June 21, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 22

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

Summer publication: Brief will publish on July 12, 26, and on Aug. 9. Weekly publication will resume Aug. 30.

  • Board of Regents June meeting highlights.
  • Features: Predatory use of criminal justice; U startup to commercialize waste-to-energy tech; Wastewater treatment pilot promises to turn scum into profit; Innovation Fellows medical device first to reach market.
  • People: The Board of Regents has named Fionnuala Ní Aoláin as a Regents Professor of Law; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents June meeting highlights

The Board of Regents reviewed President Eric Kaler’s recommended fiscal year 2018 budget at its June 8 meeting. After receiving feedback from the University community and public, Regents approved a budget during a special meeting on June 20. During the June 8 meeting, the board also approved the FY18 annual capital improvement budget, with projects totaling $275.5 million to begin design or construction in FY18. Additionally, regents approved a systemwide strategic plan framework and reviewed new sexual misconduct policies.

Predatory use of criminal justicegavel

U of M researchers have found that criminal justice practices in many cities often target low-income citizens and people of color with fines and fees. Joe Soss, Cowles Professor for the Study of Public Service at the Humphrey School, partnered with Joshua Page, associate professor of sociology, to explore the “financialization” of the criminal justice system as a predatory system of governance.

U startup to commercialize waste-to-energy techstartup enverde

The Minneapolis-based startup company enVerde has signed an agreement with the University of Minnesota to develop a technology that converts organic waste materials into synthetic gas. The technology, which allows organic wastes to be instantly gasified rather than combusted or incinerated, was developed and patented by Associate Professor Paul Dauenhauer in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences.

U of M wastewater treatment pilot promises to turn scum into profitscum conversion machine

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences professor and Center for Biorefining director R. Roger Ruan and doctoral candidate Erik Anderson are converting scum into high-quality biodiesel. The patented process not only converts the scum to a higher value product (biodiesel) but also reduces environmental pollutants in both landfills and water systems.

Innovation Fellows medical device first to reach marketjaw fracture device

A new device used in the treatment of jaw fractures is the first invention out of the Medical Devices Center innovation program to be licensed by a company and become available on the market.


The Board of Regents has named Fionnuala Ní Aoláin as a Regents Professor of Law; the Center for Early Education and Development has received a $1 million grant from the Lynne and Andrew Redleaf Foundation; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Discover Canvas each Thursday this summer

Earlier this month, it was announced that Canvas was selected to be the successor to Moodle. As the University begins the transition process, a Discover Canvas event will be held each Thursday this summer. At this event, members of the Canvas Transition Team will be available in person and online to help faculty and staff explore this new learning environment.

Administrative Policy review and comment

The revised administrative policy Reporting Suspected Misconduct provides the direction to the University community in terms of good-faith reporting of suspected misconduct (violation of law, rule, or policy) and promotes the options available for this reporting. The administrative policy Retaliation provides core language that addresses protection from retaliation for good-faith reporting of suspected misconduct or participating in an investigation. These policy drafts are available for review and comment until July 14.

Traveling on U Business improvements planned

The U of M has a complex travel and expense reimbursement process. In the coming year, the University will be addressing its shortfalls, especially for those who are traveling or arranging travel. When work is complete, all faculty and staff will be able to use the new tools and best practices.

See the U Travel website for more information >

New study participant payment method

The University recently launched a program for paying study participants featuring reloadable prepaid MasterCard debit cards. There is no fee for departments to use or issue cards to study participants. Cards can be used with merchants, online, or at cash machines. Departments control loading and issuing cards. This eliminates the need to issue checks, hand out cash, or purchase gift cards.

See prepaid.umn.edu for more information >

July 18 - Webinar on leading teams

Effectively developing teams that harness individual strengths while managing differences is a challenge most leaders face. Learn research-supported ways to productively bring people together in this “Leading Teams” webinar. Experts from Leadership and Talent Development in the Office of Human Resources will share strategies, tips, and tools and answer questions in this supervisory development session. Noon-1 p.m.

Imagine Fund deadlines

Imagine Fund application deadlines for the 2017-18 academic year are now available on the Imagine Fund website. Deadlines include the Arts, Humanities, and Design Chair position, annual awards, and special events round 1 and 2.


June 24 - Annual Northwest School of Agriculture alumni reunion

The Northwest School of Agriculture Alumni Association welcomes alumni back to the University of Minnesota Crookston campus for their annual reunion.


Saving speechresearcher and student

Assistant Professor Jolene Hyppa-Martin and students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program are helping individuals with ALS “bank” their voices for the time when they can no longer speak. Typically, this type of voice recording is done in a soundproof booth. The team is researching ways that it can be done successfully outside of a booth.

Kitson’s work recognizedMarte Kitson

Marte Kitson, Minnesota Sea Grant extension educator, recently received a top early career award from the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. Kitson began her career at Minnesota Sea Grant in 2010. Since that time, she’s led three Minnesota Sea Grant-led EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative-funded projects, helped develop successful fish-surrender events, and expanded Minnesota Sea Grant’s undergraduate internship program.

Legacy honoredJohn Bushey

KUMD radio 103.3 FM recently named one of its studios in honor of the host of its show “Highway 61 Revisited.” The “John Bushey Highway 61 Revisited Studio” was dedicated by Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. Since 1990, Bushey has volunteered thousands of hours to the show he launched, which celebrates the music of Bob Dylan.

Major experienceCory Netland

Bulldogs will share their student perspectives with participants of the annual North Shore Summer Music Experience (NSSME). These UMD music majors serve as counselors to young people taking part in the weeklong music camp. NSSME culminates with performances on June 24, beginning at 12:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall.


Schultz earns grant

Professor of Theatre Arts Ray Schultz has earned a Lake Region Arts Council Spring Project Grant to produce the contemporary musical Spring Awakening in November 2017. Schultz says the project is vital to student success and learning outcomes at UMM.

June 29 - Emergency training exercise

UMM units, area law enforcement, Stevens County emergency responders, U of M Emergency Management, UMD Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and other emergency response teams will participate in an emergency training exercise on June 29. The exercise is a part of ongoing efforts to prepare UMM to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an actual emergency.


Congratulations Center for Learning Innovation Advancements awardeesProf Dunbar

Vice Chancellor Lori Carrell has announced the 2017 Center for Learning Innovation Advancements for UMR faculty which include senior lecturer awardees Deepali Butani, chemistry; Virginia Wright-Peterson, writing; Jennifer Wacek, literature; and senior teaching specialist awardee Shanna Altrichter, sociology. Center for Learning Innovation Advancement also includes tenure awardee Robert Dunbar, neuroscience.

UMR at RochesterFest

Visit the UMR booth and play a game of Yardzee (Yahtzee) or UMR Yard Jenga during RochesterFest, June 17-25, Soldiers Field Park.

New Student Advising and Registration begins June 22

The UMR campus is buzzing with excitement to welcome the largest class (197 first-year students) during the first of seven New Student Advising and Registration days beginning on June 22. The newest Raptors will hear from leadership, learn about resources, meet student success coaches, and register for classes.

June 27 - Root River Jam

At the next UMR Connects, Root River Jam will perform and lead a discussion on original music that brings together many styles and genres such as bluegrass, jazz, folk, and classical music. 7-8:30 p.m., Peace Plaza. In the event of inclement weather during summer, presentations will be held at 417 University Square.

Twin Cities

Learn how voluntary retirement savings plans can help you

In addition to the primary retirement plans offered through the University, faculty and staff can save more for retirement through the University’s Optional Retirement Plan and the Section 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (invest via payroll deduction). Learn more about the plans and your investment options June 21, 2:30 p.m., 210 Donhowe Building.

Register through ULearn to attend >

June 22-July 3 - Light rail maintenance affects five stations

A portion of the light rail system will be unavailable for 12 consecutive days as scheduled maintenance is completed. From June 22 until July 3, Blue and Green Line trains will have replacement bus service between downtown Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium Station and Target Field Station.

June 23 - Exhibit reception: A Culture of Potsexhibit photo of a teapot

The Weisman Art Museum invites you to immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of the annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour. Join in this 25th anniversary celebration, talk to St. Croix Pottery artists in person, and see their work up close in the galleries at this reception for WAM’s new feature exhibition, A Culture of Pots. 6-8 p.m.

RSVP (no charge) >

June 24 - U of M night with Minnesota United FC

Take part in a U of M night with the Minnesota United FC at TCF Bank Stadium. A U of M ticket package includes an exclusive U of M and Minnesota United FC soccer scarf. A portion of every ticket sold supports the U of M Alumni Association.

Tickets >

UMTC Featured Eventsdan newton on accordian

June 21 - Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra
June 27 - Launching Your Future (Encore Transitions course)
June 28 - 2017 Public Leadership Awards
June 29 - Is There a Legal Privilege to Waive Consent for Research?
July 8 - Yoga at WAM
July 8 - Art(ists) on the Verge 8 Artist Talks

Events Calendar >