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Today's News: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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University of Minnesota's monarch expert gets White House honor
Monarch butterfly expert Karen Oberhauser, a professor at the University of Minnesota, has been honored by the White House for her work in “citizen science.”
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/local/west/213060961.html
MinnPost
http://www.minnpost.com/political-agenda/2013/06/u-m-professor-honored-white-house-monarch-butterfly-work
Fairfield Citizen
http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/opinion/article/EarthTalk-Monarch-butterfly-victim-of-summer-4620865.php

Business and Politics

Minnesota utilities on track to exceed goals of Obama's climate plan
The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment's managing director Lewis Gilbert comments on President Obama's climate change announcement.
MPR
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/26/environment/minnesota-utilities-climate-plan

People and Lifestyle

Minnesota aims for full day of pre-kindergarten
Megan Gunnar, director of the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, points to years of research showing students who attend quality pre-K programs continue to do well not just academically but in other areas as well.
Grand Forks Herald
http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/266901/group/homepage/
The Hechinger Report
http://hechingerreport.org/content/after-years-of-cuts-states-investing-in-early-education-again_12479/

Kids learn to grow (and eat!) their own veggies
Each Tuesday through the summer, kids who are enrolled in University of Minnesota day camps spend some time with master gardeners, dirt and green things.
WCCO TV
To Watch: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/06/25/kids-learn-to-grow-and-eat-their-own-veggies/

Ask Dr. Jon Hallberg: How effective are general health checks?
Dr. Jon Hallberg, U of M Medical School, comments on the effectiveness of wellness checks.
MPR
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/25/health/hallberg-wellness

Commentary and Opinion

Xenophobia and its discontents in South Africa
Cawo Abdi, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota, comments on Xenophobia and the resulting violent and combustible conditions in South Africa.
Aljazeera
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/06/201361895126526626.html

Updates and Events

Les Bolstad renovation plan adopts academic vision
The University of Minnesota’s plan for a privately funded renovation to Les Bolstad Golf Course will adopt an academic focus this summer. Horticulture professor and project consultant Brian Horgan comments.
Minnesota Daily
http://www.mndaily.com/city/construction/2013/06/26/les-bolstad-renovation-plan-adopts-academic-vision

When talking about diet, parents should leave weight out of it
A new University of Minnesota study is offering tips on how to talk to your kids about food, nutrition and weight. Jerica Berge, lead author of the study, comments.
KARE 11
To Watch: http://www.kare11.com/news/article/1029896/391/U-of-M-Study-Talking-to-your-kids-about-healthy-weight
KMSP
To Watch: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/22685443/u-of-m-study-healthy-conversations-healthier-eating-in-teens
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/talking-about-diet_n_3498389.html
Christian Science Monitor
http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/Modern-Parenthood/2013/0625/How-to-talk-about-obesity-and-weight-loss-with-your-teen
The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/06/study-when-talking-to-kids-about-obesity-focus-on-foods-not-body-shapes/277173/