Three named University of Minnesota Regents Professors

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has named R. Lawrence Edwards, Vipin Kumar and Michael Osterholm Regents Professors. The Regents Professorship serves as the highest recognition for faculty who have made unique contributions to the quality of the University of Minnesota through exceptional accomplishments in teaching, research, and scholarship or creative work and contributions to the public good. The addition of Edwards, Kumar, and Osterholm increases the total number of current Regents Professorships to 29.

2015 Minnesota Futures awards aim to boost human health

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This year's Minnesota Futures grants include two projects that are pushing to improve human health by developing new approaches to disease treatment. The two-year grants, provided by the University of Minnesota's Office of the Vice President for Research, fund research opportunities that cross disciplinary and professional boundaries and support in-depth research that aims to address society's grand challenges.

Brooks Jackson receives Cotlove Award

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Medical School Dean Brooks Jackson has received the 2015 Cotlove Lectureship from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS) for outstanding contributions to the science of laboratory medicine.

UMTC receives energy innovation award

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CenterPoint Energy recently presented the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with its "Most innovative project of the year" award for implementation of an aggressive environmental plan that includes renewable energy, combined heat and power, and sustainable building and remodeling practices to reduce carbon emissions by 81,000 metric tons (about 12 percent of the UMTC campus footprint).

U in the News

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Melissa Koenig talked with NPR about what babies understand about adult sadness; Cawo Abdi spoke with WCCO about how Somalis are integrating into American culture; melanoma rates up dramatically among young people, says Peter Lee at WCCO; Chelsey Thul and Elizabeth Bye talked with USA Today about new culturally appropriate athletic uniforms for Muslim girls; Dan Knights explores how gut bacteria affect your health with MPR; Michael Osterholm wonders why aren't we more scared of the bird flu in The New Yorker.

John and Nancy Lindahl announce $17 million gift

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

University of Minnesota alumni and significant Gopher Athletics boosters John and Nancy Lindahl have given $17 million to the U of M. The gift will help fund the new Athletics Village, ($12 million), the Carlson School of Management ($2 million) and the College of Education and Human Development ($2 million) and pediatric cardiology research ($1 million).

2015 Award for Global Engagement recipient

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

OLPD’s Christopher Johnstone, director of CEHD International Initiatives and Relations, has been awarded the U of M Award for Global Engagement for 2015. The award is given to faculty and staff to acknowledge achievements and contributions to global education, research, and engagement on behalf of the University

IonE Mini Grant recipients

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Institute on the Environment has announced 12 awardees of this spring’s IonE Mini Grants, designed to encourage collaboration on environmental themes among faculty, staff, and students across U of M disciplines, units and campuses. A food festival, a green infrastructure demonstration project, and a women's writing workshop were among variety of projects selected.

Jake Bailey receives Simons Early Career Investigator Award

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Assistant professor of geobiology Jake Bailey has received a 2015 Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution award. Bailey is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences, a McKnight Land Grant Professor, and recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER grant. Bailey received his B.S. in geology from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. in geology and geobiology from the University of Southern California. 

Bechtold named to NIAMS Advisory Council

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), part of the National Institutes of Health, has appointed Joan Bechtold to its advisory council. Bechtold, is the Gustilo Professor of Orthopaedic Research and Graduate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery and Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on bone healing in the context of challenges such as infection, trauma, smoking, and joint replacement.

U Libraries receives grant to preserve Guthrie Theater archives

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The University of Minnesota Libraries’ Performing Arts Archives has been awarded $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to arrange, preserve, and describe the records of the Guthrie Theater. The Libraries also will work with the Guthrie to create a sustainable plan for the future to preserve its 21st century materials, including digital records.

Matthew Clark named UMPD Chief of Police

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Matthew Clark has been named as the new Chief of Police with the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD). Clark will lead the 50 member UMPD on the Twin Cities campus as well as the University’s system-wide Public Safety Emergency Communications Center. Clark currently serves as assistant chief of police in Minneapolis. Clark will replace University Police Chief Greg Hestness, who will retire in July after 40 years in law enforcement.

UROC awarded Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach Center's Trauma Recovery Project has been awarded a 2015 Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant to continue work in addressing issues of childhood trauma among north Minneapolis families. 

U in the News

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

H.I.V. treatment should start at diagnosis, according to a study by James Neaton as reported in the New York Times; MPR reports that an iFish app could net loads of data, and Paul Venturelli believes it could help scientists cope with shrinking research dollars; the U of M has one of the first 'bioprinters' using living tissue, featuring Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Robroy MacIver, and Brian Howard at the Star Tribune; David Levinson talks with MPR about a report that reveals more people in the Twin Cities walk or bike to work than previously thought; Jean Haley talks mindful eating and emotional wellbeing in MinnPost; Carol Cardona spoke with NBC News about the spread of bird flu even as scientists look everywhere for clues; the American dream may now be about just holding on, with John Archer at the Star Tribune.

Burckhard Seelig wins Simons Investigator Award

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

University of Minnesota researcher Burckhard Seelig has a longstanding interest in how the earliest forms of life may have come into existence. This year, his efforts were rewarded with a 5-year, one million dollar grant from the New York-based Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life. One of two scientists invited to join the Collaboration in 2015, Seelig is part of a 21-member multi-disciplinary team looking at potential scenarios for how life could have started from non-biological matter, and the planetary conditions that could have supported the origin of life.

Harris selected as HHMI Investigator

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Reuben Harris has been recognized as one of the nation’s top biomedical scientists by Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Harris has been selected as an HHMI Investigator and will receive the flexible support necessary to progress his research in creative new directions. Harris is a professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, associate director of the Institute for Molecular Virology and a member of the Masonic Cancer Center. 

CBS Pre-Med Scholars receives innovation award

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CBS Pre-Med Scholars, a program to help students prepare for medical school, recently received a regional innovation award from National Academic Advising Association.

U in the News

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

William Roberts talks with the NY Times on why older runners are ultrarunners; giving antibiotics to infants is strongly related to illness in adulthood, according to new research by Dan Knights featured in TIME; a U of M Extension analysis showed the Avian flu impact at $310 million and counting in MN, says Brigid Tuck at WCCO; research on aquatic invasive species doesn't happen overnight, writes Brian Buhr in a Star Tribune editorial; Paul Morin is using his geospatial expertise to help with Nepal recovery efforts, as reported by the Star Tribune; Khalaf Bushara and Roger Dumas were featured on KARE 11 regarding the rare disorder of musical hallucinations.

Recipients of the 2015 President's Award for Outstanding Service

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The President's Award for Outstanding Service is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community. The 2015 recipients are Mary Cannedy-Clarke, Gary Christenson, Kim Dockter, Jennifer Franko, Greg Hestness, Aileen Lively, Willard Miller Jr., Ann Pflaum, Robert Seybold, Rafael Tarrago, and Suzanne Thorpe

U of M adding research capacity in aquatic invasive plants management

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Daniel Larkin has been hired by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) as its new Aquatic Plant Management and Restoration Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist. This new position will focus on research and leadership for Extension education to advance aquatic plant management and restoration. Only a handful of Ph.D. level researchers of this type exist in the country

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