Bischof named director of U of M Institute for Engineering in Medicine

Monday, August 6, 2018

Distinguished McKnight University Professor John Bischof has been appointed for a three-year term as director of the University of Minnesota Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM). He has served as interim director during the past year. As director of IEM, Bischof will report to both the University of Minnesota Dean of the Medical School and the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and will be responsible for administering IEM programs including fellowships, educational programs, visitorships, and research programs. He will strengthen interdisciplinary academic programming across disciplines and enhance the research portfolio. Bischof will also work to grow relationships with business and industry as well as partner with colleges across the University to increase educational activities to students.

U of M team receives $3.1 million federal grant to improve electronics

Monday, August 6, 2018

A University of Minnesota team will receive $3.1 million over four years from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, to create new electronics capabilities that protect our country’s economic and national security interests. The University of Minnesota team will explore novel approaches for advancing the state-of-the-art in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions (MTJs), which are nanostructured thin film devices used to improve hard drives, sensors, and other electronics.

Vohs named among the 25 Top Behavioral Economists

Monday, August 6, 2018

Kathleen Vohs has been named among the 25 Top Behavioral Economists by thebestschools.org. Vohs is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Land O’Lakes Chair in Marketing at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Masonic Cancer Center receives ‘Outstanding’ rating from NCI

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota has received an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), as well as a renewal of its five-year Cancer Center Support Grant and reconfirmation of its comprehensive status. Every five years, the Masonic Cancer Center must compete for its designation and funding, and in the newly released review, it not only succeeded, but improved its overall score from ‘Excellent’ to ‘Outstanding,’ earning its highest score to date. The score improvement will drive additional funding which will further groundbreaking research in the causes of cancer, cancer prevention, survivorship, tobacco control research, and innovative strategies to treat cancer including immuno- and cellular therapies.

Carlson Family Foundation announces $15 million gift to Driven campaign

Monday, August 6, 2018

Renewing its commitment to excellence in global business leadership, the Carlson Family Foundation has made a transformational investment of $10 million to the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. With an additional $5 million in giving across the University since the launch of the Driven campaign in July 2011, the Carlson Family becomes one of the largest donors to the Driven campaign.

U in the News

Monday, August 6, 2018

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer is quoted in a New York Times story about how to have better family meals; Irina Stepanov is quoted in a Kare 11 story about a U study showing the cancer risk of e-cigarettes; Jerome Malmquist is quoted in a Finance & Commerce story about the U’s Main Energy Plant being named a top project of 2017; Marlene Zuk is quoted in a New York Times story about taking diet advice from a cave man; Robert Kudrle was interviewed in the CBS story, “What Are Tariffs? And Where Does The Money Go?”; Water Resources Center's Sara Heger's water softener salt study is in US News and World Report; George Weiblen was interviewed at Fox 9 about Minnesota farmers hope for hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill; Steven Ruggles is cited in The Atlantic story “Conservatives’ Three Simple Steps for Getting Out of Poverty”; Jonathan Koffel and Melissa Jokela are interviewed in a Kare 11 story about a chicken getting a 3D printed foot.

President Kaler to step down as President on July 1, 2019

Monday, July 16, 2018

President Kaler announced his decision to step down as President on July 1, 2019, calling the University of Minnesota a “remarkable collection of people, ideas, and impact” who everyday “make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of students, patients and their families, businesses, and communities.” Kaler will continue to work as President Emeritus for an additional year to build on the momentum of the $4 billion Driven campaign.

Three U of M Regents Professors named

Monday, July 16, 2018

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has given three faculty members the distinction of Regents Professor: Gunda Georg as Regents Professor of Medicinal Chemistry; Marc Jenkins as Regents Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; and Erika Lee as Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies. The designation is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University.

U of M center awarded $12 million to continue energy materials research

Monday, July 16, 2018

The University of Minnesota has received a $12 million grant over four years from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue leading the discovery of a new class of materials used in energy research. Nationwide, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced $100 million in funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to strengthen U.S. economic leadership and energy security. The Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center based in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering is one of 42 EFRCs. It is one of only nine existing EFRCs that received renewal for the full four years.

Alan Benson receives two early career awards

Monday, July 16, 2018

Work and Organizations Assistant Professor Alan Benson recently won two major early career awards. He is the recipient of the 2018 Frank Giarratani Rising Star Award and the John T. Dunlop Scholar Award.

Hooke named American Academy of Nursing fellow

Monday, July 16, 2018

Associate Professor Casey Hooke was selected as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing. The achievement is considered one of the highest honors in the nursing profession. Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all. Hooke is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist whose research focus is on children and adolescents with cancer, including symptom management, fatigue and related symptoms, physical performance, and growth and development.

Shuman named GSA fellow dedication to the field of aging

Monday, July 16, 2018

Stephen Shuman, associate professor and director of the Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, has been named a fellow by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Shuman is only the eighth dental professional to be awarded this distinction in more than 70 years by the GSA, which is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to the research, education and practice in the field of aging. Over the course of his more than 30-year career, Shuman has focused his teaching and scholarly work on oral health in long-term care, utilization of geriatric dental services and medical issues impacting dental care of older adults.

School of Dentistry awards/appointments

Monday, July 16, 2018

Heather Conrad was elected Examiner-Elect of the American Board of Prosthodontics--the second woman to hold this position in the 70-plus year history of the board. Mark Herzberg was elected vice president of the American Association for Dental Research. Mike John was appointed editor-in-chief for the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. Scott McClanahan was installed as the 2018-19 president of the American Board of Endodontics.

U in the News

Monday, July 16, 2018

David Redish and Brian Sweis are mentioned in a New York Times story (PDF) about U research showing that, like humans, mice don’t know when to let go; Jean Abraham is quoted in a PolitiFact story about whether Republican sabotage cost 3.2 million people their health coverage; a new Ebook by Mary Meyer highlights gardening with native grasses, as reported in the Marshall Independent; Nishant Sahni is quoted in a Star Tribune story about an algorithm created by U of M doctors that can predict grave illness and boost care; Nicole Basta is quoted in a Reuters story about research showing that 'herd immunity' may convince more people to get flu shots; Erika Lee is quoted in a PBS NewsHour story about the movement to abolish ICE; Michael Boland is quoted at Yahoo! News about U.S. farmers caught in a trade war with China; Robert Kudrle is quoted in Inforum story about Minnesota as a trade war battlefield; Adrienne Wiseman and Andria Waclawski are featured in a Mpls.St.Paul Magazine story about the Bell Museum’s new digs.

2018 Research Infrastructure Awards announced

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the recipients of the 2018 Research Infrastructure Investment Program, which helps maintain the robust, state-of-the-art equipment key to propelling research and innovation. The 19 awards, which totaled over $2.5 million from OVPR and one-to-one matching funds from the supporting colleges or centers, impact researchers on three campuses, eight colleges, and 17 departments, units, and centers.

Biros named deputy IO for biomedical research

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Vice President for Research Allen Levine has appointed Michelle Biros to serve as deputy institutional official for biomedical studies for the University of Minnesota’s Institutional Review Board.

Wiese-Bjornstal elected National Academy of Kinesiology fellow

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The School of Kinesiology’s Diane Wiese-Bjornstal will be inducted as a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology this fall. To be inducted into membership, an individual must meet rigorous criteria for scientific research, professional scholarship, and service to the field.

U.S. Department of State names Osterholm U.S. Science Envoy

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Michael Osterholm has been selected by the U.S. Department of State as one of five 2018 U.S. Science Envoys. Osterholm, University of Minnesota Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology. Osterholm is a leader in the research, prevention, and control of infectious diseases throughout the world, and he is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Shuman named Gerontological Society of America Fellow

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stephen Shuman, associate professor in the School of Dentistry and director of the Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program, has been named a Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Fellow. Shuman is eighth dentist to be awarded fellowship status by the GSA in its 73-year history. Shuman’s teaching and scholarly work has focused on oral health in long-term care, utilization of geriatric dental services, and issues affecting dental care of older adults. His research has led him to work on two major dental device projects: a denture-locator system and an automated tooth-brushing system.

Zaheer named to JAUM Business Hall of Fame

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Carlson School Dean Sri Zaheer has been honored by Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) as one of its Business Hall of Fame Laureates. Zaheer is recognized for her professional accomplishments and because of the example she sets for today’s students through demonstrated integrity, respect, and excellence in business and philanthropy.

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