February 24, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 7

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • State of the University Address.
  • Driven to Discover: Venugopal Mukku.
  • Feature: 'Tiny Curators' Pay It Forward to the Bell.
  • People: 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award recipients; and more.

Top News

March 3 - State of the University Address

U of M President Eric Kaler will deliver the 2016 State of the University Address, concluding with a Q&A, on March 3, 1-2 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit a question now through the end of President Kaler's address. Beginning March 3 at 1:30 p.m., Kaler will also accept questions on Twitter (#UMNsotu) and from those in attendance. The address will also be broadcast live via ITV to all campuses, and live online.

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Driven to Discover: Venugopal MukkuVenugo Palmukku

Today it's the purple-headed sneezeweed. A year from now, it may be a more intriguing plant from an exotic land. For Venugopal Mukku, it's all about finding the right medicinal plants to aid in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Mukku, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota Crookston, is casting a wide net to find new plant extracts that might possess antibacterial activity.

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'Tiny Curators' Pay It Forward to the BellMaria and Miller Williams look at an exhibit

Siblings Maria and Miller Williams recently staged a "Tiny Natural History Museum" and donated half of their profits to the Bell Museum of Natural History. The Bell responded with gifts for the kids and a special behind-the-scenes tour.

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2016 recipients of the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education; 2016 recipients of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education; University of Minnesota Twin Cities has been ranked No. 3 nationally on the Peace Corps' Top Colleges annual list; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Information technology priorities survey

Faculty, staff, and student input is requested to shape the future of IT at the U of M. The foundation of the annual IT governance process is in understanding the needs of the U community. Take a short survey to help set near-term information technology service priorities.

March 2 - Where does justice fit in the climate change adaptation puzzle?

In this session of IonE's Frontiers in the Environment, Jack DeWaard and Beth Mercer-Taylor will examine what is known about how climate change will affect human settlement and migration patterns, the human rights implications, and the ways the global community could better integrate climate justice into mitigation and adaptation efforts. Noon-1 p.m., R380 Learning and Environmental Sciences building, St. Paul, or live online.

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Ice fishing tournament endows scholarshipUMC ice fishing group photo

The Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament, held annually at Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods, recently raised the money needed for the scholarship fund to surpass the $25,000 needed to endow the Justin Knebel Memorial Scholarship.

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2016 International Dinners Series

Enjoy a taste of the world without the travel expense at the annual International Dinners Series scheduled for March 7, 21, 28, and Apr. 6. The 2016 series highlights China, Mexico, and Pakistan.

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Gonzalez presented with Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award

Steven Gonzalez, a sophomore from South Gate, CA, majoring in biology and health sciences, is the inaugural student recipient of the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award, presented during the Red River Valley Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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KUMD host honoredLisa johnson

Lisa Johnson, host of KUMD's "Northland Morning," was honored at the 2016 Citizens in Action workshop in Duluth for her years of work raising awareness on a range of community, state, and national issues through her interviews and reporting, as well as her community involvement and grassroots leadership.

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Feb. 25 - Active Shooter Training

Two active-shooter workshops will be offered for staff and students. The workshops, presented by FBI Special Agent Joseph Malhoit, are sponsored by UMD Police, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Life, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, and the UMD Student Association. Sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Kirby Ballroom.

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March 2 - UMD Veteran's Forumflags

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a free interactive forum, "Serving the UMD Veteran & Military Community: How Are We Doing?" Fletcher Hinds, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the UMD Veteran's Task Force, will give the keynote address. Lunch will be provided, and people may come and go as their schedule permits. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Kirby Rafters.

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At the Theatredrawing of a rhinoceros

Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros will be performed in the Dudley Experimental Theatre of the Marshall Performing Arts Center March 3-5 and 15-19, 7:30 p.m.; and March 20, 2 p.m. Professor Ann Aiko Bergeron directs this classic Theatre of the Absurd play.

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Moore named UMMAA board presidentDan Moore

Dan Moore '07, development and partnerships manager for GiveMN, is the new University of Minnesota Morris Alumni Association board of directors president. Moore is the 36th president to serve the alumni association board.

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March 5 - ARENA Dances: The Main Street Projectdancers on stage

The 2015-16 Performing Arts Series concludes with ARENA Dances: The Main Street Project, which explores growing up in a small town and how current attitudes, relationships, and habits have changed in an information-driven, technological world. The company will also take part in a variety of public events throughout the week preceding the performance.

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Rewarding students with a passion for health careUMR student health care scholars

UMR's inaugural Health Care Scholars Day attracted more than 60 admitted students in a competition for scholarship money. Students were asked to present a video, poster, or story that exemplified their commitment to a health care career. Scholarships will be awarded to those who have a strong passion for the field, the perseverance to take on a rigorous curriculum, and an abiding desire to help others.

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Medicine and horticulture: The healing power of plantssmall plant in person's hands

Students from the University of Minnesota Rochester and Rochester Community and Technical College participated in the new course The Healing Nature of Plants last fall. Students looked at the different ways that plants contribute to healing.

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Twin Cities

Grand Challenges report released

The report of the Grand Challenges Research Strategies Team has been released. The report embraces a research agenda featuring five interrelated Grand Challenges: feeding the world sustainably; advancing health through tailored solutions; fostering just and equitable communities; enhancing individual and community capacity for a changing world; and assuring clean water and sustainable ecosystems. These areas afford opportunities to promote interdisciplinary activity and are a key component of the U's 10-year strategic plan, "Driving Tomorrow."

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March 2 - Successful Manager's Leadership Program information session

The five-day Successful Manager's Leadership Program helps University managers face financial and competitive challenges by learning how to apply sound leadership principles. Participants receive a 360-degree assessment of five leadership areas: results, vision, engagement, collaboration, and accountability. Sponsored by Leadership, Talent and Development in the Office of Human Resources and the College of Continuing Education. 2:30-3:30 p.m., 215 Donhowe.

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March 3 - Minnesota's Next Steps with Health Reformhealth symbols

Health reform in Minnesota expanded coverage, but MNsure's IT system and financing have continued to falter. Governor Dayton appointed a task force to recommend improvements to MNsure and other public programs. What reforms should be made and will the legislature and governor approve them? A panel of national and state experts discuss Minnesota's options. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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March 3 - Webinar: Uncovering the Treasures of the U of M Archives

This webinar will allow participants to learn about some of the iconic individuals and places that are part of University of Minnesota history, as well as discover rare and unique documents few get to see. Noon-1 p.m.

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March 3 - Headliners: News from Paris: Deciphering the UN Conference on Climate Change

Join Headliners as IonE director Jessica Hellmann, an internationally recognized leader on topics related to global climate change and climate adaptation, discusses the highlights and opportunities afforded by the Paris Agreement, and also scrutinizes it with a critical lens. 7 p.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul.

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iPad training courses

A series of complimentary iPad training and productivity sessions will be hosted by the University of Minnesota Bookstores March 3, 11, and 24, 1 p.m., Coffman Union. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own iPad to the sessions.

March 7 - Could an Independent Candidate Become President?

The 2016 presidential election is shaping up as a polarizing contest. Some voters may be looking for a more moderate third party alternative during the fall's general election. This conversation with Larry Diamond and Vin Weber will explore the prospects for a serious third party candidate. Noon-1:15 p.m., Humphrey School.

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March 8 - Fecal Microbiota Transplantation: Ethical Challenges and Regulatory Hurdles

Stacy Kahn of the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital will describe her pioneering work using Fecal Microbiota Transplantation with pediatric patients and outline critical ethical, social, and regulatory issues facing this promising therapy. A commentary by Byron Vaughn of the U's Microbiota Therapeutics Program will follow. Open to the public. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union.

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March 10 - Modeling Tsunamis and Other Geohazards

Applied mathematician Randy LeVeque will explore the ways mathematics plays an important role in the development of models, software, and assessment of geophysical hazards. 7 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower.

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Call for proposals: Faculty Interactive Research Program

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs invites proposals for its Faculty Interactive Research Program. The program encourages U of M faculty members to carry out research projects that involve a significant public policy issue for the state or its communities. Apply by March 11.

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March 22 - The Right to a Home: The Legacy of Structural Inequality and Homeownership

The three-week occupation of Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct galvanized communities and made headlines around the world. Many scholars believe it, and other recent protests, are tied to a historical trajectory of structural racism, housing discrimination, and economic inequality. This Critical Conversation will examine the historical roots of modern-day protests through an examination of Minneapolis's historical housing practices. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program, Urban Research and Outreach Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis.

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March 30 - Naomi C. Chase Lecture

The 2016 Naomi C. Chase Lecture "Writing with Pictures" will be delivered by Peter Brown. Brown has published more than a dozen books for children. His books have earned him numerous honors, including a Caldecott Honor, two E.B. White Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. 6:15 p.m., 120 Andersen Library.

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Apr. 24-27 - International Conference on One Medicine One Science (iCOMOS)

The University of Minnesota is hosting this year's iCOMOS 2016 conference. iCOMOS is a global forum to communicate the importance of science in solving pressing health issues at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment; facilitate interdisciplinary, international collaborations embracing health, science, and economics; and inform public policy development that is necessary for preserving human and animal health.

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Apr. 30 - Kerlan Award ceremony and luncheon

The Kerlan Award is given by the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University Libraries in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature. The 2016 Kerlan Award ceremony and luncheon will honor Betsy and Ted Lewin. Tickets are required to attend the noon lunch. There is no charge for the 1 p.m. presentation, but reservations are required.

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UMTC Featured Eventsguy with dirty face covered with oil and ash

Feb. 24 - How can humans emulate nature and recycle everything?
Feb. 26 - Our Somali Neighbors: Learning More about Somali Culture and Community
Feb. 27 - Saturday with a Scientist: Mars Rovers & NASA Women Engineers
Feb. 29 - Visiting Artist Talk: Scott Nedrelow
March 1 - An Ethnographic Portrait of Drug Dealing and Policing in a Small Black Town
March 2 - A discussion of the influence of activism and feminism on art
March 3 - Tight oil/fast oil: life and death in the Bakken oil fields
March 4 - WE ARE THE OTHER: Get Outside of Your Bubble | Identity Lecture & Workshop with Wing Young Huie

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