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Mechanical engineering sophomore Raymond Bouchart explains his project that mechanically tye dyes t-shirts to a group at the CSE Robot Show on Monday in Mcnamara Alumni Center.

Student engineers make robots, learn the industry

Published December 10, 2013

Mechanical engineering sophomore Joseph Nasvik created a “dish roulette” robot to randomly assign dishwashing tasks to his roommates. When turned on, the robot’s wheel spins and delegates...

Experts weigh risks of genetically altered bugs

Published December 4, 2013

Mosquito bites are a nuisance to humans, but the diseases transmitted through them can have serious consequences. Experts are brainstorming new ways to control insect populations — like genetic modification...

University physics professor Paul Crowell shows the high bay in the new physics and nanotechnology building, Wednesday. This area will be used to assemble large apparatuses.

Nanotechnology building complete

Published December 2, 2013

University of Minnesota researchers are beginning to move in to the newly finished Physics and Nanotechnology Building.  Faculty and staff are moving their offices and lab equipment into the new space,...

UMPD uses technology to secure U

Published November 25, 2013

As technology advances, the University of Minnesota is increasingly using it to curb crime on campus. In the last decade, the University has invested $16 million in campus security systems. In response...

U transplants first breathing lung in the Midwest

Published November 25, 2013

Pumping air and blood into lungs is a natural process for the human body, but a new device can keep lungs breathing during transplants. Last week, University of Minnesota assistant surgery professor Dr....

U study recreates evolution’s first steps

Published November 20, 2013

Uncovering past scientific processes without a time machine seems impossible, but a University of Minnesota study offers a glimpse into biological history by evolving single-celled organisms into multicellular...

Last University employees switch to Gmail

Published November 13, 2013

The University of Minnesota is almost done transferring its last employees from Gophermail to Gmail, a relief for many staff members. In 2011, the University adopted Gmail for employee and student use,...

Studying abroad can be difficult for CSE students

Published November 7, 2013

For Ahmed Zaher, studying abroad would delay his graduation a full year. The mechanical engineering junior said he needs to stay on track. “For my schedule, it’s difficult, because I have to...

Sophomore Lucienne Nagel takes a nap Thursday in the basement of Coffman Union.

Poor sleep habits wear students thin

Published November 5, 2013

Coursework is piling up, professors are prepping for final exams and student sleep schedules are suffering under the weight of academic pressures. Only about half of Minnesota college students said they...

University partnership tackles chronic pain, high blood pressure

Published November 4, 2013

  The University of Minnesota has renewed a license agreement with a Minnesota startup company, International Cardio Corporation to continue researching how ultrasound technology can be used to treat...

Students using laptops while studying next to a collection of offline resources on Sunday at Walter Library.

University Libraries adapt to changing research

Published October 31, 2013

Florescent lights cast a shadow upon rows of unused bookshelves in the Bio-Medical Library as students instead study their computer screens. Technology is transforming the University of Minnesota Libraries....

University research toughens up plastic

Published October 29, 2013

A high-pitched noise echoes through the hallway leading to a chemistry lab. Inside, a rapidly shaking machine disperses tiny pieces of metal into a clear liquid. Though imperceptible to the naked eye,...

Rotting wood on a window frame on the 4th floor of Tate Lab  Oct. 17, 2013. Three of the six projects being considered in the 2014 Capital Request involve science lab improvements.

Lab staff hope for updates

Published October 23, 2013

In the Tate Laboratory of Physics, students sit on the ground as they study and prepare for classes. Many ceiling tiles are broken and moldy, lighting fixtures are cracked and window frames are rotten. University...

After shutdown, research stalled

Published October 21, 2013

The government shutdown could have been detrimental to University of Minnesota researchers, but for now it’s only a speed bump. University departments survived the 16-day shutdown mostly unharmed,...

U researchers to monitor ecosystems from the sky

Published October 18, 2013

  University of Minnesota researchers are launching a study to see if they can measure ecosystems and species diversity from the sky. Ecology, evolution and behavior associate professor Jeannine Cavender-Bares...

University post-doctoral researcher Jeremy Yoder speaks about LGBTQ identity in STEM careers on Tuesday at Jackson Hall.

LGBT scientists find varying acceptance in academia, industry

Published October 17, 2013

In the sciences, personal lives are usually out of the equation, as most professions at the University of Minnesota and in industry focus on the quality of work and not the person behind it. While many...

More e-learning, but low interest

Published October 15, 2013

Students and faculty are divided about the value of e-learning, despite the University of Minnesota’s goal to expand learning opportunities by creating more fully and partially online courses. While...

University of Minnesota researchers discovered that leaf litter can be a source of pollution for urban lakes and rivers, and reducing leaf litter can improve water quality. University Landcare workers will begin removing leaves in the next few weeks.

Leaf pollution makes urban lakes reek

Published October 9, 2013

While falling leaves blanket the University of Minnesota campus with maroon and gold, they may also be polluting metro-area lakes and rivers. On rainy days, leaves wash into storm drains and their nutrients...

To ID galaxies, U asks public for help

Published October 7, 2013

Volunteers from all over the world identified the size, shape and type of more than 300,000 galaxies in 14 months — a project that would have taken an astronomer three years or more. University of...

Minneapolis resident Otis Chappell, catch and release fisherman, on Monday at Lake Calhoun.

U research predicts overfishing threats

Published October 3, 2013

University of Minnesota researchers have created a system that can predict if certain fish species will be endangered in the future, helping fishermen prevent overfishing. In a two-year study, researchers...

U researchers look at future of biofuels

Published September 30, 2013

After two years of analysis, University of Minnesota researchers have clarified how Minnesota might help the U.S. reach its energy goals. The Renewable Fuel Standard mandates that the country use 36 billion...

Associate Professor of Chemistry Lee Penn in her office, Tuesday morning. Peen works with former University student Eric Kehoe to develop a new technique of using cells phone to analyze solutions, rather than spectrometers.

U alum, prof use phones for chemistry

Published September 25, 2013

Students are using their cellphones to do classical chemistry experiments, a technique that could save high schools thousands of dollars. University of Minnesota alumnus Eric Kehoe and associate chemistry...

Junior marine biology minor Erika Senyk demonstrates how to filter water samples at the Ecology Building in St. Paul on Friday afternoon. The University started offering a marine biology minor because of strong student interest.

Students jump on new minor

Published September 23, 2013

This summer, University of Minnesota student Brittany Egeland cared for otters at the Minnesota Zoo and researched sharks in the Bahamas. Because the University doesn’t offer a marine biology major,...

Fotis Sotiropoulos, civil engineering professor and director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory,
examines models of the marine and hydrokinetic turbine outside the laboratory Monday with assistant civil engineering professor Michele Guala.

U researchers work on NY power

Published September 18, 2013

University of Minnesota researchers are working to capture renewable energy from New York City’s East River to power homes. For the next two years, the University’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory...

Associate Professor Dr. Gulin Oz and a fellow colleague set up the Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) scanner on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Center for Magnetic Research. The scanner has recently helped advance research done with people suffering from Parkinsons and Gauchers disease.

Researchers use old drug in a new way

Published September 16, 2013

University of Minnesota researchers have discovered they can use an old drug in a new way to possibly slow the progression of brain diseases. Degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Gaucher’s...

Researchers use new methods to make electronics faster and smaller

Published September 14, 2013

A recent study, published by an international group of researchers, showed a patterning technique on metals could improve electronics by making them faster, smaller and more energy efficient, according...

New hires bring new expertise to CBS

Published September 11, 2013

After two years of searching, the University of Minnesota has hired nine new faculty members to fill holes in expertise, three of whom arrived in August. The College of Biological Sciences used a new approach...

U develops research plan

Published September 9, 2013

Since the sweeping federal budget cuts known as the sequester started in March, University of Minnesota researchers have been plagued by financial insecurity. The Office of the Vice President for Research...

University researchers create heart valves from human cells

Published September 4, 2013

  Adults and children who need a replacement heart valve may have an alternative to current animal valve implants, since a University of Minnesota biomedical research team has successfully created...

A squirrel sits on a fence in Dinkytown on Monday. University research found that animals living in urban environments tend to have larger brains than those in rural settings.

Animal brains change with habitat

Published September 4, 2013

Raccoons will use sewer systems to travel rather than brave busy streets. Birds will alter their mating calls to deal with traffic noise. When humans build cities, they change landscapes, forcing animals...

Frogs inform hearing aid research

Published September 3, 2013

University of Minnesota researchers have found that the more successful a male is at multitasking, the more attractive he is to females — at least among frogs. Male gray tree frogs can vary how long,...

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