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Wall of Scholarship honors high-impact research

Sarah Hansen
November 5, 2014

Photo by Rich Ryan

Since becoming dean of the Medical School and vice president for health sciences earlier this year, Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A., has kept a laser focus on supporting the outstanding scholarship of our faculty, staff, and students. Now, his passion for uncovering and disseminating new knowledge, and promoting excellence, has a new face: the Wall of Scholarship.

Unveiled in the 2nd floor corridor of the Phillips-Wangensteen Building, this display honors 26 highly impactful papers from our Medical School faculty. The featured papers are beautifully etched reproductions of the papers’ first page, with a plaque naming the honored faculty member and their department below.

A reception to acknowledge the 23 inaugural Wall of Scholarship honorees was held on Wednesday, October 23, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Wall. Key University leadership assisted in celebrating the launch of this new monument and offered remarks on the auspicious occasion. President Eric Kaler, Ph.D., Provost Karen Hanson, Ph.D., Vice President for Research Brian Herman, Ph.D., and Dean Jackson all shared thoughts on the significance of the Wall and the important role that the Medical School plays within the University before calling the names of the honorees and giving each researcher a commemorative plaque.

“I prefer to see this as a window into where we’re headed as a Top Ten nationally recognized Medical School and Academic Health Center,” said President Kaler in his remarks. “As Dr. Jackson has said, great scholarship boosts our reputation, our ability to attract funding, and, most importantly, our contributions to tackling the grand health challenges of our patients and the state of Minnesota.”

The Wall of Scholarship serves as an important visible reminder that our school is committed to research excellence, and will give our faculty the resources, support, and thanks for their outstanding work that gets us to where we want to be as a top-tier medical research institution. The honorees are leaders in this goal, called out as examples to inspire current faculty to do their best work, but also to connect current students with potential mentors and introduce potential faculty collaborators with their highly successful peers -- which is why the honored spot is limited to current faculty members only.

Wall of Scholarship honorees have met the following criteria: they are first or last authors with a current primary appointment in the Medical School whose work has been cited over 1000 times -- according to at least two of the three major academic indices.

The University Libraries has been a major asset and incredible partner in this project. They assisted with complex data searches to identify the inaugural high-impact papers by referencing the indices Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar, and they will continue to assist with maintenance over time. Their work on this project has also yielded an important database called the Manifold Project which helps to examine and visualize a current Medical School faculty member’s impact through publishing over time. This technology is still being perfected, and it will expand to the Academic Health Center, as well as the entire University, over time.

The Wall of Scholarship will be reviewed annually to insure it is current and all papers meet the criteria. There is room on the Wall currently for 45 papers.

The inaugural 23 honorees include:

  • Karen H. Ashe*, M.D., Ph.D., Neurology
  • Henry Buchwald, M.D., Ph.D., Surgery
  • Jay N. Cohn**, M.D., Medicine
  • Sean D. Conner, Ph.D., Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
  • Sue Duval, Ph.D., Medicine
  • Kristine E. Ensrud, M.D., M.P.H., Medicine
  • Michael A. Farrar, Ph.D., Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
  • Martin L. Freeman, M.D., Medicine
  • Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Neuroscience
  • Ashley T. Haase, M.D., Microbiology
  • Alan T. Hirsch, M.D., Medicine
  • Kristin A. Hogquist, Ph.D., Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
  • J. Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A., Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
  • Marc K. Jenkins, Ph.D., Microbiology
  • Do-Hyung Kim, Ph.D., Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
  • Sylvain E. Lesne, Ph.D., M.Sci., Neuroscience
  • David Masopust, Ph.D., Microbiology
  • Daniel L. Mueller, M.D., Medicine
  • Harry T. Orr, Ph.D., Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
  • Michael D. Resnick, Ph.D., Pediatrics
  • Nikunj V. Somia, Ph.D., Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
  • Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D., Radiology
  • George L. Wilcox, Ph.D., Neuroscience

View more information about the Wall of Scholarship, and see which papers made the Wall, visit z.umn.edu/wallofscholarship. View photos from the Wall of Scholarship event on our Flickr account.

*2 papers on the Wall
**4 papers on the Wall

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