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The Board of Regents meet about the East Gateway Project Resolution, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

Rachel Croson’s involvement in employee conduct case at MSU prompts discussion

Published March 11, 2020

At least three people involved in the hiring process for incoming University of Minnesota Provost Rachel Croson have expressed concern about her involvement with an ongoing employee conduct investigation...

Minneapolis City Council approved a bid to improve Fire Station 7 at their Friday meeting. Fire Station 7, located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, was built in 1962 and hasnt been improved in 20 years.

Fire reported at TCF Bank Stadium

Published September 15, 2019

A fire occurred on the roof of TCF Bank Stadium Saturday evening, according to officials. A call was made to the Minneapolis Fire Department at about 6 p.m., Acting Chief 5 Matt Keith from the Minneapolis...

Fans watch B.o.B. perform during the homecoming concert on Oct. 12, 2012 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Megan Thee Stallion to headline UMN homecoming concert

Published September 6, 2019

In a Student Unions and Activities tweet sent out Friday, rapper Megan Thee Stallion was announced as the 2019 University of Minnesota homecoming concert's headliner. Megan Thee Stallion will perform at...

How to stay warm this winter

Published August 27, 2019

Minnesota winters are tough. We not only encountered a polar vortex last year, but freezing temperatures and snow can last from the fall through the spring. If you are not familiar with Minnesota winters,...

A roundup of UMN’s administration news

Published August 22, 2019

With a new president and four new regents on the board, the University of Minnesota’s campus administration has had a busy summer; more developments are sure to come this school year. Here is what you...

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To infinity and beyond: UMN to help NASA prepare for next moon landing

Published July 31, 2019

The University of Minnesota is taking part in a NASA-funded project to prepare for the next moon landing in 2024.  The project will place the first radio telescope on the moon, which will allow researchers...

Dr. Mark Rosenberg poses for a portrait on Monday, July 22 in his office in the Mayo Building where he conducts research on Kidney and Chronic Kidney Disease. 

UMN kidney research propelled by Trump’s executive order

Published July 24, 2019

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to advance kidney health in America — endorsing work being carried out at the University of Minnesota.  The University is known...

Chen-Fu Liao, a researcher at the Center for Transportation Studies, poses for a portrait in the Mechanical Engineering building on Wednesday, July 17.

UMN researcher works to make city streets safer for the visually impaired

Published July 18, 2019

A University of Minnesota researcher is trying to make streets safer for the visually impaired. Chen-Fu Liao, a researcher at the Center for Transportation Studies, is working to create an app that uses...

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Upcoming Supreme Court decision creates more uncertainty for DACA students

Published July 17, 2019

With the Supreme Court’s announcement late last month to review the decision to terminate DACA, recipients remain in limbo as they await the program's fate.  In light of this decision, the general...

Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, which will have a new interior design program due to a collaboration with University of Minnesota professors.

UMN helps create first interior design program at a Nigerian University

Published July 10, 2019

Nigeria will soon have it’s first interior design program, due to a partnership between the University of Minnesota and a Nigerian university. The University has partnered with Obafemi Awolowo University...

With grant funding from Native American tribe, UMN to advance diabetes research

With grant funding from Native American tribe, UMN to advance diabetes research

Published July 3, 2019

The University of Minnesota recently received a grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to aid the school’s diabetes research. The tribe gave $100,000 to a diabetes researcher at the University...

Meet Joan Gabel, the new University of Minnesota president

Meet Joan Gabel, the new University of Minnesota president

Published July 3, 2019

Joan Gabel has her snow boots lined up in her closet, ready to take on her first Minnesota winter. She's also ready to take over as University of Minnesota president. Gabel officially stepped into her...

The Universitys Board of Regents meets on Friday, June 14, 2019 at McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. The meeting covered topics including policy revisions, Board of Regents operations, and University tuition. Four new regents were also sworn in at the meeting.

Most graduate and professional student programs to see 3 percent tuition hike

Published June 20, 2019

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a 3 percent tuition increase for most graduate and professional student programs Wednesday. The increase was part of President Eric Kaler’s 2019-20...

Austin Kraft and Catalina Castro pose for portraits on Friday, June 14.

New student representatives to the Board of Regents look to next year

Published June 19, 2019

New student representatives to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will begin their terms this fall. Student representatives to the board are responsible for attending regent meetings, where...

Regent Kendall Powell speaks during the Universitys Board of Regents meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

UMN Board of Regents approves new leadership

Published June 14, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents selected new leadership Friday. Regent Ken Powell will be chair of the University’s governing board and Regent Steve Sviggum will be vice chair for the...

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Professor’s ‘grave misconduct’ in UMN lab leads to discipline

Published February 11, 2019

A tenured neuroscience professor at the University of Minnesota faces disciplinary action for mistreatment of researchers after the University found "grave misconduct" in his lab. The University’s Medical...

Chinese billionaire accused of sexually assaulting UMN student will not be charged

Published December 21, 2018

Richard Liu, a Chinese billionaire accused of sexually assaulting a University of Minnesota student in August, will not face charges.  The office of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman released...

A provost at the University of South Carolina, Joan Gabel is the sole finalist in the presidential search at the University of Minnesota.

University of Minnesota announces lone presidential finalist

Published December 6, 2018

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents voted Joan Gabel as the sole finalist for the next University president.  Gabel is the current executive vice president for academic affairs and provost...

The Universitys Board of Regents convene on Friday, Sep. 14, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Breaking down the 67 UMN presidential candidates’ resumes

Published December 1, 2018

A vast majority of candidates considered for the University of Minnesota presidential position listed higher education experiences, according to recently obtained candidate information. The Minnesota Daily...

Emergency vehicles at the commercial buildings located at 501 29th Ave SE on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Structural fire reported in Prospect Park

Published October 25, 2018

Minneapolis Fire Department responded to a structural fire Wednesday night around 8:10 p.m. at 501 29th Ave. SE. MFD reported on Twitter at 8:26 p.m. that the fire, which was at a commercial building,...

The Universitys Board of Regents convene on Friday, Sep. 14, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

UMN Board of Regents hires new firm for presidential search

Published October 3, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents decided to discontinue its partnership with the search firm Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates for its role in the search to find the next University president,...

Report details sexual assault allegation against Chinese billionaire Richard Liu

Published September 24, 2018

Chinese e-commerce billionaire Richard Liu, who was arrested in Minneapolis late last month for a rape allegation, is said to have forced himself upon a 21-year-old female Chinese student attending the...

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents hears a presentation from University of Minnesota-Crookston Chancellor Mary Holz-Klause at McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.

Independent search firm shares timeline for UMN presidential search

Published August 9, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents held a special meeting Thursday to discuss the search for the next University president. Last month, University President Eric Kaler announced he will step...

University President Eric Kaler calls on an audience member at the Carlson School of Managements monthly 1st Tuesday speaker series on Tuesday, May 1 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Kaler on track to meet goal of reducing administration costs

Published July 23, 2018

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has one more year to meet his goal of cutting administrative spending by millions.  Kaler will step down as president in July 2019, a decision he announced...

Students call for input in upcoming presidential search

Published July 23, 2018

After University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s announced his decision to resign next year, student leaders want to be involved in the search for the next president.  Kaler announced earlier...

President Eric Kaler delivers his State of the University address at Coffman Union Theater on Thursday, March 7, 2016.

Search for new UMN president begins

Published July 18, 2018

The search for the next University of Minnesota president is underway.  University President Eric Kaler announced last week that he would resign next summer, a year before his eight-year contract...

The Board of Regents listen to Medical School Dean Jakub Tolar present during a regents meeting on Friday, May 11, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

University systemwide strategic plan nears completion

Published July 18, 2018

University of Minnesota administrators are working to finalize the school's first system-wide strategic plan, a multi-year process that is nearing completion after the final presentation was made to the...

A mudslide closed West River Parkway on the University of Minnesotas West Bank campus around 10 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2018.

[Photo] Mudslide closes road on UMN West Bank

Published July 13, 2018

A mudslide closed West River Parkway on the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus around 10 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2018.

A mudslide closed West River Parkway on the University of Minnesotas West Bank campus around 10 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2018.

Mudslide closes road on UMN West Bank

Published July 13, 2018

Heavy rainfall caused a mudslide Thursday night along West River Parkway near the University of Minnesota’s West Bank campus. The stretch of West River Parkway was closed from late Thursday night to...

Regent Steve Sviggum asks Provost Karen Hanson a question at the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, June 8, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

UMN Board of Regents approve new health sciences position

Published July 12, 2018

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents discussed a systemwide strategic plan, approved a new position to continue restructuring the academic health sciences network and reviewed an annual report...

University President Eric Kaler answers questions for the Minnesota Daily on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at his office at Morrill Hall.

Kaler discusses tuition and campus safety

Published July 11, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University president Eric Kaler earlier this week to talk about tuition, increases in enrollment and security on campus, among other topics.  The University of Minnesota...

UMN looking to keep students in Minnesota for college

Published July 6, 2018

The University of Minnesota is considering how to fight an enrollment trend and bolster admissions to its system campuses. At the June Board of Regents Meeting, the University's Systemwide Enrollment Planning...

Float riders participate in chants at the Free Our Future march on Saturday, June 30 in downtown Minneapolis.

Thousands protest family separation in downtown Minneapolis

Published June 30, 2018

Thousands gathered in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon to protest a Trump administration policy that separated families at the southern U.S. border who had entered the country illegally. The...

A patient undergoes an MRI of their brain, which stands for magnetic resonance imaging, at the University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center on Monday, June 25 in Minneapolis. High demand for MRIs from patients prompted the center to buy a third scanner, which is expected to begin running in December 2018.

New MRI machine to cut wait time at University

Published June 26, 2018

The Clinics and Surgery Center at the University of Minnesota will receive a third magnetic resonance imaging machine to meet high demands and alleviate wait times. The Board of Regents approved the additional...

UMN Board of Regents sign letter of intent to renew partnership with Fairview

Published June 22, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents approved a letter of intent on Monday to renew a relationship between the University, University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health Services this...

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is interviewed by the Minnesota Daily in his office on Friday, Dec. 1 at Morrill Hall.

Kaler talks tuition and the delay of controversial fellowship

Published June 21, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler to discuss tuition increases, the delay of a controversial fellowship and an increase in police presence around campus. Do...

A view from the third floor of Pioneer Hall looking through a bay window during the dormitorys renovation on Thursday, June 14.

Pioneer Hall renovations on target for halfway point

Published June 20, 2018

University of Minnesota students said they will remember Pioneer Hall's quirks. It had a tub, rooms that were only accessible by multiple staircases and misshapen dorm rooms. Some students saw bats, cockroaches...

University President Eric Kaler calls on an audience member at the Carlson School of Managements monthly 1st Tuesday speaker series on Tuesday, May 1 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Regents approve tuition increase as part of Kaler’s annual budget

Published June 14, 2018

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a resident tuition increase as part of University President Eric Kaler's fiscal year 2019 operational budget, despite objections from several regents. At...

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New federal limits on visas for Chinese international students

Published June 13, 2018

A new federal policy will reduce visa lengths for some Chinese international graduate students studying in STEM fields, and many at the University of Minnesota say it will have a negative impact on graduate...

Regent Steve Sviggum asks Provost Karen Hanson a question at the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, June 8, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Regents approve President Kaler’s proposed budget

Published June 9, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents passed the fiscal year 2019 budget, discussed ways to increase enrollment and reviewed a drafted plan for a system-wide task force at their June meeting....

Chief Executive Officer Atum Azzahir poses for a portrait inside the Cultural Wellness Center in South Minneapolis on Friday, June 1. The Humphrey School and the Culture Wellness Center formed a partnership through Change Network Minnesota, which aims to make people more culturally aware.

Humphrey School program aims to raise cultural awareness in the workplace

Published June 5, 2018

A program created by the University of Minnesota and partners is working to help leaders develop cultural awareness within their industries. The Change Network Minnesota leadership program was designed...

Newly elected member of the Board of Regents Randy Simonson listens to Medical School Dean Jakub Tolar present during a regents meeting on Friday, May 11, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center. It was Simonsons first meeting.

New UMN Regent to focus on in-state tuition, medical school

Published June 1, 2018

Elected to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents in May, Randy Simonson hopes his science background helps him focus on certain areas of the University, including the medical school and agriculture...

New scholarship hopes to attract international students

Published May 31, 2018

The University of Minnesota is offering two new scholarships in fall 2019 to attract first-year international students.  The University is one of nine colleges around the country that have agreed...

Newly elected to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, Randy Simonson attends his first meeting on Friday, May 11 at McNamara Alumni Center. 

UMN Regents review tuition increase proposal

Published May 13, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents discussed new mental health training programs, the fiscal year 2019 budget proposal and a system-wide strategic plan, among other things at its May meetings...

UMN community partnership program to work with two counties

Published May 2, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project will partner with Ramsey County and Scott County next year, which will mark the first time the project has selected two partners in its six-year...

UMN farm to build community gathering space

Published April 30, 2018

The organic farm on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus is raising money to create an outdoor gathering space and expand its crop plantings this spring and summer. Members of Cornercopia —...

UMN College of Biological Sciences to offer new major this fall

Published April 25, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences will offer a new major for students this fall, adding new classes and faculty to the college. The new major, Cellular and Organismal Physiology,...

Urban Growler Brewing Company

UMN partnership looks to beer and nuts to preserve the rainforest

Published April 19, 2018

After nearly 20 years of researching the Ramón nut, Dave Wilsey and Dean Current had an idea: use the protein-rich Central American seed to brew beer. He contacted Urban Growler Brewing Co. in St. Paul...

Members of the Crosslake community and the National Loon Foundation look at plans of the proposed National Loon Center at a community meeting led by the Universitys Center for Sustainable Building Research.

UMN hoping for national loon center in northern Minnesota

Published April 18, 2018

The University of Minnesota and the National Loon Center Foundation are working to build a center for loon education and conservation near Brainerd. The first-ever National Loon Center is expected to be...

Minnesota farm income drops for fifth straight year

Published April 11, 2018

In line with national trends, farmers’ incomes in Minnesota dropped for the fifth straight year in 2017, according to recently released data from the University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota State. The...

Researcher Dongjie Chen begins the Intense Pulsed Light process which removes bacteria from powdered foods in the Food Science and Nutrition building on Tuesday, April 3.

University researchers develop bacteria-killing light

Published April 5, 2018

University of Minnesota researchers are using intense pulsed light to kill bacteria in powdered foods and prevent the potentially deadly risks of consuming them. The federally-funded project has created...

UMN program hopes grant will support diverse students, communities

Published April 4, 2018

A University of Minnesota graduate program that aims to promote diversity in careers like historic preservation will use a $350,000 grant to support its students with paid internships and scholarships. The...

UMN study reveals maternity care risks in rural America

Published March 26, 2018

Declining access to maternity care in rural areas has led to worse health outcomes for babies nationwide, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota. The study is the first to confirm that...

UMN drone tech may prevent nitrogen contamination

Published March 22, 2018

A new technology from the University of Minnesota could help both farmers and the environment by making fertilizer application more efficient. The University recently agreed to license their drone technology...

A potato research field plot in Bandung, Indonesia.

Researchers turning to GMOs to solve food insecurity

Published March 21, 2018

Researchers from the U.S., Indonesia and Bangladesh are embracing genetic engineering in hopes of increasing food security.   The team is creating a genetically-engineered potato to fight the late...

Precipitation changes threaten grazing lands, UMN study says

Published March 5, 2018

Grazing lands for livestock are experiencing increased climate variability, according to new research on 113 years of climate data from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. These...

Apparel studies senior Emily Seifert circles around Apparel studies PhD candidate Nokyeon Kim to complete a 3D scan of her hand at McNeal Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. The scanner, which runs off an iPad, makes a virtual 3D model of the subject to help create ideal uniforms for occupations like firefighting.

UMN researchers hope to improve female firefighters’ clothing

Published March 2, 2018

Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s College of Design want to make clothing better suited for female firefighters.  As part of the five-year study, the team is working to improve women's...

UMN to host sustainable agricultural center through 2022

Published February 26, 2018

For the next five years, the University of Minnesota will continue to host a regional agricultural sustainability research and education program, the University announced earlier this month. The North...

Illustration by Jane Borstad.

UMN students seek GMO regulation reform

Published February 19, 2018

Some University of Minnesota graduate students, frustrated by what they call outdated regulations on genetically modified organisms, are asking their congressional representatives for help.  After...

UMN wearable tech lab aims to combine clothing and technology

Published February 15, 2018

Leggings with sensors and thermal clothing are among the ongoing projects at the University of Minnesota’s Wearable Technology Lab, which seeks to combine clothing with technology. While some clothing...

A Green Metallic Sweat Bee is shown under the microscope at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. A new research project starting this summer will research bee pollinator habitats to find which ones bees are more attracted to.

To help bees, UMN study will analyze habitats

Published February 14, 2018

A new University of Minnesota study will aim to understand what habitats are best for bees by leasing and planting land plots this summer.  Researchers are now reviewing landowner applications as...

UMN Extension aims to raise mental health awareness in rural areas

Published February 6, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture last week launched a six-week workshop series aimed at educating farmers’ families and friends, as well as law enforcement, about farmers and mental health. The...

From Left, Dylan VanBoxtel, Jim Bradeen, Kayla Meyers of the Improve Group, Brian Steffson, Britta Hansen and Mohamed Yakub of the Stakman-Borlaug Center pose inside Borlaug Hall on Monday, Jan. 29. The SBC was recently awarded $721,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture to help fund its Food for Progress Post-Project Sustainability Assessment.

UMN researchers to study program efficacy abroad

Published February 1, 2018

A University of Minnesota research team will travel internationally to study the impact of government programs. With a $721,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural...

The exhibition Women and their Wardrobes: Storied Lives opened at the Goldstein Gallery on Friday, Jan. 26. The exhibit showcases pieces from the wardrobes of three women with prominent careers in the Twin Cities, and explores their motivation behind wearing such lavish garments.

Fashion-centered exhibit opens on St. Paul campus

Published January 29, 2018

Museum curators hope a new exhibit on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus will inspire attendees to think about their own wardrobes in new ways. Women and Their Wardrobes: Storied Lives, now...

Liz Pluhar sits in front of a computer showing an MRI of a tumor found in the frontal lobe of a Boston terrier before and immediately after surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

UMN research aims to treat cancer in dogs and humans

Published January 22, 2018

Researchers hope a new University of Minnesota study will create better brain cancer treatment for both dogs and humans.  The five-year project, funded by a $2.7 million National Institutes of Health...

A new exhibition in the University’s Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library features artwork by Thomas Rose. Roses artwork centers around themes of architecture, gardens and shadows.

Retired UMN professor’s art hits campus exhibition

Published January 17, 2018

A new art exhibition by a former University of Minnesota faculty member opened Tuesday at the University’s Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library gallery in Rapson Hall. “Mysterious Beauty,”...

A rendering shows the planned exterior for the new Bell Museum of Natural History.

Bell Museum prepares to open in summer 2018

Published January 16, 2018

Staff at the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History are busy installing new exhibits and dioramas ahead of the new facility’s anticipated summer 2018 opening on the St. Paul campus. Employees...

The College of Biological Sciences Conservatory as seen on Monday, Sept. 10 in St. Paul. Construction for a new conservatory begins in October.

Global vegetation map will aid climate change research

Published December 12, 2017

University of Minnesota researchers created the world’s first global vegetation map based on data from 45,000 plants belonging to more than 3,600 species. More than 50 researchers worked on the project...

Director of the Center for Drug Design Robert Vince and assistant professor at the Center for Drug Design Swati More pose for portraits with their retinal hyper-spectral imaging camera at the Phillips-Wangensteen Building on Friday, Dec. 1. This camera is used for the early detection of Alzheimers disease.

UMN technology will aid Alzheimer’s detection

Published December 5, 2017

New technology developed by University of Minnesota researchers will make it easier to detect the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers and advocates hope the study, which just entered clinical...

Alumni market features U grad-made goods

Published November 28, 2017

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association launched the first online store to sell only products made by alumni-owned businesses this month. The market features goods from 14 alumni-owned businesses,...

University researchers develop tree disease detection device

Published November 21, 2017

A new device developed by University of Minnesota researchers will make it easier for experts to identify a deadly tree disease. Researchers are working on a handheld device that uses nanotechnology to...