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By the Numbers
Three Continents, Bulldog Success
For years, the Bulldog women's hockey team has had a simple formula for success: find the best hockey players in the world and bring them to UMD. This year, six international students have joined the team. They are: Tea Villila from Finland, Sofia Carstrom and Pernilla Winberg from Sweden, Marie Dalarbre from Germany, Aleksandra Vafina from Russia, and Alivia Del Basso from Australia, who is the first player from the southern hemisphere to play at UMD. Along with these new additions, the Bulldogs bring back 14 players, and four seniors who own NCAA championship rings earned in the '09-10 season. Head Coach Shannon Miller has led the Bulldogs to five NCAA championships and four WCHA regular season titles. Miller blazed a trail by recruiting international players to UMD as early as 1999 when the league started.
Freshwater Robots: Year-round Analysis
Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) has launched equipment that will offer scientists a view of Lake Superior never seen before. In August, UMD began testing two Autonomous Moored Platforms (AMPs), which allow data to be collected continuously from near surface waters under winter ice. The seven-foot cylindrical AMPs contain instruments that measure temperature, depth, currents, dissolved oxygen, nitrate concentration, light intensity, fluorescence, and many other data points. No one can predict what the AMPs will find, but it is certain that these underwater robots will give a much better picture of what's happening in Lake Superior year-round. "Ph.D. students will be writing dissertations about the data we gather for a long, long time," said Jay Austin, lead investigator on the project. LLO offers research opportunities for many students working on master's and doctoral degrees.
At the Corner of Maroon and Gold
Five years of hard work by the UMD Student Association (SA) has come to fruition with the purchase and installation of 14 Bulldog street signs across campus. SA raised $6,000 for the signs, and they have high expectations that the signs will make UMD a more welcoming place to students. "It creates a soft edge for incoming students to the Bulldog Nation," said SA President Hannah Mumm. A special fund was established in order to replace stolen or damaged signs, and UMD Stores also sells plastic replicas of the signs. "We're all so proud to have accomplished this. We really wanted to make UMD's presence in the city known, and this provides a way for people to see our proud Bulldog community," said T. J. Kiewatt, SA member and champion of the sign project.
Kennedy: Protecting the Future
Named one of Time magazine's "Heroes for the Planet" for his success helping Riverkeeper, a watchdog organization, lead the fight to restore the Hudson River, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. spoke at UMD in November about fresh water and the environment. Kennedy has been fighting for water and fisheries and working for fishermen for over two decades and is a clinical professor and