April 19, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 15

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Support the U on Apr. 24.
  • Driven to Discover: Protecting human rights with James Ron.
  • Features: 3D-printed patch can help mend a broken heart; New projects to research terrestrial invasive species; Made in Minnesota; Scientists need your help in census of seals.
  • People: Megan Gunnar, Sarah Hobbie, and Marlene Zuk have been elected to the American Academy of Arts And Sciences; and more.

Top News

Support the U on Apr. 24M megaphone graphic

A statewide University of Minnesota legislative social media day is planned for Apr. 24. It’s critical that the U shares its story broadly and loudly. We need your help to do that. On Apr. 24, join in the conversation using #mnleg and #Driven4MN on Twitter, and help to highlight the U’s impact around the state.

See resources and information for participation >

Driven to Discover: Protecting human rights with James RonJames Ron

Human rights organizations worldwide must win public support to end abuses and advance reforms. James Ron brings new strength to this global endeavor by pioneering the use of public polling and field experiments to advance human rights.

Learn more about Ron’s work >

3D-printed patch can help mend a broken heartbiomed engineers Ogle and Kupfer

A team of biomedical engineering researchers, led by the U of M, has created a revolutionary 3D-bioprinted patch that can help heal scarred heart tissue. The discovery is a major step forward in treating patients with tissue damage after a heart attack.

New projects to research terrestrial invasive speciesstate capitol building

The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) has awarded funding to 11 new research projects to identify and manage invasive species threats in the continued effort to protect Minnesota agriculture and natural resources. The MITPPC is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

Made in Minnesotafamily doctor with patient

Though it trains more family medicine physicians than any other program in the country, the U of M must fight to keep its hard-won system in place. It is projected that Minnesota will be short by nearly 1,200 primary care physicians by 2030.

Read more about family medicine >

Scientists need your help in first-ever census of Weddell sealsWeddell Seal

Weddell seals are one of Antarctica’s most iconic species. In addition to being undeniably charismatic, they perfectly adapted to living in some of the harshest conditions on the planet. Scientists are asking for the public’s help to look through thousands of satellite images of Antarctica in the first-ever, comprehensive count of Weddell seals. Documenting the seals’ population trends will help scientists better understand the effects of climate change and commercial fishing in the Antarctic.

Learn more and start counting >


Megan Gunnar, Sarah Hobbie, and Marlene Zuk have been elected to the American Academy of Arts And Sciences; Laura Bloomberg has been named dean of the Humphrey School; the Office for Public Engagement has announced the winners of the U of M Outstanding Community Service Awards; a U of M proposal has been named among the MacArthur Foundation’s Top 200 "100&Change" Proposals; the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine presented Linda Bearinger with the Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Health and Medicine Award; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

You never lose the M

The Alumni Association has produced the video, "You Never Lose the M." The video is a call to community that highlights the lifelong bond U of M alumni share with each other and their alma mater.

Spotlight on Safe Computing: Staying safe at home and on the road

Do you know how to connect to University networks or applications safely whether you’re at home or away? OIT offers a few simple tips to protect your digital identity and important University data while you’re online--anywhere in the world.

Apr. 20 - Webinar: Creating a Meaningful Career

In the last decade much research has been done on what actually creates purpose and meaning at work. Simultaneously, there has been a shift in priorities for today’s professionals, with more workers focusing on careers that give back to the community, have impact, and feel purposeful. This webinar will share simple tips that can help you create a professional life that provides meaning and purpose, and that is in alignment with your values. Noon-1 p.m.

Apr. 25 - Suicide Prevention on Campus

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) will host a Suicide Prevention Lunch and Learn session for faculty, staff, and students. Learn about the importance of mental health, mental wellness, and suicide prevention on campus. No charge, but registration is required. Noon-1 p.m., 50B Humphrey School and live online via Webex.

May 5 - 125th anniversary Bands Gala

The School of Music will celebrate 125 years of University of Minnesota Bands in a collage-style performance featuring six concert bands, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Combo, the Alumni Band, and a special appearance by the Pride of Minnesota Marching Band. Ensembles will perform iconic Minnesota music and the University will confer an honorary doctorate on alumnus John Paulson. No charge and open to the public, and the event will be live-streamed. 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall.


Apr. 22 - Alpha Lambda Delta Pi Run

The annual Alpha Lambda Delta Pi Run will take place at the Highland School, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The run includes a 5K, 10K, and the “Slice of Pi” kids run.

Apr. 22 - Spring Bike Tune-Up & Repair Daybike and wrench logo

Bring your bike to UMC’s Spring Bike Tune-Up & Repair Day and have professionals and local bike enthusiasts help tune up and repair them. Participants will also learn how to make repairs and adjustments. 10-11:30 a.m., Wellness Center. Open to the public.

International recruitment visit

As part of an international recruitment collaboration with Wisconsin International University Ukraine, a delegation from the University of Minnesota Crookston, including Director of Admissions Michelle Christopherson, Assistant Professor Oxana Wieland, and Teaching Specialist Kristina Gray, visited Kiev, Ukraine.

Apr. 22-23 - UMC band and choir concerts

The UMC Jazz Band will perform a concert featuring guest artist Steven Konecne on Apr. 22, 7:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. The UMC Community Band and the UMC Choir will perform a joint concert on Apr. 23, 3 p.m., also in Kiehle.


Apr. 20 - University Honorsstudent pointing at chalkboard work

Twenty-five seniors in the University Honors program will present their spring capstone scholarship projects, with all five UMD colleges represented at the event. 4:30-6 p.m., Kirby Ballroom.

Bach Choral eventfaculty member

Faculty members Rachel Inselman, Marcus McConico, Elias Mokole, and Alice Pierce, along with UMD’s University Singers and Symphony Orchestra, will perform Bach’s Mass in B Minor on Apr. 22, 7:30 p.m., and Apr. 23, 3 p.m., Weber Music Hall. UMD alumna Katheryn Hamm, music education, will also perform.

Apr. 24 - UMD Shark Tankshark tank poster

Students will pitch their ideas for businesses or products to a panel of judges at the second annual UMD Shark Tank event. Prior to the competition, each contestant will meet with a mentor from the local business community to further develop their concept. The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize. 4 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center.

Apr. 27 - The Holocaust and Spainalejendro Baer

The Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration committee will welcome Alejandro Baer. Baer is the Stephen C. Feinstein Chair and director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and associate professor, Department of Sociology, U of M Twin Cities. 7:30 p.m., 120 Solon Campus Center.


DeBellis to attend Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer InstituteRuby Debellis

Ruby DeBellis '18, Bloomington, has been awarded a spot in the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute at the Humphrey School. DeBellis was selected based on her academic record and her involvement in student activities at Morris.


Apr. 21 - Celebrate a day of wellness and healthHans Diehl

Hans Diehl, clinical professor of preventive medicine at Loma Linda University, will speak at 1 p.m. on the topic of “Killer Diseases.” Diehl developed the Complete Health Improvement Program, which emphasizes healthy food, exercise, and sleep. A panel discussion on “Lifestyle Medicine” will follow at 2:15 p.m. Room 417, 111 S. Broadway.

Apr. 26 - Refugees, Immigrants, and Ethnic Minorities: A Tale of Three Countries

At the next UMR Connects, UMR and UMTC students will share their study abroad experiences with immigrant and ethnic communities in Turkey and Germany. The students will compare and contrast the response of the United States to the refugee crisis. 7 p.m., Room 417, 111 S. Broadway.

Pull Back the Curtain

UMR student Isaiah Grafe designed a project to raise awareness of people with disabilities and hidden disabilities. The "Pull Back the Curtain on Disability Awareness" campaign contains six installations that will provide the public with more information and a better understanding of disabilities. The story was covered in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Twin Cities

Video: Maria Gini on AI

Maria Gini, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, explains her research on artificial intelligence (AI), which gives computers the ability to make decisions. Her goals are to use AI to improve lives for people and to diagnose early symptoms of autism in young children.

Apr. 21 - Panel: Assigning and assessing multimodal writing

When writing is flexibly defined as an articulation of thinking that takes many forms (textual, visual, aural, spatial, and gestural), instructors can often design authentic tasks that enable students to compose for varied audiences and purposes. This panel features faculty who assign and assess writing that underscores this framework. Noon-1:30 p.m., 415 Alderman Hall, St. Paul.

Apr. 22 - Northrop Presents Brian Brooksman and woman dancing

Choreographer Brian Brooks' dance company is known for shattering conventional notions of human strength and endurance, and it makes its Northrop debut with a compelling and fast-paced repertory program. U of M student dancers will join the company in the free-spirited Torrent. Rush tickets are $10 for U faculty, staff, and students. 8 p.m., Carlson Family Stage, Northrop.

Discounted Minnesota United soccer tickets

See Minnesota's professional soccer team at TCF Bank Stadium. Discounted tickets using the code “UMNstaff2017” are available, starting at $20, for matches on Apr. 23, 29, and May 7.

Apr. 24 - UMN Hunger Advocacy Daygraphic of man holding a utensil

Join students, faculty, staff, and community members for UMN Hunger Advocacy Day to learn about resources available to food-insecure students both on and off campus, and how you may support students in their efforts to become hunger advocates for policy change both within and outside the University. The event is organized by U of M students with support from the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute and Hunger Solutions Minnesota. Noon-3 p.m., Cherrywood Room, St. Paul Student Center.

Apr. 25 - China Center Griffin Lecture with James McGregor

James McGregor will present "The Time Has Come for a Reset in U.S.-China Relations: What Will That Look Like?" at the China Center's annual Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture. McGregor '78, author and Greater China Chairman for APCO Worldwide, will explore how the U.S. relationship with China may change under the Trump administration. No charge and open to the public. 4:30-6 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center.

Register and learn more >

Apr. 25 - MSI Research Exhibition

The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) is holding its annual Research Exhibition, featuring a poster session, a panel discussion about employment in high-performance-computing (HPC) related industry, presentations about current and emerging HPC technologies, and tours. Noon-4 p.m., 4th and 5th floors, Walter Library.

Apr. 26 – Women’s Health Lecture

The Powell Center for Women’s Health will host School of Nursing Professor Renee Sieving in "Teen Pregnancy: Patterns, Prevention & Potential." This seminar will explore patterns of sexual risk behavior, pregnancy, and childbearing among U.S. adolescents over time, with an emphasis on disparities among young people from various social groups. An RSVP is encouraged. Noon-1 p.m., 2-520 Moos Tower.

May 9 - Founder's Day

Founder's Day will showcase presentations from students participating in a broad range of entrepreneurship courses across campus to learn how they’re applying their education to develop new products, test new business concepts, and even launch and operate real businesses. The event will also recognize the alumni, student, and faculty of the year.

Register and learn more >

May 10 - The Gender Policy Report: 100 Day Launch

The Trump administration and 115th Congress will reach the 100-day milestone at the end of April. The Gender Policy Report invites you to join in food, beverages, and mini-TED Talks on the gendered implications of policy proposals advanced during the new presidency and congress. Leading up to the event, The Gender Policy Report will publish reflections from curators and collaborators by policy area. 4:30 p.m., Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School.

Register and learn more >

New CATSS podcasts

The U’s Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS) aims to harness the U of M’s world-leading scientific expertise in sensory science to tackle the problems faced by millions of people with sensory deficits such as low vision or hearing loss. CATSS has developed a new series of short podcasts highlighting its goals and work.

UMTC Featured Eventsa clarinet

Apr. 19 - SciSpark 2017: Women in Science

Apr. 19 - IMPRINTS - Student Design Showcase

Apr. 20 - Annual Band Project Showcase

Apr. 20 - I AM MY HAIR (A Culture Corps Presentation)

Apr. 24 - Making News or Faking News? Ethical Journalism in a Post-Truth Era

Apr. 25 - Health, Stigma and Human Rights

Apr. 25 - The Improvisational Art of South Indian Classical Music Featuring Nirmala Rajasekar


Apr. 27 - What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain

Events Calendar >