4/29/2019, 10:44pm

Student app to highlight history of UMN campus area

Voy: Audio Tour for Everyday Places, offers users audio tours of the University of Minnesota Foundation Real Estate Advisors Motley development and other areas on campus. The app, created by University students Kiet Ho and Cody Perakslis, has also seen interest from American Public Media. The app aims to launch by the end of the summer.

4/29/2019, 10:35pm

Legislative forum highlights district policy concerns

Sen. Kari Dziedzic, DFL-Minneapolis, Rep. Mohamud Noor, DFL-Minneapolis, and Rep. Diane Loeffler, DFL-Minneapolis, spoke to constituents about a “driver’s licenses for all” bill, affordable housing, climate change and healthcare and how those issues are being addressed this legislative session. The event, one of about 50 forums statewide hosted by the ISAIAH faith coalition, was held at the University Lutheran Church of Hope.

4/29/2019, 1:05am

Day-to-day life differs for those with disabilities at the University

Cole Anderson uses seven elevators to get from his apartment to his first class of the day. He’s usually forced to wait to get in elevators because they’re too full —  often, he sees able-bodied people crowd in while people with mobility aids, like those with scooters or wheelchairs, are left waiting outside. Other times, he gets stuck between buildings, watching students use the single-person-wide ramp in the West Bank Skyway as a walkway.

4/29/2019, 1:04am

Women faculty warn of bias in student evaluations

When students fill out the end-of-semester Student Rating of Teaching form, it usually signals their stress is almost over. But for the instructors, it can be just the beginning. Some instructors have to wonder if their physical appearance or skin tone might make a difference when tenure, promotion or a job itself is on the line. 

4/29/2019, 1:03am

UMN researchers outline wearable tech for managing stress

A University of Minnesota project combines robotics, simulated hugs and AI conversations in hopes of an eventual day-to-day stress tracking technology. In a paper to be submitted by May 3 for the International Symposium on Wearable Computers, College of Design researchers detail a compression vest that can be used to relieve stress. A University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Initiative looks to combine three devices: a compression vest, a biometric-gathering bracelet and an at-home AI assistant into a stress management plan. 

4/29/2019, 1:01am

10th Avenue Bridge repairs expected to start in the fall

The city of Minneapolis has finalized plans for repairs to the 10th Avenue Bridge, with construction expected to begin this fall. Once contract details are solidified, construction will close the bridge for 12 months starting in 2020. Improvements include additional bike lanes and sidewalk space while reducing traffic lanes from four to two, which officials say will make the bridge safer.

4/29/2019, 12:59am

Knoll Area to get major infrastructure upgrade

The Knoll area, located in the northwest corner of East Bank campus, will receive major utility and road upgrades through an $11.6 million project supported by money from Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement funding and several University Services units. The two-phase project will begin in May 2019 and conclude in September 2020. 

4/29/2019, 12:51am

Local architects hope to 'frame' Marcy-Holmes

Local architects will set up different sized frames throughout the neighborhood in areas of cultural and historical interest this summer. In partnership with Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association’s Creative Placemaking Committee has allotted $1,800 for the project as part of its new micro-grant program. 

4/26/2019, 6:22pm

Students respond to regents' vote to keep building names

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted Friday against renaming Coffman Union and several other campus buildings. Dozens of students showed up to the special session in protest and many expressed disappointment with the board’s decision. 

4/25/2019, 9:05pm

What you need to know before Friday’s renaming meeting

The discussion on renaming campus buildings will come to a head Friday, when the Board of Regents will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. in McNamara Alumni Center. The board is slated to vote on whether to rename Coffman Union and three other buildings on campus.

4/25/2019, 12:46am

Founder of African American Studies department retires

“Savor these days, they won’t come again,” is the advice John Wright said he would have told his younger self — before overtaking Morrill Hall, before helping found an African studies department in the 60s, before coming to the University of Minnesota.