U of M warms hearts with 'flash mob'

The Carlson business school, music school and others collaborated on an "unexpected" -- and nicely produced -- flash mob event in the business school atrium earlier this month. The video has since gone viral on Facebook and become one of the most delightful pieces of locally-produced Internet video in years...
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U of M's best laid redevelopment plans come from .... Wisconsin?

A competition at the recent Real Estate Challenge asked business students to submit redevelopment plans for an area on the U of M campus near TCF Bank Stadium. The top two plans selected by a panel of judges came from students at the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University. U of M students entered the contest, but did not place.

U of M hospital drawn into case of organ trafficker

A donor who said he was paid $25,000 for one of his kidneys – in an illegal transaction – told a federal court this week that he tried to back out at the last minute, before the transplant operation at the U hospital. But the anesthesia knocked him out, he said. U officials wouldn't comment, but they point to rigorous safeguards. The testimony came as part of a case against an organ trafficker in New York.

U of M helps spawn record number of startup companies

Discoveries by researchers at the University of Minnesota led to a record 12 startup companies in fiscal 2012, according to a news release. “The diverse range of disciplines represented in these 12 startup companies demonstrates what a valuable resource the University of Minnesota is to businesses in this state, and beyond," president Eric Kaler wrote.