March 28, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 12

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meeting highlights.
  • Features: A gene that preserves brain cells; Taking aim at cancer; Ending addiction in our communities.
  • People: Announcing the newly named Distinguished McKnight University Professors; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meeting highlights

At its March meeting held in Rochester, the U of M Board of Regents heard the annual report of student representatives--a cohort of eight undergraduate and graduate students from across the University system. This annual report provides the board with perspective on the issues and concerns of students. Regents also toured the Rochester campus, attending a poster session of first-year undergraduate research projects and visiting laboratories, interactive classrooms, and student housing. Additionally, the board officially welcomed UMR Chancellor Lori Carrell, who began her tenure as the second chancellor of UMR in February.

See the news release for more details >

A gene that preserves brain cellstwo elderly women

Researchers' discovery of a gene that protects a person's aging brain could serve as the basis for future treatments that stem brain cell loss. The study provides a basis for developing a drug or other treatment to mimic the gene’s function.

Taking aim at cancercells close-up

CSE researchers are using engineering principles to understand the mechanics of tumors and build drug therapy components that can help fight cancer.

Read more and watch videos >

Ending addiction in our communitieshand writing on a clipboard

Two-thirds of Minnesota pharmacists have been trained at the University of Minnesota. That offers a huge opportunity on the front lines of the opioid crisis. The College of Pharmacy is preparing students to fight addiction in our communities.

Learn more about ending addiction >


Announcing the newly named Distinguished McKnight University Professors; the U of M Medical Center is a recipient of the Women’s Choice Awards as one of America’s Best Hospitals; the College of Education and Human Development has been ranked 19th in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings; Military Friendly has ranked Carlson School MBA Programs second best in the nation in the category of graduate schools; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Apr. 20 - Writing-Enriched Curriculum Program Symposium

The University's Writing-Enriched Curriculum Program invites faculty, instructors, and administrators from all disciplines to its fourth campuswide symposium, "Connecting Writing to Learning in the Disciplines." The event will include large-group presentations and small panel discussions that focus on methods for infusing discipline-relevant writing instruction into undergraduate courses and curricula. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Coffman Union, UMTC.

Register and learn more >

Apr. 27 - Minnesota Climate Forum: Conversations with industry and policy leaders

Business and nonprofit leaders, researchers, sustainability professionals, policy experts, students, and anyone interested in the intersection of public and private efforts to address climate change are invited to the Minnesota Climate Forum, sponsored by the Center for Bioethics. Attendees will hear from two panels: one with experts from the policy, advocacy, and legal fields and another with Minnesota industry leaders from health care, consumer products, and commercial real estate. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mayo Auditorium, Minneapolis.

Register and learn more >

Call for proposals: Pilot Grant Program in Addiction Science

The Medical Discovery Team on Addiction has announced a pilot grant program in addiction science. The grant will support transformative ideas that engage new teams in multiple disciplines. Deadline: Apr. 30.

Learn more and apply >

May 12-13 - Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale

The 50th Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale will be triple the usual size with no admission charge. With more than 1,000 varieties, there will be a selection of sun and shade plants, curated grasses, heirloom vegetables, plentiful herbs, native Minnesota plant species, and University of Minnesota introductions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tashjian Bee Center, 3210 W. 82nd St., Chanhassen.

Apply for Women’s Center awards, grants, and scholarships

The Women’s Center invites nominations for its multiple awards, grants, and scholarships, which honor the engagement, contributions, and leadership of University faculty, staff, and students systemwide. Applications are due June 1.


March 29 - Thursday Commons

Research presentations by students and faculty are the focus of the next Thursday Commons. Noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Crookston adds two majors, minor

A Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communication, an online Bachelor of Science in English, and an English minor were approved at the February Board of Regents meeting.

Learn more >


Steinman honoredProfessor Steinman

Assistant Professor Byron Steinman, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences and the Large Lakes Observatory, has been named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor. His research focuses on investigating climate and environmental change through the development of sediment-based paleoclimate records and analysis of observational and model data. Steinman has analyzed sediment core samples from the Great Lakes and large lakes around the world.

Apr. 3 - Jankofsky Lecture Series featuring Susan SinkSusan Sink

The 19th annual Jankofsky Lecture Series hosts author Susan Sink, who will discuss illuminations in The Saint John’s Bible. Sink is the author of The Art of The Saint John’s Bible. 4 p.m., Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda.

At the theatreInto the Woods poster

Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods features classic fairy tale characters who pursue their wishes--then confront the choices they’ve made--in this dark comedy directed by Professor Ann Bergeron, with musical direction by Instructor Andy Kust. Recommended for ages 12 and up. April 12-14 and 18-21, 7:30 p.m.; and Apr. 15, 2 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center. Find tickets >


Otten earns teaching honorsTracy Otten

Professor of Studio Art Tracy Otten has earned the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education and the UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award. Otten says great teaching happens when teachers expose students to a broad range of perspectives, and the approach works in both the arts specifically and the liberal arts more generally.

Breen receives Morse awardSheri Breen

Associate Professor of Political Science Sheri Breen has earned the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Political theory can be perceived as out of touch, says Breen of her field. That's why she brings practical experiences into her classes and has internationalized the curriculum.

Eckerle earns distinguished research awardJulie Eckerle

Professor of English Julie Eckerle has earned the UMM Faculty Distinguished Research Award. On her own and with collaborators, Eckerle is changing what we know about women's lives and writing, along with what we think about ourselves, our public personas, and the role of scholarly work at an undergraduate teaching institution.

Apr. 7 - CNIA PowwowNative head dress

The Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) will hold its 34th annual CNIA Powwow in the P.E. Center Gymnasium. The CNIA Powwow celebrates the social and cultural ties American Indian students have with Native communities across the United States and Canada.


Match DayMatch day students

Five UMR alumnae received their residency placement during the March 16 Match Day: Hannah Salk '13, UMD, family medicine; Jessica Sawinski '13, UMTC, family medicine; Courtnee Heyduk '14, University of South Dakota, psychiatry; Julie Risinger '14, University of Nebraska Omaha, pediatrics; and Ashley Borgschatz '15, UMTC, pediatrics.

Board of Regents visits UMRRegent MacMillian and a student

UMR hosted the University of Minnesota Board of Regents for its March meeting. Regents had breakfast with UMR students, attended a poster session of first-year undergraduate research projects, visited a multidisciplinary, flipped class session based on The Martian, and saw capstone presentations from accomplished alumni. Regents also met with Destination Medical Center board members and engaged in discussions about UMR future growth and facilities.

Twin Cities

Apr. 3 - Doctoral Research Showcase

Show your support for some of the University’s most creative thinkers as they share the discoveries they’ve made on the path from student to scholar at the 2018 Doctoral Research Showcase. Noon-2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union.

Drop-in Employee Engagement Labs

Supervisors are invited to bring employee engagement questions and data to an upcoming lab for feedback and ideas. Leadership and Talent Development consultants will be available to provide confidential support. Labs take place Apr. 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 2-260R Carlson School (RSVP), and Apr. 11, noon-1:30 p.m., 280-B Humphrey School (RSVP).

Apr. 6 - Health Disparities Roundtable: Incarceration: A Public Health Issue

This event brings national and local speakers to campus to discuss emerging issues in health and racial equity research, policy, and practice. This year's roundtable will identify strategies to prevent individuals from entering the criminal justice system and examine what can be done to reduce the impact of incarceration on the health of family members. 9 a.m.-noon, Coffman Union Theater.

Register and learn more >

Apr. 7 - Weekend with the Weisguidesa young girl in an oversized arctic explorer coat

Head to the Weisman Art Museum to investigate artworks, explore an Arctic expedition camp and documentary with explorer Aaron Doering, celebrate with cake and ice cream, and soak in the inspirational feeling of being surrounded by art. There will be art making, plant growing, and plastic bag weaving. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

See the full schedule >

Empowerment Self Defense workshops

The Aurora Center is sponsoring a workshop on Empowerment Self Defense, with Diane Long of Kaleidoscope Healing Arts, which helps individuals learn about their own emotional and physical boundaries, as well as how to exercise and maintain them without blaming victims/survivors for violence they have experienced. Apr. 12, 2-4 p.m., and Apr. 24, 9-11 a.m., U of M Recreation and Wellness Center. Email to register for your preferred date.

Apr. 14 - PAWS For A Cause 5K

The National Student Nurses' Association and PAWS will host the 3rd annual PAWS For A Cause 5K. Proceeds will benefit the Pet Away Worry & Stress program, a group that works with Boynton Health to reduce stress levels of busy students with the use of registered therapy animals. The $20 registration fee includes a t-shirt, snacks and refreshments, time with the PAWS animals, and entry into a raffle. 10 a.m., Coffman Union, with registration at 9 a.m.

Register and learn more >

Apr. 16 - Sport as a Catalyst for Racial Progress and Gender Equity

Professional sports and big-time college athletics are often seen as typifying what is wrong with our society. There is another vision, however--one that uses sports to promote education, opportunity, and social change. Richard Lapchick, a visionary leader of this idea, will participate in a panel discussion with Professors Doug Hartmann and Mary Jo Kane about how equity in sports impacts society. Noon-1:15 p.m., Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School.

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UMTC Featured Eventsartwork of child with flying saucer

March 29 - 3D Printing and Project-Based Learning
March 29 - As You Like It
March 30 - Patricia Olynyk - Visiting Artist Talk
Apr. 3 - 1st Tuesday featuring Taylor Corporation CEO Deb Taylor
Apr. 3 - OED Certificate Workshop: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women's Equity
Apr. 4 - Young People's Lit Panel: MT Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, David Barclay Moore, and Nicola Yoon
Apr. 4 - Conversations on Student Life and the Law: Free Speech v. Hate Speech

Events Calendar >