Friedman: ‘Time was right to step down’
After three years as vice president for health sciences and dean of the University of Minnesota’s Medical School, Aaron Friedman said in a statement Monday that he felt the time was right to step down at the end of 2013.
Three battle for at-large Regents seat
Veterans Linda Cohen and Dean Johnson are looking to defend their at-large seats on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents as their six-year terms come to an end. They’re facing Belle Plaine School District Superintendent Kelly Smith, who has run for a seat in previous years. All three spoke to the Daily about why they should be selected for the seat.
Female faculty take longer for tenure
Vice provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Arlene Carney discusses the U's increase in the number of women faculty reaching full professor in the last seven years, and that more women faculty are taking advantage of an extra probationary year for childbirth, adoption or care giving due in part to a "faculty and family friendly" university policy.
Relationship health benefits: 10 reasons why it's good for you to have a significant other
Researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School found that when your beau is healthy -- exercising regularly, eating lots of fruits and vegetables and maintaining a healthy weight -- you're also more likely to have these healthy behaviors.
Why slacking off at work is a good thing
Bosses who notice an employee's performance drop in one aspect of the job shouldn't immediately think the employee is slacking off, new research shows. The study, which was recently published in the Human Performance Journal, was co-authored by Paul Sackett of the University of Minnesota.
Mother Nature Network
Could your next doctor's visit be on the Kinect?
How, exactly, doctors will use the Kinect is an open question, but we've already seen some ideas. A University of Minnesota team has been using the Kinect to diagnose autism in children.
Business and Politics
Higher education grants may get boost
Higher education backers are excited that the governor’s budget proposal could substantially increase state grant funding for lower-income students. Kris Wright, director of the Office of Student Finance, said the proposal would increase the spending per award but not the amount of awards.
Heart defect screening bill clears first hurdle
A House committee approved a bill that would require every newborn in Minnesota to be screened for critical congenital heart disease before they're released from the hospital. Dr. Lazaros Kochilas, a cardiologist with the University of Minnesota's Pediatric Heart Center, comments.
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People and Lifestyle
Jerry & Rebecca Kill talk marriage, making it last
The night before Valentine’s Day is full of pressure for many couples. But what if you’ve been dealing with the pressure of coaching, expectations, and medical problems for almost 30 years? WCCO-TV husband and wife anchor team, Frank Vascellero and Amelia Santaniello sit down with U of M Gopher football coach Jerry Kill and his wife, Rebecca, to learn the secrets to a winning marriage.
To Watch: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/02/13/interview-jerry-rebecca-kill-talk-marriage-making-it-last/
Sports psychologist weighs in on prep goalie quitting mid-game
A Farmington High School hockey goalie says an issue with coaches is the reason he scored a goal on his own team and then quit. YouTube video shows senior Austin Krause play the puck, and then purposely score on his own team during Tuesday night’s senior night against Chaska. Dr. Nicole LaVoi, a sports psychology consultant with the University of Minnesota, comments.
To Watch: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/02/13/sports-psychologist-weighs-in-on-prep-goalie-quitting-mid-game/
Stem cells in Texas: Cowboy culture
By offering unproven therapies, a Texas biotechnology firm has sparked a bitter debate about how stem cells should be regulated. According to Leigh Turner, Center for Bioethics, at least ten clinics offer treatments in the United States.
Duquesne University event to tackle beliefs on nature
Whether it's the 30-point buck, the bighorn ram or the silverback gorilla, the male of the species often captures human attention, with the role of the smaller female downplayed or ignored. Humans also have a tendency of viewing humans as the pinnacle species, with all other species trailing in the evolutionary race to superiority. Marlene Zuk, a University of Minnesota biologist, comments.
Commentary and Opinion
Our view: Northland roar heard across state capital
Duluth and St. Louis County are roaring like never before in the state’s capital this week during a 16th annual — and largest-ever — lobbying event. First-time citizen lobbyist Jennifer Doebler, an orientation program coordinator for the University of Minnesota Duluth, comments.
Duluth News Tribune