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Today's News Weekend Edition: Monday, May 14, 2012


University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's $3.5 billion budget plan draws praise, unease
Praise for investments in new faculty, employee pay and academics. Deep unease about the tuition hikes that will help foot the bill. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler got an earful Friday, May 11, about his budget proposal for the coming school year, which the U unveiled a week ago.
Pioneer Press

Kaler asks for U tuition increase
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler heard thank-yous and concerns Friday about his first budget proposal and its 3.5 percent undergraduate tuition increase.
Star Tribune


Will My Baby Die? DNA Results Come Too Late
Camilla Grondahl asked genetics researcher Gholson Lyon a simple, heartbreaking question: Was she carrying a lethal gene that might kill her unborn baby?…The possibility that scientists might have clinically important information about individual study participants that they aren’t sharing with them is the biggest ethical issue facing genetic research, said Susan M. Wolf, a professor of law and medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Bloomberg Businessweek

Science journal could give recipe for deadly avian flu virus
A science journal is poised to publish a study that some experts believe could give a recipe to bioterrorists…Michael Osterholm, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Minnesota, was one of the six "no" votes on the board. In a letter to NIH after the vote, Osterholm described the studies as "nearly a complete cookbook" for those who would do harm.

Business and Politics

College debt load rising, but some graduates work to avoid it
James McKeown and his zero-debt status is a rarity among 2012 college graduates, as loan burdens grow in the region and across the country…UMD students who took out loans graduate with the highest average debt among Minnesota public schools, at a whopping $31,000.
Duluth News Tribune

'War on women?' Yes, no and a sidestep
With women's votes emerging as a major battleground in the 2012 presidential election, the three women in Minnesota's congressional delegation are carving out distinctly contrasting roles…"Issues that disproportionately affect women are surprisingly prominent in an election where voters are most concerned about the economy," said University of Minnesota political scientist Kathryn Pearson.
Star Tribune

Republican Legislators Exchange Words Through Email and Twitter
An email to supporters from Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer sparked a heated exchange with Rep. John Kriesel…Larry Jacobs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute says the exchange highlights a strain within Minnesota's Republican party.
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U of M Extension examines production costs, profitability connection
University of Minnesota Extension economists and educators have been researching the question of which costs have the largest impact on farm profits.
Alexandria Echo Press

U of M Approves Agreement With Vikings To Use TCF
The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents has approved an agreement with the Minnesota Vikings that allows the use of TCF Bank Stadium during the NFL team’s construction of its new stadium.
Pioneer Press
Duluth News Tribune

Wild Rice Water Quality Suit Dismissed
A judge has dismissed a Chamber of Commerce lawsuit that challenged Minnesota’s water quality standards for protecting wild rice…Under legislation approved last year, a special advisory group to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency commissioned a University of Minnesota study that’s currently under way on whether that standard should be revised.

Altru Health System: Measures of care
When it comes to patient care and satisfaction, Altru Health System lags behind when compared to other providers in North Dakota and across the country, according to a survey from the Department of Health and Human Services…According to Dan Zismer, a professor with the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and a former health system executive, it may not be that simple.
Grand Forks Herald

Institute gets green light
The Hormel Institute just got the monetary “green light” for its proposed $27 million expansion…“With this expansion, The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota—with our partner, Mayo Clinic—will accelerate cancer research discoveries, create new jobs and provide global leadership in the important industry of bioscience,” Dong said.
Albert Lea Tribune

Doughnut development in big urban areas is waning
Consider the doughnut. You may think it's a tasty treat, but for urbanists, the popular baked good has served as a metaphor for the American city -- a fat, sweet ring of rich suburbs encircling an almost empty inner core…Inversion is visible in the Twin Cities. "Affluent people are moving in along the river, living by the Guthrie," says Myron Orfield, a law professor and director of the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota and a fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

People and Lifestyle

Gaylord, Minn., school's strategy pays off
In the world of education success stories, Sibley East doesn't often get mentioned. But maybe it should…n fact, a recent University of Minnesota survey identified 500 separate efforts in the Twin Cities alone.
Star Tribune

Social media: A new mom's new best friend
It's the middle of the night and new mom Katie Champ rocks back and forth in the dark, struggling to nurse newborn Kaylee…"A lot of new moms today are digital natives," said Susan Walker, an associate professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota who studies parents' use of technology and social media.
Star Tribune

Finding work a bit easier for this year's college grads
Graduating with a degree from the University of Minnesota is no easy task. Grabbing a diploma and having a job lined up at the same time is an even greater accomplishment…"I was prepared to handle it. I sent out hundreds of applications," Graduating Senior Kendra Tillberry said after Sunday's Liberal Arts Graduation.
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Should college students 'break up' with their parents?
Having a close relationship with your parents is a good thing. But for college students, how attached is too attached?…Marjorie Savage, parent program director at the University of Minnesota, will also join the discussion
Minnesota Public Radio

Minn. Guard veterans get help in return to family life
In 2009 when Kevin Ross left for Iraq with the Minnesota National Guard, he and his wife, Emily, had two children…The Rosses are one of more than 120 recently deployed military families participating in a groundbreaking University of Minnesota study that aims to make this transition easier.
Minnesota Public Radio
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Commentary and Opinion

Our View: Universities face tough choices with sports tabs
Last Sunday’s Times news report “SCSU athletics survives on fees” highlights a growing and complex challenge not just locally, but among all public universities across Minnesota and even the nation…A Star Tribune report last week showed University of Minnesota coaches of nonrevenue sports saw their base salaries jump 43 percent to slightly more than $103,000 between the 2003-04 and 2010-11 school years.
St. Cloud Times|head

Updates and Events

Pawlenty To Reflect On Presidential Run
At this time last year, Tim Pawlenty was gearing up to officially launch his White House race…Pawlenty planned to reflect on his run and the race in general on Monday during an appearance at the University of Minnesota.

News Releases and Multimedia

Board of Regents approves agreements that make way for new Ambulatory Care Center, and reviews president’s FY13 budget recommendation

Session successes position University of Minnesota to advance research and education missions while restoring infrastructure

U of M President Eric Kaler to visit Willmar, mark opening of university’s Mid-Center Research and Outreach Center