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Updates about Academic Affairs are posted on the Academic Affairs homepage. Items currently listed on the page include the move by Supportive Services to the Library and the search for the dean of SCSE. Past postings are listed in the archive section. Questions may be directed to the office of the vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.


Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information about events via the easy-to-use Bulldog Update form. 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.


The Bush Foundation has partnered with the Minnesota Council on Foundations to launch a new fellowship program which aims to increase the number of people from under-represented communities holding leadership positions in philanthropy. The MCF Philanthropy Fellowship will prepare high-potential leaders for careers in philanthropy. Fellows will be employed by the Minnesota Council on Foundations and placed in three-year appointments at the Bush Foundation to work either with the Community Innovation or Education team. Fellows will gain valuable work experience while infusing new energy and viewpoints into the Foundation's work. They will also receive significant professional development and networking opportunities.

Three Fellows will be selected through an application process closes at noon on Nov. 13, 2013. Fellows should have at least five years professional experience and come from a community that is currently under-represented in philanthropic leadership. The immediate focus will be on increasing racial diversity. Visit for more information and to learn how to apply.


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.

Administration News


2014 ITSS Data Center Maintenance January 4–5
ITSS is planning a data center outage at UMD on January 4 and 5, to coincide with the outage already announced by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) for the Twin Cities Campus. The outage will begin at 6 am on Sat., Jan. 4, with restoration beginning at 6 am on Sun., Jan. 5, 2014. All services are expected to be restored by noon on Sunday.

ITSS planned their UMD outage at the same time as the UMTC outage in order to minimize disruption. Many enterprise services will already be unavailable during this time frame. They will be performing similar maintenance, testing, and repairs to their infrastructure. This outage will impact their network as well as applications running on campus servers.

ITSS is preparing a complete list of affected services, which they will share as soon as it is available. They are providing this early warning in case any events that individuals are planning may be impacted. ITSS will provide further updates on the ITSS web site, the ITSS newsletter, and the UMD TechCenter Facebook site. Questions and concerns may be directed to ITSS Systems Manager, Kevin Wu.

ITSS Newsletter
The next ITSS newsletter will come out on or about Nov. 6. Archived ITSS news articles are available online. For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk, 218-726-8847.


KUMD 103.3 FM is offering a chance to catch the new program, Chester Chats, featuring three speakers on one topic, recorded live at Glensheen. Inspired by Chester Congdon’s dedication to public service, this new series will air the last Monday of each month.

October's episode offered details of Chester Congdon’s voting record from his time in the legislature and a reminder from Minnesota Senator Roger Reinhart of how the constitutional line “life, liberty and public happiness” was edited down because it is implicit. Listen to past chats on the Audio Archives web page.

Live from Studio A offers interviews and performances. This month's guests include:

Fri., Nov. 15, noon: Freedy Johnston: Tune in for a session with Kansas singer/songwriter Freedy Johnston. He will also be playing at the Redstar in Duluth later that night.

Fri. Nov. 15, 1 pm: Ben Cook-Feltz: Listen to a live session with Twin Cities based piano-inspired singer/songwriter, Ben Cook-Feltz. He will be playing at Amazing Grace the same night.

Fri. Nov. 15, 2 pm: The Peace Life: Tune in and listen to a live session with this Twin Cities based folk band. They'll be playing at Carmody Irish Pub later that night.

See more upcoming Live from Studio A sessions on the Arts page of the KUMD website. Listen to past sessions on the Audio Archives page.


The latest issue of the Library Connection newsletter is now available online. The dedication ceremony as the Kathryn A. Martin Library and the Learning Commons grand opening are among the articles featured. Archived issues may also be viewed.


UMD Stores is holding a Sidewalk Sale Nov. 13 & 14 from 8 am– 4 pm in Kirby Student Center (across from the Lower Level Store), and Nov. 15 & 18–19 from 8 am–4 pm in the Lower Level Store. UMD Stores will also hold its annual Fall Food Drive Nov. 13–22. Anyone who donates a non-perishable food item will receive a coupon for UMD Stores merchandise.

The annual UMD Stores Thanksgiving Weekend Sale will be held in the Street Level Store Nov. 29–Dec. 1 from 11 am–5 pm.

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.

Shop UMD Stores. Get Rewards. Every dollar spent at UMD Stores equals one point. Hit 1,000 points and earn a $10 UMD Stores Gift Card. Sign up for UMD Stores Rewards and receive 100 points just for signing up.

For store hours, weekly sales, events, and merchandise, visit the UMD Stores website. UMD Stores is also on facebook and Twitter

Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

David Bowen, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, has his newest work cloud tweets and his work tele-present wind featured through November in chroniques de mondes possibles (chronicles of possible worlds), a group exhibition at the Foundation Vasarley, Aix-en-Provence, France. In November, cloud tweets will be included in My Brain is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process at the Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Also in November, he will give a visiting artist lecture in the Art and Technology Studies program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Six members of the UMD Department of Philosophy gave presentations at the Minnesota Philosophical Society's annual meeting at the University of St. Thomas in October: Eve Browning, professor, "Xenophon's Socrates and the Usefulness of Philosophy"; David Cole, associate professor, "Thoughts for Tots: Concepts, Cognition and Consciousness in infants and animals"; Brett Coppenger, assistant professor, "Descartes, the Atheist Geometer, and Knowledge"; Shane Courtland, assistant professor, "Lockean Absolutism"; Jason Ford, associate professor, "Can Jackson's Description Semantics Solve these 5 Puzzles?"; and Robert Schroer, assistant professor, "An Ontology of Powers and Laws that Lie."

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, served as a panelist for photography fellowships for the Minnesota State Arts Board in St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 31–Nov. 1.

Jill Doerfler, associate professor, Department of American Indian Studies, gave an invited presentation, "'Making ourselves whole with words': Constitutional Reform Among the White Earth Anishinaabeg, 2007-present" at Nd'nakweshkodaadimin: A Gathering of Anishinaabe Scholars hosted by the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at the Michigan State College of Law in October.

Douglas Dunham
, professor, Department of Computer Science, attended three conferences in July, August, and September, giving talks at each one. The first paper, "Escher Patterns on Triply Periodic Polyhedra," was presented at the Bridges 2013 Conference, Enschede, Netherlands, in July, and appears in the conference proceedings. View the draft. Two geometric models, "The {3,8} Polyhedron with Butterflies," and "The {6,6|3} Polyhedron with Angular Fish," and one 2D print "Butterfly Pattern 8-3" were shown at the conference art exhibit. The second paper, "Symmetric Fish Patterns on Regular Periodic Polyhedra" was presented at "Symmetry Festival 2013", Delft, Netherlands, in August. The paper has been published in the journal "Symmetry: Culture and Science", Vol. 24, Nos. 1--4, pp. 205--214. View the draft. The third talk, "Angels and Devils on Triply Periodic Polyhedra," was presented at the Second ESMA (European Society for Mathematics and Art) Conference, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, in September. He also had three three-patterned polyhedra: "A {4,5} Polyhedron with Angles and Devils," "The {6,6|3} Polyhedron with Angular Fish," "The {3,8} Polyhedron with Fish," and three pictures of other patterned polyhedra selected to be displayed at the conference art exhibit.

Jason Ford, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, recently gave the following presentations at UMD: “So You’ve Been Bitten By A Zombie. What Should You Do?” at the third annual Zombie Fest, “Critical Thinking Online” for the Community of Internet Practice, and “Panpsychism’s Quantum Burden" for an Alworth Institute for International Studies Brown Bag Lecture.

Bryan French
, associate administrator, Department of Sustainability, and Josh Buck, area director, Department of Housing and Residence Life, are co-leading 'The GreenHouse' this semester, which is a living/learning community of new freshman. The GreenHouse is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, the Office of Students in Transition, and Housing and Residence Life. French also presented the poster Edible Campus Gardens: Evolution of a Campus Living and Learning Laboratory at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 2013 Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Dalibor Froncek
, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk "1-swappable graphs" at the 27th Midwest Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography and Computing at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Tex.

Mindy Granley, coordinator, Department of Sustainability, presented on a panel about Building Resilient Communities Through University-Community Partnerships and co-presented the poster SELFsustain: A Case Study of Leadership and Engagement at University of Minnesota at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 2013 Conference in Nashville, Tenn. She was recently nominated to the board of the northeast Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Team.

John Hiller, professor, and Sophia Chabysheva, assistant professor and research fellow, both of the Department of Physics, recently published "Light-front analysis of the Casimir effect" in volume 88 of Physical Review D.

Susan Hudec, museum educator, Tweed Museum of Art, was recently selected as the Art Educators of Minnesota Museum Division Art Educator of the Year for 2013.

Tadd Johnson, professor, Department of American Indian Studies, presented on Tribal Indian law and history at the first Government to Government Tribal State training. The two-day training, held in October, was offered through UMD Continuing Education and American Indian Studies Department. It was hosted by the Prairie Island Indian Community. More than 60 state agency and tribal leaders attended the 15-hour training, which included presentations from tribal leaders and state agency liaisons. This training grew out of the need for increased understanding of sovereignty and the unique relationship between Tribal, State and Federal Governments.

Susan Meyers, graphic/multimedia communication associate, UMD Print Services, organized the 5th annual art show, Progression, which was on display in the UMD Multicultural Center in October. The exhibit featured the works of survivors of violence. Meyers is the director of the North Central Windows Program (NCWP) which leads weekly art enrichment workshops at UMD. The workshops are open to students, faculty, and staff. In fall 2012 and spring 2013, NCWP received UMD diversity grants.

Ed Minnema, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, was the facilitator at the first Government to Government Tribal State training. The two-day session, held in October, was offered through UMD Continuing Education and American Indian Studies Department.

Angie Nichols, director, GLBT Services, presented an Institute called "Gen Silent: In the Age of LGBT Elder Care" at the St. Louis County Health and Human Services Conference in October.

Special Recognition

Faculty in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) recently took part in an ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Modified 2-Day Oral Proficiency Interview Workshop on improved techniques in oral proficiency interviews (OPIs). At UMD, and most other universities, some form of cumulative oral proficiency exam is required for all foreign language majors prior to graduation as a way to ensure that key grammar and vocabulary points have been met. All FLL faculty are involved when it comes to assessing oral proficiency, and though such exams have been a long-standing graduation requirement for foreign language majors at UMD, techniques in interviewing and assessing students are constantly being improved upon. These new innovations shed light on the process of language learning and help UMD language faculty better serve students—not only on the oral proficiency assessments they take, but also in the language instruction they receive. FLL’s Assessment Liaison, Andrew Snustad, secured a professional development grant from CASL (Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language) to bring ACTFL trainer Martina Lindeth in to teach the workshop. Over the course of two days, FLL faculty from various language units learned and tested their new skills. There was even a chance to perform some mock-OPIs with student volunteers from UMD's Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

The Sustainability Department recently announced that since July, electronic vehicles (EVs) have charged a total of 85 hours and 24 minutes at UMD. The number of unique times a vehicles has plugged in was 47, with an average duration of 1 hour and 49 minutes. A free EV charging station is located in the metered spaces along University Drive, just outside of Lot B. UMD Parking and Facilities Management partnered to install the station last spring, which was provided to UMD at no cost through a grant from ChargePoint. EVs are more energy-efficient than traditional vehicles, emit no tailpipe pollutants, and may help reduce oil dependence in the future.

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Medical School-Duluth News

The Brain Barriers Research Center and University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Duluth was host to the Mini-Symposium: Neurovascular Unit/Blood-Brain Barrier in October. This first time event drew greater attendance than anticipated and included international research partners from UM and Mayo Clinic.

Minnesota Sea Grant News

Jeff Gunderson, director, and Sharon Moen, communications coordinator, attended the Sea Grant Assembly meeting in Mobile, Ala., in October. Moen presented information about Sea Grant's communication network and marketing/public relations efforts.

Cynthia Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, presented a seminar in WRS 8100 (Interdisciplinary Seminar in Water Resources) in October. Her presentation was titled, "Taking Science to the People: A Horse of a Different Color."

Hagley gave a guest lecture in October for Biology 5870 (Wetland Ecology) about Plant Adaptations to Wetland Conditions.

Douglas Jensen, AIS program coordinator, supported Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) outreach at the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit World Championship Fishing Tournament, October 16–19, in Escanaba, Mich. Minnesota Sea Grant, part of a Great Lakes Sea Grant Network initiative, is partnering with the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, The Walleye Federation, Future Fishing Foundation, The Bass Federation, National Professional Anglers Association, Wildlife Forever, and others to educate professional anglers and operators about how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Some of Minnesota Sea Grant's partners helped them support the event by staffing the SAH! booth and performing boat washing. Read recent press on the success of the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Program and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Minnesota Sea Grant hosted 45 new Sea Grant educators from across the country from Oct 7–12 for a week of training. Minnesota Sea Grant's newer staff members, Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist and national park service liaison; Hilarie Sorensen, climate change extension educator; and Brent Schleck, coastal storms outreach coordinator, attended the week-long training. Schomberg organized field trips to various local sites, Hagley provided a facilitation training, Moen organized a media training and presented her work on an Athelstan Spilhaus biography, Gunderson assisted with a grant writing training session, Sorensen co-led a social science training, and Jensen presented results from his long-term work on aquatic invasive species outreach.

Schleck presented to state government officials from all eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Regional Coastal Zone Management Program meeting near Cleveland, Ohio, in October. The presentations covered the NOAA Coastal Storms Program, upcoming funding opportunities, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects, and current partnerships.

Sorensen, climate change extension educator, and Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, hosted Robert Richardson from Michigan State University in September. Richardson gave presentations at Spirit Mountain and Grand Marais to tourism and recreation stakeholders about climate change impacts on tourism and implications for the Great Lakes Region.

Sorensen gave a presentation for the City of Superior's webinar series about climate change in the Great Lakes Region.

Minnesota Sea Grant partnered with Wisconsin Sea Grant on the successful Lake Superior Fish Classic. The event was attended by almost 300 people who enjoyed the professional chef's prepared dishes using Lake Superior whitefish and lake herring (cisco). Tickets were sold out for this October event.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Alexey Kacharov, research associate; Sergiy Yemets, research associate; Victor Nemykin, professor, UMD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: Liliya Kacharova, research associate; Andrey Fokin, Kiev Polytechnic Institute; and Pavel Krasutsky, program director, published "Stereoselectivity of A-ring contraction for 3-oxotriterpenoids" in the journal RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) Advances, V. 3, 2013.

Ryan Hueffmeier, junior scientist, gave a Great Lakes Worm Watch “Train-the-Trainer” workshop for the Minnesota DNR. He was also interviewed in the German science magazine Bild der Wissenschaft (The Picture of Science), October 2013, for an article titled "Invasion der Wurmer" ("The Worm Invasion").

Yemets, Tatyana Shubina, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and Krasutsky published "Electrophilic monoiodination of terminal alkenest" in the journal Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, V. 11, 2013.

Pharmacy Department News

The College of Pharmacy, Duluth, celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 4, 2013, at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. The milestone was covered in the October 3, 2013, edition of the Duluth News Tribune.

Karen Bastianelli, assistant professor; M. Millonig; and W. Tindall, published "Contributions of experiences on an international theme. Chain community pharmacy in the United States: Alive and well in a changing marketplace" in: The efficiency in pharmacy: The new network: Experiences and perspectives. Pacenti JC, Colbertaldo F, Mancini P, editors. Tecniche Nuove; 2013. ISBN 978-88-481-2878-0 [Italian].

E. Ambizas, Bastianelli, S. Ferreri, S. Haines, K. Orr, M. Stutz, J. VanAmburgh, and M. Wilhelm, published "Self care education: Past, present, and future opportunities" in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2013 Aug;4335R1.

L. Palombi, Bastianelli, Tim Stratton, professor, and M. Bumgardner, published "Point of care testing by pharmacists: Serving, learning and advancing the profession through the WIN program" in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2013 Aug;13-122.R1.

Keri Hager, assistant professor, Gardner Lepp, education specialist, and Don Uden presented "Connecting the Dots Using Learner-Centered Instruction" at the Academy of Distinguished Teachers Conference held in October in Minneapolis.

Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, will serve on the 2013-14 selection committee for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rufus A. Lyman Award, which is presented annually to the author(s) of the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

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