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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR AWARDS AND GRANTS FURTHERING WOMEN'S EQUITY

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

Awards:
The Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award is given to a University of Minnesota student who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service concerning women's issues on campus or in the broader community.

The Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship was established to assist “non-traditional” women in completing their education at the University.

The Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló Scholarship assists University of Minnesota women students with financial need in completing their education at the University, with a special focus on women of color, new immigrants, and first generation college students.

Grants:
Women's Center Institutional Change Grants seek to support a more inclusive, diverse University community with an enhanced campus climate for women faculty, staff, and students. Institutional Change Grants are intended to foster and support increased awareness, improved understanding, and institutional change. (Includes grant funding for projects specifically focused on changing the climate for P & A and CS/BU women).

The nomination deadline for these awards and grants is Fri., June 6 at 4:30 pm. For more information, criteria, guidelines, and nomination forms, visit the Women's Center website.


DARLAND ALL-AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students for the Raymond W. Darland All-American Scholarship Program. The scholarship program was established in 1976 by Regent Emeritus Richard L. Griggs in honor of Provost Emeritus Raymond W. Darland. Four scholarships of $5,875 will be awarded to offset the cost of tuition in 2014-15.

In order for a student to qualify, the following criteria shall be used by the committee in selecting nominees: 1) Recipients must obtain junior status or higher during the 2013-14 academic year. They must have enough coursework remaining to attend full-time during the 2014-15 academic year. 2) Race, color, creed, sex, residence, or field of study are not to be used as factors in selecting recipients. 3) Full consideration shall be given to the nominee's scholastic record, character, citizenship, leadership on campus, and the nominee's potential to serve as a leader in the future. Preference shall be given to students who indicate a desire and willingness to contribute to the future of our country.

Faculty or staff members may nominate a student by submitting: 1) a letter of nomination identifying the candidate and the candidate's qualifications; 2) a current UMD unofficial transcript; and 3) the candidate's resume indicating community and campus involvement. Nominations must be made by faculty or staff; no self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations must be received by Nancy Carl in the Financial Aid Office, 184 Darland Administration Building by Mon., April 21. For more information, contact Nancy Carl.


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 Sat., 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.


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.


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.


Administration News


ITSS UPDATES

Windows XP Going Away
On April 8, 2014, Windows XP will reach its official End of Life (EOL) and Microsoft will no longer provide updates, security patches, or bug fixes. Anyone with a University-owned Windows XP computer, should upgrade. For more information, see Windows XP, Going, going ... .

The March issue of the ITSS News is available online. Archived ITSS News articles are also available online. For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk, 218-726-8847.


KUMD

KUMD is celebrating spring with great music and concert tickets. Listen through the first week of April to support KUMD and get tickets to The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Bayfront Reggae Festival, or Big Top Chautauqua shows like Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, and Lyle Lovett. KUMD connects listeners to the best in new and live music around -- because music matters.

Listen to past shows and features on KUMD's Audio Archives page.


UMD STORES

It's Earth Day all month at UMD Stores.

Five Easy Steps to Go Green with UMD Stores:
1. The month of April is Bag Free month. Bring in a reusable bag or backpack when shopping at UMD Stores.
2. Need to purchase a reusable bag? Chico bags and Envirosax bags are 20% off the month of April.
3. 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.
4. Drop off #2 and #4 plastic bags for recycling. Look for the square collection bins at every UMD Stores entrance.
5. UMD Stores EXPRESS will "Go Green" April 9–18. Products featured are recycled/sustainable/eco-friendly/USA Made/local/regional. 

UMD Stores EXPRESS will hold a plant and garden sale April 21–May 7. Get an early start on your gardening projects.

Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities, Iron Range and Fargo, North Dakota. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores Street Level.

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.

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

Joe Artim, instructor, Department of Finance Management Information Sciences, is a recipient of the 2013-2014 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. This award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students. An awards ceremony will be held on Tues., May 6 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

Heidi Beckman,
principle office and administrative specialist, Office of Admissions, is the recipient of the Outstanding Staff Award as part of the UMD Student Awards.  This honor is given for outstanding work and dedication to student success.The award will be presented at a ceremony on Sun., Apr. 13 at 11:30 am in the Kirby Ballroom.

Fatih Benzer
, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, presented his research "Digital Art Workshop for Youth: Community Outreach" at National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in San Diego, Calif., in March. Three art education students, Paige Hanenburg, Ashley Leek, and Shannon Bjerketved, joined him in his presentation. The on-going research is based on a collaboration between the Department of Art and Design and the Fine Arts Academy to serve the children in the community. The children who participate in the digital art workshop are ages 10–13. This population of children is underserved when it comes to after school opportunities in the arts. Since the media arts is already a Minnesota state standard, the project brings benefits to this specific population.

Tracey Bolen
, director, LSBE Advising and Academic Services, is the recipient of the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award as part of the UMD Student Awards.  This honor is given for outstanding work and dedication to student success.The award will be presented at a ceremony on Sun., Apr. 13 at 11:30 am in the Kirby Ballroom.

David Bowen
, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, has his work tele-present water featured in "Réel, Irréel, Virtuel," a group exhibition at Centre culture Saint-Exupéry, in Reims, France, through May. Also, he served as a judge for the FIRST robotics Lake Superior Regional competition in March. FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

Aaron Boyson, associate professor, Department of Communication, is a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award as part of the UMD Student Awards.  This honor is given for outstanding work and dedication to student success. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Sun., Apr. 13 at 11:30 am in the Kirby Ballroom.

Richard Brown, senior fellow, LSBE Financial Planning Program, accepted the mentoring category award on behalf of JNBA Financial Advisors, as part of Minnesota Business Magazine's 2014 Community Impact Awards in February. Brown is CEO of JNBA Financial Advisors. The awards honor Minnesota businesses and organizations “working to make a difference in the communities they serve.” The mentoring category recognizes company programs that help mentor rising talent in Minnesota. JNBA was singled out for its efforts to provide the next generation of financial planners with real-world experience by helping to establish one of the nation’s first experiential financial planning learning labs. The learning lab, a unique partnership between academia, private business, and corporate America, brought together LSBE, TD Ameritrade Institutional, and JNBA in 2010. JNBA, an independent, 35-year-old Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm with offices in Bloomington and Duluth, Minn., was also recognized for its expanded internship program.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, has work in the invitational 12th Annual CEPA Gallery Benefit Auction Exhibition in Buffalo, N.Y., through April 26. She also has work in the "Of Memory Bone and Myth V" exhibition opening May 4 and running through June 5 at the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, Minn. Maggie Taylor, renowned photographer working with digital montage who has exhibited her work widely in the U.S. and abroad, selected her work.

Jill Doerfler, associate professor, Department of American Indian Studies, gave an invited presentation on her co-authored book The White Earth Nation: Ratification of a Native Democratic Constitution at the Indigenous Book Festival hosted by the Institute for American Indian Research at the University of New Mexico in February. She also spoke to a standing room only crowd on the topic of tribal citizenship at Anishinaabewin Eko-Naaning: Vistas of Knowledge, Voices of Change, hosted by the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in Sudbury, Ontario, in February. In March, Doerfler participated on the Tribal Constitutional Revitalization panel at the Good Native Governance: Innovative Research in Law, Education and Economic Development  hosted by the American Indian Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dalibor Froncek
, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a conference talk "Decompositions of complete bipartite graphs into generalized prisms" at the 45th Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing in Boca Raton, Fla.

Jennifer Fuchs began her role in January as the assessment coordinator and student learning analyst in the office of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment and Institutional Effectiveness. She will work with department/unit PALS (Program Assessment Liaisons), help with the coordination and support of the Higher Learning Commission accreditation work and continuous improvement processes. Her professional experiences include working as the director of assessment at Minnetonka Public Schools and serving as a test development specialist for a large assessment corporation. She has taught research and assessment courses and most recently worked as a course designer in UMD’s Continuing Education office.

Randel Hanson, assistant professor, Department of Geography and Urban Environment and Sustainability Studies, is the recipient of the 2014 Faculty Sustainability Inspiration Award for his leadership with the Sustainable Agriculture Project and contributions to campus food service operations, the regional good food movement, and sustainability education.  This award is presented to a UMD faculty member who has demonstrated leadership in establishing, promoting, or advancing sustainability in education and operations on campus. An awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 13 at 11:30 am in the Kirby Ballroom.

Rebecca Katz Harwood, associate professor, Department of Theatre, is a recipient of the 2013-2014 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. This award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students. An awards ceremony will be held on Tues., May 6 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

Eric Hessler, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, and P. G. Amazeen, had their article "Learning and transfer in motor-respiratory coordination" published in Human Movement Science (2014), 33, 321-342.

Elizabeth James, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, was invited to participate in the exhibition "20 Artists/20 Teapots" at the Strecker Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kan. The exhibition will be available for public viewing through Apr. 26. She also has artwork in the "LG SUPER SURPRISE," Midwest Mud Mania & Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists at the Art Bar - Riverwest, concurrent with the National Council on the Ceramics Art Conference, Milwaukee, Wis. The exhibit represents a wide range of ceramic techniques and surfaces that share a sense of play and surprise. 

Steve Johnson, laboratory machinist specialist, NRRI, is the recipient of the 2014 Staff Sustainability Inspiration Award, for his dedicated service and numerous innovative solutions to save time, money, energy, and waste in NRRI’s Safety, Chemical Hygiene, and Hazardous Waste programs. This award is presented to a UMD staff member who has demonstrated leadership in establishing, promoting, or advancing sustainability in education and operations on campus. An awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 13 at 11:30 am in the Kirby Ballroom.

Jim Klueg, professor and department head, Department of Art and Design, will have work in the "20th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition," San Angelo (Texas) Museum of Fine Arts, Apr. 11–June 29. The exhibition's juror was Montreal ceramist/educator, Léopold L. Foulem.

John Kratz
, instructor, Department of Marketing, is a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award as part of the UMD Student Awards.  This honor is given for outstanding work and dedication to student success.The award will be presented at a ceremony on Sun., Apr. 13 at 11:30 am in the Kirby Ballroom.

Romesh Lakhan
, instructor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the recipient of the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award as part of the UMD Student Awards.  He is the advisor to the Chemistry/Biochemistry Club. This honor is given for outstanding work and dedication to student success. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Sun., Apr. 13 at 11:30 am in the Kirby Ballroom.

Alexandra Luong
, associate professor, Department of Psychology, is a recipient of the 2013-2014 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. This award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students. An awards ceremony will be held on Tues., May 6 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

Ryuta Nakajima
, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, has a solo exhibition, "UMWELT," at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, hosted by the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University, through Apr. 11. He was invited by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department as a visiting artist participating in their Visiting Artist Colloquium series. His public lecture was held at the Chaze Museum of Art auditorium in March.

Angela Nichols
, director, GLBT Services, had her dissertation, "Exploring the Lives of Aging Lesbians on Lake Superior's North Shore: An ethnographic study uniting the demographics of age, rural residence, and sexual orientation,"  published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing in November. It is available on Amazon.com and at the Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Bill Pedersen
, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, is a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award as part of the UMD Student Awards.  This honor is given for outstanding work and dedication to student success.The award will be presented at a ceremony on Sun., Apr. 13 at 11:30 am in the Kirby Ballroom.

Brian Robertson
, multicultural outreach assistant, Career Services, is one of two students to receive the Featherman Award. This award publicly recognizes and honors students who have encouraged greater understanding between diverse groups by personal example, actions, and accomplishments. Robertson, along with Amy Jindra, will receive the award at a ceremony on Sun., Apr. 13 at 11:30 am in the Kirby Ballroom.

Justin Rubin
, professor, Department of Music, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award. This award is given annually to a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Fine Arts who has an exceptional and effective teaching style that emphasizes the worth of research in a learned discipline and the maturing impact scholarly activity has on the development of human attitudes and values. An awards ceremony will be held on Tues., May 6 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

David Saftner
, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, is a recipient of the 2013-2014 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. This award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students. An awards ceremony will be held on Tues., May 6 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

Eun-Kyung Suh
, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, has her work included in the “17th International Open group exhibit at Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Ill., through Apr. 17. The exhibit, which features 46 words by 42 artists, was juried by Myra Greene, associate professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She also has a show, “Untold Stories, at the Salisbury University Art Galleries, in Salisbury, Md., through Apr. 18.

Rajiv Vaidyanathan, professor, Department of Marketing, has been named to the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Consumer Marketing. He delivered the keynote address at the College of Pharmacy Research Symposium in March. 

Rob Weidner, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, is a recipient of the 2013-2014 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. This award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students. An awards ceremony will be held on Tues., May 6 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

Janelle Wilson, professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, and Carmen Latterell, professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, had their article, “What Does the Non-Mathematics Intensive Major Think Mathematics Is?,” published in the journal MountainRise. The article appears in Volume 8, No. 2, 2014. MountainRise, published twice a year, is an international scholarship of teaching and learning journal.

Carol J. Wolosz, executive director, Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI), coordinated a tour of the S.S. Callaway, a Great Lakes self-unloading vessel owned by the Great Lakes Fleet/Key Lakesgroup, for a group UMD Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students.  Ken Gerasimos from Key Lakes hosted the tour, along with Jim Sharrow, the facilities manager for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.


Special Recognition

UMD External Affairs won a Gold award in the 29th Annual Educational Advertising Awards. The award in the Magazine Single Ad category was part of the Those Who Can, Duluth campaign and featured student athlete and cancer survivor Jordan Bauman. Staff members who worked on this advertisement included: Charlene Aaseng (designer), Brett Groehler (photographer), and Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann (writer). The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country.  This year, more than 2,000 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools.  

Michelle Marnich
, a first year graduate student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is the recipient of this year’s Karlind T. Moller Cleft/Craniofacial Scholarship. This award includes a one-year student membership in the American Cleft-Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and $500 for Marnich’s research/project expenses. The award was given in recognition of her project titled, “Public Awareness of Cleft Palate in Duluth, MN and Surrounding Areas.” Marnich presented her research at the annual ACPA meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., in March. Her project was also presented at the American Speech Hearing Language Association (ASHA) convention in Chicago, Ill., in November 2013 and was selected to be part of the Promoting the Next Generation of Researchers (Progeny) project at the ASHA convention, which recognizes first authored undergraduate research. Marnich’s advisor is Associate Professor Dana R. Collins.

Faculty and staff from the School of Fine Arts served as judges and referees at the FIRST robotics Lake Superior Regional competition at the DECC in March. This was the largest regional robotics competition in the U.S., with over 100 teams from the Midwest and Hawaii. Kathy Neff, director, Fine Arts Academy; David Bowen, associate professor, Department of Art and Design; Lisa Fitzpatrick, director, Viz Lab and MMAD Lab (Motion & Media Across Disciplines); and Max Elfelt, Environmental Health and Safety and Viz Lab RA, all served as judges. Jerald Thomas, Electrical Engineering and SIVE (Simulations and Interactions in Virtual Environments) RA, served as a referee. FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.


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Medical School-Duluth News

Sarah Beehler, assistant professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health & Population Sciences (Duluth) has received a Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grant from the U's Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She and four other faculty investigators will enroll and collect data from State Fair attendees at the U of M's new Driven to Discover building. Her project is called, "Assessing Supportive Resources of Veterans and Their Families in Greater Minnesota," which she will research in partnership with the Medical School Department of Psychiatry and the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center.


Minnesota Sea Grant News

Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, facilitated a meeting of the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative in Silver Springs, Md, in March.

Jeff Gunderson, director, and Jesse Schomberg, program leader, participated in the Sea Grant Association meeting in Washington, D.C., in March.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!/Habitattitude booth at the 4th Annual St. Louis River Estuary Summit, in Superior, Wisc., in February. He gave invited presentations on stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species at: a meeting of the DNR’s AIS Stakeholder Advisory Committee in St. Cloud, Minn., in February; the University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center in St. Paul, Minn., in March; and a meeting of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary #4 Flotilla in Duluth, Minn., in March. 

Jensen participated in the Asian Carp Forum, in Bloomington, Minn., and was an invited panelist at the 2014 Minnesota AIS Symposium: Long-Term Solutions Through Public-Private Partnerships, in St. Paul, Minn. Both of these events were held in March.

Marte Kitson, AIS specialist, hosted a Habitattitude activity, and Schomberg and Hilarie Sorensen, climate change extension educator, hosted a workshop on how climate change is affecting streams at the 12th Annual St. Louis River Watch Congress for youth, Cloquet, Minn., in March.

Sorensen was promoted to full-time assistant extension professor on March 17, 2014. She will continue to work with Lake Superior coastal communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin to develop a greater public understanding of climate change and encourage science-based responses to changing conditions. Her position is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, University of Minnesota Extension, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Sorensen hosted an activity booth for over 100 5th graders at the Superior Water Fair, in Superior, Wis., in March. Students drew images of what climate change means to them, discussed the difference between climate and weather, learned about impacts from climate change, and completed a climate change word search. She gave an invited presentation, Climate Change and Your Agency: Communicating with the Public and Lawmakers, at the Midwest Regional Climate Meeting in Champaign, Ill., in early March.


Natural Resources Research Institute News

Subhash Basak, senior research associate, participated in the following conferences as invited speaker/chairperson while on a lecture tour in India:
1) Invited lecture titled “Why mathematical/computational chemistry is essential for the sustainability of modern lifestyle” at the Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search Institute, Kolkata, in December.
2) Participated in the following at the International Conference of Recent Trends in Science & Technology (ICRTST 2013) organized by the Kolaghat Institute of Technology: a) inaugural session talk of his experience on the organization of thirteen mathematical chemistry international workshops involving USA, India, and South America in December; b) invited lecture on “Mathematical structural invariants: Development and applications in chemistry, drug discovery, environmental protection, and bioinformatics“; c) Valedictory session talk and panel discussion regarding the role of mathematical modeling in integrating information technology (IT) and biotechnology (BT); d) chaired a technical session.
3) Lectured on the topic “My tortuous path of transition from biochemistry to mathematical chemistry” at the J. J. Ghosh Foundation’s Special Winter Program, at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkat, in January.
4) Invited lecture titled “Graph invariants of molecules: Development and applications in new drug discovery, environmental protection, and chemobioinformatics” at the Third International Conference on Mathematics and Applications, ICFMA 2014, organized by the Burdwan University, West Bengal, in January.
5) Invited lecture titled “Some remarks on applications of graph theory in chemobioinformatics: The basic  philosophy at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Education, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata, in February.
6) Participated in a panel discussion at the 1st International Conference on Research in Education Planning for Gifted Minds where he spoke of the utility of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) instead of the usual STEM in nurturing young gifted minds, in February.
7) Invited lecture on “Graph theoretical invariants of chemical and biological systems: Development and applications” at the International Conference of Emerging Trends in Applied Mathematics, dedicated to the memory of Sir Asutosh Mookerjee and the contributions of S.N. Bose, M.N. Saha, and N. R. Sen. The paper was authored jointly by Basak, Ramanathan Natarajan, and Dilip K. Sinha.  The conference was organized by the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, in February.
8) Guest of honor and speech titled “The essential role of mathematics in integrating information technology (IT) and biotechnology (BT) for efficient new drug discovery” at the annual conference of the Association for the Improvement of Mathematics Teaching (AIMT), in February.
9) Invited speaker at the “Meet the Scientist” session at the 21st West Bengal Science and Technology Congress, organized at Burdwan University, in February.

Sara Raic and Aberra Mogessie (University of Graz, Austria), Ferenc  Molnár (Geological Survey of Finland, Helsinki), Steve Hauck, program director, and Mark Severson, senior research fellow, published "Arsenic-enriched Cu-Ni-PGE Mineralization in Wetlegs, Duluth Complex, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA" in Geophysical Research Abstracts, V. 16, pp. 2,014 - 3,324, 2014.

Steve Johnson, laboratory machinist specialist, NRRI, is the recipient of the 2014 Staff Sustainability Inspiration Award, for his dedicated service and numerous innovative solutions to save time, money, energy, and waste in NRRI’s Safety, Chemical Hygiene, and Hazardous Waste programs. This award is presented to a UMD staff member who has demonstrated leadership in establishing, promoting, or advancing sustainability in education and operations on campus. An awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 13 at 11:30 am in the Kirby Ballroom.

Julie Oreskovich, scientist, presented a talk titled "DNR Underground Mine Mapping Projects" at the Minnesota Department of Transportation 2014 Survey Technical Workshop held in Brainerd in March.


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