October 11, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 32

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover: Tetyana Shippee.
  • The Board of Regents will meet Oct. 12-13.
  • Features: The peacemaker; Preserving history; Study shows way to find common ground on gene-editing; More renewables needed than previously thought.
  • People: Al Levine has been named U of M VP for Research; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Tetyana ShippeeTetyana Shippee

Tetyana Shippee knows senior living firsthand: while still a student, she lived for two years in a retirement home. There, she learned that residents want true human relationships, and not to be identified by their medical condition. She’s also seeking to end ethnic and racial disparities in senior care.

Learn more about Shippee's work >

The Board of Regents will meet Oct. 12-13

The University’s Board of Regents will discuss the U’s online education offerings at its October meeting, building on past conversations to consider the role of online learning in the University’s education mission. Regents will also hold the first in a series of discussions about the University’s outreach mission, including consideration of the mission and vision of U of M Extension and Research and Outreach Centers. Additionally, the board is expected to act on the U’s six-year capital plan and 2018 legislative request, and review diversity and inclusion efforts related to campus climate, faculty recruitment, and graduate education.

See the news release for more info >

The peacemakerMark Umbreit

As founder of the U’s Restorative Justice Center, Mark Umbreit has made a career of bringing people together. Umbreit says that restorative justice views crime as a wound within the community that must be tended with accountability and healing, not just punishment. He’s taken this concept to 23 countries, and he has watched it go from being an idea even he was skeptical about to being endorsed by the United Nations and implemented in 36 states.

Read more about Umbreit's work >

Preserving historyU campus historical photo

University historian Ann Pflaum has conducted extensive research going back to the founding of the University in 1851, braiding facts, milestones, and people into stories that continue to unfold today. “I’ve been at this for almost 20 years and hope to continue as long as I’m able,” says Pflaum.

Read more and watch a video about Pflaum >

Study shows way to find common ground on gene editingcorn fields

In an increasingly crowded and hungry world, a range of new food-production technologies are emerging in an effort to keep up. New gene-editing approaches now let scientists hack into genomes to alter foods’ characteristics--increasing yields, lengthening shelf life, or improving disease resistance. A recent U of M-led study provides the most concrete proposal to date for an open, inclusive process of considering whether, when, and how gene-editing biotechnologies could be used and developed.

More renewables needed than previously thought to meet emissions targetstransmission towers

Across the country, stakeholders have set ambitious goals for reducing energy emissions and investing in renewables. New research from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, however, reveals that we may have further to go than anyone even realized.


Al Levine has been named the University's Vice President for Research, continuing through Aug. 31, 2019; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

In times of tragedy and otherwise, many ways to givefund drive poster

From the UMTC Community Fund Drive, to the newly created Medical School Puerto Rico Outreach Fund (which provides medications and medical supplies), to the endless opportunities to make a difference through the University of Minnesota Foundation, the U of M community responds to tragedy and ongoing needs in our communities here and away, every day. Find a way to give.

Keep what’s private, private

IT security is everyone’s responsibility. Here are a few suggestions to protect your information, your devices, and University data, and to help make the Internet a safer space for all.

2017 Employee Engagement Survey coming on Oct. 16

Let your voice be heard about your experience working at the University of Minnesota. Look for an email from UofMNSurvey@us.confirmit.com on Oct. 16. This email will have your unique link to take the 2017 Employee Engagement Survey. All survey responses are confidential and will be collected by Korn Ferry Hay Group, the University’s vendor. If you have trouble finding the email, see Employee Engagement.

Coming Oct. 22 - A new look for MyU

MyU will undergo a user interface refresh and introduce a cleaner, more mobile-friendly design on Oct. 22. MyU will be unavailable from 6 a.m. to noon that day while updates are made to the site. You can preview the new look, see overall changes, and view new top navigation items here. Although the look of the site will change, the way you do things in MyU (submitting time, registering for classes, viewing class rosters) will stay the same. Email myurefresh@umn.edu with any questions.

Oct. 24 - Minnesota Symposium on Civic RenewalDaniell Allen

Join fellow Minnesotans in exploring and imagining how to reclaim democracy as the work of citizens at the first annual Minnesota Symposium on Civic Renewal, sponsored by the Minnesota Civic Studies Initiative and the College of Education and Human Development. The event will showcase the ways that various groups of Minnesotans are working together, across differences, to reassert their ownership of public life and their responsibilities to improve it. It features a keynote address by Washington Post columnist Danielle Allen, director of the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard and best-selling author. Cost: $16 (includes lunch and reception). 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., The Commons Hotel, Minneapolis.

Oct. 25, 26 - Canvas training

An expert trainer from Canvas will be on the Twin Cities campus to offer sessions covering Canvas basics and more as the U of M continues its transition from Moodle to Canvas. Attendees (either in person or online) will learn practical, hands-on information about how to use Canvas tools and features.


Oct. 10-11 - The Clothesline Projecttshirts from the clothesline project

The Clothesline Project is a national art project started by women in Massachusetts as a memorial to victims and survivors of domestic violence. The project involves designing shirts to remember the women and children murdered as a result of domestic violence and child abuse. No charge and open to the public. There will be a role-playing activity that helps illustrate the choices victims of domestic violence make when they are deciding how to respond to abuse.

Oct. 14 - Take Back College

Encourage students to attend Take Back College, a program designed to empower students to take full responsibility for connection/engagement, personal development/attitude, and personal fulfillment/success. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Oct. 17 - Soup and Substance

Laura Aanstad will present "My Journey Back from Addiction" at the next Soup and Substance. Noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Alumni Awards Celebration

The Alumni Awards Celebration held during homecoming recognized this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award recipients, Jeff Stauffenecker 1990 and Carl Wittenburg 1985. Inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame were Scott Oliver, football and men’s hockey coach, 1987-2002; Joe Hasz 2006, men’s basketball player; and the 2002 men’s golf team. Brittani (Boehlke) Fiecke 2006 was the recipient of the Abbey Award, which recognizes outstanding young alumni.


Oct. 17 - Art and Design lecturesam watson

Samuel Watson will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. His interest in gender studies and post-colonial queer theory informs his projects. Watson currently teaches modern and contemporary art at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.

Oct. 19 - African media and atrocities presentationWahutu Siguru

The Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee will welcome doctoral candidate Wahutu Siguru, who will deliver his presentation “Of course, it’s a genocide”: Covering Atrocity for an African Audience. Siguru earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the U of M Twin Cities and is currently a Harvard fellow. 7 p.m., Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Homecoming|17Bulldog logo

The Homecoming Parade, featuring floats, bands, and more, will be held Oct. 21 beginning at 11 a.m. At the same time, a Family Carnival will be held on Malosky Stadium Green. The Bulldog football team hosts Minot State, with tailgating beginning at 11 a.m. and kickoff at 1:05 p.m. Women’s hockey, volleyball, and men’s hockey round out the day’s sporting events. See more about the events >


Homecoming 2017 video and photoshomecoming students

UMM celebrated Homecoming 2017 Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Highlights included the Distinguished Alumni Award and Cougar Hall of Fame Homecoming Banquet, Meiningens and Improv Alumni reunions, the annual Residence Halls Tug-O-War contest, a Homecoming concert, alumni basketball and softball games, a tailgate party, and the Cougar football Homecoming game. Watch a video recap and see photos from the events.

Oct. 20 - 2017-18 Performing Arts Series opensFly dance company

FLY Dance Company will open the 2017-18 Performing Arts Series. Performing in a style called theatrical hip hop, FLY Dance Company offers fun, fast-action, educational shows scripted and designed to deliver entertainment, knowledge, and important social messages. 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Student Center.

Find tickets >


EcoLiteracy School: Students collaborate in health-oriented outdoor learningUMR ecoliteracy class

Human health and the environment came alive this past weekend as students experienced the wonders of our environment firsthand at Tettegouche State Park. Grounded in UMR's commitment to innovative learning, UMR faculty member Jessie Barnett and Megan Schimek, a teacher from Pine Island High School, created Ecoliteracy School. The program was designed for health-focused students to engage in environmentally oriented experiential learning and career discussions together.

Oct. 17 - The Leaf Artist: My Mom's Dementia Journey of Creativity, Courage and Joy

At the next UMR Connects, join Doug McGill, also known as "The Leaf Artist" as he shares with the UMR Community the story of his mother's courage of living with progressive dementia for 20 years. His story proves that when surrounded by understanding family and friends, people living with dementia can continue to teach those around them life's greatest lessons and guide us to our own deepest wisdom and love. 7 p.m., 417 University Square.

Twin Cities

New Office of Classroom Management website

The Office of Classroom Management recently launched a redesigned website offering easy access to classroom technology instructions, scheduling applications, and information about Classroom Technical Services, including campus-wide audio/visual equipment design and installation. The new site was built on the Drupal 8 content management system and provides a better mobile experience for users.

Oct. 18 - Writing and the value of story: panel and discussion

Although stories are considered primarily the purview of literature and folklore, the role of story in disciplinary writing suggests that stories abound across disciplines and colleges. This panel features three different understandings of story from scientific, professional, and humanities contexts. Noon-1:30 p.m., 155 Peters Hall.

Oct. 18 - Webinar: Improving Your Online Course

Discounted access to online professional development tools and workshops are available to U of M faculty, staff, and administrators through Quality Matters (QM). This month's QM webinar, Improving Your Online Course, features innovative ways to improve the design and delivery of online and blended undergraduate courses. 2 p.m., with space limited to the first 100 registrants. Register online or email the Center for Educational Innovation with questions about this or other support for online program development at the University of Minnesota.

Oct. 18 - Tucker Center Distinguished Lecture

The fall Tucker Center Distinguished Lecture, “Transgender Athletes: Challenging & Transforming Sports,” will feature a panel of experts who will examine public dialogue around what it means to be transgender and how such definitions and transitions challenge our notions and practices of sex, gender, and athletic participation. 7 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center.

Oct. 24 - First Amendment Freedom in the Trump EraAri Melber

Ari Melber, MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent and host of The Beat, speaks on the legal and practical challenges to free speech in the Trump era. Melber, a former First Amendment litigator, explores how the president’s approach to the press--including a political strategy of emphasizing disputes with reporters and sowing confusion over what constitutes factual journalism--poses challenges for citizens and reporters alike. 6:30 p.m., Room 25, Walter F. Mondale Hall.

RSVP to attend >

Oct. 30 - Migration, Immigration, and Refugees: From Global Policy to Minnesota Realities

Minnesota is home to an array of immigrant and refugee communities and part of the global conversation on policies, programs, and realities that impact the lives of millions. This discussion, with a keynote address by Eric Schwartz (former Humphrey School dean and current president of Refugees International), will explore the linkages between global refugee and migration policies and the realities of those programs for Minnesota communities. 3:30-5:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

UMTC Featured EventsMatt Desmond

Oct. 12 - Alumni Webinar "Hard Rolls and Soft Skills: Dining Etiquette for Exceptional Professionals"
Oct. 12 - Next Generation of Parks Lecture Series: Gia Biagi
Oct. 13 - Health Care Reform Discussion with Al Franken and Dave Durenberger
Oct. 19 - Celebrating Changemakers
Oct. 19 - In Their Own Words: The Tretter Collection Transgender Oral History Project
Oct. 20 - A Conversation with Matthew Desmond

Events Calendar >