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Nominations are being accepted for the President's Award for Outstanding Service. This award, established in 1997, recognizes faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the University. This award is presented each year in the spring. It honors active or retired faculty or staff who have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community. Nominations for this award are due by March 7. For a complete description of the award and nomination requirements go to: For more information, contact Vickie Courtney at or 612-625-4805.


Nominations are being accepted for the University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award. This annual, system wide award recognizes one faculty member or one academic professional and administrative employee for exemplary community-engaged scholarship in his or her field of inquiry. The recipient receives a one-time award of $15,000. Nomination materials are due to Kim Riordan, associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs by March 14.  committee of UMD faculty and P & A staff will select the candidate to move on to compete for the system-wide award. Visit the U of M Public Engagement website for guidelines and forms.


Updates about Academic Affairs are posted on the Academic Affairs homepage. Items currently listed on the page include the NRRI director search and the dean of SCSE search. 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.


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


Watch Out for Scams
As the semester starts, faculty, staff, and students are reminded to be watchful for scams.  Phishing scams come through email and attempt to convince the recipient to give up private information that can be used in identity theft.  It's time to amp up suspicion levels when processing email.  Some of these messages can even be made to look somewhat legitimate, but delving into them a bit more deeply, one can often tell that they are scams.

The article "How to Tell If an Email is a Phishing Scam" gives some good tips.  The University of Minnesota offers "Phishing Attacks Targeted at the University:  What to Do About It."

To report a suspected phishing scam, please forward the suspicious message to  For more information, call the ITSS Help Desk at 218-726-8847.

ITSS Newsletter
The next ITSS newsletter will come out on or about February 7. Archived ITSS News articles are available online. For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk, 218-726-8847.


UMD is well represented at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and KUMD 103.3 FM has LIVE coverage. Tune in every weekday, February 7–24 at 7 am and 11 am, for LIVE FROM SOCHI reports. Listen online.

The LIVE reports will feature chats with UMD alumnus and Duluthian Cory Salmela who is in Sochi. He will provide information and updates on Olympic happenings, standings, and medals won by the USA, with an emphasis on those with UMD and Minnesota connections. Starting Feb. 7, KUMD will also offer a special "Minnesota Roster" and Olympic schedule so listeners can follow over 30 athletes with ties to Minnesota. 

UMD has current and former student athletes on six women’s hockey teams. They are: Haley Irwin, Jocelyn Laroque, and Caroline Ouellette on Team Canada; Tea Villila on Team Finland with Tuula Puputti as team manager; Jenny Harss on Team Germany; Iya Gavrilova and Alexandra Vafina on Team Russia; Jenni Asserholt, Kim Martin, and Pernilla Winberg on Team Sweden; and Lara Stalder on Team Switzerland. Julie Chu, former UMD women's hockey assistant coach, and Rob Stauber, former UMD women's goalie coach, are on the Team USA women's hockey coaching staff. KUMD will feature live reports and special interviews with many of these individuals.

Former UMD Bulldog and current Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is on the roster for Team USA's men's hockey. Two UMD alumni, John Shuster and John Landsteiner, will represent the United States in curling. Their teammates, Jeff Isaacson and Jared Zezel, are former UMD students. Shuster took part in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and won a bronze medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. 

Follow KUMD's LIVE FROM SOCHI reports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Miss a report? All the reports will be archived on KUMD's website and available for listening any time.

In the 1950s, black radio stations around the country became the pulse of African-American communities and served as their megaphone during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. On Feb. 3, as part of Black History Month, KUMD celebrated with a two-hour special called "Going Black: The Story of Black Radio in Philadelphia." The special is available in the KUMD archives.


The UMD Archives continues to collect selected posters that advertise or announce department, administrative, program, book store, Kirby, and student organization events, new courses, speakers, initiatives, colloquia, and so forth. Submissions should be sent to the Archives electronically in pdf (preferred) or jpg format to Patricia Maus, UMD archivist and special collection curator. These items will be accessible and searchable in the Kathryn A. Martin Library's d-Commons.


UMD Stores February Events and Promotions:

Pre-order Valentine's Day flowers until Feb. 9. Choose from single roses (red, hot pink, light pink & lavender) for $3.99 each, and multi-flower bouquets for $7.99 each. UMD Stores is also offering free on-campus delivery on Valentine's Day (Friday, Feb. 14). Send flowers to someone special.

Scratch off for savings. Beginning Mon., Feb. 10, come to the Street Level Store and receive  a Valentine's Day scratch-off card good for 25 - 50% off an entire UMD Wear and Gift Item purchase.

During the month of February, UMD Stores is bringing back "Fan Friday." Simply wear any piece of UMD Wear on Fridays, and receive 20% off the purchase of any regular-price UMD Wear item.

Purchase any travel coffee mug Feb. 19-25 and receive a free cup of our freshly-brewed coffee.

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 on facebook and Twitter

Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

Alison Aune, professor of art education, Department of Art and Design, has been selected to present her new work at the Women's Caucus Juried Art Exhibition: Fusions across art, teaching, learning, and research at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference in San Diego in March 2014.

Josh Berlo, director of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the entire Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, had some wonderful successes in the last few months. Read about their accomplishments.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, had work included in the invitational 16th "Annual Postcards from the Edge" exhibition, a benefit for Visual AIDS, at the Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York in January. The group invitational"Ossuaries" exhibition she has work in has traveled to the Herron Gallery of Art at Indiana University in Indianapolis through February 15, 2014.

Leif Brush, professor emeritus, Department of Art and Design, has a number of images included in Sonia Landy Sheridan’s book Art at the Dawning of the Electronic Era: Generative Systems, distributed by University Press of New England, 2013.

Lisa Erwin, vice chancellor and dean of students, Office of Student Life, was one of 28 individuals named to the U.S. Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the amendments to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that were passed in 2013.

Jason Ford, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, presented "Investigating Visual Attention" as part of the Viz Lab's Speed Research program in November. He conducted variations on Dan Simons' experiments into attention and the curious phenomenon of inattentional blindness.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk "Edge swappable trees and unicyclic graphs" at the 22nd Krakow Workshop on Graph Theory "3 in 1" in Kroczyce, Poland.

Amy Galbraith, contract sales manager, Department of Continuing Education, has joined their staff to sell custom Continuing Education training in the community and beyond.

Thomas Hedin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Art History, has published a chapter in André Le Nôtre en perspectives: 1613–2013, a book accompanying an exhibition of the same name that is currently being held at the Château de Versailles. The chapter is entitled: "Du bassin à la fontaine:  Le Nôtre avant Le Brun dans les jardins de Versailles."  The book was published by Hazan, Paris.  An English version of the book will be issued in February by Yale University Press.  Le Nôtre is the famous 17th-century landscape architect who designed the gardens of Versailles and many other formal gardens in France and elsewhere in Europe. 

John Hiller, professor, and Sophia Chabysheva, assistant professor, both from the Department of Physics, recently published "Compression algorithm for discrete light-cone quantization," co-authored with Physics MS graduate Xiao Pu. Hiller and Chabysheva also published "Symmetric multivariate polynomials as a basis for three-boson light-front wave functions," co-authored with Physics MS student Blair Elliott. Both papers appear in volume 88 of Physical Review E.

Robert Hofmann, senior director of development, School of Fine Arts, along with CEHSP Communication Disorders faculty member Jolene Hyppa Martin and CEHSP graduate student Rachel Habben, presented "The Long Goodbye -- Working with aged donors with Dementia" at the CASE V Regional Conference in Chicago, in December. The presentation explored the topic of stewardship and communications strategies with donors who suffer with memory loss associated with dementia. Also, Hofmann has been named to the Depot Foundation and began his tenure in November 2013. The Depot Foundation is dedicated to preserving the historic Union Depot as a vibrant and welcoming forum for the arts, culture, and history through managing and growing a permanent endowment.

Tom Isbell, professor, Department of Theatre, had his play The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg published by Playscripts in January. The play, based on Rodman Philbrick's Newberry Honor novel, was first produced by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in November, 2012, and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences.

Thomas C. Johnson, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers and recognizes scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Johnson's research interests include paleoclimatology, sedimentary processes, acoustic remote sensing of lake basins, and water sustainability and climate in the Great Lakes region of East Africa. Johnson, along with 386 other Fellows of AAAS elected in October, will be recognized for his contributions at the Fellows Forum during the AAAS Annual Meeting in February.

Guy W. Sander, assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, joined the graduate faculty in the Integrated Biosciences Graduate Program in December 2013. He recently published a journal article, “The ORCA2 Transcription Factor Plays a Key Role in Regulation of the Terpenoid Indole Alkaloid Pathway,” with co-authors Chunyao Li, Alex Leopold, Jacqueline V. Shanks, Le Zhao, and Susan I. Gibson, in BMC Plant Biology.

Mike Seymour, vice chancellor, Finance and Operations, formed the Twin Ports CFOs in June 2013. It is a venue designed for sharing information and exploring opportunities for collaboration. The group has gained momentum and grown to have active representation of chief financial officers from local schools, area colleges and universities, Duluth and St. Louis County, and other governmental entities. Twin Ports CFOs meets every other month at the Center for Economic Development.

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, had work included in the invitational exhibition, "OBJECTS: MMAA" at Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, Minn. "OBJECTS: MMAA" features 50 pieces by 50 artists from the permanent collection of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, as well as the work of five contemporary artists. The Exhibition will be on view Feb. 6–April 13. Suh's textile sculpture is include in Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser, published by Thames & Hudson. The book will be published in French and German in 2014. The French edition will be published by Flammarion and the German edition by Dumon.

Shannon Drysdale Walsh, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, was awarded the University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professorship for 2014 -2016. Between 2007 and 2012, Drysdale Walsh completed 18 months of fieldwork in Central America and conducted more than 200 interviews, gathering the most substantial data ever collected as she conducted a cross-national comparison of responsiveness to violence against women.

Curt Wiese, football head coach, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, capped off his first season of head coaching duty with the football Bulldogs by receiving the prestigious Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award for Division II. He became the second Bulldog in four years to be so honored.

Special Recognition

Four UMD interdisciplinary initiatives were recently funded by the Institute on the Environment (IonE). The projects are among 19 which received funding in the fall 2013 round of the University of Minnesota IonE Mini Grant program. IonE Mini Grants are designed to encourage collaboration among faculty, staff and students across University of Minnesota disciplines, units and campuses on environmental themes. Along with up to $3,000 in funding, each recipient is provided space for meetings, workshops and conferences and some administrative support for a year.

The UMD projects are:
Cultural Entrepreneurship Speaker Series 2013-2014
Olaf Kuhlke, associate dean, College of Liberal Arts
The Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship will bring an internationally renowned authority to speak to students about sustainable solutions in the growing creative economy.

Enhancing Interdisciplinary Resources for Teaching and Learning Sustainability at UMD
Dennis Falk, professor, College of Education and Human Services Professions  
This project will focus on enhancing undergraduate sustainability courses by developing an online repository for resources from community and campus experts such as course syllabi and community-based learning opportunities.

Communicator to Support Cross-Disciplinarity in Curricular and Campus Sustainability Conversations
LeAne Rutherford, associate professor, Instructional Development Service
The communicator will act as a hub of information on campus sustainability conversations, events, and activities, aggregating and disseminating the information to instructors who can then incorporate living scholarship opportunities into their course requirements.

Bicycle Repair Stations
Bryan French, sustainability programs manager, Office of Sustainability
The Student Sustainability Coalition will install two bike repair stations on the UMD campus to facilitate bike maintenance with the expectation that bicycle use will increase while decreasing motorized traffic on and around campus.

Large Lakes Observatory News

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Medical School-Duluth News

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Minnesota Sea Grant News

Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, represented the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network at the Marine Club in Toronto in January. The Marine Club is a Great Lakes-wide not-for-profit association focused on port, carrier, regulatory, and policy issues impacting the environment, social good, and business opportunities. In conjunction with Marine Club activities, Bergeron will participate in: the American Association of Great Lakes Ports Winter Meeting, the "Great Lakes Seaway Review" Advisory Board, the Green Marine Science Advisory Board, the Hwy H2O Science Advisory Board, and the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative Executive Counsel Meeting.

Valarie Brady, research coordinator, and Jesse Schomberg, program leader, helped to plan and run the MN Lake Superior Watershed Stream Science Symposium, held at the University of Minnesota in January. The Symposium was funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act, NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management, and in cooperation with Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program. It was organized by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources the Laurentian Resource Conservation and Development Council, and others.

Schomberg presented "Land Use and Water Quality" for the National Association of Counties webinar: “Road to Resilience: Stormwater Planning” in December, which is archived on the website.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, recently joined Laura Norcutt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as co-chair of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force’s Communication Committee.

Jensen, participated in a meeting of the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, Ann Arbor, Mich.,in December. As at-large member and chair of the Information and Education Committee, he led planning activities to coordinate aquatic invasive species outreach by the Panel and its members. He also attended the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s first Annex 6 Subcommittee meeting in December.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Steven A. Hauck, program director, Perry M. Jones, Laurel G. Woodruff, both from the U.S. Geological Survey, and Carrie Jennings, Minnesota DNR, presented a poster titled, "Assessing the Influence of Natural Copper-Nickel Bedrocks on Water Quality," in cooperation with the Minnesota Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), at the Minnesota Lake Superior Watershed Stream Science Symposium in Duluth in January.

Gerald Niemi
, senior research associate, Hannah Panci, assistant scientist, and Brooke Vetter, graduate school fellow, along with advanced masters teaching assistants Kelly Harrington and Rachel Ward, research assistants Sarah Hoheisel and Michael Joyce, teaching assistants Josh Bednar and Juliann Terry, and graduate students Elisabeth Condon and Alexis Grinde, reviewed the textbook Community Ecology, by Gary George Mittelbach, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Mass, 2012. The book was read and reviewed as part of a graduate seminar course on community ecology and was published in The Auk, 130(4), 2013, pp. 817-818.

Office of Civic Engagement

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Pharmacy Department News

Congratulations to the following staff members who received meritorious service awards and were recognized at the College of Pharmacy's Employee Day Celebration held in St. Paul in January: Lisa Erickson, accountant, Laurie Fosnacht, executive assistant, Sean Hall, infastructure analyst, Gardner Lepp, education specialist, and Katie Vukelich, coordinator.

N. Z. Kara, L. Toker, G. Agam, Grant W. Anderson, associate professor, R. H. Belmaker, and H. Einat published "Trehalose induced antidepressant-like effects and autophagy enhancement in mice" in Psychopharmacology 2013 Sep;229(2):367-75.

T. W. Bastian, J. R. Prohaska, M. K. Georgieff, and Anderson published "Fetal and neonatal iron deficiency exacerbates mild thyroid hormone insufficiency effects on male thyroid hormone levels and brain thyroid hormone-responsive gene expression" in Endocrinology 2014 Jan eprint.

Kerry Fierke, assistant professor, and Gardner Lepp, education specialist, presented "Intention/reflection Practice in Higher Education" at the Academic and Business Research Institute International Conference held in Orlando, Fla, in January. Fierke also presented "Designing a Leadership Legacy Framework."

Fierke published "Developing a shared leadership vision in a college setting" in Journal of Case Studies in Education 2013 Dec;5(131694). 

Fierke, Margarette L. Kading, teaching assistant, and D. R. Scott published "Creating international opportunities in the classroom" in Pharmacy Education Journal 2014;14(1):5-8.

Derek R. Jennings, assistant professor, published "Photovoice: Giving voice to indigenous youth." in Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health 2014 Jan/Feb;11(3).

Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor, presented "Comprehensive Medication Management for Psychiatric and Co-morbid Medical Conditions" as part of the Ambulatory Care Intensive Recertification Study Series in conjunction with the 2013 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting held in Orlando, Fla., in December.

A. McNamara, K. Janke, J. Conway, and Sarah Schweiss, assistant professor, published "Student self-ratings of skill acquisition from a clinical controversy debate in a third year pharmaceutical care lab" in Innovations in Pharmacy 2013;4 (4).

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