May 1, 2024

The MN-GEMS grant management system is up and running

MN-GEMS, the University’s new scholarship management tool, is now available. MN-GEMS, which replaces EGMS, a custom platform built 25 years ago, will align the U of M’s proposal submission and award process with 25 other top research universities. The University’s Sponsored Projects Administration, which oversaw the implementation of MN-GEMS, works directly with approximately 3,000 faculty and administrative staff system-wide and processes more than 20,000 transactions annually representing more than 1.2 billion dollars in annual research expenses.

Nominations are sought: Research Technical Staff Award

The Office of Research and Innovation is seeking nominations for its Technical Research Staff Award, which recognizes research staff for distinguished service and significant contributions to the U of M research community. Ten honoraria will be awarded personal grants of $2,000 each to eligible staff involved in the practice of research or in support of faculty conducting research. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 14. The winners will be announced in August.

Deer-vehicle collisions in Minnesota research project

Each year, deer-vehicle collisions have a profound economic and emotional impact across Minnesota. Drawing on their complementary expertise, U of M professors Ron Moen and Raphael Stern have teamed up on a new research project to focus on the risk factors for these collisions.

The phenology data tool helps optimize invasive plant management time

U of M researchers with the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center have developed a new online tool to facilitate management planning for wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed despite fluctuating weather patterns in Minnesota.

CFANS Insights Survey: Planet vs. plastic

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As the world’s population continues to grow and consumerism increases, the issue of waste management becomes increasingly critical. An information survey from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) provides insight into Americans’ concerns about the impact of waste on our planet, especially plastics.

Talking about hearing loss and aging with the U of M

Many Minnesotans experience hearing and speech changes as they age. One third of adults over the age of 65 have a hearing loss that significantly affects their lives. Professor Matthew Winn, a speech, language and hearing scientist, shares insights into hearing loss and ageing. See more editions of “Talking with U of M”.

Research brief: Scientists use leaf brightness to understand climate change

New research from the University of Minnesota suggests that leaf brightness provides vital information about vegetation dynamics in arctic and boreal ecosystems such as Minnesota’s forests and wetlands, which are among the fastest warming of the world Using remote sensing to monitor natural glow can help scientists better track climate change and its impact on our natural resources. See additional recent Research Briefs.

August 12-30 – Teaching Enrichment Cycle

The webinars in the Teaching Enrichment Series focus on practical approaches to teaching and learning that faculty, instructors, and TAs can implement in fall classes. Session topics include using generative AI, setting up the Canvas gradebook, designing better discussions, and more.

August 22 – New TA orientation webinar

In this new interactive TA orientation webinar, new teaching assistants (Twin Cities and Duluth campuses) will be introduced to university teaching resources and reflect on and discuss teaching strategies, roles and responsibilities . Participants will be introduced to key policies around FERPA, working with students with disabilities, responsibilities for reporting Title IX violations, and more.

Register to design and deliver online learning

This four-module seminar will guide faculty and instructors across the system in exploring and making plans to implement effective pedagogical practices in their online courses. Delivered entirely online, participants will engage through Canvas activities and Zoom meetings. Thursday, September 23 to October. 25.

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