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Below, please find a list of select upcoming University of Minnesota-related events taking place in the coming weeks. For the full of U of M events calendar, click here.

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University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler today expressed concern about the House budget target for FY 2016-17 and whether it will be sufficient to hold tuition flat for the system’s 53,000 resident students over the next two years.

House Republicans proposed an increase of $103.2 million over the biennium for higher education, compared to a proposed $288.3 million increase by Gov. Dayton.

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The University of Minnesota announced today that it is one of only 10 universities nationwide that are part of a new University Innovation Freshmen (#uifresh) initiative aimed at attracting and retaining more incoming students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

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The University of Minnesota announced it has been selected by the National Institutes of Health as one of three Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) sites nationally to establish a university-wide strategic framework promoting commercialization and technology transfer in the life sciences and biomedical technology. Supported by a $3 million NIH grant with another $3 million in matching U of M funds, the university’s MIN-REACH program will provide commercial expertise and resources needed for the development and commercialization of diagnostics, therapeutics, preventive medicine and medical devices. The program will establish new industry partnerships, strengthen existing partnerships, and provide entrepreneurial, commercial-style education for innovators to accelerate the pace at which innovations reach the marketplace. It will fund between 10-20 research projects a year.

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At its Friday, March 27 meeting, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will consider a resolution endorsing immediate and longer-term actions outlined by President Eric Kaler to strengthen the University’s human research subjects practices, including ongoing Board oversight and monitoring.

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Today University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler outlined specific and decisive steps the University will take to improve its human subjects research practices so they meet the highest standards of ethics and science. The actions come in response to two recent external reviews of the University’s programs and practices, particularly related to individuals with limited decision making capacity.

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A pioneer in sunflower production and processing, a veterinarian whose innovations helped bridge the gap between animal and human health, and a family farmer who led international work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture are this year’s recipients of the prestigious Siehl Prize in Agriculture. The 2015 Siehl Prize laureates will be honored at a ceremony in McNamara Alumni Center on the university campus on Thursday, May 21.

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The University of Minnesota announced today that it has been selected as one of only two universities in the country to gain open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery of the globe. Access to DigitalGlobe Basemap creates vast new possibilities for academic research and education at the University of Minnesota.

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Today, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced a revised budget proposal that includes plans to fully fund a two-year tuition freeze for all resident University of Minnesota students. The proposal also carries forward the $30 million investment in the U’s Medical School.

In response, U of M President Eric Kaler issued the following statement:

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The University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is pleased to announce that Carver County has been selected as its partner community for the 2015–2016 academic year. The partnership will bring the expertise of the University and hundreds of graduate and professional students to sustainability-related projects identified by Carver County and its partners, which include the Carver County Community Development Agency, SouthWest Transit, Independent School District 112, and the Cities of Victoria, Chaska, and Watertown.

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