November 25, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 39

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover feature: David Mulla.
  • Feature: Yoga could ease effects of Parkinson's disease.
  • People: Three U of M faculty and one administrator have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: David MullaLittle boy drinking water

Around the world, fresh water is vanishing. That's why David Mulla and other researchers at the University of Minnesota are changing the way countries use and conserve water.

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Yoga could ease effects of Parkinson's diseaseElderly woman doing yoga

Yoga might be the go-to activity for many people looking to reduce stress and stay fit, but it's also the center of a new study hoping to help those with Parkinson's disease. Corjena Cheung, assistant professor in the University of Minnesota's School of Nursing, has studied the effects of yoga on osteoarthritis for the past five years. Now, she is embarking on a new study to help those with Parkinson's disease.

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Three U of M faculty and one administrator have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the U of M has been named a recipient of the Innovation & Economic Prosperity Award by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; Khary Hornsby, Christopher Johnstone, and Randall Singer have been named recipients of the 2015 Award for Global Engagement; UMTC has been recognized as a top school by the Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

New opportunities in international researchWorld map

A new strategy of the U's Office of the Vice President for Research aims to further enhance international research collaborations by cultivating and expanding research efforts in countries with high growth potential and a diverse set of existing research collaborations. The strategy targets three key regions as high-potential areas where new research collaborations could make the greatest impact: Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda in Sub-Saharan Africa; Argentina, Peru, and Chile in South America; and Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Singapore in Southeast Asia.

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Twin Cities heat island study yields surprises

Some parts of the Twin Cities can spike temperatures up to 9°F higher than surrounding communities due to the "urban heat island" effect, according to a new U of M study. A better understanding of urban heat islands can help health professionals and others target efforts to protect people and infrastructure from heat-related problems.

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Nov. 30 – Diversity series discussion

The next topic in the "It's a Wrap" diversity series will be social justice and the role and impact of millennials on college campuses. 3-4:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

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Amahl and the Night Visitors

The UMC Music and Theater Department will present the one-act opera Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian-Carlo Menotti Dec. 2, 3, and 4, 7:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. No charge for UMC students, $3 for other students and children, and $5 for adults.

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Smyth honored with service awardCorbin Smyth

Corbin Smyth, associate vice chancellor for student life, recently received the Susan Maul Distinguished Service Award at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region V conference. This award is the highest honor presented by ACUI Region V and recognizes individuals who have an impressive record of accomplishment within college union and student activities.

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50 years of SCSE Women's Athleticsscse women athletes

The Swenson College of Science and Engineering recently recognized its women student athletes as part of a celebration of 50 seasons of women's athletics at UMD. This year, SCSE has 48 female students taking part in a varsity college sport. The women are both excellent students and accomplished athletes who volunteer in the community on a regular basis.

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Dec. 1 - Tweevening with Bill ShipleyTweevenings poster

Alumnus Bill Shipley will discuss the work of artist Leslie Bohnenkamp at the Tweed Museum of Art as part of their "Tweevening" series. Bohnenkamp created sculptural pieces in paper and fiber, and his work is part of the Tweed's permanent collection. 6:30 p.m.

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Dec. 2 - Colorblind Racism: Racism without RacistsEduardo Bonilla-Silva

Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, sociology chair at Duke University, will present "Colorblind Racism: Racism Without Racists," as part of UMD's first African & African-American Studies Program Roundtable. This event, which will be held annually, is open to the public. 5 p.m., Kirby Ballroom.

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Worksite Wellness grantShip grant logo

UMM has been awarded a Worksite Wellness grant by the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). The grant enables the campus to install an additional Radio Frequency Identification Zap reader to promote bicycling on campus.

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UMM signs White House climate pledgeUMM spelled out in art metal

UMM is one of more than 200 American colleges and universities that have signed the White House American Campuses Act on Climate pledge to demonstrate support for strong climate action by world leaders in Paris next month. Representing more than 3 million students, schools include public and private universities located across more than 40 states.

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State of the Campus Address

Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle gave his annual State of the Campus Address to a room filled with community members and leaders, University faculty and staff, and others interested in the future of the University of Minnesota Rochester. Among other topics, Lehmkuhle emphasized UMR's global reach through its study abroad programs.

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Twin Cities

Adopt a Family program

The U of M Student Parent HELP Center Adopt a Family program is seeking sponsors for its annual holiday assistance program. Students served by the program are typically young parents making significant sacrifices to complete their undergraduate education and provide a good future for their children. All of the student-parents served by the program are low-income, and the vast majority are single parents in the lowest income and financial aid bracket.

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Winter clothing donations

The University of Minnesota Police Department, located in the Transportation & Safety Building, 511 Washington Avenue S.E., is a drop-off point for the Scarf, Hat, and Glove Drive to benefit homeless youth through Nov. 26.

Call for artists: Boynton Arts Programabstract bird tinfoil art

Boynton Health Service is currently accepting submissions of artwork with mental health themes for a juried exhibition in April. Faculty, staff, and students may submit work. The Boynton Arts Program provides a positive space to consider mental health, creativity, and resilience.

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Dec. 2-4 - WAM Shop Holiday SaleWAM holiday sale poster

Faculty and staff can receive 20 percent off purchases at the WAM Shop during the Weisman Art Museum holiday sale. A kickoff event will feature handmade gift-wrapping paper by Bohemian Press, a hot cocoa bar by WAM Collective, mittens by Warm Heart Warm Hand, and music. Dec. 2, 4-6 p.m.

Dec. 3 - What's Next for Obamacare?

Political rhetoric about repealing the Affordable Care Act is fading as the health insurance market changes, state and national lawmakers respond, and presidential candidates propose new reforms. Proposals differ substantially on the scope of the safety net, the responsibility of states, and the operation of government programs. Leading health care journalists Julie Rovner and Chris Snowbeck will assess the path forward. 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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Dec. 3 - Local author Peg Guilfoyle

Local author, theater director, and producer Peg Guilfoyle will discuss her book Offstage Voices: Life in Twin Cities Theater, which delivers firsthand stories from theater professionals that take you behind the scenes of a wide range of theaters including the Guthrie, Park Square, Mixed Blood, Penumbra, and many more. 4 p.m., Bookstore, Coffman Union.

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Dec. 4 - Winter Light Show premiere

The College of Science and Engineering will premiere this year's dazzling student-designed light show Dec. 4 at 5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m., Civil Engineering Plaza. A Premiere Party with student displays will begin at 5 p.m. at Rapson Hall, HGA Goldstein Gallery. The show is bigger and better this year, featuring more than 200,000 LED lights set to music, some of which is composed and performed by U of M students. Shows last about 15 minutes and continue Dec. 5, 10, 11, and 12.

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Dec. 4 – 'Huumor in our Collections'

First Fridays season of presentations by University Libraries Archives and Special Collections continues on the theme of humor with a presentation on immigrant experiences by the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives and the Immigration History Research Center Archives. Noon, 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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UMTC Featured Eventsnature inspired sculpture

Ongoing - Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature

Nov. 30 - Allen Isaacman, "Development Projects in Mozambique: Spanning the Colonial/Post Colonial Divide"

Dec. 1 - Zine Library exhibition

Dec. 1 - How Sentencing Was Hijacked by Congress and Presidents

Dec. 2 - After Hours at the Bell

Dec. 2 - OED Certificate Workshop 8: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women's Equity

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