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Today's News: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Administration

UMD hosts racism discussion following controversial video
2012 has been a polarizing year with several incidents classified as racist. ...Now, the University of Minnesota-Duluth is ramping up efforts to combat this problem.
Northland's News Center
To Watch: http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/UMD-Hosts-Conversation-Following-Racist-Video---182095141.html

Research

Birth complications decline after new Fairview care program initiative, study says
Birth complications decline after new Fairview care program initiative implemented at the U of M Medical Center, Fairview, says study. Dr. Phillip Rauk, University of Minnesota Medical School, comments.
Pioneer Press
http://www.twincities.com/ci_22130757/birth-complications-decline-after-new-fairview-care-program

Business and Politics

$1.1B state budget shortfall predicted
Minnesota faces a $1.1 billion budget deficit according to an update released Wednesday by Minnesota Management and Budget under State Economist and U professor Tom Stinson. Humphrey School of Public Affairs senior fellow Jay Kiedrowski spoke with WCCO-AM's Dave Lee. The MN Daily interviewed Chief Financial Officer Richard Pfutzenreuter for reaction to how the new numbers could impact the university's biennial budget request.
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Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/12/06/11b-state-budget-shortfall-predicted

Commentary and Opinion

Why the 'tax on the rich' debate doesn't matter
The key sticking point [in the 'fiscal cliff' debate] is the Democrats' insistence that the top tax rate on individuals must be increased and the Republican obstinance against any increase. Yet the truth is that a rate increase is irrelevant to most taxpayers earning $250,000 to $1 million a year, writes Paul Gutterman, director of the Masters of Business Tax Program at the U of M's Carlson School of Management.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/182275131.html?vi_adid=W

Updates and Events

Astronomers looking for volunteer star-hunters
A group of astronomers is looking for thousands of volunteers to help them with a new project that may answer how galaxies form and how stars form within these galaxies.
Phys.org
http://phys.org/news/2012-12-andromeda-astronomers-star-clusters-hubble.html
KSL-TV
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=23262205

Public Interest Design 100
PublicInterestDesign.org, in association with the U of M's College of Design and funding partner Tandus Flooring, introduce the "Public Interest Design 100." This first-of-its-kind list profiles individuals or teams in each of 10 categories, including ambassadors, connectors, educators (no. 32 U of M Dean Tom Fisher), facilitators, funders, makers, organizers, policymakers, promoters, and visualizers.
Archinect
http://archinect.com/schools/release/3277911/infographic-public-interest-design-100/62810174

Marijuana use not a cut-and-dried issue
According to Dr. Charlie Reznikoff, Medical School, labeling marijuana as “all good” or “completely bad” isn’t the right was to go about addressing the substance.
The East Central Minnesota Post Review
http://ecmpostreview.com/2012/12/05/marijuana-use-not-a-cut-and-dried-issue/

Collaboration between U of M School of Dentistry and 3M to receive Gies Award from ADEA
The American Dental Education Association Gies Foundation (ADEAGies) has awarded the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics (MDRCBB) a 2013 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement for Outstanding Vision - Public or Private Partner.
Inside Dentistry
http://www.dentalaegis.com/news.php?id=5795

U of M Extension hosts Cattle Feeder Days
The U of M Extension will highlight feeding and managing for efficiency while finishing cattle at heavier weights during the annual University of Minnesota Cattle Feeder Day Program. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Rochester Events Center.
Faribault Daily News
http://www.southernminn.com/faribault_daily_news/community/article_06ab750d-4e33-5c40-9455-a2e4aaad13cf.html