August 12, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 26

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • #UMNonaStick at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • Features: Willing to Be a Match; What Feeds (and Feeds on) Invasive Plants; Study Shows Hemp and Marijuana are Genetically Different.
  • People: David Flannigan is one of eight people nationwide to be named a 2015 Beckman Young Investigator; and more.

Top News

#UMNonaStick at the Minnesota State Fairstate fair app screenshot

The University of Minnesota will be showing off its discoveries and expertise at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. Whatever your interests, you'll find fascinating and fun exhibits and hands-on activities in buildings all over the fairgrounds, ranging from interactive robotics demonstrations to tap dancing and photos with Goldy Gopher. The fair runs Aug. 27-Sept. 7. Download the UMN@TheFair guidebook for info on U of M locations, schedules, and giveaways. 

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Willing to Be a Match

Three years after joining a bone marrow donation registry, student-athlete development intern Kaela Anderson found herself undergoing surgery to help save the life of a stranger. Says Anderson, "It's just so cool to be a part of something bigger than you. … I never thought that I'd be chosen to do this and I'm so happy that I was."

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What Feeds (and Feeds on) Invasive Plantsblue flowered plant

A new study led by College of Biological Sciences researcher Eric Seabloom provides unprecedented insight into differences in the way invasive (exotic) and native plant species operate.

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Study Shows Hemp and Marijuana are Genetically Differenthemp leaf

A first-of-its-kind study shows that hemp and marijuana are genetically different. The discovery could strengthen hemp producers' argument that their products should not be subject to the same narcotics laws as hemp's cannabinoid cousin. The market for hemp seed and fiber in the United States surpassed $600 million last year, but all hemp products are imported to the U.S.

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David Flannigan is one of eight people nationwide to be named a 2015 Beckman Young Investigator; 2015 recipients of the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center awards; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Aug. 15-16 - Landscape Arboretum Art Crawl through the Gardens

The U of M Landscape Arboretum's Art Crawl through the Gardens provides an exquisite backdrop for enjoying a variety of local artwork and crafts. The event features a diverse collection of artwork by more than 55 local artists and crafters, displayed along the Arboretum's picturesque Three-Mile Drive. Art Crawl hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Concentration on new antibioticsStudent You Bin Lee

Senior You Bin Lee, a biology major from South Korea, and Associate Professor Brian Dingmann have been at work this summer testing concentrations of antibiotics. As bacteria become more resistant to current antibiotics, the quest for antibiotics to take their place in the fight against infection becomes increasingly important.

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Aug. 15 - Ox Cart Days parade

UMC will have an entry in the Ox Cart Days Torchlight Parade Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Chancellor Wood, Golden Eagle student‐athletes and coaches, and Regal the Golden Eagle will march in the parade handing out athletics schedules, flying discs, and candy. For more information, email Andrew Svec.

Aug. 17 - Welcome back lunch

All employees are invited to attend the Welcome Back Luncheon Aug. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. New faculty and staff will be introduced, and Chancellor Wood will offer remarks as the campus prepares for the new academic year.

Stress affects horses as well as humans

UMC student Lais Garcia has been working with Assistant Professor Abdorrahman "Abdo" Alghamdi examining the stress level in horses as part of a research project that began last January.

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Rashid named director of Facilities ManagementJohn Rashid

John Rashid has been named director of Facilities Management. He served in the role of interim director since November 2014. He is also an instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UMD's Swenson College of Science and Engineering. Rashid earned his MBA from UMD in 2002.

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Harboring a SuperstarJared Munch on SUP

Bulldog Jared Munch became the first person to circumnavigate Lake Superior on a stand-up paddleboard. He completed his journey on July 29 after traveling 1,350 miles in 49 days.

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Shark Watching Society BonfiresPerson drinking wine by bonfire

Throughout the month of August, Shark Watching Society Bonfires are ablaze every Wednesday evening at Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate, 7-10 p.m. Help keep Lake Superior shark-free. Land shark watchers also encouraged to attend.

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Aug. 23 – Tweed Museum gallery talkPainting of orange and white fish

Peter Spooner, who curated the Tweed Museum exhibit "The Way of: Paintings 1974-2014," will present the Curator's Gallery Talk Aug. 23, 2 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 20, features 40 watercolor paintings. Spooner works as an instructor, writer, and appraiser.

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UMM one of Forbes' top collegesMorris campus building

UMM has again been included in Forbes magazine's listing of "America's Top Colleges." The 2015 list ranks the 650 foremost institutions of higher education in the country. Among non-military institutions, UMM ranked sixth lowest in cost nationally and third in the Midwest.

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Simplifying error messagesElena Machkasova and students

Elena Machkasova, associate professor of computer science, is one of 10 UMM professors guiding students in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program. Machkasova, Henry Fellows '17, Thomas Hagen '17, Ryan McArthur '17, and Sean Stockholm '16 are developing an introductory computer science class that uses the Clojure programming language.

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Farmachinery on campusFarmachinery sculptures

The Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery is hosting "Farmachinery," an outdoor sculpture installation by New York Mills sculptor Tim Cassidy. The exhibition, located on the north lawn of the Humanities Fine Arts building through Nov. 6, explores connections between extinct agri-machinery and extinct creatures.

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Performing Arts Series opensRhythmic Circus performers

Tickets for the 2015-16 Performing Arts Series are now on sale. The series will open with local dance sensation Rhythmic Circus on Sept. 18. Audiences also can look forward to vocal band Home Free, Blackpack S.E.L.L.O.U.T comedy, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin world music, and ARENA Dances: The Main Street Project.

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Award-Winning iSeal Now Integrated With Moodle

The unique curriculum management and learning analytics system used by UMR faculty (iSeal) is getting an upgrade, making it easy to use with Moodle, the U's enterprise learning management system.

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Twin Cities

Faculty/staff Welcome Week volunteers needed

Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to assist with Welcome Week 2015, designed to prepare this year's more than 5,000 first-year students for the start of their academic careers. Opportunities include helping with Residence Hall Move-In (Aug. 31-Sept. 1), Parent Receptions (Aug. 31-Sept. 1), New Student Convocation (Sept. 3), and the Class of 2019 Cookout (Sept. 4).

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Aug. 26 - Ripples of Resilience: Cultivating Care for Self and Community

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to basic concepts of stress and trauma and strategies to care for oneself and others in our day-to-day lives. Youth-serving professionals will participate in a variety of activities while developing their understanding of stress and resilience in personal and work settings. Participants will come away better attuned to their own stress triggers and with tools to more intentionally respond to the effects of stress. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., R380 Learning and Environmental Sciences building.

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Sept. 1 - Grad and Professional Student Welcome and Orientation

This event is designed to introduce new graduate and professional students to the University, the graduate community, and the broad range of resources and services available to support their success. It's open to all incoming graduate and professional students and is intended to complement orientations provided by programs and colleges. A Resource Fair will provide opportunities for students to talk to representatives from a variety of University departments/organizations.

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Teaching and learning with Moodle

Moodle Open Clinics offer University faculty, instructors, and staff hands-on support and consultation to design and build Moodle course sites. These events are at no charge, and no registration is required. Upcoming sessions are Sept. 2, noon-3 p.m., 135 Nicholson Hall, and Sept. 3, noon-2 p.m., 115 Nicholson Hall.

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Sept. 11-12 - Joanne B. Eicher Symposium II: Fashion, Sex, & Power

Interact with international presenters from four continents in an exploration of the relationships among power, sex, and fashion in dress. Highlights include a keynote address by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator for the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and sessions that promise to introduce new ideas. Cost: $175.

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Sept. 30 – "Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with Guns"

Celebrated lion researcher and conservationist Craig Packer will present "Lions in the Balance," a University Libraries event. Packer will take participants into the complex, tooth-and-claw worlds of lion conservation and behavior. No charge, but reservations are requested. 7:30 p.m., Coffman Union.

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UMTC Featured EventsIdina Menzel

Aug. 13 - Idina Menzel
Aug. 14 - The Twin Cities Early Music Festival presents Dutch Masters
Aug. 15 - U of M Summer Music Theatre Showcase
Aug. 24 - Teaching about Religions in Public: A Workshop on Theories and Methods
Aug. 27 - CFANS at the State Fair
Aug. 27 - CSE at the State Fair
Aug. 29 - Black & White

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