New collaboration with OpenBiome to treat patients with recurrent C. difficile infections

The University of Minnesota’s Microbiota Therapeutics program will collaborate with OpenBiome to ensure that patients with recurrent C. difficile infections have access to fecal microbiota transplantation until an FDA-approved alternative becomes available. Learn more about this partnership.

U of M wastewater monitoring predicts upcoming drop in omicron variant thrust for metro area

Research from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, shows a predicted decline in the outbreak of the omicron variant for COVID-19 in the Twin Cities metropolitan area over the past next two weeks. However, surveillance in most other areas of the state shows enduring evidence of continued viral spread. The University began studying wastewater in April 2020, led by faculty from the U of M School of Medicine, Duluth campus.

Digital Learning Lab: Kaltura Video Quiz

Kaltura video quizzes can now be integrated into the Canvas notebook. Join Academic Technology Support Services in this Digital Learning Lab session to learn about this workflow that allows instructors to insert questions into a video and track student responses. Participants will have the opportunity to explore this tool from the perspective of both the student and the instructor. Register for one or more sessions of the Digital Learning Lab.

Request for Proposals: Institute on Environmental Impact Objectives

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) invites submissions for project ideas that focus on or relate to IonE’s impact goals (see FAQs): becoming carbon neutral, defining sustainable land use, and achieving a clean drinking water for all. The funds will support interdisciplinary teams conducting engaged research that contribute to new research and associated findings. A Notice of Intent is due February 14; proposals are due March 15. An informational Q&A session will be held on February 8, from noon to 1 p.m., Zoom.

Call for Proposals: Faculty Interactive Research Program 2022-23

The Urban and Regional Affairs Center (ARUC) invites proposals for its Faculty Interactive Research Program. The program encourages University faculty to conduct public policy research projects on important regional issues in partnership with community groups, government agencies, or Minnesota organizations with up to $45,000 in award support. . Learn more and apply before March 7.

Vegetable Task Force volunteers aim to improve immigrant produce

Minnesota is home to approximately 500,000 immigrants from 25 countries, 60% of whom are from East Africa. For many immigrant families, culturally appropriate products are hard to find. A new U of M Vegetable Task Force has identified Minnesota’s vegetable cultural void and formed an all-volunteer group to address it.

To Increase Minnesota Immunization Rates, Program Starts by Listening

As of August 2021, Minnesota’s full COVID-19 vaccination rate was 60%, with the national rate even lower at 52%. At that time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had just awarded Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health Milton “Mickey” Eder a grant to help build confidence in vaccines statewide. The grant is part of a nationwide program to increase COVID-19 and flu vaccination rates across the country, called “Our Community, Our Health.”

Bell Summer Camps are back

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The Bell Museum will be offering week-long, in-person summer camps for children entering grades 1-8. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about topics ranging from space exploration to insect anatomy and Minnesota ecosystems. Each session will be limited to 14 campers and will follow COVID-19 safety protocols. Bell Camps will go on sale February 22.

Research paper: Studies prove that quality of life information reported by residents should be used in nursing home newsletters

When it comes to ensuring adequate health care in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, it is important to know what residents think about their care and comfort. New research from the School of Public Health proves that residents’ responses to the survey about their own quality of life while at the facility are generally reliable, including people with dementia, and will make report cards more useful for consumers. Other recent research summaries include “Study shows strong acceptance of proactive treatment by partners of people diagnosed with chlamydia.”

Featured virtual events at U de M

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January 27 – January Politics Pop-Up Event: Public Art on Campus

January 28 – Fostering an Inclusive and Asset-Conscious Community

January 31 – 2022 Climate Adaptation Award featuring Katharine Hayhoe

February 1 – Understanding the experiences of international students to better support their academic journey

February 3 – Kusske Lecture and Dialogue Series: Frank Gehry

February 4 – First Fridays: Rebecca Toov and Jennifer Claybourne

February 4 – Star Party: The Future of Space Exploration

See the full calendar of events