May 2, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 17

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

Summer publication: Brief will publish on May 16, June 6 and 20, July 18, and Aug. 8 and 22. Weekly publication will resume Aug. 29.

  • Features: Researchers 3D print electronics and cells directly on skin; Trusting to learn; U of M measures effects of congestion on access to jobs by car; Researchers unveil Minnesota autism rates as part of nationwide CDC study; The small but mighty cell.
  • People: Erika Lee is a recipient of a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship; and more.

Top News

Researchers 3D print electronics and cells directly on skinelectronics 3D printed on a hand

In a groundbreaking new study, U of M researchers have used a customized, low-cost 3D printer to print electronics on a real hand for the first time. The technology could be used by soldiers to print temporary sensors on their bodies to detect chemical or biological agents or to print solar cells to charge essential electronics. Researchers also successfully printed biological cells on the skin wound of a mouse. The technique could lead to new medical treatments for wound healing and direct printing of grafts for skin disorders.

Trusting to learnMother and child on a dock

Trust has big implications, not only for our relationships with other people but also for the information they share with us. At the same time, we don’t trust everyone: Some people seem unreliable, insincere, or make claims that go against what we know. But when do our trusting skills form? Melissa Koenig, a professor in the Institute of Child Development, and doctoral candidate Sarah Suárez are examining how children develop the critical thinking skills they need to form trust and learn from others.

Learn about the research >

U of M measures effects of congestion on access to jobs by cartraffic on golden gate bridge

Annually updated research from the U of M Accessibility Observatory estimates the impact of traffic congestion on access to jobs for the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The study also ranks access to jobs by car for these metro areas. Cars, trucks, and other private motor vehicles are used for an estimated 86 percent of U.S. commutes.

Researchers unveil Minnesota autism rates as part of nationwide CDC study

A study by the U of M Minnesota-Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network identified 1 in 42 children (2.4 percent) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Minnesota. As part of a nationwide network of studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disability Monitoring Network, the Minnesota-specific study shows the rate of ASD is higher than the national average.

The small but mighty cellCell graphic

A pioneering bone marrow transplant at the U of M 50 years ago led to thousands of lives saved and launched a new generation of potent cell therapies. Since then the University has continued to lead the field in blood and marrow transplants (BMTs), expanding their use beyond blood cancers and immune deficiencies to include solid tumors, bone marrow failure disorders, and inherited metabolic diseases. U of M experts are also exploring the use of BMT to treat the skin blistering disease epidermolysis bullosa, HIV/AIDS, and autoimmune diseases.

Learn more about BMT >


Erika Lee has been named a recipient of a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship; Jason Chan has been selected as one of Poets & Quants Best 40 under 40 Business Professors for 2018; John Bryson has received the H. George Frederickson Award from the Public Management Research Association; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

ULearn to be retired, replaced with Training Hub in June

The University of Minnesota will discontinue its use of ULearn and adopt Training Hub as its new training administration system. Training Hub will be available on June 5. Partial progress of online training in ULearn will not be transferred to the new system. Those actively taking online courses in ULearn should complete that training by midnight on June 1.

Learn more about the transition >

May 3 - Meetings of the University/Faculty Senates

The University and Faculty Senates will hold concurrent meetings on topics including budget and finance, organics recycling at the University, and an update from the Liberal Education Redesign Committee. All members of the University community are invited to attend. System campuses will be linked by videoconference. 2:30-5 p.m., Coffman Theater.

See docket materials for the full agenda >

May 12-13 - U of M Landscape Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale

The 50th Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale will be triple the usual size with no admission charge. With more than 1,000 varieties, there will be a selection of sun and shade plants, curated grasses, heirloom vegetables, plentiful herbs, native Minnesota plant species, and University of Minnesota introductions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Download a catalog of available plants >

May 23 - Startup Workshop: The Finer Points of Raising Money

U of M faculty, graduate students, and post-docs are invited to a startup seminar and networking event for U of M researchers interested in bringing their ideas to market. Attendees will learn from faculty who have launched startups and hear from startup executives about their experiences identifying angel investors, working with venture capitalists, and learning how to pitch a new technology to investors.

Register and learn more >

GoldPASS upgraded

GoldPASS, the platform that connects U of M students and alumni with jobs, employers, and career services, has been upgraded to be faster and easier to use. Employers can now access the new system to build a profile and post upcoming employment opportunities, and faculty, staff, and other visitors can view and search for job, internship, and volunteer postings.


Student profile: Jordan AdamsJordan Adams and his dog

When senior Jordan Adams isn’t racing to finish fieldwork, he’s competing against a field of competitors at the racetrack. Working a fourth-generation farm near Reynolds, ND, it seems only natural Adams would choose agronomy as his major at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Read more about Adams >

Student Awards Celebration photos

Student awards were given out during a ceremony in late April. See the photo album of award recipients.


Faculty and staff honoredUMD marquee campus sign

Professor of Biology Julie Etterson, Associate Professor of Education Helen Mongan-Rallis, and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology Emily Gaarder are recipients of this year’s Chancellor's Teaching, Research, and Service awards. They were recently honored along with other faculty and staff at a campus celebration of achievements and milestones, including that of Gail Kehoe, who was recognized for 50 years of service.

Minnesota Book Award recipientLinda Grover

Linda LeGarde Grover’s collection of essays, Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year, took first place in the Memoir and Creative Non Fiction category of the 2018 Minnesota Book Awards. Grover is a professor in UMD’s Department of American Indian Studies. Her published works include the short story collection The Dance Boots and the novel The Road Back to Sweet Grass

Capstone projects presentedclouds blue sky

All five colleges were represented at the University Honors Capstone Project Showcase on Apr. 19. Twenty-six students presented their research. In addition to their capstone project, honors students enroll in special classes; fulfill non-course requirements through activities such as community engagement, internships, or study abroad; and attend events designed to broaden worldviews.


Polahn earns PPIA fellowshipJamie Polahn

Jamie Polahn '19, Champlin, earned a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship. Polahn was attracted to the PPIA program because it offered an opportunity to get involved in public policy and health. Inspired by her mother's journey to become a nurse, Polahn hopes to follow her own public-health path someday.

UMM Native students MPR special2017 UMM native students

A new special by Minnesota Public Radio News sheds light on the experiences of Native students at Morris. Featuring heartfelt and powerful student stories, the program’s goal is to produce an hour of radio that amplifies and accurately reflects student voices.

Faculty and staff Recognition Dinnertwo staff at recognition dinner

Twelve faculty and staff were honored at the annual Recognition Dinner on Apr. 26. Hosted by Chancellor Michelle Behr, the event provided the campus community a chance to congratulate faculty and staff award recipients and to thank retirees for their service to the campus.


Capstone presentations

2018 graduates of UMR's Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program presented their capstones this week. BSHS students have the unique opportunity to personalize their education with a capstone experience. A capstone is a combined set of learning experiences focused on an individualized theme that aligns with each student's personal and professional goals.

Poetry reading by UMR studentsstudents and faculty at poetry event

Three UMR student poets--Amarachi Orakwue, Mason Schlief, and Martha Sawaki--read poems at the Lauren Camp poetry-reading event at Cafe STEAM.

Twin Cities

Makerspace innovation labStudents at the makerspace lab

The Makerspace is a student-driven innovation lab located in the Bio-Medical Library offering Twin Cities faculty, staff, and students access to 3D printers, embroidery/sewing machines, robotics, and other electronics. U of M Libraries recently used the lab to print a stethoscope that could be made for $5--a promising tool for physicians working in countries where the typical cost of a stethoscope may present a significant financial barrier.

May 7 - UMPD open house

The University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) will hold its annual open house in recognition of National Police Week. Stop by for lunch and an opportunity to meet UMPD officers and U of M security staff. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Transportation and Safety Building.

May 9 - The Neuroscience of Exercise and Public Dance

Why do we feel so good when we move? What happens in our brains and bodies when we exercise and dance? In this participatory workshop that begins with a DYFIT session outdoors, Wendy Suzuki will share her work on how aerobic exercise can improve learning, memory, and higher cognitive abilities. She will offer her first impression of a particular mind-body practice and theorize about its benefits for a happier life. Suzuki is a professor of neural science and psychology at New York University, and author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Barbara Barker Center for Dance.

Register and learn more >

May 18 - Leading Together: Finding Common Ground in Uncommon Times

Collaborating across teams, organizations, and sectors to advance the common good in a diverse world is not easy with people who view the world differently. Laura Bloomberg, dean of the Humphrey School, will draw on her leadership research and experience to highlight practices that achieve the best outcomes. Bloomberg has held numerous leadership positions across higher education and her research and policy work focuses on community-based leadership, public value creation, and education policy.

Register and learn more >

UMTC Featured EventsWAM spring sale poster

May 3 - Workplace Harassment: Ensuring Respect, Combating Harassment, Improving Organizational Performance
May 3 - Best Practices Day: The Science of Learning
May 4 - SHIFT: Graphic Design Senior Show
May 4 - U of M Campus Orchestra Concert
May 8 - OED Certificate Workshop: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women's Equity
May 9-11 - WAM Shop Spring Sale
Events Calendar >