First Generation Institute microgrant recipients announced

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The First Generation Institute recently announced the grant recipients of its first microgrant competition. The grants are an opportunity for members of the Twin Cities campus community to be awarded funding to support and advocate for the success and persistence of first-generation students. Ten projects will be funded for this inaugural year.

CEHD recognized for commitment to first-generation students

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Center for First-generation Student Success has named the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) to its inaugural cohort of First Forward Institutions. The First Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. As a First Forward Institution, CEHD will be afforded multiple opportunities to engage with peer and aspirational institutions that are also creating environments that improve the experiences and outcomes of first-generation students.

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum voted Best Botanical Garden

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was voted Best Botanical Garden in the 2019 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Contest. The announcement was made today by Arboretum Director Peter Moe on KARE-11 with Belinda Jensen. Last year, the Arb came in second after winning in 2017.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

President Eric Kaler is interviewed in his final conversation with the Minnesota Daily; Kate Brauman is quoted in BBC News about a report showing that humans threaten 1 million species with extinction; Mike Johnson comments at WCCO about whether apps that promise to stop robocalls actually work; Susan Wolf is quoted in Wired about the urgent need in the U.S. for new genetic privacy laws; African swine fever has killed a million pigs and it isn't slowing down, with comments from Andres Perez in Popular Science; Bob McMaster is profiled in the Minnesota Daily, with additional comments by Jennifer Reckner and Abdi Samatar; Bev Durgan and Emily Wilmes are quoted in an MPR News story on Extension’s rural stress task force; John Wright, Elaine Tyler May, and various U of M Regents are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about the reaction to Regents' decision on renaming; Molly McCue is quoted in Science about ancient DNA that reveals two lost lineages of horses; after falling for years, the number of uninsured children is rising, according to a Marketplace story with comments by Elizabeth Lukanen.

Ames named associate vice president for academic health sciences

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Trevor Ames, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named as associate vice president for academic health sciences in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. In this new role and new administrative office, which is part of the restructuring of the U of M’s health sciences administration, Ames will provide leadership that positions the University’s academic health sciences as a nationally recognized innovative interprofessional hub for education, research, and practice. Dean Ames will continue to serve as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) through July 2019, and will work with the college to advance a transition plan.

As associate vice president for academic health sciences, Ames will have oversight of the Center for Allied Health Profession Programs, the Pre-Health Student Resource Center, the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and the 1Health staff.

U of M center creates new veterinary workforce initiative in Kenya, Uganda

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The University of Minnesota Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) was recently awarded $1.5 million over three years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to design and implement education and training programs in Kenya and Uganda. The training programs will target the animal health and veterinary workforce in both the public and private-sector. The goal is to improve local, national, and regional practices for animal health, and promote access to international trade markets for sustained local development.

Gibson wins Fulbright to teach in Namibia

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Priscilla Gibson, a professor in the School of Social Work, was recently awarded a Fulbright to teach and conduct research at the University of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia, from January to October 2020. As a Core Fulbright Scholar at the University of Namibia Social Work Department, Gibson will have a 50/50 research and teaching split. She will teach courses on social work practice with families and groups, and supervise students’ research projects. She will also investigate caregivers’ strengths and capacities across generations amid their burdens in the HIV and AIDS pandemic in urban areas of Windhoek to influence policy and service delivery.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Serguei Pakhomov, Maria Gini, and Brad Holschuh outline wearable tech for managing stress in the Minnesota Daily; Joshua Trey Barnett is quoted in the Washington Post (PDF) about Washington becoming the first state to pass a bill to compost human bodies; Anatoly Liberman comments in the Star Tribune on why Minnesotans are the only ones to play Duck, Duck, Gray Duck; Christopher Uggen is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) about voting rights for incarcerated people; Stephen Gross comments on the origins of the term Minnesota Nice in the Star Tribune; Earth's magnetic north pole is moving too fast for experts to keep up, and now scientists might know why, with comments from Justin Revenaugh at Business Insider; Larry Jacobs was interviewed by Kare 11 on the Supreme Court taking up a case to decide if LGBT people should get workplace discrimination protection; the increasing frequency of algal blooms may be due to climate change, with Elizabeth Minor and Jacques Finlay commenting in the Minnesota Daily; Peter Seiler in quoted in Forbes about Boeing 737 MAX safety and how the FAA will ensure the safety of autonomous aircraft; Alex Haley and Theresa Glomb participate in a panel discussion at MPR News about whether mindfulness meditation change your life and work; Don Luce is quoted at MinnPost about how the Bell Museum revived its original set of Audubon’s Birds of America.

Vaaler receives Fulbright award

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Paul Vaaler, John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law and Business (Law School), has received a Fulbright award for the project, “Do Migrant Engagement Policies Affect Migrant Remittances in Southern Africa?” Vaaler’s award will support a project to improve the understanding of whether and how migrant engagement policies designed and implemented by Southern African countries increase the U.S. dollar amount and venture investment use of financial remittances from migrant communities in South Africa. The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Vaaler has a dual appointment in the Law School and the Carlson School Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Bob Blanchette is featured in the Minnesota Daily story, “The Indiana Jones of fungi helps save Egyptian artifacts”; Jean Abraham is quoted in a U.S. News & World Report story about the effectiveness of workplace wellness programs; Stephen Burks is interviewed in American Trucker about his research on sleep apnea and safe driving; Francis Shen is interviewed in Science about how portable scanners could transform brain imaging; Jennifer Schulz comments in the Star Tribune on slowing Twin Cities population growth and immigration; Judith Younger is quoted in a USA Today story about why Prince’s estate is still unsettled three years after his death; Kate Schaefers is interviewed at Kare 11 about how staying connected to younger generations is key to living longer for aging adults; Joseph Gaugler is quoted in The Wall Street Journal (PDF) about tracking devices helping families facing dementia; Vera Krischik is quoted in The Scientist Magazine about a pesticide marketed as safe for bees that has been found to harm them; George John comments at Kare 11 about new streaming services from Disney.

U of M recognizes groundbreaking research and entrepreneurial spirit

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The U of M recently recognized researchers whose groundbreaking research and entrepreneurial spirit have led to new technologies that hold the potential to address major societal challenges. The Inventor Recognition Event, presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research and U of M Technology Commercialization, celebrated the recent achievements of University researchers and the breakthroughs that have resulted from their efforts. The event also included the presentation of the 2019 Innovation Awards to recognize four exemplary researchers who have demonstrated exceptional academic ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive in working to bring innovations beyond the lab. This year’s winners are Branden Moriarity (Early Innovator), Jian-Ping Wang (Entrepreneurial Researcher Award), and Jim Luby and David Bedford (Impact Award). In addition, Kenneth Beckman, Daryl Gohl, and Dan Knights received the Committee’s Choice Award.

Institute for Advanced Study awarded Mellon Foundation grant

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Institute for Advanced Study has been awarded a $1,077,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a statewide, humanities-led environmental stewardship and community initiative that centers on respect for traditional Indigenous ways of understanding the world. Beginning in summer 2019, the Duluth, Morris, and Twin Cities campuses will collaborate in a systematic approach for integrating Indigenous ideas and research methods in humanities scholarship and environmental stewardship.

Nursing faculty honored by Women’s Health Leadership Trust

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Two School of Nursing faculty are being honored by the Women’s Health Leadership Trust. Professor Carolyn Porta received the Leadership Award, which recognizes women who are viewed by their peers, superiors, and business partners as exceptional leaders by being imaginative, creative, resourceful, encouraging and results-oriented. Porta is a professor and the director of global health at the school. Clinical Assistant Professor Shanda Demorest received the Health and Well-Being Award, which honors women who advance the health and well-being of individuals, organizations, and communities. Demorest’s research focuses on the health impacts of climate change and empowering health professionals to take action on climate change. The Women's Health Leadership Trust is a professional network of more than 500 women in health care, founded in the Twin Cities.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Kenneth Blumenfeld is quoted in a New York Times (PDF) story about cities that promise relief from global warming; Peter Sorensen is quoted at MPR News about whether springtime flooding could lead to the spread of invasive carp; Marlene Zuk was cited by Newsweek in a story about female dolphins apparently having sex for pleasure; Minnesota Lawyer spoke with Deepinder Mayell about law students working in rural communities; Julie Tonneson and Brian Burnett comment on the Minnesota senate’s criticism of U of M administrative spending in the Minnesota Daily; Jason Hill is quoted in a US News & World Report story about a study finding that 100,000 Americans die each year from air pollution; George John and Paul Vaaler are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about the fees charged to U of M students by TCF Bank; Joshua Page writes in The Appeal about his research experience as a bail bond agent for more than a year; Sarah Westberg is quoted in Blood + Milk about the effectiveness of the Plan B pill; Suhasa Kodandaramaiah is quoted in a Big Ten Network story about U research allowing a look inside the minds of mice; Marat Bakpayev is quoted in Forbes about AI and advertising to millennial males.

Lindsey receives President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Humphrey School Professor Greg Lindsey is the 2019 recipient of the President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award. Lindsey was one of six University scholars nominated for the annual award, which recognizes exemplary community-engaged scholarship in a field of inquiry.

U of M Twin Cities ranks third in Peace Corps ranking

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities ranked third nationally on the annual list of colleges that produced the most Peace Corps recruits. The U of M is on the list for the 19th consecutive year, having produced 70 volunteers in 2018.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Peter Seiler is quoted in USA Today about why there was there no backup system on Boeing’s 737 Max; George Weiblen and Kalpna Gupta are quoted in a Star Tribune story about CBD sales taking off in Minnesota; Jane Kirtley comments in Buzz Feed on a judge’s order to hide evidence from the public in the trial of Mohamed Noor; Lynn Blewett is quoted in a MinnPost story about one of the most in-demand jobs in Minnesota-- which is also one of the lowest paid jobs in health care; Henry Balfour and other researchers are working on a vaccine to prevent mono, as reported by the Minnesota Daily; Alvin Berger comments on the safety of the Keto diet in Reader's Digest; Bree Bussey is quoted in The Washington Post (PDF) about who should get to adopt native American children; Stephen Schondelmeyer is quoted in a MinnPost story about how Big Pharma became the biggest villain of the 2019 Minnesota Legislature; the Minnesota Daily profiles the life of the University's old tech, with comments from Paul Honsey, Mike Olson, and John Butler; Laura Palombi is quoted in the Duluth News Tribune about an overdose reversal drug being employed as part of fight against the opioid epidemic in the Northland; Alisa Eland is quoted in U.S. News & World Report about mental health for international students.

New McKnight Presidential Fellows named

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Seven new McKnight Presidential Fellows have been named. The McKnight Presidential Fellows Program gives three-year 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.

Tony Low, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Science & Engineering
Annie-Laurie McRee, Pediatrics , Medical School
Soumya Sen, Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School of Management
David M. Vock, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Terrion L. Williamson, African American & African Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Jason J. Wolff, Educational Psychology, College of Education & Human Development
Rui Zhang, Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, College of Pharmacy

Humphrey School named a Top 10 Public Affairs Graduate program

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

For the third year in a row, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is ranked as one of the top 10 graduate schools for public affairs in the nation. The U.S. News & World Report survey also ranked several of the Humphrey School’s specialty programs in the top 10 percent.

More than 80 U of M Physicians named "Rising Stars" by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine announced the 2019 edition of “Top Doctors, Rising Stars,” which recognized more than 80 University of Minnesota physicians. “Rising Stars” candidates must have been fully licensed and in practice for 10 years or less. Each individual named to the list of “Rising Stars” was chosen by peers in the field. All candidates are evaluated on numerous factors, including professional achievement, review by an expert panel, research and disciplinary history.

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