May 3, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 17

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover: Protecting human rights with Samuel Myers.
  • Features: Species spread in spurts; UMTC joins American Talent Initiative in national effort.
  • People: Recipients of the President's Award for Outstanding Service; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Protecting human rights with Samuel MyersSam Myers

Our communities face urgent problems of racial and ethnic economic inequality. They have to do with the criminal justice system, with earnings, with home ownership, and more. Samuel Myers gives activists tools to shape real solutions to these deeply connected problems.

Learn more about Myers’ work >

Species spread in spurtsLauren Sullivan and Allison Shaw

When plants and animals move into new spaces they often do so by fits and starts, with lots of progress one year and less--or even a loss of ground--the next. Conventional wisdom attributes this pattern to variations in the environment. But researchers led by U of M postdoctoral fellow Lauren Sullivan and assistant professor Allison Shaw have shown that such external variables aren’t needed to explain the irregular spread of species.

UMTC joins American Talent Initiative in national effortcampus mall

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has joined the American Talent Initiative (ATI) in a national effort dedicated to attracting, enrolling, and graduating more low- and moderate-income students. ATI was founded with a national goal of educating 50,000 additional high-achieving, lower-income students at the 270 colleges and universities with the highest graduation rates by 2025.


Recipients of the President's Award for Outstanding Service; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Develop your influence and effectiveness as a supervisor

Those who manage the work of others and want to become more confident in leading people, building and managing a high-performing team, and achieving results should sign up for Leadership Essentials. The program meets weekly on Tuesdays, July 18-Aug. 8, and is offered by Leadership and Talent Development in the Office of Human Resources and the College of Continuing Education. Register by July 14.


May 9 - Celebration and luncheon

All faculty and staff, including UMC, NWROC, and Extension, are encouraged to attend the annual Faculty and Staff Awards Celebration and Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom.

Man and Woman of the Year awards

Seniors Ryan Rynda and Tareyn Stomberg were named Man and Woman of the Year, capping off this year’s Student Awards Celebration. Stomberg (Menahga, MN) is double majoring in ag business and animal science, and Rynda (Argyle, MN) is majoring in software engineering.

Commencement and special events

Along with commencement exercises on May 6, the following special receptions will take place: Salute to Diverse Graduates - "A Family Affair," May 5, 6-8 p.m., Evergreen Grill, Evergreen Hall; Reception for Online Graduates, May 6, 10-11 a.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center; Pre-Commencement Reception for the Class of 2017, May 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sargeant Student Center and Sahlstrom Conference Center; and Reception for International Graduates, May 6, 4-5 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.


Austin-Minor honoredElizabeth Austin-Minor

Professor Elizabeth Austin-Minor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received the Swenson College of Science and Engineering’s Anderson Scholar/Teacher Award, which honors faculty who encourage undergraduates to take on meaningful research projects. Austin-Minor, a principal investigator on a number of UMD Large Lakes Observatory projects, also serves as an advisor to undergraduate and graduate research students.

Entrepreneurs celebratedJoel Labovitz

Six regional entrepreneurs in six categories were recently honored at the UMD Center for Economic Development’s annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards. Labovitz, the event’s namesake, addressed the audience and was surprised by Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, who proclaimed Apr. 26 as Joel Labovitz Day in the City of Duluth.

New certificate program for tribal leadersDuluth from air

UMD’s Tribal Sovereignty Institute is offering a certificate program designed to train newly elected and appointed tribal leaders and administrators. Tailored for working schedules, the program is geared toward improving problem solving-skills and giving the cohort access to resources that will assist them in their positions. Participants also develop and present capstone projects.


Faculty and staff honorsUMM faculty and staff honorees

Fifteen UMM faculty and staff were honored at the annual Recognition Dinner on Apr. 25. The event provided the campus community a chance to congratulate faculty and staff award recipients and to thank retirees for their service.

May 13 - Commencementgraduation hat

Approximately 370 students will receive their degrees at UMM’s 54th Commencement on May 13. Special guests and speakers include University of Minnesota Regent Peggy Lucas, Ravi Norman ’98, Amy Doll-Wohlers ’90, Zoey Cook ’17, Katherine Ledermann ’17, and the Northern Wind Singers.


UMR Faculty of the Year AwardShanna Altrichter and Rockie Raptor

Teaching Specialist Shanna Altrichter, sociology, is the recipient of the UMR Faculty of the Year Award. A celebration for Professor Altrichter was held Apr. 25.

Relay for Life and St. Baldrick's Event

UMR recently hosted Relay for Life at Soldiers Field, raising more than $9,000 for cancer research and patient resources. Fourteen individuals shaved their heads to raise awareness for childhood cancer.

Complete Health Improvement Program

Ten UMR Students and UMR's Health CORE Coordinator participated in Hans Diehl's Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP). On Apr. 21 the students celebrated the completion of the program with a visit from Diehl, clinical professor of preventive medicine at Loma Linda University.

May 9 - Gardening for Bees and Butterflies

Learn about the life cycles of bees and butterflies at the next UMR Connects, including where and when they nest, forage, and seek shelter and food in our landscapes. Participants will also explore pollination and the role of native plants for bees and butterflies. 7 p.m., Room 417, 111 S. Broadway.

May 11 - Physics Circusperson shooting object from makeshift cannon

The University of Minnesota’s legendary Physics Force is coming to Rochester. Physics Force will present its largest public show of the year, the Physics Circus, at 7 p.m., Mayo Civic Center Auditorium.

Twin Cities

WiFi upgrade to begin on St. Paul campus

The Next Generation Network (NGN) project will upgrade all components of the U's network, both wired and WiFi, over the next three years. WiFi upgrades will begin on the Twin Cities St. Paul campus in May 2017 (see the schedule). This first phase of the NGN project will upgrade every WiFi access point in buildings and structures on the St. Paul campus. Service disruption is expected to be minimal.

May 8 - UMPD open house

The University of Minnesota Police Department will be holding an open house, during which its new Command Vehicle will be available to tour. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor, Transportation and Safety Building. Some food and snacks will be provided.

May 10 - Giving It All Away: Doing Well in Business While Doing Good in the World

Newman's Own Foundation President and CEO Bob Forrester will join in a conversation with Laura Bloomberg, Humphrey School associate dean, on the history of Newman's Own from its founding by actor Paul Newman in 1982 through present day. Forrester will share the challenges and opportunities associated with the company's unique business model, based on 100 percent of profits going to charity--a concept that was considered by some as doomed to fail. 9:30-10:45 a.m., Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School.

May 15 – ‘How Quantum Physics Democratized Music: A Meditation on Physics and Technology’

In this lecture, physicist Sir Michael Berry will discuss unexpected and unexpectedly common connections between physics, technology, and aspects of human life that seem far removed from science, such as music and the color gold. 7 p.m., 100 Smith Hall.

May 22 - Sanctuary Through The Eyes of Women and Girls

University faculty and advocacy leaders from the Twin Cities’ communities of color will lead a public discussion about the physical and mental toll on women, girls, and families of color surrounding executive decisions and recent actions by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Participants will be invited to share testimony and explore how University researchers can better partner with communities on the issues of immigration and deportation. Registration is requested. 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program, Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis.

Detecting Infectious Diseases

School of Public Health Regents Professor Michael Osterholm often says it’s not if infectious disease crises will occur, it’s when. From influenza to antimicrobial resistance, Osterholm lays out how we can keep ourselves safe from these emerging threats.

UMTC Featured Eventsbat made from type special characters

May 3 - Quick strategies for helping students improve prose style (TWW Workshop)

May 3 - Campus Orchestra Concert

May 5 - University of Minnesota Autism Initiative Day

May 5 - T2P: Work-Life Balance, Integration, and Wellbeing

May 5 - Star Parties: Galaxies in the Universe

May 8 - DesignBats | Reception

May 8 - Tourism Center Research Showcase

May 10 - WAM Shop Spring Sale

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