May 18, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 19

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meeting highlights.
  • Driven to Discover: Linda Buturian.
  • Feature: Familial cancer registry could save lives; From photography, healing.
  • People: Mark Coyle has been named director of Gopher Athletics; and more

Top News

Board of Regents meeting highlights

The Board of Regents reviewed President Eric Kaler's proposed FY17 operating budget during its May meeting. Board members will act on the operating budget in June, when the Board will also consider the proposed FY17 capital budget. Additionally, University leaders updated the Board on negotiations among the U of M, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services to create a new entity called University of Minnesota Health (M Health). The Board also reviewed revisions to the Student Conduct Code and formally recognized faculty, staff, and student award recipients for their achievements and contributions on behalf of the University.

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Driven to Discover: Linda Buturianlinda buturian

It's a struggle every instructor faces--how to really engage students. U of M teaching specialist Linda Buturian has a vision, and she's found a way to inspire students and educators through digital storytelling.

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Familial cancer registry could save livesfamily tree sketching

In their quest to fight cancer more effectively, scientists at the U know that information is key. Understanding your cancer risk can translate directly to a better health outcome. A U of M-established cancer registry, originally designed to enroll people with hereditary and familial cancers, has now morphed into a multifaceted operation that also does clinical research, genetic counseling and testing, and outreach designed to educate people about the importance of genetic counseling and testing.

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From photography, healingsick boy hugging his little sister

A recent photography exhibit at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital shared a beautiful, honest view into the lives of six patients with severe or chronic illness.

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Mark Coyle has been named director of Gopher Athletics; Garry Jenkins has been named dean of the University of Minnesota Law School; Lauren Martin has received the 2016 University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award; Kola Okuyemi has been named as the inaugural recipient of the U of M Endowed Chair for Health Equity Research; OVPR has announced the winners of the 2016-18 Minnesota Futures grant program; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

This summer at the Arb: Big Bugs and Savage Gardenskids pose in front of big bug sculpture

A 1,200-lb. praying mantis, a seven-foot-tall bee with hive, a butterfly with a five-and-a-half-foot wingspan, and other larger-than-life insects will soon grace the U of M Landscape Arboretum grounds when David Rogers' Big Bugs exhibit of 12 huge bugs and insects opens June 18. Savage Gardens, The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants opens May 27, with six interactive displays for children featuring hands-on, playful learning that will help them identify plants, be a bug, build a bog, and see how plants lure, trap, and digest insects.

CTSI spinoff acquires $8 million in financing

U of M medical technology spinoff EmboMedics has amassed $8 million in financing over two years to further develop a drug delivery device for cancer patients that was invented by the U's Jafar Golzarian and his team. Invention of the device was supported through pilot funding from a Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) program aimed at developing new therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, and treatment approaches.

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Making connections: 2016 Natural Capital Symposium

In March, 20 University of Minnesota scientists and students joined researchers from around the world at Stanford University for the annual Natural Capital Symposium. They gathered to share stories and advance efforts to encourage and empower planners and leaders to consider the value of the environment in decision-making. This year's event was the largest and most diverse symposium NatCap has ever hosted.

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New Gmail feature builds awareness of email security

Google recently announced a new security feature that's coming soon to Gmail. Its purpose is to help Gmail users determine if they are sending email to an account that supports encryption. This new feature is designed to raise awareness of email security but should have minimal effect on University email users.

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Faculty and Staff Day

Faculty and Staff Day was held May 10 in celebration of excellence and service by UMC faculty and staff. Years of service milestones, retirements, and other awards were presented.

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Class of 2016 commencement photos

More than 220 graduates participated in commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2016.

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Online student Roy Thurston

Roy Thurston, a student enrolled in the online major in quality management, discusses his experience as an online student in a new video on YouTube. Thurston plans to complete his degree in 2018 while maintaining his position at New Flyer of America, a bus manufacturing company in Crookston.


Fitzpatrick honoredLisa Fitzpatrick

Lisa Fitzpatrick, director of the Viz Lab and MMAD Lab, is the recipient of the U of M President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award recognizes individuals who have gone far beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated tremendous commitment to the University community. She has championed a number of collaborative projects between faculty and staff from various disciplines.

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Celebrating books

The 28th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) will be held May 26, Kirby Ballroom. This year's keynote speaker is author and UMD alumnus Michael Fedo. Awards are given in six categories: fiction, poetry, general nonfiction, memoir/creative nonfiction, children's literature, and art/photography.

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May 27 - Science on Deckblue heron boat

Large Lakes Observatory will offer the first of four "Science on Deck" events aboard its research vessel Blue Heron. Doug Jensen from Minnesota Sea Grant will present "Silent Invasion of the Great Lakes: How fish have been introduced into Lake Superior" at 3:15 p.m. No charge and open to the public.

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González Roberts receives President's Award for Outstanding ServiceWindy Roberts

Windy González Roberts has received the 2016 President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award honors exceptional commitment and service beyond the regular duties of a faculty or staff member.

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Summer term begins

UMM's summer term begins with May Session, which starts on May 16 and runs through June 3.

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Students Collaborate To Capture 'Rochester Voices'UMR voices students

Capturing and sharing unique stories from the people who call Rochester home was the focus this semester for three University of Minnesota Rochester students who participated in a Community Collaboratory (Co-Lab) project with the Med City Beat. Rochester Voices aims to find one-of-a-kind individuals who provide insight into what it means to visit, work, and live in Rochester.

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May 24 - UMR CONNECTS: Complex Answers to Simple Questions: How Trees WorkEric north

How big can trees grow? How old can trees get? Normally we try to find simple answers to these seemingly simple questions. Eric North, research fellow and instructor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Forest Resources, will use a mix of entertainment and science to explore the complexities of trees. 7 p.m., 417 University Square.

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Twin Cities

The urgency of campus climate reform

For those who come to the U from underrepresented populations, campus can sometimes be an isolating, hurtful, and harmful place, with structural and systemic barriers to success. See initiatives and projects under way to ensure the UMTC campus is welcoming and respectful to all.

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Stay active this summer with University Fitness Classes

University Fitness Classes through University Recreation and Wellness are eight-week classes designed to strengthen muscles, enhance cardiovascular fitness, and teach the basics of a balanced exercise program. Employee/UPlan members can receive small-group attention, have the $199 registration fee reimbursed by attending 13 of 16 classes, participate in pre- and post-class assessments, and earn 50 Wellness Points. Classes begin the week of June 13; registration deadline is June 1.

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Bell Museum and Planetarium executive director candidate seminars

After a nationwide search, four candidates have been selected to participate in an interview process for executive director of the Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. Each candidate will present a public seminar to articulate their vision and goals.

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May 24 - Campus Club summer happy hour kickoff

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 EventsMan rubbing sleep out of his eyes

May 25 - OED Certificate Workshop 1: Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity

May 31 - The Zika Virus: What is It and How Do We Teach About it?

June 1 - OED Certificate Workshop 2: Leadership in the Context of Equity and Diversity

June 1 - EXHIBITION | Remembering Persia: Art & Healing

June 6 - Sleep: Evolution, Nature, Function (LearningLife course)

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