U of M Brief - October 29, 2014
Q&A with Carissa Slotterback
Humphrey School associate professor Carissa Slotterback recently accepted a part-time appointment as director of research engagement in the Office of the VP for Research. In her new role, Slotterback will help to advance collaborative research throughout the University and facilitate alignment among the U's multiple strategic initiatives related to research. Among other responsibilities, she will lead planning efforts for the U's upcoming Convergence Colloquia, a series of events designed to bring researchers together from across the U around specific interdisciplinary research topics.
Supporting Faculty Through Transition into Retirement
Jean McLaughlin, associate director of the Institutional Leadership Group at the American Council on Education and co-author of Faculty Retirement: Best Practices for Navigating the Transition, will present "Supporting Faculty Through Transition into Retirement" Nov. 7, 9-11:30 a.m., 402 Walter Library, and live online via UMConnect. Free and open to the public.
U of M ranked 29th best global university by U.S. News & World Report
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities was ranked No. 29 in the inaugural "Best Global Universities" rankings released Oct. 28 by U.S. News & World Report, a leading U.S.-based publisher of education analysis and rankings. The U of M ranks No. 9 among U.S. public institutions, and No. 3 among Big Ten Conference public schools, with many American universities dominating the list. Harvard University claims the No. 1 spot overall, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2 and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 3.
New grant promotes minorities in biomed research
The University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research will share an award of $19.2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead professional development activities of underrepresented communities in health science research. The funding will provide intensive grant writing workshops and professional development activities, especially for junior investigators and post-doctoral fellows pursuing biomedical, biobehavioral, clinical and social science research careers.
Title VI funding
The Institute for Global Studies has received Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education to support a new National Resource Center, the African Studies Initiative. In addition, IGS received Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Africa, Asia, and international studies (23 each academic year and 12 summer fellowships). Altogether, the FLAS and NRC support is $919,000 each year for the next four years, totaling about $3.7 million. Shaden Tageldin (cultural studies & comparative literature) is the project director for the Africa grant.
Regent and former Cargill exec David Larson has passed away
David Larson, retired Cargill executive and University of Minnesota Regent, died Oct. 25 at age 70. He lived in Wayzata. A public memorial service will be held Nov. 1, 11 a.m., DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium. Memorials are preferred to the Coach Kill "Chasing Dreams" Epilepsy Fund.
U in the News
Jim Luby talks about the U of M's new apple with MPR; Kolawole Okuyemi comments at the Star Tribune on the U joining the effort to diversify the biomedical research field; Tara Fortune comments in the New York Times on a Minneapolis-based school that immerses itself in all things Chinese; Katy Kozhimannil comments in the Pioneer Press on her study finding that Cesearean rates may be influenced by hospital, not mothers; the work of Regents Professor Ann Masten has been profiled by The Big Ten Network.
Making the most of Ag's 21st century transformation
Agriculture is in the midst of a revolutionary transformation. Output is rapidly shifting from a few predominant crops and commodities to a wide array of new foods, feeds, bioproducts, and biofuels. Nicholas Jordan and Carissa Schively Slotterback will describe emerging opportunities and explore how one initiative in southern Minnesota is helping rural communities take advantage of the new bioeconomy. Nov. 5, noon-1 p.m., R-380 Learning and Environmental Sciences, St. Paul, and online via UMConnect.
The University's Zooniverse@UMN initiative is seeking Requests for Proposals for text-based transcription projects from U of M affiliated scholars, researchers, and staff members who would benefit from hundreds of thousands of online volunteers transcribing or metadata tagging your materials, as part of the new Zoomanities ("Zooniverse + Humanities") project. Expression of Interest due date: Nov. 3; proposals will be due between Nov. 24 and Dec. 15. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Semester Convocation
Faculty Assembly meeting
Native American dance event
The Northstar Council will present Native American Dance, Drums, and Storytelling Nov. 2, 3-4:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
Data mining and bioinformatics presentation
A faculty presentation, "Data mining and bioinformatics: An introduction and overview," by Raed Seetan will be held Nov. 3, noon-1 p.m., Bede Ballroom. Light snacks will be provided.
Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab
UMD's new Motion and Media Across Disciplines, or MMad, Lab is a motion capture and digital video studio. It was designed by a cross-disciplinary team of faculty and staff and now facilitates collaborations in art, science, and social science. The MMad Lab business model includes future revenue from rentals.
NRRI receives economic development award
Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) was honored with a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). NRRI was nominated in the category of Sustainable & Green Development for communities with populations of 200,000–500,000. IEDC's awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
Briana Gross co-edits American Journal of Botany
Assistant Professor Briana Gross, Department of Biology, is co-editor of a special issue of the American Journal of Botany subtitled "Speaking of Food: Connecting Basic and Applied Plant Science." The issue emphasizes how a broad range of basic plant science is relevant to global food demands.
The next Café Scientifique will feature Abdullah Jaradat, research leader with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, in the discussion, "Ancient wheats are good for your health and for the environment." Open to all, with audience participation encouraged. Oct. 28, 6 p.m., Common Cup Coffeehouse, 501 Atlantic Avenue, Morris.
Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments
UMM will present its fourth Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments Nov. 12-13. This ongoing event showcases examples of outstanding research and artistic activities undertaken by more than 30 faculty, staff, and retirees. There will be an opening reception and exclusive showing for faculty, staff, and retirees Nov. 11, 4:30 p.m., Student Center, Oyate Hall.
Bohling Improves Childcare in Stevens County
Rachel Bohling '16 worked with Rebecca Haider '13, data services and outreach coordinator, and Heidi Hagel-Braid of First Children's Finance to develop and conduct surveys for parents and childcare providers in Stevens County. Greater Than Minnesota (>MN), a partnership between First Children's Finance and the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations, is mobilizing communities to take a closer look at childcare services in the area.
UMR Halloween Costume Contest
Faculty Presentation: Kelsey Metzger
"Flipped, Backwards, and Upside Down: Student-Centered Curriculum Design, Implementation, and Assessment" will be presented by Kelsey Metzger, who will discuss the many pedagogical innovations used at UMR for the life sciences courses in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program. Nov. 4, 2:15-3:15 p.m., 414 University Square.
Give today: U of M Community Fund Drive
The annual U of M Community Fund Drive provides an easy way for employees on the Twin Cities campus to donate to nearly 500 local nonprofits (or choose your own) that enrich the community. The campus is halfway to the goal of raising $1.45 million, with participation at 17 percent. Get on the board--just $1 per paycheck will get you there, adding up to $26 per year--enough to buy a lunch's worth of food for a food shelf five times over. The campaign continues through the end of the month.
Free flu vaccination
There's still time to register for an upcoming free flu vaccination clinic. Upcoming clinics are Oct. 30, St. Paul Student Center; Nov. 5, Boynton Health Service; Nov. 11, Coffman Union; and Nov. 12, St. Paul Student Center. Walk-ins are also welcome. Clinics are open to all U of M students, faculty, and staff (and their dependents) age 18 or older.
Halloween Pop-Up Library
Looking for a spooky read? Find a monstrous range of Halloween themed books (and candy) available at the Wilson Library's first Pop-Up Library. Oct. 30 and 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Willey Hall atrium.
Preserving Antibiotics, Reducing Use: The Public Health Imperative
Hear from experts in human and animal medicine and public health in this symposium, which reviews the science of why so many are worried, and about what leaders in hospital, agriculture, food service, and community settings are doing to reduce antibiotic use. Nov. 5, 5-7:30 p.m., Mayo Auditorium.
Student Veterans Appreciation Event
The annual Student Veterans Appreciation Event will take place Nov. 6, 1-3 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. Say "thank you" to student veterans, grab a slice of pizza, and participate in various carnival games. The event is free and open to the public. Those who can't make it may stop by the One Stop booth in advance and write a thank-you message to our veterans.
Clear as Mud? Clarity in Academic Writing
Even though clarity is a nearly universal demand on students' writing, academics themselves are often seen as the primary sources of unclear writing. This discussion will investigate the hidden controversies in the demand for clear writing, such as: What makes writing clear? Who decides what is or isn't clear? and, Are the traits of clear writing uniform across academic disciplines and kinds of writing, or does each field see clarity in different--perhaps even conflicting--ways? Facilitated by Steven Wandler of the Center for Writing. Nov. 7, 9-10:15 a.m., 12 Nicholson Hall.
Campus Climate World Cafés for faculty and staff
World Cafés for faculty and staff to discuss UMTC campus climate experiences will take place Nov. 11 for staff, except instructional staff (full, but RSVP to be added to the waitlist), and Nov. 20 for faculty and instructional staff, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Room 5, Recreation & Wellness Center, East Bank. Participants in small groups will respond to a series of questions designed to bring to light a range of issues that impede or enhance the ability of individuals and groups to thrive at the University.
Slavery and Revolt in the New World
"'If it be not a sin … ': Slavery and Revolt in the New World" will be presented Nov. 7, noon-1 p.m., 120 Anderson Library. Materials drawn from the Bell Library collection will be used to illustrate the complexities of slavery, which continue to resonate in today's society.
World Usability Day
Save the date for a free program of events celebrating World Usability Day on Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Paul Student Center Theater. Join in to help promote awareness of the benefits of usability engineering and user-centered design.
UMTC Featured Events
Encore Transitions Series: Preparing for Post-Career Life (ongoing)
Views from the U: The Political Science of Election 2014 (Oct. 30)
Film Screening: "When the Mountains Tremble" (Oct. 31)
Saturday with a Scientist: Surviving Extremes—Parched Plants and Frozen Frogs (Nov. 1)
Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe (Nov. 2)