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Today's News: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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This Week @Minnesota: Graduate Edition
In this episode of This Week, see highlights from commencement speeches of the 2012 U of M graduation ceremonies.
YouTube
To watch: http://www1.umn.edu/news/multimedia/2012/UR_CONTENT_389963.html

Administration

Wood Named Chancellor Of U Of Minn., Crookston
The University of Minnesota has named Fred Wood chancellor of its Crookston campus. Wood comes to Minnesota from the University of California, Davis, where he has held leadership roles for 26 years.
WCCO
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/05/21/wood-named-chancellor-of-u-of-minn-crookston/
Crookston Daily Times
http://www.crookstontimes.com/news/x1832936558/BREAKING-NEWS-Wood-is-new-U-of-M-Crookston-chancellor

Research

Seat belt safety campaign plays on laws of physics
The latest seat belt safety campaign in Minnesota delves into the unbreakable laws of physics, comparing the impact of an unbelted crash to a fall from a tall building…The use of gravity also harkens back to the groundbreaking research of University of Minnesota engineering professor James "Crash" Ryan, who dedicated much of his storied career to auto safety.
KARE-TV
To watch: http://www.kare11.com/news/article/976775/391/Seat-belt-safety-campaign-plays-on-laws-of-physics
WCCO-TV
To watch: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/05/21/click-it-or-ticket-campaign-starts-in-minnesota/

“Widow Maker” Detector Saving Lives Through Sound
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…University of Minnesota Chief Cardiologist Dr. Bob Wilson said the CADence shows promise of replacing a treadmill stress test, because it’s easier and cheaper. He also said that its impact on medicine could be global.
CBS Miami
To watch: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/05/21/widow-maker-detector-saving-lives-through-sound/

Study says new screenings effective for finding colon cancers
Researchers say a new screening technique is effective in reducing colorectal cancer cases and fatalities. The findings, published online Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, draw upon data gathered from 10 national research sites including the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Public Radio
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/21/study-screening-colon-cancer/

Good Question: How Much Of Our Brain’s Power Do We Really Use?
We all feel a little guilty. If we could only use more of our brain power, we’d be able to really conquer the world. After all, we only use about 10 percent of our brain’s potential, right? Dr. Michael Howell, a University of Minnesota neurologist who works at Fairview’s Sleep Center, breaks us the bad news
WCCO-TV
To watch: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/05/21/good-question-how-much-of-our-brains-power-do-we-really-use/

Business and Politics

Stimulus a boon for builders
The state's moribund construction industry may be the biggest winner to emerge from the contentious scrum of this year's legislative session, with a proposed new Vikings stadium and nearly 80 public works projects included in the state's annual capital spending measure…"Money is money," said Art Rolnick, senior fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/business/152390715.html?page=2&c=y

People and Lifestyle

Feeding the Planet Without Destroying It
Climate change is the environmental problem that obsesses us, the one that's the focus of high-flying international summits and hardcore national politics. That happens to be the crisis in agriculture and land use, the subject of what Jon Foley — the head of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment — calls the "other inconvenient truth."
TIME
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2115423,00.html?xid=gonewsedit

Minnesota's ratio of school counselors per student is second to last in US
School officials in Minnesota are raising concerns about the shortage of counselors available to students in the state's classrooms…University of Minnesota professor of counseling, Kay Hertling Wahl, says the lopsided ratio makes it difficult for counselors to be effective in dealing with depression, addiction or bullying.
The Republic
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/89063710c0a64ffd9c2846e677fa9f7e/MN--School-Counselor-Shortage/
Minnesota Public Radio
To listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/21/school-counseling-shortage/

State's program a better measurement of Minn. schools, education official says
Minnesota schools have a new way to measure performance, replacing the controversial No Child Left Behind accountability system with the state's own…But one expert says more focus on a smaller group of underperforming schools might not be a good thing. Kent Pekel, executive director of the University of Minnesota's College Readiness Consortium, helped advise the state on the new system.
Minnesota Public Radio
To listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/22/school-performance-measurement/

Commentary and Opinion

Post Pagami: Wildlife watch: Where are the mammals?
I realized earlier in the day I haven’t seen any mammals inside the fire zone. Folks with the Forest Service said they had seen moose tracks near Isabella Lake, and I saw wolf scat and beaver lodges along a non-burned portage, but nothing inside the land of char…Small mammals — squirrels, mice, hares — should have survived by hunkering in their underground burrows. But after resurfacing, finding food would be difficult, and many might have starved, said Lee Frelich, fire ecologist for the University of Minnesota.
Pioneer Press
http://blogs.twincities.com/outdoors/2012/05/22/post-pagami-wildlife-watch-where-are-the-mammals/

Updates and Events

Walk in the Garden series set to begin
The University of Minnesota Extension – Anoka County Master Gardener volunteer program is sponsoring A Walk in the Garden educational series of gardening classes at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. N.W., Andover.
ABC Newspapers
http://abcnewspapers.com/2012/05/22/walk-in-the-garden-series-set-to-begin/

News Releases and Multimedia

Sustainable Rail International, University of Minnesota Announce Coalition to Develop the World's Cleanest Passenger Locomotive
http://www1.umn.edu/news/news-releases/2012/UR_CONTENT_389949.html

Clean energy from CO2?
http://www1.umn.edu/news/features/2012/UR_CONTENT_389860.html

Fred E. Wood named chancellor of University of Minnesota, Crookston
http://www1.umn.edu/news/news-releases/2012/UR_CONTENT_389905.html

Starwatch June 2012
http://www1.umn.edu/news/features/2012/UR_CONTENT_389895.html

Former Acara Students to Launch Social Venture in India
http://www1.umn.edu/news/news-releases/2012/UR_CONTENT_389870.html