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"Gilbert Munger: Niagara Falls" will be on display through Dec.

"Variations on a Theme" will be on display through Dec.

"Entertaining the Gods: Yarn Paintings of the Mexican Huichol" will be on display through Dec. 20.

The exhibit "Vladimir Lobanov: Landscapes of the Russian North" will be on display through Feb. 6.

"Our Own State Fair: Artists of Minnesota from the TMA Collection" will continue through Feb. 13.

"In 3D: Selections From the Collection" will continue through Mar. 25.

Works from the Richard and Dorothy Rawlings Nelson Collection of American Indian Art continues at the Tweed.

Student shows will be featured throughout the year: Amber Burns from Dec. 7-12, and Maria Witham from Dec. 14-19. For information, visit the Tweed Museum website, email the Tweed Museum, or call 218-726-8222.



All events will be held in Weber Music Hall. A Jazz Ensemble featuring Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II will be presented Wed., Dec. 8 at 7:30 pm.

For more information, see the Department of Music or call 726-8561.



William Shakespeare's Richard III will be performed on Dec. 7-11 at 7:30 pm in the Dudley Experimental Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center. The play is directed by Tom Isbell.

For info, call the UMD Box Office at 726-8561 or see the Department of Theatre.



The Men's Basketball team will play Upper Iowa on Dec. 10 at 8 pm, Winona State on Dec. 11 at 6 pm, Bemidji State on Jan. 2 at 4 pm, Wayne State on Jan. 7 at 8 pm, Northern State on Jan. 28 at 8 pm, and University of Mary on Jan. 29 at 6 pm. All games will be played in Romano Gym.


The Women's Basketball team will play Upper Iowa on Dec. 10 at 6 pm, Winona State on Dec. 11 at 4 pm, Bemidji State on Jan. 2 at 2 pm, Wayne State on Jan. 7 at 6 pm, Northern State on Jan. 28 at 6 pm, and University of Mary on Jan. 29 at 4 pm. All games will be played in Romano Gym.


The UMD Bulldog Football team will play Northwest Missouri State in the NCAA Division II Semifinals on Dec. 11 at 5 pm at Malosky Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports HD. For more information, visit UMD Athletics.


The grand opening of the Amsoil Arena will be held on Dec. 30 as UMD Men's Hockey plays North Dakota at 7:37 pm. Amsoil Arena will host the rest of the hockey games including the U.S. Under 18 Team on Jan. 8 at 7:07 pm, and Wisconsin on Jan. 14 and 15 at 7:07 pm.


UMD Women's Hockey team will play at Amsoil Arena against Wisconsin on Jan. 21 and 22 at 7:07 pm, and Bemidji State on Jan. 28 and 29 at 7:07 pm.

For more information, contact the UMD Athletic Office or call at 218-726-7518.



The lecture "Russia Today: An Historian's Perspective" will be presented by Department of History Professor Alexis Pogorelskin on Wed., Dec. 8 at 7 pm in the fourth floor rotunda.


The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarim presents the Arrowhead Astronomical Society weekly show on Wed., Dec. 8 at 7 pm and "The Wonders of the Pleiades" on Fri., Dec. 10 and Wed., Dec. 15 at 7 pm.

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium holds free public shows at the planetarium every Wed. and Fri. evening at 7 pm. Private shows are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more.


RSOP is offering the following events: "Paper Making" on Dec. 8, 5-7 pm in KSC 333, and "Build Your Own Snowshoes" on Dec. 9, 6-7 pm in SpHC 119. For more info and registration, visit Recreational Sports Outdoor Program.


The lecture "Testing the Lake Agassiz trigger for the 8200 cal BP climatic cooling event" will be held on Thurs., Dec. 9 at 3:30 pm in LSci 175. The lecture will be given by UW-Superior Assistant Professor Andrew Breckenridge. For more information contact Department of Geological Sciences.

Department of Biology events

The lecture "Pharmaceutical Concern and Prioritization Framework for Aquatic Life Effects" will be presented by Carlie LaLone, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Fri., Dec. 10 at 3:15 pm in LSci 185. For more information contact Department of Biology.


Kwanzaa will be celebrated in the Kirby Ballroom and Weber Music Hall on Sat., Dec. 11 from 6-9 pm. It is sponsored by the Black Student Association.

For info, contact Susana Pelayo-Woodward.


Special Events



The historic Congdon estate, Glensheen mansion, is open for tours Sat. and Sun. from 10 am-3 pm. Glensheen's famous holiday decorations are unveiled in December.

Holiday brunches will be held on Dec. 11, 12, 18, and 19. They include an abbreviated tour of Glenseen at 10 am along with brunch in the Winter Garden at 10:45 am.

Holiday Tea for Dolly and Me, an event that invites kids and a special doll to experience Glensheen, will be held on Dec. 11 at 2 pm. It includes a holiday program and sophisticated tea.

For more information and prices for events, visit the Glensheen website, email Glensheen, or call 218-726-8910.

Other Events - Faculty and Staff


Tech Talk offers a forum for faculty from all disciplines to discuss uses and abuses of educational technology. The last fall session is on Thurs., Dec. 16 from noon-1 pm in EduE 142. Contact LeAne Rutherford for more information.


Just Us is an ongoing training and discussion group for faculty and staff on creating curriculum/programming to address cultural competence, racism, and establishing a more welcoming climate for all faculty, staff, and students. The last 2010 fall session is in EduE 142 on Dec. 10 from noon-1:30 pm. For info, contact LeAne Rutherford or 726-6207.

Campus News

Academic News


The University of Minnesota Board of Regents unanimously approved Dr. Eric Kaler as the 16th president of the University of Minnesota, effective July 1, 2011. For more information, read the press release.


UMD's Bagley Classroom is the recipient of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Honor Award. The Bagley Classroom was one of 12 award winners from 69 projects nationwide. Noted Duluth-based architect, David Salmela, designed the highly energy efficient building. The Bagley Classroom is the first LEED Platinum building in the U system and is located in the Bagley Nature Area.


The Institute of International Education released its 2010 Open Doors report on November 15, in conjunction with International Education Week. The annual report on student mobility showed that 260,327 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit during academic year 2008-09. UMD ranked 36 among master's institutions with 384 students.


UMD Environmental Science and Chemical Engineering students swept the three top awards at the 25th annual Conference on the Environment’s annual Environmental Challenge. The competition, held in Brooklyn Center, Minn., is sponsored by two of the leading regional organizations of environmental professionals: Air & Waste Management Association –Upper Midwest Section, and the Central States Water Environment Association–Minnesota Section.

The first place prize ($1,200) was awarded to Tim Isakson (ESci), Andy Just (ESci), Ashley Marston (ESci), and Al Reich (ChE). The second place prize ($800) went to Ben Duscher (ESci), Danielle Truax (ChE,) and Jake Weigleitner (ESci). The third place prize ($500) went to Hirsi Ali (ChE), Aisha Beaty (ESci), Jesse Hunter (ChE), and Travis Tolaas (Esci).

proposal deadlines

The Minnesota Section of SME (Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration) announces its annual Call for Presentations for the 2011 “A New Decade in Mining” conference. The deadline to submit a proposal is December 15, 2010. The 2011 SME Conference will be held on April 12-13, 2011, at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). For more information contact Helen Smith Stone.

The Center for Community and Regional Research (CCRR) is announcing its annual requests for proposals. CCRR provides funding that enables faculty, staff, and students in the social and natural sciences, and related fields, the opportunity to work with local and regional community organizations on issues of public policy. Applications are due to CCRR no later than January 18, 2011 at 4 p.m. All completed applications should be sent to Linda Klint. For more info, visit the CCRR website.

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Faculty and Staff News



David Beard, assistant professor, Department of Writing Studies, has been awarded the Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award of the American Forensic Association. Beard shares the award with his co-author, William Keith, for their piece: "Toulmin's Rhetorical Logic: What's the Warrant for Warrants?" Philosophy and Rhetoric, Vol. 41 (1) 2008, pp. 22-50.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was appointed a member of the steering committee of IWOGL, a series of International Workshops on Graph Labelings.

Joseph Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has had the thirteenth edition of his article “A Dynamic Survey of Graph Labeling” published in The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics.

John Hiller, professor, and Sophia Chabysheva, research fellow, both of the Department of Physics, presented papers at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Nuclear Physics in Santa Fe, N.M., on Nov. 6. Hiller spoke on "On the nonperturbative calculation of wave functions in quantum field theories" and Chabysheva on "Application of a nonperturbative light-front Hamiltonian method to the solution of a gauge theory."

Kathryn Lenz, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, published a paper in Environmental Polution 158: 1015-1022.; The article “Analysis of a Farquhar-von Caemmerer-Berry leaf-level photosynthetic rate model for Populus tremuloides in the context of modeling and measurement limitations" is co-authored by George E. Host, Kyle Roskoski, Asko Noormets, Anu Sober and David F. Karnosky. She also gave a talk at the 6th International Workshop on Functional-Structural Plant Models held at the Univ. Calif., Davis, Sep. 12-17. Her presentation, “Simulated leaf-tissue level photosynthetic response to elevated O3 and CO2 gas concentrations in a patch-scale FSPM” reported on collaborative research done with UMD Mathematics professor Harlan Stech, research assistant Mike Donahue, and NRRI Research Associate George Host.

Allen Lipke, outreach education coordinator, Soudan Underground Physics Lab, reports that progress is being made with the Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS). They hope to begin taking data by 2011, but there are many hurdles to overcome between now and then. The NOVA detector on the Ash River Trail is on schedule. The contractor has the detector closed in, and the next step will be doing the interior work in the service building and in the detector area. March 2011 is the anticipated date to start building the detector.

Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, presented the paper "The Effect of Different Context Representations on Word Sense Discrimination in Biomedical Texts" at the 1st ACM International Health Informatics Symposium on Nov. 11 in Arlington, Va. 

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, was invited to Aqua Art Miami 2010, contemporary art fair in Miami Beach, Fla. in December, concurrent with Art Basel Miami. Suh's textile sculptures will be featured in the fair where 43 galleries nationwide are participating.

Natural Resources Research Institute


Euan Reavie was requested by the United Nations to provide feedback to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in October, 2010, on harmful phytoplankton that could potentially be transported or introduced by ballast water.

Euan Reavie presented a seminar titled “Retrospection from algal storytellers: Revealing the ecological history of four Itasca Lakes,” at the UM Extension and Itasca Community College Resource Professionals Forum in Grand Rapids, Minn., in November.

Euan Reavie, M.D. Balcer, A.A. Cangelosi, Lisa Allinger, N.L. Mays, D.M. Reid, H. Saillard, T. Schwerd, and M.C. TenEyck, gave a seminar titled, “The Great Ships Initiative: performance assessment of a candidate ship-board treatment system,” at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Invasive Species Conference, held in St. Paul, Minn., in November 2010.

Minnesota Sea Grant


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Medical School-Duluth


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Pharmacy Department


Michael Swanoski, assistant professor, presented “Applying Clinical Practice Guidelines, Quality Indicators, and Clinical Literature to Geriatric Patients” at the Advanced Practice Nurse/Physician Assistant (APN/PA) Fall Conference held in Duluth in October.

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