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UM’s School of Business Administration will launch its new master’s degree in business analytics this fall. The Master of Science degree, a joint effort between marketing and management information systems, combines new elements with several existing programs. The core curriculum includes the study of business intelligence, big data analysis, business statistics, statistical computing, data mining and management, and communicating insights based on data analysis and associated decision-making
Nicky Phear, UM’s Climate Change Studies coordinator, was named the 2016 recipient of the Clean Energy and Empowerment Education Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. It recognizes Phear’s leadership in education about clean energy and her mentorship of students in the field.
Two UM professors are listed as “highly cited researchers” in the 2015 edition of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. The publication, released by Thomson Reuters, includes UM Regents Professor of Ecology Ragan Callaway and conservation ecology and genetics Professor Gordon Luikart under the Environment/Ecology section.
UM appointed Beverly C. Edmond to serve as provost and vice president for academic affairs for the 2016-17 academic year. Edmond retired from Albany State University in Georgia in 2015 after an extensive career in higher education. She will succeed Provost Perry Brown, who will retire in June after twenty-one years at UM.
Emilie LeBel, assistant professor of composition at UM’s School of Music, recently became the first woman to win the Land’s End Ensemble’s Composer Competition. The Land's End Ensemble, dedicated to excellence in performance and recording of new music, holds an annual national composer competition in Canada. LeBel responded to a call for piano trio works in 2015 and won with her piece Oranda.
UM hired Thomas Crady as vice president for enrollment and student affairs. Crady, previously the vice president for enrollment management at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., will start his new duties this summer. He will succeed Vice President for Student Affairs Teresa Branch, who will retire after thirteen years at UM.