November 4, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 36

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover feature: Jigna Desai.
  • Features: Work matters; The Bird-Watchers; Made to Order.
  • People: Dante Cicchetti, Allen Isaacman, and Donald Truhlar have been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Jigna Desaichildren raising hands in classroom

Jigna Desai is looking for ways to break down the barriers that prevent people with autism and other marginalizing conditions from reaching their full potential. "The difference is between 'curing' something, which is eradicating it, and actually supporting people," she says.

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Work Matterstheresa Glomb

University professor Theresa Glomb's research asks what makes us happy in our jobs. She's come up with some surprising answers. Among the many things Glomb has learned is that as much as everyone likes to bash work, people are mostly in good moods on the job. In order to make work better, she says, people need to reorient their thinking to also focus on the positive things that happen on the job. Glomb's studies have shown that small mental shifts can make a big difference.

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The Bird-WatchersCarol Cardona

Researcher Carol Cardona knows that if you want to get answers to the most vexing problems in bird health, you can't be afraid to get dirty. When a deadly avian influenza virus infected and killed millions of chickens and turkeys at more than 100 commercial farms in Minnesota this spring, Cardona headed straight to the farms experiencing the problems.

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Made to Order3d printed organs

With the ability to print a structure that's exactly the size and specifications a patient needs, bioprinting has the potential to transform regenerative medicine.

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Dante Cicchetti, Allen Isaacman, and Donald Truhlar have been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Driven to Discover campaign launches statewiderobotic hand

Faculty and students from the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses, along with U of M Extension, will be featured on billboards across the state, shining a light on their great work and drive to improve lives. The billboard campaign will run Nov.-Dec. and March-May.

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Open Enrollment through Nov. 30

Open Enrollment continues through Nov. 30. Enroll online through the MyU portal. If you are satisfied with your current coverage choices, you do not need to re-enroll. However, to have an FSA account for 2016, you must re-enroll. Additional options: Add or increase long-term disability; add up to $200 to your existing short-term disability; add child life insurance. Changes will be effective Jan. 1. Employee Health and Benefits Fairs will take place on the UMC, UMD, UMM, and UMTC campuses Nov. 4-11.

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Nov. 9 - Campus Conversation on International Research

Vice President Brian Herman will lead a conversation on international research trends and opportunities, drawing on the work of a faculty-staff committee that was charged with creating recommendations to enhance and elevate international research at the U. Participants will hear about the committee's findings as well as trends in international research at the U. Attendees and online participants will discuss ways that the University can promote international research collaboration. Noon-1 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union, and online via WebEx.

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Dec. 2 - Research with Human Participants conference

The Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences is presenting a national conference on research with human participants. The event will bring together researchers, policymakers, bioethicists, patient advocates, and others to explore debates on oversight, informed consent, community roles, conflicts of interest and industry sponsorship, and research with vulnerable individuals. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.

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Spring copyright permission requests

Spring course material lists should be submitted to the Copyright Permissions Center by Dec. 23. Submit source information by email to

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Call for nominations: President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award

This annual, systemwide award recognizes one faculty member or one academic professional and administrative (P&A) employee for exemplary community-engaged scholarship in his or her field of inquiry. Each college on the Twin Cities campus and the campuses of Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester may select one individual to serve as the unit's award recipient. All collegiate/campus award recipients then become eligible for the U-wide award, which includes a one-time $15,000 prize. Nominations must go through the appropriate college contact. Nominations are due Jan. 22.

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Call for nominations: Distinguished McKnight University Professorship Awards

The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program seeks to honor and reward the U of M's most distinguished and highest-achieving mid-career faculty who have recently attained full professor status. Especially sought are those who have made significant advances in their careers at the University of Minnesota, whose work and reputation are identified with the University, and whose accomplishments have brought renown and prestige to Minnesota. Nominations are due by Feb. 2. For more information, email Chris Bremer or call 612-625-6176.

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Consortium Research Awards

The Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences is issuing a call for proposals addressing the societal implications of problems in health, environment, or the life sciences to graduate and professional students for work during summer 2016 and/or academic year 2016-17. Proposals are due by Feb. 15.

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Student profile: Kathryn SheetzKathryn Sheetz

Senior Kathryn Sheetz, a health sciences major, radiates a kind of quiet confidence that seems to course through everything she does. And she does a lot. Sheetz has been part of research projects both in and out of the classroom.

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Nov. 4 - Employee Health and Benefits Fair

Employees are encouraged to attend the 2015 Employee Health and Benefits Fair to learn more about medical plans, flexible spending accounts, disability benefits, retirement savings, dental plans, pharmacy benefits, and employee wellness. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Bede Ballroom.

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Nov. 5 - Thursday Commons: Assessment for all Faculty

A discussion on professional development and faculty onboarding will be led by Les Johnson and Stacie Varnson during the next Thursday Commons. 12:30-2 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.

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Knight Foundation awards grant for community journalism projectOne river poster

UMD has received a $47,150 grant from the Knight Foundation Fund for a collaborative community journalism project focusing on Minnesota's St. Louis River. The 2016 project, "One River, Many Stories," will seek content from professional journalists, educators, students, and amateur storytellers. The project's process will be published in booklet and video in hopes that other communities will model their own collaborative projects after it.

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Nov. 10 - Sustainability Fairsustainability fair poster

Learn about all things green and environmental at the annual Sustainability Fair. Vendors include the Sustainable Agriculture Project, the Stormwater Committee, and Recreational Sports. Coffee and food samples will be provided by Peace Coffee and UMD Dining Services. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Kirby Rafters.

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November music eventsWeber Music Hall

Whether you love the sound of woodwinds, brass, or percussion, there is a concert for every musical taste during the month of November. Performances are held at Weber Music Hall.

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At the Tweedshiny object part of louden exhibit

Artist Sharon Louden's exhibit, "Windows," is now on display at the Tweed Museum of Art. For this site-specific installation, Louden hung transparent acetate, frosted Mylar, and shiny aluminum from the ceiling of the Sax Gallery to "draw in space."

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UMM leads state in effectiveness and efficiencypicture of umm campus on fall day

According to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), UMM leads the state in effectiveness and efficiency. Accounting for variation in the attributes of two- and four-year institutions as well as spending on instruction and related services, MHEC derived effectiveness and expenditure scores for institutions nationwide. UMM was rated the most effective and efficient among public four-year schools in Minnesota.

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UMM named top performer in 2015 Sustainable Campus IndexUMM campus marquee

UMM has been recognized as a sustainability leader in the 2015 Sustainable Campus Index, achieving placement in the categories of campus engagement, coordination and planning, and buildings. The index highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

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Nov. 10-12 - UMM to host Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishmentscelebration of scholarly accomplishments poster

UMM will present its fifth Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments, showcasing examples of outstanding research and artistic activities undertaken by more than 50 faculty, staff, and retirees in the last year, in addition to nearly 50 examples from earlier celebrations. Student Center, Oyate Hall.

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Enderton named Latterell Visiting AlumnusDaniel Enderton

UMM will welcome Daniel Enderton '02 as the 2015 Latterell Visiting Alumnus. Enderton will deliver the 2015 Latterell Visiting Alumni Lecture "A Career in Clean Energy Start-Ups" on Nov. 12. In this talk he will discuss his experiences in building clean energy ventures.

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UMR volunteers during Make A Difference DayUMR volunteers working on grounds

Students, faculty, and staff spent their Saturday volunteering at one of three locations throughout Rochester. In total, UMR students volunteered 36 hours during the event as part of the National Make a Difference Day. It was also part of UMR's Month of Giving.

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Nov. 10 - State of the Campus addressUMR Chancellor Lehmkuhle

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to the UMR State of the Campus address. This year's presentation will highlight the new initiatives of Living & Learning Communities and Health Care Scholars Day. Additionally, a panel of students who took advantage of study away opportunities will share about the amazing places they went as part of their degree at UMR.


Twin Cities

Critical Community Engagement Roundtables

The Office for Public Engagement is offering customized workshops for academic units wanting to take advantage of benefits of publicly engaged scholarship. Topics range from increasing the impact of research to the role of community-engaged scholarship in promotion and tenure. Email Sara Axtell to be added to the email listserv to receive specific topics and meeting reminders.

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Nov. 11 – A Sip of Science

The next Sip of Science, "Bee Support: People Helping Bees and Bees Helping People," will feature Rebecca Masterman, leader of the U of M Bee Squad. As the outreach arm of the Bee Lab, the Bee Squad communicates the latest bee research to audiences that are passionate about helping bees. The program has grown significantly and expanded its programs, recently launching a national beekeeper citizen science project. 5:30 p.m., Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main St., St. Anthony Main.

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Nov. 12 - World Usability Day

This year's annual World Usability Day programming is centered around the theme of "Innovation." There is no charge, and it is open to the public. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Paul Student Center Theater. Refreshments will be provided.

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Nov. 12 - "The Story of Climate Data"

The annual Kuehnast Endowment Lecture will feature "The Story of Climate Data" by Thomas Peterson (NOAA-NCEI, Asheville, NC). Peterson is also current president of the World Meteorological Organization's Commission for Climatology and was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4 Assessment Report. There will be a reception, with refreshments, following his lecture. 3 p.m., 335 Borlaug Hall, St. Paul Campus.

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Nov. 12 - Incarcerated Mothers: A View into Public Health Challenges

Rebecca Shlafer will reflect on mass incarceration as a public health challenge. She'll discuss her research with incarcerated women and their children, highlight her partnership with the Minnesota Prison Doula Project, and summarize Minnesota's recent legislation on the care and treatment of pregnant incarcerated women. 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mayo Auditorium.

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Nov. 14 - Meet and greet with Frank Gehry's Standing Glass Fish sculpture

Join the Weisman Art Museum in welcoming the Frank Gehry giant glass fish sculpture on long-term loan from the Walker Art Center. Leave your favorite fish story in a fish bowl, explore the exhibition The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection, talk with Megan Emery, objects conservator from Midwest Art Conservation Center, and visit the sculpture in its new home.1-3 p.m., Weisman.

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UMTC Featured Events

Nov. 5 - Kann Lecture, Patrick Geary: "Austria, the Writing of History, & the Search for European Identity"
Nov. 6 - Minnesota Population Center Free Data Training Workshop: Terra Populus
Nov. 8 - Brahms, Barnett, and Bluegrass!
Nov. 9 - U of M Jazz Combos: Journeys in Jazz
Nov. 10 - Thinking the Anthropocene with Oil and Water
Nov. 12 - The 21st Century Engaged Public Research University: What does this look like here?

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