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October 29, 2007

State of the Art Equine Center Opens at U of M

Even the likes of Barbaro and Seabiscuit would be jealous of the new Leatherdale Equine Center. The University of Minnesota’s state of the art facility opened this month, bringing the latest innovations in horse care right here on campus. Veterinary medicine professor Stephanie Valberg, director of the center, tells us more.

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Posted by dswain at 7:03 AM

October 22, 2007

University of Minnesota Economics Professor Wins Nobel Prize

University of Minnesota economics professor Leonid Hurwicz joined a select few last week when he was one of three Americans awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. Hurwicz spent his career at the U of M creating theories that helped set rules for transactions ranging from auctions to elections, elevating the economics department to the national stage. At age 90, the oldest recipient of a Nobel Prize, Hurwicz had a hard time at first believing he had won.

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Posted by dswain at 7:26 AM

October 15, 2007

U of M Quizzing Students to Improve their Financial IQ

October is Financial Literacy Month and college students everywhere are experiencing the challenges of money management. The University of Minnesota Office of Student Finance’s Tom Schmidt and Jennifer Klecker have created a unique program of weekly online quizzes for students to test their financial IQs and get immediate help for areas of concern.

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Posted by dswain at 3:38 PM

October 8, 2007

The Internet's Capacity: How Many YouTube Sensations Can it Hold?

With the onslaught of online video forums such as YouTube and other massive consumer generated media sites, there has been speculation that the Internet could collapse. To analyze these claims, University of Minnesota mathematics professor Andrew Odlyzko created the Minnesota Internet Traffic Studies public website, or MINTS, to monitor Internet growth.

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Posted by dswain at 7:48 AM

October 1, 2007

A Bleak Discovery about the U.S. High School Dropout Rate

The most widely used education data has been telling us that the national high school dropout rate is around 10 percent. But University of Minnesota sociology professor John Robert Warren has found that a competing, more accurate study reveals a much starker result: twenty-five percent of high school students aren't graduating.

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Posted by dswain at 7:08 AM