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Art

ART EVENTS

A gallery talk by Jennifer Webb, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, will be held on Sat., Feb. 12 at 2 pm in the Tweed.

Fri., Feb. 25 and Sat., Feb. 26 is Family Day at the Tweed from 1-4 pm.

ART EXHIBITS

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 be on display through Feb. 13.

"Brave, Strong, and True: Selections from Potlatch Collection of Royal Canadian Mounted Police Illustrations" will be on display through March 27.

"Golden Age Collection in America's Middle West: Paintings from Glensheen" will be on display through April 30.

"In 3D: Selections From the Collection" will be on display through May 8.

"Entertaining the Gods: Yarn Paintings of the Mexican Huichol" will be on display through May 15.

"The Book of Revelation: A Graphic Interpretation" by Hanson Ling will be on display through July 31.

Selections from the Glenn C. Nelson collection are on display throughout the year.

Student shows will be featured throughout the year: Trent Waterman from Feb. 1-6, Jillian Westrum from Feb. 8-13, Chad Lieske from Feb. 15-20, and Jessica Peterson from Feb. 22-27.

For information, visit the Tweed Museum website, email the Tweed Museum, or call 218-726-8222.

Music

CONCERTS AND EVENTS

Performances of the opera Hansel and Gretel will be presented on Fri. and Sat., Jan. 28 and 29 at 7:30 pm, as well as Sun., Jan. 30 at 2 pm in the Marshall Performing Arts Center.

A Brass Day concert will take place on Sat., Jan. 29 at 3 pm.

A faculty artist recital featuring Kate Lanzer will take place on Fri., Feb. 4 at 7:30 pm.

A faculty artist recital featuring Paul Schimming, clarinet, will take place on Sun., Feb. 13 at 4 pm.

A Matinee Musicale College Scholarship recital will take place on Tues., Feb 15 at 7:30 pm.

An Ovation Guest Artist Series Concert featuring Florian Larousse, guitar, will take place on Fri., Feb. 18 at 7:30 pm.

The English Band music festival will take place from Feb. 26-27.

The Twin Ports Wind Orchestra will perform on Sat., Feb. 26 at 7:30 pm.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert band will perform on Sat., Feb. 27 at 3 pm.

All events will be held in the Weber Music Hall unless otherwise noted. For more information, see the Department of Music or call 726-8561.

Theatre

THEATRE EVENTS

Blithe Spirit, a mainstage theater performance, will take place on Feb.17-19 and Feb. 23-26 at 7:30 pm and Feb. 20 at 2 pm.

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

Athletics

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The Men's Basketball team will play Northern State on Fri, Jan. 28 at 8 pm, U of Mary on Sat., Jan. 29 at 6 pm, MSU Mankato on Fri., Feb. 18 at 8 pm, and Southwest Minnesota State on Sat., Feb. 19 at 6 pm. All games will be played in Romano Gym.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Women's Basketball team will play Northern State on Fri., Jan. 28 at 6 pm, U of Mary on Sat., Jan. 29 at 4 pm, MSU Mankato on Fri., Feb. 18 at 6 pm, and Southwest Minnesota State on Sat., Feb. 19 at 4 pm. All games will be played in Romano Gym.

MEN'S HOCKEY

UMD Men's Hockey team will play at Amsoil Arena against the U of M Twin Cities on Feb. 4 and 5 at 7:07 and St. Cloud State on Feb.11 and 12 at 7:07 pm.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

UMD Women's Hockey team will play at Amsoil Arena against Bemidji State on Jan. 28 and 29 at 7:07pm and St. Cloud State on Feb. 18 and 19 at 7:07 pm.

UMD TENNIS

The UMD Tennis team will play St. Mary University on Feb. 6 at noon and the College of Saint Benedict on Feb. 19 at 11 am.

UMD TRACK

The Men's and Women's Track teams will participate in the St. Scholastica Open on Feb. 12.

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

Lectures/Workshops/Classes

UMD HONORS PROGRAM EVENTS

A special seminar entitled "Great Moments in the History of Life" will be presented by Professor George H. Shaw of Union College on Wed., Jan. 26 at 4 pm in LSci 175. For more information, contact Howard Mooers.

DEPARTMENT OF AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES EVENT

The lecture "Laughing Whitefish: A Tale of Justice and Anishinaabe Custom" will be presented on Jan. 27 from 5-6:30 pm in the fourth floor Library Rotunda. The presenter is Matthew L. M. Fletcher (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Ojibwe) is an associate professor at Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. For more information, contact the Department of Indigenous Law and Policy Center at 726-8771.

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES EVENTS

A lecture by Steve Hovis, a geologist with the Kennecott Canada Exploration Corporation, will be presented on Thurs., Jan. 27 at 3:30 pm in LSci 175

The lecture "Probing the sedimentary archive; Molecular isotopic clues to (paleo) climate & environmental change" by Josef Werne, UMD, Department of Chemistry and Large Lakes Observatory, will be presented on Thurs., Feb. 3 at 3:30 pm in LSci 175.

For more information, contact Department of Geological Sciences.

RSOP EVENTS

RSOP offers the following events: "Make Your Own Bike Snow Tires" on Thurs., Jan. 27 at 6 pm in SpHC 9; "Make Your Own Gaiters" on Mon., Jan 31 at 5 pm in SpHC 119; "Warm Woolen Mittens" on Tues., Feb. 1 from 6-7:30 pm in SpHC 9; "Outdoor Career Day" on Wed., Feb. 2 from 9 am-2 pm in Kirby Student Center; "Quinzhee Building and Winter Skills" on Sun., Feb. 6 from 1-5 pm in Bagley; "Make Your Own Sleeping Bag Liners" on Tues., Feb. 8 from 6-9 pm in SpHC 119; "Modify a Plastic Shed" on Thurs., Feb. 10 from 6-9 pm in SpHC 9; "Dog Sledding" on Sat., Feb. 12 from 11:30 am-5 pm, meet in the SpHC Lobby; "Valentine's Partner Yoga" on Mon., Feb. 14 from 8-9 pm in RSOP; and "Full Moon Snowshoe on Thurs., Feb. 17 from 6:30-10 pm, meet in RSOP Lobby.

For more info and registration, visit Recreational Sports Outdoor Program.

SPRING ACTIVITIES FAIR

The 2nd Annual Spring Semester Student Activities Fair, showcasing a sampling of more than 200 student organizations at UMD, will be held in the Kirby Ballroom on Thurs., Jan. 27 from 11 am-2 pm. For more info, contact Lacey.

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY EVENTS

The lecture "Why and how cells use filaments and force-producing machinery to organize their internal parts" will be presented by Bill Saxton, professor of Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California - Santa Cruz on Fri., Jan. 28 at 3:15 pm in LSci 185.

For more information, contact Department of Biology.

PLANETARIUM

The lecture "Skywatchers & The Native Sky" will be presented on Fri., Jan. 28 from 2-3:30 pm in the Planetarium.

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.

ALWORTH EVENTS

The Brown Bag lecture "The Singing Revolution: How Estonia Declared its Independence from the Soviet Union" by Cheryl Reitan, director of marketing and communication, will be held on Thurs., Feb. 3 at noon in the fourth floor Library Rotunda.

The international lecture "The Landscape Perspective: Management of the Biodiversity Semi-natural Grasslands in Sweden", Dr. Marie Stenseke, associate professor of geography, Göteborg University, Sweden, will be held on Tues., Feb. 15 at 7 pm in the fourth floor Library Rotunda.

The special event "WorldQuest - International Trivia Quiz Game" will be held on Thurs., Feb. 24 from 6-9:30 pm. Participants will compete in teams of eight people answering questions about flags and capitals, geographical features, international borders, people, and events in the news. Prizes will be awarded. The cost is $5 for students; $10 for others.

The Alworth Institute Reading Group presents a discussion of Happy Families by Carlos Fuentes on Mon., Feb. 28 at 7 pm in the fourth floor Library Rotunda.

For more info, contact the Alworth Institute, 218-726-7753.

BOULDER LAKE EVENTS

The following events will be held at the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center: A Snow Kite Expo from will take place Feb. 5-6, a Moonlight Ski/Snowshoe event will be held on Feb. 18 from 6-9 pm, the event "Mapping your land with GPS and free mapping software" will be held on Feb. 26 at the UMD Library from 9 am-3:30 pm, and the event "Wilderness and Remote First Aid" will take place March 19-20.

Pre-registration is required for all events. For more info, call 721-3731 email Boulder Lake or see Boulder Lake Events.

VISUAL LECTURE SERIES

Dan Goods, sculptor, will give a lecture on Tues., Feb. 8 at 6 pm in MonH 70.

John Christakos, designer, will give a lecture on Tues., Feb. 15 at 6 pm in MonH 70.

Mark Mahala and Teresa Downing, jurors for student exhibitions, will give a lecture on March 31 at 6 pm in MonH 70.

Anne S. Lindstrom, art education, will give a lecture on Tues., April 19 at 6 pm in MonH 70.

For info, contact the Department of Art and Design at 726-8225.

FILM ON OJIBWE ARTIST

The life and art of acclaimed painter Carl Gawboy, a Bois Forte Band member and UMD alumnus, is the subject of the documentary, Carl Gawboy Portrait: The Art of Everyday, produced by Lorraine Norrgaard. The 26-minute video will premiere at UMD in the Weber Music Hall on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 pm. A reception will follow in the Tweed Museum of Art. Gawboy is known for depicting traditional scenes of Ojibwe people hunting, fishing, and gathering. For more information, contact the American Indian Learning Resource Center at 726-6379.

EDDY LECTURE

The Eddy Lecture "The University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP): It's all about Intensive Therapy" by Mimi Block, will be held on Sat., April 16 from 8:30 am-4 pm in LSBE 118. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The cost is $50 if registered before March 25 and $60 after. For more information, visit the CSD Department.

Special Events

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE RALLY

A Student Rally will be held from 11 am-noon on Jan. 26 in the Kirby Lounge to kick-off UMD's efforts for the Feb. 19 Polar Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics Minnesota. This year, UMD has challenged St. Cloud State to see who can raise the most money for this cause. More information on the Polar Bear Plunge and a list of plungers can be found at Polar Plunge Minnesota. Last year the event broke records for both participation and dollars raised. Like last year, LSBE is spearheading UMD's efforts. For more info, contact Lawrence Johnson.

SPRING ACTIVITIES FAIR

The 2nd Annual Spring Semester Student Activities Fair, showcasing a sampling of more than 200 student organizations at UMD, will be held in the Kirby Ballroom on Thurs., Jan. 27 from 11 am-2 pm. For more info, contact Lacey.

ALUMNI RECEPTION

An alumni reception, Break the Ice, will be held at 5:30 pm on Sat., Feb. 5, in the DECC Mezzanine in Duluth. The Men’s Hockey game follows at 7:07 pm in the Amsoil Arena. For information, see Alumni Association.

BE THE CHANGE

Be the Change Conference & Action Day 2011 will be held on Sat., Feb. 26, from 8:30 am-5 pm in the Kirby Ballroom. UMD students are invited to learn, connect, and then lead on issues of global citizenry, sustainability, inclusion, and visionary leadership. A morning keynote entitled, "I'm in the Change the World Business," will be presented by Ryan Penneau, "edu-preneur", playwright, author, and speaker. For more information, see Kirby Leadership.

INAUGURATION

The inauguration of Lendley C. (Lynn) Black as the ninth chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth will take place on Fri., March 4. The Inauguration Ceremony will be held in the Romano Gymnasium at 2 pm, and a Campus Reception will follow. The public is invited to these events and many others held throughout the week. UMD faculty, staff, and students are especially invite to participate in the CHAMP Day of Service on Sat., March 5. See Inauguration for more info.

Glensheen

GLENSHEEN EVENTS

The historic Congdon estate, Glensheen mansion, is open for tours Sat. and Sun. from 10 am-3 pm.

Glensheen will host two Valentine's Day dinners on Sat., Feb. 12 and Mon., Feb. 14 at 6 pm. The dinners feature a station tour of Glensheen's 39-room mansion followed by beer and wine tasting sponsored by Cash Wise Liquor. Dinner, catered by Savories, will be served at 7 pm, accompanied by live music and a take-home-rose. Tickets available on the Glensheen website or by calling 1-888-454-GLEN.

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

Other Events - Faculty and Staff

IDS EVENTS

IDS is offering seven sessions of the Early Career Faculty Series of workshops. Sessions will be held on Thursdays starting on Jan. 27 from 12-2 pm in EduE 142. For further details and to register, contact Shelley Smith.

The workshops "Producing Meaningful Learning in Large Classes" will be held on Feb. 3 from 2-3:30 pm in KSC 268, and "Promoting Relevance: Using Civic Engagement to Focus Student Learning" will be held on Feb. 21 from 1-2:30 pm in KSC 268. To register for these workshops, contact Jason Ellis.

The workshops "Just Us: Conversations on Issues and Isms" will be held on Feb. 4 from 12-1:30 pm in EduE 142 and "Tech Talk" will be held on Feb. 17 from 12-1pm in EduE 142. To register contact Leane Rutherford.

For information on IDS events, visit Instructional Development Services.

STAFF TRAINING SESSIONS

The Office of Equal Opportunity is offering three training sessions: "Sexual Harassment Prevention" on Wed., Feb. 23 from 9-11 am in KSC 333, "Diversity" on Wed., March 23 from 1:30-3:30 in KSC 333, and "Sexual Assault Protocol" on Wed., April 13 from 10-11:30 am in the Garden Room. For more info, contact Catherine L. Rackliffe.

JUST US

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. For info, contact Leane Rutherford or 726-6207.

Campus News

Academic News

 

RICHARD III CHOSEN FOR REGIONAL COMPETITION

UMD Theatre announced the selection of The Tragical History of Richard III by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).The work has been selected as one of five plays in a six state region for the KCACTF’s Region V Festival and will be presented at the regional competition on the campus of Iowa State University in January 2011. This is the fifth time in ten years that UMD Theatre has been chosen to participate at the KCACTF Region V Festival.

UMD HOSTED ROBOTICS EVENT

UMD hosted the "FIRST" (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Preparation kickoff event on Jan. 8. More than 200 high-school students from the Duluth area and the Iron Range attended. Nearly 100 pounds of robotic materials were distributed to each of the 14 schools participating. The high-school students will have six weeks to design and build a robot for the regional competition to be held in March at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering students assisted the high-school students and will continue to mentor them with their ongoing projects. Swenson Associate Dean Stan Burns led the event.

UMD PROFESSOR'S RESEARCH FEATURED ON PBS

Matt Andrews, professor, Department of Biology, and director, Bio-Translational Research Center, will have his research featured on a PBS "Science Nova Now" show called "Human Hibernation." The show will air on Wed., Jan. 26.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The UMD Center for Economic Development announces the 19th annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards call for nominations. The categories for nomination are Micro-Entrepreneur Award, Emerging Entrepreneur Award, Established Entrepreneur Award, Mature Entrepreneur Award, and Innovation Award. To nominate a business or entrepreneur, visit UMD CED. The deadline for nominations is March 1. A regional luncheon celebration will take place on April 20 at the DECC.

"PIRATES OF THE CARROT BEAN" PRESENTED TO FIRST LADY

UMD Fine Arts Academy Voyageurs' "Pirates of the Carrot Bean" promotional DVD will be part of a high-level presentation on community engagements that addresses childhood obesity. It will be presented to First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move executive team in Washington D.C. in February. The Alliance of Community Health Plans, an HMO association based in Washington, D.C., is presenting the results of their January 2011 report "Pediatric Obesity: Addressing a National Challenge at A Local level" which included highlights from the UMD Voyageurs' collaboration with Bloomingdale, Minn. based HealthPartners. Since its inception in 2008, Voyageurs' musical-theatre production "Pirates of the Carrot Bean" has performed to over 15,000 school children throughout Minn. and NW Wis. bringing messages of healthy choices, nutrition, exercise, and fun to address the national problem of childhood obesity.

BOB NIELSON NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR; TWICE!

UMD football Head Coach Bob Nielson was selected as Liberty Mutual’s NCAA Division II Coach of the Year and was also named Division II Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

With the Liberty Mutual honor comes $50,000 to be dispersed among Duluth area charities designated by Coach Nielson. His five charities are Boys and Girls Club of the Northland, Mentor Duluth, Northern Lights Foundation, Udac (STEPS Program), and Peace in Christ United Church in Hermantown, Minn. to assist with construction of a new youth activity center. In addition, Liberty Mutual will donate $20,000 to the UMD Alumni Association. The Association has earmarked a majority of the funds to be used to endow the UMD Alumni Scholarship. This scholarship offers financial aid and networking opportunities to children and grandchildren of UMD alumni.

UMD BULLDOGS ARE NCAA DIV II CHAMPS

Following a hard-fought win in Alabama, the UMD bulldogs football team is a NCAA Division II Champion for the second time in three years. Lead by Coach of the Year Bob Nielson, the bulldogs denied all challengers, going undefeated throughout the entire season.

Administration News

UMD STORES

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UMD Stores has promotions and events year round.

KUMD

KUMD will have pre-race coverage of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon every morning at 8 am from Jan 24-28. There will be a KUMD booth at the race start on Sun., Jan. 30, at Jean Duluth Rd. and Riley Rd. Coverage of the race will run from Mon., Jan. 31-Wed., Feb. 2 at 8 am, noon and 4 pm.

KUMD is hosting a "Superhero of Trivia" contest. The contest starts Fri., Feb. 11 at 5 pm and features 50 hours of non-stop trivia. The deadline to register is Feb. 11 at 3 pm. For more info and registration forms, visit KUMD.

Faculty and Staff News

Academic

NEWS FROM FACULTY AND STAFF

All but two of Large Lakes Observatory's faculty are overseas in January, undertaking international research and workshops. Jay Austin, Stephanie Guildford, Bob Hecky, Tom Johnson,and Sergei Katsev are currently in Malawi for research on Lake Malawi and conducting an NSF-funded workshop on Water Sustainability and Climate in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa. Steve Colman is in India, serving on a research advisory panel for the National Geographic Society. Katsev and a graduate student also conducted research on Lake Kivu, East Africa, earlier this month. Nigel Wattrus and Erik Brown are conducting a geophysical survey of a dried up lakebed on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Steve Bardolph, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, has work in "Visual Forms" at the University Center Rochester Art Gallery (UCR) at the Rochester Community and Technical College from Jan. 27-March 4.

David Beard, assistant professor, Department of Writing Studies, and his co-author, William Keith, have won the Rohrer Award for Research of the American Forensics Association. The winning article, which appeared in Philosophy and Rhetoric, began as a collaboration sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study.

David Bowen, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, will be featured in a one-person art exhibit entitled "Data Sweep" at Esther Klein Gallery in Philadelphia through March 20.

Tricia Bunten, chief development officer, began her one-year term as chair of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council (MPGC) on Jan. 1. The Minnesota Planned Giving Council is the professional association for people whose work includes developing, marketing, and administering charitable planned gifts.

Jen Dietrich, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, and Sarah Nitschke's documentary short film, Philip Pearlstein: Naked Vision, will be screened at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in Sebastopol, Calif. from March 18-20.

Jill Doerfler, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, gave an invited presentation entitled "We Want Change: Constitutional Reform Among the White Earth Anishinaabeg, 2007-present," at the Inclusion and Representation in Anishinaabek Self-Government conference hosted by the Nipissing First Nation in Ontario on Jan 21.

Jason Ford, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, had three articles accepted in peer reviewed journals: “Tye-Dyed Teleology and the Inverted Spectrum,” in Philosophical Studies, “Helen Keller never was in a Chinese Room,” in Minds & Machines, and “Five Puzzles for Externalism,” in Logique et Analyse. Ford presented his findings from his paper "Five Puzzles for Externalism" at the 13th Meeting of the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference: Reference and Referring, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho; and Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.; April 30, 2010; and at the Fourth Conference of the Dutch-Flemish Association for Analytic Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven, January 21, 2010.

Joseph Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and three of his summer research students received awards at the annual joint meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in New Orleans on Jan. 7. Gallian won the Gung and Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics, which is the MAA's most prestigious award for service. He was cited for his work with summer research students, his work with Ph.D.s new to the academic profession, and for communicating mathematics to the widest possible audience. His summer student, Maria Monks, received the AMS/MAA Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student. Another summer student, Yufei Zhao, received Honorable Mention for the Morgan Prize. A third summer student, Sherry Gong, received the Alice T. Schafer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergraduate from the Association for Women in Mathematics.

John Goodge, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, returned to Minnesota on Jan. 16 after a successful month-long research trip to Antarctica, his 11th trip. On this trip, he spent time in the Transantarctic Mountains, where his team covered 932 miles. He also blogged for the New York Times about his National Science Foundation-funded research.

Janet Haynes, assistant professor, Department of Social Work, and Mary Cameron, associate director, Department of Human Resources, received Drum Major for Peace Awards from the Duluth Chapter of the NAACP at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the DECC on Jan. 17.

John Hiller, professor, and Sophia Chabysheva, research fellow, Department of Physics, gave invited talks at the Iowa State University workshop on Nonperturbative Quantum Electrodynamics on Dec. 10, 2010. Hiller spoke on "A light-front coupled-cluster method" and Chabysheva on "Nonperturbative light-front QED in an arbitrary covariant gauge."

Kjell Knudsen, dean, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, has been appointed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) to its blue ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality. The global committee of business and business school experts will evaluate the state of readiness of AACSB accreditation standards and processes to ensure the alignment of business practice and management education.

Allen Lipke, outreach education coordinator, Soudan Underground Physics Lab, recently gave short presentations on both neutrinos and Dark Matter to fifth and sixth grade students at science expos held at St. Cloud State University and in Grand Rapids. He is also teaching a University for Seniors class on aspects of the research being done at Soudan and Ash River and how that research links to Fermilab.

Susan N. Maher, dean, College of Liberal Arts, has been elected to the position of president of the Willa Cather Foundation Board of Governors. The Cather Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting understanding and appreciation of the life, time, settings, and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather. They oversee ongoing restoration and preservation of the largest living memorial to an author in the country, in Red Cloud, Neb.

Ron T. Marchese, professor, College of Liberal Arts, along with Marlene Breau, has a new book out, Splendor and Pageantry: Textile Treasures from the Armenian Orthodox Churches of Istanbul. The book, Citlembik Publishing, features a detailed study of Armenian arts and crafts. It is an extensive catalogue of sacred textiles in Istanbul Armenian churches.

Cal Metts, artistic director of the Voyageurs outreach troupe, will compete in the fifth annual Minnesota Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge on Feb. 10, at Marshall School’s Fregeau Auditorium. Metts will step out of his usual vocal roles to perform a tap dance with principal ballerina Suzanne Kritzberg.

Jim Miller, associate professor, Department of Geological Science, and Dr. Pete Hollings of Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, co-organized a two-day workshop (Dec. 16 & 17) at the Natural Resources Research Institute to discuss collaborative research among academic, government, and industry professionals targeted on the geology and mineral resources of the Midcontinent Rift in the Lake Superior region. The meeting was attended by 35 geoscientists and exploration geologists.

Miller also gave two presentations at a Canadian Institute of Mining workshop held in Thunder Bay, Ontario on Friday, Jan. 14. The workshop focused on copper-nickel-precious metal mineralization and was attended by 55 participants.

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, was selected as one of three artists to present a site specific design for consideration for installation at the new Public Safety Building by the Duluth Public Arts commission. She has been asked to prepare a finished design to suit the space. The final presentation is scheduled on Feb. 6.

Also, Suh's paper sculpture, "Between," has been featured in the Mid-America Print Council Journal, Volume 18, Numbers 3 & 4, 2010 with a brief review by Kerry Morgan at the "Printing Beyond the Plane: A Review of Prints: Now in 3-D!" section.

Natural Resources Research Institute

NRRI NEWS

Subhash Basak and Denise Mills published the paper “Quantitative structure-activity relationship studies of boron-containing dipeptide proteasome inhibitors using calculated mathematical descriptors” in the Journal of Mathematical Chemistry, volume 49, pp. 185-200, 2011.

Basak was also the guest editor of a special issue of Current Computer Aided Drug Design (Vol. 6), publishing seven invited paper by contributors in the field of graph theory and chemotopology. Basak and collaborators contributed the following articles in this special issue: “Chemo-Bioinformatics Based Mathematical Descriptors and their Applications in Computational Drug Design" by Basak, “A QSAR Study of HIV Protease Inhibitors Using Theoretical Descriptors,” by Basak, Mills, Rajni Garg, and Barun Bhhatarai, “Use of Mathematical Structural Invariants in Analyzing Combinatorial Libraries: A Case Study with Psoralen Derivatives,” by Basak, Mills, Brian D. Gute, Kanika Basak, and Gregory D. Grunwald, and “New Approaches to Drug-DNA Interactions Based on Graphical Representation and Numerical Characterization of DNA Sequences,” by Ashesh Nandy and Basak.

Basak also wrote an invited article entitled “Role of Mathematical Chemodescriptors and proteomics-Based Biodescriptors in Drug Discovery” in a special issue of the journal Drug Development Research.

Basak was invited to become an honorary editorial board member of the journal Research and Reports in Biodiversity Studies.

Endowed Taconite Chair Iwao “Pete” Iwasaki, retired from UMD at age 81. His first retirement took place 19 years earlier in 1991, when he returned to Japan after teaching and conducting research for 25 years at the University of Minnesota’s Mineral Resources Research Center in the Twin Cities. In 1999, at age 70, he came out of retirement to continue metallurgical and other research at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute’s Minerals Research Lab in Coleraine, Minn. For details about his career, see the story about him: "Like a Rock."

Pavel Krasutsky, Oksana Kolomitsyna and Sergiy Yemets published “Triterpene derivatives that inhibit human immunodeficiency virus type 1 replication” in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Jan. 2011, pages 542-545.

Minnesota Sea Grant

SEA GRANT NEWS

Research preproposals are due to Minnesota Sea Grant on Jan. 28.

Minnesota Sea Grant’s newsletter, The Seiche, came out in December. Features include articles on ballast water treatment technology, using genetically modified organisms for controlling invasive species, and the value of commercial fishing and processing to coastal communities.

Sea Grant reports that winds blew "whale burps" onto Superior's Shore.

"The Sea Grant Files" began on Jan. 19. The 5-minute radios broadcasts will air on KUMD 103.3 on Wed. mornings at 7:45 am, and will be available as podcasts and through iTunes.

IAGLR abstracts are due Jan. 21. There will not be a deadline extension. There is a special session on Sea Grant research moving to policy/management as well as an outreach and education session.

The Stormwater Education Program is scheduling five different NEMO programs for February and March and is negotiating funded 'work agreements' with over ten local watersheds. For example, NEMO recently agreed to an 18-month $10K education program for the St. Croix Basin.

Medical School-Duluth

MEDICAL SCHOOL-DULUTH

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Pharmacy Department

PHARMACY NEWS

Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, was invited to join the editorial board of the journal, Fluids and Barriers of the CNS (formerly Cerebrospinal Fluid Research).

Pam Gustaveson, administrator, and Terri Krause, executive office and administrative specialist, each received a College of Pharmacy Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service to the college. The awards were presented at the 2010 College of Pharmacy employee appreciation day held Nov. 30 at Glensheen.

Randall Seifert, senior associate dean, professor and head, together with College of Pharmacy Twin Cities colleagues Lowell Anderson, Tom Larson, and Bob Busch, received a $10,000 award from McKesson to support the College’s new advanced pharmacy practice experience in marketing services in rural pharmacies.

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Currents Schedule

Event Publicity

There are many ways to get publicity for your UMD events: Currents faculty-staff newsletter, the WEB Calendar of Events, Business Announce E-mail, Department Web pages, News Releases, the UMD Home Page, advertisements, producing brochures, and advertising in the Statesman student newspaper. For more details visit Getting Publicity for UMD Events and News.

Events Calendar

Scheduling events? Make sure you post them on the web calendar. Visit:

Don't forget, public events must be posted on the web calendar and sent to Currents before you can send out a UMD business announce message. For more information, contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996 or e-mail creitan@d.umn.edu.

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