Compiled by Adam Overland
U in the News: A selection of U faculty and staff in the news as appearing daily in Today's News.
Underground life drives drug research
Deep in Minnesota mines, U researchers found versatile, disease-treating microbes. Christine Salomon, an assistant professor in the University’s Center for Drug Design and associate microbiology professor Jeff Gralnick comment. The Minnesota Daily.
Treadmill desks improve productivity, creativity at work
Researchers at the Carlson School of Management at the U spent a year looking at what happened when 40 workers at a Twin Cities financial services company had their offices refitted with treadmills in front of their desks. Professor Avner Ben-Ner weighs in with the results. WCCO TV.
Can we feed the planet without trashing it? Jon Foley's 'yes' wins major award
Jonathan Foley, now in his sixth year as director of the U of M's Institute on Environment, got some big news the other day: his work on global environmental systems had brought him the Heinz Award in Environment. MinnPost.
Minnesota could become first state to ban antibacterial chemical triclosan
The inclusion of triclosan in common household items concerns some state lawmakers and have caused them to take up a ban on the chemical during the short legislative session — one of the few environmental issues on the agenda. Michael Osterholm, U of M School of Public Health, comments. MPR.
Viking apocalypse called Ragnarok predicted
A predicted February 22nd, 2014 Vikings apocalypse is one perhaps our Scandinavian state can appreciate. Lena Norrman, senior Swedish lecturer at the U of M's Scandinavian studies department, comments. KARE 11.
Scientists try to count polar bears from space
High-resolution satellite images are being increasingly used by scientists to get a look at animals living in remote, expensive-to-reach places. Seth Stapleton, a U of M scientist pioneering the technique, comments. Ottawa Citizen.
Ice-covered lakes may be bottling arctic cold for spring
The early descent of this season’s chill forced the Coast Guard to start its ice-breaking ships sooner than any time in recent memory and raises the prospect that all that frozen water will slow any hint of a spring warmup. Jay Austin of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory, comments. Chicago Tribune.
Newly discovered galaxy mirrors conditions after the Big Bang
Using one of the world's premier telescopes, University of Minnesota astrophysicists Evan Skillman and Kristen McQuinn have discovered a priceless relic of the Big Bang in the Milky Way's back yard. Phys.org.
U takes a hard line on diversity
At the University of Minnesota, about one in six students is a student of color, and only about one in every 27 students is black. University administrators want to change that. Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert is referenced. The Minnesota Daily.
Minn. physicians ponder medical marijuana
The Minnesota Legislature is preparing to debate a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe some form of medical marijuana. That has many Minnesota physicians asking if marijuana is an effective treatment for pain, illness and disease. Sheila Specker, U of M Medical School, shares her thoughts. MPR.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum gains new research site
A recently acquired research site in Oregon could eventually bring some new species of plants to Minnesota. Peter Moe, director of research and operations manager for the arboretum, comments. Star Tribune.
Transportation, day-care problems can lead insured poor to ER for routine care
Problems with transportation and child care can be reasons that low-income people, even those with insurance, use emergency rooms for care rather than go to clinics or doctor's offices for preventative care. Nathan Shippee, U of M School of Public Health, comments. MinnPost.
Good Question: Do men have biological clocks when it comes to kids?
We've always heard it's the mom's age that can affect the health of a child. But a new study shows if dads wait until their 40s or 50s, their children have an increased risk of autism, ADHD and bipolar disorders. Phoebe Leonard, U of M Medical School, UMP, shares. WCCO TV.