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Art


ART EXHIBITS

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

Where the Two Came to Their Father – A Navajo War Ceremonial will be on display through Sun., Aug. 5. This exhibition features stencil prints from a 1943 portfolio by artist and ethnologist Maud Oakes (1903-1990), who recorded the Diné (Navajo) ceremony called Where the Two Came to Their Father.

Student shows will be featured throughout the year: Amanda Brunner from Feb. 7-12, Nora Sandstrom and Sophie Gray from Feb. 14-19, Morgan Losure from Feb. 21-26, Jordan Schmidt and Natalie White from Feb. 28-Mar. 4, and T.J. Sikorski from Mar. 6-11.

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


Music


CONCERTS AND EVENTS

A faculty recital with Daniel W. Eaton, tuba, and Derek Bromme, euphonium, will be performed on Mon., Feb. 13 at 7:30 pm.

Tuba Love: Tuba/Euphonium Students Recital and the UMD Tubaphonium Ensemble will perform on Tues., Feb. 14 at 7:30 pm.

A faculty artist recital, "From Words to Music: Vocal Music Based on the Texts of Shakespeare and Goethe," with Regina Zona, soprano, and Kathleen Tagg, piano, will be performed on Sat., Feb. 18 at 7:30 pm.

Ovation Guest Artist Series Concert: The Lake Wobegon Brass Band, celebrating its 20 year, will perform on Sun., Feb. 19 at 3 pm.

The UMD Faculty Wind Quintet will perform on Mon., Feb. 20 at 7:30 pm.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mark Whitlock, and the Concert Band, conducted by Daniel W. Eaton, will perform on Sun., Feb. 26 at 3 pm.

A Junior High Honor Band Concert, coordinated by Mark Whitlock and conducted by Daniel W. Eaton, will be performed on Tues., Feb. 28 at 3:30 pm in the Marshall Performing Arts Center.

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

The Miracle Worker by William Gibson will be performed on Feb. 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm and Feb. 12 at 2 pm at the Marshall Performing Arts Center. All performances will be interpreted through American Sign Language (ASL).

Illusion Theatre will present My Antonia on Wed., Feb. 22 at 7:30 pm at the Marshall Performing Arts Center.

Zenon Dance Company will perform on Fri., Feb. 24 at 7:30 pm at the 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 Minnesota State-Moorhead on Fri., Feb. 10 at 8 pm, Minnesota Crookston on Sat., Feb. 11 at 6 pm, Winona State on Fri., Feb. 24 at 8 pm and Upper Iowa on Sat., Feb. 25 at 6 pm. Games will be played in the Romano Gymnasium.

BASKETBALL-WOMEN'S

The UMD Women's Basketball team will play Minnesota State-Moorhead on Fri., Feb. 10 at 6 pm, Minnesota Crookston on Sat., Feb. 11 at 4 pm, Winona State on Fri., Feb. 24 at 6 pm and Upper Iowa on Sat., Feb. 25 at 4 pm. Games will be played in the Romano Gymnasium.

HOCKEY-MEN'S

The UMD Men's Hockey team will play North Dakota on Fri., Feb. 10, and Sat., Feb. 11 at 7:07 pm. They will play Colorado College on Fri., Feb. 24 and Sat., Feb. 25 at 7:07 pm. Games will be played at Amsoil Area.

HOCKEY-WOMEN'S

The UMD Women's Hockey team will play Minnesota State-Mankato on Fri., Feb. 17 at 7:07 pm and Sat., Feb. 18 at 6:07 pm. Games will be played at Amsoil Area.

TENNIS

The UMD Tennis team will play Minnesota State-Mankato on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 9 am and College of St. Scholastica on Fri., Feb. 17 at 5:30 pm. All matches are played at the Arrowhead Tennis Center in Duluth.

TRACK-MEN'S

The men's track team will compete in the St. Scholastica Invitational on Sat., Feb. 11 (time to be determined) at the College of St. Scholastica.

TRACK-WOMEN'S

The UMD Women's Track team will compete in the St. Scholastica Invitational on Sat., Feb. 11 at 10:30 am at the College of St. Scholastica.


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


VOTE FOR HOCKEY AWARDS

Three UMD men’s hockey players are in the running for the 2012 Hobey Baker Award. They are: Sophomore J.T. Brown, Senior Jack Connolly, and Senior Travis Oleksuk. Vote once a day online. The first phase of fan balloting runs through March 4.

Jack Connolly is also in the running for the Lowes' Senior CLASS Award. Vote once a day online and once a day on facebook.


Lectures/Workshops/Classes

MULTICULTURAL CENTER EVENTS

The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Men’s Role in Stopping Violence, presented by Men as Peacemakers, will be held on Wed., Feb. 8 from noon-1 pm in KSC 268. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource and Action Center and the Women’s Studies Department,

An Alumni Presentation: An hour with Dr. Harry Oden, sponsored by the African American Student Programs and the Black Student Association, will be held on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 4 pm in Engr 290.

Soul Food: Mardi Gras Madness will be held on Sat., Feb. 11 from 5-9:30 pm in the Kirby Ballroom. Admission is $10 for college students, $13 for adults, free for kids under 5. The event is sponsored by the Black Student Association and the African American Student Programs. For more information, contact Daniel Oyinloye, 218-726-6187.

The Women Studies 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert will be held on Sat., Feb. 11 at 7:30 pm in Weber Music Hall. Featured performances by: Sara Thomsen and Paula Pedersen, the Oshikii Giizhik Singers, Rachael Kilgour, Eleni Johnson, and Wild By Nature. Reception to follow. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Department and the Women’s Resource and Action Center and is free and open to public.

The film Eyes on the Prize, America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965: Awakenings, sponsored by the UnFair Campaign, will be shown on Mon., Feb. 13 from noon-1:30 pm in Griggs Center.

The film Malcolm X, sponsored by the African American Student Programs and the Black Student Association, will be shown on Mon., Feb. 13, 6 pm-9:30 pm in the Kirby Lounge.

A panel discussion, Racial Challenges: Relationships & Family, will be held on Tues., Feb. 14 from 6-8:30 pm in LSci 175. This event, sponsored by the African American Student Programs and the Black Student Association, deals with discussing the unique challenges that are faces in family and relationships that has a person(s) of color.

Speaker Tim Wise will present a talk “White Like Me: Reflections on Race” on Thurs., Feb. 16 at 6 pm in the Kirby Ballroom. The event is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office and the UnFair Campaign.

The UMD Poetry and Comedy Jam, sponsored by the Black Student Association and the African American Student Programs, will be held on Fri., Feb. 17 from 4-10 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

“JeRecord BHM Special: An Afro American Journey," sponsored by the Black Student Association and the African American Student Programs, will be held on Sat., Feb. 18 at 6 pm in BohH 90.

The films Higher Learning, America Violet, and Gifted Hands, sponsored by the African American Student Programs and the Black Student Association, will be held on Sun. Feb. 19 from 2-8:30 pm in the Kirby Lounge.

The film Obama's Legacy, sponsored by the African American Student Programs and the Black Student Association, will be shown on Mon., Feb. 20 from 6-8 pm in SCC 120.

A panel discussion, Hip Hop Disparities, will be held on Tues., Feb. 21 from 6-8:30 pm in LSci 175. This panel presentation, sponsored by the Black Student Association and the African American Student Programs, will discuss the socio-conscious and socio-culture disparities in Hip Hop. The elements, various contributions, and the overall significance of Hip Hop will be discussed as well.

The film What I Want My Words to Do to You, sponsored by the Women’s Resource and Action Center and V-Day UMD, will be shown on Wed., Feb. 22 at 5 pm in BohH 90.

The film Journey into Buddhism: Vajra Sky over Tibet, sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Programs and the Asian Pacific American Association, will be shown on Wed., Feb. 22 from noon-2 pm in KSC 273. Vajra is the Sanskrit word signifying the thunderbolt of illumination. This documentary offers a cinematic pilgrimage to central Tibet, bearing witness to the faith of its endangered Buddhist community and the threat to its survival.

Stuttering and Fluency Disorders, sponsored by Access for All, will be held on Wed., Feb. 22 from 3-4:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

A performance of “26 Seconds” will be held on Wed., Feb. 22 at 7 pm in Kirby Lounge. Students from St. Paul High School for the Recording Arts (HSRA) will perform “26 Seconds” that delivers the message that the nation must reverse the trend that every 26 seconds someone drops out of school. The event is sponsored by Office of Cultural Diversity.

The film Hip Hop: Beyond Beats, sponsored by the African American Student Programs, the Black Student Association, and the Women’s Resource and Action Center, will be shown on Thurs., Feb. 23 from 6-9 pm in KSC 273.

A performance of Any One of Us, sponsored by V-Day UMD and the Women’s Resource and Action Center, will be held on Fri., Feb. 24 at 7 pm in BohH 90.

A performance of “My History” by Simultaneous, sponsored by the African American Student Programs and the Black Student Association, will be held on Sat., Feb. 25 from 4-7 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

The film Eyes on the Prize, America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965: Bridge to Freedom, sponsored by African American Student Programs, the Black Student Association and the UnFair Campaign, will be shown on Mon., Feb. 27 from noon-1:30 pm in Griggs Center.

A presentation by the UMD National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), sponsored by the African American Student Programs and the Black Student Association, will be held on Mon., Feb. 27 from 6-8 pm in LSci 175.

Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week: “Family and Friends” will be held Mon., Feb. 27-Fri., Mar. 2. On Mon., Feb. 27, UMD alumna Kitty Westin, will deliver the keynote address at 7 pm in BohH 90. Westin is the founder of the Anna Westin Foundation and Anna Westin House and is a therapist at The Emily Program. This event is sponsored by UMD Health Services. For more information, contact Dori Decker at UMD Health Services 218-726-7046.

A performance of “My History” by Simultaneous, sponsored by the African American Student Programs and the Black Student Association, will be held on Tues., Feb. 28 from 4-7 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

Various films, sponsored by the African American Student Programs and the Black Student Association, will be shown on Wed., Feb. 29, throughout the day, in Kirby Lounge.

The film Killing Us Softly, sponsored by the Women’s Resource and Action Center and the Women’s Studies Department, will be shown on Wed., Feb. 29 from noon-1 pm in KSC 268.

The Feast of Nations will be held on Sat., Mar. 3 starting at 5:30 pm in the Kirby Ballroom. Tickets will be on sale in the front of the Bookstore during the week of the event.

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: "Arrowhead Astronomical Society Presents: Jupiter's Moons" on Wed., Feb. 8, "Humans and the Sky" on Fri., Feb. 10 and Wed., Feb. 15, "Spacecraft on the Frontier of Discovery" on Fri., Feb. 17 and Wed., Feb. 22, and "Secrets of the Zodiac" on Fri., Feb. 24 and Wed., Feb. 29. Private shows are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more.

"Cosmic Colors" will be presented on Saturdays: Feb. 11, Feb. 18, and Feb. 25 at 2 pm and 7 pm. There is a small entrance fee for Saturday shows.


ALWORTH INSTITUTE EVENTS

The Alworth Institute Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, "Bugs, Sweat, & Fears: A Family Vacation in the Jungle of Belize," will be presented by Cindy Christian, director of the Alworth Institute, on Thurs., Feb. 9 at noon in the Library Rotunda.

The Alworth Institute Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, “The Impact of Confucianism on Personal Relationships and Communication,” will be presented by Hairong Feng, assistant professor in the UMD Department of Communication, on Thurs., Feb. 16 at noon in the Library Rotunda. This Brown Bag is co-sponsored by the UMD Confucius Institute.

Alworth Institute Special Event:
The 4th Alworth Institute WorldQuest International Trivia Competition will be held on Thurs., Feb. 23 from 6-9:30 pm. WorldQuest is an international quiz game that is played in teams of eight. Teams compete against one another on subjects with an international flavor: flags and capitals; geographical features and international borders; people and events in the news. This year’s featured country is Turkey. Teams must include at least two undergraduate or high school students to compete.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams win a donation, made by an anonymous donor, to an international charity or non-profit organization of choice. In addition to door prizes, there will also be awards for the team with the best spirit and best costumes. The evening begins at 6 pm with a buffet dinner. The Master of Ceremonies for the event is John Hatcher, assistant professor of Journalism in the UMD Writing Studies Department. Advance registration is required by Feb. 16. There is a fee of $10 per person and $5 for students. For more information contact the Alworth Institute at 218-726-7753.


FILM SERIES - THE HOLOCAUST: RESISTANCE AND SURVIVAL

The following films will be presented as part of the UMD spring semester film series, The Holocaust: Resistance and Survival: Casablanca on Feb. 9, The Pianist on Feb. 16, Defiance on Feb. 23 and Schindler’s List on Mar. 1. An introduction to each film will be presented by Alexis Pogorelskin, associate professor of History. An informal discussion will follow. The films will be shown on Thursdays at 3:30 pm in Montague 70. There is no admission charge, and the public is invited.

The series is presented by the Center for Genocide, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies and the History of Hollywood class, HIST 3346. The series co-sponsors are Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies and Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration. This film series shares the goal of the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration, “to remember, with dignity, the lives and sufferings of the victims and to encourage change through the dissemination of truth, justice, and peace.”

For information, contact Alexis Pogorelskin or call 218-726-7548.


RSOP EVENTS

Recreational Sport Outdoor Programs (RSOP) offers the following events: Green Fire film showing on Thurs., Feb. 9 from 7-8 pm in BohH 90; "Intro to Freestyle Skiing" on Fri., Feb. 10 from 4-9 pm, meet at the "Trailhead" in SpHC Lobby; "Assault on Carlton Peak" on Sun., Feb. 12 from 10 am-6pm, meet at the "Trailhead" in SpHC Lobby; "Make and Take: Dazzling Wire Jewelry" on Wed., Feb. 15 from 5-7 pm in SpHC 119; "Park Point Winter Hike" on Wed., Feb. 15 from 7-10 pm, meet at the "Trailhead" in SpHC Lobby; "Winter Survival 101 on Sat., Feb. 18 from 1-4:30 pm at Bagley Nature Area Classroom; "Outdoor First Aid Basics and How to Make Your Own First Aid Kit" on Mon., Feb. 20 in SpHC 119; "Make and Take: Woodcarving Art" on Wed., Feb. 29 from 5-7 pm in SpHC 119; and "Basics of Speedskating" on Wed., Feb. 29 from 7-9 pm meet at the "Trailhead" in SpHC Lobby. For more info and registration, visit Recreational Sports Outdoor Program.


DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

A lecture by UMD teaching assistants, Katelynn Spurgin, Shirisha Gurrapu, and Sravan Jonnalagadda, will be presented on Fri., Feb. 10.

A lecture by Bruce Lee, professor, Michigan Technological University, will be presented on Fri., Feb. 17.

A lecture by UMD teaching assistants, Sarah Geppert and Andrey Maskaev, will be presented on Fri., Feb. 24.

All lectures are held from 3-4 pm in LSci 175, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY SEMINARS

The lecture, “Mushrooms, mycophagy, and mimicry,” by faculty candidate Bryn T. M. Dentinger, acting head of Mycology, Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom, will be presented on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 4 pm in MWAH 195.

The 4th annual Darwin Lecture on Evolution, "Animal Evolution in the Wake of a Snowball Earth and on the Eve of the Cambrian Explosion" by Shuhai Xiao, professor, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State, will be presented on Fri., Feb. 10 as part of a joint Geology/Biology/UMD Honors Program seminar. This lecture will held at 3:15 pm in LSci 185. Refreshments are served at 3 pm.

The lecture "Status of Lake Superior Fishery in Minnesota - Where the Rubber Meets the Road" by Don Schreiner will be presented on Fri., Feb. 17. Tom Hrabik will host the seminar.

The lecture "Bioinformatics Instruction" by Christopher Kvaal will be presented on Fri., Feb. 24. Clay Carter will host the seminar.

All lectures are held at 3:15 pm in LSci 185, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the Department of Biology.


DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES EVENTS

The 4th annual Darwin Lecture on Evolution, "Animal Evolution in the Wake of a Snowball Earth and on the Eve of the Cambrian Explosion" by Shuhai Xiao, professor, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State, will be presented on Fri., Feb. 10 as part of a joint Geology/Biology/UMD Honors Program seminar. This lecture will held at 3:15 pm in LSci 185. Refreshments are served at 3 pm.

A lecture by Rebecca Teasdale, assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, UMD, will be presented on Thurs., Feb. 16.

The lecture "The Behavior of Rabots Glaciär, Swedish Arctic 1910-2011: Theory and Observations of Long Term Response to Climate Change" by Keith Bruegger, associate professor, Department of Geology, U of M Morris, will be presented on Thurs., Feb. 23.

All lectures are held at 3:30 pm in LSci 175, unless otherwise noted. Refreshments are served at 3 pm. For more information, contact the Department of Geological Sciences.



BOULDER LAKE EVENTS

Boulder Lake offers the following events: Winter Tree and Shrub Identification on Sat., Feb. 11, Nature Writing Workshop on Sat., Feb. 25, and a Maple Syrup Demonstration on Sat., Feb. 25. For more information, including times, costs, registration, and driving directions, visit the Boulder Lake website, contact John Geissler or call 218-721-3731.


VISUAL LECTURE SERIES

Gregory Volk, a New York–based art critic and freelance curator, will give a lecture on Tues, Mar. 20.

Rocky McCorkie, photographer, living and working in San Francisco, Calif., will give a lecture on Tues., Mar. 27.

Annual Student Show Jurors, Scott Stulen, Walker Art Center, and Bud Rodecker, graphic designer, will give a lecture on Tues., Apr. 3.

Brian Collins, chief creative officer of COLLINS, a firm dedicated to inventing branded experiences, digital interactions, and communications, will give a lecture on Tues., Apr. 19.

Eva Cronquist, an adjunct faculty member in art education, Linneaus University, Växjö, Sweden, and Margareta Wallin-Wictorin, senior lecturer in art history and visual culture, Linneaus University, Växjö, Sweden, will give a lecture on Tues., Apr. 24. Following the talk, there will a co-sponsored School of Fine Arts and Duluth-Sweden Sister Cities reception at the Tweed Museum of Art.

All lectures are held at 6 pm in MonH 70, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit the Department of Art and Design or call 218-726-8225.


SPECIAL EVENTS


INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION EVENTS

Study Abroad 101 is held every Wed. during spring semester at noon in 311 KSC across from the Dining Center. It is a weekly open information session for students to learn the basics of study abroad at UMD. This session guides students on how to find affordable study abroad and other international opportunities that will work for their budget, academic, and personal goals.

The Spring 2012 Study Abroad Fair will be held on Thurs., Feb. 9 from 10 am-3 pm in the Kirby Commons across from the Bookstore. The Study Abroad Fair is held each semester to inform the campus community of global opportunities available through UMD, provide detailed program information, and answer any questions regarding education abroad at UMD. For more information, visit the Study Abroad Fair website.

An information session on UMD's Study in England Programme at the University of Worcester will be held on Thurs., Feb. 16 from 4-5 pm in KSC 323 (across from the Dining Center). Gain detailed information on the UMD Study in England Programme including course offerings, calendar, accommodation, cost, and speak to faculty and past participants. Students can earn liberal education credits in the following categories: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & the Cultural Diversity and International Perspective requirements. They can also fulfill course requirements in many different subject areas from all of the colleges at UMD. For detailed program and course information, visit the Study in England Programme website.

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


CSD RESEARCH DAY

The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Research Celebration will be held on Thurs, Feb. 9 from 9 am-noon and 1 pm-4 pm in the Kirby Rafters. This celebration will include presentations and a poster session by the second year graduate students in CSD, highlighting their graduate research projects. For more information, contact Michelle M. Tessier.


WOMEN'S STUDIES CELEBRATION

The 30th anniversary of UMD's Women's Studies Department will be celebrated with a concert on Sat., Feb. 11 at 7:30 pm in the Weber Music Hall. Concert includes musical performances and multi-media presentation of photos and historic moments. A reception will follow. Performers include Oshkii Gizhik Singers, Sara Thomsen and Paula Pedersen, Rachael Kilgour, Eleni Johnson, and Wild by Nature. For more information, contact Beth Bartlett or call 218-726-8284.


JOB FAIRS

The Head of the Lakes Job Fair will take place on Wed., Feb. 15 from 1-5 pm at Yellowjacket Union Great Room at University of Wisconsin Superior. Students and alumni can explore networking opportunities, learn about the current market, and find internships, summer, full-time, and part-time positions. Free admission and free parking. Register at the door. Professional dress is advised. For more information, contact Career Services.

The UM Job and Internship Fair will take place on Thurs., Feb. 23 from 10 am-4 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Nearly 200 organizations will be there recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships. The Fair is open to all U of M undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni. The Fair is sponsored by the Career offices on all U of M campuses. For more information, attending recruiter list, and tips, visit the UM Job Fair website. UMD Career Services will provide a free bus from UMD to the Fair and back. Attendees must sign up by Feb 17 in Career Services, 22 SCC. A $10 deposit will hold a seat and will be returned to those on the bus. Registration for the event does not guarantee a seat on the bus.


WEBINAR: TRANSITION, INTEGRATION AND RETENTION

A webinar entitled "International Students 2012: Transition, Integration, and Retention" will be held on Thurs., Feb. 16 from 1-3 pm (including a 30-minute discussion at the end) in Kirby Plaza 173. The panelists are Marcella O'Malley, director of the Office of International Programming at the St. Norbert's College Center for International Education and Sarah Griffiths, director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at the St. Norbert's College Center for International Education. Visit the event website for more information. The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Office of Cultural Diversity.


UNFAIR CAMPAIGN EVENTS

Tim Wise, author of Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son, and other books will present a lecture on Thurs., Feb. 16 at 6 pm in the Kirby Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public, and all are encouraged to participate. Also during that day, Wise will interact with students, faculty, and staff at a series of group conversations.

The appearance of Tim Wise is part of UMD's commitment to the UnFair Campaign. A major anti-racism effort, the UnFair Campaign raises issues about how hard it is to see racism when one is not subjected to daily acts of discrimination and intolerance. The UnFair Campaign's 14 Duluth community partners, including UMD, understand that problems are ingrained in the fabric of our society, and advancing equity, diversity, and social justice requires persistence and long-term work.

There are many opportunities to participate in the UnFair Campaign, including attending UMD's film series being held throughout Spring Semester. Visit the UnFair Campaign website for a complete listing and for other events both on and off campus. Also visit the UMD's Campus Climate initiatives website.


VINCE MAGNUSON HONORED; RED BALLOON PROJECT PRESENTATION

On Mon., Feb. 20 in Weber Music Hall, Vince Magnuson, former UMD Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration, will be presented the distinguished William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The event is free, and the public is invited.

This award will be presented by George Mehaffy, AASCU's vice president for Academic Leadership and Change and leader of the organization's Red Balloon Project. As part of the event, Vice President Mehaffy will make a presentation about the Red Balloon Project, a national initiative to re-imagine and then to redesign undergraduate education for the 21st century. For more information, visit the Red Balloon Project website.

Announced in June at the annual meeting of AASCU's American Democracy Project, the Plater Award recognizes the leadership and critical role former Vice Chancellor Magnuson demonstrated during his role as UMD's chief academic officer to advance the civic mission of the campus through curricular reform, public advocacy, accountability for institutional citizenship, faculty development and recruitment, and partnerships with community organizations.


OUT COLD WEEK

UMD's Out Cold Week will be held Feb. 20-24, 2012. The official kick off of this week long tradition celebrating winter and school spirit is the Duluth Polar Bear Plunge on Sat., Feb. 18. The week will culminate with a Dance Marathon Friday night. Highlighted events from the week include the annual Frozen Yeti Film Festival, Man of the Year Competition, Zombie Prom, Cold K fun run, Digital Scavenger Hunt, and much more. Student organizations and departments wanting to sponsor or hold an event for Out Cold, as well as any questions about this week, can be directed to traditions@d.umn.edu. Visit the Out Cold website for complete event information.


WORLDQUEST - INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA QUIZ GAME

The 4th Alworth Institute WorldQuest International Trivia Competition will be held on Thurs., Feb. 23 from 6-9:30 pm. WorldQuest is an international quiz game that is played in teams of eight. Teams compete against one another on subjects with an international flavor: flags and capitals; geographical features and international borders; people and events in the news. This year’s featured country is Turkey. Teams must include at least two undergraduate or high school students to compete.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams win a donation, made by an anonymous donor, to an international charity or non-profit organization of choice. In addition to door prizes, there will also be awards for the team with the best spirit and best costumes. The evening begins at 6 pm with a buffet dinner. The Master of Ceremonies for the event is John Hatcher, assistant professor of Journalism in the UMD Writing Studies Department. Advance registration is required by Thurs., Feb. 16. There is a fee of $10 per person and $5 for students. For more information contact the Alworth Institute at 218-726-7753.


UMD SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT

The workshop "Pruning to Train Young Trees" will be held on Sun., Feb 26. Visit the Duluth Community Garden Program website for more information and to register.


ANNUAL BODY IMAGE AND EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS WEEK

UMD’s Annual Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week will be held Mon., Feb. 27-Fri., Mar. 2. This year’s theme will be “Family and Friends."

On Mon., Feb 27 at 7 pm in BohH 90, UMD will host keynote speaker and UMD alumna, Kitty Westin. She is the founder of the Anna Westin Foundation and Anna Westin House and is a therapist at The Emily Program. Westins ’s daughter, Anna, battled with an eating disorder for five years and eventually ended her own life. The Westin family has worked to increase insurance coverage for individuals struggling with an eating disorder and developed the first residential treatment facility in the state of Minnesota.This event is free and open to all. It is sponsored by the UMD Commission on Women; the UMD Department of Psychology; the UMD Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; the UMD Women’s Resource and Action Center; the Emily Program; the Junior League of Duluth; and UMD Health Services.

Tues., Feb. 28: Documentary, Perfect Illusions: Eating Disorders and the Family and panel discussion based on the documentary, from 9-10:30 am in MonH 80.

Wed., Feb. 29: Film, Killing Us Softly from noon-1 pm in Kirby 268.

Wed., Feb. 29: “How to Help a Friend” from 1-2 pm in Kirby 268. Jean Baribeau-Thoennes, counselor at UMD Health Services, will discuss how to provide support to a friend, family member, or roommate who may have an eating disorder.

Thurs., Mar.1: Documentary, Perfect Illusions: Eating Disorders and the Family from noon-1 pm in the Multicultural Lounge.

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


TEA AT THE TWEED

Tea at the Tweed will be held on Tues., Mar. 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. This event is sponsored by the Commission on Women and is a networking opportunity for UMD women. For more information, visit the Commission on Women website.


TECHFEST

TechFest 2012 will be held on Fri., Mar. 23 from 9 am-3 pm in the Kirby Ballroom. Proposals are being accepted through Fri., Mar. 9 on the ITSS TechFest website.


EDDY LECTURES

The Spring Edwin Eddy Lecture "Clinical Decision Making in Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech" by Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will be held on Sat., Mar. 24 from 8:30 am-4 pm in LSBE 118. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. This course will emphasize clinical decision-making regarding diagnosis and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech based on best available evidence. Considering the relative contributions of co-occurring articulation disorder, phonological disorder, and/or dysarthria will be discussed.

The cost is $50 if registered before Fri., Mar. 2 and $60 after. For more information, visit the CSD Department.


LAKE SUPERIOR SERVICE-LEARNING REGIONAL CONFERENCE

Attend the Lake Superior Service-Learning Regional Conference, Thurs., Mar. 29 and Fri., March 30, for the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized service-learning leaders, network with other educators and service-learning professionals across the region, and explore how to create sustainable partnerships and best practices supporting service-learning. In addition, attendees will acquire hands-on skills to apply and integrate service-learning as an evidence-based teaching strategy. Visit the conference web page for more information and to register.

The registration deadline is Thurs., Mar. 1. Contact Michelle Hargrave, director of the Office of Civic Engagement, with questions, 218-726-7125. This conference is organized by UMD's Office of Civic Engagement, University of Wisconsin-Superior, The College of St. Scholastica, and Lake Superior College.

 

CHAMP DAY OF SERVICE

The Office of Civic Engagement will hold its second annual CHAMP (Connecting Hopes with Action to Mobilize People) Day of Service on Sat., Apr. 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.


COMMUNITY WELLNESS DAY

The third annual Community Wellness Day will be held on Sat., Apr. 28 from 11 am-3 pm in Romano Gym. The event is a community collaboration aimed at promoting four key aspects of community wellness: health, safety, financial literacy, and environmental awareness. There will be approximately 60 vendors representing these topics.

Also, Joel Salatin has been invited to be the keynote speaker. Salatin is an alternative farmer from Swopes, Va. He has been featured in the documentary Fresh: The Movie, Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and the Academy Award nominated independent documentary, Food, Inc. The event is free and open to all. For more information, visit the Health Services website.



Glensheen


GLENSHEEN EVENTS

The historic Congdon estate, Glensheen mansion, 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.

Glensheen Valentine Dinner will be held on Sat., Feb.11 and Tues., Feb. 14 at 6 pm. Enjoy a romantic evening with a tour of the mansion, a beer and wine tasting, and dinner in Glensheen's winter garden. Live music and a take-home rose included.

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


Other Events - Faculty and Staff


INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICE WORKSHOPS

The workshop "Integrating Civic Engagement into Your Cirriculum" will be held on Wed., Feb. 15 from 1-2:30 pm. Explore community-based learning (CBL) with an example of a course that integrates CBL with art and design curriculum. Alison Aune, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, will present a project entitled "Museum Based Learning and Community Outreach: Building Community through Art." Participants will have the opportunity to share and develop ideas for their own initiatives and pick up tips for writing a mini-grant proposal. To register and/or to request disability accommodations, including interpreters, contact Jason Ellis, 218-726-6214.

The workshop "Helping International Students Soar in a Globally Responsive Classroom" will be held on Mon., Mar. 5 from 12-1 pm. All sessions meet in KSC 268.

For more information, contact Leane Rutherford, call 218-726-6207 or visit Instructional Development Services.


TECH TALK PLUS

Tech Talk Plus #2 will be held on Fri., Feb. 17 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 "Science Meets Diversity" will be held on Fri., Mar. 2 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.


EQUITY AND DIVERSITY CERTIFICATE

The Twin Cities Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) is offering an Equity and Diversity Certificate, designed to help participants develop tools for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. The certification has two levels—basic and advanced—and is free of charge and open to faculty and staff.

This semester, half of the OED Certificate program will be offered at UMD:
OED Certificate workshop 1, Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity, will be held on Mon., Mar. 26 from 1-3 pm in KSC 333.
OED Certificate workshop 2, Leadership in the Context of Equity and Diversity, will be held on Tues., Mar. 27 from 10 am-noon in the Garden Room.
OED Certificate workshop 3, Working Effectively in Groups and Diversity Committees, will be held on Tues., Mar. 27 from 1-3 pm in the Garden Room.

The second half of the OED Certificate program is anticipated to be offered in fall semester 2012: Communicating on Issues of Equity & Diversity; Evaluating our Efforts on Equity & Diversity; and Educating about Equity & Diversity: Facilitating Challenging Conversations.

To register or learn more about the Equity and Diversity Certificate, access frequently asked questions, or contact Anne Phibbs, OED director of Education, at 612-625-9973.




Campus News

Academic News


SUPPORT THE U

Chancellor Lendley C. (Lynn) Black invites students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the U of M, who believe in higher education's role in pushing the state of Minnesota forward, to join him in actively engaging elected officials in the University's initiatives and other key issues, including UMD's American Indian Learning Resource Center project that is now before the 2012 Minnesota Legislature.

To learn more about actions that can be taken, including contacting elected officials and writing letters to the editors of Minnesota newspapers, visit the Support the U website. The entire campus is encouraged to watch two videos. One video answers the question: "What is a Research University?" The second video features President Kaler urging people to advocate for the U of M. Both videos can be found on the Support the U gallery site.


CALL FOR TECHFEST PROPOSALS

Proposals are being accepted for TechFest 2012 through Fri., Mar. 9. Submit a proposal via the TechFest website to assure a booth. TechFest will be held on Fri., Mar. 23 from 9 am-3 pm in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom.


STUDENT ORGANIZATION ADVISER MEET AND GREET

Faculty and staff who are advising student groups are invited to a Student Organization Advisor Meet and Greet on Thurs., Feb. 16 from noon-1 pm in KSC 268. Bring a lunch and expect a relaxed atmosphere to ask questions and share the joys and challenges of working with student organizations on campus. For more information, contact Christina Geissler at 218-726-8739.


NATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT WEEK

UMD Human Resource & Equal Opportunity, the Office of Student Employment, and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations encourage campus departments to take time during National Student Employment Week to celebrate the contribution of its nearly 1,500 student employees at UMD. National Student Employment Week is celebrated across the nation during the first part of April.

To honor UMD student employees, consider nominating them for the "Student Employee of the Year" competition. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Fri., Feb. 17. Contact Mary Cameron with questions or call 218-726-7912.


UMD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Applications are now being accepted for the UMD Alumni Association Scholarship, created for children and grandchildren of UMD alumni. The deadline to apply is Mon., Feb. 20 by 4 pm.

The applicants must be full time sophomore, junior or senior status UMD students or graduate students enrolled at UMD for the fall of 2012 with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and commitment to developing leadership skills. Applicants must be either children or grandchildren of UMD alumni to be considered.

The scholarship provides the selected scholarship recipient(s) with outreach opportunities as well as financial support and encourages and fosters leadership. The recipients will be recognized at the Kirby Student Center Awards Banquet event on Sun., Apr. 15 from 11:30 am-1 pm in the Kirby Ballroom.

More information and the scholarship application form, visit the UMD Alumni Association website.


UMD STUDENT AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

Nominations are now being accepted for UMD Student Awards. Student awards highlight student leaders, and faculty and staff for their outstanding work with students. Recipients are selected by volunteers students and faculty/staff from across campus. Visit the Student Awards website for complete award description information and to submit nomination forms online. Nominations will be accepted until Fri., Feb. 24 at 4 pm. Questions about student awards can be directed to traditions@d.umn.edu.


COMMISSION ON WOMEN GRANTS

To further the Commission on Women's mission to improve and enrich the working and learning environments for UMD women, several grants of up to $1,000 are awarded each year. Grants may be awarded to individuals or organizations seeking assistance in providing programs or activities which directly benefit a broad group of women in the UMD community.

Small Grant applications (up to $300): Applications will be evaluated as they are received by the Commission on Women. Large Grant applications ($301-$1000): Priority will be given to grant applications received by the deadline (Apr. 20, 2012 for Spring or Nov.10, 2012 for fall); however, applications will be evaluated throughout the academic year. Applicants must complete the Grant Request Form. Forms are accepted electronically or by campus mail to the Grant Committee Chair. Applications must clearly detail how the proposed project/event/activity will benefit UMD women.

For more information, visit the Commission on Women grants website, contact the Grants Committee chair, Susana Pelayo-Woodward, or call 218-726-8444.


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


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.


Administration News


KUMD

KUMD celebrates Black History Month with talk and music specials all month long. Every Friday in February at 10:32 am and 2:32 pm, KUMD's pay tribute to some of the great African-American musicians.

Listen to Northland Morning weekday mornings from 6-9 am for music, features, and interviews with a local perspective. Coming up this week:

Wed., Feb. 8 at 8:15 am, Green Visions will feature Michelle Hesterberg, the field associate with Environment Minnesota, to discuss the negative effects the House Transportation Bill would have on the nation.

Thurs., Feb. 9 at 8 am, new Duluth ISD 709 superintendent Bill Gronseth will be interviewed.

Fri., Feb. 10 at 8 am, Emily Halbur shares details about the Special Olympics Minnesota’s Young Athletes program that is new to Duluth.

Live from Studio A offers interviews and performances. This week's guests includes:

Fri., Feb.10 at 1pm, Markiss, a guitarist, singer, and songwriter has toured with such notables as Al Green and Muddy Waters. He plays the same night at Carmody Irish Pub in Duluth.

Fri., Feb. 10 at 2pm, Scotty Alan, an Americana singer/songwriter from Michigan, will play a session. He plays the same night at Beaner’s Central in Duluth.

World Café weekday afternoons from 3-5 pm features an eclectic mix of contemporary music and live performances and interviews. This week includes:

Wed., Feb. 8: Pop punk band the Front Bottoms
Thurs., Feb. 9: Nils Lofgren
Fri. Feb. 10: New Jersey indie pop band Real Estate

Thanks to funding support from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, KUMD has been able to produce local programs like Radio Gallery and Live From Studio A, present local concerts, and connect listeners with local arts events. Now the state needs listener feedback on these programs. Take a brief survey to help KUMD keep this critical funding.

For a complete list of programming, visit KUMD.

UMD STORES

Place an order for Valentine's Day flowers at any UMD Stores campus location by Wed., Feb. 8 for free on-campus delivery on Valentine's Day, Tues., Feb. 14. Order online or by phone at 218-726-8520. On-campus delivery includes UMD dorms, UMD on-campus apartments, and faculty/staff offices. Specify morning or afternoon delivery preference when placing an order, however specific times can not be guaranteed and delivery to classrooms is not available. If flowers can not be delivered on Feb. 14, they will be available for pick-up in UMD Stores Street Level until Feb. 1.

Valentine bouquets and roses will be available at any UMD Stores campus location through Feb. 17. Valentine candies and gift items may be found at UMD Stores street level.

UMD Stores donates 50% of the retail price of each pink ribbon cap and tee shirt to the St. Luke's Regional Breast Center in Duluth. Other pink ribbon items include UMD hockey jerseys and socks.

Books by Tim Wise are now available at UMD Stores including, Dear White America, White Like Me, Color Blind, Between Barack and a Hard Place, Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racism Reflections from An Angry White Male.

The seventeenth annual UMD Grad Fair is Thurs., Mar. 8 from 10 am-6pm in Kirby Ballroom. Graduation is the culmination of a lifetime goal for most students. Approximately 3000 students graduate from UMD each year, and the Grad Fair provides a unique opportunity for over 40 campus departments, organizations, and local businesses to highlight their products and services for students to for use before, during, and after their graduation. This one-day event gives graduating students an opportunity to receive 20% off their caps, gowns, hoods, tassels, diploma frames, announcements, and more. Those unable to attend this event should visit the UMD Stores website to receive 20% off online graduation regalia orders Thurs., Mar. 8, 2012 (one-day only).

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.


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. Local charities benefit from this conscious effort to go green at UMD Stores. (Purchases must be "baggable" merchandise to earn wooden nickels for charity.)

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

Alison Aune, associate professor and area chair of Art Education, has been selected to present two lectures, "Turning the Feather Around: George Morrison’s Horizon Paintings" with Carla Stetson and "Examining the Socio-Aesthetic Goals of Art Education in Sweden, Estonia, and Finland" with art education majors Mady Sandon, Sara Strother, and Claire Johnson at the National Art Education Association convention Emerging Perspectives: Connecting Teaching, Learning, and Research in New York City, March 1-4, 2012. In addition, her paintings were chosen by juror Howardena Pindell for inclusion in the National Art Education Association Women’s Caucus Exhibition.

Fatih Benzer
, assistant professor of Art Education, has organized an National Art Education Association member show “Art Exhibition: Art Educators as Artists” for the United States Society for Education through Arts (USSEA). The exhibition aims to raise funds for USSEA to promote art educators as artists.

UMD Art education faculty Aune, Benzer, and Jen Dietrich and nine art education students will attend the National Art Education Association convention Emerging Perspectives: Connecting Teaching, Learning, and Research in New York City, March 1-4, 2012.

Eshan Davé
, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, has a paper entitled “Compact tension test for fracture characterization of thin bonded asphalt overlay systems at low temperature,” that has been accepted for publication in the Materials and Structures journal.

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

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, delivered an invited lecture “Distance magic and group distance magic graphs” at the 20th International Workshop ‘3in1,’ in Krynica, Poland in Nov. 2011.

Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, participated in a panel discussion, gave a one-hour presentation and gave a four-hour mini course at the annual joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America in Boston, Jan. 3-7, 2012.

Two faculty members and their professional dance partners will compete in the Minnesota Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge on Feb. 9 at Marshall School’s Fregeau Auditorium. Ryan Goei, associate professor, Department of Communication, will dance the Charleston, and Marcus McConico, teacher of voice, Department of Music, will dance a waltz.

Brian Gute,
instructor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been awarded a curriculum development grant as part of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Green Chemistry & Design College Curriculum grant project. Gute and colleagues Joseph Werne, associate professor, and Romesh Lakhan, instructor, both also of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMD, will work to develop several courses focusing on issues of green chemistry and sustainability.

Imran Hayee
, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, along with student Umair Ibrahim, presented a paper: Buddhika Maitipe, U Ibrahim, M.I. Hayee, and Eil Kwon, “Development and field demonstration of DSRC-Based V2I work zone traffic information system with V2V assistance.” The paper was presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 91st Annual Meeting, Jan. 22–26, in Washington, D.C.

Joan Kwako,
assistant professor, Department of Education, presented with two undergraduate students on Jan. 14, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif., at the Creating Balance in an Unjust World Conference focusing on Math Education and Social Justice. Kwako and her students addressed the issue of "How to teach preservice elementary teachers to teach mathematics using social justice contexts when both they and their students are privileged?" The activity provided during the session created a great demonstration for the participants to reflect upon, especially those who are rarely victims of discrimination. Follow up discussion included frank remarks by Kwako's students and other participants as to the importance of teaching using contexts that are outside of their own reality.

Jennifer Liang, assistant professor, Department of Biology, along with the undergraduate students and graduate teaching assistants from her 2009 Developmental Biology course published a peer-reviewed paper on their in-class research project and how this project enhanced student learning. Graduate teaching assistants are in bold: K. Abata, E. Bachelder, B. Bartley, N. Bozadjieva, V. Caskey, B. Christianson, S. Detienne, C. Dillon, D. Ecklund, D. Eckwright, R. Erickson, T. Fadness, M. Fealey, N. Fetter, M. Flatten, J. Fulton, R. Galloway, J. Gauer, M. Hagler, A. Hammer, D. Hasbargen, B. Heckmann, A. Hildebrandt, J. Hillesheim, M. Hoffman, J. Hovey, S. Iverson, M. Joyal, R. Jubran, S. Keller, D. Kent, B. Kiefer, J. King, A. Kuefler, A. Larson, N. Lewis, P.-N. Lu, J. Malone, C. Mickolichek, S. Mitchell, P. Nelson, M. Nemec, S. Olsen, K. Olson, K. Pautz, K. Pieper, M. Remackel, C. Rengo, J. Sekenski, T. Sievers, B. Slavik, J. Sloan, C. Smrekar, E. Stromquist, P. Tandberg, N. Taurinskas, M. Thiele, P. Timinski, B. Tusa, A. Tuthill, B. Uher, A. Ward, L. Wilson, N. Young. 2011. “Original research in the classroom: Why do zebrafish spawn in the morning?” Zebrafish 8: 191-202.


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Minnesota Sea Grant News

Diane Desotelle has been hired by the Minn. and Wisc. Sea Grant Programs as a Climate Change Extension Educator. She will work with coastal communities along Lake Superior to plan for changes in precipitation and temperature.

Desotelle and Jesse Schomberg, Coastal Communities and Land Use Extension Educator, will be presenting at the Living Green Conference in Duluth on Feb. 4, 2012. Schomberg will be presenting "Stormwater practice retrofits in an existing residential neighborhood" at the 22nd annual Energy Design and Expo in Duluth, MN on Feb 22.

Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species program coordinator, will be giving an invited presentation, "Don't Give Aquatic Invasive Species the Housatonic Valley! Lessons from the Great Lakes," at the Housatonic Zebra Mussel Forum, Great Barrington, Mass, Feb. 4, 2012.

Sharon Moen, communications coordinator, was quoted by a blogger for the Smithsonian. The subject is Sea Grant founder Dr. Spilhaus’s Our New Age comic strips.

Minnesota Sea Grant will host a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booth at the Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV Show, Feb. 15-19, 2012.

New Sea Grant-Funded journal articles:

Brown, M.E., and Branstrator, D.K. 2011. Patterns in the abundance, phenology, and hatching of the resting egg stage of the invasive zooplankter Bythotrephes longimanus: implications for establishment. Biological Invasions 13(11): 2547-2559.

Hansen, D.L., Ishii, S., Sadowsky, M.J., and Hicks, R.E. 2011. Waterfowl abundance does not predict the dominant avian source of beach Escherichia coli. Journal of Environmental Quality 40: 1924-1931.

Ahrensdorf, T.D., Hrabik,T.R., Stockwell, J.D., Yule, D.L., and Sass, G.G. 2011. Seasonally dynamic diel vertical migrations of Mysis diluviana, coregonine fishes, and siscowet lake trout in the pelagia of Western Lake Superior. Transactions of American Fisheries Society 140(6): 1504-1520.

Gamble, A.E., Hrabik, T.R., Stockwell, J.D., and Yule, D.L. 2011. Trophic connections in Lake Superior part I: the offshore fish community. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37: 541-549.

Gamble, A.E., Hrabik, T.R., Yule, D.L., and Stockwell, J.D. 2011. Trophic connections in Lake Superior part II: the neashore fish community. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37: 550-560.

Ruzycki, E.M., Axler, R.P., Henneck, J.R., Will, N., and Host, G.E. 2011. Estimating mercury concentrations and loads from four western Lake Superior watersheds using continuous in-stream turbidity monitoring. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management 14(4): 422-432.

Sterner, R.W. 2011. C:N:P stoichiometry in Lake Superior: freshwater sea as end member. Inland Waters 1(1): 29-46.

Large Lakes Observatory News

Jay Austin, associate professor, Physics and LLO, will join an American Museum of Natural History study voyage as a study leader. The trip aboard a cruise ship takes place June 5-16, 2012. The group will travel from Montreal, down the St. Lawrence Seaway, and through four Great Lakes to Chicago.

In early Jan. 2012, Erik Brown, professor, Geological Sciences and LLO; Elizabeth Minor, associate professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry and LLO; Sergei Katsev, assistant professor, Physics and LLO; Jiying Li, Rozhan Zakaria, graduate students, Water Resources Sciences and LLO; and Jason Agnich and Matthew James, LLO marine technicians, undertook a field program on Lake Malawi. The group retrieved sediment trap samples, collected water sampled, and cored surface sediments. In addition, they serviced moored instrument arrays that have been recording in situ temperature data over the past year and will continue to make such measurements in coming years. Both expeditions to Malawi were supported by the University of Minnesota International Programs Spotlight Grant "Linking the past, present, and future: Ecosystem change in Lake Malawi."

During Nov. 2011, a group including Stephanie Guildford, associate professor, Biology and LLO; Robert Hecky, professor, Biology and LLO; Robert Sterner, James Cotner, professors, Ecology Evolution and Behavior, UMTC; Randall Hicks, professor, Biology; Lucinda Johnson, director, Center for Water and the Environment, NRRI; Geoffrey House and Messias Macuiane, graduate students, Water Resources Sciences and LLO, traveled to Malawi, East Africa where they conducted field work on lower trophic level processes and water quality in Lake Malawi. They also facilitated a grant writing workshop for Malawian faculty and colleagues hosted at University of Malawi Bunda College. The workshop was attended by 20 Faculty and colleagues and resulted in the submission of a joint NSF-U.S. AID proposal.

Guildford and Hecky also had a field program on Lake Kivu (Rwanda, East Africa) in mid-January. This effort, supported by the U of M’s Institute on the Environment and the MacArthur Foundation, involved coring sediments to obtain records of past conditions in this lake, which contains volcanic vents that lead to accumulation of potentially dangerous levels of methane and carbon dioxide. The sedimentary record should provide insights on past eruptive degassing events in the lake.

Tom Johnson, professor, Geological Sciences and LLO; Joe Werne, associate professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry and LLO; and Erik Brown were invited participants at a workshop entitled “Continental Drilling in the East African Rift Lakes” held in Providence, R.I. (Nov. 14-16) and sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Past Global Changes Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. The workshop developed plans for recovering records of climate contained in the sediments of these lakes. Such information can aid in understanding the climate context of early hominid evolution and migration. With piracy rampant in the western Indian Ocean (a region that hosts analogous sedimentary records), the East African Lakes are becoming a likely target for future scientific drilling.  

Minor and Werne together with Hrabik and Donn Branstrator, associate professor, Biology, were recently awarded a research grant from MN Sea Grant entitled "What feeds Lake Superior food webs? A multi-isotope investigation."

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