Tuesday, September 2, 2008 * Volume 26, Number 1

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UMD held groundbreaking ceremonies on July 11 for the $15 million Civil Engineering building to be constructed on the northeast corner of campus. The state-of-the-art facility will house the new bachelor of science program in civil engineering and is set for completion in September 2010. The structure will be the sixth new building constructed on campus since 2000 and is designed to be a LEED-certified “green building.”

Through a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the Swenson College of Science and Engineering and the Department of Geological Sciences have purchased and installed a scanning electron microscope (SEM) capable of extraordinarily high resolution imaging. The microscope is able to resolve (see) features 25,000 times smaller than a human hair. The microscope can also provide direct chemical analysis of materials without destroying the material itself. The SEM will be used both for teaching and research in the departments of geological sciences, biology, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering, and will be made available to outside non-profit and industry groups. The SEM is currently being used to characterize airborne particulate produced from taconite mining. For information contact Bryan Bandli at 726-7362 or email at bbandli@d.umn.edu.

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Duluth has received a federal Title VII Health Resources and Services Administration Academic Administrative Unit Grant for 2008-2011. The award will be $450,000 over three years and will accomplish three objectives: advancing the Rural Academy of Leadership with community clinic and interprofessional experiences; developing simulation curriculum to improve student medical decision skills; and establishing and expanding Learning Communities using the ePortfolio for medical students
Known for its pioneering work with telemental health services, Duluth's Center for Rural Mental Health Studies has been awarded a $142,000 contract from the State of Minnesota to build a pilot program to demonstrate the effectiveness of telemental health consultations with home-bound elderly. The goal of the project is to use technology to bring medical and mental health care services into the homes of elderly patients who often experience difficulty accessing healthcare due to travel distance and isolation from living in rural areas.

For the sixth summer in a row, Duluth first-year medical students have participated in the MEDS (Medical Education through Diversity and Service) summer program. About 30% of the first year class went to Mongolia, Bolivia, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Germany, and Haiti, working with physicians to learn medicine, health care systems, and also work on service projects.

On Sept. 26, Arne Vainio, M.D., will receive the U of M Medical Alumni Society Early Distinguished Career Award, which is given to a physician for exceptional accomplishments within 15 years of medical school graduation. Vainio is the first Native American and the first Duluth alumnus to receive a Medical Alumni Society award. An enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Vainio graduated from the Medical School in 1994, completed a residency in family medicine in Seattle in 1997, and has since been a family physician at the Min-No-Aya-Win Human Services Clinic on the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Reservation in Cloquet, Minn.
Also on Sept. 26, John Thomas, M.D., will receive the U of M Medical Alumni Society Harold S. Diehl Award, a lifetime achievement award granted to individuals who have made outstanding professional contributions. Thomas practiced general surgery in Duluth from 1954 until his retirement in 1988. He was among the Duluth leaders who supported the establishment of the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Medicine by serving on several committees involved in legislation, clinical aspects of the school’s organization and curriculum, and admissions. When the first class entered in 1972, he participated as a community surgeon in the anatomy laboratory, and he continued that work until 2006.

Matt Alvar, 2004 Department of Art and Design graduate, won a Merit Award from HOW magazine for his 2008 Duluth Poker Weekend Invitation. HOW magazine is a nationwide design, creativity, and business magazine that holds a promotional design contest, open to graphic designers all over the country. The “Interactive Poster” will be shown as one of the winners featured in the Oct. issue of the magazine.

Jeffrey Sharkey, 2006 UMD SCSE grad, was awarded $25,000 and a place in the Google Android Developer Challenge second round for his “AndroidScan” bar-code scanning program. Sharkey’s software application was selected as one of the top 50 applications out of 1,800 entries. The Android Developer Challenge contest was designed to get software developers build programs for Android, Google’s soon-to-be released cell phone operating system. Sharkey’s application can find pricing and metadata for anything with a barcode. The application uses phone cameras to read the barcode of a product, and uses the phone’s internet connection to retrieve information about the product. Sharkey is currently completing his master’s degree in computer science at Montana State University.

The Department of Social Work’s Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies held the first annual Summer Institute in American Indian Child Welfare July 14-18 at the Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, MN. With support from the U of M Children, Youth and Family Consortium, and tribes across northern Minnesota, the Center held a no-cost, week-long training opportunity for tribal child welfare workers and administrators to develop new practice skills, share collective experiences and learn from American Indian child welfare professionals and scholars from a tribal perspective. Over 60 tribal child welfare workers and administrators from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Michigan and Canada traveled to the Leech Lake reservation for the event. UMD Social Work students received master's level credit for participating in the institute. For information contact Priscilla Day at 726-7221.

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Smart Films local film series premiered Aug. 2 and 9 on PBS eight, WDSE-TV. Three films made by UMD students/staff were among those chosen for the series. The films were Holding it Down a music video by Daniel Oyinloye from the School of Fine Arts; Don’t Wait a short film by Sasha Kolosnjaj from the School of Fine Arts; and Coffee Break a stop animation film by Lisa Fitzpatrick from the Viz Lab.

UMD was represented at the Beijing Olympics by former UMD hockey player Noemie Marin from Acton-Vale, QC, Canada. She was at the Beijing Olympics playing for the Canadian Senior Women’s Olympic Softball Team. Tuula Puputti, former UMD’s women hockey goaltender and former Finnish Olympic Hockey Team player worked at the Olympics as an official staff member of the Finnish Olympic Committee.

Semester and annual passes for facility and group fitness classes are on sale now in SpHC 153 and can be put on payroll deduction. The Annual Facilities Pass is $180, the Annual Group Fitness Pass is $125, and the Annual Group Fitness pass added to an Annual Facility pass is $105. The new UPlan Fitness Rewards program, offered through the Office of Human Resources, rewards members for using the University recreational and fitness facilities at least eight separate days per month. Call the Rec Sports Department at 726-7128 for more info or visit http://www.umdrsop.org/.

Three dates have been set for UMD faculty and staff or others who would like a photograph of themselves taken. For those in need of a photo, please see UMD photographer Brett Groehler in 302 Darland Administration Building on the following days: Wed. Sept. 3 from 1 - 3 pm; Fri., Sept. 5 from 9 am - noon; and Mon. Sept. 8 from 10 am - 1 pm. No appointment is necessary during these times. Please ask your department if your photo is needed and for what purpose. Please bring along your billing information and the name(s) of the person to send the photos to. There is a small charge for this service. For information contact Brett Groehler at bgroehle@d.umn.edu or call 726-7115.

This fall, UMD will welcome new international students from over 17 countries including: Bolivia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, India, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Moldova, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand and Vietnam. International Student Services is looking for furniture, rides, and other assistance for some of these students. If you could help, or would like more information, please contact, Trisha O’Keefe, 726-7531 or pokeefe@d.umn.edu.

Malosky Stadium is undergoing a $6.5 million renovation to be completed in time for the Bulldogs’ nationally televised Sept. 11 home football opener against Southwest Minnesota State. The renovated Malosky Stadium features a four-level building, concessions, UMD stores, a club room, and a press box. Seating capacity is about 4,500.

ITSS opened a new ITSS TechCenter in Kirby Plaza 165. They combined their services for computer maintenance, desktop support, help desk, AV checkout, and classroom and lab support into one area. Their goal is to provide the campus community with one place to stop and one number to call for answers, advice and assistance with all UMD technology needs. The center offers free phone or walk-in support for basic technology questions. Staff will visit classrooms and labs to resolve technical problems with equipment, including problems with projectors, lab authentication or printing, and more. They also provide check-out of classroom equipment such as projectors, laptops, and conference phones. (Digital and video camera checkout and return have moved to the Multimedia Hub, 119 Lib, 726-6087.) They will continue to provide computer repair services. For information contact 726-8847, stop into KPlz 165, or visit http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/techcenter/.

ITSS’s new, state-of-the-art data center on the third floor of Kirby Plaza will increase the reliability of the UMD network and central computer systems with improved network, electrical, air-conditioning, mechanical, and fire-suppression systems. ITSS used the old data center in MWAH since 1973. For information contact Linda Deneen, ldeneen@d.umn.edu, or 726-7588.

UMD Market Day in the Plaza is every Wed. thru Sept. 24 from 2 - 4:30 pm and features the farmer’s market, live music, artist’s booths, UMD Stores sidewalk sales, penny-an-ounce fountain pop, and 1/2-price coffee. (Beverage specials in UMD Stores only.) The music line up for Sept. is: Kathy McTavish, Colleen Myhre, Dangers of a Jazz Diet, and Jamie Ness and Brad Nelson. Visit http://www.umdstores.com or listen to KUMD 103.3 fm on Tues. mornings at 8:15 am to find out what’s happening at Market Day in the Plaza each week. http://www.kumd.org. 
A Brighter UMD Energy Event is Sept. 10-26 in UMD Stores Express. CFL light bulbs, desk lamps, table lamps, floor lamps, and more are specially priced through Minnesota Power to save energy and money. Minnesota Power will make a donation to the U-Pass Program for every product purchased through Oct. 31.
Register to win free merchandise in UMD Stores Street Level from Sept. 8-14. Receive a free gift with every $25 of selected merchandise purchased from Sept. 11-19.
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 http://www.umdstores.com.

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