Awards and Recognition

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  • U of M System ranks fifth in U.S. in sustainability impact

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    For the third year in a row, the University of Minnesota participated in the Times Higher Ed (THE) Impact Rankings. The 2024 rankings evaluated 2,152 universities from 125 countries/regions, comparing efforts to conduct teaching, research, outreach, and stewardship that support a more sustainable, equitable, and healthy future.

    The U of M tied for fifth in the U.S. overall and was ranked in the top 10 percent worldwide. Notably, the U of M ranked among the top five in the U.S. for its work related to:

    • Clean water (No. 2 in the U.S., No. 26 in the world)
    • Climate action (No. 3 in the U.S., No. 53 in the world)
    • Zero hunger (No. 5 in the U.S., No. 24 in the world)
    • Health and well-being (tying for No. 5 in the U.S., No. 85 in the world)


    THE Impact Rankings apply 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at achieving a better world by 2030, goals adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015.

  • Ganeshananthan wins 2024 Women's Prize for Fiction

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    Associate Professor of English V. V. Ganeshananthan has won the 2024 Women's Prize for Fiction with her 2023 novel Brotherless Night. The Women’s Prize for Fiction was established in 1996 to highlight and remedy the imbalance in coverage, respect, and reverence given to women writers versus their male peers. The prize is awarded annually to the author of the best full-length novel of the year written in English and published in the UK. The winner receives £30,000 and the ‘Bessie,’ a bronze statuette created by the artist Grizel Niven. This award is in addition to the 2024 Carol Shields Prize for Fiction, which Ganeshananthan won earlier this spring.

  • Nkimbeng receives 2024 Bush Foundation Fellowship

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    University of Minnesota School of Public Health assistant professor Manka Nkimbeng has been named a 2024 Bush Foundation Fellow. The Bush Fellowship program supports accomplished leaders with extraordinary track records who are ready to take their efforts to the next level to create greater impact within and across communities. Every year, the Bush Foundation selects up to 24 Bush Fellows who receive a grant of $100,000 to fund their leadership plan. Nkimbeng’s work is focused on using research and policy to address health inequities in African immigrant communities.

  • Sunil Rao named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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    University of Minnesota School of Public Health professor J. Sunil Rao has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), one of the world’s leading professional organizations in the fields of statistics, mathematics, and probability. Rao received the award for his important and novel contributions in the field of statistical modeling. A professor in the Division of Biostatistics and Health Data Science, Rao’s research focuses on developing new statistical methods for better modeling complex data that can cover a range of possibilities, from cancer genomics to contextual data and health disparity estimation.

  • Roop appointed to serve in White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and United States Global Change Research Program

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    Heidi Roop, director of the University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership, is joining the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on a temporary assignment as the assistant director for climate services. She will also serve as deputy director for services with the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Roop is an assistant professor of climate science and Extension specialist at the University of Minnesota. In the White House role, Roop will assist with the delivery of federal climate-related data, tools, resources, and services intended to help the nation manage climate risks and implement solutions.

  • Shippee wins Gerontologist of the Year award

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    School of Public Health professor Tetyana Shippee recently received the Gerontologist of the Year award from the Minnesota Gerontological Society. As a social gerontologist, Shippee’s work focuses on what matters to people as they age, such as improving the quality of life for older adults receiving long-term care services and addressing health disparities. A growing portion of her work has focused on improving long-term care for persons with diagnoses of Alzheimer’s or other dementia (AD/ADRD), with the focus on quality of life and addressing disparities in care for those with AD/ADRD and their caregivers.

  • CURA receives $10M+ in anti-displacement funding for Blue Line Extension

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    The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is celebrating a $10+ million investment from the Minnesota Legislature for the Anti-Displacement Community Prosperity Program, aiming to prevent displacement along the Blue Line Extension. The anti-displacement work group, led by CURA, proposed 17 strategies to support residents and businesses, including the Prosperity Program. The program will ensure that community benefits are prioritized in the development of the Blue Line Corridor. CURA’s efforts also earned the 2024 Kingsley Impact Award for outstanding community collaboration.

  • Forest Assisted Migration Project wins 2024 Environmental Innovation Award

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    The Environmental Initiative has named the Forest Assisted Migration Project the winner of the 2024 Environmental Innovation Award. The forest-assisted migration project and partners were featured in the U of M’s “Dear Minnesota” campaign and were profiled in the March 2024 Smithsonian Magazine article, “In Minnesota, Researchers Are Moving Trees Farther North to Save Forests.”

  • U of M Twin Cities wins 2024 Apex Award for Innovation in Mobility

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    The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has been honored with the 2024 Apex Award for Innovation in a Mobility, Transportation, or Parking Program by the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI). This award recognizes the University’s Universal and Employee Transit Pass programs, which provide unlimited access to public transit for eligible students and staff.

  • U in the News

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    Terresa Moses is quoted in CBS News about being one of the founders of Minnesota's Juneteenth celebration; Kim Stelson is quoted in the Washington Post about construction equipment going electric and what it’s like behind the wheel; Eric Ostermeier is quoted in the Star Tribune about what third-party candidates could mean for Minnesota's 2024 presidential election; Metin Çakır is quoted in Salon about how forecasts of bad weather can drive up your grocery bill; Akshay Rao is quoted in MPR News about how companies like Target may decide which prices to cut; Jane Kirtley is quoted in the New York Times about secret recordings of Supreme Court justices Alito and Roberts; Timothy Collins is quoted in USA Today about young people's declining perception of the presidency; Bruno Chaouat, Karen Painter, and others are quoted or mentioned in a Star Tribune story about the pause of the search for a Holocaust center director amid controversy; Loren Terveen is quoted in the Washington Post story “Apple will use AI to generate infinite emojis. Will it ruin the fun?;” Joanne Slavin is quoted in a NBC News story about a lawsuit challenging Poppi soda's claims of boosting gut health.