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. 

$15 million gift to Gopher Athletics

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gopher Athletics has received a $15 million gift from David and Janis Larson. The gift will help fund a new Football Performance Center, which will house football offices, locker rooms, training areas, a weight training center and other areas designed to provide the Gopher Football program and student-athletes all of the tools needed to achieve greatness on and off the field. Larson, a retired Cargill executive and University of Minnesota Regent, died Oct. 25.

UMN in the News

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jian-Ping Wang tells the Star Tribune that he came to the University of Minnesota with a vision to create an industry that would rival California’s Silicon Valley; Rebecca Montgomery and Peter Reich talk with Phys.org about a U of M study that shows Minnesota’s tree species will change with climate; a locally developed device is helping people lose weight says Sayeed Ikramuddin at KARE 11; Jim Kakalios writes in WIRED about the magical bulletproof material that made Iron Man give up iron; Myron Orfield talked with the Washington Post about a case before the Supreme Court that could disarm the single best weapon for desegregating U.S. housing; the Wall Street Journal reports that a group including Tom Fisher hope dropping the Midwest label for a new one will foster innovation and pride; William Frey II spoke with Elle Magazine about the scientific reasoning behind emotional tears.

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.

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