By Gayla Marty and Cass Erickson
New Morris campus chancellor Jacqueline Johnson. See May 12, below.
Members of the Women's Faculty Cabinet for 2006-07 are Carol Chomsky, Law School; Rhonda Franklin Drayton, Institute of Technology; Peggy Nelson, College of Liberal Arts; Elizabeth Arendt, Medical School; Heidi Barajas, College of Education and Human Development; and Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, College of Design. The director of the Office for University Women, Claire Walter-Marchetti, serves ex officio. The mission of the cabinet, established this year in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, is to provide leadership to improve and enrich the academic and professional environments for women faculty at the Twin Cities campus. Members will serve three-year terms and may be reappointed for no more than two consecutive terms; in this inaugural year, half the members will serve two-year terms and half three-year terms.
Boynton Health Service director Ed Ehlinger. Photo courtesy of BHS.
Boynton Health Service (BHS) director Ed Ehlinger (right) will receive the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Public Health Achievement Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) June 6. The award is given to people who have distinguished themselves through an outstanding contribution to public health; Ehlinger is one of the leading chief health officers in higher education in the nation. He will also receive the Mayor's Healthy City Award from Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak June 13. For more information, see MPHA Award, City of Minneapolis, Office of the Mayor, and Ehlinger's BHS director's page.
The Carlson School of Management's new assistant dean of external relations is Deborah Cundy. She comes to the U with extensive marketing, communications, corporate philanthropy, and government affairs experience, including 17 years at Carlson Companies, where she most recently served as vice president of external relations. For more information, see the CSOM news release.
Gordon Legge, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of the Department of Psychology, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal June 2. Legge specializes in visual perception with a cognitive-neuroscience perspective. A major focus of his research is the application of the principles of basic visual science to explain the difficulties encountered by people with impaired vision in everyday activities, especially reading. For more information see Legge's faculty bio.
James and Jansina Grossman, with Rep. Mark Kennedy, holding their previous medals.
Twin Cities campus junior Jaymes Grossman and his sister Jansina of Blaine, Minnesota, will receive the Congressional Award Gold Medal for more than 400 hours of community service. The two have previously won the bronze and silver awards. Because their uncle has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease, they chose community service for the ALS Association, which is devoted to finding a cure for it. Jaymes Grossman has a double major in electrical engineering and computer engineering. The medal will be given in a special presentation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 21. For more information, see news release.
Mike Vivion, chief pilot at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, earned renewal of his Master Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) accreditation. Vivion is one of eight aviation educators in Minnesota who is a master CFI. This identifies outstanding teachers of flight who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community. UMC's aviation program offers emphasis options in agricultural, law enforcement, natural resources, and business aviation. For more information, see the news release.
Business liaison Kent Spaulding. Photo courtesy of UMR.
The University's new business liaison for southeastern Minnesota, based at the U of M, Rochester, is Kent Spaulding (right). He most recently served as director of development for William Mitchell College of Law. Spaulding previously worked in development and alumni relations at the Twin Cities campus College of Liberal Arts/University of Minnesota Alumni Association and as a development officer for the Minnesota Medical Foundation, developing experience in medical and public health education and research, fundraising, relationship building, and management. He holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from Minnesota State University, Mankato. For more information, see University of Minnesota, Rochester.
Adam Johnson. Photo courtesy of the Graduate School.
The 2006-07 winner of the Fulbright Scholarship for the Graduate School's exchange with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, is Adam Conrad Johnson (left), a doctoral student in neuroscience. Johnson will join a team of researchers at the Centre for the Biology of Memory at NTNU to examine how animal behaviors and cellular behaviors are modified under pharmacological manipulation. For more information, see U students win Fulbrights and Minnesota-Norway Fulbright Program.
Ken Keller, Charles M. Denny Jr. Professor of Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and former University of Minnesota president, has been named director of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Bologna Center in Bologna, Italy. He will take a leave of absence from the U to assume the three-year renewable appointment, which begins August 1. For more information, see the Bologna Center.
Fred Morrison, Popham, Haik, Lindquist & Vennum Professor of Law, has accepted an invitation to become a member of the board of curators (das Kuritorium) of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. The six-year term begins June 16. For more information, see the Max Planck Institute and his faculty bio.
Microbiology professor emeritus Martin Dworkin received the 2006 United States Federation for Culture Collections (USFCC) J. Roger Porter Award for contributions to microbial diversity May 22 in Orlando, Florida. The award is sponsored by the USFCC and the American Society for Microbiology. Dworkin has devoted his research career to studying the developmental biology of the myxobacteria and has received many honors, including two National Institutes of Health Career Development Awards. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1978-79, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997, and is also a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. For more information, see the 2006 USFCC J. Roger Porter Award Laureate.
Associate vice president for international programs C. Eugene Allen, left, presented the first 2006 Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals to Shenggen Fan May 12. Photo courtesy of the Department of Applied Economics.
Former international students and scholars from six nations will receive the University's Distinguished Leadership Awards for Internationals in 2006. The awards recognize international alumni, former students, and friends of any University of Minnesota campus who have attained unusual distinction in their careers or shown sustained or extremely promising achievements on a local, national, or international level. All of this year's award winners attended the Twin Cities campus: Soon Ang, Carlson School of Management, '93 (Singapore); Benedicta Chiwokwu Aguisabo, Humphrey Fellow, 2001-02 (Nigeria); Shenggen Fan, College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, '89 (China); Jostein Mykletun, College of Liberal Arts, '72, '79 (Norway); Jose Suarez-Torrez, School of Public Health, '79, '84 (Ecuador), and Winston C. Y. Yu, College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, '79 (Taiwan). On May 12, Fan was the first of the 2006 winners to receive the award when he delivered a lecture in St. Paul and received an outstanding alumni award from the Department of Applied Economics. Mykletun will receive the award in Norway May 28 during a University delegation visit. Read the story in UMNnews, "U honors global alumni achievements."
The new program coordinator for Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is Erin Fider. Fider has served as coordinator of the graduate program and webmaster in the Department of Pharmacology for eight years. For more information about the research station, see Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories.
Darlyne Bailey, next dean of CEHD. Photo by Patrick O'Leary.
The new dean of the reconfigured College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) will be Darlyne Bailey (right) effective October 1, pending approval by the regents. Bailey is currently vice president of academic affairs and dean of the highly ranked Teachers College at Columbia University, New York. She holds advanced degrees in psychiatric social work and organizational behavior and has published on topics related to education and human resources. The University's General College, School of Social Work, and Department of Family Social Science will all become part of CEHD on July 1. Bailey will be the first woman and the first African American CEHD dean. Read the story in UMNnews, "Educational leader new dean of CEHD."
The Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences recently awarded grants totaling approximately $35,000 to fund interdisciplinary research, projects, or curricular innovation on health, environment, or the life sciences either this summer or during 2006-07. Susan Craddock, associate professor of global studies and women's studies, and John Song, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine's Center for Bioethics, received $9,918 for their research on tuberculosis within Somali immigrant communities in the Twin Cities. Craddock, Tamara Giles-Vernick, associate professor, history, and Jennifer Gunn, assistant professor, history of medicine, were awarded $9,995 for their project, "Reassessing the 1918 Flu Pandemic: Environments, Social Relations, and Public Health." For more information about the consortium, see the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences.
Lead staff members in the dean's office of the new College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) have been appointed. Directors of the functional areas were announced by Deans Muscoplat and Stafford as follows: Mary Buschette, alumni relations; Cynthia Cashman, development; Bill Ganzlin, student services; Deb Karner, human resources; Martin Moen, communications; and Milly Theis, finance. Mike Balak was appointed interim director of information technology; a search is underway to name a permanent director. Staffing of the functional area teams is in progress. Position descriptions will be prepared to reflect the expectations and work for each position within each functional area. Applicable employment policies, rules, and contracts will be followed in making staffing decisions, and priority for staffing functional areas will be given to employees in the six combining colleges.
Polly Fry. Photo courtesy of the Bell Museum.
Bell Museum of Natural History documentary producer and historian Polly Fry (left) has been named to the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission charged with planning for the state's 150th anniversary of statehood, May 11, 2008. Fry was coproducer of the museum's award-winning documentary, Minnesota: A History of the Land last year. She is one of nine Minnesotans and the only representative from the University of Minnesota named to the commission by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. For more information, see the news release.
University of Minnesota, Morris, senior David Nelson has received the national 2006 President's Volunteer and Service Award. Nelson volunteered more than 500 hours in 12 months at UMM and in the Morris community, coordinating the 2005 Stevens County Community Fund-raiser last fall to benefit those affected by hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. For more information, see news release.
UMM senior Nick Peterson received the Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship Award for demonstrating an understanding of human rights and dignity throughout his UMM student experience. He directed the Student Legislative Coalition, which lobbied the state legislature to fund a biomass facility on campus, and coordinated key parts of the wind turbine dedication as a renewable energy development assistant at the West Central Research and Outreach Center near UMM. Peterson will work with the National Housing Federation in London for 12 weeks beginning May 23. For more information, see news release.
Dan Magner, head coach at St. Bonaventure University, has been named head coach for women's soccer at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Former women's soccer coach Christian Devries has been named head coach of the Cougar men's soccer team. For more information, see the news release.
The next chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris, will be Jacqueline Johnson (top photo), effective August 1. The Board of Regents approved her appointment May 12. Johnson is currently vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and have previously served at St. Martin's College in Washington and Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She holds a bachelor's degree from Macalester College, St. Paul, and a doctorate from Purdue. Morris chancellor Sam Schuman will step down June 30. For more information, see the news release.
Sociology professor Zha Blong Xiong became the first Hmong person to earn tenure at a major research university in the United States when the Board of Regents approved his tenured status May 12. Xiong earned his doctorate in family social sciences from the U in 2000 and rejoined the University in 2003. He's an expert in parent-adolescent relationships in immigrant families, adolescent adjustment, and parent education. Read the story in UMNnews .
Professor of pediatrics and public health Michael Resnick has been selected to serve on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Consulting Team for the Guide to Preventive Services. The guide presents scientific evidence and expertise on essential public health services and delivery. Resnick directs the U's Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center. For more information, see the news release.
Subir Banerjee, professor of geology and geophysics, Twin Cities campus, and director of the University's Institute for Rock Magnetism (IRM), has been elected a 2006 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). He is one of 195 newly elected members who will be inducted into the AAAS on October 7 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The new class includes scholars, scientists, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders from 24 states and 13 countries. For more information, see the Institute of Technology's news release.
Lead staff members in central administration of the reconfigured College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the new College of Design have been appointed.
In CEHD, several current directors will remain in place: Raleigh Kaminsky, alumni relations; Peggy Rader, communications; Lynn Slifer, development; Nan Moore, human resources; and Mark Bultmann, student services. Two directors will come to the new college from the College of Human Ecology: Stephanie Dilworth, finance; and John Sonnack, information technology. Ray Voelker, CEHD's former information technology services director and space manager, has been appointed as the University's director of space management. Randa Rosby, CEHD's former finance director, has joined the Enterprise Financial Systems (EFS) project.
In addition, CEHD's new Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning (PsTL)--which comes from General College--will be chaired by General College associate professor Heidi Barajas (left).
In the College of Design, six of seven leads have been appointed: from the College of Human Ecology, Kate Maple, student services; Jan Batt, human resources; and Lori Molberg, alumni relations; from the College of Natural Resources, Jan Sickbert, development; from General College, Rose Blixt, finance; and Laura Weber, communications. The information technology director position will be filled soon.
Staffing of both colleges' infrastructures will take place this month. Job descriptions will be prepared to reflect the expectations and work for each position within each functional area. Applicable employment policies, rules, and contracts will be followed in making staffing decisions, and priority for staffing functional areas will be given to employees in the six combining colleges.
UMD computer science professor Douglas Dunham, College of Science and Engineering, is one of 17 recipients nationally to receive the Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit in the Faculty Academic Advising category from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The award recognizes outstanding academic student advising and advising administration. The award will be presented in Indianapolis in October at the NACADA national conference. For more information, see the news release.
The University's Maroon and Gold Awards for communications excellence in writing, print, multimedia, and campaign/series were announced May 4 at the Communicators Forum annual conference in St. Paul.
The 2006 Juran Fellows and Juran Doctoral Award winners for research related to quality issues were announced Juran Center for Leadership Quality May 5 at an annual event at the Carlson School of Management. Two of the five Juran Fellows and three of seven Juran Doctoral Award winners are from the University of Minnesota. The U of M fellows are Jisun Yu and Dongli Zhang, who will each receive a seed grant of $10,000 for research. The U of M Doctoral Award winners, who will each receive $2,500, are Aravind Chandrasekaran, Emily McIlvaine, and Pallab Sanyal. For more information, see the announcement on the Juran Center Web site.
Center for School Change director Joe Nathan
Joe Nathan (left), Humphrey Institute senior fellow and director of the Center for School Change, has been appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF) board of directors. Nathan has been a public school teacher and administrator and coordinated the National Governors Association education reform project, Time for Results. MELF was established in 2005 to identify cost-effective ways of ensuring that children under five years old from low-income or challenged families are ready for success in school. For more information, see MELF and Nathan's faculty bio.
Pediatrics professor John Wagner has been named to the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee by the National Academies Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. The committee is charged with monitoring and reviewing the ethical, legal, and policy issues related to human embryonic stem-cell research and providing guidance on revisions to research guidelines. Wagner is also director of the University's pediatric hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplantation and he is scientific director of clinical research at the Stem Cell Institute. Wagner pioneered the use of embryo selection to identify a perfect tissue-matched stem cell donor in the treatment of genetic disease. For more information, see the news release.
The interim co-deans for the Law School will be professors Guy-Uriel Charles and Fred Morrison effective June 1. Current dean Alex Johnson, Jr., announced last month he will step down May 31. Charles joined the faculty in 2000 and Morrison in 1969. For more information, see the news release.
The President's Emerging Leaders (PEL) for 2006-07 are Michael Allen, Kristin Berns, Darlene Charboneau, Tricia Conway, Asim Dorovic, Remi Douah, Carol Foth, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Ann Hagen, Nanette Hanks, Jay Hesley, Andrew Hill, David Imdieke, Janet Kendra, Peggy Korsmo-Kennon, Nikki Letawsky Shultz, Mary Moga, Caitrin Mullan, Shane Nackerud, Laura Negrini, Peter Radcliffe, Todd Reubold, Laureen Ross McCalib, Mary Ellen Shaw, Kristina Sticha, and Jeremy Todd. PEL is a one-year program dedicated to mentoring, rewarding, and retaining outstanding academic administrative and professional (P&A), civil service, and bargaining unit staff across the U. For more information, see PEL 2006-07.
Winners of the 2006 President's Award for Outstanding Service are Carol Chomsky, professor, Law School; Betty Jo Johnson, executive administrative specialist, College of Education and Human Development; Dennis Jones, teaching specialist, Department of American Indian Studies, College of Liberal Arts; Mary Jo Kane, professor, School of Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development; Jenny Meslow, director, Center for Health Interprofessional Programs, Academic Health Center; Debbie Nelson, special assistant to the dean and curriculum director, Law School; Charles Patterson, senior laborer, Landcare, Facilities Management; Louis Pignolet, professor, Institute of Technology; Sharyn Schelske, program director, McNair Scholars Program, General College; Thomas Soulen, associate professor emeritus, Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences; Theodore Thompson, M.D., professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Medical School; and Gary Wilson, head coach, Women's Cross Country and Track and Field, Intercollegiate Athletics. The award recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients have gone beyond their regular duties and demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community. For more information, see the Senate guidelines for the President's Outstanding Service Awards and the recipient roster.
Josephine Lee, professor of English
English professor Josephine Lee (right), the driving force behind the establishment of the U's Asian American studies program, Twin Cities campus, in 2004, has received the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) Leadership Award. Asian Americans are the largest group of students of color on the Twin Cities campus but had lobbied for a program for 20 years without success. A minor is now available, and Lee hopes a major will be established, as well. For more information, see the news release, Asian American Studies, and CAPM.
The new director of UMD's Office of Transportation Research Programs is Eil Kwon, who returns to Duluth from the Minnesota Department of Transportation's (Mn/DOT) Office of Traffic Safety and Operations. The office is part of the College of Science and Engineering. In 2000, Kwon was a 3M McKnight Visiting Professor in UMD's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, when he helped lay the groundwork for the Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratories (NATSRL). In his new appointment, he will direct NATSRL and serve as codirector for the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI). For more information, see the news release.
The College of Veterinary Medicine held its annual spring awards banquet on April 26 to honor the achievements of college faculty members and veterinary students. Faculty award winners this year include Leslie Sharkey, associate professor, veterinary population medicine, who received the Norden Teaching Award, CVM's most prestigious faculty award; Mitch Abrahamsen, professor, veterinary biosciences, who received the Pfizer Research Award for exceptional and promising results in research; and David Polzin, professor, veterinary clinical sciences, who received the Mark of Excellence for generating and sharing new knowledge with the veterinary community. For more information, see "Faculty, students honored."
The University of Minnesota, Morris, held its 15th annual faculty and staff recognition dinner in Oyate Hall April 26. Faculty and staff who won previously announced awards were honored at the event, Janet Schrunk Erickson, associate professor of English, UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award, and Pareena Lawrence, associate professor of economics and management, Horse T. Morse Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Others honored included Academic Staff Award winner Roger Wareham; Mary Martell Award winners Brenda Boever, Dave Nelson, and Nick Peterson; and Outstanding Service Award winners Jacki Anderson, Chuck Grussing, and Julie Hesse; and two long-time employees retiring this year, Eric Klinger, professor of psychology, and Peter Orr, Plant Services. Chancellor Sam Schuman, who has led Morris for 11 years and will step down June 30, was also honored. For more information, see "Staff awardees to be recognized," "Schrunk Ericksen receives teaching award," "Making economics fun" (Lawrence), "Klinger to retire after 44 dynamic years," and "Orr recalls years at UMM."
Kelli Barnes, UMC admissions counselor
The University of Minnesota, Crookston, announced that graduating senior Kelli Barnes (left) has been appointed as a full-time admissions counselor. Barnes will receive her degree May 13 in business management with an emphasis in marketing. She has served as an admissions ambassador for two years and is a member of several student organizations. For more information, see the news release.
Physics professor Ken Heller, Institute of Technology, Twin Cities campus, has been elected president of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), now celebrating its 75th year. The association currently has over 11,000 members in 30 countries around the world. Heller joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1978 and specializes in high energy particle physics. He has been an enthusiastic advocate for physics education. For more information, see his faculty bio and AAPT.
Sociology professor Joachim Savelsberg, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities campus, and Ryan King, CLA '05, now at the State University of New York, Albany, have received the Law and Society Association (LSA) 2006 Article Award for "Institutionalizing Collective Memories of Hate: Law and Law Enforcement in Germany and the United States," published last year in the American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 111, No. 2 (579-616). Research for this article was supported by the Graduate Research Partnership Program. For more information, see Savelsberg's faculty bio and LSA.
Randall Seifert has been named head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Duluth. This separates the duties of the senior associate dean and department head, which became necessary as the Duluth pharmacy program has grown. Stephen Hoag will retain the senior associate dean role. For more information, see College of Pharmacy, Duluth, and Seifert's faculty bio.
The 2006 Best Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Award recipients are Daniel Kelliher, political science, and James Reinardy, social work. Best DGS Assistants are John Gardner, mechanical engineering, and Louise Shand, microbiology, immunology, and cancer biology. The U's graduate education community is invited to celebrate the recipients and their achievements May 9. For more information, see the Graduate School's Best DGS Award page.
The U's 2006 Outstanding Community Service Award winners are Vernon Cardwell, professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics; David Feinberg, associate professor, Department of Art; Corliss Outley, assistant professor, School of Kinesiology; Mark Umbreit, professor, School of Social Work; and Jacquelyn Zita, associate professor, Department of Women's Studies; all are based at UMTC. The award recognizes members of the U-wide community who have devoted time and talent to making substantial and enduring contributions to the greater community beyond the duties of their U position. For more information, see the news release.
See also U Awards & Honors. Most awards listed on this page post names of recipients.