November 11, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 37

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover feature: Amy Kircher.
  • Features: From Green to Greener; Healing Nerves with 3D Printing.
  • People: The Institute on the Environment has awarded fall Mini Grants to 16 projects; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Amy KircherFood on a table

The multidisciplinary Food Protection and Defense Institute was set up at the University of Minnesota after 9/11. Institute director Amy Kircher and her team are working to make sure the global food supply is kept safe from potential threats, including from those who are intentionally trying to contaminate food or sell fraudulent food.

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From Green to GreenerA green M made out of grass

The U of M and the United States Golf Association recently announced a five-year research partnership designed to address golf's present and future challenges, and one that stands to benefit public green spaces, as well. The partnership leverages U expertise across a wide range of disciplines, and will involve the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, Carlson School of Management, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

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Healing Nerves with 3D Printingclose up of nerve ending under microscope

A national team led by the University of Minnesota has developed a first-of-its-kind, 3D-printed guide that helps regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury. The groundbreaking research has the potential to help more than 200,000 people annually who experience often permanent nerve injuries or disease.

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The Institute on the Environment has awarded fall Mini Grants to 16 projects; academic advisor Aya Maruyama was named New Professional of the Year by the Minnesota College Personnel Association; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Nov. 12 - Give to the Max Daygive to max day poster

Give to the Max Day is Nov. 12. By giving through U of M web platforms, faculty and staff can take advantage of the matching gifts secured by many University groups, helping donors to specific U causes have a greater impact. The U of M Foundation is also offering a $50,000 Give to the Max Day prize pack to encourage giving on U web platforms. Online gifts from faculty and staff to U causes on Nov. 12 will also count towards the month-long Community Fund Drive, which ends Nov. 13.

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Renewable electricity generation grants

The Institute on the Environment is accepting proposals for Renewable Development Fund grants for research related to the generation of renewable electricity in Minnesota. The application deadline is Nov. 23.

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Request for Proposals: Meeting Society's Grand Challenges through Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning

The University's Office for Public Engagement seeks proposals from faculty, staff, students, and community partners for a systemwide conference on March 31 on the role public engagement plays in addressing societal challenges on a local, regional, national, or global scale. Submission deadline is Dec. 4.

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Engaged Department Grant Program

Competitive grants of up to $7,500 are available to academic departments interested in integrating community engagement into research and teaching activities. Submission deadline is Dec. 7.

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Jan. 9-10 - Data center maintenance interruption

The University's annual data center maintenance and related service interruption is set to begin at 6 a.m., Jan. 9. It is expected that all services, including PeopleSoft and Moodle, will be restored by noon, Jan. 10.

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Agricultural Education major now open to student enrollment

The Minnesota State Board of Teaching has granted initial program approval to UMC for teacher licensure in two additional areas: Teachers of Agriculture Education and Teacher Coordinator of Work Based Learning in Agriculture Education. With this approval, the major in agricultural education, which was approved by the U of M Board of Regents in February, is now officially active to enroll students.

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Impact 20/20's College Collaborative visits

In November staff members from the Center for Adult Learning and the Office of Admissions will visit seven regional high schools through Impact 20/20's College Collaborative. The primary goals are to increase the college- and career-readiness of the region's high school students and to educate high school students on regional career opportunities. Those interested in participating in the visits should email Michelle Christopherson or call 218-281-8679.

Nov. 12 - Give to the Max Day

Give to the Max Day, Minnesota's annual 24-hour online "giveathon," is set for Nov. 12. To donate to UMC funds and initiatives and to help earn a match of up to $3,000, visit UMC Give to the Max Day on Nov. 12. For more information, email Rose Ulseth or call 218-281-8439.


Nov. 12 - Give to the Max Daygive to max day poster

During Minnesota's Give to the Max Day, UMD's online giving page makes it easy to choose the UMD cause you care about most, like making a positive impact in students' lives. By giving to the max, UMD may receive one of the U's prizes for the most money raised for a U cause.

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NRRI receives biofuel fundingwood burning

UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute has been awarded $1.9 million in funding from Xcel Energy's Renewable Development Fund. NRRI and its project partners will test processes that convert biomass into local, renewable replacements for coal and petroleum-based fuels. As a replacement, biofuel has potential for use at power plants or in advanced boiler-generator systems.

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Accelerated leadership programbulldog sports logo

About 60 UMD student-athletes attended the second annual John Goldfine Leadership Institute on Nov. 1. This year's event included a Women's Leadership Forum and a Captains Leadership Panel featuring Bulldog alumni. The program is designed to provide student-athletes with leadership skills in the areas of classroom, community, and competition.

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At the Theatreillustration of a person's brain wearing a sherlock holmes hat

The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence runs Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 1-5 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m., Dudley Experimental Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center. In this clever comedy, four Watsons (Sherlock Holmes' partner, Alexander Graham Bell's assistant, the super-computer-Jeopardy-champ, and a techno-dweeb) become one.

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UMM named a military friendly schoolMilitary friendly logo

UMM has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media. This is the fifth consecutive year the campus has been included on the list, which recognizes colleges with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service, and military spouses.

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Nov. 12-14 - The Normal Hearttwo actors on a stage

The Theatre Discipline will open its 2015-16 season with Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart. Directed by professor Ray Schultz, the drama chronicles the role of political and social activism during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City in the 1980s through the experiences of Kramer's alter ego, writer and activist Ned Weeks.

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Nov. 16 - Lecture on the relationship between education and capitalismDave Tse-Chienpan

David Tse-Chien Pan, professor of German at the University of California, Irvine, will deliver the 2015 Barber Lecture, "Goethe's Wilhelm Meister and Political Representation." The Barber Lecture Series is made possible by a gift to UMM from Laird Barber, professor emeritus of English, and the late Dorothy Barber.

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Dec. 4-6 - UMM hosts second annual Holiday SoiréeHome for the holidays poster

UMM is pleased to present its second annual Holiday Soirée, "Home for the Holidays." Hosted by the Music Discipline, the event features the music and poetry of Minnesota composers and writers. A festive meal with dinner entertainment provided by the jazz and chamber ensembles precedes a formal concert presented by the Morris choirs.

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Scholarship Banquet honors 56 studentsscholarship recipients pose on staircase

University of Minnesota Rochester celebrated student accomplishments and expressed gratitude to scholarship donors who assist in funding the education of outstanding UMR students at its Scholarship Banquet.

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Student blog: Why I Scribescribe notebook and pen

It started as an email from a student success coach, but it has led Cassidy Steinberg to a preview of her future career. "Being a scribe is like a really long job shadow that you get paid for," writes Steinberg. "I wouldn't even consider going to work a job, but rather a learning experience."

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Twin Cities

U of M Community Fund Drive ends Nov. 13M's floating among clouds fund drive logo

The U of M Community Fund Drive will close on Nov. 13. Faculty and staff can give to any of seven area federations that represent nearly 500 charities, the University of Minnesota Foundation, or any 501c3 of your choice. Donate to a nonprofit or federation that does work that is personally meaningful to you to help reach the goal of $1.3 million for the community. Pledge today online or by printing this paper form (PDF).

54th annual U of M Marching Band indoor concert

The University of Minnesota Marching Band will perform favorite tunes from this year's pregame and half-time shows, including Make Me Smile, Uptown Funk, The Sound of Music, and much more. Nov. 14, 7 p.m.; Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m., Carlson Family Stage, Northrop. Watch a video preview.

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Nov. 14 - Saturday with a Scientist: Toys from Start to FinishToy Camera

Join professor and toy maker Barry Kudrowitz of the U of M Toy Lab in the College of Design in an exploration of the engineering that goes into making toys. Attendees will participate in the engineering of a toy from start to finish.

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Nov. 17 - Student Veterans Appreciation Day

Faculty and staff are invited to say "thank you" to U of M student veterans at the 9th annual Student Veterans Appreciation Event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Coffman Great Hall. The event includes pizza and carnival games for attendees, as well as an information fair for veterans with resources from the University and the community.

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Nov. 18 - The Right Deal for America: Why It's Time to Rewrite the Economic Rules

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, will present a lecture drawing on his experience as president of the AFL-CIO beginning in 2009, following 14 years of service as the organization's secretary-treasurer. 4-5 p.m. reception, 5-6:30 p.m. lecture, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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Nov. 19 - Global Health Day update

This year's Global Health Day theme is Health Without Boundaries: Global Health and Inter-professional Education, with a keynote video address by Julio Frenk, president of the University of Miami and noted leader in global public health, followed by a panel discussion, poster session, and networking reception. 11 a.m., Mayo Auditorium.

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Nov. 21 - Math and Science Family Fun Fair

Families are invited to enjoy fascinating activities, hands-on exhibits, and entertaining presentations showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics during a day of fun and learning. The event will include more than 35 interactive science and engineering exhibits for kids of all ages, including Physics Force shows, Energy and U shows, the solar system in 3D in the ExploraDome, and more. 10 a.m., Coffman Union.

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Dec. 9 - Pop Wagner: Rolling on a Winter's Night

"Rolling on a Winter's Night" will feature Pop Wagner, a mainstay of the Minnesota music community. The event celebrates University Libraries' new and growing Minnesota folk music archive. 7 p.m., 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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UMTC Featured Eventsa girl wearing Groucho Marx glasses

Nov. 14 - Meet and greet with Frank Gehry's Standing Glass Fish sculpture
Nov. 16 - STEP-FAR: Dr. Yingling Fan on Assessing Student Transportation
Nov. 17 - Where Are The Teachers Of Color? A Conversation On Teaching And Racial Justice
Nov. 18 - Frontiers: Are robots a boon or a bust in scientific research?
Nov. 18 - Dirty Laundry: Delivering the Dirt on Design
Nov. 19 - Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome
Nov. 19 - Meet Thurber Prize winning author Julie Schumacher

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