February 14, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 6

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meeting highlights.
  • 2018 State of the University address.
  • Features: Maroon and gold in the Olympics; Tracking brain health through life; Narrowing the diabetes race gap.
  • People: Lori Carrell has been named chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meeting highlights

At its February meeting, the U of M Board of Regents reviewed progress on the President’s Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct, which focuses on accountability, awareness, and education for the University community to prevent and address sexual misconduct. The board also reviewed a report on the Twin Cities campus’ five-year enrollment plan and approved a resolution related to diversity in enrollment and student success on the Twin Cities campus. Additionally, regents reviewed the first of five systemwide strategic planning focus area updates. February’s presentation outlined ongoing efforts to improve systemwide communications, outreach, and public engagement.

See the news release for more information >

March 1 - 2018 State of the University address

You are encouraged to submit a question for President Kaler now through the end of his State of the University address on March 1. President Kaler will also accept questions on Twitter beginning at 3 p.m. on March 1 (#UMNsotu), and from those in attendance in Coffman Theater. Visit the State of the University website to watch the address online. The event will also be broadcast via ITV at locations in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester. 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Maroon and gold in the Olympicscurling stones

Over 30 athletes, coaches, and staff with connections to the University of Minnesota are participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

See the list and learn more about them >

Tracking brain health through lifewomen exercising

A large University study seeks clues to what keeps aging brains healthy--or not. The Minnesota Women’s Healthy Brain Aging Project uses state-of-the-art brain imaging coupled with information about physical and mental health, lifestyle information such as diet and physical activity, and genetics to determine how the brain adapts with age to maintain resilience and healthy cognitive functioning.

Narrowing the diabetes race gappeople crossing street in crosswalk

In the United States, black adults have twice the risk of developing type 2 diabetes as white adults, particularly among young and middle-aged persons. A big question for researchers is whether the gap is due to race itself or whether modifiable biological, behavioral, or neighborhood factor differences contribute to the risk. To find out, Pamela Schreiner and colleagues at three other universities followed 4,251 black and white volunteers over 30 years in a population-based study. Study data suggest that the gap could be slashed by managing risk factors in early adulthood.


Lori Carrell has been named chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Update your SAFE-U preferences

SAFE-U is the University of Minnesota's mass notification text messaging system, serving all system campuses. Go to MyU > My Info to update how you receive SAFE-U alerts. Options include updating your phone number, email, and the order in which you receive notifications. You can also sign up for notifications from more than one campus.

See the self-help guide >

Nominations for the U of M Regents Professorship

The deadline for submitting nominations for the Regents Professorship is March 9. This year there are three openings. Established in 1965 by the Board of Regents to recognize the national and international prominence of faculty members, the Regents Professorship is the highest honor the University of Minnesota bestows on its faculty.

Learn more and submit a nomination >

Nominations for the President's Award for Outstanding Service

The deadline for submitting nominations for the President's Award for Outstanding Service is March 9. The award was established in 1997 to recognize faculty and staff (current or retired) who have provided exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units.

Learn more and submit a nomination >

Announcing the 2018 Research Infrastructure Investment Program

Letters of intent are now being accepted for the 2018 Research Infrastructure Investment Program, administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. In keeping with its strategic plan, OVPR is committed to facilitating strong core facilities as the backbone for research excellence and to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. Available funding will be directed toward new or existing facilities, service centers, or other shared resources across the University system. Matching funds are required. Letters of intent are due March 12; the deadline for completed proposals is Apr. 9.

Feb. 14 - Employee Engagement Survey results webinar

Supervisors who received 2017 Employee Engagement Survey results can join a webinar to learn how to use the data portal, how to interpret the results, and where to find related resources. Noon-1 p.m. See additional employee engagement resources from Leadership and Talent Development.

RSVP for the webinar and learn more >

Feb. 15-26 - U of M Legislative Kickoff events

The U of M is kicking off the legislative session with events at all five campuses. Each campus will hold an event previewing the University's capital request, demonstrating how legislative proposals will affect the University, and providing information so that participants can become effective advocates to share the statewide impact of the University of Minnesota. Register for the UMTC event. Refreshments will be served at each event.

Feb. 22 - Effective team-building and engagement webinar

Learn how to build effective teams and bring life, engagement, and results to the teams (and people) you oversee. This webinar will provide tangible tools and strategies to understand and use the Drexler-Sibber Team Performance Model with your group. Noon-1 p.m.

Register and learn more >

Feb. 23 - Feeling at Home: Stories From Alumni Who Experienced the U of M as Immigrant Students

Students, alumni, and faculty/staff are invited to attend this panel discussion featuring three alumni who will talk about their experiences navigating the University of Minnesota as students from immigrant families. Noon-1 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center and live online.

Register and learn more >

March 8 - Annual research ethics conference

Research Integrity and Trustworthy Science: Challenges and Solutions will feature leading national speakers addressing fundamental threats to the integrity of research, including research misconduct, poor research practices, reproducibility issues, predatory journals, and problems in peer review. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Coffman Theater and live online.

Register and learn more >

Apply for the Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program

Faculty are encouraged to apply for the 2018-19 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program, offered by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance in partnership with the Center for Educational Innovation and OIT-Academic Technology. The application deadline is March 30.


Feb. 15 - Black History Month speakerMaggie Lowery

Author and civil rights activist Maggie Harrison Lowery will speak at the U of M Crookston in honor of Black History Month as the featured speaker during the next Thursday Commons. Noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Ice fishing tournament supports student-athletes

The annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament raised more than $4,200 for the Justin Knebel Endowed Scholarship in support of student-athletes at the U of M Crookston. Next year’s tournament is scheduled for Feb. 2.


Going for goldUMD hockey players

UMD is well represented at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Junior women’s hockey player Maddie Rooney, a goaltender, and recent grad, Sidney Morin ‘17, who played defense, are on Team USA. Former Bulldogs are also playing women’s hockey for Canada, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland. One current student and four alumni, including four-time Olympian John Shuster ‘07, are on the U.S. Curling Team.

Feb. 16 - Musical theatre and jazzWeber Music Hall stage

Members of the Lyon Regional Conservatory will perform musical theatre and jazz songs as part of the Guest Artist Recital Series. Located in Lyon, France, the conservatory was founded in 1872. UMD's School of Fine Arts has had a faculty and student exchange with the conservatory for nearly 10 years. Tickets are available online. 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall.

Feb. 21 - Creating inclusive communitiesLee Mun Wah

UMD’s annual Summit on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity will feature keynote speaker Lee Mun Wah, an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, educator, and diversity trainer. He will present “The Path Towards Inclusion Is Also About Exclusion." Registration for the summit is required. 4 p.m., Kirby Ballroom. Sponsored by the Commission on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity.


Feb. 15 - Roadway Safety Institute seminarSteve Burks

Stephen Burks, professor of economics and management, will present "Non-Adherence with Employer-Mandated Sleep Apnea Treatment and Increased Risk of Serious Truck Crashes" at the Roadway Safety Institute's Seminar Series, 2:30 p.m., live online. The research paper of the same name was published by the Truckers & Turnover Project in 2016 in the medical journal Sleep.

Sustainability leadershiptwo umm students

UMM is developing an area of emphasis in Environmental Leadership and Stewardship. It could become an official minor before the end of the year. The area of emphasis is just one component of the campus’s Sustainability Leaders for the Future program, which helps prepare students to play a leading role in solving environmental problems.

UMM featured in TPT documentarya winter scene

Morris is one of five communities to be featured in the upcoming Twin Cities Public Television broadcast of the documentary program Climate Smart: Cities Working Together. The five cities are part of the Institute on the Environment’s Climate Smart Municipalities initiative, which pairs Minnesota cities with sustainability-leading German cities to co-develop efficient responses to the challenges of climate change.


Carrell named University of Minnesota Rochester chancellorLori Carrell

Lori Carrell has been named as the new chancellor for the University of Minnesota Rochester. Carrell has served as UMR’s interim chancellor since August 2017. “I’m delighted and honored to serve this innovative campus community,” says Carrell. “UMR’s legacy of collaboration and creativity will continue--carrying us onward toward our vision.”

Feb. 16 - UMR Black History Month eventRoderick Cox

UMR will host “A Man And His Music” featuring Roderick Cox, associate conductor of the Minnesota Symphony, as the featured presenter for Black History Month celebrations in Rochester. Cox will participate in an interview led by Brian Newhouse, managing director of Minnesota Public Radio classical music programming. No charge and open to the public. 6 p.m., Mayo High School Auditorium.

Twin Cities

Outdoors at the Arboretumpeople snowshoeing

The Arboretum Nordic ski trails are currently in good shape, and snowshoe trails are packed and in good condition with more than eight miles to explore (snowshoe rentals available on site). In addition, visitors can shop and meet local artisans at the Winter Art Fair, Feb. 17-18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Feb. 17 - Representing and Resisting Historical Injustices through Art

The Institute for Advanced Study Historical Injustices Research and Creative Collaborative, in partnership with the East Side Freedom Library, will present a panel discussion with Minnesota-based artists. Panelists will join featured visual artist John Matsunaga in a conversation about how they have used their artistic and creative practices to engage the historical injustices that have challenged their communities. 1 p.m., 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul.

March 1 - Building a Community Archives: Thinking Ahead

Community archivist, Bush Fellow, and documentary photographer Abdi Roble will discuss lessons learned during his yearlong fellowship with the Immigration History Research Center Archives at the U Libraries. 5-6:30 p.m., 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.

March 5 - Writing the Plains, Conserving the Future

Join U Libraries in this discussion of the book Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives with the book's editor Anthony Amato. The book is a reflection on conservation and a call to action to preserve plains and prairie ecosystems. 3 p.m., Magrath Library.

March 7 - Evidence for Hope - An evening with Kathryn Sikkink

Join Barbara Frey and the U of M Human Rights Program in welcoming Regents Professor Emerita Kathryn Sikkink to campus to speak on the legitimacy and effectiveness of the human rights movement. Marking the release of her newest book, Sikkink draws on decades of research and fieldwork to make the case that human rights efforts do in fact work--that while change comes slowly and often with great struggle, human rights movements have been vastly effective. 7-9:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Register and learn more >

March 19 - Exhibit reception for ‘Digging Up the Past’

This exhibit of archival materials features items unearthed as part of Umbra Search's effort to digitize nearly 500,000 African American history materials from across its collections. 5 p.m., Elmer L. Andersen Library.

UMTC Featured Eventsa beach with signs indicating rising sea levels

Feb. 15 - Christina Gerhardt: Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise
Feb. 15 - Factory Farming in Minnesota: Time for a Change?
Feb. 19 - Identifying and Challenging Implicit Bias in Faculty Searches
Feb. 20 - EXHIBITION | Politics Of Weeds
Feb. 20 - Running Out of Supplies for Reproductive Health in Developing Countries: Causes and Solutions
Feb. 22 - Why Minnesota Works for Investors
Feb. 28 - Antimicrobials in Agriculture and Food Production: Use, Overuse, and Misuse

Events Calendar >