Gulachek named VP and CIO

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bernard (Bernie) Gulachek has been appointed vice president for information technology and chief information officer at the University of Minnesota, pending approval by the University’s Board of Regents at its June meeting. Gulachek has served as interim vice president and chief information officer at the University since September 2015. Gulachek has been with the University of Minnesota since 1986 and is a 1985 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts. As interim vice president and chief information officer, Gulachek has worked to build relationships, trust, and service excellence within OIT.

U of M Health physicians honored as “Rising Stars”

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine released its 2017 edition of “Top Doctors: Rising Stars,” an annual list of up-and-coming physicians who are making a mark in medicine. This year, 90 doctors affiliated with University of Minnesota Physicians across 33 medical specialties were included in the list.

Tretter Collection wins national diversity award

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University Libraries is a 2017 recipient of the Diversity Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record.

U in the News

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Lee Frelich and Eli Sagor are mentioned in a Duluth News Tribune story about the planting of 400 acres of Minnesota pines by scientists to survive climate change; Robert Kudrle is quoted in a MinnPost story on whether Democrats can trust Trump on trade; Tracey Deutsch is quoted in a Star Tribune story on Mall of America's new Kindness store; Keith Mayes is quoted in a MinnPost story on reimagining how history is taught in Minnesota; Andrew Odlyzko is interviewed about Bitcoin at KARE 11; Marlene Zuk is quoted in an Esquire story about scientists being baffled by cicadas emerging four years too soon; Aaron Doering weighs in on the climate accord at CBS News (via YouTube).

Extension receives $1 million to help Greater Minnesota

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

University of Minnesota Extension has received nearly $1 million in two federal grants to seek solutions to current concerns in Greater Minnesota. The grants were announced by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. A $500,000 grant was awarded to Extension’s Center for Community Vitality to study how rural communities can recruit and retain residents to supply their workforces. The Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships received $499,760 to develop and pilot a new distribution model for small and medium-sized farms to access wholesale markets.

Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship recipients

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship Program provides grants to support scholarly and artistic activities of faculty and their graduate students to foster excellence throughout the University. This year’s spring competition awarded 53 grants in a range of fields across 16 colleges and 45 departments on the Duluth, Morris, and Twin Cities campuses. A total of $1,679,331 was awarded with an average award amount of $31,685.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Professor Elizabeth Heger Boyle (sociology) received a $900,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a project to increase accessibility to survey data on women and children's health from the 20 poorest countries in the world. The data cover a broad range of topics, such as access to family planning methods, distance to clean water, menstrual hygiene, and nutrition. Boyle will be collaborating with Matt Sobek and Devon Kristiansen at the Minnesota Population Center to complete the project.

Schwarcz Wins American Law Institute’s Young Scholars Medal

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The American Law Institute (ALI) has announced that it will award its Young Scholars Medal to Professor Daniel Schwarcz of the Law School. The award is presented every other year at the ALI’s annual meeting to one or two outstanding early-career law professors whose work has the potential to influence improvements in the law.

Seifert named Peters Endowed Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Randy Seifert, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, has been named the Peters Endowed Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation, effective July 1. This new position is a rotating, two-year appointment for College of Pharmacy faculty. The Peters Chair was established as part of a $13.5 million gift from William (Bill) and Mildred Peters to stimulate innovation and research that would advance the practice of pharmacy. 

U in the News

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Marla Spivak is quoted in a NY Times Magazine story, “The self-medicating animal”; Toben Nelson and Spruha Joshi authored a Newsweek piece on how a toxic drinking culture led to the Penn State fraternity death; Rachel Hardeman and Donna McAlpine are featured in a Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder story about the health impacts of police brutality; Karen Oberhauser is interviewed at Wisconsin Public Radio about the huge need for new stems of milkweed to sustain the monarch population; Fatih Guvenen is mentioned in an NBC News story that suggests a plateau in the narrowing gender pay gap; Dylan Millet answers WCCO’s Good Question: Why is everything dirtier after it rains?; the Rochester Post Bulletin writes that retiring UMR Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle 'recoded' higher ed in Rochester; Traci Mann talks with NBC News about why office snacks are making you fat.

Deborah Swackhamer receives Warren A. Hall Medal

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Universities Council on Water Resources awarded Deborah Swackhamer (former Water Resources Center co-director) the Warren A. Hall Medal in honor of her lifetime achievements in water resources research and education. The award is a memorial established by friends and family to recognize exceptional accomplishments and distinction of an individual in the water resources field.

Hellmann receives Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Jessica Hellmann, director of the Institute on the Environment, is among eight individuals and organizations recently recognized at the National Adaptation Forum as recipients of the Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources. The awards were established in 2016 to honor exemplary leadership in supporting the resilience of natural resources and the people, businesses, and communities that depend on them. A leading ecologist studying the impacts of climate change, Hellmann was recognized for her decades of work revealing the sensitivities of rare species and the factors that affect their adaptive responses, as well as her critical role in proposing and critiquing new management techniques for climate change.

Master preceptor award

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has recognized Jacqueline Barber as a master preceptor for her dedication and commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice. The award honors instructors’ exemplary work in training and mentoring future pharmacists.

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that the University Libraries is one of 10 recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.

U tech transfer ranks sixth among public universities

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Milken Institute, a nonprofit think tank based in California, has ranked the U’s Office for Technology Commercialization sixth among US public research institutions and second in the Big Ten in its “Best Universities for Technology Transfer” report. When including private institutions, the U places 14th, outpacing schools such as the University of Michigan and the University of California, Los Angeles. Notably, among the more than 200 US research institutions ranked, the U placed fourth in licenses executed and 10th in licensing income.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fatih Guvenen says in the Star Tribune that manufacturing jobs aren't coming back; Dan Larkin is quoted at WCCO-TV urging boaters to fend off a new invasive plant; Michael McAlpine is featured in a Newsweek story about a way to print bionic skin; Lynn Blewett weighs in at MPR News about how the House health care bill might affect you; Richard Painter is featured in Rolling Stone about the seriousness of the Comey firing; Deborah Swackhamer is quoted in a Star Tribune story about Trump's overhaul of EPA science panel; Art Rolnick says early childhood education spending has a big payoff at MPR News; Joseph Redden talks with World Economic Forum about why having a good memory could mean you get bored of things faster; Amanda Tschetter comments at WCCO on a study that shows a dramatic increase in skin cancer cases.

Two professors elected to National Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Two University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering professors have been elected members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for their excellence in original scientific research. They are chemical engineering and materials science Regents Professor Frank Bates and mathematics Professor Maury Bramson. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.  Bates is a world-renown polymer scientist who focuses his research on block co-polymers. Bramson works in probability theory, a field in mathematics that often includes applications to the physical and biological sciences, engineering, computer science, operations research, and finance

Tilman elected to Royal Society of London

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

David Tilman, Regents Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior in the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, was elected a foreign member of the Royal Society of London. The society was founded in 1660 and counts among its membership Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and many other eminent scholars from across the ages. One of the most highly cited ecologists in the world, Tilman is best known for bringing mathematics and biology together to understand how different plant species interact to create diverse communities

U in the News

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Eric Ostermeier is quoted in LifeZette on Democrats struggling to recruit strong candidates; Abe Jacob is quoted at KARE 11 in a story about the finding of high lead levels in children in 40 MN neighborhoods; Lynn Blewett is quoted at Vox on the use of high-risk pools in the latest GOP health plan; Anab Gulaid comments on the measles outbreak at NPR; James Kakalios is quoted at National Geographic on the real science inspired by Star Wars; Steve Sanders weighs in at a MN Daily interactive look at bike traffic growth at the University of Minnesota; Marlene Zuk authors a New York Times piece on how to make a fox your friend; Fatih Guvenen's paper on income inequality is cited at Politico on a story about the winners from Trumps business tax cut; Chris Uggen weighs in at MPR News on how unpaid traffic tickets leave people with low-incomes in debt; Michael Osterholm and Amy Kircher say we're losing focus on public health priorities at MPR News.

2017 recipients of the President's Award for Outstanding Service

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The President's Award for Outstanding Service recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients of the President's Award for Outstanding Service

  • Etty DeVeaux, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Molly Dingel, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Mark Karon, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Nicole Letawsky Shultz, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Karen Miksch, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Susan Marie Pohlod, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Les Potts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Kathryn Pouliot, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Luis Ramos-Garcia, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Robert Stein, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Bilin Tsai, University of Minnesota Duluth

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