February 18, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 7

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meeting highlights.
  • Features: From the lab to the north woods; Stories of change.
  • People: The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed the U of M as fifth among public research universities in 2014-15 for the total number of Fulbright Scholars; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meeting highlights

At its February meeting, the Board of Regents approved a revised vision and strategy for UMore Park, which takes a market-driven and market-sensitive approach to future development. Regents also heard about the U’s efforts through the establishment of the Office of University Economic Development to enhance and strengthen ties to business and corporate partners statewide. Additionally, the board reviewed a plan to diversify the U of M faculty, approved a revision to the U’s 2016-17 biennial budget request, authorized a capital budget amendment to continue designing the UMTC Athletes Village project, and discussed academic support and performance of Gopher student-athletes.

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From the lab to the north woods

Bear cub

Paul Iaizzo’s research partnership with Medtronic may lead to new treatments for heart failure, obesity, osteoporosis, and more.

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Stories of change

Man listening to a woman speaking

Through an innovative “adventure learning” program, the U’s Aaron Doering helps connect those most affected by climate change with an audience of millions.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education listed the U of M as fifth among public research universities in 2014-15 for the total number of Fulbright Scholars; an intervention program for young women, developed and evaluated by a team led by Renee Sieving, was recognized by the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a model for teen pregnancy prevention; three faculty members from the College of Pharmacy have been selected for American Pharmacists Association (APhA) awards; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Present at the National Sustainability Conference

If sustainability inspires your work, you’re invited to submit your proposal to present at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference, to be held Oct. 25-28 in Minneapolis. The deadline to apply is Feb. 23. The conference theme is Transforming Sustainability Education.

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MnDRIVE/Global Food Ventures funding opportunity


Global Food Ventures seeks pre-proposals for FY2016 funding. Global Food Ventures, a core MnDRIVE focus area, is committed to answering the global imperative of safe, nutritious, and affordable food through the application of innovative discovery and next-generation workforce development. Pre-proposals are due March 9.

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Call for nominations: 2015 Outstanding Community Service Award

The University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and University-affiliated community partners who, by devoting their time, talents, and expertise to serving the public good, have made significant, demonstrable, and direct contributions to society's well-being. Nominations are due March 27.

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Funding for interdisciplinary graduate groups

Funding proposals for new or existing interdisciplinary graduate groups are invited by the vice provost and dean of graduate education to seed and support the development of research, educational, and training activities in emerging areas of inquiry. Faculty with graduate education responsibilities are eligible to apply. Awards will be made through a competitive process and are expected to range from $3,000 to $12,000 for activities planned after June 30. Applications are due April 3.

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Teacher workshop: Water, Health and the World's Cities

How does the state of water resources affect environmental health? What can cities do to improve human health by improving water infrastructure? And how do these challenges differ between the global north and south? Tackle these questions with water experts using case studies from North and South America June 29-July 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., R-370 Learning & Environmental Sciences, St. Paul.

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Avoid phishing scams

A recent phishing scam included a link that claimed to open a Google Doc. The letter was titled "I've shared an item with you," and did not go to Google.

Learn more about phishing scams >


Feb. 19 - Discover York

Hasan Davis

The African American man named York was enslaved by William Clark and brought along on the Lewis and Clark Expedition to find a route from the frontier to the Pacific Ocean. His story is the centerpiece of Discover York, a presentation by storyteller, performer, motivator, and youth advocate Hasan Davis. 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. 

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Feb. 20 - Social for Alumni

Chancellor Fred Wood and Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations, will host a social for all alumni and friends of the Northwest School of Agriculture and the University of Minnesota Crookston in Mesa, AZ.

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Feb. 23 - A Night of Expression: The Spirit of the 1920s

Black History Month culminates with "A Night of Expression: The Spirit of the 1920s" 6-8 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Sponsored by the Black Student Association (BSA), the event will showcase talent and history featuring UMC students and special guests.

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Feb. 24 - Open Forum and preview of new website design

An open forum to preview a new design for UMC's official website and provide feedback is scheduled for 12:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. 

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Feb. 25 - Summit on Equity, Diversity, and Multiculturalism

Roxana Saberi

The theme for the 2015 Summit on Equity, Diversity, and Multiculturalism is "Creating Inclusion: One Story at a Time." Journalist Roxana Saberi will give the keynote address at 4 p.m., Kirby Ballroom. Her book, Between Two Worlds, describes her 2009 imprisonment in Iran.

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New podcast series: Global UMD

Group of students with traditional lantern

Global UMD is a new podcast series for spring 2015. The first episode explores the celebration of the Chinese New Year at UMD. Jiaxun Fan, a senior majoring in journalism, produces the podcast.

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Glensheen flashlight tours

Stained glass windows

Glensheen, the historic Congdon mansion, is offering its unique flashlight tours on Fridays and Saturdays, 7-9 p.m., for a limited time. It’s a wonderful way to see the mansion “in a whole new light.”

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Nominations: Sustainability Inspiration Awards

Design of a tree with the words "UMD Sustainability" to the right

Nominations are being accepted for UMD’s 2015 Sustainability Inspiration Awards. There are three categories: student, staff, and faculty. The deadline is March 20.

See the award website for nomination information >


Morrison Gallery Seeks Entries for POP < 5000

Morrison Gallery

The Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery seeks entries for upcoming exhibition POP < 5000. Contemporary artists from Minnesota communities with populations less than or equal to 5,000 are encouraged to apply. POP < 5000 will open on June 2, in conjunction with the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, hosted by Springboard for the Arts and UMM’s Center for Small Towns.

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Feb. 24 - Cafe Scientifique Addresses Women and the Culture of Science

The next Café Scientifique will feature UMM faculty members Nancy Carpenter, Pieranna Garavaso, and Rachel Johnson leading the discussion “Women and the Culture of Science.” Through the discussion they hope to shed light on women and how the culture of science evolved with respect to inclusivity.

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Feb. 23 - Community Engagement Community Meal

The next Morris Community Meal will be held on Feb. 23. Since 2009 the program has established a reputation for offering delicious menus and warm, welcoming atmospheres to hundreds of Stevens County residents. Providing space to build bridges and strengthen existing connections, the campus-community project is a valued event in the Morris area.

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Jason Squinobal performs in Twin Cities

Assistant Professor of Music and saxophonist Jason Squinobal made a splash in the Twin Cities’ music scene last week. His latest gig garnered the attention of both Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune.

Minnesota Public Radio article >

Star Tribune article >


New UMR Student Club Awarded Grant

A new UMR student club received a financial boost in the form of a grant to help them increase awareness about their cause. HELP, which stands for Health students Empowering Lives Passionately, is dedicated to increasing the awareness of, and action against, modern day slavery (such as poverty, cultural stigmas, and sex slavery) within the University of Minnesota Rochester and surrounding communities.

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Twin Cities

Self-Defense/Personal Safety Workshops

The University provides no-charge self-defense/personal safety workshops for students, faculty, and staff. All classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m. Upcoming workshops will take place Feb. 19 and March 5, Recreation and Wellness Center; and Feb. 23, St. Paul Student Center Ballroom. To reserve a space email urwevent@umn.edu.

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Feb. 19 - How to Talk International

Sheryl Holt, Department of Writing Studies, will lead “How to Talk International.” This workshop is the first in the "Talking International" series—workshops organized by International Student and Scholar Services to share tips with staff and faculty on how to effectively communicate with international students.

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Feb. 26-27 - Boynton ‘Spectacle Spectacular’

Boynton Eye Clinic will feature a selection of stylish eye frames at the “Spectacle Spectacular” with 20 percent off a second pair and a daily chance to win a pair of glasses or The Beats Mixr™ headphones. Bring a current prescription or call 612-624-2134 for an eye exam.

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March 5 - Annual Melendy Lecture

“Emerging Infections in a Modern World: A View from the Front Windshield and Rearview Mirror” will be the topic of the annual Melendy Lecture, featuring Michael Osterholm. 12:15 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center.

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March 6 – Opening reception for ‘Author as Designer’

"Average Asmarino"

Celebrate the work of U of M graphic design professor Steven McCarthy at the opening reception of “Author as Designer: 30 Years of Books by Steven McCarthy,” 5-7 p.m., Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library.

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March 12 - Spring Lecture Series on Genomics

“Progress Toward Personalized Medicine and the Challenges of Integrating Genomics into Electronic Health Records” will feature Rex Chisholm, vice dean for scientific affairs and graduate education, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Chisholm will present genomic medicine discovery and implementation projects based on the NUgene biobank, which is linked to the Northwestern Medicine Electronic Health Records system. 11:30 a.m.-1p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union.

Registration and more information >

UMTC Featured Events

The Nile Project performance

  • Playwright Lynn Nottage Reading with Penumbra Actors (Feb. 18)
  • Words at WAM Open Mic Night (Feb. 18)
  • Exhibit opening for “The Job is Never Done” (Feb. 19)
  • Incorporating Equity & Diversity in the Search Process (Feb. 20)
  • The Mask You Live In (Feb. 23)
  • The Nile Project (Feb. 24)
  • "What do sustainability and happiness have in common?" (Feb. 25)

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