September 9, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 28

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Board of Regents meet Sept. 10-11.
  • Features: Swinging for the Fences; Can Remote Monitoring Improve Alzheimer's Care?; Micro Organisms, Macro Effects.
  • People: U of M researchers are part of a team that has received a $20 million NSF grant to evaluate the impact of nanotechnology on the environment; and more.

Top News

Board of Regents to review six-year Capital Improvement Plan

During its Sept. 11 meeting, the U's Board of Regents will review the president's recommended six-year capital improvement plan. The proposed $235 million 2016 request includes investments across the University system, with $100 million dedicated to Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) funds to protect and maintain the investments already made in existing facilities. The board will also review and act on the schematic design and budget for the new Bell Museum. Other agenda items include introductions of the newest U of M Regents Professors as well as the new dean of the College of Biological Sciences, and a human research protection work plan update by Brian Herman.

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Swinging for the FencesRuben Harris

Superstar researcher Reuben Harris and his team discovered that a particular enzyme causes mutations in approximately half of all cancers. Harris' discovery transformed the way scientists think about mutations that drive cancer. He was recently named an HHMI Investigator, joining an elite circle of scientists.

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Can Remote Monitoring Improve Alzheimer's Care?An elderly woman laughing

The U's School of Nursing is conducting a five-year research demonstration project to find whether remote monitoring technology could reduce caregiver stress and help people with Alzheimer's and dementia-related conditions live independently for longer.

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Micro Organisms, Macro EffectsDan Knights and Pajau Vangay

A new project led by computational biologist Dan Knights looks at changes in the composition of gut microbes in immigrant populations and how that may intersect with high rates of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

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U of M researchers are part of a team that has received a $20 million NSF grant to evaluate the impact of nanotechnology on the environment; the U of M Polar Geospatial Center has been selected to lead the effort on mapping Alaska and the Arctic; the U.S. DOE has awarded a $2.5 million grant to the Department of Educational Psychology; UMTC has been named one of the "Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities" in the nation; Andres Perez has been selected as the Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health and Food Safety; Carol Ishimaru has been named a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

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U-Wide News

Online disability training for instructors

The Disability Resource Center has launched a short online training video developed to help instructors determine how to best serve students with disabilities in their courses, as well as what is required.

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University honors and award nominations

Nominations for the Honorary Degree, Outstanding Achievement Award, Award of Distinction, and the Alumni Service Award are received throughout the academic year.

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Nomination information - McKnight Land-Grant Professorship Award

The McKnight Land-Grant Professorship program seeks to advance the careers of the most promising junior faculty members who are at the beginning stages of their professional careers, and who have the potential to make significant contributions to their departments and to their scholarly fields. The nomination deadline for 2016-18 awards is Nov. 3. For more information, email Chris Bremer or call 612-625-6176.

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Call for Proposals - Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute seeks proposals and letters of interest related to food, nutrition, and health to fund innovative community-university partnerships, as well as the development of interdisciplinary faculty research teams through the Community-University Partnership Grant Program and the Faculty Planning Grant Program. The submission deadline for both funding opportunities is Nov. 18.

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Distinguished Teaching Awards call for nominations

Nomination materials for the 2015-16 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Undergraduate Education Award and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education are now available. The awards recognize and reward outstanding contributions to teaching at the University of Minnesota. Awardees become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Nominations are due Jan. 12, with college and campus internal deadlines earlier.

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Sept. 20 - Faculty and staff day at the U of M Landscape Arboretum

Show your U Card at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Sept. 20 for admission at no charge. Open to all faculty, staff, and U of M Alumni Association members.

Oct. 2 - Mestenhauser Lecture on Internationalizing Higher Ed

Registration is now open for "The Freedom to Be: International Education and Crossing Borders." The featured speaker is Hanneke Teekens, a globally recognized scholar in international education. The Mestenhauser Lecture is open to the public.

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Greenhouse gas research takes Nannenga to FranceKaty Nannenga and a student

Research on greenhouse gas emissions has taken Associate Professor Katy Nannenga from the wheat field to the golf course. This summer her ongoing study has taken her to France, which has opened the opportunity for students in her environmental science and remediation techniques class to take on a collaborative project with a group in France during spring semester 2016.

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Higher Learning Commission seeks public comment on UMC

University of Minnesota Crookston is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. UMC will host a Nov. 9-11 visit with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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Sept. 14 - Fall Alumni Social

The Office of Development & Alumni Relations will host the annual Fall Alumni Social at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. A tour of the Arboretum will take place at 6 p.m. All alumni, faculty, and staff are invited. 4-7:30 p.m. RSVP to Garret Kollin or call 218-281-8436.


Sept. 17 - Closing reception and sale - Chee ExhibitChee painting of goldfish

The Tweed Museum of Art will hold a closing reception for the Cheng-Khee Chee exhibition Sept. 17, 6-8 p.m. Select paintings will be available for purchase at the event. The exhibit closes Sept. 20.

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Steve Keto named vice chancellor for Finance and OperationsSteve Keto

Steve Keto has been hired as the vice chancellor for finance and operations. A UMD alumnus, he most recently worked as the associate vice chancellor at North Carolina State University, where he oversaw the Budget Office, Controller's Office, Office of Contracts and Grants, and Office of Cost Analysis. Keto begins Oct. 1.

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Oct. 1 - LSBE entrepreneurship conferenceaerial view of LBSE building

Registration is open for the first LSBE Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference. All current UMD students, faculty, and staff may attend at no charge when they register using their UMD email. This student-led event will feature speakers, panel discussions, and an entrepreneurial expo.

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Celebrating Women's Athleticsfemale athlete heading soccer ball

The Athletic Department is marking the 50th anniversary of Bulldog women's sports with a yearlong celebration, in partnership with maurices, My9 Sports, Essentia Health, and the UMD Commission for Women. Accomplishments in women's athletics will be highlighted during "maurices moments" at more than 100 UMD athletic home events in 2015-16, and an increased number of women's games/matches will be broadcast on My9 Sports.

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Sept. 13 - UMM EcoStation outdoor learning venue dedicationUMM ecostation open field

UMM invites the public to a formal dedication of its new EcoStation outdoor learning venue. Built on land gifted to the campus in December 2014, EcoStation is a campus learning laboratory dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship through research, reflection, and discovery.

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UMM sustainability achievement ratingsStars gold medal

UMM has earned a STARS Gold 2.0 Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in recognition of its sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. The campus achieved initial STARS gold certification in 2012.

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UMM recognized by Washington MonthlyImage of Wash monthly headquarters

UMM has again been recognized by Washington Monthly for both its affordability and social engagement. The magazine included UMM on its "Best-Bang-for-the-Buck" and public good-based lists. These are, respectively, the third and ninth consecutive years in which the campus has been included on these lists.

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Students participate in Live to Garden programlarge garden

Minnesota GreenCorps member Faith Bradley helped to deliver a successful Live to Garden program this summer. She worked with students Arden Baichtal '18, Margaret Doom '18, Jennifer Peterson '17, Ramitha Rupasinghe '18, Austin Tipper '18, and Patrick Walsh '16, who spent the season tending the Student Organic Garden in exchange for free housing on campus.

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Helping UMR students through their toughest year

Recognizing the challenges sophomores encounter, UMR has created the Sophomore Supper Series—a no-cost, sophomore-only monthly event that is part of a broader Student Stress Inoculation initiative.

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Twin Cities

What kind of Goldy are you?Goldy Gopher

Have you ever wondered what your Goldy personality is? Wonder no more. Take the Goldy personality quiz and find out.

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Pack and Give Back

The Pack and Give Back program has diverted 160 tons of household items from landfills and back to students' neighborhoods. This year, items collected on campus by the ReUse Program, or brought to the ReUse warehouse (883 29th Ave. SE) by students and neighborhood residents, will be offered at no charge to students and residents of participating neighborhoods through Sept. 11. Remaining items will be donated to Goodwill collection centers.

Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates classes

Boynton offers yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates classes throughout the school year at no charge to faculty, staff, and students. Classes focus on stress management. Beginners are welcome. Registration is not required, but space is available on a first-come first-served basis. Classes start Sept. 14.

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Sept. 15 - U Card Fair

The U Card Fair is open to U of M students, faculty, and staff to come learn more about their U Card, enter to win prizes, and grab some giveaways. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Coffman Plaza.

Sept. 15-17 - Donuts with the Cops

UMPD will host its semiannual Donuts with the Cops events Sept. 15, West Bank, Washington Ave. Bridge; Sept. 16, East Bank, Union Street Plaza; and Sept. 17, St. Paul Student Center. The U community is invited to stop by for a cup of coffee and a donut and to meet new University police chief Matt Clark. Events start at 8 a.m. and go until the donuts are gone.

Sept. 15-17 - Morocco and Minnesota Connections

Morocco and Minnesota Connections is three days of events and activities to build upon the historic relationship between the U of M and Morocco that began in the 1960s with exchanges of students, educators, and researchers in agriculture and veterinary medicine. Although sustainable agriculture is still a key area of the partnership, areas such as leadership, community development and tourism, language, and business continue to grow.

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Sept. 15 - Understanding and Meeting the Needs of our Nation's Wounded Warriors

Our nation's service members often face enormous challenges transitioning from military to civilian life. Ellen Embrey, former assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, will discuss how leaders in both the public and private sectors can better support veteran readjustment to civilian life. The event is part of the series "Technically Speaking," hosted by the U of M Technological Leadership Institute and geared toward the business community. 5:30 p.m., Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center.

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Sept. 17 - The Unique Role of NGOs in Global Health

R. Balasubramaniam (Balu), a development activist and leadership consultant from Mysore, India, will draw on his experience of working with NGOs over three decades to discuss NGOs' unique role in addressing global health issues. He will also explore the role NGOs play in changing the discourse on global health in the context of the geopolitics and economics of global health. 3 p.m., 2-520 Moos Tower.

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Gopher Athletics faculty and staff days

Support Gopher student-athletes at the fall faculty and staff Days. Gopher Athletics will offer several opportunities for faculty and staff members to enjoy general admission at no charge or discounted single-game tickets, including for Gopher football vs. Kent State on Sept. 19.

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Gopher and Minnesota Vikings football

Gopher football home games will bring increased traffic and other activity to campus. Home games are Saturdays: Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 21, and Nov. 28. In addition, the Minnesota Vikings will play on campus on eight Sundays: Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, Dec. 20, and Dec. 27.

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ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series

Staff interested in learning how to effectively work with international students and colleagues are encouraged to register for the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Intercultural Workshop Series. The series combines intercultural competency and skills development sessions with "Culture In-Depth" workshops discussing the unique cultures of the largest international student populations on campus.

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Sept. 24 - Job search workshop

The Relocation Assistance Program is holding a job search workshop for the spouses and partners of new faculty and staff who have relocated to the Twin Cities and are seeking employment. 9-11:30 a.m., 215 Donhowe. RSVP by Sept.18. Email Mary Everley or call 612-626-0775 with questions.

Sept. 24 - James Ford Bell Lecture

M. Antoni Ucerler, director of the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco, will present "Two Jesuits, Two Manuscripts, Two Visions of Ming China" at this year's Bell Lecture. 7:30-9 p.m., 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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Sept. 25 - Celebrating University Women Awards

Help honor the outstanding recipients of Women's Center–affiliated scholarships, grants, and awards, with opening remarks by Vice President Katrice Albert and a dessert reception. Sponsored by the Women's Center, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and the Office for Equity and Diversity. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union.


UMTC Featured EventsArvonne Skelton

Sept. 11 - CURA Housing Forum: Best Practices to Reduce the Cost of Affordable Housing
Sept. 12 - University Open Streets
Sept. 14 - Minnesota's Own: A Century of Homes (LearningLife course)
Sept. 15 - AHA! Gallery Fall Art Show Opening
Sept. 16 - Unfinished Business: The Continuing Work of Arvonne Skelton Fraser
Sept. 16 - Learning Abroad Fair
Sept. 17 - Author Series: Roxane Gay

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