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Awards and appointments, December 2010

By Adam Overland

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Kristen McMaster

December 15

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McMaster receives Early Career Research Award

Department of Educational Psychology associate professor Kristen McMaster is a recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Division for Research of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions in basic or applied research in special education within the first 10 years after receiving the doctoral degree. The award, cosponsored by the Donald D. Hammill Foundation, includes $1,000 to be presented at the Division for Research reception at the 2011 CEC Annual Convention and an invited presentation at the CEC convention the following year.

McMaster has contributed to the field with her research focusing on reading and writing difficulties of children with special needs. She has over 35 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has made numerous presentations at national and international conferences. Her work in the areas of peer-assisted learning and progress monitoring is particularly noteworthy. She has been awarded federal funding to support this important work.

McMaster is active in professional organizations, collaborates with numerous colleagues, and has mentored and advised numerous doctoral students. For more information, see McMaster.

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

Feeling hot, hot, hot
The University of Minnesota announced today that they’re the first in the nation to begin using a high-powered solar simulator that has (say it with me in your best Dr. Evil voice) the power of 3,000 suns… Professor Wojciech Lipinski, one of the lead researchers on the project, obliged: “At this temperature, the potato will quickly turn into gaseous form and there will be no potato anymore” (emphasis mine). Also, “steel can quickly melt under a fraction of the power offered by the simulator.” Midwest Energy News.

Wolf Politics and the Endangered Species 'End Run'
Negotiations between the Interior Department and the governors of three western states—Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming—to remove the Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the federal endangered species list hit a stumbling block this week but aren't necessarily over… But Daniel MacNulty, a wildlife biologist at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, counters that the politicians' efforts "indicate that the ESA is not working as intended." Science Magazine.

Is the DREAM Act dead?
Senate Democrats have pulled a measure that would allow young Americans who are in the U.S. illegally to earn legal status through education or military service, but majority leader Harry Reid says he will try again later. Midmorning speaks with supporters and opponents of the DREAM Act… Katherine Fennelly, professor of public affairs at the the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute, comments. Minnesota Public Radio.

For some men, long hair is more than a fashion statement
From the unkempt hippie hair of the Woodstock days to the teased mullets of the early 1980s, hairstyles have challenged norms and defined generations…Edward Schiappa, chair of the communications department at the University of Minnesota, researches popular culture, including the role of gender and how it is "performed" over time. Pioneer Press.

US: Sabbaticals under fire at Minnesota universities
Of the 3,340 full-time and 760 part-time faculty members in the University of Minnesota system, 104 went on sabbatical and 83 went on semester leave from 2009-10. University World News.

What the Food Safety Modernization Act may mean for consumers
After several recent high-profile outbreaks of food-borne illnesses, a bill sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar has passed the Senate… University of Minnesota School of Public Health professor Craig Hedberg covers what these changes will mean to the consumer at the store and how we might see a change in the cost of the grocery bill soon. MinnPost.

On the Trail of Antarctica’s Geological Secrets
John Goodge, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Jeff Vervoort, an isotope geochemist from Washington State University, will be writing occasional posts from their research expedition in Antarctica… After a few years away, it’s hard to believe I’m back on “the ice” again. It feels natural to be back at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, where I’m organizing my 11th geological research expedition into the Transantarctic Mountains. Our field group has been here almost two weeks already, after traveling through New Zealand, and we’ve been frantic with various training sessions and packing gear into the cargo system here. The New York Times.

What's with 'come with'?
We Midwesterners have a way with words. And the rest of the country has a way of replying, "Say what?"… John Spartz, assistant professor in the department of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, explored the famous phrase in his PhD dissertation: "Do You Want to Come With?: A Cross-dialectal, Multi-field, Variationist Investigation of With as a Particle Selected By Motion Verbs in The Minnesota Dialect of English." Chicago Tribune.

U of Minnesota to Go Dark This Winter Break
During the week of Thanksgiving, I paid a visit to my alma mater, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, to see how it manages energy use. There I met Mark Peterson, a senior controls engineer, who was on the phone with someone on the campus when I walked into his office. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Good Question: Do Smoking Bans Make Us Healthier?
Three years after Minnesota enacted a statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants, most people are happy with it. More than 70 percent approve of it, in public opinion polls… Researchers from the University of Minnesota Cancer Center found nicotine levels in restaurant employees dropped 83 percent when compared to their level before the ban. WCCO-TV.

December 8

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

More Minn. doctors refusing Medicare patients over low reimbursements
Congress has agreed to a one-month delay in a huge payment cut to doctors who treat Medicare patients -- a short-term reprieve to a looming crisis over treatment of the nation's elderly… That presents a tough balancing act for Congress, said Robert Kane, who holds the endowed chair in long-term care and aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Minnesota Public Radio

At St. Paul 'wet house,' liquor can be their life—and death
Marion Hagerman appreciates your concern. But it's OK to give up on him, he says. Everyone else has—which might be the only sensible thing to do… "This is about meeting people where they are and loving them. It's not rocket science," she said. "They still grieve, love and hurt. They still need food and shelter. They are you and I." Dr. Steven Miles, professor of medicine and bioethics at the University of Minnesota, agreed. Pioneer Press

Global Warming Burning Lakes?
In the last 25 years, the world's largest lakes have been steadily warming, confirms the new study, some by as much as 4°F (2.2°C). In some cases that is seven times faster than air temperatures have risen over the same period… For example, the invasive zebra mussel, found now throughout the Great Lakes region, seems to prefer the warmer waters of Lake Superior’s sheltered harbors, explains Steve Colman, director of the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. National Geographic

The Sky Mall Stimulus
Economists never tire of pointing out that gift-giving is economically wasteful… The economics profession's pre-eminent gift-basher is Joel Waldfogel of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Waldfogel is the author of the 2009 book Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays. According to Waldfogel, gifts on average "generate 20 percent less satisfaction than items we buy for ourselves." Slate

Mascot Power Rankings: It’s Goldy Gopher by a foot
By far the hardest working mascot in show business, it’s difficult to pinpoint the coolest thing about Goldy Gopher. He’s seemingly everywhere on campus; from Minnesota hockey games to the Minnesota College of Science and Engineering’s 75th anniversary festivities… Chris Hui, a custom sneaker designer who attends Minnesota, designed the shoes especially for Goldy’s appearance in the National Mascot Competition at Disney World in Orlando in January (Goldy had finished tied for first in the qualifying competition). Off the Bench-NBC

Concerning trends in HIV/AIDS
Today is World AIDS Day, which calls attention to the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic and the 33.4 million people estimated to be living with HIV and AIDS… Dr. Pat Schlievert of the University of Minnesota, shows the topical gel he and fellow researcher Dr. Ashley Haase identified that, applied vaginally, can prevent transmission of the primate version of HIV, called SIV. Minnesota Public Radio

Never Too Old to Play
In the 1960s, Father Time was an athlete’s archenemy… According to Elizabeth Arendt, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with the University of Minnesota, such injuries fall into two categories. Minnesota Medicine

UMD retirements were long in the works
Two longtime leaders at the University of Minnesota Duluth have planned for more than a year to retire at the end of this school year. Vice chancellors Greg Fox and Vince Magnuson will retire in June after a combined total of 79 years on campus. Duluth News Tribune.

December 1

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Marvin Bauer 165Marvin BauerNASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior presented the William T. Pecora Award to Marvin Bauer of the University of Minnesota for his pioneering work in remote sensing of natural resources. Bauer received the award Nov. 17 at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing meeting in Orlando, Fla.

The two agencies present individual and group Pecora Awards to honor outstanding contributions in the field of remote sensing and its application to understanding Earth. The award was established in 1974 to honor the memory of William T. Pecora, former director of the U.S. Geological Survey and under secretary of the Department of the Interior.

Bauer received the award for his contributions to remote-sensing education, science and applications. Early in his career, he helped define the role of remote sensing for agriculture and forestry while a research agronomist at the Purdue University Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing. He made significant contributions to NASA's Large Area Crop Inventory Experiment that used data from Landsat satellites to monitor croplands.

At the University of Minnesota in the 1980s, Bauer continued his research in agricultural remote sensing but also investigated forestry applications. His recent work has concentrated on monitoring lake water quality, impervious surface mapping, land cover classification, and change detection. Bauer is director of the U's Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory.

Bauer has served for 30 years as editor-in-chief of the Remote Sensing of Environment journal. He is a recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in recognition of his scientific contributions to NASA's terrestrial remote sensing programs.

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

When Achy Legs Are a Warning
When Linda Molnar developed pain in her legs that got worse when she walked even a short distance, doctors initially attributed it to an old back injury… "Peripheral artery disease is the most common, deadly and costly cardiovascular disease that the public hasn't heard of," says Alan Hirsch, a professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School's cardiovascular division and founding president of the non-profit Vascular Disease Foundation. The Wall Street Journal.

For people who look a gift-horse in the mouth
Come December 25, there will be some people who will wake up knowing exactly what is wrapped up for them under the Christmas tree - because they picked it out for themselves… It is a trend that University of Minnesota economist Joel Waldfogel, who has been studying Christmas gift-giving for 20 years, said is helping to add the full value back into Christmas gifts. The Age.

Rare figure of Raj and partition
Samuel Burke, who was one of very few Indians to become a senior official in the Indian Civil Service under the pre-partition British Raj, has died, aged 104… Burke retired from Pakistan's Foreign Service to take up a new chair in south Asian studies at the University of Minnesota. The Sydney Morning Herald.

The New Skins Game
For decades the National Football League has survived all sorts of gimmicky competitors, from an XFL star named He Hate Me to a Canadian Football League franchise in Las Vegas… Says Mary Jo Kane, director of the University of Minnesota's Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport: "What they're doing is selling sex." Bloomberg Businessweek.

Hunger needs to be solved in my lifetime
My every-other-month dinner-and-discussion group met the other night. After a plentiful potluck meal, we got down to the topic designated for the evening: "If you could solve any issue or problem in your lifetime, what would it be?"… "It is disheartening to see most Americans feel the hunger problem in the U.S. will not be solved in the next 20 years," Jean Kinsey, a professor emeritus of applied economics at the University of Minnesota and director emeritus of The Food Industry Center, said in a release accompanying the study. CNN.