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June 23, 2021 | In short


Highlights from the June Board of Directors meeting

At its June meeting, the Board of Regents heard a report on enrollment projections for the upcoming fall semester. System-wide confirmations for students coming straight from high school have jumped about 12% from the same time last year and are up about 7% from the university’s five-year average. Duluth and Morris have both seen notable increases, while the Twin Cities total is an all-time high. The regents also approved the capital improvement budget recommended by President Joan Gabel for fiscal 22, reviewed the recommended operating budget for fiscal 22, and discussed strategic planning with leaders at the Duluth campus. See the press release for more details.

Go beyond volunteering

As a first cycle of the U of M, Breanne Retherford helped redesign the 3D printed prosthetic hand of a 7-year-old, helped visually impaired people who wanted to play hockey, and worked with students in Uganda to develop low-cost medical device solutions for the centers health of their country. Overall, Retherford has given more than 400 volunteer hours, receiving a special mention on her transcript as a University of Minnesota Community Engagement Fellow.

The night of the train

Shannon brooks

Shannon Brooks, a U of M student and Gopher football player, struggled with depression and overwhelming grief 18 months ago. On a cold December night in 2019, he remembers saying to himself, “I want to be with my mom,” before running to the side of a high-speed train. Today, he wants to share his mental health journey with others.

A new way to promote mental health

Carmen Aguirre holding chains

The year before Carmen Aguirre started medical school, a mentor advised her to find a hobby unrelated to medicine. Lover of music and art, she decided to get involved as a video jockey. She later became the one who made the on-screen visuals. Aguirre has now completed two years of medical school, and his art really took off. She sold at least 20 pieces and started donating 10% of her sales to support U of M mental health resources.

housewives with holes

two red-headed woodpeckers

the the fiery red-headed woodpecker is in decline in many parts of the country, but not in the U of M’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, which has plenty of savannah and the largest known population of birds in Minnesota. Postdoctoral fellow Elena West leads a team of volunteers, land managers, and community scientists from various disciplines who study these woodpeckers, noting what features of their environment provide good habitat for them and other species.

Awards and recognition

Dziwe Ntaba and Michael Westerhaus have been selected as Bush Fellows 2021; the Board of Regents approved the appointments of deans for the College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Dentistry, and the College of Education and Human Development; Paul Dauenhauer has been named a 2021 finalist for the National Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists; Tasoulla Hadjiyanni has been selected for the Imagine Fund 2021-2023 Arts, Design, and Humanities chair; George Karypis received the Distinguished Contributions Award at the 2021 Pacific-Asia Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Conference; Douglas Kearney received the first Campbell Opera Librettist Prize; Joachim Savelsberg is the recipient of the 2021 Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Award; Johnson Brothers, based in St. Paul, is offering a million dollar scholarship to the Carlson School for under-represented Minnesota students in financial need; the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior was recently ranked number two in the world by the Shanghai Ranking; U in the news presents highlights of U professors and staff cited in the media. Awards and recognition