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Beth Bartlett, professor, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, will have her book, Making Waves: Grassroots Feminism in Duluth and Superior, available September 1 in both print and as an e-book. The book, which is being published by Minnesota Historical Society Press, began ten years ago as a collaborative project of faculty from what was then the Women's Studies Department. Ultimately she was the one to write the book. Based on over 100 interviews of local feminist activists, as well as archival material and newspaper articles, the book provides a 40-year history of grassroots feminist organizations in Duluth. Among the featured organizations are the American Indian Community Housing Organization, Aurora: A Lesbian Center, the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse, the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Mending the Sacred Hoop, the Northcountry Women's Coffeehouse, PAVSA: Praxis International, the Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center, the Women's Health Center, Women's Transitional Housing, and Women in Construction. A book release celebration is scheduled for Thurs., Sept. 15, from 5:30–7:30 pm in Trepanier Hall, in Gimaajii-Mino-Bimaadizimin, 202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth.

Joseph Bauerkemper
, associate professor, Department of American Indian Studies, published an article titled "Once and Future Diplomacy: The Necessity of Treaty Relations" in Indigenous Policy Journal.

Josh Berlo, director, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, served as the chair of the WCHA Women’s Hockey Commissioner Search Committee. The new commissioner, Kate Million, was announced on July 21. She will begin her duties on Sept. 2.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, had photographs in the D-Art 2016 Online Digital Gallery for the International Conference Information Visualization iV2016 and the International Conference Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization CGIV 2016. The Gallery is uploaded onto the server in London for the conferences and remains until the following year’s events.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was elected vice-president of The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications. The ICA is a professional learned society with 600+ members worldwide.

Linda LeGarde Grover, professor, Department of American Indian Studies, recently learned that her poetry collection, The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives, has received the Red Mountain Press Editor's Award. The book will be released on Sept. 16, 2016.

Tom Linderholm, executive chef, UMD Dining Services, and his staff will be preparing a farm-to-plate meal for the UMD Food and Farm Festival. The festival raises funds for ongoing function of the UMD Sustainable Agriculture Project, which offers hands-on education regarding organic/sustainable practices and also grows local produce to feed the campus and reduce the carbon footprint of UMD. The September 18 event includes a 5K trail run through the property, a farmer's market, live local music, caramel apple dipping, and tours of the farm. Children's activities include a fun run with Champ, a petting zoo, and face painting.

Keith B Lodge, professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, attended the 17th International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena and Related Equilibrium Processes at the University of Geneva in Switzerland in July. He presented a poster entitled “A new method for the measurement of fugacity and the Henry’s law constant for volatile organic compounds containing chromophores,” and he gave a talk on “The prediction of equilibrium and the studies of the rate of mass transfer of the solute, toluene, to and from a head space with constant composition to a stirred aqueous phase in a spectrophotometric cell.”

Daniel Martin, professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology and his co-authors recently had their book, Symbols, Selves and Social Reality, published in Portuguese under the title, Símbolos, Selves E Realidade Social (August 2016). In 2014, Symbols, Selves, and Social Reality was published in Italian under the title Simboli, sé e realtà sociale. L'approccio interazionista simbolico alla psicologia sociale e alla sociologia.

Elias Mokole, instructor, Department of Music, was the language diction coach at Rousse State Opera in Bulgaria this past summer, for the world premiere of Nicholas Roberts’ new opera Lyon, based on the French folktaleBarbe bleue.”  In June, he led two workshops, "A German Song Performance Class" and "Maximize Creative Effectiveness in 25 Minutes a Day While Developing Your Creative Genius," at the Minnesota Music Teachers Association’s 117th annual convention. In July, he was the featured presenter at the University of Minnesota’s E-learning Summit with his talk "Canvassing Moodle - Investigating Learning Management Systems (LMS) to Canvas & Moodle.” He is a recent recipient of an Instructional Development Grant from the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education to attend the KAOSPILOT masterclass in education delivery methods in Porto, Portugal, as well as visiting the pilot school in Arhus, Denmark.

John L. O’Neill, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, had two photographs selected for the juried exhibition "Lens-flare." The exhibition opened Sept. 1 at the Las Laguna Art Gallery, in Laguna Beach, Calif. Also one of his photographs was selected for inclusion in the second "International Phone-ography" juried exhibition at the fotofoto gallery, located in Huntington, N.Y. A total of 30 photographs were chosen, and each image had to be taken using a smartphone device. Karen Klinedinst was the juror for this competition. In May, O’Neill presented a paper at the 2016 UCDA Design Education Summit, hosted by the Robert Busch School of Design, Kean University. He spoke about the importance of teaching social media marketing and other emerging media within a graphic design curriculum. In June, he presented a paper at the 2016 AIGA Design Educator's Conference, hosted by Bowling Green University, and spoke about the importance of teaching critical thinking within a graphic design curriculum.

Eun-Kyung Suh, professor, Department of Art and Design, had a solo exhibition at Suwon Hwasung Museum in Suwon, South Korea and spoke about her bojagi-inspired work at the Korea Bojagi Forum in early September. Bojagi is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. The exhibition, "BOJAGI: A Living Tradition," featured over 150 artists from the world with a special emphasis on the juxtaposition between tradition and contemporary bojagi and bojagi-inspired works. The Forum included renowned national and international scholars, artists, and educators speaking on the topic of Bojagi and a wide variety of specialized workshops to experience traditional Korean art in person.

Ariuna Taivan, assistant professor, Department of Economics, had an article, ''The causality between financial development and economic growth: case of Asian economies,'' published in the June 23 issue of Economics Bulletin, Vol. 36 No. 2 p.A106.

Janelle Wilson, professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, and Carmen Latterell, professor, Department of Mathematics/Statistics, had their article “’Math is Like a Lion Hunting a Sleeping Gazelle': Preservice Elementary Teachers' Metaphors of Mathematics," published in the European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (Volume 4, No. 3, 2016, pp. 283-292). Wilson, Amy Prunuske, Medical College of Wisconsin - Central Wisconsin; Melissa Walls, Medical School Duluth, Department of Biobehavioral Health & Population Sciences; Hannah Marrin, Medical School Duluth, Department of Biomedical Sciences; and Benjamin Clarke, Medical School Duluth, Department of Biomedical Sciences, had their article, "Efforts at Broadening Participation in the Sciences: An Examination of the Mentoring Experiences of Students from Underrepresented Groups," published in the journal CBE- Life Sciences Education (Volume 15, No. 3, September 2016).

Special Recognition

The Tribal State Relations Training program, created by Continuing Education and the Department of American Indians Studies in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, received the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ State Government Innovation Award on July 21 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Program developers worked in collaboration with American Indian Nations to identify what non-Indian people needed to know about Tribal governments and then match that with specific information needed by various state agencies. To date over 1,300 state agency employees have received the Tribal State Relations Training. In the second half of 2016, it is estimated that an additional 325 state agency employees will receive this training.

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics enjoyed another impressive year for fundraising. In 2015-16, a record $1.83 million was raised. Gary Holquist is the development officer for UMD Athletics.

Glensheen, the historic Congdon mansion, has started an events blog called The 'Sheener.

Center for Economic Development

The UMD Center for Economic Development (CED) hosted the 2016 Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course in July, which is accredited through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This course brought attendees from Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Canada. The class spent five days hearing from speakers from the City of Duluth, MN Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Duluth Workforce Center, Destination Duluth, and others, regarding various aspects of economic development. During the week, the class toured Glensheen Mansion where Director Dan Hartman spoke about the reuse of historic buildings. The class visited various Duluth businesses and heard from owners who discussed their entrepreneurial journey. They also took a cruise on the Vista Queen to observe industrial development and the effect of community planning.

Business Consultants Mary Lundeen and Shannon Benolken received their certificates in Technology Commercialization in July. Certification consisted of a semester-long course with modules designed for individual or corporate entrepreneurs, technology transfer consultants, scientists, and engineers who want to learn how to take disruptive or innovative ideas from the lab to market, and in the process create new wealth and value by filling a perceived need.

CED partnered with the Great Downtown Council to offer a series of four workshops specifically aimed at helping prepare Duluth’s downtown businesses for the Superior Street Reconstruction. The series brought in multiple business owners from the downtown Duluth area and was also featured in the Duluth News Tribune and BusinessNorth. These workshops included instruction on marketing, taught by Steve Greenfield, of Greenfield Communications; social media taught by SBDC Business Consultant Curt Walczak; and finance, taught by Lundeen.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has selected CED to continue to serve as the Northeast and Northwest Regional Minnesota Small Business Development Center (MnSBDC) host institution from 2017–19. With this award, CED will receive over $1.5 million over the three-year period to continue to provide entrepreneurs and businesses across Northern Minnesota with consulting, training, and business assistance services. UMD CED has participated in the SBDC program since its inception 35 years ago.

CED was featured in the July/August Duluth Chamber of Commerce publication the Duluthian magazine and also in the July issue of the Arrowhead Manufacturers and Fabricators newsletter.

Large Lakes Observatory News

Thomas C. Johnson, Regents Professor Emeritus, Erik T. Brown, professor, Byron A. Steinman, assistant professor, Julia Halbur, researcher, and Sarah Grosshuesch, researcher, all with LLO and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, along with their colleagues, J.P. Werne, University of Pittsburgh; A. Abbott, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; M. Berke, University of Notre Dame; C.A. Scholz, Syracuse University; R.P. Lyons, Syracuse University; S. Schouten, NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Utrecht University; J.S. Sinninghe Damste, NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Utrecht University; S. Contreras, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción, Chile; and A. Deino, Berkeley Geochronology Center, Berkeley, California, had their article "A progressively wetter climate in southern East Africa over the past 1.3 million years" published in Nature International Weekly Journal of Science.

The research was covered locally by Northland News Center.

Medical School-Duluth News

Melissa Walls, Medical School Duluth, Department of Biobehavioral Health & Population Sciences; Hannah Marrin, Medical School Duluth, Department of Biomedical Sciences; Benjamin Clarke, Medical School Duluth, Department of Biomedical Sciences; Janelle Wilson, professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, and Amy Prunuske, Medical College of Wisconsin - Central Wisconsin, had their article, "Efforts at Broadening Participation in the Sciences: An Examination of the Mentoring Experiences of Students from Underrepresented Groups," published in the journal CBE- Life Sciences Education (Volume 15, No. 3, September 2016).

Minnesota Sea Grant News

John Bilotta, water resource management and policy extension educator, hosted a NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) event, "Plan Together for Clean Water," in Augus,. where more than forty local leaders participated in a learning workshop on Lake Minnetonka. The focus was enhanced efforts in water and land use management in upcoming ten-year comprehensive plans.

Bilotta, along with a research team based out of the Water Resources Center, commenced on a multiyear, +$500K research project to assess stormwater research priorities for the next decade, the import/export of phosphorus in stormwater ponds, and the fate of PAH’s in stormwater pond management systems. To learn more, visit

John A. Downing, director, completed a NSF Long-term Ecological Research proposal as co-PI with the UMD Large Lakes Observatory. The proposal would establish long-term analysis of Lake Superior for 24 years or more to detect gradual changes that can alter the ecosystem and sustainable use of it.

Downing published a new edition of a textbook called Limnology: Inland Water Ecosystems with his co-author Jacob Kalff of McGill University (available on Amazon as an e-book).

Downing organized and hosted a symposium on the state of predictive limnology at the triennial meeting of the International Society of Limnology (SIL) in Turin, Italy, and a special workshop on the same topic at Lago d’Orta, Italy, in July and August. Predictive limnology allows predictions to be made that can assist people with practical water problems.  

Emily Fleissner and Claire Freesmeier, AIS undergraduate student interns, hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!/Habitattitude booth during the Park Point Garage Sale in Duluth in June.

Fleissner hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!/Habitattitude booth during the Aitkin County Rivers and Lakes Fair in June.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, worked with 15 educators from throughout the Great Lakes Basin on EPA’s research vessel Lake Guardian, in July.  Extension educators from both Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant Programs facilitated the scientific expedition and translated onboard experiences into classroom lessons, emphasizing human impacts.

Ryan Hueffmeier, invasive species specialist, gave a presentation on Amynthas (invasive jumping worm) at the Minnesota State Noxious Weed Conference in Biwabik, Minn., in July.

Doug Jensen, AIS extension educator, gave an invited presentation, AIS Threats to Knife River Watershed: What You Need to Know, at Duluth Town Hall, in June.

Jensen gave a guest presentation, AIS Threats to the Arrowhead Region: What You Need to Know, at a STEM Camp in June. It was hosted for eighth graders and taught by Penny Juenemann, Science Teacher at Two Harbors High School. He also gave an invited presentation, Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Works to Prevent Spread, at the Mille Lacs Lake Health Conference in Isle, Minn., in August.  

Jensen was interviewed by Scott Hanson, Radio USA 99.9, about the excitement for getting kids out fishing on the water and educated listeners about the importance of helping Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!

Jensen, as an ex-officio member, participated in a field trip on Lake Koronis of the DNR’s Statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee in Painesville, Minn., in August. County commissioners, lake association leaders, DNR, and Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center faculty also attended. Lake Koronis is the first lake in Minnesota with the invasive macroalgae, starry stonewort.

Sharon Moen, communications coordinator, spoke about her book With Tomorrow in Mind, biography of Sea Grant founder Athelstan Spilhaus, at Subtext Books in St. Paul and Eat My Words in Minneapolis. Both were held in July.

Marie Thoms
has joined Minnesota Sea Grant as the program’s public relations and communication specialist, after spending the last 13 years as the communication and web manager at the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Tyler Untied, AIS program intern, co-hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! with campaign partners at Ely’s Blueberry Festival in July. Visitors learned about how to prevent the spread of harmful AIS into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!/Habitattitude booth was featured at the Two Harbors Heritage Days in July. Co-hosted by Minnesota Sea Grant (MSG), representatives from the Minnesota DNR Watercraft Inspection Program and Law Enforcement, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake County AIS Program, and 1854 Treaty Authority were on hand to answer questions. MSG also coordinated staffing with ten partners at Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booths during Mills Fleet Farm’s Kid Fishing Appreciation Day in July at all fourteen stores across Minnesota.

MSG co-hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!/Habitattitude! booth during Lake Superior Days in Duluth in July. Nearly 900 visitors learned about aquatic invasive species by viewing displays, engaging in conversation, and picking up free education resources. Other booths included Minnesota Coastal Program, Sappi, Lake Superior Magazine, St. Louis River Alliance, Minnesota DNR. Activities were also held across the region including Barkers Island, where the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!/Habitattitude! booth was featured.

MSG featured Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!/Habitattitude! during the 7th annual Let’s Take a Kid Fishing on Lake Vermilion in July. Kids were the winners as 52 fishing guides and boat operators took 102 underserved kids out fishing on Lake Vermilion. During the morning breakfast for guides, operators, and sponsors, Jensen spoke about the importance of professional anglers and boat operators taking action and reinforcing the message that it’s everyone’s responsibility to reinforce prevention messages to youth while they are fishing.

MSG helped organize the 4th annual Water Safety Expo at Park Point Beach in Duluth in July, educating community members about rip currents, life jackets, and more. MSG was also on hand at the Twin Cities Water Garden Society Tour in July to educate hosts and attendees about Habitattitude and how to manage koi and other invasive fish and plants so they are not released into the environment.

MSG co-hosted a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!/Habitattitude booth featured at the 2016 Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marais, Minn., in August. They educated over 1,100 visitors about AIS and taught them how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. MSG also hosted at Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!/Habitattitude booth during the North St. Louis County Fair in Chisholm, Minn., in August. Visitors learned how to identify aquatic invasive species in their area.

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Pharmacy Department News

Karen Bastianelli, assistant professor, S. Ledin, and J. Chen, had their article, “Comparing the accuracy of two point of care lipid testing devices,” published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2016 0897190016651546.

Dawn Carlson, assistant professor, presented "Naloxone for Opioid & Heroin Overdose" at the Itasca County Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting held in Grand Rapids, Minn., in June.

Kerry K. Fierke, assistant professor, Gardner A. Lepp, education program specialist, Bastianelli, Lisa Vogelsang, assistant professor, Department of Applied Human Sciences, and Ladona Tornabene, associate professor, Department of Applied Human Sciences, had their article, “Using an intention/reflection practice to focus students towards future professions in a short-term international travel experience,” published in Current Issues in Education 2016;19(2).

Keri Hager, assistant professor, presented "Best Practice Recommendations for Teaching Residents Patient-centered Communication: 5 Programs x 10 Years" (authors P. Adam, C. F. Murphy, K. D. Hagar, and M. Dierich) at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Spring Conference in Minneapolis in May.

Frank Sayre presented "Implementing a Longitudinal Evidence-Based Medicine Sequence for Pharmacy" (authors S. Reidt, Hager, and K. K. Janke) at the Medical Library Association (MLA), Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC), Mosaic ’16, held in Toronto, Canada, in May.

Hager, C. Kolar, and K. K. Janke, had their article, “Concept mapping, reflective writing, and patchwork text  assessment in a first year pharmaceutical care course,” published in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2016:8(4):492-500.

Hager has been accepted as an associate member in the Wulling Center for Innovation & Scholarship in Pharmacy Education for her work as an emerging scholar in teaching and learning.

Olihe Okoro, assistant professor, hosted a two-day dissemination conference/training workshop titled "HIV Prevention in the African-Born Immigrant Communities: Strategies and Approaches that Work" at the Continuing Education Conference Center in St. Paul, Minn., in July.

Laura Palombi, assistant professor, and Amy LaRue (Carlton County) presented "The Role of the Carlton County Task Force in Addressing Substance Abuse" at the Meeting Grand Challenges Through Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning Conference held in Minneapolis in March.

Palombi and LaRue presented "Community Forums as a Tool to Combat Substance Abuse" at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference held in Duluth in June.

Palombi has been appointed adjunct faculty in the School of Public Health for its Public Health Practice program

Paul Ranelli, professor, was elected to a two-year, at-large seat on the Governing Council representing unaffiliated members of the Pharmacy Special Primary Interest Group (SPIG) of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Tim Stratton, professor, presented a poster by S. Carlson, B. Dresow, M. Murugappan, E. Sieling, J. Srnec, A. Zoch, R. Westra, R. Christensen, and T. P. Stratton, titled "Impact of Crisis Prevention Training on Student Confidence in Patient Encounters" at the International Social Pharmacy Workshop in Aberdeen, Scotland, in July.

Jyoti Gautam, Xuanming Zhang, and Yao Yao, assistant professor, presented "The Role of Pericytic Laminin in Blood Brain Barrier Integrity Maintenance" at the Gordon Research Conference: Barriers of the CNS held in New London, N.H., in June.

The following were presented at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting held in Anaheim, Calif., in July, (Meeting Abstracts: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2016; 80(5)Article S2):

Grant W. Anderson, associate professor, Laurie A. Fosnacht, administrative associate, and Michael T. Swanoski, associate dean: “An Instrument to Manage Faculty Workload and Improve Employee Engagement in an Interdisciplinary Department.”

Benjamin D. Aronson, graduate school fellow and Kristin K. Janke: “An Instrument to Measure Professional Engagement.”

Shannon L. Reidt, Frank Sayre, Jennifer Chen, Bastianelli, and Sara Sobota: "Instilling a Rational and Methodical Approach to Acquiring Information to Answer Well-constructed Clinical Questions."

Oscar W. Garza, L’Aurelle A. Johnson, Olivia Buncher, student services professional, Susan E. Marino, Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor, Raquel Rodriguez, Darren Hoff, and Sara Lofstrom: “Advancing Diversity in the Pharmacy Pipeline through a Respectful Holistic Admissions Process.”

Fierke, Whitney Maxwell, Dana E. Thimons, and Lindsey H. Welch: “Evaluation of Communication Best Practices Among AACP Special Interest Groups.”

W. D. Maxwell, Fierke, L. H. Welch, and D. E. Thimons: "Assessment of Communication, Barriers, and Impact of the AACP Leadership Development Special Interest Group."

Hager: "Teaching the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process: Lessons Learned."

Hager invited presentation "Practicing and Teaching the Patient Care Process: Keys to Success from 20 Years of Experience, Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences" (AACP Teachers Seminar).

Chrystian R. Pereira, Sirikan Rojanasarot, Hager, Ila Harris, Jean Y. Moon, Ann M. Philbrick, Shannon L. Reidt, and Jody L. Lounsbery: “Quantity of Patient Encounters as a Predictor of Test Performance in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.”

Lepp, Whitney Maxwell, Brandon J. Sucher, Hager, and Fierke: “The Intention/Reflection Practice: A Structured Approach to Promoting Self-Awareness and Measuring Student Learning During APPEs.”

Thu An Nguyen, graduate student, Carl E. Anderson, student, and G. W. Anderson: “Iron Deficiency During Brain Development Alters the Developing Cerebrovasculature.”

Bethany Anne Von Hoff, Kristin K. Janke, Ranelli, and Julie K. Johnson: “The Use of Weekly ‘Pulse Checks’ in a Professional Development Course for Quality Improvement.”

Kylee Funk, Claire Kolar, Sarah Schweiss, assistant professor, Jeffrey Tingen, and Kristin K. Janke: “Experience with the Script Concordance Test to Develop Clinical Reasoning Skills in Pharmacy Students.”


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