U in the News

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Michael Howell is interviewed in an episode exploring consciousness on BBC Radio; Suma Jacob talks to WCCO about a study that looks to expand the scope of Autism research; Abdennour Abbas and Mark Schneider are quoted in a CityPages story about incentives that already exist to hire skilled American workers; Paul Dauenhauer comments on the U’s invention of a process to make sustainable rubber and plastics at Phys.org; George John answers WCCO’s Good Question: How do stores decide what’s on sale?; Fatih Guvenen is quoted in a POLITICO story about the winners from Trump’s business tax cut; Marcia Endres is quoted in a Brownfield Ag News about the U’s dairy management team winning a national competition; Rajesh Rajamani is quoted at MIT Technology Review about how a sense of hearing could make cars safer and more reliable; Kirsten Canterbury is quoted in a Twin Cities Business story about how employers are looking for new hires with global mindsets.

U of M startups named among “Best University Startups 2017”

Monday, April 24, 2017

Two University of Minnesota startups were recognized among the most promising in the nation by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), an association of university startup officers. Photonic Pharma and ThermChem, two companies launched by the Office for Technology Commercialization’s Venture Center, were among NCET2’s 40 Best University Startups 2017, selected from 200 submissions from universities across the U.S. The startups were chosen by representatives from leading companies for their technology’s potential, the experience of the business team, and the invention or service’s commercial feasibility.

Announcing the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Monday, April 24, 2017

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will become the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The name change, which officially takes effect July 1, honors the family that founded, owns, and operates Hubbard Broadcasting. 

Professional Development Grants for Retirees

Monday, April 24, 2017

Kathleen O’Brien, retired vice president for University Services, and Humphrey School Professor Emerita Katherine Fennelly, are two examples out of the eighty-seven retired University staff and faculty who have received a Professional Development Grant for Retirees (PDGR) made available through the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA). O’Brien and Fenney presented their findings, about Minnesota women in city governments and immigration workers, respectively, in New York.

U in the News

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mark Umbreit is mentioned in a PBS Newshour story about whether the death penalty brings closure to a victim’s family; Dessa’s orchestral debut was a neuroscience collaboration with the University’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, including associate professor Cheryl Olman and researchers Andrea Grant and Philip Burton; Richard Painter weighs in at PBS Newshour on why transparency on Trump’s taxes, visitors, and family businesses matters; research by Teresa Toguchi Swartz, Christopher Uggen and Heather McLaughlin on whether Obamacare increased voter turnout is mentioned in The Atlantic; Ravi Bapna answers WCCO’s Good Question: How does Facebook monitor its content; Katy Kozhimannil is quoted in a Star Tribune story on confronting the dilemma of opioid addicts who are expectant moms; Daniel Kaiser comments in Bloomberg on nutrient-poor farms geting a vitamin boost from zinc mines.

Three faculty elected to American Academy of Arts And Sciences

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Three U of M professors have been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies.

Megan Gunnar; Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and director of the Institute of Child Development in the College of Education and Human Development. Gunnar is one of the nation’s leading researchers in child development and developmental psychobiology.

Sarah Hobbie; Distinguished McKnight University Professor in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Hobbie investigates the impact of human activity in urban environments; in particular, the causes of urban water pollution.

Marlene Zuk; professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Her research focuses on emerging questions in behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology.

Gunnar, Hobbie and Zuk join 58 previous and current members from the University of Minnesota.

Bloomberg named dean of Humphrey School

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Laura Bloomberg has been named dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, effective June 12. As dean Bloomberg will serve as the chief executive officer of the Humphrey School, which is ranked among the top 10 schools of public affairs in the country. She will be the first woman to hold the position. Bloomberg has served as associate dean of the Humphrey School since January 2013, and as dean will continue to provide strategic leadership and administrative oversight for the school, and work to maintain its stature. She succeeds Eric Schwartz, who announced that he will step down in June to assume the presidency of Refugees International

Outstanding Community Service Award recipients

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The University's Office for Public Engagement has announced the winners of the 2017 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Awards, which recognize faculty, staff, students, and community partners who have made significant, demonstrable, and direct contribution to society’s well-being.

  • Outstanding Community Service Faculty Award—Brian Sick, associate professor, Department of Medicine, Medical School
  • Outstanding Community Service Staff Award—Linus Chan, director, Detainee Rights Clinic, Law School
  • Outstanding Community Service Student Award—Beth Fallon, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, College of Biological Sciences
  • Outstanding Community Service Community Partner Award—Lisa Thornquist, research and project evaluation coordinator, Office to End Homelessness, Hennepin County

MacArthur Foundation’s Top 200 "100&Change" Proposals

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The MacArthur Foundation named its Top 200 proposals from organizations worldwide. Those chosen are the 100&Change submissions that received the highest scores from our evaluation panel. The U’s chosen proposal was “Protecting Upper Midwest U.S. soil and water through cover crops that prevent erosion.”

A lifetime commitment to adolescent nursing

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine presented School of Nursing Professor Linda Bearinger with the Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Health and Medicine Award. The award recognizes individuals nationally and internationally for their commitment to improving the health and health care resources for adolescents and young adults. Established in 1981, physicians have received the award in all but three of the past 37 years.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Julie Schumacher was interviewed in InsideHigherEd; UMC interim chancellor Barbara Keinath authored a piece in Prairie Business Magazine urging investment in the U of M; Erika Lee is quoted in a PRI story on the legacy of the Chinese Exclusion Act; Brenda Ogle is featured in a KARE 11 story on a U invention that could change treatment after heart attacks; Lee Raby is quoted in a TIME story about the 13 things parents of successful kids have in common; Jason Varin is featured in a MinnPost story about a decline in painkiller prescriptions amid Minnesota’s opioid crisis.

2017 Guggenheim Fellowships

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Two University of Minnesota professors, Susan Jones and Heidi Kitrosser, have been awarded 2017 Guggenheim Fellowships. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the highly competitive, national fellowship is awarded annually to about 175 scholars and artists selected from nearly 3,000 applicants. Jones, who has a joint-appointment in the College of Biological Sciences and College of Science and Engineering, is a historian of science, medicine, and technology also trained in biology and veterinary medicine. Kitrosser, a member of the Law School faculty, teaches and writes about government secrecy, the constitutional separation of powers, and speech and press freedoms. 

Investing in the future of energy

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Institute on the Environment has announced the recipients of a $750,000 grant in the area of sustainable energy. Professors R. Lee Penn and Eray Aydil in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) are the lead investigators on the winning project, an expansive new energy program broadly focused on materials science and renewable energy. The team includes 16 investigators from across departments within CSE, the Law School, and the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Mellon Foundation grant

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has approved a grant of $900,000 to continue support for the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World. This is a four-year grant to extend the consortium’s work in creating a new vision of integrated, multidisciplinary research and teaching in global premodern studies.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

President Trump has nominated Stephen Parente for a key HHS job, as reported in the Star Tribune; Douglas Armato is quoted in an InsideHigherEd story on a new publishing platform called Manifold; Bill Beeman spoke with Minnesota Business on the ways ethnography can improve business; Dan Gilchrist and Brooks Jackson are quoted in a Twin Cities Business story on proposed research budget cuts; Kelvin Lim and Serguei Pakhomov are quoted in a Radiolab podcast about an unexpected find in a convent archive that could someday pinpoint early warning signs for Alzheimer's; Don Uden answers WCCO’s Good Question: What’s the best way to fight allergies?; Merrie Kaas is quoted in a MN Daily story about the School of Nursing’s plan to expand mental health services; Debra Fitzpatrick is quoted in a KARE 11 story about paid parental leave gaining momentum in Minnesota; David Baumler is profiled in the Star Tribune; Vipin Kumar is interviewed in Sierra Magazine on the "big science" behind climate change.

Recognizing the U’s most entrepreneurial innovators

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Four U of M researchers received Innovation Awards during the recent Inventor Recognition Event, which recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding University innovators who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, are actively engaged in developing new innovations and transitioning those technologies to the commercial market, and have made an impact on society.

  • Early Innovator Award: Mikael Elias, College of Biological Sciences
  • Entrepreneurial Researcher Award: Marc Hillmyer, College of Science and Engineering
  • Impact Award: Perry Hackett, College of Biological Sciences
  • Committee’s Choice Award: Amy Hewitt, College of Education and Human Development

Strohecker named dean of the College of Design

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Carol Strohecker has been named dean of the University of Minnesota College of Design, effective Aug. 31, pending approval by the Board of Regents. As dean, Carol Strohecker will provide strategic leadership and administrative oversight of the College of Design, one of the country’s most comprehensive design colleges, and will collaborate with other campus deans to advance the University’s collective mission. Most recently, from 2013 to 2016, she was vice provost for academic affairs at the Rhode Island School of Design. She also served from 2006 to 2013 as inaugural director of the Center for Design Innovation at the University of North Carolina.

Weiblen receives 2017 President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

College of Biological Sciences Professor George Weiblen is the recipient of the University of Minnesota's 2017 President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award. Weiblen was chosen for the systemwide award for his community-engaged research and partnerships in Papua New Guinea, which have advanced the field of biodiversity on the global level. The award's college-wide recipients are: Abimbola Asojo, professor, College of Design; Kathryn Draeger, statewide director, U of M Extension; Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor, School of Pharmacy; Jennifer McComas, professor, College of Education and Human Development; Kathy Quick, associate professor, Humphrey School; Tetyana Shippee, assistant professor, School of Public Health; and Renee Sieving, professor, School of Nursing.

IAS 2017-18 Research and Creative Collaboratives

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Institute for Advanced Study has announced its 2017-18 Research and Creative Collaboratives. Topics range from music to housing, digital storytelling to incarceration, and art and technology to rural development, and include three collaboratives based in Morris. 

CSE faculty receive 2017 American Chemical Society awards

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Three College of Science and Engineering chemistry faculty members will receive major awards from the American Chemical Society in 2017.

  • Regents Professor Lawrence Que Jr. will receive the 2017 American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Professor and Department Chair William Tolman will receive the 2017 ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry.
  • Professor Thomas Hoye will receive a 2017 American Chemical Society Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award.

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