Burckhard Seelig wins Simons Investigator Award

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

University of Minnesota researcher Burckhard Seelig has a longstanding interest in how the earliest forms of life may have come into existence. This year, his efforts were rewarded with a 5-year, one million dollar grant from the New York-based Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life. One of two scientists invited to join the Collaboration in 2015, Seelig is part of a 21-member multi-disciplinary team looking at potential scenarios for how life could have started from non-biological matter, and the planetary conditions that could have supported the origin of life.

Harris selected as HHMI Investigator

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Reuben Harris has been recognized as one of the nation’s top biomedical scientists by Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Harris has been selected as an HHMI Investigator and will receive the flexible support necessary to progress his research in creative new directions. Harris is a professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, associate director of the Institute for Molecular Virology and a member of the Masonic Cancer Center. 

CBS Pre-Med Scholars receives innovation award

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CBS Pre-Med Scholars, a program to help students prepare for medical school, recently received a regional innovation award from National Academic Advising Association.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

William Roberts talks with the NY Times on why older runners are ultrarunners; giving antibiotics to infants is strongly related to illness in adulthood, according to new research by Dan Knights featured in TIME; a U of M Extension analysis showed the Avian flu impact at $310 million and counting in MN, says Brigid Tuck at WCCO; research on aquatic invasive species doesn't happen overnight, writes Brian Buhr in a Star Tribune editorial; Paul Morin is using his geospatial expertise to help with Nepal recovery efforts, as reported by the Star Tribune; Khalaf Bushara and Roger Dumas were featured on KARE 11 regarding the rare disorder of musical hallucinations.

Recipients of the 2015 President's Award for Outstanding Service

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The President's Award for Outstanding Service is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community. The 2015 recipients are Mary Cannedy-Clarke, Gary Christenson, Kim Dockter, Jennifer Franko, Greg Hestness, Aileen Lively, Willard Miller Jr., Ann Pflaum, Robert Seybold, Rafael Tarrago, and Suzanne Thorpe

U of M adding research capacity in aquatic invasive plants management

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Daniel Larkin has been hired by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) as its new Aquatic Plant Management and Restoration Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist. This new position will focus on research and leadership for Extension education to advance aquatic plant management and restoration. Only a handful of Ph.D. level researchers of this type exist in the country

Outstanding New Advisor award

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CBS academic advisor Kristin Economos recently received the Outstanding New Advisor award from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The award honors advisors who have worked in the field three years or less and demonstrate excellence.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

U of M psychiatry resident Brent Nelson is featured in MinnPost along with Suzanne Jasberg and Kelvin Lim in a story about an exciting new option for treatment-resistant depression using transcranial magnetic stimulation; night crawlers are good bait, but they’re re an invasive species wreaking havoc on the state’s forests, says Lee Frelich in the Star Tribune; A Minnesota quartet performs global warming in the NY Times, featuring Scott St. George; Carol Cardona talks with Wired about bird flu in Minnesota's poultry farms; Michael Oakes spoke with MPR on the U’s human subjects research program.

Legge awarded Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Gordon Legge has been awarded the 2015 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. The award is jointly presented by the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education and BrightFocus Foundation. Legge was recognized for his seminal contributions to understanding vision and reading, especially the consequences of low vision. Legge is the director of the Minnesota Laboratory for Low Vision Research and the McKnight University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience.

U of M named national leader for focus on operational excellence in IT

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The University of Minnesota has been named one the nation's most innovative users of business technology by InformationWeek, a leading technology industry publication serving executive leaders at some of the country's largest businesses and government organizations. 

U in the News

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Marc Bellemare answered WCCO’s most recent Good Question: What foods contain GMOs?; Joanne Slavin is quoted in a TIME story “Should I eat corn?”; Traci Mann talked with the Washington Post about why diets don’t actually work; Jean Abraham is quoted in USA Today on whether incentivizing Medicaid enrollees to get preventative care pays off; Colleen Manchester spoke with WCCO about how old we are when we retire; the U is increasing its efforts toward diversity on campus, says Shakeer Abdullah and Rachelle Hernandez at KARE 11.

Three U professors elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dante Cicchetti, Allen Isaacman, and Donald Truhlar have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies. Members of the 2015 class include winners of the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer Prize; MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships; and Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. Cicchetti, Isaacman and Truhlar join 55 previous and current members from the University of Minnesota. 

Elizabeth Wilson receives inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Humphrey School professor Elizabeth Wilson has been selected to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. Wilson, a leading researcher in energy and environmental policy and law, is one of 32 scholars chosen from more than 300 nominees and will receive a $200,000 award. The award will support her research to examine the complex relationship between renewable and nuclear energy, climate change, and economic development, and how policy drives the evolution of energy systems.

Eva von Dassow Wins Rome Prize

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Associate professor Eva von Dassow, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, has received the National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize, which annually supports advanced independent work in the arts and humanities in a unique residential community in Rome. During her residency she will be working on a book, Freedom, Rights, and Governance in the Ancient Near East. Von Dassow teaches the history and languages of the ancient Near East.

IDEA Multicultural Research Award recipients

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Thirteen faculty have received U of M Institute on Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) Multicultural Research Awards. Since it's inception in 1996, the MRA has awarded over $1.5 million to more than 152 U of M faculty from at least 45 different disciplines working in equity and diversity research. IDEA awards support research that may transform the University by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars whose expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations will lead to innovative scholarship and teaching that addresses urgent social issues.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

U research doesn't deserve an all-out black eye, writes Sheila Riggs in an editorial for the Star Tribune; Carol Cardona talks about bird flu’s toll on Central Minnesota turkey farms with the St. Cloud Times; U researcher Jerry Zhao spoke with the MN Daily about his study which found large returns on transportation investments; Arindam Banerjee was featured in WCCO’s Good Question: What does Google know about you?; Jennifer Granick spoke with KARE 11 on Canine influenza: What dog owners need to know; Nikos Papanikolopoulos is quoted in a KSTP story about U of M student robot creations. 

Tim Kehoe named Guggenheim Fellow

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Professor Timothy Kehoe of the Department of Economics has been awarded a 2015-16 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He will use his grant to study the impact of NAFTA and trade liberalization.

Matthew Canepa named Guggenheim Fellow

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Associate professor Matthew Canepa of the Department of Art History has been named a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for 2015-16 in support of a multi-volume research project on the development of the visual cultures and spatial environments of power in Persia and the ancient Iranian world.

Kathleen Call Receives President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

School of Public Health Professor Kathleen Call has received the University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award for exemplary engaged scholarship conducted in partnership with the community to create new knowledge that addresses important and significant societal issues.

Al Tims recognized with 2014 Scripps Howard Foundation award

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Al Tims (journalism & mass communication) has been named the 2014 Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism & Mass Communication Administrator of the Year. The annual award recognizes excellence in administration of a journalism and mass communication program, including vision, leadership, and creativity

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