Tuesday, February 23, 2010 * Volume 27, Number 10 | PDF





Story Time at the Tweed is held every Thursday at 10 am for children ages three to five.

Family Art Hour will be held from 10 – 12 am on Apr. 8 for children of all ages and their families.


The exhibition, "The Atomic Edge: Design in Print Imagery, 1940s to 1960s" illustrates the development of printmaking as a fine art and how the atomic age affected American designers. The exhibit consists mostly of works from the Kiser Print Collection donated by former UMD professor Jesse Dorrance Kiser. It will be on display through Mar. 14.

"Andy Warhol: Pop and Polaroid," a select set of Warhol Polaroids and black and white prints, will be on display through May 16.

"Art for Hire: Prints from the Minnesota WPA," lithographs by Minnesota artists employed by Works Progress Administration, 1933 – 1943, will be on display through May 16.

The exhibition, “A Flow of Ideas: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” includes 70 artworks. They demonstrate how related works of art, when viewed together, may best reveal common themes. It will be on display through July 11.

"Form and Surface: Selections from the Glenn C. Nelson Collection" will be on display through Nov. 7.

Senior student shows will be featured throughout the year, including: Nick Lundgren and Emilee Keil, from Feb. 23-28; Kimberly Halverson from Mar. 2-7; Jenna Childs from Mar. 9-14; Mike Bregel and Alex Harwood from Mar. 23-28; and Kyle Benson from Mar. 30-Apr. 4.

For Tweed Museum information, go to http://www.d.umn.edu/tma, contact tma@d.umn.edu, or call 726-8222.

music EVENTS

All events will be held in Weber Music Hall unless otherwise noted.

"Verismo: The Truth About Opera" with Regina Zona, director, and Jean R. Perrault, conductor, will be performed at 7:30 pm on Feb. 25, Feb. 26, and Feb. 27 in the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Two of Verismo’s most popular operas, Suor Angelica by Puccini and Pagliacci by Leonvacallo, represent the complexities that make opera irresistible.

For more information about music events, call 726-8561, or see http://www.d.umn.edu/music.

theatre EVENTS

The Factory Girls, directed by Tom Isbell, will be performed in the UMD Dudley Experimental Theatre on Mar. 11, 12, 13, 23 and 27 at 7:30 pm, and on Mar. 28 at 2 pm.

For info, call the UMD Box Office at 726-8561 or see http://www.d.umn.edu/theatre.

athletic EVENTS

The UMD Men’s Basketball team will play Bemidji State at 8 pm on Feb. 24. The games will be held in Romano Gym.

The UMD Women’s Basketball team will play Bemidji State at 6 pm on Feb. 24. The games will be held in Romano Gym.

The UMD Men’s Hockey team will play Minnesota at 7:07 pm on Feb. 26 and 7:37 pm on Feb. 27. All games will be held at the DECC.

The UMD Women’s Hockey team won the 2010 WCHA title and will begin playoffs this weekend. The women will playNorth Dakota on Fri. Mar. 26 and Sat., Mar. 27 at the Heritage Center at 7:07 pm, with a third game, if needed, slated for 4:07 pm on Sun,. Mar. 28.

For more information, contact the UMD Athletic Office at 726-7518 or see http://www.umdbulldogs.com.

EVENTS, lectures, workshops

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium holds free public shows at the planetarium every Wednesday and hasadded Friday evening shows at 7 pm.

"Mythbusters: Astronomy!" will be presented on Feb. 24 and 26. Presenters adapt the popular Discovery Channel show to debunk some myths regarding astronomy including: the moon landing, the dark side of the moon, and why Polaris will not always be the North Star.

Stargazing Tonight will be presented on Mar. 3 and 5.

The local Arrowhead Astronomical Society presents a show on Mar. 10.

Private shows are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more. See list of shows at http://www.d.umn.edu/planet/programs.

Nathan Johnson, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, will present "Biogeochemical contaminant transformations in aquatic sediment" on Thurs., Feb. 25 at 3:30 pm in LSCI 175.

Jeff Vervoort, associate professor, Department of Geology, Washington State University, will present "Unraveling the early history of the Earth with radiogenic isotopes" on Thurs., Mar. 4 at 3:30 pm in LSCI 175.

On Thurs., Mar. 11, Rick Colwell, Professor, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, will present "Biogeochemical exhalations: Microbial methane in marine sediments" at 3:30 pm in LSCI 175.

For more information on these events contact the Department of Geological Sciences at 726-8385.

Book discussions for Firoozeh Dumas's Laughing without an Accent will take place in KSC 268 on Feb. 24 and 25 at 4 pm.

UMD Women’s Studies Open House and Women’s History Month Kickoff Celebration will take place Tues., Mar. 2 from 11 am-2 pm in Hum 494.

The Poetic Assassins will perform on Fri., Mar. 5 at 7 pm in the Kirby Lounge. Coming from the Hip Hop tradition of community and consciousness mixed with complex rhymes and thought provoking lyrics, the Poetic Assassins have put together one of the most dynamic sets around.

International Women’s Day will be held on Mon., Mar. 8 from 11 am-1 pm in the Kirby Lounge.

“Writing Women Back into History,” a reading of recent works by local authors: Linda LeGarde Grover and Ellie Schoenfeld, will be presented on Thurs., Mar. 25 at 7 pm in the Library Rotunda,

Black Comedy and Family Marathon, which includes miscellaneous film viewings will take place at 4 pm in the Kirby Lounge on Feb. 26.

On Mon., Mar. 22 from noon-2 pm in KSC 273B, a viewing and discussion of Blossoms of Fire, directed by Maureen Gosling and Elle Osborne, will take place.

Marilyn Simerson-Wallfred will present "ASL" on Wed., Feb. 24 from 3:30-5 pm in KSC 264.

"Think You've Got Equality? Think Again! Getting an Equal Rights Amendment in Minnesota" will be presented by Barbra Peterson, Coalition for a Minnesota Constitutional Amendment for Equality, on Wed., Mar. 3 at noon in KSC 268.

"A Redefinition of Identity Lecture" with Magdalen Hsu-Li will be presented on Thurs., Mar. 4 at 7 pm in Boh. 90.

Jane La Tour, a Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker, will present "Writing Tradeswomen Back Into History" on Tues., Mar. 9 at 7:30 pm in Montague 80.

"A Closer Look: Tourette’s Syndrome" will be presented on Wed., Mar. 10 from 3:30-5 pm in KSC 264.

“Women and Finances,” a presentation by Deb Almirall and Patty Francisco, local banking and investment experts, will be presented on Thurs., Mar. 11 at 7 pm in Humanities 490.

The Arrowhead Associations of Artists with Disabilities (AAAWD) Artwork "Bloom Under the Snow" will be on display through Mar. 12 in the Multicultural Center on 2nd floor of Kirby.

For questions or more information on these events email msc@d.umn.edu or call 726-6522.

The film Until the Violence Stops will be featured on Fri., Mar. 5 at 4:30 pm in the Kirby Lounge.

"A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer" will be presented on Fri., Mar. 26 at 7 pm in the Kirby Rafters. Bring $2 or a non-perishable food item for admission.

The Vagina Monologues will be presented on Apr. 16 and 17 at 7 pm in Boh. 90.

For more information see http://www.duluth.umn.edu/ws/cal/events.php.

The Civic Engagement Book Group is open to any interested UMD faculty, staff, students, and Duluth community members. This spring we will be reading Civic Engagement in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices by Barbara Jacoby and Associates. Sessions will be Tues., Mar. 2 and Tues., Apr. 6 at noon in Boh. 351. for information contact Brian Bluhm at bluh0020@d.umn.edu or call 726-6623.

Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week at UMD is Feb. 22-27, and the following events are offered.

A workshop for staff and faculty, “It’s time to talk about it: How to approach a student who may have an eating disorder,” will be presented by Helen Doane, PhD, licensed psychologist and associate professor of psychology from noon-1 pm on Feb. 24 in Kirby 333.

A workshop for students: “It’s time to talk about it: How to approach a friend who may have an eating disorder,” with Jean Baribeau-Thoennes, MSW, LICSW, Counselor, UMD Health Services, will be presented from noon-1 pm on Feb. 24 in Kirby 268.

A presentation about The Emily Program: “A Mindful Approach to Eating” with Kirsten Nielsen, R.D., L.D., registered dietitian and Tori Frye, M.S.Ed., therapist, will be presented from 9-10:30 am on Feb. 25 in Kirby 268.

A Peer Workshop: "Challenging the way we think and speak about ourselves: A workshop facilitated by college students for college students," coordinated by Eleni Johnson, WRAC intern; and Heather Belknap, health education intern, UMD Health Services will be presented from 11:30 am-1 pm on Feb. 25 in The Rafters. The event is guided by Hannah Godbout, psychology fellow specialist, counselor, UMD Health Services.

A viewing of the documentary America the Beautiful, Is America Obsessed with Beauty? will be presented at 10 am-12 pm on Feb. 26 in the Multicultural Lounge 273B.

“Body awareness and appreciation through movement and yoga: Honor your body!” will be presented from 10 am-noon on Feb. 27 in Sports and Health Center 135.

For info contact Dori L. Decker at 726-7046 or ddecker@d.umn.edu.

"Distracted Driving: At What Cost?" will be presented on Wed., Feb. 24 from noon-1 pm in KSC 323. This workshop introduces the current recommendations on distracted driving, with an emphasis on cell phones, PDAs and other wireless mobile devices. Specific topics include the concept of distracted driving, the dangers of using a cell phone while driving, how cell phone-related distractions affect drivers and safety tips to prevent distracted driving. During the session, participants also will have an opportunity to take a short assessment to determine their own exposure to distractions.

A Health Improvement Program (HIP): "Fruits of the Orient" will take place Tues., Mar. 3 at noon in KSC 323. Get ideas on how to prepare or cook fruits of the Orient with recipes to share.

The "Dash Diet" will be presented on Thurs., Mar. 3 at noon in KSC 323. Dietary advances to stop hypertension, the "Dash Diet" has been shown to be as effective as many medications in the control of high blood pressure. Attend this presentation and learn the basics of this eating plan.

On Tues., Mar. 9 at noon in KSC 323, the Health Improvement Program (HIP)will present Taming the Feast Beast, by Jack Trimpey, focuses on changing thoughts and emotions about food. This system of recovery from food addictions offers dieters the tools to overcome overeating by identifying the compulsion to overeat, feeling worthwhile, valuing themselves, and eating sensibly.

"Peak Performance: How to Become Your Ultimate Best!" will be presented on Wed., Mar. 10 at noon in KSC 323. Learn what it means to live optimally and the 6 steps that can get you there.

"Fad Diets & Weight Loss" will be presented on Thurs., Mar. 11 at noon in KSC 323. Come and compare notes about currently popular diet plans and find out the scientific facts behind weight loss and maintenance.

The Health Improvement Program (HIP): "Using Exercise Bands" will be presented on Tues., Mar. 16 at noon in Kirby Ballroom . Exercise bands or resistance bands offer a portable workout solution. Learn about the benefits of bands and how to use them in this exciting class.

The National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course (DDC) 4 will be held on Wed., Mar. 17 in DAdB 25. The Department of Human Resources and Environmental Health and Safety Office offer this Defensive Driving Course 4 classes for free to UMD faculty, staff and their spouses and partners, of any age.

The Health Improvement Program (HIP): "Learning About Diabetes, Prevention and Treatment" will be presented on Tues., Mar. 23 at noon in KSC 323. Learn more about diabetes, how it is diagnosed, prevented and treated.

To register or for more information see www.d.umn.edu/umdhr.

The Alworth Institute is sponsoring the WorldQuest Trivia competition on Thurs., Feb. 25 in the Kirby Ballroom. WorldQuest is an international quiz game that is played in teams of eight. Teams compete against one another on subjects with an international flavor: flags and capitals; geographical features and international borders; people and events in the news. Teams have a chance to win prizes, including a donation made by an anonymous donor to a favorite international charity or non-profit organization. The cost is $5 for students, $10 for others and includes a buffet dinner. To register a team contact Cindy Christian in 109 Cina, email alworth@d.umn.edu, or call (218) 726-7493.

William D. Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Initiative of the New America Foundation will speak on"The Obama Administration: A New Start for Nuclear Arms Control" on Wed., Mar. 10 at 7 pm in the Library 4th Floor Rotunda.

"Travels in Africa: A Journey in Two Part"s will be presented on Thurs., Mar. 4 at noon in the Library 4th Floor Rotunda. Deb Shubat, UMD Biology Department, visited South Africa and Botswana in the summer of 2009. She will provide a photo safari of Namibia and Botswana and will share a bit of the biology (animals, birds and plants) of these southern African countries.

"Part II of Travels in Africa" will be presented by Helen Mongan-Rallis, UMD Department of Education, and Trisha O'Keefe, Program Coordinator for UMD's International Student Services on Thurs., Mar. 11 at noon in the Library 4th Floor Rotunda, . They will talk about their trip to private and national wildlife parks in South Africa as well as their camping trip in mokoros (dugout canoes) in Botswana.

For questions email alworth@d.umn.edu.


"Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe" will be held Feb. 26 from 6-9 pm.

"Wilderness First Aid" will be held Mar. 6 and 7 from 9 am-5:30 pm.

A Family Event: "Maple Syrup Demonstration" will be held Mar. 28 from 1-2:30 pm.

For more information see www.boulderlake.org.

A viewing of Sue Sojourner's Civil Rights exhibit, a reading, and a pizza party will be held from 5-8 pm on Thurs, Feb. 25 at the The Venue at Mohaupt Block, 2024 W Superior St, in Duluth. During the evening Sue Sojourner will read, accompanied by alumna Rachael Kilgour on the violin. Enjoy free pizza and soft drinks and see the exhibit: 1960s Holmes County, Mississippi: The Local People and Their Civil Rights Movement. sponsored by the Commission on Women and the Department of Art Education. Transportation is available. Contact Cheryl at 726-8996.

Erin Sheets, Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmaceutical Sciences, will present "Lipid and protein dynamics in biomembranes" on Fri., Feb. 26 at 3:15 pm in 185 Life Science. For more information email biol@d.umn.edu.

Study Abroad 101 will be held every Thursdays during Spring semester at 3 pm in Kirby 333. Integrate a global experience into your studies, have fun, strengthen your resume, and expand your experiences. Learn how to find affordable study abroad and other international opportunities that will work for your budget, academic, and personal goals.

An informational meeting for Study in Western Australia at Curtin University will take place on Wed. Feb. 24 and Mar. 10 at 3 pm in LSBE 165.

An informational meeting for Study in Sweden: Choose from six different Universities will be held on Wed. Feb. 24 and Mar. 10 at 3:30 pm is LSBE 165.

An informational meeting for Study in Finland at the University of Eastern Finland will be held Wed., Feb. 24 and Mar. 10 at 4 pm is in LSBE 165.

For more information see http://www.d.umn.edu/ieo/.

Firoozeh Dumas will present “Shared Humanity through Humor” at 4 pm on March 2, in Kirby Ballroom. She was born in Abadan, Iran and, in the 1970s, moved to Southern California with her family. Her two memoirs are Funny in Farsi and Laughing without an Accent.

Dumas grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life in both Iran and America. In 2001, Dumas decided to write her stories as a gift for her two children. Funny in Farsi was on the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and won many awards. She was also a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor, and is the first Middle Eastern woman ever to be considered for this honor.

Dumas’ latest memoir, entitled Laughing without an Accent, was published in May 2008. In 2005, her one-woman show, Laughing without an Accent opened in Northern California. Dumas has traveled the country reminding us that our commonalities far outweigh our differences… and doing so with humor.

For information, contact pokeefe@d.umn.edu or 726-7531. Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Diversity, the Diversity Commission, the Kirby Leadership Program, the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies, and the Commission on Women.

The Eddy Lecture is on Sat., April 10 from 8:30 am-4 pm in Chemistry Hall 200. This presentation addresses the impact of language disorders in school-age children and adolescents on their acquisition of literacy skills: decoding, reading comprehension, and spelling. Aspects of comprehension including vocabulary, sentence structure, and morphology will be emphasized. The classroom as a valuable resource for formal and informal assessment and intervention will be highlighted. For more information see http://www.d.umn.edu/csd/eddy.html.

special EVENTS

A national traveling exhibition titled, “Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country,” will be on display in the Library Fourth Floor Rotunda through Feb. 25. Docent guided tours are available for groups, including an introduction to the exhibition and printed handouts. Call 218-726-8130 or visit http://libguides.d.umn.edu/lewisandclark for more information.

UMD’s OUT COLD WEEK will be held Feb. 22-27, and will feature the annual Frozen Yeti Film Contest, Department Decorating Contest, music, comedy, and winter fun by student organizations and groups. E-mail questions to Lacey or Christina at kirbyint@d.umn.edu or cgeissle@d.umn.edu.

Brendan Ritchie, Harvard University, will present "Socrates’ Conception of Knowledge" on Fri., Feb. 26 at 4:30 pm in ABAH 225. For more information see www.d.umn.edu/phil.

The Spring Head of the Lakes Job Fair will be held on Mar. 10 from 2-6 pm at the University of Wisconsin Superior. The Head of the Lakes Spring Job Fair is the regional job fair for the entire Twin Ports region, including students and alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the University of Minnesota Duluth, and the College of Saint Scholastica. Meet employers for networking opportunities, learn about the current market, and find internships, summer, full-time, and part-time positions. For more information see http://www.uwsuper.edu/career/students/jobfairs.cfm.

ITSS will present Techfest from 9 am-3 pm on Fri., March 26 in the Kirby Ballroom. Techfest is set-up in a tradeshow format. At this event, faculty, staff and students showcase current trends and latest uses of technology at UMD. Request for proposals are now being taken see http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/etrg/techfest/ to submit your request for proposals. The deadline for requests is Wed., March 10. For additional information or questions contact Sheri Pihlaja at spihlaja@d.umn.edu.

EVENTS, faculty and staff

An information session will be held on Thurs., Feb. 24 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm in the Griggs Center for UMD faculty interested in applying for the director and four semester faculty positions with the 2011-2012 UMD Study in England Programme. Interested faculty are encouraged to stop by for a light lunch and an opportunity to learn more about the program and meet past Directors and semester faculty. More information on the director and faculty positions can be found at http://www.d.umn.edu/ieo/programs/england/siedirector.html and http://www.d.umn.edu/ieo/programs/england/siefacultynew.html.

Tech Talk offers a forum for faculty from all disciplines to come together over lunch and discuss uses and abuses of educational technology. All session will run from 12-1 pm in 333 KSC. The session will be held on Thursday, Mar. 25; Friday, Apr. 2; and Wednesday, May 12. Request to join the alias by emailing LeAne Rutherford at lrutherf@d.umn.edu.

The Brown Bag Financial Series offers seminars designed to provide tools for savvy investing. U of M employees are able to participate by attending the seminars in person at the Twin Cities campus or by participating online through UM Connect.

"Building a Portfolio for any Weather" will be presented on Wed., Feb. 24 from noon-1 pm in Donhowe 210.

For questions or further information call 612-624-9090.

To help faculty and staff with their professional publications, UMD offers the Write Now Hour. Feedback is available at any stage of a writing project: to help revise, and provide support. No registration required. All sessions are held in Boh. 213 on Mondays from noon-1 pm on Mar. 8, Mar. 22, Apr. 5, Apr. 19, May 5 and May 17. Sessions are also offered on Thursdays from 2 – 3 pm on Mar. 4, Apr. 1, Apr. 15, Apr. 29, and May 13. For info, contact LeAne Rutherford at lrutherf@d.umn.edu or 726-6207.

The Instructional Development Service Spring 2010 Workshops:

“Outcomes-Based Assessment: Multiple Means of Measuring” will be held from 1-2:30 pm on Feb. 25 in KSC 268.

“Drop-In Film Festival: 20 Minute Mentors” will be held from 1-3:30 pm on Mar. 3 in EduE 142.

“Drop-In Film Festival: 20 Minute Mentors” will be held from 1-3:30 pm on Mar. 4 in EduE 142.

“Making Cultural Competence a Part of Our Courses” with Paula Pedersen and IDS will be held from 9-10:30 am on Mar. 9 in KSC 333.

“Hot Topics: Creating a More Civil Classroom” with Deborah Petersen-Perlman & IDS will be held from 9-10:30 am on Mar. 30 in KSC 333.

“Noon Nuggets: Getting the Most from Your Student Evaluations” will be held from noon-1:30 pm on Apr. 7 in KSC 268.

“Civic Engagement: Connecting with Community for Win-Win” will be held from 3-4:30 on Apr. 28 in KSC 268.

Register with Jason Ellis via email jellis2@d.umn.edu or call 726-6355.


The historic Congdon estate, Glensheen mansion, is open for tours Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am-3:30 pm. For information e-mail glen@d.umn.edu or call 218-726-8910.

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