Psychology researchers receive grant to develop reading comprehension technology

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Institute of Education Sciences recently awarded researchers in the Department of Educational Psychology a three-year, $1.5 million grant to develop a Technology-Based Early Language Comprehension Intervention to improve reading comprehension of students with or at risk for disabilities who experience difficulties early elementary years. The project is led by Panayiota Kendeou, Kristen McMaster, Theodore Christ, and Mary Jane White. The team plans to develop a cloud-based software intervention that will train students to make inferences in non-reading contexts, while providing support and feedback tailored to each student’s profile.

Peterson named General Counsel

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Douglas Peterson has been selected as the new General Counsel for the University of Minnesota. Peterson comes to the U from Stinson Leonard Street LLP, a top 100 law firm with an office in Minneapolis. 

U in the News

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Richard Painter comments on Trump’s empire in the NY Times; Pinar Karaca-Mandic comments in The Verge on why America spends more than everybody else on prescription drugs; U of M Marching Band director Betsy McCann makes history, as featured at MPR; Jeffrey McCullough weighs in at the New York Times on the FDA’s recommendation that all donated blood in the U.S. should be tested for Zika; why affordable housing in a black neighborhood may not help black residents, featuring Myron Orfield in the Washington Post; research by Theresa Glomb on why some high-performing employees suffer for their success is featured in the Economist; Laura Gurak comments in the Star Tribune on podcasts as a platform of choice for Twin Citians; Tim Lodge and Marc Hillmyer are quoted in Nature about how chemists are pushing polymers to new limits; Germaine Cornelissen-Guillaum is quoted in The Atlantic on how modern medicine is too reliant on short-term studies; Marc Bellemare comments in Pacific Standard Magazine on whether avocado fans can have their fruit and eat it too.

New investment in ag research, education, and Extension

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A nearly $5 million state investment in agricultural productivity at the University of Minnesota will be used this year to hire scientists and improve infrastructure across seven areas of collaboration spanning three U of M colleges and at research and outreach and Extension sites across the state. The plan covers the first years of a multi-year investment known as the Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Technology Transfer Program (AGREETT).

U receives $6.9 million grant to continue brain connectivity research

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research were awarded a $6.9 million grant to continue their research to map human brain connectivity as it relates to aging and development as part of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project. The $3.6 million aging grant will investigate the structural and functional changes that occur in the brain during typical aging. The $3.3 million development grant will map the development of brain structure and function from early childhood into adulthood. Both projects will use sophisticated, non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging scanning.

Participants chosen for Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Eighteen faculty members representing all five campuses were selected for the 2016-17 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program. The ITL program engages faculty in professional development aimed at internationalizing the curriculum in support of the University's educational mission to "graduate lifelong learners, leaders, and global citizens." The program is sponsored in partnership with the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the Center for Educational Innovation, Academic Technology-OIT, and International Student & Scholar Services

IGDILab receives over $4 million in grants

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded the Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDILab) three $1.4 million, four-year grants to expand research in assessment of early language and literacy development of children ages three to five. Three researchers from the Department of Educational Psychology—Alisha Wackerle-Hollman, Scott McConnell, and Michael Rodriguez—will lead the IGDILab grants

Kaler elected chair of NCAA Division I Board of Directors

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors elected Eric Kaler, president of the University of Minnesota, as chair. Kaler begins his new role after two years representing the Big Ten Conference on the board.

Dey joins U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as visiting scholar

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Associate professor of accounting Aiyesha Dey has been named a visiting academic scholar with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Dey will begin a one-year appointment with the Office of Corporate Finance in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis later this month

Peterson named to Water Use Advisory Council

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Water Resources Center director and Department of Applied Economics professor Jeff Peterson has been named to the Water Use Advisory Council of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, an innovative coalition of public and private sector experts in support of science that addresses food and agriculture challenges

Webb receives top honor

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pamela Webb, associate vice president for research, has received this year's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration from the National Council of University Research Administrators. The award recognizes Webb's significant contributions to the field of research administration, as well as the time, knowledge, and service she has provided to NCURA.

U in the News

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The arctic adventures of professor-explorer Aaron Doering were featured in the Star Tribune; Rachelle Hernandez is quoted in The Atlantic story "The pitfalls of free tuition"; Jesse Schomberg is quoted at Fox 21 on water temperatures of lake superior being at near record levels; Christina Ewig is interviewed at MPR on whether after Clinton's nomination the glass ceiling still exists; Larry Jacobs is quoted on MPR on the legacy of Phyllis Kahn; Yingling Fan is quoted at MinnPost on how the Southwest LRT will help ease the mismatch between urban job seekers and metro jobs; Deepinder Mayell is quoted in the Star Tribune regarding a new refugee program; Rasa Troup answers WCCO's "Good Question: How do Olympic athletes make money?"; the U's reanimation of dead hearts could revolutionize transplants, featuring Paul Iaizzo in City Pages.

Bell Museum + Planetarium names new executive director

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Denise Young, director of education and planning for the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will become executive director of the Bell Museum + Planetarium on Sept. 12. She will oversee programs, research, and facilities at a crucial time in the Bell Museum’s 144-year history, as it prepares to move to a new, state‐of‐the‐art facility with improved exhibits space, a versatile 120‐seat planetarium/digital theater and expanded educational areas on the university’s St. Paul campus.

Department of Philosophy receives largest donation in its history

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Thanks to a commitment of $1.225 million, faculty research and teaching, graduate student needs and curricular development will be better supported at the University of Minnesota's Department of Philosophy. The gift, given by PrairieCare president Stephen Setterberg, is the largest donation in the department's history. Setterberg is an alumnus of philosophy (BA '80) and the University of Minnesota Medical School (MD '84).

Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Established by the Office for Equity and Diversity, the University of Minnesota’s Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards seek to infuse equity and diversity into every aspect of the University’s teaching, learning, research, service and outreach by funding creative yet pragmatic proposals for projects that support equity and diversity initiatives. The focus for the 2016 awards is building capacity for institutional change through the use of strategic partnerships.

Daniel McDonald elected Chair of UMAA

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Daniel McDonald, a partner at the intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould, has been elected chair of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s Board of Directors for 2016-17. He is the 80th chair in the organization’s 112-year history.

U in the News

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Cassie Panning answers WCCO’s Good Question: What foods should dogs not eat?; Michelle Phelps comments on Fivethirtyeight about the number of black Americans killed by police; Richard Frase comments on the racial disparities in Twin Cities arrests in the Star Tribune; Hanna Bloomfield comments in TIME on a study showing that healthy eating can include 'a lot' of fat; recent high temps can be partly blamed on the corn effect, with Tim Griffis quoted at Al Jazeera; Angela Orshinsky comments on Minnesota’s craft beer boom spawning a hops industry at the Winona Daily News; Michael Osterholm comments at MSN on Zika and whether we should be scared.

Hobbie Receives Ada Comstock Award

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior faculty member Sarah Hobbie was recently named the 2016 Ada Comstock Distinguished Scholar. The award honors the academic accomplishments of distinguished women faculty at the University of Minnesota

First female director of marching and athletic bands in Big Ten

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Minnesota native Elizabeth (Betsy) Kerns McCann has been named Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota. McCann is the first female director of a marching band in the Big Ten Conference. McCann started with the U of M Marching Band in 2013

Five University-community research teams receive funding to address Minnesota health issues

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute has awarded $200,000 to five U of M research partnerships between University of Minnesota investigators and individuals unaffiliated with the University.

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