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The University of Minnesota and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) announced a new partnership today for exchanging knowledge and accelerating educational opportunities for talented African mathematicians. The University of Minnesota is one of only four universities in the United States who are AIMS academic partners. Founded in 2003, AIMS recruits Africa’s most talented university graduates and provides them with a series of intensive, cutting-edge courses in mathematics to enter technical professions or to pursue graduate studies in technical and scientific fields.
Willow Coyote-Maestas is the first University of Minnesota graduate student to receive the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship. His research in the area of focuses on ion channels whose misregulation is involved in numerous neurological and cardiac diseases. Willow's findings could have great application in developing improved drugs for neurological and cardiac disorders.
At its October meeting, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents will discuss graduate and professional education, including academic planning for new graduate programs, enrollment management and financing graduate education.