Tuesday, September 16, 2003; VOLUME 21, NUMBER 2

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NEWS

academic NEWS

UMD RANKS AS ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST COLLEGES
UMD claimed the eighth spot in U.S. News World Report of Top Midwest Public Universities with a Master's Degrees and ranked number 3 for its undergraduate chemical engineering program.

Additionally, “Outside Magazine” named Duluth among the 40 Best College Towns in North America in its September issue. According to the editors, a school that makes their honor roll must, “turn out smart grads with top-notch academic credentials, have a healthy environment ethos, and an A+ sense of adventure.” The magazine also recognized UMD’s Natural Resource Research Institute and Recreational Sports and Outdoor Program.

INTELLIGENT DATA ANALYSIS
You are invited to join the newly-founded Association for Intelligent Data Analysis (AIDA). The purposes of the project are: to promoting the development of an area of research focus and collaboration; to share interest, findings, and expertise in intelligent systems, data analysis, data mining; to provide new opportunities for students to participate, and to foster and support faculty and staff in research and course offerings. Wide areas of interest are included.

Rod Lievano, professor, Department of FMIS is leading the “Intelligent Data Analysis” project supported by grants from the University of Minnesota Initiatives in Interdisciplinary Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Program (IRSCA), and the LSBE Technology Grants Program (See http://www.research.umn.edu/research/irpbe/03Lievano.htm).

For more information or to join, contact Rod Lievano (rlievano@d.umn.edu) with the subject line “Join AIDA.”

STUDENT WEB CONTEST 2004
Up to five $500 awards will be given. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the contest. The project is to develop a Web site for an undergraduate course and/or Web based materials for an undergraduate course. The deadline for submission is Friday, January 30, 2004. Each student must have an identified faculty or departmental sponsor.

For details on the contest and to submit your site, please 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 the faculty or departmental sponsor is looking for a student, please call Sheri Pihlaja at 726-6975 or email spihlaja@d.umn.edu.

administrative NEWS

 

FREE DTA RIDES CONTINUE THROUGH 2006
UMD students, faculty and staff will appreciate free rides and improved bus service on campus this fall. The U-Bus is not running this school year but two new DTA routes have been introduced to provide direct service to campus from Superior Street and Fourth Street. Direct service into UMD from the Woodland neighborhood has also been introduced.

The new East Fourth Street - UMD - Woodland Route follows the current East Fourth Street routing to 24th Avenue East and continues to upper Woodland along Woodland Avenue with a regular stop at UMD.

A new East Mainline - UMD route has been introduced to replace services along East Superior Street to 24th Avenue East, once provided by the U-Bus. This new route provides half-hour bus service throughout the day between downtown and UMD. This route originates along the west mainline and will enable UMD students and staff 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 had been included as an extension of the new East Eighth Street - UMD route, providing the three morning and three afternoon trips between UMD and Morley Heights.

The #6 East Mainline, UMD route and the #12 - Kenwood route will use the regular bus stop outside of Kirby Student Center on Kirby Drive. Both the #11 East Eighth Street - UMD, Morley Heights route and the #13 Woodland via East Fourth Street - UMD route will use the new bus stop at the Darland Administration Building.

ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATION
Accessible transportation assistance is available on the UMD Campus. Departments are encouraged to arrange transportation for individuals with mobility limitations at the same time they arrange their other University-sponsored travel transportation needs. Possible sources for this transportation include Care Cab (723-1212) or Northern Access (728-5464). Requests for reimbursement of costs should be submitted to the UMD Business Office, 209 DAdB. Questions regarding transportation arrangements, reimbursement requirements, and this procedure should be directed to Greg Sather, UMD Business Office, 726-6137 or email gsather@d.umn.edu.

WE MEAN FITNESS
Group Fitness Classes have begun. You can purchase your Group Fitness pass now -- cost is $55 for the semester for facility pass holders. An Annual Group Fitness pass (September to September) for facility pass holders is $100 and may be purchased using a payroll deduction plan. A Group Fitness Pass entitles you to attend any of 40 classes offered per week. Classes for all fitness levels are offered starting as early as 6:15 a.m. and as late as 8:10 p.m.

There is something for everyone: sport yoga, group studio cycling (spin), cardio classes on land (kickboxing, step, boot camp, hi/low), cardio in the water (aerobics in the pool and a deep water conditioning class); group weight lifting; stretch; toning, and Pilates.

Class times and descriptions may be found at www.umdrsop.org. Get your pass and get fit with us! For more information, call the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program (RSOP) office at 726-7128 or stop by Room 121 Sports and Health Center from Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

CAMPUS BOOK STORE

Campus Books Events:
Free Bonus Bags will be offered from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23 - 24.

Marketplace Event:
There will be free ice-cream from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (or while supplies last) on Wednesday, September 17.

For UMD Stores' information, call 726-7286 or visit our website at www.umdstores.com

UMD COMMUNICATION

INSTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUTSTANDING UMD FACULTY
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Get the word out immediately about UMD faculty achievements. Deans, Directors and Department Heads are asked to encourage staff within the departments to send notices to Currents. Information about articles and books published, conference presentations and awards are accepted. The Currents Newsletter is web search engine friendly. All of the items sent for faculty/staff news are available to international web browsers immediately after the issue is printed. To contribute to Currents, email your items to currents@d.umn.edu.

ABOUT CURRENTS:
Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996.
To submit material to Currents e-mail currents@d.umn.edu.
Currents can be viewed at www.d.umn.edu/currents
Currents is printed regularly throughout the school year. Student Chad Bill helped edit this issue of Currents.
The fall 2003 schedule for Currents is as follows:
Deadline: Wednesday, September 24;
Print date: Tuesday, September 30.
Deadline: Wednesday, October 8;
Print date: Tuesday, October 14.
Deadline: Wednesday, October 22;
Print date: Tuesday, October 28.
Deadline: Wednesday, November 5;
Print date: Tuesday, November 11.
Deadline: Wednesday, December 3;
Print date: Tuesday, December 9.

UMD CALENDAR OF EVENTS
See the web page: http://www.d.umn.edu/umdevents.
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 creitan@d.umn.edu.

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UMD WEB PAGES
For more info about UMD departments and programs contact the following web pages:
UMD Home — http://www.d.umn.edu
Alworth Institute — http://www.d.umn.edu/~alworth/
UMD Athletics — http://www.umdbulldogs.com
UMD Campus Events — http://www.d.umn.edu/calendar/
UMD Minnesota Sea Grant — http://www.seagrant.umn.edu
UMD Music — http://www.d.umn.edu/music/
UMD Outdoor Program —
http://www.umdoutdoorprogram.org/
UMD School of Medicine — http://penguin.d.umn.edu/
UMD Theatre — http://www.d.umn.edu/theatre/
UMD Tweed Museum of Art — http://www.d.umn.edu/tma/
Natural Resources Research Institute — www.nrri.umn.edu
Glensheen — http://www.d.umn.edu/glen/

CHANGE YOUR PERSONAL INFO IN THE CAMPUS DIRECTORY NOW
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