February 1, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 4

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Legislative Kickoff Breakfast a success.
  • Driven to Discover: Ending addiction with Carolyn Fairbanks.
  • Feature: Immigration History Research Center launches #ImmigrationSyllabus.
  • People: U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media; and more.

Top News

Legislative Kickoff Breakfast a success

More than 350 people gathered at McNamara Alumni Center for the 2017 Legislative Kickoff Breakfast. Following the event’s speakers, the U launched the new UMN Advocates program, highlighting a new webpage, Twitter account, and Facebook page.

Driven to Discover: Ending addiction with Carolyn FairbanksCarolyn Fairbanks

Keeping painkilling drugs out of the brain would prevent drug addiction. Pharmaceutics professor Carolyn Fairbanks seeks that goal, as well as ways to stop pain impulses before they reach the brain.

Immigration History Research Center launches #ImmigrationSyllabusPoster saying Immigrants All

Immigration historians from across the country launched #ImmigrationSyllabus, a website and educational resource to help the public understand the deep historical roots of today’s immigration debates. It was created in partnership with the U of M’s Immigration History Research Center and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and made available through U of M Libraries.


U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

New version of Google Sites

A new version of Google Sites is available at the University of Minnesota. Google Sites enables users to quickly create a website for your team or department, with no coding necessary. The new Google Sites features mobile-friendly designs, greater customization, and more.

LMS evaluation update

The U of M is in the final semester of the Moodle and Canvas learning management system (LMS) evaluation and getting closer to determining what an LMS must do to support teaching and learning now and in the future. Learn more at “Five Things You Need to Know” about the LMS evaluation.

My Accounts page gets a new look Feb. 5

Myaccount.umn.edu, the webpage where you can manage your University accounts, Internet password, directory information, and more, is getting a new look and feel on Feb. 5. The more modern site is designed to be easier to use and to process requests more quickly. Learn more about the upgrade >

Center for Writing research grants

The Center for Writing's Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW) program offers research grants to support the inquiry of U of M scholars and teachers--faculty, P&A, and graduate students alike—into writing and literacy. Letters of intent are due Feb. 6.

Apply and learn more at ISW grants >

Announcing the Minnesota Futures grant program

Letters of Intent are now being accepted for the Minnesota Futures grant program, administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Minnesota Futures program promotes new research and scholarship that address societal challenges by fostering opportunities for researchers to advance new ideas and cross disciplinary boundaries. To avoid overlap with the Provost's Grand Challenges competition, which also provides funding for cross disciplinary research, Minnesota Futures funding will not be available for projects in these two areas: clean water and sustainable ecosystems; just and equitable communities. Letters of Intent are due Feb. 20; the deadline for completed proposals is March 20. All applicants who submit an LOI are also invited to submit a full proposal, unless they are notified otherwise. Two grants will be awarded in June.

Nominations open for President's Award for Outstanding Service

The President's Award for Outstanding Service recognizes faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the University. The award is presented each spring and honors up to 12 active or retired faculty or staff who have gone well beyond their regular duties and who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the University community. Nominations are due by March 10.

Regents Professorship nominations

The Regents Professorship is the highest honor the University of Minnesota bestows on its faculty. It recognizes faculty who have made unique contributions to the quality of the University of Minnesota through exceptional accomplishments in teaching, research and scholarship or creative work, and contributions to the public good. This year there is one opening. Nominations are due by March 10.

U of M specialty license plates

Show University pride and support students by getting a U of M specialty license plate. For each plate on the road, $25 goes to the University to support student scholarships. Twin Cities, Duluth, Crookston, and Morris plate options are available.

March 8-9 - Frontier Issues in Research Ethics

The national conference, The Future of Informed Consent in Research and Translational Medicine: A Century of Law, Ethics & Innovation, will bring together renowned speakers from a variety of disciplines who will address informed consent ethics and policy history and the tools needed to improve patient and research participant protections. Additional events include The Challenges of Informed Consent and Research Ethics Trainings and Workshops. Separate registration is required for each event, all of which take place at Coffman Union. Webcasts will be available.

HFHL funding opportunitiesapples

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute’s University Research Grant Program seeks proposals from interdisciplinary faculty teams working to produce high-impact research in the areas of food protection/safety, prevention of obesity and diet-related disease, and/or food security. HFHL also invites letters of interest for the Community-University Planning Grant Program and proposals (due Apr. 14) for the Graduate and Professional Student Research Grant Program.


Feb. 4 – Memorial ice fishing tournament

The annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament, which supports scholarships at the University of Minnesota Crookston, will be held at Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods.

UMC Leads program kicks off

The yearlong UMC Leads program began last week with a leadership session and a vision session. Both four-hour sessions, facilitated by members of the UMTC Leadership Training and Development Office, included panels where UMC leaders shared their experiences and insights with the 13 UMC Leads participants.


Feb. 2 - Celebrating generositySecurian Learning Commons

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the Securian Learning Commons and Math Learning Lab. The new space has doubled UMD’s capacity for developmental math courses and accommodates 1,200 students each year. Securian gave its gift in honor of emeritus CEO Robert Senkler, a 1974 UMD alumnus. 2 p.m., Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Learning from collective wisdomDerek Jennings

Assistant Professor Derek Jennings, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the Duluth Campus and outreach director for Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH), often explores issues collaboratively, either by working with American Indian communities or by teaming up with colleagues at RICH.

Read more about Jennings >

Feb. 7 - A Tweevening eventtweed exhibit poster

Associate Professor Jennifer Webb will discuss the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque period. Webb helped to organize the current exhibit “From the Beginning: Selections from the Original Alice Tweed Tuohy & George Tweed Collection.” This event is open to the public and will include a Q&A session. 6:30 p.m., Tweed Museum.


Town Hall Water Summit photosGov Dayton speaking

Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith hosted a Town Hall Water Summit at Morris on Jan. 27. The summit brought together more than 400 local government leaders, farmers, students, environmental groups, and businesses to focus on water challenges and solutions in Greater Minnesota.

See photos >

Miller named choral fellowBrad Miller

Bradley Miller, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, has been selected as an American Choral Directors Association International Conductors Exchange Program Fellow. The program creates opportunities for international dialogue and exchange between the next generation of leaders in the choral profession. Miller will provide conducting workshops and lectures and conduct ensembles in performance in São Paulo, Brazil, during a weeklong residency in October 2017.

Feb. 6 - Wilbert H. Ahern Distinguished LectureJulie Pelletier

Julie Pelletier, associate professor at the University of Winnipeg and acting executive director of the Global College Human Rights Program, will deliver the 2017 Wilbert H. Ahern Distinguished Lecture. Pelletier’s talk is titled “Speaking Truth as Indigenization: Academia and Reconciliation.”

June 13-14 - Innovate! Teaching with Technology Conferencestudent at a laptop

Morris will host the Innovate! Teaching with Technology Conference, a two-day event that will bring together K-12 and college educators as well as technology leaders to discuss important issues and innovations related to technology in the classroom. Helen Mongan-Rallis, associate professor in the education department at UMD, will be the conference keynote speaker.


Feb. 6 - Black History Month celebrationBlack history month poster

Join UMR in celebrating Black History Month. Celebration events will occur throughout the week of Feb. 6. See events.r.umn.edu for more information.

Feb. 7 - Script Your Family's Future: Why You Need an Estate PlanDon Charlson

Is your family prepared to carry on your legacy? Join Don Charlson, Edward Jones financial advisor, for an informative presentation on estate planning and the necessary steps to ensure your family’s future.

Twin Cities

‘We all belong here’ campaign launchesPoster says our differences drive our greatness

A new campaign, “We all belong here,” launched on the Twin Cities campus on Jan. 30. The campaign supports University values and aspirations to be a welcoming campus where everyone is treated with respect, equity and inclusion are nurtured, and everyone has the opportunity to succeed. The campaign involves five messages, with action steps everyone can take to improve our climate. It also promotes the Bias Response and Referral Network.

Feb. 1 - Chainbreaker kickoff event/cancer fundraiser

Chainbreaker is a cycling event and celebration that will support the Masonic Cancer Center and life-saving cancer research across the health sciences schools. The event will offer options for 25, 50, 100, and 180-mile rides. Attend the information session to learn more. Appetizers and drinks will be served. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Mayo Auditorium.

Feb. 2 - What is the Impact of New Immigration Policies for the U

This meeting will share information about the impact of the new executive orders on the U of M community, to idenfity resources, and to strategize about how to protect the U of M community and local immigrants and refugees. Noon-1 p.m., Beacon Room, University Recreation and Wellness Center. RSVP at Facebook. Learn more >

Tony Diggs Excellence Awards nominations

Nominate an outstanding student group or a student group advisor who stands out in the campus community for a Tony Diggs Excellence Award. Nominations close Feb. 5.

Feb. 6 - Cristina Henríquez: Provost's Conversation SeriesCristina Henriquez

Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans, will give a lecture highlighting the varied human stories behind the ongoing debate about immigration. Henríquez’s talk marks the second in the Provost’s Conversation Series: Constructing Community - Identity, Opportunity, and Place. The yearlong speaker series will focus on human rights, reflecting on how we can contribute to a more inclusive society. No charge, open to the public. 2 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.

Nominations open for President's Student Leadership and Service Award

Nominate outstanding student leaders by Feb. 10 for a President's Student Leadership and Service Award.

Feb. 16 - Women of Color in STEM: Hidden Figures Yesterday and Today

Hidden Figures tells the astonishing story of African American women who served as “human computers” behind the scenes at NASA during the space race. At this event, panelists will build on Hidden Figures author and Distinguished Carlson Lecturer Margot Lee Shetterly's work, discussing how the contributions of women of color have been erased historically, how women of color are contributing to science today, and how we can ensure their contributions continue and grow. 4:30 p.m., Humphrey School.

Feb. 28 - Community Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure: Context and Overview

Open to all faculty on the UMTC campus, this three-part workshop series is designed to provide community-engaged scholars with practical strategies for success in the promotion and tenure process. Additional workshops will take place on March 7 and March 21.

March 8 - ‘Engraved in Copper: The Art of Mapping Minnesota’

Join University Libraries in a celebration of the exhibit “Engraved in Copper: The Art of Mapping Minnesota,” featuring speakers Edie Overturf, U of M Department of Art, and Ron Wencl, United States Geological Survey. 7 p.m., Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Spanish- and Portuguese-language podcast

A new weekly Spanish- and Portuguese-language podcast from the Spanish and Portuguese Department features interviews with University students, faculty, staff, and members of the Twin Cities community. The podcast, Voc/zes, aims to foster development of community and global citizenship.

UMTC Featured EventsLauren Groff

Feb. 2 - Hunger Benefit Reading featuring novelist Lauren Groff

Feb. 3 - How do trigger warnings influence students' writing? A conversation with readings

Feb. 4 - INSTINCT | 49th Annual Apparel Design Fashion Show

Feb. 7 - Cage/Cunningham

Feb. 8 - WAM Sweetheart Sale

Feb. 9 - We Are Water: the University and Minnesota's Water Future

Events Calendar >