October 7, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 32

Editor: Adam Overland (brief@umn.edu)


Inside This Issue

  • New Driven to Discover campaign launches.
  • U of M Board of Regents meets Oct. 8-9.
  • Features: Practicing mindfulness in the workplace.
  • People: Andrew Furco has been inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship; and more.

Top News

New Driven to Discover campaign launchesx-ray of heart

This year's Driven to Discover campaign shines a light on our brilliant University of Minnesota faculty and researchers who are changing the world. The campaign includes ads for TV, print, digital, and radio.

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U of M Board of Regents meets Oct. 8-9

During its October meeting, the U of M Board of Regents will review and act on schematic designs and financing for the Athletes Village project. If approved, Athletes Village designs will be finalized by July 2016 and the project complete by January 2018. The board will also review and act on a plan to form a single, integrated academic health system, combining Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Physicians. Additionally, the Board will review progress on the UMTC strategic plan, hold an enrollment management work session, vote on the new University Progress Card tool, and review current public safety strategies.

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Practicing mindfulness in the workplacewoman meditating at office

As fall kicks into gear and to-do lists grow longer, stress seems unavoidable. But it's important to give our minds and bodies a break; our well-being and productivity depend on it. Mary Jo Kreitzer of the U's Center for Spirituality & Healing says that trying to do too many things at once stresses our brain and decreases the effort and level of detail that can go into each activity. It can also lead to workplace injuries or errors. Practicing workplace mindfulness can help.

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Andrew Furco has been inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship; Diana Drake has received the Inspiring Educator Award from the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health; the Rothenberger Institute has received a 2015 Effective Practice Award from the Online Learning Consortium; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Leadership Essentials course for supervisors

Faculty and staff who manage others can participate in an enhanced leadership development program through Leadership and Talent Development in the Office of Human Resources. The program helps supervisors build their capabilities to lead and engage direct reports in the strategic mission of the University. The four-day course will be held Oct. 15, 16, 29, and 30. Register by Oct. 12.

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Continuous improvement project proposals due

Faculty and staff interested in implementing a continuous improvement project in their area can complete and submit the AQIP Action Project Proposal. The proposal form will be sent to the campus via email within the next several days. Completed proposals should be submitted by email to Sue Erickson by Oct. 15. The next deadline is March 15.

Alumni Awards Celebration

The 2015 Alumni Awards Celebration will be held Oct. 9, Bede Ballroom. The event begins with a social at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program and awards presentation.

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UMC students help with more than 4,000 pines

Thirty-two UMC students helped with bud capping of approximately 4,000 red, white, and jack pine seedlings on acreage near the north entrance to Itasca State Park on Sept. 26. The activity was part of National Public Lands Day, coordinated and sponsored by the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program.

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Pulitzer Prize photojournalist Cheryl Diaz MeyerCheryl Diaz Meyer

Photojournalist and alumna Cheryl Diaz Meyer received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. On Oct. 8, she will present "Bearing Witness: Iraq and Afghanistan," 7 p.m., Kirby Rafters. No charge and open to the public.

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At the theatrepicture of foggy field

Spoon River runs Oct. 7-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Performing Arts Center. It is based on Edgar Lee Master's book Spoon River Anthology, published in 1915. Directed by Tom Isbell, Spoon River portrays small-town American life through story and song.

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Book launchJill Doerfler

Associate Professor Jill Doerfler and the American Indian Studies Department will celebrate the release of her most recent book, Those Who Belong: Identity, Family, Blood and Citizenship among the White Earth Anishinaabeg, on Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Griggs Center. Doerfler will read from her book and copies will be available for purchase.

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Spooktacularpumpkin carved

Glensheen's magical event, Spooktacular, featuring over 1,000 carved pumpkins, will run Oct. 22-25. Gates open at 6 p.m., with the last admission at 8:30 p.m. The grounds close at 9 p.m. There will be fire twirlers and s'mores to enjoy.

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Morris's Green Prairie Community wins B3 awardGreen Prairie Community building

UMM's Green Prairie Living and Learning Community has been awarded an inaugural Best of Buildings, Benchmarks, and Beyond (B3) Award. The award recognizes eco-friendly initiatives in energy, water, and recycling techniques by state buildings in Minnesota. The award demonstrates Green Prairie's success in using green energy.

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Internationally renowned artist speaks at UMMMarylyn Dintenfass

Internationally renowned artist Marylyn Dintenfass was on campus to discuss her exhibit, Marylyn Dintenfass: Painted Anthology, on display in the Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery. Dintenfass reflected on her trip to Morris and its importance to the community as well as her advice for emerging artists.

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2015 Jooinn Lee Lecture features Latino-politics expert Gary SeguraGary Segura

Gary Segura, a Stanford University professor of political science and principal/co-founder of the polling firm Latino Decisions, will deliver the 2015 Jooinn Lee Lecture on Oct. 14. Segura will present "Latino America: How America's Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Change the Politics of the Nation." Open to the public.

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UMR adds three innovative Living Learning Communities

UMR is establishing three new Living Learning Communities. Two of them—the Global Connections Community and the HealthCORE—will enhance student experience in the areas of internationalization, diversity, and inclusivity. A third program, the Recovery on Campus Community, will provide support for students who are in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction.

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UMR student published in national journal

An article written by Nitya Chandiramani, a junior in UMR's Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program, was recently published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health. The research article tackles the issue of teaching undergraduate health sciences students end-of-life terminology.

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Twin Cities

Time-lapse video: A day in the life at UMTCBus parked on Washington Ave

See all of the action of a day on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in a time-lapse video, produced by the College of Science and Engineering.

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Wanted: Faculty mentors for TRIO McNair Scholars program

The U of M TRIO McNair Scholars program is recruiting faculty mentors for its summer 2016 cohort. The program gives first-generation and low-income or underrepresented students the opportunity to conduct research with faculty and prepare for graduate school.

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Oct. 12 - Proactive 5-Step Process to Make a Significant Career Transition

Elizabeth Craig, career and job-landing strategist, will provide valuable insight on making a job or career transition during this fun and interactive event. No charge. 6-7 p.m., 3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management.

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Oct. 15 - Discovery Across Disciplines showcase

The 2015 Discovery Across Disciplines: A Showcase of Interdisciplinary Research Centers and Institutes is an event designed to highlight U of M research, discovery, and innovation. More than 60 of the U's interdisciplinary research centers and institutes will be sharing their groundbreaking work at this two-hour, poster session–style event. Noon-2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union.

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Oct. 19 - "Clear and Present Danger: Covering National Security Issues in the Post-9/11 World"

Government officials often justify secrecy as necessary to protect national security. But without information, how can citizens hold their government accountable? Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times investigative journalist James Risen and media attorney Joel Kurtzberg will explore that issue in the 30th annual Silha Lecture. 7:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.

Oct. 21 - Andrew Solomon: "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity"

Andrew Solomon's books and essays explore the subjects of politics, culture, and psychology. His worldwide bestseller, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, received the 2001 National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He'll speak about his newest book—an examination of the means by which families accommodate children with physical, mental, and social disabilities and how these unusual situations can be invested with love. 7 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.

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Oct. 26 - UMN Food Day 2015U of M Food day poster

Join faculty, staff, students, and community members for UMN Food Day 2015, organized by students with support from the U's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute. The exhibition-style event is a day to resolve to make changes in our diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union.

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Mini Bioethics Academy

Mini Bioethics Academy is a three-night event designed to help participants learn about and discuss current issues in bioethics. The fall series features talks and discussions on a public health approach to gun deaths and injuries, genetic testing, and the ethics of eldercare. Sessions will be held Oct. 28, Nov. 4, and Nov. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Arthur Upson Room, Walter Library. A discounted registration rate is available for students, faculty, staff, and Fairview employees.

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Oct. 29 - Exhibit reception: People on the Move

The Immigration History Research Center & Archives will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the opening of "People on the Move: 50 Years of Documenting and Researching Migration Experiences at the Immigration History Research Center & Archives." 5-7 p.m., Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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UMTC Featured Events

Oct. 7 - Why do we need community solar?
Oct. 8 - Clean Energy Economy: The Case for Energy Independence in Minnesota
Oct. 10 - Sensory-Friendly Saturday
Oct. 11 - Longevity and Transformation: Panel Discussion with Choreographer Gioconda Barbuto
Oct. 14 - A SIP OF SCIENCE: Studying our Changing Planet from Above
Oct. 14 - Erika Lee discusses The Making of Asian America
Oct. 14 - Artist Talk: Alec Soth

Events Calendar >