June 29, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 22

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

Brief summer publication dates: July 20, Aug. 3, 17, and 31. Weekly publication resumes Sept. 7.

  • State Relations Update.
  • Driven to Discover: Dan Keefe.
  • Feature: Breakthrough in early detection of Alzheimer's.
  • People: Christopher Uggen has been named Regents Professor; and more.

Top News

State Relations Update

The Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton were unable to reach a compromise on a bonding bill before the end of session on May 23. However, lawmakers passed a $182 million supplemental budget bill that the governor signed into law. Legislative leadership and the governor continue to meet to discuss a potential special session. This session, Minnesota legislators introduced 3,068 bills and passed 109 of these on to the governor. The U of M's Office of Government and Community Relations tracked over 500 bills relevant to the University.

2016 State Relations session summary >

Driven to Discover: Dan KeefeDan Keefe

In addition to being a computer scientist, Dan Keefe is an artist, and finding new ways to combine art and science is at the heart of his research. Keefe and students in his Interactive Visualization Lab are exploring how humans interact with computers by having artists create 3D models using virtual reality.

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Breakthrough in early detection of Alzheimer'shuman eye

Researchers in the University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design have detected changes linked to early stages of Alzheimer's disease, before brain function is impaired, in the retinas of live mice. The work paves the way for a human trial with the technology, which could lead to a noninvasive means of detecting the disease.

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Christopher Uggen has been named Regents Professor, the highest recognition given to faculty by the University; Georgios Giannakis has been awarded the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair; the University has received the Pro Patria Award, which recognizes employers who have demonstrated the greatest support to National Guard and Reserve employees; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

June 29 - Cancer Moonshot Summit

On June 29, Vice President Joe Biden is convening a Cancer Moonshot Summit, inviting individuals and organizations across the nation to come together to double the rate of progress toward curing cancer. The Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Health are hosting the conversation, with satellite events in both the Twin Cities and Duluth.

Apply to the Health Equity Leadership and Mentoring Program

The U of M Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research is now taking applications for the 2016-17 Health Equity Leadership and Mentoring Program. The program is designed to enhance the academic excellence and leadership capacity of diverse faculty and health disparities researchers at the U of M and ultimately reduce health inequities. It is available to junior faculty members and post-doctoral fellows or trainees at the U from minority and underserved groups and/or whose research is addressing health equity.

Learn more and apply >

There's a map for thatmap of midwest

How far are you willing to travel to visit a clean lake? When Institute on the Environment's Natural Capital Project lead scientist Bonnie Keeler wanted to better understand how lake users make decisions about their recreation choices, she turned to U-Spatial, a center that provides technical support and worldwide spatial data to researchers across the University.

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Widening the focus on water

U of M Extension provides ongoing research and education on water resources to partners across the state, including the Water Wisely educational campaign. Water use in home landscapes accounts for nearly one-third of all residential water use. Launched in spring 2016, Water Wisely teaches ways to better care for lawns, gardens, and trees.

New Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition

The Institute on the Environment is among 25 organizations that have joined forces to advance circular economy principles in Minnesota. The Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition aims to uncover business growth opportunities, drive innovation, and ensure healthy and sustainable communities.

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July 27 - U of M Landscape Arboretum's Taste & Toast

The 2016 Taste & Toast features award-winning chefs with sips and samples from 25 top local restaurants, nine regional wineries, and nine breweries at the best outdoor party of the summer. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum. An exclusive early-hours patron reception will feature Alex Roberts, James Beard Award Winner, Best Chef Midwest, and owner/chef of the acclaimed Alma and Brasa. Tickets: $75 with $30 tax-deductible.

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UMC at Polk County Fair

Visit with students and staff from the University of Minnesota Crookston at the Polk County Fair in Fertile, MN, July 7-10. While there, take a photo with a mascot, pick up a Golden Eagle fan, and become a fan of the U of M Crookston.

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

More than 150 high school juniors who earned Rotary Youth Leadership Awards will be on campus learning about leadership during the week of July 10-16.

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New executive vice chancellor for academic affairsFernando Delgado

Fernando Delgado will begin his duties as the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on July 5. He holds a Ph.D. and master of arts in communication studies and a bachelor of arts in political science. Most recently, he was the vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

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On the trailBagley Nature Area tent

A new six-spot campground at UMD's Bagley Nature Area offers a much-needed site for people traversing the Superior Hiking Trail. In addition, a naturalist staffs the campground and help newbies navigate the challenges of camping. UMD's Recreational Sports Outdoor Program oversaw the campsite's creation.

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Summer concert seriespeople enjoying a concert

Glensheen's free Concerts on the Pier run every Wednesday in July, 7-8 p.m. The series kicks off July 6 with Glitteratti, featuring members of Trampled By Turtles. All acts perform on the 100-foot pier that extends into Lake Superior. Food truck selections will be available for purchase in addition to local brews at a cash bar.


Learning job skills through computer scienceNic McPhee and teacher

Professor of Computer Science Nic McPhee is one of 13 UMM professors collaborating with students in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program. McPhee is helping Laverne Schrock '17 create program models that store and analyze change in the process of evolving computer programs--and cultivate job skills in the process.

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July 12 - UMR CONNECTS: Rochester Police Department K9 Unitpoliceman and dog

The UMR CONNECTS July theme is "The Wonderful World of Animals and Birds." Rochester Police Officer James Bradley and his K9 partner Duke will give a demonstration on the important work police dogs do to keep the city safe. Duke is a 3-year-old German Shepherd from Slovakia.

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Twin Cities

July 27 - Active shooter response plan presentation

The University of Minnesota Police Department will present the Active Shooter Response Plan in an open forum for all University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and temporary student employees. This is an opportunity to learn what actions you can take during an active shooter incident. The presentation will occur at two different times: 10:30 a.m.-noon and 7:30-9 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. All attendees must show a current U of M identification card. Space is limited.

RSVP by July 20 >

Orlando - Hate as a Public Health Crisis

John Finnegan, dean and professor with the School of Public Health, and School of Public Health Professor B.R. Simon Rosser write on Campus Climate that the Orlando shooter acted out of hate, and that hate is a public health crisis.

July 1 - Women's Leadership Institute application deadline

The Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) application deadline is July 1. Founded in 1997 and now co-coordinated by the U of M's Women's Center and Aurora Center, WLI is designed for 25 University women staff and faculty (with a few spots for community members) of all identities who aspire to develop and hone outstanding leadership skills.

Learn more and apply >

July 21 - 2016 Minnesota State Government Innovation Awards

The Humphrey School will recognize state government entities engaged in innovation and service redesign during the Minnesota State Government Innovation Awards. The event will feature a reception, various speakers, and an awards ceremony presenting the videos of the top three projects as well as a presentation highlighting the top 10. 4-6 p.m., Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.

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UMTC Featured Eventsa yoga mat rolled up

June 29-30 - Get Happy Minnesota featuring the "guru of joy," Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

June 29 - Music on the Plaza: Tim Sparks and Phil Heywood

June 30 - DESIGN IS... Goldstein Museum of Design Benefit

July 6 - Music on the Plaza: The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

July 7 - Second in Command: Choosing the Next Vice President

July 8 - EXHIBITION | Work from the 2016 Women's Art Institute Summer Studio Intensive

July 9 - Yoga @ WAM

July 13 - Movies at WAM

Events Calendar >