University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is a journalism school at the University of Minnesota that offers programs in journalism and mass communication. It is located on the Minneapolis campus, it had 1,085 students, including 75 graduate students, enrolled as of spring semester 2008. The SJMC offers three undergraduate tracks: professional journalism, professional strategic communication and mass communication; the graduate program features M. A. degrees in mass communication, professional strategic communication and health journalism. A Ph. D. in mass communication is offered. The school has 31 faculty members, including professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers. There were 27 adjunct instructors who taught during the 2007-2008 school year, many of whom have journalistic experience in the Twin Cities market; the School is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Mass Communication. It is part of the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. Was one of the first 35 schools to be accredited by the American Council on Education for Journalism in 1948.
Albert R. Tims is the current director of the SJMC, he received his M. A. in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and received a Ph. D. in mass communication at Madison as well. Tims became the permanent director a year later. Tims' academic focuses are theory and methodology, public opinion and political communication and media socialization. Murphy Hall was opened in 1940 and has been used to house the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication since that time; the building, which cost $250,000 to build, was funded through a fund bequeathed by William J. Murphy. Journalism and public relations courses are taught in the hall at the undergraduate and doctorate levels; the building features library. It is located at 206 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 on the Northrop Mall area of the University of Minnesota's East Bank campus. Classes were first held in Murphy Hall during the winter quarter of 1940; the original building had four floors, housed multiple laboratories and was the home of the Minnesota Daily, the Ski-U-Mah, the Gopher and the Literary Review.
The chairman of the department at the time was Ralph D. Casey, who served in that capacity for over 30 years; the journalism department itself was founded on campus in 1922 but was housed in various locations across campus, including Folwell and Pillsbury Halls and the old Music Building. Before becoming an official department, journalism classes were offered on the St. Paul campus through the agriculture school. Floor plans for the original Murphy Hall called for advertising, typography and reporting laboratories, as well as an auditorium, a seminar room and a museum. Plans to connect to nearby Vincent Hall were laid out. William Murphy, a former publisher of the Star Tribune newspaper, left an interest-collecting fund for the soon-to-be-established department in 1918, citing a desire toward “the establishing and maintaining of a course of instruction in journalism.” Twenty-two years the gift paid for 55 percent of construction costs. The remaining funds came from a student publications. Murphy Hall underwent its first substantial update at the end of the 20th century, when most of the building's interior was gutted and renovated.
The $9.25 million project started in 1999 and was completed in April 2001. A new auditorium, conference center and library were added, as were new classrooms and a broadcast studio. Mark Yudof, the University president at the time, said the renovation was, "...a jumping off point for new directions and innovations. It is all exciting. It's catapulted the journalism school back to greatness..." The original stairwells, which featured opaque glass block windows, were retained, as was the Heggen Room, which had served as the school's library. The exterior of the building was left intact. Students were able to take journalism classes during the two-year renovation but were moved to nearby classrooms. Murphy Hall today is 27,000 square feet in total; the redesigned basement now features the Eric Sevareid Library, named after the former CBS broadcast journalist and SJMC alum, a digital resource lab. The library features a selection of magazines and newspapers from across the country, trade-related journals and books, study areas and eight computers for student use.
The lab has 52 computers for student use, video equipment for checkout and a recording studio, as well as areas for lectures. On the first floor, there is a 148-seat auditorium and various offices, including the student services office; the second and third floors house classrooms, faculty offices and areas for research. The fourth floor is home to the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, named after SJMC alum Otto Silha; the center, around since 1984, is directed by Jane Kirtley. As planned for in 1939, Murphy Hall connects with Vincent Hall, the nearby math building, via multiple skyways and an underground tunnel. Between the two buildings and underneath part of the walkway is a courtyard, which features seating and a small fountain; as of 2007, the Minnesota Daily, one of the nation's largest student-run newspapers and the fourth-largest paper in Minnesota, no longer has an office in Murphy Hall, though many of its employees take journalism classes in the building. The SJMC has 8,300 living alumni.
Among the notable alumni, both alive and deceased, are: John Finnegan Sr - Former senior VP and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper. Drafted and lobbied for the Minnesota Data Practices Act
Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute
The Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute was launched in 2010 in order to promote socioeconomic research. The Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute was launched in 2010 to establish an intellectual powerhouse of the world’s top faculty and graduate students who are focused on creating effective tools of economic theory that will lead to policies and institutions that address major socioeconomic problems. Since its founding, Heller-Hurwicz has hosted numerous seminars and roundtables with some of the brightest minds in economic innovation. Topics have included the economics of climate change, social insurance, monetary policy, psychology of economics, globalization, U. S. manufacturing and occupational regulation. The Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute is translating frontier economic research into real world policy solutions; the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute is a global initiative in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota created to inform and influence public policy by supporting and promoting frontier economic research and by communicating our findings to leading academics and business executives around the world.
The mission and intention of the institution is guided by legacies of Leo Hurwicz. Both Heller and Hurwicz served as professors of economics at the University of Minnesota for the early 1950s through the 1980s, during which time they revolutionized the university’s economics department to be one of the world’s finest schools of economic thought. Heller, who served as one of the most influential economic policymakers under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, was an innovator of taxation and social policy, two areas that guide the work of the Heller - Hurwicz Economics Institute. Hurwicz, on the other hand, fathered the economic theory of mechanism design, which helps organizations and businesses determine optimal outcomes given an individual’s motivations and social welfare, it is Leo Hurwicz’s contributions to economic science that not only influence thinking at the Heller - Hurwicz Economics Institute, but how political and economic dilemmas are solved today. V. V. Chari, 2010–present Progress in understanding the optimal design of social safety nets—government insurance programs such as Medicare—which depend on taxation of some and transfer to others, while fostering work incentives.
Furthering the design of fiscal and monetary policy, areas that Walter Heller pioneered directly by initiating President Johnson’s War on Poverty, designing tax policies to shape the path of economic growth. Improving design of policies that align financial incentives and environmental protection, harnessing market forces to accomplish broader social goals by recognizing the externalities of economic activity. Leonid Hurwicz, faculty of Economics, 1951- 2008. Received the nobel prize in 2007 for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory. Edward C. Prescott, Economics, 1980-2003. Received the nobel prize in 2004 for his contributions to dynamic macroeconomics: the time consistency of economic policy and the driving forces behind business cycles. Christopher A. Sims, faculty of Economics, 1970-1990. Received the nobel prize in 2011 for empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy. Thomas J. Sargent, faculty of Economics, 1971-1987. Advisory board Member, Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute 2010–Present.
Received the nobel prize in 2011 for empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy. Lars Peter Hansen Daniel McFadden, B. S. Physics, 1957. D. Economics, 1962. Received the nobel prize in 2000 for his development of theory and methods for analyzing discrete choice. Milton Friedman, University of MN Economics faculty, 1945 - 46. Received the nobel prize in 1976 for his achievements in the fields of consumption analysis, monetary history and theory and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy. George Stigler, University of MN Economics faculty 1938 - 46. Received the nobel prize in 1982 for his seminal studies of industrial structures, functioning of markets and causes and effects of public regulation. Along with Hansen, Sims, Prescott and Friedman, we can claim Dan McFadden, a Ph. D. alum of our program and Robert Shiller, whose first assistant professor position was in our department. Economists Put Price on Climate Change, Conference Brief – October 2014 Time is key to pricing climate risk, Bob Litterman – October 2013 Why and how should banks be regulated?, VV Chari and Christopher Phelan – September 2013
University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota is a core research facility of the University of Minnesota that provides hardware and software resources, as well as technical user support, to faculty and researchers at the University and at other institutions of higher education in Minnesota. MSI is located on the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus. In 1981, the University of Minnesota became the first U. S. university to acquire a supercomputer, a Cray-1. The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute was created in 1984 to provide high-performance computing resources to the University of Minnesota's research community. MSI has two HPC systems available for use. MSI is part of Research Computing in the Office of the Vice President for Research. Research Computing is an umbrella organization that comprises the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute, U-Spatial. MSI is a member of the Minnesota High Tech Association, the Great Lakes Consortium, XSEDE.
The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute seeks to provide researchers at the University of Minnesota and at other institutions of higher education in the state of Minnesota access to high-performance computing resources and user support to facilitate successful and cutting-edge research in all disciplines, help researchers attract funding, contribute to undergraduate and graduate education, benefit the broader community. MSI is committed to expanding and developing the types of service it offers in order to continue to play its key support role across the growing spectrum of scientific fields. MSI is committed to facilitating University-industry collaboration and to promoting technology transfer through the interchange of ideas in the field of supercomputing research, including the dissemination of results of research accomplished with MSI resources. "Mesabi": Mesabi is an HP heterogeneous system. It is a distributed cluster featuring a large number of nodes with leading edge Intel processors that are integrated via a high speed communication network.
It is being installed and tested. Itasca: Itasca is an HP Linux cluster with 1,091 HP ProLiant BL280c G6 blade servers, each with two quad-core 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon X5560 "Nehalem EP" processors sharing 24 GiB of system memory, plus 51 Proliant BL460c G8 blade servers, each with two eight-core 2.6 GHz E5-2670 Xeon "Sandy Bridge EP" processors with 64, 128, or 256 GiB of memory, with a 40-gigabit QDR InfiniBand interconnect. In total, Itasca consists of 25 TiB of main memory. Basic Sciences Computing Biomedical Modeling and Design LCSE-MSI Visualization Laboratory Scientific Development and Visualization Moore, Rick. "Blade Runner: UMNews." University of Minnesota. Web. 29 July 2010. Http://www1.umn.edu/news/features/2009/UR_CONTENT_148391.html Vance, Ashlee. "Minnesota’s Enormous Apples Computer - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com." Technology - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com. Web. 29 July 2010. Http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/10/minnesotas-enormous-apples-computer/?smid=pl-share Minnesota Supercomputing Institute University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota Medical School
The University of Minnesota Medical School is the medical school of the University of Minnesota. It is a combination of two campuses situated in Duluth, Minnesota; the University of Minnesota Medical School is part of one of the largest Academic Health Centers in the United States. This center allows health professionals to train collaboratively during the course of their training programs; the AHC comprises the Medical School, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, the College of Veterinary Medicine. The University of Minnesota Medical School began in the late nineteenth century when three of the private medical schools in the Twin Cities in Minnesota offered up their charters and merged their programs to form the University of Minnesota Medical School. A fourth school was absorbed in the early twentieth century; as a consequence of these mergers in 1888 and 1908, the School is the only medical school in the Twin Cities or Duluth and is one of only two in the state, the other being the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota Medical School has made use of many facilities over the years. Older buildings still prominently standing include Jackson Hall. Jackson Hall was built as the home of the Institute of Anatomy and is still the site of anatomy instruction for medical students and students of dentistry, physical therapy, mortuary science. More visible today are the 1978 Moos Tower buildings. A new University Hospital overlooking the river was completed in 1986; the Duluth program began in late 1972. It is now a branch campus of the Medical School, specializing in the training of physicians for rural and small-town settings in rural Minnesota; the University of Minnesota Medical School offers seven dual-degree programs for students interested in combining their medical education with a degree in medical research, public health, biomedical engineering, business, or health informatics. In addition to training medical students for their MD degrees the University of Minnesota Medical School has numerous residencies as part of their graduate medical education programs.
The larger of the two campuses is in the Twin Cities. This campus has 170 students in each of the first two years of medical school with a mixture of traditional medical students and students pursuing combined advanced degrees such as a Ph. D. through a MSTP scholarship. As the larger of the two campuses, the Twin Cities campus provides increased opportunities for research and specialty care and provides the main clinical education site for both campuses. Thus, at the end of the fourth year, the total graduating class at Minneapolis exceeds 220 students; the University of Minnesota Medical school makes use of many teaching hospitals in the Twin Cities area. The University of Minnesota Medical Center is just one of these; the Duluth campus the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Medicine, has 60 students enrolled for each of the first two years of medical school. After that point, they are automatically transferred to the Twin Cities campus for their clinical rotations; the mission of the Duluth Campus is to select and educate students who will select Family Medicine/Primary Care and practice in rural locations.
Duluth is a primary site for the Center for American Indian and Minority Health which aims to educate increased numbers of Native American students as medical professionals. In May 2018, the University of Minnesota Medical School announced to establish an independent high-profile anti-aging research department in the university. In 2019, US News & World Report ranked the University of Minnesota Medical School 46th in the United States for medical research and 12th for primary care. A 2010 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found the University of Minnesota Medical School to be one of only two of 141 medical schools in the United States to be in the top quartile for NIH funding, output of primary care physicians, social mission score. C. Walton Lillehei Norman Shumway Kathleen Annette Paul P. Boswell Robert A. Good B. J. Kennedy Maureen Reed Official website
The Polar Geospatial Center
The Polar Geospatial Center is a research center at the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering funded by the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs. Founded in 2007, the Polar Geospatial Center "provides geospatial support, GIS/remote sensing solutions to researchers and logistics groups in the polar science community." It is directed by Paul Morin. The Polar Geospatial Center was founded in 2007 and was called the Antarctic Geospatial Information Center. In its early days, the AGIC's goal was to provide basic mapping and GIS services for the United States Antarctic Program, was only a two-man project; as time went on, the program's credibility and size expanded. By 2010, the program had over a half dozen team members. In March 2011, the program was "classified as a National Science Foundation cooperative agreement" and adapted to take responsibility for Arctic as well as Antarctic operations, hence the name change to PGC; the PGC's current goal is to support federally funded researchers in the Antarctic.
The PGC utilizes geospatial and remote sensing technology to work with research teams and solve problems. Some specific examples of services are listed below; the PGC has a large collection of both satellite imagery as well as aerial photography at various resolutions. The PGC provides commercial satellite imagery for United States federally-funded polar researchers; the PGC provides high-resolution digital elevation models derived from stereoscopic optical imagery. The ArcticDEM project, an 8-meter posting pan-Arctic DEM, was announced by President Barack Obama on September 3, 2015; the PGC employs individuals skilled in cartography and GIS to create custom maps of areas for researchers preparing to head into the field. The PGC Map Catalog hosts thousands of Arctic maps in digital form; these maps are from many different periods in time. Many of these maps are publicly available, some are not and may be provided upon request
Wíčazo Ša Review
The Wíčazo Ša Review is a biannual peer-reviewed academic journal of Native American studies. The journal was established in 1985 by editors-in-chief Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Roger Buffalohead, William Willard. Wíčazo Ša Review is published by the University of Minnesota Press, which acquired it in 1999, it was published at Eastern Washington University, under the guidance of its Native American Studies center. Issues include essays, interviews, poems, short stories, course outlines, curriculum designs, scholarly research and literary criticism reflective of Native American studies and related fields; the current editor is James Riding In. Official website
Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime and the Fan Arts is an annual peer-reviewed academic journal in English about Japanese popular culture products and fan practices. It is published by the University of Minnesota Press and the editor-in-chief is Frenchy Lunning. Mechademia has been an annual conference since 2001. Since 2006, ten volumes have been published; each volume is dedicated to a collection of articles themed around a specific topic, such as shojo manga or anime and manga fandom. It is indexed in Project MUSE and JSTOR. After a break of three years, a new series of Mechademia volumes will be published beginning in 2018, the first being themed around childhood; the scope of Mechademia will be broadened to include all of Asia in its remit. Steve Raiteri from Library Journal commends Mechademia as a "great first effort bridg the gap between academics and fans." Christophe Thouny, writing for Animation thought the writing and tone was accessible by both academics and fans. Ed Sizemore from Comics Worth Reading criticizes the journal for its review and commentary section because they "read like summaries of the works discussed with no actual critique of the work".
However, Sizemore commends the journal's academic essay section. By contrast, Raiteri in Library Journal states that fans will find the Review and Commentary section "the most accessible" section of the journal. Kevin Gifford contrasts Mechademia with shallower works on anime, praising its "insightful essays and reviews" and detail, calling it "worthwhile reading for anyone hungry for intelligent writing" about anime. Tomo Hirai of the Nichi Bei Times described the first volume as "an informative and inspiring read for those curious beyond the skin of anime". A review of the second volume of Mechademia by Comics Worth Reading's Johanna Draper Carlson criticises the journal for its dry tone and "flat statements following after each other separated only by footnote numbers". A review by Ed Sizemore recommends that Mechademia "should stop trying to develop a theme for each issue". Active Anime's Holly Ellingwood comments that the journal's "strong academic bent may put off some potential readers but give it a chance and peruse through the many varied topics".
A review by Scott Campbell commends the third volume of Mechademia as being "extremely insightful and thought provoking... anime and the future of mankind". D. Harlan Wilson found the third volume to be "as accessible as it was provocative and enlightening". William McClain criticises the fourth volume for having articles that are "too restrictive" in focus, calling attention to the lack of discussion, in this volume, of how anime and manga culture has spread internationally. McClain criticises the volume for not including enough visual aids for the general reader, but praises the Mechademia journal as a whole for its experimental approach. Ellen Grabiner feels that War/Time takes the approach that war has become a part of everyday life in post-war Japanese society, praises the broad range of essays. Timothy Iles feels that the strength of Mechademia is that it provides "theoretically informed grounded, jargon-free research that highlights first and foremost, not the self-serving virtuosity of the researcher, but the interpretive depth of the material under analysis."
According to Ulrichsweb, Mechademia is abstracted and indexed in EBSCOhost, Gale, OCLC, ProQuest. According to Google Scholar, the three most-cited papers in Mechademia are: Theresa. "Costuming the Imagination: Origins of Anime and Manga Cosplay". Mechademia. 1: 65–76. Doi:10.1353/mec.0.0084. Wong, Wendy Siuyi. "Globalizing Manga: From Japan to Hong Kong and Beyond". Mechademia. 1: 23–45. Doi:10.1353/mec.0.0060. Allison, Anne. "The Japan Fad in Global Youth Culture and Millennial Capitalism". Mechademia. 1: 11–21. Doi:10.1353/mec.0.0048. Boulter, Jonathan. "Mechademia 4: War/Time". Science Fiction Film and Television. 4: 287–291. Ratelle, Amy. "Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human. Edited by Frenchy Lunning. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. 287 pp. $19.95". The Journal of Asian Studies. 70: 574–575. Doi:10.1017/S0021911811000507. Official website Official website