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U team builds mini-satellite

Published May 1, 2007

Ask anybody in the aerospace industry and they'll probably say building a fully functional space satellite is tough. It's even tougher when you've never done it before; just ask any member of Minnesat,...

Creative students mix and mash Web sites

Published April 25, 2007

Some University students have spent this semester learning about one of the hottest new technologies in computer programming and using it to create innovative solutions to real world problems. As part...

Injured U student dies

Published April 24, 2007

The last e-mail Kurt Speich received from his daughter Melissa was to double check the week of a summer vacation to North Carolina. It had become an annual trip for Melissa, her dad and her younger brother...

Students pull all-nighter playing networked games

Published April 23, 2007

It's 10:53 p.m. on Friday and almost 50 college-aged people are camped out in the student commons of the Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Building off Union Street Southeast, but they're not here...

Institute names new director

Published April 20, 2007

Although he's probably not as internationally famous as soccer superstar David Beckham, fellow English émigré Jonathan Slack is hoping to score at the University's Stem Cell Institute. After...

University Medical Center, Fairview turns 10

Published April 17, 2007

Merrilyn Dawson was apprehensive entering the doctor's office April 6, 2006. Perhaps that's because the last time she was at the University's hospital it was 1943, and she was a 5-year-old unintentionally...

Doctor backs kidney sales

Published April 11, 2007

Lately, University surgery professor Dr. Arthur Matas has been receiving a few more e-mails in his inbox than usual. That is because two weeks ago Matas, the University Medical Center Fairview's chief...

Top tech researcher leaves for Duke

Published April 5, 2007

Since joining what was then called the University Computer Center as a junior programmer, Mark McCahill, assistant director of the University Technology Development Center, has been on the forefront of...

Dean lands job at historic New York pet hospital

Published April 4, 2007

When Jeffrey Klausner first came to the University Veterinary School as a graduate student in 1974, he wasn't expecting to stay long. "I thought I would be here for three or four years, then go back into...

Public health festival to play films, prompt discussion

Published April 2, 2007

In recognition of National Public Health Week, the University's School of Public Health is hosting its third annual film festival this week, beginning tonight. The five-day movie marathon will showcase...

Doubts raised over U study

Published March 30, 2007

For the second time in the past year, serious questions are surfacing about the work of a prominent University stem cell scientist. The concerns, the subject of an article published last week in New Scientist...

New AHC center promotes collaboration

Published March 27, 2007

The latest thing in health care is coming, and its name is interprofessional education. While it's no stranger to cross-collaboration, the University's Academic Health Center made a leap forward this month...

U team programs its way to Tokyo

Published March 9, 2007

Compared to conventional standards, Alex Dean, Erik Shimshock and Zi Lin will have an unorthodox spring break. Foregoing the popular foray of sandy beaches in Daytona Beach or the night life of Cancun,...

Springing ahead during spring break

Published March 7, 2007

Students looking to enjoy fun in the sun this spring break might want to remember to keep an extra eye on their flights - and their clocks - this weekend. At 2 a.m. Sunday, daylight-saving time will "spring...

Students join in on interactive TV

Published March 6, 2007

The performers were still getting into costume when the phone first rang with the next would-be karaoke superstar on the line. "It usually doesn't start ringing until five (minutes) to," said dancer Amber...

A newborn illness may be curbed

Published March 2, 2007

For Dr. Mark Schleiss, finding out what causes developmental problems in children has been almost a lifelong pursuit. "I had two siblings, a brother and a sister, who were mentally retarded," he said. While...

Crack down on file sharing

Published March 1, 2007

Students might want to think twice before illegally downloading music as the recording industry once again threatens file sharers with lawsuits. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced...

Princeton economist leads discussion on health care policy, criticizes U.S. system’s inefficiencies

Published February 23, 2007

In recent years, Americans have seen advancements in medical technology leading to new treatments galore, but it comes at a price. These were some of the issues discussed by Princeton University economics...

Researchers discover heart stem cells in animals

Published February 22, 2007

Too small to see with the naked eye, the microscopic cell pulses with the potential to heal the body's strongest muscle. University researchers have discovered undeveloped adult stem cells in the hearts...

Experts to discuss obesity issue

Published February 20, 2007

With more Americans tipping the scales than ever before, a pair of scholars is talking about the country's so-called obesity epidemic at the University. where to go Great Conversations What: Speakers...

Cerra shares Academic Health Center’s plan for future success

Published February 13, 2007

After recently delivering the annual "State of the Academic Health Center" address, Senior Vice President Frank Cerra discussed present and future conditions of the AHC with the Daily. on the web  ...

New online business offers iPod repairs

Published February 12, 2007

When it comes to their iPods, University students Kathryn Lennartson and Ronneil Aviles have little in common. Since receiving her iPod from her parents two years ago, Lennartson, a physiology senior,...

Wireless options cut energy source cord clutter

Published February 7, 2007

With his laptop plugged into a nearby outlet as he ate lunch in Coffman Union on Tuesday, mechanical engineering junior John Dyste said he's heard a little about wireless charging technology and said he...

Study looks at pot’s link to brain disorder

Published February 6, 2007

Uncontrollable laughter and the desire to raid the fridge are often associated with smoking marijuana, but hallucinations, paranoia and other symptoms of schizophrenia might soon be added to that list. University...

University hosts rally to raise heart disease awareness

Published February 2, 2007

In the spring of 1999, then-University first-year student Kelli Smyth suddenly collapsed while running along the Mississippi River. WHERE TO GO Wear Red Rally What: Free breakfast with guest speakers. When:...

AIDS funding at risk

Published January 29, 2007

The University's AIDS Clinical Trials Unit opened Jan. 1, 1987, becoming one of the first federally funded research sites in the country, said principal investigator Dr. Hank Balfour. Twenty years later,...

Stem cells found in adult marrow

Published January 26, 2007

After facing several years of doubt and skepticism from some of her colleagues, a University researcher's hard work and persistence might finally pay off. Over the past several months, University scientists,...

University seeks $300 million underground lab

Published January 24, 2007

More than a year after the National Science Foundation settled on either Colorado or South Dakota for a $300 million federally funded underground lab, the organization has made room for two more seats...

Medical School dean joins PepsiAmericas

Published January 23, 2007

Last month, Medical School Dean Deborah Powell joined the board of directors of PepsiAmericas, Inc., the second-largest Pepsi-Cola bottler and distributor in the world. Powell took the job after several...

University research rankings show U spending decreases

Published January 17, 2007

As the University vies to be a top three public research institution, a recent study shows the University may be further behind than expected. A newly released internal report says the University is "no...

New chew made from tea leaves

Published December 13, 2006

Bill Whalen said his chewing tobacco days began as a football player at the University of Pennsylvania. Whalen regularly chewed a tin a day, which contains the same amount of nicotine as 60 cigarettes....

Hormel Institute beefs up research

Published December 8, 2006

In Austin, Minn., Hormel is king. In the heart of the city's business district — perhaps more aptly named the Hormel district — lie two corporate offices, a company warehouse and the world-famous...

Know Name Records to close

Published December 6, 2006

If an independent Dinkytown record store falls and no one's around to hear it, does it make a sound? Know Name Records, sandwiched between The Library Bar and Magus Books & Herbs along Fourth Street...

Steady drugs best for HIV

Published December 6, 2006

IIn one of the largest clinical trials of its kind, scientists have discovered HIV patients who use episodic drug treatment are more than twice as likely to die or develop an AIDS-related illness as those...

Health care issues top priority for Senator

Published November 30, 2006

With Minnesota's uninsured population on the rise, especially among 18- to 24-year-olds, members of both political parties pledged during the recent campaign to improve the state's health-care system. In...

Northern Minnesota feels the heat

Published November 28, 2006

Sixty-six-year-old Dennis Schmidt, along with his brother and their wives, opened Smitty's on Snowbank nearly a decade and a half ago. The resort, located on the southwest shore of Snowbank Lake, is on...

Center for Contemporary Dentistry celebrates revamped facilities

Published November 22, 2006

A healthy mixture of suits and scrubs on Tuesday afternoon filled the seventh floor of Moos Tower to celebrate the University's newest dentistry clinic. More than 60 University faculty, private executives...

U hosts health care talks

Published November 20, 2006

When Dr. Tim Rumsey founded United Family Practice Health Center in 1975, his goal was to provide health care for the underserved. More than 30 years later, the clinic on West Seventh Street in St. Paul...

Professor discusses genetic modification

Published November 15, 2006

About 70 people sat under the disco-ball-littered ceiling of the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown Tuesday evening - not to hear a concert, but to listen to a University professor talk about genetically modified...

U researchers making strides in stem cell technology

Published November 14, 2006

Although federally-funded embryonic stem cell research remains mostly off-limits, University scientists are making advances studying other types of stem cells. In a collaborative effort with a St. Paul-based...

Long lines test voters’ patience

Published November 8, 2006

Less than an hour before polls officially closed in Minnesota on Tuesday night, more than 130 Southeast Como residents - many of them students - waited for their turn to vote at Van Cleve Community Center. Standing...

U researchers develop alternative energy sources

Published November 6, 2006

Imagine pulling up to a gas station and filling the tank up with fuel made from sugar. This possibility might be closer to a reality because of a new technology developed by University researchers, whose...

717 Delaware in phase one of construction

Published November 2, 2006

The University bought the building opposite Territorial Hall from the Minnesota Department of Health in March 2005. A year and a half later, its doors are just about to open, if only just a crack. The...

Hidden images still seen

Published November 1, 2006

In a small basement laboratory of Elliot Hall, University students stared at naked pictures on computer screens, though they didn't know it. And it was all for science. University psychologists discovered...

Students work for state smoking ban

Published October 27, 2006

When Sarah Ryder worked at the Applebee's restaurant in Menomonie, Wis., she couldn't get away from the cigarette smoke that permeated the local eatery, she said. "I found myself holding my breath a lot,"...

Boynton offers free flu shots to all U students, faculty and staff

Published October 25, 2006

With flu season just around the corner, students who want to avoid getting sick this year can now get a free shot in the arm. Today, Boynton Health Service will begin offering flu shots - with complimentary...

National week recognizes vet technicians’ importance

Published October 18, 2006

Sydney is one brave 10-year-old. Her friendly demeanor and constant enthusiasm mask her serious illness. But beneath her happy exterior, the golden retriever suffers from lymphoma. Diagnosed in September...

Study finds genes possibly linked to hyperactivity

Published October 17, 2006

A recent study by University of Minnesota researchers has linked certain genes to hyperactivity in mice. The link, discovered by University genetics, cell biology and development professor David Largaespada,...

University van pool program gets rolling

Published October 9, 2006

Michelle Trudeau-Spanjers spends about two hours a day commuting to and from her job at the University. The principal laboratory technician in the University's veterinary diagnostic lab said she used to...

Panelists discuss growing global warming concerns

Published October 9, 2006

Businesses need to take steps to address global warming before it's too late, experts said Friday in St. Paul. The University's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment hosted a panel discussion...

Science classroom building faces uncertain future

Published October 5, 2006

Nearly five months after the Minnesota Legislature rejected spending $40 million to replace the science classroom building, the future of the aging facility remains uncertain. In its 2006 bonding bill...

U’s $2M marketing campaign focuses on research

Published October 3, 2006

Now that campus streets are plastered with bright yellow question boxes, students are questioning what's behind the University's new marketing campaign. The $2 million, two-year initiative, dubbed "Driven...

Med 2010 helps medical students adjust to changes

Published September 28, 2006

The University Medical School is trying to help students adapt to a rapidly changing health care world. Now finishing its second year, Med 2010 - a program intended to revitalize the Medical School by...

Ranking: University soft on sex education, condoms

Published September 27, 2006

The University does an average job of providing sexual health information to students, according to a study released by Trojan condoms last week. The University ranked 54th out of 100 U.S. colleges surveyed...

U professor discovers new enzyme-friendly antibiotic

Published September 22, 2006

The fight against drug-resistant infections might have just gotten some much needed backup. Robert Fecik, an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, together with two University of Michigan colleagues,...

University junior lobbies for cancer funds in Washington

Published September 20, 2006

Jenna Langer still remembers the day she was told she had cancer. Nearly three years ago, Langer was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of pediatric bone cancer. "Being 17, I didn't really know what cancer...

Panelists discuss North Korea problems

Published September 18, 2006

A group of experts met on campus Friday to discuss the escalating problems in North Korea, a member of what the Bush administration dubbed the "axis of evil." Some panel participants said the country's...

Stress of university life can lead to illnesses for some

Published September 15, 2006

Dealing with midterms, increasing tuition, homesickness and all-nighters - college can be stressful. And the number of University students feeling stressed out seems to be increasing, said Dave Dorman,...

Lecture shows benefits of yoga

Published September 14, 2006

Students learned about flexing their minds and their bodies Wednesday evening at the St. Paul Student Center. N.V. Raghuram, international coordinator for Vivekanada Yoga University in Bangalore, India,...

Lance Armstrong comes to U as part of cancer discussion

Published September 12, 2006

After surviving his own battle with cancer nearly 10 years ago, Lance Armstrong has continued to fight the deadly disease, helping others through leadership and charity. The seven-time Tour de France winner...

While you were out: A campus news recap

Published September 5, 2006

Though the campus slowed down during the summer, news didn't take a vacation. Plans for the stadium and realignment plan are well under way, and the University has appointed new people to top positions. Gopher...

Plan B availability not immediate

Published September 5, 2006

A pill that prevents pregnancy will become more widely available after a recent Food and Drug Administration ruling. The FDA's Aug. 24 decision approved Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, for...