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Accessible transportation assistance is available on the UMD Campus. Departments are encouraged to arrange transportation for individuals with mobility limitations at the same time they arrange their other University-sponsored travel transportation needs. Possible sources for this transportation include Courtesy Cab (218-590-9222) or Northern Access (218-728-5464). Requests for reimbursement of costs should be submitted to the UMD Business Services, 209 DAdB. Questions regarding transportation arrangements, reimbursement requirements, and this procedure should be directed to Greg Sather, UMD Business Services, 218-726-6137 or email

External Affairs has officially changed its name to University Marketing and Public Relations. The department is responsible for UMD branding, marketing, communication, public relations, legislative relations, photography, graphic design, and web. They can work with units across campus, depending on the reach, scope, and deadline of a project. Use their tell us about your project request form, and they will reply within a day or two.

They also offer a new brand review service to campus. Email a project for brand review (poster, video, website, etc.) and include any necessary URL or file attachments. They will review the project and reply with relevant suggestions to help with compliance and alignment with the university brand policies.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information about events via the easy-to-use Bulldog Update form. The Bulldog Update is a weekly digest of campus activities and news that is sent to all students in the form of an email with links to more detailed information on the Bulldog Update website.

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KUMD 103.3 FM Kicks Off a New Wave of Fundraising
Can KUMD Raise $30,000 Without Interrupting the Music? Listeners said they’d rather shorten the on-air pledge drive and keep the music going - uninterrupted. Together KUMD listeners will make it happen. Help KUMD reach their $30,000 goal by Wed., Oct. 14 by pledging online right now. The music continues when their fundraiser ends the moment they hit the goal. Every pledge will be automatically entered into a weekly drawing for a Lutsen Mountains Getaway, including lodging, lift, and concert tickets for two. Consider it their way of giving back. It’s time to give at


Touchdown Tuesday will be held Oct. 13 and 21 at UMD Stores. 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 Oct. 7–20. The sale will include a large selection of books perfect for adults and children.

The annual Balloon Sale will be held Wed., Oct. 21 in the Street Level Store. Pop a balloon and reveal the discount off of an entire purchase of UMD Wear and Imprinted Gift Items. Discounts up to 80%.

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, had his article, “Formative Feedback Tools and Google Apps,” published in the summer 2015 issue of the Academic Exchange Quarterly.

Elizabeth Austin-Minor, professor and department head, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, ran the Boston Marathon in April. This was her second time completing the race. In order to qualify, she needed to run a previous marathon in less than 3 hours and 45 minutes. She did so during Duluth-based Grandma’s Marathon in 2013, as well as the Boston Marathon in 2014. She said one of the most challenging parts of the process was training during the winter months in Duluth. She finished in the top 20% for her age group and top 25% for her gender. Her finishing time of 3 hours and 33 minutes was a personal record.

David Beaulieu, professor, Department of Education, gave the commencement address at Sinte Gleska University in August. During the ceremony, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree for lifelong contributions to American Indian Education. He worked as a vice president at Sinte Gleska two separate times, beginning in 1979. There he helped to develop the institution, led the self study process, and wrote the self study report. Located on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, in Mission, S.D., Sinte Gleska was the first tribal institution of higher education to be accredited at the Baccalaureate Degree granting level and became the first Tribal University.

David Bowen, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, has the following works on display:
1. His work tele-present water is in “Globale: Infosphere,” a group exhibition at Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie ZKM, Karlsruhe, which runs through Jan. 31, 2016. The exhibit was curated by Peter Weibel and includes artists Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Addie Wagenknecht, and Ryoji Ikeda.
2. His newest work landscape #1 will be featured in the Bozar Electronic Arts Festival at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, curated by Christophe De Jaeger. The exhibition opens Oct. 8 and includes artists Zimoun and Lawrence Malstaf. 
3. A collaborative project between Bowen and artist Kristina Estell entitled voyager one was installed at Seed Space, in Nashville, Tenn.
4. His work fly revolver is featured in “American Gun Show,” a group exhibition at Works Gallery in San Jose, Calif. The exhibition opened Oct. 2.
5. His works 46°41'58.365" lat. -91°59'49.0128" long. @ 30m and landscape #1 are featured in “Telescope,” a group exhibition at Instinct Gallery in Minneapolis, Minn., which runs through Nov. 14.

Jennifer Brady, assistant professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, published a book chapter titled "Hacer visible lo invisible: Subversiones de la masculinidad hegemónica en El perquè de tot plagat (1994) y Carícies (1997)" in Ventura Pons: Una mirada excepcional del cine catalán (Iberoamericana/Vervuert).

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, had work in “Library Thoughts 5,” an international juried show that was in two locations in Budapest, Hungary, in 2015: MAMU Gallery (June 12–July 3) and Jokai Klub (Aug. 25–Sept. 15.) The exhibition was sponsored by the Hungarian Multicultural Association, and the work was selected by Beata Szechy. A catalog was published for the exhibition.

Luiggi Donayre, assistant professor, Department of Economics, had his article, “Do Monetary Policy Shocks Generate TAR or STAR Dynamics in Output?,” published in the spring 2015 issue of Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Economics.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk "Handicap Incomplete Tournaments of Odd Order" at the first Kliakhandler Conference on Algebraic Combinatorics and Applications, held at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich.

Linda LeGarde Grover, associate professor, Department of American Indian Studies, will have her poem "Directions to My Twenty-Nine-Year-Old Self" appear in the fall 2015 issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. Her novel, The Road Back to Sweetgrass, is featured in the Nota Benes section of the September/October issue of World Literature Today and in Bustle's "11 Books That Are Absolutely Perfect Reading For Fall."

John Hatcher, associate professor, Department of Writing Studies, was a guest speaker at the No Guts – No Story Sanlam Community Journalist Forum in Middelburg, South Africa, in August. During his two-week stay in that country, he met with journalism students and faculty at the journalism program at Tshwane University of Technology, located north of Pretoria in Soshanguve township, and also visited with members of print, online, and radio media. Some of the topics he discussed in his talk were covered in an article entitled “Media Can Contribute to Non-Racialism” published in the Alberton Record.

John Hiller, professor, and Sophia Chabysheva, assistant professor, both from the Department of Physics, participated in the Light Cone 2015 Conference held at the INFN National Laboratories in Frascati, Italy, in September. Hiller spoke on "Pauli-Villars Regularization of Non-Abelian Gauge Theories" and Chabysheva spoke on "Light-front phi_{1+1}^4 Theory Using a Many-boson Symmetric-polynomial Basis."

Tom Isbell, professor, Department of Theatre, gave a presentation entitled “In Praise of Teachers” to the Duluth Rotary Club 25 in September. He spoke about how the K–12 teachers and librarians in his life had influenced him and encouraged him to pursue his passions. After his talk, he signed copies of his recent book, The Prey.

Jim Klueg, professor and head, Department of Art and Design, had four of his ceramic vessels included in “Autographic,” an exhibition highlighting various approaches to drawing, at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, Colo. The exhibition, which closed Sept. 26, was curated by Avery Glassman.

Romesh Lakhan, instructor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, completed the Superiorman Triathlon in August. In order to finish the half Ironman distance race, he had to swim 1.2 miles in the Bay of Lake Superior, bike from Duluth to Two Harbors and back (56 miles), and run 13.1 miles, finishing under the arches of Bayfront Park. As encouragement, his family wrote supportive messages on his shoes in order to provide ready inspiration throughout the day. This was his first time participating in the event.

Dahui Li, professor, Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences, and his coauthors, Yonggui Wang and Shuang Ma, had their article, “Customer Participation in Virtual Brand Communities: The Self-Construal Perspective,” published in the spring 2015 issue of Information and Management, 52, pp. 577-587.

Daniel Martin, professor, Department of Sociology, delivered the paper "Sluts, Puppets, and Glitter: Towards a Theory of Spectacle" at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in Chicago this past August.  His research is on the latest performance technologies used in recent Slutwalk, Global Justice. and LGBTQ demonstrations.

Christopher R. McIntosh, associate professor, Department of Economics, and his coauthor Robert A. Jenson, had their article, “Modeling US Farmer Soybean Seed Choice with Path Dependencies: Inevitable Patented Seed Market Dominance?,” published in the fall 2015 issue of Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization.

Ryuta Nakajima, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, has participated or will participate in the following activities:
1. His work Amburghese di cuore (no. 6) was selected for the conference art exhibition "Art and Science” at the International Society for Computational Biology,  at 23rd annual international conference on Intelligent System for Molecular Biology, and at the 14th European Conference on Computational Biology in Dublin, Ireland, in July.
2. He gave an oral presentation "Cephalopod and Art" at the annual conference on cephalopodology at the University of the Ryukyus, Japan, in July.
3. "Future Mirrors" MODELLAB, curated by Rodrigo Azaola and Claudia Arozqueta, was published in July. Online publication is available at
4. A drawing was chosen for "CHOPSHOP #4: Rabbits" curated by Derrick Buisch, U of Wisconsin Madison, at Pier 12-18, Madison, Wis., in August.
5. His work Cephalopod Interface will appear in an exhibit curated by Gaye Chan, University of Hawaii Manoa. He will also conduct a talk with Margaret McFall-Ngai, director, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, in October.
6. His research "Cephalopod intelligence, sociality and communication VIII) epilogue: How close can I get? Observations of predatory strategies of the pharaoh cuttlefish, Sepia pharaonis in captivity" was selected as an oral presentation at the main conference of Cephalopod International Advisory Council, "CIAC 2015 Hakodate" and "An Ethogram of Chromatic, Postural and locomotor behaviors of the pharaoh cuttlefish, Sepia pharaonis from Okinawa Island, Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan" was selected for the poster session. He will also be organizing an art exhibition, "Treasure Box," during the conference and presenting at Novel biomimetic models: materials, soft robots and artificial intelligence workshop" organized by Letizia Zullo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

Ted Pedersen
, professor, Department of Computer Science, was an invited participant in the Creative Futures workshop and the Crazy Futures III workshop, both held in the Danube Delta, Romania, in August. His talk for the Crazy Futures III workshop was entitled "The horizon isn't found in a dictionary : Identifying emerging word senses and identities in raw text." Prior to that talk, he worked with a team of Romanian students and faculty to envision possible futures for the mining industry in that country as a part of the Creative Futures workshop.

Jon L. Pierce, professor, Department of Management Studies, and his coauthors, Steven M. Norman and Donald G. Gardner, had their article, “Leader Roles, Organization-Based Self-Esteem, and Employee Outcomes,” published in the spring 2015 issue of Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Volume 36(3), pp. 253-270.

Eun-Kyung Suh, professor, Department of Art and Design, has an exhibit, "Diaspora," at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., through Oct. 21. Suh has investigated the experiences of Korean adoptees in Minnesota, home to the largest Korean adoptee community in the U.S., and focused on their transracial adoption experiences to examine the complex identities of race, ethnicity, and culture through a diasporic lens. She had another solo exhibition at the main gallery of Artworks in Trenton, N.J. This exhibit closed Oct. 3.

Shannon Drysdale Walsh, assistant professor, McKnight Land-Grant Professor, Department of Political Science, was awarded the Helen Safa Paper Award by the Latin American Studies Association Gender and Feminist Studies Section for her paper "No Resources, No Capacity, No Will: How Transnational Advocacy Networks Overcome Obstacles to Building Gendered Political Institutions." She presented a paper entitled “Exclusion and Collusion: Dismantling the Nicaraguan Violence Against Women Law," based on fieldwork in Nicaragua that was accepted as part of a Theme Panel for the American Political Science Association. She gave an invited lecture (in Spanish) for the Guatemalan School of Government in Guatemala City. She presented a paper, “Femicide, Democracy, and the (Un)Rule of Law in Guatemala,” on killings of women in Guatemala at the Guatemala Scholars Network conference in Guatemala. In addition, she served pro bono as an expert witness for U.S. Immigration Court on violence against women and country conditions in Honduras, resulting in asylum being granted to a victim of domestic abuse. For updated information, visit her website at

Lin Xiu, assistant professor, and Alan Roline, professor, both from the Department of Management Studies and Accounting, and their coauthor, Gerui (Grace) Kang, had their articles, “How Do Interviewers Respond to Applicants’ Initiation of Salary Negotiation? An Exploratory Study on the Role of Gender and Personality” and “Who Negotiates a Higher Starting Salary? A Moderation Model on the Role of Gender, Personality and Risk Attitude,” published in the summer 2015 issue of Naikai Business Review International. Xiu and her coauthor, Morley Gunderson, had their article, “Occupational Segregation and the Gender Earnings Gap in China: Devils in the Details,” published in the summer 2015 issue of the International Journal of Manpower, Volume 36(5), pp. 711-732.



Special Recognition

The first LSBE Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference was held on Thursday, Oct. 1. Over 400 people attended the all-day conference which featured two keynote speakers, alumnus Dan Fishback in the morning and alumna Allison Sen in the afternoon, as well as panel discussions on a variety of topics, and an Entrepreneur and Innovation Expo. Initiated by LSBE Dean Amy B. Hietapelto with faculty advisor, Nicole Wilde, the conference was completely student organized and run. Senior Shawna Jokinen was the conference coordinator. The conference will be a yearly event.

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Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, presented an update on national and international ballast water regulations and their impacts on Great Lakes shipping at the Duluth/Superior Harbor Technical Advisory Meeting in Superior, Wisc., in September.

Bergeron also presented to Design Duluth, a group of graduate students in landscape design and architecture from the Twin Cities campus, in Duluth, Minn., in September. He presented on issues related to shipping and port activity, and challenged students to think on multiple scales and from multiple stakeholder perspectives as they consider design options that will provide long term resiliency for business and communities along the St. Louis River Corridor.

John Bilotta, water resource management and policy extension educator, co-led planning for the Clean Water Summit: Green Infrastructure for Clean Water, which was held in Chaska, Minn., in September. Minnesota Sea Grant was also an endorsing and financial sponsor of the summit.

John Downing, new director, will join Minnesota Sea Grant at the end of the calendar year. For more information, visit

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, accepted an Outstanding Programming Award on behalf of the team that created (, a website that blends personal stories with scientific information about the St. Louis River Estuary in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The award was presented by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network at their conference in Burlington, Vt., in September.

Hagley and Jesse Schomberg, interim co-director and coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, led activities during the Duluth area’s 31st annual Forestry Field Day for 5th graders in September.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave an invited presentation, Strategic e-Marketing of the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Campaign Works!, during a social science and fisheries session at the 145th Annual American Fisheries Society Conference, in Portland, Ore., in August.

Jensen attended a meeting of the Minnesota DNR’s AIS Stakeholder Advisory Committee, in St. Cloud, Minn., in August. As an ex-officio member, he is helping to guide AIS prevention efforts statewide. He also staffed the Minnesota DNR’s Invasive Species display during the Minnesota State Fair, in St. Paul, Minn., in September.

Jensen and Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist and national park service liaison, participated in the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting, in Burlington, Vt., in September. During the meeting, Jensen chaired an AIS session with invited speakers.

Jensen and Kitson attended the University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s Showcase, in St. Paul, Minn., in September.

Jensen will lead a meeting to coordinate AIS outreach regionally by the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species and its members at their fall meeting in Ann Arbor, Mich., in October. He is an at-large member of the panel and chair of the Information and Education Committee. He will also participate in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 6 AIS Subcommittee meeting, in Ann Arbor, Mich., in October.

Jensen is presenting and hosting an aquatic invasive species information booth at the Minnesota Water Conference in St. Paul, Minn, in October. Minnesota Sea Grant is co-sponsoring the conference.

Jensen co-chairs the Communication, Education and Outreach Committee of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. He will provide an update on the formation of the committee and work to date at the Task Force’s fall meeting in Silver Spring, Md., in November.

Kitson gave a presentation on aquatic invasive species to an outdoor recreation class in Duluth, Minn., in September .

Rachel Kuntz and Andrew Frank, UMD student employees, organized the Minnesota Sea Grant/UMD student chapter of the American Fisheries Society joint beach cleanup in September along Park Point Beach. Participants picked up over 50 lbs of trash as part of the Great Lakes Alliance’s Adopt a Beach program.

Sharon Moen, communications coordinator, authored a biography, With Tomorrow in Mind: How Athelstan Spilhaus Turned America Toward the Future. Copies are available through Minnesota Sea Grant (, the University of Minnesota Bookstore and on

Schomberg is on the planning committee for the second Minnesota Lake Superior Watershed Stream Science Symposium; the save-the-date was distributed, and the event will be Jan 6–7, 2016, in UMD's Kirby Ballroom. 

Minnesota Sea Grant produced the Wild Rice Monitoring Field Guide and the Wild Rice Monitoring Handbook. Both are available through Minnesota Sea Grant.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Gerald Niemi, professor, Department of Biology, and scientist, NRRI, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in September. The award was given to honor his support and dedication to raptor monitoring.

Pharmacy Department News

Carl Anderson, an undergraduate researcher in Associate Professor Grant Anderson’s lab, received the Minnesota Academy of Sciences Hiram E. Essex Award for Excellence in Organismal and Physiological Sciences at the 2015 Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium held in St. Paul, Minn. in April.

Courtney Murphy, Duluth PD3 and summer research assistant with Assistant Professor Keri Hager, co-wrote an article for the University of Toronto Centre for Interprofessional Education September 2015 newsletter describing the work of the Minnesota Primary Care Transformation Collaborative.

Olihe Okoro, assistant professor, has been accepted to The Cross Cultural Health Care Program's Training of Trainers Institute on "Closing The Gap: Cultural Competence in Health and Human Services" to be held in Seattle, Wash. in October.

Okoro and F. T. Odedina had their paper, “Improving Medication Adherence in African American Women Living with HIV/AIDS: Leveraging the provider role and peer involvement,” published in AIDS Care. 2015 Aug 17:1-7.

Laura Palombi, assistant professor, participated in a pharmacy and distribution panel at the Pain. Pill. Problem. Conference held in Minneapolis, Minn., in August. The conference, co-organized by the Office of Governor Mark Dayton and the U.S. Attorney's Office, examined the many facets of Minnesota's issues with opiate abuse. More than 1,000 people from Minnesota's medical, justice, and social service communities attended.

Palombi was featured in the KBJR story, "Heroin and Opioids Tightening Their Grip on Carlton County" which aired in September.

Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor, presented “Pharmacotherapy of Alcohol Use Disorders” at the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2015 Midyear Clinical Meeting held in Brooklyn Center, Minn., in September. 

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