Tuesday, October 14, 2008 * Volume 26, Number 4

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The fourth INDO-U.S. Lecture Series on Discrete Mathematical Chemistry with Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, will be held at Nizam College, from Jan. 6-9. Subhash Basak of UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute is organizing the lecture. Oct. 31 is the abstract submission deadline. Discrete mathematical chemistry is an emerging interdisciplinary research area with applications for the protection of the environment, new drug discovery, and understanding the molecular basis of property, bioactivity, and toxicity of chemicals.

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Submit nominations for the Outstanding Service Award between now and 9:30 am on Fri., Dec. 15. The program was developed to recognize the outstanding contributions of UMD’s AFSCME (clerical, technical and health care), civil service (non bargaining unit) and academic professional/administrative (P&A) employees who do not hold faculty rank. Guidelines, instructions, and forms are available at: http://www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/osa/procedures.htm.
For more information, contact Lita at 726-7822 or by email, lwallace@d.umn.edu.

A remote sonar drawing device has been installed in UMD’s Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab (VisLab), 154 MPAC. The multinational tele-presence robotic installation was conceived by David Bowen, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design. This interactive robotic installation is a collaboration between the VizLab and Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial Universidad Laboral Gijón-Asturias, Spain. The project is included in Nowhere/Now/Here, an exhibition that opened Oct. 9 and will run until Apr. 20, 2009 at Laboral Centro. Nowhere/Now/Here, is an exhibition curated by the creative partnership of Roberto Feo and Rosario Hurtado (El Último Grito) and features works that Investigate new lines of enquiry in contemporary design.

There is a moose skeleton in the UMD Library (and a wolf skeleton too)! These exhibits celebrate UMD's connection to 50 years of wolf-moose research on Isle Royale and showcase the world’s longest on-going large mammal study.

The University of Minnesota Duluth has established a new service with Rave Alerts to send text messages and email in case of emergency or weather-related closing.

This year, all students, faculty, and staff have been loaded into the system and will automatically receive notifications via email.

This service will be used for emergencies and weather-related closings. There will be a monthly test of the system sent on the first Wednesday of each month.

Similar systems are being used at several other campuses in the country, and early results suggest that such systems are one of the best methods of rapidly notifying a campus of an emergency. There will be no charge from UMD for use of this system, although charges from your regular cellular phone vendor for text messages will apply.

In addition to each text message sent, an email message with the same content will be sent to your UMD email account. Signing up for text messages is optional, but everyone will receive the email announcements. For more info or questions, contact the ITSS Help Desk at helpdesk@d.umn.edu or 218-726-8847.

In the Pink Thing Sale for Breast Cancer Awareness customers can select pink items for 25% off thru Oct. 19.

Purchase a Breast Cancer Awareness “pink ribbon” cap and a percentage from the sale will be donated to St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center.

Some Bulldog hockey hoods and all UMD winter accessories (hats, mittens, gloves, scarves) will be 25% off. 
Long-sleeved tees will be 25% off from October 20-26.

Stationery will be 25% off from Oct. 20-26 and will feature a DVD and CD sale from October 20-24.
Halloween costumes are available through October 31.

Bring in a UMD game ticket during the UMD football, volleyball, and soccer seasons, and get 20% off UMD wear and gifts.

October is Fan Fridays month. Wear UMD wear and get 20% off UMD wear (one item only) every Friday in Oct.

Use the UMD reusable tote bag for 10 purchases and get entered in a drawing for monthly prizes. UMD Stores supports UMD’s “Adding Up To Zero” initiative http://www.addinguptozero.com/.

“A Brighter UMD” Energy Event has been extended through October 31 in UMD Stores Express. Minnesota Power will make a donation to the U-Pass Program for every product purchased through October 31.

Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. Weekend “Movie Express” bus service is also available.

For store hours, events, and merchandise visit http://www.umdstores.com. Sale locations vary and some restrictions apply to sales listed.

For online textbook buyback, see www.umdstores.com.


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