January 19, 2022

Inside This Issue
  • Jan. 25 - 2022 U of M Legislative Kickoff Briefing.
  • Awards and Recognition: Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics 2022 grant awardees; and more.
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Jan. 25 - 2022 U of M Legislative Kickoff Briefing

Join in the annual systemwide U of M Legislative Kickoff event where the University will share its goals and priorities for the 2022 state legislative session. Participants will receive helpful resources and tips for engaging with elected officials and learn more about current work underway at the U of M. Visit this page on Jan. 25 to attend the virtual event.

Awards and Recognition

The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics has announced its 2022 grant awardees; Rajesh Rajamani has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Frances Vavrus has been named to the Working Group on Academic Freedom; 2021 OACA Faculty Research Development grant awardees; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

Awards and Recognition

U-Wide News

Charitable Grant Resource Hub

The Charitable Grant Resource Hub, developed by the University of Minnesota Foundation, is a source for all faculty and staff (University login required) looking for information about applying for private grants. Key components of the website include a “search grant opportunities” page, guidelines to help determine if a grant will be philanthropic, frequently requested documents, and more. For more information, contact the Corporate and Foundation Relations team

Jan. 25 - U of M National Day of Racial Healing Conversation: What Will it Take to Heal?

Join local and national educators, leaders, and activists in a virtual conversation on racial healing, equity, and justice at the U of M’s observance of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's National Day of Racial Healing. Hosted by the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), the event aims to foster conversation around the question: What will it take to heal our country? UROC executive director Makeda Zulu will moderate a panel discussion. 10 a.m., online via Zoom.

Deadline extended: Keeping Our Faculty Symposium registration and call for presentations

Registration is open for the virtual Keeping Our Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Symposium, March 3-4. The symposium will feature a keynote presentation and conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson, along with a Presidents’ Panel, networking events, and other acclaimed speakers. Proposals for presentation abstracts are being accepted until Jan. 24. 

Engaged Scholar Promotion and Tenure Workshops

Registration is open for a special three-part engaged scholar workshop series designed to provide community-engaged scholars with practical strategies for making their best case in the promotion and tenure process. Open to all University of Minnesota faculty, the workshops are sponsored by the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Office for Public Engagement. Sessions begin Feb. 3, online via Zoom.

Proposals requested: Minnesota Futures grant competition

The Minnesota Futures grant program seeks to inspire and advance new cross-disciplinary research that addresses societal challenges, leading to significant benefits for individuals, communities, and organizations in Minnesota and beyond. Note: PIs who currently hold an OACA Faculty Research Development Grant, or who have applied for that grant within the past year, are not eligible to apply as a PI. Letters of intent are due Feb. 14; the deadline for completed proposals is March 18. All applicants who submit an LOI are also invited to submit a full proposal, unless notified otherwise.

MAISRC request for proposals

The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) is seeking proposals for research studies to advance control and management, prevention of establishment and spread, risk assessment, and early detection of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota. MAISRC will administer an estimated $1.8 million to fund high-priority research needs focused on new lines of research and continuation of existing projects. Pre-proposals are due March 1.

Submit nominations for the President's Award for Outstanding Service

The nomination deadline for the 2022 President's Award for Outstanding Service is March 4. The award recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. 

U of M featured virtual events

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Jan. 21 - Combating Health-Related Misinformation and Disinformation 

Jan. 25 - Encore Adulthood: Changing life course in tumultuous times

Jan. 27 - A Feast of Words, featuring Minnesota Transform 

Feb. 3 - Why Does Racial Inequality Persist?  

Feb. 3 - 'The Realities of Resilience in the Face of Burnout'

Feb. 3 - Headliners: What Is Clean Water Worth? The State of Water in the State of Water

See the full Events Calendar >


U of M Crookston to host Ag Arama

U of M Crookston will host the 46th annual Ag Arama event on Jan. 29. Leading up to the event, participating students spend weeks training with their animals for competition in six different categories: horse showmanship, goat, dairy, beef, sheep, and swine showing. 


‘Office Hours’ with Professor Tom Isbell

Tom Isbell

In this episode of “Office Hours,” Professor Tom Isbell talks superpowers, hairstyle regrets, and the awesomeness that is UMD Theatre, where he teaches acting and playwriting. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that when a student steps into the Department of Theatre, very quickly they’re stepping into a family,” he says.


Graduate students work together to learn about patient-centered care

Students setting something up

Students in UMD’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders attended a joint seminar with physical and occupational therapy students at the College of St. Scholastica. Students in both specialties worked together on case studies. “It was really interesting to see how all of the disciplines collaborated,” said one student. “We would work on similar tasks but approach that task in a different way.”


UMD Theatre: The School for Lies

woman's face from a poster advert

UMD Theatre will present The School for Lies, a witty adaptation of Molière’s Le Misanthrope that embraces the gossip and glamour of modern-day reality television, while continuing to honor the brilliantly crafted rhythm and rhyme of the original French classic. Tickets go on sale Jan. 17. Performances are Feb. 3-5 and 9-12, 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 6, 2 p.m.


Sustainability Forum 2021: Showcase of Sustainability in Morris

students sorting recyclables

In December the Morris Campus Student Association, with support from the Office of Sustainability and Sodexo, hosted a sustainability forum to celebrate the diversity of sustainability activities happening across campus and in the community of Morris. Faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members were invited to attend the event and share information about their projects.


Beyond the Nest: This is a piece of cake

podcast graphic logo reading Beyond the Nest

In the latest episode of the Beyond the Nest podcast, 2018 graduate Mohamed Addani catches up with UMR biology faculty member Rachel Olson. Currently, Addani is a doctoral candidate at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, where he is researching strategies to confront health disparities in regenerative medicine treatments. Beyond the Nest is distributed via Apple, Google, Spotify, and Podbean.


Video: Radiography: You Really Can Make It Here

UMR's Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) program is an educational collaboration with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. The challenging, high-quality curriculum progressively builds students' expertise while they advance through the program. Follow along in this video as Maria Cisneros-Pito, a current BSHP radiography student, shares her passion to make her family proud while she cares for others. 

Warm Winter Welcome

The University of Minnesota Rochester celebrated the beginning of a new semester and the return of students at the Warm Winter Welcome. The event included art classes, indoor mini-golf, board games, a photo booth, self-care stations, and more. 

Twin Cities

A purposeful photographer

Hossam Halaweish

Hossam Halaweish’s daily schedule may look a bit overwhelming between classes and studying, researching in a surgery lab, and volunteering. The senior, who is majoring in biology, also recently started a nonprofit. During the pandemic, Halaweish wanted to do something to help children in need, so he started Portraits for a Purpose. He takes people’s photographs and uses the proceeds to contribute toward feeding hungry children. The University recently recognized him with the Donald R. Zander Alumni Award for Outstanding Student Leadership.

ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series

Faculty and staff interested in working effectively with international students and colleagues can now register for the spring Intercultural Workshop Series, organized by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). All but one of the workshops will be held virtually.

Weisman Art Museum reopens for visitors

After several months of closure for maintenance work, the Weisman is once again open to visitors, with new exhibitions, fresh artwork from the collection on view, and free admission. See facility hours and plan your visit.

Jan. 28 - Northrop presents: Dance Theatre of Harlem

The 18-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works, and innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture. 7:30 p.m., Carlson Family Stage, Northrop.