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Our Treasures: Highlights from the Minnesota Museum of American Art will be on display through Sun., Oct. 23.

Psychedelic Signatures featuring 30 classic rock music posters from the collection of Andrew and Victoria Olson will be on display through Sun., Jan. 15, 2012.

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

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



An Evening of Wind Chamber Music, featuring the UMD Faculty Wind Quintet and Tracy Lipke-Perry, piano, will take place on Mon., Sept. 26 at 7:30 pm.

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



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The UMD Football team will play Upper Iowa on Sat., Sept. 10 at 1 pm in Malosky Stadium.


The UMD Soccer team will play Colorado School of Mines on Sun., Sept. 11 at 1 pm in Malosky Stadium.


The UMD Volleyball team will play Upper Iowa on Fri., Sept. 9 at 1 pm; Rollins on Fri., Sept. 9 at 7 pm, Winona State on Sat., Sept. 10 at 1 pm; California University of PA on Sat., Sept. 10 at 7 pm; Minnesota Crookston on Fri., Sept. 16 at 7 pm; Minnesota State-Moorhead on Sat., Sept. 17 at 4 pm; and Bemidji State on Tues., Sept. 20 at 7 pm. All games will be played in Romano Gymnasium.

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



The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium re-opened on Fri., Sept. 2, after an extensive renovation. The planetarium now features a full-dome theater, digital lighting, surround sound, laser shows, and more.

The Planetarium offers free public shows every Wed. and Fri. evening at 7 pm. The Planetarium presents the following: "Laser: Perseus and Andromeda" on Sept. 7 and 9 at 7 pm, " Nebulas and Laser: Orion" on Sept. 14 at 7 pm, and "Laser: Orion" on Sept. 16 at 7 pm. Private shows are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more.

The Planetarium also presents laser music shows. Themes include "Laser Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon" and "Laser U2." Visit the Planetarium website for a complete list of shows, times, and cost.


The lecture "The Manoomin Project: Multidisciplinary lake sediment core based research by Native American students on the wild rice lakes of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa" by Amy Myrbo, research associate, LacCore Limnological Research Center, will be held on Thurs., Sept. 15 at 3:30 pm in LSci 175.

A lecture by Josh Feinberg, assistant professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, will be held on Thurs., Sept. 22 at 3:30 pm in LSci 175. Title of lecture to be determined.

The lecture "Volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits: Perspectives from sea-floor, ophiolite, and environmental studies” by Randy Koski, emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif., Swenson College of Science and Engineering inductee, will be held on Thurs., Sept. 29 at 3:30 pm in LSci 175.

For more information, contact the Department of Geological Sciences.


Joan Gorman, art conservator, will give a lecture on Tues., Sept. 20 at 6 pm in MonH 70.

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


The Edwin Eddy Lecture "Pediatric Swallowing & Feeding: Decision Making with Complex Patients" presented by Joan Arvedson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will be held on Sat., Oct. 15 from 8:30 am to 4 pm is LSBE 118. Medical and health evaluation and management issues will be discussed through lecture, videotapes, and interactive discussions for problem solving.

For more information, visit the CSD Department website.




To mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, UMD has organized blood drives on Thurs., Sept. 8 from 8 am-4 pm and on Fri., Sept. 16 from 8 am-4 pm in collaboration Memorial Blood Centers and the Ahmidiyya Muslim Community. To reserve a time slot, visit Memorial Blood Centers, enter sponsor code 2094, and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Waqas Ahmad, Imran Hayee or call 218-726-6743.


Study Abroad 101 is held every Wed. during fall semester at noon in EduE room 50. It is a weekly open information session for students to learn the basics of study abroad at UMD. This session guide students on how to find affordable study abroad and other international opportunities that will work for their budget, academic, and personal goals.

UMD Study in England Programme Information Session will be held Wed., Sept. 14 from 4-5 pm in LSBE 125 and will provide information about study at the University of Worcester in Worcester, England.

UMD Fall Study Abroad Fair will be held Thurs., Sept. 22 from 10 am-3 pm in Kirby Ballroom. It is free and open to UMD students, faculty, staff, and the community and highlights UMD sponsored study abroad programs, UMD partner programs, and other study abroad related events. For more information on IEO events, visit 138 Kirby Plaza or


The Fall Student Activities Fair will be held Thurs., Sept. 8 from 11 am-2 pm on the Kirby Terrace for the entire campus community (rain site: Kirby Ballroom & Rafters). Over 100 student organizations will be represented from all categories including sports & recreation, Greek life, professional/academic/department, religious, political & social action, and special interest & hobby. Questions can be directed to:


E-Fest will be held on Wed., Sept. 14 from 10 am-2 pm in Kirby Student Center Ballroom. E-Fest is a career fair for UMD students and recent alumni interested in job and internship opportunities in engineering, computer science, math and science. Employers will be seeking candidates for internships and full-time positions, as well as promoting their companies.

On-campus interviews will be held the day of the fair and on Thurs., Sept. 15. Companies will select students to interview at the fair or students may request an interview through the schedules feature in GoldPASS.

Students/alumni can register at the door. There is no cost to attend.

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A dedication ceremony naming the new student residence, Ianni Hall, will take place at 11:30 am on Fri., Sept. 16. The ceremony will honor former Chancellor Lawrence A. Ianni, who will also speak at the event. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony located at 506 Niagara Court.

For more information, call 218-726-6176.


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

For more information, visit UMD Market Day website.



The historic Congdon estate, Glensheen mansion, is open daily from 9 am to 5:30 pm through Oct. 24. The first tour begins at 9:30 am, and the last tour begins at 4 pm.

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

Other Events - Faculty and Staff


The inauguration of Eric W. Kaler as president of the University of Minnesota system will be held at 11 am on Thurs., Sept. 22 in the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. The event will be broadcast via ITV in the Kirby Rafters on the UMD campus. All are invited to attend. For information, contact Corbin Smyth or call 218-726-7165.


Join the External Affairs team as they offer an informal one-hour workshop on what is needed to promote events and news to the UMD campus and the world beyond. This event will be held on Tues., Sept. 27 from 2-3 pm in the Tweed Museum of Art lecture gallery. The workshop is free and open to UMD staff and faculty. For more information, visit the event's webpage.


The UMD Alumni Association invites alumni, family, and friends to attend a pregame party at Target Field on Wed., Sept. 28 at 5:30 pm. The Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals game begins at 7:05 pm. For tickets and more information, email the UMD Alumni office or call 218-726-7164.

Campus News

Academic News



Elaine Hansen, director of the UMD Center for Economic Development Director and Jennifer Pontinen and Curt Walczak, professional business consultants, recently earned certification as Economic Development Finance Professionals (EDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC).

EDFP certification is awarded to individuals who successfully complete NDC's intensive training series and testing. The training provides instruction in business credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring and the creation and implementation of development programs.


Julia "Bunny" Jaakola, MSW, is the 2011 recipient of the "Outstanding MSW Field Supervisor and Civic Engagement Award." This award is given by UMD's Department of Social Work and recognizes a field supervisor who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional civic engagement. "Civic engagement" includes providing quality supervision to students completing their field placements, encouraging students' involvement in their communities both in their fieldwork and outside of field activities. The department seeks to recognize field supervisors who go "above and beyond" in their work with MSW students and in their communities.

Jaakola has supervised MSW students in field placements on the Fond du Lac Reservation since receiving her MSW from UMD and provided non-MSW support to students in field prior to that in a variety of administrative positions at Fond du Lac for over 20 years. Jaakola received multiple nominations from alumni and current students of the MSW program. She will be honored at the annual Fall Field Supervisor Training Luncheon on Mon., Sept. 19.


Administration News



The UMD Experts List provides the names of faculty and staff who are available to speak to the news media and the community. The revitalized list incorporates a "keyword" database that allows searching by name, topic, and or/departmental affiliation. Professors, researchers and other university leaders often contribute resources on topics that impact the world today. These faculty and staff members often speak at community and national events. Submit a listing to the Experts List at


Dates have been set for UMD faculty and staff who would like a studio portrait for UMD use. No appointment is needed. Department will determine if a photo is needed. The cost is $10, and the photo will be emailed to the department. Visit Brett Groehler in the new photography office, Darland 247, between 10 am-1 pm on Wed., Sept 7, and 1-3 pm on Tues., Sept. 13. Contact 218-726-7115 or


International Student Services (ISS) is looking for people who might be interested in hosting a student meal, organizing a day activity, and/or temporarily or permanently housing a new international student. If you could help, or would like more information, contact Trisha O'Keefe, international student advisor, 218-726-7531 or


KUMD has successfully installed a new transmission line, which will allow the radio station to continue its broadcasting for decades to come.

KUMD's ten-day Fall Pledge Drive will kick off on Sept. 30.

KUMD workshops are new this year. They will give UMD students an opportunity to get involved and learn about KUMD.


Visit UMD Stores for hours and merchandise information.

UMD Stores has promotions and events year round.

Faculty and Staff News



Nancy Diener,
assistant professor, Department of Education, was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to a three-year term on the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans. This state-wide body advocates for equal opportunity.

Jill Doerfler, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, was the Master of Ceremonies for the Nibi and Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews Symposium held Aug. 22-24. The symposium was convened by Erma Vizenor, chairwoman of the White Earth nation, and Robert Jones, senior vice president, System Academic Administration, University of Minnesota.

Julie Etterson, associate professor, Department of Biology, gave a plenary talk at the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, in Tuebingen, Germany, Aug. 20-25. The title was "Evolution in response to climate change."

Etterson, along with Margaret Davis and Ruth Shaw, will receive this year's William Skinner Cooper Award, given in honor of an outstanding contribution to the field of geobotany, physiographic ecology, plant succession, or the distribution of plants along environmental gradients. Their paper, "Evolutionary responses to changing climate," was published in Ecology in 2005. In their 2005 paper, Davis, Shaw and Etterson present a synthesis of ecological and evolutionary processes in plant populations during periods of rapid climate change, demonstrating a remarkable ability to identify and clearly outline important questions that will likely define a new research field.

Dennis Falk, professor, Department of Social Work, and Bill Payne, interim dean, School of Fine Arts, presented at the full-day institute on "Educating Globally Competent Citizens: Strategies and Resources for Teaching Seven Revolutions" at the Annual Meeting of the American Democracy Project in Orlando, Fla., on June 2. Also at this conference, Payne held a public online session with students from around the world who were participating in his internet-based course on "Theater and Global Change" that was offered through the New York Times Knowledge Network. Falk presented a workshop session on "Tried and True Activities for Educating Globally Competent Citizens."

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk “Distance magic labeling of hypercubes” at the 46th Czech-Slovak Conference on Graph Theory in Stiavnicky, Slovakia, June 6-10.

Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave a four-hour course on getting started on research and the closing address at a workshop sponsored by the Mathematical Association of American in Lexington, Ky., in August. Gallian also gave an after dinner presentation at the closing banquet for the annual Mathfest, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America in Lexington.

Karen Gran, assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, had a paper published in GSA Today entitled, "Landscape evolution in south-central Minnesota and the role of geomorphic history on modern erosional processes" with co-authors Patrick Belmont, Stephanie Day, Noah Finnegan, Carrie Jennings, J. Wesley Lauer, and Peter Wilcock.

John Hiller, professor and Sophia Chabysheva, research fellow, both of the Department of Physics, recently published "A first nonperturbative calculation in light-front QED for an arbitrary covariant gauge'' in Physical Review D, Volume 84, Issue 3.

Liz James, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, had her diptych titled "Topo Series" selected to be included in River to River; a regional exhibition that highlights the richness and diversity of ceramic art within Iowa and contiguous states. The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 18 and is being offered in conjunction with the inaugural Iowa Clay Conference sponsored by the Ceramic Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Jill D. Jenson, associate professor, Department of Writing Studies, recently published "Promoting Self-regulation and Critical Reflection Through Writing Students' Use of Electronic Portfolio" in the inaugural issue of the peer reviewed International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP), available online at This research was sponsored by the Bush Foundation, and portions of it were presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities held January 26-29, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif.

Lisa Johnson, morning host/producer at KUMD-FM radio station, attended the national No Kill Conference 2011 in Washington, D.C. at the end of July. The conference was presented by the No Kill Advocacy Center, the Animal Law Program at George Washington University Law School, and the No Kill Nation. The conference drew the nation’s top shelter directors, animal law attorneys, and shelter reform advocates to talk about creating No Kill communities with the goal of a No Kill nation.

Susan Maher, dean, College of Liberal Arts, had a peer-reviewed article, "Untidy Borders: Eamonn Wall's Negotiation of the American West," published in Western American Literature, Vol. 46, No. 2 (Summer 2011), pp. 143-61. It examines contemporary Irish poet Eamonn Wall and his complex personal geography that merges Irish and western American experiences in nearly two decades' worth of published work.

Daniel Martin and Janelle Wilson's (from the Department of Sociology/Anthropology) analysis of language and power relationships in the workplace now appears in the most recent issue of The Qualitative Report (Volume 16, Number 5, Sept. 2011 1245-1269). It bears the title, "A Tool in the Kit: Uses of Bullshitting Among Millennial Workers."

Martin participated in the Summer Institute in Political Psychology at Stanford University during the month of July. Stanford University's research institute brought together international scholars from diverse fields offering approximately one hundred hours of intensive training in political psychology. Martin's field of teaching and research is in social movements, protest, and change.

Martin presented the paper "Improvisational Repertoires: Police, Protesters, and the Street" at the Couch-Stone Symposium for Symbolic Interaction in Las Vegas. The paper is a product of Martin and John Hamlin's project, The State Suppression of Dissent – a project supported through a VCAA special funding grant. Martin also presented the paper “Police, Protesters and Peace Team Members: Peace as an Ideological State Apparatus" at the the annual meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association in Seattle.

Allen F. Mensinger, professor, Department of Biology, was recently elected to the Science Council at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. The Science Council is an advisory body of the MBL whose primary role is to advise the Director/CEO and inform the Board of Trustees on all research and education matters, including scientific appointments and the creation and review of Centers/Programs.

Donna Neveau, accountant at KUMD-FM radio station, recently attended the 46th Quadrennial Polish National Alliance Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. Polish National Alliance is one of the largest ethnic fraternal insurance organizations in the United States. Neveau also served on the convention's Order of the Day Committee.

John Pastor, professor, and Rachel MaKarrall, assistant professor, both of the Department of Biology, have paintings and drawings in the show "Places Between, Species Within" at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisc. The exhibit runs through Sept. 25. A round table discussion with exhibiting artists, will be held Sept. 25 from 2-4 pm. The show also includes paintings by other members of Project Art for Nature, a collaboration of artists and illustrators from Minnesota and Wisconsin creating artwork that promotes stewardship of threatened natural areas in our region.

Bob Sherman, development officer, College of Education and Human Services Professions, received the Distinguished Rotarian Award, First Place, from Rotary District 5580 (which covers 4 states and over 60 Rotary clubs). The award was presented for his leadership in creating and funding a new school in Russia for children with disabilities and helping a student from that school receive over $240,000 in medical treatment from Essentia Health. The student is recovering well from two major spinal surgeries and has a new wheelchair that she now can operate on her own.

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, had a solo exhibition at the Studio Channel Island Art Center in Camarillo, Calif., in August. Suh was invited to a multimedia exhibition, "Sheer Color", highlighting vibrant, translucent color in works of painting, sculpture, and installation at Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Ariz., from Sept. 3-24. The exhibit includes four artists.

Peter Willemsen, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, has been awarded a collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation to work with colleagues at the University of Utah on large scale simulations investigating the impact of green infrastructure on urban energy use and microclimate. The total award is approximately one million dollars over three years with NSF awarding $241,482 to Willemsen. The interdisciplinary team will utilize a suite of computationally based strategies to bridge simulation scales and improve understanding of how green infrastructure interacts with the urban environment at local (neighborhood), city, and meso-scales. Willemsen's lab will support the simulation development while also utilizing the his lab's interactive and immersive virtual environment to provide unprecedented understanding and refinement of the complex physical processes associated with transport and dispersion in an urban setting acrossscales from the street to the entire city. Willemsen's colleagues on the grant (Drs. Pardyjak, Harman, Steenburgh, and Stoll) are in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Utah.

Debao Zhou, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, had two papers published recently: “Development of Stretchable Conductors by Depositing Gold Trace on Pre-stretched Silicon Thin Film,” Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 63-64, pp 337-340, Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland, doi:10.4028/, June 2011, and Zhou and Jingzhou Wang, “Identification of Deer in Thermal Images to Avoid Deer-Vehicle Crashes”, in the Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Electronics and Optoelectronics (ICEOE 2011), Dalian, Liaoning, China, July 29-31.

Zhou was also invited to be one of the conference session chairs at the 2011 International Conference on Electronics and Optoelectronics (ICEOE 2011), Dalian, Liaoning, China, held July 29-Aug 1.

Natural Resources Research Institute


Bill Berguson gave a talk with Sharon Weyers (North Central Soil Conservation Lab) about the environmental and economic benefits of perennial biomass crops at the Summer Field Day for the North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab in Morris, Minn., on Aug. 18.

Amy Kireta, Euan Reavie, Jerry Sgro (John Carroll University), and Theodore Angradi, David Bolgrien, Brian Hill and Terri Jicha (all with the EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division) published “Planktonic and periphytic diatoms as indicators of stress on great rivers of the United States: Testing water quality and disturbance models” in the online publication Ecological Indicators.

Anna Peterson, doctoral candidate and avian researcher, is one of 101 students to receive a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year from the University of Minnesota graduate program. Peterson’s dissertation, “Conservation of Airspace and Terrestrial Habitat in a Major Bird Migration Corridor,” is the first study to proactively map these areas and will provide information for proper siting of wind turbines and other types of development to minimize impact to birds.

Minnesota Sea Grant


Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, received the Outstanding Educational Programming for Youth and Teachers Award at the Lake Superior Binational Forum’s annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Program in July. Hagley earned this recognition for her work with the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Great Lakes. This work encompassed helping to organize a highly successful youth symposium about Lake Superior and her skill at bringing scientists and educators together aboard the Environmental Protection Agency’s research vessel, Lake Guardian.


Large Lakes Observatory


The National Science Foundation’s Major Research Infrastructure Program has recommended funding $485,226 for a project entitled “Acquisition of Two Autonomous Moored Profilers for Lake Ecosystem Research” submitted by a group of LLO faculty (Jay Austin, associate professor, Department of Physics; Robert Hecky, Professor, Department of Biology; Stephanie Guildford, associate professor, Department of Biology; Erik Brown, professor, Department of Geological Sciences; Elizabeth Minor, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Josef Werne, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry). This innovative equipment will allow real-time observation of physical, biological, and chemical conditions in Lake Superior. This is the tenth MRI grant (total of $3 million) received by LLO scientists since the establishment of LLO in 1994.

Steve Colman, professor, Department of Geological Sciences and LLO, Werne, and Brown were invited attendees at the Lake Junin Scientific Drilling Workshop, held in Tarma, Peru (June 18-21) and sponsored by the International Continental Drilling Program. The workshop discussed strategies for drilling to exploit the records of South American climate contained in the sediments of Lake Junin and developed plans for submission of sub-components to national and international funding agencies.

Richard Ricketts, research associate, attended the Issyk Kul Scientific Drilling Workshop, held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (June 13-17) and sponsored by the International Continental Drilling Program. The workshop developed strategies to recover records of Asian climate contained in lake sediments from Issyk Kul and made plans for submission of proposals to national and international funding agencies.

LLO faculty (Tom Johnson, Regents professor, Department of Geological Sciences and LLO, Werne, and Brown) and students (Martijn Woltering, Lindsay Powers, Isla Castaneda, and Junmin Shi) were authors or co-authors of nine articles included in a special issue, entitled “Southern hemisphere tropical climate over the past 145ka: Results of the Lake Malawi Scientific Drilling Project, East Africa,” of the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (Vol. 303, April 2011).

Johnson was one of 20 earth scientists and anthropologists invited by Richard Leakey to attend a workshop on human evolution at the Turkana Basin Institute in northern Kenya in early August. The purpose of the workshop was to review current knowledge of the geological history of the Turkana region, where important discoveries of hominid fossils have been made by the Leakeys and their collaborators, and to discuss new research initiatives that will further understanding of the history and environmental conditions of human evolution in East Africa. Lake Turkana sediments hold a unique history of climate evolution and will be a target of future drilling. In addition, the lake is likely to become the site of an environmental disaster that may rival that of the Aral Sea. Dams being constructed on the inflowing Omo River to divert water for power generation will cause a dramatic drop in lake level and a corresponding increase in the lake’s salinity. Faculty from LLO are working to organize an expedition to Lake Turkana to document its environmental status before these major changes.

Graduate students working at the Large Lakes Observatory recently published two papers in peer-reviewed journals. Prosper Zigah, Ph.D. candidate in Water Resources Science, Minor and Werne, along with co-author S. L. McCallister, published a study entitled “Radiocarbon and stable carbon isotopic insights into provenance and cycling of carbon in Lake Superior” in Limnology and Oceanography vol. 56, pp. 867-886, 2011. Brittany Kruger, Ph.D. candidate in Water Resources Science, Brent Dalzell, former postdoctoral researcher at LLO, now at UMTC Department of Soil, Water and Climate, and Minor published “Effect of organic matter type and salinity on dissolved organic matter isolation via ultrafiltration and solid phase extraction,” in Aquatic Sciences, DOI: 10.1007/s00027-011-0189-4, 2011.

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