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Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations for the University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award. This annual, system-wide award recognizes one faculty member or one academic professional and administrative (P&A) employee for exemplary community-engaged scholarship in his or her field of inquiry. Each college on the Twin Cities campus and the campuses of Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester may select one individual to serve as the unit's Community-Engaged Scholar Award Collegiate/Campus Recipient. All collegiate/campus award recipients then become eligible for the University-wide award, which includes a one-time $15,000 prize.

UMD nominations should be sent to Kim Riordan, associate vice chancellor of Outreach and Online Delivery,, 218-726-7251, no later than Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016. For more information about the award, visit the public engagement website. All collegiate/campus award recipients will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Fri., Apr. 29, 2016, at which time the recipient of the University-wide President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award will be announced.

University Marketing and Public Relations 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.

In October, the Swenson College of Science and Engineering hosted "Documenting Science: How to Create Usable Video of Your Research,” featuring documentary filmmaker Ethan Steinman. In the session, Steinman covered the production process from planning to final edit. The Swenson communication team of Valerie Coit and David Orts have decades of filmmaking and production experience and would like to develop similar programs going forward. If you have any interest or ideas, contact them: Valerie Coit,, 218-726-8651, or David Orts,, 218-726-7136.

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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Archived ITSS News articles are available online. For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk, 218-726-8847.

Celebrates Record Breaking Membership Drive
KUMD extends deep gratitude to their campus, local, and world-wide listener communities for supporting them during their Fall Membership Drive. Thanks to their listeners, they made history together and raised over $33,000 in record breaking time, eliminating seven days of their traditional 10 day on-air drive. Click and join today at


UMD Stores goes green with "Bag Free" Week through Nov. 10 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 and UMD Stores reusable bags are $1.99.
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. 11–13 from 8 am–4 pm in Kirby Student Center (across from the Lower Level Store). Save up to 50% on UMD Wear & Gifts, Art & Office Supplies and Electronics.

The "Earlier Than the Bird" Pre-Black Friday Sale will be held Nov. 18–25. Look for daily deals on great gift ideas! The annual UMD Stores Thanksgiving Weekend Sale will be held in the Street Level Store Nov. 27–29 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 UMDStores 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 Systems, had his article, “Flipping the Composing Process: Collaborative Drafting and Résumé Writing,” published in the fall 2015 issue of Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

Alison Aune, professor, Department of Art and Design, gave workshops on Nordic patterns and folk art for children and adults and had her work exhibited in Fishnetstockings, an interactive installation created by Joellyn Rock, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, and Pete Willemsen, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, at the Electronic Literature Organization at Ljudgalleriet in Bergen, Norway, in August. She gave workshops on Nordic folk art for children and exhibited her paintings at the Norsk Høstfest in Minot, N.D., in late September–early October. She will receive the 2015–16 Art Educators of Minnesota Higher Educator of the Year award in November.

Beth A. Bartlett, professor, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, gave the keynote address for the YWCA's Women of Distinction Luncheon in Duluth in October.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, submitted a photograph to the 11th “National Photography Competition at FotoFoto Gallery in Huntington, N. Y. The photograph received the first place award and will be exhibited from Dec. 9–Jan. 2, 2016. Stephen Perloff, founder and editor of The Photo Review, selected her work.

Julie Etterson, associate professor, Department of Biology, had an invited paper, “Solidago Altissima Differs with Respect to Ploidy Frequency and Clinal Variation Across the Prairie-forest Biome Border in Minnesota,” published in the American Journal of Botany’s Special Issue: Evolutionary Insights from Studies of Geographic Variation. Written with R. H. Toczydlowski, K. J. Winkler, J. A. Kirschbaum, and T. S. McAulay, the article is available online. The printed issue comes out in Feb. 2016.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a conference talk “Handicap Incomplete Tournaments of Odd Order,” at the 29th Midwest Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography, and Computing, held at College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.

Linda LeGarde Grover, professor, American Indian Studies, recently learned that her novel, The Road Back to Sweetgrass, is the recipient of the Wordcraft Circle 2015 Fiction Award.

Rob Hofmann, senior director of development, School of Fine Arts, was elected to a second term as vice chair of the Depot Foundation.

Romesh Lakhan
, instructor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, with students and faculty from the UMD departments of Chemistry, Biology, and Physics, along with the Congdon Park Elementary PTA, held a Science Spooktacular in October. The event attracted over 500 parents and children who enjoyed hands-on science activities. The event was covered by Fox21 news.

Susan Naramore Maher, dean, College of Liberal Arts, recently attended the Western Literature Association's 50th anniversary conference in Reno, Nev., where she presented an essay "'This was Not an Affluent Time': Parched Landscapes and Broken Ground in Horton Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle." Her essay, "Literature of the Great Plains: Nature, Culture, and Community," was published in A History of Western American Literature, edited by Susan Kollin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Ron Moen, associate professor, Department of Biology and Natural Resources Research Institute, and a research group presented two papers and five posters at the 22nd annual conference of The Wildlife Society in Winnipeg, Manitoba in October. He was an invited participant in an Expert Elicitation Workshop on Canada lynx that was hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in October. D. S. Licht, Moen, P. Brown, M. Romanski, and R. Gitzen, had their article, “The Canada Lynx of Isle Royale: Overharvest and Climate Change in the Extirpation of an Island Population,” published in Canadian Field Naturalist, 2015,129:139-151. D. J. Brown, M. Schrage, D. Ryan, Moen, M.D. Nelson, and R.R. Buech, had their article, “Glyptemys insculpta (Wood Turtle): Longevity in the Wild,” published in Herpetological Review, 2015, 46(2):243-244.

William Payne, dean, School of Fine Arts, received the Depot Foundation’s 2015 Arts and Culture Initiative Award. The honor recognized the key role he played in helping to launch Twin Ports Arts Align, a networking opportunity that connects artists throughout the Twin Ports region, and in securing and implementing the Creative Communities Leadership Institute in Duluth, funded by the Bush Foundation, a partnership between the School of Fine Arts and Intermedia Arts of the Twin Cities. The institute trained a diverse group of Twin Ports leaders in the area of arts-based community development. The cohort of leaders came from a wide range of backgrounds and forms a network that spans many sectors of the Twin Ports community.

Steven Sternberg, associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, recently published a text book entitled Air Pollution: Engineering, Science, and Policy (Glen Allen, Va.: College Publishing, 2015, ISBN 978-1-932780-07-9). The book explores the sources and sinks, health effects, regulatory methodologies, history, and control technologies for air pollutants. Chapters are organized by the physical and chemical nature of the pollutants, which determines the technologies useful for their control. The book includes chapters on each of the US Clean Air Act criteria air pollutants (particulate matter, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, ozone, carbon monoxide, and lead). Additional topics include mercury, reactive carbon (methane, volatile organic compounds), indoor air quality, hazardous air pollutants, mobile sources, stratospheric ozone depletion, and carbon dioxide induced climate change. Each section also explores the impacts of control technologies on society, industry, and the local, regional, and global atmosphere.

Ariuna Taivan and Gibson Nene, both assistant professors from the Department of Economics, and their coauthor Inoussa Boubacar, had their article, “Community Exports to China and Economic Growth: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Countries,” published in the fall 2015 issue of Nankai Business Review International, Vol. 6(4), pp. 401-416.

Junhua Wang, associate professor, Department of Finance and Management Information Systems, and her co-author Hua Wang, had their article, “From a Marketplace to a Cultural Space: Online Meme as an Operational Unit of Cultural Transmission” published in the summer 2015 issue of the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 45(3).



Special Recognition

The fourth Regional Economic Indicators Forum (REIF) was held at the DECC in October. The event was attended by 230 people who came to hear about the economy and the Skills Gap. Labovitz School of Business & Economics’ student Travis Eisenbacher, who worked with the Labovitz School’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research along with students from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the College of St. Scholastica, presented on economic topics including consumer and business confidence. Three noted experts on employment in the 15-county REIF region shared insights on the Skills Gap, saying that employers consider there to be a lack of candidates who have soft skills, while potential employees feel that their formal training meets the job requirements. The panel stated that students should be introduced to various career opportunities early in their education. The event was sponsored by the National Bank of Commerce and is available on their website at A comprehensive report will be released on their website on Monday, Dec. 21.

Two UMD students, Leticia Martinez, a junior studying criminology and French studies, and Ashley Perry, a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in communication, have be named Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award recipients. They will be recognized at the eight Annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast on Wed., Nov. 11 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the campus of the U of M Twin Cities.

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Natural Resources Research Institute News

Sara Kadlec, graduate research assistant, gave an overview of the smallmouth bass project with field survey and results to a local chapter of Muskies, Inc. Minnesota Sea Grant funded the research and co-sponsored the $1K scholarship that led to her presentation. The presentation was held at Mr. D's in West Duluth in October.

Ron Moen, associate professor, Department of Biology and Natural Resources Research Institute, and a research group presented two papers and five posters at the 22nd annual conference of The Wildlife Society in Winnipeg, Manitoba in October. Also, he was an invited participant in an Expert Elicitation Workshop on Canada lynx that was hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in October.

D. S. Licht, Moen, P. Brown, M. Romanski, and R. Gitzen, had their article, “The Canada Lynx of Isle Royale: Overharvest and Climate Change in the Extirpation of an Island Population,” published in Canadian Field Naturalist, 2015,129:139-151. D. J. Brown, M. Schrage, D. Ryan, Moen, M.D. Nelson, and R.R. Buech, had their article, “Glyptemys insculpta (Wood Turtle): Longevity in the Wild,” published in Herpetological Review, 2015, 46(2):243-244.

Gerald Niemi, senior research associate, gave a seminar titled "Experiences of a Trichotomous Scientific Career" at the Conservation Biology Graduate Program at the UM Twin Cities in St. Paul in October.

Pharmacy Department News

Kerry K. Fierke, assistant professor, had her article,Designing a Leadership Legacy (L2) Framework,” published in Research in Higher Education, 2015 Sept;29.

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor, has been selected as a Spirit of EAGLES Cohort 3 Hampton Faculty Fellow.

Laura Palombi, assistant professor, along with numerous tribal, city, county, and state collaborators, organized and hosted a successful Carlton County Opioid and Heroin Community Forum in Cloquet, Minn., in October. More than 100 people attended this public event to create awareness about the problem of drug abuse in Carlton County.

Palombi was quoted in both the Duluth News Tribune and Cloquet Pine Journal on getting community input and help to fight heroin and other drug problems. She was also interviewed by WDIO-TV.

D. Pestka, C. K. Frail, Palombi, B. Von Hoff, J. Conway, T. D. Sorensen, had their article, “Prescription for Healthy Communities: Carrying Out Successful Medication Management Services in Community Pharmacies,” published in The Report to Minnesota Department of Health, Sept. 2015.

Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor, presented "Naloxone Rescue as First-Aid to Prevent Death from Opioid Use” at the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants Pharmacology Review Fall CME: Relax, Reconnect, Review held in Brainerd, Minn. in October.

Schneiderhan was mentioned in the October 15, 2015, Duluth News Tribune story, "St. Louis County 'Ground Zero for Heroin'."

Erin Sheets, associate professor, presented "Life as a Lipid" to the Department of Chemistry at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., in October.

Sheets presented "Crowding Effects on Diffusion of Small Molecular Probes: A Temporal Scaling Perspective” at the 29th Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics held in Carbondale, Ill., in October.

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