September 25, 2019

Vol. XLIX No. 29

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • President Gabel inauguration highlights.
  • Features: Addressing Minnesota’s workforce needs; Capturing cancer cells in 3-D; ‘The opportunity of a lifetime'.
  • People: Teri Caraway and Melissa Laska are the recipients of the 2019 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award; and more.

Top News

President Gabel inauguration highlights

Joan T.A. Gabel was inaugurated as the U of M's 17th president on Sept. 20. Watch highlights of the inauguration—from the procession along Scholars Walk to the celebration on Northrop Mall—and hear Gabel's thoughts on the University of Minnesota's next chapter.

Addressing Minnesota’s workforce needsperson having conversation with workers on factory floor

A new report from the Humphrey School offers recommendations to Minnesota employers, community leaders, and local governments on how to address the state’s workforce needs amidst high retirement rates and fewer new workers. The school's Courageous Conversations Project conducted public forums across the state over the past two years, exploring the challenges of Minnesota's aging workforce. Learn more and explore the project’s recommendations.

Capturing cancer cells in 3-Dlizzy crist

What makes cancer so deadly is its ability to spread, a process called metastasis. Stopping or even slowing it holds promise for extending the lives of cancer patients. That’s why biomedical engineering graduate student Lizzy Crist is so interested in modeling the 3-D movements of cancer cells.

‘The opportunity of a lifetime'kania johnson

First-generation college student and master of public policy candidate Kania Johnson says that receiving the first-ever Josie Johnson Fellowship has given her “the opportunity of a lifetime” to pursue her goals around inclusive education for all students.


Teri Caraway and Melissa Laska are the recipients of the 2019 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award; Jean Quam, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, has announced her decision to step down as of Aug. 1, 2020; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Web Query Tool retirement

The Web Query Tool, used by University affiliates to build, enter, and run queries to retrieve data from the legacy data warehouse, will be retired by Nov. 19. Learn about the retirement and how to access and use the no-cost replacement tool, SQL Developer.

Sept. 26 - Online discussion on faculty mindset and the racial achievement gap

The Center for Educational Innovation will host this facilitated discussion focused on an article in which faculty mindset was found to correlate with student grades. Faculty with a fixed mindset had a larger racial achievement gap than faculty with a growth mindset. 11:30 a.m., live online via Zoom.

Oct. 3 - Climate Solutions Forum

This community forum will focus on the economics of climate solutions and policy proposals at the national level. Emphasis will be given to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector. Panelists include experts from the University and local organizations. The event is organized by the University Senate Social Concerns Committee and sponsored by the University Senate Office. No charge and open to the public. 4-5:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School, and simulcast across campuses and via the web.

Oct. 11 - Mapping Environmental Justice

Environmental justice” has been a buzzword in social science research in recent years. The concept has been used to examine issues ranging from disaster relief to climate change to food security. This event (register by Oct. 8) includes speakers presenting their related research, a lightning round of experts discussing spatial data resources, and an opportunity to network and collaborate on a Story Map project. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wilson Library, with an opportunity to join the morning presentations via Zoom from Morris and Duluth.

Due Oct. 17 - Teaching Innovation Grant applications

Proposals for grants up to $1,000 from TeachingSupport@UMN are due Oct. 17. The grants are intended to support innovative teaching and learning at the University of Minnesota. Innovation is broadly defined and encompasses innovation in all forms, including pedagogy, content, accessibility for students with disabilities, and technology.

Oct. 24 - Medical Industry Leadership Institute policy forum

The Medical Industry Leadership Institute is hosting its first policy forum: Combating Minnesota's Opioid Epidemic. This one-day forum will bring together public and private stakeholders in Minnesota and at the federal level to discuss how to build on current efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Carlson School.

Submit nominations for the U of M Outstanding Community Service Awards

The Office for Public Engagement is now accepting nominations for the U of M Outstanding Community Service Awards, due Nov. 1. The systemwide awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and University-affiliated community members who have made significant, demonstrable contributions to the public good through research, teaching, and/or public service.

Talking exercise with the U of M

Sept. 25 is Women’s Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages. Daheia Barr-Anderson, whose research focuses on physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and obesity prevention, answers five questions about why exercise is important and how people can make it a part of their routine, regardless of obstacles.

Scarecrows in the Garden

Stroll though the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum gardens now through Oct. 31 and find unique scarecrows designed by Bachman's and arboretum landscape designers and staff. In addition, the Apple House is fully stocked and open for the season through mid-November.


Student feature: Carrie BergquistCarrie Bergquist and her kids

For Carrie Bergquist the decision to go back to school was more than preparation for the next step in a career. It was about her two daughters, a better life, and seizing an opportunity.

Sept. 27 - Alumni Awards Celebration

The University of Minnesota Crookston will recognize the achievements of its exceptional alumni during the annual Alumni Awards Celebration. A social begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the recognition program. Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.


Oct. 10 - ‘Art in Conflict’ opening receptionart in conflict poster

The “Art in Conflict” exhibit offers Soviet-era paintings, posters, and other works of art from the permanent collection of The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis and juxtaposes socialist realist art with nonconformist works. An opening reception will be held at the Tweed Museum of Art, 6-8 p.m. The show runs through Aug. 9.

Oct. 12 - Homecoming 2019UMD marching band

UMD Homecoming kicks off with tailgating beginning at 10 a.m., followed by the football game at 1:05 p.m., Malosky Stadium. Alumni Relations is hosting its first Homecoming Beer & Cider Sampler event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Women's hockey begins at 3:07 p.m., Bulldog volleyball at 4 p.m., and men's hockey at 7:07 p.m.

Nov. 14 - Trans(Gender) Justice Teach-Injustice teach in poster

Among this event’s objectives is to prioritize the knowledge, labor, and expertise of trans+, nonbinary, and intersex communities and to challenge cisgender individuals in their privilege and encourage action against anti-trans oppression. A call for workshop submissions will go out by Oct. 1. No charge, but register to attend. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Kirby Ballroom.


Bina to lecture at UNAMCyrus Bina

Distinguished Research Professor of Economics Cyrus Bina will deliver a series of lectures at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Bina will discuss the Iran nuclear deal and US foreign policy. Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

Kildegaard to read poems as part of Nobel Conference 55Athena Kildegaard

Lecturer and Honors Program director Athena Kildegaard will read her poems as part of “Recitations and Meditations on the Earth” during the Nobel Conference 55: “Climate Changed: Facing Our Future.” Sept. 24-25.


2020 Higher Education Innovation Summit

Planning is underway for the 2020 Higher Education Innovation Summit, to be held June 3-5 in Rochester. Hosted by UMR, the second biennial summit will bring together creative educators and researchers seeking to transform higher education through innovations that enhance student learning. The event will feature keynote speakers Cathy Davidson, author of The New Education, and Jennifer Sparrow, associate vice president of teaching and learning with technology at Penn State. Conference registration and a call for proposals are open now.

Twin Cities

Bias Response and Referral Network postcards available

The Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN) responds to incidents of bias on the Twin Cities campus. Help spread the word about this important resource for students, faculty, and staff. BRRN promotional postcards are available through Printing Services at no cost to units or departments. The minimum order is 50 and supplies are limited.

Sept. 28 - U of M Day of Service

Hundreds of alumni and friends at locations across Minnesota, the U.S., and the world will come together to do good during the annual U of M Day of Service. Gather with alumni and friends at one of more than a dozen projects and help your community.

Human Rights Initiative funding available

The Human Rights Initiative, a joint program of the Humphrey School and College of Liberal Arts, seeks to support research that significantly impacts the grand challenges in human rights today. Faculty are encouraged to submit one-year funding proposals for grants between $10,000 and $50,000 that promote the scholarly and artistic activities of faculty and their graduate students and that foster academic excellence in the field of human rights at the global and local levels. Proposals are due Oct. 18. See additional details on criteria, eligibility, and application guidelines.

Oct. 1 - Branford Marsalis and Jean-Willy Kunz

Combining saxophone and pipe organ may seem like an improbable undertaking, but acclaimed saxophonist Branford Marsalis, specialist of both jazz and classical music, and Jean-Willy Kunz, famed pipe organist and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal’s first organist in residence, have created this crossover concert full of surprising discoveries. 7:30 p.m., Carlson Family Stage, Northrop. Tickets and more.

Oct. 4 - Corporate Civic Engagement: The Minnesota Model

Minnesota is one of the country’s leaders in participation of eligible voters. What role does Minnesota’s vibrant culture of corporate responsibility play in its engaged citizenry? How does civic engagement benefit a company's bottom line? And how can Secretaries of State partner with companies to enhance nonpartisan efforts to increase voter participation? Corporate Civic Engagement: The Minnesota Model will explore these questions and more with Minnesota’s Secretary of State, leaders from Blue Cross and Target, and the report’s coauthor. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Oct. 10-15 - Food Ag Ideas Week

Food Ag Ideas Week features six days of panels, speakers, tours, and showcases hosted in inspiring spaces with a build-your-own schedule format. The Fireside Chat (Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m., Walker Art Center) will feature President Joan Gabel and General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening discussing the challenges and opportunities for innovation in food and agriculture. Food Ag Ideas Week is led by Grow North, an initiative of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship.

Workshop Series: Community-Engaged Research & Practice

This workshop series is designed to build a toolbox of skills for engaging in community-based research and practice. Participants can attend one workshop or complete the entire series. Sponsored by the Resilient Communities Project, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and the Humphrey School. No charge, but registration is requested. The first event, Introduction to Community-Engaged Research & Practice, takes place Oct. 11, 12:30-2 p.m., 205 Humphrey School.

Oct. 14-20 - Global Climate Change Week

U of M Libraries will host a week of global climate change events to educate and encourage the community to embrace sustainability. See the schedule of events.

UMTC Featured Eventsgoldy gopher celebrating

Sept. 25 - After Hours: Plants
Sept. 27 - Fashion & Active Aging: Choices after Retirement - The Male Perspective
Sept. 27 - Teaching in a World of Controversy: Fostering Respectful Dialogue in All Disciplines
Sept. 30 - STEP Seminar: Pat Hamilton, Global Change Initiatives - Science Museum of MN
Sept. 30 - Homecoming: Party on the Plaza
Oct. 2 - Homecoming: Blood Drives
Oct. 4 - Homecoming: Parade - Presented by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union

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