Administrative Policy: Traveling on University Business

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Traveling on University Business, the most frequently accessed administrative policy, has undergone a comprehensive review and an open-comment period. Effective in 2015, travelers now have up to 60 days after travel completion to substantiate and document travel expenses. This is an increase from the prior 30 days. Reimbursement requests submitted beyond the 60 days should be denied by units, except for extraordinary circumstances such as extended international travel. Reimbursement requests for local travel (local business mileage, parking, etc.) do not fall under this 60-day time frame. This type of request may now be submitted on a less frequent basis (e.g., quarterly, semi-annually). 

Faculty and Staff Programs: Leadership Essentials

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Leadership and Talent Development (LTD), Office of Human Resources, is offering "Leadership Essentials" for new faculty and staff supervisors on March 10, 11, 24, and 25. The course is the first in the new "Developing University Leaders Certificate."

Minnesota Population Center Grant Competition

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Minnesota Population Center has announced a U-wide grant competition for collaborative research projects using its flagship data sets. All U of M faculty, research staff, and graduate students are eligible to apply. Proposals are due Feb. 28. An information session will take place Feb. 6, 12:15-1:30 p.m., 50 Willey Hall.

Frontiers in the Environment: Big Questions

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Frontiers in the Environment lecture series kicks off Feb. 11 with the question, How can individual cities make a global impact on climate change? Simon Sharpe, head of climate risk for the U.K. Foreign Office; Martin Bigg, a professor at the University of West England and the former chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership; and Gayle Prest, sustainability manager for the City of Minneapolis, will present local and global perspectives on addressing our warming planet. Frontiers Lectures take place every Wednesday, noon-1 p.m., R380 Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul, and live online via UMConnect.

Jan. 28 - Meet the finalists for the U of M Board of Regents

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Join legislators, University leaders, and alumni at the Regent Candidate Forum to hear directly from the candidates about their viewpoints. The event begins at 4:30 p.m., State Capitol. On Twitter, comment with questions for the candidates by using #UMNRegents or tagging @UMNAlumni in your posts.

Made in Minnesota

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The University's Driven to Discover marketing campaign will resume this week. This year's theme, "Made in Minnesota," is tied directly to the University's strategic plan to be preeminent in meeting the world's grand challenges. The campaign includes ads for TV, print, digital, light rail, and radio, and branded merchandise in the University Bookstore and Weisman gift shop. 

Convergence Colloquia: Cultivating serendipity for community action

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The U's director of research engagement, Carissa Slotterback, shares insights about the value of serendipity and introduces the Convergence Colloquia, a new series of multi-disciplinary gatherings designed to advance cutting-edge research, develop innovative solutions, and build long-term partnerships that improve the world.

Center for Writing research grants

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Center for Writing's Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW) program offers research grants to support the inquiry of U of M scholars and teachers into writing and literacy. Letters of intent are due Feb. 9. For more information and the application process, see ISW grants or view the instructions for the Letter of Intent.

Community Health Collaborative Grants Program

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is now accepting applications for the Community Health Collaborative Grants Program, and anticipates awarding a total of approximately $325,000 to five to six proposals. The program supports pilot research projects between U of M researchers and community representatives that address health issues important to Minnesota communities. Mandatory letters of interest are due Feb. 19.

Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center Request for Research Proposals

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center (BAARC) has announced its 2015 Request for Research Proposals. The purpose of the program is to attract new investigators in the research fields of ataxia-related diseases and disorders, including ALS, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease. BAARC is allocating $200,000 for grants and anticipates making two to four awards. Deadline is noon, March 16. Email Abigail Loyd for more information.

New UMTC Homepage

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus has launched a new homepage. The site is hosted on the U's enterprise Drupal platform. With a focus on external audiences (prospective students, parents, alumni, donors, etc.), the site redesign allows visitors to quickly find the information they need to complete their task(s). Simplified navigation coupled with a responsive design makes the site easy to use with any device. Student, staff, and faculty visitors will notice that the One Stop button is no longer available; the site is still available at onestop.umn.edu. Read the FAQ on the Our Brand website for more information about why the One Stop button was removed. Additionally, U of M email can be found through MyU or at mail.umn.edu. Site visitors are encouraged to explore the new site and provide feedback

Applications requested: Minnesota Futures Grant Program

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the Minnesota Futures Grant Program, administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The program promotes new research and scholarship that address societal challenges by fostering opportunities for researchers to advance new ideas and cross disciplinary boundaries. Letters of Intent are due Feb. 23; full proposals are due March 23. 

Proposals invited for educational innovation conference

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Academy of Distinguished Teachers, in partnership with the Center for Educational Innovation and the Academic Health Center, will host a University-wide conference on teaching and learning on April 8, McNamara Alumni Center. This year’s theme is “Making Sense of Educational Innovation: Finding What Works for Today’s Students.” All instructors at the University are invited to submit proposals (due Feb. 15) for presentations and posters. For more information, email Jane O’Brien or call 612-625-3885.

PeopleSoft Upgrade: high-touch help from Advance Teams

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Each unit and campus has advance teams comprising volunteer representatives to be voice-on-the-ground support in preparation for the upgrade of the U of M’s financial, human resources, and student-services systems. Advance team members can also help identify and escalate issues in real time. In addition, existing help lines will be equipped with extra resources during The Upgrade.

IonE Featured Fellows

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Institute on the Environment has launched a new interview series featuring IonE’s nearly 70 resident fellows—faculty with appointments throughout the U of M who are among the shining stars of IonE’s signature approach to addressing global grand challenges. Over the course of the next year, this series will introduce these diverse resident fellows in their own words.

PeopleSoft Upgrade expected in March or April

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

In order to resolve a couple of issues found in testing, the PeopleSoft upgrade is shifting from mid-February and is now estimated to launch in March or April. Exact dates are expected by January 28. Many factors are considered in determining timing, from payroll periods to student registration to grant processes. Depending on timing, the implementation will affect some areas more than others.

Proposals sought for 2015-16 Research and Creative Collaboratives

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Institute for Advance Study (IAS) invites proposals for 2015-16 Research and Creative Collaboratives. Each year, IAS supports a limited number of research/creative activities across defined disciplines. Activities vary and might include works-in-progress discussions, public workshops, collective work on projects, or public components with community connections. Projects may be convened by faculty, staff, or students systemwide, but should show evidence of faculty participation. Funding available up to $12,000. Applications are due Jan. 30.

Faculty Proposals Invited for Arts, Design, & Humanities Chair

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Faculty applications are due Feb. 2 for the 2015-17 University Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair, part of the provost’s Imagine Fund. The awardee receives up to $70,000 to work with a team of faculty, staff, and students to create a program of activities for the University community and the community at large. Applicants are encouraged to submit a Call for Collaborators letter this month. 

Making Sense of Educational Innovation conference proposals sought

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Academy of Distinguished Teachers, in partnership with the Center for Educational Innovation and the Academic Health Center, invite proposals for “Making Sense of Educational Innovation: Finding What Works for Today’s Students,” to be held Apr. 8. Proposals are due by Feb. 15.

Feb. 18 - Focusing on the First-Year Conference

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Registration is nearing capacity for this biennial conference hosted on the Twin Cities campus. The event is a forum for faculty and staff to strategize and discuss academic and student development issues related to first-year students. Diane Dean, associate professor for higher education administration & policy at Illinois State University, will be the keynote speaker. 

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