May 6, 2003, Volume 20 number 16

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New Genetics in Medicine is a special spring seminar series that is being presented by the UMD School of Medicine with co-sponsorship by the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation and the Duluth Clinic Foundation. The series will highlight recent research advances in gene-based clinical medicine. Topics include: stem cell therapy, cancer genomics, genetics of psychiatric disorders, genetics of neuro-oncology, pharmacogenomics, genetics in primary care, bioethics and pharmacogenetics, and cardiovascular genomics. All seminars are at 7 a.m. on Fridays during May, at the St. Luke’s Hospital Auditorium or the St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic Auditorium. The events are free and open to the public. More information is available at the series website:

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.

administrative NEWS

Free newspapers will be available in the Lake Superior Hall Lobby, Library Lobby, HPER Lobby, and in the Solon Center Lobby until May 9. As part of this test, the distribution initially will be for USA Today, Duluth News Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. If this proves to be popular with our campus community, in September we will continue to provide this service in cooperation with the Duluth News-Tribune who initiated the program.

UMD students, faculty and staff can count on free rides and improved bus service on campus next year when classes resume.

The U-Bus will not run next school year but two new DTA routes will be introduced to provide direct service to campus from Superior Street and Fourth Street. The only major difference next year will be that those currently boarding the U-Bus on Superior Street will have to catch the bus on the other side of the street.

Another route improvement will be the introduction of direct service into UMD from the Woodland neighborhood.
The new East Fourth Street - UMD - Woodland Route will follow the current East Fourth Street routing to 24th Avenue East and continue to upper Woodland along Woodland Avenue with a regular stop at UMD. Weeknight service to UMD on this route will end at 11:10 p.m.

A new East Mainline - UMD route will be introduced to replace services along East Superior Street to 24th Avenue East once provided by the U-Bus. This new route will provide half-hour bus service throughout the day between downtown and UMD. This route will originate along the west mainline and will enable UMD students living in the Lincoln Park and Spirit Valley areas to take one bus directly to UMD without transferring downtown.

Weekday DTA services between Morley Heights and UMD will be included as an extension of the new East Eighth Street - UMD route - providing the same three morning and three afternoon trips between UMD and Morley Heights.

U-Pass ridership at UMD has improved each of the last three years. During the 2002-2003 school year, U-Pass ridership averaged around 10,000 rides a week. Over the past three years, many students have found commuting to UMD on the bus to be very convenient - saving wear and tear on their cars and the expense of campus parking pass fees -
not to mention parking tickets.

A Witness for Peace delegation will take two trips to Latin America next year. Susana Pelayo-Woodward is leading a delegation to Mexico from August 16-25, and Lyn Clark Pegg will lead a group to Nicaragua from January 7-17, 2004. The purpose of both programs is to examine the effects of globalization on women’s lives in these two countries. Both programs are currently recruiting individuals who are interested in joining these delegations. For more information, contact Susana at, and Lyn at

The Awards Committee would like to congratulate the following recipients of campus awards: Outstanding Staff, Rick Smith; Outstanding Organizational Advisor, Festus Addo-Yobo; Outstanding Academic Advisor, Festus Addo-Yobo; Outstanding Organization, Arnold Air Society; Leadership Award, Lesley Choi and Asamau Denise Ojarigi;
Featherman, Stephanie Comer and Helen Velishek; Bulldog , Scott Bader, Ann Miller, Frances Novick, Albert Karyan; Sieur Du Luth, Kari Amstutz and Allison Rhody.

UMD Staff Recognition Day will be on Wednesday, May 21 in the Dining Center from 2:30 - 4 p.m. Come get your gift, enjoy the free food, Mexican party platter, pecan shortbread cookies, non-alcoholic sangria, punch and coffee, and listen to the marvelous sounds of Tom Wegren at the piano and the fantastic voice of Rachel Inselman, accompanied by Jeanne Doty. UMD Staff Recognition Day is sponsored by Civil Service, Professional Staff Council, Auxiliary Services, Chancellor’s Office, Office of Finance and Operations, UMD Stores and Council of Academic Professionals and Administrators.

If you have old plastic or clay pots that are no longer needed, you can drop them outside either greenhouse. Thanks in advance for your donations. Deb Shubat, greenhouse director 726-7258

UMD Stores Event:

The UMD Stores’ Final Sale will be held in Kirby Ballroom A, Monday, May 12- 14. Sale hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Wednesday. There will be huge savings on clothing and gifts, greeting cards, tapes, CDs, school, art and office supplies, food items, speakers, software, CDRs and printers and much more! There will be a drawing for a color T.V. and a cooler. Inside the cooler is a t-shirt and water bottle! Drawing will be held on Wednesday, May 14.

All UMD Stores will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10. For summer hours, call 726-7286.

Marketplace Event:
Tuesday, May 6 - 7, get a free postage stamp with the purchase of any Mother’s Day Card. Store hours are from 7:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996.
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