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Art


ART EXHIBITS

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., 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.


Music


CONCERTS AND EVENTS

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


Theatre


THEATRE EVENTS

For more information, visit the Department of Theatre website.


Athletics

For more information and to purchase season tickets for football, women's hockey, and/or men's hockey, visit the UMD Athletic website.


Lectures/Workshops/Classes

PLANETARIUM

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 EVENTS

Boulder Lake offers the following events and workshops: Spider Workshop on Sat., July 28, Inverteblitz All-Nighter Sat. Aug-Sun., Aug. 5, How to Teach Sustainability on Mon., Aug. 6, Master Naturalist Volunteer Training on Mon., Aug. 20-Fri., Aug. 24, Boulder Sasquatch Scramble 3K/5K-Obstacle Course on Sat., Aug. 25, and Mushroom Workshop on Sat., Sept. 8. For more information, including times, costs, registration, and driving directions, visit the Boulder Lake website, contact John Geissler or call 218-721-3731.


SPECIAL EVENTS


ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EVENTS

Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to UMD Night at the Duluth Huskies baseball game on Mon., July 30 at Wade Stadium. A pre-game picnic featuring an all-you-can-eat-and-drink supper with hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, brats, chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, chips, soda, beer, and wine kicks off the event at 6:05 pm in the Kennel Klub. The game starts at 7:05 pm with the Huskies hosting the Waterloo Bucks. Champ the Bulldog and UMD Athletics Department coaches and staff will make the event even more fun. The ticket package price is $23/adult (ticket package usually $28), $15/child (age 5-17) and children under 5 years old are free. RSVP by Fri., July 27, via the online registration form or call Karen Stromme at 218-726-7143. Tickets will not be sent. Registered guests should pick up Kennel Klub wristbands at the main ticket window at Wade Stadium after 6:05 pm on July 30.

The annual UMD Night at the St. Paul Saints will be held on Thurs., Aug. 2 at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. A pre-game picnic (Area C/Main Gate) will be held at 5:30 pm followed by the St. Paul Saints hosting the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks starting at 7:05 pm. Ticket packages are $20/person and include a reserved game ticket and the pre-game picnic, consisting of a hamburger, hotdog or chicken meal with sides and beverages. One dollar beer is available for purchase during the picnic. Tickets are limited. Order with credit card online or call the UMD Alumni Association at 866-726-7164. Pick up reserved tickets from a UMD representative at the picnic. In case of inclement weather, see the St. Paul Saint’s rain policy.

Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to UMD at the Twins on Wed., Sept. 12 at Target Field. The game starts at 7:10 pm with the Twins hosting the Kansas City Royals. The ticket price is $26/person. A bus will be arranged through the Kirby Student Center. Visit the UMD Alumni Association website for more information and to purchase tickets.


UMD SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE WORKSHOPS

Instructor Cindy Hale will lead the following UMD Sustainable Agriculture Orchard and Integrated Pest Management Workshops:
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.


FINE ARTS ACADEMY SUMMER HAPPENINGS

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. For more information, visit the Fine Arts Academy website.


RESEARCH FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY HEALTH EVENT

A kickoff event for the new center, Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH), a collaboration of the College of Pharmacy and Medical School at UMD, will be held on Mon., Aug. 13 from 8 am to 9 pm at the U of M Cloquet Forestry Center. The theme is "Building Partnerships Between Tribal Communities and Researchers for Improving American Indian Health Symposium." The day includes speakers and a dinner reception on Lake Superior. The events are free, but those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP. Visit the College of Pharmacy at UMD website to view the agenda.


UMD AT THE STATE FAIR

Visit the UMD Booth in the Crossroads Building on Dan Patch Avenue at the Minnesota State Fair on Sat. Aug. 25. For more information, visit the UMD State Fair website. For additional information, contact Cheryl Reitan, associate director, External Affairs, 218-726-8996.


Glensheen


GLENSHEEN EVENTS

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.

A Glensheen Garden Tour will be held at 6 pm on Wed., July 25. Meet at the gardener's cottage shortly before 6 pm for the tour. This tour is free.

A Concert by the Lake will be held at 7 pm on Wed., July 25. This concert is 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

ZAP BIKE COMMUTING PROGRAM

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.


WELLNESS/HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (HIP) WORKSHOPS

The following workshops will be offered:

Yoga Flow on Thurs., July 26 from noon-12:45 pm in SpHC 135. Instructor Melissa Jackson will help participants work on strength, balance, flexibility and equanimity, using the breath to bridge mind and body. Wear comfortable clothing. Jackson is currently majoring in Community Health Education and is an intern with the UMD Employee Wellness Program. She is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at UMD RSOP teaching Pump &Tone and Yoga classes.

Sushi: The Basics including Food Safety Preparation on Tues., July 31 from noon-1 pm in Residential Dining Center (RDC) 323. There are more consumers that enjoy eating sushi. Since sushi is a normally raw, ready-to-eat product, there are certain public health risks that need to be addressed and controlled. Instructor Jim Topie will discuss simple steps to control these risks both at regulated firms that sell sushi and within your own home. In this workshop, participants will get to know their food better, learn its history, and be a healthier consumer. Topie, a UMD alumnus, has worked for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for 28 years. He is also a lead instructor for the International Food Protection Training Institute, Battle Creek, Mich.

Registration is not required for these HIP workshops. For more information, contact Lita Wallace in Human Resources, 218-726-7822.


UMD MARKET DAY

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


UMD SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTORY REGISTRATION

UMD departments and programs who currently participate in social media are encouraged to send in their information so that it may be added to a directory on the UMD website. The directory will serve as a central location so that others may quickly find and follow departments or programs on any of the social media platforms that they use. Departments and programs, who have not yet done so, are asked to complete the short online form. For more information, contact Charlene Aaseng, External Affairs, at 218-726-6858.


REGENTS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CHANGE

A change to the Regents Scholarship Program now provides 100 percent tuition coverage for eligible employees pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Tuition coverage for all other University employees remains at 75 percent. This change takes effect fall semester 2012. For more information, visit the Regents Scholarship Program online.


UMD IN THE NEWS

The External Affairs Office has launched a new website UMD in the News pointing to news media highlights. The site will be updated weekly. For more information, contact Cheryl Reitan, associate director, External Affairs, 218-726-8996.


EDIBLE GARDEN PROGRAM

UMD's Edible Garden Program, through Facilities Management, is well underway. This summer nineteen different groups are involved with sixteen different gardens on campus. In addition to diversifying the look of campus, this program was established to provide opportunities for collaboration among varied UMD faculty, staff, and students. As reflected in Goal Six of the new Campus Strategic Plan, participants learn about the many aspects of sustainable food production (economic, social and environmental). The produce from the gardens will be used in a variety of ways, from campus events to community donations. Visit the Sustainability website and click on Land & Water to learn more about the different garden themes, as well as to download a campus garden map.


FIRE RESCUE AND POLICE TACTICAL RESPONSE TRAINING EXERCISES

UMD has offered the Duluth Fire Department and the Duluth Police Department the opportunity to conduct Fire Rescue and Police Tactical Response Training Exercises intermittently at UMD-owned properties located at 823 and 915 Woodland Avenue beginning the week of Mon. July 23, 2012 and ending Sun. Aug. 19.

The exercises will offer local fire fighters and police tactical response team members the opportunity to further enhance their response skills. The operations will be conducted with a minimum of disruption to the neighborhood. The UMD buildings will not be burned, but there may be simulated smoke. These exercises are provided free of charge and are economically beneficial to UMD, the City, and the people of Duluth. Successful response to emergencies save lives and property. For more information, contact Mahjoub Labyad, Environmental Health and Safety Office, 218-726-7273.


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.

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

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 events throughout the region. Make the call and be automatically entered into the ticket drawing held every Friday at 12:30 pm. This week’s giveaways include:

Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, Aug. 24-26, Ontonagon, Mich.
Greg Brown, Aug. 5, Big Top Chautauqua
Arlo Guthrie, Aug. 15, Big Top Chautauqua

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.

Live from Studio A offers interviews and performances.

Thurs, July 26 at 2pm, join KUMD for a session with Michigan-born folk and blues singer/guitarist Claudia Schmidt . She will also be playing later that night at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

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

Every Friday at 5pm, listen to Soul Village with host Chris Harwood for rhythm & blues, rock & roll, gospel, afro-beat, fusion, funk, and soul music.

World Café, weekday afternoons from 3-5 pm, features an eclectic mix of contemporary music and live performances and interviews. This weeks guests include:

Wed., July 25: Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs adds a fifth record to his solo catalogue with What Kind of World.
Thurs., July 26: Kelly Pratt, a multi-instrumentalist for Beirut, Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem has a musical project called Bright Moments.
Fri., July 27, Joe Jackson pays homage to jazz legend Duke Ellington with his new record, The Duke.


UMD STORES

UMD Stores and UMD Market Day in the Plaza were featured in Foreword Online on Mon., July 23 as an example of the most innovative stores who are leading the way in retailing to inspire others in the industry to think creatively. UMD Market Day in the Plaza happens every Wednesday through Sept. 26, from 1:30-4:30 pm. Enjoy the farmers 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.

UMD Stores Summer Sidewalk Sale will be held July 25-29 in Kirby Plaza. Get up to 70% off UMD wear, gift, art supplies, snacks, bargain books, select textbooks, office and school products, and more.

Summer Cash for Books textbook buyback will be held Thurs., July 26 and Fri., July 27 from 8 am-3 pm in front of UMD Stores lower level. Online textbook reservations for fall semester are now open and online textbook buyback is available at the UMD Stores website. UMD Stores textbook department offers new, used, digital, and rental textbooks.

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.

Bring a bag or backpack, purchase a reusable bag at UMD Stores. 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.)

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

Abram Anders, assistant professor, Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences, co-designed and contributed a chapter to the eBook, Cultivating Change in the Academy: 50+ Stories from the Digital Frontlines at the University of Minnesota in 2012. The eBook features research and perspectives on technology use from over 100 faculty and 20 graduate and undergraduate students from across the UMN system. Anders’s chapter, “Creating Custom Learning Assessment and Student Feedback Applications with Google Apps Script,” provides a rationale and case study for using Apps Scripts to create learning assessment tools. For anyone interested in creating and adapting a simplified version of his custom assessment application, his project website provides Google Docs templates and easy to follow video instructions. Read and share comments on the Cultivating Change website.

John A. Arthur, professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been chosen to be the Chancellor's new faculty fellow for strategic planning effective Aug. 1, 2012. Arthur is the founding director of UMD's African and African American Studies Program. He has been a faculty member at UMD since 1993, and he has served in several administrative positions including department chair and director of the Study in England program.

Joseph Bauerkemper, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, published an article, in collaboration with former UMD faculty member Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, titled "The Trans/National Terrain of Anishinaabe Law and Diplomacy" in volume 4, issue 1(2012) of The Journal of Transnational American Studies.

Lt. Scott Drewlo has been hired as the UMD police captain. He began his duties on July 9. Previously, Drewlo was with the Duluth Police Department for 17 years.

Jeni Eltink, currently with UMD's First Year Experience/Students in Transition, has accepted the position of director of Kirby Student Center. In this role, Eltink will provide fiscal and programmatic oversight for over 230 registered student organizations, 600 students enrolled with Kirby Leadership Institute, 5,000+ annual campus meetings and events, and will develop plans for future renovation and construction - all while managing the daily operations of a 117,000 sq. ft. facility. She has served UMD for the last eight years. Her official start date with Kirby will be Mon., August 13. Because she holds such an important role for our incoming students, Eltink will retain some FYE/SIT responsibilities through Welcome Week and into the first week of classes.

Julie Etterson, associate professor, Department of Biology, has co-authored an article: Schwartz, M., J. Hellmann, J. McLachlan, D. Sax, J. Borevitz, J. Brennan, A. Camacho, G. Ceballos, J. Rappaport Clark, H. Doremus, R. Early, J. Etterson, D. Fielder, J. Gill, P. Gonzalez, N. Green, L. Hannh, D. Jamieson, D. Javeline, B. Minteer, J. Odenbaugh, S. Polasky, D. Richardson, T. Root, H. Safford. 2012. Managed relocation: integrating the scientific, regulatory and ethical challenges. BioScience 62: 732-743. Read the Bioscience media release.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk "Graph labelings: Two applications and one problem" at University of Vermont combinatorics seminar.

Anne Hinderliter, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was an invited speaker at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) 2012 meeting in Snowmass Village, Colo., July 2012. Her talk was entitled, “Weak Protein-Membrane Interactions in Cooperative Response.” Samantha Jaworski, Michael Fealey, and Anne Rice  (Hinderliter’s students) also gave poster presentations on their research during the FASEB meeting.

Sgt. Sean Huls, UMD Police Department, has been promoted to the position of lieutenant. He served as intern director during the search for a new police captain.

Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, published a paper in the First Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM), which took place in June in Montreal. The title of the paper was "Duluth: Measuring Degrees of Relational Similarity with the Gloss Vector Measure of Semantic Relatedness." This paper describes a system Pedersen developed and used to participate in the SemEval shared task evaluation which took place in spring 2012.

Lisa Pratt has been selected as UMD's director of Alumni Relations, replacing Patty DeLano who retired in April. Pratt is a Duluth native and a 1977 Business Administration graduate of UMD. She has worked in the UMD Alumni Office since 2004, most recently as interim alumni director.

Rebecca Teasley, assistant professor of Civil Engineering, has been appointed faculty fellow for Space Utilization. She has extensive knowledge of plan reading, review, and preparation for space planning. In previous roles at Humboldt State, Teasley's duties included maintaining the physical plan sets, preparing plans for remodels, and interfacing with departments, project engineers, architects, the fire marshal, consultants, permitting agencies, and plant operations staff. She also has worked with the building inventory program that the UMN system uses for space management as well as some of the various software tools that UMD will be investigating for long-term planning.


Natural Resources Research Institute News

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Minnesota Sea Grant News

The ParkPointBeach.org website for real-time beach information was recently released. Read the Minnesota Sea Grant media release.

At Lake Superior Day on July 15, Sea Grant staff talked to the public in Canal Park about Lake Superior and aquatic invasive species. They also helped to promote this bi-national celebration of North America's largest lake. Read the Minnesota Sea Grant media release.

On July 19, Sea Grant co-hosted the Water Safety Expo, in Duluth, Minn. There were demonstrations, games, displays on staying safe in and around the water this summer. Read the Minnesota Sea Grant media release.

The new Superior Facts brochure is available online.

Check out Minnesota Sea Grant's YouTube Channel.

The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booth was featured at the Two Harbors Heritage Days, Two Harbors, Minn., July 6-8, 2012. Co-hosted by Minnesota Sea Grant, representatives from the Minnesota DNR Law Enforcement and Watercraft Inspection Program, and 1854 Treaty Authority, were on-hand to answer questions and teach boaters, anglers and other recreationists how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Following the Solstice flood, Sea Grant's Diane Desotelle, climate change educator, and Jesse Schomberg, program leader, were sought out by the media. Hear what Desotelle said about climate change and coastal communities on Minnesota Public Radio.

The National Science Foundation interviewed participants after the COSEE Great Lakes Lake Superior Shipboard Workshop in 2012. Visit the COSEE web site and listen to the interviews, including one with Desotelle.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, and Paul Knoer, aquatic invasive species program undergraduate student intern, participated in Who Speaks for the Lakes? Public/Private Partnerships to Conserve Lake Systems, Vermilion Community College, Ely, Minn., June 23, 2012. Jensen was an invited panel speaker to address what governmental agencies and private citizens can do to positively affect water quality? Sponsored by the White Iron Chain of Lakes Association, Kawishiwi Watershed District, and Ely Field Naturalists with funding by the Clean Water Partnership and Clean Water Land and Legacy Act, the event was attended by nearly 60 people.

Jensen was interviewed about area flooding, AIS, and potential for algal bloods by Dave Anderson, KBJR-TV Northland News Center, Duluth, Minn., July 2, 2012.

Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist, and Knoer participated in the Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention – How to Protect What You Love, Hungry Jack Lake Lodge, Grand Marais, Minn., June 6, 2012.

Knoer and Erica Evert, aquatic invasive species program undergraduate student intern, hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booth at the Aitkin Rivers and Lakes Fair, Aitkin, Minn., June 16, 2012. They taught visitors about how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by boaters and anglers and Minnesota’s new laws. Several short videos were shown, including Minnesota Sea Grant’s Stop Exotics, Clean Your Boat.

Sharon Moen, communications coordinator, Chris Benson, designer, and Debbie Bowen, information technology and business manager, earned a 2012 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for the A Salute to Lake Superior's Sustainable Fisheries campaign.


Large Lakes Observatory News

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Medical School-Duluth News

James Boulger, Ph.D. announced that the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration has funded a $487,104 grant for the year which provides faculty salary support in Family Medicine, iPads for students, curriculum revisions, etc.

Boulger published Rabinowitz HK, Petterson S, Boulger JG, Hunsaker, ML, Diamond JJ, Markham FW, Bazemore, A and Phillips RL. Medical School Rural Programs: A Comparison with International Medical Graduates in Addressing State Level Rural Family Physician and Primary Care Supply. Academic Medicine, 87 (4), 488 - 492, 2012.

Joseph Prohaska, Ph.D., Professor emeritus, Department of Biomedical Sciences, published "Suppressed hepcidin expression correlates with hypotransferrinemia in copper deficient rat pups but not dams in Genes and Nutrition ( Broderius, M., Mostad, E. and Prohaska, J.R., 7: 405-414, 2012). He also published  "Copper deficiency has minimal impact on ferroportin expression or function" in Biometals (Prohaska, J.R., and Broderius, M., 25: 633-642, 2012).

Amy Prunuske, Ph.D. presented the poster: “Assessment of student preference and performance on online modules.” Authors- Amy Prunuske, Ph.D. and Jacob Prunuske, M.D. at International Association of Medical Science Educators meeting in Portland, Ore., in June 2012.

Ken Wallace, Ph.D. professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, was recently recognized by the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute for his dedicated service as Chair of the Board of Trustees for 2009-2012 at its Annual Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, in June 2012.

Wallace recently published Butenhoff, J.L., Bjork, J.A., Chang, S.-C., Ehresman, D.J., Parker, G.A., Das, K., Lau, C., Lieder, P.H., van Otterdijk, F.M., and Wallace, K.B. 2012. Toxicological evaluation of ammonium perfluorobutyrate in rats: Twenty-eight-day and ninety-day oral gavage studies. Reproductive Toxicol. 33, 513-530. He also published Leach, Wallace, et al. Characterizing Hepatic Mitochondrial Function as a Model for Systemic Toxicity. Toxicology (in press).

Wallace invited presentations: “QSAR approach to Perfluoroalkyl Acid Toxicity" at the University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal, March 2012; “Drug-induced Cardiomyopathies of Mitochondrial Origin” at the European Society for Clinical Investigation in Budapest, Hungary, March 2012; “Harnessing the Chemistry of Life: Revolutionizing Toxicology”, Workshop to Develop a Research Prospectus at the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) in Brussels, Belgium, March 2012; “Molecular Remodeling with Doxorubicin-induced Cardiomyopathy: Adverse v/ Adaptive Response” at St. John’s University in Jamaica, N.Y., April 2012; and U.S. DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice Webinar: “Differential Diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disease,” May 2012.


Pharmacy Department News

Grant Anderson, associate professor and director of graduate studies, has been appointed to a one-year term on the Perchlorate Advisory Panel of the US Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (SAB). Their purpose is to conduct an advisory activity related to the development of a maximum contaminant level goal for perchlorate.

Anderson
has been asked to serve a four-year term on the editorial board of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology, an international journal intended to act as a focus for the newest ideas, knowledge and technology in the neurosciences.

Anderson and Haim Einat, associate professor, received a $170,000 award from the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation for their project, “Molecules to Behavior: Exploration of the Possible Role of Autophagy in Depression and as A Novel Target for Antidepressant Drugs.”

Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, presented “The Blood-Brain Barrier in Epilepsy” at the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota’s Midwest Seizure Smart Summer Conference 2012 held July 19 in Duluth, Minn.

Bauer will give an invited research presentation titled “Blood-Brain Barrier Function in Epilepsy” as part of the Neurology Grand Rounds seminar series at the University of Minnesota Department of Neurology on July 26, 2012.

Bauer
has been asked to serve a three-year term as handling editor for Fluids and Barriers of the CNS, an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal whose focus is on CNS fluids and barrier systems in health and disease.

Bauer received a $1,000 External Grant Proposal Editing award through the College of Pharmacy Faculty Grants Award Program. The award, which will be matched by the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will be used to hire a grant writing consultant for an NIH R03 proposal.

Kerry Fierke, assistant professor, was keynote speaker at the Interprofessional Health Leadership Development Summit held at the University of Wisconsin Madison in early May 2012. The title of her talk was “A Focus on Leadership.”

Fierke
facilitated a leadership session titled “Leadership Development: Vision, Mission, Why” for research scholars in the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program at the University of Minnesota in June 2012.

Randy Seifert, senior associate dean and professor, has been appointed to the inaugural Board of Advisors for the Health Care Management program at UMD's Labovitz School of Business and Economics.

Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, presented “Tapping into Federal Funding: Title III-D Funding and MTM” at the 2012 Minnesota Rural Health Conference, “Bringing it all Together,” held June 25-26 in Duluth, Minn.

Andrea Wolf, IBS graduate student working with Anika Hartz, assistant professor, received a four-year 3M Science and Technology Doctoral Fellowship, which includes a $25,000 stipend in the first year and $8,000 in subsequent years.

Wolf A, Bauer B, Hartz AMS. ABC transporters and the Alzheimer’s disease enigma. Frontiers in Neurodegeneration. 2012;3(54):1-14.



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  1. Go to the Currents List Subscription Page.
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  3. Fill in your email address next to the “Unsubscribe or edit options” box and click the box.
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  5. Click on the “Unsubscribe” button.

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Event Publicity

There are many ways to get publicity for your UMD events: the UMD Calendar of Events, Business Announce E-mail, Department Web pages, Media Releases, the UMD Home Page, advertisements, producing brochures, and advertising in the Statesman student newspaper or on KUMD. For more details, visit Getting Publicity for UMD Events and News.

Events Calendar

Scheduling events? Make sure you post them on the UMD Events Calendar.

Don't forget, public events must be posted on the online UMD Events Calendarbefore you can send out a UMD business announce message. For more information, contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996 or e-mail creitan@d.umn.edu.

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