Ashley Nord is in an elite group. Last week the University of Minnesota student was named one of 32 Rhodes Scholars for 2008 and the sixth ever to come from the U. At first, Nord thought she was a little out of her league.
They reduce the risk for heart disease, diabetes and weight gain, but kids sure don't like them. So how do you get them to eat whole grains? Len Marquart, a University of Minnesota Food Science and Nutrition associate professor, recently completed a study of school children's whole grain consumption and found that easing their taste buds into it is the key.
While Beethoven probably didn't compose his Ninth Symphony for 5-month-old infants, his most famous and uplifting piece caught their young ears as part of an interesting new study. Anne Pick, a University of Minnesota child development professor, and her colleagues determined that remarkably the developing brains of infants can determine the difference between "happy" and "sad" music.
From finding a job to living at home again, soldiers returning from overseas deal with many problems readjusting to civilian life. But with the University of Minnesota's Warrior to Citizen Campaign, veterans are supported in their efforts to reconnect with the communities they left behind. Dennis Donovan, an organizer with the campaign, explains.