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University of Minnesota Celebrates Its Role in GREATER MSP Partnership Proposal to Create a Local Bioinnovation Ecosystem

The University of Minnesota has a key role in the GREATER MSP Partnership proposal that was selected as one of the 60 finalists for grants funded by the $1 billion federal “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” this week, University officials said today. The GREATER MSP Partnership involves more than 50 partner organizations and seeks to accelerate job growth and racial equity by growing Minnesota’s bio-innovation sector.

Cara Herbers, in mask, talks to people at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair.

From rink to research

Grad student and ex-hockey player Cara Herbers designs technology to pinpoint balance problems in Parkinson’s disease patients.

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Research Brief

Chemical researchers invent bio-petroleum for sustainable materials

A team of researchers from the U.S. National Science Foundation Center for Sustainable Polymers based at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have developed a chemical technology of combined fermentation and chemical refining that can produce petroleum-like liquids from renewable plants. 

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Large MeerKAT telescope data release reveals beautiful new cosmic puzzles

An international team, including lead researchers from the University of Minnesota and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), have released highly detailed images of radio emissions from 115 clusters of galaxies that give new clues to the formation and evolution of galaxies throughout the Universe.

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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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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.