January 29, 2002, Volume 19 number 9

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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 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. 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.

The Commission on Women is sponsoring an ongoing mentoring program for Regents Scholarship participants. Anyone who has received a regents scholarship or is interested in applying for one is welcome to participate. Our next meeting will be on January 31 from 11:30 to I in Kirby 323 (not as first listed in K355) The topic will be test taking presented by Mitzi Doane. Feel free to come for all or a portion of the meeting. For info contact Jan Ringer, 726-7046.

Cecil McIntosh, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, has recently been selected as a McNair Scholar, a TRIO Program. He will be participating in research activities in biochemistry under the guidance of Cecilia Giulivi, associate professor, Department of Chemistry. The primary goal of the McNair Scholars Program (named in the memory of Ronald E. McNair, an African-American astronaut killed in the 1986 Challenger explosion) is to provide experiences that prepare selected undergraduate students for doctoral study. The overriding goal of the McNair programs is to increase the number of underrepresented students who will obtain doctoral degrees and teach and/or do research in higher education institutions.


An informational session will be held regarding Cohort VI of the Educational Doctorate program in Educational Leadership will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, in the Kirby Garden Room. The Ed.D. degree program from the University of Minnesota will begin later this year on the UMD campus. Classes will meet on Friday and Saturday one weekend a month and for two weeks in summers; time required for dissertation completion depends on the individual. At the meeting, specific information regarding program content, application procedures, deadlines, and admission requirements will be provided. Refreshments and snacks will be served. For info, contact Thomas Peacock at 726-6898, tpeacock@d.umn.edu or Bob Krumwiede at 726-7560, rkrumw@d.umn.edu.

A conference on research-in-progress in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies will take place on Friday, April 19 at UMD and Glensheen. This is the 22nd annual conference at UMD on aspects of social history, current popular culture, culture of the Americas and relevant comparative studies. Topics from past conferences include literary images of Metis women, the new mythology of masculinity, popular television audiences, contemporary white supremacy groups, the culture of sled-dog racing, landscape in British detective fiction ... and so on. Presentations should be accessible to a multidisciplinary audience. This is a one-day conference; presentations should be 20 minutes. Abstracts of approximately 2 words should be sent by March 15 to Jan Stanaway in 369 ABAH, call 726-8548 or email proposals to: phil@d.umn.edu. The keystone address and reception will be held at Glensheen. The conference is free and open to the public.

administrative NEWS

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 http://www.d.umn.edu/publications/ to check it out. Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at creitan@d.umn.edu or call 726-8996.

The UMD Library and the Friends of the Duluth Public Library are seeking nominations for the Fourteenth Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA). The award recognizes books which best represent northeastern Minnesota’s history, culture, heritage or lifestyle. The books must have been published in 2001 and may be of any genre, including fiction, non-fiction, photography, poetry or children’s literature. To nominate a book for the award, visit the NEMBA website at www.d.umn.edu/lib/nemba. Nominations must be postmarked by March 1. An awards reception honoring all nominated authors will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at the UMD Library.

The UMD Student Association will lead several hundred UMD students to the state Capitol and join students from every campus of the University of Minnesota in a combined lobbying effort on February 5. Lobby day is for U of M students to fight for our great University. This year’s effort centers on the budget recession, the new science labs, and the More than Books bill. They would appreciate faculty support encouraging student attendance by accommodating students that decide to fight for the University. This is a great opportunity for students and an even bigger one for the University of Minnesota.

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