University of Minnesota

Leo Dworsky Autism and Disability Services

  Leo Dworsky, a U of M junior, and the K.A.H.R. Foundation are being honored for their support of people with autism, disabilities and mental health issues. I first thought was there are so many other people that deserve the award. Then I thought, singing at the benefit, fundraising and the advocacy work I do; I guess I can see how it happened.” — Leo Dworsky, Louise Whitbeck Fraser Award

University of Minnesota Thermal Conductivity

  Record-setting discovery could lower energy consumption and improve heat management in electronic devices   (Minneapolis, MN) — August 1, 2023 — A team led by University of Minnesota scientists and engineers has discovered a new method for tuning the thermal conductivity of materials to control heat flow “on the fly.” Their tuning range is the highest ever recorded among one-step processes in the field and will open a door to developing

Computing Ethics Project

(Minneapolis, MN) —  The GroupLens Lab and other department faculty received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The Department of Computer Science & Engineering professors Lana Yarosh, Stevie Chancellor, Joe Konstan, Kangjie Lu, and Loren Terveen were awarded for research titled “Beyond the Individual: Community-Engaged Design and Implementation of a Framework for Ethical Online Communities Research.” The project focuses on the collection of big data in online communities.

Walnuts Better Health

(Minneapolis, MN) — University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) researchers who reviewed data from the CARDIA study, including 20 years of diet history and 30 years of physical and clinical measurements, have found that participants who ate walnuts early on in life showed a greater likelihood for being more physically active, having a higher quality diet and experiencing a better heart disease risk profile as they aged into

Wheat Productivity and Biodiversity

(Minneapolis/St Paul, MN) — December 19th, 2022 —  Agriculture is seen as both a key cause of the global biodiversity crisis and a principal means of addressing it. Though some advocates are calling for farmers to return to heirloom varieties of crops as a way for the agriculture industry to address the growing challenges posed by climate change, new research from the University of Minnesota suggests that the solution lies

XP Family Support Group

(Minneapolis, MN) – December 14th, 2022 —  Last month, the XP Family Support Group hosted an International XP Medical Conference at the Graduate Hotel in Minneapolis. The conference was a great success! Speakers included medical doctors and research scientists from the University of Minnesota and the National Institute of Health, as well as presentations and discussions led by XP patients and their families. Kids partook in activities including jewelry-making, tie-dying,

Disease-Resistant Grapes

(Minneapolis/St Paul, MN) — 10/07/2022 — A University of Minnesota-led team of researchers received the first round of funding from a $10 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to follow up on their work with VitisGen2, a multi-disciplinary, collaborative project focused on cultivating disease-resistant grapes that can be grown sustainably with reduced pesticide and fossil fuel use. The team is made up of researchers from 13

Vagus Nerve Stimulation

(Minneapolis/St Paul, MN)  — Oct. 26, 2022  — University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers are leading a comprehensive global clinical study that seeks to reveal the functional effects of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) across the human body.  The Research Evaluating Vagal Excitation and Anatomical Links (REVEAL) project is a $21 million National Institutes of Health-funded project that will take place over three years. REVEAL aims to study the anatomical connections

Andrea Davis Pinkney

(Minneapols, MN) — July 21st, 2022 — Andrea Davis Pinkney has been named the 2022 Kerlan Award winner. The Kerlan Award is given each year in recognition of an author or illustrator’s exceptional attainments in the creation of children’s literature and their generous contributions and support of the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature. The award presentation is on Oct. 11, 2022, at the University of Minnesota