April 13, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 14

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover: Sarah Holtman.
  • Feature: How size and lifestyle rule the plant world.
  • People: 2016 Distinguished McKnight University Professors named; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Sarah HoltmanSarah Holtman

Sarah Holtman's philosophical work considers what actions are morally right and wrong and what we must do to ensure justice in domestic and international contexts. Her topics include poverty relief, prison reform, and American attitudes toward the foreign states and citizens who receive U.S. aid. Holtman loves seeing her students recognize sources of injustice in things they have taken for granted and then discover a new passion for righting them.

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How size and lifestyle rule the plant worldsmall yellow flowering plant

University of Minnesota researcher Peter Reich, along with numerous colleagues around the world, have found what scientists have long suspected: that despite Earth's rich diversity of plant life, only relatively few combinations of traits are successful. The research creates a common language, based on plant traits, to understand and model how different environments or biomes will change along with climate.

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2016 Distinguished McKnight University Professors named; spring 2016 patent roll call; Jo-Ida Hansen is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring award; UMTC has earned a Gold rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Administrative Policy update

The University's policy on Establishing Administrative Policies has been revised to add a new provision on the expedited publishing of policies where there is a critical timing element, as well as providing greater clarity around requirements for campus-specific and local policies.

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Apr. 19 - UMN Sparks in Brainerd: Clear Views Into Big Challengessparks poster

Learn more about how the University of Minnesota is impacting Minnesota's communities at UMN Sparks. The second event in the series, to be held in Brainerd, will feature three U of M experts offering new insights into sustainability, our health, and our economy. 5:30 p.m., Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake.

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Apr. 20 - Can we change people's minds on climate?

Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, focuses her research on establishing a scientific basis for assessing regional- to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. She is frequently quoted by national and international media and was featured in the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. Noon-1 p.m., R380 Learning and Environmental Sciences building, St. Paul, or live online.

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Apr. 22 - Earth Day at the Arb: Getting to the Root of Water Conservation

Many homeowners inadvertently care for their garden beds, trees, shrubs, and lawns in ways that adversely impact groundwater, local lakes, streams, and even drinking water. Honor Earth Day 2016 by learning from leading Minnesota professionals and experts about how to turn your garden and landscaping into part of the solution with approachable, easy-to-follow steps and actions. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Apr. 24-27 - International Conference on One Medicine One Science (iCOMOS)

The U of M will host this year's iCOMOS 2016 conference. iCOMOS is a global forum to communicate the importance of science in solving pressing health issues at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment; facilitate interdisciplinary, international collaborations embracing health, science, and economics; and inform public policy development that is necessary for preserving human and animal health.

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Apr. 28 - MN LEND Forum: The Neurobiology of Poverty

Join the webcast "The Neurobiology of Poverty - Children Living in Poverty: Neurodevelopmental and Biological Correlates." The event will explore what is known about the lifelong effects of growing up in poverty via the perspectives of leading researchers in the field. 12:30-3 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

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Request for proposals: Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards

Equity and Diversity Transformation Award proposals are due May 9. The $1,000-to-$5,000 awards fund creative yet pragmatic proposals for projects that support equity and diversity initiatives. This year's focus is "building capacity for institutional change through the use of strategic partnerships."

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Apr. 14-16 - NACTA judging conference

The 2016 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference will feature some 575 college students from 23 four-year schools and 15 two-year schools. Students will compete in 16 contests focused on the areas of agriculture and natural resources.

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Apr. 18 - Student Loan Repayment Workshop

A Student Loan Repayment Workshop for all students graduating in May will be offered from noon to 1 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.

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Apr. 19 - Athletic awards

The Athletic Awards Banquet will recognize athletes, with a focus on senior awards. 5:30-8 p.m., Brown Dining Room, Sahlstrom Conference Center.

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May 7 – Commencement speaker

Mandy Uhrich '05, outdoors enthusiast, fishing expert, and wildlife damage extension specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will address the University of Minnesota Crookston Class of 2016 during commencement.

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Apr. 15 - Motion + Media Research Symposiummotion media lab

UMD's MMAD (Motion + Media Across Disciplines) Lab is offering a symposium for artists, scientists, and researchers from a wide range of disciplines. Research topics will include motion capture, virtual reality, interactive environments, and video production. There will be hands-on demos and interactive experiences. No charge, but registration is required. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., MMAD Lab/25A Bohannon Hall.

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Apr. 15 - Chemistry Magic Showmagic chemistry drawing

Students in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club will share their love of science at the Chemistry Magic Show. The event is family-friendly and open to all. The club hopes young audience members will be inspired to explore science further. 6-8 p.m., Chemistry Building.

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Apr. 19 - Visual Culture Lecture SeriesGaku Tsutaja

Gaku Tsutaja, an artist whose mediums include comics, drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation, and Dan Baggenstoss, art director at Capsule, will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture series. Both Tsutaja and Baggenstoss are judges for this year's Art + Design Annual Student Exhibition. No charge. 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.

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Apr. 20 - Labovitz Awardslabovitz award logo

A total of 52 regional businesses in five categories have been nominated for the Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards. Winners will be announced from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DECC. A UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics student showcase will be held at 10:30 a.m.

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Theatre Discipline closes season with Pinocchio Commediastudent actors

The University of Minnesota Morris Theatre Discipline will close its 2015-16 season with a unique spin on a children's classic, Pinocchio Commedia, a commedia dell-arte adaptation of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio by Johnny Simons. Directed by Jonas Newhouse '16, this production demonstrates the power of theatre in reaching and connecting with people, particularly young audience members.

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Apr. 21 – Senior art exhibitUMM art students

The University of Minnesota Morris Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery will present the 2016 Senior Art Exhibition, "Composition," featuring the work of nine senior studio art majors. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gallery, with artist introductions beginning at 7:15 p.m.

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Chancellor recognizes commitment to community engagementUMR chancellor and award attendees

Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle recognized the outstanding contributions and commitment to collaborative action by UMR faculty, staff, and students through the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Awards for Public Engagement. This year's awards included a Newman Civic Fellows Award honoring senior Hawa Ali.

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UMR Ballroom Dance Team Wows At Iowa Competitiontwo UMR dance students

It was a successful and dance-filled day for the University of Minnesota Rochester Ballroom Dance Team that attended the Iowa DanceSport Classic in Cedar Rapids. Two students also attended the USA Dance Nationals DanceSport Championships in Baltimore, MD—the first time any UMR dancers have attended a national-level dance competition.

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Twin Cities

Apr. 14 - Virtual Employment Fair

Do you know someone who would love to work at the U? Tell them about the U of M Virtual Employment Fair—an online-only job fair where participants can attend via home or office computers, smartphones, or tablets. U of M Human Resources recruiters will answer questions via text-based chats. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Apr. 14 - Pankake Poetry Reading

Ray Gonzalez, professor of English, will read from his new book, Beautiful Wall, at the Seventh Annual Pankake Poetry Reading. 4-5 p.m., 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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Apr. 14 - Not Just Words Panel: A Discussion on Campus Climate

Join a panel of students and staff to discuss the U of M campus climate. This event marks the end of the weeklong campaign, Not Just Words. The goal of the campaign and the panel is to create critical dialogue around subtle but hurtful statements directed at marginalized populations. There will be a chance to share your stories, as well. Mesa Pizza will be served. 6 p.m., Whole Music Club.

Apr. 15 - Plant seeds to save beessave the bees poster

More than one-third of the world's crop species depend on bee pollination. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad, Gluek's Restaurant and Bar, and thousands of bee supporters worldwide are launching a Facebook social media challenge to encourage the planting of bee-friendly flowers across the world. Join the Bee Squad in a kickoff celebration by planting sunflower seeds in the new Bee Squad Teaching Apiary at the U of M Les Bolstad Golf Course. 4-5:30 p.m.

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Apr. 18 - Big Questions: Why haven't we closed the achievement gap?

Big Questions is a new series by the College of Liberal Arts and MPR News. Moderated by MPR host Tom Weber, the event will feature a discussion with Catherine Squires, professor of communication studies and director of the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative; Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota commissioner of education; and Mitch Pearlstein, founder and senior fellow, Center for the American Experiment. Noon, Coffman Theater.

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Apr. 19 - Interprofessional Education in Action

Join fellow students and faculty members as they share what they have learned through their interprofessional activities and experiences. Events include an interprofessional poster session and a panel presentation featuring a variety of local collaborative practice sites. Noon-4 p.m.

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Apr. 19 – Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture: "China's Disruptors"

The China Center's 15th Annual Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture welcomes Edward Tse, one of China's leading global strategy consultants, to deliver his lecture "China's Disruptors: How Leading Chinese Entrepreneurial Companies Are Changing China and the World." No charge and open to the public. 3:30-6 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center.

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Apr. 20 - Self-Compassion and Relationship-Based Child Welfare Practice

Children and youth in child welfare caseloads often have deep-seated beliefs that that they are bad and did something to deserve the abuse and neglect that they have experienced. This workshop will describe what self-compassion is, how lack of self-compassion develops, and how to foster self-compassion in children. 1:30-4:30 p.m., Minnesota Department of Human Services.

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Apr. 20 - Photography Exhibition Opening | Somali-American Storiesphoto art of Somali girl overlaying american flag

The Humphrey School will host the photography exhibitions "Jaded Youth" by Khadija Charif and "Behind Both Fences" by Muna Malik, two emerging voices from the Somali-American community in Minnesota. Their work explores the experiences of local immigrant and first-generation youth as they negotiate identities between their families' origins and their homes in the Twin Cities. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Humphrey School.

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Apr. 20 - Technically Speaking: Innovating Innovation

Join the Technological Leadership Institute for Technically Speaking: Innovating Innovation - Best Practices for Improving Your Return on Innovation. Three accomplished Twin Cities business leaders will introduce a best practice they deploy to enhance their own return on innovation. Through short presentations, group discussions, and networking, participants will have a chance to learn and share your own innovation best practices. 5:30-7:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

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Apr. 21 - Microbiota-targeted Therapies from Probiotics to Transplants: New Regulatory Challenges

Diane Hoffmann, University of Maryland School of Law, will discuss the challenges presented by probiotic products and microbiota transplants, including marketing and advertising, and possible ways to address those challenges through regulation. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union.

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Apr. 27 - Phillips Neighborhood Clinic Silent Auction

The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC) will host its annual Silent Auction to raise funds to support the PNC. Last year, the PNC provided healthcare services at no charge to members of the Phillips neighborhood and surrounding area through nearly 1,000 patient visits. PNC is fully sponsored through grants and fundraising; the Silent Auction is its biggest fundraising event of the year. 5-8:30 p.m., Campus Club, Coffman Union.

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Apr. 30 - Kerlan Award ceremony and luncheon

The 2016 Kerlan Award ceremony and luncheon will honor children's authors and illustrators Betsy and Ted Lewin. This husband-and-wife team, both Caldecott Honorees for separate books, have written and/or illustrated more than 250 picture books. No charge, but reservations are required. 1 p.m., 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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UMTC Featured Eventspeople at an iron pour

Apr. 14 - Visiting Artist Talk: Coral Penelope Lambert
Apr. 15 - 47th Annual Iron Pour: Iron Disco
Apr. 15 - World Art Day, featuring Dessa
Apr. 15 - The Price of Altruism
Apr. 16 - 25th Annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture with Dr. Rudolph Tanzi
Apr. 19 - Café Scientifique: Bats
Apr. 21 - Meet Hope Jahren, Award-Winning Scientist & Author
Apr. 21 - 'Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe' by Nobel Laureate Adam Riess

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