Institute on the Environment selects new resident fellows

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MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (1/26/2009) -- The Institute on the Environment is pleased to announce its first cohort of resident fellows. The fellows will begin their three-year appointments with the Institute in June 2009.

Each of the Institute’s resident fellows will receive flexible funding to engage in creative research and problem solving, to develop new models of teaching and training, and to build new networks and partnerships. In addition, the fellows will take part in leadership development activities, along with ongoing seminars, roundtables and other public engagement efforts.

“Our emphasis with this new program is on creative work: how can we give people the time and space to do truly original research and thinking,” says Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment. “The fellowships will give both up-and-coming and established leaders the opportunity to work together on finding ‘outside the box’ solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems.”

In February, the Institute will move to a new location on the St. Paul campus. The resident fellows will utilize the Institute’s new office and meeting space on a regular basis, as well as an interactive space to be unveiled this spring. This café-style gathering place will promote fun and creative collaboration among the resident fellows and the University’s larger environmental community.

Following a rigorous selection process, the Institute has chosen a total of 20 resident fellows from a wide range of disciplines to join its world-class research, education and outreach mission.

“This cohort of fellows is an amazing, eclectic group of thinkers and doers. They were drawn from the ‘best and brightest’ of the University, selected for their creativity and willingness to try new ideas,” says Foley.

The new Institute resident fellows include:

Jeannine Cavender-Bares
Assistant Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota

Aaron Doering
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

Efi Foufoula-Georgiou
Professor, Civil Engineering
Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota

Patrick Hamilton
Director, Environmental Sciences and Earth System Sciences
Science Museum of Minnesota

Jason Hill
Research Associate, Applied Economics
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota

I. Volkan Isler
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota

Jennifer Kuzma
Associate Professor, Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy
Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Clarence Lehman
Adjunct Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota

Steven Manson
Associate Professor, Geography
College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Julian Marshall
Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota

Kristopher McNeill
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota

Mark Pedelty
Associate Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Katey Pelican
Assistant Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine
Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

Stephen Polasky
Professor, Applied Economics; Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota

Jennifer Powers
Assistant Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; Soil, Water and Climate; Plant Biology
College of Biological Sciences; College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota

Peter Reich
Regents Professor, Forest Ecology
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota

Carissa Schively Slotterback
Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Randall Singer
Associate Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

Timothy Smith
Associate Professor, Acting Director, Center for Sustainable Enterprise Development
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota

David Tilman
Regents Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota