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Your Voices
November 24, 2013

Send in the wackos ...

The University of Minnesota administration continues to stonewall on the Markingson suicide case, which occurred during a clinical trial there. They claim that nothing wrong has been done. This is simply not true.
Your Voices
June 5, 2013
Response to University of Minnesota President's Letter

Response to University of Minnesota President's Letter

denying that the U contributed "in any way" to the death of Mr. Markingson.
Your Voices
May 20, 2013
The Markingson Case: A Tragedy But Not A Scandal?

The Markingson Case: A Tragedy But Not A Scandal?

Rebuttal to Op-Ed by the Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School
Your Voices
May 10, 2013

What will an increased tax on alcohol really cost?

Unintended consequences of large changes in the tax on alcohol should be considered
Your Voices
April 29, 2013
Tuition power grab by Legislature? Circular logic in Star Tribune editorial

Tuition power grab by Legislature? Circular logic in Star Tribune editorial

Despite constitutional autonomy some coercion of the U is acceptable?
Your Voices
April 16, 2013
A Journal Shows Its Spine Against Industry - Medtronic - Sponsored Research

A Journal Shows Its Spine Against Industry - Medtronic - Sponsored Research

An issue of "The Spine Journal" devoted to a critique of earlier studies on a bone-fusion product in which the authors had financial ties to its maker (Medtronic).
Your Voices
April 14, 2013
Skewed U

Skewed U

On response of Regent Cohen to Gov Carlson about administrative bloat at the U
Your Voices
March 21, 2013

Consider signing a petition to the Governor about the conduct of clinical trials at the U of M

A petition to Governor Dayton concerning the conduct of clinical trials at the University of Minnesota has been signed by more than 550 people. Please consider doing this yourself.
Your Voices
November 8, 2011
"I'll have a Greek salad, a beer, and a side of science"

"I'll have a Greek salad, a beer, and a side of science"

Talk to your server at local Minneapolis restaurants. You might be surprised at what you learn. Some thoughts on health economics stimulated by a trip to Seward restaurant.
Your Voices
October 28, 2011
Crazy Crystals - Why the Nobel Prize in Chemistry This Year Went to One Person

Crazy Crystals - Why the Nobel Prize in Chemistry This Year Went to One Person

Most science Nobels nowadays are awarded to more than one person. But when first proposed, the concept of quasi-crystals was met with serious skepticism. Mazel tov, Professor Shechtman
Your Voices
October 22, 2011
Do People Have a Moral Obligation to Be Research Subjects?

Do People Have a Moral Obligation to Be Research Subjects?

A recent conference at the U of M discussed the possibility that people have a moral obligation to participate in clinical research. I believe the answer to this question is no.
Your Voices
October 17, 2011
HPV Vaccination: More to It Than Soundbites

HPV Vaccination: More to It Than Soundbites

The controversy over HPV vaccination is considered from the viewpoint that PAP smears for the poor may be a better use of limited medical resources.
Your Voices
August 21, 2011

News From Lake Wobegon's Birchwood Cafe: Iowa Straw Poll Breaks Pawlenty's Back

Local chatter about the shootout in Ames from Lake Wobegon's alternative, semi- fictional, cafe
Your Voices
August 4, 2011

Adam and Eve Help Out At The University of Minnesota

Should the University of Minnesota Take Money From a Porn Broker?
Your Voices
July 4, 2011
Minnesota and Gay Marriage

Minnesota and Gay Marriage

Minnesotans seem to be finally realizing that gay marriage is not a threat and is essentially a matter of human rights.
Your Voices
June 19, 2011
The Promise Scholarships at the University of Minnesota - Another Whopper?

The Promise Scholarships at the University of Minnesota - Another Whopper?

A comparison of cost to attend the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina, using figures from both universities, indicates a huge difference in cost to attend and debt load for the poorest of our citizens.
Your Voices
May 15, 2011
Perhaps Now Would Be A Good Time To Re-evaluate Plans for the University of Minnesota's UMore Park?

Perhaps Now Would Be A Good Time To Re-evaluate Plans for the University of Minnesota's UMore Park?

Given that gravel mining at UMore Park has been postponed due to a lack of demand, perhaps we should step back and think about whether throwing more money down this sinkhole is desirable, especially since questions about the desirability of doing this have been raised by agricultural researchers.
Your Voices
May 7, 2011
Censorship of Thoughtful Post By University of Minnesota Alum Further Illustrates Pattern of Suppressing Criticism

Censorship of Thoughtful Post By University of Minnesota Alum Further Illustrates Pattern of Suppressing Criticism

A guiding principle of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association is supposed to be that it is the independent voice of U of M alumni. Nevertheless, UMAA has recently censored posts by a U of M alum that were critical of the university administration.
Your Voices
April 29, 2011

Chicago Philosopher Calls Out U of M General Counsel on "a quite brazen attack on academic freedom"

In a post on his widely read philosophy blog, Chicago law and philosophy Professor Brian Leiter calls for leadership from the president in curtailing the actions of the General Counsel
Your Voices
April 25, 2011
University of Minnesota General Counsel: Is Defamation Protected By Academic Freedom?

University of Minnesota General Counsel: Is Defamation Protected By Academic Freedom?

The General Counsel of the University of Minnesota asks the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure whether defamation is protected by academic freedom. Is this query an attempt at intimidation?
Your Voices
April 15, 2011
Should a faculty member or University of Minnesota employee serve on the Board of Regents?

Should a faculty member or University of Minnesota employee serve on the Board of Regents?

Gleason argues that a faculty member or other university employee could serve on the governing board of a university without interference from conflict of interest. Should such conflict arise, the board member could recuse themselves. The issue is not significantly different from a student board member. At the University of Minnesota we already have a student member, so why not a faculty or employee board member?
Your Voices
March 29, 2011

Is it really the case that we Minnesotans now value college education less than the rest of the country?

Data indicates that the hypothesis that Minnesota somehow values college education less than the rest of the country is untrue.
Your Voices
March 25, 2011

On Skyrocketing Administrative Costs at the University of Minnesota

The amount devoted to "institutional support" (also known as costs of administration) exploded at the University from $108.9 million for fiscal year 2005 to $234.3 million for fiscal year 2010.
Your Voices
March 21, 2011

University of Minnesota Regent Johnson is Confused about Higher Ed funding in Alabama and Ohio

Regent Johnson thinks that higher ed has not been cut in Alabama and Ohio because of their strong athletic programs.
Your Voices
March 12, 2011

On the Selection of University of Minnesota Regents

Some suggestions are made about how to avoid future problems with the selection of University of Minnesota Board of Regents