Awards and Recognition

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  • 2021 Minnesota Futures Awards announced

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    For the 2021 grant cycle, the Office of the Vice President for Research awarded a total of $500,000 in Minnesota Futures funding to two projects. One project explores how participating in creative problem-solving activities could lead to mental and emotional benefits for adolescents with depression. The second aims to make extracting and processing titanium ores more environmentally friendly and economically feasible.

  • Shaw elected to National Academy of Sciences

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    Ruth Shaw, faculty member in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Shaw's work and field-shaping contributions to evolutionary quantitative genetics have influenced many in her own field. With her colleagues, Shaw boosted our understanding of the fitness consequences of de novo mutations. More recently, she has developed foundational methods to measure fitness and assess the capacity for ongoing adaptive evolution in natural populations.

  • $1.3 million NSF grant to study nectar

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    Thanks to a new five-year $1.3 million dollar National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Clay Carter and colleagues will explore colored nectars in 30 plant species. Carter is a professor in Plant and Microbial Biology. The grant will allow researchers to better understand the composition of colored plant nectars, with implications for breeding crops and sourcing natural dyes. Co-investigators include Twin Cities Professor Adrian Hegeman and Associate Professor Emile Snell-Rood. Professor Marshall Hampton from University of Minnesota Duluth’s Swenson College of Science and Engineering will also contribute to the research.

  • Medical School receives $1.5M to launch nation’s first ivermectin COVID-19 treatment clinical trial

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    An ongoing COVID-19 clinical trial studying the outpatient use of metformin, a generic medication for type 2 diabetes, has expanded and will now be the nation’s first to include fluvoxamine, an antidepressant, and ivermectin, an antiparasitic, as possible treatment options to prevent hospitalization and “long COVID.” Led by the University of Minnesota Medical School, the multi-site clinical trial received new support—$1 million from the Rainwater Charitable Foundation and $500,000 from Fast Grants—to expand the study, which is also the first randomized clinical trial for COVID-19 in the world to include pregnant women.

  • Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team receives NSF grant to examine successful aging among Alaska Native elders

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    The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team (MK-MDT), located at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth Campus, is driven to improve patient experiences for Native people and those from rural reservation settings. MK-MDT faculty investigator Jordan Lewis and his team are embarking on a three-year research project, supported by a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation through the Office of Polar Programs - Arctic Social Sciences. The team will focus on the urgent need to advance the quality of life and to define what it means to “age in a good way” through the lessons and wisdom of Alaska Native Elders.

  • U of M receives CDC funding to sequence 6,000 COVID samples

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    The University of Minnesota Genomics Center (UMGC) has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct genome sequencing on 6,000 COVID-19 samples to aid national and global viral surveillance efforts. The nearly $750,000 contract will allow UMGC to sequence samples of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, over the course of one year in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health. Sequencing allows scientists to determine the exact nature of the virus at the genetic level, which known variant it pertains to, and whether any new virus mutations are present.

  • Two Medical School faculty named ELAM Fellows

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    Two University of Minnesota Medical School faculty members, Rahel Ghebre, professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health, and Leslie Morse, professor and head of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, have been selected to join the 2021-22 class of fellows from the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program for women at Drexel University College of Medicine. The highly prestigious ELAM fellowship is the only program in North America focused on preparing women in medicine for roles in senior leadership. The program is designed to provide relevant experience for leadership in dentistry, schools of medicine, public health, and pharmacy. This year, 73 women were selected to join the program, the largest class in its history. 

  • Robiner honored by American Psychological Association

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    William Robiner, professor in the Department of Medicine, has been honored with the Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology for his commitment to education and mentorship of junior psychologists.

  • Wiesner receives ASCLS 2021 Theriot Award

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    In recognition for offering free subscriptions to his Digital Pathology Virtual Microscope Slide Database, Stephen Wiesner, associate professor, Medical Laboratory Sciences, has received the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Theriot Award. Because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on hundreds of clinical training sites across the country and internationally, numerous subscribers stated they could not have continued teaching without access to this critical resource, preventing delays in graduation for numerous laboratory science students in a time of great need.

  • University Libraries receives $108,000 for Minnesota Landscapes

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    University Libraries has received a grant from the State of Minnesota through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Minnesota Historical Society for Minnesota Landscapes: Documenting Environmental History through Archival Sources, a year-long project to examine and describe archival collections related to Minnesota’s environmental history and climate.