U of M Brief - October 15, 2014
Board of Regents meeting highlights
The Board of Regents approved the U's biennial legislative budget request, the 2015 state capital budget request, and the UMTC campus strategic plan at its October meeting. Regents also heard that the U's focus on improving the student experience over the past decade has led to record high first-year retention rates--92.6 percent on the UMTC campus in 2013-14. Additionally, Regents heard a report from the U of M Foundation that more than 75,500 donors provided $282 million to the University of Minnesota in FY2014, making it the second highest philanthropic total ever.
Take the E2 Employee Engagement Survey
The second annual E2 Employee Engagement Survey opened Oct. 13 and is an opportunity for faculty and staff to have their voices heard. Look for an email from Hay Group, the U's engagement survey vendor, sent to benefits-eligible faculty and staff on all campuses. If you don't see it, use the Gmail search bar with the terms "in:anywhere" and "engagement" to find it. Complete the survey by Oct. 31. Online resources are also available, including a fact sheet, flyer, FAQs, and the current response rate by college or unit.
Boosting MN's renewable energy
Renewable energies are on the rise in Minnesota, increasingly contributing to the state's energy supply. The portion of the state's energy generated from wind is rapidly growing--up to almost 13 percent today from 3 percent in 2005--and its solar potential matches portions of Florida and Texas, according to the state Department of Commerce. As renewable energies continue to expand, a team of U of M experts is researching new ways to integrate them into the power grid.
Masonic Charities donates $25 Million
The U of M Children's Hospital has been renamed in honor of Minnesota Masonic Charities. The give makes Masonic Charities the single largest donor to the University.
Minnesota Masonic Charities has made public a new gift of $25 million in support of pediatric research and care delivery. In recognition of the legacy of support provided by the Masons to the University of Minnesota, the U is renaming the children's hospital the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
The new gift, when added to the $75 million in gifts to support cancer research and care since 2008 and additional gifts made over the last six decades, brings the Masons' total support of the University to more than $125 million.
Osterholm named McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Health
School of Public Health Professor Michael Osterholm has been appointed a McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Health, one of the University's highest faculty honors.
The Presidential Chair acknowledges the critical contributions of important University faculty who have distinguished themselves and their schools in the missions of research, education, and public engagement.
Medical School Wall of Scholarship Reception
The Medical School will host a public reception to commemorate the new Medical School Wall of Scholarship and its 23 inaugural honorees on Oct. 23, 5-6 p.m., Phillips Wangensteen bldg. A brief program will feature comments from President Eric Kaler, Provost Karen Hanson, VP for Research Brian Herman, and Health Dean Brooks Jackson. Light refreshments will be served.
Ganco Garners Emerging Scholar Award
Martin Ganco has been named the 2014 recipient of the Past Chairs' Emerging Scholar Award by the Technology and Innovation Division of the Academy of Management.
The annual award acknowledges an emerging scholar who has already achieved a solid publication record and whose scholarly contributions show great promise to become influential or path breaking in the Technology and Innovation Division domain.
Aks Zaheer Elected Fellow of Strategic Management Society
Professor Aks Zaheer has been elected a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society. The purpose of the Fellows of the Strategic Management Society is to recognize and honor members who have made significant contributions to the theory and practice of strategic management.
U Libraries receives grant for a transgender oral history project
Tawani Foundation has awarded a major multi-year grant to the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the purpose of documenting the historic and contemporary experience of transgender individuals in the Upper Midwest.
This will be done through the collection of up to 400 hours of oral histories involving 200 to 300 individuals during the next three years. A major effort will be the recruitment of individuals of all ages and experiences for the oral histories.
U in the News
The U's Andrew Owen and David Levinson comment in the Washington Post on how public transit changes your job prospects; Traci Mann comments at NPR on why eating comfort foods may not be so comforting; Robert Zink weighs in on the bird-safe glass debate in the Minnesota Daily; Yoga or meditation could help patients with disabilities, says Bin He in the Minnesota Daily; Josh Page explains the silence of prison guards on a new prisoner-release proposal in California at the Huffington Post.
Learning Innovation grants
Academic units and individual faculty are invited to submit expressions of interest for educational innovation grants from the Provost's Office and the Center for Educational Innovation. The awards support innovative undergraduate teaching and learning at the course or curricular level. They provide substantial financial and staff support to design, deliver, and measure the impact of novel approaches by faculty, P&A instructors, and academic leaders. The deadline is Nov. 3.
Minnesota Obesity Center call for proposals
The Minnesota Obesity Center seeks applications for research grants to conduct research related to nutrition and/or obesity. The Pilot and Feasibility Program provides seed money to attract new investigators, junior or established, into the study of nutrition/obesity. Selected applications are funded up to $25,000 per year for one year, with an option for a second year.
ExactTarget email transition
The University's new mass email tool, ExactTarget, remains on track to rollout to additional units in October. The project team will contact key Lyris users in the coming weeks to gather information needed to assess mass email needs. Additionally, a second town hall meeting is planned.
A sustainable clean water future for Minnesota
Bonnie Keeler, Natural Capital Project lead scientist, Deb Swackhamer, Water Resources Center program director, and John Linc Stine, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency commissioner, share their visions of a sustainable clean water future for Minnesota. Oct. 22, noon-1 p.m. R-380 Learning and Environmental Sciences, St. Paul, and online via UMConnect.
Education Minnesota Day
UMC Admissions will host Education Minnesota Day visits during homecoming week, Oct. 16-18. Sessions include an admissions visit, campus tour, information about leadership opportunities, and study abroad, as well as living on campus and meeting with a professor in your academic area of interest.
UMC homecoming activities continue through Oct. 19. On Saturday a Campus Showcase from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will include a performance by the choir and special presentations by students and faculty in the Eagles Nest, Sahlstrom Conference Center.
GLBTA Issues: Open Plenary Session
Meet the Candidates Forum
The Crookston Chamber of Commerce and UMC will co-host a Meet the Candidates Forum Oct. 22, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. The event is free, and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
New book by Linda LeGarde Grover
Linda LeGarde Grover, associate professor in the Department of American Indian Studies, had her novel, The Road Back to Sweetgrass, published by University of Minnesota Press. She previously has received the Flannery O'Connor Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for her collection of short stories, The Dance Boots.
Military Appreciation Day
As part of UMD's annual Military Appreciation Day at Malosky Stadium, UMD raised more than $5,000 for Operation One Voice. Bulldog camouflage caps and game-worn jerseys were among the items available for purchase. Operation One Voice is a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the children and families of wounded and fallen Special Operations Forces.
The exhibit "Resurfaced and Reformed: Evolution in Studio Ceramics" is on display through Aug. 1, 2015, at the Tweed Museum of Art. The show highlights pieces by UMD School of Fine Arts faculty as well as regional, national, and internationally known artists and shows the many threads of influence that have informed the studio ceramics movement.
German delegation explores energy and ag
Last week UMM welcomed a delegation from Saerbeck, North Westphalia, Germany. Mayor Wilfried Roos and Technical Adviser Guido Wallraven joined a contingent from Minnesota to explore research being done on energy and renewable agriculture in the west central region. The visit concludes the delegation's five-day tour of the state, sponsored by the University of Minnesota.
Local Foods Research
Maria Keeler '16, Shoreview, serves the community of growers, producers, and advocates of local foods in the west central region of Minnesota. Keeler, along with UMM's Center for Small Towns and University of Minnesota Extension's Ryan Pesch, studies pricing at farmers markets in the region.
Tiny House Nation
Ryan '06 and Kim Johnson Kasl '06, along with their children, were featured on the season finale of FYI's "Tiny House Nation." The Kasls recently traded in their 1,900-square-foot home for a 207-square-foot Tiny House, which allows them to live sustainably and adventurously. While doing so, they will apply the sustainable mindset instilled in them at UMM.
Regents approve UMR Expansion Plan
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has approved plans to expand the University of Minnesota-Rochester. The passage of the plan allows officials to begin official design stages of the new campus.
Online Writing Environments
A panel discussion featuring Debra Hartly (Center for Writing), Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design), Colleen Flaherty Manchester (Carlson School of Management), and Joe Moses (Writing Studies) will identify promising possibilities and worrisome limitations of Moodle and other course management systems, of Google Sites, and of MOOCs. Lunch is provided to registrants. Oct. 16, noon-1:30 p.m., 1-149 Carlson School.
Rosas danst Rosas: A Panel Discussion
Join Philip Bither, Walker Art Center's senior curator of performing arts, and performers from internationally renowned dance-theater artist Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's production of her work Rosas, will discuss the work, which is making its Midwest premiere at the Walker 31 years after its groundbreaking European debut. Oct. 16, 4 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop.
SOM Collage Concert
The School of Music's 14th Annual Collage Concert will take place Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. The free event features more than 300 students and faculty, with performances by choral, orchestral, jazz, chamber, world music, and wind ensembles, as well as solo pieces by faculty and students.
The Path Forward: Medical Providers, Payers, and Patients
Cost and access to medical providers are pressing challenges as health reform proceeds. Join national and local experts in a discussion of the issues, featuring Noam Levey, healthcare reporter, LA Times; Jim Chase, president of Minnesota Community Measurement; Keith Halleland, counsel for Southern Prairies Community Care; state Rep. Tara Mack; and Ken Paulus, CEO of Allina. Oct. 21, noon-1:30 p.m. Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.
Open Access Week: Oct. 20-26
Join U Libraries for the "Open UMN" fair Oct. 23, 2-4 p.m., 101 Walter Library. Experts will provide guidance on data management, open access tools and publishing platforms, open education strategies, negotiation of publication agreements, and author rights.
Food Day 2014
Celebrate U of M Food Day at the Recreation and Wellness Center Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Food Day is an annual event that draws more than 1,000 students, faculty and community members toward the common goal of promoting healthy and sustainable food for all. The event includes free rock climbing, fitness lessons, and food samples.
Medical Devices Center partners with Bose
The Medical Devices Center (MDC) has partnered with Bose Corporation to provide U students and researchers with high-precision testing equipment. As an open-access prototyping center, the MDC will make the equipment available for any interested students or researchers to use free of charge. The equipment can be used to create an ideal testing environment for tissues, biomaterials, and medical devices. Training sessions will be held Oct. 24 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
John Berryman at 100 Centenary Conference
John Berryman at 100: A Centenary Conference will celebrate the poet's life and work and provide a forum for current scholarship about Berryman, as well as responses to his work by contemporary poets. University Libraries will host a reception Oct. 24 to kick off the conference, which takes place Oct. 24-26, Andersen Library.
Constitution Day at the U
The U of M will celebrate Constitution Day with a conversation on human rights on Oct. 28, 5:30-8 p.m., Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center. Philanthropic leader Reatha Clark King, former Minneapolis Mayor Donald Fraser, and U of M historian Paul Stone will reflect on the role Hubert Humphrey played in the groundbreaking 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Diversity and Inclusion in the Med School
A discussion of diversity in the U of M Medical School will take place Oct. 30, 4:30-6 p.m., Mayo Auditorium. The Association of American Medical Colleges' Chief Diversity Officer, Marc Nivet, will be the keynote speaker in "Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Medical School."
The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics is hosting its inaugural public lecture in collaboration with the Bell Museum's "Eyes on the Universe" exhibit. Professor Clem Pryke will guide participants through the current state of knowledge, from the discovery of cosmic expansion to dark matter and dark energy, and back in cosmic time to the first instant of the Big Bang. Pryke's lecture will be followed by a Q&A session, plus free viewing of "Eyes on the Universe." Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Bell Museum.
Autonomous Vehicles Conference
Autonomous Vehicles: The Legal and Policy Road Ahead, a multidisciplinary conference of leaders from academia, government, industry, and civil society, will explore the legal, ethical, technical, and policy dimensions of automated and autonomous vehicles at the local, state, and national levels. Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-5 pm, Humphrey School.
Project and Change Management event
The Project and Change Management Collaborators group will host "Working with Minnesota Nice in Your Projects," with presenters Corey Bonnema and Jerilyn Veldof. Oct. 31, 10-11:30 a.m., 402 Walter Library.
"Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility," with Ellen Langer, will take place Nov. 10, 2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. Langer is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She has been described as the mother of mindfulness and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health.
Students and faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to register for the Center for Cognitive Sciences’ Emerging Technologies Workshop on electroencephalography (EEG). The day begins with discussion of how EEG works and its uses, and ends with a hands-on session. Dec. 5, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Lunch is provided. Register by Nov. 5.
UMTC Featured Events
Farmer and Winemaker Dinner (Oct. 16)
Celebrating University Women Awards Program (Oct. 17)
Human Rights of Children in Pakistan and Israel (Oct. 18)
Borlaug Homecoming 5k (Oct. 19)
Religious Accommodation (Oct. 20)
Café Scientifique: Einstein for Everyone (Oct. 21)
The Art of Influencing Government with Art (Oct. 22)