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University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has announced the launch of the search for the University’s next Gopher Athletics Director.

The search plan was developed following recommendations from an independent external review of Gopher Athletics in December 2015, as well as recommendations from Vice President for Human Resources Kathryn Brown, who met with members of the Board of Regents’ Audit and Compliance Committee Thursday to discuss her recommendations.

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A five-year plan to grow and maintain the quality of undergraduate students, while providing an exceptional experience at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus was presented to the U’s Board of Regents today. The Board is expected to act on the plan at its March meeting.

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For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

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Two researchers from the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota have found that married couples in the U.S. are happier and more fulfilled when they are together rather than apart, underscoring the importance of spending time with a spouse for individual well-being.

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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities mechanical engineering Professor David Y.H. Pui and civil, environmental and geo- engineering Professor Emmanuel Detournay have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Both are professors in the University’s College of Science and Engineering.

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed.

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A large international team of forest ecologists including U of M ecologist Jennifer Powers and University of Minnesota graduate student Justin Becknell sought to answer that question by analyzing recovery of aboveground biomass using 1,500 forest plots and 45 sites across Latin America. The researchers found that carbon uptake in these new-growth tropical forests was surprisingly robust. Their findings will appear in the print edition of the journal Nature February 11.

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The February agenda for the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents is highlighted by discussions central to the strategic positioning of the U for years to come.

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The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium, according to new research published online in the journal Chemistry of Materials.

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Adam Levy, frontman for the Honeydogs, Mina Moore, Claire Monesterio of GRRRL PRTY and Johnny and Molly Solomon of Communist Daughter will speak and perform at Music and the Mind Unplugged Tuesday, February 9.

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