April 3, 2019

Vol. XLIX No. 13

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Features: Explorers of the inland seas; Working and giving together; Battle of the bots; Full potential.
  • People: New McKnight Presidential Fellows named; and more.

Top News

Explorers of the inland seasblue heron heading out to water

When the U of M Duluth launched its Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) in 1994, it put Minnesota squarely in the big leagues of lake research. In fact, LLO is the only institution in the world dedicated to the scientific study of all the large lakes of Earth. LLO’s research has made Minnesota and neighboring lands better able to manage aquatic ecosystems, preserve tourism and recreational business along Lake Superior's shores, and keep the Great Lakes fishing and shipping industries prosperous.

Working and giving togetherColin McFadden

Dedication, excellence, and expertise are at the heart of the University of Minnesota community. Thousands of faculty and staff have chosen to deepen their commitment to the U of M by providing critical support for areas of personal importance. In celebration of this generosity, the U of M Foundation has created a series of stories about our colleagues who give, as told in their own words. The first features Colin McFadden, a technology architect at the College of Liberal Arts on the Twin Cities campus.

Battle of the botsa basketball shooting robotic device

Can a robot sink a three-pointer? Fans of basketball and of robots may find out on Apr. 7, when a U of M robotics team pits its mechanical hoopster against robots from three other collegiate teams in the finals of the Land O’ Lakes Bot Shot competition.

Full potentialJudy eckerle

Trauma. Neglect. Attachment issues. These are some of the challenges associate professor Judith Eckerle addresses every day at the Adoption Medicine Clinic at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. The clinic opened more than 30 years ago to focus on unmet or undiagnosed medical and developmental needs. This fall the clinic received a $1.7 million grant to expand its services to more children in foster care, who face many of the same challenges.


New McKnight Presidential Fellows named; the Humphrey School has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 graduate schools for public affairs; more than 80 University of Minnesota physicians were recently named "Rising Stars" by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Apr. 4 - Meetings of the University/Faculty Senates

The University and Faculty Senates will hold concurrent meetings from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at locations on all campuses. The main agenda item is a discussion on the proposed Equity and Access: Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Names and Pronouns policy. All members of the University community are invited to attend. See locations and docket materials.

Online meeting tool Zoom replaces Webex

Zoom has replaced Webex as the University of Minnesota's systemwide online meeting tool. Webex (and recordings stored on Webex) will become permanently unavailable on Sept. 2. Learn more about how you can prepare.

Minnesota farm income hits historic low

Adjusting for inflation, Minnesota farms earned the lowest median farm income in the past 23 years of data tracked by University of Minnesota Extension and agricultural Centers of Excellence within Minnesota State. In 2018, the reported median net income was $26,055, down 8 percent from the previous year. Farmers in the lowest 20 percent reported losing nearly $72,000. On a more positive note, farm balance sheets did not deteriorate substantially from previous years.

Use Box Secure Storage

As a member of the University of Minnesota community, you have access to a University-funded data storage service called Box Secure Storage. The service allows users to securely store information and share documents with collaborators.

Apr. 17 - Webinar: Leveraging Positivity

At this U of M Alumni Association webinar, participants will learn how leveraging positivity in everyday life is possible for anyone, but can often be more complex than just "thinking positive.”

Industry Research Partnerships: Workshops for Faculty and Researchers

Technology Commercialization, in partnership with Sponsored Projects Administration, is hosting a series of workshops for U of M faculty and researchers on industry research partnerships on Apr. 23, and 30, and May 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 101 Walter Library. The series (register to attend) is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of how to work with industry on sponsored research projects, including how to make industry connections, how to put together a successful project proposal, and how to secure industry funding.

Apr. 30-May 1 - Understanding Substance Use and Interventions in Child Welfare conference

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare's 2019 Understanding Substance Use and Interventions in Child Welfare conference will be held in partnership with the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health. The two-day conference features national and local speakers. See a list of keynote presenters and breakout sessions and register to attend.

Nominations sought for Global Programs and Strategy Alliance awards

Nominations are now being accepted for two systemwide awards that recognize commitment to internationalization by faculty, staff, and alumni. The Award for Global Engagement is given to faculty and staff in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline. The Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals recognizes international alumni and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work. Deadline is May 10.

Moodle retires at end of summer

Moodle will no longer be available for active teaching as of the end of the 2019 summer semester. Help is available to transition Moodle courses to Canvas.

May 21 - Google Day 2019: Call for presenters

U of M Google Day will feature in-person and online presentations and hands-on learning opportunities. Those interested in presenting or helping with the hands-on clinic are invited to learn more and complete this form by Apr. 11

Research Brief: Largest study of childhood cancer after IVF

In the past three decades, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has gone from an experimental procedure to being more common. Pregnancies enabled by IVF frequently have more difficulties, with children born earlier and smaller even among singleton births. U of M researchers conducted the largest study of childhood cancer after conception by IVF to date. The results were recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. See additional recent Research Briefs, including “Cost of a federal reinsurance program to stabilize states’ individual health insurance markets” and “New app helps young people with arthritis communicate.”


Student feature: Tori KochTori Koch

For senior Tori Koch (Bemidji), majoring in agricultural business with an animal science minor is the perfect fit. Koch’s experience as an active 4-H member and working on her family’s farm sparked her interest for agriculture as a future career.

McCoppin receives Imagine Fund award

University of Minnesota Crookston professor Rachel McCoppin has been named a recipient of the 2019-20 Imagine Fund Annual Award. McCoppin’s research proposal is on “Women as Representations of Nature in Germanic and Norse Mythology.”

Apr. 4 - Spring Convocation

Join the Crookston Student Association in recognizing the accomplishments of students at Spring Convocation. The program consists of recognizing the Chancellor's 4.0 Club, Spring Athletics, the Residential Hall Honors, the U of M Crookston Band, and the U of M Crookston Choir.


Improving fresh waterpolluted water

Limiting lake greening is important to preserve fragile water supplies and to avoid acceleration of climate change, say the authors of a recent paper in Nature Communications. John Downing, director of Minnesota Sea Grant and one of the paper's authors, states, “In keeping and improving the quality of our fresh water, we win twice. Once in the atmosphere and once back down here on Earth.”

Apr. 10 - Weaving Stories of WomenLinda Legarde Grover

Professor Linda LeGarde Grover, American Indian Studies, will read from her latest novel, In the Night of Memory. 4-5 p.m., Fourth Floor Rotunda, Kathryn A. Martin Library. LeGarde Grover’s first novel, The Road Back to Sweetgrass, received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers 2015 Fiction Award.

At the theatreSister Act poster

UMD theatre professor Bill Payne directs Sister Act. Based on the 1992 motion picture, this fun disco musical follows Deloris as she goes into a witness protection program at a convent after seeing a murder committed. The musical runs Apr. 18-20 and 24-27, 7:30 p.m., and Apr. 28, 2 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center.


Visiting professor highlights works of women composersNicholas Phillips on stage

This spring U of M Morris welcomes Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts Nicholas Phillips. Described by The New York Times as a "talented and entrepreneurial pianist," Phillips is an active recording artist and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University of Minnesota Morris Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Liberal Arts was established through the generous support of a private donor.

Jazz Ensemble earns third placeUMM jazz band

Jazz Ensemble 1 earned third-place honors in the college division of the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Competition. The competition is one of the largest and oldest educational jazz festivals in the world.

Apr. 12-13 - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Theatre Discipline will close its 2018-19 season with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a fresh adaptation of the classic L. Frank Baum novel, written by Jacqueline Lawton and directed by Ray Schultz, professor of theatre arts. 7 p.m. (Apr. 12) and 1 p.m. (Apr. 13), Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre.

Apr. 13 - CNIA Powwowpowwow dancers

The Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) will hold its 35th annual CNIA Powwow, which introduces the Morris campus and community to a contest-style powwow and celebrates the social and cultural ties American Indian students have with Native communities across the United States and Canada.


Chancellor Carrell to perform in ‘Dancing for the Arts’ fundraiser for youth arts educationChancellor Carrell and Daniel Robb

On April 13, Chancellor Carrell and professional dancing partner Daniel Robb will join nine other local Rochester celebrities and their dancing partners in a dance-off to raise money for the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust, which aims to enrich the Greater Rochester area through celebration, promotion, and advocacy of the arts and humanities. Photo Credit: Neal Abbott.

Twin Cities

Applications open for the 2019 Homecoming Paradehomecoming poster

Showcase your college or department at the 2019 University of Minnesota Homecoming Parade. The parade is one of the University's biggest traditions. A diverse lineup of organizations and programs on campus allows for attendees to see the wide variety of organizations that the University of Minnesota has to offer. Applications are due May 17.

Apr. 8 - Protecting Source Water, Ensuring Drinking Water

Join in a conversation about how Minnesota leads the way for other states looking to ensure safe drinking water. 3:45 p.m., LES Atrium, Institute on the Environment. The event is part of the Institute on the Environment’s new Second Monday series, which brings together experts to ask big questions, discuss collaborative projects, and dive into sustainability issues.

Apr. 9-10 - Free Speech, Hate Speech, and the Future of Campus Community at the University of Minnesota

The University is partnering with PEN America to host a series of community-centered workshops. RSVP requested by Apr. 3. A confirmation email will be sent closer to the date of the workshops with more details. Events take place Apr. 9, 9-11 a.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union; Apr. 9, 4-6 p.m., Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School; and Apr. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, President’s Room, Coffman Union.

Apr. 11-14 - University Opera Theatre presents Four Acts from Grand Opera

University Opera Theatre will pay tribute to the golden age of opera with selections from Verdi’s La Traviata (Act III), Puccini’s La Bohéme (Act III), Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier (Suite), and a bridge to the Romantic period with Beethoven’s Fidelio (Act II). Directed by U of M alumnus Jeffrey Madison with conductor Mark Russell Smith. $15 for U of M faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni. $5 for students. Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Apr. 13 - Global Health Day

Join the Center For Global Health and Social Responsibility for Global Health Day, an opportunity for those engaged in global health to come together, exchange knowledge across disciplines, and make connections. RSVP requested. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Coffman Union.

Apr. 13 - Saturday with a Scientist: Geomicrobiology

Saturday with a Scientist at the Bell Museum is a regular program that connects participants to University of Minnesota scientists with special hands-on interactive experiences. All activities are no additional charge with gallery admission and include a visit to the special exhibit, “Weather to Climate.” 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Bell Museum.

Apr. 22 - U of M Law, Policy, and Business Energy conference

Join the Humphrey School, Carlson School of Management, and the Law School for the Law, Policy, and Business Energy conference. This year’s theme is “The Midwest Energy Transition: Getting the Details Right," with a networking reception following the program. 1-4 p.m., Humphrey School.

UMTC Featured Eventscosmic scene from space

Apr. 4 - Tia-Simone Gardner - Artist Talk
Apr. 6 - Slow Art Day
Apr. 8 - Free Speech: President Trump and College Campuses
Apr. 8 - One Thousand Hours: Artistic Labor and the Vase that Established Studio Ceramics
Apr. 9 - EXHIBITION | The House | The Yard
Apr. 10 - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Community Course
Apr. 11 - Cosmic Gold: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Elements
Apr. 11 - Spring Music Education Colloquium

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