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Today's News: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Administration

Kaler's staff recommendation: End special leaves at U
Paid leaves tailored for University of Minnesota executives would end under a recommendation made Monday by President Eric Kaler's staff.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/local/151467925.html
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/morning_roundup/2012/05/u-of-m-president-no-more-full-pay.html

A visit from U of M’s President Kaler
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler made a scheduled stop at the University’s North Central Research and Outreach Center and the UM Extension Grand Rapids Regional Office April 26 as part of series of visits to University facilities and meetings with stakeholders and medical alumni in NE Minnesota.
Grand Rapids Herald Review
http://www.grandrapidsmn.com/grand_people/article_bcfd5826-9e04-11e1-af1c-001a4bcf887a.html
West Central Tribune
http://www.wctrib.com/event/article/id/93568/

Research

Minnesotans Weigh Pros and Cons of Breakthrough Genetic Testing Technology
Lynn Fellman stares at a computer in her warehouse-district art studio, tapping on the keyboard as images of a human face expand and contract on the screen…According to Matt Bower, a genetic counselor at the University of Minnesota, “It may be that several family members have had breast cancer or ovarian cancer or colon cancer and they want to know ‘Am I at a higher risk than other people in the population?’
KSTP
http://alexandria.kstp.com/news/news/143297-minnesotans-weigh-pros-and-cons-breakthrough-genetic-testing-technology

Business and Politics

Pawlenty Denies Any Interest In VP Job
Former presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Monday he wants off speculators’ lists of potential running mates for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney…The former two-term Minnesota governor emphatically denied any interest in joining the ticket following a policy-heavy speech at the University of Minnesota.
WCCO
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/05/14/pawlenty-to-reflect-on-presidential-run/

McGraw-Hill Launches E-books Project with Univ. of Minn.
As part of a two-year partnership, McGraw-Hill Education is making its complete catalog of e-books and adaptive learning products available to all 65,000 students enrolled at the University of Minnesota at a discounted rate starting in fall 2012.
Publishers Weekly
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/51931-mcgraw-hill-launches-e-books-project-with-univ-of-minn-.html

Best Buy's Richard Schulze: Stereo seller to retail giant
In 1966, Best Buy was a stereo specialty retailer called Sound of Music, founded by Richard Schulze in St. Paul…George John, a marketing expert at the University of Minnesota, said if Schulze exercised too much control at Best Buy, it's not a surprise.
Minnesota Public Radio
To listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/15/best-buy-richard-schulze-legacy/

As longtime boss, Schulze got used to acting alone
As a free-wheeling entrepreneur who would transform Best Buy Co. into a $50 billion operation, Richard Schulze was a man not used to answering to someone else…It's not unheard-of for an entrepreneur to remain at the company he founded, even after it experiences tremendous growth or goes public, said John Stavig, professional director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/business/151474185.html

Mo., Wis., Pa. top list of competitive swing states
When it comes to swing states in presidential elections, some battlegrounds are more competitive than others…These three states are the "Battleground States of the Century," says the headline of the post by Eric Ostermaier, who does the research for Smart Politics, a news site for the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
USA Today
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2012/05/obama-romney-swing-states-missouri-pennsylvania-wisconsin-/1#.T7J2OL_fiV8

People and Lifestyle

Storm Ready: Is the Twin Cities prepared for a major tornado?
The images of tornadoes twisting and turning, leaving devastation in their wake can be jaw-dropping…"The reality is if you put a large tornado over a populated area, people are going to get hurt," said Ken Blumenfeld, University of Minnesota geography professor and tornado researcher.
KARE-TV
To watch: http://www.kare11.com/news/article/976222/391/Storm-Ready-Is-the-Twin-Cities-prepared-for-a-major-tornado?odyssey=tab|topnews|bc|large
Minnesota Public Radio
To listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/14/storm-ready-scenario/

CentraCare adds 3 to its team
Sayeed Ikramuddin, a surgeon from the University of Minnesota Physicians, recently began seeing patients in St. Cloud who are considering bariatric surgery, which treats obesity.
St. Cloud Times
http://www.sctimes.com/article/20120515/BUSINESS/305150011/CentraCare-adds-3-its-team?odyssey=nav|head

Commentary and Opinion

What some U regents said about executive compensation
I’ve been at the second of three meetings of the University of Minnesota‘s Board of Regents’ special committee on executive compensation and administrative transitional leaves.
Minnesota Public Radio On Campus
http://oncampus.mpr.org/2012/05/what-some-u-regents-said-about-executive-compensation/

Updates and Events

Main Event: Fine arts focus light on Finish in 4 program
One of the best things about living in our area is getting to experience four seasons of change. From frosty winters to sizzling summers, community members of all ages gathered at the Rochester Art Center on March 16 to celebrate all that's Minnesota at the 4 Seasons of Rochester event…Hosted by the University of Minnesota Rochester, this first-ever event highlighted the best of the four seasons by showcasing the works of local artists and photographers.
Rochester Post Bulletin
http://www.postbulletin.com/news/stories/display.php?id=1496662

U of M Hosts Reception for Organ Donors, Recipients
For the first time, some Twin Cities organ recipients will get to meet the people who saved their lives. University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview is hosting a celebration tonight for people who donated an organ last year.
KSTP
http://kstp.com/article/stories/s2618730.shtml

News Releases and Multimedia

Powering Global Companies
http://www1.umn.edu/news/features/2012/UR_CONTENT_388863.html

You have 74 seconds
http://www1.umn.edu/news/features/2012/UR_CONTENT_388712.html

Environmental Theologian Martin Palmer to Speak in Twin Cities May 23
http://www1.umn.edu/news/news-releases/2012/UR_CONTENT_388730.html