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Carlson School of Management interim co-deans Michael Houston (left) and James Campbell.

Interim co-deans of the Carlson School of Management are Michael Houston (left) and James R. Campbell.

Faculty and staff: February 2005

By Gayla Marty

From Brief, February 23, 2005

Selected items have appeared in Brief as indicated. U APPOINTMENTS

Michael Houston and James R. Campbell were named interim co-deans of the Carlson School of Management February 10. Houston currently serves as associate dean for international programs; he has served as chair of the Department of Marketing and Logistics Management and other roles in the past. Campbell is past chair and chief executive officer of Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota and former chair of the Carlson Board of Overseers, providing professional counsel to the dean. Former dean Larry Benveniste announced his resignation in December and will assist in a consultative role through spring. A search committee will be chaired by Charles Muscoplat, dean of the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences. For more information, see the news release.

Eric Weldy has joined the University of Minnesota Duluth as associate vice chancellor for academic support and student life. Weldy formerly served as assistant dean of students and taught student affairs administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information, see the news release.

The College of Pharmacy's first occupant of the Weaver Endowed Chair in Orphan Drug Development is Jim Cloyd, professor and associate dean for research in the college and director of the Epilepsy Research and Education Program (EREP). He will continue to direct EREP and will serve as associate dean until a replacement can be named. In his new role, Cloyd will direct the Center for Development of Drugs for Rare Diseases. "Orphan drugs" are specialty drugs for treating rare disorders or conditions. The Weaver chair is named for dean emeritus Lawrence Weaver, whose passion was developing therapies for rare diseases. For more information about Cloyd, see his profile on the College of Pharmacy Web site.

Wells Fargo executive Jay Kiedrowski was appointed a senior fellow with the Center for Leadership of Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and the Public Sector in the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs in January. He will teach leadership, organizational development, and public finance courses and provide research and project management for the center's activities. For more information, see the news release.

Daniel Wolter is the new director of the University News Service, part of University Relations. He began his duties February 21. Wolter led communications for the Pawlenty administration's health care reform efforts and was previously the governor's communications director. He has worked as a speechwriter and as a senior account executive for Bloomington-based Weber Shandwick. Wolter currently serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Commission on National and Community Services (ServeMinnesota), which oversees the state's AmeriCorps program. For more information, see the news release. (Brief, February 9.) OTHER APPOINTMENTS David Weissbrodt United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan appointed law professor David Weissbrodt (left) to the five-member Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Contemporary Forms of Slavery. The board was created in 1991 and supports grassroots projects that offer humanitarian, legal, and financial aid to individuals whose human rights have been violated as a result of practices equivalent to slavery. Weissbrodt has taught international human rights law in the University of Minnesota Law School since 1975 and is Fredrikson & Byron Professor. He codirects the Human Rights Center. Weissbrodt's Board of Trustees term begins immediately and continues through December 2007. He will participate in the tenth session of the board in Geneva March 7-11. For more information, see the news release.

College of Human Ecology dean Shirley Baugher was named chair-elect of the Board on Human Sciences (BoHS) of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. She will become chair in November 2006 and serve for two years. The BoHS is the premier advocacy group for academic programs in the human sciences. For more information, see the news release.

Rajiv Vaidyanathan, associate professor of marketing in the Labovitz School of Business, University of Minnesota Duluth, was appointed executive director of the Association for Consumer Research (ACR) January 1. ACR has 1,700 active members and is the world's largest and most prestigious organization of consumer researchers. Vaidyanathan has taught at UMD since 1993 and since 2002 has directed the Labovitz School's master's of business administration programs in Duluth and Rochester. For more information, see the news release.

HONORS AND AWARDS James Butcher James Butcher (right), professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities, was awarded the laurea honoris causa, an honorary doctorate, at the University of Florence, Italy, for his contribution to the field of cross-cultural psychology. The ceremony was held January 28. Butcher also holds an honorary doctorate from the Free University of Brussels awarded in 1990. For more information, see his faculty profile on the Department of Psychology Web site or his research Web site.

Bruce Wollenberg, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Institute of Technology (IT), has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions for an engineer. He was recognized for his contributions to control centers for electric power grids and to power-engineering education. For more information, see the IT Web site.

Professor and former IT dean H. Ted Davis was awarded a Humboldt Research Award in recognition of lifetime achievement in research. The award provides the opportunity to conduct research projects in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany. Davis was nominated by Reinhard Strey, a professor at the University of Cologne. For more information, see the Humboldt Foundation Web site and Davis's faculty profile on the IT Web site.

Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs (left), director of student activities and service learning at the Crookston campus, has been awarded the 2005 Sister Pat Kowalski Leadership Award by Minnesota Campus Compact. The biennial award is given to leaders in higher education who demonstrate strong and sustained leadership in advancing campus civic engagement. Holsinger-Fuchs will receive the award at the Minnesota Campus Compact annual meeting in St. Paul in April. For more information, see "Awards" on the Minnesota Campus Compact Web site and her faculty profile on the University of Minnesota Crookston Web site.

The Minnesota chapter of the Wildlife Society gave its Chapter Service Award to University professor John Loegering at its annual meeting in Fergus Falls this month. Loegering has a joint appointment in the Department of Natural Resources, Crookston campus, and the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Twin Cities campus. Last fall, Loegering won the national Student Chapter Adviser of the Year award, a distinction among 82 wildlife programs across the country. At the Minnesota Chapter event, two Crookston students also won awards. For more information, see the news release.

The Minnesota chapter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will honor University professors David Sutherland and Bernhard Hering with the ADA's annual Minnesota Health Award at the spring celebrity art auction gala April 9. Sutherland, a professor of surgery, directs the Diabetes Institute for Immunology and Transplantation and heads the Transplant Division. Hering, an associate professor of surgery, is the director of islet transplantation. The award is presented to community leaders who support the ADA's mission of preventing and curing diabetes and improving the lives of all those affected by the disease. For more information about the event and award, see information on the ADA Web site.

Four of the "10 Minnesotans Who Are Changing Our World" in the March issue of Minnesota Monthly magazine are University faculty members: William Doherty, professor and director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, College of Human Ecology; Thomas Fisher, dean, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC), College of Liberal Arts; and Doris Taylor, professor and director, Center for Cardiovascular Repair, Medical School. The article, "Real Power: Movers and Makers," is not on the Web, but more information can be found at Minnesota Monthly on the Web; see also the U of M news release.

Praveen Aggarwal, associate professor of management studies, UMD, gave an invited research presentation as part of the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) Speaker Series at the University of California, Irvine. An innovative methodology for analyzing online content, using lexical-semantic analysis, was outlined in the paper, coauthored with UMD colleague Vaidyanathan (see Other Appointments, above). Aggarwal also appeared on a panel as part of a news story, "Mergers and Acquisitions: Maurice's and Dress Barn, K-Mart and Sears," broadcast on WDSE Channel 8 and Almanac North in November. For more information, see his faculty profile on the Labovitz School of Business Web site.