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New life for one U student

Published December 15, 2004

While many University students spent Thanksgiving with family and friends, University student Audrey spent her Thanksgiving alone in Arizona. Nine days and $17,000 later, she came back to the University...

Stem cell research setbacks discussed at U

Published December 9, 2004

Biology might be a way to answer tough questions about stem cell research, University of California professor Evan Snyder said Tuesday. Snyder, who is also a program director at the Burnham Institute,...

Study: Low-glycemic diets reduce hunger

Published December 1, 2004

People might be able to stick with their diets longer if they get calories from the right sources. A University researcher found that low-glycemic diets, or diets low in sugars but with moderate levels...

Public health pioneer dies

Published November 24, 2004

Former University professor and public-health pioneer Ancel Keys died Saturday from natural causes at age 100. Keys was known throughout the world for research that established a connection between diet,...

Wis. stem cell plan might not be a threat to U

Published November 23, 2004

Efforts to beef up stem cell and biotechnology research are beginning to multiply across the nation. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle announced a plan last week to spend approximately $750 million on biotechnology...

Campaign for free higher ed. visits U

Published November 18, 2004

The last few years' tuition increases might cause some students to think the possibility of free higher education is nonexistent. But a national campaign aiming to erase the cost of higher education is...

Family meals benefit health

Published November 11, 2004

Eating broccoli salad or hamburger casserole might not be every teen's idea of family bonding, but a new study shows it can influence healthy eating habits in adolescents. In a study published this month,...

U grows red blood cells

Published November 10, 2004

University researchers are growing red blood cells from one of 19 federally funded functioning lines for embryonic stem cell research. Although researchers do not yet know how their findings could be used,...

U provides services for sexual assault victims

Published November 4, 2004

During his college career, communications studies junior Dan Frank became a victim of sexual violence. He was not a University student at the time, but said the crime occurred at a college party. Frank...

Flu vaccine arrives at U

Published November 2, 2004

Boynton Health Service received 6,000 flu vaccines from the state last week, said Dave Golden, public health and marketing director at the service. Although the vaccines have arrived, only people in high-risk...

Keillor, Heinz rally for Dems at the U

Published October 26, 2004

During a week embedded with political visits, Garrison Keillor and Andre Heinz campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry on Monday at the University. The University DFL student group...

Film sparks talks on obesity

Published October 26, 2004

When viewers saw "Supersize Me" in Moos Towers on Monday night, they didn't munch on french fries or chicken nuggets. Instead they savored carrots, apples, oatmeal bars and water. In an effort to encourage...

Research creates divide

Published October 25, 2004

Many say they believe the cures for Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and spinal cord injuries lie in the realm of embryonic stem cell research. The possibility of expanding the research in the...

Two U profs receive high medical honor

Published October 21, 2004

Two University professors received one of the highest honors in the field of medicine last week. Neuroscience professor Apostolos Georgopoulos and public health professor Mike Osterholm were named to the...

Grant lets U expand science

Published October 19, 2004

The University will soon expand its research capabilities by increasing studies of natural products' medicinal purposes. The University's Center for Spirituality and Healing received a $2.3 million grant...

U lab buys more space

Published October 15, 2004

University students and faculty interested in biosciences most often relocate to California and Massachusetts to pursue their career goals, said University College of Biological Sciences Dean Robert Elde...

Conference addresses nursing industry concerns

Published October 13, 2004

University senior Julie Novotny did not know her future profession is misunderstood in the community, she said. But after attending a conference addressing current dilemmas in the nursing industry, Novotny...

Mini med school teaches public about neurology

Published October 12, 2004

Carleton College junior Mark Ericson said he isn't sure if applying to medical school is in his future plans. But he's testing the possibility through the University's Mini Medical School lecture series. For...

U will not get flu vaccine

Published October 7, 2004

University health officials usually encourage students to receive flu vaccinations each fall. But this year, officials are urging students to forgo the precaution. Boynton Health Service has not received...

U researcher makes swimming a sticky situation

Published October 6, 2004

Last summer, University professor Edward Cussler swam in a pool of a snot-colored, thick, sticky, syrupy substance for the sake of curiosity and science. In a study, he determined that swimming in a pool...

Speakers at U promote stem cell use

Published October 5, 2004

Recent University retiree Leslie Wilbert's lips trembled and her voice quivered as she flipped through a pink photo album of her granddaughter, Lauren Olson, who suffers from juvenile diabetes. Wilbert...

U to test HPV vaccine

Published September 30, 2004

In the next four years, a new vaccine could change women's reproductive health. University researchers will soon begin testing a vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV, a sexually transmitted infection...

U confirms West Nile bald eagle deaths

Published September 28, 2004

Bald eagles face a new threat this year, but humans and toxins are not the culprits. The University's Raptor Center confirmed that the West Nile virus killed four male bald eagles in the Minnesota and...

Pawlenty continues support of Mayo and U’s partnership

Published September 27, 2004

During his tour of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Thursday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he will continue to support the biotechnology and medical genomics partnership between the University and Mayo Clinic. Although...

2003 Law School alumnus’ complaint won’t likely get him a new grade

Published September 22, 2004

University 2003 Law School graduate Shane Placek was .013 of a point away from graduating with honors. He said a violation of University policy prevented him from receiving that honor, and he decided to...

U researchers discover gene that kills baby horses

Published September 20, 2004

Horses are professor Stephanie Valberg's passion. For the last five years, she and other veterinary medicine researchers at the University have been working to find out why some horses die shortly after...

Bush campaigns in Minnesota again

Published September 17, 2004

College student Nathan Ellering went to see President George W. Bush speak yesterday as an undecided voter. By the end of the president's speech, his decision was made. "I'll vote for him," the Dakota...

Discussions arise on obesity litigation

Published September 15, 2004

Forecasting that obesity litigation could become the nation's next lawsuit wave, University and community health experts discussed the topic with 240 listeners at Coffman Union on Tuesday. More than 400,000...

Displaced students bunk in expanded housing

Published September 10, 2004

First-year student John Ballantine applied late to the University, and said he is now paying for it. Although the price does not affect his pocket book, it does affect his living arrangement. Ballantine...

U students volunteer at health-care clinic

Published September 8, 2004

In class, medical students are expected to learn the basics of medicine, such as taking blood pressure, testing for disease and learning general practice procedures. But more than 100 University students...

U to push clinical science

Published September 7, 2004

If knowledge that could cure cancer were discovered today, it might take 17 years before patients could benefit from it. Through a plan that emphasizes clinical science, the University is attempting to...

School of Nursing dean leaves U for Washington

Published August 18, 2004

As dean of the University's School of Nursing, Sandra Edwardson said she lost touch with her academic roots. On Aug. 31, she'll be returning to those roots when she resigns from her current post to join...

Lightning strike kills U nursing grad

Published August 11, 2004

Amy Wenger died doing what she loved. Wenger, who recently received her master's degree from the University's School of Nursing, died Aug. 2 at Wisconsin Badger Camp, near Prairie du Chien, Wis., when...

School of Public Health Dean Mark Becker to leave U for South Carolina

Published August 4, 2004

Typical days for School of Public Health Dean Mark Becker do not exist. His routine schedule of leading the school and teaching classes part-time is interrupted by last-minute meetings with student leaders...

University grad heads to Athens

Published July 21, 2004

Marcia Swanson beat out 400 applicants to go to the Olympics this year - not to compete, but to work with the finest athletes in the world. Swanson, a University sports massage therapist, will serve on...

Incoming Hmong refugees to receive medical help at several U clinics

Published July 14, 2004

The University's North Memorial Clinic provides medical aid to many cultures in the Twin Cities. But soon one of those populations will increase significantly, and the clinic is working to cater to its...

U requests changes to stem cell policy

Published July 6, 2004

The University endorsed a June 23 letter to President George W. Bush supporting embryonic stem cell research. The letter - sent by the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research - requests an update...

Researchers find protein to stall HIV

Published June 30, 2004

The human body contains a "search and destroy" protein that can directly mutate the human immunodeficiency virus, University researchers discovered last week. The protein might contribute to HIV resistance...

Study: results mixed on organic produce

Published June 23, 2004

Organic produce might contain more contamination than conventional produce does, according to a recent study by University researchers. The study - concerning the potential for disease-causing bacteria...

Delays in state legislation hurt biotechnology research

Published June 16, 2004

University and Mayo Clinic officials continue to push for a legislative special session to pass a bonding bill that would further their biotechnology and medical genomics partnership. The bill, which funds...

Maziar going to Notre Dame

Published June 1, 2004

University provost Christine Maziar compares herself to a graduating senior. She said she doesn't know where she'll be living this summer, she wants to spend time with friends before she leaves and she'll...

Petition circulates regarding treament of Iraqis

Published May 24, 2004

Approximately 300 University staff, faculty and graduate students signed a petition protesting the recent alleged prisoner torture and abuse in Iraq. A group of University professors and faculty started...

Pioneering U professor and surgeon dies at 91

Published May 6, 2004

Richard Varco, a retired regents professor and surgeon, died Monday at age 91. Varco performed the Midwest's first successful organ transplant at the University in 1963, said Dr. John Najarian, a retired...

Acting program prepares to graduate first students

Published May 6, 2004

Leah Curney spends a large chunk of her time packing her whole life into a backpack each morning. In it, she compresses acting props, homework assignments and clothing necessary for her classes. And for...

File-sharing lawsuits reach U

Published April 29, 2004

The Recording Industry Association of America slapped two individuals who used University Internet service providers to share copyrighted music with lawsuits Wednesday. The RIAA civil action suits - filed...

Forum mulls Middle East

Published April 26, 2004

Destroying myths and providing alternative ideas about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict created enthusiasm and dissent at an academic conference at the University last Friday. The conference - Fugitive...

Students praise Spring Jam despite bad weather

Published April 26, 2004

Because of uncooperative weather, Saturday's "Spring Jam Block Party" - which closed Spring Jam week - ended early. Four bands were supposed to play but only two performed because of increasing rainfall....

Lama promotes Buddhist spirituality and meditation for Westerners

Published April 21, 2004

Lama Ole Nydahl spoke about developing fearlessness, joy, active compassion and seeking truth through Buddhism to approximately 30 people at the Coffman Union bookstore Tuesday. After a book signing, Nydahl...

New grant spurs student groups to work together

Published April 19, 2004

The number of registered student organizations is growing and more are choosing to work together, group members said. As of Wednesday, 615 student groups were registered at the University. Because of the...

U club reaches for the heavens

Published April 19, 2004

Sophomore Lauren Goldenstein glanced anxiously at her friend Kristi Kotenberg and swallowed nervously while she prepared for the biggest jump of her life - a 14,200-foot dive from an airplane. "Goldenstein,...

U panel debates same-sex marriage, GLBT rights

Published April 16, 2004

A debate about redefining a societal institution sparked controversy Thursday night at the University. A group of five panelists met on campus to discuss same-sex marriage before a group of more than 70...

Adamovich, Cerny focus on campus safety in MSA run

Published April 8, 2004

Juniors Brian Adamovich and Steve Cerny said their different political affiliations balance each other and will hopefully balance the University. Adamovich and Cerny are vying for the Minnesota Student...

Official urges Pakistanis in U.S. to enrich the culture

Published April 5, 2004

Assimilating into U.S. culture and the effects of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on international students and foreign relations were topics of discussion Friday at the Pakistani Student Association Annual...

Pakistani officials to speak today on campus

Published April 2, 2004

Two officials from the Pakistan Embassy will speak to the University's Pakistani Student Association today at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Paul Student Center. The speakers are Pakistan's deputy chief of mission...

Right-wing comedians perform at Coffman

Published April 1, 2004

The Right Stuff" comedians stepped on uncharted territory Wednesday night at the Coffman Union Theater. Their first time appearing on a college campus, the right-wing comedians performed in front of 205...

Speaker questions role of sex in U.S. society, current sexual stereotypes

Published March 30, 2004

University members gathered in Lind Hall Monday to talk about sex. Jodi O'Brien, a professor of sociology at Seattle University, lectured on "sexual silence and shame and good old American values" to a...

Railroad Club promotes a ‘lifetime hobby’

Published March 25, 2004

Deep in a converted basement kitchen at 1701 University Ave. S.E., among scraps of wood, cardboard and smatterings of paint, a few University students, staff, faculty and alumni are chugging away at a...

Founding director of U statistics department dies

Published March 24, 2004

Seymour Geisser, longtime director of the University's statistics department, died March 11. He was 74. Geisser died from heart disease and aplastic anemia, his wife, Anne Geisser, said. He became the...

U student group hit the road to perform spring break public service

Published March 22, 2004

University student Greg Tehven found $40 on a Philadelphia street during spring break. Instead of pocketing the money for himself, Tehven decided to pay it forward and bought meals for strangers. While...

PR, free speech entangled

Published March 10, 2004

As the role of public relations at universities increases, free speech could suffer, critics said. "Free speech is always a messy issue," said Charles Samuelson, Minnesota Civil Liberties Union director. As...

College Republicans name five U students to statewide offices

Published March 8, 2004

The University's College Republicans helped elect a new state board and one of its members won an activism award at the organization's state convention over the weekend. Two University students were elected...

Roundtable discussion on women’s roles in politics kicks off Women’s History Month

Published March 5, 2004

Thursday a roundtable discussion involving three high-profile Minnesota women kicked off Women's History Month. The panel featured former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, Minnesota Secretary of...

Third parties caucus, stress local politics

Published March 3, 2004

With no high-profile presidential candidate to date, the major Minnesota third parties caucused last night, hoping to offer the politically fatigued a new avenue. A majority of the 21 Green Party members...

Two clubs take a hit

Published February 26, 2004

Student Services Fees subcommittees released their recommendations Wednesday for student group funding - a day earlier than expected. Many student groups received recommendations that were significantly...

Services across campus depend on fees

Published February 25, 2004

From student government to flu shots, student services fees infiltrate almost all facets of the University. Last year, the Student Services Fees Committee distributed approximately $20 million worth of...

Allocating fees is a long process

Published February 25, 2004

Fiscal responsibility is not only for University administrators and business majors. Counting dollars and cents is the forte of the student committee charged with allocating $20 million in student fees...

Report: more work, less aid

Published February 17, 2004

University students work more and expect less assistance than other students, according to a report presented to the Board of Regents on Thursday. A regents' committee discussed a report concerning financial...

Few U-area HIV/AIDS cases surprise some experts

Published February 13, 2004

University senior Ryan Sunderman thinks about HIV/AIDS every day - not because he has it, but because he is one of the peer educators students turn to when receiving their HIV test results. Of the more...

Horowitz slams college liberalism

Published February 11, 2004

David Horowitz spoke about the vanishing ideals of academic freedom at the University on Tuesday night. "There are too many professors that treat students as putty, as political recruits," said Horowitz,...

New owner plans to convert Dub’s into an Irish pub

Published February 9, 2004

It was a relatively quiet Saturday night for Dub's Pub and Grill last weekend, where a few die-hard patrons came to say goodbye to one of their favorite bars. The popular Dinkytown hangout might close...

Organizers urge all races to celebrate black heritage

Published February 2, 2004

Gladys Mambo did not celebrate Black History Month until four years ago. After arriving from Africa to study at the University, she became involved in the Black Student Union, which showed her how to celebrate...

Students welcome new season with Hindu festival

Published February 2, 2004

Brave souls from the Hindu Student Society endured Saturday's frigid temperatures to gather in room 303 of Coffman Union and welcome the start of a new season through the Hindu festival of Basant Panchami...

Eclectic groups offer students varied experiences at the U

Published January 29, 2004

Inside a quiet elevator packed with students, University junior Anthony Brown sang and played his drums. His creation, the Elevator Music Club - designed to break any awkward silences lingering in Middlebrook...

Former University veterinary professor, poultry pioneer dies

Published January 23, 2004

Dr. Benjamin S. Pomeroy, former professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and pioneer in the advancement of the poultry industry, died Saturday from congestive heart failure. He was 92. Pomeroy started...

Chinese ring in the new year, 4701

Published January 22, 2004

Two dancers cloaked under a lion's head and a sheath of blue silk and sequins weaved around tables and bystanders Wednesday night to summon the year of the monkey. Today is the first day of the Chinese...

U administrators craft policies against picture phones

Published January 21, 2004

Picture cell phones that boast digital cameras the size of a dime could create tricky privacy conundrums for guardians of the University's more intimate areas. Although no privacy violations have occurred,...