October 28, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 35

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover feature: Frank Bates.
  • Features: Supercomputer fuels research to limit carbon emissions; Recovery or relapse?
  • People: Donald Truhlar has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover: Frank Batesxray graphic of heart

How can you mend a broken heart? Imagine that you could do it with a Band-Aid. Soon, doctors may be able to do just that, with Band-Aids made from molecules that can repair tears in muscle cells and cell membranes. That vision is what drives Frank Bates and other U of M researchers to transform how doctors treat patients with congenital heart defects or who are recovering from heart attacks.

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Supercomputer fuels research to limit carbon emissionsmolecular structure

The U's most powerful supercomputer is giving researchers new ways to simulate the way molecules move and interact—and in doing so, advance research around how matter behaves at the atomic scale. Mesabi, which arrived at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute in April, is 3,864 times faster than a typical personal computer and with 8,700 times the memory, Mesabi is ideal for large, computationally intensive research.

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Recovery or relapse?Kelvin Lim

With donor support, U of M scientists like Kelvin Lim study why some people have more success battling addiction than others.

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Donald Truhlar has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Mark Kappelhoff has received the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service; Massoud Amin has received the Visionary Leader Award from Cyber Security Summit; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Oct. 29 - Making the Most of LinkedIn: Open Q & A

The U of M Alumni Association will host an online Q & A about the social networking tool LinkedIn. Participants will learn to utilize LinkedIn more effectively for professional pursuits, as well as some tips, tricks, and best practices. Noon-1 p.m. No charge.

Register and learn more >

Class Search tool feedback requested

Since the upgrade of the student information system, concerns have risen about the new Class Search tool. In order to improve the class search and registration experiences for the University community, please complete a brief survey by Nov. 11. The survey is part of a multifaceted approach to understand how the class search can serve a variety of needs.

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U Market sees usage increases

Since launching two years ago, U Market, the U of M's online supply purchasing site, has seen usage increase dramatically in FY15, up 21 percent in transactions and 17 percent in total spending over the prior year. More than 149,000 invoices and 126,000 purchase orders were processed electronically, reflecting a savings of time and effort for U departments. Plans are under way to add new suppliers and system enhancements this year, including online quote capabilities for volume discounts and special orders.

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Professional development grants for retirees

The Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the U Retirees Association have announced a new cycle of awards to help U retirees pursue projects related to their research, instruction, and outreach, as well as new interests. Faculty and staff systemwide are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Dec. 15.

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Open Textbook Network saves students $1.5 million

Faculty from nine colleges and universities across the United States have saved their students an estimated $1.5 million in textbook costs by adopting open-source textbooks, an effort supported and tracked by the Open Textbook Network, created and run by leaders at the U of M's College of Education and Human Development. The U's Open Textbook Library lists nearly 200 open textbooks in a number of subject areas.

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Nov. 12 - Support U causes on Give to the Max DayGive to the max day poster

Save the date for Give to the Max Day, Minnesota's online giving event, on Nov. 12. Many University groups have secured matching gifts, helping donors to specific U causes to have a greater impact. The U of M Foundation is also offering a $50,000 Give to the Max Day prize pack to encourage giving on U web platforms. Online gifts from faculty and staff to U causes on Nov. 12 will also count towards the monthlong Community Fund Drive, which ends Nov. 13.

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Agricultural education major returns to UMC

A high demand for teachers of agriculture and a desire to serve the needs of the region have led to the return of an agricultural education major to the University of Minnesota Crookston. Regents approved the degree program in February.

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Oct. 29 - U of M Regents open forum

Regents Dean Johnson, Thomas Anderson, Thomas Devine, and Abdul Omari will be at UMC meeting with various groups and touring campus. Faculty and staff are invited to attend an open forum with the regents from 10 to 11 a.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

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Nov. 4 - Employee Health and Benefits Fair

Employees are encouraged to attend the 2015 Employee Health and Benefits Fair to learn more about medical plans, flexible spending accounts, disability benefits, retirement savings, dental plans, pharmacy benefits, and employee wellness. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Bede Ballroom.

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At home in KirbyKirby student center porch

Kirby Student Center's expanded renovation features the Garage, the Porch, and the Studio—areas that house the Student Association, Greek Life, the Statesman, and the Kirby Program Board and that are completely accessible to all students. The Garage doubles as a performance space.

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Alumni honoredaerial view of UMD campus

The College of Education and Human Service Professions celebrated its third annual alumni recognition dinner on Oct. 8. Alumni Barbara Ainsworth, Tony Cuneo, Richard Erickson, Sally Gorski, and Alan Ingram were honored for contributions made in their chosen fields.

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Research breakfastscoffee and plate

Speed Research Breakfasts for graduate faculty and graduate students are held every Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:30-9 a.m., UMD Center Court Restaurant. The events are designed to get participants talking and creating across disciplines, and are sponsored by the office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Kathryn A. Martin Library, and the UMD Graduate School.

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Tweed exhibit featuring the works of Robert Minichielloabstract painting

The exhibit "Spontaneous Acts" highlights 16 large paintings by New York artist Robert Minichiello. His work has been described as "psychological interiors envisioned as short stories." The show runs through Dec. 31, Tweed Museum of Art.

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Morris receives Career Ready Internship GrantGreat Lakes Career Ready logo

UMM has been awarded a three-year, $360,830 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. The grant will enable UMM to create an unprecedented number of new paid internship opportunities for students with demonstrated financial need. It also will strengthen existing career services resources and alleviate transportation costs incurred by students during travel to and from work sites.

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Center for Small Towns seeks proposalscsc students

UMM's Center for Small Towns (CST) seeks proposals for the Connecting Students and Community (CSC) program. A collaborative effort between CST and the U of M Central and Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, CSC assists communities and organizations with self-identified issues and creates opportunities for UMM students to engage with and contribute to small communities.

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Morris to host AIDS Memorial Quiltsection of AIDS quilt

Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt, the 54-ton handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS, will be on view Oct. 28-Dec. 1, Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery. The campus will host a series of public events in conjunction with the display.

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Nov. 6 - Comedy troupe Blackpack to performcomedy group Blackpack

The 2015-16 Performing Arts Series continues with comedy troupe Blackpack. Four headliners with four perspectives on one stage, Blackpack uses humor to speak to audiences about race. Their S.E.L.L.O.U.T. show reflects the performers' personalities and attitudes towards racial stereotypes. The show will focus on black stereotypes and role reversals. 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Student Center.

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Sauter recognized with Lamp of Knowledge AwardGail Sauter

Gail Sauter, UMR associate vice chancellor for finance and operations, has spent a lifetime working in higher education in Rochester. For her passion and commitment, she was presented with the Lamp of Knowledge Award at the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce annual membership celebration.

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Nov. 3 - UMR CONNECTS: Ethics in Journalism and Reporting the News

What is considered newsworthy? How are headlines formed? What ethical questions need to be considered when choosing a story? These are just a few questions that will be discussed by a panel of journalists at the next UMR CONNECTS.

Twin Cities

Evelyn Davies-Venn: From McNair Scholar to U ProfessorEvelyn Davies Venn

Evelyn Davies-Venn describes herself as a shy kid who flunked kindergarten, but also got a second chance. An audiologist and hearing researcher, she is out to make life easier for people with hearing loss.

Read more at Campus Climate >

Do Good. Feel Good. Give Today.community fund drive logo of M's floating in clouds

The U of M Community Fund Drive charitable giving campaign is about ending hunger, curing diseases, helping students pay their college tuition, preserving the environment, sheltering the homeless, or supporting the arts. Faculty and staff can give to any of seven area federations that represent nearly 500 charities, the University of Minnesota Foundation, or any 501c3 of your choice. The campaign runs through Nov. 13.

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Oct. 22 - Social and environmental justice exhibit opening

Forty artists will communicate their messages of social and environmental justice in the exhibit "Sustainable Acts: Mother Earth's Embrace." The opening and reception will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., IonE Commons Meeting and Art Space.

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Nov. 2 - How We Won the Freedom to Marry and What Comes Next

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, will share insight about the national campaign for marriage equality. Freedom to Marry's state-by-state strategy resulted in a rejection of the marriage amendment in Minnesota and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples nationwide. 5 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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Nov. 4 - Analytics and data integration event

The Analytics and Data Integration formal community of practice invites University data users, providers, and decision makers to a collaborative event to gain a better understanding of the University's data and reporting needs, and to gather input on how the U might improve processes for analytics and reporting. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union.

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Nov. 5 - Learn about the U of M survey tool Qualtrics

Qualtrics Day will give University faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to learn about Qualtrics, the University's primary online survey tool. 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

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Nov. 6 - Women Impacting Healthcare: Broadening Our Leadership

The Women Impacting Healthcare conference provides a collaborative opportunity for women across the spectrum of health care professions to continue their leadership journey and network with colleagues to build a better patient experience. Sessions will focus on international care and provide critical knowledge and insights designed to improve leadership potential, enhance skills, and inform decision-making. Cost: $150 for U students, faculty, and staff. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

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Nov. 6 - First Fridays: Editorial and political cartoons

The 2015-16 First Fridays season of presentations by Archives and Special Collections at the University Libraries continues with two presentations that will explore the theme of humor in the archives. Noon, 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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Nov. 11 - Frontiers: When does conservation mean killing?

Invasive species are a global issue with direct impacts on biodiversity. Protecting biodiversity through conservation can be an inexact science and a dirty proposition in a race against time. The lecture features Julia Ponder of The Raptor Center in an exploration of what actions are justified in the name of conservation and the protection of biodiversity. Noon-1 p.m., R-380 Learning and Environmental Sciences, St. Paul, and live online.

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Nov. 12 - Research partnerships poster session and awards dinner

The Power of Research Partnerships: Poster Session and Awards Dinner celebrates the research partnerships between community organizations and health research institutions at the University of Minnesota. 5-7:30 p.m., Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis.

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UMTC Featured EventsYoda

Oct. 30 - Queer Histories of the Twin Cities

Nov. 1 - Twin Cities Veg Fest

Nov. 2 - Meet best-selling author Jenny Lawson

Nov. 5 - HEADLINERS: Stronger, Faster, Brighter: Wearable Technology and the Future of Clothing

Nov. 6 - Identity and the American Landscape: How Do Photographs Form Us?

Nov. 7 - The Force Awakens: Star Wars and Philosophy (LearningLife course)

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