September 27, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 30

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Driven to Discover campaign launches.
  • Features: American oaks share a common northern ancestor; U researchers find recipe for forest restoration.
  • People: The Center for Spirituality & Healing has been awarded the first phase of a cooperative $11.2 million NIH grant to study chronic back pain prevention; and more.

Top News

Driven to Discover campaign launchesDriven campaign poster of Northrop building

This year's Driven to Discover campaign continues to emphasize the University of Minnesota's collective strengths in tackling the world’s biggest challenges from many angles. The brand campaign reimagines themes featured last year (abolishing hunger, closing the opportunity gap, ending addiction, protecting human rights) and adds a new focus on helping people thrive as they age. Campaign stories tie directly to the research areas that are part of Driven, the comprehensive fundraising campaign that publicly launched earlier this month. The connection between Driven and Driven to Discover is deliberate, as the University’s brand provides a strong foundation for the philanthropic campaign.

See all campaign stories >

American oaks share a common northern ancestorU researcher leaning against oak

A single species of oak gave rise to 220 more and two distinct lineages--red oaks and white oaks--that moved south from northern Canada to populate large swaths of the continent all the way into Mexico. The findings are a surprise conclusion to a scientific mystery that went unsolved until now.

Learn more about oak ancestry >

U researchers find recipe for forest restorationworkers in a forest

Recognizing the incredible value of forests in providing habitat, storing carbon dioxide, purifying water, and more, people around the world are working to restore forests destroyed in the past by human activities such as logging and farming. But in some places, it’s practically impossible. A new U of M study has uncovered some valuable information on ways to maximize the success of replanting efforts, bringing new hope for restoring certain threatened ecosystems.


The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has been awarded the first phase of a cooperative $11.2 million NIH grant to study non-drug approaches to prevent chronic low back pain; the National Center on Educational Outcomes has been awarded a $10 million grant to establish a National Technical Assistance Center on Inclusive Practices and Policies; fall patent roll-call, featuring U of M researchers recently awarded patents; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

The Institute on the Environment at 10water running over hands

For 10 years, the Institute on the Environment (IonE) has paved the way in research and leadership around society's greatest environmental challenges. This year, IonE, housed within the U’s Office of the Vice President for Research, is marking a decade of progress as a leader in research and outreach around environmental and sustainability challenges. A celebration will take place Nov. 16. 

Learn more about 10 years of IonE >

Oct. 12 - Discover Canvas: Basics Workshop

An online Canvas basics workshop for faculty and staff will include a review of the Canvas interface, tools and features, course design options, and an introduction to moving content from Moodle to Canvas.


Imagine Fund grant program opportunities

Three Imagine Fund grant programs support leading-edge, innovative lines of research or scholarship projects in the arts, humanities, and design that may not otherwise be possible. Awards often leverage investments and funds from other sources in support of projects. Opportunities include the Arts, Humanities, and Design Chair position (apply by Oct. 16); Annual Awards (apply by Dec. 4); and Special Events round 1 (apply by Nov. 20); and round 2 (apply by March 19).

Oct. 18 - Minnesota Policy Conference

Anyone involved in informing, designing, and developing policy in Minnesota should consider attending the Minnesota Policy Conference. Participants will explore major questions facing Minnesotans through a number of lenses--research and analysis, policy design and implementation, and evaluation and refinement--and apply lessons learned in your own policy work. Commons Hotel, University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

See more for cost and registration >


Sept. 29-30 - Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society meeting

The Horticulture Program and Agriculture & Natural Resources Department will host the 2017 national meeting and contest of the Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society.

See the full schedule >

Sept. 29 - Alumni Awards Celebration

The UMC Alumni Awards Celebration will be held at 6 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Email Rose Ulseth or call 218-281-8439 to make your reservation.

Oct. 4 - Project Management workshop

Join the Academic Success Center at its next Seizing Opportunities, Achieving Results (S.O.A.R.) workshop, "Project Management." 6:30 p.m., 270 Owen Hall. Email Stacie Varnson or call 218-281-8555 with any questions.


New name, expanded visioncountry flags

The department name World Languages and Cultures has replaced Foreign Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts. This name change reflects the expanding scope of program offerings, which include Cultural Entrepreneurship as well as Chinese Area, French, German, Hispanic, and Latin American Studies.

Oct. 10 - Art & Design lectureBobby Martin

Bobby C. Martin, Jr. will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. Martin is a founding partner of The Original Champions of Design, an independent branding and design agency based in New York. Fast Company named Martin one of the Most Creative People in Business in 2017. 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.

Oct. 11 - Bulldogs on the Block socialBulldogs on Block social poster

UMD alumni are holding their first nationwide Bulldogs on the Block social. Hosts choose the location for their get-together, and then the Office of Alumni Relations assists in promoting their gathering and in sending a Bulldog Spirit box full of supplies to ensure a wonderful event. Attendees are encouraged to post photos from their event on social media using #bulldogsontheblock.

Oct. 17 - Entrepreneurship ConferenceGeorge Goldfarb

The third annual UMD Entrepreneurship Conference will feature George Goldfarb, president and CEO of maurices, among other speakers who will present. A company-culture panel discussion and two professional workshops will also be offered. No charge to attend for students, faculty, and staff who register with a valid ID. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Kirby Ballroom.


UMM named one of most environmentally responsible collegesgreen prairie community building at UMM

The Princeton Review has, for the ninth time, named the University of Minnesota Morris one of the world's most environmentally responsible colleges. The education services company features UMM in the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges. It earned a Green Rating score of 97/99.

Accessible learning environmentStudents conversing

As part of its dedication to inclusion, the University of Minnesota Morris has created an accessible learning environment for all students. This effort involves programs like STELLAR and Gateway, which help international students and those from traditionally underrepresented groups prepare for the transition to college.


Oct. 3 - Seth's Journey from Surviving to Thriving

At the next UMR Connects, Julie Bayles will share her story of a mother's journey through the process of her son getting diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, the unknowns of experimental medicine, and the calling to use that suffering for good. 7 p.m., 417 University Square.

Twin Cities

Sept. 28 - U Market Supplier Showcase

The U Market Supplier Showcase will feature interactive games, U Market services information, and prizes. Attend the event to discover and visit with suppliers and get a complimentary lunch from the U Market Café. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union.

Oct. 4 - Petri Dish: Setting the Table for 10 Billion

The world population could reach nearly 10 billion in just over 30 years. How we feed so many has broad social and policy implications. At this event, panelists Dan Voytas, Jason Hill, and Minnesota Public Radio reporter Elizabeth Dunbar will discuss what it will take to feed the world sustainably as food demand continues its upward trajectory. 6-8:30 p.m., Camp Bar, St. Paul. Music and trivia precede the program. A pizza buffet will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets and more info >

Oct. 5 - 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 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. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union.

Oct. 6 - Beyond Health Care: Why We Get Sick and What To Do About It

Where we live and work can be more significant to health and longevity than medical care. This helps explain the troubling picture of health in America: We spend more on health care but have the worst health in the industrialized world; our current generation of children may be sicker and live shorter lives than their parents; and people of color have inequitable health outcomes compared with whites. Renowned researcher David Williams will discuss these and other issues and what we can do to improve the health of our communities. A panel discussion follows. 12:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Register and learn more >

Oct. 10 - Introduction to Statistical Mixed Models short course

The Institute for Research on Statistics and its Applications (IRSA) will host a one-day short course on statistical mixed models. Mixed models are useful to researchers and graduate students looking to analyze and interpret data and information they have gathered from repeat measurement or longitudinal studies.

Register and learn more >

UMTC Featured EventsDaniel McFadden

Sept. 27 - Assigning and assessing presentations: An interactive workshop
Sept. 28 - Honoring Distinguished Economist Daniel McFadden
Sept. 28 - Alumni Webinar "Purpose, Passion and a Paycheck: The rise of encore careers"
Sept. 30 - From field to foam: An afternoon to learn about CFANS barley research
Oct. 2 - 32nd Annual Silha Lecture
Oct. 6 - Lydia Davis Reading

Events Calendar >