Awards and Recognition

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  • 2022 Research Infrastructure Awards announced

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    The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the recipients of its 2022 Research Infrastructure Investment Program awards. More that $2 million in total funds was awarded to support critical facilities and research support services across the U of M. Seven projects received funding, including a portable photosynthesis system, a 3D motion tracking system, and a mass spectrometer to support NIH-funded projects affiliated with the Epigenetics Consortium.

  • Orr receives Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

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    The Kavli Foundation and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research announced recently that professor Harry T. Orr is one of four winners of the 2022 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, which honors scientists for breakthroughs in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. Orr was honored for his pioneering genetic research on the neurodegenerative disease spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1), a collaborative effort with Baylor College of Medicine’s Huda Zoghbi, also a 2022 Kavli Prize winner. Orr holds the James Schindler and Bob Allison Ataxia Chair in Translational Research in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota and is director of the Institute for Translational Neuroscience. Learn more about the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience.

  • Kearney wins 2022 Griffin International Poetry Prize

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    University of Minnesota Associate Professor of English Douglas Kearney has won the 2022 Griffin International Poetry Prize for his 2021 poetry collection Sho (Wave Books). Kearney will receive C$65,000 in prize money. One of the most generous international poetry prizes in the world, the Griffin Poetry Prize is presented by The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry. The objective of the prize is to raise the profile of poets and poetry in Canada and internationally for works written in, or translated into, English. Kearney is a writer of poetry, nonfiction, and libretto, and a current McKnight Presidential Fellow. He received the 2022 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry for Sho, which also was a finalist for the 2022 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the 2021 National Book Award for Poetry. 

  • Keeler appointed to EPA advisory panel

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    Associate Professor Bonnie Keeler has been named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC). She recently began a three-year term serving on its social and community science subcommittee. Keeler is following in the footsteps of her mentor Deborah Swackhamer, former professor at the Humphrey School and well-known environmental scientist who chaired the BOSC from 2015 to 2017. Swackhamer passed away last year. 

  • U in the News

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    Jill Hasday talked with KSTP about the future of abortion rights in Minnesota; Tim Johnson was interviewed by KARE 11 about the magnitude of Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision; Ingrid Polcari was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio about skin care and skin protection in summer; Dorothy Hatsukami is quoted in the New York Times about the FDA plan to cut down on smoking by slashing nicotine levels in cigarettes; Stefan Liess is quoted in the Star Tribune about Minnesota’s increasingly more humid heat waves; Minnesota Monthly quoted Lisa Vecoli about the Tretter Collection and Twin Cities Pride; Sri Zaheer and Angela Spranger are quoted in Twin Cities Business about diversity in the workplace in Minnesota; Matthew Yousefzadeh is quoted in a New York Times story about a study finding that stress might age the immune system; Jonathan Borowsky is mentioned in the Los Angeles Times story, “U.S. child-care aid would supercharge moms' employment”; Alyssa Meuwissen is quoted in a USA Today story about how to help children play well with others and overcome pandemic awkwardness; Murray Frank is interviewed at CBS News about where the fight against inflation will hit your finances first; Tiffany Sprague is quoted in the Star Tribune story, “Ten years after catastrophic flood of 2012, is Duluth ready for the next one?”; retiring Chancellor Lendley Black writes in the Duluth News Tribune that “In 12 years at UMD, we faced our challenges head-on”; Mary Jo Kane is quoted in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder story, “Title IX’s impact on women athletes of color.”

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  • Medical School receives $18.8M grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to provide AEDs

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    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announced an $18.8 million grant to the University of Minnesota Medical School. The grant aims to provide law enforcement officers and first responders across Minnesota with more than 8,300 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to improve cardiac arrest survival rates. 

  • MITPPC receives over $6 million the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

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    The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Pests and Plants Center (MITPPC) has been granted $6.23 million over five years through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The funding will allow MITPPC to continue vital research addressing invasive terrestrial (land-based) species across the state. MITPPC relies on biennial requests to the ENRTF to discover new technologies and strategies for invasive species management, preparation, and early detection. Funding from ENRTF provides the center with the ability to support multi-year research projects and dozens of researchers, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates with broad academic backgrounds, bringing fresh ideas and new perspectives to the field.

  • Grant to connect Minnesotans with disabilities to better jobs and higher pay

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    The Institute on Community Integration and University of Massachusetts Boston received a $3 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to design and implement a statewide strategy for connecting Minnesotans with disabilities to better jobs and higher pay. Designed to help organizations move away from supporting employment that pays subminimum wages, the Minnesota Transformation Initiative Technical Assistance Center will design and implement plans to assist nearly two dozen service providers as they expand their customized, integrated employment services.

  • School of Nursing receives $1.3 million award from American Nurses Foundation

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    A University of Minnesota School of Nursing-led effort to create cutting-edge, immersive virtual reality simulation (IVRS) learning coordinated with a structured clinical preceptorship to provide real world experiences for nursing students was awarded $1.3 million from the American Nurses Foundation Reimagining Nursing Initiative. In partnership with the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Purdue University School of Nursing, and two other schools, the Big 10 Practice-Ready Nursing Initiative will use IVRS for learning and assessment in tandem with precepted clinical experiences and theory-based debriefing to teach quality care for multiple and diverse patients with complex needs.

  • 2022 Minnesota Futures awards announced

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    The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the recipients of this year’s Minnesota Futures Grant Program, an annual funding opportunity for research that addresses societal challenges and creates a meaningful impact on the world. This year OVPR granted nearly $500,000 to two projects: one led by Emilie Snell-Rood, associate professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior in the College of Biological Sciences, whose team is studying ways to mitigate lead pollution in Minnesota soil and water; and another led by Yasu Kawakami, associate professor of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development in the Medical School, who wants to build models to better understand the development of rare but deadly tumors.