U of M Brief - November 26, 2014
U partners against emerging pandemic threats
Under a new five-year award of up to $50 million, the University of Minnesota and Tufts University will be part of an international partnership of universities to strengthen global workforce development against emerging pandemic threats. Called One Health Workforce, the effort is part of a new USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 program, focusing on disease surveillance, training, and outbreak response.
Six researchers named Generation Next/UROC Faculty Fellows
Six researchers have been named Generation Next/UROC Faculty Fellows and charged with creating teams to tackle the question: "Why is there an achievement gap in the context of Minneapolis-St. Paul and what promising practices are helping close that gap?" Coordinated by the University's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in partnership with Minneapolis-based Generation Next, the fellows will zero in on disparities and the structural roots of the achievement gap to create a scholarly roadmap that works in tandem with other University and Generation Next-based efforts.
Samuel Myers to receive Westerfield Award
Samuel Myers, Jr., the Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has been named recipient of the Samuel Z. Westerfield, Jr., Award by the National Economic Association (NEA). The award, the NEA's highest honor, is in recognition of Myers' distinguished service, outstanding scholarship, and achievement of high standards of excellence, and will be presented at the organization's annual meeting on Jan. 4 in Boston.
Nursing faculty to launch Ebola treatment center in Liberia
Four School of Nursing faculty were invited by the American Refugee Committee to be part of a leadership team of health professionals charged with launching a new Ebola treatment center in southern Liberia. Associate Professor Cheryl Robertson and Clinical Assistant Professor Dorcas Kunkel depart Minnesota this week. Their extensive public health experience in Africa position them well for their charge to with recruit and train health care staff, establish protocols and procedures and oversee the opening of the 60-bed treatment center in River Gee County on the southern border of Liberia. The faculty's involvement is part of a pioneering agreement between the U of M School of Nursing and the American Refugee Committee.
Alok Gupta Named INFORMS ISS Distinguished Academic Fellow
Professor Alok Gupta has been named an INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS) Distinguished Fellow. The honor is given to those who have made outstanding intellectual contributions to the field through their published research, editorial appointments to relevant journals, and mentorship to doctoral students and young researchers.
Bruininks receives Lifetime Achievement Award for disability work
Former U of M president and CEHD dean emeritus Robert Bruininks received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD) during its annual conference in Washington, D.C. The award is given "… to individuals making a lifetime commitment to serving people with developmental disabilities and their families," and includes recognition of his work as founding director of the college's Institute on Community Integration.
Professor Emeritus Philip Hodge passes away
Professor Emeritus Philip Hodge from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics passed away on November 11, 2014. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and his research resulted in significant advancements in plasticity theory, including developments in the method of characteristics, limit-analysis, piecewise linear isotropic plasticity, and nonlinear programming applications.
UMN in the News
Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether writes about "The power of telling, and writing, of sexual assault" in the Star Tribune; health insurance premiums are rising more slowly, writes Dimitri Drekonja in the Star Tribune; Michael Osterholm comments in Wired magazine on a surprising study that could lead to better flu vaccines; Elizabeth Seaquist discusses the importance in identifying the best treatments for people with type 2 diabetes at KSTP-TV; David Bedford comments on the hard cider boom and the demand for 'terrible' tasting apples in Vita.MN; U of M researchers have discovered a protein that fights HIV infection, featuring Elizabeth Luengas and Reuben Harris in a story by KSTP; and Ryan Allen of the Humphrey School comments at KARE 11 on local reactions to President Obama's immigration plan.
Dec. 1 - Imagine Fund Deadline
Applications for U of M Imagine Fund Special Events Grants supporting new and ongoing faculty projects in the arts, humanities, and design are due Dec. 1. Proposals also are invited by Feb. 2 for the Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair for 2015-17. The Imagine Fund is an initiative of the Senior VP for Academic Affairs and Provost.
New CTSI grant program
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has announced a new grant program that seeks applications from U of M faculty on all campuses (as well as Mayo Clinic investigators). The new Translational Product Development Fund program will award up to either $50,000 or $200,000 to support health research projects that intend to develop a novel therapeutic compound, device, diagnostic, or IT product. Mandatory letters of intent are due Dec. 19.
CEED Invites Applications for Seed Funding
The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) has announced a new seed funding initiative to further its mission to improve developmental outcomes of young children. The initiative aims to establish new collaborations between U of M faculty and CEED researchers, particularly collaborations with a high probability of continuity. Faculty may apply for up to $10,000 of support; up to three awards will be made. The application deadline is Jan. 21.
Call for nominations: President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award
This annual, systemwide award recognizes one faculty member or one academic professional and administrative employee for exemplary community-engaged scholarship in his or her field of inquiry. All finalists become eligible for the University-wide award, which includes a one-time $15,000 prize. Nominations are due Feb. 27.
Regional entrepreneurs and small business owners sought
Entrepreneurs and small business owners can receive valuable help through an opportunity offered by the UMC Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES). CRES is seeking regional entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in forming a unique partnership that would include valuable consulting services by UMC students under the guidance of qualified faculty at no cost.
Medical School Faculty Member Honored
University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth faculty member Arlen Severson was recently inducted into the Academic Health Center Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Severson is a charter faculty member of the Medical School Duluth campus and has been named teacher of the year 16 times.
UMD students participate in BURST
Last summer, undergraduates from UMD's Swenson College of Science and Engineering took part in a program called BURST (Biological Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology). Individual projects included genome sequencing of apple varieties, collecting and preserving plants from Canada and the U.S., and researching insects and their survival. The program was supported by UMD's Department of Biology and contributions from donors.
Dec. 2 - Clay as canvas
Artist Karin Kraemer, best known for her Majolica pottery, will discuss clay as canvas as part of the Tweed Museum of Art's Tweevenings series, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Her piece Bee Mandala is currently on display in Tweed's exhibit "Resurfaced and Reformed: Evolution in Studio Ceramics."
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Joe Alia named AISES Advisor of the Year
UMM's American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Chapter received the Outstanding Community Service Award at the 2014 AISES National Conference. UMM AISES adviser Joe Alia, associate professor of chemistry, was named Advisor of the Year. Eighteen UMM students attended; seven presented research, and two earned Certificate of Achievement awards: Sayge Wooldridge '16 and Dalia Whiting '16.
Buchanan contributes to Global Entrepreneurial Summit
Work by Sarah Buchanan, associate professor of French and francophone studies, contributed to the Global Entrepreneurial Summit. Her expertise in Moroccan folk tales rooted the event in the oral history and knowledge of the country's traditional culture. Her involvement was timely, given she recently joined a University initiative to facilitate educational, research, cultural, and business connections between the U of M and Morocco.
Founders Forum on the Liberal Arts
Last week UMM held its second annual Founders Forum on the Liberal Arts, which focused on UMM's approach to liberal learning and how it may or may not answer the challenge of "Minerva." The Founders Fund was established with gifts from a private donor in honor of the founding faculty of the University of Minnesota Morris on the occasion of UMM's 40th birthday.
Chancellor Emeritus Samuel Schuman has passed away
Chancellor Emeritus Samuel Schuman passed away last week at the age of 72. Schuman served UMM from 1995 to 2006, first as dean and vice chancellor for academic affairs, and later as chancellor. He was proud of his role in helping UMM complete its first capital campaign, of recruiting and retaining fine faculty, of mentoring promising administrators, and of strengthening international education at UMM.
Dec. 2 - CLI Faculty Presentation: Starr Sage
Students arrive on campus with very different perceptions of the value of diversity and cultural competence and what makes for an "appreciation of diversity." Starr Sage's presentation, "Measuring and Promoting Cultural Competence to Achieve Student Development Outcomes," will include an overview and a discussion of study results from two projects: 1) a collaborative research project that examines student perceptions of diversity at UMR; and 2) longitudinal research that utilizes an intercultural competence inventory to assess student progress toward appreciation of difference over time. University Square, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Community Fund Drive – Thank you!
Thank you to the 5,139 faculty and staff who donated to the Community Fund Drive this year, raising $1,246,925, which will go to over 500 nonprofits, including six federation partners. Thanks as well to the 400-plus employees who volunteered to support the campaign by asking others to give, holding an event, and raising awareness of this important cause.
Moving Forward with the UMTC Strategic Plan
Groundwork is under way for implementing the new strategic plan for the Twin Cities campus. Mary Nichols will assist Provost Karen Hanson in providing leadership and coordination for implementation efforts; she will balance this role with her ongoing responsibilities as dean of the College of Continuing Education. Provost Hanson shared this and other updates in a recent message to faculty and staff.
Dec. 2 - Leveraging Employee Engagement to Improve Project Success
Dec. 4 - RecWell Catering Fair
The Fresh Seasons Café and Juice Bar, the exclusive caterer for University Recreation and Wellness, will showcase some of its catering offerings to campus event planners at the Rec Center's East Bank location, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tours of the Recreation and Wellness event spaces will also be provided.
Dec. 5 - Addressing Achievement Gaps: CEHD Initiatives and Group Discussion
The U of M has undertaken a systemwide effort to become more strategic in its work addressing achievement gaps. This presentation will provide an update on initiatives under way, as well as reflections on the nature of the challenges facing schools, students, families, and communities. In particular, the presentation will provide avenues for the STEM Education Center faculty, staff, and students to contribute to these efforts. 139B Learning and Environmental Sciences Building, St. Paul, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
English as a second language support
The Minnesota English Language Program offers free, face-to-face English as a second language support to international undergraduate students. Student English Language Support is designed for students who want to address a particular English language need to be more successful at the U of M. Faculty and staff are encouraged to make students aware of this option.
UMTC Featured Events
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra presents Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Nov. 30)
OED Certificate Workshop 10: GLBTQ Identities and Communities (Dec. 1)
The Mystery of Writing (Dec. 2)
R.A. Skok Policy Analysis Seminar (Dec. 3)
Women's Health Lecture (Dec. 3)
Near Stars: Analytic Scale and the Literary Object (Dec. 4)