A little Memorial Day background:
General John A. Logan Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-B8172- 6403 DLC (b&w film neg.)] Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at...
U profs recruit kids for future science and math... →
Wearing maroon and gold T-shirts, University of Minnesota associate professors David Blake and Christy Haynes jogged into the Department of Chemistry auditorium in Smith Hall last week, fist-pumping to the sound of a backbeat. Within moments, their “Energy and U” presentation had 170 children dancing in the aisles. Then they added gummy bears and flaming hydrogen balloons and kids really went...
Health Care costs to slam U Employees on Jan 1 →
Spurred by an impending slash in state funding, the administration is looking to compensate by cutting $12.7 million from employee health care. The nearly 18,000 employees on the University’s plan could face hikes in premiums or co-pays. The University will pass about 5 percent of UPlan costs for 2012 over to employees, said Dann Chapman, director of employee benefits. Read the breaking news...
Teen internet addiction measured in study led by... →
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No Botox for minors in NJ, lawmakers say →
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Regents' budget befuddlement - Read the Daily... →
Highlights from the Board Meeting: The Finance and Operations Committee heard a financial overview of the Medical School geared toward “correcting recent headlines” about its deficits. Building demolitions: Wesbrook Hall, next to Northrop Auditorium, has been “identified for removal” on all campus master plans since 1910. Eddy Hall, the oldest surviving building on campus, will no longer be used...
Group working to rehab Indy's abandoned homes - 13... →
Some of my friends in Indianapolis made the news. Check it out!
U breaks ground on new cancer and cardiovascular... →
After more than a decade of discussion, the start of construction for the new Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building was marked by a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday. Located north of TCF Bank Stadium, the building will finalize University of Minnesota’s corridor of research centers called the Biomedical Discovery District. It will be the district’s fourth and final facility. In 2008,...
Dollar Stretcher posts my "Vacation on a Budget"... →
I submitted my story “Taking on New Orleans- $1 at a time” to a “frugal living” type web site and newsletter called The Dollar Stretcher. They decided to use it as a guest blog post. Feel free to click on the link above and check it out!
Fun tricky pix →
Sound of a City →
When I went to New Orleans, I recorded street musicians playing. I came home and made a an audio slideshow - you can view it by clicking on the “Sound of a City” link above my twitter feed to view it on the blog OR by clicking on the link in this post to view it larger, on a separate web page. Enjoy!
Almost Evening →
My friend Joe Gleason produced this short film on location when my parents lived in Gloucestershire, UK last year. It’s beautifully done and just won an Honorable Mention for “Mission Excellence” at a film festival in New Jersey. Take a peek!
How veterinarians get DOD funding. Yup. Read all... →
The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Defense make strange bedfellows, but a former DOD employee spoke on campus last week about how the two can benefit each other. About 20 faculty members listened while Amy Kircher discussed potential ways for the University of Minnesota to get defense funding for animal research. Among them sat Liz Pluhar, an associate professor of...
Minnesota Daily named Best Daily Student Newspaper... →
Competition: All daily student newspapers… in the nation! Congratulations to all my fellow reporters, editors, and staff at the MN Daily! See all of SPJ’s Mark of Excellence awards with links to some of the best student journalism in the country by clicking on the link above.
Controversial cyber activist speaks at U →
Ricardo Dominguez has launched cyber attacks on Pentagon servers. He developed a GPS tool that leads immigrants to water caches as they traverse the desert and attempt to enter the U.S. illegally. Last year, Dominguez, an associate professor of visual arts at the University of California at San Diego, provoked investigations by the FBI, the San Diego police and UCSD administration when he...
State department posts message cautioning...
Osama bin Laden killed, shot by U.S. Navy Seals, and the State Department warns travelers to stay inside due to anti-American sentiment that could lead to violence: The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to the enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan. Given the uncertainty and volatility of the...
In short, the pep rally atmosphere is not the image or message the White House...– From a PBS news story on White House concerns
I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great...– Mark Twain
My kid sister's weekend beats mine...Check out the... →