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Awards and appointments: May 2005

By Gayla Marty

Portrait of Connie White Delaney, new dean, School of Nursing.
Connie White Delaney will join the U as dean of the School of Nursing, with a joint academic appointment in nursing and the Medical School, beginning August 1. See "U Appointments," below.


  • U awards to faculty and staff
  • External awards to U faculty and staff
  • U appointments
  • Other appointments
  • Departures
  • U awards to alumni and community members
  • In memoriam
  • Some items have appeared earlier in Brief as indicated. U AWARDS TO FACULTY AND STAFF

2005 Outstanding Community Service Award recipients are William Doherty, professor, family social science, Twin Cities; Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, director, student activities and service learning, Crookston; Joy Janzen, nutrition education assistant, extension, Aitkin County; Robert Nemeth, executive secretary, Lions 5M Hearing Foundation, Twin Cities; Larry Rudnick, professor, physics and astronomy, Twin Cities; and Thomas Stinson, associate professor, applied economics, Twin Cities, and Minnesota state economist. The awards honor faculty, staff, and greater U community members who have made substantial, enduring contributions to the external community that improve public life and the well-being of society. Recipients were honored May 10 in a ceremony along with the Josie R. Johnson Award winners (below) and were recognized by the Board of Regents May 13. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, May 4.)

Recipients of the 2005 Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award are Sam Adegoke, president of the Black Student Union and a senior in the Carlson School, and Nan Skelton, a fellow at the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Humphrey Institute, both at the Twin Cities campus. The award recognizes faculty, staff, and students who have made exceptional contributions in creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, May 4.)

The Communicators Forum announced the winners of Maroon & Gold Awards at its annual conference May 12. Gold Award winners were Printing Services in the campaign/series and print categories, One Stop Student Services in multimedia, and the Institute of Technology in writing with a story by U Relations science writer Deane Morrison. Winners of Maroon Awards include the College of Continuing Education, College of Education and Human Development, School of Nursing, and University Relations in the campaign/series category; Boynton Health Service, College of Veterinary Medicine, Office for Student Affairs, and Office of the Vice President for Research/Dean of the Graduate School in multimedia; Carlson School of Management, College of Pharmacy, Northrop Auditorium, and University Relations in print; and the College of Education and Human Development and the Institute of Technology in writing. The Margo Award for "the most elegant solution within available means" went to the Twin Cities Student Unions, and the Mike Award for best-of-show went to the College of Human Ecology for promotion related to the exhibit Hip Art That's Square. The Communicators Forum is a volunteer professional organization for U communicators, now in its 20th year. For more information, see 2005 Maroon and Gold Awards.

Crookston faculty and staff were honored May 9 at a special event. Honorees included Darlene Scheving, admissions, United Staff Association Employee of the Year; Tom Sondreal, media services, Kim Cousins, student support services, and Sharon Steward, dietetics, Outstanding Service to Students With Disabilities awards; Rachel McCoppin, communication, Service Learning Award; Lisa Loegering, service learning, Outstanding Community Service Award; Eric Burgess, business management, Builders of Diversity Award; Stacey Grunewald, student health services, Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Distinguished Service Award; Liz Tollefson, development and alumni relations, P&A Distinguished Service Award; and John Leogering, Distinguished Faculty Award. Scott Kleven, Crookston Park & Recreation, was also honored with the Outstanding Learning Partner Award. For more information and photos, see the UMC Weekly Bulletin, May 11.

A celebration of scholarship honored Crookston faculty and staff authors of books, chapters, and papers May 2. The work of 11 UMC faculty members and 26 staff members of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center was displayed at the UMC library through May 9. For more information, see Research and Academic Publication . (Brief, May 11.)


Anne Pusey, professor and director of the U's Jane Goodall Institute, Center for Primate Studies, and Kamil Ugurbil, professor and director of the U's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), a top honor for leaders in scholarship, business, the arts, and public affairs. They will be inducted at AAAS headquarters in Cambridge, U.K., in October. For more information, see the news release.

Kristen Nichol, professor and vice chair, Department of Medicine, is the first recipient of the Charles Merieux Award for Scientific Achievement given by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). She received the award for her research focused on vaccine-preventable diseases in adults, especially influenza and pneumonia, at NFID's annual conference on vaccine research in Baltimore May 9. The award is named for the French scientist who developed the Pasteur Institute, one of the world's leading vaccine laboratories. For more information, see the news release.

David Thomas, professor of biochemistry, molecular biology, and biophysics, was honored as Fellow of the American Biophysical Society at its 49th annual meeting in Long Beach, California, in February. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Biophysical Society and is given annually to distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science and contributed to the expansion of the field of biophysics. Thomas was selected for his contributions to understanding the mechanism of muscle contraction through novel spectroscopic approaches to studying molecular dynamics. For more information, see the awards roster on the Biophysical Society Web site and his profile on the Minnesota Muscle Laboratory Web site.

Erika Lee, McKnight Land Grant Professor and a McKnight Presidential Fellow in the department of history, was awarded the History Book Prize from the Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS) last month. At America's Gates, a study of U.S. immigration history with a focus on Chinese immigrants, has also won two other awards. For more information, see the news release.

Twin Cities campus Fleet Services director Bill Roberts received the Extra Mile Award from the American Lung Association (ALAMN) for his work with the group's Minnesota E85 Program. Due to his initiative, E85 equipment (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline) has been installed on the Twin Cities campus for 60 to 70 flexible-fuel vehicles in a fleet of more than 800. Roberts was nominated by the Outdoor Air Programs committee of ALAMN. For more information, see the ALAMN Web site and the Fleet Services Web site.

Mark Huglen, assistant professor of communications at Crookston, was awarded an Academic Leadership Program fellowship by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), completed last month. As an ALP Fellow, he studied leadership and human resources at the U of Iowa last October, strategic planning and budgeting at the U of Illinois in February, and public universities' future and change at the Twin Cities campus in April. For more information, see his faculty profile.

A Minnesota State Student Service Award was presented by Governor Pawlenty to Morris campus associate professor Paula O'Loughlin and students in her American government class for their involvement in the Kids Voting program in Morris. They were nominated by the program's community partner, Cheryl Kuhn, service-learning coordinator with the Morris Area School District. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, May 11.)

Minnesota secretary of state Mary Kiffmeyer visited the campus to recognize volunteers of the U Raptor Center during a National Volunteer Week event April 20. More than 300 volunteers logged 32,000 hours at the Raptor Center during the past year, the equivalent of about 16 full-time employees. For more information, see the news release.


The new dean of the School of Nursing is Connie White Delaney, currently professor and director of the Institute of Nursing Knowledge at the U of Iowa. Delaney, whose research focus is in the developing field of health informatics, will join the U in August with a dual faculty appointment in the School of Nursing and the Medical School. The regents approved her appointment May 13. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, May 18.) Grant Moos, son of former U president Malcolm Moos, will join the U as assistant vice president for university relations June 13. Moos brings a background in journalism, speechwriting, Web communications, marketing, and government relations. He will report to vice president Linda Thrane.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS Jon Ross, resident biologist at the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, has been appointed to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Gene Merriam's advisory committee on programs including Scientific and Natural Areas, Minnesota County Biological Survey, and Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Programs. For more information about Ross, see his faculty profile on the College of Biological Sciences Web site.

Louis Janus, coordinator for the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) project, Center for Applied Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), has been elected president of the Norwegian Researchers and Teachers Association for North America board for the 2005-08 term. For more information about Janus, see his staff profile on the CARLA Web site.

DEPARTURES Gordon B. Davis, professor and pioneer in information systems, was honored during a two-day symposium on the development of the field May 13-14. Davis recently retired, 36 years after the first formal management information systems (MIS) degree programs were established at the University. For more information, see "The Future of the Information Systems Academic Discipline." Rudolph Vecoli, professor and director of the Immigration History Research Center, was honored during a major immigration history conference, May 12-14. Vecoli has served 38 years at the University and will retire in June. For more information, see "Immigration History and the University of Minnesota: Where We've Been, Where We're Going." (Brief, May 11.)

UMD salutes five retiring faculty members: Bernard DeRubeis, environmental health and safety; June Kreutzkampf, education; Edmond Lundstrom, health, physical education, and recreation; Donald Steinnes, economics; and Neil Storch, history. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, May 11.) U HONORS AND AWARDS TO ALUMNI AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS

CNN anchor and former U student Aaron Brown received the Award of Distinction at the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) annual celebration May 9. For more information, see the news release.

Mervyn de Souza, '98, a principal scientist at Cargill's Biotechnology Development Center, received the Alumni Service Award for his outstanding service as president of the Biological Sciences Alumni Society. He was presented with the award by the UMAA May 14.

The Institute of Technology conferred an honorary doctorate on former Polytechnic University president George Bugliarello, '54, at commencement ceremonies May 6. It also honored alumni Jeanette Brown, '58, D. S. Dhamotharan,'79, and Jack Thomas, '58, with the Outstanding Achievement Award. For more information, see Honorary Doctorate and Outstanding Achievement Awards on the IT Web site.

The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture honored Leonard Parker, '48, internationally renowned architect, with the Outstanding Achievement Award at commencement ceremonies May 14. Parker has designed many public buildings and libraries, including the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs honored L. Bruce Laingen, '49, with the honorary doctorate of laws during commencement May 15. Laingen was the U.S. charge d'affairs in Iran during the hostage crisis in 1979-80 and is currently president of the American Academy of Diplomacy. He previously held a master's degree from the University.

Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson delivered the commencement address for the School of Public health May 16 and received the honorary doctor of laws degree for his contributions to public service. Thompson previously served as governor of Wisconsin for 14 years.

Bruce Stender was named Business Person of the Year by UMD's Labovitz School of Business and Economics at its awards luncheon May 18. Stender is chief executive officer and principal of Duluth-based Labovitz Enterprises and former president of the College of St. Scholastica. For more information, see the news release.

The 2002 Lorenz G. Straub Award was presented to Emily Anne Zedler, a graduate of Stanford University, April 1, at a colloquium at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. The international competition recognizes a meritorious thesis in hydraulic engineering or a closely related field. Zedler gave a presentation on large-eddy simulation. For more information, see the St. Anthony Falls seminar series and Straub Award site.

2005 distinguished alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris, are Cy Thao, '95, Minnesota state representative, and Paulette Fairbanks Molin, '66, retired educator and author. Molin was the first Ojibwe graduate of UMM. They will be honored at homecoming October 21. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, May 18.) IN MEMORIAM George Freier, retired professor of physics and weather specialist who served at the U from 1949 to 1985, died May 13 at the age of 90. He was known for his particular interest in thunderstorms, developed a theory of rain formation, wrote a book about weather lore, and was an accomplished demonstration lecturer. For more information, see the news release.

Arthur Naftalin, alumnus and professor of political science and later public affairs, died May 16 at the age of 87. He first worked as a journalist and later, as mayor of Minneapolis for four terms, led the city through the turbulent decade of the 1960s. Naftalin was eulogized in the Star Tribune and New York Times May 19.

Awards, appointments, and other items of note are published as a regular feature in Brief, the last issue of each month. Submit items to Gayla Marty at