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UMD’s Veterans Services is now a part of One Stop Student Services, 23 Solon Campus Center. Ginger Johnson, who is currently the coordinator of our Veterans Resource Center, has joined One Stop as a counselor. The Veterans Lounge and student staff will continue to be located in 60 Solon Campus Center under the umbrella of One Stop. 

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KUMD's annual ten-day Fall Membership Drive starts on Oct. 17 and runs through Oct. 26. KUMD 103.3FM provides independent alternative music, local interviews and news, as well as public affairs coverage. Become a member online at or by calling KUMD at (218) 726-7181.

KUMD’s "The Basement" was nominated for “Biggest Improvement” category in CMJ’s 2014 College Radio Awards. The winners will be announced at 4 pm on College Day, Thurs., Oct. 23, in New York City.

The KUMD-produced program, "Soul Village with Chris Harwood," is now being aired as a weekly syndicated show on KBEM Jazz 88 (88.5FM) in the Twin Cities every Wednesday from 9–11 pm.


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 will be held Oct. 7, 21, and 28. The Tuesday after each home football game, save 5% for each Bulldog touchdown, up to 30%, on one regular priced UMD Wear or Gift Item. Street Level Store only.

UMD Stores Express will have a Bargain Books sale October 8–21. The sale will include a large selection of books perfect for adults & children.

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

Elizabeth Austin-Minor, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been elected as a member-at-large to the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) board beginning fall 2014.

Joseph Bauerkemper, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, published an essay titled “Indigenous Trans/Nationalism and the Ethics of Theory in Native Literary Studies” in The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature.

David Bowen, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, has his works cloud piano  and fly revolver  featured in a one person exhibition titled “translation which opened Sept. 19 at L'assaut de la Menuiserie, Saint-Etienne, France. cloud piano was commissioned by L'assaut de la Menuiserie with documentation support from UMD’s Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab and Weber Music Hall. His work underwater will be included in “Pure Water” a group exhibition at Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria. Artists in the exhibition include Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Chris Burden, Gerhard Richter, and The Yes Men. His work cloud tweets is included in “Permafuture a group exhibition at the Prove Gallery, Duluth, Minn.

Aaron Boyson, associate professor, Department of Communication, was honored by his alma mater, Michigan State University, by having a doctoral student computer lab in their Communication Arts and Sciences Building named after him. 

Jennifer Brady, assistant professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will present a paper titled "Masculinities in Rediscovery: Marías, Millás, and Vila-Matas" at the Rocky Mountain MLA Convention in Boise, Idaho, an organization for which she serves as an elected delegate on the executive board. She has also been invited to be on a panel for graduate students at the convention titled "Preparing for the Changing Climate of Higher Education.”

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, had work included in "Library Thoughts-4," an international group exhibition at the Hegyvidek Gallery in Budapest, Hungary.  Her work in the exhibition "Framing the Field," curated by George Slade from the Minnesota Museum of American Art collection, traveled to the Morrison Gallery at the U of M-Morris and runs through Oct. 17.

Douglas Dunham, professor, Department of Computer Science, attended three conferences in August, giving talks at each. The first paper, "Patterns on Triply Periodic Polyhedra," was presented at the 16th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics, Innsbruck, Austria. The second paper, "Repeating Patterns on Triply Periodic Polyhedra," was presented at the 2014 ICM (International Congress of Mathematicians), Seoul, Korea. The third paper with John Shier, "The Art of Random Fractals," was presented at the Bridges 2014 Conference, also in Seoul. Three prints designed by Dunham and Shier, Yin-Yangs in a Circle, Circles in a Yin-Yang, and Yin-Yangs in Yin-Yang were selected to be displayed at the conference art exhibit. Circles in a Yin-Yang was chosen as the background for the cover of both the conference proceedings and the art exhibit catalog. In addition, the three prints were donated as Object 4, Aesthetic Fractals, to the IMU (International Mathematical Union) DonAuction which raises funds for IMU program's “Adopt a Mathematics Graduate Student,” to help young, talented students from developing countries to gain access to assistantships in other developing countries. The three prints raised $500 for the program.

Dennis Falk, professor, Department of Social Work, and co-chair of UMD’s internationalization self-study, has been named the faculty fellow for internationalization through a collaborative effort with the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance Office in the Twin Cities.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk "Decompositions of complete bipartite graphs into prisms" at International Workshop on Network Topology, in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Chris Haidos, currently leading international efforts in UMD Admissions, has assumed a new role as director of International Partnerships and Outreach. He will support efforts to expand existing international partnerships and identify and develop new partnerships for the institution. He will also serve as a liaison between partner institutions and UMD and will coordinate international visitors to campus.

Nik R. Hassan, associate professor, Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences, had his article “Paradigm Lost … Paradigm Gained: A Hermeneutical Rejoinder to Banville and Landry’s “Can the Field of MIS be Disciplined?” published in the European Journal of Information Systems.

Monica Haynes has been hired as the new director for the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, located as 11 East Superior Street, Suite 210, Duluth, and affiliated with the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. Most recently she was the director of Institutional Research at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. She replaces Jim Skurla, who retired in June after more than 30 years of service at UMD.

John Hiller, professor, and Sophia Chabysheva, assistant professor, both of the Department of Physics, recently published "Application of the light-front coupled-cluster method to phi^4 theory in two dimensions," in volume 90 of Physical Review D.

Jeffrey S Kalstrom, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, is exhibiting a new work, The Dog House, at Franconia Sculpture Park, in Shafer, Minn. He also created a series of live performances that took place inside The Dog House; the last one will be held on Oct. 12 from 1–4 pm. The work, The Dog House, is a small but human-sized studio and living space made in the shape of a dog’s head. During the performances, Kalstrom "inhabits" the house, makes paintings of dogs, and engages with visitors. He adopts the persona of an artist obsessed with dogs and the philosophy of the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, Diogenes. Kalstrom also spoke about his work as part of the series, “Franconia Talks,” at Franconia Sculpture Park.

Jim Klueg, professor and head, Department of Art & Design, had his ceramic vessel, Pretty Abyss, "designated for material mastery" at the "Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association Juried Competition," Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Fort Hays State University, Fort Hays, Kan. The exhibition runs Oct. 17– Nov. 8, 2014, and was juried by ceramist Paul Andrew Wandless.

Christopher Lake, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, has received nationwide media attention after recently presenting research about the motives underlying employees’ frequent job changes, a practice known as job hopping.  After presenting this research (with coauthor Scott Highhouse, Bowling Green State University) at the 2014 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, articles focusing on his research have appeared in Fortune Magazine, IT Business Edge, Business News Daily, The Oklahoman newspaper, and has been featured on the front page of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s website.

Keith B Lodge, professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, attended the 21st International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2014 in Prague, the Czech Republic. He presented two posters: "Mass transfer of the solute, toluene, from a head space with constant composition to a stirred aqueous phase in a spectrophotometric cell," and "Experiments for short laboratory sessions and lecture-room demonstrations for teaching particle technology."

Christopher R. McIntosh, associate professor, and Neil A. Wilmot, assistant professor, both from the Department of Economics, had their article “Forecasting Recreational Visitation at U.S. National Parks,” published in Tourism Analysis, Volume 19.

Leigh Neys, formerly director of the International Education Office, has assumed an expanded role as director of International Programs and Services (IPS), which includes Study Abroad (formerly International Education Office) and International Partnerships and Outreach. She will provide fiscal and personnel management of IPS staff and programs, coordination and expansion of international opportunities for students, staff, and faculty, and she will support internationalization of the curriculum efforts.

Kim Riordan, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, has assumed additional responsibilities and has also become the chief international officer for UMD. In that role, she will provide strategic leadership and direction for internationalization at UMD. She will also oversee a reconfigured office of International Programs and Services (IPS), which includes Study Abroad (formerly International Education Office) and International Partnerships and Outreach. She continues to hold a faculty position as associate professor in UMD’s department of education.

Eun-Kyung Suh, professor, Department of Art and Design, was invited to "Salvage" at the Giertz Gallery in Champaign, IL through Nov. 8.This seven-artist group exhibition of contemporary artists also includes Richard Moninski, Sarah Nicole Phillips, Ajean Ryan, Carrie Ann Schumacher, Jonpaul Smith, and Kathleen Thum. The opening reception was held on Oct. 2, followed by Richard Moninski's gallery talk. Suh's Comfort Women project has been funded by a Large Grant from the Commission for Women.

Lin Xiu, assistant professor, Department of Management Studies, and her coauthor, Dr. Morley Gunderson, University of Toronto, had their article, “Glass Ceiling or Sticky Floor? Quartile Regression Decomposition of the Gender Pay Gap in China,” in the International Journal of Manpower, Volume 35(3).  

Viktor Zhdankin, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, recently published Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry: Preparation, Structure, and Synthetic Applications of Polyvalent Iodine Compounds which is the first comprehensive text covering all of the main aspects of the chemistry of organic and inorganic polyvalent iodine compounds, including applications in chemical research, medicine, and industry. This book is aimed at all chemists interested in iodine compounds, including academic and industrial researchers in inorganic, organic, physical, medicinal, and biological chemistry. It will be particularly useful to synthetic organic and inorganic chemists, including graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It comprehensively covers the green chemistry aspects of hypervalent iodine chemistry, making it especially useful for industrial chemists.

Special Recognition

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has received a $234,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program to purchase a high-resolution mass spectrometer. The proposal was written by PI Victor Nemykin, professor, and Co-PI’s Steven Berry, associate professor, Venkatram Mereddy, associate professor, and Viktor Zhdankin, professor.

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Medical School-Duluth News

James Allen, head, Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences, was a featured as a symposium speaker at the 20th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology gathering in Anchorage, Alaska. He spoke on community resilience, cultural continuity, and well-being in prevention of suicide in a circumpolar region.

Brooks Jackson, dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School as well as the vice president for health sciences, visited the Duluth campus of the U of M Medical School in September. He also toured the College of Pharmacy, Duluth.

Alan Johns, interim dean, was mentioned in the September issue of Minnesota Medicine for his involvement in the Association of American Indian Physicians. He hopes his involvement in this association will increase the number of American Indians applying to medical school.

Arlen R. Severson, a charter faculty member of the Medical School Duluth, has been inducted into the Academic Health Center Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. This distinction is awarded to those who attain the highest level of recognition by their peers and is a lifelong membership. Members of this academy have demonstrated exceptional scholarly contributions to advance learning in their schools and across academic programs at the University of Minnesota. Severson was named teacher of the year a total of 16 times.

Minnesota Sea Grant News

John Bilotta, water resource management and policy extension educator, co-led the 2014 Clean Water Summit at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in September. Nearly 200 water planners, engineers, landscape architects, and leaders attended.  Presentations from the Summit can be found online

Bilotta led the fourth in a series of workshops for elected and appointed leaders in the west metro region focusing on practices and policies local leaders can pursue to protect streambanks and minimize pollution from stormwater runoff.  The September workshop and land practices tour included more than 35 leaders.

Bilotta co-led the 2014 Metro Children’s Water Festival at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in September. More than 1200 4th graders participated.  MN Sea Grant provided a learning station on aquatic invasive species, led by Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist. Information can be found online about the Metro CWF.

Valerie Brady, research coordinator, Jesse Schomberg, program leader, and Cindy Hagley ran the hydrology station at the Forestry Field Days for 5th graders in Duluth, Minn., in September.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, was interviewed by Jay Anderson during Day Break, WTIP-Radio, Grand Marias, Minn., in September. Jensen was interviewed about AIS Prevention Aid and the upcoming Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference, in Duluth in October.

Jensen and Jeff Gunderson, director, were named to serve on the Minnesota DNR’s Bait Harvesting Aquatic Invasive Species Analysis Advisory Team, which will work toward to improve the understanding of bait harvest processes, analyze potential risks for spreading AIS, and make recommendations to refine regulations.

Kitson gave a presentation, What in Your Water Garden?, at a meeting of the Park Point Garden Club, Duluth in August.

Brent Schleck, coastal storms outreach coordinator, hosted a NOAA Coastal Services Center event, Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings, for local resource managers and university employees in Duluth in August. Participants included 21 representatives from the federal and state government, academic and non-profit sectors, originating from Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Schleck compiled a new list of climate-related funding opportunities that was posted to the Nature Conservancy's Collaboratory website. This document, created twice annually, lists international, federal, state, non-profit, academic, and philanthropic opportunities for those conducting climate-related funding.

Minnesota Sea Grant, UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute, and Fortin Consulting published the Field Guild for Maintaining Rural Roadside Ditches. This FREE publication is available as a spiral-bound 94-page book and as an online PDF.

Minnesota Sea Grant produced two new episodes of The Sea Grant Files with KUMD. Stream them online
“Lampreys! Three Natives, One Not” (5:25), aired Sept. 23, 1.4 MB mp3 | Stream
“Barotrauma: A Fishing Tip” (4:57), aired Sept. 9, 1.3 MB mp3 | Stream

Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant co-supported Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! outreach at the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Fishing Tournament in Cass Lake, Minn., in September, which worked with 160 professional anglers on the importance of helping Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! and boat washing.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Steve Hauck, program director, along with co-authors Perry Jones, Laurel Woodruff, Robert Seal, Nadine Piatak (all with the U.S. Geological Survey) and Carrie Jennings (MN Department of Natural Resources) presented research on "Assessing the influence of copper-nickel-bearing bedrocks on baseline water quality in three Northeastern Minnesota watersheds" at the National Conference on Mining-Influenced Waters: Approaches for Characterization Source Control and Treatment, held in August in Albuquerque, N.M.

Andriy Khotkevych, research associate, and Donald Fosnacht, center director, presented "Mineral- and metallurgic-based catalysts for syngas converstion" at the Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products held in Denver, Colo., in September.

Edmund Zlonis, assistant scientist, and Gerald Niemi, senior research associate, jointly published "Avian communities of managed and wilderness hemiboreal forests" in Forest Ecology and management, 2014, pp. 26 - 34.

NRRI staff presented research at Minnesota's Forest Habitats: Managing across the forest continuum, a workshop organized by the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society, held in Palisade, Minn.: Niemi presented "The state of forest breeding birds in Minnesota - results from Minnesota's first breeding bird atlas." Amanda McGraw, research assistant, and Ron Moen, senior research associate, presented "Moose and deer habitat use in northeast Minnesota."

Niemi gave an invited talk entitled "Are birds in Minnesota and Finland similar?" at FinnFest USA held in Minneapolis in August.

NRRI's Minerals Laboratory hosted an inaugural short course and workshop on Balling of Iron Ore Concentrates with invited guest, Kal Sastry, professor emeritus from the University of California Berkley, held in Duluth in September.

Pharmacy Department News

Ben Aronson, SAPh graduate student, received a $6,500 award from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) for his project titled "Predicting Healthy Behaviors: Factors Influencing Self-Care and Medication Adherence in Indigenous Adults with Type 2 Diabetes" for the period Sept. 1, 2014–Aug. 31, 2015.

Karen Bastianelli, assistant professor, and Jennifer Chen received a $10,000 award for their proposal titled "Comparison of Two Point of Care Lipid Analyzer Devices" through the College of Pharmacy Faculty Grants Award Program (GAP) for inter-campus collaborations.

Dawn Carlson, assistant professor, and Paul Olson attended the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons Neurological Surgery Discipline meeting in Boston, Mass., in September, where they presented two platform sessions: (1) "Treatment of Phantom Pain with Radiofrequency Ablation" and (2) "Treatment of Pain from High-voltage Electrical Injury with Radiofrequency Ablation."

Kerry Fierke, assistant professor, Gardner Lepp, education specialist, and Maggie Kading, SAPh graduate student, attended the 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014 held in Bangkok, Thailand, in August, where they presented: "Create a Leadership Vision and Leave a Legacy" by Fierke, Lepp, Kading, L. Lourenço, and M. Eksteen; "Intention/Reflection (I/R) Practice in Pharmacy Education" by Fierke and Lepp (poster); and "Creating International Opportunities and Practice/Professional Visions in the Pharmacy Classroom" by Fierke and Kading (poster).

G. Danielson, M. Collard, E. Khazan, S. Hossain, and Fierke published “Comparing and contrasting the German and American health care systems” in APhA Student Pharmacist, 2014 July/Aug;10(6).

Keri Hager, assistant professor, was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award at the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) Annual Meeting held in St. Paul, Minn., in September. She was recognized for her contributions to patient care, leadership in and out of pharmacy, and her community service.

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor, received a National Institutes of Health National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA) R01 as co-investigator with John Lowe from Florida Atlantic University entitled "Intertribal Talking Circle for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Native Youth" (May 1, 2014–April 30, 2015; total award $623,900).

Johnson-Jennings, W. Tarraf, Kyle X. Hill, post doctoral associate, and H. M. Gonzalez published “United States colorectal screening practices among American Indians/Alaska Natives, blacks and non-Hispanic whites in the new millennium (2001 to 2010)” in Cancer 2014 Aug 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Lepp and Fierke presented a poster titled "Intention/Reflection (I/R) Practice in Pharmacy Education" at the AACP Annual Meeting held in Dallas, Tex., in July.

Venkatram Mereddy, associate professor, and Grant Anderson, associate professor, received a $15,000 award for their proposal titled "Novel Therapeutics for the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease" through the College of Pharmacy Faculty Grants Award Program (GAP) for new directions.

Paul Ranelli, professor, has been appointed to the Development Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Public Health SIG for the 2014–15 academic year.

Erin Sheets, associate professor, has been elected to the Council of the Biophysical Society for a three-year term beginning February 2015.

Mike Swanoski, associate professor, presented "The Pharmacist's Evolving Roles: Integration Into the Medical Home" at the Minnesota Society or Health System Pharmacists 2014 Midyear Clinical Meeting held in Brooklyn Center, Minn., in September.

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