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Today's News: Friday, January 11, 2012

Research

Study: Open enrollment increasing racial segregation in Twin Cities schools
The state's open enrollment policy is increasing racial segregation in Twin Cities-metro area school districts, according to a report out Friday from the University of Minnesota.
MPR
Listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/11/education/open-enrollment-segregation/
MinnPost
http://www.minnpost.com/community-sketchbook/2013/01/minnesota-s-new-white-flight-school-open-enrollment-program

Business and Politics

University of Minnesota's administrative expenses become target of lawmakers
Some state legislators vow to comb through the University of Minnesota's budget. Others demand a comparison between what the U and peer institutions spend on administration.
Pioneer Press
http://www.twincities.com/ci_22351459/university-minnesotas-administrative-expenses-become-target-lawmakers
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/politics/186407391.html?refer=y
Grand Forks Herald (via AP)
http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/253625/group/homepage/

People and Lifestyle

What doctors do to prevent suicides?
Dr. Katharine Nelson, Program Director for the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Residency Program, talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about what family members and medical professional can do to try and prevent a suicide.
MPR
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/11/nelson_suicide/

Miss America contestant Allyn Rose touts breast cancer prevention with mastectomy plans
Win or lose Saturday, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose will have conveyed a message about breast cancer prevention using her primary tool as a beauty queen: her body. ...For someone in her early 20s to have the procedure [double mastectomy] is "very unusual," said Todd Tuttle, chief of surgical oncology at the University of Minnesota.
CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57563509/miss-america-contestant-allyn-rose-touts-breast-cancer-prevention-with-mastectomy-plans/

Updates and Events

Photos: An evening of physics and fun
The Physics Force, a successful and entertaining outreach program of the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering, brought their Physics Circus to the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday night, Jan. 10, 2012.
Pioneer Press
http://photos.twincities.com/2013/01/10/photos-an-evening-of-physics-and-fun/

Disease expert: Flu season 'not that severe'
Bad as it may seem, this flu season doesn’t rank among the most severe. According to Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert at the University of Minnesota, the magnitude of the current outbreak has been blown out of proportion.
WCCO
Listen: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/01/11/disease-expert-flu-not-that-severe-this-season/

Questions and answers: Flu season
Dr. Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, addresses the question: "Why don't we have a better flu shot?"
USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/10/flu-questions/1823421/

Flu widespread in 47 states
In an article discussing the current flu season, Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, says a careful analysis of the data shows that the flu vaccine's "match" has little to do with its effectiveness.
USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/01/11/flu-shot-60-effective/1823673/