Junior Fartun Dirie's research project turned abstract ideas into concrete maps. Through these "mental maps," she seeks to understand local Somalis' view on residential desireability, migration decisions and how they perceive the Twin Cities' landscape.
The annual Minnesota Tekne Awards honor those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate, improve lifestyles and impact the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and all over the world.
Over the summer, Fekadu conducted a research project that studied the painting of street murals over gang-tagged Minneapolis businesses with artist Jimmy Longoria, the only Chicano/Latino/Hispanic to be awarded a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship.
This week's notes feature faculty George Baboila, Dr. Mike Klein, Dr. Patricia Stankovitch, Dr. Martin Warren, Virgil Wiebe, Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker and Jennifer Wright; staff Mark Jensen; and doctoral students Peter Keenan and Kristen Stevens.
Among this years speakers and performers are Max Weinberg, legendary drummer of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and St. Thomas faculty members Dr. Carol Bruess, Dr. Gerald Ruch, Dr. Richard Sathe and Dr. Victoria Young.
This week's notes feature staff member Samba Dieng; faculty Dr. Leah Domine, Dr. Len Jennings, Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada, Dr. Kevin Thiessen, Dr. Daniel Tight, Dr. Lisa Waldner, Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker and Dr. Kyle Zimmer; doctoral students Ashley Gulden and Michael Oien; and alumna Jen Blank.