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.

4/25/2019, 12:43am

Plans for public housing renovations spark criticism

Amid criticism, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved protections for public housing residents Friday. The measure comes as the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority plans to use Rental Assistance Demonstration, a 2012 federal program meant to attract private or nonprofit investment to buildings in need of repair.

4/25/2019, 12:43am

Bikes, kombucha and social justice: the co-op on frat row

Keith Killian was walking down University Avenue when a member of the Students’ Alliance for Cooperative Living caught his eye in 2014. The University of Minnesota student said he's always been — and dressed as — an expressive person, and knew he found his place when he met members of the cooperative.