August 31, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 26

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover: David Ernst.
  • Features: U of M Venture Center launches record 17 startups; America's wars take uneven toll; Covering more ground; Set up for success.
  • People: Aaron Sojourner has been appointed to President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: David ErnstDavid Ernst

The high price of textbooks has been a concern for college students for many years. But the University's David Ernst is at the forefront of a movement to lessen that burden on students. In 2012 Ernst helped create the online Open Textbook Library, which now contains more than 200 textbooks at no cost.

Read more about Ernst >

U of M Venture Center launches record 17 startups in FY16light bulb

The U of M launched a record 17 startup companies over the past year based on discoveries and inventions by researchers.

America's wars take uneven tollU of M flag

A new study, "Invisible Inequality: The Two Americas of Military Sacrifice," shows that in today's wars, Americans who die or are wounded in battle are disproportionately coming from poorer parts of the country.

Covering more groundcorn field

For several years now, more and more farmers have embraced cover crops as a way to anchor the soil so it won't erode and wash away and to prevent weeds. U of M Extension studies the benefits for farmers of keeping live plants in otherwise fallow fields.

Read more about cover crops >

Set up for successMarnie Peterson

Collaborating and sharing resources is a great way to bring laboratory discoveries to patients as quickly as possible. Microbiologist and clinical pharmacologist Marnie Peterson develops drugs to fight multidrug-resistant bacteria—an ever-important task as headlines warn of "superbugs" and antibiotic resistance looms as a global threat.

Read more about Peterson's work >


Aaron Sojourner has been appointed as a senior economist on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers; Jakub Tolar has been named executive vice dean of the Medical School; Peter Moe has been named director of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum; psychology researchers have received a $1.5 million grant to improve reading comprehension of students with or at risk for disabilities; Douglas Peterson has been named General Counsel; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Learn the six core skills of digital accessibility

An accessible campus is everyone's everyday responsibility, and a completely redesigned website will help you make digital resources more accessible. Faculty and staff are urged to make digital accessibility a part of documents, webpages, software purchases, and emails. Just six core skills of accessible digital communication will contribute to a more accessible campus.

Box Secure Storage now available

The Center of Excellence for HIPAA data has made the new Box Secure Storage file storage service available to researchers, faculty, staff, and students. Compliant with security requirements for HIPAA data, Box Secure Storage has features in place that make it appropriate for storing personal health information and other sensitive data.

Learn about Box Secure Storage >

Don't miss UMN@TheFair

From offbeat science performances to games for the sake of research, the U has plenty to offer visitors of all ages during the final days of the Minnesota State Fair. Look for special musical performances throughout the weekend, including U student bands and a cappella groups Sept. 2-4, along with the Pride of Minnesota Marching Band Sept. 4, 2 p.m.

Download the UMN@TheFair app to see the full schedule >

Driven To Discover Research Facility at the fair

University researchers looking for an innovative option for enrolling large numbers of participants in studies are invited to stop by the Driven to Discover Research Facility (D2D) at the State Fairgrounds. Visit with 30 study investigators and learn about their innovative ways of engaging the public.

Urgent iPhone, iPad software security update

Apple recently released iOS 9.3.5, an important security update for iPhone and iPad users that patches a serious security vulnerability known as Trident. Apple recommends that all iOS users download and install the update immediately.

Information accelerates innovation

U of M librarians have become integral members of research teams, helping University of Minnesota faculty transform their discoveries into products that improve the health of people around the world.

Learn more >

Oct. 5-7 - Moving Toward Precision Healthcare in Children's Mental Health

Precision care is one of the most exciting new frontiers in children's mental health. A groundbreaking conference will bring experts in the field of personalized, precision-based treatment from all over the country to Minneapolis to discuss cutting-edge research and practice in the field.

Learn more and RSVP >

Oct. 27-28 - Healthy Foods Summit 2016: Food, Microbes, and Health

Microbes are everywhere in our food system, inhabiting biomes from soil to human, for better or worse. Register for Healthy Foods Summit 2016: Food, Microbes, and Health to learn about cutting-edge research and policy perspectives in the field of microbes, and how these tiny organisms can be better understood to ensure healthy, safe food for everyone.

Register and learn more >

Researchers pool talent to solve water waste

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a filter to clean chemicals from water, starting with the nation's swimming pools.

Read more about water >


Sept. 1 - Thursday Commons

The first Thursday Commons of the academic year will be the Involvement Expo (Club and Community Service Fair). Noon-2 p.m., Sargeant Student Center.

Sept. 5 - Bike Crookston Cycling Club meeting

The Wellness Center and Office of Student Affairs are sponsoring an initial meeting to determine student and employee interest levels in forming a cycling club with Bike Crookston. 7 p.m., Wellness Center classroom.

Summer graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota Crookston recently announced its list of summer 2016 graduates.


Recent alumni job survey resultsPoster saying bulldogs get jobs

A recent survey conducted by Career and Internship Services shows that 97 percent of respondents among 2014-15 graduates have found jobs (85 percent) or are continuing their education (12 percent). The report is based on responses from 1,751 graduates (from a pool of 1,901 grads). Data was collected through online, email, and telephone surveys.

Schokker honoredAndrea Schokker

Professor Andrea Schokker, department head, Civil Engineering, is a recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. The award recognizes her commitment to mentoring young people interested in STEM-related fields. Schokker is featured on page 56 of INSIGHT's September magazine. Assistant Professor Alison Hoxie, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, submitted the nomination.

Department of Music concertsmusic building

The UMD Department of Music offers nearly 30 concerts during fall semester. Performances feature guest artists, faculty, and students in almost every musical genre including classical, jazz, choral, and opera. Experience a concert at the acoustically perfect Weber Music Hall.


UMM named 2016-17 College of DistinctionUMM campus

The University of Minnesota Morris has been named a 2016-17 College of Distinction by Colleges of Distinction. The campus is one of four Minnesota schools, and the state's only public institution, to be included on this year's list. Colleges of Distinction stand out for their "engaged students," "great teaching," "vibrant communities," and "successful outcomes."

Morris a finalist for 2016 Clean Energy Community Awardstudents in front of sustainability sign

The city of Morris is a finalist for the 2016 Clean Energy Community Award, which recognizes work undertaken by Minnesota communities toward achieving the state's clean energy goals. UMM has worked closely with the city and other local and statewide partners to help advance these efforts. The city and its collaborative "Morris Model" effort were recognized for statewide leadership in renewables and energy efficiency by the Minnesota Commerce Department.

Beginning of the academic year photosman in move-in shirt

See move-in day photos of new and returning students moving into their residence halls, as well as photos from the start of the 2016-17 academic year.


Sept. 6 - Chancellor's Welcome

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Chancellor's Welcome on the Peace Plaza for lunch from Newt's, pictures with Rockie Raptor, and a program to welcome everyone back to campus. 2 p.m.

Sept. 6 - UMR Connects: Our Growing City

The next UMR Connects will feature Rochester's various projects and expansions. Panelists will give updates on construction projects and explain the importance of these projects for the city and its residents.

Twin Cities

Office hours with Katrice Albert

Share a concern or ask a pressing question about diversity and inclusion during office hours with Katrice Albert, vice president for equity and diversity. Appointments are encouraged but not required. Drop-ins will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sign up for office hours >

Gopher football on campus

This year, the Gopher football team plays its first home game on Thursday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m. On game days, drivers should anticipate congestion and delays while travelling to and from campus. Carpooling and alternate methods of transportation are recommended. All other home games are on Saturdays: Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, and Nov. 19. 

Sept. 3 – Weisman presents 'The Talking Cure'exhibit sketch of two people abstract

The Weisman Art Museum will present "The Talking Cure," an exhibition featuring 12 sculptures, 12 drawings, 12 writers, and 12 actors. The presentation will also include a participatory installation, a workshop space, and additional programs meant to encourage participation with the exhibit through sharing stories. A kickoff event will take place Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 7 - A New Direction for Race Relations in America

Discussions of race in the United States often succumb to an "us versus them" pairing--improving the conditions of blacks at the cost of whites. Gary Cunningham, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association, will talk about a more hopeful direction--one of healing for the black community and building a white middle class that links its prosperity to sharing in the country's economic growth and community revitalization. Noon-1:15 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. 

See more >

Sept. 12 - Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase

The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center will hold its Research and Management Showcase to give attendees an inside look at its cutting-edge research. This event includes opening remarks from Department of Natural Resources commissioner Tom Landwehr, breakout sessions, a chance to tour the new state-of-the-art Research Lab, and a reception with CFANS dean Brian Buhr. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul.

Register and learn more >

Early Career Teaching Program

The Early Career Teaching Program is for faculty and instructional staff who are in their first seven years of teaching in any educational setting. The program is designed to develop and enhance teaching skills and establish a foundation for effective and engaging teaching. No charge, and those who complete the program receive a $300 stipend.

Register for the program >

Minnesota Population Center Data Training Workshops

The Minnesota Population Center will host data training workshops this fall. Participants will learn how to access and use the world's largest repositories of national and international demographic and census data for use in researching topics related to public health, social science, economics, geography, and more. All workshops take place on Friday afternoons, 12:30-2:30 p.m. No charge, but registration is required and seating is limited.

Sept. 20 - James A. Hamilton Symposium: Innovation in Health Care

Alumnus Barbara Spurrier is the James A. Hamilton keynote speaker on the theme of innovation to transform an industry. Spurrier will share the innovation journey at Mayo Clinic when in 2008 the organization dramatically advanced its commitment by launching its Center for Innovation. She is currently chief strategy officer of the Well Living Lab, a Delos and Mayo Clinic collaboration, and senior VP of ventures at Delos. McNamara Alumni Center.

Register and learn more >

Sept. 26 - Frontiers in Mine Water Technology

MnDRIVE Environment will host a symposium on mine water bioremediation. The event will feature keynote presentations by D. Barrie Johnson (Bangor University, Wales) and Judy Wall (University of Missouri), as well as speakers from the mining and water treatment sectors. It will include a poster session and opportunities to network with colleagues and guests.

UMTC Featured EventsRed headed woodpecker

Sept. 1 - Christian Faculty Network lunch

Sept. 6 - The Women and Money Project

Sept. 7 - OED Certificate Workshop 1: Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity

Sept. 9 - Red-Headed Woodpecker Hike

Sept. 9 - Jerry Kill at U of M Bookstore

Sept. 19 - Best-selling author and illustrator Raina Telgemeier

Events Calendar >