Tuesday, October 17, 2006 * Volume 24, Number 4

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At the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians, ASM-AAFP, in Washington, DC in October, Kim Schoonover and Autumn Erwin, third year Medical School Duluth students, presented the results of their research in a poster session. Schoonover’s presentation, “Alcoholism Diagnosis in Family Practice”, was awarded second place, a $300 award, and a ribbon. The two presentations were among nine posters from medical students accepted for national presentation. In the past 13 years, Duluth students have presented 49 research presentations at the ASM-AAFP. They have captured first place nationally seven times, second place four times, third place twice and received a fourth place award once. Schoonover’s co-authors were Ruth Westra, DO, MPH, chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Duluth and Jim Boulger, Ph.D., professor, Behavioral Sciences and Family Medicine. Her study used practicing family physicians responses to an anonymous mailed questionnaire designed to evaluate parameters of alcoholism diagnosis and treatment.
Autumn Erwin’s presentation, “Physician’s Guide: Hmong Health Beliefs,” described and illustrated the process used to develop a web site for use by physicians dealing with the health culture and beliefs of Hmong patients.

The Medical School, Duluth and Twin Cities campuses are seeing their largest group of Native Americans entering as first year students. Nine are starting in Duluth and another six in Minneapolis. Joy Dorscher, M.D., director, Center of American Indian and Minority Health, attributes the increase in students to the recognized mission of the Duluth school for training Native Americans, the educational reputation of the Medical School, and the support it offers with the center programs.

On October 7, 56 first year medical students received their white coats in the Weber Music Hall. Called the White Coat Ceremony, the program emphasizes learning compassion along with science. Two Native American songs were performed by the Center of American Indian and Minority Health Drum, underscoring the medical school Duluth’s mission to educate students to practice in rural and American Indian communities.

The UMD Center for Economic Development celebrated its 20th Anniversary and also it’s 25 year partnership with the Minnesota Small Business Development Centers in Northeastern Minnesota on October 3. The Minnesota Small Business Association (SBA) and the newly opened Business Incubator, located on the first floor of the Duluth Technology Village, were featured at the event. The Business Incubator is an economic development initiative designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies. Its main goal is to graduate successful firms and create a regional economic impact. Todd L. Johnson, president and CEO of Reuben Johnson & Sons, Inc., Tobias (Toby) C. Madden, regional economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Michael Myhre, state director, Minnesota Small Business Development Centers spoke at the event.

UMD’s research vessel, the Blue Heron, is featured on the cover (print and online) of the September 2006 issue of Sea Technology Magazine, a trade journal. The picture and cover photo information are available at www.sea-technology.com.

administrative NEWS

This fall, 23 UMD employees completed the first of a three-week leadership development program sponsored by the U of M Office of Service and Continuous Improvement. The Transformational Leadership Program (TLP) teaches the participants how to identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement, measure the effectiveness of current services and programs, analyze what can be done better, implement new solutions, and standardize the improvements over the long term. The TLP curriculum is based on the process improvement methodology used and embraced by 3M, a corporate sponsor of University research and process improvement initiatives. Ten of the TLP projects underway will focus specifically on processes that impact student retention, a top priority for UMD administration this year.
Employees participating in the program are: Tracey Bolen, LSBE; Sue Bosell, Business Office; Rick Brill, Jason Davis, Sarah Paro, and Wendy Zolnowsky ITSS; Kathy Chalupsky, Facilities Management; Stacey Crawford, SFA; Jeni Eltink, First Year Experience; Amanda Evans, Jennifer Niemi, and Casey LaCore, CEHSP; Chris Haidos, Admissions; Mary Keenan, CLA; Pat Keenan, Kirby Student Center; Kathy Morris, Health Services; Kay Smith, Disability Services and Resources; Lisa Reeves and Paul Treuer, Knowledge Management Center; Vince Repesh, Advisement Coordination Center; Janny Walker, CSE; Julie Westlund, Career Services; Sharon Witherspoon, Financial Aid/Registrar. For info, contact Stephanie Vine at 726-6759 or svine@d.umn.edu.

Air Force Four Star General Bruce Carlson, current Air Force Materiel Command Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, will be in the Duluth area on November 2 and 3.
Carlson, a 1971 UMD Air Force ROTC graduate, and his wife, Vicki, will be present at an AFROTC event at Greysolon Ballroom on November 2. He will be the guest speaker and UMD will present him with the Distinguished Alumni award.
General and Mrs. Carlson will also visit UMD November 3 to meet with Air Force ROTC cadets and cadre, tour the university, and attend a luncheon with university officials. Carlson’s official biography can be viewed at http://www.af.mil/bios/bio.asp?bioID=4921.
For more information contact Capt. Eric P. Fraser at epfraser@d.umn.edu or 726-8223.

UMD participated in the September 23 American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, the signature fund-raising event for the American Heart Association. UMD raised $25,000 and 29 UMD teams participated. The Med School team reached a $1,000 goal. More than 300 UMD people joined the 29 teams. The pep band, and 15 basketball players were also part of the event.

UMD Stores (street level) Balloon Sale is Wednesday, October 25 and features 25-80% off UMD wear and UMD imprinted gifts.
UMD will give 20% off UMD wear and gifts at UMD Stores street level with a UMD football game ticket for the weekend of that game.
Wear UMD wear and get 20% off UMD wear every Friday in October.
UMD Stores EXPRESS is located at 109 Kirby Plaza, across from Northern Shores Coffee Shop, and offers a great combination of weekly specials, food, beverages, UMD wear, paperback books, and more. Plus, convenient services including The Mail Center and photo developing.
Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores street level.
For store hours, events, and merchandise visit www.umdstores.com.

Phi Sigma Sigma, UMD’s sorority dedicated to lifelong learning and making a difference in the lives of others, is going to New Orleans. The group is going to build a house with Habitat for Humanity from Jan 6 - 13, 2007. They will be conducting fundraising efforts during fall semester. Watch for their table in the Kirby hall on upcoming Wednesdays. For information contact Rachel King at king0415@d.umn.edu.


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