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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.

Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place will be on display through Sun., Aug. 26. The show features seventy works by seventeen American Indian artists from the Minnesota region. These pieces provide examples of ways in which American Indian artists have incorporated innovation in traditional arts to reflect current experiences and perspectives.

On Sat., July 21 from 2-4 pm, a community event will be held in conjunction with the Mni Sota exhibit at the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), 202 W. Second Street in the YWCA building downtown. Artists whose work are included in the Tweed exhibition will be on site to give demonstrations and talk about their art. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

On Sat., Aug. 25 from 2-4 pm, the Tweed Museum of Art will host a Family Day in conjunction with the Mni Sota exhibit. Artists whose work are included in the Tweed exhibition will be on site to give demonstrations and talk about their art. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

George Morrison: Horizons and Totems, a selection of paintings and sculptures, is ongoing in the Balcony Niche Gallery.

He Always Got His Man-Mountie Illustrations by Arnold Friberg is ongoing in the Activity Gallery.

Selections from the Collection, including the Glenn C. Nelson Ceramics Collection is ongoing in the Alice Tweed Tuohy Gallery.

Stories in Collections: Richard E. and Dorothy Rawlings Nelson Collection of American Indian Art is ongoing in the Display Case. Traditional and Eastern Woodlands baskets, beadwork, and quillwork are featured.

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



For more information, visit the Department of Music website or call 218-726-8561.



UMD Department of Theatre has announced its 2012-2013 season. Productions include:
Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Oct. 11-20, 2012
White Baby (honoring the 25th anniversary of the Duluth Sister City program with Vaxjo, Sweden), Nov. 1-10, 2012
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Nov. 29-Dec. 8, 2012
Tales from the Bad Years, Feb. 14-23, 2013
How I Learned to Drive, Mar. 14-23, 2013
Coriolanus, Apr. 25-May 4, 2013

For ticket information, visit the Department of Theatre website.


For more information, visit the UMD Athletic website.



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. Private shows are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more.


Boulder Lake offers the following events: Dynamic Forests Workshop Session I on Thurs. and Fri., Jun. 21-22; Dragonfly/Digital Photography: Bridge to Nature Workshop on Sat., Jun. 23; Dynamic Forests Workshop Session II on Thurs. and Fri., Jun. 28-29; and Spider Workshop on Sat., July 28. For more information, including times, costs, registration, and driving directions, visit the Boulder Lake website, contact John Geissler or call 218-721-3731.



The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the Sustainable Agriculture Project at UMD, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will present the Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course on Wed., June 13 from 9 am-4 pm in the UMD Library. This full-day training will provide participants with the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines and will equip them with the recipes necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects. Register online or contact Ashley Minnerath, pollinator program assistant, the Xerces Society, at 855-232-6639.


This year over 1,100 Bulldogs will be running in Grandma's Marathon on Sat., June 16. Cheer them on at the Bulldog "Fanstand" at 21st Ave East and London Road from 7 am-1:30 pm. This location offers neighborhood parking and easy access to the Lakewalk. Attendees should bring their own chairs. Free hot and cold beverages will be available, compliments of Nick G. Patronas/Burger King. Prize drawings from UMD Stores, Engwall's, and Grandma's Marathon. One prize entry for every article of UMD maroon and gold attire that is worn. This event is sponsored by the UMD Alumni Association, Nick G. Patronas/Burger King, and Engwall's Florist, Greenhouse and Garden Centers. For more information, email the UMD Alumni office or call 218-726-7164.


Instructor Cindy Hale will lead the following UMD Sustainable Agriculture Orchard and Integrated Pest Management Workshops:
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 workshops can be taken individually ($15 per session). 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.


UMD's Fine Arts Academy offers the following workshops and classes:
Introduction to the Guitar with Jacob Jonker, July 10- Aug. 14, ages 14 and up. No musical experience necessary, small group setting. $73.50

Music for Film & Video Summer Workshop with John McLaird, July 16-20, ages 11 and up. Create soundtracks for film, television and home movies. Basic note reading required. $125

Join the Parade, July 16-20, 10:30 am-noon, ages 4-8 years. Tuition $64 per child, materials $17 per family.
Out and About, July 16-20, 9-10 a.m., ages birth-4 years
Out and About Family Time, July 16-20, 5-6 pm, ages birth-7 years. Tuition $45 per child, materials $17 per family

Join the Summer Fiddling Classes for an old fashioned Barn Dance in the Chester Park School on Tues., Aug. 7 from 7-8:30 pm. The Barn Dance is free and open to the public.

To register for workshops and classes, call 218-726-7011. For more information, visit the Fine Arts Academy website.



The historic Congdon estate, Glensheen mansion, 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.

Glensheen Garden Tours will be held at 6 pm on Wednesdays, July 11, 18, and 25. Meet at the gardener's cottage shortly before 6 pm for the tour. These tours are free.

Concerts by the Lake will be held at 7 pm on Wednesdays, July 11, 18, and 25. These concerts are free.

The Glensheen Croquet Tournament will be held on Sat., Aug. 4 starting at 9 am. Price includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch, refreshments, and a champagne toast. To register, visit the Glensheen website, email Glensheen, or call 218-726-8910.

Festival of Fine Art and Craft will be held from 9 am-5 pm on Sat., Aug.11 and Sun., Aug. 12. The event is free and there is a free shuttle bus from UMD's maroon lot B.

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

Other Events


UMD employees can earn Wellness Points every time they ride their bikes to campus. Join the UMD Zap Bike Commuting Program. Contact Bryan French, bike-to-campus program coordinator, 726-6203, to have a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag installed on a bike.


The following workshops will be offered:

Pressure Canning: Meats and Vegetables on Tues., June 19 from noon-12:45 pm in SpHC 119. Candice Richards will provide a hands-on demonstration of the equipment and process for preserving low acid foods such as beans, peas, carrots, meats, and poultry using a pressure canner. Recipes, resources, menu ideas, and samples will be offered.

Distracted Driving: At What Cost? on Tues., June 26 from noon-12:45 pm in Residential Dining Center (RDC) 323. This workshop introduces the current recommendations on distracted driving, with an emphasis on cell phones, PDAs, and other wireless mobile devices. During the session, participants also will have an opportunity to take a short assessment to determine their own exposure to distractions.

National Safety Council CPR/AED on Wed., June 27 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm in DAdB 25. This course is designed as part of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification training. CPR and First Aid on a choking victim will be taught through demonstration and practice on mannequin. Use of AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) will be demonstrated. Cost is $15 for materials. Register online for this workshop. Registration is not required for the other HIP workshops. For more information, contact Lita Wallace in Human Resources, 218-726-7822.


UMD Market Day in the Plaza, Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association (LSSFA) Farmers Market, will be held from 1:30-4:30 pm every Wed. through Sept. 26 in the Kirby Plaza Bus Hub.

Visitors will find regional farmers selling plants, fruits, vegetables, fresh cut flowers, and other locally grown produce fresh from farms and gardens, as well as baked goods, jams, jellies, meat, eggs, and more.

The Market also brings arts and crafts products locally made by the community. The weekly market includes UMD Stores special sale offers, artist's booths, live entertainment, demonstrations, and more. For more information, visit UMD Market Day.

Campus News

Academic News


On May 11, 2012, the Board of Regents approved the following individuals for promotion to full professor:
Alison Aune-Hinkel, Department of Art and Design
Ahmed Heikal, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dahui Li, Department of Finance and Management Information Science
Viktor Nemykin, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Josef Werne, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Board of Regents also approved the following individuals for promotion to associate professor with indefinite tenure:
Evan Brier, Department of English
John Dahl, Department of Biology
Robert Feyen, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Joseph Johnson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Sergei Katsev, Department of Physics
Rebecca Katz Harwood, Department of Theatre
Joan Kwako, Department of Education
Jennifer Liang, Department of Biology
Joseph Staats, Department of Political Science
David Syring, Department of Sociology/Anthropology
Amy Versnik Nowak, Department of HPER
Jennifer Webb, Department of Art and Design
Jeremy Youde, Department of Political Science


Three students were awarded the Darland All-American Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year in recognition of their academic achievement and leadership contributions to UMD. These students are Molly Gorder, Biology major; Kyle Chisholm, Teaching History major; and Kaitlin Norwood, Anthropology major.


Two UMD undergraduates have received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. They are Mitchell Bercier, United Kingdom, and Yang Lee, South Korea. The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. For more information, visit the International Education Office website.


Daniel Lexcen is the first Ph.D. graduate of the Integrated Biosciences (IBS) Graduate Program, an all-University program with faculty and students located in the Twin Cities and Duluth. Lexcen performed his dissertation research on hemorrhagic shock in Gregory Beilman's laboratory on the Minneapolis campus. For more information about the program, visit the IBS program website.

Tyler Ahrenstorff, Ph.D. candidate, was awarded a $22,500 University of Minnesota 2012-13 Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Ahrenstorff is advised by Thomas Hrabik, associate professor, UMD Department of Biology.

Jennifer Olker, Ph.D. candidate, was awarded $9,952 from the University's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences, for her proposal entitled What’s in the Frogs’ Water? Atrazine Concentration in Wetlands and Associated Landscape Factors in the Upper Midwest. Each investigator receiving this award becomes a "Consortium Student Scholar." Olker is advised by Lucinda Johnson, director, Center for Water and the Environment, Natural Resources Research Institute.


Bryana Cook, a student in UMD's Masters of Social Work (MSW) Program, received the "Social Work Student of the Year" Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The award was presented to Cook at the chapter's 22nd annual conference in St. Paul, Minn. in June 2012. Visit the MSW website, for more information about the program.


The Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) is accepting applications. The WLI offers University staff and faculty women a year-long opportunity to grow as leaders. Members come from supervisory, management, and administrative leadership positions throughout the University, creating a unique learning community that continues beyond the duration of the program. Download an application. Applications are due on Fri., June 15. There is an $85 fee to help cover materials and program costs; a limited number of scholarships are available through the Women’s Center. For more information, contact Anitra Cottledge, assistant director, Women’s Center, Office for Equity & Diversity, 612-625-2385.


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 giving away tickets to summer concerts. Tune in and listen for the Summer Daze Concert Craze announcement of when the phone lines will be open for registration to win tickets for Wilco, Lyle Lovett, and Moon Songs at Big Top Chautauqua. Make the call and be automatically entered into the ticket drawing held every Friday at 12:30 pm.

KUMD is currently taking donations of gently used CDs for its third Annual CD Sale Fundraiser at the Park Point Art Fair on Sat., June 23 and Sun. ,June 24. Drop off CDs (a tax-deductible donation) at the radio station, 130 Humanities on the UMD campus, by Fri., June 22 at 4 pm. Then find the KUMD booth at the Park Point Art Fair and browse the wide selection of CDs.

KUMD offers Northland Morning weekdays from 6-9 am for music, features, and interviews with a local perspective. To hear audio from previous interviews, check out the Audio Archives Page.

New on Wednesdays at 8:30 am, it’s “Organizing with Kim.” Professional organizer Kim Schlicting shares her tips.

Live from Studio A offers interviews and performances.

Tentative: Dewitt-Seitz Marathon Nights Preview
Fri., June 15 at 1 pm: KUMD is working on a preview of the Dewitt-Seitz Marathon Nights event, happening this Friday and Saturday next to the Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace in Canal Park and including performances from Erik Koskinen, 4 on the Floor, Pert' Near Sandstone, and many others. Check the KUMD website for updated details later this week.

Fri., June 15 at 2 pm: Long-time Minneapolis band The Honeydogs, who recently released their tenth album, play a session. They will perform that same night at Tycoon's in downtown Duluth.

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

World Café, weekday afternoons from 3-5 pm, features an eclectic mix of contemporary music and live performances and interviews. This week offers a week-long edition of the "Café’s Sense of Place" series, exploring the intensely musical city of New Orleans. Guests include:

Wed., June 13: Ani DiFranco
Thurs., June 14: The creators of the HBO series Treme, which aptly portrays New Orleans life after Hurricane Katrina
Fri., June 15: Dr. John gives David Dye a tour of the Crescent City through a more mystical lens


During renovation, the UMD Stores Lower Level has moved down the hall to the Kirby Student Center Lounge. Textbooks, office and school products, general books, and the Computer Corner can be found there. The UMD Stores Lower Level was last updated in 1986, and planning for this project began in 2008. The new store is being designed with maximum flexibility for efficient use of the current space, but also with an eye on the future. When completed, the new space will feature a new entrance and layout, more retail space, flexible fixtures, more demo space in the technology area, better lighting, and an improved overall shopping atmosphere. The new store is scheduled to open in August with a grand opening celebration set for the week of Sept. 17, 2012. Follow the construction progress on the UMD Stores facebook page and on the UMD Stores website.

UMD Market Day in the Plaza happens every Wed. through 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.

Save 25% off select Father's Day gift items and a free stamp with the purchase of a Father's Day card through June 17, UMD Stores Street Level.

All UMD Stores locations will close for inventory at 3pm on Thurs., June 28 and will continue to be closed all day on Fri., June 29. Regular summer hours will resume on Sat., June 30.

Bring a bag or backpack, purchase a reusable bag at UMD Stores, or grab a used bag off the bag trees at the store entrances. 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 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

Tyler Ahrenstorff, Ph.D. candidate, was awarded a $22,500 University of Minnesota 2012-13 Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Ahrenstorff is advised by Thomas Hrabik, associate professor, UMD Department of Biology.

David Bowen
, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, will have his work tele-present water included in Surface Tension: The Future of Water at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York, N.Y., through Aug. 11, 2012. Surface Tension is a traveling exhibition organized by the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, which brings together work by international artists, designers, engineers and scientists to explore the future of water. The exhibition examines water’s physical properties, its role in politics and economics, and ways in which it may be harnessed, cleaned, and distributed. Bowen's work fly tweet has received an Honorary Mention in the interactive art category in the 2012 Ars Electronica, PrixArs International Cyber Arts Competition. Since 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica has served as an interdisciplinary platform for everyone who uses the computer as a universal medium for implementing and designing their creative projects at the interface of art, technology and society.

Harvey Burski
, adjunct associate professor, Master of Environmental Health and Safety (MEHS) program, has received the 2012 Arthur E. McCauley, Jr. Occupational Health and Safety Leadership Award. He received the award, which is the highest honor that a safety professional can receive in the State of Minnesota, during the Governor’s Safety Award Luncheon at the Minnesota Safety Council Conference in May 2012. Burski has been teaching classes in the MEHS program since it began in 1975. Over the years, he has been involved with the training of over 700 MEHS students, the majority of whom have worked or continue to work in the Midwest region and particularly in the state of Minnesota.  A significant number of these safety professionals have gone on to assume key management roles in safety and health at various corporate and government entities.

Evie Campbell
, assistant professor, Department of Social Work, is the principle investigator for a $559,068 grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Education for Upward Bound Vision Quest. This program serves approximately 135 low income, first generation students.

Scott Carlson
, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, was awarded the international award of Top Reviewer for Biological Psychology, 2011, Elsevier Science Publishers.

Aydin Durgunoglu
, professor, Department of Psychology, is a member of the National Research Council (NRC) task force on Improving adult literacy. She will be in Washington, D.C. for the public discussion of the report "Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research" with invited participants from government agencies, educational organizations, and private sector. Durgunoglu attended a press conference in Turkey launching the country-wide online adult literacy program that she co-developed.

Dalibor Froncek
, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a conference talk "Decomposition of complete graphs into prisms" at the 43rd Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing in Boca Raton, Fla.

Shannon Godsey has been named UMD's director of Student Learning Assessment. She has spent several semesters working part-time on assessment with the EVCAA office and Associate Vice Chancellor Jackie Millslagle while also being an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Ryan Goei, associate professor, Department of Communication, has been named the UMD Honors Program director. He has been on the faculty at UMD since 2003.

Randall A. Gordon, professor, Department of Psychology, has been investigating the impact of feature-based stereotypes (race-related facial features) on judgments of criminal behavior and on selection processes in employment. The latest study in this area was presented with three student co-authors (Gina Wheeler, Jordan Wiertzema, and Lauren LaRue) at the 2012 Midwestern Psychological Association Conference.

John Hiller, professor, Department of Physics, and Sophia Chabysheva, research fellow, Department of Physics, participated in the Sixth International Conference on Quarks and Nuclear Physics at the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France, in April 2012. Hiller spoke on "A light-front coupled-cluster method for quantum field theories" and Chabysheva presented a poster on "Application of a light-front coupled-cluster method to quantum electrodynamics." Also, Hiller and Chabysheva recently published "A light-front coupled-cluster method for the nonperturbative solution of quantum field theories," Physics Letters B 711 (2012), pp. 417-422. This journal is for the rapid publication of important new results in nuclear and particle physics.

Timothy Holst, professor, Department of Geology, has been named UMD's associate vice chancellor for Graduate Education and Research. He has served in the interim associate vice chancellor role since 2009 and as the director of Research Administration since 2008. He served as the associate dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering for 18 years and was acting dean in 2007.

Carmen M. Latterell
, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Janelle L. Wilson, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, had their article, "Students' perceptions of what mathematicians do," published in the international journal The Mathematics Educator, volume 13, issue 2.

Jim Miller, associate professor, Department of Geological Sciences and director of the Precambrian Research Center, was awarded the 2012 Goldich Medal at the 58th Annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in May 2012. The Goldich Medal is awarded annually by the ILSG Board of Directors to a geoscientist who has made particularly noteworthy and meritorious contributions to the understanding of Lake Superior geology and mineral deposits.

The book Ancient Earth and the First Ancestors: A Cultural and Geological Journey, written by Ron Morton, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, and UMD alumnus Carl Gawboy (1965), received the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA) for the best book of 2011 in the general nonfiction category.

Bruce Munson, professor, College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP), will serve as interim dean for CEHSP. He has served as the associate dean of CEHSP since 2008 and was head of the Education Department for four years prior to that. His position begins July 1.

William E. Payne, professor, Department of Theatre, has been named UMD's dean of the School of Fine Arts. Payne served as the interim dean of SFA since January 2011 and has been a professor in the Department of Theater since 1993. Payne is the co-founder of the American Blues Theater Company in Chicago (founded in 1985). He is a participant in the New York Times Knowledge Network, is a Seven Revolutions Scholar with the American Democracy Project, and a leader in civic engagement activities.

Gerald Pepper, professor, Department of Communication, has been named UMD's associate vice chancellor for Undergraduate Education. He has served in the interim associate vice chancellor role since fall of 2011. He has also previously served as the associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and as dean of the Department of Communication.

Jennifer J. Pontinen, professional business consultant, UMD Center of Economic Development (Virginia, Minn. office) received a letter of congratulations from Senator Al Franken on being recently named Minnesota Financial Services Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Financial Services Champion award is presented annually in each state to individuals who assist small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services. Franken thanked Pontinen for her "unwavering commitment to assisting small business."

Lisa Pratt has been named UMD’s director of Alumni Relations. She has worked in UMD's Office of Alumni Relations for the past eight years, most recently as interim alumni director. She worked in partnership with the previous alumni director to create and manage a number of successful alumni initiatives and programs.

Kim Riordan, associate professor, Department of Education, has been named UMD's interim associate vice chancellor of Outreach and Online Delivery. She has taught in the UMD Department of Education since 2001.

Shelley Smith, associate professor, Instructional Development Service, will be a visiting faculty fellow in the Center for Learning and Teaching at South Australia University, Aug.-Oct. 2012. She will be working with faculty on issues of academic leadership, peer review of teaching, curriculum design, and internationalizing curriculum.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

NRRI staff gave the following presentations at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Section Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration in April 2012: Kyle Bartholomew; Jim Miller; Richard Davis, UMD Department of Chemical Engineering; Carlos Carranza-Torres, UMD Department of Civil Engineering; and Moe Benda UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering, gave a presentation titled “University of Minnesota Duluth – Serving the Mining Industry.” Dave Hendrickson gave a talk titled “NRRI’s Role in Minerals Research." Hendrickson also chaired the Ore Benefication technical sessions. Dick Kiesel chaired the Pelletizing technical session. George Hudak and Jim Miller, with Mark Jirsa (Minnesota Geological Survey), presented a short course on “Geology and Mineral Potential of Northern Minnesota as Conveyed in Geologic Maps.”

Environmental Initiatives, a non-profit organization that builds partnerships to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota’s environmental problems, gave the Business and Environment award to the Duluth Mattress Recycling project. Representatives of the collaboration accepting the award at the May 2012 ceremony were Greg Conkins (Goodwill Duluth), Hank Fisher (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), Tim Hagen and June Kallestad, Clint Deraas (Olaf Industries), Jack Ezell and Dan Belden (Western Lake Superior Sanitary District).

Ryan Hueffmeier and Andrea Crouse, NRRI sustainability committee chairs, staffed a booth at UMD’s and Lake Superior College’s Sustainability Fair in May 2012 to promote research efforts for the sustainable use of Minnesota’s natural resources.

NRRI staff gave the following presentations at the Society for Freshwater Science annual meeting held in May 2012 in Louisville, Ky.: Lucinda Johnson gave a talk titled “A comparison of four analytical methods for deriving bioindicators of condition for Great Lakes research” co-authored by Valerie Brady, George Host, Gerald Niemi, Euan Reavie, Terry Brown, Nick Danz (UW Superior), Jan Cibrowski and Katya Kovalenko (University of Windsor), R.W. Howe (UW Green Bay) and J. Gathman (UW River Falls). Also presented was “Congruency in community thresholds in response to anthropogenic stressors in the Great Lakes coastal wetlands” authored by Kovalenko, Richard Axler, Brady, Brown, Cibrowski, Danz, Gathman, Host, Howe, Johnson, Niemi and Reavie. Johnson, Axler, Brady, Brown, Ciborowski, Danz, Gathman, Host, Howe, Kovalenko, Niemi, and Reavie presented “Conceptual design and template for development of ecological indicators for the Laurentian Great Lakes coast.” Reavie and S. Juggins (Newcastle University, UK) presented a seminar titled “Calibrating algal indicators: how many samples are enough?” Kovalenko, Axler, Brady, Brown, Ciborowski, Danz, Gathman, Host, Howe, Johnson, Niemi and Reavie presented a seminar titled “Community thresholds in response to anthropogenic stressors in the Great Lakes coastal wetlands.”

Amy Kireta, Reavie, Gerald Sgro (John Carroll University), Ted Angradi, David Bolgrien, Brian Hill and Terri Jicha (all four of the EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division) published “Assessing the condition of the Missouri, Ohio, and Upper Mississippi rivers (USA) using diatom-based indicators” in the journal Hydrobiologia, issue 691, pp. 171-188.

Steve Kossett and Sam Firoozi were first runners-up in the Additive Manufacturing User Group Advanced Applications competition for their replica of a Johan Porschmann 17th century alto recorder in F. The replica was made with two NRRI rapid prototyping technologies: Selective Laser Sintering with glass-filled power and Stereolithography with liquid resins. The display box was made with Fused Deposition Modeling. The recorder was tested by Lorie E. Scott, teaching specialist, UMD Fine Arts Academy, who compared it favorably to standard manufacture recorders. The award was given during the AMUG Annual Conference held in Costa Mesa, Calif., in May 2012.

Jennifer Olker
, Ph.D. candidate, was awarded $9,952 from the University's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences, for her proposal entitled What’s in the Frogs’ Water? Atrazine Concentration in Wetlands and Associated Landscape Factors in the Upper Midwest. Each investigator receiving this award becomes a "Consortium Student Scholar." Olker is advised by Lucinda Johnson, director, Center for Water and the Environment, Natural Resources Research Institute.

NRRI staff presented the following at the 55th International Conference on Great Lakes Research in Cornwall, Ontario in May 2012: Reavie and Juggins presented a poster titled “Calibrating diatom-based indicators for the Great Lakes: how many samples are enough?” Johnson, Axler, Brady, Brown, Ciborowski, Danz, Gathman, Host, Howe, Kovalenko, Niemi and Reavie presented a seminar titled “Conceptual design and template for development of ecological indicators for the Laurentian Great Lakes coast.” Kovalenko, Axler, Brady, Brown, Ciborowski, Danz, Gathman, Host, Howe, Johnson, Niemi and Reavie gave a seminar titled “Invertebrate, fish, diatom and bird community responses to anthropogenic stress in the Laurentian Great Lakes coastal wetlands: threshold analysis.”

Reavie and Juggins presented a seminar titled “Calibrating diatom-based indicators: how many samples are enough?” at the Phycological Society of America Annual Meeting in Charleston, S.C. in June 2012.

M.B. Edlund (St. Croix Watershed Research Station), Reavie, S. Schottler, D. Hogardy, N. Wattrus (all three of the St. Croix WRS), N. Baratono (MPCA), A.M. Paterson (Dorset Environmental Science Centre, Ontario) and D.E. Engstrom (St. Croix WRS) presented a seminar titled “Reconstructing a historical phosphorus budget for Lake of the Woods” at the 9th International Lake of the Woods Water Quality Forum in International Falls, Minn., March 2012.

Minnesota Sea Grant News

Minnesota Sea Grant hosted two learning stations, Get Habitattitude! and Rip Currents education, for 1,191 area sixth-graders from 13 Duluth-Superior area schools during River Quest, in May 2012. For the 20th year, the excursion vessel, Vista Star, became a floating classroom that toured students through 12 learning stations specifically designed to give them hands-on lessons about the industrial, environmental, commercial, and recreational activities on the Duluth-Superior Harbor. Topics ranged from pollution prevent and preventing aquatic invasive species to boating safety and commercial shipping. Twelve learning stations were provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, City of Duluth, NewPage, Great Lakes Aquarium, Minnesota DNR MinnAqua Program, Duluth Sail and Power Squadron, Twin Ports Rip Currents, Sappi Fine Paper, WLSSD, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service-Superior National Forest, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Lake Superior NERR, and Minnesota Sea Grant. Sponsors were Duluth Public Schools, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Holcim (US) Inc., Sappi Fine Paper, Vista Fleet, Marine Tech, Minnesota Power, Minnesota Sea Grant Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, Fraser Shipyards, Gavilon Grain, Hallett Dock Co., Midwest Energy Resources Co., NewPage, Subway, Allouez Marine, Grandma's Restaurant Co,. and National Bank of Commerce. Schools that participated were Morgan Park, Fond du Lac, Holy Rosary, Queen of Peace, Hermantown, St. John’s, Popular, Marshall, Woodland, Edison-North Star, Carlton, Superior Cathedral, and St. James.

Dee Angrad
i, program analyst, educated families about how to identify and escape rip currents, at the Homecroft Elementary Health and Environmental Fair, in May 2012.

Dale Bergeron
, maritime extension educator, attended Green Tech 2012, the Green Marine Annual Conference held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, in May 2012. Green Tech 2012 is North America's premier resource for the maritime industry's efforts to improve their environmental footprint. It seeks to go beyond required regulations in dealing with all forms of pollution that might be a part of the marine transportation mode. Bergeon shared information in a forum on "Adapting to Change: Sustainable Management in Ports and Terminals." This information was from the NOAA Climate Change Adaptation work done by Bergeron and Gene Clark of WI Sea Grant, part of the NOAA SARP Grant. The event had over 170 participants and speakers from throughout North America and Europe.

Valerie Brady, research coordinator, gave a presentation on stormwater issues for rural townships to the Duluth Township Planning and Zoning Board in May 2012.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, participated in a joint meeting of the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species and Northeast Regional Panel on ANS, and Hydrilla Workshop, Rochester, N.Y., in May 2012. Re-elected as at-large member and the chair of the Information and Education Committee for the Great Lakes Panel, he led planning activities to coordinate aquatic invasive species outreach by the Panel and its members. He also co-chaired a joint session on Organisms-In-Trade Outreach, which included an update on accomplishments on the first regional aquatic invasive species outreach campaign by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, led by Minnesota, funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Each panel is a regional task force that coordinates activities related to aquatic invasive species policy, management/control, research, and education.

Marte Kitson
, aquatic invasive species specialist, hosted a Minnesota Sea Grant booth at the Lake Superior Zoo’s Earth Tracks, Duluth, Minn., in May 2012

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Pharmacy Department News

Keri Hager, assistant professor, has been elected to the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) Board of Directors for a one-year, at-large position beginning June 2012.

Anika Hartz, assistant professor, has been invited to chair a session titled “Blood-brain Barrier: Transporters and Drug Delivery” at the Gordon Research Seminars in New London, N.H., in June 2012. Hartz will also give a talk on the Alzheimer's disease project, “Blood-brain Barrier P-glycoprotein: New Target for Alzheimer’s Disease." At the same conference, Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, will present a poster authored by Hartz, Juli Schlichtiger, Anton Pekcec (guest researchers in the Bauer lab), Emma Soldner, and Bauer titled “Blood-Brain Barrier Function in Epilepsy.” A second poster authored by Carolina Moreira, Andrea Wolf, Soldner, Maria Santos, Vilma Sardão, Hartz, and Bauer titled “Modulation of GLUT-1 Expression at Blood Brain Barrier by Estrogens: A Mechanism to Overcome Hot Flashes in Menopause?” will be presented by Moreira, a University of Coimbra, Portugal, graduate student and past visiting research scholar in the Bauer lab. Moreira will also give an oral presentation on her work in the Bauer lab.

Michelle Johnson-Jennings
, assistant professor, presented a poster titled “Healthcare Providers' Attitudes Towards Traditional Healing Referrals for American Indians Suffering from Chronic Pain: The Influence of Racial Concordance and Patient Ethnic Salience” at the Center on Health Equity 2012 Health Equity Conference: Eliminating Health Disparities held April 2012 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Johnson-Jennings and Alex Paffrath presented a second poster titled “Prescription Drug Misuse and Chronic Pain: The Association Between Racial Ethnic Minority Status and Pain Intensity Levels” at the same conference.

Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor, presented a poster titled “Two Case Reports of "Forgetting" to Use Electronic Nicotine-Delivery Systems (ENDS) During a 9-Month Period of Tobacco Abstinence” at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) 2012 Annual Meeting held April 29-May 2, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Schneiderhan presented “Spark in the Dark” at the Arrowhead Regional Corrections Spring Conference 2012: “Struggling to Overcome…” held in April 2012, in Duluth, Minn. The workshop focused on providing active group learning methods and outcomes for patients diagnosed with chemical dependency and severe persistent mental illness.

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