U of M awarded nearly $4 million to boost retention of underrepresented students in STEM

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $3.7 million grant to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to further efforts to increase the number of students of color and American Indian students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs of study and careers. The five-year grant was awarded as part of the NSF’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, which is called the North Star STEM Alliance in Minnesota. The U of M received the initial five-year LSAMP award in 2007, followed by a renewal from 2012-17. 

Hickman appointed to administrative conference of the U.S.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Kristin Hickman, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and holder of the Harlan Albert Rogers Professorship at the Law School, has been appointed to serve as one of the 40 public members of the Administrative Conference of the United States. ACUS is an agency of the federal government charged with convening expert representatives from the public and private sectors to investigate, deliberate, and recommend improvements to administrative process and procedure.

Researchers to develop mobile sensor technology, improve job performance

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Deniz Ones, professor of psychology at the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Mustafa al'Absi, professor of behavioral medicine at the University’s Medical School, join a six-university team which will use the $13.8 million project to develop and test mPerf, a system of mobile sensors and software that can be used to objectively assess everyday job performance. The project was funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s (IARPA) Multimodal Objective Sensing to Assess Individuals with Context (MOSAIC) program.

McKnight Presidential Fellows

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The McKnight Presidential Fellow Award is given to exceptional faculty members who have been granted tenure and promotion to associate professor in an academic year. It recognizes recipients who are recommended by their college deans and chosen at the discretion of Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson based on excellence in research and scholarship, leadership in a field, potential to build top-tier programs, and ability to advance University of Minnesota priorities. The award is for three years, from fall 2017 through spring 2020.

2017-19 recipients

Rafael Fernandes, Physics & Astronomy
John Fieberg, Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Tania Mitchell, Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development
Francis Shen, Law
Chun Wang, Psychology

U in the News

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Carrie Neerland, Katy Kozhimannil, and Becky Gams are quoted in a Star Tribune story about a U project to limit C-sections; Lynn Blewett is interviewed at KMSP-TV on what to expect in health insurance rates in 2018; Vera Krischik weighs in on Minnesota’s Japanese beetle outbreak at WCCO-TV; Sherry Gray comments at Kare 11 on North Korea’s reaction to new UN sanctions; Ezra Golberstein is featured in an MPR News story about the improved finances of lower income Americans after the Medicaid expansion; Joseph Gaugler is quoted at MPR News about Best Buy’s bet on technology for monitoring elderly parents; Francis Shen is quoted in the Woodbury Bulletin about police being called disproportionately to Walmart stores; Marla Eisenberg is quoted in a Reuters story about her study showing that trans teens are worse off on health measures than their peers; Uzma Samadani is featured in a Huffington Post story showing that eye movements may be key in detecting brain injury; Lauren Martin is quoted in a USA Today story about the U’s study showing that married white men are buying sex in Minnesota.

Ní Aoláin Appointed to U.N. Human Rights Post

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, University Regents Professor and holder of the Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society, as the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism. In this role, Ní Aoláin will be charged with making recommendations on safeguarding human rights while countering terrorism and, at the request of states, providing advisory services or technical assistance on such matters; investigating and reporting on alleged violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms; identifying and promoting best practices on counterterrorism measures that respect human rights and fundamental freedoms; and reporting regularly to the Human Rights Council and the U.N. General Assembly. The appointment has a three-year term. She will continue teaching and research at the University of Minnesota while serving as Special Rapporteur.

CFANS professor receives NSF grant to support microbiome research network

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A recent grant from the National Science Foundation to a College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences scientist will lead to the creation of an international network working on plant-associated microbes. Plant Pathology Professor Linda Kinkel was recently awarded the $500,000 NSF grant that will lead to the creation of the Agricultural Microbiomes Project (AMP) research coordination network.

Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The University of Minnesota Women's Center has announced that Ananya Chatterjea, Theatre Arts & Dance professor, is the 2017 recipient of the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award. Chatterjea is also the founder and artistic director of Ananya Dance Theatre. 

2017 Equity and Diversity Transformation Award recipients

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Established by the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards seek to infuse equity and diversity into every aspect of the University’s teaching, learning, research, service, and outreach by funding creative yet pragmatic proposals for projects that support equity and diversity initiatives. 2017 awards focus on the assessment and communication of equity and diversity efforts.

U renames two centers in honor of Earl Bakken

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The University of Minnesota is renaming two health-focused interdisciplinary centers in honor of Earl E. Bakken in recognition of his support of the University and his field-shaping legacy. The centers will now be called the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center and the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

U in the News

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

States that expanded Medicaid saw a drop in medical debt according to a U study with comments by Aaron Sojourner in the Star Tribune; research by student Jiani Yu and Sarah Gollust about the efficacy of cancer screening is cited in The New York Times; Kelly Mitchell comments in MinnPost on how far Jeff Sessions can go with a restart of the war on drugs; Tom Fisher comments in TIME on shopping and the death of malls; the virtual reality surgery to separate conjoined twins is featured in the Washington Post, including Anthony Azakie, Daniel Saltzman, and Bethany Tourek; a comparative analysis by Michael Clark that shows on the environmental impacts of agriculture and food choice is cited in the Washington Post; Phyllis Moen comments in a Pioneer Press story about a new U of M program that brings baby boomers back to class; John Bischof, Kanav Khosla, and Marc Tye are mentioned in a MN Daily story about the U’s breakthrough in cryopreservation; Ulrike Munderloh weighs in at WCCO-TV’s Good Question: What’s good about ticks?; Ellen Anderson comments at Midwest Energy News on a new report showing that solar plus storage can beat natural gas in Minnesota; Research by Francis Shen showing that communities most affected by war turned to Trump in 2016 is featured in The Nation.

Research Infrastructure Awards announced

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the recipients of the 2017 Research Infrastructure Investment Program, which helps maintain the robust, state-of-the art equipment key to propelling research and innovation. The 13 awards, which totaled over $2.5 million from OVPR and one-to-one matching funds from the supporting colleges or centers, impact researchers on two campuses, seven colleges, and 21 departments, units, and centers.

U of M Landscape Arboretum receives highest national recognition

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The U of M Landscape Arboretum has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.

New chair of the U of M Alumni Association BOD

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sandy Ulsaker Wiese has been elected chair of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s Board of Directors for 2017-18. Wiese is the senior vice president of Government Affairs and Business Development at Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), a Minnesota-based company that provides K–12 and adult education products and services, as well as survey services across the country. Wiese has served on the board for 11 years and is the 81st chair in the organization’s 113-year history.

U in the News

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Research conducted by Fatih Guvenen on how the Great Recession reshaped America for the poor is featured in Quartz; Harold Tu and Angie Rake are featured in a NY Times opinion piece on breaking the opioid habit in dentists’ offices; Matt Kramer is quoted in a Star Tribune story about the U’s new webpage explaining its $3.8 billion budget; Doug Hartmann is quoted in a Sports Illustrated story on the legacy of midnight basketball leagues; Brad Holschuh is quoted in a Newsweek piece on the spacesuits needed to survive on Mars; Evan Rawley is quoted in The New Yorker on the ouster of Uber’s CEO; Research by Elizabeth Campbell is mentioned in a Scientific American story about the problem with being a top performer; Lee Frelich talks about why trees are moving west with MPR News.

Fionnual a Ní Aoláin named Regents professor

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has named Fionnuala Ní Aoláin as a Regents Professor of Law. The designation, granted this month, is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University. Internationally renowned in the field of international and human rights law, Ní Aoláin is considered one of the world’s leading scholars on the topics of conflict resolution and gender-based violence in conflict. Her research addresses the application of national security law to regulating terrorism, resolving accountability and political disputes in post-conflict societies, peacebuilding, and transitional justice. Her contributions to the feminist analysis of international law are considered groundbreaking. 

CEED grant

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) as received a $1 million grant from the Lynne and Andrew Redleaf Foundation to establish a center that will focus on reflective practice in infant and early childhood mental health. Reflective practice is a professional development approach that encourages individuals to pay attention to relationships as they examine behavior and their responses to behavior. 

U in the News

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rebecca Shlafer writes in The Los Angeles Times that it’s wrong to keep prisoners’ children from visiting them; Sarah Gollust is quoted in a Vox story about soda tax impacts; David Odde’s research into new how cancer spreads is featured in Science Daily; Mark Thomas weighs in at Newsweek on a new vaccine that could stop heroin abuse by blocking its high; David Tilman is featured in a Pacific Standard story about a study showing that a smarter approach to how we feed people could help save endangered animals; Robert Kudrle is quoted in The Washington Post on why Americans pay more for sugar; Marlene Zuk is quoted in The Guardian story “The weaker sex? Science that shows women are stronger than men”; Alex Lubet is quoted in a Washington Post story about whether Bob Dylan cribbed from SparkNotes for his Nobel lecture; William Roberts weighs in at a USA Today story that says running to lose weight doesn’t work.

2017 Minnesota Futures Grants

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Three U of M researchers received this year’s Minnesota Futures grants, offered by the Office of the Vice President for Research to support extraordinary research by nurturing interdisciplinary ideas. The program helps develop projects to a point where they become competitive for external funding. This year’s projects focus on the dwindling population of bees, the spread of cancer inside the body, and sexual assault on campus.

Gillick named to Global Professional Education Committee

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bernadette Gillick, McKnight Land-Grant Professor, has been named a Representative on the Global Professional Education Committee for the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability. The alliance represents the American/Canadian, Australasian, and European Academies of Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Medicine, and Childhood Disability. Her role will involve promoting a global standard of multi-disciplinary education and dissemination surrounding interventions for children with disabilities and their families

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