April 20, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 15

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • State Relations update.
  • Driven to Discover: Alan Love.
  • Feature: The Future of Clothing.
  • People: 2016 recipients of the University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Awards; and more.

Top News

State Relations update

On Apr. 13, the Minnesota Senate announced its FY17 supplemental budget targets. The targets include $47.7 million in increased spending for higher education, including $21 million for University initiatives. As a reminder, the House target provides no increased spending for higher education, while the governor has proposed an increase of $76.25 million for higher education, including $35.25 million for University initiatives.

See State Relations for updates >

Driven to Discover: Alan LoveAlan Love

As director of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, Alan Love reminds us that science is a human activity, not a monolithic process. Love asks, for example, why biologists choose particular methods, how they reason, why they favor one explanation over another, and what happens when they disagree. Besides illuminating how the sciences succeed--and sometimes fail--that kind of insight can give scientists new vantage points to help their future work.

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The Future of ClothingTwo superhero drawings

A recreation of Marty McFly's self-tailoring jacket for Back to the Future Day is a fun side-project for students and researchers at the U of M Wearable Technology Lab (WTL), but wearable tech is no longer the exclusive realm of science fiction. WTL codirectors Brad Holschuh and Lucy Dunne, as well as U of M College of Design students, are leading the revolution in wearable technology.

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2016 recipients of the University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Awards; Charles Baxter and Ray Gonzalez have each received a 2016 Minnesota Book Award; Jean O'Brien has been elected to the Society of American Historians; The Advocates for Human Rights will present Law School Dean David Wippman with its 2016 Special Recognition Award; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Call for Participants: Unizin Engage Pilot Fall 2016

Concerned about the cost of textbooks? Want to make sure your students have access to textbooks on the first day of class and can engage with the text in a digital environment? Participate in a pilot of Unizin Engage, a platform for organizing, delivering, and measuring the uses of open and licensed course content. Email learnlib@umn.edu for more information.

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U StudyFinder website adopted by other institutions

Penn State University and Virginia Commonwealth University recently launched their customized versions of StudyFinder, a Clinical and Translational Science Institute health research website launched in 2013 aimed at helping to educate communities and connect them with University health research studies enrolling volunteers.

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CTSI pilot grant leads research team to promising discoveries

A University-Children's Hospital research team has discovered a promising way to help adolescents with severe obesity, captured a multi-million-dollar grant, and catalyzed the formation of a research consortium--all begun with a Clinical and Translational Science Institute pilot grant.

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U of M Extension partners with St. Paul schoolBruce Vento school garden

Extension's Children, Youth, and Family Consortium partnership with Bruce Vento Elementary School began as informal conversations with the school principal, who was hoping to create a trauma-sensitive school environment. Those conversations have led to the creation of a network of partners and supporters across the University of Minnesota and the community on St. Paul's East Side.

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Apr. 21 - Webinar: Effective Communication Styles

Each year, U.S. businesses lose $11 billion due to employee turnover resulting from low engagement. One recent study reveals that more than 75 percent of employees cite communication as the number one opportunity for improving on-the-job engagement. This webinar, Communication Breakdown: How to Effectively Connect Across Different Communication Styles, will address communication-related issues, both individually and among teams. Noon-1 p.m.

Register and learn more >

Apr. 27 - Campus Conversation: Supplier Diversity

President Kaler has expressed his full commitment to the Board of Regents policy regarding purchases from businesses owned and operated by people of color and indigenous people, women, and persons with disabilities. Come learn about the policy, develop new strategies, and gain insight into how each department can promote the use of these businesses. Noon-1 p.m., 321 Coffman Union and live online via WebEx.

RSVP if you plan to attend >

Aug. 22-26 - Teaching with Writing Faculty Seminar

Registration is now open for the faculty seminar, "Teaching with Writing." This annual seminar offers faculty members from diverse disciplines a retreat-like opportunity in which to focus on the roles writing plays (or could play) in the courses they teach. Discussions are lively and pragmatic as participants focus on developing relevant approaches and materials. Registration caps at 25 and fills quickly.

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Apr. 21 - Active shooter situation presentation

FBI Special Agent Joe Malhoit will cover topics such as preventative steps, red flags, situational awareness, and tips in dealing with an active shooter situation during a Thursday Commons presentation. 12:15-1:45 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

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Apr. 21 - Student Awards Ceremony

A Celebration of Achievement will feature academic and achievement awards presented to outstanding student leaders, including the Man and Woman of the Year awards. 6 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.

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Apr. 25 - Scholarship Brunch

The Scholarship Brunch for incoming Merit Scholarship recipients will begin at 8:30 a.m. with check-in at the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. Merit Scholars will also register for fall semester classes.

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Apr. 26 - Employee Engagement (E2) Survey results session for faculty

The results of the 2015 Crookston Employee Engagement (E2) Survey responses and year-over-year comparisons will be presented to faculty, followed by an open discussion on next steps. Noon-1:45 p.m., Peterson Classroom, Heritage Hall.

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New: Champ's Closetperson sewing clothes

Recognizing that many students can't afford interview-worthy business attire, UMD is establishing Champ's Closet. Students will be able to shop for professional clothing at no charge. Women's clothing has been donated by maurices, and donations are being accepted to increase the supply of men's clothing. Once the closet is stocked, the doors will open in 245 Kirby Plaza.

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U of M Talented Youth Mathematics Program seeks studentsmath

UMD's Department of Mathematics is seeking its next cohort of students in grades 5-7 for the accelerated University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program or UMTYMP (pronounced "um-tee-ump"). Assistant Professor of Mathematics Tracy Bibelnieks coordinates the program. Students who complete UMTYMP finish four years of high school math in two years, then begin college-level calculus.

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Apr. 22-23 - Shades of Africa Concert Serieswoman in dress

Grammy award winner Martha Gonzalez, along with Luis Alberto Sarmiento and Quetzal Flores, will present a multimedia Afro Mexico Festival concert in the "Son Jarocho" genre on Apr. 22. Shades of Africa continues Apr. 23 with a concert entitled "La Tercera Raíz de México" performed by the UMD Symphony Orchestra. Both concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall.

Faculty honored

Shannon Stevenson, assistant professor, biology; Viktor Nemykin, professor, chemistry and biochemistry; and Shane Courtland, assistant professor, philosophy, are recipients of the Chancellor's Teaching, Research, and Public Service Awards for 2015-16. Each will give a presentation Apr. 26, 2 p.m., Kirby Rafters. The all-faculty awards presentation and reception will immediately follow at approximately 3 p.m.

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International Exchange learning experience

Barbara Burke, associate professor of communication, media, and rhetoric, has partnered with Liene Locmele, lecturer, in a joint instruction of the globalization of mass media. This joint instruction stems from an emerging relationship between UMM and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in Valmiera, Latvia.

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Campus Compact AwardsKyle Klausing

Kyle Klausing, Tammy Berberi, and Muriel Krusemark received Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' awards. The three were honored Apr. 7 at the annual Summit and Awards Ceremony in St. Paul, and will be recognized at a Community Engagement Celebration May 5 in Morris.

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Hoppe Receives Fulbright GrantLaura Hoppe

Laura Hoppe, '16, Wyoming, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant for 2016-17. Hoppe, a Spanish and Latin American area studies major, is the third student from UMM to receive a Fulbright award in the last two years.

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Student teams compete at IMPACT SymposiumKaylie Evers, impact student

Four student teams from the University of Minnesota Rochester gained more experience in how to solve real-world health issues. Last month, they competed against other Minnesota undergraduate students to come up with a researched solution to a health problem.

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Apr. 21 - UMR Faculty to present at Innovations in Teaching Showcase

Several UMR faculty will present at this year's Provost's Innovations in Teaching Showcase, to be held at Northrop on the UMTC campus. Robert Dunbar, Molly Dingel, and Xavier Prat-Resim will present their Enhancement of Academic Programs Using Digital Technology project. Bijaya Aryal and Eric Hall will present their Experiments in Learning Innovation project.

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Twin Cities

UMTC Commencement Calendar

University Relations has created a special events calendar page highlighting spring commencements at the U of M Twin Cities. If you're looking for a commencement date and place, you can find it on the Commencement Calendar.

Bias Response Team email address

The Bias Response Team for the Twin Cities campus has been meeting since mid-February and is receiving reports of bias incidents. A dedicated email--endBias@umn.edu--has been created to assist campus community members in reporting incidents they have experienced or observed.

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Subscribe to the Campus Climate weekly email digest

Those interested in staying up-to-date on campus climate news, events, perspectives, and more may sign up via Google Groups to receive the Campus Climate weekly updates.

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Apr. 21 - Pay College Athletes

Big-time college athletics are a hit with fans ready to cheer on their teams, TV executives eager to crank up revenues, and universities that reap the rewards. But commercial college sports have also used the cover of "student-athlete" to secure valuable unpaid labor. Allen Sanderson, senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago, will lay out the case for paying college athletes. A light buffet will be served after the event. 5-6 p.m., Humphrey Forum.

Register and learn more >

Apr. 22-24 - Bell Museum Groundbreaking and Earth DayNew Bell Museum artist rendering

The U's Bell Museum + Planetarium will break ground Apr. 22 on the St. Paul campus. Celebrate the groundbreaking and Earth Day with the Bell! See breathtaking designs of the new building, explore the science behind migration with U experts, pick up Earth-friendly giveaways (seed bombs, bee habitats, and solar-viewing kits), and more.

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Apr. 26 - MSI Research Exhibition

The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) will hold its annual Research Exhibition, featuring poster presentations of MSI users' work. Light refreshments and tours of the machine room will be available. 1:30-4 p.m., 4th and 5th floors, Walter Library.

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Apr. 27 - Women's Health Lecture

Neill Epperson, University of Pennsylvania, will speak on "Neuroendocrine Aspects of Mood and Cognition During the Menopause Transition" at the next Powell Center for Women's Health lecture. Noon-1 p.m., 3-125 Mayo. RSVP if you plan to attend.

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Apr. 29 - Neuroscience Discovery Day

Promoting forward-thinking neuroscience discovery at the University of Minnesota, the first-ever Wallin Neuroscience Discovery Day will include presentations from U of M research teams capped by the inaugural Plenary Lecture by Thomas Südhof, professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University and 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center.

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Apr. 29 - Undergraduate Research Symposium

Your attendance and participation at this spring's Undergraduate Research Symposium supports the research activities of undergraduate students and gives them the opportunity to receive feedback and gain valuable experience. 9:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.,
Great Hall, Coffman Union.

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May 4 - Friends of the Libraries 2016 Celebration featuring Kevin KlingKevin Kling

Kevin Kling will present "Books Cast Their Spell on Me: Trafficking in the Alphabet" at the annual Friends of the Libraries Celebration. Dinner is included at this ticketed event. 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

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May 5 - Headliners: The Anti-Campaign

Political scientist Larry Jacobs will weigh-in on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which is shaping up to be an extraordinary chapter in American politics. Topics of discussion will include the rise of Donald Trump and the success of Bernie Sanders, whether Trump will be nominated by the Republican Party as its presidential candidate, and, if he is nominated, whether he can win. 7 p.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul.

Register and learn more >

UMTC Featured Eventssketch of woman's face

Apr. 20 - Can we change people's minds on climate?
Apr. 20 - LIKENESS | Student Design Showcase & Runway
Apr. 22 - Dreaming of Rocks from Mars: Scientific Desires and the Engineering of Mars Missions
Apr. 25 - "Scientific Utopia: Crowdsourcing Science" - Dr. Brian Nosek
Apr. 26 - 2015-16 Distinguished Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception
Apr. 28 - Getting Crusaded: History and the Targets of Medieval Holy War
Apr. 29 - Spring Fling!

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