February 8, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 5

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • U of M Regents meet Feb. 9-10.
  • Driven to Discover: Ending addiction with Kelvin Lim.
  • Feature: Reinventing MRI.
  • People: The U of M Law School has received a $25 million gift from the Robina Foundation; and more.

Top News

U of M Regents meet Feb. 9-10

At its February meeting, U of M Regents will discuss recent trends in student mental health and ongoing efforts to address them, as well as plans for more mental health care service space on campus. Regents will also receive an update on the U’s five-year enrollment plan, an overview of the work of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, an update on the Human Participant Research Protection Implementation Plan, and will discuss Academic Health Center facilities.

See the news release >

Driven to Discover: Ending addiction with Kelvin LimKelvin Lim

If we could predict which people recovering from addiction were most likely to relapse, efforts to prevent it could be more effectively directed. Psychiatry professor Kelvin Lim is out to make that possible.

Learn more about Lim's work >

Reinventing MRIGarwood

A University team's work to create a smaller, cheaper MRI machine is paving the way for an innovative technology that could benefit people who have diabetes and women who are screened for breast cancer, as well.


The University of Minnesota Law School has received a $25 million gift from the Robina Foundation--the single largest philanthropic gift in the Law School’s history; nine faculty members have been named as the 2017-19 McKnight Land-Grant Professors; recipients of the 2017 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising have been announced; the Women's Business Development Center-Minnesota has selected the U of M as the recipient of its 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year Award; Matt Kramer has been appointed VP for University and Government Relations; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Feb. 18 - First deep winter greenhouse prototype open housegreenhouse prototype

Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships have been working with producers and community groups throughout Minnesota to field test a prototype design of a passive solar greenhouse that enables farmers to produce crops all winter long. The public is invited to an open house of the prototype in Finland, MN.

Next Generation Network project

The Next Generation Network (NGN) project team will be holding Town Hall meetings on the Twin Cities and system campuses throughout February and March to officially kick off the project and present updates to the University community. RSVP to participate in an NGN Town Hall meeting, and share with colleagues who may be interested in or impacted by the NGN project.

Apply for IonE Mini Grants

IonE Mini Grants help spur new collaborations by providing small amounts of funding (up to $3,000), administrative and logistical support (including organizing and staffing meetings), and space (for meetings, small conferences, new courses, reading groups, etc.) to interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff, and students from across the U system. The grants are meant to encourage collaboration across disciplines, units, and campuses.

Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs competition

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs announces the competition for the 2017-18 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs. Approximately $40,000 in support is available for a U of M faculty member to work for a year on a project related to urban and regional affairs in Minnesota.

Learn more and apply by March 10 >

Call for proposals: 2017-18 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.

Learn more and apply by March 10 >


UMC Interim Chancellor Barbara KeinathBarb Keinath

When Barbara Keinath was offered the opportunity to serve as interim chancellor at the University of Minnesota Crookston, she followed her own best advice and accepted the role. Over the course of her career, she has found the greatest satisfaction in being a part of something that, once established, will be sustainable forever.

Read more about Keinath >

Feb. 9 - Chinese New Year Celebration

The Confucius Institute will present an Evening of Chinese New Year Celebration, featuring aspects of Chinese culture such as folk songs, dance, Chinese musical instruments, arts and crafts, children's games, and food. 5 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Feb. 11 - Regional Science Fair

The 2017 Western Regional Science Fair will be held in the Wellness Center on campus. An awards ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.

Feb. 15 - Alumni Brew Bash Tour

The Alumni Brew Bash Tour is heading to the Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, AZ, 7107 East McDowell Road. 5:30-8:30 p.m.


Mailer’s new book releasedGideon Mailer

Associate Professor Gideon Mailer, head of the Department of History, recently had his book John Witherspoon’s American Revolution published by the University of North Carolina Press. Witherspoon, who was born in Scotland, was the only clergyman to sign the American Declaration of Independence.

Feb. 13 - Water is Life: Standing Rock and Beyonda bird apparently made of water

The teach-in “Water is Life: Standing Rock and Beyond” will include presenters Roxanne Gould, assistant professor of education; Joseph Bauerkemper, associate professor of American Indian studies; and James Rock, program director, Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium. 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Kirby Ballroom. No charge and open to the public.

Feb. 13 - Nerd Nite returnsNerd Nite poster

Concrete, Michael Bay, and StarCraft 2 are the featured topics during Nerd Nite. There will be door prizes, and library staff will be quizzing attendees on nerdy trivia. 7 p.m., Kathryn A. Martin Library. No charge and open to the public.

Feb. 22 - Multicultural summitmulticultural summit advertisement

UMD’s daylong Summit on Equity, Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Student Leadership will feature keynote speaker Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Kirby Ballroom, 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Commission on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity.


Feb. 9 - Veronika ScottVeronika Scott

UMM will host Veronika Scott, founder and CEO of the Empowerment Plan. Scott will discuss her change in career path from a top product designer to dedicating her life to the empowerment of others through her own nonprofit.

Morris alumni excel in armed forces

A liberal arts education builds creative, analytical, investigative, and intellectual strength that prepares students for whatever their futures hold--including military service. Many UMM alumni have gone into the armed forces, and their success speaks to just how well the institution prepared them to serve their country.

Learn more >


Feb. 8-10 - Black History Month celebration

Join UMR in rounding out a week of Black History Month events, hosted on and near UMR's campus. See events.r.umn.edu for more information.

Feb. 14 - The Strength of Kindness: Boldly Challenging Its StigmasDanielle Teal

In 2012, Danielle Teal made a New Year’s resolution to commit an act of kindness every single day of the year. It is the only resolution she’s never broken. This enlightening experience has turned into a five-year sociological, impactful movement. Join Danielle as she shares her story. 7 p.m. Room 417, 111 South Broadway.

Twin Cities

Black History Month with Gopher AthleticsBlack history month poster

In honor of Black History Month, Gopher Athletics will share short interviews with African-American alumni from almost every Gopher program. In these interviews, 21 former student-athletes reflect on their time at the U of M, provide advice to current Gophers, and share what Black History Month means to them personally. These individuals will be celebrated daily on gophersports.com and other venues.

Immigration executive order - questions and resources

A webpage has been created at Campus Climate to provide resources and to address questions in response to the recent executive order on immigration and related issues. The page will be updated as new information and resources are identified.

Feb. 8 - Hippocrates Cafe

Hippocrates Café will illuminate the nuances of neuroscience through story and song, featuring leading Twin Cities actors and musicians performing with a variety of materials, including poems, short stories, novels, and scientific journals, with equal measures of humor and reflection. Creator and director Jon Hallberg will host. 7 p.m., Weisman Art Museum.

Register and learn more >

Feb. 10 - Reflective writing and student engagement (Faculty Panel)

Educational research confirms the benefits of reflective writing on student retention, motivation, and transfer of learning. Faculty panelists from diverse fields will describe reflective writing activities that can enhance student engagement, increase cognitive learning, and help students apply what they learn in one course to future courses. Noon-1:30 p.m., 135 Nicholson Hall.

Register and learn more >

Feb. 13 - Inverse Problems and Harry Potter's Cloakcloak

Mathematician Gunther Uhlmann will explore how solving inverse problems can reveal what is hidden and then look at whether objects can be made invisible by describing a simple and powerful proposal for achieving invisibility. 7 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower.

Learn more >

Boreas Leadership Workshops for Graduate and Professional Students

Boreas Leadership workshop topics range from learning to navigate the legislative process to developing your intercultural competence and skill at building community. The workshops are no charge and available to all U of M graduate and professional students, as well as postdocs. Applications are due Feb. 13.

Feb. 15 - Faculty Research Sprints information session

Faculty Research Sprints (May 22-25) offer faculty the opportunity to partner with expert librarians on a specific project, or component of a broader project. Individuals or teams of faculty may apply to work intensively with a team of librarians. Applications are due March 6. An information session takes place Feb. 15, 1-2 p.m., 401 Walter Library.

Feb. 18 - A Brighter U

Join CLA faculty for conversations about some of the most stimulating and relevant ideas currently being explored in the College of Liberal Arts. The event includes lunch and a presentation, as well as performances from the School of Music, followed by a variety of inspiring topic sessions ranging from facilitating language in young children to dance as an innovative research tool. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Register and learn more >

Register for Cooking for Wellness - The Basics

Learn how to cook delicious and healthy meals for yourself and your family with Cooking for Wellness - The Basics, offered through the U's Wellness Program for employees. The hands-on cooking class is designed to show how to incorporate more whole food ingredients to support personal wellbeing. Each session covers basic cooking techniques, nutrition, food safety, and plenty of practice cooking delicious recipes. The four-session class is offered Tuesdays, Feb. 21-March 14, 5:45-7:45 p.m., St. Paul Campus. Employees who complete the course will receive 50 wellness points and reimbursement for the class cost.

Faculty research opportunities

Two new faculty research opportunities are available through phase 2 of the Provost’s Grand Challenge Research Initiative: A call for proposals from interdisciplinary teams (pre-proposals due March 20); and opportunities for extended engagement as part of a Research Scholar collaborative (nominations due March 1). The opportunities for 2017-18 focus on the challenges of clean water/sustainable ecosystems and just and equitable communities.

Learn more and apply >

March 8 - #BeBoldForChange: A Celebration of International Women’s Day

Join the Humphrey School in celebrating women and their social, economic, cultural, and political achievements here at home and around the world. With this celebration comes a call to action: Pledge to promote gender parity through the International Women’s Day Pledge for Parity, which will help advance efforts for gender equality. 3:30 p.m., Humphrey School.

UMTC Featured Eventslake superior

Feb. 8 - An artist, a scientist and a silver camper: Adventures in community engagement

Feb. 9 - We Are Water: the University and Minnesota's Water Future

Feb. 8-10 - WAM Sweetheart Sale

Feb. 9 - Tim Harris | Twin Cities Entrepreneur

Feb. 13-14 - Rose Sale

Feb. 14 - The Mitzvah Project: A one person play & lecture exploring an astonishing story from World War II

Feb. 19 - Givens Collection of African American Literature open house

Events Calendar >