University of Minnesota nurses school is placing a new focus on issues of addiction among registered nurses — an issue rarely covered in nursing programs. The School of Nursing incorporated a specialized curriculum into its degree program last year to make students aware of addiction and to address stigma and attitudes surrounding the problem.
Armed with $4.5 million from the state, the University of Minnesota is funding 11 new projects to combat the spread of invasive species. Species like oak wilt fungus, emerald ash borer and gypsy moth will be targeted with the research. Ecology professor Jeannine Cavender-Bares will use hyperspectral imagery to detect and monitor the spread of oak wilt in Minnesota.
Since last fall, Simon Cecil has bailed 39 people out of jail — some for as little as $78. Cecil, a third-year graduate student in a dual degree program at the Carlson School of Management and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, started Minnesota Freedom Fund — a nonprofit organization that bails people out on small, misdemeanor charges.
To address concerns over the effect of immigration policies on students, University of Minnesota administrators have created a new team to field questions. The new group, called the Immigration Response Team, was created by the University and provides resources and support to anyone affected by changes in federal U.S.
While immigrating to the U.S. can be stressful, living in a small apartment with food readily available and not needing to walk long distances to work can also cause health problems for new arrivals. To help immigrants manage their health, Abdullahi Sheikh, a Pillsbury United Communities health programs manager, started a six-week course for people over the age of 60 in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
Growing up in a small Dakota community in southwest Minnesota and attending public school, Vanessa Goodthunder never saw a Native American teacher leading her classes. Goodthunder, a teacher candidate at the University of Minnesota, said she never saw a strictly Native American curriculum taught, either; when it was, it was in a generalized and stereotypical fashion. The experience pushed her to go into teaching. “My goal was to become a teacher and change that for other students and change the curriculum,” Goodthunder said.
Months after announcing the closure of a financially struggling University of Minnesota dental clinic in Cedar-Riverside, dentistry school leaders have decided to keep it open. Input from community members and local and state leaders spurred the decision to keep the clinic open, which lost nearly $800,000 last year.
In an effort to ease its relationship with the city’s communities, the Minneapolis Police Department has created a new division to run all of its outreach initiatives. The Community and Collaborative Advancement Division, created earlier this month, will oversee and expand community outreach initiatives and introduce new programs. “We’re putting it under one command so we can stay on top of those issues and make sure that we are out there providing for the community,” said Commander Charlie Adams who heads the new division Community police centers, like the Cedar Riverside/West Bank Safety Center, will be part of CCA, and new initiatives will be added as time passes.
For the second year in a row, the University of Minnesota has the third highest number of graduates who signed on to be Peace Corps volunteers. Seventy 2016 U graduates joined the Peace Corps — behind the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 87 and the University of Washington’s 73. Since 2010, the University has been in the top 20 colleges in terms of Peace Corps volunteers.
The University of Minnesota is among the worst schools in the nation for black students’ college completion, a report released Wednesday found. The report, commissioned by the Education Trust — an education advocacy organization based in Washington D.C.