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iron sulfide crystal
Research

‘Fool’s gold’ may be valuable after all

Posted July 28, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers have electrically transformed the abundant and low-cost non-magnetic material iron sulfide, also known as “fool’s gold,” into a magnetic material that could be the first step in creating valuable new materials for more energy-efficient computer memory devices.

diagram showing aerosol hot zones in classrooms
Research, Medical-Health Technology

New study explores how coronavirus travels indoors

Posted July 27, 2020

University of Minnesota mechanical engineering professors Jiarong Hong and Suo Yang modeled the effect of ventilation on COVID-19 transmission in different interior spaces.

Zooniverse image showing partners
Awards-Grants, Research

U of M partners with NASA and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium to advance citizen science

Posted July 21, 2020

As part of a new partnership agreement, NASA has pledged two years of support for the Zooniverse team at the Adler Planetarium and the University of Minnesota. This funding will contribute to Zooniverse’s efforts to develop and maintain its cutting-edge citizen science research platform.

3D rendering of the printed heart pump
Research, Medical-Health Technology

Researchers 3D print a working heart pump with real human cells

Posted July 14, 2020

In a groundbreaking new study, researchers at the University of Minnesota have 3D printed a functioning centimeter-scale human heart pump in the lab.

Rhonda Franklin and Chris Pennel portraits
Awards-Grants

Abbott Professorships to introduce prospective students to STEM

Posted July 7, 2020

The Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) at the University of Minnesota has named College of Science and Engineering Professor Rhonda Franklin and Medical School Professor Chris Pennell as the inaugural recipients of the IEM Abbott Professorships in Innovative Education. 

Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology educating at Science Museum
Awards-Grants, Research

NSF awards $20M to Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology

Posted July 7, 2020

University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers announced today that they are part of a team of researchers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology who have received a five-year, $20 million grant from the NSF Division of Chemistry.

Black hole merger illustration
Research

Black hole collision may have exploded with light

Posted June 25, 2020

An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Minnesota, have seen what might amount to the first light ever detected from a black hole merger.

3D printing of sensor on lung
Research

Discovery allows 3D printing directly on expanding organs

Posted June 17, 2020

University of Minnesota engineers and computer scientists have developed a 3D printing technique to print electronic sensors directly on organs that are expanding and contracting. The new technique could have future applications in diagnosing and monitoring the lungs of patients with COVID-19.

20-21 astronaut scholars
Students

Two CSE students receive prestigious Astronaut Scholarship

Posted May 22, 2020

Two students in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have been awarded prestigious scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

Donna Whitney doing research in the field
Energy-Environment

CSE professor involved in national recommendations on the future of Earth science

Posted May 19, 2020

University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Professor Donna Whitney was part of a committee appointed by the National Academies that has published a new report outlining the future of Earth sciences over the next decade.