Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Three University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty have received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Established in 1996, the PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the PECASE with participating government departments and agencies.

Melena Bellin, Pediatrics, Medical School: Department of Health and Human Services

Bharat Jalan, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, College of Science and Engineering: Department of Defense

Dominik Schillinger, Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, College of Science and Engineering: National Science Foundation

Vavrus named to MacArthur Foundation's 'Wise Head Panel'

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Frances Vavrus, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been named to the "Wise Head Panel," judges of the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change grant competition, which will grant $100 million to one proposal aimed at tackling a significant global problem.

Westerhaus honored as Macy Faculty Scholar

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Michael Westerhaus, faculty member in the Medical School’s Department of Medicine and Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, was recently selected as a 2019 Macy Faculty Scholar by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. Awardees are given a stipend over two years to implement a project that initiates educational change in their institution. A key element of Westerhaus’ work is implementing and evaluating curricula that aims to elevate the critical consciousness of health professionals to understand and respond to the social and structural determination of health. Specifically, he works to integrate lessons from the social sciences into medical education and practice in a cohesive and comprehensive way.

Open Textbook Network receives national grant to further its mission

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The CEHD-based Open Textbook Network (OTN) will now be able to help more faculty create their own open textbooks thanks to a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant will support a collaboration project led by OTN in partnership with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation.

U in the News

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Nichole Morris comments at Mpls.St. Paul Magazine on how much safer the new hands-free law makes Minnesota’s roads; Ryan Allen and Ed Goetz are cited in a Los Angeles Times story about how public housing is suffering from a lack of funding, not an overflow of immigrants; Brittany Lewis is quoted in a Politico story about how Minneapolis freed itself from the stranglehold of single-family homes; Jeffrey Gralnick is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) story “Wired Bacteria Form Nature’s Power Grid: ‘We Have an Electric Planet’”; Matthew Clark and Drew Horton are mentioned in a SWNewsMedia.com story about U of M research into cold-hardy wine grapes; Michael McAlpine is quoted in The Scientist Magazine story, “How 3D Printing Could Help Shape Surgery“; Mary Jo Kane is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) story, “The Sports Bra Seen Round the World Has New Meaning 20 Years Later”; Craig Packer is quoted in National Geographic about which lion would be running the pride in a real-life Lion-King scenario; Phyllis Moen comments at the CBS Minnesota story, “When Do Americans Retire?”; Lee Frelich is quoted in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine about how climate change will impact Minnesota; Colin Planalp is quoted in a Minnesota Public Radio story about progress in the opioid fight.

Three new Regents Professors named

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has given three faculty members the distinction of Regents Professor: Ned Mohan as Regents Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; David Pui as Regents Professor of Mechanical Engineering; and Marlene Zuk as Regents Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. The designation, granted this month, is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University. See current Regents Professors.

Albert named Pew Biomedical Scholar

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Frank Albert, an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences, is one of 22 early-career researchers selected to join the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. As a 2019 Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, Albert will receive four years of funding to undertake exploratory research with the potential to address pressing questions related to human health. Albert will investigate how genetic variations translate into the differences that make each individual unique.

OVPR awards $2.7 Million for research

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded more than $2.7 million in funding through its 2019 Minnesota Futures and Research Infrastructure Investment programs. Nearly $500,000 was awarded to two recipients of the Minnesota Futures Grant Program, which provides seed funding for interdisciplinary research with strong potential for future external funding. Over $2.2 million was awarded to 15 research projects through the Research Infrastructure Investment Program, which helps to facilitate interdisciplinary partnerships and strengthen the University’s research infrastructure systemwide.

Molgaard named interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Associate Professor Laura Molgaard will serve as interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. She will begin Aug. 5, as Dean Trevor Ames takes up a new University leadership role as associate vice president for academic health sciences. A faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine since 1997, Molgaard is the college’s senior associate dean for academic affairs and has been a member of the College of Veterinary Medicine leadership team for 18 years. The dean search will be launched early in the fall semester, with the aim of having the next dean in place by the end of the next academic year.

Wilgenbusch named director of Research Computing

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Jim Wilgenbusch has been named director of Research Computing for the Office of the Vice President for Research. Wilgenbusch will have responsibility for the operations of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI), U-Spatial, and the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII), and he will set the strategic direction for these units.

Masonic Children’s Hospital named one of the nation’s best

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

For the 12th year in a row, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has been recognized as a national leader in children’s health, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2019-20 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list, which ranks the top 50 pediatric hospitals in the nation across 10 major medical specialties. Five specialties at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital made the list—more than any other children’s hospital in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has consistently outranked every other children’s hospital in the Twin Cities metropolitan area in terms of total number of specialties recognized. In addition this year, four specialties were the highest ranked in Minnesota. The nationally ranked specialties include Cancer Care, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Nephrology, and Pulmonology.

New MPC training program in population health science

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new five-year training program in Population Health Science, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). This program, housed at the MPC, will train pre- and post-doctoral fellows in social and health science fields to build skills in interdisciplinary population health research. The program is co-led by John Robert Warren (Department of Sociology) and Theresa Osypuk (Division of Epidemiology and Community Health). For more information about the postdoc program, email Lindsey Fabian with any questions.

U in the News

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mary Jo Kane is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) story, “World Cup Players Say Muscles and Makeup Mix Just Fine, Thanks”; Leslie Hansen is quoted in a Scientific American story about 9 million dairy cows that derive from the genetics of just two bulls; Megan Gunnar is quoted in Quartz about the scientific effort to protect babies from trauma before it happens; Sean Connaughty is interviewed at Kare 11 about his trash-to-art project on Lake Hiawatha; Jessica Hellmann comments in Wired about the survival of Midwest farms in the crop-killing future; Traci Mann is quoted in the Slate story, “Let’s All Stop Holding Out for Science to Find the Perfect Diet”; Trista Vucetich Anderson is quoted in a Duluth News Tribune story about why you should hike; Kathryn Grace is quoted in Nature about ways researchers juggle fieldwork with kids in tow; Dan Knights is quoted in LiveScience about how the same foods affect people’s guts differently; Gurumurthy Hiremath is interviewed at KSTP in a story about a new, non-invasive method to help premature babies with heart defects at the Masonic Children's Hospital; Sasha Zagoloff is interviewed at the Star Tribune about how the end of the school year can be the start of 'summertime anxiety' for some kids.

University of Minnesota aims to detect autism earlier with two NIH grants

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The University of Minnesota received a $3.7 million grant across five years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for autism research. This grant comes on the heels of a $9.5 million NIH grant awarded to the Infant Brain Imaging Study Network, in which the University of Minnesota is a data collection site. The research supported by both grants could lead to earlier, more accurate diagnosis and better tailored interventions.

Treat-Jacobson becomes first nurse conferred as a Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Professor Diane Treat-Jacobson was conferred as a Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM) for her extraordinary service. She is the first nurse to receive the distinction. The award recognizes extraordinary service, selfless dedication, and enlightened leadership to the SVM and the field of vascular medicine. Treat-Jacobson’s research is focused on promoting awareness, timely identification, and improved treatment for patients who experience peripheral artery disease (PAD), including the development and implementation of exercise interventions for patients with symptomatic PAD and in the assessment of outcomes documenting the effects of these interventions.

Blue receives Outstanding Pharmacist Award

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Assistant Professor Heather Blue has been named the 2019 Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists Outstanding Pharmacist Award recipient. The award is presented annually to a pharmacist in recognition of outstanding performance or achievement.

Saftner receives premier award from American College of Nurse-Midwives

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Clinical Assistant Professor Melissa Saftner was awarded the Kitty Ernst Award by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). The premier award, known as the Whippersnapper Award, honors an exceptional nurse-midwife who has been certified for less than 10 years and who has demonstrated innovative, creative endeavors in midwifery and/or women’s health clinical practice, education, administration or research. In addition to being a clinical associate professor, Saftner is a certified nurse-midwife at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota.

FM's Manlet honored by national higher ed facilities organization APPA

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Ruthann Manlet, Associate Director in Facilities Management, received the Meritorious Service Award from APPA, the professional association for educational facilities professionals. Manlet is the incoming president of the national organization, and was recognized for her significant, life-long contributions to the profession of education facilities management.

U in the News

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Paul West is quoted at High Plains Public Radio about meat consumption and the challenge of lowering greenhouse gas emissions on farms; Vicki Hansen is quoted in National Geographic regarding new clues about what jumpstarted Earth's plate tectonics; Richard Graves is quoted in a Prairie Business Magazine story about architects moving beyond energy efficiency in building design; Zachary Pope was interviewed at Kare 11 regarding the number of steps a person should take for health--and it isn’t 10,000; Daniel Erkkila is quoted in MinnPost about why Greater Minnesota cities are investing in sports and recreation; a fear of 'white extinction' is provoking racial bias among American whites, says a story in Pacific Standard, with comments by Christopher Federico; Nicholas Phelps and Przemek Bajer are quoted in a New York Times (PDF) story about fish cannons, koi herpes, and other tools to combat invasive carp; Mark Snyder comments on the psychology of volunteerism at CNN; Rebecca Meyer is quoted in an MPR News story about a nature deficit among kids; Aasma Shaukat is quoted in Healthline about the effectiveness of tests other than a colonoscopy for screening for colon cancer; climate change is affecting food production globally, with comments by Snigdhansu Chatterjee and Deepak Ray in Business Standard; Chris Cramer comments on why some smells are so hard to get rid of at LiveScience.

James receives Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Richard James, a University of Minnesota Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, is one of only 10 scientists and engineers nationwide to be selected to receive a 2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense—the agency's most prestigious single-investigator award. The fellowship provides $3 million over 5 years to advance transformative, university-based fundamental research. The fellowship will support James’ research on the discovery of materials using advanced mathematical concepts, with a focus on phase transformations in crystals.

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