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Faculty Art at the Tweed | 100 Years – 10 Chefs – One Fish | Lights . . . Camera . . . Research
Woven with Stories and Songs | Silk Spaces at Weisman | Commitment to Diversity
Stellar Work |Food, Fuel, and Jobs | Innovation Creates Employment | Swenson Civil Engineering Building

Faculty Art at the Tweed

Recent work by UMD Art and Design faculty is on display at the Tweed Museum of Art through March 4. “A lot of our professional activities are shown in other parts of the country. This is a chance for students and the general Duluth public to see what we do,” said James Klueg, head of the Department of Art and Design.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, 8350 (notable minutiae 2), 2010 Archival pigment ink print



100 Years – 10 Chefs – One Fish

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Minnesota Sea Grant’s “Salute to Lake Superior’s Sustainable Fisheries” was both a tribute to environmentally conscious Lake Superior fishermen and to Sea Grant founder Athelstan Spilhaus, who would have been 100 years old last November. The event featured ten chefs participating in a cooking contest using Lake Superior herring. The winning prize was $1,000 and, of course, bragging rights.

Lights . . . Camera . . . Research

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The National Science Foundation’s online magazine, Science Nation, has produced video stories on four UMD scientific research projects. The episodes spotlight Natural Resources Research Institute’s Great Lakes Worm Watch; UMD geologist John Goodge’s findings from his journey to the East Antarctic Shield; Large Lakes Observatory’s oceanographic studies aboard the Research Vessel Blue Heron; and the documentation of the Chippewa language as a resource for Ojibwe language revitalization.

Woven with Stories and Songs

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Land of Plenty  
A collaboration between campus and community actors, artists, and musicians, Land of Plenty: How Did You Come to Be Here? was presented by UMD’s Diversity Commission. The multimedia performance wrestled with the realities of the United States as both a land of opportunity and welcome, and as a land of inequality, exclusion, and forced relocation.

Komemba Jean Lohese is a senior majoring in biology and a member of the spoken word group Simultaneous. Photo by Rick Lewis.


Silk Spaces at Weisman

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At the invitation of the newly renovated Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, UMD Associate Professor Eun-Kyung Suh created an installation inspired by their renowned Korean furniture collection. “The silk spaces suggest both the constants and the fluctuations experienced by immigrants. It asks us to ponder our own life-ways and passages,” Suh said.

Commitment to Diversity

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The University of Minnesota system presented UMD with the 2011 Equity and Diversity Outstanding Unit Award for its commitment to integrating equity and diversity into the campus culture. “It is an honor to be recognized for what we have accomplished to create a positive and inclusive climate for everyone,” said Chancellor Black.

Stellar Work

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Fresh from an extensive renovation, the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium has added new seating, surround sound, and digital lighting. The planetarium, which opened in 1967, now offers full-dome theater presentations. Last year, nearly 10,000 people visited the Alworth Planetarium and became better acquainted with the universe.

Food, Fuel, and Jobs

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The City of Silver Bay and UMD’s Center for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD) have partnered to form Victus Farm. The facility, which is currently under construction, will house a self-contained food and renewable fuel ecosystem. The fish, produce, and algal oil generated by the greenhouse environment will be sold for revenue. Shown (l-r) are: CSCD staff member Baylor Radke, College of Liberal Arts Dean Susan Maher, Director of External Affairs Susan Banovetz, CSCD staff member David Abazs, Silver Bay Mayor Scott Johnson, Representative David Dill, CSCD Director Mike Mageau, and Senator Thomas M. Bakk.

Photo: Groundbreaking for the Victus Farm project.

Innovation Creates Employment

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Chancellor Black-Dayton  
UMD’s Center for Economic Development and Natural Resources Research Institute received grant monies from the federal Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to help stimulate businesses in the Minnesota mining industry. Regionally, the grants are expected to create 655 new jobs, result in the start of at least 13 new businesses, and train hundreds of new workers.

Photo: Governor Mark Dayton and Chancellor Lendley C. Black listen to comments on Minnesota’s economy.

Civil Engineering Building

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Civil engineering Building  

Building Towards the Future
The Swenson Civil Engineering Building is now the home of UMD’s new Master of Science in Civil Engineering. “The American Society of Civil Engineers considers the master’s degree the professional degree for civil engineers,” said Andrea Schokker, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, and former head of the Civil Engineering Department. With expansive, sun-lit labs and classes dedicated to demonstration and first-hand experimentation, the facilities enhance a top-tier education.

Stunning, Expressive, Functional
The Swenson Civil Engineering Building was recently honored with the prestigious Distinguished Building Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago chapter. The eastern façade, with its massive cypress scuppers, was selected to grace the cover of the Nov./Dec. 2011 issue of Chicago Architect, AIA Chicago’s magazine.

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