The Minnesota Daily’s Board of Directors has announced the Office of the Publisher’s new staff for the upcoming academic year. Effective later this month, Andreas Quinn, Cody Nelson and Megan Hernick will take the reins of the Daily’s three divisions as president, editor-in-chief and business operations officer, respectively.
Hanging 2 meters above the ground in backyards and parks, more than 200 sensors are measuring the air temperature around the Twin Cities metro area. University of Minnesota assistant climate professors Peter Snyder and Tracy Twine are hoping the data gathered from these sensors will help them better understand why urban areas generate and hold more heat than surrounding areas — a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect.
Amid the raging national debate over drones infringing on privacy, some University of Minnesota professors are pushing for heavier use of the technology to advance agricultural research. Last week, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research Group and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences requested a $500,000 grant to fund a new precision agriculture research program. If approved by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the program could begin as soon as July 1.
Ellen Andersen has been coming to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center for more than 25 years, and her family has been donating to the center for more than 30. The center was a regular stop on her family’s visits to the city — trips that also included the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Children’s Museum, she said. Donors like Andersen have helped the center raise nearly $4.6 million dollars to operate for the next three years, including $1.5 million for a renovation.
A disc saw screamed in the basement of Keller Hall, spraying a fine mist of wood shavings into the air. The freshly cut board was made to complete the paneling on a homemade arcade game, complete with four controllers for multiplayer mode. A few feet away, physics freshman Mitchell Paull adjusted the decibel levels of his speakers, which then sprayed mineral oil almost a foot into the air and onto the lab table. “It’s going to take some adjustments,” he said, laughing nervously.
The 44 million Americans expected to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year could include those cycling in and out of the nation’s prison system. Under the ACA, Medicaid will pay for inmates’ hospital stays longer than 24 hours and will also allow for greater access to insurance coverage later. This could mean getting health care access to pregnant inmates, which two University of Minnesota professors say are one of the most vulnerable populations in the country.
If University of Minnesota students need their computers fixed, they’ll soon have to pay full price. On May 19, the Office of Information Technology will no longer offer discounted computer hardware repairs to students through its Personal Device Repair division. Tech Stop and the support hotline 1-HELP will continue to offer tech support and troubleshooting for software. While officials cite several reasons for closing the program — like underutilization and a growing number of nearby competitors — the cut has provoked mixed responses from students.
Minnesota’s first alternative teacher licensing program could begin as soon as June, pending Minnesota Board of Teaching approval of the University of Minnesota’s proposed partnership with Teach for America. The College of Education and Human Development presented the program to the state Friday, in hopes of getting the new program on the board’s May 9 agenda. Before then, the board and the University’s Office of Academic Affairs and Provost will look over the application and recommend board consideration.
Biochemistry senior Danielle Harding is surrounded by home brewers. Her friends, her boyfriend and even her father brew their own beer, so it comes as no surprise that she’s taken an interest in it as well — though hers is scientific. Harding is the president of the University of Minnesota Biochemistry Club, which is putting on its first home brewing seminar Friday to explain the science behind brewing beer. Harding said the club created the seminar to cater to the growing number of students and faculty who are interested in learning how to make their own brews.
Sehoya Cotner is more comfortable talking about sex than her own accomplishments. And that attitude has landed her one of the most prestigious teaching awards at the University of Minnesota.
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