University of Minnesota officials recently discussed state funding, a revamp of the school’s oldest residence hall and new sexual misconduct policies. The University’s Board of Regents approved remodel schematics for Pioneer Hall, which was approved for a $104.5 million renovation last September, at a meeting last week.
University of Minnesota researchers are looking for ways to tackle the impact of increasingly severe weather on residents of the upper Midwest. The research, presented Thursday at the University’s St.
Thousands of people bearing signs proclaiming “Science is Cool” and calling to “Make Earth Cool Again” marched Saturday afternoon to advocate for science. More than 10,000 people rallied at Cathedral Hill Park and marched to the State Capitol in St.
After releasing his 2018 budget proposal last month, University of Minnesota researchers are worried they could lose federal grant money under President Donald Trump. Much of the school’s research is aided by federal money, and Trump’s proposal would reduce those grants considerably.
University of Minnesota researchers who have successfully treated a gastrointestinal infection with fecal transplants hope to use the method to treat diseases and conditions like obesity and autism. Fecal microbiota transplantation replaces the good bacteria in the gut with minimal risk of repeat infection.
University of Minnesota researchers have created a sponge that can absorb toxic mercury from wastewater in minutes. The breakthrough comes as mercury concentrations in water have increased slightly the last few years after a thirty-year decrease in Minnesotan waters.
At a national conference in early March, the University of Minnesota reaffirmed its goals to bolster ethical recruitment strategies, informed consent practices and research monitoring. The University has held a conference annually to dicuss challenges in human research, after Dan Markingson — a St.
Three new lab spaces with 3D printers and water jet cutters opened at the University of Minnesota Thursday with hopes of giving engineering students first-hand experience with state-of-the-art equipment. The $2 million, 10,000 square-foot Anderson Innovation Lab consists of three different spaces, two in the Mechanical Engineering Building and one in the Civil Engineering Building.
University of Minnesota researchers are developing a way to better predict how drugs break down in wastewater. Scientists from the Wackett Lab are using a predictive methods to determine the correct enzymes that break down pharmaceuticals in water. In the past, wastewater has been treated for naturally occurring chemicals, which are digested by microbes.
The University of Minnesota is halfway to meeting its goal of reducing campus carbon emissions 50 percent by 2020 — a benchmark the school first outlined in 2008. Recycling office furniture, replacing lights in parking garages and planting gardens on roofs helped reduce the school’s nearly 640,000 metric tons of emissions in 2008 to 492,121 metric tons in 2016. In 2008, former University President Robert Bruininks signed the American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment to achieve carbon neutrality across all the University’s campuses by 2050. The agreement garnered signatures from universities around the country, like the University of Illinois and Ohio State University. “The U is committed to energy conservation regardless of what is happening nationally,” said Shane Stennes, director of sustainability at the University. In order to achieve the goal, sustainability committees were created in 2010 on all of the school’s campuses and the “It All Adds Up Campaign” was expanded to include waste reduction. The Climate Action Plan was released the next year in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Stennes said the Twin Cities campus’ sustainability committee has outlined strategies to reduce energy consumption by 2050: Creating a combined power and heat plant, tuning up buildings’ systems, implementing green building standards for new construction and reducing laboratory energy. The main goal of the sustainability committee is to have a cleaner source of energy, Stennes said. Some of the steps taken are installation of LED lights rather than HPS in parking ramps across the University.