Members of the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project will drive about 1,800 miles across the Australian Outback this week in an international solar car competition. The University team is one of 42 groups competing in this year’s World Solar Challenge, a biennial event that requires teams to design a car powered only by the sun. Participants say the contest is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on engineering and business experience, as well as spark community interest in environmental sustainability.
An experiment led by University of Minnesota researchers sheds light on restoration efforts in an often-overlooked environment. The research, conducted with foresters in Costa Rica, identifies trait-based screenings — which use measurable plant characteristics — as the best way to choose plant species for restoration projects in tropical dry forests. Some experts say these areas have been under-studied and hope the findings will be useful in climate change research worldwide.
After making it to the finals of a national research competition, a University of Minnesota graduate student is searching for funding for an innovative agricultural project. College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Sciences student Andrew Carter’s proposal to synthesize dairy in a lab using cellular agriculture was one of 45 finalists in National Geographic’s 2017 Chasing Genius contest, which sought strategies for feeding the world’s growing population. While Carter didn’t win, he’s still searching for ways to move forward with his “futuristic” dairy production idea.
A new University of Minnesota program aims to bring baby boomers back to school. In its inaugural year, the University’s Advanced Careers program allows ten fellows aged 55 and up to take classes at the University this semester and participate in an internship this spring. Organizers say the program’s focus is to help baby boomers interested in nonprofit work transition to careers.
The nationally renowned University of Minnesota apple growing program released a new apple this year: the Rave. Nearly 20 years in the making, this apple is the fastest ever developed by University researchers in the program’s 100-year history. The fruit, described by some as juicy and tart, will be more widely available next year.