Geosciences app wins national award

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A geosciences outreach app developed by University of Minnesota researchers is a winner of the 15th Annual Vizzies, a national competition sponsored by Popular Science magazine and the National Science Foundation (NSF) celebrating the use of visual media to artfully and clearly communicate scientific data and research. The Flyover Country app won the Experts Choice Award in the Interactive Category. Funded by the National Science Foundation, researchers in the U’s Department of Earth Sciences developed the mobile app for geoscience outreach and data discovery. The app uses GPS signals to show people the topography of the land beneath them as well as special features, like sites where dinosaur fossils are embedded in the soil.

U of M Landscape Arboretum named Best Botanical Garden

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was named the winner of the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award as Best Botanical Garden in the country. A panel of experts partnered with USA Today to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Visitors to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum enjoy more than 1,200 acres of manicured gardens, woods and prairies, accessible via 12.5 miles of trails and garden paths. The vast space, divided into 28 named gardens and 45 plant collections, showcases more than 5,000 plant species and varieties. Highlights include a Japanese Garden, Daylily and Chrysanthemum Walk, Kitchen Herb Garden, Maze Garden, and Peony Walk.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

U historian Ann Pflaum is profiled in the MN Daily; Lego philosopher professor Roy Cook is featured in the Pioneer Press; Rumi Faizer is interviewed in a KARE 11 story about a new U of M screening that saved a man’s life; Nicole LaVoi is quoted in a Teen Vogue story about a U study showing that the number of women coaching in college has plummeted in the Title IX era; multiple U researchers are mentioned in a Twin Cities Business story about whether a vaccine end the opioid epidemic; William Jones weighs in at MPR News in a story about a new history of America's working class; Xinyi Qian is quoted in a Star Tribune story showing that bicycling in Minnesota creates thousands of jobs and cuts health-care spending.

Newly named Distinguished McKnight University Professors

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Six new Distinguished McKnight University Professors have been named. The Distinguished McKnight Professorship program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status. Recipients hold the title Distinguished McKnight Professor for as long as they remain at the University of Minnesota.

Stephanie Carlson, Institute of Child Development, College of Education and Human Development

Tianhong Cui, Mechanical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

Reuben Harris, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Medical School and College of Biological Sciences

Monica Luciana, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts

Theresa Reineke, Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering

Loren Terveen, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

Neil Linscheid receives Bush Fellowship

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Neil Linscheid wants to start a national conversation about how to design a better, more human-centered approach to the work of community development. In his role with University of Minnesota Extension, he sees committed people struggle with solving difficult community challenges. He wants to bring together the fields of community development and human ergonomics to improve the way these workers are trained, supported and equipped. With his Bush Fellowship, he will compete a PhD in human factor and ergonomics, apply his newly acquired knowledge to community development, and increase his strategic communication skills to share the need for and impact of his work.

Catherine Squires receives Bush Fellowship

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Catherine Squires wants to transform schools into spaces of intentional, intergenerational learning and healing. She seeks new ways to design learning programs that bring together underserved youth, adults, and elders to reflect, share stories, reclaim their heritage and repair broken bonds. She wants youth to learn directly from the stories of elders and to make connections between historical challenges and contemporary issues. With her Bush Fellowship, she will deepen her understanding of the connections between healing and storytelling at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, the Loft Literary Center, and site visits to intergenerational healing programs in the U.S and Canada.

Recipient of the Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Randall Seifert, senior associate dean and professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, has been selected as the 2016 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recipient. The award is given annually to someone who supports the college and its students through service to education, the profession, research, and the community. A faculty member since 2005, Seifert was recognized for providing outstanding contributions to education, the pharmacy profession, research and the community.

2016-17 Talle Research Awards Announced

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Talle Faculty Research Fund recognizes and invests in the next generation of faculty who are poised to lead the U of M College of Liberal ARts as it pursues greater heights of excellence and who are engaging in new lines of research and creative activity that will shape their fields and the intersection of fields. Funded by a generous gift from Ken and Janet Talle, the award provides $300,000 of research support each year over five years, with 8 to 10 recently promoted associate professors receiving an award each year.

Weinberg named chair of Hennepin County Capital Budgeting Task Force

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners has named Susan Carlson Weinberg, director of U of M Real Estate, chair of its Capital Budgeting Task Force. The Capital Budgeting Task Force is a citizen advisory board of 11 members established in 1973 to review the projects requested by county departments and the Hennepin County Medical Center and recommend to the Hennepin County Board an annual capital budget and five-year capital improvement program.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Abdennour Abbas and researchers are featured in the Star Tribune in a story about their groundbreaking nano-sponge invention; Ross Thompson answered WCCO’s Good Question: Why do kids have so much energy; Mona Minkara and Connor Venteicher are featured in a MN Daily story about a blind chemist creating STEM curriculum for blind children; Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos is featured in a New Scientist story about a drone that takes off like a helicopter, but flies like a plane; Stephen Shuman is quoted in a NY Times story about aging and oral health issues; Barbara Horvath is featured in a KARE 11 story on the consequences of the Oxford comma; Michelle Sherman writes in MinnPost for the continued funding of U's training of family medicine doctors.

2017 IDEA Multicultural Research Award recipients

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Institute on Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) sponsors the Multicultural Research Award (MRA), which supports research that addresses issues related to the IDEA mission “to transform the University by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars whose expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations will lead to innovative scholarship and teaching that addresses urgent social issues.”

2017 recipients of the IDEA Multicultural Research Award

Assistant Professor Gabriel Chan, Humphrey School

Assistant Professor Joshua Collins, College of Education and Human Development

Associate Professor Molly Dingel, Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota Rochester

Assistant Professor Lake Dziengel, College of Education and Human Services, University of Minnesota Duluth

Assistant Professor Ona Egbue, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth

Assistant Professor Insoon Han, College of Education and Human Services, University of Minnesota Duluth

Assistant Professor Rachel Hardeman, School of Public Health

Assistant Professor Jacob Mans, College of Design

Assistant Professor Lorena Munoz, College of Liberal Arts

Assistant Professor Elliot Powell, College of Liberal Arts

Associate Professor Arun Saldanha, College of Liberal Arts

Associate Professor Catherine Solheim, College of Education and Human Development

Associate Professor Michael Stebleton, College of Education and Human Development

Assistant Professor Christopher Terry, College of Liberal Arts

Associate Professor Bhaskar Upadhay, College of Education and Human Development

Learn more about each IDEA award recipient >

U of M Libraries finalist for 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The University of Minnesota Libraries is among 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New psychiatry head Sophia Vinogradov is featured at MPR News; Mark Egan is mentioned in a Finance & Commerce story about Wall Street as a boys’ club; Laurie Parker is quoted at Twin Cities Business about a U technology that could transform chemo; James Pacala answers WCCO’s Good Question: What's the recipe for a long life?; Kathleen Vohs spoke with Yahoo! News about decision overload; Christopher Federico is mentioned in a Washington Post story explaining President Trump’s support as a form of “collective narcissism”; Silviana Marineci is quoted in The New York Times regarding rural areas bracing for a shortage of doctors due to the new visa policy; Massoud Amin is quoted in Forbes about why the Pentagon should worry about lack of innovation in electric utility sector; Steven Ruggles is quoted in The Washington Post about more very old Americans working full-time.

Casale receives Mellon New Directions Fellowship

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Associate Professor Giancarlo Casale (history) received a Mellon New Directions Fellowship. The New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sehoya Cotner was interviewed on Kare 11 about exploring the Galapagos Islands; Eli Coleman is quoted in Refinery29 about what it means to be a sex addict; Eric Kaler, Mark Coyle, and Richard Pitino are quoted in a New York Times story about the success of the Gopher men’s basketball team; Ryan Allen spoke with the Star Tribune about refugee resettlement costs; Bill Doherty is quoted in a Star Tribune story about how families have become divided in the Trump era; Peter Hilger is quoted at Minnesota Business in a story on needing female workers in the construction industry; DeAnn Lazovich is quoted in a New York Times story on the GOP health bill’s tax cut for the tanning industry; Barbara Frey is mentioned in an MPR News story about children making perilous journeys to the Mexico-U.S. border in search of their mothers; Chris Uggen is quoted in an MPR News story on stigma and life after prison.

Horace A. Morse – University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Congratulations to these 2017 recipients 

Hangtae Cho, Asian Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Michelle D. Driessen, Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering, Twin Cities
Robert L. Dunbar, Center for Learning Innovation, Rochester
Becca Gercken, English and American Indian Studies, Division of the Humanities, Morris
Gayle Golden, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Kurt F. Kipfmueller, Geography, Environment, and Society, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Tade O. Okediji, Applied Economics, College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences, Twin Cities
Daniel J. Phillipon, English, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Michael Sommers, Theatre Arts & Dance, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Congratulations to these 2017 recipients

Eray S. Aydil, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, College of Science and Engineering, Twin Cities
Jim Boulger, Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences, Medical School, Duluth
Mark L. Davison, Educational Psychology, College of Education & Human Development, Twin Cities
Susan Goodwin Gerberich, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Kathleen Krichbaum, Population Health Systems, School of Nursing
Kathryn Reyerson, History, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Katherine West Scheil, English, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Jeffry A. Simpson, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Margaret A. Titus, Genetics, Cell Biology & Development, Medical School and College of Biological Sciences, Twin Cities

Gunnar elected to membership in the National Academy of Education

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Megan Gunnar, director of the Institute of Child Development, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education (NAEd). The NAEd aims to advance high-quality education research and its use in policy and practice. Gunnar was one of 14 new members elected to membership this year. As an NAEd member, Gunnar will play a role in NAEd’s professional development programs and serve on expert study panels that address pressing issues in education.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Jessica Hellmann talks with MPR about global food in a 'farm-to-table' world; John Bischof is featured in a NY Times and Discover magazine story on the U’s organ donation breakthrough; Ryan Allen is interviewed in Twin Cities Business about his recent study showing that Minnesota’s future success will be dependent on immigrants; John Wright and Ann Pflaum talk societal impact of the 1969 Morrill Hall takeover with WCCO; Stephen Schondelmeyer talked with the NY Times about how to fight a soaring drug price: Jean Abraham’s research is referenced in a NY Times story suggesting that some may need to rethink early retirement if Obamacare ends; George John is quoted in a story at Kare 11 on the future of struggling retailer Target; Ted Kolderie is quoted at MPR about what a charter school is; Ryan Allen is mentioned in a CityLab story about America's affordable housing shortage, mapped; Marla Spivak is quoted in an NPR story about tiny drones turned into artificial pollinators.

New NorthStar leader

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise has named Jennifer Schmitt as its new program director. NiSE founder Timothy Smith is stepping down after seven years.

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