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The U of M Office for Public Engagement is seeking nominations for the 2016 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Awards (OCSA). These awards recognizes 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 OCSA categories: (1) Outstanding Faculty Member Community Service Award; (2) Outstanding Student Community Service Award; (3) Outstanding Staff Community Service Award; and (4) Outstanding Community Partner Service Award. Nominations for awards are due by 5 pm, Fri., Feb. 12. Full nomination guidelines can be found on the award's web page. Contact Amber Cameron for more information.


UMD's Department of Human Resource and Equal Opportunity and the Office of Student Employment encourages campus departments to take time during National Student Employment Week, April 10–15, to celebrate the contributions of their student employees. Employers can show their appreciation by nominating their students for “Student Employee of the Year." The guidelines and nomination forms are available onlineThe deadline for submitting a nomination is Fri., Feb. 19.

In early March, the UMD winner will be submitted to the Minnesota Association of Student Employment Administrators regional competition. From the four regional winners, the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) chooses a National Student Employee of the Year. The national award winner receives a cash award. UMD has had two student employees who have won the nationwide competition, in 1999 and 2003.


The UMD Center for Economic Development (CED) invites individuals to celebrate entrepreneurial leadership and success in the Twin Ports and Northeast Minnesota by recognizing entrepreneurs who have followed their dreams, taken risks, and found success. Nominations are sought from throughout the region including: Minnesota’s Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St Louis counties, and Wisconsin’s Douglas County. For more details and to nominate a business, visit the CED website. Nominations are due Fri., Feb. 26. Award recipients will be announced on Wed., April 20, at the Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards Luncheon at the DECC, as part of a regional celebration of U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Week.

The Office of the President of the U of M is seeking nominations for the President's Award for Outstanding Service. This award is presented each year in the spring and honors up to 12 active or retired faculty or staff who have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community. A complete description of the award and nomination requirements are available online. Nominations are due Fri., Mar. 11. For more information, contact Vickie Courtney or call 612-625-4805.

The program committee for the 2016 MN eLearning Summit is seeking oral, panel, and poster presentations for submission. The Summit will be held July 27–28 at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. View a PDF of the call for proposals. Proposals are due by Fri., Mar. 11. Submit a proposal online. For more information including submission requirements and topics, visit the MN eLearning Summit website.

A small stipend will be available to presenters to defray travel costs (between $150-200). The U of MN will pay 80% of the early registration fee for all U of MN presenters. For more information about stipends, contact Kim Riordan in UMD's Office of Academic Affairs or call 218-726-7251.

Each year, in furtherance of Goal 2 of the UMD Strategic Plan, funds are available for Civil Service bargaining and non-bargaining employees.  This year $3,000 is available for diversity initiatives with a focus on diversity, discrimination, social justice, sexual harassment prevention, equal opportunity and affirmative action, and inclusivity.  Applications are being accepted for the current academic year until funds are exhausted. Small funding is up to $300 and major funding is $301 and above. Visit the website for Grant Guidelines and an Application. For more information contact Cathy Rackliffe in UMD's Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity or call 218-726-6827.


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KUMD Awarded Best Radio Station in the Northland
Duluth Public Radio was just awarded Best Radio Station in the Northland by The Reader Weekly for the 18th year in a row. KUMD has been the recipient of this award ever since The Reader first went to print in 1997.


UMD Stores February Events and Promotions:

Beginning Mon., Feb. 8, come to the Street Level Store and receive a Valentine's Day scratch-off card good for 25– 50% off an entire UMD Wear and Gift Item purchase. Scratch & save.

Beginning Feb. 10, UMD Stores will be selling bouquets of flowers and single roses in both the Street Level and Lower Level Stores for Valentine's Day.

During the month of February, UMD Stores is bringing back "Fan Friday." Simply wear any piece of UMD Wear on Fridays, and receive 20% off the purchase of any regular-price UMD Wear item.

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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.

UMD Stores offers special events and promotions all year long. Check the website often. 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, “Theories and Applications of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs): The Case for Hybrid Design,” published in the fall 2015 issue of the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, Vol. (16)6.

Matthew T. Andrews, McKnight Presidential Professor, director, Bio-Translational Research Center, Department of Biology, had research on "Heart-Healthy Hibernators - Overwintering ground squirrels survive fluctuations in body temperature that would cause cardiac arrest in non hibernators" featured in the January 1, 2016 edition of The Scientist.

Klaus Beckmann, instructor, Department of Finance and MIS, along with his coauthors, Thanh Ngo and Daphne Wang, had their article, “The Informational Content of ADR Mispricing, ” published in the fall 2015 issue of the Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Volume 32-33, pp. 1-14.

Fatih Benzer, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, wrote a chapter on the topic of cultural policies and their impact on art education for the book Culturally Sensitive Art Education in a Global World: A Handbook for Teachers. The book was published by NAEA (National Art Education Association). There will be a book signing and promotional presentation during the national convention in Chicago in March.

Jennifer Brady, assistant professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received the 2015 College of Liberal Arts Research Award. This award is conferred on the basis of the quality and quantity of a faculty’s publications released in the previous year. She was elected president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP-MN). Brady has received a Grant in Aid of Artistry and Research to work on her single-authored book project titled Men and Masculinities in Flux: Representations in Contemporary Spain.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, had work included in the invitational 18th annual Postcards from the Edge exhibition, a benefit for Visual AIDS, at the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery in New York City in January.

Mary Caprioli, associate professor, Department of Political Science, had the book she co-authored, Sex and World Peace, named as one of Gloria Steinem's ten favorite books. Steinem also mentioned the book during an interview with Charlie Rose (about five minutes in).

Kim Nichols Dauner, assistant professor, Neil A. Wilmot, assistant professor, and Jennifer F. Schultz, associate professor, all from the Department of Economics, had their article, “Investigating the Temporal Relationship between Individual-Level Social Capital and Health in Fragile Families,” published in the fall 2015 issue of BMC Public Health.

Julie R. Etterson, associate professor, Department of Biology, was the coordinating associate editor for a special issue of the American Journal of Botany. The issue was based on a symposium put together by three postdoctoral researchers, Heather E. Schneider, Nicole L. Soper Gorden, and Jennifer J. Weber, who are associated with Project Baseline (NSF DEB 1142784 to J. Etterson, S. Franks, and S. Mazer). Etterson is the lead author on the introduction to the special issue with postdocs Schneider, Soper Gorden, and Weber. Etterson is the lead author with undergraduate, Rachel Toczydlowski, and three former graduate students, Katharine J. Winkler, Jessica A. Kirschbaum, and Tim S. McAulay, on the article “Solidago altissima differs with respect to ploidy frequency and clinal variation across the prairie-forest biome border in Minnesota.” She is leader author on a paper, “Project Baseline: An unprecedented resource to study plant evolution across space and time,” about the accomplishments of Project Baseline with collaborators Franks and Mazer, postdocs Soper Gorden, Schneider, and Weber, and graduate students, Katharine J. Winkler and Arthur E. Weis. She is coauthor with her lab group, postdoc Soper Gorden, two former IBS MS graduate students, Matthew R. Jahnke and Elizabeth Marshall, grad student, Winkler, and UMD Biology undergrads, Joshua Horky and Colton Huddelson, on the article “Geographic patterns of seed mass are associated with climate factors, but relationships vary between species.” All of these articles appear in the special issue of AJB.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk "Groups, cycles, and hypercubes" at the Bratislava Three Kings Day Math and Physics Conference at Comenius University, in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Monica Haynes, director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, was invited to write an article for the Duluth News Tribune Opinion page. The piece, entitled “Economic Experts View: Duluth Needs Solution to Worker Shortage,” appeared in the Dec. 31 issue of the DNT.

Ahmed A. Heikal, professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, wrote an invited article entitled "Understanding Macromolecular Crowding is Critical for Quantitative Cell Biology" for SPIE Newsroom of the International Society of Optics and Photonics’ Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging, December 11, 2015, doi: 10.1117/2.1201510.006182. He wrote on “Mentoring in Higher Education” for the "Local View" in the Oct. 8 issue of the Duluth News Tribune. He was an invited speaker at the SPIE Ultrafast Imaging and Spectroscopy conference, in San Diego, Calif., in August. Heikal and his collaborators, Megan Currie, Chang Thao, Randi Timerman, Robb Welty, Brenden Berry, Erin D. Sheets, published a paper entitled "Multiscale Diffusion of a Molecular Probe in a Crowded Environment: A Concept” in Proc. SPIE 9584, Ultrafast Nonlinear Imaging and Spectroscopy III, 95840E, August 31, 2015, doi:10.1117/12.2188746.

Rob Hofmann, senior development director, School of Fine Arts, has been recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE International. Individuals granted this credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement, and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive. The CFRE designation is held by a little over 5,300 professionals around the world.

Sam Kelly, assistant professor, Department of Physics and Large Lakes Observatory, is one of the co-authors of an article, "Breaking Internal Tides Keep the Ocean in Balance,” that was the cover article for the Jan. 1 issue of Eos, Earth and Space Science News.

Seung C. Lee, associate professor, Department of Finance and MIS, had his article, “Reliability of Mobile App Ecosystem, ” published in the fall 2015 issue of Issues in Information Systems, Volume 16(1), pp. 80-90. He also had his article, “Information Security Compliance and Stress, ” published in Issues in Information Systems, Volume 16(4), pp. 239-248.

Susan Maher, dean, College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a residency at the Wallace Stegner House in Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada, for late spring 2016. The few weeks she will spend living in Wallace Stegner's childhood home will help her advance a new book project on literary pilgrimages in the interior of North America. The Eastend Arts Council selected the artists and writers for this year's residency program.

Jennifer Gomez Menjivar, assistant professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and William Salmon, assistant professor of linguistics, Department of Writing Studies, have fellowships this semester at the University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study. Their book manuscript, Tropical Tongues: Language Ideologies, Endangerment, and Minority Languages in Belize, will examine the precarious state of minority languages in Belize following Independence (1981-present).

Howard Mooers, professor and head, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, along with A. R. Cota-Guertin (a grad student); S. R. Regal; T. R. Sames; A. J. Dekan (an undergraduate student); and L. M. Henkels (an undergraduate student), will have their article, “A 120-year Record of the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Acid Deposition, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom,” published in Atmospheric Environment (127), February 2016, 139–154. P. D. Burley and Mooers gave a presentation, “Stonehenge’s Greater Cursus,” at the American Astronomical Society annual meeting, in Kissimmee, Fla., in January.

Desineni Subbaram Naidu, Minnesota Power Jack Rowe endowed chair and professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, had his prosthetic hand research featured in the U of M’s Driven to Discover campaign. He was a series co-editor, along with Andrew P. Sage, Heinz Unbehauen, and Hugues Garnier, for the book Multi-Stage Flash Desalination: Modeling, Simulation and Adaptive Control, by Abraha Woldai, Engineering Systems and Sustainability Series, published in 2015 by CRC Press. A second book, written with C. H. Chen, Fusion of Hard and Soft Control Strategies for a Robotic Hand, Advanced Study/Research Book, was accepted for publication by Wiley – IEEE Press. Click here for a complete list of articles published, presentations given, and other activities in 2015.

John Pastor, professor, Department of Biology, has a new book, What Should a Clever Moose Eat?, which will be officially released in February. The book, published by Island Press, is a set of essays about the natural history and ecology of the North Woods from Minnesota to Nova Scotia. Pastor illustrated the book and one of the drawings appears in the Duluth Art Institute Members’ Show, which runs through Feb. 21. He also did a reading at the show’s opening in January.

Paula J. Pedersen, faculty fellow for Intercultural Initiatives, contributed a chapter, "Toward Intercultural Development and a Model for Institutional Change," to the book Internationalizing the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: Practical Lessons Learned at Home and Abroad. The book, edited by Dana Gross, Kenneth Abrams, and Carolyn Zerbe Enns, and published by APA Books, was released in January.

Andrew Snustad, instructor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received the 2015 College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award. This award is given to CLA faculty who demonstrate superior organization of course materials, communicate effectively, show enthusiasm for and outstanding knowledge of their subject, and demonstrate a respectful attitude toward their students, fairness, and flexibility, as well as successful student outcomes.

Maureen Tobin Stanley, professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, has co-edited an anthology, with Jacky Collins, Melissa Stewart and Nancy Vosburg, entitled (Re)collecting the Past: Historical Memory in Spanish Literature and Culture. In this work, the authors explore the role of memoria histórica in its broadest sense in recent Spanish narrative, testimonios, film, theater, television series, graphic novels, photography, and other popular cultural manifestations. The book scheduled to be published this year by Cambridge Scholars. Tobin Stanley has received an Imagine Grant and a Grant in Aid of Artistry and Research to work on her single-authored book, Justice through Memory: Repression, Oppression and Incarceration in Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies, while on sabbatical in fall 2016.

Neil A. Wilmot, assistant professor, Department of Economics, had his article, “Discontinuities in the Coal Market,” published in the fall 2015 issue of Applied Economics Letters.

Rob Wittig, assistant professor, Department of Writing Studies, announced that the project students in his spring 2015 New Media Writing class were involved in, “I Work for the Web,” made the shortlist for the New Media Writing Prize.

Elizabethada A. Wright, associate professor, Department of Writing Studies, and Writing Program Administrator, had her essay “Virtue and Knowledge Combined”: French Catholic Tradition within a Nineteenth-Century American School for Women, which appeared in Rhetoric Review (Volume 34, Issue 4, 2015), tie for second best essay for the Theresa J. Enos Anniversary Award. This recognition comes from voting by the Rhetoric Review editorial board.

Wenqing Zhang, assistant professor, Department of Management Studies, and his coauthors, Prasad Padmanabhan and Chia-Hsing Hunag, had their article, “Sequential Capital Investment Decision Making Under Extreme Cash Flow Situations: Evidence Using Monte Carlo Simulation,” published in the fall 2015 issue of the Journal of Business Economics and Management, Volume 16(5), pp. 877-900.


Special Recognition

The following LSBE faculty members have received research awards:
Kim Dauner
, assistant professor, Department of Economics; Sanjay Goel, associate professor, Department of Management Studies; Daniel Hsiao, associate professor, Department of Accounting; Xin Liang, associate professor, Department of Management Studies; Jennifer Mencl, associate professor, Department of Management Studies; Linda Rochford, associate professor, Department of Marketing; Jennifer Schultz, associate professor, Department of Economics; Rajiv Vaidyanathan, professor, Department of Marketing; and Lin Xiu, assistant professor, Department of Management Studies. A grant program to support research and scholarship activities at UMD was implemented by the Research and Scholarship subcommittee of shared governance, in collaboration with the EVCAA’s Office. Proposals were requested from researchers in five colleges, as well as NRRI and MN Sea Grant, and over 118 proposals were received. In each college/unit, a peer review team evaluated the proposals and 98 projects were fully or partially funded. 

Joe Artim, director, LSBE Financial Markets Program, announced that both of the LSBE student Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) teams will advance to the local presentation round of the 2016 CFA Research Challenge. Presentations will take place Feb. 25 at Thrivent Auditorium in downtown Minneapolis. The winner of the local event will advance to the national competition in Chicago in mid-April. For more information, visit the CFAMN website.

Center for Economic Development

Betsy Olivanti, CED business consultant, achieved certification as a technology consultant (CTC) through the Institute for Technology Commercialization in Dec. 2015.

Curt Walczak, CED business consultant, was recently quoted in a Scenic Range News article about the growing trend of freelance entrepreneurship. He stated, “With the internet, email, social media, etc., it has become easier for people to work independently." Regarding millennials he said, “They have a different mindset about work. They are younger and more apt to take a risk than someone a little bit older. Plus, this age group wants more flexibility and they don’t want to be tied down to one particular thing – doing one thing all the time.”

Walczak was a feature speaker for the 13 Moons Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) Extension Program Agricultural & Small Business Economics Workshop in January. The focus of the two-day workshop was on "Taking Care of the Land and Community" and included sessions on Tribal Resource Management, USDA and NRCS programs, Quickbooks, and business planning.

The CED Student to Business Initiative (SBI) Program is growing in offerings and number of students and businesses participating in the program. This spring, the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) is offering three SBI program courses with five classes participating in consumer behavior, advertising and marketing communication, and organizational management. Over 180 LSBE students will apply what they learn in class to develop plans for their business clients. This program will assist 28 businesses throughout Northeast Minnesota on a variety of topics. Students will observe, research, and present their recommendations to their clients at the end of the semester.

Large Lakes Observatory News

Byron Steinman, assistant professor, LLO and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, published a paper in Science Magazine on the influence of Atlantic and Pacific Ocean temperatures on global warming. The study revealed that natural, random cycles were responsible for the recent slowdown in the surface temperature rise, and that an increase in the rate of warming was likely to occur in the near future. He conducted two field seasons with graduate and undergraduate students in western North America to collect sediment cores for paleoclimate reconstructions. One of the students, Laura Cappio, had a UMD news article published on her research and field experience. This work is part of two NSF-funded research grants that Steinman received in 2015.

Mona Stockhecke, post-doctoral associate, LLO and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and her coauthors, Axel Timmermann, Rolf Kipfer, Gerald H. Haug, Ola Kwiecien, Tobias Friedrich, Laurie Menviel, Thomas Litt, Nadine Pickarski, and Flavio S. Anselmetti, had their article “Millennial to orbital-scale variations of drought intensity in the Eastern Mediterranean" published in the Quaternary Science Reviews (2016) 77-99. Through the analysis of a new high-resolution sedimentary section from Lake Van (Turkey) along with climate modeling experiments, they identified massive droughts in the Eastern Mediterranean for the past four glacial cycles on millennial and orbital timescales, which have pervasive link intervals of enhanced North Atlantic glacial iceberg calving, weaker Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, and Dansgaard-Oeschger cold conditions.

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Minnesota Sea Grant News

Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, presented strategies to incorporate systems planning into a new modeling tool to better understand risks and impacts related to Great Lakes multimodal transportation options for moving crude oil within the basin to a consortium of interested parties across the Great Lakes in January via teleconference.

Bergeron participated in the winter advisory committee meeting of "Green Marine," held in Toronto, Canada, in January. The initiative seeks to help move industry activities and practices beyond required environmental compliance standards. The Toronto meeting discussed upcoming issues facing Great Lakes shipping and port communities in 2016 covering topics such as: technology, environmental issues, economics, regulatory actions and impacts, and potential commodity flow changes. He participated in the advisory committee meeting for the "Great Lakes Seaway Review" in January and is the only non-industry member on the advisory committee.

John Bilotta, water resource management and policy extension educator, Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, and Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, created The Watershed Game: Classroom Version, an interactive, educational tool that helps students understand how land use affects water quality. Participants learn how a variety of land uses impact water and natural resources, increase their knowledge of best management practices, and learn how their choices can affect water quality. Participants apply plans, practices, and policies that help them achieve clean water goals for protection and restoration while providing for community growth.

Valerie Brady, research coordinator, and Schomberg helped organized the Minnesota Lake Superior Watershed Stream Science Symposium at UMD in January, summarizing recent studies on Minnesota's tributaries to Lake Superior, with a focus on climate impacts.

Hagley co-hosted a webinar in January for educators grades 9–12 to support President Obama’s challenge, Visualize Your Water, that asks students to create compelling visualizations about nutrient pollution in the Great Lakes using geographic information system (GIS) software in conjunction with water quality data collected through Federal, state, and local efforts.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species extension educator, attended the DNR’s Aquatic Invasive Species Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting, in St. Cloud, in December, where he provided an update of Aquatic Invasive Species outreach efforts by Sea Grant.

Jensen and Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species extension educator, organized the Habitattitude Booth at the Green Expo in Minneapolis in January.

Kitson presented at the Conservation Minnesota Brown Bag Lunch, in St. Paul, Minn., in December.

Schomberg presented “Local Climate Adaptation: Stormwater Challenges” at the Twin Ports Climate Coalition meeting in January.

Schomberg co-organized a community workshop on urban watersheds and stresses to local streams at the Duluth Heights Community Club in January.  Participants were able to try out stream sampling equipment, learn how to view real-time stream data on the website, and find out how their  communities are working on ways to better collaborate across watershed boundaries.

Schomberg and Hilarie Sorensen, climate change extension educator, attended the Great Lakes Sea Grant Resiliency Meeting in Ann Arbor, to coordinate climate resiliency work across Great Lakes Sea Grant programs.

Minnesota Sea Grant produced new episodes of The Sea Grant Files. Minnesota Sea Grant's latest newsletter, The Seiche, came out in December. Hot topics include research on smallmouth bass, aquaponics and wild rice.

Minnesota Sea Grant's first-ever Habitattitude Surrender for aquarium fish and plants was held in Bloomington in January with the Minnesota Aquarium Society and was featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and on WCCO, Fox9, MPR, KUMD, UPI among other media outlets.

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Matthew Aro, scientist, was elected as the 2016 General Circle Representative for the Northeast Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council-Minnesota Branch.

NRRI staff gave the following invited talks at the Minnesota Lake Superior Watershed Stream Science Symposium II held held at UMD in January. Valerie Brady, research associate, was on the steering committee to organize this symposium which was hosted by the Laurentian Resource Conservation and Development Council.

1) Brady and Larissa Herrera (WRS grad student), "How much sediment is too much sediment, according to stream macroinvertebrates?"

2) Lucinda Johnson, center director, William Herb (UM St. Anthony Falls Lab), Meijun Cai, research associate, Brady, and John Lenczewski (Trout Unlimited). "How cold is cold enough? Stream temperatures of Minnesota’s north shore streams today and in the future."

3) Herb, L. Johnson, Ralph Garono (research associate), Cai, Kristen Blann and John Jereczek (MnDNR), "Managing climate change in the Superior north shore tributaries: Can we maintain the flow?"

4) Michael Sadowsky (UMTC), Clairessa Brown (WRS grad student), and Chanlan Chun, senior research associate, "Use and evaluation of new genome techniques to understand microbes in waterways."

Ryan Hueffmeier, junior scientist, organized an NRRI clean-up crew to participate in Adopt-A-Beach in September. He gave an invited presentation on the Current Status of Amynthas [earthworms] in Minnesota to the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council in October. Hueffmeier was selected to be a member of the UMD Sustainability Education Committee.

Jerry Niemi, senior research associate, gave a talk titled "Recent research on Minnesota forest birds" at the 2016 Forestry and Wildlife Research Review Symposium, held at the Cloquet Forestry Center, in January. 

Pharmacy Department News

Karen Bastianelli, assistant professor, and Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, presented "History in Pharmacy: A (Brief) Journey from Then Until Now" at the Duluth Area Pharmacists meeting held in Duluth in January.

Kerri D. Hager, assistant professor, and R. A. Gosser, had their article, “Retrospective analysis of billing at a standalone medication therapy management clinic,” published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 2016;73:77-81 doi:10.2146/ajhp140860.

Sean Hall, infrastructure analyst 2, is featured in the Bulksms Case Study, "SMS API used to monitor pharmaceutical research laboratory equipment," for his innovative application of their technology.

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor, was quoted in the Duluth News Tribune story, "Grant will aid research on Native American health concerns."

Tim Stratton, professor and senior associate to the dean for assessment and accreditation at the College of Pharmacy, has been selected as the 2015 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recipient. The award is given annually to someone who supports the college and its students through service to education, the profession, research, and the community.

Mike Swanoski, associate professor, and Yao Yao, assistant professor, were among College of Pharmacy faculty selected as fall Teachers of the Semester by the Class of 2017 and 2018, respectively.


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