CSE in the News—2019

February 2019

Travelers Disrupting Distraction Symposium: Over 70 percent of Minneapolis-area drivers surveyed use phones behind the wheel 
The College of Science and Engineering's HumanFIRST Lab for this luncheon program exploring the latest data and research around distracted driving. Feb. 21: HeraldcourierFox40; Wow!; GVTC; Stockwatch; Fox21; 107.7; Oldies 97.7; ValleysCW; Telemundolubbock; ForwardGeek; Toshiba Start; Businesswire.sys-con; 92 duplicate stories

UMN president is commencement speaker for UMN Morris
President Eric W. Kaler will serve as 2019 Commencement speaker at UMN Morris on May 18. Feb. 20: Stevens County Times 

UMN researchers use stalagmites to gauge climate change
Regents professor in earth sciences Larry Edwards is quoted. He uses stalagmites as indicators of climate change in his research. Feb. 20: MNdaily

Online physics courses you can take for free
UMN via Coursera offers the introductory physical chemistry course Statistical Molecular Thermodynamics. Feb. 15: Class-central

UMN explores the future of nanotechnology in medicine
Research from the department of electrical and computer engineering focuses on using nanotechnology. Professors Rhonda Franklin and Bethanie Stadler are quoted. Feb. 15: MNDaily

'Forever' chemicals leave costly water problem in Bemidji, cities across the country
Professor of civil, environmental and geo-engineering Bill Arnold, who has done extensive research on PFAS, is quoted. Feb. 14: MPRnews

Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration Highlight the Fall CCEFP Summit
Professors Tom Chase, Tequila Harris, Perry Li, Ashlie Martini, Paul Michael, Eric Severson, Kim Stelson, James Van de Ven, and new CCEFP Director Zongxuan Sun attended the event last October. Feb. 14: Fluidpowerjournal

Partnership sending UMN members to African math institute
Peter Olver, head of the Department of Mathematics in CSE on the Twin Cities campus, and Molly Portz, assistant dean of Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, are quoted. Feb. 13: The Minnesota Daily; Feb. 19: JBHE

BioEngineering, BioDetection and BioSensors Conference April 1st-2nd, 2019
Associate professor in mechanical engineering Michael McAlpine will make a keynote presentation. Feb. 12: WebsiteGear; Feb. 19: Technology Today; and 63 similar sites

The remarkable diversity of hot springs on the bottom of Yellowstone Lake
UMN researchers Andrew Fowler, Chunyang Tan, and William Seyfried, were involved in a large multidisciplinary project called the Hydrothermal Dynamics of Yellowstone Lake (HD_YLAKE). Feb. 11: USGS; Feb. 12: Express

UMN researchers 3D bio-print a model that could lead to improved anticancer drugs and treatments
UMN medical researchers and engineers have developed a way to study cancer cells which could lead to new and improved treatment. Feb. 11: AZoM.com: Materials InformationBrightSurfEurekAlert!Medical Xpress; Medicine news lineNewswiseScienceDaily; Scienmag7thSpace; Feb. 12: Health Medicine NetworkThe Medical News; Medicine news line; Feb. 13: 3ders; DrugnewsMedicalnewserMedindia; Feb. 13: 3druck

Transforming Fluid Power Systems through Collaboration
Zongxuan Sun, Director of Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, Department of Mechanical Engineering authors article. Feb. 11: FluidPowerJournal

Minnesota Starwatch: Second supermoon arises this February
Professor of astrophysics Robert Gehrz is quoted. Public viewings of the night sky offered at Minnesota Institute of Astrophysics and Bell Museum Exploradome. Feb. 6: Winona Post; Feb. 8: Pine City Pioneer

UMN regents approve $2k engineering surcharge
The Board of Regents agreed to adopt a College of Science and Engineering surcharge of $2,000 per year. Feb. 7: TwinCities Pioneer Press; Feb. 8: MNdaily

Citizen science projects have a surprising new partner - the computer
Professor of physics and astronomy Lucy Fortson, and recent graduate in master's program in data science Marco Willi, are working to integrate machine learning techniques. Feb. 6: Bioengineer; BrightSurf; Phys.Org; NewswiseScience MagazineScience Daily; Science360Techristic;  Feb. 7: UCNews; Glocalist; EurekAlert!; R&D; Cenredailytimes; Daily Herald; NewsLive; Feb. 8: MinnesotaAgconnection; USAgNet; Feb. 9: Interesting Engineering

10 beloved sci-fi shows that experts say got science wrong
Professor of physics and astronomy James Kakolios is quoted. Feb. 4: Insider; Feb 6: Business Insider Nordic; Business Insider SingaporeThis Is Insider; Feb. 7: Business Insider Australia

UMN startup Vascudyne's new organic material to replace artificial tissue for heart surgery
UMN Technology Commercialization's startup Vasudyne Inc., based in Stillwater, Minn., has developed an innovative living tissue made from skin cells to replace artificial tissue for safer cardiovascular surgeries. Feb. 6: Compelo

Sustainable Bioenergy from Native Prairie on Abandoned Ag Land
Post-doctoral associate in bioproducts and biosystems engineering Yi Yang is lead author of the study and is quoted. Feb. 6: USAgNet

Student scientists earn scholarships to national biodiesel conference
Student in bioproducts and biosystems engineering Kelly Martichuski is quoted. Feb. 4: PressReleasePoint; Feb. 6: FuelsMarketNews

Punishments scrapped from pronoun policy
Associate dean and professor in computer science and engineering Joseph Konstan is quoted. Feb. 3: Minnesota Daily

ONY hosting technical forum with Mark Hillmyer
McKnight presidential endowed chair in the department of chemistry Marc Hillmyer will give a tecnhical lecture on sustainable polymers. Feb. 1: Lima Ohio; Feb. 4: AdaIcon

January 2019

Minnesota starwatch for February 2019
Professor of astrophysics Robert Gehrz is quoted. Public viewings of the night sky offered at Minnesota Institute of Astrophysics and Bell Museum Exploradome. Jan. 26: Austin  Daily Herald; Jan. 30: Southernminn; Jan. 31: Tri-County News; WDIO; MilleLacsMessenger

Driverless vehicles and the future of smart mobility
Professor in mechanical engineering Max Donath, director of Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute and the Roadway Safety Institute in the Center for Transportation Studies, is interviewed. Jan. 31: Fox9

With higher ed costs rising, libraries offer free textbooks
Assistant professor of mathematics Mike Weimerskirch says his class cost and withdrawal rate plummeted after switching to an online video textbook. Jan. 30: Minnesota Daily

Sustainable bioenergy from native prairies on abandoned agricultural lands
Researcher in bioproducts and biosystems engineering is quoted. Jan. 29: Phys

Mason awardees display benefits of outsider perspectives
Assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science Vivian Ferry combines nanocrystal chemistry and nanoscale optics to study light-matter interactions in materials. Jan. 25: ScienceMag

Experts see bright future for electrical, solar car
Professor in electrical and computer engineering Ned Mohan is quoted. Jan. 24: Finance & Commerce

MN Ag Expo, Connects All Industry Members
Professor in chemistry Thomas Hoye is quoted. Jan. 23: KEYC

Chemistry preprints pick up steam
Vice president for research Christopher Cramer has experienced the benefits of preprints and sharing research before publication. Jan. 19: C&EN

UMN Physics Department puts on a show
The Physics Force uses a high-energy approach to show younger students that physics is fun, interesting and understandable. Jan. 16: KSTP TV; Jan. 17: USAgNet

Stopping the Spread of Cancer Cells
Associate professor of biomedical engineering Paolo Provenzano, supported by the Randy Shave Cancer Fund, has discovered a way to stop cancer cells from moving and spreading. Jan. 16: KARE 11

Sociophysics could change the future of astrology
Associate professor of computer science Stephen Guy provides research on sociophysics and how human conduct and particle systems can be understood. Jan. 11: Thought Catalog

Webinar on GNSS Jamming and Crowd Sourcing Detection and GeoLocation
Professor of Aerospace engineering Demoz Gebre-Egziabher will be the moderator of the webinar. Jan. 10: Inside GNSS

How to strengthen safety in the lab
Assistant professor of chemistry Ian Tonks discusses the emphasis on safety procedures in the lab. Jan. 9: Science Magazine

Driveway sealants pollute Minnesota ponds
Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering Raymond Hozalski researches sediment from stormwater ponds to track carcinogenic chemicals known as PAHs. Jan. 8: MPRNEWS; Northfield News; Jan. 14: MiddletownPressFresno BeeThe HeraldThe Tribune; Argus-Press;The Eagle; New Haven RegisterTri-City HeraldHastings Tribune; Jan. 16: Insurance Journal

UMN spinoff CoreBiome sold to Pennsylvania company
Associate professor of BioTechnology Institute Dan Knights leads CoreBiome and co-founded the company two years ago. Jan. 4: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; StarTribune; Philadelphia Inquirer; MinneInno; Jan. 31 MinneInno

Can recycling market find a second life?
Professor of chemistry and director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers Mark Hillmyer researches plastics that would decompose in the ocean. Jan. 3 Houston Chronicle; Jan. 11: Click2Houston

New Course Confronts Polarization
Professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics Ellad Tadmor creates Science Court, to investigate polarizing issues with reasoned, scientifically based presentations. Jan. 2: Minnesota Ag Connection