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BRIDGE - Fall 2008, Volume 26, #1
UMD in the Political Spotlight
of Education and the Global Food Crisis
Health of the World's Children
Policy and Presidential Candidates
UMD Distinguised Alumni Award
a New Future for Duluth
New Political Collection for UMD
Leading a Creative Life
FinnFest 2008:UMD Celebrates the Finnish Connection
New Programs and a New Building:
The program focuses on four areas critical to northeastern Minnesota: transportation, geotechnical, water resources, and structures.
Civil Engineering Gets a New Home
Many of the materials and construction methods used by civil engineers will be used in this building. Those construction elements will be made visible to provide an important educational opportunity for students, thus the design of the building itself will serve as a laboratory in construction methods.
In September 2007, generous new donations by James I. and Susan Swenson and the Swenson Family Foundation were announced. Those gifts included $3 million toward the construction of the new civil engineering building as well as $7.7 million for science and research scholarships.
Jim ’59 (BS Chemistry) attributes much of his outstanding success to the education he received at UMD. He and his wife, Susan, have given back generously, with gifts totaling over $21 million.
In 1999, the Swenson Family Foundation donated $10 million to UMD, previously the largest single gift the campus had received. Of that $10 million, $7.5 million was committed to construction of the James I. Swenson Science Building, and $2.5 million was designated for scholarships.
The Swenson name now adorns both the UMD science building and the Swenson College of Science and Engineering.
For Matt Andrews, UMD professor and IBS program director, the new program reinforces the fact that the UMD community has a wide variety of disciplines that interlock. “UMD does cutting-edge research and provides an excellent training environment for advanced graduate studies,” he said.
The IBS program embraces other programs, such as in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, College of Pharmacy-Duluth, Natural Resource Research Institute (NRRI), Large Lakes Observatory (LLO), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Duluth. Collaborators include University of Minnesota-Twin Cities programs: the Academic Health Center, the Medical School, the Institute of Technology, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences. The IBS program is now accepting applications.
CIVIL ENGINEERING: The construction elements of the Civil Engineering Building itself will be made visible allowing the design to serve as a laboratory in construction methods.
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