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UMN biochemistry student dies at 20

February 27, 2018

A University of Minnesota student died on Sunday at the age of 20.  Mitchell Hoenig was a junior in the College of Biological Science majoring in biochemistry. A memorial will be held in Coffman Union...

Candidates announced for MSA, PSG, COGS president and vice president

February 2, 2018

Wednesday was the last day for University of Minnesota students to file their candidacy to run in this year’s  student government elections. Recent years have seen lower turnout in attracting candidates,...

Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Mike Kjos and UMPD Chief Matt Clark answer questions Tuesday after Rashad Bowman's arrest at the Graduate Hotel. The 38-hour standoff ended in Bowman's arrest just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30. 

Graduate Hotel standoff rumors: What really happened?

February 1, 2018

A 38-hour standoff at the Graduate Hotel near the University of Minnesota campus attracted multiple police departments, SWAT teams, closed roads and produced various rumors and questions. The ordeal, which...

Fear of vaccines led to measles outbreak among Somalis, health officials say

May 4, 2017

State health officials say a misplaced fear of vaccinations’ link to autism caused a measles outbreak in Minneapolis’ Somali community.Autism is more prevalent among Somalis than other ethnic groups,...

Students resume their day outside Anderson Hall on West Bank Monday late afternoon

UMN graduate directors call into question benefit of costly student fees

May 1, 2017

Many graduate program directors challenged the ethics and transparency of graduate student fees at the University of Minnesota in an April 20 email sent to University officials.The 36 directors signed...

Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea in Minnesota rose significantly in 2016

Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea in Minnesota rose significantly in 2016

May 1, 2017

Sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota rose again last year, with large increases in syphilis and gonorrhea.The 2016 Minnesota Department of Health’s annual report found that syphilis cases rose...

Associate Professor Brenda Ogle places a 3D printed biopatch on a mouse heart in Nils Hasselmo Hall on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Her research team induces heart attacks in mice, which causes a dead area of cardiac cells. The patch is placed in this dead zone and mimics the cells of the native heart that aren't able to be replenished on their own.

UMN research team fixes broken hearts with 3D-printed tissue patch

April 25, 2017

A research team at the University of Minnesota found a way to heal broken hearts.Researchers used a 3D printer to create protein patches that mimic heart tissue to treat post-heart attack scars. The research...

Using lasers, UMN surgeon zaps cancerous brain tumors

April 20, 2017

Using robot-controlled lasers to fry cancerous tumors inside the brain has become a focus for University of Minnesota surgeons.One surgery — called laser ablation — was first performed last...

University students get on and off the campus connector bus on Tuesday.  On December 7, the campus connectors, along with other metro transit buses, will resume bus service on Washington Avenue for the first time since May 2011.

Minnesota is least stressed state — well, kind of

April 17, 2017

With low divorce rates and good health, Minnesota was labeled the least-stressed state in the U.S.A ranking released this month by Wallethub ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia by looking...

Lab technician Mark Mulivahill works in the Center for Drug Design with assistant professor  Christine Salomon in a lab in theVFW Cancer Research Building.

UMN research reprograms immune system to fight cancer

April 13, 2017

University of Minnesota researcher Perry Hackett, calls his breakthrough in using DNA to fight cancer “one of the grandest Minnesota fishing stories ever.”Hackett, a professor of cell biology and...

The new University of Minnesota Police Department squad car.

Statewide drug seizures rise, campus numbers remain consistent

April 12, 2017

Minnesota police seized more drugs than ever before in 2016, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.A record 488 pounds of meth were seized in 2016, according to a press release. Though...

Gauri Kelkar, a sustainable design student, is working on a birth waiting home in Sierra Leone.

UMN student designs first and only birthing home in Sierra Leone

April 11, 2017

In Sierra Leone — a country whose population is similar to Minnesota — one in 17 women die during childbirth each year.To reduce that number, a master’s student at the University of Minnesota...

Therapist Joseph Schoess poses for a portrait inside the new physical therapy room at the University Recreation and Wellness Center on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

UMN Rec Center opens new physical therapy office

April 6, 2017

Boynton Health opened a third location for physical therapy at the Recreation and Wellness Center last week to offer more appointment times for students. Four therapists share an office to see patients...

Dr. Srinath Chinnakotla poses for a photo in his office in the Phillips-Wangensteen Building on Eastbank on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

After a split-liver transplant saved a woman’s life, a UMN surgeon wants others to adopt the technique

April 4, 2017

Pam Davies spent a year waiting for a new liver as she grew sicker every day. Eventually, she got two-thirds of what she wanted.Davies, a business and life coach, underwent a split liver transplant in...

Boynton Health Chief Medical Officer Gary Christenson gives an update on student mental health to the Board of Regents Academic and Student Affairs Committee at the McNamara Alumni Center on Feb. 10, 2017.

UMN students call for more mental health resources system-wide

March 27, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will bolster coordinate campus mental health services after concerns were raised that the Twin Cities campus is allocated a disproportionate amount of funding.Student...

Mona Minkara poses for a portrait in Kolthoff Hall on Tuesday, March 20, 2017. Minkara is the University's first blind, female, computational chemist. Her team created a STEM curriculum to integrate blind and seeing children's educations in third world countries.

Blind UMN chemist creates STEM curriculum for blind children

March 23, 2017

When she was 6 or 7, Mona Minkara’s eyesight began to fade.Eventually diagnosed with macular degeneration and cone rod dystrophy, the post-doctoral research fellow in the University of Minnesota’s...

The current layout of clinics within the Phillips-Wangensteen Building is not conducive for the workflow of physicians, residents and nurses. The University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to fund a new site.

Risk of colon, rectal cancer increasing among college-aged people, study finds

March 22, 2017

Students are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancers than they were 50 years ago, according to a study released last month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Adults born...

A view of the Alpha Chi Omega house at the University of Minnesota from Oct. 2016.

UMN sorority will now extend membership to transgender women

March 7, 2017

Women who identify as transgender will be allowed to join Alpha Chi Omega sorority after an announcement from its national headquarters last month.Alpha Chi Omega is the first greek organization, nationally,...

Boynton Health Chief Medical Officer Gary Christenson gives an update on student mental health to the Board of Regents Academic and Student Affairs Committee at the McNamara Alumni Center on Feb. 10, 2017.

Some students say mental health resources lag at UMN coordinate campuses

March 6, 2017

Olivia Krenz, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota- Duluth, tries to see the same on-campus mental health counselor every week.Krenz, who struggles with depression and anxiety, has used Duluth’s...

UMN's Boynton Health urges students to sign up for food assistance program

UMN’s Boynton Health urges students to sign up for food assistance program

March 3, 2017

To help ensure students have access to groceries, the University of Minnesota will begin encouraging students to sign up for a food assistance program.After a student-led push, this month Boynton Health...

The current layout of clinics within the Phillips-Wangensteen Building is not conducive for the workflow of physicians, residents and nurses. The University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to fund a new site.

New UMN research shows new ways to detect autism in babies

February 27, 2017

University of Minnesota researchers are using brain scans to learn about how autism spectrum disorder develops in infancy.A 10-year study published Feb. 16 reveals more about what happens in a child’s...

The current layout of clinics within the Phillips-Wangensteen Building is not conducive for the workflow of physicians, residents and nurses. The University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to fund a new site.

New program gives freshman fast track to UMN Medical School

February 22, 2017

Ten incoming freshmen will be selected to participate in a seven-year program that guarantees acceptance into the University of Minnesota medical school.School leaders started the new BA/MD program to...

Nurse Jody Geinger speaks on the phone at the new Boynton Health Services mental health clinic. The clinic, located on the St. Paul campus, offers services in mental health, nutrition, physical therapy and primary care.

Some UMN health officials worried over impact of potential Obamacare repeal

February 16, 2017

With rumblings that the Affordable Care Act could be disbanded, some health care professionals are worried about the potential impact on University of Minnesota students. If the entire act is thrown out,...

UMN doctors, veterinarians take on antibiotic resistance

February 10, 2017

To help staunch the growing concern over resistant diseases, the Minnesota Department of Health launched the Minnesota One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative, which began work in December.Two...

Responding to limited drug education, UMN student group fills gap

February 6, 2017

Though safe alcohol use and education is integrated and enforced at the University of Minnesota, some students see a gap in drug education.Students Promoting Effective Drug Education, or SPEDE, is a student...

The Sportsology exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul lets kids compare a video of their sports skills side by side with professional athletes like U of M volleyball player Paige Tapp on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

At Science Museum exhibit, Gophers athletes take center stage

February 1, 2017

As one kid raced a Tyrannosaurus rex, another recorded herself passing a volleyball. Across the room, someone took a running start, hopping toward a basketball backboard seven feet in the air.As part of...

Professional chef Jenny Breen helps Katelyn Erickson cut a sweet potato at The Good Acre in St. Paul on Wednesday. Jan, 17. 2017.

UMN class teaches healthy eating to improve public health

January 27, 2017

It was the scene at the Good Acre in St. Paul on Wednesday evening. Since last fall, Food Matters, a graduate-level class for new cooks has been offered by the University of Minnesota’s Center for...

Minnesota abortions dropped 13 percent from 2011 to 2014

January 23, 2017

Abortion rates in the U.S. fell to the lowest level since the 1970s.A new study released by the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive health think tank, shows drops in the number of abortions...

Minnesota receives federal grant to start new mental health clinics

January 19, 2017

First developed under President John F. Kennedy, community mental health clinics are making a comeback in select states under a new federal program.Minnesota received a federal grant this month along with...

Six students are arrested by UMPD for protesting during the Board of Regents meeting in the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, June 10. The individuals were a part of a larger group of about 30, who gathered in demonstration to voice their opposition to tuition hikes.

State dismisses charges against six U students

December 14, 2016

Criminal charges against six University of Minnesota Students arrested in June after protesting tuition hikes at a Board of Regents meeting were dropped.The six students, who were charged with trespassing...

Regents discuss international tuition rates

December 14, 2016

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents is mulling the consequences of raising tuition for international students.At a board meeting Thursday, the board’s finance committee discussed international...

A diabetic emergency kit is used to help any diabetics who forget their insulin.

Rising insulin costs worry students, faculty

December 14, 2016

Nearly a hundred years after its discovery, the cost of insulin — a life-saving drug for diabetics — has continued to rise, leaving many daily users of the drug weary.In November, the American...

New app helps HIV-positive youth remember medication

December 8, 2016

With widespread accessibility of mobile technology, researchers hope a new app may support the wellbeing of HIV-positive youth.A study funded by the National Institutes for Health drew together faculty...

UW-Madison meningitis outbreak spurs widespread vaccination

December 5, 2016

After cases of meningitis were found at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, students from the school who are returning to Minnesota for winter break might need a second round of vaccinations.In October,...

Mixed Blood Theater and U’s pharmacy school stage play about healthcare

December 1, 2016

On Tuesday night, medical professionals and students saw the day-to-day intricacies of the healthcare industry performed in front of them.A troupe of actors staged the play — ‘Go Ask Alice’ —...

Repeal of Obamacare worries healthcare experts and U students

December 1, 2016

As new federal policymakers gear up for the next year, some students and faculty members at the University of Minnesota worry about changes to healthcare laws.During his campaign, president-elect Donald...

Protesters take to the streets on East Bank on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Students and faculty rallied to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

15 Now rally calls for higher wages, unity on campus

December 1, 2016

Holding high red banners, a chanting crowd of about 200 demonstrators marched across campus in support of a $15 minimum wage Tuesday.Organized by 15 Now, the protest started at Coffman Memorial Union at...

$2 million grant given for brain development and self-injury research

November 22, 2016

Self-injury has been researched before, but a new University of Minnesota study will use brain scans to find why some people kill themselves and others don’t.A nearly $2 million grant from the National...

MDH findings show trends in drug spending

MDH findings show trends in drug spending

November 16, 2016

Drugs administered in medical settings are a robust part of healthcare spending in Minnesota, a new study shows.Using data on pharmacy and medical drug sales, researchers from the University of Minnesota’s...

Data from MDH shows decrease in hospital-treated sexual violence

November 14, 2016

While sexual assault is already underreported in Minnesota, a new report found that only about a quarter of sexual violence victims seek medical care.Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health released...

Concerns over safety could lower student parking costs at U

November 10, 2016

Late-night parking could be cheaper at the University of Minnesota after students raised concerns about safety.The University Student Senate discussed a safety initiative at a meeting last Thursday....

Faculty mulls protections of University research and data

November 7, 2016

A University of Minnesota push making its way towards the Minnesota State Legislature would modify the state’s public information transparency law.The University of Minnesota’s Academic Freedom and...

Source: College of Liberal Arts Student Board

Economics majors unhappy about lack of access to Ph.D teachers

November 1, 2016

While the University of Minnesota's economics department publicizes high-ranking and award-winning faulty members, many undergraduates in the program say they aren’t ever taught by those faculty members.A...

Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks visits Caribou

October 26, 2016

Amid cooling temperatures and rain, excited Vikings fans lined up outside Caribou Coffee in Stadium Village Tuesday afternoon to meet and buy coffee from Minnesota Vikings Linebacker Eric Kendricks.Caribou...

MCAD votes for faculty union, University left behind

October 24, 2016

Though three Twin Cities academic institutions simultaneously started fights for faculty unionization in the spring, this week the University of Minnesota fell behind the pack.After a push started last...

Source: Bias Response Team

Data received from Bias Response Team shows racism, homophobia on campus

October 18, 2016

The University of Minnesota’s Bias Response Team has responded to 25 incidents ranging from allegedly discriminatory tweets to an instructor allegedly perpetuating stereotypes about Asians since the...

University names new senior vice president for finance and operations

October 12, 2016

The University of Minnesota has named its senior vice president for finance and operations — a new position created in March by University President Eric Kaler.Brian Burnett, pending approval from...

FCC opens up faculty legislation job to public

October 10, 2016

Breaking a 20-year tradition, the University of Minnesota has decided to make applications for two vacant spots, which facilitate faculty-legislator communication, open to the public.The role of the position...

Study: University of Minnesota linked to ‘risky’ financial deals

October 6, 2016

Many higher education institutions — including the University of Minnesota — have turned to risky financial deals and increased tuition and fees to compensate for decreased state funding, a...

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd at Northrop Auditorium on Oct. 4, 2016 in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Bernie Sanders campaigns for Clinton at University of Minnesota

October 5, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke Tuesday at the University of Minnesota to drum up support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.Clinton supporters filled Northrop Auditorium for the event, which featured...