U in the News

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Larry Jacobs and Jonathan Spiegler author a piece in the NY Times on Gary Johnson as queen maker; Stephen Parente is quoted in a Star Tribune story on MNsure; A widely-cited study by Christopher Uggen is mentioned in a Washington Post story on Maryland’s measures to increase voter access; Eric Kaler and Danita Brown Young are mentioned in an MPR News story about two recent hate-based incidents on the Twin Cities campus; Michael Osterholm is quoted in Fortune on what we could be doing to stop pandemics like Zika and Ebola; Michael Sadowsky, Dan Knights, and Cara Santelli are interviewed at MPR News about our evolving relationship with microbes; Lynn Blewett and Stephen Parente are quoted in a Minnesota Business Magazine story about the Affordable Care Act; Joanne Miller is quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about conspiracy theories and rigged elections.

U researchers win Breast Cancer Challenge Award

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

University of Minnesota researchers have received one of two grand prizes in the National Cancer Institute’s Up for A Challenge (U4C) Breast Cancer Challenge Award. The recognition will help further the University’s innovative work in exploring genetic connections in breast cancer research. Researchers from the College of Science and Engineering and Masonic Cancer Center are using a unique computational methodology to examine how combinations of genetic variants are tied to a person’s chances of getting breast cancer. The team includes Chad Myers, an associate professor of computer science and engineering; Wen Wang, a Ph.D. student in computer science and engineering; Carol Lange, a professor of medicine in the Masonic Cancer Center; and Zhiyuan (Zach) Xu, a graduate student.

U in the News

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Samuel Myers, Jr. and Thomas Holmes address bias accusations in a MN Daily story about a minimum wage study they conducted; Christopher Uggen is quoted in a Newsweek story about why some men harass women; Makeda Zulu-Gillespie is quoted in a WCCO story about Minnesota’s first in the nation Young Women's Initiative; Katie Eichele was interviewed by MPR News in a story about why convincing a jury is a tough hurdle in rape cases; John Budd is quoted at MinnPost in a story about what Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages; Gary Christenson is quoted in a KARE 11 story about the U’s Pet Away Worry and Stress program; Paul Goren answers WCCO’s Good Question: Why don’t people vote?; Mark Schleiss is quoted in The New York Times on a threat greater to infants than Zika, but far less often discussed; Marla Spivak is quoted in a MPR News story about the opening of the U’s new bee lab.

Researchers receive major U.S. Department of Energy grant

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The University of Minnesota will receive $2.6 million over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The grant will be used to study materials at their most fundamental levels, which could improve important technologies including data storage, superconductors, fuel cells, and electrical power plants. The new Center for Quantum Materials brings together an interdisciplinary research team from the University of Minnesota’s School of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. The center is only the second of its kind funded by the Department of Energy Office of Basic of Energy Sciences.

U in the News

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A study co-authored by Christopher Federico highlighted in the Washington Post shows Trump voters are driven, at least in part, by a distinctive pattern of racial animosity; whether someone is kind often depends on how wealthy they are, with research by Kathleen Vohs in the Washington Post; Massoud Amin comments at Forbes on whether Clinton’s calls for expansion of the U.S. energy grid across borders is feasible; Fernando Delgado comments at Inside Higher Ed on layoffs at UMD; Gerald Raymond is quoted in TODAY on a story about a mom who created a 'joy list' to help her sick child experience life's beauty before passing; Kara Whitaker is quoted in MinnPost on a study showing that regardless of weight, watching TV is linked to excess belly fat; Katie Eichele says in the MN Daily that data received from the U’s Bias Response Team shows racism and homophobia on campus.

Burnett named senior VP for finance and operations

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A committed and respected public servant, Brian Burnett has been appointed senior vice president of finance and operations at the University of Minnesota. Burnett currently serves as the vice president for finance and chief financial officer of the University of Missouri System. Burnett will serve as chief financial officer, chief operating officer and treasurer. The newly created position senior vice president of finance and operations position will more strategically align finance and other operational functions of the University systemwide, fostering collaboration and creating greater efficiency and effectiveness in line with President Kaler’s Operational Excellence initiative. 

Yuqing Ren receives $919,979 NSF Grant

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Associate Professor Yuqing Ren recently received a $919,979 research grant from the National Science Foundation. Ren received the award along with Robert Kraut of Carnegie Mellon University and Yan Chen and Qiaozhu Mei of the University of Michigan to develop and test a computational theory of online communities. The three-year grant will run through Aug. 31, 2019. Ren and her colleagues will build and test a computational theory describing the factors and processes that influence the success of online communities.

$10 million grant awarded to NCEO

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Institute on Community Integration (ICI)’s National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has been awarded a five-year, $10 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, to continue its knowledge development and technical assistance work focusing on participation and performance of students with disabilities in relation to state and district wide assessments.

UMTC and School of Nursing receive HEED awards

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities received a 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for its outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The School of Nursing received the 2016 HEED award for the category, Health Professions, for its school-wide work to explore racism, prepare culturally sensitive clinicians and researchers, and foster a welcoming and inclusive learning environment. The awards are presented annually by Insight Into Diversity magazine.

CTSI awards early-stage translational research grants

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The U’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has announced the 2016 Translational Grant Program awardees whose early-stage translational projects will work toward developing new therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, or treatment approach. The recipients are Gary Goldish and Mikael Elias.

U in the News

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Danielle Johannesen is quoted in the Grand Forks Herald on a story about clowns speaking out against recent 'scary clown' antics; Kathryn Pearson is quoted at KARE 11 in a story about down ballot Republicans and the Trump factor; John Thull is quoted at WCCO on the U Landscape Arboretum’s pumpkin display; Craig Packer is quoted in a National Geographic story about African lions on the brink; Robert Tranquillo is mentioned in a Big Ten Network story about building a better heart; Keith Mayes comments at KSTP on the viral video of an Edina police officer arresting a pedestrian; John Budd is quoted at KSTP in a story about the monetary and emotional toll of the Allina nurse strike.

Equity and Diversity Outstanding Unit Award

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The U of M’s Immigration History Research Center has been chosen to receive the 2016 Equity and Diversity Outstanding Unit Award. The award will be presented at the annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast on Nov. 17.

Extension dean honors distinguished faculty and staff

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Extension Dean Bev Durgan honored faculty and staff distinguished service award recipients. The 2016 Extension honorees are Robert Koch, David Nicolai, Tamie Bremseth, the Partnering for School Success team, and the Economic Impact Analysis Program team.

Cotner receives national biology teaching award

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sehoya Cotner has been recognized with a top honor from the National Association of Biology Teachers for her excellence as an educator. Cotner received the National Association of Biology Teachers’ University Biology Teaching Award. The award goes to an outstanding biology educator who demonstrates creativity and innovation in an undergraduate course. 

U in the News

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

James Luby is featured in a Vox story about the Honeycrisp and the quest to create the perfect apple; Christopher Uggen is quoted in a New York Times story on felon voting disenfranchisement; Michael Osterholm talks about Zika and the battle to prevent a U.S. epidemic with Newsweek; Eric Kaler is quoted in a Pioneer Press story on a U event that was met with backlash by 'Build the Bridge' protesters; Jason Hill is quoted in a Climate Central story on ethanol backfiring for climate change; Ann Meier is quoted and her study showing that mothers are less happy with parenting than fathers is featured at WCCO; Richard Painter is quoted in the New York Times on a story about the Trump campaign’s questionable tax return justification; Tom Fisher is quoted in an MPR News story on the sharing economy.

Driving Tomorrow grants announced

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Provost Karen Hanson has announced 29 Grand Challenges Research grants to advance the research goals of Driving Tomorrow, the Twin Cities Campus Strategic Plan. The Driving Tomorrow research investments total $3.6 million, including $1.48 million for 21 exploratory research grants and $2.15 million for 8 collaborations shaped by interdisciplinary work groups. The 29 funded Driving Tomorrow research collaborations address the University's five interrelated Grand Challenges areas of special focus, with one integrative initiative spanning multiple areas. 

Tedick receives grant to improve education outcomes for English learners

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Diane Tedick has received a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support English learners through programs focusing on dual language and immersion teacher education and professional development, as well as parent education. The five-year project, “Dual Language and Immersion Pathways to English Learner Success Through Professional Development and Parent Engagement Project,” aims to improve instruction for English learners. Tedick also recently received the 2016 Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education. She shares the award with Tara Fortune, immersion projects director for the U of M’s Center for Advanced Research on Language.

Zaheer elected to the Federal Reserve Minneapolis Board of Directors

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Srilata Zaheer, dean and Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, was elected as a new Class B director and will serve a three-year term. Zaheer joined the University in 1991 as an assistant professor after earning her Ph.D. at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Zaheer’s civic participation includes multiple organizations in the Ninth District, such as the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency for the Mayo Clinic.

U in the News

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Robert Kane co-authors a TIME magazine piece suggesting that end-of-life care needs an overhaul; Heather Lou and President Kaler are mentioned in a WCCO story about the ‘Paint the Bridge’ event which led to a protest; Traci Mann and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer are quoted in a MinnPost story about Donald Trump's fat shaming comments and the myths about willpower and weight; Suma Jacob is interviewed in a MinnPost story about DNA research and the hope for early intervention for children with autism; Myron Orfield weighs in at CNN on the black-white financial divide; Erika Lee talks with MinnPost on the U’s intent to expand its ‘Immigrant Stories’ initiative across the country; Jay Schrankler talked with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal about the U’s new partnerships with a Wisconsin business accelerator.

Masopust named to prestigious HHMI program

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

David Masopust has been named to the inaugural class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Scholars, recognizing his dedication to creative and innovative solutions in science. Masopust is an associate professor in the U of M Medical School. His work focuses on immunosurveillance, focusing on how resident memory T cells control infections and cancer. The Faculty Scholars program is a new initiative led by the HHMI, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program provides early career researchers with flexible funding resources allowing them to take chances and follow interesting and creative research leads. 

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