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REC SPORTS SEEKS FACULTY AND STAFF FOR FRESHMAN TRIPS
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. 20–23 (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.



STUDENT LIFE UPDATES

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.


Administration News


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (ITSS) UPDATES

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


KUMD
Homegrown Week on KUMD
KUMD 103.3fm is celebrating the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival this week with daily sessions Live from Studio A with new local artists and long-time favorites, plus a two-hour edition of the Local on Wednesday at 5 pm. They will keep listeners in the loop with exclusive photos and a daily Homegrown Blog at kumd.org. They will also be live tweeting and sharing eight days of fun, so follow them on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram for live updates all week long. Have a safe and happy Homegrown.

103.3 The Basement – UMD Student Run Radio

KUMD The Basement celebrates another successful year of student involvement. Adam Fleischhacker received the 2016 KUMD Outstanding Student of the Year Award as program director for The Basement. The new KUMD promotions and marketing team, Sam Quackenbush and Adam Reinhardt, served up tunes for The Basement at the Annual UMD Grad Party at Glensheen with the latest in new music and prizes for all.

Mental Health Week on KUMD’s Northland Morning
KUMD honors Mental Health Month with a special week of interviews. Tune in to Northland Morning at 8 am, May 9–13 as they spotlight suicide prevention, living with mental illness, and much more . All interviews will be archived online after they air, and can be found here. This special week is provided by KUMD, in partnership with the Human Development Center, Miller-Dwan Foundation, and the St. Luke’s Foundation.


UMD STORES

Textbook Buyback continues through May 6 in UMD Stores Express. Rented textbooks may also be returned during Buyback. Hours are 8:30 am–5 pm May 2–5 and 8:30 am–4 pm May 6.

UMD Stores will hold its Final Sale of the year through May 5 in Kirby Student Center across from the Lower Level Store. Items will be discounted up to 70%. Choose from UMD wear and gifts; office, school, and art supplies; Computer Corner items; food and books. Hours are 8 am–5 pm each day.

Bag Free has been extended. Due to popularity, the Bag Free promotion will continue until May 8. Don't forget to bring reusable bags when shopping at UMD Stores. UMD Stores is also collecting #2 and #4 plastic bags. Look for the collection boxes at the entrances of all UMDStores. Recycled plastic bags can become park benches, playground equipment, or even backyard decking.

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. 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.

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Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

Matthew T. Andrews, McKnight Presidential Professor, director, Bio-Translational Research Center, Department of Biology, had his lab’s research featured in the April 8 edition of Discover Magazine. The article is entitled "Life-Saving Lessons from Hibernating Ground Squirrels."

Betsy Behning and Maria Rinne, both HR generalists 3, Human Resources & Equal Opportunity, are the recipients of a Project Award, as part of the Outstanding Service Awards, for the ESUP/HR Stars (System Transition & Assistance Resources) project. Katie Roche, program/project specialist, and Sarah Yang, executive office & administrative specialist, both from Human Resources & Equal Opportunity, received Honorable Mention. The award ceremony was held April 29.

Tracy Bibelnieks, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, was presented with the Mathematical Association of America North Central Section 2016 Award for Meritorious Service to the Profession. The award was presented at the spring meeting of MAA-NCS in April.

David Bowen associate professor, Department of Art and Design, will be an artist in residence at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, in Pittsburgh, May 4– 21. There he will debut a new large scale installation titled SPACEJUNK. His work tele-present water will be featured in “Eco Expanded City,” a group exhibition at the WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, May–December. In July and August, his work tele-present wind will also be included in “Weather or Not” a group exhibition at MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands. Bowen has been selected to participate in “Scientific Delirium Madness” at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, California, July through August.

Lindsay Brown, academic services specialist, SFA Advising & Academic Services, is the recipient of a Continuous Service Award as part of the Outstanding Service Awards. The award ceremony was held April 29.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, art and design, had a work included in the “Photography Now!” exhibition in the UVAA Art Center Gallery in Roseburg, Ore., from May 6–June 26, 2016. Her work was selected by Laura Valenti, outreach director for Photolucida and past co-Curator at Newspace Center for Photography.

Stephen B. Castleberry, professor, Department of Marketing, and his coauthor, Joshua T. Coleman, had their article, “When is it Appropriate to be a Whistleblower? The Case of Mercy Medical Center,” published in the fall 2015 issue of the Journal of Business Ethics Education, Volume 12, pp. 173-184.

Aaron Caveny, end user support 2, ITSS, and Michelle Tessier, office/administrative services supervisor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, are the recipients of a Project Award, as part of the Outstanding Service Awards, for the iPad Pilot project. The award ceremony was held April 29.

Runa Das, associate professor, Department of Political Science, had a commentary she wrote published in the Duluth News Tribune on Sunday, April 17. The topic was peace and security.

Priscilla Day, professor and head, Department of Social Work, is a recipient of the 2016 President’s Award for Outstanding Service. Recipients of this award have gone far beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated tremendous commitment to the university community.

Luiggi Donayre, assistant professor, Department of Economics, and his coauthor, Irina Panovska, had their article, “Nonlinearities in the U.S. Wage Phillips Curve,” published in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Macroeconomics, 48, pp. 19-43. He also received the LSBE Faculty Research Excellence (Early Career) Award. The award ceremony was held April 8.

Lisa Fitzpatrick, director, Viz Lab & MMAD Lab (Motion + Media Across Disciplines), is the recipient of the 2016 President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award is given to those who go above and beyond in their job. Also she had her Spanish language poem "Plin Plin" featured on NPR's “All Thing's Considered” in April. In celebration of National Poetry Month, the program asked listeners to submit poems via Twitter #NPRpoetry.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a seminar talk "Even the Patriots can win Atlantic 10! at CAGS (Combinatorics, Algebra and Geometry Seminar) at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va.

Karen Gran, associate professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, had two papers accepted for publication recently: "Sediment pulse evolution and the role of network structure" with co-author, Jonathon Czuba, was published in Geomorphology. " The second article, “Lateral erosion in an experimental bedrock channel: the influence of bed roughness on erosion by bed-load impacts," with lead author Ted Fuller, and co-authors Leonard Sklar and Chris Paola, was accepted and published on-line in the Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface. In the last few months, Gran has also given lectures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the MN Lake Superior Watershed Stream Science Symposium; the Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium; and the Waseca County Farmer Forum.

Jodi Carlson Grebinoski, associate librarian, Kathryn A. Martin Library, is the recipient of a Continuous Service Award as part of the Outstanding Service Awards. The award ceremony was held April 29.

Elaine Hansen, director, UMD Center for Economic Development, is the recipient of the 2016 U of M President's Award for Outstanding Service. This award is given in recognition of remarkable work.

Nik R. Hassan, associate professor, Department of Finance and MIS, and his coauthor, Claudia Loebbecke, had their article, “Engaging Scientometrics in Information Systems” published in the spring 2016 issue of the Journal of Information Technology.

Monica Haynes, business development manager 1, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, received the LSBE Staff Excellence Award. The award ceremony was held April 8.

Deb Herstad, HR generalist 1, Human Resources & Equal Opportunity, is the recipient of a Continuous Service Award as part of the Outstanding Service Awards. The award ceremony was held April 29.

Rob Hofmann, senior development officer, School of Fine Arts, was featured in a University of Minnesota Foundation “Office Spotlight” segment. Jill Custer, development assistant, UMD Central and the School of Fine Arts, provided off-screen voice talent.  

Becky Kavajecz, developer 2, Career & Internship Services, is the recipient of a Continuous Service Award as part of the Outstanding Service Awards. The award ceremony was held April 29.

Tracy Kemp, administrative services supervisor, Department of Biobehavioral Health & Population Sciences, is the recipient of a Continuous Service Award as part of the Outstanding Service Awards. The award ceremony was held April 29.

Jill Klingner, associate professor, Department of Economics, received the LSBE Faculty Teaching Excellence (Advanced Career) Award. She also received the Outstanding LSBE Faculty Award, presented by the Student Organization Coordinating Council. The award ceremony was held April 8.

Jim Klueg, professor and department head, Department of Art & Design, will have work in “North of the 45th 2016,” at the Devos Art Museum, in Marquette, Mich., from June 3–August 7, 2016. The exhibition’s juror was Lena Vigna, curator at the Racine Art Museum. Klueg was recently awarded a $1,500 second place award by juror Christy Johnson, director emerita of the American Museum of Ceramic Art, at the “21st San Angelo National Ceramic Competition,” San Angelo (Texas) Museum of Fine Arts.

Victor Lai, assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, received the Swenson College of Science and Engineering SCSE Teacher Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to teaching. The award ceremony was held April 19.

Carmen Latterell, professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and Janelle Wilson, professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, had their article, “Stories about math: An analysis of students’ mathematical autobiographies,” published in the International Journal of Research in Education and Science (IJRES), 2016, Volume 2, Number 2, pp. 279-285.

Dahui Li, professor, Department of Finance & MIS, received the LSBE Faculty Research Excellence (Advanced Career) Award. He also received the Outstanding LSBE Faculty Award, presented by the Student Organization Coordinating Council. The award ceremony was held April 8.

Keith Lodge
, professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, was awarded the Sabra S. and Dennis L. Anderson Scholar/Teacher Award in recognition of his scholarly distinction and teaching excellence. The award ceremony was held April 19.

Heather McLean, associate administrator, Kathryn A. Martin Library, is the recipient of a Continuous Service Award as part of the Outstanding Service Awards. The award ceremony was held April 29.

John O'Neill, assistant professor, Department of Graphic Design, announced that the disability advocacy campaign that he developed last spring, The Awareness Campaign (TAC), has been recognized by the 2016 Hermes Creative Awards.  Illustrations posted on TAC’s Instagram account received a Platinum award for the Pro Bono category. TAC’s information posters, currently on display inside the Multicultural Center and designed to help bring disability awareness to the UMD community, won a Gold award for the Pro Bono category. The information posters also received honorable mention for the Infographic category. TAC's series of information display panels was recently accepted by Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design. This marks the second time the Journal has recognized this campaign. TAC’s web presence, branding, and social media marketing were recognized last year by Creative QuarterlyO’Neill will present a paper at the 2016 UCDA Design Education Summit, hosted by the Robert Busch School of Design, Kean University, in May. He will speak about the importance of teaching social media marketing and other emerging media within a graphic design curriculum.

Susana Pelayo-Woodward, director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, is the recipient of a Continuous Service Award as part of the Outstanding Service Awards. The award ceremony was held April 29.

Jon L. Pierce, professor, Department of Management Studies, and his coauthor, Donald G. Gardner, had their article, “Organization-Based Self-Esteem in Work Teams,” published in the spring 2016 issue of Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, Volume 19(3), pp. 394-408.

Sara Pitterle, instructor, Department of Marketing, received the LSBE Faculty Teaching Excellence (Early Career) Award. The award ceremony was held April 8.

Roger Reinsch, professor, Department of Accounting, Amy Hietapelto, dean, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, and their coauthor, William Ross, had their article, “Employer’s Use of Social Media in Employment Decisions: Risk of Discrimination Lawsuits,” published in the spring 2016 issue of Current Topics in Management, Volume 18, pp. 153-182.

Joellyn Rock, assistant professor, and Alison Aune, professor, both from the Department of Art & Design, presented their Hans Christian Andersen-inspired collaborative project FISHNETSTOCKINGS at the Åby Bibliotek in Aarhus, Denmark. During their three-day residency in March, they gave interactive workshops to school groups, teachers, researchers, and librarians. They also presented KLIP EN HAVFRUE – Kreativt værksted  (Mermaid Papercut Creative Workshop) for families. FISHNETSTOCKINGS was created with the help of UMD’s Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab (MMADLab) and VizLab.

David Saftner
, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, received the Swenson College of Science and Engineering Young Teacher Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to teaching. The award ceremony was held April 19.

Karen Salmela, instructor, Department of Accounting, and chair of the LSBE sustainability committee, helped organize a sustainability event featuring Dave Horsman, senior director of Ballpark Operations for the Minnesota Twins.

Kathy Sandstedt, executive office & administrative specialist and Tweed Store manager, Tweed Museum of Art, is the recipient of a Continuous Service Award as part of the Outstanding Service Awards. The award ceremony was held April 29.

Emma Schroeder, end user support 1, LSBE Technology Program, received the LSBE Above and Beyond Award. She also received the LSBE Staff Service Excellence Award. The award ceremony was held April 8.

Jennifer Schultz, associate professor, Department of Economics, received the LSBE Faculty Service Excellence Award. The award ceremony was held April 8.

Angie Soderberg, program director, LSBE Internship Program, received the LSBE Staff Excellence Award. The award ceremony was held April 8.

Neil Weberg, senior lab services coordinator, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is the recipient of a Project Award, as part of the Outstanding Service Awards, for the Chemistry & Advanced Materials Science Building initial planning, pre-design, schematic design & design development phases. The award ceremony was held April 29.

Nicole Wilde, instructor, Department of Marketing, received the LSBE Above and Beyond Award. The award ceremony was held April 8.


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Special Recognition

The Duluth Journal of Undergraduate Biology (DJUB) is a peer-reviewed, online journal that is published by undergraduate biology students at UMD. It is in its third year of publication. The DJUB has a class component, supervised by UMD biology and writing department faculty, that introduces the students to the world of scientific writing and publishing. Each student researches, writes, and submits one of three different types of original article: original research, a review, or a primer. The culmination of the class is the published issue of the DJUB, containing these student-written papers. The 2016 edition will be published in June 2016 and will be accessible on DOAJ, Google Scholar, and UMD d-Commons. Previous editions can be viewed online.

The UMD Chemistry and Biochemistry Club held their annual chemistry magic show in April. Romesh Lakhan, instructor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, serves as the club’s faculty advisor. The event, which was featured on Fox 21 news, was well attended by UMD students, K-12 students, and community members. This year’s show consisted of almost twenty club members performing over twenty-five experiments ranging from lighting balloons on fire to smashing frozen flowers. Audience members were invited to take part in several demonstrations and were rewarded with t-shirts and liquid nitrogen ice cream for their participation. The purpose of the annual event is to entertain, while also educating attendees on the practical application of chemistry. Photos from the event may be viewed on flickr.

The Kathryn A. Martin Library is the recipient of the U of M’s P&A Senate Outstanding Unit Award. This award recognizes units within the U of M system that are judged to be exemplary in their support of P&A staff and the critical role P&A employees fulfill in supporting the University’s mission. The Kathryn A. Martin Library employs 14 P&A staff members. Read about their service both at UMD and in the community. A presentation of the award will be made at the spring meeting of the P&A Senate.

Six UMD Music majors, Alberta Douglas, violin, Bryden Gollhardt, percussion, Shirin Lee, piano, Noel Seaton, oboe, Matt Tessier, bass, and Kelly Walvatne, soprano, were awarded scholarships by Matinee Musicale. Duluth-based Matinee Musicale’s mission is to promote the culture of musical arts and foster musical improvement in its members and area students. Their concert season consists of four performances of young, rising artists. They also sponsor a College Scholarship Recital featuring twelve musicians from each of the three local colleges: UMD, St. Scholastica, and UWS.



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Large Lakes Observatory News

2016 "LLO Science on Deck" dates are May 27, July 22, August 26, and September 23. The R/V Blue Heron will be docked at the Great Lakes Aquarium. Tours of the vessel and science presentations about the Great Lakes run from noon–4 pm. Email questions or group arrangements to Lisa Sundberg: sundb103@d.umn.edu. For more information, visit the LLO website.



Medical School-Duluth News

Kevin Diebel, assistant professor, was named a 2016 Outstanding Academic Advisor. He was recognized at the UMD Student Awards held in April. He was also recognized by Medical School students as the Basic Science Teacher of the Year - Year One and received honorable mention as Basic Science Teacher of the Year - Year Two.

Robin Michaels, assistant professor, received honorable mention as Basic Science Teacher of the Year - Year One. The Teacher of the Year awards are voted on by students in the Medical School.

Arlen Severson, professor, was recognized by Medical School students as Basic Science Teacher of the Year - Year Two. He received honorable mention as Basic Science Teacher of the Year - Year One.

Anna Wirta & Amy Prunuske, assistant professors, gave an invited talk, “Development of a Medical Student Retention Program,” at the Med School Educational Research Seminar.



Minnesota Sea Grant News

Minnesota Sea Grant hosted the Upper Great Lakes Law & Policy Symposium in March in Duluth with 112 attendees from across the Great Lakes and Canada to rave reviews. Speakers included Great Lakes policy leaders, research scientists, engineers, law students and indigenous leaders. Resulting media included a FOX21 report and a Sunday feature in the Duluth News Tribune. Michael Isham, chairman of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, said of the event, "This is one of the best collaborations I've seen in my 25 years in environmental protection."

Minnesota Sea Grant will fund six new research projects that span the next two years. The program’s $1.5 million investment, which includes support for six graduate students, comes through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant Program and is matched by the University of Minnesota. The funded projects address regional economic and environmental challenges relevant to Lake Superior and Minnesota's coastal communities.

Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, presented a webinar, "Understanding Hazards, Risks and Security: Health, Safety and Environmental Impacts," in April.

John Bilotta, water resource management and policy extension educator, offered a presentation and workshop at the St. Croix River Basin Conference that included many professionals and citizens from Minnesota and Wisconsin, in River Falls in March.  The presentation was entitled “Engaging St. Croix Basin Leaders using workshops on-the-water: a look back at the outcomes and impacts from six years of NEMO programming.” The workshop was on Watershed Game training.

Bilotta and other extension team members presented on the use of the Watershed Game at the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Conference in Alexandria, Minn., in April.

Ryan Hueffmeier, invasive species specialist, received UMD's 2016 Staff Sustainability Inspiration Award.

Doug Jensen, extension educator and AIS program coordinator, gave a presentation, “From Theory to Practice: Heuristics and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!,”at the 19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in April. He also served as a member of the program planning committee. This conference is widely regarded as the most comprehensive conference on aquatic invasive species, which attracted nearly 240 attendees from 12 countries.

Minnesota Sea Grant’s hosting of the Habitattitude Aquarium Surrender event in January was mentioned in an article about the event in Reef to Rainforest online media. Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species (AIS) extension educator and Jensen, coordinated this effort.

Minnesota Sea Grant produced new episodes of "The Sea Grant Files."

Natural Resources Research Institute News

June Breneman, public relations manager, wrote an article about IBS PhD graduate Alexis Grinde for the May issue of The Woman Today.



Pharmacy Department News

Kerry Fierke, assistant professor, presented "Ethical Leadership: Student Perspectives and Future Actions Identified in Reflective Writing" at the Academic and Business Research Institute International Conference held in San Antonio, Tex., in March.

Venkatram Mereddy, associate professor, received a $20,000 award from the Whiteside Clinical Research Institute for the project, “Development of a New Anticancer Drug Candidate ‘Chlofunod.'”





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