December 2012

Signals amplified by light alone
University of Minnesota researchers led by Mo Li have invented a novel microscale mechanical switch of light on a silicon chip. The team says the technology could dramatically increase Internet download speeds while also consuming less power. December issue: Photonics

Apocalypse how? Ways the world might end
Physics professor Joseph Kapusta discusses Friday, Dec. 21, also known as the last date of the Maya Long Count Calendar, and the likelihood that visiting aliens would rather communicate with us than conquer us. Dec. 19: Pioneer Press

Severe weather and the Grid
Electrical and computer engineering professor Massoud Amin discusses the costs and benefits of smart grid technology. Dec. 14: Electric Light & Power; Dec. 16: IEEE Spectrum; Dec. 16: Intelligent Utility; Dec. 17: Intelligent Utility

‘Citizen scientists’ classify wildlife
University physics professor and Zooniverse co-founder Lucy Fortson discusses how Zooniverse technology is now being used to analyze millions of photos taken of wildlife in the Serengeti. Dec. 12: Minnesota Daily; Smithsonian; Budapest Index; Minnesota Public Radio; Scientific American; Dec. 13: BBC; Dec. 18: Pop Photo

U of M to lead international virtual institute studying climatic and human effects on Earth
University of Minnesota has received a $720,000 grant to lead an international, multi-university virtual institute for the study of Earth-surface systems, with a special emphasis on watersheds and deltas. Dec. 12: Phys.org

U of M students show creativity in building robots
Students in a mechanical engineering class exhibited their self-constructed robots that are tasked with “doing something interesting.” Dec. 10: KARE (at 14:44); Dec. 11: KSTP

‘Fiscal cliff’ could hurt University research
Physics professor Roger Rusack leads a University group that played a part in this summer’s groundbreaking discovery of the Higgs Boson, and comments that the best way to overcome budget cuts is to come up with the best ideas. Dec. 11: Minnesota Daily

White Bear Lake aerospace class gets glimpse from on high
White Bear Lake High School students paired with the University’s aerospace department to launch a high-altitude helium balloon carrying a payload of scientific instruments. Dec. 9: Pioneer Press; Dec. 10: Loku; Aerospace Watch

CSE students illuminate campus
A CSE student group created a winter light show, “Illumination,” using over 100,000 LED lights, and set to University student-composed and performed music.  Dec. 6: WCCO; Dec. 7: KARE;  Dec. 10: This Week @ Minnesota

The only woman in the room
The number of women studying STEM fields has gradually grown over past decades, but the percentage of women in most engineering and physical science fields is still relatively small. Dec. 6: Minnesota Daily

Astronomers ask public to help identify star clusters
U of M researchers are part of the “Andromeda Project” that will use people power to examine thousands of Hubble Space Telescope images of the galaxy to identify star clusters. Dec. 4: Science Daily; Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 5: UPI; Phys.org; EurekAlert; Popular Science; e! Science News; Before It’s News; Portal to the Universe; EarthSky; Machines Like Us; YubaNet; KSL Utah; University of Washington; University of Utah; RedOrbit; Geekosystem; Hispanic Business; Dec. 6: KUER; KCPW; Daily Utah Chronicle; Deseret News; AzoOptics; Dec. 7: TechHive; Dec. 8: Columbus Republic; Standard Net; Dec. 9: SpaceRef; HeraldNet; Daily Herald; Dec. 10: Escapist; LiveScience; NBC; BayouBuzz; Space.com

Revolutionary membrane technology could reduce U.S. energy consumption by as much as 3 percent
Chemical engineering and materials science researchers received a U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy grant to develop filtration technology that could reduce energy consumption. Dec. 1: Green-Optimistic; Dec. 4: Fierce Energy

November 2012

Seven U of M faculty named American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows
Five of the seven University faculty named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science are from the College of Science and Engineering. Nov. 29: Phys.org; Nov. 30: News-Medical Net

New Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology to study environmental footprint of nanoparticles
Five midwestern universities and a national laboratory have established the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology where chemists, environmental engineers, and freshwater scientists will work on developing a deeper understanding of nanotechnology’s environmental footprint and potential toxicity. Nov. 29: AzonanoNanowerk

Revolutionary membrane technology could reduce U.S. energy consumption by as much as 3 percent
Chemical engineering and materials science researchers received a U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy grant to develop filtration technology that could reduce energy consumption. Nov. 28: Nanowerks; Atlanta Business Chronicle; Pasadena Sun; Oil and Gas Online; Pioneer Press; Phys.org; Nov. 29: Twin Cities Business; Ethanol Producer Magazine; Biomass; Water Online; Nov. 30: Azonano

Student combines art, engineering
Computer science and engineering senior Austin Granger combines engineering and art by building large-scale working machines using tens of thousands of K’NEX. Nov. 28: Minnesota Daily

It’s a boy, plus 18 more born at Minneapolis hospital
Mathematics professor Lawrence Gray notes that the probability of a recent string of 19 boys born in a row at the University of Minnesota Medical Center over a span of three days is not as unlikely as some might think. Nov. 26: Star Tribune; Pioneer Press; KARE 11; Nov. 27: KSN; MSNBC; Nov. 28: Fox News

Drugs we flush affect our drinking water
Civil engineering associate professor Paige Novak studies the effects of contaminants found in the water, like estrogen, on wildlife. Nov. 26: Columbus Dispatch

Smart energy technology gains a toehold in Minnesota
Professor of electrical engineering, Massoud Amin, discusses municipal utilities and cooperatives use of smaller scale to deploy smart meters. Nov. 26: Star Tribune

A potent mix: mom, chemist, trailblazer
Chemistry professor Christy Haynes is researching treatments for patients whose blood does not clot. Haynes has been named one of Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10.” Nov. 19: Star Tribune

Robotics conference holds out hope for industry’s promise in Twin Cities
At the recent Robotics Alley conference, there was discussion of Minnesota’s attempt to become the nation’s leader in robotics development. This is supported by the University’s recent commitment to make robotics one of four areas where it wants to focus research and development dollars. Nov. 15: Pioneer Press; Nov. 19: Minnesota Daily

U alum invents garbage system
Electrical engineering alumnus Arnold Castro invented a product called Nubagg, that reuses grocery bags as trash bags. Nov. 12: Minnesota Daily

Study offers new tool for incorporating water impacts into policy decisions
University research associate Bonnie Keeler has developed a new policy-making framework that describes the numerous pathways in which changes in water quality affect our health, recreation, and livelihoods and the economic value of those changes. Nov. 12: Phys.org

Bodystorming: dance grooves show how molecules move
Biomedical engineering professor David Odde collaborated with Black Label Movement’s artistic director Carl Fink to demonstrate how cell dynamics evolve using dance and movement. Nov. 12: Science Magazine

U of M science fair brings the fun
The Math and Science Family Fun Fair is Saturday, Nov. 17. Enjoy dozens of hands-on experiments, and see the Physics Force and Energy & U shows. Nov. 10: WCCO; Nov. 12: KSTP; Nov. 15: Pioneer Press

The changing definition of a bachelor’s degree
The University offers hard science degrees as both Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts. There are eight CSE degrees that are offered through CLA as well. Nov. 8: Minnesota Daily

Light-rail project 74% complete
Civil engineering professor David Levinson notes that Metro Transit will reroute buses to make the Central Corridor the primary mode of public transportation through campus. Nov. 6: Minnesota Daily

Inventor of Gore-Tex shares large gift with U of M
Robert and Jane Gore have donated $10M toward an addition to Amundson Hall, a project that will allow for the expansion of the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Nov. 2: KARE 11

Can Hurricane Sandy shed light on curbing power outages?
Professor of electrical engineering, Massoud Amin, discusses the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and notes that the East Coast power infrastructure is among the oldest in the nation. Nov. 2: National Geographic; Nov. 3: 20minutes (French); Nov. 4: Litchfield County Times; Nov. 7: CNN; GCN; Los Angeles Wave; Nov. 9: VoiceAmerica; Nov. 12: Minnesota Public Radio; Nov. 13: GCN; Nov. 26: Government Technology; Nov. 28: IEEE Spectrum;

October 2012

University alumnus donates $10M toward Amundson Hall addition
Robert and Jane Gore are donating $10M toward an addition to Amundson Hall, a project that will allow for the expansion of the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Oct. 31: Finance and Commerce; Minnesota Public Radio; Star Tribune; Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal; Minnesota Daily

Computer vision system tracks child’s movements to detect autism
A research team from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has developed a computer vision system that can detect behavioral markers for autism from a child’s gait, head motion, and facial features. Oct. 31: Wired UK

Sandy shows vulnerabilities in power grid
Massoud Amin, professor of electrical engineering, discusses the massive blow to the nation’s electrical grid by hurricane Sandy. Oct. 30: Minnesota Public Radio; National Public Radio; Wall Street Journal; Pacific Standard; WNYC; Oct. 31: National Public Radio; Forbes; Associated Press; New Orleans Times-Picayune; KARE 11; Huffington Post; Bloomburg Businessweek

Free online courses ‘inevitable’ at the University
Computer science and engineering professor Shashi Shekhar has been developing online courses since 1996, but massive open online courses (MOOCs) already popular at other universities, are not yet offered at the University. Oct. 29: Minnesota Daily

CSE’s GPA benchmark ‘adds to the stress’
CSE is the only college with a GPA benchmark for admission to its majors. Students with a GPA below 3.2 can only be admitted if there’s space in the major. Oct. 25: Minnesota Daily

MSI Panasas ActiveStore 14 data storage system announced
The University’s Minnesota Supercomputing Institute put into production a new system that will support up to 12,000 simultaneous clients, and allow users to do things they were previously unable to do. Oct. 24: Benchmark Reviews

Jaded journalist tours Twin Cities metro area-and gets a shot of hope
A group of press toured the University, showing the University’s efforts to transform itself into a “transit-influenced campus” and a growing dominance as a research center, including the physics and nanotechnology building under construction. Oct. 18: MinnPost

New York Times columnist David Pogue visits the U of M
Famed technology-book author, New York Times tech columnist, and PBS science-show host David Pogue, was here for several speaking engagements, including a sold-out public lecture at the University. Oct. 17: Pioneer Press; Minnesota Daily

U of M developing home-grown diesel alternative
Mechanical engineering professor David Kittelson is leading a research project to develop a clean-burning, renewable alternative to diesel and a fuel-injection system for it. Oct. 16: Finance & Commerce

University Institute looks to ‘find solutions where they are needed’
The University’s Institute on the Environment, founded in 2008, looks for real-world environmental solutions. Oct. 16: Post Bulletin

Spider-Math and Bat-Physics: Science in a Superhero world
Physics professor Jim Kakalios was a science consultant on “The Amazing Spider-Man” released in July 2012. Oct. 12: PBS Newshour

The non-fiction nook: Biology, chemistry, and physics, oh my!
Physics professor James Kakalios’ book “The Physics of Superheroes” delves into the laws of physics as they pertain to superheroes. Oct. 10: Meridian

Good Question: how much do we give to our college?
The Council for Aid to Education ranks the top 20 fundraising schools, and the University of Minnesota makes the list at number 20. Oct. 10: WCCO

Minnesota could become cyber-security hub, speakers say
The University’s Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) hosted the Cyber Security Summit. Senior fellow Gopal Khanna notes that TLI’s goal is to become a hub for developing new ways to protect businesses on the Internet. Oct. 9: KSTP; Oct. 10: Pioneer Press

Math has never looked as pretty as this
University researchers use supercomputers to create images representing incredibly complex fluid flows. Oct. 9: Gizmodo

You’re being watched on the Mall
The webcam in Walter Library plays a live feed of Northrop Mall to the College of Science and Engineering website. Oct. 9: Minnesota Daily

Conference touts technology in education
University students and researchers showcased their technologies at the EduTech Showcase and Forum. Four physics students created a company and presented their invention at the conference. Oct. 9: Minnesota Daily

Internet ‘flips’ the idea of how to teach a class
Chemistry professor Christopher Cramer discusses digital teaching methods, including the trend of professors to use technology to “flip” the structure of their classes, with students viewing lectures at home, and saving class time for interaction. Oct. 8: Star Tribune

Boston Scientific, University of Minnesota sign ‘master research’ pact
The University and Boston Scientific have signed a “master research agreement” that will simplify how the medical-device maker funds research at the school. Oct. 4: Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal; Oct. 8: Mass Device

U engineers invent device that could increase Internet download speeds
Electrical and computer engineering professor Mo Li has developed a device that could greatly increase the speed of downloading information online. Oct. 2: UPI; Science Codex; KSTP; Phys.org; Science Daily; Eureka Science News; Next Big Future; Product Design & Development; Ubergizmo; Oct. 3: Red Orbit; Science Blog; The Register; Photonics; Overclockers Club; GovTech; Oct. 4: Azo optics; Telecoms; Oct. 5: The Engineer

Engineers help clean water abroad
U of M’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to Guatemala and Uganda this past summer to make clean water more accessible. Oct. 2: Minnesota Daily

Mountain Lake samples being extracted
Earth sciences research associate Amy Myrbo, a lake specialist, is part of a team hoping to trace 2,000 years of history and environmental change at the bottom of Mountain Lake in the San Francisco Presidio. Oct. 2: San Francisco Chronicle

U labs aim for a safer environment
The chemistry and chemical engineering and materials science departments are collaborating with Dow Chemical Company to launch a new laboratory safety initiative. Oct. 1: Minnesota Daily

September 2012

Moving Cell Project
Biomedical engineering professor David Odde collaborated with Black Label Movement’s artistic director Carl Fink to demonstrate how cell dynamics evolve using dance and movement. Sept. 30: Minnesota Original

James Kakalios: I’d like to have super-speed
Physics professor James Kakalios teaches the science of superheroes – and why Americans aren’t anti-intellectual. Sept. 27: The Big Issue

How does a U invention become a product?
Technologies developed by University students, professors, and staff were showcased at an event sponsored by the Office for Technology Commercialization where inventors will be able to show their work not only to the general public but also to investors and potential licensees. Sept. 27: Minnesota Daily

NSF renews grant to STEM Alliance
NSF renewed its $2.5 million grant to the North Star STEM Alliance, a University-led group of higher education institutions. The Alliance was successful in doubling the number of underrepresented students over the past five years. Sept. 26: Minnesota Daily

U of M grad student researches pollution effects on cyclists
Civil engineering graduate student Steve Hankey is researching the quality of air cyclists are breathing, by bicycling around the city with a trailer full of air pollution equipment. Sept. 26: WCCO

U of M professor appointed to nuclear waste technical review board
Civil engineering professor Efi Foufoula-Georgiou is one of eight people nationwide appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board by President Barack Obama. Sept. 25: KSTP; Minnesota Daily

U of M gets $4.3M to study impact of land use on water quality
The University has received a five-year Water Sustainability and Climate grant from the National Science Foundation. Researchers will look at the impacts of land use and climate change on water quality, specifically looking at the Minnesota River Basin. Sept. 24: Water Online; Sept. 25: Kansas City InfoZine; Sept. 26: Phys.org; RedOrbit; Sept. 28: KSTP

Educating the future smart grid workforce
Massoud Amin, professor of electrical engineering, shares insight into the history of the smart grid, where it’s going, and how the U.S. can educate the future smart grid workforce to remain globally competitive. Sept. 21: GovTech

Wild-rice study might aid sulfate regulation
Earth sciences research associate Amy Myrbo was part of a study determining the level of pollutants that mines will be able to discharge into surface waters. Sept. 21: PostBulletin

U of M hosts 2nd annual cyber security summit
The University of Minnesota will be hosting an annual summit for national cyber security experts and technology business leaders. Sept. 19: KSTP

Communities collaborate on solar projects
Bioproducts and biosystems engineering researcher David Schmidt teaches a course on renewable energy,is part of a community solar project, a model that makes solar power both affordable and accessible to everyone. Sept. 18: USA Today; Sept. 19: News 10 Sacramento; Sept. 24: Delaware Online

U of M students aim to take drone aircraft from battlefield to cornfield
A group of Minnesota aerospace engineering and mechanics students are trying to harness drone technology used in the war in Afghanistan for civilian use. Sept. 17: KSTP; KAAL

U researchers get $600,000 to reduce hydro-fracking waste
A team of University researchers, including mechanical engineering assistant professor Alptekin Aksan, have received a federal grant to pursue technology that could reduce pollution by hydro-fracking, the powerful but controversial technology for producing oil and natural gas. Sept. 17: Star Tribune; Sept. 18: Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal; Sacramento Bee; Twin Cities Business; Minnesota Daily; Prairie Business; Twin Cities Daily Planet; NGI’s Shale Daily (subscription); Energy & Capital; Sept. 19: Discovery News;

U of M students kick off Aerospace Week at Target Field
Science and sports collided at Target Field Sunday when U of M engineering students launched a weather balloon to kick off Aerospace Week. Sept. 15: Star Tribune; The Columbus Republic; Marshall Independent; In-Forum; LeHigh Valley Live; Greenfield Daily Reporter; KSTP; Sept. 16: KARE; FOX News; KSTP; Faribault Register; Sept. 17: Star Tribune; KSTP

10 big questions about the Smart Grid
Massoud Amin, professor of electrical engineering, discusses smart grids ability to provide energy efficiencies to better support the increasing demands for electricity, while reducing environmental impacts. Sept. 15: GovTech

St. Paul student’s K’NEX construction becomes YouTube sensation
Computer science and engineering student Austin Granger spent eight months building a 40,000 Rube Goldbergesque kinetic sculpture in his bedroom. A video of the sculpture has accumulated over 1.1 million views. Sept. 14: ABC News; Daily Herald; Sept. 15: Twin Cities Daily Planet; Pioneer Press

Brilliant 10: Christy Haynes reveals the secrets of the body’s blood-clotting system
University of Minnesota chemist Christy Haynes has been named one of Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10,” an honor that recognizes an elite group of young scientists whose research is expected to dramatically impact their fields. Sept. 11: PopSci; Phys.org; Minnesota Public Radio; Sept. 12: News Medical Net; KSTP; Sept. 17: Pioneer Press

Driving home the dangers of distracted driving
The University’s Center for Transportation Studies teamed up with State Farm, Hennepin County Medical Center, and others to host the “Celebrate My Drive” event. Sept. 8: Star Tribune; Sept. 16: KARE

Access to super-computers gets competitive
Researchers use the University’s supercomputers to process large and complex programs, tests, and data sets. CSE ranks second to AHC in the percentage of investigators using the supercomputers. Sept. 12: Minnesota Daily

PSEO program gives high schoolers a head start at the U
Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) students earn college credit in high school. Mechanical engineering student Matt Peterson chose CSE after taking an engineering class through PSEO. Sept. 11: Minnesota Daily

Researchers use robotic boats to track invasive fish
A team of researchers from the University is using robotic boats to track invasive fish in metro lakes. The main target: the common carp. Sept. 7: KSTP

In faculty hiring spree, University of Minnesota looks to fill spots in STEM fields first
The University has initiated the process of hiring 100 new faculty members across several of its campuses, with the first major rounds of hiring occurring in the science departments. Sept. 6: Minnesota Daily; Twin Cities Daily Planet

U prof leads part of NASA probing mission
Physics professor John Wygant is leading an experiment that will be on NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission, a probe of the forces that govern radiation in the Van Allen Radiation Belts. Sept. 6: Minnesota Daily

Neutrino experiment installation underway
The University’s NuMI Off-Axis Neutrino Appearance lab near Tower, Minn., reached another stage of completion when workers installed the first of 28 blocks, which each weigh around 417,000 pounds. Sept. 6: Science Daily; e!Science News; Science Codex; NBCNews; PhysOrg; Product Design and Development; LiveScience; Beacon News; Sept. 7: Science Mag; Mother Nature Network; Minnesota Daily; Improntalaquila; redOrbit; New Scientist; Melodika; Space Fellowship; Space Daily; Sept. 8: CBS Chicago; Kane County Chronicle

Breaking bonds: the chemistry of ‘Breaking Bad’
Chemistry professor William Tolman confirmed that the majority of the chemistry on the hit television show Breaking Bad is realistic. Sept. 6: Minnesota Daily

Improving the efficiency at the heart of the wind farm
St. Anthony Falls laboratory adjunct research professor Fernando Porte-Agel released research on the role atmospheric stability plays on a wind farm’s power output. Sept. 5: CleanTechnica

U receives $13M for 2 campus chemistry centers
The Department of Chemistry received $13.1 million from the Department of Energy to fund two new centers that could possibly reduce carbon emissions and make solar energy more efficient. Sept. 4: Minnesota Daily

August 2012

Distracted-Driving video game aims to teach teens
University researchers created a video game where teens learn about distractions and how their driving can be impaired. The game was demoed at the Minnesota State Fair. August 28: WCCO

Higher ed at the Fair: from Tommie Totes to the U’s Gridlock Buster
The University occupies eight different fairground locations, exhibiting science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, and much more. August 29: MinnPost

Retired University physics professor hails Neil Armstrong
Physics professor emeritus Bob Pepin compared Armstrong to Charlies Lindbergh, and recalled his strength and reflexes particularly while training on a lunar lander simulator. August 25: WCCO

U of M engineering researchers discover new non-invasive method for diagnosing epilepsy
Biomedical engineering professor Bin He lead a research team that published findings of how a new type of non-invasive brain scan taken immediately after a seizure gives additional insight into possible causes and treatments for epilepsy patients. August 24: EurekAlert; Science Codex; Medical Xpress; Science Daily; Med Gadget; RTT News; August 25: International Business Times; Medical Daily; Science Blog; Psych Central; August 27: News-Medical Net; August 28: Medical News Today; August 29: KSTP; KSTC

U of M experiment join NASA mission to Earth’s radiation belts
Physics professor John Wygant is leading an experiment that will be on NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission, a probe of the forces that govern radiation in the Van Allen Radiation Belts. August 23: Phys.org; KSTP

University of Minnesota receives $13.1 million in DOE funding for two new nationwide centers
The University of Minnesota has been awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) totaling $13.1 million over the next five years to fund two nationwide centers headquartered in the Department of Chemistry in the University’s College of Science and Engineering. August 22: Phys.org; KSTP

Speeding the search for better carbon capture
Chemistry professor Laura Gagliardi is part of a team that developed a computer model that can identify the best molecular candidates for removing carbon dioxide, molecular nitrogen, and other greenhouse gases from power plant flues. August 20: Science Daily; August 21: R&D Magazine; e! Science News; Phys.org; Science Codex; August 23: Earth Times

DMD conference seeking papers
The Design of Medical Devices Conference at the U of M is seeking original two-page papers to be submitted for the 2013 conference, considered to be the largest of its kind in the world. August 20: Star Tribune

Impact of ‘Curiosity’
Earth sciences professor Mark Hirschmann discussed the images and data sent back so far by NASA’s ‘Curiosity’ rover on Mars as well as the long range impact this mission will have on NASA and future space exploration. August 19: WCCO

Cougars are returning to Midwest after 100 years
Polar Geospatial Center researcher Michelle LaRue is part of a team that released research showing an increase in American mountain lion populations. August 15: Scientific American

Minnesota’s Latino students weigh chance to study, work without deportation fears
Alexander Della Polla, CSE senior, has been affected by his immigration status since he arrived in the country from Venezuela. August 13: Pioneer Press; August 14: LoanSafe

Medical Devices Center plans $2.2M expansion
The center received a $1.08 million grant at the end of July from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to expand its facilities. August 8: Minnesota Daily; Twin Cities Daily Planet

Mars Rover mission helped by University research
Aerospace engineering and mechanics professor Graham Candler led a team that helped solve a problem with high-speed parachute use that NASA used to plan the rover landing. August 3: Star Tribune; August 6: KSTP; KAAL; Pierce County Herald; KARE; Fox 9; WMNN; WCCO Radio

Digging into data helps understand climate change effects
Vipin Kumar, computer science and engineering professor and department head, is leading a National Science Foundations Expeditions project team focusing on the use of data to understand climate change. August 2: Live Science

High-tech sensors track performance of 35W bridge
Civil engineering professor Cathy French discusses the 500 “Smart Bridge” sensors on the new I-35W bridge. Researchers at the University monitor and decode the data from those sensors. August 1: Minnesota Public Radio; Popular Mechanics; Post Bulletin; August 2: Inside Science; August 8: Live Science

India suffers world’s biggest power outage
Massoud Amin, professor of electrical engineering, was a key player in the effort to secure US infrastructure in the aftermath of 9/11. Amin has studied India’s power system firsthand. August 1: Australian Broadcasting Corporation; 1320 WILS (audio); August 2: Vermont Public Radio; WFIT; WFSU; Tri States Public Radio; New York Now; Boise State Public Radio; KERA; KALW; KASU; KUNM; WBAA; Northwest Public Radio; Red River Radio; WEKU; WRVO; Alabama Public Radio; August 3: Boing Boing

July 2012

India’s power woes a classic story of supply, demand
Massoud Amin, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a professor of electrical engineering, has studied India’s power system firsthand. July 31: National Public Radio; Minnesota Public Radio; GPB News; North Country Public Radio; KUHF; KETR; WBUR; KQED

State awards U of M Medical Devices Center $1M
The University announced today that it has been awarded $1.08 million from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to convert 8,000 square feet of unfinished space into an expanded facility for the Medical Devices Center. July 25: Minnesota Public Radio; Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal; MedCity News; Star Tribune; July 26: KSTP; Star Tribune

University of Minnesota Solar Car returns home
The University of Minnesota’s Centaurus III was one of 12 solar cars taking part in the eight-day, 1,600-mile race, from Rochester, N.Y., to St. Paul. July 21: KSTP; Pioneer Press; KARE; FOX 9

Twin Cities a hot spot for specialist visa program
Chemical engineering and materials science assistant professor Aditya Bhan, a native of India, was an H-1B visa holder until 2010, when he obtained permanent status. A recent study details the high demand for workers from overseas. July 17: Star Tribune

Google lets you follow in Antarctic explorers’ footsteps
With images gathered by the University’s Polar Geospatial Center, Google has expanded its 360-degree imagery of Antarctica. July 17: Phys.Org; Time Magazine; BBC; Geeky Gadgets; Crazy Engineers; The Times of India; Ubergizmo; Oregon Live; Wired Science; Digital Spy; UK Daily Mail; PC Magazine; Network World; WWL-TV; Boing Boing; Wired-UK; Inquistr; Slate; Verge; WebProNews; GeekoSystem; GoogleEarth Blog; The Journal; Newsroom America; Silicon Republic; Adelaide Now; Courier Mail; News Australia; Herald Sun; West Australian; The Next Web; Smart Office; Channel News Australia; Smart House; CNET Australia; Star Tribune; MSNBC; Latercera; Mother Nature Network; Techno Buffalo; Business Insider; Minnesota Daily; Computer World; Australian TechWorld; Computer World Australia; TechNews Daily; The Atlantic; Los Angeles Times; New York Daily News; Oregonian; Smart Planet; July 18: KSTP; Huffington Post; Star Tribune; Auto World News; Tech Spot; Potential Traders; Our Amazing Planet; Panarmenia; Slash Gear; Explorers Web; Directions Mag; IT Pro Portal; Tech Shout; New Zealand Herald; Computer World New Zealand; Greenfield Daily Reporter; Dvice; San Jose Mercury News; July 19: Time Ecocentric (blog); July 20: Tweak Town; Antarctic Sun; July 21: USA Today; July 23: NASA; Discovery News; UK Daily Mail; July 31: Minnesota Daily

Living in the dark: why the U.S. needs to upgrade the grid
Electrical and computer engineering professor Massoud Amin proposes updating the U.S. electric power grid, which currently operatea with technology primarily from the 1960s and ’70s. Power outages cost the U.S. billions of dollars per year. July 11: Forbes; July 12: IEEE-Today’s Engineer

U helps develop catalyst that may lower gas prices
Chemical engineering and materials science professor Michael Tsapatsis led an international research team that developed a new catalyst with nanosheets that could improve efficiencies and decrease costs in fuel, chemical, and pharmaceutical production. July 11: Minnesota Daily

U prof a player in Higgs particle puzzle
Physics professor Roger Rusack is one of dozens of U scientists and students who have helped with a grand experiment that this week announced evidence of a new subatomic particle. July 3: Minnesota Daily; July 6: Star Tribune; July 11: Minnesota Daily; Twin Cities Daily Planet

Power grid wobbles as outages sweep Mid-Atlantic
Professors Bruce Wollenberg and Massoud Amin, electrical and computer engineering discuss recent severe storms and a daunting heatwave that left roughly two million people without power. July 3: Associated Press; The TakeAway; July 4: Wor710; July 6: Globe and Mail; July 7: Tucson Citizen; July 9: USA Today; July 11: Stafford County Sun; July 13: Pacific Standard

U aerospace lab explores civilian uses for drones
Aerospace engineering and mechanics assistant professor Peter Seiler with the University’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle research group is researching low-cost versions of small drones. July 3: Minnesota Daily

How I created the algorithm that amazed Spider-Man
James Kakalios, physics professor, created a mathematical equation for cellular regeneration, used in “The Amazing Spider-Man.”  July 2: Wired; July 13: MSNBC

June 2012

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ algorithm created by a real scientist
Physics professor Jim Kakalios served as a consultant on the film and helped come up with the realistic looking formula. June 29: Washington Post; NPR; KUHF

Scientists discover way to improve efficiencies in fuel, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries
Professor Michael Tsapatsis, chemical engineering and materials science, is leading an international team that has made a major breakthrough in developing a catalyst used during chemical reactions in the production of gasoline, plastics, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and other chemicals. June 28: e! Science News; Science Daily; NanoWerk; Phys.org; June 29: RedOrbit; The Engineer; Agra-Net;

University’s Solar Vehicle Project unveils new car
The team’s new car is called Centaurus III and has improved aerodynamics and electrical technology. The Centaurus III will compete in the 2012 American Solar Challenge that will start in Rochester, NY on July 14, and will finish in St. Paul on July 21. June 26: KSTP; KARE

U of M solar car team to race across the country
The U of M Solar Vehicle Project team is gearing up for a race across the country. The 2012 American Solar Challenge is a 1,600-mile race that will conclude in St. Paul on July 21. June 22: KSTP

U of M student group honored for wind turbines in Nicaragua
A U of M student organization, Innovative Engineers, has received international recognition for a wind energy project in Nicaragua. June 21: PhysOrg; June 22: KSTP; June 23: REVE

Cougars roam far to make a comeback
Polar Geospatial Center researcher Michelle LaRue is part of a team that released research showing an increase in American mountain lion populations. June 13: USA Today; Science Codex; Press Association; Tucson Citizen; June 14: EurekAlert; BBC News; Associated Press; UPIWall Street Journal; Scientific American; Minnesota Public Radio; Phys.org; WCCO; Science Daily; Washington Post; BBC World; Star Tribune; Minnesota Daily; Pioneer Press; Science Blog; The Guardian; Bloomberg Business; WHIO; KTVU; WTOV; MSNBC; Belfast Telegraph; UK Express; New Ross Standard; Wicklow People; Corkman; Wexford People; The Argus; Bray People; Dublin Herald; Gorey Guardian; Fingal Independent; Drogheda Independent; Enniscorthy Guardian; Independent; Kerryman; Coshocton Tribune; Wisconsin Rapids Tribune; Fond du Lac Reporter; Lancaster Eagle Gazette; Nebraska Journal Star; Detroit Free Press; e! Science News; International Science Times; KMSP; The Guardian; WBIR-Knoxville; UK Independent; The Cutting Edge; Toronto Sun; Canoe Cnews; Ifpress; Northland News Center; Arkive; Cattle Network; Red Orbit; Scripps News; News Wise; June 15: Daily Mail UK; Sci-News; International Business Times; Bemidji Pioneer; Omaha World Herald; Washington Today; Examiner; June 16: Sydney Morning Herald; Washington Today; The Age; June 18: The Southern Illinoisan; June 19: Argus Leader; June 21: Audubon Magazine; June 25: Hometown Source

ReconRobotics introduces the Throwbot XT Reconnaissance Robot
Based on technology developed at the U, ReconRobotics, the world leader in tactical micro-robot systems, announced that it will introduce an advanced military and police robot. June 8: Wall Street Journal Market Watch; Generation XT; Victoria Times Colonist; Financial Post; Defense News; Virtual-Strategy; Tech Crunch; St. Louis Chronicle; Auto Channel; PoliceOne; June 9: Defense Update; June 10: Stars and Stripes; June 12: AZoRobotics; Defense Systems; June 12: Corrections One; June 13: Shephard Media

Fighting grade inflation
Chemistry professor and chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee Christopher Cramer proposes a method of having checks on the numbers of certain letter grades given for each class. June 6: Minnesota Daily

ReconRobotics opens international HQ to gear up for growth
Edina-based ReconRobotics, started in 2006 to commercialize technology developed at the University’s Distributed Robotics Laboratory, is establishing international headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland. June 6: The Line Media

System improves automated monitoring of security cameras
Computer science and engineering associate professor Paul Schrater, and research assistants, Komal Kapoor and Nisheeth Srivastava, are part of a group developing a system that uses mathematics to analyze video data, intended to guard at-risk locations. June 4: EurekAlert; Phys.org; Science Codex; R&D Magazine; June 5: MIT News; Smart Planet; June 6: Vision Systems; TPM; AZoRobotics; June 7: Domain-b

Want to see Venus cross over the sun?
At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics will hold a telescope viewing of the planet Venus’ passage over the face of the sun. This rare event will not occur again until December 2117. June 3: Star Tribune; June 4: Star Tribune; KMSP; June 5: KMSP; Fridley Patch; Minnesota Public Radio; WCCO; KARE; KARE; KSTP; Hopkins Patch

Missing ‘Big Bang’ Antarctic telescope found
A camera designed to measure polarization has been built at the University and is part of a telescope that will be launched by a balloon from Antarctica. The camera was missing during transit to the NASA facility that will assemble it, but has been recovered, undamaged. June 1: Universe Today; CW39; June 3: Ars Technica; June 6: KLTV

May 2012

Trailer found in Texas, U’s missing NASA balloon telescope delivered
The University balloon telescope was found near Dallas, three days after it had disappeared. It will be delivered to NASA’s facility in Palestine, Texas. May 30: KSTP: Austin Statesman; Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Minnesota Daily; WFAA-Dallas; Columbus Republic; Houston Chronicle; KSAX-KRWF; KAAL; Dallas Morning News; KLTV; Daily Tribune; KRGV; KVUE; KSLA; May 31: UPI; Star Tribune; Minnesota Daily; Minnesota Public Radio; KSTP; NBC Dallas; Palestine Herald; MinnPost; Columbus Republic; KTRK Dallas; KTTC; KSWO; KFDA; KFAA; Pioneer Press; KLTV; News West; KEYC; Austin Statesman; WQOW; KRIV; KARE; Lubbock Online; WCCO; WKBT; Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune; Grand Forks Herald; KTXS; KHOU; Fort Worth Star Telegram; Valley News Live; WXOW; KIII-TV; KDFW; Wahpeton Daily News; Houston Chronicle; KAAL; Click2 Houston; Grand Forks Herald; WDAY; KRGV; Palestine Herald

ReconRobotics establishes international headquarters in Lugano, Switz.
Robotics technology developed at the University’s Distributed Robotics Laboratory was used to form ReconRobotics in 2006. Now the world leader in tactical micro-robot systems has established its international headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland. May 30: Wall Street Journal Market Watch; Virtual-Strategy; EON; Business Wire; Sys-Con Media; Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal; Pioneer Press; AZoRobotics

Captured CO2 + Geothermal = ultra-clean power
Technology invented by earth sciences professor Martin Saar, mechanical engineering professor Thomas Kuehn, and post-doctoral Fellow Jimmy Randolph, produces renewable electricity more efficiently than conventional geothermal systems. May 24: The Energy Collective

Closed by fire, Soudan Underground Mine State Park resuming tours
Underground mine tours, including the high energy physics laboratory, will reopen after being closed for more than a year after a mine shaft fire. May 21: Duluth News Tribune; KSTP: May 22: Star Tribune; Minnesota Public Radio; KSTP; KARE; WCCO; Pioneer Press; Crookston Times; Leader TelegramWKBT-LaCrosse; KEYC-Mankato; The Republic; Valley News Live; KTTC; WXOW; WQOW; Wahpeton Daily News; Star Tribune; May 23: Faribault County Register; Fire Engineering; Marshall Independent; May 24: Echo Press; May 28: Lake County News Chronicle

Seat belt safety campaign plays on laws of physics
Physics professor Dan Dahlberg worked with the Department of Public Safety and the Minnesota State Patrol roll out a new seat belt safety campaign by showing how physics affects car crash victims. May 21: KARE; WCCO

Is Facebook IPO a sign of tech bubble 2.0?
Mathematics professor Andrew Odlyzko notes that the entertainment value of technology booms goes back at least to the British railway boom of the 1940s. May 20: Economic Times; May 21: Times of India

Class of 2012: Travis Vuong finishes up well-rounded high school career
Worthington High School graduating senior Travis Vuong chose the U’s College of Science and Engineering over other options, intending to pursue studies in computer science. May 19: Worthington Daily Globe

Another rune stone discovered
Author and adjunct assistant earth sciences professor Robert Johnson in The Last Kings of Norse America makes a historical connection between the Kensington stone and another rune stone found in 1971 on the coast of Maine. May 18: Echo Press; May 21: Park Rapids Enterprise; May 22: DL Online

St. Paul RiverCenter robotics conference: Can robots serve sushi?
At a four-day International Conference on Robotics and Automation, computer science and engineering professor Maria Gini says that one of the biggest markets for the future of robotics is to help people live in their home longer. May 14: Crazy Engineers; Red Orbit; May 16: Pioneer Press; May 17: WCCO; Ubergizmo; MinnPost; May 18: Red Orbit; French Tribune; May 19: Phys.org; May 20: The Verge

Track record: do major urban subway networks evolve along similar patterns?
Civil engineering professor David Levinson notes that as subway systems get larger and more mature, they converge on a similar topology. May 15: Scientific American

Rough road ahead for Minnesota drivers
A study by civil engineering professor David Levinson calls for a radical reformation of federal highway programs, to direct all current fuel taxes away from new construction and instead use them to repair, maintain, rehabilitate, reconstruct, and enhance existing roads and bridges. May 10: MinnPost

Kinect cameras watch for autism
Electrical and computer engineering professor Guillermo Sapiro and computer science and engineering professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos are researching whether Microsoft’s gaming sensor can be used to automate an earlier diagnosis of autism. May 8: NewScientist; Popsci; Mashable; May 9: Crazy Engineers; Red Orbit; MobileDia; Smart Planet; Examiner; Game Politics; May 10: VG24/7; New Jersey Newsroom; Technology Review; WHPTV-CBS; May 11: Forbes; May 12: GMA News; May 14: Ripten; Seattle PI; Fierce Health IT

Scientists drill into Clear Lake to see future
Cores taken from ancient sediments used to investigate how climates have altered life in the distant past will be sent to the University’s LacCORE facility. Researchers will prepare the cores for further analysis. May 3: Phys.org; May 4: San Francisco Chronicle

Dow and Minnesota team up on safety
Dow Chemical and the University of Minnesota will launch a pilot program that aims to improve safety awareness and practices in the University’s chemistry and chemical engineering labs. May 2: Central Science; May 4: Science Careers

U licenses energy storage system
Mechanical engineering professor Perry Li licensed his isothermal compressed air energy storage technology that provides large-scale energy storage. May 2: Minnesota Daily

Faculty debate adding more info to transcripts due to grade inflation
Chemistry professor Chris Cramer proposed including the percentage of students in that class that received the same grade. May 2: Minnesota Daily; May 28: Austin Daily Herald

April 2012

Dow to share laboratory safety expertise with University of Minnesota
This first-ever pilot program aims to improve safety awareness and practices in the University’s chemistry and chemical engineering labs. The Dow Chemical Company and the University of Minnesota are expanding their strategic partnership by launching this program. April 30: MRO; SunHerald; TheStreet; 4-traders; MarketWatch; EON

Multiblock polymers: panacea or Pandora’s box?
Chemical engineering and materials science professors Frank Bates, Marc Hillmyer, and Timothy Lodge released research on recent developments in the field of multiblock polymers. April 26: EurekalertPhys.org; R&D Magazine; Science Daily; Eureka! Science News; EdHat; April 27: Science; April 30: Azom

$283 million project seeks tiny particles in the big woods of northern Minnesota
The University’s state-of-the art neutrino lab, NOvA, will officially open on Friday, April 27. The far detector in Orr, Minn. will use a 15,000-ton particle detector to measure the interactions of neutrinos beamed all the way from a lab outside of Chicago. April 24: KSTP; April 26: Minnesota Daily; April 27: Minnesota Public Radio; Duluth News Tribune; WDIO-TV; Northland NewsCenter; April 30: Finance and Commerce; Indiana University

Recent solar bursts well-timed for U space study
Physics professor John Wygant is one researcher in NASA’s $700 million Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) project, that studies radiation belts when struck by waves of solar radiation. April 23: Star Tribune; April 30: Scripps News

Senator Klobuchar column: Keep Asian carp out of Minnesota
Senator Klobuchar co-authored legislation that will make closing of the St. Anthony Falls lock possible, if the Asian carp invasion increases. Cutting-edge research at the University’s St. Anthony Falls Lab is exploring ways to fight the spread of Asian carp. April 23: Daily Globe

U technology to help in green energy generation project
Technology by Martin Saar, earth sciences professor, has been licensed to a start-up company that will capture carbon dioxide and inject it deep underground to tap geothermal energy and create electricity. April 19: Pioneer Press; Phys.org; FirstScience; April 24: KSTP

University microgrids set example
Professor Massoud Amin, electrical and computer engineering, discusses the feasibility of university campuses leading the way in microgrid projects. April 18: SmartGrid

University study finds twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica as expected
Researchers in the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering’s Polar Geospatial Center are part of an international team who have completed a first-ever count of emperor penguins using high-tech satellite images. April 13: ABC News; Minnesota Public Radio; Scientific American; National Geographic News; Pioneer Press; USA TODAY; Los Angeles Times; New York Times; Wall Street Journal; MercoPress; NewsTalk ZB; 3News NZ; Reuters India; Reuters; Reuters UK; Ottawa Citizen; WHTC; WTAQ; Yahoo!7 News; The Malaysian Insider; Cambridge News; China Daily; TVNZ; Vancouver Sun; Bangladesh News; Calgary Herald; Jerusalem Post; World Bulletin; DAWN.com; Victoria Times Colonist; Ottawa Citizen; The Province; Vancouver Sun; Edmonton Journal; Canada.com; StarPhoenix; Windsor Star; Calgary Herald; Regina Leader-Post; National Science Foundation; MSNBC; Scotsman; The Sun; Our Amazing Planet; LiveScience.comEurekAlert; Isle of Wight RadioScience CodexKLFM; Discovery News; AFP; EurekAlert; MSN Philippines News; International Business Times; FRANCE 24; SKNVibes; Science Daily; Mother Nature Network; MSN Malaysia News; New Scientist; Science Codex; Christian Science Monitor; Newsroom America; Best Syndication; GlobalPost; Planet Earth; MSNBC; Toronto Star; Canada.com; The Province; Reuters; Edmonton Journal; WTAQ; Reuters UK; Montreal Gazette; Vancouver Sun; Reuters AlertNet; WHTC; Calgary Herald; Irish Independent; Fingal Independent; Herald.ie; The Kerryman; Dundalk Argus; Enniscorthy Guardian; Wexford People; New Ross Standard; Gorey Guardian; The Corkman; Drogheda Independent; Bray People; Belfast Telegraph; Wicklow People; Express.co.uk; BBC News; UPI; The Epoch Timesio9; NewserDaily Mail; SmartPlanet; Pocono RecordThe Republic; Bellingham Herald; Sacramento Bee; Hamilton SpectatorHuffington Post; April 14: WA Today; GMA News; Yahoo! News UK; Science Codex; China Post; Jakarta Globe; Bangkok Post; Sky News; Cosmos; Bloomberg; BusinessWeek; Yahoo!7 News; The Press Association; MSN News UK; WTMA; The Independent; Mirror.co.uk; Radio New Zealand; Science a GogoHerald Scotland; RIA Novosti; Focus News; Eurasia Review; New Zealand Herald; Moneycontrol.com; TODAYonline; Reuters India; Firstpost; Bangladesh News; Times of India; China.org; AsiaOne; Newstrack India; Telegraph.co.uk; Naharnet; Windsor Star; Daijiworld; Newstrack India; Zee NewsHimalayan Times; French Tribune; IBTimes.co.uk; Democratic Underground; The Spoof; Care2.com; Kansas City infoZine; Jezebel; Boston Herald; Mongabay.com; College Times; The Cutting Edge; The State Column; Gawker; Environment News Service; Democratic Underground; Yahoo! Philippines News; April 15: The Malaysian Insider; The Sun Daily; PlanetSKI.eu; HeraldNet; The New Age Online; Victoria Times Colonist; Postnoon; RedOrbit; Bangor Daily News; Decoded Science; Geekosystem; Newstaar Media; Press TV; Denver Business Journal; News24; Sudan Vision; April 16: Somerset; Voice of America; PRI’s The World; World Science; Care2; Yahoo News; KSTP; Time; EarthSky; Daily Activist; Global Adventures; Wired; Columbus Dispatch; French Tribune; TG Daily; Times of Malta; ZeeNews India; Science Alert; Atlantic Wire; Big Pond News; April 17: Spatial Source; Oman Tribune; IOL SciTech; Pioneer Press; KFAI; Twin Cities Daily Planet; Sky News; Sky News Australia; Sky News Australia; Montreal Gazette; Independent Online; World Science; One Green Planet; The Scientist; April 18: Business Insider; Astrobiology Magazine; Bend Bulletin; Australian Geographic; April 19: Star Tribune; MinnPost; Irish Post; BBC; Irish Times; April 20: CBC News; Earthweek; April 23: Vision Systems Design; April 26: Toronto Sun

UMore open house will showcase wind-industry jobs
An openhouse at the Eolos Wind Energy Research Field Station on UMore Park property will showcase the partnership between the University and Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. April 12: Rosemount Town Pages

Was the Dead Sea once, in fact dead?
Earth sciences professor Emi Ito is a member of a research team that examined the history of the Dead Sea’s water level, the Sea’s decreasing water level, and the possible effects of global warming on the Sea’s future. April 12: RedOrbit

Student film fest
Physics sophomore Joe Marino submitted a music video that combines physics and filmmaking to the University Student Film Fest, which will screen 24 films in Coffman Memorial Union Theater on April 12-14. April 12: Minnesota Daily

U of M invention helps store alternative energy
The invention could help store solar and wind energy in a more efficient, economical way. The invention aims to make these energy sources more predictable and reliable. April 11: KSTP; April 16: Clean Technica; April 17: Green Economy; Investors.com; Hydrogen Fuel News

Cybersecurity awareness campaign comes to U of M
The Technological Leadership Institute is partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a cybersecurity awareness campaign. The three upcoming sessions will focus on cybersecurity awareness and careers. April 10: KMSP

DriveScribe app may help teen drivers avoid distractions
Technology developed by University researchers is being used to create a new smart phone app. DriveScribe can tell the driver of a car and the parents of that driver exactly what is going on behind the wheel in real time. April 9: KMSP

U hosts sustainability competitions
As part of a 2011 Dow Chemical Company’s donation of $17 million to the College of Science and Engineering, the University will be one of 17 colleges hosting an innovation sustainability challenge for its students. April 5: Minnesota Daily

Renowned Pluto-killer, astronomer Mike Brown visits the U
Caltech professor Mike Brown’s 2005 discovery of Eris, led to the demotion of Pluto, to a dwarf planet. Brown spoke at the University’s annual Karlis Kaufmanis  lecture. April 4: KSTP; April 12: Fox News; April 16: Minnesota Public Radio; Minnesota Daily

Good question: how does a tornado pick up a trailer?
Physics professor Dan Dahlberg says winds in a tornado can reach speeds up to 300 mph. This creates a pressure imbalance which then causes a lift powerful enough to pull semi trailers up into the air stream. April 4: WCCO

Optical delusion? Fiber booms again, despite bust
University mathematician Andrew Odlyzko, who warned over a decade ago about slower-than-expected internet growth, says predictions of skyrocketing mobile traffic seem overly optimistic. April 3: Wall Street Journal

U of M to host world’s largest medical devices conference
The 11th annual Design of Medical Devices conference will focus on emerging trends, policy, engineering, education, and commercialization. April 2: KSTP; April 7: Star Tribune; April 10: Minnesota Public Radio; April 11: Star Tribune; April 12: Star Tribune; April 14: Star Tribune

High schoolers compete for scholarships
The University’s Williams and Mariucci arenas were filled this weekend with high school students competing to qualify in the national FIRST Robotics competition. April 1: KMSP; April 2: Minnesota Daily; April 5: Fridley Patch

March 2012

University of Minnesota expects 1,200 at medical devices conference
On April 10-12, the University will host over 1,200 people at the 11th annual Design of Medical Devices conference, addressing emerging trends related to medical device design, policy, and engineering. March 30: Finance and Commerce

Mobile App Challenge winners announced
Nate Martin, computer science junior, and Natalie Roberts, graphic design graduate, won first prize in the University’s first Mobile App Challenge. March 30: Minnesota Daily

Robots take over U of M arenas this weekend
High school teams from around the Midwest will be competing in a regional robotics competition this weekend at the University of Minnesota. March 29: KSTP; WCCO; Pioneer Press

List leaders: National Science Foundation grants in Minnesota
Five of the top 7 NSF grant recipients in Minnesota are CSE projects. March 23: Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Grant-getters’ tips on landing NSF funding
Bin He, professor, biomedical engineering, offers advice on landing NSF grants. March 23: Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

With $250,000 award, U senior has cosmic future
CSE senior Grant Remmen will graduate this spring summa cum laude in three majors — astrophysics, physics and mathematics. Remmen won the prestigious Hertz Fellowship, worth more than $250,000. March 22: Star Tribune; March 23: KSTP; D-L Online

The networked grid 100: the movers and shakers of the Smart Grid in 2012
Massoud Amin, director, Technological Leadership Institute, with a long and distinguished pedigree in managing smart grid complexity in the real world, is on the list of 100 people you must know in Smart Grid 2012. March 22: GreenTechGrid; March 27: Wall Street Journal Market Watch; Business Wire; Sys-Con; Sun Herald; Virtual Strategy; EON

U sky-gazing offers Friday night lights
For about 30 years, the University’s Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics has held public viewing during fall and spring semesters. March 22: Minnesota Daily

Flexible, paper-based supercapacitor could improve performance of hybrid electric vehicles
Mechanical engineering professor Rajesh Rajamani designed a supercapacitor that is completely solid-state, including a solid-state electrolyte that doesn’t require bulky protective materials. March 20: PhysOrg

Science students are switching subjects
Although approximately 40 percent of science and engineering majors nationwide switch fields of study, CSE has intensified its focus on getting students more involved in their engineering education, with the goal of increasing first-year retention rates even higher than the current rate of 92.9 percent. March 19: Minnesota Daily

U students get their masters in cyber security
The U’s Master of Science in security technologies program seeks to prepare graduates to combat cybersecurity threats, projected to increase in the coming year. March 19: Minnesota Daily

Bubble barrier may protect MN waters from Asian carp
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen visited St. Anthony Falls Laboratory to discuss the possible closing of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam to help stop the spread of Asian carp. Dan Zielinski, a civil and environmental engineering graduate student, is researching bubble barriers as a means to stop the advance of the carp, an invasive species recently found in the Mississippi River. March 12: WCCO; KARE; Pioneer Press; Minnesota Public Radio; Star Tribune (video); Duluth News Tribune; March 17: Star Tribune

Odds of viewing northern lights tonight in Twin Cities? Pretty dim
Physics professor Cynthia Cattell said geomagnetic activity has diminished since last night, lowering the chances that northern lights will extend down to the Twin Cities. March 8: Pioneer Press

App to help parents track their teen’s driving habits
Technology developed by University researchers is being used to create a new smart phone app. DriveScribe can tell the driver of a car and the parents of that driver exactly what is going on behind the wheel in real time. March 7: KARE

Asteroid will come close, but not that close
A recently discovered asteroid will pass close to the earth in February of 2013. Astronomy professor Robert Gehrz says that asteroids are constantly impacting earth, but most of them burn up in the atmosphere and never strike the earth. March 6: KSTP

U researchers help make Minneapolis water tastier
Raymond Hozalski, civil engineering professor, is part of a new collaborative research project between the University and Minneapolis city officials that will search for ways to improve drinking water quality. March 6: Minnesota Daily; Twin Cities Daily Planet

Data shows men dominate science and engineering faculty at the U
Wayne Gladfelter, associate dean of academic affairs, said that CSE is keenly aware of the gender gap and is taking action to increase the number of female faculty members in departments. March 6: Minnesota Daily

Top U fields have a future in the workforce
Mark Sorenson-Wagner, director, Career Center for Science and Engineering, says that the scientific background students get in analytics and problem-solving is applicable to many fields outside the major, like consulting and business. March 5: Minnesota Daily

February 2012

The Works lets kids gets hands on
The Works, a non-profit engineering museum, hosts Tech Fest Sat. Feb. 25. This annual family event for kids allows them to meet engineers and learn about engineering, science, and technology through exhibits, activities, and workshops. Feb. 25: WCCO

NASA’s Spitzer finds solid buckyballs in space
University astronomers Robert Gehrz and Charles Woodward are part of an international team that have, for the first time, discovered buckyballs in a solid form in space. Feb. 22: NASA; Science Daily; PR Newswire; Jet Propulsion Laboratory; The Daily Galaxy; Space; TG Daily; The Register; Universe Today; io9; MSNBC; Bradenton Herald; Satnews; Inquistr; Official Wire; Red Orbit; Sacramento Bee; Nanowerk; 7th Space; Sys-con; Digital Journal; Market Watch; Feb. 23: UPI; Discovery News; Space Daily; French Tribune; Wired; CNET; Wired Science; Astronomy; Christian Science Monitor; Outcome Magazine; Clarksville; Space Fellowship; Vietnam Net; Live Science; International Business Times; India Blooms; Financial; East Day; Cri English; Feb. 24: Zee News; Dalje; Azonano; Forbes; Mother Nature Network; Sci-Tech Today; Fox News; This is Staffordshire; Feb. 25: Newstar; Feb. 26: Newstrack India; Astrobiology Magazine; Feb. 27: Scientific Computing; Feb. 28: Astronomy Now Online; PressZoom; WSBT

Spanning seas, species and centuries
The University’s Polar Geospatial Center works with some of the most sophisticated remote imaging technologies, and blogger Rachel Sussman travelling in the Antarctic used images from the U on her travels. Feb. 21: New York Times

Hiawatha, Light Rail closure lingers on
Civil engineering professor Ted Galambos speculated that the damage to the 5-year-old bridge could only be explained by corrosion, fatigue, or what’s known as “brittle fracture.” Feb. 20: Finance & Commerce; Feb. 21: KMSP; KARE

Satellites track health of seal, penguin populations in Antarctica
Satellite imagery from the University’s Polar Geospatial Center is used to find, count, and assess the population health of penguin and seal colonies around the Antarctic. Feb. 17: Antarctic Sun; Feb. 18: Space Ref

U of M researchers tap into smartphones to help visually impaired
Civil engineering research scholar and senior systems engineer Chen-Fu Liao is working on a smart phone application that could change the way visually impaired pedestrians navigate city streets. Feb. 17: KARE; Feb. 28: Minnesota Daily

6 nations tackle a far-flung and dirty array of problems
Civil engineering professor Julian Marshall noted that the State Department’s effort to reduce hyrdofluorocarbon emissions and black carbon by replacing wood- or dung- burning cookstoves in Asia and Africa with cleaner-burning ones is not always successful. Feb. 17: EE News

Researchers discover cell phone hackers can track your location
University researchers found that phone towers are leaking location information that can be used to track a mobile phone’s location. Feb. 16: Eureka! Science News; The Inquisitr; KMSP; Gizmag; PhysOrg; Science Codex; Science Daily; Feb. 17: Truth Dive; Crazy Engineers; Minnesota Public Radio; TG Daily; Ars Technica; Minnesota Daily; PC Advisor; Mobile Mag; News Track India; Network World; Computer World; Computer World-Australia; Tech World; CIO; IT World; Computer World-New Zealand; CFO World; CSO; Star Tribune; Feb. 18: Geeky Gadgets; Red Orbit; Feb. 20: Balkans Business News; The Conversation; Smart Planet; Feb. 21: Space Daily; Scientific Computing; SC Magazine-Australia; Tom’s Guide

Drug delivery hooked on sugar
Chemistry professor Theresa Reineke notes that research detailing a new drug delivery method, which could aid the development of treatments for cancer and other diseases, since the materials and methods are readily available, could be easily tested. Feb. 15: C&EN

NBA players scoff at mathematical model suggesting when to shoot
Physics and astronomy graduate student Brian Skinner created a model that uses advanced quantitative analyses to describe basketball shot selection. Feb. 14: Wired; Feb. 16: Yahoo Sports

Researchers find that China’s pollution related to e-cars may be more harmful than gasoline cars
Civil engineering assistant professor Julian Marshall is part of an international team researching the overall impact on pollution that electric cars have in China. Feb. 13: EurekAlert; NewsWise; Science Codex; University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Click Green; Product Design & Development; U.S. News; International Business Times; TG Daily; WTAM-Cleveland; UPI; Dalje; San Francisco Business Times; Mena FN; Sustainable Business Oregon; Outcome Magazine; Business Insider; Resource Investing News; Feb. 14: China Car Times; Environmental Protection; French Tribune; Azo Cleantech; News Medical; UK Daily Mail; Newstrack India; Eco-Business; Truth Dive; India Times-Economic Times; Times of India; Ummid; Zee News; Chicago Tribune; Time; Web Pro News; Rush Limbaugh Show; Feb. 15: Discovery News; Khaleej Times; Shanghaiist; EV World; KSTP; Green Optimist; Earth Techling; The Epoch Times; Take Part; Feb. 16: Radio Australia; Clean Technica; Environmental News Network; EV World; Environment News Service; EV World Blog; Renewable Energy Magazine; Overclockers Club; io9; Feb. 20: Knoxville News Sentinel; Utility Products; NACS Online; Feb. 22: Earth Sky; Feb. 23: Green Tech Grid

CSE Dean’s List explodes
While CSE’s enrollment has increased, the number of Dean’s List students has grown faster than its rate of incoming freshmen. Feb. 13: Minnesota Daily

Satellite shot shows Russia’s ‘moon shot’ ice station
Paul Morin, director of the Polar Geospatial Center commented on the satellite photos of Vostok, the Russian Antarctic station drilling down more than two miles to reach a 20 million-year-old lake. Feb. 10: MSNBC

U transit research leads to biz
Civil engineering assistant professor Henry Liu’s research in making traffic signals more efficient is the core product for Smart Signal Technologies, one of the two transportation-related startup companies that have spun out of the University in recent months. Feb. 10: Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Scientists concerned about antibiotic resistance in wastewater
Civil engineering associate professor Timothy LaPara researches municipal wastewater’s effect on the quantities of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, often referred to as “superbacteria,” in surface waters. Scientists are gathering in St. Paul to discuss a category of pollution called emerging contaminants. Feb. 9: Minnesota Public Radio

Could this be the magic bullet reducing R&D cycles of new medical devices?
A 3-D visualization device that aims to revolutionize how medical devices are designed and tested has been created by two University professors: Art Erdman and Daniel Keefe. Feb. 7: Med City News

University partners with National Science Foundation to renovate St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
Built during the 1930s Depression, the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory does not meet code requirements. Restoration funding comes from stimulus funds, as well as University funding. Feb. 7: Twin Cities Daily Planet

‘Physics Circus’ looks to get kids excited about science
The U of M Physics Force team is presenting the annual “Physics Circus” starting Monday. Over 20,000 students from across the Metro are expected to attend throughout the week. Feb. 6: KARE

Tech Fest coming to the hands-on engineering museum The Works
On Saturday, Feb. 25, The Works museum will host its annual family event offering a unique opportunity for families to participate alongside real engineers to do hands-on activities. Feb. 6: Digital Journal

Educators say aging facilities impede research, ask state for building upgrades
Mechanical engineering professor Caroline Hayes said the Mechanical Engineering building’s electrical system can’t handle the power needs of some devices. Feb. 2: Minnesota Public Radio

Rep. Hackbarth proposes electronic barriers to stop Asian carp
State funding is being sought for installation of electronic barriers to stop Asian carp invasion, developed by University computer science and engineering and biology professors. Feb. 1: Hometown Source; Feb. 2: Star News

What’s cooking 2/1: Physics, fun, and food
Harvard University’s David Weitz will lead a lecture on “Physics and Cooking” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at the University of Minnesota. Feb. 1: Star Tribune; Feb. 6: KSTP; Heavy Table

New U of M Video game teaches consequences of distracted driving
Distraction Dodger is an Internet-based video game developed by the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Institute at the University of Minnesota. Feb. 1: Health Canal; PhysOrg; KSTP; Feb. 2: KMSP; KARE; Star Tribune; WCCO; Feb. 3: Overclockers Club; Feb. 12: KSTP

January 2012

U of M’s ‘Physics Circus’ comes to Minneapolis Convention Center
The largest Physics Force show of the year will include cannon shots, streams of toilet paper, and scientists catapulting through the air. Jan. 31: KSTP

What’s taking ET so long to find us?
In his recently published book, physics professor Woods Halley says we don’t know enough about how life got started on Earth to be able to recognize alien life. Jan. 31: ABC Science

Now in fashion: invisibility cloaks
Physics professor Jim Kakalios comments on a recent study where researchers were able to conceal a three-dimensional object from microwaves. Jan. 26: Big Think

Minnesota adds wind farms, yet ranks falls to No. 5
University’s Eolos research turbine in Rosemount is one of four wind farms completed last year. Jan. 26: Star Tribune

NBC brings ‘Science of N.H.L. Hockey’ to TVs and classrooms
A new video by NBC on the Science of N.H.L. Hockey features explanations from Physics and Astronomy Professor Robert Gehrz. Jan. 25: New York Times; Jan. 26: National Science Foundation; TV By the Numbers; Blue Line Station; Monsters and Critics; Light House Hockey; Jan. 27: NBC-2; WZVN; Jan. 28: Kansas City InfoZone; Jan. 29: NBC33

Optimal basketball shooting rate proposed based on mathematical model
Physics and astronomy graduate student Brian Skinner created a model that uses advanced quantitative analyses to describe basketball shot selection. Jan. 25: Science Codex; Eureka Alert; Toronto Star; Science Daily; Jan. 26: Truth Dive; Huffington Post; News Track India; AFP; Medill; Jan. 27: Times of India; Jan. 28: Taipei Times; China Post; Crazy Engineers; Philadelphia Enquirer; MSN Health; Doctors Lounge; iVillage; Jan. 29: TempoNews

Physics Force perform in Eden Prairie
The University of Minnesota’s Physics Force will show amazing scientific feats at the Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center. Jan. 24: KSTP

Deputy Secretary of Energy visits Eolos
Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Senator Al Franken will visit the University’s Eolos Wind Energy Research Station to discuss President Obama’s administration’s commitment to energy innovation and advanced manufacturing. Jan. 24: The Hill; Environmental Expert; Washington Post; Jan. 26: Coon Rapids Hometown; Rosemount Patch; Jan. 27: KSTP: MinnPost; Rosemount Town Pages; Coon Rapids Hometown; Rosemount Patch

They’re ‘Driven to Discover’ in music and engineering
Three College of Science and Engineering students were among the 16 winners in the U’s marketing video contest. Shawn Zwonar, a CSE student, won first place and $5,000. Jan. 23: Star Tribune; KSTP: Jan. 24: Minnesota Daily

Anti-SOPA code goes viral, blacks out websites
Computer science and engineering graduate Zachary Johnson created a code for the SOPA/PIPA protests that allows people to use it to black out their websites. Jan. 19: Minnesota Daily; Greenpeace USA; ZD Net

How the U.S. education system can reclaim its math and science glory
As the U.S. falls behind in math and science education, the University of Minnesota offers a career center specifically focused on students in CSE. Jan. 20: Policymic

U of M’s first African American graduate chemist to host lecture, book signing
Jeannette Brown was the first African American to earn a degree from the University’s chemistry graduate program. Her book, “African American Women Chemists,” profiles 25 female chemists. Jan. 16: KSTP

Zappos zapped by hackers
Mathematics professor Andrew Odlyzko comments on the internet security breach online shoe retailer, Zappos, recently experienced. Odlyzko said consumers should be very careful and conscious of their passwords when they shop online. Jan. 16: KARE-11

U start-up builds app for safer teen driving
Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering created an app called DriveScribe, that provides real-time feedback to the driver. Jan. 13: KSTP; Jan. 14: Into Mobile; Jan. 17: Twin Cities Business

Sen. Franken to speak at U of M discussion series
The University of Minnesota is hosting a series of public talks featuring local government officials. Sen. Al Franken is the keynote speaker at the first event on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Franken will present “STEM Education: The Key to Minnesota’s Economic Success.” Jan. 10: KSTP; Jan. 17: Pioneer Press; Jan. 18: Minnesota Daily

U of M gets kids excited about science
The College of Science and Engineering outreach program will feature explosions, flames, and rock music in the ‘Energy and U’ shows. Approximately 4,500 metro students are expected to attend the shows. Jan. 9: KSTP; Jan. 10: KARE-11; Minnesota Public Radio; Jan. 16: Star Tribune

Astrophile: Cool echoes from galaxy’s biggest star
Physics professor Kris Davidson explains how new research on echoes from Eta Carinae, a massive star, could help us better understand what the future holds for other massive stars. Jan. 6: NewScientist

Our view: Nuclear waste here? Actually, why not?
Minnesota Geological Survey director Harvey Thorleifson notes that northeastern Minnesota contains much of the type of rock formations being examined as potential permanent graveyards for U.S. nuclear waste. Jan. 5: Duluth News Tribune; Jan. 6: Star Tribune

A year in technology–scientists use bacteria to create fuel from sunlight and CO2
Gizmag looks back at some of the most significant and far-reaching breakthroughs of 2011, and chose the announcement by University of Minnesota researchers of a breakthrough to create a viable fuel alternative using greenhouse gases. Jan. 3: Gizmag

MPR News pictures of the year
Krista Rothstein, recent biomedical engineering graduate, observes U of M graduate student Mark Ditmer weighing a bear cub. Jan. 3: Minnesota Public Radio