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 IT dean Steve Crouch.

Steven Crouch, 15th dean of the Institute of Technology

Faculty and staff: January 2005

By Gayla Marty

From Brief, January 19, 2005

Selected items have appeared in Brief as indicated. U APPOINTMENTS

Steven Crouch, professor of civil engineering, was named dean of the Institute of Technology (IT), beginning January 1. Crouch joined the Twin Cities campus faculty in 1970 and served as IT's associate dean for finance and planning since 1997. He also holds the Bennett Chair in Mining Engineering and Rock Mechanics. Crouch is IT's 15th dean and follows Ted Davis, who returned to teaching in chemical engineering and materials science. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, January 12.) David Loewi joined the University of Minnesota, Morris, as director of computing services January 10. Loewi brings experience from business as well as educational institutions. See the Computing Services Web site or contact him at or 320-589-6397.

HONORS AND AWARDS McKnight Land-Grant Professors The 2005 McKnight Land-Grant Professors (left) were announced by the Graduate School January 12. This year's winners, all from the Twin Cities campus, are Reuben Harris, biochemistry, molecular biology, and biophysics; Alex Kamenev, physics; Dan Kaufman, medicine; Michelle Mason, philosophy; Stuart McLean, anthropology; Ezra Miller, mathematics; Randall Singer, veterinary and biomedical sciences; Bryan Shuman, geography; T. Andrew Taton, chemistry; Eric Van Wyk, computer science and engineering; and George Weiblen, plant biology. Recipients are chosen for their potential for important contribution to their field; the degree to which their past achievements and current ideas demonstrate originality, imagination, and innovation; the potential for attracting outstanding students; and the significance of the research and clarity with which it is conveyed to nonspecialists. They will be presented to the Board of Regents in March and will hold the award for two years.

Steven Miles, professor in the Center for Bioethics and in the Medical School, was named Minnesotan of the Year by Minnesota Monthly magazine and featured in the January issue. Miles gained headlines last year when he spoke out against the role of medical personnel in prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. See a feature story in UMNnews, "Homegrown hero." (Brief, January 12.) Marie Maher, director of development for the University of Minnesota center in Rochester, has been named Extraordinary Woman by Rochester Women magazine. The annual award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in many areas of their lives. Maher was selected for her volunteer fund-raising efforts on behalf of the University. For more information about Ms. Maher, see her staff profile.

Senior vice president for health sciences Frank Cerra received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine January 16. Cerra's work in critical care began with a fellowship in 1976. He has been an active member of the society since 1977 and served as president in 1991-92. Cerra's critical care research has focused on liver function and nutrition, and he codeveloped a bioartificial liver, a device similar to a kidney dialysis machine. For more information, see the news release.


Fulbright visiting scholars at the Twin Cities campus during 2004-05 include Miguel Barajas Velez, medicine hematology (Spain); Rachid Bouabid, soil, water, and climate (Morocco); Alexander Haslberger, fisheries and wildlife (Austria); Zainuriah binti Hassan, electrical and computer engineering (Malaysia); Seong Woo Lee, urban planning (Korea); Walter Matznetter, geography (Austria); Petra Obrtlikova, stem cell institute (Czech Republic); Julia Savva, forest resources (Russia); and Preeyakorn Tipwai, psychology (Thailand). Visits range from three months to two years. For more information, see the Council for International Exchange of Scholars directory.


Carlson School of Management dean Larry Benveniste has accepted the position of dean at Emory University's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, effective July 1. Benveniste led the Carlson School to achieve its highest rankings in college history, launched undergraduate expansion, and made strategic investments in initiatives including the Carlson School Enterprises, Leadership Edge, and the Office of Learning Excellence. Benveniste said the decision to leave was difficult. An interim dean to begin July 1 will be named soon.

Catherine Verfaillie, director of the Stem Cell Institute and professor of medicine, announced plans last week to return to her alma mater, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, by the end of 2006. Beginning this summer, she will lead efforts to form a stem cell institute at Leuven and a long-term scientific affiliation with the U. She will remain director of the U Stem Cell Institute in the interim. Verfaillie came to UMTC in 1988 and rose to international renown in the area of adult stem cell research. For more information about the institute, see the Stem Cell Institute Web site. (Brief, January 19.) IN MEMORIAM

Poultry genetics pioneer Robert Shoffner died January 1 at the age of 88. His groundbreaking work in poultry molecular genetics at the University of Minnesota spanned more than 60 years and included such developments as the broad-breasted turkey, which helped turkey growers meet consumer demand for more white meat. Shoffner died only five days after his wife of 66 years. For more information, see the news release.

Longtime Gopher athletics staff member Dianne Ficenko died January 8 in a car accident in Inver Grove Heights. Ficenko came to the U in 1981 and served baseball, women's golf, tech services, and the Wheel Club as well as coordinating the Pro-Alumni Game and the Dairy Queen Classic. For more information, see the news release.