December 4, 2001, Volume 19 number 7

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   UMD industrial engineering students took first place in international design competition with remote control "Sip and Puff Fishing Rod." A four member team of UMD industrial engineering students took first place in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Student Design Competition held in November in New York City. Under the supervision of David Wyrick, associate professor and head of the Department of Industrial Engineering, the students designed, built and demonstrated a fishing rod and reel controlled by simulated "sip and puff" technology that allows a quadriplegic person to accurately cast a fishing lure. The student team includes: Mike Anderson, Charlie Fox, Steve Sobiech, and Joe Higgins. The UMD group was one of
only thirteen in the United States selected to participate in the international contest which included participants from India and Japan. UMD students previously won their regional competition representing a seven state area. The UMD student project was designed to meet the challenge of designing, building and demonstrating a fishing rod and reel controlled by simulated "sip and puff" technology that will allow a quadriplegic person to accurately cast a fishing lure.

   UMD students in fields relating to the environment, and Native American and Alaska Native students in fields related to health care or tribal public policy, are invited to apply for Morris K. Udall $5000 Scholarships. Because environmental issues can be approached in a multi-disciplinary way, the scholarship is offered to students from a broad range of disciplines. Majors include: environmental engineering, agriculture, biology and other natural sciences, natural resource management, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, history, public policy, and pre-law. To be considered, students must be nominated by their institution. The UMD Institutional deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 4, 2002. The scholarships, which are to be used for the 2002-2003 academic year, will be awarded in April. Contact Rick J. Smith at 726 6293 or 726-6370 with questions.

administrative NEWS

   The CEHSP Dean announces a twelve-month, 100% time, three-year contract, administrative associate dean position open to all eligible members in the College of Education and Human Service Professions. For a complete position description please contact the CEHSP Dean's Office at 218-726 7131 or The application deadline is December 7.

Do you have questions about how to use the UMD logo? Did you know there is no hyphen or comma in the name University of Minnesota Duluth? Are you interested in the University’s recommended typefonts? All of the information is on the web. Go to to check it out. Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at or call 726-8996.

   There will be a retirement party for Ajit Das held at 2:30 pm on December 14, in Griggs Center.

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Departments are urged to post their events on this comprehensive calendar. For information on how to post events, contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996 or e-mail

   Many UMD faculty and staff are choosing to read Currents on the web instead of receiving a paper copy. An e-mail reminder is sent to on the publication date of each issue. The paper copies of currents go to each department. If you want to read on the Web instead of on paper, contact your department office to reduce the number of Currents sent. Thanks!

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Currents is printed regularly throughout the school year. College of Liberal Arts student, Carly Schnedler helped edit this issue of Currents.
The Fall Semester 2001 schedule continues as follows:
Deadline: Wednesday, December 12;
Print date: Tuesday, December 18
The Spring Semester schedule is:
Deadline: Wednesday, January 23;
Print date: Tuesday, January 29.
Deadline: Wednesday, February 6;
Print date: Tuesday, February 12.
Deadline: Wednesday, February 20;
Print date: Tuesday, February 26.
Deadline: Wednesday, March 6;
Print date: Tuesday, March 12.
Deadline: Wednesday, March 27;
Print date: Tuesday, April 2.
Deadline: Wednesday, April 10;
Print date: Tuesday, April 16.
Deadline: Wednesday, April 24;
Print date: Tuesday, April 30.

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