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Compiled by Adam Overland

February 27

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President Kaler honored by National Academy of Inventors

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is among the 101 top scientists, innovators and leaders from the academic world named as a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The honor recognizes exceptional achievements "in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."

A holder of 10 patents with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, Kaler is one of the nation's foremost experts on "complex fluids," which have many applications in drug delivery, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing.

Kaler and other charter fellows were recently in Tampa, Fla. for the annual NAI conference. Kaler was a panelist for a session titled "Would Thomas Edison Receive Tenure?" He commented on the recent transformation of the U's Office for Technology Commercialization and discussed the institution's proud history of innovation and discovery.

About the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors is a nonprofit member organization comprised of more than 45 U.S. and international universities and non-profit research institutes, with currently more than 2,000 individual academic inventor members. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with a patent issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

For more information, see the news release

Chapman and Ropers-Huilman receive 2014 Fulbright Awards

Three faculty members in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award within two years.

In spring 2014 David Chapman will be traveling to Malaysia and Rebecca Ropers-Huilman will be appointed in Vienna, Austria. Joan DeJaeghere, a 2013 Fulbright Scholar, is currently undertaking a study in Vietnam.

David Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia for February-May, 2014. He has received a research fellowship to undertake a study titled, Academic Staff in Malaysia: Individual and Institutional Responses to a Changing Workplace. Higher education in Malaysia is undergoing profound changes due to rapid enrollment growth, new work demands on faculty and intensified financial pressures on the universities themselves. Dr. Chapman will be interviewing faculty members from universities across Malaysia, looking at the changing nature of faculty work and the implication of those changes for the career trajectory, institutional commitment, and job satisfaction of faculty members at Malaysian colleges and universities. While the primary activity of his Fulbright will be this study, he will also be serving as a guest speaker in courses and seminars in Malaysian universities.

Rebecca Ropers-Huilman, professor, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Vienna, Austria for March-July, 2014. She will be appointed to the Institute for Science Communication and Higher Education Research with the University of Klagenfurt where she will be doing scholarly work focused on Understanding Gender in the Transformation of Austrian University Education.

Dr. Ropers-Huilman will conduct research on how gender equity is implemented and negotiated in higher education institutions in Austria; teach classes and interact with students, colleagues, administrators, and policy makers to engage in mutual learning about organizational change toward equity; and seek ongoing professional relationships to enhance the capacity of both the Institute and the University of Minnesota to facilitate outstanding experiences for students and faculty at both institutions.

Joan Dejaeghere, associate professor, was selected as a 2013 Fulbright Scholar and is currently in Vietnam undertaking a study titled Enabling and Constraining Conditions to Implementing Policies Addressing Educational Inequalities in Vietnam.

Director of international initiatives and relations Chris Johnstone and CEHD chief financial officer Ryan Warren were selected for short Fulbright programs in 2012: Warren in the Chief Financial Officers Program, Germany; Johnstone in the International Education Administrators Program, India.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,000 participants -- chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential -- with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. 

For more information, see the announcement

Professors receive CAREER award from NSF

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Professor Berenice Mettler has received a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Her award grant, distributed over a five-year period, is titled "CAREER: Modeling the Dynamic Interplay of Control, Planning and Perceptual Functions in Agile Human Guidance."

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Professor Pete Seiler has received a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). His award grant, distributed over a five-year period, is titled "CAREER: Probabilistic Tools for High Reliability Monitoring and Control of Wind Farms."

Jeff Matson selected for ACS Data Users Group steering committee

CURA Community GIS Program Director Jeff Matson was recently selected from among 100 nominees nationwide to serve on the steering committee for a newly formed American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Group organized by the Population Reference Bureau in Washington D.C. The U.S. Census Bureau provides funding and oversight for this initiative.

The purpose of the new American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Group is to improve understanding of the value and utility of ACS data. The ACS Data Users Group will be led by a Steering Committee comprised of selected external stakeholders representing a broad spectrum of data users with different interests. The Steering Committee will provide leadership to facilitate ongoing discussion and exchange about ACS data issues through an external website, webinars, workshops, conference presentations, and several ACS Data Users Conferences.

U in the News: A selection of U faculty and staff in the news as appearing daily in Today's News.

Study finds 18-month program useful in advocating for contraception
A multifaceted 18-month program for adolescent girls at high risk for pregnancy led to more consistent use of contraception, researchers found. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota, including Renee Sieving. US News & World Report.

Michele Pridmore-Brown interviews Marlene Zuk
Marlene Zuk is an evolutionary Biologist at the University of Minnesota. Her last book was a pithily entertaining look at sex on six legs. Los Angeles Review of Books.

Mapping the human brain
In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama called for investment in mapping the human brain. Much like the Human Genome Project, the Brain Activity Map will be a decade-long exploration into the workings of the human brain, which scientists hope will lead to a better understanding of how we think and behave. Apostolos Georgopoulos, U of M Medical School, discussed the project's potential today on MPR's The Daily Circuit.

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. MPR.

Minnesota draining its supplies of water
Nature can't keep up with demand, prompting disputes in some cities. ...Such choices may come as a shock to to Minnesotans' assumptions about water, said Deborah Swackhamer, co-director of the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota. Star Tribune.

Vegetarians are healthier than meat-eaters
People on a plant-based diet are consistently slimmer and healthier than meat eaters, with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, according to research unveiled at the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition (ICVN). David Jacobs, PhD, Mayo professor in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, comments. Food Navigator.

Why politicians ignore facts
David Schultz, an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, recently spoke to U.S. News about why politicians sometimes ignore facts, the level of voter knowledge, and what he says needs to change. U.S. News.

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. MPR.

Local social media experts get big online following
Shayla Thiel-Stern, professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, discusses ways in which people use social media get their message out to large numbers of the population. WCCO-TV.

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. NPR.

Study: Ancestors had healthier mouths
This may sound strange, but a new study shows our ancestors had much healthier mouths. Making it even stranger is that their mouths had a greater diversity of bacteria. The study, published in Nature Genetics, says the meat-dominated diet of our ancestors changed when humans began farming. Rob Jones, an assistant professor at the U's School of Dentistry comments. KARE 11.

Immigration policy and new estimates of U.S. unauthorized population
A recently released report on the U.S. unauthorized population comes at a politically charged moment, as Congress begins in earnest to consider immigration reform and a possible path to citizenship for the nation's unauthorized residents. The report, co-authored by Robert Warren, former demographer of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and John Robert Warren, professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota, puts the size of the unauthorized population at 11.7 million as of January 2010. The report's findings are highly relevant to the U.S. immigration debate. Huffington Post.

Kline, Kaler meet to discuss U costs
U.S. Rep. John Kline met with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Monday to discuss measures the school is taking to minimize costs for students. Minnesota Daily.

Evaluating the U's social media prowess
University Relations staff members Lindsey Heffern, social media manager, and Ann Aronson, marketing director, discuss the U's social media strategy and connection to overall branding efforts. A recent analysis by a social media firm ranks the U in the Top Ten of public universities with the most Internet clout, and another report ranks the U as the 20th-most buzzed about university on the Internet. Minnesota Daily.

February 20

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Mark Jacobson receives AMA International Award in Medicine

Mark Jacobson has been building public health capacity in East Africa for more than 30 years. Dr. Jacobson spent two decades transforming a small dispensary in the outskirts of Arusha, Tanzania into the Selian Lutheran Hospital, which now encompasses 10 buildings, 250 employees and 12 physicians. Through the Selian Hospital, Jacobson has provided care for thousands of marginalized and disabled people, as well as the nomadic Maasi people, including specialized care for women suffering from obstetric fistulas, children with orthopedic problems and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Jacobson developed a school for educating Assistant Medical Officers, and under his guidance scores of young doctors, nurses and techs have received training. In 2005, Jacobson spearheaded the fundraising and planning efforts to build a second hospital, the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center, which now offers inpatient and outpatient services to Arusha’s urban population. Dr. Jacobson attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and was honored as a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow three times over the course of his career.

Named for the founder of the AMA, the Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine recognizes physicians whose influence reach the international patient population and change the future of their medical care. By treating, educating and counseling patients beyond the U.S. border, the physician’s work is having a positive impact on health care in the global arena. For more information, see the announcement.

Gunda Georg Receives Research Prize in Academic Pharmacy

Gunda Georg has been selected to receive the annual Volwiler Research Achievement Award. She was recognized by her peers as one of the leading research workers in medicinal chemistry and for outstanding contributions to the discipline.

The award is sponsored by the Abbott Fund and was established as the research prize in academic pharmacy to honor the late Ernest H. Volwiler, former president and research director of Abbott Laboratories. The award consists of a gold medal and a $12,500 cash prize. Georg will also be honored during the annual AACP meeting in Chicago in July.

A world-renowned medicinal chemist, Georg's research goals are to discover and develop bioactive compounds and to improve their potency, selectivity and pharmaceutical properties. Her research interests include cancer, male contraception and Alzheimer's disease. She is a co-inventor of Lusedra, a commercial anestetic drug. She is also a co-inventor of Gamendazole, a male contraceptive agent, and the anticancer agent Minnelide, both of which are undergoing preclinical development.

Georg is professor and head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, director of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development, and the Robert Vince Endowed Chair and McKnight Presidential Chair.

IREE grants awarded

Sustainable bioenergy, microgrids, energy storage and more are among the peer-reviewed investments in clean energy advances being funded by the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment at the Institute on the Environment in the final round of IREE’s nine-year-long renewable energy grants administration program.

IREE awarded $2.6 million to seven renewable energy research projects, which will begin in early 2013. Recipients were selected by a national team of panelists based on scientific and technical merit and the potential for high-impact technologies demonstrating a substantial likelihood of success in the near to mid term. The selected proposals feature highly integrated and interdisciplinary membership.

For award recipients and more information, see the news release.

School of pharmacy recognized

The College of Pharmacy has been selected to receive the Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award, which recognizes a school of pharmacy demonstrating a major institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice, and research.

The college was recognized for bringing direct care to underserved communities locally and nationally; developing new practices in underserved rural, urban and Native American communities; and advocating for the ability of pharmacists to serve the public.

"Community service and public engagement permeate our college's missions and our values, and guide both our long term and daily decision-making," said Dean Marilyn Speedie. "It is integral to who and what we are, and we strive to have the greatest possible impact from our activities."

Named after former University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Dean Lawrence Weaver, this award is given annually by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The award highlights community service as an important element of the academic mission, and singles out institutions that can serve as examples of social responsiveness on the part of the academic pharmacy community. The award includes a $5,000 honorarium to distribute to community partners to support continuation or expansion of their collaboration. The award will be presented to the college in July at the annual AACP meeting in Chicago.

Honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine

Will Hueston, executive director of the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership and Endowed Chair in Global Food Systems Leadership in the College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health, received an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine from Chiang Mai University in Thailand on January 24. The degree was presented by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the public research university's annual graduation ceremony.

Frank Cerra to be honored with 2012 Weaver Medal

Frank Cerra, Professor of Surgery and former Vice President of the AHC, will be honored by the College of Pharmacy with its 2012 Weaver Medal at a presentation Friday, February 22, from 4-6 p.m. at the Commons Hotel, Pinnacle Room. The award presentation will take place at 5 p.m. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to pharmacy education, research or outreach in Minnesota, nationally or internationally.

NSF legume research grant

Faculty from Plant Pathology, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Plant Biology, and Soil, Water and Climate have received a grant from the National Science Foundation for $4.96 million over three years. They will study the genomics of legumes in order to learn more about about symbiosis and nitrogen fixation. Learn more about the research.

U in the News: A selection of U faculty and staff in the news as appearing daily in Today's News.

A look at the tiny house movement
Could you live in a home that is less than 1,000 square feet? What about 100 square feet? On The Daily Circuit, MPR explores a growing movement to get back to the times without much except shelter, food and few material possessions. Thomas Fisher, professor of architecture and the dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, joined in on the discussion. MPR.

Research questions return on corporate political cash
The fight over corporate political donations is evolving from whether such gifts are in the public’s interest to whether they’re even in the interest of the companies themselves. A pair of University of Minnesota finance professors [Rajesh Aggarwal and Tracy Wang of the Carlson School of Management] looked at the question [and] found that on average, for every $10,000 a company donates to politics, its stock market value declines by $1.33 million in the next year. Star Tribune.

Jerry & Rebecca Kill talk marriage, making it last
The night before Valentine’s Day is full of pressure for many couples. But what if you’ve been dealing with the pressure of coaching, expectations, and medical problems for almost 30 years? WCCO-TV husband and wife anchor team, Frank Vascellero and Amelia Santaniello sit down with U of M Gopher football coach Jerry Kill and his wife, Rebecca, to learn the secrets to a winning marriage. WCCO-TV.

Heart defect screening bill clears first hurdle
A House committee approved a bill that would require every newborn in Minnesota to be screened for critical congenital heart disease before they're released from the hospital. Dr. Lazaros Kochilas, a cardiologist with the University of Minnesota's Pediatric Heart Center, comments. KSTP-TV.

Why slacking off at work is a good thing
Bosses who notice an employee's performance drop in one aspect of the job shouldn't immediately think the employee is slacking off, new research shows. The study, which was recently published in the Human Performance Journal, was co-authored by Paul Sackett of the University of Minnesota. Mother Nature Network.

Friedman: ‘Time was right to step down’
After three years as vice president for health sciences and dean of the University of Minnesota’s Medical School, Aaron Friedman said in a statement Monday that he felt the time was right to step down at the end of 2013. Minnesota Daily.

Why isn't there a birth control pill for men?
The University of Minnesota is at the forefront of developing a male birth control pill, and Elaine Tyler May, who specializes in gender, sexuality, and culture at the U, offers insight. Minnesota Daily.

February 13

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Steven Crouch elected to National Academy of Engineering

dean crouch 300x225Steven CrouchSteven Crouch, professor of civil engineering and dean of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The announcement of 69 new members and 11 foreign associates was made today by NAE President Charles M. Vest.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Crouch is recognized by the NAE for his contributions to simulation methodology for the behavior of fractured rock masses.

Crouch's research focuses on numerical modeling of problems in solid mechanics using boundary integral equation methods. His early research dealt with the stability of underground mine openings; more recently, he has studied numerical stress analysis techniques for fiber-reinforced and particulate composite materials. In the mid-1970s he developed a special numerical method called the displacement continuity method, a widely used tool for solving problems ranging from crack propagation in elastic solids to the design of underground mining excavations in jointed and faulted rock.

For more information, see the news release.

Friedman to step down

Aaron Friedman, vice president for the health sciences and dean of the Medical School, will step down at the end of the calendar year, coinciding with the end of his current, three-year appointment.

President Bruininks appointed Dr. Friedman to lead the Academic Health Center and the Medical School beginning in January 2011.

Prior to his appointment as vice president, Dr. Friedman was head of the Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. He is a pediatric nephrologist and has been awarded the Henry L. Barnett Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his contributions to children with kidney disease and to the pediatric nephrology community.

The U will immediately launch a national search for a new vice president and dean. Bobbi Daniels, vice dean for clinical affairs at the Medical School and CEO of University of Minnesota Physicians, and Leon Assael, dean of the School of Dentistry, will co-chair the search.

Dr. Friedman will continue to lead the Medical School and health sciences for remainder of the calendar year.

For more information, see the announcement from President Kaler.

Lisa Novack receives Student Personnel Administrators Award

Lisa Novack of CBS Student Services has been awarded the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) IV-East Outstanding New Professional Award. The award is given to a professional with no more than three years full-time experience in student affairs who has demonstrated outstanding service to his/her institution, innovation or creative efforts within his/her institution, and active involvement in NASPA and/or other professional organizations.

UMTC named Best Value College

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC) has been named a 'Best Value College' for 2013 by The Princeton Review.

The University's commitment to academic excellence, financial aid availability and the overall value of an education at the U of M's Twin Cities campus has again merited inclusion on this year's Best Values list. 2013 marks the third consecutive year that UMTC has been selected as a 'Best Value College' - a testament to the University's commitment to provide students with a world-class education at a great value.

The U is one of the 75 public and 75 private colleges The Princeton Review designates as "Best Values" based on assessments that examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost and financial aid. The 150 schools were chosen from 650 colleges and universities at which The Princeton Review conducted institutional and student surveys for this project in 2011-12.

The Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges" list appears in two free online resources and a companion book released today.

For more information, see The Princeton Review

U in the News: A selection of U faculty and staff in the news as appearing daily in Today's News.

MN doctor earns top medical honor after 30 years in Africa
Mark Jacobson, a University of Minnesota doctor, will receive one of the American Medical Association's highest honors Monday for his work building a hospital in the bustling city of Arusha, in Africa. KSTP-TV.

U to test year-round calendar
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced Friday that students entering two degree programs in the College of Design can take year-round classes and graduate in three years, starting this fall. The University is using the graphic design and retail merchandising programs to test the water before deciding whether to allow year-round courses for all degrees. Minnesota Daily.

U of M to offer 'massive' online classes
The University of Minnesota will soon try its hand at offering Massive Open Online Courses for the public. The classes, known as MOOCS, are a growing trend in American higher education... The U of M is working on offering at least five courses, in the sciences and the humanities, according to Provost Karen Hanson. MPR.

U of M hires firm to study administrative costs
The University of Minnesota has hired an outside consulting firm to analyze the university's administrative costs and report to state lawmakers. University President Eric Kaler has called the claims of administrative bloat "remarkably deceptive" and unfair. Regents on Friday discussed the hiring of Sibson Consulting to examine the school's structure. The analysis will cost $48,000 and will be given to legislators March 15. St. Cloud Times.

A call for less salt in our roadways' diet
This winter's traffic tie-ups from snowstorms and squalls have generated a loud refrain from metro-area drivers: "More salt!" But researchers, public works officials, traffic experts and environmentalists are actually looking for ways to use less. Heinz Stefan, a professor of engineering at the University of Minnesota, comments. Star Tribune.

Get ready for round 2 of the same-sex marriage debate
After one of the most divisive, costly campaigns Minnesota has ever seen, it appears the second round of the same-sex marriage debate is on. During Wednesday's State of the State address, Gov. Mark Dayton said he wants Minnesota to be a state where no one is told it's illegal to marry the person they love. Kathryn Pearson, a University of Minnesota political science professor, adds insight. WCCO-TV.

As moose disappear, Minnesota cancels hunting season
Minnesota officials banned moose hunting indefinitely on Wednesday because of a dramatic drop in the animal's numbers. Ron Moen, moose researcher at the University of Minnesota Duluth, comments. NBC News (blog).

Cyanide antidote acts fast to save lives
Steve Patterson, University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design, worked to design a cyanide antidote that acts fast to save lives. Discovery News.

U scientists find key to breast cancer mutations
Scientists at the University of Minnesota say they have discovered an enzyme that could play a key role in causing the majority of cases of breast cancer. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the prestigious journal Nature, could pave the way for new ways of diagnosing and treating breast cancer, said Reuben Harris, an associate professor and biochemist who led the research. Star Tribune.

February 6

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U in the News: A selection of U faculty and staff in the news as appearing daily in Today's News.

A smart grid could have kept the Superdome lights on
For 34 minutes during Superbowl XLVII, 108.41 million people were stuck in a commercial-free television purgatory while officials scrambled to fix a power outage that darkened half of New Orleans' famed Superdome. It wasn't until Monday morning that Wonkblog framed the outage in a larger question of public policy: could a smart grid have prevented the blackout? According to University of Minnesota professor of electrical engineering Massoud Amin, it could have. MSNBC.

U's solar panels provide little energy
As Minnesota ups its solar capacity, the University of Minnesota has no plans to expand its efforts. UMTC sustainability coordinator Shane Stennes comments. Morris has three solar installations on or near campus, one of which heats about half of a research building. Another installation is at ground level and allows students to study changes in solar output throughout the day, said Troy Goodnough, Morris’ sustainability coordinator. Minnesota Daily.

Down the drain and into our lakes
A landmark study led by U of M civil engineering professor Bill Arnold and funded by Minnesota lottery dollars has sounded a new and serious environmental alarm about the widespread use of triclosan, an antibacterial agent that winds up in waterways after consumers rinse off the soap and myriad other products it's in. Star Tribune.

Energy policy: 2013 outlook
Energy policy is always a front-burner issue in the U.S., igniting partisan battles and debates between environmental groups, utilities, and energy industry vendors. It's a challenge to orchestrate, but at the same time it's an opportunity to build a better, more reliable energy future. Massoud Amin, a member of IEEE's Energy Policy Committee and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, sees environmental and energy security as the nexus of national and economic security. Fierce Energy.

U of M recruiters react to changing high school graduation rate
According to a study from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, high school classes are shrinking, especially in the Midwest. In Minnesota, the report estimates a nearly 7 percent drop from 2009-2010 to 2012-2013. The decline has prompted more recruiting at the University of Minnesota. Rachelle Hernandez, Director of Admissions at the U of M comments. KSTP-TV.

New report shows child cancer rates rising
Each year, about 170 Minnesota children are diagnosed with cancer, and 11,000 across the United States. Now, a troubling finding shows those numbers might be climbing. Dr. Timothy R. Church, a professor and cancer prevention specialist at the University of Minnesota, helps KSTP-TV analyze the report. KSTP-TV.

Carrying on campus?
A state legislator wants to allow students and faculty to conceal and carry handguns on college campuses. University Police Chief Greg Hestness, University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg and political science professor Wendy Rahn comment. Minnesota Daily.