U in the News

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Bob Blanchette is featured in the Minnesota Daily story, “The Indiana Jones of fungi helps save Egyptian artifacts”; Jean Abraham is quoted in a U.S. News & World Report story about the effectiveness of workplace wellness programs; Stephen Burks is interviewed in American Trucker about his research on sleep apnea and safe driving; Francis Shen is interviewed in Science about how portable scanners could transform brain imaging; Jennifer Schulz comments in the Star Tribune on slowing Twin Cities population growth and immigration; Judith Younger is quoted in a USA Today story about why Prince’s estate is still unsettled three years after his death; Kate Schaefers is interviewed at Kare 11 about how staying connected to younger generations is key to living longer for aging adults; Joseph Gaugler is quoted in The Wall Street Journal (PDF) about tracking devices helping families facing dementia; Vera Krischik is quoted in The Scientist Magazine about a pesticide marketed as safe for bees that has been found to harm them; George John comments at Kare 11 about new streaming services from Disney.

U of M recognizes groundbreaking research and entrepreneurial spirit

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The U of M recently recognized researchers whose groundbreaking research and entrepreneurial spirit have led to new technologies that hold the potential to address major societal challenges. The Inventor Recognition Event, presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research and U of M Technology Commercialization, celebrated the recent achievements of University researchers and the breakthroughs that have resulted from their efforts. The event also included the presentation of the 2019 Innovation Awards to recognize four exemplary researchers who have demonstrated exceptional academic ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive in working to bring innovations beyond the lab. This year’s winners are Branden Moriarity (Early Innovator), Jian-Ping Wang (Entrepreneurial Researcher Award), and Jim Luby and David Bedford (Impact Award). In addition, Kenneth Beckman, Daryl Gohl, and Dan Knights received the Committee’s Choice Award.

Institute for Advanced Study awarded Mellon Foundation grant

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Institute for Advanced Study has been awarded a $1,077,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a statewide, humanities-led environmental stewardship and community initiative that centers on respect for traditional Indigenous ways of understanding the world. Beginning in summer 2019, the Duluth, Morris, and Twin Cities campuses will collaborate in a systematic approach for integrating Indigenous ideas and research methods in humanities scholarship and environmental stewardship.

Nursing faculty honored by Women’s Health Leadership Trust

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Two School of Nursing faculty are being honored by the Women’s Health Leadership Trust. Professor Carolyn Porta received the Leadership Award, which recognizes women who are viewed by their peers, superiors, and business partners as exceptional leaders by being imaginative, creative, resourceful, encouraging and results-oriented. Porta is a professor and the director of global health at the school. Clinical Assistant Professor Shanda Demorest received the Health and Well-Being Award, which honors women who advance the health and well-being of individuals, organizations, and communities. Demorest’s research focuses on the health impacts of climate change and empowering health professionals to take action on climate change. The Women's Health Leadership Trust is a professional network of more than 500 women in health care, founded in the Twin Cities.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Kenneth Blumenfeld is quoted in a New York Times (PDF) story about cities that promise relief from global warming; Peter Sorensen is quoted at MPR News about whether springtime flooding could lead to the spread of invasive carp; Marlene Zuk was cited by Newsweek in a story about female dolphins apparently having sex for pleasure; Minnesota Lawyer spoke with Deepinder Mayell about law students working in rural communities; Julie Tonneson and Brian Burnett comment on the Minnesota senate’s criticism of U of M administrative spending in the Minnesota Daily; Jason Hill is quoted in a US News & World Report story about a study finding that 100,000 Americans die each year from air pollution; George John and Paul Vaaler are quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about the fees charged to U of M students by TCF Bank; Joshua Page writes in The Appeal about his research experience as a bail bond agent for more than a year; Sarah Westberg is quoted in Blood + Milk about the effectiveness of the Plan B pill; Suhasa Kodandaramaiah is quoted in a Big Ten Network story about U research allowing a look inside the minds of mice; Marat Bakpayev is quoted in Forbes about AI and advertising to millennial males.

Lindsey receives President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Humphrey School Professor Greg Lindsey is the 2019 recipient of the President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award. Lindsey was one of six University scholars nominated for the annual award, which recognizes exemplary community-engaged scholarship in a field of inquiry.

U of M Twin Cities ranks third in Peace Corps ranking

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities ranked third nationally on the annual list of colleges that produced the most Peace Corps recruits. The U of M is on the list for the 19th consecutive year, having produced 70 volunteers in 2018.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Peter Seiler is quoted in USA Today about why there was there no backup system on Boeing’s 737 Max; George Weiblen and Kalpna Gupta are quoted in a Star Tribune story about CBD sales taking off in Minnesota; Jane Kirtley comments in Buzz Feed on a judge’s order to hide evidence from the public in the trial of Mohamed Noor; Lynn Blewett is quoted in a MinnPost story about one of the most in-demand jobs in Minnesota-- which is also one of the lowest paid jobs in health care; Henry Balfour and other researchers are working on a vaccine to prevent mono, as reported by the Minnesota Daily; Alvin Berger comments on the safety of the Keto diet in Reader's Digest; Bree Bussey is quoted in The Washington Post (PDF) about who should get to adopt native American children; Stephen Schondelmeyer is quoted in a MinnPost story about how Big Pharma became the biggest villain of the 2019 Minnesota Legislature; the Minnesota Daily profiles the life of the University's old tech, with comments from Paul Honsey, Mike Olson, and John Butler; Laura Palombi is quoted in the Duluth News Tribune about an overdose reversal drug being employed as part of fight against the opioid epidemic in the Northland; Alisa Eland is quoted in U.S. News & World Report about mental health for international students.

New McKnight Presidential Fellows named

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Seven new McKnight Presidential Fellows have been named. The McKnight Presidential Fellows Program gives three-year awards to exceptional faculty who have been newly granted tenure and promotion to associate professor, to recognize their accomplishments and support their ongoing research and scholarship.

Tony Low, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Science & Engineering
Annie-Laurie McRee, Pediatrics , Medical School
Soumya Sen, Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School of Management
David M. Vock, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Terrion L. Williamson, African American & African Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Jason J. Wolff, Educational Psychology, College of Education & Human Development
Rui Zhang, Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, College of Pharmacy

Humphrey School named a Top 10 Public Affairs Graduate program

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

For the third year in a row, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is ranked as one of the top 10 graduate schools for public affairs in the nation. The U.S. News & World Report survey also ranked several of the Humphrey School’s specialty programs in the top 10 percent.

More than 80 U of M Physicians named "Rising Stars" by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine announced the 2019 edition of “Top Doctors, Rising Stars,” which recognized more than 80 University of Minnesota physicians. “Rising Stars” candidates must have been fully licensed and in practice for 10 years or less. Each individual named to the list of “Rising Stars” was chosen by peers in the field. All candidates are evaluated on numerous factors, including professional achievement, review by an expert panel, research and disciplinary history.

U in the News

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Marin Bozic is quoted in a Rochester Post Bulletin story about the economics of milking cows; Brad Heins is quoted in a Forbes story about high-tech farming and sustainability; June Carbone is quoted in the Axios story, “Love is easier to find for educated whites”; David Nicolai is quoted in U.S. News & World Report coverage of the more than one million acres of U.S. cropland destroyed by floods; William Jones is quoted in VICE News about how “illegal” teacher strikes rescued the American labor movement; MinnPost asks whether Minnesota is in the midst of another farm crisis, with comments from Dale Nordquist; 46 percent of whites worry that becoming a majority-minority nation will 'weaken American culture,' reports USA Today, with comments from Jack DeWaard; Christopher Federico is quoted in FiveThirtyEight about why and how Trump’s approval rating remains incredibly steady; Timothy Pruett writes in the Star Tribune that a better organ donation system could save thousands of lives.

University to lead $9.7 million NIH grant to improve hearing restoration

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The University of Minnesota will lead a $9.7 million grant over the next five years from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative to develop a new implantable device and surgical procedure with the goal of restoring more natural hearing to people who are deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The international team is made up of engineers, scientists, surgeons, and medical researchers from three countries that span three universities. The team also includes researchers from two medical device companies.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Patrick Schoff comments in Newsweek about how climate change might cause U.S. migration north; Linsey Griffin is quoted in a Mpls.St.Paul Magazine feature about the University of Minnesota's Human Dimensioning Laboratory; Michael Osterholm talks with KSTP about a new U of M program focused on Chronic Wasting Disease; Stephen Burks comments in Business Insider about new research showing that the supposed truck driver shortage doesn’t actually exist; Russell Luepker is quoted in a CNN story about a fish oil derivative that may benefit heart health; Jason Varin is quoted at Kare 11 about the latest blood pressure medication recall; Amy Greminger and Jennifer Grabow are quoted in Duluth News Tribune about the rising deaths in Minnesota from suicide, opioids, and alcohol; George Weiblen is quoted in the City Pages about Minnesota's new untested miracle drug, CBD; Dan Cariveau is quoted in a Star Tribune story about a bill that could help support pollinator-friendly yards in Minnesota; Marlene Zuk is mentioned in a Science story about the odd phenomenon of crickets that call Hawaii’s lava home; Dianne Neumark-Sztainer was interviewed for WalletHub’s “2019 Fattest Cities in America”; Laura Kalambokidis is quoted in a Finance & Commerce (PDF) story about Minnesota’s job growth turning negative for the first time since 2010; Ben Bigelow is quoted in the Star Tribune about the latest World Happiness Report.

Newly named Distinguished McKnight University Professors

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has announced that seven new Distinguished McKnight University Professors have been named. The Distinguished McKnight Professorship program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status. Recipients hold the title “Distinguished McKnight Professor” for as long as they remain at the University of Minnesota.

Deborah A. Ferrington, Ophthalmology, Medical School, Twin Cities

Christy L. Haynes, Chemistry, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

Susan D. Jones, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, College of Biological Sciences, Twin Cities

Richard M. Lee, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Vuk Mandic, Physics & Astronomy, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

Sang-Hyun Oh, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities

Kevin D. Wickman, Pharmacology, Medical School, Twin Cities

Stang chosen to shape the 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Associate professor Jamie Stang has been chosen as one of only 20 experts in the U.S. to shape the 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide the foundation for federal food programs serving more than 44 million children, such as the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Stang is a maternal and child health nutrition specialist and the new guidelines will include for the first time a focus on eating habits over the life span, with new attention on pregnant women and on children.

Umbreit awarded Residency in Restorative Justice at UMD

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

School of Social Work professor Mark Umbreit was awarded the Distinguished Residency in Restorative Justice at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Susan Maher, dean of Duluth's College of Liberal Arts, awarded the residency, which involves Umbreit spending a week on the Duluth campus each semester for the next several years.

College of Veterinary Medicine ranked 13th-best in the world

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

QS World University Rankings listed the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine as the 13th-best veterinary medicine program in the world, and the fifth-best veterinary medicine program in the United States. The college has moved up 11 spots in the world ranking and three spots in the US ranking since 2018. Additionally, the QS World University Rankings listed the college’s research impact score and citations as the 12th-highest in the world for veterinary schools. U.S. News & World Report also recently listed the college among the top ten programs in the United States.

Five CEHD grad programs among top 20 in nation

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) has five graduate programs among the top 20 in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools rankings. CEHD’s special education and educational psychology programs placed 9th and 10th, respectively. Counseling and student personnel psychology ranked 14th place this year and curriculum and instruction landed at 16th. CEHD was rated as the 12th best public education graduate school in the nation and the 21st overall.

U in the News

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Raja Kandaswamy is mentioned in a Kare 11 story about a rare surgery at the U of M that saved a diabetic girl; Julie Selander, Damian Johansson, and Tom Anderson are quoted in a Star Tribune story about the hundreds of retirees taking classes at the U of M; Michelle Duffy is quoted in Inforum about how to cope with a bad boss; Jason Hill is quoted in New Scientist about a study showing that pollution from whites disproportionately affects blacks and Hispanics; Traci Mann is quoted in The Boston Globe (PDF) about the fierce loyalty many of us feel toward our favorite food brands; Matthew Clark is quoted in Bloomberg about U of M hybrid grapes for winemaking; Rebecca Shlafer comments in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on how youth miss out on school and mental services in lockups; Dan Voytas is mentioned in The Scientist about the restaurant debut of gene-edited soybean oil; David Perry comments on the College admissions scandal and how the wealthy can cheat their way at Kare 11.

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