Tuesday, November 22, 2005 VOLUME 23, NUMBER 7

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The UMD Commission on Women announces its second leadership program for faculty and staff women on campus beginning January 2006. “Women in Leadership: Finding the Balance” will be a four-part leadership series offered to a cohort of ten campus women.

The program will provide an opportunity to experience a dynamic, interactive, intensely personal, approach to finding balance. Members selected for the cohort will represent diverse areas of campus, and will have expressed an authentic interest and commitment to the program.

Applications are available at the Commission on Women website, www.d.umn.edu/comwomen/. Applications will be accepted until December 16. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by December 22.

For more information contact any of the following Commission on Women Leadership Sub-Committee members: Amy Renne at arenne@d.umn.edu, Deborah Peterson-Perlman at dpeters1@d.umn.edu, Denise Cater at dcater@d.umn.edu, Kim Riordan at kriordan@d.umn.edu, Linda Klint at lklint@d.umn.edu, or Stacey Stark at slstark@d.umn.edu.

In the spirit of the new Integrated Biosciences (IBS) graduate program, three recent UMD graduates in three different academic programs have published a research article titled “Digital transcriptome analysis indicates adaptive mechanisms in the heart of a hibernating mammal.” The article, published in the journal Physiological Genomics, was authored by Katharine Brauch (M.S. Biology, 2005), Nirish Dhruv (M.S. Computer Science, 2004) and Eric Hanse (UROP, B.S. Biology, 2005).

Brauch is now a tenure-track faculty member in Biology at Hibbing Community College; Dhruv works for Credit Suisse First Boston, an investment bank in New York; and Hanse is a research assistant in the Department of Medicine at the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation. The complete citation for their work is below.

Brauch, K.M., Dhruv, N.D., Hanse, E.A., and Andrews, M.T. (2005) “Digital transcriptome analysis indicates adaptive mechanisms in the heart of a hibernating mammal.” Physiol. Genomics 23, 227-234.

Please let interested students know about the UMD Study Abroad program in Potsdam Germany. Every May, immediately following final exams week, Michael Mullins, Foreign Languages and Literature, leads a group of students on a study abroad program in Potsdam, Germany. The trip lasts three weeks and students receive credit toward their major or minor program. For information, contact Michael Mullins at 726-6155, mmullins@d.umn.edu.

Six UMD undergraduates gave presentations at the National Meeting of the Geological Society of America in October: Jaclyn C. Berger, Adam Brewer, Alyson M Cartwright, David L. Demmer, Taylor Lee Nordberg, Amanda J Putz, and Mary Kathryn Rocheford. Two undergrads co-authored a paper at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology National Meeting later in the week! Sara Kubarek and Emily Swor presented, “Taphonomy, Taxonomy, and Anatomy of Sauropod and Theropod Dinosaur Remains from the Morrison Formation, Shell, Wyoming.” In addition, four UMD graduate students gave presentations at the National Meeting of the Geological Society of America: Roger A. Bannister, Isla S. Castaneda, Ryan E. Erickson, and N.P. Lang.

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Facilities Management has issued the 2005-06 Snow Goals and Map. If you have questions, contact Linda Olcott, lolcott@d.umn.edu at 726-8264. They are posted on the Facilities Management website: http://www.d.umn.edu/fm/services/snow.html.

UMD now has bike lockers for rent. They have been installed on test basis below the dining center building and will be rented through the Cashiers’ Office in Darland. These durable units allow safe, daily storage of bicycles away from the weather elements. There are currently six bike lockers available on a first come, first serve basis Additional lockers may be added if warranted by demand. Call Greg Sather at 726-6137 with questions.

Submit nominations for the Outstanding Service Award between now and 9 a.m. on December 15. The program was developed to recognize the outstanding contributions of UMD’s AFSCME (clerical, technical and health care), civil service (non bargaining unit) and academic professional/administrative (P&A) employees who do not hold faculty rank.

Guidelines, instructions, and forms are available at: http://www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/OSA/.

Send nominations to Lita Wallace, Outstanding Service Awards, 255 Darland Administration Building. For more information, contact Lita at 726-7822 or by email, lwallace@d.umn.edu.

UMD Stores and CHUM (Emergency Food Shelf) would like to thank everyone who donated non-perishable food items during the November UMD Stores Sidewalk Sale and Food Drive.

UMD Stores street level will be open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thanksgiving weekend. On Friday, receive a free UMD tee with every hooded sweatshirt purchased and register to win a $100 UMD Stores gift card. Saturday and Sunday, receive 25% off UMD imprinted gifts.

UMD Stores, Etc. will have a computer software sale November 28 - December 2. Stop by UMD Stores, Etc. and experience the ergonomic benefits of selected chairs. Receive a 10% discount on chairs ordered by December 13. The UPS Mail Center is open in UMD Stores, Etc., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Customers can buy stamps and mailing supplies, and have their packages shipped.

UMD Stores holiday sale is December 7-11 featuring 25% off UMD wear and gifts on the street level. Gamma Sigma Sigma will be at the Kirby Plaza Entrance of UMD Stores wrapping gifts to raise money for Adopt-A-Family.

Meet author, James H. Fetzer on Wednesday, December 14 from 1 - 4 p.m. in UMD Stores lower level for book signings and conversation. Fetzer, a philosopher of science who came to UMD as a full professor in 1987, is well-known for his work on the death of President John F. Kennedy, including his three edited books, Assassination Science (1998), Murder in Dealey Plaza (2000), and The Great Zapruder Film Hoax (2003). He has also co-authored American Assassination: The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone (2004).

Moleskine journals are now available in UMD Stores art supplies area. Jefferson Lines is offering daily bus service, year round, from the UMD campus to the Twin Cities. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores street level. Free “Even Mother Nature Loves Maroon and Gold” posters are now available at UMD Store lower level (175 Kirby Student Center).

See what’s new online at www.umdstores.com.

The UMD Summer Term 2006 preliminary course listing is now available in print format at collegiate Student Affairs Offices, Solon Campus Center, and Continuing Education Windows 1 and 2 in the Darland Administration Building. Contact CE at 726-8113 or lmartin@d.umn.edu for additional copies.

Registration for summer term begins on March 1, 2006. There are no queue times for summer registration; seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Terms are: May Session: May 15 - June 3; and Summer Session: June 6 - July 29.


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