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February 28, 2007

Ben Pomeroy Student Alumni Center

Thanks to the Minnesota Legislature, the University of Minnesota college of veterinary medicine students now have a state-of-the-art building in which to learn. Jeff Klausner, dean of the college of veterinary medicine talks about the new Ben Pomeroy Student Alumni Learning Center.

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February 27, 2007

Dangerous Fish Virus

A new deadly fish virus might be hitting Minnesota Lakes in the near future. Jeff Gunderson, University of Minnesota Extension educator and associate director of the U’s Sea Grant Program, tells us about it.

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February 26, 2007

Blue Heaven

A new, native ornamental grass called "Blue Heaven" should be available this spring at your favorite garden center. It was developed from a seedling population grown at the University of Minnesota. Mary Meyer, professor and extension horticulturist at the University of Minnesota explains.

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February 23, 2007

Pet Dental Health

February is National Pet Dental Health Month and a reminder for owners that oral disease is the most common health problem in dogs and cats today. Dr. Gary Goldstein, a veterinary dentist with the U’s Veterinary Clinical Sciences department, says dental problems in pets go way beyond bad breath.

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February 22, 2007

Minnesota Water Quality

Minnesota prides itself on being the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.? But how healthy are our water sources? Deborah Swackhamer, co-director of the U of M’s Water Resources Center and a professor of environmental chemistry in the School of Public Health, says the percentage of impaired or unhealthy water sources in Minnesota is surprisingly high, and she tells us what we can do about it.

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February 21, 2007

Improving Speech Recognition Technology

Speech recognition software has been around for several years, but apart from helping people dictate notes, there has only been limited usage for the average person. William Schuler, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Minnesota, is working on a project that is looking for ways to improve speech recognition techniques, and make them more useful for people – especially elderly citizens or people with disabilities.

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February 20, 2007

Patient Safety Training

While hospitals take patient safety more seriously these days, health care errors still happen on a regular basis. Bill Riley, a health care management professor at the University of Minnesota, is working with hospitals to develop training programs designed to improve patient safety by reducing errors caused by breakdowns in hospital communications.

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February 19, 2007

New Hardiness Zones in Minnesota

If you are a farmer or simply like to garden, plant hardiness is am important thing to consider when buying plants, shrubs, and trees. Hardiness zones are changing however. Mary Meyer, professor and extension horticulturist at the University of Minnesota, tells us about the changes in the hardiness zone map, and what to look out for.

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February 16, 2007

The Homegrown Economy

In an effort to explore how local foods can be an economic engine for rural communities, Minnesota Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson is sponsoring a conference, “The Home Grown Economy: Foods from Local Farms as an Economic Development Tool,? at the U of Morris campus on Feb. 26. Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor at Morris, says the conference provides a unique opportunity for people to learn more about the immense potential of local food economies.

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February 15, 2007

Supporting the Tourism Industry

New research sponsored by the U of M’s Tourism Center reveals that the majority of residents feel tourism is very important to Minnesota’s economy. Ingrid Schneider, the center’s director, says the findings indicate broad support for tourism, especially in greater Minnesota.

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February 14, 2007

A Blueprint for Minnesota's Environment

The state of Minnesota has commissioned the U's Institute on the Environment to prepare a new longterm conservation and preservation plan, a blueprint for where the state's attention and resources should be focused on when preserving and protecting Minnesota's natural resources. Deb Swackhamer, the institute's interim director, says the plan will address a wide field of environmental issues.

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February 13, 2007

Out-of-Control Birthday Parties

Children’s birthday parties are careening out of control in America, leading to higher costs, pressured parents and overindulged kids. William Doherty, a U of M professor of family and social science, says many parents are raising children who feel entitled to bigger and better parties each year, with more stuff to fill their lives.

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February 12, 2007

Minnesota's Rural Leaders

Thirty-two of Minnesota’s agricultural and rural leaders are currently investing two years to learn how to better lead and serve their communities. Mike Liepold, U of M Extension educator in leadership and civic engagement programming, says the Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program, known as MARL, is a joint effort between the U of M and Southwest Minnesota State University.

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February 9, 2007

What's New with Teens and Their Families?

What is normal teen behavior and how do families change through teen years? Kathleen Olson, a U of M Extension family relations educator, says these and other questions are addressed in a new online course, "What’s New with Teens and Their Families? Research Update for Professionals."

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February 8, 2007

Cervical Cancer - What You Need to Know

Approximately 300,000 people are expected to die this year from cervical cancer, about 85 percent of them from developing countries. What are the risk factors for cervical cancer and what preventive measures should I take? We asked Kristin Anderson, a cancer epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota.

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February 7, 2007

The Evolution of Fungi

A recently published paper on the evolution of fungi, an unusual group of organisms, provides a new glimpse into evolution of life on Earth. David McLaughlin, professor of plant biology in the College of Biological Sciences and the paper's co-author, says that as early fungi made the evolutionary journey from water to land billions of years ago and branched off from animals, they shed tail-like flagella that propelled them through their aquatic environment.

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February 6, 2007

Educating Minnesota's Horse Owners

The U of M is offering five regional horse owner education programs throughout the state in February and March. Krishona Martinson, a regional Extension Service educator, says the programs provide horse owners with expert insight on topics ranging from hoof care to pasture management.

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February 5, 2007

Cabin Fever Season

Some people get a lot done in the winter. They work on projects or do some cleaning and organizing. But for others, spending time indoors causes frustration and a short temper, a phenomenon known by many Minnesotans as cabin fever. Kia Harries, a 4-H youth development educator with the U of M Extension Service, says this time of year is prime cabin fever season.

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February 2, 2007

Time to Get Organized

As tax time approaches, people start gathering the documents and receipts necessary for filing income tax returns. In some households, these papers can easily be found in organized home filing systems, while in others people search frantically through boxes, drawers, bags and vehicles. Glenice Johnson, a family resource management educator with the U of M Extension Service, urges the less organized to use tax time as an incentive to get organized.

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February 1, 2007

Beware of Fast Cash Loans

You need an extra $200 to get you through until pay day. A fast cash loan from a check casher or finance company is a quick, easy way to get it. Cindy Petersen, a family resource management educator with the U of M Extension Service, says check advances or fast cash loans are short-term and high-rate loans that come at a very high price.

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