April 11, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 14

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • U of M launches cancer clinical trials network.
  • Feature: From battlefield to business.
  • People: Five new McKnight Presidential Fellows have been named; and more.

Top News

U of M launches cancer clinical trials network

Patients across Minnesota will soon have better access to new cancer treatments through clinical trials thanks to a new state-funded partnership between the University of Minnesota and the state's major health systems. As part of the MnDRIVE partnership, the U of M has launched the Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network. Led by the Masonic Cancer Center, the goal of the network is to improve prevention, treatment, and survivorship for all Minnesotans through greater access to cancer clinical trials.

From battlefield to businesscomposite sketch of married soldiers

It’s a tricky balancing act for a married couple to pursue MBA degrees while also raising three young children. Yet for Katie and Colin Robertson it’s nothing compared with what they experienced during 10 years of active duty in the U.S. Army. The Robertsons are among the 36 veterans enrolled in the full-time MBA program at the Carlson School of Management. Veterans make up about 20 percent of the program’s class every year.

Learn more about the Robertsons and the MBA veterans program >


Five new McKnight Presidential Fellows have been named; Carl Elliott, Christy Haynes, and Chris Larson have been awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships; the Clinical and Translational Science Institute has received more than $42.6 million in renewed NIH funding; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Kaltura media platform now includes automatic captioning

Kaltura, a media management system used by instructors and students to upload and distribute video in Moodle and Canvas course sites, is now set up to automatically add captions to any new video uploaded using automatic speech recognition.

Learn more about Kaltura >

Apr. 18 - Webinar: Learn how to manage conflict

One of the thorniest challenges for any manager is dealing with conflicts in the workplace. Supervisors can register for the Managing Conflict in Action webinar and build their skills to assess conflict to determine its source, create self-awareness about their own approach to conflict and that of others, and build the skills needed to effectively manage conflict. Noon-1 p.m.

Apr. 26 - Canvas basics workshop

An online Discover Canvas: Basics workshop for faculty and staff will include a review of the Canvas interface, tools and features, course design options, and an introduction to moving content from Moodle to Canvas.

Register >

Call for nominations: Commitment to internationalization awards

Nominations are now being accepted for two University-wide awards that recognize commitment to internationalization by faculty, staff, and alumni. The Award for Global Engagement is given to faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline. The Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals is for international alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their careers. Deadline is May 11.

May 21-June 8 - Public Health Institute

The U of M’s Summer Public Health Institute provides a space where innovation happens, allowing faculty and experts to create short courses that respond to current advances in their field. Most courses are one week and provide participants with applied research and practice that can be used right away. Courses can be taken for academic credit or continuing education hours.

Program details and registration >


Student profile: Abby GarinAbby Garin

For senior Abby Garin, an animal science major from Andover, MN, car racing is something of a family legacy. Her grandfather and father have a history in the sport, and Garin grew up at the racetrack. Garin’s other love is animals. It is the reason she is majoring in animal science and hopes to have a career that allows her to be involved with both of her passions.

Apr. 12 - College Town Forum

The Crookston Campus-Community Connection and University Relations will host the annual College Town Forum. All faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to attend. 6:30-8 p.m., Bede Ballroom.

Apr. 12 - Retirement celebration

Join the Liberal Arts and Education Department to celebrate the retirement of Marsha Odom, associate professor in elementary and early childhood education. 3-4:30 p.m., Prairie Room.


Financial Markets Team heads to MalaysiaUMD Financial markets team

Students in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics’ (LSBE) Financial Markets Program won the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge Regional and will head to Kuala Lumpur for the global final on Apr. 27. Following its regional win, the LSBE team was praised for its in-depth knowledge and analysis of the selected company, Fastenal.

New Masters in Tribal Natural Resourcessunset scene

The College of Liberal Arts’ American Indian Studies department is launching a new Master of Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship program. Regional tribes were consulted throughout the program’s design phase. Courses include Principles of Tribal Sovereignty, Integrated Ecosystems Stewardship, Tribal Natural Resource Economics, and more. The program will be offered primarily online and is now accepting up to 20 students for fall 2018.

When ‘green’ isn’t gooda lake

John Downing, director of Minnesota Sea Grant and professor of biology at UMD’s Swenson College of Science and Engineering, has coauthored a paper, published in Limnology and Oceanography Letters, that is the first to show that lake size and nutrients drive how much greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere globally from lakes. The “greener” (more nutrient-rich) lakes become, the more methane is emitted, which exacerbates climate warming.

Kirby design honoredKirby Student Center in doors

The Kirby Student Center and its design firm Workshop Architects received the Facility Design Award at the Association of College Unions International conference. Completed in 2013, the Kirby Student Center renovation transformed spaces for student organizations and created well-used common spaces, including those known on campus as “The Porch” and “The Garage.”


Burr receives Briggs Library Associates Art AwardFrances Burr poses with her artwork

Frances Burr '18, West Saint Paul, earned the Briggs Library Associates Art Award for her art piece Crocodile. The studio art senior hopes to someday be a book illustrator. Her future plans include an internship at Minnesota Zoo, where she will work with birds.

A conversation about literature and the environmentUMM IAS public forum participants

Distinguished McKnight University Professor Michael Lackey, Teaching Specialist Athena Kildegaard, and Corinne McCumber ’19 recently held a public forum with novelist Joanna Scott at the U of M Institute for Advanced Study. Bailey Kemp ’19 and Sarah Severson ’20 also enjoyed a private meeting with Scott, describing it as “an incredible and perspective-broadening” and “wonderful and meaningful” experience, respectively. The project was supported by funding from UMM's Faculty Research Enhancement Fund.


Apr. 17 - Understanding Sexual Harassment: On Campus, In your Community and in your Workplace

At the next UMR Connects, join in a panel discussion to explore the legal and more ambiguous social definition of sexual harassment. 7 p.m., 417 University Square.

Twin Cities

Multi-use facilities now available for foot washing

Three existing spaces have been renovated to provide University students and employees who are Muslim the ability to wash their feet several times in the course of the day. The spaces are all multi-use and open to everyone. The facilities are located in 200-6 Mayo, 208 Coffman Union, and Room 16 in the St. Paul Student Center. The addition of these spaces is part of a larger effort to meet the diverse needs of the campus community.

Apr. 16-18 - Prince from Minneapolis SymposiumI35W bridge lit in purple

Jeff Chang, executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University and author of We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, will present the opening keynote for the Prince from Minneapolis Symposium. Two additional plenary panels at the symposium are also open to the public.

Apr. 17 - MSI Research Exhibition

The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute will hold its annual research exhibition, featuring a panel discussion about employment in the high-performance computing (HPC) industry, presentations about current and emerging HPC technologies, a poster session, and tours. Noon-4 p.m., Walter Library.

Apr. 19 - Seeking Refuge in a Changing World

This symposium will feature a keynote by Maria Cristina Garcia of Cornell University titled “Should the United States have a Climate Refugee Policy?” Panel events include Refugee Resettlement, Climate Refugees, and Islamophobia. The symposium will close with a New Arab American Theater Works staged reading of Tales of Time. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 120 Elmer Anderson Library and Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Apr. 20 - Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduates from all U of M campuses will present the results of their research, scholarly, and creative work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Your participation supports their research activities and gives the students the opportunity to receive feedback and gain valuable experience. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Northrop.

Apr. 24-26 - Queen Quet: Chieftess and head of state of the Gullah/Geechee NationQueen Quet

The Winton Chair Committee in the Liberal Arts will host a series of events with Queen Quet, chieftess and head of state of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Quet is the founder of the premiere advocacy organization for the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. The first event, Gullah/Geechee Cultural Continuity in Spite of Rising Seas, will take place on Apr. 24, 4 p.m., Best Buy Theater, Northrop. RSVPs are encouraged.

Apr. 25 - SciSpark 2018

Join in a celebration of women in science with an evening of fast-paced lightning talks on topics relating to life sciences, hands-on science activities, and an interactive Q&A panel on gender equity and experiences in STEM.

May 2 - Friends of the Libraries annual celebration featuring Joseph Haj

The Guthrie Theater has been a cultural force for more than 50 years. Join Joseph Haj, its eighth artistic director, in conversation with Jeffrey Meanza, associate artistic director. 6 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Tickets are required for the dinner and presentation.

May 8 - Founders Day Entrepreneurship Courses Showcase

Founders Day will feature presentations from students participating in a range of entrepreneurship courses across campus. Attend to learn how they’re applying their education to develop new products, test business concepts, and launch and operate real businesses. The event will also recognize the alumni, student, and faculty of the year. 5-7 p.m., Carlson School.

Register and learn more >

May 17 - Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture

Some of our toughest challenges involve sticking to the healthy goals we set for ourselves. In this presentation, Barbara Fredrickson will describe her latest theory and evidence on how we might deploy the science of positive emotions in the service of long-term behavioral maintenance. 4-5:30 p.m., Coffman Theater.

Register and learn more >

UMTC Featured Eventsa cello

Apr. 14 - Prince Day at UROC
Apr. 16 - Sarah Portnoy Lecture: “The Culture and Politics of Street Food in Los Angeles”
Apr. 17 - 2018 Distinguished Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception
Apr. 17 - Robina In Conversation: We Are All Criminals, with Emily Baxter
Apr. 19 - Cellotone Concert
Apr. 23 - Reflections on 100 Days in Office with Mayor Frey
Apr. 24 - MINDS Spring 2018 Research Symposium

Events Calendar >