March 29, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 12

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents March meeting highlights.
  • New Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship.
  • Feature: Beating addiction: a nondrug approach.
  • People: Newly named Distinguished McKnight University Professors; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents March meeting highlights

UMD’s community engagement work and its efforts to meet rural and Native American health care needs were highlighted at the March Board of Regents meeting, held at the U of M Duluth. UMD is a key partner for Northeast Minnesota business and industry, as well as K-12 schools, and provides critical research to tackle pressing issues such as hunger, the environment, and food sustainability. A plan for a cancer clinical trial network, which is seeking support from the Minnesota Legislature, was also highlighted. Additionally, Regents discussed the framework for the FY18 budget, including preliminary plans regarding tuition rates. See the news release for more >

New Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship3 students studying

The University of Minnesota has announced the Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship, a new initiative to attract and retain more students from Greater Minnesota. The new effort will launch beginning in fall 2017 with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. The scholarship will provide students $5,000 each year for four years. When fully implemented, the effort will support 100 students annually. The scholarship is funded through private donations.

Beating addiction: a nondrug approachperson tying shoe

In 40 years of research, Marilyn Carroll, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, has led the way in showing how substituting healthier forms of gratification can reduce drug addiction.

Learn more about Carroll's work >


Newly named Distinguished McKnight University Professors; Neil Linscheid and Catherine Squires are among the newest class of Bush Fellowship recipients; Randall Seifert has been selected as the 2016 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recipient; 2016-17 Talle Research Award recipients; Susan Carlson Weinberg has been named chair of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners Capital Budgeting Task Force; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Introducing the new Immigration Response Team

President Kaler announced the creation of the Immigration Response Team (IRT) at his recent State of the University Address. The IRT is the central hub for immigration questions and support and provides outreach to the greater University community on the impact of executive orders and other policy changes, immigration regulations, and issues connected with DACA and immigration status.

Learn more about the IRT >

IT Top Ten: Protecting Your Mobile Devices

Learn about the top 10 ways to protect your mobile devices. Protecting your devices is a relatively easy process--all you need is a little time. Just 10 minutes could help you be more secure and prevent digital threats like identity theft.

Extension offers one-to-one services for financially distressed farmers

University of Minnesota Extension will begin offering one-to-one financial counseling to farmers in serious financial stress. The new program offers distressed farmers help in understanding their financial situation and exploring options to keep their farms functioning as a viable enterprise.

Apr. 27 - Academy of Distinguished Teachers conference

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to attend the biennial conference of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers: Good Stress, Bad Stress, and the Teaching-Learning Relationship. The keynote address will feature Minnesota Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger speaking on “The 21st Century Role of Land-Grant Universities: Advancing Health Equity and Optimal Health for All.” 9 a.m.-3 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Register and learn more >

Imagine Fund Special Event Awards

The Imagine Fund will begin accepting applications for the second round of Special Event Awards on March 29. Applications are due on May 12, 4 p.m. The Imagine Fund for the Arts, Humanities, and Design is sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Learn more and apply >

Become an Aquatic Invasive Species Detector

Registration is open to become an Aquatic Invasive Species Detector, a new volunteer network and science-based training program launched by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center in partnership with U of M Extension. Participants will learn how to identify and report new findings of aquatic invasive species. The program consists of a self-paced online course and one in-person workshop, offered in locations around the state. The course fee is $175.

Apr. 13 and 19 - Strategies for Helping Students Learn How to Learn

TeachingSupport@UMN is offering a series of workshops for faculty and instructors focused on how the research on learning can inform teaching. In this workshop, attendees will learn ways to incorporate metacognitive skill development into homework, class activities, and assignments. The Apr. 13 session is in-person at 101 Walter Library; the Apr. 19 session is online.

MnTAP annual report

In 2016, experts at the School of Public Health's Minnesota Technical Assistance Program and the engineering students they mentor identified cost and resource savings for 279 businesses across the state. Fifty-six companies have implemented 124 MnTAP-recommended process changes and realized reductions totaling over $1.38 million. This amount reflects a reduction in use of 45.3 million gallons of water, 1.4 million pounds of waste, and 1.7 million kWh of energy. See the MnTAP 2016 annual report (PDF).


March 30 - Research presentations

Spring semester research presentations are scheduled during Thursday Commons, noon-2 p.m., Bede Ballrooom, Sargeant Student Center. Five presentations of 20 minutes each will feature research being done by UMC faculty, staff, and students.

March 29 - Tea and Movie Night

The UMC Women's Commission will host a Tea and Movie Night featuring the film North Country. 7 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Digital marketing campaign launch

Working with the Johnson Group, based in St. Cloud, the University of Minnesota Crookston recently launched a digital marketing campaign designed to help recruit students for fall 2017. The campaign, which is scheduled to run through May 2017, includes a series of online ads directed toward prospective high school students and their parents, and it is comprised entirely of digital advertising on Facebook, Google, Instagram, Pandora, and Twitter.


Head coach awards trifectaMaria Crowell

Women's hockey head coach Maura Crowell has received three major coach of the year awards. Most recently, she was named the USCHO Division I Women's Coach of the Year. She also received coach of the year awards from CCM/AHCA Division I Women's Ice Hockey and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. This season saw the biggest overall-record turnaround in program history.

BSW accreditedumd campus nameplate sign

UMD’s Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) program has been fully accredited. The BSW consists of online and in-person classes and includes an intensive internship experience. The program has strong connections with American Indian communities in the area and coursework offers a special focus on working with American Indians in social work practice. The program will graduate its second cohort in May.

‘Our New Age of Water’comic strip segment

Minnesota Sea Grant has launched a digital comic strip “Our New Age of Water.” It’s a nod to Sea Grant founder Athelstan Spilhaus’s science-oriented strip “Our New Age,” which ran from 1958 to 1975. The new strip, written by Minnesota Sea Grant director John Downing and science writer Sharon Moen, features water-themed research and technological innovation. School of Fine Arts assistant professor Darren Houser illustrated two of the installments, one on storm water and another on water conservation.

Apr. 10 - Celebrate student-athletesbulldog logo

Celebrate student-athletes at the annual Dinner with Champions at the DECC. The keynote speaker is UMD alumnus Jason "JC" Jones ’95, a four-year Bulldog football letterman who served in the Navy from 1997 to 2007 as an H-60 pilot and as a strategic planner with the U.S. Strategic Command. RSVP by March 31.


2017 Community Engagement Award winnerscommunity award recipients at UMM

The Office of Community Engagement has announced the 2017 winners of its Community Engagement Awards: Kelly Fischer '17, Community Engagement Student Award winner; Lisa Harris ’09, Community Engagement Faculty/Staff Award winner; Michele Hickman ’13, Zone After School Program Coordinator. They will be recognized at the Minnesota Campus Compact in the Twin Cities on Apr. 5 and at a ceremony in Morris on May 2.

Apr. 8 - CNIA powwowNative headdress

The Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) will hold its 33rd annual powwow, which introduces the Morris campus and community to a contest-style powwow and celebrates the social and cultural ties American Indian students have with Native communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.


Carrell selected for Harvard Institute for Educational ManagementLori Carrel

Vice Chancellor Lori Carrell has been selected to participate in a two-week professional development experience for higher education leaders at Harvard. Participants were selected for their scope of responsibility, their breadth of experience, and their potential to help their institutions respond to changing needs and new opportunities. President Kaler recommended Carrell, calling the institute’s objectives well-aligned with the leadership needs in Rochester as the campus grows in size and influence during a period of significant, positive change in Southeastern Minnesota.

Apr. 4 - Folklore as Expression of Ethics: African and European ExamplesJoe Mbele

At the next UMR Connects, Joseph Mbele, a professor in the English Department at St. Olaf College, will discuss African proverbs and folktales as well as European folklore, such as the Finnish epic Kalevala. The talk presents folklore as a vehicle for ethical and moral education. 7 p.m., Room 417, 111 S. Broadway.

Twin Cities

March 30 - Download Duo and Donuts in St. Paul

Add a second layer of protection to your W-2 and direct deposit information by opting into Duo Protection for Direct Deposit and W-2. This will protect you if your U of M Internet ID and password are stolen. Opt in using the self-help instructions or stop by the next Download Duo and Donuts event, where staff will be available to assist you and answer questions. 9 a.m.-noon, St. Paul Student Center.

Apr. 1 - Classes without Quizzes

Classes without Quizzes offers practical application of research for every age in a morning of learning to showcase how research taking place at the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is making an impact statewide, nationwide, and globally. Workshop sessions are led by faculty and experts who present the latest research in real-world language to adults, while children can participate in a concurrent Kid’s Edition.

Register and learn more >

Apr. 4-6 - Cops and Coffee

The Department of Public Safety will be holding its spring Cops and Coffee events, giving away coffee and donuts beginning at 8 a.m. Aurora Center advocates will also be present all three days. Locations: West Bank Plaza (Apr. 4), Union Street Plaza (Apr. 5), and outside the St. Paul Student Center (Apr. 6).

Apr. 6 - Timothy Snyder: The Politics of Mass Killing

Historian and best-selling author Timothy Snyder will deliver the 2017 Ohanessian Chair Lecture. One of our generation’s most acclaimed and respected historians, Snyder has spent years of painstaking effort to recover the experience of the Holocaust victims, the intentions of the killers, and the history of the Europe they shared. No charge and open to the public. 7 p.m., Coffman Theater.

Apr. 7 - 2016 MacArthur Genius Award winner Anne Basting

Anne Basting, director of UW-Milwaukee's Center on Age & Community and a faculty member of the UW-Milwaukee's theatre department, will present “Arts & Aging: The Cultural Cure.” Basting has spent over 15 years researching and developing methods of embedding the arts into long-term care, with a particular focus on people with cognitive disabilities. Noon-1 p.m., Rarig Center. RSVP by emailing

Apr. 8 - Slow Art Daypeople looking at art

One day a year people all over the world visit local museums to look at art... slowly. The Weisman Art Museum will host a series of events including a movie screening, a guided meditation, a public art tour and discussion, and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Apr. 12 - Startup Seminar: Bench to Business - How Great Innovators Cross the Chasm to Commercial Success

U of M faculty, graduate students, and postdocs are invited to a free startup seminar and networking event for researchers interested in bringing their ideas to market. Attendees will learn from U of M inventors/startup founders and business leaders, OTC Venture Center staff, and outside advisors who coach and serve U of M startup teams. The event includes complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Apr. 18 - Pankake Poetry Reading featuring Bao Phi

Saigon-born, Minnesota-raised spoken-word artist, writer, and activist Bao Phi will read from his new book Thousand Star Hotel at the annual Pankake Poetry Reading. 4 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Reservations (no charge) and more >

Apr. 19 - Student Design Showcase

WAM’s annual Student Design Showcase will feature work by the College of Design’s class of 2019. This year’s runway show was inspired by WAM's exhibition “The Talking Cure” by Melissa Stern and artwork by Rebecca Krinke. A reception with the student designers will follow. 7-9 p.m., Weisman Art Museum.

Tickets and more >

Apr. 29 - Kerlan Award presentation and luncheon

Children's book author John Coy is the recipient of the 2017 Kerlan Award from the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University Libraries. Coy’s most recent books are Their Great Gift, a story about immigration with striking photographs by Wing Young Huie, and Gap Life, a young-adult novel about a boy whose parents will pay for college as long as he studies what they want. Noon, Elmer L. Andersen Library. Tickets are required.

UMTC Featured Eventspetri dish

March 30 - Meet local author Eric Dregni
Apr. 3 - Fossils on the Iron Range
Apr. 4 - Equal Pay Day! (L)earn Your Worth - Salary Negotiation Workshop
Apr. 4 - Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics, Public Lecture
Apr. 5 - Worn Wear Tour Repair Fair
Apr. 5 - Design in 7: 7 Stories, 7 Minutes
Apr. 5 - The Petri Dish: Beyond Velcro
Apr. 11 - Africa's First Democrats: President Osman and Premier Hussen of Somalia

Events Calendar >