October 2, 2019

Vol. XLIX No. 30

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Features: 50 years later, collaboration continues to guide economic policy; Move and be free; Rethinking Race: The Sociology of American Indian Identity.
  • People: Mark Schleiss was recently awarded a $3.9 million NIH grant to conduct research studies of novel vaccine strategies for cytomegalovirus; and more.

Top News

50 years later, collaboration continues to guide economic policyU.S. flag and U of M flag

A unique collaboration between two public-serving institutions is celebrating 50 years of shedding light on complex economic challenges. The University of Minnesota’s Department of Economics and the Minneapolis Fed have worked together on economics research since the late 1960s, providing relevant and nonpartisan economic insights to inform policy decisions that protect the financial system and promote economic growth.

Move and be freedaheia Barr-Anderson

Daheia Barr-Anderson is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology who specializes in the behavioral aspects of physical activity. She focuses on African American children and adolescents to find underlying individual and interpersonal barriers that contribute to obesity in families. Motivating children and adolescents to move is at the core of her life’s work.

Rethinking Race: The Sociology of American Indian IdentityEnid Logan

Associate Professor Enid Logan’s past research has been on blackness and the African American experience. Her latest project explores the processes of American Indian racialization through a similar sociological lens.


Mark Schleiss was recently awarded a $3.9 million NIH grant to conduct research studies of novel vaccine strategies for cytomegalovirus; a $3 million grant will help College of Veterinary Medicine researchers and University of Edinburgh collaborators investigate how porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus evolves and spreads; CEHD’s education program has been ranked fourth among Big 10 schools according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

New dashboard expands access to current research measures

A new tool for tracking institutional research data is now available to University of Minnesota faculty and staff. The UM Analytics Research Dashboard (sign-in required) provides a quick view of aggregate proposal and award data for research across all U of M campuses, colleges, and departments. The dashboard allows users to find detailed research data, including information by college or department, breakdowns by sponsor, and overall trends in proposals and awards.

University Retirees Association Professional Development Grants

The University Retirees Association’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees Program is accepting applications from any University retiree. These competitive awards, administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, can enable any University retiree to pursue their academic or professional interests by providing up to $5,000 in expenses. The deadline for applications for academic year 2020-21 is Dec. 13.

Tips for spotting email scams

Have you ever had a phishing email worm its way into your inbox? Explore some helpful hints for identifying an email message as a scam or phishing attempt and learn how to report it.

Oct. 7 - Gender liberation as healing justice

The School of Nursing will host certified sex therapist, family therapist, somatic experiencing practitioner, clinical supervisor, writer, and independent scholar Alex Iantaffi. A coauthor of How to Understand Your Gender: A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are, and Life Isn’t Binary, Iantaffi also hosts the podcast Gender Stories. 12:15-1:15 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium and via livestream.

Talking marathon training with the U of M

With the Twin Cities Marathon weekend days away, racers of all ages and skill levels will gather to run distances ranging from 3.1 to 26.2 miles. School of Kinesiology Lecturer Chris Lundstrom answers questions about how to prepare for and enjoy a marathon. In another recent “Talking with U of M” feature, Douglas Yee answered questions on symptoms, treatment, and screening for breast cancer.

Research Brief: Predicting job performance and turnover in education using machine learning

Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management have combined economic and psychological theory, a large body of evidence, and machine learning to develop an automatable way to help human resources professionals and school administrators push the most promising teaching resumes to the top of the pile, while reducing the likelihood of recruiter biases. Additional recent Research Briefs include, “Providing culturally sensitive pregnancy care to black women.”


Crookston ranked #34 by Washington Monthly

The University of Minnesota Crookston has been ranked #34 among the “Top 50 Baccalaureate Colleges” in the U.S. by Washington Monthly in its 2019 College Guide.

UMC Matters radio

The University of Minnesota Crookston has a new radio broadcast called UMC Matters. The show features faculty, staff, and students. Listen live on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. on KROX radio.


Aquaculture collaborative fundedJohn Downing

John Downing, director of Minnesota Sea Grant, is the project lead on a three-year, $1 million aquaculture collaborative project to address America’s $14 billion seafood trade deficit. “Our primary goal is to better understand the potential for increased aquaculture activity in the Great Lakes region,” Downing says. Experts from Sea Grant programs in Illinois-Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota will contribute to the project.

Reed named to cohortwendy reed

Wendy Reed, dean of the Swenson College of Science & Engineering, has been named to the IAspire Leadership Academy’s inaugural cohort. The leadership program aims to help STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds rise to leadership roles in higher education. Each academy participant works on a project, in collaboration with his or her university’s leaders, in order to enhance their skills and improve institutional cultures.


The science of social justiceBailey Kemp and Sarah Severson

Most undergraduates don’t get to have conversations with award-winning novelists, but Bailey Kemp ’19 and Sarah Severson ’20 recently had the opportunity to interview David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl. Kemp and Severson spoke with Ebershoff about his novel, issues of gender identity, and more in a public forum.

Voting up at Morris in 2018voting bus recruitment

U of M Morris reported that student voting was up in last year's election, increasing to 51.4 percent in 2018 from a rate of 31.2 percent in 2014. Morris turnout was more than 12 percentage points above the national average of 39.1 percent.


Oct. 2 - UMR Ambassadors food drive

UMR Ambassadors, a group of students who help with recruitment and are dedicated to civic engagement and community involvement, will be hosting a food drive from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Ambassadors will assemble small teams to collect nonperishable items in Rochester's historic southwest neighborhood next to Soldiers Field. Donations will go to Channel One, southeast Minnesota's regional food bank.

Twin Cities

2019 Community Fund Drive: Together, Making a DifferenceCFD web banner of woman

Each year, faculty and staff on the Twin Cities campus come together to help others through the Community Fund Drive, the University’s charitable giving campaign. Faculty and staff can choose to donate to a federation or charity using payroll deduction or by making a one-time gift. You can also give to your favorite cause at the University of Minnesota. Together, we can make a difference in our community. Pledge today at cfd.umn.edu. The campaign runs through Oct. 31.

Homecoming 2019

Homecoming 2019 is upon us, with the rich traditions and perennially favorite events that draw thousands of alumni back to campus and make everyone proud to be a Gopher. Events began with the Alumni Association’s Day of Service on Sept. 28, and conclude as the Golden Gophers host Illinois on Oct. 5, TCF Bank Stadium. See Homecoming event highlights.

Student-driven inquiry: New lab gives undergrads room to explorestudents conversing around a table

Every semester, students in the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) lead their own explorations into research through an approach known as “active learning.” This fall, a newly opened laboratory is providing a better-equipped space for CBS students to delve into these active learning research experiences. The Active Learning Lab, which will serve more than 350 CBS students each semester, supports groups of students working to define and pursue research questions with real-world relevance that are based on subjects from their coursework.

College of Liberal Arts launches Engagement Hub with five residencies

The Liberal Arts Engagement Hub (The Hub) in the College of Liberal Arts is an initiative that emerged from the college’s strategic goal of deepening the college’s culture of engagement. The Hub will provide dedicated space for scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to come together in a spirit of co-creation and partnership to respond to important social problems. Five Hub residency proposals have been selected and the projects will take place for various lengths of time during the 2019-20 academic year.

Oct. 9 - Petri Dish: Life as We Don't Know It

The ability to create cells from scratch promises to answer fundamental questions about life and provide new pathways to treating cancer, tackling antibiotic resistance, cleaning up toxic sites, and more. It could also give clues about the many forms life could take on other planets. Join the College of Biological Sciences for this discussion about the opportunities and potential pitfalls of synthetic biology. 7 p.m., Urban Growler, St. Paul.

Oct. 10 - West Bank Arts Quarter Festivalarts quarter poster

Arts collide at the annual Arts Quarter Festival, an evening of visual art, dance, music, theater, and more showcasing student artists from across the University. No charge and open to the public. 6-9 p.m., West Bank.

Oct. 15 - Health Careers Fair

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students who have an interest in health career pathways to attend the Health Careers Fair. Students will connect with U of M health-related degree programs at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels, pre-health student groups, and community organizations that provide volunteer or employment opportunities to pre-health students. Noon-3 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union.

Oct. 16-18 - Midwest Association of Core Directors conference

A meeting of biomedical core facility directors and administrators from the Midwest region will host presentations from leaders of institutional efforts in proteomics, genomics, imaging, and more. Scientific presentations, vendors, social events, and tours will be part of the activities. TCF Bank Stadium. Register and learn more.

UMTC Featured Eventsa fisheye view of people in an office setting

Oct. 4 - Habitability Project: Public Conversation
Oct. 5 - Botanical Bonanza
Oct. 5 - Mindful Eating Workshop
Oct. 7 - The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma Lecture
Oct. 9 - In the Field: Conversations with Creatives
Oct. 9 - Politics of Personal Responsibility and Health Consequences of Working Twice as Hard to Get By
Oct. 10 - Arts: Perspectives on Environmental Justice

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