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Alex Amann, also known as DJ Cfans, does live mixing in his bedroom on Saturday. Amann graduated with a B.A in food science and is now pursuing a graduate degree at the University with the asperation of becoming a flavorist.

The sound of CFANS

May 7, 2014

Turntables and other DJ equipment fill Alex Amann’s home studio, where records and concert posters hang on the wall. Among all the music memorabilia, his University of Minnesota Bachelor of Science...

Insititute on the Environment Director Jonathan Foley is leaving the University in August to become the new executive director of the California Academy of Sciences.

New post for lead researcher

May 6, 2014

The founding director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, an internationally renowned researcher, recently announced he’ll leave his post in August. Jonathan Foley’s...

Target CEO steps down

May 6, 2014

Early Monday, Target’s board of directors issued a statement announcing that, after “extensive discussions,” it is the “right time for new leadership,” reported the Star Tribune. 35-year...

New major concerns CFANS students

May 1, 2014

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences launched two new majors this academic year, but some say one has serious problems that need to be fixed. Students in the college’s...

Sex assault report released

April 30, 2014

A White House task force formed to protect students from sexual assault released its highly anticipated first report Tuesday, offering new recommendations for colleges around the country. The University...

Little Falls shooting trial near its end

April 28, 2014

A trial for the deaths of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17 - who were killed on Thanksgiving Day 2012 - is nearing its completion. Byron Smith, 65, is standing trial for shooting the two cousins in...

Student activists take on Keystone XL pipeline

April 24, 2014

A bus of student environmental activists, including some from the University of Minnesota, is headed to the nation’s capital Friday. While in Washington, D.C., they will participate in a weeklong...

Assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz demonstrates the Atom Blaster, a Nerf toy developed from his master's research in 2005, in his office Thursday. Kudrowitz has taught a Toy Product Design course for 10 years, including four at the University of Minnesota.

For product design, he’s the one

April 22, 2014

Wearing bright blue sneakers and a blazer, University of Minnesota assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz discussed his favorite cartoon, “Adventure Time,” from inside his Rapson Hall office. Littered...

St. Paul man kills girlfriend with son in car

April 20, 2014

A man was charged in Ramsey County District Court with shooting and killing his girlfriend while she sat in the back of an SUV with their infant son, the Star Tribune reported. Timothy Hendricks,...

Frostbitten UMD student plans on returning to school

April 15, 2014

University of Minnesota-Duluth student Alyssa Lommel was found unconscious on her neighbor's porch in the frigid cold on Dec. 7, 2013, Fox 9 reported. Lommel was found by a passerby after passing out...

Housing studies major hits pause

April 15, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s College of Design will put its decades-old housing studies major on pause starting next year. College administrators decided to temporarily stop admitting new students...

Students take on diversity

April 10, 2014

Members of a growing student movement at the University of Minnesota are raising issues with a lack of diversity on campus and how the institution’s leaders are dealing with it. Whose Diversity?...

Website brings democracy to students’ complaints

April 8, 2014

University of Minnesota students now have a new place to vent and exchange ideas. The Echo Spot launched last week, and the website is aiming to be the students’ main platform to help solve campus...

Digital materials could cut book costs

April 2, 2014

Course materials could soon become cheaper and more accessible at the University of Minnesota. Several University departments are testing digital course packets in 81 class sections. If the pilot program...

New mobile app could up safety

April 1, 2014

By the end of the month, University of Minnesota students will be able to request a campus security escort on mobile applications or online. The new service is expected to bolster use of the security escort...

Come spring, pests may emerge

March 26, 2014

As this season’s record cold breaks, Minnesotans can expect the return of some familiar foes. Most household pests are able to weather — even thrive — in the toughest of winters. Insects...

International students take March to celebrate

March 12, 2014

The Minnesota International Student Association’s office has been a scene of organized chaos this month as members busy themselves preparing for International Student Month. This year, the group...

Becca Nash, Associate Director for the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, examines the different varieties of carp studied at the Aquatic Invasive Species Research Lab on Thursday.

Dated lab calls for renewal

March 11, 2014

The building housing the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center was originally built in 1911 as a farmhouse equipment repair shop. In the 1990s, it was renovated...

Group readies for Guatemala volunteer trip

March 4, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s Engineers Without Borders program is gearing up to spend spring break in Guatemala. Students will build improvements for irrigation systems in a small agricultural village,...

Study: bumblebees catching honeybee diseases

February 27, 2014

Honeybees and bumblebees may be part of the same family, but their relationship may be harmful, according to a new study. "The spillover of parasites and pathogens and disease" from managed honeybee...

Minnesota state economist and University of Minnesota professor of applied economics Laura Kalambokidis.

U professor busy with state budgeting

February 27, 2014

Laura Kalambokidis is so busy forecasting Minnesota’s budget that she doesn’t have time to teach her applied economics course at the University of Minnesota. As the state economist, Kalambokidis...

Toy design students hold up toy idea presentation boards after presenting in front of judges and lab instructors at the University of Minnesota Toy Lab on Wednesday.

Students play with toy design

February 25, 2014

In the basement of Rapson Hall, University of Minnesota assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz and his students come together three times a week to make toys. A lime green NERF gun he designed sits on a shelf...

CFANS student group takes on bonding bill

February 19, 2014

As state lawmakers prepare for the start of the 2014 legislative session Tuesday, a group of University of Minnesota students from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is readying...

U may disclose its green investments

February 17, 2014

After hearing appeals from students for the University of Minnesota to halt its investments in fossil fuel companies, the Board of Regents is weighing a policy change. The new policy would require the...

Apparel studies majors Kira Erickson, Mary Ellen Berglund, Karen Fiegen, Crystal Compton and Jordyn Reich in the apparel design studio Monday on St. Paul Campus. These apparel studies majors entered a proposed design for sweat-resistant gloves into a contest for NASA, and will be traveling to NASA's Microgravity University in Houston, Texas for the contest.

Design students reach for the stars

February 12, 2014

In a crowd of students sitting in Nicholson Hall’s lounge, Karen Fiegen stands apart. But it’s not her colorful shirt or her cat-eye glasses — the apparel studies senior distinguishes...

The Center for Sustainable Building Research, located on the corner of University Avenue Southeast and 15th Street Southeast, is equipped with design tables and desks for students to work on architecture assignments.

In a century-old building, making the state green

February 11, 2014

On the edge of Dinkytown at 15th and University avenues southeast, a nearly century-old building contrasts with the newer Sydney Hall apartment complex across the street. But inside those limestone walls,...

Study: Monarch habitat is declining

February 4, 2014

The number of monarch butterflies hibernating in Mexico reached an all-time low last year, according to a recent study led in part by a University of Minnesota professor — compelling experts to call...

U plans northern Minn. research hub

January 30, 2014

Between Fall Lake and Browns Lake near the northern Minnesota town of Ely, there’s a tract of pristine wilderness formerly owned by a University of Minnesota alum and former Chicago lawyer. The family...

The NetZero house in North Minneapolis was designed built by students from School of Architecture.

Students, profs design green home

January 28, 2014

Along a row of houses in north Minneapolis’ Hawthorne EcoVillage sits a bright red house with a snow-covered roof. Though it appears like any other house in winter, a group of University of Minnesota...