May 1, 2019

Vol. XLIX No. 17

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Regents take action related to historic building names.
  • Features: Innovative approach; Going cell-to-cell with ovarian cancer; Charting her own course.
  • People: Trevor Ames has been named associate vice president for academic health sciences; and more.

Top News

Regents take action related to historic building names

During a special Board of Regents meeting, Regents acknowledged the University of Minnesota’s history of discrimination, but declined President Kaler’s recommendation to rename Coffman Union, Middlebrook Hall, Nicholson Hall, and Coffey Hall. The Board directed the administration to develop ongoing commemorations, educational activities, or displays in one or more of the buildings to reflect the institution’s complex history.

Innovative approachchris driven photo

Medical School faculty member and urologic surgeon Christopher Weight supports innovative medical research in an unusual way: climbing stairs at TCF Bank Stadium. Learn about Weight’s research and the Climb 4 Kidney Cancer event, which raises funds for treatment and prevention of the disease.

Going cell-to-cell with ovarian cancerartwork graphic

Masonic Cancer Center researchers are evaluating a unique immunotherapy designed to keep this the grimmest of cancers from coming back.

Charting her own courseTerri McBride

Terri McBride grew up in San Antonio, but she always dreamed of traveling the world. So in 1999, after joining the U.S. Coast Guard as an active-duty member, she was excited to accept a post as a boat crewman and watchstander on Long Island. In 2009, McBride left active duty and began work on a bachelor’s degree at San Jose State University before ultimately being recruited to Minnesota for medical school, where she’s now in her third year.


Trevor Ames has been named associate vice president for academic health sciences; the U of M Center for Animal Health and Food Safety has been awarded $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Priscilla Gibson was recently awarded a Fulbright to teach and conduct research at the University of Namibia; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Administrative policy update

The latest proposed enhancements to the Student Travel and Education Abroad policy address State Department changes to high-risk travel definitions, program leader training requirements, and the four levels of education abroad program facilitation that outline staff or unit responsibilities. The policy is available for review and comment.

May 2 - Meetings of the University/Faculty Senates

The University and Faculty Senates will hold concurrent meetings with an agenda including a vote on the proposed Equity and Access: Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Names and Pronouns policy, as well as resolutions on lactation support and working with students with disabilities. All members of the University community are invited to attend. 2:30-5 p.m. See the full agenda and meeting locations.

CTSI releases online resource for completing the NIH Study Record

A new online resource developed by experts in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Department of Pediatrics is now available. The tool, designed for U of M clinical researchers, grant coordinators, and others, will help researchers more quickly complete the National Institutes of Health Study Record, which is used to collect information on proposed human subjects research, clinical research, and clinical trials.

Thinking spatially: U-Spatial builds research capabilities

At the University of Minnesota, U-Spatial is the heart of spatial research, supporting thousands of faculty, staff, and student researchers across campus in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial computing. U-Spatial is nationally recognized as a leading model for how universities can successfully integrate spatial data, visualization, analysis, and spatial thinking.

May 21 - Google Day 2019

Google Day provides an opportunity for members of the University community to learn how to make better use of G Suite apps. Attendees will select from various presentation, clinic, and small-group discussion topics to tailor their experience to fit their needs. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced sessions will be available both in-person and online. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Bruininks Hall. RSVP by May 10.

Humphrey Policy Fellows program

The 2019-20 Humphrey Policy Fellows program, a professional development experience for emerging and mid-career leaders in Minnesota, seeks applicants from business, nonprofits, and government for a cohort from across the political spectrum and around the state. Fellows meet once per month between September and June to engage in workshops, discussions, and group projects; they also travel to Washington, D.C., for a multi-day trip with prominent elected officials and national public affairs leaders. Applications are due June 3 for the program beginning in September.

Apply for the Senior Teaching Fellows Program

Registration is open to faculty and instructors systemwide who self-identify as "senior" among their peers and who are interested in professional renewal and sharing wisdom with colleagues. Fellows will meet six times online in fall 2019. Learn more and apply for the program.


May 4 - Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2019

Celebrate the academic achievements of this year's graduating class by attending the University of Minnesota Crookston Commencement ceremony on campus or watching it live online.

May 4 - Paddock Party and MinnTucky Social

The University of Minnesota Crookston's first Paddock Party and MinnTucky Social (find tickets) will feature a hat contest, signature beverage, light hors d'oeuvres, and games and prizes for win, place, and show. 4-6 p.m., University Teaching and Outreach Center.


Youde returns to UMDJeremy Youde

Jeremy Youde has been named the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of International Relations and deputy director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at Australian National University. Youde served as a department head and faculty member at UMD from 2008 to 2016. He will begin July 1.

Faculty and staff honoredUMD sign

James Allert, assistant professor, computer science; Julie Ernst, professor, applied human sciences; and Mary Christiansen, assistant professor, civil engineering, are recipients of this year’s Chancellor's Teaching, Research, and Service Awards respectively. They were recently honored, along with other faculty and staff, at a campus celebration of achievements and milestones, including four individuals who have served UMD for 40 years.

Capstone projects presentedcapstone art

Twenty-five students presented their research at the University Honors Capstone Project Showcase on Apr. 23. Students worked with a faculty adviser who mentored them on their project. In addition to a capstone project, honors students take special classes, fulfill non-course requirements through activities such as community engagement, internships, or study abroad, and must maintain a high GPA to complete the program.

Theatre season announcedtheatre building

UMD’s Department of Theatre released its 2019-20 lineup. The season includes Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, an adaptation by Cummins and Scoullar of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, and the musical Little Shop of Horrors. Be sure to check out the perks of joining the First Nighter’s Club.


King earns scholarshipMia King

Kamille "Mia" King '19, Chicago, earned a 2019 David L. Boren Scholarship. A biology and psychology major, King will spend a year studying Portuguese in Mozambique, and plans to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on antibiotic resistance in the U.S. and abroad.

Rosemark and Westfield to lead student bodySam Rosemark and Josh Westfield

Samuel Rosemark '21, Oakdale, and Josh Westfield '20, Farmington, have taken office as Morris Campus Student Association president and vice president. The two aim to build a more "wholesome" U of M Morris through wellness, equity, community, academics, and sustainability.

Faculty and staff honors

Seventeen Morris faculty and staff members were honored at the annual recognition dinner on Apr. 23. Hosted by Chancellor Michelle Behr, the event provided the campus community an opportunity to congratulate faculty and staff award recipients and to thank retirees for their service to the campus.


C-SPAN visits RochesterVirginia Wright Peterson

C-SPAN visited Rochester in March to feature the history and literary life of the community. While here, the network interviewed faculty member Virginia Wright-Peterson about her book, Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation.

Maude Finch AwardGail Sauter

Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Campus Resources Gail Sauter recently received the Maude Finch Award from United Way of Olmsted County and United Way's Women United. The award recognizes a community woman whose service or achievements are outstanding examples of living united to advance the common good in our community by giving, advocating, and/or volunteer service to United Way of Olmsted County or United Way partners.

Twin Cities

New website for Academic Success Centers

Students can now find tutoring for over 250 classes; writing, research, and media project support; and tools to enhance success and study skills at the new academic success centers website at Faculty and staff can also find syllabus statements, media slides, and information on how to request classroom presentations from academic success centers. Direct any questions about these services or resources to

Faculty and instructor cohort programs

Registration is now open for 2019-20 Early Career Teaching and Learning Program and Mid-Career Teaching Program. Join faculty and instructors in building community among peers to explore teaching topics of interest to the group. Participants who meet the program requirements will receive professional development funds.

May 2 - NORA Symposium: Stressed Out from Work: An Occupational Hazard

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health and partners will present the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Symposium, featuring a panel discussion about the challenges of addressing stress and mental health problems that result from work. Hear perspectives from panelists representing agricultural producers, firefighters, and veterinarians. 2-5:30 p.m., Mayo Auditorium.

May 2 - Headliners: Studying the Beginning of the Universe from the Bottom of the World

Hosted by LearningLife in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Headliners (purchase tickets) concludes its 13th season with a presentation by Clem Pryke, professor of physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy. Pryke will discuss the history and evidence for Big Bang cosmology, and the technology and myriad logistics involved in building and operating telescopes at one of the most remote and inhospitable locations on Earth--the South Pole. 7-8:30 p.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul.

May 8 - Extension offers home energy-efficiency tips

Could you use some relief on your natural gas and electric bills? Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Clean Energy Resource Teams have invited the Citizens Utility Board to assist U of M staff and students with their energy-related questions. Extension will offer 20-minute energy bill consultations (no charge) from 11: a.m. to 1 p.m., Hayes Hall, St. Paul. Bring your bill and your questions. Reserve your place now or email Joel Haskard with questions.

May 17 - Truths, Tweets, and Tomorrows

The Friends of the Libraries Annual Celebration will feature David Ferriero, archivist of the United States, in conversation with journalist Tom Weber. 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Tickets are required.

May 28 - Workshop: The Other Side of Poverty in Schools

In this intensive one-day workshop designed for teachers, administrators, counselors, specialists, and education professionals, participants will learn about the five principles for change to establish positive relationships with and better support working-class students and families and those experiencing poverty. The workshop will be co-led by Mark Vagle and Colleen Clements. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Register and learn more.

June 20 - Masonic Children's Hospital Turtle Derby

For 33 years, the Turtle Derby at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has been a popular tradition, raising funds for programming that benefits patients and their families. Register a team or purchase special Turtle Derby gear in advance of the event. Past derbies have funded the purchase of hearing aid support supplies, end-of-life memory-making activities, books, anxiety-reducing toys for pediatric clinics, and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., hospital grounds.

UMTC Featured Events

May 2 - The Promise and Peril of Community Organizing
May 2 - IRON50 Artist Talks: James L. Hayes, Rian Kerrane, Michał Staszczak
May 3 - Spring 2019 Chamber Music Gala
May 6 - Graphic Design Senior Show
May 7 - EXHIBITION | My Theory Is...
May 7 - Founders Day 2019
May 8 - WAM Shop Spring Sale
May 17 - Humanitarian Crisis Simulation 2019

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