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Today's News Thursday, February 21, 2013


Free online courses to be offered at University of Minnesota
A digital frontier will be reached when the University of Minnesota offers free and accessible massive online classes for the first time this spring. Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are a growing trend in higher education. Senior vice president for academic affairs and Provost Karen Hanson, veterinary medicine professor Dr. Peggy Root Kustritz and chemistry professor Chris Cramer comment.
Star Tribune
Pioneer Press
Minneapolis St. Paul Journal Business Journal
UM News Release
UM News Feature Story


Kaler joins MPR's Daily Circuit
U of M President Eric Kaler joined MPR Daily Circuit host Tom Weber for a live, in studio interview. Kaler discussed administrative costs, state funding and how the U helps students, the state's residents and economy.
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Consultant's review of U admin structure underway
An independent consulting firm University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler hired has started its review and is currently cataloguing the various levels of administrative employees as part of its month-long look at the school’s operating structure.
Minnesota Daily


Mpls. VA brain research examines resilience to trauma
New research from the Minneapolis VA Medical Center has identified brain patterns that appear to be markers of resilience to trauma. The findings could suggest why some people exposed to trauma develop post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, while many others do not. Lisa James, a research psychologist at the Brain Sciences Center and an assistant psychiatry professor at the University of Minnesota, comments.

Magnetic implant may ease chronic acid reflux
An implanted magnetic device could offer a new treatment option for people with chronic heartburn that is not controlled with medication, a small study suggests. Dr. Robert Ganz, lead researcher and associate professor at the U's Medical School, comments.
U.S. News and World Report

Injected 'Hydrogel' may help repair failing hearts
An injected "hydrogel" could someday become a nonsurgical means of repairing damaged cardiac tissue in patients with heart failure, a new study shows. Dr. Jay Traverse, an associate professor of medicine at University of Minnesota Minneapolis Heart Institute, comments.
U.S. News and World Report

People and Lifestyle

Flu shot did poor job against worst bug in seniors
For those 65 and older, this season's flu shot is only 9 percent effective against the most common and dangerous flu bug, according to a startling new government report. Michael Osterholm, a University of Minnesota infectious disease expert, comments.

More renters than owners in Marcy Holmes neighborhood
KSTP-TV's Todd Wilson looks at the recent surge of apartment construction near campus and the role U of M students play in off-campus housing.
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Commentary and Opinion

Reader's view: Support two-year tuition cap at university
I am a senior at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, and I’m writing to express my strong support for the university’s legislative proposal to cap tuition for two years. I believe higher education should be accessible for everyone, but unfortunately consistent increases in tuition make this impossible. As state disinvestment in higher education has increased, so has student debt.
Duluth News Tribune

Updates and Events

Students tap MN program that offers college credit for free
The same introductory physics course offered at the University of Minnesota is also offered to students at Richfield High School, as part of the U's College in the Schools program. The high school students are earning University of Minnesota credit for free. Sue Henderson, who directs the CIS program at the U of M, comments.

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Health Notes: Large cancer study seeks participants
The American Cancer Society is inviting Twin Ports residents to take part in a huge study to help researchers learn more about cancer causes and prevention. Taxpayers could save money if state Medicaid programs covered birth doulas, University of Minnesota researchers say.
Duluth News Tribune