U of M Brief - January 14, 2015
State Relations Update
The 89th legislative session began Jan. 6. The House is now led by a Republican majority and a DFL minority. Both parties held press conferences to announce their top priorities for 2015. The Senate DFL’s top six bills are focused on Greater Minnesota and workforce education. The House GOP’s bills are focused on five areas: jobs, K-12 education, elder care, transportation, and health care. Learn more about issues that will affect the U of M during the 2015 session and discover ways you can help during a Feb. 3 Legislative Action Kickoff. RSVP to attend. Complimentary light refreshments will be available.
Research excellence in practice
In his annual State of Research report, VP for Research Brian Herman called out several U of M faculty who have demonstrated research excellence through their academic leadership, collaborations with colleagues and other institutions, and scientific advancements that improve our world. Three of these exemplary researchers and some of the current projects they are working on are featured at Inquiry.
Bacteria that derive energy from metals
PeopleSoft Upgrade expected in March or April
In order to resolve a couple of issues found in testing, the PeopleSoft upgrade is shifting from mid-February and is now estimated to launch in March or April. Exact dates are expected by January 28. Many factors are considered in determining timing, from payroll periods to student registration to grant processes. Depending on timing, the implementation will affect some areas more than others.
Proposals sought for 2015-16 Research and Creative Collaboratives
The Institute for Advance Study (IAS) invites proposals for 2015-16 Research and Creative Collaboratives. Each year, IAS supports a limited number of research/creative activities across defined disciplines. Activities vary and might include works-in-progress discussions, public workshops, collective work on projects, or public components with community connections. Projects may be convened by faculty, staff, or students systemwide, but should show evidence of faculty participation. Funding available up to $12,000. Applications are due Jan. 30.
Faculty Proposals Invited for Arts, Design, & Humanities Chair
Faculty applications are due Feb. 2 for the 2015-17 University Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair, part of the provost’s Imagine Fund. The awardee receives up to $70,000 to work with a team of faculty, staff, and students to create a program of activities for the University community and the community at large. Applicants are encouraged to submit a Call for Collaborators letter this month.
Making Sense of Educational Innovation conference proposals sought
The Academy of Distinguished Teachers, in partnership with the Center for Educational Innovation and the Academic Health Center, invite proposals for “Making Sense of Educational Innovation: Finding What Works for Today’s Students,” to be held Apr. 8. Proposals are due by Feb. 15.
Feb. 18 - Focusing on the First-Year Conference
Registration is nearing capacity for this biennial conference hosted on the Twin Cities campus. The event is a forum for faculty and staff to strategize and discuss academic and student development issues related to first-year students. Diane Dean, associate professor for higher education administration & policy at Illinois State University, will be the keynote speaker.
U selected for CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network
To identify the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disability among 8-year-old children in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, as part of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration has been awarded a four-year, $450,000 annual grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Swackhamer named inaugural fellow of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Deborah Swackhamer, former co-director the University's Water Resources Center (WRC) and professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and School of Public Health, has been named one of 20 inaugural fellows of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
UMM/UMTC awarded Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification
The University of Minnesota's Twin Cities and Morris campuses have earned the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s prestigious Community Engagement Classification. The classification—a category of the foundation’s Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Learning—is awarded to universities and colleges demonstrating excellence in alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy engagement that strengthen bonds between campus and community.
Andy Robinson earns Spudman Emerging Leader Award
Andy Robinson, an agronomist who holds a joint appointment with U of M Extension and NDSU Extension, received the Spudman 2015 Emerging Leader Award. The award, sponsored by Bayer CropScience and presented by the National Potato Council, recognizes an individual under the age of 35 who has helped promote the growth of the potato industry, and shows strong leadership qualities and community involvement.
New U Card office director
Amy Keran is the new director of the U Card Office. Her background includes many years at Datacard Group and active participation in NACUU, the National Association of College and University Cards. Keran can be reached at 612-626-9909.
UMN in the News
The U’s Vet Med Center and Micky Trent were featured in multiple news stories about the delivery of a baby orangutan, welcomed to the Como Zoo; more Minnesota Somalis are going back to a slowly rebuilding Somalia, says Ryan Allen in the Star Tribune; Ronald Krebs talks with WCCO about the difference between ISIS and Al-Qaeda; Katie Speckman of the Bell Museum says "Saturday With a Scientist" makes learning fun in the Pioneer Press; a new study led by Carrie Henning-Smith shows that Americans aged 40 to 65 underestimate future health care needs, as reported by KSTP; Mary Jo Kreitzer is quoted in the Star Tribune about whether Internet searches mirror our moods; the Western diet is bad for human health and the environment, says David Tilman in Voice of America; treadmill desk or not, simply standing to work yields positive health benefits, says Mark Pereira at Inc.
The 2015 Red River Valley Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place Jan. 19 with students, faculty, and staff from UMC, Northland Community and Technical College, and the University of North Dakota. Free and open to the public.
UMC ranked No. 34 by U.S. News
U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University of Minnesota Crookston among colleges and universities offering the nation's "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" for 2015. UMC was ranked No. 34 among the 215 schools in this year's survey, up from No. 64 last year.
UMC adds two new majors
Two new majors will be added to the list of academic offerings at the University of Minnesota Crookston: A major in international business will be added to the degree programs in the Business Department, and a major in English will be offered in the Liberal Arts and Education Department.
Local Foods College runs through March 3
Local Foods College began Jan. 13 and will run through March 3. This 4th annual series of eight sessions is designed for gardeners and farmers who are part of the growing community-based food system. The series will be available via webinar.
Termuhlen named dean of UMD Med School
Labovitz maintains AACSB accreditation
The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) has maintained its business accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Less than five percent of the world's business programs have earned this accreditation, and LSBE is the only school in northeastern Minnesota to have attained it.
A lifetime of conservation accomplishments
Native Nation Rebuilders cohort
The sixth cohort of the Bush Foundation's new Native Nation Rebuilders includes Vanessa Northrup, who is currently earning her Master of Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG) degree at UMD, and William Myers, an MTAG alumnus. Thirty-one individuals were selected for the cohort. Rebuilders attend a two-year program, learning about Native Nation building and strengthening their leadership skills.
Morris Receives Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
UMM is among 83 colleges and universities selected to receive initial Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for 2015. Launched in 2006, the classification documents important aspects of institutional mission, identity, and commitments. The foundation has granted the Community Engagement Classification to 361 colleges and universities nationwide.
Four UMM Faculty Members Receive Grant-in-Aid Awards
Four UMM faculty members received awards in the fall round of the U of M Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship Program. Recipients are Nancy Carpenter, professor of chemistry; Michael Eble, associate professor of studio art; Bradley Deane, associate professor of English; and Daniel Demetriou, assistant professor of philosophy.
Morrison Gallery Presents ‘Memory of Water’ and ‘Delicate Stranger’
Jan. 23 - Ragamala Dance’s Sacred Earth
The UMM Performing Arts Series continues with Ragamala Dance’s Sacred Earth. Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy create a vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and humankind. The event is made possible by legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
UMR Students Undertake Medical Service Learning In Nicaragua
Free tax preparation for U community
The Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VTAP) prepares tax returns free of charge for University of Minnesota students, as well as community members. All clients must have 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.
Spring Technology Training schedule
The spring technology training schedule is now available, featuring a range of free courses on topics like Moodle, Google Apps, Drupal, video production, and Adobe products.
U Libraries spring workshops
See the lineup of spring semester workshops offered at the University Libraries. Faculty, staff, and students can learn about a range of topics, including data management, grant funding, and dissertation formatting.
Jan. 15 - Physics Circus
If you’ve never seen a physicist drop 20 feet through the air while a friend shoots a ball at him from a cannon, or grown men and women shooting streams of toilet paper over an audience with a leaf blower, the University of Minnesota Physics Force has a show for you. The show is a unique mix of physics demonstrations and slapstick humor suitable for adults and children of all ages. 7 p.m., Northrop.
Jan. 19 - MLK Pledge Drive
The University's of Minnesota's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Pledge Drive kicks off Jan. 19. Inspired by the national MLK Day of Service, the pledge drive honors Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy of service and the University's mission of public engagement for the common good. The voluntary pledge drive also aims to promote opportunities throughout the calendar year for Twin Cities and Rochester campus faculty, staff, students, and retirees to work with neighbors to serve our communities and address important causes.
Jan. 22 - Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility open house
The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility has a new home. Join the center for food and camaraderie, learn more about the center, and connect with the U of M global health community. 3-4:30 p.m., C311 Mayo Memorial Building.
Jan. 22 - Free MLK Jr. Tribute concert
The 34th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute will feature the IU Soul Revue ensemble, which is a part of the Indiana University African American Arts Institute, plus performances by the U of M School of Music Carnaval world music ensemble and the School of Music graduate choral conducting student G. Phillip Shoultz III. 7:30-8:45 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall.
Jan. 27 - Creating a High-Performing, Multigenerational Team
The Project and Change Management Collaborators group will present the workshop "Bridging the Age Gap: Creating a High-Performing, Multigenerational Team." The workshop features presenter Carrie Mitchell from Hollstadt & Associates, Inc. 1:30-3 p.m., 120 Andersen Library. Free and open to all faculty and staff.
Jan. 29 - U Libraries presents A Feast of Words
Join the University Libraries and the Campus Club for A Feast of Words, a dinner and program featuring Brenda Child, professor of American studies, 5-7:30 p.m., Campus Club. Child will present "Speaking Ojibwe in the Great Lakes: From Reservations to Revitalization."
Feb. 2 - Tucker Center Film Festival
"Women in Combat Sports" will be the theme of the annual Tucker Center Film Festival,
6:30-9:30 p.m., DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium. Selected films will weave together themes about how sport in general, and combat sports (i.e., boxing, mixed martial arts) in particular, can provide empowering and transformative opportunities for women and girls. Free and open to the public.
Feb. 5 - Campus Climate: From Conversation to Action
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to “Campus Climate: From Conversation to Action,” a day of taking action toward creating and fostering a campus climate where all people are treated with respect on their paths to success. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but participants may attend for all or any part of the day. Great Hall, Coffman Union.
Feb. 6 - Leveraging Research for Change workshop
Leveraging Research for Change: An Engaged Scholar Community-Academic Research Institute is an immersive, day-long workshop for faculty, staff, students, and community partners to examine how universities can leverage campus research resources to advance positive change in communities. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center.