Hillmyer awarded McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Department of Chemistry Professor Marc Hillmyer has been awarded a prestigious McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair by University President Eric Kaler. This is one of the University’s highest faculty awards. Professor Hillmyer is only the second professor in the University’s College of Science and Engineering to receive the honor. The recognition acknowledges the critical contributions of faculty who have distinguished themselves and their departments in the missions of research, education, and public engagement. 

2015 recipients of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jess Larson, Professor, Studio Arts/Humanities, UMM
Chris Leighton, Distinguished McKnight University Professor Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, College of Science and Engineering, UMTC
Becky Mooney, Senior Academic Adviser, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, UMTC
Les J. Opatz, Assistant Director of Advising, Student Services, College of Liberal Arts, UMTC
The awards will be given at the luncheon during the March 12 Tate Advising Conference.

Kakalios receives AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named James Kakalios as the recipient of the 2014 AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award, recognizing "the unique ways he communicates the ideas and excitement of physics" and stimulates members of the general public to learn more about developments in science and technology that shape their lives. Kakalios, Taylor Distinguished Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, has used comic books and superhero movies as a "hook" to explain concepts ranging from Newton's laws of physics to the quantum mechanics that is manifest in devices like transistors.

U receives $17.8 million NSF grant

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering has received $17.8 million in renewed funding over the next six years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the University’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. The U of M was one of only 12 universities nationwide chosen to receive NSF funding this year for a materials research center.

U of M ranks No. 5 nationally on Peace Corps rankings

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

With 63 graduates currently making a difference as Peace Corps volunteers, the UMTC ranks No. 5 nationally on the Peace Corps annual list, moving up 5 spots from its position last year. UMTC is on the list for the 15th consecutive year, and also ranks No. 3 among graduate schools with 14 graduate school alumni serving as volunteers. Since 1961, 1,464 alums have served overseas, making the University of Minnesota the No. 16 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers.

Professor Barany honored with American Peptide Society award

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Professor George Barany has been awarded the 2015 Murray Goodman Scientific Excellence & Mentorship Award from the American Peptide Society (APS). The Goodman Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated career-long research excellence in the field of peptide science, and who have been responsible for significant mentorship and training of students, post-doctoral fellows, and other co-workers. Barany has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry since 1980 and is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. 

UMN in the News

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Doug Hartmann spoke with WCCO about a Washington Post story about racial disparities in Minneapolis; research by Alison Jing Xu showing that hunger affects spending attitudes even on non-food items is cited at Smithsonian.com; Michael Rodriguez is cited in an MPR story about on-time graduation for students of color in Minnesota; Michael Osterholm is quoted in a Washington Post story referencing a study that shows limited airborne transmission of Ebola is likely; Benjamin Baechler is quoted in Reuters about new research showing that long-term multivitamin use may be tied to women’s heart health.

U ranks fifth for Fulbright Scholars

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently listed the U of M as fifth among public research universities in 2014-15 for the total number of Fulbright Scholars (16 total; 11 undergrad; 5 grad).

This year's total (16) ranks second all-time for the U, which had 22 Fulbright Scholars in 2013 (16 undergrad; 6 grad). In 2014-15, the U features a higher award to applicant rate (25.4 percent) than Harvard (20.6 percent) or Michigan (23.3 percent).

Program recognized as model for teen pregnancy prevention

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An intervention program for young women developed and evaluated by a team led by School of Nursing Associate Professor Renee Sieving was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a model for teen pregnancy prevention.

American Pharmacists Association recognizes 3 faculty

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Three faculty members from the College of Pharmacy have been selected for American Pharmacists Association awards.

Brian Isetts received the Hubert H. Humphrey Award, given in recognition for major contributions in government and legislative service at the local, state or national level; Philip Portoghese received the Takeru Higuchi Research Prize, which recognizes the highest accomplishments in pharmaceutical sciences, and is international in scope and stature; and Todd Sorensen received the Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award, which recognizes an individual who has promoted and encouraged pharmacists to attain leadership positions.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The U's Myron Orfield and Myles Shaver are quoted about why Minneapolis is so successful as a city in The Atlantic’s “The Miracle of Minneapolis”; Richard Pfutzenreuter dicussess the shift in the U’s approach to UMore Park with the Star Tribune; Michael Wilson answers WCCO’s Good Question: Why Do We Kiss To Show Affection?; Ian MacRae talks drones and the future of farming with the Big Ten Network; and Mary Jo Kreitzer comments on yoga and the wave of ‘complementary medicine’ in Minnesota and the U.S. in the Star Tribune.

Tsapatsis elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Michael Tsapatsis, a chemical engineering and materials science professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer. Only 67 new members nationwide and 12 foreign associates received the honor this year.

Michael Smanski receives cancer research award

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Assistant professor Michael Smanski has been awarded $100,000 to develop new approach to speeding the discovery of anti-cancer agents from natural sources. The award provides funding to Damon Runyon Fellows who have exceeded the foundation's highest expectations and are most likely to make paradigm-shifting breakthroughs that transform the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Smanski was a 2012-14 Damon Runyon Fellow.

University Libraries receives Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grant

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The University of Minnesota Libraries, in partnership with Penumbra Theatre Company, received $168,750 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to support the adoption and use of "Umbra: Search African American History." This freely available online search tool will provide access to digital materials on African American history and culture from around the country.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

John Wright and M. J. Fitzgerald are quoted in the Star Tribune about Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird sequel; Lynn Blewett talks about MNsure in the Pioneer Press; Professor of English Paula Rabinowitz is quoted in Investors Business Daily about paperbacks innovator Ian Ballantine; Jane Kirtley and Bruno Chaouat talk satire and free speech after Charlie Hebdo with MPR; Black History Month festivities have fresh motivation, says Lamar Hylton in the MN Daily; Nick Jordan talks with MPR about how adjusting crops is one way to adapt to climate change. 

Tilman receives the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

David Tilman has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for scientifically demonstrating how biodiversity makes ecosystems more stable, productive and resilient. The BBVA Foundation promotes, funds, and disseminates world-class scientific research and artistic creation. 

Innovation in International Education award

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The University of Minnesota is the recipient of an Institute of International Education Andrew Heiskell Honorable Mention for Innovation in International Education in the Study Abroad category for its Bridging Loan Program. The program assists high-need students who do not have up-front funds available to cover study abroad program deposits and flight booking costs.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Jason Hill comments in The New York Times on a new report that urges western governments to reconsider reliance on biofuels; Steve Sanders comments on new electric vehicle chargers on the UMTC campus in the Star Tribune; David Levinson talks about a 'value capture' tax for road projects in the Pioneer Press; Jason Chan comments in The Economist on his study that looked at what effects a local Craigslist site has on its state's rates of reported HIV cases; Alan Benson talks with the Washington Post about a new study which suggests the economic return on a college degree may be more modest than you think; David Weerts spoke with MPR about free tuition at two-year schools.

2015-16 IAS Faculty Fellows named

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has announced Faculty Fellows for 2015-16. Twelve faculty will be in residence at the IAS, working on projects that range from violence and religious difference in the premodern Mediterranean to the long-term study of agrarian expansion, earthworm invasion, and earthworm-engineered forests in North American and Europe. The faculty represent eleven departments in five colleges on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. 

McKnight Land Grant Awards for 2015-17

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost has announced that eight faculty members have been named as the 2015-17 McKnight Land-Grant Professors. The goal of this program is to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. The professorship includes a research grant of $25,000 in each of the two years of the award, to be used for expenditures related to the recipient’s research/scholarly work. 

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