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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 * Volume 27, Number 16 | PDF

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STUDY IN ENGLAND PROGRAMME
As of July 1, 2010, the UMD Study in England Programme will be held at the University of Worcester in Worcester, England. Under the Programme, undergraduate students will spend one academic year at the University of Worcester enrolled in a variety of classes. A UMD professor will serve as Programme Director each year along with four other UMD faculty members who will teach in the curriculum. Both campuses will engage in faculty exchange and collaborative research projects.

WOODS HOLE BIOLOGY PROGRAM
Allen Mensinger, associate professor, UMD Department of Biology, co-founded a new undergraduate research program at the internationally renowned Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Along with Paul Malchow, a faculty member at University of Illinois, Chicago, Mensinger developed the Biological Discovery in Woods Hole (BDWH) program, pairing undergraduates and faculty mentors for summer research in molecular and cell biology, neurobiology and behavior, physiology, developmental biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

In this inaugural year of the program, Samantha Lindemann, biology major at UMD, joins nine other promising junior and senior undergraduates from U.S. universities. Each student is paired with MBL scientists as research mentors; Mensinger is Lindemann's mentor.

INTERNATIONAL PROPOSALS DUE

The International Education Office (IEO) is now accepting program proposals to lead 2010-2011 short-term international programs. The IEO website has a faculty resource page with information on program development guidelines (faculty handbook), program proposal form and program timelines at: http://www.d.umn.edu/ieo/faculty/index.htm. The priority deadlines for program proposals are Aug. 6 for winter break (J-term) programs and Nov. 5 for May/summer programs. Contact Leigh Neys at lneys@d.umn.edu with any questions or to schedule an appointment to discuss your program proposal.

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EDIBLE LANDSCAPE
As part of a campus-wide effort to be more sustainable and and energy efficient, various vegetable gardens have been constructed and planted this summer by Facilities Management, as well as student and staff volunteers. When the crops come in this fall, they are planning on being used for various health food workshops as well as a possible harvest festival. Not only do the gardens help educate those on campus and in the community about healthy eating habits and diet but they also hope to control the temperature in the classrooms that lie below them in the Life Science building.

BAGLEY CLASSROOM
On June 22 the new state-of-the-art sustainable Bagley Classroom, located on the 55-acre Bagley Nature Area, opened its doors. Much of the building is made from recycled and local materials and all exposed materials are maintenance free. This classroom will be primarily used by the Department of Biology as well as environmental studies, outdoor management/operations studies and recreational outdoor programs.

CIVIL ENGINEERING BUILDING
The new $15 million Swenson Civil Engineering Building, located next to Voss Kovach and the Library, had its grand opening June 28. The Civil Engineering Building is the second Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Certified GOLD Award building on campus. LEED certification is a rigorous process that evaluates the environmental sustainability of building design, construction and operation. With two-story high “mega labs," the newest addition to campus will allow the also new and growing civil engineering program to have a building as unique as their curriculum.


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