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Today's News: Thursday, April 26, 2012


U of M regents to review compensation policy today
A panel of University of Minnesota regents is meeting Thursday to review the University of Minnesota's compensation policy for top administrators.
Minnesota Public Radio

Three candidates to interview for U of M Crookston chancellor job
A search committee has named three candidates for the position of chancellor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and each will have a public interview next week at the school.


Study finds organic yields trail conventional farming methods
A new study published today in Nature, the international weekly journal of science, concludes that organic farming methods produce less food per acre than conventional practices...On average organic farms produce fewer bushels of grain, vegetables and fruit per acre than farms that use chemical pesticides and fertilizers, said study co-author Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Public Radio
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Antidepressants To Treat ‘Hot Flashes?’
It’s a possible alternative therapy for women who get “hot flashes” — and it was discovered by a University of Minnesota researcher. Because the most common treatment for menopausal women — hormone therapy — carries certain risks, Dr. Kristin Ensrud wanted to see if commonly-prescribed antidepressants could help.
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The saga over research into bird flu reaches a climax
Ron Fouchier, of the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, is the lead author of a controversial paper which lays out how deadly H5N1 avian influenza, or bird flu, can be made deadlier still…One of the dissenters, Michael Osterholm, a virologist at the University of Minnesota, went so far as to allege that the deliberations were “one-sided” and “designed to produce the outcome that occurred”, failing to take full account of the risks involved.
The Economist

Business and Politics

Newt Gingrich Slow Jams Out, A Romney Asterisk, The End of Marriage, Who Your 401k Backs
From Yahoo! News’ Holly Bailey – The former Massachusetts governor won Delaware with 56 percent of the vote and Pennsylvania with 58 percent. According to the University of Minnesota political scientist Eric Ostermeier, that marks the first time since 1972 that a presumptive GOP nominee has failed to reach the 60 percent mark in a contest conducted after his last major challenger exited the race
ABC News

The State Worker: Union money, personal sorrow join to shape public policy
The event on the Capitol's west steps seemed like a public employee union rally: provocative speakers whipping up an audience of hundreds sympathetic to the cause…There's no doubt that Crime Victims United lends moral authority to policies that benefit CCPOA, said Joshua Page, a University of Minnesota sociologist who studies the union.
Sacramento Bee

Minnesota expert shares studies, concerns with Austin
Few people haven’t heard about the negative effects of climate change, but a room full of people in Austin Wednesday night learned just how encompassing the problem may be…“I think it touches 90 percent of our lives,” said Mark Seeley, extension climatologist with the Department of Soil, Water and Climate at the University of Minnesota.
Austin Daily Herald

Good Question: Do Voters Expect The President To Be Funny?
We expect to see a sitting President do news conferences, and interviews with “60 Minutes,” but slow jamming the news on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon? That’s what President Barack Obama did the other night…“The reality is voters are so turned off from politics, they’re going where the voters are,” said Larry Jacobs, professor of political science at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School for Public Affairs.
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People and Lifestyle

Finances, 'dream weddings' can lead to long engagements
Amanda Gooley and fiancé Andrew Faison are approaching their fifth anniversary — of being engaged…With the average age of first marriage pushing 30, couples are more self-sufficient and willing to wait for a venue, a date or enough money, says William Doherty, a professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota.
USA Today

Minnesota's state soil? Why it's Lester, of course
Minnesota lawmakers have dug through the options and voted to name Lester the official state soil…University of Minnesota soil science professor Terry Cooper says Lester was formed 10,000 years ago and is effective for growing plants.
Crookston Daily Times

Commentary and Opinion

Chancellor's view: Legislative funding of university system is woefully inadequate
As chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth, I am concerned about the closing days of the legislative session.
Duluth News Tribune

Study Points to Roles for Industry and Organics in Agriculture
A paper in this week’s issue of Nature reinforces the argument that a hybrid path in agriculture — incorporating both industrial-style production and organic practices where they make sense — gives the best chance of feeding some 9 billion people by midcentury with the fewest regrets…The paper, “Comparing the yields of organic and conventional agriculture,” is by a doctoral student, Verena Seufert, and the geography professor Navin Ramankutty, both of McGill University, and Jonathan Foley, the director of the Institute on the Environment of the University of Minnesota.
New York Times

Updates and Events

30,000 tulips in bloom at Arboretum
Nearly 30,000 tulips - in shades of red, orange, pink and even purple - are near peak bloom in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's annual garden and throughout the grounds..The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the largest public garden in the Upper Midwest, is part of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research, and public education.
Chanhassen Villager

Health Notes: Farming guru to speak at UMD
Joel Salatin has been featured in a best-selling novel and in an Academy Award-nominated documentary. The grass-roots farmer from Swopes, Va., will be the keynote speaker for Community Wellness Day on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Duluth News Tribune

News Releases and Multimedia

New study sheds light on debate over organic vs. conventional agriculture

MCEE to host Personal Finance Decathlon State Championship April 26