Inside This Issue
U of M Legislative Request update.
Feature: Seeing His Wife for the First Time.
People: Dante Cicchetti, Allen Isaacman, and Donald Truhlar have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and more.
U of M Legislative Request update
The next few days are critical for state funding for the University of Minnesota in the coming two years. On Apr. 27, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed its higher education omnibus bill 72-55. View a comparison (PDF) of the funding proposals for the University by the governor, House, and Senate. A conference committee will likely meet next week to reconcile the differences between versions of the bill. Now is the time for University of Minnesota supporters to take action. Find the name and email address of your State House Representative. Sign up for the University of Minnesota Legislative Action Network. Membership allows you to stay informed on legislative matters and learn about ways you can help.
Seeing His Wife for the First Time
Legally blind for more than 20 years, James Kelm had never seen his wife, Kimberley. That changed when U doctors gave the Duluth pastor a bionic eye.
Dante Cicchetti, Allen Isaacman, and Donald Truhlar have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Elizabeth Wilson has been named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows; Eva von Dassow has received the National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize; thirteen faculty have received U of M Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) Multicultural Research Awards; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.
Correction - Transparency in human subjects research
President Kaler’s Apr. 24 email message “Transparency in human subjects research” listed an incorrect time for the May 4 Academic Health Center town hall meeting. The forum will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and will be streamed live.
Register for MoodleMoot 2015
MoodleMoot 2015, a conference for Moodle users across North America (teachers, learners, instructional designers, developers, administrators, support staff, etc.), will be held at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus Aug. 4-6.
Apr. 30 and May 5 - Employee Engagement survey results presentations
May 4 - Scholarship brunch
A scholarship brunch will be held for incoming Merit Scholarship recipients May 4, beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by a program at 10 a.m., Bede Ballroom. Up to 60 new students will register for fall semester 2015 classes that day.
Professor Priscilla Day Honored
Priscilla Day, professor and head of UMD's Department of Social Work, has received the 2015 Child Welfare Leadership Award from the University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. Day also serves as the principal investigator and director for the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies.
New wind turbine
A small wind turbine was set into motion on Earth Day, Apr. 22, on the UMD Farm. The 5-kilowatt turbine will enhance experiential learning opportunities at UMD’s Sustainable Agriculture Project as faculty, students, and staff explore sustainable challenges and solutions for the region.
Street Scene musical
The opera-musical Street Scene, set in 1940s New York, features the music of Kurt Weill with lyrics by Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice. The production is presented by the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre. Apr. 30-May 2, 7:30 p.m., and May 3, 2 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center.
May 5 - ‘Molecules to Miracles: The Importance of Cancer Research’
Paula Termuhlen, dean of the U of M Medical School Duluth Campus, will present “Molecules to Miracles: The Importance of Cancer Research” at the Annette L. Boman Cancer Research Symposium. 7 p.m., Northland Country Club, 3901 E. Superior St. No charge, and open to the public.
Morris to Celebrate 52nd Commencement
More than 365 UMM students will receive their degrees at the 52nd Commencement May 9. Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen will serve as the 2015 Commencement speaker. All are invited to attend the ceremony, to watch the event online, or to listen on KMRS/KKOK radio.
May 2 - Morris Hosts Celebration of William Stewart
UMM will host a 90th birthday celebration for retired Minority Student Program Director William Stewart and his contributions to the Morris campus. In 25 years of service, Stewart touched the lives of thousands of UMM students and championed the concerns, needs, and accomplishments of students of color. 5 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, East Bank, Twin Cities campus.
UMM named 2015 U.S. Department of Education Sustainability Awardee
Managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce that the University of Minnesota Morris is among the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Nine colleges and universities were honored.
Gill ’16 works with Morris Area Chamber of Commerce
Sam Gill ’16, Northfield, is working with the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce to update annual membership information and to plan a nonprofit expo, as well as the annual Prairie Pioneer Days festival. Gill has been working in collaboration with chamber employees Carolyn Peterson and Andrea Singleton to handle logistical concerns and process business information and new membership applications.
May 4 - Melanoma Monday skin cancer screenings
University of Minnesota Health dermatologists will offer skin cancer screenings at no charge May 4 at the U of M Health Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center as part of Melanoma Monday, an event designed to raise awareness of skin cancer and encourage regular skin examinations. Dermatologists will perform full body checks or simply check suspicious lesions, depending on your preference.
May 5 - Technology Help Tips-and-Tricks Tuesday
Win prizes, pick up a treat, and learn some U of M technology tips and tricks from the Technology Help staff May 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at both the Coffman Union food court and the St. Paul Student Center terrace.
May 5 - Sustainable and Responsible Investing Symposium
Bond and Devick Financial Network will join with speakers from the University of Minnesota, Sunrise Banks, and SRI investment firms to host a Sustainable and Responsible Investing Symposium, 3-6 p.m. RSVP by May 4.
May 9 - Public exhibition of BFA undergraduate artwork
Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program will present their work in a public exhibition at the Regis Center for Art May 5-16, with a program May 9, 5:30 p.m., InFlux Space, Katherine E. Nash Gallery. The “re.con de.con” exhibit will feature 32 artists with works in a diverse range of media, including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, textiles, video, and installation.
May 6 - Toy Product Design PLAYsentations
College of Design students have worked in small teams to design and prototype their own toy concepts. This theatrical show presents the toys to the U community, industry, and children. 6 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.
May 8 - Bell Social: Curious Creatures After Dark
Enjoy a special after-hours celebration of art and science with the 2015 Bell Museum artists-in-residence, with live music, a mini Café Scientifique, and more. 7-10:30 p.m., Bell Museum. Discounted tickets for U of M faculty, staff, and students are $12.
May 14 - Inside the Facebook Emotion Study
Join Jeff Hancock of Cornell University as he addresses ethics and controversy in social data research at the 2015 SOBACO Spring Research Symposium. Hancock, one of the researchers in the Facebook Emotion Study, will address ethical decision points and insights on why the study generated such massive attention and criticism. The symposium will also showcase new research from students and faculty on topics in social media, social computing, and analytics.
May 20 - Enhancing Undergraduate STEM Courses colloquium
Ann Saterbak will discuss her experience at Rice University implementing problem-based learning, a teaching method in which student teams propose solutions to unsolved problems in their discipline, and project-based learning, a similar pedagogical method, during the Enhancing Undergraduate STEM Courses through Authentic Projects colloquium. Saterbak is nationally recognized for excellence in teaching engineering and her work on STEM educational initiatives. 10:30-11:30 a.m., B75 Amundson Hall.
May 20 - UROC Community Day and Robert J. Jones building dedication
Celebrate five years of University-community partnerships at the University's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center's (UROC) annual open house May 20, 2-7 p.m., 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis. Join University of Minnesota Regent Richard Beeson, President Eric Kaler, and special guests during a 3 p.m. building naming dedication ceremony in honor of former U of M professor and Senior Vice President Robert J. Jones.
May 21 - Preparing Future Faculty retreat
Graduate students are invited to the Preparing Future Faculty Retreat May 21, noon-4:45 p.m., 312 STSS. The $10 registration fee includes workshop materials and light refreshments.
Paper Student Rating of Teaching due May 22
Student Rating of Teaching surveys are administered the last day of instruction, during the week of May 4 for most Spring 2015 courses. If your department uses paper surveys, the deadline for submission to the Office of Measurement Services is May 22. See your department contact with questions.
June 8 - Precision Medicine Symposium
Registration is open for a full-day symposium on precision medicine, hosted by the Precision Medicine and Health Consortium. The symposium will feature lead informatics experts from the pharmaceutical industry, Vanderbilt’s Medical Informatics team, and University of Minnesota researchers and practitioners in precision medicine. Register by May 27.
UMTC Featured Events
April 30 - Public Lecture: To The Zooniverse & Beyond
Apr. 30 - Spirituality After Darwin
May 1 - Mobile Advertising: What Works and Why
May 1 - First Fridays: Year end review panel
May 3 - Closing Party for Feast
May 7 - Sustainability Film Series
May 6-8 - WAM Shop Spring Sale