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Today's News: Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Photos: Emperor penguins in Antarctica
University of Minnesota scientist Michelle LaRue photographed emperor penguins in Antarctica in the spring of 2010. LaRue is co-author of a study that used satellite imagery to conduct the first-ever comprehensive census of a species taken from space.
Pioneer Press
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Study Claims Women Pick Career when Men are Scarce
A new study that polled college-aged women claims that having fewer marriage options motivates women to go for higher-paying jobs, but many women who spoke with FOX 9 News say they don't see that as the sole motivator -- and a few even admitted taking offense to the findings.
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Minnesota: Data show how dialysis centers rank
Minnesota dialysis centers as a group ranked seventh best in the country during 2010 for having a low average mortality rate compared with expectations for patients with advanced kidney disease. But according to new federal data, dialysis centers in Minnesota didn't fare so well in terms of the quantity of emergency room visits for patients or in terms of hospitalizations… The fact that the average mortality rate among centers here is so low compared with expectations isn't surprising considering "the overall good health of the population and the quality of health care that's available," said Dr. Thomas Nevins, a pediatric nephrologist at the University of Minnesota.
Pioneer Press

Teens who check the scale frequently may have an unhealthy preoccupation with weight
Teens who weigh themselves several times per week may be at risk for unhealthy weight control practices and poor psychological well-being, according to a new study… While earlier studies have shown that self-weighing can be an effective weight management tool for adults, the same may not hold true for younger people, says lead author Virginia Quick, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.
Medical Xpress

Same-ethnicity mentors boost students' commitment to STEM careers
Youths from African American, Native American, and Latino backgrounds are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (known as STEM subjects)… The short-term longitudinal study was carried out by researchers at the University of Minnesota and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

New Study Suggests Blood Tests Can Identify Depression
Blood tests designed to detect a wide variety of ailments are old news—getting “bloodwork done” is a standard part of going to the doctor to get symptoms checked out. But a new study suggests that blood testing might be crossing over into mental-health territory. Soon, it might be able to detect depression… But there’s a potentially dangerous other side to this sort of testing, said Michele Goodwin, a law professor and bioethicist at the University of Minnesota.
Daily Beast

Business and Politics

University of Minnesota agriculture school grows in new areas
When many people picture the typical agriculture student at the University of Minnesota, chances are they'd think of a rural farm boy.
Minnesota Public Radio
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U of M Students Heading to NASA with Designs
Forget the runway ... a group of University of Minnesota students are shooting for the stars… The 16 students are taking an apparel design course that captured the attention of NASA, as it looks for more wearable technology.
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Pulitzer Prize picture highlights ethics debate
It is a picture of pure horror that is difficult to look at. But Agence France-Presse photographer Massoud Hossaini's gut-wrenching image of an Afghan girl crying in fear after a suicide bomber's attack last December was widely disseminated and on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography… Journalists have long debated the use of graphic and violent images which can offend readers and sometimes inflict more trauma on victims and their families, says Jane Kirtley, director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota.
Jakarta Globe

One Pakistan

MSN News

Dollars are pouring into race for 8th District U.S. House seat
Democrats have lined up 3-deep in an attempt to defeat Chip Cravaack, who ousted 18-termer Jim Oberstar in 2010… "Incumbents typically don't have trouble when they need to raise money. He's vulnerable," said Kathryn Pearson, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota who studies congressional elections and has experience working on Capitol Hill for Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
Star Tribune

Texas passes controversial stem cell regulations
Don't mess with Texas? The US government may have little choice now that the Lone Star State has adopted stem cell rules that seem to clash with federal regulations. Critics say the Texan rules could put patients at risk… "They seem to have taken experimental research and swept it into the practice of medicine," says Leigh Turner, a bioethicist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis who had urged the board to reject the proposed rules.
New Scientist

Gophers hire The Aspire Group to boost football ticket sales
The University of Minnesota athletics department is bringing in an outside firm to help it boost attendance and maximize revenue.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Waste-plant changes yield more energy, less trash
Changes at a waste-to-energy complex in Elk River aim to get the most out of municipal waste: The complex no longer sends any waste to the landfill except for ash… Carl Rosen, a soil, water and climate professor at the University of Minnesota, said landfills have environmental fallout, but so does burning trash.
Star Tribune

Months-long arbitration between University, custodians is coming to a close
After sending their arguments to an arbitrator, the University of Minnesota and its custodial workers now await a decision about their battle over new cleaning practices.
Twin Cities Daily Planet

Was the US Senate in the 70's the "last great Senate"?
Author and former Senate staffer Ira Shapiro, in conversation with former Vice President and US Senator Walter Mondale on April 11th at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School.
Minnesota Public Radio
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Lose the Vikings, lose the money?
There's a question a lot of people ask when they talk about a stadium, a question asked Monday by Republican Dean Urdahl: "Why should the state of Minnesota contribute a stadium for a billionaire who could pay for it all himself?" But if the question is simple, the answer is not. That's what the authors of a report at the University of Minnesota found two years ago when they studied how much money the Vikings bring to Minnesota.
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4 Minn. nonprofits win key victory to get $41M from Wells Fargo
Four Minnesota nonprofits have won a key victory in their quest to collect more than $41 million in court damages from Wells Fargo & Co. over its mishandling of their investments… The affected charities are the Minneapolis Foundation, a nearly century-old institution that supports community programs; the Minnesota Medical Foundation, which funds medical research at the University of Minnesota; and the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Foundation for Children.
Star Tribune

People and Lifestyle

Students Waive 1st Amendment Rights for Free Lunch at U of M
Students at the University of Minnesota got a free lunch today – with a big catch. The school’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter hosted its annual First Amendment Free Food Festival.
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Good Question: Why Does Sneezing Feel So Good?
It’s spring allergy season, and we’re hearing more and more sneezing everywhere. There’s the pain of the anticipation before the sneeze, and then the relief after. So why does sneezing feel so good?… “There’s a sense of feeling relief,” said Dr. Holly Boyer, an Ear, Nose, Throat specialist at University of Minnesota.
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'OFF LABEL': Tribeca Film Captures Our Insatiable Appetite for Prescription Drugs
Andy Duffy's first encounter with the world of drugs was as an Army medic at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq where he forced resistant prisoners to endure excruciating pain… The directors owe much of their research and inspiration to Carl Elliott, associate professor at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota and author of "Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream."
ABC News

Commentary and Opinion

After The Meltdown: Where Does Architecture Go From Here?
You can get into Architecture for one of two reasons: good architecture or bad… As Thomas Fisher, of the University of Minnesota, has pointed out in his “Architecture for the Other 99%,” public-interest design firms have an edge that traditional firms don’t: they provide for the “needs of the billions of people on the planet living in unsafe and unhealthy conditions.”
Huffington Post

E15 is a potential hazard
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced its approval of 24 companies to offer a blend that is 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline(E15)… In addition, a recent study, led by University of Minnesota professor Sangwon Suh, showed that to produce each gallon of corn ethanol in the U.S. requires an average of 142 gallons of fresh water.
Brainerd Dispatch

University of Minnesota makes most ridiculous animal research list
A University of Minnesota study investigating how dieting affects the sex drive of hamsters has been singled out by In Defense of Animals as one of the most ridiculous animal experiments of 2011.
City Pages
New York Daily News

Updates and Events

Military affairs beat: For cops, courts, a primer on PTSD
The Ramsey County attorney's office and the Minnesota Alliance on Crime are presenting speakers on post-traumatic stress disorder in the criminal justice system on April 27… Speakers are to include Ramsey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin; Ramsey County Attorney John Choi… and Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, a University of Minnesota professor who focuses on trauma within families.
Star Tribune

News Releases and Multimedia

Trayvon Martin & Beyond: A Forum on Race, Media, & Criminal Law

U of M launches BioClock Baby Plan fertility assessment

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