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Compiled by Adam Overland




October 30

To submit U of M staff or faculty for consideration in People, contact the Brief editor. For more information, see award & appointment submission guidelines.


Swine expert Andres Perez to join University of Minnesota faculty

Internationally-known epidemiologist and swine expert Andres Perez will join the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) in January 2014. Perez will join the faculty as an associate professor of swine health and production, one of CVM's hallmark programs.

Currently, Perez is director of the University of California-Davis Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS), where he previously served as an assistant and associate researcher. CADMS is a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reference center for veterinary epidemiology and modeling. His most recent research at CADMS included development of the Disease BioPortal, a secured web-based platform system intended for real time routing, sharing and analyzing animal disease data and information.

Perez has published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has served as senior author of papers distinguished as forefront contributions to the field of spatial analysis at three editions of the GISVET conferences.

Perez has been the chair of the scientific committee of the latest edition of GEOVET, the leading conference on spatial analysis in veterinary medicine, at the University of Sydney in 2010 where he also taught a postgraduate course on molecular epidemiology. He has also served as president of the Ibero-American Society of Preventive Medicine and Veterinary Epidemiology.

Originally from Argentina, Perez is an advisor on epidemiology for the Argentine Animal Health Service and for the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit of the USDA Agricultural Research Service at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

Mark Umbreit's research receives award

Professor Marilyn Armour, University of Texas at Austin (and U of M School of Social Work alum) and U of M professor Mark Umbreit's research on Assessing the Impact of the Ultimate Penal Sanction on Homicide Survivors: A Two State Comparison received the highest University of Texas at Austin award for best research paper. The landmark study was released earlier this year, and challenges the notion that the death penalty brings satisfaction and closure to murder victims' families. It is the first systemic inquiry dealing directly with homicide survivors about whether obtaining capital punishment affects their healing. The study used in-person interviews with a randomly selected sample of survivors from four time periods to examine the totality of the death penalty process and its longitudinal impact on lives of murder victims' families. It compared survivors' experiences in Texas, a death penalty state, and Minnesota, a life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) state. In Minnesota, survivors of adjudicated cases show higher levels of physical, psychological, and behavioral health.


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

Japanese company's office could be big deal
The U of M has inked a deal with Toray Industries, Inc.,a Japanese company, in hopes of creating a lasting medical devices partnership. The U's Vice President for Research Brian Herman comments. Minnesota Daily.

Chancellor's view: UMD transforming higher education
Universities are in a period of transformation, and strategies based solely on competition and expansion no longer are sustainable. U of M Duluth's Chancellor Lendley Black comments on the U's commitment to containing costs for students. Duluth News Tribune.

Take food 'sell by' dates with a grain of salt
Americans have grown to rely so much on the food dating game since it was implemented in the 1970s that we now throw away 20 percent of our food, over 160 billion pounds of it per year. Ted LaBuza, professor of Food Science and Engineering at the U of M, comments. Star Tribune.

Saving the great northwoods
Across Minnesota, a determined counterattack is emerging against a looming threat to the northern forest — climate change. U of M professors Lee Frelich, Peter Reich, Rebecca Montgomery and others weigh in. Star Tribune.

Combating domestic violence: one size doesn't fit all
More than 1 in 3 women in the United States will experience physical violence, rape or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. Oliver Williams, a professor of social work who heads the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African-American Community at the U of M, comments. NPR.

U looks back on organ transplant history
Last week, the University celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first successful transplant with a fundraiser gala and a patient education event. Dr. Hassan Ibrahim, medical director of the U's kidney transplant program, comments. Minnesota Daily.

University lab looking to crack face blindness
A team of University researchers is working to find the best methods of diagnoses and treatments for prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness. Albert Yonas leads the Yonas Visual Perception Lab and comments on the research. Minnesota Daily.


October 23

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$3 million study to mitigate Alzheimer's

Fang Yu, associate professor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, will lead a $3.04 million study investigating the effects of a six-month aerobic exercise program on memory and brain function in participants with Alzheimer's disease. Yu, who teaches geriatric nursing and conducts research on interventions for improving memory and function in older adults, was awarded funding for the five-year study by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging this fall.

To complete the study, Yu and her research colleagues will engage 90 participants aged 66 and older who have mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease in the research program over five years. Each participant will be evaluated for memory, brain function and physical ability over the course of a year and a brain scan will be conducted at various intervals using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The study is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind to date. 

U projects win international design awards

Three University of Minnesota-based projects - Earthducation, Ensia and North of Sixty - received prestigious 2013 (Re)design awards last week from AIGA, one of the world's largest professional organizations for design. The AIGA (Re)design competition recognizes designers and design solutions creating a positive impact on our environment and society. The projects competed against hundreds of competitors worldwide. Earthducation and Ensia also received additional recognition as "Judge's Choice" award winners.

North of Sixty is a project of the Learning Technologies (LT) Media Lab in the University's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), while Ensia is housed in the Institute on the Environment (IonE). Earthducation is sponsored by both CEHD and IonE.

North of Sixty aims to create a global tapestry of climate stories, weaving together the history and culture of Arctic communities worldwide and preserving the voices and ecological knowledge of generations.

Ensia is a magazine and event series showcasing solutions to Earth's biggest environmental challenges. The online magazine was designed by Vancouver-based creative agency smashLAB.

Earthducation is a series of seven expeditions to every continent over the course of four years (2011–14) designed to create a world narrative of the dynamic intersections between education and sustainability.

Gao referenced in chemistry Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 was recently awarded to Martin Karplus, Michel Levitt and Arieh Warshel for development of multiscale models of complex chemical systems. In the scientific background for the Nobel, U of M Professor Jiali Gao was underscored as having made important contributions to the progress of multiscale modeling.

Gao is a theoretical and computational biochemist whose work focuses on the structure and properties of macromolecular systems. He is currently pioneering an effort to develop a fully quantal force field for simulation and modeling of materials, fluids, and biomacromolecules. He studied at Beijing University, and his professional career follows graduate work at Purdue, postdoctoral research at Harvard, and faculty positions at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Minnesota. He is currently L.I. Smith Professor of Chemistry. He is a recipient of the Diract Medal from the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists, the Albert Hofmann Centennial Prize and an IBM Faculty Fellowship.


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

U of M artist paints portraits of breast cancer superheroes
The artwork of Barbara Porwit in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation within the U of M Medical School is being showcased Oct. 10-31 at the Fox Egg Gallery. Her "Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project" portrays breast cancer survivors as the superhero of their choice. Pioneer Press.

Skull fossil suggests simpler human lineage
U of M anthropology professor Martha Tappen is part of the team that has discovered a possible new hominid near Dmanisi, Georgia. New York Times.

Improv doodling as a sport
"Sketch off!" is like the "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" for pen and paper. The improvisational concept battle, organized by Barry Kudrowitz, assistant professor in the U of M's College of Design, pits teams of artists against each other in a series of speed-drawing product development challenges. The Minnesota Daily.

Income inequality poses a threat, even in Minnesota
Income inequality in the United States has reached 1928 proportions. Joe Soss of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is quoted. Star Tribune.

Pioneers of bioengineering deserve their recognition
Interim CFANS dean Brian Buhr and former dean of CFANS Allen Levine address increasing challenges surrounding food security and hunger and how innovation is needed to solve these challenges, including in biotechnology. Star Tribune.

More e-learning, but low interest
Students and faculty are divided about the value of e-learning, despite the U's goal to expand learning opportunities by creating more fully and partially online courses. Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson and Bob Rubinyi, the University's eLearning director, comment. The Minnesota Daily.

Kaler talks Kill's leave, budget request
The Minnesota Daily sat down with President Eric Kaler for its monthly Kickin' it with Kaler interview. Kaler discussed the gender gap in the sciences, the 2014 capital request and Halloween, among other topics. The Minnesota Daily.

Heart-monitoring LifeVest saves 98 percent of patients
Cardiologists at the U of M are hoping more patients can benefit from using the LifeVest, a simple, lightweight, wearable defibrillator that can monitor your heart and save your life. David Benditt, U of M Medical School, comments. KMSP TV.

The Lynx: This is a Minnesota team for all time
U of M history professor JB Shank lays out all of the splendid traits of our championship basketball team, and explains why the best may be yet to come. Star Tribune.


October 16

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NIH recognizes U researchers

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recognized two University of Minnesota doctors for excellence in biomedical research. Demetris Yannopoulos, a Lillehei Heart Institute researcher and interventional cardiologist with University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview, received the Transformative Research award, and Anna Tischler, a microbiologist within the University of Minnesota Medical School, was honored with the New Innovator award.

Yannopoulos received the Transformative Research award for innovative work in protection in the administration of CPR. His research proposal, "Reperfusion Injury Protection Strategies during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation," has shown encouraging results that could increase survival rate after cardiac arrest.

Yannopoulos, whose proposal was also written in conjunction with researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan, will receive a grant of $5.4 million over five years.

Tischler's New Innovator award is intended to support researchers that received their terminal degree less than 10 years ago and have not yet received a Research Project Grant. Her work was recognized because of its potential to be particularly innovative. Tischler's proposal is titled, "High-throughput Identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Persistence Mechanisms."

A grant of $1.5 million over five years is expected for Tischler to conduct research.

For more information, see NIH awards.

$10 million gift to nursing

The Bentson Foundation has designated a $10 million gift for scholarships for new students in the School of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The gift will infuse the region with more doctorally prepared nurses in family practice, pediatrics, geriatrics, midwifery, nurse anesthesia and other fields.

The Minnesota-based foundation and the University of Minnesota's School of Nursing are stepping up to address an acute shortage of primary care providers, rising health care costs, and the rapidly growing needs of an aging population by committing to educate an additional 500 advanced practice nurses over the next 10 years.

The gift is the largest of its kind to support what is a national demand to increase the number of advanced practice nurses in the field to address the mounting health care access pressures across the country. A 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine on "The Future of Nursing" called for a doubling of the number of doctorally prepared nurses between 2010 and 2020.

Outstanding Mentor of the Year

Gillian Roehrig, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, has been selected for the Association for Science Teacher Education 2013 Award II - Outstanding Mentor of the Year.

This award honors and encourages ASTE members who support and encourage pre-service and in-service science teachers and new science teacher educators entering the profession. It also seeks to recognize the valuable contributions of mentors to the profession of science teacher education. The award is an honor and achievement for Roehrig, as well as for the STEM Education Center and the University of Minnesota.

Voice of Inclusion Award

Suzi Pyawasay of CBS Student Services has been chosen to receive the Minnesota Personnel Association's (MCPA) Voice of Inclusion award. The award recognizes initiatives or individuals who serve Minnesota Higher Education by creating exemplary environments of inclusion for students, employees, and/or institutions. Recipients exhibit an ongoing commitment towards advancing multiculturalism and bringing typically underrepresented voices and identities to the forefront of Minnesota Higher Education.

U of M alumnus awarded Nobel Prize for economics

University of Minnesota alumnus Lars Peter Hansen, former Department of Economics faculty member Robert Shiller, and Eugene Fama have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences "for their empirical analysis of asset prices."

Hansen received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1978, and is a professor at the University of Chicago.

Shiller began his career at the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor from 1972-74, and is a professor at Yale University. For more information, see the news release.


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

Girls just want to have fun, too - room for debate
With healthy adult leadership, competitive athletics can lead to many positive psychosocial, developmental and health benefits for girls. Nicole M. LaVoi, associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, comments. New York Times.

The land that never melts - An expedition on Baffin Island, Canada
Aaron Doering, associate professor at the U of M, details his summer expedition to arctic Canada. The expedition is part of Doering's North of Sixty project. Side Tracked.

Group wants state to reconsider the costs of generating power
Clean energy and environmental groups are asking the state to update the way it accounts for the environmental and health costs of generating electricity. U of M economist Stephen Polasky comments. MPR.

Leaf pollution makes urban lakes reek
While falling leaves blanket the U of M campus with maroon and gold, they may also be polluting metro-area lakes and rivers. Sarah Hobbie and Jacques Finlay, ecology, evolution and behavior professors, comment. Minnesota Daily.

Jerry Kill makes a difficult, but prudent, call
Gopher Coach Jerry Kill, who had a seizure and missed last Saturday's game at Michigan, has stepped away to focus on treating and managing his epilepsy. New York Times.

Body-building supplements pose risks to teen athletes
Teen athletes who turn to pills and powders for a performance boost could face unexpected health risks, according to Consumer Reports experts. Marla Eisenberg, U of M Medical School and School of Public Health, comments. Consumer Reports Online.

Fat and thin find common ground
Binge eating disorder could bridge the gap between the obesity and eating disorder communities, while also reducing the stereotype that only thin people suffer from eating disorders. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, U of M School of Public Health, is quoted. New York Times.

Patients and staffers singing 'Brave'
Hematology and oncology patients at a Amplatz Children's Hospital show us just how brave they are. Huffington Post.


October 9

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NIH awards $24M to U of M, Harvard

The University of Minnesota and Harvard University will partner on a new clinical trial to study a potential treatment for kidney disease in people with type 1 diabetes, funded by a $24.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Researchers believe the findings from this study—both from the perspective of public health and that of individuals with diabetes—will be significant as researchers seek a better understanding around improving the health of people with diabetes and kidney complications.

The five-year trial, part of the Preventing Early Renal Function Loss in Diabetes (PERL) consortium, is designed to evaluate the possible benefits of allopurinol in reducing kidney function loss in people with Type 1 diabetes. Allopurinol is an FDA-approved drug that can lower uric acid, and previous research from the Joslin Diabetes Center and other investigators has linked higher levels of uric acid to the risk of kidney complications in diabetes.

Michael Mauer, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Alessandro Doria, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, will lead the trial. Luiza Caramori, an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, will direct the study.

Kidney disease poses one of the greatest burdens for people with type 1 diabetes, with 10 to 15 percent of patients developing end stage renal disease (ESRD), meaning that they need hemodialysis or a renal transplant to survive.

This study will include approximately 500 patients with type 1 diabetes who are at increased risk of losing kidney function.

The research will be conducted at institutions in the PERL consortium, composed by the Joslin Diabetes Center, University of Minnesota, the Universities of Colorado, Toronto, and Michigan, Northwestern University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Steno Diabetes Center in Denmark. The funding will be distributed to the eight clinical centers, plus a data center in Michigan and a central laboratory in Minnesota.

Romas Kazlauskas to receive honorary doctorate

Romas Kazlauskas, (Biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics/Biotechnology Institute), will receive an honorary doctorate from Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology on November 11. Kazlauskas' research focuses on biocatalysis, which involves the use of enzymes in chemical synthesis, which creates more efficient and sustainable processes that minimize the production of pollutants. Previous KTH honorees include Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix.

CBS course awarded Science Prize

The College of Biological Sciences' "Foundations of Biology" course has been awarded the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction by the journal Science, the nation's leading scientific journal. The award recognizes a semester-long project in which undergraduate teams propose a genetic engineering solution to a health, environmental or other socially relevant problem of their choosing.

Students win national sustainability leadership award

The idea of Minnesota youth taking extensive leadership to inform policy makers regarding environmental concerns seems abstract, perhaps even revolutionary. Yet, that's exactly what a team of students from the University of Minnesota's Morris and Twin Cities campuses did; now, their work is receiving national recognition.

The Next Generation Environmental Leaders were selected as winners of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Student Sustainability Leadership Award.

This remarkable interdisciplinary collaboration – featuring students from two University of Minnesota campuses and several colleges and departments – was lauded for more than 12 months of work that culminated with a transformative panel at Governor Mark Dayton's 2013 Environmental Congress. This gathering of business, nonprofit, and government leaders developed recommendations to help guide the state's Environmental Quality Board (EQB) and Dayton Administration in creating short-term action steps and setting long-term goals for the future.

An award reception will be held Oct. 16, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Institute on the Environment, St. Paul.


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

NIH names 2013 High Risk-High Reward research award winners
Seventy-eight grants are being awarded to scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research. Anna DeGraff Tischler and Demetri Yannopoulos, U of M Medical School, are listed as NIH 2013 High Risk-High Reward research award winners. BioOptics World.

New shape-shifting metals discovered
A new shape-changing metal crystal is reported in the journal Nature, by scientists at University of Minnesota. Professor Richard James comments. BBC.

Great horned owlet has great adventure in Como Park
Julia Ponder, U of M College of Veterinary Medicine, is featured under "Raptor Center to the rescue". Star Tribune.

Shutdown threatens University research
U of M associate pharmaceutics professor Jayanth Panyam comments on the potential impact the federal government shutdown will have on University research. Minnesota Daily.

Good Question: Do members of Congress get paid during the shutdown?
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers won't be getting paid for the foreseeable future. That had many of you emailing, wanting to know: Do members of Congress get paid during a government shutdown? U of M political science professor Kathryn Pearson comments. WCCO TV.

Drinking while pregnant: Economist, doctors debate moderate consumption
Jeff Wozniak, U of M pediatric neuropsychologist, chimes in on a discussion about drinking while pregnant. MPR.

Minnesota: Could tightening at the 'U' help show the way?
In a move that may be a worthy model for other public bodies, the U of M has said it plans to trim $90 million in administrative costs in six years. President Eric Kaler's Operational Excellence initiative already has saved $34 million. Pioneer Press.

What your messy desk says about you (it's a good thing)
Recent research suggests that working in a sloppy setting may help inspire creative thinking. Kathleen Vohs, Carlson School of Management and lead researcher, comments on the study. The Smithsonian.


October 2

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Doneka Scott to join Office for Equity and Diversity

Doneka Scott will join the Office for Equity and Diversity as its assistant vice provost on Monday, November 18, 2013. Dr. Scott will provide consultation and technical support to local diversity committees, task forces, and professionals, with a team with OED directors whose expertise supports the advancement of mission driven strategic goals. She will partner with campuses, colleges, departments and programs to create and execute efficient, effective and integrated equity and diversity evaluation strategies.

CTS to lead $10.4 million safety consortium

In a national competition held by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) at the University of Minnesota has been selected to lead a new $10.4 million regional University Transportation Center consortium focused on improving transportation safety.

The new Region 5 Center for Roadway Safety Solutions will be a regional focal point for transportation safety research, education, and technology transfer initiatives. The region includes Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

The two-year consortium will focus its research on regional issues related to high-risk road users and systematic safety improvements. Within these areas, the consortium will address multiple modes of transportation across a variety of topic areas, including roadway departures, urban and rural intersections, pedestrians and bicyclists, and commercial vehicle drivers. The consortium will also explore transportation safety engagement in the region's Native American communities.

The consortium led by CTS was one of 33 federal grant recipients selected out of 142 applicants. Other consortium members in CTS's winning proposal are the University of Akron, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Western Michigan University.

Max Donath, professor of mechanical engineering in the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering and an internationally recognized leader in transportation safety research, will serve as the director of the new Region 5 center.

The center will receive $5.2 million from the USDOT and $5.2 million in matching funds from member universities, state departments of transportation, and other regional, state, and local partners.

$3.2 million grant to diagnose/treat meningitis

Researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School's Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine have received a $3.2 million grant to examine new cost-effective approaches for diagnosing and treating meningitis. The University will partner with Uganda's Makerere University on the effort.

In the first of two programs supported by the new grant, University of Minnesota researchers will employ a tiered approach to diagnosing meningitis, employing a strategic approach that eliminates a full battery of testing when a more limited panel of stepwise testing can confirm infection. The project will also explore new diagnostic tests for meningitis due to tuberculosis (TB).

The grant will also support a new clinical trial to test the antifungal properties of sertraline (Zoloft), an antidepressant that's shown possible anti-fungal properties in mouse models. Because Zoloft went off patent in 2006, the medication could present a cheaper alternative in the fight against cryptococcal meningitis.

Cryptococcal meningitis primarily affects people with a weakened immune system and accounts for 20 to 25 percent of AIDS-related deaths in Africa. Due to the burden of HIV in Africa, cryptococcal meningitis is the most common cause of meningitis in adults in Africa.

All evaluation will occur in Uganda in partnership with Makerere University. The University has had a relationship with Makerere for nearly a decade.

Collaborators in this project will include Drs. David Meya, Joshua Rhein, Nathan Bahr, Kathy Huppler Hullsiek, Kirsten Nielsen, and Paul Bohjanen.

CASCW receives NSF grant

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare has received a competitive grant from the National Science Foundation that will provide $489,119 over three years to create the capacity for data intensive research through expansion of the Center's Minn-LInK project, a cross-system data project housed at the Center. The grant will also fund the creation of a fellowship program to prepare future researchers for cross-system research on child wellbeing. Through this grant the Center will be able to organize a community of researchers whose focus is on child wellbeing.

Extension's Heidi Haugen honored with national award

University of Minnesota Extension Educator Heidi Haugen has received the "Excellence in Volunteerism (Individual)" award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) on Sept. 19.

Haugen won the award at the state level, at the North Central states regional level, and then at the national level. Haugen provides leadership to volunteer systems development for Extension's Center for Youth Development and the Minnesota 4-H program in the northeast region of Minnesota.

Haugen is available for no-cost or low-cost technical assistance and consultation for nonprofit groups and organizations in Minnesota.


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

The Nairobi massacre and the genealogy of the tragedy
Abdi Ismail Samatar, professor of geography at the U of M and a fellow at the University of Pretoria, comments on the tragedy in Nairobi, Kenya. Al Jazeera.

On campus beat: UMD blends liberal arts with entrepreneurship
Michael Mullins, who teaches German at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has created a new major called "Cultural Entrepreneurship," which is trying to marry the worlds of business and the humanities. Aparna Katre, cultural entrepreneurship, also comments. Star Tribune.

The Drive: Obeying advisory speeds could ease congestion problems on I-35W
Anybody who drives on Interstate 35W between the Crosstown and downtown Minneapolis knows that rush hours can make for a dashboard-pounding commute. A new study indicates that commuters may be to blame for some of that. John Hourdos, a researcher at the U of M's Center for Transportation Studies, comments on his findings. Star Tribune.

Study: Antibiotics levels in veggies safe
A U of M study finds that a person would have to eat almost their body weight in vegetables every day to approach unhealthy levels of antibiotics. Professor Satish Gupta comments on the study's findings. MPR.

Curb appeal: Design options abound for driveways
Michael Keenan, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota, suggests, "celebrate the function" of the driveway "because it is a piece of the property you do use every day." The Commercial Appeal.

Minnesota's health exchange premiums lowest in nation, feds say
Are premiums on Minnesota's new health insurance exchange the lowest of any rates that will be offered across the country? Roger Feldman, U of M School of Public Health, helps answer that question. Pioneer Press.

Insurance exchange may solve Minnesota's pediatric dental woes
Recently faulted for lapses in treating kids, state says new health care law should help address shortcomings in pediatric dentistry. Sheila Riggs, director of the primary care program at the U of M School of Dentistry, comments. Star Tribune.