May 24, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 20

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

Summer publication schedule: Brief will publish on June 7 and 21, July 12 and 26, and Aug. 9. Weekly publication will resume Aug. 30.

  • State Relations update.
  • Features: Predicting cancer's next move; America’s uneven war toll.
  • People: Extension has received nearly $1 million in grants for work in Greater Minnesota; and more.

Top News

State Relations update

Legislative leaders and the governor reached an agreement on the higher education budget bill. The bill, S.F. 943, provides $54.62 million in new funding in FY18-19 for the University of Minnesota. The bill also includes a number of policy provisions pertaining to the U of M.

See State Relations for ongoing updates >

Predicting cancer's next movegraphic illustration

At the Masonic Cancer Center, U of M researchers are looking at how cancer spreads in an unusual way: through the lens of physics. Professor David Odde ultimately hopes that by understanding cell migration patterns, he and his colleagues can unlock the secret to suppressing movement. That could stop cancer from progressing to more deadly stages and turn it into a low-grade, localized disease that can be managed.

Learn more about the research >

America’s uneven war tollsoldiers boot

Americans who die or are wounded in today’s wars are increasingly coming from the poorer parts of our country, says a new study by U of M law professor Francis Shen and Boston University political scientist Douglas Kriner. The study looks at the difference between the median household incomes of communities with the top 25 percent of casualties and all other communities.


U of M Extension has received nearly $1 million in grants to seek solutions to current concerns in Greater Minnesota; Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship spring recipients; Elizabeth Heger Boyle has received a $900,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the American Law Institute will award its Young Scholars Medal to Daniel Schwarcz; Randy Seifert has been named the Peters Endowed Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

July 26 - Taste & Toast celebration

The U of M Landscape Arboretum will host its annual Taste & Toast event, featuring delicious treats from 45-plus local restaurants (and two food trucks) and beverage samples from regional wineries and breweries. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum.

Find tickets and more >


Summer Camps and Conferences at UMC

From adult and youth horse riding clinics to volleyball and robotics camps, UMC has a variety of events on campus this summer.

See the full schedule >

June 5 - College in the High School workshop

Instructors, counselors, and principals from more than 30 school districts will attend the annual College in the High School workshop. The event connects high school partners with on-campus faculty and provides professional development, program updates, and oversight. Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

See the full schedule >


Faculty promotionsUMD marquee

The Board of Regents recently approved the promotion of six UMD faculty members to full professor. They are Jefferson Campbell, music; Runa Das, political science; Qiang Fang, history; John Greene, math and statistics; Eugene Koshinski, music; Jennifer Mencl, management studies; Bedassa Tadesse, economics; and Robert Weidner, sociology/anthropology. Additionally, 13 faculty members were promoted to associate professor and another received indefinite tenure.

What they learneda dog alongside a river

The team from the community project One River, Many Stories has released their final report. Their hope is to inform and inspire other communities to launch their own projects. One River, Many Stories was a collaborative journalism, media, and storytelling project for journalists, educators, and the public centered on the topic of the St. Louis River.

May 26 - Tour the Blue HeronBlue Heron boat

UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory will offer its first “Science on Deck” event of the season aboard the research vessel Blue Heron. Assistant Professor Cody Sheik will present “The good, the bad, and the ugly: The many faces of aquatic microbes” at 3:15 p.m.


Three UMM faculty earn Grant-in-Aid awards

Julie Eckerle, Steven Morgan, and Benjamin Narvaez earned awards in the spring grant round of the Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship Program. Administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research and artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of the institution.

Brand confirmed as U.S. Associate Attorney GeneralRachel Brand

Alumna Rachel Brand ’95 has been confirmed as the new U.S. associate attorney general. Brand is now third in command at the U.S. Department of Justice.


Chancellor Lehmkuhle announces retirementStephen Lehmkuhle

Chancellor Stephen W. Lehmkuhle has announced his plans to step down from campus leadership on Aug. 1. Serving as UMR chancellor since its founding 10 years ago, Lehmkuhle is widely credited with creating the campus from scratch and helping further establish the U of M in southeastern Minnesota.

May 30 - Discovering Summer Fun in Rochester

Rochester has much to offer people of all ages, especially during the summer months. At the next UMR Connects, representatives from Rochester Downtown Alliance, Rochesterfest, and Rochester Civic Music will highlight activities planned throughout the summer in Rochester. 7 p.m., Room 417, 111 S. Broadway.

Twin Cities

June 5 - Celebration of John Brandl & His Uncommon Quest for Common Good

Ron Haskins and Robert Doar will share why and how the collaboration between two famous Washington think tanks of different political orientation came about in “Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: Is a Left-Right ‘Grand Bargain’ on Poverty Possible?” 5-6:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

June 26-28 - 2017 WAM Teacher InstituteWeisman gallery

This three-day workshop allows teachers to work alongside local artists, explore WAM’s galleries, and learn strategies to help build visual and verbal literacy, all while earning 18 CEUs. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily.

Register and learn more >

June 28-30 - Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute

Stressors such as shrinking budgets, increased class sizes, teacher attrition, and burnout, combined with large numbers of students who have experienced trauma, call attention to the need for innovations that promote well-being in schools. The Center for Spirituality and Healing’s Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute brings together researchers and educators for three days of learning and discussion on mindfulness research and practices to address needs in schools. Webster Elementary School, Minneapolis.

Oct. 12-13 - Student Engagement Conference: Connection to School, Motivation to Learn

Register now for Check & Connect’s second biennial conference, Student Engagement: Connection to School, Motivation to Learn. The event will bring together leading experts and practitioners from around the world to address the topic of student engagement among at-risk youth. McNamara Alumni Center.

UMTC Featured EventsMiss Burma book cover

June 3 - EXHIBITION | Inside Her Clothes
June 5 - "Miss Burma": A Conversation with Author Charmaine Craig
June 6 - Pathways to Post-Career Life (Encore Transitions course)
June 9 - Women in Prison in Minnesota: Voices of Hope From Within Prison Walls

Events Calendar >