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Earth-based religions attract followers

Published May 4, 2015

Alexandra Johnson spent four days alone on an island in Canada last year, unable to eat food, drink water or even kill the mosquitoes that landed on her.   Johnson was raised as a Christian, but during...

A food truck with no waste

Published April 30, 2015

Between singing along with Betty Who and taking a spin on a Ferris wheel, students at last weekend’s Spring Jam had the option to sample four different food truck vendors.   But only one food...

Graduate students Megan Cross and Grant Cooper pick up trash for Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Boards Earth Day cleanup at Lake of the Isles on Saturday. Members of the student group Natural Resources Association of Graduate Students decided to participate in the event to support Earth Day.

Students join city clean-up

Published April 27, 2015

Almost 2,000 people toted trash bags around Minneapolis on Saturday to clean up various neighborhoods, parks and bodies of water for Earth Day.   A few of the volunteers were members of...

Student advises on solar pool heating

Published April 23, 2015

Heating an outdoor pool can be quite costly.   But a student at the University of Minnesota-Morris is working to see if alternative energy could help ease the financial stress.   Environmental...

Study shows diet impacts environment

Published April 21, 2015

Agricultural education senior Jared Luhman uses a number of different methods to control the amount of nutrients in his organic farm’s soil.   Efforts to manage nutrients in farms’ soil...

Sophomore Kristen Anderson digs up turf on West Bank on Saturday afternoon. University students started a fairshare community garden to help learn about gardening and sustainability with the Cedar Riverside Community.

From the ground up

Published April 14, 2015

Dozens of students and community members gathered with shovels, rakes and hoes on Saturday to convert an unused lawn on the West Bank into a new community garden. Located between the University...

Social media fueled research could help protect the environment

Published April 7, 2015

From an Instagram photo of an awe-inspiring hike through the Rocky Mountains to a tweet recommending a peaceful camping spot by the Boundary Waters, social media outlets have become popular ways for many...

Lead ice maker Adam Stirn explains Ridder Arenas ice refrigerating system on Monday.  The system currently uses the coolant R-22 which is required to be faded out of systems by 2020.

Arenas struggle to be green

Published April 2, 2015

University of Minnesota Athletics paid $20,000 earlier this month to repair a leaky pipe in the cooling system beneath Mariucci Arena’s ice. But if the same leak happened in the 1990s, officials...

UMD researcher contributes to global lake temperature databse

Published March 31, 2015

When it comes to climate change research, even in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, researchers still know more about how oceans respond to air temperature changes than freshwater lakes.   But a new global...

Conservation after cancer

Published March 26, 2015

University of Minnesota alumnus Kevin Lines made the decision to work in conservation during a seventh grade field trip to help declining deer populations in his hometown of Milaca, Minn. But hunting made...

Market customers Saverna Chapman and Ron Murray shop for groceries on the Twin Cities Mobile Market bus in St. Paul on Saturday. The bus acts as an inexpensive grocery store for neighborhoods that dont have access to local healthy foods at a low cost.

Dishing out the staples

Published March 24, 2015

For some St. Paul residents, a grocery store visit can mean a long trip through snow and wind. And the closest stores may not have affordable, healthy options. One Metro Transit bus wrapped in bright green...

Global warming slowed, but not for long

Published March 11, 2015

When it comes to global warming discussion, many people think the climate will exclusively rise in temperature and at a consistent rate. And any time it doesn’t, some want an explanation. The speed...

Student helps Minnesota farmers

Published March 10, 2015

When most people think of hazelnut farms, they don’t picture the Midwest. But hazelnut growers in the state say they are rising in numbers and their hazelnuts are just as delicious as western varieties. The...

Wild rice stirring debate at state Capitol

Published March 5, 2015

Wild rice is a delicate plant, valuable to those who harvest it, and a habitat for much wildlife, but Minnesota’s state grain is stirring up debate at the state Capitol. Though water quality standards...

Study shows how common carp became invasive

Published March 3, 2015

The world’s second-most invasive fish, the common carp, has been the source of complaints about shallow lakes in southern Minnesota and the metro area since the species first came to the state about...

Clean Snow vice president Brian Amundson works on a snowmobile in Lind Hall on Saturday morning. The group has been working hard to put finishing touches on to assemble their clean snowmobile before the SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge next week in Houghton, Michigan.

Student group cleans up snowmobiling

Published February 25, 2015

Snowmobiles aren’t green vehicles. They emit the same amount of carbon as 250 to 500 passenger cars and produce over 700,000 tons of air pollutants annually. A new University of Minnesota student...

Institute on the Environment fellow Jonee Brigham builds an art piece on Friday for River Journey, an educational art program that takes place at Rivers Edge Academy. Brigham uses models like this one to spread environmental awareness through art.

Teaching through art

Published February 23, 2015

Jonee Brigham, an associate fellow of the Institute on the Environment, has a hard time explaining things without a visual representation. While discussing one of her art education projects, she stopped...

Greenhouse curator Alex Eilts and Head of the Plant Biology department Gary Muehlbauer talk in the College of Biological Sciences Greenhouse in St. Paul on Monday. There is currently a legislative request to build a new Greenhouse.

A greenhouse falling apart

Published February 18, 2015

In the winter, the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory on the St. Paul campus is an oasis for some students. It houses over 600 rare plant species from rainforests to deserts. But the building,...

Fees proposed to help fund state trails

Published February 16, 2015

Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, was met with blank stares, gaping mouths and a heap of concerned mail earlier this month after he proposed walkers and bikers pay to use state trails. Though the idea...

Young leaders take reins

Published February 12, 2015

People too young to vote, have their own insurance or order something from an infomercial are proving they aren’t too young to have a voice in climate change efforts — even legal ones. Akilah...

Junior Molly Tuma shows her University alum father, John Tuma, bird feathers at the Raptor Center on Friday afternoon. Governor Mark Dayton recently appointed Tuma to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Commissioner’s mind is fit for the job

Published February 10, 2015

John Tuma can see and decipher things in ways others cannot. While bird watching with his daughter, he spots wildlife others might not see.  He can disassemble parts of legal documents in ways others...

The U helps roll out state building energy standards

Published February 4, 2015

Professors and researchers within the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research have been meeting within the center’s naturally lit rooms for the past six years, determining...

University alum Calen Papke investigates surface imperfections on a piece of Uponor product at his new workplace. Papke was hired full time at Uponor following his internship with MnTap, a program that pairs interns with local businesses to help reduce energy use and prevent pollution.

MnTAP interns find sustainable solutions

Published February 3, 2015

From minor adjustments — like fixing leaks to save water — to redesigning their production lines, businesses are seeking ways to cut costs by using more environmentally-friendly techniques. And...

Wind farms once used for U research may close

Published January 29, 2015

After facing a nearly $2 million fine and filing for bankruptcy earlier this month, a collection of wind farms the University of Minnesota once used for research may close. The University and the National...

Senior Stephanie Wilson, leader of this years Solar Vehicle Project, poses in the Engineering and Fisheries building on the Saint Paul campus Thursday night.

Wilson defies the norm

Published January 27, 2015

Her first time in a solar car, Stephanie Wilson anxiously climbed into the tiny driver’s seat and closed the cover. During her first loop around the track, the car malfunctioned and the accelerator...

Greenland melt could raise seas

Published January 26, 2015

Research aided by the University of Minnesota published last Wednesday found that meltwater on the surface of Greenland’s glaciers moves through cracks, gets trapped beneath the ice and creates lakes...

Post doctoral research associate Minphuong Bui demonstrates how the sensor within the handheld device will detect nitrate in soil Friday at Kaufert Laboratory in St. Paul.

Device saves money, time

Published January 21, 2015

Agriculture education senior Jared Luhman’s organic family farm in Goodhue, Minn., ships soil samples off to a lab once every few years to determine how much fertilizer is appropriate for the 200-acre...

U researchers discover new meltwater trapped beneath Greenland ice sheets

Published January 21, 2015

Greenland is composed of about 80 percent ice, but atmospheric warming is causing it to melt. And, according to research published Wednesday in Nature, it’s melting from the bottom and the top. The...

After mudslide, West River Parkway closed until fall

Published January 20, 2015

The West River Parkway will likely reopen to the public in September.A mudslide that occurred on the West Bank last June has kept a 1-mile portion of the road closed. Construction is set to begin in June,...

University tackles campus climate

Published January 15, 2015

A report released Thursday highlights the need to improve the campus climate and increase diversity at the University of Minnesota.   President Eric Kaler released a campus climate...

First year medical student Jessica Ulrich was diagnosed with Crohns disease when she was 15 years old, and while the disease isnt fatal, it affects her everyday life.

Obstacles push student toward medical school

Published May 8, 2014

All Jessica Ulrich could think about that day was her Medical College Admission Test scores. She pinched her nose and forced the large cup of glue-thick, reeking, yellowy liquid past her gag reflex. Her...

Hungry for experience, students give diet advice

Published May 6, 2014

As an athlete, Jasmine Hardin knows how important it is to monitor a healthy diet. But the University of Minnesota political science and African American studies senior admits that it can be tough as a...

New Minnesota law moves jailed people to treatment sooner

Published May 3, 2014

A new law passed in Minnesota will reduce the amount of time those suffering from mental illness spend in local jails. The law, Senate File 685, will go into effect on Aug. 1, according to a press release. “Time...

Flexible portion sizes are beneficial

Published April 30, 2014

When Chilly Billy’s owner Bill Marker looks around his frozen yogurt shop, he said he rarely sees people throw away containers that aren’t empty. That could be because customers can choose...

PAWS volunteer Cheryl Gfrerer and her dog named Sarah spend time greeting students to assist with stress management for Mental Health Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 23.

Amid growing demand, Boynton eliminates waitlists

Published April 29, 2014

For the first time in years, University of Minnesota students seeking mental health services won’t need to worry about being waitlisted this spring. Boynton Health Service has added staff, opened...

St. Paul leaders call for fewer farm antibiotics

Published April 23, 2014

At least 23,000 Americans die every year from antibiotic-resistant infections, some of which may come from exposure to livestock antibiotics that end up in food. To prevent these deaths, researchers and...

Pollution has skewed impact

Published April 21, 2014

In the U.S., people of color live, on average, in more polluted neighborhoods than whites, according to new University of Minnesota research. Researchers say thousands of deaths could be prevented each...

Commissioner of the Minneapolis Health Department Gretchen Musicant received the Gaylord W. Anderson Leadership Award from the University of Minnesotas School of Public Health earlier this month.

Honoring a healthy passion

Published April 17, 2014

Behind Minneapolis Health Commissioner Gretchen Musicant’s unassuming, just-over 5-foot presence is a restless go-getter who has been a driving force behind Minnesota health for decades. Musicant,...

Sophomore Loralee Onstad runs on the track at the Universitys Recreation and Wellness Center on Tuesday.  New University of Minnesota research shows that cardiovascular exercise in youth helps preserve memory.

Active body, nimble brain

Published April 16, 2014

Nearly half of the nation’s nursing home occupants are living with Alzheimer’s or other degenerative brain diseases — something young people may be able to avoid. Researchers from the...

U researchers: Hunting with lead poses food risks

Published April 10, 2014

University of Minnesota researchers found that using lead ammunition in hunting could endanger the health of bald eagles in 2008, but they now warn that it could have health risks for humans, too. University...

U researchers studying patient retention in trials

Published April 9, 2014

Kim Erickson, 59, had to retire early from his job as an airline pilot after he learned that he had Parkinson’s disease. Since then, he’s participated in several clinical trials that he says...

Third year Plant Pathology graduate student Matthew Haas presents wheat growing in the Plant Growth Facility on Monday.

University experts recommend whole grain food regulations

Published April 2, 2014

Andrea Sandeen buys whole-grain foods like oatmeal and brown rice for their health benefits, but the math and philosophy junior said labels sometimes make it hard to distinguish which foods actually provide...

MNsure navigators help people with questions about enrollment and available health insurance plans at Sweeneys Saloon on Thursday.

MNsure goes out to target youth

Published March 31, 2014

The Affordable Care Act’s March 31 midnight deadline will mark the end of national and state health care exchanges’ push to recruit more uninsured people — especially young, healthy ones. MNsure,...

Doctor of nursing practice and family nurse practitioner student Sarah Melquist demonstrates nursing skills on family nurse practitioner student Mark Romportl at the Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center on Monday evening. As nurses continue to grow in Minnesota, a recent proposed bill in Minnesota could allow nurses more responsibility without doctoral supervision in order to combat a future doctor shortage.

Bill could clear nursing hurdles

Published March 27, 2014

With more than 100,000 new patients added to the Minnesota health care system this year because of the Affordable Care Act, doctors could use some help. A bill moving through the Minnesota Legislature...

Young people around the world film themselves completing outlandish drinking feats and then nominate friends to outdo them on social media as part of the game NekNominate.

The new social drinking

Published March 25, 2014

Marshall Dalziel stripped down to his boxers, took a pull of Captain Morgan, pretended to swim through a snow bank and crossed a finish line, where his friend tossed him a beer. The University of Minnesota...

Blood test may predict Alzheimer’s

Published March 15, 2014

Researchers may have developed the first blood test that can predict Alzheimer’s before symptoms of memory loss occur, according to news sources. The research, published in Nature Medicine earlier...

Senior Director of Laboratory Operations in the  Reproductive Medicine Center Dr. Christopher De Jonge demonstrates how he evaluates the quality and maturity of eggs microscopically, Monday in the Physicians Reproductive Medicine Center.

Professor urges women to freeze eggs

Published March 12, 2014

After the American Society for Reproductive Medicine declared in 2012 that freezing eggs was no longer an experimental procedure, more women began considering it as a liberating option. June Carbone, a...

Research assistant and PhD candidate Evelyne Houang shows the laboratory equipment used to do testing with polaxamers in a laboratory at Nils Hasselmo Hall on Saturday, Mar 1, 2014. They have found that polaxamers  can repair tears in the muscle cell membranes.

Cell Band-Aids could treat disease

Published March 10, 2014

Maxx Kirley, 12, gets so exhausted walking across his school that he can’t participate in gym class once he gets there. He has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that weakens his muscles. But...

Sophomore Macy Johannsen works out at the University Recreation and Wellness center on Thursday.  Johannsen participated in the Lets Go! Physical Activity Challenge and had the most points out of the girls on her team.

Rec program fires up 3K

Published March 5, 2014

During one of the coldest winters in Minnesota’s history, students, faculty and staff braved the trek to the Rec for a physical activity challenge last month. The Let’s Go! Physical Activity...

Charlie Knuth, 7, from Appleton, Wis. holds his stuffed animals. Knuth has been to Amplatz Childrens Hospital twice for stem cell transplants.Wounds from his rare disease, recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), used to cover 90 percent of his skin, throat, intestinal tract and eyes. After the transplants, they cover about 5 percent.

Rare Disease Day calls for awareness of the unfamiliar

Published March 3, 2014

Rare diseases can help illuminate treatment opportunities in more prevalent diseases but often lack the financial support and public awareness to do so. The National Institutes of Health defines a rare...

Freshly minted dental therapists aid rural towns

Published February 26, 2014

The University of Minnesota was among the first in the country to educate dental therapists, and it continues to graduate more of the new professionals every year. Similar to nurse practitioners in hospitals,...

University health services rebrand

Published February 25, 2014

Health care at the University of Minnesota has a new name. The school, University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health Services launched a new brand of health care, called University of Minnesota...

University-developed, cold-resistant grapes have national impacts

Published February 20, 2014

The Minnesota Grape Growers Association is hosting an annual conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul, where leaders of The Northern Grapes Project will speak, on Feb. 20 and 21, according to a...

Aurora Center expands to St. Paul

Published February 19, 2014

The Aurora Center opened a location on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus in partnership with Boynton Health Service on Tuesday. For the first time, the Aurora Center can provide direct,...

University professor Dr. Elizabeth Seaquist was recently named President of Medicine and Science on the Board of Directors for the American Diabetes Association.

University doc gets top diabetes honor

Published February 19, 2014

When Dr. Elizabeth Seaquist begins her research with a question, she knows her team may be working for decades to answer it. The American Diabetes Association recognized the University of Minnesota professor...

Research says adults seek relationship advice from family, friends

Published February 18, 2014

Most adults confide in family and friends when they have relationship problems, but that isn’t always the best choice. University of Minnesota research found that respondents mainly had only one...

Gophers rugby player Alex Ringhand runs the ball at rugby practice at the Student Recreational Sports Dome on Tuesday evening. Rugby is a sport that does not use helmets, but concussions consistently interfere with sports throughout the country and have serious health implications.

Helmet use impacts concussions

Published February 13, 2014

Jimmy Gjere, an offensive lineman for the Gophers football team from 2010-12, quit after three diagnosed concussions and side effects like increased moodiness and memory problems. Since his first diagnosed...

Steroid use high in gay teens

Published February 12, 2014

Rick Weinmeyer came out as gay when he was a 19-year-old University of Minnesota student, and he had depression on and off for years afterward. Having supportive friends and a strong interest in public...

February 2014 precinct caucus results

Published February 5, 2014

Cedar-Riverside caucus draws raucous crowds

Published February 4, 2014

Rowdy, fighting crowds cut short a neighborhood precinct caucus Tuesday in Cedar-Riverside, where Mohamud Noor is challenging longstanding state Rep. Phyllis Kahn. Nearly 300 people crowded into the gymnasium...

With cold comes risks, health experts say

Published February 3, 2014

Minnesotans are used to the cold, but this year’s unusually frigid winter has presented more health risks than usual. Health experts said they’ve treated more frostbite cases this year than...

Researchers discover new way to make stem cells

Published February 2, 2014

Researchers in Japan have discovered how to make embryonic stem cells from one blood cell in mice by adding a slightly acidic solution to the cell, according to news sources. Biologist Haruko Obokata and...

University professor and head of the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Macaran Baird at his office in Weaver-Densford Hall on Tuesday. Dr. Baird recently won a battle with cancer and is back at work.

After leukemia, University doctor gets back to work

Published January 29, 2014

University of Minnesota Medical School professor Dr. Macaran Baird’s experience with leukemia has changed the way he looks at life, teaches and practices medicine. Baird, or Mac, as his friends call...

Researcher Claudia Fernandez places samples into a certerfuge at the Schleiss Lab.  With parental consent, the lab has performed studies on infant blood spots.

State juggles privacy and research

Published January 28, 2014

Minnesota destroyed more than 1 million blood spots from the Newborn Screening Program earlier this month, after the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled on a more than four-year lawsuit between families and...

Ambulatory Care Center breaks ground

Published January 23, 2014

The University of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services began construction last week on their first joint investment, a $160.5 million, 330,000-square-foot Ambulatory Care Center. The Board of Regents...

Surgeon General report links more health problems to smoking, but applauds progress

Published January 22, 2014

The Surgeon General released his latest report on Jan. 14, 50 years after the first report on tobacco in 1964, which linked smoking to lung cancer in men, according to news sources. The report...

University of Minnesota Extension employee Ann Luke looks over the Ramsey County location’s stock of food, Friday evening afternoon at the Ramsey County extension office. Luke and other employees transition are adapting to the new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Extension spread thinner after educator layoffs

Published January 22, 2014

University of Minnesota Extension laid off about 44 percent of its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education employees on Jan. 14 in response to diminishing funding. Until now, University Extension...

University Extension SNAP-Ed loses staff

Published January 16, 2014

University of Minnesota Extension eliminated about 44 percent of its Supplemental Nutrition Education Program employees on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Until now, University Extension has avoided cutting employees...

U’s Department of Pharmacology celebrates a century

Published January 15, 2014

The University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Pharmacology celebrates 100 successful years with the end of 2013, a University Medical School news release stated. To honor the 100th year...

U students try their hand at Bitcoin

Published December 10, 2013

University of Minnesota computer science senior Timothy O’Brien has converted large sums of money into Bitcoin, a controversial and volatile digital currency. He says he worries about the instability...

Firefighter Emergency Medical Technicians Brock Tuntland and Riley Champagne practice high performance CPR at the Emergency Operations Training Facility on Tuesday.  EMT training uses funds from the Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education training grant.

Minn. fire departments receive training grants

Published December 5, 2013

On Tuesday, David Barnhart demolished the remains of his building, which caught fire and burned to the ground Aug. 1. But he had only good things to say about the firefighters who fought the eight-hour...

U research promotes alt. workplace

Published November 27, 2013

A typical workplace requires employees to work at a set time and place, but University of Minnesota research found that practice isn’t ideal for health. Sociology professor Phyllis Moen and associate...

Computer science and engineering student Johanna Lucht pilots a plane simulator to test the collision avoidance on the Android phone app during her internship with NASA this past summer.

U student’s flight to NASA

Published November 26, 2013

Johanna Lucht was born deaf and didn’t know a true language until she was 9 years old. But after those early years of frustration, the University of Minnesota computer science and engineering senior...

Alix Herzing reads a letter to the Minneapolis Public School Board during a board meeting at the John B. Davis Education and Service Center. Herzing, the mother of a first grader at the school,  thanked Associate Superintendent Michael Thomas for canceling his proposal to move Marcy Open School.

Parents fight K-8 school relocation

Published November 13, 2013

Officials have abandoned a proposal to move the K-8, 715-student Marcy Open School to another building after a heated and emotional emergency meeting last Tuesday. Now, staff and parents are considering...

Representative Phyllis Kahn proposes ban on indoor e-cigarettes

Published November 6, 2013

Minnesota could start treating e-cigarettes just like regular cigarettes. Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, proposed a bill Friday to include e-cigarettes in the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, which...

The entrance to the Aster Café patio on Main Street on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. After a water pipe burst and closed down many small businesses, Aster Café used the time that they were out of business to revamp their restaurant’s outdoor appearance by reconstructing their patio.

St. Anthony Main dries out after flood

Published October 30, 2013

Morrow Accident Rehabilitation Center employees rushed in to salvage equipment from their flooding building. After an employee unplugged a computer, electricity shot through the water, and employees had...

Minnesota speed limits change on three highways

Published October 24, 2013

The speed limit will change from 55 to 60 miles per hour on 730 miles of Minnesota highways on Monday. The highways affected include the entire length of Highway 75, the majority of Highway...

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