July 1, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 23

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • U of M Regents approve annual budget.
  • Features: Pushing the boundaries; Celebrating Engagement on the Northside; Students lead research into emerging aquaponics industry.
  • People: Ashok Saluja has been awarded the medal of the Australian Society for Medical Research; and more.

Top News

U of M Board of Regents approve annual budget

The Board of Regents approved an FY2016 operating budget June 24. The budget includes a tuition increase of 1.5 percent for resident students, the lowest percentage increase in 15 years. For resident graduate/professional students, tuition increases range from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent. Non-resident undergraduate students on the UMTC campus will see an increase of 7 percent. Low- and middle-income students will largely have tuition increases offset through new investments in need- and merit-based aid. The budget also includes new investments in academic programs, the Medical School, the Twin Cities campus strategic plan, the U's system campuses, and compensation increases for faculty and staff. The Board will next meet July 8.

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Pushing the boundaries

U scientists are exploring the potential of growing replacement organs using a patient's own cells. Daniel Garry and team are trying to grow human hearts in the lab to make more organs available for people who need them.

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Celebrating Engagement on the Northsidefront of urban outreach center building

As the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) celebrates five years in its home in North Minneapolis, it does so with a new name and with a new grant that bolsters one of its important projects. Take a look at four ongoing UROC programs aimed at addressing complex and critical challenges in the community.

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Students lead research into emerging aquaponics industryplants and fish in aquaponics setup

In response to the need for more knowledge in aquaponics, a team of U of M faculty developed a new undergraduate aquaponics course, which set students to work discovering industry challenges and researching solutions. The course debuted in spring semester as part of a larger collaborative effort to position Minnesota as a national leader in the field.

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Ashok Saluja has been awarded the medal of the Australian Society for Medical Research; Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz has been appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Take steps today to safeguard your identity

Recently, a number of U of M faculty members discovered information about their identities had been used to file fraudulent 2014 income tax returns. The U investigated the cases immediately and did not find any indication that their information had been inappropriately accessed. While the individuals in this case appear to be the victims of organized criminal acts, the situation is a reminder of the role we all play in protecting our personal information. If you or anyone in your unit suspects they are a victim of identity theft, email abuse@umn.edu and visit identitytheft.gov to learn about immediate action steps.

Administrative policies available for comment

Six new or revised administrative policies are available for feedback through mid-July, including the Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence policy, which has a new appendix that covers affirmative consent; the Reporting Sponsor-Investigator IND/IDE and FDA Pre-Submissions policy, which require faculty to submit copies of all FDA documents related to investigational drugs and devices to be retained in a central repository; and the latest version of Selling Goods and Services to University Departments policy, which reflects a risk-based approach to the level of oversight required. Other policies are the Managing Billings to and Receivables from External Customers policy, the Direct Costs on Sponsored Projects policy, and the Alcoholic Beverage Sales and Service and Venue Liquor Licensing policy.

Learn more and comment >

July 28 - How can research on learning inform your teaching?

Join the Center for Educational Innovation for this half-day learning sciences workshop, which will summarize the most relevant and robust research findings and focus on concrete implications for teaching. Lunch will be provided.

Registration and more >

University Google accounts on mobile devices

After July 7, University Google accounts can be accessed on mobile devices using your University Internet ID and password. Previously, a separate Google password has been required.

Read more about Google passwords >

MyU archived portal to be decommissioned

On July 20, the archived version of the old myU portal will be decommissioned. Prior to decommission, users are advised to retrieve bookmarks or download site content at archive.myu.umn.edu.

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UThink Blog service retired

The UThink Blog service was retired June 30 and now is unavailable to administer or view blogs. A copy of UThink blog content can be requested and redirect service is available.

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New sentencing guidelines resource

The U of M Law School's Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice has launched a new online resource to facilitate the exchange and sharing of information, expertise, and experience; educate on issues related to sentencing policy, guidelines, and commissions; promote multi-jurisdictional comparative research and policy analysis; and promote the adoption and retention of best practices in sentencing guidelines systems. The Sentencing Guidelines Resource Center will bring together materials that span all of the current sentencing guidelines systems in the U.S.

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4-H Science of Ag helps pave way to careers for youthA 4-H student working on biofuels

The first-ever 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge recently brought 12 teams of youth from across the state to the University of Minnesota to present their research on important agricultural issues, including soil preservation, public opinion on genetically modified organisms, and food waste. The Science of Agriculture program is the first of its kind in the United States. It's designed to help build the next agricultural workforce through hands-on learning and experiences.

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Polk County Fair

Visit with students and staff from the University of Minnesota Crookston at this year's Polk County Fair at the fairgrounds in Fertile, MN, July 9-12.

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UMC hosts Rotary District Camp

More than 150 high school juniors who earned Rotary Youth Leadership Awards will be on campus learning about leadership the week of July 12-18.

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UMD students win rocketry competitionstudents and teacher huddled around a laptop

Students from the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, under the guidance of associate professor Ryan Rosandich, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, won the Midwest Space Grant High Power Rocketry Competition in May. They secured first place based on rocket height, separation, rotation, video quality, and team presentations.

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Alumna Rachel Latuff crowned Miss MinnesotaRachel Latuff

UMD arts education alumna Rachel Latuff was recently crowned Miss Minnesota. An art teacher at Northwoods School in Cook, Minn., Latuff will use her title to champion education and art, stating, "Kids want to learn about themselves, and art is a chance for students to learn about their heart." She will compete for the title of Miss America later this year.

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July 1 - UMD police swearing-in and promotion ceremony

UMD Police Department Interim Director Sean Huls will swear in officers Andrew Gronli and Samantha Roseth July 1, 3-4 p.m., in Griggs Center. Sergeant Mike Brostrom, who has been with UMD police since 2004, will be officially promoted to the rank of sergeant. A reception will follow.

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Recreational sports summer equipment rentalpeople kayaking on Lake Superior

The Recreational Sports Outdoor Program (RSOP) is open all summer, Mon.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Anyone may rent equipment from RSOP. Staff are on hand to help patrons select the gear that is right for them. Rent everything from kayaks, SUPs, canoes, bikes, camping equipment, and more. Pick up gear on July 2, return it on July 6, and save 30 percent.

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UMM named Consumers Digest "Top-5 Value"girl on cover of magazine

Consumers Digest has ranked 100 of the more than 2,000 U.S. colleges and universities that offer four-year degrees as "top values," and among the 50 public institutions cited, UMM scored third in the nation. The rankings honor colleges and universities that offer the most academic value per dollar.

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Jason Herbers named athletic directorjason Herbers

UMM has selected Jason Herbers as its next director of intercollegiate athletics. Herbers brings 18 years of experience working in college athletics, including successful stints with National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-, II-, and III-affiliated programs and conferences.

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Acclaim in the UK for Symphonic Winds and Jazz EnsembleSymphonic Winds band members

Last month the UMM Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Simon Tillier and Jason Squinobal, took a 10-day performance tour of the United Kingdom. Their trip included stops from Manchester to London, with performances prompting glowing praise from British audiences.

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Bishop '17 advocates for extreme weather preparation in MorrisSophie Bishop

Sophie Bishop '17, Zimmerman, is leading an effort to help the Morris community prepare for increased extreme weather. This spring the Office of Sustainability (OOS) received funds from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency through an Environmental Assistance grant to advance the work. Bishop works as an intern in OOS and the Center for Small Towns.

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Photos of UMM's class of 1965

Members of UMM's Class of 1965 returned to campus this month for their 50-year class reunion. More than 30 alumni and friends joined the celebration. This is the second UMM class to celebrate 50 years since graduating.

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Spotlight on alumni: Lauren SmithLauren Smith

The admirable women in Lauren Smith's family have provided her with a strong support system and encouragement, and have guided her to graduate as a member of the University of Minnesota Rochester's inaugural class of 2013, and to a career in marketing communications.

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Twin Cities

New location for U of M farmers marketfruits and vegetables

The University farmers market will return July 8. Due to construction on Church Street, the market will be held at McNamara's Gateway Plaza, where there is more green space and places to relax. The farmers market will be held rain or shine every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Oct. 7.

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Leadership Essentials course for supervisors

Faculty and staff who manage others can participate in an enhanced leadership development program through Leadership and Talent Development in the Office of Human Resources. The program helps supervisors build their capabilities to lead and engage others in the strategic mission of the University. The four-day Leadership Essentials course will be held July 21-22, and Aug. 4-5.

Register by July 14 >

Volunteers needed for Partners in English

Partners in English is a resource for language and teaching practice and for cultural exchange. Volunteers are paired with international graduate students in conversation and/or practice teaching sessions. Sessions may be structured as one-to-one meetings between the volunteer and student or as small group meetings.

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Hennepin-University Partnership celebrates 10th anniversary

The Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Launched in 2005, the HUP has supported more than 144 collaborations between Hennepin County and the University around issues such as ending homelessness, realizing economic benefits from transit system improvements, eliminating disparities in high school graduation rates, ensuring effective management of municipal waste, and providing quality health care to low-income residents.

Learn more about HUP >

Campus Club summer happy hour

The Campus Club, located on the fourth floor of Coffman Union, is open to nonmembers weekdays in July and August from 3 to 7 p.m., although the club will be closed for maintenance through July 3. Its summer Bar Menu (PDF) features appetizers, desserts, and a rotating lineup of local beers, wines, and custom cocktails.

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