Campus Public Health Officer Rapid Response Grant recipients

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Campus Public Health Officer Rapid Response Grants from the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs are available for University of Minnesota faculty to catalyze and energize small-scale research projects designed to address and mitigate the COVID-19 virus and its associated risks. See the most recent recipients. The Office of the Vice President for Research also sponsors a Rapid Response Grants program, and you can see recent recipients of that program here.

Fogarty named MACTE president-elect

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Elizabeth Fogarty, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been named president-elect of the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE). MACTE exists to unite colleges and education departments across Minnesota to provide guidance in preparing qualified educators. Fogarty has spent most of her career preparing teacher candidates to be highly effective elementary teachers and coordinates the reading license program. Her passions are literacy education and gifted education.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Claudia Cohn comments in Wired about the race to get convalescent plasma to Covid-19 patients; Lynn Blewett is quoted in the Star Tribune about the more than 23,000 people who have recently signed up for health care through MNsure; David Pui comments in The Wall Street Journal story, “Do DIY Masks Help Stop Coronavirus?”; Tai Mendenhall is quoted in Star Tribune about how couples can manage conflict during COVID-19 confinement; Larry Jacobs is quoted in Bloomberg about growing resentment on bailout winners and losers; Traci Mann talked with U.S. News and World Report about comfort foods and stress eating; Ryan Demmer is quoted in the Pioneer Press story, “Coronavirus may be too much of a challenge for MN State Fair”; Erin Sheets is quoted in Wirecutter about the best soap for coronavirus; Craig Weinert is quoted in Business Insider US about how exercise may protect against coronavirus complications; William Doherty is mentioned in the Scientific American story, “The Right Way to Talk across Divides.

2020 McKnight Presidential Fellows and Distinguished McKnight University Professors

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The 2020 McKnight Presidential Fellows and Distinguished McKnight University Professors have been announced. The McKnight Presidential Fellows Program is a three-year award given to exceptional faculty who have just achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor, to recognize their accomplishments and support their ongoing research and scholarship. The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes outstanding mid-career faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status, especially those who have made significant advances in their careers at the University of Minnesota, whose work and reputation are identified with the University, and whose accomplishments have brought renown and prestige to Minnesota.

2020 McKnight Presidential Fellows

Rachel Hardeman, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health

Kate Lockwood Harris, Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Maggie Hennefeld, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, College of Liberal Arts

Timothy Kowalewski, Mechanical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

Ryan Langlois, Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School

Lana Yarosh, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

2020 Distinguished McKnight University Professors

Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences

Kevin D. Dorfman, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, College of Science and Engineering

Melissa N. Laska, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health

David Masopust, Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School

Angus W. MacDonald, III, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts

Amy B. Monahan, Law School

Essa Yacoub, Radiology, Medical School

U in the News

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Mariann Johnson is quoted in the Star Tribune story, "Need to calm down? Ditch your phone and tune into your breathing with meditation"; Abraham Jacob is quoted in a Pioneer Press (PDF) story about how Twin Cities hospitals have found ways to decontaminate precious N95 masks for coronavirus; Marc Jenkins is quoted in the KARE 11 story, “Mayo Clinic, U of M say they can help achieve testing 'Moonshot'”; Phyllis Moen is quoted in Forbes about how the coronavirus punishes many older workers; David Boulware is quoted in the Washington Post (PDF) about how a chaotic search for coronavirus treatments reveals another shortcoming in pandemic preparation; Tim Schacker is mentioned at Minnesota Public Radio about how COVID-19 antibody testing is crucial to reopening business; Barry Kudrowitz is quoted at the History Channel about the history of toilet paper and what came before; Kumi Smith is quoted at Business Insider about an alarming simulation shows how a single cough could spread particles through a grocery store; Michael Osterholm is quoted in the MSNBC story, “Coronavirus isn't red state vs. blue state issue, cautions doctor.”

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s ‘Top Doctors: Rising Stars’

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s 2020 “Top Doctors: Rising Stars” includes 97 University of Minnesota Medical School doctors this year, across 18 departments.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tim Schacker is interviewed in an NBC News story looking inside the first clinical trial testing a malaria drug as coronavirus treatment; Shashi Shekhar is quoted in the Pioneer Press about an idea to trace the spread of coronavirus with smartphone apps; Brad Benson is quoted in a Star Tribune story about Minnesota medical retirees going back to work during COVID-19 pandemic; Emily Vraga is quoted in Smithsonian Magazine about how to avoid misinformation about COVID-19 online; Jianling Yuan is quoted in City Pages about Chinese Minnesotans experiencing racism; Susan Kline is interviewed at CBS Local about COVID-19 patients who show no symptoms; Ann Masten is quoted in the Elemental story, “We Need a National Mental Health Response to Coronavirus”; the Minnesota Daily reported on the virtual town hall in which U administrators including Joan Gabel, Brian Burnett, Ken Horstman, Rachel Croson, and others answered COVID-19 questions; David Boulware is quoted in a Science Magazine story about former FDA leaders criticizing the emergency authorization of malaria drugs for coronavirus; Mark Schleiss is quoted in Healthline about the likelihood COVID-19 will mutate and what that means for a vaccine; Marc Jenkins is quoted in a USA Today story about scientists socially distancing in the lab.

Campus Public Health Officer Rapid Response Grant recipients

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Campus Public Health Officer Rapid Response Grants are available for University of Minnesota faculty to catalyze and energize small-scale research projects designed to address and mitigate the COVID-19 virus and its associated risks. See the most recent recipients. OVPR also sponsors a Rapid Response Grants program

U in the News

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Abi Gewirtz is quoted in New York Times about four ways to help your anxious child; Frank Bates is featured in a Pioneer Press story about a gift of face masks he received from a former student in China; Nichole Morris is quoted in Star Tribune about an app that helps keep senior drivers safe on the road; Michael Osterholm is quoted in the New York Times about how people who feel fine can be unwitting coronavirus spreaders; Gary Johnson is quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about a plan to create a campuswide arboretum at the U of M; Stephen Schondelmeyer is quoted in the New York Times about essential drug supplies for virus patients running low; Andrew Winton comments in Time magazine about how the COVID stimulus package only helps some borrowers; Christina Ewig is quoted in Minnesota Public Radio story about how women are applying for unemployment at higher rates than men.

Humphrey School ranked in top 10 of graduate programs

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Humphrey School has been ranked one of the top 10 graduate schools for public affairs in the nation for the fourth year in a row. The U.S. News & World Report survey ranks the school 10th out of 275 schools nationally.

Thomas named new ICD director

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Kathleen Thomas, Institute of Child Development (ICD), has been named director of the Institute of Child Development, effective July 1, 2020. Prior to being named director, Thomas has held the position of director of graduate studies in ICD since 2016.

Wilson receives 2020 Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Award

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Sylia Wilson, Institute of Child Development, has received the 2020 Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Barry Kudrowitz talks with the Star Tribune about the history of toilet paper and some alternatives; Marc Jenkins is quoted in a Star Tribune story about U of M research fast-tracking a vaccine for COVID-19; Michael Osterholm is quoted at National Public Radio and numerous other sources about the need for a national shutdown; Karthik Natarajan is quoted in a New York Times (PDF) story about the difficulty in finding baby formula, diapers, and wipes for families; Clifford Steer is quoted in a National Geographic story about China promoting bear bile as a coronavirus treatment; Tim Schacker is quoted at NBC News about whether you can catch the coronavirus twice; Aaron Sojourner is mentioned in the VOX story, “9 charts showing what coronavirus is doing to the economy.”

Ames named Veterinarian of the Year

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Trevor Ames, associate vice president for Academic Health Sciences and former dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently named Veterinarian of the Year by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. The award recognizes someone who has given much to the veterinarian profession as well as to their own community.

CEHD gains in U.S. News & World Report’s best graduate schools

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) continues its rise on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools Rankings. CEHD as a whole was rated the 13th best public education graduate school in the nation. In U.S. News & World Report’s entire list of 255 schools, CEHD placed 22nd overall. In addition, several specialty programs placed high on the 2021 list. Rankings are based on student selectivity, faculty resources, and research activity, as well as from assessments by peers and educational professionals.

Medical School rises in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Medical Schools: Research Ranking was just released, and the University of Minnesota Medical School has once again risen three spots to #40, up from #43 last year and #46 the year before. This success is largely connected to the increased National Institutes of Health funding and funding per faculty, which account for 40 percent of the ranking, and coincides with the Medical School’s improved Blue Ridge Institute rankings (#30 to #27) released in February 2020.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Mary Jo Kreitzer is quoted in the Mpls St. Paul Magazine story, “Hope in the Time of Coronavirus;” Stephen Richardson, Tim Schacker, David Boulware, and Michael Puskarich are quoted in the Star Tribune story, “University of Minnesota is going 'full-on MacGyver'against COVID-19;” Michael Osterholm is quoted in the Pioneer Press, suggesting that the coronavirus will not be over with by the end of summer; Claudia Cohn is quoted in a New York Times story about how to donate blood as the coronavirus threatens the U.S. supply; Craig Hedberg is quoted in Slate Magazine about how to grocery shop safely during a pandemic; Tim Kehoe and Myles Shaver are quoted in a Minnesota Public Radio story about how the economic impact of the coronavirus will be felt widely, but unevenly; Abi Gewirtz is quoted in the New York Times about how to talk to kids about coronavirus; Louis Mansky is quoted in Wired’s “Everything You Need to Know About Coronavirus Testing”; Tyler Winkelman is quoted in a Vox story about how a coronavirus outbreak in jails or prisons could turn into a nightmare.

Mays named interim dean of dentistry

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Keith A. Mays has been named interim dean of the School of Dentistry, beginning May 15 and continuing for an expected term of two years. Mays will step into this position from his current school leadership role as associate dean of academic affairs. Mays has served as associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences since joining the University of Minnesota faculty in early 2015.

Johnson named Freshwater Society Fellow

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Society for Freshwater Science announced Lucinda Johnson as a 2020 Fellow. Johnson is associate director and leader of water research at the Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Jakub Tolar is quoted in the Star Tribune about U of M testing on three drugs for COVID patients; Renée Crichlow is quoted at Minnesota Public Radio about medical students pitching in to help health care workers prepare for COVID-19; John Budd is quoted at Minnesota Public Radio about paid sick time requirements; Roli Dwivedi and May Thao are quoted in a Pioneer Press story about how Minnesota's homeless shelters are preparing for the coronavirus; Christopher Uggen is quoted in a Slate Magazine story about what 8,000 prisoners think about American politics; Phyllis Moen co-authors a piece in Fortune about how businesses are finally being forced to adopt the workplaces of the future; Joseph Gaugler is quoted in a Star Tribune story about how Minnesota’s nursing homes are scrambling to protect residents from coronavirus; Michael Osterholm is quoted in dozens of media outlets, including at CNN in the story, “The disease expert who warned us.”

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