September 16, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 29

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meeting highlights.
  • Features: Reimagining Cities; Weirdos of the Universe; Grand Challenge: Build Resilient Communities.

Top News

Board of Regents meeting highlights

During its Sept. 11 meeting, the U's Board of Regents reviewed a proposed University Progress Card that will focus oversight on high-level goals, including 4- and 6- year graduation rates, 4-year graduation rates of Pell-awarded students, research and development expenditures, medical school ranking, faculty awards, participation in the employee engagement survey, and progress toward Operational Excellence. Regents also approved the schematic design for the Bell Museum on the St. Paul campus and reviewed President Kaler's proposed six-year capital plan as well as the U's proposed 2016 legislative capital request.

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Reimagining CitiesAnu Ramaswami

Anu Ramaswami is directing a vast new network of academics, scientists, industry leaders, and policy partners studying ways to make cities more environmentally sustainable and more tangibly "livable" in ways that advance human health and well-being. The project will study a new movement toward "distributed," or more local, infrastructure in cities—as an alternative to very large infrastructure systems like massive power grids and complex systems for piping in water from distant sources and food from faraway locales.

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Weirdos of the UniverseOuter space and stars

Of all the particles that make up our universe, neutrinos rank supreme in the mystery category. University of Minnesota researchers are spearheading a six-year NOvA project in a search for evidence that neutrinos somehow had a hand in the creation of our universe.

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Grand Challenge: Build Resilient Communitiesan overcrowded cityscape

Through IonE's Resilient Communities Project, the University of Minnesota is delivering on a commitment to support vibrant cities that enhance human potential and well-being.

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U-Wide News

Faculty input needed

The Faculty Consultative Committee (FCC) seeks faculty input on institutional issues the FCC or other University Senate committees might address during the 2015-16 academic year. The committee also seeks nominations or self-nominations of tenured and tenure-track faculty interested in serving on the FCC. Elections for open positions will be held spring 2016. Email topic suggestions and/or nominations to Renee Dempsey.

Technology training and self-help resources

The fall technology-training schedule is available, featuring technology training and self-help resources on a variety of topics including Google Drive, WebEx, Moodle, Drupal, and more. Online video-based training is also available at no-charge to faculty and staff through

Sept. 25 - Innovations in Teaching

The Center for Educational Innovation will host its first Innovations in Teaching event, featuring Virajita Singh, assistant vice provost for equity and diversity. Singh will discuss "Design Thinking for Innovation." 11 a.m.-noon, 325 Coffman Union. Remote attendance is available. Future discussion topics will include adaptive learning and game theory.

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Nov. 8-10 - Food Access SummitFood access summit poster

"Networking for Change," the 2015 Food Access Summit cosponsored by the University's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, will feature workshops and issue area discussions for participants representing diverse sectors within food systems work, from production to consumption. Proposals to display posters at the event are due Oct. 2. The summit takes places Nov. 8-10, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

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Call for Proposals

Institute for Advanced Study 2016-17 Faculty Fellow applications are due at noon, Oct. 23. Up to 12 faculty fellows are selected annually to spend a semester in residence at the Institute, where they can benefit from the community of scholars and share their work across disciplines.

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Apples and pizza at the Arboretum

The U of M Landscape Arboretum AppleHouse is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through early November, featuring fresh apples from a changing inventory of 50 varieties throughout the season. New to the AppleHouse this year is Fire Truck Pizza, onsite Thursdays through Sundays, noon-6 p.m. through October, with pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven.

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Lyris mass email tool retired

The Lyris mass email tool is no longer available. All Lyris accounts have been disabled. The tool was replaced with Salesforce Marketing Cloud on Sept. 1.


Sept. 16 - Documentary showing: The Anonymous People

A public showing (no charge) of the documentary The Anonymous People will be held at 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. The feature-length film focuses on the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

UMC in U.S. News rankings

For the 18th consecutive year, the University of Minnesota Crookston ranks among the top public colleges according to U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2016." The campus placed second in the Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges category. Additionally, the campus ranked 34th nationally in the Best Online Degree Programs category and 29th in the category, Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans.

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Sept. 23 - Darryl Strawberry

Baseball great and four-time world series champion Darryl Strawberry will share his story of highs and lows on and off the baseball field and how he transformed his life through faith and recovery. No charge and open to the public. Sponsored by UMC and RiverView Health as part of recovery month. 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.

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Among the top in the regionUMD campus aerial shot

UMD is ranked 7th on the list of Top Public Schools in the Midwest in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2016." Placing 36th in Regional Universities Midwest, UMD also received high rankings for its business and engineering programs.

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Success in actionFrost business headquarters

VISA partnered with the organization America's Small Business Development Centers and produced five videos demonstrating how small business development centers assist companies across the country. One of the showcased success stories is between the UMD Center for Economic Development and Frost River, a Lincoln Park Duluth business.

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Sept. 20 - Food & Farm Festivalperson wearing an apple costume

The second annual Food & Farm Festival includes a 5K walk/run, music, and food, and highlights the work that students put into the UMD farm producing 50,000 pounds of food each year for UMD's Dining Services. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3568 Riley Road.

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Something for every bodystudents kayaking down a river

Check out all of Recreational Sports Outdoor Programs offerings via their online catalog (PDF). Activities include intermural sports, clubs, wilderness trips, and more.


UMM named a Top Public Liberal Arts CollegeMorris campus building

U.S. News and World Report has released its 2016 college rankings, naming UMM one of the nation's Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges. This is the 17th consecutive year in which UMM has been included on this list. The campus also was included on the "A-Plus Schools for B Students" and "Foreign Student Factor" lists.

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UMM awarded ED TRiO Student Support Services Granttrio logo

UMM has been awarded a $1.1 million TRiO Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will support 140 students each year for five years. Eligible students include low-income students, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities, with special focus on students from rural backgrounds, American Indian students, and students of color.

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Sept. 22 - Prairie Farmer's Market and Fall Feastgourds for sale at farmers market

UMM will host the Pride of the Prairie Farmer's Market and Fall Feast starting at 2 p.m, campus mall. Events are co-sponsored by campus and community partners and coordinated by Morris Healthy Eating to build capacity and resilience in the local food system.

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UMR move-in, orientation fun, and photosUMR Chancellor Lehmkuhle

Boxes, books, bedding, bean bag chairs—you name it, UMR students moved it into their apartments in 318 Commons with help from Chancellor Lehmkuhle, who moved boxes, directed traffic, and even held the family pet.

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UMR CONNECTS: Destination Medical Center Update

Lisa Clarke, executive director of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency, will give an update on the initiative and its expected impact on the Minnesota economy.

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Twin Cities

New Campus Climate websiteCampus Climate image

The Campus Climate website has been redesigned to include news, personal perspectives, events, progress, and how to get involved in the effort toward the creation of a more respectful, inclusive, and welcoming campus. Subscribe for updates.

Sept. 17 - WiFi improvements event

UMN Data Network Services is hosting an event for students, faculty, and staff to celebrate improvements to the U's WiFi network. The event will feature lawn games, food, t-shirt and other giveaways, including a chance at an Apple Watch. Coffman Union Plaza, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sept. 17 - The Art & Science of Prevention Public Health Series

"The Promise and Pitfalls of Electronic Health Data" will be presented by Julian Wolfson, assistant professor in biostatistics. Wolfson will highlight both the scientific breakthroughs health data provides as well as its disastrous side effects. 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium.

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Minnesota Population Center Data Training Workshops

The Minnesota Population Center will host Data Training Workshops this fall at no charge. Participants will learn how to access and use the world's largest repositories of national and international demographic and census data for use in researching topics related to public health, social science, economics, geography, and more. Workshops take place Friday afternoons, 12:30-2:30 p.m. The next workshop is Sept. 18.

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Sept. 21 - Secrets of English Pronunciation workshop

Registration for the "Secrets of English Pronunciation" workshop series is now open. Learn and practice the correct pronunciation of key English vowels in the first workshop, "What's so special about North American Vowels," to be held 11 a.m.-noon, 101 Walter Library.

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Oct. 20 - The 2015 Stein Lecture: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin ScaliaAntonin Scalia

The University of Minnesota Law School will host U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as he delivers the 2015 Stein Lecture about his work on the Supreme Court. Priority registration is open to the University of Minnesota community before registration opens to the general public on Sept. 21. There is no charge for the event, but a ticket is required for admission. 4 p.m., Northrop. Register today with promo code 1516LawComm.

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Sept. 22 - Will Steger presents "Eyewitness to Global Warming"

Will Steger, world-renowned polar explorer, educator, photographer, writer and lecturer will present a retrospective of a life in the Arctic regions of the world at the International Fellows and Scholars Welcome Reception. 4:30-6 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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New workshop series for teaching assistants

All teaching assistants, both new and experienced, are invited to participate in the Center for Educational Innovation's new workshop series designed with TA needs in mind. Participants will leave each session with practical tips to use right away. September's workshops focus on classroom dynamics and teacher presence. Upcoming events are Sept. 24, 2:30-3:20 p.m., and Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-noon.

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Sept. 26 - U of M Raptor Center releaseGirl releasing hawk

Birds rehabilitated by The Raptor Center will be released back into the wild at this year's Fall Raptor Release. The day will include children's activities, educational booths, opportunities to meet the center's education birds, wagon rides in the orchard, apple tasting, and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, MN.

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Sept. 30 – "Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with Guns"

Celebrated lion researcher and conservationist Craig Packer will present "Lions in the Balance," a University Libraries event. Packer will take participants into the complex, tooth-and-claw worlds of lion conservation and behavior. No charge, but reservations are requested. 7:30 p.m., Coffman Union.

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'Humor in the Archives'

"Humor in the Archives" is the theme of this year's U of M Libraries' First Fridays series. Each month's presentation is based on materials in the Libraries' Archives and Special Collections. All events are noon-1 p.m., 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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Mini Medical School lecture series

Registration is open for the fall 2015 session of Mini Medical School, "The Evolving Threat of Infectious Disease." Faculty researchers from all six health science schools and colleges will be discussing recent infectious disease outbreaks and the latest in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Discounted registration is available for University faculty and staff. Lectures are Mondays, Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 6-8:30 p.m.

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UMTC Featured Events

Sept. 17 - Eyes in the skies: An Exhibition and Critical Discussion of Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles

Sept. 17 - Cities for All: The Role of Parks & Open Spaces

Sept. 19 - Women in Islam, a workshop for educators

Sept. 21 - Italian Food Cultures and the Environment

Sept. 23 - Meet author and poet Madelon Sprengnether

Sept. 23 - Bryan Adams

Sept. 24 - Public lecture by Caleb Harper: Future Food Systems

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