STUDENT WEB CONTEST 2003
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONFERENCE ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
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,
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.
IBS OPEN FORUM
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 email@example.com.
NATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL
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,
BLEHART DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD
Kang Ling James, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
CSE, is this years 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.
HORACE T. MORSE AWARD
UMDs 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.
SABRA S. AND DENNIS L. ANDERSON AWARD
Ronald Caple, professor, Department of Chemistry, is this years
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.
OUTSTANDING FACULTY ADVISER AWARD
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.
ALBERT TEZLA TEACHER/SCHOLAR AWARD
Leif Brush, professor, Department of Art, is this years recipient
of the Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award. Professor Brush has been a
faculty member at UMD since 1976. His bachelors 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.
BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVAL
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.
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE STUDENT NEWS
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
Timothy OBrien 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.
2002 PRESIDENTS AWARD
UM President Mark Yudof announced the 2002 Presidents Award for
Outstanding Service. Two UMD staff are recipients for this years
award. They are Susana Pelayo-Woodward, Hispanic, Latino, Chicana Learning
Resource Center and Deborah Shubat, UMD Department of Biology.
ALWORTH INTERNATIONAL BROWN BAG
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our brown bags
have covered regions across the globe and range from individuals sharing
their international research to travelogues to discussions of topics of
Alworth Brown Bags are usually held on Thursdays
at noon, but there is some flexibility in scheduling.
BIBLE COLLECTION ON DISPLAY
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.
NEWS FROM THE UMD STORES
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
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.
Get a free stamp with the purchase of a Mothers Day card on Monday,
May 6 and Tuesday, May 7.
For UMD spring semester hours, call 726-7286 or browse our website at
Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996.
Currents can be viewed at www.d.umn.edu/currents
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The Fall Semester 2001 schedule continues as follows:
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