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Today's News: Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Revolutionary treatment begins
Six tablespoons of blood may turn a young person with both AIDS and leukemia into a healthy long-term survivor. Yesterday, doctors at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital began treatment by infusing umbilical cord blood into a boy who has traveled a long distance for this treatment. Physicians Dr. Michael Verneris, Dr. John Wagner and HIV/AIDS infectious disease specialist Dr. Timothy Schacker will be completing the treatment.
Star Tribune
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What drives activity on Pinterest?
Researchers at Georgia Tech and the University of Minnesota have released a new study that uses statistical data to help understand the motivations behind Pinterest activity, the roles gender plays among users and the factors that distinguish Pinterest from other popular social networking sites.
Science Daily
Castleford Media
News Track India
Business News Daily

Parents' efforts to control teenagers' eating habit could backfire
Parents who exert too much control over what their children eat may not be doing their adolescents any favors when it comes to controlling the youngsters' weight, according to a study conducted by the University of Minnesota.

Spreading the invasive spiny water flea upsets lake ecosystems
Researchers from the University of Minnesota-Duluth believe that anchors and fishing lines can help spread the invasive spiny water flea, and Great Lakes fishermen may need to follow stricter equipment cleaning regulations.
Great Lakes Echo

Oil extracted corn DDGS offers advantages
In an effort to improve profitability, U.S. ethanol plants have been extracting increasing amounts of oil from corn dried distillers grains with solubles for sale into the biodiesel industry. Dr Gerald Shurson, an animal science professor with the University of Minnesota, comments.
The Pig Site

Cormorants and the culture that wants them dead
When should nature be left to take its course? That's a question that may surface with yesterday's announcement that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is going to "control" cormorants on Lake Vermilion. Linda Wires, a research fellow at the University of Minnesota's Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology, responds.
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Business and Politics

'Mission creep' has expanded drone use
The use of drones has proved attractive to President Obama because few American lives are at risk. The problem now is how easy it is to operate the semi-secret program. Scott Shane, a New York Times national security correspondent who has reported extensively on the use of drones, [spoke to] an audience Tuesday at the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance [on the topic]
Star Tribune

University of Minnesota Extension updates grain marketing game
The University of Minnesota Extension Service has relaunched an online trading game that puts players in the boots of a grain farmer. Commodity Challenge is used in high school and college classrooms, and by farmers, to learn about marketing strategies. It's been described as "fantasy grain marketing."
Pioneer Press

Russia rightfully distrusts US over anti-missile plan: William Beeman
Press TV conducted an interview with William Beeman, a professor at the University of Minnesota, to further talk over reports that Moscow remains concerned over the United States and NATO's new plans to build an anti-missile system around Western Europe.
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Minnesota driver's license privacy breaches could cost millions
Liability claims for improper uses of Minnesota’s driver’s license database could reach several million dollars. William McGeveran, a privacy-law expert and law professor at the University of Minnesota, offers insight.
Insurance Journal

People and Lifestyle

Dean returns to teaching
College of Liberal Arts Dean James Parente is returning to teaching in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch after serving in collegiate administration for 13 years.
Minnesota Daily

At U of M meat shop, cuts are good, cheap and limited
The [U of M's] meat lab salesroom -- and its parallel dairy salesroom on the first floor -- sells state-inspected products made by students in the animal science and food science schools...Quality is high and prices are low, but quantities are limited, so you gotta get there when the gettin's good. And that would be from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, the only time the salesroom is open.
Pioneer Press

Good Question: What makes a crime an act of terrorism?
Aurora, Newtown, Boston. All are sites of horrible mass killings. But only the Boston bombings have been labeled an act of terrorism. When is an act of violence a crime and when is it terrorism? Eric Schwartz, dean of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute and a former assistant secretary of state and staffer at the National Security Council, comments.
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Dr. Jon Hallberg: Diabetes treatment goals missed
Fewer than half of Americans diagnosed with diabetes are meeting key treatment goals, according to a study in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. MPR's Tom Crann discussed the findings this week with Dr. Jon Hallberg, a physician in family medicine at the University of Minnesota and medical director of the Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis.
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Financial checklist: 10 tips for aging well
A recent article published in MarketWatch features 10 tips for aging well, including a reference to a University of Minnesota Extension Service website to provide key insight.

Updates and Events

U of M educator and scientist honored for research excellence
The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy will honor Gunda I. Georg, Ph.D., full professor and head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, for her outstanding research and contributions to the field of synthetic medicinal chemistry.
Wall Street Journal

U of M Music School singers to tour Minnesota
The University of Minnesota School of Music's University Singers go on the school's first choral tour of Minnesota this week. The tour includes clinics, group and private voice instruction, and rehearsals with high schools in greater Minnesota.
Crookston Times