitors to explore previously off-limits areas of the historic Congdon estate. Also, a new Grand Gardens and Trails Tour provides visitors with a guided walk throughout the seven-acre property.
Three tons of textbooks
Working with UMD's Office of Sustainability, one professor's desire to see about 100 old textbooks reused turned into a campus-wide donation of almost three tons of books. The textbooks were donated to A Greener Read, which redistributes them to organizations like the Women's Prison Book Project and Books for Africa.
UMM has again been recognized by Washington Monthly for both its affordability and its social engagement. Of the 386 schools included on the magazine's annual "Best-Bang-for-the-Buck" list, UMM was ranked 1st in Minnesota, 3rd among liberal arts colleges, and 36th overall. In the public-good listings, the campus was ranked 121st out of 246 notable liberal arts colleges.
Support of American Indian students
Winds of Change has again named UMM one of the top 200 institutions in the nation in support of American Indian students. Published quarterly by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Winds of Change is the leading nationally distributed magazine with a single-minded focus on career and educational advancement for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.
New solar power system
Because of its involvement in the Made in Minnesota program, UMM has received and installed a new 20-kilowatt photovoltaic system. The new solar power system will contribute to UMM's numerous onsite energy-production technologies and initiatives. UMM's affiliation with the Made in Minnesota program is made possible by a partnership with the Cedar Creek Energy Corporation.
UMR master plan
The U of M Board of Regents discussed the first-ever master plan charting the future growth and development of the Rochester campus. The plan weaves the campus into the fabric of downtown Rochester, while creating and maintaining a distinct identity that allows the campus to leverage intellectual and economic resources in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota.
Greater Than 7
The Office for Equity and Diversity is leading Greater Than 7: Courageous Conversations About Equity and Diversity. Beginning on Sept. 29, the week of events is designed to engage the entire Twin Cities campus community in working together to create an environment where everyone can thrive.
New Create Your Own instructor-led program model
New digital collections at U Libraries
University Libraries has acquired three new digital collections that offer rich fodder for anyone seeking to learn about World War I, the Victorian era, or the American West. This primary source material is available to help students learn first-hand about these subjects.
Pet Away Worry & Stress (PAWS) now in St. Paul
De-stress with therapy animals on select Tuesdays in 120 Coffey Hall, St. Paul campus. Equine sessions will also be offered at the Animal Arena (1888 Carter Ave.) starting Sept. 18. PAWS is also held at Boynton Health Service (East Bank) on Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m.
Fine Tune Your Accent
In this workshop series, international faculty, scholars, and graduate students will uncover the nuances of English pronunciation that matter most for conveying meaning effectively in U.S. academic settings. Participants will learn and practice research-based pronunciation strategies to enhance classroom teaching and conference presentations. The first session is on Sept. 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
EPA to discuss Clean Power Plan
Susan Hedman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 administrator, will discuss the Clean Power Plan proposal, a vital piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan. When implemented, the plan will cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. Sept. 26, 10-11 a.m., R-380 Learning & Environmental Sciences, St. Paul.
Relocation Assistance Program job search brown bags
Spouses/partners of new U of M faculty and staff who have relocated to Minnesota and are seeking employment are invited to participate in a job search brown bag series sponsored by the Relocation Assistance Program (RAP). The sessions will take place Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, 10, and 17, noon-1 p.m., 210 Donhowe.
Free Data Training Workshops
The Minnesota Population Center will host Free Data Training Workshops. Participants will learn how to access and use the world's largest repositories of demographic data, including IPUMS-International, IPUMS-USA, NHGIS, IDHS, and Terra Populus. All workshops take place Friday afternoons, S30C Wilson Library, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Registration is required, and seating is limited. The next event is Sept. 26.
Mini Medical School registration
Registration is open for Mini Medical School's fall 2014 programming, "Moving Our Health Forward." Participants will learn about topics ranging from why synthetic drugs are so dangerous and at the same time so difficult to regulate to how our increasingly interconnected world is changing what we know about infectious disease. Cost: $60 by Sept. 29; $65 on or after Sept. 30 for U faculty, staff, and students. Takes place Mondays, Oct. 6-Nov. 3.
Regional Innovation Clusters and Competitiveness conference
A new economic development tool can now map industry "clusters," assisting business and government leaders working together to help those industries succeed. The innovative tool and website will launch at a 12-state and 4-province conference featuring Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter and local business and policy leaders. Sept. 29-30.
New: Engaged Scholar Roundtables
New this fall, U of M Engaged Scholar Roundtables offer faculty and staff on the front lines of the University's community-engagement work peer support and a safe place to test new ideas. The next event is Oct. 1.
College Readiness Consortium CRAG Talks
The College Readiness Consortium and Michael Rodriguez, Campbell Leadership Chair, announce the 2014-15 CRAG Talks, a series of casual, one-hour events with presentations on research related to college readiness and achievement gaps (reducing disparities) from early childhood through college. Each session will include five presenters from different colleges. The first event is Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m., 101 Walter Library.
Annual Silha Lecture
David Schulz, counsel to the Associated Press, The New York Times, Guardian, and other investigative news organizations, will deliver the 29th Annual Silha Lecture, "See No Evil: Why We Need a New Approach to Government Transparency." Schulz, one of the nation's leading advocates for press access and the public's right to know, will propose new ways to fight government secrecy and strengthen the public's right to know. Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.
Kuehnast Lecture on Atmospheric and Climate Sciences
The 22nd Annual Kuehnast Lecture will feature author, musician, and award-winning journalist Andrew Revkin of The New York Times and Pace University. Revkin is known widely as the founder of the Dot Earth blog. His lecture, "The New Communication Climate," will explore issues and opportunities arising as both the environment and the news media experience an era of unprecedented and unpredictable change. Refreshments will follow the program. Oct. 7, 3 p.m., St. Paul Campus Student Center theater.
Headliners: Expert discussions on timely topics
The College of Continuing Education will again present its popular current events series, Headliners, a once-per-month opportunity to listen to and meet with University and community experts as they share firsthand knowledge of today's newsworthy topics. The series begins Oct. 9 with "Explore, Teach, Inspire: Taking Education and Innovation to the Next Level," featuring Aaron Doering, director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab and a fellow of the U's Institute on the Environment. All sessions begin at 7 p.m. on the St. Paul campus.
Women in Public Life: An Evening with Madeleine Albright
The Humphrey School will host a dinner and conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the first woman in history to hold that position. Participants will hear from Albright regarding her own experiences in public service and the role of women as leaders in public policy. Oct. 16. Cost is $95 per person.
Celebrating University Women
The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Women's Center will host the 2014 Celebrating University Women Awards and Recognition Program Oct. 17. The program honors the recipients of the Women's Center awards, grants, and scholarships, and will feature brief remarks and a dessert reception.
Lactation support for nursing mothers
Support for nursing mothers is available on the UMTC campus. Resources and information are available for employees, supervisors, and students at Nursing Mothers' Lactation Support. Students are also encouraged to contact the Student Parent HELP Center for assistance. The Lactation Advisory Committee welcomes new members who are interested in advocating for the needs of nursing mothers on campus. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.