Linderman receives NSF CAREER Award

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Assistant Professor Lauren Linderman received an NSF CAREER Award. The award is $500,000 over the next five years. Her project, “CAREER: Multi-objective Optimization of Sensor Placement for Reliable Monitoring and Control of Structures,” will help to sustain the long-term performance of civil infrastructure by identifying the most effective measurement types and locations for monitoring and isolating structural response. Read the NSF abstract of Linderman’s research.

U of M professors elected to National Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Two University of Minnesota professors have been elected as members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for their excellence in original scientific research: Forest Resources Regents Professor Peter Reich and School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Mikhail Shifman. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer. Reich and Shifman are two of only 84 researchers nationwide to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year.

Harold Tu appointed to new federal pain management task force

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Harold Tu, associate professor and director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, has been appointed to the federal Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force. Formed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the task force is charged with proposing updates to best practices and recommending solutions to gaps or inconsistencies in managing chronic and acute pain. The task force was created as a result of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, the first federal addiction legislation of its kind in 40 years.

Allen receives Innovation and Research Award

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians named University Medical School Associate Professor Michele Allen the recipient of the 2018 Innovation & Research Award. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made a major contribution to the development of family medicine research at the state and/or national level.

2018 President's Award for Outstanding Service

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The President's Award for Outstanding Service is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

2018 recipients:

Kumar Belani, Distinguished International Professor, Academic Health Center; professor of anesthesiology, medicine and pediatrics, School of Medicine; adjunct professor, School of Public Health, UMTC

Karen Brown, director, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, UMTC

Steve Cisneros, director, President’s Emerging Scholars Program, Office of Undergraduate Education, UMTC

Sue Elm, clinical systems supervisor, School of Dentistry, UMTC

Thomas Gilliam, administrative director, Master of Healthcare Administration and Executive Programs, School of Public Health, UMTC

John Hamlin, professor, Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology, College of Liberal Arts, UMD

Lyndel King, director and chief curator, Weisman Art Museum, UMTC

Sharon Kressler, administrator, N.H. Winchell School of Earth Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, UMTC

Rebecca Masterman, associate program director, UMN Bee Squad, and extension educator, MN Extension, UMTC

Colin McFadden, technology architect, LATIS, College of Liberal Arts, UMTC

Abdi Ismail Samatar, professor, Department of Geography, Environment & Society, College of Liberal Arts, UMTC

Terri Sutton, communications associate, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts, UMTC

U in the News

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A collaborative TPT/Bell Museum documentary special follows the epic move and restoration of the Bell Museum's world-renowned wildlife dioramas to the new museum; National Public Radio  created a fun video about the U of M-developed Honeycrisp apple and apple breeder David Bedford; Susanne Jones is cited in a Forbes story about the importance of body language in communication; Extension Dean Bev Durgan is quoted in a Star Tribune story about rural Minnesotans’ frustration with health care costs and lack of broadband; Andrew Barnes is quoted in a Daily Beast story about the public health crisis facing homeless children; Kristi Flynn and Dana Emerson are quoted in the CBS Minnesota story “Why Do Our Dogs Act The Way They Do?”; Ryan Allen is quoted in a Star Tribune story about Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis cutting refugee resettlement and adoption programs; Joan Tronto took part in a Minnesota Public Radio panel discussion about what kind of health care system the U.S. should adopt; Lynn Blewett is quoted at Watchdog.org  about how Medical Assistance recipients would face a work mandate under a new bill; Julie Weisenhorn answers gardening questions with MPR News as spring gardening kicks off.

Lee named distinguished Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Erika Lee, a professor of history in the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts and director of the University's Immigration History Research Center (IHRC), has been named one of 31 winners of a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Nicknamed the “brainy award,” the Carnegie Fellowship provides support for scholarship that applies fresh perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to some of the most pressing issues of our time. Lee’s recognition will provide her with $200,000 over a two-year period to support her research and the eventual publication of a book, Fear of the Stranger: A History of American Xenophobia.

Poets & Quants names Chan as Best 40 under 40

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Information and Decision Sciences Assistant Professor Jason Chan has been selected as one of Poets & Quants Best 40 under 40 Business Professors for 2018. Individuals selected for this honor represent the most inspiring young business professors in the world. Chan’s research leans toward information technology, specifically how it relates to social outcomes in areas such as healthcare, crime, financial wellbeing, education, and labor discrimination.

Bryson receives Frederickson Award in Public Management Research

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Professor John Bryson has received the H. George Frederickson Award from the Public Management Research Association. Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs and the first Humphrey School faculty member to receive this distinguished award, which honors a senior scholar for outstanding career contributions in the field of public management research.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Angela Sharp was interviewed in a Duluth News Tribune story about hands-on education for students on the Blue Heron research vessel at UMD; Michael McAlpine talked with Kare 11 about the U’s breakthrough--3D printing electronics on human skin; research by Jerica Berge on the benefits of families eating together is featured in the Star Tribune; Tracey Deustch answers the all-important question “Why Do Minnesotans Call Casserole ‘Hotdish’?” for CBS Minnesota; Sehoya Cotner and Cissy Ballen are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about a U study that suggests sitting with women in class may improve your GPA and confidence; Amy Hewitt was interviewed by MPR about a study showing autism is at elevated rates among Twin Cities kids; Jaime Modiano is quoted in Newsweek about how dog tumors could help find a treatment for human cancer; Marco Pravetoni and Mark Thomas are interviewed in the Minnesota Daily about their work to create a vaccine to prevent opioid addiction; Mark Bell is quoted in a Fox 9 story about North and South Korea’s pledge to commit to denuclearization and ending the Korean War; Krista Soria is featured in a Minnesota Daily story about using data to improve the student experience.

College of Design Mellon Foundation Grant

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $350,000 grant to the interdisciplinary Heritage Studies and Public History (HSPH) graduate program. Awarded over the course of two years, the grant will provide support for students and their collaborative work with community partners.

University Libraries launches data-curation network

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The University of Minnesota Libraries will lead a three-year, multi-institutional effort to launch the Data Curation Network. The implementation--backed by a $526,438 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation--builds on research to better support researchers faced with a growing number of requirements to openly and ethically share their research data.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Patricia Hampl writes in the New York Times and is interviewed by the Chicago Tribune  about aging, baby boomers, and the art of the to-do list; Rebecca Ameduri is interviewed at Fox 9 about her part in a University medical team that successfully completed the “miracle” baby heart transplant; Craig Hedberg is quoted in a Today story about the symptoms of salmonella; David Ernst, Bodong Chen, and Kathleen Hansen are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about their work creating free textbooks for students; Julia Ponder is interviewed at KSTP about how the long winter is affecting birds’ ability to find food; the Minnesota Daily spoke with Louis Hammond about the where to find the best download speeds on campus; Peter Reich is quoted in Nature about a new U of M study showing that grassland plants show a surprising appetite for carbon dioxide; Eric Buchanan and Brad Heins are interviewed at MPR about a new, soon-to-be solar powered electric car charger and other signs of the future in Morris; Christopher Uggen is quoted in a New York Times story about felon voting laws.

Masons give targeted cancer research a timely boost

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ten years ago Minnesota Masonic Charities signed a historic gift commitment of $65 million to the University of Minnesota for cancer research, and the U named the Masonic Cancer Center in the organization’s honor. Since making that pledge—the largest ever made to the U of M—Minnesota Masonic Charities has provided a steady stream of annual funding to the Masonic Cancer Center, allowing its 500-plus member scientists to keep their leading-edge research on track. Now, impressed by scientific progress made over the last decade and intrigued by the potential of what’s known as precision medicine, Minnesota Masonic Charities has accelerated its pledge payments and will provide an influx of $25 million for the Masonic Cancer Center to use over the next two years.

Dwivedi named new Chief Clinical Officer at CUHCC

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dr. Roli Dwivedi, medical director of the University of Minnesota Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, will become CUHCC’s Chief Clinical Officer in May. Dwivedi has served as CUHCC's medical director since 2011 and has been practicing medicine at the clinic since 2009. She has mentored hundreds of residents and students from the U of M's Medical School during her tenure. CUHCC opened its doors in 1966 to provide primary care services to children and low-income families in south Minneapolis, and serves nearly 11,000 patients from over 12 different racial and ethnic groups a year.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Marco Pravetoni is interviewed in a Fox 9 story about U researchers developing vaccines to treat opioid abuse; Srinath Chinnakotla is interviewed in a Kare 11 story about a Minnesota 5-year-old battling a rare liver cancer; Myron Orfield and Will Stancil write in the Star Tribune about Minnesota's (potential lack of) dedication to fair housing on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act; David Grayson is quoted in The New York Times about Debussy reaching a new audience through opera; George John is quoted in the Star Tribune story, “A day in the life of a Twin Cities grocery store sample lady”; Matt Simcik and Alexandra Klass are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about a new method to contain water pollution; Fatih Guvenen is quoted in The Wall Street Journal and at MSN.com about companies facing historic labor shortages and snapping up teens to fill positions; research by Lee Frelich about the future of the Boundary Waters in the face of climate change is featured at MPR News.

McKnight Presidential Fellows named

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Five new McKnight Presidential Fellows have been named. The three-year McKnight Presidential Fellows Program gives awards to exceptional faculty who have been newly granted tenure and promotion to associate professor to recognize their accomplishments and support their ongoing research and scholarship.

New award recipients:
Daheia J. Barr-Anderson, Kinesiology, College of Education & Human Development
Gordon Burtch, Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School of Management
David J. Flannigan, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, College of Science & Engineering
Michael Gallope, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, College of Liberal Arts
William C. Pomerantz, Chemistry, College of Science & Engineering

Three U of M professors awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Carl Elliott, Christy Haynes, and Chris Larson have been awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the three University of Minnesota professors are among the 173 Guggenheim Fellows selected from almost 3,000 applicants. The size of grants vary and are given for six months to one year.

CTSI receives $42.6 million to expand U of M health research impact

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) received more than $42 million in renewed National Institutes of Health funding through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’ Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. The five-year CTSA award is one of the University’s largest federal research grants and enables clinical and translational researchers across the UMN System and state to accelerate their discoveries to help Minnesotans live healthier, longer lives.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The new and improved Bell Museum’s grand opening is set for July, as reported by the Pioneer Press with comments by Denise Young and Holly Menninger; Igor Kolomitsyn is interviewed at MPR News about heavy metal pollution; the Aurora Center is seeing increased traffic, as reported in the Minnesota Daily with quotes from Katie Eichele; David Mulla is quoted in a Star Tribune story about an innovative farming technology called “rowbot”; Jenny Breen is highlighted in a Star Tribune story about female chefs cooking up opportunity; research led by Patrick Kelly about the discovery of the most distant star ever seen was featured in numerous publications around the world, including USA Today; Brian Joy and Laurie Meyer are interviewed in a Kare 11 story about conjoined twins finally going home after separation surgery last year; Gabe Chan is interviewed in a CBS Minnesota story about fuel emission standards for cars.

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