The Office for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota has announced the recipients of the 2008 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) awards to 11 undergraduate and two graduate students. The 13 students received their awards at the recent first annual University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Breakfast.

In light of Minnesota’s rapidly diversifying population, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is taking additional steps to encourage more students of color and low-income students to attend college.

Zhang YuXin loves singing and is very good at it. [In December], her talent shone through even thousands of miles away from home.

A native of Hunan Province--Mao Zedong's home province--Zhang is a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. On Dec. 5, she won a singing contest at the U of M Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (FACSS) 24th anniversary party at Coffman Union.

Zhang has been singing since she was little and loves to be on a stage, being the center of attention and performing in front of an audience.

University of Minnesota geology and geophysics researchers, along with their colleagues from China, have uncovered surprising effects of climate patterns on social upheaval and the fall of dynasties in ancient China.

Their research identifies a natural phenomenon that may have been the last straw for some Chinese dynasties: a weakening of the summer Asian Monsoons. Such weakening accompanied the fall of three dynasties and now could be lessening precipitation in northern China.

By Per Anderson of Concordia College, contributing writer, MPCC NEWS

Bruce Johnson, a professor of economics and management at Gustavus Adolphus College, was part of a ten-person delegation that recently visited United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai, China. He admits that he returned home with a mixture of feelings. “I was excited by the educational and exchange opportunities, puzzled by the mixture of economic activities and flattered by the genuine welcome we received from UIC students and staff.” This was Johnson’s first trip to Asia and he would “return in a minute” — though next time he would definitely bypass the chicken feet he ate at one luncheon.


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