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Ugandan president draws protesters’ ire

June 18, 1997

The University should revoke the honorary doctoral degree and Medal for Distinguished Public Service granted to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in 1994, say followers of Lyndon LaRouche, a former Marxist...

‘Dinosaur’ professor ends long career at U

June 6, 1997

After 44 years of teaching at the University, geology professor Robert Sloan will deliver his last lecture today. "Some people talk about dinosaurs; some people are dinosaurs," said Sloan, who has taught...

Alumni celebrate the Hasselmo years

June 5, 1997

The University Alumni Association on Wednesday turned its annual meeting over to festivities honoring outgoing University President Nils Hasselmo. "I think it's wonderful, just wonderful that so many...

Help-line consultants tackle odd computer problems

June 5, 1997

When it comes to computer questions, the consultants at the University computer help line have heard it all. "We get a lot of unusual requests," said Tony Eischens, a junior in the Institute of Technology...

Molecule may play role in pain reception

May 29, 1997

University lab rats helped researchers find new evidence on the source of pain -- literally by the skin of their teeth. The research, to be published today in the British scientific journal Nature, suggests...

Institute appoints professor for elite fruit fly research

May 28, 1997

An extra pair of wings might not help a fly soar through the air, but the mutation might help scientists. And with an appointment from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to assist him, a University associate...

Crookston students master long-distance learning

May 23, 1997

Three Crookston students will be receiving master's degrees from the College of Education and Human Development today -- without ever having to be within 300 miles of their professors. Instead, the three...

Lab reconstructs climate history

May 21, 1997

Although researchers at the University's Institute for Rock Magnetism believe in using magnetism for good, it's possible that at least one of their machines, a model 750R cryogenic magnetometer made by...

Professors moonlight as Web entrepreneurs

May 16, 1997

Professors don't spend all their time teaching and researching -- some are starting technology corporations. Net Perceptions, founded last July by computer science professors and entrepreneurs John Riedl...

Senior scientist says river once flowed north

May 15, 1997

If a dinosaur fell into the ancient Mississippi River near what is now La Crosse, Wis., it might have been carried north and west by the Mississippi and dumped into the Arctic Ocean, according to a new...

Lab turns hazardouswaste into diamond

May 9, 1997

Researchers at the University's Plasma Technologies Lab have yet to turn lead into gold, but they have used high temperature gas to turn methane and hazardous chemicals into diamond and other products...

Professor works to prevent another ice age

May 2, 1997

A climatic domino effect that began in Egypt 30 years ago could result in a new ice age by the 22nd century, concludes the research of University adjunct geology professor Robert Johnson. Dams in Egypt,...

Students get experience with data retrieval

May 1, 1997

Information management students at the University's Crookston campus will soon be getting some hands-on experience in data recovery as a result of the flooding of the nearby Red River. "We let the business...

Star scanner is cataloging the universe

April 30, 1997

Cataloging the stars in the sky is not a job for the easily frustrated. Not only are there millions and millions of stars to be mapped, but the equipment breaks down, too. "Basically you have to smile...

At polls, students say they don’t want a revolution

April 25, 1997

Student government revolutionaries Derek Shemon and Jason Strid were executed in the polls Thursday, finishing a distant third in the Minnesota Student Association presidential race. The dark horse candidates...

Researchers warm up to superconductivity

April 24, 1997

Even diehard Minnesotans consider 40 below to be a bit nippy. But researchers in the University's Superconductivity Center conduct experiments at temperatures just above absolute zero, 460 degrees below...

Office harvests fruits of research

April 23, 1997

When microbiology professor Russell Johnson developed a vaccine for Lyme disease in 1985, he had no idea that the invention could put money in his pocket. "I would not have even thought of taking out...

Star remnants still shine bright

April 11, 1997

Six thousand years ago, in a distant part of the Milky Way galaxy, a "death star" exploded with cataclysmic force, annihilating any life forms within perhaps a 50-light year radius. For a few weeks, the...

Study supports evolution theory

April 9, 1997

Without any enemies to affect their development, wild guppies evolve into a larger, slower-maturing breed, according to a recent study co-authored in part by University researchers recently published...

Learning from lights in the sky

April 7, 1997

Most of us have to wait until the sun sets before we have the opportunity to view comet Hale-Bopp. But if the afternoon sky is clear, researchers in the University's astronomy don't wait for dark -- they...

Statistician weighs the NCAA

March 14, 1997

As employees place their office pool bets on the "March Madness" NCAA men's basketball tournament, some are seeking the advice of Bradley Carlin, an associate professor of biostatistics at the University. Carlin...

Students display robots at Coffman

March 13, 1997

Robots for pouring wine, cleaning CDs and tossing coins into a piggy bank were featured Wednesday in the Lots of Robots show in Coffman Memorial Union. The robots were built by students enrolled in Professor...

U tries for computer user-friendliness

March 10, 1997

Administrators hope technology initiatives mandated by University 2000 will make the University so user-friendly that soon, "Students at the University of Minnesota will never have to think again -- except...

Center preserves, analyzes data on chimpanzees

March 4, 1997

As an agricultural leader, the University is well-known for its research on cows, pigs and other livestock. African apes are not among the state's most noted subjects. But on the St. Paul campus, primates...

In-depth dictionary will trace words to their roots

February 28, 1997

Apples grow on trees, and the government prints money. And words -- words come from, well, other words. For example, the Lilliputians of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" lent their name to a synonym...

Geometry funding at a downward angle

February 25, 1997

The University's Geometry Center specializes in techniques for visualizing abstract mathematical concepts. But more recently the center has found it necessary to visualize a future without federal funds. While...

U plays part in trade links

February 20, 1997

The field of electronic commerce is exploding, and software developed at the University is playing a key role, said Rick Krueger, chairman of the Minnesota High Technology Council. The software, a computer...

Professors simulate nuclear explosions

February 17, 1997

Forbidden by treaty from exploding any more actual nuclear bombs, the U.S. Department of Energy plans to begin simulating nuclear explosions on computer with the assistance of several University professors. The...

Professor’s innovation captures attention

February 5, 1997

Although nearly a dozen reporters have interviewed electrical engineering Professor Stephen Chou since his single-electron transistor was unveiled in Science magazine last week, he insists that his newfound...

Plants help scholars understand DNA

February 4, 1997

Mustard weed may be an annoyance for farmers, but a group of University researchers hope to use the plant to unravel genetic mysteries. Its fast rate of growth makes the weed, known scientifically as...

Old computer programs create demand in field

January 31, 1997

While Prince might party when it's 1999, his accountant could be busy trying to salvage the Minnesota musician's tax records from computer oblivion. Preparations for the new millennium and the effects...

Physics and philosophy mesh in professor’s book

January 29, 1997

Although philosophy Professor Geoffrey Hellman has been working to clarify the concepts that underlie modern physics and mathematics, he knows that gaining any public recognition will be an uphill struggle. "People...

Carlson says U must lead state in education

January 23, 1997

and Jennifer Niemela At an Institute of Technology Forum on Wednesday, Gov. Arne Carlson said the University should take a more assertive role in kindergarten through 12th grade education, saying that...

New group calls attentionto plight of embattled country

January 17, 1997

Tibet sits atop the world, but not high enough to escape the conflicts of the modern world. The mountain nation has a history as uncertain as its future, a controversial past that will likely gain new...

Nazis purged Jewish academics fromscience, author says

January 13, 1997

The Nazi terror against German Jews didn't begin with Kristallnacht, the 1938 "night of shattered glass" that inaugurated an era of unprecedented public violence against the Jews. Rather, the terror started...

A new comet leaves Halley’s trailing behind

January 10, 1997

A giant comet with enormous destructive potential is rapidly approaching the earth -- but it won't be coming any closer than 122 million miles. Comet Hale-Bopp, already hyped in astronomy circles as "the...

Student researches computer’s portrayal in the media

January 8, 1997

People who wanted a really hot computer in the 1940s yearned for "Girl Power," a proposed measure of computation speed. At least that's what copywriters for the John Plain Company of Chicago thought. They...

Computers may be required soon

December 5, 1996

Under current administration plans, the University will require every student to purchase a portable computer starting in 1999. Such a policy has been in effect on the Crookston campus for several years....

University takes measuresagainst e-mail offenders

December 3, 1996

The University plans to formalize its Internet use guidelines soon, despite the fact that University students are relatively well-behaved online. "The students from the University of Minnesota should...

Lab takes rocky road to Mars research

November 27, 1996

Mars may seem as far away as graduation, but there are actually pieces of Martian rock kept at the University's Lunar and Meteorite Lab in Shepherd Laboratories. "We have thumbnail-sized pieces of a couple...

German professor discusses scientist who aided Einstein

November 25, 1996

Although many biographers claim that Albert Einstein was so confident in his theory of general relativity that he was never troubled by conflicting experimental results, letters he wrote at the time and...

Physics prof blasts holes in science of Star Trek’

November 21, 1996

With real-life spaceships crashing into the Pacific replacing the Soviet Sputniks which once circled the skies, millions of Americans now explore space vicariously with the starship Enterprise and its...

Dwarf galaxies provide clues on star formation

November 18, 1996

Although they have been ignored until recently by cosmologists, dwarf galaxies might answer some of scientists' questions about star formation and the development of the universe, said Evan Skillman,...

Tiny neutrino merits big project

November 15, 1996

University researchers are designing a $50 million facility in northern Minnesota to answer one of the most vexing questions in physics -- whether neutrinos have mass. The neutrino is sometimes called...

Lab boasts latest computer technology

November 13, 1996

Red and blue swirls, representing warm and cold currents, collide on a map of the North Atlantic Ocean. This ocean current simulation, called the Miami Ocean Model, is one of the research projects associated...

Rats: the new brains on the Internet

November 5, 1996

Internet users could soon be surfing a three-dimensional map of a rat brain, thanks to some University computer science and neuroscience researchers. About 20 researchers, who together compose the Center...

Website lets students avoid used-book middleman

October 29, 1996

Students now have yet another option when buying or selling their used textbooks -- the World Wide Web. A newly created website allows students who have access to the Internet to advertise their used...

Robots demonstrated for kids

October 27, 1996

Robots don't always cooperate with humans, as University students John Fischer and Dean Hougen discovered when their robot stopped last week in the middle of a demonstration for more than 20 elementary...