Photons do the twist, and scientists can now measure it

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Measurement of optical torque by scientists holds promise for industrial and consumer devices MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/26/16) — Researchers in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering have measured the twisting force, or torque, generated by light on a silicon chip. Their work holds promise for applications such as miniaturized gyroscopes and torsional […]

University of Minnesota named a Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research

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Biomedical engineering faculty to lead project exploring novel brain stimulation approaches MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/22/16) — The University of Minnesota has been named a Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research, joining eight other centers around the country. With that distinction, the University was awarded a grant totaling $9.07 million over the […]

Popular geosciences free mobile app adds 53 new field trip guides with 400 stops

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App upgrade unlocks huge amounts of data previously only available in print or PDF MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/21/16) — A popular geosciences mobile app, developed by the University of Minnesota, just received a major upgrade. The free Flyover Country app now includes 53 new field trip guides for Colorado and surrounding states, including almost […]

Lab tests structural strength against earthquakes, other natural forces

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University’s Multi-Axial Subassemblage Testing (MAST) Lab is one-of-a-kind lab In August 2016, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake devastated Central Italy, killing hundreds and injuring hundreds more. The quake also demolished many structures, destroying homes and buildings of historic and cultural importance. When it comes to earthquakes and other natural disasters, designing structures to be resilient […]

Two U of M startups with ties to CSE named among nation’s “Best University Startups”

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University launches record 17 startups in FY16 MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (08/30/16) — Two University of Minnesota startups with ties to the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) have been named among the nation’s “Best University Startups 2016” by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), an association of university startup officers. Innotronics […]

NOvA shines new light on how neutrinos behave

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University of Minnesota researchers involved in new results indicating that the flavor and mass correlation may be more complex than previously thought MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (08/08/16) — Scientists from the NOvA collaboration, including University of Minnesota researchers, have announced an exciting new result that could improve our understanding of the behavior of neutrinos. Neutrinos […]

Samira Azarin: Building a Cancer Cell Collector

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Written by Greg Breining Much of Samira Azarin’s research falls within the realm of tissue engineering—using cells to build tissues in the laboratory, and she is focusing on several research projects. Azarin, an assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, directs adult-derived stem cells to “manufacture” the endothelium (blood vessel) barrier […]

Michael McAlpine: Channeling New nerve Growth

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Written by Greg Breining Michael McAlpine just happened to land in the field of regenerative medicine. His real interest is 3D printing. McAlpine, the Benjamin Mayhugh associate professor of mechanical engineering, has 3D-printed everything from three-dimensional electronics to a soft bionic ear embedded with a conducting silver radio antenna. His current project […]

Robert Tranquillo: Living Valves for Growing Hearts

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Written by Greg Breining An adult with a heart valve defect may endure open-heart surgery to replace the malfunctioning valve with a mechanical replacement or valve from a pig. A growing child, however, has it much worse. “That child would need two, three, sometimes as many as five open-heart surgeries as they […]

Replacement parts

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CSE researchers work to restore structure and function of damaged tissues and organs Written by Greg Breining If the promise of regenerative medicine is ever fully realized, it will rank right up there with the fountain of youth. Regenerative medicine is a new and potentially transformational field of medicine that seeks to harness the body’s ability to heal itself, enabling its own […]