January 13, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 1

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover feature: Joe Franek.
  • Feature: Research by the Numbers.
  • People: IonE director Jessica Hellmann has been named a Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Joe FranekJoe Franek

Molten iron, flashes of light, amazing transformations of energy—whatever you want, Joe Franek can create it. Franek is the lecture demonstration director for the Department of Chemistry in the U's College of Science and Engineering. He has served the University of Minnesota for over 20 years, creating vivid effects that entertain students as well as educate them.

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Research by the Numbersmolecule representation

It was a terrific year for research and the commercialization of intellectual property at the University of Minnesota—critical drivers of the U's mission and our state's economy. Take a look at 10 accomplishments and trends for 2015, and learn about just a few examples of how U of M research is helping advance medicine, technology, and an understanding of the social world.

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IonE director Jessica Hellmann has been named to the first cohort of Public Engagement Fellows of the Leshner Leadership Institute at the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Center for Transportation Studies has awarded seed funding to five new transportation-related projects; U Libraries has received a grant to digitally archive materials representing African American history and culture; Jean O'Brien's Journal of Native American and Indigenous Studies has received the Council of Editors of Learned Journals' award for best new journal for 2015; the Clinical and Translational Science Institute has named James Cloyd III its 2015 Mentor of the Year; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Create and share your own Driven to Discover statementa blank "I am Driven..." meme

University of Minnesota heroes in all fields are driven by a mission to meet the challenges of a diverse and changing world. Tell the world how you're driven by submitting your Driven statement through a U of M social media Meme Generator. To be entered in a random drawing for one of several prizes, create your own Driven statement, download the image, and send it to socmedia@umn.edu by Feb. 1.

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Technology training and self-help resources

The spring technology-training schedule is now available, featuring technology training and self-help resources on a variety of topics including Google Drive, WebEx, Excel, Drupal Lite, and more. Additional online video-based training is available through lynda.com.

Call for nominations: President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award

Nominations for the President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award are due Jan. 22. The annual, systemwide award recognizes one faculty member or one academic professional and administrative (P&A) employee for exemplary community-engaged scholarship with a $15,000 prize.

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Feb. 3 - Startup Seminar: Strategies to Finance Your Business

U of M faculty are invited to a startup seminar and networking event for researchers interested in learning about new strategies to finance businesses based on their inventions. The event includes a panel of community investors, advisers, and entrepreneurs versed in the strategies and tools to finance a startup, including new funding options available in 2016. The no-charge event includes complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Register and learn more >

Spring 2016 Grant-in-Aid competition

Apply now for the spring 2016 Grant-in-Aid program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The program promotes the research, scholarly, and artistic activities of faculty. The deadline to submit applications to approvers is Feb. 1; the deadline for approvers to submit final applications to OVPR is Feb. 4.

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Call for nominations: Outstanding Community Service Awards

U of M Outstanding Community Service Awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and University-affiliated community members who have made significant, demonstrable contributions to the public good through research, teaching, and/or public service. Nominations are due by Feb. 12.

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Feb. 11 - Entrepreneurship conference

The Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting a conference to discuss approaches to support entrepreneurship-based economic development in Minnesota. In addition to leaders from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, featured speakers include Yas Motoyama from the Kauffman Foundation sharing research on public efforts to promote entrepreneurship, and a cofounder of Chicago's 1871 facility sharing experiences from Chicago's emergence as a global hub for entrepreneurship.

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The future of clean water in Minnesota

What is the future of clean water in Minnesota? An ambitious project underway at the U of M Institute on the Environment will provide cutting-edge research and models to support more informed management of the state's most valuable natural resource.

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Javier Colon to performJavier Colon

Singer-songwriter Javier Colon, winner of the first season of "The Voice," will perform Jan. 13, 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. There is no charge.

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UMC Crops Team places in top three

The UMC Collegiate Crops Team placed third in both national competitions, held recently in Kansas City and Chicago. The 2015 three-member team, coached by Rob Proulx, included Abby Sawatzke, Blake Erickson, and Blake Greiner.

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Jan. 18 - Red River Valley MLK celebration

The fourth annual community-wide Red River Valley Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at the Empire Arts Theater, and hosted by UND's Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center in partnership with the University of Minnesota Crookston and Northland Community and Technical College.

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Call for proposals: Summit on Equity, Diversity, and Multiculturalismstudents with thumbs up

UMD's Commission on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity seeks proposals from UMD faculty, staff, students, and interested community organizations for workshops, presentations, lectures, and other educational formats for its Summit on Equity, Diversity, and Multiculturalism, to be held Feb. 24. The submission deadline is Jan. 30.

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Climate change research shows rapidly warming lakesJay Ausin

Professor Jay Austin contributed Great Lakes data to a study on how climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world. The study results were published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Over 60 scientists submitted data from six continents. The data indicate that lakes around the globe are warming an average of 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit per decade.

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UMD hires new police chiefumd police badge

Sean Huls has been named UMD's police chief. Huls began his UMD career in 2000 as a police officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and lieutenant in 2012. In addition to providing oversight for the UMD police department, Huls will focus on enhancing community policing initiatives, building upon strong relationships within the campus community, and increasing attention to emergency preparedness.

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Online psychology program ranks in top 50female student with laptop

UMD's online psychology program is among the 50 best online bachelor's in psychology programs in the nation, according to SuperScholar, a college search and rankings website. In addition, Affordable Colleges Online ranked the program among the best online psychology degrees for 2015-16.

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UMM awarded Nontribal Institutions Program GrantAmerican Indians in dance ceremony

UMM was awarded a $1,997,003 Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions Program (NASNTI) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will fully support the Morris Native American Student Success Project, which is intended to increase the educational attainment of American Indian students by eliminating college achievement gaps.

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Grant-in-Aid awards

Faculty members Sarah Buchanan, Thomas Genova, and Jennifer Deane received awards in the fall grant round of the U of M Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship Program. Administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Grant-in-Aid funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research and artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of the institution.

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Jan. 18 - MLK Day of Servicestudent smiling

UMM will celebrate the 7th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Jan. 18. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend any and all components of the event, which include lunch and dinner, service projects, and a program. It is co-sponsored by the Offices of Community Engagement and Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs.

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APPed Metaphors exhibitexhibit poster

The Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery presents APPed Metaphors: tablets, phones, and the studio artist, Jan. 21-March 11. Curated by assistant professors of studio art Anne Barber and Gary Wahl, the exhibition examines the many ways that artists have found to integrate tablets and smartphones into their studio practices.

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UMR students create DMC special report

The Med City Beat, a Rochester online-only news service, partnered with UMR students to create an in-depth report on Destination Medical Center (DMC)—the plan to make Rochester the world's premier medical destination. The project was part of UMR's Community Collaboratory (Co-Lab) course, where students partner with community organizations.

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Twin Cities

Jan. 14 - Physics Circusa professor demonstrates a science experiment

Physics Circus is a unique mix of physics demonstrations and slapstick humor suitable for adults and children of all ages. It is the largest public show of the year put on by Physics Force, an outreach program of the College of Science and Engineering. 7 p.m., Northrop. No charge, but registration is required.

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New bias response team to form on Twin Cities campus

President Kaler has approved a proposal to form a bias response team on the Twin Cities campus. The team will gather quickly after bias incidents are reported, consider responses, and make recommendations.

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Jan. 14 - Moodle Clinic

Stop by a back-to-school Moodle clinic for support in setting up course sites, leveraging teaching resources, and incorporating tools such as Lynda.com and U Libraries course reserves. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in two locations: 420B Bruininks Hall, East Bank; and the Walk-in Help location at the St. Paul Student Center.

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Active Learning Classroom Faculty Learning Community

The Center for Educational Innovation is offering a Faculty Learning Community for instructors new to teaching in Active Learning Classrooms. Participants will meet with fellow instructors to learn instructional approaches and course design strategies to maximize student learning in the space. The cohort runs January-December, 2016.

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TA workshop series

Teaching assistants are invited to attend the TA workshop series to learn practical tips you can put to use right away. Spring semester topics include Active Learning 101, Efficient Grading Strategies, and Teaching with Technology. Workshops begin Jan. 14.

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ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series

Staff interested in learning to work effectively with international students and colleagues are encouraged to register for the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Intercultural Workshop Series. The series combines intercultural competency and skills-development sessions with workshops to discuss the unique cultures of the largest international student populations on campus, including a new workshop focused on students from India.

See the full schedule >

Jan. 28 - A Feast of Words

Susan Wolf will present "The Ethical Challenges of Genomic Medicine: New Data & New Duties" at the University Libraries annual dinner, "A Feast of Words." 5 p.m., Campus Club.

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Jan. 29 - Innovations in Teaching series resumes

The Center for Educational Innovation's Innovations in Teaching series resumes on Jan. 29 with David Matthes discussing "The importance of space and place for learning: How a wandering seminar gave students ownership of their university."

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Funding Request for International Student Academic Services Fee

Faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for academic service projects that focus on ensuring retention, timely graduation, and student satisfaction of international students. Funding for approved projects comes from an international student fee. Units may submit multiple requests, but must use a separate online submission for each project. Requests are due Feb. 5. For more information, email Beth Lingren Clark or Paul Strykowski.

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Feb. 18 - Engaged Scholar Promotion and Tenure Workshops begin

Join fellow faculty in a special three-part Engaged Scholar Workshop offering community-engaged scholars strategic and practical approaches for success in the promotion and tenure process. Registration is requested by Feb. 11.

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Mini Med School registration

Mini Medical School continues its mission to explore how researchers and clinicians in the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center are advancing what we know about health—from the common to the most complex questions—both in Minnesota and around the world. The topic for Spring 2016 is Breakthroughs in Cancer Research, Detection and Treatment. Courses take place on Mondays, March 7-Apr. 4, 6-8:30 p.m., with experiential activities from 5 to 6 p.m. most evenings.

Registration and more information >

Share the Air: Improving Our Smoke- and Tobacco-free Campus

Creating a supportive, positive, and healthy smoke- and tobacco-free campus is a shared responsibility. Those interested in improving compliance with the University's smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy are invited to learn more about the Share the Air Ambassadors program.

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UMTC Featured EventsSpace station

Jan. 14 - The Road from Minnesota to the Space Station and Beyond
Jan. 16 - Sensory-Friendly Saturday
Jan. 19 - The Race for Minnesota's Second Congressional District: DFL Candidate Conversation
Jan. 19 - Café Scientifique: Mountains & Minds
Jan. 20 - Vance Joy with special guests Reuben and the Dark & Armstrong Leigh
Jan. 21 - The Race for Minnesota's Second Congressional District: GOP Candidate Discussion

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