Dady named head of Government and Community Relations

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Erin Dady has been named as the new special assistant to the president for government and community relations, effective Jan. 5. As special assistant, Dady will lead the Office of Government and Community Relations and work to advance the interests of the University system, including all five campuses, at the capitol in St. Paul, in Washington, D.C., and among our community partners and neighbors.

Dady has more than 14 years of experience in government relations, management, advocacy, public policy, coalition building, community outreach, fundraising, marketing, and communications. Serving as St. Paul Mayor Coleman's chief of staff since 2010, she oversees all Mayor's Office staff, operations, and initiatives, and advises the mayor on the city's $500-million annual budget and its 3,000 employees.

Ross named Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Ed

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Program in Human Sexuality has named Michael Ross the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education. This endowed chair is the first of its kind in the nation to focus on sexuality education.

Ross was most recently a behavioral science professor in the Center of Health Promotion and Prevention Research at the University of Texas. He was born in New Zealand and educated in Australia, England, and Sweden. He completed doctoral training in health psychology; medical training in venereology; and degrees in public health, criminology, and health 
education.

Termuhlen named regional campus dean of UMD Med School

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Paula Termuhlen has been named the new regional campus dean of the Medical School's Duluth campus.

Termuhlen comes to the University of Minnesota from the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she led the Community Medical Education Program, working to establish regional campuses to help address workforce issues in smaller, rural communities in Wisconsin. It's a role that prepared her well for her next challenge, helping the Duluth campus fulfill its mission supporting rural medicine and Native American communities.

Cancer researcher Lee Wattenberg has died

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lee Wattenberg, the man known the "father of chemoprevention." Lee was a professor of lab medicine and pathology at the Medical School and a Masonic Cancer Center researcher. He died on Dec. 9, at the age of 92.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Susan Warfield of the Student Parent Help Center discusses the center's annual Adopt a Family program with the MN Daily; Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz is featured at KARE 11 regarding the release of the CIA interrogation program report; John Budd of the Carlson School is quoted in the Star Tribune regarding a 26-year Delta employee who lost his job for critical remarks; Christopher Uggen talks about criminal policy reform with the MN Daily; John Robert Warren chats with the Huffington Post on the plunge in the percentage of students held back a grade; Jisu Huh is quoted in the Star Tribune story, "Targeted online ads: Creepy or convenient?"; In WCCO's Good Question, Peter Lee talks about the best way to combat dry skin.

Karen Ashe named recipient of a 2015 Zenith Fellows Award

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Alzheimer's Association has awarded Karen Hsiao Ashe a 2015 Zenith Fellows Awards ($449,946 over three years) for her work, "Toward Understanding Mechanisms of Tau Neurotoxicity in the Mammalian Brain."

Tau is a protein at the focus of research into Alzheimer's disease. Ashe and colleagues are working with other scientists to use a newly developed method for measuring modifications of tau in the living brain.

2014 recipients of the Award for Global Engagement

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The all-University Award for Global Engagement is given to faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline. In addition to honoring individual faculty and staff members, the award—by identifying excellence in global engagement and by recognizing outstanding work—serves as a resource and inspiration to other faculty and staff.
2014 recipients of the award are Brian Atwood, professor and chair of Global Policy, and former dean, Humphrey School; Alan Lifson, professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health; and Terry Roe, professor in the Department of Applied Economics and director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy.

2015 Leopold Leadership Fellows

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Elizabeth Borer and Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, have been selected as 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellows. Borer and Cavender-Bares are among 20 mid-career academic environmental scientists named as Fellows this year. The group was selected through a highly competitive process on the basis of their exceptional scientific qualifications, demonstrated leadership ability, and strong interest in sharing their knowledge beyond traditional academic audiences. The Leopold Leadership Program, located at Stanford University, was founded in 1998 to fill a critical gap in environmental decision-making: getting the best scientific knowledge into the hands of government, nonprofit, and business leaders and the public to further the development of sustainable policies and practices.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Jeffrey Mandel and Gurumurthy Ramachandran are quoted in multiple stories on the release of a U of M study that shows the effects of taconite on miners; John Deen comments at KARE 11 on the U's leadership in preventing pandemics; Mary Jo Kreitzer gives advice on how to cope with grief or loss this holiday season at MinnPost; Dan Karvonen says in the Pioneer Press that your Minnesoooota accent is something to be proud of; Daniel Griffen talks with the LA Times about a study that shows the California drought is the most severe dry spell in at least 1,200 years; and here's how to end your day on a positive note, says Theresa Glomb at BBC.com.

Doering named Royal Canadian Geographical Society fellow

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

LT Media Lab director Aaron Doering has been inducted as a fellow to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), in recognition for more than a decade’s worth of work in the Canadian Arctic and around the world. The RCGS is dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada--its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage, and its environmental, social, and economic challenges.

Coulter honored among '40 under 40'

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

University of Minnesota Extension corn agronomist Jeff Coulter has been recognized as one of Vance Publishing's "40 Under 40," honoring leadership among individuals contributing to efforts to double food production by 2050.

Coulter, an associate professor, works closely with Minnesota corn farmers at 15 on-farm research sites, as well as University of Minnesota Research and Outreach Centers at five locations. He is at the forefront of research on alfalfa rotations and their role in reducing the need for nitrogen-based fertilizers while maintaining corn yield. Through his outreach to agriculture professionals and their one-to-one work with farmers, his research reaches thousands of Minnesota producers every year.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bill Doherty comments in The New York Times on the myth of the divorce rate surge; professor Dan Knights is profiled in the Pioneer Press; Marvin Marshak comments in the Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine on finding dark matter at the U’s Soudan underground laboratory; Stephen Schondelmeyer is quoted in The New York Times on ways to provide relief for rising cost of generic drugs; Arthur Reynolds comments at WCCO on a U of M study that bolsters the case for all-day preschool; autographs are being replaced by the quick and easy selfie, says Shayla Thiel-Stern in the Star Tribune; Mary Jo Kreitzer comments at Reuters on a new study that shows how a mindfulness program may improve some rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Six researchers named Generation Next/UROC Faculty Fellows

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Six researchers have been named Generation Next/UROC Faculty Fellows and charged with creating teams to tackle the question: "Why is there an achievement gap in the context of Minneapolis-St. Paul and what promising practices are helping close that gap?" Coordinated by the University's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in partnership with Minneapolis-based Generation Next, the fellows will zero in on disparities and the structural roots of the achievement gap to create a scholarly roadmap that works in tandem with other University and Generation Next-based efforts.

Samuel Myers to receive Westerfield Award

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Samuel Myers, Jr., the Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has been named recipient of the Samuel Z. Westerfield, Jr., Award by the National Economic Association (NEA). The award, the NEA's highest honor, is in recognition of Myers' distinguished service, outstanding scholarship, and achievement of high standards of excellence, and will be presented at the organization's annual meeting on Jan. 4 in Boston.

Nursing faculty to launch Ebola treatment center in Liberia

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Four School of Nursing faculty were invited by the American Refugee Committee to be part of a leadership team of health professionals charged with launching a new Ebola treatment center in southern Liberia. Associate Professor Cheryl Robertson and Clinical Assistant Professor Dorcas Kunkel depart Minnesota this week. Their extensive public health experience in Africa position them well for their charge to with recruit and train health care staff, establish protocols and procedures and oversee the opening of the 60-bed treatment center in River Gee County on the southern border of Liberia. The faculty's involvement is part of a pioneering agreement between the U of M School of Nursing and the American Refugee Committee.

Alok Gupta Named INFORMS ISS Distinguished Academic Fellow

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Professor Alok Gupta has been named an INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS) Distinguished Fellow. The honor is given to those who have made outstanding intellectual contributions to the field through their published research, editorial appointments to relevant journals, and mentorship to doctoral students and young researchers.

Bruininks receives Lifetime Achievement Award for disability work

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Former U of M president and CEHD dean emeritus Robert Bruininks received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD) during its annual conference in Washington, D.C. The award is given "… to individuals making a lifetime commitment to serving people with developmental disabilities and their families," and includes recognition of his work as founding director of the college's Institute on Community Integration.

Professor Emeritus Philip Hodge passes away

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Professor Emeritus Philip Hodge from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics passed away on November 11, 2014. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and his research resulted in significant advancements in plasticity theory, including developments in the method of characteristics, limit-analysis, piecewise linear isotropic plasticity, and nonlinear programming applications.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether writes about "The power of telling, and writing, of sexual assault" in the Star Tribune; health insurance premiums are rising more slowly, writes Dimitri Drekonja in the Star Tribune; Michael Osterholm comments in Wired magazine on a surprising study that could lead to better flu vaccines; Elizabeth Seaquist discusses the importance in identifying the best treatments for people with type 2 diabetes at KSTP-TVDavid Bedford comments on the hard cider boom and the demand for 'terrible' tasting apples in Vita.MN; U of M researchers have discovered a protein that fights HIV infection, featuring Elizabeth Luengas and Reuben Harris in a story by KSTP; and Ryan Allen of the Humphrey School comments at KARE 11 on local reactions to President Obama's immigration plan.

Kreitzer named co-editor of Global Advances in Health and Medicine

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

School of Nursing Professor and Director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing Mary Jo Kreitzer has been named co-editor in chief of Global Advances in Health and Medicine.

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