October 12, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 32

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents will meet Oct. 13-14.
  • Driven to Discover: Closing the Opportunity Gap with Philip Zelazo.
  • Features: Body as canvas; Rendezvous with an earthquake.
  • People: The Immigration History Research Center has been chosen to receive the 2016 Equity and Diversity Outstanding Unit Award; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents will meet Oct. 13-14

At its October meeting, the University's Board of Regents will discuss public safety strategies and investments to ensure a safe, secure, welcoming, and healthy environment for members of the U of M community. The Board is also expected to act on the proposed FY18-19 biennial legislative budget request, the six-year capital plan, the 2017 state capital request, and on proposed plans for new facilities on the Twin Cities campus. Regents will also begin discussing a systemwide strategic planning process.

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Driven to Discover: Closing the Opportunity Gap with Philip ZelazoPhilip Zelazo

Executive function skills--like staying focused, flexible problem solving, and inhibiting impulses--are more predictive of kindergarten readiness and academic success than IQ. Children who don't have them begin to falter immediately. Professor Philip Zelazo has discovered that a potential solution to close the opportunity gap is to reliably assess executive function and intervene to help at-risk children develop these skills.

Read about how Zelazo is working to close the opportunity gap >

Body as canvasa hand with bird tattoos

For transgender youth, the risks are high for being bullied, developing eating disorders, being rejected by their parents, and suffering from mental illness. U professor Jenifer McGuire is interested in how transgender youth can have good, happy lives. A recent study explored the use of body art and showed that for some trans youth, body art can be a path to identity and resilience.

Read more about body art and resilience >

Rendezvous with an earthquakeBhaskar Upadhyay

Bhaskar Upadhyay didn't plan to visit Nepal the same day a 7.8 magnitude quake tore apart its ancient capital and took the lives of an estimated 9,000 people at an already turbulent time. But on Apr. 25, 2015, he landed in Kathmandu and found himself caught there for 12 days, aiding individuals impacted by trauma and loss, often seeking food and shelter. This spring he returned to complete his research project and take stock of the quake's impact.

Read more about Upadhyay and his experience >


The U of M's Immigration History Research Center has been chosen to receive the 2016 Equity and Diversity Outstanding Unit Award; Extension dean Bev Durgan recently honored 2016 faculty and staff distinguished service award recipients; Sehoya Cotner has received the National Association of Biology Teachers' University Biology Teaching Award; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Call for Nominations: GPS Alliance Faculty Advisory Committee

The Global Programs and Strategy (GPS) Alliance is seeking nominations for faculty from across the University system to serve on its inaugural Faculty Advisory Committee. This committee will advise and counsel GPS Alliance leadership on ways to connect with, and support, international academic engagement at home and abroad. Faculty with experience and interest in international activities are encouraged to self-nominate, or nominate colleagues. Deadline is Nov. 15.

Food and health educational and funding opportunities

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute has four fall opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. Cooking for Wellness is a four-week cooking course for UMTC employees designed to help develop healthy cooking and eating strategies (Nov. 8–Dec. 6); Food Day UMN is a public celebration to promote healthy and sustainable food (Oct. 24); the Healthy Foods Summit 2016 will feature the research symposium "Food, Microbes, and Health" (Oct. 27-28); and Faculty and Community-University Research Grants of $10,000 to $50,000 are available, with proposals due Nov. 18.

New Wellness Program reward options

The new Wellness Program year has started and employees have 10 new program options for 2016-17, including many with a focus on improving overall wellbeing. There are programs that reward managing stress, gaining a deeper understanding of financial wellness, volunteering time in your community, and more. The number of wellness points participants can earn to save either $400 or $600 on 2018 medical premiums will not change.

Learn more about what's new this year >

New One Stop website to launch Oct. 20

A redesigned One Stop website that serves all campuses will launch at the end of the day on Oct. 20. The new website emphasizes mobile delivery and aligns with MyU. Each campus will retain its branding and be able to provide unique content whenever necessary. The new site will help the University provide a consistent message and make information easier to access and maintain.

Request for Applications: State Fair D2D Research Building

The Driven to Discover Research Facility at the Minnesota State Fair provides turnkey research space for U of M faculty and student investigators who wish to recruit participants from among the fair's 1.9 million annual visitors--either for onsite research or studies conducted elsewhere. A new building will open for the 2017 fair. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 15 and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Extension hosts Guatemalan delegation

University of Minnesota Extension recently hosted a delegation of officials from Guatemala who wanted to learn how to improve school food programs. The visitors got a taste of Extension's school foodservice training programs, as well as the ways the SNAP-Ed staff partners with schools to improve the school food environment.

Oct. 23 - Ghouls & Giggles

Get in the Halloween spirit at the U of M Landscape Arboretum at this family-friendly spooky experience. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy kids activities, concessions, live music with the Bazillions, and a trick-or-treat parade at 3 p.m. $10 per child up to age 12; no charge 3 and under. Adults pay only gate admission. 1-4 p.m.

Register and learn more >


Oct. 12 - Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund Community Builder Reception

Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund will host an Outstanding Community Builder Award reception for Deborah Matero Zak. Outstanding Community Builder Awards are presented to women who have demonstrated leadership in improving the quality of life for those around them, and in making Northwest Minnesota a better place to live, work, and raise families. 5-7 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.

Oct. 14 - Outstanding Alumni recognition

Recognition of Outstanding Alumni, the recipient of the Abbey Award, and an induction ceremony for the Athletic Hall of Fame will be held during the annual Alumni Awards Celebration. 6 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Oct. 15 - Wellness center ribbon cuttingUMC wellness center

A formal grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the wellness center will be held during homecoming weekend. The wellness center includes a two-court gymnasium, a suspended track, a weight and cardio area, a multipurpose room for group exercise, and a classroom. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m., but tours of the facility will be available at 10:30 a.m. and after the ceremony.

Oct. 17 - Sexual assault on college campuses

Brenda Tracy will speak on the topic of sexual assault on college campuses. Tracy is an advocate, nurse, mother, and survivor of rape. 6 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. The event is part of the Distinguished Speaker Series and is open to the public.


Oct. 13 - Explore Glensheen at no chargeGlensheen poster

Enjoy a "Night at the Museum" and see 15 newly opened spaces as well as areas recently restored following $6 million in repairs. Tours are self-guided, with no reservations required. Guests may also stroll the grounds to see the mansion's exterior, as well as dramatically lit focal points on the estate. 6-9 p.m.

UMD HomecomingChamp in parade

This year, the Homecoming parade will be held on the UMD campus, 10 a.m., Oct. 15. The parade will feature floats, area bands, dance groups, and Champ. Athletic events on Friday and Saturday include the football game, beginning at 1:05 p.m. Oct. 15, when the Bulldogs host the Northern State Wolves.

Oct. 18 - Visual Culture Lecture SeriesBlair Clemo

A. Blair Clemo, a potter who creates installations and utilitarian works, will present as part of the free Visual Culture Lecture Series. An assistant professor of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Clemo has had numerous exhibitions in the United States and around the world. 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.

Bard-inspired danceEvent Poster

Shakespeare in Motion, directed by Associate Professor Rebecca Katz Harwood, showcases dance pieces by choreographers who were inspired by the plays of Shakespeare. The show runs Oct. 20-22, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 23, 2 p.m., Dudley Experimental Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center.


Judy and Kevin Flicker artwork at Morrison GalleryFlicker artwork

Judy and Kevin Flicker: Retrospective will be on display in the Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery Oct. 20-Nov. 23, with an opening reception on Oct. 20. This retrospective exhibition showcases drawings, paintings, pottery, prints, and sculpture created by Judy '74 and teaching specialist Kevin '74 Flicker from the early 1970s to the present.

Oct. 21-22 - Prairie Gate Literary Festival events and workshopsauthor

The sixth annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival (PGLF) at UMM will this year welcome fantasy writer Sarah Monette (who has also published under the pen name Katherine Addison), short-story writer John Jodzio, and poet David J. Daniels. The festival will also feature interactive literary community-building activities led by online literary community Hazel & Wren.

Theatre Arts 2016-17 seasonactor backstage

The 2016-17 UMM Theatre Arts Discipline's season will feature a sustainably designed production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Diana Son's Stop Kiss (produced by the Meiningens Student Theatre), and Roald Dahl's James and The Giant Peach as the annual spring children's show.


Eighteen UMR students selected for 2016-17 Pre-Med Insights

Pre-Med Insights is a unique mentorship opportunity put on by Mayo Medical School for underrepresented students. The program promotes early exploration in the field of medicine. Participants are matched with a mentor and engage in clinical and surgical simulations, small-group projects and discussions, skill-building activities, and interdisciplinary interaction among peers, physicians, patients, faculty, staff, and other professionals. Students are selected from UMR, St. Cloud State University, and Carleton College.

Oct. 18 - After the 2016 Election: Will Minnesota Keep on Being Minnesota?

Historically, Minnesota was known as one of the best-governed states in the nation. Its political culture was thought to be just right for civil, problem-solving, democratic action. At the next UMR Connects, Wy Spano, founder and codirector of the Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) program, will talk about why everyone thought Minnesota government was so good, and whether Minnesota's fabled good politics can survive Hillary vs. Trump. 7 p.m., 111 South Broadway.

Twin Cities

Office for Equity and Diversity faculty development workshops

The Office for Equity and Diversity has developed faculty-specific workshops, which can also be customized for particular departments and audiences. Workshops include Teaching with Intention: Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom (offered Nov. 3 or Apr. 12), and Identifying and Challenging Implicit Bias in Faculty Search Committees (offered Oct. 26 or Apr. 27). Faculty and instructors can sign up for the sessions via ULearn.

Humphrey School launches Junior Summer Institute

The Humphrey School will launch a summer fellowship program designed to help undergraduate students thrive in master's degree programs and launch careers in public service. The Humphrey School Junior Summer Institute is a rigorous, seven-week academic program that provides students hands-on experience in addressing society's grand challenges. It's part of the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program, which is committed to promoting the inclusion of underrepresented groups in master's degree programs and careers in public service.

Call for Artists - 2017-18 resident artist research project

The Bell Museum is seeking to fill four artist residencies and two showcase artist positions. The program offers artists a unique opportunity to engage with University researchers and scientific collections while exploring the intersection of art and science. The program is open to artists that live and work in Minnesota.

A thank-you to everyone involved in transitioning new students to campus

Orientation & First-Year Programs and the Office of Undergraduate Education want to thank all staff, faculty, and students who helped with Student Orientation, Parent Orientation, Welcome Week, and/or Transfer Welcome Days.

Oct. 15 - Best of Saturday with a Scientist

U of M experts are back for one last Saturday with a Scientist in the Bell Museum's Minneapolis location. Enjoy hands-on science ranging from chemistry and anthropology to biology, entomology, and astronomy. There will also be an ExploraDome, Physics Force shows, Honey House tours, and DIY mini dioramas. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. No charge for U faculty, staff, and students.

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Oct. 17 - Theory to Practice Luncheon: Accountability in Practice

In the current climate where public institutions are under increased scrutiny, what effect does this increased attention have on the understanding of what accountability is and how it is demonstrated? Gene Dodaro, U.S. comptroller general and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), will discuss what accountability looks like in practice today at the GAO. 12:30 p.m., 50B Humphrey School. 

Oct. 19 – Mazing Race

The University of Minnesota Police Department invites faculty and staff to join in the first annual Mazing Race, presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota. Form a team and run through the East Bank while tackling challenges, obstacles, and other exciting adventures to compete for the $1,000 grand prize.

Oct. 19 – Women's Health Lecture: 'Zika Virus Disease: Fear and Uncertainty'

The Powell Center for Women's Health welcomes Richard Danila of the Minnesota Department of Health as October's guest lecturer. No charge, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP. Noon-1 p.m., 2-690 Moos Tower.

Oct. 19 - Claudia Rankine and Marilynne Robinson: In Conversation

Claudia Rankine's bestselling Citizen has entered public discourse like no poetry collection in memory. Novelist Marilynne Robinson has been interviewed by President Obama, a self-professed fan. Two of America's most cogent and inspiring thinkers about our shared culture and history will address the intersections of writing, aesthetics, and race. 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. No charge.

Oct. 23 – Il Divo

The critically acclaimed Latin vocal group Il Divo will bring its Amor & Passion tour to the Northrop stage. Discounted tickets are available, with 30 percent off Scholars Circle tickets and 45 percent off Gallery Circle tickets using the code DANCE.

Oct. 24 - Clinton and Trump on Health Reform: What Can We Expect From the Next President?

The next president will be in a position to either solidify the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or to water down and unravel key provisions. Panelists Paul Demko, and Chris Snowbeck will explore the campaign promises of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and discuss what we can expect of each regarding the ACA if they are elected president, as well as how the changing makeup of the Congress might impact the ACA. Noon-1:15 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Oct. 27 - Faculty Panel: Video that Impacts Student Learning

On this panel, three U of M faculty members will share how they are using video to positively impact student engagement and learning. Attendees will see examples of videos created to address specific learning goals, learn about the production process, and learn about on-campus support for creating effective videos. Refreshments served. RSVP to attend. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Minnesota Room, McNamara Alumni Center.

UMTC Featured Eventsmushroom

Oct. 13 - OED Certificate Workshop 4: Communicating on Issues of Equity and Diversity

Oct. 13 - Immigration Nation: Writing Our Next Chapter

Oct. 15-22 - Homecoming Week 2016

Oct. 18 - Cafe Scientifique: The Fungi Around Us

Oct. 19 - Tucker Center Fall Distinguished Lecture: "Paradox, Pitfalls & Parity: Where Have all the Women Coaches Gone?"

Oct. 20 - Can Economics Reduce Global Pollution Deaths?

Oct. 20 - Peer response strategies and technologies (TWW Panel)

Events Calendar >