University of Minnesota's invasive aquatic species research center plan backed by panel
The University of Minnesota would get $8.7 million to develop a research center aimed at combating such invasive aquatic species as Asian carp and zebra mussels under a funding package endorsed by a panel of citizens and legislators.
Seriously funny - Improv show adds comic twist to public policy
Stephen Lehmkuhle, chancellor of the University of Minnesota-Rochester, is cool with being the butt of the joke. So when he was asked to participate in Rochester's first Theater of Public Policy improv show, to be held at Rochester Civic Theatre, no one had to twist his arm — not even after he saw the title: "The University of Minnesota-Rochester in a Shopping Center: Are You Kidding!"
Florida leads nation with 10% of adults not allowed to vote
Nearly one-fourth of black Florida adults, and one-tenth of the state's total voting-age population, aren't allowed to vote because of the state's prohibition on voting by former felons, the nation's highest rate of disenfranchisement, according to a study by an advocacy group. ...The report was done by sociologists Christopher Uggen and Sarah Shannon of the University of Minnesota and Jeff Manza of New York University.
Business and Politics
Will Affordable Care Act gain popularity as it ages?
Melissa Block speaks with political scientist Lawrence Jacobs of the University of Minnesota about the history of public opinion toward the extension of government social programs including Social Security and Medicare.
The supreme venue for Supreme Court junkies
Chances are, you heard its name on June 28. You may have even visited it – along with 1.7 million of your closest friends. SCOTUSblog was the go-to place for many people looking for a fast and accurate report of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. ...Says Jane Kirtley, professor of media ethics and law at the University of Minnesota and former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, "Providing context and accuracy is what sets them apart for me."
American Journalism Review
Commentary and Opinion
Finding common ground in environmental debates
Conversations about the environment can often be polarizing. Jonathan Foley, director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, says that rather than rehash the same old debates, environmental issues need to be reframed.
Schafer: Law schools finally get realistic
With significantly smaller classes starting this fall at Twin Cities law schools, it looks like the regional market for legal education is finally in correction mode. Seems overdue, given the dismal news from the legal employment market so far this summer. ..."I am not sure it will ever return to the levels of growth we saw," said David Wippman of the University of Minnesota's law school.
How I created an algorithm for Spider-Man
As a physics professor, I don’t usually take requests to create a new mathematical formula on demand, but when the call came from Hollywood for an equation for cellular regeneration, my only concern was whether I would have it ready by Monday. The equation I provided appears in Sony’s "The Amazing Spider-Man," the latest take on the Spidey Saga. ...James Kakalios is the Taylor Distinguished Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota.