March 13, 2019

Vol. XLIX No. 10

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents March meeting highlights.
  • Features: New tool reveals childcare access challenges across the state; A great escape is a perfect learning tool; A winning concept to improve patient participation in healthcare.
  • People: Douglas Ernie has been named chair of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents March meeting highlights

The Board of Regents reviewed the Report of the Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History at its March meeting. Regents also received President Kaler’s preliminary recommendation to remove the names of four buildings: Coffey Hall, Coffman Union, Middlebrook Hall, and Nicholson Hall. Additionally, the Board heard the annual report of the student representatives, which focused on sustainability, student mental health, and campus climate. See the news release for more information.

New tool reveals childcare access challenges across the stateplaying blocks for kids

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new online tool aimed at showing families’ access to childcare and early childhood education services across Minnesota. The site,, takes a family-centered perspective by mapping each neighborhood in the state.

A great escape is a perfect learning toolstudents in an escape room

When the 1Health interprofessional education team at the U of M first visited an escape room three years ago, Cheri Friedrich, clinical associate professor in the U of M’s School of Nursing, had no idea it would eventually unlock a new realm of interprofessional education.

A winning concept to improve patient participation in healthcarestethoscope

A multidisciplinary team from the University of Minnesota is giving patients a more interactive role when making decisions about their care through a new award-winning app. The app, called PRISM (PROMIS Reporting Insight System from Minnesota), recently won the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Step Up App Challenge, a competition to address the need for greater use of standardized patient-reported outcomes data in clinical care and research.


Douglas Ernie has been named chair of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

March 14 - Webinar: Psychology of Change for Project Managers

This webinar will introduce participants to successful strategies for tackling criticism and opposition through the psychology of change. Instructor Kay Quinn has over 30 years of leadership experience in all facets of project management, strategic planning, and organizational change.

Funding opportunities for interdisciplinary research in food, agriculture, and health

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute invites proposals and letters of interest for the University Faculty Research Grant Program. HFHL seeks proposals that are highly interdisciplinary, and that include members from at least three distinct disciplines. Applicants may request up to $150,000 for projects up to two years in length. Letters of interest are due Apr. 5. See additional HFHL funding opportunities.

Research Brief: Black and Hispanic minorities in the U.S. bear a disproportionate burden from air pollution

Poor air quality is the largest environmental health risk in the United States. According to new research led by the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington, Black and Hispanic Americans bear a disproportionate burden from air pollution. The study quantifies for the first time the racial gap between who causes air pollution and who breathes it.

Research Brief: New graphene-based device is first step toward ultrasensitive biosensors

Researchers in the U of M College of Science and Engineering have developed a unique new device using the material graphene that provides the first step toward ultrasensitive biosensors to detect diseases at the molecular level with near perfect efficiency. Ultrasensitive biosensors for probing protein structures could greatly improve the depth of diagnosis for a wide variety of diseases extending to both humans and animals.


Reed accepted into Master of Nursing programBrent Reed

U of M Crookston senior Brent Reed has been accepted into the highly competitive Master of Nursing program at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

Kragness certified by Society For Human Resource ManagementMegan Kragness

Management lecturer Megan Kragness was recently notified that she successfully passed the Society For Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional certification exam.


Women’s History EventsWomen's history month poster of dove and hands

UMD will host a variety of events throughout March in celebration of Women’s History Month. Elizabeth Parks, assistant professor of communication studies at Colorado State University, will present “Authentic Listening Across Cultural Difference” on March 20, 6 p.m., Library Rotunda. A panel will discuss peace, resistance, and nonviolence on March 28, 4 p.m., Griggs Center.

Jazz Festival concertsperson playing trombone

UMD’s Department of Music will host the annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival Concerts. The Jon Cowherd Trio will perform March 22, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Andre Hayward, trombone, will perform with UMD Jazz and the Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival All Stars on March 23, 5:30 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center.

March 26 - Visual Culture Lecture SeriesJill Casid

Jill Casid will present "Working the Photogenic in the Field of Compulsory Visualization” as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. Casid is a historian, theorist, artist, author, and professor of visual studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she founded and served as the first director of the Center for Visual Cultures. 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.


Student’s play chosen for Kennedy Center American College Theater FestivalPaige Quinlivan

John Hughes Wrote My Diary, a one-act play by Paige Quinlivan '19, is a finalist for the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play. Quinlivan is interested in someday teaching playwriting or opening her own theater company.


Telander receives John Tate AwardParry Telander

Parry Telander, director of Student Success Coaching, is a recipient of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Telander started at UMR as the sole student success coach with the first cohort of enrolled students in 2009. As the only student success coach to be present for the entire history of UMR’s campus, Telander has contributed significantly to the construction of UMR’s student-centered approach to advising, both as a model in practice and as a formal leader.

Women’s History Month event brings together healthcare leaders

On March 4, UMR students gathered to hear from current female health care leaders from organizations like Mayo Clinic. After the panel, attendees had the opportunity to visit with female healthcare leaders in roundtable discussions. KIMT reported on the event.

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March 14 - ‘Transforming Power: The Transition to Alternative Energies in the United States’wind and solar power

David Nye will present as part of Energy: An Environmental Humanities Symposium. The lecture will focus on two questions: What is the history of U.S. energy transitions, and to what extent does the current transition from fossil fuels to alternative energies differ from these earlier transitions? Nye is a specialist in the history of technology whose work includes four books on the history of energy. 3:30 p.m., Best Buy Theater, Northrop.

March 20 - Debating Health Care

Many DFL candidates in Minnesota promised voters they would expand access to health care by broadening access to MinnesotaCare from the near poor to more middle-income people who would pay to enroll. How would such a "buy-in" option work? Could it pass in a Minnesota Senate where Republicans hold the majority? This conversation will feature state legislators and national health care industry experts. Noon-1:15 p.m., Humphrey School. Register to attend.

March 26 - Academic Leadership Development in the Department, Division, and Cooperative

During this panel discussion, University leaders and keynote speaker Dean Brian Buhr will share their experiences in using employee feedback to improve their colleges and academic units while developing and leveraging their own and others’ leadership skills. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. RSVP to attend.

March 26 - CEHD Research Day and Three Minute Thesis competition

Support College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) faculty, staff, and students as they present the work they are engaged in on a local, national, and international level at the 2019 CEHD Research Day and Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Register by March 19.

March 29 - Calling to Question: 150 Years of Liberal Arts Education at the University of Minnesota

Join the University Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts for an exhibit reception and curator talk. The exhibit is part of Shattering Expectations: Celebrating the College of Liberal Arts 150th Anniversary. 6:30-8 p.m., Elmer L. Andersen Library. No charge and open to the public, but reservations are requested.

Apr. 9 - An evening with Andrew Reeves, author of Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis

Join the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center to hear from Andrew Reeves, who will take attendees on a behind-the-scenes look at the Asian carp crisis in North America. Reeves proposes a radical scientific and political shift to rethink how we can bring back degraded rivers and reconsider how we create equilibrium in a shrinking world. Reservations and more information.

Apr. 9 - 2019 John Money Lecture

Maria Trent will present “Re-imagining Sexual Freedom for Adolescent and Young Adult Women in STI Prevalent Communities: Impacting Health Disparities through Innovative Research.” Trent is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. 12:30-2 p.m., 1-451 Moos Tower. RSVP to attend.

UMTC Featured EventsMoshin Hamid

March 13 - Provost's Conversation Series: Mohsin Hamid

March 14 - 2019 State of the University Address

March 15 - State of All the Bees

March 18 - P&A Brownbag Series: Emotional Intelligence

March 20 - Mapping 101: Introduction to Spatial Analysis using ArcGIS Online

March 25 - U of M Day: Minnesota Wild

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