Speedie named 2014 Weaver Medal Recipient

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Marilyn Speedie, dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Weaver Medal. The Weaver Medal recognizes service to education, the profession, research, and the community. A reception honoring Speedie will take place Feb. 17, 4-6 p.m., The Commons Hotel.

Dean Fisher Announces Leadership Change

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dean Thomas Fisher has announced that he will step down as Dean of the College of Design. After leaving the deanship this summer, Fisher will assume the positions of Dayton Hudson Land Grant Chair in Urban Design and director of the University's Metropolitan Design Center, where he will continue research and teaching in conjunction with metro-area partners and grant makers. Provost Karen Hanson will be appointing an interim dean.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tai Mendenhall is featured in MinnPost as “an 'adrenalin junkie’” who has found his niche in family social science; Homeland Security has taken an interest in a U of M software program whose uses could include protecting the nation’s food supply, says Amy Kircher in the Star Tribune; President Eric Kaler is quoted in the MN Daily on the U’s campus climate efforts; Katrice Albert is quoted in MSR News on where Dr. King’s call for ‘community’ is at today; the U of M is tackling diversity shortages reports the MN Daily with commentary by the U’s Eric Kaler, Shakeer Abdullah, and Lamar Hylton.

U selected for CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

To identify the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disability among 8-year-old children in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, as part of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration has been awarded a four-year, $450,000 annual grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Swackhamer named inaugural fellow of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Deborah Swackhamer, former co-director the University's Water Resources Center (WRC) and professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and School of Public Health, has been named one of 20 inaugural fellows of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 

UMM/UMTC awarded Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The University of Minnesota's Twin Cities and Morris campuses have earned the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s prestigious Community Engagement Classification. The classification—a category of the foundation’s Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Learning—is awarded to universities and colleges demonstrating excellence in alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy engagement that strengthen bonds between campus and community. 

Andy Robinson earns Spudman Emerging Leader Award

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Andy Robinson, an agronomist who holds a joint appointment with U of M Extension and NDSU Extension, received the Spudman 2015 Emerging Leader Award. The award, sponsored by Bayer CropScience and presented by the National Potato Council, recognizes an individual under the age of 35 who has helped promote the growth of the potato industry, and shows strong leadership qualities and community involvement.  

New U Card office director

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Amy Keran is the new director of the U Card Office. Her background includes many years at Datacard Group and active participation in NACUU, the National Association of College and University Cards. Keran can be reached at 612-626-9909.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The U’s Vet Med Center and Micky Trent were featured in multiple news stories about the delivery of a baby orangutan, welcomed to the Como Zoo; more Minnesota Somalis are going back to a slowly rebuilding Somalia, says Ryan Allen in the Star Tribune; Ronald Krebs talks with WCCO about the difference between ISIS and Al-Qaeda; Katie Speckman of the Bell Museum says "Saturday With a Scientist" makes learning fun in the Pioneer Press; a new study led by Carrie Henning-Smith shows that Americans aged 40 to 65 underestimate future health care needs, as reported by KSTP; Mary Jo Kreitzer is quoted in the Star Tribune about whether Internet searches mirror our moods; the Western diet is bad for human health and the environment, says David Tilman in Voice of America; treadmill desk or not, simply standing to work yields positive health benefits, says Mark Pereira at Inc.

STSS building named in honor of U President Emeritus Robert Bruininks

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

In recognition of Robert H. Bruininks’ more than 45 years of service to the University of Minnesota, including nine as president, the Science Teaching and Student Services (STSS) building will be renamed Robert H. Bruininks Hall. The STSS building was completed in Aug. 2010, during Bruininks’ presidency. A dedication ceremony will take place in early 2015. Details will be made available at a later date.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Xiang Cheng makes it rain in Popular Science--watching raindrops to get to the bottom of asteroid impact craters; Karen Oberhauser says in CBS News that the monarch butterfly may need U.S. endangered species protection; Traci Mann talks “Beyond paleo: Is eating like a Viking the next it diet?” in Vogue; a new generation of Somali women is on the rise in Minnesota says Cawo Abdi in the Star Tribune; Steve Henneberry is quoted in The New York Times on campus police racial bias accusations.

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.

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