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Oct. 26

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U Librarian named VP of ARL
Wendy Pradt Lougee, University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of Research Libraries. For more information, see the Association of Research Libraries.

VandenBosch named dean at UW
Kathryn VandenBosch, professor and head of plant biology, has been named dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW Madison. Her appointment is effective March 1. Robert Elde, dean of the College of Biological Sciences, and department faculty are developing a plan for interim and long-term leadership.

VandenBosch became department head in 2000 following a national search. She transformed the department into a national leader by recruiting a team of talented young faculty with expertise in plant genomics and evolution who have brought in tens of millions of dollars in federal funding. She has been active in U governance as a member and chair of the Faculty and Senate Consultative Committee. And, in 2006, she served as interim dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. For more information, see the UW news release.

Yamada wins $50,000 ceramics prize

Yamada - small 300Tetsuya Yamada. heavenly thought, 2010. Ceramic.Tetsuya Yamada, University of Minnesota associate professor in the Department of Art, has been awarded the grand prize at Gyeonggi Ceramix International, held in Gwangju, South Korea.

This highly regarded international ceramics competition draws hundreds of competitors from over 70 countries. Held since 2001, the contest has established itself as one of the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the world. Yamada received the $50,000 grand prize, the largest cash award available in contemporary ceramics.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yamada came to the United States in 1994. He earned an MFA from Alfred State College, SUNY and has been with the University of Minnesota since 2004. Additionally, he has served as artist-in-residence at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Yamada’s extensive exhibition record includes solo shows at Yoshii Gallery, New York; Francis Naumann Fine Art, New York; John Elder Gallery, New York; Art/38/Basel, Switzerland; and Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

For more information, see the news release.


U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

The Case Against Jogging
If you've never done the Wingate-cycle test, let me try to explain what it feels like: It feels like your legs are giving birth… "Think of it like a fireplace: It doesn't go out totally. It keeps glowing," Li Li Ji, professor of exercise science at the University of Minnesota, told me. Esquire.

MN faces epidemic of starved horses
The three horses' ribs, hips and spines protruded through their skin. They were missing hair…While horse neglect usually runs in cycles dependent on economics, said University of Minnesota veterinarian Dr. Krishona Martinson, this is the first period she can recall in which 300 to 400 Minnesota horses have been found malnourished for several years in a row, with no respite on the horizon. Star Tribune.

Yemen’s Hunger for Qat Could Create National Thirst
Farmers in Yemen have turned to cultivating qat, a small leaf that stimulates conversation in most of the nation’s homes… “Farmers are finding qat lucrative,” said Mustafa alAbsi, a professor of neuroscience and bio-behavioral health at the University of Minnesota medical school in Duluth. Voice of America.

"Can We Feed the World & Sustain the Planet?"
A feature article by Jon Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment. The article presents a five-point plan for doubling the amount of food the world's farmers produce while dramatically reducing the adverse environmental impacts of agriculture. Scientific American.

Signs of new life in BWCA ashes
The biggest forest fire in Minnesota in half a century has left the most popular region of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area black and blue and green…Lee Frelich, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology, said visitors next spring will encounter a landscape that will combine delicate beauty with risks. Star Tribune.

Appeals court to hear legal challenge to heath insurance mandate
Legal challenges to President Barack Obama's federal health care law are percolating around the nation, and one of them has a major court date Thursday in Minnesota…University of Minnesota Law Professor Bill McGeveran said people can't go into court to strike down a law simply because they don't like it; they have to suffer some kind of harm as a result of it. Minnesota Public Radio.

Not so nutty: $900,000 USDA grant to U of M supports hazelnut as Upper Midwest crop
The University of Minnesota was awarded a $904,000 USDA grant Friday to develop "a viable bush-type hazelnut industry in the Upper Midwest." Professor Don Wyse said hazelnuts are a long-standing subject of university research and among a group of plants viewed as "the next generation of crops for the Minnesota landscape." Grand Forks Herald.

Iran’s supreme leader ups fight with Ahmadinejad
In the ongoing political skirmishes among Iran’s leadership, it was the equivalent of bringing out the heavy ammunition: The country’s most powerful figure warning that the post of elected president could someday be scrapped… "The supreme leader has fired a clear warning shot," said William O. Beeman, a University of Minnesota professor who has written on Iranian affairs. KSTP.


Oct. 19

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Alumni Awards Celebration
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association will honor its outstanding alumni volunteers, groups, and programs Oct. 20 at the 2011 Alumni Awards Celebration in the McNamara Alumni Center. Fourteen individuals will also receive the 2011 Alumni Service Award at the event.

This year, in addition to the annual awards presented, Gov. Mark Dayton will be awarded the Advocate of the Year award for his efforts to preserve funding to the University of Minnesota and emphasize its pivotal role within the state.

Six groups and three additional individuals will receive Alumni Association awards in recognition of contributing to the mission of the association by connecting alumni, students and friends in support of the university during the past year.

The Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year award goes to Roger Caspers from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Student Volunteer of the Year awards will go to Katrina Sacchetti from the College of Pharmacy and Hannah Rusch from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

For outstanding overall programming, the Outstanding Alumni Society award goes to the College of Pharmacy Alumni Society and the Outstanding Alumni Chapter award goes to Arizona West Valley.

Receiving Program Extraordinaire awards for outstanding and creative, innovative and engaging activities are the College of Design Alumni Society; the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Society; the College of Education and Human Development Alumni Society; and the Southwest Florida Chapter. For more information, see the news release.

Alumni Service Award
Fourteen individuals will also receive the 2011 Alumni Service Award at the event. The Alumni Service Award is given by the Board of Regents to University of Minnesota alumni in recognition of service to the University or its schools, colleges, or departments; or service to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

Award winners and nominators:
James W. Alexander, College of Pharmacy

Bruce W. Beckman, Carlson School of Management

Janny Dwyer Brust, School of Public Health

Marcia C. Carthaus, College of Education and Human Development

Jim du Bois, College of Liberal Arts

Archie Givens, University of Minnesota Alumni Association

Gayle S. Hallin, School of Nursing

Roger R. Haxby, College of Science and Engineering

Paula Mazzacano, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Thomas Meyer, College of Design

Randall L. Schiestl, College of Science and Engineering

Bonnie J. Welshons, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Roy G. Wetterstrom, Carlson School of Management

George H. Winn, School of Dentistry


U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

U of M Prez Eric Kaler about his first 100 days
We talked with U of M Prez Eric Kaler about his first 100 days... we dissected the Vikings stadium report... and got a beef stew recipe from the chef at the Duluth Grill. Almanac.

Social media companies 'friend' politics
Social media companies have "friended" the 2012 presidential contest at a level almost unimaginable just four years ago, hosting debates and sponsoring presidential town halls while remaining indispensable tools for candidates looking to connect with voters in the digital sphere…"The exposure — being branded as 'the' place to go for social media — has huge economic consequences for these companies," said Heather LaMarre, a journalism professor at the University of Minnesota who studies politics and the Internet. USA Today.

More of a Gehry-Designed Museum in Minneapolis
The University of Minnesota unveiled its $14 million expansion to the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum on Oct. 2 in Minneapolis. Frank Gehry, who designed the original stainless-steel structure in 1993, also designed the expansion. New York Times.

10 tricks to reboot your brain
Ever walk into a room and forget why you entered? Or completely space out during an important meeting at work? It's frustrating, but usually normal…Writing down your thoughts may be as effective as saying them out loud: List ways to address the problem and then move on, recommends Eric Klinger, PhD, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Minnesota, Morris, who has studied thought patterns during daydreams. MSNBC.

A Path Toward Sustaining a 'Cultivated Planet'
Justin Gillis has posted a very helpful new piece on the Green blog that builds on efforts I've made here to get beyond the eternal food fight. Below you can read the key passage in which Gillis discusses "Solutions for a Cultivated Planet," a new Nature paper from Jonathan Foley of the University of Minnesota and many co-authors. New York Times.

Active Learning Classrooms
From Illinois to New Zealand, visitors are traveling to the U of M to see how the University of Minnesota uses interactive technology in its classrooms to achieve higher test scores. The Minnesota Daily.

U's Steven Miles: Eager witness against 'Dr. Death'
Dr. Steven Miles had waited three years for this moment…That was the scene two weeks ago, when Miles, a medical ethicist at the University of Minnesota, appeared as the star witness in an extraordinary legal proceeding in Pretoria, South Africa, about the abuses of the apartheid regime. Star Tribune.

TPT documentary draws attention to concussions and female athletes
The realization that head concussions are a major problem in sports--including youth sports--is finally getting through most people's thick skulls… "What the data is showing is that for boys and girls in similar sports--basketball, soccer and hockey--girls have a higher rate of concussion than boys," said Nicole LaVoi, associate director of the University of Minnesota's Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sports, which partnered with TPT on the making of the documentary. MinnPost.


Oct. 12

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Karen Hanson named new provost
Karen Hanson - small 300Karen HansonUniversity of Minnesota president Eric Kaler announced that Karen Hanson will be the university’s new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost—subject to approval by the Board of Regents.

Hanson will take the post on Feb. 1. She currently works at Indiana University, where she serves as provost of the Bloomington campus and executive vice president of the university. She has been in that position since July 2007.

It is a homecoming for Hanson, who received her bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and mathematics from the U of M in 1970. She went on to earn both her master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy from Harvard University in 1980.

The senior vice president for academic affairs and provost is the chief academic officer for the university and ranks second to the president. Current provost Tom Sullivan will remain in his position through January 2012.

Prior to being appointed provost at Indiana, Hanson served there as dean of the Hutton Honors College from 2002 to 2007 and as chair of the Department of Philosophy from 1997 to 2002. A philosophy faculty member at IU since 1976, Hanson is also an adjunct faculty member in the comparative literature, American studies and gender studies departments. She has won numerous campus and all-university teaching awards, along with a Lilly Fellowship and a number of research grants.

Hanson's principal research interests are in the philosophy of mind, ethics and aesthetics, and in American philosophy. She's published many articles and essays in these areas and is the author of the book "The Self Imagined: Philosophical Reflections on the Social Character of Psyche" and a coeditor of "Romantic Revolutions: Criticism and Theory." For more information, see the news release.

$8 million NSF grant for population/environment data network
An interdisciplinary team has been awarded a five-year, $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to boost understanding of population-environment relationships on a global scale. The project, Terra Populus, is a collaboration of The Minnesota Population Center, the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota Libraries, and faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Engineering, as well as Columbia University and the University of Michigan.

The research will create new opportunities for understanding the relationship between population and the environment on a global scale.

The lead investigators from the University of Minnesota are Steven Ruggles (Minnesota Population Center), Jonathon Foley (Institute on the Environment), Victoria Interrante (Computer Science and Engineering), Wendy Pradt Lougee (University of Minnesota Libraries), Steven Manson (Geography), Jaideep Srivastava (Computer Science and Engineering) and Shashi Shekhar (Computer Science and Engineering).

With this award, TerraPop will be an NSF Sustainable Digital Data Preservation and Access Network (DataNet) Partner. The DataNet initiative aims to provide reliable digital preservation, access, integration and analysis capabilities for science and/or engineering data over a decades-long timeline. For more information, see the news release.

Access Achievement Award
An Oct. 10 reception honored recipients of this year’s Access Achievement Awards. The awards presentation is an annual celebration of individuals who support and contribute to access at the University of Minnesota.

This year’s recipients:

Tom Sullivan, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, established the Provost’s Committee on Student Mental Health, charged with "raising awareness about issues related to mental health, affecting policy change, and improving conditions on our campus for students with mental health conditions." Since then the committee’s work has affected the core of resources and policies around student mental health and made the U a leader in the United States on these issues.

Bianet Castellanos, assistant professor in the American Studies Department, worked with interpreters before the class convened, making materials accessible, and having all course videos captioned, along with providing the interpreters with materials that would be used in class to prepare. She is a model faculty member who helps advance access for everyone.

Paul Siliciano, professor and department chair in biochemistry, ensured that the very visual course materials in biochemistry were converted into accessible electronic files well in advance of each class. People like Siliciano, who take responsibility for making their courses accessible, help change the University climate and provide excellent access for hardworking students, regardless of their disabilities.

Alex Lubet, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music, has had a career-long interest in encounters between cultures most recently in the intersection of music and disability. His Tunes of Impairment: An Ethnomusicology of Disability, is at the top of the reading list for those interested in music and disability. He served as chair of the Faculty Senate Subcommittee on Disability from 2008-2010, has hosted the disability colloquium two years in a row and championed the establishment of the Disability Studies minor.

Jamil Jabr, manager, and his OIT Facilities team ensured that all computing facilities at the University of Minnesota provide access for students with disabilities. Because of Jabr and his team, students with disabilities now have access to the JAWS screen reader, ZoomText screen magnifier, and Kurzweil scan and read systems on all general student use computer in all OIT computing facilities, allowing students with disabilities to work and collaborate with their peers.

Jerie Smith coordinated two events that were specifically geared toward facilitating conversations about disability and exploring courses of action. A Day of Exploration: Disability Obvious or Invisible, provided participants an opportunity to tell their stories and then to brainstorm work that needs to be done on campus. The Social Justice Student Leadership Retreat on Mental Health gave rise to the "Send Silence Packing" backpack display in front of Coffman in April 2010.

Neil Carlson, public health specialist in Environmental Health and Safety, makes work a little more comfortable and a little more productive for all sorts of people at the U. Carlson created a workstation self-assessment tool and product guide and also worked hard to ensure that the indoor air quality meets the highest standards. He helps U faculty and staff with disabilities and those with conditions that don’t meet the criteria of the ADA access their work in an easier way.

Gary Christenson, director of Boynton Mental Health, has improved access for students with mental health disabilities at the University of Minnesota, as an active member of the Provost’s Committee on Student Mental Health. He has fostered strong collaboration among committee members and led the efforts to create an online training for faculty and staff.

Victoria Nelson, assistant director of Parking and Transportation Services, makes the overwhelming process of parking for people with disabilities process easier. For the past several years, Nelson has worked with Disability Services to identify and secure parking spaces for disabled students and staff to make parking on campus as accessible as possible. If there is a solution to be found, Nelson will find it. Her efforts have made working and learning at the University more accessible and welcoming for many people. For more information, see Access Achievement Award winners.

College of Pharmacy assistant dean
Caroline Gaither was named assistant dean for Professional Education with the College of Pharmacy.

Gaither will join the College of Pharmacy on Oct. 31 as the assistant dean for professional education and professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems.

The assistant dean's role in the college is to advance best practices in education and student learning through initiatives related to academic advising, career development, professionalism, leadership and advocacy. Gaither will also help lead the Professional Education Division and facilitate design, implementation and delivery of the new curriculum.

$35 million FDA grant
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded a grant worth up to $35 million over the next five years to the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE) to improve drug manufacturing standards. The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy has been a member of NIPTE since its founding in 2005.

This grant will further enhance the U’s research capabilities in the area of drug development, drug manufacturing, and physical pharmacy, said Vadim Gurvich, associate director of NIPTE and research faculty member at the University’s College of Pharmacy.

The grant comes at a time when the current cost of bringing a drug to market in the U.S. exceeds $1 billion and an increasing number of drugs and drug ingredients are being imported from abroad. For more information, see FDA grant.

VISION award
Jay Clark, program director for CURA's Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing (MCNO), received a VISION award from Validating and Inspiring Successful Initiatives for Outreach and Network (V.I.S.I.O.N.) on September 10 at the organization's annual event honoring individuals, businesses, and organizations in service and leadership in the Hmong community. Clark was given the award in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to strengthen the Hmong community. For more information, see Jay Clark.


U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

In Iowa, Ethanol Can Still Trip Up a Candidate
Even in Iowa, King Corn is not all that it used to be. But can it still make a presidential candidate waffle? … One expert, C. Ford Runge, a professor of applied economics at the University of Minnesota, estimated that ethanol accounted for at least 25 percent of the rise in corn prices. New York Times.

Nobel economics laureates Sargent and Sims continue U of M legacy
Today’s announcement that the Nobel Prize in economics is being awarded to two economists with ties to the University of Minnesota further burnishes the U’s reputation in “the dismal science.” MinnPost.

Becoming a Musician in the 21st Century
Everyone agrees: college music education must change in order to prepare music students for an ever-changing environment…As Director of the University of Minnesota School of Music, David Myers lives these questions every day. Minnesota Public Radio.

Biodegradable Plastic Bag Company Uses U of M Technology
Four students from the University of Arkansas are using University of Minnesota technology to launch a startup company... They created the business based on technology developed by U biochemist Simo Sarkanen, specifically a lignin-based biodegradable plastic. KSTP.

Einstein's Theory: a Little More Relative Than We Thought
E=mc2, arguably the world's best-known scientific equation, may have suffered a mortal blow last month at the hands of European researchers…Marvin L. Marshak, a professor of physics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, looks forward to testing the CERN result. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

'U' is worth the money, helps the economy, president says during Rochester visit
In his first trip to Rochester, new University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said the Rochester campus would continue to receive strong institutional backing despite big hits to the U's budget in the last several years. Rochester Post Bulletin.


Oct. 5

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U professor Judith Martin has died

A message from Dean Jim Parente:

Judith Martin 165Judith MartinThe College of Liberal Arts and the University mourn the loss of professor Judith Martin, who passed away early Monday morning.

Judith Martin was a homegrown jewel at the U. She received her M.A. in American history and M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies, here at the U. She began her service here as a research associate in the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs in 1976, and held various term positions in CLA until she was hired as an associate (eventually full) professor in geography in 1989.

Judith was an exemplary University citizen, one who senior administrators knew they could depend upon for thoughtful leadership and counsel. Her CV is filled with work on committees across the University, many of which she served as chair or vice-chair: Faculty Consultative Committee, University Senate, Senate Committee on Finance and Planning, and countless other committees on governance, planning, teaching, and students. She was an invaluable member of CLA's 2015 planning committee last year, and this year served on the provost search committee.

As president of the Minneapolis Planning Commission, Judith brought her knowledge and leadership to the city she loved, contributing to the development of plans for land use, downtown development, light rail stations, and the new zoning codes that were developed in the '90s.

Judith served as director of CLA's Urban Studies program from 1989 until her death, and was founding co-director of the University Metropolitan Consortium. She seamlessly blended her research, teaching, and service, and was widely sought for her expertise on urban planning, policy, and governance; historic preservation; urban sprawl; and landscape and culture. Judith advanced the University's public engagement agenda through community-engaged research and outreach in urban and metropolitan issues. She also contributed to early strategic planning discussions to formulate the vision for UMore Park, with a special focus on academic opportunities for faculty, students and staff.

"I have often used the Twin Cities as a base for my work, due to my early belief that all too much urban research ignored the experiences of the most typical of American urban areas," she wrote. Her scholarly and community work were the subjects of a profile in CLA Today in 2004.

Over the course of her distinguished career in CLA and at the U she received many awards for teaching and service, including the Morse Amoco/Alumni Teaching Award, Academy of Distinguished Teachers, College of Continuing Education Teaching Award, CLA Alumna of Notable Achievement, and President's Award for Outstanding Service.

University President Emeritus Robert Bruininks said, "I received the news of Judith's passing with deep sadness. She was a dear friend of ours, and frequent confidante and advisor whose leadership, thoughtfulness, and broad perspective on issues impacting the University were invaluable to me over the past many years. We enjoyed so many walks along the Mississippi River together and had looked forward to many more. Susan and I will miss Judith terribly." Plans for a memorial are pending and will be posted at http://www.geog.umn.edu. For more information, see an obituary in the Star Tribune

Search for Vice President and Chief Information Officer

President Kaler has announced a national search to fill the position of Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

The Vice President and Chief Information Officer is responsible for ensuring the strategic and operational excellence of both academic and administrative information technology to support and advance all aspects of the University’s mission, including collaborating with senior leaders, chancellors, deans, faculty, staff, and students to identify opportunities to leverage IT in ways that support the University’s strategic goals.

University of Minnesota Rochester Chancellor Steve Lehmkuhle and Vice President for Human Resources Kathy Brown have agreed to co-chair the search. Other members of the search committee were selected to provide broad representation from across the University:

Connie Buechele, IT director, Carlson School of Management

John Butler, associate University librarian for information technology, University Libraries

Bradley Cohen, director, Collaborative for Academic Technology Innovation, OIT

Connie Delaney, dean, School of Nursing

Jim Hall, IT director, University of Minnesota Morris

Ted Higman, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and chair, Senate Committee on Information Technologies

Spencer Leuning, student IT representative, Student Affairs Student Advisory Board

Robert McMaster, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Gary Oehlert, associate dean for planning, College of Liberal Arts

Jorge Vinals, executive director, Minnesota Supercomputer Institute, Office of the Vice President for Research

Mike Volna, associate vice president and controller

Robin Wright, associate dean, College of Biological Sciences

The search committee aims to develop as rich and diverse a candidate pool as possible and invites both nominations and applications for the position. The search process will take place through fall semester, with hopes to complete the search by the end of the calendar year.

For more information, see the Vice President and Chief Information Officer search website.


U in the News: A selection of U faculty in the news

'Price of sex hits all time low'
The 'price' of sex has dropped to new record lows with an increasing number of women bed-hopping during dates, without expectations about long-term commitments, social psychologists have revealed… "The price of sex is about how much one party has to do in order to entice the other into being sexual," the New York Post quoted Kathleen Vohs, of the University of Minnesota, who has authored several papers on 'sexual economics', as saying. Times of India

BWCA fire may be boon to moose
The fire still smoldering in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness should give a boost in the long-run to the region's declining moose population, but it's a big problem for hunters who were registered for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bag a bull moose this fall… "They're going to run from the fire," said Ron Moen, a researcher at the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth who monitors dozens of moose that have been fitted with radio collars and GPS units. Star Tribune

Study: Development lags for alternate ethanol fuel
A report released early Tuesday paints a gloomy future for cellulosic ethanol…"Sixteen billion gallons of cellulosic fuels by 2022 is very unlikely," said Jason Hill, an assistant professor at University of Minnesota and one of the scientists who helped put the study together. Minnesota Public Radio

Wind set a record this week
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley who talked about windy days earlier this week that included a record wind speed in the absence of a storm. Minnesota Public Radio

Draft guidelines for nanomedicine unveiled
Nanomedicines, advocates say, will one day be commonplace. Nanoparticles are already being used in bone-replacement composites and chemotherapy delivery systems, and more sophisticated systems could eventually carry personalized therapies to the precise site in the body where they are needed. The panel's feedback led to some key conclusions, says the team's leader Susan Wolf, a law and bioethics expert at the University of Minnesota, who expects the final recommendations to guide future policy in the area. Nature.com

Somali pirates face hard time in US prison
Two Somali pirates are expected to be sentenced to life in US prison on Monday, joining nine others who have just begun long sentences for their roles in hijacking attempts… Jerome Kroll, a University of Minnesota psychiatrist who has examined Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, says that in Somali culture a young man's identity is intricately wound up in his clan affiliation. BBC

Frank Gehry reveals his inspiration for the Weisman
Gehry designed both the original museum and the expansion, a rare occurrence in the architecture world. Minnesota Public Radio.

The End of the Jazz Man
Something is different at the University of Minnesota this year. Rob Thompson, who drove the Campus Connector while blaring jazz on his bus, is gone after 12 years. Minnesota Public Radio News Cut.