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Campus News

Academic News

On May 8, 2015, the Board of Regents approved the following individuals for promotion to full professor:
Jay Austin, Department of Physics
Ken Gilbertson, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Sheryl Grana, Department of Sociology/Anthropology
Anne Hinderliter, Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry
Scott Laderman, Department of History
Jean Perrault, Department of Music
Peter Willemsen, Department of Computer Science

The Board of Regents also approved the following individuals for promotion to associate professor with indefinite tenure:
Charles Fountaine, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Eric Hessler, Department of Psychology
Nathan Johnson, Department of Civil Engineering
Gideon Mailer, Department of History

Recreational Sports Outdoor Program (RSOP) is again offering their popular Freshmen Outdoor Trips, and they need faculty and staff to participate. The trips are Aug. 22–25 (Saturday–Tuesday of the week before classes begin) and include canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, sea kayaking, and mountain biking. Visit the Freshmen Trips website for general itineraries/equipment lists and photos from past trips.

These trips are an opportunity for first year students to get a better understanding of college life, become a part of the University community, meet faculty/staff, and discover outdoor opportunities. Also, studies have shown that these types of trips increase retention of students.

The trips are free to faculty and staff. No prior experience is necessary. Faculty and staff who have participated in the past are welcome to join again. For more information or to sign up, contact Tim Bates, 218-726-8743, RSOP.

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KUMD Awards Erin Welch KUMD Student of the Year
Recent UMD SFA grad Erin Welch worked at KUMD as a web assistant and volunteer graphic designer. Erin went above and beyond any expectations set for her and truly impacted the entire station by helping to elevate the brand and represent the sound of KUMD through her imagery and web assistance.

KUMD Celebrates the Congdon Legacy
Chester Congdon was born June 12, 1853 and in celebration of his upcoming birthday, KUMD is celebrating “The Congdon Legacy,” with stories from Glensheen. Join KUMD as they celebrate these stories and more with a series on Northland Morning, “The Congdon Legacy” each day through June 12 at 8 am.

On Mon., June 15, at 6 pm, KUMD brings listeners a one-hour special of highlights from Glensheen’s evening speaker series “Chester Chats” with more about the Congdon Legacy, from the past glory of the estate’s trail system to the demise of the Congdon yacht. Listen for interesting details from Executive Director Dan Hartman and others as they share their historical research and artifacts from the past 100 years.

The Congdon Legacy is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and 103.3 KM KUMD Duluth Public Radio.

KUMD Alumni
UMD Alumni Association featured KUMD alumnus Sam Ginsberg ’13, who landed it big right after graduation. From working as a marketing and communications intern for KUMD to now as a digital advertiser at the Star Tribune, he came back to campus to share his experiences at the KUMD studios.

KUMD Sponsors Park Point Art Fair
KUMD is the Official Radio Station of the 45th Annual Park Point Art Fair, June 27 & 28 from 10 am–5 pm at the end of Park Point. The event features fine art from over 120 regional artists along a pine-lined path, interactive art demos, live music by Michael Monroe, Jamie Ness, Briand Morrison, and Eric Berry of Trampled by Turtles. KUMD will celebrate with Art Week on Northland Morning, featuring interviews with artists and organizers of the event. KUMD will also host the annual Album Sale Fundraiser during the fair, browse through a wide variety of used CDs and LPs. All proceeds benefit KUMD The Basement, student-run radio after 9 on 103.3 FM.


Receive a free stamp with the purchase of a Father's Day card through June 16, UMD Stores Street Level. 

UMD Stores and the Print Shop will conduct inventory, and the hours of operation will be affected on the following days: 
Mon., June 29: The Street Level Store will be open from 7:30 am–2 pm and then close. The Lower Level Store and Print Shop will be open 8 am–3 pm and then close. 
Tues., June 30: All UMD Stores locations and the Print Shop will be closed for the entire day.
Wed., July 1: Regular store hours will resume for all locations.

UMD Market Day in the Plaza happens every Tuesday through the month of September, from 1–4 pm. Enjoy the farmer's market, live music, and local art on Kirby Plaza, in front of UMD Stores. In case of rain, the event will be held inside Kirby Plaza Bus Hub. UMD Stores offers specials inside the store during the Market, including half-off fountain pop and hot beverages from the self-serve area. Visit the UMD Market Day website for more information and a list of vendors.

Bring a bag or backpack or purchase a reusable bag at UMD Stores. Don’t take a plastic bag and get a wooden nickel to drop in the charity bin to support three local charities. These charities benefit from this conscious effort to go green at UMD Stores. (Purchases must be "baggable" merchandise to earn wooden nickels for charity.)

Shop UMD Stores. Get rewards. Every dollar spent at UMD Stores equals one point. Accumulate 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.

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.

For store hours, events, and merchandise visit the UMD Stores website.

Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

Robert Hofmann, senior development officer, School of Fine Arts, contributed a case study, about how gift officers should handle working with donors who may be experiencing the early signs dementia, to the article “Sticky Situations” in the May/June 2015 issue of Currents, published by CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Tom Hrabik, professor and associate head, Department of Biology, served as the faculty advisor for a UMD subunit of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS). The subunit was approved by the AFS management committee in May. The AFS was organized in 1870 to promote the conservation, development, and wise utilization of fisheries.

Jim Miller, associate professor, and Christian Schardt, assistant professor, both from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, attended the 61st annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology (ILSG) held in Dryden, Ontario, in May.  A total of 23 UMD students, alumni, and faculty were among the 122 participants at the meeting, which consisted of three days of field trips and two days of technical sessions. Oral presentations were given by:
Kristofer Asp (MS Candidate) - Evidence of high temperature Ni isotopic fractionation during the formation of Cu-Ni-PGE sulfide deposits in the Duluth Complex
Mike Doyle (MS candidate) – Geologic and geochemical attributes of the Beaver River Diabase and Greenstone Flow: Testing a possible intrusive-volcanic correlation in the 1.1 Ga Midcontinent Rift
Paul Fix (MS Candidate) - Characterization of secondary minerals formed on weathered Duluth Complex Cu-Ni-PGE deposit rock and implications for controls on metal mobility
Sarah Sauer (MS Candidate) - Petrologic study of the "Chill" zone of the Layered Series at Duluth: Testing a possible plutonic-volcanic correlation within the Midcontinent Rift
Miller - Role of Felsic and Feldspathic Rocks in Triggering Subvolcanic Emplacement of Mafic Intrusions: Evidence from the Midcontinent Rift in Northeastern Minnesota
Poster presentations of UROP projects were given by:
Espree Essig (BS Geology Major) - Petrographic Analysis of Felsic Tuffs within the Neoarchean Soudan Member of the Ely Greenstone Formation, Northeastern Minnesota
Nathan Lentsch (BS Geology Major) - Incorporation of Duluth Complex maps into GIS platform
Asp was awarded best oral presentation by a graduate student and Lentsch was awarded best poster. 
George Hudak, associate department director, Natural Resources Research Institute, led a two-day, post-meeting field trip to the Mattabi/Sturgeon Lake Historic VMS Mine area.
ILSG is held each May at various locations in the Lake Superior region. Next year’s meeting will be held in Duluth and will be chaired by Miller and Schardt.

Bruce Peckham, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave a presentation entitled "Classification of Critical Sets and Images for Quadratic Maps of the Plane'' in a Topics in Computational Dynamical Systems II session at the 2015 SIAM Conference on Dynamical Systems, held at Snowbird, Utah, in May.

Alexis Pogorelskin, associate professor, Department of History, recently gave an invited lecture, “The Idea of Israel in the Holocaust,” at Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

Bedassa Tadesse, associate professor, Department of Economics, and his coauthors, Roger White and Elias Shukralla, had their article, “Production Efficiency and the Extensive Margins of U.S. Reporters: An Industry Level Analysis,” published in the spring 2015 issue of Open Economies Review.   


Special Recognition

Continuing Education has received an Equity and Diversity Transformation Award for a project which will preserve knowledge of Ojibwe language and culture by recording video descriptions of 26 Ojibwe ceremonial stories from birth to death and beyond, as told by a tribal elder. "There are fewer and fewer tribal elders who know the stories and language of the Ojibwe people. These stories must be recorded now before there is no one left to pass along the stories, and the Ojibwe cultural ceremonies are lost forever," said tribal elder and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe spiritual advisor Obizaan. The videos will be shared with the UMD Tribal Sovereignty Institute and the 11 tribal colleges throughout Minnesota and the Midwest region and will serve as a catalyst to provide education for members of the Ojibwe tribal nations from K-12 to college to adult community learners. The project engages UMD staff and faculty from Continuing Education, the American Indian Studies Department, the American Indian Resources Center, the Department of Education, and the School of Fine Arts.

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Natural Resources Research Institute News

Matthew Aro, scientist, gave an invited lecture on Static Bending Tests of Thermally-Modified Laminated Strand Lumber and Laminated Veneer Lumber to UMD students in the Sustainable Design and Construction course in the Department of Civil Engineering in April.

NRRI staff presented research at the International Association for Great Lakes Research conference held in Burlington, Vt. in May:|
Valerie Brady, research associate, gave an invited presentation with co-authors Josh Dumke, research fellow, Katya Kovalenko, research associate, Matt Gerhiser, graduate research assistant, Lucinda Johnson, center director, Jan Ciborowski (University of Windsor), Joseph Gathman (University of Wisconsin-River Falls) titled "Macroinvertebrate sampling and condition indicator development of Great Lakes high energy coasts."
– Ciborowski, Kovalenko, George Host, senior research associate, R.W. Howe (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay), Euan Reavie, senior research associate, Terry Brown, research associate, Nick Danz (University of Wisconsin-Superior), Gerald Niemi, senior research associate, Mei Cai, research associate, and Johnson presented research titled "Developing Bioindicators of Environmental Condition & Recovery Relative to Watershed-Based Stress."
Host, Brown, Kovalenko, Paul Meysembourg, GIS lab manager, Coborowski, and Johnson presented "An interactive map of environmental stress for watersheds of the Great Lakes basin."
– J. St. Pierre (University of Windsor), Rich Axler, senior research associate, Brown, Brady, Danz, Gathman, Kovalenko, Host, Howe, Niemi, and Reavie presented "Cumulative effects of human land-use on benthic community condition at Great Lakes coastal margins."
Brown, Cai, and Reavie presented "Land Use Patterns Across the Great Lakes' Basin, 1790 - present, as Drivers of In-lake Change."
Kovalenko, Johnson, Ciborowski, and Brady presented "Macroinvertebrate metrics: Confounding effects and consistency across time."
Johnson presented "Uses and interpretation of human disturbance gradients for condition assessment in Great Lakes coast"
Brown and Brady presented a poster titled "Data management for large projects collecting diverse environmental field data."Dumke staffed a booth to share information about insects and aquatic invasive species at the Brule River State Fish Hatchery and Boise Brule Campground Family Fun Day in June.

George Hudak, associate department director, Natural Resources Research Institute, led a two-day, post-meeting field trip to the Mattabi/Sturgeon Lake Historic VMS Mine area, following the 61st annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology (ILSG) held in Dryden, Ontario, in May.

Johnson gave an invited talk titled "A Comprehensive Stressor-Response Model to Inform Ecosystem Restorations Across the Great Lakes Basin" co-authored by David Allan, Jan Ciborowski (University of Windsor), Cai, and Kovalenko at a special session honoring collaborator David Allan in May.

Johnson gave an invited talk titled "Using and Interpreting Human Disturbance Gradients for Condition Assissment in Great Lakes Coastal Ecosystems", co-authored by Cai, David Allan (University of Michigan), Nicholas Danz (University of Wisconsin Superior) and Don Uzarski (Central Michigan University) at the International Association for Great Lakes Research in May.

Andriy Khotkevych, research associate, Oksana Kolomitsyna, research fellow, and Don Fosnacht, center director, gave an oral presentation titled "Hydrothermal Carbonization as a Versatile Biomass Pretreatment Technology" at the 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in April.

John Havel (Missouri State University), Kovalenko, Sidiniei Thomaz (State University of Maringa, Brazil), Stefano Amalfitano (Water Research Institute, Italy), Lee Kats (Pepperdine University, California) published a review paper titled "Aquatic invasive species: challenges for the future" in Hydrobiologia, v. 750, pp. 147–170.

Thomaz, Kovalenko, Havel and Kats published a paper titled "Aquatic invasive species: general trends in the literature and introduction to the special issue" in Hydrobiologia, v. 746, pp. 1–12.

Zsolt Benko (University of Graz, Austria), Aberra Mogessie (University of Graz, Austria), Ferec Molnar (Geological Survey of Finland), Mark Severson, senior research fellow, Steve Hauck, program director, and Sara Raic (University of Graz, Austria) published a paper title "Partial Melting Processes and Cu-Ni-PGE Mineralization in the Footwall of the South Kawishiwi Intrusion at the Spruce Road Deposit, Duluth Complex, Minnesota" in Economic Geology, v. 110, pp. 1269–1293.

Pharmacy Department News

M. H. Nelson, K. K. Fierke, assistant professor, B. J. Sucher, and K. K. Janke, had their article, “Including emotional intelligence in pharmacy curricula to help achieve CAPE outcomes,” published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2015;79(4).

Keri Hager,
assistant professor, and interprofessional colleagues representing the Minnesota Primary Care Transformation Collaborative presented a workshop on "The Power of Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Collaboration in an Academic Institution" at the 2015 Best Practice in Medical Education Day: Critical Thinking in Medical Education held in Minneapolis, Minn., in May.

Kristin Janke, Hager, Jim Beattie and Shannon Reidt received the highly-competitive Innovations in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for their project, "When Drug Literature Evaluation Isn't Enough: Implementing a Longitudinal Evidence-Based Medicine Sequence with a First-Year Milestone EBM Assessment."

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor, was awarded a $65,000 Community Health Collaborative Grant for 2015-2016 from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute Office of Community Engagement for the project, “Little Earth Strong: Diabetes Prevention for American Indian Youth and Families.”

Duluth PD3 student Jill Spitzmueller received the United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award in recognition of her public health expertise and outreach efforts.

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