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Proposals are being sought for the 2015 Minnesota eLearning Summit, to be held in Minneapolis, July 29–30. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, Mar. 13. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit the Minnesota eLearning Summit website. Limited travel stipends will be available through the UMD EVCAA office.


Nominations are being sought for 2015-16 awards, grants, and scholarships for University women. These University-wide awards honor the contributions, research, and/or leadership of current University women faculty and staff; the University-wide grants offer funds to further equity for women; and the University-wide scholarships support outstanding women students. Visit the Women's Center website for criteria and guidelines, nomination form, and profiles of recipients. For more information, contact

Faculty and Staff (Due: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 13)
- Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award and Lecture (This award is co-sponsored with the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and the University Libraries)
- Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award (This award is co-sponsored with the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost) — Two awards of $5,000
- Mullen/Spector/Truax Women's Leadership Award — $1,500
- Charlotte Striebel Equity Award — $1,000

Students, Staff, and Faculty (Due: 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 5)
- Institutional Change Grants — $250-$2,000
- Institutional Change Grants for CSBU Women's Equity, and for P&A Women's Equity

Students (Due: 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 5)
- Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award — leadership conference attendance
- Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship — $1,000-$5,000
- Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló Scholarship — $1,000-$4,000


The University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) is seeking nominations for the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award. This award honors faculty, staff, and students who, through their work at the University or in their community, exemplify Dr. Johnson's standard of excellence in creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments and who demonstrate unusual commitment and passion in the areas of human rights and social justice. The award is given to two individuals each year: one current faculty or staff member and one current undergraduate or graduate student. Nominations are due Monday, Mar. 16. Visit the OED website for a full description of the nomination guidelines and procedures.


UMD Sustainability Committee is accepting nominations for the 2015 Sustainability Inspiration Awards. There are three categories: Student, Staff, and Faculty. Visit the Sustainability Inspiration Award website for information on how to nominate an individual. The deadline for nomination is Friday, Mar. 20. The awardees will be recognized at the all-campus Students Award Ceremony on Sunday, Apr. 19 in the Kirby Ballroom.


The University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement is seeking nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Community Service Awards (OCSA). The awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and University-affiliated community members who have made significant, demonstrable contributions to the public good through research, teaching, and/or public service. There are four categories: Outstanding Faculty Member Community Service Award, Outstanding Staff Community Service Award, Outstanding Student Community Service Award, and Outstanding Community Partner Service Award. Nominations are due by 5 pm on Friday, Mar. 27. Nomination guidelines may be found on the OCSA website.


Nominations are being accepted for Outstanding Service Awards. These were developed to recognize the outstanding contributions of employees in the following job classifications: Civil Service (non-bargaining), AFSCME, TEAMSTER, Academic Professional/ Administrative (P&A) appointment that do not hold faculty rank.

There are two categories:
1. Continuous Service Award which is designed to recognize employees who have consistently performed their ongoing responsibilities in a superior to outstanding manner and have significantly enhanced departmental, collegiate, or campus goals and objectives.
2. Project Award which is designed to recognize individual employees or work teams who have implemented a special project during the year in supporting the mission of the campus/unit and have significantly enhanced departmental, collegiate, or campus goals and objectives. Project must have been completed between Dec. 2013 and Mar. 2015.

Individuals who plan on submitting a nomination, should notify Deb Herstad as soon as possible so she can verify if UMD HR&EO has a copy of the nominee's performance appraisal and job description on file. She will follow-up with the nominee's supervisor if those documents are needed. Procedures, instructions and nomination forms are available online.  The nomination deadline is 4 pm on Tues., Mar. 31. For more information, contact Deb Herstad at 218-726-7202.


The University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) is seeking nominations for the Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards. These awards fund creative yet pragmatic proposals for projects that support equity and diversity initiatives. They also provide a platform for cooperative efforts that will not only advance the institution's transformation, but also help ensure that all resources devoted to equity and diversity are used to ensure maximum impact. The focus for this year's awards is on advancement of the action steps identified by the Campus Climate Workgroup in its January 2015 report. Applications are due Friday, Apr. 3. Visit the OED website for a full description of the application guidelines and procedures.

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KUMD 103.3 FM and KKWE 89.9 FM, in collaboration with the UMD American Indian Learning Resource Center, will present "Native Lives Matter" at Weber Music Hall on Wed. March 4. Doors open at 6:30 pm and music starts at 7 pm. This free event is open to the public and will celebrate Ojibwe culture with contemporary music by Sonny Johnson and Annie Humphrey.

KUMD celebrates Women's History Month throughout March by telling the stories of Minnesota women who strive for change through leadership. The stories air every weekday in March at 7 am and 11 am.


The 20th annual UMD Grad Fair will be held Thurs., Mar. 5 from 10 am–5 pm in Kirby Ballroom. The Grad Fair provides campus departments, organizations, and local businesses the ability to promote their products and services to students for use before, during, and after graduation. This one-day event gives graduating students an opportunity to receive 20% off their caps, gowns, hoods, tassels, diploma frames, and announcements.

Shop UMD Stores. Get rewards. Every dollar spent at UMD Stores equals one point. Reach 1,000 points and earn a $10 UMD Stores Gift Card. Sign-up for UMD Stores Rewards and receive a sign-up bonus of 100 points.

Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities and Iron Range. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores Street Level.

Go Green with UMD Stores: Don’t take a plastic bag and receive a wooden nickel to drop in the charity bin. Local charities benefit from this effort to go green. Don't forget to bring a bag or purchase a reusable bag at UMD Stores.

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

Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

Praveen Aggarwal, professor, Department of Marketing, and his coauthor, Amiya K. Basu, had their article, “Value Co-Creation: Factors Affecting Discretionary Effort Exertion,” published in the fall 2014 issue of Services Marketing Quarterly, Vol. 35, pp. 321-336.

Theresa Beaulieu, program director, Eni-gikendaasoyang - Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization, published a chapter, “Developing Research Skills with Developmental Students,” in the book The Complete Guide to Using Google in Libraries: Instruction, Administration, and Staff Productivity (Volume 1), edited by Carol Smallwood, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 16, 2015).

David Bowen, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, has a numerous works exhibited. His latest work, titled 46°41'58 365" lat -91°59'49 0128" long @ 30m, will be included in “Beyond the Buzz: New Forms, Realities and Environments in Digital Fabrication,” a group exhibition at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Main Gallery through March 2015. His work tele-present water will be featured in “Big Bang Data,” a traveling group exhibition at the Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid, through May 2015. His work cloud piano is among the jury recommended works in the “18th Japan Media Art Festival.”

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, received a $1,000 award and has a work in the national 9th “Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition” at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. Internationally-known photographer Burk Uzzle selected her work and the show awards. The exhibit ran January through February. She also had work included in the invitational 17th Annual “Postcards from the Edge” exhibition, a benefit for Visual AIDS, at the Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York City in February.

Julie Etterson, associate professor, Department of Biology, is the co-PI of an adaptation forestry project, along with individuals from the Nature Conservancy. The project was discussed on Minnesota Public Radio in February. Laura Kavajecz, a graduate student in Etterson’s lab, was interviewed.

Tom Isbell, professor, Department of Theatre, had his play, “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg,” produced by the Orlando Repertory Theatre in Florida, where it ran for four weeks. The play is based on Rodman Philbrick's Newberry Honor-winning book of the same name and premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the fall of 2012.

Raymond J. Jones III, assistant professor, Department of Management Studies, and his coauthors, Lisa M. Russell and Brooklyn M. Cole, had their article, “High-Risk Occupations: How Leadership, Stress and Ability to Cope Influence Burnout in Law Enforcement,” published in the 2014 issue of the Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, Volume 11(3).

Rick LaCaille, associate professor, Department of Psychology, recently joined The Annals of Behavioral Medicine as an associate editor. The Annals of Behavioral Medicine is an official journal of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and focuses on the integration of biological, psychosocial, and behavioral factors related to health promotion, disease prevention, risk factor modification, adjustment and adaptation to physical disorders, and rehabilitation.

Erik Redix, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, has been awarded a University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, a two-year award designed to advance the careers of exceptional junior faculty. He is currently working on his second book, which discusses the impact of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Flowage that wiped out the community of Bakweyawaa, its cemeteries, roads, and wild rice beds, resulting in decades of poverty for the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe.

Byron A. Steinman, assistant professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Large Lakes Observatory, was awarded an National Science Foundation grant entitled "Lakes, Drought, and Modeling in Western North America." He and colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University will expand on their previous work using stable isotopes and computer modeling to study ancient lake levels of western lakes to new sites that will fill important spatial and temporal gaps in their knowledge. The new sites will allow them to produce a network of quantitative hydroclimate reconstructions spanning the last 6000 years in the western cordillera of North America. The grant is in the amount of  $262,000 over three years. Steinman and co-authors, Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University (PSU) and Sonya Miller, a PSU Meteorology coder and analyst, had their article “Atlantic and Pacific Multidecadal Oscillations and Northern Hemisphere Temperatures” published in the Feb. 27 issue of Science magazine.

Bedassa Tadesse
, associate professor, Department of Economics, and his coauthor, R. White, had their article, “Do Immigrants Reduce Bilateral Trade Costs? An Empirical Test,” published in the spring 2015 issue of Applied Economic Letters.   

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Large Lakes Observatory News

LLO recently expanded its staff significantly:

Stephanie Appleby
, principle account specialist, LLO Business Office, is a lifetime Duluthian and third generation University staff member.

Diana Bernstein, post-doctoral associate, LLO & Dept. of Physics.

The following graduate students have joined LLO: Amanda Brennan, Laura Cappio, Jojtaba Fakhraee, Carrie Freeman, Kaila Hanson, Yue He, Todd Kremmin, Cody Tennant, and Dan Titze.

Sandra Brovold, assistant scientist, LLO & Dept. of Biology.

Laura Fiorentino, post-doctoral associate, LLO & Dept. of Physics.

Thomas Frantti has been named the marine engineer for LLO’s research vessel Blue Heron.

Sam Kelly, assistant professor, LLO & Dept. of Physics. Research includes: Observing and modeling internal waves, small-scale processes, and diapycnal mixing in oceans and large lakes, as well as developing numerical models and internal-wave prediction systems.

Gustavo Merten, research associate, LLO & Dept. of Biology.

Kasandra O’Malia, assistant scientist, LLO & Dept. Physical Limnology.

Ted Ozersky, assistant professor, LLO & Dept. of Biology. Research includes: Effects of environmental change on nutrient dynamics, food webs and community structure in large lakes; winter and under-ice ecology of large lakes; and food web structure and contaminant trophodynamics.

Kathryn Schreiner, assistant professor, LLO & Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Research includes: Carbon cycling and storage in lakes and lake sediments; quantification and identification of terrestrial carbon sources to aquatic and marine systems; and the impacts of environmental change (climate warming, land use change, invasive species, etc.) on carbon cycling.

Robert Sterner has been named the new director for LLO. Research includes: Examination of basic limnological and ecological processes in freshwater seas, as well as linkages of multiple element cycles at different observational scales.

Mona Stockhecke, post-doctoral associate, LLO & Dept. of Geological Sciences

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Minnesota Sea Grant News

Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, participated in the Great Lakes Waterways Conference in Cleveland, in Feb. This is the largest Great Lakes gathering of the maritime industry, the US Coast Guard, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Discussions included binational economic data, aquatic invasive species, dredging, ice monitoring, industry safety, and the potential of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist and national park service liaison, and Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, hosted and facilitated two public meetings at the request of St. Louis County. The County contracted Sea Grant to help develop a plan to distribute funding to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The meetings in Duluth and Mountain Iron, Mich., were held in February and involved 58 stakeholders who provided input on a draft plan. Because of these meetings, Jensen was interviewed by WDIO-TV, Fox21 News, and KDLH-TV.

Jesse Schomberg, program leader, coastal communities and land use extension educator, met with the Normanna Township Board to discuss the Duluth Urban Watersheds project in February. He presented guest lectures at UMD in February in Karen Skrbich's Environmental Health class on water quality issues and in Randal Hansen's Urban Ecology class on harmonizing human and natural systems relating to watershed management. Schomberg presented information to the Regional Stormwater Protection Team on the Duluth Urban Watershed project in February.

Minnesota Sea Grant is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Look for the program’s #TBT posts on Facebook for glimpses of the program’s history.

Minnesota Sea Grant created new web pages about maintaining roadside ditches due to the popularity of Field Guide for Maintaining Rural Roadside Ditches.

Minnesota Sea Grant and KUMD partnered on producing new episodes of The Sea Grant Files:
“Little Forms of Life in Lake Superior”   2.1 MB mp3 - Aired Feb. 24, 2015
“Ice: Variety and Safety”  2.1 MB mp3 - Aired Feb. 10, 2015
“Invasive Species: You, Us, Them”  2.1 MB mp3 - Aired Dec. 30, 2014

Minnesota Sea Grant co-staffed a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booth at the 2015 Duluth Sports, Travel, RV and Hunting Show in Duluth, Minn., in February. In addition to Sea Grant staff, representatives from the Minnesota DNR, 1854 Treaty Authority, Cook County Invasives Team, Lake Superior Maritime Museum Association, National Park Service, and Minnesota Master Naturalists Program were on-hand to answer questions. They taught 857 people how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Richard Axler, senior research associate, Ryan Hueffmeier, junior scientist, and Graduate Research Assistants Tiffany Sprague, Meagan Aliff, and J. Trevor Vannatta served as judges at the 63rd Annual NE Minnesota Regional Science Fair held in UMD's Kirby Ballroom in February.

Axler and Hueffmeier have been appointed to the UMD Storm Water Steering Committee for the 2015 calendar year. The committee provides oversight for implementation of UMD's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program to reduce pollutants discharged into receiving waters while meeting the requirements of the Clean Water Act.

Jason Rohr (University of South Florida), Lucinda Johnson, center director, Val Beasley (Penn State), David Civitello (U So FL), Neal Halstead (U So FL), Patrick Crumrine (Rowan University), Andrew Miller (University of Maryland) and Anna Schotthoefer (University of Minnesota) published an article titled "Predator diversity, intraguild predation, and indirect effects drive parasite transmission" in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences publication in February.

Gerald Niemi, senior research associate, gave a talk titled "Where have all the birds gone?" at the Minnesota Zoo as part of their World Speaker Series in February.

Pharmacy Department News

Student Kathryn Gustafson was part of an interdisciplinary team of students who won first place at the second annual U of M Global Health Case Competition held in January.

Keri Hager,
assistant professor, C. A. St. Hill, J. Prunuske, Mike Swanoski, assistant professor, and Grant Anderson, associate professor, have their article, Roadmap for creation and implementation of an interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaborative research practice,” in press for the Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Erin Sheets, associate professor, Rochelle Warner, graduate student, Chemistry/Biochemistry, and Tyler Floden, undergraduate, attended the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society, in Baltimore Md., in February. They, along with Ahmed Heikal, professor, CoP/SCSE, presented a poster on their work entitled "Molecular and mechanical manipulation of membrane domains in planar supported bilayers." Sheets also began her three-year term on the Biophysical Society Council and serves as chair of the Membership Committee for which she leads several functions sponsored by her committee. She is serving on the Biophysics Week Committee as well. She served on the NSF Division of Molecular & Cellular Biosciences Review Panel (virtual) in February.


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