March 14, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 10

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • State Relations update: Supplemental Budget Request.
  • Features: See it in 3-D; Forage-based diets on dairy farms produce nutritionally enhanced milk; Restoring health after cancer; Giving for good.
  • People: The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics has awarded five new research grants for collaborative projects; and more.

Top News

State Relations update: Supplemental Budget Request

The Board of Regents has approved a $10 million supplemental budget request, which, if approved by the legislature and signed into law by the governor, will hold tuition flat in academic year 2018-19 for resident undergraduate students at all five University campuses. Stay up to date on session activities as they relate to the U of M at Government and Community Relations. Add your voice to U of M advocacy efforts at UMN Advocates.

See it in 3-Da 3D printed heart model

For more than 20 years, the University of Minnesota’s Visible Heart Laboratory has provided in-depth knowledge of heart anatomy to students and researchers around the world. Today it’s also a trusted 3-D printing resource. The lab has printed 1,000 or so heart models to educate students, researchers, surgeons, and patients.

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Forage-based diets on dairy farms produce nutritionally enhanced milkcows grazing

In a collaborative research project including the University of Minnesota, researchers have found that cows fed a 100 percent organic grass- and legume-based diet produce milk with a markedly healthier balance of fatty acids.

Restoring health after cancerKarim Thomas

Since the groundbreaking Childhood Cancer Survivor Study began at the University of Minnesota in 1994, the U has been an international leader in caring for pediatric cancer survivors and addressing the unique health issues they may face throughout their lives. Karim Thomas Sadak, director of the Masonic Cancer Center’s childhood cancer survivorship program, discusses childhood cancer survivor health care in this interview.

Giving for goodorgan transplant artwork

Two years ago, Doobie Kurus read an email that would change his life. A former Gopher football player, he stayed in touch with his fellow teammates. When he read that one of them needed a kidney transplant and was in search of a suitable donor, Kurus wondered: What if that were me? In fairly short order, he went from wondering to making a call to the U’s transplant office, which started him on his journey to becoming a living organ donor. An important journey, considering that every day about 20 people will die for lack of an organ.


The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics has awarded five new research grants for collaborative projects; Tony Cui has been selected as a Marketing Science Institute Scholar; Pinar Karaca Mandic has received a $756,000 grant from the American Cancer Society; the Graduate School’s Community of Scholars Program has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 NAGAP Promotion of Excellence Award; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Provost’s Grand Challenges Research Initiative funding opportunities

Phase 3 of the Provost’s Grand Challenges Research Initiative kicks off Apr. 18 with the Grand Challenges Expo Inspiring Ideas, Creating Change, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Coffman Union. Attendees may submit idea descriptions by Apr. 27. Funding opportunities for 2018-19 focus on the challenges of enhancing individual and community capacity for a changing world, advancing health through tailored solutions, and feeding the world sustainably. A new credit-bearing seminar series is offered for graduate/professional students.

Call for proposals: Global Health Seed Grants

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility requests proposals for new international health research projects in locations where the U’s Academic Health Center maintains hubs of innovation or is actively exploring opportunities to advance new research and educational opportunities: East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean.

Learn more and apply >

March 23 - Courageous Conversations: The Aging Workforce in Southwest Minnesota

Minnesota's population is aging rapidly and its workforce is declining in size, with potentially seismic impacts on business, industry, and the state's overall economic health. Explore how these dynamics are uniquely impacting Southwest Minnesota in this Courageous Conversation, 10:30-noon, YMCA, Marshall, MN.


March 15 - Career Day

More than 300 high school juniors from regional schools will visit the U of M Crookston to learn about different careers from a number of local professionals during the annual Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce Career Day.

March 20 - Brigadier General Norvell Coots

Retired Brigadier General Norvell Coots, who has more than 20 years executive experience in all aspects of healthcare management and medical administration, will speak as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by the UMC Business Department. 12:15 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.


Financial Markets Team advancesUMD financial markets team members

Five students in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics’ Financial Markets Program will be competing in Boston later this month at the Americas Regional final of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s Annual Research Challenge. Last month, the students earned first place in the Upper Midwest final, defeating teams from 16 other schools.

March 19 - Women’s History celebrationKaren Diver

Alumna Karen Diver will be the keynote speaker for UMD’s Women’s History Month celebration: Nevertheless, We Persisted: Feminist Past and Futures in the Twin Ports, sponsored by the advisory board for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her talk is titled "The Recognition of Women of Color in Today's Feminism." Diver is the Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence at the College of St. Scholastica. 5 p.m., Kirby Rafters.

March 20 - Visual Culture Lecture SeriesDana Fritz

Dana Fritz, a professor in the School of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present at the next Visual Culture Lecture Series. Fritz’s most recent photography project, Terraria Gigantica: the World under Glass, explores the world’s largest enclosed landscapes and the artifice inherent in these “natural” spaces. 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.


John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate AdvisingMichelle Page

Michelle Page, associate professor of education, is a 2018 recipient of the University of Minnesota John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Undergraduate advising can make or break a student's career, so the secret to doing it well, says Page, is to value it.

Neuzil named UMM Distinguished Visiting ProfessorMark Neuzil

Morris welcomes Mark Neuzil as its Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts. Neuzil, who teaches communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas, will teach a two-credit course titled "Communication and the Environment: Analysis and Criticism" and give two public lectures, as well as participate in classroom visits and discussions and other campus events.

Blumhardt gains experience and honors through researchZoe Blumhardt

Zoe Blumhardt '18, Bemidji, worked with Distinguished McKnight University Professor of English Michael Lackey on research exploring the ethical implications of children's biofiction in 2016. Blumhardt, an English and elementary education major, later built on this experience to pursue her own successful research project, earning awards and opportunities to present her work along the way.


Untold stories of powerful women

University of Minnesota Rochester professor Virginia Wright-Peterson, author of the book Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation, discusses the need to share the powerful stories of women in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

UMR chancellor shares journey

Lori Carrell’s appointment as chancellor makes her only the second in UMR’s history, as profiled in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Carrell shares that she thought long and hard about the decision to apply and has made it her priority to preserve and sustain the school’s unique learning culture.

March 20 - UMR Connects

Rochester Aims for 100 percent Clean Energy: Realizing the Vision” will be the topic at the next UMR Connects, featuring panelists Allen Gleckner from Fresh Energy, John Farrell from The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and Elaine Garry, RPU & Peoples Energy. 7 p.m., 417 University Square.

Twin Cities

Bringing an equity foundation to internationalization and global literacy

Staff of the U’s Global Programs and Strategy (GPS) Alliance are working to bring the benefits of greater internationalization and enhanced global literacy to campus. A new committee, GPS inSIDE (GPS in service of inclusion, diversity, and equity), provides a framework for more staff to embrace an internationalization lens with an equity foundation that results in an inclusive and respectful environment.

March 22 - First Books Reading and Creative Writing Program celebration

The Creative Writing Program’s annual reading by authors of debut publications will this year feature all University of Minnesota MFA alums. Isaac Butler (MFA 2013) in February published The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America, Sally Franson (MFA 2013) debuts her novel A Lady's Guide to Selling Out in April, and Jon Lurie (MFA 2006) published his memoir Canoeing with José last summer. After the reading, the program will celebrate its 21st anniversary with live music, a book raffle, and a cash bar. 7 p.m., Weisman Art Museum.

March 23 - Spring 2018 Power and Privilege Series

The Office of Multicultural Student Engagement, in partnership with Chicano/Latino Studies, La Raza, and Student Unions & Activities, is hosting a viewing of the award-winning documentary Dolores. 4 p.m., Coffman Theater.

March 26 - Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Help create and improve Wikipedia pages during this national campaign devoted to improving the coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. 1-5 p.m., Wilson Library, Research Collaboration Studio.

Apr. 10 - How Anishinaabeg Literatures Can (and Will) Save the World

Award-winning writer, editor, and activist Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, who was named one of Monocle Magazine's "Canada's Top 20 Most Influential People," will present “How Anishinaabeg Literatures Can (and Will) Save the World.” Sinclair is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on Canadian and international media outlets and an associate professor at the University of Manitoba. 7 p.m., 402 Walter Library.

Northrop celebrates Bernstein

Northrop will celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday in a program that features the University Symphony Orchestra and the dancers of KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Apr. 14, 7:30 p.m., Carlson Family Stage. A film screening of Leonard Bernstein: Larger than Life will take place Apr. 11, 6:30 p.m., Best Buy Theater (no charge).

Apr. 25 - (RE)generation Design ShowcasePoster that says "RE" in graphic form

Tickets are now available for (RE)generation, this year's Student Design Showcase, in partnership with the College of Design. Inspired by WAM’s exhibition “Vanishing Ice,” each student will present a ready-for-the-runway garment, focused on the reusing and recycling of material. 7-9 p.m., WAM.

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UMTC Featured EventsGreat Plains at sunset

March 19 - Writing the Plains, Conserving the Future

March 19 - Exhibit Celebration | ‘Digging up the Past’

March 20 - iPhone Photo Tips

March 20 - Nicholas Galanin - Visiting Artist Talk

March 23 - Inclusive teaching with Canvas Series

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