Roehrig elected president of Association for Science Teachers Education

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Gillian Roehrig was elected president of the Association for Science Teachers Education (ASTE), a nonprofit professional organization composed of over 800 members from countries around the globe. ASTE promotes excellence in science teacher education worldwide through scholarship and innovation. Members include teacher educators, scientists, science coordinators and supervisors, and informal science educators who prepare and provide professional development for teachers of science at all grade levels.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Aaron Doering is featured on The Weather Channel’s “Exploring the changing Earth”; Kathryn Pearson comments at MPR News on the lack of Minnesota's congressional delegation holding in-person town halls; Spruha Joshi is quoted in a The Sacramento Bee story on the link between air pollution and Alzheimer’s; Julie Weisenhorn and Sam Bauer weigh in on the warm winter and potential trouble for lawns at WCCO-TV; Lynn Blewett is quoted at FiveThirtyEight on the winners and losers of the Republican health plans; Jeanne Pfeiffer talks about how far your sneeze can travel in the Chicago Tribune; George Weiblen writes in American Scientist about cannabis; Andrea Jenkins weighs in at KSTP on the Trump administration’s reversal of guidelines on transgender bathrooms; Vichet Chhuon is quoted at MinnPost on how the new deportation orders have immigrant advocates in Minnesota scrambling; Aaron Kelly is quoted in The New York Times on surgery as a last resort for obese teenagers; Jane Kirtley comments on free speech, free press, and fake news at MPR.

U Libraries receives $1.5 million gift from the Wallin Foundation

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Funding will be used to create the Maxine Houghton Wallin Special Collections Research Center. Students, scholars, and users from across the globe will benefit from enhanced technology, contemporary classroom space, and access to rare and special collections worth nearly $1 billion at the University of Minnesota Libraries, thanks to a $1.5 million gift from the Wallin Foundation, a leader in advancing education.

College of pharmacy names dean

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lynda Welage has been named dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, effective July 31, and pending approval by the Board of Regents at its March meeting. As dean, Welage will be chief executive officer and chief academic officer of the College of Pharmacy, which spans the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Welage brings extensive experience as a collaborative academic leader and an accomplished translational researcher, educator, and pharmacy practitioner. Since 2011, she has been dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, where she is also professor of pharmacy practice and administrative sciences.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dan Demetriou’s Facebook immigration ‘rant’ and the response of the UMM campus community, including Chancellor Michelle Behr and Heather Peters, was featured at Inside Higher Ed; Jimmy Patiño was quoted in the Pioneer Press on the voluntary closure of restaurants for the Day Without Immigrants; scientists are looking to the past to figure out the walleye collapse on Lake Mille Lacs, featuring Donn Branstrator at KSTP; the research of Pajau Vangay and Dan Knights on how immigrants in the U.S. are helping scientists understand how gut bacteria can be contagious is featured at Quartz; Abdi Ismail Samatar is quoted in a POLITICO story about how an American bureaucrat just became president of Somalia; Lynn Blewett weighs in at NPR on the GOP plan to return to 'high-risk insurance pools' that critics call costly; Minnesota hospital chaplains are adapting to diversity, featuring Mary Jo Kreitzer and Myo-O Habermas-Scher in the Star Tribune; Christopher Terry is quoted at FOX 11 on whether the mainstream media is out of touch with the American people; Mark Seeley is quoted in the Star Tribune on how warm weather is melting the winter economy.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Frank Douma comments in the Star Tribune on legislation to lure more car-sharing services to the Twin Cities; Stephen Hecht is quoted in The New York Times on the NHL’s problem with science; Lorraine Scotson coauthored a National Geographic piece on “empty forest syndrome” in Southeast Asia; Ryan Allen weighs in at MinnPost on how strict limits on immigration could seriously damage Minnesota’s economy; Alex Lubet writes for The Conversation on whether the Grammys are really about good music; Ryan Steel answers WCCO’s Good Question: How has legalized marijuana impacted other states?; Ed Usset comments in the Marshall Independent about how local farmers could be victims of a trade war with Mexico.

Robina Foundation gives $25 million to Law School

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The University of Minnesota Law School announced a transformational $25 million gift from the Robina Foundation. The grant—the single largest philanthropic gift in the Law School’s history—will fund the newly named James H. Binger Center for New Americans, establish a James H. Binger Professorship in Clinical Law, and provide Law School student scholarship support. The gift will provide permanent financial support to the University of Minnesota Law School for the ongoing operations of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans. The Center brings about transformative change by creating a national model for the provision of comprehensive and cohesive legal services for immigrant communities.

McKnight Land Grant Awards for 2017-19

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has announced that nine faculty members have been named as the 2017-2019 McKnight Land-Grant Professors. The goal of this program is to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. The Professorship includes a research grant of $25,000 in each of the two years of the award, to be used for expenditures related to the recipient’s research/scholarly work. This year’s awardees:

Yaniv Brandvain, Plant & Microbial Biology, College of Biological Sciences

Sairaj V. Dhople, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

Cari Dutcher, Mechanical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

Vivian E. Ferry, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, College of Science and Engineering

Renee R. Frontiera, Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering

Bernadette T. Gillick, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Medical School

Candice N. Hirsch, Agronomy & Plant Genetics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences

Robert B. Nichols, Political Science, College of Liberal Arts

Lana Yarosh, Computer Science & Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

Recipients of the 2017 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The awards will be given at the luncheon during the Tate Advising Conference on March 9, DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium.

Rhonda R. Franklin, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Chung-En (Anny) Lin, Senior Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Program, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Jennifer Jane Marshall, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Megan Seltz, Senior Academic Advisor, Construction and Facility Management, Undergraduate Programs, College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Corporate Partner of the Year Award

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Women's Business Development Center - Minnesota (WBDC-MN) has selected University of Minnesota as the recipient of the 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year Award. The award is presented to a WBDC-MN Corporate Member whose supplier diversity program advances local women's business enterprises. Darryl Peal, executive director of the Office for Business and Community Economic Development will accept the award at WBDC-MN'S 11th Annual Evening of Celebration on March 2.

Matt Kramer named VP for University and Government Relations

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Matt Kramer has been appointed vice president for university and government relations at the University of Minnesota, pending Board of Regents approval at its February meeting. With the appointment, U of M President Eric Kaler is combining the Office of University Relations and the Office of Government and Community Relations into one unit under shared leadership.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bin He is featured in City Pages; Larry Jacobs talked with Forbes about Trump’s efforts to repeal the ACA; the MN Daily ran a story on unease at the U after the immigration ban, with Aimee Thostenson; Erika Lee is quoted in The Washington Post on immigration issues; Cecily Marcus talked about the new Umbra Search with WCCO Radio; Patricia Walker and Abdelghani el Rafei are quoted in the New York Times on Trump’s travel ban blocking doctors.

U in the News

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Eric Kaler is quoted in the Star Tribune about Trump's immigration order’s impact on the U of M; Eric Schwartz is quoted in the Washington Post on a story about Trump’s refugee policy; Tim Kehoe and Robert Kudrle are quoted in the Star Tribune stating that a Mexican import tax would be dire for Minnesota industry; Mouse cells grown in rats have cured diabetes in mice, with Daniel Garry in Science News; Adam Overland’s 100 days of doing good project was featured at KARE 11; Jack DeWaard answers WCCO’s Good Question: Where do U.S. immigrants come from?; Nathan Springer is quoted in a Nature story about using robots in plant biology.

U joins national partnership to expand biopharmaceutical workforce and industry

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The University of Minnesota will join a team of academic institutions, private companies, governmental entities and nonprofits across the U.S. as a partner for the newly established National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). NIIMBL, a public-private partnership supported by a $70M investment from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and at least $129M from other participants, aims to transform biopharmaceutical manufacturing in the U.S. Vadim Gurvich, associate director of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development, as well as six other researchers from the College of Science and Engineering, College of Pharmacy, College of Biological Sciences, and Medical School will provide leadership for the University’s participation within the partnership.

U in the News

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

David Wilkins is quoted in The New York Times on a story about who decides who is a “Native American”; Turmeric might not have magical therapeutic powers after all, a study by Michael Walters shows, as reported by New York Magazine; Traci Mann spoke with Today about why diets fail you; Mary Curtin spoke with MPR News about why nationalist politicians are winning elections all over the world; Joe Soss is quoted at The Huffington Post in a story that says the NY Times misrepresented the facts in reporting that food stamp users are buying ‘lots’ of soda; Will Stancil is quoted in CityLab about Betsy DeVos and school choice; Richard Painter is mentioned in a Star Tribune story about a lawsuit filed alleging Trump’s business conflicts violate the Constitution.

Cohen named director of Journalism & Mass Communication

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Elisia Cohen has been named director of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Cohen is currently Gifford Blyton Endowed Professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Her research area focuses on the intersection of persuasion and public health. She is an award-winning administrator and researcher. At Kentucky she tackled financial issues, increased alumni engagement, and made diversity and student success priorities of her leadership. In 2016 Cohen won the Mayhew Derryberry award from the American Public Health Association. She also was the recipient of the 2014 Sarah Bennett Holmes Leadership Award at the University of Kentucky.

Campus Climate micro-grants awarded

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Campus Climate Engagement Team recently awarded $14,970 to 18 projects that will enhance the atmosphere of respect, welcoming and belonging on the Twin Cities campus. They support both new and existing projects that can, for a small investment, reap large dividends for the people—including, in some cases, children—who visit here or already call the campus their academic home. This year’s theme is Building Bridges. It encouraged joint applications by two or more groups that proposed working collaboratively.

EatRightTV features Andrew Doherty

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

EatRightTV, the YouTube channel of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, recently featured Andrew Doherty, a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) educator and a registered dietitian-nutritionist with University of Minnesota Extension.

U in the News

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Karen Ho is quoted in a Washington Post story about the jobs that really smart people avoid; Karen Lawson is mentioned in a Yahoo story about not feeling bad for already breaking New Year’s resolutions; Jane Kirtley weighs in at Vox about the legality of BuzzFeed’s decision to publish an unverified document; Roger Feldman is interviewed in a FOX 9 story about the uncertainty surrounding what happens if the Affordable Care Act is repealed; Richard Painter was quoted on various aspects of the Trump administration in The New York Times and co-authored an Op-Ed in The Washington Post; the suburbs are leading the charge on energy efficiency, says Hari Osofsky at the Star Tribune; Keith Mayes answers WCCO’s “Good Question: What is the history behind ‘I have a dream’?

U Libraries to make key Minnesota literary archives accessible to world

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

University Libraries has received an $88,000 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant to increase access to the archives of three pivotal Minnesota poets and one premier literary press: Robert Bly, Margaret Hasse, Bill Holm, and Milkweed Editions. The materials for each are held in the Libraries’ Upper Midwest Literary Archives in Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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