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Today's News Thursday, January 31, 2013


U of M recruiters react to changing high school graduation rate
According to a study from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, high school classes are shrinking, especially in the Midwest. In Minnesota, the report estimates a nearly 7 percent drop from 2009-2010 to 2012-2013. The decline has prompted more recruiting at the University of Minnesota. Rachelle Hernandez, Director of Admissions at the U of M comments.
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Colleges look past applicants' test scores
While many colleges and universities are looking beyond test scores and GPAs in the admissions process, academic performance is still widely used as the first consideration. The University of Minnesota uses a holistic admissions process in which academic preparation is the primary factor, said admissions director Rachelle Hernandez.
Minnesota Daily

A push to publicize graduates’ earnings
Most students attend college to get a job, but information on how that investment is likely to pay off hasn’t typically been available. A bill introduced in Congress would require colleges to reveal graduates’ earnings, among other information. At the University of Minnesota, only some colleges release that data publicly.
Minnesota Daily


Study: Food fraud can cost US $10 billion every year
What people think they are putting in their body might not be so. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is required to label all food accurately but researchers say that the FDA does not have good enough enforcement measures to do so. A new study finds that food labels are mislabeled, diluted, or misrepresented. Shaun Kennedy, National Center for Food Protection and Defense at the U of M and College of Veterinary Medicine, comments.
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New report shows child cancer rates rising
Each year, about 170 Minnesota children are diagnosed with cancer, and 11,000 across the United States. Now, a troubling finding shows those numbers might be climbing. Dr. Timothy R. Church, a professor and cancer prevention specialist at the University of Minnesota, helps KSTP-TV analyze the report.
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People and Lifestyle

Three students vie for open Board of Regents seat
After six years, three University of Minnesota students have the chance to serve on the most powerful governing body at the school. Drew Coveyou, Abdul Omari and Chris Tastad are all looking to fill the open at-large position on the Board of Regents reserved for a student.
Minnesota Daily

Looking for a diabetes cure in Minnesota
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota have set out to conquer diabetes within 10 years. The Daily Circuit checks in with Dr. Besty Seaquist, diabetes researcher at the University of Minnesota and program lead for Decade of Discovery, to see what progress they've made.

Hospital overload: Doctors overworked, patient care suffering
A new survey published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows American doctors are overworked, and patient care is suffering as a result. Dr. Aaron Friedman, dean of the U of M Medical School, comments.

Good Question: Is caffeine hazardous to our health?
Dr. Michael Howell, a neurologist at University of Minnesota Medical School and a sleep specialist at Fairview Southdale, says there are both health benefits and risks associated with caffeine.
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Carrying on campus?
A state legislator wants to allow students and faculty to conceal and carry handguns on college campuses. University Police Chief Greg Hestness, University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg and political science professor Wendy Rahn comment.
Minnesota Daily

Light rail plan could lead to more segregation
The Central Corridor light rail project is expected to dramatically improve access to venues across the Twin Cities for residents who live along the corridor. That is especially true for those along the eastern end of the corridor in St. Paul; however, one expert argues that government subsidized housing along the rail route could add to an already racially segregated neighborhood. "Most of the housing on the Central Corridor is affordable (low income)," said Myron Orfield, Director of the University of Minnesota Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity.
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Updates and Events

University of Minnesota 'Female Orgasm' workshop draws critics
A workshop the University of Minnesota is hosting in April has stirred passions among some conservative commentators. The workshop, titled "The Female Orgasm," has traveled to college campuses across the country, promising to appeal to "orgasm aficionados and beginners of all genders." U officials note that despite its cheeky billing, the event is primarily a discussion of healthy relationships and body image.
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Pioneer Press

University $84 million tech upgrade chugs along
Although it’s been half a year since the University of Minnesota’s $83.5 million technology upgrade began, there’s still a long way to go. Visible changes to University web pages won’t take place until the end of 2014, when the Enterprise System upgrades all at once.
Minnesota Daily

Toward a better cyanide antidote for terrorist attacks and other mass casualty events
In an advance toward closing a major gap in defenses against terrorist attacks and other mass casualty events, scientists are reporting discovery of a promising substance that could be the basis for development of a better antidote for cyanide poisoning. Steven E. Patterson, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design explain that the only existing antidotes for cyanide -- recognized as a high-risk substance for potential use by terrorists -- must be administered by intravenous infusion.
Science Daily

Controversial stem-cell company moves treatment out of the United States
US citizens who had pinned their hopes on a company being able to offer stem-cell treatments close to home will now need to travel a little farther. Leigh Turner, a bioethicist at the University of Minnesota, comments.

The "Living on the Land" workshop series, offered by University of Minnesota Extension
Do you have the dream of owning acreage in the country? Do you have an existing acreage that is in need of a plan and strategies for the best possible results? The “Living on the Land” workshop series, offered by University of Minnesota Extension, will equip you with the education and resources to be successful.
Kenyon Leader