You might not know its name but it played an important part in bringing electricity to farms across America. The University of Minnesota's department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering is celebrating its 100th anniversary by marking its crowning achievement: the 1923 Red Wing Project, one of the first studies to determine the feasibility of delivering electrical power to Minnesota farms. Department head Shri Ramaswamy says the success in Red Wing helped lead to rural electrical development nation-wide.
That old Pink Floyd song probably sounds more on the money these days to taxpayers as they learn that the failed firms on Wall Street are paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses after being bailed out. University of Minnesota anthropology professor Karen Ho studied Wall Street's unique culture and provides some answers on how it might have contributed to the current crisis.
Hockey goalies: protected from the puck but not from players
It's one of the most difficult positions to play in all of sports and now a new study says, despite specific rules to protect ice hockey goalies, they experience most of their injuries from player contact. University of Minnesota sports medicine professor Robert LaPrade, and head physician for the Gopher men’s hockey team, studied NCAA data and says this shines light on goaltender equipment deficiencies.
With the economy dominating the news, everyone is keeping a closer eye on the complex financial world -- including students. Claudia Parliament, a University of Minnesota applied economics professor, says the demand for financial understanding is increasing, especially among the young.