UMN in the News
Recent polling shows that white Americans and African-Americans have completely different perspectives on recent events in Ferguson, Mo., with just 37 percent of whites saying that the police shooting raises important issues about race, compared to 80 percent of African Americans. U of M sociology's Christopher Uggen comments on his research.
The impassioned discussion about the amount and size of the glass in the new Minnesota Vikings stadium has already resulted in something positive: Many more people now know that large expanses of glass can be deadly for birds. U of M ornithology professor Robert Zink comments.
As airlines impose bans and some borders are closed, the agency warns of shortages and limits to response. U of M Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy director Michael Osterholm comments.
The University of Minnesota said Tuesday that it’s scrapping plans for two venture capital funds worth $70 million and instead adopting a smaller program aimed at providing seed financing to start-up technology companies born on the university campus. U of M Office of Technology Commercialization's Jay Schrankler.
Less than half of all formal written materials, oral testimony and discussions used by the Minnesota State Legislature to pass (or not pass) laws related to childhood obesity during a recent five-year period cited research-based evidence, according to a University of Minnesota study published last week. The study offers an intriguing look at how policymakers use — or don’t use — scientifically obtained evidence in shaping legislation. U of M School of Public Health's Sarah Gollust comments on her research.
A coalition of Twin Cities civic, business and education leaders has a plan for closing the achievement gap between white and minority students in St. Paul and Minneapolis, and it starts with three parts: Developmental screening for 3-year-olds, tutors for elementary students and mentors to help older students choose academic plans that lead them toward their dream careers. U of M President Eric Kaler comments.
On Monday, federal government workers took the first step in requiring cars to include technology that will allow vehicles to communicate with one another. Researchers at the U of M are currently building a test facility along Interstate 94 for cars that will one day be equipped with the technology. U of M Minnesota Traffic Observatory's John Hourdos and Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Frank Douma comment.
Minnesota has launched its new statewide system for helping sexually exploited youth that treats them as abused individuals needing help and support rather than as criminals. U of M Urban Research and Outreach Center research is cited.
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Scientists have known for a while that warming global temperatures are causing Arctic lakes to release methane, a potent greenhouse gas that leads to even more warming. U of M College of Biological Sciences' Jacques Finlay's research sheds light on the subject.
Can innovative street furniture improve the way people perceive downtown? That was the question at the heart of a recent collaboration between the Downtown Improvement District and the University of Minnesota College of Design, which tasked undergraduate students working in an empty City Center retail space to activate public space and solve problems for the downtown traveler. U of M College of Design adjunct professor Tom Oliphant comment.