By Gayla Marty
College of Human Ecology interim dean M. Janice Hogan, professor of family social science
Professor of family social science Janice Hogan has been appointed interim dean of the College of Human Ecology (CHE), Twin Cities, January 1 through June 30. Hogan is an award-winning faculty member who has served previously as an associate dean and department head. Current dean Shirley Baugher has accepted an assignment to develop University relationships with institutions in Mexico, building on CHE's development of global programs linked to Minnesota's growing Hispanic community with roots in Mexico. Baugher has been a member of the Twin Cities campus faculty since 1993 and dean since 2000 and has extensive international experience. On July 1, departments in the College of Human Ecology will become part of new colleges of design and education as part of the U's strategic positioning process, now in progress. For more information, see the new releases announcing Hogan's and Baugher's appointments.
Frank Hirschbach, professor emeritus, Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch, Twin Cities campus, died December 12 at the age of 84. Hirschbach grew up in Germany, graduated from Yale University, and spent 33 years at the University of Minnesota. He was a champion of study abroad. A memorial service is scheduled on campus January 18, 5 p.m., Walter Library. For more information, see "In memoriam, Frank Hirschbach," on the department Web site. An obituary was published in the Star Tribune December 20.
Renowned architect and professor John Rauma died December 15 at the age of 79. Rauma earned his bachelor's degree at the University and later returned to Minnesota, teaching from 1956 to 1997 in what is now the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. A memorial service will be held December 21 in St. Paul. For more information, see the news release.
The Medical School's chief of pediatric urology, Leo Fung, died of cancer December 10 at the age of 42. He was honored in a memorial service December 18. Fung pioneered and advanced procedures used today for childhood urologic surgeries. At the time of his death, he was exploring the use of stem cells to restore damaged genital and urinary tissue in children. He lectured on medical advances in urology and added many scholarly book chapters and research publications in leading medical journals worldwide. For more information, see the Academic Health Center news release.
The Board of Regents have named Apostolos Georgopoulos a Regents Professor, the highest level of recognition given to faculty at the University. Georgopoulos is a professor of neuroscience, neurology, physiology, and psychiatry in the Department of Neuroscience, Medical School, Twin Cities, and a world authority on neural mechanisms underlying movement. For more information, see the news release.
Mikhail Shifman, professor of physics, Twin Cities, has been awarded the 2006 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society for outstanding contributions to the field. Shifman holds the Ida Cohen Fine Chair in Theoretical Physics. The prize will be presented at the APS meeting in Dallas, Texas, in April. For more information, see the Lilienfeld Prize and Shifman's faculty profile.
Pharmacy professor David Grant died December 9 at the age of 68. He joined the faculty in 1988 held the William and Mildred Peters Endowed Chair in the Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, Twin Cities, and was an international authority on the solid-state properties of drugs. For more information, see the news release.
Pediatric transplant pioneer William Krivit died December 8 at the age of 80. Krivit joined the U faculty in 1951 and devoted his life to finding cures for children with inherited metabolic diseases. He retired from the faculty in 1999 but continued to actively consult on cases. For more information, see the news release.
Robert Kane, professor of public health, received the Premio Enrico Greppi award from Italy's Societa Italiana di Gerontologia e Geriatria (SIGG) for dedicating his career to the improvement of the health and quality of life of elderly people worldwide. The award, given in memory of the founder of SIGG and the International Association of Gerontology, was presented to Kane when he spoke on the future of geriatrics at the SIGG annual meeting in Florence, Italy, in November. For more information, see SIGG and Kane's faculty profile.
Richard "Pinky" McNamara resigned from the Board of Regents December 2 due to health reasons. A Twin Cities campus alumnus ('56), McNamara was a Golden Gopher football player and scholarship holder and has been an advocate and supporter of the U for decades. He was appointed to the at-large regent seat by Governor Jesse Ventura in 2001 and elected in 2003 for a term to expire in 2007. Under state law, Governor Pawlenty will appoint a replacement. See the story in UMNnews, "McNamara steps down, but his legacy continues."
A midshipman of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Twin Cities, University of Minnesota, Andrew Ubbelohde, has been selected for the Olmsted overseas travel program. Ubbelohde is one of 11 chosen from a nationwide pool of 4,500. He is a senior at the University of St. Thomas. As a participant in the Olmsted program, he will travel to seven cities in India next year. For more information, see the news release.
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