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Serving the UMN community since 1900

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Strategic communications sophomore Schuyler McKinley sifts through trash from Coffman Marketplace food court that wasnt already tossed into the correct recycling, compost or waste bin on Wednesday, April 18 in outside Williamson Hall.

Hennepin County enacts new organics requirements, but UMN is one step ahead

Published December 11, 2018

Hennepin County recently revised its recycling ordinance to include new organics recycling for businesses that generate large quantities of food waste, such as restaurants, hotels and even the University...

University receives specialty crop grants from Department of Agriculture

Published December 10, 2018

The University of Minnesota recently received seven grants from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, which aim to boost the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Minnesota through research and...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

U.S. climate report highlights environmental problems facing Midwest

Published December 3, 2018

A climate report recently released by the federal government emphasizes the substantial damages to the economy, environment and human health happening because of climate change, including the effects on...

Researchers to develop robust power resources that can withstand increasing natural disasters

Published November 28, 2018

The University of Minnesota is set to receive almost $4 million from the Department of Energy to develop sustainable energy grids that can withstand aging infrastructure and catastrophic events. Earlier...

Research Roundup: foodbourne illnesses and stopping cancer cells

Published November 26, 2018

University of Minnesota researchers released several studies in the past month, focusing on issues like foodborne illnesses, dermatologic care for sexual and gender minority patients and preventing the...

Researchers identify lack of surgical care for rural Ugandan children

Published November 20, 2018

There is an urgent need to increase surgical care and access in rural areas of low-income countries, according to data collected and analyzed by a collaborative group of universities, including the University...

Betsy DeVos proposes new sexual assault and misconduct rules

Published November 16, 2018

The U.S. Education Department released a proposal Friday that would narrow the definition of sexual harassment and misconduct on college campuses and give the accused more protection.  Education Secretary...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

Diet, health and environment challenges are interconnected, report says

Published November 15, 2018

A review released by University of Minnesota researchers late last month looked at the world’s changing diets, and a related increase in disease and environmental degradation that comes with it – what...

Researchers find errors in study about warming ocean temperatures

Published November 15, 2018

A high-profile study released two weeks ago regarding climate change and ocean warming was found to have some minor errors in central calculations. The authors from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography...

Oceans are retaining 60 percent more heat than previously thought, study says

Published November 13, 2018

Editor’s Note: After this article’s publication, authors of the study said that errors existed in the study’s findings and have submitted a correction to the journal in which it was published. An...

In light of opioid crisis, researchers find ways to treat pain without prescription drugs

Published November 6, 2018

As the opioid epidemic in Minnesota grows, a new study involving University of Minnesota researchers examines a method to treat back and neck pain without the use of prescription drugs.  The article,...

After 15 years, study reveals dieting differences between genders

Published November 5, 2018

A new study published by the University of Minnesota highlights weight control and unhealthy dieting trends in men and women by using data from a 15-year-long study.  Published late last month, the...

Researchers to analyze sex trafficking networks

Published November 1, 2018

A collaborative research project led by the University of Minnesota will study human trafficking networks and how to best disrupt them.  The $300,000 project, which begins Nov. 1, will bring together...

UMN leads project to bring awareness to pedestrian fatalaties

Published October 29, 2018

A pedestrian safety study at the University of Minnesota is trying to improve how often drivers stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. With 28 pedestrians killed in Minnesota so far in 2018, the HumanFIRST...

Research Roundup: rural road fatalities and 3D stem cell research

Published October 25, 2018

University of Minnesota researchers published studies this past month ranging in topic from motor vehicles to stem cells. Here’s a look at some of them: Motor vehicle fatalities in rural and urban areas A...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

University students sponsored to attend women engineer convention

Published October 22, 2018

University of Minnesota students attended an international conference for women engineers in Minneapolis this weekend, which sought to encourage women in STEM fields and bring attention to a lack of representation.  WE18...

Researchers discover way to slow aging process

Published October 15, 2018

New research overseen by University of Minnesota researchers has demonstrated the ability to slow aging and reduce the amount of damaged cells in the body, according to a paper published last month. University...

The University of Minnesota chapter of College Republicans panel on the Washington Avenue Bridge is seen on Saturday, Oct. 13. The groups panel was vandalized overnight.

Conservative group’s bridge mural vandalized for third year in a row

Published October 13, 2018

For the third year in a row, the University of Minnesota chapter of College Republicans had its Washington Avenue Bridge panel vandalized.  The phrase "Queer Power" was spray painted in black over...

Student Nicole Lyren gets a flu shot at a walk-in clinic at Boynton Health Dec. 8, 2015.

UMN preps for flu season

Published October 9, 2018

The University of Minnesota community is gearing up for the approaching flu season.  Between prevention, outreach and management, there are many ways to tackle the season that leaves so many people...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

UMN researchers study centuries-old star collision

Published October 8, 2018

In July 1670, astronomers and observers witnessed an explosion – a bright object appeared in the sky, only to fluctuate in intensity before fading away two years later. They believed the spectacle to...

Gonorrhea could be antibiotic resistant in the next decade

Published October 2, 2018

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calling it an “epidemic” and without the demand for pharmaceutical companies to produce new drugs, the U.S. could see antibiotic resistance to sexually...

Research Roundup: Bike safety and city planning

Published September 27, 2018

Recent studies published by University of Minnesota researchers look at bike safety within city planning, herbivorous animals and premature infants' increased risk of maltreatment. Bicycle infrastructure...

UMN researchers to use machine learning to observe global change

Published September 26, 2018

The University of Minnesota received a three-year, $1.43 million grant earlier this month from the National Science Foundation to further advance machine learning techniques to better monitor global agriculture...

University Mathematics Professor Svitlana Mayboroda conducts research using physics and analysis in her office at Vincent Hall on Tuesday, Sept.18. Mayboroda is not teaching classes this semester, instead focusing on the research.

UMN Researchers receive $8 million to study waves

Published September 20, 2018

The University of Minnesota was awarded $8 million by the Simons Foundation to study the science of wave localization through international collaboration. The four-year award, given earlier this month,...

New child care options planned for Twin Cities

Published September 20, 2018

The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday that it will expand its child care options after it was evaluated by a 20-member, campus-wide advisory committee. As part of the expansion, the Shirley G....

UMN announces new child care options for Twin Cities campus

Published September 18, 2018

The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday that it will expand its child care options after it was evaluated by a 20-member, campus-wide advisory committee. As part of the expansion, the Shirley G....

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

CBS to build new conservatory to replace outdated building

Published September 13, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences is preparing for a new and improved conservatory and greenhouse. The new building will cost roughly $6 million and will be located in the...

Jeannine Cavender-Bares discusses the effects of burning different land plots at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel on Saturday, Sept. 9 2018. The center recently turned 75 years old and teaches scientists the current understanding of biodiversity and its importance. 

Renewed funding for environmental research extends UMN’s reach

Published September 10, 2018

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, a 5,000 acre reserve in East Bethel, Minnesota is set to receive renewed funding from the National Science Foundation, which will allow the University to extend...

Julie Garvin poses outside of Moos Tower where the majority of her nursing studies are conducted. Garvin developed respiratory symptoms in August, leading her to believe that poor air quality linked to recent wildfires are the cause for her symptoms.

Wildfire smoke impacts University of Minnesota student health

Published September 5, 2018

Smoke from western wildfires has been traced almost 1,500 miles away, as several students have reported respiratory issues at the end of the summer in Minnesota. The smoke from California’s Mendocino...