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Weekly Bulletin

A weekly news digest for University of Minnesota, Morris faculty, staff, and students

Vol. 6, No. 10: October 29, 2014

Editor: Jenna Ray
Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, November 4, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:


Featured events:

Careers in Biology: Ian Brown '04


Wednesday, October 29, 7 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109


Opening Reception: Eloisa Ibarra and Michon Weeks

Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery

Saxophone Bi-Centenary Celebration/Andy Scott

Friday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Recital Hall

Trick-or-Can Kick

Friday, October 31, 6:30 p.m.
Student Center

Festival of Spanish Language Cinema: Juan of the Dead

Saturday, November 1, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, November 3, 9:15 p.m.
Morris Theatre (12 East 6th Street, Morris, MN 56267)

2014 Latterell Lecture

Monday, November 3, 7 p.m.
Science 1020

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Morris a Business Insider Smartest Public College

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Morris is one of only two Minnesota schools included on the exclusive list.


Theatre Arts Discipline Presents A Midnight Dreary

The production runs November 6-8 in the Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre.

Morris To Host Fourth Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments

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The event showcases work produced by more than 30 faculty and staff members.


Bohling Improves Childcare in Stevens County

Rachel Bohling '16, Elizabeth, Colorado, worked with First Children's Finance to conduct surveys for area parents and childcare providers.

Come Grow With Us Present "Extending the Garden Season"

Ryan Pesch, Extension educator and market gardener, will explain techniques and materials that can be used to extend the garden season. Pesch also will explain deep-winter greenhouse technology that commercial operators are now using for winter production. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the AgCountry Auditorium at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (46352 State Hwy 329, Morris, MN 56267).

Call for Nominations: UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award and Faculty Distinguished Research Award

The Functions and Awards Committee requests nominations for the UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award by Friday, November 28, and the UMM Faculty Distinguished Research Award by Friday, December 5. For more information, continue reading or contact Elena Machkasova, Functions and Awards Committee chair.

Upgrade Program Update Available

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-After the Upgrade: Reports
-Sneak Peek: U Market Requisitions
-Tell Us What You Think!

View this issue and more at upgrade.umn.edu.

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Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology and environmental studies, has been named the fourth UMM Founders Scholar. Founders Scholar projects are to reflect, question, challenge, investigate, or advocate for our public liberal arts mission. Kuchenreuther intends a Founders Scholar project that will "explore how we can reconnect with our roots [by] capitalizing on UMM's location in the middle of farm country to encourage meaningful engagement by the majority of UMM students with food and agriculture" and by identifying the "roles food and agriculture could play in UMM's liberal arts curriculum and co-curricular activities." The Founders Fund was established with gifts from a private donor in honor of UMM's founding faculty members.

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Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson, Troy Goodnough, sustainability director, Jordan Wente '15, Martin Zais '15, Peter Kvale '16, and Katie Ledermann '17 traveled to Portland, Oregon, this week for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) annual conference. Each year attendees from around the world come together to network and share new innovations, activities, frameworks, learning outcomes, tools, strategies, research, theory, and leadership initiatives that are changing the face of sustainability on their campuses and in their surrounding communities. With nearly 2,000 participants, the conference is the largest gathering of higher education sustainability professionals and students in North America.

Stephen Burks, professor of economics and management, presented "Employer-Mandated Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment is Associated with Decreased Risk and Cost of Preventable Heavy Truck Crashes among Commercial Drivers" in a session on trucker health at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health's Symposium on Total Worker Health in Washington, DC, on October 7. The presentation discussed results that come from Morris's long-running Truckers & Turnover Project. Project members who contributed to the material presented were Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, M. Bombyk '10, R. Erickson '13, research coordinator, D. Ganzhorn '08, X. Jiao '12, C. Lewis '15, A. Lexvold '13, H. Liu '14, J. Ning '14, and A. Toll '13. External contributors were C. Czeisler, S. Kales, and A. Malhotra of Harvard Medical School, M. Berger of Precision Pulmonary Diagnostics, and J. Hickman and E. Mabry of Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Burks will present the next installment of the University of Minnesota Roadway Safety Institute seminar series on Thursday, October 30, on the Twin Cities campus. In this seminar, "Obesity and Crash Risk in a Population of Tractor-Trailer Drivers," he will discuss previous work that examined the link between obesity and the risk of tractor-trailer crashes. Burks also will preview an ongoing extension of this analysis to the effects of obstructive sleep apnea on crash risk.

"Untitled" by Athena Kildegaard, instructor of English, was featured on American Public Media's The Writer's Almanac on Monday, October 27. This is the second time host Garrison Keillor has shared her work on the show this year.

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Dan Demetriou, assistant professor of philosophy, and his collaborator, Ajume Wingo, associate professor of philosophy at University of Colorado, Boulder, won a $100,000 Immortality Project grant sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and administered by the University of California, Riverside. This award will support research on how memorializing civic heroes can encourage liberal values in both Africa and the West. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the the University of California, Riverside, funded by the John Templeton Foundation.


In the news

Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson appeared in Second Nature's Campus Sustainability Day 2014 Keynote Broadcast last week. In the video, she and other sustainability leaders answer the question, "How can Students Be Part of the Change?"

Robert Smith '13 was featured in resolve, Lehigh University's engineering magazine. Smith recently completed a master of engineering degree and is now a lead energy research analyst with Colorado Springs Utilities, where he leverages data to gain insight into demand-response, renewable energy, and other initiatives.

Leanne Larson '12 recently appeared on the cover of Pioneer Television Preview. Larson will be featured in the Season 6 premiere broadcast of Pioneer's Postcards on Sunday, December 14, at 7 p.m.


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Weekly Bulletin is the official campus newsletter for students, staff, faculty and friends of the University of Minnesota, Morris, prepared in cooperation by the Offices of University Relations and Computing Services, 600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267. Each issue features a compendium of news and announcements, accomplishments and media coverage about the University of Minnesota, Morris.