July 29, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 25

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Features: A New Model for Active Wear; Caught on Camera: Serengeti Wildlife; Seven Things You Don't Know About Microbes.
  • People: The School of Dentistry has been awarded a $1.7 million U.S. Department of Health grant to reduce oral health disparities in rural communities; and more.

Top News

A New Model for Active Wearsomali girl in active wear outfit

Making sure that our youth get enough exercise is an ongoing challenge. A new design solution is working out well for girls in the Twin Cities Somali community.

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Caught on Camera: Serengeti Wildlifea deer type animal found in the serengeti

A U study captured Africa's most iconic mammals in hundreds of thousands of images.

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Seven Things You Don't Know About Microbesillustration of a microbe wearing a bike helmet

Microbes are, literally, everywhere: In our guts, in soil, in plants, in food, in water, and maybe even in outer space. CFANS researchers are finding new ways to unearth the magic of microbial science, with new sequencing and molecular tools fundamentally changing how scientists understand what microbes can do.

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The School of Dentistry has been awarded a $1.7 million U.S. Department of Health grant to reduce oral health disparities in rural communities; Katrice Albert, vice president for equity and diversity, was named a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 2015 Diversity in Business Honoree; professor Lee Penn has been named a 2015 American Chemistry Society Fellow; CEHD dean Jean Quam has been named one of the 30 Most Influential Deans of Education in the United States by Mometrix; professor Myles Shaver has been named to the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs; Keri Hager, Kristin Janke, and Shannon Reidt, along with Jim Beattie from the U's Health Sciences Libraries, received the Innovations in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

University shared drives will be unavailable Aug. 16

During a maintenance period on Sunday morning, Aug. 16, files stored on University shared drives will be unavailable. To access files stored on a shared drive during the maintenance period, copy the files or move them to another location in advance. Shared drives are commonly recognized as an alphabetically titled drive on Windows machines (for example, an H:\ drive), or a networked drive on Mac OS X that uses files.umn.edu.

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Aug. 14-21 - DredgeFest Great Lakes 2015

DredgeFest Great Lakes, a symposium, workshop series, and public tour that examines the sediment management and dredging practices of the Great Lakes Basin, will be hosted at the University of Minnesota this year at locations in Minneapolis and Duluth. It is an encounter between government agencies, designers, theorists, academics, corporate practitioners, industry experts, students, and the public. Find tickets and see the full schedule (PDF).

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Research Examines Chemical Behavior, Implications across Disciplinestwo students at chalkboard

The chemical computations of last summer have taken two students to a lab at Villanova University. Seniors Emmett LaCoursiere, Red Lake Falls, MN, and Michael Laurich, Lansing, IL, along with Assistant Professor Tim Dudley, are creating compounds they previously had only investigated using computer modeling.

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Senior Lydia Hegge continues antibiotic research

Under the guidance of teaching specialist Karl Anderson, Lydia Hegge, Mentor, MN, is looking for rare bacterial species in soil and water samples collected in and around Crookston, which are noteworthy for their potential to produce antibiotics.

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News website launch

UMC University Relations has launched a new website for U of M Crookston news releases. This is the first site developed in the new U of M Drupal web environment for the Crookston campus. It features current news and events as well as a searchable archive of news releases dating back to 2009.

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Faculty receive Multicultural Research AwardsUMD sign and flowers

Two UMD faculty members have received Multicultural Research Awards from the Institute on Diversity, Equity and Advocacy. Assistant Professor Olihe Okoro, pharmacy, received the award for "Patient-satisfaction with Health Care: Experiences and perceptions of low-income African American women," and Assistant Professor Jeanine Schroer, philosophy, received the award for "The Stereotype Project."

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LSBE Establishes Financial Planning majorstudents studying in lounge

The Labovitz School of Business and Economics will launch a financial planning major this fall. Students will be educated in a wide range of financial products, including retirement planning, college funding, estate planning, business planning, tax planning, asset allocation, risk management, and general investment analysis. Only 20 to 25 individuals will be accepted into the program each year.

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2015-16 theatre season ticketsa couple dancing hold a pose

Season tickets are now on sale for UMD's 2015-16 theatre shows. Productions include Spoon River, All's Well That Ends Well, and Spring Awakening. Pick a night and choose a fixed package or create a customized flex package.

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First Folio dates announcedWilliam Shakespeare on a TV screen

Mark thy calendar. #firstfolioduluth dates have been announced. UMD will host "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare" from Oct. 3-26, 2016. In addition to the rare book and a multi-panel exhibition, numerous events celebrating the works of Shakespeare will be held in the Twin Ports area. This is the only Minnesota stop on the nationwide tour.

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Gateway Program turns first-year students into leadersbig class of gateway students on stairs

UMM's Gateway Program welcomed 22 incoming students last week. Now in its 21st year, the four-week program helps new students develop skills necessary for college life. When the fall semester begins, Gateway participants know how to navigate the campus and whom to contact for advice, and they've developed friendships that will last throughout the year.

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STELLAR welcomes international studentsStellar students in front of spoon cherry bridge at Walker

The Summer Transition for English Language and Liberal Arts Readiness (STELLAR) program welcomed 40 new international students last week. STELLAR provides international students the adjustment time they need to prepare for the academic rigor, culture, community, and social life of the campus and to be confident, comfortable, and prepared for the fall semester.

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Students and Faculty Research Prairie-Forest Border DynamicsPeter Wyckoff and students

Peter Wyckoff, professor of biology, is one of 10 UMM professors guiding students in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program. Wyckoff and students Thomas Pederson '18, Josh Bartles '18, Katie Beauto '18, and Cailyn Horsch '16, are collecting data that will help predict the response of regional forests to climate change in the next century.

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Students and Faculty Study Stomach Bacteria

April Dennison and Nathan FerreyTimna Wyckoff, associate professor of biology, is also guiding students in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program. She and students April Dennison '16 and Nathan Ferrey '16 will examine how shape-determining proteins lead to the corkscrew shape that helps the H. pylori bacteria cause gastritis, ulcers, and gastric cancer.

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UMR Graduate Receives $100,000 Scholarship

U of M student Mary Whipple, a first-year doctoral student who completed her bachelor's degree in nursing at UMR, has been named the 2015 Patricia G. Archbold Scholar, an award given by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.

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Twin Cities

Welcome Week volunteers needed

Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to assist with Welcome Week 2015. Opportunities include helping with Residence Hall Move-In (Aug. 31-Sept. 1), Parent Receptions (Aug. 31-Sept. 1), New Student Convocation (Sept. 3), and the Class of 2019 Cookout (Sept. 4). Each year, more than 5,000 first-year students participate in Welcome Week, which is designed to prepare them for the start of their academic careers.

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Fall 2015 Course Reserves

Save time and reduce student costs with Course Reserves for fall 2015. Make your course materials—articles, books, e-books, lecture notes, streaming videos, images, primary sources, etc.—easily available to students online in Moodle, through Reserves Direct, via the Libraries website, and/or at any UMTC library location.

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Higher Learning Commission accreditation preparation

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is preparing for its periodic evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission, the University's regional accrediting agency.

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Aug. 3 - Bee and Pollinator Research Lab groundbreaking

The new Bee and Pollinator Research Lab on the St. Paul campus will be a state-of-the-art research facility housing one of the only bee research programs in the Midwest. Groundbreaking for the lab will take place at the building site near the intersection of Gortner and Folwell avenues at 3 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. celebration outside the current research lab. An Inaugural Bee Arts Event fundraiser will take place at 7 p.m., where participants may hear and see how visionaries work with bees in art and science. The evening features researchers, artists, authors, a silent auction, Honey Bee Bingo, live music, and refreshments. Cost: $25, but no-charge for students.

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Boynton's hours change Aug. 3

Clinic hours at Boynton Health Service will change on Aug. 3. Hours will be 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except Thursdays. On Thursdays, the East Bank Clinic will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the St. Paul Clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Boynton is closed weekends and University holidays.

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Convocation faculty marcher registration

Each year U of M faculty are invited to participate at New Student Convocation, this year on Sept. 3. Registration is available through Aug. 5. Email Beth Lingren Clark with any questions.

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Aug. 11 - The Other Side of Poverty in Schools workshop

Mark Vagle will lead teachers, administrators, counselors, and teacher educators in a workshop about the five principles for change to better meet the needs of working-class and poor students, develop research-based teaching practices, and take away classroom ideas. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 325 Education Sciences Building. Cost: $75 for faculty and staff; $25-$50 for students. Coffee and breakfast baked goods included in registration fee.

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Brit Floyd ticket special for U of M faculty and staffBrit floyd on stage

Brit Floyd, "The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show," is coming to Northrop Aug 22. U of M faculty and staff can purchase two tickets for the price of one. This special offer is available online by using the promo code 'britfloyd', by phone, or at the Northrop Box Office.

UMTC Featured EventsMiranda of Miranda sings

July 30 - Twenty-Fourth Annual McNair Scholars Poster Presentation & Reception
Aug. 3 - Security, Peace, Rights, and Equality: Keynote with Mandal Omar
Aug. 5 - Webinar: Business Analyst's Role in Troubled Project Recovery
Aug. 5 - Miranda Sings
Aug. 11 - OED Certificate Workshop 6: Educating about Equity and Diversity: Facilitating Challenging Conversations
Aug. 13 - Idina Menzel
Aug. 13-15 - New Angles on Chinese Film History

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