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All content by Kathryn Elliott

Researchers target lung cancer in nonsmokers

Published December 13, 2011

Last week, Dr. Jonathan DâÄôCunha removed lung tumors from a man who had never puffed on a cigarette. DâÄôCunha is part of a University of Minnesota research team in pursuit of a cure for...

Daily Digest: Saving the Euro, texting while driving

Published December 9, 2011

Here's your Daily Digest for Friday, Dec. 9. International News European leaders agreed Friday morning to sign a treaty that will enforce tighter budget control and fiscal discipline in the euro-zone. ...

Health News round-up: Tainted food and Med School tuition

Published December 9, 2011

Chart-topping tuition The University of Minnesota Medical School ranks third in the nation... for highest tuition. U.S. News and World Report released a list this week of the top ten public medical schools...

Review calls for separate Med School dean, health sciences VP

Published December 7, 2011

A review of the UniversityâÄôs Academic Health Center resulted in a recommendation that few contested: designate an AHC vice president who is not also leading the Medical School. Deans in the AHC...

Kaler says an external AHC review could be on the way

Published December 5, 2011

President Eric Kaler is strongly considering an external review of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Academic Health Center after receiving the results of a lengthy internal evaluation of its mission,...

Ann Forster Page, certified nurse-midwife, displays a water birthing tub  Wednesday at Fairview Clinics - Riverside. The hospital began to offer the more natural birthing method in Oct.

Amplatz takes the plunge into water birth

Published December 1, 2011

Jessica Beckwith gave birth to her daughter, Toren Bailey-Beckwith, last week in what looked like an oversized kiddy pool filled with 100-degree water. Beckwith, a University of Minnesota alumna, was one...

Tenure approval process drags for Medical School

Published November 29, 2011

In the University of Minnesota Medical School, each of the 26 departments has its own guidelines on how to test if an applicant is worthy of tenure. But due to confusion about the guidelines, some departments...

Thanksgiving: A time to eat…and check your family health history

Published November 22, 2011

Unbeknownst to many, "Turkey Day" is also officially "Family Health History Day." The U.S. Surgeon General has designated Thanksgiving as a day to take stock of family health for the past...

UMD med school profs say school cannot post lectures

Published November 21, 2011

A move to record lectures and make them available online at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Medical School is creating a stir among the faculty and causing tension with students. Starting this fall,...

Vikings defensive tackle Fred Evans, left, and linebacker Larry Dean, right, toss footballs to children from the community in a game of 500 Tuesday evening in the Cook Hall pool. The evening started with a healthy dinner and swim lessons for the kids as the physical activity for week six of the Vikings Fitness Playbook weight-management program.

Overweight kids find pals in Minnesota Vikings players

Published November 16, 2011

Eight-year-old Mitchell LeumaâÄôs school friends didnâÄôt believe him when he said he was going swimming with the Minnesota Vikings. Five hours later he was relay-racing #90 defensive tackle...

New honor could mean stress for med school students

Published November 14, 2011

A new honors designation is giving first- and second-year Medical School students a new incentive to work hard, but could also lead to more stress. Before this fall, the first two years of classes at the...

With aging faculty, AHC prepares for high turnover

Published November 10, 2011

About 33 percent of faculty in the Academic Health CenterâÄôs six schools will become eligible to retire in the next five years, if they havenâÄôt already. Deans and faculty members at...

Second-year resident Victor Yam, left, discusses with medical doctor David Satin, right, which medication is best fitted for a patient Thursday at Smileys Clinic.

Med schools look to human interactions, not just GPA

Published November 7, 2011

When Dr. Kathryn Curdue applied to medical school at the University of Minnesota 30 years ago, she and all the other applicants had to take a personality test. The test is long gone, but the idea that...

Reminder: take your HIV medication

Published November 3, 2011

Sticking to pill regimens can be tough for anybody, but for HIV patients itâÄôs especially important to adhere to the treatment schedule recommended by their doctors. Keith Horvath, a University...

Power outages cue update to emergency plan

Published October 20, 2011

Multiple power outages that darkened labs and classrooms all over the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Academic Health Center have prompted administrators to rethink their emergency preparedness plans. University...

Police chase ends in Southeast Como neighborhood

Published October 4, 2011

Pierce Street, in the largely student-populated Southeast Como neighborhood, was the endpoint of a 15-mile police chase just after midnight Monday morning. A Burnsville police officer recognized a Ford...

U program bumps up heart screening

Published September 30, 2011

Most people concerned about heart attacks or strokes go to their doctor and get a risk score based on age, sex, cholesterol and blood pressure. And then they wait. University of Minnesota researchers developed...

Canteloupe death toll rises

Published September 28, 2011

Are canteloupes your favorite end-of-summer snack? A foodbourne outrbreak reported by the CDC contains important information for melon consumers. Jensen Farms in Granada, Colorado shipped its...

Med center, Amplatz name president

Published September 28, 2011

Carolyn Wilson, a registered nurse, was chosen as the new president of the University of Minnesota Amplatz ChildrenâÄôs Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. For more...

Karolyn Barrett, age 6, learns a dance to warm up for the walk Sunday afternoon at Lake Calhoun for the Cure Search Walk.

Families lap Lake Calhoun for cancer

Published September 26, 2011

More than 500 people walked the 3-mile path around Lake Calhoun on Sunday in support of kids with cancer. The walk was hosted by two of MinnesotaâÄôs leaders in pediatric oncology: the University...

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ repealed

Published September 20, 2011

Just after midnight Tuesday, gay members of the armed services could freely discuss their sexual orientation without breaking the law. A statement released Tuesday by President Barack Obama said that for...

Students prepare for shelf exam

Published September 20, 2011

In three days, Erin Hennen, a medical student at the University of Minnesota will take the internal medicine shelf exam âÄî the culmination of her six week rotation at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Working...

Cold spell numbs arts festival by Coffman

Published September 16, 2011

The Campus Arts Festival, a yearly event put on by Student Unions and Activities at the University of Minnesota, drew passers-by and an angry phone call on Friday, but not much more. The potential allure...

Instructor Preston Packard leads a warm-up Thursday at the Hwa Rang Do of Minneapolis Academy. The facility is a step up from the Armory where the University of Minnesota club used to practice.

The all-in-one attack

Published September 14, 2011

Instructor Alyssa Marlenee grappled on the floor with a squirming student, trying to achieve a joint-lock submission âÄî a precise misplacement of her opponentâÄôs joint so that the slightest...

U group looks at health care efficiency

Published September 8, 2011

Faculty from the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Division of Health Policy and Management have a history of high-level interactions âÄî such as having lunch with Federal Reserve chairman Ben...

School of Nursing associate professor Joe Gaugler leads his freshman seminar on chronic diseases on Tuesday in Weaver-Densford Hall.  The course is the only freshman seminar offered by the Academic Health Center.

With new nursing class, AHC expands access for freshmen

Published September 7, 2011

Danielle Bielke was on the waitlist two weeks before getting into the new School of Nursing seminar âÄî the only one of its kind available to freshmen who want to become part of the University...

Fairview manager under investigation for selling prosthetics on eBay

Published September 1, 2011

A federal investigation of a prosthetic devices manager at the University of Minnesota Medical Center is examining whether he duped patients into replacing their prosthetic limbs -- and sold them...

Music Technology, Media Lab and Studios Specialist Michael Duffy demonstrates SmartMusic software on Friday in Ferguson Hall.  Instructors are trying to find a balance in their use of technologies like SmartMusic, which automatically grade students performances.

App draws School of Music’s interest

Published August 10, 2011

A smart phone application that allows instructors to listen to studentsâÄô recorded performances and grade them automatically from anywhere may not be pitch perfect in practice. The technology...

Associate Vice President of Captial Planning and Project Management Mike Perkins does his routine inspection Friday at Folwell Hall. After eight years managing construction at the University of Minnesota,  Perkins will retire in January.

Construction: the man in charge

Published August 10, 2011

Construction projects at the University of Minnesota are hard to miss âÄî theyâÄôre loud and theyâÄôre all over campus. Mike Perkins, the boss of all things construction, tends...

U to study vets’ driving habits

Published August 10, 2011

For five months of his year-long deployment in Mosul, Iraq, Spc. Daniel Pfeiffer would drive a large armored vehicle called a Stryker. He was trained to sound his air horn to bypass traffic and to drive...

Dentistry School nets $3.5M for new children’s clinic

Published August 5, 2011

The School of Dentistry is a big step closer to a new children's dental clinic on the University of Minnesota's West Bank after securing a $3.5 million gift from a local dental...

Gunman on Virgina Tech Campus

Published August 4, 2011

UPDATE 3:30 p.m. A statement from Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum, read at a press briefing, included the following: "As you know, we received a report this morning from three young...

Senior Chris Milliren retrieves video Friday to create a time lapse of the construction of a Department of Energy sponsored wind turbine at Umore Park in Rosemount, Minn.  Projects like the turbine may face reduced federal funding under the new budget.

DOE official foresees funding cuts

Published August 3, 2011

A Department of Energy official dropped by Morrill Hall to visit University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, bringing with him the news that Congress will likely cut funding for energy research programs...

Family life specialist Jason Albrecht and eight-year-old Jay Lounsberry demonstrate the secure video confencing technology on Friday at Ampltz Childrens Hospital.  Lounsberry is recovering from a kidney transplant and uses the video conferencing technology to talk with his uncle, the donor, who is in another part of the hospital.

Patient care via video could cut bills

Published July 27, 2011

  Eighteen hours after his kidney transplant, Jay Lounsberry, 8, of Duluth, sat in an Amplatz ChildrenâÄôs Hospital bed last week and waited to thank his organ donor âÄî via video. Kristi...

12-year-old Katie Fritz gets off a metro transit bus Thursday  in South Minneapolis.  During a day in The Buddy Program, which is a three week program designed to teach visually impaired children useful techniques  for navigating the world, Fritz rode the bus to and from the University of Minnesota.

Conquering the darkness

Published July 27, 2011

  Making his way across the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Northrop Mall with a white cane, eyes covered by night shades and wearing a flower in his hair, 12-year-old Ian Moon of Apple Valley,...

Survey: 14.5% of U med students mistreated

Published July 13, 2011

At the University of Minnesota Medical School 14.5 percent of students who took a 2010 survey reported experiencing personal mistreatment during their time at the school. The rate was 8.6 percent in 2009...

Partisan bias could affect the way your brain works

Published July 6, 2011

As the 2012 presidential race heats up, mud will soon be slung, and one University of Minnesota researcher will examine the mental effects of dirty political ads. A College of Liberal Arts study spearheaded...

Custodians Will Frank, left, and Wayne Durst joke about what makes a good working partner Thursday at Nicholson Hall.

Custodians fight U’s new system

Published June 29, 2011

Wiping the sweat from his forehead, Will Frank pushed his cleaning cart down the empty hallways of Nicholson Hall, stopping occasionally at open offices to make small talk with familiar staff. After eight...

University testing center to close

Published June 22, 2011

Students bound for graduate school will have to add some travel time to their long exam days once the Eddy Hall testing center closes June 30. University of Minnesota students taking exams like the GRE...

First U building gets Energy Star rating while labs lag

Published June 16, 2011

Donhowe Building occupants took just a ten-minute cookie break on Monday to celebrate five months of energy improvements and a year of waiting to be the first University of Minnesota facility to receive...

Mayo’s help in Haiti goes deeper

Published June 15, 2011

The Mayo Clinic had never set up organized disaster relief on foreign soil, but after a year of reconnaissance, planning and waiting for the civil unrest surrounding elections to subside, Mayo began a...

Pat Tschida looks through her bills from the Universtiy dental clinic Thursday morning in her apartment in St Paul. The University dental clinic accepts state funded insurance like Minnesota Care which allows Tschida to get less expensive dental work done.

Public finds dentists for fewer dollars

Published June 8, 2011

Pat Tschida rubbed super glue on the cracked part of her dentures for 10 years to keep them intact. The minute she clocked out of work, the dentures came out. The tipping point for Tschida came when paper...

Proposal protects medical records

Published June 8, 2011

While working a clinical rotation at a childrenâÄôs hospital, University of Minnesota nursing school graduate Mary Reinhardt often wanted to check back on patientsâÄô progress after they...

Health care costs set to increase for U employees

Published May 25, 2011

Come January 1, cuts are going to hit University of Minnesota employees hard in the form of pricier health care benefits. Spurred by an impending slash in state funding, the administration is looking to...

Associate Professor of Chemistry Christy Haynes teaches home school student Willow Skidmore about the first law of thermodynamics Thursday morning in Smith Hall. The Chemistry performance called “Energy and U” was taught by university professors to inspire children to pursue science as a future career possibility.

U profs recruit kids for future science and math careers

Published May 25, 2011

Wearing maroon and gold T-shirts, University of Minnesota associate professors David Blank and Christy Haynes jogged into the Department of Chemistry auditorium in Smith Hall last week, fist-pumping to...

Regents talk budget, buildings

Published May 13, 2011

Four out of five initiatives to cope with deep reductions in state funding, as listed on University of Minnesota President Bob BruininksâÄôs website, deal with faculty salary and benefits. For...

U breaks ground on new cancer and cardiovascular research facility

Published May 11, 2011

After more than a decade of discussion, the start of construction for the new Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building was marked by a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday. Located north of TCF Bank...

U veterinarians seek DOD funding

Published May 3, 2011

The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Defense make strange bedfellows, but a former DOD employee spoke on campus last week about how the two can benefit each other. About 20 faculty...

Controversial cyber activist speaks at U

Published May 2, 2011

Ricardo Dominguez has launched cyber attacks on Pentagon servers. He developed a GPS tool that leads immigrants to water caches as they traverse the desert and attempt to enter the U.S. illegally. Last...

Impromptu dance brings postmodern moves to U

Published April 27, 2011

Students heading to class on the Campus Connector on Tuesday were startled by a group of dancers with chairs, performing a work inspired by postmodern choreographer David Gordon. The dancers, students...

Ukraine marks Chernobyl’s 25-year anniversary

Published April 26, 2011

Japan's Fukushima Daichii nuclear meltdown is bad, but Ukraine's Chernobyl was worse.  Memorial services and speeches marked the anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster on Tuesday. Ukranian...

State HIV rate declines in 2010

Published April 26, 2011

 Reports of HIV cases in Minnesota dropped in 2010, but still hovers above the ten-year average, according to a new Minnesota Department of Health report released Tuesday. There were 331 new HIV cases...

Adam Link, left, and Jake Liu, right,  celebrate Jakes and a friends birthday with Bottle Service at Seven Steakhouse Saturday night in Minneapolis. Bottle Service is something different restaurants do where they give VIP access and mix drinks in the area they provide. Liu helped create a company that will do online booking for Bottle Service starting in June.

Project supports software startups

Published April 25, 2011

In 1994, Cem Erdem frantically doled out postcards to businessmen in skyways to advertise a new concept âÄî software as a service. Back then, the Internet wasnâÄôt that popular. He made...

Basement flooding at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory is expected to peak at 3 feet.

Annual river flooding leaves some research high and dry

Published April 18, 2011

The water in the basement rose daily, and graduate student Antoinette Abeyta continued her research âÄî until the water reached just below the top of her rubber boots. Abeyta and her fellow St....

Student in a coma after Fri. hit-and-run

Published April 18, 2011

A driver barreling the wrong direction down one-way Fifth Street Southeast fled after mowing down two groups of University of Minnesota students returning home after bar close early Friday morning. Three...

‘Littles’ get a taste of the U

Published April 15, 2011

The "littlesâÄù âÄî127 children in purple t-shirts âÄî traveled in packs around Coffman Union Friday during Big Brothers Big Sisters' third annual "Big Day at the U." The...

Dinkytown hit-and-run hospitalizes 3 U students

Published April 15, 2011

A car going the wrong way on Fifth Street Southeast fled after hitting three University of Minnesota students early Friday morning after they left the Kitty Cat Klub in Dinkytown. At about 2 a.m.,...

Ph.D. student to lead Concordia-St. Paul

Published April 12, 2011

While most students in Wilson Library stress about upcoming exams, Burnsville, Minn. resident Rev. Thomas Ries can be found there thinking about the future of Concordia University, St. Paul. Ries, a doctoral...

Nursing Professor Trish Painter checks the levels for the recording of her second cd Sunday afternoon in her house off of East River Parkway. Painter held a house concert Sunday evening where friends and neighbors came to listen and have dinner together.

Profs sing the blues after hours

Published April 5, 2011

Patricia PainterâÄôs songwriting career started when she got her second dog. AuggieâÄôs howling inspired Painter to write âÄúBlack Dog Blues,âÄù one of the songs featured...

The Japanese Student Association folded and gave out cranes last week in Coffman in support for the recent natural disasters in Japan. They also have collected over $1,300 for the Japanese Red Cross.

Two students abroad defy U’s calls to leave Japan

Published March 29, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs attempts to evacuate seven students in Tokyo following the disasters there were met with frustration and âÄî in two cases âÄî outright refusal from...

U restructures in face of budget cuts

Published March 9, 2011

Ten budget meetings down, 15 to go for University of Minnesota CFO Richard Pfutzenreuter and other senior officials. They sat down for a âÄúfocused discussionâÄù with the College of Education...

Tucson shooting: forensic pathologist’s report

Published March 8, 2011

A county medical examiner released the autopsy reports on Monday for the six people slain the in Tucson, Ariz., shootings, the New York Times reported. Despite blocking attempts from gunman Jared Loughner's...

“Hannah’s Law” on choking in day care

Published March 7, 2011

Hannah Kozitzka choked on a grape and died at her daycare facility in June 2010. When the accident happened, none of the care providers in the room with her knew CPR.  The toddler's grandfather, Ron...

The new deposition machine in the Nanofabrication Center in Keller Hall will be used to deposite thin films of metals such as aluminum, titanium, and nickel onto glass wafers that will be used in the lithography process.

U seeks space as tech industry grows

Published March 1, 2011

Nonvolatile Electronics started out with a handful of employees in 1989 and a novel idea to create sensors using electron spin. But they needed access to expensive machines and a clean room with limited...

Sara Milad demonstrates with others on Tuesday outside of Coffman Union. The demonstrations were against Libyas current dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi who has ruled for 42 years. Over 600 Libyan people have been killed in recent protests in the country.

U students protest longtime Libyan leader

Published February 23, 2011

Continuing their support of the revolutions that have swept the Middle East and toppled regimes across that region, students gathered Tuesday in front of Coffman Union to bolster the efforts of family...

Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, showed support for students rallying outside the State Capitol Wednesday morning. Carlson co-sponsored a bill proposing a freeze on tuition and limitations on tuition increases for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Tuition freeze bill brings out passions

Published February 17, 2011

University of Minnesota students and faculty testified Wednesday at a state Senate committee hearing for a bill that would temporarily freeze tuition and permanently limit increases. Each asked legislators...

University workers clear snow during a winter storm December 11 on Northrop Plaza.

U Landcare helps dig out the U from 60 inches of snow

Published February 8, 2011

During the winter, Patrick Power works outside âÄî mainly shoveling snow âÄî about 22 hours a week. Power, a student worker for the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Landcare service,...

Students learn from the dead

Published February 1, 2011

When Dave Lee responds to questions about the Anatomy Bequest Program, heâÄôs a little nervous and a little defensive âÄî with good reason. As director, Lee is "custodian of the trust"...

County, U to see ramp revamp in next 10 years

Published January 25, 2011

Hennepin County plans to replace 7,000 of its pedestrian ramps on street corners over the next decade, including some near the University of Minnesota campus. At $1,000 per ramp, the project will cost...

Maureen Reed, former chair of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and current board of regents member Rick Beeson speak to new incoming board of regent members in the state office building on Thursday.

Selection process dials up intensity for regent candidates

Published January 21, 2011

For the 12 candidates vying for slots on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, a Thursday orientation ramped up the intensity. By late February the Joint Legislative Committee will nominate one...

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