Reaching out for Science and Engineering

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When it comes to science and mathematics, many studies show students in the United States are falling behind when compared to students in other countries. Experts claim by the time they reach the high school level, students just aren’t interested in science and math or find the subjects boring in the way […]

Kolthoff Recognized for Pioneering Work

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By Eileen Harvala Built on the foundation of legendary pioneers, the University of Minnesota prides itself on excellence in the chemical sciences. One of those legends is Izaak Maurits “Piet” Kolthoff, who spent 64 years as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, and who is widely considered the “father of […]

The Road Less Traveled

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By Greg Breining Technical skills and roaming curiosity lead College of Science and Engineering alumni down unexpected paths. When one describes the stereotypical science and engineering student, what comes to mind? Studious. Hard-working. Practical. A Steady Eddie forging a path to a degree and long career. But plans change. New circumstances require […]

MnDRIVE advances promising research

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By Richard Broderick Most budgets adopted by the Minnesota Legislature are rooted in the here and now, designed to keep state agencies and programs afloat for the next couple of years. But in April 2013, state lawmakers looked toward a longer-range future and did something far from humdrum. They established the Minnesota’s […]

What’s in your backpack?

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“A tape measure,” said Sophia Martin, a mechanical engineering senior who designs and sews many of her own clothes. Because of her lifelong interest in design (she won a fashion design contest in high school), Martin originally planned to concentrate on apparel design and math, but later decided on a mechanical engineering […]

Cougar population regenerates after 100 years of decline, U of M researcher finds

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Contacts: Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959 Kristin Anderson, University News Service, kma@umn.edu, (612) 624-1690 Ben Norman, Wiley-Blackwell, 44 (0) 1243 770375 MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/14/2012) —American mountain lions, or cougars, are re-emerging in areas of the United States, reversing 100 years of decline, new research by […]

Getting the pole positions

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The U’s experts at mapping Antarctica expand their work to the Arctic Pictures of the Arctic and Antarctic can barely do justice to the beauty of mile-wide glaciers flowing between jagged mountains or sculpted white ice floating in an azure sea. In these days of global climate change, however, monitoring the state […]

Not your parents’ chem labs

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‘Greener’ and more engaging experiments draw students in As a college student, Michelle Driessen had an all-too-typical experience. "I hated general chemistry," she says. "I thought it was terribly boring." She had plenty of company. Experiments were all laid out in advance, and the goal seemed to be to get to a […]

How nanomaterials can help meet global energy needs is focus of upcoming U of M public lecture

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MIT Professor Mildred Dresselhaus is first-ever woman lecturer in the Van Vleck physics lecture series Contacts: Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959 Matt Hodson, University News Service, mjhodson@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552 MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/05/2012)—Global energy needs are a major concern for our future. World-renowned MIT Professor Mildred […]

‘African American Women Chemists’ author book signing is Jan. 18 at the U

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Contacts: Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959 Kristin Anderson, University News Services, kma@umn.edu, (612) 624-1690 Media note: To schedule an interview with Jeannette Brown, contact Rhonda Zurn at rzurn@umn.edu or (612) 626-7959. Jeannette Brown was the first African American to receive a degree from the University’s chemistry graduate […]