March 4, 2020

Vol. L No. 9

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Join in Support the U Day.
  • Features: Dementia prevention linked to disposal of pathogenic debris; The Camp 8 Stand: The story of the Cloquet Forestry Center’s old-growth red pines; Center shines light on voter behavior.
  • People: Graham Candler has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering; and more.

Top News

Join in Support the U Day

President Gabel recently joined students and University leaders at the State Capitol to present the U of M’s 2020 capital request. The Board of Regents is requesting $317.2 million from the state this session. In January, the governor recommended $224.2 million for the University. The House and Senate will propose their own bonding bills in the coming weeks. Join faculty, staff, students, and alumni at the State Capitol for Support the U Day on March 26, 1 p.m.

Dementia prevention linked to disposal of pathogenic debriselder man in straw hat

What if surviving an infection like herpes, pneumonia, or Lyme disease set you up for dementia later in life? Evidence is mounting that proteins in fragments of bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens left over from battles with our immune system can harm the brain and raise the chance of dementia. But Lisa James and Apostolos Georgopoulos have also found that many people have genes that shield against such an outcome. Now they have demonstrated these beneficial effects across the populations of entire countries.

The Camp 8 Stand: The story of the Cloquet Forestry Center’s old-growth red pinesforest with students

The Cloquet Forestry Center and the Camp 8 Stand project tells the story of the U of M's Cloquet Forestry Center, an educational and experimental forest that serves students, scientists, foresters, and the larger community. In 1911, just two years after the establishment of the Cloquet Forestry Center, founder Samuel Green designated a 44-acre stand of red pines to be left alone as a reserve. This “reserve” status saved the red pines of Camp 8.

Center shines light on voter behaviorvoting booth

As the 2020 election season ramps up and Americans deliberate which candidate to vote for at the polls this November, a University of Minnesota research center aims to understand what’s driving their decisions. The Center for the Study of Political Psychology explores how people make political judgments and the consequences those judgments have for the broader political system.


Graham Candler has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering; Clayton Cook and colleagues have received a $3.6 million grant to study the effects of trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy in schools; the Student Parent HELP Center recently received a gift from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr’s foundation; Social Sciences in the Twin Cities College of Liberal Arts recently ranked third in the nation for federal research and development expenditures; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Study data guides key transportation and land-use policy decisionstransit bus stop

An annual University of Minnesota study has ranked access to jobs by transit in top U.S. metro areas. The nationwide data from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota measures access to jobs by transit and guides key transportation and land-use policy decisions.

March 9 - Global Futures: Where Environment and Economy Converge

The next event in the Institute on the Environment's Second Mondays series will feature a first-of-its kind analytical tool, Global Futures, that compares global economic models and high-resolution land-use and ecosystem services models. Panelists include Stephen Polasky, Justin Johnson, Jay Coggins, and Nathaniel Springer. 3:45-5 p.m., R-380 Learning and Environmental Sciences building, St. Paul, and live online.

March 19 - Webinar: What’s the Difference Between Project Management and Agile?

This webinar will examine the roles and methodologies of Agile and traditional project management, the Agile Manifesto, and Agile frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban, and Extreme Programming. Webinar presenter Teri Bylander-Pinke has worked with Agile in the legal, financial, manufacturing, and agricultural industries for more than 12 years. Noon-1 p.m.

Apr. 25 - Global Health Day 2020

Global Health Day provides an opportunity for those engaged in global health to come together, exchange knowledge across disciplines, and make connections. This year, the event will also celebrate 10 years of the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility's work around the world. Learn more and submit an abstract to share your research at Global Health Day.

Talking farmer mental health with U of M

March 1-7 is Agriculture Safety Awareness Week. One of the week’s themes is mental health. Jeff Bender, with the School of Public Health’s Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, talks about unique challenges farmers face that may affect their mental health, signs someone may be struggling with their mental health, and resources available. Additional “Talking ...” features include “Talking colorectal cancer with U of M” and "Talking 5G with U of M."

Research Brief: Study suggests increasing community connection between police and young black men could reduce violent encounters

Research has shown that police are about three times more likely to kill black men than white men. A new School of Public Health study surveyed various stakeholders to learn why they think violent encounters between law enforcement and young black men occur in their communities. The research follows a previous study focused on preventing violent encounters between police and young black men. Additional recent Research Briefs include “Common bee virus causes bees to forage prematurely.”


Crookston hosts Fulbright scholars to nurture intercultural exchangeKahirou Diakite

This academic year, Crookston is hosting Fulbright scholars Kahirou Diakite, a teacher-researcher at the University of Science and Technology in Bamako, Mali, and Kennedy Nyongbela, a senior-lecturer of chemistry, University of Buea, Cameroon.

Student feature: Emmitt StevensEmmitt Stevens

University of Minnesota Crookston healthcare management senior Emmitt Stevens is always striving to do better and works diligently toward his goals. Stevens came to Crookston in 2016 to play football for the Golden Eagles.


Distinguished scholarPaul Sharp

Political science professor Paul Sharp will receive the International Studies Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award in the Diplomatic Studies Section. Sharp has written numerous books, including Diplomacy in the 21st Century: A Brief Introduction, and The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy. Sharp’s most recent publication is a textbook titled Introducing International Relations.

Innovative CVI therapyMark Mizuko

Mark Mizuko, professor and head of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and his student-researchers are using eye-tracking technology to develop a treatment model for children with cortical visual impairment (CVI). Evidence shows that visually stimulating interventions can improve visual recognition in clients with CVI. Mizuko and his team recently presented this research at the ASHA Convention.

Advancing student successstudent graduates

UMD has been invited to participate in a Data Literacy Institute, along with 11 other public universities. The goal of the institute is to increase the use of data to boost student success, including the number of graduates. Once participant criteria are established, UMD faculty and staff will be invited to apply to take part. Approximately 20 individuals from UMD will be selected.

Art meets businessstudents in a play on stage

This fall, UMD will offer a new major in Arts Administration. The major is a collaboration between the Labovitz School of Business and Economics and the School of Fine Arts. Lindsay Brown, academic services specialist, says the degree will provide a skill set for both artists and nonartists who want to contribute to an arts organization on a managerial or organizational basis.


Burke receives Tate AwardBarb Burke

Barbara Burke, associate professor of communication, media, and rhetoric, is a 2020 recipient of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Tate Awards recognize high-quality advising at the University of Minnesota. Burke’s nominators say that she "has changed student, staff, and faculty lives for the better."


My UMR with David HainesDavid Haines

David Haines teaches integrative biology and Anatomy and Physiology I at UMR’s Center for Learning Innovation. He encourages his students to be active and engaged, fail at some things, take challenging classes, and go to JustASK often.

Legislative Breakfast

Rochester Student Association recently hosted its first Legislative Kickoff Breakfast. Attendees learned about student advocacy and voter registration. The event provided an opportunity to connect with University and local leaders, including Mayor Kim Norton, Chancellor Carrell, and U of M Legislative Advocacy Coordinator Mike Miller.

Twin Cities

March 7 - LearningLife Sampler

What if you could learn from—and question—some of the brightest minds the University of Minnesota has to offer? The 2020 LearningLife Sampler (register) is an opportunity to try three offerings at no charge from the LearningLife program: The Supreme Court and the Commerce Clause, Napa Valley Deep Dive, and A Golden Age of Cartography. 9:30–11 a.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center or via livestream.

Apr. 2 - Pankake Poetry Series: My Name Is Immigrant

Wang Ping will read new poems from My Name Is Immigrant and relate her experiences while living, writing, and teaching poetry as an immigrant activist at the Pankake Poetry Series. 4 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Apr. 4 - Code Blue for Patient Earth: Pathways to a Secure Future

Climate change is impacting the health of Minnesotans. Increasingly, those who support the health of patients and communities are called to take action. Join Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, and many others for a full-day conference about health and climate in the community, featuring Christie Manning in her keynote, "The Psychology of Climate Change." 8 a.m.-4 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Apr. 5 - Goldy's Run

Break a sweat for a good cause by participating in Goldy’s Run, which supports pediatric heart care and research. Join thousands of runners on a 5K route through campus or a 10-mile route that runs along the Mississippi River. All races start at TCF Bank Stadium and finish on the 50-yard line. The race benefits the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

Apr. 14 - Kerlan Awards Ceremonythree little pigs book cover

Children's book author Jon Scieszka is the recipient of the 2020 Kerlan Award from the Children's Literature Research Collections at University Libraries. The award is given annually in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature and in appreciation for the generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection. No charge, but reservations are requested. 5:30 p.m., Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Apr. 16 - The Impossible Foods Story: Creating a Delicious Global Movement to Save Our Planetan impossible burger

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science will host alum Nick Halla, senior vice president at Impossible Foods, for a public lecture on one of the most important technological and scientific challenges of our lifetime: to make delicious, nutritious, and sustainable meat and dairy products directly from plants, using a tiny fraction of the resources required for meat from animals. Registration required. 6:30 p.m., Coffman Theater.

UMTC Featured Eventsa daisy flower

March 5 - Maroon and Gold Campus Bands
March 7 - Concert Band Festival
March 11 - Care of Severely Impaired African-American Newborns: A Matter of Public Health and Social Ethics
March 12 - Culture In-Depth: Chinese Students at UMN
March 14 - Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
March 17 - LGBTQIA Identities and Communities

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