Dow + U = lab safety

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A new safety campaign for laboratories takes hold They say you can never be too careful. At the University of Minnesota, that goes double. Through a unique partnership with the Dow Chemical Co., graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from the U departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) are […]

Miracle magnetic materials: Jian-Ping Wang

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What do disease early detection, rare-earth-free magnets and massive information storage and processing all have in common? Magnetic materials could be instrumental in a new wave of solutions in these areas. Distinguished McKnight Professor Jian-Ping Wang is experimenting with magnetic materials for all these innovations, and more. Evident in his varied and […]

Mending the Minnesota

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A study of its basin paves the way for cleaner water everywhere The Minnesota River’s usually placid surface belies its status as a river —and a watershed—in need of help. The river is naturally prone to heavy sediment loads. It runs through rich glacial deposits, in a channel carved by a catastrophic […]

Making tracks toward innovation in the stormwater runoff treatment train

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Research and demonstration projects across the metropolitan area highlight new methods for reducing stormwater pollution Cleaning stormwater runoff—the stormwater treatment train—includes a number of phases starting with the removal of larger debris (including with the SAFL Baffle), down to smaller particles and pollutants that are picked up and carried along in the […]

Observing the human heart from all angles

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You might think one human heart beats like another, but they’re a bit like snowflakes. No two are alike. Especially diseased hearts. A normal human heart weighs 350-400 grams, but a diseased heart may weigh more than twice that amount. Those differences matter, whether you’re doing surgery or inventing devices to aid […]

Evaluating pedestrian and bicyclist risk in Minnesota roundabouts

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Once rare in the United States, roundabouts are becoming more common in Minnesota and across the country. Although research has shown that roundabouts can successfully ease congestion and reduce serious crashes, there are concerns about roundabout accessibility and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. In a study funded by the Minnesota Department of […]

‘Smart bridge’ technology helps monitor I-35W bridge behavior

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Since the completion of the I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge in September 2008, University of Minnesota researchers have been using “smart bridge” technology to collect and analyze data about the bridge’s structural behavior in a project funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). During its construction, the bridge was instrumented with […]

Device invented at U of M is cleaning stormwater and creating jobs

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The SAFL Baffle is a low-cost device invented at the University’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory to boost the performance of sump manholes for cleaning stormwater. With more than 3.2 million sump manholes in the country—perhaps 25,000 in the Twin Cities metro alone—there is a “huge opportunity for engineers to install the SAFL […]

STEM Lessons

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Engineering is a must-take class at Columbia Academy, the middle school in Columbia Heights District 13. Though no one is required to take the course, practically every student enrolls because it’s just that much fun. Middle school engineering teacher Angel Brown and math teacher Emily Christiansen take an interdisciplinary approach to the […]

Graduate students and postdoctorates lead laboratory safety efforts

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Kickoff of ‘Safety Starts with U!’ campaign, Monday, September 24 From safety-themed posters, to informative safety moments before meetings and seminars, creation of a safety website, and an increased emphasis on wearing proper safety gear in laboratories, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are taking the lead in improving and sustaining the safety culture […]