September 19, 2018

Vol. XLVIII No. 28

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents September meeting highlights.
  • Features: On ice; More than the sum of its parts.
  • People: Michael Goh has been appointed vice president for equity and diversity; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents September meeting highlights

At its September meeting, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents ratified the membership and charge of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. Regents also discussed next steps in the University’s systemwide strategic planning process, approved promotions for faculty across the University, heard the U of M Foundation’s FY18 report, and reviewed the president’s recommended legislative requests. The board also approved the appointment of Michael Goh as vice president for equity and diversity, and introduced Jeffrey Ratliff-Crain, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Innovation at U of M Rochester, and John Hoffman, vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at U of M Crookston. See the news release for more information.

On iceu of m explorers in the 1960s

The geological map of Antarctica is speckled with evidence of visitors from the University of Minnesota. Familiar names dot a pair of mountain ranges in the western part of the continent: Gopher Glacier, Minnesota Glacier, Pillsbury Tower. The names of past professors and teaching assistants abound in other Antarctic landmarks in the Ellsworth and Jones ranges, like Mount Craddock, Anderson Massif, and the Rutford Ice Stream--all proof that U of M geologists spent a good deal of time trekking at the bottom of the globe in the formative years of scientific exploration in Antarctica.

More than the sum of its partsprescription pill bottles

A state-funded partnership between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota has upped the ante in high-stakes biomedical research. Recent projects of the partnership were undertaken with grants from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, a state-funded research collaboration that supports joint Mayo-University research projects.


Michael Goh has been appointed vice president for equity and diversity; postdoctoral associate Jose Alejo has been named a Hanna H. Gray Fellow by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Carolyn Porta has been named to a sexual assault investigation work group by Attorney General Lori Swanson; IonE and the Humphrey School have received a $500,000 NAKFI Challenge grant to lead a new multi-university project to scale and institutionalize interdisciplinary research; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

New network connects and supports research development staff

A new U of M network will connect research advancement and development professionals to one another and to resources that will help further their success in supporting the research enterprise. The Research Advancement & Development Professionals Network will provide professional development, training, and networking opportunities to assist research development staff in building the U of M’s capacity to attract external funding, increasing operational efficiency and effectiveness, reducing administrative burden on faculty, and increasing the University’s competitiveness for major research grants.

Discover Canvas Workshops

Faculty and instructional staff are invited to enroll in Discover Canvas: Make Design and Navigation Decisions, an online, self-paced workshop offered Sept. 24-27. To see all offerings in the Discover Canvas Workshop series, as well as all fall 2018 Canvas learning opportunities, see Canvas Transition information and events.

Seminar: Designing Online Courses

This systemwide participatory online seminar is offered via Canvas from Oct. 11 until Nov. 16 and includes four synchronous discussions via WebEx. Participants will join Center for Educational Innovation consultants to discuss key ideas and principles for designing and teaching online courses. Learn more and apply by Sept. 28.

March 31 - INSPIRED: A Conversation With Misty Copeland

Northrop will welcome Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman elevated to ballet’s highest title of principal dancer in New York’s American Ballet Theatre, for a special event. Tickets go on sale Sept. 19. The program will feature Copeland’s personal story of overcoming hardships as a young girl, her meteoric rise in the world of ballet and beyond, and her commitment to empowering youth worldwide


Student profile: Amber Oestreichamber oestreich

Online student Amber Oestreich is an overachiever. She holds two jobs, is pursuing her B.S. in international business, and recently fit in a study abroad trip to South Africa. She shares how she juggles her responsibilities and what her future may hold.

Sept. 20 - Thursday Commons

Speaker Odell Bizzell will present "Refuse to Lose - 4 Ways to Become a Guaranteed Student Success Story" at the next Thursday Commons, 12:15-1:45 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Sept. 24-30 - Homecoming Week

The theme for this year's Homecoming Week activities is "There is no place like Homecoming." See a list of events.


Accreditation reaffirmedumd sign

UMD received reaffirmed accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for an additional 10 years. The HLC’s report highlighted demonstrated progress toward UMD’s strategic goal for social justice and with regard to the assessment of student learning. The report also noted many examples of ways the institution has worked to make improvements in these areas and reinforced further advancements of campus efforts.

Sept. 27 - At the Tweed: ‘Art Against Oppression in South Africa’black and white drawing

Artist Raymond Allard will present “Art Against Oppression in South Africa.” While living in South Africa, Allard interviewed artists about their creative responses to censorship and racial separation during apartheid. The event is held in collaboration with the Mandela Centenary Committee-Duluth. 6-8 p.m., Tweed Museum of Art.

Oct. 2 - Art and design lecturepatricia norby

Patricia Marroquin Norby will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. Marroquin Norby is the director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library and director of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.


U of M Morris named a top 10 public liberal arts collegesunset on UMM campus

U.S. News & World Report has again named the University of Minnesota Morris one of the nation's Top 10 Public Liberal Arts Colleges. This is the 20th consecutive year in which Morris has been included in the annual college ranking. The campus also earned a spot in the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking.

Sept. 21-23 - Homecoming celebrationtwo umm students pose for photo

The University of Minnesota Morris invites alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members to join in this year's Homecoming celebration. Homecoming events include Cougar athletics, alumni reunions, music performances, and more. Register and learn more.


Xavier Prat-Resina receives tenureXavier Prat Resina

Learning and research have always been of great interest to Xavier Prat-Resina. His love for learning developed at a young age and transformed into a love for research. After earning his Ph.D. in Spain, he came to the United States for post-doctoral research. As a professor in UMR’s Center for Learning Innovation, Prat-Resina teaches chemistry, but his passion for the subject goes beyond his job.

Closing the achievement gap for underrepresented students

Underrepresented students make up 65.7 percent of UMR’s student body, and such students often struggle in college for a variety of reasons. As reported in the Rochester Post-Bulletin, through innovative Just ASK stations and other focused efforts, UMR is helping its underrepresented students graduate at rates above the national average, and serving as a model for programs that help minorities and poor students reach their goals as health care professionals.

Twin Cities

Apply for a Campus Climate Micro-Grant

Now in their fourth year, Campus Climate Micro-Grants are an opportunity for members of the Twin Cities campus community to be awarded funding for new or existing projects to advance campus climate. Micro-grant awards will be between $500 and $1,000, and funds are limited. The application deadline is Oct. 26. Learn more and apply for a micro-grant.

Sept. 20 - 2018 Supplier Showcase

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the U Market Supplier Showcase. U Market suppliers will be on hand in the Great Hall of Coffman Union to discuss their products. The event will also include games (with giveaways) and a boxed lunch (no charge). 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Sept. 26 - Happy hour for new faculty and staff

New faculty and staff who have relocated to the Twin Cities are invited to meet other newcomers in higher education for a family friendly happy hour at Lake Monster Brewing, 5-7 p.m. The event is a partnership with the Upper Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium and Make It. MSP. Register in advance.

Sept. 26 - Design and writing panel

Building on the spring 2018 Writing Enriched Curriculum symposium, this panel will explore the intersections of writing and design thinking. Presenters include Jacob Mans (School of Architecture), Virajita Singh (Office for Equity and Diversity), and Michael Winikoff (Biotechnology Institute). Noon, 45 Mondale Hall.

Sept. 28 - Workshop: Mapping 1968, Conflict and Change

1968 was one of the most turbulent years of the 20th century. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of that year’s landmark political, social, and cultural events. Faculty, staff, students, and community partners are invited to participate in this daylong workshop to apply an interdisciplinary approach to further explore the spatial context of these historic events and today’s parallels. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wilson Library. Register by Sept. 26.

Oct. 1 - Wilson Library 50th anniversary celebration

University Libraries will celebrate 50 years of Wilson Library during Homecoming Week with an open house, 2-4 p.m., Wilson Library lobby. There will be games, snacks, button making, and a fun look back in time to the year 1968.

Oct. 9 - Safety, Environmental, and Sustainability Conference (SESCON)

Register for SESCON, a day of sessions focused on total worker health, with topics pertaining to the benefits of work-life balance, how sustainability reduces stress on the environment and us, how to navigate mental stress, and how to approach safety. No charge for U of M faculty, staff, and students. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

New managers: Gain confidence to lead your team

Leadership Essentials for U of M Staff and Faculty will help you build your leadership skills, increase self-awareness, and help your team grow. The course helps new managers with self-assessments, lectures, discussions, simulations, and hands-on practice based on research. The next four-day course takes place Oct. 22 and 29, and Nov. 5 and 12. The course is offered by Leadership and Talent Development and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. Register by Oct. 15.

Oct. 25 - Mindful Leadership Conference: Purpose, Presence, Perspective

The Carlson School of Management and the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing are partnering to host a mindful leadership event featuring expert faculty speakers and a panel of industry leaders. Join other professionals from around the state for an afternoon of inspiration and connection in an exploration of the intersection of mindfulness, leadership, and purpose and how simple practices can help us navigate our workday and life with greater presence and perspective. 1-4:30 p.m., 3M Auditorium, Carlson School.

Motorized foot scooters on campus

Due to their increasing popularity in the Twin Cities, Parking and Transportation Services wants to highlight some of the rules surrounding motorized foot scooter use on campus and be sure that users know how to use them safely.

UMTC Featured EventsPablo Helguera lecturing

Sept. 19 - Using writing in Canvas (TWW Workshop)
Sept. 20 - Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series: Enabling Technologies
Sept. 20 - Impeachment in the Constitutional Order
Sept. 21 - Housing Forum: Local government strategies for preventing displacement
Sept. 21 - Collaboration as the Space of Ambiguity with Pablo Helguera
Sept. 25 - My Role in Equity & Diversity Work
Sept. 25 - Ira Shapiro on America vs. the World: The Senate's Role in Trade Policy and National Security

Events Calendar >