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Today's News: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Administration

Former U administrator receives NACWAA’s lifetime achievement award
Donna Olson, who served as the U of M’s senior athletics administrator from 1985-2001, earned the National Association of collegiate Women Athletics Administratiors’ (NACWAA) Lifetime Achievement Award for her efforts in advancing women’s sports throughout her 40-year career. In her time at the U, Olson added several varsity sports and assisted in the building of stadiums on campus.
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/10/08/olson-honored-womens-sports-work

Research

The hard truth about flex time
In a forthcoming paper, researchers from University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management say there are career consequences for using flexible work arrangements, such as flexible schedules, telecommuting, job shares and compressed work weeks, but they vary depending on why a manager thinks the employee needs the accommodation.
Wall Street Journal (At Work blog)
http://blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2012/10/09/the-hard-truth-about-flex-time/

Research grant helps U of M doctors fight Leukemia
Thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from the St. Baldrick’s foundation, a charity dedicated to funding cancer research, doctors at the U of M are designing drugs that aid the immune system to efficiently detect and kill the cancer cells. Doctors Dan Vallera and Michael Verneris hope to not only kill the cancer cells with the drugs, but to also prepare the immune system to recognize the cancerous cells in the future.
KSTP-TV
http://kstp.com/article/stories/S2793905.shtml?cat=11854

U of M researchers work to create drought-resistant turf grass
Researchers at the University of Minnesota are working on creating a drought-resistant turf grass.
KSTP-TV
http://kstp.com/article/stories/S2794881.shtml?cat=1

Business and Politics

Is the 8th Congressional District election being bought?
University of Minnesota-Duluth professor Wy Spano believes that almost two-thirds of the money spent in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District election comes from donors outside of Minnesota. Spano then concluded, “This will be the first time that we’ll be able to ask the question, can you buy an election?”
KARE 11
To Watch: http://www.kare11.com/news/article/994148/396/Candidates-duke-it-out-in-MNs-8th-Congressional-Dist

Updates and Events

U of M grants honorary doctorate to China's Health Minister
On Monday, the University of Minnesota granted one of its highest honors to one of China's most important ministers. Dr. Chen Zhu, China's Minister of Health was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his work in leukemia research and health care reform.
KSTP-TV
To Watch: http://kstp.com/news/stories/S2793973.shtml?cat=1
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/10/09/u-honors-chinese-minister-health

U of M Day at Twin Cities Live
Monday was U of M Day at Twin Cities Live, part of the show's College Week. The audience was made up of students, Homecoming Royalty, the Spirit Squad and Goldy plus the show featured a story about the U's Quidditch team. John Hanson, one of the hosts, is a huge Gopher fan and was presented with some U of M gear for his birthday as well.
To Watch the Quidditch story: http://twincitieslive.com/article/stories/s2793286.shtml?cat=10698
To Watch the Spirit Squad and Goldy perform: http://twincitieslive.com/article/stories/s2793296.shtml?cat=10698

Students & researchers display their work at the EduTech Showcase and Forum
U of M students and researchers showcased their educational technologies at the EduTech Showcase and Forum, held at the McNamara Alumni Center Monday. Around 170 attendees saw new technologies such as FireWave, a linear fireplace designed to move in rhythm with the music playing created by Zmach (a company formed by four U of M physics students), and Ave, an online program that aims at improving the instruction of foreign language through video assignments.
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/10/09/conference-touts-technology-education

Natural Resources Library celebrates grand opening Wednesday
The Natural Resources Library located on the St. Paul campus will celebrate it’s grand opening on Wednesday. A decision made in 2011 merged the collections of the Forestry Library and Entomology, Fisheries, and Wildlife Library all in one location. To celebrate, the Natural Resources Library will have snacks, drinks, games, and prizes for visitors.
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/10/09/students-find-secret-study-space-st-paul%E2%80%99s-newly-combined-library

U of M Jazz Ensemble 1, "New Voices" on October 11
On Thursday, October 11, University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble I presents "New Voices - Modern Works for Big Band." Cosponsored by the Twin Cities Jazz Society as part of the “Jazz From J to Z” series, this concert will be held at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the U of M West Bank at  7:30pm. Admission is free.
Jazz Police
http://www.jazzpolice.com/content/view/10380/115/