Tuesday, December 4, 2007 * Volume 25, Number 7

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Matt Andrews, professor and head of the Department of Biology, is the recipient of the 2007-2008 Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research. Faculty members who receive this award are honored for their excellence in research, scholarly contributions to their field and for their dedication to student research in education. Andrews will receive his award during a ceremony to be held Monday, December 10, 2007 at 3:15 p.m. in Chem 150. Following the award ceremony, Andrews will present a seminar of his current research entitled “What We Have Learned from Hibernating Mammals.” A reception will be held in the Griggs Center following the presentation and seminar. All are welcome to attend these events.

The Northeast-Midwest Institute along with collaborators from Cornell, Old Dominion University, UMD, (Randall Hicks, Biology) and the Great Lakes Commission recently received a $1 million grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund to investigate ship-mediated harmful microbes. Federal collaborators include the Western Fisheries Research Center of the United States Geological Survey which has extensive expertise in fish pathogens and their movement globally.
The goal of this integrated two-year research and policy project is to generate a practical approach to assessing, detecting and managing the risks to the Great Lakes posed by the introduction and translocation of non-indigenous microbes by commercial ships, particularly human and non-human pathogens, but also microbes potentially harmful to the great lakes ecosystem and coastal economies.

The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI), a National Maritime Enhancement Institute has been appointed a member of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) for a three-year term. MTSNAC advises the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to the Marine Transportation System -- waterways, ports, and their intermodal connections. Historically, the council has addressed a number of challenging issues, including port security, freight system capacity, and port congestion. GLMRI is a consortium of UMD’s Swenson College of Science and Engineering and Labovitz School of Business and Economics, as well as ten affiliated universities throughout the Great Lakes states. GLMRI is dedicated to developing and improving economically and environmentally sustainable maritime commerce on the Great Lakes through applied research. For more information see www.glmri.org or contact Carol Wolosz, GLMRI assistant director, at cwolosz@d.umn.edu.

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The Accreditation and Self-Study Steering Committee invites and encourages the UMD campus to do an online review and submit online comments about the draft of a report being prepared as part of the self-study process for UMD’s institutional accreditation.

General information about activities related to our institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and links to related information can be found at the UMD HLC web site (http://www.d.umn.edu/hlc/). A draft report describing UMD, its programs and activities, and how it is meeting the HLC accreditation criteria will be posted for public review at the HLC web site late this week.

Until the report draft is posted, an outline of its contents can be found by using the “(public)” link in the first box at the top left of the UMD HLC web site. Notification that the draft report is available for review will be communicated via “umd.business.announce.” More specific information to help the campus provide online feedback will be posted at the web site at the time the draft is available for review. The campus is asked to review the draft and provide feedback so the comittee have the best final report possible to HLC and the visit team which will be on campus March 3 - 5, 2008
For more information contact Tom Duff at 726-8389 or email tduff @d.umn.edu.

The UMD Stores Holiday Sale is December 5-9 in the street level store with 25% off UMD wear, gifts, art supplies, greeting cards, and more.

Gamma Sigma Sigma will be doing gift wrapping for charity again this year in Kirby Plaza during the Holiday Sale. Proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program. All day Wednesday, December 5 enjoy Penny-An-Ounce fountain pop and half-price Arco hot beverages. There will be FREE photos with the Grinch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kirby Plaza.

Watch for specials on art supplies in the “Weekly Reader”. The featured items for December 6-20 are acrylic and watercolor sets on sale for $9.99 and oil sets on sale for $12.99. Shop the NEW online art supply catalog under “art supplies” in the heading “what we offer” at http://www.umdstores.com.

All general books will be 25% off in December in the lower level store. This sale excludes medical reference books and special orders.

UMD Stores street level will be open during the holiday break. Please check www.umdstores.com for hours.

Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. Schedules are available at UMD Stores street level. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores street level or online at http://www.jeffersonlines.com.

For store hours, events, and merchandise visit http://www.umdstores.com.

Listen to Celtic Connections, Sundays at 9 a.m. It offers listeners a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music associated with the Celtic heritage of places like Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Cape Breton, Novia Scotia, and other parts of North America where the Celtic influence has been felt. Hear occasional concert performances and original interviews with some of the top names in the Celtic music world. Listen to KUMD live on the internet at www.kumd.org.

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