September 30, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 31

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Features: Strength Lives in Languages; A Place to Call Home: An Interview with Tasoulla Hadjiyanni.
  • People: Alan Love has been awarded a $2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation for his work on biological practice to scientific metaphysics; and more.

Top News

Strength Lives in LanguagesLa Ofrenda mural by Dolores Huerta

PhD student Jenna Cushing-Leubner has spent the last three years supporting Minnesota high school students with Spanish-speaking backgrounds who were experiencing a lack of opportunities to engage in meaningful, intellectual educational experiences. She is now partnering with the U's Chicano and Latino studies program so that students in those majors can work alongside Spanish-speaking high school students in the classroom and in community projects.

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A Place to Call Home: An Interview with Tasoulla HadjiyanniTasoulla Hadjiyanni

Associate Professor Tasoulla Hadjiyanni has experienced what it's like to lose your sense of place. A refugee of war in Cyprus, she knows that losing your home is about much more than the loss of walls and a ceiling. This empathy is apparent in the work she does in the College of Design.

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Alan Love has been awarded a $2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation for his work on biological practice to scientific metaphysics; Julie Schumacher has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor for her 2014 novel Dear Committee Members; Stephen Polasky has been named a 2015-16 Faculty Fellow by the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study; Masonic Cancer Center researchers have been awarded $5.1 million in NIH funding to provide access to infrastructure for analysis and expanding collaboration on children's health research; Active Minds Inc. has named the University of Minnesota Twin Cities a 2015 Healthiest Campus in America for its work prioritizing student health; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Call for applications: IAS Faculty Fellows

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is now accepting applications for 2016-17 Residential Faculty Fellows, a one-semester residential fellowship. Applications are due at noon on Oct. 23.

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Nov. 11 - Equity and Diversity breakfast

The annual Equity and Diversity breakfast brings together alumni, donors, community organizations, and corporate entities to recognize the students, faculty, and staff who are reaffirming the U's commitment to equity and diversity.

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Svedarsky authors foreword in National Wildlife Federation's The Campus Wild

Dan Svedarsky, professor and director of the Center for Sustainability, has authored the foreword to the National Wildlife Federation's newly-published The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and "Lands-on" Experiences for Students.

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Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

The open house will feature mooncake, Chinese tea, and snacks. Oct. 1, 3-4 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.

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Banned Books Week panel discussion

"When Science and Religion Collide: Implications of the Scopes Monkey Trail" will be the topic of a panel discussion recognizing Banned Book Week. Oct. 1, 12:45-2 p.m., Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center.

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UMC Writer's Group meeting

The UMC Writer's Group will meet from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Academic Success Center for the fall semester. New students, faculty, and staff are invited to join.


New Materials Science and Engineering minorstudents looking at lab sample

The U of M Board of Regents has approved UMD's new Materials Science and Engineering minor. The program focuses on the structures, properties, processing, and applications of materials. Many students are already taking classes that are in the program and can transfer their credits to the minor when it officially begins in spring 2016.

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Homecoming #dogeatdog15pet bulldog in UMD colors

UMD Homecoming runs Oct. 5-11. The parade will take place in downtown Duluth on Oct. 8, 6 p.m., and will feature floats, area bands (including UMD's marching band), and the always-popular "Mutt Strut." Take in a variety of athletic events throughout the week, including the football game on Oct. 10, when the Bulldogs host the St. Cloud State Huskies.

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Oct. 5. - LSBE hosts CHINA Town HallLBSE building

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations will hold its ninth annual CHINA Town Hall Oct. 5. The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) is one of the host sites for the national webcast. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., LSBE atrium, with the webcast at 6 p.m. and a local panel discussion at 7 p.m. Registration is required.

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Visual Culture Lecture Seriesartwork by visual culture lecturer

Robert ParkeHarrison and Shana ParkeHarrison will present Oct. 6, 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall, as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. Their photographic collaborations explore humankind's complex relationship with the environment.

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Soup and Substance discussionState representative Murphy

Minnesota Representative Erin Murphy visited UMM to discuss issues surrounding affirmative consent and sexual assault. Representative Murphy was joined by staff from Someplace Safe at this Soup and Substance discussion, a regular forum on social issues affecting the Morris community and sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement.

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Oct. 23-24 - Prairie Gate Literary FestivalPrairie Gate poster

The Prairie Gate Literary Festival aims to build the role of the literary arts in Morris and the surrounding community. This year the festival hosts creative nonfiction writer John Hildebrand, young-adult fiction writer Eric Smith, science fiction and fantasy writer Emma Bull, poet Vandana Khanna, and translator Ebba Segerberg.

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Cafe Scientifiqueold drawing

With a new academic year comes a new slate of Cafe Scientifique conversations. The discussion series began this week with "A Poet and a Scientist Walk into a Bar ... Or, the Intersection of Poetry and Science from Lucretius to the Present." Interested audiences can look forward to additional events on the last Tuesday of selected months throughout 2015-16.

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New residential life directorWill Harmon

The University of Minnesota Rochester welcomes new Residential Life Director Will Harmon to campus in a role that is responsible for the operation of the residence hall while establishing and maintaining a community that fosters student well being.

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Oct. 9-10 – UMR Family Weekend

Join students, parents, siblings, faculty, and staff for a weekend of fun and bonding during family weekend, Oct. 9-10. Spread the word and register today.

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Twin Cities

Grand Challenges Campus Forums in October

Five campus forums will be held in October to discuss, integrate, and enrich scores of Grand Challenges research ideas from faculty. Each 90-minute forum will help to shape a set of Grand Challenges priorities for the University and strengthen campus research connections. Discussions are structured around broad themes: ensuring just and equitable societies (Oct. 12), fostering human potential and well-being in a diverse and changing world (Oct. 13), advancing human health (Oct. 14), developing sustainable cities and resilient communities in a world of climate change (Oct. 16), and providing secure food, water, and energy today and for the future (Oct. 22).

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U of M '30x30' challenge30x30 logo

Nature Heals 30×30 is a monthlong event that encourages you to spend 30 minutes in nature each day during the month of October. Nature Heals 30x30 will set up daily activities in front of the Weisman Art Museum Oct. 1-30, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Activities include nature walks, meditation, yoga, interaction with farm and therapy animals, and more. Participants can receive daily nature activity suggestions via email,, and will be encouraged to share the experience with others on social media.

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Oct. 2 - Art, Science, and the Natural World

An opening reception for "Joel Carter & Karen Gustafson: Art, Science, and the Natural World" will be held at 5 p.m., Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, 210 Rapson Hall. The exhibit is a companion to "Sustainable Acts: Mother Earth's Embrace," a joint exhibition of art devoted to the intersection of the arts and sciences.

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Oct. 3 - Peregrine Falcon exhibit opening with live birdsPeregrine falcon

Kicking off the Peregrine Falcon exhibit, The Raptor Center and Bell Museum will host live raptors and a variety of activities, including a talk by Pat Redig at 10 a.m. on his involvement in recovering this species from the brink of extinction. There will be two presentations on flight at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The program is open to all faculty, staff, and students. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3.

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Oct. 5-11 - Greater Than 7: Courageous Conversations About Equity and Diversity

The second annual Greater Than 7 is a week of events designed to engage the University community in creating an environment where all can thrive. The week includes events on white privilege, domestic violence awareness, a Disability Resource Center Art Reception, and many more.

Oct. 5 - America the Beautiful?: Perspectives on Race, Otherness, and Resistance Movements

A courageous and critical conversation featuring local activists, educators, and thought leaders examining these issues, as well as how they affect our own Twin Cities and Minnesota communities, will kick off the second annual Greater Than 7 Week. Noon-1 p.m., Northrop Plaza.

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Oct. 6, 8 - Campus Climate Design Labs

Faculty and staff on the Twin Cities campus looking for inspiration to start a campus climate project or who are interested in lending your thinking to one are invited to attend a Campus Climate Design Lab. Sessions will be offered Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union, and Oct. 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m., President's Room, Coffman Union.

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Oct. 8 - Jon Goldstein Memorial Lecture on Environmental Policy and Economics

Economist Michael Greenstone, former chief economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers and current professor at the University of Chicago, will share his research on the costs and benefits of environmental quality and society's energy choices. Hosted by the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute and the Department of Economics. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. No charge, but registration is required.

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Oct. 8 - 75 Years of Coffman Memorial Union

Celebrate Coffman Union's 75th anniversary with an open house, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Great Hall, featuring complimentary cake, a showcase of Coffman Union's vendors and student groups, a performance by the U of M Marching Band at noon, and a historical exhibit on display in the Coffman Art Gallery.

Convergence Colloquia series

Convergence Colloquia is a series of multidisciplinary gatherings that encourage serendipitous approaches to improving our world. Hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research, these think tanks bring U researchers together with private, public, and nonprofit stakeholders to identify opportunities to focus on critical societal issues. The next event will be Renewable Energy, Oct. 9, followed by Sustainable Food Systems, Dec. 11.

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Oct. 20 - NASA's Path Forward

NASA's Path Forward and the Transformation of the Kennedy Space Center will feature Robert Cabana, director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center and Hall of Fame astronaut on four space shuttle flights. No charge, but registration is required. 7 p.m., Mayo Auditorium, Mayo Memorial Building.

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Minnesota Language Program student support

The Minnesota English Language Program offers face-to-face English-as-a-second-language support to international undergraduate students. Student English Language Support is designed for students who want to address a particular English language need. Faculty and staff are encouraged to inform students of the service.

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UMTC Featured Events

Oct. 1 - OED Certificate Workshop: Communicating on Issues of Equity and Diversity
Oct. 1 - ABRAZOS Film Screening with Director Luis Argueta
Oct. 2 - The Freedom to Be: International Education and Crossing Borders
Oct. 2 - The Creators Workshop: Tools for Women Innovators Focused on Technology Translation
Oct. 5 - Brian Edwards, "After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East"
Oct. 7 - Meet Henry Emmons and David Alter Discussing their book Staying Sharp
Oct. 8 - Clean Energy Economy: The Case for Energy Independence in Minnesota

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