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Nominations are sought for the following system-wide awards that honor the contributions, research, and/or leadership of University women, grants that further equity for women, or scholarships that support women students:

The Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award and Lecture was established to acknowledge and honor the scholarly accomplishments and leadership of distinguished women faculty at the University of Minnesota and to offer a forum for them to share their insights and ideas with a campus and community audience. Nomination deadline is Fri., April 5 at 4:30 pm.

The Mullen/Spector/Truax Women’s Leadership Award is given annually to a faculty or staff woman at the University who has made outstanding contributions to women’s leadership development. This award honors women, not only for their own leadership qualities, but also for their efforts to develop leadership within others. Nomination deadline is Fri., May 17 at 4:30 pm.

The Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award recognizes women faculty at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities who have achieved significant national and international accomplishments and honors and who contribute as leaders on campus. In addition to supporting outstanding women scholars, this award also reflects the university’s strong commitment to future leaders. Nomination deadline is Fri., May 17 at 4:30 pm.

The Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award is given to a University of Minnesota student who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service concerning women's issues on campus or in the broader community. Nomination deadline is Fri., June 7 at 4:30 pm.

Women's Center Institutional Change Grants (formerly Special Grants) seek to support a more inclusive, diverse University community with an enhanced campus climate for women faculty, staff, and students. Institutional Change Grants are intended to foster and support increased awareness, improved understanding, and institutional change. (Includes grant funding for projects specifically focused on changing the climate for P & A and CS/BU women). Nomination deadline is Fri., May 17 at 4:30 pm.

For more information, visit the Women's Center website.


The Linda Larson Commission on Women is seeking nominations for the 2013 Woman of the Year Awards. All members of the UMD community (men and women, students, faculty, staff, and alumni) are encouraged to nominate any current or former UMD faculty or staff woman or female student, in one of the three categories: faculty, staff, and student. Nominations may be made via a Google form. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 8. The Woman of the Year Award was created in 2002 to honor women at UMD who exemplify going above and beyond to benefit women at UMD. For complete information, visit the Commission on Women website.


Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students for the Raymond W. Darland All-American Scholarship Program. The scholarship program was established in 1976 by Regent Emeritus Richard L. Griggs in honor of Provost Emeritus Raymond W. Darland. Five scholarships of $4,000 will be awarded to offset the cost of tuition in 2013-14.

In order for a student to qualify, the following criteria shall be used by the committee in selecting nominees: 1) Recipients must obtain junior status or higher during the 2012-13 academic year. They must have enough coursework remaining to attend full-time during the 2013-14 academic year. 2) Full consideration shall be given to the nominee's scholastic record, character, citizenship, leadership on campus, and the nominee's potential to serve as a leader in the future. Preference shall be given to students who indicate a desire and willingness to contribute to the future of our country. 3) Race, color, creed, sex, residence, or field of study, are not to be used as factors in selecting recipients.

Faculty or staff members may nominate a student by submitting: 1) a letter of nomination identifying the candidate and the candidate's qualifications; 2) a current UMD unofficial transcript; and 3) the candidate's resume indicating community and campus involvement. Nominations must be made by faculty or staff; no self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations must be received by Nancy Carl in the Financial Aid Office, 184 Darland Administration Building by Fri, April 12. For more information, contact Nancy Carl.


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.


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.


The College of Liberal Arts has announced a new Peer Advising program housed within CLA Advising & Academic Services. This program is designed to supplement and enrich the essential academic advising done by professional and faculty advisors in the College of Liberal Arts. In addition, this program provides more opportunities for student leadership on campus and in CLA. The peer advisors will be starting in mid-April. For more information, contact Addy Brickweg, coordinator of the program.


Updates are posted on the Academic Affairs homepage. Check it on a regular basis. Items currently listed on the page include searches for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Institutional Effectiveness, the LSBE dean, and the NRRI director. 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.


LakeVoice News is a bridge between the Twin Ports community and the UMD campus. The newsroom is run by students, and the majority of the content is written by students. Yet the news is about the community. For more information, contact John Hatcher, 218-726-7325.

Administration News


The latest ITSS news is available online. Archived articles may also be viewed. March articles included policy review on digital signage, recycling computer equipment on campus, the new design for the UMD web site, and self-serve internet password reset. For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk, 218-726-8847.

ITSS Help Desk Provides Triage and Quick Fixes
The TechCenter is the first stop for customer service in ITSS. The Help Desk is part of the Tech Center. Staff at the Help Desk answer phone, email, and chat requests for assistance. Although the Help Desk is able to answer many questions directly, their primary role is to triage problems and assign them to the ITSS staff member or team best qualified to solve them.

During the first half of fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012), the Help Desk answered 9,350 calls for assistance. Of these, 4,226 (45%) were resolved immediately. An additional 1593 (17%) were solved by Help Desk staff, although not immediately. In total, the Help Desk was able to resolve 62% of all calls coming in. The remaining calls resulted in a service ticket being issued and follow-up assistance offered by other professional staff in ITSS, most often by the members of the ITSS Desktop Support Team.

Staff who work at the Help Desk are chosen for their customer-service skills and their ability to understand and assign problems appropriately. They are IT generalists, but they are not experts in all IT problems. Many of them are student employees, who are getting on-the-job customer-service experience working for ITSS. Because questions requiring different types of expertise come in less frequently, it is most efficient for us to use this triage method to assign this work.

Not every question and every problem can be solved on the first call for help. The cost of such a service would be prohibitive. ITSS reminds customers to understand and appreciate the Help Desk for what it provides and recognize that some questions will need to be referred. For more information, contact Linda Deneen.


KUMD's annual Spring Membership Drive starts on Friday, April 4. Support KUMD and obtain tickets to spring and summer concerts, including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Bayfront Reggae Fest, and Big Top Chautauqua shows with Johnny Lang, Brandi Carlile, and The Beach Boys. Become a member by calling 726-7181 or pledge online at

KUMD is proud to present Trampled by Turtles at the DECC Symphony Hall, Thurs., April 4, as they continue on their Minnesota Tour celebrating their 10th anniversary. Upcoming events are listed on KUMD's Events Calendar.

Listen to Northland Morning from 6–9 am for a mix of music, fun features, and interviews from a local perspective. Coming up this week:

Wed., Apr. 3, 8 am: Benedictine Health Center Administrator and CEO Katie Redig will discuss how she hopes Minnesota will improve its support for seniors and their caregivers.

Thurs., Apr. 4, 8 am: Josh Stainer of the Dignitas Group at the College of St. Scholastica will talk about the All Abilities Ball, which will be held April 11 at Spirit Mountain from 5–10 pm.

To hear audio from previous Northland Morning interviews, check out the Audio Archives Page.

Live from Studio A offers interviews and performances. Listen to past sessions on the Audio Archives page. This week's guests include:

Fri., Apr. 5, 2 pm: Billy Southern, an accomplished blues guitarist from Duluth, will perform a live session. He also has a live CD release performance for his third album that same night at Carmody Irish Pub in Duluth.

World Café, weekday afternoons from 3–5 pm, features an eclectic mix of contemporary music and live performances and interviews. Visit the website for more information on interviews and featured bands. This week’s guests include:

Wed., Apr. 3: Night Beds' distinct Americana sound is introduced on their much anticipated first album, Country Sleep.

Thurs., Apr. 4: British singer-songwriter Jessie Ware received a 2012 Mercury Prize nomination for her soulful debut, Devotion.

Fri., Apr. 5: My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James breaks out on his own with Regions of Light and Sound of God, his first solo effort.

Soul Village host Chris Harwood recently had a chance to chat with saxophonist Maceo Parker, who has made legendary, benchmark contributions to soul, funk, and jazz and played with the likes of James Brown. Listen to the interview.


It's Earth Day all month at UMD Stores.
Five Easy Steps to Go Green with UMD Stores:
1. The month of April is Bag Free month. Bring in a reusable bag or backpack when shopping at UMD Stores.
2. Need to purchase a reusable bag? Chico bags and Envirosax bags are 20% off the month of April.
3. Don’t take a plastic bag and receive a wooden nickel to drop in the charity bin. Local charities benefit from this effort to go green.
4. Drop off #2 and #4 plastic bags for recycling. Look for the square collection bins at every UMD Stores entrance.
5. UMD Stores EXPRESS will "Go Green" April 10–23. Products featured are recycled / sustainable / eco-friendly / USA Made / local / regional.

Shop UMD Stores. Get rewards. Every dollar spent at UMD Stores equals one point. Reach 1,000 points and earn a $10 UMD Stores Gift Card. Sign-up for UMD Stores Rewards and receive a sign-up bonus of 100 points.

UMD Stores EXPRESS will hold a plant and garden sale April 24–May 8. Get an early start on gardening.

Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores Street Level.

UMD Stores offers special events and promotions all year long. Check the website often. UMD Stores is also on facebook and Twitter.

Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

Alison Aune, professor, Department of Art and Design, had a solo exhibition "Nordic Mandalas and Floral Icons" at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, Feb. 17–March 17, 2013. Selections from that show will be included in the "Nordic Exhibit," organized by the American Swedish Institute, which will be held at the Arts Alliance in Elk River, Minn., Apr. 3–May 18, 2013.

Joseph Bauerkemper
, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, wrote the essay "John Ford on the Warpath: Drums Along the Mohawk” published in Seeing Red: American Indians and the Cinema, edited by LeAnne Howe, Denise Cummings, and Harvey Markowitz, East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2013.

Moe Benda,
director, Iron Range/UMD Graduate Engineering Education Program and instructor, Department of Chemical Engineering, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS). IRPS is a new non-profit organization whose mission is to stimulate conversation and action to build connections between our community, economy and environment that promotes sustainable living in northeastern Minnesota.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush
, professor, Department of Art and Design, has several photographs in the exhibition "Of Memory, Bone and Myth" through June 3, 2013, at the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, Minn. Her work was selected by internationally known photographer Olivia Parker.

Dana Collins
, assistant professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, is a recipient of the 2012-2013 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. This award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students. An awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

Jason Ford
, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, presented his paper, "Noe's Enactive Approach Cannot Handle Phantom Limbs," at the 2013 Towards a Science of Consciousness Conference, held in March at the Center for Consciousness Studies, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, India.

Dalibor Froncek
, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a conference talk "Magic rectangle sets and incomplete handicap tournaments" at Coast Combinatorics Conference in Kona, Hawaii.

Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave the 2013 Annual Bullitt Lecture at the University of Louisville in March.  The Bullitt Lecture series is an annual mathematics lecture for both the university and the public in and around Louisville and draws large crowds from the community and area high schools.

John Goodge, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, is leading a team of researchers who will design and build a new mobile drilling platform for use on the ice sheets of Antarctica. The drilling platform, called the Rapid Access Ice Drilling system (RAID), will allow researchers to drill up to 3,300 meters in depth. The project will give access to a rich record of geologic and climatic change on a variety of timescales, from the billion-year rock record to thousand-year ice and climate histories.

Terry Guggenbuehl
, technology coordinator for the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, was elected president of the City of Duluth Planning Commission for a one-year term. Guggenbuehl had a previous career in resource management and planning and is putting those skills to use as a citizen planner for the City. He was appointed to the Planning Commission by Mayor Don Ness in 2010 and previously served as vice-president.

Ahmed A. Heikal, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (adjunct), was an invited speaker at The 10th Annual Advanced Imaging Techniques Workshop, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif., in January.  His talk was entitled,Biomimetic Crowding Effects on the Reaction Kinetics of NADH-Enzyme Binding." Heikal and his students presented two conference papers at the 57th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting, Philadelphia, Pa, in February: (1) Welty, R., J. Bentley, D. Wickramasinghe, and A.A. Heikal. “Multiscale diffusion of single molecules in biomimetic crowding.”; and (2) Fransen, T., M.S. Velasquez, K. Hewawasam, D. Wickramasinghe, R. Welty, and A.A. Heikal. “Experimental and simulation analysis of NADH-enzymes binding in a crowded environment.” In addition, he served on the NIH/EBIT (Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies) Study Section, in February in Washington, D.C. Program officer was Dr. Dennis J. Hlasta, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.

Romesh Lakhan
, instructor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the faculty advisor for UMD’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Club, nicknamed the Chem Club, which meets every other week and performs a variety of chemistry demonstrations. In addition to providing an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of chemistry and provide a fun and supportive group of peers, the Chem Club is also involved in community outreach activities to inspire interest in chemistry.

Recently, Lakhan and the Chem Club participated in "Science Night" at Congdon Park Elementary School. The Chem Club put on a chemistry show for the students followed by a treat of liquid nitrogen ice cream with Lakhan and professors Steve Berry and Joe Johnson. Explosions of hydrogen-filled balloons, fountains of Diet Coke and Mentos, as well as smashing flowers frozen in liquid nitrogen were just some of the evening's highlights. Overall, the show went smoothly and safely, the only hiccup being an overly sensitive fire alarm set off by the Fiery Gummibear Reaction (oxidation of sugar by potassium chlorate). For many of the experiments, kids from the audience were able to assist Chem Club members. More than 250 parents and kids were in attendance.

Kathryn Lenz, associate professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, presented “Methods for Municipal Elections: Propaganda, Field Experiments and What USA Voters Want from an Election Algorithm” as a Centre for Mathematical Social Science (CMSS) seminar at the University of Auckland in New Zealand in March. She also participated in the University of Auckland's 4th CMSS Summer Workshop.

Jennifer Liang, associate professor, Department of Biology, is a recipient of the 2012-2013 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. This award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students. An awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

Jeff Maahs, associate professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, is a recipient of the 2012-2013 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. This award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students. An awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

Elias Mokole, instructor, Department of Music, recently met with students from all elementary grade levels at Longs Creek Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas, to sing for the students, discuss his career, educate them on the historical and cultural significance of the music, and instruct them in singing. Earlier in March, he held a two-day workshop for students of Mayde High School in Houston, Texas. His visit was part of a “Grow with the Arts” initiative designed to raise consciousness on the value and the necessity of “The Arts” by offering education and enrichment for elementary students. He is the co-founder of “Songfestival,” dedicated to bringing high-quality educational and performance opportunities to career-oriented singers (high school and college level) and to offer a rich cultural experience to the people of their communities.

In May, Mokole will be performing in Chicago, as well as heading to Paris to work on a cross-collaborative music and fine art project entitled "Les Jardins de Paris" for which he and Dana Lindaman, assistant professor, Department of Foreign Language and Literature, received a U of M Imagine Fund Award and a UMD Strategic Plan Small Seed Research Grant. In July and August, Mokole will star in Evita as Juan Perón at the Duluth Playhouse.

Ryuta Nakajima, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, published a part of his ongoing interdisciplinary collaborative research project in Marine Biodiversity Records, volume 6, Cambridge Journals. The article titled "Observations of schooling behaviour in the oval squid Sepoteuthis lessoniana in coastal water of Okinawa Island" was co-written with Chikatoshi Sugimoto, Ryoko Yanagisawa, and Yuzuru Ikeda of University of the Ryukyus.

Ganapathy Natarajan, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, was appointed director of communication and webpages for the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) in October 2012. He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Systems and Engineering Management from Texas Tech University in December 2012. His publications include:
Ng, E., Natarajan G., Calvo-Amodio, J., Simonton, J., “When to Stop Beating a Dead Horse: Economics of Terminating Failed Project,” American Society for Engineering Management 2012 International Annual Conference, Virginia Beach, Va., October 2012.
Natarajan G., Wyrick D., “Environmental Sustainability in Manufacturing SMEs in West Texas,” American Society for Engineering Management 2012 International Annual Conference, Virginia Beach, Va, October 2012.
Wyrick, D.A., Natarajan G., Eseonu, C.I., “Technology Policy for Promoting Environmental Sustainability in SMEs: Issues and Considerations for Effective Implementation,” 23rd International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, Porto, Portugal. Draft paper in review.

Sara Pitterle, instructor, Department of Marketing, is a recipient of the 2012-2013 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. This award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students. An awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

Joellyn Rock, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, recently acquired 50 free licenses of Moviestorm software for use in the VizLab, the Digital Arts classroom, the Multimedia Hub, and
Montague Lab, after her entry won the BETT 2013 Future Products Survey. The Moviestorm software will be useful for students interested in 3-D animation, digital storytelling, game design, filmmaking, and machinima.

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award. This award is given annually to a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Fine Arts who has an exceptional and effective teaching style that emphasizes the worth of research in a learned discipline and the maturing impact scholarly activity has on the development of human attitudes and values. An awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

In April, Suh will serve as a panelist for the 2013 Travel and Study Grant, sponsored by the Jerome Foundation. She has received the International Artist-In-Residency, sponsored by the Hungarian Multicultural Center. She plans to work in Budapest, Hungary, in July and August 2013. Recently, her textile sculpture Floating Fears was purchased by Kimberly Hanson, vice president, Inside Track Inc., Portland, Ore.

UMD's unique Credit-Based-Peer-Tutoring Program, started in 1987 by Paul Treuer, interim director, Tutoring Center, is a student-helping-student program that has grown to provide more than 16,000 tutorials per year. Sometime during the third week of the 2013 spring semester, the Tutoring Center passed the 300,000 tutorial milestone. All tutorials are provided free of charge to UMD students by their fellow students.

Jennifer Webb, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, is a recipient of the 2012-2013 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. This award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students. An awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

Rob Wittig, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, presented “Netprov: Elements of an Emerging Form” along with his colleague Mark C. Marino of the University of Southern California at a meeting of the Electronic Literature Study Group of the University of Bergen in Norway. An essay based on the talk has been published in the peer-reviewed German journal Dichtung Digital. “Mark Marino and Rob Wittig provide a dialogic introduction to a playful new genre of networked literature they have been engaged in developing. Netprov (networked improv literature) ‘uses multiple vernacular media simultaneously in a transmedia storytelling approach.’ Pulling together threads from theater, fiction, graphic design, games, social networking, and mass media, netprov provides a method for large groups of collaborators to tell network stories together with a participatory audience.”

Special Recognition

Outstanding Service Awards
The following individuals are recipients of the 2012-2013 Outstanding Service Awards. These awards were developed to recognize the significant contributions of employees with Civil Service and Academic Professional/Administrative (P&A's that do not hold faculty rank) appointments. An awards ceremony will be held on Wed., Apr. 10 at 3 pm in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom.

Continuous Service Award:
Jill Bergman, executive office and administrative specialist, Department of Civil Engineering; Nancy Burley, program/project specialist, Office of Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs;
Sharon Cripe, executive office and administrative specialist, Dean's Office, Labovitz School of Business and Economics; Joan Erickson, personnel specialist, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations; Mary Mingo Gallet, program associate, Career Services; Wendy Jo Larrivy, associate administrator, Chancellor's Office; Tami Lawlor, program associate, Master of Tribal Administration and Governance Program, UMD American Indian Studies; Claudia Plaunt Martin, tutoring center coordinator, Supportive Services Program; Julie Smith, executive office and administrative specialist, Department of Biomedical Sciences; Corbin J. Smyth, associate vice chancellor, Office of Student Life; Brian Turk, assistant director, Office of Admissions; and RaeAnn Williams, principal operations/student services specialist, School of Fine Arts.

Project Awards:
Logistical and Onsite Support for Overlapping Conferences: Judy Zomerfelt, executive office and administrative specialist, Minnesota Sea Grant.
UMD Teen Enterprise 2012 - Youth Entrepreneurship Camp:
Sandi Larson, program/project specialist; Jennifer Pontinen, coordinator; Elaine Hansen, director; and Richard Braun, assistant business development specialist; all four individuals are with the Center for Economic Development.
June 2012 Flood: Brett deFoe, building and grounds worker; Drew Martin, building and grounds worker; Sam McDuff, building and grounds worker; Gerald Matson, senior building and grounds worker; Barb Pierson, principal building and grounds supervisor; and Benjamin Thalhuber, building and grounds worker; all six individuals are with Facilities Management. Honorable Mention: Steve Wolner, building and grounds worker, Facilities Management.

UMD Minnesota Campus Compact Awards
The Office of Civic Engagement announced recipients of UMD Minnesota Campus Compact (MNCC) awards to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships.

Mary Cameron, associate director, Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, received the UMD MNCC Civic Engagement Steward Award. This award recognizes work to advance a campus’s distinctive civic mission. Cameron implemented the America Reads America Counts Program at UMD and serves on a number of different boards and committees at UMD and in the community. She was nominated by Joie Acheson Lee and Lita Wallace.

Judy Breuer, health education major, Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation, received the UMD MNCC Student Leadership Award. This award recognizes a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership. Breuer has been a leader on the UMD campus and in the community through her work on food sensitivities issues. She was nominated by Ladona Tornabene

The Duluth Area YMCA Community Services Department received the UMD MNCC Community Partner Award. This award recognizes an organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways. The Y has several programs that have partnered with UMD for many years being beneficial for both UMD and the Duluth community at large. They were nominated by Paula Pedersen and Sandy Wollum.

More information can be found on the OCE awards webpage

American Advertising Federation Duluth/Superior (ADDY) Awards
UMD received three ADDY awards in the 2013 American Advertising Federation Duluth/Superior recognition program. The UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics Holiday Card, created by WestmorelandFlint, received a Gold ADDY Award and was also chosen for Judges Row. The UMD Annual Report, created by UMD External Affairs, received the “People’s Choice” Award.

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Medical School-Duluth News

Kendall B. Wallace, professor and associate dean for Faculty Affairs, was recently elected as vice president/president of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS). This was announced at the recent meeting of the Society of Toxicology. The appointment is for a two-year period. ATS is commissioned to identify the most prominent toxicologists globally and to recognize them by conferring fellowship to these individuals in this international certifying body.

Minnesota Sea Grant News

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator; Hilarie Sorenson, climate change extension educator; Jesse Schomberg, program leader, coastal communities and land use extension educator; and Cristina Villella, Minnesota green corps stormwater management assistant, presented at the St. Louis River-River Watch Congress in March. Through a series of workshops and hands on activities, Sea Grant staff introduced students to topics of water quality, stewardship, and other natural resources knowledge.

The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booth was featured during the 2013 Duluth Sports, Travel, and RV Show, Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, Duluth, Minn., in February. Co-hosted by Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist, and Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, representatives from the Minnesota DNR AIS Program and Law Enforcement, 1854 Treaty Authority, Cook County Invasives Team, White Iron Chain of Lakes Association, National Park Service-Voyagers National Park, U.S. Forest Service-Superior National Forest, and the Lake Superior Maritime Museum Association were on-hand to answer questions about aquatic 'hitchhikers' and teach people how to prevent their spread. Visitors were able to get up close and personal with preserved specimens, including the flying Asian Carp.

Jensen gave an invited presentation “Decoding Zebra Mussel Impacts on Pike Lake” to the Pike Lake Area Association, Duluth, Minn., in February.

Kitson hosted a Habitattitude booth at the Minnesota Conference on Science Education, Duluth, Minn., in February. Kitson gave a guest lecture "Protecting The Environment One Tattoo at a Time," to an undergraduate environmental science program class taught by Michael Mageau, assistant professor, Department of Geography, in March at UMD.

Sharon Moen, communications coordinator, delivered Sea Grant Brown Bag Lecture: "Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus: How a South African Scallywag Became ‘The Flywheel of American Science’" in March in Washington D.C. She presented to a full house at NOAA, including Spilhaus's son, Fred Spilhaus, former president of the American Geophysical Union. Her talk portrayed an unconventional, brilliant man who was a great thinker, inventor, and the "Father of Sea Grant." Appointed by presidents and an advisor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, his diverse accomplishments include a sculpture that stands in downtown New York, an oceanographic tool that helped win WWII, and a mishap that fueled the Roswell Incident. Moen is working on a biography about Spilhaus' life.

Schomberg along with representatives from Minnesota DNR, the Minnesota Bureau of Water and Soil Resources and the Laurentian Resource Conservation and Development organization; coordinated the "Lake Superior Watershed Ditch and Culvert Design Workshop" in March at the US EPA laboratory in Duluth. Eighty resource managers, hydrologists, and road and ditch engineers attended (and some were turned away because of room capacity). Valerie Brady, research coordinator, gave an invited presentation “How Stormwater Runoff Affects Stream Biota” at this workshop.

Schomberg, Sorenson, and Bob Krumenaker, superintendent of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore presented "Planning for the Future: Municipalities, Marinas, and Climate Change Impacts" at the Lake Superior Binational Forum's Webinar on Climate Chang in February.

Villella facilitated a training workshop "Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance Training" in January. The seminar educated snow removal contractors and property managers on snow and ice control best practices. Attendees were given the opportunity to earn Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Level I Certification in Snow and Ice Control Best Practices. Villella will be co-hosting a Turfgrass Maintenance with Reduced Environmental Impacts Training on April 9. The training will educate on best practices for managing turfgrass and will offer an opportunity for individuals to earn Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Level I Certification in Turfgrass Maintenance Best Practices.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

NRRI staff gave the following presentations at the Byproduct Utilization: Next Generation Raw Material Sourcing conference held in Duluth in March.
1) Matt Aro, research fellow, Using Waste Paper Mill Residues to Manufacture Fire-Rated Building Components,
2) Brian Brashaw, program director, Thermal Heating Opportunities for Using Biomass in the Midwest
3) Donald Fosnacht, departmental director, Industrial Byproduct Reuse: Learning from the Rest of the World
4) Tim Hagen, coordinator, Products and Opportunities in Mattress Recycling: Next Generation Raw Material Sourcing
5) Pavel Krasutsky, program director, Development of Biorefinery for Processing DDGS into Biofuels and other Value Added Products
6) Larry Zanko, senior research fellow, Beneficial Reuse: Dredge Materials and Taconite Tailings (Mesabi fine aggregate)

Valerie Brady, research associate, gave an invited presentation “How Stormwater Runoff Affects Stream Biota” at the Lake Superior Watershed Ditch and Culvert Design Workshop in March, at the US EPA laboratory in Duluth. The room was filled to capacity with 80 resource managers, hydrologists, and road and ditch engineers in attendance.

Cindy Hale, research associate, recently had her Great Lake Worm Watch online resources upgraded. Of special note is the Invasion Earthworm Rapid Assessment Tool (IERAT) section. In addition, her ABC's of Vermicomposting brochure was significantly updated.

Scott Loss (University of Minnesota TC); Ryan Hueffmeier, junior scientist; Hale; George Host, senior research associate; Gerald Sjerven, research associate; and Lee Frelich (University of Minnesota TC) published "Earthworm Invasions in Northern Hardwood Forests: a Rapid Assessment Method", in the Natural Areas Journal, V. 33(1), 2013.

Gerald Niemi, senior research associate, was elected to a three-year term to the Raptor Research Foundation board of directors. The Foundation is an international scientific society that accumulates and disseminates scientific information about raptors. The group publishes the Journal of Raptor Research.

Pamela Sarvela, business development specialist, and June Kallestad, public relations manager, published "The importance of providing entrepreneurs with access" in the Economic Development Journal, winter 2013, Vol. 12, No. 1. The International Economic Development Council is dedicated to leadership and excellence in economic development.

Sergiy Yemets, research associate, Tatyana Shubina, research associate, and Krasutsky have published "Electrophilic monoiodination of terminal alkenes" in the journal Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, March 2013.

Pharmacy Department News

Kerry Fierke, assistant professor, and a colleague presented "Leadership Toolbox: Pharmacy Management and Professional Leadership" at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in March in Los Angeles, Calif.

Keri Hager, assistant professor, and College of Pharmacy colleagues and students presented a workshop, “Work Group: Preparing Pharmacists for a Standardized Practice/Service,” at the Deep Portage Pharmaceutical Care Conference held in February in Hackensack, Minn..

Anika Hartz, assistant professor, gave an invited talk on "ABC Transporters and the Alzheimer's Disease Enigma" at the Gordon Research Conference on Multi-Drug Efflux Systems held in March in Ventura, Calif.

Hartz and her research in Alzheimer's disease were featured in the Northland's NewsCenter "Making a Difference" segment, which aired March 14.

Hartz and Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, were featured in the Duluth News Tribune story, "Husband-Wife Team Conducts Ambitious Brain Research at UMD" on March 2.

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor, was featured in "AHC Gamechanger" published March 18 in Health Talk--a health news blog published by the UM Academic Health Center.

Johnson-Jennings presented results of her research on cultural and socioeconomic correlates of neurocognitive function among middle-aged and older Hispanic/Latinos, "Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos," at the 41st Annual Meeting of International Neuropsychology held in February in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Johnson-Jennings has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) American Indian/Alaska Native Researchers and Scholars Work Group, which provides recommendations to NIDA on research needed to better understand, prevent, and treat substance abuse and addiction in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations and to develop addiction research capacity development in AI/AN communities. 

Students Tawny Loera and Tony Olson, along with Kerry K. Fierke, assistant professor, published "Creating the Learning Experience You Want" in Student Pharmacist 2013 Mar/Apr;9(4):18-19.

Laura Palombi, pharmacy associate, recently achieved certification as an Asthma Educator (AE-C®) by passing the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) exam.

Palombi, May N. Lutfiyya, adjunct professor, K. J. Pederson, D. R. Simmons, Darin J. Steenerson, pharmacy associate, K. G. Hohman, and K. Huot, published "Cross-Sectional Population Based Study Examining the Impact of Children with Asthma on U.S. Rural Families" in Health 2013;5(2):351-359.

Tim Stratton, professor, is the 2012-13 recipient of the College of Pharmacy Excellence in Professional Education Faculty Award. He was recognized for his leadership in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences, across the University and in the practice community.

Stratton published "Stretch Your Medication Dollars" in Minnesota Health Care News 2013 Mar;11(3):12-13.

Mike Swanoski, assistant professor, was a panelist on the WDSE public television program, "Doctors On Call," in February, where he, two physicians, and a physician moderator discussed and responded to viewer questions on hypertension.

Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, presented "Turn Down the Heat in Here! Hormonal and Non-Hormonal-Based Hot Flash Therapy Updates" at the Duluth Area Pharmacists meeting held in March.

Undeberg was interviewed for the Northland's NewsCenter story, "The American Cancer Society Seeks Volunteers for Nationwide Study," which aired February 27.

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