August 29, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 25

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Presidential Search Advisory Committee listening sessions.
  • Features: Helping Minnesota hops grow; New material could improve efficiency of computer processing and memory; Helping startups succeed and stay in the Midwest; Third act.
  • People: Nine faculty from across the U of M system have been selected for the 2018-19 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program; and more.

Top News

Presidential Search Advisory Committee listening sessions

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee will hold listening sessions for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members across the system to gather input on the qualities and characteristics important in the U of M’s next president. Sessions will take place Sept. 17, U of M Crookston; Sept. 18, U of M Morris; Sept. 19, U of M Twin Cities (West Bank and St. Paul); Sept. 20, U of M Duluth, Sept. 24, U of M Twin Cities (East Bank); Sept. 26, U of M Rochester. Specific times and locations will be announced soon. Input may also be submitted online. Presidential search updates can be found at

Helping Minnesota hops growhop cones

As Minnesota’s microbrewery industry continues to expand, brewers are looking to local hops producers to provide sustainable and high-quality hops. In order to meet this growing demand, Angela Orshinsky, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, and her research team are working with hops producers throughout the state to provide answers to the many hops management questions that past research has not yet answered.

New material could improve efficiency of computer processing and memorycomputer circuit

A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has developed a new material that could potentially improve the efficiency of computer processing and memory. The researchers have filed a patent on the material with support from the Semiconductor Research Corporation, and people in the semiconductor industry have already requested samples of the material.

Helping startups succeed and stay in the Midweststock of people at meeting

At the University of Minnesota, launching a new company is one of several ways that innovative research can move beyond the lab to benefit the public. But finding the right leader to bring new technologies to market can be difficult. A new network comprising 11 Midwest universities’ technology transfer offices aims to address this leadership gap. The network will help retain startups in the Midwest, where they can boost the regional economy.

Third actcourse participant Nancy Kelly

U of M professor Phyllis Moen is helping baby boomers reimagine their lives through the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers initiative. The program is geared toward late-career professionals seeking to transition to new and meaningful opportunities.


Nine faculty from across the U of M system have been selected for the 2018-19 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program; the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has been named among Forbes magazine’s 2018 “Top 25 Public Colleges” list; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

5x5: A flexible approach to sparking serendipitymoon over an evening landscape

Last year, the U of M’s Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) launched the 5x5 initiative, which brings together small groups of University researchers and off-campus community members from different backgrounds to explore a subject in a low-stakes, creative setting. The initiative is the latest addition to a collection of programs that reinforces IAS’s mission as a University-wide center to support interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and critical conversations. Applications for the next round of the 5x5 initiative will open in early October. A subsequent round will follow in early 2019.

New U of M Community-Campus Liaisons Directory

The Office for Public Engagement has launched an online directory of community-campus liaisons within the University of Minnesota system. The directory is searchable by campus and college, as well as by issue and topic area. Participation in the directory is voluntary and self-selecting. To be included, email

Sept. 12 - Webinar: Career Resilience

Get inspired by Tommy Watson, U of M alumnus and expert on turning transitions into success. His personal experience with resilience and perseverance can help others adjust to inevitable changes that come their way. Noon-1 p.m. Register and learn more.


Student profile: Heidi Shol ReitmeierHeidi Shol reitmeier

A trip in high school to Costa Rica ignited Heidi Shol Reitmeier’s passion for plants. Now, a student work-study job in the greenhouse at the University of Minnesota Crookston has helped lead to a major in horticulture for the senior.

Retirement/farewell receptions

Retirement/farewell receptions will be held for the following staff at the University of Minnesota Crookston in September: Tom Feiro, Sept. 5, 2:30-4 p.m., Bede Ballroom; Andrew Svec, Sept. 11, 3:30-5 p.m., Prairie Lounge; and Barbara Keinath, Sept. 14, 3:30-5 p.m., Prairie Lounge.

Club President and Adviser Training

Each active club or organization on campus is required to attend the annual Club President and Adviser Training meeting on Sept. 11 or 12.


NRRI celebratescelebrating NRRI

UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) recently celebrated 35 years of innovation and collaboration with industry and agency partners. Executive Director Rolf Weberg dedicated NRRI’s third floor as the Heaney-Perpich Collaboratorium, in memory of two NRRI champions, Judge Gerald Heaney and Governor Rudy Perpich. A video showcased the current work of NRRI researchers and highlighted how they are reducing waste, creating opportunities, and assessing strategic resources.

Reuse store for studentsUMC campus

UMD has opened a store for students designed to help them cut down on expenses and keep household items out of landfills. All of the items were donated by students moving off campus at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Nearly 3,000 students are living on campus this year. The store is the brainchild of Housing and Residence Life and the Office of Sustainability.

Video: UMD Move-In Day 2018students move a pink couch

UMD videographer David Cowardin captured the enthusiasm, anticipation, and bittersweetness of UMD’s freshman Move-In Day, the kickoff to Bulldog Welcome Week. Watch the video.


Morris welcomes Class of 2022UMM class of 2022 pic

The University of Minnesota Morris welcomed new students to campus Aug. 25. New students enjoyed four days of orientation, where, led by volunteer student leaders, the Class of 2022 prepared for college life with a close group of peers. The fall 2018 semester begins Aug. 29.

WCSA Aggies support Edson Auditorium renovationTed Storck and Bryan Herrmann

The West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) Class of 1954 is getting in on the ground floor of the Edson Auditorium renovation at the University of Minnesota Morris. The class sponsored a chair to help support the project. The renovation is made possible by a generous gift from the Morrison family.


Students return to campusUMR students pose for moving in day pic

UMR students--121 of them--returned to campus on Aug. 25. Orientation and Welcome Leaders, resident assistants, and faculty and staff helped students move into their 318 Commons apartments. Raptor Ready week begins Sept. 1. Classes start Sept. 4.

Sept. 21 - Inauguration of Chancellor Carrell

UMR’s second chancellor, Lori J. Carrell, will be inaugurated on Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall. A reception will follow at 3:30 p.m., Rochester Art Center.

Twin Cities

Campus Climate: Get Involved

Now in its fifth year, the Campus Climate initiative on the Twin Cities campus works to support a welcoming, inclusive campus in which all persons are treated with respect and afforded an environment that allows everyone the opportunity to succeed. Stay informed by subscribing to the weekly Campus Climate email. Learn about additional ways to engage with the Campus Climate initiative at

Parking rate changes

To coincide with the 2018-19 academic year, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will increase select daily public parking rates beginning Sept. 1. Contract parking rates will increase on Oct. 1. Hourly public facility rates will not increase.

Apply for the 2018-19 Early Career Teaching and Learning Program

Enhance your teaching, research, and public engagement by participating in the Early Career Teaching and Learning Program. Through discussion, practice, and reflection in large and small group interactions, participants will work to deepen understandings of learning and broaden teaching strategies. Available to tenure-track and P&A instructors who are in their first five years of teaching at the U of M.

Sept. 11 - Fortress America: Fear in Our Public Life

Sept. 11, 2001 filled New York City’s bright blue sky with smoke, debris, and terror. The fear that swept America on 9/11 fits into a half-century pattern that spurred Americans to buy more guns, build more prisons, and retreat. Professor Elaine Tyler May will mark the anniversary of 9/11 by tracing the impact of fear on our public life and democracy. She will be joined by Star Tribune columnist and editorial writer John Rash. Noon-1:15 p.m., Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School.

Register for 2018-19 Mid-Career Faculty Women's Program

This cohort program engages in discussions that draw on participants' experiences and research on gender, teaching, and women in academe in order to explore and support the teaching practice and professional lives of University female-identified faculty. The program begins Sept. 12. Learn more and apply for the 2018-19 cohort.

Fall IAS Thursdays presentations

The fall series of Institute for Advanced Study (IAS Thursdays) presentations are open to the public and take place at 3:30 p.m. during the academic year, Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop. Upcoming events include Youth Culture, War, and Politics (Sept. 13); Making Nature Count: Rewriting Economic and Political Rules so Nature Matters, with Stephen Polasky (Sept. 27); American Justice, with Nancy Gertner and Lecia Brooks (Oct. 11); and The Shakespeare Requirement, with Julie Schumacher (Nov. 15).

Sept. 20 - America's Forgotten Conservative Tradition

Jeff Tulis will discuss the origins and deep roots of the "New Right"  that Ronald Reagan and subsequent Republicans have advanced. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., 180 Humphrey School.

Sept. 24 - Measuring the Political Arena: Data Collection Tools and Methods for Political Events

Political events can move quickly, give rise to destabilizing circumstances, and be influenced by biases, rather than facts. This workshop brings researchers together to present on recent developments in methods and technology that can quickly and accurately collect data on political events, as well as discuss how media reports can suffer from accuracy and bias problems. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Walter Library. Register and learn more.

Sept. 26 - Honoring Prince

The University of Minnesota and the College of Liberal Arts will celebrate Prince with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Students from the School of Music will be joined by special guest artists as they pay tribute to Prince. 7 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. No charge and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Sept. 29 - U of M Day of Service

Volunteer with fellow Gophers, family, and friends during the U of M Day of Service, brought to you by the U of M Alumni Association. Gophers in Minnesota, across the U.S., and around the world will come together in the spirit of maroon and gold to volunteer. There are more than a dozen Minnesota volunteer locations. Register and learn more.

Oct. 3 - 2018 Misel Family Lecture

Gravitational Waves: A New Window to the Universe” is the topic of the William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute’s 2018 annual Misel Family Public Lecture, featuring Professor Nergis Mavalvala of MIT. No charge and open to the public.

UMTC Featured EventsAmerican Flag (doctored)

Sept. 1 - EXHIBITION - Art of Architectural Daylighting
Sept. 5 - The 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report Conference
Sept. 5 - Children of Incarcerated Caregivers Forum
Sept. 6 - Radio K Pop-Up Concert 2018
Sept. 7 - WAM-O-RAMA 2018
Sept. 9 - PEN America Breakout Reading

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