May 9, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 18

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

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

  • Board of Regents meets May 10-11.
  • Features: Portrait in perseverance; The global earthworm invasion.
  • People: Peter Reich and Mikhail Shifman have been elected as members of the National Academy of Sciences; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meets May 10-11

The U of M Board of Regents will review President Kaler’s proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2019 at its May meeting. The budget focuses on directing resources to core operations, including technology infrastructure, student services and support, facilities maintenance, and compliance requirements. It also recommends holding tuition flat for resident undergraduates on the Crookston, Duluth and Rochester campuses, while increasing resident undergraduate tuition 1 percent on the Morris campus and 2 percent on the Twin Cities campus. The board will also discuss the medicine and health focus area of the systemwide strategic plan.

See the news release >

Portrait in perseveranceTrang Bui

Seventeen years of setbacks couldn’t keep recent College of Science and Engineering graduate Trang Bui from earning a degree--and a job as an electrical engineer.

Read more about Bui's journey >

The global earthworm invasionAdrian Wackett digging for worms

Work by associate professor Kyungsoo Yoo and graduate student Adrian Wackett in the U of M’s Department of Soil, Water, and Climate--in collaboration with scientists in Sweden--is helping us understand earthworm invasion as a global issue.

Read more about the earthworms >


Peter Reich and Mikhail Shifman have been elected as members of the National Academy of Sciences; Harold Tu has been appointed to the federal Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force; Lauren Linderman has received an NSF CAREER Award; Michele Allen is a recipient of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians 2018 Innovation and Research Award; recipients of the 2018 President's Award for Outstanding Service; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Secure your mobile devices

Learn the best ways to keep mobile devices safe and secure, including creating strong passwords, locking down apps, keeping your device updated, setting up remote tracking and encryption, and more.

New offerings from Google for the U of M

Team Drive, designed to simplify file management and collaboration among teams, is now available at the U of M. The Google Drive for Mac/PC application, a tool used to download files to your computer, will retire on May 12. Note: Google Drive for Mac/PC is not the same thing as Google Drive, which is used to collaborate on and store files in the cloud. No files will be deleted or lost with this change. Those who want to continue to have the Google Drive for Mac/PC functionality should replace it with Google File Stream.

Learn more about new Google offerings >

FDA names heart patient survey a go-to for device makers

A patient questionnaire developed to improve treatments for heart failure by U of M researchers in 1984 and licensed through the U of M's Office for Technology Commercialization to more than 2,000 universities, companies, and hospitals is one of the first tools to qualify under the FDA's Medical Device Development Tools program.

Register for the Conference on Native American Nutrition

This annual conference brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science. Session topics will include nutrition across the lifecycle, intergenerational learning about food and nutrition, learning from Indigenous communities around the world, linking agriculture to nutrition, recovering from historical trauma, and more.

Register and learn more >

May 22 - Webinar: Building Trust and Credibility

A lack of trust can jeopardize any situation, because trust is the foundation of productive collaborations. Trust is necessary to address sensitive issues and navigate conflicting interests with team members and customers alike. This webinar will provide insights and tips on building and enhancing your trustworthiness for workplace benefit and job satisfaction.

Register and learn more >

Changes coming to manual enrollment process in Canvas

Starting Aug. 15, instructors will no longer be able to manually enroll or directly add students into PeopleSoft-associated (for-credit) Canvas course sites. This change will better support students and provide a safer and more accurate learning management environment for the University community.

Learn more about this change >

May 30 - Canvas Basics Workshop

An online Canvas basics workshop for faculty and staff will include a review of the Canvas interface, tools and features, course design options, and an introduction to moving content from Moodle to Canvas.



Anderson hired as small business specialist and consultant

Christine Anderson has been hired to serve as a small business specialist and consultant for the Small Business Development Center at the U of M Crookston. Initially, her office will be located in the Valley Technology Park, just north of and adjacent to campus. Email Anderson at

May 9 - Junior High Music Festival

The campus will host the annual Junior High Music Festival in Bede Ballroom (Sargeant Student Center) and Kiehle Auditorium. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Student Awards Program photos

Numerous awards were presented at the annual Student Awards Program on the evening of Apr. 26. The top student awards, Man and Woman of the Year, went to seniors Shane Boehne and Heidi Shol.

See the photo gallery >


NSF Graduate Research FellowsAmber White and LG Rogers

Graduate students Amber White and Loranzie “LJ” Rogers have been named National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows. Each will receive $168,000 worth of support over three years, which will allow them to focus on research. White graduated this month with a master's degree in Water Resources Science. LJ finished his first year in UMD’s Integrated Biosciences master’s degree program.

Lundeen named Minority Small Business ChampionMary Lundeen

UMD Center for Economic Development business consultant Mary Lundeen was named Minority Small Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration Minnesota District Office. Lundeen works with both current business owners who are looking to grow their business and individuals interested in starting a business.

NEMBA turns 30William Krueger

On May 24, celebrate NEMBA, the Northeastern Minnesota Books Awards, at Northland Country Club in Duluth, starting at 5 p.m. Author William Kent Krueger, who pens the Cork O'Connor mystery series, is the speaker. Awards will be given in five categories: nonfiction, fiction, children’s literature, poetry, and memoir. A book fair and reception kicks off the public event.


May 12 - Commencementgraduation hats in a crowd

More than 350 University of Minnesota Morris students will receive their degrees at the 55th Commencement on May 12. United States Senator Amy Klobuchar will be the Commencement speaker. The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. on the campus mall.


May 12 - CommencementUMR students in graduation gowns

U of M Regent Steve Sviggum will confer degrees at the 2018 Commencement ceremony, featuring Leon Clark, chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Research Administration, as grand marshal. Speakers include Jessie Barnett from the Center for Learning Innovation, Kristi Tauer '18, and Lynsey Guse '18. 11 a.m., Mayo Civic Center Ballroom.

Tree planting celebrates Earth Daytwo umr students plant a tree

University of Minnesota Rochester students and faculty planted trees to celebrate Earth Day. Students planted 150 trees at the Bright Family Farm in Zumbro Falls.

Twin Cities

North Church Street corridor reconstruction projectChurch street blueprint rendering

The North Church Street reconstruction project begins on May 14 and will include reconstruction of the street and green spaces between Washington Avenue and Lilly Plaza. Church Street will be closed to pedestrian and bike access for the summer. In addition, the Church Street Garage will be closed July 2-22.

Learn more about the project and construction impacts >

May 14-15 - Digital Community Engagement Workshop

University of Minnesota faculty and students are invited to attend a workshop at Macalester College. U of M professor Kevin Murphy will present the keynote, “Digital Social Justice: A States of Incarceration Case Study.” The event is cosponsored by University Libraries and the U of M Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities Program.

Register >

May 15 - Cafe Scientifique

Join the Bell Museum with Macalester professor Roopali Phadke for an illuminating talk focused on mining, consumerism, climate change, and decision-making in the development of water and energy resources. 7 p.m., Bryant Lake Bowl Theater.

UMTC Featured EventsBlack hole artist rendering

May 9 - De-Gentrifying Portland: So hopefully you won't have to go through that
May 9 - The Neuroscience of Exercise and Public Dance
May 12 - Yoga at WAM
May 15 - "Black Holes" lecture by Robert Wald
May 17 - From Theory to Practice: Innovations in Sexual Violence Prevention on Campus
May 17 - 27th Annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture featuring Barbara Fredrickson
May 18 - Leading Together: Finding Common Ground in Uncommon Times

Events Calendar >