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Awards and appointments, August 2007

By Gayla Marty

Steven Rosenstone
Twin Cities campus CLA dean Steven Rosenstone will be the U's first vice president for scholarly and cultural affairs.

Aug. 24

The University's new vice president for scholarly and cultural affairs is Steven Rosenstone, currently dean of the Twin Cities campus College of Liberal Arts, effective Sept. 10 pending approval by the Board of Regents. This is an upgraded position of leadership to replace the vacant position of the director responsible for Northrop Auditorium, with a greatly expanded scope and complexity of leadership responsibilities and expectations. These include the expansion and strengthened coordination and promotion of the University's academic, artistic, cultural, and civic programs and events in consultation and collaboration with University leaders, academic colleges, centers and institutes, museums and galleries, coordinate campuses, and external cultural organizations. As CLA dean for 11 years, Rosenstone provided critical leadership in developing the West Bank Arts Quarter, forging partnerships with the Guthrie Theater and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and overseeing major renovations to create state-of-the-art facilities. Plans for interim leadership and a national search for a new CLA dean are under way. See the news release. See also CLA and "Stage set for Northrop renewal," part of the review of the February 2007 Board of Regents meeting.

Professor of ophthalmology and holder of the 3M Bert Cross Chair Robert Miller will receive the 2008 Proctor Medal from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)in April. ARVO's highest honor is presented annually for outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology. Miller was chosen as a recipient for his seminal discoveries on the basic mechanisms through which nerve cells of the retina communicate. He will be honored during ARVO's annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale in April 2008. See the ARVO news release and Miller's website.

School of Nursing professor and director of the Katherine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership Joanne Disch and Karlene Kerfoot will receive the 2007 American Academy of Nursing Presidential Award in recognition of their creation of "Raise the Voice," an innovative and successful campaign and an unprecedented effort to transform health care policy and practice through nursing knowledge. See Disch's faculty bio and the AAN.

Crookston campus junior Delano Robinson, of Bloomington, Ill., recently earned first place in the college division of the Information Technology (IT) Showcase held in conjunction with the 29th annual National BDPA (Black Data Professionals Association) Technology Conference in Washington, D.C. Robinson's winning presentation was "Electronic Stability Control (ESC) System Benefits," which focused on increasing vehicle safety through computer technology. It was his first time in the competition. Robinson is earning a double major in information technology management and business management at UMC. The BDPA IT Showcase is sponsored by IBM and Eli Lilly & Company. Read the news release.

Aug. 22

UMTC agriculture education major Ann Miron is the 2007 Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Miron will serve for the coming year as the official goodwill ambassador for Minnesota's dairy farmers. She sat for a sculpture of her head carved in butter, on display during the state fair.

Irving Gottesman, Bernstein Professor in Adult Psychiatry at the Medical School and senior fellow in the Department of Psychology, has been awarded the 2007 American Psychological Foundation (APF) Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement. The award was presented to Gottesman on Aug. 18 at the 115th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Gottesman was honored for substantial contributions to the studies of schizophrenia, criminal behavior, and personality and for bringing together psychology, psychiatry, and genetics in innovative ways. See the news release.

Aug. 17

Joan Porraz
Joan Porraz is the new AHEC executive director in Crookston.

The new executive director of the Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is Joan Porraz (right). AHEC is a federal/state cooperative agreement to educate health professions students in medically underserved areas of the state, and Crookston recently became the site of Minnesota's fourth AHEC. Starting in mid-September, Porraz will provide administrative leadership for the Northwest Minnesota AHEC in Crookston, including regional development of a service platform to support health careers promotion, student and resident experiential education, community awareness, and continuing health professional education. Porraz has served as director of the Head Start Program at the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council in Crookston since 1996 and is currently the Farmworker Health Services, Inc., board chair. See the UMC news release. See also "U works to improve health care in northwestern Minnesota."

Professor and director of the Program in Human Sexuality Eli Coleman was elected president of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR) at the academy's 2007 annual meeting Aug. 11. Coleman, an endowed chair in sexual health, has had leadership roles with the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and the World Association for Sexual Health. During his 28-year career at the Medical School, he authored more than 130 articles and book chapters as well as eight edited books on a variety of sexual health topics. See the AHC news release.

Aug. 16

Robert Vince
Professor Robert Vince has been inducted into the American Chemical Society's Division of Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame.

The founder and director of the U's Center for Drug Design and professor of medicinal chemistry Robert Vince (right) was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Chemical Society's Division of Medicinal Chemistry Aug. 22 at the society's national meeting in Boston. Vince received the honor for exemplary service to the division, the society, and the field of medicinal chemistry through outstanding teaching, research, and service. He has co-authored more than 120 scientific publications and holds 23 patents in the field of medicinal chemistry. Perhaps his most recognized achievement is creation of the anti-HIV drug, Ziagen, which is marketed worldwide to children and adults and whose royalties continue to fund research and fellowships at the University. See the AHC news release.

Aug. 14

The College of Veterinary Medicine's new director of advancement is Sharon Staton, formerly executive director of ACCESS of Red River Valley, Inc., in Fargo, North Dakota, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide care and support to children and adults with disabilities. The new position was created to provide strategic leadership for the implementation and management of an integrated development, alumni affairs, continuing education, and communications team in the college. Staton will work closely with the U of M Foundation. See the CVM news release.

Aug. 13

Meredith McQuaid
Law School faculty member Meredith McQuaid has been named the U's new associate vice president and dean for international programs.

The new associate vice president and dean for international programs is Meredith McQuaid (right), effective Sept. 7, pending Board of Regents approval. McQuaid has served in the position, formerly held by C. Eugene Allen, on an interim basis since November 2006 and was selected after a national search. She previously served as the associate dean of administration and international programs at the U of M Law School. Before joining the faculty, she worked in private practice, specializing in immigration law, and was a legal adviser to international students. McQuaid has served as president of the China Center Advisory Board and is a past chair of the AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers. She received the University's Award for Global Engagement in 2006. As associate vice president and dean, she will promote the global dimensions of teaching, research, and engagement across the University and work with colleagues to create and expand global opportunities. See the Office of the Senior Vice President for Systemwide Administration announcement and her faculty profile.

Aug. 6

UMD associate professor of pathology Kent Froberg has been named Clinical Scientist of the Year by the Association of Clinical Scientists in recognition of his research on atherosclerosis. Froberg has taught pathology at the U of M Medical School-Duluth for 10 years and was a veterinarian before he entered medical school at UMD in 1989. See his faculty bio and the ACS.

The new assistant coach of the Cougar women's basketball team at the U of M-Morris is Amy Balk. She comes from Neosho County Community College in Kansas where she was the assistant women's basketball coach. Balk played collegiate basketball at Dakota State University and was a member and assistant coach of the University of Saint Mary-Leavenworth basketball team. She will also serve as the head coach for the Cougar men's and women's tennis programs. See the UMM news release.

Aug. 3

The new head of the Medical School's Department of Otolaryngology--renowned for its ear, nose, and throat treatment and research--is Bevan Yueh, effective Sept. 10. Yueh is an accomplished researcher, author, and award-winning teacher who comes from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was an otolaryngology professor, director of the Clinical Outcomes Unit, and an affiliate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. See the AHC news release.

The new Cougar men's assistant basketball coach at the U of M-Morris is Rory Larson. Larson comes to UMM after two seasons as a graduate assistant at Southwest Minnesota State University, where he played basketball and earned a master's degree in education and sports leadership. See the UMM news release.

Aug. 2

U of M-Crookston chancellor Charles Casey will be inducted into the Prior Lake High School (PLHS) Laker Hall of Fame today. Casey, a 1957 graduate of PLHS, has been a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, a practitioner in rural veterinary medicine, and director of veterinary outreach programs in the U's College of Veterinary Medicine. He served as dean and director of U of M Extension before he was named UMC chancellor in 2005. See the UMC news release.

School of Nursing teaching specialist Mary Dierich has been named the recipient of the 2007 Shelley Joseph-Kordell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship supports students enrolling in U of M graduate programs who have shown a commitment to working directly to improve the lives of older people. Dierich has been caring for elders her entire career and, as a Ph.D. student, is researching how housing affects aging. Her adviser is associate professor Christine Mueller. See the Shelley Joseph-Kordell Memorial Scholarship and Dierich's staff bio.

Mikhail Shifman
Physics professor Mikhail Shifman received France's 2007 Blaise Pascal Chair for research.

Aug. 1

U physics professor Mikhail Shifman (right) has received a Blaise Pascal Chair for 12 months of research over a two-year period at a university in Paris and environs. Each year since the chair was established by the French government, a committee select has selected three or four highly qualified and acclaimed foreign scientists from a variety of scientific disciplines. Shifman conducts research in theoretical high-energy physics and will go to Paris in May 2008. See the Pascal Chair and Shifman's faculty bio.

Paul Nurse
Cancer researcher Paul Nurse received an honorary doctorate from the U.

Nobel laureate Paul Nurse (left), president of Rockefeller University, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Minnesota August 2. He will receive the degree after delivering a lecture to honor former College of Biological Sciences dean and professor Paul T. (Pete) Magee and his wife, Beatrice (Bebe) Magee, for their years of service to the U. Nurse won the 2001 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine for research that revealed how normal cells are transformed into cancer cells. A native of the U.K., he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1999 for his contributions to cancer research. See the news release and Magee's faculty bio.

The U of M-Crookston (UMC) and University of Minnesota Extension have hired Bruce Sorte as a regional extension educator in community economics and a faculty member in the UMC business department. Sorte comes from Oregon State University, where he conducted economic impact analyses and served as contract administrator, business manager, community economist, and instructor. See the UMC news release.

Christie Vogt and Kristi Goldade contributed to this column.

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