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A Champion for Education and Housing

Archie Givens at U Archives

He’s dedicated to building affordable housing and closing the achievement gap. Now former Gopher football player Archie Givens is being honored as this year’s homecoming grand marshal.

A Curiosity-Driven Life

Jessica Tarnowski

Jessica Tarnowski ’15 was always curious about the genetic basis of hereditary diseases. Now she helps those at risk for sickle-cell anemia and other conditions to access health care services.

A Champion’s New Strategy

Harsh Mankad.

Harsh Mankad came to the U of M from Mumbai to study economics and play tennis, and he became an NCAA singles champion. Now retired from tennis, the MBA student is leveraging the skills he developed on the court to excel in business.

U of M Alum Named COO at Disney

Portrait of Tom Staggs speaking at commencement.

University of Minnesota alumnus Tom Staggs has been named Disney’s chief operating officer—its No. 2 executive. Staggs, a 1982 Carlson School graduate who delivered the school’s commencement address last spring, has been the chair of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and prior to that was Disney’s chief financial officer.

Two U of M Alumni Named among Forbes 30 Under 30

Asha Sharma headshot in front of a multi color geographic background.

Creating, defining, and designing the future—that’s how Forbes describes those named to the magazine’s 30 Under 30 list, which celebrates 600 young people across 20 fields who are changing the face of tomorrow.

Top Five Medical Research Highlights for 2014

Female researcher using a pipet.

Medical research at the U of M had a banner year in 2014. From unlocking secrets of heart cells to pioneering a way to relieve the suffering of children with pancreatitis, the discoveries kept pushing back the frontiers of medicine.

Breast Cancer Patient Helps Make Medical History in Minnesota

Woman with butterflies.

When Bonnie Harris was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, she had no idea she was about to make medical history. But she did—with a little help from state-of-the-art, vital organ-sparing radiation therapy she received at the U of M.

Organizing Chaos

Section of Self Portrait (1889) by Vincent Van Gogh.

Psychology graduate student Rachael Grazioplene is pursuing the question of how creative people and those with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can share several key genes, yet be so different. The differences may hold clues to how many creative people keep mentally healthy.

Censoring (Bacterial) Speech

X-ray of human body holding up their hand to green bacteria.

Some bacteria “lie low” until they sense their numbers are high enough to launch an infection. By identifying and blocking a sensing mechanism, U of M researchers reduced rats’ infection severity and death rate from pneumonia-causing bacteria.

Two Carlson School Students Win Prestigious Athletics Awards

Group of female athletes.

Gopher senior softball player Kaitlyn Richardson and men's hockey senior and captain Kyle Rau were recently awarded the Patty Berg Legacy and Henry L. Williams Awards. These awards recognize one female and one male student-athlete who excel in competition and in the classroom while representing the values of the U’s athletics department. 

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