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September 30, 2005

NRRI

Last week the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) celebrated 20 years of research work. Its director, Michael Lalich, explains what NRRI is and how it contributes its findings to the whole state.

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September 29, 2005

Global Warming

This past summer Minnesota faced a warmer than usual season, and the powerful hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast have raised questions about Global Warming. Katherine Klink, assistant professor of geography at the university’s College of Liberal Arts, says that Global Warming does appear to be occurring.

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September 28, 2005

Homework

Children across Minnesota are coming home each day with homework. Kathleen Olson, a family relations specialist with the university’s Extension Service, says that parents can assist children by setting up the right environment for homework.

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Posted by druth at 8:23 AM

September 27, 2005

Flu Season

Last fall news was made when it was widely reported that the United States faced a flu vaccine shortage. Elizabeth McClure, a doctor with the university’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, says the country is in better shape and offers tips on how to stay healthy this flu season.

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Posted by druth at 8:15 AM

September 26, 2005

Gas Prices

Gas prices were up and over $3 this past summer. Carlson School of Management professor Alfred Marcus says a lot of things come into play when trying to predict gas for transportation and heating fuel for this winter.

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Posted by druth at 8:10 AM

September 23, 2005

Johne's Disease

University researchers, working in collaboration with scientists at the USDA, have developed tests that can rapidly detect the bacteria that causes Johne’s disease, a chronic wasting disease found in cattle. Vivek Kapur, a faculty member of the Medical School and College of Veterinary Medicine explains what Johne’s disease is.

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September 22, 2005

Family and Work Life

Pressures of work and family life can take their toll. University assistant professor of sociology Erin Kelly explains what employers can do to help employees.

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Posted by druth at 10:04 AM

September 21, 2005

Minnesota's Weather

If you felt that Minnesota felt warmer this past summer, you’re right. University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley explains why.

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September 20, 2005

Ambiguous Loss

Hurricane Katrina took life and property. Pauline Boss, author of the book “Ambiguous Loss: Living with Unresolved Grief,” explains what ambiguous loss is.

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September 19, 2005

Health Impact Fee, Smoking

This year the State of Minnesota instituted a so-called “health impact fee” on tobacco products to raise revenue. University of Minnesota Doctor and director for the Tobacco Use Research Center Dorothy Hatsukami, says that the fee should deter smoking.

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September 16, 2005

Project Challenge

In July, the Red Lake received a $1.1 million federal grant to assist students in reaching goals with the No Child Left Behind Act. The university’s Jean Ness explains the program “Project Challenge.”

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September 15, 2005

Medical Corps

With the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina affecting the Gulf coast, the University of Minnesota Medical Corps is assembled and ready for deployment. Dr. John Finnegan, interim dean of the university's School of Public Health, explains.

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September 14, 2005

Vaccines

Back to school means buying new clothes, books, and supplies for your child—and making sure you’re children’s vaccinations are up to date.

According to Dr. Mark Schleiss, professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota Medical School, it’s important that children of all ages have their vaccinations updated.

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Posted by druth at 10:56 AM

September 13, 2005

Northwest Airlines strike

Experts from the university's Carlson School of Management have been busy with media interviews talking about the mechanics strike at NWA -- both locally and nationally. This feature talks about the looming bankruptcy of the airliner.

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September 12, 2005

"River of Relief"

On Friday the Minnesota Broadcasters Association held the “Storm Aid: River of Relief” radiothon on the University of Minnesota campus to benefit the American Red Cross. Over 25 Twin Cities and 75 greater Minnesota radio stations participated. Jim DuBois, organizer of the event, says why Minnesota radio held the fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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September 9, 2005

Alcohol and anxiety

Researchers have long said that the rate of anxiety disorders among those suffering with alcohol dependence is two- to- four-times greater than others with alcohol dependency. U of M Doctor Matt Kushner says that university studies show that problematic anxiety remains in many after treatment.

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September 8, 2005

After school time

This week students across Minnesota are headed back into the classroom. University of Minnesota Extension Service educator Eric Vogel explains that what your child does outside of the classroom is as just as important as what he does in it.

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September 7, 2005

Fall lawn care

Labor Day in Minnesota usually marks when most of us start counting down the days until snow flies. University of Minnesota grass-turf expert Bob Mugaas reminds us not to forget about our lawns.

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September 6, 2005

University of Minnesota Moment - Obesity

A recent national study shows that obesity among teens is on the rise. University of Minnesota Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, author of the book “I’m Like So Fat,” explains why.

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September 1, 2005

University of Minnesota Moment press release

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, the University of Minnesota office of University Relations will make a daily one- to two-minute radio feature available to all Minnesota radio stations free.

The feature, “University of Minnesota Moment,” will highlight university experts commenting on topical, informational and educational issues in a news-style report.

“The University of Minnesota is a valuable resource to this state, with a wealth of topical information that we’re looking to share in new ways,” said Linda Thrane, vice president for University Relations. “In particular, we want to reach out to the radio stations and people of greater Minnesota.”
Radio stations wishing to receive the MP3s directly to their e-mail accounts should send the request to David Ruth at druth@umn.edu . The News Service will issue a press release each Friday providing the links for the upcoming week.

“University of Minnesota Moment” features for the week of Sept. 6:
• Tuesday. Obesity on the rise. http://blog.lib.umn.edu/urelate/radio/UMM Obesity.mp3
• Wednesday. Fall lawn care. http://blog.lib.umn.edu/urelate/radio/UMM turf.mp3
• Thursday. Kids and after school time. http://blog.lib.umn.edu/urelate/radio/UMM After School.mp3
• Friday. Anxiety and alcohol. http://blog.lib.umn.edu/urelate/radio/UMM Anxiety.mp3

The “University of Minnesota Moment” is offered free of charge, although radio stations are encouraged to e-mail feedback on their use of the vignettes.
University News Service has created a blog site for downloading the features (all are MP3). The address is http://blog.lib.umn.edu/urelate/radio/ . The features will be available on the blog site the day they are scheduled to run.

They will be archived with a calendar function, and a keyword search for topics is available. The radio feature is a partnership of University Relations, the Academic Health Center, Extension Service, the College of Agricultural Food and Environmental Sciences, the College of Natural Resources and the College of Liberal Arts.

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