January 24, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 3

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Governor's support highlights impact of higher education.
  • The U of M is Minnesota’s skilled workforce.
  • Features: A climatologist for the people; Older Minnesotans love winter. How can we help them stay safe?; Addressing disparities in the child welfare system.
  • People: Gordon Burtch recently received the Association for Information Systems Early Career Award; and more.

Top News

Governor's support highlights impact of higher education

Governor Mark Dayton's recommendation for the state bonding bill includes the University’s full capital request plus an additional $50 million for critical facilities maintenance and an additional $10 million for design of a new Clinical Research Facility on the Twin Cities campus.

Learn more and show your support for the U of M's capital request >

The U of M is Minnesota’s skilled workforce4 workers

Today in Minnesota, over 225,000 University of Minnesota graduates will go to work: health professionals; teachers and counselors; business analysts and experts; designers, artists, and architects; executives and entrepreneurs; engineers and builders; community leaders. They are Minnesota’s workforce for today and tomorrow.

Watch and share a video about Minnesota’s skilled workforce >

A climatologist for the peopleMark Seeley

Mark Seeley--with his soothing voice and endless knowledge of temps, dew points, and wind chill factors--is nothing if not “the voice of Minnesota weather.” But throughout his 40 years as Extension climatologist and professor of atmospheric and climate science, he’s been much more than that, for citizens and public officials alike. Seeley will be retiring in February.

Read more about Seeley >

Older Minnesotans love winter. How can we help them stay safe?Minneapolis bridge and building

Every year, Minnesota’s severe winter weather conditions grip media attention and public consciousness. Yet how everyday winter weather shapes health and well-being is often overlooked. The impact of weather on older adults who are potentially more vulnerable to climactic conditions especially requires more attention. U of M researcher Jessica Finlay says that a deeper knowledge of both positive and negative impacts of winter weather can be used in community programs and urban planning.

Learn more about Finlay's research >

Addressing disparities in the child welfare systemA mother and two children

Nationally, American Indian children are three times more likely to be removed from their homes by state child welfare systems than non-Indian children. In Minnesota, the number of American Indian children in foster care is disproportionately high--more so than in any other state. Researchers in the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies are working to address these disparities in the child welfare system to help keep American Indian families together.


Gordon Burtch recently received the Association for Information Systems Early Career Award; Kathleen Vohs has been selected to receive the Society for Consumer Psychology Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award; Alison Xu has been selected to receive an Early Career Award from the Society of Consumer Psychology; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

OPE launches U of M Community-Engaged Scholar Directory

The Office for Public Engagement has launched an online directory of community-engaged scholars in the U of M system. The directory is searchable by campus and college, and includes scholarly bios and contact information. Participation in the directory is self-selecting and is based on the University's definition of public engagement. To be included, send an email to ope@umn.edu.

New ways to collaborate across disciplines

University researchers are increasingly coming together across disciplines to combine their areas of expertise and take a more comprehensive approach to solving the most pressing issues in society. The U of M’s Grand Challenges Research Initiative aims to enhance this type of interdisciplinary research by jumpstarting new collaborations, engaging external partners, and helping faculty compete for resources to sustain larger research efforts.

Feb. 1 - Social Media Dos and Don'ts for Career Advancement and the Job Search

The proliferation of social media presents a unique opportunity for individuals to use these channels for the job search and to advance their careers. This webinar will cover ten "dos and don'ts" when leveraging social media for career and personal branding purposes. Hear best practices, discover some new tricks, and learn from others' mistakes.

Feb. 8 - Teaching Support Workshop: Using what students know to help them learn

TeachingSupport@UMN is offering a series of workshops for faculty and instructors throughout the year focused on how the research on learning can inform teaching. In this online workshop, attendees will learn about ways that students' prior knowledge can impact their learning, and how to use that knowledge to enhance online and face-to-face courses.

March 1 - Systemwide conference on public engagement and Grand Challenges

The role of public engagement in addressing society’s most pressing issues will be the focus of "Advancing Publicly-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning to Address Society’s Grand Challenges." The conference will provide opportunities for U of M faculty, staff, students, and community partners to learn about University initiatives under way across the University system, and to explore strategies for advancing public engagement to address society's grand challenges. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Coffman Union, Twin Cities.

Register to attend >

Apply for the Imagine Fund Arts, Humanities, and Design Chair position and Special Event funding

Imagine Fund grant programs support leading-edge, innovative lines of research or scholarship that may not otherwise be possible. The application deadline for the Imagine Fund Arts, Humanities, and Design Chair position is Apr. 23. Special Event (Round 2) funding applications close on March 19.

Announcing the Minnesota Futures Grant Program

Letters of Intent are now being accepted for the Minnesota Futures grant program, administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The program promotes new research and scholarship that address societal challenges by fostering opportunities for researchers to advance new ideas and cross-disciplinary boundaries. Letters of Intent are due Feb. 19; the deadline for proposals is March 19.

Be on the lookout for scams this tax season

Each year, cyber criminals increase their efforts during tax season. Learn about common schemes, what to be wary of online or in your inbox, and how to protect yourself.


Jan. 26-27 - Ag AramaTwo students with two goats

The University of Minnesota Crookston will host the 43rd annual Ag Arama. This year’s Ag Arama is dedicated to Assistant Professor Paul Aakre, who has taught agriculture on campus for more than 40 years. Contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, agricultural business, and natural resources will highlight the weekend.

Jan. 26 - Sustainability Education Summit

Attend the second in the two-part Sustainability Education Summit, which offers faculty and staff an opportunity to share best practices in teaching and innovation in sustainability both on campus and in communities. 10 a.m.-1p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Jan. 31 - Winter Job and Internship Fair

UMC will host the annual Winter Job and Internship Fair, featuring representatives from more than 50 companies. 1-4:30 p.m., Wellness Center.

Fall 2017 graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota Crookston recently announced its list of fall semester 2017 graduates.


Jan. 29 - Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust lectureLeonore Baeumler

Leonore Baeumler will share “My Memories of Fascism: A Childhood in Hitler’s Germany,” sponsored by UMD’s Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee. Baeumler was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and began school in 1935. No charge and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk. 7 p.m., 90 Bohannon.

At the theatreCharlotte's Web poster

E. B. White’s beloved children’s book Charlotte’s Web comes to the Marshall Performing Arts Center Feb. 1-3 and 8-10, 6:30 p.m., and Feb. 3, 4, and 10, 2 p.m. Professor Tom Isbell directs the story of Wilbur the pig and his true friend, Charlotte the spider. Before each 2 p.m. matinee, kids can enjoy making crafts with students from Professor Alison Aune’s Art Education class.


Ethics and sportsmanship awardUMM soccer team

The women’s soccer team earned a United Soccer Coaches Association 2017 Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. The award recognizes fair play, sporting behavior, and adherence to the laws of the game. The Cougars were recognized at the platinum level and were among just 10 programs, men’s and women’s, across all three NCAA divisions, NAIA, and NJCAA honored at this status.

Community Engagement Award nominations3 recipients of community engagement award

The Office of Community Engagement seeks nominations for its annual Community Engagement Awards. Consider nominating a Morris student, employee, or community partner by Feb. 23. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Morris and at a statewide Minnesota Campus Compact recognition event in the Twin Cities.


UMR event brings students and seniors togetherstudents talking to seniors

UMR recently hosted an event that brought students and senior citizens together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event featured a panel made up of senior citizens of color who were trailblazers in the Rochester community. "It's important for us to have these role models so we can see that yes, they made a difference back then so we can make a difference now," says UMR freshman Jahred Lapastora.

June 6-8 - Higher Education Innovation SummitFreeman Hrabrowski

The Higher Education Innovation Summit  will include keynote speaker Freeman Hrabowski discussing the “4 Pillars of College Success in Science.” (Watch his Ted Talk.) Register today to see Hrabowski live on June 8.

Twin Cities

Jan. 25 - Masculinities and Violence Prevention

The year 2017 brought a stream of media attention to violence and harassment by men against women. What can we do in 2018 to better address gender-based violence, both globally and locally? Join in this panel dialogue on connections between masculinity and violence and actions we can take to address this problem. 5-7 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Jan. 29 - Beyond the Term Paper: (Re)designing Research Assignments

Well-designed and carefully sequenced research assignments provide students with strong opportunities to develop information literacy and written communication skills. In this workshop, we’ll consider participants’ learning objectives for their research assignments, identify essential components of effective research assignments, and develop segmented tasks to assist students with researching, drafting, and revising their work. 1-3 p.m., 319 Appleby Hall.

Register and learn more >

Jan. 30 - Startup Capital of the North showcase

The U of M is partnering with Greater MSP and students to bring more than 40 startups to campus to help share Minnesota's story of entrepreneurship and innovation. The event will kick off with presentations from the founders of an all-star lineup of MN Cup winners over the past decade, followed by a demonstration hour featuring emerging student startups. No charge. 3-6 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Register and learn more >

Feb. 6 - Business Storytelling with Intention

Storytelling is a coveted skill for professionals at every level, as a way to relay information, influence, and connect people. CCAPS is offering the one-day course Business Storytelling with Intention for those interested in learning how to use the power of storytelling to influence and inspire. Participants will explore different mediums for telling your story, learn how to engage others in the process, and practice playing with tone and style to maximize storytelling impact. U of M employees receive a 50 percent discount on the course fee.

Feb. 15 - Exhibit reception for ‘Mysterious Beauty’Photo from mysterious beauty exhibit

An exhibit reception will be held for “Mysterious Beauty: Photographs and Installations by Thomas Rose,” whose photographs of botanicals look almost like ink drawings. 5 p.m., Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library.

Reservations are requested >

Engaged Scholar Promotion and Tenure Workshop

Faculty are invited to a special three-part Engaged Scholar workshop beginning Feb. 22 that offers community-engaged scholars strategic and practical approaches for success in the promotion and tenure process. Topics include: Community-Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure: Context and Overview; Documenting Engaged Scholarship: Enhancing Your Dossier for Promotion and Tenure; and Preparing Your Dossier: A Hands-on Clinic.

UMTC Featured Eventsexhibit artwork of woman in a hat

Jan. 25 - Auditing, Explaining, and Ensuring Fairness in Algorithmic Systems
Jan. 27 - Women and their Wardrobes: Storied Lives Exhibition
Jan. 30 - Betrayal or a Right? The NFL National Anthem Protests
Jan. 30 - OED Certificate Workshop: Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity
Jan. 31 - Story Maps 101: Visual Storytelling with Maps
Feb. 7 - Sweetheart Sale

Events Calendar >