May 11, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 18

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

Summer publication notice: Brief will publish May 18; June 1, 15, and 29; July 13; and Aug. 3, 17, and 31. Weekly publication resumes Sept. 7.

  • Board of Regents meets May 12-13.
  • U of M Public Budget Forum.
  • Driven to Discover: Mike Whalen.
  • People: Recipients of the 2016 President's Award for Outstanding Service; and more

Top News

Board of Regents meets May 12-13

The Board of Regents will meet May 12-13 to review President Eric Kaler's proposed $3.8 billion FY17 operating budget. Under the proposal, about 20,000 resident undergraduate students will see no tuition increases. Financial aid enhancements, a 2.5 percent merit-based salary increase for faculty and staff, and administrative reallocations of $15 million are also recommended. Regents will also review the proposed FY17 capital improvement budget, discuss the University of Minnesota Health integration agreement, consider revisions to the Student Conduct Code, act on recommendations for promotion and tenure, and honor faculty, staff, and student award winners.

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Reminder: May 13 U of M Public Budget Forum

Members of the University of Minnesota community and the public are invited to provide input on President Eric Kaler's recommended FY17 Annual Operating Budget at a May 13 budget forum, 12:45-1:45 p.m., following the Board of Regents meeting. The proposed budget is available in the May docket materials at Individuals who wish to speak in front of the Board must attend the sign-up May 13, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., West Committee Room, 600 McNamara Alumni Center.

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Driven to Discover: Mike WhalenMike Whalen

Ours is a world of increasing interconnection—especially when it comes to technology and the software on which it depends. But what if that software isn't dependable? Mike Whalen and his research team are driven to discover how to make critical software secure.

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Recipients of the 2016 President's Award for Outstanding Service; Mark Kappelhoff has been appointed as a judge in Minnesota's 4th Judicial District by Governor Mark Dayton; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

New Human Resources website

The Office of Human Resources will update its site and change its URL to on May 12. The new site will be organized based on user feedback to better meet the needs of job seekers, employees, supervisors, and students. It will also be more accessible and easier to navigate on mobile devices. Email Nora Hayes with any questions.

New U of M international emergency phone number

The University now has a central international emergency phone number for use by all travelers who are abroad for University purposes. Faculty, staff, and students who are experiencing an emergency abroad can call 612-301-CALL (2255) and get help 24/7.

Learn more about dealing with emergencies abroad >

Civil Service employment rules amendment hearings

The Civil Service Consultative Committee is proposing amendments to the Civil Service Employment Rules. Public hearings regarding the proposed amendments have been scheduled for May 17, noon-1 p.m., and May 18, 4-5 p.m.

Call for Proposals: Preparing Global-Ready Students

Proposals for sessions and posters are now being accepted for the Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference: Preparing Global-Ready Students, a systemwide conference to showcase programs, research, and initiatives at the University that internationalize the student experience. Proposals are due May 27. The conference will be held Sept. 30 at the Humphrey School.

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May 11 - Junior High Music Festival

The annual Junior High Music Festival, open to the public, will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, and Kiehle Auditorium, Kiehle Building.

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June 6 - College in the High School Workshop

The annual College in the High School (CIHS) Workshop will be held on campus June 6. With National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships accreditation, UMC hosts nearly 90 CIHS instructors who teach college credit in the high school classroom.

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C. Eugene Allen Award recipients

Associate Professors Katy Smith and Brian Dingmann of the Math, Science & Technology Department have been awarded the C. Eugene Allen Award for Innovative International Initiatives for their work with internationalizing teaching and learning.

Learn more about the award >


Day honoredPricilla Day

Professor Priscilla Day has been named as a recipient of the U of M President's Award for Outstanding Service. She is the head of the Department of Social Work as well as the director for the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare. Her areas of research are American Indian family preservation and culturally competent practice.

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Art history meets graphic designart history juxtaposition

After students in Associate Professor Jennifer Webb's art history class finished writing papers on "Florence and the Courts," Assistant Professor Alex Girard's graphic design students took on the task of elevating the research. Creative movie trailer-styled videos and a visually enhanced online journal showcase the work.

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Volunteers needed for Recreational Sports Outdoor Program tripsperson rock climbing

Recreational Sports Outdoor Program (RSOP) is seeking faculty and staff who would like to participate in a Freshman Outdoor Trip, Aug. 20-23. Trips are at no charge for faculty and staff, and are a great way for first-year students to connect with the University community. Activities include canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, sea kayaking, and mountain biking.

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2016 Recognition Dinner photosperson accepting recognition award

The 25th annual University of Minnesota Morris Recognition Dinner took place on Apr. 28. Nine retirees were recognized along with eight faculty and staff members who won campus awards.

See the Photos >

2016 Student Leadership Banquet photosstudent receiving award

The University of Minnesota Morris Student Leadership Banquet took place on Apr. 27. Seven UMM students received awards in recognition of their leadership in student organizations, athletics, and the classroom.

See the photos >

May 14 - 53rd Commencementstudent celebrating graduation

More than 360 University of Minnesota Morris students will receive their degrees at the 53rd Commencement. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. on the campus mall. All are invited to attend or to watch the event live online.

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Metzger published for genetics research on turtle genderKelsey Metzger with turtle egg

Did you know the sex of many reptile species is determined by temperature? UMR Assistant Professor of Biology Kelsey Metzger co-authored a paper published in the journal GENETICS that shows new research identifying the first gene associated with temperature-dependent sex determination in any reptile. Understanding this could help predict how reptiles will evolve in response to climate change. Several news outlets covered the research, including the Washington Post.

Research and Education Symposium and Capstone Presentationsstudents giving capstone presentation

The spring semester at the University of Minnesota Rochester isn't in the books without the annual UMR Research and Education Symposium and Capstone Presentations. These two unique events highlight the hard work students have done all semester and throughout their time at UMR.

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Twin Cities

Market Science at the Minneapolis Midtown Farmers Marketgraphic half orange half technology

Market Science is a collective of scientists from the University of Minnesota who will attend the Minneapolis Midtown Farmers Market every Saturday, May 7-Oct. 29. They will share science through hands-on learning activities for kids, answer scientific questions for market goers, and facilitate dialogue between researchers and the community.

See the schedule of market topics and themes >

Additional women's restrooms in Hodson Hall

Sixty-five percent of Hodson Hall faculty and staff are female, and they sometimes make the trek to the next building to avoid the long lines due to an insufficient numbers of restrooms. This summer, Hodson Hall's women's restrooms will double in capacity. Work is under way at several other U buildings where the male-to-female ratio is disproportionate.

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May 11 - A Sip of Science: The lock is closed: what are the keys to river health?

The Mississippi River has long been managed for navigation and transportation purposes. Last June, the St. Anthony Falls lock was closed to navigation and channel dredging was halted. These management actions are expected to change the physical, chemical, and biological condition of the river between the Coon Rapids and Ford Dams. Jane Mazack will describe a current study that investigates the keys to evaluating the impacts of the lock closure. 5:30 p.m., Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis.

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May 16 - Too Big To Fail: A Conversation with Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari

Join the Minneapolis Fed's new president Neel Kashkari for a conversation about banks and nationwide economic stability. Kashkari is eager to hear from the University of Minnesota community. Come with questions and help make this an engaging event. Hosted by the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute. 6 p.m. lecture, 7 p.m. reception, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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May 17 – Public forum: The sharing economy

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 forum will explore the promise—and potential perils—of the sharing economy.

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Campus Club summer happy hours

The Campus Club will kick off summer happy hours May 24, 4-7 p.m., outdoor Terrace (fourth floor of Coffman). Nonmembers are welcome all summer for happy hour. The kickoff event will feature cocktails with spirits from Tattersall Distilling, new appetizers, and live music from Mill City Jazz.

UMTC Featured Events

May 17 - Café Scientifique: Toxicology in the 21st Century
May 18 - In Bending Our Ear Downward: Poetry Reading, Tour, and Reception
May 18-19 - Energy and U public shows
May 19 - The Opportunity City: Progress Report on Improving Equity in Minneapolis

May 23 - Focus on Food Protection & Leadership

Events Calendar >