November 16, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 37

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Features: Autism expertise leads to earlier diagnosis; Wind and solar energy could bring 5,000 jobs to rural Minnesota.
  • People: The U of M has won the Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, and Engagement; and more.

Top News

Autism expertise leads to earlier diagnosisJed Elison and Jason Wolffe

From large prevalence studies to brain imaging, U of M researchers are investigating the best ways to help children with autism. Their work is contributing to a national effort to understand this complex array of developmental disorders.

Learn more about autism research >

Wind and solar energy could bring 5,000 jobs to rural Minnesotaproposed wind power in MN map

Minnesota has undergone a remarkable transformation in its energy landscape over the past decade. Coal has given way to new energy resources, including wind and solar. While state energy policies have been a large driver in the shift to renewables, federal tax credits have played a major role in shaping the state’s clean energy economy, according to a new report from the U of M Energy Transition Lab. The report also highlights planned additions of wind and solar projects and expected financial impacts.


The U of M has won the Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, and Engagement, given by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; the U ranks sixth in the nation among universities in the number of students who study abroad as well as the number of international students hosted, according to the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Nov. 17 - Show your U support on Give to the Max Daygive to max day logo

Give to the Max Day--Minnesota’s statewide day of giving--is Nov. 17. This year 20 University causes have collected more than $230,000 in donor matches, and there is $50,000 in prizes for U causes. Visit to learn more about campus events on Nov. 17 and how you can participate, or watch this video to learn more.

Sign up for two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication adds a second layer of security to your login. It requires you use both something you have, and something you know, to log in, and it’s much stronger than using just a password.

Learn more about two-factor authentication >


Nov. 17 - Thursday Commons

The next Thursday Commons is the fall semester Campus Assembly meeting. 12:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Dinner Theater Production of Vanities

The Music and Theater Department will present a dinner theater production of Vanities, a comedy in three scenes. Nov. 19, 6 p.m., and Nov. 20, 2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Nov. 21 - It's a Wrap: 'What Do You See? - A Discussion About How We View Art'

The next discussion in the It's a Wrap series will be about how we view art, specifically involving the murals flanking the stage on the walls in Kiehle Auditorium and how they embody the perceptions and attitudes of their time, the early 1940s. 3-4:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.

Nov. 22 - Soup & Substance

The next Soup & Substance will be used to launch a potential new program, Doodle and Discuss. Doodle and Discuss is a series focused on personal growth and reflection for faculty and staff. Noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.


NOAA funding for aquaculturelake sunset

Minnesota Sea Grant received funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to organize a workshop focusing on the growing field of aquaculture and develop strategies for raising fish for human consumption. These strategies need to be “economically viable and protect Minnesota’s valuable wild fish stocks,” states Don Schreiner, Minnesota Sea Grant fisheries specialist.

Student transportationcar

UMD’s new Enterprise Car Share program is an inexpensive way for students to have access to a car without having to worry about gas, parking, or insurance. The program was recently launched through the Office of Student Life with assistance from the UMD Student Association.

Nov. 17 - Tweed Museum exhibit openingMaria Tavera

An opening reception for “Un-Typing Casta,” an exhibit that explores contemporary Latinx identity and features the work of Mexican-American artist Maria Cristina Tavera, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tweed Museum. Jamie Ratliff, UMD assistant professor of art history, curated the show.


UMM named to military friendly schools listmilitary friendly logo

UMM has earned the 2017 Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media. This is the sixth consecutive year in which the campus has been included on the list. First published in 2009, Military Friendly Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today.

Carson ’17 gains classroom experience at Freedom SchoolDaeja Carson

Daeja Carson '17, Minneapolis, recently completed an internship at Park Avenue Church's Freedom School in South Minneapolis. She is one of 46 students to complete a paid, off-campus internship through UMM’s Career In program since spring 2016.

Learn more about Carson >


Nov. 22 - Conserving Minnesota's Environment

Minnesota offers a vantage point for people to see nature’s possibilities, past and present. The state’s transformed environment has resulted from the convergence of many natural and cultural elements. By examining Minnesota’s transformed environment, people can best judge conservation’s applications. 7 p.m., 417 University Square. Learn more at the next UMR Connects.

Nov. 14-19 - International Education Week

UMR will celebrate International Education Week through Nov. 19. Events include the Learning Away Photo Contest, Study Away Fair, Rochester International Restaurant Fair, Autumn Conversation with Muslim Neighbors, Diversity Dialogues - Asian American Experience, and the Hmong Student Association's Hmong New Year Celebration.

Twin Cities

Hate is not welcome here

Hate is not welcome at the University of Minnesota. You are invited to read and sign that message here. Students from marginalized communities are experiencing harassment and intimidation and many more are experiencing fear. We are a diverse community. We have diverse experiences. And hate is not welcome here.

Read and sign the statement >

Bringing home the globe - MCAE Director Aurelio CurbeloAurelio Curbelo

Opening students’ eyes to the wide world around them--and the world of possibilities inside them--fuels the dynamo that is Aurelio Curbelo. Born to a family of Puerto Rican coffee farmers, Curbelo came to the U in mid-February 2016 as director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence. At MCAE Curbelo leads an office where students receive individual and group counseling in a variety of academic subjects. He has put his considerable skills to work to bring MCAE students more scholarships, the most up-to-date computer facilities, and educational experiences second to none.

Read more about Curbelo >

Nov. 17 - Reaffirming Our Values, Rebuilding the Social Compact: A Campus Forum

This discussion and open Q&A, hosted by Provost Karen Hanson, will feature panelists John Coleman (dean of the College of Liberal Arts), Fionnuala Ni Aoláin (professor and Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society, Law School), and Abdi I Samatar (professor and chair, Geography, Environment & Society). Noon-1 p.m., Beacon Room, Recreation and Wellness Center and online via WebEx.

Nov. 19 - Math and Science Family Fun Fairkids doing science

Fascinating activities plus hands-on exhibits and entertaining presentations add up to a day of fun and learning at the U of M’s annual Math and Science Family Fun Fair. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Coffman Union. No charge and open to the public, with U of M string backpack giveaways to the first 1,000 kids.

Dec. 2 - Imagine Fund projects

The Imagine Fund committee will host an event highlighting the work of current and past recipients of the Imagine Chair for Arts, Design, and Humanities. This two-year academic position works with a group of collaborators to create a program of inquiry and activities for the University and local community. The projects incite cross-departmental, multi-campus, and collaborative work. Attend to learn more and hear from faculty about their scholarship. Noon-1 p.m., Upson Room, Walter Library. RSVP by email to Emily Ronning.

Dec. 6 - How Patients Are Creating Medicine’s Future: From Citizen Science to Precision Medicinedata represented in human head graphic

The Internet and big data are transforming science. Fitness trackers and wearables are streamlining the gathering of health data, while the Precision Medicine Initiative seeks to harness these data together with genomics to create personalized medicine. Meanwhile, patient groups want an active role in the development of therapies and drugs. Four panelists will discuss these dynamics and the questions they raise about medical research, privacy, data ownership, and ethics. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. Register. No charge and a box lunch is provided.

Learn more about the conference >

Dec. 8 - Local Government Innovation Awards

The 2016 Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA) recognize the creative ways counties, cities, townships, and schools are making Minnesota better and doing things differently. All types of local government innovation are encouraged to enter. This year celebrates the 10th annual LGIA, with a special 10th Anniversary Top Innovator Award on the occasion. 4-6 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Dec. 16 - Through an Engaged Lens Book Club kickoff

The Office for Public Engagement invites faculty, staff, students, and community partners to participate in the Through an Engaged Lens Book Club, a new series of brown bag conversations exploring books from a public engagement viewpoint. This year's series will focus on authors featured in the Provost's Conversation Series. Facilitated conversations will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. Books will be provided in advance at no charge to registered participants. Register by Dec. 2

UMTC Featured Eventswoman smiling with child

Nov. 16 - Zooniverse@UMN: Solving Text- or Image-Intensive Research Problems with 1 Million Citizen Scientists

Nov. 17 - Global Crisis of Displacement and Undoing Border Imperialism

Nov. 18 - Police, Prisons, and Legal Power: Reforming our U.S. System of Justice

Nov. 18 - Housing Forum: Gentrification in the Twin Cities – Fact or Fiction?

Nov. 18 - Small World Coffee Hour at WAM

Nov. 21 - Geology and the Ends of the Earth: The high-resolution imagery revolution

Nov. 29 - Webinar - Election 2016: A Look Back (and Ahead) from an Election Administrator’s Point of View

Events Calendar >