U of M Brief - February 4, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

State Relations Update

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Gov. Dayton has released his budget proposal for the 2016-17 biennium. The $42 billion proposal prioritizes education, particularly pre K-12. It includes $32.6 million toward the U's $65.2 million requested tuition freeze and $30 million for the Medical School. Faculty legislative liaisons Lyn Bearinger and Gary Gardner testified in support of the University's budget request. Additionally, the U of M Office of University Economic Development's executive director Maura Donovan and program director Sabine Engel testified in support of legislation that would fund the Minnesota PIPELINE Project, which stands for Private Investment Public Education Labor Industry Experience.

Nature Biotech ranks U in top 5 for life sciences tech transfer

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Across the country, top universities are working to push cutting-edge research from the lab to the market. The University of Minnesota is one of the institutions leading the charge. A Nature Biotechnology report ranks the U's Office for Technology Commercialization fifth overall in life sciences tech transfer and gives the office high rankings in areas like licensing income, patents awarded, and startups launched. The article also illustrates how the U is helping spur new industry partnerships and launch new startups through programs such as the Entrepreneurial Leave Program and Minnesota Innovation Partnerships Program. 

Administrative Policy: Traveling on University Business

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Traveling on University Business, the most frequently accessed administrative policy, has undergone a comprehensive review and an open-comment period. Effective in 2015, travelers now have up to 60 days after travel completion to substantiate and document travel expenses. This is an increase from the prior 30 days. Reimbursement requests submitted beyond the 60 days should be denied by units, except for extraordinary circumstances such as extended international travel. Reimbursement requests for local travel (local business mileage, parking, etc.) do not fall under this 60-day time frame. This type of request may now be submitted on a less frequent basis (e.g., quarterly, semi-annually). 

Faculty and Staff Programs: Leadership Essentials

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Leadership and Talent Development (LTD), Office of Human Resources, is offering "Leadership Essentials" for new faculty and staff supervisors on March 10, 11, 24, and 25. The course is the first in the new "Developing University Leaders Certificate."

Minnesota Population Center Grant Competition

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Minnesota Population Center has announced a U-wide grant competition for collaborative research projects using its flagship data sets. All U of M faculty, research staff, and graduate students are eligible to apply. Proposals are due Feb. 28. An information session will take place Feb. 6, 12:15-1:30 p.m., 50 Willey Hall.

Frontiers in the Environment: Big Questions

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Frontiers in the Environment lecture series kicks off Feb. 11 with the question, How can individual cities make a global impact on climate change? Simon Sharpe, head of climate risk for the U.K. Foreign Office; Martin Bigg, a professor at the University of West England and the former chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership; and Gayle Prest, sustainability manager for the City of Minneapolis, will present local and global perspectives on addressing our warming planet. Frontiers Lectures take place every Wednesday, noon-1 p.m., R380 Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul, and live online via UMConnect.

Tilman receives the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

David Tilman has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for scientifically demonstrating how biodiversity makes ecosystems more stable, productive and resilient. The BBVA Foundation promotes, funds, and disseminates world-class scientific research and artistic creation. 

Innovation in International Education award

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The University of Minnesota is the recipient of an Institute of International Education Andrew Heiskell Honorable Mention for Innovation in International Education in the Study Abroad category for its Bridging Loan Program. The program assists high-need students who do not have up-front funds available to cover study abroad program deposits and flight booking costs.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Jason Hill comments in The New York Times on a new report that urges western governments to reconsider reliance on biofuels; Steve Sanders comments on new electric vehicle chargers on the UMTC campus in the Star Tribune; David Levinson talks about a 'value capture' tax for road projects in the Pioneer Press; Jason Chan comments in The Economist on his study that looked at what effects a local Craigslist site has on its state's rates of reported HIV cases; Alan Benson talks with the Washington Post about a new study which suggests the economic return on a college degree may be more modest than you think; David Weerts spoke with MPR about free tuition at two-year schools.

Feb. 6 - Spring Thaw Social

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

All UMC faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual Spring Thaw Social. This year's theme is "We Are Family," in reference to UMC's tight-knit campus community. The casual event is an opportunity to socialize with friends and colleagues and to energize everyone for the push through winter. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Feb. 9 - City Council meet and greet

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UMC will host a special meet and greet session, discussion, and campus tour with the members of the Crookston City Council Feb. 9, 5-7 p.m. UMC officials and the City Council, along with campus and city department heads, will discuss ways the campus and community can work together. At 7:30 p.m, the council will hold a regular business meeting in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Feb. 10 - Community and Law Enforcement Dialogue

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Campus and local community members are invited to join in on a discussion of national and local law enforcement issues with a panel of local and regional law enforcement personnel. Noon-1:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Specialty scholarships

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to apply for UMC's specialty scholarships. The application deadline is Feb. 15. Numerous scholarships are available to both new students and returning students, who must be enrolled full time.

Inspiring Students with a Love of Learning

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Professor David Beaulieu is the Ruth A. Myers Endowed Chair in American Indian Education in the College of Education and Human Service Professions. An enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation, Beaulieu earned his Ph.D. in education administration from the U of M.

Feb. 5 - Enslaved Underwater Divers

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Assistant Professor Kevin Dawson, University of California Merced, will present the lecture "Enslaved Underwater Divers: Challenging Concepts of Race and Slavery in the Atlantic World" Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda. Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the UMD Department of History and the Alworth Institute.

Feb. 7 - Flute Choir Day Concert

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Assistant Professor Paula Gudmundson, Department of Music, and the UMD Flute Studio will present performances on Feb. 7, 4 p.m., Weber Music Hall. The free public event is part of the second annual Flute Choir Day, which offers intensive workshops focusing on solo and chamber music performance for flutists. 

Feb. 14 - Soul Food Dinner

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The annual Soul Food Dinner, sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Kirby Student Board, features food, eclectic music, and poetry performances. 5 p.m., Kirby Ballroom.

Morris Students Provide Service to Local Organizations

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UMM's Center for Small Towns and the U of M Southwest Sustainable Development Partnership will offer assistance to local organizations through the Connecting Students and Communities (CSC) program. CSC will provide UMM student support in the areas of research and project administration to local units of government, K–12 schools, and community-based organizations.

An EPA Top 30

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UMM appears at No. 27 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) January 2015 Top 30 On-site list of the largest green power users, up from No. 28 in 2014. According to the EPA, UMM is using 5,210,378 kilowatt-hours of green power annually.

Feb. 10 - Pregnancy and Parenting Support for Women in Prison

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The next UMR Connects will feature Rebecca Shlafer, U of M assistant professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Shlafer will discuss the mental and physical health needs of incarcerated pregnant women and share information about an innovative program at the women's state prison and her ongoing research through this community-university-corrections partnership. 7 p.m., 417 University Square.

Free tax preparation for U community

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VTAP) prepares tax returns free of charge for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff with unadjusted gross income of less than $57,000. VTAP is free, fast, safe, and IRS certified. VTAP is a student-run service organization supported by the Minnesota Student Association and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. 

Feb. 1-28 - Black History Month celebrations

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Black History Month celebrations run throughout February, and will include a dance performance, panel discussions, a film series, and workshops. The events are an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to reflect upon, honor, and learn more about the African-American experience.

February Winter Warm Up Physical Activity Challenge

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Faculty and staff are encouraged to get active with a fun and motivating opportunity to promote a healthy and active campus. The challenge provides every employee with a personal online wellness account to log physical activity minutes during the month of February. Team up with friends and coworkers and work toward achieving new goals.

2015 Tony Diggs Excellence Awards Nominations Close Feb. 8

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Nominate an outstanding student group for a Tony Diggs Excellence Award. The awards are open to all campus life programs and registered student organizations.

Feb. 9 - Winter Luncheon: Smart Cities and Smart Mobility

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

At the Center for Transportation Studies Winter Luncheon, Jaume Barceló, of the Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona, will discuss the concept of the smart city from a systems point of view. Specifically, he'll focus on one of the pillars of the smart city—smart mobility—and on his suggested methodology of transportation analytics. According to Barceló, "smartness" is not simply synonymous with technology. Rather, it depends on the appropriate use of technology grounded in a sound methodological approach. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.

Feb. 11 - Theater of Public Policy Improv Event

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2) will bring its one-of-a-kind mix of wonk and comedy to the Humphrey School. T2P2 uses improv comedy to unpack and reimagine policy and politics. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested. 7-8:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30), Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

Feb. 11-13 - WAM Shop Sweetheart Sale

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WAM members and the UMN community will receive 20 percent off purchases during the WAM Sweetheart Sale. Choose from jewelry, cards, handmade goods, treats, locally made items, and more.

Feb. 12 - Exhibit opening for Weird, Wild, & Wonderful

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The exhibit opening for Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial, curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists, features artwork of botanical oddities and curiosities. The exhibit is cosponsored by the University Libraries. 2-4 p.m., U of M Landscape Arboretum. 

Call for Submissions: Northern Spark 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The East Bank will be one of five zones for the all-night Northern Spark Festival June 13-14, showcasing University and community artists. Northrop, the Institute for Advanced Study, the University Honors Program, and the College of Design Traveler's Innovation Lab invite artists and performing groups of all genres to submit applications for project space in Northrop and on the plaza during this year's festival. Applications are due Feb. 16.

Feb. 20 - Homebuyer Assistance Opportunity in the University District

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Learn about assistance buying a home in the University District of Minneapolis for households with gross incomes at 80 percent or less of the metro median at an orientation session with the City of Lakes Community Land Trust. Noon.

UMTC Featured Events

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Campus Climate Open Space Event (Feb. 5)

Deep Reading in a Superficial World - Engaging Controversies Discussion (Feb. 6)

A Conversation with George Latimer: A Life in Politics (Feb. 7)

OED Certificate Workshop 2: Leadership in the Context of Equity & Diversity (Feb. 10)

Exhibit - Bibliophilia: Collecting Black Books (through Feb. 25)