Social and Animal Welfare

Social and Animal Welfare Features and Impacts

In effort to understand how susceptible Great Lakes pine tree stands are to Mountain Pine Beetle, Marcella Windmuller-Campione and her team developed a hazard rating system that uses common attributes of forest structure and composition to determine an individual stands risk level.

Honey bees play a keystone role in the productivity of agriculture and the beauty of our world by pollinating fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers. Recently, Marla Spivak and her team have been exploring how honey bees keep themselves healthy through social immunity - including propolis envelopes.

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. 

Despite control efforts, Salmonella remains a major cause of foodborne outbreaks in the U.S. resulting in an annual estimated loss of around $4 billion. Anup Johnny and his team are working to discover effective methods to control multidrug-resistant Salmonella to improve the safety of poultry products.

Roger Ruan and his team are developing intense pulsed light (IPL) technology to reduce harmful bacteria and other microorganisms in dry or powdered foods. For the project, they have designed and fabricated a small lab scale system for testing the IPL process in terms of microbial inactivation and physical, chemical and sensory changes under different conditions.

A three-year study looks at the specific fatty acids profile in milk produced from cows fed a 100 percent forage-based diet to cows under both conventional and organic management. 

C. difficile is a dangerous and debilitating bacterial infection of the intestine that affects about 500,000 people annually--causing about 29,000 deaths--in the United States. UMN researchers are working to develop and standardize a new treatment with origins in ancient Chinese medicine.

Over 1000 attended the National Climate Adaptation Forum in Saint Paul, MN. The forum provided an excellent opportunity for professionals from the private and public sectors to share information and solutions around how to best prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change.