Here's a refreshing idea for the rest of January and the year: quit your diet. “Losing weight is a particularly unfortunate New Year’s resolution because you’re almost guaranteed to need to do it again the next year and the next year and the next year,” said Traci Mann, a psychology professor at the University of Minnesota.
During the 2016 Democratic primaries, Bernie Sanders noted that America would be better off if it looked more like Denmark. In actuality, the United States and Denmark are already alike in one key respect. Surveys show that Americans and Danes have similar favorable views about Trumpism. Political science graduate student Matt Motta discusses the findings of a recent survey of Americans and Danes.
ALL graduate student Sreyashi Ray ventured all the way from India to pursue a PhD in Asian Literatures, Cultures and Media. She was drawn to the University of Minnesota by the significant research work being done by UMN faculty and recommendations from professors at her alma mater.
Visiting DAAD Professor Rudy Singer examines what makes something funny and questions cultural expectations of humor. He is currently teaching a course on the topic and enjoys training a new generation of scholars to take humor seriously.
New assistant professor Kate Lockwood Harris’ research looks at the complex relationship between violence and communication. One of the central questions Harris is dissecting is how colleges respond to sexual violence in the context of Title IX.
Professor Mark Pedelty’s Environmental Communication course provides students a unique learning opportunity to explore environmental issues and learn how best to communicate about them. “I want students to engage beyond the confines of the classroom and take a more hands-on approach to learning. It’s a different narrative when you get out there,” Pedelty says.
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.
Third-year undergraduate Amber Jaeger has had several amazing opportunities during her study of biological anthropology, and specifically ape and human evolution. She completed a field work in Kenya this past summer, focusing on paleoanthropological and archaeological methods.
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