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Mustafa al’Absi, professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, was elected in January as a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science. Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application.

Alison Aune, associate professor of Art Education/Museum Education, Department of Art and Design, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Sweden (Fall Semester 2009). She will be a lecturer and researcher in art education at the University of Vaxjo.

Thomas Hedin, professor emeritus, Art History, has been appointed Fellow in the Garden and Landscape Studies program of Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University) for the summer term. It runs 9-10 weeks and comes with a furnished apartment in Georgetown, a salary, and research and travel expenses. The resources of Dumbarton Oaks and the Library of Congress will allow Hedin to advance his current research on the royal arts of France during the 17th-century. He was a Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in 2006-07.

Interim Head of Art and Design Jim Klueg will have work in “Contemporary Text On Clay,” at the Robert Roman Gallery at Artspace, Scottsdale, AZ, March 29 - April 9-30, 2009. The exhibition is concurrent with the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts annual convention. Klueg’s work will also be included in “Spoon It, Fork It, Cut It Up: A Salon Show of Domestic Implements,” curated by Gail Brown at Baltimore Clayworks, April 25 - May 30, 2009.

Alexis Pogorelskin, Department of History, has been named a Fulbright Scholar. In conjunction with that award, she will serve as Visiting Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, where she will teach a course on the History of Hollywood and conduct research on the opposition to Stalin in the 1920s.
Tom Wegren, professor, Department of Music, will perform at the Concert for a Home: Music Opens Doors along with musicians Low, Yeltzi (Jason Wussow and Sara Softich), and Clear at 7 pm on Sat, April 4 in the Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. All proceeds go to support St. Louis County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.


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Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, co-hosted the “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!” booth at the 77th Annual Northwest Sportshow, in March, Minneapolis, Minn. The booth was co-hosted by the Minnesota DNR, Wildlife Forever, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Jensen also presented a guest lecture, “Threats to Biological Diversity by Aquatic Invasive Species,” to students enrolled in Conservation Biology offered by Professor Gerald Niemi, UMD Biology Department in March.

Jesse Schomberg, Coastal Communities and Land Use Planning Extension Educator, co-presented “Site Design and Stormwater Best Management Practices: Protecting Natural Resources” at the 2009 Energy Design Conference and Expo with Joel Peterson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.


Match Day results at the Medical School were almost five times the national average for family medicine. 34 percent of the 50 students who began their medical education in Duluth in 2005 and are graduating this spring were matched to Family Medicine residency programs at the Match Day event held on the UMTC campus in March. Another 24 percent of the Duluth graduates selected other primary care specialties. This year marked the largest Match Day in United States history, with more than 24,000 students placing in residencies around the nation. For more info visit: http://www.med.umn.edu/duluth/NewsReleases/2009/MatchDay2009/home.html.

The premiere of Walking Into The Unknown drew more than 200 attendees. Walking Into the Unknown, a 65-minute, health documentary featuring Duluth alumni Arne Vainio, and David Jorde, made its debut in March at the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Sponsors included UMD’s American Indian Learning Resource Center, Center of American Indian and Minority Health, American Indians in Science & Engineering Society and Anishinaabe Student Organization. For more info visit: http://www.med.umn.edu/duluth/NewsReleases/2009/WalkingIntotheUnknown/home.html.


Melissa Bumgardner, assistant professor, is the recipient of the 2009 National Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award. This award was established in 2006 to recognize a PLS chapter advisor who has promoted student leadership, actively contributed to the achievements of their local chapter, and served as a leader and mentor through his/her service to the profession and/or the community. In addition to the recipient award, the chapter receives a $500 cash award, both of which are presented at the PLS Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in April.

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