Tuesday, September 7, 2004; VOLUME 22, NUMBER 1

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Grad Teaching Assistant Orientation
Orientation for all new graduate teaching assistants at UMD was held from August 31 through September 2. Over fifty graduate assistants participated including several international students from Germany, Norway, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, and China. Emphases included development of English speaking skills, use of computer technology, microteaching, student engagement, and classroom learning environments. Deborah Petersen-Perlman was the overall coordinator. Assisting her was LeAne Rutherford (Instructional Development Service, Karin Robbins (Foreign Student Advisor), and Lynda John and Rachel Komarek (both from Communication Sciences and Disorders). Two current Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate students, Jessica Callellius and April Zwiefelhofer, also contributed. This years orientation continues a program that was started over ten years ago.

The UMD Department of Chemical Engineering was ranked fifth in the nation for Best Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Programs by the just-released U.S. News & World Report rankings of “America’s Best Colleges,” 2005 edition. The UMD Engineering Program was ranked 33rd in the nation (tie) for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. UMD was ranked ninth among Top Midwestern Public Universities with Master’s Programs, and 42nd overall among all Midwest Universities with Master’s Programs, public and private. For more info see www.usnews.com.

Graduate student, Lindsay Powers, UMD Large Lakes Observatory (LLO), was the lead author of an article in the July issue of Geology magazine. It describes the work of a research team including Powers, LLO faculty members Thomas Johnson and Josef Werne, and three researchers from the Netherlands. The team applied a sea-surface temperature reconstruction method, TEX-86, to lakes. This will allow continental temperatures over millions of years to be reconstructed and will be a valuable tool for paleoclimatologists, resulting in better climate-model development.


DULUTH was the answer to the clue, “A University of Minnesota campus site,” in The New York Times crossword puzzle on June 21.


The UMD Department of Education marks 50 years of national accreditation for teacher preparation. It was one of 283 institutions recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The UMD Sponsored Project Administration (SPA) office will conduct two identical informational workshops during September intended for all faculty, especially those new to the campus and those who have not had experience in the submission of funding proposals to external agencies and organizations. Departmental staff who have budgetary responsibilities may also find the presented information to be helpful. They will be held in the Kirby Garden Room from 1 – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28 and from 8 – 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29. Contact the UMD SPA office at 726-7582 to reserve a place.

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The alumni, staff, students and friends dragon boat team, UMD Bulldogs, won the Gold Medal in the Silver division in this year’s Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival held on August 28. The team members were: Skeeter Moore, Terry Hanson, Chris Liskiewicz, Ann Peterson, Dawn Moran, Ira “Mimmo” Turunen, Lance Shively, Lawrence Johnson, Iran Kidd, Bill Watson, Sue Moore, Michelle McAteer, Greg Sandager, Andrea O’Brien, Cindy Hommerding, Beth Esselstrom, Joakim Flygh, Randy Carlson, Mark Moran, Greg Batinich, Tracy Lundgred, Dick Moore, and Andy Cramer.

The new Plaza Food Court is open, located on the second floor of the Kirby Plaza building. It currently offers five choices for dining, including: Burger Hub, the Daily Special, Grab N Go, Sweet Dreams & Wraps, Taste of Italia. The Center Court Grill, a dining area complete with wait service and a unique menu, will open soon. The Dining Center on the third floor of the Kirby Student Center serves all-you-can-eat meals. Menus are available at www.d.umn.edu/food.


Faculty, staff, and students who access UMD library databases, full text journals and electronic reserves from off campus should note that the library has a new method for allowing users to connect to online materials. A new EZproxy server replaces the old proxy server. For assistance, email libsys@d.umn.edu or call the library at 726-6546 or 726-8129.

You may have noticed white cabinets in some corridors and lobbies around campus. They contain the Heartstart Automated External Defibrillator (AED). AEDs are used for emergency resuscitation of someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. The Environmental Health and Safety department wants employees who work near the AED locations to be trained to use them. If a trained rescuer is not present, others will be able to follow the visual and audible instructions. The equipment will detect whether the person in distress needs the AED. Also, the cabinets have a local audible alarm that will activate when opened to alert people in the area that there is a medical emergency. The AEDs have been approved by Health Services. Training sessions will be offered for workers who are assigned to workstations located in the vicinity of the AED units. For information on the University of Minnesota’s PAD (Public Access Defibrillation) program, visit the Dept of Emergency Management website at http://www.dem. umn.edu/main/defib.html. For information or questions about the UMD PAD program contact Norbert Norman at nnorman@d.umn.edu, 726-7139.

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.


The water level of UMD’s Rock Pond is gradually being restored after careful drainage to eradicate exotic fish species threatening Tischer Creek and possibly Lake Superior. The pond appeared to be a fish dumping area for some time. It is refilling naturally and is expected to be full by late fall. The Outdoor Program plans to use it as a learning lab. Credit for the cooperative effort goes to several UMD departments: Housing, Facilities Management, Department of Education, Outdoor Program, Department of Biology, Natural Resources Research Institute, and Minnesota Sea Grant--as well as to the Bagley Nature Center Committee and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.



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