U of M Brief - September 10, 2014
$25 million commitment from Land O'Lakes
The U of M has received a $25 million commitment from Land O’Lakes, Inc. and the Land O’Lakes Foundation, marking one of the largest single corporate commitments in University history. The agreement includes funding for student-athletes and academic programs, including student scholarships, academic and development excellence within Gopher Athletics, internship opportunities, and faculty research. For more information, watch a video or see the news release.
Board of Regents meet Sept. 11-12
The Board of Regents will discuss President Eric Kaler’s proposed 2015 legislative budget request and a draft of a new strategic plan for the Twin Cities campus during its Sept. 11 and 12 meeting. Other items include the recommended FY 2016-17 biennial budget request, and the president’s proposed six-year capital plan.
2014-15 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort
Faculty recently selected for the 2014-15 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Program are Joseph Alia (Morris), Shahram (Shane) Missaghi (Extension), Chang’aa Mweti (Duluth), and Karin Hamilton, Andres Perez, Jennifer Powers, Jill Trites, and Deena Wassenberg (Twin Cities).
The ITL program engages faculty in professional development aimed at internationalizing the curriculum. These faculty join the 44 others who have participated in the program since 2010. The program is sponsored in partnership with the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the Center for Educational Innovation, and International Student & Scholar Services.
Susan Weller Elected future ESA president
Susan Weller, an entomology professor and director of the Bell Museum, has been elected future president of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). She will serve as Vice President-Elect in 2015, then as Vice President in 2016, and finally as ESA President in 2017. For the first time in its history, ESA will have two female presidents back-to-back, as Weller succeeds 2016 President May Berenbaum, professor and head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Weller is the first female director of the Bell Museum, and has more than 21 years of curatorial experience.
U in the News
The Star Tribune reports that more than 35,000 people have signed up for Prof. Brad Hokanson’s online course, "Creative Problem Solving"; U of M College of Liberal Arts anthropology professor Gilliane Monnier comments in National Geographic on newly-discovered engravings from the Neanderthal era; the Wall Street Journal speaks with U of M economics professor Faith Guvenen on the Twin Cities diverse job market; professor and Bell Museum of Natural History curator Robert Zink comments in the Pioneer Press on the extinction of passenger pigeons one century ago; sociology professor Erin Kelly comments in The New York Times on her research about flexible work arrangements and stress; and U of M School of Public Health assistant professor Katy Kozhimmannil and Department of Pediatric assistant professor Rebecca Shlafer comment in the Star Tribune on the recent Minnesota ban on the use of restraints while inmates are giving birth.
New Research Toolkit
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute has created a new Research Toolkit to help investigators and their teams navigate research at the U of M. The tool provides a simple way to find the resources for every step of the research process, whether applying for funding, setting up a study, conducting research, or sharing results. The toolkit houses research tools, templates, information, and guidance developed by a wide range of sources, from U organizations to federal agencies.
The Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP) has published a new UM Reports List to help faculty and staff find out what's happening to the reports they use to do their job. The page features a spreadsheet of UM Reports affected by ESUP and resources with more information about the new Reporting Center, a consolidated catalog of reports from UM Reports, UM Analytics, and PeopleSoft coming in February 2015.
Faculty input needed
The Faculty Consultative Committee (FCC) seeks faculty input on institutional issues the FCC or other University Senate committees might address during the 2014-15 academic year. The committee also seeks nominations or self-nominations of tenured and tenure-track faculty interested in serving on the FCC. Elections for open positions will be held in spring 2015. Email topic suggestions and/or nominations to Renee Dempsey.
New federal funding requirements
New requirements for federal funding will take effect Dec. 26. In the coming months, many of the U's policies and procedures will be updated to meet the Uniform Guidance, a set of federal requirements for recipients of federal funding. The updated guidelines replace federal rules that have been in place for many years and address a broad range of topics. Federal funding agencies will announce agency-specific policies before Dec. 26.
U research around the world
The U is the ninth most active public research university in the United States, with $849 million in annual research expenditures, and renowned researchers who are conducting work not only in the U.S., but across the globe. View a map that shows just how much of the world they covered in 2013--84 nations (not including the U.S.) on all seven continents.
IAS seeks Faculty Fellow applications
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) seeks Faculty Fellow applications for 2015-16. All U of M faculty are eligible to apply for one-semester residential fellowships at the IAS. Applications are due Oct. 17.
IT@UMN Operational Excellence
The U's IT community (IT@UMN) recently completed an effort to optimize its use of ServiceNow, an online tool for managing service requests and workflows. The move will save the University an estimated $750,000 over the next two years. OIT will reinvest the savings in services that have a more positive impact on the University, most notably by increasing the central helpdesk capacity to support nearly all colleges and administrative units.
Frontiers in the Environment lecture series returns
Submit "Idea Briefs" to NWRSDP
The Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) invites "Idea Briefs" for projects that work with Greater Minnesota communities on sustainable development projects. The submission deadline is Sept. 26. For more information and to submit an idea, see Idea Brief or email Linda Kingery.
Turfgrass and greenhouse gas emissions
Assistant Professor Katy Nannenga, Math, Science & Technology Department, and Assistant Professor Kristie Walker, Agriculture & Natural Resources Department, presented some of their recent research findings regarding turfgrass and greenhouse gas emissions at the conference of the European Turfgrass Society, held in July in Osnabrueck, Germany.
Best in the Midwest
The Princeton Review has named the University of Minnesota Crookston one of 159 colleges and universities in its "Best in the Midwest" list for 2015. This recognition marks the eighth consecutive year the campus has been included on the list by the Princeton Review, an education services company widely known for its test prep programs and college and graduate school guides.
Jacqueline Ariri Onchwari honored
Associate Professor Jacqueline Ariri Onchwari, UMD Department of Education, was honored with a U of M 2014 Equity and Diversity Transformation Award for her project "Building a Mentoring Culture that Supports Recruiting Faculty and Staff of Color." The project focuses on retention and capacity-building of existing faculty and staff of color as a strategy for recruiting more faculty and staff of color.
VP Brian Herman visits NRRI
Brian Herman, vice president for research for the University of Minnesota system, recently toured UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). Herman met with research staff, engineers, scientists, and technicians and saw NRRI's cross-disciplinary collaborations in action. He also toured the Minerals Lab in Coleraine, MN, to learn more about NRRI's mining and energy research.
2014 Fields Medal
Professor Joseph Gallian, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was on hand in Seoul, South Korea, when his former math research student, Manjul Bhargava, received the 2014 Fields Medal, regarded by many as the "Nobel Prize of the math world." Bhargava participated in Gallian's Summer Math Research Experience for Undergraduates in 1995.
Tweed Museum of Art works go to Japan
Six works by Jean-François Millet from the Tweed Museum of Art are in Japan for three exhibitions to be put on this year. The exhibit is titled "Love and Friendship through Millet's Work" and commemorates the bicentennial of the birth of Millet (1814-75), a painter from the French Barbizon School. The Tweed is located on the UMD campus and has over 9,000 artworks in its collection.
U.S. News and World Report top colleges
UMM has again been named one of the nation's top 10 public liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. UMM was ranked 7th among Public Liberal Arts Colleges and 139th in the top tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges. This is the sixteenth consecutive year in which the campus has been included in the rankings.
National Wildlife Federation fellowship
Anna Pratt '15, Shoreview, was awarded a National Wildlife Federation fellowship for her engagement work with climate dialogues in the Morris community. The only fellow selected from Minnesota, Pratt will focus on local environmental challenges to help residents of west-central Minnesota think critically about the effects of climate change and its relevance to communities.
American Indian Health pilot grants program
Sanford Health selected work by Assistant Professor of Psychology Heather Peters and Teaching Specialist Teresa Peterson '91 for funding as part of the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health and its pilot grants program. The program addresses health disparities experienced by American Indian people in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
Driggs Distinguished Lecture
Ruth Mazo Karras, UMTC professor of history, will deliver the 2014 O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture in History. Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Karras's talk is titled "Law in the Lives of Medieval Women."
Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Liberal Arts
UMM will host renowned biochemist Peter Agre Sept. 29-30. As UMM's 2014 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Liberal Arts, Agre will take part in lectures and discussions with students, faculty, and staff. He will also present his Nobel Prize-winning research and a lecture titled "Opening Doors Worldwide through Science."
Lehmkuhle profiled in Rochester Post-Bulletin
Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle, representing UMR and the community, has been of utmost importance since arriving in 2007 after a career spent in Missouri, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Tennessee.
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Share the Air policy in effect
The Twin Cities campus is now smoke and tobacco free. The new "Share the Air" policy began July 1 as part of the University's commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of everyone on campus. Learn more about the policy, including enforcement and cessation resources.
Academic Technology Support Services workshops
Register for Academic Technology Support Services workshops, designed to help participants integrate academic technologies into their teaching practice. Faculty, staff, and teaching assistants are eligible and all levels of technical skill and experience are welcome. Sign up for scheduled workshops or request a workshop for your group.
Twin Cities Startup Week
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are encouraged to get connected and learn about the innovation and entrepreneurship happening in the Twin Cities at the inaugural Twin Cities Startup Week, Sept. 9-14. The week will consist of a blend of more than 20 social events, educational content, tours, and product demos.
ReUse-A-Palooza Annual Bike Sale
The ReUse annual bike sale will be take place Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Northrop Plaza. More than 100 bikes will be available at $50 and under. Cash or check only. No holds or reservations; first-come, first-served.
Minnesota Cup awards
The annual Minnesota Cup competition will announce the grand prize winner and feature pitches from the seven divisional winners and runners-up, who received $300,000 in cash prizes. Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. The event features U of M President Eric Kaler and 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Steve Eilertson.
Fall Wellbeing Lecture
In a Wellbeing Lecture hosted by the Center for Spirituality and Healing, Cleveland Clinic Chief Wellness Officer Michael Roizen will explain how four factors--tobacco, physical inactivity, food choices and portion sizes, and unmanaged stress--affect your organization's wellbeing, employee culture, and financial performance. He will also discuss the four concerted processes that Cleveland Clinic integrated to improve wellbeing, and how to integrate those processes in organizations. Sept. 11.
Saturday with a Scientist
The Bell Museum will host Saturday with a Scientist on Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dive under the rainforest canopy and discover the fantastic world of figs with Plant Biology Professor George Weiblen, who will share his two decades of experience cataloging the diversity of life in New Guinea. Free with museum admission.
Learning Abroad Fair
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend the Learning Abroad Fair. Students will have the opportunity to meet Learning Abroad Center staff, affiliated program staff, college advisers, and other departments from around the U. Faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by to learn about opportunities available to students and other initiatives organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., West Bank Plaza. For more information, email Maria Wentworth.
Video Games in Teaching and Research
"Video Games in Teaching and Research," sponsored by DASH (Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities), will feature four speakers on how they study and use video games in their work. Sept. 24, 3-4:30 p.m., 120 Andersen Library. Gaming demonstrations will be held at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Fall Raptor Release
The annual public Fall Raptor Release will take place Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, MN. The U of M Raptor Center will release several rehabilitated raptors back into the wild.
Indigenous Community Health Center summit
Research for Indigenous Community Health Center summit: "Food, Medicine and Other Traditional Sources of Healing" will take place Sept. 28-30, Earle Brown Heritage Center. The event will include internationally renowned speakers in food and traditional medicines and workshops focusing on building tribal/indigenous capacities to increase food medicines and healthy eating.
Women's Health Research Conference
The Powell Center for Women's Health and the Masonic Cancer Center will host the annual Women's Health Research Conference: Updates on Women's Cancer Research, Sept. 29, McNamara Alumni Center. Cost: $25 for students, $50 general admission. Register to attend.
Health Equity Dinner & a Movie
Enjoy dinner while watching a segment from Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, a documentary exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health. In addition, there will be a group discussion facilitated by Jasjit Ahluwalia, director of the Center for Health Equity and associate director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The event is part of Greater than 7, a University-wide program of equity and diversity events happening Sept. 29-Oct. 3. Pizza, popcorn, and beverages will be provided. Sept. 30, 4-5 p.m., 717 Delaware St. SE, Room 105. RSVP requested.
UMTC Featured Events
Dancer as Driver: The 2012 and 2013 McKnight Artist Dance Fellows (Sept. 11)
Physician Aid in Dying Through Legislation, the Vermont Experience (Sept. 12)
The Chemistry of Taste: Exploring Food and Wine Pairings (Sept. 15)
A Conversation Between Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Professor Robert A. Stein (Sept. 16)
O. Winston Link lecture by Tom Garver (Sept. 17)