April 15, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 15

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • State Relations Update.
  • Team formed to advance human subjects research protection program.
  • People: Michael Resnick has been named President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine; and more.

Top News

State Relations Update

On Apr. 8, Governor Dayton unveiled his $842 million bonding proposal, which includes $100 million for the U of M. The proposed funding exceeds the U's requested $77 million in capital projects. It is uncertain, however, whether the legislature will pass a bonding bill this year. Also on Apr. 8, Veterinary Medicine dean Trevor Ames testified in support of a bill that would invest $9.8 million in veterinary diagnostic laboratory equipment and facilities, and on Apr. 7, Jakub Tolar, director of the Stem Cell Institute, testified in support of a bill that would provide funding to increase the number of University researchers working on regenerative medicine.

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Team formed to advance human subjects research protection program

The U has established the team charged with overseeing plans to advance the University's human subjects research protection program. The team will focus on how to implement a set of independent review recommendations for strengthening the U's human subjects research practices, especially those involving people with limited decision-making capacity. The team consists of both internal and external members and is chaired by William Tremaine of the Mayo Clinic. See ongoing updates at Advancing Human Subjects Research.

See the news release >


Michael Resnick has been named president of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine; the website CollegeRank named the Weisman Art Museum 3rd on its list of the 50 Most Amazing College Museums, and first among college art museums; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

RFA to support U of M and/or Mayo Clinic projects

The Translational Product Development Fund will award up to either $50,000 or $200,000 to support health research projects that intend to develop a novel therapeutic compound, device, diagnostic, or IT product. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Mayo Clinic established the program with the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics. Mandatory letters of intent are due May 1.

CTSI funding opportunities >

Smart Gardening series at the Arb

Increase your confidence (and curb appeal) with a new series of classes designed to help gardeners of all levels and abilities, featuring instruction from Extension educators Julie Weisenhorn and Sam Bauer. Courses include Troubleshooting Common Problems in Your Yard & Garden, Apr. 18; Plant Selection, Apr. 25; and Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance, May 2.

Learn more and register >

May 3 - Bud Break 5K Run/Walk and Daffodil Dash

Enjoy a springtime run on a certified asphalt course at the annual Bud Break and Daffodil Dash. Medals and prizes go to the top finishers, and all participants receive a race shirt.

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Office for Technology Commercialization 2014 accomplishments

The U's Office for Technology Commercialization 2014 Annual Report (PDF) is now available online. The report highlights OTC's top accomplishments from the previous year, including a record number of invention disclosures, new licenses and startup companies, and the launch of several new programs designed to accelerate innovation.


Apr. 15 - Climate Minnesota event

In cooperation with the Will Steger Foundation, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships will host Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions. 5 p.m., Bede Ballroom. Special guests include Mark Seeley, climatologist, and Gary Willhite, mayor of Crookston.

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Apr. 16 - Fargo Alumni Social

The U of M Crookston Alumni Association will host the 5th annual Fargo Alumni Social at Fargo Billiards and Gastropub, Fargo, ND, 5-8 p.m.

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Apr. 22 - From UMC to Nursing Career

Students are invited to listen to a diverse panel of nurses share their rewarding journeys in nursing, noon-1 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. Students should register by April 20.

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Art + Design Student ExhibitionArt + Design poster

The annual Art + Design Student Exhibition is on display through Apr. 30 in the Tweed Museum of Art, featuring 79 selected works from among more than 390 entered by 138 students. Jurors for this year's show were Christopher Atkins, coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition program at the Minneapolis Institute for Arts, and Sam Michaels, a designer at Studio on Fire.

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Apr. 16 – Jankofsky LectureJankofsky lecture poster

Ruth Evans, professor of English at Saint Louis University and executive director of the New Chaucer Society, will present "Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde: Sexual Difference and the Knots of Memory." Open to the public. 4 p.m., Tweed Museum of Art.

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Apr. 21 - Inspiration for The Dance BootsThe Dance Boots book cover

Associate Professor Linda LeGarde Grover will share the photos, letters, and objects that inspired her book, The Dance Boots—a 2009 recipient of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and this year's One Book, One Community selection in Duluth. 6:30 p.m., Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda.

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Apr. 24 - Adding Diverse GLBT Voices to the ArchiveTretter Collection in GLBT Studies

Lisa Vecoli, curator of the at the UMTC Andersen Library, will present "Whose History? Adding Diverse GLBT Voices to the Archive." The Tretter Collection includes more than 100,000 items including books, textiles, film, music, and art works from ancient times to today. Noon, Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda.

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Hoidal Receives Fulbright Study/Research GrantNatalie Hoidal

Natalie Hoidal '15, Forest Lake, has been awarded a Fulbright Study/Research grant for 2015. A biology and environmental studies major, Hoidal is the first current UMM student to receive a Fulbright award and the second UMM recipient this year. She will use the award to spend a year in Copenhagen researching protein-rich grains and climate change-resilient agricultural policy.

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Fischer Pairs Solar Energy and Public PoolsKelly Fischer

Kelly Fischer '17, Roseville, is working with UMM's Center for Small Towns, the U of M Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Solar Skies LLC, and the Clean Energy Resource Teams to determine the feasibility of solar heating systems for western Minnesota community swimming pools.

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Apr. 18 - Undergraduate Research SymposiumTwo people in front of a poster presentation

UMM students will present their research, creative, and scholarly work during the 15th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. This is the only campus event that celebrates student achievement across all disciplines. Posters and visual displays will be available for viewing beginning at 9:30 a.m., Oyate Hall, Student Center. Oral and performance presentations will begin at 11 a.m., Imholte Hall.

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2015 RAC Summit to Explore Role of the Arts in the Rural NarrativeRAC summit logo

The 2015 Rural Arts and Culture (RAC) Summit, a collaboration between the UMM Center for Small Towns and Springboard for the Arts, will take place on the UMM campus June 2-4. The event will feature a panel conversation about the role of arts and culture in the rural narrative, facilitated by Dave Peters, director of Minnesota Public Radio's Ground Level Project.

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Measuring the 'Why' Of Student Success

A student's grades can indicate "how" they are performing but they don't necessarily show educators "why" they are performing at specific levels. As a faculty research project, UMR has started using ACT Engage College to measure the status of students in 10 areas such as communication skills, academic self-confidence, and commitment to college. The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes for students to complete. Associate professor of neuroscience Robb Dunbar is leading the research.

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Twin Cities

Department Directory redesign survey

The Twin Cities campus Department Directory will be redesigned this year. Share your thoughts by taking a short survey and help build a better directory.

Apr. 16-17 - Experiencing Mass Images

Jennifer Roberts, Michael Leja, and Jennifer Greenhill provide interdisciplinary approaches to investigating the impact of mass images on American experience in recent history (circa 1750-1930) during this two-day conference.

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Apr. 18 - Kerlan Award Ceremony and Lunch

Newbery Medal–winning children's author Sharon Creech will be honored at the annual Kerlan Award Ceremony, sponsored by the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University Libraries. Noon, Andersen Library. Tickets are required to attend the lunch.

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WAM Pop-up ParkAn artist's sketch of a pop-up park

From Apr. 20 through May 10, the Weisman Art Museum's (WAM) student group, WAM Collective, will turn the museum's front plaza into a temporary park. Inspired by the pavement-to-park movement and in conjunction with the museum's exhibition "Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art," the aim of the park is to "shift perspectives and spark encounters that aren't always possible within a fast-moving and segmented society."

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Apr. 22 - The Living Art of Mathematicsblown glass pieces

French mathematician Cédric Villani will explore how mathematicians, obsessed with the notion of elegance, consider themselves as artists and poets in a form of art that is more alive than ever in "The Living Art of Mathematics." 7 p.m., 2-470 Phillips-Wangensteen Building.

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Apr. 23 - MSI Mesabi Dedication and Research Exhibition

The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) will dedicate its newest supercomputer, Mesabi, and hold the annual MSI Research Exhibition. The event includes light refreshments and tours of Mesabi. 1:30-6 p.m., 4th Floor, Walter Library.

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Apr. 23 - Is a Coherent Policy Possible in the Middle East Today?

Dennis Ross, who served five presidential administrations, will address whether a coherent United States policy toward the Middle East is possible given profound political and humanitarian challenges within many Middle Eastern countries. 4:30-6 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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Apr. 23 - Click: The 3D Universe

Pioneering astrophysicist Margaret Geller of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will explore the issue of mapping the Universe in this engaging lecture. Geller will discuss how we can trace the evolution of patterns in nature and compare them with some of the world's largest computer simulations. 7-8:30 p.m., 150 Tate Lab.

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Boynton mental health art exhibit

Experience the healing, de-stressing power of art firsthand on display at Boynton's East Bank Clinic (third-floor gallery) now through May 14. "Multiple Layers" features works by U of M artists destigmatizing issues of mental health. A gallery reception will take place Apr. 23, 5-7 p.m.

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Apr. 29 - David Noble Lecture featuring Louise Erdrich

The annual David Noble Lecture will feature Louise Erdrich in her talk "Sugarbush Summer: Reflections, Readings, and the Future of Snow." Erdrich is a recipient of the National Book Award and Library of Congress Award. 7 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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May 1 - U of M night with the Minnesota Twins

A special U of M night with the Minnesota Twins includes a limited-edition maroon and gold Twins cap with a ticket purchase. The night will also include a special appearance by Goldy Gopher, a first pitch by President Kaler, and the opportunity to watch U alums Paul Molitor and Glen Perkins in action.

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Correction: May 1 - Robert H. Bruininks Hall dedication ceremony

The dedication of the Science Teaching and Student Services Building as Robert H. Bruininks Hall will take place May 1, 3 p.m., STSS Building. Building tours will be available preceding the ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. For more information or to request disability accommodations, call Janet at 612-624-1345.

May 4 – Six Presidents. Four Decades of Leadership. One University.

A conversation with six University of Minnesota presidents on higher education and the future of Minnesota, moderated by Lori Sturdevant, will take place May 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Northrop, followed by a reception in Memorial Hall. President Eric Kaler and five former U of M presidents will discuss a wide range of issues, including addressing challenges of a diverse and changing world, financing public education, and safeguarding academic freedom. RSVP by Apr. 24.

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UMTC Featured EventsJohn F Kennedy

Apr. 15 - How do we manage emerging pandemics at home and abroad?
Apr. 16 - Grow Your Career and Business: Success Stories from Recent TLI Graduates
Apr. 20 - "Uncivil Rites: Palestine, Indigenous Peoples, & Academic Freedom"
Apr. 22 - Naomi C. Chase Lecture on Children's Literature
Apr. 23 - NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana

Events Calendar >