Max Chao


For patients and their families, comfort with style

Jeanne McCoy is part of a group of volunteers at a University of Minnesota children’s hospital that is giving patients a little style. Since late May, McCoy has worked at the University Masonic Children Hospital’s new Blythe Brendan-Mann Foundation Wellness Center.

UMN will see largest freshman class in 40 years

This fall will see the largest University of Minnesota freshman class in 40 years. In the Board of Regents’ first meeting led by new Chair David McMillan, administrators and officials reported Wednesday on plans for the fall and its new crop of students, along with updates on the past year’s progress in athletics and long term academic goals. University President Eric Kaler detailed the incoming freshman class in his annual report to the board. He said the new class was the largest in 40 years with around 6,000 students.

University researchers look to reinvigorate greater Minnesota

A new research initiative from the University of Minnesota aims to analyze population trends in order to reinvigorate rural Minnesota. With a recent $500,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture in tow, the ten-person, three-year project attempts to examine data that shows rural communities are growing but need to improve to thrive in the future. Bucking a popular narrative, statistics show rural communities have increased in population by 11 percent, predominantly in the form of 30-49 year olds, since 1970.

Postdoc parents face biases, study finds

A new study shows postdoctoral researchers have trouble accessing parental accommodations. The study, published June 21, found that postdocs were often hesitant to request pregnancy accommodations, had limited access to parental leave and were pressured to return to work early.

St. Anthony Falls Laboratory names new director

The University of Minnesota’s St. Anthony Falls Lab near the Stone Arch Bridge recently appointed its new director. Earlier this month, Lian Shen was named the new director of the SAFL after a two-year, five candidate search.

Amid fidget toy craze, U grads create silent device

In 2016, a group of University of Minnesota business students were looking to create a way for young students and their classmates to fidget in peace. Not long after, an unexpected craze formed with fidget toys in all shapes and sizes everywhere.

U center explores a sustainable future

In a workshop in St. Paul, several researchers work to advance the future of sustainable energy. For almost 15 years, theUniversity of Minnesota’sCenter for Biorefining has researched ways to convert waste into valuable resources like energy and food. “We saw so much of this waste and it actually causes a lot of pollution to the environment ... it’s actually, simply, a waste of the resources,” said Roger Ruan, founder and director of the center and a University professor.