The Minnesota Daily

All content by Geoffrey Ziezulewicz

U officials tour for bioscience

May 7, 2004

University officials will take part in a "trade mission" today set up by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to highlight the state's educational, research, technology and staffing resources in the field of biosciences. Academic...

U to receive $720,000 for lung disease research

May 7, 2004

The University will receive approximately $720,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a lung disease research program, Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., announced Monday. Through the funding,...

Researchers see robots’ future in smaller, wireless machines

May 6, 2004

University professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos is out to dispel popular robotic misconceptions, one tiny device at a time. The robots created in the University's Center for Distributed Robotics look like...

Coffman evacuated Tuesday because of gas odor

May 5, 2004

University officials evacuated Coffman Union for approximately 30 minutes Tuesday because employees said they smelled natural gas. Officials placed the first notice of a gas-like odor around 4:20 p.m....

U doctors use robots to advance safer surgery

May 4, 2004

When it comes to open-heart surgery, University professor and surgeon Kenneth Liao said he believes in less chest destruction. Standard heart surgeries involve breaking a patient's breastbone and sometimes...

Event features contraceptive education

May 4, 2004

Students can learn about contraceptives today when author Dr. Jennifer Berman speaks at noon in 2-650 Moos Tower. Berman will join University gynecology professor June LaValleur in discussing the latest...

Researchers discover female chimps learn faster than males

April 29, 2004

Female chimpanzees heed their mothers more and are better learners than male chimpanzees, University researchers have discovered. A recent study published in the scientific journal Nature reveals the sex-based...

U gets $15M for food security

April 28, 2004

The Department of Homeland Security awarded $15 million to the University on Tuesday to help protect the nation's food supply from deliberate contamination or terrorist attack. The three-year grant will...

Group OKs U human studies

April 28, 2004

Whether conducting psychological evaluations or testing new drugs, the University protects its human research subjects. That was the finding behind Tuesday's announcement that The Association for the Accreditation...

In the woods, another U facility

April 22, 2004

TUSCON, Ariz. - Fifty miles west of Mount Graham and its Large Binocular Telescope, on the other side of Coronado National Forest, sits another telescope the University uses. The University has owned the...

Vatican team sees a creator in the creation

April 22, 2004

SAFFORD, Ariz. - Though the Vatican has operated a telescope on Mount Graham since 1993, the Rev. Christopher Corbally said the church is not focused on astronomy in the name of finding a higher power...

All sides put value on environment

April 22, 2004

SEditor's note: Today's reports conclude a two-part series on the Mount Graham telescope project, which the University voted to join in October 2002. AFFORD, Ariz. - The Swift Trail, which leads to the...

A mirror with a view

April 21, 2004

TUSCON, Ariz. - Rarely do the subjects of French cuisine and astrophysical optics overlap. But for Peter Wehinger, telescope mirrors and egg dishes are not mutually exclusive. "Constructing a mirror is...

Nursing School researcher receives $600,000

April 8, 2004

A University Nursing School researcher has received a nearly $600,000 award to study hearing loss among Latino construction workers in the United States. Madeleine Kerr will use the funds for three years...

AIDS forum calls for U.S. leadership

April 5, 2004

Students, administrators and experts gathered Friday at the McNamara alumni center to discuss the AIDS epidemic and the future of battling the disease. "The next generation of physicians will have lived...

AIDS town hall meeting to be held today

April 2, 2004

University students and the national advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights will host a town hall meeting to discuss the global effects of AIDS at 2 p.m. today in the McNamara alumni center. The event...

2 stem cell research bills see progress

March 31, 2004

The State Legislature moved a step closer to a formal policy regarding the University's stem cell research Tuesday. The Senate's Higher Education Budget Division voted 5-4 Tuesday to send two potential...

U maps genes of diarrhea parasite

March 26, 2004

University researchers announced this week that they have mapped out the gene sequence of a parasite that causes diarrhea in animals and humans. The parasite, formally known as Cryptosporidium Parvum,...

U plans trials in humans

March 23, 2004

The University's Academic Health Center will begin human clinical trials with stem cells late this year that will continue into early next year, University officials said Monday during a stem cell presentation...

Legislator rallies support for Academic Health Center

March 10, 2004

Students at the Academic Health Center must support their colleges if they want the Legislature to continue supporting the center, a Minnesota legislator said Tuesday. Rep. Doug Stang, R-Cold Spring, spoke...

Tobacco funds raise ethical quandary

March 9, 2004

With a Philip Morris USA grant, University researcher Dr. Jordan Holtzman is examining why smokers get heart disease. Although tobacco industry grants provide only a small fraction of sponsored research...

Moos Tower hosts talk on women’s health-care issues, medical research

March 5, 2004

Bedecked in an admiral's adornments, U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Susan Blumenthal addressed the past, present and future of women's health care Thursday at Moos Tower. The University's National Center...

U advances its medical programs

March 4, 2004

University Medical School Dean Deborah Powell remembers the first time she met SimMan, a computerized mannequin that can mimic certain health problems and allows medical students to insert needles or take...

Peace Corps to hold drop-in office hours

March 3, 2004

Peace Corps officials are asking University students to give peace a chance as the organization kicks off Peace Corps Week. The week, which began Monday, marks the 43rd year Peace Corps volunteers have...

U researcher will stimulate a nerve to combat bulimia

February 26, 2004

A University researcher will begin research to combat the physical causes of bulimia. Dr. Patricia Faris said she will begin a study using an implantable device that makes patients with eating disorders...

Eye Bank is always open for rush transplants

February 20, 2004

For University student Jennifer Mochinski, accidentally scratching the cornea of her right eye posed some huge problems. "I had a fungus in one of my contacts," she said. "The fungus grew in my eye." After...

Skeptics question embryo use

February 19, 2004

When University biological sciences professor Philip Regal gets excited about his research, he often can't sleep because of all the scientific possibilities running through his head. But if Regal loses...

Students join fray to back candidates

February 18, 2004

Extending her plea through a bullhorn, Megan Maley tried to squeeze every potential Democratic primary voter out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to the polls. Maley, a graduate student at the university,...

Legislator moves to block state from funding embryo research

February 13, 2004

In a move that could affect future University research, a Minnesota legislator introduced a bill yesterday that would deny public funding to institutions that conduct stem cell research using human embryos. The...

Researchers attempt to find area of brain responsible for love

February 13, 2004

As another Valentine's Day steamrolls its way in to the consciousness of lovers and loners alike, different interpretations of just what "love" is continue to perplex people of all ages and sexual persuasions. Some...

Faith in their community

February 9, 2004

At 84 years old, June Calin Storms remembers the Grace University Lutheran Church on the corners of Harvard and Delaware streets from another time, before the University's health sciences buildings sprouted...

Four U research teams get bioscience grants

February 5, 2004

When University professor Robert Hebbel was working on blood-disease research, he developed a method to grow blood vessel cells from a simple blood sample as a leisurely side project. He did not expect...

U plans facility to process animal remains

January 29, 2004

On any given day in the University's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, scientist Ron Joki will dispose of anywhere from hundreds to thousands of pounds of animal carcasses and remains. Whether from animal research...

For drug researchers, an invention is the first step toward a treatment

January 26, 2004

University researcher Dr. Carston Wagner spent most of the last 10 years inventing and developing a new drug compound that could fight AIDS and cancer. It has enough promise that in 2002 the University's...

Students smoke despite danger

January 23, 2004

Sitting before a mound of books, coffee cups and empty cigarette packs at the Purple Onion Cafe, Liz Chapman knows she should quit smoking. "I have come to the conclusion that while in school, it's not...

Acclaimed former U music prof dies at 78

January 20, 2004

Before she passed away Jan. 2 because of complications from several strokes, former University professor Geneva Southall still found ways to catch her daughter off guard. Southall, 78, was an avid music...

Board of Regents searches for new revenue sources

December 12, 2003

A Board of Regents subcommittee Thursday discussed ways for the University to find new revenue sources besides further tuition hikes or an increased dependence on state money. In a presentation to the...

U will run out of flu vaccine by Friday

December 10, 2003

The University will exhaust its flu vaccine supply Friday after vaccinating 13,000 people since October, University officials said. Echoing a nationwide flu vaccine shortage, Boynton Health Service's final...

Medical workers ease stress in music

December 8, 2003

For two hours each week, medical student Fred Langheim sets his books aside and practices his cello. Langheim is one of 50 musicians who play in the Academic Health Center's Health Sciences Orchestra. The...

New breast cancer detection method might prevent biopsies

December 2, 2003

University Cancer Center researchers hope a technique they are developing will prevent unnecessary surgeries for people with potentially cancerous breast lumps. Their findings were published in the Nov....

U battles racial health-care barriers

November 24, 2003

A study released Nov. 17 by the United Health Foundation ranked Minnesota the healthiest state tied with New Hampshire. But Minnesota Department of Health officials said this is not a complete picture...

Conflict of interest policies paramount in accepting grants

November 21, 2003

A U.S. General Accounting Office report released Monday recommended that federal agencies awarding research grants make sure the universities receiving those grants have formal financial conflict of interest...

U gets $7.7 million cell research contract

November 18, 2003

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University a $7.7 million contract to find ways to move cellular research developments toward human clinical research and treatments that could directly...

New U center honors Wellstones’ concern for muscular disease

November 17, 2003

University officials, researchers, families and a Republican lobbyist watched as the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center was dedicated Friday in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Building. The...

U test will save bovines, money

November 13, 2003

University researchers hope a new diagnostic test will help protect Minnesota's cattle population from a type of chronic wasting disease. Johne's disease, a chronic wasting condition that affects hoofed...

University of Minnesota Foundation officials refuse bonuses

November 13, 2003

The University of Minnesota Foundation's top administrators have refused their end-of-campaign bonuses, said Don Wright, outgoing chairman of the foundation's board. Foundation president and CEO Jerry...

Top Campaign Minnesota officials get 6-figure bonuses

November 12, 2003

Following the completion of its record-setting Campaign Minnesota fund-raising drive, the University of Minnesota Foundation paid several hundred thousand dollars in bonuses to its top administrators. According...

Med school applications up for U, nation

November 10, 2003

Applications to U.S. medical schools - including the University's - are on the rise for the first time since 1996. According to a study released Nov. 4 by the Association of American Medical Colleges reported...

Study scrutinizes herbal products, ingredients labels

November 5, 2003

University alumna Liz Johnson works at Magus Books in Dinkytown, where more than 450 herbal products are sold. She has her own thoughts on why herbal supplements such as ginseng or ginkgo biloba are gaining...

U breaks ground on new research facility

November 5, 2003

Despite Tuesday's gray weather, University officials and politicians maintained a sunny disposition at the ground-breaking ceremony for the institution's new Translational Research Facility. The crowd...

National Academy of Sciences honors U prof

October 30, 2003

A University professor received one of the highest honors in medicine Wednesday when the National Academy of Sciences named him to its Institute of Medicine. Regents Professor Ashley Haase, head of the...

Health care underlies many labor disputes

October 29, 2003

Rising health-care cost, one of the main reasons University clerical workers are on strike, has sent others across the country to the picket lines. From striking grocery workers in California to the collective...

Medical education group offers rural study opportunities

October 23, 2003

After finishing his first year of medical school at the University's Duluth campus, Paul Tonkin spent a month working with 10 doctors at a hospital and a clinic in Moose Lake, Minn. During that month,...

Studying animals to save people

October 22, 2003

For third-year veterinary student Kari Ekenstedt, going into veterinary medicine was a natural choice. She has always loved animals, and as she grew older, she said, she realized she loved science, too....

Vet school gets $1 million federal grant

October 21, 2003

In an attempt to combat a shortage of veterinary researchers, the National Institutes of Health awarded the University's College of Veterinary Medicine a five-year, $1 million grant Thursday to attract...

Cerra: Health center faces best and worst

October 16, 2003

Citing "A Tale of Two Cities," Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Frank Cerra said the Academic Health Center is "in the best of times and the worst of times" in his annual address Wednesday at...

Gay students ‘come out’ in annual celebration

October 14, 2003

The University's Queer Student Cultural Center kicked off National Coming Out Week with a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rally outside Coffman Union on Monday. Under a gray autumn sky, GLBT students...

Prof’s test finds heart disease early

October 14, 2003

A University professor is trying to change the way society looks at cardiovascular disease issues. Cardiovascular disease includes not only diseases of the heart but also the blood vessels that nourish...

O’Neill calls for improvements in patient care, health care

October 10, 2003

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill called for improving patient care by eliminating careless medical mistakes and bureaucratic problems in health care Thursday at the University's Carlson School...

Ability to control SARS not known

October 3, 2003

As cold weather arrives and flu viruses flourish, lack of funding might hurt hospitals' ability to contain a potential re-emergence of SARS, University and state health officials said this week. "I have...

Duke researcher to lead University’s heart-repair center

September 24, 2003

Dr. Doris Taylor's decision to leave the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina to head the University's new Center for Cardiovascular Repair pitted one part of her heart against another. "It...

Neurosurgery department announces new chairman

September 19, 2003

Dr. Stephen Haines - former chairman of neurological surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina - will head the Department of Neurosurgery the University announced Thursday. University Medical...

U study: Twin Citians decrease harmful trans-fat intake

September 19, 2003

Junk food lovers have another risk to consider when eating chips, cookies and fast food: trans-fatty acids, or trans-fats. Trans-fats are manmade fats that form when vegetable oils are converted to solids...

Nursing School dean announces resignation

September 17, 2003

After more than a decade as dean of the University's School of Nursing, Sandra Edwardson announced yesterday she will step down from her position. Edwardson became dean of the school in 1991. When her...

Therapy study might help transplant patients

September 15, 2003

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University a five-year, $2.1 million grant to study the benefits of alternative medicine for organ transplant recipients. The study aims to show the benefits...

U receives $1 million grant to coordinate biodefense research

September 11, 2003

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the University a $1 million grant to begin coordinating biodefense research with other universities. The grant was announced along with $350...

U officials object to Goldy endorsement in liquor ad

September 9, 2003

A flyer claiming Zipp's Liquor Store is "where Goldy Gopher shops" was not authorized to use the mascot's name, University officials said. "I can guarantee you, they were never given permission to use...

Recent U teaching graduates are learning a tough lesson

July 7, 2003

When Joshua Larson graduated from the University and received his teaching license in early June, he was ready to go out and fulfill the desire to teach that he first realized as an undergraduate. His...

SARS impedes summer plans for many U Chinese students

June 16, 2003

Many University students and staff are finding out just how wide-ranging the effects of SARS can be this summer. Continued concerns over SARS, have led many Chinese students and researchers at the University...

U participating in program to give teenagers work experience this summer

June 9, 2003

The University will play host to approximately 130 Minneapolis teenagers this summer in a variety of jobs, internships and recreational activities, as part of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's "Step-Up" program,...

University officials study CDC SARS guidelines for campus disease control

May 27, 2003

To plan for cases of SARS, University health officials are creating a policy based on new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The recommendations, released May 14, offer advice to schools...

Event encourages Somali students to consider college

May 9, 2003

Nimco Ali, a Roosevelt High School student, said she wants to go to a big college with strong accounting and finance schools. "But I will not go to Normandale (Community College)," Ali said. Ali was one...

Poll shows most Americans are satisfied with higher education

May 6, 2003

A poll recently released by The Chronicle of Higher Education shows Americans are more than satisfied with the level and quality of higher education in the United States and their faith in higher education...

U student: SARS changes life in China

May 2, 2003

With her parents working in Beijing hospitals, University graduate student Joy Du is ready to fly home to Beijing if necessary. "I would fly back immediately if one of them got SARS," Du said. "If people...

Most U students not leaving Hong Kong, China

April 16, 2003

Despite government- and University-issued travel warnings resulting from the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreaks, most of the 11 University students studying in Hong Kong and China are not coming...

U student to return from China amid SARS concerns

April 10, 2003

The first University student to leave China because of the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak is expected back in Minnesota next week, a University official said. Al Balkcum, Global Campus' study...

Advocates hope to increase low-income students’ enrollment in selective schools

April 10, 2003

A report released last week by the Educational Testing Service shows college students from low-income families are the most underrepresented group at the nation's 146 most selective universities. That...

SARS concerns trigger U-issued Hong Kong, China travel warning

April 9, 2003

In response to U.S. State Department and World Health Organization advisories, the University provost's office sent an e-mail to its directors, department heads and deans Monday recommending that no one...

Despite war in Iraq, military recruitment is ‘business as usual’

April 4, 2003

The Dinkydome Army recruiting office is a cozy little room nestled on the third floor overlooking the bustle on 15th Avenue Southeast. But the large number of people walking past the building is a stark...

As a 10-year-old, U student spent days as Iraqi hostage

March 27, 2003

Penny Nabokov's British Airways flight was scheduled for a one-hour refueling layover at Kuwait International Airport on Aug. 2, 1990. Unfortunately for Nabokov, it was the same day the Iraqi army invaded...

U pep band plays for ‘A Prairie Home Companion’

January 27, 2003

MThe band took the stage for the live broadcast just after 5 p.m. in the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. In the little slice of Keillor's Minnesota that is "A Prairie Home Companion," the band...

String-Busting Rock at The Quest

September 26, 2002

It is a fine example of the illogic of the music industry machine that 93X talked up the fuzz-box rock of California's Queens of the Stone Age for weeks prior to their show, yet rarely if ever played them....

Still into the Replacements

September 5, 2002

Sunset Black has no rock star vibe. Vocalist Brandon Sammons, guitarist Mike Evans, bassist TJ Matthews and drummer Jaime Gehly are as down to earth as any band in Minneapolis, and an exemplar of Midwest...