Not many people in town are willing to take on the Minnesota Vikings or 77,000 members of the teachers union, but Art Rolnick (PhD ’73) isn’t one to back down when the research is on his side by using economic research to improve public outcomes.
Undergraduate economics major Aravind Boddupalli arrived at the University of Minnesota with a passion for economic equality and empowerment. After four years of immersing himself in academic and extracurricular activities, he feels he has the knowledge, skills and experiences to launch a career tackling issues of inequality.
How did the Incas build an empire without wheels? How did we find about their culture if they didn’t have writing? Cultural diversity, and what we can learn from ancient societies, is what assistant professor Steve Kosiba has been researching for years.
New Assistant Professor Nicola Grissom studies mice to help us understand the genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, in humans. “The more we understand how the brains of people with autism are different, the more we can help them adapt to the world,” she says.
PhD student Brittany Marcus-Blank is fascinated with understanding human behavior, and she brings that passion to her research in industrial and organizational psychology. “I love the idea of using psychological principles to solve practical business problems,” she says.
The rise of fiction masquerading as fact has some educators and news industry experts worried that not everyone has the skills they need to differentiate between the two. Even more troubling are concerns that readers gravitate toward information that fits their worldview regardless of whether or not it is true. Journalism professor Chris Ison contributes to this story.
For the nationally-renowned Minnesota Opera’s 53rd season, drama, hilarity, and stunning designs abound. Das Rheingold – the second show of their season and the first in Wagner’s epic The Ring of Nibelugn – features costumes designed by the University of Minnesota’s Mathew LeFebvre
Halloween--the one holiday that celebrates, and perhaps even thrives on fear. So what is fear? And why do we respond differently to being scared? "It initially came into being to cue us of survival threats," said Dr. Shmuel Lissek, of the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology.
New grants through President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative will allow College of Liberal Arts researchers to dive deeper into the brain, developing new imaging technology with the potential to map and study neural activity to much greater detail.
Pa Eh Soe was a little girl when her family left a refugee camp in Thailand for the United States, and she had to leave her best friend behind. But Soe, now a high school student in St. Paul, never forgot her friend, and a brief story about the bond they shared is now part of the archives at the University of Minnesota.
When the world is filled with violence — both physical and psychological — how do you take care of yourself? That question is at the heart of a dance performance. "Horidraa: Golden Healing," a new piece by Ananya Dance Theatre, celebrates the healing power of indigenous wisdom and the love of community.
Geography professor and new associate dean Steven Manson uses his fascination with data to create better human and environmental systems. “The way we solve our problems today,” he says, “will determine whether or not our great-great-great grandchildren will live in a livable and equitable world.”