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NATIONAL ATTENTION FOR NSF RESEARCH
The National Science Foundation is producing four stories about the scientific research underway at UMD. The stories will be available to the public through the Science Nation series, an online magazine that highlights scientific leaders and the latest advancements in science and technology.
Marsha Walton, a science, technology, and environment producer for NSF, directed the filming and interviews. "I have never done four stories for a university before," Walton said. "It was a great week at UMD."
The four stories include UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute Great Lakes Worm Watch; UMD geologist John Goodge who traveled to Antarctica in the winter of 2010-2011 for the age and composition of the East Antarctic Shield; Large Lakes Observatory oceanographic research and the operation of the Research Vessel Blue Heron; and the documenting of the Chippewa Language and Training Indigenous Scholars research.
UMD currently has 31 National Science Foundation projects and dozens of other research projects funded by outside sources. UMD receives the second largest amount of research funding among universities in the state of Minnesota.
MAJOR, MINOR, MASTERS
Retail Marketing Analytics
The Retail Marketing Analytics Program (ReMAP) is among the first of its kind nationwide. The undergraduate major is available through the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (see page 9).
Because of the partnership with DemandTec, a software and analytical services company, the curriculum is a unique mixture of quantitative analytics and marketing. Students accepted into ReMAP will have the opportunity to build a strong foundation of statistical analysis know-how and directly apply advanced marketing techniques to the real world. Participation in the program will give students the skills necessary to make more strategic merchandising and marketing decisions throughout their career.
African and African American Studies
John Arthur, professor of sociology and anthropology and coordinator of the new African and African American Studies minor, said UMD is taking an important step in fostering an inclusive curriculum while also expanding the diversity and range of courses.
Arthur noted that the program has attracted students from a wide range of disciplines. This past spring, his Introduction to the Atlantic Slave Trade class drew students from business, liberal arts, engineering, and education.
The new program is multidisciplinary. Instructors come from the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Fine Arts, and the College of Education and Human Services Professions. Examples of elective courses include Modern Africa, Voices of African Women, African Roots of American Music, The American Civil Rights Movement, and African Politics.
Tribal Administration and Governance
An increasing focus on American Indian studies is vital, and according to Tadd Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of American Indian Studies, "UMD was one of the first institutions of higher learning in the country to recognize that American Indian studies was a unique discipline. It has received strong endorsement. The 35 tribes of the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes passed a resolution supporting the program. Now we are taking another bold step by offering the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG) graduate program."
The MTAG graduate program was approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents in February, 2011. The program seeks to train future American Indian tribal leaders and managers through coursework grounded in ethics. UMD is the only university in the country to offer this master's program focused on tribal leadership development.
UMD makes hockey history
This past spring, UMD skated away with its first men's hockey national crown at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Senior Kyle Schmidt scored 3:22 into overtime to lift the Bulldogs past Michigan 3-2 in the Frozen Four final game, played before a sellout and partisan Bulldog crowd of 19,222. "I didn't do a whole lot," said Schmidt, who equaled a career high with his 11th goal of the year. "My line mates really worked their butts off in the corner to get me the puck. It was amazing." Travis Oleksuk and Max Tardy had second-period goals for UMD, Tardy's first goal of his college career.
In 2010-11, the Bulldogs celebrated their 50th year as a member of NCAA's Div. I. They also opened their new hockey home in December 2011 — the $80 million, 6,726-seat AMSOIL Arena.
Another perfect football season
The UMD football team completed its second perfect 15-0 season (an NCAA Division II first) on Dec. 18, 2010 by capturing the NCAA championship in Florence, Ala. They also won the national crown in 2008.
The Bulldogs trailed for a good portion of the afternoon, but battled back with a 20-17 victory over Delta State. "Not a lot went our way in that game," UMD head coach Bob Nielson said. "We just kept plugging away and believing."
As time expired, UMD's David Nadeau kicked a 32-yard field goal to cap a wild finish on a wild game that featured five lead changes.
"From my angle, I knew it was close," Nielson said. "I saw the officials' arms go up and, honestly, for a minute there, I was a little stunned. Winning that way is a pretty special way to win."
ART & MEMORY
Looking at a painting can trigger thoughts and emotions. It can spark a memory that, in turn, can be shared. For people with memory loss or traumatic brain injury, who don't communicate as they once did, viewing paintings and then talking about them can be a powerful way for these individuals to open up and express themselves.
That is why the Tweed Museum of Art, UMD's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the Northern Regional Center of the Alzheimer's Association have partnered to create "Storytelling at the Tweed," a program for individuals with dementia or traumatic brain injury.
Susan Hudec, education director at the Tweed Museum of Art, developed the program, chose the works of art, and trained the graduate students who act as tour guides and lead the discussions. She is excited to offer this program. "It's great to add another dimension to the educational programs at the Tweed. Art is for everyone at any age," she said. Similar programs exist around the country, however, having graduate students facilitate makes the Tweed's program special.
Lynette Carlson, an instructor in UMD's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Education and Human Services Professions, who supervises the graduate students, said that "as a person experiences dementia, doors close. Isolation comes on very quickly – isolation from family and friends." The discussions are designed to get participants talking and sharing.
During a tour last spring, graduate students Kendra Caywood, Danielle Larson, and Casey Bellamy used four paintings in the Tweed collection as their conversation focal points. After viewing and discussing the paintings, the participants, five older women who all had some level of memory loss, created collages. The work illustrated significant aspects of their lives. Carlson encourages the women to take their collages with them and to share them with others. "Collage," Carlson said, "is a great way to trigger memories and relate to family members and friends."
Carlson likes that this program provides students with the strategies and skills they will need when they are working in the field, supporting people with communication disorders. "It's a wonderful way to contribute to student learning and allows us to collaborate with other organizations that want to make a difference," Carlson said.
UMD sent over 2,000 graduates out into the world in May. Nearly 1,950 undergraduate degrees, 225 graduate degrees, and 14 doctoral degrees were conferred at the spring 2011 commencement ceremonies. The undergraduate commencement ceremony was held at the DECC Amsoil Arena for the first time.
The commencement speaker was UMD alumna Dr. Kathleen R. Annette ('77), the first woman in the Minnesota Chippewa Nation to become a physician. She was honored with a UMD Alumni Achievement Award. Lt. General Samuel T. Helland ('73) was presented with the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award. Helland is a retired Commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command and the Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
September Opening for Lawrence A. Ianni Hall
First–year students, about 280 of them, will be the first residents in the newest building on the UMD campus, Ianni Hall. The building features an impressive lobby with a fireplace and seating area. Glass-paneled study rooms on each of the seven floors allow views of the hillside, and the upper floors have especially scenic views of Lake Superior.
The building will be entering the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification process to continue UMD's sustainability efforts. Energy-efficient windows, substantial insulation, and displays of power-usage meters are some of its features.
Lawrence A. Ianni served as the seventh chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth from 1987-1995. The new residence hall was dedicated on September 16. The former chancellor, his wife Mary Ellen, and many family members and friends returned to UMD for the celebration.
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