September 6, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 27

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • The Board of Regents will meet Sept. 7-8.
  • Features: Curing a dangerous infection; Attacking the problem; Borderlands.
  • People: CEHD has been recognized as the top public school of education in the Academic Ranking of World Universities’ 2017 college rankings; and more

Top News

Board of Regents meet Sept. 7-8

The Board of Regents will hear the University Foundation’s annual report and recognize the U of M’s newest Regents Professor, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, at its September meeting. The board will also review the U’s 2018 capital budget request, hear a report on undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic program changes, and discuss the process by which faculty and academic units develop proposals for new academic programs. Additionally, regents will recognize University Libraries as one of 10 recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

See the news release for more information >

Curing a dangerous infection
doctor with patient

A dangerous and debilitating bacterial infection of the gut that affects about 500,000 people in the United States every year—and causes nearly 30,000 deaths—is increasing in frequency. Fortunately, thanks to the collaboration of microbiologist Michael Sadowsky and gastroenterologist Alexander Khoruts, many hundreds of people have now been successfully treated for the infection. Their breakthrough treatment has a cure rate greater than 95 percent and is being adopted by physicians nationwide.

Attacking the problem

Over the last 15 years, addictions to prescription opioids and drug-related deaths have increased dramatically. It’s estimated that 91 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. The U of M’s School of Dentistry is now at the forefront of fighting opioid addiction. They’ve established a new protocol mandating the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) as the first course of pain relief (think Advil and Tylenol), which have been shown to provide equal pain relief without misuse, abuse, and addiction problems.

border wall and student

Marina Aleixo, ’12, has crossed many borders and thought a lot about them. She came to the U as an international student from Brazil. She met her future husband, a medical resident from Pakistan, while standing in line to renew their visas at a U.S. embassy in Canada. Today she is program director for CEHD’s international initiatives, which support faculty and students interested in global engagement. She also teaches a special-topics course— Borderland, Education Policy, and the Immigrant Student Experience.

Learn more about Aleixo >


CEHD has been recognized as the top public school of education in the Academic Ranking of World Universities’ 2017 college rankings; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

DACA decision, resources, and the University's stance

On Sept. 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, but delay action until March 5, 2018, to allow Congress time to replace the program with legislation. President Kaler addressed the University community regarding the decision in a message on Sept. 5. All faculty, staff, and students affected by the DACA decision are encouraged to contact the Immigration Response Team or take advantage of available resources.

See the Immigration Response website for resources and ongoing updates >

Use eduroam WiFi network

Faculty and staff are encouraged to use eduroam, the preferred secure WiFi network for the University of Minnesota. To log in, choose “eduroam” from your WiFi network options and enter your full University email address and password for the most secure and user-friendly campus WiFi experience. The eduroam network is available at all campuses.

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives funding opportunities

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute invites letters of interest and proposals for two fall funding opportunities. The Community-University Partnership Grant Program seeks to fund innovative community-university partnerships related to food, nutrition, and health. The Faculty Planning Grant Program supports the development of University interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research teams related to food, nutrition, and health. The submission deadline is Nov. 10.

Design of Medical Devices Conference and call for papers

The world's largest medical device conference will be held on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus Apr. 9-12, presented by the U of M’s Medical Devices Center, the College of Science and Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The conference brings together medical device designers, manufacturers, researchers, and representatives from academia and the public sector. A call for papers is open for faculty, staff, and students until Nov. 1. Conference registration opens Jan. 1.


Sept. 6 - Minnesota Compass: Crookston Listening Session

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation and Minnesota Compass will host a listening session in Crookston to gather feedback about data needs and use in Northwest Minnesota. They are seeking citizens' ideas and expertise to make Minnesota Compass' data tools as interactive and user-friendly as possible. 9-11 a.m., Bede Ballroom.

Sept. 7 - Crookston Dine Around Town

All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to take part in Crookston’s “Dine Around Town” event, at which 14 local businesses will offer items at a discount or no-charge, and/or special options to customers who show a current UCard ID. 5-8 p.m.

Sept. 7 – Improvement Expo

Dozens of clubs and organizations, as well as some of Crookston's community partners, will be available at the annual Involvement Expo, starting at noon.


Sept. 15 - Sustainability Education Summit
two students

UMD will host the U of M Sustainability Education Summit, and the keynote speaker will be Jacquie Johnson, former chancellor of the University of Minnesota Morris. In addition to student presentations, faculty will discuss innovative teaching practices. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Fourth Floor Rotunda, Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Sept. 17 - Farm Fest
farm fest poster

Celebrate UMD’s Sustainable Agriculture Project at Farm Fest. The event features UMD’s Dining Services’ farm-fresh buffet from noon to 2 p.m. There will be a farmer’s market, music by the Boardwalk Brass Band, and a production of “What is an Onion” by the Magic Smelt Puppet Theater. Noon-4 p.m., 3568 Riley Road, Duluth.

Sept. 24 – Pianist Nicholas Phillips
Nicholas Phillips

Pianist Nicholas Phillips will perform as part of the Guest Artist Recital Series. His most recent album, Impressions, was released last October and includes pieces written expressly for him. Phillips is associate professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall.


Mayfield named Latterell Visiting Alumnus
Elijah Mayfield

Elijah Mayfield '09, VP of new technologies for Turnitin, has been named the 2017 Latterell Visiting Alumnus. Privately funded with gifts from alumni, faculty, staff, and Latterell friends and family, the Joseph J. Latterell Memorial Visiting Alumnus Program provides annual grants to disciplines within the Division of Science and Mathematics to invite alumni to campus to serve as a resource for students and faculty.


UMR welcomes new Raptors
UMR students at YMCA camp

With UMR welcoming its largest incoming class of more than 225 students, campus has been buzzing with excitement. New Raptors participated in many Welcome Week activities to get them acclimated to the UMR community.

Sept. 12 - Family Caregivers: America's Unrecognized, Undervalued Heroines and Heroes

At the next UMR Connects, author Harriet Hodgson will present on the important task of caring for a loved one at home. What’s really involved? And what does it mean for your family and future? Tens of millions of Americans have asked these and more questions as they prepare for this unsettling yet necessary task. 7 p.m., 417 University Square.

Twin Cities

Senior Teaching Fellows Program

This is a one-semester program designed for senior faculty who want to revitalize and expand their instructional skills using recent scholarship in the learning sciences. Meetings begin Sept. 11.

Register and learn more >

Sept. 12 - UMPD Active Threat Response Plan

The University of Minnesota Police Department will hold its Active Threat Response Plan, an open forum to learn about and discuss what actions to take during an active threat incident. The presentation is open to all U of M faculty, staff, and student employees. There will be two different presentations to accommodate work schedules: 12:30-2 p.m. or 7:30-9 p.m., Coffman Union Theater. Registration is required.

Sept. 14 - Ergonomics Program open house

The Ergonomics Program is holding an open house to celebrate its move to a new location. Experts will be available to help you try out chairs and desks, and to answer questions about ergonomics and ways to improve your comfort and reduce pain at work. 9 a.m.-noon, Room W-37, Boynton Health Service.

Sept. 14 - IT@UMN Fall Fair

Learn about IT services and resources available for faculty, staff, and students at the IT@UMN Fall Fair. The event will include yard games such as ladder golf, beanbag toss, giant Jenga, and more. Guests can learn about IT student job opportunities and enter for a chance at a pair of gold wireless Beats headphones. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coffman Union Plaza.

Classroom Dynamics teaching workshop

In this engaging, evidence-based workshop, participants will strategize ways to enhance their teacher presence and classroom dynamics, to establish rapport, and to create an effective environment that fosters learning. Offered on Sept. 19 and Sept. 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Room 444, University Office Plaza.

Sept. 19 - Foraging for Sustenance: Artist talk and reception

Artist Karen Gustafson will provide an overview of her project (embroidered botanical drawings, along with related ancient herbals and domestic recipe books) and drawing process. 1:30-3 p.m., Andersen Horticultural Library, U of M Landscape Arboretum.

Sept. 23 - Fall Raptor Release
bald eagle being released

See rehabilitated raptors being released back to the wild and meet some of The Raptor Center’s winged ambassadors at the annual fall Raptor Release. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, MN.

Sept. 28 - The 54th James Ford Bell Lecture

Writer, curator, and historian Betty Bright will deliver this year’s James Ford Bell Lecture, “Past in Present: The Book’s Evolving Persona,” about the art of the book. 7:30-9 p.m., Target Performance Hall, Open Book, 1011 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis.

Reservations and more >

Christian Faculty Network lunch

The Christian Faculty Network invites all faculty to lunch. Several faculty will lead a prayer for the upcoming year, praying for unity, humility, safety, and tolerance on campus. Bring a lunch or reserve a Subway sandwich by immediate RSVP to and indicate your sandwich preference. Sept. 7, noon-12:50 p.m., 303 Coffman Union.

UMTC Featured Events
cedar creek aerial view

Sept. 8 - WAM-O-RAMA
Sept. 8 - John Prine
Sept. 9 - Cedar Creek 75th Anniversary Celebration
Sept. 11 - Queer and Trans Community Kick-Off
Sept. 11 - Between Earth and Sky: Film Screening
Sept. 12 - Women's Center Open House
Sept. 21 - Neurostatistics 2: The interface between neuroscience and statistics

Events Calendar >