How MnSCU and the Univ. of Minnesota might cooperate


We’ve all heard about how much the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system and the University of Minnesota want to work together under their new leaders, Steven Rosenstone and Eric Kaler.

But how?

Not too many details have been mentioned, but here’s what the Capitol bureau chief of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports as a possibility:

The leaders said an example of the intersection is nanotechnology, use of molecule-sized particles in manufacturing. (Kaler said one nanotechnology use could be to change a material to make it waterproof, but make no other changes in its properties.)

This year’s Legislature approved a university nanotechnology research center. The U can do the basic research, then Rosenstone said, a MnSCU institution such as Dakota County Technical College could figure out how to use the discoveries in real life.

“If you can’t turn it into a manufacturing process that works,” he said, the research means little.

MnSCU already backs up computer data on the U’s campus, the paper reports.

Read the full piece here.