Tuesday, October 14, 2003; VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4

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academic NEWS

Up to five $500 awards will be given for this year’s student web contest. 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.

The College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth recently inducted five new members into their Academy of Science and Engineering. The Academy was established to give public recognition to distinguished alumni and special friends of the College of Science and Engineering, who have brought distinction to themselves through their participation, commitment, and leadership in their chosen profession.
The inductees were:

Laurence Skog is currently Curator and Research Scientist for the Smithsonian Institution, a position he has held for the past 10 years, having moved up through the curatorial ranks at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History since 1972. He has been elected to Fellowship by the Linnean Society of London and the Botanical Society of Scotland, appointed Honorary Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing for his work on the plants of China, and has honorary memberships or served as officer in several botanical organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Skog graduated from UMD in 1965 with a B.A. in Biology, then went on to receive an M.S. in Botany from the University of Connecticut in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Botany from Cornell University in 1972. Skog is the author of 129 reviewed scientific publications and has many years of international research experience resulting in three new genera and more than 20 new species of plants that he has described, and has at least two species of plants named for him.

James I. Swenson, a Superior, Wisconsin native, completed a B.A. degree in chemistry in 1959. While a student at UMD, Swenson was one of the early participants in the chemistry undergraduate research program. Following military service, Swenson worked for several computer manufacturing companies including Honeywell and Univac. His career took him to California where he started a small printed circuit board manufacturing company. Details, Inc. became the industry leader in providing custom printed circuit boards; the company's rapid turn-around, flexibility and high quality contributed to its remarkable success. Swenson sold Details, Inc. in 1996. He and his wife, Sue, have a strong commitment to the future through the education of children and young adults. The work of the Swenson Family Foundation clearly reflects this dedication and has been a powerful and enabling force in the lives of countless students.

Richard Ojakangas graduated from UMD in 1955 with a BA in geology, after which he served in the Air Force. He came back to UMD to be an instructor before going on to receive his MA from the University of Missouri (1960) and his PhD from Stanford (1964). He joined the faculty at UMD in 1964 retiring from 'active duty' 2002. He has received numerous awards, a few of which are: Sam Goldich Medal for the Institute on Lake Superior Geology, the Horace T. Morse Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Helsinki and the Anderson Scholar/Teacher Award from the College of Science and Engineering. Throughout his tenure in the department he has published at least 99 papers, reports, maps and books. He advised 31 Master's students and taught thousands of undergrads. He was and still is the conscience of the department. In 1999 his Ph.D. dissertation (published in 1964) was recognized as a "classic concept in Cordilleran Geology": a high honor.

William Mularie is currently CEO of Telework Consortium, funded by a Department of Commerce grant for development and evaluation of pilot projects for a high-bandwidth optical communication infrastructure. Prior to this, he spent five years as a government employee in Senior Executive Service, having retired from 3M in 1996 after 30 years of employment in the private sector. His government service included being Deputy Director for Science and Technology for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, Office Director for the Information Systems Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and a short term in the Science and Technology Directorate of the Central Intelligence Agency. For his work with the Imagery and Mapping Agency, he received the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Award. While in the private sector, Mularie was General Manager and Director of the CAT-ARC Division of Perkin-Elmer Corporation and Vice President of VacTec Systems, and spent ten years as Director of the National Media Laboratory. Mularie received his B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from UMD in 1961 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UM-Twin Cities in 1971.

Robert L. Senkler is a 1974 graduate of UMD, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. He has been with Minnesota Life for over 25 years, starting as an actuarial trainee in the Individual Insurance Division in 1974. He became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1979 and joined Minnesota Life's senior management team five years later as second vice president of Individual Actuarial. By 1987, he was vice president and actuary, Individual Insurance, and in 1994 he was named president and chief executive officer of Minnesota Life. One year later he was elected chairman of the board.

administrative NEWS

Sue Smith and Melinda Soderberg, University Employee Benefits Counselors, will be available for individual consultation at UMD on Friday, November 7.
Topics you can discuss are medical/dental benefits, retirement, optional retirement, health care reimbursement account, dependent care reimbursement account, and other benefits related questions.

To make an appointment, call 726-7822.

A depression screening day will be held October 22 to bring special attention to the common illness of depression. The event will be held in the Kirby Ballroom from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and include education about depression and opportunities for people to be confidentially screened by health care professionals. A goal of this program, in addition to helping people get the assistance they need for this illness, is to dispel the myths and misunderstandings that people have about this illness. The event is free to students and staff. For information contact call 726-7046



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Print date: Tuesday, October 28.
Deadline: Wednesday, November 5;
Print date: Tuesday, November 11.
Deadline: Wednesday, December 3;
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