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Social and Animal Welfare

Land-grant colleges, such as the University of Minnesota, have a research mission to promote animal, human, and environmental health. By providing research funding to multiple colleges throughout the University, MAES funds research in both animal and social sciences. Significantly, the University's unique urban location allows for research studies that would be impossible for many other land-grant institutions.

For information on the latest social and animal welfare research please visit the features and impacts page.

Veterinary Medicine and Animal Welfare

Often Vet Med and Animal Science researchers work in hand-in-hand to protect consumers, producers, and agriculture animals. From researching emerging farm animal diseases to developing treatments for family pets, University scientists are on the cutting edge of veterinary and animal welfare issues.

Housing and Family Life

The U of M’s unique metropolitan location makes it an ideal place to study urban and affordable housing. Social science researchers are taking a close look at families and how everything from finances to divorce affects today's family unit.

Education and Healthy Living

From food safety and childhood obesity to economic education and the STEM Education Center, University researchers are committed to educating people throughout the world on how to live healthier, happier lives.

In 2016, approximately 3.5 million children were the subject of at least one report to Child Protective Services (CPS). Lynette Renner and her team are working to fill the knowledge gap related to how siblings are affected by child maltreatment within their homes particularly as it relates to academic outcomes.

The Minnesota Youth Institute (MNYI) is a life-changing experience where high school students are encouraged to think critically about local and global hunger issues. During the event, the students engage with local leaders, experts, and industries on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on STEM activities and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Minnesota and around the world.

In 2015, the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacekeeping (CRP) at the University of Minnesota conducted an audit of the St. Paul Police-Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC). In total, 18 recommendations were identified for the commission to consider. By the end of 2016, a series of public listening sessions and protests led to changes on the commission.