Speeches and Spotlights
The Big Ten university presidents and chancellors are urging Congress to take a cautious approach to an effort to rewrite patent litigation law. With that in mind, the Big Ten CEOs sent a letter to their Congressional delegations urging them to take a cautious approach. (By the way, I'm the co-chair of the Association of American Universities' working group on technology transfer and intellectual property.
From the moment I became president of the University, I've said elevating the reputation and quality of our Medical School was among my top priorities, and we've been working hard on that over the past three and a half years. Wednesday's announcement by Governor Dayton that he plans to invest in our Med School was welcome news.
As the legislative session began, I travelled to the Capitol in St. Paul advocating for our biennial budget request and capital request.
University Government and Community Relations leader Erin Dady reported to the U community on our early efforts, with links to news reports.
Over the past nine months we've been looking closely at our campus climate and identifying what it takes to be a place where everyone feels welcomed, respected, and valued.
Last spring I charged a Campus Climate Workgroup composed of senior leaders to advance this work. Their assessment, along with that of an associated grassroots effort involving faculty, staff and students in four World Cafe discussions, has informed their report, which includes findings, and short- and long-term recommendations.
Just want to let students know that we've set my Student Office Hours for the Spring.
They're set for: Wednesday, January 28, 3-4 p.m.; Friday, March 6, 10-11 a.m.; and Thursday, April 23, 3-4 p.m.
For details on how to sign up and some very simple guidelines, go here.
There's a lot on the University's plate for 2015, particularly our legislative request, which is highlighted by an ambitious initiative to address projected workforce shortages in health care.
We aim to train the next generation of health care professionals to serve Minnesota's aging and increasingly diverse population. We are also eager to strengthen U research in cancer and other diseases, and to create a Minnesota Electronic Health Library to ensure medical professionals statewide can access the latest research and provide the best care possible.
It’s an honor to be among such a distinguished group of health professionals.
And I know of all the great work members of the Maimonides Society have done through the years and generously given to the University. I thank you. I’m also delighted and encouraged by the holistic approach to the gathering. This group is truly interprofessional in nature, which, of course, is a cornerstone of medical education at the University these days, and should be of health care delivery as well.
When I talk about winning I don't mean on the athletic field, as much fun as that is. I mean accountability. Being accountable to our students, their families, our Board of Regents, and the citizens of Minnesota is central to my values as president of this great public University.
Thank you, Chair Beeson. As 2014 comes to an end, I ask how are we doing, and where are we headed? Sometimes, it feels as if we do so much across all of our campuses that it’s difficult to get our arms around what this University accomplishes.
And, then, in less than 72 hours—say from a Sunday morning through a Tuesday, of constant news cycles—we can see who we are, what we do, our impact and, even, glimpse our future.