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Natalie Cierzan

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Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

‘Let’s talk action’: U students, faculty speak out about racism in STEM

Published June 27, 2020

Amid growing conversations about race in Minneapolis and beyond, University of Minnesota students are discussing how the University can address racism in STEM fields. STEM fields include science, technology,...

Courtesy of University of Minnesota Extension

UMN Extension creates infographics to guide bulk meat buyers

Published June 18, 2020

The University of Minnesota Extension created informative visuals for consumers buying meat in bulk. The infographics, which were posted last month, have garnered thousands of engagements on the Extension’s...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

U research finds lower humidity may reduce COVID-19 survivability on surfaces

Published June 16, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers found that humidity may affect COVID-19’s ability to survive on surfaces.  Researchers at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory simulated the droplets that come out...

#ShutDownStem: University STEM programs halt research for a day to protest racism

Published June 10, 2020

University of Minnesota STEM programs paused work Wednesday and took to social media to join thousands of others in protesting racism in STEM. STEM researchers and scientists across the U.S. used hashtags...

Screenshot of a SafeDistance map, which shows COVID-19 risk areas around the University of Minnesota campus and surrounding neighborhoods as of June 9.

COVID-19 tracking app gathers data from over 52,000 U.S. neighborhoods

Published June 10, 2020

A University of Minnesota collaboration’s COVID-19 tracking app has data from more than 52,000 U.S. neighborhoods and aims to reduce the impact of the pandemic. SafeDistance, launched April 22, allows...

The new University of Minnesota Driven to Discover building attracts research subjects at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 31.

With Minnesota State Fair canceled, U research booth halted

Published June 9, 2020

The Minnesota State Fair’s cancellation has led many University of Minnesota researchers who rely on the fair for research to postpone or take to new strategies. The Driven to Discover Research Facility,...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

U study finds disconnect between adolescent cancer patients and their families

Published June 4, 2020

The majority of families do not know what their adolescent wants regarding end-of-life cancer care, a University of Minnesota collaborative study found. The study, published last month in JAMA Network,...

UMN researchers’ graph could find COVID-19 treatments

UMN researchers’ graph could find COVID-19 treatments

Published June 2, 2020

A graph created by University of Minnesota researchers could lead to more treatment options for COVID-19. Researchers compiled information from multiple COVID-19 databases to create the Drug Repurposing...

Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development scientists, from left, Andrew J. Goode and Dr. Ricardo Gallardo-Macias standing with sanitizer. 

UMN collaboration produces thousands of gallons hand sanitizer

Published May 7, 2020

Due to high demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy and M Health Fairview are partnering to produce thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer. The initiative...

U researchers aim to create new therapies for pediatric leukemia

U researchers aim to create new therapies for pediatric leukemia

Published May 4, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers are trying to create new, less toxic therapies for pediatric leukemia. Current therapies for leukemia can leave children with short- and long-term side effects. Researchers...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN researcher discovers concerning chemicals in Grand Portage tribal waters

Published May 2, 2020

UMN researchers found a variety of chemicals and hormones in waters that the Grand Portage Indian Reservation uses often for fishing.  There were detectable levels of “chemicals of emerging concern”...

Dr. Kathryn Pendleton poses for a portrait in an empty parking lot in Edina, MN. Pendleton started focusing on maternity leave issues for physicians after having her baby in June.

UMN professor highlights maternity leave challenges in medical schools nationwide

Published April 22, 2020

A University of Minnesota professor is bringing attention to maternity leave challenges faced by medical school faculty and residents nationwide. The review, written this month for Academic Medicine, discussed...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN researchers aim to create thousands of new masks for COVID-19

Published April 20, 2020

Due to potential shortages, University of Minnesota researchers are collaborating to design and produce new masks for health care workers. A phone call united many researchers last month to begin developing...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

U researchers make key COVID-19 virus discoveries

Published April 16, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers made new discoveries about the COVID-19 virus, including new possible drug targets. The researchers published a paper last month in Nature that highlights how the virus...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

School of Public Health launches COVID-19 podcast to combat misinformation

Published April 9, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health addresses what the public needs to know about the COVID-19 pandemic in its latest podcast series. "Health in All Matters," which aired its first...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN researchers bring little known liver disease into the spotlight

Published April 6, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers are bringing attention to an underrecognized liver disease. The researchers published a review last month about the liver disease, called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis...

Eva Berezovsky

How can pharmacists better help patients? A UMN partnership is finding out

Published March 25, 2020

The University of Minnesota is collaborating to study how to improve Minnesota pharmacies. The study is looking at medication therapy management, or MTM, which is when pharmacists improve medication use...

Dawn Winslow, LPN, sits as Mary Earm, RN, checks supplies at the COVID-19 screening table at the entrance to the East Bank Boynton Health clinic on Friday, March 20.

Here’s where to get screened for COVID-19 near UMN

Published March 21, 2020

Boynton Health and M Health Fairview are screening University of Minnesota students and community members for COVID-19. All patients are screened at the front door upon entering Boynton to maintain social...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

UMN researchers begin three COVID-19 trials, test malaria drug

Published March 18, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers opened a clinical trial Tuesday to test a malaria drug that will hopefully prevent COVID-19. This is the first round of clinical trials to test the drug as a COVID-19...

Horses walk about their enclosure at the Leatherdale Equine Center near the St. Paul campus on Monday, Feb. 24.

Researchers study irregular horse heartbeats, hoping to find a cure

Published March 16, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers are looking at cardiac conditions in racehorses to point toward a solution for both horses and humans. Researchers are examining the effects of irregular heartbeats...

A specially-outfitted vehicle which allows experts to administer on-site cardiac health services is parked outside the Variety Club Research Center on Thursday, Feb. 27. One of four such vehicles funded by an $18.6 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, it shortens the time to treatment for patients with cardiac health concerns.

Researchers create SUV for on-the-road cardiac care

Published March 5, 2020

Four years ago, Creighton Clemens went to bed like it was any other night, unaware that the next time he’d be conscious would be four days later.  That night, he went into cardiac arrest. When his...

Student Researcher Paiton Schwab, who conducts brain research with Ted Hinchcliffe, poses for a portrait in the Molecular and Cellular Biology building on Friday, Feb. 28.

UMN research team seeks to treat pediatric brain tumors

Published March 1, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers are looking to find a cure for pediatric brain tumors, thanks to a nearly $1 million grant that begins this month. A University research team, in a partnership with...

U researchers working on implantable brain chip to combat neurological diseases

U researchers working on implantable brain chip to combat neurological diseases

Published February 24, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers are developing an implantable brain device to one day cure neurological disorders. The research team, partnered with Mayo Clinic, was awarded a nearly $1 million grant...

M Health program aims to reduce food insecurity among cardiac patients

M Health program aims to reduce food insecurity among cardiac patients

Published February 20, 2020

M Health Fairview is now screening cardiac patients' possible food insecurity in an effort to prevent future health issues. If the program identifies a patient as food insecure, they are referred to Hunger...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

State report addresses racial disparities in higher education

Published February 17, 2020

A new analysis revealed Minnesota’s financial aid disparities for non-white students and made recommendations for what policymakers can do to address the issue. The report was released last month by...

Sarah Mai

UMN program seeks to make Minnesota more age-friendly

Published February 13, 2020

A University of Minnesota program is a part of a statewide mission to make health care more age friendly.  The program, referred to as Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program,...

Eva Berezovsky

Surgeon general releases report on the end of smoking, with help from a UMN professor

Published February 6, 2020

A University of Minnesota professor contributed to a new federal report that aims to put an end to smoking.  The report was released by the U.S. surgeon general, the leading spokesperson for public...

Eva Berezovsky

Certificate in Native American health debuts this semester

Published February 3, 2020

The University of Minnesota began offering its first American Indian Public Health and Wellness Certificate this semester. The certificate provides information about Native American tribes across the country...

Hailee Schievelbein

International research highlights how to improve education on patient safety

Published January 30, 2020

A new international research paper provided guiding principles for quality improvement and patient safety education for physicians. After many medical field professionals came together for a Toronto conference...

Women can safely breastfeed while taking anti-epilepsy medication, research finds

Women can safely breastfeed while taking anti-epilepsy medication, research finds

Published January 23, 2020

New research involving the University of Minnesota reported that women on medication to control their epileptic seizures can safely breastfeed their children, going against a common narrative. Few research...

Researcher Atsushi Asakura poses for a portrait in the McGuire Translational Research Facility on Thursday, Jan. 16.  Asakura was one of the lead researchers of a recent University of Minnesota study which demonstrated methods for reducing the symptoms of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in mice. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

UMN researchers find way to make muscular dystrophy less severe

Published January 22, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers found a way to improve the effects of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. DMD is a syndrome that starts in adolescence and leads to muscle weakness and eventual muscle loss....

Morgan La Casse

Men who receive testosterone therapy nearly twice as likely to develop blood clots, researchers find

Published December 11, 2019

Men are nearly two times more likely to develop blood clots while undergoing testosterone therapy, according to University of Minnesota research. The study, which was published last month, found that men...

Oxycodone and Acetaminophen, an opioid containing drug combination often prescribed to women after pregnancy, at a CVS Pharmacy on Sunday, Dec. 8.

UMN research indicates women receive more opioids than needed after giving birth

Published December 9, 2019

A University of Minnesota study found that women bring home more prescribed opioids than they need after giving birth. The study, which was published last month, analyzed medical records from six hospitals...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

Puberty may be able to change the body’s stress response, UMN research says

Published December 1, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers recently found that the way the body responds to stress can change during puberty.  The body’s stress response typically becomes set during childhood and does...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

UMN research looks to advance early autism detection in children

Published November 27, 2019

A University of Minnesota professor is trying to improve early detection of autism in children. Jed Elisonis part of two research studies attempting to enhance autism identification and screening in children....

Morgan La Casse

Rural residents of color face disparities in receiving preventative care, UMN research shows

Published November 25, 2019

University of Minnesota research shows that in rural areas, people of color receive less preventative health care than others. The study is part of a larger project looking at health care access and health...

Second year graduate student Hannah Holst performs an experiment in Kolthoff Hall on Friday, Nov. 16. The Race Research Group received its first research grant in October of 2019.

By studying chemical reactions, researchers aim to support other scientists

Published November 18, 2019

A University group is working on new building-block research to make chemistry more efficient — for other scientists. The Race Research Group aims to take simple chemical elements and create complex...

Emma Lierdahl, a second year medical student, utilizes the bio-medical library in Diehl Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 13.  After completing her undergraduate and master’s degrees, Lierdahl was employed by the University to conduct cancer research, a focus she intends to maintain in her future practice.

Medical School passes new policies to reduce student burnout

Published November 14, 2019

The University of Minnesota Medical School passed several new polices last month to prevent students from being overworked.  The Academic Workload Task Force — composed of students, administrators...

Hailee Schievelbein

UMN researchers help prevent spread of deadly pig disease to the U.S

Published November 11, 2019

The University of Minnesota has formed a response team to prevent a deadly swine fever from spreading to the United States. While the African Swine Fever poses no threat to human health, it is a risk to...

Food shelves could be healthier, and UMN researchers are trying to help

Food shelves could be healthier, and UMN researchers are trying to help

Published November 6, 2019

A University of Minnesota partnership is transforming food shelves across the state, looking to fill them with healthier options. University research has shown that food shelves do not always make healthy...

Sarah Mai

UMN research prompts discussion on opioid crisis in underrepresented communities

Published October 31, 2019

A University of Minnesota research program is looking to increase discussion about the opioid epidemic in underrepresented communities throughout Minnesota. The program aims to reduce stigma around the...

Morgan La Casse

UMN College of Biological Sciences looking to add in-demand online biology classes

Published October 29, 2019

Faculty from the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences are working to fill the demand for online biology classes. They are creating the Center for Online Biology Education, which would...

Morgan La Casse

UMN researchers contribute to worldwide interactive nature map project

Published October 23, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers contributed to a new interactive map of the world showing the relationship between nature’s contributions to people and how people could be impacted by environmental...

Hailee Schievelbein

A little stress is good for your biological clock, new U research says

Published October 17, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers discovered a new relationship between stress and biological clocks. The study, which was released last month, shows a link between stress and internal biological clocks,...

Morgan La Casse

UMN offers new opioid treatment training to medical students

Published October 16, 2019

The University of Minnesota Medical School is requiring new training for all third-year medical students in an effort to combat the opioid crisis. The training program, which debuted in August, teaches...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

New online course on quality and safety offered to anesthesiology residents

Published October 10, 2019

The University of Minnesota's anesthesiology department released a new collaborative online course on quality and safety for their residents in summer 2019, and improved the class for the fall after gaining...

Hailee Schievelbein

Medical School switches to a new “house” system

Published October 6, 2019

The University of Minnesota Medical School created an experimental house system for students this fall. The system is divided into three houses, or learning communities, temporarily named after University-created...

Sarah Mai

UMN startup develops technology to help farmers map their crops

Published October 3, 2019

A University of Minnesota startup, Farm Vision Technologies, was awarded a nearly $750,000 grant last month to fund their fruit mapping technology for farmers. The technology aims to improve the accuracy...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

University researcher awarded $3.9 million grant to study herpes virus vaccine

Published September 25, 2019

A University of Minnesota researcher was awarded a $3.9 million grant earlier this month to continue his research on a herpes virus and possibly develop a vaccine. Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is a type of...

Sarah Mai

UMN research points to a possible anti-obesity drug

Published September 19, 2019

Earlier this month, University of Minnesota researchers found a new relationship between mice and humans that could possibly lead to an anti-obesity drug.  This discovery, which was found using rodent...

Sarah Mai

University chemistry department requests renovations to Fraser Hall

Published September 15, 2019

In light of outdated classrooms and labs, the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry is requesting building renovations and improved lab space.    The nearly $100 million plan, which...

Valery Forbes, Dean of the College of Biological Sciences, and Robert McMaster, Vice provost and Dean for the Office of Undergraduate Education, cut a ribbon at the new Active Learning Lab at the Biological Sciences Center in St. Paul on Friday, Sept. 6.

First active learning lab opens at University of Minnesota

Published September 9, 2019

The University of Minnesota opened its first active learning lab last week.  In an active learning lab, students can interact with their peers on group research projects that are designed by themselves,...

Morgan La Casse

Transgender patient simulation debuts in UMN nursing school

Published September 7, 2019

Students at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing will participate in a new transgender patient simulation this fall to learn how to better care for transgender patients. The simulation will take...

Maggie Brown, a St. Olaf graduate, pours RNAase into cell lysates on Sep. 3. She was hired as part of the grant that Harris Lab received for breast cancer research.

UMN researchers receive $8.5 million grant to better understand breast cancer

Published September 4, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers are aiming to one day find a cure for breast cancer and recently received an $8.5 million grant to propel their work. The research team received funding last month from...