September 28, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 30

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • New Driven to Discover campaign launches.
  • Features: Researchers identify unexpected cause of mutation in cancer; Popular geosciences app gets upgrade; New study measures traffic congestion and job access. 
  • People: David Masopust has been named to the inaugural class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholars; and more.

Top News

New Driven to Discover campaign launchesNorthrop

This year's Driven to Discover campaign emphasizes the U of M's collective strengths in tackling big challenges from many angles. The campaign launched in television, print, digital, and social media on Sept. 26. Together, we're driven to abolish hunger, close the opportunity gap, end addiction, and protect human rights. Watch the TV spots and see the campaign stories.

Researchers identify unexpected cause of mutation in cancerReuben Harris

Researchers looking for a missing cause of a common type of mutation in breast cancer cells have uncovered the biochemical culprit and found that it may also be a general source of mutation in other cancer types. The results point the way to fine-tuning the treatments of these cancers by inhibiting enzymes in order to limit the development of mutations that undermine many current cancer therapies. 

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Popular geosciences app adds 53 new field trip guides

A popular geosciences mobile app, developed by the University of Minnesota, just received a major upgrade. The Flyover Country app now includes 53 new field trip guides, including almost 400 stops. The new, easy-to-use guides can be used for outreach, research, and citizen science projects. One of the biggest advantages will be for instructors and high school and college students taking field trips.

Read more about the app upgrade >

New study measures effects of congestion on access to jobs by carCar traffic

New research from the U of M Accessibility Observatory estimates the impact of traffic congestion on access to jobs for the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States. The rankings focus on accessibility, a measure that examines both land use and transportation systems. Accessibility measures how many destinations, such as jobs, can be reached in a given time.


David Masopust has been named to the inaugural class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholars; the U of M has been named a Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson's Disease Research; Megan Gunnar has been appointed to Gov. Mark Dayton's Early Learning Council; James Litsheim is a recipient of honor from the Society of Prometheans; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Oct. 6 - Join President Kaler for a conversation about campus climate

President Kaler will lead a discussion on campus climate and provide an update on other key University issues, such as the 2017 legislative request, during the next Campus Conversation. Minnesota Student Association President Abeer Syedah and Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing Teddie Potter will join the president in the conversation. RSVP if you plan to attend in person or online via WebEx. Noon-1 p.m., Beacon Room, Recreation and Wellness Center.

Oct. 17 - 9 Billion and Counting: Abolishing Hungermany people in a wheat field

The clock is ticking on global food security. A changing climate, shifting crop production patterns, diminishing natural resources, and a growing world population of 9 billion by 2050 all point toward a world without enough food. Learn how U of M researchers are working to address these challenges and discover breakthrough solutions to ensure global food security and a healthy environment at 9 Billion and Counting: Abolishing Hunger. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Sept. 29 - Banned Books Week

The University of Minnesota Crookston will celebrate Banned Books Week with visiting author Sherry Roberts at a high tea and reading from Book of Mercy. 4-5:30 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.

Undergraduate cohort in early childhood and elementary ed

The University of Minnesota Crookston and White Earth Tribal and Community College will offer an undergraduate cohort in early childhood education and elementary education at White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen, MN.

Sept. 29 - Active shooter and intruder awareness training

An active shooter and intruder awareness training for campus will be held during Thursday Commons at 12:15 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Sept. 29 - Master of Nursing info session

A Master of Nursing information session will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Minnesota Room, Sargeant Student Center. The program, available through UMTC, is designed for students who receive non-nursing bachelor's degrees.


Equity in Bulldog athleticsBulldog face logo

UMD's Intercollegiate Athletics earned an "A" from the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sports. UMD scored high marks for the percentage of women head coaches in Bulldog women's programs. Women coach 75 percent of UMD's eight NCAA DII women's sports. There are approximately 170 female student athletes at UMD.

Food for the communityraspberries from Glensheen farm

Glensheen, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, and University of Minnesota Extension recently celebrated a decade of collaboration. Since 2006, Glensheen's garden has donated 13,223 pounds of produce to the food bank, which serves people in eight counties. U of M students maintain the garden on a daily basis.

Oct. 18 - Entrepreneurship Conferencepeople at a conference

The second annual UMD Entrepreneurship Conference will feature keynote speaker Douglas Smith, cofounder of MinuteClinic. In addition to speakers and a panel discussion, three professional workshops will be offered. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Kirby Ballroom. No charge to students, faculty, and staff who register with a valid ID.


Hakala earns Mike Mansfield FellowshipSiri Hakala

Siri Hakala '98 was one of just 10 fellows selected this year for the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, during which she will study Japanese approaches to marine science and government policy. The fellowship affirms Hakala's longstanding commitment to and passion for marine biology, which she credits UMM with fostering, despite the campus's location 2,000 miles from an ocean.

Manhood in Rural America

A new documentary series by Brendan Stermer '16, Montevideo, is now available online at Stermer's Manhood in Rural America premiered at the Lac qui Parle Museum in Madison earlier this month. He produced the series as an intern with the Center for Small Towns. Stermer currently is an intern for On Being with Krista Tippett.

Oct. 1 - Lincoln Trio brings classical melodies to MorrisLincoln trio members

The 2016-17 Performing Arts Series continues with The Lincoln Trio. This classical music group has amassed international renown through performances at symphony, orchestra, and opera halls around the globe. 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Student Center.

Oct. 3 - 2016 Barber Lecture featuring Robyn WarholRobyn Warhol

Robyn Warhol, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at The Ohio State University, will present the 2016 Barber Lecture. Warhol will present the Victorian Serial Novels website and address the difference the site makes in our understanding of those novels when we try to read them "like Victorians." 7:30 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Oct. 7-9 – UMM HomecomingUMM mascot

UMM invites alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate in this year's Homecoming celebration. Homecoming festivities include sporting events, reunions, performances, and more.


Sept. 30 - Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference

Registration is now open for the Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference. The theme, Preparing Global-Ready Students, will showcase current research, initiatives, and innovations that demonstrate how the U of M is preparing global-ready students to address society's grand challenges. UMR's Gemma Punti, James Ford, and Brett Schieve are presenting. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Humphrey School, Twin Cities West Bank.

Labyrinth to have permanent home at UMRa labyrinth style rug

UMR is the recipient of a very generous donation by Jean Campbell of Buffalo NY. Campbell donated a 25x25-foot labyrinth that was showcased at the recent Prototyping Festival and will now have a permanent home at UMR. The labyrinth will be used at special events as a meditation and mindfulness tool.

Twin Cities

Submit a Living Lab project proposal

If you would like to transform an unused space on campus into your own sustainable laboratory, submit a proposal to the Living Laboratory project. Campus grounds are not only a backdrop of campus life, but can be used as a medium for innovation, testing, demonstration, and learning.

Sept. 28-30 - Pauline Oliveros: A Winton Chair Cornerstone Event

Composer, humanitarian, and performer Pauline Oliveros has influenced contemporary American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth, ritual, and the founding of "Deep Listening." Oliveros will lead Deep Listening workshops on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, and will present a participatory performance on Sept. 30. All events are no charge and open to the public.

Sept. 29-30 - Where is the Human in the Data?

This workshop is the launching point for a critical data science study project that is jointly sponsored by the U of M Informatics Institute and the Institute for Advanced Study. The workshop will include lightning talks by graduate students, table discussions, and developing "10 Questions for Critical Data Studies" that will guide further activities.

Sept. 29 - Designing writing-to-learn activities: An interactive workshop

Writing-to-learn activities can improve learning and require very little time from instructors. This workshop will provide ideas for a range of writing-to-learn activities, and participants will design and receive feedback on activities in their courses. Facilitated by Dan Emery, Center for Writing. 1-3 p.m., 135B Ruttan Hall, St. Paul.

Register and learn more >

Oct. 1 - U of M Open Streetsopen streets poster

Open Streets Minneapolis brings together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic and open them up for people walking, biking, skating, and playing. Open Streets is coming to the University of Minnesota for the second year and is featured on both the East Bank and West Bank. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up to volunteer.

Oct. 2 – 'View From a Canoe' opening receptionbird drawings by Don Luce

Celebrate the opening of the final exhibit at the Bell Museum's Minneapolis location: "View From a Canoe." Tour the exhibition with the artist and Bell Museum curator of exhibits, Don Luce, and explore Luce's collection of ink and scratchboard scientific illustrations, as well as personal works inspired by the natural world. Bid in the silent auction for a chance to take home a one-of-a-kind oil painting by Luce. 3-6 p.m.

Oct. 3 - Children's Cancer Research Fund Lecture

The annual Children's Cancer Research Fund Norma K.C. Ramsay Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture will feature Effie Wang Petersdorf, professor, Division of Oncology and Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Petersdorf will present "The Immunogenetics of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation." 1:15-2:15 p.m., 450 Masonic Cancer Research Building.

Oct. 4 - Carl Sheppard Lecture in Medieval Art History

"Mapping Muslim Jerusalem in Late Medieval German Pilgrimage," the annual Carl Sheppard Lecture in Medieval Art History, will be presented by Elizabeth Ross, University of Florida, as part of a multi-event series focused on Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean. No charge, but registration is requested. 7 p.m., 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Oct. 5 - Arts Quarter Festival

Join the College of Liberal Arts for a showcase of student and faculty creativity during the Arts Quarter Festival. The Department of Art, School of Music, and Department of Theatre Arts & Dance are collaborating on an evening of music, art, and performance on the West Bank. Open to the public. 6-9 p.m.

Oct. 12 - Kuehnast Endowment Lecture

The annual Kuehnast Endowment Lecture will feature former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis and former WCCO and KARE meteorologist and current president of Aeris Weather Paul Douglas. They will be speaking about the role of free enterprise in developing innovative solutions to help cope with climate change. 2-4 p.m., St. Paul Student Center Theater. No charge and open to the public.

Oct. 19 - The 2016 Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture Series

The William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute will host the annual Misel Family Lecture, featuring John Preskill, California Institute of Technology. Open to the public. 7 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center or live online.


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UMTC Featured Eventsartwork of woman losing money in wind

Sept. 28 - Nami Mun Reading

Sept. 29 - Confronting Islamophobia: Promoting Human Rights in Public Policy

Sept. 30 - Physical Computing and the Internet of Things: Build Session

Oct. 3 - 31st Annual Silha Lecture

Oct. 4 - Radical Queer Love: A Conversation Around Masculinity, Feminism and Love

Oct. 6 - Webinar: Dress for Career Success

Oct. 8 - The Color of Wealth

Events Calendar >