Tuesday, May 8, 2007 * Volume 24, Number 14

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There will be two commencement ceremonies again this year. The UMD Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony is set for Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the UMD Romano Gym. The UMD Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony is set for Saturday, May 12 at noon at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC). Over 1,000 students are participating in the ceremony. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

College of Pharmacy, Duluth, students Arinzechukwu Nkemdirim Okere, P1, and Stephanie Root, P2, were awarded AHC Office of Clinical Research 2007 Summer Pre-doctoral Fellowships in Clinical and Translational Research.

The following students have been selected to receive a Raymond W. Darland All-American Scholarship for the 2007-08 academic year: Molly Causse, political science major, sociology minor; Meghan Keil, bachelor of business administration degree in human resource management, political science major; and Veronica Nelson, international studies major, art minor.
The scholarship program was established by Regent Emeritus Richard L. Griggs in honor of Provost Emeritus Raymond W. Darland. Scholarship criteria are academic achievement and leadership contributions to UMD.
Each student will receive a $3,950 scholarship.

Chris Beasley, a 2007 UMD psychology graduate, received the Steven J. Schochet Center GLBTA Studies Award for Excellence in Creativity and Scholarship. The paper he submitted, “Crossing the Threshold: A Defense of Gay Marriage,” was selected for the Best Public Policy Paper or Project Award. Beasley is off to graduate school to pursue a degree for substance abuse counseling with clinical experience. He served on the UMD Chemical Health Advisory Commission for two years.

Three Department of Geological Sciences graduate students received research grants from the Geological Society of America. These grants will provide partial support for their geological thesis research, which will begin in earnest this summer in the Tower/Soudan/Ely area of northern MN. GSA research grants are extremely competitive.

Emerald Erickson received $2,300 for the thesis: Structural and kinematic analysis of the Shagawa Lake shear zone, Superior Province, in northeastern Minnesota.

Sally Goodman received $1,000 for the thesis: Structural analysis of the Kawishiwi shear zone: Insight on granite-greenstone terrain tectonics?

Susan Karberg received $1,800 for the thesis: Structural and kinematic analysis of an Archean shear zone, MN, USA: an examination of continental crust formation and evolution.

In April, five graduate students from the Master of Environmental Health and Safety Program presented papers at the Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association (SESHA) Annual Conference in Santa Clara, California. Abstracts were submitted last fall by EHS students.

The second place paper was “Measuring Metrics For Maximum EH&S Performance” by Caitlin Anderson, UMD. The paper has been forwarded for editorial review and will be published in the fall issue of the E-Journal of the Semiconductor Environmental Health and Safety Association.

Other UMD papers presented were, "Disaster Planning for Infectious Disease Outbreaks”, by Samantha Brichacek, “Use of vascular Plants in Treatment of Heavy Metals in Wastewater: Possible Uses in the Semiconductor Industry, by Kim (Smith) Becker, “Reduction of Energy Consumption by Air Handling and Exhaust Systems in Semiconductor Manufacturing Facilities, by William D. Reynolds, and “The New Industrial Revolution is Nanotechnology – Do We Know the Risks?” by Joe Ben Slota.

Each student was awarded a $1,500 scholarship for their contribution. In addition, Caitlin Anderson and Kim Becker were awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the ASSE Northwest Chapter for their active and dedicative work in the community. Over the past 24 years, UMD MEHS students have won more scholarships and had more papers published than any other university. Harvey Burski and Seraphin Abou are the faculty SESHA research advisors for UMD students.

The First China International Conference on Speech Therapy, co-hosted by UMD brought together speech-language pathologists, and related clinical rehabilitation professionals in Beijing, April 7-9, 2007. Institutions representing China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the United States exchanged information about the diagnosis and treatment of speech, hearing, language, and swallowing disorders. The co-sponsors of the conferences, the Chinese Medical Doctor Association and the Beijing Rehabilitation Medical Association, along with UMD, have agreed to hold a second conference in 2009. Representing UMD at the event were: Paul Deputy, dean of the College of Education and Human Service Professions; Mark Mizuko, professor and head, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Lynette Carlson, associate professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Jolene Hyppa-Martin, instructor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Lynne Bye, associate professor, Department of Social Work. Former faculty member Amy Merideth also attended. Five UMD graduate students took part in the conference: Amanda Stearns, Tara Watterson, Colette Murphy, Jill Muecke and Kathryn Guerttman.

The Alworth Institute is seeking faculty, students and staff speakers to share their international experience with the UMD community by participating in the Alworth International Brown Bag Series.

The Alworth Institute also offers funding support to faculty and staff that engage in international research applicable to the aims and objectives of the Alworth Institute.
For information about presentation criteria or funding, visit http://www.d.umn.edu/alworth/main/brownbag.php or contact Michelle M. Rowley, 726-7493, mrowley@d.umn.edu.

UMD announces the retirement of six faculty members in the 2006-2007 academic year. They are: Bo Casserberg, associate professor of physics; Jonathan Conant, associate professor of German; Tom Hedin, professor of art history; Richard Lichty, professor of economics; Roger Lips, associate professor of English; and Jerrold Peterson, professor of economics.

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Since 1993, the Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards have recognized small business owners who have dared to dream, taken a risk, and invested in the region. This year’s award recipients were selected from a prestigious roster of 35 nominees from throughout the Twin Ports and Arrowhead Region.
The Micro-Entrepreneur Award was presented to Tim and Shelby Huchthausen, Amish Furniture Haus in Duluth.
The Emerging Entrepreneur Award was presented to Robert and Jacquie Honstrom, Next Generation Ophthalmics, Inc., in Grand Rapids.
The Established Entrepreneur Award was presented to Mitchel C. Robertson, Tritec of Minnesota, Inc. in Virginia.
The Mature Entrepreneur Award was presented to David Cutsforth, Cutsforth Products, Inc. in Cohasset.
The Innovation Award was presented to Daniel O. Burkes, Iracore International, Inc. in Hibbing
A special Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Public Sector Award was presented to Daniel Russell, in Duluth.
The UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics Business Person of the Year was given to Cindy Marshall Hayden, Duluth.

UMD Stores supports Beautiful UMD Day. Reuse + Save with an MPIRG “Free Democracy Summit” canvas tote. Use the MPIRG tote for all purchases at UMD Stores and get selected discounts.
Thank you for making “A Brighter UMD” Energy Event a success. With every purchase of Energy Star® lighting products, Minnesota Power donated $1 to $5 to the UMD on-campus bus program for every qualifying product sold. The event was sponsored by Minnesota Power, UMD Stores, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Daugherty’s Hardware & Appliance.
UMD Market Day in the Plaza is held every Wednesday from 2 - 4:30 p.m., May 16 - September 26. Visit the farmer’s market and UMD Stores sidewalk sales while listening to local musicians. See Charlie Parr on May 16, Dave Mehling on May 23, and Jamie Ness on May 30. For more information about UMD Market Day in the Plaza, visit www.umdstores.com under “events and promotions”.
UMD Stores Final Sale will be held through May 9 in Kirby Student Center. Cash for Books Buyback will be held through May 11 in UMD Stores EXPRESS. UMD Stores Inventory Clearance Sale is June 4-10.
UMD Stores and UMD Alumni Association will be hosting the Grandma’s Marathon hospitality event for runners and their families staying in UMD housing. The event is Friday, June 15 from 2 - 10 p.m. in Lake Superior Hall.
Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores street level or online at www.jeffersonlines.com.
For store hours, events, and merchandise visit www.umdstores.com.

One update will correct both the UMD campus directory published book and the UMD on-line directory. You may begin to update at any time and all updates must be completed by August 17, 2007.
See the following web page for instructions for both UMD directories and the Twin Cities directory. It also has info about personal listings :http://www.d.umn.edu/unirel/campusdirectory.html. If assistance is needed, don’t call the Help Desk. Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996, creitan@d.umn.edu or Andy Manteuffel at 726-6927, amanteuf@d.umn.edu.

Recreational Sports Outdoor Program is again offering Freshman Outdoor Trips and needs faculty and staff to participate. From August 24-30 they will go backpacking on Isle Royale. From August 28-31, they will go canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, hiking/canoeing/climbing/relaxing based out of cabins (at camp Menogyn) near the Gunflint Trail, backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail, rock climbing and hiking the North Shore, and sea kayaking in the Apostle Islands.
For more information contact Tim Bates at 726-8743 or visit the freshman trips website at http://www.umdrsop.org/trips/freshman5.html.

Check out new archived sessions at KUMD.org.
Mighty Fairly is a melodic pop group from Minneapolis, MN. Their debut release is being spun nationwide on over 260 college radio stations and has been met with critical acclaim.
Folk singer/songwriter Pete Morton is a performer from Nottingham, England with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. He stopped by the KUMD studio for a wonderful performance last March.
Find these and other archived sessions and a list of upcoming sessions on KUMD's Live Sessions page at http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kumd/arts.artsmain.
Listen to KUMD live on the internet at www.kumd.org.


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