Awards and Recognition

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  • Newly appointed Regents Professors

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    The Regents Professorship was established in 1965 by the Board of Regents to recognize the national and international prominence of faculty members, including exceptional contributions through teaching, research, scholarship, or creative work, and service towards the public good. The Regents Professorship is the highest honor the University of Minnesota bestows on its faculty.

    The following faculty members were appointed Regents Professors:

    • Elizabeth Borer
    • Harry T. Orr
    • Mikhail Shifman
  • U of M 2024 community engagement and community service award recipients

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    The Office for Public Engagement has announced the 2024 recipients of the University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award, University of Minnesota Community-Engaged Scholar Awards, and University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Awards. The awards represent the University's highest honors for community-engaged scholarship and community service.

    President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award

    • Brittany Lewis, senior research associate, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
       

    Community-Engaged Scholar Awards

    • Julie Grossman, professor, Department of Horticulture, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
    • Sarah Hoffman, associate professor, Department of Population and Health Systems, School of Nursing
    • Ruby Nguyen, associate professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health
    • Rebekah Pratt, associate professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School


    Outstanding Community Service Awards

    • Faculty Award—Jessica Lopez Lyman, professor, Department of Chicano and Latinos Studies, College of Liberal Arts
    • Staff Award—Madison Rodman, assistant Extension professor, Minnesota Sea Grant and Tiffany Sprague, Manager Organizational Development and Stormwater Outreach Specialist, Natural Resources Research Institute
    • Student Award—Roger Faust, graduate research assistant, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
    • Community Partner—Communities United Against Police Brutality
  • Over $5 million awarded to support U of M research infrastructure

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    The Research and Innovation Office has awarded $2.6 million to 13 projects as part of the 2024 Research Infrastructure Investment Program. One-to-one matching funds provided by supporting units resulted in just over $5 million in total funds awarded. The awards support initiatives impacting a variety of research areas that will improve research infrastructure, facilities, and support services across the University.

  • Seshan named dean of College of Continuing and Professional Studies

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    Radhika Seshan has been named as the next dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS), effective July 29, pending approval by the University’s Board of Regents. Seshan has an extensive record of success in developing and sustaining professional and community education programs. During her tenure as dean of the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University and dean of San Diego State University Global Campus, she led transformative initiatives to elevate student success, build international partnerships, and enhance the brand and reach of programs that serve professional, global, and lifelong learners.  Before her work in higher education, she held leadership roles in the technology industry; her commitment to professional learners is rooted in a strong foundation in industry. Seshan holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Houston and a BA from the University of Chennai, India. 

    Seshan succeeds retiring CCAPS dean Bob Stine

  • U of M among five universities leading $9 Million NSF Award to support broader impacts nationally

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    The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded $9 million to support the Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) to support and expand the societal impacts of research. ARIS provides researchers who support broader impacts with tools to build the infrastructure, training, and certification needed to create and implement activities that benefit the public and society at large. Laurie Van Egeren, University of Minnesota Vice Provost for Public Engagement, is a co-PI on the ARIS grant, working to deepen its broader impact strategy through scholarship and leadership development.

  • U of M receives $5 million to advance older adult health

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    The Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (MN GWEP) received $5 million in renewed funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration to improve the health care and health of older adults across the state. The five-year award enables MN GWEP’s interprofessional team to build upon its existing collaborations with community partners to deliver educational programs in primary care sites, ultimately providing supportive care personnel, direct care workers, and the primary care workforce with skills to improve the health care of older adults in Minnesota.

  • Med School receives $2.8M to study CBD’s potential for quitting smoking and managing stress

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    The University of Minnesota Medical School received a $2.8 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a project exploring the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) — a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis — in easing stress and tobacco withdrawal symptoms. Although CBD is often marketed for stress relief, this is the first study to thoroughly investigate CBD's potential benefits during stress and during smoking withdrawal.

  • Piehler awarded $710,966 NIH grant

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    Department of Family Social Science Associate Professor Timothy Piehler has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to help adolescents improve their mental health and prevent school-based conduct issues, including aggression and violence. The grant is a three-year award funded by the NIH's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health for a total amount of $710,966.

  • Zelazo receives prestigious APA distinguished contribution award

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    Philip Zelazo, the Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professor in the Institute of Child Development, was recently awarded the Distinguished Contributions to Developmental Psychology award from the American Psychological Association. The award is given to those who have made distinguished contributions to developmental psychology, including contributions in research, student training, and other scholarly endeavors. Evaluations are based on the scientific merit of the individual's work, the importance of this work for opening up new empirical or theoretical areas of developmental psychology, and the importance of the individual's work in linking developmental psychology with issues confronting the larger society or with other disciplines.

  • U in the News

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    Julie Weisenhorn is quoted in a CBS News story about a few simple home hacks to reduce stormwater runoff; Abbie Begnaud and Anne Blaes are featured in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine’s “Top Doctors 2024;” Dupree Edwards is interviewed in a CBS News story about overcoming brain damage from lead poisoning to become an advocate for others with disabilities; John Downing is quoted in the Star Tribune story “Why Wisconsin claims - incorrectly - to have more lakes than the Land of 10,000 Lakes;” Kumi Smith is quoted in a Sahan Journal story about who suffers the most from the opioid epidemic in Minnesota; Anatoly Liberman is quoted in a Star Tribune story about a century-old dictionary on display at Magers & Quinn that can answer questions you didn't know you had; Sheilagh Maguiness is quoted in the  New York Times story “Are You Screaming for This Whipped Cream Sunscreen?;” Maki Isaka is quoted in a National Geographic story about the misunderstood history of geisha; Hannah Neprash is quoted in a Wired story about how red tape is making hospital ransomware attacks worse; Kelly Kunkel is quoted in Verywell Health about whether fresh or frozen vegetables are more nutritious.