How can studying ancient religions give us insight into how humans understand their identities today? By studying ancient texts written by Jewish people living outside of Jerusalem, Patricia Ahearne-Kroll’s research strives to challenge the way we think about reconstructed texts and the relevance of ancient studies today in terms of understanding identity.
What happens when everyday people take mass-produced prints and make them unique? A new artmaking technique is created, and the era of printcraft is born. PhD student Christina Michelon is working on her dissertation, which explores printcrafting and acts of everyday creativity in the 19th century.
At the 2018 Esri User Conference, GIS experts Len Kne, Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, Coleman Shepard, Somayeh Dodge, and Tom Fisher demonstrated to industry peers how innovative approaches in spatial research can provide new perspectives on the world around us and prepare us for the way society is evolving.
"What happened during Japanese American incarceration is not coincidental at all--it's just how US settler colonialism has always and continues to function," says Hana Maruyama, whose grandmother and nearly 14,000 others of Japanese ancestry were displaced to Heart Mountain, the same place where the Apsáalooke American Indian Nation had been wrongfully relocated from years before. Maruyama is pursuing a PhD in American studies to further her research on the connections between Japanese American incarceration in the context of US settler colonialism.
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has given faculty member Erika Lee the distinction of Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies. The designation, granted this month, is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University.
Some of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases go unnoticed by pharmaceutical companies. One such neglected disease is tuberculosis, which claimed 1.7 million lives in 2016. Why is this widespread disease getting ignored, and how can collaborations help solve this problem? Professor Susan Craddock’s research looks into a new way of addressing neglected diseases.
Two individuals met as instructor and student but became research partners after a course in the technical writing and communication (TWC) program. Alexander Champoux and Eric Wisz had the opportunity to collaborate on research about rhetorical theory and creative writing for the Creative Writing Studies Organization (CWSO) issue.
Curious about climate change, campers, and community? Or about how art and science overlap? UMN art professor Christine Baeumler has combined it all to create Backyard Phenology, a collaboration focusing on connections.
Lennixx-Rodney Lee, who double majored in American Indian studies and studies in cinema and media culture, has been recognized for outstanding work in an honors thesis titled "Native American Women in Contemporary Film and Television: An Analysis of Death and Two Gendered Lenses."
In order to make varied perspectives more accessible, Jane Sumner, professor of political science, created the Gender Balance Assessment Tool in 2016. The website generates an estimate of a syllabus' racial and gender makeup using a probability algorithm, making it easier and faster for professors to diversify their course content. Lorena Muñoz, an assistant professor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, is also quoted.
Did you notice what looked like a “tiny house” on campus last year? It was actually a “mobile artist residency,” part of Tia-Simone Gardner’s research on the relationship between large cities and small housing spaces. The project aims to make small, mobile housing become a feasible option for people who need affordable or temporary housing.
In a world filled with digital media, GNSD’s director of graduate studies Matthias Rothe highlights the theatre as a tool for critiquing society. He indulges his lifelong appreciation for the stage by researching the cultural importance of theater and shedding new light on a prominent German playwright, Bertolt Brecht.
Bowwow Powwow, a new children's book by professor Brenda Child from the Department of American Studies, is the story of Windy Girl attending a powwow with her uncle and her dog, Itchy Boy. The book is written in English and Ojibwe.
It is not inconceivable that future high school students won’t have to take the SAT or the ACT, says Professor Deniz Ones. They’ll download some apps on their mobile devices, link their wearable sensors, and let colleges collect data for a couple of months. Ones is a member of the mPerf research team, conducting a multimillion dollar project about using data from wearable sensors to predict and measure workplace performance. It could have far-reaching impacts for all workplace and educational assessments.
Caring for ourselves and others is a central part of human existence, so why isn’t it valued? In a society where economic gain is treated as the first priority, the need for care is going is mostly unaddressed. Professor Joan Tronto seeks to change this trend through her idea of a caring democracy.
Adway De, a graduate student in the Department of Economics, is switching up the way he teaches undergraduate economics students. He is bringing his involvement with UMN Energy Club into the classroom and seeing that the benefits certainly outweigh the costs.
Music can heal, tell stories, make us dance, laugh, and cry. Can it also make Minnesotans adjust the way they salt their sidewalks during the winter months? Professor Mark Pedelty is using music to connect communities--local and, in the near future, international--to environmental issues.
Assistant Professor Lan Liu’s interest in statistics happened by chance, but she hasn’t looked back since. Involved in infectious disease research, statistical consulting, and causality research with the FDA, Liu has seen firsthand the real-world challenges statistics can overcome.