Page receives Medal of Freedom

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

U of M alumnus Alan Page was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a special ceremony at the White House. Page is one of just a few Minnesotans to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, a short list that includes former Vice President Walter Mondale, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger, and legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.

U in the News

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Srinath Chinnakotla is featured in a Kare 11 story about a teen who was once near death returning to thank him; Michelle Phelps is quoted in a Star Tribune story about lower crime in most parts of Minneapolis; Akshay Rao was quoted in a CBS Minnesota story about why gas prices vary so much; Jiao Luo is quoted in Pacific Standard about why the decline of newspapers is bad for the environment; Kate Adamala is quoted in Science story about the creation of the most lifelike artificial cells to-date; Michael McAlpine is featured in the Wired story, “3D-Printed Organs From Living Cells Could Help Boost Senses”; Joseph Konstan, Eric Kaler, and Mark Coyle are mentioned in a Minnesota Daily story about U of M presidential finalists; Heidi Kitrosser is quoted in a US News & World Report story about the surprising court ruling regarding female genital mutilation.

Two nursing faculty named to inaugural class of AMIA Fellows

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Two University of Minnesota School of Nursing faculty were named to the inaugural class of fellows of the American Medical Informatics Association. Associate Professor Karen Monsen and Clinical Associate Professor Sripriya Rajamani were among the 130 fellows included in the inaugural class. The new program recognizes AMIA members who apply informatics skills and knowledge within their professional setting, who have demonstrated professional achievement and leadership, and who have contributed to the betterment of the organization.

Announcing new IonE Affiliates

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Institute on the Environment has named 41 new members to its affiliate ranks: 25 Fellows, established in their careers, having demonstrated excellence in one or more subject areas related to the environment and sustainability; 11 Associates, early- and mid-career researchers and instructors at the University of Minnesota who are building interdisciplinary careers; and five Educators, who have a special interest in pedagogy and curriculum development.

U in the News

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Akshay Rao is quoted in an MPR News story about increased holiday spending and “frugality fatigue”; Ryan Allen is quoted in a Saint Cloud Times story about immigrants and Minnesota's future workforce; Dan Voytas is quoted in a Washington Post (PDF) story about gene-edited food and whether shoppers will buy it; Mary Jo Kreitzer is quoted in a Star Tribune story about how an 'an attitude of gratitude' can improve your life; Barry Kudrowitz is quoted in a Wall Street Journal (PDF) story about toys; Ragui Assaad is quoted in The New Yorker about Egyptian women and the fight for the right to work; Mike Howell is interviewed at CBS Minnesota about tips to improve your sleep; Abdi Warfa and Gillian Roehrig are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about new research showing that students learn better when interacting with classmates; Katharine Nelson is interviewed about selfies and narcissism at KARE 11; Lee Munnich, Gabe Chan, and Jerry Zhao are referenced or quoted in a CBS Minnesota story comparing Minnesota’s gas tax with other states; Michael Osterholm is quoted in the FiveThirtyEight  story, “Can You Stave Off A Cold With Willpower Alone?

U of M to lead new Center for Spintronic Materials

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The College of Science and Engineering will lead and house a new $10.3 million Center for Spintronic Materials in Advanced Information Technologies (SMART) focused on novel materials for advanced computing systems over next four years. The center is supported through the Nanoelectronic Computing Research (nCORE) consortium. Jian-Ping Wang will serve as director of the new center. Spintronics focuses on the magnetic “spin” properties of electrons, as opposed to their charges, which is the focus of electronics. Spintronics offers advantages over electronics such as higher speeds, lower energy needs, and non-volatility of the data. Advances in the materials needed for spintronics devices could enable new computational systems, including systems inspired by the human brain that promise to dramatically improve the efficiency of important computational tasks.

U receives federal grant to study disorder in quantum systems

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The University of Minnesota has received $1 million over the next four years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for fundamental quantum research that will help develop materials that could someday be used in quantum computing. The team, consisting of mathematician Svitlana Mayboroda at the University of Minnesota and materials scientists Jim Speck and Claude Weisbuch at the University of California – Santa Barbara, is one of only 25 nationwide to receive a grant under NSF’s Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering-Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (RAISE-TAQS) effort that will help enable the United States to lead a new quantum technology revolution.

U in the News

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Christopher Uggen is quoted in Medium about the return of voting rights to ex-felons in Florida; Pajau Vangay and Dan Knights are quoted in The New York Times (PDF) about the ecosystem in immigrants’ guts; Kathryn Pearson is quoted in the Bring Me The News story, “Could Minnesota be next in line for legal marijuana?”; Scott Meyer is quoted in a Star Tribune story about the student run CLAgency; Jessica Hellmann is quoted in Scientific American about a new index that ranks U.S. cities based on climate risk and readiness; Erik Moore was interviewed by CBS Minnesota about the unique shoe tree tradition; Clark Chen is quoted at Kare 11 about a new U of M trial for a brain cancer treatment; George John is quoted at CBS regarding paper catalogs and advertising making a comeback; Kathryn Pearson comments in the Republican Eagle about the record amount of political ad spending from outside groups in Minnesota during the recent election; Stephanie Standal and Roni Evans are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about researchers finding new ways to treat pain without prescription drugs in light of the opioid crisis; Kate Adamala is quoted in Nature about how biologists are creating life-like cells from scratch.

2018 Award for Global Engagement recipients

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The all-University Award for Global Engagement is given to faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline. The 2018 Award for Global Engagement will be presented to the following recipients at a ceremony on Nov. 14:

  • Michael Anderson, director, English Language Programs, College of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Joan DeJaeghere, professor, College of Education and Human Development
  • Sabine Engel, director of International Programs, Institute on the Environment
  • Brian Steffenson, professor, Department of Plant Pathology, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

U in the News

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Christopher Uggen is quoted in The Atlantic about felon voting disenfranchisement; the Star Tribune features Joseph Gaugler as he begins a begins statewide tour to shed light on Alzheimer's; Silvia Balbo is quoted about the safety of e-cigs in Time Magazine; Dan Knights is quoted in the Washington Post (PDF), The Atlantic, Gizmodo, and NPR about his research about the impact of an American diet on the microbiomes of immigrants; Donald Wyse and George Weiblen are quoted in MinnPost about the potential economic and environmental impacts of growing hemp in the Midwest; Monique MacKenzie, Sally Lightner, and Julie Grossman are mentioned in a Minnesota Daily story about planning for the St. Paul campus; Michael Osterholm is interviewed in the New York Times (PDF) about turbocharging the flu shot with the help of llamas; Thomas Stoffregen talks about the causes of seasickness and what to do about it in the Washington Post (PDF); Przemek Bajer is quoted in a MinnPost story about a ‘salmon cannon’; Kamil Ugurbil is quoted in a Nature story about the world’s strongest MRI machines.

Borchert Map Library wins Governor’s award

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ryan Mattke, head of the Borchert Map Library, recently accepted the Governor's Award for the Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online website, which includes thousands of digital copies of historical aerial photographs, mostly from between the 1920s and the 1990s, covering all 87 counties in Minnesota.

NSF grant to reduce water stress

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Investigators William Arnold (Civil, Environmental, and GeoEngineering), Alptekin Aksan (Mechanical Engineering), Marc Hillmyer (Chemistry), Paige Novak (Civil, Environmental, and GeoEngineering), and Timothy Smith (Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering) received a $94,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center program to develop the framework for an Engineering Research Center (ERC) that will ultimately lead to innovations with respect to how water is treated and managed in the United States and beyond.

U in the News

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Leslie Morris comments in a Kare 11 story about the Pittsburgh shooting fitting into a larger context of anti-Semitism; Kathryn Pearson comments in CBS Minnesota on the record number of negative political ads airing in Minnesota; Robert Kudrle is quoted in a Politico story about Trump’s tariffs; Katy Kozhimannil is quoted in a New York Times (PDF) story about rural hospital closings; Mark Bell is quoted in a CNN story about president Trump’s threats of a nuclear buildup; Alexis Grinde and Josh Bednar are quoted in a Duluth News Tribune story about hanging birdhouses to study boreal chickadees; Jessica Hellmann is quoted in the Smithsonian story, “To Save Endangered Species, Should We Bring Them Into Our Cities?”; Joseph Bump is quoted in a Science story about repopulating landscapes with rhinos and reindeer; Paul Sufka is quoted in a UPI.com story about taking brisk walks to decrease the need for arthritic knee replacement.

School of Public Health and Minnesota partners awarded $4 million grant

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A new collaboration among three of Minnesota’s most important health research, education, and care delivery organizations--U of M School of Public Health, Mayo Clinic, and Hennepin Healthcare--will train experts in a game-changing, modern approach to health care. Called learning health systems, the approach embeds researchers in a health care system, creating a nimble feedback loop among researchers and clinicians so they can more quickly, and together, improve the quality of patient care. The Learning Health System Mentored Career Development Program was chosen as 1 of 11 programs nationwide to receive $4 million over five years.

School of Nursing receives 2018 HEED award

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

For the third consecutive year, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing has been recognized with the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine. The HEED Award honors U.S. nursing, medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, veterinary, and other health schools and centers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The school’s efforts to recruit and retain diverse and underrepresented students, its policies and strategies to train and mentor faculty, and its innovative diversity education programming including the Diversity Deep Dive focus on poverty contributed to the award selection.

RTC-CL awarded $4.3 million in new funding

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Institute on Community Integration’s Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL) began a new five-year, $4.3 million grant to continue to conduct a wide range of projects related to community supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including seven new studies in areas of employment for people with disabilities, direct support workforce development, community inclusion, and assistive technology.

U in the News

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Gary Reineccius is quoted in the FiveThirtyEight story, “No, LaCroix Isn’t Poisoning You Like You’re A Giant Cockroach”; George Weiblen is quoted in Nature about what legal weed in Canada means for science; Nichole Morris is interviewed at Streetsblog.USA regarding U of M research about getting vehicles to yield to pedestrians; Jessica Savage is quoted in the East Bay Times about making giant gourds/pumpkins great again; Kelly Mitchell is quoted in The Economist (PDF) about Wisconsin being twice as likely to imprison people as Minnesota; Larry Jacobs is quoted in MinnPost about how Minnesota campaigns are exploiting voters’ anxiety over health care; Robert Schwarz and others are mentioned in a MinneInno story about the U of M’s craziest, most interesting innovations; Sergio Gradilone is quoted in the PostBulletin.com (PDF) about a very exciting recent cancer discovery at Hormel.

Wiese-Bjornstal inducted into National Academy of Kinesiology

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Kinesiology professor Diane Wiese-Bjornstal has been inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) as a fellow. NAK is composed of distinguished scholars with significant contributions to the kinesiology field. 

U in the News

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Susan Wolf co-authored an article in Science critiquing a recent report by the National Academies on research participants rights; Ian Maitland is quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about corporations not having any 'values' beyond making money; George Weiblen is quoted in a TwinCities.com story about Hemp potentially becoming a leading Minnesota crop; James Butcher is quoted in Scientific American about the accuracy of personality tests; Francis Shen is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) story “Democrats Are Ignoring One Key Voting Group: Veterans”; Rachna Shah is quoted in the New York Times (PDF) about lean production processes in business; Elizabeth Criswell is quoted in the Healthline story, “7 Ways to Help Your Child's Brain Develop”; Craig Packer is quoted in a National Geographic story looking back on the death of Cecil the lion; Katherine West Scheil writes “What Shakespeare’s Wife Could Tell Us” in Time magazine; Montserrat Torremorell is quoted in the Star Tribune about the global spread of African swine fever and the risk to U.S. farmers.

Cramer named vice president for research

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Christopher Cramer has been named the University's vice president for research, effective Nov. 12, 2018, and continuing through Nov. 12, 2020. Cramer earned his A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His professional career began with four years of service as an officer in the U.S. Army, including combat duty in Operation Desert Storm. He joined the University of Minnesota in 1992 and is now a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He has served as the director of both undergraduate and graduate studies for the chemistry program, and he has received both of the University’s systemwide awards for outstanding teaching: the Morse-Alumni award for undergraduate education and the award for graduate and professional education. In 2013 he became associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Science and Engineering, and he currently serves as CSE’s associate dean for research and planning. He also chaired the Faculty Consultative Committee in 2011-12.

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