April 10, 2019

Vol. XLIX No. 14

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Government and Community Relations update.
  • Features: Protecting the environment; A bird's-eye view of water; Hmong-American farmers teach each other food safety.
  • People: Greg Lindsey is the 2019 recipient of the President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award; and more.

Top News

Government and Community Relations update

The Minnesota House of Representatives unveiled its higher education omnibus finance bill, which includes $114 million for the University of Minnesota--$27 million above the University’s $87 million request. House leaders explained that the increased amount for the University was to allow for a tuition freeze for Minnesota resident undergraduate students for the next two years. Support the U of M and engage with the governor and local legislators through UMN Advocates.

Protecting the environmentJenna Ray

Through Driven: The University of Minnesota Campaign, U of M faculty and staff have the opportunity to shine a light on our work, build our community, and renew our commitment to the future. Learn how University of Minnesota Morris employee Jenna Ray and her husband are protecting an important pollinator habitat through a gift that honors their son.

A bird's-eye view of waterTyler Nigon

Doctoral student Tyler Nigon is studying ways for farmers to grow their crops efficiently while reducing water pollution from nitrogen. Learn more about Nigon's multifaceted work.

Hmong-American farmers teach each other food safetyHmong woman on farm

While Hmong-American farmers have long sold vegetables at farmers’ markets, many seek to enter wholesale markets. To do so, they often must have food safety training, audits, or a written food safety plan. Now they have four Hmong-language videos developed in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension as part of a peer-to-peer food safety learning project.


Greg Lindsey is the 2019 recipient of the President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award; the U of M Twin Cities ranked third in the Peace Corps' annual Top Schools ranking; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Apr. 11 - Webinar for supervisors: Rethinking Rewards and Compensation

Understanding compensation at the U of M is more than just knowing local pay structures. A clear compensation strategy is an important factor for rewarding employees. In this webinar (register), supervisors will learn about the misconceptions of pay and outline key considerations when thinking about a reward strategy in the context of the University of Minnesota. Noon-1 p.m.

Apr. 18 - Design Challenge: Creating authentic (engaging) online assignments

During this hour-long webinar (register), faculty and instructors can learn more about using authentic assessments to improve student motivation and engagement. 11 a.m.-noon.

Apr. 23 - Webinar: Memory, Trauma, and Human Rights

This webinar brings together three University experts who seek to better understand the impacts of trauma upon individuals and societies and how we come to terms with and heal from trauma. Noon-1 p.m. Register and learn more.

May 22-24 - Reimagining Teaching and Learning in Globally Diverse Classes

How do instructors facilitate student learning that centers on the globally diverse perspectives students bring to the classrooms? In this interactive, hands-on workshop (register), faculty and instructors will have the opportunity to expand and deepen teaching strategies to engage diverse student perspectives.

Research Brief: 3D-printed transparent skull provides a window to the brain

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a unique 3D-printed transparent skull implant for mice that provides an opportunity to watch activity of the entire brain surface in real time. The device allows fundamental brain research that could provide new insight for human brain conditions such as concussions, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Additional recent Research Briefs include “Plan choice and affordability in the individual and small-group markets.”


Apr. 13 - Pi Run/Walk fundraiser

Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society invites the community to participate in the 9th annual Pi Run/Walk. The 5k/10k race is a community event for runners and walkers with proceeds going towards the renovation of the Crookston Carnegie Library. The cost of this year's race is $28.27 before Apr. 11.

Apr. 24 - Focus on Feasibility: Interactive Workshop

This event is a one-day interactive workshop in preparation for conducting meaningful, concise feasibility studies. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom.


MAP team earns first placeMAP student giving thumbs up

Students in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics’ Marketing Analytics Program (MAP) earned first place in data visualization at the eighth annual Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition. The students worked with water quality data provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Program Director Pushkar Raj says the event provides the opportunity for students to apply classwork in a high-pressure situation.

Highlighting 150 yearsphoto from reporting duluth exhibit

Glensheen is hosting the exhibit “Reporting Duluth,” which showcases large-format photographs from the Duluth News Tribune in honor of the newspaper’s 150th anniversary. Historic articles and contextual writing enhance the images. The exhibit is open to the public at no charge and runs through June 2 in Glensheen’s Winter Garden.

Apr. 19-21 - #MeToo awareness conferenceDevaleena Das and students

Assistant Professor Devaleena Das, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and several students are organizing a #MeToo awareness conference, featuring a reception and keynote presentation, sessions and panel discussions, and a yoga workshop. No charge and open to the public.


New Sustainability Leadership minorstudents doing research in water

U of M Morris’s new Sustainability Leadership minor will help students from any major develop the skills they need to grow as sustainability leaders in their personal and professional lives. Part of the Sustainability Leaders for the Future program, it will prepare students to lead the way in solving the world's environmental, social, and economic challenges.

Gross receives teaching awardStephen Gross

Archivist and Associate Professor of History Stephen Gross has earned the 2019 U of M Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award. Nominators say Gross has an impressive record as a respectful, dedicated, and influential listener who empowers students to pursue their own interests.

Tatham receives Briggs Library Associates Art AwardAnneliese Tatham with artwork

Anneliese Tatham ’21, West Saint Paul, earned a Briggs Library Associates Art Award for her pieces “Seed Stories” and “Nourish” in the Juried Art Exhibition. An environmental science and environmental studies major, Tatham uses art as a way to process what she learns in class. After graduation she hopes to work in the food system supporting farmers and moving toward food security as well as food sovereignty.


Simon receives President’s Community Partner AwardSue Simon

Sue Simon, nurse manager at Mayo Clinic’s Generose 1 West, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 President’s Community Partner Award. Chancellor Lori Carrell praised Simon's commitment to civic responsibility and leadership in partnership with Minnesota Campus Compact.

Students attend Support the U DayUMR students at the capitol

UMR students Madeleine Stenzel, Emily Hayes, and Austin Tretter attended Support the U Day last week to represent UMR and advocate for Rochester’s campus. “The experience meant a lot to me because I was able to connect with other U of M campuses for a common purpose of supporting everyone within the University system,” says Stenzel.

UMR looks to spread its influence

As Rochester and Mayo grow, fueled by the $5.6 billion Destination Medical Center economic development initiative, the U of M Rochester is looking to be both opportunistic and strategic in its growth, reports the Rochester Post-Bulletin. UMR’s plans include an increase in student housing and faculty space as well as classroom space, as it plans to grow from 700 students to 2,500 students.

Twin Cities

Apr. 12 - Nursing Research Day

During Nursing Research Day, faculty, students, and community partners will lead oral and poster presentations that showcase findings from innovative research and evidence-based projects that improve health and the quality of care. The keynote speaker is Karen Drenkard, senior vice president of the O’Neil Center (the patient engagement industry’s first think tank) and clinical team lead of the GetWellNetwork. 8:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Apr. 16 - MSI Research Exhibition

The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute is holding its annual research exhibition, featuring a panel discussion about employment in the high-performance computing (HPC) industry, presentations about current and emerging HPC technologies, visualization demonstrations, a poster session, and tours. Noon-4 p.m., 1st, 4th, and 5th floors, Walter Library.

Apr. 17 - How to Live Forever: A Conversation with Marc Freedman

Marc Freedman, president and CEO of Encore.org, will join Phyllis Moen, professor of sociology and founding director of the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative, in a conversation about giving back to the next generation and tapping encore talent for social change. Freedman’s latest book, How to Live Forever, was ranked #1 in the Wall Street Journal's best books for aging well in 2018. R.T. Rybak will kick off the evening. No charge to attend. 5 p.m., Willey Hall.

Apr. 22 - Holding North Carolina Accountable for Extraordinary Rendition and Torture

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States dramatically expanded the use of extraordinary rendition. Declassified documents and news reports have revealed that North Carolina played a unique role in this program. This discussion will explore efforts to hold the state and a private contractor headquartered in North Carolina accountable. 4-5:30 p.m., 50 Mondale Hall.

Apr. 23 - Considering Open Access Monograph Publishing

Join the University Libraries for a panel discussion (register to attend) related to publishing an Open Access monograph. Faculty members and representatives from the University of Minnesota Press and University Libraries will share experiences and technologies. 3-4:30 p.m., Research Collaboration Studio, Wilson Library.

Apr. 23 - Building a Better Retirement System

Is a secure retirement in the U.S. a thing of the past? At a minimum, the U.S. has $1.2 trillion in unfunded state and local pension liabilities, so how can the country work its way back into the black? This event brings together the leading experts on how to build a better retirement system that balances the needs of employees, the state, and taxpayers. 5:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. No charge, but registration is required.

Apr. 24 - Art of Recycling

Admire art made from recyclables, enter giveaways, enjoy live music, and learn about sustainability initiatives from Bruce Karas, vice president of Environment and Sustainability of Coca-Cola North America. 3-5:30 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union.

May 1-2 - Best Practices in Health Sciences Education

Designed for health science educators, staff, and learners, this event features workshops, presentations, and a poster session designed to foster connectivity and share new and innovative ideas to improve practice. See the full agenda and register to attend.

UMTC Featured EventsDavid Montgomery

Apr. 11 – Dreamscape
Apr. 12 - The Next Wave of Health Care Reform
Apr. 15 - State Capture: Conservatives Are Winning the War to Influence States
Apr. 16 - 2019 Guy Stanton Ford Memorial Lecture: Nancy Isenberg
Apr. 16 - Moos Family Speaker Series: Growing a Revolution
Apr. 18 - Conversation with Theda Skocpol
Apr. 18 - Book Discussion: Carol Anderson's White Rage
Apr. 18 - Cellotone 2019

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