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...