U of M ranked 29th best global university by U.S. News & World Report

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities was ranked No. 29 in the inaugural "Best Global Universities" rankings released Oct. 28 by U.S. News & World Report, a leading U.S.-based publisher of education analysis and rankings. The U of M ranks No. 9 among U.S. public institutions, and No. 3 among Big Ten Conference public schools, with many American universities dominating the list. Harvard University claims the No. 1 spot overall, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2 and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 3.

New grant promotes minorities in biomed research

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research will share an award of $19.2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead professional development activities of underrepresented communities in health science research. The funding will provide intensive grant writing workshops and professional development activities, especially for junior investigators and post-doctoral fellows pursuing biomedical, biobehavioral, clinical and social science research careers.

Title VI funding

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Institute for Global Studies has received Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education to support a new National Resource Center, the African Studies Initiative. In addition, IGS received Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Africa, Asia, and international studies (23 each academic year and 12 summer fellowships). Altogether, the FLAS and NRC support is $919,000 each year for the next four years, totaling about $3.7 million. Shaden Tageldin (cultural studies & comparative literature) is the project director for the Africa grant.

Regent and former Cargill exec David Larson has passed away

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

David Larson, retired Cargill executive and University of Minnesota Regent, died Oct. 25 at age 70. He lived in Wayzata. A public memorial service will be held Nov. 1, 11 a.m., DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium. Memorials are preferred to the Coach Kill "Chasing Dreams" Epilepsy Fund.

U in the News

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jim Luby talks about the U of M's new apple with MPR; Kolawole Okuyemi comments at the Star Tribune on the U joining the effort to diversify the biomedical research field; Tara Fortune comments in the New York Times on a Minneapolis-based school that immerses itself in all things Chinese; Katy Kozhimannil comments in the Pioneer Press on her study finding that Cesearean rates may be influenced by hospital, not mothers; the work of Regents Professor Ann Masten has been profiled by The Big Ten Network.

Peter Igarashi named Head of the Department of Medicine

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Peter Igarashi has been named as the next Nesbitt Chair and Head of the Department of Medicine. Igarashi comes from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he currently holds the Robert Tucker Hayes Distinguished Chair in Nephrology, is a professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Nephrology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and directs the UT Southwestern O’Brien Kidney Research Core Center.

U.S. DOE awards CARLA $750,000

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The University's Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) has been awarded its seventh round of funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Center (LRC) program; the grant totals more than $750,000 over the next four years. The purpose of the competitive Title VI LRC grant program is to establish, strengthen and operate centers to improve the nation’s capacity for teaching foreign languages. CARLA is one of only 16 centers in the country funded by the prestigious program.

Distinguished Young Pharmacist

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keri Hager was awarded the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award from the Minnesota Pharmacists Association. The award recognizes her contributions to patient care, leadership in and outside pharmacy, and her community service.

Outstanding Service

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Steve Schondelmeyer received the Harold R. Popp award for Outstanding Service from the Minnesota Pharmacists Association. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the association.

U in the News

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder surprised the crowd at the Xcel Energy Center by introducing Jakub Tolar from the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital; Bob McMaster and Board of Regents Chair Richard Beeson were interviewed in the Minnesota Daily for a story about out-of-state tuition; campus fungal research is mushrooming, say professors David McLaughlin and Jonathan Schilling in the Minnesota Daily.

Masonic Charities donates $25 Million

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The U of M Children's Hospital has been renamed in honor of Minnesota Masonic Charities. The give makes Masonic Charities the single largest donor to the University.

Minnesota Masonic Charities has made public a new gift of $25 million in support of pediatric research and care delivery. In recognition of the legacy of support provided by the Masons to the University of Minnesota, the U is renaming the children's hospital the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

The new gift, when added to the $75 million in gifts to support cancer research and care since 2008 and additional gifts made over the last six decades, brings the Masons' total support of the University to more than $125 million.

Osterholm named McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Health

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

School of Public Health Professor Michael Osterholm has been appointed a McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Health, one of the University's highest faculty honors.

The Presidential Chair acknowledges the critical contributions of important University faculty who have distinguished themselves and their schools in the missions of research, education, and public engagement.

Medical School Wall of Scholarship Reception

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Medical School will host a public reception to commemorate the new Medical School Wall of Scholarship and its 23 inaugural honorees on Oct. 23, 5-6 p.m., Phillips Wangensteen bldg. A brief program will feature comments from President Eric Kaler, Provost Karen Hanson, VP for Research Brian Herman, and Health Dean Brooks Jackson. Light refreshments will be served.

Ganco Garners Emerging Scholar Award

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Martin Ganco has been named the 2014 recipient of the Past Chairs' Emerging Scholar Award by the Technology and Innovation Division of the Academy of Management.

The annual award acknowledges an emerging scholar who has already achieved a solid publication record and whose scholarly contributions show great promise to become influential or path breaking in the Technology and Innovation Division domain.

Aks Zaheer Elected Fellow of Strategic Management Society

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Professor Aks Zaheer has been elected a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society. The purpose of the Fellows of the Strategic Management Society is to recognize and honor members who have made significant contributions to the theory and practice of strategic management.

U Libraries receives grant for a transgender oral history project

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tawani Foundation has awarded a major multi-year grant to the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the purpose of documenting the historic and contemporary experience of transgender individuals in the Upper Midwest.
 
This will be done through the collection of up to 400 hours of oral histories involving 200 to 300 individuals during the next three years. A major effort will be the recruitment of individuals of all ages and experiences for the oral histories.

U in the News

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The U's Andrew Owen and David Levinson comment in the Washington Post on how public transit changes your job prospects; Traci Mann comments at NPR on why eating comfort foods may not be so comforting; Robert Zink weighs in on the bird-safe glass debate in the Minnesota Daily; Yoga or meditation could help patients with disabilities, says Bin He in the Minnesota Daily; Josh Page explains the silence of prison guards on a new prisoner-release proposal in California at the Huffington Post.

BRAIN Initiative grants

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) is among the first to be awarded two federal grants resulting from President Obama's BRAIN Initiative to develop next generation neuroimaging technology.
 
The first award is for the development of a small, portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device will allow the expansion of research on human behavior and treatment for brain disorders around the world. CMRR professors of radiology Thomas Vaughn and Michael Garwood will lead the project.
 
The second award, led by professor of radiology and biomedical engineering Wei Chen, would provide an efficient, cost-effective engineering solution and lead to next generation of MRI technology and instrument.

CEHD receives $2.8 million grant

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced that the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development is the recipient of a $2.8 million grant. The award will help the college learn how best to support access and success for underrepresented and low-income college students.
 
Part of the 2014 First in the World Program, the four-year grant will fund an effort to engage underrepresented and low-income students and bridge campus-community cultural divides by developing deeper partnerships with diverse communities.

NIH Career Development Award

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bernadette Gillick has received a National Institutes of Health K01 Career Development Award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate non-invasive brain stimulation and constraint-induced movement therapy in children who have incurred a stroke around the time of birth.

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