- In July, the Board of Regents and the University of Minnesota Physicians voted to terminate a letter of intent to merge with Fairview Health Services. The merger, which had been under negotiation since last October, would have created a new, fully integrated academic health system. In June, the University presented what President Eric Kaler (Ph.D. '82) called its "best and final offer." When the Fairview board of directors rejected it, the U halted negotiations.
In a letter to Alumni Association members in late July, Medical School Dean and Vice President of Health Services Brooks Jackson and University of Minnesota Physicians CEO Bobbi Daniels expressed their disappointment, but said the University is still committed to developing a strong statewide academic health system and will explore new opportunities and partners to achieve that goal.
- The July meeting also included the Alumni Association's annual report to the Regents. To read the highlights, see page 44 of this issue.
Board of Regents agendas, minutes, and meeting schedules can be found at regents.umn.edu.
The Bell Museum of Natural History's new Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas is up and running. Funded by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the searchable database offers public access to the Bell's extensive data on birds, mammals, fungi, fishes, and plants. Data will be added over time, including from a current citizen science project on Minnesota bees. Find the Atlas at bellatlas.umn.edu. Here is some of what it offered when it launched in June.
- 5 Terabytes of data in the Atlas
- 400,000+ Biodiversity records
- 175,000+ High-resolution images
- 16,000+ Species in the Bell's botanical and zoological collections
- 750,000+ Specimens of wildlife, plants, and fungi in the collection