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The University of Minnesota announced today that it is one of only 10 universities nationwide that are part of a new University Innovation Freshmen (#uifresh) initiative aimed at attracting and retaining more incoming students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

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The University of Minnesota announced it has been selected by the National Institutes of Health as one of three Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) sites nationally to establish a university-wide strategic framework promoting commercialization and technology transfer in the life sciences and biomedical technology. Supported by a $3 million NIH grant with another $3 million in matching U of M funds, the university’s MIN-REACH program will provide commercial expertise and resources needed for the development and commercialization of diagnostics, therapeutics, preventive medicine and medical devices. The program will establish new industry partnerships, strengthen existing partnerships, and provide entrepreneurial, commercial-style education for innovators to accelerate the pace at which innovations reach the marketplace. It will fund between 10-20 research projects a year.

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The University of Minnesota announced today that it has been selected as one of only two universities in the country to gain open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery of the globe. Access to DigitalGlobe Basemap creates vast new possibilities for academic research and education at the University of Minnesota.

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The Energy Thought Summit (ETS) announced today that University of Minnesota Professor Massoud Amin received the first-ever “Thought Leader of the Year” award during ETS15, a worldwide conference that brings together leaders to debate the future of energy.

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Student-run impact ventures focused on solar-powered microgrids for rural India and environmentally friendly feminine hygiene products have been selected Gold Level winners of the 2015 Acara Challenge, a competition held by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management.

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Hibernation holds secrets for our health

March 3, 2015

Paul Iaizzo’s research partnership with Medtronic may lead to new treatments for heart failure, obesity, osteoporosis, and more.

Source: University of Minnesota Foundation

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Keeping teen drivers safe

March 3, 2015

Teen drivers are at an especially high risk of being involved in a crash. To help keep them safe on the road, U of M researchers have been refining the Teen Driver Support System.

Source: Center for Transportation Studies

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Replace petroleum with sugar?

March 3, 2015

Invented by Kechun Zhang and colleagues, a biodegradable polyester made from sugar could replace the environmentally damaging petroleum-based materials in common products.

Source: University of Minnesota on YouTube

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Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets, and fertilizers, can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota used an ultrathin black phosphorus film—only 20 layers of atoms—to demonstrate high-speed data communication on nanoscale optical circuits.

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WHO: 1,700 middle school students from nearly 20 schools; about 300 University of Minnesota science and engineering students
WHAT: College of Science and Engineering Expo featuring more than 30 exhibits by University of Minnesota science and engineering students aimed at engaging middle school students
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3; Exhibits—9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Raptor Show—12:45 p.m.
WHERE: Exhibits—Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis; Raptor Show—Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

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