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Awards and appointments, February 2010

By Adam Overland

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Christy Haynes

February 24

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Christy Haynes, assistant professor of chemistry, and Tyler Lawson, assistant professor of mathematics, have been awarded prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships for 2010. Haynes and Lawson are among 118 winners of this high competitive award intended to enhance the careers of exceptional young faculty. Sloan Fellowship winners are faculty members at 61 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who are conducting pioneering research in physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, and neuroscience. Each winner will receive a grant of $50,000 for a two-year period.

Sloan Research Fellows are free to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them, and they are permitted to employ Fellowship funds in a wide variety of ways to further their research aims.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance. For more information, see Sloan Fellowship winners.

Tucker LeBien has been appointed to the new joint position of associate vice president for research in the Academic Health Center and vice dean for research in the Medical School.

In this role, LeBien will build on successful strategies to support research in both the Academic Health Center and the Medical School. His duties will include oversight of interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, and shared resources that provide critical technologies for research faculty. He will be responsible for the AHC grants program and Medical School bridge funding, as well as research compliance and space allocation decisions across the AHC.

LeBien is a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. An immunologist, he is a recognized authority in human lymphocyte (blood-cell) development. He is a former scholar of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America and currently holds the Apogee Enterprises Chair in Cancer Research. LeBien has been a faculty member since 1980. He earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology and master’s degree in bacteriology from North Dakota State University. He earned his doctorate in medical microbiology (immunology) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. LeBien assumed his new duties on Feb. 22.

The U has been awarded an $8.6 million contract to speed the development of novel stem cell and immune cell-based therapies from the laboratory to clinical trials.

Awarded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, five academic centers, including the University of Minnesota, have been selected to serve as a national resource for the development of new treatments for patients with various heart, lung, and blood diseases. Referred to as the Production Assistance for Cellular Therapies Program, or PACT, its mission is to speed the research and development of new treatments by quickly overcoming many of the obstacles and assisting researchers nationwide to more rapidly get U.S. Food and Drug Administration study approval.

The University of Minnesota program is led by Principal Investigator John Wagner, together with David McKenna and Jeffrey Miller, and consists of University academic faculty and professional staff with substantial expertise in the area of cellular therapeutics.

This is the second five-year contract awarded to Wagner at the University of Minnesota to help accelerate cellular therapy work. The University’s first contract, awarded in 2003, fundamentally transformed the pace of new cell-based therapies.

Kate VandenBosch, head of the Department of Plant Biology, was elected chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee, which represents faculty and serves as the consulting body to the president of the University Senate.

Assistant professor Carolyn Garcia in the School of Nursing Center for Adolescent Nursing received the 2010 Adolescent Nursing Research Section Nurse Investigator Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Supported as an NIH K12 BIRCWH scholar, Garcia's community-based research focuses on Latino adolescent mental health promotion through a school-based, family-involved intervention. Garcia will be presented with the award at the 2010 MNRS Annual Research Conference in April 2010.

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

2009 films mostly ignored African-Americans
Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood issue features Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe on the inside, and not among the nine lily-white ingenues on the cover…Still, Catherine Squires, a University of Minnesota professor of journalism and mass communications, and the mother of 7-year-old twins, praised the Disney animated film as a strong but subtle history lesson. Star Tribune.

Area near U seeks to keep owners in homes
When Cameron Naughton of Minneapolis started looking for a new home, she never imagined she would be able to afford the large duplex she had walked past for years in her Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. The $10,000 loan -- which will be forgiven if they stay five years -- came through a program called the University District Alliance, a joint effort of the University of Minnesota and surrounding communities to counter the deterioration that comes with too much rental housing. Star Tribune.

Pawlenty budget cuts film, tourism dollars that generate in-state spending
Buried in Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s recommended budget cuts to make up a $1.2 billion budget deficit is a $938,000 reduction of Explore Minnesota Tourism’s 2010 outlay... Ingrid Schneider, director of the University of Minnesota’s Tourism Center, said, “In a state where more than 90 percent of residents believe tourism is important or very important to the economy, reducing the ability to maintain or increase tourism’s economic impact are puzzling.” Finance & Commerce.

Does Soda Cause Pancreatic Cancer? What the Latest Study Really Says.
Early last week headlines hyped intriguing new research linking consumption of sugar-sweetened soda with increased risk of pancreatic cancer...The study’s senior author, University of Minnesota epidemiologist Mark Pereira, says that his study contributes to what we know about the potential role of soft drinks in the risk for pancreatic cancer, but notes that similar research in the past has had mixed results. Newsweek.

Art turns to ice in Central Hillside public art project
Cigarette butts, an old tire, a beer can and McDonald’s wrappers are considered blight when they’ve been thrown on the ground...“We started to think: ‘What can we do in the winter?’ ” said Kristen Pless, an assistant professor of photography at the University of Minnesota Duluth. “A lot of my work has involved water and ice, and it seemed natural, given the environment here..." Duluth News Tribune.

Public lands: How much?
Minnesota's policy of acquiring lands has come under fire, and the issue is likely to remain a hot topic of debate..."The wildlife management area system is a key component of our outdoor recreation system," said Mike Kilgore, a hunter, University of Minnesota professor and chair of the Lessard-Sams Council. Star Tribune.

U analysis: House GOP more aggressive than Dems in media outreach
Minnesota House Republicans have been almost twice as aggressive in pushing their message to the media via press release as their Democratic counterparts, according to an analysis by University of Minnesota professor Eric Ostermeier. Ostermeier, in an analysis posted on the U's aptly-named Smart Politics blog, found that Republicans John Kline, Michele Bachmann and Erik Paulsen issued an average of 9.6 press releases per month, while the state's five House Democrats put out an average of 5.2 per month. MinnPost.

February 17

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

Harvard’s Crisis of Faith
It doesn't take a degree from Harvard to see that in today's world, a person needs to know something about religion…A new religious-studies program at the University of Minnesota was launched last year; already it has more than 50 majors. Newsweek.

Methane moves to front burner
Methane gas may be getting more attention soon as a renewable energy source and a way to contain odor issues, which have plagued ranchers situated near towns and cities. “One of the things I’ve wanted since 9/11 was to get our country independent of foreign energy,” says Christo Robberts, director of the manufacturing management program at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Agweek.

U physicists report tantalizing clues to darkmatter
University of Minnesota physicists who may have found the first examples of the "dark matter" that supposedly makes up 85 percent of the universe await confirmation of their work by other researchers, according to an article published Thursday in the online edition of the journal Science. In an interview, Priscilla Cushman, the physics professor leading the search for dark matter at an underground laboratory in Soudan, Minn., says if her team's work can be corroborated, "then we are well on our way to solving the 50-year-old missing mass problem." Star Tribune.

Sea levels erratic during latest ice age
Cave formations along the coast of an island in the Mediterranean Sea hold evidence that sea level can rise and fall abruptly during an ice age, a finding that casts some doubt on current notions about how those lengthy cold spells develop and progress…“The [team’s] results are strong but not absolutely watertight,” comments Lawrence Edwards, a paleoclimatologist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Science News.

Thoughts on leaving Haiti: Twin Cities doctor heads home
After spending the last two weeks working in a field hospital in Port-au-Prince, internist and pediatrician Dr. Peter Melchert is heading home today (see two previous posts here and here)…Melchert's leaving will be a little easier knowing that he'll be literally swapping seats on the charter plane back to Fort Lauderdale with his replacement, Brad Benson, chairman of the medicine/pediatrics program at the University of Minnesota. Minn Post.

Are they fleeing Minnesota taxes or bad weather?
Minnesota is losing hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue from people who are "voting with their feet" by leaving for places with lower taxes, a conservative think tank said in a report released Tuesday…"My sense is that if people are leaving the state, it's not because of the taxes," said Will Craig, associate director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. Star Tribune.

February 10

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Phil Esten 165Phil Esten has been named chief executive officer of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
Phil Esten has been named chief executive officer of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Esten, who is an associate athletics director at the University, succeeds Margaret Sughrue Carlson, who announced plans to retire from the Alumni Association last May after 25 years of service. Esten, who has a doctoral degree in kinesiology from the University and has taught graduate level courses as an adjunct professor of the university’s kinesiology department, was chosen through a national search process that began last August.

As an associate athletics director, Esten manages the overall strategic plan for intercollegiate athletics, which includes 25 sports and 225 employees. He was the department’s point person for the U's new on-campus football stadium, TCF Bank Stadium, serving as the intercollegiate athletics liaison for all design, construction, operations, and management of the $288.5 million project. Esten also was instrumental in stadium fundraising, an effort that included more than $45 million in funds for academic programming for the University. Esten will be the seventh CEO in the Alumni Association’s 106-year history. For more information, see the news release.

Three new research projects funded by the University of Minnesota will address key policy questions about obesity and healthy eating. The projects are funded by grants from the U's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute. Each research project will receive about $100,000 and will take place over the next two years.

The projects and their principal investigators:

Mother-Infant Feeding Interactions and Infant Physical and Cognitive Development: 
A Transdisciplinary Research Collaboration
. A look at how mothers perceive their babies' hunger and satiety and how that might influence child growth and weight status, especially in early childhood. Because the largest increases in obesity over the last 30 years have occurred in children, the research team aims to understand how parents' attributes and attitudes are passed on. The team includes researchers from the U of M's Institute of Child Development, School of Public Health and Center for Neurobehavioral Development.

•    Co-PI: Stephanie M. Carlson, PhD, associate professor, Institute of Child Development
•    Co-PI: Ellen W. Demerath, PhD, associate professor, School of Public Health
•    Co-PI: Dr. Michael K. Georgieff, MD, professor, Pediatrics and Child Development; director, Center for Neurobehavioral Development
•    Co-I: Danielle M. Beck, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, Simpson University

Preventing Obesity in the Worksite: A Multi-Message, Multi-Step Approach. Testing of a novel worksite obesity prevention program that includes nutrition labels, pedometers, persuasive messaging and tracking how influential colleagues affect others' behavior. Researchers hope to show how a workplace prevention program can make a difference in obesity prevention through existing networks and resources. The project involves researchers from four departments at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in partnership with St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth.

•    Co-PI: Jennifer Feenstra Schultz, PhD, associate professor, Department of Economics- UMD
•    Co-PI: Lara LaCaille, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Psychology- UMD
•    Co-I: Rick LaCaille, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, UMD
•    Co-I: Ryan Goei, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Communication, UMD
•    Co-I: Rebecca de Souza, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Communication, UMD
•    Co-I: Amy Versnik Nowak, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

State Level Food System Indicators. Development of state-level food system indicators and data collection for all 50 states, in an effort to more accurately show how each state's food system meets the standard of "healthy, fair, green and affordable." The standard is used nationally, but no data exists on a state level. U of M researchers on the project are from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the School of Public Health.

•    PI: Robert P. King, professor, Department of Applied Economics
•    Co-PI: Molly D. Anderson, Food Systems Integrity, Arlington, MA
•    Co-PI: David Mulla, professor, Department of Soil, Water and Climate
•    Co-PI: Mary Story, professor, Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health

For more information, see the news release.

Ronald Huesman, associate director of the Office for Institutional Research, will join the Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE) Council in April 2010. Organized in 1974, AAUDE aims to improve the quality and usability of information about higher education; the University of Minnesota was one of its founding members. AAU institutions participate in the exchange of data and information to support decision-making at their institutions. As a council member, Huesman will provide leadership and strategic direction in the operations of AAUDE.

Uwe Kortshagen, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of mechanical engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The fellow grade is the highest elected grade of membership in ASME. Fellowship is conferred upon a member with at least 10 years of active engineering practice and who has made significant contributions to the profession. Kortshagen is one of the world's leading researchers in non-thermal plasmas. He received his education at the University of Bochum, in Bochum, Germany, where graduated with a Ph.D. in physics in 1991 and a Habilitation in experimental physics in 1995.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is a not-for-profit professional organization promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. ASME develops codes and standards that enhance public safety, and provides lifelong learning and technical exchange opportunities benefiting the engineering and technology community.

Zero to Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, has selected two employees from the University of Minnesota System to participate in the prestigious Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship program. Maria Kroupina, director of research programs at the Institute of Child Development, International Adoption Project; and Mary Ann Marchel, Associate Professor in Unified Early Childhood Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, will participate in the 2009-2011 class of fellows.

During the two-year Fellowship, Kroupina will work to design a mental health program for adopted infants and toddlers, taking advantage of the multidisciplinary clinic theme already in place. Kroupina’s aim is to put in place additional mechanisms for early identification of high-risk children at the time of their initial medical evaluation, and to pilot a research-based intervention program in a clinical setting.

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 that features comprehensive care and education programming for young children and their families.. An additional feature of the project is to explore creation of an interdisciplinary infant mental health certificate program accessible to professionals in Northern Minnesota. For more information about the organization and the fellowship program, see Zero to Three

Mistilina Sato has been named the inaugural holder of the Carmen Starkson Campbell Endowed Chair in Education in the College of Education and Human Development. One of few such chairs in the country, the Campbell Chair focuses on scholarly activities that prepare and support new teachers and improve effectiveness and retention of teachers, especially as advocates for at-risk students. The chair also encourages partnerships with schools and districts, with emphasis on those facing significant challenges in achieving student success.

Sato, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is co-principal investigator and director of the college’s Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI). As the Campbell Chair holder, Sato will continue her leadership in reaching TERI’s goal of transforming teacher education. As a former teacher and an expert on teacher quality and development, she is uniquely qualified to carry forward the vision of the Campbell Chair.

Sato’s research focuses on teacher development and the use of formative assessment in science classrooms. She is completing a study of cultural relevance in science pedagogy (CRISP) through a Minnesota teacher action research network and the Science Museum of Minnesota. As a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Research Fellow, she is working with a Twin Cities high school science teacher action research group on enacting formative assessment in their everyday practice. Sato has been awarded the 2008 Young Scholars Research Fellowship, the Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Rising Star Award, and the 2007 Kappa Delta Pi Early Research Award. For more information, see Mistilina Sato.

The University Parent Program, with director Marjorie Savage, has received a NASPA Silver Excellence Award for the Parent Outcomes/Family Involvement program. The Outcomes for Parent/Family Involvement link the goals of the Parent Program to the University's Student Learning and Development Outcomes. These parent/family outcomes guide the University's interactions with family members of undergraduates by promoting campus-wide consistency in our messages of student development and success.

NASPA is a professional organization for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The NASPA Excellence Awards recognize "the contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration.

Daniel Zismer has been named director of the master of healthcare administration and executive studies programs at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The 54-year-old program is ranked number two in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Organizations led by four alumni of the program have earned the Baldridge National Quality Award in the past several years.

The program includes the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree, which can be completed in a traditional, on-campus format or via the newly launched Executive MHA program, in which the curriculum is delivered predominantly in an interactive online format. In addition to the MHA degree, the program includes two post-baccalaureate certificates in executive healthcare studies. The first, Management Fundamentals in Healthcare Organizations Certificate, provides the core courses of the Executive MHA but is intended for individuals who do not desire a full MHA degree. The other certificate, Leading Integrated Health Systems: Organizational Design, Strategy, Finance, and Management Certificate, provides coursework in integrated health systems and is intended for executives and clinical professionals moving into leadership positions in healthcare systems that bring hospitals and physician practices together in the same business model.

Zismer holds the rank of associate professor and brings more than 25 years of experience on the provider side of health care delivery having worked on the leadership team of Essentia Health, a multi-state health system headquartered in Duluth, Minn. He received his Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and his bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. Fore more information, see the news release.

Retired professor emeritus Catherine Kulesov, who taught for over 20 years in the Department of Russian Studies passed away. Kulesov was born in Kazan, Russia and grew up and was schooled in St. Petersburg, Russia. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington in Slavic Language and Literature in 1967. After receiving her Ph.D., she accepted a teaching position in the Department of Russian Studies at the University of Minnesota, where she taught Russian language and literature beginning in 1968. She published various works related to her scholarly research, and was recognized and highly respected in her field as a tenured professor. For more information, see the Star Tribune.

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

Mystery surrounds roots of the Macbeth curse
The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis opens a brand new production of Macbeth this weekend - and that makes some people a little nervous. Katherine Schiel teaches Shakespeare at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota Public Radio.

Couple plans research on walk around Lake Superior
The idea was born innocently enough, the way many big undertakings are hatched…Link and Crowley have already arranged to do their scientific and cultural research through the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth…“They’re going to make a success of it,” said Ken Gilbertson, a professor of outdoor and environmental education at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Duluth News Tribune.

Adding up the Super Bowl ads
Let the post-game party begin…"The Super Bowl always has some really creative stuff and some stuff where you say they spent all that money to get us that?" U of M Carlson School of Marketing Chair George John said. KARE - TV.

U of M professor to discuss influence of Latino culture
Louis Mendoza traveled 12,000 miles, mostly by bike, to better understand what he calls the “Latinoization” of the United States and the role Latino communities have in the cultural life of the country. Mendoza is an associate professor of Chicano Studies and associate vice provost for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota. The St. Cloud Times.

Research finds water movements can shape fish evolution
Researchers from the University of Minnesota have found that the hydrodynamic environment of fish can shape their physical form and swimming style… Turning to computational fish for answers, professor Fotis Sotiropoulos, along with postdoctoral researcher Iman Borazjani, from the University's St. Anthony Falls Laboratory decided to race hybrid and realistic fish in a massive parallel computer cluster to find out what influence the aquatic environment has had on fish shapes and swimming techniques. Science Daily.

Garden of reading
A bookworm of a horticulturist shares his all-time favorite books about gardening and gardeners. Jeff Gillman is an associate professor of horticulture at the University of Minnesota. Star Tribune.

February 3

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Peter Reich 165Peter Reich has been named this year's winner of the prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in ecology and conservation biology. Professor Peter Reich has been named this year's winner of the prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in ecology and conservation biology.

Reich was honored for his work in global metabolic plant ecology, most notably his discovery of universal rules of leaf design and related scaling of plant physiology from seedling to tree, from cell to ecosystem, and from the stand to the globe.

Reich's nomination also cites his work as leader of a unique long-term field experiment that examines interactions of three well-documented global changes: plant species diversity, elevated atmospheric CO2 and nitrogen pollution.

Reich is a Regents professor in the university's forest resources department and participates in many interdisciplinary research and teaching efforts. Along with a cash prize, the award includes a diploma and a commemorative artwork. All of this year's awards will be formally presented at a ceremony in Madrid next summer.

The awards honor world-class research and artistic creation in eight categories closely aligned with 21st-century scientific, technical, economic and social challenges. The categories include basic sciences (physics, chemistry, mathematics); biomedicine; ecology and conservation biology; information and communication technologies; economics, finance and management; contemporary music; climate change; and development cooperation.

The BBVA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of BBVA Group, a large Spanish banking and finance company. For more information, see the news release.

Residential Faculty Fellows for 2010-11

The Institute for Advanced Study has announced Residential Faculty Fellows for 2010-11. Each year up to twenty University of Minnesota faculty members are selected as Residential Fellows. Fellows are released from all teaching obligations during the tenure of their fellowships and are in residence in the Nolte Center, where they can benefit from the community of scholars and share their work across disciplines.

Fellowship Recipients include:

Bruce Braun, Department of Geography, College of Liberal Arts: "Machine Ecologies: posthumanism and the city"

Susannah Ferlito, Department of French and Italian, College of Liberal Arts: "Patient's Voices: Notes Towards a History of Sensibilities in Medical Languages"

Joseph Gerteis, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts: "American Nationalism: Boundaries and Identities in Historical Context"

Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, College of Design: "Meaning-making and Practice: How culture and design relate under conditions of displacement"

Mary Hermes, Department of Education, College of Education and Human Service Professions, UMN-Duluth: "Community and Collaboration: Ojibwe Language Documentation and Revitalization"

David Karjanen, Department of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts: "Spectral Economies: Violence, Marginality, and the Transformation of Global Capitalism"

Erika Lee, Departments of History and Asian American Studies, College of Liberal Arts: "The 'Yellow Peril' in the Americas: A Transnational History of Migration and Race, 1850-1945"

Bernadette Longo, Department of Writing Studies, College of Liberal Arts: "Risk: The Democratic Republic of Congo Edition"

Michelle Mason, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts: "Evaluating Persons"

Lisa Park, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts: "The Case of the Missing Mountains: Environmental Privilege, Immigration, and the Politics of Place"

Julie Pelletier, Department of Anthropology and American Indian Studies, College of Social Sciences, UMN-Morris: "Identity Strategies among Contemporary Michigan Gaming Tribes"

Simona Sawhney, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal Arts: "War and the Subject of Politics: Postcolonial Questions"

Dara Strolovitch, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts: "Advocacy in Hard Times: Representing Marginalized Groups in Times of National Crisis"

Thomas Wolfe, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts: "Subjectivity, Selfhood, and European Integration"

More information about each fellowship recipient is available at the Institute for Advanced Study.

2009 Award for Global Engagement
Four University of Minnesota faculty and staff members have been named recipients of the 2009 Award for Global Engagement, a University-wide award given to active or retired faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs in their field, discipline or to the university.

Recipients for 2009 include:

David Chapman, Wallace Professor of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Development, is an internationally known scholar and practitioner in the field of international development. His work is related to real-world policy issues in countries across the world and is significant in its impact on improving the education condition for children and adults worldwide.

Gerald Fry, professor, College of Education and Human Development, is an accomplished researcher, mentor, teacher and global citizen. From his early years in the Peace Corps, to his latest role as professor and researcher, he has dedicated his career of more than 40 years to the field of international education.

Joseph Schwartzberg, professor Emeritus, College of Liberal Arts, is a scholar, writer, speaker, peace and justice activist and committed world citizen, combining his academic career with engagement causes. He is the principle author of the "Historical Atlas of South Asia," which has been called the “definitive historical chronology” of South Asia.

Kathleen Sellew, former associate director, Office of International Programs, has demonstrated exceptional leadership in international education throughout her career, including 17 years at the university. She was a key figure in establishing the foundation, justification and programs to advance the institution’s internationalization agenda.

The award, created in 2005, is sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration and administered by the Office of International Programs. Robert Jones, senior vice president for system academic administration, will present the awards at a ceremony on March 24. The deadline for the next round of nominations will be in June 2010. More information, including nomination materials and longer biographies of the recipients, are available online.

University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center scientist Jian-Min Yuan has been awarded an $8 million research grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer.

This grant also will support the development of an effective set of non-invasive markers that can be used to screen and identify people who are at high risk for lung or liver cancer. People found to be at high risk could then take preventive measures to reduce their risk, or undergo regular screening for early detection of cancer when clinical treatment is more effective.

Yuan will continue epidemiological research involving 81,500 middle-aged and older Chinese men and women enrolled in the cities of Shanghai, China, and Singapore. The grant will be disbursed over five years.

Yuan was recruited to the Masonic Cancer Center in 2005 from the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles. In addition to his research on cancer prevention and etiology, he is an associate professor in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Yuan and cancer research colleague Mimi Yu, received initial funding from NCI in 1986 to establish the Shanghai study group and additional funding in 1993 to create the Singapore study group.

Through the years, the blood and urine samples plus other information gathered from the study participants has yielded important research findings about lifestyle risks, biochemical markers, genetic markers, and gene-environment interaction for greater understanding of lung cancer in smokers, lung cancer in non-smokers, liver cancer, as well as other cancers. This new research will allow those research endeavors to continue. For more information, see the news release.

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

Jennifer Imsande: Why I, a 'D', will caucus as an 'I'
I recently finished serving as a jury forewoman in a long and difficult murder trial. Star Tribune.

Grand finale for UMD's chancellor
On the eve of retirement, Minnesota Duluth chancellor Kathryn Martin seeks to finish her transformation of campus. Directing is how she got her start and how, over 15 years at the University of Minnesota Duluth, she has persuaded a diverse cast to transform a worn campus into one starring copper-crested, light-filled construction and new academic programs. Star Tribune.

CBS lion expert Packer the focus of Smithsonian cover story
Craig Packer an expert in lion behavior who has spent decades observing the predators in the field, is featured in the January issue of Smithsonian magazine. “The Truth About Lions” draws on Packer’s research and work on the Serengeti Lion Project, an effort to boost lion conservation. The article addresses the common misconception that lions band together primarily to hunt citing Packer’s findings that they form groups in order to attack competitors and defend their pride from attack. Smithsonian magazine.

Report suggests ‘brain gain’ instead of brain drain
Quit fretting about a rural “brain drain” emptying small towns of their best and brightest, said a University of Minnesota researcher, who sees a counter-balancing “brain gain” of people in their 30s — with college degrees, good incomes and school-age children — moving to rural areas Ben Winchester, a research fellow at the University’s Extension Center for Community Vitality, noted in a report issued this month that “brain drain” is a phrase commonly used to describe the departure of young adults seeking better jobs, education and new experiences. The Grand Forks Herald.

U of M to debut new smart phone application building class
When Albert Einstein said, "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity," he may have been talking about Steve Jobs, Apple, and the iPad. Leading the way is Dr. Charlie Miller. He's got big hopes for his students when the class begins this fall at the University of Minnesota. KARE – TV.