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.

Pfeiffer elected to International Federation of Infection Control Board

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

School of Nursing Clinical Associate Professor Jeanne Pfeiffer was elected to the International Federation of Infection Control Board, representing the United States, Canada, Japan, Israel, New Zealand and Australia. 

Gary Balas has passed away

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Distinguished McKnight University Professor Gary Balas, former Head of the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department, passed away on November 12, 2014. A memorial gathering in his honor will be held on December 3rd from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at the Campus Club in the West Wing, located on the fourth floor of Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455."

UMN in the News

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Alan Hirsch talks with the St. Cloud Times about aspirin and decreasing the number of yearly heart attacks in Minnesota; U of M historian Ann Pflaum, Professor Rose Brewer, and David Hamlar spoke on Veterans Day with the Star Tribune about how the GI Bill gave Minnesota veterans a path to the middle class; David Lee comments at WCCO on how to budget for medical care for your dog; Liqiang Chen talked with the MN Daily about a chemical discovery that could ease Parkinson's disease; a plant-based diet is best for the planet, shows research by Professor David Tilman, who is interviewed in Time magazine; CSE Professor Jim Kakalios explains in Wired magazine the science of why no one can lift Thor's hammer. 

Jenny Laaser awarded $60,000 L'Oréal Fellowship

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

University of Minnesota chemistry researcher Jenny Laaser is one of only five recipients nationwide of the 2014 L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship, which recognizes U.S.-based female researchers for their outstanding contributions in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Recipients receive $60,000 each for their postdoctoral research.

Laaser, who completed her Ph.D. in physical chemistry last year, is conducting research that will impact future efforts to design gene therapies. Also active in the University’s Women in Science and Engineering group, Laaser helps lead “Cool Chemistry,” an outreach event that brings local middle school girls to campus for chemistry activities and demonstrations.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grants

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Four UMTC faculty have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grants to teach and/or conduct research abroad during the 2014-15 academic year: Nina Asher, Curriculum and Instruction, CEHD (India); Karlyn Eckman, Forest Resources, CFANS (India); Shalom Michaeli, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, Medical School (Finland); and Matthew Rahaim, Music, CLA (India).

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The GPS Alliance is the University’s campus representative for the program.

Patent roll call, fall 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Patents allow the most promising discoveries of today to become the game-changing innovations of tomorrow. A key milestone in the transition from the lab to the marketplace, patents protect the ownership of university technologies and grant them real-world applications to benefit society. Congratulations to University of Minnesota faculty who were recently awarded patents for their discoveries.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Board of Regents Chair Richard Beeson writes in the Star Tribune about ways the U is addressing student debt; Taylor Hannah, Goldy Gopher’s coach, is interviewed in a WCCO story on getting to know Goldy; Susan Wolf comments in the Star Tribune on the genomic research versus privacy debate; U research is cited in “5 tips to stay healthy if you sit at a computer all day” in Time magazine; agricultural economist Michael Boland comments in Forbes on Cargill's plan to make the world's biggest food business even bigger; Michele Mazzocco is interviewed in The Atlantic in “Turning 3-year-olds into scientists.” 

IOM elects Harry T. Orr as member

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Institute of Medicine announced the names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its 44th annual meeting. Among the inductees was Harry T. Orr, director, Institute of Translational Neuroscience, and professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Hormel Institute researchers awarded major grant

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

More than $1.6 million has been awarded to The Hormel Institute's Rhoderick Brown and Edward Hinchcliffe for a collaborative research project on sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of infections that affects many people, including cancer patients.

The two received funding approval for their portion of a nearly $4 million, five-year project with two other research institutions aimed at determining whether a new molecular target could lead to a potential cure for 65 percent of sepsis patients. Sepsis is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States.

U in the News

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Robert Zink's research is referenced in The Guardian in a story about cats as "pure and simple, ecological pollution"; Stephen Schondelmeyer talks about ways to save on medications in Consumer Reports; Akshay Rao responds to WCCO's "Good Question: Will we ever be wallet free?"; Michael Osterholm comments on why there isn't a vaccine for Ebola at WCCO; Leon Assael comments in The New York Times on the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S.--tooth decay

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.

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