U of M Brief - November 19, 2014
PeopleSoft changes: Reports
In February 2015, the PeopleSoft upgrade will usher in a new Reporting Center that consolidates UM Reports, UM Analytics, and PeopleSoft reports. Some infrequently used UM Reports will go away, and some will have different names and content. UM Reports favorites and bookmarks will not transfer, so save a list for your reference. During a one- to two-week system cutover period in February, most UM Reports will be view-only with static data. Learn the details about what is changing or watch a short video on the new Reporting Center. Sign up for "The Upgrade" newsletter to stay informed.
Treating diabetes with beneficial bacteria
In place of drugs or surgery, a team of MnDRIVE researchers are studying how to improve diabetes patients' insulin sensitivity by introducing trillions of beneficial bacteria into their small intestines. Results from clinical trials will likely lead to the development of similar therapies for other diseases as well.
Kreitzer named co-editor of Global Advances in Health and Medicine
School of Nursing Professor and Director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing Mary Jo Kreitzer has been named co-editor in chief of Global Advances in Health and Medicine.
Pfeiffer elected to International Federation of Infection Control Board
School of Nursing Clinical Associate Professor Jeanne Pfeiffer was elected to the International Federation of Infection Control Board, representing the United States, Canada, Japan, Israel, New Zealand and Australia.
Gary Balas has passed away
"Distinguished McKnight University Professor Gary Balas, former Head of the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department, passed away on November 12, 2014. A memorial gathering in his honor will be held on December 3rd from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at the Campus Club in the West Wing, located on the fourth floor of Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455."
UMN in the News
Alan Hirsch talks with the St. Cloud Times about aspirin and decreasing the number of yearly heart attacks in Minnesota; U of M historian Ann Pflaum, Professor Rose Brewer, and David Hamlar spoke on Veterans Day with the Star Tribune about how the GI Bill gave Minnesota veterans a path to the middle class; David Lee comments at WCCO on how to budget for medical care for your dog; Liqiang Chen talked with the MN Daily about a chemical discovery that could ease Parkinson's disease; a plant-based diet is best for the planet, shows research by Professor David Tilman, who is interviewed in Time magazine; CSE Professor Jim Kakalios explains in Wired magazine the science of why no one can lift Thor's hammer.
Nov. 29 - Arboretum Winter Farmers Market
The U of M Landscape Arboretum will host an indoor Farmers Market featuring locally produced food items and gifts, such as meats, cheeses, honey, coffee, baked goods, soaps, and jewelry. During the market, Arboretum Executive Chef Scott Pampuch will do a chef's demo and the Arboretum restaurant will feature a lunch special. Oswald Visitor Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Nov. 16-21 - International Education Week
International Education Week will feature many events for faculty, staff, and students, including the International Market Nov. 19, 1-5 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. During A Day of Giving Nov. 20, shoes and clothes donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the International Lounge.
Nov. 19-22 – "Next to Normal" musical performance
The Music and Theater Department will perform the contemporary musical "Next to Normal" Nov. 19-21, 7 p.m., and Nov. 22, 2 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. A live orchestra supports the performance, which showcases the vocal talent of the six-member student cast.
Nov. 24 - Entrepreneurs' Luncheon
The Northwest Minnesota Foundation, along with the UMC Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, will sponsor an Entrepreneurs' Luncheon in the back room at RBJ's Restaurant, 1601 University Ave., noon.
Nov. 25 – Soup and Substance: Homelessness
The Office of Community Engagement will host Soup and Substance: Homelessness, featuring soup and conversation about social issues affecting the campus and community. Crookston Care and Share, 220 East 3rd St., noon-1 p.m. An optional tour will run from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Seawater 3 billion years ago
Associate Professor Sergei Katsev, a researcher at UMD's Large Lakes Observatory, and a team of scientists are looking at the water in Indonesia's Lake Matano for clues to the composition of seawater 3 billion years ago. Their research was recently published in the Nov. 7 issue of Science magazine.
Pearson Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology
LSBE Assistant Professor Abram Anders recently received the 2014 Pearson Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology from the Association for Business Communication (ABC). In the classes he teaches, Anders emphasizes collaboration, networking and technology use. In conjunction with the award, he will present a plenary session at ABC's 2015 conference.
Civic Engagement Award
Rachel Forsyth, from Community Action Duluth, received the Department of Social Work's "Outstanding MSW Field Supervisor and Civic Engagement Award." Two students in UMD's Master of Social Work program, who completed their field placements under Forsyth's supervision, nominated her for the honor.
AIA Design Excellence Award
Helping to extend the strawberry growing season
UMM's Center for Small Towns and Instructional and Media Technologies, the West Central Research and Outreach Center, and the U of M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences have partnered to address the needs of strawberry growers in the region. The groups came together to create a free, interactive e-book to help area strawberry growers extend their season.
Increasing local food availability
Faith Bradley has spent the semester collaborating with UMM and the Morris community as a Minnesota GreenCorps member. Part of the initiative's local foods track, Bradley aims to increase the availability of local foods in the community. She has been working with members of the Morris Healthy Eating initiative and the Office of Community Engagement.
Sustainability in Higher Ed conference
Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson, Sustainability Director Troy Goodnough, and students Jordan Wente '15, Martin Zais '15, Peter Kvale '16, and Katie Ledermann '17 recently traveled to Oregon for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education annual conference. With more than 2,100 participants, this is the largest gathering of higher education sustainability professionals and students in North America.
Dec. 2 - UMR CONNECTS
"Resilience through Arts and Narrative after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami" will feature Yuko Taniguchi, author and UMR writing instructor. In 2012 Taniguchi traveled to Tohoku to document the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Through a series of interviews she discovered a common thread: the role of art. Taniguchi will discuss how resilience and healing are connected to arts, narrative, and community engagement. The presentation will introduce the stories of Tohoku residents. 417 University Square, 7-8:30 p.m.
2015 Tony Diggs Excellence Awards nominations now open
Nov. 20 - Shakespeare in Love
For four centuries people have been trying to reconstruct Shakespeare's biography from his verses. What is the result? The next Thursdays at Four will feature Anatoly Liberman, professor of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, discussing Shakespeare in Love. Crosby Seminar Room, 4 p.m.
Nov. 21 - Integrating a Vendor Into Your Projects
The Project and Change Management Collaborators group will host a vendor-themed session that will allow you to ask independent business owners about technology solutions (software, security, and staffing) for project managers. The event features a Q&A panel with UpNet, YFI Technologies, and Xylo Technologies. 402 Walter Library, 9-10:30 a.m.
Nov. 21 - Critical Conversations: Muslim in Minnesota
Although a large number of recent immigrants to Minnesota are Muslim, Islam in the U.S. has a much longer history. "Muslim in Minnesota: Keeping the Faith, Dispelling Stereotypes, Achieving Success" will offer a greater knowledge and understanding about Islam and basic teachings of the Quran. Panelists: Cawo Abdi, assistant professor, Department of Sociology; Kishwar Bayunus, former Council of Trustees Chair and Women's Society President, current Muslim Women Speaker's Bureau, Islamic Center of Minnesota; Keith Ellison, U.S. Congressman; and Aasimkore Shabazz, U of M graduate student. 120 Andersen Library, 1:30-3 p.m.
Nov. 22 - Math and Science Family Fun Fair
Sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering, the Math and Science Family Fun Fair will feature fascinating activities, more than 30 hands-on exhibits, and entertaining presentations showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year's highlights include Physics Force shows, Energy and U shows, rockets, and robots. Coffman Union, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Dec. 2 - The Mystery of Writing
University Libraries hosts "The Mystery of Writing" with award-winning author Mary Logue. A lively interview led by soprano and Friends of the Libraries board member Maria Jette will reveal what sparks Logue's creativity. 120 Andersen Library, 7-9 p.m.
Dec. 4 - After Ferguson: Police brutality and citizen activism
The Sociology Department Diversity Committee will host a panel featuring U of M professors Rose Brewer and Michelle Phelp, and Communities United Against Police Brutality founder Michelle Gross. They will discuss the implications and lingering climate of Ferguson, MO. 1114 Social Sciences Building, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dec. 4 - New Directions in Medical Malpractice Reform
There is wide agreement that the medical malpractice system is dysfunctional, though political interest groups continue to clash about how best to reform it. Michelle Mello of Stanford Law School and Stanford Medical School will discuss the issue as this year's speaker for the Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine, co-sponsored by the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences; the Center for Bioethics; and the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science and Technology. McNamara Alumni Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Dec. 5 - Brain Fitness
The U of M Center on Aging will present "Brain Fitness: Can physical and mental exercise preserve your mind?" Presenters Fang Yu of the School of Nursing Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence and Mary Ann Schoenberger, director of the Southwest Senior Center, Volunteers of America-Minnesota will present the latest research on this critically important topic and answer your questions. Free, but registration is requested. D325 Mayo, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.