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Book-buying is U’s first lesson

Published August 24, 1998

With long lines, costly supplies and general confusion, buying course books is one of the most dreaded of student experiences. The task often leaves people hurting -- both in the head and in the pocketbook. But...

U Card unites students and services

Published August 24, 1998

For some, the U Card may be just another bad identification picture in which people practice their mug-shot face. But according to University officials, the U Card is literally a key to the benefits,...

Prof explores

Published August 21, 1998

University researcher Peter Hancock spends his days examining how a driver responds to road signs or a pilot handles a new cockpit. Hancock, a kinesiology professor and director of the Human Factors Research...

Study says laws limiting teenage

Published August 19, 1998

While the percentage of teenagers experimenting with cigarettes has increased, a University researcher has found that laws designed to impede teen smoking seem to be working. A recent survey of Minnesota...

Student’s study to assist Olympic skiers

Published August 17, 1998

For University doctoral student Steve Gaskill, the current method of training of Olympic cross-country and Nordic skiers is akin to "shooting billiards with your eyes closed." Since no clear methods for...

Local TV show

Published July 24, 1998

Although largely confined to her hospital room by a kidney dialysis machine, Gina Rolfson still connects to almost 90 other patients through a unique television program. "Kids Club TV," a variety show...

Drug lowers

Published July 23, 1998

For post-menopausal women, potential cancer-causing side effects from estrogen treatments that prevent osteoporosis and heart disease could be worse than the illnesses themselves. But a new drug being...

Study explores alternative to

Published July 17, 1998

With four million Americans suffering from terminal heart failure, the outcome of a new national study may be the miracle they're hoping for. The study will test the effectiveness of a new mechanical...

National panel explores

Published July 15, 1998

The precarious future of Medicare brought two U.S. Senators and four congressmen to a public forum at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Monday. The National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare,...

Researchers model Earth’s crust, geology

Published July 10, 1998

Tucked away at a lab beside the Mississippi River near St. Anthony Main, University researchers are building a 40-foot-long basin to visualize the sections of the Earth's crust. Dubbed the "Jurassic Tank,"...

Researchers discover faster vaccine testing method

Published July 10, 1998

For University microbiologists, the motto "seeing is believing" guided them in their development of a new technique to test the effectiveness of experimental vaccines. University researchers, with assistance...

U researchers improve lives of epileptics

Published July 1, 1998

For 81-year-old Richfield, Minn., resident Martha Mason, taking care of her epileptic son, John, for the past 40 years was often a terrifying and exhausting experience. He often experienced a cluster...

New supercomputer updates research abilities

Published June 26, 1998

With the University's purchase of a new $9 million supercomputer from IBM this spring, officials hope to catapult the University back into supercomputing preeminence. The new state-of-the-art machine...

Case tests free speech issues on the Internet

Published June 19, 1998

A former University student's allegedly libelous comments in an online chat room could lead a London court to make a fundamental ruling on electronic freedom of speech. In October, British physicist Laurence...

Life is hell without Stairway to Heaven’

Published June 8, 1998

Staring up at the homemade posters and murals adorning his bedroom walls, University English major Matt Olson admits he loves Led Zeppelin. It was only a sad coincidence then when Olson found his vinyl...

Student fees finance new

Published June 3, 1998

With promises of quick access and even faster computers, College of Liberal Arts officials gathered Tuesday to celebrate the grand opening of a new computer lab. Liberal arts officials built the lab to...

Scientists explain cells’ role in brain communication

Published June 2, 1998

In what scientists touted as a "major step forward," a study released Monday by University researchers provided a glimpse of how a majority of the cells in the brain communicate. The study, spearheaded...

Topic of ant lecture is no diminutive matter

Published May 28, 1998

Using insect traps, sprays and even shoe heels can kill a few ants. But rarely can they wipe out an entire colony. Their highly organized structures and communication makes ants resilient said Berthold...

Conference rewards

Published May 21, 1998

Sitting idly at a display showing off his hard work digitizing old archaeology photos, frustration gripped Kent Bakken. Despite his effort exerted converting the slides for an Internet site, people paid...

Sorority organizes

Published May 18, 1998

It was a visit to Emily Eelkema's high school by University professors that propelled her interest in aerospace engineering. On Saturday, the Institute of Technology senior returned the favor. As a fund-raising...

Speaker says man still better than machine

Published May 8, 1998

When chess-playing computer Deep Blue II beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov in October 1997, analysts hailed it as a broader victory of machine over man. But the computer's co-creator told 70 people...

Web project will connect students with colleges, jobs

Published May 8, 1998

Touted as the one-stop hub in the web of higher education in Minnesota, the state's Virtual University initiative is running full speed ahead. Ann Hill Duin, one of the leaders of the Virtual University...

IT magazine rakes in awards

Published April 28, 1998

Writers for the science magazine, Minnesota Technolog, took home awards in nine of 11 categories in a national awards convention Sunday. Technolog is the Institute of Technology's student magazine. It...

U’s top

Published April 27, 1998

The man vested with leading the University's Internet 2 and Virtual University initiatives announced his resignation Friday to accept a similar post at the University of Maryland. Don Riley, associate...

Imaging tool helps astronomers study the cosmos

Published April 24, 1998

Necessity is the mother of invention. So when University astronomers wanted to observe the overturning surface of red giant stars or other cosmic phenomenon, they invented the PowerWall to satisfy their...

Capitalism receives criticism from

Published April 17, 1998

For University graduate student Yeon-Taek Ryu, a Thursday forum on the Asian economic crisis brought him essential information about the financial hemorrhaging in his native country. "I don't know much...

Researchers

Published April 15, 1998

Although it's touted as the Internet of the next generation, Vice President Al Gore proclaimed Tuesday that the powerful network called Internet 2 is on the cusp of reality. Gore formally unveiled the...

U professor is leader in neuroscience

Published April 13, 1998

Charles Nelson is just a doctor to the youngsters he studies. They would never expect that, minus a coonskin cap, the child psychology professor is a pioneer as well. "He's probably the most important...

U leaders

Published April 13, 1998

For University professor Ernie Retzel, gridlock applies more to his computer-aided research than to his morning commute from St. Paul. "I have to compete with World Wide Web traffic, image uploads and...

Research offers hope for cancer victims

Published April 2, 1998

University researchers unveiled an experimental prostate cancer treatment Wednesday that kills only cancer cells without damaging other healthy cells. The lead researcher and University professor, Akhouri...

Alternative is dead; long live electronica

Published March 15, 1998

Alternative music is dead. Throw away your strings and guitar picks. Trash your Stone Temple Pilots CDs and your Eddie Vedder poster. Rather, today's new generation combines some of the old school. So...

Distance learning dilemma debated

Published March 12, 1998

Interactive television and Web-based teaching is upon us. But some area college administrators, professors and concerned citizens wonder whether the trend is a good thing. About 100 people attended Wednesday's...

Patent bill’s effects on products discussed

Published March 11, 1998

University administrators fear that if a patent bill under consideration in Congress passes, it will dramatically alter the way they do business. Officials in the University's Office of Patents and Technology...

New magnetic spectrometer will assist in drug research

Published March 6, 1998

University officials lured a prominent scientist away from Yale two years ago with the promise of a $3 million tool that will help him and others study the building blocks of life. As early as this month,...

Internet hacker suspected in computer crashes

Published March 4, 1998

An Internetwide hacker attack struck the University late Monday, but computer specialists chalked it up as a nuisance that will have no lasting effects. University computer specialist Charles Betz discovered...

Health organization assists efforts at medical research

Published March 3, 1998

Despite almost a year's existence, the University's Research Service Organization doesn't have a phone number yet. But the lack of a direct line hasn't prevented it from helping University researchers...

Web program allows for

Published February 26, 1998

Beginning spring quarter, students enrolled in College of Liberal Arts courses can use an Internet program to find course information or interact with their classmates. The World Wide Web program, called...

U might require PCs in 1999

Published February 26, 1998

Along with paper and pens, students will need another tool when they come to the University in the fall of 1999 -- a computer. Over the past year, the University's Council of Undergraduate Deans has discussed...

New software lets students create mock tests

Published February 19, 1998

Students trying to decipher the Constitution or get the lowdown on Freud's theories will find a new ally in a computer study aid. And if they act fast, students can find it for free. A program, CyberStudy...

Study finds heart attack, plaque connection

Published February 17, 1998

Dentists who harp their patients about brushing their teeth before bed could have hit at the heart of another problem -- literally. According to University research unveiled at a conference in Philadelphia...

Telnet users charged to keep accounts

Published February 13, 1998

More than 7,000 University students checking their e-mail this week learned they can't get messages in the same way for much longer. Before March 1, all students who use the Telnet application to view...

Net privatization might affect higher education

Published February 11, 1998

If President Clinton has his way, the days of Internet addresses ending in ".com" or ".org" are numbered. But while the change may not immediately affect the University's Internet connections, the further...

Computer research prepares for future

Published February 6, 1998

A potential computer timebomb is ticking down on campus. There are only 694 days and counting until the turn of the century. And on New Year's Day, a glitch could reset University computers' internal...

Patents bring in more funds forresearch and technology office

Published February 5, 1998

The University Office for Research and Technology Transfer Administration had a stellar year in 1997, thanks to a dramatic increase in the number of patents issued by the federal government. "We've had...

One man’s moss helps study air quality

Published January 30, 1998

While most visitors to the country's national parks gaze up at nature's majestic beauty, Clifford Wetmore stares at the ground. For the University plant biology professor, the majesty is in the lichen...

Astronaut speaks space to students

Published January 26, 1998

When astronaut Susan Helm first went into space, she didn't realize the height to which she had gone. "I grew two inches taller in space," Helm said. "That I did not expect. That was because the spinal...

Teaching improvementfocus ofworkshops

Published January 23, 1998

After a six month wait, political science Professor Virginia Gray grabbed a seat this week for a popular teaching improvement workshop. High enrollment in such University-sponsored workshops is indicative...

Speech focuses on policies for science and technology

Published January 23, 1998

When it comes to science and technology expenditures, the country's money is not well spent, asserts a University applied economics professor who has studied the issue for 20 years. University Regents'...

Corporate employment in math rises

Published January 16, 1998

Until recently, the graduation present for most Ph.D. math students was a spot on the unemployment line. Now, part-time employment in the business community is on the rise. With the recent changes in...

U promotional video emphasizes biology

Published January 15, 1998

With the melody of a rock guitar soundtrack, the University premiered a video it will use to plug its new molecular and cellular biology initiative. The program revamping, discussed Wednesday at a meeting...

Outreach project gives girls golden opportunity

Published January 12, 1998

Twelve-year-old Theresa Stanton watched in amazement as a rubber ball shattered upon hitting the floor, just moments after a University instructor dipped it in liquid nitrogen. The experiment is commonly...

Rey says NATO should welcome Poles

Published January 9, 1998

Four years of having a front row to history allowed former U.S. Ambassador to Poland Nicholas Rey to see the European nation go from "a basketcase to a driving democracy." Rey, who is currently on a speaking...

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