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Professor of Immunology Kristin Hogquist talks to a graduate student in her lab, which is attached to her husband’s, Tuesday in the Wallin Medical Biosciences Building. Hogquist said the University hasn’t paid close enough attention to gender equity in salaries.

Money and gender

April 28, 2011

When Kathryn Dusenbery was offered the top job in her department at the University of Minnesota in 1990, she had to choose between more time with her children âÄìâÄì then 6, 8 and 11 âÄìâÄì...

DFLer McGuire takes District 66

April 13, 2011

Democrat Mary Jo McGuire swept the state Senate seat in District 66, which includes part of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs St. Paul campus, in a special election Tuesday. McGuire, 54, beat Republican...

Pawlenty says he’s in the running … finally

April 13, 2011

After forming a presidential exploratory committee and aligning his national fundraising team but declining to say his intentions aloud, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has finally uttered the words...

Daily Digest: Daiichi could rival Chernobyl, Mpls gun violence, breast milk online and chocolate milk in the schools

April 12, 2011

  About a month after the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, a re-evaluation of the impact on Fukushima Daiichi power plant rated it among the worst international disasters ever – on par with Chernobyl. The...

Daily Digest: Dayton and immigration, Lollapalooza in Chile and inflation woes

April 5, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton extended 20 executive orders from former governors on Monday. He threw out two orders from former Gov. Tim Pawlenty on immigration issues, including the use of a federal system to check...

Daily Digest: Wally the Beer Man, radiation’s path, NASA’s “Commie Mole”

March 22, 2011

Wally the Beer Man, the infamous stadium beer salesman, was found not guilty Tuesday morning after being charged with selling alcohol to a minor. Wally, or Walter McNeil, was working at the Twin’s Target...

Crews continue to sift through the devastation left in the wake of last week’s tsunami Thursday in the town of Oarai, 70 miles north of Tokyo.

Disasters force U students home

March 21, 2011

A week after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis battered northern Japan, and three days after University of Minnesota students studying abroad near Tokyo were told to come home, more than half...

Daily Digest: failures at Southwest border, Qaddafi renews force, sandbagging between class and a happy Minnesota

March 8, 2011

The system intended to prevent the arming of Mexican drug cartels with U.S. guns is deeply flawed, according to past and present border security staff. Border patrol doesn’t have the necessary resources...

Daily Digest: Walker’s budget bill, Galliano fired and St. Croix bridge debate

March 1, 2011

Police have been limiting entrance to the Wisconsin state Capitol in anticipation of Gov. Scott Walker’s presentation of his full budget repair bill, which began at 4 p.m. today. Check out the stream...

Wisconsin protesters settle in as labor battle drags on

Wisconsin protesters settle in as labor battle drags on

February 28, 2011

MADISON, Wis. âÄî Until two weeks ago, Jacob Moe didnâÄôt care much about politics. Then Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget bill eliminating unionsâÄô collective bargaining...

Walker seeks to split UW colleges

February 28, 2011

The University of Wisconsin- Madison may split from the University of Wisconsin System and see tuition rise by 20 percent over two years if Gov. Scott WalkerâÄôs budget bill is enacted. The bill,...

Daily Digest: earthquake, swing states, cheeseburgers and a margarita

February 22, 2011

A earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand on Tuesday -- killing at least 65 people and destroying buildings. Rescue teams are hunting through rubble for approximately 100 people who remain missing and...

Daily Digest: Tax hikes, gambling, Facebook

February 15, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton offered his solution to the state’s $6.2 billion deficit today. His proposal for the next biennium’s budget includes his signature income tax increase for wealthy Minnesotans. It also...

Daily Digest: Sex offenders,Dream Act, Detroit and Spider-man

February 8, 2011

A report by mental health professionals that made a case for expansion of treatment and community resources to sex offenders was heavily edited by Cal Ludeman, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s commissioner...

Daily Digest: Election spending, DNC, protests in Tahrir Square

February 1, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton had big spenders on his side in the Minnesota governor’s race, according to campaign finance reports released Tuesday. He spent $4.7 million last year – 70 percent of which came from...

RT in the NYT

February 1, 2011

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak had a lot to say about snow yesterday in an article in the New York Times. The City of Lakes went $3.3 million over its snow removal budget in 2010 after record December snowfall...

Daily Digest: State of the Union, Lebanon, Pugs, some T-Paw cinema

January 25, 2011

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address at 8 p.m. this evening will center on a five-year freeze on discretionary government spending. The President proposed a similar plan in last year’s...

Two shot in Cedar-Riverside

Two shot in Cedar-Riverside

January 25, 2011

Two men were shot Monday evening outside the Brian Coyle Center in South MinneapolisâÄô Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Both men were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. One of the men, who...

U loses SCOTUS case on med resident taxes

January 11, 2011

The University of Minnesota and medical residents will continue to face millions in Social Security tax payments in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday. The Court unanimously ruled against...

Gov. race recount to begin Monday

November 23, 2010

The recount is set. Democrat Mark Dayton has an 8,770-vote lead over Republican Tom Emmer, which is within the half percent margin that triggers an automatic recount in Minnesota, according to the...

Daily Digest: Sex trafficking, CIA tapes and Obama in Indonesia

November 9, 2010

Daily Digest, Nov. 9 – Members of three Somali gangs in Minneapolis were accused of operating a prostitution ring in a federal indictment released Monday.  Twenty nine people – primarily from...

Election 2010: Live Blog

November 3, 2010

The Daily staff's live coverage of the Nov. 2 election night. The map below features photos being updated live from the three campaigns' election night parties. Click on a points on the map to see what's...

Daily Digest: Election Day 2010

November 2, 2010

Daily Digest, Nov. 2 - It's the day you've all been waiting for. Whether you’ve been anticipating fulfilling your greatest civic duty, or just the end of TV campaign ads, Election Day is upon us. The...

Vice-chair of ag lobby previewed ‘Troubled Waters’

October 28, 2010

When Troubled Waters, a documentary on the Mississippi produced by the University of Minnesota, was in the final editing stage in April, it was sent to one person not on the reviewer list âÄî Kristin...

2010 Election Guide: Teresa Collett, Republican

October 26, 2010

How will you address the federal budget deficit? I would support re-enacting the hard spending caps that we had 10, 15 years ago, which required Congress to limit spending on certain things. I would also...

Gubernatorial candidates Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer and Tom Horner debate on October 16 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Election Guide 2010

October 26, 2010

In one week, Minnesotans will head to the polls to determine their next governor and representatives in the Legislature and Congress. For undecided voters, and students wondering whoâÄôs running...

Daily Digest: French protests, Sherpas, sweat lodges

October 19, 2010

Tuesday's Daily Digest: Parts of France are ablaze today as youth took to the streets in protest of an increase in retirement age proposed by President Nicolas Sarkozy. Last week demonstrations began against...

Daily Digest: Dayton lawsuit, corn contradiction, Netanyahu’s proposed loyalty oath

October 12, 2010

Daily Digest, Oct. 12 – Minn. DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton said Monday he will reimburse taxpayers for a lawsuit settled with a former staffer in 2009, shortly after beginning his campaign...

Bruininks says ‘Troubled Waters’ is an academic freedom issue

September 29, 2010

University President Bob Bruininks announced Tuesday that the delay of “Troubled Waters,” was an academic freedom issue. Bruininks, who was traveling in Morocco when the decision to delay the film...

Daily Digest: Stories from the census and wiretapping the net

September 28, 2010

Daily Digest, Sept. 28 – Americans’ income gap grew last year, with the divide between those below the poverty level and people making more than $100,000 increasing by .9 percent since 2008, the Associated...

Film delay tests U policy

September 28, 2010

When University of Minnesota officials called to delay the documentary âÄúTroubled Waters: A Mississippi River StoryâÄù on Sept. 7, they might have broken the schoolâÄôs academic...

‘Troubled Waters’ to air as planned

September 27, 2010

University of Minnesota officials reversed the decision to delay the premiere of "Troubled Waters," a film on pollution in the Mississippi River, and made it available to the public Thursday. The documentary,...

Daily Digest: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, Afghani girls masquerade as boys, money laundering at Vatican bank

September 21, 2010

Daily Digest – Sept. 21, 2010: The “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” policy, which prohibits gays from openly serving in the military, could be repealed in a Senate vote this afternoon....

U delays debut of film on Mississippi River pollution

September 20, 2010

When the University of Minnesota cancelled the Oct. 3 premiere of “Troubled Waters,” a film about the causes of pollution in the Mississippi River, it left donors and contributors asking why. The...

Daily Digest: Israeli Palestinian talks, Best Buy earnings up, interest groups spending big in Gov. race

September 14, 2010

World Israeli and Palestinian leaders Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas met for a second round of discussions Tuesday in Egypt. The meeting touched on the core issues of borders, security, the status...

Ecology prof wins global award

April 15, 2010

One of the worldâÄôs most prestigious ecological awards was given to University of Minnesota Regents Professor David Tilman this week. The Heineken Prize is awarded to scientists from all fields....

Students volunteer at Native American medicine garden

March 30, 2010

At the University of MinnesotaâÄôs St. Paul campus, alongside acres of agricultural research land, a small group of students work with Native American plants, medicine and culture. Native American...

Bio chemistry first year Jason Ryu takes a quiz in his

A look at grade inflation

March 22, 2010

One night four years ago, Terry Tranter went home and told his wife his teaching job at the Carlson School of Management was on the line. He was a tough grader, so students avoided his class and gave him...

U spin-off VitalMedix files for bankruptcy

March 2, 2010

ItâÄôs back to the drawing board for the Office for Technology Commercialization as they try to license a drug that researchers say could save thousands of lives every year. The treatment for shock...

Million-dollar map finds permanent home at University

February 21, 2010

The worldâÄôs second most expensive map is arriving at its permanent home at the University of Minnesota James Ford Bell Library next fall. The map, known as the âÄúImpossible Black Tulip,âÄù...

Professor’s report causes backlash

February 18, 2010

The polarizing and powerful emotions surrounding gun ownership hit close to home Friday for University of Minnesota Professor Barbara Frey. Frey, director of the UniversityâÄôs Human Rights Program...

Manuel is one of many undocumented and uninsured immigrants living in the twin cities region.

Undocumented, uninsured and the unknown

February 9, 2010

Elizabeth Frost told her patient at La Clinica to go to the emergency room three times. His heart condition was serious, but the patient, an undocumented immigrant, was afraid of being deported. In the...

Bruininks to be treated for cancer

Bruininks to be treated for cancer

January 19, 2010

University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks announced Tuesday that he has stage 1 prostate cancer and will undergo surgery Feb. 1. In a statement on the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Web site,...

Earthquake survivors walk amidst collapsed buildings and rubble in downtown Port-Au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14.

Haiti disaster hits home

January 17, 2010

In the days following the earthquake in Haiti, Barbara Pierre-Louis called her relatives across North America asking again and again, âÄúHave you heard anything?âÄù Phone and power lines...

Autoenrollment evades statute

December 6, 2009

The autoenrollment of Minnesotans from General Assistance Medical Care into MinnesotaCare is illegal and would bankrupt the program, some legislators say. House and Senate lawmakers will meet Dec. 14 to...

HCMC fights back against Pawlenty’s GAMC cuts

December 3, 2009

Minnesota legislators and Hennepin County Medical Center officials said cuts to the hospital budget could have a dangerous âÄúripple effectâÄù across Minnesota, with more cuts anticipated...

 Dr. Patrick Schlievert discusses Glycerol Monolaurate, which could be used to decrease the risk of exposure to Sexually Transmitted Infections, in Moos Towers Monday.

Students participate in World AIDS Day

November 30, 2009

Dr. Alan Lifson is discussing the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS on Tuesday in Moos Tower, one of thousands of events that will take place across the globe as organizations seek to raise awareness on World...

U surgeon’s med. ethics under more scrutiny

November 30, 2009

Spine procedures conducted on 35 soldiers by University of Minnesota surgeon Dr. David Polly and two others in 2002 were recently questioned in a letter to the U.S. Army surgeon general from Dr. Charles...

U struggles to market technology

November 24, 2009

The University of Minnesota has its sights set on becoming one of the nationâÄôs top research institutions but is struggling to market the âÄúintellectual technologyâÄù it produces....

Med School preps for more cutbacks

November 19, 2009

Last week, the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center announced it had received $35 million from stimulus funds. But such funds are a âÄútemporary shot in the armâÄù for medical...

Sean Ewen, EMT supervisor, takes a breather Saturday in one of the TCF Bank Stadium’s first-aid rooms after safely escorting a patient who fell victim to cardiac arrest out of the stadium at the game.

Medical workers assist Gophers fans

November 16, 2009

Police and paramedics led by Sean Ewen raced through TCF Bank Stadium Saturday to section 143, where a man was having a heart attack. âÄúSlow down, chief!âÄù a police responder pushing...

Students slip through U’s health care cracks

November 10, 2009

Health care coverage is mandated for University of Minnesota students, but more than 10 percent are going uninsured. Most of the uninsured are people who âÄúfind a way not to give accurate information...

Stolen grapes of wrath: ‘it’s espionage’

November 8, 2009

Clippings from experimental grapevines with high earning potential were taken from the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Horticultural Research Center in Victoria, Minn. in what police say may be an...

Merger of U and Fairview sees increased talks

November 4, 2009

A merger between Fairview Health Services and the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, a project long in the works, is coming closer to realization. The merger would realign education, research...

Questionable ethics: a textbook case

November 3, 2009

When Chris Thompson received a free textbook in his Eyes, Nose and Throat class he took a look at the logo in the corner and rolled his eyes. The symbol was for Daiichi Pharmaceutical Corporation, which...

University second-year medical student Jacob Feigal gives a demonstration Monday during a training session for potential ISTOP members.

Students provide health care for the homeless

November 2, 2009

When Carolyn Bramante began working with the homeless, she could provide a hot meal but couldnâÄôt treat a bad cut on the road to infection. âÄúI thought, man, even simple health care âĦ...

Med school sees large number of stimulus grants

October 28, 2009

The University of Minnesota Medical School has received 84 stimulus grants, the largest number of awards to any of the UniversityâÄôs colleges. The number of grants received has almost doubled...

Health regulations questioned in Iron Range

October 27, 2009

Mount Iron, Minn. âÄî A banner hangs in front of the entrance to Minntac Mine depicting a group of people holding hands and walking into a sunset. White writing across the top reads: âÄúSafety...

Iron Range deaths: a case unsolved

October 26, 2009

Virginia, Minn.âÄî There was dust when Roger Holmstrom loaded his truck, dust when he drove the unpaved paths of the mine and dust when he dumped his load of taconite in the crusher. In 36 years...

Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society Otis Brawley talks with researchers at the Lillihei Heart Institute on Friday.

Cancer screenings often ‘oversold’

October 25, 2009

Prostate and breast cancer screenings have been overemphasized, American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Otis Brawley said at Lillihei Heart Institute Friday. Brawley was meeting with about 20 University...

U member of national stem cell research consortium

October 7, 2009

The University of Minnesota is one of 18 research groups to participate in a $170 million study of stem and progenitor cells, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute announced Wednesday. The institute...

H1N1 vaccine shipment to arrive this week

October 4, 2009

The first 28,000 doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine should arrive in Minnesota early this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday. The shipment follows three H1N1 related...

Medical education cuts at HCMC ‘on the table’

October 4, 2009

One of the biggest teaching hospitals in Minnesota as well as a major provider of care to the poor, Hennepin County Medical Center will have to face $43 million in cuts in 2010. The hospital announced...

H1N1 vaccine shipped to Minnesota

October 1, 2009

The first 28,000 doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine have been shipped to Minnesota the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. People working in health care and emergency medicine will...

Minnesota to join national health tracking network

September 28, 2009

Starting next year Minnesotans will be able to monitor public health and environmental hazards in their county by consulting one website, filling what some experts say is a gap in public knowledge. The...

Kaitlyn Mielke, University of Minnesota student and this year's Miss Deaf Minnesota, advocates performing arts access for the Deaf.

Miss Deaf Minnesota advocates performing arts access for deaf

September 24, 2009

When Kaitlyn Mielke first heard Julie Andrews sing in âÄúThe Sound of MusicâÄù after receiving cochlear implants at age five, her complicated love of musical theater began. A University...

Unexpected flu shot turnout at Boynton

September 16, 2009

University of Minnesota students, staff and faculty waiting to receive a free flu shot at Boynton Health Service stood in line for up to an hour Wednesday. The number of people wanting a flu shot was double...

Medical students participate in internships at abortion clinics

September 15, 2009

Ani Kolasa-Lenarz often faced protestors when entering her summer internship. One of five students from the University of Minnesota who participated in Reproductive Health Externships,âÄù Kolasa-Lenarz,...

University of Minnesota students wait at the Gopher Quick Clinic in Coffey Hall on Monday. The clinic provides walk-in care to students, staff, and faculty with minor illnesses and conditions.

Gopher Quick Clinic opens on St. Paul Campus

September 14, 2009

Students and staff on the St. Paul campus no longer have to travel to Minneapolis to see a nurse about a sore throat, allergies, or flu shots with the opening of a Gopher Quick Clinic in Coffey Hall at...

One shot of vaccine to prevent H1N1

September 11, 2009

One shot of the H1N1 influenza vaccine will be sufficient protection for adults, according to clinical trials conducted in Australia and published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine. This...

H1N1 outbreak predicted at U

H1N1 outbreak predicted at U

September 8, 2009

A serious outbreak of H1N1 influenza in Minnesota schools is likely as class begins, University of Minnesota and state health officials predict. Schools in the southern United States that began in mid-August...

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., speaks at a health care rally on Sept. 3 in North Minneapolis.

Health care reform: where Minnesota Congress members stand

September 8, 2009

Congress resumed work on a health care bill Tuesday after members returned from a month-long recess, during which Minnesota representatives and senators heard constituentsâÄô opinions on health...

Med students to stop practicing on live sheep

September 7, 2009

Using live animals to train students in emergency medical rotations, a long-standing practice at the University of Minnesota Medical School, is being phased out this semester as simulators replace the...

H1N1 cases reported among 4-H participants at Fair

September 3, 2009

Four members of 4-H participating in the Minnesota State Fair were confirmed to have H1N1 influenza, and about 120 members were sent home by group officials Thursday.   Thirteen other 4-H members...

First-year medical students receive lab coats

August 11, 2009

Medical professionals presented 170 first-year students with short white lab coats at the Medical SchoolâÄôs White Coat Ceremony Friday at Northrop Auditorium âÄî an annual event that welcomes...

U surgeon’s relationship with Medtronic questioned

July 30, 2009

A University of Minnesota surgeon was paid about $1.2 million in consulting fees by Medtronic, which Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said was a possible conflict of interest in his 142-page letter to the...

Ospreys receive checkup at U’s raptor center

July 17, 2009

Ten young ospreys from Wisconsin made a pit stop at the University of Minnesota's raptor center this week on their way to Iowa.    The chicks were being transported  by the Wisconsin...

Children of older mothers have increased risk of cancer

July 14, 2009

Infants born with an older mother may have an increased risk for childhood cancer, according to a study the Unversity of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center released Monday.   For every five-year increase...

Risky thinking

July 1, 2009

It was widely thought that adolescents considered themselves invincible, and that this belief lead them to try risky behaviors like drugs, drinking and unprotected sex, as they thought their...

First H1N1 flu death in Minnesota

June 15, 2009

Minnesota suffered its first death from the H1N1 influenza, the state's Department of Health announced today. The 5-year-old girl from Minneapolis was infected last week. She was hospitalized briefly at...

U study: vitamin D connected to weight loss

June 15, 2009

New research by University of Minnesota assistant professor of medicine Shalamar Sibley, MD, MPH, showed an increased intake of Vitamin D may improve weight loss. Sibley announced the results of the study...