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Art


ART EXHIBITS

Clay + Print, works by Paul Andrew Wandless, will be on display through Sun., Jan. 8, 2012.

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.

The UMD Faculty Art Exhibit will be on display through Sun. Mar. 4, 2012.

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

Student shows will be featured throughout the year: Matt Olin from Dec. 6-11.

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


Music


CONCERTS AND EVENTS

The Winter Big Band Concert, conducted by Ryan Frane and Tom Pfotenhauer, will be performed on Wed., Dec. 7 at 7:30 pm.

Vocal Jazz Lake Effect and Chill Factor, conducted by Tina Thielen-Gaffey, will be performed on Sat., Dec. 10 at 7:30 pm.

A faculty artist recital with Betsy Husby, cello, and Alexander Chernyshev, piano, will be performed on Sun, Jan. 29, 2012 at 3 pm.

A Junior High Honor Choir Concert, coordinated by Stanley R. Wold, will be performed on Tues., Jan. 31, 2012 at 4 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 218-726-8561.


Theatre


THEATRE EVENTS

Target Behavior by Caity Shea Violette will be performed on Dec. 7, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 pm at the Dudley Experimental Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center.

For information, call the UMD Box Office at 218-726-8561 or see the Department of Theatre website.


Athletics

BASKETBALL-MEN'S

The UMD Men's Basketball team will play Northern State on Fri., Dec. 16 at 8 pm, U of Mary on Sat., Dec. 17 at 6 pm, Concordia-St. Paul on Fri., Jan. 13 at 8 pm, St. Cloud State on Sat., Jan. 14 at 6 pm, Southwest Minnesota State on Fri., Jan. 20 at 8 pm, and Minnesota State-Mankato on Sat., Jan. 21 at 6 pm. Games will be played in the Romano Gymnasium.

BASKETBALL-WOMEN'S

The UMD Women's Basketball team will play Northern State on Fri., Dec. 16 at 6 pm, U of Mary on Sat., Dec. 17 at 4 pm, Concordia-St. Paul on Fri., Jan. 13 at 6 pm, St. Cloud State on Sat., Jan. 14 at 4 pm, Southwest Minnesota State on Fri., Jan. 20 at 6 pm, and Minnesota State-Mankato on Sat., Jan. 21 at 4 pm. Games will be played in the Romano Gymnasium.

HOCKEY-MEN'S

The UMD Men's Hockey team will play Alabama Huntsvile on Fri., Jan. 20 and Sat., Jan. 21 at 7:07 pm. They will play Michigan Tech on Fri., Jan. 27 and Sat., Jan. 28 at 7:07 pm. Games will be played at Amsoil Area.

HOCKEY-WOMEN'S

The UMD Women's Hockey team will play University of Minnesota Twin Cities on Fri., Jan. 13 and Sat., Jan. 14 at 7:07 pm. Games will be played at Amsoil Area.

TRACK-MEN'S

The men's track team will compete in the St. Scholastica Invitational on Sat., Jan. 14 time to be determined at the College of St. Scholastica.

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


Lectures/Workshops/Classes

MULTICULTURAL EVENTS

WRAC Holiday Party, sponsored by Women's Resources and Action Center, will be held on Wed., Dec. 7 at noon at the KSC 266.

On-Campus Volunteer Opportunity, sponsored by Student Engaged in Rewarding Volunteer Experiences, will be performed on Thurs., Dec. 8 at 10:30 am.

Kwanzaa, sponsored by Black Student Association, will be held on Sat., Dec. 10 at 5 pm at the Kirby Ballroom.

Brown Bag: Yoga and Relaxation, presented by Molly McManus of Yoga North and sponsored by Women's Resource and Action Center, will be held on Wed., Dec. 14 at noon at KSC 268.

For more information, contact Susana Pelayo-Woodward.


PLANETARIUM

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium offers free public shows every Wed. and Fri. evening. All shows begin at 7 pm, unless otherwise noted. The Planetarium presents the following: "Stargazing Tonight" on Dec. 7, "Evolution of the Universe" on Dec. 9, "AAS Presents: Stars" on Dec. 14, "Astronomy Lessons from Star Wars" on Dec. 16, and "Star of Bethlehem" on Dec. 21 and 23. Private shows are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more.

"Wilbear", an all-dome program for children about a teddy bear who wants to fly, will be presented on Sat., Dec.10, 17, and 24 at 2 pm. The Planetarium will also present "Marsquest" on Sat., Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 7 pm.

The Planetarium gift shop is open on Wed. and Fri. from 3-8 pm. They offer educational gifts and toys, astronomy books, binoculars, small telescopes, glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, fleece jackets, coffee mugs, water bottles, Astronaut Ice Cream (freeze dried), and much more.


ALWORTH EVENTS

International Brown Bag Lunch Lectures
"Connecting Sweden, Uganda and the U.S.: Global Connections though On-line" presented by Aydin Durgunoglu, professor, UMD Department of Psychology, will be presented on Thurs., Dec. 8 at noon in the Library Rotunda.

International Lectures
"Rwanda Recovers: Reflections of a Peace Corp Volunteer" presented by Shawn Grund, U.S. Peace Corp volunteer and 2010 UMD College of Liberal Arts graduate, will be presented on Wed., Dec. 14 at 7 pm in Mon80.

For more information, contact the Alworth Institute or call 218-726-7493.


DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

The lecture "Studies in Organic Synthesis: Plakortethers and C-H Insertion on Sulfonates" by Alexei Novikov, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, will presented on Fri., Dec. 9 from 3- 4 pm.

All lectures are held in LSci 175, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY SEMINARS

The lecture "Sex Differences in Striatal Neurons" by John Meitzen will be presented on Fri., Dec. 9 at 3:15 pm.

All lectures are held in LSci 185, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the Department of Biology.


DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES EVENTS

The lecture "Let's get Passive-The use of Ambient Seismic Vibrations for Investigating the Subsurface of Minnesota" by Val Chandler, senior scientist, Minnesota Geological Survey, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, will be presented on Thurs., Dec. 15 at 3:30 pm.

All lectures are held in LSci 175, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the Department of Geological Sciences.


BOULDER LAKE EVENTS

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center is offering the following events: Tracking Workshop on Sat., Dec. 17, Wilderness and Remote First Aid on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 7-8, Boulder Lake Ski Race & Snowshoe Stomp on Sun., Jan. 15, Up North Winter Sport Sampler - Courage Duluth on Sat., Jan. 21, JeeHaw Jaunt Skijoring Race on Sun., Jan. 22, Moonlight/Candlelit Ski or Snowshoe Family Fun Event on Fri., Feb. 3, Winter Tree and Shrub Identification on Sat., Feb. 11, and Nature Writing Workshop on Sat., Feb. 25.

For more information, including times, costs, registration, and driving directions, visit the Boulder Lake website, or contact John Geissler or call 218-721-3731.


SPECIAL EVENTS


INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION EVENTS

Study Abroad 101 is held every Wed. during fall semester at noon in EduE 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.

For more information, visit IEO events or stop by Kirby Plaza 138.


A SHORT STORY READING

Professor Joseph Maiolo will read one of his own works, the short story, "Saint Matthew in Appalachia," on Fri., Dec. 16 at 3 pm in the Weber Music Hall. The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact the English Department, 218-726-8228.


Glensheen


GLENSHEEN EVENTS

The historic Congdon estate, Glensheen mansion, site is open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm; first tour begins at 10 am, and last tour begins at 3 pm. Weekday tours are available upon request, based on availability. Tours featuring Glensheen's holiday decorations run weekends through Jan. 15 (with the exception of Dec. 24 and 25).

Glensheen Holiday Brunches will be held on Sat. and Sun., Dec. 10 and 11 and Dec. 17 and 18 at 10 am. This event includes a tour of the decorated mansion and brunch, complete with a wassail toast.

Holiday Tea for Dolly and Me will be held on Sat., Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 at 2 pm. This tea for children, their dolls or bears, includes a special tour of the mansion, a program, and a tea.

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


Other Events - Faculty and Staff


HUMAN RESOURCE EVENTS

Anne Phibbs, education director, UM Office for Equity and Diversity, and Maria Eustaquio, UM equal opportunity consultant, will present the following:

"Understanding and Valuing Equity and Diversity: Communications, Interactions, Policies and Procedures" will be presented on Wed., Dec. 7 from 8:30-11:30 am in Kirby Plaza 309. Register online. "Managing Difficult Conversations Around Issues of Equity and Diversity" will be presented on Wed., Dec. 7 from 2-3:30 pm in Kirby Plaza 309. Register online. "Being an Ally in the Work of Equity & Diversity" will be presented on Thurs., Dec. 8 from 10 am-noon in Kirby Plaza 309. Register online. For more information about any of these presentations, contact Cathy Rackliffe or call 218-726-6827.  

The workshop "21 Days to a Green Life" will be held on Tues., Dec. 20 from noon-12:45 pm in the KSC 323. The event is free for faculty and staff. For more information, contact Rachel Gilbertson.


HEALTH SERVICES EVENT

The annual UMD Student Health Fair, "Paint Your Life With Wellness," will be held on Wed., Dec. 7 in the Kirby Rafters from 11 am-2 pm. During the event, wellness classes will be taught in Kirby 268: Meditation by the UMD Meditation Club from 11 am-noon, Tai Chi by the Christal Center from noon-1 pm, and Yoga by Yoga North from 1-2 pm.

Two movies will also be shown the day of the fair: Sweet Misery: A poisoned world, a documentary about artificial sweeteners, will be shown from noon-1:30 pm in the Multicultural Lounge. Tapped, a documentary about drinking water being sold as a commodity rather than a basic human right, will be shown from 7 pm in Life Science 175.

For more information about these events, visit the Health Services website.


TECH TALK PLUS

Tech Talk Plus will be held on Thurs., Dec. 8 and Wed., Dec. 21 from noon-1pm in EduE 142. Tech Talk Plus offers a forum for faculty from all disciplines to come together over lunch and discuss uses and abuses of educational technology. RSVP to Leane Rutherford or call 218-726-6207.

For information on Tech Talk Plus events, visit Instructional Development Services.


JUST US

The workshop "Understanding Privilege" will be held on Fri., Dec. 9 from 12-1:30 pm. All sessions meet in EduE 142.

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 more information, contact Leane Rutherford or call 218-726-6207.


IDS EVENTS

The workshop "Active Learning Strategies" will be held on Mon., Dec. 12 from 2-3:30 pm in KSC 268.

Register with Jason Ellis or call 218-726-6214. For information on IDS events, visit Instructional Development Services.


Campus News

Academic News


HOW DID YOU COME TO BE HERE?

Chancellor Lendley C. (Lynn) Black and the Diversity Commission (DivCom) invite students, faculty and staff to participate in the year-long 2011-2012 campus project How Did You Come To Be Here? The entire UMD community is encouraged to watch “The Danger of a Single Story” and share their story on a special website.

Faculty and staff are asked to consider integrating the theme into their spring courses. Several faculty and staff integrated the Share Your Story theme into their courses this fall. The resource will continue into spring term as well. The DivCom has created a website dedicated to the integration of equity, diversity and social justice into the curriculum across disciplines. The website includes information and ideas on syllabus creation, creating an inclusive classroom climate, resources including videos, websites, curriculum, etc. as well as tips and examples from colleagues across campus. Contact Shelley Smith, Department of Instructional Development Service or Paula Pedersen, DivCom curriculum integration chair, for guidance or suggestions.

This spring there will be an official call for proposals across campus and academic units to submit examples of curricular and co-curricular development around the theme. Selected submissions will be compiled into a multidisciplinary “lesson guide” to accompany a DVD of the production.

The UMD’s Commission on Women is seeking “How Did You Come To Be Here?” stories from women in academia. Send submissions to forse045@d.umn.edu and indicate if the story may be shared with the author's name, anonymously, or simply added to the archives. UMD's Instructional Development Service (IDS) will be choosing from the stories that may be shared for an article that will be published in the IDS Newsletter. All stories will be added to the Commission on Women's website


CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Office for Public Engagement (OPE) seeks proposals for the Engaged Department Grant Program which supports departmental or academic program teams that wish to develop or strengthen research­focused or teaching-focused university/community engagement initiatives for faculty and/or students. The purpose of this initiative is to advance the institutionalization of public engagement at the University of Minnesota by furthering the integration of public engagement into the programmatic features of academic departments. Request for proposals are available on the OPE website. Proposals are due by 5 pm on Fri., Dec. 9, 2011. For more information, contact Kate Kent.


DIVERSITY FUNDS AVAILABLE

Limited funds are available to support UMD-centered activities sponsored by UMD staff (civil service bargaining and non-bargaining employees) and students or student organizations that focus on diversity, discrimination, social justice, sexual harassment prevention, equal opportunity/affirmative action and inclusivity.

Effective 2011-2012, $2,000.00 has been allocated on a recurring basis for diversity initiatives for students and/or student organizations, and $3,000.00 has been allocated on a recurring basis for staff (civil service bargaining and non-bargaining employees) diversity initiatives. Small grants (up to $300.00) may be awarded to staff (civil service bargaining and non-bargaining employees) and individual students or student organizations. Major grants ($301 and above) may also be awarded to staff (civil service bargaining and non-bargaining employees) and individual students or student organizations.

Applications are accepted beginning July 1 of each year and will continue on a rolling basis throughout the academic year as long as funds are available. For more information. visit the grant guidelines and application website. For questions, contact Mary Cameron or call 726-7912.


NEMBA READING TEAM MEMBERS SOUGHT

The UMD Library's Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) team and the Friends of the Duluth Public Library are looking for people to serve as readers on the NEMBA reading teams. These teams will select the winning books in the award’s six categories: (1) General Nonfiction, (2) Fiction, (3) Art, Photography, (4) Children’s Literature, (5) Poetry, and (6) Memoir and Creative Nonfiction. The NEMBA awards are sponsored jointly by the UMD Library, the Duluth Public Library, and Lake Superior Writers. The awards presentation ceremony will be held in UMD’s Kirby Ballroom on Thurs., May 17, 2012. Teams are not seeking professional literary critics, but rather a diverse group that represents the different backgrounds and lifestyles of the Northland. To obtain a reading team member application or to learn more about the NEMBA awards, visit the UMD Library website or contact Kim Pittman.


UMD STUDENTS WIN AT CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT

UMD Chemical Engineering and Environmental Science students took the second and third place prizes at the 26th 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.

This year’s challenge was to develop a plan for a small Minnesota city to remove phosphorus from the city’s waste water releases and to achieve a 20% reduction in total water use. The teams competed on three elements: 1) written solution submitted prior to the conference, 2) table-top presentation at the conference, and 3) formal presentation at the conference.

The second place prize ($800) was awarded to Hirsi Ali (ChE), Joseph Balmer (ChE), and Ben Egelske (ChE). The third place prize ($500) went to Kyle Block (ChE), Linnea Henkels (ESci), Andrew Mickelson (ESci), and Aaron Ostlund (ESci).


SAVE THE DATE: CHAMP DAY OF SERVICE

This spring, the Office of Civic Engagement with be holding its second annual CHAMP (Connecting Hopes with Action to Mobilize People) Day of Service. The 2012 event will be held on Sat., April 21, as a culmination to National Volunteer Week. This community day provides an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to give back to the Duluth community by working on a number of site-based projects with local agencies. Visit the OCE website for more information about their initiatives.


Administration News


UMD RECEIVES ENERGY SAVINGS REBATE CHECK FROM MN POWER

On Tues., Nov. 22, UMD received an $18,183 energy savings rebate check from Minnesota Power's Manager of Energy Efficiency programs, Tina Koecher. Chancellor Black spoke about the savings and energy equipment installed for sustainability, and how the construction has incorporated innovative methods to save on greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2002, UMD has received $492,184 in rebates from Minnesota Power. For more information, read the news release.


SWENSON CIVIL ENGINEERING BUILDING RECOGNIZED

The James I. Swenson Civil Engineering Building received the Distinguished Building Award from AIA (American Institute of Architects) Chicago. A photograph of the building appears on the Nov./Dec. 2011 issue of Chicago Architect.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS AND SERVICES NEWS

The University of Minnesota has added Google+ to the list of Google apps that are available to students, faculty, and staff who already have a U of M Google account. Users should find the link for Google+ in their list of available Google Apps. Google+ is a social networking application similar to Facebook, but it allows users to place others into groups called circles in order to better control how information is shared. It also includes video conferencing for up to 10 simultaneous users with integrated document collaboration. For more information, see Google+ Is Now Available.  

A conversion to an upgraded main web server happened on Oct. 31, 2011 at 6 am. The system now has more capacity, improved network connectivity, and redundant network connections. This was more than a usual upgrade, and ITSS started warning customers in August that potentially large changes were coming. For web page issues, contact the Help Desk or call 218-726-8846.


COFFEE CUP COMPOSTING AT UMD

UMD Food Services and the UMD Office of Sustainability have partnered to collect compostable coffee cups purchased from the Northern Shores Coffee Shop. The project is aimed at reducing the amount of waste UMD sends to be landfilled and can actually reduce costs for UMD. Biodegradable coffee cups from the Northern Shores Coffee Shop, Plaza Food Court, and UMD Catering can be tossed in the bin outside Northern Shores designated for coffee-cup composting. Compostable cups all have the ecoProducts/ecoLids logos on them and have been specifically purchased for their biodegradable properties.

In 2009, the coffee shop was estimated to give out roughly 250,000 disposable cups per year. Earlier this year, the coffee shop switched to 100 percent biodegradable cups and lids; this pilot project will divert these biodegradable items from the landfill and allow them to be composted instead. Coffee cups from other vendors are typically not compostable, along with most other beverage cups, and not accepted in the new bin. This pilot program is sponsored by UMD Dining Services, Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, and Northern Shores Coffee Shop. Food waste from the dining center is already sent to the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District for composting. The biodegradable cups and lids will be delivered to the WLSSD food waste recycling program for composting as well. Results from the pilot may help determine future expansion of composting programs across campus.


KUMD

Listen to Northland Morning. On Wed., Dec. 7 at 8 am, the guest will be Donna Revak, a tree farm operator and head of the Go Green, Get Real program. At 8:15 am, Green Visions features an interview with Ian Kimmer, northern communities program director for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

On Thurs., Dec. 8 at 8 am, KUMD’s Caring and Sharing Holiday Series continues with Lars Kuehnow, executive director of Arc Northland.

On Fri., Dec. 9 at 8 am, the guest will be Allen Fields, artistic director emeritus of the Minnesota Ballet and choreographer of this weekend's The Manhattan Nutcracker.

Listen to World Café weekday afternoons from 3-5 pm for an eclectic mix of contemporary music and live performances and interviews. On Wed., Dec 7, the guest will be Blitzen Trapper; on Thurs., Dec. 8, Blind Pilot; and on Friday, Dec. 9, Mayor Hawthorne, who gives his modern spin to ‘60s soul and pop. Find more information on the World Café.

For a complete list of programming, visit KUMD.


UMD STORES

Give a gift from UMD Stores. Look for holiday specials in the street level, lower level, and EXPRESS now through Dec. 23. Gamma Sigma Sigma is sponsoring Gift Wrap for Charity in Kirby Plaza through Dec. 9 during store hours. Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program. Enjoy holiday music with Dan Eaton and the UMD Tuba Ensemble from 1-2pm on Dec. 8 in the Kirby Plaza Bus Hub.

Get cash for textbooks at UMD Stores EXPRESS (109 Kirby Plaza). Textbook buyback hours are December 16-17, and 19 from 8 am-4 pm, December 20-21 from 8 am-6pm, and December 22 from 8 am-3pm. A photo ID is required. Register to win $50 gift cards and more. If a textbook was purchased as part of a kit or package, all of those parts including CDs, DVDs, extra workbooks, etc. must be included in order to receive the best price on textbooks. Return rental textbooks to UMD Stores Lower Level at the "Returns" desk.

UMD Stores has partnered with MBS Textbook Exchange, the nation's largest textbook wholesaler, to offer the best prices for used books. Sell books anytime under "textbooks" and receive free shipping.

Spring semester textbook reservation pickup is January 14-16, and textbook returns are January 17-20, 23-24 in UMD Stores EXPRESS. The last day to return Spring semester textbooks is January 24. There will also be a wholesale textbook buyback in Kirby Student Center January 19-20 from 8 am-4 pm.

Shop UMD Stores. Get rewards. Every dollar spent at UMD Stores equals one point. Hit 1,000 points and earn a $10 UMD Stores Gift Card. Sign up for UMD Stores Rewards and receive 100 points just for signing up.

Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores street level.

Don’t take a plastic bag and get a wooden nickel to drop in the charity bin. Bring a bag or purchase a reusable bag at UMD Stores. Three charities benefit from this conscious effort to go green at UMD Stores! The three charities are Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women, UMD Office of Sustainability, and the COMPASS after school program at the YMCA. (Purchases must be "baggable" merchandise to earn wooden nickels for charity.)

UMD Stores will be open during the holiday break. For store hours , events, and merchandise visit the UMD Stores website. UMD Stores is also on Facebook and Twitter.


Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

Jack Bowman, assistant to the vice chancellor for Academic Administration, will conduct the UMD Symphony Orchestra for the Minnesota Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker Dec. 9-11 at the DECC Symphony Hall.

Kent Brorson
, associate professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, along with Allison Delaney, graduate student, presented “Middle School Students’ Perceptions of Children with Autism” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in San Diego. Brorson also presented with Lindsey Burslie, graduate student, on “The Influence of Caseload Size on School-Based SLPs’ Treatment Decisions,” and with Erin Wunderlich, graduate student, on “A Developmental Table of Mean Length Utterance in Words.”

Gloria DeFilipps Brush
, professor, and Leif Brush, professor emeritus, Department of Art and Design, both have work in the Generative Systems Portable Postcard Exhibition 2, published in 2011 and making its way into museum collections around the country. DeFilipps Brush also had work in the invitational 2011 Photographic Resource Center Exhibition and Auction in Boston, Mass., Oct. 15, 2011.

Lynette Carlson, instructor, and Mark Mizuko, professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, along with graduate student, Ellie Kantonen, presented “AAC Family Centered Therapy” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in San Diego. Carlson also presented “Teaching Students to Assess Themselves: Formative Assessment in Clinical Education.”

Sunshine J. Carter, assistant librarian, and Thomas Ambrosi, associate librarian, UMD Library, published “How to Build a Desk Statistics Tracker in Less than an Hour Using Forms in Google Docs” [Computers in Libraries, 31 (8): 12-16 (2011)]. This article grew out of the Reference team's desire to keep better statistics about questions asked at the Reference desk. The tracker records detailed data for use in analyzing Reference services.

Dana Collins, assistant professor; Jolene Hyppa-Martin, instructor; and Mark Mizuko, professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, along with Kelli Kowalski and Casey Bellamy, graduate students, presented “Factors That Influence Children’s Attitudes Towards Peers Who Use AAC” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in San Diego. Collins also presented with Amy Tasky, graduate student, on “Perceptions of the Use of Vocal Amplification in the Classroom.” Hyppa-Martin also presented “Visual Scene Display Design and Vocabulary Learning in Toddlers.”

Julie Etterson, associate professor, Department of Biology, gave a talk at Purdue University in the Department of Biological Sciences on Nov. 2, 2011 entitled "Evolution in response to climate change."

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a lecture “Distance magic labeling of graphs” at the Combinatorics Seminar at Faculty of Applied Mathematics, AGH-Univeristy of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland.

Shannon Godsey, instructor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, presented “Student Perceptions of Professional Identity and Cultural Competence” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in San Diego.

Ahmed A. Heikal, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Adjunct), gave an invited talk at the 5th Fall Workshop on Advanced TVCSPC techniques in Biomedical Sciences. Heikal's presentation was entitled, “Associated Anisotropy of Cellular NAD(P)H for Quantitative Biochemistry in Living Cells: Experiment versus Simulation.” This international workshop was sponsored by the National Institute of Health, Becker & Hickl GmbH (Berlin, Germany), and Boston Electronic.

On Oct. 25, 2011, Heikal also gave an invited talk, entitled "Specialized lipid domains and IgE receptor signaling," at the Department of Physics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.

Carmen Latterell, professor and associate head, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, had her article "Should Liberal Arts Math Courses Be Taught through Mathematics Inquiry?" published in the summer/fall 2011 issue of Liberal Education.

Faith Loven, associate professor, and Mark Mizuko, professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, along with graduate student, Malory Manderfield, presented “Comparing the Intelligibility of Five Synthesized Voices in Background Noise” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in San Diego. Loven also presented “UNHS False-Positive Effect on Family Dynamics” with Danielle Larson, graduate student.

Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, presented a paper on automatically detecting emotion in suicide notes at the i2b2 Natural Language Processing / Sentiment Analysis Shared Task Workshop in Washington DC in October.

Diane Rauschenfels, associate professor, Education Department, organized a Conference for Women Leaders in Education on Nov. 7, 2011. Sixty plus women leaders from Northwestern Wisconsin and Northeastern Minnesota attended the event at Proctor Area Community Center to share essential questions and concerns regarding leadership in K-12 as well as higher education for women in education leadership positions and women they recognized as having potential for future leadership roles. Key note speaker Representative Mary Murphy kicked off the event with her personal story of her journey to leadership. Table captains included Julia Williams, associate professor, UMD Education Department, and retired Special Ed Director Linda Forsberg.

Rauschenfels accompanied the first superintendent licensure candidate Diane Morin to Ireland for an education comparison field experience that is an unique component of the new Education Administration program that began fall 2009 to license principals and superintendents for K-12 education. Rauschenfels and Morin visited the Department of Education in Dublin, Hibernia College's Education training program, and multiple schools in the Oranmore, Claddaugh, and Galway area. The requirement of observing a non-US public school system for future superintendents is one of the features of the licensure program.

Eun-Kyung Suh was invited to Aqua Art Miami Fair 2011, represented by Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Ariz. Aqua Art Miami contemporary art fair takes place in Florida each December during Art Basel week. Aqua features innovative galleries from the west coast, greater USA and abroad, with an emphasis on emerging and early mid-career artists. Conrad Wilde Gallery features contemporary painting, sculpture and works on paper from emerging and established artists.

Suh was invited to a three-artist exhibition, "Women of the Uncommon Cloth" at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum in Florida, which will run from Dec. 9, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012. It will feature the fiber work of Christina Massey, Patricia Montgomery, and Eun-Kyung Suh. The opening reception will be held on Dec. 8.

Rebecca Teasley, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, received the award for Best Policy Oriented Paper for "Groundwater banking in the Rio Grande basin." (Sandoval-Solis S., McKinney D. C., Teasley R. L., and Patino-Gomez C. , Vol. 137, No. 1, pp. 62-71) from the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.


Natural Resources Research Institute News

Matt Aro was selected as a cohort in the University of Minnesota President’s Emerging Leaders Program for 2011-2012. The program reviews nominations for individuals who demonstrate a capacity for significant leadership at the University. Participants are engaged in a 12-month program featuring educational and experiential components to enhance their effectiveness.

Blair Benner
, metallurgist and director of the minerals beneficiation program at NRRI, has announced his retirement after more than 40 years of dedication to Minnesota’s taconite industry. His last day was Dec. 2. Benner transferred his skills to the University in 1987 when it acquired the Coleraine Minerals Research Lab from U.S. Steel.

Terry Brown gave a talk titled “Data Management and Quality Assurance for Coastal Wetland Monitoring” co-authored by Valerie Brady at the 2011 State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) in Erie, Pennsylvania, Oct. 26 and 27.

Nick Danz, P.B. Reich, L.E. Frelich (both of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus) and Gerald Niemi published “Vegetation controls vary across space and spatial scale in a historic grassland-forest biome boundary,” in the journal Ecography, Vol. 34, 2011.

George Host and Lucinda Johnson presented a workshop on Watershed Stressors at the 2011 State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference, held Oct. 26-27 in Erie, PA. Brown participated in a workshop on Coastal Wetlands. Also, the SOLEC plenary session singled out NRRI's Great Lakes Environmental Indicators project as an important effort for assessing the health of the Great Lakes.

Amy Kireta, Euan Reavie, G.V. Sgro, T.M. Jicha, T.R. Angradi, D.W. Bolgrien and B.H. Hill (all of the EPA Mid-Continent Ecological Division, Duluth) published “Planktonic and periphytic diatoms as indicators of human stress on United States great rivers” in the journal Ecological Indicators, 2011, Vol. 13, pp. 222-231.

Kireta and Reavie hosted a “Living Water” open house at the NRRI Ely Field Station on Nov. 3. It was attended by over 20 community members interested in examining water samples they brought in with the scientists. Participants also learned about some current water quality projects. Kireta also gave a tutorial on algae to 20 first graders at Washington Elementary School in Ely, MN on Oct. 28.

T.R. Angradi, D.W. Bolgrien, T.M. Jicha, M.S. Pearson, D.L. Taylor, M.F. Moffett (all of the EPA Mid-Continent Ecological Division, Duluth), K.A. Blocksom (EPA-NHEERL Western Ecology Div.), D.M. Walters (USGS), C.M. Elonen, L.E. Anderson (both of the EPA-MED), J.M. Lazorchak, Reavie, Kireta, and B.H. Hill (EPA-MED) published “An Assessment of Stressor Extent and Biological Condition in the North American Mid-continent Great Rivers (USA)” in the journal River Systems, 2011, Vol. 19(2), pp. 143-163.

C.J. Chinzinski (University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus), Anna Peterson, Joanne Hanowski, C. Blinn, B. Vondracek (both of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus), and Niemi published “Breeding bird response to partially harvested riparian management zones,” in the journal Forest Ecology and Management Vol. 26, 2011.

Reavie and S. Juggins (Newcastle University, UK) published “Exploration of sample size and diatom-based indicator performance in three North American phosphorus training sets” in the journal Aquatic Ecology, 2011, Vol. 45, pp. 529-538.


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Large Lakes Observatory News

Nigel Wattrus, associate professor of Geological Sciences, and Doug Ricketts, research associate at LLO, contributed data for a National Geographic Special, "Drain the Great Lakes" which aired on Thurs., Dec. 1 on the National Geographic Channel. This groundbreaking television program pulls a virtual plug on the huge lakes, using computer-generated imagery to reveal hidden secrets of their human history and changing geological past.


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Pharmacy Department News

Katie Nemeth, a National Academies of Science Fellow and postdoctoral IRACDA scholar in Drs. Bauer and Hartz’s lab, facilitated a workshop entitled “2020 Vision: Using Scientific Teaching to Address the Challenges of the NRC’s BIO2010” at this year’s American Society of Cell Biology Annual Meeting held Dec. 3, 2011, in Denver, Colo. The workshop was designed to help current and future faculty in scientific teaching improvements in science education.

Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, received a $10,000 renewal of partnership grant with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission’s Area Agency on Aging and the Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, Minn., to provide comprehensive medication reviews for at-risk older adults in the year 2012.


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