March 25, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 12

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • U Commits to Decisive Action to Improve Human Subjects Research Program.
  • Board of Regents meets March 26-27.
  • Features: Cancer in the Crosshairs; U gains cloud-based access to global satellite imagery.
  • People: Professor of Veterinary Medicine Stanley Diesch is among the recipients of the 2015 Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture; and more.

Top News

U Commits to Decisive Action to Improve Human Subjects Research Program

President Kaler has outlined specific and decisive steps the University will take to improve its human subjects research practices so they meet the highest standards of ethics and science. The actions come in response to two recent external reviews of the University’s programs and practices, particularly related to individuals with limited decision-making capacity.

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Board of Regents meet March 26-27

At its March 27 meeting, the U of M Board of Regents will consider a resolution endorsing immediate and long-term actions outlined by President Kaler to strengthen the University’s human subjects research practices, including ongoing board oversight and monitoring. Additionally, the board will hear an update on the implementation of the Twin Cities campus Strategic Plan, recognize the 2015 McKnight Land-Grant Professors, and receive an update on improvements and cost savings in human resources, finance and procurement, technology, and student systems.

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Cancer in the Crosshairs

Cynthia Cattell

When U of M physics professor Cynthia Cattell was diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer in June 2012, she went through a grueling routine of chemotherapy, radiation, and even bone marrow transplants. Nothing helped. Then Cattell was invited to join a small clinical trial of a new cancer drug developed by researcher Daniel Vallera and colleagues. She jumped at the chance. Within a month, a single treatment had shrunk her cancer by 75 percent; a second treatment left her in complete remission.

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U gains cloud-based access to global satellite imagery

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The U of M has been selected as one of only two universities in the country to gain open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery of the globe. Access to DigitalGlobe Basemap creates vast new possibilities for academic research and education at the U of M.

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Professor of Veterinary Medicine Stanley Diesch is among the recipients of the 2015 Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Reminder: 2015 State of the University Address

President Eric Kaler will deliver his annual State of the University Address Apr. 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. The address will be broadcast live via ITV and will be available for viewing at various system campus locations, as well as live-streaming the day of the event. For more information or to submit a question, see State of the U.

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IT begins dialogue with stakeholders on tech priorities

As part of its annual governance process, IT gathers feedback on key technology priorities from deans, faculty, governance groups, students, and others to guide decisions around technology investments and resource allocation to advance the academic mission of the University.

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Netfiles service to be retired in 2016

Collaboration & Web Content Services intends to retire the Netfiles service in April 2016. The service is aging, and the University offers a more modern and equally secure solution: Google Drive. Units that use Netfiles to store assorted files and data, and/or use Netfiles as part of a business process workflow, should begin to add migration activities to work plans beginning in about 8 to 10 months.

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Adobe® Acrobat® Pro available at no cost

Adobe® Acrobat® Pro software is available on University-owned devices at no cost to departments. The software makes it easy to create web forms as well as convert, edit, and merge files. For computers managed by central IT, select Adobe Acrobat Pro from “Advertised Programs” on your computer. For units not managed by central IT, visit and select “Office and Productivity.”

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Faculty Assembly meeting

UMC Faculty Assembly will meet March 27, 3-5 p.m., 207 Dowell Hall.

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Red River Valley Development Association Honor Banquet

The Red River Valley Development Association's annual Honor Banquet will be held March 28, noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

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UMC named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Service by UMC students was recognized recently when the campus was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

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Find Your Future - Workshop for Undeclared Students

A free workshop for students designed to help create greater understanding about personal strengths and interests and to match them with a college major will be held March 30, 4-6 p.m., 100 Dowell Hall.

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New Director of External Affairs

Lynne Williams

Lynne Williams, a UMD alumna, has been named director of external affairs. She will oversee UMD’s media and public relations, community relations, government relations, marketing, communications, publications, photography, and KUMD. Williams is currently director of marketing and communication at UW-Superior.

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Sixth Annual Northland Community Wellness Day

Northland Community Wellness Day

Northland Community Wellness Day will be held March 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Romano Gym. The family-friendly event is open to the public. In addition to health and wellness, topics include financial literacy, public safety, and environmental awareness.

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Feast of Nations

Feast of Nations

The annual Feast of Nations will be held Apr. 4, 5:30-9 p.m., Romano Gym. The event showcases student performers from around the globe and includes delicious food and a DJ-hosted after-party.

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Dinner with Champions

Champ the bulldog

Dinner with Champions will be held May 5, 5 p.m., City Side Convention Center. The annual event celebrates the accomplishments of UMD student-athletes in sports, the classroom, and the community. The keynote speaker is alumnus Tim Sitarz, an actor and stuntman who was a three-year starting defensive end for Bulldogs football.

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UMM named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

UMM has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a higher education institution can receive for community service work. “This national honor reflects how much our students have learned and grown through community engagement opportunities,” says Argie Manolis, Office of Community Engagement coordinator.

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Larson receives John Tate Award for Excellence

Jess Larson

Jess Larson, professor of studio art, is a 2015 recipient of the U of M John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Larson’s nominators describe her as “a highly accessible advising resource, with ambitious, adaptable ideas about commitment to student success.”

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Jazz Fest begins Apr. 10

Jazz band

Tickets are available now for the annual UMM Jazz Festival, Apr. 10-11, Edson Auditorium. Founded in 1978 by professor emeritus Jim “Doc” Carlson, the event brings high school and college jazz ensembles to campus for clinics with renowned guest artists. The UMM jazz ensembles and guest artists will perform together nightly.

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March 28 - Circle of Nations Indigenous Association Powwow

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The Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) will hold its annual Powwow on March 28. The CNIA Powwow introduces the campus and community to a contemporary-style powwow and celebrates the social and cultural ties American Indian students have with Native communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. It is the commencing event of World Touch Cultural Heritage Week.

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Senior Exhibitions on Display in Morrison Gallery

Senior Art Exhibit 2015

UMM’s Morrison Gallery will present a two-part senior art exhibition featuring the work of 10 studio art majors. Artwork will cover a broad range of subject matter. Senior Exhibition I will open Apr. 2; Senior Exhibition II will open Apr. 23 and run through commencement on May 9.

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Stepping Outside Her Comfort Zone

Alexandrea Spindler

If you could take your last semester of classes anywhere in the United States, where would you go? For Alexandrea Spindler, the choice led her to the Last Frontier.

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UMR Seeks Candidates for Civic Engagement Scholar

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) is looking to fill a newly created teaching position aimed at bringing together students and the community.

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Twin Cities

Apr. 1 - Design in 7: 7 stories, 7 minutes

Design in 7

What can be shared in just seven minutes? Listen in as seven professionals from the fields of apparel design, architecture, graphic design, interior design, housing, landscape architecture, and retail share thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes curious tales from the trenches. 7 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.

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Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives - Cooking for Wellness

A Cooking for Wellness course for faculty and staff is reimbursable up to $200 and 50 Wellness points (the upfront cost to participate is $210). Each two-hour class will include hands-on food preparation, nutrition and meal planning lessons, and a shared healthy meal. The next seven-week session begins in early April.

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Apr. 7 - Guy Stanton Ford Lecture

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson will deliver the 2015 Guy Stanton Ford Lecture, "American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference,” 2 p.m., Northrop. The event is free and open to the public. Stevenson, a MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, is one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. He is a leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the U.S., and his TED talk on the subject of injustice has logged more than one million views.

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Apr. 8 - Academy of Distinguished Teachers Conference

Register for the Making Sense of Educational Innovation: Finding What Works for Today’s Students conference, sponsored by the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in partnership with the Center for Educational Innovation and the Academic Health Center. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

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Apr. 8 - Citizen Science: Involving an Engaged Public in Your Research Projects

The workshop Citizen Science: Involving an Engaged Public in Your Research Projects with Zooniverse is designed to help researchers whose work requires large amounts of "eyes-on" data processing. Participants will learn how the Zooniverse citizen science research platform can help solve research problems. There will be time to brainstorm possibilities for participants' own projects. 1-3 p.m., 105 Cargill Building.

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Apr. 9 - Conversation with Former Congressman Barney Frank

Former Congressman Barney Frank will speak with professor Larry Jacobs about his new book, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage. Frank represented Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District for more than three decades. 7-8:15 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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Apr. 14 - Wellbeing With An Open Heart

Cardiologist Stephen Devries will explore the influence of your physical environment on your heart, and examine how nutrition and lifestyle changes impact health and well-being in “Wellbeing With An Open Heart: Natural and Integrative Approaches to Heart Health.”

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Apr. 18 - Kerlan Award Ceremony

The 40th Annual Kerlan Award ceremony and lunch will honor Newbery Medal-winning children's author Sharon Creech. Sponsored by the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University Libraries. Tickets are required to attend the lunch. Noon, 120 Andersen Library.

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Apr. 30 - Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture

Dacher Keltner, author of Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, will present “Survival of the Kindest: A New Science of Compassion.” Keltner will consider scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy, and discuss how positive emotions lie at the core of human nature. 2-3:30 p.m., Mayo Auditorium, followed by a reception and book signing.

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