5/2/2019, 1:41am

UMN researchers examine rural health disparities

The University's Rural Health Research Center and the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team on the Duluth campus lead projects to examine rural health issues among diverse groups. One-fifth of rural Americans are people of color, according to census data.

5/2/2019, 12:42am

Episode 29: How renaming was rejected

On Friday afternoon, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted against renaming four buildings on campus 10-1. Regents said the University should address its complicated history in other ways and took issue with facts of the report. The rejection went against over one year of of student advocacy, a campus task force report and President Eric Kaler’s recommendations, and outcry from protestors, including longtime professor John Wright, at the meeting.

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.