November 30, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 39

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover: Abolishing hunger with Candice Hirsch.
  • Features: U study shows global picture of crop production greenhouse gas emissions; Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of solar system.
  • People: Michelle Behr named chancellor of the University of Minnesota Morris; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Abolishing hunger with Candice HirschCandice Hirsch

As the global population challenges our food security, farmers are also seeing an increase in extreme weather events. Candice Hirsch and her team seek to understand how plants interact with the environment to help produce more and lessen loss in the midst of climate change.

Learn more about Hirsch's work >

U study shows global picture of crop production greenhouse gas emissionsglobal emissions map

Global food systems contribute about one-third of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. With demand for food and fiber expected to grow, reducing emissions from agriculture is imperative. Researchers from the U of M Institute on the Environment used models and geospatial data to determine which crops and cropping practices are the biggest emissions culprits. The study provides the first subnational, crop-specific estimates of emissions from cropland management. It also delivers methods, data, and maps for estimating emissions and reducing emissions from the agricultural sector.

Learn more about the study >

Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of solar systema supernova

A research team led by U of M School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system.

Learn more about the research >


Michelle Behr has been named chancellor of the University of Minnesota Morris; patent roll call, featuring the latest U of M researchers to be awarded patents; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

IRB expands to strengthen human research protectionsreflective glass on building

The U of M’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) plays an important role in ensuring that clinical research projects make the welfare of human participants a top priority. Recently, the IRB strengthened its capacity for protecting human research participants and upholding the ethical conduct of human research by expanding its membership’s size and range of expertise.


Dec. 1 - Faculty and Student Research Day

Fall semester Faculty and Student Research Day is a time set aside for faculty and students to share their research with the campus community. Noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Dec. 2 - Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day

Approximately 1,000 students from more than 50 high schools, chapters, and clubs will be on campus to compete in more than 20 contests as part of Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day.

Dec. 3 - Santa Land

Student clubs and organizations are hosting a winter wonderland of activities for children at the annual Santa Land. Noon-3 p.m., Sargeant Student Center.

Dec. 3 - Winterberry Craft and Vendor Bazaar

The UMC Horticulture Club and Natural Resources Club are hosting Winterberry Craft and Vendor Bazaar. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.


‘Sounds of the Seasons’ concertsa snowflake

The Department of Music will offer three holiday concerts. The Symphony Orchestra performs Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; the Symphonic Wind Ensemble & Concert Band perform Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; and the Concert Chorale, University Singers, and Chamber Singers perform Dec. 4, 3 p.m. All concerts take place in Weber Music Hall.

Find concert tickets >

Dec. 3 - ‘Cut your own tree’ eventa family cutting their own tree

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center is hosting a “cut your own tree” event at its 18,000-acre classroom, located 18 miles north of Duluth. Trees are $15. Bring a saw, tie-down straps, and a mug for hot chocolate (and cookies). 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Behr named UMM chancellorMichelle Behr

Michelle Behr has been named chancellor of UMM. Pending approval by the Board of Regents during its Dec. 9 meeting, Behr will become UMM’s sixth chancellor on Feb. 6, 2017. She is currently the provost, senior vice president for academic affairs, and dean of the college at Birmingham-Southern College.

UMM welcomes Community of Scholars visitors

UMM will welcome more than 400 prospective students and their families during the annual Community of Scholars competition. Students from across the country will compete for the campus's most prestigious competitive scholarships: the Prairie Scholars Award and the Morris Scholars Award. Invited students each will attend on one of the following days: Dec. 3, Feb. 3, or Feb. 4.


Individualizing Medicine ConferenceUMR students at genomics conference

Eight UMR undergraduate students attended the 2016 Individualizing Medicine Conference: Advancing Care Through Genomics. The students say that the conference has inspired them to explore careers in genetics and precision medicine.

Dec. 6 - UMR 10-year anniversary events

The University of Minnesota Rochester is celebrating its tenth year with two State of the Campus events, both focused on its achievements and future goals. A daytime event will be held for faculty, staff, and students from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel. An evening, ticketed event at the same location will be open to the public, and includes a buffet dinner with a portion of ticket sales benefiting Health CORE student scholarships. Registration is required for both events. Email Anne Kowal if you are interested in attending the evening event.

Twin Cities

Bias Response Team gets a new name and a website

The Bias Response Team has been renamed the Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN) to better reflect its role. A website has been launched to provide more information about the BRRN, including how to report a bias incident.

Learn more about BRRN >

Affordable course materials on the first day of class

University Libraries and U of M Bookstores can help faculty and instructional staff explore a variety of options to make course materials more affordable for students. Email to sign up to use Unizin Engage in spring 2017, a digital platform for organizing, delivering, and measuring the uses of open and commercial content.

Nov. 30 - What to Expect in a Trump Administration

President-elect Donald Trump has called for far-reaching shifts in policies relating to immigration, environmental regulation, foreign policy, and civil rights, among many other issues. Humphrey School faculty experts will discuss likely policies and implications and take questions from the audience. Noon to 1 p.m., Humphrey School.

Register and learn more >

Dec. 2 - CSE Winter Light Show Premierewinter light show

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, some of which is written and recorded by U of M students. Shows are at 5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m. Hot chocolate will be provided while supplies last. Shows continue on Dec. 3, 8, 9, and 10.

Dec. 5 - Big Questions: How do we move beyond stigma in mental health?a human head outline colored artistically

The College of Liberal Arts will present Big Questions: How do we move beyond stigma in mental health? Audience members will have an opportunity to participate in a discussion that will be later broadcast on MPR, moderated by MPR News host Tom Weber. 3 p.m., Best Buy Theater, Northrop.

Learn more and RSVP >

UMTC Featured Eventsa drawing of two pine trees

Nov. 30 - WAM Shop Holiday Sale | Double Discount Days

Dec. 1 - The Logic and Legacy of American Punitiveness

Dec. 2 - The Thing I Hold That Holds The Thing I Need

Dec. 5 - 10,000 Stories - Minnesota Youth Make Media

Dec. 6 - 2017 Deinard Lecture - How Patients are Creating Medicine's Future

Dec. 7 - Bohemian Press and Ceramics Collective Holiday Sale

Dec. 7 - Our Parasites, Ourselves: The Complicated Relationship Between People, Environment & Policy

Events Calendar >