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Today's News: Tuesday, April 3, 2012


This Week @Minnesota: Support the U Edition
This episode of This Week @Minnesota features the "Support the U Rally Day," which took place on Friday, March 30th, 2012.
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Tight legislative schedule gives 3 former University of Minnesota regent candidates another shot
With the legislative session's end looming, state lawmakers opted to revisit three past University of Minnesota regent candidates rather than seek new applications to fill a board vacancy.
Pioneer Press
Star Tribune


University of Minnesota, team up to make 1940s data searchable
The University of Minnesota is teaming up with to turn the 1940 census results into a searchable database, creating a valuable tool for a wide array of researchers.
Pioneer Press
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New Estimate Raises Civil War Death Toll
For 110 years, the numbers stood as gospel: 618,222 men died in the Civil War, 360,222 from the North and 258,000 from the South — by far the greatest toll of any war in American history…Dr. Hacker said he realized in 2010 that a rigorous recalculation could finally be made if he used newly available detailed census data presented on the Internet by the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota.
New York Times

Cancer-causing chemical found in smokeless tobacco
A chemical in smokeless tobacco products has been found to cause cancer, according to a new study in animals. The chemical was a strong inducer of oral tumors, the study showed…The chemical, called (S)-N'-nitrosonornicotine, or (S)-NNN, "is the only chemical in smokeless tobacco known to cause oral cancer," study researcher Silvia Balbo, a cancer researcher at the University of Minnesota, said in a statement.
Fox News

Duluth chemistry class dives in pool for the sake of science
In the name of science, students from Elizabeth Chura’s Harbor City International School chemistry class donned scuba gear and plunged beneath the surface of the Duluth YMCA pool on Monday afternoon…Monday’s experiment was paid for with a $1,000 grant from the University of Minnesota Duluth and its Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, awarded in part to support science education.
Duluth News Tribune

Study: Parents Skipping Health Care for Kids due to Increasing Costs
A new University of Minnesota study says more parents are skipping health care their children need because of increasing out-of-pocket costs.

Business and Politics

A health care ruling not apt to end Minn.'s reform efforts
If the U.S. Supreme Court pulls the plug on all or part of the federal health care law, hold off on scrawling R.I.P. on reform efforts in Minnesota…Lynn Blewett, a professor in the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, rates Minnesota among the top 10 states that could assemble their own expanded coverage systems should the Supreme Court strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Star Tribune

Handicapping the High Court on health care
Not since 2000’s Bush v. Gore has so much attention been focused on the U.S. Supreme Court at one time, nor so many learned brains engaged in forecasting its eventual decision…Professor Amy B. Monahan researches employer-provided health care, health-insurance regulation and public and private retirement plans at the University of Minnesota Law School. She predicts a 5-4 decision to uphold.

Santorum's county victories show rural strength
Rick Santorum spent a lot of time campaigning recently in more rural areas of Wisconsin, hoping to boost his vote totals today in the states' primaries…Santorum has won twice as many counties as Romney or 54.1% of those that report vote totals this way, according to the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics blog.
USA Today

People and Lifestyle

When It's Just Another Fight, and When It's Over
One evening shortly after their seventh anniversary, Louis and Shelley Silberman had an argument while preparing dinner…A new type of therapy, called "discernment counseling," breaks with traditional couples counseling, which seeks to solve relationship problems. Instead, discernment counseling, pioneered by Bill Doherty, a professor in the family social science department at the University of Minnesota, aims to help struggling couples decide whether to divorce or remain married.
Wall Street Journal

Small grocery store fills gap in W. Minn. 'food desert'
Nestled in the heart of farm country, the town of Clinton is surrounded by food — fields of corn and soybeans…Kathy Draeger, statewide director of the University of Minnesota's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships as well as an adjunct professor of agronomy and plant genetics, lives on a farm outside Clinton and is one of Bonnie's customers.
Minnesota Public Radio
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Sustainable: New biodegradable plastic bag is in the works
An Arkansas-based startup is hoping to turn a technology that originated at the University of Minnesota into a widely accepted alternative to plastic bags.
Finance & Commerce

GreenSpace: It's too early for lawn mower, so grab a rake instead
While the grass may be turning green, before jumping into your mid-summer lawn maintenance routine, there are a few basic steps you should take to get your grass, trees and shrubs ready for summer…“You can start to prep your yard,” said Dr. Brian Horgan, University of Minnesota Extension turf grass specialist, who advises cleaning debris from around plants and raking the lawn to get ready for the start of the growing season.
Rochester Post Bulletin

Commentary and Opinion

Editorial: Boost higher-ed bonding amounts
Gov. Mark Dayton shortchanged higher education. So said Minnesota higher-education leaders and even a few Republican legislators when DFLer Dayton made his recommendations for state building projects on Jan. 17…ake the University of Minnesota's request to renovate its 100-year-old Old Main Steam Plant to create a modern heat-and-power facility.
Star Tribune

Updates and Events

U of M to Host World's Largest Medical Device Conference
The University of Minnesota will be hosting the world’s largest medical devices conference next week.

University Opera Theatre Presents 'Parables'
The University of Minnesota School of Music will be presenting the stage premiere of “Parables,” a new dramatic cantata.

PolitiFact Developer to Speak at U of M Journalism Awards Ceremony
PolitiFact developer Matt Waite will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming awards ceremony at the University of Minnesota.

News Releases and Multimedia

'Pluto-killing' astronomer to speak at the U of M April 12

University of Minnesota researchers collaborate with to create the most comprehensive database of the 1940 Census