$16 million NSF renewal grant to fund fluid power center based at University of Minnesota

Posted June 29, 2010

The University of Minnesota announced today that the Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) based at the Twin Cities campus has received a four-year, $16 million renewal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Industry partners will augment NSF funding with cash and in-kind contributions, and the center’s seven university partners will contribute an additional $3.2 million.

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U of M solar car team to unveil new car May 6

Posted June 29, 2010

The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project team will provide a sneak preview of its newest solar-powered car at a special event for the media and sponsors at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6 on the McNamara Alumni Center Plaza, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis. Those attending will see the new car take its first test drive, view the car’s inner workings and hear from members of the team about their upcoming race.

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U of M study finds rising levels of dioxins from common soap ingredient in Mississippi River sediments

Posted June 29, 2010

Specific dioxins derived from the antibacterial agent triclosan, used in many hand soaps, deodorants, dishwashing liquids and other consumer products, account for an increasing proportion of total dioxins in Mississippi River sediments, according to University of Minnesota research.

University of Minnesota/Indian Institute of Technology team wins Acara Challenge 2010

Posted June 29, 2010

A team of students from the University of Minnesota and the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee recently won the Acara Challenge 2010. The Acara Challenge focuses on creating businesses that address clean water and clean energy for underserved populations in India.

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Building to be named in honor of U of M's 12th president Kenneth H. Keller

Posted June 29, 2010

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has approved naming the Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Building on the east bank campus of the University’s Twin Cities campus in honor of former University president and chemical engineering professor Kenneth H. Keller.

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Former U.S. Under Secretary for Science Raymond Orbach to speak about energy security at the U of M on Feb. 24

Posted June 28, 2010

“Energy Security: From Deal Killers to Game Changers” is the title of an upcoming talk by former U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science Raymond Orbach at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the University of Minnesota’s Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 131, 116 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis.

U of M's MnTAP helps Minnesota businesses save more than $1 million in 2009

Posted June 28, 2010

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) helped businesses save more than $1 million in 2009 through industry-tailored pollution prevention and energy efficiency solutions. With more than 17 million pounds of waste reduced and cost savings that total more than $1 million, several Minnesota businesses benefited from the assistance of MnTAP last year.

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Nobel Prize winner to speak at U of M March 2 about commercial applications of his breakthrough research

Posted June 28, 2010

2005 Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner Robert Grubbs will present a public lecture on the commercial applications of his breakthrough research that has enabled a variety of applications ranging from the production of tough polymers to development of highly functionalized pharmaceuticals. His lecture, which is part of a two-day Honeywell-Nobel Initiative event, will specifically highlight the unique and powerful olefin metathesis reaction.

U of M Board of Regents to recognize new McKnight Land-Grant Professors

Posted June 28, 2010

Ten junior faculty members who have been named McKnight Land-Grant Professors for 2010-12 will be recognized by the Board of Regents at their March 12 meeting. The award aims to advance the careers of the university’s most promising junior faculty at a critical point in their professional lives.

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University of Minnesota's award-winning solar-powered house to be available for purchase

Posted June 28, 2010

Have you ever wanted to own a home that was powered by nothing but the sun? The University of Minnesota’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2009 Solar Decathlon will be available for purchase to the general public. A pre-proposal meeting and site visit will take place  at 1 p.m. March 29 in the U of M’s ReUse Center, 883 29th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. Interested buyers are required to submit a purchase proposal by April 12.