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By Adam Overland

Tom Sullivan

February 29

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Sullivan named University of Vermont president
The University of Vermont has named E. Thomas Sullivan as the university's 26th president.

Sullivan, a lawyer and authority on antitrust law, was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Minnesota from July 2004 until January 2012, when he resumed a position as a law professor. Before advancing to the provost’s office, he was the dean of the University of Minnesota Law School for seven years.

Provost E. Thomas Sullivan became Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Minnesota in July 2004 and served in that role through January 2012.

He also served as the eighth dean of the University of Minnesota Law School from 1995 to 2002. Upon finishing his term as dean, he returned to full-time research and teaching. In June of 2003, he received the J. William Elwin, Jr., Award from the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education for leadership and contributions to law school development. At the University of Minnesota Law School, he has received the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005, he was appointed the Julius E. Davis Chair in Law. He has chaired the ABA Section of Legal Education, and has chaired the Association of American Law Schools Section on Antitrust and Economic Regulation. On several occasions, he has been a consultant to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on judicial nominations to the Supreme Court, and to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on mergers.

He is a nationally recognized authority on antitrust law and complex litigation, having authored ten books and over 50 articles. He and co-author Professor Richard Frase published Proportionality Principles in American Law: Controlling Excessive Government Actions (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is the co-author, with Professors Herbert Hovencamp and Howard Shelanksi of Antitrust Law, Policy, and Procedure (6th ed., 2009) and co-author with Professor Jeffrey Harrison of Understanding Antitrust and Its Economic Implications (5th ed. , 2009). Most recently, he published Complex Litigation with Professors Richard Freer, Doug Floyd and Brad Clary (2010). He also published Private Antitrust Actions (Little, Brown & Co., 1996) with Douglas Floyd. He is presently writing a book entitled The Arc of Due Process in American Constitutional Law.

On two occasions he has been a visiting faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He twice has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University in England. During the fall semester 2002, he was a visiting professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). During 2012, he is a visiting faculty member at the University of Chicago and at New York University. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Sullivan served for six years as dean of the University of Arizona College of Law and as associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis. He began his career in higher education as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from law school at Indiana University in 1973, where he served as an editor on the Indiana Law Review. After law school, he worked for a federal judge, in Miami Florida, and thereafter was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Before entering Law School teaching in 1979, he was an antitrust litigator with the New York and Washington, D.C., firm of Donovan, Newton, Leisure and Irvine. Throughout his career he has continued to serve as a consultant on antitrust, complex litigation, and federal court matters.

Multicultural Research Award faculty recipients

The Office for Equity and Diversity and the Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) announced the Multicultural Research Award faculty recipients for 2012.

  • Lorena Munoz (Department of Geography)
  • Githire Njeri (African American and African Studies)
  • Sarah-Jane (Saje) Mathieu (History)
  • Bianet Castellanos (American Studies)
  • Carolyn Liebler (Sociology)
  • Ruby Nguyen (Epidemiology and Community Health)
  • David Karjanen (American Studies)
  • Vichet Chhuon (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • J.B. Mayo (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Jimmy Patino (Chicano Studies)

The Multicultural Research Awards were created to help retain and advance a diverse faculty—and each faculty member's research project. For more information, see Multicultural Research Awards.

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

State peat bogs to be climate study labs
A bog north of Grand Rapids will be home to a $50 million, 10-year federal research project to study the effects of climate change on peatlands and forest, an ecosystem dispersed around the top half of the globe that is expected to have a critical impact on the dynamics of global warming…Measured by volume, Minnesota's deep bogs hold about a fourth of the peat in the lower 48 states, said Lee Frelich, a forester at the University of Minnesota. Star Tribune.

Supreme Court to weigh torture lawsuits against corporations
Two years ago, the Supreme Court said corporations were like people and had the same free-speech rights to spend unlimited sums on campaigns ads…"It would send a very bad message if we give corporations a blanket immunity if they engage in universally condemned human rights abuse," said Jennifer Green, a University of Minnesota law professor. Los Angeles Times.

Report Affirms Lifesaving Role of Colonoscopy
A new study provides what independent researchers call the best evidence yet that colonoscopy — perhaps the most unloved cancer screening test — prevents deaths…“This study puts that argument to rest,” said Dr. David A. Rothenberger, a professor and deputy chairman of surgery at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. New York Times.

Mild Winter Could Mean More Fleas On Your Dog
Dog owners should be aware: Flea trouble is on the rise in the Twin Cities. Fleas don’t die during the winter as they stay alive indoors, but extra time outdoors at dog parks is exposing Minnesota dogs to more of a risk than they’d normally get if it was too cold to play outside. “Fleas can be transmitted from pet to pet, at the dog park, going to kennels, any indoor places, b/c active year round,” said Kristi Flynn, DVM, of the University of Minnesota. WCCO-TV.

Piracy reduces foreign box office receipts 7%, study says
A new academic study provides ammunition for those who say online piracy is hurting Hollywood's bottom line. A paper by economists Brett Danaher of Wellesley College and Joel Waldfogel of the University of Minnesota estimates that piracy caused a 7% decline in international box office returns during a one-year period bridging 2005 and 2006 studied by the academics. Los Angeles Times.

High-priced dog foods: Are they worth the money?
Talk about choices. Man's best friend has never had more when it comes to what's for dinner…"You can spend a lot, you can spend a little, with a few tools you can learn what to look for in a bag and make a few choices to help you do a great job at feeding your pet," University of Minnesota Veterinary Nutritionist Dr. Julie Churchill says. KARE-TV.

February 22

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Kaler names search committee for athletics director 

President Kaler has named a search committee for a new Gopher athletics director.

A 21-member search advisory committee and a four-person search committee will work with the leading national executive search firm in collegiate athletics to advise Kaler regarding a successor to Joel Maturi, who will retire from his duties as director of athletics June 30.

The search advisory committee will identify the qualities desired in a new athletics director, review and finalize the job description, advance names of qualified candidates to the search committee, participate in on-campus interviews and assist with the on-boarding process. The four-person search committee will conduct confidential semi-finalist interviews and will recommend finalists to President Kaler for on-campus interviews. To ensure a clear and direct line of input between the committees, both committees will be co-chaired by Tim Mulcahy, vice president for research, and Mary Jo Kane, professor of kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.

The search committee aims to have finalists identified by late April. Kaler’s goal is to name the next director of athletics in early May, with a new AD starting at the University July 1.

The search committee reflects the university’s core mission, representing its academic, research and community-driven values.

The four members of the search committee are:

Timothy Mulcahy, vice president for research (co-chair)

Mary Jo Kane, director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport (co-chair)

Amy Phenix, chief of staff, Office of the President

John Lindahl, managing general partner, Norwest Equity Partners


The larger search advisory committee brings together faculty, staff, students, community leaders and alumni:

  • Co-chairs - Mulcahy and Kane
  • Student athletes – MarQueis Gray, football; Mia Tabberson, volleyball
  • Coaches – Don Lucia, men’s hockey; Meg Stephenson, women’s gymnastics
  • Athletic staff – Dan O’Brien, football operations
  • Faculty and academic leadership – Perry Leo, professor and department director, aerospace engineering, and faculty athletic representative; Linda Brady, professor, food science and nutrition, and faculty athletic representative; Virginia Zuiker, associate professor, family social science, and chair, Advisory Committee on Athletics; Walt Jacobs, associate professor and chair, African American & African Studies, and vice chair, Faculty Consultative Committee; Robert McMaster, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education
  • Compliance – JT Bruett, director, athletic compliance
  • Community members – Julianne Bye, Archie Givens, Nancy Lindahl, Peggy Lucas, Dave Mona, Lou Nanne, Mark Sheffert and Darrell Thompson
  • Former student athletes – Quincy Lewis, basketball; and Sue Grimm, swimming, president, M Club

For more information, see the news release.

Caryn Schultz Korman hired as UMAA VP

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association has named Caryn Schultz Korman vice president for outreach. Schultz Korman, hired after an extensive search, currently serves as the associate vice president of outreach and engagement at the University of Illinois Alumni Association. She begins Feb. 27.

Schultz Korman brings nearly 15 years of higher education and advancement experience to the Alumni Association. Currently, she oversees all alumni outreach on the University of Illinois’ three campuses, including award and recognition programs, collegiate board development and planning, regional outreach and student programs. In addition, she was recently elected as chair-elect of CASE District V. Schultz Korman received a B.A. from Eastern Illinois in Sociology and a M.Ed. from Loyola University, Chicago in Higher Education Administration.

In her new role, Schultz Korman will lead outreach efforts to the more than 400,000 alumni of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus and help develop strategy for programs and events that engage alumni, students, and friends of the University. For more information, see

Rader named 2012 Robert G. Forman Fellow

Bruce Rader, vice president for membership and marketing analytics for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, has been named a 2012 Robert G. Forman Fellow by the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE).

As a fellow, Rader will conduct research on alumni engagement and present a report at the CAAE Summer Institute. He will evaluate alumni engagement at the University of Virginia and University of California – Los Angeles alumni associations, as well as survey alumni associations across the country, in order to better define, establish metrics for, and increase alumni engagement.

Rader has worked at the University of Minnesota Alumni Association since 2004. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management in 2001.

The Robert G. Forman Fellowship is named in honor of Robert “Bob” Forman, the founder of CAAE and the former executive director of the University of Michigan Alumni Association. The fellowship is awarded annually to two outstanding professionals in the alumni relations field.

McSherry awarded Certificate of Recognition

Maria McSherry, a principal office and administrative specialist in the Office of Human Resources, was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in recognition and appreciation for her assistance and support of the Federal Investigative Services Office. McSherry was given the award for her collaboration with and assistance to the Minneapolis, MN Field Office from February 20, 2005 to December 30, 2011. During this period, McSherry provided investigators and special agents of the U.S. Government with critical personnel data in efforts to aid special agents conducting background investigations to determine the suitability of current and former University students and employees for positions of national trust with the federal government.

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

Why it matters that our politicians are rich
As the presidential primary race has unfolded over the last few months, curious Americans have angled for a look at the candidates’ wallets—and observed that they are bulging…Kathleen Vohs, a professor at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, started working on the issue of “feeling rich” in 2006 along with coauthors Nicole Mead and Miranda Goode. Boston Globe.

'Downton Abbey' gets the flu — but does it get it right?
While watching the last few episodes of the PBS Masterpiece hit series "Downton Abbey," I kept waiting for somebody — anybody — to get sick…To get some answers, I spoke with Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and Richard Danila, an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health. MinnPost.

NBA Players Scoff at Mathematical Model Suggesting When to Shoot
With 16.6 seconds left in overtime and his Los Angeles Lakers up by one, Kobe Bryant had to decide, in an instant, whether to take the shot or drain a little more time from the clock and deny the Boston Celtics a chance to score… Brian Skinner, a physics research associate at the University of Minnesota, explored the nature of the late-game shot attempt in the NBA. Wired.

Meet Mousey: MN’s 1st Cat With A Pacemaker
Cats and dogs can get heart problems just like people and while it’s fairly easy to implant pacemakers in dogs, it’s very tricky and dangerous in cats. Last month the University of Minnesota performed its first-ever pacemaker surgery on a cat—and it worked. WCCO-TV.

Electric cars pollute more than gasoline vehicles in China
A study comparing electric vehicles and traditional cars and buses in China found that electric cars aren’t automatically cleaner. Shugang Ji and Christopher Cherry of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville worked with Matthew Bechle and Julian Marshall of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Ye Wu of Tsinghua University in Beijing on the study. San Francisco Business Times.

February 14

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Kathleen O'Brien, VP for University Services, to retire

Kathleen O'Brien 165VP for U Services Kathleen O'Brien came to the U 40 years ago as a graduate student in American history.Kathleen O'Brien, vice president for University Services has announced plans to retire on June 30, 2012.

O'Brien came to the University 40 years ago as a graduate student in American history. She was active in University governance and taught Minnesota history as an instructor in the History Department. In addition to her time within the University, from 1982 to 1989, she represented the University and its neighborhoods as a member of the Minneapolis City Council.

O'Brien has served as vice president for University Services since 2002, and served as chief of staff to President Nils Hasselmo from 1989 to 1994. Over the past decade, she guided University Services through significant organizational change, service improvements and cost reductions, and led the way as the campus experienced tremendous physical changes. In her decade as vice president, she directed $1.5 billion in capital improvements on campus and oversaw the construction of noteworthy projects including TCF Bank Stadium, the Science Teaching and Student Services Building, and the renovation of Folwell Hall. She has also been the U's point person on development of the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line.

The role of vice president for University Services is critical not only to the day-to-day operation of all of our campuses but also to the long-term success of the institution. University Services includes more than 3,000 employees in the departments of Auxiliary Services, Capital Planning and Project Management, Facilities Management, Public Safety, and University Health and Safety. Their work encompasses the critical infrastructure and services needed to support the University's mission and overall academic plan.

President Kaler announced that the U will launch a national search for a new vice president for University Services. Chief Financial Officer Richard Pfutzenreuter and College of Design dean Tom Fisher will serve as co-chairs of the search committee.

CTSI announces recipients of career development awards

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has announced the recipients of 13 career development awards for clinical and translational scientists at the University of Minnesota. The awards, designed to support junior investigators as they build independent research careers, are spread across four training programs and five schools and colleges across the University of Minnesota Please join us in congratulating these accomplished scholars! For more information, read about the recipients, their research, and CTSI's career development programs.

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

Mysterious Foam Causing Hog Farms to Explode, Killing Thousands of Pigs
In 2007 Rolling Stone published a devastating investigative piece on pig factory farms in the United States that made Upton Sinclair's The Jungle look like a pamphlet for Omaha Steaks… It's happened to nearly half a dozen barns in the Midwest in the past few years, and now researchers at the University of Minnesota are trying to get to the bottom of it. Gawker.

U asks why race matters in cancer
Jean Forster practically knows the numbers by heart. When it comes to surviving cancer, race matters. For black women, the death rate is 16 percent higher than for white women. For black men, the death rate is 32 percent higher than for white men. Forster, a professor of public health at the University of Minnesota, says the reasons are complicated. Star Tribune.

The Hidden Abilities Of Babies
There's something about babies. They are part miracle, part mystery. They are so full of innocence, and so full of promise, yet it turns out these simple, seemingly undeveloped infants are actually wired to do so much more than most of us realize… "Holding breath when you're under water is certainly a very adaptive thing," said University of Minnesota Dr. Al Yonas. WCCO-TV.

Dry landscape is raising fears of a fiery spring
Dry foliage, dry soil, a dry atmosphere and a dry long-term weather outlook have fire officials in Minnesota bracing for what could be a dangerous fire season in the coming weeks…Tom Hoverstad, scientist at the University of Minnesota's Southern Research and Outreach Center, said the outlook for agriculture isn't at all grim—yet. Star Tribune.

Social media info; how much is too much?
Social networking is a great way to connect and interact with people in your life…Heather LeMarre, media expert from the University of Minnesota, chatted with Kim Insley on KARE 11 Sunrise about the do's and don'ts for online etiquette. KARE-TV.

Calif. gay marriage ruling's effect in Minn. is mainly as a symbol
The federal appeals court ruling that a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California is unconstitutional is likely to have more symbolic than practical effect in Minnesota, scholars and activists say… While both sides in the Minnesota debate are likely to use the California decision for fundraising, the case has no direct effect, said Edward Schiappa, a professor in the University of Minnesota's Department of Communications Studies. Star Tribune.

Good Question: Which Cars Are The Most American?
The buzz about the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad for Chyrsler has put the issue of buying an American car back in the forefront…"It's really, really messy," said Carlos Torelli, an assistant professor and global branding expert at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. WCCO-TV.

February 8

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Gopher athletics director Joel Maturi will retire in June

Joel Maturi 165Gopher athletics director Joel Maturi will step down at the end of his current contract, which expires June 30.After a decade of successfully leading UMTC athletics, Joel Maturi will step down at the end of his current contract, which expires June 30.

For the following year, Maturi will remain a member of the University community, assisting with course development and teaching classes in the College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Kinesiology, helping the University with fund raising and working on special projects assigned by the president.

Throughout his tenure, Maturi’s priority has been to make sure student athletes received an education and earned their degrees. He worked tirelessly to make sure they had a meaningful and positive athletic experience, and that the affairs of Gopher athletics would be conducted with integrity, candor, and compliance.

During his 10 years of service to the University, Maturi oversaw the difficult merger of the men’s and women’s athletic departments, the grueling fund raising and construction of TCF Bank Stadium, and men’s and women’s hockey and wrestling national championship titles. Golden Gopher athletes have won more than 40 Big Ten or WCHA championships during Maturi’s tenure.

The University will form a selection committee and begin an inclusive national search for the next director of athletics that seeks input from a variety of stakeholders. President Kaler said he hopes to have a new director in place by July 1. For more information, see the news release.

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

Good Question: Have All Presidents Been Wealthy?
There’s no question that the two Republican front-runners in the race for president are rich… Wealth has become an issue in the campaign, and it raises an interesting question: Has there ever been a common man as president? “They’re not common men, let’s put it that way,” said Hy Berman, a University of Minnesota professor of history. WCCO-TV.

Diversified Americans resisting census race labels
When the 2010 census asked people to classify themselves by race, more than 21.7 million — at least 1 in 14 — went beyond the standard labels and wrote in such terms as "Arab," "Haitian," "Mexican" and "multiracial."…"It's a continual problem to measure such a personal concept using a check box," said Carolyn Liebler, a sociology professor at the University of Minnesota who specializes in demography, identity and race. Seattle Times.

On campus beat: U's new No. 2 knows campus
The new University of Minnesota president touts his connections with the place. But in a dozen ways, his new second-in-command has him beat. Not only is Karen Hanson, like Eric Kaler, an alum, but so are her father and two brothers. Star Tribune.

Experts Link Food Dyes To Behavioral Problems In Children
As busy parents, we don’t always make the healthiest choices for ourselves but when it’s meal time, we try to make the best choices for our kids… Ted Labuza, a professor of Food and Science at the University of Minnesota, said he believes it comes down to customers making choices. WCCO-TV.

Romney's Unlikely And Persuasive Defense Of The 'Individual Mandate'
For a candidate who keeps vowing to repeal the 2010 federal Affordable Care Act, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sure can make a convincing argument on its behalf…"We find the state is continuing to do quite well in terms of maintaining high levels of health insurance coverage and improvements in access to care," said lead author Sharon Long of the University of Minnesota and the Urban Institute. National Public Radio.

Couples who argue together stay together
When Bob Gubrud heard about a survey saying that arguing with your spouse at least once a week makes for stronger, longer marriages, he chuckled as he quipped sarcastically, "That must mean that our marriage is fantastic, because sometimes we have one a day."…While that survey was done in India, it reinforces similar studies that have been done in the United States, said William Doherty, a professor in the University of Minnesota's Department of Family Social Science. Star Tribune.

Obituary: Arthur Ballet was a beloved teacher, a withering wit
His classes at the University of Minnesota were famously popular with students for more than 25 years. Star Tribune.

February 1

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2012 McKnight Land-Grant Professorships

Yingling Fan 165Yingling Fan is one of six recipients of this year's McKnight Land-Grant Professorships.The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the McKnight Land-Grant Professorships. 2012 recipients of the McKnight Land-Grant Professorships are Yingling Fan, Joshua Feinberg, Melissa Gardner, Jason Hill, Daniel Keefe, and Dominique Tobbell. As always, the ideas and work of this year's recipients vary widely—from integrated urban planning and mineral magnetism to interactive visual computing. Through this program, the University of Minnesota recognizes and rewards its most promising junior faculty. Recipients are honored with the title McKnight Land-Grant Professor, which they hold for two years. The award consists of a research grant in each of two years and a research leave in the second year (or a supplementary grant). For more information and a descprition of the recipients and their research, see McKnight 2012.

National Book Critics Circle Award

The University of Minnesota Press book, Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music, has been selected as a finalist in the criticism category for a National Book Critics Circle Award. For more information, see University Press.

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

What's taking ET so long to find us?
Mathematically speaking, ET should have found us by now - if he exists - so we're being consciously avoided for some reason, a new study concludes…University of Minnesota physicist Woods Halley, who just published a book about the prospects of extraterrestrial life, says we don't know enough about how life got started on Earth to be able to recognise alien life, even if it were staring us in the face. ABC Science.

USDA: Milder winters mean some changes in plant hardiness zones
It's still too cold for Japanese maples and flowering dogwoods, but warmer winters have shifted the Twin Cities into a new plant-hardiness zone, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday… University of Minnesota Extension climatologist and meteorologist Mark Seeley said he wasn't surprised by the shifts. Pioneer Press.

Maze of Minneapolis skyways: A dead end?
Once the pride of Minneapolis, the city's 8 miles of skyways have become a villain in the vision for downtown's future..."It's way too mysterious," said Tom Fisher, dean of the University of Minnesota's College of Design. "And you shouldn't have to go into like hotel or bank lobbies. It should be easier." Star Tribune.

How valuable is water?
Turns out we don't know. But the federal government thinks we should. Now, Steve Polasky, a University of Minnesota expert on economics and the environment is heading a new scientific advisory panel for the Environmental Protection Agency charged with establishing the economic value of clean water. Star Tribune.

Minn. researchers study standing vs. sitting at a desk
Minnesota researchers set up special work stations at a Minneapolis business Tuesday to assess the health benefits of standing rather than sitting at a desk. Steven Stovitz, a family medicine and community health associate professor at the University of Minnesota, is one of the lead investigators on the study, heads a team that will measure how standing affects muscle tone, blood pressure and an employee's sense of well-being. Minnesota Public Radio.

Does Peeing On Your Plants Actually Help Them?
Science is a wonderful adjunct to gardening, offering effective, well-informed techniques to boost the health and productivity of your plants. Like peeing on them… That’s what Linden Hills resident and long-time gardener Meleah Maynard discovered—along with a whole host of other tips—when she and co-author Jeff Gillman set out to rewrite the book, as it were, on gardening tips, sorting the old wives’ tales from the reputable bits of advice... Trying to clear the air, Meleah Maynard and Jeff Gillman, a University of Minnesota researcher, took a laundry list of purported gardening tips and tricks, and went back to the scientific literature to see if they could back those up. Southwest Minneapolis Patch.