Roy Aker

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Final state funding on the way

The amount of state funding the University of Minnesota will receive for construction projects is becoming clearer as the legislative session nears its end. The state Senate released its recommendations Monday, allocating more than $125 million for four University projects and building maintenance and upkeep throughout the five-campus system. The proposal cuts the University’s request short, but school leaders plan to use the final weeks of the session to push for more bonding dollars.


Medical marijuana inches forward

With new support from law enforcement, the Minnesota Legislature is one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana — but access and usage could be far more limited than originally intended. New amendments to this session’s medical marijuana bill remove the option for patients to smoke the drug and require clinical trials to test the drug’s effectiveness — research the University of Minnesota could potentially host.


Legislature could boost U stem cell research

The future of the University of Minnesota’s regenerative medicine research program is looking brighter than ever. State and federal leaders in the past have denied funding for the University’s Office of Regenerative Medicine, which includes the Stem Cell Institute, because some had ethical disagreements with stem cell research. But this legislative session, with a DFL majority and an overall shift in public opinion, researchers and legislators are confident funding will come through this year.


Legislature could boost U stem cell research

The future of the University of Minnesota’s regenerative medicine research program is looking brighter than ever. State and federal leaders in the past have denied funding for the University’s Office of Regenerative Medicine, which includes the Stem Cell Institute, because some had ethical disagreements with stem cell research. But this legislative session, with a DFL majority and an overall shift in public opinion, researchers and legislators are confident funding will come through this year.


Governor Dayton talks state of higher education

The Legislature targeted tuition prices in its most recent legislation aimed at curbing college costs, but Gov. Mark Dayton said in his annual State of the State Address on Wednesday that there’s more the state can do. “We have started to make progress, but we have quite a ways to go,” Dayton said to the crowd of about 500 packed into the House Chamber.


House, Senate hash out U funding differences

Aside from the University of Minnesota’s multimillion-dollar request for construction and upkeep projects throughout its five-campus system, more state dollars are on the line this session. A conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers got one step closer to finalizing how much funding the state will appropriate for research at the University on Tuesday.  State leaders will decide on final bills before the end of the week. After that, the full House and Senate will vote on a single version before it heads to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk.


Legislature may fund research to slow pig virus

University of Minnesota researchers are fighting a deadly hog virus, and extra funding is on the table to help speed up the process. Researchers from the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory are working on plans to battle the infection and are hoping that state legislators join their cause and boost their labs’ funding.


With help from U experts, pay gap bill clears hurdle

At age 16, Danielle Hans asked for a raise so she’d be paid the same as her male co-workers. Her boss denied her request and threatened to fire her. It was the first time Hans felt the effects of wage discrimination — a less experienced male employee received higher pay for similar work, she said. On the state Capitol steps Wednesday morning, Hans joined Minnesota legislators and advocates to tout the Women’s Economic Security Act, a measure that focuses on improving working conditions for women.


University research could boost agriculture options

Nestled under the snow, Kayla Altendorf’s pennycress plants were green and nearly ready for harvest when she tended to them Saturday afternoon. University of Minnesota researchers like Altendorf, a graduate student in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, want to prove how plants like pennycress could thrive in the offseason, benefitting farmers and the state’s economy.


U, Legislature disagree on bonding

Recommendations to set aside millions of state dollars for construction projects at the University of Minnesota are on the forefront at the state Capitol, and legislators must compromise on funding amounts in the coming weeks. University officials say funding for building maintenance and upkeep is the institution’s top priority, but state legislators want to focus on providing funds to construct new buildings.