October 3, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 30

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • New Driven to Discover campaign launches.
  • U of M, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services agreement.
  • Feature: The First Kiss: worth waiting for.
  • People: The Robina Institute will participate in a national research and reform effort to make probation and parole systems fairer and more effective; and more.

Top News

New Driven to Discover campaign launcheswoman

University Relations is thrilled to introduce the 2018-19 Driven to Discover campaign, which launched Oct. 1. This year’s campaign connects the University of Minnesota to the people of Minnesota like never before. Eight new stories take the public on a journey across our great state to show how U of M discoveries affect everyday Minnesotans, every day. Watch the videos and learn more about the stories at discover.umn.edu.

U of M, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services agreement

The U of M, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services recently announced an expanded partnership to serve Minnesota families. The agreement expands the organizations’ current University of Minnesota Health (M Health) partnership to bring together the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Fairview’s hospitals, clinics, and other services into a shared care delivery system led by a single leadership structure. The shared care delivery system, M Health Fairview, will launch in 2019.

The First Kiss: worth waiting forapples on branch

Early indications of the highly anticipated new apple “First Kiss” from the University of Minnesota are that it’s destined to be another huge commercial success, following in the footsteps of Honeycrisp and SweeTango. But consumers will have to wait patiently until orchards can catch up with demand for the U of M’s latest—and 27th overall—apple release. Read more about First Kiss.


The Law School’s Robina Institute will participate in a national research and reform effort to make probation and parole systems fairer and more effective; the Carlson School’s Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program has been ranked sixth in the nation; Uwe Kortshagen has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Mandatory Duo Security at sign in

Beginning in November, over the course of 12 months, faculty, staff, and students will be required to enroll in Duo Security at the U of M Sign In page at the time of their annual password reset. With Duo in place, when you access systems like MyU, Gmail, and Canvas, you’ll use your Internet ID, password, and a Duo-enrolled device to verify your identity.

Do a ‘paycheck checkup’ to prevent a tax surprise

The IRS is encouraging taxpayers to check their federal income tax withholding now due to tax law changes earlier this year. This could help you avoid an unexpected tax bill and a potential penalty in 2019. Check and adjust your federal income tax withholdings.

Teaching Innovation Grants

Grants up to $1,000 from TeachingSupport@UMN are intended to support innovative teaching and learning at the University of Minnesota. Innovation is broadly defined and encompasses innovation in all forms, including pedagogy, content, accessibility for students with disabilities, and technology. Apply by Oct. 19.

Oct. 4 - Meetings of the University/Faculty Senates

The University and Faculty Senates will hold concurrent meetings from 2:30-5 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. System campuses will be linked by videoconference at the following locations: 105 Kiehle Hall, Crookson; 173 Kirby Plaza, Duluth; 45 Humanities Fine Arts Building, Morris; Room 320, Rochester. The meeting will focus on the presidential search. All members of the University community are invited to attend. See the docket materials.


Student profile: Michaela LanoMikeala Lano and students examine a sponge

What piques senior health sciences major Michaela Lano’s interest in undergraduate research is her drive to discover new information. Curiosity takes her wading into the rivers and lakes of Minnesota in search of freshwater sponges.

Oct. 4 - Thursday Commons

The next Thursday Commons will feature a panel discussion on book banning in prisons and jails, featuring criminal justice faculty, law enforcement, and libraries staff. 12:30-1:45 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.

Oct. 9 - Fake News: "How the West was SPUN!"

The Business Department's Distinguished Speaker Series will next feature a presentation on fake news--then and now--by distinguished international strategic communications expert Daniel Coberly. Noon, Kiehle Auditorium.


Researching hybrid poplarsa small hybrid poplar tree

UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant will allow NRRI to expand research on fast-growing hybrid poplar trees and promote industrial use, including for bio-based fuels and other bioproducts. NRRI will test the success of the trees’ growth in varying environments in northern Minnesota, central Iowa, and southern Indiana.

Oct. 10 - Planetary scientist Roger WiensRoger Wiens

Roger Wiens, principal investigator for ChemCam, the laser instrument mounted on the Curiosity Mars rover, will present "Discovering a 'Great Freshwater Lake' on Mars with Curiosity." ChemCam studies rock and soil composition on the red planet. Wiens’ team was the first to discover that Mars once had water on its surface. 6 p.m., 200 Chemistry Building.

At the theatreDear Finder play advert

Professor Tom Isbell directs the awarding-winning play Dear Finder, which he wrote with seven students. The play was first performed in 1998 and again in 2008 and recounts the Holocaust in the words of the victims and the perpetrators. Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 17-20, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 14, 2 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center.

Oct. 15 - Flint’s water crisisMona Attisha

Mona Hanna-Attisha will speak about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In 2015, she first raised the alarm about lead in Flint’s water. Over 200 copies of her book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, will be given away at the event. 7 p.m., 200 Chemistry Building.


Race and Equity Center report cardmembers of UMM black student union

The University of Minnesota Morris has the fourth-highest equity index score in "Black Students at Public Colleges and Universities: A 50 State Report Card" from the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center. The report is discussed in the Inside Higher Education story, “Is Your State Serving Black Students?

Oct. 11 - 2018 Barber Lecture

Sonya Posmentier, associate professor of English at New York University, will deliver the 2018 Barber Lecture. Posmentier's talk, "Black Reading: Lyrics Of The Color Line," is open to the public. 7:30 p.m., Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre, Humanities Fine Arts.

Theatre Discipline announces 2018-19 seasonstudents rehearsing theater

The Theatre Discipline announces a season featuring journeys into fantastical worlds. The season begins in November with Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man's Cell Phone, continues in February with Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters, and wraps in April with Jacqueline E. Lawton's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


UMR campus evolves with students’ needs in mind

An op-ed piece in the Rochester Post-Bulletin says that UMR grew out of a need for a greater presence for the University of Minnesota in the southeast, as well as the need for college graduates who are job-ready medical researchers or health professionals. Nowhere else in the nation do undergraduates pursue programs of study in which every class incorporates aspects of the health sciences. UMR is a one-of-a-kind university, and as the medical field evolves, so too must UMR.

Twin Cities

2018 Community Fund Drive: Together, Making a Differencewoman holding child

Each year the 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 event runs through Oct. 31.

Oct. 4 - Frank Bidart and Maggie Nelson

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Frank Bidart will speak with genre-crossing MacArthur genius Maggie Nelson. Bidart is the author of Half-Light: Collected Poems, an anthology of 50 years of acclaimed work. Nelson's work includes The Argonauts, which won a 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. 7:30 p.m., Coffman Theater.

Oct. 4-5 - Institutionalizing Accountability: UMN Grand Challenges Human Rights Lab Conference

Highlighting the University of Minnesota Human Rights Lab, U of M faculty and graduate students and guest speakers will share their experiences working in interdisciplinary settings, investigating and modeling ways in which cutting-edge research can be used more effectively to reduce inequalities in the realization of human rights. See the conference agenda and register.

Oct 9-12 - CLA: Time Past, Time Present, Time Future

Marking the 150th anniversary of the College of Liberal Arts, this celebration highlights the wide range of creative and scholarly pursuits among CLA faculty. Events are intended for a broad audience and take the form of presentations, roundtables, and performances. No charge and open to the public. See the full schedule and register.

Oct. 10 - Negotiating Tradition

Attend a panel discussion about the transformation of traditional narratives and how gender politics and marginalized indigenous communities influence that transformation. The panel will include Anna Seastrand, Pika Ghosh, Arshiya Sethi, and Richa Nagar. 7 p.m., Weisman Art Museum.

Oct. 10 - Technically Speaking: The Changing Role of the CIO

In this Technically Speaking seminar, a panel of three chief information officers (CIO) will explore how disruptive technologies are driving change at an accelerated pace and how this is affecting the role of the company CIO. 6 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Register and learn more.

Publicly Engaged Methodology Boot Camps

U of M faculty and staff from a range of disciplines will offer four boot camps in an exploration of how particular methodologies can be incorporated into teaching and research and how publicly engaged scholarship can be applied to individual scholars' work. Sessions include Digital Storytelling (Oct. 19), Community-based Participatory Action Research (Oct. 26), Action Research (Nov. 9), and Citizen Science (Nov. 16). Camps will take place from 9-11 a.m., Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop.

Oct. 25 - Global Matters Speaker Series

By 2022, the number of Chinese outbound tourists is predicted to double from 131 million in 2017, signaling a revolutionary change and opportunity for the global travel industry. John Kidd, CEO of Minneapolis-based Radisson Hospitality, Inc., will share his company’s response to changing global travel trends, driven in large part by demand from China. No charge for U of M faculty, staff, and students. Use registration code CSOM102518.

Nov. 2 - First Generation Institute: Making an Institutional Commitment

The First Generation Institute event is for U of M faculty, staff, and graduate students committed to meeting the needs of first-generation college students. The institute will strengthen participants’ knowledge of the multiple and intersecting identities of first-gen students while highlighting curricular and programmatic practices that can help bridge opportunity gaps for our students. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Coffman Union. Register to attend.

UMTC Featured Eventscultural dance

Oct. 3 - Homecoming Blood Drive - Minneapolis
Oct. 4 - Principles and Priorities with the Concord Coalition: How Would You Solve the Federal Budget Crisis?
Oct. 5 - Homecoming Parade
Oct. 5 - Brown Bag: Leveraging Positivity
Oct. 5 - Preview Party: "Many Visions, Many Versions"
Oct. 8 - Election 2018: Midterm Update
Oct. 9 - Facilitating Challenging Conversations

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