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Awards and Appointments, November 2009

By Adam Overland

Connie Delaney
Dean and School of Nursing professor Connie Delaney was selected as the 2009 recipient of the American Medical Informatics Association Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award.

November 25

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Dean and School of Nursing professor Connie Delaney was selected as the 2009 recipient of the American Medical Informatics Association Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award, which recognizes a distinguished career with significant impact permeating the care of patients and the discipline of nursing. Dean Delaney was honored for her distinguished career using informatics to transform patient care. She is the first Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics to serve as a Dean of Nursing. A policy “wonk” active nationally, she is a recent appointee to the HIT Policy Committee established by ARRA.

School of Nursing associate professor Christine Mueller was selected as the 2009-10 chair of the Expert Panel on Aging for the American Academy of Nursing. School of Nursing associate professor Margaret Moss was selected as one of two co-chairs of the panel.

ZERO TO THREE, the national center for infants, toddlers, and families, has selected UMD associate professor Mary Ann Marchel to participate in the prestigious Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship program. Marchel is an associate professor of Unified Early Childhood Studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

During the two-year Fellowship, Marchel will focus on increasing the number of professionals in Northern Minnesota who have the training necessary to work with young children and families at risk for mental health issues. Marchel will explore funding sources and potential partnerships needed to create a model demonstration project that includes a child care and education program and an infant mental health certificate program accessible to professionals in Northern Minnesota. ZERO TO THREE's mission is to support the health and development of infants and toddlers. It is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

William Browne and David Rothenberger have accepted new leadership roles with UMPhysicians. Browne will serve as senior vice president for clinical operations and Rothenberger as senior vice president for leadership development and clinical mentorship.

Browne is a critical care specialist whose leadership skills and contributions have been recognized nationally. His extensive resume demonstrates outstanding clinical leadership performance during his 30-year career in the United States Army, including service as deputy commander for clinical services at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, where he supervised over 2,000 employees; senior medical advisor for the Joint Task Force Katrina; and internal medical consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General, with responsibility for developing policies regarding best practices, evidence-based health care and disease management. Since joining the University of Minnesota Department of Medicine in 2006, Browne has served as the program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program in the Department of Medicine. Among many honors achieved throughout his career, he has recently been selected as a Laureate of the American College of Physicians. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, he completed his internal medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and a critical care fellowship at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.

Rothenberger is an internationally recognized colo-rectal surgeon who has provided leadership for the University of Minnesota and UMPhysicians in many areas during his career here. He has been a member of the UMPhysicians Board of Directors for five years and most recently served as its vice chair. In his many leadership roles, including the deputy chair of surgery, the interim chair of the Department of Surgery, chief of staff for University of Minnesota Medical Center, and many national leadership roles, he has been passionate about improving the quality of patient care and the clinical environment, both through his own action and by inspiring and leading others. He is the associate director for clinical affairs for the University's Masonic Cancer Center and the founder and director of the Emerging Physician Leaders Program in the Medical School, which provides leadership training and mentorship to a select group of high potential junior faculty. He graduated from Princeton University and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, served his surgical residency at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Hospital, and completed a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Among his many honors are the Service to Humanity Award from the United Hospital Foundation in St. Paul and the Mentor Award from the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons.

U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

150 years later, 'Origin' is both a pillar of science and a still-volatile subject
This is the first in an occasional series of articles we will run in this year that scientists have dubbed "The Year of Darwin." For many of the 200 students in Sehoya Cotner's University of Minnesota biology class her "tour" was the first serious exposure to the subject, even though evolutionary theory is a foundation for biology and many other courses they should have prepared to study in college. MinnPost.

Good Question: What Is The Public Option?
There are more than 400,000 words in the Senate Health Care bill, but politicians seem to mostly be talking about two of them: Public Option. "Instead of a private company bearing the risk of costs and coordinating things, it would be a government entity," said Jean Abraham, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. WCCO – TV.

Army Corps Makes Plan To Fight Asian Carp
Asian carp may soon be invading the great lakes. "There's really nothing that's stopping the big head or silver carp from getting into Lake Superior if they get into Lake Michigan," says Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator for the University of Minnesota Sergeant Program. Northland News Center.

In-Depth: Motivated to Meditate
Stop and think about your life for a minute. How often are you on auto pilot?. Change is coming for anyone who walks into the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing. KMSP – TV.

Deadly falls
Even into his 70s, Robert Swanson showed the toughness of an ex-Marine. "There's a lot of misery that comes with the restrictions to prevent... falling," said Dr. Robert Kane, director of the University of Minnesota's Center on Aging. Star Tribune.

Image of sweat lodges are misguided, experts say
Ceremonial sweat lodges are an integral part of Native American cultures as a means to encourage spiritual and physical cleansing. Although sweat lodges are similar to saunas or Turkish baths, David Wilkins, a professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota and a member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina, is quick to point out that the comparison isn't completely accurate. Green Bay Press Gazette.


November 18

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Linda Bearinger 165Linda Bearinger began a four-year term as president of the International Association for Adolescent Health
Linda Bearinger, School of Nursing, began a four-year term as President of the International Association for Adolescent Health at the organization's 9th World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference included involvement of 36 countries. Bearinger is the first American and first nurse to ever serve as president of the organization.

Deborah Swackhamer, co-director the University of Minnesota's Water Resources Center (WRC), is the 2009 recipient of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry's (SETAC) Founders Award.

The highest honor given by the international organization, the Founders Award recognizes outstanding career accomplishments that promote research, education, communication and training in the environmental sciences. Swackhamer was chosen for her research on the behavior and bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in the Great Lakes, as well as her contributions to environmental education and leadership in key environmental science organizations.

In addition to her position at the WRC, Swackhamer is an environmental chemistry professor in the University's School of Public Health and holder of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute's Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair in Science, Technology, and Public Policy. She chairs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board, is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission of the United States and Canada and she serves on various committees of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. She also chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Environmental Monitoring and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Environmental Science & Technology. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Swackhamer was recently appointed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to Minnesota's Clean Water Council and is the project leader for the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework, a project commissioned by the 2009 Minnesota State Legislature to develop a 25-year investment framework for the sustainable use of Minnesota’s water resources.

The award will be presented at SETAC North America's 30th annual meeting this month. For more information, see the news release.

Deborah Powell, associate vice president for new medical education programs and dean emeritus of the University of Minnesota Medical School, began her one-year term this week as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in conjunction with the association's 120th annual meeting. Powell, a pathologist, succeeds Elliot Sussman, president and chief executive officer of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network. Thomas Lawley, dean and William P. Timmie professor of dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine, was named chair-elect of the AAMC. For more information, see AAMC chair.

College of Veterinary Medicine professors Jim Mickelson and Stephanie Valberg were published in the Nov. 6 issue of the journal Science. The paper was the first published report of the horse genome sequence.

The sequencing of the horse genome allows scientists to better understand the genetic aspects of equine physiology and develop new therapies for many diseases in which gene mutations or alterations in gene expression play a major role, such as muscle diseases, orthopedic diseases, recurrent airway disease, metabolic syndrome, colic, laminitis, and immune-mediated diseases. The genome sequence will also provide new insights into behavioral disorders, resistance and susceptibility to infectious diseases, and performance traits.

The $15 million effort to sequence the approximately 2.7 billion DNA base pairs in the horse genome was funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health. The DNA used in the sequencing effort came from Twilight, a Thoroughbred mare at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, N.Y. Researchers obtained the DNA from a small sample of the horse’s blood.

In addition to sequencing the horse genome, researchers produced a map of horse genetic variation using DNA samples from a variety of modern and ancestral breeds. This map will provide scientists with a genome-wide view of genetic variability in horses and help them identify the genetic contributions to physical and behavioral differences between breeds, as well as to disease susceptibility.

This research may also have implications for human health, as there are more than 80 known genetic conditions in horses that are genetically similar to disorders seen in humans, including musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and respiratory diseases. Comparing the horse and human genomes will help medical researchers learn more about the human genome and serve as a tool for veterinary researchers to better understand the disease that affect horses. Valberg, Mickelson, and Assistant Professor Molly McCue are currently using the horse genome sequence to study inherited musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and metabolic disease in a number of horse breeds. For more information, read the news release.


U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

Drug Makers Raise Prices in Face of Health Care Reform
Even as drug makers promise to support Washington’s health care overhaul by shaving $8 billion a year off the nation’s drug costs after the legislation takes effect, the industry has been raising its prices at the fastest rate in years. “When we have major legislation anticipated, we see a run-up in price increases,” says Stephen Schondelmeyer, a professor of pharmaceutical economics at the University of Minnesota. New York Times.

Lake Superior becoming warmer, windier
A University of Wisconsin-Madison study suggests the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area, Lake Superior, is becoming warmer... Desai, Professor Galen McKinley and graduate research assistant Val Bennington, along with Professor Jay Austin of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, report their findings in the journal Nature Geoscience. United Press International.

Doctor hopes lawsuit will expand donor pool
For more than two decades, John Wagner has seen hundreds of patients die while they waited and hoped for a bone-marrow transplant that might save their lives. In that time, Wagner, a University of Minnesota pediatrics professor and internationally known expert on bone marrow transplantation, has been outspoken on the need to increase the donor pool, even if it takes offering some form of compensation to do it. St. Cloud Times.

Bears in Trees
Wildlife experts call it unusual, to say the least. But, three weeks seems to be very unusual," says John Loegering, of the University of Minnesota, Crookston. KFYR-TV.


November 11

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Meredith McQuaid 165Meredith McQuaid will join the board of directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.Meredith McQuaid is among four leaders in the field of international education from across the country who will join the board of directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in January. NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education.

McQuaid is associate vice president and dean for international programs, where she promotes the global dimensions of teaching, research, and engagement across all colleges and campuses at the U. She served in international programming positions at the U Law School, where she was responsible for managing the Law School’s programs in China, greatly expanded its international exchange programs, and increased the number of international students. McQuaid’s experience with international education began early on. As an undergraduate, she was one of the first U.S. students to study Mandarin in China after the country opened to the West. After graduation, she spent two years teaching English in Japan and then took a trip around the world by motorcycle before returning to school to earn her law degree.

With nearly 10,000 members, NAFSA seeks to increase awareness of and support for international education and exchange in higher education, government, and the community, believing that citizens with international experience and global awareness are crucial to U.S. leadership, competitiveness, and security. NAFSA's board guides the work of the association.

University of Minnesota School of Nursing faculty member Bonnie Westra was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) on November 7. Fellows are selected for significant contributions to nursing and health care at a national or international level and their potential for continued contributions in the future.

Westra was selected for her contributions to the development, translation, and effective use of electronic health records (EHRs) in nursing practice and research. She was the nursing leader in designing an EHR that accurately represents the impact of nursing in home care, hospice, and public health. This system has been adopted in more than 30 states across the U.S.

She made major contributions to nursing informatics education. Westra led the development of, and now coordinates the graduate program specialty in nursing informatics at the U of M School of Nursing. She is also the co-director of the International Classification of Nursing Practice Center for Nursing Minimum Data Set Knowledge Discovery.

As a member of the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Board, Westra was involved in passing legislation requiring the use of interoperable EHRs by 2015. She co-chaired a working group that addresses ways to overcome the barriers to fulfilling this mandate.

During her career, Westra has held leadership positions in the American Nurses Association and the National Quality Forum Steering Committee on Home Health quality indicators. Currently she holds leadership positions in the American Medical Informatics Association and the Alliance for Nursing Informatics.

Westra is the 18th member of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing faculty to be inducted into the Academy.

Susan Carlson Weinberg, CRE, Director of Real Estate for the University of Minnesota, received the 2009 Weinberg Award sponsored by the Association of University Officials (AUREO) in recognition of significant lifetime career contributions to the profession of higher education real estate and for advancing the professional development of the real estate function within higher education. In 2005, she received AUREO’s Lessenger Award in recognition of contributions to the higher education community as a founding member of AUREO and for service as vice president and president (1985-86 and 2001-2002).


U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

When man's best friend goes to shrink, who's crazier?
Three interns in white lab coats entered the room quietly and took their seats. I was at the doggie equivalent of the shrink's couch at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine last week. Star Tribune.

Fruit juices raise concerns in health field
To many people, it is a health food. "It's pretty much the same as sugar water," said Dr. Charles Billington, an appetite researcher at the University of Minnesota. Los Angeles Times.

Frugal dental lessons for all
Some lessons are more painful to learn than others. Leaving food between the teeth by not flossing can also cause periodontal (or gum) disease and gingivitis, not to mention bad breath. Periodontitis has even been linked to rheumatoid arthritis in studies (according to Jerry A. Molitor, MD, PhD, an associate professor in the division of rheumatology and autoimmune disease at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). Phoenixville News.

Paydirt: Obesity of our spending and our bodies
John Hanselman knew that too many steak dinners with clients and too little exercise were adding inches to his waistline. "Your ability to control your behaviors is like a precious resource," said Kathleen Vohs, marketing professor at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Star Tribune.

U of M piling up stimulus funds with $211M so far
A team of University of Minnesota researchers have been awarded $2.2 million grant from the federal stimulus bill to study whether certain bacteria can be used to produce biofuels, bringing the U a total of $211 million so far in federal stimulus funds. MinnPost.

Winter garden need not be dull
Winter isn't always pretty here in the northland. Jeff Gillman is an associate professor of horticulture at the University of Minnesota. Star Tribune.


November 4

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Henning Schroeder 165School of Pharmacy professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies Henning Schroeder has been named vice provost and dean for graduate education. School of Pharmacy professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies Henning Schroeder has been named vice provost and dean for graduate education, pending approval by the regents Nov. 13. Schroeder has served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy since 2007, where his responsibilities covered both Ph.D. and masters programs, as well as aspects of the professional doctorate program. He previously was a visiting professor at Stanford University and served on the faculty of the Martin Luther University School of Pharmacy (where he was chair of the Department of Pharmacology for 12 years) in Germany and Düsseldorf University. He is active in research and advising, has a strong teaching background, and serves on the board of numerous scientific advisory panels. Subject to regents' approval, Schroeder's appointment will begin Jan. 19. Read more in the news release, Graduate Education, and the Provost's announcement.

Jean Quam has been appointed dean of the College of Education and Human Development. The appointment is effective immediately upon approval by the Board of Regents; the appointment request will be presented at the Board's November meeting.

Quam has served as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development since October 2008. During her interim deanship, Quam demonstrated exceptional leadership and management skills on behalf of the College. She achieved a high level of performance and remarkable success in a relatively short period of time as interim dean.

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) has appointed Bradley Carlin head of the Division of Biostatistics.

Bradley Carlin 165Bradley Carlin has been appointed head of the Division of BiostatisticsCarlin, who has been a professor in the SPH since 1991, will take over as division head in May 2010. He will work with other SPH leaders to solidify the division’s ranking as one of the top biostatistics units in the nation. In addition to continuing the high level of research productivity among the division’s faculty members, he will work to grow the division’s student body and educational programs, as well as its focus on collaborative, translational research.

Carlin takes over for School of Public Health professor John Connett, Ph.D., who, after serving as head of the division for nine years, is stepping down to devote more time to his own research interests, which focus on clinical trials and lung health.

Carlin's research interests include statistical applications in AIDS research, clinical trial monitoring, joint longitudinal and survival modeling, and spatial and spatio-temporal disease mapping. He also conducts geographical analysis by analyzing public health data that are geographically indexed. He is an expert in Bayes and empirical Bayes methodology, as well as Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods for their implementation.

Carlin has a Ph.D. and M.S. in statistics from the University of Connecticut and a B.S. in mathematics and actuarial science from the University of Nebraska. He is a member of the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, and currently serves as editor-in-chief of Bayesian Analysis, the official journal of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. He has authored numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as textbooks on Bayesian methods and hierarchical modeling for spatial data.

In 2003, Carlin was named Mayo Professor in Public Health, the highest faculty honor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He has received the Mortimer Spiegelman Award from the American Schools of Public Heath Association. He is also the 2008 recipient of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Karen Seashore has been named the inaugural holder of the Robert Holmes Beck Chair of Ideas in Education. The first endowed chair of its kind in the United States, the Beck Chair encourages scholarly activity that promotes a better understanding of the conceptual foundations underlying critical issues in education. Cornelia Ooms Beck established the chair in memory of her husband, Robert Holmes Beck (1918-1991), who was a faculty member at the college from 1947 until his retirement in 1989.

Seashore, director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was appointed a professor in 1987. In the past, she has served as department chair, associate dean, and as director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. Her research focuses primarily on school improvement and reform. She is co-principal investigator of research funded by the Wallace Foundation that investigates how principal leadership has an impact on student achievement. Recently, the University Council for Educational Administration awarded Seashore with the Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award. The Beck Chair is a three-year renewable appointment. For more information, see Karen Seashore.

UMM Professor Emeritus of Theatre Raymond J. Lammers has died. Professor Lammers was one of the first University of Minnesota, Morris faculty members and figured prominently in the creation of the Morris theatre major and program. Services are Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m., at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. For more information, see Raymond Lammers


U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

Lions' taste for human flesh dissected
A notorious pair of man-eating lions that teamed up to terrorize Kenyan labour camps more than 100 years ago did not have the same taste for human flesh, a new study suggests. "Their divergent diets are mostly relevant for illuminating this one particular case," says Craig Packer, an animal behavioural scientist at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, which makes it difficult to extrapolate to other lions. Nature News.

Links Between City Walkability And Air Pollution Exposure Revealed
A new study compares neighborhoods' walkability (degree of ease for walking) with local levels of air pollution and finds that some neighborhoods might be good for walking, but have poor air quality. Researchers involved in the study include University of Minnesota faculty member Julian Marshall and University of British Columbia faculty Michael Brauer and Lawrence Frank. Science Daily.

Fracture Critical
At rush hour on August 1, 2007, the 1,907-foot-long I-35W Bridge near downtown Minneapolis fell into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people, injuring 145 more, severing a key link in the Interstate system, and costing over $300 million in damages and for construction of a new bridge. Thomas Fisher is dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Design Observer.

White House summit could turn new leaf for tribes
The list of decades-old grievances that Native American nations have lodged against the federal government is lengthy and a source of great acrimony. And it doesn't hurt that America's first black president is a minority, said David Wilkins, a professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota. Greenbay Press Gazette.

Exhibit provides food for thought
How much food does your family eat in a week? That's the basis of a fascinating new exhibit at the Bell Museum at the University of Minnesota, which shows how dinner varies throughout the world in quantity, substance and cost. Star Tribune.