April 27, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 16

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • State Relations update.
  • Driven to Discover: Tim LaPara.
  • Features: Proving the Theory; Curtain Up.
  • People: Regents Professor Timothy Lodge has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and more

Top News

State Relations update

Over the past week, the Senate Finance Committee has held several hearings regarding its version of a supplemental budget bill. As of now, the bill provides funding to the University for the following initiatives: Health Training Restoration, $5 million; Mining Innovation Minnesota, $3.1 million; Tuition Relief, $13 million; and Forever Green, $1 million.

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Driven to Discover: Tim LaParaTim Lapara

It's one of the most pressing threats within modern medicine: the rise of antibiotic resistance. But the current scientific paradigm--to restrict antibiotic prescriptions and curtail antibiotic use in agriculture--doesn't fully address the problem, says Tim LaPara, a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering. LaPara is proposing a novel solution.

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Proving the TheoryBernhard Hering

New U of M research shows that pancreatic islet cell transplantation can benefit people who have difficult-to-control type 1 diabetes. Bernhard Hering, executive director of the Schulze Diabetes Institute and a professor of surgery and medicine, was the lead author of the paper.

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Curtain UpGunda Georg

What does it take to get to that moment in a clinic when a doctor gives a patient a compound never before used in modern medicine? The investigational drug Minnelide illustrates just how complex and exhilarating that journey can be.

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Rodney Hanley has been named chancellor of the University of Minnesota Morris, effective July 1; Regents Professor Timothy Lodge has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Scott Lanyon has been named vice provost and dean of graduate education, effective June 20; the Carlson School has announced a $5 million gift from an alum to strengthen the school's relationship with China; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Mapping the corn supply chaincorn bins

Jennifer Schmitt, IonE's North Star Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise lead scientist, talks about teaming up with the Environmental Defense Fund to understand the environmental footprint of corn.

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May 23-27 - Faculty Writing Hunker

The interdisciplinary program of faculty and staff writing retreats, known as Writing Hunkers, creates a supportive and productive community of scholarly writers from a wide variety of disciplines and a range of academic ranks at the University of Minnesota. The programs combine dedicated independent writing time with structured writing activities, writing and research consultations, and discussions about writing and teaching. Applications for the summer retreat are due by 4 p.m., Apr. 29.

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Applications open for Humphrey School Policy Fellows program

Applications are now available for the 2016-17 Policy Fellows program, one of the country's most respected leadership development programs for emerging and mid-career leaders in Minnesota. Policy Fellows meet once per month between September and June to engage in workshops, discussions, and group projects; they also travel to Washington, D.C., for a multi-day study trip with prominent elected officials and national public affairs leaders. Scholarships are available. Applications are due June 1.

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Canvas learning management system pilot

The University of Minnesota's pilot of the Canvas learning management system will be extended through the end of spring semester 2017. The extension will enable the University to continue its evaluation of the tool and participation in Unizin collaborations. Applications for participation are due by May 4.

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For the Love of ScienceBryant Hamilton

In May, senior Bryant Hamilton will be walking in commencement. It will be in many ways the fulfillment of a dream and the doorway to another.

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Apr. 27 - Riverland Tourism Conference

The Riverland Tourism Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The conference costs $40 per person for lunch and materials, and is open to the public.

Menard receives Counselor of the Year Award

The Minnesota School Counselors Association (MSCA) is awarding the Post-Secondary School Counselor of the Year Award for 2016 to Tim Menard. Menard is a UMC mental health counselor in the Career Development and Counseling Services office. He will be recognized at the MSCA Conference on May 2.

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High school students compete during Business Activities Day

A Business Activities Day was hosted by the UMC Business Department Apr. 19. Approximately 50 students from Fisher and Fertile-Beltrami high schools in Minnesota and Central Valley in North Dakota were involved in the competition.


MN Sea Grant research fundedFish underwater

UMD faculty and staff are lead researchers on four of six projects funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Grant Program and matched by the University of Minnesota. The total funding is $1.5 million. The projects focus on Lake Superior as well as Minnesota rivers and lakes.

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UMD Child Welfare Scholars help families in crisisMegan Wagner

UMD's Child Welfare Scholar program provides students pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in social work with unique educational opportunities and a financial stipend. Students gain firsthand knowledge working with and supporting children and their parents during difficult times.

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Sustainable Campuses meetingUMD with tree logo

Staff and faculty from six Twin Ports college campuses recently came together to talk about sustainability efforts at their schools. Topics included sustainable energy, carbon emission and waste reduction, recycling programs, storm water management, and student-run initiatives. Incorporating sustainability into course curricula was also discussed. Organizers hope that partnerships will grow out of this initial meeting.

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Art+Design Exhibit

Assistant Professor Wanda Pearcy wanted the students in her photography class to collaborate as artists and create something together. The results are stunning images captured on Holga Cameras. See their work and the work of other School of Fine Arts students at the Art+Design student exhibit, through May 1.

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Lackey named Distinguished McKnight University ProfessorMichael Lackey

Michael Lackey, UMM professor of English, was named a 2016 Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The mid-career honor comes with a $100,000 award. Lackey is one of seven U of M faculty members to receive the honor, and the only scholar recognized from a statewide campus.

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Eighth Annual Bread 'N Bowlspeople in line for soup

Since its inception in 2008, Bread 'N Bowls has established a reputation for its delicious food and beautifully crafted bowls. The project has come to be a valued event in the community, raising awareness about violence and poverty in the Morris community and providing support for local organizations.

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May 14 - Commencementgirl celebrating graduation

More than 360 University of Minnesota Morris students will receive their degrees at the 53rd Commencement. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. on the campus mall. All are invited to attend or to watch the event online.

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May 3 – UMR CONNECTS: Designing Landscapes for a Healthier Youflowers and grasses

When you create outdoor spaces, you can reap the benefits of a closer relationship with nature in order to lead a healthier life. Landscaper Jeff Feece will discuss the basics of creating outdoor spaces using natural elements that are personalized to your individual aesthetic style and activity level. 7 p.m., 417 University Square.

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Aug. 18 - BICB Industry SymposiumBicb logo

Save the date for the 4th Annual Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) Industry Symposium, which will focus on the use of bioinformatics in marketplace applications. Details will be available on the BICB website at a later date.

Twin Cities

Stress relief on campusTanya Bailey with therapy chicken

Interacting with animals reduces stress. Faculty, staff, and students have an opportunity three times a week to "Pet Away Worry & Stress" (PAWS). PAWS volunteers bring therapy dogs, bunnies, chickens, and other animals to the East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campuses each week. The PAWS program runs during the academic year.

See the schedule for times and locations >

Apr. 28 – 'Imagine U: Discovering your first-year story'

"Imagine U: Discovering your first-year story" showcases stories from current students about being first-year students at the U. A gallery opening will include light refreshments and music provided by Mill City Jazz. 4-6 p.m., Art Gallery, Coffman Union. The exhibit runs through Aug. 18.

May 3 - Minnesota's Opportunity: Working Together to Transform Health Care

Health care policy has generated intense partisan disagreement over the past five years. The acrimony has been a sharp departure from Minnesota's long tradition of collaboration. This program returns to one of the areas of broad collaboration--the transformation of health care delivery and financing that distinguished Minnesota for delivering high quality and low cost. Former Governor Tim Pawlenty is the keynote. 8 a.m.-noon, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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May 4-6 - WAM Shop Spring Sale

It's gift season for moms, dads, and grads. The Weisman Art Museum's WAM Shop offers University faculty, staff, and students 20 percent off purchases during its spring sale.

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May 6 – 'Wide World of Impractical Sports' and 'Out of Context'drawing of people trying to push oversized ball over net

The First Fridays Series at the Libraries wraps up with "Out of Context," presented by University of Minnesota Archives, and "Wide World of Impractical Sports," presented by the YMCA Archives. Noon-1 p.m., 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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May 10 - Models of Embedded Writing Instruction

The University's Writing-Enriched Curriculum Program invites faculty members, instructors, and administrators from across the disciplines to its third campus-wide symposium. This all-day event is composed of large-group presentations and small break-out panel discussions, all focused on methods for infusing discipline-relevant writing instruction into undergraduate courses and curricula and graduating able communicators in all undergraduate majors. 8:30 a.m.- 4:15 p.m., third floor, Coffman Union.

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'From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry'fermentation process poster

The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine is hosting the National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibit, "From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry," through May 13. The exhibit is being presented in conjunction with the Wangensteen's current exhibit, "Bodies and Spirits: Health and the History of Fermentation and Distillation."

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May 19 - The Opportunity City: Progress Report on Improving Equity in Minneapolis

Mayor Betsy Hodges is garnering national attention--along with New York's Bill De Blasio--for promoting equity in Minneapolis. Mayor Hodges will provide a candid update on progress, hurdles, and lessons learned in the pursuit of equity in Minneapolis. 6-7:15 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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Homecoming Parade: Register your department or unit

Parade registration closes June 19 at 10 p.m. All submissions will undergo a review process. Entries will be reviewed based on crowd engagement/interaction, entertainment value, creativity, and Gopher spirit/theme: Gopher Glory.

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UMTC Featured EventsAmir Fallah art

Apr. 27 - Campus Conversation - Supplier Diversity
Apr. 27 - How can nature and design improve our mental health?
Apr. 28 - Visiting Artist Talk: Amir H. Fallah
Apr. 30 - The Sacred and Profane
May 3 - 1st Tuesday: David MacLennan - Chairman & CEO, Cargill
May 3 - Race, Immigration and the 2016 Presidential Election
May 4 – Bell After Hours: Colors

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