Discovering the genetic source of diabetes

Monday, August 10, 2020

School of Public Health researchers have received nearly $2 million in grants to identify segments of human genetic code associated with the onset of diabetes. The research is led by professors Baolin Wu and Jim Pankow and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation.

2020-21 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort

Monday, August 10, 2020

Congratulations to the 2020-21 members of the Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program. The ITL program engages University of Minnesota faculty in professional development aimed at internationalizing the curriculum, which supports the University’s educational mission to “graduate lifelong learners, leaders, and global citizens.” The new cohort joins the 80 faculty members who have participated in the program since 2010 in a systemwide community of practice. The program is sponsored in partnership with the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the Center for Educational Innovation, International Student and Scholar Services, and OIT-Academic Technology.

  • Lacey Anderson and Harouna Maiga (Crookston)
  • Marzell Gray, Viann Nguyen-Feng, Maria Ruud, and David Tuwei (Duluth)
  • Jake Wright (Rochester)
  • Melissa Saftner, Kazeem Adepoju, and Cara Santelli (Twin Cities)

U in the News

Monday, August 10, 2020

Joshua Rhein and Jeffrey Miller are featured in a Star Tribune story about their research turning natural killer cells against COVID-19; Jiarong Hong is quoted in a Healthline story about how coronavirus spreads indoors and what can be done about it; Marc Jenkins is quoted at Live Science about why we develop lifelong immunity to some diseases, but not others; Michael Osterholm co-authored “Here's How to Crush the Virus Until Vaccines Arrive” in the New York Times; Gabrielle Clowdus is quoted in Press Pubs about creating tiny homes for the homeless; Keith Mayes is quoted in the Rochester Post-Bulletin about police reform; John Bischof is quoted in a Forbes story about a $104M NSF investment in four new engineering research centers; Rachel Hardeman is quoted in the Vice story, “COVID-19 Is Proof of Just How Socially Determined Health Is”; David Perry is quoted in The Atlantic story, “Colleges Are Deeply Unequal Workplaces”; David Van Riper is quoted in a Star Tribune story about growing worries about the 2020 census’ accuracy;

U of M Institute for Engineering in Medicine and academic collaborators receive $26M for NSF engineering research center

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The National Science Foundation awarded the University of Minnesota Institute for Engineering in Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Engineering in Medicine and Surgery $26 million over five years to create the Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio). ATP-Bio, which is the first ERC to be co-led by the U of M and Massachusetts General Hospital, aims to develop and deploy breakthrough bioengineering technology to preserve a wide range of biological systems: cells, tissues, organs and whole organisms. The administrative home will be at the U of M, with co-leadership from Massachusetts General Hospital and collaboration with core institutions of University of California Riverside, and University of California Berkeley.

Kamdar earns 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Forum Kamdar, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, is one of 17 physician scientists in the U.S. to receive a $495,000 award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to expand her research on improving therapy for those with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

2020-21 Doctoral Dissertation Fellows

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Graduate School has announced the 2020-21 Doctoral Dissertation Fellows. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship gives the University's most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year. The award includes a stipend of $25,000 for the academic year (September-May), tuition for up to 14 thesis credits each semester (fall & spring), and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan. See the recipients and their projects.

2020-21 Endowed Fellowship Recipients

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

To support women graduate students in any field of the natural or physical sciences who show exceptional promise for a successful career in research. Louise Dosdall entered the University of Minnesota in 1912 and completed her PhD in 1922. An expert on mushrooms and ornamental plants, she taught plant pathology at the University of Minnesota for 41 years. She established the fellowship in her will. See the recipients.

U in the News

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Michele Allen co-authors a piece at MinnPost about next steps in addressing racism as a public health crisis; Ryan Demmer talked with the New York Times about new research tying gum disease to Alzheimer’s risk; Jeff Marr is quoted about wakesurfing and U of M research on waves at MinnPost; Jaime Slaughter-Acey is quoted at TPT about political activism after George Floyd; Robert McMaster is quoted in Money Magazine about how fewer international students could hurt everyone; Michael Osterholm was quoted by CNBC and numerous other outlets about school closures; Karthik Natarajan is quoted in a New York Times story about families struggling to afford necessities; Ann Masten is quoted at The Verge about how to survive the internet’s pits of despair; Katie Spencer is quoted in a Popular Science feature about common misconceptions regarding trans and non-binary identities; Kathleen Vohs comments in the Star Tribune story, “We might wear our masks yet if behavioral science is correct.”

Medical School resident elected to Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians’ board

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Ramla Kasozi, a third-year family medicine resident at the University of Minnesota Medical School, will serve as the newly elected Resident Director of Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians. Kasozi will serves as the first Muslim-elect Resident Director of MAFP and hopes to address health disparities by promoting research and creating resources for doctors and patients of color.

U in the News

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Multiple U of M faculty are mentioned in Mpls St. Paul Magazine’s ‘Top Doctors Special Report: Pivoting in a Pandemic’; Erika Lee writes in the Washington Post that Americans are the dangerous, disease-carrying foreigners now; Julia Ponder spoke with KARE 11 about inviting a raptor to your Zoom meeting; Traci Mann spoke with Womens Health Mag about the Noom diet and whether it’s worth your time; Craig Hedberg is quoted in the Wall Street Journal about being safe during food shopping and outdoor dining during coronavirus; Patricia Frazier and Ann Masten are quoted in a Star Tribune story about how to weather the pandemic; Yoji Shimizu, Mylene Culbreath, Noro Andriamanalina, Ellen Longmire, and Char Voight are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about a new learning initiative for faculty fighting racism; Mark Schleiss is quoted in a New York Times story about what keeps most little kids from getting COVID-19; Aaron Sojourner is quoted in the Financial Times about whether the rebound in America's economy already over; Samuel Myers Jr. is quoted in a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal story that asks whether PPP shut out minority entrepreneurs; Stephanie Carlson spoke to the New York Times about how play energizes your kid’s brain.

$9.9 million for Addiction Studies Center

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The National Institutes on Drug Abuse has awarded the University of Minnesota $9.9 million to establish the Center for Neural Circuits in Addiction. An interdisciplinary team of University faculty, students, and staff will create tools to transform researchers’ ability to discover how the brain changes with addiction at the Center, as well as raise awareness of the biological basis of addiction.

NSF awards $20M to Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers announced today that they are part of a team of researchers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology who have received a five-year, $20 million grant from the NSF Division of Chemistry. The grant will allow continued research on evaluating the molecular-level impact of nanotechnology on the environment and living things. The center was initially funded in 2012.

Faculty receive inaugural IEM Abbott Professorships

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) at the University of Minnesota has named Rhonda Franklin and Chris Pennell as the inaugural recipients of the IEM Abbott Professorships in Innovative Education. The Abbott Professorships will be awarded to the faculty co-directors of the IEM Inspire Program to advance IEM’s mission to inspire eighth grade through junior college students towards future STEM careers in biomedicine and healthcare delivery.

Hardeman awarded Blue Cross Professorship of Health and Racial Equity

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

In June 2020, Rachel Hardeman, associate professor in the School of Public Health Division of Health Policy and Management, became the first Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation is committed to advancing health equity and working to ensure that all people have the support and resources needed to reach their full health potential. The foundation believes that endowing a professorship specifically focused on ending racial and health inequities is a critical component of this effort and an important evolution in its partnership with the School of Public Health.

Otto Bremer Trust invests $1M to launch mobile healthcare initiative

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The University of Minnesota has received a $1 million philanthropic investment from the Otto Bremer Trust to establish mobile healthcare services in communities that lack access to medical care because of COVID-19, civil unrest related to racial injustice as well as economic and other factors. Initially, the program will be based at the Broadway Family Medicine Clinic in North Minneapolis and the Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) in South Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood, with geographical expansion to come over the next several months. The mobile health initiative brings together U of M health professionals from dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, medicine and veterinary medicine to provide a range of services. The overarching goal is to address healthcare disparities occurring in neighborhoods that are segregated and have inadequate access to community facilities because of long-standing racial and social injustices.

U of M Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain names Damien Fair as co-director

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The University of Minnesota has welcomed Damien A. Fair, as the Redleaf Endowed Director of the University’s Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain. Fair has extensive research expertise in brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience, and is renowned for his collaborative and engaging leadership. He will also be a professor in the Institute of Child Development in CEHD and in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical School.

Arenson to join National Center as co-director

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education has appointed Christine Arenson as co-director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Arenson joins Barbara Brandt, the National Center’s founding director, in strengthening its commitment to collaborative practice and interprofessional clinical learning through leadership for research, evidence and resources.

Benbenek named Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Clinical Professor Mary Benbenek was selected to become a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Fellows are recognized nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to nurse practitioner education, policy, clinical practice or research, and are dedicated to the global advancement of nurse practitioners and the high-quality health care they deliver. Benbenek is a nurse practitioner educator and family nurse practitioner.

Delaney, Monsen to be inducted into Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing announced that Dean Connie White Delaney and Professor Karen Monsen will be inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame inductees are nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession of nursing and the people it serves.

U in the News

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Jeannine Cavender-Bares writes in Scientific American about how oak trees evolved to rule the forests of the Northern Hemisphere; Mark Schleiss is quoted in the Tampa Bay Times about what we know, and don’t know about coronavirus and children; Lisa Brosseau is quoted in FiveThirtyEight about how to make indoor air safer; Theresa Glomb is quoted at Finance & Commerce about changes in the workplace and how not to waste a crisis; Emily Vraga is quoted at the Washington Post about a med-school staffer who dived into online groups to debunk coronavirus conspiracy theories; Erin Sheets is quoted in the New York Times about what to bring along when visiting a National Park during the pandemic; Michael Osterholm is featured in the Mpls St. Paul Magazine feature, “Mike Osterholm's Last Stand”; Rose Brewer and Keith Mayes are featured in conversations about racism and the road to equality at KSTP; Rachel Hardeman is quoted in the New York Times about the striking racial differences found in pregnant women regarding coronavirus; Samuel Myers Jr., is quoted in the Wall Street Journal about economic journals being faulted for neglecting studies on race and discrimination.

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