Top 10 Inquiry Stories of 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.
The Grand Challenges Research Initiative aims to jumpstart new collaborations, engage external partners, and help faculty compete for further funding.
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.
Cramer oversees the University’s $940 million research enterprise, supporting faculty, staff, and student research across U campuses and facilities.
The 2018 list included 21 U researchers from across colleges whose citation records place them in the top 1 percent for their fields.
A MnDRIVE Neuromodulation Fellow aims to use electrical signals to stimulate damaged nerves and allow paraplegic patients to move.
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.
Research on the dual nature of decision-making could help treat addiction and lead to more targeted therapies.
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.
The Speaking Science conference helped scientists learn to more effectively share their knowledge and research with audiences outside of academia.
The imaging magnet, 10 times stronger than a standard MRI, brought a new level of capability to scientists studying how the body works.