February 6, 2019

Vol. XLIX No. 5

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meets Feb. 7-8.
  • Features: Faculty re-think the rural retail experience; Report finds that rural Minnesotans have greater need for paid family leave; ‘Making it home’ in regional small towns.
  • People: Dante Cicchetti is a recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meets Feb. 7-8

At its February meeting, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents will discuss enrollment planning across the University system, with more detailed updates from the Twin Cities and Rochester campuses. The Board will also receive an overview of the financial challenges facing students, with information on factors affecting access and affordability. Additionally, Regents will discuss budget-planning assumptions for FY 2020. And on Feb. 7, the Board will hold a public hearing on amendments to traffic regulation ordinances to address new modes of transportation such as electric scooters. See the news release for more information.

Faculty rethink the rural retail experienceclothing racks

Over the past decade, the retail landscape has changed dramatically. Consumers can now shop for anything, anytime, anywhere, all from their smartphones. Small town rural retailers are one of the most vulnerable groups in this new environment, which is why faculty from the College of Design are collaborating with University Extension to provide a series of workshops on retail business design for the small retailers in Willmar and Kandiyohi County.

Report finds that rural Minnesotans have greater need for paid family leaveyoung family in rural setting

The need for workers to have access to paid family leave is especially acute in rural areas of Minnesota, according to a new research report by the Humphrey School. A shortage of childcare and eldercare providers, along with older populations and greater distances to medical care, are some reasons why rural workers might need to take time off to care for a family member. At the same time, rural employers struggle to provide paid family leave because they’re often smaller in size and have less flexibility than employers in urban areas.

‘Making it home’ in regional small townsspring valley downtown

Southeast Minnesota is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to the region’s workforce shortage. University of Minnesota Extension supports those efforts in many ways, including managing initiatives in regional small towns like Spring Valley. Spring Valley is looking to attract some of the 45,000 new workers southeast Minnesota will need before 2033, many of whom will have jobs in nearby Rochester, with its growing technology sector and world-class Mayo Clinic.


Dante Cicchetti is a recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media. People.

U-Wide News

Discovery Launchpad: Coaching and support for University startupsdiscovery launchpad signage

A new program aims to help companies based on University of Minnesota research succeed in bringing discoveries beyond the lab and into the marketplace. Discovery Launchpad is a startup incubator developed by the U of M Venture Center to provide expert coaching and support for researchers interested in forming a startup company to commercialize new technology. The program builds off of a network of resources already available across the U of M--such as MIN-Corps, MN-REACH, and the Business Advisory Group--that focus on early-stage support for technology development.

Speaking Science: 8 tips for discussing your workSpeaking science whiteboard ideas

A recent U of M conference helped faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students more effectively share knowledge and research with outside audiences. For those who couldn’t make it to the event, here are eight easy takeaways.

Deadline extended for D2D State Fair research opportunity

There’s still room for your study at the D2D Research Facility during the Minnesota State Fair this summer. D2D is for faculty, staff, and students from any department to recruit from among two million fairgoers for on-site, human-subjects research. Average enrollment is 136 participants per half-day shift (ranging from 56 to 358). A 10-minute online application is due March 4.

Call for Proposals: Teaching Sprints

Teaching Sprints are a unique opportunity for faculty and instructors to (re)design a course or portions of a course for improved learning outcomes and student experience in an intensive four-day program, June 10-13. Participating instructors will have the opportunity to make significant progress on a course-related project with the support they need to make their ideas a reality. Learn more and submit a proposal.

Research Brief: Underage marijuana use and impaired driving common in Colorado and Washington, where marijuana is legal

A new study by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health shows law enforcement agencies in Colorado and Washington--states where marijuana is legal--report common problems with underage marijuana use (under age 21) and driving under the influence of marijuana in their communities.


Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Diversity AwardCynthia Shabb and the Global Friends Coalition

During the annual program celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the University of Minnesota Crookston, Cynthia Shabb and the Global Friends Coalition were recognized as recipients of the 2019 Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Diversity Award, a special honor first presented in 2013.

Seed funding available for community sustainability projects

The Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership invites ideas for community sustainability projects. Seed funding is available to support projects that leverage community leadership and resources and create robust partnerships with the University of Minnesota. Individuals, organizations, and groups in northwestern Minnesota are encouraged to apply.


Student reflections from a leadership tripa student on the leadership trip

Recently, students from UMD, the College of St. Scholastica, and the U of M Twin Cities visited sites in Chicago, Carlisle, PA, and Washington, D.C., as part of a leadership trip. In D.C, the students met with Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Native American women to serve in the U.S. Congress. Here, students share their experiences.

Feb. 12 - Visual Culture Lecture with Tad Carpentertad carpenter

Tad Carpenter will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. Carpenter is a graphic designer who has illustrated more than 20 children’s books. He teaches graphic design at the University of Kansas and was named a “graphic designer to watch” by Graphic Design USA in 2017. 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.

Feb. 18 - Guest Artist ConcertYousif Sheronick

Percussionist and composer Yousif Sheronick will present a Guest Artist Concert. Sheronick has performed internationally with a wide range of musicians, including Branford Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, and Paul Winter. He has held master classes at top universities, and last year established an online frame drum school. 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program semifinalists

The following U of M Morris students have been named Fulbright U.S. Student Program semifinalists: Drewe Jefferson, German/English; Kamille 'Mia' King, biology/psychology/Spanish; Emily Kuehn, psychology/Spanish; Jacob Miller, English/German; and Rayann Wilmot, biology/sociology. Their success speaks to the value of a U of M Morris education on a global stage. Finalists will be announced later this spring.

‘Cooper’ comes to campusCooper robot and student

Imagine being able to attend a class, lecture, field trip, meeting, or group discussion no matter where you are. A tele-presence robot recently gave Morris students, faculty, and staff a chance to explore these possibilities. Procured as a pilot and fondly dubbed "Cooper," the robot gave remote users the opportunity to be anywhere it was, offering users more independence to engage in campus life.


Health Care Scholars Day awards thousands in scholarshipsstudents competing for scholarships

Health Care Scholars Day, hosted at UMR on Feb. 2, gave future students the opportunity to compete for scholarships. The competition was hosted with the help of faculty, staff, and current students who interviewed 37 students competing for scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Families were also invited to learn more about UMR.

Twin Cities

CURA releases The Diversity of Gentrification: Multiple Forms of Gentrification in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) researchers Edward Goetz and Brittany Lewis released The Diversity of Gentrification: Multiple Forms of Gentrification in Minneapolis and St. Paul (PDF). The study used a mixed-methods approach that combines a statistical analysis of neighborhood-level data with an in-depth qualitative analysis of interviews with public officials, community leaders, and neighborhood residents. The study found significant evidence of gentrification in the two cities.

Feb. 7 - Is Democracy in Crisis? A Teach-In on Fascism and Racism

As the nation's sociocultural experience becomes more fractured and radicalized, how do educators and students react and adapt? This teach-in aims to help better equip faculty, staff, and students to navigate challenges new and old through a quick review of the basics, followed by discussion in small groups. No charge and open to the public. 3:30 p.m., 240 Northrop.

Provost's Conversation Series: Seeking Refuge: Migration, Borders, and BelongingSharon Bala

Using literature and conversation to examine the complexities of immigration, the “Seeking Refuge: Migration, Borders, and Belonging” events will bring three authors to the U of M Twin Cities campus. Guests include Sharon Bala, author of The Boat People (Feb. 14), Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West (March 13), and Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border (Apr. 3). Events are no-charge and open to the public.

March 1 - Individual-Level Analyses with Series of Cross-Sectional Data

This one-day training workshop for faculty and students will provide established and innovative methods for conducting micro-level analyses with series of cross-sectional data. No charge, but registration is required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 50 Willey Hall.

March 2 - LearningLife Sampler

Taught by University faculty, as well as scholars and professionals from the community, LearningLife’s innovative short courses, seminars, and one-day immersions feature a range of topics and approaches to learning. The LearningLife Sampler is an opportunity to try some of our courses at no charge, in-person or online. 9:30-11 a.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center or online via live stream. Register to attend.

UMTC Featured Eventshonor band students on stage

Feb. 7 - “A More Humane World: Pedagogy for the 21st Century,” Cathy Benedict
Feb. 7 - Nonprofit News: Storytelling & The Future of Journalism
Feb. 8 - Search for Shelter 2019
Feb. 10 - High School Honor Band Concert
Feb. 11 - IonE Second Mondays: Minnesota’s Solar Opportunity
Feb. 13 - A Conversation with Governor Tim Walz
Feb. 13 - Focusing on Student Success Conference

Events Calendar