Cosmic behemoth had central heating-and lighting

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Study probes the origins of galaxies in the early Universe In the 1957 horror classic "The Blob," Steve McQueen battled a gooey monster from outer space that ate people to power itself and grow. But that cosmic custard was a piker compared to the real thing. Since its discovery in 2000, a […]

Renowned astrophysicist explores the ‘dark side of the Universe’ in Sept. 20 lecture

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Contacts: Ursula Becker, Fine Theoretical Physics Institute, becke356@umn.edu, 612-625-6055 Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959 Preston Smith, University News Services, smith@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552 What: 6th Annual Misel Family Lecture: The Dark Side of the UniverseWhen: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20. Event is free and open to the public.Where: […]

The sunny side of engineering

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Solar-energy projects shine at the 2011 undergraduate engineering showcase As the University of Minnesota wrapped up the 2010-11 academic year, talented young engineers flocked to Coffman Memorial Union to display projects of all kinds, from an improved ankle prosthesis to an arm exerciser for stroke patients to a tracking system to test […]

Catching up with our Gopher Rhodes Scholar

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In high school, Ashley Nord set the South Dakota state record in pole vault and graduated as valedictorian of her Stevens High School class. At the University of Minnesota, she competed in pole vault, and had three majors in the classroom. Nord didn’t stop there, though. In 2008, she was named one […]

Volcanoes of the deep: Researcher studies earth forms beneath the ocean

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Far from my University of Minnesota home, I was part of a multiuniversity mission to learn more about how Earth’s surface is formed–and most of it forms under the waves. As we slowly descended, the three of us went over our dive plan, enjoyed the bioluminescent plankton, checked out what was for […]

Mechanical engineering student named as Tau Beta Pi 2010 Laureate

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Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (7/22/2010) –- University of Minnesota mechanical engineering student Stephanie N. Zastrow is one of only five students nationally named as a 2010 Laureate by Tau Beta Pi, the world’s largest engineering society. Zastrow is the first University of Minnesota […]

Freshman class is most academically prepared in history

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A recently released profile of the 821 first-year students in the Institute of Technology’s fall 2008 freshman class shows that the incoming students are better prepared academically than previous classes. The percentage of women also has reached an all-time high. The average ACT composite score of incoming Institute of Technology students increased […]

Young women explore careers in technical fields

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Even in a world where cell phones and iPods are a necessity for most people, classes in math, science, and engineering aren’t always the most popular among high school students. But subjects from geometry to computer programming captivated a group of high school women attending a weeklong career exploration program sponsored by […]

Power from the sun

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U professor uses solar energy to make fuel; offers insight at Ada Comstock lecture By Pauline Oo Growing up, Jane Davidson went to an all-girls high school and didn’t know any engineers. But the University of Minnesota professor of mechanical engineering was good at math and science, and she had a chemistry […]