Of the numerous student groups at the University of Minnesota, the affectionately named Team Diarrhea (Team D) is much more than an extracurricular student group. Unless other extracurricular student groups can claim to have likely saved lives in the course of their activities, that is.
Team D – a group of paid student public health detectives that launched in 1996 – has made national headlines over the past several years for identifying the source of two major Salmonella outbreaks, potentially saving lives in the process. They’ve also worked on a number of other foodborne illness outbreaks of varying magnitude.
Now, the group is receiving even more recognition from one of their biggest fans: U.S. Senator Amy Klobachar.