Five CSE faculty receive National Science Foundation CAREER Awards

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Grants intended to solve grand challenges and fund mentoring of future scientists and engineers MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/06/2018) — Five University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering early career researcher have received National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards to further their research ranging from studying the sun to monitoring structures to […]

First-ever study of triple gene combinations could help predict risk of disease

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Like a giant game of Jenga, researchers reveal critical combinations of blocks that can cause a cell system to collapse MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/20/2018) — We inherit many traits from our parents including the color of our eyes and hair. Unfortunately, we also inherit risk factors for certain diseases such as cancer, heart disease, […]

New research outlines future for developing oral medicines that work more efficiently

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University of Minnesota and The Dow Chemical Company tackle one of the biggest challenges in health care MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/18/2018) — Researchers at the University of Minnesota and The Dow Chemical Company have joined forces to tackle one of the biggest challenges in health care—how to get life-saving medicines to work faster and […]

New crowdsourcing project lets you transcribe U.S. Supreme Court justices’ handwritten notes

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Transcriptions provide unprecedented access to the justices’ conversations MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/13/2018) — If you have ever wanted to be a fly on the wall during deliberations by U.S. Supreme Court justices or travel back in time to witness Supreme Court decisions, a new crowdsourcing project led by researchers at the University […]

University of Minnesota study shows wetlands provide landscape-scale reduction in nitrate pollution

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Wetlands are five times more efficient at reducing harmful nitrate compared to land-based conservation practices MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (01/29/2018) — A study by University of Minnesota researchers provides new insights to demonstrate that multiple wetlands or ‘wetland complexes’ within a watershed are extremely effective at reducing harmful nitrate in rivers and streams. […]

Researchers use wild rice to predict health of Minnesota lakes and streams

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Sulfate from human activity can transform into toxic sulfide and increase other harmful elements including mercury in fish    MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (01/24/2018) — By studying wild rice in lakes and streams, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has discovered that sulfate in waterways is converted into toxic […]

Researchers steer the flow of electrical current with spinning light

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Discovery could improve microelectronics and optical communication MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/19/2017) — Light can generate an electrical current in semiconductor materials. This is how solar cells generate electricity from sunlight and how smart phone cameras can take photographs. To collect the generated electrical current, called photocurrent, an electric voltage is needed to […]

Researchers develop graphene nano ‘tweezers’ that can grab individual biomolecules

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Discovery could lead to revolutionary handheld disease diagnostic system MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (12/04/2017) — Researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering have found yet another remarkable use for the wonder material graphene—tiny electronic “tweezers” that can grab biomolecules floating in water with incredible efficiency. This capability could lead to […]

Scientists make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

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University of Minnesota astrophysicists involved in discovery observed in both gravitational waves and light MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/16/2017) — For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves—ripples in space and time—in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic […]

University of Minnesota secures $2.5 million grant to improve quality of life in cities

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National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Communities program includes outreach to K-12 teachers and students MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/12/2017) — The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it has awarded a $2.5 million grant to a multi-disciplinary team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota for a new project to […]