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

OACA Faculty Research Development Grant Recipients

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (OACA) Faculty Research Development Grant Program received 34 applications. A group of 20 reviewers from across the University worked diligently to identify the $200,000 grant recipients. Learn more about these funding opportunties

Erin Carlson, PhD, associate professor, College of Science & Engineering; and Ryan Hunter, PhD, assistant professor, Medical School

  • “Histidine Kinase Inhibitors to Target Bacterial Virulences”

Yue Chen, PhD, assistant professor, College of Biological Sciences; and Peter Gordon, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Medical School

  • “Mechanisms and Clinical Insights to Target the Oncogenic Proline Hydroxylation Pathway in AML”

Ameeta Kelekar, PhD, associate professor, Medical School; and Natalia Tretykaova, PhD, professor, College of Pharmacy

  • “Exploiting Natural Metabolite Alpha Ketoglutarate for Cancer Therapy and Immunotherapy”

Ling Li, PhD, professor, College of Pharmacy; and Shauna Yuan, MD, associate professor, Medical School

  • “Modeling and Reversing Alzheimer's Pathology via Human Brain Organoids”

Surbhi Shah, MD, assistant professor, Medical School; and Brad Holschuh, PhD, assistant professor, College of Design

  • “Developing Easy to Don Compression Stockings: Smart Garments to Improve Compliance with Compression Therapy”

Julia Sterman, PhD, assistant professor, Center for Allied Health Programs; and Joseph Merighi, PhD, associate professor, College of Education and Human Development-School of Social Work

  • “Emergency Preparedness for Children with Disabilities or Chronic Health Conditions and Their Families in Minnesota”

U in the News

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Mike Osterholm co-authors an editorial in the NY Times, "Is It a Pandemic Yet?"; Stephanie Carlson is quoted in Fatherly about the developmental reason kids love it when parents play monster; Ted Hinchcliffe and James Robinson are mentioned in an Austin Daily Herald story about a collaboration between The Hormel Institute and Mayo Clinic that is looking to find a treatment for brain cancer in children; Kirsten Delegard is interviewed in a CNN story about racist language woven into home deeds across America; Jeffrey Grell is quoted in Quartz about what a RICO charge means for Huawei; Ashley Thompson is quoted in the Star Tribune about the leap year tradition for women to ask men to marry; Walter Low, Jian-Ping Wang, and others are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about U research to create an implantable brain chip to combat neurological diseases.

Bentson Foundation makes landmark scholarship gift

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Bentson Foundation is giving $15 million to the University of Minnesota to reverse lower rates of undergraduate admission, retention, and graduation among students with the greatest financial need. This gift brings the Bentson Foundation and family’s cumulative giving to the University to over $50 million, largely in support of students. Announced by University President Joan Gabel at the February Board of Regents meeting, the Bentson Foundation’s gift will create new opportunities for low-income undergraduate students on every campus and provide significant incentive funding to encourage other donors to establish scholarship endowments that help these students by creating the Bentson Scholarship Challenge.

$18.6 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The University of Minnesota and the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and health care systems across the Twin Cities announced the creation of the Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Consortium (MMRC) and its mobile extracorporeal membrane oxygenation vehicles. This is a collaborative initiative to treat cardiac arrest as quickly as possible in Minnesota. The MMRC, made possible by an $18.6 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, aims to save the lives of cardiac arrest patients in scenarios which traditional resuscitation efforts have failed. Every 10-minute delay in treatment for these patients increases the chances of mortality by 15 to 25 percent.

Minnesota Partnership Awards leverage experts against disease

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Children’s cancer, brain tumors, pancreatic cancer and a range of neurological conditions comprise the diseases targeted by this year’s research projects selected by the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics. Five separate competitive grants will help partnering researchers advance early studies in medical science impacting conditions that have statewide impact. Each project is a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota and a Mayo Clinic investigator, taking an approach that could not be pursued by either institution independently. This is the 17th year for the state-funded awards, which this year will provide medical researchers a total of $4.6 million. 

School of Nursing climbs to 10th in NIH research funding

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

As part of the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research rankings, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing rose to 10th in the latest ranking of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to schools of nursing. With nearly $6 million in NIH awards to the School of Nursing and Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing in 2019, the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR) placed the University of Minnesota tops among Big Ten institutions and fourth among all public universities.

McDonald Diouf elected new FUHN board chair

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Colleen McDonald Diouf, CEO of Community-University Health Care Center, has been elected Federally Qualified Urban Healthcare Network (FUHN) board chair. FUHN constitutes a group of ten community clinics serving as a safety net Accountable Care Organization that has saved the state of Minnesota over $22 million dollars in a Medicaid Demonstration project.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Emily Vraga is quoted in a Scientific American story about how attempts at debunking “fake news” about epidemics might do more harm than good; President Joan Gabel and Carl Anderson are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about Gabel’s plan to address student mental health on campus; George Weiblen is quoted in the Star Tribune about an existential regulatory threat to the fledgling hemp industry; Carrie Henning-Smith was interviewed at KARE 11 about why people are so lonely; Daniel Handeen and Ryan Pesch are quoted at Minnesota Public Radio about an increase in winter veggie gardens in Minnesota as home greenhouse options grow.

McKnight Land-Grant Awards for 2020-22

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has announced that ten faculty members have been named as the 2020-22 McKnight Land-Grant Professors. The goal of this program is to advance the careers of assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. The professorship includes a research grant of $25,000 in each of the two years of the award, to be used for expenditures related to the recipient’s research/scholarly work.

Erin L. Durban, Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Joseph R. Farag, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Samuel C. Fletcher, Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Lindsay Glesener, School of Physics & Astronomy, College of Science and Engineering, Twin Cities

Sarah M. Greising, School of Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities

Branden Moriarty, Pediatrics, Medical School, Twin Cities

Christopher Pexa, English, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Anthony Schroeder, Math, Science & Technology, Crookston

Andrew D. Wickert, Earth & Environmental Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, Twin Cities

Alik S Widge, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical School, Twin Cities

Sylia Wilson, Institute of Child Development, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities

Learn more about the award recipients and their work.

Medical School ranks 27th in 2019 NIH rankings

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has recognized the University of Minnesota Medical School as the 27th most funded institution by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 2019 NIH rankings. The University of Minnesota Medical School improved three positions from last year’s spot as 30th (and 33rd in 2018). In addition, five of the Medical School’s departments –Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics; Neuroscience; Family Medicine and Community Health; Pediatrics; and Rehabilitation Medicine ranked in the top 10 for department-specific rankings. Several other departments also improved rankings in 2019.

Sackett awarded Dunnette Prize

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Paul Sackett, the Beverly and Richard Fink Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, has been awarded the Dunnette Prize from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Sackett, only the third recipient of the $50,000 award, was given this honor for his extensive work expanding knowledge of the role of individual differences in workplace, higher education, and military settings.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Douglas Yee responds to CBS Minnesota’s question, “Are We Winning The War Against Cancer?”; Michael Osterholm is quoted in Fortune about whether summer will kill the coronavirus; Tetyana Shippee is quoted in the Pioneer Press (PDF) about a report card being developed for assisted living centers; Scott Libin spoke with KARE 11 about how to avoid getting duped by disinformation; Vladimir Sverak is quoted in the Quanta Magazine story, “Mathematicians Prove Universal Law of Turbulence”; Kathryn Pearson is quoted at KARE 11 about whether the Iowa Caucuses are a fair way to start primary season; Lisa Von Drasek is quoted in the Washington Post (PDF) about why you shouldn’t censor your teen’s reading (even the sex and violence); Joan Gabel and Tadd Johnson are quoted in The Hechinger Report about how the U of M more than doubled its native student graduation rate; Sheila Williams Ridge is quoted in The Atlantic about why kids love little shopping carts; Mary Owen is quoted in a Time Magazine story about how Juul pitched e-cigs to Native tribes.

Cloyd III receives Distinguished Tyler Prize

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

James Cloyd III has been selected to receive the 2020 Tyler Prize for Stimulation of Research. The award recognizes an individual for encouraging research by peers, students, fellows, residents, and others via publications or by directing research, serving as a preceptor, or mentoring in any discipline of the pharmaceutical sciences. The award is considered one of the three most prestigious scientific awards of the American Pharmacists Association and is presented every three years.

Portoghese receives Research Achievement Award

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Philip Portoghese has been selected to receive the 2020 Research Achievement Award in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding, meritorious achievement in and of the pharmaceutical sciences. Portoghese's research focus has been in the area of opioids and opioid receptors.

Sylia Wilson receives Robins/Guze Award

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Sylia Wilson, Institute of Child Development, has won the Robins/Guze Award from the American Psychopathological Association. The award is presented to an early career investigator who has made an important contribution to the science of psychopathology.

U in the News

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Erika Lee is quoted in the Los Angeles Times (PDF) about how fear of coronavirus is fueling racist sentiment against Asians; Mary Jo Kane comments in the New York Times (PDF) on Katie Sowers coaching in the Super Bowl; Howard Oransky comments in the Star Tribune on the U of M’s giant exhibit that presents 500 years' worth of drawings; Michael Howell is interviewed at KSTP about SAD after the cloudiest January on record in Minnesota; Mark Schleiss comments at KARE 11 about the extremely low risk of coronavirus in the U.S.; a two part feature in the Star Tribune reports on the U's academic collaboration with China, with comments from David Pui, Chris Cramer, Zan Gao, Arthur Erdman, Charles Lo, and others; Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) about her research; Rick Huebsch comments in the Mpls./St. Paul Business Journal (PDF) about the rise of invention licensing revenue after the U of M spins out the most startups ever; Lauren Martin and Barbara McMorris were quoted at MPR News and many other media outlets after their research showing that at least 5,000 Minnesota teens have traded sex for payment; Michael Osterholm is quoted in the story “Can the New Coronavirus Be Stopped?” at WebMD.

Giannakis to be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Georgios B. Giannakis has been named a National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow and will be inducted into the NAI at the academy’s annual meeting this spring. Giannakis holds the McKnight Presidential Chair Professorship and is director of the University’s Digital Technology Center. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Giannakis is a world-renown and field-shaping engineer and scientist who is known best for his contributions to the fundamental understanding of signal processing, wireless communications, networking, and data science.