June 3, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 21

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • State Relations Update.
  • Public forum on U of M budget.
  • Features: Up Close with Mary Jo Kane; Natural-born economy; Cracking Medical Mysteries with Math.
  • People: Alumni John and Nancy Lindahl have announced a gift of $17 million to the U of M; and more.

Top News

State Relations update

On May 22, Gov. Mark Dayton signed the higher education bill into law. The law provides $30 million in new funding to the U of M Medical School, $22.2 million for operating costs to enable tuition relief, and $1 million for Alzheimer's disease research. On May 23, Gov. Dayton vetoed the environment and agriculture bill, which included funding for the University for avian flu research; agriculture research, education, extension, and technology transfer; and rapid response.

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June 12 - Public forum on U of M budget

The Board of Regents will host a public forum to receive input from the University community and public regarding President Kaler's recommended FY2016 annual operating budget on June 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m. The board will act on the budget at a special meeting June 24. A list of 15 speakers for the public forum will be established on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up will take place prior to the forum on June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Learn more (PDF) >

Up Close with Mary Jo Kane

When Mary Jo Kane joined the U of M faculty in 1989, very few scholars anywhere in the country were doing research on sport and gender. Today she's director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, winner of a regional Emmy for her work with Twin Cities Public Television on the documentary Media Coverage and Female Athletes, and a go-to source for national media on Title IX and other topics in women's athletics.

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Natural-born economyMan drilling picnic table

Since launching in 1985, UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) has helped hundreds of companies become more sustainable and more profitable. In 2014 alone, NRRI worked with more than 80 regional clients, ranging from small and midsize businesses to government and nonprofit entities. NRRI's sweet spot is the delicate balance between economics and the environment.

Read more >

Cracking Medical Mysteries with Mathchalkboard with calculations

In the early 21st century, mathematicians have emerged as some of medicine's greatest unsung heroes, shedding light on complex biological processes and analyzing mountains of data, all to improve patient health. Read about U researchers who are harnessing the power of mathematics.

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Alumni John and Nancy Lindahl have announced a gift of $17 million to the U of M; Christopher Johnstone has been awarded the 2015 U of M Award for Global Engagement; IonE has announced 12 awardees of this spring's Mini Grants; Jake Bailey has received a 2015 Simons Early Career Investigator Award; the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has appointed Joan Bechtold to its advisory council; U Libraries has been awarded $100,000 to preserve the records of the Guthrie Theater; Matthew Clark has been named the new UMPD chief of police; the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach Center's Trauma Recovery Project has been awarded a 2015 Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Internal search underway for vice provost for faculty and academic affairs

Nominations and applications are invited for the position of vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. The vice provost oversees policies and processes related to faculty life and promotion and tenure, academic recognition and achievement, and faculty development. Reporting to the provost, this position is a full-time, annually renewable senior academic administrative appointment. Terms and conditions are negotiable; start date between August 2015 and spring 2016.

See the position description (PDF) >

July 15 - Taste & Toast in the Gardens

The U of M Landscape Arboretum will host Taste & Toast in the Gardens, featuring tastes from top local restaurants and sips from regional wineries and breweries, all unfolding in the exquisite outdoor gardens and terraces of the Arboretum.

Tickets and more >


Lim-Thompson named head of Liberal Arts and Education

Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson has been named department head for the Liberal Arts and Education Department. She came to campus in 1998, teaching in the areas of early childhood education and elementary education before taking on the role as interim department head. Lim-Thompson was a recipient in 2011 of the U of M Morse-Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

Smell the flowersUMC grounds and garden crew members

The UMC grounds crew has planted some 8,300 flowers on campus as of May 28. They have been working under the direction of Jerry Rude, a former UMC staff member, who coordinates the planting effort along with designing some of the unique flowerbeds on the campus.


UMD Grad Student Plans Solar Array for Embattled Hospitalstudent with liberian children

Last April, UMD engineering management graduate student BJ Allen visited Phebe Hospital in Liberia and saw first-hand the damage the operation had sustained after two civil wars. Allen is now working with nonprofit organizations to erect a solar panel array that, when completed, will supply about 90 percent of the hospital's power.

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UMD Student Mentors FIRST Robotics TeamAlex Bergal

UMD senior Alex Bergal has gone from a FIRST Robotics team member in high school to a team mentor for the Duluth East Daredevils. This year, at the FIRST Robotics World competition in St. Louis, the team received the Chairman's Award, which honored their commitment to spreading awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in their community.

Learn more >

Alworth Planetarium summer showsimage of galaxy

Throughout the summer, the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium offers free shows every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. In addition, low cost programs ($3 for adults, $2 for children 6¬-12) are offered every Friday evening at 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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NSF award will support S-STEMPerson with experiment on a plate

The National Science Foundation has awarded UMM a grant of $573,779 to support the "Encouraging rural and Native American students to participate in interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences" (UMM S-STEM) project.

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Morris joins EPA's ENERGY STAR campaign

UMM recently joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign. By enabling the power management, or sleep mode, on its computers and monitors, the campus will help reduce the nation's growing demand for electricity, save money, and fight climate change.

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Students participate in Century America Digital Humanities Project

Britta Buchanan and Colm Macnab '15 recently participated in the Century America Digital Humanities Project. Through a collaborative web-based course, they joined students and faculty from participating public liberal arts colleges in the United States and Canada to explore the experiences of their local college communities during the Great War.

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Bees Create Buzz on Campusbeekeeper with bees

Approximately 24,000 bees arrived at UMM this spring. Having made their debut on Earth Day 2015, they will foster education and collaboration across the campus and throughout the Morris community. UMM students, faculty, and staff are gaining knowledge about bees and pollinator habitat requirements while honing skills in the proper care and management of hives.

Learn more >

Morrison Gallery Presents POP. < 5000road sign saying POP 5000

The Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery will present POP. < 5000, a unique exhibition surveying 40 contemporary rural artists residing in Minnesota communities with fewer than or equal to 5,000 residents. POP. < 5000 opens in conjunction with the Rural Arts and Culture Summit and will run through June 30.

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UMR undergrads end studies with capstone projectstudent jacob anderson

Unlike nearly all other universities, UMR treats the fourth year of the undergraduate experience as a time of exploration untethered from the UMR campus. After nearly three years of taking required courses in the health sciences, UMR students are free to chart their own course in their final undergraduate year.

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Twin Cities

Northrop Presents Music on the Plaza

Northrop's annual summer music series kicks off June 10. Concerts will be held Wednesdays at noon, Northrop Plaza, through Aug. 12.
See the complete line-up and more >

U Libraries workshops

Registration is now open for workshops taking place in June at the University Libraries. University faculty, staff, and students can sign up for workshops in Grant Funding for New Researchers, Introduction to Citation Managers, Mendeley: Get Organized, Zotero: Basics, and more.

Register and learn more >

Grand Challenge: Sustainably Feed the Worldperson standing in field of rice

The Institute on the Environment has formed the Global Landscapes Initiative, through which leaders in agriculture and related sectors will collaborate to develop solutions for meeting current and future global food needs while sustaining our planet. GLI is co-led by Paul West and James Gerber. Read more about how the initiative is building food security while helping advance the goals and vision of the University's strategic plan.

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Boynton's hours changing Aug. 3

In August, the clinic hours at Boynton Health Service will change. Hours will be 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except Thursdays. On Thursdays, the East Bank Clinic will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the St. Paul Clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Boynton is closed weekends and University holidays.

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Joanne B. Eicher Symposium

Registration is open for the Joanne B. Eicher Symposium II: Fashion, Sex, & Power. The symposium topics will explore the relationships of power, sex, and fashion in dress. The keynote address by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Sept. 11-12, McNeal Hall, St. Paul campus.

Registration and more >

Happy Hour @ Surdyk's hiatus

Thursday Happy Hour at Surdyk's will be taking the summer off, but will return in the fall. Northrop's Surdyk's Cafe will still be serving food, coffee, and other tasty treats throughout the summer.

Summer hours and more >

UMTC Featured Eventsbridge photo

June 4 - North Shore: Book Talk & Signing
June 5 - WANDERLUST: Celebrating 25 years of the Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship
June 10 - OED Certificate Workshop 3: Working Effectively in Groups & Diversity Committees
June 10 - Culturally Appropriate Active Wear Fashion Show
Ongoing - Alexey Brodovitch: Art Director
Ongoing - Big Bridges exhibit

Events Calendar >