November 2017

AI could be the perfect tool for exploring the Universe
Astrophysics professor Liliya Williams describes how AI has become beneficial to astronomers who have access to better telescopes and better data storage which means there’s more than ever to analyze. Nov. 15 The Verge; IT and Us; News2read; Cetusnews.com

Expert tells robot makers to focus on the ‘Good’ of AI
Computer science and engineering professor Maria Gini remarked that the key to the success of intelligent machines is for their makers to use their imaginations in ways that benefit society. Nov. 13: Design News

Observations of a comet’s first passage through the solar system reveal unexpected secrets
Minnesota institute for astrophysics professor Charles Woodward and his team observed a comet which will contributes to our understanding of the general characteristics of comets and the formation of small bodies in in our solar system. Nov. 10: Phys.org; International Business Times; MSN

Throwback Thursday: A modest man’s vision
Mechanical engineering alumnus Bob Kierlin is featured in a story about Fastenal, a company he helped create. Nov. 9: Winona Daily News

UMN researchers look to tune up UPS trucks
T.E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory director Will Northrop is working on a project to improve the efficiency of UPS hybrid electric delivery vehicles by 20 percent. Nov. 9: KARE11

A cure for your snoring might be an app developed at the University of Minnesota
Medical devices center innovation fellows Adam Black and Brian Krohn collaborated with a U of M sleep health physician to create a digital health solution to chronic snoring, a condition that has proven hard to effectively treat. Nov. 8: Star Tribune; GVTC; Toshiba; Suddenlink; TDS; Nov. 15: Atlantic Broadband; NWCable.net; Blue Ridge Communications; Nov. 17: Phys.org

U of M students set Guinness World Record for Alka-Rocket launch
A triumphant team of student rocketeers from the University of Minnesota have blasted their way into history by winning the Bayer-Big Ten Alka-Rocket Challenge and capturing a place in the annals of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. Nov. 8: Cision PR Newswire; Nov. 9: Fox 9; Nov. 10: KSTP; Nov. 16: StarTribune

Isaac Newton learned about financial gravity the hard way
Mathematics professor Andrew Odlyzko analyzes how Sir Issac Newton lost nearly $4.1 million in today’s purchasing power. Nov. 8: Wall Street Journal; Jason Zweig; Nov. 15: ValueWalk; W3LiveNews (Austrailia); ArkansasOnline.com; Nov. 16: Northwest Arkansas Online

CEO of Miromatrix Medical thrives on helping others via medical research and education
Biomedical engineering alumnus Jeff Ross is the CEO of Miromatrix, a company aiming to end the transplant waiting list by bioengineering organs and tissues from pigs without triggering rejection in human bodies. Nov. 2: Eden Prairie News

New tissue-engineered blood vessel replacements one step closer to human trials
Biomedical engineering professor Robert Tranquillo lead a study that created lab-grown blood vessel replacements that could be used as an “off the shelf” graft for kidney dialysis patients. Nov. 1: Newswise; EurekAlert!; The Medical News (Australia); Medical Xpress (Great Britain); Nanowerk; Press Release Point (India); Nov. 2: World Pharma News (Germany); Medical Product Outsourcing; DeathRattleSports.com; Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News; KARE11; Nov. 3: Global News Connect; Bionity.com; Chemeurope.com (Germany); Nov. 9: Ciencias Médicas News (Mexicco); Nov. 12: Minnesota Daily; Nov. 14:  Brainerd Dispatch

Minnesota starwatch for November
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. Nov. 1: The Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch; Nov. 9: Pineandlakes Echo Journal

October 2017

Minnesota starwatch for November
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. Oct. 28: International Falls Journal; Oct. 29: Mille Lacs Messenger

Minnesota skies could be dancing with aurora Wednesday night
Astrophysics professor Robert Lysak recounts that aurora borealis are more active around the sprint and fall equinox. Oct. 25: CBS Minnesota

Map provides high-resolution look at nearly entire Arctic region
Polar geospatial center director Paul Morin is an ArcticDEM researcher who released high-resolution digital elevation models of the land area north of 60°N latitude, , plus those parts of Alaska, Greenland, and Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula that are south of that point.  Oct. 24: EOS

Fight against hackers continues at the Cyber Security Summit
Technology leadership institute senior lecturer Andrew Borene equates cyber security with the defense of a city, instead of a war against hackers. Oct. 24: Fox9

Lizzy Crist named 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year
Biomedical engineering Ph.D. student Lizzy Crist is the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year. The award recognizes graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in athletics, academics, leadership and community service. Oct. 23: NCAA; The Source; Oct. 24: ABC 6 News; Oct. 28: StarTribune; Oct. 30: Lakeshore Weekly News

Hands-on Science 102
The Energy and U team explores the many forms of energy powering our lives. Oct. 22: Twin Cities PBS

Friday Roundtable: Closing the gender gap in STEM
Chemistry professor Erin Carlson resolves that negative messages received by women in STEM eventually become the woman’s own internal feelings. Oct. 20: MPR News

A gut check – with Twin Cities tech
Computer science and engineering assistant professor Dan Knights is the lead researcher of CoreBiome Inc., which has formed a partnership with a clinical-stage biotech company near Boston that is aiming to harness the health-care power of gut microbes. Oct. 17: StarTribune

‘KRACK’ vulnerability puts nearly all WiFi devices, routers at risk
Technology leadership institute senior fellow Mike Johnson warns that every single device that is WiFi enabled is potentially impacted. Oct. 17: KARE 11

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
U of M astrophysicists were involved in the discovery of gravitational waves—ripples in space and time—in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. Oct. 16: KARE 11,  The New York Times, Nature; Press Release Point (India); Oct. 19: NewsWise

IoT, drones And AI: How Technology Can Help In Disaster Situations
Technological leadership institute director Massoud Amin illustrates how technology enables better proactive planning, prepositioning of the assets and assists with more real-time recovery and restoration during natural disasters. Oct. 14: International Business Times

Why is the Sun’s atmosphere much hotter than its surface
Physics and astronomy assistant professor Lindsay Glesener relates this phenomenon to a stove that feels hotter when your hand gets father away. Oct. 14: The Economic Times

University solar car builders race across Outback this week
The Solar Vehicle Project Team will drive about 1,800 miles across the Australian Outback competing against 42 other groups. Oct. 9: Minnesota Daily

The trend toward distributed robotics
Computer science and engineering professor Maria Gini thinks the challenge surrounding collaborative robots (cobots) is thinking of all the different ways that robots can interact and react to each other. Oct. 5: Design News; eesage

U faculty and alumni develop app to prevent snoring
Medical devices center innovation fellows Adam Black and Brian Krohn collaborated with a U of M sleep health physician to create a digital health solution to chronic snoring, a condition that has proven hard to effectively treat. Oct. 5: Minnesota Daily

As artificial intelligence makes the future, UMN researchers look to contribute
Computer science and engineering professor Nikos Papanikolopoulos and his students are helping develop technology to improve human health, agriculture and safety. Oct. 5: Minnesota Daily

Space exploration expert Tom Krimigis awarded Theodore Von Karman prize
Physics alumnus Stamatis (Tom) Krimigis, has been awarded the 2017 Theodore Von Karman Prize – the highest distinction awarded by the International Academy of Astronautics. Oct. 2: Greece.com; Oct. 3: Public Now

Novel platform for investigating quiescence in dormancy-capable cancer cells
Mechanical engineering professor Alptekin Aksan was senior author on a study that identified dormant cancer cells. Oct. 2: EurekAlert!; TechSite; Oct. 3: Science Daily; Science Newsline; Health Medicine Network; Medical Xpress (Great Britain); Oct. 4: Ecancer (Great Britain); Oct. 13: Check Orphan

September 2017

Minnesota starwatch for October
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. Sept. 30: International Falls Journal; Brainerd Dispatch; Pineandlakes Echo Journal; The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch

Rubber of the green
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards. Sept. 29: Motor Cycle (Australia)

Behind Ikea’s purchase of Taskrabbit, Amazon looms
Initiative on the sharing economy director Saif Benjaafar expressed that the acquisition of TaskRabbit by Ikea as part of a broader trend, where firms enhance the value to their customers by offering additional services, with these services provided by a third party. Sept. 28: SFGate

Minnesota biodiesel essay scholarship winners announced
Chemical engineering student Kaci Gwilt is the 2017 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship winner for her essay about her experiences on her grandparents’ soybean farm. Sept. 27: Biodiesel Magazine; Sept. 29: Owatonna People’s Press

James M. Urnes named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who
Aerospace engineering alumnus James Urnes has been named a Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achiever for his achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. Sept. 25: 24-7 Press Release

Russian hackers targeted election systems in Minnesota, 20 other states
Technology leadership institute senior fellow Mike Johnson remarked that the state doesn’t adequately fund its cybersecurity. Sept. 23: StarTribune

The sublime challenge of jet noise
Aerospace engineering and mechanics assistant professor Joseph Nichols is involved in research developing a new approach to study turbulence which could lead to almost silent jet engines. Sept. 19: Phys.org; ScienceDaily; Public. (Canada); Sept. 21: HPC Wire; Sept. 23: Inside HPC

Game preview: Vikings vs. Buccaneers
Computer science alumnus Spencer Dille is the Buccaneers Director of Football Technology. Spet. 19: Vikings

Hultgren announces the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for high school students
Future CSE student Alan Koval wond the 2016 Congressional App Challenge with his app ‘Koval’s 3D Grapher.’ Sept. 19: Daily Herald; Public. (Canada)

The lure of the night: Northern Minnesota promotes its dark, starry skies
Physics professor Bob Lysak explains how NASA satellites can monitor the sun to predict Northern Lights. Sept. 17: Star Tribune; SCTimes;True Viral News

Newly launched CoreBiome touts microbiome ‘profiling’ services
Computer science and engineering assistant professor Dan Knights is the lead researcher of CoreBiome Inc. which has developed an unprecedented level of control, reproducibility and accuracy in providing detailed information about microbial communities. Sept . 13: Twin Cities Business

U of M lands patent for using synthetic DNA to target heart failure
Chemistry professor Michael Bowser is part of a team that invented a new method of treatment for coronary disease using recent advances in synthetic DNA to address an underlying cause of chronic heart failure. Sept. 13: Twin Cities Business

Renovated Tate Hall impresses students, professors on initial reveal
Earth sciences head Donna Whitney, Minnesota institute for astrophysics professor and director Evan Skillman, and physics and astronomy head Ronald Poling express their feelings about the recently renovated John T. Tate Hall. Sept. 13: Minnesota Daily

Centenarian engineer, Aerial Lift Bridge share honors
1937 civil engineering alumnus Robert B. Rhode, 103, was presented with a plaque honoring him as the American Society of Civil Engineers oldest member. Sept. 11: Duluth News Tribune

Ginnaty named interim district engineer for MnDOT
Civil engineering alumnus Mike Ginnaty has been named interim district engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 2 in northwest Minnesota. He will oversee snow and ice control, roadway construction, traffic, land acquisition, business operations, planning, design and other transportation-related duties for more than 1,800 miles of state highways across 14 counties. Sept. 10: The Bemidji Pioneer

OT County weighs in on self-driving vehicles
Mechanical engineering professor Max Donath explains how the unexpected is challenging the widespread use of self-driving vehicles. Sept. 5: Perham Focus

Minnesota starwatch for September
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. Sept. 1: Brainerd Dispatch; Pine and Lakes Echo Journal; Sept. 7: The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch

August 2017

Totality awesome: Jordan residents travel to experience solar eclipse
Aerospace engineering student Ryan Ichinose watched the solar eclipse through his Celestron AstroMaster 130 telescope complete with a solar lens that he purchased. Aug. 31: Jordan Independent

The Drive: Approaching a work zone? Your phone could tell you
Minnesota traffic observatory senior systems engineer Chen-Fu Liao is part of a team working on a smartphone app that verbally alerts drivers of work-zones. Aug. 27: StarTribune

3D printers created flexible electronic sensors that provide a sense of touch
Mechanical engineering associate professor Michael McAlpine and his team have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. Aug. 26: Ciencias Médicas News (Mexico)

New app reflects the changing goals of health care
Electrical engineering alumnus Jared Sieling created Chanl Health, a software program that allows doctors to give pulmonary heart disease patients a care plan through their mobile app, and then allows the doctors to monitor the patients’ progress. Aug. 26: Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Minnesota driver’s dilemma: To honk or not to honk?
HumanFIRST Laboratory researcher Nichole Morris illustrates why honking comes with internal conflict in Minnesota. Aug. 26: StarTribune

You’ve got someone else’s mail: Digital doppelgangers find in-box surprises
Technology leadership institute senior fellow Mike Johnson has advice on how to protect your sensitive information and what to do if you receive information meant for someone else. August 25: StarTribune

U of M startup nabs funding to help researchers mine the microbiome
Computer science and engineering assistant professor Dan Knights is the lead researcher of CoreBiome Inc., a startup company based on University technology that provides analysis of microbial communities for human health, agricultural, environmental applications. Aug. 24: Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal; Aug. 25: Feedstuffs

How machine learning could help to improve climate forecasts
Computer science professor Vipin Kumar has used machine learning to create algorithms for monitoring forest fires and assessing deforestation. Aug. 23: Nature; Scientific American

Plan your State Fair visit: Aug. 24 — Thrifty Thursday
Physics Force will put on a show at the Dan Patch Park Stage. Aug. 23: Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Why billionaire investors like Warren Buffett are chasing after this energy investment
Technological leadership institute director Massoud Amin illustrates how strengthening the U.S. grid can generate very, very stable single-digit growth. Aug. 22: CNBC

Mathematicians tame rogue waves, illuminating future of LED lighting
Mathematics professor Svitlana Mayboroda and collaborators have figured out how to predict the behavior of electrons — a mathematical discovery that could have immediate practical effects. Aug. 22: Quanta Magazine; Scientific American

In the path of solar eclipse totality
CSE student Kaj Erickson described the experience as amazing, cool, and bizarre. Aug. 22: KSMU Ozarks Public Radio

Conjoined twins separated with help of 3D technology
Engineers from the University of Minnesota’s Medical Devices Center created a 3-D reconstruction of the hearts of conjoined twins, showing the doctors a connection from one heart to the other. Aug. 21 WCCO

Minnesotans moving heaven and earth to view solar eclipse
Professor of astrophysics Lawrence Rudnick plans to watch the eclipse near Bend, Oregon. Aug. 20: Star Tribune; Aug. 21: True Viral News

Michael McAlpine discusses upcoming bioengineering & translational medicine conference
Mechanical engineering associate professor Michael McAlpine gives a glimpse of the presentation he will give at the 2017 Bioengineering & Translational Medicine Conference. Aug. 14: AIChE

AUM Cardiovascular receives approval from US FDA for heart monitoring device
Biomedical engineering alumnae Marie Johnson’s non-invasive CADence device, which can detect markers associated with congestive heart failure and obstructive coronary artery disease, received approval from the FDA. Aug. 10: NorthfieldNews.com

A physicist weighs in on whether Scrooge McDuck could actually swim in a pool of gold coins
Physics professor James Kakalios makes sense of why Scrooge couldn’t dive into his money and how badly he would get hurt if he tried. Aug. 12: Mental Floss

Total solar eclipse
School of physics and astronomy assistant professor Lindsay Glesener teaches listeners how to best prepare for the coming solar eclipse. Aug. 10: Access Minnesota; Science Museum of Minnesota; Aug. 21: WCCO

Is it really all fiction? Or are the X-Men and Superman’s superpowers real science? US physicist brings answers to Lincoln
Physics professor James Kakalios will present The Uncanny Physics of Superhero Comic Books in a free public lecture at the University of Lincoln. Aug. 10: LincolnshireLive (United Kingdom); LincolnshireToday (United Kingdom)

When will gas pumps make the switch to chip readers?
Technology leadership institute senior fellow Mike Johnson concluded that gas pumps will switch to EMV technology when the fraud losses are too large, we have too many breaches, or it’s too expensive to maintain this system. Aug. 8: WCCO

Frozen fish embryos warm up better with nanorods
Mechanical engineering professor John Bischof and colleagues report for the first time the ability to both deep freeze and reanimate zebrafish embryos. Aug. 8: Chemical & Engineering News; Canada Free Press

Time travel Tuesday #timetravel a look back at the Adafruit, maker, science, technology and engineering world
Physics alumnus Ernest Orlando Lawrence was awarded the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention and development of the cyclotron and for results obtained with it, especially with regard to artificial radioactive elements. Aug. 8: Adafruit

Industry news – August 2017
Computer science and engineering professor Maria Gini will be a keynote speaker at the 2017 Embedded Systems Conference. Aug. 8: ConnectorSupplier.com

Grappling with graduate student mental health and suicide
Chemistry professor Philippe Buhlmann formed a student-run group called the Community of Chemistry Graduate Students that plan events promoting physical, mental, and social health. Aug. 7: Chemical & Engineering News

Jaw fracture device invented at U of M receives FDA approval
Minne Ties Agile MMF, based on technology developed by Dr. Alan Johnson during his time as a senior innovation fellow in the University’s Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program, uses a collection of sutures inserted between the teeth to securely and evenly fix the jaw in place to promote proper recovery. The sutures can be applied more quickly and with less discomfort than traditional, wire-based methods. Aug 4: Grand Forks Herald

Studying dust around the Salton Sea, scientists find initial answers
Earth sciences professor Rich Reynolds comments on research from the University of California, Riverside. Aug. 4: Desert Sun.

Nanobionic spinach plants can detect explosives
Mechanical engineering associate professor Michael McAlpine comments on research that transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information. Aug. 3: Gas & Electricity (India)

Misericordia University names Heidi L. K. Manning as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Physics alumnae Heidi L. K. Manning has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Misericordia University. Aug. 2: The Dallas Post

Physicist trio amplifies research on mysterious forms of matter
The international neutrino research community celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF). University of Minnesota physicists will play an important role in the project. University of Minnesota staff are currently working at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland on a prototype of the eventual detector. Aug. 2: Science Daily; Aug. 3: Phys.Org; Aug. 4: Stanford Report

UMN students to livestream solar eclipse
Aerospace engineering associate professor James Flaten and aerospace engineering students Josh Nelson, Austin Eiler and Kate Kwiecinski discuss how Gophernauts will livestream a solar eclipse for the first time. Aug. 2: Minnesota Daily

Grow your own … tires?
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards. Aug. 2: KUMD

How do big companies monitor, remove offensive content?
Technology leadership institute senior fellow Mike Johnson explains that terrorist videos are just a slice of content removed by companies. Aug. 1: WCCO

The Digi-Key difference
Electrical engineering alumnus and Digi-Key founder Ron Stordahl is featured in the story of Digi-Keys inception. Aug. 1: Prairie Business Magazine; Aug. 7: Grand Forks Herald; Inforum; The Jamestown Sun; Brainerd Dispatch; Daily Globe; Duluth News Tribune; WDAZ; WDAY; West Central Tribune; Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

August’s big event: Solar eclipse
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. Aug. 1: International Falls Journal; Aug. 6: The Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch; Star Tribune

I-35W bridge failure turns into powerful teaching tool
Civil, environmental and geo-engineering department head Joe Labuz said U of M officials had I-35W bridge wreckage modeled into a structure graduates place their hand through during the Order of the Engineer ceremony. Aug. 1: MPR News

July 2017

Robots to now sense immediate environment with bionic skin
Mechanical engineering associate professor Michael McAlpine and his team have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. July 26: Design NewsELE Times (India)

Strong Town’s Charles Marohn to speak in Bloomington
Civil engineering alumnus Charles Marohn will give a lecture titled “It Starts Here” to the public on Thursday, August 3. July 25: WBIW

Minnesota starwatch for August
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. July 24: Brainerd Dispatch

New transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. The new material could lead to smaller, faster, and more powerful electronics, as well as more efficient solar cells. July 22: Knowridge Science Report (Australia)

Cell migration simulator predicts optimal stiffness
Biomedical professor David Odde is researching how to block cancer cell migration and infection. July 21: Medical Physics Web

Physicist trio amplifies research on mysterious forms of matter
The international neutrino research community celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF). University of Minnesota physicists will play an important role in the project. University of Minnesota staff are currently working at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland on a prototype of the eventual detector. July 20: Newswise; July 21: Brookings Register

Earth’s underwater dunes help explain Venus’s weird surface
Earth sciences and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Ajay Limaye comments on the similarities of Earth underwater system and the landscapes of aeolian worlds. July 19: New Scientist

Conjoined twins separated with help of 3D technology
Engineers from the University of Minnesota’s Medical Devices Center created a 3-D reconstruction of the hearts of conjoined twins, showing the doctors a connection from one heart to the other. July 17: KARE11; July 18: U.S. News & World Report; KEYC; WXIA-TV; KHOU; Vision Systems Design; WJON News; Minnesota Public Radio News; The Telegraph; WXOW.com; News & Observer; KTTC; Sacramento Bee; Lexington Herald Leader; Laredo Morning Times; Charlotte Observer; Washington Times; Fresno Bee; Houston Chronicle; Huron Daily Tribune; Belleville News-Democrat; Kansas City Star; Greenwich Time; Columbus Ledger-Enquirer; Wichita Eagle; Merced Sun-Star; Fort Bend Herald; Merced Sun-Star; Tri-City Herald; Plainview Daily Herald; Miami Herald; The San Luis Obispo Tribune; The Sun Herald; Danbury News Times; San Antonio Express-News; San Francisco Chronicle; Thehour.com; Albany Times Union; Medical Alley Association; 9News; King5; 5 On Your Side; 11 Alive; WCNC.com; 12 News; KBJR6; KTTC; 13 WMAZ; MPR News; Vision Systems Design; Winona Daily News; Bristol Herald Courier; SF Gate; The Kansas City Star; The State; The Republic; News 8000; Mankato Free Press; Fort Bend Herald; The Dispatch; CorrectBro; Bradenton Herald; Ledger-Enquirer; The Olympian; The Wichita Eagle; The Tribune; WAOW; WXOW; Voice of Alexandria; The Modesto Bee; Centre Daily Times; MRT; The Progress; July 21: San Antonio Express-News; The Journal; Breaking News (Malta); NDTV.com (India); Aurora Advertiser; Wareham – Wicked Local; Edinburg Review; White Hall Journal; The Durango Herald; UTV (South Korea); NEWZEB; Cardiovascular Business; VR Quest (Germany); The St. Augustine Record; 360VR Community; July 22: Astro Awani (Malaysia); OrthoFeed; White Hall Journal; VR Room; India Alive Today (India); July 23: The Washington Post; July 24: NBC Chicago; 4 Washington; 5 NBC DFW; Necn; NBC Bay Area; NBC Boston; NBC Miami; 7 San Diego; NBC 10; NBC Los Angeles; 4 New York; July 26: Consumer Technology Association; AuntMinnie.com; July 27: VivaTuMusica.com; July 28: Toronto Star

UMN renames two centers in honor of Earl E. Bakken
Electrical engineering alumnus Earl E. Bakken will have two health-focused interdisciplinary centers renamed in his honor, the centers will now be called the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center and the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. July 17: Press Release Point (India); July 20: Medical Alley Association

Innovation with a green focus
Valspar pledged $1 million to the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering over five years to purchase high-quality equipment for a new undergraduate laboratory. July 17: Building Design + Construction

U of M libraries win prestigious national award
History of science, technology, and medicine associate professor Jennifer Gunn discusses how she uses the library collections in her work. July 17: MPR News

A cool new way to freeze and unfreeze Zebrafish embryos using gold nanotechnology and lasers
Mechanical engineering professor John Bischof and colleagues report for the first time the ability to both deep freeze and reanimate zebrafish embryos. July 13: Smithsonian Magazine; Smithsonian InsiderSmithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology InstituteEurekAlert!; Headline Science; Public. (Canada); Daily Mail (United Kingdom); Christian Science Monitor; The Verge; Health Medicine Network; ScienceNewsline; WRTV Indianapolis; Newswise; Phys.org; Photonics Online; July 14: Science Daily; Engineering 360; Controlled Environments Magazine; July 15: Nanotechnology Now; July 17: Minnesota Daily; Global News Connect; July 18: Iowa Ag Connection; Kentucky Ag Connection; Pennsylvania Ag Connection; USAgNet; Minnesota Ag Connection; Indiana Ag Connection; Wisconsin Ag Connection; Nebraska Ag Connection; New York Ag Connection; South Dakota Ag Connection; Michigan Ag Connection; Ohio Ag Connection; Kansas Ag Connection; Missouri Ag Connection; Sputnik International (Russia); July 18: The University Network; July 23: The Star Tribune; WDIO-TV; July 24: FIS (Japan); KFGO

Who needs hard drives? Scientists store film clip in DNA
Mathematics professor Andrew Odlyzko comments on Harvard research that converted a movie into a DNA sequence and inserted it into bacteria. July 12: The New York Times; The Seattle Times; 24 365 News (Czech Republic); July 13: OIA News; July 14: True Viral News; July 16: Qatar Tribune; July 24: Deccan Herald (India)

X Games bring global spotlight, big show, traffic to U.S. Bank Stadium
Human First Lab researcher Nichole Morris said drivers going to the X Games should use wayfinding apps and use a safe driving distraction such as an audiobook. July 12: StarTribune

Evelo Biosciences announces $50 million series B financing and expansion of board and leadership team
Chemical engineering alumnus Chun Zhang joins Evelo as senior vice president, head of process development and manufacturing. July 11: Citybizlist; Pharmacy Choice; July 12: PipelineReview.com (Germany); 145 similar articles

Lizzy Crist nominated by UAA for NCAA Woman of the Year
Future CSE graduate student Lizzy Crist is the UAA nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. July 11: Bear Sports;  July 12: Student Life

UMN team shows off solar car before Australian competition
The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project team unveils newest solar vehicle to compete in the World Solar Challenge across the Australian Outback in October. July 11: KSTP; July 12: KSTP; KARE11; July 18: WTIP North Shore Community Radio

A shell upgrade for Seemore the sea turtle
Mechanical engineering graduate student Davis Fay and biomedical engineering sophomore Ryan Kruchten are designing prosthesis concepts to counter the effects of Seemore’s bubble butt syndrome. July 10: Minnesota Daily; goMN; KARE11; July 14: Vocativ

How a futuristic dome city was nearly built in northern Minnesota
Former Dean of the U of M’s Institute of Technology (now known as CSE) Athelstan Spilhaus wanted to build an entire city designed for scientific advancement. July 7: MPR News

Shoreview game makers land $400K from Kickstarter to make basic coding fun
Chemistry alumnus Paul Boswell created a game to teach everyone how to program. July 5: Pioneer Press

Plymouth names new public works director
Civil, environmental, and geo-engineering alumnus Michael Thompson was appointed to the post of Plymouth public works director. July 4: Lakeshore Weekly News

Science figured out the key to a perfect smile. Can you master it?
Computer science and engineering assistant professor Stephen Guy co-authored research that shows that less is more when it comes to a successful smile. July 3: Mic.; July 7: Readers Digest; July 13: Minnesota Daily; July 22: The Denver Post; KTTC; July 24: KDUZ/ KARP Radio

Researchers invent a breakthrough process to produce renewable car tires from trees and grasses
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards. July 1: Science Blog; July 2: Green Car Congress; July 7: Traction; July 29: National Science Foundation

Minnesota starwatch – July 2017
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. July 1: The Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch

A Minnesota professor explains the world around you in less than 300 pages
Physics professor James Kakalios walks you through a busy day in “The Physics of Everyday Things.” July 1: Big Ten Network; July 21: Stuff (Singapore)

June 2017

Day of wonders
Physics professor James Kakalios walks you through a busy day in “The Physics of Everyday Things.” June 29: The Wall Street Journal

How to smile without looking like a creep, according to scientists
Computer science and engineering assistant professor Stephen Guy co-authored research that shows that less is more when it comes to a successful smile. June 28: Popular Science

St. Anthony Falls Laboratory names new director
Lian Shen was named the new director of the SAFL after a two-year search. Shen will officially take the five-year appointment in September. June 28: Minnesota Daily

Ukraine cyberattack: Is this the new normal?
Technological leadership institute director Massoud Amin shares a cyberattacks analogy he teaches his students. June 27: KARE11

FBI report: Minnesotans reported losing $12.6 million to cybercrime in 2016
Technological leadership institute director Massoud Amin doesn’t think cyberattacks will abate anytime soon, and encourages people to turn their fear of cyberattacks into empowerment. June 27: Star Tribune

U professors work to engineer slower cancer cells
Biomedical professor David Odde is researching how to block cancer cell migration and infection. June 27: Minnesota Daily

U partners with Chinese university
Dean Samuel Mukasa and Associate Dean for Research and Planning Mostafa Kaveh explain how a partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong will benefit students and researchers. June 27: Minnesota Daily

Research universities’ international student career services
CSE career center assistant director Angela Froistad describes how international students often use the university’s International Student and Scholar Services in conjunction with the career center when job searching. June 27: U.S. News

Community Insurance goes solar
Electrical engineering alumnus Kris Schmid, owner of Legacy Solar, details the advantages of solar power.  June 27: Leader Register

MAC promotes Bridget Rief
Civil engineering alumae Bridget Rief has been promoted to the Metropolitan Airports Commission vice president of planning and development. June 26: Finance & Commerce

Minnesota starwatch: Finding Bootes can point to other stars
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. June 24: International Falls Journal

Exosite CTO Mark Benson to present keynote at the 2017 Sensors Expo and Conference
Software engineering alumnus Mark Benson will present a keynote on “The organizational psychology of the internet of things: How to use technology to drive behavioral change” at the 2017 Sensors Expo and Conference. June 22: Web Wire

Track and Field: Sieffert earns spot on U of M track and field team
Future CSE student Collin Sieffert earned a spot in the University of Minnesota men’s tack and field program after a breakout spring. June 22: Woodbury Bulletin

Why looking at crash stats alone doesn’t tell the whole story about pedestrian safety
Center for transportation studies researcher Brendan Murphy explains that though people are less likely to be struck by a driver at locations where lots of people walk, it does not establish causation. June 20: Streets Blog USA

The bionic skin to help robots feel
Mechanical engineering associate professor Michael McAlpine and his team have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. June 19: Redbull

Could these be solutions to Twin Cities traffic problems?
Center for transportation studies researcher Andrew Owen weighs in on possible solutions to Twin Cities traffic congestion. June 16: Twin Cities Pioneer Press

A.L. graduate serves in his first long-term stay overseas after 13 years in the military
Aerospace engineering alumnus Philip Swenson was recently promoted to the rank of major in the Air Force and is serving in Kabul, Afghanistan as an end use monitoring chief. June 16: Albert Lea Tribune

enVerde converts Minnesota research
The Minneapolis-based clean tech startup company enVerde, developed and patented by Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Associate Professor Paul Dauenhauer, has signed an agreement with the University of Minnesota to develop a technology that converts organic waste materials into synthetic gas (syngas). June 15; Minnesota Daily

Exosite CTO Mark Benson to Present at the 2017 IoT Slam® Internet of Things Conference
Software engineering alumnus Mark Benson will present on “Building an Organizational IoT Competency: How to Prevent Disaster” at the 2017 IoT Slam Internet of Things Conference. June 15: Web Wire

NASA honors UC San Diego’s Alan Hargens for research on astronaut health and performance
Chemistry alumnus Alan Hargens will receive a 2017 Distinguished Public Service Medal. This is NASA’s highest form of recognition for any non-government employee whose distinguished service, ability or vision has personally contributed to NASA’s advancement of U.S. interests. June 15: UC San Diego Health; Medical Health News (Turkey)

U of M digital health spinoff developing game-based app to reduce snoring
Medical devices center innovation fellows Adam Black and Brian Krohn collaborated with a U of M sleep health physician to create a digital health solution to chronic snoring, a condition that has proven hard to effectively treat. June 14: Twin Cities Business

3D printed patch mends heart
Biomedical engineering associate professor Brenda Ogle was part of a research team that discovered a 3D printing process that may alleviate heart stress after a heart attack. June 6: Photonics.com; June 17: Newsweek; Press From;  Press From (Great Britain); June 18; StemCell Therapy (Montenegro)

Jaw fracture device invented at U of M receives FDA approval
Minne Ties Agile MMF, based on technology developed by Dr. Alan Johnson during his time as a senior innovation fellow in the University’s Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program, uses a collection of sutures inserted between the teeth to securely and evenly fix the jaw in place to promote proper recovery. The sutures can be applied more quickly and with less discomfort than traditional, wire-based methods. June 5: Star Tribune; June 6: Twin Cities Business; June 14: Tech Transfer Central’s

New insight into how cancer spreads
Biomedical engineering professor David Odde led a research study that gives new insight into how cancer cells move based on their ability to sense their environment. The discovery could have a major impact on therapies to prevent the spread of cancer. The same research also could be used to improve regenerative medicine. June 5: The Medical News (Australia); June 6: ScienceDaily; NewsCaf (Canada); Health Medicine Network; Health News Digest; Medical Express (Great Britain); EurekaAlert!; Bioengineer.org (Great Britain); Press Release Point (India); Science Newsline Medicine; HealthNewsDigest.com; June 8: Latest TechnologyCiencias Médicas News; June 9: Science 360; June 15: KARE 11; June 17: Health Medicine Network

PHD formed in Los Angeles as new collective led by VFX industry veterans
Electrical engineering alumnus and three time Academy Award winner John Hughes has collaborated with other industry veterans to create a full-service post-production company. June 5: DMN Newswire!; Hollywood Industry; Digital Post Production; Siggraph News; Oceania – Digital Media; Animation Artist; Digital Producer; Broadcast Newsroom; Multichannel News; Creative Planet Network; VideoEdge; SHOOTonline.com; June 6: ProductionHub

Minnesota starwatch – June 2017
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. June 3:  The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch

Improving tissue cryopreservation with magnetic nanoparticles
Mechanical engineering, chemistry, and biomedical engineering researchers are part of a team that has discovered a groundbreaking process to successfully rewarm large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels preserved at very low temperatures. June 3: True Viral News; June 6: The Malta Independent (Malta)

Trump is ‘totally wrong’ that renewable energy will lead to ‘blackouts’
Technological leadership institute director Massoud Amin’s research shows that if the White House wants to prevent blackouts, it should focus on improving the physical infrastructure of the grid. June 2: CNBC

The Turing Tumble lets you and your kids build real mechanical computers
Chemistry alumnus Paul Boswell created a game to teach everyone how to program. June 2: gagadget (Ukraine); June 4: i-programmer; June 7: EconoTimes; June 8: Seeker; June 9: StarTribune; Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

New nano-scale thin film material improves electronics
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. The new material could lead to smaller, faster, and more powerful electronics, as well as more efficient solar cells. June 1: Materials Today

Help astronomers find ‘baby’ galaxies that give birth to new stars
A new citizen science project, led by astronomers at the University of Minnesota, is asking volunteers to help them with web classifications of galaxy spectra to find “baby” galaxies that are giving birth to new stars. June 1: Phys.org; June 2: Astronomy Magazine; MPR News; June 5: FOX 9

May 2017

Help astronomers find ‘baby’ galaxies that give birth to new stars
A new citizen science project, led by astronomers at the University of Minnesota, is asking volunteers to help them with web classifications of galaxy spectra to find “baby” galaxies that are giving birth to new stars. May 31: Press Release Point (India)

Android vs. iOS: Are iPhones really safer?
Technological leadership institute senior fellow Mike Johnson explains why Apple users are ultimately less vulnerable to hacks. May 31: Barron’s Next

Minnesota cybersecurity consultant honored by FBI for saving woman from attacker
Technological leadership institute senior fellow Andrew Borene honored by FBI for saving woman from attacker. May 31: StarTribune

Breaking down Bitcoin
Mathematics professor Andrew Odlyzko explains how to acquire Bitcoin and the risks associated with the currency. May 31: KARE11

The Turing Tumble lets you and your kids build real mechanical computers
Chemistry alumnus Paul Boswell created a game to teach everyone how to program. May 30: TechCrunch; GeekDad; The Mac Observer; Popular Mechanics; Boing Boing; TechCrunch (Japan); CNET (Japan); Geeks are Sexy Technology News

SkyWater Technology Foundry expands senior management team with promotion of Brad Richardson to vice president of manufacturing
Chemical engineering alumnus Brad Richardson has been promoted to vice president of manufacturing by SkyWater Technology Foundry. May 30: ABC-7.com; News Channel 10; PR Newswire; CNBC; Wall Street Select; 109 similar articles

June starwatch
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. May 27: International Falls Journal; May 29: MessAge Media

Evans Scholarship
Future CSE student Sam Hunt was awarded a Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship for his strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. May 27: Mesabi Daily News

Park grad’s polymer research brings her to new heights: Reineke earns McKnight professorship at U of M
Chemistry professor Theresa Reineke’s research on polymers, health care and sustainable materials earned her one of six Distinguished McKnight University Professorship at the University of Minnesota. May 26: South Washington County Bulletin

New U of M app alerts drivers to construction zones
Minnesota traffic observatory senior systems engineer Chen-Fu Liao is part of a team working on a smartphone app that verbally alerts drivers of work-zones. May 25: KARE 11; May 26: Crossroads

enVerde converts Minnesota research
The Minneapolis-based clean tech startup company enVerde, developed and patented by Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Associate Professor Paul Dauenhauer, has signed an agreement with the University of Minnesota to develop a technology that converts organic waste materials into synthetic gas (syngas). May 24: Biomass Magazine; May 25: Waste Today; Waste 360; May 26: Global University Venturing

Minnesota Moment: Gopher Motorsports Team at Michigan International Raceway
The University of Minnesota Gopher Motorsports team competed against 120 teams last week at the Michigan International Raceway. May 22: KSTP

Nuclear warfare and the technology of peace
Chemical engineering alumnus Milton Levenson was a key player in the Manhattan project and in producing plutonium-239. May 22: Engadget; Daily Tech Whip; WOW.com

In praise of computer security geeks
Electrical and computer sciences professor Massoud Amin describes some recent cyber attacks and explains why the cyber security industry is so important. May 19: Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Singing seals and a discussion of the “infrastructure tsunami” sweeping the planet
Earth sciences research associate Michelle LaRue discusses her current work, which is focused on using high-resolution satellite imagery to study the population dynamics of Weddell seals in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. (Begin listening at 38:30) May 17: Mongabay Newscast

A circuit that sees radiation strikes could keep errors at bay
Electrical engineering professor Chris Kim and his team are nearing a solution that could help bring down the rate of so-called logic soft errors—signals temporarily flipped by a radiation strike. May 16: IEEE Spectrum

These beloved penguins may be doomed
Earth sciences research associate Michelle LaRue warns that yellow-eyed penguins not faring so well bodes poorly for other animals in the region. Generally speaking, understanding how penguins are doing gives us some insight into how the ocean ecosystem may (or may not) be functioning. May 16: Gizmodo; May 17: The Villages Suntimes; May 18: Smithsonian

Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality
Mechanical engineering professor Uwe Kortshagen along with a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. May 15: Glass on Web (Italy)

James Kakalios – The Physics of Everyday Things
Physics and astronomy professor James Kakalios will discuss his book “The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day.” May 14: Twin Cities Pioneer Press; May 15: Audio Boom (Great Britain); May 25: C-SPAN

Pricing practice for HOT lane operation
Civil, environmental and geo-engineering research associate professor John Hourdos is adamant that HOT lanes are the only realistic route to add additional capacity to today’s freeways. May 11: ITS International

Minnesota starwatch – May 2017
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. May 10: The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch

Improving tissue cryopreservation with magnetic nanoparticles
Mechanical engineering, chemistry, and biomedical engineering researchers are part of a team that has discovered a groundbreaking process to successfully rewarm large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels preserved at very low temperatures. May 9: Nanowerk

Manu Agarwal , Founder & CEO, Naaptol
Electrical and computer engineering alumnus Manu Agarwal is the intellect behind the leading virtual shopping platform Naaptol. May 8: India Retailing

3D-printed fingertip sensors take us one step closer to bionic humans
Mechanical engineering associate professor Michael McAlpine and his team have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. May 5: Inside Science News Service; 3ders.org; May 9: Digital Trends; 3Druck.com; 3D Printing Industry; May 10: Science Daily; Antyweb; 36kr; Yahoo! Finance; Nanowerk; Knowridge (Australia); Health Medicine Network; Military Technologies News (Poland); Newswise; ScienceNewsline; Scienmag (Great Britain); EurekAlert!; NewsCaf (Canada); The Medical News (Australia); Philippine News (Philippines); May 11: International Business Times; Huffington Post UK (United Kingdom); e! Science News (Canada); NewsR (India); 3DPrint.com; Express.co.uk (Great Britain); BT.com (Great Britain); Irish Examiner (Ireland); BreakingNews.ie (Ireland); The Irish News (Ireland); Yahoo! India Finance (India); Before It’s News; Laboratory Equipment; DOTmed.com; Research & Development; Engineering.com (Canada); Production Electronics News (Great Britain); Domain-b.com (India); Phys.org; TheoryOfLife.com; Sci Fi Generation TV; Electronics 360; ZME Science; Zee News; Controlled Environments Magazine; WCCO; Newsweek; Daily Mail Online (Great Britain); Materialsgate (Germany); May 12: Science Times; Latest Technology; USAgNet; Minnesota Ag Connection; yerepouni-news (Zimbabwe); Odborné časopisy (Czech Republic); iconnect007; Zenopa (Great Britain); Mic; goMN; theendoc; GE Reports; TJC Global; Asia Pacific Daily (Hong Kong); IANS; ETHealthworld.com;  May 13: New Zealand Herald (New Zealand); CrazyEngineers (India); China.org.cn (China); Sogotrade; China Development Gateway (China); Ecns.cn (China); Philippines News Agency (Philippines); The Economic Times (India); NewsDog (China); Yahoo! India News (India); Nerve (India); Prokerala.com (India); Andhravilas; India Online (India); Net India123 (India); Webindia123.com (India); Business Standard (India); The Asian Age; NewsBytes (India); Innovators Magazine; Daily News & Analysis; May 14: Daijiworld.com (India); Zee News (India); The Week (India); IANS Live (India); TellMeBoss (India); Asia Pacific Daily (Hong Kong); EeYuva (India); The Statesman (India); StLouisIndian.net; OrlandoIndian.com; AustinIndian.com; IndianaIndian.com; TNIndian.com; MyFloridaIndian.com; PhoenixIndian.com; SacramentoIndian.com; Baltimore Indian; Tampa Bay Indian; NewJerseyIndian.com; Miami Indian; Chicago Indian; NewEnglandIndians.com; SDIndian.com; ColumbusIndian.net; SFIndian.com; PhiladelphiaIndian.com; HoustonIndian.net; JacksonvilleIndian.com; DetroitIndian.net; NewYourkIndian.com; MemphisIndian.com; PittsburghIndian.net; OHIndian.com; MinneapoilisIndian.com; Bangalore Mirror (India); Canadian News (Canada); May 15: mrcj88.cn (China); Fcnnews.cn (China); cnbjnews.cn (China); qykb.ch (China); 51xfrd (China); Gxrx01.cn (China); fjnews01.cn (China); finance.tzzgx.cn (China); Eureka! (Great Britain); Chinatopix ; NewsDog (China); SUV System Ltd; Investing News Network Daily (Canada); easternmirrornagaland.com (India); Oman Observer (Oman); Tech2 (India); Investing News; The Engineer; Silicon India (India); May 16: NBC News; KARE 11; May 17: KAAL-TV; Healthcare in Europe (Germany); Mic.com; Big Think; May 18: The World Weekly (great Britain), WCCO; Singularity Hub; May 20: Interesting Engineering; May 21: Deccan Chronicle; May 22: Gearbrain; May 25: Materials Today (Great Britain); GineersNow; May 26: KurzweilAl.net; May 30: Mass Device; Medical Design and Outsourcing

Muggles’ version of Quidditch has everything except flight
Mechanical engineering student Paul Dvoracek is the traveling secretary and co-captain of the Minnesota Quidditch team that recently took part in a national competition held in Kissimmee, Florida. May 5: Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. The new material could lead to smaller, faster, and more powerful electronics, as well as more efficient solar cells. May 5: EurekAlert!; Nanowerk, Health Medicine Network; Military Technologies News (Poland); Bioengineer.org (Great Britain); Phys.org; Nanotechnology Now; ScienceDaily; NewsCaf (Canada); Photonics Online; May 6: Domain-b.com (India); Fars News Agency (Iran); Compound Semiconductor (Great Britain); May 7: International Business Times; Rocket News; Yahoo! News; MSN UAE (United Arab Emirates); MSN Malaysia (Malaysia); MSN NZ (New Zeland); MSN Philippines News (Philippines); MSN Singapore (Singapore); AZoM.com (Australia); SUV System Ltd; ScienceNewslineknowridge (Australia); May 8: Science Times; Engineering 360; Tehran Times; Production Electronics News (Great Britain); iconnect007; iconnect007; May 9: Before It’s News; Chemeurope.com (Germany); Solid State Technology; Research & Development; Solar + Power Management (Great Britain); Lab Manager Magazine (Canada); Solar Energy News; New Energy and Fuel; The American Ceramic Society; Science 360; Plastemart.com; Fanvive.com; May 23: Materials Today (Great Britain)

3D-printed patch could lead to new treatments for patients after a heart attack
Biomedical engineering associate professor Brenda Ogle was part of a research team that discovered a 3D printing process that may alleviate heart stress after a heart attack. May 5: Biotechin.Asia

Chatfield teacher brings in All-American role models
Aerospace engineering student Michael Kroells joined a Chatfield Elementary kindergarten classroom to talk with students and enjoy some fun games, songs and work on a class project. May 4: Bell Plaine Herald

Rennova Health announces the formation
Chemistry alumnus Scott Jenkins has been selected to lead the newly formed AMS Group as chief executive officer. May 4: StreetInsider.com; The Canadian Business Journal (Canada); Military Technologies News (Poland); Investors Hangout;  Spoke; Digital Journal (Canada); The Press Enterprise; Le Lezard; CEO.ca (Canada); 4-traders (France); ABMWall Street Select; Sys-con Canada (Canada); Sys-con Media; Marketwired (Canada); Financial Buzz

The real science inspired by Star Wars
Physics professor Jim Kakalios explains the a-ha moment you get when finding legitimate science in a movie. May 4: National Geographic

Fake Google Docs phishing email spreading across the world
Computer science professor Nick Hopper describes how attackers trick people into giving them their passwords. May 3: WCCO

Teck Talk: ‘Less Logistics, More Quality Hospitality’
Industrial engineering alumnus Rajesh Ram discusses the intersection of hospitality and technology, efficiency, mobile solutions and data security. May 3: Modern Restaurant Management

National Academy of Sciences members and foreign associates elected
Two University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering professors were elected today as members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for their excellence in original scientific research. They are chemical engineering and materials science Regents Professor Frank Bates and mathematics Professor Maury Bramson. May 2: Health Medicin Network; EurekAlert!

Maersk appoints Navneet Kapoor as Head of Global Service Centres
Chemical and electrical engineering alumnus Navneet Kapoor has been named the head of global business for Maersk GSC. May 2: Daily Shipping Times

A Sense of Hearing Could Make Cars Safer and More Reliable
Mechanical engineering professor Rajesh Rajamani explains why software that can listen for sirens or engine trouble in vehicles wouldn’t be very expensive. May 1: MIT Technology Review

New survey shows two Antarctic penguin species in sharp decline
Earth sciences research associate Michelle LaRue commented on the importance of sea ice for organisms. May 1: Digital Journal

April 2017

Movers & shakers: Kate Olinger, product manager, Uponor North America
Chemical engineering alumna Kate Olinger is developing go-to-market strategy as product manager for Phyn, Uponor’s “intelligent water” joint venture with Belkin International. April 30: StarTribune

Venus is May’s morning star
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. April 27: International Falls Journal

Maersk appoints Navneet Kapoor as Head of Global Service Centres (GSC)
Electrical and chemical engineering alumnus Navneet Kapoor has been appointed as the head of Maersk GSCs global business. April 27: Project Monitor (India)

Antarctic penguin populations in flux as the planet warms
Earth sciences research associate Michelle LaRue commented on the importance of sea ice for organisms. April 26: Scientific American

Who are the U of M’s most entrepreneurial researchers?
Chemistry professor Marc Hillmyer was recognized for his ability to bring his inventions beyond the lab to provide growth opportunities for businesses, benefit the public good and improve quality of life in Minnesota and beyond. April 26: Twin Cities Business

U of M commencement ceremonies begin
Electrical engineering alumnus Grant Erickson principal engineer at Nest labs and President of Thread Group, will address graduates of the College of Science and Engineering at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 12 in Mariucci Arena. April 26: satPRnewsMilitary Technologies (Poland); Press Release Point (India)

Black hole researcher to speak At USD
Physics professor Vuk Mandic will speak about his work on the LIGO collaboration and its recent discovery of gravitational waves at USD’s Astronomy Day. April 25: Yankton Daily 

Researchers invent process to make sustainable rubber, plastics
CEMS faculty involved at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation were part of a team to invent a process to make butadiene – used in synthetic rubber and plastics – from renewable sources like trees, grasses and corn. April 24: Phys.org; Science Daily; EurekAlert!; April 25: ZME Science; AZoM; Lab Managers Magazine; April 26: The Science Times

Faribault high school distinguished alumni recognized
Physics and astrophysics alumnus Dr. William Bottke will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for making distinctive contributions to benefit others through humanitarian activities or extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments. April 24: KDHL

Scientists prepare to march ‘into the streets’ Saturday in Minnesota, across U.S.
Physicist Geoffrey Rojas is one of the organizers of this Saturday’s Minnesota March for Science. April 19: StarTribune; MinnPost; April 22: The Salt Lake Tribune; ABC 7; April 23: Optics & Photonics News; Chemical & Engineering News; The Telegraph (Great Britain); Arkansas Online; April 24: The Daily Astorian; April 29: Salon

Partners join forces to improve water quality
Technology developed at the Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory to improve water quality will be implemented on Golden Lake in Circle Pines, MN. April 18: White Bear Press

Carol Malnati
Electrical engineering alumna Carol Malnati was part of a small innovation team which created the first implantable defibrillator. April 18: Working Mother

Work-zone warnings could soon be delivered to your smarthphone
Minnesota traffic observatory senior systems engineer Chen-Fu Liao is part of a team working on a smartphone app that verbally alerts drivers of work-zones. April 17: Crossroads

VP’s appointment awaits board approval
Physics alumnus Gerald Blazey has tentatively been named the vice president of the NIU Division of Research and Innovation partnerships. April 17: NorthernStar.info; April 19: Chicago Tribune; Kane County Chronicle

Researchers invent a breakthrough process to produce renewable car tires from trees and grasses
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards. April 17: Science 360

Students design a better device for extracting oils from nuts
CSE engineering students team with nonprofit CTI to build a tool to help farmers in Malawi get more value from their crop. April 15: StarTribune

3-D-printed patch can help mend a ‘broken’ heart
Biomedical engineering associate professor Brenda Ogle along with a team of researchers has created a revolutionary 3-D-bioprinted patch that can help heal scarred heart tissue after a heart attack. April 14: KARE 11; KSTP; EurekAlert!; Brazil Business Today (Brazil); DOTmed.com; Clinical Innovation + Technology; KAALTV.com;  China Gate (China); Health Medicine Network; Health News Digest; Scienmag (Great Britain) Dotemirates (United Arab Emirates); Military Technologies News (Poland); Business Standard; Science Blog; India Today (India); India.com (India); Outlook India (India); Daijiworld (India); Daily Pioneer; Yahoo News; Economic Times (India); The Asian Age (India); April 15: Fox 9; e! Science News (Canada); Youth Health Magazine; Domain-b.com (India); ScienceNewsline; NewsCaf (Canada); Science Daily; Medical Xpress (Great Britain); University Herald; BioSpectrum India (India); Xinhua News (China); China.org.cn (China); Asia Pacific Daily (Hong Kong); knowridge (Australia); Times of India (India); News World India (India); NDTV; Zee News (India); The Statesman; ETHealthworld.com; News18; IANS; Telangana Today; Financial Express; Deccan Chronicle; Xinhua; Daily Excelsior; Mathrubhumi English; April 16: Ecns.cn (China); Women of China (China); Good News Network; The Indian Express; Tech2; NewsHeads (India); April 17: Iran Daily (Iran); BioSpace; New Atlas (Canada); Lab Manager Magazine (Canada); 3ders.org; April 18: StemCell Therapy (Montenegro); DAIC; Science 360; 3D Printing Industry; April 19: Technology Networks (Great Britain); April 20: Latest Technology; The Science Times; April 21: Livemint (India); Zenopa (Great Britain); April 24: US – Pressform.com; NewsDog (China); Ubergizmo; International Business Times; The News Chronicle (Nigeria); BT.com (Great Britain); BreakingNews.ie (Ireland); Yahoo! News UK (Great Britain); Irish Examiner (Ireland); Yahoo! India Finance (India); Public. (Canada); Government Technology; Tech Times; The Irish News (Ireland); Medgadget; April 25: The Minnesota Daily; StemCell Therapy (Montenegro); April 26: Vital Updates

Ernest Orlando Lawrence – The Father of Big Science
Physics alumnus Ernest Orlando Lawrence was awarded the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention and development of the cyclotron and for results obtained with it, especially with regard to artificial radioactive elements. April 14: Military Technology News (Poland); Publicnow (Canada); April 20: KXRB; Kickin’ Country 100.5

Chakrabarti named dean of Arts and Sciences college
Physics alumnus Amit Chakrabarti was named as Kansas State Universities new dean of the college of Arts and Sciences. April 14: The Murcury; April 21: IndiaWest.com (India); April 23: Sakshi Post (India)

Scientists need your help in first-ever census of weddell seals
Earth sciences research associate Michelle LaRue and her team are asking for the public’s help to look through thousands of satellite images of Antarctica in the first-ever, comprehensive count of Weddell seals. April 13: NewsWise; Miltech; Satprnews; Fox 9; Phys.org; goMN; UPI; April 15: StarTribune;

Heart tissue cryogenics breakthrough gives hope for transplant patients
Mechanical engineering, chemistry, and biomedical engineering researchers are part of a team that has discovered a groundbreaking process to successfully rewarm large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels preserved at very low temperatures. April 13: Pattaya Mail (Thailand)

Mortenson announces team member promotions
Mechanical engineering alumnae Kathleen Vignali was promoted to project manager 1 by Mortensen Construction. April 11: BizTimes

Hawaii solar _ planetsave
Electrical and computer engineering professor Massoud Amin describes how electricity demands are causing problems. April 11: Gas & Electricity (India)

Growing sinkhole threatening Bloomington home
Geology and geophysics professor E. Calvin Alexander Jr. revealed there are 14,000 mapped sinkholes in Minnesota, more than 10,000 of them are in Fillmore County. April 10: Fox 9

Upgrading the us power grid for the 21st century – power technology
Electrical and computer engineering professor Massoud Amin was quoted as discussing major weather events from the 50s to the 80s. April 10: Gas & Electricity (India)

Use smileys and be misunderstood 😉
Group Lens from computer science and engineering conducted a study with 22 smileys and found great variation in our perception of them. April 9: Berlingske (Denmark)

The Chinese engineer who mined an American life in Hibbing
CSE alumnus Wen Ping Pan was the first U of M Chinese student, organized the university’s first soccer team, and started a Chinese club. April 9: Hibbing Daily Tribune

The “Big Science” behind climate change
Computer science professor Vipin Kumar believes “big data” can help slow down climate change. April 8: Sierra

Gorman-Rupp promotes King, Daniels
Mechanical engineering alumnus Scott King has been promoted to corporate vice president of Gorman-Rupp. April 7: Mansfield News Journal

Pacelli students attend science, engineering expo
The College of Science and Engineering Expo allowed middle school students from around the state to see the projects engineering, science and math students did as part of their majors. April 7: Austin Daily Herald

Michelle Hall appointed to JPO Editorial Board
Biomedical engineering alumnae Michelle Hall is the newest member of the  Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JPO) editorial board. April 5: oandp.com

Scientists grow ultra-selective membrane from nanocrystal seed
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has developed a groundbreaking one-step, crystal growth process for making ultra-thin layers of material with molecular-sized pores. April 4: Materials Today (Great Britain)

Blind chemist makes STEM curriculum for sightless kids
Chemistry post-doctoral associate Mona Minkara and her assistants are creating a blind-accessible, low-cost STEM curriculum which will be implemented at a camp in Lebanon. April 2: Alva Review-Courier; April 4: U.S. News; April 23: University of Arkansas Newswire; April 24: Public. (Canada); April 29: Arkansas Online

Mortenson’s bottom line lifted by wind and solar energy projects
Mechanical engineering alumnus and Mortenson’s COO Tom Wacker discusses the renewable energy industry. April 1: Star Tribune

Minnesota starwatch – April 2017
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. April 1: The Sleepy Eye Herald-DispatchBrainerd Dispatch

March 2017

Friday Roundtable: Closing the gender gap in STEM
Chemistry professor Erin Carlson explains her experience as a woman in the science field. March 31: MPR News

Hibbing native wins award
Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor John Sartori has been awarded the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program. March 29: Hibbing Daily Tribune

Protecting your online privacy after FCC rule roll back
Technology leadership institute senior fellow Michael Johnson is concerned that ISPs will now begin more aggressively collecting and selling our information. March 29: KARE 11

The 10 best science images, videos, and visualizations of the year
A geosciences outreach app developed by University of Minnesota researchers is a winner of the 15th Annual Vizzies, a national competition sponsored by Popular Science magazine and the National Science Foundation (NSF) celebrating the use of visual media to artfully and clearly communicate scientific data and research. March 29: National Science FoundationPopular Science

Issues of the environment: Washing your hands may harm your health and the environment
Civil, environmental and geo-engineering professor Bill Arnold said triclosan is almost certainly making it’s way into the water system. March 29: WEMU

A century-old arctic shipwreck could help us predict extreme weather
Physics and astronomy associate professor Lucy Fortson said we still need humans if we want to make serendipitous discoveries, referring to their Zooniverse project. March 28: FiveThirtyEight

Minnesota moment: University researchers awarded for efforts to make environmentally-friendly plastic bags
Chemistry professor Marc Hillmyer explains how biodegradable bags will benefit society. March 28: KSTP; March 29: Finance & Commerce

April brings renewal to the stars and planets of the morning and evening skies
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. March 28: Brainerd Dispatch

The Physics Force: No tricks at Woodbury Community Expo
University of Minnesota Physics Force troupe will wow the Woodbury Community Expo with physics on April 1. March 28: Woodbury Bulletin; March 30: Woodbury Bulletin

The hackers in your yogurt
Technological leadership Institute senior fellow Brian Isle comments on the vulnerability of modern food manufacturing. March 24: Quartz

Blind UMN chemist creates STEM curriculum for blind children
Chemistry post-doctoral associate Mona Minkara and her assistants are creating a blind-accessible, low-cost STEM curriculum which will be implemented at a camp in Lebanon. March 23: Minnesota Daily

Thought-controlled robot arm
Biomedical engineering professor Bin He is the lead researcher of a team whose technology allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. March 20: American Society of Mechanical Engineers

New episcopal bishop ordained in Spokane
Chemistry alumna Gretchen Rehnerg was instilled as Spokane’s Episcopal Diocese first female bishop. March 19: Spokane Public Radio; March 20: Myinforms

Why The Pentagon should worry about lack of innovation in electric utility sector
Technological Leadership Institute professor Massoud Amin points out that investment rates for the electricity sector are the lowest of any major industrial sector, with the exception of the pulp and paper industry. March 17: Forbes; March 20: In Homeland Security

Minn-vention madness: Vote for your favorite Minnesota invention
Mechanical engineering professor James “Crash” Ryan developed the first flight recorder. March 17: Minnesota Public Radio

Opportunities abound for those studying engineering
The College of Science and Engineering offers a summer research internship for students in Taiwan. March 17: U.S. News & World Report

A groundbreaking process for creating ultra-selective separation membranes
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has developed a groundbreaking one-step, crystal growth process for making ultra-thin layers of material with molecular-sized pores. March 15: Nanowerk; ScienceDailyNewsCaf; EurekAlert!; Phys.org; Nanotechnology Now; March 16: Innovation Reports (Germany); Research & Development; Production Electronics News (Great Britain); BioPortfolio (Great Britain); U.S. Department of Energy; Controlled Environments; Azonano; Science Newsline; March 17: ChemEurope.com (Germany); Bionity.com (Germany); analytica-world.com (Germany); March 18: University Herald; Youth Health; Concord Register; March 21: Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Science (China); March 29: Filtration Separation

Alchemie Awarded $700,000 Grant To Continue Development Of Educational App
Chemistry alumnae Julia Winter received a $700,000 grant for a mobile app that helps individuals grasp tough chemistry concepts. March 15: MITechNews

Matt Spink named general manager for Precision Coils
Civil engineering alumnus Matt Spink was promoted to general manager of Precision Coils. March 14: ACHR News; March 16: Japan Air Conditioning, Heating &  Refrigeration News

Why memorize pi, poems when it’s all on your phone? To have it in your heart
Computer science and engineering assistant professor Dan Knights created a pi poem to aid him in remembering more than 2,000 digits of pi. March 13: Star Tribune

Minnesota professor gives lecture on science of superheroes, uses physics to explain comic book phenomena
Physics and astronomy professor James Kakalios applies his knowledge of science to a fictional world — the world of comic books. March 13: The Daily Reveille

Consumers wrestle with deluge of cardboard boxes from delivery services, online shopping
Civil engineering professor David Levinson explains that though e-commerce is increasing freight traffic, it is decreasing trips Twin Cities residents take to the store. March 11: Star Tribune

Simulate your way to optimized power and performance
Mechanical engineering alumnus Kevin Gertgen explains how engine simulation programs work and what advantages they afford. March 10: Hot Rod Network

Researchers flip magnetic memory cell with light pulse at record speed
Electrical and computer engineering researchers have created a magnetic tunnel junction that can be switched by a pulse of light lasting one trillionth of a second—a new record. This advancement holds promise for the development of new, optically controlled, ultrafast magnetic devices for innovations in information storage, processing, and communication. March 9: EurekAlert!; Phys.org; e! Science News (Canada); Nanowerk; Newswise; March 10: Health Medicine Network; AZoOptics (Great Britain); March 11: Science Daily; March 13: Novus Light Technologies Today (Great Britain); Eetasia.com

Pittcon 2017 award recipients for outstanding achievements in analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy
Chemical engineering and materials science associate professor Paul Dauenhaurer was awarded the Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award. March 9: R&D Magazine

‘Slime’ is the latest hot toy, but how safe is it?
Chemistry professor Chris Cramer explains why there is nothing to worry about as long as parents are exercising adequate supervision. March 9: FOX 9

What is the “Matilda Effect,” and how can we improve recognition of women scientists?
Chemistry professor Christy Haynes explains what the Matilda Effect is and how to address the problem. March 8: Sustainable Nano

Researchers take a step toward mind-controlled robots
Biomedical engineering professor Bin He comments that the MIT research is a “clever” application in a growing yet nascent field. March 8: NPR; WVIK; WXXI

Analysis: Trump’s plan for increased spending on infrastructure
Civil engineering professor David Levinson evaluated infrastructure needs in the United States, and how to afford them. Listen to his perspective at 2:50, 9:20, 14:22, 18:09, 22:59 and 25:47. March 7: MPR News

Hopkins scientists engineering cells to eat deadly bacteria
Biomedical engineering professor David Odde hails research being done by John Hopkins University as exciting, but explains challenges they will face. March 7: Phys.org; Myinforms

Angela Merkel, Sauli Niinistö and Irja Askola to receive honorary doctorates
Mechanical engineering professor Peter McMurry will receive an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Helsinki for his behind-the-scenes support of Finnish aerosol research. March 7: STT Info (Finland)

It’s alive! First-ever 3D-printed excavator unveiled
The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) sparked the idea of 3D printing an excavator. March 7: Construction Equipment; March 14: Construct Connect

With Hyperloop, India eyes an unrealistic future
Civil engineering professor David Levinson doesn’t think they Hyperloop is practical to put into use any time soon because it is yet to be tested. March 6: Quartz India (India)

Should we talk about the weather?
Department of Earth Sciences research associate Michelle LaRue weighs in on the early spring and climate change in general. Listen to her perspective at 12:56, 13:41, 14:43, 19:14, 20:51 and 25:32. March 6: NPR’s 1A Podcast

Researchers invent a breakthrough process to produce renewable car tires from trees and grasses
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards. March  6: Newsweek; Yahoo! News; March 7: Raw Story; March 9: Green Builder Media; Tires & Parts News; March 13: WTIP Radio

These former Somerville roommates think they’ve got the next big sport — MegaBots
Electrical engineering alumnus Matt Oehrlein is one of the MegaBots founders who believes human-like, agile and dexterous battling robots are going to be the next big thing in sports. March 4: Boston Globe

Help astronomers find elusive muons disguised as gamma rays
A new citizen science project, led by astronomers at the University of Minnesota, is asking for help from the public to identify and categorize hundreds of thousands of ring patterns within images produced by VERITAS gamma-ray observatory cameras. March 3: Newswise; March 6: Before It’s News; March 28: Phys.org

Veteran biotech executive Timothy S. Nelson joins Impels Board of Directors
Chemical engineering alumnus Timothy S. Nelson  was appointed as Independent Director of the Impel NeuroPharma Board of Directors. March 3: Pharmacy Choice; ABC 6 News; News 12 Mankato; WDAM; FirstWord Pharma (Great Britain); 104 similar articles

New Anderson Innovation Labs inspire U of M students
The College of Science and Engineering officially unveiled the Anderson Student Innovation Labs that feature 10,000-square-feet of hands-on learning spaces for students. March 2: KARE 11WCCO-TVKSTP; March 6: Minnesota Daily

Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality
Mechanical engineering professor Uwe Kortshagen along with a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. March 2: Panel Building & System Integration; March 6: Architecture and Design (Australia); March 17: Rewire

Heart tissue cryogenics breakthrough gives hope for transplant patients
Mechanical engineering, chemistry, and biomedical engineering researchers are part of a team that has discovered a groundbreaking process to successfully rewarm large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels preserved at very low temperatures. March 1: CNN.com; The New York TimesThe Guardian (Great Britain);  Gizmodo; Gizmodo UK (Great Britain); Gizmodo Australia (Australia); Gizmodo (India); STAT; International Business Times; KARE 11; KSTP; The Washington Post; Cosmos; The VergeMedical Xpress (Great Britain); Yahoo! Finance; Twin Cities Business99.9 Radio USA; Netscape ISP; 93.9 WTBX; Reuters Heath & Fitness News; 92.9 FM WLMI; AM 650 WNMT Northern Minnesota Talk; 94.3 Jack FM; 100.7 MIX-FM; Erie News Now; AZFamily.com; Discover Magazine Blogs; Yahoo! 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NASA selects proposals for first-ever space technology research institutes
Mechanical engineering associate professor Traian Dumitrica is part of a new NASA-funded research institute, the Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP). The Institute will develop new lightweight, ultra-strong materials to use for aerospace structures. March 1: Engineering.com

Minnesota starwatch: March 2017
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. March 1: MessAge Media; March 5: The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch

New multiblock polymer additive could facilitate recycling of plastics
Chemical engineering and materials science professor Frank Bates was part of a team to create a multiblock polymer that creates a new and mechanically robust polymer. March 1: Made-in-China.com (China); March 31: Plastics Technology

February 2017

Mystery Solved: Hydrologists Know Where The Devil’s Kettle Goes
Retired earth sciences professor Calvin Alexander said you can figure out where the water goes by measuring the water and it turns out nobody had ever done that. Feb. 28: WCCO; Duluth News Tribune, MPR News; Star Tribune; FOX-9; WDIO-TV

Indium welcomes Tim Twining as VP of marketing
Mechanical engineering alumnus Tim Twining will be Indium Corporation’s vice president for marketing. Feb. 28: I-Connect 077; The Central New York Business Journal

Hopkins scientists engineering cells to eat deadly bacteria
Biomedical engineering professor David Odde hails research being done by John Hopkins University as exciting, but explains challenges they will face. Feb. 25: The Baltimore SunCarroll Country Times; March 22: Gulf Times; March 23: Menafn.com

Morphing drone takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane
Computer science and engineering professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos and his team have created a shape-shifting drone that takes off like a helicopter and transforms into a plane in mid-air to fly all day on solar power. Feb. 24: New Scientist

New multiblock polymer additive could facilitate recycling of plastics
Chemical engineering and materials science professor Frank Bates was part of a team to create a multiblock polymer that creates a new and mechanically robust polymer. Feb. 23: EurekAlert!; MyScience.Org; Cornell Chronicle; Feb. 24: AZo Materials; Military Technologies News; Packaging Revolution; Phys.org; Feb. 25: Latest Technology; Health Medicine Network; Feb. 27: Packaging Business Review (Great Britain); Kentucky Ag Connection; Pennsylvania Ag Connection; Nebraska Ag Connection; Indiana Ag Connection; USAgNet; Wisconsin Ag Connection; Iowa Ag Connection; Michigan Ag Connection; Minnesota Ag Connection; South Dakota Ag Connection; Missouri Ag Connection; Ohio Ag Connection; Kansas Ag Connection; New York Ag Connection; Lab Manager Magazine (Canada); Feb. 28: Waste Dive

Minnesota starwatch: March 2017
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. Feb. 23: Lakeshore Weekly News; Feb. 25: Pineandlakes Echo Journal; Brainerd Dispatch

NASA discovers 7 Earth-like planets that could hold life
Astronomy professor Chick Woodward said three of the seven planets NASA discovered are the perfect temperature to have liquid water, meaning they could sustain life. Feb. 22: FOX 9; SoloNews (Italy); Feb. 23: Senegal-Actu.com

The world that robots are controlled with brain waves finally comes!
Biomedical engineering professor Bin He is the lead researcher of a team whose technology allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. Feb. 22: Time & Space (Japan)

Minnesota-made device aids in ice rescue
An emergency flotation device that was developed by a mechanical engineering alumnus John Weinel with the help of U of M engineering students saved a Minnesota man and his daughter. Feb. 20: Fox 9

Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality
Mechanical engineering professor Uwe Kortshagen along with a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. Feb. 17: Elektronikpraxis (Germany); Feb. 19: British Utilities (Great Britain); Feb. 20: EurekAlert!; NewsWise; Science DailyKROC; Nanowerk; Press Release Point (India); Feb. 21: AZO BuildMilitary Technologies News (Poland); Phys.org; R & D Magazine; Satellite PR News; I-Connect007; EnvironmentGuru.com; Opli (Israel); Lab Manager Magazine (Canada); Before It’s News; Feb. 22:  KARE 11; U.S. Department of Energy; Environmental News Network; Solar Energy NewsInnovation Toronto (Canada); Trac News (Canada); A Green Living Blog; Electronics360; The Fifth Estate (Australia); Photonics.com; Feb. 23: ChemEurope.com (Germany); Pakistan Defence (Pakistan); Canadajournal (Canada); Photonics.com; pvbuzz media; Feb. 24: USAgNet; Minnesota Ag Connection; Feb. 27: Myinforms

TechRaking 19: From sensors to solutions
Earth sciences assistant professor Andrew Wickert presented the the sensor platform he’s developed as part of his research on deglaciation and melting ice sheets. Feb. 17: Reveal

NASA selects proposals for first-ever space technology research institutes
Mechanical engineering associate professor Traian Dumitrica is part of a new NASA-funded research institute, the Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP). The Institute will develop new lightweight, ultra-strong materials to use for aerospace structures. Feb. 16: NASA; PR Newswire; Feb. 17: Phys.org; Space.com; Feb. 21: The Marshall Town; Feb. 23: ASM International

Kirsten Pedersen joins NGL as Vice President Actuary
Mathematics alumna Kirsten Pedersen joins National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) as Vice President Actuary. Feb. 16: PRLogGreater Madison Chamber of Commerce

India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) announces its third edition of India Smart Grid Week 2017
Director of the Technological Leadership Institute Massoud Amin will discuss the challenges and opportunities towards establishing smart grids in India. Feb. 15: News Now (India)

Immigrants in the US are helping scientists understand how gut bacteria can be contagious
Computer science and engineering assistant professor Dan Knights and research assistant Pajau Vangay are studying how exactly gut microbiomes in Hmong and Karen immigrants in St. Paul and Minneapolis changed when they moved to the US. Feb. 14: Quartz

Fish & Richardson twin cities trial team named “2016 Attorneys of the Year” by Minnesota lawyer for U.S. Supreme Court win
Mechanical Engineering alumnus John Dragseth named “2016 Attorney of the Year” for a win at the U.S. Supreme Court for client Halo Electronics, Inc. Feb. 13: Money (Canada); Yahoo! Finance; Spoke; CEO (Canada); PR Newswire; Dallas Morning News; Military Technologies News; Northwest Cable News; Trade Show Marketing; Denton Record-Chronicle; Military Technologies News (Poland); ProfitQuotes.com; Ticker Technologies; WFMJ TV-21; KFVS 12; KTIV News Channel 4; KWWL.com; WDRB 41 Louisville; 96 similar articles

The secret lives of rocks
Professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering and geo-engineering Charles Fairhurst explains how rocks behave under pressure. Feb. 11: True Viral News

Sixth annual Robotics Alley adds policy forum, lifetime achievement award
Director of the institute for engineering in medicine Bin He will present “Mind-Control of a Robot: Principles and Challenges” at the Robotics Alley Conference & Expo. Feb. 10: ABC6 News; CBS 58 NewsNBC-2.com; News 12 Mankato; Newswire; 81 similar articles including media outlets from Canada and Poland

Researchers invent a breakthrough process to produce renewable car tires from trees and grasses
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards. Feb. 8: Science Daily; Feb. 9: Lab Manager Magazine; New Atlas (Canada); Ohio Ag Connection; USAgNet; Minnesota Ag Connection; WCCO; KARE 11; Feb. 10: Phys.org; Missouri Ag Connection; Kansas Ag Connection; New York Ag Connection; Pennsylvania Ag Connection; Iowa Ag Connection; South Dakota Ag Connection; Michigan Ag Connection; Nebraska Ag Connection; Indiana Ag Connection; Kentucky Ag Connection; Wisconsin Ag Connection; Biomass Magazine; Press Release Point (India); Environmental News Network; Yahoo!; Research & Development; Feb. 12: Observatorio del Plástico (Spain); Feb. 13: MPR; Otomotif (Indonesia); Iran Daily (Iran); The Hans India (India); DuurzaamBedrijfsleven.nl (Netherlands); Odborné časopisy (Czech Republic); Rubber World Magazine; Feb. 14: Environmental Leader; Feb. 15: Rubber Journal Asia (Malaysia); Kunststof en Rubber (Netherlands); ZME Science; Feb. 17: Renewable Energy Magazine; Tire Business; Bio-Based Economy (Germany); Wzaobao (China); Wtoutiao (China); RubberNew.com; Feb. 22: Before It’s News; Trac News (Canada); Feb. 24: Technology Networks (Great Britain); Feb. 26: Big Ten Network; Feb. 27: Tyrepress (Great Britain); Feb. 28: Tire Technology International (Great Britain); Chemical Processing; XEA.nl (Netherlands)

Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting
Materials science and engineering professor Russell Holmes comments that the Princeton research brings perovskite-based LEDs closer to commercialization. Feb. 9: Next Big Future

Thanks to HopBucket, now you don’t have to spend months planning your best trips
Electrical engineering alumnus Satyajeet Jadhav created an app that helps travelers chart their exploits in real time in the form of beautiful travelogues, and thus, create entire itineraries online based on the recommendations made by the community. Feb. 9: Your Story

New study suggests that eating whole grains increases metabolism and calorie loss
Computer science and engineering assistant professor Dan Knights and research assistant Pajau Vangay were additional authors on a study that suggests that substituting whole grains for refined grains in the diet increases calorie loss by reducing calories retained during digestion and speeding up metabolism. Feb. 8: TuftsNow; NewsWise; Feb. 9: NHS Choices

Hands-on learning: La Crescent Lancer Bots prepare robot for success
Future CSE student Turner Ryan is the team captain for the Sir Lancer Bots group competing in the FIRST robotics competition. Feb. 8: Winona Daily News; Feb. 9: La Crosse Tribune; Feb. 11: La Crosse Tribune

Tissue engineering allege reduces heart disaster in indication of heart attack
Biomedical engineering associate professor Brenda Ogle was part of a research team that discovered a 3D printing process that may alleviate heart stress after a heart attack. Feb. 8: Latest Technology

Authors discuss ‘Hidden Figures’ subjects — black women at NASA — at UMN
Electrical and computer engineering professor Rhonda Franklin will contribute to the ongoing conversations about race, gender and science during a panel discussion titled “Women of Color in STEM: Hidden Figures Yesterday and Today.” Feb. 7: Twin Cities Pioneer Press; Feb. 9: MSR News Online

TerraCOH believes it can tap the potential of geothermal energy
Senior research associate, TerraCOH’s chief technical officer, Jimmy Randolph along with earth sciences professor Martin Saar and mechanical engineering professor Thomas Kuehn invented a renewable energy technology called CO2 Plume Geothermal. Feb. 5: La Crosse Tribune; Feb. 6: Renewable Energy Magazine

Polymer improves stability of protein drug
Chemistry professor Theresa M. Reineke explains why stabilizing drugs, such as insulin, is important. Feb. 3: Chemical & Engineering News

County Executive Names New Public Works Deputy Director
Chemical engineering alumnus William Bettin was named the deputy director of Bel Air Public Works where he will lead the Division of Water and Sewer. Feb. 3: Bel Air Patch

Revco Industries, Inc. announces Steve Hwang as President
Civil engineering alumnus C. Edward Chu will become Revco Industries CEO and Chairman of the Board. Feb. 3: FFJournal.net

Skyworks Promotes Steven C. Machuga to Vice President, Worldwide Operations
Chemical engineering and materials science alumnus Steven C. Machuga has been promoted to vice president of worldwide operations for Skyworks. Feb. 3: StreetInsider.com; WFMJ TV-21; WDRB 41 Louisville; Business Wire; Semiconductor Today (Great Britain); Myinforms; Microwave Journal; NewsOn6.com; KTRE ABC-9; Spoke; TulsaCW.com; Hawaii News Now; WTOL.com; TMCnet.com; WIS News 10; Technology News; WAVE 3 News; KFMB-TV CBS-8; KMOV.com; KLKN-TV ABC-8; WBOY-TV; Tucson News Now; Live5News.com; WSILTV; WSFX-FOX Wilmington; WV Illustrated; TelecommsBriefing.net; Telemundo Amarillo; CBS 58 News; Kuam News; WMC Action News 5; WTOC.com; WVUE New Orleans; KHQ Right Now; KFBB.com; Telemundo Midland/Odessa; Fox 21 Delmarva; YourOhioValley; KPLC 7 News; ABC FOX Montana; WandTV.com; WECT TV6; KAUZ-TV: NewsChannel 6 Now; Hometownstations.com; ABC-7.com; ABC57; KTEN.com; WWBT-TV; FOX29 Lake Charles; 9&10 News; WeAreWVproud; KTBS 3 News; WCAX.com; TechBriefing.net (Great Britain); WPSD Local 6; WOWK-TV; WBOC.com; WBRC FOX6 News; FOX29 Lake Charles; KRGV.com; FOX19-WXIX TV; KFVS 12; 14 News; KXXV-TV ABC; Publicnow (Canada); WRCBtv.com; Mississippi News Now; KSLA News 12; WSFA 12 News; KCBD News Channel 11; ABC6 News; NBC29; News9.com; Enhanced Online News; Erie News Now; WLOX-TV; NBC Right Now KNDO-TV; Stockhouse (Canada); NewsWest 9; KSWO-TV 7; KFVE The Home Team; KMIR News; WTVM.com; The CW Richmond WUPV; KUSI News; NewsChannel 10; WAFF 48 News; WALB.com; KAIT ABC-8; WFLX Fox 29-TV; WFXG FOX 54; WMBF News; Cleveland 19 News; KTVN Channel 2; Stockwatch (Canada); News Center 1; WNKY.com; KLTV 7 News; WBTV 3 News; WDAM – Channel 7; News 12 Mankato; Yahoo! Finance; Ariva.de (Germany); NBC-2.com; KULR-8; SYS-CON INDIA (India); Benzinga; Morningstar News; Optical Keyhole (Great Britain); Advfn (Brazil); CNBC; Nasdaq.com; Uk Advfn (Great Britain); Wallstreet Online (Germany); Sector Publishing Intelligence (Great Britain); Financial Buzz; FFJournal; Feb. 6: Post Online Media (Croatia)

Triclosan Researcher Explains Banned Antibacterial Agent’s Environmental Impact
University of Minnesota civil, enviornmental and geo- engineering professors William Arnold discusses a harmful antibacterial soap compound. Feb. 2: R&D Magazine

Evidence of historic flood pattern found in Chinese caves
Earth sciences associate professor Joshua Feinberg said to predict how climate change will impact the future, it’s important to know what has happened in the past. Feb. 1: KARE 11

Starwatch: February makes the most of its fewer nights
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. Feb. 1: Mille Lacs Messenger; Feb. 4: The Sleepy Eye Harald Dispatch

Bin He: The Futurist
Biomedical engineering professor Bin He is celebrated for his research and teaching skills. Feb. 1: City Pages; Feb. 2: Minnesota Daily

January 2017

17 things you need to know about your tap water
Civil, environmental, and geo- engineering professor Raymond Hozalski said some areas of the country have site-specific water problems. Jan. 29: Reader’s Digest

ASHRAE recognizes members for outstanding industry and society achievements
Mechanical e ngineering professor emeritus Thomas H. Kuehn was awarded the E.K. Campbell Award of Merit. Jan. 28: ASHRAE; Publicnow (Canada)

Elon Musk’s tunnel could make L.A.’s traffic worse
Civil engineering professor David Levinson explains why building a tunnel won’t improve L.A.’s traffic. Jan. 27: Popular Science

Starwatch: February makes the most of its fewer nights
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics offers public viewings of the night sky. Jan. 26: SWNewsMedia.com; Jan. 27: Brainerd Dispatch; Pineandlakes Echo Journal

Minnesota-made device aids in ice rescue
An emergency flotation device that was developed by a mechanical engineering alumnus John Weinel with the help of U of M engineering students saved a Minnesota man and his daughter. Jan. 26: WDAY; Inforum; Duluth News Tribune; Grand Forks Herald; WDAZ; West Fargo Pioneer; Jan. 27: Echo Press; Pineandlake Echo Journal; Wadena Pioneer Journal

Method of synthesizing polymers promises new, better excipients
University of Minnesota and The Dow Chemical Company researchers have discovered a new method that helps oral medications work faster and more efficiently. Jan. 25: Tablets & Capsules

Tissue engineering advance reduces heart failure in model of heart attack
Associate professor of biomedical engineering Brenda Ogle and co-researchers have grown heart tissue by seeding a mix of human cells onto a 1-micron-resolution scaffold made with a 3-D printer. Jan. 25: EurekAlert!Publicnow (Canada); Jan. 26: Cardiovascular Business; Jan. 28: News-Medical.net; Jan. 30: 3DPrint.com

The polymer revolution has just begun
A synopsis of chemical engineering and materials science professor Frank Bates and his endeavors. Jan. 25: Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)

The Los Angeles metro is great – so why aren’t people using it?
The center for transportation studies found LA Metro to be the third most comprehensive transit system in the United States. Jan. 25: City Metric

For primates in captivity, a more human microbiome, shows new study funded by Morris Animal Foundation
CBS Biotechnology Institute assistant professor Dan Knights and team of researchers show that monkeys in captivity lose much of their native gut bacteria diversity and their gut bacteria ends up resembling those of humans. Jan. 24: Yahoo! Finance; Business Wire

Give local: U alum’s time in Minnesota key to Heacket
CSE Alumnus Owen Zhang joined Heacket and will launch their durable heated jackets through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Jan. 24: Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Exosite CTO Mark Benson to Present at the 2017 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo)
Software engineering alumnus Mark Benson will present on “Improving the Energy Efficiency of Intelligent Buildings with Smart IoT Retrofits.” Jan. 23: Web Wire; Benzinga

The man behind Google Search as we know it, is now joining forces with Uber to change real lives
Computer science alumnus Amit Singhal will oversee Uber’s core functions of mapping and marketplaces. Jan. 21: Your Story

2017 EAS Young Investigator Award
Chemistry alumnus Dwight Stoll will receive the 2017 Eastern Analytical Symposium Young Investigator Award. Jan. 21: Environmental Expert.com

Model airplanes are Crosslake man’s hobby for 70 years: Dorweiler has high hopes for micro airplane club
CSE alumnus Paul Dorweiler is working to establish a micro airplane club. Jan. 20: Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

How the Obama administration affected Minnesota
Director of the medical device center Arthur Erdman said tax on the state’s medical devices industry caused layoffs at Minnesota medical device companies and likely hurt U.S. companies’ standing. Jan. 17: MinnPost

ViewRay Raises $26.m for commercialization of MRIdian linac technology
Physics alumnus Dr. Ted Wang is expected to be appointed as a member of the ViewRay Board of Directors. Jan. 17: Biotechgate Global Database (China); January 18: Citybizlist New York; StreetInsider.com; Benzinga; Ariva.de (Germany); Military Technologies News (Poland); Ticker Technologies; Denton Record-Chronicle; Spoke; Northwest Cable News; VB Profiles; ABC57; WDRB 41 Louisville; Erie News Now; Le Lezard (Canada); Fox29 Lake Charles; WMC Action News 5; WSFX – Fox Wilmington; Yahoo! Finance; AZFamily.com; KRGV.com; KTBS 3 News; Telemundo Amarillo; WOWK-TV; News 12 Mankato; Hometownstations.com; ABC Fox Montana; KU SI News; YourOhioValley; KMOV.com; WeAreWVproud; NBC29; CBS 58 News; Dallas Morning News; ABC 40 KRHD-TV; KFMB-TV CBS-8; WSILTV; Trade Show Marketing; PublicityInsider.com; WBOY-TV; KTIV News Channel 4; Apparel Search; 9&10 News; WFMJ TV-21; NBC Right Now KNDO-TV; Medindia (India); ABC-7.com; WRCBtv.com; KFVE The Home Team; Cleveland 19 News; CEO (Canada); KULR-8; ; KOAM-TV; WFLX Fox 29-TV; WAFB.com; WTOC.com; WBTV 3 News; WandTV.com; WMBF News; KAIT ABC-8; KWWL.com; WBOC.com; KXXV-TV ABC; FOX5Vegas.com; NBC-2.com; WFXG FOX 54; KAUZ-TV; WAFF 48 News; ABC6 News; Telemundo Midland/Odessa; NewsOn6.com; WNKY.com; WDAM-Channel 7; KMIR News; FOX29 Lake Charles; News Center 1; WSFA 12 News; KCTV 5; NewsWest 9; KPTV FOX 12; WLOX-TV; WTVM.com; TulsaCW.com; WTOL.com; WALB.com; KLTV 7 News; WAVE 3 News; WIS News 10; News9.com; Citybizlist; Jan. 19: Publicnow (Canada); BioSpace; Medical Physics Web (Great Britain)

Evidence of historic flood pattern found in Chinese caves
Earth sciences associate professor Joshua Feinberg said to predict how climate change will impact the future, it’s important to know what has happened in the past. Jan. 19: UPI.com; Headlines411.com; Breitbart; EurekAlert!; Phys.org; Health Medicine Network; ScienceDaily; Jan. 20: Before It’s News; ScienceNewsline; Jan. 21: I4U News; Myinforms; Jan. 23: The Archaeology News Network (Greece)

Revco Industries, Inc. announces Steve Hwang as President
Civil engineering alumnus C. Edward Chu will become Revco Industries CEO and Chairman of the Board. Jan. 18: ISHN.com; Contractor Supply

ACT I Announces Phil Simonsen as Senior Executive for Space and Cyber Programs
Aerospace engineering and mechanics alumnus Phil Simonsen was announced as ACT I’s space and cyber programs executive. Jan. 18: Military Technologies (Poland); Digital Journal (Canada)

Digging 3D
The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) sparked the idea of 3D printing an excavator. Jan. 17: ForConstructionPros.com

Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting
Materials science and engineering professor Russell Holmes comments that the Princeton research brings perovskite-based LEDs closer to commercialization. Jan. 16: Publicnow (Cananda); EurekAlert!; Nanowerk; Health Medicine Network; ScienceNewsline; Research & Development; Laboratory Equipment; Technobahn (Japan); Engineers Australia (Australia); Energy Daily; Jan. 17: Electronic Product Design & Test (Great Britain); AZoOptics (Great Britain); EIN007; Opli; Jan. 19: Press Release Point (India); Photonics Online; Photonics.com; Princeton University; Military Technologies News (Poland); Jan. 23: Latest Technology; Controlled Environment Magazine; Jan. 24: New Energy and Fuel; Before It’s News; EE World Online

Don Craighead to receive Robotics Alley Lifetime Achievement Award
CSE Alumnus Don Craighead will receive the first annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the Robotics Alley Conference & Expo. Jan 12. Digital Journal (Canada); Military Technologies News (Poland); WTVM.com; NBC-2; KULR-8; KFVE The Home Team; Newswire; Telemundo Amarillo; KMIR News; WSFX – FOX Wilmington; AZFamily.com; KTEN.com; Telemundo Midland/Odessa; The CW Richmond WUPV; TulsaCW.com; Kuam News; NewsWest 9; KMOV.com; YourOhioValley; FOX19-WXIX TV; ABC FOX Montana; FOX5Vegas.com; WNKY.com; FOX29 Lake Charles; WBOY-TV; News 12 Mankato; Fox 21 Delmarva; Erie News Now; CBS 58 News; KSWO-TV 7; The CW GA-BAMA; WeAreWVproud; Hometownstations.com; WFMJ TV-21; KPLC 7 News; KTBS 3 News; KHQ Right NowWDRB 41 Louisville; ABC-7.com; Cleveland 19 News; KAIT ABC-8; KFBB.com; WVUE New Orleans; KRGV.com; Tucson News Now; FOX29 Lake Charles; WMC Action News 5; KUSI News; WFLX Fox 29-TV; News Center 1; WSILTV; WOWK-TV; KFMB-TV CBS-8; ABC57; NBC29; WSFA 12 News; KLKN-TV ABC-8; WRCBtv.com; KSLA News 12; NBC Right Now KNDO-TV; KFVS 12; Live5News.com; KPTV FOX 12; KAUZ-TV: News Channel 6 Now; WandTV.com; WWBT-TV; WDAM – Channel 7; WTOC.com; WFXG FOX 54; Mississippi News Now; KCBD News Channel 11; 9&10 News; WTOL.com; ABC 6 News; KXXV-TV ABC; KCTV 5; KTVN Channel 2; WAFF 48 News; 14 News; WBRC FOX6 News; WIS News 10; WAVE 3 News; News9.com; WALB.com; WAFB.com; WLOX-TV; WBOC.com; NewsChannel 10; Hawaii News Now; WECT TV6; KLTV 7 News; KTRE ABC-9; NewsOn6.com

U of M’s William Arnold on triclosan and the environment
University of Minnesota civil, enviornmental and geo- engineering professors William Arnold discusses a harmful antibacterial soap compound. Jan. 11: WTIP; Wheeling Intelligencer

Fish & Richardson elevates 10 attorneys to principal
CSE Alumnus Stuart Nelson was named principal at the Fish & Richardson law firm. Jan. 11: WFMJ TV-21; Citybizlist; Finanzen.ch (Switzerland); Finanzen.at (Austria); PublicityInsiders.com; Dallas Morning News; Northwest Cable News; Apparel Search; Yahoo! Finance; Trade Show Marketing; ProfitQuotes.com; All-Latest-News (Germany); WBTV 3 News; FOX29 Lake Charles; WNKY.com; KCBD NewsChannel 11; 9&10 News; WRCBtv.com; WBRC Fox6 News; WDRB 41 Louisville; IndiaNotes; NBC29; KFVS 12; WLOX-TV; ABC-7.com; ABC57; WSILTV; WandTV.com; DMN Newswire!; StreetInsider.com; Spoke; NBC Right Now KNDO-TV; 14 News; Telemundo Amarillo; Telemundo Midland/Odessa; WSFA 12 News; Live5News.com; KMIR News; WWBT-TV; News Center 1; WMBF News; KAIT ABC-8; WAFF 48 News; WTVM.com; FOXVegas.com; WFXG FOX 54; FOX29 Lake Charles; Mississippi News Now; NewsChannel 10; Erie News Now; YourOhioValley; ABC 40 KRHD-TV; FOX19-WXIX TV; Fox 21 Delmarva; KXXV-TV ABC; KUSI News; WeAreWVproud; KTEN.com; ABC FOX Montana; KLKN-TV ABC-8; FOX 14 TV; The CW Richmond WUPV; KAUZ-TV: News Channel 6 Now; WBOC.com; ABC6 News; Kuam News; KFMB-TV CBS-8; Tuscon News Now; WMC Action News 5; News 12 Mankato; KMOV.com; The CW GA-BAMA; KPLC 7 News; KHQ Right Now; KTVN Channel 2; KWWL.com; KCTV 5; KPTV FOX 12; KTBS 3 News; KBOY-TV; WSFX-FOX Wilmington; WVUE New Orleans; Hometownstations.com; CBS 58 News; WALB.com; AZFamily.com; KRGV.com; WOWK-TV; KSLA News 12; NewsWest9; KSWO-TV 7; KULR-8; WTOL.com; KFVE The Home Team; WDAM-Channel 7; KTIV News Channel 4; KOAM-TV; Cleveland 19 News; WFLX Fox 29-TV; WTCO.com; WAVE 3 News; WIS News 10; TulsaCW.com; WECT TV6; News9.com; KLTV 7 News; NBC-2.com; Hawaii News Now; WAFB.com; KTRE ABC-9; Money; NewsOn6.com; Internet @ IT Business Net (Canada); ITBusinessNet.com; Business Issues

Alternative to displacement controls
Mechanical engineering associate professor James D. Van de Ven writes about using alternating-current hydraulics. Jan. 11: Hydraulics Pneumatics

University of Minnesota hosting ‘Energy and U’ at Rarig Center
More than 5,000 students from 48 schools will learn the science and technology challenges regarding our energy needs through explosions, flames, flying pop bottles, screaming gummy bears, and a dance party. Jan. 11: KSTP

Facebook inducts 3 more startups into mentorship program FbStart
Electrical engineering alumnus Satyajeet Jadhav created an app that helps travelers chart their exploits in real time in the form of beautiful travelogues, and thus, create entire itineraries online based on the recommendations made by the community. January 10: VCCircle

University of Minnesota hosting ‘Physics Circus’ at Northrup Auditorium
Thousands of elementary school students are learning about science in a very interesting way by attending the Physics Circus shows at the University of Minnesota. Jan 10: KSTP; Jan. 12: Star Tribune; Minnesota MN – AmericanTowns.com

How to Control a Robotic Arm with Your Mind, by Using Machine Learning
Biomedical engineering professor Bin He is the lead researcher of a team whose technology allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. Jan. 9: Today’s Medical Developments; Jan. 22: The New Stack

These U.S. cities offer the best job access to transit riders
Civil engineering professor David Levinson analyzed how many jobs are accessible via transit in major American cities. Jan 9: Streets Blog USA

You’ll be able to watch a star explode in 2022
Astronomy professor Yong-Zhong Qian said this is the forensic evidence we need to help us explain how the solar system was formed. Jan. 9: Huffington Post (United Kingdom)

Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award: Thomas R. Hoye
Chemistry professor Thomas R. Hoye was awarded the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award for creative contributions across an impressively broad spectrum of organic chemistry. Jan. 9: Chemistry & Engineering News

Three Black History Month events celebrate black women in the sciences
Electrical and computer engineering professor Rhonda Franklin will present at a lecture entitled “Women of Color in STEM: Hidden Figures Yesterday and Today.” Jan. 8: One Nation News

The drive: Many factors influence park-and-ride usage
Department of civil, environmental and geo-engineering professor Alireza Khani identified five key factors that influence where commuters decide to park. Jan. 8: Star Tribune

TerraCOH believes it can tap the potential of geothermal energy
Senior research associate, TerraCOH’s chief technical officer, Jimmy Randolph along with earth sciences professor Martin Saar and mechanical engineering professor Thomas Kuehn invented a renewable energy technology called CO2 Plume Geothermal. Jan 7: Star Tribune; Jan. 9: ThinkGeoEnergy; Jan. 20: Phys.org

T. Swanson appointed President & CEO of OneNeck® IT Solutions
Mechanical engineering alumnus Terry Swanson will become OneNeck’s second president and CEO. Jan. 4: Streetinsider.com; Benzinga; ITBusinessNet.com; Security @ ITBusinessNet.com; DMN Newswire!

The universe’s ‘eye’ revealed: Astronomers get a first glimpse at a rare doubled-ringed galaxy
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics graduate student Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil describes a rarely observed galaxie, called Hoag-type galaxies. Jan. 4: Daily Mail (United Kingdom); The Register; Jan 5: CNN

Co-Design 3.0 – Configurable extreme computing, leveraging moore’s law for real applications
CSE alumnus Sadasivan Shankar presented at SC16 Invited Talks. Jan. 2: Inside HPC