U of M Brief - October 8, 2014
Board of Regents meet Oct. 9-10
The Board of Regents will act on President Eric Kaler's recommended biennial budget request and a final version of the strategic plan for the Twin Cities campus when it meets Oct. 9-10. President Kaler is recommending continuing the partnership with the state that allowed the U to freeze resident undergrad tuition in fiscal years 2014 and 2015, and extending the partnership to benefit resident graduate and professional students. Kaler is also recommending an innovative approach to funding facility repair and renewal, and new investments in Minnesota's health care workforce and economy.
Pollinating new ideas
BRAIN Initiative grants
The University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) is among the first to be awarded two federal grants resulting from President Obama's BRAIN Initiative to develop next generation neuroimaging technology.
The first award is for the development of a small, portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device will allow the expansion of research on human behavior and treatment for brain disorders around the world. CMRR professors of radiology Thomas Vaughn and Michael Garwood will lead the project.
The second award, led by professor of radiology and biomedical engineering Wei Chen, would provide an efficient, cost-effective engineering solution and lead to next generation of MRI technology and instrument.
CEHD receives $2.8 million grant
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced that the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development is the recipient of a $2.8 million grant. The award will help the college learn how best to support access and success for underrepresented and low-income college students.
Part of the 2014 First in the World Program, the four-year grant will fund an effort to engage underrepresented and low-income students and bridge campus-community cultural divides by developing deeper partnerships with diverse communities.
NIH Career Development Award
Bernadette Gillick has received a National Institutes of Health K01 Career Development Award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate non-invasive brain stimulation and constraint-induced movement therapy in children who have incurred a stroke around the time of birth.
Weissbrodt Wins Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award
David Weissbrodt, founder and co-director of the Human Rights Center, a member of the Law School faculty since 1975 and a local, national, and global leader in human rights advocacy, has been named a 2014 recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award. The honor recognizes educators who have inspired their former students to "create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large."
U in the News
Marc Hillmyer, professor of polymer chemistry at the U of M, weighs in at WCCO on why we use so much plastic; VP for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert comments in the Minnesota Daily on educational programming being planned in advance of the Minnesota-Washington NFL game; Megan Strauss, who studies evolution and behavior at the U, comments on giraffe behavior in The New York Times; Cawo Abdi, assistant sociology professor, comments on the Islamic State's recruitment initiatives in the St. Cloud Times; Elizabeth Wilson discusses the complexities of the oil market and energy independence in the Star Tribune; biologist Michael Travisano comments in Wired magazine on whether, if the world started over, life would evolve the same way.
Administrative Policies open for comment
The Traveling on University Business policy extends the period of submitting travel expenses from 30 days to 60 days, and provides units with another option for dealing with late submissions. The revised Terminal Agreement Program policy raises the age eligibility to a minimum of 62 years; provides for a lump sum cash payment equal to 50 to 175 percent of current annual salary; and changes the medical and dental subsidy.
International Collaborative Research Forum
Registration is now open for the International Collaborative Research Forum, Oct. 31, Northrop. The forum will provide knowledge, tools, and resources to scholars interested in or already engaged in international collaborative work. Hosted by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, with support from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility.
More AEDs on campus
UMC's Department of Environmental Health & Safety applied for a grant from Greater Northwest Emergency Medical Services to place additional Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) on campus. The campus was awarded five free AEDs to be placed in buildings utilized by the general public. The existing AEDs from these buildings were then moved, and as a result, the campus now has an AED in every residence hall. For training, email Tom Feiro, Environmental Health & Safety.
Alumni Awards Celebration
Two alumni will be honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award at the annual Alumni Awards Celebration during homecoming, Oct. 17. The award is the highest honor bestowed on UMC alumni by the alumni association. Theresa Helgeson '96 and Wayne Schertler '83 will be honored, along with the 2014 inductees in to the Athletic Hall of Fame, including the '97 Football Team; Bill Tyrrell, who was athletic trainer for the Golden Eagles for 18 years and led athletic fundraising for 8 years; Scott Strohmeier '99 (football); and Karla (Thormodson) Isley '98 (basketball).
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre will present "Echoes of Spain," a concert full of vibrant traditional flamenco dance, guitar, and singing. Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.
Approximately 100 high school students will take part in the annual Minnesota Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America regional conference Oct. 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium and Bede Ballroom.
Social dynamics of climate change
Michael Mann, professor of meteorology at Penn State University, will present "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: The Battle Continues" Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., 175 Life Sciences Building. Mann will address the social dynamic of climate change, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of his recent book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines.
MAPS program open house
UMD's New Master of Arts in Psychological Science (MAPS) program will hold an open house Oct. 10, 1-2:30 p.m., 351 Bohannon Hall. MAPS offers three tracks: Clinical Counseling Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and General-Experimental Psychology.
The annual Weber Concert will be held Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. The event features performances by student music ensembles and faculty, and honors the memory of Ron and Mary Ann Weber, whose generous financial support helped fund the design and construction of Weber Music Hall and provides scholarships for UMD music students.
Egyptian theatre artist Dalia Basiouny
Solitaire, a multimedia performance by Egyptian theatre artist Dalia Basiouny, will be presented Oct. 21, 7 p.m., MPAC. Additionally, Basiouny will give a lecture, "Art and Revolution," sponsored by the Alworth Institute, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Martin Library Rotunda. Both events are free and open to the public.
Second Nature Climate Leadership Award
Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities Lowell Rasmussen, and Sustainability Director Troy Goodnough were in Boston last week for the 2014 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership. While there, they accepted UMM's 2014 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award, which UMM earned last spring.
Pianist Charlie Albright
The UMM Performing Arts Series continues with classical pianist Charlie Albright Oct. 11. Albright will also lead a master class Oct. 12. An award-winning and critically acclaimed classical pianist, he is described by the Washington Post as one of "the most gifted musicians of his generation."
The Theatre Arts Discipline's upcoming season will look at life through lenses of fear, faith, and fantasy. Moving from an exploration of the dark, ghastly beauty in the works of Edgar Allen Poe to the struggles of growing up with some familiar characters-turned-teens and the power of giving small gifts, the season will celebrate the beauty and purpose of living.
Humphrey Intern Concludes Service
Tashna Silburn worked as an intern with the UMM Center for Small Towns (CST) this summer. During her time at CST, Silburn helped facilitate the 2014 Symposium On Small Towns, assisted with the Highway 68 Safety Analysis project, designed a survey tool for the city of Foxhome, and developed a framework for assessing the success of student and community projects at CST.
Free Flu Vaccine
Help stop the spread of the flu and get a free flu vaccination at Boynton Health Service now through December. All U students, faculty, staff, and their dependents are welcome. Shots are being given at various locations on the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. Registration is not required, but can be done ahead of time to avoid lines.
Meet with a health coach—it's free
Unnatural Disasters: How Law Hurts, How Law Helps
The University of Nebraska College of Law's Sandra Zellmer examines unnatural natural disasters caused or influenced by human populations, and how environmental, water, and natural resource law can both help and hinder prevention and recovery. Oct. 9, 4 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop.
Grant Application Data Management workshop
Creating a Data Management Plan for your Grant Application, a workshop presented by University Libraries and geared toward graduate students, faculty, and researchers, will take place Oct. 15, 2:30-4 p.m., 2 Magrath Library.
2015 Global Health Case Competition info session
The U of M Global Health Case Competition is a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of students to collaboratively analyze a real-world global health challenge and then present an analysis and strategic recommendations to a panel of judges. An information session will take place Oct. 17, noon-1 p.m., D325 Mayo Building. The 2015 competition will be held Jan. 31, with applications due Nov. 24. RSVP to receive a light lunch.
Speech, 'Civility,' and Academic Freedom forum
A Community Forum on Speech, "Civility," and Academic Freedom will take place Oct. 21, 1-4 p.m., Beacon Room, Recreation & Wellness Center. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. RSVPs are encouraged.
CLA: The Road Ahead
John Coleman, new dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will articulate the agenda that will drive the forward momentum of CLA in his presentation, The Road Ahead on Oct. 22, 5 p.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. The presentation will be followed by Big Questions, a panel discussion on societal polarization with State Sen. Scott Dibble, MinnPost CEO and Editor Joel Kramer, Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May (American studies), and Professor John Wright (African American & African studies and English).
James Ford Bell Lecture
The annual James Ford Bell Lecture, featuring award-winning writer and journalist Andrew Lawler, will take place Oct. 23, 7:30-9 p.m., 120 Elmer Andersen Library. Lawler will discuss how chicken, the ubiquitous food of our era, achieved cultural and culinary dominance. Lawler's talk is based on the research for his forthcoming book, Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization.
UMTC Featured Events
Novelist James McBride Discusses The Good Lord Bird (Oct. 8)
(Bi)Sexuality 101 - Community Education Program (Oct. 9)
Social Movements in a Neoliberal Age (Oct. 10)
JAM Productions, First Avenue, and Northrop Present Ryan Adams with Butch Walker (Oct. 13)
Design Intersections Fall 2014 (Oct. 14)
U-Spatial Brown Bag Series: Grappling with Data (Big and Small) (Oct. 15)