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Study finds link between obesity and depression relapse

Published November 14, 2016

While obese people have a 50 percent chance of developing depression, doctors are unsure why. A study published last month shows there may be a chemical link between obesity and depression, but biological...

U researchers to examine racial disparities in senior care

Published November 3, 2016

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are flipping the script on how they study racism in senior care.A five-year study — funded by a $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant —...

U research team to study high rate of African American maternal death

Published October 31, 2016

African American women are twice as likely to die during pregnancy, regardless of wealth or class — and now, a University of Minnesota research team wants a model of prenatal care that addresses...

New mobile app could help students with non-crisis depression cases

Published October 17, 2016

A new self-help app could help University of Minnesota students who struggle to find non-crisis oriented help.Despite academic accommodations and free counseling, students looking for one-on-one support...

University lab working to develop synthetic life

Published October 14, 2016

Man-made molecules that mimic cells but aren’t alive could be used to study illnesses that kill natural life.A University of Minnesota lab wants to use simplified versions of cells — more resilient...

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U reflects changing national drug trends, slump in high-risk drinking

Published October 10, 2016

Colleges around the country, including the University of Minnesota, have seen a drop in drinking paired with more marijuana use.While alcohol use has declined at the University in the past decade, marijuana...

University research tracks source of cancer mutation

Published October 8, 2016

A previously unknown molecule in roughly half of the world’s population that helps cancer fight treatment was recently found through University of Minnesota research.Late last month, a University lab...

Containers holding heart valve implants sit in the Universitys Department of Biomedical Engineering on Oct. 3, 2016. The implants are designed to fit many patients rather than requiring an individuals own cells to grow.

University of Minnesota researchers have created a new, artificial artery that can grow on its own

Published October 4, 2016

Since he was 4 years old, University of Minnesota freshman Anders Jenson has had four open-heart surgeries.When patients like Jenson are missing valves or tubes in their heart, surgeons can implant synthetic...

University student fends off robbery attempt

Published September 30, 2016

A University student was tackled in an attempted robbery Thursday night just east of Northrop Plaza.Kaitlin Lalmond, a piano performance junior was walking through Lilly Plaza at around 9:15 p.m. with...

Hydrogeologist for the Minnesota Department of Health Virginia Yingling explains data on local water to visitors at a public meeting at Oakland Middle School on Sept. 19 2016.

University lab seeks solution for pesky PFCs

Published September 26, 2016

The safety of the water supply in some Minnesota towns is being scrutinized after new federal guidelines determined the water contained too much of a potentially cancerous chemical.In May, the Environmental...

University research sheds light on banned antibacterial soap compound

Published September 22, 2016

While hand soap appears banal and harmless, University of Minnesota research — and a new national ban on a common antibacterial agent in soaps —could suggest otherwise.Earlier this month, the...

Tanya Bailey from the Animal-Assisted Interaction Programs holds Woodstock, a therapy chicken, Monday, Dec. 9, 2012 at the Learning and Environmental Sciences building in St. Paul. Woodstock, one of the founding members of PAWS, passed away earlier this month.

Woodstock the therapy chicken dies at 10

Published September 19, 2016

Woodstock, the therapy chicken known campus-wide for her calm nature and work ethic, died earlier this month. She was 10. Woodstock joined the Pet Away Worry and Stress team at the University of Minnesota’s...

HPV vaccine rates 50 percent under target in state, nationwide

Published September 12, 2016

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes 80 percent of Americans will be immunized by 2020, fewer than half of Minnesotans have received the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, prompting...

With new funding, researchers look to decipher brain

Published September 12, 2016

New funding, aided by sophisticated MRI technology, will help scientists better understand how the brain develops from infancy to adulthood.Three grants totaling more than $10 million — the most...

New leap for cancer research

Published May 4, 2016

Mutant yeast might be the key to a long-standing puzzle in cancer research and could potentially lead to new anti-cancer drugs.     A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota released...

Six-year-old John Donohoo, left, and Kelly Hannon assemble a 3D printed prosthetic hand with cousin Elizabeth Moy, a member of Engineering World Health. The student group hosted Giving a Hand, an event at which attendees built prosthetic hands for children in Honduras and Tanzania, in Moos Tower on Saturday.

Engineering student group lends a 3D-printed helping hand

Published May 2, 2016

A group of University of Minnesota students is lending a hand to others — not through charity work but by exporting prosthetics across the globe.     Engineering World Health, a University...

State, city look to honor late Minneapolis pop icon

Published April 27, 2016

A Minneapolis park might take Prince’s name, and the state could adopt purple as its color in honor of the late pop idol.     Across the state, officials and organizations are continuing...

Dean of the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Brian Buhr speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bell Museum on the St. Paul Campus on Friday morning.

Officials break ground on new Bell Museum

Published April 25, 2016

Millions of scientific pieces are one step closer to being pulled from storage and put on display at a revamped University of Minnesota museum.      University leaders officially broke ground...

Model helps businesses track ‘greenness’ of supply chain

Published April 21, 2016

New tools from a University of Minnesota team could give large corporations the ability to sell greener products and lighten their environmental footprint.     Researchers at the University...

Ph.D Brad Holschuh displays a mechanism which is able to expand or compress on command in McNeal Hall Monday. The technology would be used in compression clothing.

U to develop auto-compression clothes

Published April 19, 2016

A College of Design lab is working to make self-shrinking clothes — much like those seen in “Back to the Future” — a reality.     The University of Minnesota’s Wearable...

Recommendation equation wins U team global honor

Published April 13, 2016

A University team has garnered recognition for creating a formula responsible for curating the perfect Netflix marathon.      The Seoul Test of Time Award — previously only claimed...

National initiative will weave technology into smart fabrics

Published April 11, 2016

Your pants may soon be able to charge your phone after a new research push.     Two weeks ago, a new nonprofit research endeavor by universities and private companies nationwide secured $317...

U lab fuses its research approaches

Published April 7, 2016

The abstract realm of data meets the hands-on lab bench in a new University of Minnesota research initiative.     The lab — located in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Building —...

U public relations looks to speed up data request response

Published April 5, 2016

The University of Minnesota is altering its approach to public records requests by launching a new online tool and hiring an additional staff member to respond to requests.     Starting Thursday,...

Sexual assault in Marcy- Holmes

Published April 5, 2016

A woman attending a party in Marcy-Holmes was sexually assaulted Sunday by an unknown man, according to a crime alert sent to students and faculty by the University of Minnesota Police Department.     The...

Study shows truck drivers with untreated apnea at risk

Published March 30, 2016

Truck drivers throughout the country travel thousands of miles every day without screening for a condition that can increase crash risk by 500 percent.     A team of researchers from the University...

Post doctoral associate Slyvie Pailloux displays a result to chemistry professor Valerie Pierre in their research lab in Kolthoff hall Friday. The research team is working on creating a new test for bacterial infections that would provide results much quicker.

New test targets infections

Published March 28, 2016

After staying up all night in the emergency room of a children’s hospital, Valerie Pierre learned it would be two days before she knew if her 6-month-old son had meningitis.     Her son...

U team improves bioreactors to clean up fertilizer runoff

Published March 28, 2016

Long troughs of wood chips could soon clean runoff from fertilized farms because of the work of a University of Minnesota research team.     University researchers partnered with the U.S. Department...

Earth app explains landforms

Published March 22, 2016

While flying high above the ground, users of a new app can learn the details of how mountains and canyons below formed.     A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota’s earth...

U lab fights spread of invasive species

Published March 10, 2016

Minnesota has a new tool to fight invasive lake and river species.      The University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center reopened last week after extensive renovation...

MSA members, students, and concerned citizens fill room 3-120 of the Molecular and Cellular Biology building on Tuesday for to be a part of the discussion on two proposed  resolutions regarding divestment at the University.

MSA declines vote on resolutions

Published March 9, 2016

The Minnesota Student Association voted by a margin of three votes to strike two resolutions from its agenda Tuesday — one from Students for Justice in Palestine and the other from Students...

U experiments at Duluth mine winding down

Published March 2, 2016

In coming years, thousands of tons of complex machinery will be hauled from half a mile in the ground as experiments in a University of Minnesota physics lab close down.     For decades, the...

U lab develops bacteria-aided plastic production method

Published February 29, 2016

Plastics made by “re-wired” bacteria may soon replace conventional methods of producing synthetics with help from a University of Minnesota lab.     The Center for Sustainable Polymers...

Rubio rallies around electability

Published February 24, 2016

Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio and nearly a thousand of his Twin Cities supporters rallied around the GOP’s need to nominate the most electable candidate in November.     Rubio, who spoke...

U research focuses on retroviruses

Published February 22, 2016

After almost a decade of research, experts at the University of Minnesota found that a retrovirus similar to HIV acts differently than previously thought, which could enable the creation of more effective...

U researchers contribute to historical physics breakthrough

Published February 18, 2016

Researchers from the University of Minnesota helped detect a type of wave — predicted by Albert Einstein — emitted 1.3 billion years ago when two black holes collided.     The scientists...

Researchers probe power of nanotech

Published February 11, 2016

As the popularity of electric cars grows, University of Minnesota researchers are poised to pull ahead with microscopic technology under the hood.     A team of researchers teamed up with others...

Research develops roadmap

Published February 8, 2016

After conducting research while visiting cities in Asia, University of Minnesota researchers hope to create a template for better environmental planning worldwide.     Last month, a group of...

Researchers find unseen planet in Earth’s solar system

Published February 4, 2016

While Pluto was dropped from the solar system’s roster of planets in 2006, a much larger replacement might be on the way.     Late last month, California Institute of Technology researchers...

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pumps his fist into the air, greeting a crowd of nearly fifteen thousand supporters who attended his rally at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Tuesday evening.

Thousands turn out for Bernie

Published January 27, 2016

Standing shoulder to shoulder and wall to wall, a sea of Bernie Sanders supporters chanted, “Bernie,” at the St. Paul RiverCentre Tuesday evening, awaiting the presidential hopeful’s...

New collab. opens drone tech for all

Published January 25, 2016

Automated drones could soon be buzzing high above fields across the globe because of new University of Minnesota technology.     The University’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Laboratories...

Children attempt to tug plates apart at the Physics Circus in Northrop Auditorium on Thursday. The event, hosted by the Physics Force, aimed to entertain and educate children through a variety of physical science performances.

Big top brings physics to little ones

Published January 18, 2016

Teachers crunched 55-gallon barrels with atmospheric pressure and dropped a colleague from a magnetic winch 20 feet above Northrop’s stage last week to get children excited about science.     The...

Sorority chapter to return to campus after 40 years

Published December 16, 2015

A sorority set to join the University of Minnesota next year could potentially be the last campus newcomer for a long time.   When Phi Mu returns next fall to the University after a decadeslong hiatus,...

National fraternity conference reboots outreach

Published December 15, 2015

Help is on the way for fraternities nationwide, following an update for a national umbrella greek organization.   Earlier this month, the North American Interfraternity Conference — the body...

Four new professors to join RIGS departments

Published December 9, 2015

Nearly a year after protesters occupied the University of Minnesota president’s office to demand more support for school departments, four new tenure-track ethnic and gender studies professors are...

U leaders denounce hoax page

Published December 8, 2015

In what appeared to be a sudden growth in interest in a White Student Union, Facebook pages sprung up indiscriminately two weeks ago, claiming to represent college campuses across the country.   A...

History prof dies at age 90

Published December 2, 2015

Hy Berman, a former University history professor of more than four decades, died Sunday. He was 90.   Friends and colleagues describe Berman as a man who wanted to meet everyone and who everyone...

The Aurora Centers newly appointed Mens Engagement Coordinator Jeni Kolb poses for portraits inside Appleby Hall on Tuesday.

Aurora hires new men’s coordinator

Published November 25, 2015

After a yearlong search, the University of Minnesota’s Aurora Center hired a new employee earlier this month specifically to help engage men in conversations about sexual assault prevention. Jeni...

Mitch Kelly, the newly elected president of the University of Minnesotas Interfraternity Council, poses on the balcony of the Weisman Art Museum on Friday afternoon.

Campus IFC president elected

Published November 24, 2015

Entering the running two days before the election, Mitchell Kelley is set to help head off the greek community as the new president of the University of Minnesota’s Interfraternity Council. Kelley,...

New conference pushes for diverse student leadership

Published November 19, 2015

Forgoing its usual workout equipment, the University of Minnesota fitness center was briefly home to leadership conferences and a congressman.   A newly created conference, the Multicultural Student...

Junior Natasha Moore, a communications agent of the African-American & African Studies program, kicks off the demonstration hosted by the Universitys Black Student Union outside of Coffman Memorial Union on Thursday.

U students assemble to support Mizzou protesters

Published November 16, 2015

Enduring a wind chill below freezing, a crowd of about 150 gathered in front of the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Union Thursday evening to voice support for protesting students at...

Conference to address ethics for research

Published November 11, 2015

Patient advocates, policymakers and other experts from across the country will gather to discuss human research ethics at the University of Minnesota early next month.     The conference is...

U rejects paratransit expansion plans again

Published November 4, 2015

As winter fast approaches, campus could soon be coated with slippery ice and slick snow.   With that in mind, the University of Minnesota’s student government wants to see the school’s...

(left) Members of Students Supporting Israel gather outside Northrop on Friday to show their support for Israel. The group held the rally to protest terrorism.

(right) Amanda Hassan shows her support for Palestine at a demonstration near Northrop on Friday, where Students Supporting Israel also held a rally. There can be no peace without justice, so I am here to show solidarity with the Palestinian people facing injustices in their occupied territory, she said.

Online conflicts spur simultaneous student demonstrations

Published November 2, 2015

When the concussive drums and traditional dancers celebrating Dia de los Muertos exited Northrop Auditorium around noon Friday, they unwittingly entered a 20-foot divide separating demonstrations...

CLA boosts freshman research

Published October 29, 2015

When he was a freshman, journalism sophomore David Clarey analyzed and categorized journalists’ tweets as part of a freshman research project.    In an effort to bolster the College of...

Chapters help mental wellness

Published October 28, 2015

University of Minnesota greek life leaders are hoping to make mental health resources easier to access for fraternity and sorority members.   The Interfraternity Council — the body that governs...

University suspends fraternity

Published October 22, 2015

A spring Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity investigation found that the fraternity “more likely than not” committed violations of the school’s code of conduct.     The...

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts John Colman answers a question posed by journalist and University of Minnesota alumna Mary Lahammer as part of The Road Ahead 2.0 event in the McNamara Alumni Center on Wednesday evening.

CLA advances on track

Published October 15, 2015

In a McNamara Alumni Center room packed to the walls with former University of Minnesota students Wednesday, the College of Liberal Arts presented an update to a plan proposed by Dean John Coleman...

Dan Hnilicka of the University of Minnesotas Raptor Center gives a treat to Casper the Red-tailed Hawk outside of the Weisman Art Museum on Tuesday. Raptor Center staff answered questions about birds and allowed students to observe and take photos as a part of the University of Minnesotas Nature Heals: 30x30 program.

Nature program nurtures

Published October 14, 2015

To ease stress and brighten spirits, a new monthlong program is bringing nature to the University of Minnesota campus.   With midterms approaching, Nature Heals 30x30 is intended to improve the mental...

Panelists (left to right) Keith Garcia, Lamar Hylton and Gavin Grivna speak on diversity and toxic masculinity at Fraser Hall on Thursday evening.

Masculinity talks continue

Published October 13, 2015

A greek chapter at the University of Minnesota is looking to upend the stereotype of the hyper-macho fraternity member.   Phi Beta Sigma fraternity hosted a panel discussion on Thursday about...

Students seek expansion of paratransit

Published October 7, 2015

University of Minnesota students with disabilities sometimes have to book paratransit shuttles two weeks in advance to be sure they’ll make it to class.   And although the Student Senate passed...

Freshman Moaaz Elmubark (right) gets food at the Al-Madinah Cultural Center hosted Eidrageous dinner at the Weisman Art Museum on Thursday evening.

Students fight stereotypes

Published October 5, 2015

Amid efforts from United States Department of Justice programs aimed at stifling extremism in Minnesota, Muslim student groups at the University of Minnesota are expanding outreach and education efforts...

Black greek orgs want to up members

Published October 1, 2015

Chapter closures and stagnant recruitment have riddled African-American greek life at the University of Minnesota in recent years.   In an attempt to reverse the downward trend, the University’s...

The Armory exterior on Friday. Although the exterior appears in good condition, the rifle range inside has been closed down due to lead contamination.

Faculty target Armory repairs

Published September 28, 2015

In a sealed room inside the University of Minnesota’s Armory, long plastic sheeting covers the walls, purposefully making more than half the room inaccessible. Unused exercise equipment and office...