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Awards and appointments, July 2005

By Gayla Marty

David Weissbrodt.
Regents Professor David Weissbrodt


  • U awards to faculty and staff
  • External awards to U faculty, staff, and students
  • U appointments
  • Other appointments
  • U alumni awards and appointments
  • Other news
  • Some items have appeared earlier in Brief as indicated. More recent items appear on the Faculty & Staff "People" page as they are received. See submission information, below. U AWARDS TO FACULTY AND STAFF

The Board of Regents named David Weissbrodt, professor of law and one of the nation's leading scholars of international human rights law, a Regents Professor. The designation is the highest level of recognition given to faculty members at the U and was conferred by the board on July 6. Weissbrodt joined the faculty in 1975, established the Human Rights Center and other leading resources, and has served many national and international groups. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, July 13.) EXTERNAL AWARDS TO U FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS

University of Minnesota, Crookston, technology consultant Steve Hannah received the Applied Information Technology Director's Capstone Recognition Award for his master's thesis, "Sorting Out Card Sorting: Comparing Methods for Information Architects, Usability Engineers, and Other Practitioners," at the University of Oregon. In 1998, Hannah joined the Red River Trade Corridor at UMC and earned his undergraduate degree the following year. For more information, see the news release.

Eric Klinger For distinguished contributions to the study of lives, Morris psychology professor Eric Klinger (left) has been awarded the 2005 Henry A. Murray Award by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, affiliated with the American Psychological Association. Klinger, a member of the Morris faculty since 1962, is also a member of the graduate faculty, Twin Cities. For more information, see the news release.


The next dean of the Carlson School of Management will be Alison Davis-Blake, who will join the U from the University of Texas at Austin in July 2006 pending approval by the regents in September. Davis-Blake will be the Carlson School's 11th dean, its first female dean, and the highest-ranking female dean at a U.S. business school. She is currently senior associate dean for academic affairs at the McCombs School of Business, where she has served since 1990. Davis-Blake is a native of Falcon Heights, Minnesota. She earned degrees in economics and organizational behavior at Brigham Young University and a doctorate in organizational behavior from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, July 13.) Geoffrey Maruyama was appointed interim associate vice president of the Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs, effective July 1. Maruyama is on the faculty of the Department of Educational Psychology and has served in the OMAA and as assistant vice president in the Office of the Senior Vice President for System Administration. Senior vice president Robert Jones announced the appointment and also recognized Avelino Mills-Novoa, who served in the position for 14 months and now returns to the faculty at St. Cloud University.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS Mary Jo Kreitzer, professor of nursing and director, Center for Spirituality and Healing, has been selected for a fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. She will be inducted at the academy's annual scientific session in Phoenix in November. The academy includes 1,700 nursing leaders in education, management, practice, and research. For more information about Kreitzer, see her faculty profile.

Michael Osterholm, professor of public health and director of the U's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, has been named to the new National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity of the National Institutes of Health. The new board will help to educate scientists on biosecurity and advise the federal government on strategies to advance research and knowledge without compromising security. Osterholm is also the associate director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Post Harvest Food Protection and Defense. For more information, see the news release.

Humphrey Institute Policy Forum co-director Tim Penny has been elected to the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society board of directors. The society is a Christian not-for-profit organization that owns and operates more than 240 long-term health care centers and retirement living centers, with 28,000 residents and 24,000 employees in 24 states. Penny was a representative of Minnesota in Congress from 1982 to 1994. For more information, see his faculty profile.

Dan Svedarsky, research biologist at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center and head of the Natural Resources Department, Crookston campus, has been elected vice president of the Wildlife Society (TWS) and will be inducted in September. The international non-profit scientific and educational association, founded in 1937, is dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship and now claims nearly 9,000 wildlife professionals and students in more than 60 countries. Beginning at the society's annual meeting in Madison, Svedarsky will serve as president-elect, president, and past president over a four-year term. He is the first Minnesota resident to be elected to the office. "I'm deeply honored, and a bit awed," he said. "The next four years will be a time of dramatic personnel changes due to retirements in the wildlife profession and accelerating challenges in resource management at the local and global levels." For more information, see the news release .


The University of Minnesota, Duluth, Athletic Hall of Fame will add five to its rolls in ceremonies October 14: hockey coach Mike Sertich, softball All-American Patty Becker, football All-Minnesotan Eric Eversley, hockey goalie Bob Mason, and NBA draft-pick Bill Mattson. The addition will bring UMD's Hall of Fame membership to 75. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, July 27.)

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) announced its 2005-06 slate of officers, headed by president Robert Stein, executive director of the American Bar Association, and vice-president Dennis Schulstad, retired brigadier general, U.S. Air Force. Other members include Tom LaSalle, Bruce Mooty, Archie Givens, Mary McLeod, Artugrul Tuzcu, and past president Andrea Hjelm. For more information, see the UMAA National Board of Directors.

OTHER NEWS Sam Shuman Morris campus chancellor Sam Schuman (left) is the author of a new book, Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America published by Johns Hopkins University Press in June. It explores the distinctive character and strengths of small, public liberal arts colleges that enroll 500 to 3,000 students. He looks in particular at 12 colleges (not including Morris) and reflects also on his own experiences as a student, faculty member, and chief executive. For more information, see the news release.

Steven Yussen, dean of the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), has announced he will step down June 30, 2006, and after a sabbatical will return full-time to the faculty of the Institute of Child Development. Yussen has served as dean for seven years; in the coming year, he will play a key role in realignment of collegiate programs, as General College and two departments in the College of Human Ecology join with CEHD. The college was recently ranked fifth in the nation among public graduate programs of education. Senior vice president and provost Tom Sullivan said a national search for Yussen's successor will be launched later this summer. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, July 13.)

Awards, appointments, and other items of note about faculty, staff, and outstanding students and alumni of the University of Minnesota campuses are published here as reported and summarized in Brief, the internal news digest of the U, in the last issue of each month. Submit items to Gayla Marty at

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