February 7, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 5

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meets February 8-9.
  • Features: Study shows wetlands provide landscape-scale reduction in nitrate pollution; Research finds early childhood program linked to degree completion at age 35; Developing new dental devices for the elderly.
  • People: 2018 recipients of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meets Feb. 8-9

In its first meeting of 2018, the U of M Board of Regents will discuss the framework for the University’s fiscal year 2019 budget. In addition, Regents are expected to take action on a resolution to enhance diversity initiatives on the Twin Cities campus. The board will also discuss systemwide enrollment planning and hear the annual report on employee compensation.

See the news release for more details >

Study shows wetlands provide landscape-scale reduction in nitrate pollutiona wetland

A study by U of M researchers provides new insights demonstrating that multiple wetlands or “wetland complexes” within a watershed are extremely effective at reducing harmful nitrate pollution in rivers and streams. The study was led by researchers from the College of Science and Engineering’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory and the College of Biological Sciences.

Research finds early childhood program linked to degree completion at age 35children in classroom

Participating in an intensive early childhood education program from preschool to third grade is linked to higher educational attainment in midlife, according to a new study by U of M researchers. The study tracked the progress of more than 1,500 children from low-income neighborhoods in Chicago, from the time they entered preschool in 1983 and 1984 in Child-Parent Centers until roughly 30 years later. The study is the first of a large-scale public program to assess impacts on midlife educational attainment and the contributions of continuing services in elementary school.

Developing new dental devices for the elderlygraphic of dentures

Thirty years ago, Stephen Shuman never would have imagined he’d be working with aerospace engineers on oral health issues. Now, the associate professor in the School of Dentistry works with them on a regular basis, and he’s collaborating with the local aerospace research company ASTER Labs to create new dental devices to help the elderly maintain their oral health.


2018 recipients of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising; Institute for Advanced Study 2018-19 Residential Faculty Fellows; NRRI is part of a $3 million USDA grant aimed at unlocking lignin’s potential as a renewable bioplastic; Renee Pardello’s work in developing Extension Civil Rights training was recently recognized by eXtension, a national organization serving land-grant universities; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Preventing sexual misconduct is everyone’s shared responsibility

The U of M’s new administrative policy Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence took effect Jan. 1. The policy prohibits sexual misconduct and describes the University's sexual misconduct response processes and resources. The University is rolling out new training for all staff and faculty systemwide. The training will inform faculty and staff about University policies, how to intervene and support those affected, and responsibilities as bystanders and representatives of the University community.

Faculty and Staff Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training >

Benefits Advisory Committee requests comments

The Benefits Advisory Committee (BAC) would like to hear about your experiences with UPlan health and wellbeing programs since January 2017. The BAC uses comments to help assess the quality of services for members. Anonymous summaries are used in performance reviews of UPlan health and wellbeing programs. The comment deadline is March 2.

Learn more and comment >

Feb. 21 - Workshop: China opportunities for U of M startups

U of M faculty, graduate students, and post-docs are invited to a startup seminar and networking event for researchers interested in bringing their ideas to market. Participants will hear from entrepreneurs, OTC Venture Center staff, and business advisers--all with real-world experience in turning an invention into a successful new company. Attendees will also learn about the unique opportunities and challenges offered by the China market, including sourcing products and components from China and how to engage investors. No charge. Includes complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Register and learn more >

Feb. 21 - Canvas Basics Workshop

An online Canvas basics workshop for faculty and staff will include a review of the Canvas interface, tools and features, course design options, and an introduction to moving content from Moodle to Canvas.

RSVP to attend >

State Fair: D2D deadline extended to March 1

It’s not too late to reserve space at the new D2D Research Facility for the 2018 Minnesota State Fair. D2D is an opportunity for all faculty, staff, and students to recruit from among two million fairgoers for on-site human-subjects research. The average enrollment is 154 per shift (range 35-386). One quarter of participants live outside the 11-county metro area.

A short application is due March 1 >

March 2 - U of M Google Day

U of M Google Day will be held on the Twin Cities campus for U of M faculty, staff, and students. The focus of the event will be how to effectively use G Suite (Google) apps. The program will include a keynote from Google, good practice and how-to presentations and table talks, and a hands-on clinic where you can get help from a Google pro.

Learn more and RSVP by Feb. 23 >

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives request for proposals

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute funds new, interdisciplinary research projects that address community-identified priorities and effect systemic change in the realm of food, agriculture, and health (see fall 2017 grantees). RFPs are now available for spring 2018 funding opportunities.

Conference on Native American Nutrition

The Conference Report is now available for the second annual Conference on Native American Nutrition. More than 500 people gathered to address the current, evolving state of Native nutrition and food science at the September conference. The 2018 event is scheduled to take place Oct. 2-5, Mystic Lake Casino.


Inspired release partystudents at inspired magazine event

A release party was held for the 2017 issue of Inspired, a creative writing and art journal featuring students, faculty, and staff. The journal, created in 2010 and published annually, contains contributions from more than 20 U of M Crookston students, faculty, and staff.

Faculty complete Leads Program

The final sessions of the yearlong UMC Leads Program were held recently with 13 faculty completing the program. The program was designed to create a culture of leadership by assisting faculty in the development of leadership skills, capacity, and readiness so they are positioned to move their programs, department, and the campus forward.

Feb. 11 - Carnegie comes to life

Jeffrey Smith will perform a one-man show in character as the Scottish-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. 3:30 p.m., Carnegie Building, 120 North Ash Street, Crookston.

Feb. 14 - Sweetheart Valentine Dance

The Jazz Band will play Swing Era dance music at the Sweetheart Valentine Dance, 7-9 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. No charge and open to the public.


New development officerPaige Reeves

Paige Reeves has joined UMD as the corporate and foundation relations development officer. Most recently, Reeves was a biological specialist and regional sales manager at CVS Health for Minnesota and the surrounding six-state region. Previously, she worked as a development director for a K-12 school and an art center.

Mock Trial students honoredClaire Schmitz and Ollie Hile

Communication major Claire Schmitz received a perfect score at the recent University of St. Thomas Hatting Invitational and earned the Best Attorney Award. Ollie Hile, a visiting student from Oxford, England, received the Best Witness Award. The UMD Mock Trial Competition Team will compete in the American Mock Trial Association regional tournament beginning Feb. 9.

Feb. 13 - Visual culture lectureChristina Chang

Christina Chang will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. Most recently, Chang served as interim director and curator of Carleton College’s Perlman Teaching Museum and is currently on a research sabbatical. She was also curator of engagement at the Minnesota Museum of American Art and assistant curator at the Weisman Art Museum. 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.


Cougars earn Scholar All-America statuswomen diving

The women’s swimming and diving team earned College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America recognition for its work in the classroom last semester. The Cougars earned a cumulative GPA of 3.15.

UMAC announces Academic All-Conference awards

Forty-five Cougars earned Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Academic All-Conference awards for the fall season. Six of the eight qualifying Cougar teams earned team GPAs of 3.0 or higher. Special recognition went out to the football team for earning the highest team GPA among UMAC football institutions.


Convocation: Freedom of Speech and Civil Discoursegraphic reading convocation

UMR will host a convocation centered on freedom of speech and civil discourse for students, faculty, and staff. Interim Chancellor Lori Carrell recently sat down with the Rochester weekly program R-Town to discuss the importance of and need for civil discourse practice in higher education.

Lamp of Knowledge awarded to Stephen Lehmkuhle

Former UMR Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle was presented with the Lamp of Knowledge award, given by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Greater Rochester Advocates for Universities and Colleges. The award honors his 10 years of leadership establishing the UMR campus.

See the Rochester Post-Bulletin for the story >

Health Care Scholars DayLori Carrell

Since 2015, UMR has held Health Care Scholars Day, an opportunity for invited admitted students to compete for scholarships. This year’s event welcomed over 50 students from 9 different states and 1 country outside of the United States. One student candidate summed up the day saying, “It was empowering to meet like-minded people with the same determination and motivation.”

Twin Cities

Feb. 10 - LearningLife Samplera door

Taught by University faculty and scholars and professionals from the community, LearningLife's roster of short courses, seminars, and one-day immersions bring the world (and a world of ideas) to your doorstep. Participants can enjoy a continental breakfast and sample upcoming courses including Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being, with Amy Gunty; The Demoted but Unforgotten Gods of Ancient Scandinavia, with Anatoly Liberman; and Mediterranean Encounters, with John Watkins. 9:30-11 a.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center or live online. No charge.

Wilson and Walter libraries expanded hours

Beginning Feb. 11, Wilson and Walter libraries will open at 10 a.m. instead of noon on Sundays for the remainder of spring semester. Patrons can also access Magrath Library at 10 a.m. on Sundays, but will need a UCard to enter the building before noon.

Feb. 14 - Hippocrates Cafe: Condition of the Heart: A Valentine's Day Celebration

Join the Weisman Art Museum for a special radio-inspired show created by Jon Hallberg. The show will celebrate Valentine's Day with readings and music that explore love, the heart (both real and metaphorical), and Prince. Joining Hallberg will be several local actors and musicians, creating an event that is perfect for the holiday. 7-9 p.m.


Apply for Faculty Research Sprints

Faculty Research Sprints (May 22-25) offer faculty the opportunity to partner with expert librarians on a specific project, or components of a broader project. Eligibility is limited to tenured, tenure-track, or clinical faculty members at the U of M. Applications are due March 4. An information session takes place Feb. 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 401 Walter Library.

Feb. 20 - Police and Community: Exploring Strategies for 21st Century Challenges

Join the Humphrey School and the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center for this conversation between police, community, faculty, staff, and students around successful solutions in community policing. No charge and lunch will be provided. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Humphrey School.

Register and learn more >

Feb. 21 - Impossible Objects: The Mathematics of 3D Illusions

In this lecture, award-winning 3D optical illusionist Kokichi Sugihara will show the various behaviors of real 3D objects that give the impression of impossibility--such as impossible structures and impossible motions--explain the mathematics behind them, and consider why human perception is so easily fooled by these kinds of visual illusions. 7 p.m., Coffman Theater.

Feb. 23 - Excellence, Leadership, and Common Ground: A Tribute Symposium to Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton

Former Mayor of Minneapolis Sharon Sayles Belton (1994-2001) will be honored in a day for current and future community leaders to reflect upon the opportunities and challenges women of color face in leadership. In addition to an exciting panel of local leaders and elected officials, keynote speakers include leading scholar Dianne Pinderhughes and Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.

ICI community inclusion film screening

The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) produced a documentary film exploring a revolutionary idea from the early 1970s that challenged fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities. On March 1, ICI will host a public screening of the film, Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization. The film was directed by ICI's Jerry Smith. No charge. 5:30 p.m., Walker Art Center. A discussion about community inclusion will follow the screening.

Register and learn more >

March 29 - Michael Pollan Wellbeing Lecture

Many people now spend more time watching other people cook on TV than doing it themselves. The outsourcing of this work has had disastrous effects on human health, family life, and even on agriculture. In “How Cooking Can Change Your Life," Michael Pollan will make a compelling case that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health and wellbeing, build community, help fix the broken food system, and break society’s growing dependence on corporations. 7 p.m., Northrop.

Tickets and more information >

UMTC Featured EventsThe way we work event banner

Feb. 7-9 - Sweetheart Sale
Feb. 9 - The Way We Work
Feb. 10 - Opera, jazz, and soul - Live at the Weisman
Feb. 13 - Campus Sexual Assault: Responses to Changes in Federal Title IX Policy
Feb. 14 - Frederick Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon
Feb. 15 - Writing to Learn in Online Environments (Panel)

Events Calendar >