May 6, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 18

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meet May 7-8.
  • Features: Ready to Create the Future; Cancer-killing Nanoparticles; Protecting Us from Avian Flu.
  • People: Gordon Legge has been awarded the 2015 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meet May 7-8

The Board of Regents will meet to review the U of M Twin Cities campus student housing strategy, including recommendations from a recently released report, during its May 7-8 meeting. The board will also host a public forum to hear from the U community and the public on work to strengthen the U's human subjects research practices. Other agenda items include recommendations for promotion and tenure of faculty members and recognition of award winners.

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Ready to Create the FutureMuhammad Jiwa looking at flowers

Three Class of 2015 graduates talk about their U experience and how they plan to work across disciplines to tackle global challenges.

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Cancer-killing Nanoparticlesnanoparticle slide

In researcher Jayanth Panyam's promising new treatment, iron nanoparticles seek out and destroy lung cancer cells.

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Protecting Us from Avian Fluturkey head

The U of M is playing a key role in Minnesota's response to Avian Flu. This outbreak is the most serious of its kind that Minnesota has seen, having already hit 55 farms in 16 counties.

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Gordon Legge has been awarded the 2015 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research; the U of M has been named one of the nation's most innovative users of business technology by InformationWeek, a leading technology industry publication; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

New U Card

This summer the U Card, the official identification card for the University of Minnesota, will get a fresh look that will include an enhanced image, up-to-date branding, and a new vertical orientation of the card. New cards will begin to roll out in June for incoming students, new staff and faculty, and anyone needing a replacement. Current valid U Cards do not need to be replaced and will continue to be a valid form of identification.

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Class of 2015 Commencement ceremoniesDavid Ekman

Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2015 begin May 9, 2 p.m., Lysaker Gymnasium. Regent Peggy Lucas will confer degrees on behalf of the U of M Board of Regents. UMC alumnus and entrepreneur David Ekman '81 will give the commencement address.

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Winter rye study

Associate Extension professor Jochum Wiersma of the NWROC is collaborating in a three-year, $188,495 grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture received by the owners of Far North Spirits. Wiersma will evaluate the agronomic and yield performances of U.S., Canadian, and European rye varieties and hybrids across Minnesota in collaboration with Extension educator Doug Holen and Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics professor Craig Sheaffer and assistant professor Scotty Wells.

Faculty Assembly meeting

The UMC Faculty Assembly will meet May 11, 3 p.m., 207 Dowell Hall.

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May 12 - Faculty and Staff Awards Celebration

The Faculty and Staff Awards Celebration will recognize faculty and staff for years of service, as well as recipients of a number of other end-of-the-year awards. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom.

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May 6 - Prosthetic hand research presentationDesineni Naidu

Desineni "Subbaram" Naidu, UMD Minnesota Power Jack F. Rowe Endowed Chair of Engineering, will present his research on control systems engineering. Naidu has developed a five-finger robotic prosthetic hand that uses electrical engineering to assist bioscience. Noon, 293 Marshall W. Alworth Hall.

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May 18 - Climate Minnesota: Duluthplacid lakewater

Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Climate Generation will host Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions. 6:15 p.m., Duluth Depot. Special guests: Mark Seeley, climatologist, and Mayor Don Ness.

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Laderman earns Fulbright to teach in Hong KongScott Laderman

Associate Professor Scott Laderman, Department of History, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the University of Hong Kong. His courses examine 19th and 20th century U.S. history, especially the global United States and the politics of popular culture. Laderman is the author of two books, including Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing.

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Students Finish Strong at National Theater Festivaltheater students on a stage

UMD theatre students Kayla Peters and Jayson Speters earned six merit-based awards and prizes at this year's Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Washington, D.C. Regionals for the KCACTF, held across the United States, involve nearly 18,000 college students. Fewer than 200 students make it to the final round.

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Labo Awards recipients announced

UMD's Center for Economic Development recently held its 23rd Annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards. From 44 nominees, small business owners were honored in five categories: Micro-Entrepreneur, Emerging Entrepreneur, Established Entrepreneur, Mature Entrepreneur, and Environmentally Engaged Entrepreneur. In addition, the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award was presented.

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Faculty and staff honored at recognition dinnerWoman handing another woman an award

Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson hosted the 2015 Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner, which recognized faculty and staff award recipients and thanked retirees for their service to the campus. During the event, Nancy Walters, Minnesota Office of Higher Education, presented UMM with a certificate from Gov. Mark Dayton for UMM's recent Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award.

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UMM featured in The Princeton Review's Guide to Green CollegesPrinceton Review guide cover

UMM is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. For the fourth consecutive year, the education services company has profiled the campus in its guide to the most environmentally responsible "green" colleges.

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Morris Faculty Continue Academic OutreachSenior College logo

UMM faculty members have a history of community scholarship with Alexandria Technical and Community College's Senior College program, which invites adults of all ages to participate in academic discussion. UMM faculty will not only lecture during this spring session, but also continue a tradition of academic outreach.

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Sociology lecturer assisting with relief in NepalChris Butler

Lecturer in sociology Chris Butler spoke with Raleigh, N.C.'s ABC 11 about the Nepal earthquake. Butler and alumna Rose Schwietz '13 are currently in the Kathmandu Valley assisting with relief efforts. Butler was in Nepal doing work on a Fulbright Scholarship and helping to run Sam's House Orphanage when the earthquake struck.

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UMR and Mayo collaborate on degree program

The University of Minnesota Rochester and Mayo School of Health Sciences have admitted 32 students into the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions degree program that will begin this fall. This clinical program provides pathways for junior-level transfer students into echocardiography, radiography, respiratory care, and sonography.

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Twin Cities

Higher Learning Commission request for public comment

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is preparing for its periodic evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission, its regional accrediting agency. Support the process by sharing your comments with the accreditation team no later than Sept. 25.

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Apply for faculty development programs

The Center for Educational Innovation is accepting applications for its 2015-16 faculty development programs. Offerings include the Early Career Teaching Program, Midcareer Faculty Learning Communities, and the Program for Directors of Multiple Instructor Courses.

Summer Technology Training schedule available

Sharpen your technology skills this summer with short courses in Excel, Drupal, WebEx and more. Also available are self-help guides and online video training through

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Mindfulness in Motion: Stress Reduction for Busy Adultsshoreline of lake

Mindfulness In Motion will teach how mindful movement, meditation, and gentle stretching can reduce stress and help you be more productive in the workplace. The 8-week course meets for one hour per week, and is timed to coincide with lunch hour. Courses begin in May and June. University of Minnesota employees who are also UPlan members are eligible for reimbursement and Wellness wellness points.

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May 13 - Sip of Science

Water Bar: Creating Open Spaces for Conversations and Connections will be the last Sip of Science for the spring. Water Bar, a bar that serves local tap waters, is a public art project created by Works Progress Studio and collaborators. 5:30 p.m., Aster Cafe, 125 S.E. Main St.

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May 13-15 - Epigenetics symposium

World-renowned researchers will gather to discuss epigenetics during the inaugural symposium Epigenetics: Development, Psychopathology, Resilience, and Preventive Intervention, hosted by The Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health. The event will provide opportunities to meet the experts and discuss the latest research. No charge, and open to the public. Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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May 19 - Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities Research

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series will host David Burgess, professor of biology at Boston College. Burgess will present a lecture, "Discovering my voice as a scientist who happens to be Cherokee: Activism for Change." Noon-1 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. Registration is requested.

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May 28 - Celebrate Jewish Heritage Month

University Libraries' Upper Midwest Jewish Archives will hold an event in celebration of Jewish Heritage Month, 6:30–9 p.m., Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the American Jewish experience from a Midwestern perspective.

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June 3 - Interprofessional Practice and Education Learning Series

Faculty Development: Debriefing and Pre-Briefing Interprofessional Simulations for Meaningful Learning Outcomes will introduce participants to scholarship on and application of best practices in pre-briefing and debriefing facilitation for students, residents, and practitioners. 8-9:30 a.m., 2-118 Moos Tower.

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June 3-4 - Flipped Workshopsflipped graphic with words flipped

Academic Technology Support Services will offer Flipping Your Course and Universal Design and Accessibility in Online Teaching, two workshops that will offer participants the opportunity to review and understand content and then meet with instructors and peers for hands-on, active learning. Faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants are eligible, and there is no charge.

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June 12-13 - MMPI Symposium

The 50th Annual Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) Symposium will showcase students and researchers reporting on MMPI topics significant for both research and clinical use. The MMPI instruments, including the most recent version for adults, are published by the University of Minnesota Press. Brief studies and paper presentations begin each day at 9 a.m., Hotel Minneapolis.

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UMTC Featured EventsDJ Spooky

May 7 - American Politics and the Power of Money
May 7 - Best Practices Day: Critical Thinking in Medical Education
May 8 - New Directions in Health Reform
May 9 - Guest Workshop: DJ Spooky Presents the Imaginary App
May 11 - Design for Equity: Next Generation of Parks Lecture Series
May 12 - The Other Side of Poverty in Schools

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