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Research enterprise, educational games, data innovation
May 2021  •  Read online

VP Cramer: Commitment to Excellence Pervades UMN

VISION & IMPACT

As his departure from academia nears, Chris Cramer reflects on his time at UMN, the strengths of the research enterprise, and misconceptions about academic research.

Changing Gears: Startup’s Next Mechanical Game Teaches Electronics

BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY

Three years after launching the Turing Tumble to teach computing concepts using marbles, Paul Boswell and his team are bringing a second game to market.

Collaboration with Cisco Explores Frontier of Data Technologies

BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY

The projects seek to advance cutting-edge technologies that transform the way people access, manage, and protect data.

Grassland Biodiversity Emerges as Key Factor in Climate Crisis

RESEARCH & DISCOVERY

As global carbon dioxide levels rise, the degree of biodiversity in grasslands is vital to their ability to function as carbon “sinks.”

BioMADE: Building an Ecosystem for Microbe-Based Manufacturing

INFRASTRUCTURE & CAPABILITIES

A new, independent research institute stands to put the Twin Cities at the epicenter of innovation for bioindustrial manufacturing.

OTHER NEWS

Lessons from the Pandemic for Cancer Screening and Care

Talking Aquatic Invasive Species with UMN

Animal Production Responsible for Vast Majority of Air Quality-Related Health Impacts from US Food

Talking Teenage Mental Health with the UMN

PK-12 Students, Families and Educators Agree Learning Occurred, but More Mental Health Resources Are Needed

With a $4.3 Million NASA Grant, UMN Faculty Member to Lead Efforts Aimed at Disentangling the Origins of Protein Translation

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