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The University of Minnesota is a research-intensive institution based in the US city of Minneapolis-St Paul. It is a member institution of the American Association of Universities.

The university is broadly organized into 19 colleges and schools, and it has sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester. The University’s enrollment has reached 64,964 but a 16-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Contributing to the University’s academic prestige are 20 Nobel Laureates, 86 Guggenheim Fellows, and 2 MacArthur “Geniuses” currently on campus.

The world’s largest collections of Sherlock Holmes literature, artifacts, and memorabilia are housed in the University’s Andersen Library.

Minnesota’s athletic teams are known collectively as the Minnesota Golden Gophers and compete in the NCAA’s Division I as members of the Big Ten Conference.

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As of August 2022, COVID-19 vaccination rates in Black and Hispanic people exceeded those of white Americans nationally, but only for the initial shots. FatCamera/E+ via Getty Images

Low vaccine booster rates are now a key factor in COVID-19 deaths – and racial disparities in booster rates persist

Early on, public health messaging focused on the need for vaccines to combat COVID-19. But far less attention has been given to the role of boosters in preventing deaths and reducing inequities.
A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag outside the Supreme Court in 2015. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Congress is considering making same-sex marriage federal law – a political scientist explains how this issue became less polarized over time

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted for a bill that would federally protect same-sex marriage – and 47 Republicans signed on, too. Same-sex marriage isn’t the partisan issue it once was.
Gilda Soosay, president of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Parish Council in Maskwacis, Canada, where Pope Francis visited the site of a state school for Indigenous children. Cole Burston/AFP via Getty Images

Christianity was a major part of Indigenous boarding schools – a historian whose family survived them explains

A historian of the residential schools explains how religion played a key role in assimilationist systems for Indigenous children in Canada and the United States.
Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, left, and his brother, former CNN anchor, Chris Cuomo. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor of Andrew M. Cuomo via AP, left, and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

How dual loyalties created an ethics problem for Chris Cuomo and CNN

A journalist’s role is to serve the public interest. But CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, by helping his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a scandal, put personal interests above the public’s.
James O'Keefe at the National Press Club announces an undercover investigation into Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign staff in 2015. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Project Veritas and the mainstream media: Strange allies in the fight to protect press freedom

The mainstream media are holding their collective noses and supporting Project Veritas after its founder’s home was raided by the FBI. It’s a matter of principle and self-preservation.
Rising global temperatures are increasing heat risks for outdoor workers and the urban poor. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images

Dangerous urban heat exposure has tripled since the 1980s, with the poor most at risk

Hot, humid population centers are becoming epicenters of heat risk as climate changes worsens. It’s calling into question the conventional wisdom that urbanization uniformly reduces poverty.
A soldier looking over a maize field where Somali farmers are tending a crop in Dollow, northern Somalia. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages

Somalia is facing another food crisis: here’s why – and what can be done to stop the cycle

For decades Somalia has been in a near-constant state of food insecurity. This is due to a combination of stagnant crop production, a rapidly increasing population and political unrest.
Police body camera video shows Adam Toledo’s hands were raised just before he was shot. Chicago Police Department via AP

Being skeptical of sources is a journalist’s job – but it doesn’t always happen when those sources are the police

In the aftermath of Adam Toledo’s death, police and a prosecutor framed the incident as a confrontation with an armed male holding a gun. Should reporters have been so quick to accept that version?
Equipos destrozados de medios de comunicación delante del Capitolio. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

La insurrección en el Capitolio desafió la forma en que los medios de EE.UU. presentan los disturbios

Los medios de EE.UU. suelen llamar “violentas” las manifestaciones vinculadas a los afroamericanos y “alteraciones” las de otros grupos. Esas etiquetas han modelado la opinión pública, pero el asesinato de George Floyd y los hechos del Capitolio han hecho que las principales cadenas revisen sus coberturas.

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