March 30, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 12

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meets March 30-31.
  • Driven to Discover: Tasoulla Hadjiyanni.
  • Features: A look back at U of M research spaces; Up in the Air; Student Start-ups Go Big.
  • People: Professors George Karypis, Joseph Konstan, and John Riedl (posthumous) have won the 2016 Seoul Test of Time Award; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meets March 30-31

The U of M Board of Regents will discuss raising the profile of academic health sciences during its March meeting. Regents are also expected to act on a resolution to support a five-year UMTC undergraduate enrollment plan. Additionally, Regents will discuss the FY2017 budget framework, act on a new systemwide operations leadership structure, review the Morris campus's strategic plan, and recognize standout faculty.

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Driven to Discover: Tasoulla HadjiyanniTasoulla Hadjiyanni

Tasoulla Hadjiyanni says innovative design can improve quality of life for all. Hadjiyanni is collaborating with faculty and students from the College of Design, Medical School, and College of Science and Engineering to discover the role of the physical environment in the lives of children with OCD.

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A look back at U of M research spacesTate under construction in 1951

A new Plant Growth Research Facility, a Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building, and renovations for research and learning spaces in Pillsbury Hall are a few of the building projects highlighted in the U of M's capital request to the Minnesota Legislature. If funded, these projects will be the latest additions to the U's 165-year history of maintaining cutting-edge infrastructure that assists researchers and students in making discoveries that improve our health and quality of life.

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Up in the Airaieral photo of crops

As results from aerial analyses of biodiversity roll in, Jeannine Cavender-Bares and Cedar Creek researchers have set their sights even higher. Their Global Biodiversity Observatory project proposes monitoring plant diversity on an unprecedented scale.

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Student Start-ups Go Biggraphic of hand holding a globe and environmental symbols

A text messaging service for pregnant women in Uganda, an affordable and portable light and energy system for urban slum residents in India, and water filtration devices for communities with minimal access to clean water are just a few examples of the student-run impact ventures recognized in the U of M's 2016 Acara Challenge.

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Professors George Karypis, Joseph Konstan, and John Riedl (posthumous) have won the 2016 Seoul Test of Time Award for groundbreaking recommender systems research; Brent Hecht has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award; U.S. News & World Report has ranked highly a number of U of M colleges, schools, and programs; R. Dennis Cook has been named a Kansas State University 2016 Distinguished Alumni Fellow; Beth Lewis has been awarded a grant to examine the influence of exercise and wellness support on depression among pregnant and postpartum women; the Campus Climate Engagement Team has awarded funding to 10 UMTC campus climate projects; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Minnesota Population Center grants

The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is offering two $5,000 grants to support social science research using MPC data. The MPC houses some of the most comprehensive data on population, health, and environment in the world. Research teams must consist of one MPC affiliate and one non-affiliate.

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New U online giving payroll deduction option

U of M faculty and staff who would like to donate to U causes can now set up online biweekly payroll deduction. To start a deduction, go to the U's online giving site to find a U cause you're passionate about, select the U payroll deduction option, and follow the prompts. Your support is appreciated.

Beware of tax season scams

Tax season is open season for fraud scams. Scams claiming to be the IRS come in many forms, not only email. Fraudulent telephone scams and also pop-up windows suggesting support and upgrades are commonly used.

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New tool encourages investment in forestspeople kayaking among waterfalls

Institute on the Environment Natural Capital Project researchers have developed a tool that will allow regional planners to weigh the pros and cons of various land management scenarios in terms of keeping water clean, sequestering carbon, and other goals.

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Apr. 7 - Pollinator Friendly Gardening

Extension Master Gardener and award-winning garden writer and columnist for the Star Tribune Rhonda Fleming Hayes inspires gardeners of all levels to contribute to the growing pollinator movement. Learn more about ways to avoid using pesticides in favor of a healthier garden that is beautiful and beneficial for bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators. 6-8 p.m., U of M Landscape Arboretum.

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MyU, PeopleSoft unavailable Apr. 23-24

An update to the PeopleSoft development and operations platform and subsequent outage is planned for Apr. 23-24, noon to noon. Access to MyU, PeopleSoft core applications, and other applications dependent on them will be unavailable during this time.

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May 1 - Arboretum Bud Break 5K Run/Walk

U of M faculty, staff, and students are eligible to participate in the Arboretum Bud Break 5K Run/Walk and Daffodil Dash Run/Walk (for kids 5-12) at the Arboretum member rate. Register online through Apr. 27. Enter your U of M ID number in place of the Arboretum member number to receive the member rate.


McMahon receives Student Conservationist AwardMike McMahon and instructor

Senior Michael McMahon was recently honored with the Student Conservationist Award by the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society at its annual meeting.

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March 31 - Faculty and student research day

Thursday Commons: Faculty and Student Research Day will feature six undergraduate research presentations and a poster display. Noon-2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

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UMC accepted into Small World Initiative

The University of Minnesota Crookston has been accepted into the Small World Initiative. UMC will join a larger effort to work on the development of new antibiotics through its microbiology teaching lab.

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Faculty Imagine Fund Awardswheat blowing in wind

Seventeen UMD faculty members are recipients of 2016 Imagine Fund Awards. The awards support projects in the arts, humanities, and design. This year, 109 awards were given across the University of Minnesota.

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Apr. 9 - Northland Community Wellness Daypeople at a wellness booth fair

UMD will host Northland Community Wellness Day, an event that encourages families and community members to take an active role in learning about health and wellness, public safety, sustainability, and financial literacy. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Romano Gym.

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Holocaust Commemoration Eventsholocaust book cover

Kathryn Winter, author of the novel Katarina, will speak Apr. 11, 7 p.m., 90 Bohannon. She based her book on some of her own experiences as a child during the Holocaust. In addition, lectures by Associate Professor Deborah Petersen-Perlman and Associate Professor Emerita Alexis Pogorelskin will be presented on March 31 and Apr. 7.

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Apr. 26 - Shark Tank entrepreneur competitiona shark tank poster

The first UMD Shark Tank entrepreneur competition will feature student entrepreneurs pitching their business, product, or service ideas to a panel of judges. The first-place prize is $1,500. Applications are due Apr. 1. The event will be 4-6:30 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center.

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Jacquie Fest! - Celebration of Chancellor Jacqueline R. JohnsonJackie Johnson

Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson became UMM's fifth, and first female, chancellor in August 2006. Under her leadership, the campus has increased its capacity to support students, has added and renovated facilities, and has established itself in the higher education community as a national leader dedicated to sustainability. Johnson will retire at the end of the academic year.

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Apr. 8-9 - Jazz Festjazz fest poster

The UMM Jazz Festival is one of Morris's longest-running traditions. Founded in 1978 by Professor Emeritus Jim "Doc" Carlson, the event brings both high school and college jazz ensembles to campus for clinics with guest artists. The Morris jazz ensembles and guest artists also perform together nightly. 7 p.m., Edson Auditorium.

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Center for Small Towns seeks proposals3 people overlooking proposals

The University of Minnesota Morris Center for Small Towns seeks proposals for the Connecting Students and Communities (CSC) program. CSC benefits communities and organizations by helping to identify, understand, and initiate action on specific needs, pressing issues, and emerging trends in small communities.

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UMR faculty member chosen for 2016 Bush FellowshipYuko Taniguchi

University of Minnesota Rochester faculty member Yuko Taniguchi has been chosen by the Bush Foundation for a 2016 Bush Fellowship. Taniguchi is heavily involved in the arts community in Rochester and at UMR. Through her Bush Fellowship, Taniguchi will explore the connections between art and resiliency both at the individual and community level.

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Twin Cities

Apr. 5 - The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis

The U.S. Congress in the past few years has been the least productive in recent history, too polarized and dysfunctional to pass meaningful legislation. Is it possible for Congress to be reformed and work past the partisan divide? Former Congressmen Tom Davis and Martin Frost tackle this question. Noon-1:15 p.m., Humphrey School.

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Apr. 6 – The Children's Theatre Company at 50a drawing of peter pan for a kid's book

Join the Performing Arts Archives for a celebration of "The Children's Theatre Company at 50… The Magic Continues," an exhibit featuring the Children's Theatre Company's expansive archives. 6-8 p.m., Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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Apr. 7 - Literature and Medicine: A talk with Abraham Verghese

Author of the bestselling novel Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese will speak about the connections between medicine and story—including epiphany and metaphor—in this public lecture. Verghese is a professor and vice chair for the theory and practice of medicine at Stanford University. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Carlson Family Stage, Northrop.

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Last call for HFHL grant proposals and healthy cooking classes

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute seeks proposals and letters of interest from faculty, graduate and professional students, and developing community-academic partnerships to fund research in the interdisciplinary arena of food, agriculture, and health. The submission deadline for all three funding opportunities is Apr. 15. This is also the last call to register for healthy cooking classes available on the Twin Cities campus.

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Apr. 19 - Interprofessional Education in Action

Join fellow students and faculty members as they share what they have learned through their interprofessional activities and experiences. Events include an interprofessional poster session and a panel presentation featuring a variety of local collaborative practice sites. Noon-4 p.m.

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Apr. 21 - Provost's Innovations in Teaching Showcase

The Provost's Innovations in Teaching Showcase is a two-part event beginning with a showcase and poster session featuring projects from two grant-funded initiatives: Experiments in Learning Innovation and Enhancement of Academic Programs Using Digital Technology. A plenary conversation among three faculty innovators will follow the showcase. 1-3:30 p.m., Northrop.

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Apr. 21 – Climate Change: Facts, Fictions, and the Christian Faith

The annual V. Elving Anderson Lecture in Science and Religion will feature Katharine Hayhoe, associate professor of political science and director of the Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University. 7 p.m., St. Paul Student Center Theater. The event is cosponsored by the Institute on the Environment.

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May 4 - Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other and ourselves? In this talk, Sherry Turkle will ask us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have. Participants will learn how solitude and self-reflection are central to well-being, and why these practices are the foundations for conversation. Turkle will also share how conversation and human interaction can lead to greater capacity for empathy, compassion, and living with more meaning. 6:30 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman. Cost: $20.

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May 16 - Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture

One of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer's disease, Rudy Tanzi will present "Super Brain and Super Genes: The Road to Radical Wellbeing." Tanzi will explore how lifestyle choices optimize the genes and brain, and influence immunity, diet, aging, and chronic disorders. 4 p.m., Mayo Auditorium.

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May 17 – Public forum: The sharing economy

Also known as collaborative consumption, the sharing economy is a growing trend away from the exclusive ownership and consumption of resources to one of shared use via peer-to-peer online platforms. The consequences of this trend for the transportation sector are many, potentially affecting everything from car ownership to road congestion to investments in infrastructure and public transit. With a focus on shared mobility, this public forum will explore the promise—and potential perils—of the sharing economy.

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UMTC Featured Eventsa skeletal design using pipes

March 30 - Frontiers in the Environment
March 31 - Musicology/Ethnomusicology/Theory Colloquium: Folksongs of Another America
Apr. 1 - The Bell Curve Revisited: Testing Controversial Hypotheses with New, Molecular Data
Apr. 1 - First Fridays: That's Snot Funny!
Apr. 2 - Classes Without Quizzes
Apr. 5 - Wind Ensemble: Season Finale
Apr. 6 - DESIGN @ NOON | Richard Graves, Grand Challenge Proposals
Apr. 6 - Bell After Hours: Water

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