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Awards and appointments, May 2007

By Gayla Marty

Regent Linda Cohen takes the oath of office from Minnesota Supreme Court justice Lorie Gildea in front of large Regents Seal.
Linda Cohen, above left, of Minnetonka was one of four new regents sworn in this month by Justice Lorie Gildea, '83. The others were Maureen Cisneros, Venora Hung, and Dean Johnson. See May 15, below.

May 30

The director of the Center for Water and the Environment at the UMD Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), Gerald Niemi, is the 2007 recipient of the Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science, presented by the International Joint Commission (IJC). The award recognizes Niemi for his leadership in the Great Lakes Environmental Indicators Project (GLEI) and acknowledges him as an outstanding scientist whose research has had a positive influence on environmental quality and the health of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem. See the news release and his faculty bio.

The U of M-Crookston's new associate chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management is Peter Phaiah, beginning in early June. He brings extensive experience in academics, student services, recruitment, student development, and international programs along with his knowledge of diverse student populations. He succeeds Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs. See the news release.

May 29

The interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine will be Trevor Ames, D.V.M. (below), effective June 18. Ames joined the faculty in 1981 and has chaired the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine for 10 years. His research interests include infectious diseases of horses and cattle, and his clinical interests focus on large animal internal medicine diseases. Ames is expected to serve 9-12 months; his appointment follows the departure of Jeffrey Klausner, who will lead the Animal Medical Center in New York City. See also the news release.

Trevor Ames
Professor Trevor Ames has been named interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Photo courtesy of CVM.

At the American Thoracic Society (ATS) international conference in San Francisco May 21, U professor of medicine Peter Bitterman, M.D., received the society's 2007 Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishment. Bitterman, a member of the U's Cancer Center and inaugural member of the new Center for Lung Science and Health, was honored for significant contributions in the prevention and treatment of lung disease. See the news release.

At the same conference, U professor of medicine David Ingbar, M.D., was installed as the ATS president. Ingbar is a nationally renowned expert in critical care medicine whose research focuses on repairing injured lung tissue. The ATS is an 18,000 member professional organization that promotes research, training, and clinical care for lung, critical care, and sleep disorders. See the news release.

May 22

Lu Yongxiang, professor and president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, received the University's honorary doctor of science degree in the Twin Cities May 21. The degree recognizes his innovative scholarship and research in mechanical engineering, leadership in education, and service as a national leader in advancing science policies. See also Institute of Technology honorary degrees and Lu's Chinese Academy of Sciences bio.

May 21

Winners of the 2007 Best Dissertation Awards in four categories were announced by the Graduate School. Each will receive $1,000.

  • Arts and humanities: "Witnessing the Past: History, Tourism, and Memory in Vietnam, 1930-2002," by Scott Laderman, American studies; professors Patricia Albers and Elaine May, advisers. Laderman is now an assistant professor of history at UMD.
  • Biological and life sciences: "The Centromere Linkage Pathway (CLiP): Towards a New Model for Sister Centromere Cohesion," by Laura Angélica Díaz-Martínez, molecular, cellular, and development biology and genetics; professor Duncan Clarke, adviser. Díaz-Martínez is a postdoctoral associate in pharmacology at the University of Texas.
  • Physical sciences and engineering: "Computational Nanoscience," by Nathan Schultz, chemistry; regents professor Donald Truhlar, adviser. Schultz is now a senior research chemist at 3M.
  • Social and behavioral sciences and education: "Taking Responsibility: Toward an Understanding of Morality in Practice," by Pamela Kay Bjorklund, nursing; professor Joan Liaschenko, adviser. Bjorklund is an assistant professor of nursing at the College of St. Scholastica.

The Carlson School's Juran Center for Leadership in Quality announced six Juran Fellows at three universities and 12 doctoral award winners at five universities. U of M recipients include Juran Fellow Aravind Chandrasekaran, operations and management science, for "Balancing Between Innovation and Improvement Projects in High Velocity Environments"; and doctoral award winners Jain Kwon, Brent Moritz, and Lela Olson. Fellows receive $10,000 to expand their research on quality and its applications after graduation; doctoral awards are $2,500. For more information, see the news release.

Five of the eight winners of Target Corporation's Design Me competition are U of M-Twin Cities interior design students. The competition invited design students across the nation to apply their knowledge and ideas to improve the character of a dormitory room. Grand prize winners include Rachel Bickel and Chiharu Miller; first place winners include Laura Hennings, Sarah Theisen, and Stephanie Volberding. All five graduated May 12.

May 18

Professor of laboratory medicine Yoji Shimizu has been elected president of Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, a charitable fund that makes grants to agencies throughout Minnesota and part of the U's charitable giving campaign. Shimizu is also the immunology program leader at the U Cancer Center and director of graduate studies for the microbiology, immunology, and cancer biology Ph.D. program. Shimizu was featured in a story about the U's 2006 giving campaign, "What everybody should do."

May 16

The U's Medical Alumni Society board chose six exceptional physicians to receive its awards, which will be presented in September. The Harold S. Diehl Award, the society's most prestigious award for lifetime achievement, will go to M.D.s John Delaney, '55; A. Stuart Hanson, '63, and Fred Lyon, '57. The Distinguished Alumni Award will go to M.D.s Marvin Goldberg, '53, and Karen Olness, '61. The Early Distinguished Career Award will honor John Song, M.D., '94. For more information, see the news release.

U of M-Crookston associate professor of agriculture Lyle Westsrom has received the Outstanding Higher Education/Adult Agricultural Education Award for Region 1, given by the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators at an agricultural technology conference in St. Cloud. See the May 13 news release and his faculty bio.

Carlson School of Management 2007 graduate Lindsay Novak received the college's top award for service and leadership, the Tomato Can Loving Cup, at commencement May 14. Novak received her degree in accounting and strategic management. She is founder and president of CSOM's Women in Business organization, a peer mentor at the college career center, and has been active in many other organizations and events. See the news release.

May 15

Four new U of M regents took the oath of office May 10 at the onset of the board's monthly meetings. Maureen Cisneros of West St. Paul, Linda Cohen of Minnetonka, Venora Hung of Golden Valley, and Dean Johnson of Willmar were sworn in by Minnesota Supreme Court justice Lorie Gildea, UMM, '83, in a brief ceremony before an audience of about 70. Read the feature, "Meet the new regents."

Recipients of the 2007 President's Award for Outstanding Service are Jacqueline "Jaki" Cottingham-Zierdt, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action; Bill DeJohn, MINITEX Library Information Network; Jigna Desai, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; Joycelyn Dorscher, M.D., Center of American Indian and Minority Health and Department of Family Medicine, Medical School Duluth; Melissa Hansen, Cancer Center; Sande Hill, Department of Educational Psychology; John Look, School of Dentistry; Jan Morlock, University Relations; Duncan Okello, Boynton Health Service; Gyles Randall, Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca; Philip Raup, Department of Applied Economics; and Lynne Schuman, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. They will be recognized by the Board of Regents June 8 and honored at a reception at Eastcliff June 26. The award honors active or retired faculty or staff members who have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community. See the awards page.

May 14

The five-member U of M-Twin Cities College Bowl team won the College Bowl National Championship in Los Angeles May 11, defeating the University of Southern California. Team captain Andrew Bockover, a political science and history senior, joined forces with linguistics junior Meredith Johnson, computer science freshman Robert Carson, undeclared freshman Andrew Hart, and Erza Lyon, a graduate student in ecology, evolution, and behavior. This is the sixth year the U has taken the national title. Read the story, "Riddle me this."

U of M-Morris language students Sharon Jurina and Nicole LaFrinier were on the Fond du Lac team that won first place at the First Annual Anishinaabe College Quiz Bowl at the College of St. Scholastica April 28. Quiz questions were in Anishinaabe. See the news release.

Three U faculty members have been honored for their efforts in national food safety and defense by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Commissioner's Special Citation Award was awarded to professor emeritus Frank Busta, director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD); Shaun Kennedy, deputy director of NCFPD and associate director of the U's Center for Animal Health and Food Safety; and public health professor Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP). The awards were presented at the 47th annual FDA Awards Ceremony on May 11 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. See the AHC news release and CIDRAP.

Rachna Shah, assistant professor of operations and management sciences at the Carlson School of Management, has received the Production and Operations Management Society's Early Career Award. Shah was chosen for her research in broadening how productions and operations management is practiced and viewed. On May 7, she accepted her award at the society's annual conference in Dallas. See the news release.

Julie Schumacher
Julie Schumacher won a 2007 Minnesota Book Award.

May 10

Julie Schumacher (right), associate professor of English, Twin Cities, won a 2007 Minnesota Book Award for her young adult novel, The Book of One Hundred Truths (Delacorte). Awards were announced May 5 in St. Paul. Other creative writing professors who have been honored with Minnesota Book Awards include Michael Dennis Browne (twice), Ray Gonzalez, Patricia Hampl, and David Treuer. See the MBA site and Schumacher's Web page.

Visiting associate professor of history Taner Akçam of Turkey also won a Minnesota Book Award, for general nonfiction, for A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt). Akçam also teaches at the U's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. See the Department of History.

Thirteen employees of Polaris Industries, Inc., in Roseau, Minnesota, graduated from the U of M-Crookston May 8. The graduation is unique in that employees of Polaris are able to pursue an associate or bachelor's degree on site. UMC faculty members travel to Roseau each week to teach courses in management and manufacturing. Graduates are Greg Anderson, Mike Bodell, Penny Erickson, Jason Dobmeier, Dale Johnson, Maureen Langaas, Wonda Osborne, Steve Pavek, Marie Reid, Deb Rinde, Jeff Tureson, Tammy Wahl, and Bonnie Zimmerman. See the news release.

May 8

Regents professor G. Edward Schuh was honored upon his retirement with a global symposium, "Toward a Global Food and Agricultural Policy for an Open International Economy," May 2-3. The event drew policy experts and scholars from around the world--all former students or close colleagues of Schuh's--to highlight his pioneering work of bringing agriculture into prominence in the global economy. Schuh's career spanned work in Brazil, the U.S. government, and the World Bank. The symposium was sponsored by the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, where Schuh served as dean from 1987 to 1997. Read more in "Continuing the work of a lifetime."

Bell Museum of Natural History board member Ford W. Bell has been named president and CEO of the American Association of Museums (AAM) beginning June 1. Bell is an educator, scientist, Minneapolis civic leader, and grandson of Bell Museum founder James Ford Bell. The AAM is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape. See the AAM news release and Bell's bio; see also the Bell Museum.

Henry Balfour
Professor Henry Balfour won the 2007 Clinical Virology Award. Photo courtesy of the Medical School.

Henry Balfour (right), professor of laboratory medicine and pathology and of pediatrics in the Medical School, has won the Clinical Virology Award for 2007. Balfour currently serves as medical director of the U's Clinical Virology Laboratory and is widely recognized as a leader in the field of viral infections. The award, given by the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology, acknowledges an individual whose contributions to clinical virology have had a major impact on the epidemiology, treatment, or understanding of viral diseases. Balfour was honored at the 23rd Annual Clinical Virology Symposium in Clearwater Beach, Florida, on April 30. See the news release.

May 7

Andy Lopez and Miracle Obeta
Professor Andy Lopez, left, and student Miracle Obeta won UMM's Chávez Awards for 2007. Photo courtesy of UMM.

The Morris campus César E. Chávez Award for 2007 has been conferred upon computer science professor Andy Lopez and junior Miracle Obeta (left). The award recognizes one faculty or staff member and one student each year for their contribution to the Latino community and communities of color and for support of workers rights in the tradition of the late civil rights and labor leader. Lopez has actively supported the UMM United Latinos organization for 15 years. Obeta has led and participated in several UMM campus organizations, including the Morris Student Campus Association. See the news release.

Nine communications teams won 2007 Maroon & Gold Awards at the U of M Communicators Forum conference May 2. University Libraries won a Gold Award in the campaign/series category for publicity related to its exhibit, The Birth of Celebrity Culture in the City of Lights (1890-1900); they also took the Mike Award as conference favorite. Other Gold Award winners included the Institute on Community Integration for Finding Our Voice, a video documentary about American Indian youth (multimedia category); the Twin Cities campus College of Liberal Arts media and public relations team for redesign of its magazine, Reach (print); and University Relations for "Stolen Identity," the story of a U student who turned the theft of his identity into a project (writing). Maroon Award winners were teams from Printing Services for the Back to Campus Gopher stadium fund-raising campaign and from the Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration for the forum's 2006 conference campaign, Uncharted Territory (campaign/series); the Office of the Vice President for Research for its magazine, Research (print); and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for the faculty recruitment Web site, Wishing You Were Here (multimedia). The MARGO Award for "most elegant solution within the means available" went to University Relations for the Ureport postcard, "Ignoring Problems?"--a project produced for the Office of Institutional Compliance. Entries were judged by a panel of external communications professionals. The Communicators Forum is a U-wide professional organization now celebrating its 20th year. See the list of members on the winning teams at 2007 Maroon & Gold Award Winners.

May 4

The new head women's basketball coach at the Morris campus is Tim Grove. Grove served as interim head coach for the Cougar women's basketball team this past season and led them to their second straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference post-season tournament berth. Before coming to UMM, Grove coached boys' and men's basketball and led numerous girls' and boys' basketball camps. He was also a standout college athlete in basketball and football. See the news release.

Crookston campus agricultural education junior Amanda Fickes will serve as the National Association of Agriculture Educators (NAAE) communications intern for eight weeks. NAAE is the professional association for school-based agricultural educators, with headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. See the news release.

UMC's 2007 Teambacker of the Year Award was presented to Charles Hiller at the annual Fun Nite April 27 at the Crookston Eagles. The event raises money for UMC athletic scholarships. Hiller, a trust officer and northern regional manager for Bremer Trust, was a recipient of UMC's Torch and Shield Award in 2005. See the news release.

May 1

Newly elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences include Twin Cities campus faculty members Patricia Hampl, Regents Professor of English; Geoffrey Hellman, professor of philosophy; and John Sullivan, Regents Professor of Political Science and Arleen C. Carlson Chair in American Government. They are among 203 new fellows and 24 new foreign honorary members of the academy whose members include former world leaders, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, and scholars, scientists, artists, civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders from 27 states and 13 nations. Read more about these award-winning faculty members in "In good company."

Twin Cities campus physics professor Allen Goldman has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Goldman, an expert on superconductivity, is one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates in the academy recognized for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. Read the story, "Physicist elected to National Academy of Sciences"; see also the National Academies announcement.

Ann Hill Duin
Ann Hill Duin will become associate vice president for information technology beginning in July.

Ann Hill Duin (left), professor of writing studies in the College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities, and former senior associate dean in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, has been named associate vice president and deputy chief information officer of the Office of Information Technology (OIT), beginning in July. Her responsibilities will include Academic and Distributed Computing Services (ADCS) and Network and Telecommunications Services (NTS). She will provide academic leadership for establishing a long-term, innovative Twin Cities campus strategic plan for information technology. Hill Duin has previously served as associate provost and vice provost and, under the auspices of the Higher Learning Commission, facilitates inter-institutional teams in the design of sustainable partnerships. She will work to achieve a smooth transition with longtime deputy CIO Shih-Pau Yen, who will retire this fall after 42 years at the U. Yen's visionary leadership in academic technology helped to create one of the most advanced technical environments for faculty and staff. See also OIT.

Twin Cities campus alumnus Stan Freese, '67, a world-renowned tuba soloist as well as the talent casting and booking director for Disney Entertainment Productions, will be honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award, the campus's highest award to alumni, at the UMAA annual celebration May 8. Freese will perform with the U of M Marching Band as part of the evening's entertainment. See the 2007 Annual Celebration for ticket information and a bio of Freese and keynote speaker and U alum Tony Dungy, '78.

Crookston campus honored more than 100 students with achievement and service awards at the annual Student Awards Reception. Faculty and staff selected by the students for special awards included Pam Elf, biology, for most creative use of technology; Kevin Thompson, communication, as outstanding educator; Lisa Samuelson, student activities, as most supportive of students; and Kenneth Johnson, business, for oustanding service to students. See the news release.

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