Singdhansu Chatterjee standing in front of Ford Hall on the east bank campus

An Institute’s Bright Future: Paving the Way for Collaboration and Engagement

Singdhansu Chatterjee, director of the Institute for Research on Statistics and its Applications (IRSA), has a bright future in mind for the institute and its involvement in the surrounding community. Grounded in three major applications of data science in nature, society, and theory, the institute plans on hosting various workshops and events to foster collaboration between different fields.
Detail from Professor Julie Schumacher's DOODLING FOR ACADEMICS

Minnesota Prof Deemed Funniest Person in America Debuts Adult Coloring Book

If coloring books are soothing, and if laughter makes a person feel happy, then imagine what a funny coloring book might do. Julie Schumacher, the St. Paul writer who won the Thurber Prize for American Humor two years ago for her wry novel about academia, has now created a wry coloring book about academia. Paired with Chicago illustrator Lauren Nassef, she has produced “Doodling for Academics: A Coloring and Activity Book.”
Portrait: Roy T. Cook in his office, sitting in front of shelves full of comic books

The Lego Philosopher

Roy T. Cook doesn’t look like a stereotypical philosophy professor. He doesn’t smoke a pipe, have a beard or wear tweed jackets. Instead, he has a tattoo on his arm depicting the panels on the chest of the R2-D2 “Star Wars” droid.