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By Adam Overland




March 28

To submit U of M staff or faculty for consideration in People, contact the Brief editor. For more information, see award & appointment submission guidelines.


VP for U Services search committee

President Kaler has appointed a search committee to fill the position of VP for University Services upon VP Kathy O’Brien’s June 30 retirement.

The Vice President for University Services is responsible for creating and sustaining a physical environment and service culture that supports and advances the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the University of Minnesota. The VP works in partnership with the University's academic leadership to understand the needs of the academic enterprise, ensuring the requisite services and facilities are provided efficiently and effectively to support one of the University.

Members of the committee:

  • Richard Pfutzenreuter, VP and Chief Financial Officer, Co-Chair
  • Tom Fisher, dean, College of Design, Co-Chair
  • Will Durfee, professor, Mechanical Engineering, Senate Committee on Finance & Planning
  • Bob Elde, dean, College of Biological Sciences
  • Caroline Hayes, professor, Mechanical Engineering, and Faculty Legislative Liaison
  • Kathryn Holmquist, student representative to the Board of Regents, Facilities Committee, UMC
  • Robert Jones, Senior VP for Academic Administration
  • Mostafa Kaveh, Associate dean for Research and Planning, College of Science and Engineering
  • John King, Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, UMD
  • Leslie Krueger, Chief of Staff, Office of the VP for University Services
  • Merwyn Larson, University Building Official, University Services
  • Laurie McLaughlin, Director, Housing and Residential Life
  • Tom Parish, former VP for Real Estate, Wells Fargo
  • Craig Taylor, director, Office of Business and Community Economic Development

KeyStone Search will support and assist the search committee in its work. For more information, see U Services VP search.

Spivak recognized as distinguished alumna

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas will be holding an awards presentation and reception in appreciation of alumna Marla Spivak. The awards presentation and alumni reception will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 30 in the Fireplace Room of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN. In recognition of her contributions to her profession, she has been selected as a recipient of the College’s 2011–12 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Awards, the highest honor bestowed upon its alumni.

Spivak is a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor and Extension Entomologist in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. She obtained her Ph.D. from the College at KU under Dr. Orley Taylor in 1989 on the ecology of Africanized honey bees in Costa Rica. From 1989–92 she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Insect Science at the University of Arizona. She was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota in 1992.

Currently, her research and extension efforts focus on honeybee health, breeding, and behavior, and on the sustainable management of alternative pollinators.

Student receives the Hertz Fellowship

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation announced today that University of Minnesota Honors Program student Grant Remmen has been awarded a prestigious Hertz Fellowship to support his future graduate studies. Considered to be the nation’s most prestigious and generous support for graduate education in applied sciences and engineering, the Hertz Fellowship is valued at more than $250,000 per student, with support lasting up to five years.

Remmen will graduate summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering this spring in each of his three majors: astrophysics, physics, and mathematics. He has been admitted to numerous top Ph.D. programs across the country in physics and astrophysics and will begin graduate study this fall.

Remmen has been conducting original research since his freshman year, and his work on the Milky Way’s dark matter and on the cosmic ray muon velocity distribution has appeared in two publications in the Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics. At UMTC, Remmen has investigated aspherical black holes under the mentorship of professor Robert Gehrz and is currently conducting Hubble Space Telescope research on Eta Carinae, a complex star system, with professor Kris Davidson.

Last summer, with the support of an international student scholarship from University College London, he engaged in research on general relativistic spin orbit coupling and its effect on multiple-body gravitational systems with professor Kinwah Wu, head of theory at Mullard Space Science Lab in England. For his work on galactic dark matter, he was awarded the American Astronomical Society’s Chambliss Medal for exemplary student research. Remmen was named a Goldwater Scholar in his sophomore year. He is also a U.S. Presidential Scholar and a National Merit Scholar, and has received many awards and honors at the University of Minnesota.

Remmen was one of only 15 students selected nationwide for the Hertz Fellowship from more than 600 applications and the only student chosen in the physics/astrophysics area. Other 2012 Hertz fellows are from MIT, Harvard, Caltech, Princeton, University of California-Berkeley, Indiana University and the University of Texas, Austin.


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

Is couples therapy effective?
In a recent New York Times Magazine cover story, Elizabeth Weil spoke to therapists and discovered that couples therapy is stressful even for the professionals…William Doherty, professor and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota, said in a Networkers article that there's "an ever-present risk of winning one spouse's allegiance at the expense of the other spouse's." Minnesota Public Radio.

Studies Say Aspirin Reduces Cancer Risk by 25 Percent
Two new studies published this week say taking aspirin daily can significantly reduce the risk of cancer and prevent tumors from spreading, and FOX 9 News spoke with Dr. Barbara Bowers, an oncologist with the University of Minnesota, about the findings. KMSP-TV.

Pork Industry Moves To Group Pens At Great Cost
As pork producers build new barns and retrofit old ones to give hogs more space, they say consumers opposed to keeping pregnant sows in tight cages can expect to pay for their clearer consciences with higher food prices…arm labor is expensive, and high-quality labor is even more expensive, said Brian Buhr, head of the applied economics department at the University of Minnesota. WCCO.

Prehistoric proteins: Raising the dead
To dissect evolution, Joe Thornton resurrects proteins that have been extinct for many millions of years. His findings rebut creationists and challenge polluters… “Instead of passively observing things as most evolutionary biologists do, you actively go in and test the hypotheses experimentally,” says Antony Dean, a molecular biologist at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul who heads another major group in the field. Nature.

Rising gas prices aren't as bad as you think
Gas prices are once again dominating the national debate. But despite rhetoric, high gas prices aren't hurting as much as they used to… "The incremental expenditure is not that much," said Akshay Rao, a professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management who has studied gas prices. CNN Money.

What might the voter ID political campaign look like?
Republicans in the Minnesota House passed a proposed constitutional amendment early Wednesday morning that would require all voters to show photo identification at the polls… Ed Schiappa, chairman of the Communications Studies department at the University of Minnesota, said supporters of voter ID will likely use what he calls a campaign of fear about voter abuse and fraud. Minnesota Public Radio.

Where the U of M and the north side meet
The University of Minnesota is a land-grant university, the only one in the state, and that means that it has some obligations that private universities don't have. For the past two and a half years, a major impetus to create programs and partnerships that could help North Minneapolis residents find vocational options and improve their quality of life has come from the U’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). MinnPost.


March 21

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VP Mulcahy to retire

Tim Mulcahy 165Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy announced that he will retire in December 2012.Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy will retire in December 2012. President Eric Kaler has appointed Aaron Friedman, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Medical School, and Steven Crouch, dean of the College of Science and Engineering, as co-chairs of a national search for Mulcahy’s successor. 

During his first meeting with incoming President Kaler in 2011, Mulcahy discussed his longstanding plan to retire within the next two years. Earlier this year, Mulcahy told the president he had decided to retire in December, at the end of his eighth year as vice president for research.

Mulcahy was appointed vice president for research at the University of Minnesota in February 2005. He is responsible for the oversight and administration of an externally funded research program of more than $800 million, which encompasses all five campuses in the U of M system. He has primary responsibility for the overall vitality of the University-wide research enterprise, including supporting evolution of new research, maintaining a competitive research infrastructure, developing and managing campus wide research policies and overseeing administrative management of all sponsored research activity.

Under his leadership, the U initiated a series of programs and organizational changes designed to enhance commercialization of university-based technologies and to enrich university-business relations. Most recently, the launch of Minnesota Innovation Partnerships (MN-IP) introduced a unique approach to industry-funded research that makes it easier for business partners to sponsor research at the university. He also has been instrumental in overseeing the re-investment of technology transfer royalty revenue into research and scholarly initiatives at the university, including $50 million for the 21st Century Graduate Fellowship Endowment and nearly $40 million for major equipment purchases, facility improvements and support for the arts and humanities.

This transformation of the University’s research environment, technology transfer operations and business relations functions under Mulcahy’s leadership now positions the university to effectively fulfill Kaler’s objectives in those areas.

Mulcahy said that spending more time with his wife, Patti, and their family was the key driver behind his retirement decision.

A full search committee, under Friedman and Crouch, will be appointed in early April, and a new vice president for research is expected to be named in the fall.

National champions

The Golden Gopher women's hockey team won its third NCAA Championship, and first since 2005, defeating Wisconsin in the title game at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. Governor Mark Dayton subsequently declared March 20 as Gopher Women's Hockey National Champions Day. Dayton’s announcement reads: “Led by Coach Brad Frost, the Gopher Women demonstrated extraordinary determination, skill, and perseverance on their way to the school’s third National Championship in Women’s Hockey and its first since 2005, serving as a source of great pride for all people in the State of Minnesota.” For more information, see Gopher women's hockey.


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

President Kaler OpEd: “Judge the U on what it does going forward”
As the leader of the University of Minnesota, I welcome a close look at how we do things. We are the state's university, and we need the public's confidence. Star Tribune.

Improving mental health by improving physical health

When Shirley Archer was in her late 20s, she seemed to have it all: a high-powered position as a lawyer on Wall Street, a good education and financial security. But with that fast-paced life came intense stress, which led to a yearlong struggle with depression and chronic fatigue syndrome…Dr. William Roberts, a physician at the University of Minnesota's Phalen Village Clinic, considers exercise "underutilized in medicine for all kinds of prevention." Seattle Times.

Hibernating bears' wounds heal without scars

Medical researchers and zoologists worked together to find that the bears' wounds healed with almost no scarring, and were infection-free…One of the researchers, Prof David Garshelis from the University of Minnesota, told BBC Nature: "It seems so surprising to us that their wounds would heal so well and so completely when they're hibernating and their metabolism is slowed down. BBC Nature.

Shalaway: The dark, destructive world of earthworms

If you've never walked on a thick spongy layer of forest leaf litter, blame invasive earthworms…Cindy Hale, a research scientist at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, reviewed exotic earthworms' impact on forest ecosystems last week at the Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference in Columbus. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Rebuked U dean's hires get scrutiny

Connie Delaney, head of the U's School of Nursing, was formally reprimanded this month for one of the hiring moves after questions were raised by the Star Tribune. Provost Karen Hanson found that Delaney violated university policy and stripped her of hiring authority for positions of 30 hours a week or more until June 2013. Star Tribune.

For Those Freaking Out Over Pinterest's Terms Of Service, Have You Stopped Using Every Other Internet Site Yet?

Last month we suggested that copyright holders stop freaking out over Pinterest. At the time, we noted there were two areas that people were panicking about: one was the terms of service and the other was whether or not Pinterest itself was violating the copyrights of images that are "pinned" by its users… Thankfully Nancy Sims, the copyright librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries, puts the smack down on the FUD that people are kicking up concerning Pinterest's indemnification, right to share and copyright license clauses. TechDirt.

Educating inmates: Is it worth it?

Education for prison inmates has been shown to reduce recidivism rates, but funding for such programs is increasingly hard to secure. President Clinton ended the program that allowed Pell grants to be used for prisoners back in 1994, and Congress didn't renew the "Specter" funds, named after former Sen. Arlen Specter, for 2011-2012… Joshua Page, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota, will join The Daily Circuit Wednesday to talk about prison education. Minnesota Public Radio.

Minnesota's fashion success story

When the runway got a dose of reality, as in reality television show programming, Shakopee's Christopher Straub saw his chance… Professor Missy Bye heads the apparel design program at the University of Minnesota. She says shows like Project Runway and the up and coming NBC fashion design show Fashion Star have done wonders for the marketing of the profession. KARE-TV


March 14

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Zaheer named dean of Carlson School

Zaheer-300Zaheer has acted as interim dean for the past nine months.University of Minnesota Provost Karen Hanson named Srilata Zaheer dean of the University’s Carlson School of Management on March. 8.

The announcement concludes an extensive and inclusive international search, which yielded four finalists. Zaheer has acted as interim dean for the past nine months.

Zaheer, the Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility, joined the Carlson School in 1991 and most recently held the position of associate dean of faculty and research prior to her appointment to interim dean in June 2011. She earned a Ph.D. in international management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master’s in business from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.

Zaheer, whose research has centered around the risks faced by multinational corporations and on the impact of technology on international location and organization, has won several international awards for her research including the Eldridge Haynes Award for the best interdisciplinary work in international management. She was named a 2007 Fellow of the Academy of International Business, the highest honor in the field, and was a consulting editor of the Journal of International Business Studies. She is a founding member of the International Academic Council of the Indian School of Business, set up by McKinsey, Kellogg, and Wharton in Hyderabad, India. Zaheer also served as co-director of the Center for Integrative Leadership at the University of Minnesota.

Zaheer’s candidacy received strong support from faculty, students, staff, alumni and Minnesota’s business community. She succeeds Alison Davis-Blake, who on July 1, 2011 became dean of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. For more information, see the news release.

Sloan Research Fellowship

Anar Akhmedov, a University of Minnesota mathematics assistant professor in the College of Science and Engineering, has been selected to receive a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship for 2012-14.

The honor recognizes his research on low dimensional topology and symplectic topology. Akhmedov was among 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers selected. He is the only recipient from the University of Minnesota this year.

Awarded annually since 1955, Sloan Research Fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. Awards are given in eight scientific fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, physics, and ocean sciences.

Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded in close cooperation with the scientific community and administered and funded by the Sloan Foundation. To qualify, candidates must first be nominated by their peers and are subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Fellows receive $50,000 to be used to further their research.

2012 Siehl Prize in Agriculture

U professor of applied economics Philip Pardey has been awarded a 2012 Siehl Prize in Agriculture. Pardey works to improve agricultural productivity around the world. Also awarded the prize were longtime state agriculture commissioner, Gene Hugoson, and wheat farmer Bruce Hamnes.

The prize is awarded annually by the U’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Recipients are chosen in three categories: knowledge, production agriculture, and agribusiness.

Philip Pardey (knowledge) uses science and technology to help alleviate hunger, through his strategic analyses for development foundations, agribusiness companies, governmental and non-governmental agencies. The native of Australia is co-founder of Harvest Choice, a Gates Foundation-funded initiative that gathers and analyzes agricultural productivity data to help address food needs in developing nations.

The Siehl Prize was created in the early 1990s by a generous gift from New Ulm-area livestock breeder and businessman Eldon Siehl, a dedicated philanthropist who had a lifelong interest in agricultural systems. Siehl was concerned that people were losing touch with their agrarian roots and wanted his gift to ensure that achievements in agriculture would be recognized and celebrated. Recipients receive a $50,000 award as well as a sculpture and lapel pin designed by Minnesota artist Thomas Rose especially for the Siehl Prize.

China Center and Confucius Institute director

Joan Brzezinski has been named executive director of the University’s China Center and Confucius Institute. Brzezinski has been the interim director of the China Center while serving in her permanent position as director of the Confucius Institute. In this new position as executive director, she will oversee all projects and programming within both the China Center and Confucius Institute, including fundraising for China initiatives and identifying opportunities to expand the University system's relationships in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Joan joined the China Center in 1997, and in 2006, she coordinated the University’s efforts to establish a Confucius Institute, becoming its first director in 2008. Joan has experience working in China and the U.S. in a variety of positions in tourism, travel marketing, and operations, and as a business consultant to companies working in China. Joan graduated from Hamline University with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian history and a Master of International Management degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Ahluwalia named to ACTS Board

Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, associate director of the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute, has been named to the national Board of Directors of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS). ACTS, the nation’s leading clinical research organization, is being created through the merger of three different national clinical research organizations: the Society for Clinical and Translational Science, the Association for Patient Oriented Research, and the Association for Clinical Research Training.

Bentson Foundation gives $6.65 million

The University of Minnesota has received a gift of $6.65 million from the Bentson Foundation for a high-tech teaching laboratory in the School of Nursing and to further strengthen the existing Bentson Scholarship Program.

The gift is a continuation of the philanthropic relationship between the university and the Bentson family, which began in the 1970s. In 2003, Larry and Nancy Bentson established the Bentson Scholarship Program with a gift of $10 million. In January of 2011 the Bentson Foundation gave the University of Minnesota $1 million for TCF Bank Stadium.

The new gift, the largest in the history of the School of Nursing, provides $3.65 million to construct a new skills-learning environment, replacing the 25-year-old facility currently used by bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students. Renovating this space is a major step toward achieving the school’s goals for reshaping nursing education to meet the dramatic changes in the interdisciplinary health care environment.

The renovation will create high-tech learning spaces that more closely match the settings in which health care is delivered, making it possible to teach advanced nursing skills in environments that span the continuum of care. It also will support team-based, interprofessional learning.

With the Bentson Foundation gift, more than $6 million has been raised to date for the $7.8 million project and construction will begin in May.

Another $3 million of the gift will provide additional funding for the current Bentson Scholarship Program. More than 500 undergraduate students representing a range of majors have received Bentson scholarships since the start of the program in 2003. For more information, see the news release.

Gary DeCramer passes
Gary DeCramer, a senior lecturer and director of the mid-career Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program, died suddenly on March 7, 2012, while on a trip to Morris, Minnesota. He was 67.

DeCramer joined the Humphrey School in 1992. Before leading the MPA program and teaching courses on leadership, DeCramer served as a state senator representing the southwestern region of Minnesota, as state director of USDA Rural Development, principal planning analyst for Hennepin County's Office of Planning and Development, senior fellow in the Humphrey School's State and Local Policy Program and the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies, and interim president of Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota.

DeCramer formerly was a board member for Project Harvest Hope, an organization dedicated to values-based economic and agricultural development in the villages of the Transylvanian region of Romania. DeCramer also was the former chair of the board of directors of DARTS, a nonprofit organization whose 200 employees and 1,300 volunteers provide transportation, care giver, and other services throughout Dakota County.

He held a master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, see DeCramer.


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

Eating red meat associated with higher risk of death
Eating red meat — particularly processed red meat — is associated with a greater risk of death, according to a study published online Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine. ...Kristin Anderson, associate professor of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota, agrees. “It's prudent to moderate your intake of red meat consumption..." MinnPost.

Cats purr to your heart's content
Cat owners are 40 percent less likely to have heart attacks than non-cat owners, according to a 10-year study at the University of Minnesota. Star Tribune.

U of M professors clash with stem-cell company
Two University of Minnesota ethicists have set off a firestorm by raising questions about a controversial Texas stem-cell company. In February, Leigh Turner, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota's Center for Bioethics, asked the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the company, Celltex Therapeutics, for selling stem-cell treatments that have not been proved safe or effective. That same month, his colleague Carl Elliott wrote an online article questioning the ethics of the company's own ethicist. Star Tribune.

Amateurs Are New Fear in Creating Mutant Virus
Just how easy is it to make a deadly virus? This disturbing question has been on the minds of many scientists recently, thanks to a pair of controversial experiments in which the H5N1 bird flu virus was transformed into mutant forms that spread among mammals…“I worry about the garage scientist, about the do-your-own scientist, about the person who just wants to try and see if they can do it,” Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota said last week at a meeting of biosecurity experts in Washington.New York Times.

Meet Jonathan Foley, ‘Climate Pragmatist’
Late in 2010, Jonathan Foley, who directs the Institute of the Environment at the University of Minnesota, wrote “Becoming a Climate Pragmatist,” an essay published online then and the following spring in the institute’s magazine, Momentum. New York Times.

Arts Economy Rises on the Southwest Prairie
Sunlight streams through the stained glass windows in Brad Hall's art studio across the street from the Minnesota River…Efforts to build economic strength through the arts can seem small, but there is evidence to suggest the strategy works, according to University of Minnesota researcher Ann Markusen. Minnesota Public Radio.

Botanical bombshell
The sero populi have spoken. Latin, the long-dead language that has ruled the plant world for centuries, isn't widely understood even by serious plant people. "I've published mistakes in Latin. Nobody notices," said George Weiblen, professor and curator of plants at the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History. Star Tribune.

Kaler says he'll limit U's plush pay packages
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler called executive compensation packages signed by his predecessor "very generous" and vowed Tuesday to be more stringent when top officials leave his administration. Star Tribune

To Fall Asleep, Get Off the Couch
Tormented by pain from two decades of lower back problems, Don Cook was nearly at his wits’ end…“It’s another reason to get active, if you aren’t already,” said William Roberts, a professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. New York Times.


March 7

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Kaler appointed to Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council

President Eric Kaler U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has appointed University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC). The new council, comprised of prominent university presidents and academic leaders, is charged with advising the Secretary and senior leadership at the Department on several key issues.

The new council underscores the Department’s commitment to working with the academic community. In this noteworthy role, Kaler will provide advice and recommendations on issues related to student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency, security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges. For more information, see the news release.

Bush Foundation names Bruininks interim president
The Bush Foundation Board of Directors has named Robert Bruininks to act as the Foundation’s interim president, effective March 1. Former president Peter C. Hutchinson stepped down in January.

Bruininks is president emeritus of the University of Minnesota and a professor of educational and civic leadership at the University’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Both as a faculty member and as an administrator, Bruininks has worked to advance the public mission and responsibilities of the University. He undertook a transformative strategic positioning effort that raised the University’s academic profile, its service to students and the community, and its stewardship of resources.

The Bush Foundation is currently the fourth-largest private foundation in Minnesota and is a strong source of philanthropic funding in South Dakota and North Dakota. It invested more than $30 million in 2011 in initiatives aimed toward achieving its long-term goals. For more information, see Bush Foundation.

Morse-Alumni Award recipients

Morse-Alumni Award recipients for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education are Dennis Becker, Forest Resources; Kathryn Pearson, Political Science; Serge Rudaz, Physics & Astronomy; Steven Sternberg, Chemical Engineering (UMD); and Ulrike Tschirner, Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering.

An awards ceremony will take place Monday, April 23, McNamara Alumni Center, UMTC. For more information, see Morse-Alumni Award.

Outstanding Contributions Award recipients

Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award recipients are Allen Goldman, Physics & Astronomy; Kim Johnson, Design, Housing & Apparel; Bonnie LeRoy, Genetics, Cell Biology & Development; Timothy Lodge, Chemistry; Jennifer Pierce, American Studies; David Power, Family Medicine & Community Health; Yoji Shimizu, Laboratory Medicine & Pathology; Traci Toomey, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health.

For more information, see outstanding contributions. An awards ceremony will take place Monday, April 23, McNamara Alumni Center, UMTC.

John Tate Award recipients

The Tate Awards serve to recognize and reward high-quality academic advising. The awards call attention to the contribution academic advising makes to helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals. Award recipients for 2012 are: 

Christine (Kit) Mack Gordon, senior academic adviser, University Honors Program, the Office of Undergraduate Education;

Jeannie Stumne, director, Career Services, CEHD Student Services, College of Education and Human Development;

Timothy Johnson, associate professor, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts; and

Sheryl Bolstad, senior academic adviser, CFANS Student Services, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences;

The John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising is named in honor of John Tate, Professor of Physics and first Dean of University College (1930-41). By highlighting examples of outstanding advising, the Tate Awards identify professional models and celebrate the role that academic advising plays in the University’s educational mission.


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

State of the U: Kaler suggests a year-round academic calendar
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler used his first State of the University address Thursday to propose "new ways to work smarter"—including switching to a year-round academic calendar. That "remarkably revised" calendar might include three terms of equal length, making it possible for a full-time student to earn the 120 credits needed for a bachelor's degree in less than three years, he said. Star Tribune.

Beyond Antibodies
Like lightning, infectious diseases seldom strike twice because the human immune system typically produces cells and antibodies that "remember" a specific virus or bacterium, allowing our bodies to more rapidly fight the invader whenever it reappears… Immunologist Marc Jenkins of the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis is as surprised as Iannacone and von Andrian were. Science Now.

Hiring surge brightens Minn. jobs outlook
Minnesota added 15,500 jobs during January, a hiring boost that's helped the state recover almost half the jobs lost since the depths of the Great Recession… Connie Wanberg, a professor of work and organizations at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, said January's jobs report is a promising sign for jobseekers. Star Tribune.

Lake advocates pressing for Legacy money to battle zebra mussels
Zebra mussels are a form of biological pollution spreading rapidly across Minnesota lakes. So does that make the fight to combat them worthy of Legacy Fund money?… Deborah Swackhamer, professor and co-director of the Water Resources Institute at the University of Minnesota, said that invasives are "easily one of the top five natural resource issues in the state," and they can have a huge impact on ecology and recreation. Star Tribune.

Study: Sleeping pills could cause earlier death
Sleeping pills may help you get some shut eye. But a new study found people who popped prescription strength sleep aids, even fewer than 18 pills a year, were nearly four times more likely to die earlier, or get cancer, than those who do not take sleeping pills… Dr. Michael Howell, who treats those with sleep issues at the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview Sleep Disorder Center, said, "It will reinforce that these meds need to be prescribed with caution." KARE-TV.