Awards and Recognition

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  • Minnesota Partnership awards five collaborative research grants for 2022

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    The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics has announced its 2022 grant awardees—five collaborative research teams made up of Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota researchers. This marks the partnership's 18th year. This year the awards fund innovative projects on heart and liver disease, mapping diseases of the brain, congenital genetic disease, and pancreatic cancer.  The state-funded grants for these team science proposals total nearly $5 million. The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics is a collaboration among the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and the state of Minnesota.

    Explore the award-winning projects and awardees.

  • Rajamani named IEEE fellow

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    Professor of Mechanical Engineering Rajesh Rajamani has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for contributions to vehicle control in intelligent transportation systems. The IEEE Fellow distinction is reserved for select IEEE members (0.1% of voting members are selected annually) for extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

  • Vavrus named to working group on academic freedom

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    Professor Frances Vavrus, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been named to the Working Group on Academic Freedom, coordinated by the Open Society Foundations and Scholars at Risk. This group of legal scholars, human rights activists, and education leaders seeks to strengthen the protection of academic freedom, particularly at the level of the United Nations and among its member states, by developing guidelines for assessing academic freedom and recommendations for stronger monitoring with the UN system.

  • 2021 OACA Faculty Research Development Grant Recipients

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    Each year, OACA Faculty Research Development grants are awarded to support new or expanding interdisciplinary research that addresses significant clinical issues, is innovative, and has a high potential for return on investment. In 2021, the grant program awarded up to $200,000 in funds. See the 2021 recipients.

  • U in the News

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    August Nimtz is interviewed at Fox 9 about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Minneapolis; Elizabeth Wrigley-Field is mentioned in the Sahan Journal story, “COVID kills Minnesota immigrants at higher rates, younger ages”; JP Leider is quoted in the Star Tribune story, “Minnesota removes race as factor in rationing COVID-19 antibodies”; Alan Rozenshtein is quoted in a Thomson Reuters story on sedition charges for the attack on the U.S. Capitol; Matt Hanson is interviewed in an MPR story about COVID’s toll on college students; Claudia Cohn is interviewed for a CBS 4 Minnesota story on the need for blood donations amid a national supply crisis; Sarah Cross is quoted in the Newsweek story, “Doctors Urge Pregnant Women to Get Vaccinated Amid Omicron Surge"; Mark Schleiss is quoted in the Poynter story, "How will we know when the COVID-19 pandemic is over?"  

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  • Jian-Ping Wang to be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors

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    Distinguished McKnight University Professor Jian-Ping Wang has been named a National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow and will be inducted into the NAI at the academy’s annual meeting in June. Wang holds 65 patents for materials and devices used in information storage, computing, and biomedical sensing. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Wang holds the Robert Hartmann Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and serves as director of the University’s Center for Spintronic Materials for Advanced Information Technologies.

  • U in the News

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    Erika Lee is quoted in a Sahan Journal story about the importance of diverse teachers to students of color; Larry Jacobs is quoted in The Guardian story, “Is the US really heading for a second civil war?”; Aaron Sojourner is quoted in an NBC story about now being the time to demand a raise; Marc Jenkins is interviewed in a KARE 11 story about U of M research into long-term immunity for COVID-19; Allyssa Meuwissen is interviewed in a KSTP-TV story about how COVID is impacting children's social skills; Hubert Lim is quoted in a the Washington Post story, “Sci-fi types of medical implants will soon become reality, researchers say”; Mark Bergen is quoted in the Minnesota Reformer about inflation taking a big bite out of Minnesota’s budget surplus; Chris Uggen is quoted in a Star Tribune story about the rise of carjacking in the Twin Cities; Sabine Schmid is quoted in a MPR News story about tips to combat seasonal affective disorder; Pam Ismail is quoted in the Food Business News story, “Plant Protein Innovation Center open to startups.” 

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  • U of M Libraries receives grant to expand efforts to address racial disparities in housing

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    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Minnesota a $615,000 grant for Mapping Prejudice. This transformational funding will allow the Mapping Prejudice team to build collaborations that can advance racial justice in Minnesota. The team will convene a think tank to bring together academics, researchers, and community fellows under the umbrella of the University of Minnesota Libraries.

  • Mohan awarded 2022 IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal

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    Regents Professor Ned Mohan has been awarded the 2022 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal for his contributions to engineering education. The medal is awarded to an individual for a career of outstanding contributions to education in the fields of interest of IEEE. The award citation reads: “For leadership in power engineering education by developing courses, textbooks, labs, and a faculty network.” The world’s largest technical organization, IEEE has over 400,000 members in more than 160 countries, and the recipient for the medal is selected from nominees across the organization.

  • U in the News

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    Rachel Hardeman is quoted in an ABC News story about a Nigerian medical student's illustrations going viral for featuring Black people; Rebecca Wurtz is quoted in The Atlantic story, “Don't Be Surprised When You Get Omicron; Michael Osterholm is quoted in a CNBC story about U.S. hospitals overwhelmed with the Delta variant while Omicron starts to spread; Vivian Fang is quoted in Nasdaq’s “Ultimate NFT Gift Guide”; Pauline Boss is quoted in a New York Times story about grieving and closure; Sumil Thakrar is quoted in the Los Angeles Times about a study that found that the decline in vehicle emissions led to fewer deaths; Jeffrey Dichter is quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, “Hospitals Are Strained Even Before Omicron Hits”; Samuel Myers Jr., is mentioned in a Twin Cities Business story about 2021’s Person of the Year: Tawanna Black.