Tara Bannow


Setting the Foundation

The hundreds of journal articles Frank Cerra wrote about 15 years ago are now quoted as âÄúhistorical literature.âÄù âÄúItâÄôs not relevant to the science thatâÄôs going on today,âÄù he said. âÄúIt set the foundation upon which more science could evolve.âÄù Cerra âÄî dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School and senior vice president for health sciences of the Academic Health Center âÄî feels heâÄôs done the same thing in his career at the University, working to position it as a top research institution.

Open gov’t advocates challenge closed-door selection

Those whoâÄôve been at the University of Minnesota long enough may be experiencing déjà vu after FridayâÄôs presidential finalist announcement. The Board of Regents proudly announced Eric Kaler as the only one left in the running for University president âÄî a move that left some cheering and others raising their eyebrows.

Malpractice lawsuits declining, remain costly

At first, Joni Hahn thought her husbandâÄôs heart surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center was a "miracle." It seemed that Jim Twernbold âÄî diagnosed with congestive heart failure two years earlier âÄî had been given several more years before heâÄôd have to look for a new heart.

Watching the skies

Raymond Duvall wants to make it absolutely clear: He doesnâÄôt know whether aliens exist. ItâÄôs a common misconception. Just because Duvall, chairman of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs political science department, has written professional literature advocating the study of unidentified flying objects doesnâÄôt mean he believes in little green men from outer space.

Mayo Clinic, U: defeat diabetes within decade

The University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic announced Tuesday theyâÄôre seeking between $250 million and $350 million in public and private funding over a 10-year period to research diabetes. By the end of the decade, the goal is to find a cure.

A Cut that divides

Amina Ahmed had always been afraid of needles. Now, as an 8 year old, she thought someone was going to use one in a place nobody was supposed to touch. The quivering girl stood next to her younger sister and cousin. The oldest of the three, Ahmed was up first. Just then âÄî she ran.

Bruininks names interim health sciences VP

University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks announced Friday that he selected Aaron Friedman, the current chair of the University’s pediatrics department, to serve as interim vice president of health sciences and dean of the Medical School while a replacement is chosen. Frank Cerra, who currently holds the dual position, is retiring at the end of December. Friedman will effectively fill the position on Jan. 3, 2011.

House, Senate committee budgets do not include Pawlenty’s MERC cuts

The state Legislature expressed its opposition to Gov. Tim Pawlenty âÄôs proposal to cut Medical Education and Research Costs , a program that supports University of Minnesota student and resident education in hospitals and clinics. The House and Senate Health and Human Services Finance Divisions introduced budgets this week that do not include PawlentyâÄôs recommended nearly 83 percent reduction in funding for the program.