May 4, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 17

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • May 13 Public Budget Forum.
  • Driven to Discover: Richard Lee.
  • Feature: Breaking the Care Barriers.
  • People: Robert Vince has received the International Society for Antiviral Research Award of Excellence; and more.

Top News

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, following the Board of Regents meeting. The proposed budget will be available in the May docket materials, which will be released at noon, May 6, at, where the forum will also be live-streamed. 12:45-1:45 p.m., Boardroom, 600 McNamara Alumni Center. 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.

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Driven to Discover: Richard LeeRichard Lee

For years, U of M psychology professor Richard Lee has studied how parents and children in racially mixed families talk about race and racism. In particular, Lee studies family dynamics within families who have internationally adopted Korean children. While only about 5-10 percent of Koreans nationwide are adopted, in Minnesota that figure is estimated at around 50 percent.

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Breaking the Care Barriersdoctor examining patient

The Community University Health Care Center is celebrating 50 years of breaking through divides of poverty, language, race, and culture to serve its patients.

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Robert Vince has received the International Society for Antiviral Research Award of Excellence; Theresa Reineke and Efie Kokkoli will be inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows; Arthur Leon has been named the Henry L. Taylor Professor of Exercise Science by the American College of Sports Medicine; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program

Applications are being accepted for the Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program, a multidisciplinary program to support faculty in designing courses to prepare global-ready students. Faculty systemwide are encouraged to apply. Offered by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance in partnership with the Center for Educational Innovation. Applications are due May 27.

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May 7 - UMC Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

The 2016 class marks the 108th graduating class of this campus since the very first in 1909 (as the Northwest School of Agriculture), the 49th graduating class as an institution of higher learning, and the 23rd graduating class as a baccalaureate university. Commencement ceremonies begin at 2 p.m., Lysaker Gymnasium, and live online.

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May 10 - Faculty and Staff Awards Celebration

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

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May 7 - Al Franken to speak at UMD CommencementAl Franken

Senator Al Franken will speak at UMD's two commencement ceremonies in AMSOIL Arena. UMD will also livestream the ceremonies. A total of 1,975 students will graduate from UMD this year. UMD will confer 1,814 bachelor's degrees, 158 master's degrees, and 3 doctoral degrees.

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Capstone Projectsstudent presenting her work

Students in the University Honors program recently presented their independently driven scholarship capstone research. The University Honors program offers students who are serious about their intellectual and personal growth a variety of special classes enhanced by cultural events, leadership, civic engagement, and research opportunities.

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Analyzing Duluth's solar potentialsolar heat map of Duluth

UMD's Geospatial Analysis Center is working with the City of Duluth, Ecolibrium3, and UMD students to create a map of solar energy potential for Duluth. Aerial photos will delineate all residential and commercial building footprints in order to understand the potential for solar photovoltaic systems based on incoming solar insolation and rooftop size. In June, a public web-based mapping application will provide an assessment of solar resources for UMD and the City of Duluth.

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UMD Athletics awarded NCAA grant

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is the recipient of an Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant from the NCAA. The grant will fund an entry-level administrative position during the 2016-17 school year. The person hired will focus on athletic administration and the Bulldog Club. The hiring process should begin in June.

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Hanley named chancellor of University of Minnesota MorrisRodney Hanley

Rodney Hanley has been named the next chancellor of the University of Minnesota Morris. Hanley comes to UMM from Fisk University in Nashville, one of the nation's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where he was provost and vice president for academic affairs. There, he helped design Fisk's five-year strategic plan, developed a new major in biochemistry and molecular biology, and oversaw a dramatic increase in retention of first-year students. He also directed Fisk's major expansion on global initiatives, and was instrumental in advancing Fisk's overall research profile and faculty obtaining external funding.

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May 15 - UMR Commencement CeremonyUMR diploma

The University of Minnesota Rochester will host commencement for the Class of 2016 at 2 p.m., Mayo Civic Center Auditorium. The event will include faculty and student speakers.

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Sisters Fuel Their Passion For Helping Others At UMRSamantha and Ellie

Two sisters, six years apart in age, both have a passion for health care and found their niche at the University of Minnesota Rochester. When Ellie Linscheid, who grew up in Portage, WI, decided to attend UMR, little did she know she was blazing a trail for her sister, Samantha.

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Twin Cities

Grand Challenges Research Exploratory Grants

Proposals are invited from Twin Cities faculty for Grand Challenges Research Exploratory Grants to seed and foster the development of projects consistent with the integrative research goals of the campus Strategic Plan. This work will complement the work of five Grand Challenges Interdisciplinary Research Work Groups announced by Provost Hanson. Proposal deadline is June 15.

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May 5 - Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic Paradise, the latest installation in the Institute on the Environment's annual Sustainability Film Series, aims to demonstrate our plastic consumption and its impact on natural ecosystems, including oceans. This jarring documentary will be accompanied by dance, performance art, snacks, and a local artist's perspective. 6:30 p.m., Bell Museum.

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May 6 - The Discovery of Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes

Earlier this year, headlines around the world announced the discovery of gravitational waves confirming one of Einstein's most radical theories. Find out why this discovery is so important from Jay Marx, one of the lead researchers and a senior advisor at the LIGO Lab at Caltech. No charge, but registration is requested.

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May 7 - Saturday with a Scientistmicrobes

Get ready to learn about "The Zoo in You." This all-ages event is all about microbes: What are they, what do they do, and how many do we have? Participants will learn how they help us treat diseases from Michael Sadowsky, director of the BioTechnology Institute.

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May 9 - National Police Week open house

UMPD will host an open house as part of National Police Week. Stop by for food and giveaways while supplies last. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Transportation and Safety Building, 511 Washington Avenue.

May 17 - Preserving History: A Community Scanning Event

Do you have treasured historical documents that you've always wanted to share with others but can't bear to part with? Drop by this event armed with up to five of your best historical photographs or documents and the U Libraries Archives and Special Collections unit will digitize them for you on the spot. 4-7 p.m., Sabes Jewish Community Center, Minneapolis.

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May 18-19 - Energy and U public showstwo kids doing an energy and U experiment

Flames, explosions, music, and screaming gummy bears are all part of a fun, high-energy show for adults and kids of all ages to learn more about where energy comes from and how we use it. No charge, but tickets are required. Shows are May 18 and 19, 7 p.m., Rarig Center.

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May 24 - U of M Night with the Minnesota Twinstwins hat

U of M Night with the Minnesota Twins will feature a hat giveaway, a special appearance by Goldy Gopher, the Alumni Band, and President Kaler throwing out the first pitch. A portion of every ticket sold will support the U of M Alumni Association.

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June 6 - Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards

The Humphrey School will honor five distinguished recipients of the 2016 Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award. The awards were established to honor individuals who have contributed to the common good through leadership and service. This year's awards recognize remarkable leaders who have dedicated their lives to addressing the world's most pressing problems, and to building hope and opportunity for future generations. 5:30-9 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

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UMTC Featured Eventsclose up of violin

May 5 - Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2016

May 5 - Bagels Beyond Boundaries: Cross-Sector Collaboration on Childhood Obesity Prevention

May 5 - String Gala

May 6 - UNFOLD | Senior Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition

May 6 - Love Songs For the Heart: A Concert Fundraiser for Heart Disease Research

May 6 - Bell Social

May 10 - Roy Wilkins Community Fellows Informational Meeting

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