Zulu-Gillespie named UROC executive director

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie has been named executive director of the University's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). A staff member of UROC since its inception, Zulu-Gillespie has served as UROC's first director of community outreach since 2009. Zulu-Gillespie will provide executive oversight of UROC’s strategic planning, revenue generation, financial stewardship, organizational development, staff management, and operational activities. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Grambling State University and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Humphrey School.

U in the News

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Jay Austin and Robert Sterner are quoted in a CBC Thunder Bay story about Lake Superior being among the fastest warming lakes in the world; Robert McMaster and Tina Falkner are quoted in a Pioneer Press (PDF) story about student debt at the U of M hitting a nine-year low; Facebook is expanding a new tool that aims to shrink ‘news deserts,” featuring U of M research by Matthew Weber, as reported by the Associated Press; Rebecca Masterman is quoted in a Washington Post (PDF) story about veterans with PTSD turning to beekeeping for relief; Jesse Berman was interviewed by WCCO regarding recent U of M research linking air pollution to violent behavior; going cashless as a society could come at a price reports Kare 11, with comments from George John; John Bischof and U of M research are mentioned in The Atlantic story, “When a Human Liver is Supercooled to -4 C”; Toro and the U of M are developing a farm-focused robot mower (like a Roomba, but for cornfields), reports the Mpls./St. Paul Business Journal (PDF), quoting Eric Buchanan; David Ingbar is quoted in a CBS Minnesota story about illnesses linked to vaping.

Nursing awards

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Professor Wendy Looman received the 2019 Innovative Contribution to Family Nursing Award from the International Family Nursing Association.

Professor Carolyn Porta will receive the 2019 Ann Burgess Forensic Nursing Research Award from the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

U in the News

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Joan Gabel was interviewed on a variety of topics in the Minnesota Daily; Samuel Myers, Jr., Kirsten Delegard, Larry Jacobs, and Doug Hartmann, are quoted in a Star Tribune story about how Minnesota became one of the most racially inequitable states; Jerica Berge comments in Time Magazine about how family breakfasts are the new family dinner; Ben Winchester is quoted in a Star Tribune story about new initiatives to recruit people between 30 and 49 to rural Minnesota; David Jacobs is quoted in a Fast Company story about workout products that are actually worth the splurge; Ananya Chatterjea is mentioned in a Pioneer Press (PDF) story about girls finding confidence and empowerment in running 5Ks; Maggie Hennefeld is quoted in the Vice story, “The Secret to a Good Relationship Is Trashy TV”; Research by Silvia Balbo is cited in the Huffington Post regarding what we know about the dangers of vaping; Peter Karachunski talked to Kare 11 about a Minnesota toddler who received a lifesaving but expensive treatment.

Herschhorn receives Avenir Award for HIV/AIDS research

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Alon Herschhorn, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine at the University of Minnesota, has received a 2019 Avenir Award for HIV/AIDS Research for a project investigating the pathways used by HIV to escape broadly neutralizing antibodies. He is also building a platform to bioengineer a vaccine able to more precisely target the HIV envelope proteins (Env) for elicitation of broadly neutralizing antibodies. Herschhorn hopes that his in vitro and in vivo studies will lead the way to new therapeutic and preventive strategies against HIV. Avenir Awards provide grants to early stage investigators who propose highly innovative studies. Awardees receive up to $300,000 per year for five years to support their projects.

 

Nordrum recognized with Unsung Hero Award

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits have selected Shirley Nordrum as a Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Award recipient. Nordrum is a water resources management educator with University of Minnesota Extension. The award recognizes four Minnesotans who have made a significant impact in the state, yet have remained unrecognized or, “unsung,” in their commitment to making Minnesota a better place for all. Nordrum has dedicated her life to improving community wellness on the Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth reservations by strengthening environmental quality, food security, and nutrition.

U in the News

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Kristi Jensen spoke with Kare 11 about the U of M’s efforts to help students maximize savings on textbooks; Tina Huang and Thomas Stoffregen are quoted at CBS Minnesota about how amusement rides affect our bodies; Rachael Freed is quoted is quoted in an MPR News story about having conversations about how to die well; Rachel Hardeman comments on the lack of diversity in the field of precision medicine in Medium; Christopher Weight was interviewed by CBS Minnesota about the U of M’s State Fair presentation, “Surgery On a Stick”; Mary Jo Kane is quoted in a Miami Herald story about how large the gender pay gap is in sports; Robert McMaster was interviewed by Kare 11 about UMTC’s freshman enrollment—the largest in 50 years; Michael Rodriguez spoke with MPR News about the decline in Minnesota math scores and Minnesota’s significant achievement gap.

U of M receives $20 million grant for sustainable plastics research

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The University of Minnesota was recently awarded a $20 million grant renewal from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research in the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers focused on discoveries of the next generation of environment-friendly plastics. The funding also includes an educational component to build awareness surrounding the impacts of plastics on our environment. The NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers is one of only nine Phase II Centers for Chemical Innovation ever funded by the NSF. The Centers for Chemical Innovation awards are the largest single awards made by NSF’s Division of Chemistry.

A record 19 startup companies launched in FY '19

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The University of Minnesota launched a record 19 startup companies over the past year based on discoveries and inventions by its researchers. The Venture Center, part of U of M Technology Commercialization, forms new companies to bring cutting-edge research beyond the lab and into the marketplace. The new startups, 11 of which are based in Minnesota, will help fuel the economy and contribute to the public good, both in-state and in regions across the globe. Since its founding in 2006, the Venture Center has launched a total of 154 startups, 78 percent of which are currently active. The majority of the startups, 75 percent, are based in Minnesota. The companies have generated more than $400 million in outside investment.

Rosenberg awarded $1.1 million grant for virtual reality research

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Evan Rosenberg (PI), Victoria Interrante (co-PI), and Thomas Stoffregen (co-PI) have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for the prediction, early detection, and mitigation of cybersickness. The interdisciplinary grant is a cross-college collaboration between the U of M’s College of Science and Engineering (Rosenberg and Interrante) and CEHD (Stoffregen).

U in the News

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Clem Pryke and Nathan Precup are taking a telescope to the South Pole to explore the history of the Universe, as reported by Fox 9; Jakub Tolar is quoted in the Duluth News Tribune about the high cost of prescription drugs; David Bedford and Jim Luby are mentioned in a Mpls./St. Paul Business Journal (PDF) story about the expansion of sales of the new First Kiss apple; Bob McMaster is quoted in a MinnPost story about the stark racial disparities in education in Minnesota; Steve Polasky is quoted in the PBS NewsHour story, “What is an endangered species worth? Trump rule sparks debate”; Larry Jacobs comments in The Economist on the shifting allegiances of Minnesota’s rural voters; Myron Orfield is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) about who to blame when algorithms discriminate; Moin Syed is quoted in Science about why some professors welcome new lab members with clear expectations—in writing; Robert Kudrle comments in the Star Tribune about the trade war’s impact on the typical consumer; David Weerts is quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education about why Universities often raise more money than ever after scandals.

International effort to build synthetic cells led by U of M-based collaboration

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A University of Minnesota-based research collaboration received a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to accelerate efforts to develop synthetic cells. Kate Adamala, an assistant professor in the U of M College of Biological Sciences’ Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, is the lead investigator for the Build-a-Cell Research Coordination Network, an international collaborative of researchers from 11 countries working together across disciplines to develop working cells from man-made components.

2019 Award for Global Engagement

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The 2019 Award for Global Engagement has been awarded to Venugopal Mukku, Department of Math, Science, and Technology, Crookston; Katharine Pelican, College of Veterinary Medicine, Twin Cities; and Luis Ramos-Garcia, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities. The award is given to faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline. An award ceremony will be held in November in conjunction with International Education Week.

Kendeou, colleagues awarded new IES grant to study reading comprehension

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Panayiota Kendeou, Guy Bond Chair in Reading Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology's psychological foundations of education program, is part of a team of researchers who were recently awarded a four-year, $1.4 million grant through the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The project, “iSTART-Early: Interactive Strategy Training for Active Reading and Thinking for Young Developing Readers,” aims to develop and test an intelligent tutoring system that provides automated reading comprehension support to students in grades 3 and 4. Read more.

Steffenson named 2019 Malone International Leadership Award recipient

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced that Brian Steffenson, Professor and Lieberman-Okinow Endowed Chair of Cereal Disease Research at the University of Minnesota, is the 2019 recipient of the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award. Steffenson is receiving the award for his renowned international agriculture research as well as his career-long commitment to helping put his research into practice across the globe.

Tonks receives DOE Early Career Award

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

University of Minnesota Chemistry Associate Professor Ian Tonks in the College of Science and Engineering has received a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Program award. This highly competitive national award provides support to exceptional researchers. Tonks is among just 73 researchers nationwide and only 46 from universities selected to receive the award from the DOE’s Office of Science. The program, now in its 10th year, is designed to bolster the nation's scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. Tonks’ research for the DOE is aimed at coupling new, biorenewable chemical feedstocks into traditional petroleum-derived plastic syntheses.

Kinesiology's Human Sensorimotor Control Lab receives $250,000 award

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Jürgen Konczak, professor in the School of Kinesiology and lab director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL), is the principal investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its Program for Innovation. This program promotes the translation of technology developed in university laboratories to a marketable product. The HSCL lab team will use the award to further develop Wristbot technology and to implement changes desired by rehabilitation hospitals that use such technology to enhance the physical therapy used for people with stroke, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.

U of M recognized for achievements in the field of microbiology

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The University of Minnesota was recognized as a “Milestones in Microbiology” site by the American Society for Microbiology for its remarkable achievements in the microbial sciences and lasting impact on the field. The microbiology research at the U of M is distinguished by its groundbreaking discoveries about a broad range of microorganisms and their interactions with animal and plant hosts.

U in the News

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Carrie Henning-Smith is quoted in a National Public Radio story about a program to ease the isolation of rural life by bringing together the young and old; Jason Hill is quoted in a Good Morning America feature on how altering global diets and food systems could help combat climate change; Erika Lee is cited in a feature in The Atlantic about the origins of Trump’s “invasion” rhetoric; David Darrow is quoted in Scientific American about how a revolutionary technique got people with spinal-cord injuries back on their feet; David Redish is quoted Quanta Magazine story about work revealing a new property to look out for in the hunt for the biomarkers of learning; Greg Lindsey is quoted in a Streetsblog USA story about a study showing that drivers behave more dangerously around women cyclists; Sujaya Rao is quoted in a New York Times (PDF) story about who or what to blame when bumblebee carcasses pile up; Jessica Hellmann is quoted in a BBC story about the animals that will survive climate change; Nathan Kuncel is quoted in a Gizmodo story about the woman who turned psychological testing into a science.

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

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