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Awards and appointments, June 2008

By Adam Overland

Andrew Svec
Andrew Svec was appointed the director of communications, public relations and marketing at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

June 18

Greg Cuomo has been named associate dean for extension at the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, effective June 9. Cuomo has most recently been responsible for capital planning, government relations and renewable energy in the college. In this new role, he will lead University of Minnesota extension programs related to food, agriculture and natural resource sciences, assuring that interdisciplinary programs are targeted to the public's critical issues. He'll also provide leadership to internationalize extension programs, faculty and educators. For more information, see the news release.

Andrew Svec was appointed the new director of communications, public relations and marketing at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Svec, who began his appointment on June 12, previously worked UMC for 14 years through 2004, most recently as the director of communications. A graduate of UMM, Svec's experience includes developing comprehensive marketing plans, promotional themes, advertising campaigns, publications, and Web sites for both university campuses and a non-profit arts organization. He has extensive experience building and maintaining relationships with media including commercial, public, and municipal television and radio groups, advertising agencies, and corporate sponsors. For more information, see the news release.

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) awarded Kelly Farmer, tax director with the U of M, with the Tax Award. The Tax Award is given to a NACUBO volunteer who has demonstrated a continuous commitment to NACUBO's tax advocacy efforts, educational programs, and publications focusing on higher education tax compliance and administration. Honorees are chosen after a rigorous evaluation by the awards council, composed of past members of the NACUBO Board of Directors and past NACUBO honorees. NACUBO, founded in 1962, is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 2,100 colleges and universities across the country. NACUBO?s mission is to promote sound management and financial practices at colleges and universities.

An article on the best director of graduate studies award (DGS) recipients for 2008 profiles the achievements of winners John Campbell, psychology, and Lois Cucullu, English, UMTC. As well as best DGS Assistant Award recipients Lisa Hubinger, comparative and molecular bioscience and veterinary medicine, and Gail Kalli, plant biological sciences, UMTC. For more information, see Best DGS.

June 4

Georgios Giannakis has been appointed the director of the University's Digital Technology Center (DTC) effective July 1, 2008. The DTC director position also includes a concurrent appointment to the ADC Director's Chair. Giannakis has served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota since 1999, and has an outstanding record and reputation in the area of wireless communications, signal processing and networking. For more information, see the news release.

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt
Sally Gregory Kohlstedt has been appointed the director of the Institute of Technology's History of Science and Technology program

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt has been appointed the director of the Institute of Technology's History of Science and Technology program beginning July 1, 2008. Kohlstedt has served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota since 1989 where she is currently a professor in the History of Science and Technology. Previously, she served as associate dean for academic affairs in the Institute of Technology from 1989 to 1995 and director of the University's Center for Advanced Feminist Studies from 1997 to 1999. She also was interim chair of the University's Department of Anthropology from 2004 to 2006. For more information, see the news release.

Peter Olver has been appointed as head of the School of Mathematics effective July 1, 2008. Olver has served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota since 1980. Over the years, he has worked in fluid mechanics, integrable systems, elasticity, quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. For more information, see the news release.