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2013: A Year to Remember

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It’s been a spectacular, victorious, groundbreaking 2013 for the University of Minnesota—on all of our campuses. Here are just a few of the inspiring highlights. See video credits.

  • Professor Bin He with a quadcopterProfessor Bin He's work may help paralyzed people control their environment using only their minds. Read more >
  • Brittany Eich with three children4-H alum and College of Biological Sciences student Brittany Eich introduces STEM concepts to the next generation. Read more >
  • Two Gopher women’s hockey players with their national championship trophyThe Gopher women's hockey team skates to its second straight national championship and a perfect 41-0 record. Read more >
  • A Resilient Communities Project staff person and student with North St. Paul residentsU students work with North St. Paul in dozens of community-identified projects to advance sustainability and resiliency. Read more >
  • Dan Crawford with celloStudent Dan Crawford uses warming global temps to compose a haunting composition for cello.
    Listen to song >
  • Illustration of a windmill in farm fieldsA unique U project in West Central Minnesota is transforming wind energy to hydrogen, then converting the hydrogen to fertilizer. Read more >
  • Professor Reuben Harris playing a pianoReuben Harris' discovery of a DNA-mutating enzyme is aiding in the fight against breast and other cancers. Read more >
  • Man standing in greenhouseUMD partners with the City of Silver Bay to create a self-contained food and energy-generating ecosystem. Learn more >
  • Truman Scholar Katrina KlettTruman Scholar Katrina Klett plans to use bees to protect biodiversity and fight poverty.
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  • Speaker at UMR’s first graduationUM Rochester graduates its first class of students in health sciences and health professions degree programs. Read more >
  • Students in the visualization labAt UM Crookston, students remain at the forefront of educational technology through the use of pixel sense tables and an immersive visualization lab.
  • Morris’ Green Prairie Cmmunity buildingUM Morris's new Green Prairie Living and Learning Community is a haven for students focused on sustainability. Watch video >
  • An undergraduate studentThe University of Minnesota freezes tuition for resident undergraduate students for two years. Read more >
  • Taconite pelletsFindings from the U-led MN Taconite Workers Health Study will lead to a better understanding of health issues on the Iron Range. Read more >
  • Shorline of Lake SuperiorScientists at UMD's Large Lakes Observatory are collecting and interpreting data on the world's great lakes. Read more >
  • Farmers inspecting cornU of M Extension's Institute for Ag Professionals is a crucial link between University research and Minnesota agriculture. Read more >
  • Sarah Hobbie Professor Sarah Hobbie is elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the most elite body of scientists in the United States. Read more >
  • Photo of the University's dance teamFor the fourth straight year, Minnesota places first in both the jazz and pom divisions at the 2013 dance team national championship. Read more >
  • Weisman Art Museum’s mobile applicationStudents across several U colleges and majors present a prototype for an iPad app for the Weisman Art Museum. Read more >
  • Watching a class remotely on an iPadThe U begins a partnership with Coursera—a leading massive open online course platform—to develop free online courses. Read more >
  • MnDRIVE textThe U advances MnDRIVE, a two-year investment in scientific advances that will enhance the state's economy and well-being. Read more >

Video Credits

Special thanks to all in the University community who participated in this video, including U and local musicians Dan Musselman, Dean Sorenson, Dan Crawford, Gigi Stroncek, and Cory Wong; Professors Bin He and Reuben Harris; and U students and staff members Brittany Eich, Bethany Brausen, Nancy Ferber, Mary Hammes, Katrina Klett, Isaac Osei, Amanda Hoffman, Alexmai Addo, James Rogers, Michael Mageau, Baylor Radtke, Lori Young-Williams, Steve Carnes, Andrew Vold, Jena Hjeltman, Kuleni Guta, Akosua Addo, Tetsuya Yamada, George Rodriguez, Nora Nashawaty, Ashley Ochiagha, Fata Acquoi, Dara Fu, Manoel Reichel, Brian Zetah, Claire Gillis, Madison Olson-Spartz, Dylan Barth, Lauren Moore, Greg Sakowski, Kristina Monsen, Rachel Saunders, Allison Woodbeck, Rachel Fellows, David M. Ungs, Elizabeth Broring, Mandy Hansen, Maureen Mayberry, Carolyn Wesley; plus many more who gave of their time and talents. “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (featuring Ray Dalton) used with permission.