M Pride Archive

M Pride is a monthly e-newsletter distributed to opinion leaders statewide that highlights the best stories of the University's three-part mission.

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November 2022

  • Our amazing students and alumni - Joshua Muñoz, a graduate student nearing the end of his graduate program, is already a high school teacher, a veteran, a participant in Extension programs, a beekeeper, and honey ambassador; alumnus Mike Lubke is a fight choreographer, performer, and stage-combat instructor; U of M Rochester graduate Hawa Ali discusses her path to medical school on Beyond the Nest podcast
  • Research and discovery - Floating duckweed on ponds can actually contribute to greenhouse gas emissions; the most detailed polar region terrain maps ever created provide new insights into the effects of climate change over time; "digital nudges" are effective at pushing us to do things, even exercise
  • Outreach and engagment - U of M Extension is playing a connecting role in the multilayered farm-to-school effort; training "stroke champions" who can educate the rest of their community; questions about who family caregivers are, what they do, and common challenges they face are answered
  • More highlights - a collaborative effort between tribal partners and the U of M to restore Indigenous fire practices to the Cloquet Forestry Center; Tadd Johnson's thoughts on becoming the first Native American on the University's Board of Regents; U of M Morris alumna Rachel Evangelisto became the first Native American to be named Miss Minnesota

October 2022

  • Steve Ruggles, a historical demographer, receives a MacArthur Fellowship
  • Board of Regents update - Approval of President Gabel's recommended legislative budget request and six-year capital plan; progress toward MPact 2025 enrollment goals; updates on trends, opportunities, and challenges in graduate education
  • Our amazing students and alumni - Joe Walbran, grandson of the first student to enroll at the U of M Morris, graduated with high distinction and honors; Kate Fessler is evaluating a strawberry-growing system that could extend the growing season in Minnesota; Mike Maslanka uses his masters degree maintains the nutrition of nearly 1,800 animals across 360 species.
  • Research and discovery - ideas to improve the performance of traditional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques; development of a process to allow researchers to build soft robots that can grown like plants; construction of extremely fast telescopes by researchers and undergraduate students
  • Outreach and engagement  - "Minnesota Prepared" aims to help create a sustainable 21st-century public health workforce through a collaboration including the School of Public Health, the Minnesota Department of Health, and other public agencies; Minnesota Extension course is helping new and emerging Latino farmers overcome obstacles; the U o M's Raptor Center recently released its 30,000th patient.
  • More highlights - Rochester, home of the U of M Rochester named the sixth-best small college town in America by Preply; October installment of the "UMN Headlines"

September 2022

  • Technology commercialization successes in fiscal year 2022
  • Climb in 2023 rankings from U.S. News and World Report
  • Board of Regents update - Review of public safety enhancements on and in nearby off-campus neighborhoods; 2024-25 recommended legislative budget request, six-year capital plan, and annual reports from Gopher Athletics and the University of Minnesota Foundation
  • Our amazing students - Xeen Meighan is a U of M Duluth physics major working in the field of microfluidics; Savannah Maiers is a U of M Twin Cities College of Biological Science alumna is a wlidlife coordinator at Minnesota's Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center; Amarachi and Chidogo Orakwue are U of M Rochester alumnae and sisters sharing advice with current undergraduate students about the path to medical school
  • Research and discovery - School of Dentistry and College of Pharmacy researchers examine a potential treatment that could significantly impact how we fight bacterial infections; a medical device created by a team of engineers and doctors could help millions of people with lupus and other light-sensitive diseases; U of M Twin Cities biomedical engineers developed an application allowing researchers to design better treatments for cancer and COVID-19
  • More highlights - "Building a better world," a series of stories highlighting different ways the U of M is responding to ever-changing needs of society; September UMN Headlines video

July 2022

  • U researchers are on the forefront of discoveries about brain and behavioral development in young people
  • Board of Regents July update
  • Our amazing students - Tiffany LaShae is empowering farmers of color through the Midwest and the country; Matt Wittmer is working with molecules that have the potential to be developed into anti-cancer agents; Kim Than created an online fashion store using the University Libraries virtual reality lab
  • Research and discovery - study shows the importance of early screening for concerns for  autism spectrum disorder in an equal number of girls and boys; new technique with mRNA reveals new insights into how memories are formed and stored in the brain; new citizen science project uses volunteers to help astrophysicists categorize tens of thousands of stunning images taken from the Juno spacecraft
  • Outreach and engagement student-led Vegetable Working Group identifies African vegetables suitable for Minnesota and gets test plants growing in the field; Extension's informative guide tells how to forage for edible plants and fungi; UMD developed humanoid robots serve as personal caregiver assistants for people with dementia
  • 'Goldy's now a librarian' and other headlines - Goldy-branded Little Free Libraries are installed on University properties, July UMN Headlines video

June 2022

  • U launches 200 startups since 2006
  • Heartland Forward ranks the University first for technology transfer
  • Board of Regents update
  • Our amazing students - Julia Bianchini aspires to improve outcomes in multilingual classrooms; Sydney Redepenning's part-time teaching blossoms into a series of remarkable roles; Brooklynn Isley discovers Nursing is the correct path for her career
  • Research and discovery - technology allows amputees to move a robotic arm using their brain signals; mapping global crop harvests demonstrates direct food harvests will be insufficient to meet UN's goal by 2030; new Workforce Development and Research Lab in the College of Education and Human Development
  • Outreach and engagement - UMC students plant more than 206,000 trees since 1983; Arrowhead Youth Games bring more than 300 students from 22 Duluth-area schools together for a field day experience; Extension's Master Gardener program shines
  • More to celebrate - Juneteenth celebration on June 18 and June UMN Headlines video

May 2022

  • Paths to Resilience - mental health multimedia feature
  • Board of Regents update
  • Our amazing students - Claire Busse researches trauma-informed leadership; Vanessa Anyanso researches mental health in underrepresented communities; and Betty Sandison earns her baccalaureate degree at 84 years old
  • Research and discovery - microfluidic chip diagnoses diseases; spark plug alternative leaves no carbon footprint; and research reduces the reliance on precious metals
  • Outreach and engagement - U of M ranks in the top ten for the U.S. in the Times Higher Ed Impact Rankings and new centers launch
  • More points of pride - Over 8 million kilowatt-hours in electricity savings in 2021 and UMN Headlines video for May

April 2022

  • Gophers men’s hockey team advances to Frozen Four
  • Our amazing students - Benjamin Alva works to help save coral reefs; Levi Skelton works to teach children about congenital heart disease; and Alireza Golgouneh works with shape memory alloys and clothing
  • Research and discovery - Breakthrough in cryopreservation and a cure for diabetes; discovery designs more erosion-resistant materials; and DNA-based tracking reveals the family tree of the Honeycrisp apple
  • Outreach and engagement - U of M Duluth’s Mobile Neuroscience Lab teaches the area’s middle school students; CIDRAP provides an antimicrobial resistance communication toolkit; and Carlson School of Management professor lists five ways to be a savvy grocery shopper

March 2022

  • Winter sports accomplishments
  • Board of Regents update
  • Our amazing students and alumni - Dorota Searin leading the team at Polish Humanitarian Action; Michaela Scharmer helping youth prepare to age out of foster care; Leah Hallet studying the benefits of colored nectars
  • Research and discovery - New climate study predicts a rise in temperatures in Minnesota by the end of the 21st century; the emerald ash borer threatens to irreversibly alter the black ash-dominated wetlands; and Voyageurs Wolf Project shares adorable findings 
  • Outreach and engagement - New grant to study how North Minneapolis can transform to healthier and more culturally relevant fast food options; ideas for care of ourselves and our earthly home; extension creates a seed starting webpage; and UMN Headlines video for March

February 2022

  • Where it Starts highlights the accomplishments of members of our Black community
  • University of Minnesota sends athletes to the Winter Olympics
  • Board of Regents update
  • Our amazing students and alumni - Ilsa Shobe sets sights on 2026 Olympic team and studying optimal track for short track speed skaters; Philsan Isaak sets sights on law school and challenging the current justice system to make the world a better place; and alumnus Adam Turman creates bold art of beloved landmarks
  • Research accomplishments - reliability of nursing home resident survey responses; protect the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ residents in long-term care; wolves might help moose avoid acquiring a deadly deer parasite; and beavers are essential for freshwater conservation and ecosystem stability
  • Outreach and engagement - first African American woman hired as an ag educator at University of Minnesota Extension; proper watering and other helpful tips for care of houseplants; and UMN Headlines video for February