Helen Sabrowsky


Students hit the polls as Election Day in Minneapolis ramps up

University of Minnesota student and faculty voters trickled into campus area polling places for the Minneapolis municipal elections Tuesday.  Polls opened at 7 a.m. for the 2017 municipal elections, where candidates are competing for Minneapolis mayor, city council and park board. Area residents gave a number of reasons for their votes throughout the day. Polls close at 8 p.m.

New University clinic provides walk-in care for athletic injuries

A new University clinic aims to provide members of the public with specialized, same-day athletic care. As part of a growing trend in medicine, the University Health Sports and Orthopaedics Walk-In Clinic, which opened early this semester, connects patients with Gophers athletics' physicians. It is one of few in the area staffed by professionals trained in treating sports injuries.

University study first to look at gut fungi and diet

New research from the University of Minnesota sheds light on the relationship between obesity and an often-overlooked aspect of gut health: fungi. While previous studies have examined the impact of diet on gut bacteria, this research – published this month – is the first to demonstrate a connection between fungi and diet. These findings give important support for the idea that gut fungal communities may contribute to metabolic health.

University receives patent for cyanide antidote

The University of Minnesota was granted a patent for a fast-acting cyanide antidote last month, a development over a decade in the making. While other cyanide antidotes already exist, the antidote developed by University researchers is more effective than others on the market, in part because it’s administered by injection. Researchers hope the antidote will save the lives of people exposed to hydrogen cyanide, including firefighters, industrial workers and terrorist attack victims.

University solar car builders race across Outback this week

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.

University research focuses on little-studied forests

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.

CFANS student seeks funding for research to synthesize dairy

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.