January 27, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 3

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover feature: Mary Ann Marchel.
  • Feature: Awareness of Aspirin's Benefits Saves Lives.
  • People: Tim Stratton has been awarded the 2015 Weaver Medal; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Mary Ann MarchelMary Ann Marchel

Mary Ann Marchel's work harnesses the power of the early relationships between child, parent, and provider (teacher, social worker, therapist, etc.) to ensure that all kids flourish.

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Awareness of Aspirin's Benefits Saves Livesheart shape made of pills

A new study finds that the U of M's statewide aspirin awareness campaign could serve as a national model with immense health and economic benefits.

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Tim Stratton has been awarded the 2015 Weaver Medal; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

New tax form: 1095-C

Employees will soon receive a new federal tax form, Form 1095-C, if you and your family members were offered health coverage through the University in 2015. The form lists who was included in your coverage and shows the months of coverage for each individual. The forms will be mailed to your home on or before Feb. 1. Use the information from the form for your 2015 federal income tax return.

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Center for Writing research grants

The Center for Writing's Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW) program offers research grants to support the inquiry of U of M scholars and teachers (faculty, P&A, and graduate students) into writing and literacy. Letters of intent are due Feb. 8.

Translational Product Development Fund opportunity

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) announces a funding opportunity for full-time faculty via Translational Product Development Fund (TPDF) request for applications. The TPDF will support health research projects that are intended to lead the development of a novel therapeutic device, diagnostic, or IT product, and will have the potential to be commercialized through the formation of a start-up company or license to an established commercial entity. Letters of intent are due by 5 p.m., Feb. 10.

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Minnesota Futures Grant Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Minnesota Futures Grant Program, administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Minnesota Futures 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. 22; full proposals are due March 21. Two grants will be awarded in June.

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Nominations requested: President's Award for Outstanding Service

The President's Award for Outstanding Service recognizes faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the University. The award is presented each year in the spring and honors up to 12 active or retired faculty or staff who have gone well beyond their regular duties and who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the University community. Nominations for this award are due by March 11.

New water scarcity map offers tool for better planningGirl drinking water

Researchers from the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, the Global Water Policy Project, and the Center for Environmental Systems Research measured global water scarcity and have created an innovative approach to depicting the balance between water use and supply. The resulting tool synthesizes the information into a single, easily understandable global map that planners and policy-makers can use to improve access to water around the world.

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Jan. 28 - United Against Human Trafficking event

The United Way of Crookston, UMC's Office of Community Engagement, and UMC Residential Life will cosponsor "United Against Human Trafficking," a presentation and panel discussion for parents, educators, and concerned citizens to learn more about human trafficking, its signs, and its impact here and around the world. 7-9 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.

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Jan. 29-30 - Forty-first annual Ag Arama

UMC will host the 41st annual Ag Arama, with most of the activities taking place on Saturday, Jan. 30, in the University Teaching and Outreach Center.

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Feb. 1 - Harvey Katz to performHarvey Katz

The Gender and Sexuality Alliance club is sponsoring a performance by Harvey Katz, the solo member of the Athens Boys Choir. Katz will perform spoken-word poetry, storytelling, and a multimedia hip-hop show. 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.

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New Early Childhood Studies minoryoung girl learning at play

A new minor in Early Childhood Studies focuses on how children ages 0-8 grow, develop, and thrive. The program is geared toward students who want to work with children but not necessarily in a teaching role. These include students majoring in social work, psychology, and communication sciences.

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Scholar-athletes honoredgirl playing tennis

Six Bulldogs have earned the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award. The honor is given to senior NSIC student-athletes who demonstrate a commitment to both academics and athletics.

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Jan. 27 - Holocaust Remembrance Day eventskids in front of their holocaust poster

Children from Northern Lights school will present their research on the Holocaust as part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, starting at 10 a.m. in EduE 15. The children will also present a Holocaust play. Events are open to the public and hosted by the Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration committee.

At the theatrea king's crown

Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well runs Feb. 4-6 and 10-13 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 7 at 2 p.m., in the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Directed by Professor Kate Ufema, the cast of this comedic play includes UMD Chancellor Black in the role of the King of France.

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Community of Scholars eventcommunity of scholars event poster

UMM will welcome nearly 400 prospective students and their families at next month's Community of Scholars event. For the tenth consecutive year, students from across the country will compete for the campus' most prestigious competitive scholarships; connect with other scholarship finalists; interact with current students; engage with faculty, staff, and alumni; and explore the UMM campus.

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Feb. 2 - Film screening of What MattersWhat Matters film poster

Filmmakers Dan Parris, Rob Lehr, and David Peterka will screen their film, What Matters, a documentary about three friends—two idealistic activists and one skeptic—attempting to live in poverty on $1.25 per day across three continents. Afterwards they will answer audience questions. 7:30 p.m., Student Center, Edson Auditorium.

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Feb. 2 - UMR CONNECTS: Rochester Fire Department—150 Years of Service

Vance Swisher, Rochester Deputy Fire Chief, will discuss the importance and impact the Rochester Fire Department has had on Rochester for the last 150 years and the role it will play as Rochester moves forward with its Destination Medical Center plan and the anticipated growth of the Rochester community. 7 p.m., 111 South Broadway.

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Twin Cities

Tax Assistance Program

The Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VTAP) prepares tax returns at no charge for University of Minnesota students as well as faculty and staff and community members with unadjusted gross income less than $60,000. VTAP is free, fast, safe, and IRS certified.

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Recycle old banners

The ReUse Program is working to minimize vinyl and mesh material waste, 600,000 tons of which end up in landfills each year. The ReUse program has partnered with local small business Relan to accept old and outdated banners to be recycled into unique bags, totes, and portfolios, which diverts vinyl and mesh from landfills.

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Jan. 30 - Hubbard Street Dance ChicagoTwo people dancing

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the company that captivated audiences when they first appeared at Northrop two years ago, returns with a stunning contemporary repertory program. $20 U of M faculty/staff rush tickets will be available online, over the phone, or in-person starting at 10 a.m. the morning of the show. The event takes place at 8 p.m., Carlson Family Stage, Northrop. Watch a preview of the evening's performance.

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Feb. 2 - Seeking Justice: Strengthening the Prospects for Middle East Peace

Minnesota Hillel, The Minnesota International Center, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs will host David Makovsky, Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process. Makovsky will offer his perspectives on strengthening the prospects for Middle East peace. A Q&A will follow his talk. 5:30 p.m., Humphrey School.

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Feb. 2 - Tucker Center Film Festival

In The Game, the documentary chosen for the 6th Annual Tucker Center Film Festival, reveals how race, class, and gender intersect with sport to impact the lives of girls and the obstacles encountered by an inner city girls soccer team. 7 p.m., DQ Indoor Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium. There is no charge.

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Feb. 4 - Headliners: When Everyone Is Above Average: Inflated Rhetoric in Higher Education

Julie Schumacher's most recent novel, Dear Committee Members, is written entirely in the form of letters of recommendation composed by an irascible professor of English at the fictional Payne University. The Thurber Prize–winning author will examine this very particular, occasionally absurd, and often hilarious form of communication.

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Feb. 13 - Explore historical chocolate with GYST & Wangensteen Library

Explore historical chocolate with the Wangensteen Library and GYST Fermentation Bar. Alongside modern-day chocolates, you'll get to savor historical recipes from the Wangensteen collection. Ticket purchase required. Noon-2 p.m., Wangensteen Historical Library.

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UMTC Featured EventsChris Young

Jan. 29 - A Failing Grade? Addressing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps in Public Education

Jan. 30 - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Master Class

Feb. 1 - Preview of the 2016 Legislative Session

Feb. 2 - 1st Tuesday: Ben Fowke - Chairman, President & CEO, Xcel Energy

Feb. 2 - Introduction to Mindfulness: Mindfulness in Motion

Feb. 3 - Chris Young

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