News and Perspectives


Introducing the New IDEA Faculty Fellow: A (somewhat surprising) Interview with Sean Garrick

Thursday, September 8, 2016

by Amelie Hyams

There are three things you should know about Sean Garrick, Professor of Mechanical Engineeringand incoming Faculty Fellow for the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA). Some of them might surprise you.

  1. He once wanted to be a writer or a poet (and still kind of does).
  2. He wasn’t always good at math.
  3. He credits his academic success to a couple of wonderful mentors and a smart sister.

Garrick has an incredible understanding of fluid physics and computational fluid mechanics. And he truly enjoys his work. He recalls exactly the class he was in when he “fell in love with fluid physics.” It was in his first fluid physics class in his junior year of college. This, and the course he later took in Computational Fluid Mechanics, amazed Garrick. And he was hooked.

Read the full story on the OED blog.


LacPod (Mobile Lactation Room) Open House

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016, 11 to Noon, Main floor of Coffman Memorial Union, Commuter Student Lounge, near Jambajuice

The Student Parent HELP Center, in the Office for Student Affairs, would like to invite University community members to join us for the official open house for LacPod, a mobile lactation room designed to meet the needs of U of M students, staff, faculty and visitors. LacPod is the result of a unique student and staff collaboration between Mechancial Engineering Senior Design students, the Student Parent HELP Center, and the Campus Lactation Advocacy Committee. In efforts to expand the limited number of lactation spaces available to nursing mothers on campus, the Student Parent HELP Center submitted proposals to Mechanical Engineering 4054W Senior Design course instructors for the development of a mobile lactation space. The result of this yearlong collaboration is now in use on the main floor of Coffman Memorial Union.

The Office for Student Affairs will be hosting an open house to acknowledge the unique integration of academics, student support services, and inter-departmental collaboration that led to the completion of this innovative project.  Please join us in honoring the hard work and creativity that made this needed resource a reality. The LacPod was partially funded by a small grant from the Mechanical Engineering Dept and a Campus Climate micro-grant.

Get Involved

Join a Cross-Cultural Discussion Group

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups are an opportunity to meet other UMN students from a variety of colleges, majors, and nationalities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. During a group’s weekly discussion, you will share cross-cultural experiences and reflect on a various topics including friendship/relationships, taboos and stereotypes, culture shock, educational systems around the world, and much more. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has facilitated these groups for more than 30 years.


Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference: Preparing Global-Ready Students

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 30, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Free to all U of M faculty, staff, and students, sponsred by the GPS-Alliance

The biannual Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference showcases current programs, research, and initiatives to internationalize the curriculum and campus at the University of Minnesota. The conference is free and open to all University of Minnesota staff, faculty, and students interested in internationalizing the curriculum and campus.

For more information and to register.


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