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A key component of the Strategic Plan is Community Partnerships. Under this initiative, UMD will welcome, review, and award funding for grants with the potential to help achieve campus goal 5: Strengthen ties with Duluth and surrounding communities in an intentional, visible, and mutually beneficial partnership. The maximum award for a single project will be $10,000 and awards totaling up to $75,000 will be funded.

The Community Partnership grants will be awarded based on proposals that meet the following criteria: clarity of the proposal; potential for the project to move UMD toward achieving campus goal 5; support for the project by department head, dean and EVCAA/VCSL/VCFO; and clarity and efficiency of plan for assessment. A one-page final report will be due after the completion of the project. This final report should include name, project title and description, project dates, and the assessment of the project outcomes.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is Oct. 15, 2012. All faculty and staff are eligible to apply for this funding. Students and student organizations are eligible to apply, but must be sponsored by a faculty or staff member. For more information or to obtain an application, contact John A. Arthur, professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology and faculty fellow for Strategic Planning, Chancellor’s Office, 218-726-6258.


UMD and the International Education Office (IEO) support the internationalization of the campus and curriculum. In an effort to further encourage the growth of opportunities abroad, IEO has begun a travel award initiative. The purpose of this award is for UMD faculty and staff to develop curriculum for study abroad programs through on-site visits.

The application and further details are available online. The deadline is Nov. 1. For more information, contact Leigh Neys, director, IEO, 218-726-7053.


Andrea Schokker, executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, posts current topics in Academic Affairs on her EVCAA blog. In addition, her blog also list times and locations on campus where she is available for coffee and discussion with individuals from the campus community.

In an effort to reduce the volume of email sent out by the office of Academic Affairs and to provide an archive of announcements, regular updates will be posted on the Academic Affairs homepage, rather than sending campus-wide email. Bookmark their homepage and check it on a regular basis for updates.

The Academic Affairs page also provides a link to Executive Vice Chancellor Andrea Schokker's blog where items of interest on initiatives from their office or items from Chancellor's Cabinet will be posted. Questions may be directed to the office of the vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.


The Bulldog Update is a weekly digest of campus activities and news that is sent to all students in the form of an email with links to more detailed information on the Bulldog Update website. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information about events via the easy-to-use Bulldog Update form.

Guidelines for emailing large groups of students were developed this summer and approved by the Chancellor's Cabinet earlier in September. The goals in developing the guidelines were to ensure that email is used as an effective communication tool for our students and to reduce the number of all-student emails so that the ones critical for university business are more noticeable for students. View the guidelines online.


The University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 13 collaborating higher education institutions, and three community partners of the North Star STEM Alliance have been awarded an additional five years of funding totaling $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. Additional funding was awarded as the Alliance approaches its initial five-year goal of doubling the number of underrepresented minority students receiving bachelor’s degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields from 2007-12.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has also been named one of four national recipients of a two-year Minority Male STEM Initiative (MMSI) grant from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Funded by a major grant from The Kresge Foundation, the MMSI grant supports a partnership between the U of M and Minneapolis Technical and Community College to increase recruitment, retention and success of minority males in STEM majors.

The North Star STEM Alliance began June 1, 2007, as a partnership among Minnesota colleges and universities and two community organizations. The following institutions have partnered with the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Duluth and Morris campuses to form the North Star STEM Alliance: Bemidji State, Metropolitan State, Minnesota State, Mankato and St. Cloud State universities; Augsburg, Carleton and St. Olaf colleges; Century, Leech Lake Tribal, Minneapolis Community and Technical, and White Earth Tribal and Community colleges. The Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota High Tech Association and the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership are the Alliance’s three community partners. For more information, visit the North Star STEM Alliance 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


Help Bob Nielson repeat as Liberty Mutual Division II Football Coach of the Year. A victory would bring $70,000 to our community. The winning coach in each division receives $50,000 to donate to charities of their choice and $20,000 to their school's alumni association for student scholarships and programming. To vote, visit the Coach of the Year website.

Vote every day until Dec. 1. Currently Bob is in fifth place. The top 15 coaches advance to the evaluation round on Dec. 1 and only five move on to the finals. The higher he places, the better his chances are. Fan voting counts towards 20% of the final decision. If you have questions, contact the UMD Alumni Association.


The ITSS Help Desk now offers a chat session. Visit the ITSS website and click on the "Chat with the Help Desk" link. The latest ITSS news is available online. Archived articles may also be viewed. September articles included an overview on assistive technology,, the updated UMD video captioning policy, and the addition of YouTube on the expanding list of available Google Apps for the University of Minnesota.


KUMD offers Northland Morning weekdays from 6-9 am for music, features, and interviews with a local perspective. Coming up this week:

Wed., Oct. 3, 8 am: Bryan French, the UMD bike-to-campus coordinator, talks about the new Biker Rewards Program, which offers a way to tally bike rides and give prizes to riders.

Thurs., Oct. 4, 8 am: Learn about preparations underway to offer flu shots on the UMD campus as well as a needleless option.

To hear audio from previous Northland Morning interviews, 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's guests include:

Wed., Oct. 3: On his first studio release, called From the Ground Up, John Fullbright follows in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Townes Van Zandt.

Thurs., Oct. 4: The Café’s Sense of Place series continues with more from Havana, Cuba.

Fri., Oct. 5: Beth Orton's Sugaring Season is her first new record in six years.


UMD Stores has three locations on campus, Street Level, Lower Level, and EXPRESS. UMD Stores also operates the UMD Print Shop, U Card Office, and The Bulldog Shop at Amsoil Arena. UMD Stores mission is to provide quality products and services to students, staff, faculty, and the community through friendly, efficient customer service in support of the University mission.

Textbooks, office and school products, general books, and the Computer Corner can be found in UMD Stores Lower Level. It is open Mondays-Thursdays from 7:30 am-6pm and Fridays from 7:30 am-4:30 pm during the academic year, excluding holidays.

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

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, had two photographs in the small group international exhibition Library Thoughts at the Pen Club Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, from Aug. 24-Sept.16, 2012. Her work was selected by artist and Hungarian Multicultural Center director and curator Beata Szechy.

Jason Ford
, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, gave a talk entitled ‘Forcing the Salute: The First Amendment and How the Supreme Court Started Using Strict Scrutiny to Defend Civil Liberties” on Sept. 17, as part of UMD’s Constitution Week events. The lecture was sponsored by the CLA Climate Change Team.

Dalibor Froncek
, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a graduate seminar lecture "Incomplete Round Robin Tournaments and Graph Theory" at Brock University, Ontario, Canada.

Joseph Gallian
, professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, will be inducted as a member of the inaugural class of the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) in January 2013. The Fellows of the AMS program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.

Linda LeGarde Grover, associate professor, Department of American Indian Studies, was recently featured on KUMD's new program "Women's Words" which showcases the written work of women in Minnesota. Grover read an excerpt from her manuscript The Road Back to Sweetgrass, a work that received the 2008 Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award. She received the 2011 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for her short story collection The Dance Boots. It also received the 2009 Flannery O'Connor Award. She is the author of a poetry collection titled The.Indian.At.Indian.School and the co-author of A Childhood in Minnesota: Exploring the Lives of Ojibwe and Immigrant Families, 1880-1920. She is a member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe in northern Minnesota.

David McCarthy, professor, Department of Education, recently attended the National Association of Teacher Educator's (ATE) National Conference in Boston, Mass. He conducted the 3-hour pre-conference workshop for the conference entitled Digital Literacy Skills for the 21st Century Classroom and Teacher. Further. McCarthy presented two additional papers at the conference. He also serves as the co-chair for the National ATE committee entitled Technology and the Future of Teacher Education. Finally, he serves as the Association Development Specialist (ADS) in technology and official photographer for the organization. At the conference, McCarthy was recognized for 20 years of continuous service to this national organization and was officially recognized with a national service award from the organization.

Jean Stevenson
, associate professor, Department of Education, prepared a publication, Dear Dr. Kerlan, You Have Created a Safe Harbor, for the 100th birthday celebration for Dr. Irvin Kerlan, founder of the University of Minnesota Kerlan Collection. It was presented at a ceremony on September 18, at the Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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Natural Resources Research Institute News

Gerald Niemi participated in two reviews on behalf of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: 1) The Desert Research Institute at the University of Nevada, Reno and Las Vegas, and 2) the National Science Foundation’s Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) at the University of New Hampshire.

Niemi published a paper titled “Boreal Birds of North America: A Hemispheric View of their Conservation Links” in The Auk, 129(3):569-570. 2012.

Heidi Seeland, Niemi, Ronald Regal, Anna Peterson, and Carly Lapin published a paper titled “Determination of Raptor Migratory Patterns Over a Large Landscape” in the Journal of Raptor Research, 46(3): 283-295. 2012.

Gerald Sjerven was awarded the Polaris Leadership Award by the Minnesota Geographical Information Systems/Legislative Information System (GIS/LIS) Consortium at their annual conference on Oct. 3. This award recognizes leaders in the geospatial community who demonstrate “a beacon of energy and creativity that inspires and guides” professionals in this industry.

Pharmacy Department News

Grant Anderson, associate professor and director of graduate studies, presented “Fetal and neonatal iron deficiency exacerbates the effect of PTU-induced TH insufficiency on neonatal thyroidal status and brain TH-responsive gene expression” at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association held Sept. 19-23, in Quebec City, Canada. Co-authors are Thomas Bastian, teaching assistant, Joseph Prohaska, and Michael Georgieff.

Ben Aronson, teaching assistant; K. K. Janke, and A. P. Traynor, published "Investigating Student Pharmacist Perceptions of Professional Engagement Using a Modified Delphi Process" in Am J Pharm Educ. 2012;76(7) Article 125.

T. W. Bastian, J. A. Anderson, S. J. Fretham, J. R. Prohaska, M. K. Georgieff, and Anderson will publish "Fetal and Neonatal Iron Deficiency Reduces Thyroid Hormone-Responsive Gene mRNA Levels in the Neonatal Rat Hippocampus and Cerebral Cortex" in Endocrinology. In press.

Karen Bastianelli, assistant professor, and Tim Stratton, professor, received a $5,000 award from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores for upcoming health fairs supporting the Million Hearts “Team up, Pressure down” initiative which focuses on educating the public about cardiovascular disease.

Assistant professors Bjoern Bauer (PI) and Anika Hartz (Co-I) received funding in the amount of $85,519 from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma for contract research on a confidential project.

Kerry Fierke, assistant professor, co-presented “Inclusivity in Leadership: Effective Pedagogical Practices” at the Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference held Sept. 7, at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Keri Hager, assistant professor, has been elected to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Century Mortar Club Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning May 2012. Hager has also been appointed to the Essentia Institute of Rural Health Family Medicine Residency Education Steering Committee as a pharmacist member.

Paul Ranelli, interim department head and professor, has been elected to one of the Section Councilor positions in the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). His term begins after the APHA annual meeting in October 2012 and runs until fall 2015.

Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor, and Peter Miller, MD, presented “A Model of Pharmacist & Psychiatrist Collaborative Practice in Community Mental Health” at the Community Mental Health Annual Conference held Sept. 12-14, at the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center.

Debbie Sisson, assistant professor, presented “Pharmacists: Helping Patients with Diabetes and Renal Dysfunction” to the Northern Diabetes Educators Group on September 20, 2012, in Proctor, Minn.

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