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Top 10 Inquiry Stories of 2018

2018

Another calendar year will soon to come to a close. Before we set our sights on 2019, Inquiry takes a moment to think back on the many projects, discoveries, and partnerships that made up the past year at the University of Minnesota.

Inquiry, led by the U’s Office of the Vice President for Research, was launched in 2014 to explore the impact of this research and innovation. Since then, our stories have spanned a wide range of research efforts, from limiting fertilizer use through drone technology, to advocating against gender violence in Colombia, to launching a clinical trial network for cancer treatments.

Over the past year, we have also had the opportunity to celebrate some of the resources that support research on campus, such as the U Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections, as well as those that bring stories of research to the public, like the new Bell Museum. And, of course, we have explored the many ways the University supports Minnesota and its economy.

As we all count down the final days of 2018, Inquiry takes a look at the top 10 most-read stories from the past year.

10. Finding New Ways to Collaborate Across Disciplines

The Grand Challenges Research Initiative aims to jumpstart new collaborations, engage external partners, and help faculty compete for further funding. 

9. In the Fight Against Cancer, Sleeping Beauty Awakens

A serendipitous discovery led Perry Hackett and his team to develop a new way to reprogram the human immune system to find and attack cancer cells.

8. Meet Christopher J. Cramer, New Vice President for Research

Cramer oversees the University’s $940 million research enterprise, supporting faculty, staff, and student research across U campuses and facilities.

7. U Faculty among Global List of Highly Cited Researchers

The 2018 list included 21 U researchers from across colleges whose citation records place them in the top 1 percent for their fields.

6. Modern Magic: Neuromodulation Gives New Hope to Paraplegic Patients

A MnDRIVE Neuromodulation Fellow aims to use electrical signals to stimulate damaged nerves and allow paraplegic patients to move.

5. Keeping Ethics at the Center of Animal Research

Melanie Graham’s lab, which studies diabetes and obesity, is one example of the U of M's dedication to fostering a culture of ethics in animal research.

4. No Simple Decisions

Research on the dual nature of decision-making could help treat addiction and lead to more targeted therapies.

3. A Gene that Preserves Brain Cells

Researchers’ discovery of a gene that protects a person’s aging brain could serve as the basis for future treatments that stem brain cell loss.

2. Speaking Science: Five Tips for Talking about Your Work

The Speaking Science conference helped scientists learn to more effectively share their knowledge and research with audiences outside of academia.

1. U Scientists Scan World’s First 10.5-Tesla Human MRI Image

The imaging magnet, 10 times stronger than a standard MRI, brought a new level of capability to scientists studying how the body works.

Kevin Coss

Kevin Coss

Kevin is a communications specialist with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

coss@umn.edu

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