News Briefs

NSU researchers seek to use stems cells to grow teeth

Dr. Peter Murray, Ph.D,, associate professor of endodontics, and a team of researchers from NSU’s College of Dental Medicine have been working, for several years, to use stems cells, or a simple tooth bud, to grow new teeth. The researchers have been successful with the process in rodents. However, more trials and research are being conducted before the trial process is expanded to humans.

Open call for submissions for the undergraduate film festival

The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences invites all aspiring student filmmakers, directors, editors, cinematographers, actors and screenwriters to apply for the sixth annual undergraduate film festival taking place in April. Applicants will form groups of four or five and create a 3-8 minute film based on the undergraduate academic theme: “Truth and Power,” in narrative, documentary or avant-garde genres. Workshops on filmmaking will be conducted leading up to the festival. For more information contact Weylin Sternglanz at or Chetachi Egwu at

FL judge rules headlight warnings of speed traps legal

On Nov. 9, a Sanford judge ruled that it is not illegal for motorists to warn each other of speed traps by flashing their headlights. The ruling came after 25-year-old Ryan Kintner sued a Seminole County sheriff in August for giving him a ticket for flashing his headlights to warn other motorists of a speed trap ahead. Kintner and his lawyer asked the judge to ban sheriffs from writing such tickets. However, that portion of the claim was not granted.

California city bans fur

On Nov. 8, the city of West Hollywood became the first in the U.S. to ban the sale of fur within its city limits. The ban affects nearly 200 apparel stores in town, which estimates up to $2 million in revenue from the sale of fur products each year. The law will take effect on Sept. 21, 2013.

Voter claims poll worker bit him

Greg Flanagan, 49, of Cleveland, OH, said he was bitten and head-butted after he intervened in an argument between a campaign worker and a poll worker at a polling station. The poll worker claims that the campaign worker was within 100 feet of the polling station, which is against the law. So, the poll worker confronted the campaign worker. When Flanagan stepped in on the campaign worker’s behalf, he said he was attacked by the poll worker. The incident is being investigated by police.

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