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Becca Most

Becca Most, Senior Staff Reporter

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Becca Most is a senior staff reporter writing features and occasionally covering her beat of the environment and research at the University. Becca joined the Minnesota Daily in 2019 as an arts and entertainment reporter, where she wrote stories about everything from twerking fitness classes to poetry dispensing gum ball machines. After taking a brief stint to study abroad, she came back and became one of the few Daily reporters who has made the switch from A&E to hard news. A third-year student graduating in December 2020, Becca is originally from Eagan, Minnesota, and when she has free time enjoys watching indie movies and eating apples with loads of salted caramel.

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Unbound pages of the American Jewish World await scanning on Tuesday, March 16 at Elmer L. Andersen Library.

University of Minnesota archives the oldest Jewish newspaper in Minnesota

March 19, 2021
Through this effort, archivists hope to preserve a part of Jewish history.
Thousands of young yellow perch swim in a tank in the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center on the St. Paul campus on Monday, March 15. University of Minnesota researcher Dr. Amy Schrank is working on a market study to test the viability of fish farming for commercial purposes in Minnesota.

University researchers among first to explore aquaculture viability in Minnesota

March 18, 2021
With a need to move away from wild-caught fish, farming fish could be an alternative.
The new “Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice” exhibit at the Bell museum on Thursday, March 11. The exhibit opened on Friday, March 12.

Bell Museum opens new environmental justice exhibit

March 14, 2021
Climates of Inequality is a national collaboration designed to contextualize racial and environmental injustice in dozens of cities around the country, including Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Jewelean Jackson poses for a portrait for photos on the University of Minnesota's website. Jackson is pushing for community-oriented health care, which she said brings trust into the community served.

UMN medical professionals, students urge equity in vaccine distribution to address racial disparities

March 6, 2021
Hundred of medical professionals, students and community advocates signed a petition calling on government officials to emphasize equity in vaccine distribution.
Biologist Adriana Alvarez De la Hoz poses for a portrait in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Building on Monday, March 1. Alvarez De la Hoz conducted a literature review study on the uses of algae as an organic substitute for synthetic fertilizers.

University researchers explore potential of microalgae in agriculture

March 3, 2021
Microalgae can return nutrients to the soil and contribute to better plant growth.
Physicians Dr. Karim Sadak and Dr. Alex Boucher pose for a portrait outside of Masonic Children's Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Dr. Sadak and Dr. Boucher both treat patients with Sickle Cell Disease.

University research could be key to addressing sickle cell patients’ pain without opioids

February 25, 2021
Sickle cell disease remains understudied and predominantly impacts Black people and other people of color.

How do you like them apples? UMN scientists create a new apple breed

February 22, 2021
'Triumph' is sweet, tangy and crisp but will not hit the shelves for the next decade.
University researcher Ania McDonnell poses for a portrait outside of Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Wednesday, Feb. 18. McDonnell wrote her master's thesis about how women have different public transportation needs compared to men.

Not just ‘point A to point B’: U researchers talk transit equity

February 19, 2021
University of Minnesota researchers are emphasizing the importance of equity and gender in light of Transit Equity Day earlier this month.
Chemical engineering researcher Dr. Paul Dauenhauer poses for a portrait in front of a new chemical engineering and materials science display in Amundson Hall on Saturday, Feb. 13. Dauenhauer leads a lab that is developing biodegradable technologies to become an alternative to plastic and rubber.

The search for “perfect” recyclables: University researchers explore alternatives to plastics

February 17, 2021
In developing biodegradable alternatives, Dr. Paul Dauenhauer seeks to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
University researchers look into ways to help forests adapt to the climate crisis

University researchers look into ways to help forests adapt to the climate crisis

February 12, 2021
Droughts have made it more difficult for forests in recent years.
University researchers developing aphid-resistant soybeans

University researchers developing aphid-resistant soybeans

February 8, 2021
These new plants could make it easier for organic farmers to combat the harmful pests, and could also reduce pollution caused by insecticide use in Minnesota.
Eric North poses for a photo outside of Green Hall in St. Paul on Wednesday, Feb 3. North is a new professor who specializes in trees in urban environments across the U.S.

Forest Resources department welcomes new urban forestry professor

February 3, 2021
Eric North brings a personal, engaging approach to community forestry at the University of Minnesota.
Associate Professor Christine Salomon poses for a portrait in her lab in Nils Hasselmo Hall on Tuesday, Jan 26.

Subterranean fungi could be key to treating devastating bat disease

January 27, 2021
University of Minnesota researchers are exploring ways cave fungi could be used as a biological control agent.
A few pieces from the University of Minnesota’s Music Library are displayed in Wilson Library on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The collection ranges from classical sonata compositions to popular culture and local artists such as Prince.

University of Minnesota Music Library seeks to diversify its collection

January 23, 2021
A majority of materials in the collection are from European, white and male artists.
UMN Extension educator Natalie Hoidal poses with serrano and jalepeno peppers on the East Bank campus. Hoidal's research team tested the viability of growing chile peppers in Minnesota and Wisconsin in collaboration with local Latinx farmers through the Shared Ground Farmers' Cooperative.

UMN researchers partner with Latinx farmers to explore chile pepper viability in MN

January 20, 2021
Latinx farmers historically face numerous barriers to market access
Activist and Giniw Collective member Wabigonikwe Raven poses for a portrait in front of St. Anthony Falls on Saturday, Nov. 28. The Giniw Collective is an Indigenous women, 2-Spirit led group that is an active part of the StopLine3 movement.

‘There has to be a point when we say enough’: University students, faculty and alumni voice opposition to Line 3 pipeline

December 5, 2020
Following the tar sands oil pipeline approval on Nov. 30, advocates call for Gov. Walz to deny or delay construction.
Cataloging Minnesota's native bees

Cataloging Minnesota’s native bees

November 29, 2020
Through the University Insect Collection, the Department of Natural Resources seeks to track and analyze the impact of the climate crisis on bees native to the state.
An American elm tree stands tall on the St Paul Campus on Tuesday, Nov. 17th. Researchers are attempting to stop the spread of Dutch elm disease in Minnesota, where these trees are at risk of being cut down.

Developing Dutch elm disease-resistant trees

November 19, 2020
University researchers work to clone and propagate elm trees to combat the killer fungus.
Fruit fly specimens are prepared at the Gortner Laboratory on Tuesday, Nov. 17.  The flies' genes have been altered, resulting in a condition that causes defective offspring when the affected flies mate with unaltered members of the species, in an effort to reduce their population.

‘A plague to be reckoned with’: UMN research creates a buzz with invasive fruit fly research

November 18, 2020
In breeding genetically sterile males, researchers aim to develop a new genetic pesticide.
David Remucal shows some of the plant containers at the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center on Monday, Nov. 9.

Meet David Remucal, the University’s ‘plant rescuer’

November 11, 2020
A plant conservationist at the Minnesota Arboretum, Remucal works to save and store endangered plants.
The University of Minnesota's Native American Medicine Garden stands empty on Friday, Nov. 6.

UMN Forest Resources Department, others in STEM reckon with anti-racism letters from students

November 7, 2020
Despite department steps, students say there is still work to be done.
A photo of a commercial dairy farm, such as the one farmers may opt to use selective dry cow therapy at.

Got milk? University researchers roll out new dairy cow treatment to reduce farmers’ antibiotic use

November 2, 2020
Selective dry cow therapy will be rolled out by the Minnesota Dairy Herd Improvement Association on Nov. 1
Figure reprinted from Kate Brauman et al.,

University researchers map water scarcity related to meat and ethanol production

October 28, 2020
The national-scale study found that the amount of water it takes to produce and supply meat varies on location and the amount of water available locally.
Bang Brewing sits under a light dusting of snow on Sunday, Oct. 25. Boss Febbo and her husband Jay opened Bang Brewing to the public in 2013, operating out of a custom-built grain bin.

Going ‘against the grain’: UMN establishing tool to connect organic farmers to brewers

October 26, 2020
In a partnership with the local Bang Brewing, University students are developing a searchable map to connect breweries with the organic grains they need.
Delilah Robb, a community health educator for the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, poses for a portrait outside one of the organization's clinics. Robb's work provides a variety of educational experiences on the topic of sexual health for the American Indian community in the clinic's service area. As a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Robb has spent the entirety of her career working with the American Indian community and is currently a full-time first year student at the University's School of Public Health, studying Maternal and Child Health.

University grad student fosters conversation, education about sexual health in American Indian communities

October 22, 2020
Delilah Robb incorporates cultural traditions as part of an Indian Health Board campaign.
The Weisman Art Museum stands on Sunday, Sept. 20. The museum received objects from the Mimbres collection in 1992.

Weisman Art Museum faces criticism after delaying repatriation of Native American objects for 30 years

October 20, 2020
Graduate anthropology students are advocating for the Mimbres Collection’s return to affiliated tribes in New Mexico.
Emily June Zolfaghari poses for a portrait with information from a toolkit she created based on LGBTQ health on Wednesday, Oct. 14 in Minneapolis. Zolfaghari shared her toolkit with high school nurses to help inform them on LGBTQ health and won an award for her work.

Medical student creates toolkit for school nurses to better serve LGBTQ youth

October 19, 2020
Emily June Zolfaghari put together the kit to bridge the gaps in knowledge for middle and high school nurses around LGBTQ health.
Principal Investigator in the Department of Forest Resources Lee Frelich holds a jumping worm found in the soil near the St. Paul Student Center on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Getting their hands dirty: University of Minnesota digs into worm research

October 19, 2020
Jumping worms cause significant environmental harm and appear to be spreading throughout the state.
Bob Blake, the founder and CEO of Solar Bear Solar Panel Installation Services, poses for a portrait by his hybrid car parked at an electric vehicle charging station at the Como Lakeside Pavilion on Sunday, Oct. 11. He started Solar Bear in hopes of doing his part for the environment.

University grad student bridges Native American communities and solar energy

October 17, 2020
Bob Blake's solar installation company and nonprofit fosters self-reliance and energy sovereignty in Red Lake.
Research Assistant Professor Katherine Frels, who works in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, discusses the characteristics and uses of camelina at the University's St. Paul campus on Tuesday, Oct. 6.  The plant, useful in creating biofuels, food products, animal feed and more, is adapted to colder climates, making it a profitable choice for Minnesota growers seeking to make use of their fields throughout the winter months.

The winter camelina: University researchers developing new cash cover crop

October 7, 2020
Researchers say the new crop will be able to reduce runoff and be profitable for farmers.
A combine harvests crops in Madison Lake on Wednesday, Sep. 30. University researchers are conducting research on alternative methods for applying fertilizers to crops in response to new challenges presented by climate change.

Making the best of a crappy situation: New manure research looks to help farmers during climate crisis

October 1, 2020
With wetter growing seasons, manure sidedressing could help crops retain nutrients and reduce pollution.
University of Minnesota Researcher Cathleen Lapadat smells a piece of bark from a Red Oak within Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Bethel, Minn. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. If a Red Oak is infected by Oak Wilt, the inner layers of bark have a “sweet” smell due to the fungal mats.

UMN researchers say invasive fungus that threatens oak trees is spreading

September 27, 2020
New research into oak wilt allows for better detection and treatment.
Pharmacy student alumni launch state's first medical repository

Pharmacy student alumni launch state’s first medical repository

September 25, 2020
By redistributing unused medication, RoundtableRx addresses systematic waste in medicine.
Climate Science Professor and Extension Specialist Heidi Roop poses near a field of corn on the University's St. Paul campus on Tuesday, Sep. 15th. Roop’s work will focus on climate change and adaption with the goal of providing critical climate and meteorological information for decision making in agricultural production, forestry, and management of natural resources.

New University professor plans to bridge climate research and community outreach

September 18, 2020
CFANS professor Heidi Roop plans to develop a new extension program.
Roots Community Birth Center building in North Minneapolis as seen on Friday, Sept. 11. Roots is one of the few African American-owned birth centers across the country.

UMN study shows Black newborns die less often when cared for by Black physicians

September 12, 2020
Nationally, Black newborns die at a rate three times that of white newborns.
Rural areas have higher health premiums and fewer options, UMN research finds

Rural areas have higher health premiums and fewer options, UMN research finds

September 10, 2020
Researchers said COVID-19 has the potential to make disparities worse.
Benjamin Yawakie, president of the Humphrey Students of Color Association, sits in front of a photo of Orville and Jane Freeman in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Wednesday, July 22 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. The Freeman Commons, to Yawakie’s left, is one of the spaces on campus associated with the Freemans that the group wants to rename.

Students call out Humphrey School’s relationship with Freeman family, advocate for change

August 2, 2020

Over 400 students, staff, faculty and community members have signed a July 15 petition calling for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to “critically re-evaluate” their relationship with Hennepin...

Nautica Flowers, a current University student and activist fighting for racial equality within Eagan High School, posed for a portrait near Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, July 15. Students like Flowers are fighting for change within District 196 schools.

UMN students lead callouts against racism in Minnesota public schools

August 1, 2020

Nautica Flowers has had enough.  Since June 29, the third-year University of Minnesota student has been running an Instagram callout page for Eagan High School, collecting and sharing accounts of...

Although air quality in Minnesota is generally good and improving, an environmental economist at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency attributes 1,000–2,000 deaths a year to air pollution in the Twin Cities metro. 

100,000 annual deaths attributed to air pollution, UMN study finds

July 30, 2020

Shifting the focus away from fossil fuels, University of Minnesota researchers found that nearly half of the air pollution in the United States comes from sources like personal care products, road dust...

Brianna Engelson, a first-year psychiatry resident and recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, poses for a portrait on the UMN campus on Tuesday, July 21. Engelson has been conducting research on medical students’ perceptions of mental illness and therapy.

‘Gunner culture’: In a high-achieving field, medical students worry about seeking mental health help

July 25, 2020
Medical students are more likely to screen for depression than their nonmedical peers, but some are reluctant to get help for fear that it will impact their licensing. These UMN graduates are working to change the stigma.

U study shows racial disparities among older adults receiving long-term care

July 9, 2020

Ekta Prakash has been taking care of her mother for more than eight years.  As a caregiver, Prakash considers herself fortunate to be able to navigate adult care resources in Minnesota. Many cannot. The...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

U releases podcast spotlighting transgender activists

July 7, 2020

Gabriel Foster got into activism somewhat accidently. Growing up 20 miles away from Seattle in the '90s, Foster said he felt “a world away” from LGBTQ spaces and community. As a teenager, Foster would...

Agriculture communication major Elaine Dorn in the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 24. Dorn was planning to show her sheep at this year’s fair before it was canceled due to Covid-19. 

Apart for the Minnesota Get-Together

June 25, 2020

For the past four years, Kendra Waldenberger has stayed overnight in dorms for 13 days at the Minnesota State Fair. Involved in the 4-H program since first grade, the second-year animal science student...

Tamara Stark, the senior director of housing and youth development at Tubman, poses for a portrait at the Harriet Tubman Center East in Maplewood on Tuesday, June 9. Tubman provides shelter, legal services, mental and chemical health counseling, elder abuse resources, youth programming and education to the Twin Cities community.

Students facing abuse left more vulnerable during COVID-19

June 15, 2020

Tamara Stark is busier than ever.  As a senior director at Tubman —  Minnesota’s largest provider of domestic violence services — an already heavy workload has put Stark and her coworkers...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Joining more than 50 schools nationwide, medical students aim to integrate climate change and curricula

May 4, 2020

Since launching on Earth Day, a student-run organization called Medical Students for a Sustainable Future (MS4SF) has drawn in students from over 50 different medical schools around the country, including...

Student Worker Bailey Krolnika sorts through organics recycling from a University residence hall at Como recycling center on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Organics recycling rollout slowed since campus shutdown

April 30, 2020

With fewer people on the University of Minnesota campus due to the COVID-19 crisis, the University Sustainability Office’s goal of bringing organics recycling to every campus building has slowed considerably.  The...

Sydney Murray works to improve a community garden located in Van Cleve Park in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 26.

UMN Office of Sustainability releases tips on staying green while off campus

April 29, 2020

In celebration of Earth Day last week, the University of Minnesota Office of Sustainability released a series of educational material about ways students can become more eco-friendly and sustainable.  With...

Sarah Mai

Here’s what you need to know about returning spring textbooks and library rentals

April 27, 2020

With the brick-and-mortar University of Minnesota Bookstores and all campus libraries closed indefinitely, many students still have textbooks or equipment they rented in their possession. Whether it's...

A male red-tailed hawk is released by CNC volunteers Jeff Carlson and Stacy Carlson on Saturday, Sept. 22. The hawk had been seen hitting multiple windows in Minneapolis before being admitted to the University's Raptor Center.

Making education soar: Raptor Center incorporates birds into science curricula

April 20, 2020

A bald eagle stares out at a camera with vivid yellow eyes from his place on a technician’s table. Careful gloved hands hold the raptor in place while Juli Ponder, executive director of the University...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

University research targets social distancing compliance, mental health

April 14, 2020

A new University of Minnesota public health study launching this week will look at factors that influence social distancing compliance as well as how these measures affect mental health. Funded in part...