Rilyn Eischens


New U program trains some staff, faculty on mental health advocacy

A few dozen University of Minnesota faculty and staff were the first to receive training on how to spot signs of mental health issues — especially when distressed students approach them with concerns. The new ‘mental health advocates’ completed training last month as part of a pilot program that organizers say could be an important step in promoting mental health at the University.

U professor's research impacts treatment of incarcerated women

From anti-shackling legislation to visiting room improvements, a University of Minnesota professor’s research team is changing the way women are treated in state prisons. Department of Pediatrics Assistant Professor Rebecca Shlafer’s research focuses on incarcerated women and their children.

State: 47 reported cases of sexual assault at University in 2015.

Of the nearly 300 sexual assaults reported on Minnesota college campuses last year, 47 — the largest number in the state — were at the University of Minnesota, according to a report released Thursday. The report, released by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, was compiled after a law passed in 2015 by the state Legislature required post-secondary institutions to report sexual assault data to the state.

State denies U's appeal in unionization push

Lecturers and teaching specialists will be allowed to remain in a potential faculty union at the University of Minnesota according to a Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services decision announced Nov.

Study: More Ph.D students of color doesn't mean more minority professors

A new study put to question a commonly-held belief that increasing the pool of doctoral students of color boosts the hiring of diverse professors. Instead, experts at the University of Minnesota say initiatives aimed at increasing diversity should focus on easing minority graduates into teaching jobs by supporting them while they’re still studying. The November study — conducted by four east coast researchers — was published in eLife Sciences, and analyzed a pool of biomedical doctoral graduates and assistant professor hires in medical school departments nationwide between 1980 and 2013.

No matter how unhealthy, research shows why people buy processed food

Prepackaged, processed food is known to be less healthy than whole foods, but new University of Minnesota research shows people still buy it — and not just for convenience. University School of Nursing researchers found that a lack of meal-planning and cooking skills increases parents’ odds of buying prepackaged, processed foods.