Masonic Charities donates $25 Million

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The U of M Children's Hospital has been renamed in honor of Minnesota Masonic Charities. The give makes Masonic Charities the single largest donor to the University.

Minnesota Masonic Charities has made public a new gift of $25 million in support of pediatric research and care delivery. In recognition of the legacy of support provided by the Masons to the University of Minnesota, the U is renaming the children's hospital the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

The new gift, when added to the $75 million in gifts to support cancer research and care since 2008 and additional gifts made over the last six decades, brings the Masons' total support of the University to more than $125 million.

Osterholm named McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Health

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

School of Public Health Professor Michael Osterholm has been appointed a McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Health, one of the University's highest faculty honors.

The Presidential Chair acknowledges the critical contributions of important University faculty who have distinguished themselves and their schools in the missions of research, education, and public engagement.

Medical School Wall of Scholarship Reception

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Medical School will host a public reception to commemorate the new Medical School Wall of Scholarship and its 23 inaugural honorees on Oct. 23, 5-6 p.m., Phillips Wangensteen bldg. A brief program will feature comments from President Eric Kaler, Provost Karen Hanson, VP for Research Brian Herman, and Health Dean Brooks Jackson. Light refreshments will be served.

Ganco Garners Emerging Scholar Award

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Martin Ganco has been named the 2014 recipient of the Past Chairs' Emerging Scholar Award by the Technology and Innovation Division of the Academy of Management.

The annual award acknowledges an emerging scholar who has already achieved a solid publication record and whose scholarly contributions show great promise to become influential or path breaking in the Technology and Innovation Division domain.

Aks Zaheer Elected Fellow of Strategic Management Society

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Professor Aks Zaheer has been elected a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society. The purpose of the Fellows of the Strategic Management Society is to recognize and honor members who have made significant contributions to the theory and practice of strategic management.

U Libraries receives grant for a transgender oral history project

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tawani Foundation has awarded a major multi-year grant to the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the purpose of documenting the historic and contemporary experience of transgender individuals in the Upper Midwest.
 
This will be done through the collection of up to 400 hours of oral histories involving 200 to 300 individuals during the next three years. A major effort will be the recruitment of individuals of all ages and experiences for the oral histories.

U in the News

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The U's Andrew Owen and David Levinson comment in the Washington Post on how public transit changes your job prospects; Traci Mann comments at NPR on why eating comfort foods may not be so comforting; Robert Zink weighs in on the bird-safe glass debate in the Minnesota Daily; Yoga or meditation could help patients with disabilities, says Bin He in the Minnesota Daily; Josh Page explains the silence of prison guards on a new prisoner-release proposal in California at the Huffington Post.

BRAIN Initiative grants

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) is among the first to be awarded two federal grants resulting from President Obama's BRAIN Initiative to develop next generation neuroimaging technology.
 
The first award is for the development of a small, portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device will allow the expansion of research on human behavior and treatment for brain disorders around the world. CMRR professors of radiology Thomas Vaughn and Michael Garwood will lead the project.
 
The second award, led by professor of radiology and biomedical engineering Wei Chen, would provide an efficient, cost-effective engineering solution and lead to next generation of MRI technology and instrument.

CEHD receives $2.8 million grant

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced that the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development is the recipient of a $2.8 million grant. The award will help the college learn how best to support access and success for underrepresented and low-income college students.
 
Part of the 2014 First in the World Program, the four-year grant will fund an effort to engage underrepresented and low-income students and bridge campus-community cultural divides by developing deeper partnerships with diverse communities.

NIH Career Development Award

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bernadette Gillick has received a National Institutes of Health K01 Career Development Award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate non-invasive brain stimulation and constraint-induced movement therapy in children who have incurred a stroke around the time of birth.

Weissbrodt Wins Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

David Weissbrodt, founder and co-director of the Human Rights Center, a member of the Law School faculty since 1975 and a local, national, and global leader in human rights advocacy, has been named a 2014 recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award. The honor recognizes educators who have inspired their former students to "create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large."

U in the News

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Marc Hillmyer, professor of polymer chemistry at the U of M, weighs in at WCCO on why we use so much plastic; VP for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert comments in the Minnesota Daily on educational programming being planned in advance of the Minnesota-Washington NFL game; Megan Strauss, who studies evolution and behavior at the U, comments on giraffe behavior in The New York Times; Cawo Abdi, assistant sociology professor, comments on the Islamic State's recruitment initiatives in the St. Cloud Times; Elizabeth Wilson discusses the complexities of the oil market and energy independence in the Star Tribune; biologist Michael Travisano comments in Wired magazine on whether, if the world started over, life would evolve the same way.

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.

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