Grand Challenge Research Expo

Speakers and Panelists

  • Doug Armato

    Douglas Armato

    Douglas Armato is Director of the University of Minnesota Press, where he also acquires books in philosophy, social theory, and digital media and culture.  

  • Larry Berger

    Larry Berger

    Dr. Larry Berger is executive vice president and chief technical officer for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.

  • Dorothy Bridges

    Dorothy Bridges

    Dorothy Bridges is senior vice president for public affairs and community engagement at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, which includes community development, regional outreach, government relations, and the Center for Indian Country Development, in addition to operations at the Helena Branch. Prior to joining the Bank in July 2011, Ms. Bridges served as President and CEO of City First Bank in Washington, D.C. and of Franklin National Bank in Minneapolis from 1999 to 2011.

  • Jeffrey Cohen

    Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

    Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is Professor of English and the director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. In July 2018 he becomes Dean of Humanities at Arizona State University.  

  • Provost Karen Hanson

    Karen Hanson

    Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson began her post at the University of Minnesota on February 1, 2012.

    Provost Hanson’s arrival at the University of Minnesota was a homecoming for her. She received her bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, in philosophy and mathematics here in 1970. She went on to earn both her master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Harvard University in 1980.

  • Kate Wolford

    Kate Wolford

    Kate Wolford is president of The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, collaboration, impact investing, and strategic policy reform. In 2016, the Foundation had assets of $2.2 billion and granted about $87 million in the following areas: arts, education and learning, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, the Minneapolis/St. Paul region and communities, agricultural research, and neuroscience research.

Speakers, Panelist & Presenters

Presenters

Enriching Scholarship through Community Partnerships

Kathleen Call is professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health. Her research interests include disparities in access to health care and health insurance as well as developing community-driven solutions to barriers to health care.  She is a recipient of the University of Minnesota President’s Community-Engaged Faculty Scholar Award for exemplary scholarship conducted in partnership with the community to create new knowledge that addresses significant societal issues.

Kathleen Culhane-Pera, MD, is co-director of Community-based Research, West Side Community Health Services, a St. Paul-based health center that provides health care services to Hmong, Latinos, adolescents, immigrants and low-income communities.  She is also assistant professor in Family Medicine and Community Health, and a co-principle investigator of the Grand Challenges Research project A Community-based Approach Toward Advancing Personalized Medicine in Underserved Populations.

Maria Hanratty is an associate professor in the Humphrey School for Public Affairs where she teaches courses in social policy and distributive justice. Hanratty specializes in health economics, the economics of poverty, and comparative social welfare institutions.  She is co-principle investigator of the Grand Challenges Research project Homework Starts with Home.

Nicholas Jordan is a professor in the department of Agronomy & Plant Genetics in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences. Jordan’s research program in agricultural ecology addresses use of biological diversity to improve on-farm productivity and resource efficiency, while reducing harmful environmental effects of agroecosystems.  He is a co-principle investigator of the Grand Challenges Research project Charting a Path for Midwest Agriculture Through Scenario-based Foresight.

Der Moua, RN, is a nurse supervisor at the McDonough Homes Clinic, which specializes in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine.  The clinic is affiliated with West Side Community Health Services in St. Paul.  She is a community partner collaborating with the Grand Challenges Research project A Community-based Approach Toward Advancing Personalized Medicine in Underserved Populations.

Derric N. Pennington, PhD, is lead conservation scientist at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC.  He focuses on improving understanding on how to integrate conservation goals, for both people and species, into larger policy decisions.  He is also a Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.

Kirby Pitman is a researcher with Minnesota Housing’s Planning, Research, and Evaluation Division. She has over 15 years of experience in policy research and program evaluation with various levels of government, focusing mainly on issues of housing and education.  Pitman is a team member with the Grand Challenges Research project Homework Starts with Home.

Compelling Stories: Student Lightning Research Summaries

Sarah Castel, is a post-doctoral scientist in Plant Pathology. 

Jill Fish, is a PhD candidate in Counseling Psychology. 

Chieh Kao, is a 2nd year PhD student in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. 

Ellen Meier, is a post-doctoral fellow in PharmacoNeuroImmunology, Veterinary Medicine and Population Sciences.   

Patrick O’Hara, is a masters student in Earth Sciences. 

Lambros Tassoulas, is a masters student in Microbial Engineering. 

Karah VueBenson, is a senior undergraduate student in Geography.

Grand Challenges Research Project Posters

Isabella Armour, is a junior majoring in Plant and Microbiology in the College of Biological Sciences.

Kimberly Bonner, is a 2nd year PhD student in Epidemiology.

Zenas Chang, MD, MS, is a clinical fellow in Gynecologic Oncology.

Mike Clark, is a PhD candidate in Natural Resources Science and Management.

Caitlin Curry, is a 2nd year PhD student in Sociology.

Jessica Deere, is a 2nd year PhD Student in Veterinary Medicine.

Katie Gravagna, is a sophomore majoring in Microbiology in the College of Biological Sciences.

Sydney Grubb, is a junior majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development in the College of Biological Science.

George Guenthner, is a 1st year masters student in the Applied Plant Sciences Program in the Department of Horticultural Science.

Salman Ikramuddin, is a 3rd year medical student.

Dennie Kim, is a 5th year PhD student in Business Administration.

Natalia Ordaz-Reynoso, is a 3rd year PhD student in Applied Economics.

Shantal Pai, is a senior pursuing her undergraduate degree in Plant Science.

Ignasi Riera Vila, is a 2nd year masters student in the Applied Plant Science Program in the Department of Horticultural Science.

Zachary Rivers, PharmD, is a PhD student in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

Eric Sankary, is a junior scientist in the University’s Biotechnology Institute.

Daymian Snowden, is a senior majoring in Biology, Society, and the Environment in the College of Liberal Arts

Sumil Thakrar, is a PhD student in Bioproducts & Biosystems Science, Engineering & Management.

Locke Uppendahl, is a clinical fellow in Gynecologic Oncology.

Kuang Zhu, is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering.