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Lydia Lahmann-Sharbonda

A life-changing experience

A U of M student was drawn to the field of health coaching after being diagnosed with a genetic disease that changed how she views the world.

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Talking with U of M

Talking breast cancer with U of M

In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, U of M expert Stuart Bloom talks about the subtle signs, risk factors and stigmas of breast cancer.

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Research Brief

Spotify is Powerful. Is it Biased?

Spotify is both a popular and influential player in the music industry. Does its power come with bias? After reviewing Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists, researchers found that, if anything, Spotify uses its platform to promote the underdog.

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Research Brief

Induced flaws in quantum materials could enhance superconducting properties

In a surprising discovery, an international team of researchers, led by scientists in the University of Minnesota Center for Quantum Materials, found that deformations in quantum materials that cause imperfections in the crystal structure can actually improve the material’s superconducting and electrical properties. 

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Research Brief

People use Facebook as an emergency communication system during pandemic

The webpages of Facebook are a seemingly endless source of news, connection, and entertainment for billions of people. A new study from the School of Public Health (SPH) also finds that the social networking platform functioned as a kind of informal emergency broadcast system for people seeking critical information and support during the pandemic.

In what is two distinct pictures side by side, U of M Medical School expert Colleen Rivard's headshot appears in the left half of the frame, while a young woman in her pajamas on a bed looks upset as she hugs a pillow on the right side of the frame
Talking with U of M

Talking ovarian cancer with U of M

Approximately 10 percent of the women in Minnesota have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and U of M Medical School expert Colleen Rivard, MD, is answering questions about the subtle signs and risk factors.

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Research Brief

Researchers and citizen scientists complete first-ever Weddell seal count

A research team led by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has completed a first-ever global population estimate of Weddell seals in Antarctica, showing that there are significantly fewer seals than previously thought. Documenting the seals’ population trends over time will help scientists better understand the effects of climate change and commercial fishing.

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Expert Alert

Next-generation Earth systems science report

Melissa Kenney with the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment is available to provide expert comment on the Next Generation Earth Systems Science at the National Science Foundation report.