June 17, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 22

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meeting highlights.
  • State Relations update.
  • Features: Infant Antibiotic Use Linked to Adult Diseases; Preventing child abuse; Unwavering.
  • People: The Board of Regents has named R. Lawrence Edwards, Vipin Kumar, and Michael Osterholm Regents Professors—the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meeting highlights

The U of M Board of Regents voted unanimously at its June meeting to endorse and direct the administration to fully implement a human subjects research protection work plan (PDF). The U has committed nearly $8 million to implement the plan. Regents also heard an overview of the proposed FY16 operating budget, which includes a 1.5 percent tuition increase for resident undergraduates—the lowest percentage increase since 1999-2000. Regents also received an update on employee health insurance, including that there will be no rate increase and no plan changes in 2016.

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State Relations update

On June 12, the Minnesota Legislature convened for a one-day special session to pass six bills, including five relevant to the University. The bonding bill includes $26.5 million in capital investment for the U of M: $18 million for the Veterinary Isolation Laboratories and $8.5 million for the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in Willmar. Also, the agriculture bill provides almost $13 million for University agricultural research, education, extension, and technology transfer, including $2 million for avian flu research.

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Infant Antibiotic Use Linked to Adult Diseasesgraphic representation of microbes

A new study led by U of M researchers may lead to recommendations for reduced antibiotic use in children to prevent infectious diseases, allergies, and even obesity, later in life.

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Preventing child abusegraphic representation of kids holding hands

Nancy Harper believes child abuse can go the way of polio and typhoid fever. It's an ambitious vision, but she's knowledgeable, methodical—and optimistic. She's launching a groundbreaking, collaborative approach to identifying child maltreatment across the Twin Cities metro. And she's doing it with an eye toward eventually building a statewide program with prevention as the ultimate goal.

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UnwaveringCheryl Robertson

Any romantic notions that Cheryl Robertson might have had about being a public health nurse were shattered in 1985, when she found herself driving down a rutted road in a beaten-up Land Rover, trying to get a dying pregnant woman to a hospital in Uganda's capital city, Kampala. Since then she has spent three decades working in countries ripped apart by war, trauma, and displacement. She's not about to stop now.

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The Board of Regents has named R. Lawrence Edwards, Vipin Kumar, and Michael Osterholm Regents Professors—the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University; 2015 Minnesota Futures grants award recipients; Medical School Dean Brooks Jackson has received the 2015 Cotlove Lectureship from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists; CenterPoint Energy has presented the UMTC with its "Most innovative project of the year" award; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation for UMTC and UMR faculty will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The two days of orientation will introduce new faculty to the University and provide critical information, resources, and support for their research, teaching, and outreach efforts.

Registration and more info >

July 16/18 - Bee lawn demonstrations

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, in partnership with the U of M Bee Lab, is installing a Bee Lawn as a demonstration area for homeowners interested in transitioning their existing lawns into pollinator-friendly, low-mow, low-input landscapes. Public field days for viewing the lawn are planned for July 16 and July 18.


June 25 - Mark Olsonawski Scholarship Golf Tournament

The Mark Olsonawski Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held June 25 at Two River Golf Club in Hallock, MN. United Valley Bank of Hallock is the tournament sponsor. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with tee off at 10 a.m. Call Garret Kollin at 218-281-8436 for more information, or register with the Two River Golf Club by calling 218-843-2155.

June 27 - NWSA alumni reunion

The Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) alumni reunion is set for June 27. Highlights include the Top Aggie Luncheon at noon, class meetings, and a barbecue at 5:30 p.m.

See the full schedule >

Crookston Park and Rec Club Kid

UMC and its Center for Adult Learning will host Crookston Park and Rec Club Kid, a summer program for elementary school children, several times this summer, including two events in June. On June 18, local teacher Brian Follette will teach students about rockets on the Campus Mall, and on June 25, Laura Bell will lead "Natural Resources Day."

Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson named head of Liberal Arts and Education Department

Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson has accepted the position of department head for the Liberal Arts and Education Department. She holds a Ph.D. in teaching and learning with emphasis on child study, an M.S. in elementary education with emphasis on language arts, and a B.S. in music education. She has served as interim department head for the Liberal Arts and Education Department since August 2013.


Student-athletes named to UMD Athletic Academic Scholar ListUMD bulldog logo

In 2014-15, UMD scholar-athletes earned the highest GPA in UMD history, and 16 Bulldog student-athletes were named to the UMD Athletic Academic Scholar List. The women's basketball Bulldogs achieved the best collective GPA (3.61) of any UMD team last year, with soccer (3.33) and tennis (3.32) in second and third, respectively.

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UMD Market Day in the PlazaUMD market scene with picnic tables

Market Day in the Plaza is now open every Tuesday, rain or shine, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1120 Kirby Drive. The market features fresh produce from local growers, baked goodies from local merchants, handcrafted items, and live music. Market Day runs through September.

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Blue Heron open for toursside of the blue heron boat

UMD's Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) research vessel Blue Heron will be open for tours June 26, July 31, Aug. 21, and Sept. 18, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Twin Ports Harbor near the Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive. A special July 11 event will be held in Two Harbors. These free, family-friendly "Science on Deck" events also feature a freshwater research presentation by an LLO scientist from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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Glensheen expanded toursInterior room of Glensheen mansion

Glensheen expanded tours allow visitors to see areas of the mansion previously unopened, including Robert's room, the recently restored bedroom of Chester and Clara Congdon's youngest child. This room's restoration was made possible by private donations and funds raised at the 2014 Glensheen Gala. Expanded tours are fully guided, and tickets may be purchased online.

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Morris Earns 2015 Environmental Initiative-Community Action Awardaward winners holding prize

UMM's Office of Sustainability (OOS) and Center for Small Towns (CST) have received the 2015 Environmental Initiative-Community Action Award, which honors innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership. OOS and CST were recognized for their work on a project called Morris Engaged: Planning and Action for Climate Resilience.

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UMM accepts DOE sustainability awardtwo men holding award

Sustainability Director Troy Goodnough and Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Finance Lowell Rasmussen traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept UMM's U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) Postsecondary Sustainability Award. The campus was one of nine colleges and universities honored with the first-of-its-kind award.

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Athletic Director Mark Fohl to retiremark Fohl

Athletic Director Mark Fohl will retire at the end of June. Fohl came to Morris in 1985 as an assistant football coach and head baseball coach, becoming athletic director in 1987. Fohl also served as head baseball coach for 27 years and men's golf coach for the past 15 years.

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Rural Arts and Culture Summitstudents lounging on a green lawn

Earlier this month UMM's Center for Small Towns and Springboard for the Arts hosted the 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit. The event brought together scholars, artists, community leaders, and art-enthusiasts from across the Midwest for three days of presentations and networking.

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UMR redeveloping site at Broadway and Sixth Street into green space

For three years, the corner of Broadway and Sixth Street was occupied by abandoned parking lots and overgrown grass. Now all of the concrete is gone, and in its place a green space will grow, courtesy of the University of Minnesota Rochester.

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Twin Cities

Homecoming Parade: Register your department or unit

Homecoming parade registration closes June 19 at 5 p.m. Entries will be reviewed based on crowd engagement/interaction, entertainment value, creativity, and adherence to the Gopher spirit/theme: Gopher State of Mind. There is no guarantee your entry will get into the parade.

June 30 - Project and Change Management Collaborators showcase

Project and Change Management Collaborators is hosting a Wellbeing and Engagement Showcase on June 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 312 Bruininks Hall. Attendees will discover a variety of information about well-being and engagement, as well as how each relates to project and change management.

RSVP and more info > 

Save the Date: Homecoming 2015 - A Gopher State of Mind

The Twin Cities campus will celebrate Homecoming Sept. 20-26. The entire campus community is encouraged to get involved in the week of festivities, which includes activities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans. Tickets to the football game can be purchased through the Gopher Ticket Office.

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UMTC Featured EventsRob Thomas

June 19 - The Ganges River Dolphin
June 19 - Northrop and AEG Live Present Rob Thomas with Plain White T's
June 23 - Recruiting and Managing Millennials
June 24 - OED Certificate Workshop 5: Engaging Universal Design Concepts to Increase Access and Inclusion
June 25 - Parks and the Next Generation
June 25 - 2015 Aquatennial Coronation
June 30 - Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards

Events Calendar >