David Tilman receives 2014 Balzan Prize

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

University of Minnesota ecologist David Tilman has received a 2014 Balzan Prize in recognition of his outstanding scholarly contributions in ecology. The international award comes with an $800,000 prize, half of which is to support young researchers working with Tilman.
 
The Balzan Prize recognizes achievements in the humanities and natural sciences, as well as in advancing peace among humanity. Tilman was one of four scholars from around the world to receive the prize this year. Past recipients of the award include Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
 
Tilman is Regents' Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, where he also serves as Director of the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.

Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eighteen U of M researchers were recently named to Thomson Reuter's World's Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014. The report (PDF) is available online.

George Family Foundation Honors Twin Cities Women Leaders

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The George Family Foundation recognized Mary Jo Kreitzer, founder and director of the U of M Center for Spirituality & Healing, Lyndel King, director of the Weisman Art Museum, and Bobbi Daniels, U of M Physicians, as three of 84 exceptional women leaders making remarkable contributions to building the Twin Cities at its first-ever "Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders" event Sept. 16. The foundation also recognized U of M Regent Patricia Simmons.

The honor celebrates women who have served as CEO, board chair or president of large corporations, colleges and universities, government and nonprofit organizations, health care, and major arts organizations in the Twin Cities.

U in the News

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy director Michael Osterholm comments at CNN on the potential of Ebola to go airborne; Lauren Martin comments in the Star Tribune on her findings about juvenile sex trafficking in Minneapolis; Elizabeth Seaquist comments in The New York Times on averting diabetes before it takes hold; professor of medicine Kalpna Gupta comments in the Star Tribune on the hurdles of studying marijuana use; Center for Sustainable Polymers director Marc Hillmyer comments in the Star Tribune on the U's $20 million NSF grant.

2014-15 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Faculty recently selected for the 2014-15 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Program are Joseph Alia (Morris), Shahram (Shane) Missaghi (Extension), Chang’aa Mweti (Duluth), and Karin Hamilton, Andres Perez, Jennifer Powers, Jill Trites, and Deena Wassenberg (Twin Cities).

The ITL program engages faculty in professional development aimed at internationalizing the curriculum. These faculty join the 44 others who have participated in the program since 2010. The program is sponsored in partnership with the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the Center for Educational Innovation, and International Student & Scholar Services.

Susan Weller Elected future ESA president

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Susan Weller, an entomology professor and director of the Bell Museum, has been elected future president of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). She will serve as Vice President-Elect in 2015, then as Vice President in 2016, and finally as ESA President in 2017. For the first time in its history, ESA will have two female presidents back-to-back, as Weller succeeds 2016 President May Berenbaum, professor and head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Weller is the first female director of the Bell Museum, and has more than 21 years of curatorial experience.

U in the News

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Star Tribune reports that more than 35,000 people have signed up for Prof. Brad Hokanson’s online course, "Creative Problem Solving"; U of M College of Liberal Arts anthropology professor Gilliane Monnier comments in National Geographic on newly-discovered engravings from the Neanderthal era; the Wall Street Journal speaks with U of M economics professor Faith Guvenen on the Twin Cities diverse job market; professor and Bell Museum of Natural History curator Robert Zink comments in the Pioneer Press on the extinction of passenger pigeons one century ago; sociology professor Erin Kelly comments in The New York Times on her research about flexible work arrangements and stress; and U of M School of Public Health assistant professor Katy Kozhimmannil and Department of Pediatric assistant professor Rebecca Shlafer comment in the Star Tribune on the recent Minnesota ban on the use of restraints while inmates are giving birth.