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

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.

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.

For more information, visit the Women's Center 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 Cathy Rackliffe or call 726-6827.


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 Library director, 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.

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The latest ITSS news is available online. Archived articles may also be viewed. April articles included online training videos and a data security policy review. For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk, 218-726-8847.


KUMD's 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., May 8, 8 am: After last year’s flood, the St. Louis River's course was altered and a seven mile stretch of the river will be unmarked by the US Coast Guard here in Duluth. Senior Chief Justin Olson of the US Coast Guard will talk about it.

Thurs., May 9, 8 am: John Gustafson, director of development and communication at Animal Allies, will talk about his dog from Afghanistan.

Fri., May 10, 8 am: Julia Mattson will give a phone interview about Northland Angel Dogs, whose mission has always been "To be a reliable resource to come to in order to get the help a person needs."

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. Visit the website for more information on interviews and featured bands. This week’s guests include:

Wed., May 8: After a week in Mexico, singer-songwriter Matthew Houck returned with the songs that would become the new Phosphorescent album, called Muchacho.

Thurs., May 9: Robert Randolph brought together four pedal steel masters forming The Slide Brothers, who make their debut with Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers.

Fri., May 10: Rod Stewart returns with Time, his first collection of new material in nearly twenty years.

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

Fri., May 10, 2 pm: Women of the Forest: Tune in for a live session with this folk trio from Minneapolis. They will be playing at Beaners Central that same night.

Playlists: Wondering about a song you heard on KUMD? We post playlists for many of our programs on our website. Just go to KUMD and click on Playlists to search for a song, artist, or program.


Textbook Buyback for spring semester begins May 10 and continues through May 17 in UMD Stores Express. Rented textbooks may also be returned during Buyback. Hours are 8 am–4 pm May 10, 13, 14; 8 am–6 pm May 15 and 16; and 8 am–3 pm May 17.

UMD Stores will hold its final sale of the year May 13–16 in Kirby Student Center across from the Lower Level Store. Items will be discounted up to 70%. Choose from UMD wear and gifts; office, school, and art supplies; Computer Corner items; food and books. Sale hours are 8 am–4 pm on May 13, 15, 16, and 8 am–6 pm on May 14.

Bag Free has been extended. Due to popularity the Bag Free promotion will continue through May 19. Don't forget reusable bags when shopping at UMD Stores. UMD Stores is also collecting #2 and #4 plastic bags. Look for the collection boxes at the entrances of all UMD Stores. Recycled plastic bags can become park benches, playground equipment, or even backyard decking.

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.

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, was nominated for the University of Minnesota President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award and was recognized at an awards luncheon on April 19. This newly established system-wide award recognizes one faculty or staff member annually for exemplary community-engaged scholarship in his/her field of inquiry. The recipient will have demonstrated a longstanding academic career that embodies the University of Minnesota’s definition of public engagement. Each college on the Twin Cities campus and the campuses of Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester were invited to select one individual to serve as a finalist for the award.

Josh Berlo
has been named athletic director. Berlo comes from the University of Notre Dame where he was senior athletics director for guest relations and event marketing. He began his position on May 1.

Three officers, Mike Brostrom, Chris Shovein, and Jake Willis, from the UMD Police Department successfully completed the weeklong "Active Shooter Threat Instructor Training Program" at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers in Glynco, Ga., and Artesia, N.M., earlier this winter. The program is a certification course aimed at teaching the most up-to-date tactics in law enforcement response to active shooter incidents and qualifying participants to teach those tactics to other law enforcement professionals. The course was taught by personnel from some of the most elite public safety agencies in the United States. UMDPD strives to maintain a state of awareness and preparation regarding the Active Shooter phenomenon in order to make UMD and the Northland a safer place as they impart their knowledge to officers in the department and throughout the region.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush
, professor, Department of Art and Design, will have two photographs in the North of the 45th Parallel Exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, Mich., from June 7– August 4, 2013. Her work was selected by Mason Riddle, visual arts writer and critic based in St. Paul, Minn. The Generative Systems Portable Postcard Exhibitions I (includes Professor Emeritus Leif Brush) and II (includes Brush and DeFilipps Brush) were exhibited in Imaging with Machine Processes: the Generative Art of Sonia Landy Sheridan, curated by Jacob Lillemose, at Transmediale 2013 in Berlin, Germany, in January–February 2013. Transmediale is a Festival that draws out new connections between art, culture and technology.

Jeni Eltink
, director, Kirby Student Center, received an Outstanding Staff Award as part of the 2013 UMD Student Awards. A ceremony was held on April 14.

Hairong Feng
, assistant professor, Department of Communication, recently published an article titled "Understanding Cultural Variations in Giving Advice among Americans and Chinese" in Communication Research, a flagship journal in the field of communication. This paper has also been awarded "top four paper" by the Intercultural Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA). She will present the paper at the annual meeting of ICA in London, England, in June 2013.

Dalibor Froncek
, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a conference talk "Magic Rectangles and Handicap Tournaments" at Forty-fourth Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing in Boca Raton, Fla.

David Gore
, associate professor, Department of Communication, received an Outstanding Faculty Award as part of the 2013 UMD Student Awards. A ceremony was held on April 14.

Mindy Granley
, sustainability coordinator, Department of Facilities Management, recently announced that UMD was featured in the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges.

Thomas Hedin
, Professor Emeritus, Department of Art History, has published an article, "Les premiers jardins de Louis XIV à Versailles: Autour de l' "Amour" de Louis Lerambert," in Versalia: la revue de la Société des Amis de Versailles, vol. 15, 2012, pp. 173-95.

Amy Hietapelto
has been named the dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. She currently serves as dean of the College of Business and Management at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago. She will begin her new role at UMD on July 1.

Rob Hofmann, senior director of development, School of Fine Arts, recently received his recertification from the accrediting organization CFRE International. CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certification is a professional accreditation that requires demonstrated knowledge in all aspects of fundraising, adherence to an industry Code of Ethics, and commitment to ethical fundraising practices by adhering to the Donor Bill of Rights. CFRE International supports and encourages fundraising professionals to aspire to the highest standards of professional competence and ethical practice in serving the philanthropic sector. Hofmann has held this accreditation since 2007 and is among only 5,000 CFRE professionals worldwide.

Chris Julin, instructor, Department of Writing Studies, received an Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award as part of the 2013 UMD Student Awards. A ceremony was held on April 14.

Kjell R. Knudsen, dean, Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE), was a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee that helped to create new standards for AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world's leading business school accreditation agency. These are AACSB’s first changes to the accreditation standards in ten years and will include a greater focus on important topics for business schools and their graduates such as social responsibility, sustainability, distance learning, faculty tenure, financial management, executive education, and building faculty relationships with top private-sector talent. LSBE first received AACSB accreditation in 2000.

Milan Kovacovic, associate professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received an Outstanding Faculty Award as part of the 2013 UMD Student Awards. A ceremony was held on April 14.

Sandi Larson, program coordinator, Center for Economic Development, was recognized by President Kaler as one of 12 recipients of the 2013 President's Award for Outstanding Service. The University of Minnesota President's Award for Outstanding Service is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

Jennifer Liang, associate professor, Department of Biology, served as an education editor for a special issue of Zebrafish, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Liang and Lara Hutson, University at Buffalo (New York) prepared a collection of articles that illustrate the progress made in the zebrafish community in the development and implementation of student-led, inquiry-based active learning curricula. Scientific papers authored by students in grades K-12, as well as articles highlighting innovative curricula and educational tools, a collection of abstracts (many student-led), and an informative report from the recent "Zebrafish in Education" workshops are featured in the special issue.

Cloquet Senior High School student Adrianna Pollak, under the mentorship of Dr. Cynthia Welsh, Cloquet Senior High School, and Liang, characterized the fluorescence emissions patterns of all six GloFish strains while mastering the principles underlying fluorescence microscopy. Pollak, along with other students, presented at the Northeastern Minnesota Regional Science Fair, held at UMD, which was co-sponsored by the UMD Swenson College of Science & Engineering.

Robert Lloyd, associate professor, Department of Psychology, received an Outstanding Faculty Award as part of the 2013 UMD Student Awards. A ceremony was held on April 14.

Michael Mageau, assistant professor, Department of Geography, Urban, Environment and Sustainability, director of the Environment and Sustainability Studies Program, and director of the Center for Sustainable Community Development, is the recipient of the Staff/Faculty Sustainability Inspiration Award. This award is presented to a UMD staff or faculty member (or team/collaboration) who has demonstrated leadership in establishing, promoting, or supporting campus sustainability efforts, and/or advancing sustainability in education on campus. Mageau has worked on a number of community sustainable development projects throughout the region in the past decade, including wind resource development analysis along Minnesota's North Shore and Victus Farms in Silver Bay, Minn. His efforts also provide real-life work experiences to many students each year.

Ron Marchese, professor, College of Liberal Arts, has been lecturing throughout the United States and in Turkey about his award winning book Splendor and Pageantry: Textile Treasures from the Armenian Orthodox Churches of Istanbul, written with M. Breu, Çitlembik Ltd., Istanbul, 2011. He has also been lecturing for the American Institute of Archaeology (AIA). He has been asked to lecture once again in 2013 and 2014 for the Archaeological Institute of America. He has lectured at a number of locations, including museums, and the lectures have drawn substantial audiences.

Marchese's work in Greece at the ancient site of Plataiai, in which numerous UMD students from the Department of Anthropology participated, will appear this summer in, Plataiai: Archäologie und Geschichte einer boiotischen Polis, with A. Konecny and V. Arvanatinos. Vienna, Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut Sonderschriften Band 48, 2013. The book received a substantial award from the Austrian government for its research and clarity of the historical and archaeological text. It has also become the definitive example in geo-archaeological survey in the Balkans out of over 45 sites thus far tested by utilizing this non-intrusive method of research. It is the new standard in geo-archaeology research. He has been lecturing on the results at Plataiai this past year for the AIA.

Marchese also received another Imagine Grant to continue work under the auspices of the Armenian Church and Katholicos in Etchmiadzin, Armenia, this summer and coming year. He previously had a private audience with the Katholilicos Karekin II, head of the Armenian Orthodox Church where he presented the first of two volumes of his work on the Armenians of Constantinople to His Holiness. He lectured at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, the Oriental Institute, as well as two interviews on Armenian national television and in two newspapers. The work has received world wide acclaim. He is also writing a cookbook - one with humor and stories and the use of spices with medicinal properties.

Dan Martin, associate professor, Department of Sociology, is author of the recent book, The Politics of Sorrow: Families, Victims and the Micro-Organization of Youth Homicide, 2013. The book traces the lives of white and African American families in the aftermath of youth homicide, from grief to political mobilization. It is published through Ashgate.

Martin is the co-author of another book also released in 2013. The book Symbols, Selves and Social Reality: A Symbolic Interactionist Approach, has been released in its fourth edition by Oxford University Press and is a collaboration with Kent Sandstrom, Kathryn Lively, and Gary Alan Fine.

Martin's research on protest is being published as part of the edited volume, The Dramaturgy of Social Life, 2013, by Charles Edgley. His chapter is titled, “The Drama of Dissent: Police, Protesters and Political Impression Management.” The work is part of the Interactionist Currents series by Ashgate.

Lori Melton has been named a communication associate in the Office of External Affairs. She has served as communication specialist at Glensheen since 2004.

Elias Mokole, instructor, Department of Music, recently visited Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Kennesaw, Ga., with Danny Frank, seminar coordinator, Office for Students in Transition, as a part of the Strategic Initiative Grant to develop the UMD seminar course. Mokole and Frank met faculty and staff of the Department of First-Year Programs at KSU to learn about their current program and initiatives to include; first-year learning communities, courses in leadership that enhance first-year students’ leadership skills and cultivates their knowledge of leadership theory, and application and coursework that emphasizes strategies for academic success by engaging students in a systematic, intentional approach to inquiry, problem solving, investigation, and discovery. Additional information was shared concerning academic content, instructional design considerations, and the role of assessment and measurement as a means to determine program results. Mokole and Frank learned about the administrative structure of KSU's program to include faculty recruitment, training, supervision, program funding, and salary structure. The objective of the visit to KSU was to benchmark the current programs in place there and how to utilize the information learned to enhance the current program for UMD.

Ryuta Nakajima, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, will be showing his recent works in the following exhibitions.
1. CHOPSHOP at Pier 1218 Madison, Wisc., 60+ Artists Draw A Radio. CHOPSHOP presents its third issue: RADIORADIO. The CHOPSHOP zine is a random mail/email invitation to draw. This issue's topic is the radio. 60+ artists form around the country provided some kind of 7" B&W image of a radio. Installed as an exhibition-hanging in tandem with Dan S. Wang's Madison debut. Silkscreened zine covers are provided by Damon Locks and John Hitchcock, printed by AJ Nordhagen, with centerfold images by Fred Stonehouse. CHOPSHOP is a project instigated by Derrick Buisch, randomly published on xerox machines in Madison, Wisc, since 2007.
2. The Kinsey Institute, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University Bloomington 2013 Juried Show (May 18–July 13)
3. Keitai Mizu (mobile water) Shibuya, Tokyo, June 2–4, is a site specific multimedia collaborative installation project by Larissa Hjorth, Nakajima, Simon Perry, Kate Rohdes, Kate Shaw, Fleur Summers, Masato Takasaka, Toshi Tomita, Yasuko Toyoshima. This project is produced by Spatial Dialogues and the Boat People Association.
4. Drawing II (June 21–July 29), sksk Gallery, Okinawa, Japan.
5. Minneapolis Institute of Art (MAEP) "Umwelt" (July 18–Sept 29).

Angela Nichols, program director, GLBT Services, successfully defended her dissertation titled "An Exploration of Aging Lesbians on the North Shore of Lake Superior." She has met all the requirements, earning the Ed.D. in Teaching & Learning from UMD's Department of Education, and will graduate in May.

Daniel Oluwaseyi Oyinloye, director, African American Student Programs, received an Outstanding Staff Award as part of the 2013 UMD Student Awards. A ceremony was held on April 14. He was also honored by the Saint Paul Foundation with a 2013 Facing Race Ambassador Award on April 29 at an awards ceremony in Saint Paul.

Jill Pinkney Pastrana has been named as the dean of the College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP). She currently serves as chairperson of the Department of Education Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She will begin her new role at UMD on July 1.

Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, gave an invited talk at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, in the Department of Computer and Information Systems on April 19. The title of his presentation was "Measuring Semantic Similarity and Relatedness in the Biomedical Domain : Methods and Applications."

Burke Scarbrough, assistant professor, Department of English, received an Outstanding Academic Advisor Award as part of the 2013 UMD Student Awards. A ceremony was held on April 14.

Olga Lakela Herbarium

David J. Schimpf, associate professor, Department of Biology, and director of the Olga Lakela Herbarium, recently announced that images of selected plant specimens from the herbarium are now online as part of the Global Plants Initiative project. This international collaboration provides high-resolution images and associated materials online for plant science researchers. More specifically, the preserved plants displayed are known as type specimens, which have special importance for scientific plant names. By international rules, each new name proposed in the scientific literature must be tied to at least one designated preserved specimen that is available for examination by other scientists. Type specimens are vital for untangling possible confusion in the botanical literature, and having virtual versions of them greatly expands this availability. The Global Plants Initiative has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Large Lakes Observatory News

Cloquet Senior High School student Angela Moynan and her mentor Dr. Cynthia Welsh, Cloquet Senior High School, received help with their research paper, "The Photodegradation of Ibuprofen and Dissolved Organic Matter in Lake Superior and St. Louis River Water: Phase IV" from UMD. Moynan was given lab space and assistance from Elizabeth Minor, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and scientist Elizabeth Welsh. Moynan, along with other students, presented at the Northeastern Minnesota Regional Science Fair, held at UMD, which was co-sponsored by the UMD Swenson College of Science & Engineering.

Medical School-Duluth News

Lynne Bemis, head, Department of Biomedical Sciences, is the recipient of the ELAM fellowship. The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women is the only in-depth national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry, and public health to effect sustained positive change as institutional leaders. ELAM's intensive one-year fellowship program of executive education, personal leadership assessments and coaching, and networking and mentoring activities supports ELAM fellows as they develop a broader vision of their role within their academic health centers, enhance their leadership effectiveness, understanding of strategic finance, and ability to lead organizational change, and become part of an active resource network of women leaders.

Bemis was appointed by President Kaler to the core search committee for the Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the Medical School. Individuals were selected to ensure broad representation from across the University and externally. She was also appointed to the Strategic Planning Committee. In December, 2012, after the completion of the external review of the Academic Health Center, President Kaler requested the development of a faculty-led strategic plan for the medical school. Dean Aaron Friedman asked Dr. Richard King to chair the strategic planning committee. The completed strategic plan will be submitted by June 30, 2013.

Bemis and Thomas Flaig (University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, 1999), along with Yang X, Su LJ, and Gao D, published their article "miR-125b Regulation of Androgen Receptor Signaling Via Modulation of the Receptor Complex Co-Repressor NCOR2" in Biores Open Access. 2012 Apr;1(2):55-62. doi:10.1089/biores.2012.9903. PMID: 23514806 [PubMed].

Steve Downing, associate professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, gave a presentation titled, "Asymmetrical Symmetry: The Often Unappreciated but Inherent Architectural Beauty in Cell and Tissue Organization."

Goran Hellekant, professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, gave a Taste Symposium presentation titled, “Towards an Understanding of Coding in Human Taste." Hellekant, along with Taruno A, Vingtdeux V, Ohmoto M, Ma Z, Dvoryanchikov G, Li A, Adrien L, Zhao H, Leung S, Abernethy M, Koppel J, Davies P, Civan MM, Chaudhari N, Matsumoto I, Tordoff MG, Marambaud P, Foskett JK, had their article "CALHM1 ion channel mediates purinergic neurotransmission of sweet, bitter and umami tastes" published in Nature. 2013 Mar 14;495(7440):223-6. doi: 10.1038/nature11906. Epub 2013 Mar 6. PMID: 23467090 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Julie Smith, executive office and administrative specialist, Department of Biomedical Sciences, was a 2013 Outstanding Service Award recipient.

Minnesota Sea Grant News

Dee Angradi, program analyst, hosted a rip current/ educational booth at the Duluth YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day on April 20.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave a guest lecture, "Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lakes and Threats to Inland Waters," to an undergraduate honors class, "Our Common Waters: Making Sense of the Great Lakes," co-taught by Deborah Swackhamer, co-director, Water Resources Center, and Dan Philippon, English Department, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, on April 9.

Jensen gave an invited plenary presentation, "Is Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Inevitable: Fact or Fiction?," at the 18th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, Niagara Falls, Ontario, April 22-24. Also at the conference, he gave a presentation, co-authored by Laura Norcutt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, "Go Giddy Over Guidelines for Recreational Activities."

Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist and National Park Service liaison, gave a presentation, "Nab the Aquatic Invader-Young Stewards Prevent the Spread of AIS," co-authored by Jensen, and Robin Goettel, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program.

Kitson, Brent Schleck, coastal storms outreach coordinator, and Hilarie Sorensen, climate change extension educator, attended The Sea Grant Academy in Leesburg, Va., from April 22-27. While there, Schleck and Sorensen, along with a multi-state team of Sea Grant agents, delivered information about coastal hazards to 136 people visiting the Smithsonian's Sant Ocean Hall.

Schleck organized and moderated a panel discussion involving 70 attendees and five experts on port sustainability and resiliency at the American Planning Association National Conference in Chicago, Ill., on April 13.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, discussed the upcoming beach season and the website with the Canal Park Business Association on April 17. Schomberg presented "Stormwater and You" at the Lake Superior Maritime Museum's inaugural Earth Day event on April 22.

Schomberg and Jeff Gunderson, director, showed viewers how to make “fish descenders” to lower deep-dwelling fish back underwater on KBJR in April.

Sorensen and Schomberg spoke with the Minnesota Arrowhead Association about climate change and tourism at their April 11 meeting in Eveleth, Minn. Sorensen delivered climate change-related presentations to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on March 27 and at the Science Institute for Educators on April 2.

The Minnesota Sea Grant Advisory Committee met on April 30 in Duluth, Minn.

Minnesota Sea Grant is in the process of reviewing 15 proposals that were submitted in response to the program’s biennial request for proposals.

Minnesota Sea Grant staff co-hosted a HabitattitudeTM booth during the 2013 Arrowhead Home and Builders Show, Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, Duluth, Minn., April 3-7, 2013. Representatives from the UMD Environmental Science Club and elsewhere talked to over 700 visitors about preventing aquatic pets and plants from escaping into the environment.

Minnesota Sea Grant is partnering with KUMD to produce 10 new episodes of "The Sea Grant Files." Listen to 103.3 FM on Thursdays at 8:15 am or via KUMD online.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Valerie Brady, research associate, gave an invited seminar titled "Using Benthic Macroinvertabrates to Diagnose Stream Impairment due to Excessive Fine Sediments" at the Twin Ports Freshwater Folk seminar series on April 3. She also gave an invited presentation titled “The Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program: Assessing high-variability ecosystems” at the U.S. EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division Laboratory in Duluth on April 24.

An article published in October 2008 by NRRI staff is listed as the number one (of 20) most cited articles in its topic area by BioMedLib Journal. The article is titled "Mineralogical and microscopic evaluation of coarse taconite tailings from Minnesota taconite operations" authored by Larry Zanko, senior research fellow, Julie Oreskovich, scientist, and Harlan P. Niles, former NRRI coordinator, was published in the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.

Pharmacy Department News

Grant Anderson, associate professor, was appointed department head for Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PPPS) effective April 15, 2013. Anderson joined the College of Pharmacy, Duluth, in 2003 as one of its original eight faculty members. He currently serves as the director of graduate studies for PPPS and as co-chair of the Curriculum Revision Steering Committee.

Keri Hager, assistant professor, attended a Primary Care Faculty Development Initiative (PCFDI) Train-the-Trainer meeting held April 17-20, 2013, in Chicago, Ill., where she represented pharmacy on a University of Minnesota team with one nursing faculty and nine physician faculty. This national initiative seeks to help fill the gap in faculty competencies through an ambitious training and development program to prepare faculty to practice in the new model (Patient-Centered Medical Home), develop innovative educational methods to train residents to practice in this new model, and become leaders in studying and disseminating these new methods. More than anything, this initiative is about developing primary care faculty to be the change agents needed to prepare residents for a new model of care.

L. Palombi, adjunct professor, M. Kading, graduate school fellow, and Hager published "Define or be defined: Duluth Area Pharmacists engage in modernization of the Pharmacy Practice Act" in Minnesota Pharmacist 2013 Mar-Apr:23.

Sarah Schweiss, assistant professor, and colleagues presented "Diabetes Mellitus Type 2: Overview & Application of Clinical Pearls" at the April 16, 2013, meeting of Duluth Area Pharmacists.

Duluth Pharmacy students Abby Steele and Bill Vouk and Medical School Duluth colleagues were featured in an April 17, 2013, segment on FOX 21 News titled "Students Bring 'HOPE' to Duluth." It highlighted their work at the Health of People Everywhere (HOPE) clinic, a student run clinic located in the CHUM center in downtown Duluth.

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