September 12, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 27

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meets Sept. 13-14.
  • Features: They’ve done their time; Researchers release the most accurate map of Antarctica terrain.
  • People: The University of Minnesota has received a three-year, $1.43 million NSF grant to advance machine learning techniques; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meets Sept. 13-14

The University’s Board of Regents will hear the U of M Foundation’s annual report during the board’s first meeting of the 2018-19 academic year, including an update on the progress of the Driven fundraising campaign. Regents are also expected to review the University’s proposed 2020-21 biennial budget request to the State of Minnesota, the University’s Six-Year Capital Plan, and the proposed 2019 capital request to the state. The board will also discuss the University’s outreach mission, hearing from four faculty members about their outreach efforts with Minnesota communities.

They’ve done their timevoting graphic

In most U.S. states, people with felony convictions are denied the right to vote in elections; some states automatically restore suffrage after incarceration, others do not. In more than 30 states, it’s illegal to vote while completing parole or probation. That means that roughly 2.5 percent of the adult U.S. population, or 6.1 million people, can’t vote. The policies disproportionately affect people living in poverty and black men. In the U.S., there is a growing movement to restore felon voting rights--especially to those who have served their time--championed by people like U of M professor Christopher Uggen and his students. Read this story and others in the fall issue of Minnesota Alumni magazine.

Researchers release the most accurate map of Antarctica terrainhigh resolution image of Antarctica

A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota and The Ohio State University have released the most accurate terrain map of Antarctica ever created. The map uses high-resolution satellite images to show the continent in stunning detail and will provide new insight on climate change.


The University of Minnesota has received a three-year, $1.43 million NSF grant to advance machine learning techniques; The Raptor Center recently secured funding for a major three-year initiative, providing the opportunity to raise the bar for wildlife rehabilitation care across all species; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

New funding initiative: Faculty Driven

The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) is launching the Faculty Driven initiative, which will provide funding for faculty to design innovative experiences that strengthen the University’s community of scholars. Faculty Driven funds will be used to help faculty develop a variety of programs ranging from writing groups to workshops. Generally, IDEA seeks proposals aimed at enhancing instruction, research productivity, and faculty development. IDEA is currently accepting applications.

Apply for Imagine Fund awards, Special Events funding, and chair position

Imagine Fund grant programs support innovative lines of research or scholarship that may not otherwise be possible. Applications are now open for the Arts, Humanities, and Design Chair position (due Jan. 7), annual awards (due Dec. 3), Special Events Round 1 (due Nov. 19), and Special Events Round 2 (applications open Jan. 16 and are due March 25).

Oct. 8 - Webinar: Midterm Elections Update

Register to listen to U of M political science professors Andrew Karch and Kathryn Pearson preview the upcoming midterm elections and provide an analysis of state and federal races and their implications. There will be time for audience Q & A following the presentation.


Sept. 13 - Greenway Takeover Festival

The Jazz Band will perform as part of the Greenway Takeover Festival at 6 p.m., downtown Grand Forks, ND. Members of the campus community are encouraged to attend and wear their maroon and gold.

Sept. 17 - Presidential search listening session

The U of M Presidential Search Advisory Committee will host a community input listening session to gather feedback about the qualities the Crookston community thinks the next president should possess. Check the UMC Today page for upcoming details.

Sept. 18 - Minnesota Education FairUMC education fair

A Minnesota Education Fair for all high school students and their parents will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Wellness Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston.


Helping individuals with ALSJolene Martin Hyppa

College of Education and Human Service Professions assistant professor Jolene Hyppa Martin and her students in the Communication Science and Disorders program wanted to compare two ways of synthesizing customized voices for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). During the Minnesota State Fair, they took advantage of the U of M’s Driven to Discover Research Building, where they set up a booth hoping to get 240 volunteers. More than 880 people volunteered.

Sept. 24 - Q & A with Emanuel AxEmanuel Ax

UMD’s Department of Music and Matinee Musicale present “A Conversation with Pianist Emanuel Ax” at 6 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Ax is a seven-time Grammy award-winning artist, and his most recent releases include the Mendelssohn Trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman. No charge and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Bulldogs on the Block nationwide social events

UMD alumni across the country will hold the second annual Bulldogs on the Block events on Oct. 3. Hosts choose the location for their get-together, while UMD’s Alumni Relations assists in promoting their gathering and sends a Bulldog Spirit box of supplies to amp up the fun. Participants are encouraged to post photos or videos from their event using the hashtag #bulldogsontheblock18.


Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts

The University of Minnesota Morris welcomes Allan Kellehear as the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts. Kellehear, a 50th Anniversary Professor of End of Life Care at the University of Bradford in England, will teach a two-credit interdisciplinary course and give two public lectures this semester.


Underrepresented-student success at UMR

American higher education is admitting a record number of underrepresented students. This year 36 percent of the University of Minnesota Rochester's freshman class is students of color. More importantly, the success rate of these students is above the national rate. KIMT News recently covered this story.

UMR Community Involvement FairUmr involvement fair booths

UMR hosted its annual Community Involvement Fair the first week of classes. The fair brought together student organizations and organizations from the Rochester community to showcase engagement opportunities for students.

Twin Cities

Sexual misconduct prevention campaign

A Twin Cities campus awareness campaign to educate and empower faculty, staff, and students to end sexual misconduct launched Sept. 10. Part of the President's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct, the campaign theme is "It Ends Here," and its student-oriented messages focus on bystander intervention techniques. The campaign will be shared through posters, digital signs, tip cards, and the It Ends Here video. Help create a culture of safety and respect and spread the messages across campus by posting them in your office and workspaces. Download or order materials.

Twenty-six reasons to love the U of M’s Twin Cities campusa raptor

The Alumni Association’s Minnesota Alumni fall magazine includes the feature, “Campus from A to Z,” with highlights ranging from Northrop’s newly restored Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ to Ziagen, one of the world’s most effective HIV/AIDS drugs.

Sept. 17 - Community Involvement Fair

Explore more than 90 nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities--many within walking distance or a short bus ride from campus--at the Community Involvement Fair. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. U Plan participants can earn wellbeing points for volunteering through the self-reported volunteer pledge.

Sept. 20 - Relocation Assistance Program job search strategies workshop

The Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) will host a job search strategies workshop for the accompanying spouses or partners of new faculty and staff who have relocated from another state or country within the last year. The workshop includes tips for writing effective CV/resumes, networking, and interviewing. Participants will learn more about the services RAP provides and how to navigate the U of M employment system. 10 a.m.-noon, 110 Donhowe. Register in advance.

Sept. 20 - UROC Community Day 2018

The Robert J. Jones Urban Research And Outreach-Engagement Center’s open house event is themed "Celebrating Place" and will feature fun, family-friendly activities and displays with emphasis on North Minneapolis’ deep cultural roots and assets. Attendees will be able to record a mini oral history of personal Plymouth Avenue stories, search for family roots in an interactive family tree, sample dishes inspired by Plymouth Avenue’s gone-but-not-forgotten Lucille’s Kitchen, and more. 3-7 p.m., 2001 Plymouth Ave North.

Sept. 22 - Fall Raptor Release

Join The Raptor Center for the Fall Raptor Release to see rehabilitated raptors released back to the wild. The event will also feature educational booths, a chance to meet winged ambassadors, and family activities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with raptor releases at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, MN.

University Libraries Research Data Management Speaker Series

The first event in the 2018-19 University Libraries Research Data Management Speaker Series is “Research Data and Federal Regulations: Commenting and Advocating from an Academic Perspective.” Speakers include librarians Shannon Farrell, Caitlin Bakker, Shanda Hunt, Alicia Kubas, and Allison Langham-Putrow. Sept. 24, 1-2 p.m., 101 Walter Library. See upcoming events and learn more.

Cooking for Wellness classes start soon

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute presents cooking classes that equip participants with techniques for nutritious, simple, and delicious meals at home with a hands-on cooking class. Employees enrolled in the UPlan Medical Plan are eligible to receive 150 Wellbeing Program points and a 50 percent fee reimbursement.

Oct. 10 - 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. 11 - Celebrating Changemakers

Help honor the outstanding recipients of Women's Center-affiliated scholarships, grants, and awards with a short program and dessert reception. Sponsored by the Women's Center, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and the Office for Equity and Diversity. 4-6 p.m., University Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. Learn more and RSVP.

Oct. 16 - 2018 Stein Lecture: John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States

The University of Minnesota Law School will host John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, as he delivers the 2018 Stein Lecture. Priority registration is available to the University of Minnesota community before registration opens to the general public on Sept. 17. There is no charge for the event, but a ticket is required for admission. 4 p.m., Northrop. Register beginning Sept. 13 with promo code 1819LawComm.

Campus Club Fall Membership Drive

The Campus Club Fall Membership Drive is under way, with first-year membership dues now 60 percent off. Membership is open to all faculty, staff, students, departments, alumni, and parents.

UMTC Featured Eventsa capsule between two fingers

Sept. 14 - Warren Lecture Series
Sept. 14 - Justice, Segregation, and Ghetto Poverty
Sept. 17 - “Sharing Sacred Spaces in Jerusalem: Between Contestation and Tolerance”
Sept. 18 - Understanding "Disorder" in the Drug Development Pipeline: An Industry Perspective
Sept. 19 - Parties and Women Candidates’ Prospects for Success

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