November 29, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 39

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Features: After cancer; Carbon emissions by plant respiration will have large impact on climate; MN-REACH drives medical innovation.
  • People: Nabil Matar will receive the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences award; and more.

Top News

After cancerRachel Vogel and her brother

Masonic Cancer Center researcher Rachel Isaksson Vogel witnessed the devastating effects of cancer treatment on her brother's life before he died from a brain tumor. Now it's Vogel's mission to find ways to improve cancer survivors' lives--physically, emotionally, and socially.

Read more about Vogel's work >

Carbon emissions by plant respiration will have large impact on climateplants

New findings by researchers from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, who partnered with scientists from across the world, suggest plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warn that as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due to fossil fuel burning.

MN-REACH drives medical innovationscientists in a lab

In May 2015, the University of Minnesota launched MN-REACH to help researchers with new health-related discoveries navigate the complex path from laboratory to market. Since then, the program has helped fuel the development and application of new diagnostic tools, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals, while training researchers to think as entrepreneurs to help their innovations succeed. More than 30 projects have received a total of $3.4 million during the first five MN-REACH funding cycles. The sixth cycle’s awardees will be announced at the beginning of December.


Nabil Matar will receive the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences award; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Technology Advisory Council

The Technology Advisory Council, a group of technology experts from across the U of M system, offers guidance to members of the University community who are exploring technology hardware, software, or services for purchase, use, or development in their units.

Learn more and request a consultation >

Call for applications: Research and Creative Collaboratives

Applications for Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) 2018-19 Research and Creative Collaboratives are due Jan. 26. IAS seeks participation from all colleges, schools, and campuses and encourages graduate student participation. Collaboratives may be convened by faculty, students, or staff, but should show evidence of faculty participation. The maximum award amount is $12,000, but proposals for smaller amounts are encouraged.

Learn more and apply >

Resources for farmers in stressful times

The stress in farming has always existed, but levels can soar during times of high costs and low returns. University of Minnesota Extension has developed some programs that can help farmers and their family members, as well as those who work closely with them.

Learn more about the programs >


Excellence in Student Voter Engagement awardbronze award logo

The University of Minnesota Crookston was recently recognized at the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates.

Dec. 1 - Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day

Approximately 1,000 students from more than 50 high schools, chapters, and clubs will be on campus Dec. 1 to compete in more than 20 events as part of Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day. The competition has been held at UMC for more than 30 years.

Dec. 2 - Santaland

University of Minnesota Crookston student clubs and organizations will host activities, crafts, and prizes for all Crookston elementary students during the annual Santaland. Noon-3 p.m., Sargeant Student Center.

Dec. 2 - Winterberry Craft & Vendor Bazaar

The U of M Crookston Horticulture Club and Natural Resources Club will host the Winterberry Craft & Vendor Bazaar. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.


Falk honoredDennis Falk

Professor Emeritus Dennis Falk, Department of Social Work, received the University of Minnesota 2017 Award for Global Engagement. He was recognized for his dedication “to teaching courses from a global perspective and to promoting global engagement at the University of Minnesota and nationally.” Falk became a UMD faculty member in 1977 and retired earlier this year.

Gymnasium renovations under wayRomano gym

Romano Gymnasium is being extensively renovated in three phases. A Daktronics HD video board was installed as part of phase one. The gymnasium houses men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. Additionally, the facility serves intramural clubs and UMD’s Recreational Sports Outdoor Program and is a teaching space for the Department of Applied Human Sciences. Romano was last renovated in 1987.

Dec. 2 - Cut your own holiday firkids in front of fir tree

Cut your own Balsam fir tree and help to refresh the forest on Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center. Harvesting Balsam fir trees and boughs is a forest fire management technique. You can then transform Balsam fir boughs into wreaths during a workshop (registration required) on Dec. 6 and 13, 6-8 p.m., Glensheen.

At the Weberopera scene

The Opera Studio and the Department of Music will present The Promise of Living, a selection of opera scenes, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Osseo, Son of the Evening Star, an original work by UMD music major William Brueggemann, will premiere. The piece was created as the composer’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program project.

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Humphrey School recognizes ‘The Morris Model’UMM wind tower

The Morris Model earned recognition from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs as a Local Government Innovation Awards recipient. The awards recognize projects in five categories, and name one overall award winner in each: cities, counties, schools, townships, and the new Native Nations category.

Dec. 1 - Rohina MalikRohina Malik

The 2017-18 Performing Arts Series continues with Rohina Malik's UNVEILED. Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this critically acclaimed one-woman show. UNVEILED has been performed at universities, churches, mosques, synagogues, and theaters throughout the United States, Canada, and South Africa.


UMR alum finds success through CDC’s Public Health Associate Program

UMR alum Katie Waters is beginning her final year as an associate in the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program. As an associate, she is working at Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition, a nonprofit housed by Children's Hospital Colorado to better understand and address barriers to vaccination. Waters stated, “Being a federal employee while working for a nonprofit within a large health system has brought many experiences. It has been a great introduction to the world of public health.”

Dec. 5 - UMR Connects: Medicare for Boomers

Jerry Roberts, Senior LinkAge Line specialist, will provide information at the next UMR Connects about Medicare so participants feel comfortable in making decisions on health care needs. 7 p.m., 417 University Square.

Twin Cities

Nov. 29 - Philip Kim lecture on graphene and 2D devices

In recent years, scientists have discovered that various atomically thin materials including graphene, a single atomic carbon layer, can be isolated and used as an interface layer in semiconductors. These materials could lead to a revolution in technology with devices such as transparent display screens becoming reality. Kim will discuss the creation of new heterostructures based on atomically thin materials and emerging new physics with technological implications in his lecture “Stacking atomic layers: quest for new materials and physics.” 7 p.m., B50 Tate Hall.

Dec. 1 - Hear an 80,000-word Ph.D. thesis in 3 minutes

The second annual University-wide 3MT® Competition, sponsored by the Graduate School, will feature finalists from collegiate- and campus-level competitions. The U of M Graduate School will be one of more than 200 institutions across 18 countries hosting the event this year. Presentations will be from 9 to 10 a.m., 402 Walter Library, with awards and reception to follow.

Dec. 1 - Reflections on the Impact of Hurricane Maria and the Recovery of Puerto Ricoapples by brown bags

Join the Institute for Advanced Study for a brown-bag lunch with Guillermo Narvaez, who will discuss his recent trip to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Narvaez is a research associate at the Humphrey School. Noon, Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop.

Dec. 1 - Freight and logistics symposium

The on-demand economy is revolutionizing the movement of freight from one end of the supply chain to the other. The challenge for the freight industry is to use technology to adapt and thrive in an extremely competitive environment. The 2017 Center for Transportation Studies symposium will explore the impact of disruptive technologies on the freight industry, focusing on vehicle-to-vehicle communications, autonomous vehicles, and mobile apps. The symposium also will showcase Duluth's new intermodal service and examine the implications for freight within a transportation system that is shared for commuting and commerce.

Registration, fees, and program >

Dec. 4 - Time’s Challenges: Abrupt Transitions and Future Imaginings

The 2017 Berdahl Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dame Marilyn Strathern, former professor of cultural anthropology at Cambridge University. Strathern will speak on “Time’s Challenges,” in which she will examine what happens when sudden changes challenge how people view not only their own past, but how they envision time, as well.

Dec. 6 - U of M Bookstores faculty/staff discount event

U of M Bookstores will host a special Apple event for U of M faculty and staff, with up to $250 off Apple computer, iPad, or Apple Watch purchases.

UMTC Featured Eventsa person in makeup on stage

Nov. 30 - Sexual Harassment Policies: What works and what can be improved?
Nov. 30 - IAS Thursdays| Politics, Performance, and Patronage
Dec. 1 - CSE Winter Light Show Premiere
Dec. 6 - WAM Shop Holiday Sale
Dec. 6 - Petri Dish: Resetting the Conversation on Science
Dec. 7 - 2017 Local Government Innovation Awards

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