July 15, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 24

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meeting highlights.
  • Features: Taming Tremors; Teaching in the Garden; Driving Golf into the Future.
  • People: Thirteen proposals have been chosen for funding through the 2015 Research Infrastructure Investment Program; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meeting highlights

During its July meeting, the U of M Board of Regents discussed the Alumni Association Annual Report, the annual Intercollegiate Athletics Report, reviewed Title IX legislation as it relates to college athletics, and discussed long-term plans for the Twin Cities campus, specifically focused on student housing and Academic Health Center needs.

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Taming Tremorsold man's hand resting on cane

A U medical team delivers precision stimulation to the brain, relieving the debilitating symptoms of disorders like Parkinson's disease. Neurologist Jerrold Vitek leads the program.

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Teaching in the Gardentwo children gardening

Every year, University-trained Master Gardeners volunteer more than 130,000 hours of service to make Minnesota's communities more sustainable and enjoyable. Participation in the program is now at an all-time high.

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Driving Golf into the Futuregolf ball on a tee

With rising environmental and economic pressures, the lush, emerald green golf course has come under scrutiny. Professor Brian Horgan thinks we can do better for the environment and golf industry. He leads a research and renovation initiative called Science of the Green. The goal is to address the golf industry's need for long-term agronomic, economic, and environmental sustainability.

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Thirteen proposals have been chosen for funding via the 2015 Research Infrastructure Investment Program; Jessica Hellmann has been named the new director of the U's Institute on the Environment; Yusuf Abul-Hajj has been named an American Chemical Society Fellow; Professor Paula Rabinowitz's 2014 book American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street is the co-winner of the 2015 DeLong Book History Book Prize; BestCollegesOnline.org named the U of M Landscape Arboretum to a top spot in its "50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S."; the U of M has received national recognition for its energy conservation successes through the Better Buildings Alliance's Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking campaign; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Phishing emails over 4th of Julyenvelope on fishing hook

Over the 4th of July weekend, phishing emails were sent to a number of staff, students, and faculty. The emails had subjects: "School Mail Box Validation," "IDENTITY PROTECTION," "IDENTITY RE-VALIDATE," and "Easy Fast And Reliable." If you filled out a form in one of these emails or suspect you are a victim of identity theft, visit identitytheft.gov to learn about immediate steps you should take. No legitimate large organization will ever send out forms via email to gather information. Report any suspicious email to phishing@umn.edu.

Aug. 4-6 - MoodleMoot US 2015

MoodleMoot US 2015 will be hosted on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus Aug. 4-6. This three-day event brings together diverse and talented Moodle users from across North America to collaborate and build Moodle. Registration closes July 21.

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Humphrey School launches program to train election administrators

A new online certificate program at the Humphrey School is the first of its kind to prepare the next generation of creative and committed leaders of election administration. The Certificate in Election Administration program will provide relevant and rigorous professional training to those who run election systems throughout the United States as well as to post-baccalaureate students.

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Research required patience, persistenceAnn Baek

Gyungyoun "Ann" Baek, a recent UMC biology and health sciences graduate, is continuing research this summer examining plant extracts that might possess antibacterial activity. This summer Baek and Associate Professor Venu Mukku are working to publish some of what they have gleaned from their research before Baek moves on to the next steps for her medical degree.

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Regents approve two new majors

Two new academic majors for UMC were approved by the Board of Regents at its June meeting: Exercise Science & Wellness and Medical Laboratory Science. Both culminate in a bachelor of science degree and are administered through the Math, Science & Technology Department. The majors will be available to students beginning this fall semester.

High tunnel greenhouse planned

The UMC Center for Sustainability is working collaboratively with UMC Facilities and Operations, Sodexo, UMC Dining Services, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, and Terry Nennich, a recently retired Extension expert, to finalize plans for the construction of a high tunnel greenhouse on the Crookston campus.


High employment rate for recent gradsdecorative graphic

Career and Internship Services' survey of 2013-14 grads shows that 97 percent are employed or are continuing their studies, up 2 percent from last year. The report is based on responses from 1,755 graduates (90 percent of the reported 1,944 undergraduate students granted undergraduate degrees from UMD between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014). The data were collected through online, email, and telephone surveys.

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LSBE lowers tuition, adds scholarshipsLBSE aerial shot

Recently, tuition for UMD's Labovitz School of Business and Economics MBA program was dramatically reduced by about 25 percent at both of its programs in Duluth and Rochester. The new per-credit tuition amount, which goes into effect in fall 2015, is $900 in Duluth and $1,000 in Rochester, with the program requiring 32 credits.

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A Wealth of OpportunityGlensheen tour guide pointing

Three-quarters of Glensheen employees are students. Many work as tour guides, taking more than 70,000 visitors through the museum each year. Because 85 percent of the estate's revenue comes from tours, the students play a vital role in Glensheen's success, while they in turn hone their public speaking and customer service skills.

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Living in History, Architecture, and TravelRachel Phelps

Senior Rachel Phelps' undergraduate research projects provided Duluth with invaluable information on buildings with historical significance. She researched a number of structures, including a pump station, firehouses, and a multi-family dwelling. With a major in history and a certificate in museum studies, Phelps is preparing for a career in historic preservation.

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July 19 - Cheng-Khee Chee gallery talkkoi fish art

Artist and essayist Ann Klefstad will discuss the work of watercolorist Cheng-Khee Chee at a Gallery Talk in the Tweed Museum of Art July 19, 2 p.m. The Tweed is featuring Chee's art through Sept. 20 with a solo exhibition that brings together 40 watercolor paintings created over the past 40 years (1974-2014). Klefstad works as a features writer and critic as well as a public artist.

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UMM names director of admissionsBen Iverson

UMM has named Ben Iverson director of admissions. Iverson brings extensive experience in student recruitment and advising in both national and international markets. Iverson will fill the role previously held by Bryan Herrmann, who has succeeded Lowell Rasmussen as vice chancellor for facilities and finance.

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Partnering on immunology researchUMM students

Rachel Johnson, assistant professor of biology, is one of 10 UMM professors guiding students in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program. Johnson and students Brad Mondloch '15, Michael Maudal '16, Tristane Paulson '16, Meagan Rollins '17, and Richard Bellefeuille '17 are investigating the interactions between tumor cells and the immune system.

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Volunteering in Nepal

In the aftermath of recent earthquakes in Nepal, members of the UMM campus community have joined relief efforts. Christopher Butler, lecturer of sociology, alumna Rose Schwietz '13, and Astha Bhandari '16 are on the ground providing aid.

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Center for Small Towns featured in mediastudents hovering over computer

UMM's Center for Small Towns (CST) is featured in MinnPost and the Star Tribune. Reporter Gregg Aamot discusses work done by CST to contradict the myth of rural decline in outstate Minnesota. "Changing that perception, and the harm it does to civic pride and initiative," he writes, "has become part of the mission of the center."

July 18 - West Central School of Agriculture reunion

UMM will host the West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) All-School Reunion on July 18. The reunion is held annually on the Morris campus, the former home of the WCSA. It is a tradition that provides opportunities for WCSA "Aggies" to share memories, reunite with friends, and enjoy the company of fellow alumni.

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UMR Connects

The UMR Connects lecture series continues on Tuesdays throughout the summer. "Transplantation – A Path Toward Gratitude," featuring Thom Nustad's long journey leading to a pancreas transplant in January of 2013, will be held July 21, 7 p.m., 111 South Broadway.

Twin Cities

Summer outdoor recreation equipment rentalsoutdoor rentals advertising poster

University Recreation and Wellness summer equipment rentals are open to students, staff, faculty, and the public. Available equipment includes canoes, mountain bikes, camping and backpacking equipment, Fat Bikes, climbing and mountaineering gear, stand-up paddleboards, and more.

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U of M farmers market continues Wednesdays through Oct. 7

The University farmers market continues every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., McNamara Gateway Plaza, through Oct. 7. Remember to bring cash as well as reusable shopping bags for the locally grown vegetables, berries, and fresh flowers available for purchase. The market is also an opportunity to visit with Wellness Program partners.

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UMTC Featured Eventsportraits of major arcana poster

July 17 - Opening reception for "Interior/Exterior: Portraits of the Major Arcana"
July 25 - 2015 Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Coronation
July 27 - Guest Workshop: Composers of 113 and Ensemble Dal Niente
July 30 - Twenty-Fourth Annual McNair Scholars Poster Presentation & Reception
Aug. 3 - Inaugural Bee Arts Event

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