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.”

Outstanding Community Service Award recipients

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

This year's 2020 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award recipients were recognized on March 5 during the University's systemwide public engagement conference hosted by the Office for Public Engagement.


Abimbola Asojo, professor and associate dean, College of Design

David Wilsey, program director, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Catherine Clark, graduate student, College of Science and Engineering

Jess Bengtson, assistant editor, Crookston Times

Jenkins receives AAI Lifetime Achievement Award

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Regents and Distinguished McKnight University Professor Marc Jenkins, director of the Center for Immunology, is the 2020 recipient of the American Association of Immunologists' Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, which will be presented at the AAI annual meeting in Hawaii in May, recognizes a remarkable career of scientific achievement and contributions to AAI and the field of immunology.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Lynn Blewett is quoted in Popular Science about how the American healthcare system is making COVID-19 worse; Nicole LaVoi is mentioned in the Los Angeles Times story, “A unique moment in history? 'Women athletes are doing what needs to be done'”; John Hourdos and Demetri Yannopoulos are quoted in a KSTP story about the University’s work to create the country's first 'Super Ambulance'; Michael Georgieff is mentioned in the Parents.com story, “5 Reasons to Watch Netflix's New Docuseries 'Babies'”; Comments by Jeannie Larson about how to ward off the winter blues are included in this Southwest Journal story; Chuck Tombarge, Kent Kaiser, and Carl Rosen are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about a new draft policy that seeks to balance freedom of speech with safety for campus events; Steven Ruggles is quoted in The Atlantic story, “The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake.”

Candler elected to National Academy of Engineering

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

University of Minnesota Professor Graham V. Candler, an aerospace engineering and mechanics professor in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer. Candler, a University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Professor, is a nationally renowned expert on computational methods to study high-speed flight with application to future hypersonic flight systems and the entry of spacecraft into planetary atmospheres. He is recognized by the National Academy for development and validation of computational models for high-fidelity simulation of supersonic and hypersonic interactions. Recently, his work has focused on the development of high accuracy simulation methods for the exploration of hypersonic flight system design space.

Cook, colleagues awarded $3.6 million mental health grant

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Clayton Cook, Department of Educational Psychology, and his colleagues from the University of Washington recently received a four year, $3.6 million grant from the National Institute for Mental Health to study the effects of trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy in schools.

SPHC receives gift from Vikings linebacker

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Student Parent HELP Center (SPHC) recently received a gift from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr’s foundation Raise the Barr Emergency Grant Fund for Single Parent Undergraduates. This gift will be used to help support a new research initiative in SPHC that will evaluate the program and its impact on student parents’ successful graduation.

Social Sciences ranks third in R&D

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts recently ranked third in the nation for federal research and development expenditures according to the College and University Rankings.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Yingling Fan is quoted in a Star Tribune story suggesting that light rail stations could benefit from proposed safety measures at the Capitol; William Doherty comments in the New York Times (PDF) story, “It's Your Birthday and You Can Do What You Want To”; June Carbone is quoted in Forbes about whether women and men have a confidence gap; Michael Osterholm is quoted in a Star Tribune story about how Minnesota health officials are preparing for coronavirus; President Joan Gabel spoke about student mental health, development plans, and transparency with the Minnesota Daily; James Johnson is quoted in a Bloomberg story about how the coronavirus has exposed faults in the antibiotics pipeline; Marguerite DeLiema is quoted in a Quartz story about how precious-metals sellers fearmonger to conservative seniors.

2019-20 Distinguished Teaching Awards

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The recipients of the 2019-20 Distinguished Teaching Awards have been announced. The Morse-Alumni and the Graduate and Professional teaching awards recognize teachers' commitment to the ongoing improvement of teaching and learning at the University of Minnesota. Recipients of these systemwide awards are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and carry the designation of Distinguished University Teaching Professor or Distinguished University Teacher throughout their careers at the University of Minnesota.

Horace A. Morse – University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

Julia K. Dabbs, Art History, Division of Humanities, Morris

Shaul Hanany, Physics & Astronomy, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

Barry Kudrowitz, Design, Housing & Apparel, College of Design, Twin Cities

Richard M. Lee, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Chris Leighton, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

Malinda Alaine Lindquist, History, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Thomas Michaels, Horticultural Science, College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences, Twin Cities

Justin Revenaugh, Earth & Environmental Sciences, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

Deena Wassenberg, Biology Teaching & Learning, College of Biological Sciences, Twin Cities

Learn more about the recipients

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education

Jane Blocker, Art History, College of Liberal Arts

Penny Edgell, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts

Joseph Kapusta, Physics & Astronomy, College of Science & Engineering

Gordon Legge, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts

Jody Lulich, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Donald G. Truhlar, Chemistry, College of Science & Engineering

Carston R. Wagner, Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy

Ann Waltner, History, College of Liberal Arts

Learn more about the recipients

John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Tate Awards recognize and reward high-quality academic advising and call attention to the contribution academic advising makes to helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals. By highlighting examples of outstanding advising, the Tate Awards identify professional models and celebrate the role that academic advising plays in the University’s educational mission. The awards will be presented during the luncheon of the Tate Advising Conference on March 4.

2019-20 recipients of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Amy Burger Sánchez, Program Director for CCAPS Individualized Degrees, College of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Barbara Burke, Associate Professor of Communication, Media, and Rhetoric, University of Minnesota Morris

Tara Dillon, Senior Career Coach, Undergraduate Business Career Center, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Anna Mraz, Senior Academic Advisor, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Learn more about the award and the recipients.

BOLD Ideas Awardees

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Office of Academic Clinical Affairs’ BOLD Ideas grant program encourages interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle the “wicked” problems affecting community and individual health. Seven teams have been awarded funding in the current cycle.

Projects funded in 2020

Obesity Mapping with State-Issued Identification Cards

PI: Lucia Levers
Co-investigators: Peter Wiringa, Ann Zukoski, Jacob Walker-Swaney

  • Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, U-Spatial, Minnesota Department of Health

An Innovative Dementia Friendly Living Space

PI: Arshia Khan
Co-investigators: Lisa Fitzpatrick, Alexis Elder, Catherine McCarty, Michael Swanoski, Marat Bakpayave

  • Science and Engineering, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Pharmacy, Business (Duluth)

Using Natural Language Processing to Extract Predictors of Medical Device Adverse Events

PI: Pinar Karaca-Mandic
Co-investigators: Soumya Sen, Yi Zhu, Alexander Everhart

  • Management, Public Health

Holistic Approaches in Addressing Complex Health Disparities at the Intersection of Pets and Their People

PI: Emily Walz
Co-investigators: Cheryl Robertson, Megan Morrissey

  • Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Social Work

Dental Hygiene/Medicine Hospital Rounding Collaboration

PI: Cynthia Stull
Co-investigators: Kathleen Lane, Melissa Plesac

Dentistry, Medicine

Utilizing Innovative Clinic Design to Address Health Disparities

PI: Kacey Justesen
Co-investigators: Tom Fisher, Jon Hallberg, Jason Ricco, Jess Roberts

  • Medicine, Design

A Pilot Project Exploring Neuropathways of Music-Induced Craving in Adults with Opioid Addictions

PI: Michael Silverman
Co-investigators: Shalom Michaeli, Silvia Mangia

  • Liberal Arts, Medicine