October 17, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 32

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents October meeting highlights.
  • Features: Our Lake, Our Legacy: protecting Minnesota’s life at the lake; Researchers discover new type of stellar collision; Researcher makes history at the bottom of the world.
  • People: Diane Wiese-Bjornstal has been inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents October meeting highlights

At its October meeting, the Board of Regents approved the University’s biennial budget request and capital request to the State of Minnesota for the 2019 legislative session. Both requests focus on the University’s core needs in order to maintain excellence and positive impact across the state. The board also discussed the vision for East Bank Development on the Twin Cities campus, and received an update on nonresident/non-reciprocity undergraduate tuition on the Twin Cities campus.

Our Lake, Our Legacy: protecting Minnesota’s life at the lakeperson holding invasive plant

Lakes are a part of the people of Minnesota’s identity, but there are 13 million surface acres of water in Minnesota--and a limited number of paid professionals available to prevent the serious threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS). So U of M faculty members Megan Weber and Dan Larkin are enlisting passionate citizens to protect Minnesota’s waters. Through the innovative AIS Detectors program, volunteers like Stephen Long and Cecilia Riedman are keeping these species from spreading. Watch a video and learn more.

Researchers discover new type of stellar collisionstellar collision rendering

For three and a half centuries, astronomers have pondered a mystery: What did the French monk and astronomer Père Dom Anthelme see when he described a star that burst into view in June 1670? It was long thought to be a nova, but an international team of astrophysicists, including two U of M professors, have cracked the 348-year-old conundrum.

Researcher makes history at the bottom of the worldRobert Schwarz

Winter at the South Pole features six months of darkness and sub-zero temperatures with no flights, in or out, from February to October. But none of that has deterred College of Science and Engineering astrophysicist Robert Schwarz, who has now officially spent more winters at the South Pole than anyone in history. Read more and watch a video.


Diane Wiese-Bjornstal has been inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Research Brief: Hospital data shows preemies at high risk for maltreatmentpreemie baby

As many as one in three people were abused or neglected as children in the United States. Maltreatment can injure and kill children and significantly harm their mental, physical, and social health as they grow. U of M School of Public Health assistant professor Susan Mason studied data on infants who were hospitalized for injuries that are common in instances of physical abuse and neglect. Her findings suggest that families who experience these challenges at birth might benefit from targeted supports.

Now accepting nominations: 2019 U of M Outstanding Community Service Awards

The Office for Public Engagement is accepting nominations for the 2019 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Awards. Nominations are due Dec. 21. Established in 1999, the awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and University-affiliated community members who have made significant, demonstrable contributions to the public good through research, teaching, and/or public service. See nomination details and more.

Oct. 24 - Webinar: The Value Proposition of Business Architecture

Business architecture enables transparency of organizational capabilities, creates alignment to execute organizational strategy, and equips leaders with critical perspective for decision-making. Live online, noon-1 p.m.

Oct. 27 - Minnesota Symposium on Civic Renewal

Learn how citizens can cross divides to effect positive change in their communities through co-creative public work at the Minnesota Symposium on Civic Renewal. The event will be structured as a series of topical panel discussions followed by interactive activities. Topics include city government and civic renewal, immigration, Minnesota’s “Ban the Box” campaign, and civic purposes of higher education. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., The Graduate Hotel, Minneapolis. Cost is $20 per person. Register online.

Ask the Expert: Mobile Device Security

Experts from University Information Security share the top three things you should do right away if a smartphone, tablet, or laptop containing University data is lost or stolen, as well as what to expect when you report a lost or stolen device.

Next Employee Engagement survey coming in 2019

Last year, a record number of faculty and staff responded to the Employee Engagement survey, which is conducted biennially so leaders, faculty, and staff have enough time between surveys to take action. The next survey will take place in the fall of 2019. The University is committed to sustaining employee engagement in areas of strength and addressing areas of opportunity. Learn more about employee engagement and review the 2017 results (PDF).


Oct. 18 - Fall Convocation

Join the Crookston Student Association in helping to recognize the accomplishments of the students at the next Thursday Commons. 12:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.

Oct. 19 - Student Experience Day

Prospective students will get the chance to stay on campus with current UMC students and experience the hustle and bustle of the University of Minnesota Crookston during the 2018 fall Student Experience Day.

Oct. 23 - Chancellor’s Initiative: Own Your Future

During the chancellor’s Own Your Future event, Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause will help students build skills to manage their financial resources. 12:15, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.


Plugged into sustainabilityUMD electric buses

UMD’s commitment to the environment is on display in the Twin Ports. UMD’s brand has been wrapped around one of the Duluth Transit Authority’s new electric buses. The electric bus produces zero emissions and can travel 200 miles on a charged battery. Through a partnership between UMD and the DTA, UMD’s students enjoy unlimited rides (for a small fee) anywhere in Duluth and Superior.

At the TweedAnne Labovitz

The public is invited to an opening reception for the exhibit “122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders.” Artist Anne Labovitz interviewed people--either face-to-face or via Skype--in each of Duluth’s five sister cities and then created paintings based on those conversations. Oct. 25, 6 p.m., Tweed Museum of Art.

2018 UMD Entrepreneurship Conferencegroup poses for photo

The Labovitz School of Business and Economics will host the 2018 UMD Entrepreneurship Conference featuring local, regional, and national entrepreneurs discussing a variety of subjects. No charge for UMD faculty, staff, or students, but registration is required. Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center.


Climate Smart Municipalities PartnershipSaerbeck delegation

U of M Morris partnered with the City of Morris to join the U of M’s IonE Climate Smart Municipalities program. Three years ago the city signed a climate protection and sister-city agreement with Saerbeck, Germany, which was successfully renewed this month. Last week the campus and community came together to celebrate this partnership and set big goals for the future.


UMR celebrates the LGBTQ+ community

On National Coming Out Day, UMR faculty, staff, and students participated in a support wall where they wrote positive and inclusive messages of support to the LGBTQ+ community. KIMT News covered the story.

Twin Cities

Oct. 20 - School of Music Collage Concert

The annual Collage Concert is a nonstop showcase featuring more than 300 students and faculty in performances by choral, orchestral, jazz, chamber, world music, and wind ensembles, as well as solo performances by faculty and students. 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Oct. 22 - Norman Borlaug Memorial Lecture

This year's Borlaug Memorial Lecture will be presented by 2017 Africa Food Prize Laureate Professor Ruth Oniang'o. The lecture commemorates the contributions University of Minnesota alumnus Norman Borlaug made to fighting world hunger and highlights work being done worldwide to keep Borlaug’s legacy alive. 2 p.m., St. Paul Student Center Theater. RSVP and learn more.

The future of the Twin Cities campus in St. Paul - Open Houses

Join faculty, staff, students, and community members at an open house event to discuss the St. Paul Campus Strategic Facilities Plan. Events will be held Oct. 24, Oct. 26, and Nov. 1. View times and locations.

Campus Climate Micro-Grant applications due Oct. 26

Campus Climate Micro-Grants are an opportunity for members of the Twin Cities campus community to be awarded funding for new or existing projects to advance campus climate. Micro-grant awards will be between $500 and $1,000, and funds are limited. Learn more and apply for a micro-grant by Oct. 26.

Oct. 29 - ‘Principled Voices: Protecting the Press in Myanmar (Burma)’

Speakers at the second annual Scallen Lecture in Human Rights will include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Esther Htusan, director of PEN America’s Free Expression at Risk Programs Karin Deutsch Karlekar, and Fulbright scholar and master of human rights student Eaint Thiri Thu. RSVPs are encouraged.

Oct. 31 - Health Care Dysfunction: The Case of the Missing Middle

Institutional dysfunction and party divisions thwart the kind of sustainable compromise that Americans want to achieve in health care: wider access, lower costs, and improved quality. Managing America's healthcare quagmire will require smart policy as well as enlightened leadership that strives for inclusive economic growth while addressing deep anxieties about the country's enormous demographic changes. The event features Bill Galston, Brookings Institution senior fellow. Noon-1:15 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. Register and learn more.

Nov. 6 - Blockchain: Finance and Data Perspectives

Blockchain as a buzzword is everywhere. It promises transparency, accountability, and a radical shift in traditional asset management practices. But what is it? Learn about the theory and technology behind Blockchain as well as its practical applications in modern finance. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library.

Nov. 16 - Wellbeing Experience with Mary Jo Kreitzer and Dessa

Enjoy a festival and program with international wellbeing expert Mary Jo Kreitzer and Minneapolis-based performer and author Dessa, including an interactive Q&A moderated by MPR's Kate Moos. The festival (5-6:45 p.m.) will feature food, music, interactive wellbeing activities, therapy animals, and more, followed by the program beginning at 7 p.m., Carlson Family Stage, Northrop. Cost: $10-$30. Register and learn more.

Nov. 27 - Modeling Natural Catastrophes: Is it a Complete Disaster?

Natural disasters, cyber attacks, and pandemic diseases are just some of the many catastrophic events that threaten communities with loss of life and devastating financial damage. Discover how the challenging field of catastrophe modeling--which fuses statistics, engineering, meteorology, seismology, and other sciences--informs decision-making in the insurance industry. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library. Register and learn more.

UMTC Featured Eventsgirl showing poster to people

Oct. 18 - Breaking Into the Public Sector
Oct. 19 - The River at Our Doorstep
Oct. 22 - Interior Design Open House
Oct. 22 - Gender and Culture Change in STEM: A Conversation on Climate, Culture, and Consequences
Oct. 22 - Temporary Protected Status / Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Oct. 28 - Choral Concert: 'The Call'
Oct. 29 – ‘The Experiments’ Documentary screening with Bosse Lindquist

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