August 3, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 24

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover: Shane Nackerud.
  • Features: How a flawed supply chain affects mental illness; Studying the heart, hands-on.
  • People: Denise Young named executive director of the Bell Museum + Planetarium; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Shane NackerudShane Nackerud

As the father of a U student, Shane Nackerud knows how much college costs. That drives him to do everything in his power to lower those costs. In his work as co-lead (with Kristi Jensen) of U Libraries' eLearning support initiative, Nackerud helps faculty replace expensive textbooks with alternatives like library materials and open textbooks.

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How a flawed supply chain affects mental illnessKK Sinha

One in five U.S. adults will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime, and many will not receive the care they need to lead fulfilling, productive lives. According to Professor K.K. Sinha, the answer to this epidemic may lie in a simple business principle: establishing a balance between supply and demand. With millions of individuals suffering in silence, researchers have yet to predict the appropriate scale and distribution of mental healthcare resources required to treat this population.

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Studying the heart, hands-onpig heart

Usually, saying a heart is beating out of its chest is just an expression. For researchers at the U's Visible Heart Laboratory, however, that phrase has become more literal. One of the lab's main features is a living, beating pig heart. The lab is led by Paul Iaizzo. Its research ranges from cellular and tissue studies to those involving whole bodily organs.

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Denise Young has been named as the next executive director of the Bell Museum + Planetarium; the Department of Philosophy has received the largest donation in its history; Equity and Diversity Transformation Award recipients; Daniel McDonald has been elected chair of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association's Board of Directors; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Administrative policy update

The administrative policy Copyright Ownership implements the related Board of Regents policy. This revision specifies who holds the copyright in software that faculty and employees develop as part of their University employment.

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Time-saving tools for partnering with industry

As federal funding for research becomes less certain, University of Minnesota faculty and staff are increasingly forming partnerships with business and industry to move their research forward. The University offers a set of time-saving research agreements to help faculty and staff in starting new partnerships with industry. Researchers are encouraged to use these resources to speed up the contract process and leave more time for actual research.

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Canvas learning management system pilot

The U of M's pilot of the Canvas learning management system will continue in the fall semester. A formal assessment of the first year of the pilot is available. Faculty and staff interested in trying Canvas can request a sandbox.

Sept. 26 - Institute for Engineering in Medicine conference and retreat

Registration is open for the annual Institute for Engineering in Medicine conference and retreat. The event will open with plenary keynote talks by nationally recognized leaders, followed by lunch and the luncheon keynote. Afternoon breakout sessions will be held for faculty and industrial colleagues to discuss research collaboration opportunities relating to cardiovascular engineering, neuroengineering, cellular and molecular bioengineering, medical and biological imaging, and medical devices. 8 a.m-5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

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Aug. 9 - Alumni Brew Bash Tour

The first-ever Alumni Brew Bash Tour will kick off at Gull Dam Brewing in Nisswa, MN. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Aug. 10 - Extension Master Gardener board gathering

The Extension Master Gardener State Advisory Board will hold a gathering at the University of Minnesota Crookston with presentations by Extension educators, tours of the Allen and Freda Pederson Garden, and more. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Aug. 17 - Ox Cart Days

Ox Cart Days Ice Cream Social will feature the music of the Crookston Summer Big Band and ice cream courtesy of UMC Dining Services and Sodexo. 3:30-5:30 p.m., Peterson Gazebo, Campus Mall.

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IDEA awardsUMD aerial campus shot

The Institute on Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) granted Multicultural Research Awards to four UMD faculty members: Derek Jennings, Melissa Lewis, Jennifer Gomez Menjivar, and Shannon Drysdale Walsh. The recipients will present their research as part of the U of M's Diversity through the Disciplines Symposia throughout the academic year.

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Transformation awards

Two UMD projects have received Equity and Diversity Transformation awards. The projects are Equity and Diversity in Latin America and Spain: Art, Lecture, and Film Series, which will be held in spring 2017; and Supporting Students of Color/International Students and Enhancing Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity: A Collaborative Project, which will be coordinated through the Mentoring Faculty and Staff of Color program.

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Bulldog highlights

Last season, UMD's 394 student-athletes posted an average GPA of 3.181--an all-time high. Of that group, 92 achieved GPAs of 3.5 or above, and eight turned in perfect 4.0 marks. In addition to studying and competing, UMD student-athletes and staff logged approximately 2,100 volunteer hours in 2015-16.

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Raising awarenesshuman trafficking poster

Senior Randi Omdahl and her art studio classmates designed a poster to help make visible an often unseen crime--human trafficking. Associate Professor Ryuta Nakajima assigned the community art project but the students chose the topic. The class is also designing an informational website and offering the poster's artwork as open source.

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Borkenhagen nominated for NCAA Woman of the YearLaura Borkenhagen running

The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference has selected Laura Borkenhagen '16 as its nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award recognizes outstanding female student-athletes for achievements in academics, athletics, service, and leadership. Borkenhagen emerged from a pool of strong female athletes and will move on to represent the conference at the next stage of competition.

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Pete Wyckoff and Timna Wyckoff awarded science policy fellowshipsPete and Timna

Professor of Biology Pete Wyckoff and Associate Professor of Biology Timna Wyckoff were each awarded American Association for the Advancement of Science Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. They will spend a year in Washington, D.C., advising policymakers and politicians for the betterment of science.

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McIntosh champions discovery-based student learningGordon McIntosh

Professor of Physics Gordon McIntosh received a $32,505 award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for "Discovery-Based Student Learning with the Haystack 37-m Radio Telescope." McIntosh is attempting to provide students remote access to this valuable resource located in western Massachusetts.

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Center for Small Towns seeks proposals

The Center for Small Towns seeks proposals for community-based projects. Projects employ the skills of students, staff, and faculty to provide comprehensive services to small communities, connecting community partners to resources within the University of Minnesota system and throughout the state. Project applications are due Aug. 15.


UMR will participate in ROARROAR logo

A team of four from the University of Minnesota Rochester will participate in the inaugural Rochester Outstanding Academic Race (ROAR). In this event, styled after The Amazing Race, teams in Rochester will engage in competition on Sept. 22 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Aug. 16 - UMR CONNECTS: Native American Cultures & Earth's Diversity

The next UMR CONNECTS welcomes dancer, singer, speaker, storyteller, writer, and artist Nakoma Volkman. He will share experiences and thoughts about Native American cultures and Earth's diversity of life. 7 p.m., Peace Plaza. The weekly UMR CONNECTS lecture series aims to share UMR's passion for education with the community.

Twin Cities

Aug. 3 – U of M core facilities open house

Faculty and staff are invited to the first-ever open house showcasing the U of M's world-class research facilities for materials and molecular analysis as well as device fabrication. Explore the facilities, speak with research experts, learn about access to services and opportunities to use research equipment, and discover ways to connect with collaborators. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Physics and Nanotechnology Building.

Welcome Week volunteers needed

Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to assist with Welcome Week 2016. Opportunities include helping with Residence Hall Move-In (Aug. 29-30); Move-In Receptions for Families (Aug. 30); New Student Convocation (Sept. 1); and Earth, U, & Barbecue (formerly the Class of 20XX Cookout, Sept. 2). Each year, more than 5,000 first-year students participate in Welcome Week, which is designed to prepare them for the start of their academic careers.

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Submit fall 2016 copyright permission requests

Course material lists should be submitted to the Copyright Permissions Service by Aug. 8. Submit source information by email to

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Doubling diversitytiny mouse in hand

Where is the world's greatest concentration of unique species of mammals? A team of American and Filipino authors has concluded that it is Luzon Island in the Philippines. Coauthor Sharon Jansa, curator of mammals at the U's Bell Museum, played a key role in the project. Her lab conducted the DNA sequencing that enabled the discovery of 28 new mammal species on Luzon.

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Speaking for the Voiceless

School of Public Health assistant professor Tetyana Shippee changes the way we think about long-term care by including minority populations in quality-of-life conversations.

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Diversity of Views and Experiences Summer Institute

Every summer, some of the U's best and brightest entering graduate students gather on campus for seven weeks to get their feet wet in the world they will soon inhabit full time. These future scholars, teachers, and leaders have made the U's Diversity of Views and Experiences Summer Institute program a resounding success since its inception in fall 1998. This year's students are building support networks across the U through work with a faculty mentor, developing a research topic, and attending weekly seminars on communicating with faculty and proposal writing.

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Stemming Global Climate Change

School of Public Health student Abhirup Datta is part of a University of Minnesota team creating a new model to measure worldwide plant coverage. Knowing accurate plant levels around the world can help scientists predict climate change effects more accurately.

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UMTC Featured Eventssolar eclipse

Aug. 3 - Music on the Plaza: Flamenco - A Touch of Spain

Aug. 8 - OpenSource: A Dominick Argento Celebration

Aug. 9 - OED Certificate Workshop 10: GLBTQ Identities and Communities

Aug. 10 - Music on the Plaza: Romantica

Aug. 18 - Peace Building Approaches to Countering Extremism

Aug. 21 - Countdown: Solar Eclipse

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