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Suicide rates in Minnesota have increased in recent years, according to UMN report

November 12, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers released a report last month showing an increased rate of suicide in Minnesota and around the country. Using their findings, researchers hope to increase awareness on...

Sarah Mai

New group created for faculty, staff and graduate students veterans

October 31, 2019

The first veteran and military group for staff, faculty and graduate students launched at the University of Minnesota this month, providing members with resources, networking opportunities and a space...

Wearing masks in solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong, a group of demonstrators crosses the Washington Avenue bridge on Friday, Oct. 18. Marchers traversed campus in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of the people of Hong Kong.

Students show up to rally for Hong Kong, counter-protest

October 20, 2019

A march at the University of Minnesota advocating for liberty and democracy in Hong Kong drew around 100 supporters and protesters in front of Coffman Union on Friday.   The march started around 3:10...

Windows outside the Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building Building as seen on Thursday, Oct 8.

Some University members concerned about birds dying after flying into windows

October 13, 2019

Birds flying into windows and dying is something that occurs almost daily in the summer and fall months, according to Bridget Nieto, an employee at the University of Minnesota’s Cancer and Cardiovascular...

Alisa Eland, associate director for counseling and advising at International Student and Scholar Services, poses for a portrait in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Monday, Sept. 30.

‘Let’s Talk’ counseling program expands, increasing accessibility to international, domestic students

October 3, 2019

In an effort to be more inclusive, an informal counseling service at the University of Minnesota extended its space to the International Student and Scholar Services this fall semester. The Let’s Talk...

Sarah Mai

UMN researchers study loophole in firearms sales

September 26, 2019

Recent incidents of gun violence have prompted researchers from the University of Minnesota and other schools to look into a common loophole in some firearms sales.  A new study found that only nine...

Morgan La Casse

Over 7,000 miles away, UMN international students feel effects of Hong Kong protests

September 19, 2019

University of Minnesota student Stanley Chow participated in a protest toward the end of the summer in his hometown ⁠— Hong Kong. "Everyone was wearing a black shirt, black pants to show the unity...

Sarah Mai

UMN researcher finds doctors are more likely to prescribe opioids later in the day

September 12, 2019

Primary care physicians are more likely to prescribe opioids later in the day and when they're running behind schedule, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and...

Corbett Laubignat, left, Chris Luhmann and Barb Podesta at a Disabled Employees at the U meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The group aims to build an inclusive and accessible community led by and for disabled University employees. 

UMN creates group for disabled employees

September 5, 2019

The University of Minnesota launched a new group for employees on campus this summer with the aim to build an inclusive community led by and for University employees with disabilities.  The group,...

Kate Adamala, assistant professor in the department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development holds up a vial of fluorescent synthetic liposomes, a membrane made from purified lipids, in the Molecular and Cellular Biology building on East Bank on Thursday, July 25. These synthetic membranes mimic the properties of natural cell membranes.

UMN-based collaborative network for synthetic cell research receives grant

July 30, 2019

An international research coordination network involving University of Minnesota researchers received a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant last month to study synthetic cells. The NSF grant...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

‘Organic,’ ‘Natural’ cigarettes are similar to, if not worse than, other brands, UMN study finds

July 26, 2019

A recent study conducted by a University of Minnesota-based research collaboration aimed to help correct the misconception that certain cigarettes are somehow healthier than other brands. The research...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Research roundup: Food insecurity and chirping crickets

July 24, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers released several studies last month focusing on topics like sustainable diets, child food insecurity and male crickets in Hawaii. Many young adults value sustainably-produced...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

UMN researcher helps evaluate effect of ‘spin’ in health news

July 12, 2019

In a study published last month, a University of Minnesota researcher helped evaluate the impact of "spin" in health news stories.  Researchers of the recently-published study defined spin as the...

A green alleyway in Minneapolis.

U research aims to find health benefits of Twin Cities’ green alleyways

July 10, 2019

A University of Minnesota graduate student is working with a local non-profit organization to explore health impacts of urban green spaces.  Ella Weber, a student in the University’s Natural Resources...

F.R.E.E information table at University of Minnesota welcome week, 1970.
Paul H. Hagen 

New UMN exhibit explores history of LGBTQ student activism

June 26, 2019

A new exhibit opened last week at the University of Minnesota highlighting the school’s first LGBTQ student organization.  The exhibit, FREE: Remembering the History of Early LGBTQ Organizing in...

A police car patrols University Avenue near TCF Bank Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Assault, robbery reported near West Bank light rail station

June 20, 2019

A robbery occurred near the West Bank light rail station at around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a campus-wide email sent Thursday afternoon. A victim was assaulted and robbed by three suspects,...

New UMN program to build leaders for global food system

New UMN program to build leaders for global food system

June 19, 2019

Three University of Minnesota colleges have developed a new program to help develop professionals who can effectively navigate the complex global food system. The Integrated Food Systems Leadership program...

Research identifies ways rare species can help humans

June 14, 2019

Although often overlooked, rare species play a more unique role in ecosystems than previously assumed. In a paper published last month, researchers proposed a guideline for better understanding how rare...

CLA works to improve mental health

May 6, 2019

With finals looming, the University of Minnesota undergraduate student government hopes to address student mental health with professor engagement. The College of Liberal Arts Student Board held an event...

UMN researchers examine rural health disparities

May 2, 2019

Two University of Minnesota teams are investigating racial health disparities among rural populations. The University's Rural Health Research Center and the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team on the...

New UMN center opened to help neglected children

April 30, 2019

A new center at the University of Minnesota is dedicated to providing care to neglected and abused children. The Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children opened a new dedicated space to care...

Listening sessions aspire to improve international student advising experience

April 25, 2019

A Minnesota Student Association task force organized listening sessions alongside University of Minnesota administrators in hopes of improving students’ experiences with their advisers. MSA’s Non-Citizen...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

UMN student organizations bridge the gap between their communities and cultures

April 22, 2019

Two University of Minnesota student groups held a discussion last week in hopes of bridging the gap between their cultures and seeking solidarity. The Asian-American Student Union and the Black Student...

New methods will simplify biological data analysis

April 17, 2019

A recently awarded federal grant will help University of Minnesota researchers combine separate data and improve research across different fields of biological science.  School of Public Health researchers...

University offers printable absence notes

April 9, 2019

Starting this semester, students have the option of printing their own notes for class absences from Boynton Health. The Office of Undergraduate Education and the Office for Student Affairs at the University...

UMN researchers will explore the brain science of deafness

April 4, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers and their international team will lead a project to improve implants for people who are deaf or severely hard-of-hearing.  The team recently received a $9.7 million...

University of Minnesota graduate Hojae Kim poses for a portrait on Thursday, March 28 in Bruininks Hall. Kim is the intern program coordinator for the Korean Military Leave Support Program on campus and took time off from school between 2014 and 2016 to serve in the Korean military.

UMN addresses hardships facing students serving mandatory military time

April 1, 2019

Hojae Kim started his South Korean military service in September 2014 after finishing his third year as a University of Minnesota student. Kim said he cried in front of his family before he left for training...

Student group works to combat myths in sexual education

March 27, 2019

Minnesota is one of 37 states that does not require sexual education to be medically accurate. In fact, there is no current state standard for sexual education. Sexual Health Awareness and Disease Education,...

Protesters at St. Paul College wait for the Women's March to begin in St. Paul on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

Trump’s Title X changes would alter grant funding

March 14, 2019

The Trump Administration’s proposed changes to Title X would prohibit grant recipients from performing, promoting, referring for or supporting abortions as a method of family planning, prompting a variety...

Groups offer sexual violence workshops for international students

March 13, 2019

A series of student-led workshops this month represents growing efforts to educate international students about sexual violence. The Council of International Graduate Students is organizing the Sexual...

UMN alumna and Olympic cyclist dies at 23

March 11, 2019

Olympic silver medallist and University of Minnesota alumna Kelly Catlin died Friday at age 23.  Catlin was found dead in her home in California, according to a letter sent to VeloNews by her father....

Boynton group works to bring sexual education to international students

March 4, 2019

A student-led University of Minnesota group aims to expand culturally inclusive sexual education among international students. Boynton Health has expanded sex education for international students through...

UMN researchers provide novel insight toward treating muscular dystrophy

March 4, 2019

A recent University of Minnesota Medical School study found new discoveries in regenerative muscle cells that could be useful for future treatments of muscular dystrophy. The study, released in mid-February,...

Boynton Health as seen on Friday, Feb. 23. Visits to the mental health clinic are up 18 percent compared to fall semester.

Boynton Health requests additional student services fees for next fiscal year

February 21, 2019

Boynton Health requested additional student services fees this year, maintaining zero out-of-pocket undergraduate student costs and continuing a pattern of increased funding requests over previous years. Boynton...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Care after prison: UMN, Hennepin County studying opioid addiction resources

February 18, 2019

Researchers from the University of Minnesota and Hennepin County hope to use a recent study regarding opioid-related deaths after incarceration to address the opioid epidemic. About one-third of opioid-related...

New UMN treatment restores movement in patients with spinal cord injury

February 11, 2019

Using electric stimulation, a new treatment led by University of Minnesota researchers shows promise for spinal injury patients. In initial trials, spinal cord stimulation proved to be an effective method...

Boynton avoids waitlist for mental health despite increasing demand

January 31, 2019

Although demand for its services continue to rise, the Boynton Mental Health clinic has been able to keep the number of students on its waitlist at zero.  Consistent staff increases and the introduction...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

UMN Medical School taking steps for student mental health

January 28, 2019

The University of Minnesota Medical School is making a number of structural changes to support the mental health of its students. The Medical School has already implemented some changes to its academic...

UMN students look to educate about antibiotic resistance in UTIs

January 26, 2019

After contracting a urinary tract infection in the first week of fall semester, senior Ericka Copeland was prescribed antibiotics to fight it.  “It infected my kidneys,” said Copeland, a University...