February 18, 2003, Volume 20 number 11

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A proposal by Professor Joe Gallian and Associate Professor Doug Dunham to make “Mathematics and Art” as the theme of the April 2003 National Math Awareness Month (MAM) was accepted by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics. Gallian and Dunham designed a poster that used a pattern originally developed by Dunham. Dunham wrote an essay that accompanies the poster image and Gallian wrote the poster text. The poster was created at the UMD Visualization and Digital Imaging Laboratory with considerable help from UMD student Abhijit Parsekar. The Joint Policy Board will distribute 14,000 copies of the poster across the nation. For more information about MAM see the web site at http://mathforum.org/mam/03/. The site includes downloadable posters, essays, and links to others sites about mathematics and art.

A conference on research-in-progress in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies will take place on Friday, April 11 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 7 to Jan Stanaway in 369 ABAH, call 726-8548 or e-mail 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.

UMD students Gregory Fix (ChE), Bradley Kabes (ChE), Senja Lopac (ChE), Charles Fox (ECE/ME), and John Kapla (IE) were scholarship recipients for five out of the seven available statewide American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota Scholarships. The scholarships range from $1250 to $1750. The recipients attended the thirty-sixth annual engineering excellence awards on January 31, held at the Hilton in Minneapolis.

The application process has begun for the National Sea Grant Knauss Fellows program. It is open to University of Minnesota graduate students interested in ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes policy. The one-year fellowship, based in Washington, D.C., begins in February 2004. This program pays a stipend and living expenses. Fellows are selected through a competitive process. Applications are due to
Minnesota Sea Grant by May 9.

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 20, at 4:30 p.m. in 209 Bohannon Hall. The scholarships, which are to be used for the 2003-2004 academic year, will be awarded in April.

Applications are available in 209 Bohannon Hall. For more information contact Rick J. Smith at 726-6293.

administrative NEWS

The Corporate Volunteer Council, of which UMD is a member, will have its annual “Have a Heart” clothing drive in February. Look in your closets for clothing you are not using, and donate to the Union Gospel Mission at 219 East First Street, the Salvation Army at 2101 West Superior Street, the Damiano Center at 206 West Fourth Street, and CHUM at 102 West Second Street. Items needed are: jackets, coats, sweaters, mittens & gloves, hats, boots, scarves, blankets and sheets. These emergency clothing distributors are always looking for good used clothing which are needed by the homeless, and others less fortunate. The Damiano Center also has an area where interview clothing is available for people who need to dress appropriately for job interviews. Miscellaneous toiletries will also be collected here at UMD in Humanities 494. If you have any questions please contact Cheryl Aker at 726-8149, or e-mail caker@d.umn.edu.

A goal of the UMD Department of Education is to prepare future teachers with real-life educational experiences in the community as well as their academic experiences. PBS eight, the Northland region’s public television station, provides a number of community-based educational experiences that actively involve UMD students and staff.

In the past year PBS eight was granted the “Election 2002” grant, helping to create lesson plans about American government. Scholarships were awarded for the annual high school essay, art and photography contest involving UMD art education students as judges. UMD students also helped organize the largest writing contest in the U.S., the “Reading Rainbow” Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.

All members of the UMD community are invited to nominate any current or former UMD faculty or staff woman for the Linda Larson-Commission on Women, Woman of the Year Award. The nomination should be in the form of a letter that includes the following: 1. The name of the woman being nominated including contact information for her; 2. A description of the activities that show outstanding contribution to the continuing improvement of women’s experiences at UMD and in Duluth at large; and 3. The name and contact information for the person(s) nominating this individual. Please deliver nomination letters to The Commission on Women’s office, 420 Darland Administration Building by March 30. This award will be presented at the Commission on Women’s Spring Lunch on May 7.

The Food Service Office is asking for your help in finding missing food trays. Please search your offices and kitchenettes for our burgundy food trays, return them to 270 Kirby Student Center, and your name will be entered in a special drawing to be held on March 1. We look forward to your participation.


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