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Regent Abdul Omari listens in on the Board of Regents' special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

Reckoning with history: How the University’s efforts to rename buildings failed

May 6, 2019

 The University of Minnesota has not renamed a building on campus since its founding in 1851, a record kept after the Board of Regents meeting last month.  In spite of more than a year of student...

Regent Abdul Omari listens in on the Board of Regents' special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

Reckoning with history: How the University’s efforts to rename buildings failed

May 5, 2019

The University of Minnesota has not renamed a building on campus since its founding in 1851, a record kept after the Board of Regents meeting last month.  In spite of more than a year of student advocacy,...

The University's Student Rating of Teaching form, which students complete to evaluate their instructors at the end of each semester.

Women faculty warn of bias in student evaluations

April 29, 2019

When students fill out the end-of-semester Student Rating of Teaching form, it usually signals their stress is almost over. But for the instructors, it can be just the beginning. Some instructors have...

Professor John Wright faces the Board of Regents after receiving support from the crowd during the special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

Regents vote against renaming Coffman

April 26, 2019

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents voted against renaming four campus buildings despite protesters commandeering a special meeting Friday afternoon to decry the resolution.  Regents voted...

The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

Regents will vote on resolution to keep building names

April 26, 2019

The Board of Regents will vote Friday on a resolution to decline President Eric Kaler's preliminary recommendations to rename Coffman Union, Nicholson Hall, Middlebrook Hall and Coffey Hall. The board...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

On renaming, regents pursue own historical research

April 24, 2019

The debate over building names at the University of Minnesota hinges on different approaches to interpreting the same historical archive. After a University task force recommended renaming four buildings...

Robert Blanchette, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, poses for a portrait on Wednesday, April 17 in his office in Stakman Hall on the St. Paul campus. Blanchette studies forest pathology and wood microbiology, which sparked an interest in mycology. His office is filled with a collection of preserved fungi.

‘Indiana Jones’ of fungi helps save Egyptian artifacts

April 22, 2019

Two hundred miles south of Cairo, in an old part of Egypt west of the river Nile, there is life in the city of the dead. Wood-decaying fungi have been feasting in the tombs of Abydos for millennia, leaving...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Solutions sought for crowded Disability Resource Center

April 18, 2019

It has become increasingly common for staff at the Disability Resource Center to find a sign on a colleague’s door warning them someone is taking a test inside. The Senate Committee on Student Affairs...

A view from the top floor of Pioneer Hall during renovation on Thursday, June 14.

The fifth name: History hangs on Pioneer Hall

April 11, 2019

Next fall, the newly renovated residence hall will welcome students to live in a new multicultural living-learning community in a building that once contributed to segregation on the University of Minnesota...

UMN researchers find racial disparities in who produces air pollution and who breathes it

April 8, 2019

Driving north on Interstate 94 out of Minneapolis, to the right is an industrial corridor where air quality is traded for roof shingles and concrete. To the left are predominantly black neighborhoods with...

The University of Minnesota's Technology Commercialization hosts an open hour for Discovery Launchpad which is the new incubator to help researchers launch companies based off innovation on Tuesday, March 12 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Research takes off at the University’s new startup incubator

April 3, 2019

Starting a business is a daunting task: The time commitment and risk of failure can keep researchers from bringing their inventions to market. But a new University of Minnesota program offers help. The...

UMN-Crookston adopts test-optional admissions model

March 29, 2019

After getting her ACT score back, Bethany Novak said she remembers going home and crying, "I’m not getting in anywhere." Her graduating class in Dahlen, North Dakota was four. “With small schools,...

The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

Regents’ reaction to renaming violated its own principles, committees say

March 27, 2019

Two University Senate committees say some University of Minnesota regents violated their guiding principles when criticizing the task force that wrote a report recommending renaming four University buildings. The...

Robin Schow helps Brian Barnett to prepare soup at an employee wellness program on Monday, Feb. 25 at McNeal Hall in St. Paul.

Ensuring wellbeing: UMN program lowers costs for healthy choices

March 14, 2019

The smell of freshly cut garlic fills the busy lab as it wafts into the halls of McNeal Hall. Chicken broth churns in shining steel pots. Every once in a while, there’s the plop of a potato tossed into...

Sophia DeGarmo plays with her dog, Riley, in her apartment on Friday, March 8. Riley is a registered emotional support animal who helps DeGarmo manage her mental health.

Proposed policy prohibits pets in buildings

March 11, 2019

Only designated animals would be allowed in University of Minnesota buildings, according to a proposed administrative policy. A work group led by University Services is drafting a policy that would prohibit...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

‘This is not just for tree huggers’: Faculty bring climate change to med school

March 7, 2019

When disease ecology professor Meggan Craft asked 15 fourth-year veterinary medicine students how they thought climate change will factor into their future profession — the responses were what she anticipated. There...

The feet washing station in Coffman Memorial Union on Feb. 19. The University opened the stations to better meet the needs of Muslim students who need to wash their feet several times each day and keep them from washing in the sinks of restrooms.

New campus wash stations struggle to get student approval

March 4, 2019

The recently installed wash station in Coffman Union is just down the hall from the Muslim Students Association. In it, a grimy basin waits in the corner behind an non-locking door, and water drips from...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

University ends relationship with Chinese telecom giant

February 28, 2019

The University of Minnesota has suspended its relationship with the world’s largest telecommunications equipment company. In a memorandum sent to University deans on Feb. 14, Vice President for Research...

Delaying fellowship didn’t breach academic freedom, committee says

February 25, 2019

A University Senate committee has determined the University of Minnesota’s decision to delay a controversial reproductive health fellowship did not violate academic freedom. The committee also criticized...

Passersby walk next to Coffman Union on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. 

Task force to Kaler: rename four buildings

February 21, 2019

A University of Minnesota task force issued recommendations that, if accepted, would be unprecedented in higher education — renaming four buildings tied to administrators who exhibited racist and anti-Semitic...

Passersby walk next to Coffman Union on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. 

Report recommends renaming four buildings

February 20, 2019

A task force charged with reviewing the names of four University of Minnesota buildings has recommended to strip the buildings of their names. In a thrice-delayed report, the Task Force on Building Names...

Second shutdown averted, but first lingers

February 18, 2019

The nation avoided another government shutdown Friday, but University of Minnesota researchers are still feeling the effects of the last one. When President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan budget deal...

University expands travel abroad tracking

February 13, 2019

The University of Minnesota sends approximately 6,000 students abroad each year, and it wants to have a better idea of where they are. A proposed change to the University’s student travel policy would...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Hear to stay: UMN faculty take to podcasting

February 11, 2019

There was a moment in recording the Department of Surgery’s podcast when tears filled producer Amanda Brower’s eyes. Dr. Raja Kandaswamy was describing performing a pancreas transplant on a 12-year-old...

Meg Thompson puts together a breast pump in a lactation room on Friday, Feb. 1 in Alderman Hall in St. Paul. Thompson utilizes this lactation room multiple times a week.

A place to pump: U group advocates for lactation support

February 6, 2019

Take a right off University onto Pleasant Street, and you enter a part of campus moms call a “lactation desert.” There was no plan to accommodate nursing mothers when those buildings were constructed....

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Punishments scrapped from pronoun policy

February 4, 2019

The latest version of a proposed University of Minnesota policy on gender identity attempts to reconcile free speech concerns with safeguarding gender expression. Last week, the Office of Equal Opportunity...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

With higher ed costs rising, libraries offer free textbooks

January 31, 2019

For Rebecca Swenson, an assistant professor of agricultural communication and marketing, the cost of her course’s textbook wasn’t adding up. She used a standard business communications textbook, but...

Graduate student Kat Sweeney works in her makeshift lab on Friday, Jan. 25 at Christensen Laboratory in St. Paul. The federal government shutdown has forced Sweeney to temporarily move her lab.

With end of shutdown, grad students breathe sigh of relief

January 28, 2019

Sean O’Mara walks the St. Paul campus to get a break from writing his dissertation. The campus is beautiful, he said, but he can’t escape the guilt of not being in the lab. “A month or two ago, I...

Professor Tane Danger poses for a portrait before the start of his new class, Improvisation for Design, on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The class will explore how improvisation can better students' creativity, communication and collaboration.

The Danger zone: new UMN class hopes to spark creativity with improv

January 23, 2019

Design students are often put into the unenviable position of being asked, “Hey, I need you to be creative right now.” Tane Danger, a University of Minnesota alumni and local improv comedian, promises...

The Northern Research Station is seen on Saturday, Jan. 19, in Saint Paul. The building, administrated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been empty since the government shutdown in December. Researchers with offices in the building have moved to makeshift workspaces on campus to conduct their work.

Shutdown stirs uncertainty for UMN researchers

January 21, 2019

As the University of Minnesota spends $500,000 a day for research projects typically funded by the federal government, a continued federal government shutdown sows uncertainty for the future of landmark...