U of M professor thinks looking at foot size can indicate child growth
John Himes, who researches childhood growth at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, says that, “If you look at the adolescent growth spurt, the timing starts with feet.” Himes added that, “Kids grow from the bottom up, which is why they grow out of their shoes before they grow out of their pants. If they have bigger feet, you can rest assured that the rest of their body will catch up.”
Honeycrisp researchers bring us a new apple: the SweeTango
Agricultural researchers at the University of Minnesota brought us the Honeycrisp apple, and that variety was definitely a hit. However, the researchers weren’t done as their latest creation, SweeTango, is a one-of-a-kind hybrid that brings together two very unique breeds: Honeycrisp and Zestar. The SweeTango has already captivated the industry as Michgan farms and Chicago restaurants are contending with the ‘new kid on the block.’
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To Watch: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=resources/lifestyle_community/food/restaurants&id=8844957
Newport Laboratories named U of M research partner
Newport Laboratories takes great pride in the quality and growth of their company, which was verified this past week with a new honor bestowed by the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). The Worthington-based company was names CVM’s Distinguished Research Partner of 2012 at a Twin Cities recognition event. Almost 40 percent of the professional staff of Newport Laboratories hold technical degrees from the U of M.
Worthington Daily Globe
Business and Politics
Most controversial political races are uncovered, says U of M professor
The battle for the control of Minnesota’s legislature is quietly raging under the nose of most voters. Larry Jacobs, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, said, “The Minnesota state legislative races are the most consequential, uncovered political event in the state this year.”
Safety-net hospitals brace for cut to federal subsidies
Safety-net hospitals are bracing for cuts to federal subsidies. Lynn Blewett, School of Public Health, says hospitals like the Hennepin County Medical Center face uncertainty when it comes to how large the cuts will be.
Kaiser Health News
Commentary and Opinion
U of M professor speaks on marriage amendment
Dale Carpenter, a professor in the U of M Law School, sees a cultural change within the marriage amendment, “The fact that the amendment is just focused on the marital status itself is a reflection of a new reality … much of the public accepts that same sex relationships are legitimate and that they have legal needs but may not be ready to accept the title of marriage quite yet.”
To Watch: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/october-12-2012/minnesota-gay-marriage/13380/
University must regain Minnesotans' heartfelt trust
Despite the Regents’ creative approach, the U’s budget likely faces an uphill climb in St. Paul. If Kaler can figure out exactly why Minnesotans’ faith has eroded in their U, he’d do both the university and the state a world of good. By Tom Dennis, Editor, Editorial and Opinion page, Grand Forks Herald.
Grand Forks Herald
Updates and Events
U of M pharmacy professor suggests review of manufacturers prior to purchasing products
The New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts company at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak, was selling medications to some of the largest medical groups in Minnesota despite not having a license to do so. Only two Minnesota clinics have ties to the meningitis outbreak, which has so far sickened 198 people and killed 15 in 13 states. Stephen Schondelmeyer, a professor of pharmacy at the U of M, added that, “People just assume that someone in the U.S. wouldn’t manufacture and illegally sell a product … They just assume that wouldn’t go on. But in fact it does.”
Tibetan leader visited the U Friday
Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the political leader of Tibet, spoke at the U of M Friday at an open discussion on the Chinese-Tibet conflict. Sangay, who is the prime minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, arrived at the University’s Law School on Friday to discuss an increase in violent protests by Tibetans and his hopes for a productive discussion on the Chinese-Tibetan conflict in coming years.
Conference at UMD explores silica sand
Geologists, government regulators, and representatives of the sand mining industry and its suppliers met in Brooklyn Park, Minn., for a conference that would familiarize all with the industry’s gritty bedrock basics. The conference, sponsored by the Precambrian Research Center of the U of M-Duluth and the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, explored what silica sand is, how it’s mined and processed, and the environmental and regulatory issues that accompany it.
Winona Daily News
UCare Mobile Dental Clinic returns to Twin Cities
The UCare Mobile Dental Clinic, which is converted a 43-foot long bus into a four station mobile dental clinic, has returned to the Twin Cities. The mobile dental clinic travels 15,000 miles across Minnesota throughout the year, as U of M Dentistry School students, who are supervised by faculty, provide care to UCare members. The initiative has existed for 10 years.
Six injured when car strikes a group on East Bank
Six pedestrians sought medical help after being hit by a suspected drunken driver near the U of M campus yesterday. The pedestrians were crossing the intersection of Oak and Washington in the afternoon when a car turning left struck them. At least one pedestrian is still being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center, but Minneapolis Police Sgt. Stephen McCarty said none of the injuries were life-threatening.
100-year anniversary of first sports broadcast yesterday
100 years ago on October 14, 1912, an experimental radio station at the University of Minnesota began transmitting tinny, warbling accounts of the football team’s games. This was the world’s first ever sports broadcast, and since then several mediums and companies have launched off of the U’s innovative actions.