Tuesday, September 16, 2008 * Volume 26, Number 2

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Since 1992, UMD has placed 397 global student teachers spanning five continents and 31 countries. UMD student teachers have taught in Australia, Belize, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and Vietnam. Student teachers are only placed at schools that speak English and the schools include British International Schools as well as government, private, and church related schools. The International School of Panama, King's College-Madrid, the British International School of Shanghai, and Prague British School are just a few schools where UMD students have taught. Because UMD sends such a large number of students to student teach globally every year, UMD is one of the leaders in providing global student teachers. All global student teachers are assessed by a cooperating teacher and in many cases, a headmaster or principal. For more information contact Jim Sersha at jsersha@d.umn.edu.

A UMD team in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering has received a $200,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant (Institutional Transformation Planning (IT START) grant) over the next two years to conduct a program to help women advance in science and engineering careers. UMD will improve the representation and advancement of female faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). UMD will also provide leadership for other institutions around the country looking to meet the same goal. The grant was authored by McKnight Presidential Professor Vicki Hansen, Department of Geological Sciences; together with Tim Holst, associate dean, Swenson College of Science and Engineering; Deborah Petersen-Perlman, director, Office of Equal Opportunity; and Bilin Tsai, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The Geological Sciences Department has two new displays on the first floor of Heller Hall. One is a new mineral collection donated by Wendell Wilson. The other is a global seismic monitoring station. There are three computer displays in the cabinet and the lowest of these show earthquakes recorded by a seismometer located in the basement of Heller Hall. Recently, UMD recorded an earthquake that occurred near Vanuatu in the Pacific basin. The earthquake was a magnitude 7 and occurred at a depth of over 100 km. For more info contact Howard Mooers at hmooers@d.umn.edu.

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Jeffrey Sharkey, 2006 UMD SCSE grad, was awarded a $275,000 prize from Google in the Google Android Developer Challenge for his software application “AndroidScan,” a bar-code scanning program.

In August, UMD Health Services performed a drill to practice managing a large volume of students accessing health services as a result of a possible campus disaster. The process involved a table top discussion, registering patients, using appropriate safety gear, and processing improvements to streamline the process.

The UMD Library will hold its Student Video Contest for the second year. The contest highlights student creativity and promotes the library. More information, including a link to a page where you can see last year's winning videos, is available at: http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/videocontest/
For info contact Rory Litwin at rlitwin@d.umn.edu.

To further the Commission on Women’s mission to improve and enrich the working and learning environments for UMD women, several grants of up to $1000 are awarded each year. Grants may be awarded to individuals or organizations seeking assistance in providing programs or activities which directly benefit a broad group of women in the UMD community. A wide range of activities have been funded.
Grant applications are available online at: http://www.d.umn.edu/comwomen/grant/grantrequestform.php
Small Grant applications (up to $300) will be evaluated as they are received by the Commission on Women. Large Grant applications ($301-$1000) have two deadlines: Nov. 14, 2008 and April 17, 2009. Applicants will be notified within four weeks after the deadline.
For additional questions about Commission on Women grants, contact the Grant Committee chair Joanne Itami at 218-726-6319 or jitami@d.umn.edu or visit the Commission on Women website at www.d.umn.edu/comwomen.

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.) Dangers of a Jazz Diet will be performing September 17, and Jamie Ness and Brad Nelson will be performing September 24. 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 in progress thru Sept. 26 in UMD Stores Express. CFL light bulbs, desk lamps, table lamps, floor lamps, and more are offerd by Minnesota Power. Minnesota Power will make a donation to the U-Pass Program for every product purchased through Oct. 31.
Bring in the UMD reusable tote bag for 5% off an entire purchase from Sept. 29 - Oct. 5. Offer excludes textbooks, electronics, and computer products. UMD Stores will have totes available for purchase in all campus locations.
Bring a UMD game ticket to UMD Stores during the UMD football, volleyball, and soccer seasons, and get 20% off UMD Wear and Gifts. Restrictions apply.
Purchase a breast cancer awareness “pink ribbon” cap and UMD Stores will donate a percentage from the sale of each cap to St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center in Duluth, MN. For store hours, events, and merchandise visit http://www.umdstores.com.


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