April 22, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 16

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Follow up on April 17 New York Times report.
  • Regents public forum: Human subjects research practices.
  • Feature: The U of M's oldest professor is teaching his last semester.
  • People: Economist Tim Kehoe and art historian Matthew Canepa and have been named Guggenheim Fellows; and more.

Top News

Follow-up on April 17 New York Times report

President Kaler has issued a statement in response to an April 17 story in the New York Times about U of M human subjects research practices, as well as additional information that addresses specific issues raised by the Times. For ongoing progress updates about the University’s research practice reforms, see Implementation Progress Updates and sign up to receive regular progress alerts.

May 7 - Regents public forum: Human subjects research practices

The Board of Regents will hold a public forum to hear from the University community and public regarding the development of an action and implementation plan to improve human subjects research practices at the University. Signup for the public forum will take place prior to the event, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., Boardroom, McNamara Alumni Center. The forum will begin at 4:30 p.m. Written comments may be submitted to uregents@umn.edu. The forum will also be streamed live at regents.umn.edu.

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John Fraser Hart: The U's oldest professor is teaching his last semesterJohn Hart

At 91, John Hart is the University’s oldest professor. He has taught thousands of students (more than 40,000, he estimates), published hundreds of articles and more than a dozen books, and witnessed—if not always participated in—the communication industry’s march from typewriters to Twitter. And to professional geographers, Hart’s is not just a household name, but an iconic one. Hart will retire at the end of spring semester.

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Economist Tim Kehoe and art historian Matthew Canepa and have been named Guggenheim Fellows; SPH professor Kathleen Call has received the University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award; Al Tims has been named the 2014 Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism & Mass Communication Administrator of the Year; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

U leaders tour Minnesota to learn about regional business needshighway with yellow line

This spring, research and business leaders from the U will travel across Minnesota to meet with leaders in industry, government and economic development to discuss the needs of local economies and how the university can partner to support each region’s economy. University leaders ultimately hope the visits will serve as catalysts for new public-private partnerships that thrive on the combination of the U’s aptitude for creating new knowledge and industry’s capacity to implement solutions.

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The Upgrade Update

Upgraded systems launched Apr. 20 as scheduled. The systems may be temporarily slow while pulling in each new user's profile data. If you have trouble with PeopleSoft access, update your browser and clear your cache. See Upgrade.umn.edu for the latest news. Online education and training is available. Additional support is available through 1-HELP and advance teams.

LEGO nature exhibitButterfly made of legos

Connecting with nature at the U of M Landscape Arboretum will take on a very literal meaning this summer through the colorful exhibit "Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks." The exhibit features 13 displays of large, nature-inspired sculptures made from LEGOS. The sculptures, interspersed throughout the Arboretum gardens and collections, are the creation of renowned artist Sean Kenney. May 15 through Aug. 30.

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Summer Public Health Institute

The Summer Public Health Institute, May 26-June 12, offers courses for students and practicing professionals in public health and related fields. Participants can build or expand their professional expertise, broaden career options, network with other professionals, or explore a new area of interest. Courses are intensive and interactive, with opportunities for field trips, case studies, labs, and simulations.

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Apr. 23 - Student Awards Ceremony

The annual Student Awards Ceremony recognizes student leadership and accomplishment over the academic year through the presentation of various student achievement awards. 6-8:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.

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Apr. 24-25 - Student Engaged Leadership Forum (SELF)

Students from all campuses will participate in SELF Sustain, a two-day summit for students of all disciplines to network and discuss sustainability and campus development across the U of M.

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Apr. 24 - Can Do Canines

This special presentation about assistance dogs will feature a meet and greet at 11:30 a.m., followed by a presentation at noon. Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

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Apr. 25 - Pi Run/Walk

Alpha Lambda Delta will host the annual Pi Run/Walk, 5K, 10K, and Fun Run, with race-day registration and check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m., Highland School, 801 Central Ave.

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UMD Named Outstanding University by ACICivil engineering building

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has named UMD a 2014 Outstanding University, one of only 12 universities to receive the distinction. A team of students from the Civil Engineering program will accept the award at the national ACI convention. The students will also participate in a contest centered around the design of a reinforced polymer concrete beam.

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Apr. 20-25 - Beautiful U @UMDBeautiful UMD poster

Beautiful U@UMD will celebrate healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices. Activities planned for the week encourage students, staff, and faculty to learn more about how our actions impact the environment and how our health depends on a clean environment. Apr. 24 is Bike, Bus, Walk Day, with bike safety and repair presentations, a DTA party bus, and prizes for bikers, bus-riders, and walkers.

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Apr. 29 - Ovation Guest ArtistDenis Evstuhin

Pianist Denis Evstuhin will be UMD’s next Ovation Guest Artist. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Evstuhin has won prizes in numerous international competitions and has performed around the world, including as a 2010 guest on A Prairie Home Companion. 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall.

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Apr. 30 - UMD Chancellor's Awards

Stephen Castleberry, Eugene Koshinski, and Julia Williams are recipients of the 2014-15 Chancellor's Teaching, Research, and Service awards. Each will give a presentation Apr. 30, 2 p.m., Kirby Rafters. A reception honoring these and other award-winning faculty will follow at 3 p.m.

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Community Engagement AwardsBecki Jordan, Cody Shaffer, Arne Kildegaard, and Yee Thao

The Office of Community Engagement has announced recipients of the 2015 Community Engagement Awards: Becki Jordan ’07, director of advocacy at Someplace Safe, Community Partner Award; Cody Shaffer ’16, Staples, Student Engagement Award; Arne Kildegaard, professor of economics and director of the Center for Small Towns, Faculty/Staff Community Engagement Award; and Yee Thao ’18, St. Paul, First-Year Community Engagement Award.

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Apr. 27 - Soup and Substance: Water Justicephoto of river

The Office of Community Engagement will host the third Soup and Substance of the semester. The discussion will address issues of water justice. Named for its pairing of a delicious meal with meaningful dialogue, Soup and Substance is open to all members of the community to share their experiences and perspectives.

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Visits Campus

Representatives from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency visited UMM Apr. 6. The campus’s waste management practices were featured as a positive example of recycling at sports facilities. The visit included tours of the recycling center, composting tipping-and-mixing area, Big Cat stadium, the James Gremmels court, and other facilities on campus.

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Kaler visit highlights

U of M President Eric Kaler visited UMM Apr. 14. During his visit he took part in an open campus community meeting, joined in the Celebration of Community Engagement, and spoke with UMM students.

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Odegaard Works With Green Island in WadenaBen Odegaard

Benjamin Odegaard ’15, Starbuck, is working on an ecotourism project with the Center for Small Towns and Green Island. Once a 60-acre family farm in Wadena, Green Island has been restored to forest and is being used as a natural reserve.

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Medical Scribes: An Early Insight Into A Future In Health CareHand on keyboard

The opportunity for undergraduate students to work directly with physicians in a patient care setting is a rare one. But with the emergence of electronic health records, medical scribes have taken a role in health care while allowing providers to focus on patient care. And it's allowing pre-med students to receive valuable hospital experience.

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Being successful at UMR

What are ways students can strive for success? Student success coach Jenn Hooke gives 10 answers to help lead students in the direction of a successful time at UMR.

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Twin Cities

U Libraries data sharing workshops

University Libraries will offer Data Sharing in the Social Sciences (Apr. 27, 10 a.m.) and Data Sharing in the Sciences (May 18, 20, & 21; various times)—workshops that will address the different options for data sharing and archiving, data management strategies needed to create sharable and/or archival data, and other concerns.

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Apr. 28 – Family Friendly Resource Fair

The Student Parent HELP Center and MN Parents Association will host an event for U of M families, featuring information about programs and services, from both University and non-University partners, to enhance family and child enrichment. For all students, staff, and faculty with children. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Northrop Plaza and Mall.

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Apr. 29 - 50th anniversary celebration of health informatics at the U

For five decades, the University of Minnesota has been a center for innovation in health informatics by exemplifying quality interprofessional research, education, and practice. In celebration, the Institute for Health Informatics will host Hyeoun-Ae Park’s presentation “Health Informatics: Past, Present, and Future” Apr. 29, 3:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, followed by a reception.

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Apr. 29 - Music in a Changing ClimateMusical notes on green field

During this public event, three dynamic speakers will join scholars from across the U to explore the intersection of music, the humanities, and the environment. 4-5:30 p.m., Best Buy Theater, Northrop.

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Apr. 30 - The Outsized Role of Earth's Largest Lakes

Robert Sterner, director of the UMD Large Lakes Observatory, will examine some of Earth's largest lakes from the standpoints of hydrology, biodiversity, and geopolitics. 7 p.m., St. Paul Student Center.

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May 3 - TEDxUMN: Human NatureTEDx UMN logo

TEDxUMN will explore the theme of Human Nature, with presentations and questions around the underlying biological and social causes of the way we think and act, and an exploration of the concept of our natural behavior. Lunch will be provided. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

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

President Eric Kaler and five former U of M presidents will discuss the challenges of a diverse and changing world, financing public higher education, safeguarding academic freedom, and other issues in a freewheeling conversation. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Northrop, followed by a reception in Memorial Hall. RSVP by Apr. 24.

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May 11 - Zooniverse: Engage a million research assistants in your research

Learn about the Zooniverse, the Zooniverse@UMN initiative, and the new Zoomanities initiative to crowdsource text-based research using digitized collections. Hear directly from CLA faculty already using Zooniverse as they present their research projects. Zooniverse cofounder and U of M physics professor Lucy Fortson will give an overview and explain the application process. 10-11:30 a.m., 101 Walter Library.

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Homecoming Parade Registration Open

Registration is open to reserve a spot for your organization, college, or department to participate in the 2015 Homecoming Parade. Registration is first-come, first-served, and space is limited. Homecoming will take place Sept. 20-26, with the parade Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

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LASIK discount with U ophthalmology residents

The U of M Department of Ophthalmology is offering faculty, staff, and students LASIK at a discount. The surgery will be performed by an ophthalmology resident with oversight by faculty. While insurance plans do not cover LASIK, it is an itemized tax deduction and a qualified Flexible Spending Plan expense. To determine if you are a candidate, schedule an initial consultation (no charge) by emailing Hannah Boraas or calling 612-626-1442.

June 4 - Communicators Forum Conference

Registration is open for the 2015 Communicators Forum Conference: Ahead of the Curve. The conference will feature explorations of trends and technology, and inspiration from some of our brightest minds, including two keynotes: U of M brand leader Ann Aronson and national trend specialist Robyn Waters. The conference highlights four breakout session tracks, as well as an interactive vendor fair and a happy hour highlighting local businesses and breweries who cater to the U. June 4, Humphrey School.

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UMTC Featured EventsGraphic of earth

Apr. 22 - Earth Day Expo
Apr. 23 - Biotechnology, Freedom, & the Pursuit of Happiness
Apr. 24 - Diversity in the Curriculum: Transforming Your Syllabus
Apr. 25 - Saturday with a Scientist: Physics Force
Apr. 27 - Gopher Football Bone Marrow Drive
Apr. 29 - Sphere of Existence exhibit opening

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