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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.

U of M student start-ups win 2015 Acara Challenge with innovative impact ventures

Student-run impact ventures focused on solar-powered microgrids for rural India and environmentally friendly feminine hygiene products have been selected Gold Level winners of the 2015 Acara Challenge, a competition held by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management.

Black phosphorus is new ‘wonder material’ for improving optical communication

Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets, and fertilizers, can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota used an ultrathin black phosphorus film—only 20 layers of atoms—to demonstrate high-speed data communication on nanoscale optical circuits.

Interactive science exhibits to draw 1,700 middle school students to U of M campus

WHO: 1,700 middle school students from nearly 20 schools; about 300 University of Minnesota science and engineering students WHAT: College of Science and Engineering Expo featuring more than 30 exhibits by University of Minnesota science and engineering students aimed at engaging middle school students WHEN: Tuesday, March 3; Exhibits—9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Raptor Show—12:45 p.m. WHERE: Exhibits—Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis; Raptor Show—Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

U of M Professors receive 2014 Cozzarelli Prize

Research suggests using neuroscience in law may face political resistance

Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

The Teen Driver Support System device on the dash of a car in motion.

Teen drivers are at an especially high risk of being involved in a crash. To help keep them safe on the road, U of M researchers have been refining the Teen Driver Support System.

University receives $17.8 million NSF grant for Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

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