Feature Articles


Read our current and past features here, plus find links to recent news features about the U.
Current Features

Patient Pets
About 100 dogs and cats visit the University of Minnesota’s Small Animal Hospital every day, where they receive state-of-the-art veterinary medical care.
Photographs by Sher Stoneman
Text by Meleah Maynard


Serving Those Who Serve
Alumnus Mathew Meyer helps war veterans transition back to civilian life—and a bleak employment picture.
By Laura Weber


The Country Doctor
Dr. Therese Zink uses writing and storytelling to engage the next generation of rural family physicians.
by J. Trout Lowen


Before Bilbao
Celebrated architect Frank Gehry returned to the University to complete the Weisman Art Museum.
By Matt Tyrnauer


Figuring Out Flavor
University of Minnesota food scientists are using “flavoromics” to solve taste challenges.
By Greg Breining


Pigeon Patriot
Famed behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner's plan to defeat Nazi Germany in World War II was so unusual it just might have worked.
By Tim Brady


Is the Death Penalty Unconstitutional?
Law professor and University alumnus John Bessler argues for abolishing the death penalty.
By J. Trout Lowen


Eric Kaler: Happy to Be Back
Alumnus Eric Kaler (Ph.D. ’82), named 16th president of the University of Minnesota, expects to remove barriers for qualified students to attend the U and for every college, school, and program to be among the best.
By Shelly Fling


History: King's Speech
One hundred years after the event that ignited the U.S. Civil War, rising civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. came to campus to address the quest for racial justice in America. 
By Tim Brady


Because of Bob
As Bob Bruininks prepares to step down as the 15th president of the University of Minnesota, he reflects on his nine years in Morrill Hall and expresses his frustration with the lack of vision and leadership at the Minnesota state capitol.
By Jay Weiner


Retiring Minds Want to Know
Small grants help University of Minnesota retirees fuel their passion for discovery.
By Meleah Maynard


A Doctor and a Gentleman
Pediatrician Paul Quie is a healer, peacemaker, mentor, and diplomat—and the University’s least-known icon.
By Jay Weiner


The Poop on Superbugs
University of Minnesota environmental engineer Tim LaPara believes wastewater treatment facilities may have become breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
By Greg Breining


Bridge Builder
Under the direction of Laurie McGinnis, the U’s Center for Transportation Studies aims to become a resource for the world.
By Kevin Featherly


  
Archived Features

Combating the “Shifty Little Enemies"
If it weren’t for the work of University of Minnesota plant pathologist E.C. Stakman, who strove to eradicate wheat rust from the nation’s breadbasket, millions of people around the world might not have lived to benefit from the genius of alumnus Norman Borlaug.
By Tim Brady


Research to Revenue
The point of making scientific discoveries is getting new ideas to those who will benefit most: the public. The U’s Office for Technology Commercialization—through licensing and launching start-up companies—helps U innovations get to market.
By Jay Weiner


The Accidental Memoirist
Alumna Michele Norris set out to record other families’ racial experiences but found her most poignant stories disconcertingly close to home.
By William Swanson


State of the Unions
Q&A with labor historian Barb Kucera
By Kevin Featherly


Who’s Minding the Animals?
Crisis in rural veterinary care
By Greg Breining
Photographs by Sher Stoneman


History: Stepping Out of Line
After World War I the battle lines over military drill were drawn.
By Tim Brady


Back from Autism
6/3/2010
Many autistic children overcome their symptoms after undergoing a form of behavioral therapy taught to U of M psychology students. Joe Mohs, diagnosed with autism 23 years ago, says he is living proof that the therapy works.
By Meleah Maynard


The Fungus Detective
6/2/2010
Robert Blanchette goes to extremes to solve microscopic mysteries and help preserve historic treasures.
By Emily Stone


The Birth of Earth Day
3/5/2010
The Birth of Earth Day

Concerns about the environment, pollution, and the future of the planet gripped campus 40 years ago.
By Tim Brady


Segregated . . . Again
3/5/2010
University professor of law Myron Orfield argues that integrating schools and neighborhoods is not only a moral imperative, but key to regional vitality. Extra: Video interview with Myron Orfield.
By Kate Tyler


Imagine That
3/5/2010
Imagine That
Supporting research in literature and languages, art and architecture, music, ethnic studies, and more is a University of Minnesota priority. Extra: Links to videos, artist sites and more.
By Meleah Maynard


  

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