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UMD d-Commons is a new and growing initiative by UMD, through the Kathryn A. Martin Library, that digitizes, curates, and shares the intellectual output of faculty, staff, and students in a singular, easy -to-access platform. UMD community members interested in publishing or depositing publications and/or research data in d-Commons should contact Shixing Wen, via email, phone 218-726-8498, or visit the d-Commons homepage for more information.

There are many advantages of publishing or depositing content in UMD d-Commons. First, using a centralized institutional repository removes the burden of web curation and maintenance from individuals and departments. ITSS provides backup, storage, and uptime for all items in the repository. Second, items stored in institutional repositories such as d-Commons are given higher page ranks in Google Scholar searches, which can lead to more citations of research findings and increase research impact worldwide. Moreover, all d-Commons resources have their own persistent URL addresses to ensure perpetual access. The Kathryn A. Martin Library took part in Open Access Week, a global event in October. On this occasion, the Library widely shared collections and services available through UMD d-Commons to support Open Access efforts on campus.


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations (VCFO) has posted its VCFO fall 2014 online newsletter outlining the latest activities in the departments of Facilities Management/Sustainability, Police, Human Resources & Equal Opportunity, and Business Services.


The fall 2014 newsletter for the Kathryn A. Martin Library is available online.

Answers and research services are now closer than ever for UMD students, thanks to a new Moodle Library Widget that was just recently made available. This new tool links online courses to catalog search, Ask Us! reference services, and access to over 200-plus library guides. Faculty interested in integrating this tool in their online course materials should contact the Reference desk for more information at 218-726-8161.


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

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The October issue of 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 would like to thank all of their new and renewing members for helping them reach their goal during the Fall Membership Drive. Listeners who missed their chance to become a member can pledge online year-round at

Campus organizations trying to spread the word about their group or event should consider KUMD to reach audiences in the surrounding area. KUMD offers special underwriting rates for UMD organizations to help them get the word out. Contact Mimmu Salmela with inquiries


UMD Stores goes green with "Bag Free" Week Nov. 3–7 at all locations:
Three Easy Steps to Go Green with UMD Stores:
1. 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 this week.
3. Drop off #2 and #4 plastic bags for recycling. Look for the square collection bins at every UMD Stores entrance.

UMD Stores is holding a Fall Sidewalk Sale Nov. 12–14 from 8 am– 4 pm in Kirby Student Center (across from the Lower Level Store). Save up to 70% on UMD Wear & Gifts, Art & Office Supplies and Electronics.

UMD Stores will also hold its annual Fall Food Drive Nov. 10–23. Anyone who donates a non-perishable food item will receive a coupon for an additional discount on merchandise.

The "Earlier Than the Bird" Pre-Black Friday Sale will be held Nov. 19–26. Look for daily deals on great gift ideas.

The annual UMD Stores Thanksgiving Weekend Sale will be held in the Street Level Store Nov. 28–30 from 11 am–5 pm.

Shop UMD Stores. Get Rewards. Every dollar spent at UMD Stores equals one point. Hit 1,000 points and earn a $10 UMD Stores Gift Card. Sign up for UMD Stores Rewards and receive 100 points just for signing up.

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

Abram Anders, assistant professor, Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences, won the 2014 Pearson Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology from the Association for Business Communication (ABC). ABC is an international, interdisciplinary organization committed to advancing business communication research, education, and practice.

Joe Artim
, instructor, Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences, was interviewed by Fox Sports North about UMD’s Financial Markets Program. The segment was broadcast live during a Men’s Hockey game break on Friday, Oct. 17.

Mary Caprioli, associate professor, Department of Political Science, and director, International Studies Program, is known nationally and internationally for pioneering a new line of scholarly inquiry between the security of women and the national and international behavior of states and has confirmed the link using quantitative methodology. In 2012, Columbia University Press published her co-authored book Sex & World Peace. Gloria Steinem has championed the book since its publication and recently noted in her “Reading Our Way to the Revolution” project that it is among the type of books “that once we read them – we are not quite the same people as we were before.” Steinem added that Sex & World Peace is a “book that could and should transform everything from our families to our foreign policy.”

Dennis Falk, professor, Department of Social Work, and Bill Payne, dean, School of Fine Arts, made a presentation on "Engaging with Global Challenges" at the Realizing the Civic Mission of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities meeting in St. Cloud, Minn., in September. Falk also co-presented a session on "Teaching Global Challenges: AASCU's Innovative, Collaborative Approach" at the American Association of Colleges and Universities conference on Global Learning in College in Minneapolis in October. Shala Mills and Darrell Hamlin of Fort Hays State University in Kansas were co-presenters at this conference.

Jason Ford, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, presented his poster, "Noë's Enactive Approach to Perception Cannot Handle Phantom Limbs," at the 2014 meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy, at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, Calif. In October, Ford was elected president of the Minnesota Philosophical Society. He organized the 2014 Conference of the Minnesota Philosophical Society, hosted at UMD, in October. The keynote speaker was the distinguished philosopher of mind and language, William Lycan. Thirty presenters, in six concurrent tracks, gave talks on a wide range of philosophical topics, including presentations by four Dept. of Philosophy faculty: David Cole, associate professor emeritus, "Colors and Other Massively Disjunctive Properties;" Michelle Saint, assistant professor, "Boycotts, Shunning, and Literature;" Samuel Taylor, assistant professor, "Inference, Regress and Bootstrapping;" and Sean Walsh, assistant professor, "Are Aristotle's Virtues Non-Relative?" Cole, Shane Courtland, assistant professor, Robert Schroer, associate professor, Taylor, and Walsh, served as moderators, as did undergraduate Yasmina Antcliff.  Many undergraduate majors and minors attended the conference. Bridget Park, Dept. of Philosophy administrative assistant, six undergraduate student volunteers (Antcliff, Nick Hiracheta, Peter Lee, Kennedy Peterson, Adrian Quilling, and Dalton Winkle), and the program committee (Jeanine Weekes Schroer, assistant professor, Saint, Taylor, and Courtland) provided assistance. The conference was supported by a Dean's Excellence Fund Grant, the Philosophy Department, and the Minnesota Philosophical Society.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a conference talk, "Incomplete Round-Robin Handicap Tournaments," at the 28th Midwest Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography and Computing, held at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The talk was based on his joint research with MS candidate Aaron Shepanik.

Briana Gross, assistant professor, Department of Biology, is co-editor of a special issue of the American Journal of Botany, "Speaking of Food: Connecting Basic and Applied Plant Science.” The issue emphasizes how a broad range of basic plant science is relevant to global food demands.

Ahmed Heikal, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, co-edited a recent book with Vladimir V. Ghukasyan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, entitled “Natural Biomarkers for Cellular Metabolism: Biology, Techniques, and Applications,” which was published by Taylor & Francis (Oct. 7, 2014). This book covers the current state of knowledge on intrinsic fluorescent biomarkers and highlights advances in using these biomarkers for the metabolic mapping and clinical diagnosis of healthy and diseased cells and tissues. It is tailored for interdisciplinary research and is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, biophysics instructors, medical researchers, and those in pharmaceutical R&D.

Heikal was an invited speaker at the "Eighth Fall Workshop on Advanced TCSPC Techniques in Biomedical Sciences," Bethesda, Md. The workshop was organized by Becker & Hickl GmbH, National Institutes of Health, and Boston Electronics Corporation. He was also an invited speaker at the Ultrafast Imaging and Spectroscopy Conference in the 2014 SPIE Optics and Photonics, San Diego, Calif. His contribution was highlighted in SPIE Newsroom under the title, "Natural Bioluminescence in Living Cells for Biomedical Diagnostics;" 10 October 2014; DOI: 10.1117/2.1201410.005615.

Dahui Li, professor and head, Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences, and his coauthors, Haichao Zheng, Zongxiao Xie, and Wenhua Hou, had their article, “Antecedents of Solution Quality in Crowdsourcing: The Sponsor’s Perspective,” published in the Journal of Electronic Commerce Research.

Michael Mullins
, instructor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (German Studies), as well as associate director, Cultural Entrepreneurship program, and Virajita Singh, senior faculty research fellow, U of M Twin Cities campus, co-organized the first University of Minnesota system-wide teaching and learning workshop titled, "The Art and Craft of Creating Engaging Learning Spaces." The workshop was held in the Innovation Lab in Northrup Auditorium on the Twin Cities campus. The facilitator was Simon Kavanagh of the Kaos Pilots, a higher education university in Aarhus, Denmark.

Victor Nemykin
, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded a 3-year grant from National Science Foundation to continue his studies of Organometallic Porphyrins, BODIPY, and their analogues.

Gibson Nene, assistant professor, Department of Economics, and his coauthors, Azzeddine Azzam and Karina Schoengold, had their article, “Hog Structure and the Stringency of Environmental Regulation,” published in the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Erik Redix, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, had his book The Murder of Joe White: Ojibwe Leadership and Colonialism in Wisconsin, published recently by Michigan State University Press. The work examines the little-known 1894 murder of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe chief Giishkitawag, also known as Joe White, by state game wardens.

Gesa Zinn, associate professor, Department of German Studies, and chair, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, had her research, "Roma Women in the Media," presented by Rasma Lazda Cazers at the German Studies Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

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Minnesota Sea Grant News

Jeff Gunderson, director, participated in a panel discussion at the Minnesota Zoo’s Our World Speaker Series, in Minneapolis in October.  The panel discussion was moderated by best-selling author of American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood Paul Greenberg. Gunderson spoke about Lake Superior’s commercial cisco fishery.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist, and John Bilotta, water resource management and policy extension educator, led a shipboard workshop, Scintillating Science on Superior’s Stormy Seas. Among other topics, this October workshop took 25 area educators out on the Large Lakes Observatory’s R/V Blue Heron to help collect data on the movements of Eurasian ruffe in the western arm of Lake Superior.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, Gunderson, Kitson, Hilarie Sorensen, climate change extension educator, Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, Chris Benson, information designer, and Sharon Moen, communications coordinator, contributed to the success of the 2014 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Duluth, Minn. in October. Minnesota Sea Grant’s contributions ranged from planning, presenting, media relations, photography, and coordinating sessions. The conference attracted nearly 700 attendees.

Jensen and Gunderson attended the Minnesota DNR’s Bait Harvesting Aquatic Invasive Species Analysis Advisory Team meeting, in Brainerd, Minn., in October. The team finalized draft recommendations for the DNR to improve commercial bait harvest protocols and regulations aimed at preventing the spread of AIS during field harvest and potentially contaminated live bait.

Jensen was awarded the first Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers Achievement Award by Wildlife Forever. Pat Conzemius, conservation director for Wildlife Forever, presented the award to Jensen at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Duluth, Minn., saying, "This person has left a lasting mark on invasive species prevention here in Minnesota and far beyond."

Jensen gave an invited presentation, Extending Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Beyond Our Borders, at the first North Central Regional Water Network Conference, Bloomington, Minn., in October. He also hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!/Habitattitude booth which provided take-away outreach tools produced by campaign partners. Twenty-five people attended the presentation and twenty-five attendees visited the booth.

Jensen supported Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! outreach at the North American Bass Circuit Northern Region Championship, in La Crosse, Wis., in October. Fifty-seven anglers and sponsors were educated on how to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species. During weigh-in, 50 members of the public attended including 10 youth.

Jensen supported Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! outreach at the Cabela’s Master Walleye Circuit World Championship, in Devils Lake, N.D., in October. Over 200 anglers, sponsors, the public and youth, who attended the kids fishing clinic learned about how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Jensen gave a guest presentation, “Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! in Your Neck of the Woods,” during the North Central Regional Water Network’s The Current Webinar Series, in October. Other speakers were: Peter Sorenson, University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, Ashley Baldridge, NOAA-Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, and Pat Charlebois, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program. Twenty people tuned into the webinar.

Jensen presented, The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Partnership Works and Habitattitude: How Can It Help Us? He also co-authored Multi-Partner Efforts to Protect the Largest Freshwater Lake in the World from Aquatic Invasive Species, presented by Matt Preisser, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, along with Marilee Chase, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Rob Hyde, Environment Canada, John Jerecek, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Henry Quinlan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kyle Rogers, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and Michele Wheeler, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Kitson presented AIS Outreach on the Superior National Forest: Success in Capacity Building co-authored by Jason Butcher, USDA Forest Service Superior National Forest. Jensen and Kitson hosted a Habitattitude booth during the conference Exhibitor and Poster Reception.

Brent Schleck, coastal storms outreach coordinator, and Sorensen presented on the Duluth Chester Creek Project (costs and benefits of green infrastructure for flood reduction in Duluth) at the Minnesota American Planning Association Conference in Duluth, Minn. in October. Schleck also delivered the presentation at Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, Iowa, and the Minnesota Water Resources Conference, St. Paul, Minn. Both events were held in October.

Jesse Schomberg, program leader, presented "Tipping Points: Engaging Great Lakes Communities in Applying Science to Watershed Management" at the Minnesota American Planning Association Annual Conference in Duluth, Minn. in October.

Minnesota Sea Grant produced a new episode of “The Sea Grant Files” with KUMD. Tune in for the radio show every second Tuesday at 8:15 am or stream them online through: New episode: Lake Superior Fish: It's What's for Dinner (4:31)

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Brian Brashaw, program director, provided two national webinars in September and October as part of the Timber Bridge Series hosted by WoodWorks, Wood Products Council.
1) Field performance of timber highway bridges: A national study
2) Use of laser scanning technology to obtain as-built records for historic covered bridges

Andrea B. Crouse, junior scientist and aquatic ecologist, gave an invited presentation titled "Water Quality and Macroinvertebrates Assessment at Stream Restoration Sites" to UMD's Stream Restoration class in October.

Zsolt Benko and Aberra Mogessie (both of the University of Graz, Austria) Feri Molnar (Geological Survey of Finland), Steve Hauck, deputy director, Center for Applied Research and Technology Development, and Mark Severson (Teck American, Inc.) presented research at the Biannual Assembly of Hungarian Petrologists in Révfülöp, Hungary, held in September:
1) A poster presentation titled "Sulfide liquid mobility in partially molten felsic rocks: A case study of the Cu-Ni-PGE mineralization in the footwall of the South Kawishiwi Intrusion"
2) An oral presentation titled "Geochemical constraints on the Cu-Ni-PGE mineralization in the charnockitic footwall of the South Kawishiwi intrusion (Duluth complex, MN, USA)."

Ryan Hueffmeier, junior scientist, has given a number of presentations recently:
1) Use of ArcGIS online in classrooms for K-12 professional teacher development
2) Invasive Earthworm Rapid Assessment training for Bayfield County foresters and local Department of Natural Resources employees
3) Forest succession and white pine conservation at Duluth East
4) Great Lakes Worm Watch at Harbor City School
5) NRRI research, outreach, and education at Boulder Environmental Learning Center

NRRI staff presented their research during a fall semester class about NRRI for UMD's University for Seniors:
1) June Kallestad, public relations manager, and Rolf Weberg, director, gave an overview of NRRI and its mission.
2) Jennifer Olker, research associate, "Vital Vernal Pools" and George Hudak, director of minerals, "Below the Surface on Copper-Nickel Mining"
3) Steve Kossett, lab manager, "Rapid Prototyping and 3-D Printing Demo" and Rich Axler, senior research associate, "Lake Superior Streams"
4) Brashaw, "Possibilities in wood energy" and Brian Kot, scientist, "Wolf research and Minnesota's moose"

Pharmacy Department News

Jacob Brown, assistant professor, presented a poster titled "Imidazoline Exposures in Children 1-19 Years of Age From 2000-2012" at the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology held in October in New Orleans, La.

Keri Hager
, assistant professor, co-presented and participated in a panel discussion/presentation with Primary Care Faculty Development Initiative (PCFDI) colleagues Patricia Adam, M.D., MSPH (Family Medicine); Emily Borman-Shoap, M.D. (Pediatrics); and Heather Thompson-Buum M.D. (Internal Medicine); on "The Power of Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Collaboration in an Academic Institution" at the 2014 Family Medicine Midwest Conference held in October in Minneapolis, Minn.

Hager presented a poster she and Rena Gosser (College of Pharmacy Class of 2012) co-authored titled "Retrospective Analysis of Billing and Reimbursement at a Stand-Alone Medication Therapy Management Clinic" at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) conference held in October in Austin, Tex.

Venkatram Mereddy, associate professor, received a $1,013,803 grant over three years (January 2015-2018) from the Department of Defense-Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program-Breast Cancer Research Program for the project, "Development of Novel Drugs for High-Risk Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Treatment." Medical School colleagues, Les Drewes and Teresa Hellekant, are Co-PI and Co-I on the project.

Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor, and Elisabeth Bilden (Essentia Health) presented "Informed Discussion About Naloxone Rescue as First Aid to Prevent Death from Opioid Use" at the Impairment Without Disability 7th Annual Conference, sponsored by Essentia Health and Mayo Clinic, held in October in Duluth, Minn.

Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, received a $15,000 grant from the federal Title III-D Older Americans Act Disease Prevention/Health Promotion Service program for her project, "Northern Carlton County 3-30-90 Medication Management and Transition Program."

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