January 25, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 3

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • U of M featured in NY Times Sponsored Content.
  • Driven to Discover: Ending addiction with George Wilcox.
  • Feature: Report shows immigrants play vital role in future of state workforce.
  • People: The U of M will join as a partner in the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals; and more.

Top News

U of M featured in NY Times Sponsored Contentpencil sketch of research areas

The New York Times began featuring the University's work to abolish hunger, end addiction, close the opportunity gap, and protect human rights through a sponsored content plan. The content will be promoted through its social channels as well as The New York Times website through Apr. 16.

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Driven to Discover: Ending addiction with George WilcoxGeorge Wilcox

Substance abuse affects 24 million Americans, and the goals of controlling chronic pain without causing addiction and preventing relapse have proved elusive. But what if we had painkilling drugs that never reached the brain? It would mean pain relief without the threat of addiction, and it is the goal of neuroscience professor George Wilcox.

Report shows immigrants play vital role in future of state workforcehands working together

A University of Minnesota research report shows the future strength of Minnesota’s economy depends on attracting and integrating immigrants into its workforce. According to the report, demographic trends paint a troubling picture for Minnesota’s economy. The report notes that “a focus on attracting more immigrants is an imperative for Minnesota in order to address the challenges linked to the slowing growth of the state’s population and labor force.”


The University of Minnesota will join as a partner in the newly established National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Form 1095-C mailing

Watch for Form 1095-C from the U if you and your family members had health coverage with the University in 2016. The form lists who had coverage and shows their months of coverage. You need the information on the 1095-C form for your 2016 federal income tax return. The form will be mailed to your home before the end of January.

Confidential financial counseling

The University partners with LSS Financial Counseling to provide employees with six counseling sessions a year at no charge. A counselor can help you and your family establish a budget, consolidate your payments, improve your credit score, protect your home, or manage your student loans. To set up an appointment, call LSS Financial Counseling at 1-800-528-2926.

Feb. 1 - To Be (Insured) or Not To Be (Insured): The Future of Healthcare in the U.S.

School of Public Health experts will discuss possible scenarios and public sentiment of the U.S. health system under the Trump administration. A light reception will be held in the lobby prior to the discussion. 1:30-3 p.m., Mayo Auditorium and live online the day of the event.

Register and learn more >

Move technology towards clinical application

MN-REACH, an NIH-sponsored funding opportunity, supports innovators in advancing their discoveries as impactful clinical products. A maximum of $125,000 funding for 12-month projects is available. Applicants receive individualized coaching and skills development to further their understanding of the commercialization process. Cycle 5 pre-proposals are being accepted Jan. 31-Feb. 17.

Learn more and register for skills development >

Frontiers in the Environment spring seminar series

IonE’s signature seminar series’ theme for spring 2017 is "breaking the bubble," featuring conversations that tackle environmental issues in ways that bring people together, showcase new knowledge, and challenge our assumptions and practices. Upcoming events include “An artist, a scientist and a silver camper: Adventures in community engagement” Feb. 8, R-380 LES, St. Paul; and “Is energy storage the game changer we’ve been looking for?” Feb. 23, 402 Walter. Both will also be live online.

Need pilot data fast? Recruit hundreds of participants within days at the State Fair

The deadline to apply for research space in the new Driven to Discover Research Facility (D2D) at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair has been extended. D2D is for faculty, staff, and students from any U of M campus wishing to recruit participants from among the fair's 1.9 million annual visitors--either for on-the-spot research or for studies conducted elsewhere. The setting allows rapid enrollment and access to a diverse participant pool. A two-page application is due March 3.

Map biodiversity with the Bell MuseumSquirrel

Your help is needed to build the Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas--the interactive digital record of the Bell Museum's scientific collections. Visit zooniverse.org to transcribe data from hand-written specimen labels to map biodiversity in the Midwest, where we sit on the cutting edge of climate change. Also visit the Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas to peruse specimen data, high-resolution photos, and interactive maps.


Top 100 ranking

The University of Minnesota Crookston has been ranked among the “Top 100 Baccalaureate Colleges” in the U.S. by Washington Monthly in its 2016 College Guide.

Job and Internship Fair

The 15th annual winter Job and Internship Fair will be held Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Ag Arama

UMC will host the 42nd annual Ag Arama Jan. 27-28. This year’s Ag Arama is dedicated to Associate Professor Margot Rudstrom.


Go BOLDUMD Go Bold logo

Alumni Relations’ new group, BOLD (Bulldogs of the Last Decade), is an active resource to help young alumni successfully transition from students to professionals and reach their career goals. Social events offer support, networking, mentoring, and fun, and they are a great way to stay connected with UMD.

Math is beautifuldigital monarch butterfly art

A work by Professor Douglas Dunham, Department of Computer Science, and his colleague John Shier, recently received a 2017 Mathematical Art Exhibition Award at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta. The piece, “Fractal Monarchs,” is a digital print that appeared in a juried exhibition, which included works by 73 mathematicians and artists from around the globe.

Jan. 26 - Holocaust Commemoration eventDeborah Petersen-Perlman

Associate Professor Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Department of Communication, will lead a discussion following a screening of the 2008 German film, The Wave. Petersen-Perlman is the chair of the Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration committee. 4 p.m., Griggs Center.

Labovitz Award nominations soughtlabovitz school logo

The UMD Center for Economic Development is accepting nominations through Feb. 15 to recognize entrepreneurs in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Entrepreneurs in five categories will be honored at the annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards on Apr. 26, DECC.


MLK Day photosMLK day discussion among teacher and students

UMM students, staff, faculty, and community members celebrated the 8th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by joining together in honor of King's dedication to equality for all and by participating in service projects, a march, community meal, and conversations about their hopes for the Morris community.

See photos >

Jan. 26 - Daniel Chartier lecture

Daniel Chartier, professor of cultural studies at the University of Quebec at Montréal and research chair on images of the North, will present "Winter as a Socio-cultural Phenomenon." Chartier will discuss the symbolism of winter in conjunction with UMM’s Winterfest/Fêtes d’hiver celebration. 7 p.m., 109 Imholte Hall.

Jan. 31 – Café Scientifique

Assistant Professor of Biology Joe Dolence will lead the next Café Scientifique discussion, “Why Are Peanuts So Tasty, Yet So Bad?” The discussion will focus on peanut allergies and how scientists address them. 6 p.m., Common Cup Coffeehouse, 501 S. Atlantic Avenue.


Video: UMR 40 Years in the Making

The video that was shared at the State of the UMR Campus Address in December is now live on UMR's YouTube channel.

Jan. 31 - UMR Health CORE: An Endeavor to Diversify Minnesota's Health Care Workforce

UMR Health CORE students Samantha Krep, Samira Hassan, Maura Lynch, Paola Gomez Tapia, Kiersten Lee, and Manokao Yang will share their experience with UMR's Health CORE Learning Community, which is designed create opportunities for low-income, first-generation and/or racially diverse youth to complete an undergraduate program in the health sciences and to pursue a career as a healthcare professional. 7-8:30 p.m., 111 South Broadway.

Twin Cities

Relocation Assistance Program temporary housing list update

The University’s Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) is updating its list of homes available for rent from faculty and staff while they are away on sabbatical or an extended period of time. If you are planning to be away on sabbatical or for an extended period of time and are interested in renting your home to University faculty and staff relocating to the Twin Cities, email RAP or call 612-626-0775.

Jan. 27 – ‘Invasive: Envisioning the Ecological Transformation of the Boundary Waters’Boundary Waters image

This public reception for the photo exhibit “Invasive” features a talk by the artist and by Lee Frelich, director of the U of M Center for Forest Ecology. The exhibit by David Luke combines photographic imagery of northern Minnesota’s boreal forest with the state’s southern and central prairies. The images visualize imminent transformations to land and water due to climate change and invasive species. 6-8 p.m., Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library.

Jan. 30 - Writing assignment (re)design

This writing workshop will elicit participants’ assignment-related concerns, uncover the essential components of effective writing assignments, and then use that information in reviewing a variety of sample assignments. Participants are encouraged to bring drafts of assignments or ideas for assignments that they would like to develop during the workshop. 1-3 p.m., 140 Nolte Center.

Feb. 1 - Alzheimer’s Update with Karen Ashe

Hear an Alzheimer’s update from renowned researcher Karen Ashe, director of the Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care at the University of Minnesota. Ashe has been studying Alzheimer’s for more than 20 years. She will give a talk about her research and findings, and will discuss the next steps in curing this debilitating disease. 7 p.m., Weisman Art Museum.

Register (no charge) >

Feb. 2 – Best of Class: Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?

Experts agree that global food production will need to double by 2050 in order to feed the world's population. So, can we feed the world without destroying it? If yes, how? Join Jason Hill in a discussion of global food security and sustainability, as well as how students are learning to develop innovative solutions to this and other grand challenges.

Register and learn more >

Feb. 2 - State of the Humphrey School Address

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Humphrey School are invited to this annual assembly, featuring a state of the school presentation by Dean Eric Schwartz. Dean Schwartz will review notable events and progress of the past year, and discuss challenges and goals for the year to come. 9:30-11 a.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Feb. 2 - Complex Systems Science Applied to Health Care

In a Technically Speaking Seminar, Bruce Ramshaw, chair of surgery at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, will discuss how complex systems science relates to health care. A specialist in implementing value-based, patient-centered care teams, he will describe these principles and tools and illustrate examples of the benefits when applied to real-world patient care. 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Feb. 3 - Women in Data Science conference

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) is hosting a regional Women in Date Science (WiDS) event in conjunction with the WiDS conference taking place at Stanford. In addition to live-streaming the conference, the IMA event will feature talks from U of M faculty and local data scientists. Students and postdocs will have the opportunity to present a poster and give short talks (apply online). No charge. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Feb. 24 - Job and Internship Fair

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend the U of M Job and Internship Fair, where students can connect with potential employers. More than 300 companies and organizations will be in attendance. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center.

Apr. 13-14 - Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to register for the Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium (MNS), presented by the Institute for Engineering in Medicine. The two-day event will feature discussions on recent research and clinical developments in the field of neuromodulation. Attended by scientists, engineers, clinicians, industrial practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the world, the symposium is an opportunity to learn more about this emerging discipline. Register (no charge) by March 1 to be guaranteed a spot.

UMTC Featured EventEdmon Marukyan

Jan. 26 - Muslim Americans and Their Political Partners
Jan. 27 - Out of the Studio and into the Streets: Using Design Thinking to Advance Equity and Sustainability
Jan. 27 - Data Training Workshop
Jan. 28 - University Symphony Orchestra Concert
Feb. 2 - Principled Voices: ‘Fighting corruption and advocating for human rights in Armenia’
Feb. 3 - First Fridays: February 2017

Events Calendar >