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DIVERSITY FUNDS AVAILABLE

Limited funds are available to support UMD-centered activities sponsored by UMD staff (civil service bargaining and non-bargaining employees) and students or student organizations that focus on diversity, discrimination, social justice, sexual harassment prevention, equal opportunity/affirmative action, and inclusivity.

Effective 2012-2013, $2,000 has been allocated on a recurring basis for diversity initiatives for students and/or student organizations, and $3,000 has been allocated on a recurring basis for staff (civil service bargaining and non-bargaining employees) diversity initiatives. Small grants (up to $300) may be awarded to staff (civil service bargaining and non-bargaining employees) and individual students or student organizations. Major grants ($301 and above) may also be awarded to staff (civil service bargaining and non-bargaining employees) and individual students or student organizations.

The purpose of this grant program is to advance Goal 2 of UMD's Strategic Plan. Applications are accepted beginning July 1 of each year and will continue on a rolling basis throughout the academic year as long as funds are available. For more information. visit the grant guidelines and application website. For more information, contact Mary Cameron or call 726-7912.


ACADEMIC AFFAIRS UPDATES

Andrea Schokker, executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, posts items that are under consideration for academic affairs on her EVCAA blog. The blog also lists times and locations on campus where she is available for coffee and discussion with individuals from the campus community.

Regular updates are posted on the Academic Affairs homepage. Check it on a regular basis for updates. Items currently listed on the page include: Online Delivery Community of Practice, Academic Calendars and Faculty Awards. Past postings are listed in the archive section. Questions may be directed to the office of the vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.


STUDENT LIFE UPDATES

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.


Administration News


ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Vote for Bob
Bob Nielson is a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Division II Football Coach of the Year. Vote every day until Dec. 20. To vote, visit the Coach of the Year website.

Bob Nielson is the most amazing coach in the world. Enjoy the videos on YouTube.

A victory would bring $70,000 to the 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. For more information, contact the UMD Alumni Association.


DULUTH AS DESTINATION

The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) has ranked Duluth, Minnesota, as the 14th top location in the "Small Metro" category in the U.S. in its 2012 AIER College Destinations Index. This is the first year Duluth has been included in the top ranks. The AIER index includes the top 75 towns and cities in the United States for college students, based on a larger evaluation of the 227 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas with student populations of 15,000 or more. Of the top 75 places receiving high ranking, only one other Minnesota location, Minneapolis-St. Paul in the "Major Metro" category, made the list. Visit the AIER website to view the complete AIER College Destinations Index analysis.


ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION

Faculty and staff are encouraged to familiarize themselves with emergency procedures. The procedures can be found on the Environmental Health and Safety Office website. For more information, contact Mahjoub Labyad, UMD's Environmental Health and Safety Office, 218-726-7273


HUMAN RESOURCES

Faculty and staff are invited to say good-bye to Judith Karon, director, Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, as she departs after more than 30 years at UMD. An open house will be held on Fri., Dec. 21 from noon-4:30 pm in 255 Darland. Refreshments will be served. Contact the department at 218-726-7161 for more information.


ITSS UPDATES

Policy Update
The UMD Campus Policy on Appropriate Use of Information Technology governs how technology on campus is used. It is also linked to the University of Minnesota Policy on Acceptable Use of Information Technology, which should also be followed.

As users of information technology tools provided by UMD and UM, faculty and staff must be good stewards of these tools. Because UMD is publicly funded, the community at large is interested in how resources are wisely. Although the policy allows for reasonable personal use of these resources, excessive personal use, unauthorized commercial use, and use for personal financial gain are prohibited.

Updates
The latest ITSS news is available online. Archived articles may also be viewed. November articles included information on database server upgrade, Google apps, and phishing scams. For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk, 218-726-8847.


KUMD

Once again this holiday season, KUMD offers Caring and Sharing, a Northland Morning series spotlighting non-profit organizations doing good in the community.

Thurs., Dec. 6, 8 am: Judy Hanne Gonzales of the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross, will talk about people still affected by the June floods and how the American Red Cross is working to get their lives back to normal.

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

Fri., Dec. 7, 8 am: UMD student and prop master Eric Howe, will discuss UMD Theater’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life.

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., Dec. 5: Jovanotti's new compilation Italia 1988-2012 is a career retrospective of the Italian pop sensation.

Thurs., Dec. 6: Django Django's self-titled album marks the British art-pop band's U.S. debut.

Fri., Dec. 7: Singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas debuts her soulful sound on Is Your Love Big Enough?, featuring the title track hit.

This week on Live from Studio A:

Wed., Dec. 5, 2 pm: The Slamming Doors. This northern Minnesota-based rock and soul band will also play that same night at Fitgers Brewhouse.

Fri., Dec. 7, 2 pm: Tim Fast. This Minnesota folk singer/songwriter will perform that same night at Amazing Grace Bakery in Duluth.

Listen to past sessions of Live from Studio A on the Audio Archives page.


LIBRARY NEWS

The UMD Library's Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) Team and the Friends of the Duluth Public Library are seeking individuals to serve on one of the reading teams that will select the winning book in each of the award’s six categories. Each of the six reading teams will be composed of 3-5 members and will meet several times between the beginning of February and the end of April to discuss the nominated books. The six categories are (1) General Nonfiction, (2) Fiction, (3) Art, Photography, (4) Children’s Literature, (5) Poetry, and (6) Memoir and Creative Nonfiction. The amount of reading tends to vary, with the Fiction and Nonfiction teams reading the most. Those who would like to volunteer should complete the online application form. For more information, contact Kim Pittman, 218-726-7829. The awards presentation ceremony will be held in UMD’s Kirby Ballroom on Thursday, May 23, 2013.


UMD STORES

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

Three faculty from the Department of Art and Design, Alison Aune, professor of art education, Fatih Benzer, assistant professor of art education, and Joellyn Rock, assistant professor of digital studio, along with Susan Ranfranz, art teacher in the Duluth Public Schools, presented “Faces of Earth: Cultural Portraits” at the Art Educators of Minnesota (AEM) conference in Minneapolis in November 2012.

Aune exhibited fourteen new paintings in the exhibition “Four from the North: New Works by Alison Aune, Ann Klefstad, Ann Jenkins, and Arna Rennan” at the Nordic Center in Duluth during October 2012. The exhibition will travel to the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, in one year.

Steve Bardolph
, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, presented initial outcomes from Confused Herring: Promoting Lake Superior Herring as a Sustainable Local Food Source with MFA graduate student Dustin Thompson at "A Salute to Lake Superior’s Sustainable Fisheries" on November 13, 2012 at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. Bardolph is the principal investigator in this Institute on the Environment funded interdisciplinary project with collaboration from graphic design graduate students, scientists, local fishermen, restaurateurs, chefs, and grocers in partnership with Minnesota Sea Grant and the UMD Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab. The project is also part of AIGA’s Design for Good, "a movement to ignite, accelerate, and amplify design-driven social change.” Confused Herring’s Episode 1 and Episode 2 on harvesting and cooking Lake Superior Herring are available on YouTube.

Bardolph, MFA graduate student Chenxi Jin, and VDIL Director Lisa Fitzpatrick cooked and spoke about Lake Superior Herring as an easy, local, sustainable, in-season, and tasty dinner option on KBJR 6 and Range 11 News Today in collaboration with Minnesota Sea Grant on Nov. 20.

Bardolph’s
large-scale graphic design panoramas Imagine Living Here (Butler Wash Panorama) and Imagine Living Here (Spruce Tree House) were chosen for the permanent collection of the Cortez Cultural Center in Cortez, Colo., by Shawn K. Collins, PhD, executive director. The design panoramas align with the organization’s goals: “to increase knowledge of and appreciation for the vast archaeological resources of the area; to provide enrichment experiences including lectures, museum exhibits, art displays, and Native American cultural programs; to increase understanding among the cultures of the Four Corners; to stimulate an interest in higher education among our young people; and to contribute to the overall health of community life.” These design panoramas were also chosen for ongoing exhibition and environmental education by Brian T. Wheeler, assistant director of the Elm Fork Education Center and Eagle Exhibit Hall for the Environmental Education, Science, and Technology Building (EESAT) at the University of North Texas and were installed in August 2012.

David Bowen
, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, installed a large scale project room commission in October for Interieur 2012 in Kortrijk, Belgium. Titled underwater, the work is a large-scale suspended installation that gives the impression of being under the surface of water. Using a Microsoft Kinect, Bowen developed a device that collects real-time surface data from water and is used to articulate the mechanical installation. The complex and subtle movements on the surface of the water are simulated within the installation by hundreds of servo-motors moving according to the collected data.

Bowen's work was included in Spell on You, a group exhibition in MediaCity Seoul: the 7th International Media Art Biennale at the Seoul Museum of Art, from Sept.-Nov. 2012. His work is included in Soft Control: Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious, a group exhibition curated by Dmitry Bulatov and organized by KIBLA Multimedijski Center, Maribor, Slovenia, from Nov.-Dec. 2012. Bowen's work was featured in Artificial Nature at the 2012 Digital Art Festival, Taipei, China, in November 2012.

Andrew Brooks, 3M McKnight Visiting Professor, Department of Computer Science, recently marked a milestone having over 100 published reviews at ACM Computing Reviews (subscription access site)

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, had work in the MWSPE Continuum exhibition at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Ky, in October 2012. This exhibition also was part of the Cincinnati FOTOFOCUS celebration. Her work was selected by Catherine Evans, the William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio.

Scott Drewlo
, captain, UMD Campus Police, received the 2012 Robert Carter Law Enforcement Community Ally Award from Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA). The award is given annually at the PAVSA art auction fundraising event. The citation given with the award states: "In various roles with law enforcement, Officer Drewlo has been a long-time proponent for victim centered practice, actively partnering with PAVSA advocates to help support victims of sexual assault. His leadership on the issue of sexual violence within the Duluth Police Department and now the UMD Police Department has been significant, encouraging systemic change and improving victim experiences with law enforcement and the criminal justice system at large."

Julie Etterson, associate professor, Department of Biology, was awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship from the Office of the Vice President for Research, effective January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. She is also part of a project which received a $687,280 grant from the Wildlife Conservation Society: Meredith Cornett, director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy (co-PIs); Mark White, forest ecologist, The Nature Conservancy; Chris Dunham, forest manager, The Nature Conservancy; Etterson; Kimberly Hall, The Nature Conservancy; Chris Swanston, research ecologist, US Forest Service’s Northern Research Station and director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. Project Title: Back to the Future – Adaptation Forestry in Minnesota’s Northwoods.

Jason Ford, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, made the following presentations to UMD undergraduate clubs in November 2012: "Noë's Enactive Approach Cannot Handle Phantom Limbs" to the Socratic Society, "Logic Puzzles on the LSAT," to the Pre-Law Club, and "What Evolution Won't Do for Philosophy of Mind," to the Behavioral Evolution Club.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented an invited lecture "Latest developments in distance magic labeling," at the 7th International Workshop on Graph Labelings 2012, held in Puncak, Indonesia. He also gave a contributed talk "Decomposition of complete graphs into small prisms" at the 5th International Workshop on Optimal Network Topologies in Bandung, Indonesia.

John Hiller, professor, and Sophia Chabysheva, assistant professor and research fellow, both from the Department of Physics, have given a series of presentations at two conferences. The first conference was QCD@Work2012, the International Workshop on QCD Theory and Experiment, Lecce, Italy, in June 2012. Hiller contributed a talk, "A nonperturbative light-front coupled-cluster method." Chabysheva contributed a talk, "An illustration of the light-front coupled-cluster method in quantum electrodynamics." The second conference was the APS Division of Nuclear Physics meeting, Newport Beach, Cailf, in October 2012. Hiller contributed a talk, "Light-front holography and the coupled-cluster method." Chabysheva contributed a talk, "The light-front coupled-cluster approach to scalar theories with and without symmetry breaking."

Tom Isbell, professor, Department of Theatre, had his latest play open at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Based on Rodman Philbrick's Newberry Honor book, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, the play was commissioned by the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences and opened on November 17 for a three-week run. The Washington Post called the production "daring and artful."

Gina Katzmark has accepted the position of director of External Affairs, effective December 17, 2012. She will provide leadership and cabinet-level administrative oversight to UMD’s media and public relations, community relations, government relations, marketing, communication, publications and photography. She currently serves as the associate director of communications at Wake Forest University Schools of Business in Winston-Salem, N.C. A former television journalist, Katzmark began her career in Duluth as a reporter/producer and served in various managerial roles over 15 years including executive producer, managing editor and news director. 

Susan E. Kerry has accepted the position of director of Finance, effective December 17, 2012. She will be responsible for oversight of the UMD Business Services areas including Budget, Accounting Records and Services, Student Accounts Receivable, Financial Collections, and Cashiers. Kerry has held higher education leadership positions at the University of Michigan, and most recently as Director of Finance and Administration for the Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Fla.

Beth E. Koch, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design presented "Perception
of Typefaces: A Quantitative Visual Methodology" at TypeCon 2012, sponsored by the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), in Milwaukee, Wisc. in August 2012.

Koch presented “Emotions in typographic design: Gender differences” at the 44th Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (VLA 2012) in Portland, Maine in October 2012. "Emotions in Typographic Design: An empirical examination" was published in the current issue of Visible Language, an international peer-reviewed journal (46.3), concerned with research and ideas that help define the unique role and properties of written language.

Three faculty from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dana Lindaman, assistant professor, French Studies; Michael Mullins, instructor, German Studies; and Daniel Nolan, assistant professor, Russian Studies and German Studies, presented at the EDUCAUSE National Technology Conference in Denver in November about their research collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts, School of Fine Arts, and Swenson College of Science and Engineering and seven Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) students. They are creating a German Grammar App, a French pronunciation App, and a Study Abroad App to be used on iPads or iPhones.

Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, published two papers in the Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) which took place in November in Chicago. These papers were "Using SemRep to Label Semantic Relations Extracted from Clinical Text" (with Y. Liu, R. Bill, M. Fiszman, T. Rindflesch, G. Melton, and S. Pakhomov) and "Evaluating Semantic Relatedness and Similarity Measures with Standardized MedDRA Queries" (with R. Bill, Y. Liu, B. McInnes, G. Melton, and S. Pakhomov).

The Precambrian Research Center at UMD, in collaboration with the Twin Cities chapter of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), cosponsored a conference on "Silica Sand Resources of Minnesota and Wisconsin" that was held in Brooklyn Park, Minn. in October. The conference kicked off with a welcoming banquet talk by Dr. Stephen Brand (UMD BA '71, SCSE Academy of Science and Engineering 2010 inductee, retired VP of Technology and Development with ConocoPhilips) entitled "Technological Drivers behind the Domestic Boom in Oil and Gas Exploration." A technical session, which included 15 invited talks on various aspects of silica sand resources, attracted 325 attendees. A field trip visited several silica sand mining and processing operations in western Wisconsin and was attended by 112 participants.

Paul Sharp, professor, Department of Political Science, gave four lectures and held a seminar on aspects of diplomacy at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China, in November 2012. The Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Cingendael, published a report entitled "Futures for Diplomacy" that Sharp co-authored for the Finnish government.

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, has a two-person exhibition, "Beyond The Textile" with Julie Tourtillotte, at the Haggerty Gallery in the University of Dallas, Irving, Tex. through Dec. 9, 2012. She gave an artist talk at the opening reception on Nov. 16.

Mark Whitlock, director of bands and professor, Department of Music, conducts the UMD Festival Orchestra for the Minnesota Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker on Dec. 7-9 at the DECC Symphony Hall.


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Minnesota Sea Grant News

Dee Angradi, program analyst, and Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, staffed booths at the 25th Annual Gales of November in Duluth, Minn. While there, Jensen also gave a presentation about aquatic invasive species in Lake Superior.

Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, was appointed to the Hwy H2O Advisory Board. Hwy H2O is a binational initiative of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation of Canada with its U.S. counterpart, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Hwy H2O strives to optimize the intelligent use of the Seaway to support responsible national and international commerce. Bergeron attended the annual Hwy H2O Conference, Nov. 13-15, in Toronto.

John Bilotta, water resource management and policy extension educator, and Jesse Schomberg, program leader and coastal communities extension educator, led three conferences in Minnesota. The National NEMO Network Conference, held in Duluth in October, drew nearly 75 educators from the Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials Program. The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Conference, held in October, drew nearly 60 educators, researchers, and program leaders from across the Great Lakes to collaborate on Sea Grant programming and research. The Clean Water Summit, held in September at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, drew more than 225 stormwater and land use managers and practitioners.   

Diane Desotelle, climate change extension educator for both MN and WI Sea Grant, appeared on KDLH’s TV station nine times in October, delivering a message about preparing for a new regional climate regime.

Jeff Gunderson, director, appeared on KDLH’s TV station nine times in November, delivering a message about the seasonal commercial abundance of lake herring from Lake Superior. Gunderson also spoke about lake herring on KUMD and at A Salute to Lake Superior Sustainable Fisheries.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, will appear on KDLH’s TV station nine times in December, delivering a message about the data collected from Lake Superior and how it is used.

Doug Jensen was awarded a $400,000 Grant to Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species from Spreading on behalf of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The work will extend the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! and Habitattitude campaigns across states bordering the Great Lakes. Additionally, through GLRI funding managed by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Minnesota Sea Grant will develop a needs assessment for organisms-in-trade and new outreach tools that complement the campaigns.

Jensen presented information on the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign at the 2012 Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit World Championship in Prairie du Chien, WI, in October.

Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species outreach specialist, was awarded a $18K grant from the MN Lake Superior Coastal Program to improve Great Lakes literacy within Minnesota’s north shore communities. She will do this by working with the Great Lakes Aquarium to extend Science Institute activities through 16 workshops for educators focusing on extreme weather events.

Sharon Moen, communications coordinator, will chair the National Sea Grant communicators starting in 2013. She will serve a one-year term.

Brent Schleck, coastal storms outreach coordinator, joined Minnesota Sea Grant in October. Brent's position is located in the National Weather Service Office in Chanhassen, Minn. He will work with Great Lakes coastal communities and user groups to ensure that weather and water forecasts, stormwater impacts and mitigation practices are accessible and applicable. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Storms Program and its Coastal Services Center are funding this position.

Jesse Schomberg gave a presentation in October at the Great Lakes Beach Association Conference in Mackinac Island, MI, on the new ParkPointBeach.org website.

Cristina Villella, MN Green Corps member, joined the Minnesota Sea Grant staff in October. She will work on local stormwater education thanks to a one-year partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

MN Sea Grant is working with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network on a two-year project led by Wisconsin to train local groups to inspect and wash fishing tournament boats. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is funding the project.

MN Sea Grant is working with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network on a one-year project led by Ohio to conduct education and outreach on Asian carp to support the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is funding the project.

MN Sea Grant is working with staff from the NOAA Coastal Services Center in Charlotte, NC, to prepare an economic assessment of extreme rainfall events and strategies for reducing economic losses in Duluth, MN. The assessment is funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and MN Sea Grant is serving as the liaison connecting NOAA Coastal Services Center personnel with local officials, city planners and researchers.

MN Sea Grant helped to organize, gave presentations,and facilitated workshops at the Water Resources Conference, held in St. Paul, Minn. in October.

MN Sea Grant participated in the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference (UMISC) in LaCrosse, Wisconsin at the end of October. Jensen and Kitson helped organize the conference and served on committees. Gunderson moderated the "Prevention in Aquaculture" sessions. Bergeron moderated the "Ballast Water" sessions. Kitson moderated the "Education and Message Development" sessions. Jensen co-led a watercraft inspection and decontamination training with Joe Eisterhold, MN DNR. Jensen also gave three presentations, one with Kitson who also presented "Nab the Aquatic Invader" with other Great Lakes Sea Grant educators. 

MN Sea Grant participated in Water Week at UMD. Angradi staffed a MN Sea Grant booth and was interviewed by Fox TV. Schomberg and Villella helped staff the UMD Stormwater Committee booth. Hagley presented “Making science matter - How Minnesota Sea Grant is like a dating service.”

MN Sea Grant hosted A Salute to Lake Superior's Sustainable Fisheries in Minneapolis, Minn, in November. Over 200 people attended the professional chef cook-off and public tasting event that celebrated the sustainably managed and commercially viable lake herring fishery of Minnesota's North Shore.


Natural Resources Research Institute News

Matt Aro, research fellow, won a $10,000 award to further research on turning a destructive aquatic plant in Africa, Typha australis, into cooking and heating fuel. The proposal was one of six submitted from the University of Minnesota to the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award competition held last Thursday on the Twin Cities campus. NRRI is collaborating with the nonprofit Agency to Facilitate the Growth of Rural Organizations (AFGRO) to use torrefaction techniques that turn biomass into a coal-like product.

Valerie Brady
, research associate, gave an invited presentation titled "Aquatic Invertebrates: Life in Streams" to members of the Arrowhead Flyfishers Association in November 2012.

Ron Moen
, research associate, gave a seminar titled "Research and Welfare Considerations for Field and Captive Studies Utilizing Wild Caught Animals" at the American Association for Laboratory and Animal Science national meeting held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in November.

Gerald Neimi
, professor, Department of Biology, and senior research associate, NRRI, was nominated to deliver the prestigious Yerger Lecture in Biology at Florida State University (FSU) on Nov. 29 on the topic of "Biological and Political Experiences with Boreal Birds and the Great Lakes." A selection committee chooses the awardee based on superior achievement in a biological sciences career and whose contributions have dealt in a broad sense with some aspect of organismal biology. Niemi received a Ph.D. in biology from FSU in 1983.

Euan Reavie, senior research associate, and Stephen Juggins (Newcastle University, United Kingdom) gave a seminar titled "Calibrating microfossil indicators: How many samples are enough?" at the 2012 Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting & Exposition, held in Charlotte, N.C., in November.


Pharmacy Department News

Grant Anderson, associate professor and director of graduate studies, presented "Thyroid Hormone and Endocrine Disruptors" at the American Industrial Hygiene Association Upper Midwest Section 15th Annual Professional Development Conference held in November 2012, in St. Paul, Minn.

Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) co-directors Michelle Johnson-Jennings and Melissa Walls presented "RICH as a Research Network" to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Disparities Interest Group in October 2012.

M. Thompson, Johnson-Jennings, and R. Nitzarim, will publish "Native American Undergraduate Students’ Persistence Intentions: A Psychosociocultural Perspective" in Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. In press.

Debbie Sisson, assistant professor, presented "Role of a Pharmacist Volunteer in Medical Reserve Corps" at the Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Recognition Dinner held in November 2012 in Carlton, Minn.

Michael Swanoski, assistant professor; Akers MF, Amaro ML, Huot KL, and May N. Lutfiyya, adjunct professor, published "Incorporating Research into a Postgraduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency" in Am J Pharm Educ. 2012;76(9): Article 175.

Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, presented "The Donut Hole Disaster: Tapping into Title III-D Funding to Devise Medication Solutions for At-Risk Americans," a 1-credit ACPE CE at the business/regulatory track for the 2012 American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Annual Meeting held Nov. 6-9, in National Harbor, Md.



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