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Violent crime victim and witness data stolen from laptop, hard drive

January 21, 2014

The theft of a University of Minnesota professor’s laptop, portable scanner and external hard drive last February resulted in a data breach of the personal information of 119 victims and witnesses...

Police arrest suspects in November robbery, another student assaulted in Dinkytown

January 3, 2014

While an attempted robbery of a student Thursday adds to a list of violent crimes prompting alerts this year, University of Minnesota police announced Friday they arrested several suspects in other crimes. This...

The last two University of Minnesota presidents inherited administrative teams that led the institution in different directions. While former University President Bob Bruininks had little immediate turnover when he took office, President Eric Kaler saw significant changes in his senior leadership team.

The new guard: effects of administrative turnover

November 27, 2013

Since Eric Kaler began his presidency at the University of Minnesota in 2011, all but four administrators on his 18-person senior leadership team have left their old posts. It’s an unspoken rule...

Minneapolis street sweeping begins this week around campus

October 22, 2013

The City of Minneapolis will begin sweeping streets around the University of Minnesota this week to clear them of fall leaves and debris. Cars parked on the streets scheduled for sweeping will be...

Poster kiosk catches fire outside Vincent Hall Monday night

October 22, 2013

One of the pillars covered with posters caught fire on the University of Minnesota east bank campus Monday night.  A University police officer responded to the incident outside of Vincent Hall around...

Days before DFL convention, no front-runner in mayoral race

June 11, 2013

BY CODY NELSON [email protected]    Minneapolis DFLers will hold their convention on Saturday, but it's unclear if any of five major candidates will get an endorsement from the party.   Five...

Daily Digest: Protests continue in Turkey, MERS Virus spreads to Italy and WWII veteran U.S. Senator dies

June 3, 2013

Here's your Daily Digest for Monday, June 3:    Protests continue in Turkey, PM labels protestors extremists Protests are now in their fourth day in Turkey, where a peaceful demonstration...

Minnesota Senate passes same-sex marriage bill, people react on social media

May 13, 2013

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University proactively prevents research misconduct

May 9, 2013

  Researchers from the universities of Wisconsin and Washington reportedly falsified data. A social psychologist in the Netherlands fabricated more than 50 scientific articles over the course of his...

University of Minnesota pharmacy professor Gunda Georg will receive the Volwiler Research Achievement Award in July from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

U pharmacy prof ‘unrivaled’ in her field

May 7, 2013

  For Gunda Georg, writing scientific papers on a weekend is fun. It’s often the only time she has for that part of her job because the week is full of her other responsibilities. The University...

U students react to MSA’s WTFUMN accounts

May 6, 2013

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University closed data centers instead of upgrading them

May 2, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s data centers manage and store everything from grades and financial data to the websites’ servers. Data centers use more than 2 percent of the electricity in the...

Professor Aditya Bhan explains the heat exchange experiment that chemical engineering students learn to do their junior year.

Pushing the limits

May 2, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s chemical engineering major is pushing its limits, and many students say the major’s higher demand has increased its difficulty. Although designed to accommodate...

Farmers look to bridge disconnect

April 24, 2013

Lauren Servick grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Le Roy, Minn., that her uncles and great-grandfather still run today. Not many of Servick’s cousins or siblings are going back to the farm,...

University creates new program to allay sequester cuts

April 22, 2013

  The dust has settled after sweeping budget cuts known as the sequester went into effect last month, and federal agencies have responded with how they’re going to implement them. University...

Black Label Movement dancers rehearse the collaborative piece of Bio Medical professor David Odde and dance professor Carl Flink on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at People Center's Gym on West Bank. This collaboration will be performed at TEDx Talks, April 21 at Coffman.

Crashing science into dance

April 17, 2013

Jessica Ehlert, feet blackened from the rehearsal floor, ran full-speed across the dance studio. She leapt, latching onto another dancer, who caught her and crashed into two others, knocking them around...

Some things never change

April 16, 2013

When Mark Koepp started farming in the 1980s, he joined 16,000 other pig farmers in Minnesota. Today, about a quarter are left. Fewer people are staying on the family farm, and the farms are getting bigger....

Study shows rudeness online hurts relationships offline

April 12, 2013

A new study found hostility online is increasing, and it's spilling over into life offline.  One in five people said they stopped talking to someone in person after disagreeing online, according...

Microbiology senior and Phi Kappa Sigma president Greg Schuneman paints the nails of Alpha Epsilon Phi graduate advisor Rachel Levine at a MANicure philanthropy event Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Hillel. Money raised by the event will be donated to the Sharsheret organization against breast cancer in the Jewish community.

Men give manicures for good cause

April 11, 2013

The smell of acetone filled the air as Hillel was transformed into a nail salon Wednesday night. Members of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity painted nails to raise money for Sharsheret, an organization that...

A bench fermentor agitates a sample batch for experiments with bio-energy for a external company on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Biotechnology Resource Center at St. Paul. The University has contracts with outside companies that do not have the necessary facilities or resources.

University centers cash in on outsourcing services

April 8, 2013

  From sequencing entire genomes to designing sustainable buildings, the University of Minnesota offers a wealth of resources and services for researchers and industry. With decreased federal research...

Penguin colony benefits from climate change

April 4, 2013

While climate change has negatively affected polar bears up north, some penguins down south may actually be benefiting. University of Minnesota research published online Wednesday found an Adélie...

Congress cuts political science research

April 2, 2013

  At a time when research funding is hard to come by, political science researchers will find it even harder. The U.S. Congress passed an amendment to the budget bill banning the National Science...

Director of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Jorge Vinals walks through the massive network of high performance supercomputers Wednesday, March 27, 2013, beneath Walter Library. A recent upgrade increased the amount of storage available to the institute's users.

University supercomputing gets boost

March 28, 2013

Tucked away in the basement of the University of Minnesota’s Walter Library, 4,000 square feet of supercomputers flash, performing thousands of computations per second. The Minnesota Supercomputing...

Information technology professor for OIT-Security and Assurance  Ben Allen, right, works to collect

Officials say University is cybersecure

March 13, 2013

  Dozens of hackers filled McNamara Alumni Center, programming past cyber defenses to capture vital information. They weren’t real hackers and it was just a game, but the scenario is based on...

Female chimps more hostile with each other

March 11, 2013

Humans may be more like monkeys than they realize. New research from the University of Minnesota published online last month in the American Journal of Primatology shows female chimpanzees gesture more...

AHC review underway for 2012 research retraction

March 7, 2013

University of Minnesota research is under review following a rare retraction. Veterinary medicine professor Sagar Goyal published a retraction in December, withdrawing a research article from 2010. The...

MN to stop purchasing products that contain triclosan

March 4, 2013

  Gov. Mark Dayton signed an executive order Monday banning state agencies from purchasing products that contain the ingredient triclosan, according to the Associated Press. Commonly used as an antibacterial...

U, other orgs. take on social media, but consumers still run the conversation

March 4, 2013

Social media played a large role at the University of Minnesota’s annual legislative briefing at the end of January. Attendees were encouraged to voice their support for the University on social...

Breaking down college budgets

February 25, 2013

Interactively explore the financial resources and expenditures of each college. In the last two decades, the share of the University of Minnesota’s budget that comes from the state has dropped by...

Mpls makes recycling easier

February 21, 2013

Minneapolis recovered nearly 400 more tons of waste with single-sort recycling than with the old multi-sort recycling system, the city announced Wednesday. The results are from the first six weeks of the...

Google releases Google Glass video, contest

February 20, 2013

Google released a YouTube video today showcasing its latest invention, Google Glass. They're like having all of Google's capabilities -- from GPS to texting, video chatting and search -- in a pair...

U excused absence policy back in place Feb. 25

February 20, 2013

The University of Minnesota is returning to its usual excused absence policy on Monday, Feb. 25, according to an email sent to faculty and staff on Wednesday. Students will have to show their instructors...

Supreme Court favors Monsanto in oral arguments Tuesday

February 20, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Bowman v. Monsanto Co. today, and the majority seemed to be on Monsanto's side, The New York Times reported. Monsanto argues that subsequent generations...

Evaluating the U’s social media prowess

February 19, 2013

Data source: Global Language Monitor, 02/13/2013 sampling of social media accounts When the state Legislature heard the University of Minnesota’s funding request, students and faculty were encouraged...

Agriculture case to affect patents

February 13, 2013

  A U.S. Supreme Court decision on agricultural patents could have sweeping effects on copyright law. The case, Vernon Bowman v. Monsanto Co., will begin oral arguments next Tuesday. The Court will...

CSE Dean elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 8, 2013

The National Academy of Engineering announced 69 new members for its class of 2013 on Thursday, and the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Dean Steven Crouch was among them. "This...

U enzyme discovery could lead to breast cancer cure

February 7, 2013

A University of Minnesota discovery published Wednesday could lead to a cure for breast cancer. University researchers, led by College of Biological Sciences professor Reuben Harris, discovered an enzyme...

U research could lead to breast cancer treatment

February 6, 2013

  A University of Minnesota discovery published Wednesday could lead to breast cancer treatment. University researchers, led by College of Biological Sciences professor Reuben Harris, discovered an...

University of Minnesota researcher Greg Brick examines the roof of Miles Cave on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, beneath Hastings, Minn. Brick has been exploring caves for his research since 2004.

The U’s cave diver

February 6, 2013

HASTINGS, Minn. — Greg Brick coughed years of cave dust from his lungs, his breath condensing in the cold winter morning. He crawled as deep into the cave as he could, inching forward on his stomach,...

U students ‘Imagineer’ their way to the finals

February 5, 2013

Walt Disney Imagineers design and build rides, restaurants, experiences and shows for parks, cruise ships and resorts worldwide. University of Minnesota students pretended to be Imagineers in the 22nd...

University $84 million tech upgrade chugs along

January 31, 2013

Although it’s been half a year since the University of Minnesota’s $83.5 million technology upgrade began, there’s still a long way to go. Visible changes to University web pages won’t...

Report shows how CLA spends tuition

January 30, 2013

University of Minnesota students pay more than $13,500 a year in tuition and fees, but they may not know what happens to that money. The College of Liberal Arts posted a report on its blog last week that...

U sponsoring symposium on the female orgasm

January 29, 2013

Guaranteed to have a massive turnout, the Univeristy of Minnesota will host a program exploring female sexuality and the "big O" this April. Sex and relationship educators Marshall Miller and...

Reporter’s notebook: U’s main soaps free of triclosan

January 25, 2013

Although they couldn't track down every type of hand soap the Univeristy of Minnesota uses, representatives from Facilities Management shared the three main products the University uses to see if they...

Faculty carry the administrative research burden

January 24, 2013

From a researcher’s point of view, the University of Minnesota doesn’t have enough administrators. The University has endured criticism over the last month after a Wall Street Journal article...

U research finds antibacterial ingredient in Minnesota lakes

January 23, 2013

A common ingredient used in antibacterial soaps is building up in Minnesota’s lakes. In a study  publicly published Tuesday, University of Minnesota researchers reported that increased use of...

U receives $28 million microelectronics grant

January 18, 2013

While today’s computers use semiconductors and electron charge to store memory, the computers of the future could use electron spin. Researchers at the University of Minnesota will investigate how...

‘Citizen scientists’ classify wildlife

December 12, 2012

It lays camouflaged deep in the savannah, awaiting some sign of movement so it can capture its prey — in a photograph. Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Lion Research Center carefully...

‘Fiscal cliff’ could hurt U research

December 11, 2012

All Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy can do is watch, wait and hope for good news. With time running out for Congress and President Barack Obama to reach a compromise before looming automatic tax...

U announces new VP for equity and diversity

December 10, 2012

After a two-year vacancy, Katrice Albert will be the new vice president for equity and diversity, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced Friday in an email. Currently the vice provost for...