Kelly Wittman


Study: genetics a factor in breast-cancer predictor

University researchers at the Minnesota Cancer Center have found a genetic link to the second strongest predictor of whether a woman will develop breast cancer. The study, which will be published in today's edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that mammographic breast density is influenced by genetics, most likely by a dominant gene. Mammographic breast density is a measure of the concentration of mammary ducts, connective tissue and fat within the breast.

Tension overshadows Med Center's celebration

Fairview-University Medical Center employees and administrators gathered in a lull before the union election storm Thursday to celebrate the first 100 days of the merger between two hospitals. The National Labor Relations Board has not set a date for hospital workers to vote on whether to retain the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees as their union representative, but already both Fairview and AFSCME are working to win union-eligible employees' support.

New dean stems from skeptical search

Although some people involved in the search for a new Medical School dean are satisfied with their choice of Dr. Alfred Michael, others disagree on how well the search process went. Members of the search committee that selected the two finalists for the position have differing views about how the committee came to that number. Some said the committee had to work hard to cut down an applicant pool of 40 to get to the final two, but others said most applicants dropped out of the race, leaving them with only two to consider.

Experimental surgery pays off

Bob Zgonc served as an officer of the Minnesota Highway Patrol for 28 years. He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and walk in the woods, but that was before the tremors, shakes and muscle rigidity of Parkinson's Disease forced him into retirement.

Deal with pharmaceutical company challenges new office

A $1 million contract with a major pharmaceutical company catalyzed the development of a new office within the Academic Health Center, a boost that could open the door to much more corporate-sponsored research for the center.

U2000 prompts re-evaluation of GC

For James W. Reed, a teaching assistant in General College, that college was the key to his higher education. Although the threats made by administrators last winter to close the college did not shake his belief in the University's commitment to diversity as typified by U2000, it did raise other questions, he said. "I have no doubt the University is committed to the principles laid out in U2000, but the question is whether or not it goes far enough and addresses all the issues that are needed," Reed said.

Faculty may see pay raises

Some outstanding faculty members might receive raises next year, should the Board of Regents pass the University's proposed 1997-98 budget this June. University President Nils Hasselmo released the details Thursday for the first year of a planned three-year cycle to increase faculty members' salaries. The plan is being released now as a part of the budget planning process, said Richard Pfutzenreuter, vice president for the Office of Budget and Finance.

University's status as research institute scrutinized by NIH

The "exceptional" rating the University received from the National Institutes of Health in August 1995 and the troubles caused by mismanagement of the ALG program have cast a shadow over research at the University. Not only do these incidents raise questions about the University's commitment to research, but also about how it can maintain its place as a world-class research institution.

Med School adopts complementary care

Students at the University's Medical School will soon learn therapies dating back hundreds of years alongside the cutting edge of modern medicine. A report issued by the Academic Health Center's Complementary Care Task Force recommended that information about therapies, such as chiropractic, acupuncture and homeopathy, be integrated into the Medical School curricula. The report also suggests that interdisciplinary courses should be developed if a demand arises.