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Today's News Weekend Edition: Monday, Nov 12, 2012


Regents emphasize need for support from students and business leaders in appealing to legislature
In order for the University of Minnesota to build support with the state legislature, two key stakeholders – students and business leaders – need to participate in sharing the University's story, said University of Minnesota Regent David McMillan during a visit to the University of Minnesota, Morris last week.
Morris Sun Tribune

Minnesota slips in sending students to study abroad
Minnesota colleges are sending fewer students abroad as other states are sending more. Over three years, the number of Minnesota college students who study abroad slipped 7.3 percent, a report released Monday by the Institute of International Education shows. ...In the past decade, the University of Minnesota has nearly doubled the number of its students who study abroad. ..."We've created a range of options for students," said Meredith McQuaid, associate vice president and dean of international programs.
Star Tribune


U of M research finds accurate measure for risky heart behavior
There's little doubt that we're a hyper nation. As in hypertensive. But just how many Americans have blood pressure well outside the normal ranges — remains a bit uncertain. Scientists led by Dr. Brent Taylor from the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota found that in those under age 50, the resting-heart pressure is better at predicting mortality, while for those over 50, the beating-heart reading is a better risk measure.
Daily Herald

Study offers new tool for incorporating water impacts into policy decisions
If you've eaten fish, gone for a boat ride or even taken a drink from the tap, you know clean water is a valuable commodity. But just how valuable? That's always been a tough question for policy makers to answer as they weigh the worth of clean water against societal needs that compromise it, such as the need to grow food or produce fossil fuels. Now, however, their ability to do so has been greatly enhanced by a new policy-making framework developed by a team of scientists led by Bonnie Keeler, research associate at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.

Bodystorming: Dance grooves show how molecules move
Inside a chain-link cage, a handful of men and women walk, run, and spin, creating a mesmerizing dance. But these dancers are also doing science, testing hypotheses of how big molecules move within a cell. ...The collaboration between David Odde, a University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, biomedical engineer, and Carl Flink, the artistic director of Black Label Movement and the head of the university's theater and dance department, started when both received small grants from the university's Institute for Advanced Study to study the concept of time.
Science Magazine

Research suggest crop rotation as beneficial
Farming and ranching seem to build on similar truths and recent research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota and Iowa State University confirms what your father and grandfather told you way back when: "The most things change, the more they stay the same."
Columbus Telegram

Business and Politics

Legislative shift could be good for the U
Last Tuesday, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party gained control of the state government for the first time since 1990. Politically, the situations are similar, but economically the state is worse off than it was 20 years ago, so the takeover's implications for the U of M are uncertain. But University Chief Financial Officer Richard Pfutzenreuter and lobbyist Jason Rohloff say nothing has changed for them.

Changes in Minnesota health care look likelier
The shift in control of the state Legislature from Republicans to Democrats should create a smoother path for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to implement his plans for a state health insurance exchange next year. "It's full speed ahead," said Lynn Blewett, a health policy expert at the University of Minnesota.
Pioneer Press
St. Cloud Times

Amendment defeat opens marriage conversation
Although the [marriage] amendment's main opponent is no more, a new conversation is on the horizon. State law still prohibits same-sex marriage, but with momentum gained from the amendment's defeat and the new Democratic-Farmer-Labor-controlled Legislature, some say the next step could be legalization. University of Minnesota law professor Dale Carpenter comments.
Minnesota Daily

Minnesota GOP reassessing after slap-down at polls
Two years after their party made historic inroads in a traditionally deep-blue state, Republicans in Minnesota find themselves again looking at a period of rebuilding. ...“I think Minnesota is a state that is in search of a pragmatic, get-the-job done politics,” said Larry Jacobs, a professor of political science who directs the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota.
Washington Times

Updates and Events

Orchestra lockout discouraging students
Orchestra students have been drawn to the University due to the U of M's School of Music and the reputation of the area's orchestras. But now, with both orchestras currently locked out during contract negotiations, University music students are discouraged.
Minnesota Daily

Group brings suit over animal testing
Animal rights activists want to take the University of Minnesota to court over its alleged secrecy in animal testing. The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Minneapolis resident Isaac Peter filed a lawsuit against the University of Minnesota on Thursday, accusing its Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of violating the state's open records and open meetings laws.
Pioneer Press
Minnesota Daily

U of M Science Fair brings the fun
The math and science family fun fair is set for next Saturday at the University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Online Auction Benefits U of M Raptor Center
Community members can support the care of more than 700 sick and injured raptors through an upcoming online auction. The University of Minnesota Raptor Center will host the fundraiser from Tuesday, Dec. 4, to Wednesday, Dec. 12. All proceeds will benefit the center, which cares for raptors and provides educational programs for underserved local schools.

Inmate: 'I felt like they were trying to kill me'
17-year-old Michael Howard complained for four days of excruciating pain in his head and neck, court records show. The next night, alone and unmonitored, the teenager died of a brain hemorrhage. Dr. Lawrence Lockman, a pediatric neuroscientist at the University of Minnesota, reviewed the case at the time and concluded that the direct cause of Howard's death "was the failure to follow the most basic standard of care ... a doctor's treatment which likely would have saved his life."
Star Tribune

Tomorrow: Young Scientist Roundtable at Wayzata Central M.S.
A Young Scientist Roundtable is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Wayzata Central Middle School. Dr. Michael Walters in the medicinal chemistry department at the University of Minnesota will present “From Urea to Lipitor: The Art and Science of Molecular Construction.”
Lake Minnetonka Patch