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Awards and appointments, June 2007

By Gayla Marty

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Recipients of the 2007 President's Award for Outstanding Service were recognized at the Board of Regents meeting June 8. More information will be posted on the awards page.

June 27

Five 2006-07 President's Emerging Leaders (PEL) projects were presented in a celebratory poster display June 20. The 26 PEL participants were honored for their achievements during a year of leadership development. Read more about the participants and their projects in "U celebrates sixth cohort of emerging leaders."

The promotion of 15 faculty members at the Duluth campus was announced June 20. They are Dalibor Froncek, Mary Caprioli, Emmanuel Enemuoh, Ryan Frane, M. Imran Hayee, Mary Hermes, Dahui Li, Mary Ann Marchel, Michael Pfau, Yongcheng Qi, Maureen Stanley, Joyce Strand, Craig Stroupe, Steve Vanderheiden, and Josef Werne. See the news release.

June 26

Eight U of M-Twin Cities students have won Fulbright scholarships for 2007-08. Graduate and professional recipients are Tovah Bender, history (Italy); Rachel Brummel, conservation biology (Australia); Todd Olin, Law School '07 (Norway); Richard Parks, history of medicine (Tunisia); Aeleah Soine, history (Germany); Elizabeth Swedo, history (Iceland); and Julie Whitcomb, mechanical engineering (Germany). David Ansari, psychology (Senegal), received his bachelor's degree from the College of Liberal Arts this spring. See the Graduate School announcement.

Jay Bell
Soil science professor Jay Bell is the new associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, beginning this month. Photo by Patrick O'Leary.

Soil scientist Jay Bell (left) has been named associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), beginning July 23. Bell has been a professor of soil, water, and climate since 1991, and received the 2007 Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. See the news release.

June 19

McKnight Land-Grant assistant professor of chemical engineering Efrosini Kokkoli has been chosen to participate in the 13th annual U.S. Frontiers of Energy symposium of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The event brings together engineers from industry, academia, and government who are engaged in exceptional research and work. Participants are nominated by their peers. Microsoft Research managing director and distinguished engineer Henrique Malvar will be a featured speaker. See the FOE news release and Kokkoli's faculty bio.

College of Veterinary Medicine professor Carl Osborne, a leading authority in veterinary urology, has had the Osborne/Hill's Chair in Nephrology and Urology named in his honor. Osborne's research and teaching on the causes and treatment of urinary tract diseases in animals have earned him more than 45 national and international awards. He has published more than 1,000 scientific articles and book chapters, conducted nearly 600 continuing education presentations, and mentored more than 20 graduate students and clinical residents from eight countries. Dean Jeffrey Klausner announced full funding for the endowed chair at the college's annual alumni reunion on June 2. Endowed chairs support U faculty in academic disciplines, permanently providing the resources necessary to continue the faculty member's contribution to teaching, research, and public service. See the news release.

Daniel Garry
Daniel Garry is the new Lillehei Heart Institute and cardiology division director. Photo courtesy of the Medical School.

The Medical School has named Daniel Garry (left) the St. Jude Professor and Director of the Lillehei Heart Institute and division director for cardiology effective June 15. Garry received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the U in 1990 and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University. He comes from the University of Texas Southwestern, where he became associate professor in 2004, while becoming director of the Cardiovascular Regeneration and Stem Cell Center at UT Southwestern and holder of the Gail Griffiths Hill Endowed Chair in Cardiology. Garry has trained more than 25 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical students and has more than 70 peer-reviewed research publications in leading international journals. See the news release.

Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs dean J. Brian Atwood has been named to a council that will oversee a social services reform effort in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea with support from the Fund for Social Development. He is attending the council's first meeting this month. See the Humphrey Institute announcement.

University News Service director Dan Wolter was reappointed by Gov. Pawlenty to the Metropolitan Council for Council District Eight. The 16 members were appointed for four-year terms that expire with the governor's term in January 2011. The council coordinates planning and development in the seven-county metro area and directly operates several regional services. The Metropolitan Council consists of a chair and 16 metropolitan citizens appointed from geographically defined districts. Wolter, of Eagan, represents District Eight and was first appointed in 2005. The governor reappointed former University regent Peter Bell as chair of the Metropolitan Council earlier this year. See the news release.

June 18

The Department of Economics, Twin Cities, has added 10 new faculty members to its ranks, an unprecedented expansion in the department's history and rare in any economics department. It will be a large boost to a highly ranked program. The new hires include two full professors (including a new holder for the prestigious Carlson Chair in economics), three associate professors, and five assistant professors. They are Jose-Victor Rios-Rull, Christopher Phelan, Kim-Sau Chung, Ichiro Obar, Amil Petri, Fatih Guvenen, Kyoo-il Kim, Minjung Park, David Rahman, and Itai Sher. See the news release.

Michael Garwood
Michael Garwood has received the 2007 Gold Medal Award from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Photo courtesy of the Medical School.

Medical School professor Michael Garwood (right) has received the 2007 Gold Medal Award from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). Garwood is the associate director of the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) at the Medical School and a member of the Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Research Program. Gold Medal Award members are nominated by their peers, who annually award one or two Gold Medals to scientists or clinicians who have significantly contributed to the field of biomedical magnetic resonance. Garwood has published numerous articles on magnetic resonance imaging as it pertains to predicting chemotherapy effectiveness, monitoring the progression of Alzheimer's disease, and improving the accuracy of cancer diagnosis, among other areas. See the news release.

Professor of environmental health sciences Deborah Swackhamer, interim director of the U's new Institute on the Environment, has been awarded the 2007 Harvey G. Rogers Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA). Swackhamer was honored for her dedication, distinguished service, and technical contributions to promoting public health through preservation of the environment. The award was presented at the MPHA annual meeting June 14. See the news release.

The University Wall of Discovery has won an Honor Award from the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), an international nonprofit educational foundation. Six winners were selected from 340 international entries. The Wall of Discovery, on the Scholars Walk at the Twin Cities campus, is designed to celebrate the discoveries, inventions, and creations of U faculty and alumni that have brought significant changes to the world. Gary Fishbeck of HGA Architects created the idea and concept for the Wall of Discovery, Drew Sternal of L.A. Ink completed the graphic design and research, and Mortenson Construction and Nordquist Sign Company constructed the wall. The Gateway Corporation, which includes the U of M Alumni Association, University of Minnesota Foundation, and University of Minnesota Medical Foundation, funded the project. See the news release and learn more about the Wall of Discovery.

June 15

School of Journalism and Mass Communication professor Gary Schwitzer has won a Mirror Award for his Web site that monitors health care news, The award, sponsored by Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, honors excellence in media industry reporting. In the site's first year of operation, received more than 8 million hits, won the Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, and won an e-Healthcare Leadership Award. The site has also been referenced and reviewed by numerous media outlets as an important source for health-related information. The Mirror Awards ceremony took place in Manhattan on June 14 and was hosted by Meredith Vieira, co-anchor of NBC's morning news program, "Today." See the news release.

Cardiology professor Jay Cohn, director of the Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, is the recipient of the 2007 Award of Distinction from Cornell University Weill Medical College Alumni Association. The award honors his notable achievements as a physician, scientist, and innovator and was presented at the commencement ceremony of the Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York. See the news release.

June 14

Mechanical engineering professor Paul Strykowski has been appointed assistant dean for undergraduate programs at the Institute of Technology (IT), Twin Cities. Stykowski will be responsible for devising and implementing a reorganization of existing IT student affairs operations during the 2007-08 academic year. He has taught at the U for over 19 years, winning numerous teaching awards and serving in 2005 as the committee chair on the University's General Research Advisory Committee. Strykowski teaches classes in a variety of mechanical engineering areas including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, gas turbine engines, combustion, and experimental methods. His research interests include fluid mechanics from micro-scale liquid flows to supersonic gas flows. See the IT announcement.

The new head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Twin Cities campus, is Roberto Ballarini, a leader in the field of structural engineering and solid mechanics. Ballarini joined the U of M faculty in the fall of 2006 after more than 20 years at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. His research focuses on the development and application of theoretical and experimental techniques to study the response of materials to mechanical, thermal, and environmental loads. Ballarini has written more than 60 journal papers on structural engineering and mechanics, and has given an equal number of invited lectures around the world. He also has served as a visiting professor at universities in Italy and Taiwan as well as at the U of M. See the IT announcement.

Postdoctoral research associate Jason Hill, coauthor with regents professor of ecology David Tilman on the Dec. 8, 2006, Science paper about the advantages of prairie grass biofuels, testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works June 13. He was part of a group that included Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute; Vinod Khosla, VeraSun Energy; Bob Dineen, Renewable Fuels Association; and Dan Lashoff, Natural Resources Defense Council. The briefing focused on biofuels and coincided with the Senate announcement of a new energy bill that would raise fuel economy standards and prevent oil industry price gouging. Hill's appointment is in the Department of Applied Economics and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. See also his staff bio.

The director of UMD's Recreational Sports Outdoor Program, Mick McComber, has been elected vice president of Region V of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Board of Directors. McComber will be one of 11 members on the NIRSA board. See the news release.

The U of M-Crookston has announced two new hires in the Golden Eagle Athletic Department. Natasha Kuhle of Worthington, Minnesota, is the new assistant athletic director/senior woman administrator, who will work with marketing and promotions, game management, and management of the media relations office. She will also be advise the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and monitor gender equity and Title IX issues. See the news release.

Adam Leiphon of Crary, N.D., is UMC's new assistant athletic trainer. He graduated this spring with a B.S. in athletic training and B.A. in history from the University of North Dakota. See the news release.

June 13

Five new University of Minnesota regents professors are Frank Bates, chemical engineering and materials science; Richard Leppert, cultural studies and comparative literature; Elaine Tyler May, American studies and history; Matt McGue, psychology; and Peter Reich, forest resources. The appointments, approved by the Board of Regents June 8, bring the number of regents professors to 25, with the goal of increasing the number to 30 by 2010. See the news release.

The new China Center director, beginning July 1, will be Yongwei Zhang, currently professor of geography, assistant VP for research and economic development, director of international programs and affairs, and director of university programs in Asia at Missouri State University. See the news release.

The U of M-Crookston's new director of international programs, beginning in July, will be Kimberly Gillette, currently at Minnesota State U, Moorhead. See the news release.

Associate professor Linda Lindeke, PhD, RN, CPNP, is the new president-elect of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. See her faculty bio and the NAPNAP.

June 11

Professor of educational policy and administration R. Michael Paige received the inaugural Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award, given by the Forum on Education Abroad, recognizing his influence on educational institutions to understand and support education abroad. See the forum and Paige's faculty bio.

Twin Cities campus Learning Abroad Center director Al Balkcum received the Education Abroad Leadership Award from NAFSA: Association of International Educators in May. The award recognizes members with an exemplary record of publication, teaching, advising, advocacy, leadership, new program development, or general service to the field with a lasting contribution to education abroad. See the NAFSA announcement and read more about the Learning Abroad Center.

The two recipients of the University's 2007 Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals are Asefa Ashengo Agago, a 2001-02 Humphrey Fellow from Ethiopia, and Yuichi Kondo, '82, '93, of Japan. See their bios as 2007 recipients.

June 8

Professor of restoration ecology Susan Galatowitsch, Department of Horticultural Science, has been named the U's 2007-08 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs. Her research has focused on relatively small wetland ecosystem restoration projects and methods, while she has identified a critical need to increase their scale. For more information about her planned projects, see the news release from the Center for Urban and Rural Affairs (CURA).

The new shared conductor for the Twin Cities campus School of Music and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) is Mark Russell Smith, currently music director at the Richmond (Virginia) Symphony. In the inaugural shared position, Smith will serve as artistic director of orchestral studies and conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra. His appointment is part of a larger collaboration between the U and the SPCO. Smith, a graduate of Julliard School in cello performance, and has built an international reputation. See the news release and a Minnesota Public Radio feature (June 8).

June 7

Assistant professor of education Scott McLeod received the Cable's Leaders in Learning Award this week in Washington, D.C., for establishing the first academic program in the nation to create technology-savvy school leaders. He is one of four winners nationwide in the general excellence category. McLeod developed CASTLE--the Center for Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education--funded by the U.S. Department of Education, designed to turn school administrators into technology leaders using nationally recognized curriculum and high quality, free resources. McLeod has accepted a position at Iowa State University beginning this fall, but the CASTLE certificate program will continue at the University of Minnesota under new leadership. See the news release and McLeod's faculty bio.

June 5

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS), Twin Cities campus, has been named the 2007 Parking Organization of the Year by the International Parking Institute (IPI), a trade organization with 1,400 members from 400 institutions in 18 countries. The award honors the organization that best exemplifies excellence in overall parking operations. PTS shares the inaugural award with the City of Houston, Texas. The Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota. See the news release.

Carolyn Garcia, assistant professor of nursing, was elected to a three-year term on the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA) Professional Advisory Committee. See her faculty bio and the MVNA.

Nursing doctoral student Darlene Bjorklund was named a scholar in the American Academy of Nursing's Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) program. See the BAGNC.

June 4

Twin Cities campus sociology professor Carl Malmquist has received the Manfred Guttmacher Award for his new book, Homicide: A Psychiatric Perspective. As both a physician and psychiatrist, Malmquist examines homicidal behavior in the United States, as well as biological and other factors and trends. The Guttmacher Award was established in 1967 to honor outstanding contributions to the literature of forensic psychiatry. See the news release.

National Burton Awards, which recognize effective legal writing though plain, clear language, have been won this year by a student, a faculty member, and two alumni of the U of M Law School. Dan Robinson, '07, won in the law school category for "Embracing Equity: A New Remedy for Wrongful Health Insurance Denials," published in the May 2006 issue of Minnesota Law Review. Law professor John Matheson, along with Faegre & Benson partner Philip Garon, '72, and Andrew Friedman, '93, were among those who won in the professional category. The Law School is one of only a few schools whose students, faculty, or alumni have won multiple times since the Burton awards program was established in 2000 by the Library of Congress and the Law Library of Congress. See the news releases about Robinson and about Matheson, Garon, and Friedman.

June 1

Renowned sexual health expert Eli Coleman has been named the inaugural holder of the University's academic endowed chair in sexual health, the first of its kind in the world. Coleman directs the U's Program in Human Sexuality, established in 1971, which is part of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Medical School, Twin Cities campus. Coleman is renowned for his research on sexual orientation and treatment on sexual disorders. The endowed chair is funded with more than $4 million in private donations through the Minnesota Medical Foundation. Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, a member of the center's leadership council, spoke at a reception for Coleman May 31. See the news release.

Robert Sterner
U professor Robert Sterner will direct NSF's division of environmental biology. Photo by Tim Rummelhoff.

Ecology professor Robert Sterner (left) has been appointed director of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) division of environmental biology beginning July 2. The division supports basic research and education in ecology and evolutionary biology in many areas. Sterner studies interaction of the chemical elements and biological organisms that form aquatic ecosystems, including Lake Superior. During his term as division director, through September 2009, he will be based in Washington, D.C., but will travel to the University to monitor his ongoing research. See the news release.

An NSF award of $165,000 will enable Morris campus professor of geology Jim Cotter to conduct research with students this summer, comparing glacial geology of western Minnesota and the state of Parana, Brazil. Three UMM students will partner with Cotter throughout the project. See the news release.

Assistant professor of nursing Carol O'Boyle received a plaque on behalf of the University of Minnesota from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) in recognition of service and dedication to the AIHA partnership program in the Caucasus. O'Boyle has been the coordinator for four years of a project of the U's School of Nursing and School of Public Health in the Caucasus states, including hospitals, public health disease prevention, adolescent programs, leadership, and staffing. See her faculty bio, AIHA, and USAID.

Associate professor of nursing Helen Hansen has been elected to a three-year term on the Fairview Southdale Hospital and Clinics board. See her faculty bio and Fairview Southdale.

Casey Lacore, director of UMD's Office of Civic Engagement and the Darland Connection, College of Education and Human Service Professions, has been awarded the 2007 Sister Pat Kowalski Leadership Award by the Minnesota Campus Compact. See the news release.

Twin Cities campus American Indian studies major Amber Ruel is Minnesota Campus Compact's nomination for the national Frank Newman Leadership Award. Ruel was selected to represent Minnesota in the competition based on her dedication to preserving the Ojibwe language and her commitment to public engagement. Read more about Ruel in "Sounding good."

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