April 6, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 13

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meeting highlights.
  • Driven to Discover: Pam Lachowitzer.
  • Features: Research efficiency; Building a Better U.
  • People: The U of M has been named to a $317 million partnership to develop the next generation of "smart" fabrics and fibers; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meeting highlights

At its March meeting, the U of M Board of Regents approved a resolution that allows implementation of an enrollment and tuition plan for the Twin Cities campus, which will modestly grow the size of the undergraduate student body while increasing student services such as on-campus housing, academic advising, and career preparation. The plan calls for minimizing resident tuition and raising out-of-state tuition to the midpoint of the Big Ten. The board also continued planning the U's FY2017 operating budget, reviewed strategic planning efforts of the Morris campus, and acted on a new operations leadership structure.

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Driven to Discover: Pam LachowitzerPam Lachowitzer

Pam Lachowitzer took a student job in the fall of 1979—her freshman year at the University of Minnesota. When she graduated in 1984 with her bachelor's degree in history, she was still working in the same department. They offered her a full-time position, and she accepted. Now she works for the next generation of scientists, teachers, doctors, and nurses.

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Research efficiencyLee Penn

There were no gowns, mortarboards, or long speeches, but Douglas Yee still felt a sense of great accomplishment when three drugs recently "graduated" from the I-SPY2 clinical study. So far, the drugs have doubled the chances of complete cancer elimination for participants, including for U of M chemistry professor Lee Penn.

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Building a Better U

The University is requesting $236.30 million in this year's capital request to the Minnesota Legislature for six priority projects that will renovate facilities and provide students access to 21st-century learning tools. The projects all have statewide impact and will help drive Minnesota's economy for years to come.

See the projects and learn how to advocate for the U >


The University of Minnesota has been named to a $317 million public-private partnership to develop the next generation of "smart" fabrics and fibers; Institute for Advanced Study Research and Creative Collaboratives for 2016-17; Sophia Vinogradov has been named the next head of the Department of Psychiatry; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Call for proposals: IonE Mini Grants

The Institute on the Environment is accepting proposals from interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff, and students for grants of up to $3,000 each to spark new collaborations. Proposals are due Apr. 11.

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Apr. 13 - Can new GMO crops help grow sustainable agriculture?

Nicholas Jordan, Institute on the Environment fellow and professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, will outline a new system for robust and expansive exploration of the merits and demerits of using emerging technology such as CRISPR in crop breeding and present a case study of the system in action. Noon-1 p.m., R380 Learning and Environmental Sciences, St. Paul, and live online.

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Apr. 16 - Landscape Arboretum wellness fair

The U of M Landscape Arboretum will host fitness classes as well as more than 30 food, nutrition, fitness, health and healing, bath and body, and wellness vendors. The event will also highlight a new "Everybody Walk" collaborative, which strives to create environments where more people can exercise in walkable spaces. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Five compete in IMPACT programfive students in the impact program

Five UMC students recently took part in the IMPACT (Innovative Minds Partnering to Advance Curative Therapies) program at the Mayo Clinic. IMPACT challenges undergraduate students to form interdisciplinary teams and propose innovative hypotheses to unanswered clinical questions.

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Apr. 6 - Grad Fest

All graduating seniors are encouraged to attend Grad Fest in order to receive important information regarding the process of graduation and related services. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center.

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Apr. 7 - Spring Semester Campus Assembly

The campus community is encouraged to attend the Spring Semester Campus Assembly. Minutes and agendas are available online. 12:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom.

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Islam awareness week2 UMD student leaders wearing hijabs

The UMD Muslim Student Association is holding a week of Islam awareness activities through Apr. 8. The week includes Hijab Day Apr. 7, where female students will have the opportunity to wear a hijab, and a Taste of Ramadan on Apr. 8, featuring tastes of traditional foods commonly eaten after sundown when breaking the Ramadan fast.

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Apr. 13 - Inclusivity trainingUMD safe space poster advert

UMD is hosting "Safe Space" training, led by UMD's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Safe Spaces are areas easily recognized as LGBTQ friendly. The training is open to all faculty and staff. 2-3:30 p.m., 201 Kirby Student Center.

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School of Fine Arts eventsspring awakening poster

The rock musical Spring Awakening is one of many upcoming School of Fine Arts events. Associate Professor Rebecca Katz Harwood directs. Apr. 14-16 and 20-23, 7:30 p.m., and Apr. 17, 2 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center.

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Apr. 19 - Dinner with Championschamp bulldog logo

Support and celebrate student-athletes with keynote speaker and alumna Stephanie Carlson '89, who was a four-year tennis letter winner and a former Northern Sun Conference doubles champion. Carlson works as a diagnostic and interventional radiologist at the Mayo Clinic. 5 p.m., City Side Convention Center at the DECC.

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Apr. 9 - Circle of Nations Indigenous Association powwowpowwow imagery

The UMM Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) will hold its 32nd annual powwow. The event introduces the Morris campus and community to a contest-style powwow celebrating the social and cultural ties American Indian students have with Native communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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Peters earns teaching award honorsHeather Peters

Heather Peters, associate professor of psychology, has received the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education and the 2016 University of Minnesota Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award. The honors are testaments to Peters' dedication to and excellence in undergraduate education.

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Apr. 16 - Undergraduate Research Symposiumstudent

University of Minnesota Morris students will present their research, creative, and scholarly work during the 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium. This is the only event on campus that celebrates student achievement across all disciplines.

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Our Brains On Nature: A Public Health Field Tripstudents in a tree on field trip

Taking a step outdoors, even in the middle of the winter, can show students how the environment influences health. Public health faculty member Jessie Barnett had her students bundle up and take a field trip to better understand how the natural environment impacts health.

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Apr. 12 - UMR CONNECTS: Freedom of Speech and the Impact of Language

Societies have many structures, both formal and informal, that govern the behaviors of individuals. These structures are always fluid, responding to an array of cultural, environmental, and economic stimuli. Join a discussion about language and our personal responsibility for shepherding change. 7 p.m., 417 University Square.

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Twin Cities

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Throughout the month of April, The Aurora Center and partner groups will host events to create awareness around sexual assault. The entire campus community is encouraged to get involved in putting a stop to assault on college campuses, to support survivors, and to educate yourself and others about sexual assault.

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Apr. 7-9 – Reuse Program "World's Largest Textile Garage Sale"

The "World's Largest Textile Garage Sale" will return to the Reuse Program Warehouse. The public event is put on by the Textile Center in conjunction with the U of M Reuse Program. Individuals and businesses donate textiles that are then sold at reduced prices. Last year more than $58,000 worth of materials were kept out of landfills by redistribution.

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Apr. 7 - Opening reception: Art in Mind: Mental Health Art Exhibitartist rendition of human head exploding in color

Art in Mind is the second juried exhibition on the theme of mental health featuring the artwork of University faculty, staff, and students. The exhibit aims to raise awareness about mental health, foster open conversation, and promote effective coping strategies, self-care, resilience, and hope throughout the University community. 4-6:30 p.m., Third Floor Gallery, Boynton Health East Bank Clinic.

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Apr. 7 - Sustainability Film Series: This changes everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Based on Naomi Klein's book of the same name, the movie is an attempt to reimagine the vast challenge of climate change. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow the film. 6:30 p.m., Bell Museum. No charge for U faculty, staff, and students with ID.

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Apr. 12 - Building Peace in a Fragile World

Nancy Lindborg is president of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent institution founded by Congress to provide practical solutions for preventing and resolving violent conflict around the world. Prior to joining USIP, she served as the assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID. 5-6:15 p.m., Humphrey School.

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Apr. 13 - A Sip of Science: A Disappearing Icon: Understanding the Decline of Minnesota's Moose

Professor James Forester, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, will discuss initial steps to quantify how the Minnesota moose population is responding to changing landscapes, climate, and weather. 5:30 p.m., Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis. No charge.

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Apr. 14 - Lessons from Ferguson and Beyond: Bias, Health & Justice

For the 2016 Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine, Sidney Watson, St. Louis University School of Law, will discuss violence against people of color and the role that health law—particularly the Affordable Care Act—and grassroots advocacy can play in addressing racial bias and promoting health justice. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.

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Apr. 15 - ClimateSmart Agriculture: Can we assemble the puzzle correctly?climate smart ag poster

Can we build an agricultural system resilient to climate variation? Jerry Hatfield, director for the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment and director of the Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, IA, will speak about the importance of transdisciplinary teams working together to assemble all the pieces of the agricultural system to current and upcoming changes. 2 p.m., 335 Borlaug Hall.

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Apr. 19 - China's Economic Transformation

Economists Ellen McGrattan, University of Minnesota, and Kjetil Storesletten, University of Oslo, will discuss their latest research on China's growth, innovation, and capital flows. Using data from domestic and international sources, their research weaves a narrative that goes beyond recent media coverage. Hosted by the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute. 5:30-7 p.m., University Hall, McNamara Alumni Center.

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Apr. 26 - The Humanities as a Total Science

Professor Timothy Brennan will look at the effects of the natural sciences on the humanities, especially recently, but also historically. Brennan challenges the public and media devaluation of the humanities, our culture's general faith in the sciences, and the mistaken assumption that there is nothing uniquely "scientific" about the humanities themselves. 4 p.m., Arthur Upson Room, Walter Library, with a reception to follow.

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UMTC Featured EventsTrenton Doyle Hancock artwork

Apr. 6 - Is the current university funding model sustainable?
Apr. 7 - Visiting Artist Talk: Trenton Doyle Hancock
Apr. 8 - MnDRIVE Spring Symposium: Robotics, Sensors and Advanced Manufacturing
Apr. 10 - World Language Fair
Apr. 12 - New Directions for the Republican Party with Peter Wehner
Apr. 13 - Horticulture for Social Justice
Apr. 14 - The Armenian Genocide and Cultural Destruction
Apr. 14-17 - University Opera Theatre presents Lady in the Dark

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