Ryan Faircloth


After election, number of women of color lawmakers increases at Capitol

When the gavel first strikes in the Minnesota Legislature this January, minority groups will see a slight increase in representation. With the addition of newly-elected legislators, there are now 16 lawmakers at the capitol who identify as minorities — roughly 8 percent of the Legislature.

Despite stigma, Somali parents find support for children with autism

Six-year-old Anas Ahmed could hardly be contained as he bolted across his playroom. His mother, Marian Ahmed, called Anas over, taking his head between her hands and squeezing gently. The pressure calms Anas from uncontrollable excitement often associated with severe autism — a disorder he was diagnosed with shortly after his first birthday. Of Ahmed’s four children, both of her sons — Anas and his eight-year-old brother, Ayub — have autism spectrum disorders.

U researchers talk gentrification

University of Minnesota researchers held a discussion Friday on the effects neighborhood redevelopment can have on city residents. At the discussion, hosted by the University’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, experts presented a preliminary analysis of quantitative and qualitative data which found evidence of gentrification in the Twin Cities from 2000 to 2014. The study’s methods used a mixed approach, with qualitative interviews of city officials and neighborhood leaders alongside quantitative data. The analysis found  over a third of Minneapolis low-income areas  experienced gentrification over the period. Minneapolis neighborhoods the study found to be gentrified were areas like Downtown, North Minneapolis and Northeast, among others. “For a neighborhood to be considered gentrifiable at the beginning of the study period, that neighborhood had to be populated by a large share of low-income households,” said Tony Damiano, a researcher on the study. Researchers considered whether a neighborhood saw an influx of upper-class residents, evidence of displacement of lower income residents, or bumps in investment to find if they had been gentrified, Damiano said. The researchers also found  that housing in city neighborhoods has grown less affordable for the typical Minneapolis household. “Persons right at the median are now finding fewer neighborhoods to look at in terms of finding affordable housing,” said Edward Goetz, CURA director and an author of the study.

HIV data could help clinics track lost patients

For health providers, keeping track of patients with HIV has proven troublesome. A University of Minnesota study — funded by the National Institutes of Health — looked into the impact state HIV surveillance data could have on keeping doctors in contact with patients who have stopped seeking care. The analysis, presented on Nov.

Thousands of anti-Trump protesters voice pessimism, call for unity in I-94 protest

University of Minnesota students and community members held an anti-Trump rally outside the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and in surrounding streets Thursday night, protesting the President-elect's plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and calling for unity across ethnic, racial and religious lines. Police shut down 19th Avenue South to allow protesters to march. "We stand with you no matter where you come from.

U researchers to examine racial disparities in senior care

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are flipping the script on how they study racism in senior care. A five-year study — funded by a $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant — will assess racial disparities in nursing homes and how they correlate with resident care and quality of life.

Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center set to open this spring

A project over two years in the making — aimed at cutting high unemployment in Cedar-Riverside — is finally taking shape. The neighborhood held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the $950,000 Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center project, which is set to open this spring, and will connect community members to education and job training.

University wage study researchers address bias accusations

University researchers have defended a minimum wage study done for the city of Minneapolis earlier this month amid accusations of bias from business reps and city officials. Critics say the study was partial toward the implementation of a minimum wage raise. Initial concerns over research bias were raised at the Oct.