June 28, 2023

Inside This Issue

Brief summer schedule: July 19; Aug. 2, 16, and 30. Weekly publication resumes Sept. 6.

  • Board of Regents approves annual operating budget.
  • U of M launches semiconductor consortium. 
  • Researchers perform first successful transplant of functional cryopreserved rat kidney.
  • Awards and Recognition: Announcing the newest University of Minnesota Regents Professors; and more.
Top News

Board of Regents approves annual operating budget

The Board of Regents approved the U of M’s fiscal year 2024 budget at a special meeting on June 26. The budget advances the University’s strategic goals, which center on student well-being and success. Commitments to supporting students, as well as faculty and staff, are priorities throughout the budget. The budget also accounts for continued inflationary pressures and other revenue challenges. Regents are scheduled to meet next July 12-14.

U of M launches semiconductor consortium, paving way for high-paying jobs

physics building

The University's Technological Leadership Institute recently launched the Minnesota Semiconductor Manufacturing Consortium, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at teaching new skills to Minnesota's technical workforce for careers in semiconductor manufacturing. The United States is a leader in the global semiconductor manufacturing and design market, which is expected to become a trillion-dollar industry by 2030.

Researchers perform first successful transplant of functional cryopreserved rat kidney

Zonghu Han in the lab

In a groundbreaking new study, engineers and medical researchers at the University of Minnesota have proven the life-saving potential of long-term organ preservation at ultra-low temperatures by successfully transplanting a rewarmed kidney in a rat and restoring full kidney function. The research has the potential to save thousands of human lives by enabling long-term storage of organs for transplantation. 


Awards and Recognition

Announcing the newest University of Minnesota Regents Professors; Helen Vuong has been named a 2023 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by Pew Charitable Trusts; announcing the recipients of the Awards for Academic Unit Service; Zan Gao was recently selected as a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology; Barbara Kleist has received the Policy Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Laurie Van Egeren has been named the next vice provost for public engagement; U in the News features highlights of University faculty and staff cited in the media.

Awards and Recognition

U-Wide News

Administrative policy news

The President’s Policy Committee approved the new Retroactive Withdrawal and Academic Restoration policy, which provides pathways for students who have struggled academically to return to the University and complete their degree. Additionally, three financial and accounting transactions policies were combined into one policy, two academic policies on course credits were combined into one policy, and the Safety of Minors policy underwent major changes. The policies are currently in the 30-day public comment period.

Safety of minors information for youth programs/activities/events

Youth programs, activities, and events engaging with minors (under 18) must comply with the University's Safety of Minors policy and must be registered annually on the Youth Central Registration System. Program leaders/heads of units are encouraged to be a part of the pre-college network. Email Youth Safety and Compliance Manager Jazmin Danielson for more information and professional learning opportunities related to operating a safe and effective youth program.

Experimental: She needed a new liver. Her parents made her famous.

a black and white photo of baby Jamie Fiske and her father

In 1982, 11-month-old Jamie Fiske changed the world. With a failing liver in an era when organ transplantation was only experimental, she was not expected to reach her first birthday. Her parents began a nationwide campaign to save their daughter’s life before it was too late. The University of Minnesota Department of Surgery, led by John Najarian, agreed to take a chance. Watch a video detailing Fiske’s story.


U of M develops model to assess lactating cow heat stress

University researchers developed a highly sophisticated model to assess lactating cow heat stress, a problem that can lead to numerous health complications for cows and financial difficulties for dairy producers. 

Fighting deadly disease, one molecule at a time

Researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Science and Engineering have discovered a promising new target against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacteria that can cause fatal infections that are increasingly difficult to treat with existing antibiotics.

Report details potential impact of COVID-19 on adolescent sexual and reproductive health

Sexually transmitted infection rates and birth rates continued to decrease among Minnesota youth, according to this year’s annual report from the Medical School’s Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center. However, the pregnancy rate increased for the first time in more than a decade, likely due to decreased access to contraception and medical care during the pandemic.

Initiative announced to examine ethics of AI in nursing

The School of Nursing announced an initiative to examine the ethical implications of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in nursing. The group has been charged with producing a strategy to inform and expand scholarship in the profession’s adoption of new AI technology. 

U of M and Mayo Clinic announce new pathway program for training of nurse-midwives

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing are collaborating to create a new academic pathway for nurse-midwives that will expand the nurse-midwifery workforce in the Upper Midwest. The collaboration creates a pathway for students admitted to the School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program to complete the approximately 1,000 hours of required clinical training at Mayo Clinic hospitals in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

ICI celebrates flagship publication’s anniversary

The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) launched Impact magazine 35 years ago to quickly get useful information out to people with disabilities and their caregivers. From its beginnings as a 12-page newsletter on case management, Impact has grown to include personal stories, practical how-to articles, profiles of promising programs and practitioners, and best practices for people with disabilities to live lives of their own choosing.  

Research Brief: Profitability decline is forcing many rural hospitals to close or merge

As the financial distress of rural hospitals increases, access to health care is under threat for rural Americans. A new study from the School of Public Health examined this challenge by analyzing how rural hospitals—including unprofitable ones—fared over the course of eight years. See additional recent Research Briefs.

June 28 - Webinar series: Teaching the SDGs

This Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Initiative webinar will feature three panelists sharing how they have integrated the SDGs into their courses or programs. Participants will hear about a health course with a study abroad component, a Freshman Seminar, and how a 21-credit program was developed using the SDGs as a framework. Noon. 

July 24 - Seminar with Robert Otto Valdez

Robert Otto Valdez, director of the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, will discuss the challenges/opportunities facing the U.S. healthcare system in providing high-quality, equitable, and safe health care. He will discuss how factors such as the use of data and measurement, a refocus on patient safety after the COVID-19 pandemic, persistent health care disparities, an aging of the population, and climate change are impacting the future of health care. Register and learn more.


Mahlen named assistant athletic director for events and operations

Long-time University of Minnesota Crookston assistant women's basketball coach Nate Mahlen has been named assistant athletic director for events and operations. In Mahlen's new role, he will oversee Crookston's event management operations for all 14 athletic teams. He will also oversee athletic facilities and operations and scheduling for the U of M Crookston athletic department. 

Volleyball announces schedule for 2023 season

The Golden Eagles will kick off 2023 on Aug. 19 with an exhibition match at the University of North Dakota for the first time since 2008. The Golden Eagles will start their season with a pair of non-conference tournaments and then head to the Upper Peninsula for four matches, opening the conference season Aug. 31 against host Northern Michigan. 


Climate art and stories

earth as seen from space

Lisa Fitzpatrick from the Motion + Media Across Disciplines/Viz Lab and Jonna Korpi from the UMD Office of Sustainability have been awarded a 2023 SDG Research Grant through the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance for their “Responding to Climate: Expressing Ourselves Through Conversation, Story, and Art” project. They are currently recording climate conversations with the UMD and Duluth communities and creating climate art projects.

Concerts on the Pier

Graphic of crowd on sea shore reading Concerts on the Pier

Nine artists will play during Glensheen's free Concerts on the Pier Wednesday night summer concerts. This year spotlights the Slamming Doors (July 5), The Brothers Burn Mountain (July 12), Babie Eyes (July 19), Erik Koskinen (July 26), Pink Marlena (Aug. 2), Jeremy Messersmith (Aug. 9), Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold (Aug. 16), New Salty Dog (Aug. 23), and Emily Haavik & The 35s (Aug 30). The events run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Kayak for science events

a kayaker

Kayakers are invited to collect data in the St. Louis River Estuary to document temperatures during Sea Kayak For Science events. Participants will contribute to a forecasting model that will predict unsafe swimming conditions and prevent future drownings. The project partners the UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program with a Natural Resources Research Institute project, the first study of its kind to reveal patterns in drowning incidents. Upcoming events include July 1, 14, and 20, as well as Aug. 12.


Tollefsrud named to National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society

Riley Tossefsrud

Sigma Delta Pi named University of Minnesota Morris student Riley Tollefsrud ’25, Brainerd, MN, as one of the newest members on its Board of Student Advisers (BSA). Tollefsrud is majoring in Spanish and psychology.


Cougar student-athletes honored

When the Academic All-UMAC awards for winter and spring were announced earlier this month, 91 Cougar athletes in 10 sports were recognized. Individuals who earn a 3.5 or better grade point average during their respective semesters of competition are recognized with the honor. 

Register for the Cougar Golf Classic

Four people pose for photo on a golf course

Register for this summer’s Cougar Golf Classic, which will be held at Pomme de Terre Golf Club on July 28. Included with the entry fee are 18 holes of golf plus two carts per group, a Cougar-branded drink cooler, two beverage tickets, a pre-round lunch, post-round food, and a tax-deductible donation to the athletic fund. More prizes will be on hand the day of the event.


U of M Rochester launches Onward campaign

Downtown Rochester building with an M on it

The University of Minnesota Rochester has launched a $5 million campaign, its first philanthropic campaign, to support students through scholarships and innovation. Supporters of UMR including former Governor Tim Pawlenty, President Emeritus Bob Bruininks, Interim President Jeff Ettinger, and Chancellor Emeritus Stephen Lehmkuhle gathered to kick off the campaign. 


Inaugural class 10-year reunion celebration

UMR students gather around a number 10 for reunion

U of M Rochester’s inaugural class of 2013 celebrated its 10-year reunion in June with a weekend full of events and time to reflect. Alumni received campus tours that included new living and learning spaces, time to explore all that’s new in downtown Rochester, and an opportunity to celebrate their growth throughout the last decade.


UMR recognized for commitment to first-generation students

U of M Rochester has been named a new member of the First Scholars Network by the Center for First-generation Student Success. UMR’s diverse student body includes 40 percent first-generation students, with a robust set of evidence-based practices supporting student success.

Twin Cities

Reminder: Shipt delivery service is free for one year

University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty, staff, and students are eligible for a free one-year Shipt membership by signing up with your zip code and umn.edu email address. Shipt offers same-day delivery of groceries and other household essentials. For more information, see Shipt FAQs.

A positive attraction

John Larson and U of M alumni employees of the company

As the world moves toward a future of electric vehicles and wind turbines, it will need to increase the supply of magnets that are used to power motors that convert electricity to motion. Unfortunately, relying on these rare earth elements is not sustainable. Niron Magnetics, a Minneapolis company with deep roots at the University, is working to solve this dilemma with the world’s first commercial, permanent high-performance magnets that are manufactured without rare earth minerals.

Bring your full self: An interview with College of Design alum Max Dickson

Cover of Landscape Architecture Magazine

After graduation, Max Dickson ’19 moved to Philadelphia to work with OLIN, an internationally awarded landscape architecture and urban design firm. At OLIN, Dickson’s work has focused on district-scale urban spaces and leading the emergent research initiative through OLIN Labs called PrideScapes—an exploration of LGBTQ+ landscapes and people within the field of landscape architecture.


Announcing Northrop's 2023-34 season

a male and female dancer on stage

Step into a kaleidoscope of rhythm, movement, and cinematic wonders with Northrop’s 2023-24 season, featuring nine dance events including two co-commissioned world premieres and five live music performances featuring Northrop’s historic pipe organ—two in tandem with film screenings.



July 12-Sept. 27 - Twin Cities campus Farmers Market

The Twin Cities campus Farmers Market is back for the 2023 season. Come for seasonal produce from local vendors such as Peter's Pumpkins, Straight River Farm, Ge’s Chemical Free Produce, and more. EBT, cash, and credit cards accepted. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Gateway Plaza, McNamara Alumni Center.

Featured events

the red barn at the arboretum

June 30 - An Interview with David Webber | Author of The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder

July 3 - Mindful Mondays: Free Drop-In Sessions 

July 8 - Oak Savanna Bird Walk | Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve 

July 15 - Family Fun at the Farm: Soybeans | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 

July 18 - Sex Science Happy Hour with special guest Carolyn Torkelson 

Aug. 16 - Utilizing Abstract Nature Imagery in Healthcare Settings and During Mindfulness-Based Meditation with Craig Blacklock 

Aug. 30 - Bakken Center Mindfulness Programs Information Session

See the full Events Calendar