November 21, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 37

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Features: Solutions at the Grassroots: empowering Minnesotans to end addiction; Building a baseline for Biocomputing; Trans teens' health.
  • People: Two nursing faculty have been named to the inaugural class of fellows of the American Medical Informatics Association; and more.

Top News

Solutions at the Grassroots: empowering Minnesotans to end addictionLucien and a patient

As the addiction crisis touches every corner of Minnesota, U of M experts are partnering with communities to create new ways to fight opioid use disorders and substance use disorders. These grassroots solutions are empowering families and communities to end addiction. Watch a video and learn more.

Building a baseline for biocomputingKate Adamala in her lab

Each day, humanity produces something on the order of 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. That number will likely seem ridiculously small a decade from now, thanks to an investment by the National Science Foundation. U of M biologist Kate Adamala is among the researchers chosen for the NSF’s $12 million project to create “biocomputers.” Researchers believe that biocomputers could store 1,000 times more data than currently possible and retain the data for more than a century, all while consuming less energy.

Trans teens' healthkids on a curb

Nic Rider, assistant professor in the Program in Human Sexuality, has been studying health care utilization among transgender or gender nonconforming (TGNC) youth. Using data from the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey of 80,000 teens, Rider found TGNC youth sought health care less often and suffered higher rates of mental health and long-term medical problems than other youth. Rider plans to develop training for health professionals who work with TGNC individuals.


Two School of Nursing faculty have been named to the inaugural class of fellows of the American Medical Informatics Association; the Institute on the Environment has announced its 2018-19 IonE Affiliates; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Research Brief: Yoga linked to improved body satisfactiontwo women doing yoga

Body dissatisfaction is highly prevalent among young adults and often leads to severe adverse health consequences. To help address the problem, researchers led by School of Public Health professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer are exploring how yoga could help people see themselves in a better light.

#UMNdriven Spotlight series

University Relations is requesting student and alumni stories to feature on U of M social media channels and as part of the ongoing #UMNdriven Spotlight series. #UMNdriven Spotlights share stories from students and alumni in their own words while showcasing the breadth and depth of majors, viewpoints, and career paths that are possible through the University of Minnesota. Submit stories at #UMNdriven Spotlight or via the nomination form.

Nov. 29 - Health equity and precision medicine webcast

This conference will be the first to focus on the role of law and policy in advancing genomics and precision medicine to promote health equity. Leading thinkers, clinicians, scientists, and activists will investigate what role law and policy are playing in creating inequities, and what legal and regulatory changes can be made to ensure that genomic and precision medicine don’t replicate or worsen existing health disparities. No charge, but registration is requested.

Now accepting Consortium Research Award proposals

Each year, the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences provides funding to U of M graduate and professional students for research projects at the intersection of science and society. Grants will be awarded in the spring of 2019 for work during summer 2019 and academic year 2019-20. $35,000 is available with a maximum individual award of $7,000. The application deadline is Feb. 11. Learn more and apply.


Student profile: Lindsey WeberLindsey Weber

U of M Crookston senior Lindsey Weber was recently accepted into graduate school and is on her way to accomplishing a great goal. Weber’s passion for basketball led her to Crookston, and the University helped her find her calling in the health sciences.

Student profile: Malic SelimiMalic Selimi

Malic Selimi, a U of M Crookston sophomore and football player, is featured in this story about determination and hard work.

Chancellor’s update

Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause recently provided the Crookston campus and the community with an update on enrollment, affordability, and upcoming events.


In their own wordsgraphic of scrapbook type image

Faculty and students at UMD and the Twin Cities campus are helping people with ALS preserve their voices through voice banking. ALS is a progressive disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Voice banking technology allows people with ALS to hang on to an important piece of their personality. Assistant Professor Jolene Hyppa Martin, who runs the UMD program, says that the project is “a win-win if I can serve the community, engage in research, and bring in students.”

UMD dancedance works

DanceWorks, directed by Associate Professor Rebecca Katz Harwood, features 15 new works--3 by faculty and 12 by student choreographers. Dance styles include hip-hop, jazz, tap, modern, and contemporary. Guest performers include various UMD student dance groups. The concert runs Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 2, 2 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center.

Sounds of the Season concertsSounds of season concert poster

Enjoy a festive journey through the season at the Sounds of the Season concerts, featuring traditional holiday favorites and new selections from around the world. The UMD Orchestra Concert will take place Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.; the Band and Choir Concerts will take place Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 2, 3 p.m. All concerts will be held in Weber Music Hall.


Israels-Swenson receives Region V awardDavid Israels-Swenson receiving award

David Israels-Swenson, senior director of Student Activities, Health and Wellness, was honored with the Susan Maul Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor presented by Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region V. Awardees are distinguished by their efforts to develop the college union and student activities movement through their work within ACUI and on campus.

Chancellor Behr named to One Minnesota Advisory BoardMichelle Behr

Chancellor Michelle Behr has been invited to serve on Governor-elect Tim Walz’s One Minnesota Advisory Board. Led by Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan, the group of mayors, CEOs, and religious and community leaders will advise the new administration through its transition to the governor’s office.


Rochester Hmong Student Association celebrates Hmong New YearUMR Hmong students celebrate New Year

The Rochester Hmong Student Association hosted its third annual Hmong New Year on Nov. 16. Attendees enjoyed traditional Hmong food prepared by the students and performances by students as well as artists from the Twin Cities showcasing Hmong culture through singing, dancing, and poetry.

Chancellor Carrell participates in keynote presentation at oncology symposium

UMR Chancellor Lori Carrell reprised her role as an original cast member in the play Stay With Me Awhile for the Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium in San Diego. The play, originally performed in Rochester, depicts real-life stories of those who kept vigil as a loved one was in hospice.

Twin Cities

A century of tending to student healthblack and white image of nurse with patient

Born in the depths of a global flu epidemic, Boynton Health Service is celebrating a century of service and care for U of M students and staff. Learn more about Boynton.

Reminder: Student Success Conference call for programs

Presentation proposals for the Focusing on Student Success Conference are due on Nov. 30. The conference takes place Feb. 13, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Coffman Union. Registration opens Dec. 3.

Nov. 30 - CSE Winter Light Show PremiereM formed of LED lights

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Winter Light Show is a student-designed 3D outdoor experience featuring more than 250,000 LED lights set to music written and recorded by U of M students. Shows are at 5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m. nightly on Nov 30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7, and 8 at the Civil Engineering Building Courtyard.

Dec. 5 - Friends Forum: #MeToo: Monumental or Momentary?

Will the #MeToo movement result in lasting cultural change? Join the University Libraries for a panel discussion on the #MeToo movement, moderated by Sara Evans, U of M Regents Professor Emerita. 7 p.m., Coffman Theater. No charge, but tickets are required.

Dec. 5-8 - WAM Shop Holiday SaleWAM holiday sale poster

Weisman Art Museum members and U of M faculty, staff, and students receive a 20 percent discount on one-of-a-kind gifts for the whole family at the WAM Shop during the holiday sale. The sale begins Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Purchases support WAM programs and exhibitions.

Seeking applications: 2019 Minnesota Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship

The University of Minnesota's Office for Public Engagement seeks applications for the 2019 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship. The award recognizes undergraduate or graduate students who engage in collaborative action with others in order to create long-term social change, take action in addressing issues of inequity and political polarization, and demonstrate potential for effective civic engagement. Applications are due Dec. 19.

UMTC Featured EventsJohn Brandl

Nov. 24-25 - 57th Annual Marching Band Indoor Concert
Nov. 26 - Grasping and Reducing Poverty in Minnesota | 10th Annual Celebration of John Brandl
Nov. 26 - U of M Jazz Combos Recital
Nov. 27 - Modeling Natural Catastrophes: Is it a Complete Disaster?
Nov. 27 - Designing multi-genre assignment sequences (TWW Workshop)
Nov. 28 - Guest Lecture: Korea-US Relations & North Korean Nuclear Issues
Nov. 30 - Programming & Pizza

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