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Today's News: Tuesday, May 1, 2012


UMC chancellor search: Public invited to finalists' receptions
Public receptions will be held for each of the three University of Minnesota, Crookston chancellor candidates, who will interview on campus this week for the position that will be vacated by UMC Chancellor Chuck Casey when he retires on June 30.
Crookston Daily Times


After Listening To Her Heart, A Minn. Woman Could Change The World
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States, and more than 1,100 people die from it each day. So what if there was an easy way to spot trouble before it struck?…Dr. Bob Wilson, the University of Minnesota’s chief cardiologist, said the CADence shows promise of replacing a treadmill stress test, because it’s easier and cheaper.
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End of the line for neutrinos: lab to study subatomic particles is complete
It might not mean much to most readers that a significant Minnesota construction project will enable the observation of a full spectrum of “neutrino oscillations.”…The lab was developed by the School of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Minnesota; the U’s Twin Cities College of Science and Engineering; the U.S. Department of Energy; and Batavia, Ill.-based Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).
Finance & Commerce

Job Search Depressing You? Try A Little Harder
A new study by Connie Wanberg, Associate Dean at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and three other academics, takes a look at what happens to people’s mental health when they lose their jobs, and how their mental states fare in the 20 weeks that follow.

‘Either-or’ debate hurts food resources
Researchers at McGill University and the University of Minnesota say that to feed the world it’s time to move beyond the organic vs. conventional agriculture debate. They’ve published a study in the journal Nature that found organic agriculture can, for certain crops and under certain conditions, produce almost as much food as conventional agriculture.
Montreal Gazette

The science behind fostering resilience
Throughout history, we've been drawn to tales of human resilience and overcoming adversity. How can we foster resilience, and how do science and environmental factors work together to build resilience? Ann Masten, child psychology at the University of Minnesota, will join The Daily Circuit Tuesday to discuss resilience.
Minnesota Public Radio
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Investigators: Under-diagnosing Lyme disease
Now that the area ticks call home is expanding, the risk of getting Lyme disease isn't limited to those who live up north -- and the FOX 9 Investigators found out that means the dangerous illness is under-diagnosed because the symptoms can mimic other illnesses and tests can be inconclusive…University of Minnesota researchers are studying how these germs act once they invade the body -- but until a vaccine comes along, the best line of defense against any tick-borne disease is to be careful where you walk.
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Sustainable: Underneath Minnesota, abundant energy goes untapped
Beneath Minnesota’s often cold surface is a hot heart of granite that could serve as an energy source in the future…“When you look at all the energy emitted from the core of the Earth every day, it amounts to three times the amount of energy used in the world,” said Donald Fosnacht of the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute.
Finance & Commerce

Business and Politics

In Fight Over Obama Health Law, a Front in Minnesota
With zeal, excitement and a meticulous attention to detail, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to expand health insurance coverage and remake Minnesota’s insurance market along the lines envisioned by President Obama…“Health care reform is going ahead full speed in this state,” said Lawrence R. Jacobs, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota.
New York Times

U professor settles charges of double pay
A single guilty plea has ended the criminal prosecution of two University of Minnesota professors accused of drawing salaries from a pair of public universities at the same time.
Star Tribune

Checking out yes/no ads before N.C. marriage-amendment vote
With voters headed to the polls May 8 to decide whether to amend North Carolina’s constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage, Minnesota groups working for and against a marriage ban here are getting a sneak peek at each other’s likely tactics…The vote-no ads borrow from Schubert’s playbook by using what Ed Schiappa, chair of the University of Minnesota’s Communications Studies Department and a Prop 8 researcher, calls an "argument from consequence." 

Brainerd tea partiers vent some steam
The Brainerd tea party rally Monday featured a long cast of characters, who each spoke to a crowd of about 50 at Gregory Park…Mark Seeley, extension climatologist with the Department of Soil, Water and Climate at the University of Minnesota, talked about climate change in Austin as part of an educational series co-sponsored by Austin Audubon and Friends of the Nature Center.

People and Lifestyle

Experts Teach Bedbug Prevention at St. Cloud City Hall
Chances are good you’ve heard something about the bedbug…Dr. Steven Kells is an Entomology Professor at the U of M, and a keynote speaker at the “Let’s Beat The Bug” Informational day.
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Ladies, dating can be bad for your career goals
The number of men available for dating can affect a woman's career path, a study done partly at the University of Minnesota found. The less likely women are to find mates, the more energy they put into launching their careers, said Vlad Griskevicius, assistant professor of marketing at the Carlson School of Management.
Star Tribune

Commentary and Opinion

Charles Casey, president, University of Minnesota, Crookston, column: Funding shortfalls threaten U of M system
As chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, I am watching the closing days of the legislative session with great concern.
Grand Forks Herald

Are bees pets?
I was going over some notes after last week's story about the status of urban beekeeping in the Twin Cities metro, and I came across a quotation from Gary Reuter about how he classifies bees. Reuter works for the University of Minnesota's entomology department along with Marla Spivak (our guest last week on the Daily Circuit).
Minnesota Public Radio

Editorial: Five heavy hitters
It looks like three solid finalists are in the running to become the new chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Crookston when Chuck Casey retires this summer. None of them are local or even have a recognizable name due to any past higher education experience in the region, but Stevenā€ˆS. Hardin, Karla V. Hughes and Fred E. Wood all bring diverse skills to the table and a long list of accomplishments.
Crookston Daily Times

Updates and Events

Minnesota's brightest students focus on dark side of past for History Day
Revolution, Reaction, Reform was the theme of this year’s History Day, and the projects on display in the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Union represented the range of violent topics that such a category invites.
Twin Cities Daily Planet

Internationally recognized honey bee researcher to speak in Rochester
Marla Spivak, an internationally recognized expert on bees, will speak to the Southeastern Minnesota Beekeepers Association at 7 p.m. May 10 at Assisi Heights auditorium in Rochester…Spivak is a McKnight Distinguished Professor and researcher in the University of Minnesota's entomology department.
Rochester Post Bulletin

News Releases and Multimedia

Nature Conservancy Leader M. Sanjayan to Speak in Twin Cities May 10

Six community-driven projects get a boost with grants from the University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund