March 12, 2002, Volume 19 number 12

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A new exhibition of material from the Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Museum Collection is on display on the second floor of the UMD Library. The display, entitled, “Bible Illustration Through the Centuries” includes an example of a wide range of technological innovation, from early illuminated manuscripts, to wood block prints, metal engraving and color lithography. Examples include the work of the popular 19th-Century illustrator Gustav Doré, editions incorporating the art work of the Renaissance masters, and 20th-Century visual interpretations of the Bible. For further information on this collection, please call 726-8102 or visit

TECHFEST 2002 is taking place from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in the Kirby Ballroom. The Call for Proposals is currently out and we encourage anyone who has not participated to participate. Please go to: to fill out the Call for Proposals form online or contact Sheri Pihlaja,, or 726-6975 for more information.

Marketplace Events:
From Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15 there will be a 25% off sale on some matted art prints, stationary and greeting cards.
From Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29, get 20% off all Easter Cards.
Campus Books Events:
There will be a 20% off general book sale on Wednesday, March 20.
Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5 there will be a color film reprint special.

UMD Student Web Contest Winners
Last fall the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration and Information Technology Systems and Services announced the annual UMD Student Web Contest. The contest project was to develop Web sites and/or Web-based materials for undergraduate courses. Qualifying entries were developed by students working with faculty sponsors. The contest deadline was January 31.

The following is a list of the winners of the Student Web Contest, and their faculty sponsors.

Mark Paschke, sponsored by Scott Freundschuh; JeffSharkey, sponsored by Gerardine Botte and Mike Frederick,
sponsored by Cecilia Giulivi.

See Winning Web sites will each receive a $500 award and will be demonstrated at UMD’s TechFest to be held Friday, April5.

The 2002 Sigma XI Poster Exhibition was a huge success! There were close to thirty posters made by undergraduates, graduate students and a few faculty members shown at the event. Poster topics ranged anywhere from computer science to chemistry to biology with several top-notch posters in every category.

Nabamita Basak was awarded the best undergraduate poster for her work in “Use of Double Invariants in Predicting Property/Bioactivity of Molecules.” This work was done in collaboration with Lester R. Drewes, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, School of Medicine. Aubie Shaw was awarded the best graduate student poster for “Mechanisms Controlling Osteoclast Apoptosis” and “TNF-alpha-mediated Apoptosis in Osteoclasts is Driven by Caspases.” This work was done in
primary collaboration with Merry Jo Oursler, Department of Biology, CSE and Department of Medical Microbiology/Immunology, School of Medicine. Tim O’Brien was awarded best faculty/post-doctoral poster for “Structural Determinants of Perfluorooctyl-Derivative-Mediated Induction of the Mitochondrial Permeability Transition.” This work was done in collaboration with Kendall Wallace, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, School of Medicine.

Special thanks goes to the Sigma Xi leadership, especially to Arun Goyal and Robert Cormier for their supervisory role in this year’s event, and to Matt Olson, 2002 Student Chair Sigma Xi Poster Exhibition.

The UMD Center for Environmental Education gave the first annual Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Education award to Phil Leversedge, park manager at Tettegouche State Park. Phil was chosen for his work on the Shovel Point restoration project. He collaborated with UMD students from the Recreation Management and Field Interpretive Techniques courses where a management plan was designed to protect the sub-alpine like environment at Shovel Point while maintaining rock climbing on the point. Shovel Point is the most heavily used climbing site in Minnesota.

academic NEWS

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 200 words should be sent by March 15 to Jan Stanaway in 369 ABAH, call 726-8548 or email proposals to: The keystone address and reception will be held at Glensheen. The conference is free and open to the public.

The SA Award nomination packets are now available in collegiate unit offices and in the Student Activities Office in the Kirby Student Center. Awards included in this packet are: Sieur Du Luth, Bulldog, Leadership, Arrowhead, Outstanding Organization, Outstanding Organization Advisor, Outstanding Faculty, Outstanding Academic Advisor, and Outstanding Staff.
The deadline for award nominations is March 15, at 4 p.m. If you would like an awards packet sent to you, please call Laura Young at 726-7169.

There will be two commencement ceremonies again this year. The undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 18 at noon in the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. The graduate student ceremony will be held Thursday, May 16 at in the Romano Gymnasium.

Commencement is important to the students who participate and to their families. To sign up to participate in the commencement ceremonies, please complete the form at by March 29. If you plan to bring guests to Saturday’s commencement ceremony, please indicate on the form the number of tickets you will need. You may also use the form to order a cap and gown, if needed. As in the past, the expenses associated with rental of caps and gowns will be covered centrally.

administrative NEWS

The Commission on Women is still accepting major grant applications for spring semester. Applications for major grants ($301 - $1000) will be accepted until March 15 for spring semester programs and April 15 for fall semester programs. Applications for small grants ($300 or less) will be accepted until April 15 for fall semester programs.

Grant information and applications are available online at: Please contact Nancy Damberg at 726-6966 for an application in an alternate format. Eligibility requirements include proposals that enhance the environment for women at UMD, presentations/events that are generated from and delivered on campus, lectures (based on the speaker’s focus), and travel to conferences only when knowledge gained from the conference will directly impact a large number of women at UMD.

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 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.


Now that e-mail has been designated the official means of communication at UMD, the Library is experimenting with e-mail notification methods for students, staff, and faculty. The first phase will be “friendly reminder” e mails that will go out before materials are actually overdue. You may receive a message beginning, “This is to remind you that the UMD Library materials listed below will be due within the next week . . .” If, after receiving such a message, you immediately call the Circulation desk (726-6120) during hours when the Library is open, you can renew materials before they become overdue and avoid problems such as blocked privileges. If you are really Library savvy and have learned how to do online renewals with your Library PIN, you can renew materials through the Library home page by clicking on “Circulation Services” and choosing the “Renew Materials” panel. This works well if your library account is in good standing and you have not exceeded the maximum number of renewals. You can bookmark the online renewal feature at

;Call the Library at 726-6120 if you have any problems renewing via the Web, and a staff member will assist you. UMD faculty, staff, and students who primarily use e-mail services other than their official UMD e-mail address should be sure to forward all UMD e-mail to their other service.

“Demystifying the Kirby Plaza Renovation and other UMD Building Projects” will be the topic of the 2002 Spring Forum presented by the UMD Professional Staff Council. John Rashid of the UMD Construction Administration office will make the presentation from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. on February 28 in the Griggs Center. Refreshments will be served.

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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!

Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996.
Currents can be viewed at

Currents is printed regularly throughout the school year. College of Liberal Arts student, Jenny O'Neill helped edit this issue of Currents.
The Fall Semester 2001 schedule continues as follows:
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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