U researchers receive $15M NIMH grant to study psychosis

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A new $15 million Silvio O. Conte Center grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has given lead researchers the green light at the University of Minnesota Medical School to conduct a new type of research that could reveal better ways to treat one of the most mysterious mental health diagnoses—psychosis. The U joins only a handful of other Conte Centers across the country. This research, led by David Redish and Sophia Vinogradov, will combine basic, computational, and clinical science in a collaborative, five-year study to document changes in brain function that may indicate how people with psychosis understand the world differently. The information could prove useful in tailoring better treatments for one of the most mysterious mental health diagnoses.

Greising receives grant from Department of Defense

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Sarah Greising, School of Kinesiology, and Jarrod Call from the University of Georgia, received a $1.5 million multi-PI grant from the Department of Defense. The funding priority of the “Restoring Warfighters with Neuromusculoskeletal Injuries Research Award” (RESTORE) program supports research that will accelerate progress toward returning those injuries to combat readiness. This program is expected to benefit all patients with traumatic injuries.

O’Connell granted $3.4M to study omega-3 fatty acids

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Timothy O'Connell was recently awarded a five-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the mechanisms by which omega-3 fatty acids benefit heart health. Most people have heard, through one source or another, that ingesting omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oil supplements improves heart health and prevents coronary heart disease. The recent success of clinical trials testing high-dose omega-3 supplementation, such as REDUCE-IT, has reignited scientific interest in researching omega-3 benefits in the heart. On the contrary, other recent trial studies, such as the VITAL trial, suggest that low-dose omega-3 supplementation produces no cardioprotective effects. These findings demonstrate that there are still important questions that linger regarding if and how omega-3 fatty acids protect the heart.

2020-21 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship recipients

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Graduate School has announced the 2020-21 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows. The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for outstanding PhD students who are engaged in interdisciplinary research to study with faculty at one of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers or institutes during the fellowship year. The award includes a stipend of $25,000 for the academic year, tuition for up to 14 thesis credits each semester, and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan.

U in the News

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Kirsten Delegard and Keith Mayes are quoted in Time about George Floyd's death and the long history of racism in Minneapolis; Richard Frase is quoted in the New York Times about why Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder; Michelle Phelps is quoted in the Washington Post about how Minneapolis has long struggled with police violence and has adopted reforms, but George Floyd is still dead; August Nimtz Jr. is quoted in Time about policing and racism as public health problems; Keith Mayes is quoted in Minnesota Monthly about how Minnesotans can fight for racial justice; Samuel Myers Jr. is quoted in the New York Times story, 'The Minnesota Paradox'; Myron Orfield is quoted in the New York Times about the calling in of the National Guard; President Joan Gabel was quoted in Inside Higher Ed and numerous media outlets in regards to reducing ties the MPD; Aaron Sojourner comments in Minnesota Reformer on data showing that women and Black Minnesotans are getting the worst of the pandemic economy.

Robert Clarke named Hormel Institute executive director

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

This summer, the Hormel Institute will welcome a new leader to guide its world-class cancer research. Robert Clarke, an internationally recognized leader in breast cancer research, will assume his role as the sixth executive director of the University of Minnesota Hormel Institute on Aug. 31. In this role, Clarke will oversee efforts to advance knowledge around the mechanisms of cancer development and discover better ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer in its many forms.

Hordinsky elected to board of American Academy of Dermatology

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Maria Hordinsky, professor and head of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, was recently elected to the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Board of Directors.

Radiology resident receives 2020 Marc Tetalman Award

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Radiology resident Ali Salavati was selected for the biannual 2020 Marc Tetalman, MD, Memorial Award. This award honors the research accomplishments of a young investigator who is pursuing a career in nuclear medicine.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Time spoke with Emily Vraga about why conspiracy theories are running rampant amid the coronavirus outbreak; Lynn Blewett is quoted in the New York Times story, “Hospitals Knew How to Make Money. Then Coronavirus Happened”; Elizabeth Wrigley-Field is quoted in Science Magazine about why people on the margins have historically suffered the most during pandemics; Craig Hedberg is quoted in the New York Times story, “Is It Safe to Go Out to Eat?”; Mark Schleiss is quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about how scientists are still trying to understand the baffling, unpredictable coronavirus; Yingling Fan is quoted in a National Geographic story about how our daily commutes won’t ever be the same; Jessica Hellmann is quoted in the Vice story, “The Planet Is Probably in Worse Shape Than We Can Even Predict”; Doug Hartmann is quoted in the Star Tribune about how the sports fan experience might never be the same; Susan Kline is quoted in the Pioneer Press about her work on remdesivir trials; Jennifer Lestor is quoted at NBC Today about the most comfortable shoes for nurses; William Roberts talks about face mask etiquette 101 with CBS Local; Carrie Henning-Smith is quoted in U.S. News and World Report’s “COVID-19 Now Reaching Into Rural America.”

Minnesota Masons give $35 million to establish institute devoted to brain development

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The University of Minnesota has announced a $35 million gift from Minnesota Masonic Charities, an organization that is the University’s largest single donor. This contribution will establish and name the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, an interdisciplinary initiative focused on the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders in early childhood and adolescence. Led by the University’s Medical School and College of Education and Human Development, this unique institute will bring together teams of researchers and clinicians who study how the brain grows and develops during early childhood and adolescence—formative years when the brain is most receptive to positive intervention.

Two U of M faculty elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Two University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers have been elected as members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Established in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Membership is widely considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.

Marc Jenkins is the director of the Center for Immunology and Regents' and Distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Jenkins is the first University of Minnesota Medical School faculty member to be elected in more than 50 years. Known as one of the world’s most distinguished immunologists, his groundbreaking research has advanced the field of immunology, leading to the development of more effective vaccines and better treatments for autoimmune diseases and improved success in transplantation and cancer immunotherapy. Earlier this year, Jenkins received the American Association of Immunologists' Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a remarkable career of scientific achievement and contributions to AAI and the field of immunology.

Marc M. Hirschmann is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the College of Science and Engineering’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He also holds the Robert C. and Carol G. Gunn Professorship. As a renowned experimental petrologist, Hirschmann reproduces the temperatures and pressures of rocks in Earth’s interior, studying the processes of melting and chemical mass transfer. In recent years, this work has included investigations of the elements in magmas and rocks that are essential to Earth’s habitability and climate. A second focus has been the study of the early formation and evolution of rocky planetary bodies, including Earth, Mars and the Moon. Hirschmann was also recently elected to the Academy of Arts and Sciences for his contributions to earth sciences.

Palombi receives 2020 President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

University of Minnesota Duluth School of Pharmacy assistant professor Laura Palombi is the 2020 recipient of the University of Minnesota President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award. The honor recognizes Palombi's community-engaged work in the area of reducing substance abuse and eliminating drug overdoses in Northeastern Minnesota. The annual systemwide award program recognizes up to ten scholars—faculty or professional academic or administrative employees (P&A)—for exemplary community-engaged scholarship in their respective field(s) of inquiry. From a competitive pool of Community-Engaged Scholar Award winners, one scholar is selected to receive the President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award, the highest recognition for community-engaged scholarship at the University of Minnesota. Learn more and see the Community-Engaged Scholar Award recipients.

Seaquist honored by American Diabetes Association

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently announced this year’s National Scientific and Health Care Achievement Award recipients. Betty Seaquist, professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Medicine and Pennock Family Chair in Diabetes Research, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, is the recipient of the ADA’s 2020 Albert Renold Award. The award is presented to an individual whose career is distinguished by outstanding achievements in the training and mentorship of diabetes research scientists and in the development of communities of scientists to enhance diabetes research.

Carthen Watson receives 2020 Woman of Power Award

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

YWCA Minneapolis has presented the 2020 Woman of Power Award to Shelley Carthen Watson, senior associate general counsel at the University of Minnesota Office of the General Counsel, for her distinguished and influential leadership. She is a nationally renowned labor and employment law expert and works to create new opportunities for inclusiveness and collaboration. A frequent guest lecturer for conferences and law school classes, she also serves as a mentor to young African American lawyers to build and support future leaders of color in the legal profession.

2020 recipients of the President’s Student Leadership and Service Award and additional scholarship awards

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of the President’s Student Leadership and Service Award, the Donald R. Zander Alumni Award, the James A. Johnson Scholarship Award, and the Mary A. McEvoy Award. These awards honor outstanding students for their invaluable leadership and service to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and the community. 

U in the News

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Steven Saliterman comments in the Star Tribune about how a group of U of M students saved local hospitals from running out of PPE; Michael Osterholm was quoted in numerous news outlets, including NBC News, about figuring out how to live with the virus; Marc Jenkins is quoted in USA Today about catching the coronavirus twice; Stephen Schondelmeyer is interviewed at CBS News about how the pandemic is exposing drug supply shortages that doctors have grappled with for more than two decades; Jean McElvain is quoted at Bustle about whether and how coronavirus might change fashion; the Pioneer Press published a story on Anne Hornickel Yuska, who passed away from COVID-19, with comments by Simone Gbolo and Anthony Albecker; Marla Spivak is quoted in the Mother Jones story, “Your Perfect Green Lawn Is a Buzz Kill”; Peter Raynor is quoted in a CNN story about how retail may change because of coronavirus; Mark Schleiss is quoted in Healthline about the likelihood COVID-10 will mutate and what that means for a vaccine.

Five faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Five University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honor societies. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors those making preeminent contributions to their fields and the world. Members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. An induction ceremony is planned for October.

The five faculty who are among only 276 new members this year include:

  • Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, College of Biological Sciences
  • Laura Gagliardi, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, College of Science and Engineering
  • Marc M. Hirschmann, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, College of Science and Engineering
  • Larry Jacobs, McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Affairs, Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies, and director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School
  • Erika Lee, Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight Professor, College of Liberal Arts; director of the Immigration History Research Center; Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History

Recipients of the 2020 President's Award for Outstanding Service

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The President's Award for Outstanding Service is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. The following recipients for this year’s award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

  • Kathleen Anderson, assistant professor and associate program director, Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical School, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus
  • Mary Buschette, director of alumni and constituent relations, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Jonathan Campbell, assistant professor and director of jazz studies, Division of Humanities, University of Minnesota Morris
  • Robert Carlson, professor emeritus and interim director, Advanced Materials Center, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Betsy Friesen, director of data management and access, University Libraries, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Nirmal Jain, principal mechanical engineer, Energy Management, Facilities Management, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Peter Ness, principal research shop foreman, College of Science and Engineering Research Shop, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Amy Pittenger, associate professor and department head, Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Lynette M. Renner, associate professor, School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Fred Rose, impact goal manager and Acara teaching staff, Institute on the Environment, and lecturer, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Mark Rosenberg, professor and vice dean for education and academic affairs, Medical School, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Sue Van Voorhis, associate vice provost and University registrar, Academic Support Resources, Office of Undergraduate Education, University of Minnesota Systemwide

UMTC College of Liberal Arts announces 2020 Civitas Award winners

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Twin Cities College of Liberal Arts (CLA) recently selected the recipients of its 2020 Civitas Awards. The Civitas Awards recognize individuals and organizations that are strong partners with CLA as well as those who make a strong, positive difference in their community. The Civitas Awards began during the college's 150th celebration last year as a way for CLA to recognize community partners whose work aligns with its mission.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Marc Jenkins comments at CBS Local about how close we are to a COVID-19 vaccine; Erika Lee is quoted in an NBC news story about rising racist attacks on Asian Americans; Peter Raynor is quoted in Forbes about the cubicle (thankfully) being endangered in the time of COVID; Michael Osterholm co-authors a piece in the New York Times about the reality of coronavirus testing; Chris Hogan, Gwenyth Fischer, Kumar Belani and others are featuring in Mpls St. Paul Magazine about their design of a device that adds a layer of protection for heath care workers; Kumi Smith is quoted in NBC News story about whether it’s okay to ease up on social distancing; Rachel Hardeman is quoted in MSR News Online about how the virus is disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable; Kurt Winkelmann is quoted at Forbes about how the pandemic is making the retirement crisis worse; Erika Lee is quoted in NPR’s All Things Considered, “Immigration Crackdowns Are Not Unusual in Trying Times.”

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