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American Academy of Arts and Sciences elects three U of M faculty to 2015 class

Three University of Minnesota professors have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies. Dante Cicchetti, Allen Isaacman and Donald Truhlar.

Seven University of Minnesota Seniors Receive Fulbright Awards

University of Minnesota boosts complex research with ultra-fast supercomputer

Named “Mesabi,” the supercomputer will increase the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute’s infrastructure for running complex research operations, while also extending the total number of research projects the institute can support at once. The system is projected to be one of the five fastest supercomputers used for academic purposes in the country, running about 3,864 times faster than a typical personal computer.

Diversity is key to stability, grassland study finds

Dark matter may not be completely dark after all

For the first time dark matter may have been observed interacting with other dark matter in a way other than through the force of gravity. Observations of colliding galaxies made with European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have picked up the first intriguing hints about the nature of this mysterious component of the Universe.

New evidence supports success of fecal transplants in treatment of Clostridium difficile infection

Research published in the open access journal Microbiome offers new evidence for the success of fecal microbial transplantation (FMT) in treating severe Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), a growing problem worldwide that leads to thousands of fatalities every year.

Four University of Minnesota students named 2015 Goldwater Scholars

Four undergraduates in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have been named 2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. The prestigious, competitive scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research-oriented careers in mathematics, the natural science, and engineering. The scholarship awards up to $7500 per year for two years of undergraduate study. All four Scholars are juniors enrolled in the University Honors Program.

University of Minnesota part of new nationwide initiative to attract and retain first-year students to STEM majors

University of Minnesota selected as hub for NIH program to accelerate new inventions to the market

The University of Minnesota announced it has been selected by the National Institutes of Health as one of three Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) sites nationally to establish a university-wide strategic framework promoting commercialization and technology transfer in the life sciences and biomedical technology. Supported by a $3 million NIH grant with another $3 million in matching U of M funds, the university’s MIN-REACH program will provide commercial expertise and resources needed for the development and commercialization of diagnostics, therapeutics, preventive medicine and medical devices. The program will establish new industry partnerships, strengthen existing partnerships, and provide entrepreneurial, commercial-style education for innovators to accelerate the pace at which innovations reach the marketplace. It will fund between 10-20 research projects a year.

Can You Spot a Heroic Robot?

A human hand connects with a robotic one.

A tornado has ripped your roof off, you're buried in rubble, and a robot shows up. How do you know it's there to help? Zane Thimmesch-Gill aims to find out.

U of M Gains Cloud-based access to global high-resolution satellite imagery

The University of Minnesota announced today that it has been selected as one of only two universities in the country to gain open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery of the globe. Access to DigitalGlobe Basemap creates vast new possibilities for academic research and education at the University of Minnesota.

Professor Massoud Amin named “Thought Leader of the Year” by Energy Thought Summit

The Energy Thought Summit (ETS) announced today that University of Minnesota Professor Massoud Amin received the first-ever “Thought Leader of the Year” award during ETS15, a worldwide conference that brings together leaders to debate the future of energy.