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Today's News: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Administration

U isn’t alone in offering tuition freeze
The University of Minnesota voted to freeze tuition for two years last month, a trend picking up around the nation. Universities in Arizona, Iowa, Maine and New Hampshire have proposed a freeze in tuition as well. Regent Laura Brod comments on the U's proposal.
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/11/13/offering-tuition-freeze-u-isn%E2%80%99t-alone

FlexDine leftovers revert to U
For the past three years, the University of Minnesota Dining Services has profited from student’s unused FlexDine. Although some students expressed concerns about the policy, University administration said the roughly $20,000 it receives annually from accounts inactive for a year is put to good use.
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/11/13/flexdine-leftovers-revert-u

Business and Politics

Drug prices can be overly high at times, but you may be able to keep costs down
High drug prices affect everyone: those who pay out of pocket, those with private insurance and even those on Medicare Part D. Some may skip filling prescriptions because they can’t afford them, while others who take expensive drugs may see their insurance premiums rise as a result. Why does this happen? One reason is that drug companies are producing fewer blockbuster treatments, says Stephen Schondelmeyer, a pharmaceutical economics professor at the University of Minnesota.
The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/drug-prices-can-be-overly-high-at-times-but-you-may-be-able-to-keep-costs-down/2012/11/12/abd25d32-f2b7-11e1-adc6-87dfa8eff430_story.html

People and Lifestyle

U of M professor awarded $1 million research prize
Dante Cicchetti, a professor in the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, has been awarded the prestigious Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize and $1 million by the Jacobs Foundation in Switzerland.
City Pages
http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2012/11/dante_cicchetti_u_of_m_professor_receives_1_million_research_prize.php

Commentary and Opinion

Remembering Kristallnacht: It starts with apathy
Alejandro Baer, director and Stephen C. Feinstein Chair at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, recently authored an article on the 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a turning point in Adolf Hitler’s anti-Jewish policy. For most scholars, it marks the beginning of the period we now define as the Holocaust.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/178211581.html

How can we improve America's electrical grid?
Massoud Amin, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the U of M and an expert on power grids, recently sat down with MPR and GCN to discuss how to improve America's electrical grid.
MPR
To Listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/12/daily-circuit-hurricane-sandy-electrical-grid/
GCN
http://gcn.com/articles/2012/11/13/7-elements-of-a-self-healing-power-grid.aspx

Updates and Events

U of M Institute on the Environment receives $370,000 grant
Momentum, a magazine published by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, received a $370,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/blogs/newsstand/2012/11/12/ione%E2%80%99s-momentum-increase-circulation-redesign-website

'Corrective action' in Markingson trial case
A state board has issued “corrective action” against the University of Minnesota study coordinator in a 2003 research trial that led to the suicide of participant Dan Markingson. ...University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg said Kenney is no longer an employee at the University. He referenced the investigations that found no wrongdoing on behalf of the University.
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/11/13/%E2%80%98corrective-action%E2%80%99-markingson-trial-case
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/local/179042061.html
City Pages
http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2012/11/dan_markingsons_suicide_jean_kenney.php

U of M physician amazed by Adrian Peterson’s knee recovery
The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson is in the conversation for the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award, and even the MVP Award as well. What’s even more astonishing is that Peterson had reconstructive knee surgery last December. “Having the injury is one insult to the knee, the surgery is the second insult to the knee,” says Dr. Elizabeth Arendt, with the U of M Physicians group.
KARE 11
To Watch: http://www.kare11.com/news/article/998262/396/Petersons-knee-recovery-amazes-fans-therapists

Study: Flu shots may not be as effective as advertised
Year after year millions of Americans do their due diligence and get a flu shot. But in a report released last month, scientists at the University of Minnesota said the vaccines provide only a “modest” protection for healthy adults and little, if any, protection for those 65 and older.
FOX31 Denver
http://kdvr.com/2012/11/12/study-flu-shots-not-as-effective-as-advertised/

U of M to phase out 20-year-old HIV seminar program
A nearly 20-year-old HIV seminar program at the University of Minnesota is being retired because attendance has dropped. The Man-to-Man Sexual Health Seminars enrolled as many as 300 men a year at the program's height. Those numbers have fallen to fewer than two-dozen participants in recent years.
MPR
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/12/health/university-to-phase-out-20yearold-hiv-seminar-program/

10 chefs to compete at University of Minnesota in $1,000 Lake Superior herring cook-off
Minnesota Sea Grant is holding its second-annual Salute to Lake Superior's Sustainable Fisheries at the University of Minnesota McNamra Alumni Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday.
The Republic
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/406e6ff08532492c9a97eed64ebdd8af/MN--Lake-Superior-Fisheries