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Compiled by Adam Overland




March 26

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


British Ecological Society prize

University of Minnesota post-doc ecologist Will Pearse has won a British Ecological Society Young Investigator prize. The prize--one of only five awarded each year--recognizes the best research papers published in BES journals by early career scientists.

Will won the Robert May Prize for the best paper in the BES journal Methods in Ecology & Evolution in 2013 for his paper "phyloGenerator: an automated phylogeny generation tool for ecologists."


U in the News: A selection of U faculty and staff in the news as appearing daily in Today's News.

Hennepin-Lyndale Avenue traffic bottleneck to get a face-lift
As the connection between downtown and Uptown, the Hennepin-Lyndale bottleneck is a mashup of cars, buses, pedestrians and cyclists that make it tough to get around. U of M civil engineering professor David Levinson comments. Star Tribune.

The dreaded turning-50 test
Despite new evidence that colonoscopy is reducing cancer rates, the yuck factor is still high. A new alternative may be a DNA stool test. David Rothenberger of the U of M Medical School discusses. New York Times.

The fight to save Summer: an infant's heart transplant
A Twin Cities couple brought their baby to the doctor for what they thought was a cold but just hours later they learned that their daughter needed a new heart. Jim St. Louis of the U of M Medical School is featured. WCCO TV.

Hemp bill could benefit U research
Legislation that would authorize the University of Minnesota to perform agricultural or academic research on hemp is moving through the state Capitol this session, gaining support from some faculty members. U of M Plant biology professor David Marks comments. The Minnesota Daily.

Northrop Auditorium is reborn at U
The iconic Northrop Auditorium portico looks the same from the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus mall. But the doors now give way to a more elegant and intimate theater, seating 2,700 in clever proximity to a stage that has been the venue for hundreds of thousands of Minnesota memories. Star Tribune.

Antimicrobial hucksters can't be trusted
Michael Osterholm of the U of M School of Public Health authors an opinion piece to address the issue of triclosan. Star Tribune.

U of M's Clem Pryke on backing the Big Bang
Clem Pryke, an experimental cosmologist at the University of Minnesota and one of the principal investigators on the team that made the discovery, joins us to discuss the research. MPR.

Signs along highways warn Minn. motorists of 'shock wave effect'
The U of M's Minnesota Traffic Observatory says the "shock wave effect" causes hundreds of crashes a year. Professor John Hourdos talks about the MTO's new study on the issue along Hwy. 94. KSTP TV.

U of M research indicates low-income families don't limit shopping to 'food deserts'
Social-welfare experts have long assumed poor people, hampered by transportation difficulties, grocery-shop close to home at small corner groceries or convenience stores — "food deserts" that mostly offer highly processed, less-nutritious foods. But new U of M research indicates that lower-income Minnesotans who receive government food aid go the distance for their food buys. Professor Jerry Shannon talks about his findings. MinnPost.

Measuring America's Shakespearean devotion
New York has been handed a surplus of Shakespeare over the last six months. To celebrate the 450th anniversary of his birth, there were eight Broadway and Off Broadway productions on offer--enough, surely, for even the most ravenous Shakespearean appetite. But to a 19th-century American, this stuffed schedule might well look like slim pickings. U of M English professor Katherine West Scheil comments. New York Times.

Pressing snooze on school start times
Kyla Wahlstrom, U of M's director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, talks about the issue of high school start times. HuffPost Live.

Is Minnesota running out of bright ideas?
The U of M's Office for Technology Commercialization has launched new programs to make it easier and less risky for companies to license university technology. In 2013, the office spun off a record 14 startup companies, had a record 91 new licenses and filed a record 148 new U.S. patents, according to the office. Jay Schrankler, the office's executive director, talks about the increased activity. Politics in Minnesota.


March 19

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2014 Recipients of the Graduate and Professional Teaching Award

Since 1998-99, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to postbaccalaureate, graduate, and/or professional education. This honor is awarded annually to exceptional candidates nominated by their colleges. In addition to honoring individual faculty members, the award contributes to the improvement of postbaccalaureate, graduate, and professional education at the University by publicizing their work to serve as resources to the whole faculty. 

Sharon S. Allen, Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School

Dale Carpenter, Law School

Jay Coggins, Applied Economics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Jigna Desai, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Marc A. Hillmyer, Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering

Sarah E. Hobbie, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences

Ned Mohan, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

Kevin D. Wickman, Pharmacology, Medical School

2014 Recipients of the Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award

Each year since 1965-66, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges. In addition to honoring individual faculty members, the award contributes to the improvement of undergraduate education at the University by publicizing their work to serve as a resource for the whole faculty.  

Giancarlo Casale, History, College of Liberal Arts

Sehoya Cotner, Biology, College of Biological Sciences

Bradley Deane, Division of the Humanities, University of Minnesota Morris

Lorraine F. Francis, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, College of Science and Engineering

Paul Imbertson, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

Ruth A. Lindquist, Adult and Gerontological Health Cooperative, Nursing

Robert K. Poch, Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Development

Jane E. Wissinger, Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering

Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research

The 2014 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research has been awarded to Shaker Zahra, Professor of Strategy and Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Global Award is the leading international award in entrepreneurship research with a prize sum of EUR 100 000. Professor Zahra is awarded for his research on corporate entrepreneurship in knowledge creation, absorption, and conversion with and impact beyond the broader fields of management and strategy.

The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research was established as the foremost global award for research on entrepreneurship. The award honors significant contributions to theory-building on entrepreneurship and small business development. The award consists of the statuette ”The Hand of God” by the Swedish sculptor Carl Milles and a prize sum of 100 000 euros. The award was instituted in 1996 and re-launched under a new name in 2008.


U in the News: A selection of U faculty and staff in the news as appearing daily in Today's News.

U prof has leading role in discovery of ripples from dawn of time
University of Minnesota physics and astronomy professor Clem Pryke co-led a research team that announced Monday it has found evidence of the universe's earliest expansion after the Big Bang, a potentially Nobel Prize-winning discovery. New York Times.

Research links later school start times to benefits for teens
Findings of a U of M study released Wednesday are the first to conclusively link later morning school starts to higher test scores, better grades and fewer teen car crashes. U of M professor and the study's lead author Kyla Wahlstrom weighs in. New York Times.

When loved ones go missing, ambiguity can hold grief captive
As families of those on the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner struggle to get answers, U of M professor emeritus Dr. Pauline Boss says moving forward requires accepting the unknown. But right now they're in survival mode. NPR.

Rising cost of exams is testing Minnesota schools' limits
A growing number of Minnesota districts are taking stock of the tests they give students. U of M professor Michael Rodriguez comments. Pioneer Press.

Why you won't win March Madness billion-dollar bracket
Quicken Loans and Warren Buffett are offering up to 15 million people a very, very, very small chance to win a very, very, very big prize — a billion dollars for filling out a perfect NCAA men's basketball. U of M School of Public Health professor Brad Carlin discusses the long odds. 11 Alive.

New CLA Dean John Coleman Q-A
New CLA dean John Coleman discusses his goals and vision for the college. MinnPost.

U professors need $6M from state to continue important work
U of M officials are asking lawmakers to help them update research facilities at the school's Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and bee laboratory. Peter Sorenson and Marla Spivak comment. Pioneer Press.

Rising Salmonella infections tied to backyard poultry flocks
People who keep small poultry flocks may be at an increased risk for salmonellosis, but the infections are preventable, researchers say. Jeff Bender, U of M College of Veterinary Medicine, comments. Reuters.

Faculty, staff join push for diversity
Faculty and staff are asking U of M leaders to help diversify their departments. Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert addressed the University’s lack of faculty diversity while outlining her long-term plan to create a more inclusive workplace on Wednesday. The Minnesota Daily.

New institute tackles the U's data problem
The new U of M Informatics Institute will help researchers make sense of big data. Institute director Claudia Neuhauser, University Imaging Centers director Mark Sanders and others weigh in. The Minnesota Daily.

Padlock the milk! FDA's push to safeguard the food supply
Many of the food terrorism scenarios outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involve liquid. And there’s good reason for that. Amy Kircher, U of M's National Center for Food Protection and Defense, weighs in. KUNC.


March 12

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U in the News: A selection of U faculty and staff in the news as appearing daily in Today's News.

Price of all-American egg and bacon breakfast harder to swallow
Wake up and smell the price increase.The all-American breakfast -- eggs, bacon and a cup of Joe -- is getting more expensive. Marin Bozic, assistant professor and associate director of the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center at the U of M, weighs in. NBC News.

The secret to improving health and productivity at work
Exercising presents a significant time cost for many Americans. But what happens to your productivity when you do your workout while you work? U of M Carlson School of Management professor Avner Ben-Ner weighs in on the results of his year-long study. PBS.

MonDak Gold potato, developed at the U of M, debuts at retail
A new graduate of the U of M's agricultural researchers is eyeing the retail market this year. And it's got a lot of eyes. Early prospects for the MonDak Gold, a potato developed by Christian Thill of the U of M's Department of Horticultural Science, are looking good. Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.

Wage hike may raise prices, won't cost jobs
Democrats in the Minnesota House want to set the minimum wage at $9.50 an hour. Senate Democrats agreed this week to that rate for large businesses, but oppose a provision for automatic future increases based on inflation. U of M labor economist Aaron Sojourner weighs in. MPR.

For some docs, digital records a hard pill to swallow
Electronic health records are supposed to represent the next great leap in medicine. Yet, health professionals have mixed feelings. Bonnie Westra, associate professor at the U of M Medical School, comments. Star Tribune.

Whyte gives students a voice
Assistant Dean of Students and Chief of Staff of the Office for Student Affairs, Amelious Whyte, is profiled. The Minnesota Daily.

Good Question: Why are there so many mean, anonymous commenters online?
It doesn’t take long to find a cruel, anonymous comment on everything from newspaper websites to Yelp and Amazon. Shayla Thiel-Stern, a professor of new media and culture at the U of M, explains why. WCCO TV.

With dad now on life support, family questions Mpls. 911's delayed response
Ganesh Raveendran, a cardiologist at the U of M, comments on the importance of quick action following a heart attack. WCCO TV.


March 5

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U in the News: A selection of U faculty and staff in the news as appearing daily in Today's News.

Underground life drives drug research
Deep in Minnesota mines, U researchers found versatile, disease-treating microbes. Christine Salomon, an assistant professor in the University’s Center for Drug Design and associate microbiology professor Jeff Gralnick comment. The Minnesota Daily.

Treadmill desks improve productivity, creativity at work
Researchers at the Carlson School of Management at the U spent a year looking at what happened when 40 workers at a Twin Cities financial services company had their offices refitted with treadmills in front of their desks. Professor Avner Ben-Ner weighs in with the results. WCCO TV.

Can we feed the planet without trashing it? Jon Foley's 'yes' wins major award
Jonathan Foley, now in his sixth year as director of the U of M's Institute on Environment, got some big news the other day: his work on global environmental systems had brought him the Heinz Award in Environment. MinnPost.

Minnesota could become first state to ban antibacterial chemical triclosan
The inclusion of triclosan in common household items concerns some state lawmakers and have caused them to take up a ban on the chemical during the short legislative session — one of the few environmental issues on the agenda. Michael Osterholm, U of M School of Public Health, comments. MPR.

Viking apocalypse called Ragnarok predicted
A predicted February 22nd, 2014 Vikings apocalypse is one perhaps our Scandinavian state can appreciate. Lena Norrman, senior Swedish lecturer at the U of M's Scandinavian studies department, comments. KARE 11.

Scientists try to count polar bears from space
High-resolution satellite images are being increasingly used by scientists to get a look at animals living in remote, expensive-to-reach places. Seth Stapleton, a U of M scientist pioneering the technique, comments. Ottawa Citizen.

Ice-covered lakes may be bottling arctic cold for spring
The early descent of this season’s chill forced the Coast Guard to start its ice-breaking ships sooner than any time in recent memory and raises the prospect that all that frozen water will slow any hint of a spring warmup. Jay Austin of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory, comments. Chicago Tribune.

Newly discovered galaxy mirrors conditions after the Big Bang
Using one of the world's premier telescopes, University of Minnesota astrophysicists Evan Skillman and Kristen McQuinn have discovered a priceless relic of the Big Bang in the Milky Way's back yard. Phys.org.

U takes a hard line on diversity
At the University of Minnesota, about one in six students is a student of color, and only about one in every 27 students is black. University administrators want to change that. Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert is referenced. The Minnesota Daily.

Minn. physicians ponder medical marijuana
The Minnesota Legislature is preparing to debate a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe some form of medical marijuana. That has many Minnesota physicians asking if marijuana is an effective treatment for pain, illness and disease. Sheila Specker, U of M Medical School, shares her thoughts. MPR.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum gains new research site
A recently acquired research site in Oregon could eventually bring some new species of plants to Minnesota. Peter Moe, director of research and operations manager for the arboretum, comments. Star Tribune.

Transportation, day-care problems can lead insured poor to ER for routine care
Problems with transportation and child care can be reasons that low-income people, even those with insurance, use emergency rooms for care rather than go to clinics or doctor's offices for preventative care. Nathan Shippee, U of M School of Public Health, comments. MinnPost.

Good Question: Do men have biological clocks when it comes to kids?
We've always heard it's the mom's age that can affect the health of a child. But a new study shows if dads wait until their 40s or 50s, their children have an increased risk of autism, ADHD and bipolar disorders. Phoebe Leonard, U of M Medical School, UMP, shares. WCCO TV.