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This is the last spring 2012 issue of Currents. This summer, Currents will be posted on Tuesday, June 12 (Deadline: June 6) and Tuesday, July 24 (Deadline: July 18).

In fall 2012, Currents will no longer list events. It will only announce Campus News and Faculty/Staff News. Events need to be listed on the UMD Events calendar.

Have a great summer!

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Elevator, recent work from the artist collective Blind Squab (Irene Bindi, Aston Coles, Celia Coles, Martin Finkenzeller) will be on display through Sun., July 29.

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.

Wayne Miller On Sight: A Photographic Retrospective will be on display through Sun., Nov. 18. The Wayne Miller exhibition comes to the Tweed with financial support from the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation and logistical support from the Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

The 2012 Art and Design Student Exhibition will be on display through May 6.

Student shows will be featured throughout the year: Monique Rogers and Meagan Hunstad (online show) from May 1-6.

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



A faculty recital, "Doc Rocks," featuring Thomas Wegren, will be presented on Sun., May 6 at 3 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.



The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, a workshop performance with Chancellor Black, SFA Interim Dean William Payne, and UMD Theatre Department actors will be presented on Sat., May 5 at 2 pm and Sun., May 6 at 2 pm at Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate, 3300 London Road. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults and seniors. To order tickets, call Glensheen at 218-726-8910. Seating is very limited. Once the event is sold out, seats can not be added. The admission price includes a tour of the mansion after each performance (normally $15 for tour).


For more information, visit the UMD Athletic website.



"Art Therapy and Semester Party," sponsored by the Women's Resource and Action Center, will be held on Wed., May 2 from noon-1 pm in KSC 268.

For more information, contact Susana Pelayo-Woodward.


Recreational Sport Outdoor Programs (RSOP) offers the following events: "Paper Making" on Wed., May 2 from 5-7 pm in SpHC 119. For more info and registration, visit the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program website.

The Intramural program will be offering a summer golf league. Teams will consist of two people and will use a best ball format. Matches will be played at Lester Park Golf Course on Thursday nights. The registration deadline is Fri., May 11, play will start on May 17, and continue through Aug 16. Register at SpHC 153 or contact Joel Sanderson for more information.


Alworth Institute International Lecture Series:
The lecture "Transferring National Allegiance: Sport and Identity" will be presented by David Storey, senior lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Worcester, and 2012 Alworth Institute International Fellow, on Wed., May 2 at 7 pm in BohH 90.

The Alworth Institute Brown Bag Lunch Lectures:
The lecture "(K)ein Einwanderungsland: Redefining German-ness in the 21st Century" will be presented by Mylii Pukema, UMD International Studies and English student, on Thurs., May 3 at noon in Griggs Center, KSC.

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


The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium offers free public shows every Wed. and Fri. evening and on some Thursdays and Saturdays. All shows begin at 7 pm, unless otherwise noted. The Planetarium presents the following: "Stargazing" on Wed., May 2 and Fri., May 4, Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" on Thurs., May 3 at 8 pm, and "Mythbusters" Fri., May 11. Private shows are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more.


The lecture "Water Sustainability and Food Security: Win-Win Solutions for a Thirsty Planet" by Kate Brauman, Global Landscapes Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute on the Environment, UMTC, will be presented on Thurs., May 3.

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.


A lecture by Katie Winkler will be presented on Fri., May 4. Julie Etterson will host the seminar.

A lecture by Elizabeth McGarry will be presented on Fri., May 11. Tim Craig 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.


A seminar entitled "Optimization of Light Absorbing Materials in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells" will be presented by Dr. Zhihua Xu, Brookhaven National Labs, on Mon., May 7 at 10:15 am in EduE 16. For more information, contact Richard Davis, professor and head of Chemical Engineering.


Boulder Lake offers the following events: Boulder Birding Big Day/Volunteer Appreciation Day on Sat., May 12. For more information, including times, costs, registration, and driving directions, visit the Boulder Lake website, contact John Geissler or call 218-721-3731.



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. For more information, visit the IEO website.


The annual Commission on Women Spring Luncheon and Awards Ceremony will be held on Wed., May 2 at 11:30 am in the Kirby Ballroom. The speaker will be Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon. This event is sponsored by the Commission on Women.


UMD Medical, in collaboration with Memorial Blood Centers, has organized a blood drive on Thurs., May 3 from 8 am-4 pm. The bus will be parked in UMD's old bus turnaround. To reserve a time slot, visit Memorial Blood Centers, enter sponsor code 2094, and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Michele Keil at 218-740-1541.


The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus will perform on May 3 at 8 pm in the Weber Music Hall. The one-hour concert will be followed by a reception in the Lower Weber Lobby. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased online or by calling the Weber Music Hall Box Office at 218-726-8561. UMD students are admitted free with student identification. This event is sponsored by the Chancellor's office in conjunction with the GLBT Services office. To request disability accommodations or for more information, contact Kate Andrews at 218-726-7005.


A Communication Department Colloquium will be held on Fri., May 4 at 2 pm in Bohannon 90. Top graduating students from COMM Senior Seminars will present their research on various topics ranging from the Rhetoric of Happiness, Fear Appeals, Relational Transgressions, and the Scottish philosopher David Hume. For more information, contact David Gore, associate professor, Department of Communication.


The UMD Library has released the list of titles nominated for the 24th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA), which will be presented on Thurs., May 17, starting at 5 pm in the Kirby Ballroom. A total of 47 titles are competing for prizes in six categories: (1) Fiction, (2) Poetry, (3) Nonfiction, (4) Memoir and Creative Nonfiction, (5) Children's Literature, and (6) Art/Photography. The prizes include $200 for the winner in each category, with glass plaques and 150 NEMBA book seals going to winners and authors whose books are chosen for honorable mention. For a list of the nominated titles, visit the NEMBA web page.

The celebration will begin with a book fair and refreshments, followed by suspense novelist Brian Freeman as featured speaker at 6:30 p.m. The entire event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Charlene Brown, 218-726-8539. NEMBA is presented by the UMD Library in collaboration with Friends of the Duluth Public Library and Lake Superior Writers. The 24th annual NEMBA awards will honor books published in 2011 that capture the spirit of the Northland and substantially represent northeastern Minnesota.


Instructor Cindy Hale will lead the following UMD Sustainable Agriculture Orchard and Integrated Pest Management Workshops:
Session 2: Spring Orchard Tree and Pest Management, Sat., May 19
Session 3: Early Summer Orchard Tree and Pest Management, Sat., June 2
Session 4: Mid-Summer Orchard Tree and Pest Management, Sat., July 7
Session 5: Late-Summer Harvest, Orchard Tree & Pest Management, Sat., Aug. 4
Session 6: Fall Harvest, Orchard Tree & Pest Management, Sat., Sept. 8

All workshops are held from noon-3 pm. This series of six workshops can be taken individually ($15 per session) or as an entire series (6 sessions for $75). The workshops are geared towards small growers of all skill levels, whether they have one backyard tree or a small orchard. For more information, visit the Sustainable Agriculture Project website. To register, contact Kelly Bray.



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.

Summer hours begin on Fri., May 25. During the summer, Glensheen is open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm; first tour begins at 9:30 am and the last tour begins at 4 pm.

The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, a workshop performance with Chancellor Black, SFA Interim Dean William Payne, and UMD Theatre Department actors will be presented on Sat., May 5 at 2 pm and Sun., May 6 at 2 pm at Glensheen. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults and seniors. To order tickets, call Glensheen at 218-726-8910. Seating is very limited. Once the event is sold out, seats can not be added. The admission price includes a tour of the mansion after the performance (normally $15 for tour).

Glensheen Mother's Day Buffets will be held on Sun., May 13. A tour of Glensheen starts the event, followed by brunch. Seatings are at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 4:30 pm.

Glensheen will offer free standard hours tours on Fri., May 25 in celebration of the 33rd anniversary of opening to the public. This complimentary community day begins at 9:30 am and the last tour starts at 4 pm. Tickets can be picked up at the ticket house, located at the base of Glensheen's parking lot, beginning at 9 am. The standard house tours will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that people arrive early as there is a limited number of tickets available.

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

Other Events - Faculty and Staff


Faculty and staff are invited to join Susan Darge Lombardo and Jerry Pepper on Wed., May 2 from 3-5 pm in the Malosky Stadium Club Room (3rd floor, Malosky Stadium) for the first broad conversation (modified world café format) around the question, “How might we consider a Center for Teaching and Learning at UMD?” A center for teaching and learning as well as a writing center are referenced in both the Liberal Education Task Force Report and the Strategic Plan. The two ultimately may be part of the same conversation.

The objective for the May 2 session will be to gather ideas around three specific questions that will be posed at the event. Responses will shape an inquiry agenda to be pursued this summer aimed at priming a broader conversation next fall among faculty, staff, and students that is informed by research and best practices. In other words, although the May 2 session will be informal, the intent is to leave the session with a direction and set of questions. This will be the only session held on this subject this term. Entry to the Malosky Stadium Club Room is through a side door and the door will open starting at 2:45 pm. Light snacks will be served. For more information, contact either Sue Darge Lombardo, 218-726-7694 or Jerry Pepper, 218-726-7274.


The workshop "Retention Meets Diversity" will be held on Fri., May 5 from 12-1:30 pm 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.


The following workshop will be offered:
UMD Health & Wellness Center Salad Bar Potluck on Tues., May 15 at noon in Garden Room, KSC.
Visit the Wellness/Health Improvement Program (HIP) website to view descriptions of the workshops. Registration is not required except for the cooking demos in order to provide enough food for everyone.


UMD faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in UMD's Bike/Walk to Work Day
on Fri., May 18. Bike/Walk to Work Day encourages and promotes the use of the bicycle or walking as transportation to work. Arrive at UMD between 7:30-8 am. A light breakfast and refreshments will be served. There will also be prizes and workshops offered. A vendor fair and bicycle resources will also be offered (all employees are invited to come to the Vendor Fair even if they are not able to bike or walk to work). Pre-registration is required by Mon., May 14. For more information or to register as a biker or walker, visit the umdhr/wellness website.


In partnership with the Twin Cities University Technology Training Center (UTTC), ITSS offers the following opportunities. Moodle trainers from the Twin Cities campus are coming up to the Duluth campus on May 23 and 24 to offer four separate courses. Please note the participants must bring a laptop to the workshops they sign up for.

Moodle 2.0: Creating Basics Course Websites, with instructor Scott Barnard, will be offered on Wed., May 23 from 9 am-12:30 pm in KPlz175. Registration code is dy3740.

Moodle 2.0: Quizzes, with instructor Dennis Svendsen, will be offered on Wed., May 23 from 1:30-4 pm in KPlz175. Registration code is e381vd.

Moodle 2.0: Collaboration
, with instructor Scott Barnard, will be offered on Thurs., May 24 from 9 am-12:30 pm in KPlz175. Registration code is yeu263.

Moodle 2.0: Assignments (This class will only cover assignments. It will not include the workshop tool), with instructor Dennis Svendsen, will be held on Thurs., May 24 from 1:30-3:30 pm in KPlz175. Registration code is f14157

When registering online, be sure to use the following registration instructions:
Click the name of the course above to go to the course description page. Click on the Custom tab on the right side of the page. Find the Duluth sections with the Kirby Plaza 175 location. Enter the provided registration code. Click the Enroll button and then follow the registration steps and submit. For more information, contact Amanda Evans, 218-726-7680.

Campus News

Academic News


The following individuals were honored with Outstanding Service Awards at a ceremony on Mon., Apr. 30. Outstanding Service Awards were developed to recognize the significant contributions of employees with Civil Service and Academic Professional/Administrative (P&A) (that do not hold faculty rank) appointments.

Continuous Service:
Cynthia Beaudin, executive office and administrative specialist, Labovitz School of Business & Economics, Dean’s Office
Chris Benson, information technology professional, Minnesota Sea Grant
Jane Ebersviller, principal office and administrative specialist, Department of Art & Design
Samuel McDuff, building and grounds worker, Facilities Management
Rita Ohman, executive operations/student services specialist, Department of Social Work
Sheri Pihlaja, information technology professional, Information Technology Systems & Services
Lisa Reeves, student support services associate, Academic Affairs
Ira Salmela, director of development, KUMD-FM Radio
Patricia Sodahl, associate administrator, Natural Resources Research Institute
Carlee Williams, executive office and administrative specialist, Labovitz School of Business & Economics, Marketing
David Worley, physician, UMD Health Services

Project Award:
EVCAA Search Project: Robert Borden, executive secretary, Chancellor’s Office
Salute to Lake Superior's Fisheries: Sharon Moen, science writer, MN Sea Grant
Technology Overhaul: Ralph Kersten, senior Radio/ TV Broadcast technician, KUMD-FM Radio
Facilities Management Electronic Self Service Billing: Wendy Caveny, information technology professional, Information Technology Systems & Services; Cynthia Claus, maintenance planner/scheduler, Facilities Management; Joy Michalicek, executive office and administrative specialist, Facilities Management; Karl Novek, maintenance planner/scheduler, Facilities Management; Linda Olcott, associate administrator, Facilities Management; and Trisha Winberg, accountant I, Facilities Management
Google Apps Implementation: Gordee Bennett, information technology professional; Dan Burrows, information technology manager; Jason Davis,
information technology manager; Amanda Evans, information technology professional; Scott Hollatz, information technology professional; Mandie Johnson,
information technology professional; Sarah Paro, Information information technology professional; Sheri Pihlaja, information technology professional; and Bruce Reeves, information technology professional, all are from Information Technology Systems & Services.

For more information about the Outstanding Service Awards, contact Lita Wallace, UMD Human Resources, 218-726-7822.


UMD and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres recently announced the creation of “The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and the UMD Department of Theatre Educational and Professional Alliance." This joint venture is designed to help UMD students find employment in the world of theatre. Read more about this.


Have an idea that could save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the UMD campus? Applications are now being accepted for projects through the UMD Green Revolving Fund. The Fund was established to invest in sustainable projects at UMD. Projects are intended to contribute to efforts to save energy and help UMD become a more sustainable campus, along with providing long-term financial savings to the University of Minnesota. Savings are paid back into the fund, building equity, and helping to fund future projects. For more information on the program, and to apply, visit the Office of Sustainability website.


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.

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.

Administration News


KUMD is a proud sponsor of this year's Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, which continues through Sun., May 6, showcasing over 150 local talents at venues all over Duluth and Superior. Join KUMD as they celebrate this week-long music extravaganza.

The KUMD Homegrown Chicken will be making mysterious appearances throughout the week of Homegrown. Spot The Chicken and snap a photo with The Chicken to be registered to win a pair of tickets to the Duluth Reggae Festival. Chicken sightings may be rare, but there is a good chance of spotting our feathery friend at the following Homegrown events:

Trampled by Turtles w/Equal Xchange and Father Hennepin on Wed., May 2, 7pm at Clyde Iron Works.

Homegrown Kickball Classic on Sat., May 5 at noon at Chester Bowl.

Homegrown Live from Studio A. All this week, KUMD showcases local artists performing in the Homegrown Music Festival.

Trampled by Turtles on Wed., May 2 at 2 pm.

Emily Haavik on Wed., May 3 at noon.

Aurora Baer on Fri., May 4 at 1 pm.

See upcoming Live from Studio A sessions and listen to past sessions on the Arts page of the KUMD website.

Homegrown on The Local: On Wed., May 2 at 5 pm, tune into a special 2-hour edition of The Local as DJ Edgewood hosts the local bands of Bill Flannagan, The Moon is Down, Lookdown Moon, and Batteries.

Homegrown Download of the Day: Each day this week, in honor of the Homegrown Music Festival, KUMD will offer a free download of a song from a local artist. Go to every day to get music from Hattie Peterson, Teague Alexy, Dirty Horse, Mary Bue, and Yester.

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

Thurs., May 3 at 8 am, KUMD learns the importance of motorcycle safety. Lake Superior College provides classes every week to teach the basics of motorcycle safety, and it is helpful for even the most advance rider.

Fri., May 4 at 8 am, Minnesota Representative Bob Barrett of Schafer talks with about the new synthetic drug bill.

To hear the audio for these interviews and previous ones, check out the Audio Archives Page.

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

Wed., May 2: Fifteen-year-old British artist, Birdy, showcases her self-titled debut album, featuring re-imagined covers of a slew of alternative artists.

Thurs., May 3: Sweet Sour is the fiery second release from English rock trio, Band of Skulls.

Fri., May 4: The debut for her own label Redwing Records, Slipstream is Bonnie Raitt’s new album produced by Joe Henry.


By popular demand, UMD Stores will extend it's "Bag Free" event in all stores through Fri., May 11. Bring a bag or backpack, grab a used bag off the bag trees at the store entrances, or purchase a reusable bag at UMD Stores. ChicoBags™ and black UMD reusable bags are on sale through the month of April. Don’t take a plastic bag and get a wooden nickel to drop in the charity bin to support three local charities (UMD Sustainability, Boys and Girls Club of the Northland, Domiano Center). These charities benefit from this conscious effort to go green at UMD Stores. (Purchases must be "baggable" merchandise to earn wooden nickels for charity.)

UMD Stores works with Minnesota Power each year on the "A Brighter UMD Energy Event" to help raise money for the U Pass program on campus. Amanda Oja and Chad Trebilcock from Minnesota Power presented UMD with a check for $1,894 during the UMD Sustainability Fair in April.

The UMD Stores Final Sale is May 7-10 from 8 am-4 pm in Kirby Student Center. Save up to 70% off UMD wear, gifts, office and school products, art supplies, bargain books, snacks, CDs and DVDs, computer supplies, greeting cards, backpacks, desk lamps, and more.

Cash for Books Buyback will be held May 4 and May 7-11 in UMD Stores EXPRESS. Customers will receive up to 50% of the current new price for books sold back to UMD Stores. Register for prizes including $50 gift cards and an iPad with case. A photo ID is required during Buyback. Return rental textbooks at the Buyback in UMD Stores EXPRESS during finals week or the returns counter in UMD Stores lower level.

Joel Salatin was a guest speaker at last weekend's Community Wellness event on campus. His books are available in UMD Stores lower level.
You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start and $ucceed in a Farming Enterprise

Family Friendly Farming: A Multigenerational Home-Based Business Testament
Everything I Want to Do is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer

If you are interested in ordering his latest book Folks, This Ain't Normal. A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World, contact Josie Bergeson, 218-726-8766.

Stop by UMD Stores and see the photographs of Amy Nguyen, a 3rd year UMD graphic design student inspired by the culture and traditions of UMD. This spring/summer marketing campaign focuses on diversity and the lively spirit of UMD students. Find Amy's interview on the Statesman website.

UMD Market Day in the Plaza happens every Wed., May 16-Sept. 26, from 1:30-4:30 pm. Enjoy the farmer's market, live music, and local art on Kirby Plaza in front of UMD Stores. In case of rain, the event will be held inside Kirby Plaza Bus Hub. UMD Stores will have specials inside the store during the Market each week. Visit the UMD Market Day website for more information and a list of music performers.

The UMD Stores lower level store will be moving to Kirby Lounge for the summer during their renovation. Textbooks, office and school products, general books, and the Computer Corner will be found in Kirby Lounge starting Wed., May 16.

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.

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

James Allert, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, was an invited presenter at the 2012 ABET Symposium, Apr. 19-22 in St. Louis. He conducted a three-hour workshop entitled "Program Assessment: Quick and Easy from Your Desktop PC" and also delivered a presentation on "Streamlining the Assessment Process for Large-enrollment Courses." This was his third year as an invited presenter.

Steve Bardolph,
assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, presented "Mesa Verde Stories” in a lecture, panel discussion, and exhibition as part of an interdisciplinary collaborative team at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas Mar. 29-30. Bardolph’s graphic design and photography joined the environmental justice studies philosophy of Robert Figueroa, the documentary video and film of Melinda Levin, the Tewa Pueblo interpretation of Porter Swentzell, the writing and poetry of David Taylor, and the archaeology of Steve Wolverton, to examine and retell the ancient Pueblo story of the Mesa Verde region from multiple perspectives. Bardolph and his interdisciplinary team also presented at the 35th Annual Society of Ethnobiology Conference “Conservation and Communities” Apr. 11-14 in Denver, Colo. Events included the joint lecture “Sharing Mesa Verde Stories: Transdisciplinary Collaboration in the Field" and an exhibition of Bardolph’s design panoramas at the Denver Botanic Gardens. He will also present at TypeCon2012: MKE SHIFT, the annual conference of the Society of Typographic Aficionados, as part of the Type & Design Education Forum on “Recasting Typography Education” in Milwaukee, Wisc., July 31-Aug. 5.

Evelyn Campbell
, assistant professor, Department of Social Work, presented at the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) at the DECC on Apr. 24. It was a University of Minnesota Special Presentation in a three part series. Evie's topic was "Historical Trauma and Its Effect on American Indian and African American Children and Their Families." This workshop focused on historical trauma and its impact on American Indian and African American families tracing the history of social policies and analyzing the impact this has had on health issues within both of these communities.

Joe Gallian
, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave the annual Dale Nelson Mathematics Lecture at Knox College in Illinois on April 4.

Karen Gran
, assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, was the Association of Women Geoscientists' invited speaker at the monthly meeting of the Minnesota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists on Apr. 3. Her talk was entitled "Evolving Sediment Sources in the Minnesota River Basin: Implications for Resource Management." Gran also had a paper recently published and online: "Strong seasonality in sand loading and resulting feedbacks on sediment transport, bed texture, and channel planform at Mount Pinatubo, Philippines" by K. Gran, in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2012, DOI: 10.1002/esp.3241.

Mary Hennessy
, information technology professional, Facilities Management, (along with several other UMD employees from NRRI) was a recipient of an Innovators Awards presented in Minneapolis on Mar. 8. This award was for intellectual property licensed in the past fiscal year. Hosted by the U of M Twin Cities Office of the Vice President for Research, this annual event celebrates researchers whose work has been patented, licensed to a company, or used to form a startup.

Randy Hyman, associate professor, Department of Education, was designated a "Pillar of the Profession" by NASPA (National Association of Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education). This is a lifetime achievement award for accomplishments as a senior student affairs officer, leader in the association, and graduate faculty mentor. He was honored at the association's national conference in Mar. 2012 in Phoenix, Ariz. He also presented two programs at the conference: R. Hyman (and others), NASPA Research and Scholarship Agenda for the the Student Affairs Profession and R. Hyman (and others), Thirty-five Years of Scholarship through the NASPA Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award.

Tom Isbell, professor, Department of Theatre, has entered into a three-book deal with HarperCollins. The first book is called The Hatchery and will debut in Jan. 2014. Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future, it follows a group of physically-impaired boys, known as Less Thans, who attempt a daring escape after realizing they’re being raised as prey for a sadistic group of human hunters. The book explores issues of power, privilege and prejudice for a Young Adult market. Foreign rights have been sold to publishers in the UK, France, Greece, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. TV rights are being finalized. Isbell will take an uncompensated leave of absence for the the 2012-2013 school year to complete the final two books.

Tom Johnson, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, presented a seminar to the Department of Environmental Earth Systems Sciences at Stanford University on Apr. 25. The title of his talk was "Water Sustainability and Climate in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa."

Kathryn Lenz, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Bruce Peckham, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, along with mathematics graduate student Brett Bozyk, attended the Mathematical Association of America North Central Section meeting Apr. 20-21 at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn. All three gave presentations. The talk titles were "A special family of rational maps of the plane" (Bozyk), "Voting methods propaganda versus mathematically informed discourse in the public sphere" (Lenz), and "Student projects on Newton's Method" (Peckham).

Allen Lipke, outreach coordinator, Soudan Underground Physics Lab, reported that the CDMS Cryogenic Dark Matter Search has been taking data since February or March. The research will continue to take data for several months, hopefully through the summer and into the fall. They will only be taking data for two more weeks on the MINOS neutrino study. The Fermilab began an upgrade of the beam line on Apr. 30 and will not have a beam of neutrinos for 16 to 20 months. They have been measuring the velocity of the neutrinos coming from the Fermilab to Soudan to either support the idea that neutrinos travel faster than light or to refute the data from CERN and Gran Sasso that indicated that neutrinos were breaking light speed. Two undergraduate interns will help with the public tours in the summer and develop curriculum to teach the aspects of particle physics.The new facility at Ash River is on schedule. The NOvA experiment is scheduled to start taking data in 2014 and is at the point of starting to assemble the detector. When completed, it will be a 15,000 ton facility filling a volume of 50 feet by 50 feet by 220 feet. It is scheduled to collect data for ten years and will answer questions about the three types of neutrinos. They are planning to have a tour guide on site one day a week at Ash River during the summer to explain the research or to set up special visits. The public will not be able to walk around inside the structure while the assembly is being completed. The lab will again be open for tours late this spring and through the summer. The work on the shaft is coming to an end, the repairs as a result of the fire in the shaft in March of 2011.

Michael J. Mullins, professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, received the President's Award for Outstanding Service. This award was established to recognize active or retired faculty or staff members who have performed exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University and those of us who study, teach, and work here.

Ryuta Nakajima, associate professor, Art and Design is currently showing his recent work You and I (Fukushima according to a cuttlefish) 2012 at Hopkins Center for the Arts as a part of The Critics Show.

John Pastor, professor, Department of Biology, was the Distinguished Visiting Ecologist at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, in Apr. 2012. While there, he gave lectures on his research on population cycles in wild rice ecosystems and on a model of chronic wasting disease. Lauren Hildebrandt and Lee Sims, two IBS graduate students of Pastor, have recently published papers from their M.S. theses: Hildebrandt, L., J. Pastor, B. Dewey. "Effects of external and internal nutrient supplies on decomposition of wild rice, Zizania palustris," in Aquatic Botany (2012), and Sims, L., J. Pastor, T. Lee, and B. Dewey. "Nitrogen, phosphorus, and light effects on growth and allocation of biomass and nutrient in wild rice" in Oecologia (2012)

Elizabeth (Beth) Ruark, instructor, Continuing Education, received the Civic Engagement Steward Award, part of the 2012 UMD Minnesota Campus Compact Awards which gives statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships. The Civic Engagement Steward Award is for a faculty or staff member or for a group that has significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

The Sun Cities Area Historical Society and the Maricopa County Library sponsored a presentation by Judith Ann Trolander, professor, Department of History, entitled "Age 55 or Better: A History of Active Adult Communities with Empahsis on Sun City, AZ," on Apr. 18 in Sun City. She repeated that presentation on Apr. 23 at the Sun City Festival.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Andrea Crouse, advanced masters teaching assistant, received the Outstanding Teacher’s Assistant Award from UMD’s Department of Biology on Apr. 26.

Zsolt Benko (Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria); Aberra Mogessie (Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria); Feri Molnar (Geological Survey of Finland); Mark Severson, senior research fellow, NRRI; Steve Hauck, program director, NRRI; Paul Lechler (Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology); and Greg Arehart (University of Nevada, Reno) co-authored a paper titled “Contact metamorphism, partial melting and fluid flow in the granitic footwall of the South Kawishiwi Intrusion, Duluth Complex, USA” published in Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 14, 2012.

Zsolt Benko (Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria); F. Molnar (Geological Survey of Finland); Aberra Mogessie (Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria); Mark Severson, senior research fellow, NRRI; Steve Hauck, program director, NRRI; and Greg Arehart (University of Nevada, Reno) co-authored a paper titled “Charnockitization of Granitoid Rocks in the Footwall of the Duluth Complex (Minnesota, USA)” in Acta Mineralogica-Petrographica, Abstract Series, Vol. 7, 2012.

Minnesota Sea Grant News

Dee Angradi, program analyst, and Jesse Schomberg, program leader, hosted a Rip Current awareness booth at the Healthy Kids Day at the downtown Duluth YMCA on Apr. 21.

Schomberg trained 12 Duluth Stream Corps members on how to build rain gardens, for part of their GLRI grant, and taught 40 University for Seniors class members how to build rain gardens. The lesson took place on April 18. Schomberg joined Mayor Ness at a press conference on Apr. 20 for the global youth day of service. He talked about streams and litter impacts. DNT, WDIO, Northland, and Fox covered the event.

Dale Bergeron
, maritime extension educator, and Craig Middlebrook, deputy administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, presented a guest lecture to graduates in Water Policy on the UMN Twin Cities campus, Apr. 10.

Diane Desotelle
, instructor, climate change adaptation extension educator, spoke at the UMD Sustainability Fair, Apr, 17, on Climate Change and Adaptation.

Cindy Hagley
, environmental quality extension educator, co-taught a four-hour professional development workshop along with Wisconsin Sea Grant at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Madison, Wisc, on Teaching with Great Lakes Data to 21 teachers on Apr. 19.

and Sharon Moen, communications coordinator, had their article "Prevent Algae Blooms in Your Lake: It all starts in your kitchen sink, but it doesn’t end there," published in the May issue of Cabin Life Magazine.

Doug Jensen
and Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species extension educators, co-hosted, along with the Minnesota DNR, a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booth at the Northwest Boat Show, Minneapolis Convention Center, Mar. 28-Apr. 1.

Jensen and Kitson co-hosted a Habitattitude booth at the Duluth Home and Garden Show, DECC, Duluth, MN, Apr. 11-15.

Jensen will be on the Northland’s Newscenter NBC station throughout May talking about spiny waterflea research and the Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker’s campaign. He will mention the work of Donn Branstrator, UMD Department of Biology.

Elizabeth Minor, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Tom Hrabik, associate professor, Department of Biology; Pat Schoff, research associate, Natural Resources Research Institute; and Randall Hicks, professor, Department of Biology, were awarded Sea Grant funding for aquatic research. For information about their two-year investigations, visit the Minnesota Sea Grant news website.

Elaine Ruzycki, research fellow, talked about her Sea Grant-funded stream/mercury study on WTIP radio on Apr. 26.

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