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In recognition of Robert H. Bruininks’ more than 45 years of service to the University of Minnesota, including nine as president, the Science Teaching and Student Services (STSS) building will be renamed Robert H. Bruininks Hall.

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University of Minnesota researchers are doing about twice as well as expected in competing for available federal funds and a record number of start up companies were launched in FY2014, according to the University’s annual research report.

The U’s Board of Regents discussed the report today. The report represents one of the many performance and accountability measures the institution uses to track progress.

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By improving graduation rates, granting more degrees, decreasing administrative costs and increasing invention disclosures, the University of Minnesota has already exceeded all performance measures set forth by the Minnesota Legislature for fiscal year 2014.

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University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler commented on the November Minnesota Management & Budget and Economic Forecast, released Thursday, Dec. 4:

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As part of the University of Minnesota’s 2016-2017 biennial budget request to the Minnesota Legislature, the University is seeking $6.25 million for the Initiative for Sustainable Mining Solutions. The Initiative will develop the tools, resources and expertise needed to assist short- and long-term research concerning mining technologies, human health and safety and Minnesota’s environment.

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The University of Minnesota today filed complaints against the four largest wireless service providers in the United States because of their infringement of several University patents.

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David M. Larson, retired Cargill executive and University of Minnesota regent, died Saturday (Oct. 25) at age 70. He lived in Wayzata, Minn. Larson is survived by his wife Janis, children David Lance (Leawood, Kan.) and Reid (Plymouth, Minn.), a granddaughter, sister Sandra Swartzmiller (Kalamazoo, Mich.); brother Paul W. Larson (Chicago, Ill.), nieces Nicole and Melissa, and nephews Stefan and Chris. Larson was preceded in death by his parents Helen and Marvin (Marv) Larson.

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The following is a statement from the University of Minnesota about the University’s agreement with the Minnesota Vikings for the use of TCF Bank Stadium:

The University of Minnesota joins with others across the country calling on the Washington football team to change its name. The University considers the name offensive and inappropriate.

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The new dean of the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Minnesota, John Coleman, will lay out his vision for the future of the state’s largest college, followed by a panel discussion about political polarization, at a joint event at the University on Wednesday, October 22.

A public reception begins at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. Both take place in McNamara Alumni Center's Memorial Hall, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis.

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More than 75,500 donors provided $282 million to the University of Minnesota in fiscal year 2014, making it the second highest total ever for the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF). The amount raised represents a 20 percent increase from FY13; and just shy of the all-time high of $289 million set in FY 2008.

The Board of Regents heard a report on the successful philanthropy during its meeting, October 9 and 10.

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