2018-19 recipients of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Leah Milojevic, assistant director of CLA Diversity, Access, and Equity Programs, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Kai Nobuo Takatsuka, academic and career coach and senior academic advisor, Center for Academic Planning and Exploration, Office of Undergraduate Education, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Parry Telander, director of Student Success Coaching, BSHS and BSHP Programs, University of Minnesota Rochester

Frances Wood, academic advisor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Learn more about the award and the recipients
The awards will be presented during the luncheon of the Tate Advising Conference on March 14.

Hewitt named president of the Association for University Centers on Disabilities

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Institute on Community Integration director Amy Hewitt was named president of the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) during the association’s recent annual conference in Washington, D.C. AUCD is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs known as University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs). ICI is the UCEDD for Minnesota.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

David Chang spoke with National Public Radio about ways in which President Trump's attacks on Elizabeth Warren are dehumanizing to Native people; Russ Straate is quoted in a Mpls./St. Paul Business Journal (PDF) story about the U of M’s new business incubator to help researchers start companies; George Weiblen was interviewed at Fox 9 about the changing genetics, business, and politics of cannabis; family leave in rural Minnesota needs improvement, with comments from Debra Fitzpatrick in the Minnesota Daily; Tina Falkner and Bob McMaster comment in a Pioneer Press (PDF) story about a decline in debt for U of M graduates; Keith Mayes was interviewed in a Kare 11 story about which term one should use: African American or Black; the Morris campus leads the nation in sustainability, as highlighted by the Minnesota Daily with comments from Shane Stennes, Troy Goodnough, and Bryan Herrmann; pop-up law clinics are serving rural immigrants reports MPR News, with comments from Deepinder Mayell; Clark Chen and Kathryn Dusenbery were interviewed at Kare 11 about a new brain cancer treatment at the University of Minnesota; Melissa Wilson, Mike Schmitt, and Carl Rosen are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about U of M manure research.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Vladas Griskevicius is quoted at WalletHub about how to do Valentine’s Day on a budget; the Mayo Clinic may be onto the fountain of youth, featuring U of M research at Kare 11; the U of M will buy University Village apartments for $43 million, with comments from Stuart Mason in the Mpls./St. Paul Business Journal (PDF); Michael Howell answers CBS Minnesota’s question, “How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?”; Jaime Modiano is quoted in a Popular Science story about how lots of health 'cures' you hear about in the news aren't ready for humans; Frank Douma is quoted in a White Bear Press story about driverless vehicles; James Kakalios is quoted in Insider about how 10 popular sci-fi shows that got science wrong; Jean Abraham is quoted in the Los Angeles Times about how Democrats need to spell out exactly what they mean regarding Medicare for all; Lori Carrell and Lincoln Kallsen are quoted in a Rochester Post-Bulletin (PDF) story about UMR’s future growth plans; Jennifer Hsia is quoted in The Washington Post (PDF) about why you may want to see a doctor if you snore.

Cicchetti receives Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dante Cicchetti, McKnight Presidential Chair and William Harris Professor of Child Development and Psychiatry, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association (APA). The award honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology. Cicchetti will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the APA National Convention in Chicago in August.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Karen Seashore and Eric Kaler are mentioned in a Minnesota Daily update about the U of M presidential transition; Mark Pereira is quoted in a Men's Health story about whether eating breakfast has an impact on weight loss; Lynn Blewett is quoted in a Star Tribune story about the best spots to retire—which may not be the warmest; Larry Jacobs is quoted in the Pioneer Press (PDF) about Minnesota’s preparations for the tremendous undertaking that is the 2020 census; one benefit of extreme cold is that it kills the dreaded emerald ash borer, reports Inforum, with comments from Jeff Hahn and Rob Venette; workplace foods are a source of unhealthy calories, with comments from Simone French in this Reuters story; Nichole Morris, Tom Fisher, Ginny Crowson, and Max Donath talk about the U of M’s work in driverless vehicles and the future of smart mobility at Fox 9; Carrie Henning-Smith is quoted in a story about depression and loneliness at WJON; Uzma Samadani, David Darrow, and Ann Parr are quoted by Bring Me The News in a story about a U of M, Hennepin Healthcare study that is giving hope to those told they would never walk again; Lucy Dunne is quoted in Popular Science about why gym clothes smell so rank—and how to freshen them up; Abigail Gewirtz comments in USA Today about the startling toll on children who witness domestic violence is just now being understood.

2019-21 McKnight Land-Grant Awards

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has announced that ten faculty members have been named as the 2019-21 McKnight Land-Grant Professors. The goal of this 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. This year’s awardees are:

  • Emilyn Uy Alejandro, Integrated Biology & Physiology, Medical School, Twin Cities
  • Nicole E. Basta, Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health, Twin Cities
  • Gabriel Chan, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Twin Cities
  • Lorenzo Fabbri, French & Italian, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
  • Jessica Gordon-Roth, Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
  • Juliana Hu Pegues, American Indian Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
  • Soheil Mohajer, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities
  • Vlad S. Pribiag, Physics & Astronomy, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities
  • Michael J. Smanski, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, College of Biological Sciences, Twin Cities
  • Scott Vrieze, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Minnesota Partnership awards five collaborative research grants

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Diabetes, stress-induced aging and Alzheimer's disease, immigration-related obesity, and implantable drug testing devices are the targets of the research awards from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics in 2019. The state-funded grants for these team science proposals total nearly $5.2 million. The five teams will initiate collaborative two-year projects that could transform the treatment of diseases that affect Minnesotans. Each team includes investigators from Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.

2019 award-winning projects and awardees

"Generation and Immune Protection of PD-L1 Designer Islets for the Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes"
Brian Fife, University of Minnesota, and Quinn Peterson, Mayo Clinic

"Stress-Induced Exacerbation of Senescence-Associated Diseases"
Alessandro Bartolomucci, University of Minnesota, and Jan van Deursen, Mayo Clinic

"Retinal Hyperspectral Imaging: A Tool for Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease"
Swati Moore, University of Minnesota, and John Chen, Mayo Clinic

"Targeting the Gut Microbiome to Prevent the Increasing Incidence of Obesity in Immigrant Populations"
Dan Knights, University of Minnesota, and Purna Kashyap, Mayo Clinic

"Defining Parameters and Performance Specifications for an Implantable CNS Drug Testing Device"
William Elmquist, University of Minnesota, and Terence Burns, Mayo Clinic

CIDRAP awarded grant to develop influenza vaccines roadmap

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota has received a grant from Wellcome Trust to support the development of an influenza vaccines research and development (R&D) roadmap. CIDRAP is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response. The $1.1 million, two-year Wellcome Trust grant supports a CIDRAP team to research and create the roadmap to accelerate the development of broadly protective influenza vaccines for preventing seasonal influenza and enhancing pandemic influenza preparedness. The CIDRAP team is directed by Michael Osterholm, and includes CIDRAP staff members Kristine Moore, Julie Ostrowsky and Anje Mehr.

U of M Press wins record number of awards in 2018

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The University of Minnesota Press received 56 awards in 2018 across most of the major disciplines in which it publishes. Producing over 100 titles annually, well known for its work in Native studies, environmental studies, medicine and health, and disability studies, among other fields, the Press has been increasingly receiving more acclaim for its books than at any point in its 94-year history. The past five years have seen a steady uptick in recognition, from 26 book awards in 2014, to 46 in 2016, to 56 in 2018.

U in the News

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Zan Gao is quoted in a Reuters story about movement-based video games boosting preschoolers' exercise; Ed Goetz is quoted in a New York Times (PDF) story about the government’s retreat from affordable housing; Neil Linscheid, Kathy Schwantes, Hye-Young Kim, Hyunjoo Im, and Peggy Lord are quoted/cited in a West Central Tribune story about a new U of M program to help assist Kandiyohi County retailers; Janna Johnson is interviewed for CBS Minnesota’s story, “Is Minnesota Becoming More Diverse”; Gabe Chan, Elizabeth Arnold, and Jacob Mans, are mentioned in a Minnesota Daily story about a U of M sustainable energy collaboration with Puerto Rico; Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is quoted in The Atlantic’s ““In 1995, the U.S. Declared a State of Emergency. It Never Ended”; Ned Mohan is quoted in a Finance & Commerce (PDF) story about the bright future for solar, electric cars; Marco Pravetoni is quoted in the Everyday Health story, “How to Prevent Opioid Dependence”; Anu Ramaswami is quoted in a MinnPost story about the Minneapolis 2040 plan being a victory for food policy activists; Jessica Hellmann is quoted in the St. Cloud Times about where Minnesota stands on its climate change goals; Ann Masten is quoted in a Popular Science story about how natural disasters leave a mark on kids who live through them; Diane Treat-Jacobson is quoted in the US News story, “How Exercise Can Help in Peripheral Artery Disease.”

Researchers receive $1.4M for ovarian cancer research

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Ovarian cancer research at the University of Minnesota takes another leap forward as two cancer research projects receive grants from the Department of Defense (DOD) office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. Rachel Vogel, assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health and an ovarian cancer researcher with the Masonic Cancer Center, received a 2018 Ovarian Cancer Research Program Ovarian Cancer Academy - Early-Career Investigator Award, worth $1,116,501 over four years. Vogel’s mentors on the program are Melissa Geller, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the Medical School, and Heather Nelson, associate professor with the School of Public Health. The same team, this time led by Nelson, was also awarded a DOD Ovarian Cancer Research Program - Pilot Grant, worth $385,000 over two years for their project titled “Cytomegalovirus reactivation in ovarian cancer.”

Humphrey School receives grant to develop election database

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Minnesota Historical Society awarded a $135,122 grant to the School to fund the Smart Politics Minnesota historical election data archive, an online database that will hold the history of state and federal election results in Minnesota. The grant is one of 42 historical and cultural heritage awards given by the Historical Society, totaling $4.8 million, this fiscal year.

U in the News

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Minnesota winters are warming 13 times faster than summer, with comments by Tracy Twine and Peter Reich at MPR News; Amy Greminger and Sandra Stover are interviewed about how to doctor shop in the Duluth News Tribune; Lee Frelich comments at MPR on the benefits of extreme cold in Minnesota; Craig Hedberg is quoted in Politifact about a widely shared tweet questioning whether lettuce has killed more Americans than undocumented immigrants; Scott Vrieze is quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about a new U of M study that found 566 genes affecting tobacco, alcohol use; Katharine Nelson is interviewed at Kare 11 about the pain of letting go; Traci Mann comments in the Vox story, “Are "healthy" snacks actually good for you?”; Justa Heinen-Kay is quoted in a National Geographic story about a study that found male hermit crabs evolved larger sex organs to avoid losing homes; Stephen Meili is quoted in a MinnPost story about the thousands of immigration court hearings on backlog as the government shutdown continues; Henry Buchwald is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) story, “The N.F.L.’s Obesity Scourge.”

Jim and Carmen Campbell pledge $8 million to renovate Institute of Child Development

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The University of Minnesota announced today an $8 million lead gift, made by James R. and Carmen D. Campbell, to fund the extensive renovation and modernization of the century-old building that houses the globally celebrated Institute of Child Development on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. The Campbells’ gift is the latest and the largest in a private fundraising campaign to generate a portion of the total needed to bring the home for the University’s most-celebrated child development programs in line with modern standards.

CIDRAP receives $5.4 million gift

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota has received a $5.4 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation to address significant drug and medical supply shortages experienced globally. This work will focus on the supply chains and global disruptions for the most critical drugs for life-saving and life-sustaining treatment. Outcomes of this research will improve the health care supply system’s ability to maintain a steady and adequate supply of critical medicines and supplies worldwide. The team is co-directed by Michael Osterholm and Amy Kircher.

Meuschke receives Artist Initiative Grant

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Frank Meuschke, U of M Landscape Arboretum adult education specialist and 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, has been awarded a $10,000 Artist Initiative Grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board. Meuschke will use the grant to edit and print photographs of the interaction of scientists and the land at Cedar Creek.

U in the News

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Troy Goodnough is quoted in Alexandra Echo Press about what to do to control road salt pollution; volunteer scientists play important role in wildlife research project, reports the Brainerd Dispatch with comments by Forest Isbell; Heidi Kitrosser is interviewed by The Atlantic for the story, “The Most Remarkable Thing About Trump's Proposed National Emergency”; Leigh Turner is quoted in Vox about FDA investigations into stem cell clinics that peddle unproven treatments; Tetyana Shippee is quoted in HealthDay about what makes a good nursing home; Rachel Hardeman is quoted in Mpls./St. Paul Magazine regarding the success of a north Minneapolis birth center; Steven Ruggles is quoted in Science Magazine about researcher criticism of a new census data privacy measure; research by Kyla Wahlstrom on school start times is cited in The Guardian; president Eric Kaler is quoted in the Twin Cities Business magazine about his last funding pitch to the legislature; Craig Hedberg is quoted in a WebMD story about the government shutdown’s impact on the ability of the FDA to monitor food safety.

Phase 3 Grand Challenges research awards

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Grand Challenges Research Interdisciplinary Team Awards, totaling $1.95 million in support over two years, have been awarded to six interdisciplinary projects encompassing more than 157 faculty and external partners. This third phase of the initiative focuses on three of the University's five Grand Challenges focus areas: Advancing Health through Tailored Solutions, Enhancing Individual and Community Capacity for the Changing World, and Feeding the World Sustainably, or on an integration of one of these three with any of the other four Grand Challenges. These Driving Tomorrow awards allocate $1.95 million over two years to support six interdisciplinary team projects--engaging more than 157 faculty and external partners. More information about the funded projects is here.

University honors excellence in commitment to equity and diversity

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The University of Minnesota has honored faculty, staff, and students across the system for their commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice inside and outside the classroom and the workplace. See the complete list of 2018 award winners.

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