February 10, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 5

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meet Feb. 11-12.
  • Driven to Discover: Rachel Johnson.
  • Feature: Giving Young Minds the Opportunity to Shine. 
  • People: Professors David Pui and Emmanuel Detournay have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering; and more.

Top News

U of M Board of Regents meet Feb. 11-12

The U of M Board of Regents will discuss key areas of future planning central to strategic positioning during its February meeting, including a five-year undergraduate enrollment plan for the Twin Cities campus, long-term land development and a vision for key areas of the Twin Cities campus, and strategic planning for the Law School. The board will also examine results of the 2015 employee engagement survey and receive an update on Operational Excellence progress.

See the full agenda >

Driven to Discover: Rachel JohnsonRachel Johnson

The pitfalls of traditional cancer treatments are well known. Chemotherapy and radiation are often very successful in killing cancer cells, but they also destroy non-cancerous cells, producing harmful and sometimes long-lasting side effects. That's why Rachel Johnson, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Minnesota Morris, is studying how immune cells and tumor cells interact—specifically the cell-to-cell interactions mediated by proteins on their surfaces.

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Giving Young Minds the Opportunity to Shinea boy reading to a dog

The U of M is harnessing the energy of its students and community volunteers to close the achievement gap.

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College of Science and Engineering professors David Pui and Emmanuel Detournay have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Google Drive web hosting to be discontinued Aug. 31

Google recently announced that web hosting in Google Drive for users and developers will be discontinued on Aug. 31. University Collaboration and Web Content Services has options available to users who employ Google Drive to host websites.

Learn more >

Feb. 16 - Campus Conversation: Driving Tomorrow

"Driving Tomorrow: Our ten-year plan to lead and innovate" will be the topic of the next Campus Conversation. Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson will discuss the five grand challenges that will bring together researchers from across the campus as a key component of the U's strategic vision. Noon-1 p.m., Best Buy Theater, Northrop or live online via WebEx.

RSVP if you plan to attend >

Feb. 17 - Frontiers in the Environment spring lecture series kicks offFrontiers logo reading "big questions"

IonE's spring Frontiers series kicks off with "Can the past inform how plants will respond to future climate change?" The weekly Wednesday series features "big questions" in solutions-focused conversations about the next wave of research and discovery. Noon, R-380 Learning and Environmental Sciences, St. Paul campus, and live online.

Feb. 24 - Legislative Kickoff Breakfast

Join President Kaler, faculty, alumni, and student leaders for the 2016 University of Minnesota Legislative Kickoff Breakfast. Learn about the University's capital and supplemental budget requests, find out how these legislative proposals will affect you, and learn how you can influence lawmakers. A continental breakfast will be served. 7:30-9 a.m., McNamara Alumni Center.


March 5 - Mill City Farmers Market at the Landscape ArboretumARb mill city

Shop for healthy foods and local, handcrafted products from over 40 farmers and artisans at the fifth annual Mill City Farmers Market at the U of M Landscape Arboretum. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., MacMillian Auditorium.

See a full list of participating vendors >

Research Infrastructure Investment Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has issued a Request for Proposals to fund research infrastructure at the University of Minnesota. OVPR is committed to facilitating strong core facilities as the backbone for research excellence and as encouragement of cross-disciplinary collaboration. The funding available for this RFP will be directed toward new or existing facilities, service centers, or other shared resources systemwide. Matching funds are required. Letters of intent are due March 7; full proposals are due Apr. 11.

Learn more and apply >

Women's Center awards, grants, and scholarships

The Women's Center invites nominations for its multiple awards, grants, and scholarships (from $1K to $5K), which honor the engagement, contributions, and leadership of University faculty, staff, and students. Due dates range from March 11 for awards and grants to June 3 for student scholarships.

Learn more and apply >

March 31 - Meeting Society's Grand Challenges conference

The Meeting Society's Grand Challenges Through Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning conference will showcase the University's most innovative engagement practices and offer a chance for faculty, staff, students, and community partners to learn about community-engaged research, teaching, and outreach initiatives through more than 100 presentations delivered in a variety of formats. The daylong conference at The Commons Hotel concludes with a call to action in a special public engagement edition of Thursdays at Four, the Institute for Advanced Study's weekly discussion series.

Submit a proposal, register, or learn more >

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute spring funding opportunities

For its University Research Grant Program, the HFHL Institute seeks proposals from interdisciplinary faculty teams working on high impact research in the areas of food protection/safety, obesity and diet-related disease prevention, and food policy and/or food security (a new priority area). HFHL also invites letters of interest for its Community-University Planning Grant Program and proposals for the Graduate and Professional Student Research Grant Program. The application deadline is Apr. 15.

Learn more >


Feb. 12 - Service-Learning Brown Bag Lunch: Building and Maintaining Community Partnerships

Those considering implementing or improving an academic service-learning project are invited to learn more about Office of Community Engagement Service Learning opportunities. Noon-1 p.m., Bede Ballroom.

Learn more >

Feb. 15 - Professional Development Day

Professional Development Day will feature David Langley, education program specialist with the U of M Center for Educational Innovation. The theme of the day is "in the classroom" with a focus on both online and on-campus teaching and learning. 9 a.m., Bede Ballroom.

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Alyssa Newburg researches horsesAlyssa Newburg

Last spring, senior Alyssa Newburg began work on a research project focused on horses and their gait under the guidance of Assistant Professor Abdorrahman Alghamdi. Newburg is now preparing to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this spring.

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The Wildlife Society recognizes student chapter

The Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society at the University of Minnesota Crookston received the Best Student Chapter of the Year Award from the North Central Section of The Wildlife Society. The North Central Section comprises eight Midwestern states and 27 student chapters.

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Feb. 11 - Disability 101graphic of boy walking with a seeing eye dog

Access For All and the Awareness Campaign will hold a public forum during which members of AFA and the Awareness Campaign will talk about stereotypes and share their experiences. 3-4 p.m., Kirby Garden Room.

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Feb. 12 - Darwin Lecturecirculer poster reaching "chemical evolution"

Professor Emeritus George Shaw from Union College in Schenectady, NY, will present "Chemical Evolution: How Survival of the Fittest Applies to Molecules and Leads to Life" during UMD's annual lecture honoring Charles Darwin. 3:15 p.m., 185 Life Science. Open to the public.

Learn more >

Feb. 16 - Visual Culture Lecture SeriesCarla Stetson

Carla Stetson, associate professor of Studio Art and Art Education at Ithaca College, will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. Stetson created Duluth's Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, the first large-scale memorial to victims of a lynching in America. 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.

Learn more >

Feb. 24 - Summit on Equity, Race, and MulticulturalismRosa Clemente

The Commission on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity's 2016 Summit on Equity, Diversity, and Multiculturalism: Connecting Through Dialogue will feature Rosa Clemente, community organizer, indie journalist, and hip-hop activist, as the keynote speaker. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Kirby Student Center and other UMD locations. Open to the public.

Registration is required >


Midwest Philosophy Colloquiumposter graphic showing drawing of brain, philosphy

The UMM Philosophy Discipline invites the public to the 40th Annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium on Feb. 18, March 23, Apr. 14, and Apr. 27. This year's colloquium will explore the "Philosophy of Biology" and feature five of the most notable philosophers of biology working in the field today: Alan Love, Bruce Glymour, Patrick Forber, Rory Smead, and Philip Kitcher.

Learn more >

Feb. 18-20 - Eleemosynarystudents acting on stage

The UMM Theatre Arts Discipline will continue its 2015-16 season with Lee Blessing's Eleemosynary, a story of reconciliation and the power of words. Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Siobhan Bremer, the production will run in the Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre.

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Feb. 16 - UMR CONNECTS: Keeping our Children Safe on the Internet

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, texting, chat rooms, and the list goes on. In the ever-changing world of technology, keeping kids safe is a constant concern for parents and grandparents. Law enforcement specialists will give a presentation on current trends and dangers in regard to the Internet and steps to keep children safe.

Learn more >

Volunteers Needed for 2016 GATEway Science Fair

The GATEway Science Fair is looking for science professionals to review projects and offer student participants positive feedback to encourage their love of science. The fair gives the 3rd through 6th grade participants an opportunity to meet and interact with scientists and science professionals.

Sign up to be a reviewer >

Twin Cities

Partnership for Affordable Content grants

Twin a Cities faculty and instructors are invited to apply for Partnership for Affordable Content grants. Sponsored by the University Libraries, the initiative aims to reduce student costs by implementing alternative, affordable, and high-quality content for U of M courses. The application deadline is Feb. 26.

Learn more >

Standards for Research with Human Participants

This 15-week lecture series sponsored by the Center for Bioethics will cover critical and timely topics related to human participant research. Taught by Steven Miles, the series is open to anyone interested in learning more about national trends, best practices, and up-to-date resources for conducting research with human participants. The course can be taken as a full series of 15 lectures or as individual lectures, which can qualify for CME/CNE credits or fulfill Responsible Conduct of Research requirements. Lectures run through May 6.

Learn more and register >

Feb. 11 - Big Questions: Is There A Right Way to Protest?poster reading "cla big questions"

Moderated by MPR News host Tom Weber, Big Questions is a discussion with Professor Keith Mayes (African American & African Studies) and Trista Harris, president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations. Also joining the conversation will be Javaris Bradford, president of the Black Student Union, and Lena K. Gardner, co-founding organizer and leader with Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and director at the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Noon-1:30 p.m., Best Buy Theater, Northrop.

Registration is required >

Feb. 18 - Teaching writing with charts, graphs, and figures

In this panel discussion, faculty members who work with images and quantitative data will describe approaches to teaching students about effective visual representations of data and construction of charts, graphs, and figures. Panelists include David Fox, Department of Earth Sciences; Lucy Dunne, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel; and Will Durfee, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Noon-1:30 p.m., 140 Nolte.

Register and learn more >

Feb. 23 - Linguistics, Statistics, and Artificial Intelligence in the Big Data EraRed eye

Computer scientist Lillian Lee will introduce the science behind language technologies—including the central role of probability and statistics—and illustrate why getting computers to understand human language is still such a difficult problem. 7 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower.

Learn more >

Feb. 26 - Impacts of Rail Freight on Minnesota's Economy

This event is a discussion of freight rail's strong impact on the Minnesota economy. Topics will include a new study on the number of jobs the rail contributes to in Minnesota, the industry clusters dependent on the rail, and a new online freight atlas to understand freight flows in the region. 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Humphrey School.

Learn more >

Feb. 28 - Urban Design and the Changing Face of the Twin Cities

The Friends of the Libraries Member Appreciation event will feature a keynote by Tom Fisher, "Urban Design and the Changing Face of the Twin Cities." Join Friends of the Libraries to attend. 2 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

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Apr. 1 - 2016 Career Networking Event

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage graduate students, postdocs, and alumni to attend the 2016 Career Networking Event, a unique opportunity for talent-seeking companies and experienced, well-educated potential employees to connect. Representatives from more than 80 organizations, including nonprofits, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies, will be present. 9 a.m.-noon, McNamara Alumni Center.

Learn more >

UMTC Featured EventsA woman's legs in tango dress

Feb. 11 - Thunder Drums: Exploring Taiko and its Impact on Cultural Identity

Feb. 11 - A Roman Architect at Work: Apollodoros of Damascus and the Design of the Pantheon

Feb. 12 - "Dying Words: The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz & How It Transformed The New York Times"

Feb. 13 - Musicology Colloquium: "Hearing" a Body: Tango and the Gendering of Musicality on the Dance Floor

Feb. 16 - Café Scientifique: Microscopy

Feb. 17 - Cloud Lovers, Unite! A Talk with author Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Feb. 17 - The Evolving Human Biome

Events Calendar >