February 27, 2019

Vol. XLIX No. 8

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Task force issues report on building names.
  • Features: A chance to learn; Supporting farms’ financial success; The (Un) Named Woman.
  • People: Spring 2019 Patent Roll Call; and more.

Top News

Task force issues report on building names

The University's Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History recently released its recommendations (PDF). The recommendations will be addressed at Board of Regents meetings this spring. Faculty and staff are invited to share feedback online or by emailing uhistory@umn.edu.

A chance to learnNick the cat on a treadmill

Rehab is rarely considered a viable option for small animals. Felines, especially, are often overlooked as candidates. But small-animal rehabilitators like Kim Colvard are working to change this. The recent success of Nick the cat is a prime example of the potential power of rehab for small animals.

Supporting farms’ financial successtwo cows

Joleen Hadrich, U of M Extension specialist and associated professor in applied economics with CFANS, is combining animal health, production, and farm financial data for the first time to help dairy farms become more profitable and sustainable. Her aim is to help dairy farms survive and thrive through financial pressures.

The (Un) Named Womansketch by student Sydney Shea of unnamed women

Sydney Shea is investigating the gender gap found in public sculptures in her ongoing research project The (Un)Named Woman. A landscape architecture graduate student, Shea began by looking at the representation of women in public sculptures and memorials in New York City and San Francisco, later examining sculptures found at the Minnesota State Capitol. After finding a significant gender gap in public sculptures, Shea is continuing her research and hopes to put together a public installation at the capitol.


Spring 2019 Patent Roll Call; the U of M has been selected to serve as a strategic partner for the Campus Compact of the Midwest Region’s Engaged Scholars Initiative; Jon Schommer has been awarded the Research Achievement Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

GenoPitch Technology Awards competition for researchers

Started in 2016 by the U of M Genomics Center, the GenoPitch Technology Awards have provided nearly $20,000 in supplemental funding to U of M researchers. Awards may be used towards any type of experimental approach that’s supported by a technology at the Genomics Center. See complete rules, including deadlines and eligibility and proposal requirements.

March 27 - Reverse Pitch: Connecting food and ag companies with entrepreneurs and researchers

Some of the world’s largest and most influential food and agricultural companies, including Ecolab, General Mills, Land O'Lakes, and Syngenta, will gather to present “reverse pitches” to an audience of researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and subject-matter experts. Business representatives will talk about distinctive industry challenges and invite the audience to propose solutions. 4-7:30 p.m., Marriott West, St. Louis Park, MN. Register and learn more.

Dealing with and preventing ice dams

Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. U of M Extension has tips for prevention and treatment of ice dam damage.

May 2-3 - IRSA Conference: Causal Inference and Data Science

The 2019 conference of the Institute for Research In Statistics and its Applications (IRSA) will examine causal inference and data science. Causality has become an increasingly interdisciplinary study, gaining popularity in statistics, biostatistics, computer science, economics, epidemiology, philosophy, and social sciences. This conference will bring together researchers and students to explore the interface between causal inference and data science, both in its statistical theory and practical applications. See details and register online.

Research Brief: The happiest mode of transportation? That would be cycling.cycing person

When it comes to a daily commute, what makes a person happier? That’s the question a University of Minnesota researcher Yingling Fan asked in a recent study as she sought to better understand the connections between daily travel behavior and emotional well-being. Some of the study’s findings include that cycling is the happiest mode of transportation, between driving a car and riding in a car, driving is much more painful, and public transit is the least happy and least meaningful mode of transportation.


March 4 - International Dinner Series

U of M Crookston senior Navjot Singh will present about his home country at the International Dinner Series: India "Sikhs! Who are they?" 6 p.m., Bede Ballroom. Tickets and more information.

The Mousetrap hits the stagemoustrap cast

A theatrical performance of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap will make its debut in Kiehle Auditorium in early March. Under the direction of Associate Professor George French and Ken Mendez, the cast includes eight Crookston students. Tickets and more information.


Shades of Africa 2019Africa map

The Department of Music will present two Shades of Africa Festival concerts. The first, entitled “A Tribute to African American Women Composers,” will take place Feb. 28. The second (March 2) features a documentary on the first black women judges of Minnesota, followed by the UMD Symphony Orchestra performing music by African American women composers. Both concerts take place at 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall.

March 5 - UMD Authors' Celebrationopen book

UMD faculty and staff who were published in 2018 will speak briefly about their work, followed by a Q&A and social hour. 3 p.m., 4th Floor Rotunda, Kathryn A. Martin Library.

At the theatreTime's Up poster

Assistant Professor Jenna Soleo-Shanks, UMD Theatre, adapted and directs Time’s Up. This original piece, based on the 10th-century play The Conversion of the Harlot Thaïs and created by UMD students and faculty artists, puts a spin on pop culture, sex, and politics. The play runs March 7-9 and 19-23, 7:30 p.m., and March 24, 2 p.m., Dudley Experimental Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center.

Retreat at UMDtwo people chatting at table

The U of M’s Center for Educational Innovation invites educators to (re)design a course to maximize student learning using principles from learning science research. Participants will consider how modifying content, activities, and assessments can help students retain knowledge and transfer what they have learned to new contexts while increasing their motivation. The retreat is May 15-17. Learn more and apply by March 15.


President Kaler to speak at commencementEric Kaler

University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler will serve as the 2019 Commencement speaker at the U of M Morris on May 18. The public is invited to attend the ceremony or to watch it online.

Ever-Green Energy names Morris a Roadmap To Carbon Neutrality program winnerUMM wind turbines

U of M Morris is one of three higher education institutions chosen for Ever-Green Energy's Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality program. Ever-Green Energy launched the program to help campus leaders create actionable plans to make their sustainability and carbon neutrality goals a reality. Morris will receive energy-planning services as part of this pilot program.


March 4 - Women’s History Month event

The UMR community will celebrate Women’s History Month by coming together to hear stories from current women leaders in health care. The event will highlight women leaders from Mayo Clinic with UMR chancellor Lori Carrell as one of the moderators. Following the event, attendees will have the opportunity during roundtable discussions to meet with other women leaders in health care.

UMR RAs attend University of Northern Iowa RA ConferenceUMR Ra's receive award

Five UMR resident assistants (RAs) attended the University of Northern Iowa RA Conference, receiving an award for being the first delegation registered. RA Hannah Quarnstrom's presentation was also listed among the top 10 presentations of the conference.

Twin Cities

IAS Presidential Forums

The transition in presidential leadership provides the University community with an opportunity to engage in a collective conversation about our ideals and realities, and how to bring them closer. Join the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) for a series of Friday morning forums (beginning March 1) reflecting on the University’s values, governance structure, and budget model. These moderated discussions will generate ideas and suggestions to help inform President-designate Gabel’s understanding of the University and its possibilities. Open to the public.

March 1 - Rare Disease Day - Clinical Gene Therapy: The Future is Now

This Rare Disease Day event includes a keynote address that will provide an overview of current gene therapies and gene therapies that are in the pipeline, and a panel conversation featuring patients who are currently receiving gene therapy as well as the parents of children who are potential recipients. No charge, but RSVP is required.

March 6 - RiverBlue

RiverBlue, a film about whether fashion can save the planet, is the second film in the 2019 Sustainability Film Series, hosted by the Institute on the Environment, the Bell Museum, the Office of Sustainability, and University Dining Services. The film brings awareness to the destruction of some of the world’s most vital rivers through the manufacturing of clothing, and also acts as a demand for significant change in the textile industry. Each film is presented with a panel of experts who provide local, professional, and personal insight into the issues addressed in the films. 6-9 p.m., 10 Church St. SE, Auditorium. No charge.

March 11 - Mondays @ Minnesota: The music of Libby Larsen with LaToya Lain and Lara Bolton

New Orleans native soprano LaToya Lain will perform the music of U of M School of Music alumna/composer Libby Larsen, accompanied by U of M School of Music faculty member and pianist Lara Bolton. No charge. 6 p.m., Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall, Ferguson Hall and live online. Learn more about Mondays @ Minnesota.

UMTC Featured Eventscanoe by lake

Feb. 28 - Human Rights and Honduras
Feb. 28 - The Challenge of the Post-Truth Era with Journalist Nathan Bomey
March 1 - Special CURA Housing Forum “Community-Based Anti-gentrification Policy Approaches”
March 1 - 2019 U of M Jazz Festival Combo Concert
March 4 - STEP Panel: Water Politics
March 5 - Race, Racism, and Privilege
March 6 - Gene Editing: Where Do We Go From Here?

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