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Today's News: Thursday, March 29, 2012


Kaler: State bonding proposal is inadequate, harmful
Last week during a MnSCU board meeting, I tweeted Chancellor Steven Rosenstone’s statement of “disappointment” over the amount of funding the legislature is considering for campus maintenance and improvements. Looks like University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is joining him, saying the pattern of low state funding could “cripple” its higher education.
Minnesota Public Radio On Campus


Study finds Minnesota's geothermal energy potential is greater than previously thought
Deep below Minnesota’s often-frozen surface lies a boiling-hot, pollution-free energy source just waiting to be tapped. That’s the finding of a report released this week by the Natural Resources Research Institute of the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Duluth News Tribune

Business and Politics

Beer at TCF Bank Stadium gets a little closer with Senate action
The University of Minnesota could sell beer during football games under a bill approved by the state Senate.
Pioneer Press
Star Tribune
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Report: Minnesota farmers' income hits record high in 2011
Despite the erratic weather, Minnesota farmers enjoyed record profits in 2011, as agriculture remained a bright spot in an uneven economy…"All sectors have increased working capital in the last few years, so they have a bit of a buffer, pretty much across the board, to endure a downturn," said Dale Nordquist, associate director of the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota.
Pioneer Press
Rochester Post Bulletin

Politics in Minnesota Senate's funding of projects? DFL says yes; GOP says no
Rochester and St. Cloud would get state money to expand their convention centers, but St. Paul wouldn't get funding for a new ballpark and neither would Mankato for a civic center-hockey arena project, under a $496 million public works bill unveiled in the Senate on Wednesday, March 28…Lawmakers usually try to provide the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities with roughly equal shares of construction money, but the Senate bill would allocate just $39 million to the U while providing $127 million to MnSCU.
Pioneer Press

Academic Built Case for Mandate in Health Care Law
After Massachusetts, California came calling. So did Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming…Other models exist — built by nonprofits like the RAND Corporation or private consultancies like the Lewin Group — but they all use Mr. Gruber’s work as a benchmark, according to Jean Abraham, a health economist at the University of Minnesota and former senior economist in both the Obama and George W. Bush administrations.
New York Times

State setting health standards for emerging contaminants
The Minnesota Department of Health is taking a closer look at a variety of chemicals that make their way into the water supply…Scientists know that many of them are a problem, but determining when they become a public health threat is the next step, said Deb Swackhamer, an environmental chemist at the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Public Radio
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Growth & Justice lays out its case for Minnesota single-payer health care
The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) is before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, while its implementation in Minnesota is tied up at the Legislature…A good analogy: For the last decade, Art Rolnick, a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the former director of research and public affairs at the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis, has published and spoken as widely as possible regarding research he and colleagues conducted on the eye-popping return on investment of every dollar invested in early childhood education.

People and Lifestyle

Art Hounds: Chatham Rise, Above and Below, and a Twin Cities sci-fi future
The hounds this week are caught up in the swirling psychedelic rock of Chatham Rise, art that goes above and below the surface of the water, and a literary journal devoted to sci-fi writing set in Minneapolis/St. Paul…The exhibition, at the Coffman Art Gallery at the University of Minnesota, juxtaposes photographer Rhea Pappas' graceful, underwater shots of models with Carla Holmquist's abstract paintings of water surfaces from high overhead.
Minnesota Public Radio
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Take steps to prevent GMO contamination
Genetically modified crops were introduced to U.S. farmers in 1996 and have been readily accepted by farmers to wide levels of usage today…“There are ways to minimize the risk of GMO contamination,” says Jim Riddle, Organic Outreach Coordinator at the University of Minnesota.

Bed Bugs on the Rise
Bed bugs are on the rise, and not in areas people want to her about. A forum was held in Rochester Wednesday where people learned more about those bugs, and the problems they are causing…"They're in private residences, multi-family housing residences, senior assisted centers and so we really need to get rid of them," said Stephen Kells with the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Jon Hallberg: Taking care of ballplayers in spring training
The Minnesota Twins are in the final week of spring training…MPR's medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg serves as a physician for the Minnesota Twins. He discussed new medical developments this baseball season with Tom Crann of All Things Considered.
Minnesota Public Radio
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Commentary and Opinion

Did Senate bonding bill spurn the U?
Is the state Senate punishing the University of Minnesota through its bonding bill? Or more fairly allocating its dollars between the state's two public higher ed systems?
Star Tribune

Updates and Events

Robots Take Over U of M Arenas this Weekend
High school teams from around the midwest will be competing in a regional robotics competition this weekend at the University of Minnesota.

'Classes Without Quizzes' in session Saturday at U of M
If you've ever wanted to hop back into a college classroom, this weekend is your chance at the University of Minnesota…"Classes Without Quizzes" is being held at McNeal Hall on the St. Paul campus Saturday.
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News Releases and Multimedia

Geek-chic in full force as Bell Museum hosts 'Bell Social', celebrating artist in residence installation, Freeze Frame: Capturing Nature in Winter

U of M President Kaler fights for funding equity in bonding bill

University of Minnesota Alumnus & GIS pioneer Jack Dangermond to speak at the U of M April 10

Robots take over U of M sports arenas March 30-31

U of M School of Music's University Opera Theatre Presents Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein's 'Parables' April 19-22