Helen Sabrowsky


UMN animal lab deaths violate federal law, complaint alleges

The University of Minnesota violated federal law when at least 18 lab animals were killed or abused in laboratories over an eight-month period, according to a March 24 complaint filed with the federal government by an animal research advocacy group.  

Following UMN's lead, more schools adopt affirmative consent policies

More than 50 Minnesota college campuses now follow "yes means yes" consent policies as a result of student advocacy. In 2015, University of Minnesota students were among the first in the state to push for an affirmative consent policy, which requires clearly communicated willingness to participate in sexual activity

UMN researchers ask for specimen retention guidance

In the early 1990s, researchers with the University of Minnesota’s ecology department began collecting dead leaves from trees, grasses and herbs for a study and stored them in the basement of the department’s building. As part of a regular review of materials earlier this year, Christopher Buyarski and other researchers decided the 25-year-old samples could be destroyed as they were no longer needed for research. A week after Buyarski disposed of the samples, he was approached by researchers who wanted to use them.

UMN St. Paul vision considers campus' long-term goals

The University of Minnesota began collecting data on how students feel about the St. Paul campus earlier this month for the St. Paul facility plan — an academic-centered plan that identifies general areas in need of improvement — which President Eric Kaler initiated last year. The plan looks 30 years into the future, and information from the plan will be made available to the public next fall.

Out of 'the dungeon': UMN wrestling to get new facility

When University of Minnesota head wrestling coach Brandon Eggum was a member of the team in 1995, the squad practiced in “the dungeon” – the wrestling team’s room deep in the basement of the Bierman Field Athletic Building. Today, the team still practices in “the dungeon,” as it has since the early 1970s. But starting next year, the team will practice in a new, privately-funded wrestling facility.

Heart-stopping poison could be a promising male birth control, UMN study shows

Scientifically engineered ouabain — a poison traditionally used by African warriors and hunters — is nontoxic and effective at paralyzing sperm, researchers say. Experts hope this finding, plus the public’s increased interest, means scientists are one step closer to developing a reversible male contraceptive