U in the News

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mary Jo Kane is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) story, “World Cup Players Say Muscles and Makeup Mix Just Fine, Thanks”; Leslie Hansen is quoted in a Scientific American story about 9 million dairy cows that derive from the genetics of just two bulls; Megan Gunnar is quoted in Quartz about the scientific effort to protect babies from trauma before it happens; Sean Connaughty is interviewed at Kare 11 about his trash-to-art project on Lake Hiawatha; Jessica Hellmann comments in Wired about the survival of Midwest farms in the crop-killing future; Traci Mann is quoted in the Slate story, “Let’s All Stop Holding Out for Science to Find the Perfect Diet”; Trista Vucetich Anderson is quoted in a Duluth News Tribune story about why you should hike; Kathryn Grace is quoted in Nature about ways researchers juggle fieldwork with kids in tow; Dan Knights is quoted in LiveScience about how the same foods affect people’s guts differently; Gurumurthy Hiremath is interviewed at KSTP in a story about a new, non-invasive method to help premature babies with heart defects at the Masonic Children's Hospital; Sasha Zagoloff is interviewed at the Star Tribune about how the end of the school year can be the start of 'summertime anxiety' for some kids.

University of Minnesota aims to detect autism earlier with two NIH grants

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The University of Minnesota received a $3.7 million grant across five years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for autism research. This grant comes on the heels of a $9.5 million NIH grant awarded to the Infant Brain Imaging Study Network, in which the University of Minnesota is a data collection site. The research supported by both grants could lead to earlier, more accurate diagnosis and better tailored interventions.

Treat-Jacobson becomes first nurse conferred as a Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Professor Diane Treat-Jacobson was conferred as a Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM) for her extraordinary service. She is the first nurse to receive the distinction. The award recognizes extraordinary service, selfless dedication, and enlightened leadership to the SVM and the field of vascular medicine. Treat-Jacobson’s research is focused on promoting awareness, timely identification, and improved treatment for patients who experience peripheral artery disease (PAD), including the development and implementation of exercise interventions for patients with symptomatic PAD and in the assessment of outcomes documenting the effects of these interventions.

Blue receives Outstanding Pharmacist Award

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Assistant Professor Heather Blue has been named the 2019 Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists Outstanding Pharmacist Award recipient. The award is presented annually to a pharmacist in recognition of outstanding performance or achievement.

Saftner receives premier award from American College of Nurse-Midwives

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Clinical Assistant Professor Melissa Saftner was awarded the Kitty Ernst Award by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). The premier award, known as the Whippersnapper Award, honors an exceptional nurse-midwife who has been certified for less than 10 years and who has demonstrated innovative, creative endeavors in midwifery and/or women’s health clinical practice, education, administration or research. In addition to being a clinical associate professor, Saftner is a certified nurse-midwife at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota.

FM's Manlet honored by national higher ed facilities organization APPA

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Ruthann Manlet, Associate Director in Facilities Management, received the Meritorious Service Award from APPA, the professional association for educational facilities professionals. Manlet is the incoming president of the national organization, and was recognized for her significant, life-long contributions to the profession of education facilities management.

U in the News

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Paul West is quoted at High Plains Public Radio about meat consumption and the challenge of lowering greenhouse gas emissions on farms; Vicki Hansen is quoted in National Geographic regarding new clues about what jumpstarted Earth's plate tectonics; Richard Graves is quoted in a Prairie Business Magazine story about architects moving beyond energy efficiency in building design; Zachary Pope was interviewed at Kare 11 regarding the number of steps a person should take for health--and it isn’t 10,000; Daniel Erkkila is quoted in MinnPost about why Greater Minnesota cities are investing in sports and recreation; a fear of 'white extinction' is provoking racial bias among American whites, says a story in Pacific Standard, with comments by Christopher Federico; Nicholas Phelps and Przemek Bajer are quoted in a New York Times (PDF) story about fish cannons, koi herpes, and other tools to combat invasive carp; Mark Snyder comments on the psychology of volunteerism at CNN; Rebecca Meyer is quoted in an MPR News story about a nature deficit among kids; Aasma Shaukat is quoted in Healthline about the effectiveness of tests other than a colonoscopy for screening for colon cancer; climate change is affecting food production globally, with comments by Snigdhansu Chatterjee and Deepak Ray in Business Standard; Chris Cramer comments on why some smells are so hard to get rid of at LiveScience.

James receives Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Richard James, a University of Minnesota Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, is one of only 10 scientists and engineers nationwide to be selected to receive a 2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense—the agency's most prestigious single-investigator award. The fellowship provides $3 million over 5 years to advance transformative, university-based fundamental research. The fellowship will support James’ research on the discovery of materials using advanced mathematical concepts, with a focus on phase transformations in crystals.

Faculty and staff recognized as Campus Compact Midwest Engaged Scholars

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Midwest Campus Compact has selected 12 faculty and staff, including 3 from the U of M, as 2019-20 Midwest Engaged Scholars of the Engaged Scholars Initiative. Scholars representing the University of Minnesota include: Amanda Furst, director of public interest programs, Law School; Lucien Gonzalez, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry; and Mary Rogers, assistant professor, Department of Horticultural Science.

Recipients of CLA Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Award

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The College of Liberal Arts recently selected Bodies that Haunt: Rethinking the Political Economy of Death and Collaborative Writing in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship: A Community of Practice as its Spring 2019 Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop (ICW) Recipient. The ICW program spurs collaborations among scholars to intensively study a topic. Now in its third year, the program has supported 16 workshops and brought together hundreds of scholars from throughout the world.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Katharine Nelson comments at Minnesota Public Radio on the finding that self-harm is up sharply among girls; Kate Brauman comments at MinnPost about reasons for hope amid a million coming extinctions; Kyungsoo Yoo comments on the earthworm dilemma and its impact on climate change in the New York Times (PDF); Robert Kudrle and Tim Kehoe comment in the Star Tribune on tariffs and who gets stuck with the bill; Stephen Schondelmeyer spoke to MinnPost about the big issue of the cost of prescription drugs; U.S. organic sales pass $50 billion mark for first time, reports the Star Tribune with comments by Michael Boland; Raja Kandaswamy is quoted in a CNN story about a Minnesota woman donated her kidney to a firefighter who rushed to help her daughter after a seizure; Lisa Harnack comments at CBS Minnesota on whether fresh fruits and vegetables more nutritious than frozen ones; Ben Winchester is quoted in the Washington Post (PDF) about the real (surprisingly comforting) reason rural America is doomed to decline.

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.

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