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"2011 Annual Student Exhibition" will be on display through May 8.

"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.

"Compassionate Witness: Drawings by Big Al Carter" will be on display through July 17.

"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 are featured throughout the year: Leon Nyarecha from May 3-8.

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



"An Evening of Extraordinary Opera Scenes" will be held on Thurs., May 5 and Fri., May 6 at 7:30 pm.

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

Theatre Events

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



The UMD Baseball team will play U of M Crookston on May 7 at 1 pm and May 8 at noon. All games will be held at Bulldog Park.

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



The Brown Bag "Volunteer Appreciation" will be held on Wed., May 4 from noon-1 pm in KSC 268.

For more information, contact Susana Pelayo-Woodward.


UMD has announced the faculty awards for the 2010-11 school year. Faculty members will be recognized at a special campus reception at 2:30 pm on Wed., May 4 in Griggs Center.


Joshua Andresen, assistant professor of philosophy at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, will present an International Lecture, "Democracy, Secularism, and Islam" on Wed., May 4 at 7 pm in Mon. H 70.

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


The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium presents the following: "Stargazing Tonight!" on May 4 and 6, and "Astronomy Day" on May 7.

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.


The lecture "Hot dolomite explodes!: Evidence of ancient earthquakes on the Naukluft" by Christie Rowe, assistant researcher, UC Santa Cruz, will be held on Thurs., May 5 at 3:30 pm in LSci 175.

For more information, contact the Department of Geological Sciences.


The lecture "Hormonal Regulation of Nectar Secretion in the Brassicaceae” by Megan Fekete, masters degree candidate, will be held on Fri., May 6 at 3:15 in LSci 185.

For more information, contact the Department of Biology.


The Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center presents the following events: "Boulder Birding Big Day" on May 7 from 7-11:30 am; "Boulderdash 5K Trail Run" on Sat., June 4 at 10 am. Registration is $15 before May 12 and $20 after. Pre-registration forms are available online; "Forest Management Field Tour" on June 29, with only 20 free spots; "Experience the Night" from July 15-16. Cost is $10 per person or $30 per family. "Master Naturalist Volunteer Training" from Aug. 22-26. The cost is $200 per person, with only 16 spots open.

For more information or to pre-register for any event, email John Geissler or call 218-721-3731.


Bill Payne, interim SFA dean and associate professor in UMD�s Theatre Department, is offering "Theater and Global Change," an on-line theater course from May 12-June 8. He is team-teaching with Benjamin D. Brantley, the chief theater critic of The New York Times. The course is open to the public.


Every Wed. from May 18-Sept. 28, there will be UMD Market Day in the Plaza: Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association (LSSFA) Farmers Market from 1:30-4:30 pm in the Kirby Plaza Bus Hub.

For more information, visit UMD Market Day.


The Edwin Eddy Lecture "Literacy and the SLP" by Barbra Wollak will begin on May 20 from 5 pm to 7:45 pm and continue on Sat. May 21 from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm in LSBE 118.

For more information, visit the CSD Department.

Special Events


UMD's Eni-gikendaasoyang, Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization, and the Grotto Foundation will host the sixth Minnesota Indigenous Language Symposium, May 16 and 17, at Black Bear Resort and Casino.

For more information, contact Jennifer Niemi



Glensheen is honoring moms with three opportunities for fine dining on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8. Families can choose from the following options: Brunch at 9:30 am, Lunch at 12:30 pm, and Dinner at 4:30 pm. Each option includes station tour and a meal.

Glensheen will be offering free standard house tours on Fri., May 27 in celebration of the 32nd anniversary of opening to the public. The complimentary community day begins at 9:30 am and the last tour starts at 4 pm. Tickets can be picked up in the ticket house, located in the base of Glensheen's parking lot beginning at 9 am. A limited number of tickets are available and an early arrival is suggested.

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

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

Other Events - Faculty and Staff


Join the University Relations Public Relations and Marketing team as they offer an informal one-hour workshop on what you need to know to promote your events to the UMD campus and the world beyond. This event will be held on Wed. June 8 from 2:30-3:30 pm in the Tweed Museum of Art lecture gallery. The workshop is free and open to UMD staff and faculty. Coffe, tea, and treats will be served. For more information, visit the event's webpage.


Join IDS and ITSS for Tech Talk + held from noon-1 pm on May 12 in EduE 142. RSVP via email or call x6207.

Campus News

Academic News


Jena Gordon, a second year graduate student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is the recipient of this year’s Karlind T. Moller Cleft/Craniofacial Scholarship. This award includes a one-year student membership in the American Cleft-Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and $500 for Gordon’ s research/project expenses. The award was given in recognition of Gordon’ s thesis project titled, “Survey of Second Year Speech Language Pathology Graduate Students’ Training in Cleft Lip/Palate. ” Gordon traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico in April to present her research at the annual ACPA meeting. Gordon’s thesis advisor is Assistant Professor Dana R. Collins.



The UMD Library will announce the winners of the 23rd annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) on Thurs., May 19 at 5 pm in the Ballroom. Forty-nine books are competing in five categories for the honor of being selected as the best books published in 2010 that substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle.

The public is welcome to attend this free, community event, featuring a book fair and dessert reception. Barton Sutter, Duluth’s first poet laureate, will emcee the formal program beginning at 6:30 pm, featuring best-selling children’s book author Mary Casanova as guest speaker.

NEMBA is presented by the UMD Library with financial support from Friends of the Duluth Public Library and Lake Superior Writers. For more information, go to the NEMBA website or call 218-726-7889.


The UMD Library and Lake Superior presents a writing workshop on writing children's books on Wed., May 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Library Rotunda reading room. The fee is $35 for Lake Superior Writers members and $40 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, contact Charlene Brown or call 218-525-4552.

Administration News



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KUMD is celebrating The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival this week, tune in for live music & interviews, who's playing where and when, and then watch for us at the show. 103.3FM

KUMD is currently accepting CD donations for the Annual CD Sale Fundraiser. Bring new or old CDs in cases to 130 Humanities by June 17 as a tax deductible donation to your favorite public radio station.

Join KUMD at the Park Point Art Fair from June 25-26 for the Annual KUMD CD Sale Fundraiser. All funds raised go to support "The Basement" student-run radio on after 9pm on 103.3FM KUMD Duluth Public Radio.

For more information, contact KUMD.

Faculty and Staff News



Steve Bardolph, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, will have his work "Duncan Rose Falls" included in "North of the 45th," an annual upper midwest juried art exhibition from June 3-July 24 at the DeVos Art Museum on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. Juror Lisa Stone, curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, chose Bardolph's photographic panorama from a field of over 700 images submitted by more than 150 artists. The goal of the juror was to construct an exhibition with "the strongest original and resolved works across represent the ways that artists in the region are working."

Jill Doerfler, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, presented "21st Century Constitutional Reform among the White Earth Anishinaabeg” at the Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium sponsored by the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy at the University of Minnesota on April 29.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk “Graceful and rosy labelings of kayak paddles” at the 42nd Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing in Boca Raton, Fla. The talk was based on joint research with two UMD students. Leah Tollefson obtained her results as part of her UROP project while she was an undergraduate student; Ann Literski’s results are part of her ongoing research for her Masters Thesis.

Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was keynote speaker at the Troy Mathfest at Troy University in Alabama on March 26.

Karen Gran, assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, had a paper published in the journal Geology, v. 39, entitled "Long-term elevated post-eruption sedimentation at Mount Pinatubo, Philippines" with co-authors David Montgomery and Julia Halbur.

Thomas C. Johnson, regents professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Large Lakes Observatory, has been named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). AGU is the largest geoscience association in the world, and Fellows are limited to 0.1 percent of the membership.

Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Health Informatics (ACM SIGHIT). The advisory board participates in setting policy and direction for SIGHIT.

Alexis Pogorelskin, associate professor, Department of History, had her article "Phyllis Bottome's The Mortal Storm: Film and Controversy" published in the Dec. 2010 issue of the refereed journal The Space Between, Literature and Culture, 1914-1945. The article was based on the essay that shared the prize for Best Paper at the The Space Between Conference: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945 held at Notre Dame in 2009.

Guy Sander, assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, published a paper in Metabolic Engineering, v. 13. The article "The expression of 1-deoxy-D-xylulose synthase and geraniol-10-hydroxylase or anthranilate synthase increases terpenoid indole alkaloid accumulation in Catharanthus roseus hairy roots" is co-authored by Christie Peebles, Erik Hughes, Ryan Peacock, Jacqueline Shanks, and Ka-Yiu San.

Karen Salmela, instructor, Department of Accounting, received the Girl Scouts - Women of Distinction Award for her work in the community supporting women and girls. She will receive the honor on Fri., May 13 from noon-1 pm at Holiday Inn and Suites, Great Lakes Ballroom. RSVP via email by May 6.

Natural Resources Research Institute


Subhash Basak has joined the honorary editorial board of Reports in Theoretical Chemistry, an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing original research, reports, reviews and commentaries on all areas of theoretical chemistry.

Don Fosnacht presented research co-authored by Iwao Iwasaki, Richard Kiesel, David Englund, David Hendrickson and Rodney Bleifuss on “Next-Generation Metallic Iron Nodule Technology for EAF Steelmaking” at the Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition in Indianapolis, Ind. from May 2-5.

Several NRRI researchers participated in the 84th annual Meeting of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Minnesota Section and 72nd annual University of Minnesota Mining Symposium held Apr. 12-13 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center:
1) Dave Hendrickson chaired a general mining session.
2) Steve Hauck chaired a non-ferrous session in which Larry Zanko and Don Fosnacht gave a talk on “Research, Development and Marketing of Minnesota’s Iron Range Aggregate Materials for Midwest and National Transportation Applications: An Overview and Presentation of Major Project Findings.”
3) Blair Benner chaired a session on processing.
4) Don Fosnacht, Richard Kiesel and David Englund gave a talk on “Development of Advanced Iron Ore Metallization Technology at the Coleraine Minerals Research Laboratory.”

Jennifer Olker received a Best Student Poster award for presenting “Development, size, and gonadal endpoints differ in two native frog species exposed to atrazine and accelerated pond-drying” co-authored by Lucinda Johnson, Patrick Schoff and R. Johnson (EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division), at the joint meeting of Midwest Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Chicago Regional Chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis, held at Lake Geneva, Wis. from Mar. 23-24.

Christopher Chizinski (University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus) Anna Peterson, JoAnn Hanowski, Charles Blinn (University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus), Bruce Vondracek (U.S. Geological Survey), and Gerald Niemi published “Breeding bird response to partially harvested riparian management zones” in the journal Forest Ecology and Management June 2011 issue.

Minnesota Sea Grant


Applications are being accepted for the Sea Grant-hosted COSEE Great Lakes’s cruise on Lake Superior from July 20-27. This is a professional development opportunity for teachers of grades 4-10 and non-formal educators.

Jeff Gunderson, director, participated on the National Review Team selected to evaluate the University of Delaware Sea Grant Program from Apr. 11-14.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, facilitated a breakout session to help map out a research agenda for aquatic invasive species at the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship's (IGERT) Symposium, "Bioeconomic Modeling of Human-Mediated Invasive Species Dispersal: Tools for Resource Managers" at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus on Apr. 15.

Jensen and Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist, attended the Lake Superior Binational Program's Work Group Biannual Meeting on April 19-21 at Lake Superior Shores Resort in Two Harbors, Minn. Jensen gave an update on implementing a regional aquatic invasive species outreach campaign by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, led by Minnesota Sea Grant, funding by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Jensen and Kitson talked about the aquatic invasive species on Northland NewsCenter’s Today Show on Sun., May 1.

Sharon Moen, interim communications coordinator, gave a presentation to the Two Harbor Rotarians about Sea Grant founder Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus.

Jesse Schomberg, Cindy Hagley, and John Bilotta traveled to New Hampshire to train facilitators in 10 states to use the watershed game from Apr. 12-15.

Sea Grant staff gave presentations at the Minnesota Lakes and River’s Conference from Apr. 28-29 in Saint Cloud, Minn. They also helped staff the "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" booth there.

The Sea Grant Files’ newest episodes, hosted by Schomberg, are online.

Medical School-Duluth


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Pharmacy Department


Erin Sheets, associate professor, attended the Science, Engineering, and Technology Congressional Visits Day from April 6-7 in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Biophysical Society. Over 250 scientists and engineers met with staff of their representatives and senators to encourage continued investment in R&D and education.

Debbie Sisson, assistant professor, presented “75 year History of MSHP” at the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists conference in Duluth, Minn. on Mar. 25.

Marcia Worley, associate professor, has been appointed to serve as department head for Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PPPS). Worley joined the PPPS faculty in 2003 and has served as associate department head since 2009.

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