CLA Discoveries

CLA faculty and students are constantly creating and discovering.

Two women, one older one younger, sitting on chairs in a CATSS lab with microphones and padding on the walls

On Purpose: Portrait of CATSS

Sensory loss, or loss of vision, hearing, and balance increases with age and can be related to a decline in quality of life. By 2050, the Census Bureau predicts that the number of persons 65 years and older will approach 20 percent of the U.S. population. Sensory loss of all types is prevalent among aging people, accounting for a sharp decline in social engagement, and a significant reduction in socioeconomic potential.
A faculty person sits with three students from the institute.

On Purpose: Portrait of Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute

The University of Minnesota Department of Economics has historically been one of the top in the world, producing nine Nobel Prize-winning faculty and alumni along the way. Launched in 2010, the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute was founded as a renewed commitment to supporting synergy in economic research, policy influence, and the communication channels required to solve real-world challenges.
Portrait of Hana Maruyama.

A PhD with a Purpose

"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.
Portrait of Susan Craddock

Teaming Up Against TB

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.
Portrait of Champoux and Wisz

A Story of Collaboration

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.