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In Brief - Education - Sept. 21, 2012

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From The Associated Press

Students protest abortion poster
ALBUQUERQUE — An anti-abortion poster depicting a fetus in an American Indian headdress has sparked a protest at the University of New Mexico.
Around two dozen American Indian students held a rally Wednesday after an anti-abortion activist brought the poster to UNM during an event for student groups. The poster depicts a fetus in late trimester on an American Indian medicine wheel adorned with eagle feathers. Above the image are the words, “abortion extinction.”
Students said the poster was racist.
Liz Turner, an organizer with the anti-abortion group 40 Days for Life, said the poster was made by a local activist and was not part of the organization’s literature handed out earlier this week.
The group was promoting its annual 40-day vigil outside an Albuquerque Planned Parenthood clinic scheduled to begin next week.

UNM creates new institute
ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is getting a $6 million gift from the nation’s largest nonprofit dialysis provider for the creation of a new kidney research institute.
The university made the announcement Tuesday.
The gift comes from Tennessee-based Dialysis Clinic Inc. The gift represents one of the largest private donations in the history of the Health Sciences Center.
Officials say the institute will focus on research related to the function of the kidney and diseases that affect the organ. The goal is to improve care for those who are diagnosed with kidney disease.