âÄúAll I know how to do is measure stuff,âÄù Dr. Craig Packer said over a plate of sushi, chewing his first bite of lunch thoughtfully. It was a modest statement. Packer, an Ecology, Evolution and Behavior professor at the University of Minnesota, has been involved in conservation efforts and research around the globe. From his early days studying primates with Jane Goodall to his highly revered work with lions in the Serengeti, his ability to âÄúmeasure stuffâÄù has served the world well. This time, however, he wasnâÄôt talking about monkeys or lions. He was talking about humans.
Deep in the underbelly of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Walter Library, Dr. Birali Runesha is at home among the long rows of humming computers and blinking lights. The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, where Runesha serves as director of scientific computing and applications, is also home to one of the UniversityâÄôs newest assets âÄî more than 8,000 cores of additional computing power, codenamed âÄúItasca,âÄù set to open to researchers soon. âÄúHaving a system like [Itasca] available to the researchers gives us an edge to the competition,âÄù Runesha said.
Recent findings at the University of Minnesota may give new hope to patients battling leukemia, but donating to the cause is easier said than done. In the November issue of Blood, Dr. John Wagner and Dr. Michael Verneris from the UniversityâÄôs Masonic Cancer Center presented findings indicating that patients treated with two units of umbilical cord blood were less likely to relapse than those treated with only one.
Few people make it to space, but some first-year students at the University of Minnesota can get pretty close. A seminar course offered through the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department called âÄúSpaceflight with BallooningâÄù allows students to conduct experiments close to outer space using high-altitude balloons. On Oct. 30, after half a semester of planning and preparation, groups in the class released a high-altitude balloon filled with helium into the atmosphere.
In an ancient home surrounded by the solitude of rural Minnesota, a man sits quietly in his rocking chair downloading episodes of âÄúThe OfficeâÄù and playing World of Warcraft on his laptop. While this hypothetical situation seems more fitting for a dorm room than a farmhouse, a new report urging for ubiquitous broadband Internet access across the state could make it possible.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which was released on Tuesday, might be the most anticipated video game of all time, but its realistic violence has some people concerned. Estimated sales for the first day reached approximately 4.7 million copies , based on the gameâÄôs publisher ActivisionâÄôs internal estimates. The game sparked controversy even before its release, after a video was leaked online that highlighted one of its harsher scenes in which an elevator opens into an airport and the player witnesses a group of four characters opening fire on a large crowd of unarmed civilians.
After nearly a year of negotiating and testing, the University of Minnesota will begin offering GoogleâÄôs suite of applications to undergraduates throughout the next month. GoogleâÄôs e-mail service, Gmail, will be offered in addition to the UniversityâÄôs local e-mail service, GopherMail. The University sent out the first of its invitations Wednesday, offering the new service to first-year students in the Carlson School of Management, project manager Dan Wagner said.
As the Internet has developed into a powerful tool of communication, its regulation and accessibility has become a subject of fierce debate. A recently proposed set of regulations from the Federal Communications Commission is awaiting finalization, pending a 60-day public discussion in which the details of the draft are decided. On Oct. 22, the FCC designed a series of regulations to enforce âÄúnet neutrality,âÄù the term adopted to describe an accessible and open Internet.