U of M Brief - September 24, 2014
Made in Minnesota
The latest campaign launched on Sept. 22 for the University of Minnesota's Driven to Discover brand. This year's theme, "Made in Minnesota," is tied directly to the University's strategic plan to be preeminent in meeting the world's grand challenges. The campaign includes ads for TV, print, digital, light rail, and radio.
UMTC receives an INSIGHT Into Diversity Award
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award--a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion--the U of M Twin Cities will be featured along with 82 other recipients in the magazine's November 2014 issue. The Twin Cities campus also received the HEED Award in 2012 and 2013.
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected the U of M based on the institution's exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus--one that includes gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, veteran status, ability, and sexual orientation, as well as many other identities.
U Libraries recognized in Horizon Report
Numerous examples of the University Libraries' leadership in key organizational, service and technology development areas are recently highlighted in the internationally recognized New Media Consortium's 2014 Horizon Report Library Edition. Among the contributions mentioned are efforts to rethink the roles and skills of librarians. The Horizon Report also highlights the work to create Digital Course Packs, "a pilot project intended to streamline course content for faculty and students and make learning materials more affordable." The report mentions the Libraries' SMART Learning Commons, and its "dedicated staff to assist students with learning new technologies." The report also notes Minnesota's work to develop and expand research data management services and identifies the Libraries to be among "early adopters of mobile apps in academic and research libraries."
Allen Levine elected to Obesity Society leadership
Department of Food Science and Nutrition professor and former CFANS dean Allen Levine has been elected vice president of the Obesity Society. His term begins in November and is the first step toward becoming president of the society in three years.
U in the News
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory director Fotis Sotiropoulos comments at WCCO on the lab's recent $16 million renovation; Ann Masten talks children's natural resilience in MinnPost; the Law School's Claire Hill comments in the Star Tribune on a poll that shows two-thirds of Minnesotans think the government should outlaw corporate inversions; U of M director of admissions Rachelle Hernandez comments on the benefits of college in the Twin Cities; professor Kathleen Vohs comments in The Atlantic on how our environment can boost creativity.
Administrative Policies for review
Two policies covering retirement programs for tenured faculty and professional administrative staff with continuous appointments, and a revised policy on the Safety of Minors, are available for a 30-day comment period. The new Tenure Trade Program policy offers incentives, such as a cash payment, in exchange for surrender of tenure or rights to continuous appointment. The Phased Retirement Program policy changes the age eligibility criterion to a minimum of 55 by the beginning of the phased retirement, and makes a change to the medical and dental subsidy. The Safety of Minors policy now includes health and safety requirements, an updated registration form, and a requirements grid.
U of M Interdisciplinary research showcase
A Discovery Across Disciplines showcase will highlight the exciting and engaging work of more than 50 of the University's interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. Connect with others across campus who share your research and scholarly interests at this poster-session-style event. Browse the exhibits, interact with researchers, network with colleagues, and learn about opportunities for involvement in interdisciplinary inquiry. Graduate students, postdocs, and new and relatively new faculty are especially encouraged to attend. Oct. 16, 2-4 p.m., 3rd floor, Coffman Union.
Catalyzing Translational Innovation
Christopher Austin, director of the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, will talk about the agency's focus on the translational science process and describe its mission, programs, and deliverables, with a view toward future developments. RSVP to reserve a lunch. Also available live via UMConnect. Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium.
U of M Imagine Fund Award deadlines
Proposals are sought for three Imagine Fund grant programs supporting faculty projects in the arts, humanities, and design. Applications are due Oct. 27 for Annual Faculty Awards; Dec. 1 for Special Event Awards; and Feb. 2 for the U of M Arts and Humanities Chair for 2015-17, a new chair that will exist alongside the 2014-16 chair. An initiative of the senior VP for academic affairs and provost, Imagine Fund programs support leading edge, innovative lines of research or creative scholarship.
Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives RFP
The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute has released its fall RFP for the Community-University Partnership Grant Program to fund innovative, community-University partnerships that utilize community-engaged research strategies. HFHL is also calling for Letters of Interest for the Faculty Planning Grant Program, designed to fund the development of food, nutrition, and health-related interdisciplinary faculty research teams. Submissions are due Nov. 14.
New Wellness Center breaks ground
A ceremonial groundbreaking for a new UMC wellness center took place Sept. 22. The day began with an announcement of a $1 million gift for the wellness center project by Les and June Nielsen. The building's lobby will be named in memory of their son, Mitch Lien Nielsen.
National Recovery Month concert
As part of National Recovery Month, musician Mike Farris will perform Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Free and open to the public. With a personal history that includes alcohol and drug addiction, Farris' music celebrates his freedom from chemicals.
Banned Books Week
Celebrating the freedom to read will be the focus during UMC Banned Books Week Sept. 22-27. The week will include public readings, a panel discussion and open forum, displays, and more.
Soup and Substance
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to Soup and Substance Sept. 30, noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The discussion topic is on the ethics of hunting. Give your opinion, gain knowledge, and share real-world experiences.
$1 million gift to Tweed Museum of Art
The Tweed Museum of Art has received a $1 million gift from the Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation. The museum will use this gift, with others, to improve the building's visibility and to create two new gallery spaces. One of the gallery spaces will also function as a venue for collaborations between the Tweed and UMD's American Indian studies programs.
Multicultural Center anniversary
The Multicultural Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The center is a hub for numerous student organizations, including Access for All, Asian Pacific American Association, Black Student Association, International Club, Latino/Chicana Student Association, Queer and Ally Student Union, Women's Resource and Action Center, Office of Disability Resources, and more. Many of these organizations host campus-wide events that showcase diversity throughout the year.
New online degree
UMD is launching a B.A. in Tribal Administration and Governance (TAG) in the fall of 2015. The major combines fundamental business classes with the specific study of tribal governance and will be offered completely online, making it accessible to students everywhere. TAG was created in partnership with Native governments.
Visual Culture Lecture Series
Aaron Draplin, owner of Draplin Design Co., will present Sept. 30, 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall, as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. Draplin Design Co. has worked on projects for such organizations as Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Nike, Timberline, Woolrich, Target, and Ford Motor Co. Free and open to the public.
UMM Welcomes Diverse Incoming Class
With 532 new students on campus this fall, enrollment is strong at UMM. More than 30 percent of the campus community's newest members are students of color--the highest percentage in the University of Minnesota system. Although figures are considered preliminary until the Board of Regents meets in October, the total number of students enrolled at UMM is estimated to be 1,905.
2014 Barber Lecture
Frances Dolan, professor of English at the University of California-Davis, will deliver the 2014 Barber Lecture, "Know Your Food: Turnips, Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, and the Local," on Oct. 1. The Barber Lecture Series is made possible by a gift to UMM from Laird Barber, professor emeritus of English, and the late Dorothy Barber.
UMM invites alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate in Homecoming 2014, Oct. 3-5. In addition to sporting events, reunions, alumni/student networking opportunities, and performances, this year's festivities include a celebration of the life of the late Chancellor Emeritus John Q. Imholte and mark the 50th anniversary of the UMM Alumni Association.
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor Bill Nye the Science Guy is coming to UMM on Oct. 14. Nye will present "Big Blast of Science," an all-ages, family-friendly presentation covering his early history and the importance of science education.
"Toleration and Intolerance of Other Religions in the Christian Bible" will be the next topic in the weekly UMR Connects lecture series, held each Tuesday at 7 p.m., 417 University Square.
Call for Proposals: Living Laboratory
The Twin Cities Sustainability Committee invites proposals from the U of M community to utilize campus grounds as a living laboratory. Selected proposals will receive campus space and assistance with the facilitation of an approved project. Application period: Sept. 22-Oct. 31.
River Life strategy discussion
The University of Minnesota occupies a unique location: on one of the great rivers of the world, and a land grant university in a large metropolitan area. But that sense of place becomes "strategic" when the University uses it to further its overall mission and goals. Join a discussion with John Bryson, Planning & Public Affairs, and Pat Nunnally, River Life, on the different ways in which a strategic approach to the University's location can be advantageous. Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop.
Ten Types of Innovation
The Technological Leadership Institute will present "Technically Speaking - Ten Types of Innovation: Multiple Ways to Change the Game and Win," with Kirk Froggatt, Gemini Chair in Technology Management, Technological Leadership Institute. Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.
Teaching with Writing in large, introductory-level courses
Numerous studies indicate that writing instruction is most potent when it occurs in small-enrollment courses. So, what happens when writing is assigned in large, introductory-level courses? In this session, a panel of faculty members who bravely teach with writing in large-enrollment, introductory-level courses will discuss strategies, approaches, and lessons learned. Sept. 30, noon-1:30 p.m., 274 McNeal Hall. Lunch is provided to registrants.
Hear about IonE's new Energy Transition Lab
Get a peek at IonE's recently launched Energy Transition Lab when the lab's executive director, Ellen Anderson, and faculty director, Hari Osofsky, ask, "How Can the University of Minnesota Assist in the Energy Transition?" Oct. 1, noon-1 p.m., R-380 Learning and Environmental Sciences, St. Paul.
Managing Your Academic Identity
First Fridays: "No Singular Expression"
"No Singular Expression: Unseen Diversity in the History of Computing" will be presented by the Charles Babbage Institute on Oct. 3, noon–1 p.m., 120 Andersen Library. The presentation will place computing within broader social contexts in order to reveal diverse issues, motives, and agencies.
An Evening with George Saunders
The College of Liberal Arts and Northrop will present "An Evening with George Saunders" Oct. 7, 6 p.m., Northrop. Cost: Free for U of M students; $10-25 for others. The recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship ("Genius" Award), George Saunders is the author of four collections of short stories, a novella, and a book of essays. The most recent collection is Tenth of December, winner of the 2014 Story Prize for short fiction and 2014 Folio Prize, and which is the common reading for the U's First Year Experience program.
Innovation in Population Health
Faculty and staff are invited to the James A. Hamilton Symposium, featuring guest speaker Steve Nelson, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. Nelson will speak on the topic of Innovation in Population Health: The New Medicare and Medicaid. Free and open to the public. Oct. 21, 5 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center.
Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture
Women's Cancer: Making Sense of Hormones is the title and topic of the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture, to be presented by Carol Lange Oct. 27, 4 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. The lecture will present an overview of research on women's hormones and breast cancer; in particular, how estrogen and progesterone receptors act differently in breast cancer cells versus how they act in normal breast tissue. A dessert reception follows the lecture. Free.
Genomic Results After Death
Should We Offer Genomic Results to a Research Participant's Family, Including After Death? This conference will tackle an issue of growing urgency--whether genomics researchers and biobanks should offer individual research results to a participant's family members, including after the participant's death. Cost: $150 ($50 for students). Fees include breakfast, lunch, continuing education credits, and parking. Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.
Save the Date: Campus Climate: World Cafés
World Cafés for faculty and staff to discuss UMTC campus climate experiences will take place Nov. 11 (staff), and Nov. 20 (faculty), 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Room 5, Recreation & Wellness Center, East Bank. Help create a welcoming and inclusive campus climate through the sharing of individual and collective experiences that have made you feel more or less welcome, included, and respected. 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.
UMTC Featured Events
Can We Build a More Resilient Food Distribution System? (Sept. 24)
U-Spatial's GIS 101: Analyzing Data and Creating Maps (Sept. 25)
Critical Conversations: Food Security and Sustainability as a Social Justice Issue (Sept. 26)
"Nature" walking play (Sept. 27)
Greater Than 7 Kickoff (Sept. 29)
How to Use Geometry to Get Rich Playing the Lottery (Sept. 30)