4 University of Minnesota Board of Regents appointments approved
The Minnesota Legislature has tapped two incumbents and two newcomers to serve on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.
Data on brain connectivity released
A group of research centers have published detailed images of the human brain aimed at figuring out how brain structure influences personality. The five-year Human Connectome Project (HCP) is being carried out at 10 research centers in the United States and Europe. The consortium is led in part by Kamil Ugurbil, director of the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota.
St. Louis Business Journal
Study questions effectiveness of annual flu shot
The medical community needs to rethink the concept of annual flu shots, according to Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Diseases Research. Osterholm was commenting on a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and the University of Michigan. The study includes 328 households in Michigan who were checked before and during the flu season.
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Birth control pill for men targets sperms’ mobility, researchers say
The sexual landscape may be changing thanks to a University of Minnesota chemist who has developed a new approach to bringing men into the world of birth control, short of condoms or vasectomies.
Business and Politics
Startup Ascenix BioTechnologies to use University of Minnesota Technology to make MMA from renewables
Startup Ascenix BioTechnologies will perfect and commercialize production methods to synthesize chemicals from renewable feedstocks. ...The startup predicts this new bio-based process, developed by University of Minnesota researchers, will be more economical and environmentally friendly.
People and Lifestyle
'Orobot': One solution to your pesky Oreo cookie-from-creme problem
The world has a new way to separate the cookie from the creme thanks in part to a University of Minnesota professor.
On campus beat: Minnesota college students confess their sins on Facebook
College students have a new, anonymous forum for revealing their secrets: Facebook “confessions” pages popping up on college campuses across the country. Lindsey Heffern, the U's social media manager, comments.
Minnesota becomes national hotspot for working at home
The news of high-profile companies stepping back from telecommuting arrives just as Minnesota is emerging as a national work-at-home hot spot. Adeel Lari of the State and Local Policy Program at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, comments.
Making the Mediterranean diet work in the Midwest
The results from the recently published study of the Mediterranean diet will send many Minnesotans to the grocery store in search of these healthful ingredients, some of which clearly are not local ingredients. What to do if you want to define your dinner table by the local offerings? Bea Krinke, adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, comments.
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Partnerships open up opportunities form middle school students
Rockford Middle School-Center for Environmental Studies seventh grade students explore a year’s connection to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, which includes a visit to the lab and clinic in St. Paul and three school visits from an interpretive naturalist.
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