December 2, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 40

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover feature: Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari.
  • Feature: Better Together.
  • People: Daniel Forbes has been named the Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortaricells in 3D

Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari wants to use a 3D printer to create transplant organs for those who desperately need them—maybe you. This revolutionary work is drawing on the combined efforts of U of M biologists, mathematicians, engineers, surgeons, and stem cell scientists. Their discoveries could one day eliminate transplant rejection altogether.

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Better Togetherdoctor talking to patient

Stroke is one of humanity's most feared medical misfortunes. In the United States alone, it afflicts 800,000 people every year, has left 6.5 million survivors, and is the leading cause of disability. A U research team hopes that focusing on stroke recovery will bring about ways to help patients regain lost function. Their collective research holds the potential for limiting the damage that stroke leaves behind.

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Daniel Forbes has been named the Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Celebrate the Driven: Faculty, staff, and studentsadvert saying "we are the driven"

The University of Minnesota recently launched a campaign that shows how our faculty, staff, and students are driven by a mission to meet the challenges of a diverse and changing world. The latest additions include outstanding students Anish Chandak, Luna Allen-Bakerian, and Pajau Vangay.

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Engaged Department Grant Program

Grants of up to $7,500 are available from the Office for Public Engagement for departments interested in integrating civic and community engagement into research and teaching activities. The application deadline is Dec. 7.

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Dec. 3 - Thursday Commons: Faculty and student research day

The next Thursday Commons will feature faculty and student research from the fall semester. Noon, Bede Ballroom.

Dec. 5 - Santa Land

Join student clubs and organizations for a winter wonderland of activities at the annual Santa Land. Noon-3 p.m., Sargeant Student Center. Open to the public.

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A Glensheen ChristmasGlensheen mansion

Glensheen is offering a self-guided Christmas tour through Jan. 3 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, noon-4 p.m. The 39-room mansion is decked out for the holidays with 25 Christmas trees, live music, and refreshments.

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Mozart's The Magic Flutemagic flute poser

The Magic Flute will be presented Dec. 4 and 5, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. This colorful production, sung mostly in English, features Opera Studio students accompanied by the UMD Symphony Orchestra. Digital projections, created by students studying digital arts and mixed media as well as filmmaking, are incorporated throughout the show.

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Sounds of the Seasonsounds of season poster

The UMD Department of Music will feature two Sounds of the Season concerts on Dec. 6 at Weber Music Hall. Concert Chorale, University Singers, and Chamber Singers perform at 1:30 p.m. Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band take the stage at 4 p.m.

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Dec. 9 - Holiday Readingsnowflakes on a poster

UMD's Department of English will continue a tradition started by Professor Joseph Maiolo, who passed away last year. Students and faculty will read works that invoke the season, including a piece by Professor Maiolo. 4:30 p.m., Tweed Museum of Art. Open to the public.

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UMM students win honorsUMM students accepting AISES award

Sayge Wooldridge '16, Dalia Whiting '16, Isabella Houck '17, Francis Reed '16, Michelle LaGarde '16, and Haylee Rowlette '16 were recognized for their oral presentations and creative ideas at the 2015 American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National Conference. Their recognitions continue a strong tradition of AISES conference achievements by UMM students.

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UMM preps for international climate change conferencewindmill

UMM will take part in the 21st Conference of the Parties, which will be hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris through Dec. 12. In addition to signing the White House's "American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge," UMM is being represented at the talks by Arne Kildegaard, professor of management and economics.

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New recruitment videos for health professions degreesvideo still

The Admissions Department, working with the production company Puke Rainbows, has released four videos highlighting each track in UMR's Bachelor of Science in Health Professions program.

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Twin Cities

The Strength of Family: An Interview with Priscilla GibsonPriscilla Gibson

When family members other than parents raise children, it's called kinship care. Priscilla Gibson, a professor in the School of Social Work, says that kinship care has been practiced informally in the African American culture for centuries. But Gibson feels the public's understanding of that culture has not often been about its strengths.

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New voicemail system deadline

The deadline for transitioning to the Twin Cities new voicemail system is approaching and just half of voicemail system users have taken action. All users should have received a voicemail with instructions on how to transition to the new system. You must act by Dec. 11 to maintain access to the voicemail service.

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Leadership course

Join colleagues from across the Twin Cities campus in a program to build your leadership skills, whether you manage projects or simply want to explore your potential. The Leading on All Levels leadership program, offered by Leadership and Talent Development in the Office of Human Resources, can help you determine what type of leader you want to become and identify your leadership strengths. To register, a manager nomination is needed and online activities must be completed before the first class. The registration deadline is Jan. 6.

Register and learn more >

Toys for Tots

The University of Minnesota Police Department (Transportation & Safety Building, 511 Washington Avenue S.E.) is a drop-off point for the annual Toys for Tots program. UMPD is collecting new, unwrapped toys to be distributed during the holidays for those less fortunate in our community. Age groups most in need are 0-2 years old and 15-17 years old. The drop-off deadline is Dec. 17, 3 p.m.

Dec. 9 - Energy-use data and electricity costs lecture

The next Frontiers in the Environment lecture will tackle the question, "Can energy-use data reduce electricity costs and environmental impacts?" Noon-1 p.m., Humphrey School Forum and live online.

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Dec 9 – International Researcher Series

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility will hold a new series around topics in international research. The first session, Best Practices in Proposal Development, will cover key considerations when developing new research proposals that include an international component. Attendees are invited to bring current projects and proposal ideas for discussion after the event. 12:15-1:30 p.m., Room 13-204/206, Phillips Wangensteen Building.

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Dec. 11 - Bell Social: Huge Worlds, Tiny Spaces

Attend a celebration of art and science featuring an exhibition of new works by Bell Museum artist in residence Sreekishen Nair and a presentation on "The Biggest Things in the Universe" by Larry Rudnick, as well as live music in the diorama halls, refreshments, and more. 7-10:30 p.m., Bell Museum.

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Dec. 11 - Re-Imagining Theatre

U of M Theatre Arts & Dance will host Re-Imagining Theatre, a conversation with the new generation of Twin Cities theatrical leaders Sarah Bellamy, Penumbra Theatre; Joe Haj, Guthrie Theater; Sarah Rasmussen, Jungle Theater; and Randy Reyes, Mu Performing Arts. Marianne Combs of MPR will moderate. 7 p.m., Rarig Center. Tickets: $5 general admission; no charge for students with valid ID cards.

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Dec. 12 - Saturday with a Scientist: WolvesWolf in snow

Renowned wolf expert and founder of the International Wolf Center David Mech will share his knowledge of wolves, from pup development to hunting and feeding, how they use physical and social adaptations to survive, and the adaptations of their prey. Attendees will also have the opportunity to make their own mini replica of the Bell's famous wolf diorama. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bell Museum.

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UMTC Featured EventsWill Steger in snowsuit

Dec. 2-4 - WAM Shop Holiday Sale
Dec. 3 - HEADLINERS: Mapping and Interfacing with the Human Brain
Dec. 3 - Eyewitness to Climate Change: A talk by Will Steger
Dec. 4 - CSE Winter Light Show
Dec. 7 - A Tour of the Solar System

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