A staunch advocate for and leader of land-grant universities will be honored this week with a presentation of the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Michael Martin, a Ph.D. graduate of the U’s Department of Applied Economics and former vice president for agricultural policy at the U, is currently chancellor emeritus of the Colorado State University System and chancellor emeritus and senior fellow of CSU’s Colorado Futures Center.
Susan Weller, professor and executive director of the Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium since 2008, has accepted a position as director of the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History and professor in the university’s Department of Entomology. A three-person interim team will lead the museum beginning next month.
If an unidentified flying object suddenly appeared in the sky, it’s likely your heart would beat faster. Now, CFANS researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology have found that the same is true for bears.
The U of M will begin construction later this year on a new, 10,500-square-foot lab facility which will house bee research, led by world-renowned bee expert Marla Spivak. The existing lab is outdated and in poor condition; the new lab will include space for training new scientists as well as conducting ongoing research.
Estimates of how much nitrous oxide, a significant greenhouse gas and stratospheric ozone-depleting substance, is being emitted in the central United States have been too low by as much as 40 percent, a new study led by University of Minnesota scientists shows.
Leaders of the Global Food Ventures initiative in MnDRIVE have awarded funding for six new projects and renewed funding for nine of the 19 projects funded in 2014.