September 7, 2016

Vol. XLVI No. 27

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meets Sept. 8-9.
  • Driven to Discover: Susan Warfield.
  • Features: Honoring the victims and survivors of 9/11; Monkeys in zoos have human gut bacteria.
  • People: The National Cancer Institute has awarded U of M researchers an $8.2 million grant for a physics-based approach to cancer; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents meets Sept. 8-9

The U of M Board of Regents will discuss the University's proposed FY 2018-19 biennial budget request at its September meeting. The proposal includes three initiatives, which advance the U's land-grant mission and reflect strategic systemwide priorities: student success, MnDRIVE, and delivering on the U's mission. Regents will also review the proposed 2016 six-year capital plan and 2017 state capital request. Additionally, Regents will receive the annual report on private giving, the annual report on intercollegiate athletics, and consider action on renovation plans for Pioneer Hall and the Superblock dining facility.

See the news release for more >

Driven to Discover: Susan Warfield

It's obvious that Susan Warfield loves her job. As program director for the U's Student Parent HELP Center, she's an enthusiastic advocate for students overcoming the long odds inherent in gaining a college degree while raising children.

Read about what drives Susan Warfield >

Honoring the victims and survivors of 9/11American flags

The University of Minnesota will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with two events. On Sept. 9, the University will hold a commemorative reading on campus of the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks. The reading starts at 1 p.m. on the Gateway Plaza outside of the McNamara Alumni Center. On Sept. 10, at the home Gopher football game, the University and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association have invited three U alumni who are survivors of the attacks to attend the game and participate in an on-field recognition.

Monkeys in zoos have human gut bacteriaRed shank monkey

The microbiome (or gut bacteria) has been tied to a wide variety of medical conditions, from autism to obesity. Now, a new U of M-led study shows that monkeys in captivity lose much of their native gut bacteria diversity and their gut bacteria ends up resembling those of humans. The research gives insight into how diet and lifestyle may affect health.


The National Cancer Institute has awarded U of M researchers an $8.2 million grant for a physics-based approach to cancer; two U of M startups have been named among the Best University Startups 2016 by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

U-led project releases 3D maps of Arcticmap of arctic

Less than one year after President Barack Obama announced a White House Arctic Initiative that included better mapping of the area, a team of researchers led by the U of M Polar Geospatial Center released the first-ever publicly available set of high-resolution, three-dimensional topographic maps of the entire state of Alaska. The digital elevation models serve as a benchmark for measuring future climate changes in the Arctic by assisting scientists studying glaciers, permafrost collapse, and coastal retreat.

Read more about mapping the Arctic >

Faculty Legislative Liaison applications open

President Kaler is seeking applications or nominations for two tenured faculty members to serve as Faculty Legislative Liaisons, a role that works closely with the Faculty Consultative Committee (FCC) and Government Relations to provide a faculty voice and perspective at the State Capitol. Liaisons also serve ex officio on the FCC. Email a letter of interest to Jon Steadland to apply or nominate a colleague. Applications should include an explanation of your interest and qualifications. Submit materials as a single PDF file with subject line, "Application/Nomination for the Faculty Legislative Liaison." Deadline is Sept. 30.

Journal of Opinions, Ideas, and Essays

The online journal JOIE is again soliciting submissions on a broad range of topics by authors from U of M faculty, administrators, and retirees. Articles are accessible worldwide for download via online searches. To date, articles from JOIE have been downloaded more than 800 times by readers from 61 countries.

Learn more and see previous JOIE articles >

Religious observances at a public university

The U has a policy on religious absences for employees, and faculty are asked to make reasonable efforts to help students navigate and avoid course concerns when religious observance conflicts with academic requirements.

Read more about religious observances >

U Chalking Policy

The University will be enforcing its chalking policy, which limits chalking to registered student groups, official University departments or offices, faculty members, staff members, and registered students. Chalking must be signed by the sponsoring University department or registered student group. Read about how to report a violation or chalking that is biased in nature.

Read more about chalking on campus >

Exploding data, exploding possibilitiesLogan Spector

The constantly growing availability of genetic information for research gives Masonic Cancer Center epidemiologist Logan Spector that "kid in a candy store" feeling. With philanthropic support, his team is beginning to parse a universe of data that can help to predict, prevent, and fight pediatric cancers.

Read more about data >

Sept. 26 - Institute for Engineering in Medicine conference and retreat

Registration is open for the annual Institute for Engineering in Medicine conference and retreat. The event will open with plenary keynote talks by nationally recognized leaders, followed by lunch and the luncheon keynote, and afternoon breakout sessions for faculty and industrial colleagues. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Sept. 30 - Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference

Register for the Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference to be held on the Twin Cities campus. This year's conference focuses on the theme of preparing global-ready students and will showcase current research, initiatives, and innovations that demonstrate how the U is preparing students to address society's grand challenges.

Registration and more information >

Call for Proposals: Community-University Partnership Grant Program

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute has released its fall 2016 RFP for the Community-University Partnership Grant Program to fund innovative, community-University partnerships that utilize community-engaged research strategies. HFHL is also calling for Letters of Interest for the Faculty Planning Grant Program, designed to fund the development of food, nutrition, and health-related interdisciplinary faculty research teams. Submission deadline is Nov. 18.

See HFHL grant opportunities >


Funding priorities announced for community projects

The Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships has announced its 2016 funding priorities for community-based projects.

Golden Eagle Pep Band Practice

The Pep Band is looking for musicians who play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and more. Those interested may join the band Sept. 7, 4-6 p.m., 236 Kiehle. 

Learn more about the Pep Band >


Canada's impactmaple leaf over minnesota

UMD's Bureau of Business and Economic Research recently released a detailed analysis of the economic relationship between Canada and the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota. The report highlighted the ways in which the trade relationship with Canada is critical to the Arrowhead Region.

Active brainsstudents adjusting electrode cap on child

Students and faculty in the Master of Arts in Psychological Sciences program are studying how the human brain responds to specific audio and visual stimuli. Using an electroencephalography cap in UMD's Psychology Psychophysiology Research Lab, researchers recorded electrical activity in different parts of the brain. The lab is co-directed by Associate Professor Scott Carlson and Assistant Professor Rebecca Gilbertson.

Read more about this work >

Sept. 10 - Military Appreciation Dayamerican flag

UMD Football will host its annual Military Appreciation Day game at 6 p.m. at Malosky Stadium. There is no charge for all current and former members of the military (with an ID). Proceeds go to Operation One Voice, which supports the needs of children and families of wounded and fallen special operations forces.


Washington Monthly commends UMMstudents enjoying sunny day

UMM has been recognized by Washington Monthly for both its commitment to public good and affordability. The magazine, which released its annual college rankings this week, included the campus on its national liberal arts colleges and Best Bang for the Buck - Midwest lists.

Morris teaching alumni are consecutive ISD 200 teachers of the yearSara Bremer, Kari Jaeger, and Tom Brenny

UMM education alumni have swept Hastings Public Schools' Teacher of the Year awards for three consecutive years: Sara Bremer '07 (2014), Kari Jaeger '98 (2015), and Tom Brenny '97 (2016). The latest in a long line of honors for UMM's education alumni, their successes affirm the strength of the campus's Teacher Education Program.

Learn more >


Sept. 22 - Rochester's Outstanding Academic Race

The UMR team for Rochester's Outstanding Academic Race (ROAR) has been selected: Andy Petzold, Elise Diesslin, Anne Kowal, and Laura Magee. This event will be styled after The Amazing Race as teams from colleges and universities in Rochester engage in a friendly competition.

Twin Cities

Volunteer to be a sexual assault counselor

Volunteer applications are now being received at The Aurora Center for training to be a sexual assault counselor. Faculty and staff have remarked that volunteering has been rewarding and convenient. Space is limited so early application is suggested. Email or visit The Aurora Center for more information.

Cooking for Wellness - The Basics

UMTC employees can improve cooking skills, learn new techniques, hone recipe adaptation and trouble-shooting skills, and develop healthy cooking and eating strategies with Cooking for Wellness. Two four-week sessions to choose from are available in October (Tuesdays or Thursdays). There will be eight four-week sessions offered during the 2016-17 academic year.

Learn more and sign-up >

Senior Teaching Fellows program

The Center for Educational Innovation invites senior faculty members to join the new Senior Teaching Fellows program. This semester-based program is focused on revitalizing and expanding instructional skills.

See the program schedule and more >

Sept. 13 – U Market Supplier Showcase

Visit the U Market Supplier Showcase to consult with U Market specialists and complete an attendee survey for a chance to win a color printer. The event includes lunch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union.

Sept. 15 - Race, Religion, and Gender: Driving the 2016 Election

This panel discussion will explore how the roles of race, religion, and gender are influencing American politics, and particularly the 2016 elections. Perspectives from a variety of fields across the University of Minnesota will cover the current political climate and its impact on the future of American government. 3:30 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop.

Sept. 15 - IT@UMN Fall Fair

Learn about IT@UMN services and resources available for students, faculty, and staff at the IT@UMN Fall Fair. The event will include yard games such as ladder golf, bean bag toss, inflatable bowling, and more, and guests can enter to win a pair of gold wireless Beats headphones and snap a selfie with Goldy. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coffman Union Plaza.

Sept. 23 – NASA astronaut Pam Melroy

NASA astronaut Pam Melroy will deliver the annual David A. Rothenberger Lecture: Leadership in Life-Critical Lessons from the Space Shuttle. Melroy is a military test pilot and former NASA astronaut who flew on three space shuttle missions. Sponsored by the Medical School and Department of Surgery. Open to the public; a reception follows.

Sept. 26 - Ever Onward! Celebrating the Civic Life and Legacy of Tom Swain

The eighth annual John Brandl Lecture will salute Tom Swain, now in his nineties, for his profound and ongoing contributions to public service in Minnesota. The event will feature his lifetime of collaborations that have enriched the civic life of Minnesota, and a discussion by colleagues, admirers, and Swain himself about why his principled yet keenly open-minded and innovative style of leadership is more important now than ever. 5-6:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Oct. 3 - Improving Student Diversity through Holistic Admissions Review

Julie Posselt, one of the country's foremost experts on equity and diversity in higher education, will be on campus to discuss graduate admissions, recruitment, and retention from a diversity perspective in a two-part workshop. The first session, 10 a.m.-noon, is open to all who are interested in issues concerning diversity in graduate admissions; the second session, 1:30-3:30 p.m., is designed as a hands-on workshop for graduate admissions committee members and professionals. No charge, but registration is required.

Register and learn more >

UMTC Featured Eventssock puppet

Sept. 8 - OED Certificate Workshop 1: Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity

Sept. 9 - Small World Coffee Hour: Art Speaks, So Do Words

Sept. 9 - WAM-O-RAMA

Sept. 9 - Opening reception - Seeing 40/40: Forty Years of Collecting at the GMD

Sept. 11 - Income/Outcome: A Dialogue for Social Change Workshop

Sept. 28 - Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author Joseph Ellis

Events Calendar >