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Awards and appointments: September 2005

By Gayla Marty and Cass Erickson

An overview of a large group of smiling U inventors in the atrium of the McNamara Center September 20.
U inventors were honored in the inaugural Inventor Recognition Ceremony September 20, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.


  • U awards to faculty, staff, and alumni
  • External awards to U faculty and staff
  • U appointments
  • Other appointments
  • Departures
  • In memoriam
  • 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, STAFF, AND ALUMNI

Sixteen Horace T. Morse-U of M Alumni Association Award winners from past years were inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers September 22: Calvin Alexander, IT; C. Eugene Allen, International Programs; Eugene Borgida, CLA; Laura Duckett, Nursing; James Farr, CLA; John Freeman, CLA; Joan Garfield, CEHD; Marti Hope Gonzales, CLA; Patrick Hanna, Pharmacy; Alan Hooper, CBS; Chris Paola, IT; Paul Rosenblatt, CHE; Ronald Sawchuck, Pharmacy; Roger Schroeder, CSOM; W. Phillips Shively, CLA; and Cheryl Zimmerman, Pharmacy. A luncheon ceremony was held in their honor. For more information about the academy, see the ADT Web site. (Brief, September 21.) More than 104 U inventors were honored in the inaugural Inventor Recognition Ceremony at the McNamara Alumni Center September 20. The event, hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research, recognized every University of Minnesota person who had a patent issued or a commercial license signed on intellectual property in fiscal year 2005. More than 75 honorees attended, including several "double award winners" who had both patents and commercial licenses. For more information, see "Inventing the future" in UMNnews. (Brief, September 28.)

University historian Ann Pflaum and University Archives acting head Lois Hendrickson received "Hats Off" awards from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) this month. In the past year, Pflaum and Hendrickson helped UMAA's communications department research its 100th anniversary history, compile a timeline, and provide outstanding review and oversight of the new content for the Heritage Gallery in the McNamara Alumni Center.

Crookston campus honored outstanding alumni and athletes in homecoming weekend ceremonies September 23. Outstanding alumni are Lyle Wick, '74, an equine science instructor at UMC 1984-94 and currently owner of Hardwood Creek Farm, Hugo, Minnesota; Kristi Becker Ulrich, '83, general manager of Moorhead Center Mall and a community leader in the Fargo-Moorhead area; and Herman and Pauli Lill Roerick, '84, owners and operators of Central Landscape Supply, St. Cloud, since 1991. Inductees into the UMC Athletic Hall of Fame for 2005 are Lori Ulferts, head basketball coach in the 1980s, now at St. Cloud State University; Mark Linnell, who attended UMC 1972-74, all-conference, All-American center in football and a goalie for UMC's hockey team; and Cory Schreifels, '04, outstanding football team leader. For more information, see the news release.

Distinguished Institute of Technology alumni Richard Hackborn, Darrell Rinerson, John M. Jordan, and Richard V. DeLeo received Outstanding Achievement Awards on September 23 in a ceremony in the Upson Room in Walter Library. William R. Pearce received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Law School's William B. Lockhart Club Dinner on September 22. Hackborn, a skilled engineer and former executive vice president of Hewlett-Packard Company, is a business visionary who pioneered Hewlett-Packard's highly successful printer business. Rinerson, CEO and founder of Unity Semiconductor Corporation, is also an innovative engineer and visionary inventor with more than 36 patents and patent applications to his credit. Jordan is an aerospace engineer with the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command in Alabama. He is renowned for the development of major tactical air defense systems for the U.S. Army. DeLeo is former vice president for Aeronautical Research, Rosemount Aerospace Division, Rosemount, Inc. His major contributions are in the design and development of air data sensors for aerospace vehicles. Pearce is a former executive of Cargill, Inc. and IDS Mutual Group. As an international trade policy expert and former member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he engineered the Trade Reform Act of 1974.

EXTERNAL AWARDS TO U FACULTY AND STAFF Tim Griffin, assistant professor of biochemistry, molecular biology, and biophysics, won the 2005 Eli Lilly Analytical Chemistry Award. The award identifies Griffin as an emerging leader in mass spectrometry and proteomics, key technologies in biology and biomedicine. It provides $20,000 per year, renewable for two years. For more information, see his faculty profile.

Randy Moore General College biology professor Randy Moore (left) has been selected to receive the 2005 Honorary Membership Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), the highest award in the field. Moore has been the editor of The American Biology Teacher for 18 years and is recognized as a national leader in science education. He joined the General College faculty in 2000; his research is on how teachers' decisions impact learning and various aspects of the evolution-creationism controversy. For more information, see the story in UMNnews .

U Connects director Tex Ostvig, Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs, was named a Hero of Mentoring last week by the Minnesota Business Partnership. U Connects has provided more than 1,300 tickets to mentors and the young people they work with, enabling them to attend U artistic and sporting events. In July, U Connects teamed up with the Minnesota Twins so 3,000 mentors and mentees could see the Twins play and take part in special events. Ostvig was one of nine "heroes" honored at a dinner attended by 750 business, political, and opinion leaders September 7. For more information, see the Minnesota Business Partnership Web site.

Robert Zink, professor of ecology, evolution, and behavior, won the William Brewster Award from the American Ornithologists Union (AOU), the oldest and largest ornithologists group in the United States. AOU's top honor recognizes the best body of work on birds in the western hemisphere published during the past ten years. For more information, see Zink's faculty profile and the AOU Web site.

College of Biological Sciences associate dean for research Huber Warner has been awarded the 2005 Donald P. Kent Award from the Gerontological Society of America. The award recognizes career achievement for outstanding contributions to gerontology through education and research. For more information, see the Gerontological Society of America.

Chemistry professors George Barany and Donald Truhlar were two of about 50 scientists who won national awards from the American Chemical Society, the largest professional society in the world. Barany won the Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry and Truhlar won the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry. For more information, see "The chemistry is right," a story in UMNnews.

U APPOINTMENTS The University's first associate vice president for public engagement is Victor Bloomfield, professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics. The position in the Office of the Vice President for System Administration was established as a result of the president's Council on Public Engagement (COPE) initiative. Bloomfield will provide leadership for and advance the U's civic contributions and involvement. Recently interim dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for research, Bloomfield was a founding member of COPE and served on its steering and assessment committees. For more information, see the news release.

Sue Diekman, associate executive director for communications at the Department of Alumni Relations, has been named director of the Vital Aging Network, College of Continuing Education. Her last day in the alumni office was September 24. For more information, see the Vital Aging Network Web site.

St. Paul Public Schools superintendent Patricia Harvey will become the Carmen Starkson Campbell Visiting Endowed Chair in Urban Education in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and a University Distinguished Fellow. The one-year appointment will begin this month, and she will split her time between the University and the National Center on Education and the Economy/America's Choice in Washington, D.C. Harvey's broad knowledge will help the U carry out new commitments made to pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 education, said President Bruininks; she will cochair the strategic positioning task force for that area. For more information, see the news release.

Rick Eber Crookston campus's new director of admissions will be Rick Eber (left), joined the campus October 3. Eber will arrive from Sitka, Alaska, where he has been admissions director for Sheldon Jackson College. He has extensive college admissions experience and holds degrees in communications. For more information, see the news release.

Claire Walter-Marchetti was appointed director of the Office for University Women (OUW) in August. During two years as interim director, she was instrumental in creating new collaborations with the Department of Women's Studies, the University's Child Care Center, and the Office of Human Resources; she also worked to establish the Women's Faculty Cabinet to increase the direct link between women faculty and central administration. OUW is part of the Office for Multicultural and Academic Affairs. For more information, see the OUW Web site.

Linda Watson became the new director of the Health Sciences Libraries (Bio-Medical Library and Veterinary Medical Library) in August. Watson previously was associate dean and director of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia. She also has served in management positions at the Houston Academy of Medicine/Texas Medical Center Library and at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information, see an interview in The Read Diehl newsletter.

The new director of the Army High Performance Computing Research Center is Distinguished McKnight University Professor Shashi Shekhar, computer science and engineering. The center conducts computational science research in areas of defense technology important to the army and the U.S. Department of Defense and also supports educational programs that encourage students to pursue careers in high-performance computing. Shekhar is an international leader in spatial databases, an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of computer science and geographic information science. For more information, see "Shekhar appointed AHPCRC director" in CSC News.

New staff members at the University of Minnesota, Rochester (UMR), are Ann Bottorff, Digital Technology Center, and Melody Johnson, nursing program. Bottorff was previously an administrative technician overseeing payroll between Manpower and IBM Corp. Johnson was a principal administrative specialist in the Minnesota Child Welfare Training System in Albert Lea. For more information, see the UMR Web site.

Kathy Yaeger, former chief of staff in the Office of University Relations, joined the Office of the Senior Vice President for System Administration September 15.


Senior vice president for system administration Robert Jones has been named by Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty to the Midwest Higher Education Commission (MHEC), a nonprofit regional organization established by a compact of ten states and devoted to achieving greater cost effectiveness in higher education. For more information, see the MHEC Web site and the system administration Web site.

DEPARTURES University marketing director Amy Anderson has accepted a position at the Minneapolis communications firm Himle Horner, Inc., as a senior public relations leader, where she will work on a broad portfolio of public policy communications and issue management. Her last day at the University was September 30. For more information, see U Marketing.


U heart-lung machine pioneer and surgeon Clarence Dennis died July 11 at the age of 96 and was honored in a memorial service September 16. Dennis performed the world's first open-heart surgery at the University in 1951. For more information, see the story in UMNnews .

Miles Kersten, U professor of civil engineering for 33 years, died August 28 at the age of 92. He joined the faculty in 1945 after working as a soils engineer for the Minnesota Department of Highways. As a pioneer in the emerging field of soil mechanics, he was instrumental in developing programs in highway engineering with a particular interest in pavement design and frost action. He is survived by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. For more information, see the news release.

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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