December 19, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 41

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Joan Gabel named 17th president of the University of Minnesota.
  • Board of Regents December meeting highlights.
  • Features: Slowdown on cesareans; Better options after traumatic injury.
  • People: Michael Oakes has been appointed associate vice president for research; and more.

Publication schedule: Brief will not publish Dec. 26 or Jan. 2. Weekly publication will resume Jan. 9.

Top News

Gabel named 17th president of the University of MinnesotaJoan Gabel

On Dec. 18, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents officially appointed Joan Gabel as the 17th President of the University of Minnesota. Gabel visited each campus for public forums the week of Dec. 10 and was formally interviewed by the board on Dec. 14. Gabel succeeds Eric Kaler, who will step down on June 30.

Board of Regents December meeting highlightsblock m logo

During its December meeting, the U of M Board of Regents approved the president’s recommended undergraduate nonresident/non-reciprocity tuition increase of 10 percent on the Twin Cities campus for 2019-20, while holding the tuition of currently enrolled nonresident/non-reciprocity students to an increase of no more than 5.5 percent. In conjunction with this increase, the University will recommend additional investments to enhance recruitment and retention of nonresident students, including increased funding for students with financial need and exceptional merit. The board also reviewed proposed amendments to the Regents’ Traffic Regulation Ordinances, which resulted from a comprehensive review to address new modes of transportation. The board will hold a public hearing Feb. 7 to allow public comment on the amendments. See the news release for more information.

Slowdown on cesareansmother and baby

Cesarean deliveries can save lives, but even so a woman runs the risk of bleeding, infection, a longer and costlier hospital stay--and more cesareans with future pregnancies. But at the Birthplace in the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, expectant mothers get care from teams of health professionals who are committed to reducing unnecessary cesareans. And that’s the whole idea. The hospital is one of 21 nationwide in the Reducing Primary Cesareans Project. Learn more about cesareans and the Birthplace.

Better options after traumatic injurysarah greising

Sarah Greising, assistant professor of exercise physiology in the School of Kinesiology, is seeking to help change for the better the lives of people who suffer a traumatic injury. Greising directs the school’s Skeletal Muscle Plasticity and Regeneration Laboratory, where her team explores strategies to address traumatic muscle injuries through regenerative rehabilitation, a process that stimulates cells to repair and regenerate damaged tissue.


Michael Oakes of the School of Public Health has been appointed as associate vice president for research; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media. People.

U-Wide News

Administrative policy updates

The Resolving Alleged Student Conduct Code Violations policy contains new language that aligns with the University's Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Relationship Violence policy. The proposed change to Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources establishes that reimbursements (salary, expenses, financial aid, etc.) will not be provided if the original disbursement is stolen due to the individual not enabling available security controls (e.g., Duo) that would have prevented the theft. The proposed version of Relocating Employees specifies that a moving allowance, if negotiated at the time of hire, will be paid as a lump sum and that departments may require reimbursement if the employee leaves or is terminated within one year. Policies are available for review and comment.

Legislative events coming in January

The 2019 legislative session will begin on Jan. 8. This year, the University of Minnesota is requesting $87 million for core academic and research functions on all five campuses. The University is also asking for $232.3 million to upgrade buildings, making our facilities more accessible and safe while also improving teaching, learning, and research environments. Learn about the legislative request and how you can help by signing up for kickoff events at Crookston (Jan. 9), Twin Cities (Jan. 14), Rochester (Jan. 17), and Morris (Jan. 22). (Duluth advocates gathered in early December).

Research Brief: First-ever footage of wolves hunting freshwater fish captured near Voyageurs National Parka wolf fishing

The Voyageurs Wolf Project, a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Voyageurs National Park, has followed GPS-collared wolves from over seven different packs since 2015, but the “Bowman Bay” pack was recently caught displaying a unique behavior: hunting freshwater fish. Learn more about this wolf research and see additional recent Research Briefs, including “Infections may be linked to heart attack and stroke” and “Key factors for family satisfaction with nursing homes."

Gold Mind: Pursuit of Happiness

This webinar explores the concept of happiness and highlights philosophical and research-based insights that may be useful in daily life.

Minnesota Alumni winter literature issuewolves watching person graphic image

The Winter 2019 issue of Minnesota Alumni magazine focuses on alumni and University storytellers and features a new, easy-to-peruse online format. In addition to stories about alumni writers, biographers, publishers, and others, there are stories on history, travel, sports, research, and more.

A ‘Socially and Emotionally Responsive’ Approach to Intercultural Communications: a conversation with Amina Jaafar

Amina Jaafar is the director of communications and strategic initiatives in the Office of Equity and Diversity (UMTC), and an instructor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. Here, Jafaar shares her thoughts about intercultural competence/communication.


Student profile: Jordan DeBoer

Junior Jordan DeBoer’s family legacy on the Crookston campus spans the Northwest School of Agriculture (1906-68), the University of Minnesota Crookston Technical College (1966-93), and the University of Minnesota Crookston. Deeply rooted in farming, his love for agriculture is obvious from the moment you meet him.


Alumnus honoredDave Goldberg

Dave Goldberg ’57 received the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award for his many contributions to Bulldog Athletics. In addition to multiple scholarship endowments over the years, Goldberg has been a mentor to many scholar-athletes. A Labovitz School of Business and Economics alumnus, Goldberg is the first UMD graduate to receive this award.

True natures foundvideo still of person playing musical instrument

UMD videographer David Cowardin captured the magic of music and Duluth’s natural beauty in a video featuring School of Fine Arts (SFA) music students performing “Discovery,” an original piece by SFA alumnus William Brueggemann.


Be the beebee on a flower

Computer science associate professor Kristin Kaster Lamberty ’00 wants you to “be the bee” when you head out on the city bike trail. So she’s working on an experience that will help visitors travel the trail as a bee would, as part of the "Morris Prairie Pollinator Demonstration and Education” project headed by the U of M West Central Research and Outreach Center.


Students volunteer at local Ronald McDonald HouseUMR students at Ronald McDonald house

Several students took time away from studying to volunteer and spend time at the local Ronald McDonald House, doing holiday crafts with the residents.

Students partner with local news outlet to tell Rochester community stories

This fall, Med City Beat teamed up with University of Minnesota Rochester students to document the role the community plays in the care of the nearly 3 million patients and visitors who come to Rochester each year.

Twin Cities

2018 Community Fund Drive results

Thanks to all who participated in the 2018 Community Fund Drive in October. Together the University community raised $1,358,463, which will benefit hundreds of nonprofits in our community, the campaign’s six federations, and the University of Minnesota. A special thanks to Community Fund Drive volunteers for their creativity and energy in engaging faculty and staff with the campaign.

Jan. 16 - Workshop: The Other Side of Poverty in Schools

The Other Side of Poverty in Schools is a one-day workshop for teachers, administrators, counselors, and teacher educators to learn about the five principles for change to better meet the needs of working-class and poor students, develop research-based teaching practices, and take away classroom ideas. The workshop is led by Mark Vagle and Colleen Clements of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Peik Hall. Cost: $50 for U of M faculty, staff, and alumni; $15-25 for students.

Jan. 17 - Limited tickets remain for Speaking Science

There are still a limited number of faculty/postdoc/researcher tickets remaining for Speaking Science, a one-day conference designed to help scientists, engineers, and other researchers hone their storytelling ability. This year’s conference includes popular workshops with media partners and a keynote by Emily Graslie, the Field Museum’s chief curiosity correspondent. 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Coffman Union.

Jan. 19 - Physics Force shows

See a physicist break a cement block on the chest of his colleague lying on a bed of nails or watch a barrel crushed by only the force of air at this year's U of M Physics Force public shows. The shows combine large-scale physics demonstrations and slapstick humor that is fun for adults and children of all ages. 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Northrop. Cost is $3 for the general public; no charge for children 10 and under. Registration is required and the show often sells out.

Connect with the North Minneapolis community at upcoming UROC events

The University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) offers a unique setting, as well as a support system for University faculty and researchers looking to connect their work with North Minneapolis community leaders and residents in authentic partnerships. Learn how UROC could be a perfect fit for your engaged research projects at one of three special events for faculty and researchers (Feb. 12, March 28, Apr. 18).

Feb. 2 - U of M Day with the Timberwolves

Enjoy an engaging family-friendly outing at U of M Day with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The special U of M Day package includes a game ticket, custom U of M socks, a pregame gathering at Cargo Food Authority, and some in-game elements. Tickets and more information.

UMTC Featured Eventsa double helix

Jan. 7 - Alumni Fitness Night
Jan. 13 - Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Jan. 16 - Tour of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
Jan. 29 - Consumers in the Lead: Transforming Research and Health Lecture, with Speaker Sharon F. Terry

Events Calendar >