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May 3, 2004
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UMD Announces Retirement of Eight Faculty Members

Sabra Anderson is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and has taught at UMD for 35 years. Dr. Anderson has served several administrative roles at UMD including several years as Director-in-Residence of the UMD Study in England Program. She also served for 10 years as Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and was one of only two female engineering deans in the nation at the time. Dr. Anderson recieved an award from the Minnesota Women in Higher Education in 1990.

Ronald Caple is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and has taught at UMD since 1965. He has mentored countless students during his tenure at UMD, and was awarded the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education Award, and the 1994 Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award in recognition of his work. Dr. Caple has been elected Doctor Honoris Causa to the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State University.

Jim Grant is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and has taught at UMD since 1969. Dr. Grant's main research interests are in the geochemical aspects of high-grade metamorphism. He was one of the original faculty of the Wasatch-Uinta Geology Field Camp and director of the camp for eight years. Dr. Grant was the first director of UMD's Study in England program in Birmingham, and Head of the Geology Department from 1991-1999.

Joyce M. Kramer is a Professor in the Department of Social Work and has taught at UMD since 1980. She is known for publications addressing the health and well-being of third and fourth world peoples, especially women and children. Dr. Kramer has traveled extensively throughout the world, and conducted the research for her dissertation on women's changing productive and reproductive roles in Kenya.

Dean Lettenstrom is a Professor in the Department of Art. He has been at UMD since 1979 and has mentored generations of painting students throughout his tenure. Dr. Lettenstrom was the recipient of the Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award and has served as acting department head and Director of Graduate Studies. He has been an UROP sponsor for over ten students since the program's inception.

Gordon L. Levine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography. Professor Levine has served many positions during his 34 years at UMD including Director of the International Education Office and Director of the Alworth Institute, as well as serving as department head and program director. He has been the recipient of the UMD Outstanding Faculty Award from the UMD Student Association.

John Newstrom is a Professor in the Department of Management Studies. He has worked at UMD for 28 years teaching a wide range of courses in organizational behavior and management. Dr. Newstrom is a recipient of the 1999 Chancellor's Outstanding Advisor Award and the 2000 Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He is also a member of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

David Smith is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He has been at UMD for 36 years teaching a wide variety of courses in anthropology and related fields. Professor Smith is known for his work in the study of Chipewyan ethnohistory, religion, and cosmology. He was awarded the Albert Tezla Scholar - Teacher Award in 1993.

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