June 12, 2019

Vol. XLIX No. 21

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

Summer publication: Brief will publish on June 26, July 17, and Aug. 14. Weekly publication resumes Aug. 28.

  • Regents invite comments on 2020 proposed operating budget.
  • Features: Balancing values: how attitudes about money affect relationships; The right squeeze; Here are the rules: overcoming barriers in language development; Going global.
  • People: U of M researchers have received a $3.7 million NIH grant for autism research and are part of a $9.5 million grant awarded to the Infant Brain Imaging Study Network; and more.

Top News

Regents invite comments on 2020 proposed operating budget

The Board of Regents invites feedback from the University community on President Kaler’s recommended FY 2020 operating budget through written comments or participation at a public forum at approximately noon, June 14. A list of 25 speakers for the forum will be established on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up is from 11 to 11:45 a.m., West Committee Room, McNamara. The Board also invites written comments online through June 16, by email to uregents@umn.edu, or by post to the Office of the Board of Regents. Regents will consider final passage of the budget at a special meeting at 1 p.m., June 19. See the news release for more information about the budget and the Board’s June meeting agenda.

Balancing values: how attitudes about money affect relationshipscouple looking at phone

Matters of finance can strain relationships in many ways, such as when spouses keep secret debts from their partners or, as a recent study showed, when wives make more than their husbands. One source of conflict is how differently people are raised to think about saving, spending, and investing. Yiting Li, a PhD student at the College of Education and Human Development, is studying how the financial values parents instill in their children can clash with the financial habits of their romantic partners as they grow older and enter into long-term relationships.

The right squeezeBrad Holschuh with a compression garment

Brad Holschuh has devoted his career to inventing and developing garments to improve life both in space and here on Earth. Holschuh and his colleagues in the College of Design’s Wearable Technology Lab are taking their expertise in space suit design and applying it to soft robotics--robots made of pliable materials--in order to create compression garments that initiate compression after they’re on the body. The team is also working with materials that can be powered by body heat rather than a battery.

Here are the rules: overcoming barriers in language developmentadult with child in school like setting

It was years ago, while Lizbeth Finestack was working as a clinician for children with learning disabilities, that she started wondering whether there might be a better way to help children overcome language impairments. Today, Finestack leads the U of M’s Child Language Intervention Lab. The lab’s mission is to identify better ways to help children with neurodevelopmental disorders--including primary language impairment, Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, or autism spectrum disorder--overcome barriers to language development.

Going globalgeo design graphic

If you ask Tom Fisher, director of the U of M’s Minnesota Design Center, looking at design from a global perspective could creatively address some of the planet’s thorniest issues--like climate change, human migration, conservation, and land development. The International Geodesign Collaboration, cofounded by Fisher, aims to solve those problems through design. The new collaboration--a network of 90 universities, from every continent but Antarctica--held its inaugural conference in February.


U of M researchers have received a $3.7 million NIH grant for autism research and are part of a $9.5 million grant awarded to the Infant Brain Imaging Study Network; Diane Treat-Jacobson has been conferred as a Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine--the first nurse to receive the distinction; Melissa Saftner was awarded the Kitty Ernst Award by the American College of Nurse-Midwives; Heather Blue has been named the 2019 Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists Outstanding Pharmacist Award recipient; Ruthann Manlet has been honored by APPA, the national higher education facilities organization; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Growing Minnesota: gardening resourcesMaroon and gold M made of flowers

From finding inspiration to harvesting your bounty, the U of M can help you grow your garden. Learn how to get started, what and when to plant, what to do about weeds and insects, and even how to give back and become a Master Gardener volunteer.

MyU: My Finances: new features to launch mid-June

Students will soon be able to view, sort, and search the financial aid they’ve received at the University, review a personalized cost of attendance and Satisfactory Academic Progress figures, and more. The new features were designed to help students make informed financial decisions. Students that have reviewed the revamped My Finances section indicated that the new organization is intuitive, the new elements are well integrated, and that they appreciate the new information.

Achieving wellbeing

Learn more about how to assess and improve your wellbeing by exploring the University's Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing website, and by exploring its community courses and events. In addition to learning more about your wellbeing, many opportunities offer points through the University's Wellbeing Program.

June 19 - Discovery Launchpad Summer Series: Payers and Healthcare Economics

As part of its Discovery Launchpad Summer Series, Technology Commercialization's Venture Center is hosting a seminar (register) on healthcare payer systems and economics. This educational event features Lewis Sandy, executive vice president at UnitedHealth Group, and Maren Forsgren, director at Xcenda, who will be presenting and answering questions. 3:30-5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center's Discovery Nexus and live online via Zoom.

June 25 - Webinar for Supervisors: Delegate to Achieve and Empower

Delegating effectively is more than just assigning a task, it’s getting work done through other people. As a supervisor, delegating work can help you do more and empower others. In this webinar, supervisors will learn which tasks are appropriate to delegate, whom to delegate to, and how to ensure the project is on track. Noon-1 p.m.

Research Brief: Climate change is already affecting global food production--and not equally

The world’s top 10 crops supply a combined 83 percent of all calories produced on cropland. Yields have long been projected to decrease in future climate conditions. Now, new research shows climate change has already affected production of these key energy sources--and some regions and countries are faring far worse than others. Additional recent Research Briefs include “Risk factors for adolescent binge eating vary by family socioeconomic status.”


Crookston named a member site of Minnesota GreenCorps

The University of Minnesota Crookston has been named a host site for Minnesota's statewide initiative to help preserve and protect the environment, known as the Minnesota GreenCorps. A GreenCorps representative will be working across campus and community agencies to strengthen efforts in waste prevention, recycling, prevention of food waste, growing food, and composting.

Morgan Kresl develops a passion for healthMorgan Kresl

University of Minnesota Crookston graduate Morgan Kresl ’19 has lived with a desire to help people her entire life. After finishing her Postsecondary Enrollment Option years at Crookston, Kresl decided to major in health sciences and minor in chemistry, intertwining her two passions into one undergraduate career.


Alumna honoredBrittany Larson

Brittany Larson, who earned a degree in elementary education in 2008, has been awarded the 2018-19 Milken Educator Award. Larson teaches first grade at Century Primary Elementary School in Grafton, ND. She says her primary goal as a teacher is to make her students feel at home so they “know they are loved and they are safe.” The award comes with a $25,000 unrestricted gift.

Focusing on sustainabilitystudents at a park

Students in instructor Kendra Dean’s environmental sustainability senior seminar used the skill and knowledge they acquired as undergraduates to provide the City of Duluth with real solutions that could be implemented in Duluth’s parks. The students used GIS to map Keene Creek Park, analyzed the challenges and opportunities, and then presented a proposal that included less mowing, expanded natural habitat, and a more sustainable future. Watch a video about the project.

Public art at UMDa public art sculpture at UMD

Associate professor of art history Jennifer Webb and her students, along with staff from the Tweed Museum of Art, researched public art on campus. Two pieces, “A Year of Wild Rice” and “Cascade,” have been relocated while Ordean Court is being renovated, and a new piece will soon be installed in front of the Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building.


Larson named 2019 Distinguished AlumniCurt larson

Curt Larson '68 is this year’s University of Minnesota Morris Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus. An inventor by trade, Larson spent his career creating new products at 3M. Paving the way for tomorrow's innovators and entrepreneurs, he also created an endowed innovation in applied science scholarship at Morris with his wife, Sandra Guter Larson '71.


New facility: One Discovery Square

UMR is one of the tenants of One Discovery Square, a new facility located in downtown Rochester built for collaboration among various Rochester businesses and organizations. The building features laboratory and research space, classrooms, quiet rooms, and areas set aside for collaboration. UMR will begin to occupy the space in July. “It’s likely our graduates will have the option to walk across the hall and potentially begin an exciting career, whether it be at Mayo Clinic or any of the other firms in this building,” says Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships Jay Hesley at Fox 9.

Twin Cities

Summer PAWS schedule

PAWS (Pet Away Worry & Stress) sessions feature registered therapy animal teams--including dogs, bunnies, cats, chickens, and other therapy animals. Sessions are no charge and open to the U of M community. Summer sessions will be held at Boynton Health on the East Bank from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on June 12, July 10, and Aug. 14.

LearningLife summer courses

From scholarly dives into Sherlock Holmes, self-publishing, positive psychology, the Normandy invasion, and the art cities of Italy, to hands-on explorations of drawing, painting, design thinking, mycology, and more, there’s plenty to learn and do with LearningLife this summer. LearningLife offers 10 percent discounts to faculty and staff and members of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, the University of Minnesota Retirees Association, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. See course offerings and register.

June 17 and 26 - Basic first aid classes

Two courses, offered at no charge, will cover topics in basic first aid, including what to do for bleeding, choking, and seizures/fainting. June 17, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 3-125 Mayo, Minneapolis. June 26, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 213 Ben Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center, St. Paul.

Summer Teaching with Writing TA workshops

In August 2019, the Writing Across the Curriculum program will offer two workshops, each focused on commenting and grading student writing. The first, “Commenting on and Grading Student Writing: Workshop for New Teaching Assistants” (Aug. 27, 1-4 p.m., 312 Bruininks Hall) is offered to TAs who assist with faculty-directed courses, either running sections or assisting in other ways. The second, “Assigning and Assessing Student Writing: Workshop for Graduate Student Instructors” (Aug. 28, 1-4 p.m., 331 Smith Hall) is offered to TAs who serve as graduate student instructors. No charge, but register to attend.

UMTC Featured EventsFunktion Junction band member on stage

June 12 - Funktion Junction
June 13 - Powered by WIT: Stories from the Archives
June 15 - Dior to Disco
June 21 - Universe in the Park
June 26 - Dan Newton's Café Accordion Orchestra

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