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Today's News Thursday, Febuary 7, 2013


U of M discovery may help prevent breast cancer
Breast cancer research at the University of Minnesota is making national health headlines. Researchers found a rogue DNA-mutating enzyme that we produce in our bodies may be linked to cancer. According to the U of M the enzyme, called APOBEC3B, was discovered in more than half of breast cancers.
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For mental health risks, depts. work together
In response to the [Virginia Tech] shooting, the University of Minnesota created the Behavioral Consultation Team, made of 25 mental health professionals, legal experts and University community members who evaluate situations where students have shown abnormal or threatening behavior. Sharon Dzik, director of the U's Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, comments.
Minnesota Daily

U of M seeks state funding; lawmakers want admin. spending answers
Scrutiny of the university's administrative spending comes at a time when public tolerance of high tuition and student debt is at a breaking point nationwide. Regents will discuss elements of the university's interim report to the legislature at a regular meeting today.


UMD report underscores value of iron ore mining, potential for copper
Iron ore mining in Minnesota has a $3.2 billion annual impact on the state’s economy, according to a new University of Minnesota Duluth study, but that’s only half the story if copper mining begins as expected.
Duluth News Tribune

Low-cal options boost sales at restaurant chains
Diners are placing fewer orders for fries and sugary drinks at restaurants, giving a boost to those that sell more low-calorie items. ...Cardello [Henry, director of the Hudson Institute's Obesity Solutions Initiative and lead author of the report] his colleagues worked with the Nutrition Coordinating Center at the University of Minnesota to develop the calorie criteria used to assess menu items.
Star Tribune

Organizational culture: The hidden path to success
In a recent study, senior business school professors from the University of Cambridge, University of Minnesota, the London Business School and the University of Southern California collaborated to identify the key drivers of success.

Flu shot offers less protection for seniors
Experts say the findings essentially confirm what's been believed: The flu shot just doesn't work as well for older immune systems. But they also caution that the vaccine remains the best defense against flu misery. Nicholas Kelley, a research associate with the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, comments.

People and Lifestyle

Students work with Legislature on environment, agriculture policy
Andrew Morrison spent his first three years at the University of Minnesota in a lab doing environmental research. But this semester, the environmental science senior could be one of a dozen students from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences to get an inside look at the legislative process, learning how to better advocate for agricultural and environmental topics.
Minnesota Daily

Businessmen vie for Hung's spot
Two Minneapolis businessmen are looking to bring their professional experience and backgrounds in education to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Ertugrul Tuzcu and Dennis Nguyen are the finalists vying to represent the state’s 5th congressional district on the board.
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Commentary and Opinion

This is a higher-ed state. Let's keep it that way.
We have a complicated story to tell when it comes to higher education in Minnesota, but it appears to be no different than the one being told across the nation, as recently highlighted by Arthur C. Brooks ("It's time for a $10,000 college degree," Feb. 4). We have some shining facts and some troubling implications. Author Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, is a member of the Minnesota Senate.
Star Tribune

Editorial: U of M program could be good resource
If Rosemount is selected for the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project it could have the resources it needs to get some valuable projects done.
Rosemount TownPages

Updates and Events

4 MN school make Princeton review "Best Value" list
The University of Minnesota and three private schools in the state have been named to The Princeton Review’s recently released list of the 150 “Best Value Colleges” for 2013.
Twin Cities Business

As moose disappear, Minnesota cancels hunting season
Minnesota officials banned moose hunting indefinitely on Wednesday because of a dramatic drop in the animal's numbers. Ron Moen, moose researcher at the University of Minnesota Duluth, comments.
NBC News (blog)
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McKinley students discover the scientist inside
It’s not rocket science, but when geologists and doctors, chemists, pilots and engineers set up shop Jan. 31 at McKinley Elementary School, students discovered the scientist inside. Under the direction of 3M’s Visiting Wizards, University of Minnesota medical students and volunteers from the Minnesota Space Consortium, the Ham Lake RCA  Club, Medtronic, Connexus and the Anoka County Library, budding scientists explored rocks and minerals, anatomy and aircraft – all the while opening their eyes to marvels as yet unknown to their evolving scientific minds.
Coon Rapids Herald

City hopes to become ‘resilient’
The University of Minnesota Resilient Communities Project will pick one community to partner with for the 2013-2014 academic year. The city of Rosemount hopes to be that community partner.
Rosemount Town Pages