School of Public Health researcher awarded $6.5M from NIH

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded School of Public Health Professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer a coveted Outstanding Investigator Award to study eating and weight-related problems in adolescents and young adults from low-income and ethnic/racial minority groups in the United States. The award provides long-term support to an experienced investigator with an outstanding record of research productivity and it encourages them to take risks and break new ground with projects of unusual potential. The $6.5M award is based in large part on Neumark-Sztainer’s history leading Project EAT. Established in 1997, this once small, homegrown investigation of adolescents’ eating habits is now the largest and most comprehensive longitudinal body of research in the U.S. examining predictors of eating- and weight-related problems in young people.

2018 President's Community Engaged Scholar Award

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

College of Education and Human Development Associate Professor Lesa Covington Clarkson has been selected to receive the 2018 President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award, the highest award the University bestows for scholarship conducted in partnership with external communities.

Collegiate recipients for community-engaged scholarship include:

Cawo Abdi, associate professor, Department of Sociology
Diana Dalbotten, associate program director, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
Catherine Jordan, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics
Cynthia Messer, director, Tourism Center
Larissa Minicucci, associate professor, Veterinary Population Medicine
Robert Straka, professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacy

Patent Roll Call, Spring 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Congratulations to the University of Minnesota researchers who were recently awarded patents for their discoveries

Berge named director of new Center for Women in Medicine and Science

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Jerica Berge has been appointed as the Director of the new Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS) in the Medical School. Berge is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. CWIMS is dedicated to career and leadership development, recruitment and retention, salary and other resource equity, culture and environment, and work-life balance for women faculty.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Caitlin Caspi, John Budd, and Samuel Myers, Jr., are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story on their work examining the relationship between minimum wage and health; Keith Mayes comments on a study that shows poor black boys are far more likely to stay poor than white boys, as reported by Kare 11; the Big Ten Network reported on the U of M's Mobile Dental Clinic, with comments from Paul Schulz and Mary Thomas; faculty say that the U's top medical administrator position should split, with comments from Wendy St. Peter; Kendall Wallace, and John Connet in the Minnesota Daily; Ezra Golberstein comments at MinnPost that a work requirement for Medicaid recipients doesn't make sense; Julia Ponder is quoted on returning snowy owls to the wild, reported by MPR News; Minnesota median farm income is down again, with quotes from Dale Nordquist and Kent Olson at US News; Erin Krebs is quoted in The New York Times regarding Medicare cracking down on opioids; John Finnegan writes at MinnPost that a sustained public-health approach can help stem the tide of gun deaths; Meredith Palmer comments in Popular Science on the wimps of the animal kingdom—Impalas.

Newly named Distinguished McKnight University Professors

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Six new Distinguished McKnight University Professors have been named. The Distinguished McKnight Professorship program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status. Recipients hold the title “Distinguished McKnight Professor” for as long as they remain at the University of Minnesota.

David A. Chang, History, College of Liberal Arts
Martin Greven, Physics & Astronomy, College of Science & Engineering
Satish Kumar, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, College of Science & Engineering
Glenn I. Roisman, Child Development, College of Education & Human Development
Michael Travisano, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, College of Biological Sciences
Natalia Tretyakova, Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy

Medical Center receives Women’s Choice Award

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

University of Minnesota Medical Center received Women’s Choice Awards® as one of America’s Best Hospitals in three categories in 2018, including bariatric surgery, cancer care, and stroke care. The Medical Center is one of several Twin Cities hospitals honored in 2018 by the national award program, which recognizes the country’s best health care organizations based on patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and women’s highest preferences when it comes to treatment and a quality hospital experience.

CEHD ranked 19th by U.S. News & World Report for graduate education

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) continues to climb in the latest U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings, breaking the top 20 this year with a ranking of 19, a move up from a ranking of 21st last year. CEHD was also recently recognized as the top public school of education in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities. For the U.S. News & World Report rankings, 385 schools that grant doctoral degrees were surveyed. Schools were rated on 10 measures including peer assessment, educational professionals’ assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources, and research activity.

Carlson MBA Programs named 2nd best military friendly grad program

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Military Friendly has ranked the Carlson School MBA Programs as second best in the nation in the category of graduate schools. Military Friendly is a division of Victory Media, which for more than a decade has surveyed thousands of institutions and assembled lists that capture best practices in recruitment and retention of military employees, students, and franchisees.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

David Pui comments at NBC News about a new skyscraper-sized air purifier in China; Eric Ostermeier is quoted in the Washington Examiner regarding Trump’s firing of Tillerson as Secretary of State; Frank Douma is interviewed by MPR News about how driverless cars will change our cities; school segregation is not a myth, writes Will Stancil in this commentary at The Atlantic; Erik van Kuijk answers WCCO’s Good Question: Are Headlights Getting Brighter?; research by Len Ferrington is highlighted in the Star Tribune about how U researchers are working to secure the future of trout; Heidi Kitrosser is quoted at FiveThirtyEight regarding how claiming executive privilege in firing Mueller could backfire on Trump.

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine honors 70 M Health physicians

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine released its 2018 edition of “Top Doctors: Rising Stars,” an annual list of up-and-coming physicians who are making a mark in medicine. The list includes nearly 70 M Health physicians.

Anderson named dean of the School of Dentistry

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Gary Anderson has been named dean of the School of Dentistry for a fixed term, from March 26 through December 31, 2019. A national search for the next permanent dean is planned to launch during spring semester 2019, for appointment in January 2020. Anderson has served as interim dean since November 2016.

2018 recipients of the U of M Outstanding Community Service Award

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The 2018 recipients of the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Community Service Award were honored at a recent ceremony hosted by the Office for Public Engagement.

Faculty award: JaneAnne Murray, professor of practice, Law School


Staff award: Jim Krueger, building and grounds supervisor, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, College of Biological Sciences


Community partner award: Susan Ann Gust, activist and community development consultant

Student award: Anant Naik, undergraduate student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

U in the News

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Richelle Moen is interviewed at Kare 11 about tips to manage stress and improve mental health; Stuart Mason is featured in The Business Journals about how he picks winning venture capitalists; research conducted by Brittany Lewis is highlighted in a CBS Minnesota story about changes and gentrification in Twin Cities neighborhoods; Christopher Roberts is interviewed at Kare 11 about a recent report showing that more people are calling Lyft and Uber for a ride to the hospital; Brad Greenwood is quoted comments in the Washington Post about why the liquor industry wants to get self-driving cars on the road; Stephen Parente comments at Reuters about U.S. health spending being twice that of other countries' but with worse results.

Minnesota Partnership awards five new research grants

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, colorectal cancer and bacterial infections are the targets of the research awards from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics in 2018. This marks the partnership’s 15th year of spearheading new scientific ideas from Minnesota to improve health care for Minnesotans. The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics is a collaboration among the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and the state of Minnesota. The grants for these team science proposals total just under $5 million. The funding for this year’s research projects includes partial support from an additional annual $500,000 allocation from the Minnesota Legislature for Alzheimer’s disease research.

Cui named MSI Scholar

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Marketing Professor Tony Cui has been selected as a Marketing Science Institute (MSI) Scholar. This is a mid-career award recognizing individuals’ excellence in scholarship and recognizes top scholars who are setting the research agenda for the field. Cui, who holds the Margaret J. Holden and Dorothy A. Werlich Endowed Professorship in Marketing at the Carlson School, will receive the award at the MSI Scholars Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado, this summer.

Karaca Mandic receives $756,000 American Cancer Society grant

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Associate Professor of Finance and Academic Director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute Pinar Karaca Mandic recently received a $756,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to examine the launch of biosimilar drugs in U.S. markets.

Graduate School Diversity Office receives NAGAP Promotion of Excellence Award

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Graduate School Diversity Office’s Community of Scholars Program (COSP) has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 NAGAP Promotion of Excellence Award. The award is presented to an individual or team that has developed or implemented methodology demonstrating best practices, creativity, and/or innovation in graduate enrollment management (GEM) that could serve as a model across the GEM profession.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A study by Erin Krebs that shows opioids don't beat other medications for chronic pain was referenced at National Public Radio; a study by Jerica Berge showing that pressuring kids to diet can create a vicious cycle that lasts for years is highlighted at Today.com; Colin McFadden and Samantha Porter are featured in a KARE 11  story for designing a giant puzzle room at MIA where everyone can play for free--and donating the $50,000 award to U of M students; Robert Kudrle comments on MinnPost on the likely impact of Trump’s metal tariffs in Minnesota; Don Dengel and Tyler Bosch are featured in Twin Cities Business magazine story about a body mass tool developed at the U of M; David Tilman is quoted in Nature about how millions of Chinese farmers are reaping the benefits of a huge crop experiment; childbirth risks rise when rural hospitals end delivery services, according to research by Katy Kozhimannil featured at MPR News; Marlene Zuk pens an opinion in the Los Angeles Times stating that there's nothing inherent about the fact that men outnumber women in the sciences; Emily Threinen is profiled in a Minnesota Public Radio story about her role as the first ever woman director of bands; Kaz Nelson and her brother’s podcast about deconstructing mental illness is featured at MinnPost.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Senator Amy Klobuchar met Minnesotans with ALS and Parkinson’s, featuring the U neurologist David Walk at CBS Minnesota; a study by Kathleen Vohs about the 9 daily habits of people who are smarter than everyone else is quoted in Reader's Digest; Robin Phinney is interviewed in a CBS Minnesota story about which groups spend the most on lobbying; as climate change worsens, king penguins will need to move or they’ll die, says Michelle LaRue in The Verge; a project led by Craig Packer is highlighted in National Geographic; Fatih Guvenen is quote in The New York Times story (PDF) “Hello, Raises. It’s Been a While”; research by Branden Moriarity and Emily Greengard that has led to a childhood cancer drug trial is featured at Twin Cities Business; research including “growing mini-brains in a dish” by Tim O’Brien and Jerrold Vitek is highlighted in a City Pages story; George John is quoted in a CBS Minnesota story about Target’s new “Shipt delivery service, which is an effort to compete with Amazon; Perry Hackett is interviewed about dog cloning at CBS Minnesota.

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