U of M to award honorary degree to Prince

Today, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted unanimously to award Prince with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the College of Liberal Arts. Prince Rogers Nelson, a Minneapolis native and American singer, songwriter, musician, producer and actor passed away on April 21, 2016. The degree will be formally presented to Prince’s family at a program later this year. Details will be announced at a later date. “As Minnesotans and people around the world continue to celebrat

SPOTLIGHT: Pesky Occupations

Outdoor exploration is one of the many joys of living in the midwest. It gives us an opportunity to interact with nature and experience life beyond our day-to-day realm of offices, traffic, and suburban homes. However, if we are unprepared for nature’s surprises, our outdoor adventures can lead to dangerous conditions. Tick-borne diseases (TBDs) are one of the many pesky outdoor dangers that can infest our lives and even become fatal. TBDs are particularly threatening to people who spend a majo

Employees of Color and American Indian support group founded by UMD faculty

In the fall of 2014, UMD faculty members Ariri Onchwari and Insoon Han were inspired to co-found the Employees of Color and American Indian (EOCAI) Mentoring program. Born and raised in Kenya, Onchwari is an associate professor in early childhood studies at UMD. According to UMD’s 2016 Human Resource Survey Evaluation, Onchwari is one of 114 full-time instructional staff members of color, out of a total of 505. “People are often focused on things they are familiar with, and in that process, [p

A Curiosity for Chemistry

This was no ordinary college admissions tour. Kaelt Simpson came for one thing, and one thing only: UMD’s science facilities. The tile floors of the Swenson Science building gleamed. The equipment, like the spectrometer, the centrifuges, and the electron microscopes, all promised exciting projects to come. Kaelt went from room to room and realized UMD would be the best place for her to experiment with her passions. “UMD offered the exact major that I wanted to pursue, and I was so impressed with

Running wild for Duluth’s half, 50K and 100K marathon

Attached to your sweat-soaked shirt is a number. It’s been so long since you put it on, you forget if you are number 46 or number 47. Maybe number 49. You’re so tired that you forget how badly your calves have tightened. You forget how thirsty you are. You forget how long it’s been since your last side ache. Maybe five, maybe, ten minutes ago. What you don’t forget is that the finish line is closer now than it was before. “You can do it, ” you tell yourself. “You can do it.” Andy Holak, an expe

SPOTLIGHT: Ag Safety - Communication is Key

Although this overly-heard cliche provides no solution, it’s a good reminder of the importance of communication. To put it simply, when communication is bad, things don’t go well. This is no different for the agriculture community. Whether communication takes place between ag-producers, ag-experts, or through media channels, it plays an incredibly important role in keeping ag-safety information relevant and up-to-date. Agricultural communication professor at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Reb

Christopher Uggen named Regents professor

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has named Christopher Uggen as a Regents Professor of Sociology and Law. The designation, conferred this month, is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University. “Professor Uggen’s research has had a tangible impact for millions of Americans, including right here in Minnesota,” said University President Eric Kaler. “He exemplifies the qualities of teaching, research and scholarship that this honor requires, and I congratulate hi

SPOTLIGHT: 2017 NORA Symposium

The New York Times reports that in Milwaukee County alone, 299 people died of an opioid overdose last year. This is an increase of 44 people in 2015. Opioid overdoses kill more people than car crashes or gun-related homicides. They kill women, children, men and people of all races, ethnicities, and classes. They kill people in the west, the east and, yes, the Midwest. Opioid addiction is an epidemic; a crisis that impacts all 50 states. On May 5th, the National Occupational Research Agenda