November 7, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 35

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Features: The New Shape of Medicine: how 3D printing may save lives; Immigration to the United States changes a person’s microbiome; Roadside attractions; 8 things we learned about a clean water future.
  • People: Recipients of the 2018 Award for Global Engagement; and more.

Top News

The New Shape of Medicine: how 3D printing may save lives3D printed organ

Michael McAlpine and his colleagues are building organ models to help surgeons prepare for surgery. They also have made a device to treat spinal cord injuries and taken a first step toward a bionic eye. Watch a video and learn more.

Immigration to the United States changes a person’s microbiomeJungle fern

Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Somali, Latino, and Hmong Partnership for Health and Wellness have new evidence that the gut microbiota of immigrants and refugees rapidly Westernize after a person’s arrival in the United States. The study could provide insight into some of the metabolic health issues, including obesity and diabetes, affecting immigrants to the country.

Roadside attractionsroadside crew

For pollinators, which are experiencing population decline and habitat loss, roadside plants are particularly important. A statewide study explores how Minnesota’s roadside runoff affects the health of butterflies and bees. Read more about the project.

8 things we learned about a clean water futurelake shore

Minnesota means “land of sky-blue waters.” But how can our state waters stand up to modern pollution pressures? Under the auspices of the University’s Institute on the Environment, a group of water experts came up with eight guidelines. See all eight insights.


Recipients of the 2018 Award for Global Engagement; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Research Brief: Predicting how native plants return to abandoned farm fieldswheat

Movement is one of the most common processes in all biology. While plants may be rooted in one spot for most of their lives, movement also plays a key role in their ecology--especially when it comes to seeds. Tracking how seeds move--or disperse--can be difficult because of a seed’s small size. U of M College of Biological Sciences researchers have found a solution for tracking seed movement by using electrical engineering and mathematical models.

Nov. 12-16 - International Education Week

The University of Minnesota will celebrate International Education Week with dozens of events planned systemwide to highlight the U of M's support of international education. International Education Week was first declared by the U.S. Departments of State and Education in 2000.

Nov. 15 - Automating Research Data Management: Projmon and G.E.M.S

The second event in the University Libraries Research Data Management Speaker Series will feature speakers Dan McDonald, Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, and Kevin Silverman, Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, in a discussion about Projmon and G.E.M.S data management tools. 3-4 p.m., 402 Walter Library or live online. Learn more and join remotely.


Université de Ségou, Mali, and Crookston sign MOU

Souleymane Kouyaté, president of the University of Segou; Ousmane Konipo, director of research; and Konimba Bengaly, professor of animal science, were recently on campus to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to encourage further exploration of ways the two universities can work together.

Hoffman receives tenure

John Hoffman, vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, was awarded tenure as a full professor in the Department of Liberal Arts and Education Department at the October Board of Regents meeting.

Nominations are open for faculty awards

Each year, the Faculty Awards Committee determines a winner for the Distinguished Teaching, Distinguished Scholar, and Distinguished Service awards. Nominations are due by Dec. 14.


Nov. 7 - Fascism and the HolocaustHolocaust book cover

Ronald Berger and Stanislav Vysotsky, faculty members from UW-Whitewater, will present Fascism and the Holocaust in Historical and Contemporary Perspective. Each will give a brief talk followed by a discussion. Berger’s latest book, Children, Save Yourselves! One Family’s Story of Holocaust Survival, will be available for purchase and signing. 7 p.m., Kirby Ballroom.

Alumna honoredGeorgia Gates

Alumna Georgia Gates '18 recently received the 2018 Midwest Association of Financial Aid Administrators Success Story of the Year award. Gates, a financial aid recipient, was a University Honors student who graduated magna cum laude in three years with degrees in criminology and sociology. As a student, she also worked in One Stop Student Services helping her peers navigate the financial aid process.

Nov. 13 - Keri PickettKeri Pickett

Keri Pickett will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. A photographer, author, and filmmaker, Pickett is a 2017 McKnight Foundation Fellow in Media Arts. Her most recent full-length documentary, First Daughter and the Black Snake, premiered at the Native Women in Film Festival in 2017. 6 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.


Nov. 12 - ‘A Social History of Death, Dying, and Bereavement’allan kellehear

Allan Kellehear, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts, will deliver “A Social History of Death, Dying, and Bereavement.” In his talk, Kellehear will take listeners on a 1.5-million-year journey into our origins and explore how the dying and grieving experience has been molded by the great economies of human history. 7 p.m., 2950 Science building.


Aryal achieves tenureBijaya Aryal

Bijaya Aryal, professor at UMR’s Center for Learning Innovation, achieved tenure this year. Originally born and raised in Nepal, Aryal first moved to the United States to study for his master's in physics in 2002. He now teaches physics courses using novel, research-based techniques. To help make physics applicable to his students’ everyday and professional lives, Aryal designs teaching and learning activities and modules by integrating physics with other areas through collaboration with professors of various disciplines at UMR.

Houston receives Microsoft Women in Computing Award

UMR alumna Rebecca Houston ’18 is a recipient of the Microsoft Women in Computing Award. She had the opportunity to travel to Houston to receive the award at the Grace Hopper Celebration, the largest gathering of women in technology in the United States.

Twin Cities

Duo Security has begun

Duo Security (two-factor authentication) has begun to be required for faculty, staff, and students when they reset U of M passwords (an annual requirement). Learn more about Duo Security and view a schedule for getting hands-on help at Twin Cities walk-in locations.

Resilient Communities Project seeks faculty partners for spring semester

Faculty and instructors are invited to incorporate an experiential learning opportunity into spring semester classes by partnering with the Resilient Communities Project (RCP). RCP matches faculty and courses with local sustainability and resiliency projects. Its 2018-19 community partners, Scott County and Ramsey County, have identified over 30 projects including strengthening collaboration on climate resilience, increasing voter participation, investigating self-serve libraries, planting edible landscapes, and more. Email to learn more.

Nov. 8 - Minnesota Alumni Market Holiday Pop-Upmaroon and gold mittens

The Minnesota Alumni Market will host a special early holiday shopping opportunity for alumni-made products. Minnesota Alumni Market was created by the Alumni Association to support the work of alumni creators, to help new alumni entrepreneurs launch their businesses, and to provide an opportunity for established alumni entrepreneurs to extend their reach. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Discovery Nexus Center, McNamara Alumni Center.

Nov. 8 - Women and Girls of Color Engaged Research Symposium

Share ideas about engaged research related to women and girls of color and indigenous women and girls, and celebrate the work of community-university collaborative teams who were granted seed funding through the Women and Girls of Color Engagement and Research Initiative. No charge and open to the public. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center. Register.

Writing-Enriched Curriculum Program seeks undergraduate departments

The Writing-Enriched Curriculum Program (WEC) is currently enrolling undergraduate departments into its 15th cohort. To apply, representatives from any undergraduate department are invited to submit a letter of interest. Each year, several departments, colleges, or schools are selected to begin the process. Learn more about the program at one of two upcoming information lunches on Nov. 12 (RSVP by Nov. 9) and Nov. 14 (RSVP by Nov. 12), noon-1:15 p.m., 12 Nicholson Hall.

Nov. 9 - 3-Minute Thesis Competition

The Graduate School will host the annual 3-minute thesis competition, featuring finalists from collegiate- and campus-level competitions. The event challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a general audience in just three minutes, with the aid of a single, static slide. Presentations begin at 10 a.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. Light refreshments will be provided. Register to attend.

Nov. 14 - Women Innovators Conference: Innovating for Impact

The Women Innovators Conference is a professional development summit designed to help female innovators connect the dots between their ideas and achieving a positive, significant impact. This event will inspire, inform, and connect STEM-trained women faculty, students, and business professionals to strengthen and extend the diverse talent pool of women innovators in the Twin Cities. 12:30-6 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Register to attend.

Nov. 15 - Human Rights Milestones: Progress, Challenges, and the Way Forward

As the United Nations marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the U of M Law School’s Human Rights Center celebrates its 30th anniversary, Professor Michael Posner, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, will examine the progress that has been made on human rights globally. Posner will assess the current state of human rights and offer his thoughts on how to tackle current and future challenges. Learn more and RSVP.

Nov. 15 - Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain, Cryptos, Smart Contracts, Oh My!

The pioneers of Bitcoin took concepts that have been around for decades (cryptography, game theory, digital cash) to create the first coherent blockchain system. Blockchain innovations sparked by the Bitcoin protocol are upending industries as far ranging as music, energy, and insurance. Benjamin Cole of Fordham University will explore the path of blockchain to date and where the technology is headed. 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Register and learn more.

Nov. 30 - The UK’s healthcare innovation paradox and how it’s being addressed

Hosted by the Medical Industry Leadership Institute, James Barlow, professor of technology and innovation management, Imperial College Business School, will explore efforts by the National Health Services (NHS) to embed innovation into its organizations and the impact of these efforts on the healthcare industry and the NHS. Noon-1:30 p.m., 2-213 Carlson School of Management.

UMTC Featured Eventsblack and white campus protest photo

Nov. 8 - Postcards from Auschwitz: Tourism and Holocaust Remembrance
Nov. 8 - Campus Protests, Representation, and Educational Reform
Nov. 9 - Voicing Global Migration "Crisis" Through Research, Classrooms, and Communities
Nov. 13 - Portfolios across disciplines (TWW Panel)
Nov. 14 - Petri Dish: Romaine recalls and raw milk renegades
Nov. 14 - Civic Resistance: The Fight for Civil Liberties in America
Nov. 14 - Student Veterans Appreciation Day
Nov. 15-18 - University Opera Theatre presents Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring

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