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Bruininks: More police to patrol campus

September 5, 2006

Last year the University experienced a lot of crime. What is the University doing to ensure student safety? The safety of our students is a very important priority for the University. We are adding police...

Students can view portion of teacher evaluations online

August 16, 2006

Although they might be tedious, students could find some benefit in filling out teacher evaluation forms honestly. Thomas Dohm, director of the University's office of measurement services, said the student...

Group warns of bedbug resurgence

August 16, 2006

Not letting the bedbugs bite, classically just a line in an old nursery rhyme, has become an irritatingly real challenge for some. According to the National Pest Control Management Association, the bedbug...

U gets national fundraising award

August 16, 2006

The University's fundraising efforts garnered national attention when the school was awarded a 2006 CASE- WealthEngine Award for Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising. The award honors fundraising...

New U VP to focus on diversity

August 2, 2006

Rusty Barceló, the University's new vice president for access, equity and multicultural affairs, said she hopes to liven up the campus' diversity climate with her own bag of unique tricks. Barceló...

Bruininks discusses views on University-based stem cell research

July 26, 2006

With the summer session near its end and the new school year creeping up, University President Bob Bruininks expressed his thoughts to the Daily on student concerns, recent legislation and the environment. How...

U takes new approach to funding medical technology

July 26, 2006

The University is taking a fresh approach in licensing a new invention that one day might treat macular degeneration. The new technology, created by University professors Art Erdman and Timothy Olsen,...

Regents approve program to boost health workforce

July 19, 2006

A center said to be intended to reduce growing health workforce shortages was approved at last week's Board of Regents meeting. The Center for Allied Health Programs will collaborate with the University's...

TCF banks on U stadium naming agreement

July 19, 2006

Besides putting its logo on everything but Goldy's forehead, TCF will get additional perks for signing on to the University's stadium project. In exchange for $35 million, the University will give TCF...

Regents meeting to cover construction projects

July 12, 2006

The Board of Regents will meet today to discuss a handful of construction projects that might be launched within the next few months. Administators will present final project proposals and regents will...

U goes ahead with planned college mergers

July 5, 2006

As the University realignment train moves forward, the plan for academic alignment reached a destination Saturday. With six colleges merging into three, July marks a time for new administative titles,...

More police added for summer

July 5, 2006

More police in north Minneapolis this summer are intended to increase safety. Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced last week the addition of six state troopers to the 4th Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department. "We're...

Faculty members work to achieve tenure, professorship

June 21, 2006

Ben Munson, an assistant professor in the department of speech/language/hearing sciences, has a new title. After an intense application process, Munson received tenure status and will start the new academic...

Obesity remains a problem in United States

June 14, 2006

The latest national statistics indicate obesity continues to be a problem. According to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 32 percent of American adults are...

American Indian prof doubles up on doctoral degrees

June 7, 2006

A University professor recently added to her credentials and marked a medical first for the American Indian community. Margaret Moss, an associate professor in the School of Nursing and a Three Affiliated...

U’s T-cell research could cure diseases

May 31, 2006

University researchers are taking on the roles of superheroes, hoping their discovery could one day treat gastrointestinal diseases, help underdeveloped countries and protect the United States from bioterrorism. Researchers...

U researchers confirm negative effects of secondhand smoke on infants

May 24, 2006

A University Cancer Center study suggests that exposing infants to secondhand smoke could contribute to cancer risks later in life. Researchers studied the urine of 144 infants exposed to cigarette smoke...

Moms to talk live about motherhood

May 5, 2006

A University mother and daughter will get together to discuss motherhood every weekend starting this Saturday - not around a kitchen table drinking tea, but in front of a microphone chatting live on radio. Marti...

Dental program to bite the dust

May 4, 2006

The closing of the advanced education in general dentistry program in the Dentistry School has some concerned and others excited for a better future. The program, which has been around for more than 20...

Student survey reports on religion and politics, society

May 1, 2006

UEditor's note: This story is the last in a series that examines students' experiences with different faiths. Today's story looks at additional results of a Minnesota Daily survey on religion. niversity...

Survey: Religions vary greatly for U students

April 28, 2006

The largest percentage of students, 17.9 percent, reported themselves as Catholic. "There was a pretty big Ö wave of Catholic settlement in the late 19th, early 20th century in and around the Twin Cities,"...

Wakeboard club makes waves at national contest

April 28, 2006

While some University students enjoy a casual bicycle ride through the park, Meghan Gruszynski, a junior civil engineering student, grabs a rope and dances through the air behind a speeding boat. To her,...

U to offer health coaching certificate

April 25, 2006

Medical students who dream of coaching patients toward a more healthful lifestyle now have the opportunity to participate in a specialized education track. The University's Center for Spirituality and...

Students walk for life and relay message of survival

April 21, 2006

University students will gather tonight to participate in a 12-hour walk for cancer research. Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, brings together the community and those who have...

Locally financed film draws audience to discuss American Indian land issues

April 20, 2006

The University's American Indian Student Cultural Center brought together students, tribe members and interested community members to discuss American Indian land issues. People gathered Wednesday at the...

U researchers’ discovery could advance testing for lupus

April 17, 2006

University researchers have identified a gene variant prominent in people who have lupus. A team led by Timothy Behrens, a University professor of medicine, studied DNA samples of lupus patients as well...

Reported STI cases reach record high

April 11, 2006

Sexually transmitted infections set a record high last year with nearly 16,000 cases reported to the Minnesota Department of Health. Luisa Pessoa-Brandão, HIV/STD surveillance coordinator for the...

Cancer conference helps alleviate fears

April 7, 2006

Being labeled a "cancer survivor" might have a lot of positive implications, but most survivors run into later problems as a result of their treatment. The University Cancer Center plans to bring together...

Life-saving defibrillators dot campus map

April 5, 2006

During their time on campus, many students will stroll past a device that someday could save a life. These devices, called automated external defibrillators, are around campus to help in case of a sudden...

Proposal could benefit research

March 30, 2006

A proposal requesting $330 million for new biomedical science research facilities has the potential to benefit many in the Twin Cities, said Regent Tony Baraga. The funding would allow the University to...

Academic Health Center promotes holistic medicine

March 28, 2006

Academic Health Center students and faculty members will gather Wednesday at the McNamara Alumni Center to watch a documentary produced by Twin Cities Public Television. The documentary, called "The New...

U works to update disability services

March 27, 2006

As students walk up the stairs to the One Stop Student Center inside Fraser Hall, Rachel Garaghty, a political science and French sophomore, sits in her electric wheelchair, waiting for someone to open...

U researchers find help for memory loss

March 20, 2006

University researchers have awakened hope in finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The team, led by Karen Ashe, professor of neurology, found a protein in the brain that has been shown to cause memory...

Tips for a safe spring break

March 9, 2006

Jennifer Comeau, a French studies sophomore who is planning to work during next week's break from classes, is aware spring break can be a dangerous time for some students. "(Students need) to use common...

State deals with lack of resources for mental health

March 8, 2006

People suffering from mental illness continue to struggle through Minnesota's complex mental health care system. Hospitals also are struggling to provide adequate care because of a shortage of beds, a...

Iraq conference educates anti-war effort

March 6, 2006

On Saturday, about 125 students and community members gathered at Carlson School of Management to listen to activist speakers, watch a spoken word poetry performer and hold discussions on the Iraq war. The...

S.D. abortion ban’s effect on Minnesota unclear

March 3, 2006

With South Dakota on the verge of passing a nearly full ban on abortion, some wonder whether neighboring states, such as Minnesota, will be affected. The bill is awaiting the approval of Republican Gov....

Norovirus reports stress hand washing

February 28, 2006

Students who don't wash their hands after using the bathroom might be eating more than they bargained for during their next meal. Reported cases of noroviruses this year have increased in Minnesota. The...

Plastic packaging could be a cancerous cause for concern

February 23, 2006

Students relying on quick microwavable meals might want to think twice before popping in their next bowl of ravioli or soup. People have forwarded e-mails around the Internet for years claiming that cooking...

U researchers experiments bring hope to battle against diabetes

February 21, 2006

University researchers are closer than ever to finding a widely accessible cure for diabetes. Researchers at the Diabetes Institute for Immunology and Transplantation found a way to successfully reverse...

U researchers testing possible asthma treatments

February 16, 2006

University researchers hope a nationwide study will bring relief to asthmatics. The pulmonary allergy and critical care division of the department of medicine is holding a study that tests the effects...

Prof touts therapy for depression

February 14, 2006

University psychiatry professor Michael Browne has what some might consider a unique perspective on depression treatment. Depression is defined as a medical disorder characterized by feelings of sadness,...

Safer Sex Week extols alternatives

February 8, 2006

Students can enjoy "Bowling for Condoms" during Safer Sex Week and gain sexual health knowledge at the same time. This week the Sexual Health Awareness and Disease Education group is again coordinating...

Dental School event gives low-income kids reason to smile

February 6, 2006

Jahnese Jones, 2, sat in a dentist chair Saturday at the University School of Dentistry adorned with pink sunglasses and a pink butterfly hairclip as junior dental hygiene student Christine Patrick "painted...

Red Cross calls extra calling a glitch

February 3, 2006

Holly Hagan first donated blood last semester when the Red Cross bloodmobile came to the University. Since then, the first-year nursing student has received one to three phone calls a week from the Red...

Alleged rape shakes hospital security

February 2, 2006

After a rape, victims often go to the hospital for medical help. There the victim escapes the rapist and the crime location. But a hospital might not be a place of refuge when a rape occurs within hospital...

Massage therapist relies on her touch

February 1, 2006

Patients coming in for massage therapy at Boynton Heath Service find themselves enchanted by the energetic Coca-Ioana Vladislav, a blind massage therapist with a master touch. "They know a person with...

Unhealthful activity more common in young adults

January 26, 2006

During a typical weekend, students on campus might scarf cheeseburgers, smoke with their friends or spend a night drinking at a party. According to a study by the Carolina Population Center at the University...

Hot issue up to its ears in supporters, skeptics

January 24, 2006

In the back room of Magus Books and Herbs in Dinkytown, Mela Amara, a massage therapist, unwrapped a candle to reveal small chunks of orange earwax residue. The procedure Amara offers is called ear candling,...

U ophthalmologists point a critical eye at vision myths

January 23, 2006

There are 6-year-old children wearing glasses today while their grandparents still have near-perfect vision. First-year biology student Nissma Eldeeb depends on good eyesight as a member of the University...

U researchers find drug that might counteract symptoms, spread of mono

January 19, 2006

Former University student Brett McMillan was hospitalized in 2003 after she began feeling weak and disoriented. Following a series of tests and a misdiagnosed lymphoma scare, doctors told McMillan she...

Help builds near U for cancer patients

January 17, 2006

When Lloyd Julien, 71, of New Ulm was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003, he and his wife, Ann, 66, prepared for lengthy trips to the Mayo Clinic for treatments. During their seven-week stay in Rochester,...

Skunky stink to stave off thieves

December 12, 2005

The University has found a clever way to put a stink in tree poachers' holiday plans. Before 2003, the campus grounds lost seven to 15 trees a year to theft. That's when the University started spraying...

Adult nature lovers enroll in U program

December 8, 2005

With many different volunteer opportunities available today, some people choose to get down and dirty with nature. The Minnesota Master Naturalist Program, which teaches adults about nature topics such...

It’ll be a cold day to spell closing for U

December 7, 2005

Students endure freezing temperatures as they walk on campus in the winter, with the hope that one day it will get so cold that University classes will finally be canceled. But this hasn't happened since...

Real or fake: The classic Christmas tree controversy

December 7, 2005

Students often have to choose between real or fake when it comes to friends, brand names and even breasts. Now, with the arrival of the holiday season, students may have to make that choice once more. The...

Vet professor treats animals with doggone heebie-jeebies

December 2, 2005

While humans with psychological problems head to their nearest shrink, their beloved pets head over to see Petra Mertens. Mertens, an assistant professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, is a well-known...

Head of animal science will resign after nine years

November 30, 2005

The head of the department of animal science in the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences has announced his decision to step down from the position. Abel Ponce de Lean has been the department...

Arboretum prepares winter flower show

November 23, 2005

After Thanksgiving celebrations, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will welcome guests at its new Oswald Visitor Center with a vast display of amaryllises and holiday decorations. "We called (our holiday...

Vet School offers classes in first aid for pet owners

November 17, 2005

The College of Veterinary Medicine is providing great opportunities for community members who yearn to care for animals. Community members had the chance Tuesday to attend two courses that concentrated...

Business and environment converge in new major track

November 15, 2005

A new major track will allow students with a passion for the environment to head indoors and use their knowledge in a business setting. Corporate environmental management, a new track in the environment...

Student studies impact of warfare on environment

November 11, 2005

With troops trampling through the Middle East and bombs destroying the landscape, Nicole Benjamin, a fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology graduate student, is worried about the war's impact on...

Mushroom for farm improvement

November 9, 2005

Mushrooms are known for growing on many things. University environmental horticulture and computer science sophomore Ben Jordan has had an interest in mushrooms for a long time. Last summer he began researching...

Bald eagle population soars in Minnesota

November 4, 2005

Since 2000, Minnesota's bald eagle population has increased 28 percent, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Although typically thought of as an endangered species, the bald eagle has...

Horse lovers celebrate future Equine Center

November 3, 2005

Horse lovers trotted Tuesday to the St. Paul campus to take carriage rides, get photos with a well-known horse and listen to keynote speakers. The afternoon event was a celebration of the future Equine...

Hurricanes dominate policy talk

November 2, 2005

Varsity Theater in Dinkytown was filled with science enthusiasts Tuesday evening. The Bell Museum of Natural History hosted the Climate Change and Public Policy forum to discuss weather phenomena, recent...

Program helps patients get back on their paws

October 28, 2005

Mist O'Blue looked serene during her run Thursday on the treadmill and while balancing on an exercise ball. Her appointment ended with a 2 mph run in a pool of warm water. The champion performance sheltie...

Apple is sweet reward for years of U research

October 24, 2005

There's nothing like biting into a sweet, juicy apple. Following the huge success of their Honeycrisp and Zestar apples, University scientists are ready for the debut of a new variety called Snowsweet. Though...

Retired U professor and former Army historian dies

October 24, 2005

Retired University of Minnesota professor and former Army historian Rodney Loehr died Saturday of natural causes. He was 97. "When he was a little kid, he wanted to teach and he also wanted to be in the...

U club focuses on getting involved for the environment

October 21, 2005

This weekend University students will head out to Wild River State Park to bond with nature. Approximately 15 students who are part of the Environmental Studies Club, will go Friday to face cold and the...

U program looks to solve vet shortage

October 19, 2005

The College of Veterinary Medicine's efforts to increase enrollment of food animal veterinarians are starting to pay off. Food animal vets deal with livestock and are in short supply nationwide, but the...

Day celebrates hunger-relief pioneer

October 17, 2005

University alumnus Norman E. Borlaug has reached red carpet status in the science world. He's been walking down it in the spotlight since he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. Dr. Norman Borlaug World...

Slew of majors propels record ag school enrollment

October 7, 2005

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has hit a 20-year high in enrollment this semester despite the fact that the number of family farms in Minnesota is declining. This semester,...

U vets warn dog flu might spread

October 5, 2005

Local veterinarians are concerned about a spreading dog virus, but Pete Gillespie and his 2-month-old puppy Bailie hadn't heard about it. The virus infected hundreds of dogs in Wisconsin last year. University...

Parrot-fanciers gather to learn behavioral training

October 3, 2005

In a room of attentive listeners, the lecturer was periodically interrupted by "What are you doing there?" coming from a gray parrot perched on an owner's shoulder. Parrot lovers and their pets gathered...

Ag team takes first in cattle judging

September 29, 2005

Last week University students eyed top cattle in the Midwest and placed first in the Accelerated Genetics Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the Vernon County Fairgrounds in Viroqua, Wis. The competition...

Grant to advance U soybean research

September 27, 2005

A new research position has been added to the University with $400,000 from the Federal Agriculture Appropriations bill. Minnesota's U.S. Sens. Norm Coleman (R) and Mark Dayton (D) recently secured the...

Ethics professor dies of cancer

September 23, 2005

University philosophy professor John M. Dolan died Sept. 14 after an almost 10-year battle with cancer. He was 68. Dolan was the co-founder of the Program in Human Rights and Medicine in the Department...