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.
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.
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.
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.
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.