August 26, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 27

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Ten U of M Reasons to Visit the Fair.
  • Features: Through Trials; From fish to physics; New game plan.
  • People: Anu Ramaswami will lead a $12 million research network to build sustainable, healthy, and livable cities; and more.

Top News

Ten U of M Reasons to Visit the FairMN state fair logo

From offbeat science performances to games for the sake of research, the U has something to offer visitors of all ages at the Minnesota State Fair. Highlighted here are just 10 of many U of M events throughout the Aug. 27-Sept. 7 State Fair. Download the UMN@TheFair app to see the full schedule.

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Through TrialsScott Nelson

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, Scott Nelson survived after undergoing an eight-week clinical trial at the University of Minnesota. The trial, which involved three types of chemotherapy along with radiation, shrank his tumor to the point where he could undergo successful surgery. Today Nelson is a volunteer advocate for other cancer patients and has worked with U of M Cancer Care to improve the patient experience.

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From Fish to PhysicsBlue Heron research boat

Scientists aboard the Blue Heron research vessel of the University of Minnesota Duluth's Large Lakes Observatory are conducting the first-ever comprehensive study of Lake Superior. The results will help tomorrow's scientists better understand climate change.

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New Game PlanPeter Westerhaus

Minnesota's Mr. Football 2010, who as a kid slept in a helmet while cradling a football, had an unrivaled passion and work ethic. But in 2013, a brutal case of ulcerative colitis took Peter Westerhaus away from the game he loved. With the help of U gastroenterologist Alexander Khoruts, Westerhaus and his family have found hope in a re-emerging therapy.

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Anu Ramaswami will lead a $12 million research network to build sustainable, healthy, and livable cities; Jeffrey Miller has been named a National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator; the U of M has been awarded $2.4 million from the Schulze Family Foundation for research aimed at creating new skin for use in patients; the University has received a $500,000 NSF grant to fund the development of a dedicated research and computing network; the Immigration History Research Center has received a $324,000 grant to expand its Immigrant Stories project nationally; Paul Timmins has been elected president of the National Career Development Association; the Venture Center at the U's Office for Technology Commercialization formed a record 16 startup companies in fiscal 2015 around faculty inventions; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Funding opportunity: MN-REACH programcomputer screen with formula

The MN-REACH program is accepting pre-proposals for awards up to $150,000 for health care projects (therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, software, apps, etc.) within a few steps of commercialization. The application process consists of two steps: pre-proposals will be accepted and reviewed; successful applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. Deadline: Sept. 8.

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No-cost and discounted software

IT provides software to faculty, staff, and students for work-related and personal use at no cost or discounted prices.

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Minnesota Nutrition Conference

The annual Minnesota Nutrition Conference, a highly regarded livestock nutrition conference delivering leading-edge, research-based knowledge to advance sustainable production of beef, dairy, equine, poultry and swine, will take place Sept. 16-17, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. Registration ends Sept. 9.

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Moodle course site start-of-semester checklist

As the start of the semester approaches, instructors on all campuses who are using Moodle are reminded to review the Start-of-Semester Checklist and to unhide their courses to make them visible to students. Instructors who do not yet have a Moodle course site for fall may Request a Course Site for Academic Year 2015-2016 (Moodle 2.8).

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Securing printers, copiers, and multi-function devices

Printers, scanners, and photocopiers can have passwords and are attractive targets for malicious activity. University departments and units are responsible for configuring their equipment with appropriate security settings. For more information, see Securing Printers, Copiers, and Multi-function Devices. For information security strategies, see Technology Help.


Sept. 1 - Educators luncheon

The Crookston Chamber Educators Luncheon, coordinated by the Crookston Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, will be held Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Minakwa Country Club. Faculty and staff are invited to stop by.

Sept. 2 - Campus-community picnic

Student Affairs, Dining Services, University Relations, the Crookston Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, and the Retail Merchants Association will cosponsor the annual Campus-Community Picnic. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Additionally, several local businesses and organizations will have informational tables set up in the Northern Lights Lounge.


Honkola named HR directorMelissa Honkola

Melissa Honkola has been hired as the director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity. A UMD alumna, she has worked in the Human Resources Department of St. Louis County since 2000. Honkola will begin Aug. 31.

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Hall of Fame inducteesbulldog Champ logo

Six alumni will be inducted into the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 16, 2016. They are Kathy Haakonson Collman (volleyball and softball), Dave Goldberg (long-time Bulldog supporter), Heather Hamilton (track and field), Trevor Lundgren (wrestling), Mike Peluso (hockey), and Tom Stoll (football).

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Resolution supports Tribal Sovereignty Instituteturtle with tribal markings

After a three-year consultation between the 11 Indian tribes of Minnesota, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC), and UMD's American Indian Studies department, MIAC has signed a resolution to support a Tribal Sovereignty Institute at UMD. The American Indian Studies department will serve as the administrators for the Institute.

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Bulldog in space?

After a 10-week summer internship at NASA's Johnson Space Center, undergrad Kirsi Kuutti has been accepted into NASA's Pathways Program. She will rotate semesters between studying at UMD and working at NASA. Kuutti is earning a double major in computer science and electrical engineering and wants to be the first Bulldog in space.

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Chancellor Johnson announces retirementJacqueline Johnson

Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson has announced her intention to retire as chancellor at the end of the academic year. During her 10 years at UMM, the campus has increased its capacity to support students, has added and renovated facilities, and has established itself in the higher education community as a national leader dedicated to sustainability.

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UMM hires first institutional effectiveness directorMelissa Bert

UMM has appointed its first senior administrative director of institutional effectiveness, Melissa R. Bert. This position responds to the growing trend of evaluating institutional effectiveness in U.S. higher education.

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Melfy named head volleyball coachTricia Melfy

UMM has announced the hiring of Tricia Melfy as head volleyball coach. Melfy comes to UMM with 17 years of experience coaching volleyball at the high school, community college, club, and university levels, assisting at Minot State University last season.

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UMM named one of Sierra Magazine's Top 40 "Cool Schools"kid picking plant

UMM is one of Sierra Magazine's top 40 "Cool Schools" for 2015. The listing by the Sierra Club ranks universities that lead sustainability initiatives and strive to protect and preserve the environment. UMM was ranked 33rd of 153 institutions and was the most highly ranked school in the state.

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Morrison Gallery will feature work by Marylyn DintenfassMarylyn Dintenfass

"Marylyn Dintenfass: Painted Anthology," a survey exhibition of the artist's major themes from the last several years, is now on display at UMM's Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery. Dintenfass, internationally known for her paintings, sculpture, installations, and prints, has emerged over the last four decades as a leading contemporary artist.

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UMR students volunteer in NicaraguaElizabeth Richards holding small child

What did you do on your summer vacation? For nine days, UMR students traveled to Nicaragua with Global Brigades, an organization that provides health care to underserved international communities.

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Twin Cities

Submit your event for 'Greater Than 7'greater than 7 logo

The Office for Equity and Diversity invites University colleges, departments, and units to submit their equity- and diversity-focused events for the second annual "Greater Than 7" week, which takes place from Oct. 5-11.

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Higher Learning Commission accreditation preparation

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is preparing for its periodic evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission, the University's regional accrediting agency.

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State Fair impact on traffic and parking

During the State Fair Aug. 27-Sept. 7, traffic will increase and parking may be tight. Consider alternate commuting options.

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New TA Orientation

All new teaching assistants are invited to attend New TA Orientation, which will focus on University policies as well as tips for a successful first day and first week. An online Moodle component (enrollment key: NTAO2015) must be completed prior to attending. Aug. 31, 1-4 p.m., 100 Smith Hall.

University bus routes will change Aug. 31

The U of M will begin operating new campus shuttle routes on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis Aug. 31. New routes include the University Ave. Circulator, the 4th St. Circulator, and the Stadium Superblock Circulator. The Campus Connector remains on the schedule, but is slightly altered. The St. Paul Circulator is unchanged.

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Abstracts due Sept. 1: Uganda Research Symposium and Celebration

The University of Minnesota is celebrating 10 years of collaboration, research, and education with the Infectious Disease Institute at Makerere University in Uganda. New and veteran global health researchers will gather Nov. 4-6 to share their research in global health and to explore new opportunities in research and training.

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Sept. 1 – 'Meet and greet' volunteers requested

Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to welcome thousands of students to their residences in campus neighborhoods. Off Campus Living needs help distributing welcome door-hangers and resource information on Sept. 1. Participation involves a two-hour shift (starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 2:30 p.m.). Sign up by Aug. 27 or email for more information.

Sept. 2 Workshop - Commenting on and Grading Student Writing

The Center for Writing will offer a half-day orientation intended for new or returning Teaching Assistants and Graduate Instructors who will be responding to and grading student writing for the first time. 12:30-4:30 p.m., 114 Bruininks Hall. Registration is required.

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Sept. 2-3 - Teaching Enrichment Series

Explore ideas for designing, delivering, and assessing your course with sessions including Small Changes with Big Impact, Copyright Crash Course for Instructors, and Empowering Student Learning. There are also sessions on course design, classroom assessment techniques, teaching critical thinking, and more.

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Sept. 10 - Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture

The William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute will host "Spacetime Versus the Quantum" with Joseph Polchinski of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara. 7 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. No charge and open to the public.

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Sept. 12 - Exhibit, perform, or present at the first-ever U of M Open StreetsOpen streets poster

University Open Streets, an all-ages community celebration, will feature games and music, science and research you can touch, a used bike sale, food and refreshments, and performances of all kinds. U of M faculty and staff are invited to exhibit, perform, or present. The Open Streets route will be Dinkytown to Stadium Village on 14th Ave., University Ave., and Oak St. SE. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. To request disability accommodations, email Steve Sanders.

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Sept. 15 - Understanding and Meeting the Needs of our Nation's Wounded Warriors

The nation's service members often face enormous challenges transitioning from military to civilian life. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Ellen Embrey will draw on her 25 years of military policy experience in a discussion about how leaders in both the public and private sectors can better support veteran readjustment to civilian life. 5:30 p.m., Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center.

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Living Lab request for proposals

The University accepts proposals twice per year from students, faculty, and staff to create research, outreach, and living/learning environments on campus. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit a proposal for fall 2015 when the request for proposals opens on Sept. 21.

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U of M bowling league

The Wednesday night U of M bowling league is looking for bowlers and teams for the coming season. Bowlers of all levels are welcome. The season runs September through April (bowlers do not have to bowl every week) at Midway Pro Bowl, University Avenue near Snelling Avenue, St. Paul. For more information, call 612-625-0745 or email Scott Murdoch.

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UMTC Featured Eventsdrone

Sept. 9 - September Sip of Science: Ask me about my mussels!
Sept. 9 - OED Certificate Workshop 1: Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity
Sept. 10 - Thursdays at Four: A Preview of the Fall Series
Sept. 11 - Gender, Sex and Policy Happy Hour Meet & Greet
Sept. 14 - The Dollars and $ense of Land Use Patterns with Joe Minicozzi

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