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The UMD Diversity Commission invites poster presentations from UMD faculty, students, staff, administration, and interested community organizations and businesses to highlight current research that addresses issues of equity, diversity and multiculturalism. The posters for the 2015 Summit are neither refereed nor judged. However, participants will receive valuable feedback on their projects in an informal setting. The 2015 Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism will be hosted at UMD on Wed., Feb. 25. The summit theme is Creating Inclusion: One Story at a Time.

Deadline for Poster Presentations is Fri., Feb. 20. In an email or word document, send full name of presenter(s); contact info (phone number and email); school/organization/business affiliation; poster title; 50-word abstract (for symposium program); and poster description (250 words max). Email proposal to Joie Acheson Lee or Susana Pelayo-Woodward. Upon receipt of your poster proposal, a confirmation will be sent. Participants need to bring their printed poster to the symposium.


Nominations are being accepted for the 23rd Annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards. A customer, client, employee, vendor, or any individual may nominate a business/entrepreneur. Nominations are sought from throughout the region including: Minnesota’s Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St Louis counties, and Douglas County, Wisc. The nomination deadline is Sat., Feb. 28. Award recipients will be announced at the awards luncheon on Wed., April 22  at the DECC. For more information and to nominate a business/entrepreneur visit


Each year, the President's Award for Outstanding Service honors active or retired faculty and staff who have surpassed their regular duties and provided exceptional service to the University. Nominations are due by Mon., March 2. Visit the University Awards & Honors website for a complete description of the award and nomination requirements. For more information, contact Vickie Courtney or call 612-625-4805.

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KUMD was happy to have another successful year as the official radio station for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

The Duluth Reader Weekly named KUMD the Best Radio Station in the Northland 17 years in a row.


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Alison Aune, professor, Department of Art and Design, exhibited her Minnesota-Nordic paintings at two community cultural events in Duluth last summer. “Four from the North: Alison Aune, Ann Jenkins, Arna Rennan and Ann Klefstad” was the featured exhibition during the Great Waters Connect Us 2014 Sons of Norway, District One Convention at the DECC in June. Her paintings were also exhibited as part of the Great Waters Connect Us Swedish Immigration Exhibition “For a Better Life” at the Nordic Center in July.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, has a photograph in the PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vt., exhibition, “Marvelous Things: The Art of Still Life,” through Feb. 6. The work is also in the online gallery and in the book produced for the exhibition. Aline Smithson of the Los Angeles Center for Photography, founder and writer for Lenscratch, and a critical mass reviewer, selected the work. Brush and Professor Emeritus Leif Brush served as jurors for the Reflections Art Program competition, sponsored by the National PTA, at Congdon Elementary School in December 2014.

Sylwia Cichacz-Przenioslo, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a conference talk, "A G-magic rectangle set and group distance magic labeling," at the 25th International Workshop on Combinatorial Algorithms held at UMD.

Pam Enrici, associate librarian, Kathryn A. Martin Library, has been chosen to serve a two-year term on the Committee of Cataloging of the Special Libraries Association. In the past, she has been chair of the Science and Technology Division and chair of the Engineering Division. The Special Libraries Association is an international professional association for library and information professionals working in business, government, law, finance, non-profit, and academic organizations and institutions.

Julie R. Etterson, assistant professor, Department of Biology, (PI), and Jordan Mead (co-PI) had their project, “Establishment of white pine in coastal forests of Lake Superior,” funded for $7,500 by a Short Term Action Request grant (STAR) by Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program. The project was also recommended for funding by the Governor’s Council on Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. She gave the keynote address, “Invasion and evolution in an age of climate change.” at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Duluth, Minn., in October. Etterson also participated in a symposium, “The geographic structure of populations informs population management with climate change,” at the annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America, held in Boise, Idaho. The symposium will become a special issue for the American Journal of Botany. She is the lead editor on that special issue entitled, “Evolutionary insights from studies of geographic variation: Establishing a baseline and looking ahead to future change,” which is currently in preparation.

Dennis Falk, professor, Department of Social Work, and faculty fellow for Internationalization, and Darrell Hamlin, Fort Hays State University, served as guest editors for a special issue of the eJournal of Public Affairs on global engagement. They wrote the opening editorial on "Teaching Globally, Learning Locally," and Falk co-authored the peer-reviewed article on "The AASCU Global Engagement Initiative: Educating Globally Competent Citizens" with Jennifer Domegal-Goldman from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and Keisha Hoerrner from Kennesaw State University. David Syring, associate professor, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, published a peer-reviewed article titled "Service-Learning, Sustainability, and the Need for Cosmopolitan Experiences in Undergraduate Education: A View from Anthropology." This article focused on a January 2014 study abroad trip to Costa Rica and included both narrative and a digital story about this experience.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk, "Decompositions of complete bipartite graphs into prisms," at Faculty of Applied Mathematics Graph Theory Seminar at AGH – University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland.

John W. Goodge, professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and J. P. Severinghaus presented  "Rapid Access Ice Drill: A new tool for exploration of the deep Antarctic ice sheets and subglacial geology" at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGS), in San Francisco, in December. At that same meeting, Goodge, C. M. Fanning, C. M. Fisher, J. D. Vervoort, and M. J. Buschette (B.S. student) presented "U-Pb, O and Hf isotope evidence of duration, sources and crustal signatures during granite batholith magmatism in the Ross Orogen, Antarctica.”

Karen Gran, associate professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, had a paper accepted and published online at Earth Surface Processes and Landforms entitled "Co-evolution of riparian vegetation and channel dynamics in an aggrading braided river system, Mount Pinatubo, Philippines" with co-authors Michal Tal and former M.S. student Emily Dunn Wartman. Gran gave an invited lecture at the national American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco in December on the same topic and was co-author on two additional presentations: "Estimations of paleochannel geometry and discharge using Ground Penetrating Radar on terraces of the Le Sueur River, south-central Minnesota" with Courtney Targos (M.S. student); and "Riparian Vegetation, Sediment Dynamics and Hydrologic Change in the Minnesota River Basin" with Virginia Batts (M.S. student), Laura Triplett, and Chris Lenhart. Gran's research group presented five posters at the national Geological Society of America meeting in October in Vancouver, B.C.: "Fluvial adjustment to Pleistocene base-level fall affects sediment budgets of Minnesota River tributaries" with Martin Bevis (M.S. student); "Identifying erosional hotspots in Duluth-area streams after the 2012 flood using high-resolution repeat aerial lidar data" with Pichawut Manopkawee (M.S. student); "Landscape evolution in the classroom with the topodome" with Edward Gazzetti (M.S. student) and John Swenson (UMD EES); "Physical models in geomorphology education: Lessons from the stream table" with Batts; and "Modeling the hydrological effects of wetland restoration in the Le Sueur watershed with SWAT" with Nathaniel Mitchell (M.S. student), Se Jong Cho, Brent Dalzell, and Karthik Kumaraswamy.

John Hiller, professor, and Sophia Chabysheva, assistant professor, both from the Department of Physics, recently published "Basis of symmetric polynomials for many-boson light-front wave functions" in volume 90 of Physical Review E.

Tom Isbell
, professor, Department of Theatre, had his first Young Adult novel, The Prey, published by HarperCollins in January. It's the first of a trilogy that deals with extreme prejudice and marginalization in a dystopian future.

Zhuangyi Liu, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave a 50-minute invited presentation, "Stability and Regularity of an Abstract System Coupled Equations" at the conference on Partial Differential Equations and Control," in Yantai, China in August. He presented another 50-minute invited talk, "On the Wave Equation with Local K-V Damping." at the XIII Workshop on Partial Differential Equations, in Petropolis, Brazil, in September. He was invited to Beijing Institute of Technology, China, in November. There he collaborated with Qiong Zhang on their joint research project. One of their joint papers, "Stabilization of a joint-leg-beam system by boundary damping," has appeared in the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications 420, No. 2, (2014). Liu also gave four colloquium talks at BIT, Tianjin University, and Institute of Applied Mathematics and System Science at Chinese Science Academy.

Christopher R. McIntosh
, associate professor, Department of Economics, and his coauthors, Lindsay Vollmar and Jonathan Bossenbroek, had their article, “Anglers’ Responses to Bait Certification: The Case of Virus-Free Bait Demand,” published in the fall 2014 issue of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy.

Leigh Neys, director, International Programs and Services, and Kim Riordan, associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, and chief international officer, have been invited to present at the Association of International Education Administrators Annual Conference, in Washington, D. C., in February.  Attended by nearly 1,000 individuals from over 35 different countries, this is the only conference by and for senior international leaders.

Alexis Pogorelskin, associate professor, Department of History, has recently published "Karelian Fever as a Model for a Shared Past: the Story of Ruth Niskanen" in the collection Finland and Russia: Images of the Shared Past, published by Petrozavodsk State University in 2014.  Her co-written essay, "An Anti-Nazi Special Relationship: British Writing, Hollywood Filmmaking, and The Mortal Storm (1940)" will appear in In Plain Sight: Jews in British Film and TV to be published by Northwestern University Press.  The 8th volume of the refereed journal which she edits has just been published, The NEP Era, Soviet History, 1921-1928.  In July she gave an invited paper on Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and the pre-war politics of Jimmy Stewart to the Space Between Society, Literature and Culture, 1914-1945.  She serves on the board of the society's refereed journal and is a member of its Prize Committee. In January, she gave an invited paper to the Study Group for the Russian Revolution at the University of East Anglia on Trotsky and the opposition to Stalin.

Justin Rubin
, professor, Department of Music, was awarded a 2014 McKnight Commission by the Minnesota Sinfonia for his composition Concierto Pequeño. The work was performed at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis and other locations in the Twin Cities region under the direction of conductor Maestro Jay Fishman.

Eun-Kyung Suh, professor, Department of Art and Design, has her installation work, Silent Scream, at the Cascade Gallery of Portland Community College, Portland, Ore., through Feb. 19. The piece honors and memorializes the experiences of Korean “Comfort Women” during World War II, when 200,000 young women were forced into sexual slavery in Japan's military brothels in Asia. Her piece incorporates portraits of the survivors and their testimonies into silk organza boxes to express symbolic sympathy for their suffering.

David Syring, associate professor, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, published a peer-reviewed article titled "Service-Learning, Sustainability, and the Need for Cosmopolitan Experiences in Undergraduate Education: A View from Anthropology,” for a special issue of the eJournal of Public Affairs on global engagement. This article focused on a January 2014 study abroad trip to Costa Rica and included both narrative and a digital story about this experience. Dennis Falk, professor, Department of Social Work, and faculty fellow for Internationalization, and Darrell Hamlin, Fort Hays State University, served as guest editors for a special issue of the eJournal of Public Affairs on global engagement.

Neil A. Wilmot, assistant professor, Department of Economics, and his coauthor, Charles F. Mason, had their article, “Jump Processes in Natural Gas Markets,” published in the fall 2014 issue of Energy Economics.

Special Recognition

The Labovitz School of Business and Economics has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International. AACSB Accreditation has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs. Today, 716 business schools in 48 countries and territories maintain this accreditation. LSBE is the only school to have attained AACSB accreditation in northeastern Minnesota.

UMD's Psychology Department was included in Affordable Colleges Online's list of the nation's Top Online Psychology Degrees for 2015.

In November, eleven faculty of the University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland, received an award from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for their participation in a UMD general microbiology course offered in Poland. The award ceremony was held in the Royal Castle in Warsaw. In 2006, Swenson College of Science and Engineering Professor James P. Riehl (who was also dean at the time) and Conrad E. Firling established a summer Study Abroad Program at the University of Wroclaw. The program offers undergraduate science students a laboratory-intensive microbiology course at the University of Wroclaw’s Institute of Genetics and Microbiology.

UMD Health Services (HS) has received re-accreditation for the next three years by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). UMD HS has taken part in this optional process to maintain and measure excellence in health care for the past twenty-two years. Ambulatory health care organizations seeking re-accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors - physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services. Re-accreditation is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of a health care organization, thereby demonstrating a commitment to provide the highest levels of quality care to patients, and the same high level of quality in business and administrative practices.

Large Lakes Observatory News

Thomas C. Johnson, Regents Professor of Geological Sciences, recently completed a research cruise on Lake Malawi, East Africa, bringing to an end a four-year program by LLO scientists of monitoring the temperature and seasonal variability of settling sediment, plankton, and other organic matter in that great lake of the East African Rift Valley. Lake Malawi is undergoing change as a result of global climate change and major expansion of agriculture in its drainage basin, and LLO scientists are providing valuable baseline information to the Malawi government on the current state of the lake. LLO technicians, Jason Agnich and Aaron "Wally" Lingwall, accompanied him. Johnson gave an invited plenary address, "A progressively wetter climate in Southern East Africa over the past million years," at the annual meeting of the African Quaternary Association in Cape Town, South Africa, in early February.

Samuel Kelly
, assistant professor, Department of Physics, along with co-authors, Nicole L. Jones, Gregory N. Ivey, and Ryan J. Lowe, from the University of Western Australia, Crawley, had their article “Internal-Tide: Spectroscopy and Prediction in the Timor Sea” published in the Journal of Physical Oceanography, Vol. 45.

Medical School-Duluth News

Paula Termuhlen, M.D., has been named the new regional campus dean. She comes to the University of Minnesota from the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she led the Community Medical Education Program, working to establish regional campuses to help address workforce issues in smaller, rural communities in Wisconsin. She will begin her tenure as regional campus dean on March 31, 2015. She succeeds Alan Johns, M.D., M.Ed., who was named interim regional campus dean in July. Johns will resume his role as assistant dean for Medical Education and Curriculum in Duluth.

Ken Wallace, professor and associate dean of faculty affairs, was quoted in an article in the most recent issue of Environmental Health Perspectives.

Ruth Westra, M.D., chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, received the Elizabeth C. Bagley Merit Award from the Lake Superior Medical Society (LSMS). This award is given in recognition of commitment to the medical profession and to LSMS.

Minnesota Sea Grant News

John Bilotta, water resource management and policy extension educator, Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, and Jesse Schomberg, program leader, pilot-tested the new classroom version of The Watershed Game in schools and informal education settings along the North Shore of Lake Superior including schools in Silver Bay, Two Harbors, and at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Center. The finalized classroom version will be available in spring 2015.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program specialist, attended the DNR’s AIS Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting in St. Cloud, Minn. He gave a guest lecture, “Dealing with AIS Challenges: What You Should Know, What You Can Do,” to the Ecology of Minnesota class at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minn.

Sharon Moen, communications coordinator, contributed an article, "New pesticide targets invasive zebra mussels" to the Feb. 2015 issue of Cabin Life Magazine.

Schomberg and Valerie Brady, research associate, Natural Resources Research Institute, published the Field Guide for Roadside Ditch Maintenance: Protecting Lakes and Streams through Proper Ditch Maintenance with a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. EPA, and held six corresponding workshops for rural road maintenance workers.

Schomberg talked with CNN reporter Ashley Frantz about tips for surviving hypothermia and was quoted in her article "Cold casualty: What to know about hypothermia” in January.

The Minnesota Sea Grant Program was reviewed on-site by a 5-member national team in January. In its preliminary report, the review team found the program to be exemplary.

Minnesota Sea Grant's hypothermia information was cited throughout a Palm Beach Post article about survival in the ocean in January.

Minnesota Sea Grant was contracted by the St. Louis County Board to develop a plan to distribute about a half-million dollars of state money each year to local groups to curtail the spread of aquatic invasive species. 

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Will Bartsch (U.S. EPA MED) and Richard Axler, senior research associate, published a paper titled "Evaluating a Great Lakes scale landscape stressor index to assess water quality in the St. Louis River" in the Journal of Great Lakes Research, in January.

Subhash Basak, senior research associate, received a Lifetime Achievement award in January from the Department of Chemistry at Aliah University in Calcutta, India, for his work in the field of mathematical chemistry. He also gave the following lectures as an invited speaker:
1)  “Mathematical structural invariants: Development and applications in drug discovery and chemobioinformatics” at the School of Informatics Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, in October.
2)  “Mathematical structural descriptors: Development and applications in drug discovery, environmental protection, and chemobioinformatics” as a member of the International Scientific Committee of the Indo-U.S. conference on Molecular Modeling and Informatics in Drug Design (M2ID2) at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Sector 67, S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali), Punjab, India, in November. He also participated in the concluding panel discussion session on “Current status of molecular modeling in drug discovery.”
3) “Computational chemistry: Concepts and applications to control of food adulteration, ground water contamination, environmental quality, and costly drug design protocols” at the Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission Sarada Ma Girls’ College, Barasat University, Berunanpukuria, North 24 Parganas, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, in December.
4) "Computer-assisted drug design and hazard assessment of chemicals using mathematical descriptors: A tortuous journey of forty years" at Aliah University in Calcutta, India, in January.

Valerie Brady, research associate, Andrea Crouse, research assistant, and Jo Thompson (EPA) gave a presentation in November to the Duluth Township Planning and Zoning Committee and Town Board about their project to create a ditch and culvert condition and maintenance tracking system for Duluth Township. The online map allows personnel to click on each ditch and culvert to track its condition and inspection record.

Brady and Jesse Schomberg, program leader, Minnesota Sea Grant, published the Field Guide for Roadside Ditch Maintenance: Protecting Lakes and Streams through Proper Ditch Maintenance with a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. EPA, and held six corresponding workshops for rural road maintenance workers.

Pat Donahue, program director, and Matt Aro, scientist, presented a webinar titled "Thermally-Modified Wood/Timber: Technology and Market Overview" to industry colleagues in January.

Zsolt Benko (University of Graz, Austria), Aberra Mogessie (University of Graz, Austria), Ferenc Molnar (Geological Survey of Finland), Kurt Krenn (University of Graz, Austria), Simon Poulson (University of Nevada), Steven Hauck, deputy director, Mark Severson, senior research fellow, and Greg Arehart (University of Nevada) published the paper "Hydrothermal alteration and Cu-Ni-PGE mobilization in the charnockitic rocks of the footwall of the South Kawishiwi intrusion, Duluth Complex, USA" in Ore Geology Reviews, V 67, June 2015, pages 170-188.

Ryan Hueffmeier, junior scientist, gave an invited presentation titled "Earthworms to Vernal Pools: Citizen Science and Resource Management" at the Fond du Lac College Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources workshop in January.

Teresa Serafirm , Filipa Carvalho, Telma Bernardo and Goncalo Pereira (all at the University of Coimbra, Portugal) Edward Perkins (Mercer University, Savannah, Georgia), Jon Holy (UMD School of Medicine), Dmytro Krasutsky, research fellow, Oksana Kolomitsyna, research fellow, Pavel Krasutsky, program director, and Paulo Oliveira (University of Coimbra) published a paper titled "New derivatives of lupane triterpenoids disturb breast cancer mitochondria and induce cell death" in the journal Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, Vol. 22, Issue 21, November 2014.

Steve Kossett, prototype lab director, gave a talk and desktop demonstration of 3-D printing at the Duluth Public Library in January as part of their "Cabin Fever Reliever" series.

Gerald Niemi, senior research associate, Lucinda Johnson, center director, and Robert Howe (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay) contributed a chapter titled "Environmental indicators of land cover, land use, and landscape change" (Chapter 16) in Environmental Indicators, published by Springer, 2015.

Kirk Stueve, post-doc associate, Tom Hollenhorst (U.S. EPA), John Kelly (U.S. EPA), Johnson, and George Host, senior research associate, published a paper titled "High-resolution maps of forest-urban watersheds present an opportunity for ecologists and managers" in the December issue of Landscape Ecology.

Pharmacy Department News

Jacob T. Brown, assistant professor, and co-authors, B. M. Wicklund and S. M. Abdel-Rahman, had their article, “Individualized factor IX dosing in two brothers: application of longitudinal pharmacokinetic modelling to optimize therapeutic benefit” published in Haemophilia 2014 Nov 24;1-3.

Staff Anna Firoozi, Terri Krause, and Julie Smith received staff meritorious service awards and were recognized at the College of Pharmacy's Employee Day Celebration held in Duluth in January.

J. P. Prunuske, C. A. St. Hill, Keri Hager, assistant professor, A. M. Lemieux, Mike Swanoski, assistant professor, Grant Anderson, associate professor, and M. N. Lutfiyya, had their article, “Opioid prescribing patterns for non-malignant chronic pain for rural versus non-rural US adults: a population-based study using 2010 NAMCS data” published in BMC Health Services Research 2014 Nov 19;14(1):563.

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor (co-PI), and Karina Walters (University of Washington Indigenous Wellness Research Institute [submitting PI]) and Choctaw Nation [co-PI]) received a National Institute of Health National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA) PAR-11-346 Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations R01 titled "Yappalli: The Choctaw Road to Health." The award is for $3,341,815 over five years (6/1/2014-05/31/2019).

Johnson-Jennings gave an invited keynote titled "Developing an Indigenous Framework for Health for the Houma Nation" at the United Houma Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Consumer Conference held in Houma, La., in September.

Johnson-Jennings and Karina Walters (University of Washington) gave an invited keynote titled "Revitalizing, Reinventing, Reclaiming Indigenous Health" at the 2014 National Maori & Indigenous Doctoral Conference in Kawhia, New Zealand, on November 21, 2014. Johnson-Jennings and Walters also gave an invited keynote roundtable titled "Historical Trauma and Indigenous Research" at Te Atawhai o te Ao Independent Maori Research Institute for Environment and Health in Whanganui, New Zealand, in November.

Johnson-Jennings, A. Belcourt, M. Town, M. L. Walls, and K. L. Walters had their article “Racial Discrimination's Influence on smoking rates among American Indian Alaska Native Two-Spirit Individuals: Does Pain Play a Role?” published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2014 Nov;25(4):1667-1678.

J. Allen, J. Lewis, and Johnson-Jennings contributed a chapter, “Well-being and health,” in the book Counseling Across Cultures, edited by P. B. Pedersen, W. J. Lonner, J. G. Draguns, J. E. Trimble, M. R. Scharron-del Rio. 7th ed. SAGE Publications, Inc.; 2015.

Olihe Okoro, assistant professor, was awarded $15,000 from the College of Pharmacy New Directions Grant Award Program for her project titled "Exploring the Role of African American Women in Prostate Health Cancer Education and Screening for African American Men." The project period is January 1, 2015–December 31, 2015.

Laura Palombi, assistant professor, Maggie Kading, SAPh graduate student, and Sheila Scheuer, pharmacy student, presented a poster titled "Novel Roles of the Rural Pharmacist in Community and Public Health" at the American Public Health Association's 142nd Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, La., in November. Palombi also served as moderator for a conference session on "Special and Vulnerable Populations: Children, Neonates and Those With Rare Disease."

Erin Sheets, associate professor, Ahmed Heikal, professor (CoP/SCSE), and Anne Hinderliter, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, were awarded $35,000 from the Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship Program for their project titled "Molecular Crowding Effects on Protein and Vesicle Interactions With Membranes." The project period is January 1, 2015–June 30, 2016.

Swanoski, Alan Johns, interim regional campus dean, Medical School Duluth, and Kim Kruger (College of St. Scholastica physician assistant program) presented the histories and missions of their respective programs and the role of interprofessional practice at Leadership Duluth's Health Care Day held in December.


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