September 11, 2019

Vol. XLIX No. 27

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Sept. 12-13 – Board of Regents meeting.
  • Features: The politics of loyalty; Unique technique; School program in Ecuador teaches kids about sexual abuse prevention.
  • People: Wendy Looman has received the 2019 Innovative Contribution to Family Nursing Award; and more.

Top News

Sept. 12-13 - Board of Regents meeting

The University of Minnesota Foundation will report on a record-breaking fundraising year at the September Board of Regents meeting. Regents will also receive President Joan Gabel’s recommended six-year capital plan. The systemwide proposal addresses capital needs on all five of the University’s campuses and includes initial input into the University’s request from lawmakers for capital investment during the 2020 state legislative session. The Board is also expected to learn more about the University’s efforts to combat aquatic invasive species, discuss on-campus student financial literacy programs, and hear about the public outreach efforts of the Bell Museum and Glensheen.

The politics of loyaltyHoward Lavine

Howard Lavine, professor of political science, focuses his research on the area of political psychology. Lavine believes there’s been a shift in American values that focuses more on political party than personal beliefs. The story is part of the College of Liberal Arts (Twin Cities) 150th anniversary magazine feature, "Work in Progress: Revisiting the American Experiment."

Unique techniquecochlear artwork

Cochlear implants have made hearing possible for many among the approximately 5 percent of people worldwide who experience disabling hearing loss, but the device doesn’t work for everyone. University of Minnesota stem cell scientists are taking to the lab to make cochlear implants an option for more people who have disabling hearing loss.

School program in Ecuador teaches kids about sexual abuse preventionsmall child looks over fence

To tackle child sexual abuse, a non-governmental organization in Ecuador created a school-based program for children 7-12 years old that uses games and play to teach children about personal boundaries, anatomy, appropriate touching/behavior, and more. A key element of the course is learning how to say no to an adult. A recent U of M-led study shows that the children are taking in the lessons.


Wendy Looman has received the 2019 Innovative Contribution to Family Nursing Award from the International Family Nursing Association; Carolyn Porta will receive the 2019 Ann Burgess Forensic Nursing Research Award from the International Association of Forensic Nurses; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.


U-Wide News

Gearing up for Inauguration WeekJoan Gabel

On Sept. 20, the greater U of M community will celebrate the inauguration of Joan T.A. Gabel as the 17th president of the University of Minnesota. Leading up to inauguration day events, Gabel will join the Twin Cities campus community in four days of hands-on experiences that showcase the work the University does every day. The activities will feature students, faculty, and staff, and highlight the many ways they deliver the University's mission of education, discovery and innovation, and community-engaged outreach.

Sept. 23 - Institute for Engineering in Medicine conference

The annual Institute for Engineering in Medicine conference seeks to foster collaborative research, education, and outreach that advances medicine through engineering. It will feature keynote talks, a choice of three lunch sessions, and a poster session and competition. Learn more and register for the conference. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Sept. 25 - Learning Analytics Meet Up

The Learning Analytics Meet Up will host Ben Motz, a research scientist co-leading the ManyClasses research project, a game-changing experiment exploring educational interventions prompted by learning analytics. Noon-1 p.m., online. Register for the ManyClasses research project online presentation.

Oct. 2 - Alumni Webinar Series: Purpose and a Paycheck with Chris Farrell

The Alumni Association (TC and UMR) will host a series of career development webinars, beginning with Purpose and a Paycheck, which focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and work in the second half of life. Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace and an economics commentator at Minnesota Pubic Radio. He is the author of Purpose and a Paycheck, Unretirement, and The New Frugality.

Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute grants

The Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute is requesting proposals for its fall 2019 grants cycle. The Community-University Partnership Grant Program seeks to fund innovative community-university partnerships related to food, nutrition, and health (letters of interest due Oct. 2). The Faculty Planning Grant Program supports the development of University interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research teams related to food, nutrition, and health (proposal due Nov. 20).

Register for the University of Minnesota Supplier Diversity Expo

University employees are invited to attend and exhibit at the 2019 University of Minnesota Supplier Diversity Expo, hosted by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development. The expo provides a direct link between the University and general contractors, sub-contractors, professional service providers, small-business owners, and businesses owned by women, minorities, and disabled persons. Registration closes Oct. 4. The event takes place Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Now accepting nominations: Academies for Excellence

The Academies for Excellence recognizes outstanding U of M faculty in the areas of scientific research, educational scholarship, and team science. Members are elected to lifetime membership in one of four academies: the Academy for Excellence in Health Science Research; the Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning in Health Sciences; the Academy for Excellence in Clinical Practice; and the Academy for Excellence in Team Science. Submission deadline: Oct. 15, 4 p.m.

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program now accepting applications

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Office for Equity and Diversity are now accepting applications for the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The program seeks applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in higher education and at the University of Minnesota.

IDEA now accepting Faculty Driven funding proposals

The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) is now accepting funding proposals for the Faculty Driven initiative. This program provides funding for faculty to develop programs that strengthen the University’s diverse community of scholars. Application deadline: Nov. 1.

Exhibit: ‘Farm to Palette: Agriculture as Muse’

An exhibit featuring the work of seven artists with an affection for productive agricultural land is on display through Nov. 18 at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The exhibit coincides with the opening of Farm at the Arb, which tells the seed-to-plate story of food production.

Research Brief: Proactively offering smokers treatment to quit smoking is cost-effective

Quitting smoking is difficult and attempts are less likely to be successful without treatment. A U of M study has found that clinical trials of proactive outreach programs, which directly connect smokers to treatments, have proven to help smokers quit, even those not initially planning to quit. Additional Research Briefs include, “Air pollution linked to increases in violent criminal behavior.”


Mentoring made a difference for Puttin

University of Minnesota Crookston senior and sports enthusiast Olivia Puttin is diligently molding her path to becoming a sports information director.

Flying In with the Golden Eagles podcast

Maggie Mills, a 2018 graduate, and Eleora DeMuth, a current student, share their experiences at Crookston, give tips and tricks to incoming students, and entertain with guests and plenty of stories in their podcast Flying In with the Golden Eagles.


Sept. 17 - Visual Culture Lecture SeriesEmory Douglas

Emory Douglas will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. Douglas was the minister of culture for the Black Panther Party and created the group’s iconic visual identity. Retrospective exhibitions of his artwork have been held in L.A. and New York, and his pieces have been displayed internationally. 6-7 p.m., Weber Music Hall.

Sept. 21 - Military Appreciation DayHuge American flag on field

UMD football will host its annual Military Appreciation Day game, with proceeds benefiting Operation One Voice, which helps support the needs of children and families of wounded and fallen Special Operations Forces members. All current and former members of the military (with an ID) are admitted at no charge. 6 p.m., Malosky Stadium.

Oct. 2 - Bulldogs on the Blockbulldogs on block logo

Celebrate and connect with other alumni at the annual Bulldogs on the Block nationwide social event. Choose your location and register your event by Sept. 17. UMD’s Alumni Relations will promote your gathering and send you a Bulldog Spirit box full of supplies. Share the fun by posting photos and videos using the hashtag #bulldogsontheblock19.


Creating home, away from homeEsmira Alieva

When Esmira Alieva arrived at the U of M Morris in January of 2016, she was the only student from Uzbekistan and one of just a handful of Muslim students, so she immediately took steps to become more comfortable. An economics and management double major, Alieva will graduate this fall and hopes to someday work for the United Nations.

Otto Bremer Trust investment

Morris has received an investment from the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) for the renovation of Edson Auditorium in the Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Performing Arts Center. It will be used to complete a transformation of the campus's premier performance space. With its grant to the renovation of Edson Auditorium, OBT continues a tradition of support for the Morris campus.


UMR welcomes Andrew WilliamsAndrew Williams

The University of Minnesota Rochester welcomes Andrew Williams as its new assistant vice chancellor for student success, engagement, and equity. Joining UMR from the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, where he was executive director, Williams brings a passion for higher education and a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice.

Twin Cities

Banking on researchChris Weight on TCF Bank stairs

Urologic oncologist Christopher Weight is climbing every one of TCF Bank Stadium’s 6,054 steps in the name of kidney cancer research. Many of Weight’s patients have kidney cancer, one of the most common and deadly forms of the disease. But despite its prevalence and severity, kidney cancer receives significantly less attention and funding for research than other types of cancer. That’s why Weight created Break the Bank—a race that guides participants up and down each flight of stairs in the Gophers’ football stadium and raises money for kidney cancer research at the U of M.

Sept. 17 - Job search workshop for partners of relocated new employees

The Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) will host a job search strategies workshop (register) for spouses or partners of new faculty and staff who have relocated from out of state in the last year. The workshop will explore RAP services and navigation of the U of M employment system, and allow for networking with other new residents. 9-11 a.m., 110 Donhowe.

Sept. 18 - Learning Abroad Fair

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend the Learning Abroad Fair to explore international study, internship, and volunteer opportunities. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., West Bank Plaza.

Sept. 18 - Welcome event for new faculty and staff

The University of Minnesota Upper Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and Make It. MSP. are partnering on a welcome event for new faculty and staff who have relocated for positions at the University of Minnesota and other HERC colleges and universities. 5-7 p.m., Lake Monster Brewing, St. Paul. RSVP to attend.

Sept. 19 - Data Storage Fair

At the Data Storage Fair, representatives from storage service providers such as the Office of Information Technology, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, the College of Liberal Arts, and U of M Libraries will share information about data storage tools including Box, Google Drive, Crashplan, DRUM, Elevator, Stratus, and more. Stop by to learn more about services available to safely and securely store digital data, including research data. 2-4 p.m., Room 50, Humphrey School.

Sept. 20 - Workshop: Record Linkage Using Machine Learning Methods

Explore how experts in four distinct fields of work use machine-learning methods to link databases together and discover new approaches to overcome methodological challenges. Register and see the schedule and speakers. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sept. 23 - Courageous Conversations: New York Times columnist Tom Friedman

Journalist and author Tom Friedman will join the Humphrey School to conclude the Courageous Conversations project. The project has traveled throughout Minnesota exploring how older workers could be part of the solution to Minnesota’s workforce challenges. 1-2:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Workshop series: Collaborative writing in teaching, learning, and scholarship

The Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Program invites faculty, instructors, academic staff, and students to join a community of inquiry with a focus on collaborative writing in fall 2019 and spring 2020. Attend all or any of the workshops, which will take place on Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 110 Anderson Hall. Lunch will be provided. See the full schedule and register to attend.

Oct. 10 - Headliners: The U.S. Supreme Court: Still the Least Dangerous Branch?

Hosted by LearningLife in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Headliners begins its 14th season with one of the nation’s most astute Supreme Court scholars. Timothy Johnson, Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Law, will share his insights about how the court decides, how the justices interact with one another, and what this means for the 2019 term. 7-8:30 p.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center, Saint Paul. Tickets and more information.

Oct. 21 - The 2019 Stein Lecture: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

The Law School will host a conversation with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and Professor Robert Stein. Priority registration is available to the University of Minnesota community before registration opens to the general public on Sept. 16. There is no charge for the event, but a ticket is required for admission. 4 p.m., Northrop. Register on Sept. 12 with the promo code 2019Law.

UMTC Featured EventsPittsburgh ballet on stage

Sept. 12 - Using Social Media Data for the Common Good with Gary King

Sept. 13 - Programming & Pizza September - Research Consultations Served with a Slice

Sept. 16 - Professor Morrison’s 50th Teaching Anniversary Celebration

Sept. 16 - The Trump Administration and Presidential Power

Sept. 18 - Inauguration Event at the Farmers Market

Sept. 18 - Student Mental Health from the Lens of Prevention and Resilience

Sept. 28 - Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Events Calendar