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Today's News Weekend Edition: Monday, February 11, 2013


President Kaler on tpt's Almanac
U of M President Eric Kaler appears on tpt's Almanac to discuss the U's administrative costs, legislative budget proposal and latest breakthrough in breast cancer research.
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VP for health sciences and dean of medical school to step down
Aaron Friedman will step down as vice president for health sciences and dean of the University of Minnesota's Medical School at the end of 2013, University President Eric Kaler announced in an email to faculty and staff Friday afternoon... The University will begin a national search for Friedman's replacement in the next two weeks, Kaler said.
Minnesota Daily

U to test year-round calendar
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced Friday that students entering two degree programs in the College of Design can take year-round classes and graduate in three years, starting this fall. The University is using the graphic design and retail merchandising programs to test the water before deciding whether to allow year-round courses for all degrees.
Minnesota Daily

U of M hires firm to study administrative costs
The University of Minnesota has hired an outside consulting firm to analyze the university's administrative costs and report to state lawmakers. Regents on Friday discussed the hiring of Sibson Consulting to examine the school's structure. The analysis will cost $48,000 and will be given to legislators March 15.
St. Cloud Times
Minnesota Daily

Regents approve looser alcohol ad restrictions
On Friday, the Board of Regents voted to revise the University of Minnesota's alcoholic beverages on campus policy, which formerly prohibited sponsorship and signage of alcoholic beverages in University facilities. The amended policy allows for looser guidelines around the advertising, promotion and marketing of alcohol with permission from the president, at non-University events, like concerts.
Minnesota Daily


Whooping cough may be becoming resistant to vaccines
For the first time, American researchers have found evidence that the bacteria that cause whooping cough are becoming resistant to vaccines, a new study shows. The prospect of vaccine-resistant whooping cough is real concern, says Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
USA Today

Tweaked protein prevents diastolic heart failure
University of Minnesota researchers, led by Joseph M. Metzger, professor of integrative biology and physiology, have identified and tweaked a specific protein molecule, parvalbumin, to prevent diastolic heart failure when its pumping mechanism goes haywire.
Vancouver Desi

People and Lifestyle

MN doctor earns top medical honor after 30 years in Africa
Mark Jacobson, a University of Minnesota doctor, will receive one of the American Medical Association's highest honors Monday for his work building a hospital in the bustling city of Arusha, in Africa.
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Easier access to booze has a downside
More liquor stores, more problems. So say public health researchers, who point to a body of evidence that suggests making alcohol easier to purchase and less expensive will lead to more consumption and an increase in a host of social and health problems. Traci Toomey, a professor with the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health who sits on the board of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, comments.
Morning Call

Commentary and Opinion

Chancellor's view: UMD committed to keeping tuition affordable
During these challenging times, Minnesotans worry about how they can finance the basics, let alone the cost of college. Rising tuition threatens to place higher education beyond the reach of more students every year, so we at the University of Minnesota Duluth are reaffirming our commitment to keep tuition affordable and education accessible to qualified students of all economic backgrounds. Written by Lendley Blkac, UMD Chancellor.
Duluth News Tribune

Updates and Events

U of M reps push tuition freeze at Minn. Capitol
University of Minnesota students and officials pushed state lawmakers Thursday to fund a plan to freeze undergraduates’ tuition.
Fargo Forum
Worthington Daily Globe
Bemidji Pioneer
Prairie Business Magazine
Woodbury Bulletin

University will partner with 17th Avenue dorms
Freshmen won't be the only students calling the 17th Avenue residence hall home this fall. Administrators have set aside up to a third of the 600 beds for fraternity and sorority members in an effort to encourage greek participation and alleviate housing issues, which have especially affected sororities.
Minnesota Daily

U of M to offer 'massive' online classes
The University of Minnesota will soon try its hand at offering Massive Open Online Courses for the public. The classes, known as MOOCS, are a growing trend in American higher education... The U of M is working on offering at least five courses, in the sciences and the humanities, according to Provost Karen Hanson.

Minnesota-specific tillage and planting recommendations
U of M Extension climatologist Mark Seeley and Extension tillage educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes add insight.
Minnesota Farm Guide

News Releases and Multimedia

Dow + U = lab safety
They say you can never be too careful. At the University of Minnesota, that goes double. Through a unique partnership with the Dow Chemical Co., graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from the U departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences (CEMS) are leading a campaign to improve and sustain the safety culture in chemistry and chemical engineering laboratories, titled, "Safety Starts with U!"