U in the News

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Marin Bozic is quoted in a Rochester Post Bulletin story about the economics of milking cows; Brad Heins is quoted in a Forbes story about high-tech farming and sustainability; June Carbone is quoted in the Axios story, “Love is easier to find for educated whites”; David Nicolai is quoted in U.S. News & World Report coverage of the more than one million acres of U.S. cropland destroyed by floods; William Jones is quoted in VICE News about how “illegal” teacher strikes rescued the American labor movement; MinnPost asks whether Minnesota is in the midst of another farm crisis, with comments from Dale Nordquist; 46 percent of whites worry that becoming a majority-minority nation will 'weaken American culture,' reports USA Today, with comments from Jack DeWaard; Christopher Federico is quoted in FiveThirtyEight about why and how Trump’s approval rating remains incredibly steady; Timothy Pruett writes in the Star Tribune that a better organ donation system could save thousands of lives.

University to lead $9.7 million NIH grant to improve hearing restoration

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The University of Minnesota will lead a $9.7 million grant over the next five years from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative to develop a new implantable device and surgical procedure with the goal of restoring more natural hearing to people who are deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The international team is made up of engineers, scientists, surgeons, and medical researchers from three countries that span three universities. The team also includes researchers from two medical device companies.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Patrick Schoff comments in Newsweek about how climate change might cause U.S. migration north; Linsey Griffin is quoted in a Mpls.St.Paul Magazine feature about the University of Minnesota's Human Dimensioning Laboratory; Michael Osterholm talks with KSTP about a new U of M program focused on Chronic Wasting Disease; Stephen Burks comments in Business Insider about new research showing that the supposed truck driver shortage doesn’t actually exist; Russell Luepker is quoted in a CNN story about a fish oil derivative that may benefit heart health; Jason Varin is quoted at Kare 11 about the latest blood pressure medication recall; Amy Greminger and Jennifer Grabow are quoted in Duluth News Tribune about the rising deaths in Minnesota from suicide, opioids, and alcohol; George Weiblen is quoted in the City Pages about Minnesota's new untested miracle drug, CBD; Dan Cariveau is quoted in a Star Tribune story about a bill that could help support pollinator-friendly yards in Minnesota; Marlene Zuk is mentioned in a Science story about the odd phenomenon of crickets that call Hawaii’s lava home; Dianne Neumark-Sztainer was interviewed for WalletHub’s “2019 Fattest Cities in America”; Laura Kalambokidis is quoted in a Finance & Commerce (PDF) story about Minnesota’s job growth turning negative for the first time since 2010; Ben Bigelow is quoted in the Star Tribune about the latest World Happiness Report.

Newly named Distinguished McKnight University Professors

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has announced that seven 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.

Deborah A. Ferrington, Ophthalmology, Medical School, Twin Cities

Christy L. Haynes, Chemistry, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

Susan D. Jones, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, College of Biological Sciences, Twin Cities

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

Vuk Mandic, Physics & Astronomy, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

Sang-Hyun Oh, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

Kevin D. Wickman, Pharmacology, Medical School, Twin Cities

Stang chosen to shape the 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Associate professor Jamie Stang has been chosen as one of only 20 experts in the U.S. to shape the 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide the foundation for federal food programs serving more than 44 million children, such as the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Stang is a maternal and child health nutrition specialist and the new guidelines will include for the first time a focus on eating habits over the life span, with new attention on pregnant women and on children.

Umbreit awarded Residency in Restorative Justice at UMD

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

School of Social Work professor Mark Umbreit was awarded the Distinguished Residency in Restorative Justice at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Susan Maher, dean of Duluth's College of Liberal Arts, awarded the residency, which involves Umbreit spending a week on the Duluth campus each semester for the next several years.

College of Veterinary Medicine ranked 13th-best in the world

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

QS World University Rankings listed the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine as the 13th-best veterinary medicine program in the world, and the fifth-best veterinary medicine program in the United States. The college has moved up 11 spots in the world ranking and three spots in the US ranking since 2018. Additionally, the QS World University Rankings listed the college’s research impact score and citations as the 12th-highest in the world for veterinary schools. U.S. News & World Report also recently listed the college among the top ten programs in the United States.

Five CEHD grad programs among top 20 in nation

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) has five graduate programs among the top 20 in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools rankings. CEHD’s special education and educational psychology programs placed 9th and 10th, respectively. Counseling and student personnel psychology ranked 14th place this year and curriculum and instruction landed at 16th. CEHD was rated as the 12th best public education graduate school in the nation and the 21st overall.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Raja Kandaswamy is mentioned in a Kare 11 story about a rare surgery at the U of M that saved a diabetic girl; Julie Selander, Damian Johansson, and Tom Anderson are quoted in a Star Tribune story about the hundreds of retirees taking classes at the U of M; Michelle Duffy is quoted in Inforum about how to cope with a bad boss; Jason Hill is quoted in New Scientist about a study showing that pollution from whites disproportionately affects blacks and Hispanics; Traci Mann is quoted in The Boston Globe (PDF) about the fierce loyalty many of us feel toward our favorite food brands; Matthew Clark is quoted in Bloomberg about U of M hybrid grapes for winemaking; Rebecca Shlafer comments in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on how youth miss out on school and mental services in lockups; Dan Voytas is mentioned in The Scientist about the restaurant debut of gene-edited soybean oil; David Perry comments on the College admissions scandal and how the wealthy can cheat their way at Kare 11.

New Leadership for the Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Douglas Ernie, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named the new Chair of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He follows in the footsteps of Ken Leopold (professor of chemistry), who has served as chair of the organization since 2014. The academy is made up of recipients of the Horace A. Morse – University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education. The academy, established in 1999 by then-president Mark Yudof, works to foster the improvement of teaching and learning at the University of Minnesota.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Chinese crew extracted the first rock from beneath the east Antarctic ice in 60 years, with comments by UMD’s John Goodge in Nature; actor Luke Perry's death puts spotlight on younger people having strokes reports Kare 11, with comments by Andy Grande; prescription drug prices can vary by thousands of dollars depending on where you buy them, with quotes from Stephen Schondelmeyer at CBS News; Alexander Khoruts is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) about the battle between doctors and drug companies over the future of fecal transplants; Larissa Minicucci is interviewed at Big Ten Network about U vet med students offering free services to Native American’s animals; Zata Vickers is quoted in the Huffington Post about how we’re powerless against junk food marketing and what to do about it; Saif Benjaafar is quoted in Agence France-Presse about the sharing economy going mainstream with looming IPOs; Ellen Anderson is quoted at Minnesota Public Radio in a story about whether Minnesota can meet its pledge of 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050; Joseph Konstan is quoted in MIT Technology Review in a story about how Google helped turn the internet into an echo chamber; Ed Goetz comments on inclusionary zoning in Finance & Commerce (PDF); U of M researchers working on new method to fight pancreatic cancer, featuring Edward Greeno and Matthew Robertson at Kare 11.

Recipients of 2018-19 Distinguished Teaching Awards

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Morse-Alumni and the Graduate and Professional teaching awards recognize a 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

Sauman Chu, Design, Housing & Apparel, College of Design, Twin Cities
Eric Daigre, English, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Catherine E. Wolfgram French, Civil, Environmental & Geo- Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities
Daniel Keefe, Computer Science & Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities
Michael Lower, History, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Lisa Miller, Industrial & Systems Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities
Cheryl A. Olman, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Rebecca Dean Swenson, Agricultural Education and Communication, College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences, Twin Cities

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education

James W. Begun, Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health, Twin Cities
Daniel Boley, Computer Science & Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities
Ann Hill Duin, Writing Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Megan R. Gunnar, Institute of Child Development, College of Education & Human Development, Twin Cities
Monica Luciana, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Susan O'Conner-Von, Nursing, School of Nursing, Twin Cities
Julie Schumacher, English, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Larry F. Wolff, Developmental & Surgical Sciences, School of Dentistry

Announcing the Institute on the Environment spring 2019 Mini Grants

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) has announced the recipients of its spring 2019 Mini Grants. Mini Grant gifts of up to $3,000 spur innovative, collaborative environmental work by interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff, and students from across the University of Minnesota system. This spring’s projects pioneer new approaches to everything from augmented reality to food waste.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Yingling Fan is quoted in CBS Minnesota about her research that found biking to be the happiest form of transportation; Suma Jacob is quoted in Scientific American about untangling the ties between autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder; Fionnuala Ni Aolain co-authors a piece in the Washington Post (PDF) suggesting that Saudi Arabia still isn’t doing enough to fight the financing of terrorism; Kathryn Pearson moderates a panel discussion via MPR News about challenges and opportunities for women in politics; the four billion it would cost to purge lead from Minnesota drinking water would come with an eight billion dollar benefit, with comments at MPR News from Lucia Levers; Tom Fisher is interviewed at CBS Minnesota about how Minneapolis’ skyway system got its start; Chuck Tombarge, Scott Libin, and Christopher Terry are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about campus filming guidelines complicating student coursework; Alex Haley is quoted in a Mashable story about why mindfulness isn't working for you; Leigh Turner is quoted in Nature about the CRISPR-baby scandal and what’s next for human gene-editing; Jason Bartos is quoted in Science about whether an artificial heart-lung machine could help prevent deaths from cardiac arrest outside the hospital.

Spring 2019 Patent Roll Call

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Congratulations to the University of Minnesota researchers and their colleagues who were awarded patents during the past year. See the full list of patent recipients at OVPR.

U of M named strategic partner in regional Engaged Scholars Initiative

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The University of Minnesota is one of three universities selected to serve as a strategic partner for the Campus Compact of the Midwest Region’s Engaged Scholars Initiative. This multi-state initiative will engage scholars and scholar-practitioners from across the Midwest to address complex and challenging issues in society through community-engaged practices. As a strategic partner, the University, along with Michigan State University and the University of Kansas, will provide leadership and support to participants. Applications from interested scholars are due March 4.

Schommer receives Research Achievement Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Jon Schommer, associate department head and professor, Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems, will receive the American Pharmacists Association Research Achievement Award in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding, meritorious achievement in any of the pharmaceutical sciences.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido is quoted in The Atlantic about the surprising reason zebras have stripes; Fang Yu is quoted in a Star Tribune story about her research into whether exercise can combat dementia; Debra Wamsley is quoted in a MinnPost story about how rural Minnesotans struggle to access opioid addiction treatment; Don Dengel, Tyler Bosch, and Ryan Warren were interviewed in a FOX 9 story about the U of M's 'Dexalytics' system, which will be used by NFL teams at next week's scouting combine; Emily Beck comments in the New York Times (PDF) about an upcoming exhibit at U of M Libraries about medieval mixology; Republicans aren’t talking much about a federal election that will be rerun because of fraud, with comments by Eric Ostermeier in the Washington Post (PDF); Yingling Fan comments about the complex role transportation plays in rural and urban employment at Axios; David Jacobs is quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about how the EPA has embraced a view by a scientist who says some pollution is good for you; Steve Sanders is quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about electric bikes coming to campus this spring; Mike Swanoski is quoted in Inforum about why a drug costs $350 in the U.S. but only $40 in Canada; Michael Osterholm is quoted in Time Magazine about “zombie deer disease” and whether it may spread to humans.

2018-19 recipients of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Leah Milojevic, assistant director of CLA Diversity, Access, and Equity Programs, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Kai Nobuo Takatsuka, academic and career coach and senior academic advisor, Center for Academic Planning and Exploration, Office of Undergraduate Education, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Parry Telander, director of Student Success Coaching, BSHS and BSHP Programs, University of Minnesota Rochester

Frances Wood, academic advisor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Learn more about the award and the recipients
The awards will be presented during the luncheon of the Tate Advising Conference on March 14.

Hewitt named president of the Association for University Centers on Disabilities

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Institute on Community Integration director Amy Hewitt was named president of the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) during the association’s recent annual conference in Washington, D.C. AUCD is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs known as University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs). ICI is the UCEDD for Minnesota.

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