U of M to lead $12.8 million study on education's role in deterring Alzheimer's

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The University of Minnesota will lead a $12.8 million project, funded over the course of five years by the National Institute on Aging, to study how educational experiences in adolescence impact cognitive functioning and deter the development of dementia later in life. NIA is part of the National Institutes of Health. The project, led by the University’s Minnesota Population Center, will bring together an interdisciplinary group of leading sociologists, neuropsychologists, epidemiologists, and survey researchers to understand the connection between education and cognitive function over the life course and to determine how racial, ethnic, and other social inequalities in education may lead to inequalities in rates of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive impairment.

IonE Mini Grant recipients

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

From hidden histories to Haitian water systems, from zero waste events to queer science initiatives, the newest round of Institute on the Environment (IonE) Mini Grant recipients will make an impact in their communities and beyond.

U of M awards Laysha Ward an honorary degree for public service

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The University of Minnesota will confer an Honorary Doctorate of Laws on Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for Target. The prestigious award, which is given in recognition of public service, will be presented by Vice Chair of the Board of Regents Ken Powell at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ commencement ceremony. Ward will also deliver the commencement address.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Kate Brauman, lead author of a report that suggests that one million species are threatened with extinction due to human activity, comments at BBC News; Alan Benson is quoted about the IT workforce quandary in Twin Cities Business magazine; Ryan Pesch is quoted in MinnPost about the increase in retail closures in Greater Minnesota; Christopher Uggen is quoted at NBC News about the hurdles ahead for felony voting rights legislation; Katy Kozhimannil is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) about what a doula is and whether you need one; Andrew Owen is quoted in NBC News about a study showing that Uber and Lyft don’t help ease traffic congestion; Robert Kudrle spoke to U.S. News & World Report about the impact of tariffs; Melissa Avery is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) about whether vaginal birth after caesarean right for you; William Northrop spoke to the Star Tribune about how well electric vehicles perform in Minnesota’s extreme weather; four newly chosen U of M Regents are featured in the Pioneer Press.

U of M faculty elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The University of Minnesota and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced that two faculty members from the College of Biological Sciences on the Twin Cities campus have been elected as NAS members. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.

Dan Voytas
Director, Center for Precision Plant Genomics
Professor, Dept. of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development

Voytas’ research focuses on developing methods to edit plant genomes. His laboratory developed a powerful genome editing reagent and is currently optimizing methods for efficiently making targeted genome modifications in a variety of plant species to advance basic biology and develop new crop varieties.

Marlene Zuk
Professor, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Associate Dean for Faculty, College of Biological Sciences

Zuk is a behavioral ecologist who uses invertebrate systems to study the evolution of mating behavior and secondary sexual characteristics. She seeks to understand how natural and sexual selection pressures shape the behavior, life history and morphology of animals.

Including Voytas and Zuk, there have been 44 University of Minnesota faculty elected as NAS members since 1930.

2019 recipients of the President's Award for Outstanding Service

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The University of Minnesota President's Award for Outstanding Service was established in 1997 to recognize faculty and staff (current or retired) who have provided exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments and service units.

2019 recipients:

Tammy Berberi, associate professor of French, Division of Humanities, and interim director of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs, and interim chief diversity officer, University of Minnesota Morris

Jenny Casper, director of community engagement and career development, University of Minnesota Rochester

Raymond Duvall, professor, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, and special assistant to the provost for Grand Challenges Research Initiative, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Gary Gardner, professor, Department of Horticultural Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Maria Gini, College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Linda R. Hinderscheit, clinical supervisor, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Christine Mueller, professor and senior executive associate dean for academic programs, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Noelle A. Noonan, registrar and director of Student Affairs, Law School, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Riv-Ellen Prell, professor emerita, Department of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Lisa M. Warren, assistant vice president and chief of staff, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Julie Westlund, director, Career and Internship Services, University of Minnesota Duluth

Anna Wirta Kosobuski, assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Medical School, Duluth Campus

2019 U of M Outstanding Community Service Award recipients honored

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Recipients of the 2019 University's Outstanding Community Service Award were honored Apr. 30 at a ceremony hosted by the Office for Public Engagement.

2019 recipients:

Donald Wyse, professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Elaine Evans, assistant Extension educator, Bee Research Facility, Department of Entomology, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Siddharth Bharath Iyengar, PhD candidate, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences; and
University YMCA

Gagliardi named McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Laura Gagliardi, professor of chemistry, has been named as a McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair. The McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair and the McKnight Presidential Endowed Professorship are among the highest honors for faculty at the University. Recipients are recommended by their college dean and chosen at the discretion of the president based, in part, on their academic and research accomplishments and their contributions to advancing the University among its peers.

Berge named a fellow of the ELAM Program for Women

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Jerica Berge, associate professor and vice chair for research, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and director, Center for Women in Medicine and Science, has been accepted as a fellow in the 2019-20 class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University. As a fellow, Berge will participate in a yearlong program of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking, and mentorship opportunities.

First Generation Institute microgrant recipients announced

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The First Generation Institute recently announced the grant recipients of its first microgrant competition. The grants are an opportunity for members of the Twin Cities campus community to be awarded funding to support and advocate for the success and persistence of first-generation students. Ten projects will be funded for this inaugural year.

CEHD recognized for commitment to first-generation students

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Center for First-generation Student Success has named the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) to its inaugural cohort of First Forward Institutions. The First Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. As a First Forward Institution, CEHD will be afforded multiple opportunities to engage with peer and aspirational institutions that are also creating environments that improve the experiences and outcomes of first-generation students.

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum voted Best Botanical Garden

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was voted Best Botanical Garden in the 2019 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Contest. The announcement was made today by Arboretum Director Peter Moe on KARE-11 with Belinda Jensen. Last year, the Arb came in second after winning in 2017.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

President Eric Kaler is interviewed in his final conversation with the Minnesota Daily; Kate Brauman is quoted in BBC News about a report showing that humans threaten 1 million species with extinction; Mike Johnson comments at WCCO about whether apps that promise to stop robocalls actually work; Susan Wolf is quoted in Wired about the urgent need in the U.S. for new genetic privacy laws; African swine fever has killed a million pigs and it isn't slowing down, with comments from Andres Perez in Popular Science; Bob McMaster is profiled in the Minnesota Daily, with additional comments by Jennifer Reckner and Abdi Samatar; Bev Durgan and Emily Wilmes are quoted in an MPR News story on Extension’s rural stress task force; John Wright, Elaine Tyler May, and various U of M Regents are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about the reaction to Regents' decision on renaming; Molly McCue is quoted in Science about ancient DNA that reveals two lost lineages of horses; after falling for years, the number of uninsured children is rising, according to a Marketplace story with comments by Elizabeth Lukanen.

Ames named associate vice president for academic health sciences

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Trevor Ames, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named as associate vice president for academic health sciences in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. In this new role and new administrative office, which is part of the restructuring of the U of M’s health sciences administration, Ames will provide leadership that positions the University’s academic health sciences as a nationally recognized innovative interprofessional hub for education, research, and practice. Dean Ames will continue to serve as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) through July 2019, and will work with the college to advance a transition plan.

As associate vice president for academic health sciences, Ames will have oversight of the Center for Allied Health Profession Programs, the Pre-Health Student Resource Center, the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and the 1Health staff.

U of M center creates new veterinary workforce initiative in Kenya, Uganda

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The University of Minnesota Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) was recently awarded $1.5 million over three years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to design and implement education and training programs in Kenya and Uganda. The training programs will target the animal health and veterinary workforce in both the public and private-sector. The goal is to improve local, national, and regional practices for animal health, and promote access to international trade markets for sustained local development.

Gibson wins Fulbright to teach in Namibia

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Priscilla Gibson, a professor in the School of Social Work, was recently awarded a Fulbright to teach and conduct research at the University of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia, from January to October 2020. As a Core Fulbright Scholar at the University of Namibia Social Work Department, Gibson will have a 50/50 research and teaching split. She will teach courses on social work practice with families and groups, and supervise students’ research projects. She will also investigate caregivers’ strengths and capacities across generations amid their burdens in the HIV and AIDS pandemic in urban areas of Windhoek to influence policy and service delivery.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Serguei Pakhomov, Maria Gini, and Brad Holschuh outline wearable tech for managing stress in the Minnesota Daily; Joshua Trey Barnett is quoted in the Washington Post (PDF) about Washington becoming the first state to pass a bill to compost human bodies; Anatoly Liberman comments in the Star Tribune on why Minnesotans are the only ones to play Duck, Duck, Gray Duck; Christopher Uggen is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) about voting rights for incarcerated people; Stephen Gross comments on the origins of the term Minnesota Nice in the Star Tribune; Earth's magnetic north pole is moving too fast for experts to keep up, and now scientists might know why, with comments from Justin Revenaugh at Business Insider; Larry Jacobs was interviewed by Kare 11 on the Supreme Court taking up a case to decide if LGBT people should get workplace discrimination protection; the increasing frequency of algal blooms may be due to climate change, with Elizabeth Minor and Jacques Finlay commenting in the Minnesota Daily; Peter Seiler in quoted in Forbes about Boeing 737 MAX safety and how the FAA will ensure the safety of autonomous aircraft; Alex Haley and Theresa Glomb participate in a panel discussion at MPR News about whether mindfulness meditation change your life and work; Don Luce is quoted at MinnPost about how the Bell Museum revived its original set of Audubon’s Birds of America.

Vaaler receives Fulbright award

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Paul Vaaler, John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law and Business (Law School), has received a Fulbright award for the project, “Do Migrant Engagement Policies Affect Migrant Remittances in Southern Africa?” Vaaler’s award will support a project to improve the understanding of whether and how migrant engagement policies designed and implemented by Southern African countries increase the U.S. dollar amount and venture investment use of financial remittances from migrant communities in South Africa. The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Vaaler has a dual appointment in the Law School and the Carlson School Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Bob Blanchette is featured in the Minnesota Daily story, “The Indiana Jones of fungi helps save Egyptian artifacts”; Jean Abraham is quoted in a U.S. News & World Report story about the effectiveness of workplace wellness programs; Stephen Burks is interviewed in American Trucker about his research on sleep apnea and safe driving; Francis Shen is interviewed in Science about how portable scanners could transform brain imaging; Jennifer Schulz comments in the Star Tribune on slowing Twin Cities population growth and immigration; Judith Younger is quoted in a USA Today story about why Prince’s estate is still unsettled three years after his death; Kate Schaefers is interviewed at Kare 11 about how staying connected to younger generations is key to living longer for aging adults; Joseph Gaugler is quoted in The Wall Street Journal (PDF) about tracking devices helping families facing dementia; Vera Krischik is quoted in The Scientist Magazine about a pesticide marketed as safe for bees that has been found to harm them; George John comments at Kare 11 about new streaming services from Disney.

U of M recognizes groundbreaking research and entrepreneurial spirit

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The U of M recently recognized researchers whose groundbreaking research and entrepreneurial spirit have led to new technologies that hold the potential to address major societal challenges. The Inventor Recognition Event, presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research and U of M Technology Commercialization, celebrated the recent achievements of University researchers and the breakthroughs that have resulted from their efforts. The event also included the presentation of the 2019 Innovation Awards to recognize four exemplary researchers who have demonstrated exceptional academic ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive in working to bring innovations beyond the lab. This year’s winners are Branden Moriarity (Early Innovator), Jian-Ping Wang (Entrepreneurial Researcher Award), and Jim Luby and David Bedford (Impact Award). In addition, Kenneth Beckman, Daryl Gohl, and Dan Knights received the Committee’s Choice Award.