October 14, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 33

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • U of M Board of Regents October meeting highlights.
  • Feature: A Lion-Size Controversy.
  • People: The NIH BRAIN Initiative has awarded funding to Daniel Schmidt and Mark Thomas to create new viral technologies; and more.

Top News

U of M Board of Regents October meeting highlights

During its October meeting, the U of M Board of Regents approved a non-binding letter of intent to explore combining Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Physicians into a fully integrated academic health system called University of Minnesota Health. The board also approved the Gopher Athletes Village project, the University Progress Card, President Kaler's six-year capital plan, and the 2016 state capital request. Additionally, the board heard an update on implementation efforts of the UMTC strategic plan from Senior VP and Provost Karen Hanson.

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A Lion-Size ControversyCraig Packer

CBS researcher Craig Packer was banned from his longtime research sites in Tanzania for challenging a status quo that was contributing to the destruction of lions and their habitats. In his new book, Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with Guns, Packer chronicles his work as a researcher confronted with complicated social and political realities affecting these high-profile predators.

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The NIH BRAIN Initiative has awarded funding to Daniel Schmidt and Mark Thomas to create new viral technologies for cell-type specific labeling; William Iacono and Monica Luciana have received an NIH grant for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study; four research projects will receive $1.24 million in funding via the Minnesota Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center; the U of M Food Protection and Defense Institute has received a $1 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program; U.S. News and World Report has named UMTC No. 19 on its list of Best Global University for Economics and Business; Breast Cancer Superhero Project artist Barbara Porwit has been selected as a Minnesota Women's Press Changemaker for 2015; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

A new resource on the global food systemfood on a plate

IonE has published a new online resource that will provide primers and visuals covering the global food system for use by those who influence or educate environmental decision makers. Environment Reports is a collaboration among an international group of scientists, writers, and designers to create incisive narratives about environmental challenges, backed by cutting-edge data.

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Take the E2 Employee Engagement Survey by Oct. 30

The third annual E2 Employee Engagement Survey opened Oct. 12 and is an opportunity for faculty and staff to have their voices heard. Look for an email from Hay Group (UofMNSurvey@us.confirmit.com), the University's external vendor, sent to benefits-eligible faculty and staff on all campuses. See the current response rate by college or unit.

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Oct. 14 - P&A Senate Brown Bag

A P&A Senate Brown Bag will feature Negotiation Strategies: Principles of interest-based negotiations (PDF) at noon, 2-206 Carlson School of Management, with online participation via WebEx.

Seasonal delights at the Arboretumwitch poster

The U of M Landscape Arboretum hosts classes and fun events throughout the year. Upcoming events include Ghouls & Giggles (Oct. 24), All About Dogs Day (Oct. 25), the Witch Hazel Hustle 5K (Oct. 31), Scarecrow Village (through Oct. 31), and many more.

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Thursday Commons: Fall Semester Convocation

Fall Semester Convocation will be held Oct. 15, 12:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. The featured guest speaker will be Shannon Stassen, city administrator for Crookston. The event is sponsored by CSA.

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Campus Garden bountystudent harvesting carrots

Last spring UMC planted the Allen and Freda Pedersen Garden on campus to provide fresh produce to dining services. This fall a total of 7,188 pounds of produce and 1,245 ears of sweet corn were harvested.

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Miss America 2006 Tara ConnerTara Conner

Tara Conner was crowned Miss America in April 2006 and began traveling the country and the world. By December of that same year, Conner was sent to Caron Treatment Center when she tested positive for cocaine. Conner will share her struggle with addiction and how she achieved sobriety as part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week on the Crookston campus. Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.

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David Beaulieu honoreddavid bequlieu

Professor David Beaulieu has received an honorary doctorate degree from Sinte Gleska University, Rosebud Indian Reservation, Mission, SD, for contributions he has made to American Indian education. Beaulieu is the Ruth A. Myers Endowed Chair in American Indian Education at UMD.

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What is a University Climate and Why is a Positive Climate Important?sign that says express yourself

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to take the Campus Climate Survey. The survey is online and completely anonymous. Those who complete the survey can enter for a chance at prizes, including a free parking pass for next year or a $100 Visa gift card.

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Portable planetarium presentationsgeodome

UMD's new Charles L. Matsch GeoDome takes the universe to elementary school kids and beyond. Jim Rock, planetarium program director, combines astronomy and sociology when he gives GeoDome presentations. He incorporates Ojibwe and Dakota culture into his programming to explain how different people have perceived the cosmos.

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Visual Culture Lecture Seriesvisual culture speaker Reinhild Janzen

Reinhild Janzen will present Oct. 20, 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall, as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. She is professor emerita of art history at Washburn University, Topeka, KS. She has taught courses, presented scholarly and public lectures, curated exhibitions, and published on African art since 1975.

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UMM a top choice for American Indian studentsumm students in field

Winds of Change has again named UMM one of the top 200 institutions in the nation in support of American Indian students. Published quarterly by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Winds of Change is the leading nationally distributed magazine with a single-minded focus on career and educational advancement for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.

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Roger Rose named Center for Small Towns directorRoger Rose

Roger Rose, associate professor of political science, has joined UMM's Center for Small Towns (CST) as director. Rose is driven by his interest in local and state policy, and his research identifies what motivates people to serve local governments and nonprofits. He brings to CST a unique perspective on local government and service as well as excitement and future goals.

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Upcoming theatre season explores the value of differing perspectivesUmm theater building

The Theatre Discipline's 2015-16 season brings to the stage an array of differing perspectives. Audiences will see through the eyes of a passionate AIDS activist, three generations of women, a mischievous puppet, and a person with clinical depression—and leave with a newfound appreciation for and acceptance of others. Shows include The Normal Heart, Eleemosynary, Pinocchio Commedia, and 4.48 Psychosis.

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UMR CONNECTS: Turning Stumbling Blocks into Stepping StonesQuinn Nystrom

After her type-1 diabetes diagnosis at the age of 13, Quinn Nystrom dedicated her life to raising awareness about living life with a chronic illness. Hear about her experience and the great work being done in diabetes research in Minnesota.

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8th Annual Bioinformatics Research Symposiumbicb logo

UMR's BICB program will hold the 8th Annual Bioinformatics Research Symposium on Jan. 15. The theme for this year's symposium is "Architecting Solutions—Improving Outcomes With Data."

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Twin Cities

Cooking for Wellness course for U of M employeesposter that says Keep calm and open a cookbook

This course will help you develop healthy cooking and eating strategies to take home and use for weeks and years to come. The program uses hands-on demonstrations led by professional chefs to improve your culinary skills and teach you new techniques to adapt your cooking to a healthier lifestyle. The upfront cost to participate is $210, reimbursable up to $200 and 50 Wellness points. Starts Nov. 10.

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University Services Star Performer Awards

Nominations are now open for the annual University Services Star Performer Awards. Star Performer Awards are presented each year to outstanding individuals or work teams in University Services who have provided great service to the University community. The nomination deadline is Nov. 6.

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Oct. 16-18 – U of M Parent and Family Weekend

Parent and Family Weekend 2015 will welcome more than 850 families to campus as they visit their student(s), participate in educational sessions and college receptions, enjoy pancakes at the first annual Pancake Brunch and Tailgate, and cheer on the Golden Gopher football, men's hockey, and women's soccer teams. Keep an eye out for families; they will appreciate any direction help you can give them as they navigate campus.

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Oct. 19 - Cirque de-Stress at Coffmancirque de-stress poster

Cirque de-Stress returns to Coffman Union with performances by high-wire walkers, aerialists, and jugglers. Between performances, visit with a PAWS animal, walk a slack line, pick up practical life-balance tips, and learn about stress reduction and mental health resources on campus. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Oct. 21 – "Can we save biodiversity from climate change?"

A new threat building steam—climate change—is expected to be a dominant force molding species distribution and ecosystem composition in the coming decades. Jessica Hellmann, IonE director and Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence in CBS, will delve into some of the unique features of climate change that invite us to consider new conservation tools that must be evaluated scientifically as well as economically and ethically. Noon-1 p.m., Best Buy Theater, Northrop, and live online.

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Oct. 22 - 12th annual Community Partners Celebration

Faculty, staff, and community partners are encouraged to attend this special event to recognize and thank individuals and organizations for their contributions to the education, training, and guidance of the next generation of public health leaders at the U of M School of Public Health. 5-7:30 p.m., DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium.

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Oct. 23-24 – Symposium: The State of ThingsCultural Critique poster

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cultural Critique, a journal of culture, theory, and politics published by the University of Minnesota Press, with the symposium The State of Things. Special guests include Jacqueline Rose, David Marriott, and Jodi Dean, with events including three public lectures and a roundtable discussion with faculty and journal editors. Nicholson Hall.

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Oct 23 - Global Health Case Competition information session

The U of M Global Health Case Competition is a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of students to collaboratively analyze and propose strategic recommendations to a real-world global health challenge. Those interested in participating in the 2016 University of Minnesota Global Health Case Competition—either as a competitor, a coach, or a judge—should attend the information session. Noon-1 p.m., 1-450 Moos Tower.

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Oct. 26-27 – Accreditation open sessions

UMTC will host a visit with a peer review team representing the Higher Learning Commission, its regional accrediting agency. The team will review the institution's ability to meet the commission's criteria for accreditation. Open sessions will be held in Walter Library for students, faculty, and staff to meet with the reviewers.

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Oct. 28 - Reading as a Radical Act: An Evening with Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson's novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, based on childhood experiences in northern England as the adopted daughter of Pentecostal parents, won the 1985 Whitbread Prize for a First Novel. Her three next books—The Passion, Sexing the Cherry, and Written on the Body—established Winterson as a fiction writer of uncommon wit, elegance, and experimental vigor. Her 11th novel, The Gap of Time, is the first release in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, in which the playwright's works are reimagined by contemporary novelists. 7:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.

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Oct. 29 - Berdahl Memorial Lecture

Stefania Pandolfo of UC Berkeley will deliver "The Jurisprudence of the Soul: Islamic Cures of Madness and the Vertigo of History." Held annually in honor of the late Daphne Berdahl, the Berdahl Memorial Lecture seeks to address deep questions facing sociocultural anthropology. A catered reception will follow. 4 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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Nov. 6 - Playing with Pride: LGBT Inclusion in Sports

Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice symposium will explore athletics and LGBT inclusion, with particular emphasis on the integration of openly gay and lesbian athletes into professional and collegiate sports, the definition of gender underlying athletic competitions, and the challenges of inclusion at every level of competition. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall.

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UMTC Featured Eventsdog licking nose

Oct. 15 - Discovery Across Disciplines

Oct. 16 - Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America

Oct. 16 - Grand Challenges Research Forums

Oct. 20 - Café Scientifique: Evolution of the Domestic Dog

Oct. 21 - Lou Ureneck and The Great Fire at Smyrna

Oct. 22 - Climate Change and Biofuels

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