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Today's News: Thursday, November 15, 2012


Will loss of UROC visionary deter its mission?
The departure of U of M Senior Vice President Robert Jones has left many in North Minneapolis wondering what the future is of the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). ...UROC Executive Director Heidi Lasley Barajas, U-M Business and Community Economic Development Executive Director D. Craig Taylor and Dr. Shonda Craft all discuss plans to continue UROC's mission.


Four-year study at U finds effective block for PRRS virus in swine
A four-year University of Minnesota research trial found that air filtration was 100% effective in blocking PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome) virus from entering a model of a swine production region. As a result of this research work, air filtration has been rapidly applied to commercial swine production.
National Hog Farmer

State's trend of growing charter school enrollment reflected across country
A new report out Wednesday shows significant growth in charter school enrollment across the country and here in Minnesota. ...Over the years, critics of charter school have come to see them as competition to traditional public schools. When families choose to send their kids to a charter school, state funding follows the student. And that's hurt traditional school districts, especially in St. Paul and Minneapolis, said Myron Orfield, a law professor and director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on Race and Poverty.
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Business and Politics

Broadband adoption in Minnesota hits three-quarters but slows
Three-quarters of Minnesota households now have high-speed Internet connections, according to a new survey by the Center for Rural Policy and Development. ...Jack Geller, professor at the University of Minnesota Crookston and long-time researcher on this topic comments.

New website helps start-ups
Covering 20 central and southeastern Minnesota counties, the SoMN Source Link launched this week. An affiliate of original US SourceLink in Missouri, this local project is based out the University of Minnesota Rochester. Maria Brown of UMR directs the local SourceLink project.
Rochester Post Bulletin

People and Lifestyle

Couples counseling for 'Virginia Woolf's George and Martha'
University of Minnesota CEHD family social science professor Bill Doherty was interviewed about whether the marriage of George and Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” can be saved. Professor Doherty said that couples like George and Martha are actually good candidates for therapy.
New York Times

Descendants of exiled Dakota Indians remember Minnesota's 'Trail of Tears'
Darlene St. Clair, a Dakota scholar who is a visiting professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of American Indian Studies, discusses the 150th anniversary of the Dakota War of 1862.
The UpTake

Commentary and Opinion

Thomas Fisher: The end of the academic exercise
U of M College of Design Dean Tom Fisher writes about how he has shifted his teaching model to impact today's students.
Huffington Post (blog)

Updates and Events

Minnesota prepares for Obamacare
Lynn Blewett, professor, School of Public Health, discusses what the re-election of President Obama means for health reform in Minnesota.
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$100K State Department grant will establish American Cultural Center in China
A $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State will fund a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, Crookston and Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) to establish an American Cultural Center in China.
Redwood Falls Gazette

DVM at U of M named fellow of Canine Health Foundation
In the face of diminishing government support for biomedical canine research, the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation has selected five canine research fellows for sponsorship. Jill Schappa, a DVM at the University of Minnesota, was selected as one of the five fellows.
Veterinary Practice News

New York journalist visits U for the conference "Retail Connect: Who's Minding the Store?"
Caitlin Kelly - a New York journalist who's the author of Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail - visited the University of Minnesota to address the conference "Retail Connect: Who's Minding the Store?"
Twin Cities Daily Planet

Math & Science Family Fun Fair at U this Saturday
The University of Minnesota will be hosting a math and science fair for elementary through high school students this Saturday. U of M students and instructors will be showcasing different science knowledge, such as: cars that run off chemicals, brain anatomy, and robots. The event will take place from 10am to 4 pm at Coffman Memorial Union.
Pioneer Press (blog)