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U students join national space race

April 6, 2006

Not many people can boast about creating a spacecraft while in college, but about 25 University students can claim just that. A University team is competing against 10 other universities, working on creating...

Students respond to the University’s newest faster e-mail programs

April 5, 2006

WebMail Pro, the University's aging e-mail service, might soon be heading into retirement if the Office of Information Technology has its way. GopherMail debuted Monday, boasting a faster loading time...

Women underrepresented in IT

March 30, 2006

It's easy to find electrical engineering senior Sarah Byrd in a class. Usually she's one of only a handful of women, if not the only woman, sitting in lecture. This is because only 7 percent of women enrolled...

Web site helps people name that tune

March 28, 2006

It's one of life's little annoyances: the elusive title to that one song that's been running through your head for the past week. While some people might use Google or a musically inclined friend in their...

Survey: U.S. trust lowest for atheists

March 24, 2006

Atheists are America's least trusted group, according to a national survey conducted by University sociology researchers. Based on a telephone survey of more than 2,000 households and in-depth interviews...

Support system tracks teens’ driving behavior

March 21, 2006

Although some beginning drivers view a parent's advice on driving etiquette as unwelcome and unnecessary, a parent's guidance might be integral in reducing the risk of a car accident, according to the...

Student who fell to her death was drunk

March 10, 2006

The University student who fell 100 feet to her death from atop an abandoned grain elevator in January was intoxicated, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. Germain Vigeant had been...

Instructors urge students to use judgment with e-mails

March 9, 2006

College students send e-mails all the time - morning, noon and night. Whether it's an invitation between friends to eat at Applebee's or a plea for help from a professor the night before a midterm, e-mail...

Online grocers tender food and convenience to students

March 7, 2006

Lugging a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, some Easy Mac and other dorm staples home on a winter day is not most students' idea of a good time. With online grocery-delivery services, however, this might...

Pawlenty looks to alter privacy law

March 6, 2006

The path to government records might soon be littered with obstacles if Gov. Tim Pawlenty has his way. Pawlenty proposed Thursday revisions to a state law that for years has acted on the presumption that...

Retired prof’s achievements bring genetic breakthroughs

March 1, 2006

Before scientists created Dolly and before researchers duplicated mice, there was the common Northern Leopard Frog. In 1952 two scientists successfully cloned the frog at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in...

U engineering students take a break to help in Guatemala

February 28, 2006

While some University students will be lounging in Cancún, Mexico, for spring break, two civil engineering juniors will spend theirs in Guatemala scouting for future engineering projects. Kristoffer...

‘Hello, I love you ‘ hope this isn’t posted online’

February 23, 2006

Drunk dialers beware. Those potentially embarrassing phone calls left on a crush's voice mail might find their way to the Web. Drunk-dialed.com is a new Web site that lets people post their inebriated...

Fighting phobias a virtual reality

February 21, 2006

Noticing the lectern in front of her and the projection screen behind her, research coordinator Jill Peterson calmly began her presentation in front of a five-person audience. All were paying careful attention,...

J-School students play games to learn

February 16, 2006

This just in: A train derailed in the city of Harperville and spilled its load of anhydrous ammonia, a highly irritating gas with a sharp, suffocating odor. The story is assigned to a rookie reporter at...

Traffic drives U team’s project

February 14, 2006

A University mechanical engineering team might well have the answer to traffic congestion: narrow, tilt-control commuter vehicles. Standing about 5 feet long and 3 feet wide, these new vehicles promise...

Biology professor studies bacteria in Antarctic station

February 8, 2006

Imagine a place where the snow is but a light blanket covering the ground and where the sun hasn't disappeared across the horizon for months. While many Minnesotans might find such a place too good to...

Older U Cards carry Social Security digits

February 7, 2006

Prior to 2002, students and faculty members needed only one code to access buildings and borrow books " their Social Security number. Although not actually engraved on the cards, U Cards issued before...

University uses security measures to stop junk e-mail

February 2, 2006

It took pre-journalism junior Brent Lucio five days to accumulate 108 pieces of junk mail in his Hotmail account. At his University account, however, it would be rare to find even one. This is because...

Civil rights leader Coretta Scott King dies

February 1, 2006

Coretta Scott King, often called the first lady of the civil rights movement, died in her sleep Tuesday morning at a holistic health center in Mexico. She was 78. King, who had been battling advanced ovarian...

Study: Internet users are more social

January 31, 2006

Whether you log on once, twice or five times a day, Facebook remains many students' guilty addiction. But before online communication can be blamed for reducing real world social connections, it might...

Boynton patient records go digital

January 27, 2006

Tracking down hard copies of patient records might soon be a thing of the past. By the end of March, doctors at Boynton Health Service will be able to access patient files with the click of a mouse. Computers...

Old equipment set to bite the dust

January 26, 2006

Gently tugging one cheek aside, fourth-year dental student Steve Clifford carefully began to remove a cavity from one of his patient's teeth. Suddenly, a beep filled the air, causing Clifford to pause...

Fund created to help engineering grads

January 18, 2006

Starting in the fall, some biomedical engineering graduate students will be able to study at the University with a newly established fund. Boston Scientific gave the University a $500,000 gift. Part of...

Ecology research center expands

January 17, 2006

During summer 2005, approximately 120 researchers from all over the country shared a University building designed to handle the needs of 10 researchers. Soon they won't feel so crowded. The University...

Performance over Mississippi River has social message to deliver

December 14, 2005

Decked in a black maid's outfit and wielding a tiny feather duster, first-year anthropology student Catalina Hotung decided to do a little dusting inside the Washington Avenue Bridge on Tuesday. Hotung,...

ROTC student earns travel scholarship

December 7, 2005

A military student at the University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps was awarded what is known as the "Rhodes Scholarship of the military." Andy Ubbelohde is one of 11 military students selected from...

Cancer survivors’ limitations might be linked to treatment

November 30, 2005

The physical impairments that childhood cancer survivors experience as adults may be linked to the type of cancer they had and the treatment they received, a Cancer Center study reports. The Childhood...

U student awarded Rhodes Scholarship

November 28, 2005

Global studies and political science senior Diana Fu was named a 2006 Rhodes Scholar last week. Fu, also a Minnesota Daily columnist, is the third student from the University to receive the honor in five...

U seeks leader to increase diversity

November 16, 2005

The University's nationwide search for the newly created vice president for Access, Equity and Multicultural Affairs position is winding to a close. As a member of University President Bob Bruininks' executive...

Cancer Center gets grant for killer cells

November 2, 2005

Cancer Center researchers at the University received more than $20 million in research grants from the National Cancer Institute to be distributed over the next five years. One of the two $10 million grants...

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November 2, 2005

Wearing a white skull mask with a black hood, Ivonne Montaño looked as if she was celebrating Halloween a day late. But the first-year art and Italian student was celebrating another tradition:...

Web site informs students about fall street sweep

October 26, 2005

The city of Minneapolis is conducting its annual fall street sweep. Students who park on certain streets around campus will have to find parking elsewhere, or they may have their cars ticketed and towed. "No...

Fast-A-Thon gives students a sense of Ramadan

October 20, 2005

First-year nursing student Katie Gerbais didn't realize how often food consumed her thoughts. Instead of thinking about what to eat, she said "I could spend my time thinking about what really matters Ö...

Minneapolis mayoral hopefuls debate at U

October 13, 2005

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and challenger Peter McLaughlin battled around the proverbial ring Wednesday to discuss issues relevant to students. In a debate at Coffman Union, Rybak and McLaughlin spoke...

Special session menu fails

October 5, 2005

Despite Gov. Tim Pawlenty's letter to legislative leaders last week about a potential special session, a Gophers stadium is still far from becoming a reality. Legislative leaders did not take well to Pawlenty's...