Building a baseline for biocomputing

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Synthetic biologist Kate Adamala is among a group of researchers chosen to advance work on “biocomputers” that integrate synthetic biology with semiconductor technology. The $12 million NSF project funds the creation of bio-based semiconductors using synthetic biology. Adamala will work with colleagues at MIT and elsewhere to build a bio-based circuit using genetic circuits embedded in synthetic cells. Researchers anticipate that biological structures integrated with semiconductor technology could store 1,000 times more data than current capabilities, and retain the data for more than a century, while consuming much less energy.

NSF renews funding for long-term research at Cedar Creek Reserve

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The National Science Foundation recently recommended renewal of funding for long-term research at Cedar Creek for another six-year term setting the stage for the continuation of longstanding experiments as well as the addition of new studies. This funding is part of NSF’s Long Term Ecological Research program, which has provided continuous support for Cedar Creek research since 1982. Using the new NSF funds, project co-leaders Eric Seabloom and Sarah Hobbie along with other researchers at the station will continue work on decades-long studies including the longest-running biodiversity and elevated CO2 experiments in the world, and some of the world’s longest-running studies of nutrient enrichment and fire frequency. At the same time, a number of new initiatives will get the green light.

Department of Education grant of $4 million

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education named the Institute for Global Studies a National Resource Center in International Studies, providing an award of $4 million for projects furthering international studies at the U of from 2018-22. Included in the funds, the department provided grants to fund Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships for International, African, and Asian Studies. The program doubles the current number of undergraduate students who receive fellowships.

CEHD recognized as #4 public school of education

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) has been recognized as the #4 public school of education in the Academic Ranking of World Universities’ 2018 college rankings. The college was ranked seventh overall among private and public universities.

U in the News

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Judith Eckerle and the U of M Adoption Clinic were recognized by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar as a 2018 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Angels in Adoption Honoree, as reported by KARE 11; Eric Singsaas is interviewed at KARE 11 about the science of fall color change; Aaron Sojourner is quoted in a Star Tribune report about rising costs canceling out wage increases for most workers; Michael Kyba is quoted in a Science story about skeletal stem cells found in humans promising new treatments for fractures and osteoporosis; Anne Murray is quoted at WRBC in a story about aspirin being potentially harmful for healthy, older adults; Suma Jacob is quoted in the Duluth News Tribune regarding the largest ever autism research project; David Bedford answers CBS Minnesota’s “Good Question: Should Apples Be Refrigerated?”; Fatih Guvenen is quoted in a Wall Street Journal (PDF) story about benefits gains exceeding wage growth; Michael Kim is quoted in a City Pages story about Prince and what it means when the U of M confers an honorary degree.

Goh appointed vice president for equity and diversity

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Michael Goh has been appointed vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota. Goh has served as interim vice president for equity and diversity since October 2017. He has been part of the University of Minnesota community for nearly 25 years. Through his experiences as a doctoral student, faculty member, associate vice provost for equity and diversity, and interim vice president for equity and diversity, he has gained a deep and broad knowledge of the University’s opportunities and challenges. He has also prioritized strengthening connections between the University and communities throughout Minnesota.

Postdoctoral associate named Hanna H. Gray Fellow

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

University of Minnesota postdoctoral associate Jose Alejo has been named a Hanna H. Gray Fellow by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). As one of 15 Fellows announced this month, Alejo will receive mentoring and research funding up to $1.4 million that will span eight years.

School of Nursing professor named to AG’s sexual assault work group

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

School of Nursing Professor Carolyn Porta is one of 10 statewide experts named to a sexual assault investigation work group by Attorney General Lori Swanson. The group, made up of leaders in the areas of victim advocacy, health care and law enforcement, will make recommendations to the Legislature to improve state laws and policies regarding sexual assault and the criminal justice system’s treatment of these crimes.

Interdisciplinary all-stars

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

IonE and the Humphrey School will lead a new multi-university project to scale and institutionalize interdisciplinary research – one of three winning proposals in the new NAKFI Challenge. The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Institute on the Environment, along with Duke University, are leading a new, multi-university project that will explore how to make interdisciplinary research more common and more effective. The two-year research project, “Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity,” is funded with a $500,000 NAKFI Challenge grant from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative – and includes 13 universities from across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It is one of three winners of the new competition, chosen from a field of 79 proposals.

U in the News

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Colin McFadden was featured on MPR about an app he created with coworker Sam Porter for the Minneapolis Institute of Art; Nick Phelps is interviewed by KSTP about controlling aquatic invasive species; Tracy Bibelnieks is quoted in a Duluth News Tribune report about life expectancy variation across Duluth and Minnesota; Lynn Blewett is quoted in a Star Tribune story about the number of Minnesotans without health insurance growing by 18,000; Pamela Schreiner was interviewed by KIMT about a study showing the benefits of companion animals; John Coleman is quoted in a MinnPost story featuring the new CLA exhibit “On Purpose: Portrait of the Liberal Arts”; Mark Seeley and Kenny Blumenfeld are quoted about winters becoming wimpier in Echo Press; Katy Kozhimannil is quoted in a MinnPost about a study showing that serious childbirth complications have risen dramatically in the U.S.

U of M to develop machine learning techniques for monitoring global change

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The University of Minnesota has received a three-year, $1.43 million grant from the National Science Foundation to advance machine learning techniques to better monitor global agricultural and environmental change—a practice that can help society address the challenges of adapting to a changing climate, managing land use and natural resources, and sustainably feeding a growing population. The NSF grant funds a team of researchers at the University’s College of Science and Engineering (CSE), College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), and Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) to advance the state-of-the-art in machine learning for analyzing data from earth-observing satellites and generating actionable information on a global scale. The project’s main focus will be to advance the state-of-art in machine learning techniques for analyzing spatial and temporal agricultural cropping data and urban landscapes.

The Raptor Center receives funding for major three-year initiative

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The world-renowned Raptor Center recently secured funding for a major three-year initiative, providing the opportunity to raise the bar for wildlife rehabilitation care across all species. The program is being designed and implemented by The Raptor Center with hopes of improving animal welfare in wildlife rehabilitation. TRC plans to use its 40 years of experience to strategically build community among rehabilitation centers. It will begin with pilot efforts in seven states.

U in the News

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Doug Hartmann is quoted in the New York Times about the historical context of Colin Kaepernick taking a knee; Megan Weber is quoted at MPR News about the U of M AIS Detectors program finding the invasive starry stonewort species in a Hubbard County lake; the 'Target Effect' is real and you're probably a victim of it, with comments from Joseph Redden at Kare 11; Robert Sterner is quoted in a Weather Channel story about the unprecedented' algae bloom in Lake Superior; Kathryn Draeger is quoted in MinnPost about helping small growers in Minnesota get fresh produce into grocery stores; Steve Sanders is quoted in Slate about electric scooters causing headaches on college campuses; Paul Morin is quoted in the New York Times (and many other publications) about new research showing Antarctica like never seen before, using high resolution satellite imagery.

Researchers receive $8 million to study fundamental science of waves

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

U of M researchers have received an award of $8 million over the next four years from the Simons Foundation to fund an international collaboration. The project, called the Simons Collaboration on Localization of Waves, will be headquartered at the University of Minnesota and will bring together top experts from around the world to study the fundamental science of waves.

U in the News

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Annie Hansen-Burke spoke with Kare 11 about tips to help with back-to-school anxiety; Wendy Rahn is quoted in The Christian Science Monitor about the increasing toxicity of America's distrust of 'elites'; Robert Kudrle spoke with Kare 11 about how the new trade deal will affect farmers and miners in Minnesota; Julie Schumacher’s new book The Shakespeare Requirement is featured on Inside Higher Ed; Sean Connaughty, who removed 4,000 pounds of trash from Lake Hiawatha over 3 years, is featured at Fox 9; Debra Fitzpatrick is quoted at MPR News about General Mills’ expansion of its parental leave policy, David Bedford and Jim Luby are mentioned in a Bring Me The News story about the new First Kiss apple; Christopher Uggen was interviewed by CBS News about a woman facing 5 years in prison for voter fraud.

New Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Nine faculty from across the system have been selected for the 2018-19 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program: Connie Camrud and Oxana Wieland (Crookston); Ashley Thompson (Duluth); Adam Coon (Morris); Nasra Giama and Brian Mondy (Rochester); and Stacy Doepner-Hove, Margaret Kelly, and Hannah Leopold (Twin Cities). The ITL program engages faculty in professional development aimed at internationalizing the curriculum. The program is sponsored in partnership with the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the Center for Educational Innovation, International Student & Scholar Services, and OIT-Academic Technology.

UMTC a Forbes Top 25

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has been named among Forbes magazine’s 2018 “Top 25 Public Colleges.” UMTC was one of two newcomers to this year’s list, ranking 24th overall.

U in the News

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Christen Ebens was interviewed by KSTP about the anniversary of the first bone marrow transplant; Aaron Sojourner spoke with Vox about the Trump economy; Amy Susman-Stillman is quoted in a Watchdog.org report that Minnesota has the nation’s 7th best public schools; Michael Swanoski is quoted in a Washington Post story about why rural independent pharmacies are closing their doors; U of M research is showing black and Latino kids are more likely to die of certain cancers is highlighted at National Public Radio, with comments from Rebecca Kehm; Dave Nicolai is quoted in the Duluth News Tribune about the millions of mayflies swarming the skies; John Bischof is quoted in a Twin Cities Business story about the U of M offering a cryo-preservation technology for licensing; Silvia Balbo is quoted in The Independent about vaping increasing the risk of DNA mutations that could lead to cancer.

Chainbreaker ride funds cancer research team studying gut “bugs” and cancer

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota has announced the first Chainbreaker Breakthrough Cancer Research Grant awarded to a team of 13 Masonic Cancer Center faculty who will study the role of the microorganisms as a cause of cancer and a major influence on the success of cancer therapy. The team will be co-led by Timothy Starr and Alexander Khoruts, and includes a diverse team of researchers and clinicians from the U of M Medical School, College of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, College of Pharmacy, and The BioTechnology Institute.

U in the News

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tim Lindberg (Morris) is quoted in a MinnPost story about the claim that Democrats chose 'boring, conventional, and white' in the primary; Dan Voytas is quoted in a Wired magazine story about the completion of the massive mapping of the wheat genome; Keith Mayes is interviewed in Rolling Out about how racial disparity impacts diversity in Twin Cities; Joanne Slavin is quoted in Time Magazine’s “Is Oatmeal Healthy?”; Carrie Henning-Smith is quoted in CBS Minnesota about a study showing that caregivers in rural areas lack workplace support; Robert Sterner (UMD) is quoted in a Wisconsin Public Radio story about the Lake Superior algae bloom; John Hallberg and Mary Ahrens were interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio about the promise and peril of genetic testing and personalized medicine.

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