About Centers and Institutes
The University of Minnesota is home to over 300 research, education, and outreach centers and institutes. This listing will help you identify, learn about, and contact these units.
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The purpose of the Center for Addiction Studies (CAS) is to develop research opportunities in areas of addiction (including chemical abuse and problem gambling), administrate research on selected aspects of addictions and provide campus coordination for teaching and curricula on addictions.
CAS was established in 1990. Much of the early work of CAS was concerned with prevalence and treatment of problem gambling in Minnesota.
Since 2001, CAS research activity has centered on college student drinking concerns. The target of this research is Duluth, Minnesota’s three campuses: the College of St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD).
Our Center supports MS, MPH, PhD, DNP, and post-doctoral curricula in adolescent health with stipends and tuition support for students and fellows, and post-doctoral fellowships in adolescent health - including distance learning options - that integrate knowledge and skills in leadership, research and public health practice to improve our capacity for addressing the health needs of young people. Through intensive learning institutes and workshops, we provide continuing education options in adolescent health and leadership for those in practice across all health disciplines. Serving as a national hub for health professionals specializing in adolescent health, we disseminate educational resources, offer continuing education, and provide technical assistance/consultation to our maternal and child health (MCH) partners.
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) is one of the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively.
The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) brings the University of Minnesota together with county, tribal, state and community social services in a partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and families involved with public and tribal child welfare. In collaboration with the Minnesota Department Human Services and other public and tribal child welfare agencies, CASCW examines new and existing research, policy and practice to identify effective child welfare practices, inform child welfare administration, improve supervision and training of child welfare workers, and incorporate new information into the School of Social Work's curriculum. CASCW also works to advance the knowledge base within the profession by implementing the Title IV-E stipend program, offering over 40 MSW students significant financial support for their studies in child welfare.
The Institute for Advanced Study seeks to ignite creative, innovative, and profound research and discovery in the sciences, humanities, and the arts. The Institute for Advanced Study is a concept, a site, and a community dedicated to public and intellectual exchanges across the fields of human endeavor. It pursues this vision through support for faculty fellowships and research collaboratives that bring together artists, scientists, and scholars from across and beyond the University. It provides physical spaces where artists, scientists, and scholars can engage in and share their work. This strategy encompasses not only scheduled events and presentations, but also unplanned encounters that facilitate unexpected inspiration, revelation, and collaboration. It convenes a biennial symposium that catalyzes conversations across the University of Minnesota and that highlights the most innovative research initiatives that exist in the United States and the world.
The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education is the on-campus resource for direct services and education related to issues of interpersonal violence. We provide crisis intervention and advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, and offer support services to people who are concerned about someone who has been victimized.
Aurora Center staff and volunteers are also available to facilitate education and training to students, faculty, and staff on the issues of violence prevention, awareness and response.
The perceptual guidance of action and the use of movement to obtain perceptual information are two central aspects of behavior. The Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) is a leader in quantitative research on relations between perception and action. Our focus is on the integration of perception and action in the context of affordances. Affordances are relations between properties of the environment and properties of the organism that have consequences for behavior. Affordances are directly relevant to the success of our interactions with the environment. We study movements that are used to gain information about affordances. The venues for our research include laboratory studies in naturalistic situations, virtual environments, and video games, and field studies of perceptual-motor coordination on ships at sea. APAL research straddles the boundary between basic and applied science: Our research on "basic" issues has implications for the design and use of human-machine systems, and our research on "applied" issues has implications for general theories of perception and action.
The Center on Aging facilitates the University's response to the many issues of the aging population by fostering basic and applied research, as well as education of students and professionals to help explicate the aging process and inform public policy.
AURI provides scientific technical assistance, technology transfer and a targeted network of resources to develop value-added uses for crops and coproducts. We provide applied research services and product development assistance to create new ag-based products and help move them to market. With unique facilities and a highly-functioning, professional staff, AURI is a one-of-a-kind resource that provides assistance to Minnesota businesses looking to create more value for the state’s agricultural products.
The Airport Technical Assistance Program (AirTAP) is a statewide assistance program for aviation personnel that offers education and information resources, training programs, technical assistance, access to experts, and printed materials. AirTAP was created by the: University's Center for Transportation Studies, and the Local Technical Assistance Program, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Minnesota Council of Airports
The CAHP is an emerging statewide resource to address healthcare workforce shortages through developing signature academic partnerships linking UMN allied health programs with other programs in the state. The goal is to integrate curricula, develop state-of-the-art learning platforms, and provide geographically distributed access to programs through performance sites that will provide student advisement, enhance learning, house "hands on" laboratories for skill acquisition, and serve as logistical support sites for digital technology that enhances learning.
The mission of the Ambulatory Research Center (ARC) is to increase understanding and improve the treatment of mental disorders. To this end, the ARC will conduct a broad range of research studies including those examining the biological underpinnings of mental disorders as well as studying the effectiveness of different treatments. Furthermore, the ARC will serve as a resource in the research training of physicians and other allied health professionals. In pursuit of this mission the ARC will strictly adhere to the standards of Good Clinical Practice, ensuring protection of human subjects and data integrity.
The Center of American Indian and Minority Health (CAIMH) at the University of Minnesota Medical School strives to raise the health status of the Native American population by educating Native American students in the field of health care and Indian health.
The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety proactively contributes to the safety and security of the global food system and significantly strengthens Minnesota's ability to anticipate and respond to emerging issues and imminent threats from animal and foodborne diseases.
CAREI facilitates the connections between organizations and groups serving the needs of children and families: schools, community agencies and groups, state and federal agencies and the College of Education and Human Development.
Established in 1977, the Center for Austrian Studies (CAS) is the Western Hemisphere's oldest and best-known multidisciplinary research center devoted to the historical and contemporary experience of Austria and Central Europe. The Center:
- serves as a focal point in North America for the study of Austria and Central European lands with a common Habsburg heritage across disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences, the applied sciences, and the fine arts;
- analyzes Austrian perspectives as a powerful tool for understanding new developments in post-cold war Europe;
- connects scholars, students, and an international community to resources in Austria, Central Europe, and Minnesota.
The Center pursues its mission through a variety of activities that promote research, education, and training in the field and by serving as an international clearinghouse for information and scholarship.
The Bell Museum (Minnesota's state museum of natural history) is an interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach center. The faculty conduct cutting edge research on patterns and processes in evolutionary biology and maintain outstanding scientific collections (Amphibians and Reptiles, Birds, Fishes, Fungi, Insects, Lichenized Fungi, Mammals, Mollusks, and Vascular Plants) for use in research and teaching. Bell Museum scientists are actively engaged in both undergraduate and graduate education. The museum's public facility serves the public generally and K-12 education specifically through a combination of permanent exhibits (notably world-class habitat dioramas), traveling exhibits, and public programs (e.g., Cafe Scientifique, Field Trips). In addition, educational outreach programs bring environmental science education to schools, nature centers, and state parks around the state.
Biodale is a consortium of research services facilities, which offer state-of-the-art equipment and technical expertise in the areas of fermentation, protein expression, proteomics, protein mass spectrometry, DNA sequencing, electron- and light microscopy, as well as high-throughput screening. Most of the laboratories are located in Snyder Hall and Gortner Lab on the St. Paul campus.
The mission of the Center is to advance and disseminate knowledge concerning ethical issues in health care and the life sciences. The Center carries out this mission by conducting original interdisciplinary research, offering educational programs and courses, fostering public discussion and debate through community outreach activities, and assisting in the formulation of public policy.
The Biophysical Technology Center makes state-of-the-art instrumental resources for optical spectroscopy and EPR available to researchers, providing a venue for them to pursue their projects and develop their experience. Top priorities of the center personnel are to maintain the performance of these instruments at the highest level and to provide basic training to new users. In addition, the resident expertise in the center is available to facilitate spectroscopy efforts and contribute to the scientific research efforts of users in the development of strategies for data collection and analysis. The center is open as a first priority to all University of Minnesota researchers, and to outside researchers by arrangement.
The Center for Biorefining is affiliated with the University's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) to coordinate efforts and resources to conduct exploratory fundamental and applied research; provide education on bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials; stimulate collaboration among University researchers, other public sector investigators, and private investigators involved in bio-based production technology development; promote technology transfer to industries; and foster economic development in rural areas.
The BioTechnology Institute (BTI) provides advanced research, training, and university-industry interaction in biological process technology, a major area of biotechnology research. The Institute is the central University of Minnesota vehicle for coordinated research in the biological, chemical, and engineering aspects of biotechnology.
BTI faculty perform basic research in biocatalysis, microbial physiology and the production of biofuels and other products made from renewable resources. Faculty educate graduate students and postdoctorals, and consult and collaborate with industrial scientists.
In addition to the faculty laboratories, the Institute has established the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC), a process scale pilot plant unique in the state, which is accessible to industrial and academic scientists for collaborative and contract research. The BioTechnology Institute also coordinates an active industrial outreach program which sponsors short courses and mini-symposia.
The Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center is a comprehensive program for basic science research, clinical studies, and education in the disease of the nervous system that causes ataxia and related disorders.
The mission of the Brain Barriers Research Center (BBRC) is to improve therapy delivery and treatments of brain disorders by fostering interdisciplinary brain barrier research.
The Brain Sciences Center, located at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, is an interdisciplinary research institute, and training center, that focuses on the mechanisms underlying the active, dynamic brain in both health and disease.
The Office for Business & Community Economic Development (OBCED) was created in 1999 to advance the University's interests in promoting economic development, employment, and training opportunities for historically underserved communities. The mission of OBCED is to contribute to the economic growth and development of Minnesota communities. The OBCED provides a unique opportunity for leveraging the University's resources, such as intellectual property, technology transfer, and research capabilities.
The overall objective of the Caenorhabditis Genetics Center (CGC) is to promote significant research on an animal model, the small nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The CGC is the international center for the acquisition, maintenance, and distribution of genetically and phenotypically characterized nematode stocks, with emphasis on the species Caenorhabditis elegans.
The Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention was founded to offer a new, unique approach to anticipating and managing heart and artery disease, focusing on screening healthy individuals who may have risk factors (e.g. family history, hypertension, smoking, etc.) Affiliated with the world-renowned Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, the Rasmussen Center offers a unique array of the latest, non-invasive diagnostic screening tools in detecting cardiovascular disease, identifying conditions that often go undetected but which can lead to heart attacks, strokes, heart- and kidney failure.
Research topics surround fundamental scientific interest and relevance to human-driven global environmental change, especially the impacts of elevated nitrogen deposition, of increased concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and of the loss of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning. This area also houses the NSF Area Microbial Observatory.
'From bench to bedside' is a popular way of illustrating the path of discovery in medical science. Every treatment, every innovative technique, every cure begins with basic science research. The Center for Cell and Molecular Biology serves as a core facility for designated research purposes, providing laboratories with essential technical equipment. The facility helps integrate research and educational efforts between the College of Science and Engineering faculty and the Medical School Duluth faculty, provide a world-class regional resource for basic science researchers, and foster a multi-disciplinary approach to research endeavors.
The center supports:
- an environmental medicine lab, devoted to diagnosing and consulting in the management of environmentally associated diseases
- a molecular genetics regional research lab, providing equipment to analyze specific genes and to enable modifications to these genes
- basic sciences research equipment facilities, providing state-of-the-art equipment to ensure high-quality analysis in research studies.
The mission of the Cereal Disease Laboratory is to reduce losses in wheat, oat, and barley to major diseases including leaf rust, stem rust, and Fusarium head blight. This mission is accomplished through research on the biology of the pathogens that cause these diseases and on methods to enhance disease resistance in small grains.
The Center for Changing Landscapes (CCL) links innovative landscape planning and design with technical expertise in natural resource management and geospatial analysis and modeling. The goal of this interdisciplinary research and outreach center is to address issues of social, economic, and ecological sustainability in changing rural, urban and urbanizing landscapes.
The Characterization Facility is a multi-user, shared instrumentation facility for materials research spanning from nanotechnology to biology and medicine. Our analytical capabilities include microscopy via electron beams, force probes and visible light, including cryogenic methods; elemental and chemical imaging including depth profiling; elemental, chemical and mass spectrometry; atomic and molecular structure analysis via X-ray, ion or electron scattering; nanomechanical and nanotribological probes; and other tools for surface and thin-film metrology. Equipment includes: Small- and Wide-angle X-ray Scattering (including micro), Scanning probe microscopes (including environmental) and nanoindentors, Ion Beam Analysis (RBS, FReS, PIXE, NRA), Surface analysis (XPS, Auger, micro-contact angle), Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy (including cryo/bio, EDS/EELS, EBSD, cathodolum.), Infrared and Raman spectroscopy and microscopy, stylus and light profilometry, spectroscopic ellipsometry and light microscopy; training/rental of all of the above; work with externals (industry/academic/government), educational outreach; internal curricular usage.
The Charles Babbage Institute is an historical archives and research center of the University of Minnesota. CBI is dedicated to promoting study of the history of information technology and information processing and their impact on society. CBI preserves relevant historical documentation in all media (paper, audio, film, electronic); conducts and fosters research in history and archival methods; offers graduate fellowships; and sponsors symposia, conferences, and publications.
The Chemical Biology Initiative (CBI) is designed to stimulate and encourage interdisciplinary biomedical/biotechnology research, technological development, and education at the cross roads of chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering at the University. Our central goal is to enable the development of a deeper understanding of biology that can be applied to the improvement of health.
The mission of the Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research is to improve the health of infants, children, adolescents, parents and families in the context of their communities. In response to the national priority to decrease health disparities, the Center focuses its work on enhancing the health of underserved groups in urban and rural areas. Center members develop and disseminate evidence-based interventions and best practices in primary and secondary prevention.
As one of five Maternal and Child Health Bureau Nursing programs in the nation, the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs has been continuously funded since 1993. The Center prepares pediatric nurse leaders by supporting doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and Ph.D. students. The Center offers educational programs, continuing education, and online resources for maternal and child health professionals who focus on children with special health care needs. Research and scholarship focuses on preventing and managing childhood chronic conditions and improving systems of care for children and their families. The Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs is funded by a $1 million 5-year grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau.
The Children, Youth, and Family Consortium was established during the Fall of 1991 to build the capacity of the University of Minnesota and Minnesota communities to use research to inform policy and enhance practice to improve the well-being of Minnesota's children, youth and families.
- Generate knowledge - CYFC recruits faculty and students of diverse disciplines to conduct research responsive to community defined needs.
- Catalyze research - CYFC brings together faculty of diverse disciplines and community members to explore research partnerships and provides grant writing support, ongoing coordination of collaborations and assistance in disseminating findings to public, practitioner and policy audiences.
- Translate research - CYFC uses a variety of mechanisms, such as web and print communication, events and seminars to provide audiences with research-based information in a manner that is accessible and applicable to their work.
- Policy education - CYFC works with the Minnesota legislature and other policy makers to bring research to decision-makers and to encourage an evidence-based approach to policy-making and implementation.
The China Center draws on the strengths of the University of Minnesota and partners with public and private organizations in Minnesota and the U.S. to promote relations with Greater China by: Facilitating educational exchange, collaborative research, teaching and training activities, Fostering an understanding of history, cultures, and values, Serving as a catalyst and resource for the promotion of economic, governmental, and civic pursuits, and Increasing mutual interest and understanding.
The mission of the Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuropharmacology is to promote interdisciplinary research investigating the interaction between individual patient characteristics and the effect of drugs on cognition. The work of the Center will guide new drug development and enhance the ability to personalize medication therapy. Our group leverages the strengths of several disciplines including neuroscience, neuroimaging, linguistics, natural language and speech processing, psychometrics, pharmacogenomics, pharmacometrics and informatics. We will accomplish our goals through joint research projects, student training, journal clubs, seminars, publications and new technology development.
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of the University of Minnesota is improving health by accelerating science into practice. CTSI offers comprehensive research support for clinical investigators, educational and training opportunities for research teams, and connections to our communities. CTSI is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium created to accelerate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients.
The Center for Clinical Movement Science is an interdisciplinary organization at the University of Minnesota focusing on problems affecting the human motor system. Its faculty offer perspectives from the fields of engineering, kinesiology, the neurological, rehabilitation and clinical sciences. Their research provides a better understanding of the underlying disease processes that lead to movement impairments. Its products are new knowledge, procedures, therapies and devices that will aid and enhance the care and treatment of age-related changes and diseases affecting human movement.
The 3400 acre Cloquet Forestry Center is the Universitys' primary research and education forest. The Center Provides opportunity for forest/field based course work, interdisciplinary Long-term and controlled studies that benefit Minnesota`s 17 million acres of commercial forest land. The Center`s research is designed to improve the management and utilization of Minnesota`s timber, recreation, wildlife, soil, and water resources on forested lands.
The Center for Cognitive Sciences, designated as a University-wide center, receives strong support from across the University and its constituent colleges. Currently, the Center draws faculty and students from 16 departments and programs across eight colleges. Their specialty fields include child development, cognitive neuroscience, communication integration, computer science and engineering, curriculum and instruction, electrical and computer engineering, information and decision sciences, kinesiology and human factors, linguistics, magnetic resonance research, marketing and logistics management, neuroscience, philosophy, physiology, psychiatry, psychology, and the psychological foundations of education. In addition, the Center administers a graduate (PhD) program in cognitive science (www.cogsciphd.umn.edu) and a journal, Cognitive Critique (www.cogcrit.umn.edu).
The College Readiness Consortium leverages the resources of the University to increase the number and diversity of Minnesota students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits for success in college and other forms of postsecondary education. Toward that end, the consortium coordinates the following initiatives:
- P-20 Partnership: statewide education, business and community partners working to guide education policy
- MN Principals Academy: executive development program for principals to create and sustain high-performing schools
- Ramp-up to Readiness: a program that guides junior and senior high school students through a research-based sequence of courses, projects, activities and experiences that prepare them for post-secondary success.
The Communications and Data Storage Lab is Prof. J.Moon's research group in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, associated with the center for Micromagnetics and Information Technologies. Our research focuses on signal processing for communications and data storage.
The primary focus of the Center for Community and Regional Research (CCRR) is community-based education at UMD, providing faculty and students in the social and natural sciences and related fields the opportunity to work with local and regional community organizations. With this focus, students apply research skills and principles of social engagement and analysis, UMD faculty receive funding for projects in which they apply their expert knowledge and skills in a real-world local context, and local organizations, communities and agencies benefit through research on issues central to them. CCRR is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at UMD. CLA enables the Center to better link with other research and outreach initiatives in the College, and at UMD, therefore creating greater and farther reaching opportunities for students, faculty and communities.
Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, the Institute on Community Integration improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice. Rather than providing direct services itself, the Institute works with community service providers, school districts, advocacy and self-advocacy organizations, policymakers, and researchers around the world to provide state-of-the-art information and practices that support the community integration of individuals with disabilities.
The Research and Training Center (RTC) on Community Living provides research, evaluation, training, technical assistance and dissemination to support the aspirations of persons with developmental disabilities to live full, productive and integrated lives in their communities.
Extension's Center for Community Vitality is here to help communities in Greater Minnesota make important choices – with programs and applied research projects that engage your entire community and provide valuable information. The Community Economics team helps communities retain and expand local businesses, know and grow the retail sector, make informed public finance decisions and develop tourism opportunities. The Leadership and Civic Engagement team helps communities strengthen social capital, encourage local leadership and create successful public forums where better decisions are made. The Tourism Center leads communities to understand whether tourism could become a strategy to diversify a local economy, and offers programs that help make tourism more successful.
The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), based at the University of Minnesota, is a network of researchers, educators, students and industry working together to transform the fluid power industry—how it is researched, applied and studied. Center research is creating hydraulic and pneumatic technology that is compact, efficient, and effective. The CCEFP’s education and outreach program is designed to transfer this knowledge to diverse audiences—students of all ages, users of fluid power and the general public. The CCEFP is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, established in June 2006. In addition to its grant from NSF, the Center is supported by its seven participating universities and more than 50 industrial partners.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota (CIUMN) was created to promote the study of Chinese language and culture throughout Minnesota. It is a collaborative initiative between the University of Minnesota, the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, and Capital Normal University in Beijing. CIUMN is one of 67 Confucius Institutes in the U.S. and nearly 400 worldwide. Confucius Institutes are named for the Chinese philosopher known for encouraging deep independent thought and the study of the outside world. Watch a video about CIUMN.
Since 2000, the University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences has conducted original research, served students and faculty, and advanced public dialogue and understanding on emerging issues at the intersection of science and society. Attracting major grants to advance its work, the Consortium also awards grants to graduate and professional students at the U of M to train new scholars and build future research capabilities in law, policy, values, and science.
The Consortium is one of only six university-wide centers at the University of Minnesota, crossing nearly every college on the Twin Cities campus. The vibrant community of students, scholars, policy makers, and clinicians, have made the Consortium a leading national program, and they have helped build the University of Minnesota’s reputation as the place to turn to for incisive, honest debate on crucial issues surrounding law, values, and science.
The Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) serves the educational needs of lifelong students of medicine through seminars, workshops, satellite meetings, society meetings, labs, live cases, grand rounds series, online learning activities and individual instruction.
The emphasis is on high-quality education and practical, up-to-date content taught by faculty in various disciplines in the Medical School and by guest faculty from around the world.
Through the OCME, the University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Cooperative Learning Institute is an innovative nonprofit Institute established in 1987 to advance the understanding and practice of cooperation and constructive conflict resolution. We have two missions. The first is to advance the theory and research on social interdependence (i.e., cooperative, competitive, individualistic efforts) and constructive conflict among individuals, groups, organizations, communities, cultures, and countries.
The second is to educate individuals in the nature of cooperation and constructive conflict resolution through the use of cooperative learning (formal cooperative learning, informal cooperative learning, and cooperative base groups), cooperative schools (cooperative teaching teams, school-based decision-making, cooperative faculty meeting), constructive controversy (academic controversy to increase quality of learning and decision controversy to increase quality of decision making), and peacemaking (problem-solving negotiations, peer mediation, violence prevention).
Our dual missions closely links theory and research with practice. We are committed to conducting basic and applied research on social interdependence and constructive conflict resolution. We are committed to developing, evaluating, and implementing state-of-the-art methods for cooperating, competing appropriately, engaging in constructive controversy, and using integrative negotiations and peer mediation to resolute conflicts constructively. We emphasize making our conceptual and practical models and methods easily accessible to interested parties throughout the world. The Institute is organized into two divisions.
The Corporate Institute works with the business community to form collaborative programs, unique leadership training opportunities, and an interdisciplinary curriculum to enhance learning experience for both law students and business executives, building upon the strength of an internationally recognized business law faculty.
The researchers in the CRC have expertize in the areas of aqueous corrosion, high temperature corrosion, batteries and fuel cells. Over the years their interests have involved diverse technical issues, such as the influence of surface morphology on film growth, stresses and fracture in thin oxide films (including both high-temperature and ambient-temperature films), electronic and optical properties of thin oxide films, and oxidation and corrosion of alloys at high temperatures. Currently, aqueous corrosion, miniature fuel cells and lithium batteries are the primary areas of research interest.
The Institute on Crime and Public Policy supports faculty scholarship on legal, empirical, and normative issues concerning crime and public policy. Participating faculty are involved in projects that cluster into five categories: American sentencing and corrections, comparative criminal procedure and process, juvenile justice systems, normative theories of punishment, and crime control policy. The institute is the home of four major publication series, including Crime and Justice—A Review of Research and Criminology in Europe, and sponsors several scholarly conferences each year, alone or in collaboration with various European research institutes.
The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice connects theory to policy and practice, bringing together researchers from diverse disciplinary and national backgrounds to work together fruitfully on common themes, to engage with policy-makers and practitioners about practicable ways of responding to the serious problems we face and to equip new generations of students to tackle these problems.
The mission of the Center for Dairy Health, Management, and Food Quality of the College of Veterinary Medicine is to enhance dairy animal health and welfare and the efficient, profitable, and environmentally sound production of quality food for the consumer.
The mission of the Center for Design in Health is to foster excellence in human factors systems design, with an emphasis on designing work processes to facilitate better performance and on designing technology to enhance work processes. We go beyond problem description—we solve problems by generating innovative design solutions that facilitate better performance. A central goal of the Center is to generate cutting edge research fostered by interdisciplinary collaboration with others working in health-related design. The Center focuses on bringing researchers working in process design, medical technology, architecture, landscape architecture, and clothing design together to create forward-thinking systems solutions to health-related problems.
The DBC is a group of some 50 faculty who share an interest in the processes that create the form and function of the biological world around us. At the heart of developmental biology lies a search for the mechanisms that specify cell fates, control patterning in complex tissues, and organize collections of diverse cells into organs. Deciphering these mechanisms requires many approaches, including cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and neurobiology. These areas are reflected in the interests and research efforts of our faculty.
The Center specializes in the physical and chemical characterization of exhaust emissions, evaluation of emission controls, evaluation and demonstration of alternative fuels, certification of on- and off-highway engines, and the evaluation of control technology in the field. The Center has unique capabilities to characterize exhaust aerosols.
The Digital Technology Center (DTC) is a hub of innovation and excellence at the University in the digital technologies serving the industrial, educational, and public needs of the state and the nation. The DTC integrates research, education, and outreach in digital design, computer graphics and visualization, telecommunications, intelligent data storage and retrieval systems, distributed robotics, safety, security, and rescue, multimedia, datamining, scientific computation, wireless communications, advanced storage technologies, and other digital technologies.
The major objectives of our research are to design, build and demonstrate distributed robotic systems composed of a large collection of medium sized, small, and miniature robots, connected by a wireless communication network, cooperating to accomplish their given mission. The design of the individual robots, in particular the miniature robots, the development of innovative MEMS sensors for the miniature robots, and the development of control software for the individual robots and overall distributed system are the major innovative aspects of our work. The emphasis is on the creation of inexpensive reconfigurable robotic systems which consist of physically separate units that communicate via a wireless communication network. These individual robots can work independently but in cooperation to complete the common goal. The ultimate objective is that the individual robots can combine forces to accomplish a class of tasks in a more robust and cost effective manner than a single robot. To meet these objectives, the Center's team consists of a diverse collection of people from the University and other related industries.
The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC)focuses on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence. IDVAAC’s mission is to enhance society’s understanding of and ability to end violence in the African-American community. IDVAAC was formed in 1993, when a group of scholars and practitioners informally met to discuss the plight of the African-American community in the area of domestic violence. The group ultimately agreed that the “one-size-fits-all” approach to domestic violence services being provided in mainstream communities would not suffice for African Americans, who disproportionately experience stressors that can create conditions that lead to violence in the home.
The Center for Drug Design (CDD) is a distinctive, cutting edge research facility in the Academic Health Center of the University of Minnesota. We are dedicated to: Providing a research environment for leading scientists, Sharing unique strategies within the scientific community, Developing novel drug therapies, Vigorously pursuing an academic research agenda, Transferring scientific knowledge, Designing and developing new medicines to benefit people worldwide, Supporting the interaction of many disciplines and areas of study, and Creating a focal point for research.
The Duluth Medical Research Institute (DMRI) links scientists from multiple preclinical and clinical biomedical fields to forge innovative biomedical and health research programs. DMRI scientists translate new knowledge and develop preclinical and clinical research informing further research in each domain. The DMRI also facilitates interactions among academics, clinical scientists, and community clinicians to improve use and access to discoveries in medical sciences.
Reflecting a strong national interest in early childhood education, the University's College of Education and Human Development established an interdepartmental Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) which began operation in 1973. CEED's mission is to improve developmental outcomes for children through applied research, training, and outreach. CEED staff conduct research and program evaluations and offer a range of professional development for early childhood professionals.
The CEMH is a premier research, teaching, and resource center for the comparative study of the early modern world, roughly 1370 to 1750. The center's aim: to expand understanding of the crucial period between the Middle Ages and the modern era by drawing on many scholarly approaches and by relating developments across the globe to one another.
Perpetuating the legacy of the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED), the NSF Science and Technology Center that operated from 2002-2012. NCED2 will engage the broader research community by focusing activity around an annual research theme that will bring together experimental, theoretical, and field researchers in the field of Earth-Surface Dynamics (ESD).
The program links the faculty and graduate students in the Department of Economics and the Department of Applied Economics through a popular and active weekly seminar that meets nearly every Friday of the academic year, graduate student thesis committees, the joint preparation of research proposals, by a working paper series that is broadly distributed to libraries and other research centers, and by developing and coordinating graduate level course material in areas of develop, trade and growth.
The Center for Economic Development provides one-on-one consulting services to business start-ups and existing businesses focusing on feasibility studies, market research, surveys, business plan development, loan packaging, operational assistance, procurement assistance, manufacturing, management, compliance (EPA, OSHA, Revenue and Tax), problem solving, and information technology. Programs include the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) Business Group, the 21st Century Arrowhead Initiative, and the Student to Business Initiative.
The goals of the Minnesota Council are to provide comprehensive economic education to educators, youth, and the general public.
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) provides national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners. Since its establishment in 1990, NCEO has been:
- Working with states and federal agencies to identify important outcomes of education for students with disabilities.
- Examining the participation of students in national and state assessments, including the use of accommodations and alternate assessments.
- Evaluating national and state practices in reporting assessment information on students with disabilities.
- Bridging general education, special education, and other systems as they work to increase accountability for results of education for all students.
- Conducting directed research in the area of assessment and accountability.
The Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) strives to be a world leader in the innovative application of engineering to medical problems. IEM combines and integrates expertise in engineering technology, basic sciences, biological and medical sciences, and the social aspects of health care. This exceptional organization addresses the future needs of health care and develops and applies technology to meet the needs and improve health for patients.
The Center for Plasma-Aided Manufacturing (C-PAM) began independent operation in 1998 with research activities at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota. C-PAM replaced the Engineering Research Center for Plasma-Aided Manufacturing, which was established in 1988 with a grant from the National Science Foundation as its primary support. C-PAM brings experts from academic and industrial communities together with state-of-the-art equipment to further the understanding and expand the applications of plasma-aided manufacturing. The Center has been organized to cover the full range of plasma techniques currently employed in industry and is well positioned to address, improve and adapt new techniques as they are developed.
The mission of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship is to inspire and educate the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Holmes Center addresses this mission through excellence in teaching, research and outreach. Key objectives include:
TEACHING: Delivering innovative curriculum with experiential courses and creative problem-solving, featuring quality faculty with applied entrepreneurial experience.
RESEARCH: Establishing a global reputation for insightful academic research on entrepreneurship that attracts leading scholars and students.
OUTREACH: Engaging alumni and business community with our students and faculty through quality outreach programs.
The Center was established in 1984 to conduct interdisciplinary studies on the management and use of natural resources and our environment. Its mission is to provide timely, scientific, and objective data and analysis on policies and programs that impact natural resources and environmental management in Minnesota and the surrounding region. The Center has the capability to conduct policy, economic, administrative, planning and management assessments, and uses a number of venues such as reports conferences, symposia, and seminars to fulfill its mission. The Center draws on faculty members from a variety of units across the University of Minnesota to match skills and expertise with project needs.
The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE) is dedicated to discovering solutions to the earth's most pressing environmental problems through cutting-edge research, world-class leadership development and innovative collaboration.
The mission of the Center for Environmental Education is to achieve excellence in environmental and outdoor education training, experience, and research for pre-service, in-service, and graduate level environmental education. This will be accomplished through collaboration between UMD departments, local, state, and federal agencies and organizations in order to advance the field of environmental education.
The Epidemiology Clinical Research Center (ECRC) is designed to study human subjects in a clinical research setting. It is devoted to the highest quality science and to research relevant to the health of the public. Central to its mission is the respect and protection of experimental subjects by ECRC trained professional staff. This facility was developed to meet the diverse needs and projects of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, and its colleagues throughout the Academic Health Center. It is operated collaboratively to accommodate a regular turnover of projects and principal investigators.
Since 2000, the center has become home to an array of studies with more than 500 participant visits per month. The studies housed at the ECRC work to conduct groundbreaking research on cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, late onset hypogonadism, vulvodynia, sleep disorders, obesity and symptoms of aging including cognitive decline. In addition to participant examination and interview rooms, ECRC space is utilized to perform a number of measurements which include electrocardiograms, blood pressure, cognitive testing, pulmonary function, carotid ultrasounds, echocardiograms, bone densitometry, treadmill testing, strength testing, retinal photography, anthropometry and diet/exercise evaluations. The ECRC has a laboratory and draw room where blood samples are collected, processed and stored for future testing or sent to specialized laboratories. Some population based research studies at the ECRC have followed participants for over 25 years.
The mission of the program is to generate, disseminate and apply knowledge about the causes, epidemiology, management and treatment of epilepsy and related seizure disorders. The program emphasizes research on antiepileptic drug clinical pharmacology, epidemiology and economics, practice models and outcomes including epilepsy surgery.
The Equine Center represents our dedication to an expanded and comprehensive equine program, including undergraduate equine education, continued devotion to educating the next generation of equine veterinarians, a focus on equine research that will change the lives of horses worldwide, all while providing cutting edge, compassionate care for horses. Your horse will benefit from some of the best in equine care, research, and veterinary education found anywhere in the world.
The Center for Ethics and Policy supports programming including speakers, panel discussions, and public forums on issues of current ethical and political concern.
The Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS) provides citizen-centered research, training, and outreach to enhance rural safety and to meet the online and seminar training needs of rural transportation practitioners and policymakers. The Center conducts several focused research activities to explore policy, behavior, and technology approaches, such as projects addressing safety-conscious planning, ITS and rural emergency response, integrated policy approaches, and related human factors, societal trends, and stakeholder needs analysis.
At Experimental Surgical Services, we're experts in designing and conducting the appropriate research to determine the safety and efficacy of your device - and determine if it's ready for regulatory submission. We have 30 years experience in pre-clinical assessment for the medical industry. In fact, we're the industry leader in researching and testing cardiac devices and surgical techniques. We complete over 500 open heart procedures a year and over 1,500 procedures annually.
ESS services include:
- Methods development/evaluation developing standard procedures for analysis of devices for the medical device industry
- Feasibility testing
- Independent Quality Assurance unit for all GLP studies
- Gross necropsy and/or full histopathological analysis
- Consulting services with regard to regulatory strategy
ESS is Directed by Richard W. Bianco who has 25 years of experience in the pre-clinical assessment of virtually every animal model. The ESS staff of in-house surgeons can develop or validate your research methods, provide consultation as necessary and offer interpretative and technical support.
The Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) is a national center for farm management and marketing education with programming in three primary areas: 1) development of educational programs, software and other educational tools; 2) train-the-trainer activities for extension educators and other agricultural educators; and 3) leadership and management of national programs in farm management and marketing. CFFM’s primary audiences include agricultural educators, agricultural lenders, and agricultural producers.
Research topics include biophysics, condensed matter, cosmology, and high energy physics.
The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) was officially launched as a Homeland Security Center of Excellence in July 2004. A multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, NCFPD addresses the vulnerability of the nation's food system to attack through intentional contamination with biological or chemical agents.
NCFPD's research and education program is aimed at reducing the potential for contamination at any point along the food supply chain and mitigating potentially catastrophic public health and economic effects of such attacks. The program incorporates cutting-edge research across a wide range of disciplines, taking a comprehensive, farm-to-table view of the food system and encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing to retail and food service.
The Center for Forecasting Drug Response (CFDR) is a resource to researchers in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, the College of Pharmacy, the University of Minnesota and the community. There are three constituent divisions of the CFDR: Analytics, Pharmacometrics and Pharmacogenomics, each facilitated by an associated service.
The mission of the Center for Forest Ecology is to carry out a comprehensive research program aimed at solving the problems related to sustainability of forests and their native species. The Center's goals are:
- Examine the impacts of forest fires, windstorms, invasive species, and climate change on forests, and how forests adapt to these elements of change. Studies span scales from stands to landscapes, taxonomic groups from earthworms to wildflowers and trees; they bridge the gaps between science, conservation, and management of forests.
- Provide educational opportunities for top-ranked graduate students who are interested in research or management careers in natural resources.
- Provide research, field and lab experience for undergraduate students, to help them get better preparation for future jobs or graduate school than from classes alone.
- Provide outreach on exciting new discoveries in forest ecology for forest managers and the public.
The mission of the Forest Products Management Development Institute is to increase knowledge about wood products production and use, and associated issues strategies, and technologies on the part of forest products industry employees, key forest products consumer groups, and those involved in shaping national and regional forest policy.
The mission of the Center for Genocide, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies is:
- to provide quality programming for the UMD campus
- to make the issues that the Center raises a part of campus dialog. To that end,
- we will invite speakers to discuss and debate topics regarding genocide, Holocaust, and human rights
- we will collaborate with groups on campus in our programming
- we will conduct outreach to schools in order to assist the teachers of our region in promoting discussion and instruction on issues relevant to the Center
- we will encourage student involvement in the work of the Center and in the pursuit of further study on issues of genocide, the Holocaust, and human rights
- we will introduce to the UMD community timely and frequent discussion of issues, local or global, relevant to the work of the Center.
The mission of the Center for Genome Engineering (CGE) is to develop and disseminate the tools that enable efficient, responsible genome engineering. At the heart of CGE’s genome engineering technology are transposable elements – segments of DNA capable of changing their chromosomal position or moving from one DNA molecule to another. Transposable elements constitute a large portion of DNA in many organisms. They naturally shape the genetic code by causing mutations, rearrangements and sequence duplications. CGE scientists are harnessing these naturally occurring genome engineers to enable precise changes to the genetic code.
The University of Minnesota Genomics Center (UMGC) provides genomics research services committed to advancing genomics in Minnesota. The UMGC maintains and acquires state-of-the-art instrumentation and offers an array of services including sequencing, expression, genotyping, nucleic acid extraction and related support.
The Minnesota Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (MnHCGNE) was established in 2007 with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation. We are one of nine Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence in the country. Our mission is to advance the care of older adults by preparing outstanding nursing faculty from diverse backgrounds who can provide leadership in strengthening geriatric nursing at all levels of academic nursing programs. MnHCGNE seeks to increase the number of faculty teaching geriatric nursing in associate and higher degree programs in the Upper Midwest region and in tribal colleges.
Devoted to the development of the next generation of scholars and the production of new knowledge relating to Germany and Europe, the Center for German and European Studies supports research, teaching, and community engagement in a broad range of fields and disciplines. The Center is a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Center of Excellence. The Center funds a unique series of Research Collaboratives that focus on contemporary Germany and Europe from a Trans-Atlantic perspective and involve faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars. Since 2009, a special grant from Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology helps fund a transatlantic forum on health policy and an exchange on renewable energy policy that involves Minnesota and German legislators, government officials and other experts. Special projects foster international internship experiences for undergraduate students majoring in art, humanities, and social science disciplines.
Its goals are to: Facilitate research on health promotion, symptom management, health restoration, and care delivery for aging adults and elders; promote research training and career development in gerontological nursing; foster scholarly inquiry and collaboration among faculty, students, and community partners; and disseminate research findings to local, state, national, and international audiences.
The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) has the following objectives:
- To foster an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural community of faculty and students committed to studying global change.
- To provide intellectual and financial support for graduate/professional students focusing on the global south.
- To provide graduate/professional student grants for internships and predissertation fieldwork in the global south.
- To organize interdisciplinary seminars and workshops on theoretical, comparative and methodological issues related to global change and offer ICGC scholars a graduate minor in Development Studies and Social Change.
- To present formal public lectures and informal discussion series by scholars and practitioners.
- To collaborate with Dillard University, Tougaloo College and University of Minnesota, Morris, in a multi-year Honors Program in International Studies for U.S. undergraduate students of color headed for graduate school.
- To develop transnational scholarly partnerships with universities and other institutions in the global south.
The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) is part of the Academic Health Center (AHC). Together with schools and colleges across the University we:
- Champion institution-level partnerships to create a global portfolio of research, education, and engagement.
- Convene and coordinate faculty and administrative leaders across the University of Minnesota with a commitment to global health.
- Engage students, faculty, and staff in interdisciplinary global opportunities.
- Develop strategic partnerships to enhance the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines — working locally, nationally, and globally — to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.
The Division of Global Pediatrics was founded at the University of Minnesota in 2005, starting as the Center for Global Pediatrics. Our focus has been on insuring the best possible possible health for children worldwide through our programs in research, education and clinical care. Among our earliest initiatives at the University of Minnesota was the establishment of a global health track for pediatric and medicine-pediatric residents, which has graduated 85 residents with global health certification through 2014. We published and have implemented the first competency-based residency curriculum in global child health in the US. Our research focuses on the interactions between infection, nutrition and neurodevelopment, and we conduct research studies in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and the United States. Clinical care is provided through our international adoption clinic, the first such clinic in the country. Today, the Division benefits from the research, teaching and clinical talents of 10 core faculty, 4 affiliate faculty, 3 adjunct faculty and 9 associate faculty worldwide.
The Institute for Global Studies (IGS) creates an environment for students and scholars at the University of Minnesota to investigate the sets of interrelated processes forming today's increasingly interdependent world. IGS provides a vibrant curriculum for students, brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, and works with the community to create partnerships examining global issues.
The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD), part of the College of Design, is an internationally recognized teaching museum and research center that advances the understanding and appreciation of design and cultivates an awareness that designed objects can contribute to quality of life through effective solutions to human challenges and aesthetic satisfaction. GMD presents exhibitions in McNeal and Rapson Halls. Its 29,000 object collection features apparel, textiles, decorative arts, furniture, and graphic design for study by students, researchers, and the public.
The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI) is dedicated to developing and improving economically and environmentally sustainable maritime commerce on the Great Lakes through applied research. The GLMRI was established in 2004 to pursue research efforts in marine transportation, logistics, economics, engineering, environmental planning, and port management. The US Maritime Administration designated GLMRI as a National Maritime Enhancement Institute in June 2005. GLMRI represents a consortium of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center and the University of Minnesota Duluth Swenson College of Science and Engineering and Labovitz School of Business and Economics.
The GroupLens Center for Social and Human-Centered Computing is focused on advancing the the theory and practice of social computing by building and understanding systems used by real people. Based in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the GroupLens Center houses leading research on recommender systems, peer production systems, technology-mediated social computing, location-based interaction and data, and the peer economy. It also provides a core background in the methods and practice of human-centered computing, including user interface design process, principles, and technologies. As part of its mission, the center builds, operates, and studies live social computing systems with hundreds to hundreds-of-thousands of users.
The Program in Health Disparities Research addresses health inequities among minority and other under-served populations by fostering multidisciplinary research in collaboration with community members and academic partners. The Program aims to support and conduct cutting-edge, extramurally-funded research that focuses on the independent and combined effects of biological, behavioral, social, community, and policy determinants of health disparities.
The Center for Health Equity aims to provide opportunities for scholars and community members to partner and conduct research that can promote health equity.
The Institute for Health Informatics (IHI) leads the interprofessional discovery, application and teaching of health information sciences to improve the health of individuals and communities. The Institute builds and supports teams of biomedical health informatics professionals with expertise in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary medicine, library science, computer science and management sciences for the purpose of:
- Developing strong interprofessional research teams that engage biomedical health informatics for strengthening the future of health and health care
- Serving as the academic home for professional, graduate and post-graduate education in biomedical health informatics at the University
- Fostering engagement with the community and international partners in applying biomedical health informatics to improve health and health care.
CHIP offers health professions students an exciting opportunity to meet and collaborate with students from other colleges.
Founded in 1970 by students seeking meaningful interaction with their fellow students in other colleges, CHIP now serves students in the six health professional schools and colleges and allied health programs in the Academic Health Center (AHC).
The Healthy Foods, Healty Lives Institute is an interdisciplinary institute that brings together University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students, as well as external constituents, to foster and increase the visibility of food and health research, teaching and outreach at the University of Minnesota.
The Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine is home to Minnesota's Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center (HYD-PRC), one of the premier sites in the country for adolescent health research. At the HYD-PRC researchers are learning about the best methods for providing teens with the necessary skills and opportunities to live healthy and meaningful lives. The center is also learning how to reduce health disparities that exist among Minnesota's young people. In addition to research, the PRC supports the youth-serving community in many ways:
- Promoting best practices
- Evaluating program effectiveness
- Improving policies and systems
- Building public support for young people
- Advising community based organizations
- Training educators, public health professionals, sexuality educators, health care practitioners and youth workers
The Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute, a global initiative in the College of Liberal Arts, was created to inform and influence public policy by supporting and promoting frontier economic research and by communicating findings to leading academics, policymakers, and business executives around the world.
The High-Throughput Biological Analysis Facility provides advanced lab automation and software tools for chemical biology and a wide range of other applications to academic users as well as scientists from industry. Our primary competencies are high-throughput screening, automated colony picking, and macro-arraying. However, the tools are very flexible and we strongly believe that non-traditional users may in fact benefit the most from adapting this equipment for their purposes.
The HIV/STI Intervention and Prevention Studies (HIPS) Program is a multidisciplinary research program with the mission to conduct formative research and to develop and test next generation interventions for HIV/STI prevention and the promotion of sexual health. A nationally recognized strength of our program is the use of Internet-based methodologies applied to HIV prevention, and development of interventions for populations living with HIV and those at greatest risk
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies was established in 1997 by Dr. Stephen Feinstein as an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Minnesota. CHGS provides premiere academic programs, fostering a community of students studying genocide and mass violence while cultivating the essential connection between scholarly inquiry, education and outreach to different sectors of society. Our work is motivated by the hope to inspire future generations to fight hatred and strengthen democracy, thus ensuring a more peaceful and just world.
The Hormel Institute’s vision is specific: Improve the health of the world The Hormel Institute remains focused on the vision it has had since its beginning in 1942…to help humanity by improving health through scientific research. In sixty-five years of medical research, The Hormel Institute has made significant discoveries that have advanced the health potential for people globally. The Hormel Institute is a world-recognized leader in the scientific field showing that dietary factors prevent and control cancer development. The institute is accelerating cancer research discoveries to achieve its mission: Improve your health and well-being.
The mission of the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice, located at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is to study and formulate solutions to problems of racial and ethnic inequality. The Wilkins Center conducts quantitative and qualitative research and develops graduate curricula. It promotes dialogue and provides community outreach on issues of greatest concern to communities of color and which have an impact on deteriorating race relations and widening inequality in the United States.
Founded in 1945, the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies is an international leader in human resources and industrial relations education, research, and outreach. As a part of the Carlson School of Management, the Center is dedicated to the study and teaching of human resources, industrial relations, and all facets of the employment relationship. Along with its top-ranked graduate programs in human resources and industrial relations, the Center maintains a specialized reference library, research institute, alumni association, advisory board, and Labor Education Service which provides non-credit classes and training for the labor community.
The Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) is a faculty/executive partnership comprised of faculty from the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies who are recognized leaders in human resources and labor relations research, and high level executives working in the areas of human resources and/or labor relations. HRRI bridges the scientist-practitioner gap by allowing high level human resources professionals the opportunity to provide feedback on research as it is being designed, and by allowing academics access to potential organizational samples. Organizations partnering with the University on any research receive practitioner summaries stemming from the data collection.
The Human Rights Center works locally, nationally, and internationally to provide training, educational materials, and assistance to professionals, students, and volunteers engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights. The Human Rights Center assists human rights advocates, monitors, students, and educators through five primary programs.
The focus of this laboratory is the motor control and learning of patients with brain injury or brain dysfunction. Central to our mission is the clinical assessment of movement in atypical adult populations or children. Research areas include: Cerebellum and Motor Learning, Movement and Perception in Parkinson`s Disease, Motor and Perceptual Development during Childhood.
The Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) promotes the sexual health of Minnesota, the nation, and the world through preeminence in research, education, clinical service, and advocacy. The Program in Human Sexuality is one of the largest clinical, teaching, and research institutions in the world specializing in human sexuality. We have a strong research agenda in HIV prevention, sexual aggression and compulsive sexual behavior, transgender health, and women’s sexual health that has been supported by millions of dollars in state and federal funding, and we have developed innovative and effective treatment approaches to sexual problems. PHS has led the way nationally and internationally in crucial, often controversial, sexual issues and has worked with local, national, and international health agencies to advance public health policies promoting sexual health.
The HumanFIRST Laboratory (Human Factors Interdisciplinary Research in Simulation and Transportation), established in 2001, is a human factors research laboratory at the University of Minnesota.
The mission of the HumanFIRST Lab is to reduce the rate of injurious and fatal crashes by improving the understanding of driver behavior and by supporting the design and evaluation of usable intelligent transportation systems. As our name implies, the HumanFIRST research strategy is based on a driver-centered approach, considering the "human first" within the transportation system in order to improve safety.
Our core staff of transportation research specialists, including psychologists, computer scientists, and civil and mechanical engineers, gives the HumanFIRST Lab a broad range of research capabilities. This core group is linked to a wide interdisciplinary network of experts in basic and applied sciences throughout the University of Minnesota to provide a flexible and comprehensive research capacity. Through the strategic appointment of visiting scientists and institutions worldwide, the HumanFIRST Lab is connected with research developments on the world stage.
The center promotes interdisciplinary research on international migration, develops archives documenting immigrant and refugee life, especially in the U.S., and makes specialized scholarship accessible to students, teachers, and the public. In addition to scholarly programming with other departments, the center acts in partnership with various ethnic communities, historical agencies, research specialists, educators, and many others. It makes accessible to researchers archival, print and digital collections documenting immigrant experience.
The investigation of the immune response is essential to many disciplines within the biological and biomedical sciences, and faculty with research programs in immunology are found in numerous University departments. The Center for Immunology was established as a University-wide multidisciplinary center to coordinate and promote efforts in immunology research, education and clinical applications at the University.
The Center conducts research aimed at understanding how and why people become actively involved in doing good for others and for society, to answer questions about why people become involved in such pro-social action, what sustains their involvement over time, and the consequences of such action for individuals and for society.
The Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics (MCIM) is a research and educational center that facilitates industrial collaboration with faculty and students. MCIM provides industry with advanced solutions through the use of mathematics, and offers industry a talent pool of highly qualified prospective employees. Activities include:
- Collaborative research with industry.
- Industrial internship programs for graduate and undergraduate students.
- The IMA/MCIM Industrial Problems Seminar supported by MCIM
and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
The Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPrime) is a university/industry partnership based on two-way knowledge transfer. The partnership is a consortium of more than 40 companies supporting fundamental collaborative research on materials. We have 54 faculty involved from 10 academic departments conducting research in 8 program areas. The breadth of these programs is quite large, spanning polymers, coatings, surfactants, electronic materials, nanomaterials and biomaterials. Participation in iPRIME affords companies the chance to scan a wide range of scientific and technological developments. IPrime's basic value statement is in providing member companies the chance to delve into the fundamental science that undergirds their products. A principal goal of IPrime is the engagement of industrial scientists and engineers in a pre-competitive, non-proprietary and collaborative environment. This structure promotes hands-on participation by visiting industrial scientists with IPrime faculty, students and post-doctoral associates.
The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response. The center reduces illness and death from infectious diseases by effecting change through public policy refinement, fostering the adoption of science-based best practices in public health among professionals and the public, and conducting original interdisciplinary research. An international, collaborative center drawing on a wide range of expertise, CIDRAP focuses on emerging global challenges to public health and those demanding immediate attention, striving to create solutions targeted for the greatest impact. The center's current work focuses on four main areas:
- Pandemic influenza preparedness in public and private sectors, including research on influenza viruses with pandemic potential
- Bioterrorism preparedness and response
- Internet-based infectious disease reporting and publishing
The Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research (CIDMTR) promotes interdisciplinary interactions among highly accomplished teams of investigators with expertise in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology. The Center is supported by the Departments of Medicine, Microbiology, and Pediatrics of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Our mission is to discover mechanisms of pathogenesis that can be translated into new treatments and strategies for prevention of infectious diseases.
The Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education fosters collaboration among researchers, policy makers, students and other stakeholders who seek to understand and transform the quality of postsecondary education. The Center supports multidisciplinary research and innovation in four areas: policy and finance; access, diversity and equity; leadership; and teaching and learning.
The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity investigates the ways that laws, policies, and practices affect development patterns in U.S. metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on the growing social and economic disparities within these areas. Through top-level scholarship, mapping, and advocacy, the Institute provides the resources that policymakers, planning officials, and community organizations need to address reform in taxation, land use, housing, metropolitan governance, and education.
The Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) is a partner-based organization that catalyzes the development and adoption of integrated land use systems. CINRAM links the expertise of the Univ. of Minnesota with the experience and insights of people and organization who work with and have understanding of, opportunities and issues across the landscape
Integrative leadership identifies the common ground between sectors and leverages their unique influence and resources to better move organizations, communities, and society forward in times of increased interconnection and rapid change. The center works to support multidisciplinary leadership research, formal classroom instruction, public education, and leadership development within the University and the community at large. It is the only one of its kind in the world dedicated to the study, teaching, and deployment of integrative leadership. The Center for Integrative Leadership is a University-wide initiative located at the University of Minnesota. Its oversight is shared by the Carlson School of Management and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
The Institute`s activities are guided by its theme of enhancing the safety and mobility of road- and transit-based transportation through a focus on human-centered technology. To that end, the Institute brings together technologists and those who study human behavior to ensure that Institute-developed technologies become tools that optimize human capabilities.
The Intelligent Vehicle Laboratory develops and tests innovative, human-centered technologies that improve the operational safety, mobility, and productivity of vehicles. These human-centered technologies integrate sensors, actuators, computer processors, and custom human interfaces to provide drivers with needed information under difficult driving conditions, including low visibility, severe weather, and narrow and congested roadways. Initially, these driver-assistive systems have been tested on specialty vehicles, including snowplows, patrol cars, ambulances, heavy vehicles, and transit vehicles. Ultimately, these systems will also be able to warn drivers and assist them with collision-avoidance and lane-keeping tasks on passenger vehicles.
The Center for Interest Measurement Research (CIMR) functions as a research office dedicated to the accumulation of new knowledge in the field of vocational interest measurement and career development, to the development of materials that make practical use of this knowledge, and to the provision of graduate student and professional education.
The purpose of the International Albinism Center is to:
- Provide best possible clinical care for individuals with known or suspected diagnosis of albinism
- Provide counseling and support for individuals with albinism and their families
- Conduct clinical research to better understand the multiple aspects of albinism
- Educate physicians and other health care professionals about albinism
The University of Minnesota CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research) is one of 33 centers nationwide designed to increase the nation's capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise. We serve as a regional resource for businesses, educators, researchers, and students. Our initiatives focus on environmental sustainability, emerging markets, and less commonly-taught languages.
The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy identifies the major challenges of an increasingly interdependent global economy, mobilizes resources to analyze the nature of those challenges, and crafts effective public responses. Its mission is implemented by meeting the following objectives:
- Sponsoring leading edge research on emerging problems of the global economy;
- Providing a recognized forum where researchers and others doing research on international policy issues can share ideas;
- Serving as an all-University catalyst and clearinghouse for education on global policy issues;
- Fostering communication between the international research resources of the University and Minnesota's business and public sector;
- Partnering with public and private organizations to translate research results into concise information and public educational opportunities for citizens in Minnesota and the region on the implications of global economic interdependence.
With its interdisciplinary approach, the Center for International Food and Agriculture Policy uses its research and education activities to increase international understanding about food, agriculture, nutrition, natural and human resources, and the environment, and to positively affect the policies of both developed and developing countries.
The mission of the International Medical Education and Research Program (IMER) is to promote an exchange of international educational, research and other scholarly opportunities for medical and graduate students and faculty. The primary focus of the Program is on education of medical and graduate students. In addition to promoting bi-directional exchange of students between the University and appropriate organizations within developing and developed countries, the Program supports faculty members engaged in medical education and research abroad.
The International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center (InSTePP) brings together a community of scholars at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere to engage in economic research on science and technology practice and policy, emphasizing the international implications. Center research deals with the innovation incentives and R&D actions of private entities as well as government behavior that affect the conduct, performance and economic consequences of R&D worldwide.
The Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is one of the oldest continuously operated inland field stations in the United States. It is the perfect place to study many organisms in their natural environments because the Station is near the intersection of the northern coniferous forest, the eastern deciduous forest, and the western prairie.
The Center for Jewish Studies concerns itself with the academic study of the historical, cultural, linguistic, ethnic, geographic, and religious diversity of the full range of peoples who identify themselves as Jewish.
The Joseph M. Juran Center for Research in Supply Chain, Operations, and Quality is engaged in a number of endeavors to advance theory and practice of quality leadership: 1) through its fellowship program supporting doctoral research within and beyond the University of Minnesota, 2) its continuing program of research conducted and disseminated by scholars in partnership throughout the world, and 3) a body of knowledge repository of its scholarly contributions. In these ways the center continues to steward the evolution of Dr. Juran's vision for a Century of Quality.
The Konopka Institute is built on a foundation of research that articulates what has been demonstrated to be effective in healthy youth development. Strategies based on the interrelatedness of youth health problems‚ a commitment to programs that work (“best practices”) or show promise of doing so (“best bets”)‚ and an understanding that adolescents must be viewed in the context of their families and their families in the context of neighborhoods and communities‚ are organizational hallmarks. Building upon these core values, the Konopka Institute is positioned to provide information‚ programs‚ and policy support to the youth-serving community.
The Laboratory for Computational Science & Engineering (LCSE) provides a facility within the University of Minnesota’s Digital Technology Center in which innovative hardware and system software solutions to problems in computational science and engineering can be tested and applied. The LCSE has a broad mandate to develop innovative high performance computing and data visualization technologies in collaboration with both government and industry. The lab is open to the University’s Institute of Technology faculty and their students.
The Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes throughout the world. We focus on the global implications of our investigations in the areas of aquatic chemistry, circulation dynamics, geochemistry, acoustic remote sensing, plankton dynamics, sedimentology and paleoclimatology. LLO's research ranges from lakes in the East African Rift Valley and Central Asia, to the Great Lakes of North America. Close ties have been formed with institutes in Canada, Uganda, France, Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Nicaragua, Malawi, Tanzania and England, as well as with many universities within the United States. At the University of Minnesota, we are part of a major limnological program that includes the Limnological Research Center and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior on the Twin Cities Campus, and the Center for Water and the Environment in the Natural Resources Research Institute on the Duluth Campus, and the University-wide Water Resource Science program.
The Institute for Law and Economics promotes interdisciplinary research at the interface of economics and the law. Economics provides a tool for studying how legal rules affect human behavior, offering a unique methodology to understand and address contemporary legal and social problems. The Institute seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaborations within the University, as well as with other centers and scholars, nationally and internationally.
The Institute for Law and Rationality promotes interdisciplinary collaborations among legal scholars and scholars in such fields as psychology, political science, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics (and neuroeconomics) to inquire into how the law does and should understand human behavior. The Institute's aim is to help develop a model of human behavior that lawmakers can use to ground public policy.
The mission of the Consortium is to support work on the legal, ethical, and policy implications of problems in health, environment, and the life sciences. Our goal is to advance knowledge, public understanding, and sound policy. We undertake a wide range of activities including sponsoring public lectures and conferences; offering intramural funding to support faculty, students, and colloquia; administering the nationally recognized joint degree program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences; facilitating collaborative research; publishing the top-ranked Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology; and advising on public policy.
The Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health is committed to improving the health of children, women and families. Center faculty and staff offer a Master's degree in Public Health (including an online degree program), continuing professional education, and consultation and technical assistance to community based organizations and agencies. Center faculty are involved in research in child health, adolescent health, family health, health disparities, reproductive health, and women's health.
The Center for Leading Healthcare Change offers leadership development for current pharmacy students, alumni and practicing pharmacists. The center provides a national platform for developing pharmacist leaders and for leading change in practice and policy.
The Center for Learning Innovation (CLI) at the University's Rochester campus (UMR) is the academic home for the bachelor of science in health sciences at UMR. The Center serves as a laboratory for learning. CLI faculty are responsible for performing research and developing and implementing the integrated curriculum for the bachelor of science in health sciences with built-in assessment capability that will monitor and measure student progress towards learning outcomes. CLI promotes a learner-centered, technology-enhanced, concept-based, and community-integrated learning environment in which ongoing assessment guides and monitors student learning and is the basis for data-driven research on learning.
The Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML) is an innovative design and research center located in the College of Education and Human Development’s Centers for Interdisciplinary Research. LTML's mission is to inspire and create opportunities for global collaboration in addressing humanity’s most pressing educational, social, and environmental issues by designing and evaluating innovative technology-mediated solutions for learners, educators, researchers, and organizations around the world.
The Life Course Center supports scholarly inquiry related to the life course through seminars, reading groups, and mentoring of graduate students. Life course studies encompass all stages of life from birth to death. Affiliated faculty use a wide range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, including qualitative and quantitative work, historical studies of the life course in different periods, comparative work that spans diverse societal contexts, and applied, policy-relevant research. The Life Course Center at the University of Minnesota is internationally known as a hub of life course research, graduate training, and research, including the Youth Development Study and other projects.
Our mission is to serve as the world's premier campus for education and research dedicated to cardiovascular health. Our vision is to sustain and to enhance our world leadership in the prevention, detection, and treatment of heart and vascular diseases. At the Lillehei Heart Institute we strive to carry out the highest quality health care research, and prepare the next generation of scientists to eclipse our accomplishments.
LRC is investigating a global network of sites to reconstruct paleohydrology, paleoclimate, and paleoenvironment to test the sensitivity of regional ecosystems to global change and understand ocean-land-atmosphere links. The geologic record of lake basins extends from Precambrian to present. Processes in modern lakes are studied to understand for example, environmental isotopic tracers, ostracode isotope systematics, the carbon cycle, and controls on algal populations.
This foundation provides the basis for specialization in one or more of these areas as well as investigation of topics at the interface of other subfields and specialties, including language and cognition, language processing (by humans and by machines), and language acquisition.
We encourage research that bridges the gap between linguistics as a pure science and applications such as:
- documentation and revitalization of endangered languages
- computational linguistics
The Minnesota Laboratory for Low-Vision Research is dedicated to research on reading difficulties and other important visual problems encountered by people with low vision. Low vision is any eye condition, not correctable by glasses or contacts, that results in visual impairment. Low vision can be caused by macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataract, retinitis pigmentosa, and many other eye disorders.
The Center for Lung Science and Health (CLSH) was established within the University of Minnesota Medical School to facilitate interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach activities in order to promote lung health and improve care of patients with lung disease. The Center is directed by David Ingbar, M.D., the Division Director of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Marshall Hertz, M.D., the Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program for the University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview. Center program areas include: chronic lung disease (e.g. cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease/pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, lung transplantation), respiratory failure and critical care, lung cancer, asthma and allergy, sleep medicine, along with lung health and disease prevention and complementary care.
The Macular Degeneration Center:
- Provides the best possible clinical care for individuals with macular or retinal disease.
- Focuses research on the development of novel therapies for macular or retinal degenerations using translational research methodologies.
- Educates the leaders of tomorrow in patient care and vision research.
The MMC has focused on the applications and advancement of Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM) . With great versatility in Scanning Force Microscopes, along with the many other magnetic probes to which the MMC has access, such as Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID), and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM). The focus of this group has been on high resolution magnetic force microscopy (HRMFM), exchange bias, giant magnetoresistance (GMR), colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) and spinglasses.
CMRR is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research laboratory that provides state-of-the-art instrumentation, expertise, and infrastructure to carry out biomedical research utilizing the unique capabilities provided by high field MRI and MRS methodology. The central aim of the research conducted in CMRR is to non-invasively obtain functional, physiological, and biochemical information in intact biological systems, and use this capability to probe biological processes in health and disease.
The MIS Research Center provides a bridge for the MIS faculty and the business community to come together. Our goal to promote this interaction between MIS professionals and academicians not only improves the MIS program but it also precipitates back into the business community. The overall mission of the MISRC is to be a window into the MIS Program at the Carlson School.
The Center houses data on Manure Storage, Manure Treatment, Manure Application, Air Quality, Open Lots, Health and Safety, Milkhouse Waste, Horse Manure, Dead Animals, and Regulations.
The Masonic Cancer Center enriches and supports the work of its members by providing an opportunity for professionals from a variety of academic backgrounds to interact and collaborate in multidisciplinary research programs, including: prevention and etiology, survivorship, carcinogenesis and chemoprevention, genetic mechanisms of cancer, tumor microenvironment, immunology, cell signaling, translational research, and transplant biology and therapy.
The Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics (MSP) provides nearly all of the modern technology for proteomic research via mass spectrometry and gel electrophoresis plus major resources for analysis of small molecules in biological samples by mass spectrometry. The MSP employs experts in protein preparation and analysis for proteomic research (4 PhD-level scientists, one MS-level and two BS-level individuals) from virtually any type of tissue or cell. It serves individual investigators in addition to outside biotechnology firms and research institutions. The center maintains collaborative associations with the Proteomic center at the Mayo Clinic and with the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.
The University's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) enables important areas of future technology, ranging from biomedicine, separations, and plastic electronics to security, renewable energy, and information technology. MRSEC manages an extensive program in education and career development. Center research activities are integrated with educational programs, providing interdisciplinary training of students and postdocs. The Center is bolstered by a broad complement of over 35 companies that contribute directly to IRG research through intellectual, technological, and financial support. International research collaborations and student exchanges are pursued with leading research labs in Asia and Europe. MRSEC benefits from an extensive suite of materials synthesis, characterization and computational facilities.
MathCEP is dedicated to educational outreach. Its mission is to develop and administer educational programs in mathematics for pre-college, undergraduate and graduate students and for K-12 preservice/inservice teachers.
The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications was established in 1982 by the National Science Foundation, as a result of a national competition. The Institute connects scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in order to address scientific and technological challenges in a collaborative, engaging environment, developing transformative, new mathematics and exploring its applications, while training the next generation of researchers and educators.
The Office of Measurement Services (OMS) provides primary data collection assistance for a variety of survey and research needs as well as strategic measurement and assessment assistance. Our multi-mode capabilities include face-to-face, online, mail and telephone data collection via our 18 station call center. We also provide questionnaire design and focus group expertise. OMS expertise includes years of experience from the former Minnesota Center for Survey Research and School of Public Health Health Survey Research Center which are now a part of our office. OMS also serves a critical role to the University of Minnesota by facilitating exam scoring and reporting, Student Rating of Teaching evaluations (SRT's), 360 degree reports, Student Experience at the Research University (SERU) administration, and comprehensive reviews of Deans and Directors. The Minnesota Statewide Testing Program (MSTP) is also housed at OMS. MSTP measures and assesses K-12 student ability and academic growth through the application of different tests.
The Silha Center is the vanguard of the School`s interest in the ethical responsibilities and legal rights of the mass media in a democratic society. The Center focuses on the concepts and values that define the highest ideals of American journalism: freedom and fairness. It honors the importance of these ideals by examining their theoretical and practical applications and by recognizing the interdependence of ethical and legal principles.
The Medical Devices Center combines basic research, applied translational research, education and training, and outreach/public engagement to accelerate interdisciplinary medical device research and development.
Established by the Carlson School and the University of Minnesota in 2005, the Medical Industry Leadership Institute is dedicated to the advancement of cutting-edge MBA education, executive education, research, and market development.
The Center edits scholarly books and journals, offers minors and courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, organizes formal colloquia, informal workshops, and conferences around specific themes, facilitates graduate and undergraduate student groups, seeks internal and external funding for program development and faculty and student research projects, provides an opportunity for scholars of all disciplines and at all levels to focus intensively on historical, literary, anthropological, social, economic, religious, artistic, cultural, and methodological inquiries into the medieval period (ca 300-1500 C.E.), and collaborates with other institutions including the Institute for Advanced Study, the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, and the Newberry Library in undertakings such as the Minnesota Manuscript Research Laboratory, the Mappi Mundi Project, and the Global Middle Ages Project.
The N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care is a tripartite endeavor encompassing basic, translational, and clinical research on memory disorders. Our goal is to relieve the suffering caused by Alzheimer's disease. We are working towards safe and affordable prevention strategies and comprehensive care and support for people with memory problems and their families. In order to achieve this goal, we have brought together scientists, physicians and health care workers.We are one of four centers within the Institute for Translational Neuroscience (ITN), administered within the Medical School which is a division of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota. The center members are drawn from the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry. Our center has strong ties to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health System, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (VA GRECC) where some faculty have joint appointments and some of our research is performed.
The Center for Metals in Biocatalysis fosters interactions among the various groups at the University who are interested in metal ions and their roles in biocatalysis. Research activities include: biodegradation of aliphatic and aromatic compounds, mechanisms of biological alkane oxidations by nonheme iron and copper centers, oxygen activation, nitrogen oxide metabolism, synthesis and design of structural and functional models of metalloenzymes, DNA cleavage, metalloprotein crystallography, and spectroelectrochemistry.
The Metropolitan Design Center is an emerging design and research-based institution belonging to the University's College of Design, conceived to facilitate an environment for creative thinking and community engagement while fostering an integrative view of the City, bringing together many fields of research to advance innovative urban design strategies for the achievement of sustainable cities and regions in the State of Minnesota.
The mission of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute (MPGI) is to promote advances in microbial and plant genomics, genomics-enabled science, and molecular genetics for the benefit of society. The Institute supports research, educational and outreach activities that foster a multi-disciplinary interchange of ideas and cutting-edge technologies and their applications. Activities of the Institute contribute to basic science and the translation of genomics for applications to the environment, agriculture, and human health.
The Center for Micromagnetics and Information Technologies (MINT) is a research center at the University of Minnesota associated with the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Material Science, and Physics. Research focuses on data storage technologies, including magnetic recording, materials, and signal processing for storage.
The Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center focuses particularly on flavor development and functionality in cheese, improving the performance of cheese starter cultures through genetics, adding value to milk-based products with probiotics and nutraceuticals, improving shelf life of flavored milks, reducing undesirable taste of milk, improving functionality and controlling flavor attributes of milk fractionation components, and developing methods for effective and profitable uses of whey.
Many surgical procedures (including hernia repair, spenectomy, lysis of adhesions, small bowel resection, and adrenalectomy) can be performed by mininally invasive surgical techniques, and are now routine at the Center. The focus of the efforts are in the following areas: Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, Obesity Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, Urologic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Transplantation, Gynecology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and Otorhinolaryngology.
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s mission is to develop biologically and economically sound solutions to control key aquatic invasive species (AIS) affecting Minnesota’s waters. Our strategy is to develop an in-depth understanding of the biology and ecology of key AIS to determine if there are weaknesses in their life histories that can be targeted for control, prevention, and detection. While based in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Sciences, the Center includes researchers from other colleges and promotes interdisciplinary approaches to solution-finding, including using biology, ecology, social science, engineering, and technology. Created in 2012 with funding through the State's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Clean Water Fund, the Center is also supported by other local, state, federal and private funding sources.
The Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training Program (MinnCResT) is an innovative interdisciplinary program designed to develop a cadre of scientists who explore the frontiers of craniofacial, dental, and oral health research. We have over 80 mentors forming cross-disciplinary teams of trainees and mentors from such fields as biology, neuroscience, microbiology, genetics, immunology, engineering, psychology, dentistry, medicine, and other disciplines that contribute to its research training mission.
The Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics (MDRCBB) is a multi-disciplinary resource dedicated to furthering research and development in biomaterials, and biomechanics. The MDRCBB has the physical facilities, equipment, and faculty expertise for collaborative studies with researchers within and outside the School of Dentistry. This includes faculty from other departments, graduate students, undergraduate dental students, and visiting researchers. The MDRCBB research environment is based on collaboration among the MDRCBB faculty members and other researchers. The Center welcomes researchers to present their ideas to the MDRCBB faculty and to discuss methods that will best achieve their goals. MDRCBB faculty regularly provide their expertise and train researchers in the use of the Center's technology, which include simulators of chewing and tooth brushing, 3D scanning, Finite Element Analysis, the Virtual Dental Patient, Fracture toughness and microhardness testing, and simulations of artificial caries and remineralization.
For more than 40 years, the Minnesota ECG Coding Center has been the major electrocardiographic visual reading service center for epidemiological studies and clinical trials, both nationally and internationally. The mission of the Center is to document the prognostic and diagnostic value of electrocardiography for epidemiological studies and clinical trials. The Center has been at the forefront of developing and evaluating new criteria sets for incident cardiac events, including silent or symptomatic myocardial infarction, ischemia, left ventricular hypertrophy, QT dispersion, and heart rate variability.
Extension is a 100-year-old partnership between the University and federal, state and county governments - providing scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. The University of Minnesota is one of the nation's more than 100 land grant colleges and universities with a mission to engage in teaching, research and extension. Through Extension, land grant institutions "extend" their resources to address critical public issues through non-formal, non-credit education. Extension faculty and staff live and work across the state, in regional and county offices, University campuses, and research and outreach centers.
The Minnesota Geological Survey was established by Legislative Act on March 1, 1872 to ensure the availability of the regional geological, geophysical, and geochemical information that the people of the State require to ensure wise stewardship of their water, land, and mineral resources, and to thus realize societal benefits related to economic prosperity, public health, natural hazards, as well as appreciation and preservation of our natural heritage.
The center`s mission is three-fold: to improve the practice of journalism, including advertising, public relations and new media; to promote interaction between media professionals and the academy; and to serve as the outreach arm of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Arboretum's mission is to be a resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education. To inspire and delight visitors with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes, and conservation areas.
The mission of Minnesota LTAP is to improve the skills and knowledge of local transportation agencies through training, technical assistance, and technology transfer and to foster a safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation system. Minnesota LTAP conducts workshops and seminars, conferences, customized training, demonstrations, and distance learning. In addition, Minnesota LTAP publishes newsletters and maintains a Web site with extensive resources. Minnesota LTAP is part of the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA), a network of centers nationwide—one in each state and Puerto Rico—as well as several Tribal Technical Assistance Programs, or TTAPs. In addition, there are six centers in Mexico.
The mission of the Nanofabrication Center (NFC), an interdisciplinary facility for faculty and industrial research within the University's College of Science and Engineering, is to support education, research, and industrial development in microelectronics; and other related research involving nanofabrication. This is done by providing access to state-of-the-art micro and nano fabrication equipment in a clean room environment, as well as the technical expertise to use this equipment. The NFC is part of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), an NSF-supported partnership of 13 user facilities nationwide providing Nano Technology Research.
The Minnesota NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) Center's goal is to make state-of-the-art instrumental resources available to researchers and provide a venue for them to pursue their projects and develop their experience in NMR methods. The state-of-the-art NMR center is part of the Department of Biochemistry Microbiology and Biophysics and is housed in the Mayo Memorial Building in the former Mayo garage space. Available instruments include four Bruker NMR spectrometers at 900 MHz, 850 MHz, and two at 700 MHz. Additionally, four Varian NMR spectrometers at field strengths of 700 MHz and 600 MHz support liquids and solids spectroscopy.
The Minnesota Obesity Center is a Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) funded by the National Institute of Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. The Minnesota Obesity Center has a diverse research base consisting of 85 active investigators with 167 funded projects in obesity, energy metabolism and eating disorders, generating over $44 million per year in grant support for their investigations. The Center incorporates researchers who are studying the causes and treatments of obesity. These investigators are from the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center, Hennepin County Medical Center, and HealthPartners Research Foundation. The MN Obesity Center awards small research grants through its Pilot and Feasibility Program, with additional support provided through the Core Facilities. The Education Enrichment Program provides the general public with a source of information on the happenings of the Center and on the current developments in the field of obesity.
The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is a University-wide interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research. MPC fosters connections among population researchers across disciplines and opens new opportunities for large-scale collaborative externally funded research projects. The Center provides shared infrastructure for demographic analysis and administration to approximately sixty faculty members and research associates from ten colleges and nineteen departments at the University of Minnesota. The unit employs approximately a hundred research support staff, including computer programmers and technicians, administrative staff, research assistants, and data-entry staff. As a leading developer and disseminator of demographic data, we also serve a broader audience of some 25,000 demographic researchers worldwide. One of our central missions is to provide tools for the study of economic and social change and to encourage a historical approach to social policy analysis. To that end, we have developed several of the largest and most powerful demographic databases in the world.
Minnesota Sea Grant is a partnership of the University of Minnesota and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is one of 32 other Sea Grant programs located in coastal states throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Our mission is to facilitate interaction among the public and scientists to enhance communities, the environment and economies along Lake Superior and Minnesota’s inland waters by identifying needs, fostering research, and communicating results.
The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) is part of the NASA Funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Nationally, Space Grant is a network of 52 university-based statewide consortia (all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico) with 820 affiliates. Space Grant provides state-based pre-college education, higher educational research opportunities for faculty and students, and public service activities related to aerospace science and engineering.
The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) provides access to High Performance Computing (HPC), storage, and visualization resources. MSI's services include all aspects of high-performance computing and scientific modeling and simulation, as well as graphics, visualization, high-performance network communications, informatics, and data mining. Researchers use high-performance computing environments to address problems in the physical, biological, medical, mathematical, and computing sciences, engineering, and other fields. MSI also provides fee-based dedicated technical consulting and analytical services tailored to support specific research initiatives or development programs. Examples include long-term programming assistance, development of customized research and analysis environments, database development and implementation, discipline-specific analytical services, collaboration environments or networks, web-based interfaces for research, analysis, or collaboration, sustained training, and advanced visualization services. MSI also offers space and maintenance, operation, and support services for the co-location of researchers' HPC servers and storage with MSI facilities. MSI maintains “condominium” style supercomputing in which researchers' server capabilities are integrated with existing hardware in order to augment the performance of the aggregate system.
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is an outreach program at the University of Minnesota that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that maximize resource efficiency, prevent pollution and reduce costs and energy use.
The Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) is a transportation laboratory focusing on testing and evaluation of new transportation management and operational strategies and traveler information technologies. The MTO also supports the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute's research, education and outreach efforts, providing laboratory facilities for graduate and undergraduate students as well as educational resources for course instructors and transportation professionals.
Our Mission is to enhance the quality and quantity of life of companion animals. We are committed to the development of noninvasive methods that will consistently and safely prevent and cure diseases of the urinary system. Our Mission encompasses compassionate utilization of contemporary science and selection of clinical teams to provide care that we would select for ourselves. We are staffed by board certified veterinarians and specially trained professionals qualified in the analysis and interpretation of biogenic minerals from veterinary patients.
The purpose of the MIST Center is to integrate interdisciplinary faculty, graduate students, and visiting researchers from academia, industry, and government in applied and basic research in advanced integrated system design and design automation technologies by supporting research with industrial, government, and academic funding and state-of-the-art research equipment; to provide graduate education through research, courses, and seminars on topics related to integrated systems; and to transfer technologies related to integrated system design and automation through research reports, publications, theses, patents, seminars, annual reviews, short courses, and workshops.
The MMAD Lab (Motion + Media Across Disciplines), a motion capture and high definition video production studio was constructed in 2014. Equipped with a multiple camera shooting space, cyclorama and backdrops, studio lighting and sound booth, this interdisciplinary lab fosters faculty collaboration and research in biomechanics, ergonomics, animation, performing arts and computer generated virtual environments research.
More than 125 researchers from over 20 departments at UMD including Art & Design, Chemical Engineering, Foreign Languages, Large Lakes Observatory, History and Seagrant utilize the Viz Lab and MMAD Lab. Both labs are under the administration of the School of Fine Arts.
The goals of the Basic Research Center on Molecular and Cell Biology of Drug Addiction (MCBDA) are: 1) to foster interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations among investigators to address the problems of drug addiction, 2) to serve as an activity center to coordinate and to promote all academic and scholarly activities on drug addiction at University of Minnesota, 3) to serve also as a national resource for drug addiction research by providing reagents, probes or genetic altered mice developed by investigators within the Center, and 4) to serve as the training center for young scientists interested in the problems drug addiction research.
A unit of the Academic Health Center, Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics offers state-of-the-art GMP/GTP compliant, full-service development and manufacturing of cell- and tissue-based products, monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutic proteins, as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients, for use in Phase I, II or III clinical trials. Our fully-staffed technical and quality personnel with over 70 years of combined cell-based products experience, through product development and technical expertise, as well as medical and regulatory support, work to compress development timelines and translate research into medicine.
The Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) seeks to improve the health of the citizens of Minnesota through education, outreach, and research (basic, clinical, translational). The IMV unites virus researchers from across the University of Minnesota in a strategic manner to enhance the mission and goals of the IMV.
The Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School at the University of Minnesota is sponsored by the Institute of Child Development. The Institute has been a national focal point of child study since its inception in 1925; the Lab School has made a substantial contribution to this effort.Its primary functions are:
- Demonstrating exemplary early childhood practices and providing a sound educational setting for preschool children
- Training teachers of young children at both the graduate and undergraduate levels
- Serving as an active center of child study and research.
MyMinnesotaWoods is a communication hub managed by UMN Extension and serving Minnesota's 200,000 family woodland owners. Collectively, this group owns and manages well over 5 million acres of forest land. MyMinnesotaWoods provides reliable, research-based information on woodland stewardship, wildlife management, silviculture, timber harvesting, and more to support sound decisions and conservation action on these important lands.
The Natural Resources Research Institute was established at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1983 to foster the economic development of Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment. Email Public Relations Manager June Kallestad at email@example.com for more information.
The Center for Neurobehavioral Development is a research center that houses over 30 studies about children's cognitive and neurobehavioral functioning. Research at the Center is discovering how brain development affects the way children think, learn and express emotions as they grow from infants to adults.
The Center for Neuroengineering is a campus-wide research center to promote interdisciplinary research and training in the field of neuroengineering. Participating faculty come from various departments and colleges including biomedical sciences and engineering and physical sciences. The Center's mission is to advance neuroengineering research, foster collaborations between neuroscience and engineering faculty at the University and with industrial partners, and training of the next generation of leaders in this exciting field.
A team of graduate students, one half engineering and one half business, works with a client company to develop a new product. Deliverables include a working prototype and a comprehensive business plan. Technical, market, and financial feasibility is researched. Projects start in September and finish the following April.
The North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC) is one of five research and outreach centers in the state. In addition to traditional crop and livestock research, NCROC scientists research environmental issues, forestry, industrial by-product utilization, horticulture, mycoherbicides, tourism and travel, and wild rice.
The Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership combines citizen leadership with the research and education resources of the University of Minnesota to foster long term sustainability in the northeast region of Minnesota, with particular attention focusing on agriculture, natural resources, and tourism.
The Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratory (NATSRL) was established in March 2001 as an advanced research program to develop innovative technologies for safe, productive, and sustainable transportation systems in northern areas.
The NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE), a program at the Institute on the Environment, works with the private sector — both for-profit and nonprofit — to understand the systemic sustainability challenges of rapidly expanding production and consumption systems, develop the decision tools necessary to effectively act on these systems, and accelerate innovation beyond marginal greening efforts to more meaningful change.
We bring together talent and resources in northwest Minnesota with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, clean energy and natural resources. Our innovative initiatives are community identified and valued, citizen led, University engaged and collaborative, so we are local in many places.
The mission of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center is to contribute, within the framework of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, to the acquisition, interpretation and dissemination of research results to the people of Minnesota, with application to the knowledge base of the United States and World.
The Center for Nursing Informatics is an International Classification of Nursing Practice Research and Development Center that focuses on the development of nursing knowledge through the use of standardized nursing terminologies and essential minimum data sets. The ultimate goal is to improve global health by the daily use of terms that adequately reflect nursing practice.
Through a series of programs, services and forums, the Densford Center equips nurses with knowledge, skills, context and connections to improve health and health care internationally.
The Nutrition Coordinating Center (NCC) provides databases, software, training, and services for the collection and analysis of dietary data. NCC distributes and supports dietary analysis software applications for the collection and coding of 24-hour dietary recalls and the analysis of food records, menus, and recipes. Software available include Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR). NCC also maintains a comprehensive research-quality food and nutrient database. This database is linked with NDSR, serving as its backbone. The database may also be licensed for other applications, such as providing nutrient values for foods on food frequency questionnaires. A variety of services are available through NCC including NDSR training and certification, collection of telephone 24-hour dietary recalls, and entry of food records.
The goals of the Obesity Prevention Center (OPC) are to provide leadership for 1) enhancing local and national visibility of the University's contribution to obesity prevention, 2) capitalizing on multidisciplinary extramural funding opportunities, 3) increasing training and education opportunities for students, community professionals, and the general public, and 4) working with community partners to promote public policies and programs designed to prevent obesity.
The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS), Education and Research Center, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, is a Center of Excellence. It provides graduate academic and research training programs, continuing education and outreach activities, including research-to-practice, and serves as a regional resource for industry, labor, federal, state, and local government agencies, agriculture, and other interested parties.
The Center supports pilot projects in the areas of materials and restorative sciences, oral facial pain and neuroscience, and caries and periodontal disease. The center develops and applies advanced technology to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases affecting the oral environment.
The mission of the Center for Orphan Drug Research is to improve the care of individuals suffering from rare diseases through research on new therapies, education of health professionals and health profession students, and engagement in rare diseases/orphan drugs public policy.
The mission of the University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is to be a community of retirement-age lifelong learners actively engaged in volunteer-led, high-quality educational, cultural, and social pursuits. Our members share: active, inquiring minds;keen interest in learning, teaching, promoting, participating, and volunteering in high quality, non-credit education; anddesire to share with others in a wide variety of cultural and social interests, activities, and programs. Affiliated with the University's College of Continuing Education, OLLI collaborates with: other University programs; the national OLLI network; and other cultural, educational, arts and recreational organizations and institutions. Values and principles, which guide OLLI include: to conduct high quality, volunteer-led academic programs and activities;to provide a welcoming and supportive environment which promotes friendship; to welcome and encourage the participation of people of all ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds; to rely on member participation in governance, program planning, and operation; and to encourage creative thinking and innovation.
The Particle Technology Laboratory is one of the leading centers of small particle research in the U.S. PTL is well-known for its instrumentation development activities. Instruments for particle generation, measurement, sampling and analysis in the range of 0.002 to 100 µm have been developed. Research has been incorporated into codes and standards by NIST, ASTM, ASHRAE, EPA, and ISO, etc. Major facilities of the Laboratory include 15,000 square feet of general laboratory space, and 500 sq. ft. of class 100 cleanroom space; wind tunnel, filter testing, and vacuum facilities; instruments for particle generation, measurement, sampling and analysis in the 0.002 to 100 µm diameter range; and microscopes, electron microbalances, gas analyzers, anemometry and other laboratory instruments. The estimated value of the laboratory instrumentation is in excess of $3 million. The Laboratory also offers an annual Aerosol and Particle Measurement Shortcourse for training professionals from industry, university and government laboratories.
The mission of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science is to promote excellence in research and training in philosophy of science, related empirical studies of science, and science itself. Its primary objectives are:
- to maintain Minnesota’s preeminence in the philosophy of science and use this standing to lead philosophy of science in new directions, as well as have an impact on the direction of science itself by influencing scientists’ reflective understanding of scientific inquiry and knowledge;
- to nurture a multiplicity of intellectual groups that transcend the boundaries between philosophy and the sciences, and to use these groups to advance research, graduate training, and undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota; and
- to conduct local and international research projects, the most important results of which are published in journals and anthologies, including Minnesota Studies.
Political psychology involves research on political belief systems, political attitudes and behavior and, more recently, on political information processing and cognition. Political psychology also focuses increasingly on the role of affect and emotion and their link to political cognition and behavior.
Under the leadership of nationally prominent political scientist Lawrence Jacobs, the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) develops practical, independent, and non-partisan solutions to pressing political and policy challenges. Founded in 2005, CSPG fosters effective and efficient governance, increases the transparency of government processes, and rebuilds the public trust in order to counteract negative influences that threaten our democracy. One of the unique strengths of the center is that it brings together three critical components of public governance today: objective, high-quality analysis, publicly visible forums, and civic engagement. Through collaboration across the public, nonprofit and private sectors, the center generates new knowledge about policy and politics, convenes public events that stimulate vigorous debate, and inspires current and emerging leaders to engage in the creation of innovative approaches to addressing the vital policy issues of our time.
The primary mission of the PRC is to address the growing demand for well-trained field geologists by providing education and support to upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional geologists in modern methods of geological mapping and map-making in glaciated Precambrian terrains. The PRC is managed as a collaborative effort between two geosciences institutions at the University of Minnesota Duluth - the Natural Resources Research Institute and the Department of Geological Sciences. Training in field methods particularly suited to Precambrian terranes is provide through a variety of PRC programs including Precambrian summer field camp, professional workshops, graduate student advising, and various mapping and Precambrian geology courses offered at UMD. Instructors for these programs include a consortium of experienced Precambrian field geologists from the Natural Resources Research Institute and the Department of Geological Sciences, as well as from the Minnesota Geological Survey, from other academic and governmental institutions, and from private industry.
The Center`s efforts emphasize multidisciplinary research and instruction in precision agriculture, including spatial and temporal variability, GIS, remote sensing, sensors, and conservation practices for environmental protection. Research partners come from a cross-section of departments and academic instutions, as well as agricultural industries including equipment and chemical manufacturers, cooperatives, retailers, and food processors.
The PRIME Institute is an independent and global research, education and consulting organization at the University whose mission is the study of the economic and policy issues to help improve popular access to pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical services. Research interests encompass a broad range of topics related to pharmaceuticals and public policy including: a) monitoring trends and economic indicators in the pharmaceutical market (consumers, pharmacists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical firms, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical benefits managers); b) evaluation of the design and impact of pharmaceutical benefit plans; c) assessment of factors influencing access to, and affordability of, medicine, d) characterization of competitive and economic factors in the pharmaceutical market; and e) pharmacoeconomic studies of pharmaceutical products and services.
The Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) is a community that creates and nurtures excellence in public affairs management and leadership. We cultivate adaptive, transformative leaders, connecting technical knowledge with real leadership insight, informed by the latest research. We improve public affairs management and leadership for the common good. We support a learning environment focused on enriching leadership and management through practices that engages others and cross boundaries. The study and practice of leadership and management have value in and of themselves. Our work can be applied across organizational, geographic, and societal boundaries.
The Centers serve as an intersection between the University's School of Public Health and the community, and provide an on-going presence and infrastructure to support education for public health professionals throughout the region. The goal of the Centers is to work with the community and public health faculty to help develop and strengthen the public health workforce and prepare for future public health challenges through education.
The Institute on Race & Poverty (IRP) investigates the ways that policies and practices disproportionately affect people of color and the disadvantaged. A core purpose for IRP's work is to ensure that people have access to opportunity. Another is to help the places where people live develop in ways that promote access to opportunity and help maintain regional stability.
The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine specializes in the medical care of, public education about, and conservation of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. In addition to treating approximately 800 birds a year, the internationally known program provides training in raptor medicine and surgery for veterinarians and leads the CVM's thrust into Ecosystem Health.
The mission of the Minnesota Center for Reading Research (MCRR) is to conduct applied and translational research on reading and on teaching approaches that facilitate reading instruction. The focus is on conducting research that supports teachers, particularly those who teach students of poverty, as they learn to effectively teach children and youth from diverse backgrounds, to become competent readers in K-12 school settings. Considerable emphasis is on translating research into practice. Specific problems and issues in reading that require creative and powerful research efforts include the following: a) Determining effective instructional approaches to engage struggling readers at the lower/upper elementary levels and middle/high school levels; b) Developing research-based, coherent school-wide literacy programs and the supports needed to enact systemic change with a teaching staff; and c) Developing and researching literacy assessments that measure and document students' growth in formative and summative ways and that are coherent features to systemic programs.
PRIE conducts research of planning and public policy interest on the intersection between industries and occupations, on one hand, and regions, cities and communities, on the other. Each project involves a team of faculty and students and disseminates results through scholarly publications, the popular press, and person-to-person outreach to parties directly concerned.
PRIE's Arts Economy Initiative conducts major studies on artists and cultural industries, researching the intersection between cultural and urban/regional development policy. Other current projects include The Distinctive City, a book stressing labor and human capital, combining occupational with industrial analysis, and developing guidelines for building distinctive city and regional development portfolios.
Past projects include Reining in the Competition for Capital, a critical look at tax incentives as economic development policy; many books and studies of the defense industry and its impacts on local, national, and international levels; Second Tier Cities, a comparative analysis of industrial districts in fast-growing cities in the US, Japan, Brazil, and South Korea; and Trading Industries, Trading Regions, a study of trade-related development across US regions and cities.
The Regional Injury Prevention Research Center (RIPRC) provides a multidisciplinary center for the prevention and control of injuries, including catastrophic and long-term disabling injuries, with attention to the rural environment. The center's overall goal is to develop injury control programs, which will ultimately reduce mortality, morbidity, and disability from injury in rural and other areas using a comprehensive and integrated approach that incorporates research, education, and intervention efforts.
The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities,natural resources, and clean energy.
The mission of the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory (RSGL) is to advance the development and application of remote sensing and geospatial analysis to inventory and monitor natural and environmental resources through research and outreach. Much of the research is conducted in cooperation with public agencies in Minnesota.
A signature program of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) seeks out the most promising new renewable energy ideas and distributes funding from Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund and Conservation Improvement Program to provide them with the resources needed to bring them to life. When the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) launched in 2003, topics like climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, biofuels and energy security were just entering the mainstream dialogue. Since then, these issues have taken center stage in America and around the world. In the same way, IREE has quickly become a central part of Minnesota's renewable energy economy, mobilizing more than 400 experts around one vital mission: To promote statewide economic development; sustainable, healthy and diverse ecosystems; and national energy security through development of bio?based and other renewable resources and processes.
The Research Analytical Laboratory serves university researchers, government agencies, and other public service groups, providing inorganic chemical analysis for soil, water, feeds, foods, compost, plant or animal tissue, and many other types of materials.
The mission of Research Animal Resources is to:
- provide for the care, health and well-being of animals used for research and education at the University;
- administer to the animal-related needs of University researchers and educators through dissemination of knowledge and resources;
- and serve the public by ensuring observance of all legal and ethical standards pertaining to the use of animals for research and education at the University.
The Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contractor that provides free assistance to academic, government and non-profit researchers interested in using Medicare and/or Medicaid data for their research. ResDAC is staffed by a consortium of epidemiologists, public health specialists, health services researchers, biostatisticians, and health informatics specialists from the University of Minnesota.
As an intercollegiate collaboration between the College of Pharmacy and the Medical School on the Duluth campus, RICH aims to provide an interdisciplinary center for research collaborations with Indigenous entities. RICH further aims to foster scholarly works that will identify health barriers and protective factors to increase healthcare equity for Indigenous patients.
The Institute for Research in Marketing at the Carlson School of Management leverages the expertise of the Carlson School's world class marketing faculty and an advisory board of practitioners from leading corporations to foster rigorous and relevant research that improves the science and practice of marketing.
Through outreach initiatives that include regular conferences and a web portal, the Institute provides a forum for dialogue among marketing scholars, industry practitioners, policymakers and students.
Through restorative justice, victims, communities, and offenders are placed in active roles to work together to: Empower victims in their search for closure, Impress upon offenders the real human impact of their behavior, and Promote restitution to victims and communities.
The Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) links the University of Minnesota in public partnership with urban communities to advance learning, improve quality of life and discover breakthrough solutions to critical urban issues. A collaborative research and outreach hub located in the heart of North Minneapolis, UROC pursues its mission by identifying and supporting connections between University resources and community needs in the areas of economic and community development, education and life-long learning, and community health.
The Institute for Rock Magnetism (IRM) is a national multiuser facility funded by NSF to provide the Earth Science research community with state-of-the-art facilities and technical expertise for magnetic material characterization. Visiting scholars and resident researchers use IRM resources to study contemporary topics in rock magnetism, paleomagnetism, and a broad range of interdisciplinary fields such as biomagnetism, paleoclimatology, and nanomagnetism. IRM's instrumentation enables measurement of the magnetic properties of materials, including AC and DC magnetic moments and Moessbauer spectra, over a wide range of temperatures (4.2 K - 1000 K) and magnetic fields (10 microtesla - 5 T). In addition, magnetic domain structures may be imaged by various means, including the magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) and magnetic force microscopy (MFM).
The mission of the Center for Rural Design is to work with people to preserve, improve, and protect rural landscapes, cultures and communities through innovative design strategies.
Our mission is to conduct policy relevant research that can be disseminated in an effective and timely manner to help shape the delivery and financing of rural health services. Our primary areas of research are quality of care in rural areas, rural health care systems and access to care, and rural health care financing.
The Center for Rural Mental Health Studies (CRMHS) seeks to better understand the factors that contribute to mental health and disorders in rural areas and the barriers to effective treatment. With that knowledge, we can generate better approaches to prevention, assessment, and treatment that fit in rural settings financially, culturally, and geographically.
Diabetic individuals are our focus for whom and with whom we continue to advance pancreas and islet cell transplantation. We offer 'individualized' transplants to adults at all stages of type 1 diabetes, and we seek to achieve insulin independence with the least harmful approach possible. We give high priority to research and education so that successful transplantation may become applicable to children, commonplace, and routine, for children as well as adults.
The mission of the Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy (CSTPP) is to improve people’s lives by advancing the application of science and technology to solve public problems. CSTPP explores the increasingly important role that science and technology plays in our society and examines its implications for public policy at the international, national, and state levels.
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
SECTTRA—Security in Transportation Technology Research and Applications—is a joint program of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS). Its mission is to earn recognition for the University of Minnesota as a world leader in the development and application of technologies for transportation security.
The SECTTRA program collaborates with the ITS Institute and the Safety Security Rescue Research Center (SSR-RC), a cooperative inter-university research center that coordinates research with a spectrum of large general homeland security contractors, companies with a specific market share, and start-up companies with key enabling technologies.
The Center provides a full range of sensory evaluation and consumer testing for various products. It also provides consultation related to sensory testing design and statistical data analysis.
The Center for Small Towns is a community outreach program housed at the University of Minnesota, Morris and serves as a point-of-entry to the resources of the University of Minnesota. Small towns, local units of government, K-12 schools, non-profit organizations, and other University units are able to utilize the Center's resources as they work on rural issues or make contributions to rural society.
The Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative (SOBACO) brings University of Minnesota researchers and industry leaders together to co-create new knowledge and business value. Industry partners bring tough business challenges, domain expertise, and real data to the conversation. University experts from across disciplines bring econometric, computational, and experimental methodologies, as well as a commitment to unbiased research. Together we study large-scale network and non-network data, conduct experiments, and apply advanced analytical techniques to advance understanding of our data-rich, socially networked world.
The scholarship of the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work faculty is consistently ranked among the top 10 public schools of social work in the United States (Feldman, 2006). Our faculty and graduate students are leaders in research among diverse communities on pressing social issues such as child welfare, youth development, disability, aging, family violence and restorative justice to name just a few. The Minnesota Center for Social Work Research brings together these many efforts by individual faculty and students as well as our School’s research and training centers.
The Institute for Social, Economic and Ecological Sustainability (ISEES) was initiated in July 1996 to strengthen the University of Minnesota's capacity to analyze sustainability issues and recommend options for moving toward sustainability. Our vision is based on the fundamental idea that sustainable relationships between the social, economic and ecological spheres of the world are possible and desirable.
ISEES brings together people from the natural and social sciences and practitioners to analyze sustainability issues and recommend options for moving toward sustainability. We believe that the development of options for sustainability requires integrating social, economic, and ecological factors.
ISEES is currently hosting the University of Minnesota Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Initiative with a generous grant from the Archibald Bush Foundation since 2004. The goal is to explore how ecosystems and socio-economic systems can work hand-in-hand for the long-term benefit of all. Working with faculty from across the University, the Initiative has launched a new Sustainability Studies Minor at the UMN, is conducting research on Minnesota's environmental future to the year 2050, and runs outreach programs for teachers and journalists, and the public.
The mission of the Software Engineering Center (UMSEC) is: 1) Research: Nurture innovative basic and applied research in software engineering and related areas; 2) Education: Educate future generations of software engineering researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in cutting edge software engineering techniques, tools, and business practices; and 3) Outreach: Reach out to industry leaders, policy-makers, researchers, educators, and the community-at-large to transfer knowledge as well as better understand and anticipate industry's technical needs.
The Soil Testing Laboratory provides routine soil testing and fertilizer recommendation services to: florists, farmers, cemeteries, composters, sod producers, agricultural lime producers, commercial vegetable and ruit growers, industrial lawn and landscape specialists, homeowners, golf courses, athletic fields, and nursery workers. Our fertilizer recommendations are based on laboratory results, soil characteristics, past crop history, and crop nutrient requirements; and are specific to Minnesota locations and conditions.
The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships link rural community priorities and University of Minnesota resources.
Three core principles shape our work:
- To build and strengthen effective relationships between citizens, communities and their University of Minnesota;
- To promote active citizen leadership in strengthening the long-term social, economic and environmental health of greater Minnesota; and
- To invest in research, education and outreach projects that advance the understanding and achievement of regional sustainability.
The Experiment in Rural Cooperation (ERC) is the Southeast Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. ERC works with citizens in SE MN to create and sustain healthy ecosystems, strong local economies and vibrant, self-reliant communities. ERC supports projects that demonstrate public purpose and is committed to building partnerships that connect the citizens of SE MN to local assets and the educational, research and outreach resources of the University of Minnesota.
Research at the Southern Research and Outreach Center includes the following areas: agronomy, dairy and beef, farm operations, horticulture, commercial vegetable production, nutraceutical crops, biohydrogen and biomethane production from animal wastes, biomass crop production systems for energy and other renewable resources, nematology, soil science and water quality, swine, water management and drainage, and weather Information.
The Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) in Lamberton links agriculture, communities and families to the research, education and outreach resources of the University. SWROC is one of the University's six research and outreach centers strategically located throughout Minnesota. It is a key unit of the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). As a resource for southwestern Minnesota, the Center is part of the CFANS Translational Research and Education division which functions as a unit and the Center has strong ties with numerous CFANS departments, as well as other colleges within the University. Today the Center's research and outreach programs are focused on finding the best options for production agriculture while concurrently addressing environmental concerns. These concerns have come to the forefront and have become a relevant driving force that affects production. An extensive range of ongoing research incorporates knowledge of efficient agricultural systems that are also economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. At the same time the Center constantly strives to support communities through strong K-12 and family education programs.
The University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing enriches health and well-being by providing high-quality interdisciplinary education, conducting rigorous research and delivering innovative programs that advance integrative health and healing. As part of the Academic Health Center, the Center for Spirituality & Healing draws on the rich expertise of faculty and community practitioners to advance our understanding of diverse cultures, beliefs and health practices while building on the University’s strengths of innovation and clinical excellence. Internationally recognized as a resource and leader in integrative therapies and healing practices, the Center’s goal is to transform the delivery of health care in this country and advance integrative health and healing.
W are striving for better answers in the field of sports medicine, through research, education, and patient care.
The lab's mission is threefold: 1) to advance fundamental knowledge in engineering, environmental, geophysical and biological fluid mechanics by conducting cross-cutting research that integrates various disciplines in science and engineering; 2) to benefit society by implementing this knowledge to develop physics-based, affordable, and sustainable engineering solutions to major environmental, water, ecosystem, health, and energy-related problems; and 3) to disseminate new knowledge to our students, the engineering and scientific community and the public by educational and outreach activities and partnerships with the government and industry.
The SBC facilitates research that solves global problems. Research topics collectively serve to build scientific understanding of plants and the organisms with which they interact and to translate that knowledge into improved crops, sustainable pest and disease management strategies, and policies that protect the ecosystem and further human wellbeing. SBC researchers partner with scientists and other entities at the University of Minnesota and other US and international institutes and organizations to form a network prepared to respond to threats to global food security and ecosystem health.
The State and Local Policy Program (SLPP), which is part of the Regional Planning and Policy Area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, conducts research on transportation and the community and economic development and human capital. In the former, research projects focus on understanding the social, economic, and environmental impacts of transportation technology and policy and exploring how new policy models can benefit communities, including congestion pricing and other applications of Intelligent Transportation Systems. In the latter, research focuses on understanding how changes in the global economy affect the economic competitiveness of regions and communities, including economic and income disparities, and how industry clusters relate to knowledge and workforce strategies. SLPP also manages the national Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS) established under the federal surface transportation law, SAFETEA-LU, in 2005.
SHADAC is a leader in facilitating primary health policy research at the state level with an established network of state analysts working on health coverage and access issues across the country.
SHADAC`s experts in survey design, sampling, data analysis and health policy specialize in the application of state-level data resources (both national and state-specific data sets) for health policy decisions.
SHADAC produces timely and targeted health policy research with a focus on deriving lessons from state variations in policy and outcomes in the national context.
The Stem Cell Institute`s goals are to:
- carry out basic research in genetics , developmental biology, cell biology and physiology of stem cells and their differentiated progeny.
- assist in the translation of basic research into novel therapies for genetic and degenerative disorders.
- apply new stem cell-based therapies in the clinic through already established clinical programs at the University of Minnesota.
- advance and disseminate knowledge concerning the biology and physiology of stem cells.
- foster and increase public knowledge and awareness of stem cells and their potential clinical applications.
- address ethical issues in stem cell biology and therapies.
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (or STEM) Education Center applies interdisciplinary research in learning and cognition, STEM integration, instructor development, and evaluation and assessment to STEM teaching from early childhood through graduate education.
The Stroke Center was established in mid-2006 as a world-class regional center for treatment, education, and research relating to stroke. In the Twin Cities metropolitan area, there are 5,000 strokes per year and approximately 1,000 deaths per year.
CENSHARE is an Interdisciplinary Center with a mission to create opportunities to aquire, disseminate and apply knowledge about the relationships between animals, people and their shared environments. Established in 1981 by the Office of the Academic Vice President, the Dean of the School of Public Health and Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Minnesota Center for Survey Research (MCSR) provides survey research services to University faculty and administration, state and local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations working on issues of public policy in Minnesota. MCSR also provides consultation in areas such as study and questionnaire design, survey administration, data file construction, and data analysis.
The purpose of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) is to bring together the agricultural community and the University community in a cooperative effort to develop and promote sustainable agriculture in Minnesota and beyond. We strive to balance the long-term economic, ecological and social aspects of agricultural systems.
CSBR provides research and activity in the following areas: sustainable design, energy-efficient buildings, windows and glazing research, improved building delivery process, affordable houseing, building science and engineering, and human factors in transportation.
Mission: Helping communities achieve their environmental, social and economic sustainable development goals
- Outreach: University expertise working side by side with community partners to help them achieve their sustainability goals
- Teaching: Bringing community project work into classroom, or better yet, bringing classroom into communities
- Research: Developing and testing new approaches for implementing community sustainability
The Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) integrates science, technology, and public policy initiatives and research aimed at reducing our dependence on petrochemical feedstocks for the ubiquitous plastics we use every day. Nearly all commodity polymers come from gas and oil. As the global supplies dwindle, we will need to turn to alternative materials from renewable resources in a sustainable manner. Scientists in the CSP at the University of Minnesota are focused on the basic research needed to advance such technologies and are working toward the goal of a sustainable polymer industry.
The Swine Disease Eradication Center is engaged in research, teaching (professional and graduate), continuing education and certification related to many areas of swine health and production, with particular emphasis on disease control and eradication, and animal welfare.
The expertise of the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) is the interface of business, strategy, science, technology, innovation, and policy. Our mission is to be a world-class leader in education, research, and consulting. TLI offers three Master of Science degrees: Master of Science in Management of Technology (MOT), Master of Science in Infrastructure Systems Engineering (ISE) and Master of Science in Security Technologies (MSST) with the option of M.S. and Ph.D. minors. In addition, TLI works in close partnership with representatives from Minnesota's technology-driven companies to develop its corporate and academic programs. Our short courses are a direct response to the needs of Minnesota's high-tech businesses. Information and skills taught are industry focused with an emphasis on workplace applications. TLI's skill set includes technology foresight and forecasting, innovation, strategic management of technology, new product and business development, science and technology policy, and intellectual property.
The Food Industry Center (TFIC) is a national collaboration of scholars made up of faculty, students, and industry leaders from across the nation and the world who address the issues of an efficient, ethical, healthy, safe, and sustainable food system. The Center addresses cross-sector issues through developing and disseminating data and analysis focused on how food moves from farm to fork. TFIC was founded in 1995 at the University as one of several Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Centers and the only one that studies the food industry. The Center has an illustrious history of conducting primary research on the food industry and offering forums on current industry topics and best practices. Originally established as The Retail Food Industry Center, the Center changed its name to The Food Industry Center in 2001 to accurately portray the breadth of food industry studies it conducts.
The mission of the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health (ITR) is to advance quality research, evidence-based clinical training, and information dissemination focused on children’s mental health and development ages 0 to 18.
Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development (ITDD; Gunda I. Georg, Ph.D., Director, Vadim J. Gurvich, Ph.D., Associate Director) is a research center within the College of Pharmacy that would enable creating an almost complete line from drug discovery to drug development to clinical trials within the University of Minnesota. The Institute's purpose is to conduct research, provide education and offer scientific services to research and business communities in the area of drug discovery and development. The Institute greatly enhances the research capabilities of the University of Minnesota by allowing translation of the biological discoveries to new therapies and bringing drugs to market. The Institute consists of four scientific cores - Medicinal Chemistry, High-Throughput Screening, Lead and Probe Discovery, and Chemical Process Development. The Institute offers a variety of services including drug discovery, HTS and assay development (assay capabilities include absorbance, FRET, fluorescence, luminescence, cell based reporter & viability assays, FP, and high content image analysis assays), computational drug design, lead identification and optimization, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, chemical libraries development, chemical process development, scale up, API synthesis under cGMP conditions, CMC support for IND applications, protein purification, analytical services, and others.
The mission of the Tissue Mechanics Laboratory is to provide specialized instruments and methods to characterize the mechanical properties of soft biological materials, provide quantitative loads to living tissues, foster research in these areas, and provide a resource for the University community and industrial partners.
The Tobacco Research Programs started with a few studies back in the early 1980’s. Early studies at the University of Minnesota helped to characterize physical dependence on nicotine and the nicotine withdrawal syndrome. Some of our early treatment studies examined the effectiveness of nicotine gum and the nicotine patch.
The Center prepares and supports the tourism industry for success and sustainability. Since 1986, the University's Tourism Center has been a source of education and research for Minnesota, the United States, and many countries. The Tourism Center conducts tourism research, provides education and engages the tourism industry, community groups and students. The director and staff are advised by a dynamic and diverse industry advisory committee.
The mission of the Center for Translational Medicine is to support the development of novel, investigator-initiated treatment strategies in order to facilitate the implementation of new therapies for patients and achieve new breakthroughs in medicine at the University. The Center has a well-equipped lab and a full-time staff and provides the infrastructure, expertise and resources necessary to translate innovative drugs, biological reagents and devices into Phase 1 clinical trials. Working with innovators from across the University, the Center designs and conducts the preclinical studies necessary for IND/IDE development and supports Phase I clinical trial design and implementation, including manufacture of clinical product.
The Institute for Translational Neuroscience (ITN) was formed in 2007 out of a Presidential initiative to promote, across the University, the transfer of discoveries in the basic neurosciences to the clinics. ITN is not a bricks-and-mortar entity but an umbrella organization that is scientifically organized around five founding centers/institutes. Administratively, a Director and a Steering Committee head ITN, with the Director reporting to the Vice President for Health Sciences. ITN's mission is to enhance basic science discovery with new knowledge leading to subsequent clinical trials and establishment of new therapeutic principles or tools. It will create a corridor of discovery and application that leverages the strengths across the University in basic neuroscience, imaging and other interdisciplinary resources. ITN is a unique institute in that it encompasses a number of existing centers and institutes as well as academic departments.
The Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) addresses the need for closer cooperation between University faculty and state and federal departments of transportation, and strengthens the University's role in transportation research, outreach, and education.
The mission of the Turfgrass Research and Outreach Center is to develop low input and environmentally responsible turfgrass cultural systems for commercial and residential turfgrass managers across the Upper Midwest.
The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is primarily composed of two studies: the Minnesota Twin Family Study (MTFS) and the Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study (SIBS). Both projects are longitudinal research studies including twins, siblings, and parents. Over 9,800 individuals have contributed to these projects. By studying twins and siblings and their families, we can estimate how genes and environment interact to influence character, strengths, vulnerabilities and values.
The University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park is the University's 5,000-acre property located 25 miles southeast of the Twin Cities in Dakota County. The vision to build a unique, sustainable, University-founded community of 20,000 to 30,000 people, a 25- to 30-year endeavor, was affirmed by the University's Board of Regents in December 2006. The Office coordinates the integration of University research, education and public engagement into the planning and development of this new, sustainable community. Academic strengths contribute to innovations in renewable energy, education and lifelong learning, health and wellness, the natural environment and regional economic development among other areas, under an umbrella of environmental, economic and social sustainability.
The Office of University Economic Development serves as the public face for economic development at the University of Minnesota, helping external partners to connect with the resources, services and expertise at the university and its system campuses. Formerly known as the Office of Business Relations, the UED has strengthened and transformed this role to leverage more of the university’s expertise and innovation resources and have a broader impact on regional economies.
The University Imaging Centers (UIC) cores serve internal and external research clients in the design of imaging experiments, choice of and training on suitable imaging systems, and subsequent image processing, visualization and analysis. The UIC provides more than two dozen advanced imaging systems including: SIM and STORM super-resolution microscopy; macro spectral confocal microscopy; wide-field light and fluorescence microscopy; spinning disk confocal; four (4) laser-scanning confocal microscopes; multi-photon/Second Harmonic Generation microscopes; total internal reflectance microscope (TIRF); laser capture micro-dissection; live cell imaging systems; scanning and transmission electron microscopy; whole animal fluorescence, bioluminescence and chemiluminescence imagers; gel, print and film scanners; poster printers; full sample preparation capabilities; along with 4 full-time and 4 part-time experienced staff members.
The mission of the University Metropolitan Consortium is to strengthen the University’s overall contribution to understanding metropolitan-urban-suburban issues by enhancing and extending the work of our existing programs and strengthening the University’s connections to those individuals, communities, and activities in Minnesota, the region, nationally, who are working with those issues on a daily basis.
The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is a Center of Excellence in Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). UMASH brings together unique and complimentary expertise to address existing and emerging occupational health and safety issues in agriculture.
The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) connects the resources of the University of Minnesota with the interests and needs of urban communities and the region for the benefit of all. CURA pursues its urban and regional mission by facilitating and supporting connections between state and local governments, neighborhoods, and nonprofit organizations, and relevant resources at the University, including faculty and students from appropriate campuses, colleges, centers or departments.
CUES strives to educate landscape managers and urban residents about ways to embrace environmental stewardship by practicing sustainable management. A landscape managed through sustainable methods requires low inputs of labor, fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Excessive use of these chemicals can pollute surface and ground water and disturb natural ecosystem processes.
The center`s goals are to aid in identifying, securing and managing veterinary clinical research projects; to maintain a database of clinical trials/resources; to assist sponsors in evaluating products for safety and efficacy; to coordinate a pool of expert faculty and staff to support clinical trials; and to facilitate compliance with regulatory agencies and sponsors.
The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s (VDL) mission is to protect and promote animal and human health through early detection and monitoring of animal diseases. VDL fulfills its mission by identifying emerging diseases, timely reporting of test results, developing new diagnostic methods, and training diagnosticians, veterinarians and graduate students. The laboratory is a part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and serves as Minnesota’s only full service laboratory for animal health diagnosis.
The Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) has served the community for more than a century. It is the most advanced, full-service referral care center for large and small animals in Minnesota. The VMC sees more than 35,000 cases annually, with specialists available in all areas of medicine and surgery. More than 50 of the veterinarians on staff have undergone several years of additional training to become board-certified specialists in a particular area of veterinary medicine.
The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) conducts research on family violence and provides information and resources on violence prevention through a variety of funded projects including the Electronic Clearinghouse (http://www.mincava.umn.edu), the VAWnet Applied Research Forum (http://www.vawnet.org), Violence Against Women Online Resources (http://www.vaw.umn.edu), Child Exposure to Domestic Violence Project (http://www.mincava.umn.edu/link), the Hague Domestic Violence Project (http://www.haguedv.org/), and the Honor Our Voices project (www.honorourvoices.org). The Center, established in 1994 by a grant authorized by the Minnesota Legislature, is a program of the School of Social Work, an academic unit of the College of Education and Human Development.
The purpose of the Center for Violence Prevention and Control (CVPC) is to generate knowledge through research in violence prevention and control, to disseminate this knowledge to use as the basis for development of prevention and control efforts, and to provide a comprehensive violence prevention and control graduate education curriculum.
The Viz Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that focuses on emerging visual technologies. We are a brainstorming and project space with a long-standing record of research support. The Viz Lab is open to faculty, graduate students and undergraduates working directly with UMD faculty.
More than 125 researchers from over 20 departments at UMD including Art & Design, Chemical Engineering, Foreign Languages, Large Lakes Observatory, History and Seagrant utilize the Viz Lab and MMAD Lab. Both labs are under the administration of the School of Fine Arts.
Vocational Psychology Research (VPR) has been part of the Work Adjustment Project in the Department of Psychology at the University since 1970. VPR supports, maintains, and distributes the instruments and materials developed to operationalize, test, and apply the Theory of Work Adjustment. The instruments and materials distributed by VPR have been designed to assess work personalities and work environments. They have a long history of providing vocationally useful information, and are updated periodically to reflect changes in the available technology and the world of work. Assessment instruments, manuals, supporting materials, scoring services, research monographs, research bibliographies, and technical support are available from VPR.
The Water Resources Center (WRC) provides leadership in freshwater management through cutting-edge research, educational opportunities for students and professionals, and community outreach. For students, WRC provides a critical link to water-resources professionals and access to all the University’s water-related programs. For citizens and professionals, WRC provides oversight of community-based programs and training and assistance with issues related to impaired waters, stormwater management, agricultural practices and global water issues.
Authorized by Congress as one of the nation’s 54 water resources research institutes, we also connect the research expertise at the University to research problems at the national level.
The Weisman Art Museum is an active center for displaying artwork and for live performances, lectures, and other cultural activities. Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience. The museum's collection features early 20th century American artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, as well as a diverse selection of contemporary art. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions.
The Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center was created to facilitate development of clinical, translational, and basic research on muscular dystrophy, to enhance and support clinical care of patients with muscular dystrophy, to improve educational experience for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students interested in the fields of basic and clinical muscle research, and to increase interaction and support from the regional community of patients and families concerned about muscular dystrophy.
The WCHRC was established in 1971 under funding provided by the Minnesota Historical Society and contains materials from the greater west central Minnesota region. Counties represented in the collection include Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, and Traverse. Materials include oral histories, business and cooperative records, personal papers and government and institutional documents.
The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) performs research in the following areas: agronomy, soils and water quality; dairy production systems and pasture grazing management; environmental horticulture and display garden materials; irrigation water management; swine nutrition and alternative housing systems;and wind and biomass renewable energy systems.
Since its inception, the Tucker Center has provided centralization, organization, scientific excellence, and national leadership on issues of great national and local significance. Through its direction and leadership, it encourages researchers, policy makers, educators, parents and practitioners to work together to better the lives of girls and women in ways that go far beyond the playing fields.
The Center on Women and Public Policy is the nation's first complete teaching, research, and outreach center devoted to women and public policy. Since 1985, the Center on Women and Public Policy (CWPP) has used gender analysis to challenge fundamental assumptions about politics, law, and economics on issues ranging from human rights to judicial selection and independence.
The Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health, A National Center of Excellence, is focused on promoting, facilitating and disseminating research on women’s health.
Vision: To be well-funded, recognized experts in women’s mental health, infectious disease, and heart disease, obesity and diabetes prevention.
Mission: To catalyze partnerships that impact the health of women and their communities.
The Center for World Heritage Studies is dedicated to research and education in the protection, conservation, and enhancement of global heritage.
Through individual consultations and in partnership with academic departments, the Center for Writing supports students and educators who practice, teach with, and research writing at the University of Minnesota, throughout the state, and around the world. To fulfill this mission, the Center encourages the development of writers and the use of writing as a tool for critical thinking, learning, and communicating in all fields; promotes expanded understandings of what writing is and how it works in the world; and develops and communicates current knowledge and research about writing and writing pedagogy.
The Extension Center for Youth Development is the only organization of its kind in Minnesota. By researching, training, and delivering youth development programs, it helps to create positive, out-of-school-time, non-formal learning opportunities for young people throughout Minnesota. The Center:
- conducts research on positive youth development
- provides training, education, and tools for youth workers and leaders
- delivers the Minnesota 4-H youth development program
- provides financial support for youth development programs through the Minnesota 4-H Foundation