April 12, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 14

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover: Protecting human rights with Barbara Frey.
  • Features: Justice in birth; Nitrogen, phosphorus from fertilizers and pet waste polluting urban water.
  • People: Susan Jones and Heidi Kitrosser have been awarded 2017 Guggenheim Fellowships; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Protecting human rights with Barbara FreyBarb Frey

The challenge of protecting human rights is global and local--and urgent. Human rights abuses worldwide damage and destroy the lives of millions. Barbara Frey prepares advocates to ensure that governments everywhere make good on their promises to uphold justice and human dignity for all.

Learn more about Frey’s work >

Justice in birthbaby

In Minnesota and across the United States, African American women and infants are at least twice as likely as white women and infants to die around the time of childbirth. To address these inequities, public health researchers Rachel Hardeman and Katy Kozhimannil have launched a research project in partnership with Rebecca Polston, founder of Minnesota’s first and only African American-owned birth center.

Nitrogen, phosphorus from fertilizers and pet waste polluting urban watercity street drain

A University research team has discovered that households are the main sources of nutrient pollutants in the Twin Cities urban watershed. The research points to lawn fertilizers and pet waste as the dominant sources of nitrogen and phosphorus pollutants in seven sub-watersheds of the Mississippi River.


Susan Jones and Heidi Kitrosser have been awarded 2017 Guggenheim Fellowships; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $900,000 grant to continue support for the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World; R. Lee Penn and Eray Aydil are the lead investigators on a $750,000 grant in the area of sustainable energy; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

FCC reaffirms U’s core principles

Recent events on campus and around the nation have challenged many of the University of Minnesota’s core principles. The U of M community includes many who have expressed concerns about whether they are safe, valued, and free to express their opinions and values. Given these challenges, the Faculty Consultative Committee (FCC) has reaffirmed the University’s guiding principles.

Read the full FCC statement (PDF) >

Wellness points: Volunteer Pledge

Volunteering your time is not only good for your community, it will also improve your general well-being. When you pledge on StayWell Online that you have volunteered for a minimum of three hours (or more) for a nonprofit organization of your choice, you can earn wellness points.

Learn more and take the wellness pledge >

Apr. 20-21 - Grand Challenges Vision Symposium: Innovations in BiologyBiotech poster ad

This symposium will showcase innovative research from academic and industrial partners that are working to address challenges in the industrialization of biology and biomanufacturing. Research presentations, platform discussions, and poster presentations will provide opportunities for conversations, networking, and inspiration for new research. Refreshments and lunch will be provided to registered participants. Commons Hotel, UMTC East Bank.

Register and learn more >

May 7 - Arboretum Bud Break 5K Run/Walk and Daffodil Dash

Break out your running shoes at the annual U of M Landscape Arboretum’s Bud Break 5K race and Daffodil Dash. Early registration is recommended. This year’s event honors the memory of the late Janet Sinner, an Arboretum landscape supervisor who founded the Bud Break 20 years ago. 9 a.m. race start.

Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards

Applications for the 2017 Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards are due May 8. The awards fund creative yet pragmatic proposals for projects that support equity and diversity initiatives. The focus for this year’s awards is assessment and communication of equity and diversity efforts.

From Field to Table

University of Minnesota Morris faculty, staff, and students recently enjoyed locally raised, organic grass-fed beef as part of the menu selection in the campus cafeteria. Just down the road from UMM, organic and conventional cattle graze in their respective pastures at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC). Nearly all of the cattle are part of WCROC research projects.


Apr. 17 - It's a Wrap discussion

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs will host "The Impact of Barbie on Girls’ and Women's Self-Image," the next discussion in the It's a Wrap series. 3 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Apr. 18 - Northwest Minnesota Tourism Conference

The University of Minnesota Crookston will host the Northwest Minnesota Tourism Conference. 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Bede Ballroom.

Apr. 19 - Retirement celebration

A retirement celebration for Assistant Professor Lynnette Mullins will take place at 3:30 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.


Commencement 2017Gabriela Gold

Alumna Gabriela Gold will speak at UMD’s two commencement ceremonies on May 6, AMSOIL Arena, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Gold is an international management consultant in the private and public sectors. She has served on the UMD Chancellor’s Advisory Council since it was established in 2013.

Disney’s The Little Mermaidunderwater sketch

Directed by School of Fine Arts Professor Kate Ufema, with musical direction by Instructor Andy Kust, Disney’s The Little Mermaid follows the adventures of a young mermaid enamored of all things human--including a prince. April 13-14 and 19-22, 7:30 p.m., and Apr. 15, 22, and 23, 1 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center.

Faculty honoredUMD marquee sign

Dennis Falk, professor, Department of Social Work; Jay Austin, professor, Physics and Astronomy Department; and Alison Hoxie, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, are recipients of the 2016-17 Chancellor's Teaching, Research, and Service awards. Each will give a talk on Apr. 20, 2 p.m., Kirby Rafters. The All-Faculty Awards presentation and reception will immediately follow at 3 p.m.

Apr. 22 - Department of Art and Design student exhibitionstudent art exhibit poster ad

An open studio event and the annual student exhibition reception and awards ceremony will be held at 1 p.m., Tweed Museum of Art. The exhibition was juried by UMD alumni Joshua Carlon, senior producer at catchfire, a Minneapolis ad agency; and Homer Rutledge, key contributor to Google’s product branding system, Material Design.


UMM among nation’s bestUMM campus scene

The University of Minnesota Morris has been included on a new list of America's 100 best public colleges and universities, according to a national report by Business First. Morris ranks second in the state and 89th in the country, based on 22 indicators of academic excellence, affordability, diversity, and economic strength.

Snake reproductive behavior studysnakes

Associate Professor of Biology Heather Waye is part of an international team of scientists that has confirmed a frenzied approach to the mating season is resulting in male red-sided garter snakes aging faster and dying earlier than their female counterparts, who prioritize body maintenance over short-term reproductive success.

Apr. 22 – KahulanuiKahulanui band members

The 2016-17 Performing Arts Series concludes with Kahulanui--“the big dance.” A tradition passed down through three generations of the Naipo family, Kahulanui draws its inspiration from 1920s and ’30s Hawaiian Swing. 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Student Center.


UMR talent showUMR students dancing

UMR's annual talent show was held Apr. 4. The show included singing, guitar picking, beat-boxing, dancing, a fashion show, and a collaborative dance among different student groups. Visit facebook.com/umrochester for photos from the event.

Apr. 18 - What is nature worth? What can economics teach us about conservation in Minnesota?Bonnie Keeler

The value of nature includes everything from the food we eat to the water we drink to our sense of place and belonging. At the next UMR Connects, Bonnie Keeler will discuss how economists are mainstreaming nature's values into decisions in Minnesota and around the world. Keeler is program director and lead scientist for the Natural Capital Project. 7 p.m., Room 417, 111 S. Broadway.

Twin Cities

Apr. 13 - Andrew Solomon: ‘Dispatches from Everywhere: Change & Resilience’Andrew Solomon

Advice and anecdotes about how to survive and thrive in tumultuous times, from the prize-winning author of Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. 7:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.

Mixed Marrow documentary showings

Jakub Tolar's research will be showcased at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in the film Mixed Marrow. The documentary tells a story about the challenges facing mixed-race blood-cancer patients as they struggle to find bone marrow donors. Apr. 15, 5 p.m.; Apr. 16, 2 p.m., St. Anthony Main Theater.

Apr. 18 - Voluntary retirement savings plan information session

If you’re looking for more ways to save for retirement and are paid on a regular or continuing basis, you're eligible to save through the Optional Retirement Plan and the Section 457 Deferred Compensation Plan using automatic withdrawal. 2:30 p.m., 210 Donhowe.

Register through ULearn to attend >

Apr. 19 - What Is the Future of the Democratic Party?

The string of Democratic losses in state and national elections has provoked an intense debate about how the Democratic Party can revive its connections with voters. Keith Ellison will join in a conversation with Professor Larry Jacobs and reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger on the topic. 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Register and learn more >

Apr. 19 - Women’s Health lecture

The Powell Center for Women’s Health welcomes Judy Regensteiner of the University of Colorado School of Medicine to present "Type 2 Diabetes: Why is there an exercise impairment and what are the sex differences?" Regensteiner will discuss why women with diabetes have poorer cardiovascular outcomes than men with diabetes. RSVP to attend. Noon-1 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Apr. 20 - Undergraduate Research Symposium

Every spring, undergraduates participating in research present their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Your attendance and participation supports the research activities of undergraduate students and gives them the opportunity to receive feedback and gain valuable experience. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Northrop.

Apr. 20 - 70 Acres in Chicago screening and discussion with director Ronit Bezalel

Cabrini Green was initially hailed as a public housing triumph, then demonized as an urban disaster. It was demolished beginning in 1995 and repackaged as a “mixed income” settlement. The mainly black residents were forced out, and the few who were able to remain are navigating unwelcoming cultural territory. 6:30-8 p.m., 50B Humphrey School. Learn more >

Apr. 20 - Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonaldan astronomy device

2015 Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald will deliver the 40th Van Vleck public lecture on the topic of "A Deeper Understanding of the Universe from 1.2 miles Underground." McDonald's talk will examine how neutrino research can help answer some of the fundamental questions in physics. No charge. 7 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Apr. 20 - Rutherford Aris Memorial Lecture

The Rutherford Aris Memorial Lecture in Medieval Communication Technologies, “Mediating Medieval Materialities: Text, Fabric, Screen” will be given by Emma Cayley, associate professor of medieval French, University of Exeter. 7-9 p.m., Elmer L. Andersen Library.

May 16 - Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture

Chungliang Al Huang will deliver the annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture "Balancing the Dance of Living," sponsored by the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Huang is a bestselling author and highly regarded authority of Tai Ji, Taoism, and related disciplines. 4 p.m. lecture, followed by a reception and book signing. Best Buy Theater, Northrop. Cost: No charge for students; $15 general admission.

June 28-30 - Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute

Stressors such as shrinking budgets, increased class sizes, teacher attrition, and burnout, combined with large numbers of students who have experienced trauma, call attention to the need for innovations that promote well-being in schools. The Center for Spirituality and Healing’s Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute brings together researchers and educators for three days of learning and discussion on mindfulness research and practices to address needs in schools.

Register and learn more >

UMTC Featured Eventsmembers of Black Violin band

Apr. 13 - The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Apr. 14 - World Art Day featuring Black Violin

Apr. 17 - Glacial Geology of Minnesota

Apr. 18 - An Untold Story: The Civic Capacity of Veterans

Apr. 18 - Cafe Scientifique: Crocodilian Superdads

Apr. 21 - Implicit Bias lecture with Benjamin Reese

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