U of M Brief - January 28, 2015
State Relations Update
On Jan. 21, Gov. Dayton proposed a major new investment in the U of M Med School that would allow the University to hire 50 more medical researchers over the next 8 years, address Minnesota's looming shortage of doctors statewide, secure new grants, and support medical innovation and job creation. Dayton released his full budget on Jan. 27. On Jan. 22, VP for University Services Pam Wheelock presented the U's 2015 Capital Request to the House Capital Investment Committee, and University officials gave on update on MnDRIVE. Register now for the Feb. 3, 2015 Legislative Action Kickoff.
Global Operations: Reducing barriers to international research
Launched in 2012, the U's Global Operations brings together experts and resources from across the system in the areas of tax, purchasing, legal, human resources, and compliance. Together, the initiative's advisory team and a variety of working groups provide free, personalized, no-fault support that can help mitigate potential risks and reduce project costs in the long term. Global Operations also has access to outside counsel. Researchers can request Global Operations support at any time before or during the research process for projects of all sizes.
Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel and petroleum processing
Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in these industries. The study was published in the research journal Nature Communications. The U has two patents pending on the research and hopes to license the technologies.
Jan. 28 - Meet the finalists for the U of M Board of Regents
Join legislators, University leaders, and alumni at the Regent Candidate Forum to hear directly from the candidates about their viewpoints. The event begins at 4:30 p.m., State Capitol. On Twitter, comment with questions for the candidates by using #UMNRegents or tagging @UMNAlumni in your posts.
Made in Minnesota
The University's Driven to Discover marketing campaign will resume this week. This year's theme, "Made in Minnesota," is tied directly to the University's strategic plan to be preeminent in meeting the world's grand challenges. The campaign includes ads for TV, print, digital, light rail, and radio, and branded merchandise in the University Bookstore and Weisman gift shop.
Convergence Colloquia: Cultivating serendipity for community action
The U's director of research engagement, Carissa Slotterback, shares insights about the value of serendipity and introduces the Convergence Colloquia, a new series of multi-disciplinary gatherings designed to advance cutting-edge research, develop innovative solutions, and build long-term partnerships that improve the world.
Center for Writing research grants
The Center for Writing's Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW) program offers research grants to support the inquiry of U of M scholars and teachers into writing and literacy. Letters of intent are due Feb. 9. For more information and the application process, see ISW grants or view the instructions for the Letter of Intent.
Community Health Collaborative Grants Program
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is now accepting applications for the Community Health Collaborative Grants Program, and anticipates awarding a total of approximately $325,000 to five to six proposals. The program supports pilot research projects between U of M researchers and community representatives that address health issues important to Minnesota communities. Mandatory letters of interest are due Feb. 19.
Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center Request for Research Proposals
The Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center (BAARC) has announced its 2015 Request for Research Proposals. The purpose of the program is to attract new investigators in the research fields of ataxia-related diseases and disorders, including ALS, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease. BAARC is allocating $200,000 for grants and anticipates making two to four awards. Deadline is noon, March 16. Email Abigail Loyd for more information.
2015-16 IAS Faculty Fellows named
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has announced Faculty Fellows for 2015-16. Twelve faculty will be in residence at the IAS, working on projects that range from violence and religious difference in the premodern Mediterranean to the long-term study of agrarian expansion, earthworm invasion, and earthworm-engineered forests in North American and Europe. The faculty represent eleven departments in five colleges on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.
McKnight Land Grant Awards for 2015-17
The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost has announced that eight faculty members have been named as the 2015-17 McKnight Land-Grant Professors. The goal of this program is to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. The professorship includes a research grant of $25,000 in each of the two years of the award, to be used for expenditures related to the recipient’s research/scholarly work.
$15 million gift to Gopher Athletics
Gopher Athletics has received a $15 million gift from David and Janis Larson. The gift will help fund a new Football Performance Center, which will house football offices, locker rooms, training areas, a weight training center and other areas designed to provide the Gopher Football program and student-athletes all of the tools needed to achieve greatness on and off the field. Larson, a retired Cargill executive and University of Minnesota Regent, died Oct. 25.
UMN in the News
Jian-Ping Wang tells the Star Tribune that he came to the University of Minnesota with a vision to create an industry that would rival California’s Silicon Valley; Rebecca Montgomery and Peter Reich talk with Phys.org about a U of M study that shows Minnesota’s tree species will change with climate; a locally developed device is helping people lose weight says Sayeed Ikramuddin at KARE 11; Jim Kakalios writes in WIRED about the magical bulletproof material that made Iron Man give up iron; Myron Orfield talked with the Washington Post about a case before the Supreme Court that could disarm the single best weapon for desegregating U.S. housing; the Wall Street Journal reports that a group including Tom Fisher hope dropping the Midwest label for a new one will foster innovation and pride; William Frey II spoke with Elle Magazine about the scientific reasoning behind emotional tears.
Jan. 29 - Visiting Fulbright Scholars presentations
The campus and community are invited to attend presentations by UMC's two visiting Fulbright scholars during the next Thursday Commons. The presentations will be an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of both Cameroon and Macedonia, along with the chance to ask questions of these two scholars. The Fulbright Fellowship is one of the most prestigious fellowships in the world. Presentations begin at noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.
Jan. 28 - Job & Internship Fair
Job seekers are invited to attend the 13th annual UMC Winter Job & Internship Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. All are welcome. Admission is free.
Feb. 6 - 66th Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair
Students in grades 6 through 12 will compete in the 66th Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair at the University of Minnesota Crookston, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The science fair offers elementary and secondary students a chance to compete for scholarships, cash, and non-cash awards, along with the opportunity to advance to the state competition.
Jan. 30-31 - Ag Arama
A campus legacy continues with hosting of the 40th annual Ag Arama at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The weekend of events, sponsored by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, includes activities for the entire family.
UMD scholar-athlete awards
Seven UMD scholar-athletes in four sports were named 2014-15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award recipients. These seven senior students--Courtney Driscoll, Aaron Handorff, Alyssa Kerkhoff, Amelia Maher, Katie Schneider, Maureen Stormont, and Ana Zdechlik--have each earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher and are on track to graduate.
Jan. 28 - Panel discussion on national identity and comic books
A panel discussion, "Bullets, Bracelets, and Social Struggle: National Identity and Comic Books," will be held at noon in the Kathryn A. Martin Library rotunda. Sociology/Anthropology Associate Professor Mitra Emad and Writing Studies Associate Professor David Beard will discuss how comic books create and sustain cultural mythologies and how comic books as a genre can both maintain and disturb nationalism(s). Communications Assistant Professor Lawrance Bernabo will moderate.
Feb. 3 - Tweed Museum of Art's Tweevenings
Professor Jim Klueg, ceramist and head of the Department of Art & Design, and Assistant Professor Liz James, ceramics area head, will each give a presentation as part of the Tweed Museum of Art's Tweevenings series. Their talks relate to the Tweed exhibition Resurfaced and Reformed: Evolution in Studio Ceramics. 6:30-7:30 p.m.
'Go, Dog. Go!' musical
Feb. 6-7 - Morris to welcome Community of Scholars
UMM will welcome approximately 300 prospective students and their families at the ninth annual Community of Scholars event. Students from across the country will compete for the campus's most prestigious competitive scholarships: the Prairie Scholars Award and the Morris Scholars Award.
UMM ranked one of 10 best colleges in Minnesota
UMM has been named one of the 10 best colleges in Minnesota by ranking and review site Niche. Niche ranked UMM No. 7 in Minnesota and No. 243 nationwide. The campus also was ranked No. 94 on Niche's Top Public Colleges, No. 77 on its Top Liberal Arts Colleges list, No. 71 on the Best Colleges in Small Towns list, and No. 58 on the Safest Colleges list.
UMR prof teaches technology workshops in Chile
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Xavier Prat-Resina traveled to Chile earlier this month to present two workshops at two of Andres Bello University's campuses on how technology can help active learning. The first workshop, about how technology and the Internet have changed how class time should be spent, was oriented to college and high school level educators.
Free yoga, tai chi or Pilates classes
Free tax preparation for U community
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
Black History Month celebrations will 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.
Feb. 3 - How has governing in Minnesota changed?
Veteran state representatives Lyndon Carlson and Phyllis Kahn will discuss the history of Minnesota governing and where it may be headed. Carlson and Kahn are recognized as the "deans" of the Minnesota Legislature for their combined 84 years of service. Noon-1:15 p.m., Humphrey School. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Feb. 3 - Date Night! How data science leads to 'I do'
How will data science change the future of human friendship, professional relationships, and even marriage? Christian Rudder, cofounder and CEO of the dating website OKCupid, will be among a panel that will discuss this question, as well as explore how analytics can impact not only business, but also people's personal lives. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. 3-4:30 p.m., followed by a reception and networking event, 3M auditorium, Carlson School of Management.
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 any part of the day. Great Hall, Coffman Union.
Feb. 6 - College Readiness and Achievement Gap talk
CRAG Talks are a series of casual, one-hour events with presentations on U of M research related to college readiness and achievement gaps from early childhood through college. Hear from U of M colleagues working on college readiness and achievement gap issues from different angles and find potential collaborators. Noon-1 p.m., 101 Walter Library. Light snacks and beverages provided.
Feb. 19 - Opening reception: 'The Job is Never Done': Fifty Years of Documenting Social Welfare History
Materials from the collections highlight the development of the social work profession and its efforts to improve the lives of individuals and communities. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., program at 5 p.m., Andersen Library.
Design Cycles: A bike show exhibit
Admire bike frames by regional builders, including locals Erik Noren and Curt Goodrich, gear and tools by Twin Six and Bike Fixation, and the history of Surly's fat bike. The exhibit runs through May 10, Goldstein's Museum of Design, McNeal Hall, St. Paul.
A series of paintings by Marjorie Schalles inspired by satellite photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey/Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) are now on display at the Institute on the Environment's Commons Meeting & Art Space, R350 Learning & Environmental Sciences. Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
UMTC Featured Events
Pride @ Work Happy Hour (Jan. 29)
Critical Conversations: FROM REFUGEE TO CITIZEN: The Hmong Journey from Rural History to Urban Experience (Jan. 30)
Tucker Center Film Festival (Feb. 2)
OED Certificate Workshop 1: Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity (Feb. 3)
First Fridays: 'Umbra: Search African American History' and 'The Power of the Printing Press' (Feb. 6)