Aug. 18 – Town Hall: Preparing for Fall 2021
President Joan Gabel, the Senate Consultative Committee, and other University leaders will discuss the recently updated Get the Vax 2.0 plan and the upcoming fall semester at a virtual town hall Aug. 18, 9 a.m. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit questions in advance using this form. A link to access the Town Hall will be available soon.
Prepare for fall with Teaching Support events
Visit the new Teaching Support events calendar to learn about professional development opportunities for instructors. Featured for fall are several offerings to help you prepare for flexible teaching or a blended environment. Other session topics include teaching with technology; student mental health; diversity, equity, and inclusion; planning courses with common disability accommodations in mind; academic honesty; and more.
Teach with a flexible approach this fall
Regardless of an instructor’s teaching modality (face-to-face, hybrid/blended, fully online), as learned with the pandemic, unexpected events can demand flexibility in one’s approach. University of Minnesota teaching and learning support experts were interviewed about how instructors might plan for flexibility. Read excerpts from their conversation for insights and recommendations.
Security update for Google Drive file links
On Sept. 13, Google will apply a security update to some University of Minnesota Google Drive accounts that may affect links to some files and result in new requests for access to those files. If you received an email from Google that you own files that are impacted, review the list of files and either distribute the new links for your files or delete files that are no longer needed.
Fall 2021 Grant-in-Aid competition
Applications will be accepted starting Aug. 23 for the fall 2021 Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). The program supports the University’s MPact 2025 strategic plan and academic excellence through the promotion of research, scholarly, and artistic activities of faculty. It provides seed funding for a wide range of projects in seven funding categories, including a multicultural research category. OVPR is especially interested in supporting entrepreneurial or collaborative projects that could result in near-term impact. The deadline to submit applications to approvers is Sept. 20; the deadline for approvers to submit final applications is Sept. 23.
New Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award for faculty
The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Award is a new award honoring tenure-system faculty, term/contract faculty, and academic professional (P&A) teaching specialists and lecturers who have done significant research, teaching, or service/leadership to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University in the person’s field of study, or in our broader community. Award recipients will receive $10,000 to support a course release or provide summer salary. The nomination deadline is Oct. 1.
DEI in the departments: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences shares six ingredients for success
Two Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty share a model to develop diversity, equity, and inclusion committees to achieve actionable and measurable goals.
Osterholm Update: Divided by Delta
In episode 61 of the Osterholm Update, Michael Osterholm and Cory Anderson discuss the impact of the Delta variant and address misinformation about vaccines, mixed messaging challenges, and questions about seasonality. See all episodes of Osterholm Update.
COVID-19 vaccine immune response among immunocompromised patients
Understanding the differences in COVID-19 vaccine immune response among immunocompromised patients is the focus of a new national study led, in part, by the Medical School. The U of M’s arm of the study will compare immune responses in people with healthy immune systems alongside those with immunocompromised systems. The study is recruiting both healthy and immunocompromised people who haven’t been vaccinated yet or who were vaccinated in the last one to two months.
Research Brief: New technology will allow important metals to be made more efficiently
Twin Cities campus College of Science and Engineering researchers have invented a cheaper, safer, and simpler technology that will allow a “stubborn” group of metals and metal oxides to be made into thin films used in many electronics, computer components, and other applications. Additional recent Research Briefs include “Switching to plant-centered diet reduces risk of cardiovascular disease for young and middle adults,” “Improving professional networking outcomes for women,” “New study shows patients visiting their doctor after a flu patient are more likely to get the flu,” and “Discrimination and safety concerns are barriers to accessing healthy food for food-insecure emerging adults.”
U of M featured events
Aug. 13 – Get Back out to the Ballpark for Minnesota Twins U of M Day
Aug. 16 – Mindful Mondays: Qigong, Instructor Susan Flannigan
Aug. 17 – Bakken Center Mindfulness Programs Info Session
Aug. 19 – Object Etiquette Reception
Aug. 20-22 – Art in the Garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Aug. 23 – Teaching with Technology Retreat: Enhance your Syllabus and Welcome Students
Aug. 25 – Managing data and research materials bootcamp for new researchers and graduate students
Aug. 25 – Webinar: Leading Your Hybrid Team
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