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Today's News Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Kaler shares university's business savvy at D.C. forum
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler appeared in the nation's capital Monday to talk about something that is not often the byword of academia: Entrepreneurship.
Star Tribune


Climatologist offers insights into Minnesota's drought
As one of the driest Septembers in state history comes to an end, the drought situation in Minnesota is being assessed by a number of state agencies as well as University of Minnesota Extension.
Echo Press
Drovers Cattle network
Morris Sun Tribune

New technologies advance livestock genomics for agricultural and biomedical uses
The genomic technique, known as TALENS, is described in a report published today in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The technique is cheaper and faster than previous technologies that allow scientists to genetically modify livestock animals; the animals are used to learn more about human diseases, which in turn can help researchers develop cures. U of M scientists and their collaborators used the technique to develop a swine model of cardiovascular disease in the diabetes-prone Ossabaw miniature pig.
Phys Org

Business and Politics

First Presidential Debate Preview
For the first time they will be on the same stage, facing each other. The two candidates for president will make their case to the American public, trying to persuade voters their way is the right way. According to Larry Jacobs, Political Science professor at the University of Minnesota, Humphrey Institute, for Mitt Romney, this is a make or break moment.
To Watch:

People and Lifestyle

New Sars-Like Bug: Pandemic Potential?
A new virus has health officials on alert: Earlier this year, a Saudi Arabian patient died from a new coronavirus, the family of viruses that includes both the common cold and the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak of 2003. "Nobody knows at this point if we should be concerned about it," said Michael Osterholm, a flu expert at the University of Minnesota.

Nat’l loan default rate up to 9.1 percent
Of the 8,400 University of Minnesota graduates who started paying for their federal student loans in 2010, 2.2 percent of them were unable to pay and defaulted. At the national level, 9.1 percent of the more than 4 million graduates who started paying for their federal student loans in 2010 defaulted, according to the latest loan data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Education.
Minnesota Daily

Engineers help clean water abroad
Summer break does not apply to engineers — at least the ones working with the University of Minnesota’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders. This past summer, members of EWB-UMN traveled to Guatemala and Uganda to make clean water more accessible.
Minnesota Daily

Commentary and Opinion

Rural Medical Training Spurs Economies
Rural leaders have long recognized that health care delivery is important to the rural economy -- more important than in urban areas -- and essential to recruiting and retaining other jobs and businesses. About 43 years ago the Minnesota legislature decided to hold the University of Minnesota accountable for producing the physicians most needed within the state.
Daily Yonder

Updates and Events

National Federation of the Blind Takes On E-Text Pilots
The National Federation of the Blind has accused Educause, a higher education IT association, and technology community Internet2 of ignoring the "accessibility barriers" that are preventing blind and print-disabled students from fully participating in a major e-text pilot initiative being coordinated by both. In a letter to those organizations and others involved in the Internet2 eTextbook program, NFB President Marc Maurer cited problems identified by the University of Minnesota in an earlier pilot as the reason for NFB's concerns.
Campus Technology

NCRG honors Stinchfield with Scientific Achievement Award
The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) has announced that Randy Stinchfield, Ph.D., L.P., associate director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School, is the recipient of the 2012 Scientific Achievement Award.
Casino City Times

Aviation historian Darrell Collins to present 'An Evening with the Wright Brothers'
If you are interested in aviation or history, learn more about the Wright Brothers and the history of the first flight at Kitty Hawk with renowned aviation historian Darrell Collins at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. His presentation, which takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in Kiehle Auditorium, will be followed by a question and answer period.
Crookston Times