June 1, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 20

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • State Relations Update.
  • Driven to Discover: Ryan Pesch.
  • Feature: Printing a human heart; Core facilities drive research forward.
  • People: Nicholas Phelps has been named director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center; and more.

Top News

State Relations Update

Minnesota's legislative session came to a close May 22 without lawmakers passing a bonding bill. This bill is critical for U of M research and innovation. U of M project requests are paramount to advancing the University's mission to be a leader with transformative research during a time of great change and opportunity. Take action to urge legislators to return for a special session to complete a bonding bill that includes U of M priorities.
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Driven to Discover: Ryan PeschRyan Pesch

Although small vegetable farms may be few in number, they are essential in rural "food deserts" and have a critical impact in their local economies. Extension's Ryan Pesch helps them increase their profitability.

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Printing a human hearta graphic of a 3D printed heart

Forty years after she underwent rigorous chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma, Karlie Gause's aortic valve was failing. Everyday activities became nearly impossible. Her care team used a 3D printer to create an exact replica of her heart, which led to a lifesaving surgery.

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Core facilities drive research forwardbiomedical facility

At the University of Minnesota, core research facilities provide the resources faculty, staff, and students need to accelerate their research. Many of them are also available to industry partners, giving companies of all sizes a way to access infrastructure that can boost their research and development efforts. Take a look at some of the groundbreaking facilities that drive research at the University of Minnesota.

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Nicholas Phelps has been named the next director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center; the White House recently recognized U of M microbiome research; the Extension Center for Family Development has received a $1 million NIFA grant to prevent obesity among Latino youth; four University–private sector partnerships have been awarded grants to advance renewable electricity in Minnesota; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Expanding MnDRIVE research at the U

University leaders are exploring opportunities to expand MnDRIVE, the U's $36 million recurring investment from the state, and are seeking suggestions for new areas of U research to support.

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'U of M Online' launches

University of Minnesota Online, formerly the Digital Campus, is now live at online.umn.edu. This systemwide site promotes the University's online and hybrid programs and courses, both for academic credit and professional development. Resources for faculty and staff who teach online courses can now be found on the Center for Educational Innovation website.

Can your home support solar?

Ever wondered whether your house can support solar? U of M researchers have developed a map that analyzes solar potential throughout the state. Simply enter your address to find your home's potential.

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Book matchmaking from U Libraries

If you would like recommendations for a new book to love, ask U Libraries Book Matchmakers. Complete a short online book matchmaker form and a librarian will send customized book recommendations, delivered right to your email inbox.

Drupal helps web support staff save time, be proactive

As a graphic designer and web support coordinator for the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, Rachel Lam knows the value of a comprehensive and capable website-development tool.

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Microsoft Office Pro Plus 365 for faculty, staff, and students

Faculty, staff, and students can download Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more, for personal use on up to five devices at no charge.

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Aug. 12 - TEDxMinneapolis 2016: In Sight

Speakers at this year's TEDxMinneapolis event come from diverse backgrounds with an array of experiences, all focused on the same goal: how we can make the invisible visible. Featured U of M speakers include Andrea Jenkins, Cecilia Martinez, Keith Mayes, and Subbaram Naidu. 4 p.m. happy hour, 5 p.m. start, Ted Mann Concert Hall.

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Top Aggie recipients

The Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) Alumni Association announced its 2016 Top Aggie recipients. NWSA was the predecessor of the University of Minnesota Crookston, and all alumni of the Northwest School are invited back for a day of activities celebrating their history on the campus on June 25.

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Crookston Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Growth Series

Thinking of starting or already managing a business? The Chamber of Commerce is offering a series of 13 sessions, June-November, for businesses, entrepreneurs, and young professionals. The next event, Planning for a Healthy Business, will take place June 8, 6-7:30 p.m., 116 Kiehle Building. Open to the public.

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Hansen honoredElaine Hansen

Elaine Hansen is a recipient of the 2016 U of M President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award is given to those who have gone above and beyond their regular duties. In 2015, while continuing in her role as director of UMD's Center for Economic Development, she also served as acting interim vice chancellor of finance and operations and interim director of finance at UMD.

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Pelayo-Woodward's role expandedSusana Pelayo Woodward

Susana Pelayo-Woodward is now assistant to the chancellor for inclusive excellence. This is an expansion of her current role as director of diversity and inclusion. She began at UMD in 1992 as the Hispanic student services coordinator.

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Outstanding Service Award recipients

Ten Civil Service and P&A employees recently received the Outstanding Service Award. The honor is given to those who have consistently performed their duties in an exceptional manner and have significantly enhanced departmental, collegiate, or campus goals and objectives. Seven people received Project Awards, designed to recognize individuals or teams who successfully implemented a special project during the year.

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June 9 - Tweed grand reopeningTweed museum

Following a six-month, $1.5 million renovation of its HVAC system, the Tweed Museum of Art will celebrate its reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Three new exhibits will open, featuring the art of Jeffrey T. Larson, Vance Gellert, and Sue Coe and Warrington Colescott.

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UMM Commencement photosUMM student at commencement

More than 360 students received their degrees at UMM's 53rd Commencement on May 14.

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Alumni Association honors Morris gradsMan UMM alum

Three UMM graduates will be honored for their professional achievements and public service. Thomas W. Mahoney '74, Sharon Stewart Reeves '68, and Mark Schuller '96 are recipients of the UMM Alumni Association's 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. They will be recognized at a reception and banquet Oct. 7 as part of UMM's Homecoming.

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American Indian Honoring Ceremony photospeople at American Indian celebration

The annual American Indian Honoring Ceremony took place May 13.

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Propelling organic systems forward

Assistant Dairy Scientist Brad Heins is collaborating with both Iowa State University and the Rodale Institute on a unique project for organic production systems. Organic producers often separate their pastures and livestock from crops; this integrated approach blends all three together. The biological, environmental, and economic aspects will be examined across Minnesota, Iowa, and Pennsylvania.

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Dingel receives first UMR tenure positionMolly Dingel

A passionate teacher, a dedicated researcher, and a leader to her faculty colleagues, Molly Dingel has become the University of Minnesota Rochester's first tenured faculty member. Dingel was part of the first cohort of faculty at UMR's new campus that constructed the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences curriculum and established faculty governance.

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UMR faculty and staff recognition lunch

Celebrating the great achievement and dedication of UMR faculty and staff was the theme of this year's Employee Appreciation Lunch. From promotions to years of service to outstanding service, see the many who were honored (PDF) during this event.

Twin Cities

June 3 – 'What does Public Health have to do with Guns?'

The 2016 Gaylord W. Anderson Memorial Lecture will feature David Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This lecture is the keynote for the School of Public Health's annual day of learning. No charge, but register to attend or view the lecture via live-stream. Noon, Great Hall, Coffman Union.

Summer technology training schedule

The summer technology training schedule is now available. View a list of courses or search for training on ULearn. Lynda.com video courses are also available to current faculty and staff at no charge.

Building the U Workforce: Diversity a Top Priority

Building a University of Minnesota workforce that better reflects the diversity of the state and local communities takes commitment. Recently, the University made additional investments in its diversity recruitment efforts. With strong support from University leadership, the Office of Human Resources last summer formed a new Diversity and Inclusion Recruiting Team. Its mission is to help hiring managers build more diverse pools of qualified applicants and to enhance the University's reputation as an employer of choice for job seekers.

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Helping food waste find new life

Jennifer Schmitt, lead scientist of IonE's NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, is helping food waste find new life as fuel, feed, and fertilizer. The project, called WasteNot and funded by a grant from MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures, is looking at such technology as one of three options to stem the tide of food waste going to landfills in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Twin Cities households generate about 495 million pounds of food waste a year--430 pounds per person.

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Music on the Plazamusic on plaza poster

Northrop's 2016 Music on the Plaza series kicks off June 8 with Forever Elvis--Art Kistler and the EP Boulevard Show Band. The series continues every Wednesday at noon through Aug. 10, featuring a great lineup of local bands.

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Northrop 2016-17 dance season

Single tickets are now available for the Northrop 2016-17 dance season. Purchase yours soon to ensure you get the best seats to some of next season's hottest dance. Faculty and staff receive discounts and qualify for convenient payroll deduction when you purchase any series subscription. Watch a preview of the upcoming season.

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UMTC Featured Eventshoneycomb

June 4 - Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within The Forces of Nature

June 7 - 1st Tuesday: John P. Wiehoff - C.H. Robinson Worldwide Chairman and CEO

June 7 - xCHANGE | Leveraging the power of design to move the bottom line

June 13 - Summer Community Chinese Language and Culture Classes

June 14 - 2016 MN Nonprofit Leadership Conference

June 14 - The Evolution of River Transport: Watercraft and Migration; Portage and Canals

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