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Blank: Solving climate change requires more than just solar panels

Blank: Solving climate change requires more than just solar panels

August 8, 2019

In the past, whenever I thought about solving climate change, I envisioned a world where we would be able to become fully carbon neutral solely through the use of renewable energy, a futuristic green paradise...

Blank: The green line extension should’ve gone to low-income neighborhoods

Blank: The green line extension should’ve gone to low-income neighborhoods

July 24, 2019

Last November, when the U.S. government approved an extension of Minneapolis’ Green Line light rail route to Eden Prairie, it was touted as a massive victory for economic justice in underserved communities...

Blank: To eliminate UMN’s racial achievement gap, we need to invest in children of color

Blank: To eliminate UMN’s racial achievement gap, we need to invest in children of color

July 17, 2019

Minnesota is renowned for its excessive politeness, a “Minnesota Nice” that can be over-the-top to the point of becoming comical. But hidden behind the state’s facade of kindness and inclusion, Minnesota...

Blank: Let’s end gerrymandering — and in doing so, let’s create competitive districts

Blank: Let’s end gerrymandering — and in doing so, let’s create competitive districts

July 9, 2019

With the 2020 elections approaching, everyone is laser-focused on the upcoming presidential race between the Democratic nominee and President Trump. Although it’s not as seductive as the battle to unseat...

Blank: University of Minnesota students need Medicare for all

Blank: University of Minnesota students need Medicare for all

July 3, 2019

Politics are becoming increasingly detached from ordinary peoples’ lives.  As a college student, watching the Democratic debates for the 2020 presidential election last week, I felt a little hopeless....

Blank: Blame for UMN's tuition hikes should fall on the state legislature

Blank: Blame for UMN’s tuition hikes should fall on the state legislature

July 3, 2019

College tuition cost and student loan debt are at record highs. The average college graduate in Minnesota faces more than $21,000 in student debt, the fourth worst rate in the nation as of 2017, according...

Blank: The University of Minnesota is effectively a food desert

Blank: The University of Minnesota is effectively a food desert

June 19, 2019

When we think of food deserts, we typically think of low-income neighborhoods left behind by the modern economy, not college campuses stacked with a mecca of ethnic eateries and upscale dining venues....

Blank: Boycotts of Israel are not Anti-semitic

Blank: Boycotts of Israel are not Anti-semitic

June 19, 2019

Anti-Semitism is on the rise.  A report from Tel Aviv University found a 13 percent spike in anti-Semitic attacks worldwide last year, including a surge in the U.S. fueled by the devastating Tree...

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

Regent Candidate Advisory Council advances 25 applicants to interview stage

December 13, 2018

A citizen advisory council selected 25 applicants — including seven students — as candidates to fill vacancies on the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents. Four regent seats will be vacated this...

Psychologist Jerry Shih speaks at the Student Counseling Services open forum on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Coffman Union. The forum discussed hiring a new director of SCS.

Student Counseling Services holds public forums to select new director

December 13, 2018

Applicants for the director of Student Counseling Services presented to the public their visions for the mental health organization at the University of Minnesota.  In a series of presentations this...

Vascudyne’s implantable heart valve is made of living tissue, allowing it to heal itself and last longer inside a patient’s body.

UMN announces breakthrough startup to replace heart valves

December 12, 2018

In an effort to make cardiovascular surgery safer, the University of Minnesota launched Vascudyne Inc., a startup company manufacturing organic arteries and heart valves that can live and grow within the...

A medication drop box is seen inside the Boynton Pharmacy on Tuesday, Dec. 4. It serves as a no questions asked option for the disposal of prescription drugs and medications.

Boynton uses drug disposal box to prevent opioid abuse

December 6, 2018

Boynton Health’s pharmacy is collecting unused prescription drugs in an effort to prevent opioid abuse. The drug disposal box — which was installed by Boynton and then promoted by three College of...

Reports of sexual assault and mental health issues spike at UMN

November 29, 2018

University of Minnesota students are reporting a surge in sexual assault and depression on campus, with a nearly 30 percent increase in reports of sexual assault and mental health conditions since 2015,...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

New nurse practitioners clinic will expand personalized healthcare near UMN

November 26, 2018

The University of Minnesota opened a new nurse practitioners clinic Monday in an effort to expand personalized treatment and primary care for the University community. Located in the University’s Clinics...

Virajita Singh, assistant vice provost at the University of Minnesota Office of Equity and Diversity, speaks at the Diversity Data Deep Dive held at Coffman Memorial Union on Friday, Nov. 16. The event featured a variety of presentations throughout the day discussing the intersection of data with diversity.

Conference seeks to make research more accessible to marginalized communities

November 19, 2018

A conference at the University of Minnesota Friday looked at ways to include marginalized communities in the research process — an issue that's increasingly important in researcher's work. The Diversity...

Students travel across Minnesota to test deer for fatal disease

November 19, 2018

With deer hunting season at its peak, dozens of University of Minnesota students ventured out to parking lots, gas stations and forestry offices across the state to test deer for a lethal disease. The...

Childbirth treatment options lack for opioid-using women in rural areas

November 13, 2018

A study released by the University of Minnesota late last month found that opioid-using women in rural parts of the U.S. often lack adequate health treatment during childbirth. The number of children in...

Design students to remodel computer lab for Big Ten competition

November 5, 2018

Students at the University of Minnesota are vying for a $100,000 prize to transform a Coffman Union computer lab. The Big Ten Student Design Challenge will bring together students from across the conference...

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Researchers find new methods to combat invasive zebra mussels

October 31, 2018

A University of Minnesota study released last week looks at ways to kill one of Minnesota’s most harmful invasive species. Zebra mussels have encrusted boats, disrupted food chains and cut the feet of...

University pediatrics professor Dr. Mark Schleiss works in his lab on Monday, Oct. 29 McGuire Translational Research Facility in Minneapolis. Schleiss is a leading expert on acute flaccid myelitis, a rare disease affecting seven children in Minnesota this year.

University researchers respond to spike of polio-like illness cases in Minnesota

October 29, 2018

An illness with polio-like symptoms has seen unusually high numbers in Minnesota this fall, and University of Minnesota researchers are working together with the state government to find a treatment. Seven...

Communications PhD student Samira Musleh rides the Gopher Chauffeur on Sunday, Oct. 21, which was the first Sunday that the ride service has run as it will now serve students seven days a week.

Gopher Chauffeur extends hours to include weeknights

October 22, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Gopher Chauffeur program officially expanded from three to seven nights per week last Monday in an effort to get more students home safely on weeknights. The expanded hours...

UMN works to identify areas lacking health insurance

October 22, 2018

With Minnesota’s open enrollment period starting in two weeks, a University of Minnesota researcher is looking into hotspots across the state where people are less likely to have health insurance. By...

Charlotte Paulsen feeds her dad, Andrew, a cricket based chip on Sunday, Oct. 7. as part of Food Fest at the newly opened Bell Museum in Saint Paul. Sujaya Rao's presentation, which examined bugs as a sustainable source of protein, encouraged the audience to try samples.

Eating bugs: University researcher advocates for a different kind of diet

October 10, 2018

With the world’s population on the rise and food scarcity becoming a major concern, a University of Minnesota researcher believes that insects are the answer to feeding the world. Sujaya Rao, head of...

A male red-tailed hawk is released by CNC volunteers Jeff Carlson and Stacy Carlson on Saturday, Sept. 22. The hawk had been seen hitting multiple windows in Minneapolis before being admitted to the University's Raptor Center.

Raptor Center trains veterinarians from across the U.S. in wildlife rehab

October 8, 2018

With many veterinarians untrained in properly rehabilitating injured wild animals, the University of Minnesota is bringing experts from across the country together to save more wildlife. The year-long...

Blue House, a girls' orphanage in rural Uganda, partnered with an apparel design course at the University to create clothing items for the girls in need.

UMN class makes clothes for girls in Uganda

October 3, 2018

In a University of Minnesota apparel design class, curriculum is combined with charity as students create hundreds of clothing items from scratch for Ugandan girls in need. Technical Design Studio, an...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein.

FDA creates new regulations for e-cigarette companies

September 24, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration announced a new regulation for e-cigarette companies this month that has received a split reaction from students and faculty at the University of Minnesota. The Sept. 12...

Billionaire Richard Liu turned over to prosecutors in sexual assault case

September 20, 2018

The investigation into the sexual assault case against Chinese billionaire Richard Liu has been turned over to prosecutors, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced in a Thursday press release.  Liu,...

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

Students struggle with University therapy appointment limits

September 19, 2018

With mental health a widely-discussed issue at the University of Minnesota, some students have expressed there is a shortage of therapy sessions available to them. Student Counseling Services, a mental...

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

Boynton Health celebrates its 100th anniversary

September 13, 2018

This year mark’s Boynton Health’s 100th year on campus, after a century of serving the University of Minnesota community and the health challenges that have faced it.  Boynton was founded in 1918...

Research center opens at UMN, simplifying research development

September 13, 2018

In an effort to help them through difficult procedures in the clinical research process, a new center supporting researchers opened at the University of Minnesota last week. The Clinical Research Support...

Research Roundup: Socioeconomic status affects some childhood cancer survival rates.

September 6, 2018

Recent studies published by University of Minnesota researchers examined childhood cancer rates, cholesterol in children and a new technology that increases battery life.  Racial and socioeconomic...

Professor Ahmad Qais Munhazim talks with students about his past childhood living in Afghanistan at the QueerX event

QueerX lecture covers toxic masculinity and war

April 30, 2018

An immigrant from Afghanistan connected his wartime experiences with stereotypes of toxic masculinity at a lecture on gender roles at the University of Minnesota on Friday. The lecture, called Men, Masks...

Students seeking new environmental justice minor

April 30, 2018

Though the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences offers a wide range of majors and minors, some students feel the college is lacking when it comes to environmentalism's...

University’s $42 million grant to research new treatments, programs, community health

April 16, 2018

The University of Minnesota was awarded one of its largest-ever federal research grants this month in a large show of support for University research. On April 6, the University announced it had received...

Director of Education at the Office of Equity and Diversity, Step Jarvi, talks about how to be more inclusive to marginalized groups in CSE at the Iclusivity in CSE event in Bruininks Hall on Saturday, April 7.

CSE students hopeful for more diversity

April 9, 2018

The College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota held a workshop Saturday morning to explore diversity and better integrate underrepresented students into the college. The event —...

Sundal Hashwani reads stories from others sharing their experiences with diversity at the School of Public Heath.

Public health students call for more diversity in program

April 5, 2018

Over a three day period this week, students in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota were given the opportunity to share stories of difficulties under-resourced or marginalized students...

Senior Matic Spec, a native of Slovenia, poses for a portrait in his home on Saturday, March 24. Spec is the only student from Slovenia currently studying at the University of Minnesota.

UMN’s lone ambassadors: students reflect on being only one at school from country

April 2, 2018

Students from 26 countries face the rare experience of being the only students from their nation at the University of Minnesota. These students come from a variety of continents. There are ten from Africa,...

State sen. Patricia Torres Ray fields questions during a panel VISA held focusing on immigration discussing the TRUST act at the University of Minnesota Law School on Friday, March 30. 

UMN Law School event advocates for sanctuary state policy

March 31, 2018

As the Trump administration continues its hardline stance on immigration, undocumented immigrants across the country fear the possibility of deportation.  A panel at the University of Minnesota Friday...

Khafre Jackson cuts a pineapple in an ecology class at Minneapolis North Community High School. The University of Minnesota recently hired Brandon Roiger, a former student, to work with the Growing North Project, an initiative to get Minneapolis high schoolers of color involved in environmental issues.

New CFANS position hopes to diversify student body

March 22, 2018

A former University of Minnesota student was hired this month to get pre-college students of color more involved in agricultural education at the University of Minnesota, where 68 percent of the student...

Jessica Schalz  speaks about ways to be an LGBTQIA+ ally in CSE during during a workshop in Bruininks Hall on Thursday, March 8.

Workshop seeks to increase LGBT awareness in STEM fields

March 10, 2018

Through a workshop Thursday at the University of Minnesota, the LGBT community attempted to counter discrimination against less recognized genders and sexualities through reiterating the role allies can...

Irna Landrum presents a seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Jackson Hall as a part of the Black Student Union's new

Wellness Wednesday connects diversity to ‘The Walking Dead’

February 19, 2018

Last week, a new lecture series at the University of Minnesota demonstrated the commonalities between marginalized communities and “The Walking Dead” — a TV show chronicling apocalypse survivors...

University students tell black history through performance

February 13, 2018

As images of Martin Luther King Jr. were projected in the background, a performer passionately belted out Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” at Coffman Union Theater Sunday night before the audience...

Interviewee Samad Qureshi makes air quotes with his hands while talking about his experience with mental health stigmas on Saturday, Feb. 10 as a part of a video profile series on Indian students at the University created by the Indian Student Association.

Indian Student Association launches ‘The Indian Perspective’

February 12, 2018

Through a video series featuring Indian students and their stories, the Indian Student Association at the University of Minnesota launched a project last week to highlight lesser-known issues and to inform...

Sophomore Pierre Abillama from Lebanon portrays his disappointed reaction to the Superbowl by the Industrial & Systems Engineering Office on Sunday, Jan. 28. He's a football fan and was really hoping that the Vikings would get to play at the Superbowl.

International students share their thoughts on the Super Bowl

February 1, 2018

While some international students may not have grown up watching American football in their home countries, Super Bowl LII will still be a part of their weekend. Though American football is most popular...

University sees international student rates drop for first time since 2006

January 25, 2018

Nationwide enrollment for international students at universities is dropping, and the University of Minnesota is no exception.  Studies released last fall and this week show international student...

CFANS works for diversity through new staff members

January 25, 2018

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota, historically a majority-white college, hired two staff members last semester who are out to change how minorities...