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PRESIDENT'S OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

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. Vist the President's Award website for a complete description of the award and nomination requirements. For more information, contact Vickie Courtney or call 612-625-4805.


PRESIDENT'S COMMUNITY-ENGAGED SCHOLAR AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

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. A 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.


EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) seeks nominations for two awards in support of equity and diversity work and achievements at the University of Minnesota.

Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award: This award honors faculty, staff and students who, through their work at the University or their community, exemplify Dr. Johnson's standard of excellence in creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments, and who demonstrate unusual commitment and passion in the areas of human rights and social justice. The award is given to two individuals each year - one current faculty or staff member and one current undergraduate or graduate student. Nominations are due on March 14. Visit the OED website for a full description of the nomination guidelines and procedures.

Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards: These awards fund creative yet pragmatic proposals for projects that support equity and diversity initiatives. They also provide a platform for cooperative efforts that will not only advance the institution's transformation, but will also help ensure that all resources devoted to equity and diversity are leveraged for maximum potential impact. The focus for this year's awards is on recruitment and outreach strategies for diverse students, faculty, and staff. Applications are due on March 31. Visit the OED website for a full description of the application guidelines and procedures.


IONE PROPOSALS SOUGHT

Proposals for Discovery Grants are now being accepted for research that addresses grand challenges of global significance in the areas of climate change; food, land use and ecosystems; freshwater resources; population, health and development; and strategies and systems for sustainability. Institute on the Environment (IonE) Discovery Grants help highly innovative, world-class research activities get off the ground with a one-time investment of venture capital funding. IonE looks for projects that will make a transformative difference in interdisciplinary research and discovery. Initial concept papers are due March 21. For more information, visit the IonE website.


ACADEMIC AFFAIRS UPDATES

Updates about Academic Affairs are posted on the Academic Affairs homepage. Items currently listed on the page include 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.


COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT

Commencement planning is underway, and the Commencement Committee is once again looking for volunteers for UMD’s commencement ceremonies. The undergraduate and graduate ceremonies will be combined this year on Saturday, May 17.

Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelor’s Degree Program Morning Ceremony: CEHSP, CLA, SFA
10:00 a.m., Amsoil Arena, Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center

12:00–2:00 pm, Lunch provided for volunteers at the DECC. Specific room—TBD

Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelor’s Degree Program Afternoon Ceremony: LSBE, SCSE
3:00 pm, Amsoil Arena, Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center

Volunteers are needed for two time periods. Volunteers who can help at both ceremonies are welcomed and encouraged.
10:00 am–12 noon
1:30 pm– 4:30 pm

Activities for volunteers include helping students line up, handing out programs, answering guest questions, and helping guests find their way around the arena. To sign up or for more information, contact Christiana Kapsner, 218-726-7748. A mandatory meeting to review volunteer responsibilities is scheduled on Mon., May 12 at 2 pm in the Administrative Conference Room, 520 Darland Administration Building.


FINANCE AND OPERATIONS UPDATES
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations (VCFO) has posted the winter/spring issue of their online newsletter outlining the latest activities in the departments of Facilities Management/Sustainability, Police, Human Resources & Equal Opportunity, and Business Services. Visit the VCFO website and click on VCFO Winter/Spring 2014 Newsletter.


STUDENT LIFE UPDATES

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.


DIVERSITY FUNDS AVAILABLE

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.


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ITSS Newsletter
Archived ITSS News articles are available online. For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk, 218-726-8847.


KUMD

KUMD is celebrating Women's History Month throughout the month of March. Daily segments at 7 am & 11 am honor Minnesota's own leaders and trailblazers in the advancement of women. All of the segments are available on KUMD's Audio Archives page.

Wed., Mar. 5 - Dorothy Molter: The root beer lady of Northern Minnesota and last resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Thurs., Mar. 6 - Eugenie Anderson: First women ambassador of the U.S.
Fri., Mar. 7 - Patty Berg: Professional golfer and the founding member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association
Mon., Mar. 10 - Kiki Carter: A musician and advocate of peace and justice
Tues., Mar. 11 - Martha B. Alworth: World traveler and philanthropist, funder of the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice in Duluth.
Wed., Mar. 12 - Sakinah Ali Mujahid: Executive director of Sisters Need a Place- a shelter for displaced Minnesotan Muslim women and their children
Thurs., Mar. 13 - Sally Wingreta: Resident actor at the Guthrie Theater for 30 years
Fri. Mar. 14 - Sierra DeMulder: Two-time champion of the National Poetry Slam and slam poetry coach
Mon., Mar. 17 - Jessie Diggins: A cross-country skier from Afton, Minn., competing at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games for Team USA
Tues., Mar. 18 - Annie Dugan: Current curator of the Duluth Art Institute and co-organizer of the popular Free Range Film Festival
Wed., Mar. 19 - Maud Hart Lovelace: Born in Mankato, Minn., author the popular Betsy-Tacy stories for children
Thurs., Mar. 20 - Anna Ringsred: Olympian from Duluth, Minn. competing in speedskating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
Fri., Mar. 21 - Megan Olivia Hall: 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year
Mon., Mar. 24 - Kristine Greer: Founder off “Charlene’s Light” a foundation dedication to ovarian cancer awareness
Tues., Mar. 25 - Jamie Millard: Executive director of the literary magazine Paper Darts
Wed., Mar. 26 - Carol Bly: Fiction and nonfiction author and St. Paul writing teacher
Thurs. Mar. 27 - Lorraine Borg: One of Minnesota’s first professional woman baseball player, playing for the Minneapolis Millerettes
Fri., Mar. 28 - Gladys Swanson: A trailblazer of women’s athletics, director of physical education at Duluth’s College of St. Scholastica for 38 years
Mon., Mar. 31 - Virginia McKnight Binger: Her leadership solidified the McKnight Foundation legacy of today

For past features check out KUMD's Audio Archives page. This program is funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


LIBRARY ARCHIVES REQUEST

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

UMD Stores March Events and Promotions:

The 19th annual UMD Grad Fair will be held Thurs., Mar. 6 from 10 am–5 pm in Kirby Ballroom. The Grad Fair provides campus departments, organizations, and local businesses the ability to promote their products and services to students for use before, during, and after graduation. This one-day event gives graduating students an opportunity to receive 20% off their caps, gowns, hoods, tassels, diploma frames, and announcements.

During the month of March, UMD Stores and the CHUM Food Shelf are teaming up to collect food during the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign, which is the largest food drive in the state. The goal is to restock almost 300 food shelves across Minnesota. Drop off non-perishable food items at any UMD Stores location during the month of March.

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 the UMD Stores street level store.

Go Green with UMD Stores: Don’t take a plastic bag and receive a wooden nickel to drop in the charity bin. Local charities benefit from this effort to go green. Don't forget to bring a bag or purchase a reusable bag at UMD Stores.

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


Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

Abram Anders, assistant professor, Department of Business Communication; Mitra Emad, associate professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology; Dana Lindaman, assistant professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; and Amy Prunuske, assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Science, were all featured contributors to the recently published "Stories from Faculty Fellows." This collection of digital stories documents the pedagogical design and research projects of faculty in the Office of Information Technology Faculty Fellowship Program from across the University of Minnesota system.

Alison Aune
, professor, art and design, was selected to participate in the MN Creates pilot exhibition to bring the work of contemporary Minnesota artists into the the State Capitol and State Office Building. This inaugural exhibition will be on view throughout the 2014 legislative session (www.mncreates.com).

Eve Browning
, professor and head, Department of Philosophy, has been appointed to the Eleventh District Ethics Committee of the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush,
professor, Department of Art and Design, has work included in the online gallery exhibition "Imagined Realities" through Mar. 14; the work will also be published in the exhibition catalog book. Internationally known photographers Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison selected her work. Her work also is included in the 29th Annual "Positive/Negative National Exhibition" through Mar. 7, at the Slocumb Galleries at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Her work was selected by widely exhibited and published artist and art critic Buzz Spector, who is Hitzeman Professor of Art at Washington University in St. Louis.

David Edmund, assistant professor, and Jian-Jun Chen-Edmund, assistant professor, both from the Department of Music, provided two sessions titled “Music and Reading Literacy” at the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) Conference, in Minneapolis in February. Their sessions consisted of hands-on musical activities and strategies for using music to enhance reading literacy. A highlight of the session included UMD student Brandon Smith “beat-boxing” along with a rap composed by the Drs. Edmund. In addition, 17 current UMD music education students attended the event. Each year, the MMEA Conference brings together educators, musicians, and vendors to share the latest and greatest music education strategies and resources for elementary through post-secondary teachers and students. The UMD Department of Music also hosted its second-annual MMEA reception downtown at The Local. The reception brought together students, faculty, and alumni from several generations.

Dalibor Froncek
, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a colloquium lecture "Rosa type labelings and decompositions of complete graphs" at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich.

Douglas Dunham
, professor, Department of Computer Science, attended the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Md., in January. He gave a paper, "Patterns with Color Symmetry on Triply Periodic Polyhedra" and had two items accepted for the art exhibition: "A {3,8} D-Polyhedron with Butterflies", a repeating polyhedron decorated with a butterfly pattern, and a related pattern in the hyperbolic plane, "Hyperbolic {3,8} Butterfly Pattern." The art works can be viewed on the Bridges Math Art website. In addition, he was appointed chair of SIGMAA-ARTS, the special interested group of the Mathematical Association of America for those MAA members interested in mathematics and the arts.

Amy Galbraith
has been hired as contract sales manager for UMD Continuing Education, which provides a variety of personal and professional development programs for individuals of all ages seeking to improve or develop new skills, advance careers, or gain continuing education units. She will be working with organizations to assess their needs and develop customized training solutions for unique circumstances.

John Goodge
, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Research. He will give a presentation entitled "On Thin Ice" on Tues., Mar. 4 at 3 pm in MWAH 195.

Kathy Heltzer, instructor, Department of Social Work, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Public Service. She will give a presentation entitled  “Every Long Journey is Made of Small Steps: How Public Service Really Can Make a Difference" on Tues., Mar. 4 at 3 pm in MWAH 195.

Elizabeth James, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design and Les Laidlaw, assistant professor,(Minnesota State Mankato, are currently exhibiting at the 547 Gallery, Greensburg, Kan., through Mar. 9. Greensburg's 547 Art Center is the first building in Kansas to earn a LEED Platinum rating and exemplifies the communities commitment to rebuild as an entirely 'green' town. She was invited to participate in the ND/MN collaborative exhibition, Red River Reciprocity: Contemporary Ceramics in Minnesota and North Dakota at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, N.D. The exhibition will be available for public viewing through May 11. It was co-curated with Northern Clay Center and the Plains Art Museum. James also has artwork in Twin Cups: National Ceramics Exhibition 2014, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo., through Mar. 28. The exhibition was juried by Susan Speck, ceramic artist and alumna of MWSU.

James Klueg, professor and head, Department of Art and Design, has work in "Central Time Ceramics," Bradley University, Peoria, lll., through Mar. 28, juried by Don Pilcher, faculty emeritus, University of Illinois. Klueg also has work in "The Clay Studio National," The Clay Studio (TCS), Philadelphia, Pa., Mar. 7–30, juried by Garth Johnson, curator of Artistic Programs at TCS.

Allen F. Mensinger, professor, Department of Biology, had his research on toadfish featured in the article "The Balancing Acts of a Fish" in the January 2014 issue of Catalyst, the magazine of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Mass.

Kathryn Milun, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, was awarded a resident fellow position within the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the U of M Twin Cities campus in February. She was also awarded a resident fellow position for spring semester 2015 at the Institute for Advanced Study at the U of M Twin Cities campus in January.

Howard Mooers, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, and Alec Habig, professor, Department of Physics, along with William Wiethoff, SOLO Observatory, Port Wing, Wisc., present a poster, “110-day Spectral Record of the Classical Nova Delphini 2013,” at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington D.C. in January. This is an international meeting with 20,000 participants. The poster presented the results of four months of observations of spectra of a nova that erupted in August 2013. 

Angela Sharp, instructor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She will give a presentation entitled "Cultivating Connections in Calculus" on Tues., Mar. 4 at 3 pm in MWAH 195.

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, has her work featured in the two-person exhibition "EVERYDAY Precious" at the Prescott Art Gallery, Prescott, Ariz., through Mar. 22. Also featured in the show is work by Caroline Philippone.


Special Recognition

Ten faculty and staff received travel awards through the International Education Office to develop curriculum for study abroad programs. Recipients include Nancy Diener, assistant professor, Department of Education, and Mary Soltis, lab services coordinator, Department of Education, (Italy); Edward Downs, assistant professor, Department of Communication, and David Gore, associate professor, Department of Communication, (Netherlands); Adam Pine, assistant professor, Department of Geography, and Rebecca de Souza, associate professor, Department of Communication, (India); Robert Repinski, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, and Fatih Benzer, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, (Turkey); Linda Rochford, associate professor, Department of Marketing (Ireland); and Alan C. Roline, associate professor, Department of Accounting, (France).


Large Lakes Observatory News

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Medical School-Duluth News

Joseph Prohaska, professor emeritus of Biochemistry, Department of Biomedical Sciences, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) at their annual meeting in April. The ASN Fellows program, in existence since 1952, recognizes scientists who have led distinguished careers in the field of nutrition. To be inducted as a Fellow of the Society is the highest honor that ASN bestows. As of April 2013, 408 Fellows have been inducted. 


Minnesota Sea Grant News

John Bilotta, water resource management and policy extension educator-Twin Cities staff, Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, and Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use extension educator, have convened an advisory committee of teachers, IT specialists, and water resource professionals to create a high school, classroom friendly version of the ever popular and effective Watershed Game. The Game, which to date has been used with adults and community leaders, will be reformatted to work in classrooms and informal youth education settings and will include enhanced technology components. Work will occur through 2014 and pilot implementation will initially occur in the Lake Superior Watershed. The project is funded in part by Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave an invited presentation, "Two Campaigns: Successful Innovation Through Watershed Approaches," at the 31st Annual Red River Basin Land & Water International Summit Conference in Fargo, N.D., in January.

Jensen presented Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Partnership Works at a Tourney Winter Workshop, in Fort Myers, Fla., in February. He co-hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booth with the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates at the Lake Home and Cabin Show, in Minneapolis, Minn., in February. Over 400 visitors stopped by to pick up education resources, ask questions, and learn about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

Jensen and Marte Kitson, AIS specialist, hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!  booth at the Community Conversation on Aquatic Invasive Species in Lake County, Finland, Minn., in February.

Kitson provided updates on the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference 2014 planning and Great Lake Restoration Initiative projects at a meeting of the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council in Shoreview, Minn., in January.

Minnesota Sea Grant's Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!TM display and staff were at the Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV Show, in Duluth, Minn., in February, helping people to learn how to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.The boat show booth was also staffed by many experts and community partners.

Hilarie Sorenson, climate change extension educator, presented information about social science at the 4th Annual St. Louis River Estuary Summit in Superior, Wisc., in February. Jensen and other MNSG staff also contributed to the poster session and with an anti-aquatic invasive species display table.

A new issue of Minnesota Sea Grant’s newsletter, the Seiche, is available. Articles include:
Flood Response: Lake Superior’s Dark Surprise - The anticipated algal bloom following a 500-year flood didn’t happen. Find out why.
Big Snails, Small Pond - Chinese mystery snails are fouling a Duluth pond. Help stop the spread of invasive species.
Hooked on Fish - Chipotle Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro Slaw won the Hooked on Fish recipe contest.
Lake Superior Fish Classic in Review - Remember the enchanted evening and the great cuisine through this event summary.
New Online Course: Stormwater Management in Cold Climates - Minnesota Sea Grant designed a LEED-certified stormwater course for the Continuing Education Department, University of Minnesota Duluth.
A Hard Day’s (and Night’s) Work Aboard the R/V Blue Heron - Photos show what sort of instruments and people are working day and night to bring Superior science to you.
Staff Updates - Doug Jensen is now a co-chair of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force’s Communication Committee.
Climate Intel: What’s with the Cold Weather? - The Midwest’s blistering cold weather in January 2014 was consistent with climate change projections.
Did Ja Know - Freeze-dried water is no joke.



Natural Resources Research Institute News

Lisa Allinger, research fellow, and Euan Reavie, senior research associate, published "The ecological history of Lake Erie according to the phytoplankton community" in the Journal of Great Lakes Research, 2013, 39, pp 29–54.

Gerald Niemi, senior research associate, with co-authors Ed Zlonis, assistant scientist, and Alexis Grinde, graduate student, gave an invited talk titled "Breeding Bird Trends in Minnesota National Forests - 1995–2013" at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society in Bemidji, Minn., in February.

Reavie and R.P. Bariero (Loyola University, Chicago) published "Recent changes in abundance and cell size of pelagic diatoms in the North American Great Lakes in the journal Phytotaxa, 2013,127, pp. 150–162.

Brent Bellinger, Ted Angradi, Dave Bolgrien, Terri Jicha, Brian Hill (all of the U.S. EPA Mid-Continent Division) and Reavie published "Longitudinal variation and response to anthropogenic stress in diatom assemblages of the Lower Mississippi River" in the journal River Systems, 2013, 21(1), pp. 29–54.

Carole Reschke, scientist, and George Host, senior research associate, presented "Are Chemicals of Emerging Concern (CECs) Correlated with Growth of Aquatic Plants in the St. Louis River Estuary?"at the 4th Annual St. Louis river Estuary Summit, held in Duluth in February. Josh Dumke, research fellow, presented "Using Non-degraded Areas in the St. Louis River Estuary to Set Biotic Delisting/Restoration Targets" at the same event.

Rolf Weberg, a UMD alumnus, has accepted the position of director of the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). He has worked for DuPont USA for the past 25 years, most recently as Global R&D manager in DuPont’s Building Innovations; Surfaces Division, in Buffalo, N.Y. He begins his new position at NRRI on March 24.


Pharmacy Department News

Paul Ranelli, professor, has been selected as a nominee to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Pharmacy Quality Alliance workgroup on mental health.


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