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Awards and appointments, November 2006

By Pauline Oo and Gayla Marty

Nov. 29

Biology professor Randy Moore has received the 2006 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's State Professor of the Year Award. Moore was honored along with 44 other recipients--selected from a pool of nearly 300 nominees in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam--at a recent banquet in Washington, D.C. The award, administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, recognizes professors for their influence on teaching and their outstanding commitment to teaching undergraduate students.

Mike Molasky, associate professor of Asian Languages/Literatures, has been awarded the Suntory Prize for Arts and Letters for his book Sengo Nihon no jazu bunka: eiga, bungaku, angura (The Jazz Culture of Postwar Japan: Film, Literature, the Underground) (Tokyo: Seidosha, 2005). The award is among the most prestigious for academic and critical studies written in Japanese. It is officially known as the Suntory gakugei-sho, and Molasky is the first English-speaking scholar to receive this award for work in the arts and humanities. He will accept the award in Tokyo on Dec. 11.

UMC manufacturing management instructor Christo Robberts participated in the 2006 European Federation of Food Science and Technology Annual Meeting earlier this month in the Netherlands, along with delegates from around the world to learn more about the sustainability of the agri-food chain. He attended sessions that examined the use of sugar beets as fermentation feed, whole material exploitation, technology development, tools for sustainability and sustainability in the future.

Professors Paul Magee, William Toscano Jr., Wayne Gladfelter, William Tolman, and Vipin Kumar have been named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows for their efforts in "advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished."

Linda Watson, director of the University's Health Sciences Libraries, was named president-elect of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. She was also named a mentor in the association's Leadership Fellows Program.

Stephen Hecht, head of the U's Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, received the Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research from the American Association for Cancer Research. Hecht, who also holds the Wallin Chair in Cancer Prevention, is being honored for more than three decades of research on tobacco and its link to cancer.

Nursing research associate Mary Findorff was awarded the 2006 Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health at the American Public Health Association. She received the best paper award for "Does the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) Explain Exercise Behavior in a Community-Based Sample of Older Women?"

Dana Johnson, codirector of the University's International Adoption Clinic, received the Harry Holt Award for significant contributions toward the placement of orphans in permanent, loving families.

Christine Mueller, associate professor nursing, received the 2006 Geriatric Faculty Member Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in October.

Nov. 15

The Minnesota Medical Foundation received several communications awards in the 2006 Pride of CASE District V competition. (District V of CASE--the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education--includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.): Best Institutional Web Site (Silver Medal Award: Lynsey Struthers, Nicole Endres, Catherine Henry, Chris Gottshall, and Jerry Paugh); Best Specialized or Unit-Level Magazine (Silver Medal Award for Medical Bulletin: Susan Cozzolino, Nicole Endres, and Catherine Henry); Best Tabloid/Newsletter for External Audience (Silver Medal Award for Giving Matters: Susan Cozzolino, Nicole Endres, Catherine Henry, and Bea Spector); and Most Improved Tabloid/Newsletter (Gold Medal Award for InSight: Nicole Endres and Susan Cozzolino).

Lyle Westrom, UMC associate agricultural education professor, is visiting Cairo, Egypt, through Nov. 21 as part of a five-person teacher-educator team. The delegation is training selected Egyptian university faculty members on preparing lesson plans and developing instructional materials needed to introduce active teaching and learning methods into 130 secondary Agricultural Technical Schools in Egypt during the 2007-08 academic year. The trip is sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

UMM head football coach Ken Crandall was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference North Division (UMAC) and Conference Coach of the Year. Crandall led the Cougars to the team's first-ever UMAC championship with a 27-20 come-from-behind overtime win over Rockford College Nov. 3. The victory was the seventh straight for the Cougars, the longest winning streak since the 1986.

Shelly McCauley Jugovich and Bruce Reeves, UMD Learning Technology coordinator, have published "IT and Educational Technology: What's Pedagogy Got to Do with It?" in the current issue of EDUCAUSE Quarterly (Vol. 29, No. 4).

Nov. 8

Mike Kilgore, associate professor of natural resources economics and policy, is among Gov. Tim Pawlenty's nominees to the newly formed Conservation Legacy Council. The council will provide advice and recommendations to the governor on how the state can better govern and fund conservation, protection, and enhancement of the state's natural resources. Kilgore, an avid outdoorsman, also serves as director of the Center for Environment and Natural Resources Policy in the U's Department of Forest Resources. Pawlenty signed an executive order earlier this fall to create the council, which is made up of 30 members, including four legislators. For more information, see the news release.

Roger Johnson, professor of curriculum and instruction, and David Johnson, professor of education psychology, have won the prestigious 2007 Brock International Prize in Education. The award recognizes individuals for innovative and effective ideas in education. Their selection marks the first time in the award's six-year history that two individuals have been chosen for the award. The brothers are cofounders and codirectors of the U's Cooperative Learning Center. They will speak at a symposium April 5-6, 2007, at Oklahoma State University, where they will receive the $40,000 prize.

University Relations information technology staff member Peter Riemenschneider has accepted a new position as electronic communications manager at the Institute of Technology, effective Nov. 20. Over the past four years, Riemenschneider has been instrumental in moving Web communications forward at the U with his involvement in several key initiatives; among them the U of M top-level homepage redesign, the development of UMNnews, Lyrus ecommunication integration, and championing the use of U-wide Web templates.

Lynn Blewett, associate professor of health policy and management, was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group comprised of the country's leading experts on social insurance (Medicare, Social Security). The organization strives to promote informed policymaking on social insurance through training, research, and public education.

Epidemiology professor Russell Luepker was appointed for a second term to the Armed Forces Epidemiology Board, which advises the U.S. Department of Defense on health matters.

Nov. 1

The Law School's associate dean for administration and international programs, Meredith McQuaid, has been appointed interim associate vice president and dean for international programs beginning Nov. 1. McQuaid supervises the Law School's international programs, including a master of laws program for foreign lawyers. Before joining the faculty, she worked in private practice, specializing in immigration law, and was a legal adviser to international students. McQuaid is the current president of the China Center Advisory Board and a past chair of the AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers. She recently received the University's second annual Award for Global Engagement, for which she will be honored later this month. McQuaid's new appointment follows the resignation of Jim Perry in the interim role. A search for a permanent leader will be launched this month. For more information, see the announcement from senior vice president Robert Jones. See also International Programs and "McQuaid receives U Award for Global Engagement."

Sally Dischinger, director of operations for Northrop Auditorium, has been named interim director of Northrop Auditorium and the Department of Concerts and Lectures. She takes over after the sudden death of longtime director Dale Schatzlein Aug. 31. Dischinger worked with Schatzlein at Northrop since 1991. For more information, see the news release.

UMC interim vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs will be an invited presenter on student engagement at the Creative Campus Research Conference, Nov. 9-11, Vanderbilt University, Nashville. The conference is a collaborative project of Vanderbilt, the University of Texas, and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, funded by the Ford and Teagle foundations. For more information, see the news release.

Psychology professor and "Growing Concerns" columnist Martha Farrell Erickson is one of the world's 100 top experts who contributed to a new book coming out this month, The Experts' Guide to the Baby Years: 100 Things Every Parent Should Know, by Samantha Ettis (Clarkson Potter, 2006). Erickson specializes in parent-child relationships and children's mental health. For more information, see the news release.

Crookston campus's Sara Kaiser, student experience and parent coordinator, has been named the 2006 New Professional of the Year by the Minnesota College Personnel Association. The MCPA honors accomplishments of outstanding student development professionals who have provided innovative or creative programs and services. Kaiser joined the admissions staff at UMC in 2004 and began her current duties last March. For more information, see the news release.

Awards, appointments, and other items of note about faculty, staff, and outstanding students and alumni of the University of Minnesota campuses are published here as reported and summarized in Brief, the internal news digest of the U. Submit items to Gayla Marty at

See also U Awards & Honors. Most awards listed on this page post names of recipients.