November 22, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 38

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Features: ‘These deaths can be prevented’; Sit, stay, seizures; An 'unreal dream' becomes reality.
  • People: The American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced that four U of M researchers have been named fellows; and more.

Top News

‘These deaths can be prevented’Prof Sinha

Not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) can play a critical role in enabling health care delivery to underserved communities worldwide. New research by professor and study co-author Kingshuk Sinha promises to help these NPOs better deliver surgical care.

Sit, stay, seizurespuppy getting ear checked

Most humans and dogs with epilepsy keep their condition at bay with drugs, surgery, or medical devices. But in 30 percent of cases, the disease isn’t easily controlled. U of M professor and veterinarian Ned Patterson has spent his career researching treatments for those who aren’t helped by conventional methods.

An 'unreal dream' becomes realityjason jones

Five years after returning from his second deployment to Iraq, Jason Jones is pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. The federally funded scholarship helps low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented college students to pursue advanced degrees.

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced that four U of M researchers have been named fellows; Humphrey School recognizes 25 innovative and collaborative local government projects; James Cloyd has been selected to receive the American Epilepsy Society J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Request for proposals: Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center

The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) is seeking proposals for research studies to advance control and management, prevention of establishment and spread, risk assessment, and early detection of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota. MAISRC plans to fund approximately four to six projects, not to exceed $1 million in total, targeting high-priority research needs that have not yet received prior center support. The deadline for pre-proposals is Jan. 5.

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Holidays at the Arboretum

An outdoor holiday lights display begins at the U of M Landscape Arboretum on Nov. 24 and runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Jan. 1, 5-8 p.m., with additional hours Dec. 26-28. New to the Arb’s holiday lineup this year is the Lighting of the Great Hall and Trees on Nov. 30, 5:30-8 p.m. Live holiday music begins Nov. 25, and for gifts, Double Discount Days are Nov. 24-Dec. 3.


UMC alumnus-raised turkeys in D.C.UMC students with turkeys

2017 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Carl Wittenburg ‘85 and his wife Sharlene opened up their Alexandria, MN, farm for Douglas County 4-H'ers to work with turkeys for the 4-H Science in Ag competition. The turkeys they raised are part of the 70th annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation in Washington, D.C.

Nov. 28 - Distinguished Speaker Series

The Business Department Distinguished Speaker Series will feature Jody Hodgson, general manager of Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Golden Eagle Green Team

The Center for Sustainability and Crookston Students for Sustainable Development have collaborated to launch the new Golden Eagle Green Team. Identified by the distinctive t-shirts they wear, Green Team members will engage in activities that promote sustainability goals and values. For more information, email Katy Chapman or Anita Gust.

AQIP Strategy Forum

A seven-member delegation from the University of Minnesota Crookston recently attended an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Strategy Forum in Chicago. The forum is central to the AQIP Pathway because it brings together teams from other AQIP Pathway institutions in a supportive workshop environment to generate new strategies and tactics for institutional improvement.



The topping-off ceremony was held on Nov. 14 when the last beam was put into place for the new Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science building. The building is scheduled to be completed in January 2019.

‘Sounds of the Season’sounds of season poster

Upcoming concerts include the UMD Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band on Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; and the Concert Chorale, University Singers, and Chamber Singers on Dec. 3, 3 p.m. All concerts will be held at Weber Music Hall.

Dec. 5 – Tweevening exhibit discussionperson in front of exhibit

Ken Bloom will discuss the exhibit “A Thousand Words” as part of the Tweed Museum of Art’s Tweevening series. Bloom, who is the director of the museum, curated the exhibit, which features 47 photographs from the Tweed’s collection. 6:30-8 p.m., Tweed Museum.


Give to the Max Day recordgive to max poster

Morris enjoyed a record-setting Give to the Max Day, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends. The campus received more than $65,000 in private giving support during the 24-hour event. The total was more than twice that of the previous year's event.

2017 UMM SEED recipientsUMM seed recipients

Three UMM students received the 2017 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award: Mickey Capps ’18, Rogers, MN; Fiona Wu ’18, Shanghai; and Michelle Brownlee ’18, Hibbing, MN. Sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity, the award honors and acknowledges diverse students doing outstanding work across the U of M, both in and out of the classroom.

The cow whispererstudent looking at cows in field

Savanna Christensen ’17 is a 21st-century cowgirl, herding cattle from the milking parlor to the pasture from the driver’s seat of a green-and-black Gator. The senior biology major and dairy intern at the West Central Research and Outreach Center says taking part in research has shaped her plans for the future.

Code for successXaitheng Yang

Computer science and philosophy major Xaitheng Yang ’19 hopes to get a job in computer programming and to one day start his own business. After receiving the James and Mei-Ying Hoppie Scholarship, Yang found himself fighting back tears, saying “It meant a lot to have something tangible to show for all my success.”


Call for Proposals: Higher Education Innovation Summitcolorful knots

Those with session ideas or wishing to showcase research in student learning and innovation in higher education should consider speaking at the 2018 Higher Education Innovation Summit. The summit is designed to connect creative educators and researchers seeking to transform higher education through innovations that enhance student learning. Proposals will be accepted through Jan. 1.

Sex-determining mechanisms genetics exhibitpicture of 5 mn species

UMR genetics students will dedicate newly created exhibit materials to Quarry Hill Nature Center on Dec. 12, 4 p.m. The materials illuminate sex determining mechanisms in five Minnesota species, with the goal of effectively communicating sophisticated scientific information to a non-scientist audience. This community partner project is funded by an Engaged Department Grant from the U of M Office for Public Engagement, awarded to UMR Assistant Professor Kelsey Metzger, who instructs the genetics course.

Twin Cities

Dec. 5 - Freeman Seminar: Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy

How would Iran behave if it acquired nuclear weapons? How do North Korea's nuclear weapons influence its foreign policy today? Looking ahead, if U.S. allies such as South Korea or Japan were to acquire nuclear weapons, how would their foreign policy toward the United States change? Professor Mark Bell will offer a framework for thinking about how nuclear weapons affect the foreign policies of the states that possess them, with significant implications for international security and U.S. nonproliferation policy. 12:45-2 p.m., 170 Humphrey School.

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Dec. 6-8 - WAM Shop Holiday Sale

The Weisman Art Museum (WAM) Shop is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind gifts for the whole family. The annual holiday sale features 20 percent off all purchases for U of M faculty, staff, and students.

Dec. 7 - Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings: The annual David A. Rothenberger Lecture

Caprice Christian Greenberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of surgery and vice chair of research in the Department of Surgery, is a highly respected surgical oncologist and health outcomes researcher. Her talk will address gender inequities prevalent across the entire U.S. healthcare workforce and provide a comprehensive case for immediate reform. No charge and open to the public; reception follows. 5 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.

UMTC Featured Eventstrumpet

Nov. 25 - U of M Trumpet Ensemble Concert
Nov. 28 - OED Certificate Workshop: Understanding Disability & Advancing Access
Nov. 28 - An evening with Mai Neng Moua
Nov. 29 - Alumni Webinar "The Art of Tactful Self-Promotion at Work"
Nov. 29 - OED Certificate Workshop: Race, Racism, and Privilege

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