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Today's News: Wednesday, January 9, 2013


University of Minnesota tops Legislature's goals, will get withheld aid
The University of Minnesota exceeded five performance goals the Legislature set in 2011, withholding a small fraction of state funding until the U met at least three of them. The university now will receive more than $4.8 million in withheld state aid. Legislators wanted to see increases in university financial aid, degrees awarded, undergraduate graduation rates, research expenses and expenditures funded by private businesses.
Pioneer Press

U of M professors in double-dip case quit
In a quiet finale to a troubled tenure, the University of Minnesota is parting ways with Francois Sainfort and Julie Jacko, the star faculty couple investigated for double-dipping salaries in Minnesota and Georgia.
Star Tribune


Safety of induced stem cells gets a boost
A paper published in Nature today could dispel a cloud over the hopes of turning a patient’s own cells into perfectly matched replacement tissues. Jakub Tolar, a clinician at the University of Minnesota, comments.

Minn. cardiologist aims to change health care, saving lives and money
Dr. Jay Cohn, Professor of Medicine at the U of M Medical School, and the Director of the Rasmussen Center for Cardio Vascular Disease Prevention, is hoping to dramatically lower the incidents of cardiovascular disease, deaths and costs with an inexpensive series of tests designed to diagnose heart disease before symptoms appear.
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Business and Politics

Farm prices on the rise
As farmland prices around the state of Minnesota have continued to increase over the past 20 years, it has left many farmers wondering if and when the farmland bubble may burst. According to Steve Taff, economist with University of Minnesota Extension, farmland prices have been rising steadily since 1990 and have peaked at a state average of more than $3,500 per acre in 2010.
Echo Press

Job market for MBAs looking up in 2013
Despite continued economic uncertainty, recent graduates, especially MBA holders, can look forward to an improved job market in 2013, according to an employer survey published by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). ...Michelle Chevalier, director of the Graduate Business Career Center at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, discusses competition among MBA students at U.S. companies.
The Globe and Mail

People and Lifestyle

Military affairs beat: Texas bill carves time for military families
A Texas legislator has proposed a bill to give children of some military service members more time with their parents. ...While limited to Texas, the proposal is the kind of thinking that recognizes the special needs of families of deployed service members. The University of Minnesota has a unique program that studies the effect of deployments on military families and offers strategies and skills for improving family communication. Abigail Gewirtz, an associate professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota and the project's principal investigator, said that the reintegration period can be stressful.
Star Tribune

Commentary and Opinion

U tuition should be fairer for residents
Rep. Bob Barrett, R-Lindstrom, writes that "the tuition that Minnesota parents pay for their kids to attend the University of Minnesota is unnecessarily high, and can be lowered with one policy change..."
Star Tribune

Updates and Events

Finding a job for college grads in the 'off' season
Paul Timmins, Career Services director for the College of Liberal Arts, offers tips and insight for students and job seekers looking for employment right now.
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Why is this flu season so bad?
Nicholas Kelley, Ph.D., Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), School of Public Health, spoke to the Star Tribune in a video interview about the current flu season, the influenza vaccine, pertussis, and what some call "the stomach flu," but is really known as Norovirus.
Star Tribune
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Avoid these 8 sufaces with the most germs, stay healthy
Jeff Bender D.V.M., M.S., Professor Veterinary Public Health, Director, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, U of M discusses the AARP's recently released list of 8 was to protect yourself from germs in public places.
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Physics Force visits FOX 9
Members of the U's College of Science and Engineering's successful and entertaining outreach program Physics Force were live guests on the FOX 9 morning news on Wednesday. The group, which shows that difficult subjects like physics and math can be fun and interesting, will showcased one of its experiments. The segment is a preview of the Force's largest show of the year, the "Physics Circus," a free event scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
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Iranian students at U. of Minnesota question bank account closures
A group of Iranian students at the University of Minnesota suspects TCF Bank was discriminating against them when it told them it would close their accounts without explanation at the end of this month.
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Pioneer Press
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Little Canada man videotaped sheriff's deputies, and got charged for it
Jane Kirtley, professor of media ethics and media law at the U of M, discusses the case of a Little Canada man who videotaped Ramsey County sheriff's deputies [as they] frisked a bloody-faced man outside his Little Canada apartment building. [Deputies took the camera and Henderson was then charged with obstruction of legal process and disorderly conduct.]
Pioneer Press