2015 Horace T. Morse Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education recipients

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sarah Buchanan, French, Division of the Humanities, University of Minnesota Morris
Charles Randall Fletcher, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
A. Peter Hilger, Construction and Facility Management, Undergraduate Programs, College of Continuing Education
Rashné Jehangir, Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Development
Frank M. Kelso, Department: Mechanical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering
Oliver Nicholson, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Ted M. Pappenfus, Chemistry, Division of Science and Mathematics, University of Minnesota Morris
R. Lee Penn, Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering

2015 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education recipients

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lydia Artymiw, Music, College of Liberal Arts
Philippe Buhlmann, Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering
John P. Campbell, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
Paul W. Glewwe, Applied Economics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences
David L. Kohlstedt, Earth Sciences, College of Science and Engineering
Shashi Shekhar, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering
Diane J. Tedick, Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education and Human Development
Ezgi Tiryaki, Neurology, Medical School

U of M professors receive 2014 Cozzarelli Prize

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Regents Professor Frank Bates and Distinguished McKnight University Professor Chris Leighton, and Sangwoo Lee, a former post-doctoral fellow and doctoral student, have been awarded a 2014 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Cozarelli Prize recognizes six recently published PNAS papers of outstanding scientific excellence and originality each year. Papers selected were chosen from more than 3,500 research articles.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Chris Uggen is quoted in The New York Times about how criminal records keep men out of work; Calvin Alexander talked with MPR about the geology of Lake Superior's ice caves; research by Gunda Georg on male birth control is featured in U.S. News & World Report; David Ernst talked with The New York Times about a new report on the value of open textbooks; and Murray Frank is quoted in WCCO’s “Good Question: How much do we pay in 401(k) fees?”

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. 

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