April 26, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 16

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover: Protecting human rights with Bridget Marchesi.
  • Features: Heart in a box; The complex web of monetary sanctions in Minnesota; Citizens in the classroom; Extending the pipeline.
  • People: Two U of M startups have been named among the most promising in the nation; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Protecting human rights with Bridget MarchesiBridget Marchesi

Societies worldwide struggle to move from histories of violence and oppression to embrace justice and democracy. Bridget Marchesi helps human rights advocates and leaders understand what steps toward justice work, so history doesn’t repeat itself.

Learn more about Marchesi’s work >

Heart in a boxa surgeon

Hearts for transplant have been carried from a brain-dead organ donor to a waiting recipient in essentially the same way for nearly half a century. A clinical trial at the U of M may help surgeons make more efficient use of donor hearts and benefit patients who are waiting for a transplant.

The complex web of monetary sanctions in Minnesotastatue of justice

Regents Professor Christopher Uggen leads a team of Minnesota researchers joining colleagues at eight universities across the country to explore the role of monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system in their home states. Their work on this complex and decentralized web of policies and regulations is outlined in a new report.

Citizens in the classroomRoozbeh Shirazi

Roozbeh Shirazi was a first-grade teacher in a school across from the World Trade Center when hijacked planes destroyed the towers on Sept. 11. Shirazi saw his school change almost overnight from a place that welcomed difference to one that emphasized a particular kind of national unity. Today, Shirazi is an assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, where his work focuses on youth citizenship, empowerment, and political participation.

Extending the pipelinestudents tutoring

A Medical School mentoring program helps put high school students from diverse backgrounds on the path to medical careers. The program aims to expand the pipeline of minority medical students much earlier by encouraging them to study STEM subjects that could spark their interest in medicine.


Two U of M startups have been named among the most promising in the nation; the School of Journalism and Mass Communication will become the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Professional Development Grants for Retirees; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Investing in the U of M’s shared prosperity with Minnesota

President Eric Kaler released a statement on the current proposed level of state funding for the University of Minnesota. Kaler indicates that the U of M will not be able to sustain the totality of its efforts at the proposed funding levels.

Learn more and advocate for the U >

ULTA Provides LMS Recommendation

Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, the University Learning Technology Advisors (ULTA) have been discussing the proposal that the University transition its centrally supported Learning Management System (LMS) to Canvas and continue its membership in the Unizin Consortium. After a thorough survey of the UTLA members, their official recommendation report has been created and presented to the leadership team to aid in their final decision.

Employees find success in conquering debt

Employees at the University paid off more than $850,000 in credit card debt over the past three years by working with LSS Financial Counseling (1-800-528-2926) to create a debt management plan that consolidated their payments so they could pay off their debt faster. In addition to debt management, U of M employees and their family members can schedule up to six counseling sessions a year at no charge. Counseling services include budgeting, repaying student loans, home mortgages and financing, and reviewing credit reports.

Aug. 11-13 - Chainbreaker Masonic Cancer Center bike ride fundraiserchainbreaker ride logo

Chainbreaker is a new fundraising experience and bike ride that has the potential to be a game changer for the Masonic Cancer Center and cancer research across all of the U’s health sciences schools, centers, and institutes. Sign up to ride either individually or as part of a team, or sign up to volunteer at the event.


Apr. 28 - Teambacker Fun Nite

Teambacker Fun Nite returns with entertainment by Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos along with a silent auction, food, and games. All proceeds benefit UMC athletic scholarships. 5:30-9 p.m., Crookston Eagles Club, 105 S. Broadway.

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

The University of Minnesota Crookston Music-Theater Department is producing the two-act comedy The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon. Apr. 26-27, 7 p.m., and Apr. 30, 3 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.

May 6 - Class of 2017 commencement

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will address the Class of 2017 during commencement exercises. This year’s commencement marks the close of a yearlong recognition of the 50th anniversary of the campus as an institution of higher education. 2 p.m., Lysaker Gymnasium.

Christopherson part of Study Minnesota delegation

Director of Admissions Michelle Christopherson was part of a Study Minnesota delegation that recently visited multiple embassies in Washington, D.C.


Women of the Year awardsGeorgia Keeney

Three individuals were recently honored with the UMD Commission for Women’s Linda Larson Woman of the Year Award. Physics graduate student Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil received the student award. The staff award was given to Women's Hockey Coach Maura Crowell, and applied human sciences associate professor Georgia Keeney received the faculty award. Winners are nominated by their peers and voted on by the commission.

Student Employee of the YearSam Quackenbush

Senior Sam Quackenbush, a communication major with an arts and media minor, was named Minnesota Student Employee of the Year. He also received UMD's Student Employee of the Year award. Quackenbush has volunteered at KUMD radio for three years as a DJ, student community-promotion director, and most recently as its student assistant marketing director.

U of M Talented Youth Mathematics ProgramUMTYMP logo

Applications are being accepted for students in grades 5-7 for the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP). “Um-tee-ump,” as it is known, enables participants to earn enough college credit to be halfway towards a bachelor’s degree by the time they finish high school. Assistant Professor Tracy Bibelnieks, Department of Mathematics, coordinates the program.

May 2 - Business Resources Summitaerial of Duluth

Representatives from UMD’s Center for Economic Development will be among the experts at Duluth Mayor Emily Larson’s Business Resources Summit. A panel of local entrepreneurs will discuss their experiences in starting their businesses. Registration is required. 7:30 a.m., Clyde Iron Works.


Three UMM students named Fulbright ScholarsUMM Fulbright scholars

Chase Glomstad '17, Olivia Ilgar '16, and Addison Schnabel '17 have earned Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards. Jennifer Deane, professor of history and coordinator for National and International Fellowships, says that the successes put Morris in the company of other excellent private liberal arts colleges and public universities.

Tone-Pah-Hote named Udall ScholarTarlynn Tone Pah Hote

Tarlynn Tone-Pah-Hote '18 is a 2017 Udall Scholar in Native Health Care. A biology major and a proud member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and Oneida from Six Nations, Ontario, Canada, Tone-Pah-Hote is an aspiring physician dedicated to improving the health of American Indian communities. She is one of three UMM students who excelled in the prestigious scholarship competition this year.

Gercken receives All-University Horace T. Morse AwardBecca Gercken

Associate Professor of English and American Indian Studies Becca Gercken is a recipient of the Horace T. Morse Award. Nominators write that Gercken "focuses on possibility, on opening multiple perspectives, on finding ways to show what literature and critical thinking and writing have to offer and teaching students to believe they can accomplish what they want to accomplish."

Paulson takes part in TED TalksAnnika Paulson playing guitar at Ted talk

She might be a first-year student, but Anika Paulson '20, a biology major and music minor, has already been chosen to give two TED Talks. Paulson presented "Music Is Everything" at a TED-Ed conference in New York in December and is scheduled to present again in Vancouver on Apr. 27.

June 13-14 - Innovate! Teaching with Technology Conference

Registration is open for the Innovate! Teaching With Technology Conference, to be held at UMM. The conference will bring together K-12 and college educators and technology leaders to discuss important issues and innovations related to technology in the classroom. Attendees will receive a Continuing Education Clock Hours Certificate for the number of hours attended.

Register and learn more >


May 2 - Building Bridges: A New Website of Health Resources in Olmsted County

Join UMR students at UMR Connects as they share the easy-to-navigate mobile website for health resources in the Olmsted county area. The site is meant for English and Spanish speakers. 7 p.m., Room 417, 111 S. Broadway.

May 5 - Undergraduate Academic Showcase

UMR will present its inaugural Undergraduate Academic Showcase. The event will highlight student work and include faculty keynote presentations. 1:30-5:45 p.m., Room 414 University Square.

See the full schedule of events >

Twin Cities

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 Debbie Hannem or by calling 612-626-1442.

Reminder: Personal Web Space to be retired

The U of M Personal Web Space service will be retired on June 30. Users with active personal web space must choose to move, download, or retire their website(s). The University provides several full-featured services, including Google Sites and Drupal Lite, that users can choose from to provide more functionality and ease of use. Hosting Services and Web and Collaboration Services are available to assist users with transitioning their sites.

Learn more about your content and hosting options >

Apr. 27 - Immigrant Stories

Join the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) for Immigrant Stories, a screening of several digital stories created by U of M students. The center helps recent immigrants and refugees create digital stories about a personal experience. The IHRC shares and preserves these digital stories for future generations. Noon, 120 Andersen Library.

Apr. 28 - Recognizing CLA's ‘Bright Lights’bright lights poster

Celebrate the accomplishments of the College of Liberal Arts’ most exceptional undergraduate students. The program showcases award-winning CLA students and their varied creative, academic, and applied experiences. 3 p.m., Carlson Family Stage, Northrop.

May 1 - Melanoma Monday skin cancer screeningsperson getting a skin check

University of Minnesota Health dermatologists will offer skin cancer screenings at no charge at its Clinics and Surgery Center during Melanoma Monday. Dermatologists will perform full body checks or simple spot checks on suspicious lesions, depending on the patient’s preference. Screenings will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis, with no appointment necessary. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 909 Fulton St. SE.

May 5 - Prescription Opioid Use in Occupational Health Care

Characterized as the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history, Thomas Wickizer will review the nature and scope of the opioid problem and summarize the state of current initiatives aimed at addressing this public health crisis. No charge and open to the public, but registration requested. 2:30-5:30 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium.

May 9 - Alan Page in conversation with Gary Eichten

Alan Page has had an extraordinary career trajectory. Discover his motivations and passions in this conversation with Gary Eichten. 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Cost: $48/58. Dinner included.

May 17 - Create Together Day - Citizen Science Hackathon

Create Together Day is a hackathon-style event for anyone with a desire to share great ideas to advance citizen science. Participants will collaborate with citizen science leaders from around the globe to create products, interfaces, or data visualizations to improve specific citizen science projects or the field as a whole. Bring your data, your devices, and your project ideas and help create something awesome. Breakfast, lunch, and endless coffee will be supplied.

U of M Golf Club

The University of Minnesota Golf Club is looking for new golfers. The club has conducted tournaments at Les Bolstad Golf Course since 1968, and last year had 242 members from the University community. The club plans 15 Saturday events each year, awarding prizes for gross and net scores based on USGA handicaps. The season starts this month.

UMTC Featured Eventstoys in hands

Apr. 27 - What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain
Apr. 28 - Utopian World-Making
Apr. 28 - The Role of Race and Group Conflict in the 2016 Election
Apr. 29 - Spring Fling
May 1 - May Sale
May 3 - Toy Product Design PLAYsentations
May 3 - Show Up for the Common Good - Minneapolis

Events Calendar >