Jacobs awarded McKnight Presidential Chair

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Professor Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School, has been awarded the McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Affairs by University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. The award is one of the University’s highest faculty honors, presented in recognition of scholarly achievements and in anticipation of future contributions to advance the University’s prominence.

Albert receives Sloan Research Fellowship

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Frank Albert, a faculty member in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development, has been named a 2018 Sloan Research Fellow. The two-year fellowships are awarded to early-career scientists with unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

NACADA honors CBS adviser for advising excellence

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Martha Scott Johnson, academic advisor in CBS, recently received the 2018 NACADA Region 6 excellence in advising for a new advisor award. The national advising association offers this award to individuals who have worked in the field three or fewer years and demonstrate excellence in their work with students.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Chelsea Keeney is quoted in a US News & World Report story explaining the differences between a college and a university; Abi Gewirtz explains how to support children after mass shooting tragedies at KSTP; research by Bernadette Gillick about a brain stimulation treatment to help children with cerebral palsy recover limb function is featured by the National Institutes of Health; Tom Fisher is quoted in a Minnesota Public Radio story about the current and future sharing economy; MinnPost spoke with Robert Vince and Thomas Hutton about successful U of M intellectual property; Andrew Elfenbein writes about writing’s power to deceive in The Conversation; Lucy Dunne and Heidi Woelfle are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about the U’s wearable tech lab; Joanne Slavin is quoted in a Consumer Reports story about the surprising anti-aging benefits of fiber; a study by Morris Kleiner about occupational licensing blunting competition is cited in The Economist; James Kakalios is quoted in a National Geographic story about Black Panther's secret weapon explained.

Carrell named UMR chancellor

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lori Carrell has been named chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester. Carrell has served as UMR’s interim chancellor since August 2017. Since 2014, she has served as UMR’s vice-chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development. A passionate and creative educator, Carrell focuses on innovation, communication and wellbeing in higher education communities.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Craig Packer is quoted in the Minnesota Daily about a new research project called SnapshotSafari, spearheaded by the U’s Lion Center; Ron Moen is interviewed at MPR News about a rare lynx sighting by a local photographer; scientists have found out why Bob Ross' voice is so soothing, with comments by Michael Howell in the Star Tribune; Adam Stirn, lead icemaker at the U’s Mariucci and Ridder Arenas, is featured in the Minnesota Daily as he heads to the Olympics; Evan Brier is quoted in a City Pages story about Duluth Public Schools expulsion of Huck Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird from its reading list; research conducted by Gunda George about the future of male birth control is featured in Futurism; Matthew Hunt is interviewed in a CBS Minnesota story about whether cell phones may cause cancer; a new cancer treatment is in clinical trial thanks to the Zach Sobiech fund, with comments from Brenda Weigel, Branden Moriarity, David Largaespada, and Logan Spector in the Pioneer Press; Dianne Neumark-Sztainer is interviewed in the Minnesota Daily about her research showing that yoga may improve body image; Kimara March is interviewed about how you can lower your blood pressure at CBS Minnesota.

Recipients of the 2018 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Mark A. Bellcourt, Senior Academic Adviser, Student Services, College of Education and Human Development and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Tracey Bolen, Director of Advising and Academic Services, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota Duluth

Michelle L. Page, Associate Professor, Division of Education, University of Minnesota Morris

Sara Schroth, Senior Academic Adviser, Minnesota English Language Program, College of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

The awards will be presented during the luncheon at the Tate Advising Conference on March 8, McNamara Alumni Center.

IAS 2018-19 Residential Faculty Fellows

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Institute for Advanced Study has announced the 2018-19 Residential Faculty Fellows.

FALL 2018

Natalie Belsky
History, CLA, Duluth
Elizabeth Heger Boyle
Sociology, CLA, Twin Cities
Siobhan Craig
English, CLA, Twin Cities
Thomas Genova
Spanish, Humanities Division, Morris
Mai Na Lee
History, CLA, Twin Cities
Marek Oziewicz
Curriculum and Instruction, CEHD, Twin Cities

SPRING 2019

Hakim Abderrezak
French and Italian, CLA, Twin Cities
Aren Aizura
Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, CLA, Twin Cities
Malinda Lindquist
History, CLA, Twin Cities
Francis Shen
Law School, Twin Cities
Eun-Kyung Suh
Art and Design, School of Fine Arts, Duluth
Teresa Swartz
Sociology, CLA, Twin Cities

NRRI part of $3 million USDA grant

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Natural Resources Research Institute at UMD is part of an effort to unlock lignin’s potential as a high value, renewable bio-plastic with a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lignin gives trees their strength. It’s the glue that holds plants together. Making up about 30 percent of a plant’s composition, lignin is currently incinerated when cellulose is harvested for wood pulp or at biorefineries producing fuels, heat, and chemicals from biomass.

Pardello develops Extension Civil Rights training

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Renee Pardello, assistant dean of University of Minnesota Extension, developed Extension Civil Rights training with contributions from more than 40 faculty and staff. Her work was recently recognized by eXtension, a national organization serving all land-grant universities. The training, which is now available for Extension professionals nationally, was a response to discussions that began at the eXtension Impact Collaborative Designathon in 2016.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Betsy McCann and the U marching band are featured in Mpls./St. Paul Magazine regarding their Super Bowl halftime performance; a study by Art Reynolds is featured in a Reuters story about early enrichment programs boosting the odds that poor kids go to college; Andrea Johnson is interviewed in Midwest Home Magazine about her Little Box Sauna project; Laura Hemmy and Margaret Flanagan are interviewed in a CNN story about the nuns devoted to understanding Alzheimer's; Arthur Rolnick is quoted in an MPR News story about the economic impact of the Super Bowl and whether it’s overstated; Doug Hartmann is featured in a Minnesota Public Radio about controversy over protest at sporting events; Chery Smith is quoted in a Growler Magazine story about the science behind seasonal cravings; skipping breakfast is not a good idea in the long run, reports the Star Tribune referencing a study by Nancy Sherwood; Bill Doherty is interviewed in a Minnesota Public Radio story about 12 tips to save your marriage.

2018-20 McKnight Land-Grant Awards

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has announced that nine faculty members have been named as the 2018-20 McKnight Land-Grant Professors. The goal of the program is to advance the careers of assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. The Professorship includes a research grant of $25,000 in each of the two years of the award, to be used for expenditures related to the recipient’s research/scholarly work.

2018-20 McKnight Land-Grant Professors

Mehmet Akçakaya, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

Elaine Auyoung, English, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Ran Blekhman, Genetics, Cell Biology & Development, College of Biological Sciences, Twin Cities

Filippo Coletti, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

Katharine Gerbner, History, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Esther Krook-Magnuson, Neuroscience, Medical School, Twin Cities

G.-H. Crystal Ng, Earth Sciences, College of Science & Engineering,Twin Cities

Byron A. Steinman, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, Duluth

Ian A. Tonks, Chemistry, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

U in the News

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Michael Georgieff is quoted in Deseret News about what your baby should eat in the first 1,000 days of life; Traci Toomey is quoted in a CBS Minnesota story about whether the current legal BAC is too high; a recent New York Times article co-authored by Michael Osterholm is cited in a Chicago Tribune commentary regarding the search for a ‘universal' flu vaccine; research by George Weiblen is featured in a Bloomberg story about what the marijuana genome map means for the future of pot; Aimee Thostenson and Barbara Kappler are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story showing the University is seeing its international student rates drop; James Johnson is quoted in the Discover Magazine story “The Clock Is Ticking on Superbugs”; Aaron Doering is featured in a Minnesota Monthly  story about Minnesota explorers; Lucy Dunne and Brad Holschuh are interviewed at MSP Innovation about the U’s Wearable Technology Lab; research by Lauren Martin is highlighted in a Pioneer Press story about the Super Bowl and sex trafficking; Uzma Samadani is quoted in a Star Tribune story about football and brain trauma.

Burtch receives second Early Career Award

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Information and Decision Sciences Assistant Professor Gordon Burtch recently received the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Early Career Award. The award recognizes individuals in the early stages of their careers who have already made outstanding research, teaching, and/or service contributions to the field of information systems.

Vohs to receive award for scientific contributions

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Marketing Professor Kathleen Vohs has been selected to receive the Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP) Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. The award is given annually to honor a scholar who has made significant and lasting contributions in the field of consumer psychology. Vohs is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and holds the Land O’Lakes Chair in Marketing at the Carlson School. Her research specialties include self-control, the hidden costs of decision making, the psychology of money, the difference between a meaningful and happy life, and heterosexual sexual negotiations.

Xu to receive SCP Early Career Award

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Assistant Professor of Marketing Alison Xu has been selected to receive an Early Career Award from the Society of Consumer Psychology (SCP). The SCP Early Career Award is given annually to honor one scholar who is no more than eight years post-Ph.D. who has made significant scientific contributions to consumer psychology. Xu’s research takes an information processing approach to examine how mindsets, goals, and sensory inputs influence consumer and manager decision making.

U in the News

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gary Muehlbauer, Brian Steffenson, and Kevin Smith are featured in a story in The Growler about hops and barley in Minnesota; Marissa Hill-Dongre and Erika Lee are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about a new fund at the U to support at-risk immigrant students; Mark Schleiss is interviewed about how long cold and flu symptoms are contagious at CBS Minnesota; Paul Sackett comments in Scientific American about why people dislike really smart leaders; research by Kory Evans about parasitic fish that pry the scales off others and eat them to survive is featured in Newsweek; Rachel Hardeman is interviewed in a Kare 11 story about how Serena Williams’ recent motherhood is creating a discussion on birth disparities; Joel Nelson is featured in a Star Tribune story about how his GIS skills inform his passion for ice fishing; Melena Bellin and Ty Dunn are interviewed in a Minnesota Daily story about a new clinical trial that may ease treatment for Type 1 diabetes; Research by Gunda George, Shameem Sultana Syeda, and Kwon Ho Hong about a male birth control pill that could be made from heart-stopping poison in ancient African arrows is featured in Newsweek.

Zaheer named Class C director of Minneapolis Federal Reserve

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dean Sri Zaheer has been appointed a Class C director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis for a three-year term. She had been serving the board as a Class B director since Jan. 1, 2017. As a Class C director, she is now eligible to be board chair. Minneapolis Fed directors are selected to represent a cross section of the Ninth District economy, including consumers, industry, agriculture, the service sector, labor, and commercial banks of various sizes.

U in the News

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Uzma Samadani and Francis Shen are quoted in a Huffington Post story about how Minnesota is helping to solve the concussion epidemic through research; the new Bell Museum is getting closer to completion, with comments by Adrienne Wiseman and Andria Waclawski in the Star Tribune; UMD’s Ron Moen is quoted in a Duluth News Tribune story about the lynx no longer being under federal endangered status in Minnesota; farmers have few options for mental health care according to a study co-authored by Marizen Ramirez as reported at Minnesota Public Radio; severe flu season is stretching hospitals thin, with Michael Osterholm commenting in the story by STAT; Lendley Black and Fernando Delgado are quoted in a Duluth News Tribune story about budget cuts at UMD; Mark Seeley is featured in a Star Tribune profile as he nears retirement.

CLA receives $5 million gift

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA) has received a $5 million gift from the estate of Hella Lindemeyer Mears. Born in Germany, Mears was a St. Paul, Minnesota philanthropist with a passion for research and education in German and European studies in Minnesota. The gift will provide research, educational and outreach opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students and support faculty research in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch as well as the Center for German and European Studies.

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