Atwood leads U.S. delegation to human rights conference

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Professor Brian Atwood, the chair for Global Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will lead the United States delegation to a key human rights and democracy conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe. The OSCE, an organization of 57 states, from Europe, Central Asia, and North America, includes the governments of the United States, Russia, and Ukraine.

This OSCE "Human Dimension Implementation Meeting" (HDIM) is being held in Warsaw, Poland, through October 3. It provides an opportunity for governments and non-governmental organizations in the 57 participating states to collaborate to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms. The U.S. delegation will meet with human rights activists, as well as with international experts from across Europe and Eurasia who will participate in events highlighting human rights and democracy concerns.

School of Social Work receives $1.28 million grant

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SSW has received a $1.28 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The three-year grant will fund an initiative to increase the number of graduate-level social workers who are trained in mental health and substance abuse services for children, adolescents, and transitional youth aged 16 to 25. The project, called the Minnesota Social Work Initiative in Behavioral Health, aims to recruit and train 90 social work master's degree students who are dedicated to providing mental health and substance abuse services to the target populations. Training will focus on teaching students research-supported treatment and assessment methods for work with families and individuals, as well as skills for interprofessional collaboration.

New director of benefits and compensation

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ken Horstman has been named director of benefits and compensation, replacing Dann Chapman who retired in September after 13 years as the University's director of benefits. Horstman will oversee and administer the University's competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, wellness, disability, retirement, and flexible spending accounts. He will also provide leadership for the University's compensation philosophy, strategy, design and implementation, and other reward and recognition programs.

U in the News

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Professors Roger Feldman and Lynn Blewett comment at MinnPost on explaining MNsure; professor Robert Kane writes on why elder care in America isn't working at Forbes magazine; Research led by professor Bin He is cited in the International Business Times that shows Yoga and meditation give brain power a boost; assistant professor Seth Lewis comments in the Star Tribune on a new elite social media site; professor Michael Ostherholm comments at WCCO TV on the Ebola outbreak; anthropologist Michael Wilson's research is cited in the Los Angeles Times in a story titled "Monkey see, monkey kill: The evolutionary roots of lethal combat."

UMTC receives an INSIGHT Into Diversity Award

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award--a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion--the U of M Twin Cities will be featured along with 82 other recipients in the magazine's November 2014 issue. The Twin Cities campus also received the HEED Award in 2012 and 2013.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected the U of M based on the institution's exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus--one that includes gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, veteran status, ability, and sexual orientation, as well as many other identities.

U Libraries recognized in Horizon Report

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Numerous examples of the University Libraries' leadership in key organizational, service and technology development areas are recently highlighted in the internationally recognized New Media Consortium's 2014 Horizon Report Library Edition. Among the contributions mentioned are efforts to rethink the roles and skills of librarians. The Horizon Report also highlights the work to create Digital Course Packs, "a pilot project intended to streamline course content for faculty and students and make learning materials more affordable." The report mentions the Libraries' SMART Learning Commons, and its "dedicated staff to assist students with learning new technologies." The report also notes Minnesota's work to develop and expand research data management services and identifies the Libraries to be among "early adopters of mobile apps in academic and research libraries."

Allen Levine elected to Obesity Society leadership

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Department of Food Science and Nutrition professor and former CFANS dean Allen Levine has been elected vice president of the Obesity Society. His term begins in November and is the first step toward becoming president of the society in three years.

U in the News

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

St. Anthony Falls Laboratory director Fotis Sotiropoulos comments at WCCO on the lab's recent $16 million renovation; Ann Masten talks children's natural resilience in MinnPost; the Law School's Claire Hill comments in the Star Tribune on a poll that shows two-thirds of Minnesotans think the government should outlaw corporate inversions; U of M director of admissions Rachelle Hernandez comments on the benefits of college in the Twin Cities; professor Kathleen Vohs comments in The Atlantic on how our environment can boost creativity.

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.