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U Headlines

One Step Closer For New Children's Dental Clinic
The U received a $3.5 million gift, getting them that much closer to constructing a children's dental clinic on West Bank.

Nanotech Now
A new Physics and Nanotechnology Building highlights a bonding bill passed as part of the state budget solution. Read about nanotechnology here.

U Software Identifies Gamer Psycho-Social Motivations
U professor, Jaideep Srivastava, co-founded software Ninja Metrics, which will identify psycho-social motivations to help enhance online gaming experience.

RIP Leonard Parker
Renowned architect and U professor - see a Minnesota magazine profile here.

The Future of the U
New president Eric Kaler discusses and takes questions on the future of the U on Minnesota Public Radio.

Farewell to Fall Commencement
The College of Liberal Arts plans to end the U's only Fall graduation ceremony.

U2 is Coming - Tomorrow
The elaborate stage is going up and campus is getting ready for the biggest event in TCF Bank Stadium yet.

Directory Project Underway
See FAQ here.

State government shutdown ends
Higher education bill sets the U’s funding and allows for new University buildings.

Bad Indoor Air Is Bad for Elderly
Who knew?

Corporate Responsibility May Backfire
Social Responsibility at odds with luxury brands' 'self-enhancement concept.'

President Kaler's First Week
A behind the scenes review of how President Kaler's first week went.

Farewell Interview with Bob
See a three-part video interview with Bob Bruininks from the Minnesota Broadcasters Association.

New leaders aim for more collaboration
Kaler and Rosenstone look for more collaboration between the U of M and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Tour campus with the Kalers
President Kaler and his wife Karen recently toured the Twin Cities campus - and even made a stop for ice cream at the U's Dairy Lab!

Two U of M schools consider private-funding only
The Carlson School of Management and the Law School are considering a private-funding only model.

Meet President Kaler
Read his biography, a Q&A, and other news

Welcome Back to the U, President Kaler!
Eric Kaler, Ph.D. '82 assumed his position as the 16th president of the University of Minnesota on Friday, July 1.

Jay Weiner Appointed Speech Writer for Kaler

Acclaimed journalist, Jay Weiner, has taken speech writing position for new U President Kaler.

U of M's First Building in Line for Makeover
Proposed interior and exterior upgrades for Eddy Hall

Reed Elected New Alumni Chair

Maureen Reed is the University of Minnesota Alumni Association's new volunteer national chair starting July 1.

Waste Heat to Electricity
New alloy allows heat to be converted directly to electricity.

Social Media Use in Politics
U Strategic Communications Professor, Heather LaMarre discusses the use of social media in politics

Regents OK 'Dismal' Provisional 2012 Budget
Includes planning for 'worst-case' cuts in state funding.

Bruininks on the Budget
A WCCO-TV conversation on the state funding stalemate

$51 Million for Bench-to-Bedside
Big NIH grant aims to speed development of treatments into practice.

Donhowe Building Gets A+ in Energy Rating
The Donhowe building on campus has been ranked in the top 12 percent of office buildings when measuring energy efficiency.

Next Generation of Classrooms
Many colleges are now looking to redo their classrooms to better engage students.

Northrop Revamp
What you should expect to see and experience once the newly renovated Northrop opens in the fall of 2013.

No Fatal Flaw
ABC News evaluates Tim Pawlenty (J.D. '86) as a presidential candidate.

"Extra Level of Seriousness"
U professor Kathryn Pearson in the New York Times on why women don't get caught in congressional scandals.

An F is OK

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the U's right to flunk a student and not refund tuition.

Richard 'Pinky' McNamara Passes Away
Longtime U supporter, former regent, and McNamara Alumni Center namesake Richard 'Pinky' McNamara died Monday, May 23.

Esten Named a '40 Under Forty' Leader
Alumni Association CEO Phil Esten was recently named to the “40 Under Forty” list of the Twin Cities' top young business and civic leaders.

Research Headlines

Successful Small Intestine Transplant
Preformed only 19 times in the U's history, the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital preformed a successful intestine transplant for 2-year-old boy.

Research Grant to Aid Egyptian Study
A grant was awarded to researchers at the U who are trying to decipher a collection of ancient text.

New Way to Help Infection During Pregnancy
Medical School researchers have found underlying reason for immune suppression.

The Fight Against Alzheimer's
Researchers have discovered an aspect in grape seeds that could help prevent and delay the development of Alzheimer's.

The Importance of Bees
Scientist Marla Spivak explains why we've seen a decrease in honey bees and why we need them back.

Understanding Bear Hibernation May Promote Heart Research
U researchers are investigating how a bears body functions during hibernation to help heart attack treatment down the road.

Vaccine Could Help Treat Melanoma
New research finds vaccine could help slow the progression of some cancer.

The New Face of AIDS
As the 30 year anniversary nears, researchers take another look at where AIDS/HIV stands today.

Helping Military Families Adjust
A new study is being conducted by the U to help military parents cope with the stresses of returning home.

New Heart Valve Procedure
Doctors at the U have found a new way to perform heart valve replacement without surgery.

Grant Secured for HIV Research
U professor, Reuben Harris, secured a $10 million dollar grant to better understand how certain proteins interact with HIV.

Healthy Lifestyle Helps the Heart
U research shows a healthy lifestyle can reduce irregular heartbeat, which threatens millions of older Americans.

Renewable Petroleum
U of M researchers close in on technology for making renewable "petroleum" using bacteria, sunlight and carbon dioxide

Benefits Behind Salmonella
U of M researchers have tapped into hidden benefits from salmonella that could help fight cancer.

Cancer Preventing Plants?
U's Hormel Institute urges plant-based cancer prevention strategies.

Turning Tables on HIV
A UMNews feature on research that protects an important anti-HIV protein.

Gone Green
Controlling carbon by planting trees is not as easy at it sounds, according to U models.

New Parkinson's Treatment
U doctor claims therapy is 80 percent effective at halting symptoms.

Gopher Sports

Top 20 Gopher Football Players of All Time

Jerry Kill Offers Straight Talk in Mankato
The new Gopher coach visited three Minnesota alumni chapters to talk football.

Spring Football Opens
Find links to stories, and comment on our Facebook page.

Maturi's Message: Gopher Budget Sound

Read Athletic Director Joel Maturi's monthly message to fans discussing the progress of Gopher Athletics budget.

A Big Volleyball Hire
U.S. Womens National Volleyball Team head coach Hugh McCutcheon will lead the Gophers.

Pro Football on Campus?
With complications and delays to Metrodome rebuilding, TCF Bank Stadium could host more Vikings' games next fall. See also Sid Hartman's take on the subject.

Recruiting Time
As Minnesota lines up football recruits for Wednesday's national signing day, local media previews coaches and recruiting news

No Bowl Nets $2.1 Million
Even though they didn't go to a bowl game, the Minnesota athletic department earned $2.1 million from their fellow Big Ten schools' appearances.

Dome Debacle Puts Freeze on Gopher Baseball
At least 15 games are canceled or moved to away games due to the loss of the Metrodome in spring. KSTP video * StarTribune article

Football News:

Kill Adds Five to Coaching Team
December Football on Campus
Kill Assembles a Staff
New Big Ten Details

Hebert to Retire
Volleyball coach Mike Hebert raised the bar, taking team to 13 NCAA tournaments and three Final Fours in 14 years.

Coach Kill meets the Team.
U of M video of Jerry Kill's first meeting
with the Gopher athletes.

Big Ten Divisions Announced
Gophers get Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Northwestern, plus a yearly game against the Badgers. Read the Big Ten Conference release here, which includes 2011 and 2012
schedules.


QBs on the Run
A look at the Big Ten's new trend - running quarterbacks, plus Gopher football insights.

RIP Murray Warmath
Boundary-breaking coach of last Rose Bowl and National Champ teams passes at 98. See also a Pioneer Press article and video here.

Photo Slide Shows






Upcoming Events



Steelroots Exhibition
An exhibition of 16 large root-shaped metal sculptures by acclaimed Pennsylvania artist Steve Tobin.
Till Jan. 13, 2012

Arctic Sanctuary: Our Collective Refuge
New exhibit in Bell Museum
Till September 4

University of Minnesota Farmers Market
Will run 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Wednesday
Till October 5

China Insights: Unsettling Consequences
Brings together the work of seven photographers
Till August 25

2011 Program in Religious Studies Summer Workshop: Anticipating Apocalypse
August 18

Open house at UMore Park
Education made fun!
August 18

"Prescription Overload: Managing Meds"
New approaches on how to deal w/ multiple medications
August 21

Vines & Victuals
MN wine and food pairings
August 25

Etiquette Dinner
Keep an eye out for when registration opens at the end of August
Sept. 22

Quotes from the U

"You can change your religion and your wife way easier than you can change your football team."
- U sociologist Doug Hartmann in Skol, a film documenting the Minnesota Vikings' troubled 2010 season

"A conversational tone will reflect your personality and will make your cards and letters sound more like you are right there with the person receiving your holiday message"
-
Bernadette Longo, U associate professor of writing studies, delivering advice for how to write holiday cards.


"For a lot of academic physicians, being chosen by a drug company to work as a paid consultant or speaker is like being admitted to an elite private club."

- U bioethiscist Carl Elliot in a City Pages interview on the how pharmaceutical company funding can skew research.

“For those of us in the public health community, the evidence is unambiguously clear. Most of the E. coli resistance in humans can be traced to food-animal sources.”
- U of M Dr. James R. Johnson, commenting in a New York Times story that drug-resistant microbes evolved on farms.

"It's been mind blowing how many teens have died in crashes where a teen is driving that particular car."
- U Researcher Max Donath in a WCCO-TV story on a device that ties a teen's cell phone to the car's operating system to keep parents informed of their driving habits.

"You have to have a certain ego to participate but also an understanding of the fragility of the ego. A lot of care is put into what others think of us."

- Former U student Miles Mendenhall in the StarTribune on participating  in the Bravo TV reality series "Work of Art"

"Women are reshaping the workforce, and I think a cultural change is underway"
-
William Doherty, Professor and Director at the University of Minnesota in Tonic Article

 
"Why are brands such as Cartier, Harley-Davidson, and Nike so well-liked by consumers? One of the reasons is that they have appealing personalities."
-Deborah Roedder John and Ji Kyung Park (both University of Minnesota) in Science Daily article.

“If you miss a diagnosis, it makes a difference for the whole family and their future, I think about how that could change the kids’ lives.”
-Sankari Kasi, M.D., second-year family medicine resident at the University of Minnesota.
Daily
Best of The Daily  
Recapping some of the best Minnesota Daily news articles of 2010

Bruininks Talks Finances, Football and Final Goals
Read a wide-ranging Mn Daily Q&A with University President Bob Bruininks.


Renting against the ordinance
Many house around campus were over-occupied.

Athletics finances: A balancing act
"The University of Minnesota has given more than $26 million to its athletics department in the past five years"

A look at grade inflation
How the "new" average grade is affecting inflation nationally.

Gophers come from behind in new home
The start of the outdoor experience.

University student shot outside of Centennial Hall
Shock, confusion and fear erupted around campus from this unknown incident.

Prof may disprove accepted theory
Discovering a stronger magnetic substance.

Steering through the storm
As President Bruininks term comes to an end, difficult decisions were yet to be made.

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