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A portrait of Gabriel Ruegg next to an image of a man in a winter coat shoveling a driveway in a heavy snowstorm by a residential house.
Talking with U of M

Talking snow shovel design with U of M

With Minnesota winters, there is perhaps no tool more important than the snow shovel. Gabriel Ruegg, a senior lecturer of product design in the College of Design, answers questions about how to make sure you select a quality shovel this winter.

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How to stay warm while keeping the thermostat low

Dressing for winter means more than a high quality coat and solid snow boots. A bit of extra consideration for your inside winter wardrobe can make a lower thermostat setting tolerable and even comfortable — resulting in your family saving money and energy. 

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Design to save pollinators

With pollinator populations on the decline, a Minnesota program is drawing on U of M expertise to make it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate pollinator-friendly plants.

Image of Dan Shaw next to an image of a butterfly in a pollinator garden. Credit: Getty Images
Talking with U of M

Talking pollinator gardens with U of M

Minnesotans are eager to get back to their gardens and are busy picking out this year’s plants and seeds. As you make your garden selections this spring, consider plants that will help support the state’s declining pollinator populations.  
 

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Finding the perfect winter coat

With weather cooling down significantly and annual sales like Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching fast, many Minnesotans are in the market for a new, high quality winter coat. 

Simon Ozbek in front of spacesuits at NASA
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Be the voice of the user

When Simon Ozbek started his academic career he never imagined it would take him all the way to NASA. Read his interview.