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Spring Raptor Release takes place this weekend

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine will release rehabilitated raptors back to the wild this Saturday, May 4 at the Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington, Minn. The free and public event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with interpretative programming beginning at noon.

Event-goers are invited to meet some of The Raptor Center’s education birds and watch the release of other rehabilitated birds back to the wild. The all-ages event will have family-friendly activities including nature and craft projects available throughout the day.

Please bring used ink-jet printer cartridges to the event for The Raptor Center’s Recycling for Raptors program. Photography is allowed. However, for the safety of the raptors, no pets are permitted.

For more information, contact The Raptor Center at 612-624-4745. We’ll see you there!

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U of M students to host Dog Olympics this Sunday

Have you heard?

The 2013 Dog Olympics will be held this Sunday, April 14. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Minnesota’s Leatherdale Equine Center and is hosted by the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine’s Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Event-goers are encouraged to bring their dog to participate in the day’s games and contests including an obstacle course challenge, best trick competition, costume contest, high jump challenge, doggie relay race and more. Prizes will be awarded.

The 2013 Dog Olympics is open to the public and will take place indoors. Tickets are required for admission and can be purchased online prior to the event at or at the door.

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Can what you see in movies and on television prompt a conversation on bioethics?

We see it all the time: actors in film and on television making bold, dynamic choices for the good of their patients or to move a story forward in a profound or dramatic way.

Often, viewers are left wondering: would that ever really happen?  Well, the University of Minnesota’s Center of Bioethics wants to provide an answer.

Modeled after the popular Mini Medical School program, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics is encouraging people to attend one, two, or all three sessions of its Mini Bioethics Academy. Registration is now open for the fall series “Bioethical Issues in Film and Television.”

Using clips from “House” and “My Sister’s Keeper,” faculty from the Center for Bioethics will facilitate discussions on the ethical issues raised in film and television programs. Featured ethicists John Song, M.D., , Daniel Groll, Ph.D. and Maryam Valapour, M.D. will discuss topics in bioethics such as clinical medicine and the influence of culture on organ transplant norms.

The upcoming sessions will be held on Mondays in November on the St. Paul Campus.

Event details:


Mondays, November 12, 19 and 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


St. Paul Student Center


Advance registration: $20 per session or $50 for all three sessions. U of M student rate: $10 per session or $25 for all three sessions. Same day registration (at the door, space permitting): $25

For registration and further information see Mini Bioethics Academy, or call 612-624-9440.

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