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On May 8, 2014, the Board of Regents approved the following individuals for promotion to full professor:
Julie Ernst, Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Janice Kmetz, Department of Art and Design
Daniel Martin, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Eun-Kyung Suh, Department of Art and Design

The Board of Regents also approved the following individuals for promotion to associate professor with indefinite tenure:
Jacqueline Buffington-Vollum, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Scott Carlson, Department of Psychology
Eshan Dave, Department of Civil Engineering
Edward Downs, Department of Communication
Peter Grundt, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Fu-Jen (Daniel) Hsiao, Department of Accounting
Hilary Kowino, Department of English
Lara LaCaille, Department of Psychology
Thomas Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer, Department of Music
Robert Schroer, Department of Philosophy
Julie Slowiak, Department of Psychology
Scott Vollum, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Sean Walsh, Department of Philosophy
Debao Zhou, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Rochelle Zuck, Department of English


Updates about Academic Affairs are posted on the Academic Affairs homepage. Past postings are listed in the archive section. Questions may be directed to the office of the vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.


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Summer Daze Concert Craze on KUMD - All Summer Long
Listen to KUMD 103.3 FM for a chance to register and win tickets to summer concerts - every day, during the Fitger's Brewhouse Summer Daze Concert Craze.

KUMD will announce when the phone lines are open for registration. Make the call to be automatically entered into the drawing held every Friday at noon.

The giveaways include tickets to various area concerts including:
Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Big Top Chautauqua on June 27,
The Hold Steady at Clyde Iron on July 6,
Ziggy Marley at Big Top Chautauqua on August 9 and more . . .

Listen to KUMD at 103.3 FM, online at and now also through the new UMD smartphone app.


Faculty, staff, and students are invited to watch a short video about the homepage for the new myU and learn how the University community will use some of its features. Part of the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP), the purpose of the new myU portal is to help faculty, staff, and students be successful in getting their business done at the U.


Receive a free stamp with the purchase of a Father's Day card through June 15 at UMD Stores Street Level Store.

UMD Stores is preparing for inventory
Note these important dates:
• Wed., June 18 is the last day to make department charges at UMD Stores for this fiscal year. Any charges made after this date will be reflected in the next fiscal year.
• The Street Level Store will be open 10 am–12 noon on Sun., June 29 before closing for inventory.
• All UMD Stores locations will be closed Mon., June 30. Regular summer hours will resume on Tues., July 1.

UMD Market Day in the Plaza is held every Wednesday through Sept. 24, from noon–4 pm. Enjoy the farmer's market, live music, and local art on Kirby Plaza in front of UMD Stores. In case of rain, the event will be held inside Kirby Plaza Bus Hub. UMD Stores will have specials inside the store during the Market, including half-off fountain pop and hot beverages from the self-serve area. Visit the UMD Market Day website for more information and a list of music performers.

Bring a bag or backpack or purchase a reusable bag at UMD Stores. Don’t take a plastic bag and get a wooden nickel to drop in the charity bin to support three local charities. These charities benefit from this conscious effort to go green at UMD Stores. 

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 UMD Stores Street Level.

UMD Stores offers special events and promotions all year long. Check the website often. UMD Stores is also on facebook and Twitter.

Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

Erik Brown, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, has been named the interim director of graduate education. He and Paul Kiprof are sharing duties after the retirement of Tim Holst, former associate vice chancellor of graduate education and research. Brown served as the director of graduate studies for the Water Resources Science Program for nine years and has advised or co-advised 12 graduate students at UMD. He served as the acting director of the Large Lakes Observatory during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Eve Browning, professor and department head, Department of Philosophy, presented a paper entitled, "Xenophon's Socrates: Philosophy Should be Useful" at the Minnesota Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy conference in May at the U of M Twin Cities.

Stephen Castleberry
, professor, Department of Marketing, had an article, “Salesperson Ethics: An Interactive Computer Simulation,” published online in the Journal of Marketing Education, April 2014.

Kristina D'Allaird, office manager, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, was elected DAHA (Duluth Amateur Hockey Association) secretary in April.

Jill Doerfler, associate professor, Department of American Indian Studies, organized the roundtable session "Contemporary Quandaries of Tribal Citizenship: Cultural, Legal, and Political Concerns" with Sarah Deer, professor, William Mitchell College of Law; Matthew L.M. Fletcher, professor, Michigan State University College of Law; and Colette Routel, professor, William Mitchell College of Law, for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association annual meeting in Austin, Tex., in May.

Mitra Emad, associate professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, has been selected as one of two faculty fellows for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) for the 2014–15 academic year. She will provide support to faculty and staff in the use of technology for effective teaching and learning.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a conference talk "Decompositions of complete bipartite graphs into generalized prisms" at the Combinatorics Seminar at University of Vermont.

Michael Greminger, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,received the Swenson College of Science and Engineering Young Teacher Award in April in recognition of his outstanding contributions to teaching.

Linda LeGarde Grover, associate professor, Department of American Indian Studies, had "The Power of Frybread," an excerpt from her forthcoming novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass (University of Minnesota Press, September 2014), appear in the Spring 2014 Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought.

Josh Hamilton has been named the dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering. He comes to UMD from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., where he served from 2008-13 as the chief academic and scientific officer. He will begin his new role at UMD on June 16.

John Hiller, professor, Department of Physics, and Sophia Chabysheva, assistant professor, Department of Physics, participated in the Light Cone 2014 workshop on Theory and Experiment for Hadrons on the Light Front in Raleigh, N.C., at the end of May. Hiller spoke on "The Casimir effect in light-front quantization" and Chabysheva spoke on "The light-front coupled-cluster method applied to phi_{1+1}^4 theory."

Paul Kiprof, professor, Department of Chemistry, has been named the interim director of research and is serving a half-time appointment. He and Erik Brown are sharing duties after the retirement of Tim Holst, former associate vice chancellor of graduate education and research. Kiprof has experience with proposals and research projects including sponsored single-PI proposals, instrumentation proposals, internal and external proposals, and teaching development proposals. He was the interim associate dean in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering and has also served as department head.

Jill Klingner, associate professor, Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences, and her coauthors, Michelle M. Casey, Ira Moscovice, and Shailendra Prasad, had an article, “Rural Relevant Quality Measures for Critical Access Hospitals” published in the Journal of Rural Health, Volume 29, pp. 159-171.

Dahui Li, professor, Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences, and his coauthors, Haichao Zheng, Jing Wu, and Xun Yu, had an article, “The Role of Multidimensional Social Capital in Crowdfunding: A Comparative Study in China and US,” published in Information Management, Volume 51, pp. 488-496.

Zhuangyi Liu, professor and head, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was awarded the Swenson College of Science and Engineering Sabra S. and Dennis L. Anderson Scholar/Teacher Award in April in recognition of his scholarly distinction and teaching excellence.

Susan Maher, dean, College of Liberal Arts, was co-director of this year's Willa Cather Spring Conference, held annually in Red Cloud, Neb. This year's focus was "Mapping Literary Landscapes: Environments and Ecosystems." She was part of a plenary session with fellow writers and scholars Tom Lynch and John T. Price. The three of them read from their recent book publications.

Jennifer Mencl, associate professor, Department of Management Studies, and her coauthor, Scott W. Lester, had an article, “More Alike than Different: What Generations Value and how the Values Affect Employee Workplace Perceptions,” published in the Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies, April 2014.

Helen Mongan-Rallis, associate professor, Department of Education, has been selected as one of two faculty fellows for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) for the 2014–15 academic year. She will provide support to faculty and staff in the use of technology for effective teaching and learning.

Ryuta Nakajima, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, will be exhibiting his new drawing series in a group exhibition "Let's Go to the Sea II” at sksks gallery, July 7–28, in Okinawa, Japan.  He will also participate in a group exhibition "Cephalopod Interface" at Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, August 19–24. This exhibition is organized in conjunction with a scientific symposium "Cephalopodology," organized by University of Ryukyus. He will be presenting his ongoing research on cephalopod body pattern during the symposium among 15 scientists from biochemistry, fishery science, neuroscience, etc. In addition to exhibitions, Nakajima's work is featured in two recent publications: "Melting Standard: New Shift in Japanese Art Vol.1," published by CreateSpace Independent, Nippon Standard LLC, and “The Legendary Squid, Battle of Destiny,” published by New Japan Publishing Co. In this book, his interdisciplinary collaborative research investigating dermal reflectivity of Architeuthis (Giant squid) produced by NHK is featured.

Gibson Nene, assistant professor, Department of Economics, along with his coauthors, Bret Gitar, an LSBE student, and Inoussa Boubacar, University of Wisconsin, Stout, had an article, “The Effect of Land Reform on Poverty: The Case of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Countries,” published in Economic Papers: A Journal of Applied Economics and Policy, Volume 33(1), pp. 104-113.

Angie Nichols, director of GLBT Services, Office of Cultural Diversity, participated in a two-day Safer Schools Symposium and Training on LGBTQ youth in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. Training was conducted by Egale--Canada's Human Rights Trust with faculty and staff and other provincial leaders in Ontario Public Schools, sharing best-practices working with LGBTQA youth programs and gay straight alliances. She served as the only invited college-representative to the two-day symposium to conduct outreach through faculty, staff, administrators, and school board officials while providing recruitment information about UMD to college-bound high school students. Her goal was to network and create a bridge between UMD and youth who are LGBTQ and First Nation students.

Paula J. Pedersen, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, along with her colleagues, Michelle Hargrave, University of Minnesota, Duluth, and Jenice M. Meyer, University of Wisconsin-Superior, published their article “Learn Global; Serve Local: Student Outcomes from a Community-Based Learning Pedagogy” in the Journal of Experiential Education, May 6, 2014.

Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, participated in the Semeval 2014 Cross-Level Semantic Similarity shared task. In this competition, 38 systems from around the world automatically measured how similar words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs are to one another. He entered three systems, two of which placed in the top five based on their agreement with human judges who also completed the task.

Guy Sander, assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, received the Swenson College of Science and Engineering Young Teacher Award in April in recognition of his outstanding contributions to teaching.

Shelley Smith, associate professor, Instructional Development Service, has an article accepted for publication in To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development (33). It is based on the research she did as a faculty fellow at the University of South Australia, and is titled, "Peer Collaboration: Improving Teaching through Comprehensive Peer Review."

Laura Zimmermann, instructor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, received the Swenson College of Science and Engineering SCSE Teacher Award in April in recognition of her outstanding contributions to teaching.

Rochelle Zuck, associate professor, Department of English, was interviewed for a recent segment of the public radio show BackStory with the American History Guys. The program explored the history of oil in the United States, and Zuck discussed the emergence of Spiritualist fervor in the Pennsylvania oil fields of the 1860s.

Special Recognition

In April, UMD was recognized as an American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Company. UMD was also recognized for Worksite Innovation, having achieved all criteria for the gold-level award as well as for developing and implementing innovative programs. This award recognizes that UMD has set a high standard as a healthy campus community with concern for the health of staff and continued progression and success in implementing a system that focuses on good health. UMD offers a variety of wellness workshops that focus on nutrition education, healthy eating, financial health, parenting, healthy cooking demonstrations, and disease management. For more information on the Fit-Friendly Worksites initiative or to find out about incorporating healthy behaviors, check out the UMD Wellness website or their Facebook page

Large Lakes Observatory News

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Medical School-Duluth News

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Minnesota Sea Grant News

Dale Bergeron, maritime transportation specialist, presented information to the Duluth/Superior Harbor Technical Advisory Committee in June. The information covered a synopsis of the recent Ballast Water Collaborative Meeting in Washington, D.C., information on the current state of ballast water regulation in the US and Canada, and changes in ballast regulations and timelines.

John Bilotta, extension educator in water resources (Twin Cities campus), will participate in a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) research team project June 17–29, conducting Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and multibeam sonar surveys inside and outside five marine protected areas (MPAs) in the south Atlantic to assess survey efficacy with respect to fisheries management. Follow his journey.  

Bilotta is conducting a series of workshops for community leaders in 32 cities in the Twin Cities Metro Region. The workshops focus on lake and stream protection, restoration, impacts from multiple land uses, and the role that local leaders have in developing and supporting water plans, adoption of revised policies, and implementing best management practices. Two classroom-style NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) sessions were held in May. For more information, visit

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, attended the DNR’s aquatic invasive species Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting, in St. Cloud, Minn., in April. He also participated in the spring meeting of the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, in South Bend, Ind., in April. 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.

Jensen gave an invited presentation, Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Working to Save Our Waters at The State of Waters: Minnesotans Protecting Our Lakes and Rivers Conference, in Brainerd, Minn., in May. Two Sea Grant booths were there, too: Habitattitude and a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Jensen was interviewed twice in May by Jay Anderson during DayBreak, WTIP-Radio, Grand Marais, Minn. He spoke about Asian carp threats to the Lake Superior and Minnesota waters and about preventing the spread of pets and plants by aquarists and water gardeners.

Jensen supported Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! at the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Fishing Tournament, Big Stone Lake,  in Ortonville, Minn., in May. Minnesota Sea Grant, part of a Great Lakes Sea Grant Network initiative, partners 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 tournament anglers and operators about Clean Boat, Clean Tournaments.

Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist, hosted a booth at Earth Tracks at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minn., in May. She also presented aquatic invasive species information at the Water Monitor Extravaganza, in Grand Marais, Minn., in May.

Brent Schleck, coastal storms outreach coordinator (Twin Cities campus), along with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration staff, finalized and released the Coastal Storms Program’s Beach Hazard Risk Communication Strategy. This effort studied beachgoer attitudes and perceptions related to dangerous currents and waves along several popular beaches in the Great Lakes. It outlines a comprehensive risk communication strategy. View the full report.

Schleck helped to coordinate the announcement given by NOAA's Great Lakes Coastal Storms Program and Ohio Sea Grant that approximately $1 million was awarded to ten projects. These projects will address coastal storm hazards around the Great Lakes region. Information on the NOAA awards is available online.

Jesse Schomberg, program leader, led the second Tipping Points session for the Knife River Watershed along Minnesota’s North Shore in May. Participants evaluated existing natural features, potential issues of concern, and identified action items that would both protect and improve the Knife River. He also ran the Lake Superior Game for 6th graders from Two Harbors and Silver Bay at Split Rock Lighthouse for their annual Natural Resources Field Day.

Minnesota Sea Grant staff and partners hosted two stations for 1,433 sixth graders from 16 Duluth-Superior area schools during River Quest in May. The educational stations focused on not releasing aquarium pets and plants into the environment, and surviving rip currents.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

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Pharmacy Department News

Kyle Hill, postdoctoral associate, gave three presentations at the 2014 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education held in May, in Honolulu, Hawaii: (1) "Indigenizing Clinical Research, Education, and Practice in Mental Health: Shifting Paradigms" (2) "Bridging the Gap: Implementing Culturally Informed Psychoeducational Assessment and Diagnosis with Indigenous Student Populations" (3) "Indigenous Perspectives on Diversity and Social Justice in Health Education."

Hill also presented "Decolonizing and Indigenizing Psychological Research on Turtle Island: A Multilevel Synthesis of the Literature" at The Canadian Psychological Association 75th Annual Convention held in early June, in Vancouver, B.C.

Mark E. Schneiderhan, associate professor, L.A. Nelson, and T. Dellenbaugh published “Assessment of mental illness” (eChapter) in Pharmacotherapy: A pathophysiological approach, edited by DiPiro, Talbert, Yee, Matzke, Wells, Posey. 9th Ed. The McGraw-Hill Company, Inc. 2014.

Randy Seifert, senior associate dean and professor, was sworn in as president of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) in May.

Tim Stratton, professor, Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, and Grant Anderson, department head and associate professor, along with TC team members Jordan Orzoff and Caroline Gaither, attended the 2014 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Institute in May, in Leesburg, Va. This year's Institute focused on CAPE Educational Outcomes 2013. 

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