Ryan Faircloth


Republican-majority Legislature spurs questions about U's funding future

With Republicans snatching control of the Minnesota House and Senate earlier this month, some lawmakers think the shift could impact state funding for the University of Minnesota. Republicans anticipate a much smoother process to approve funding in the upcoming session for HEAPR and say it is possible the funding amount the University receives will change little from past years.

After election, number of women of color lawmakers increases at Capitol

When the gavel first strikes in the Minnesota Legislature this January, minority groups will see a slight increase in representation. With the addition of newly-elected legislators, there are now 16 lawmakers at the capitol who identify as minorities — roughly 8 percent of the Legislature.

Despite stigma, Somali parents find support for children with autism

Six-year-old Anas Ahmed could hardly be contained as he bolted across his playroom. His mother, Marian Ahmed, called Anas over, taking his head between her hands and squeezing gently. The pressure calms Anas from uncontrollable excitement often associated with severe autism — a disorder he was diagnosed with shortly after his first birthday. Of Ahmed’s four children, both of her sons — Anas and his eight-year-old brother, Ayub — have autism spectrum disorders.

U researchers talk gentrification

University of Minnesota researchers held a discussion Friday on the effects neighborhood redevelopment can have on city residents. At the discussion, hosted by the University’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, experts presented a preliminary analysis of quantitative and qualitative data which found evidence of gentrification in the Twin Cities from 2000 to 2014. The study’s methods used a mixed approach, with qualitative interviews of city officials and neighborhood leaders alongside quantitative data. The analysis found  over a third of Minneapolis low-income areas  experienced gentrification over the period. Minneapolis neighborhoods the study found to be gentrified were areas like Downtown, North Minneapolis and Northeast, among others. “For a neighborhood to be considered gentrifiable at the beginning of the study period, that neighborhood had to be populated by a large share of low-income households,” said Tony Damiano, a researcher on the study. Researchers considered whether a neighborhood saw an influx of upper-class residents, evidence of displacement of lower income residents, or bumps in investment to find if they had been gentrified, Damiano said. The researchers also found  that housing in city neighborhoods has grown less affordable for the typical Minneapolis household. “Persons right at the median are now finding fewer neighborhoods to look at in terms of finding affordable housing,” said Edward Goetz, CURA director and an author of the study.

HIV data could help clinics track lost patients

For health providers, keeping track of patients with HIV has proven troublesome. A University of Minnesota study — funded by the National Institutes of Health — looked into the impact state HIV surveillance data could have on keeping doctors in contact with patients who have stopped seeking care. The analysis, presented on Nov.