2018 Research Infrastructure Awards announced

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the recipients of the 2018 Research Infrastructure Investment Program, which helps maintain the robust, state-of-the-art equipment key to propelling research and innovation. The 19 awards, which totaled over $2.5 million from OVPR and one-to-one matching funds from the supporting colleges or centers, impact researchers on three campuses, eight colleges, and 17 departments, units, and centers.

Biros named deputy IO for biomedical research

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Vice President for Research Allen Levine has appointed Michelle Biros to serve as deputy institutional official for biomedical studies for the University of Minnesota’s Institutional Review Board.

Wiese-Bjornstal elected National Academy of Kinesiology fellow

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The School of Kinesiology’s Diane Wiese-Bjornstal will be inducted as a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology this fall. To be inducted into membership, an individual must meet rigorous criteria for scientific research, professional scholarship, and service to the field.

U.S. Department of State names Osterholm U.S. Science Envoy

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Michael Osterholm has been selected by the U.S. Department of State as one of five 2018 U.S. Science Envoys. Osterholm, University of Minnesota Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology. Osterholm is a leader in the research, prevention, and control of infectious diseases throughout the world, and he is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Shuman named Gerontological Society of America Fellow

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stephen Shuman, associate professor in the School of Dentistry and director of the Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program, has been named a Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Fellow. Shuman is eighth dentist to be awarded fellowship status by the GSA in its 73-year history. Shuman’s teaching and scholarly work has focused on oral health in long-term care, utilization of geriatric dental services, and issues affecting dental care of older adults. His research has led him to work on two major dental device projects: a denture-locator system and an automated tooth-brushing system.

Zaheer named to JAUM Business Hall of Fame

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Carlson School Dean Sri Zaheer has been honored by Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) as one of its Business Hall of Fame Laureates. Zaheer is recognized for her professional accomplishments and because of the example she sets for today’s students through demonstrated integrity, respect, and excellence in business and philanthropy.

Zahra named AOM Fellow

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship (SME) Professor Shaker Zahra has been elected a member the Fellows Group of the Academy of Management (AOM). The Fellows Group honors AOM members who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management. Emeritus SME Professor Andrew Van de Ven also is an AOM Fellow. Zahra is a department chair at the Carlson School and holds the Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategy. He also is the academic director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship.

More than 150 U of M Health physicians recognized as ‘Top Doctors’

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine released its annual “Top Doctors” list. This year, more than 150 University of Minnesota Health physicians were recognized for their exceptional care.

U in the News

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Megan Gunnar is cited in The Washington Post coverage of a Father’s Day protest over migrant family separations; Forest Isbell, Caitlin Potter, and David Tilman are interviewed in KSTP about bringing bison back to Cedar Creek; Kathryn Pearson is quoted in a Time Magazine story about what pushed the House to act on immigration; Michael Osterholm is quoted in The Atlantic story “When the Next Plague Hits”; Bill Doherty is interviewed about how fatherhood has changed in a CBS Minnesota story; Anthony Baughn is quoted in a CBS News story about germy kitchen towels and how often you should wash them; Christopher Uggen is interviewed by Kare 11 about the shifting opinions regarding marijuana use; August Nimtz is quoted in a Mother Jones story about Keith Ellison’s exit from Washington; Pat Redig is retiring from the Raptor Center after 45 years, and is quoted at MPR News; Lyndel King is retiring from the Weisman Art Museum, featured in MinnPost; John Coleman and Jigna Desai are interviewed in a KSTP story about middle school students tackling tough topics by telling stories.

2018 Minnesota Futures Awards announced

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Two U of M research teams received this year’s Minnesota Futures grants, offered by the Office of the Vice President for Research to support extraordinary research by nurturing interdisciplinary ideas. The program helps develop projects to a point where they become competitive for external funding. This year’s projects focus on how the environment affects deer tick range and a wireless system for measuring neural and physical activity of research subjects.

Mellon Foundation awards Department of History $300,000 grant

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Department of History announced a $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance the research and training of graduate students in American history. In particular, the funding is dedicated to diversifying the next generation of scholars by providing resources to support students studying African American, Native American, and immigration history, and others with a commitment to diversity in the professoriate.

Kaveh appointed dean of the College of Science and Engineering

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mos Kaveh has been appointed dean of the College of Science and Engineering, subject to approval by the Board of Regents at its June meeting. Kaveh’s appointment as dean will be for a fixed term, from June 11, 2018, through June 30, 2020. A national search for the next permanent dean will be launched during fall semester 2019, for appointment in July 2020. Kaveh has served as interim dean since Jan. 16, 2018.

U in the News

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Keith Mayes and Howard Lavine were interviewed in a CBS story about the cancellation of ABC’s Roseanne; New American Cancer Society colon cancer screening guidelines co-authored by Timothy Church were featured in multiple news outlets, including Kare 11; research by Erin Krebs and Harold Tu is featured in Scientific American’s story “Why We Won't Miss Opioids”; Raney Linck is featured in a MinnPost  story about the nursing profession attracting more males; Christopher Stauthammer is interviewed in a Kare 11 story about a new procedure U of M vets are using to fix a heart defect in dogs; Jane Kirtley and Christopher Terry are quoted in a MinnPost story about a judges’ ruling that President Trump can’t block people on Twitter; Ed Goetz is quoted in a MinnPost story suggesting that trailer parks may be the Twin Cities’ most endangered form of affordable housing; John Hatcher is quoted in a Duluth News Tribune story about a writing workshop that is helping soldiers and families tell their stories.

U of M named one of world’s best at spinning off companies from research

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The U of M Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC) is on the short list of nominees for the GUV Award, handed out annually by the London-based business publication Global University Venturing. The winner will be announced during a May 22 dinner held as part of the two-day 2018 GCV Symposium, which brings together venture capitalists, corporate backers, and start-up entrepreneurs from across the globe.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Doug Chapin is quoted in the New York Times about how West Virginia is trying to build hacker-proof voting; Lisa Harnack is interviewed at CBS Minnesota about whether posting calorie counts changes what we order at restaurants; Catherine Squires is interviewed in a WalletHub story about what companies can do to help working parents balance home and work life; Evan Roberts is interviewed in an MPR story about what it would take to make housing more affordable; Paul Goren is quoted in a MinnPost story about whether Parkland is a turning point for gun control; Gabe Chan answers CBS Minnesota’s question, “Where Does Our Gasoline Come From?”; Christopher Uggen is quoted in a New York Times story about the fight for the right of ex-felons to vote; James Kakalios is quoted in a FiveThirtyEight story about why water is slippery; Laura Bloomberg was interviewed in a Kare 11 story about the positive job outlook for new college graduates.

Linderman receives NSF CAREER Award

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Assistant Professor Lauren Linderman received an NSF CAREER Award. The award is $500,000 over the next five years. Her project, “CAREER: Multi-objective Optimization of Sensor Placement for Reliable Monitoring and Control of Structures,” will help to sustain the long-term performance of civil infrastructure by identifying the most effective measurement types and locations for monitoring and isolating structural response. Read the NSF abstract of Linderman’s research.

U of M professors elected to National Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Two University of Minnesota professors have been elected as members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for their excellence in original scientific research: Forest Resources Regents Professor Peter Reich and School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Mikhail Shifman. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer. Reich and Shifman are two of only 84 researchers nationwide to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year.

Harold Tu appointed to new federal pain management task force

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Harold Tu, associate professor and director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, has been appointed to the federal Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force. Formed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the task force is charged with proposing updates to best practices and recommending solutions to gaps or inconsistencies in managing chronic and acute pain. The task force was created as a result of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, the first federal addiction legislation of its kind in 40 years.

Allen receives Innovation and Research Award

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians named University Medical School Associate Professor Michele Allen the recipient of the 2018 Innovation & Research Award. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made a major contribution to the development of family medicine research at the state and/or national level.

2018 President's Award for Outstanding Service

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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

2018 recipients:

Kumar Belani, Distinguished International Professor, Academic Health Center; professor of anesthesiology, medicine and pediatrics, School of Medicine; adjunct professor, School of Public Health, UMTC

Karen Brown, director, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, UMTC

Steve Cisneros, director, President’s Emerging Scholars Program, Office of Undergraduate Education, UMTC

Sue Elm, clinical systems supervisor, School of Dentistry, UMTC

Thomas Gilliam, administrative director, Master of Healthcare Administration and Executive Programs, School of Public Health, UMTC

John Hamlin, professor, Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology, College of Liberal Arts, UMD

Lyndel King, director and chief curator, Weisman Art Museum, UMTC

Sharon Kressler, administrator, N.H. Winchell School of Earth Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, UMTC

Rebecca Masterman, associate program director, UMN Bee Squad, and extension educator, MN Extension, UMTC

Colin McFadden, technology architect, LATIS, College of Liberal Arts, UMTC

Abdi Ismail Samatar, professor, Department of Geography, Environment & Society, College of Liberal Arts, UMTC

Terri Sutton, communications associate, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts, UMTC

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