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On May 10, 2013, the Board of Regents approved the following individuals for promotion to full professor:
Thomas Hrabik, Department of Biology
Keith Lodge, Department of Chemical Engineering
Elizabeth Minor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Maureen Tobin Stanley, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

The Board of Regents also approved the following individuals for promotion to associate professor with indefinite tenure:
Jing Bai, Department of Electrical Engineering
Steven Bardolph, Department of Art and Design
Lynn Brice, Department of Education
Evelyn Campbell, Department of Social Work
Carlos Carranza-Torres, Department of Civil Engineering
Hongyi Chen, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Dana Collins, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Rebecca de Souza, Department of Communication
Jill Doerfler, Department of American Indian Studies
Qiang Fang, Department of History
Hairong Feng, Department of Communication
Dan Glisczinski, Department of Education
Karen Gran, Department of Geological Sciences
John Hatcher, Department of Writing Studies
Kristen Hylenski, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Grace Kang, Department of Accounting
Jill Klingner, Department of Finance & Management Information Sciences
Beth Koch, Department of Art and Design
Eugene Koshinski, Department of Music
Xin Liang, Department of Management Studies
Geraldine Nierengarten, Department of Education
Junhua Wang, Department of Finance & Management Information Sciences
Mark Zmudy, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation


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 information about a new Learning Commons, a new Mathematics Learning lab, and the search for 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. May articles included information about inaccessible websites and discrimination. For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk, 218-726-8847.


KUMD is giving away tickets to local summer concerts. Listen for a chance to register and win tickets to summer concerts every day, during the Fitger's Brewhouse Summer Daze Concert Craze on 103.3 KUMD. KUMD will announce when the phone lines are open for registration. Listeners who make the call are automatically in the drawing held every Friday at noon.

Giveaways include tickets to the following Duluth shows and more:
Bob Dylan / Wilco / My Morning Jacket: July 9
Trampled by Turtles and Atmosphere: June 29
Twin Ports Bridge Festival: July 6
Bayfront Reggae Festival: July 20

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., June 12, 8 am: Duluth's Manager of Parks and Recreation Kathy Bergen will discuss the $2 million in unexpected funds the Legislature has approved to restore Duluth's city trails.

Thurs., June 13, 8 am: Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity Director Daryl Yankee will talk about ReStore, a place that accepts donations of new and slightly used building materials.

Fri., June 14, 8 am: Tune in to hear Marshall School's Technology Director Tony Lockhart discuss plans to bring more resources to the school.

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., June 12: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a new musical written by John Mellencamp, Stephen King, and T Bone Burnett, and the soundtrack is out now.

Thurs., June 13: José James masterfully fuses hip-hop and jazz on his latest release, No Beginning No End.

Fri., June14: Scottish singer-songwriter K.T. Tunstall has a heartfelt new record called Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon.

Podcasts: Many favorite KUMD programs are available as podcasts at KUMD’s website. Sign up to hear Larry Weber’s Backyard Almanac, Radio Gallery, interviews from the Local, Alworth International lectures, and more. Find it all on the Podcasts page.


Receive a free stamp with the purchase of a Father's Day card through June 16, UMD Stores Street Level.

All UMD Stores locations will close for inventory at 3 pm on Thurs., June 27 and will continue to be closed all day Fri., June 28. Regular summer hours will resume on Sat., June 29.

UMD Market Day in the Plaza happens every Wednesday through Sept. 25, from 1:30-4:30 pm. Enjoy the farmer's market, live music, and local art on Kirby Plaza in front of UMD Stores. In case of rain, the event will be held inside Kirby Plaza Bus Hub. UMD Stores will have specials inside the store during the Market, including half-off fountain pop and hot beverages from the self-serve area. Visit the UMD Market Day website for more information and a list of music performers.

Bring a bag or backpack or purchase a reusable bag at UMD Stores. Don’t take a plastic bag and get a wooden nickel to drop in the charity bin to support three local charities. These charities benefit from this conscious effort to go green at UMD Stores. (Purchases must be "baggable" merchandise to earn wooden nickels for charity.)

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 and Iron Range. 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

David Bowen, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, had his work tele-present water featured in The Last Wave, a group exhibition exploring surf and skate culture in contemporary art practice, curated by Richard Leydier at la Friche Belle de Mai (Beautiful Wasteland), Marseille, France. His work fly tweet was included in The Digital Now: Drones / Birds and Princes of Ubiquity, a group exhibition at Tower's Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. His work tele-present wind is included in Wie eine zweite Natur (Like a Second Nature), a group exhibition at Automobil Forum Unter den Linden, Ars Electronica, Berlin, Germany, through July 28. This piece is a collaboration with the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab at UMD.

Monica Bruning has been named the associate vice chancellor for Enrollment and Institutional Effectiveness. She will lead the areas of Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Students in Transition, Assessment/HLC, Strategic Enrollment Management, and Institutional Research. She currently serves as senior research associate and faculty member at Iowa State and has led a collaborative multi-million dollar National Science Foundation longitudinal study to broaden STEM participation at Des Moines Area Community College. She will begin her new role at UMD on July 24.

Timothy Caskey has been named the director of Human Resources & Equal Opportunity. He has worked with Saint Paul Public Schools for the last three years as the executive director for Human Resources/Labor Relations. As a member of the superintendent's cabinet, he initiated changes to address issues related to racial equity and achievement gaps. He began his new duties on June 10.

Kevin Claus, general construction and maintenance, Department of Facilities Management, accepted the Duluth Preservation Alliance Award on behalf of UMD for the Lester River Fish Hatchery's exterior restoration project. He acted as the construction supervisor and lead staff member on the project. The structure, built between 1885–1887 and located at 60th Ave. E. and London Road, underwent a major restoration over the course of 24 months. Highlights of the work included installing a new shingled roof, replacing wood gutters using reclaimed cedar, rebuilding front and rear entrances, and scraping and painting the entire building. In addition, Claus and his crew relandscaped the grounds, added French drains and installed new lighting on the site.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a Pi Day lecture "Scheduling a Tournament" at Juniata College, Pa.

Daniel Hartman has been named the interim director of Glensheen Historic Estate. He previously served as program director and curator of the Veteran's Memorial Hall. He is a city councilor for the City of Duluth. He began his new role at Glensheen on May 13.

John Hiller, professor, and Sophia Chabysheva, research fellow, both of the Department of Physics, participated in the American Physical Society's April meeting in Denver, Colo., April 13-15 and the International Conference Lightcone 2013 in Skiathos, Greece, May 22-24. Hiller spoke on "Light-front holography and the light-front coupled-cluster method" and Chabysheva spoke on "Scalar theories and symmetry breaking in the light-front coupled-cluster method."

Elias Mokole, instructor, Department of Music, went to France as a part of the UMD Seed Grants: Strategic Initiative with Dana Lindaman, assistant professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. They had the honor of visiting with poet Daniel Schmitt in Cannes, France, while researching Schmitt’s work and contribution to the Jardins de Paris composition of Marc Berthomieu. Mokole also spent time in Paris conducting further research into the history of the parks and their connections with the composition. He also visited colleagues in Bordeaux, France, and Munich, Germany, in connection with future education and film projects related to his research at UMD. He now begins rehearsals for Evita, at the Duluth Playhouse, where he will star as Juan Peron. Evita opens July 18.

Ryuta Nakajima, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, was invited to participate in NHK's (Nippon Hoso Kyokai - Japan Broadcasting Corporation) documentary film investigating the mystery of recently filmed giant squid. This new documentary is directed by Yasuhiro Koyama who filmed giant squid in its natural habitat for the first time. The film will be broadcast in July 2013. One of Nakajima's recent drawings was selected to be included in the official booklet of a special exhibition "Deep Sea” at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo. This exhibition is co-produced by National Museum of Nature and Science, JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Yomiuri newspaper and NHK. The drawing was selected by Dr. Kats Fujikura, principal scientist at JAMSTEC. Nakajima was invited to Faculty of Fisheries Science, Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences, School of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, to present his ongoing work on cephalopod behavior. He will also be working as a visiting researcher at the University of the Ryukyus Cephalopod Laboratory, Okinawa, Japan, from July–August. He will be conducting various experiments at the lab as well as gathering field data.

Matt Rosendahl has been named the director of the UMD Library. He currently serves as director of learning resources at WITC (Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College). He served as the director of two libraries prior to joining WITC in 2009. He will begin his new role at UMD on June 24.

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, will show her new textile work at the Gallery Nord, San Antonio, Tex., through July 6, 2013. This exhibition is sponsored by the Surface Design Association. She received McKnight/ACHF (Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund)/ARAC (Arrowhead Regional Arts Council) career development grants for her artist residency.

Stanley Wold, professor of music and director of choral activities, Department of Music, is the recipient of this year’s Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC) Maddie Simons Advocate Award. In their statement, ARAC said, “Wold has been an active and vigorous advocate for music in the lives of people of all ages from the moment he arrived in Duluth. During his more than 23 years in this community, he has taught at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, served as chorus master of the Duluth-Superior Orchestra between 1991-1999, served as artistic director and conductor of the Arrowhead Chorale since 1990, has worked with children and teens in schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin, individuals and choirs at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Duluth, as well as singers and young pianists through lessons, contests, concerts, and workshops.” They concluded their statement, “Through his many years of conducting and performing music, he has made extraordinary choral music accessible to people throughout the Arrowhead Region, the state, and around the world.”

Special Recognition

Center for Economic Development
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently recognized the Northeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC), part of UMD’s Center for Economic Development (CED), for its extraordinary contributions made in the delivery of IRS products, services, and education to small business/self-employed customers. The IRS selected the Northeast Minnesota SBDC for an “Excellence in Partnering” award, given in recognition of the SBDC’s partnership with the IRS, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, to educate and serve America’s taxpayers.

“The Internal Revenue Service is honored to recognize your team for their hard work and dedication to America’s taxpayers, and we thank you for choosing to be an integral part of our outreach effort,” wrote Karen Brehmer, IRS stakeholder liaison, in a letter to UMD CED Director Elaine Hansen. “Because of loyal partners like you, millions of taxpayers have the IRS information they need to meet their tax responsibilities.” CED is a joint program of the UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics, the Natural Resources Research Institute, and the Swenson College of Science and Engineering. CED provides technical assistance to individuals who have an interest in starting or expanding a business in Northeastern Minnesota.

Office of Civic Engagement
The Office of Civic Engagement announced that UMD was named to the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering and service. According to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report, in 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country, a contribution valued at $2.5 billion. Each year, at least 2,000 UMD students contribute more than 30,000 hours of service to the community.

CNCS has administered the award since 2006 to honor the thousands of college students who supported relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. CNCS manages the National Honor Roll program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

Large Lakes Observatory News

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Minnesota Sea Grant News

Minnesota Sea Grant distributed the latest issue of its newsletter, The Seiche, in May. Featured articles are:
· Let Em Down Easy: Returning a Fish to Deep Water
· Publication Trifecta Examines Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Fish
· Fish Parasites
· Getting Graphic: Invasive Species vs. Student Designers

Minnesota Sea Grant partnered with KUMD to produce new episodes of "The Sea Grant Files." Listen to 103.3 FM on Thursdays at 8:15 am or online at:
· Look What the Wind Blew In (5:00)
· A Few Words About Superior's Sea Lamprey (5:02)
· Lake Superior Plankton News (5:54)
· Parasites of Freshwater Fish (3:55)
· Toxaphene: A Lake Superior Pollutant (4:55)
· Cold Water and Hypothermia (4:35)
· Lake Superior Facts (3:11)

Minnesota Sea Grant participated in the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the Regional Stormwater Protection Team’s rain barrel and composter truckload sale held in Duluth, Minn., on May 18.

Minnesota Sea Grant staff spoke with 1,400 6th-graders from Duluth-Superior area schools during River Quest, May 13-16. The MNSG Get Habitattitude station was one of 16. Students traveled through these educational stations aboard the Vista Star and in South Pioneer Hall at the DECC, which provided hands-on learning about the industrial, environmental, commercial and recreational activities on the Duluth-Superior Harbor.

Valerie Brady, research coordinator, presented information about her ongoing Great Lakes wetlands research at the 2013 Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting in Duluth, Minn., from June 2-6.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, participated in the spring meeting of the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, Duluth, Minn., May 7-8. As at-large member and chair of the Information and Education (I&E) Committee, he led planning activities to coordinate aquatic invasive species outreach by the Panel and its members. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! and Habitattitude displays were featured during the meeting.

Jensen presented Stop Aquatic Invasives Spread in Our Neck of the Woods at a Duluth Noon Optimist Club Meeting, Duluth, Minn., May 28, 2013.

Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist and national park service liaison, and Cristina Villella, stormwater management assistant with Minnesota Green Corps, participated in the Lake Superior Zoo Earth Tracks event on May 17, respectively discussing watershed and stormwater management, and invasive species with the 571 youth and 125 adults in attendance.

Kitson led an AIS Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Training for The 1854 Treaty Authority, Duluth, Minn., May 22.

Brent Schleck, coastal storms outreach coordinator, co-chaired a session about coastal storms and risk at the International Association of Great Lakes Research, West Lafayette, Ind., June 2–7.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, showed viewers how to install rain barrels to collect runoff on KBJR in April.

Schomberg and Villella presented The Lake Superior Game at Lake County SWCD’s Natural Resources Field Day at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Nearly 200 middle schoolers participated in the event, which focused on natural resource conservation and stewardship concepts and practices (May 16 and 23).

Hilarie Sorensen
, climate change extension educator, and Schomberg organized and facilitated a meeting in Grand Marais, Minn., on May 23. The guest speaker, Stephen Handler with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the U.S. Forest Service's Northern Research Station, presented Climate Change Impacts on Northern Forest Ecosystems.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

A project that started eight years ago with a generous donation from the late philanthropist Ron Weber was recognized as the 2013 Partnership of the Year by Environmental Initiative on May 23. The Weber Stream Restoration Initiative, managed by UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute, was one of 15 finalists from across Minnesota. The Weber Stream Restoration Initiative is a collaborative effort among local governments, agencies, citizen groups, and University of Minnesota scientists and educators. Together they work to restore and protect the integrity of Lake Superior’s tributaries by identifying critical areas, implementing restoration activities, and critically evaluating projects to inform future restorations. Over $2.5 million in grants and in-kind matches have been raised leading to two major restoration projects in 2009 and a suite of other projects still in progress. Key partners in the restoration efforts were the City of Duluth and the South St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Other partners include Minnesota Sea Grant, UMD Geological Sciences, Facilities Management and Office of Sustainability, and the Boulder Lake Environmental Center. The Environmental Initiative organization works to build partnerships that address complex environmental problems. The annual awards ceremony honors innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership.

Lucinda Johnson, senior research associate, received the Society for Freshwater Science Distinguished Service Award for 2013. She was recognized for her contributions as president of the society in 2010-11 during which she administered progressive changes including changing the name from the North American Bethological Society (NABS). Also highlighted were her years of service as secretary and on various committees, as well as her efforts to coordinate a 4-society joint meeting in 2014 and active student mentoring.

Pharmacy Department News

Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor, attended the 2013 Annual Meeting of the College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) held April 21-24, in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he: (1) led a roundtable on “Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse and Pain: The Role of the Pharmacist” (Schneiderhan M, Stock C, DiPaula B, Guthrie S), and (2) gave a platform presentation titled “Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Cessation.”

Schneiderhan presented “Managing the Safety and Effectiveness of Medications for Behavioral Dyscontrol” at the 2013 ARRM Annual Conference 'Building Bridges' on May 15, in Duluth, Minn. Two "Local View" editorials by Schneiderhan on the subject of synthetic drugs were published by the Duluth News-Tribune on June 1:
(1) Demystify synthetic demons by focusing on effects, not chemicals
(2) Be specific; don't call them just 'synthetics'

Randy Seifert, senior associate dean, has been named president-elect of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) and Keri Hager, assistant professor, has been re-elected as board member-at-large for a two-year term.

Mike Swanoski, assistant professor, passed the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) exam which extends his CGP credentials an additional five years. CGPs, as defined by the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge, education, experience, and skills beyond the requirements for licensure in pharmacotherapy for seniors.

K. L. Huot, M. N. Lutfiyya, M. F. Akers, M. L. Amaro, Swanoski, and S. K. Schweiss, assistant professor, published "A population-based cross-sectional study of health service deficits among U.S. adults with depressive symptoms" in BMC Health Serv Res 2013 May 1;13:160.

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