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UST in the News for Feb. 13, 2013

‘Gene Pollution in China’s Rivers,’ ‘Fat is Awesome,’ and the Pope’s resignation round out an eclectic mix of headlines this week.
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Professional Notes for Feb. 13, 2013

This week's notes include faculty members Thomas Bushlack, Michael Hollerich, David Kelley, Anne Klejment, Paul Lorah, Catherine Marrs Fuchsel, Kimberly Vrudny, Marty Warren and Scott Wright; and graduate student Blaire Hysjulien.
St. Thomas School of Law

The Politics of Purple: Focusing on Dialogue, Not Partisanship

When the presidential election was in full swing and political tempers were flaring, a new student organization at the University of St. Thomas School of Law was formed to resist the partisanship and vitriol. The Public Discourse group focuses on quite the opposite: open, nonpartisan debate about how public policy issues intersect with law.
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Ask the Consultant

UST Faculty regulary answer questions in the Star Tribune‘s Ask The Consultant column. Here’s a round-up of a few recent questions.
Palmeri Crashed Ice

The Fastest Game on Ice

University of St. Thomas alum Jon Palmeri '07 straps on his skates for Red Bull Crashed Ice, a competition that makes the X-Games look like a kiddie ride.
Anderson Student Center

Anderson Student Center – a Year by the Numbers

Early plans for the student center focused on ways to bring the community together - to meet, eat and play. Is the building a success? Well, the numbers are in and it's clear that Tommies love a good meal and new UST swag. Check out all the impressive numbers from the first year.
Marianne Short

Trustee Profile: A Voice of Reason

Marianne Short considers herself fortunate to have been counseled by brilliant lawyers and wise judges throughout her career, but she believes the best advice she ever received was from her father when she was a child – and it had little to do with her chosen profession.
Vaclav Havel

Post-Election Reflections on Civility

One evening, I noticed a framed photo of the late Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic. He’s standing next to a painting depicting a Gospel writer with an angel whispering in his ear. Havel, with a sheepish grin, is cupping his ear as if to eavesdrop for a little “inspiration.”
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Please Remember Edward R. Brandt in Your Prayers

Among his many achievements, he served as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Information Agency for 10 years, a state representative for four years, and taught political science at St. Thomas in the 1970s. After retiring he co-founded the Germanic Genealogy Society and the multinational Federation of East European Family History Societies.
Solar Panels

A Passion for Alternative Energy That Crosses Borders

There is a great need for social entrepreneurship with the goal of developing economical and robust systems that provide fresh water and electricity. The engineering challenges are significant but surmountable. It simply takes will and funding.
NCAA FB Semi Final

Glenn Caruso ‘Three-Peats’ as Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year

St. Thomas head football coach Glenn Caruso was introduced in Miami on Jan. 7 as the first three-time recipient in the seven-year history of the elite national Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year program. He also was named Division III National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA) on Jan. 8. The elite award is voted on by fellow Division III coaches.