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American Academy of Arts and Sciences elects three U of M faculty to 2015 class

Three University of Minnesota professors have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies. Dante Cicchetti, Allen Isaacman and Donald Truhlar.

How Great Teachers Inspire

Gold medallion with embossed tree and words "Academy of Distinguished Teachers" against a maroon background.

The University honors 16 outstanding teachers and mentors, from the undergraduate to the graduate/professional level.

U establishes region’s first dedicated research hub and portal on achievement gaps

A Course of Action for Grand Challenges

A wide-angle shot of a field of crops.

The University is committed to solving grand challenges—the most complex and pressing problems of our state and world. And these challenges are in turn yielding exciting new opportunities for students in the form of a new Grand Challenges curriculum.

Guy Stanton Ford Memorial Lecture held on April 7


Guy Stanton Ford Memorial Lecture held on April 7

University of Minnesota part of new nationwide initiative to attract and retain first-year students to STEM majors

Why They’re Learning Abroad


To expand his view. To open her mind. To see in new ways.

Shinn Named Churchill Scholar

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Max Shinn, a senior studying neuroscience and mathematics, has been named a 2015 Churchill Scholar. Next year Shinn will study at Churchill College in Cambridge, and he hopes his research will eventually provide a new diagnostic tool to enable early identification and preventative care for mental illness.

Fulfilling a Promise

Bobby Bell sits in front of a microphone.

Bobby Bell helped the Gophers win a national title in 1960 and the Rose Bowl in ’62, and went on to a Hall-of-Fame NFL career. But he says receiving his degree from the U this spring will rank right up there on his list of accomplishments.

U of M Alum Named COO at Disney

Portrait of Tom Staggs speaking at commencement.

University of Minnesota alumnus Tom Staggs has been named Disney’s chief operating officer—its No. 2 executive. Staggs, a 1982 Carlson School graduate who delivered the school’s commencement address last spring, has been the chair of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and prior to that was Disney’s chief financial officer.