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Today's News Weekend Edition: Monday, June 4, 2012


Sights set on the global stage
Appointing one female dean might be an accident; appoint two and it begins to look like a policy. It is an argument that is rapidly dismissed by Srilata Zaheer, the newly appointed dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, who succeeded Alison Davis-Blake this year. Her riposte is dismissive: “It’s a non-issue for us”. If there were two consecutive male deans at a business school no one would question it, she says.
Financial Times

Scaling Up
What does it take to go from 50 percent study abroad participation to 100 percent (or nearly that)? On Friday, the final day of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference, study abroad professionals from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management discussed the challenges they faced in making study abroad mandatory for their undergraduate business majors. Their bottom line was this:  Keep the requirement broad, be flexible, work closely with faculty and the relevant administrative units on campus -- including the offices of admissions and financial aid -- and advise early and often.
Inside Higher Ed

Tuition hike planned for MBA students at the University of Minnesota shrinks
The tuition hike planned for new, in-state MBA students at the University of Minnesota has been cut in half. Last month, a few members of the Board of Regents pushed back on the proposed 10.4 percent tuition increase for those students. Since then, it has shrunk to 4.8 percent.The agenda for next week's regents meeting, released Friday, shows that President Eric Kaler is now proposing that residents in Carlson School of Management's daytime MBA program pay $762 more, bringing tuition to $33,230.
Star Tribune

U of M Board of Regents to Vote on Budget
This week, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents will be acting on the 2013 budget and hearing recommendations for executive compensation and administrative transitional leaves. On Friday, June 8, the board will be voting on President Eric Kaler’s proposed FY13 budget and the FY13 Annual Capital Improvement budget, which aim to keep college tuition affordable and authorizes $375.7 million in design and construction projects next fiscal year.


Missing Trailer Carrying U of M Project for NASA Found
A trailer carrying a University of Minnesota project for NASA that went missing Monday has been found. Authorities say the trailer was found Wednesday not far from the Dallas truck stop where it was last seen. The trailer was not damaged and a seal over the back was not broken.
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Dispatches from the birth of the Universe: sometimes science gets lucky
For the generations that grew up with TV before the age of cable, the box in our living room was a time machine, capable of taking us back to just a few hundred thousand years after the birth of the Universe. We just didn't realize it. Nor did the scientists that discovered this, at least at first. But luck seemed to play a large role in one of the biggest discoveries of our lifetime. Her team at Columbia is responsible for putting together the mirrors and support hardware; the camera is being built at the University of Minnesota, while NASA will be responsible for its flight from Antarctica.
ARS Technica

What to do with open cows?
Unfortunately, all beef producers have open (nonpregnant) cows at the end of the breeding season. The reasons why cows are open can be numerous: disease, age, nutrition, calving difficulties, etc.Regardless of why they are open, developing a management plan for these open cows is important. For the average beef operation, the marketing of cull animals provides 10-20 percent of the gross income, so making the best judgment on if or when to send her to market can impact the farms bottom-line. By Allen Bridges, Ph.D. North Central Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota Beef Team
Minnesota Farm Guide

Ingredients for success in Vermont wine
Christina Castegren was a 17-year-old, about to enter the University of Vermont, and wondering what she might do in her adult life. “’Why don’t you make wine?’” suggested her father. But first she had to study plant and soil science at the university; read every book on winemaking she could find; work at Shelburne Vineyard in Shelburne, one of Vermont’s earliest and best-known wineries; and obtain advice from the University of Minnesota, the leader in the research and development of cold-hardy grapes.

Building up Minnesota’s 4th great resource
What do you do with an old high school in a rural town? Turn it into an advanced research laboratory. That’s what Ralco Nutrition Inc. did recently, and it’s pumping new life into Balaton, a small southwestern Minnesota city. In addition to the research lab, the former high school will serve as a divisional headquarters for the company’s new agronomy/farming division. In a new report for the Minnesota Extension Service, rural sociologist Ben Winchester finds further evidence from the 2010 Census that rural Minnesota is experiencing a “brain gain” of educated 30- to 49-year-olds even though total population in 36 of Minnesota's 80 rural counties continues to decline.

Ben Winchester speaking about his most recent study on brain gain as a guest on TPT's Almanac.
TPT's Almanac
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People and Lifestyle

Forget large sodas, how about banning French fries?
Smart policies are essential to America's "war on obesity."
The latest idea in that fight is a curious proposal from Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City. He's planning to ban the sale of sugary drinks 16 ounces or larger in public venues such as restaurants and movie theaters. Mark A. Pereira is an associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.

Traditional dentistry wary of dental therapists
Crystal Ann Baker isn't a dentist, but she fills cavities, pulls teeth and even performs children's root canals. Baker, who treats low-income patients in St. Paul, Minn., is among the nation's first dental therapists — an innovative and controversial health position intended to fill socioeconomic and geographic gaps in dental care.Baker, who earned a master's degree in dental therapy at the University of Minnesota, said she sees plenty of room for both dental therapists and dentists.
Los Angeles Times,0,4784106.story

Worthington pharmacist has prescription for success
When you’re a small-town business owner attempting to stay afloat in a sea of corporate giants flexing their considerable marketing and lobbying muscle, it’s tough to keep your head above water.But Worthington pharmacist Jason Turner, owner of GuidePoint Pharmacy, isn’t waiting around for someone else to throw him a life buoy—he’s taking it upon himself to help inform U.S. legislators how the pharmaceutical industry looks from where he stands. Turner earned his own pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. “I did my pre-pharmacy work right here at Minnesota West, and had some great teachers.”
Daily Globe

Student-parents at the University of Minnesota balance dual roles with dwindling support
Chalk-scribbled hopscotch trails fill park sidewalks and children race around playgrounds to tag their friends. This isn’t the way summer evenings look for most of her University of Minnesota classmates, but for Bethany Waldron, this is nightlife.“Taking time away from my family to go to the library is not my priority,” said Waldron. Waldron is part of a group of University students who said they are struggling to find a balance between their responsibilities at home and in the classroom as student-parents with limited University support.
Twin Cities Daily Planet

You've spotted an injured or orphaned animal. Now what?
That's a question we at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center ask dozens of times a day. It's not that we're interrogating the concerned people who call or bring animals to us. The WRC, in Roseville, is one of the nation's largest wildlife hospitals. Last year we treated 8,000 injured and orphaned wild animals from among 180 species. We've been caring for injured wildlife since our beginnings in 1979 at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
Star Tribune

'Time capsule' on tour
The Twin Cities area boasts many historically significant neighborhoods. But only one, University Grove, has been declared "an architectural time capsule of modern America" by the New York Times. University Grove, tucked into a corner next to the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, was sort of an early version of a planned community.In the 1920s, the U, which still owns the land, set the area aside as a residential enclave for professors, administrators and their families. Landscape architects designed the neighborhood with central commons areas, to give children a safe place to play.
Star Tribune

Taking a bite out of summer
Bzzzzzzzz. Slap. Bzzzzzzzzz. Slap. Ahh, the soothing sounds of summer. Or in this case, a dread-filled realization that as nice as winter was, summer is starting early. And that means an influx of our warm-weather frenemies -- creepy, crawly, stinging, buzzing, flying insects."How many bugs we see in the spring is a lot more complicated than a mild winter," said Jeff Hahn, an extension entomologist at the University of Minnesota.
Star Tribune

In eras past, pushing vacuums whittled waistlines
In the 1950s, women didn't need Pilates or yoga to stay fit. They had 25-pound vacuum cleaners. A recent British study found that back then the average waistline was 28 inches, but today it's 36, because women had to exert so much more energy around the house than they do now.Dr. Charles Billington, associate director of the Minnesota Obesity Center at the University of Minnesota, finds the study's worth dubious, while not disputing that its claim holds true in the United States as well.
The Sacramento Bee

Updates and Events

Cedar Creek property in East Bethel open next weekend
The University of Minnesota Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and Bell Museum of Natural History are co-hosting the Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 event to give the public a chance to find out more about the thriving wildlife and research taking place on this large site. All events are free.