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KUMD 103.3 FM is gearing up for the upcoming winter with its third annual “Stuff the Truck” event by collecting donations of winter clothing and gear to benefit the Damiano Center of Duluth.

This year, the truck will be stuffed with winter clothing, boots, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and cash donations to help provide area individuals and families in need of the appropriate attire for the cold winter months. Community members are invited to donate clean, gently used or new items that fit individuals of any age and any size.

Cash donations to benefit the Damiano Center of Duluth are highly recommended and the first 500 cash donations of $10 or more will receive a KUMD Session CD as a thank you gift.

The donations are accepted at KUMD, through Sept. 5 and in front of the main entrance of the Lake Superior Harvest Festival & Twin Ports Bridge Festival at Bayfront Festival Park, Sept. 6, between 11 am and 5 pm.

This is the third year KUMD has organized the “Stuff the Truck” event to help an area non-profit. Last year KUMD collected over 1,300 summer clothing items to benefit the Damiano Center. In 2012 KUMD collected 800 pounds of non-perishable goods for the Salvation Army and helped Twin Ports Bridge Festival and United Way collect $25,000 in cash donations for the 2012 Flood Recovery Fund.

As the Official Radio Station of the Lake Superior Harvest Festival & Twin Ports Bridge Festival (where donations can be dropped off), KUMD also celebrates Sustainability Week, through Friday, September 5, featuring area sustainability leaders on Northland Morning each morning at 8 am.

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


UMD Stores is a one-stop source of office supplies, textbooks, art supplies, and UMD Wear and Gifts for faculty, staff, and students as they purchase what they need for fall semester at UMD.

UMD Stores has three locations on campus: Street Level, Lower Level, and EXPRESS. UMD Stores also operates the UMD Print Shop, U Card Office, and The Bulldog Shop at Amsoil Arena. UMD Stores' mission is to provide quality products and services to students, staff, faculty, and the community through friendly, efficient customer service in support of the University mission. 

Touchdown Tuesday returns in September. Every Tuesday after a home football game, save 5% for each Bulldog touchdown, up to 30% off one regular-price UMD Wear or Gift Item. Touchdown Tuesday will be held Sept. 9 and 23. 

EXPRESS Store events for September include the annual "Brighter UMD Energy Event," Sept. 9–23, where customers can purchase energy-efficient lamps and light bulbs, and "Plant Sale" Sept. 24–Oct. 7. Available for purchase will be over 100 plants – perfect for office or home.

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

Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

Joseph Bauerkemper, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, guest-edited and provided the introduction for the most recent issue of the journal Studies in American Indian Literatures. The issue includes an article by Jill Doerfler, associate professor, Department of American Indian Studies.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, had work selected for both the Online Digital Gallery D-ART 2014 for the “International Conference Information Visualisation iV 2014” at the Universite Paris Descartes in Paris in July and the international Conference “Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization CGIV 2014” in August at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. A panel of artists from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and London curated the galleries.

Steve Castleberry, professor, Department of Marketing, has been appointed as the new UMD faculty athletic representative. Over the past several years he has worked closely with Bulldog athletics, providing support with an extensive sports marketing internship program and also lending his expertise in the areas of sponsorships, event management and fan experiences. Among the classes he currently teaches is Sports Marketing, which he helped create.

Shane D. Courtland, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, was invited to represent UMD’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy at a panel discussion at this year’s Eastern meeting of the American Philosophical Association, the largest philosophy conference in the United States.  The panel is entitled “Philosophy in Demand: In Business, Policy, Journalism, and Life.”

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk "Decompositions of complete bipartite graphs into prisms" at DiMaS (Discrete Mathematics Seminar) at Technical University Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Mindy Granley is now the campus sustainability director and reports to Student Life as part of the ongoing collaborations related to UMD’s program prioritization efforts. She will oversee and direct an operation that includes Bryan French and several student employees. The Office of Sustainability will maintain strong ties to Facilities Management, with both VCSL and VCFO sharing in the costs associated with this reorganization. Office of Sustainability will remain in DAdB 241.

Rick LaCaille, associate professor, Department of Psychology, served as the program chair for Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association's Convention Program Committee. The convention was held in August in Washington, D.C.

Dan Martin, professor, Department of Sociology, presented the paper "Puppetista! Protests, Puppets and Political Dramaturgy in Contests of Representation" at the international meetings of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, in August in San Francisco. His current work looks at the performance technologies developed by global justice activists.

David McCarthy, professor, Department of Education, recently spoke at the National Association of Teacher Educators’ (ATE) national conference in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He provided the three-hour preconference speech/workshop entitled Explore and Consider Utilizing These New Technology Tools to Enhance the On-Line Classrooms and/or Your Traditional Face-to-Face Classrooms. He also had the opportunity to present an additional ten technology workshops later in the conference. He serves as the ATE association development specialist in technology and serves as the official photographer where he meets with all keynote speakers to set up presentations and ensure that audio and video needs are met. He has served for ten years as an active member on the ATE national committee entitled Technology and the Future of Teacher Education. McCarthy also develops and plays a daily photo slideshow for each plenary session and develops a final web-based photo gallery of the entire conference which is then posted as a hyperlink on the ATE website and the ATE facebook page. He will speak at the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) national conference in Chicago, Ill., in March 2015.

Emily Norenberg was appointed the director of the Office of Disability Resources in May. She brings to the director role significant experience in providing a successful learning environment for students with disabilities. Her knowledge of leveraging technology to support student learning is a great asset for UMD. She earned a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Marian University, and a BS in Special Education, Learning Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Her most recent appointment was as a disability specialist at UMD.

Jon L. Pierce, professor, Department of Management Studies, presented a paper entitled 'The Science of Psychological Ownership: A Review of the Current (2011-2014) Literature' in the symposium 'Ownership as a Psychological Phenomenon at the International Congress of Applied Psychology in Paris, France.  He addition, he and Dahui Li, professor, Department of Management Information Systems, collected data in China for their study of 'Collective Psychological Ownership.'

Nathaniel Schultz was appointed the director of the Office of Student Conduct last April. He brings to the director role significant experiences in working with students, adjudicating student conduct matters, and educational programming. He earned an MS in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State University, and a BA in International Studies, with a minor in German, from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His most recent appointment was assistant director of the Office of Student Conduct at UMD.

Eun-Kyung Suh, professor, Department of Art and Design, had her textile sculpture, “Yellow-Flow,” exhibited at Weisman Art Museum at WAM@20. WAM@20 is an in-depth look at collecting and presenting art from a multifarious perspective. The 20 selection methods span from the traditional single curator to collective decision-making, from fact-based analysis to pure chance. Her work was chosen by Jeremy Messersmith. Her textile work, “fragmentary memory,” which was exhibited at Women Made Gallery in Chicago, has been purchased by Margo Jeanchild, Chicago. Suh also had her work, "R(H)yeon's Journey and We, survivors," selected for the exhibition In Retrospect: Looking Back, Inside, sponsored by the Korean Cultural Service in New York, N.Y. This exhibit brings together the works of artists who are searching for and expressing their identities through various mediums.

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Minnesota Sea Grant News

John Bilotta, extension educator in water resources (Twin Cities campus), led two NEMO workshops on-the-water in July - providing training to many elected and appointed leaders and community leaders: on Lake Minnetonka with more than 100 local leaders from more than 30 different cities and communities focusing on water quality information for local leaders and shoreline protection and restoration practices and policies and on the St. Croix National Scenic River with more than 100 local leaders from across the St. Croix Watershed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. This program provided multiple components spread out on three separate decks on a large river boat.  Deck one featured training elected leaders on communicating clean water messages in their community, deck two featured actions for rural and agricultural communities to meet clean water goals, and deck three focused on stormwater planning for growing, urban communities.

Bilotta is also co-lead for two separate water-related conferences supported by Minnesota Sea Grant and U of M Extension.  The Clean Water Summit in September and the Minnesota Water Resources Conference in October.  

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, taught a 3-hour workshop to 15 teachers ranging from elementary educators to community college level on "Teaching with Great Lakes Data" at the Great Lakes Watersheds Teacher Institute held at Michigan Technological University in July. 

Doug Jensen, AIS program coordinator, was interviewed about the successful sea lamprey control program in the Great Lakes by Adam Lorch, KBJR Northland News Center’s Your Green Life, in July Live sea lamprey at the Great Lakes Aquarium provided a back drop. The interview is posted online.

Jensen gave a guest presentation, “Getting the Best Bang With Your AIS Prevention Aid,” for the Aquatic Invasive Species Webinar Series sponsored by the Association of Minnesota Counties and the University of Minnesota, in July. Minnesota Sea Grant’s new AIS Prevention Aid Resource Guide was shared and discussed. Six-eight county and association staff participated.

Jensen was selected by the Initiative Foundation to serve on a review committee to support the AIS Prevention Strategies Grant Project funded through LCCMR. Nearly $4 M will be available to fund the implementation or expansion of innovative pilot projects to prevent the introduction or spread of AIS and assess their effectiveness in Minnesota. He attended the first meeting in Little Falls, Minn., in July.

Jensen, gave an invited presentation, Managing Aquatic Plants and Problems, at the 2014 LPAT Super Workshop Recertification, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minn., in August. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension’s Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education Program, 31 pesticide applicators were educated about effective management of aquatic invasive plants.

Jensen and Marte Kitson, AIS program specialists, educated tournament anglers entered in the Salmon Classic, Silver Bay, Minn. in July. During the awards ceremony, Jensen thanked anglers for doing their part to help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! and encouraged them to be leaders by joining the campaign to help protect lakes and rivers in their areas. Watercraft inspection and decontamination was coordinated with The 1854 Treaty Authority, who inspected and washed watercraft leaving the access.

Garrett Kunz, program intern, co-hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booth at Ely’s Blueberry Festival, in Ely, Minn., in July. Staff from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, White Iron Chain of Lakes Association, and Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District were also on-hand to answer questions about aquatic invasive species (AIS). Nearly 500 visitors learned how to prevent the spread of harmful AIS into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Jesse Schomberg, program leader, gave a "Chester Chat" at Glensheen in July, on how Sea Grant works on Lake Superior issues.  The presentation was recorded and broadcast on KUMD and is available to stream on

Minnesota Sea Grant co-hosted Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booths at the 13th Annual Mills Fleet Farm’s Kids Fishing Appreciation Day at thirteen stores across Minnesota, in July, including Alexandria, Blaine, Brainerd/Baxter, Brooklyn Park, Cambridge, Carver, Fergus Falls, Lakeville, Oakdale, Rochester, Owatonna, St. Cloud/Waite Park, and Winona. Co-hosts included the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement, Watercraft Inspection and AIS Programs, Douglas County Coalition of Lake Associations, University of Minnesota Extension’s Master Naturalist Program, and Wildlife Forever. Visitors learn to cast a line, tie knots, identify fish, and, thanks to a four-year collaboration, to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS). Experts were on hand to answer questions about the threats of AIS, show what they look like, where to look, and what to do to prevent the spread. Popular were preserved specimens of zebra mussels, mystery snails, gobies, and other AIS. Visitors received free AIS educational and identification materials.

Minnesota Sea Grant and MN Department of Natural Resources co-hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! and Habitattitude! booth during Lake Superior Days, Duluth, Minn., in July. Over 1,200 visitors learned about aquatic invasive species by viewing displays, engaging in conversation, and picking free education resources.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! and Habitattitude was a booth featured at the 2014 Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marias, Minn., July 31–Aug. 3, 2014. Located at the intersection of Highway 61 and 2nd Avenue West, the booth was co-hosted by Minnesota Sea Grant with representatives from the Minnesota DNR Law Enforcement Program, Cook County Invasive Species Team, Cook County Invasive Species Team and National Park Service-Grand Portage National Monument. They educated nearly 1,000 visitors about AIS and taught them how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Terry Brown, research associate, gave a webinar presentation titled "Statewide wetland restoration prioritization and decision support" to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development Geospatial Users Group in June.

Don Fosnacht, director of the Center for Applied Research and Technology Development, participated as a panelist in a live webinar in July via Biomass Magazine on "Advancing Biomass as a Drop-in Coal Replacement."

Richard Kiesel, director of the Coleraine Minerals Research Lab, gave a talk at the Hibbing Rotary in July about the capabilities and research taking place at NRRI's Minerals Lab in Coleraine, Minn. He also gave the keynote address titled "Future of Iron Ore Pelletization in the United States" at the Advance Sustainable Iron and Steelmaking Conference (ASISC) held at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., in August.

NRRI staff presented research at the 10th Biennial Conference for the Short Rotation Wood Crop Operations Working Group in Seattle, Wash., in July:
1) Bernie McMahon, research fellow; William Berguson, program director, Center for Applied Research and Technology Development/Forestry; Dan Buchman, research plot coordinator; and Don Riemenschneider, research associate, presented a poster titled "APopulus breeding and clone development program in Minnesota: Results and source of new plant materials for regional, national and international testing exchanges."
2) Berguson gave an oral presentation titled "Development of Yield Estimates of Short Rotation Poplar and Mapping of U.S. Poplar Yeild Potential" with coauthors McMahon, Buchman, Jeff Wright and Mike Cunningham (ArborGen, Inc.), Brian Stanton and Rich Shuren (Greenwood Resources, Portland, OR), Randy Rousseau (Mississippi State University), Ray Miller (Forest Biomass Innovation Center, Michigan State) and Tim Rials (University of Tennessee, Knoxville).

NRRI staff presented research at the International Poplar Symposium VI held in Vancouver, B.C. in July:
1) McMahon, Berguson, Buckman and Riemenschneider presented a poster titled "A Populus breeding and clone development program in Minnesota: Status update on a Populus nigra collection and parent population improvement efforts."
2) Berguson gave an oral presentation titled  "Two decades of poplar breeding and field testing in Minnesota, USA: results and implications to future genetic improvement" coauthored by McMahon, Buchman and Riemenschneider.

Edmund Zlonis, assistant scientist, recently gave the following presentations:
1) "Modeling habitat and landscape associations of lowland conifer breeding birds" at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Grand Rapids, Minn., in April.
2) "Forest bird monitoring in the Western Great Lakes region 1987-2013," a plenary presentation at the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Workshop, held in Port Washington, Wisc., in August.

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