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Chancellor Black and the Cabinet have set aside one-time funding for individual, unit, or departmental small grants of $500-$3,000. Proposals should focus on implementing specific action steps that will move UMD toward achieving campus strategic goals. Funds could be used for a variety of purposes, including student assistants and professional development activities. Proposals that integrate curricular and co-curricular activities are encouraged.

The current round of funding will be directed to the following goals and action steps:
- Course redesign projects to include active learning strategies, best practices, and alternate modes of delivery (see website for models of course redesign) (goal 1, action step 5)
- Embed community-based learning into the curriculum and co-curriculum (goal 5, action step 7)
- Development of other mutually beneficial relationships with the community more broadly (goal 5)
- Infuse the concept and application of sustainability into UMD's curriculum and co-curriculum, research activities, and use of facilities (goal 6, action step 9).

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 one or more of the six campus goals; administrative support for the project; a feasible budget; clarity and efficiency of plan for assessment; and timeline for completion of project. Project activities should be completed by Dec. 31, 2014. 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.

Deadline for submission of grants is Fri., Feb. 15 by 4 pm. Paper copies of proposals should be submitted to Robert Borden in the Chancellor’s Office, 515 DAdB. 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’s Office of Civic Engagement is seeking civic engagement award nominations. These awards are presented by Minnesota Campus Compact (MNCC) to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships. UMD recipients of the awards will automatically be nominated for UM Outstanding Community Service Awards, which are monetary awards facilitated by the UM Office for Public Engagement. They are open to students, staff, faculty, and community partners who have made an extraordinary, significant contribution to the betterment of society through his/her research, academic studies, and/or public service. Awards are:

UMD MNCC Student Leadership Award - This award is for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.

UMD MNCC Civic Engagement Steward Award - This award is for a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

UMD MNCC Community Partner Award - This award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.

Completed nomination forms should be emailed to Erin Zoellick by 5 pm on Mon., Feb. 18. For more information, contact Erin Zoellick, in the Office of Civic Engagement, 218-726-6355.


The President's Award for Outstanding Service was established in 1997 to recognize faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the University. This award is presented each year in the spring and honors active or retired faculty or staff who have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community. Nominations for this award are due by Fri., Mar. 15. For a complete description of the award and nomination requirements, visit the President's Award website. For more information, contact Vickie Courtney at 612-625-4805.


A pilot fund for U of M authors to underwrite the cost of making their work accessible to the public is now available through a joint effort of University Libraries and the Office of the Vice President for Research. To be eligible, a work must be a peer-reviewed journal article, scholarly monograph, conference proceeding, or data set created by a U of M author (faculty member, researcher, post-doc, graduate student, or staff member), and fully accessible immediately upon publication. For an application and more information, see open access publishing fund.


Applications for International Education Office (IEO) Travel Awards continue to be accepted and are reviewed on a rolling basis. All UMD faculty and staff are eligible for this award. For more information and applications, visit the IEO website.


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.


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.

Updates are posted on the Academic Affairs homepage. Check it on a regular basis. Items currently listed on the page include: the CEHSP dean search and the NRRI director searches. Past postings are listed in the archive section. 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.

Administration News


New Managers in ITSS
Chuck Bosell and Kevin Wu have been hired as two new ITSS managers. They will start in their new roles on Feb.18.They will be replacing two long-time managers, Steve Patterson, who retired in early January, and Dan Burrows, who will be retiring in early summer. Patterson and Burrows have each been with UMD for over 30 years.

Bosell will lead and direct the telecommunications, data network, data center, server rooms, and classroom technology staff and functions for ITSS. He will also sponsor and assist the student supervision team. He has had a long career at ITSS and has also worked for UMD Facilities Management and for Telecommunications Services at UMTC.

Wu will lead and direct the application development and system administration staff and functions for ITSS. He joined the staff just this past August as an application developer. Prior to coming to UMD, he worked at Banker's Toolbox in Austin, Texas; Beijing HuiyuanJiaXun High Technology Corporation; and Beijing Suntech Software Engineering Corporation, these last two in Beijing, China.

The latest ITSS news is available online. Archived articles may also be viewed. January articles included information updates for Flash, Firefox, Thunderbird and Oracle, as well as information about touch accessibility for the blind and visually impaired. For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk, 218-726-8847.


KUMD's student-run nighttime radio "The Basement" has been chosen to host MTV U's "College Radio Countdown" for one week, Mar. 26-April 1. During that week MTV U will rotate ten music videos picked by "The Basement" Music Director Erik Carlson. All week long, in between the music videos, MTV U will air KUMD's introductory video (40-60 seconds long), produced by KUMD's student production team. In addition to the national TV coverage, "The Basement" will also gain online presence on MTV U. During the week, MTV U's online media sharing site, Tumblr, will feature five area bands' music videos, chosen by the KUMD music directors. MTV U is a sister station of MTV.

Northland Morning, is offered weekdays from 6-9 am, and includes music, features, and interviews with a local perspective. 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.


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

The following faculty and staff were awarded International Education Office Travel Awards for the 2012-2013 academic year: Alison Aune, professor, Department of Art and Design, (Norway); Erik Brown, professor, Large Lakes Observatory, (Chile); Kathryn Carlson, instructor, Department of Geography, (Belize); Njoki Kamau, associate professor, Department of Women's Studies, (Kenya); Simon Kress, assistant professor, Department of English (Ireland); Kathryn Lenz, adjunct associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics (New Zealand); Steven Matthews, associate professor, Department of History, (Ireland); Joellyn Rock, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, (Norway); Krista Twu, associate professor, Department of English, (Ireland); and Rob Wittig, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, (Norway).

Alison Aune
, professor, Department of Art and Design, received a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant for her upcoming research and exhibition in Sweden.

Moe Benda
, program director, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, was elected to served on the board of directors for the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability, an organization promoting the balance between community, economy and environment on the Iron Range.

David Bowen
, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, will have his work underwater exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts through Mar. 31. Bowen used an Xbox Kinect to collect data from the surface water of Lake Superior for months. This information was then fed into a complex motor-controlled grid structure that is suspended from the gallery ceiling. The grid will rise and fall, corresponding to the collected wave data. When visitors stand under the structure, they will see a fascinating contrast between the natural undulations of the waves and the mechanical movement of the aluminum rods and motors. This installation was commissioned by the Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk, Belgium, and supported from a Fellowship grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, has photographs in "Framing the Field: Photographic Terrain," works curated by George Slade from the Collection of the Minnesota Museum of Art, at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul, Minn., from Feb. 4-Mar. 28. The images were made using professor emeritus Leif Brush’s Frostprinter construction.

Lynn Burbank
has been named the director of Continuing Education (CE). She had been serving in the interim director position for CE.

Steve Colman, director, Large Lakes Observatory, is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Research. He will give a presentation entitled ""It's a watery world: International, interdisciplinary research at UMD" on Tues., Feb. 26 at 3 pm in MWAH 195.

Shane Courtland, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, is featured in the January 2013 issue of Lake Superior Magazine in an article entitled "4 Under 40: Young Duluthians Making their Mark," for his activities in directing the UMD Center for Ethics and Public Policy.

Jill Doerfler, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, co-edited Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories with Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark in the American Indian Studies series with Michigan State University Press. Doerfler co-wrote the introduction "Bagijige: Making an Offering" with her fellow editors. In addition, she wrote a chapter entitled "A Philosophy for Living: Ignatia Broker and Constitutional Reform among the White Earth Anishinaabeg." In remembering, (re)making, and (re)writing stories, Anishinaabeg storytellers have forged a well-traveled path of agency, resistance, and resurgence. Respecting this tradition, the anthology features twenty-four contributors who utilize creative and critical approaches to propose that this people’s stories carry dynamic answers to questions posed within Anishinaabeg communities, nations, and the world at large.

Douglas Dunham, professor, Department of Computer Science, attended two conferences in January, giving talks at each. The first paper, "Patterns on Semi-regular Triply Periodic Polyhedra", was presented at JMM 2013 (Joint Mathematics Meetings), San Diego, Calif. Three of his geometric models were also displayed at the Art Exhibit of JMM 2013: "The {3,8} Polyhedron with Fish", "The {6,4|4} Polyhedron with Angular Fish", and "The {6,6|3} Polyhedron with Angular Fish". They can be viewed on the Mathematical Art Galleries website. The second paper, "An Algorithm to Create Hyperbolic Escher Tilings", was presented at SubTile 2013, at the CIRM (Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques) in Marseille, France.

Pam Enrici, reference librarian, has just completed her year as chair of the Engineering Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), the association representing the interests of thousands of information professionals in over eighty countries. Part of her duties included implementing planning for the Division programs at the SLA annual conference in Chicago as well as serving in the SLA Division Cabinet. Enrici will continue to be a part of the Engineering Division Executive Board this year with a number of duties. In addition, she is currently serving on the Science & Technology Division Nominations Committee and on the Awards Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of SLA. Enrici is also a member of the University's Benefits Advisory Committee, is a University Senator, and serves as an alternate from Duluth to the P&A Senate where she is also a member of the Benefits & Compensation Sub-Committee.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a conference talk “Distance magic and Gamma-distance magic graphs” at conference MIGHTY LIII at Iowa State University, Ames. He also gave a lecture “Scheduling a tournament” for the University of Wisconsin-Superior Math Club.

Joseph Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, along with a co-presenter, gave a two-day, four-hour minicourse at the annual joint meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America in San Diego in January on how to get undergraduate students involved in research. Ten students from Gallian's 2012 summer research program gave talks at the meeting.

Paula Gudmundson, visiting assistant professor of flute, Department of Music, received a Minnesota State Arts Board Community Partnership Grant for 2013-2014 to record her first full length CD, ¡Viva La Flauta!, featuring works of Latin America for flute. The CD is an outcome of an ambitious project to perform and rediscover works for flute from the early 20th century from Argentina. Previously she was a recipient of a 2011-2012 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board where she traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in search of neglected early 20th century music. Through this research, she presented programs throughout Minnesota and the Midwest featuring solo and collaborative works from Argentina. She was also recently featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s "Regional Spotlight." She was elected to present a lecture recital, featuring the works of Amancio Alcorta, at the College Music Society International Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in June 2013. For upcoming events, visit her website.

Anika Hartz, assistant professor, Pharmacy Department, has been awarded a University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professorship for the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015.

Imran Hayee, professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, and student, Umair Ibrahim, presented their research on Intelligent Transportation Systems at the 92nd Transportation Research Board Meeting held in Washington D. C., in January: U. Ibrahim, M.I. Hayee, and Eil Kwon. "DSRC Based Hybrid Work Zone Information System with Portable Changeable Message Signs."

Christiana Kapsner has been named the assistant director of the Office of Alumni Relations. Previously, she was the public relations associate in the Office of External Affairs.

Susan Maher
, dean, College of Liberal Arts, gave an extended interview about author Willa Cather on "The Sunday Edition," a morning radio program produced by the Canadian Broadcasting System which has 1.2 million listeners.

Allen Mensinger
, professor, Department of Biology, was quoted in a Washington Post article entitled "Special sensors allow fish to dart away from potential threats at the last moment."

Susan Meyers
, media artist, UMD Print Services, and her non-profit, North Central Windows Program (NCWP), has been awarded $500 from UMD's Diversity Funds program. Meyers is the founder and director of NCWP, an art enrichment program that uses art to heal post-traumatic stress and other disorders caused by emotional abuse, domestic violence, bullying, and sexual assault. NCWP offers volunteer and internship opportunities to UMD students, staff, and faculty as well as a weekly art workshop that is open to anyone every Monday, 5-6 pm, in KSC, near the Women's Resource and Action Center. NCWP's outreach program serves: Safe Haven Shelter, Duluth; CASDA, Superior, Wis.; North Shore Horizons, Two Harbors, Minn.; and UMD.

Lisa Rigoni Reeves
has been named the director of Students in Transition (SIT). She served as the interim director of SIT this past fall.

Cheryl Reitan
, associate director, External Affairs, has collaborated on a book about the civil rights movement entitled Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi. The book, by Sue Sojourner with Cheryl Reitan, was recently published by the University Press of Kentucky. A launch celebration will be held on Sun,, Feb. 17 from 7-9 pm at Sara’s Table/Chester Creek Cafe, 902 E 8th St, Duluth, Minn. All are invited.

Kim Riordan
has been named associate vice chancellor of Outreach and Online Delivery. She has held the interim vice chancellor of Outreach and Online Delivery position since June 2012 and is responsible for the areas of Civic Engagement, International Education, Continuing Education, and Online Delivery Initiatives.

Lyle Shannon, instructor, Department of Biology, is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He will give a presentation entitled "The Evolution of a Biology Teacher" on Tues., Feb. 26 at 3 pm in MWAH 195.

Paul Sharp
, professor, Department of Political Science, along with co-authors Jan Melissen, head of Clingendael’s Diplomatic Studies Programme and professor of Diplomacy at the University of Antwerp (Belgium); Brian Hocking, professor of International Relations at Loughborough University; and Shaun Riordan, senior visiting fellow of the Diplomatic Studies Programme of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael and head of Economics and Theory of Knowledge in the International College Spain in Madrid, have had op-eds based on their future of diplomacy report appear in the Japan Times and the China Daily.

Karen Stromme
has been named interim athletic director. Since 2003-04, she has served as the assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator. She has extensive Division II committee experience, having previously worked on the Committee on Infractions, the Membership Committee and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, among others and this past November was elected vice chair of the NCAA Division II Management Council. Stromme was the head coach of the Bulldog women's basketball program from 1984-2005.

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, has had her textile sculpture, Yellow-Flow (2010), acquired by the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minn. as part of its permanent collection. Suh was invited to the SDA's (Surface Design Association) sponsored exhibitions, which will be featured in San Antonio, Tex., in June 2013. The SDA is an international organization engaged in the creative explorations of fiber and fabric and has selected eight artists worldwide, awarding solo/two person's exhibition during an annual international conference. Her two-person exhibition will be at the Gallery Nord.

Ladona Tornabene, associate professor, Department of Health, Physical Education, is the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Public Service. She will give a presentation entitled  “A Fire in the Belly: Serving with Passion" on Tues., Feb. 26 at 3 pm in MWAH 195.

Larissa Trygg has been named development director for Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Curt Wiese has been appointed UMD's new head football coach. He previously held the position of offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs. He becomes just the sixth head coach in the 80-year history of Bulldog football. Prior to joining the UMD staff in 2008, Wiese was the head coach at NCAA Division III member Marietta College (Ohio) for two years.

Large Lakes Observatory News

Steve Colman, director, Large Lakes Observatory (LLO), is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Research. He will give a presentation entitled ""It's a watery world: International, interdisciplinary research at UMD" on Tues., Feb. 26 at 3 pm in MWAH 195.

Thomas C. Johnson, Regents professor, Department of Geological Sciences and LLO, recently returned from an expedition on Lake Malawi, East Africa. There he and his team recovered and re-deployed instruments moored in the lake that are designed to monitor the circulation dynamics and bi-weekly variability in biological and sedimentary processes in the lake. Lake Malawi is the fourth largest freshwater lake in the world and is home to about 1000 species of fish, most of which evolved in and are unique to this ancient rift basin. The lake is undergoing significant change as climate and land use in the region respond to a growing global population. LLO scientists are working with scientists from the Malawi Fisheries Department and local universities, to help advise policy makers of environmental change that may impact a local economy that is heavily dependent on fisheries, agriculture, and tourism. Accompanying Johnson were LLO's marine technician, Jason Agnich, and three UMD graduate students: Rozhan Zakaria, Julia Halbur, and Jillian Votava.

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Minnesota Sea Grant News

The University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program hosted the first statewide meeting of Habitattitude supporters in January at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Held in conjunction with the 2013 Northern Green Expo, this inaugural coming together of sellers of aquarium and water garden plants and animals, agency staff, and educators restarted the conversation about ways to stop the spread of harmful non-native species through aquarium releases and water garden escapes. Habitattitude is a national campaign to eliminate the release and escape of pets and plants – from goldfish to hydrilla – into lakes and rivers. A $400,000 grant awarded to the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, led by Minnesota, through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative rejuvenated the Habitattitude campaign. Following a string of other Great Lakes statewide conferences, the Minnesota Habitattitude meeting extended aquatic invasive species education across state and country borders.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Scott Loss (UM TC campus), Ryan Hueffmeier, Cindy Hale, George Host, Gerald Sjerven, and Lee Frelich (UM TC campus), published a paper titled "Earthworm Invasions in Northern Hardwood Forests: a Rapid Assessment Method" in the Natural Areas Journal, 33(1): pp. 21-30, 2013.

Pavel Krasutsky
, program director, was listed as one of Minnesota's top 500 inventors by Twin Cities Business magazine, January 2013. He is one of three listed from the University of Minnesota. The magazine said the inventors "dreaming, tinkering and old-fashioned hard work have propelled the state to the forefront of innovation." The list was compiled by extracting data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and applying a proprietary formula that takes several factors into account, such as number of patents in last five years, applications published, etc.

Cloquet middle school eighth-grader Holly McGinn, mentored by Research Fellow Jennifer Olker, was chosen as a national semi-finalist for the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) program of the Society for Science & the Public. Holly's project used NRRI frog skeletons and digital images to calculate the symmetry between frogs with limb mutations and frogs without mutations.

Pharmacy Department News

Assistant professors, Karen Bastianelli and Megan Undeberg, tested for and attained Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) certification through Dec. 2019.

Keri D. Hager
, assistant professor, published "Development of an Active Follow-up Process in a Stand-Alone Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Clinic" in Innov Pharm 2013;4(1).

Anika Hartz
, assistant professor, has been awarded a University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professorship for the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015.

Mark Schneiderhan
, associate professor, published "Two Case Reports of Smoking Behavior Changes after Self-Initiated E-Cigarette Use and Tobacco Smoking Cessation" in MHC 2012 Dec;2(6).

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