April 30, 2002, Volume 19 number 15

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This contest is to develop a Web site for an undergraduate course and/or Web-based materials for an undergraduate course. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. Up to $500 in awards will be given out this year. The deadline for submission is Friday, January 31, 2003. Each student must have an identified faculty or departmental sponsor. For details on the contest and to submit your site, go to: http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/etrg/webcontest.html. If a student is interested and needs a faculty or department sponsor, or if faculty or a department are looking for a student sponsor, call Sheri Pihlaja at 726-6975 or email spihlaja@d.umn.edu.

The 16 National Conference on Undergraduate Research was recently held from April 25 through the 27 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Attending were 15 UMD undergraduates and 7 faculty. All the students reported the results of their undergraduate research projects as either poster presentations or talks. The work of these students was supported this year through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

The students attending were: Timothy Bauer, CSE, Damian Bjerketvedt, CSE, Patricia Crawford, CSE, Hilina Emiru, CSE, Adam Feia, CLA, Kelly Gall, CSE, Megan Gladen, CSE, Melissa Hauglund, CSE, Nick McGrath, CSE, Melinda Huff, CLA, Stefanie Reinhart, CSE, Phillip Sayles, CSE, Samuel Storie, CSE, Ray Wickham, CSE, and Yuliastuti Wulandari, CSE.
UMD faculty accompanying the group included: Lucia Barker, medical school; Gerardine Botte, chemical engineering; Ron Caple, chemistry; Steve Hedman, academic administration; Tim Holst, CSE; Dale Krageschmidt, industrial engineering; and Steve Sternberg, chemical engineering.

On Friday, May 3 the proposed University of Minnesota Duluth Integrated Biosciences (IBS) Graduate Program will hold an open forum for the UMD community at 1:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the School of Medicine. When approved, the IBS program will replace seven existing biological/biomedical graduate programs on the UMD campus. The IBS program plans to offer a M.S. degree granting program beginning Fall 2003 and a Ph.D. degree granting program beginning Fall 2004. The purpose of the May 3 meeting is to provide information on the proposed program and to answer questions from interested students, staff and faculty.
For information contact Matt Andrews at 726-7271 or mandrews@d.umn.edu.

UMD presented two performances of their production The Movie Game at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in April, to great success and acclaim. At the festival, it was announced that UMD student Andrew Bennett tied for second place for the Mark Twain Comedy Acting Award and UMD student Dave Strong was named the Kingsley Colton Outstanding Scene Partner for the Irene Ryan Winners’ Circle of Scenes. The National Selection Team also recognized UMD for the following honors: Artistic Achievement: the play The Movie Game, with director, Tom Isbell and playwright, Adam Hummel; Outstanding Performance, the entire ensemble; and Graphic Design, Karl Westerberg.

Kang Ling James, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, CSE, is this year’s recipient of the Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award. James has an impressive record of teaching, advising, and leadership. She has sponsored ten UROP students, directed 19 Masters degree projects, and supported five students on her grants. Kang has been active in curriculum development through introducing new courses and redesigning existing courses. Students find James to be an excellent instructor and a caring advisor.

UMD’s Tom Isbell has been awarded a Horace T. Morse —University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Isbell, associate professor, Department of Theatre, SFA, won one of the eight awards for outstanding contribution to undergraduate education. Isbell was cited for his collaboration with students in the plays, Shadow Catchers and Dear Finder. He was congratulated for bringing out the best in young actors, often helping the achieve artistic heights they never imagined.

Ronald Caple, professor, Department of Chemistry, is this year’s recipient of the Sabra S. and Dennis L. Anderson Scholar/Teacher Award. Caple has been an exemplary scholar and teacher for 37 years at UMD. He has been an extraordinarily productive researcher, a champion of international research, and a tireless advocate of undergraduate research (over a third of his peer-reviewed publications have been co-authored by undergraduate students). Caple has also been an outstanding teacher, and is a Horace T. Morse Teaching Award winner and a member of the University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers. His enthusiasm, energy and productivity have been an asset to CSE.

The winners of the University of Minnesota Duluth Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards are: Gerald Pepper, associate professor, Department of Communication, CLA; Keith Lodge, associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, CSE; Frank Guldbrandsen, associate professor, Department of Education, CEHSP, Thomas Duff, professor, Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences, SBE, and William Payne, associate professor, Department of Theatre, SFA.
The Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award is given to five faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the University through advising.

Leif Brush, professor, Department of Art, is this year’s recipient of the Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award. Professor Brush has been a faculty member at UMD since 1976. His bachelor’s and M.F.A. degrees are from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He has a substantial record of scholarly and creative work, and is the past recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts individual artists’ fellowships and a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship. Student letters in support of his nomination for the Tezla Award demonstrate his effectiveness in emphasizing the value of research and creativity in his teaching and his inspiration for students to seek new boundaries in their artistic endeavors.

At its meeting April 11, the Board of Regents approved the following individuals for promotion and tenure:
Take Mu Kwon, Electrical and Computer Engineering, CSE, to full professor, Arden Weaver, Theatre, SFA, to full professor, Timothy P. Craig, Biology, CSE, indefinite tenure, Hamid F. Fard, Industrial Engineering, CSE, indefinite tenure, Praveen Aggarwal, Management Studies, SBE, to associate professor with indefinite tenure, Mohammed Hasan, Electrical and Computer Engineering, CSE, to associate professor with indefinite tenure, Wenshan (Jerry) Lin, Accounting, SBE, to associate professor with indefinite tenure, Maria Sosonkina, Computer Science, CSE, to associate professor with indefinite tenure, Kay A. Wohlhuter, Education, CEHSP, to associate professor with indefinite tenure, LeAne H. Rutherford, Instructional Development Services, CEHSP, to associate professor.

The Northland Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (NL-SOT) and the Midwest Regional Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Midwest-SETAC) held a joint meeting at the USEPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division in Duluth in April. At that meeting awards were presented to graduate students from the campuses of the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota in recognition of meritorious accomplishments in their respective research projects.
Timothy O’Brien received third place from the NL-SOT for his research on “Structural Determinants of Perfluorooctyl-Derivative-Mediated Induction of the Mitochondrial Permeability Transition.”

Jessica Berthiaume was awarded first place in the poster competition by the Midwest-SETAC for her work on “Perfluoroctanoates and Their Impact on Peroxisome Proliferation and Mitochondrial Biogenesis Following Acute in vivo Treatment.” Jessica was given a $1,000 travel award to attend the next annual meeting of SETAC to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah in November 2002.
Both Tim and Jessica are Ph.D. students in the University of Minnesota Toxicology Graduate Program in the laboratory of Kendall B. Wallace, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

administrative NEWS

UM President Mark Yudof announced the 2002 President’s Award for Outstanding Service. Two UMD staff are recipients for this year’s award. They are Susana Pelayo-Woodward, Hispanic, Latino, Chicana Learning Resource Center and Deborah Shubat, UMD Department of Biology.

The Alworth Institute is currently planning its International Brown Bag series for the 2002-2003 academic year. If anyone is interested and willing to share their travel experiences as a brown bag for the Institute, please contact Cindy Christian at 726-8616 or alworth@d.umn.edu. Our brown bags have covered regions across the globe and range from individuals sharing their international research to travelogues to discussions of topics of international interest.

Alworth Brown Bags are usually held on Thursdays at noon, but there is some flexibility in scheduling.

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 www.d.umn.edu/lib.

The greenhouse at UMD recycles your used, but still useable, flower pots. When you clean out the garage and need to get rid of that pile you, bring them to the UMD Biology greenhouse. For more info call Deb Shubat 726-7258.

With the end of the year fast approaching Food Services is asking that all trays, serving platters and utensils, and other items should be returned.

Campus Books Events:

Cash for Books Buyback will be in the Kirby Ballroom on Friday, May 10 and Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17. Students are eligible to register for a mountain bike and gift certificates from the UMD Stores. Buyback hours are: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, May 10, Monday, May 13, Tuesday, May 14, Wednesday, May 15 and Friday, May 17. Buyback hours for Thursday, May 16 are 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

The UMD Stores Final Sale will be in the Kirby Ballroom from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday, May 13, Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15. There will be large savings on imprinted clothing and gifts, office, art and school supplies, food items, computer software, electronic products and much more.

Marketplace Event:
Get a free stamp with the purchase of a Mother’s Day card on Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7.
For UMD spring semester hours, call 726-7286 or browse our website at www.umdstores.com.

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