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March 17, 2010 Campus Newsletter

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MNSU Handball Club

Handball champions

The Handball Club won the United States Handball Association’s Division II National Collegiate Handball Championship in Feb. 28 in Houston, Texas. Senior Rebecca Cole won the Women’s Intermediate Challengers title and freshman Joe Nordahl won the Men’s Contenders Consolation title.

The team of nine men and two women accumulated 937 points, winning the Division II title by 20 points over The State University of New York (SUNY). The Minnesota State Mankato team, in its third year, consists entirely of players who did not play handball before enrolling in college.

"It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of these young men and women to the difficult sport of handball, said coach Michael Wells (Information Systems & Technology).

In addition to Rebecca and Joe, Handball Club members are Matt Nordahl (semifinalist in Men’s C), Dan Schonhardt (quarterfinalist in Men’s C), Chris Delaney (quarterfinalist), Kate Quiram, Matt Novak, Glenn Oslin, Steve Totzke (semifinalist in Men’s Challengers), Marshall Clark (quarterfinalist in Men’s Challengers) and Aaron Grimmer (quarterfinalist).

Coaches are Mike, Lee Cornell (Information Systems & Technology) and John Stoffel.

Campus Drive

Faculty & Staff Participation thermometerThirty-five percent faculty and staff have joined the 2010 Campus Drive, with a goal of 50 percent, according to Chair Pam Gohl (Intercollegiate Athletics).

"Many gifts combined have a powerful impact, whether $10 or $1,000, and your generous gift by June 30 will play an essential role in the lives of our students," Pam says. "Our students need your critical support now more than ever."

A student-created production, "12 Reasons to Give", has been posted on YouTube. Campus Drive progress can be monitored on the Giving website. Faculty and staff members can give online at the secure website or by calling the Development Office (507-389-6829).

New TV spots

Two new 30-second spots about Minnesota State Mankato have been airing on the 10 p.m. Newscasts of WCCO and KARE 11 last week and this week. They feature alumnus Jim Husaby and student intern Emily Knish of the National Weather Service and alumna Barb Stoflet, sixth-grade teacher in the Hopkins School District.

The two new spots are rotating with two spots we produced last fall featuring faculty member Bruce Jones (Automotive Manufacturing) and alumnus Lou Bellamy. You also can play them in the video rotation on the University home page.

Bringing home gold

Vancouver 2010 Olympics logoMinnesota State Mankato athletes came home with two medals from the 2010 Olympic Games -- the first Olympic medals in history for Maverick athletes.

Junior hockey forward Nina Tikkinen earned a bronze medal when she and her teammates from Finland downed Sweden 3-2 in women's hockey. Nina played in five Olympic games and earned two goals on 13 shots (one on a power play).

USA forward David Backes (Blaine, Minn.), who played for the Mavericks from 2003-'06, won silver after Canada defeated the United States in overtime in the men's hockey final. Backes finished the Olympic tournament with one goal and two assists for three points in six games.

The two, plus Maverick women's hockey defenseman Emilia Andersson, who played with Sweden's women's hockey team, are the first Minnesota State Mankato student-athletes to participate in the Olympics.

March 18: History Day

More than 300 students from south central Minnesota schools will present exhibits, documentaries and performances as part of the regional History Day competition Thursday, March 18.

South Central History Day, free and open to the public, will be in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom and nearby rooms. History Day events, for students in grades 6 through 12, are sponsored by the History Department. This year’s theme is “Innovation in History.”

Regional winners will advance to the state History Day Saturday, May 1, at the University of Minnesota, and state winners can advance to National History Day in June at the University of Maryland.

History Day requires students to go beyond facts and dates to analyze an historical topic in-depth. Students learn skills used by exhibit designers, filmmakers, historical interpreters and scholars, becoming experts about local, national and world history topics.

March 19: Service learning

People holding hands around the worldJulie Plaut will lead a discussion about service learning on Friday, March 19. The event, sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, will be from 2-4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 284.

Plaut, executive director of Minnesota Campus Compact, earned a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University and a B.A. in urban studies from Stanford University.

The discussion will address good practice in service learning and review strategies for evaluating the outcomes of service learning for students and communities.

March 19: Diversity sessions

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend three remaining diversity education sessions, sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity.

  • “Safe Zone” Friday, March 19, 2-4 p.m., CSU 204, presented by Jessica Flatequal (LGBT Center);
  • “African American Women in the Leadership Race and the Hurdles That Have to be Jumped” Thursday, March 25, 10-11 a.m., CSU 204, presented by Maria Baxter-Nuamah (Multicultural Affairs);
  • “Violence-Free Zone” Tuesday, April 27, noon-2 p.m., CSU 201, presented by Lauren Pilnick (Women’s Center).

March 19: Bella Notte

An auctionStudent art will be auctioned at the Art Department’s first dinner and silent art auction on Friday, March 19. The “Bella Notte” event, hosted by the Student Art League and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

It will be the first such Art Department event for the community at large. Those interested in attending may RSVP online or by calling (507) 389-3235.

Tickets for the dinner are $10 for students and $15 for non-students. More information about the event and about the Student Art League is available on the Art Department website.

March 19: Women of Courage

Faculty and staff may submit Women of Courage and Vision nominations no later than Friday, March 19. The Women's Center, the President's Commission on the Status of Women and the Panhellenic Council are accepting nominations for any female faculty or staff member.

The Women of Courage and Vision recognition reception will be Tuesday, March 30, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Scott Olson (Academic & Student Affairs) will speak, and the Women’s Center student group will give a short presentation.

Nominations may be submitted to the Women's Center in Centennial Student Union Room 218 or via the online form.

Those interested in more reception information may visit the CSW website.

March 19: Mount Kato Night

Skiers in the mountainsStudents, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy a night of snow and fun at Mount Kato Friday, March 19. The event, sponsored by Alumni Relations and the Wellness Committee, will begin at 4 p.m.

Beginner ski and snowboard lessons will be offered at 4:30 and 6. Tubing starts at 5. Costs are $7.50 for a lift pass; $7.50 for ski/snowboard rental; $12 for two hours of tubing; and $3 for beginner ski/snowboard lessons.

Those who wish to register may visit the Alumni Association website.

March 20: Swim lessons

Little girl jumping into a pool while her mother holds out her arms to catch herChildren are invited to participate in the Learn to Swim program beginning Saturday, March 20. Swim lessons will be offered at the Highland Center pool.

  • Saturday mornings, March 20-May 1: 9:15, 9:50, 10:25 and 11
  • Monday evenings, March 22-April 26: 5:15, 5:50 and 6:25
  • Tuesday evenings, March 23-April 27: 5:15, 5:50 and 6:25
  • Wednesday evenings, March 24-April 28: 4:40 and 5:15
  • Thursday evenings, March 25-April 29: 5:15, 5:50 and 6:25

Students from the swimming and diving program will instruct. Cost is $65 for one child; $110 for two children; and $50 per child for three or more children. Only the first 20 children to register for each session will be accepted. Those interested may register online.

March 23: Lou Schwartzkopf

Lou SchwartzkopfLouis Schwartzkopf (Physics) will discuss “Environmental Crises and Climate Change” during the annual Kessel Memorial Lecture Tuesday, March 23. The lecture, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of the Centennial Student Union.
Lou will talk about “What We Know, How We Know It, And Why It Matters” regarding climate change and the environment.

He has been a Minnesota State Mankato physics faculty member for 27 years. He earned a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics from the University of California at Berkeley.

He co-holds four patents in the field of superconductivity, and he has published many articles. He also is co-author of an article and a book in progress about peak oil and the ramifications of the energy crisis. Currently he is researching the relationships among population, resources and energy efficiency in buildings.

The annual Kessel Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Political Science/Law Enforcement. It honors the late Abbas Kessel, who taught in the department for many years and dedicated himself to activism in the fields of peace, human rights and energy policy.

March 24: Susan Faludi

Susan FaludiFeminist author Susan Faludi will speak on Wednesday, March 24, as part of the Carol Ortman Perkins Lectureship Series. The lecture, hosted by the Women’s Center and the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. A reception will follow in the Centennial Student Union Heritage Room.

Faludi is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and The National Book Critics Circle Award. She has written for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and is author of “Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women.”

March 24-27: 'Beauty Queen'

'Beauty Queen of Leenane' posterThe Department of Theatre & Dance will present Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” at 7:30 p.m. March 24-27 in Andreas Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Directed by third-year MFA Directing candidate Megan Gredesky, it is the third show of the Studio Season.

Set in 1989 in the small village of Leenane in Connemara, Ireland, the play centers on the life of Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old maid who is the sole caregiver to her 70-year-old mother Mag. When the Folan cottage is visited by the brothers Ray and Pato Dooley, the glimmer of a romance sparks up, then sputters out between Maureen and Pato. Ultimately, disaster results.

This show contains mature themes.

Tickets are $9 regular, $8 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $7 for current students. Tickets are available online, or by calling or visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, beginning March 22.

March 24, 31: Writing workshops

A chart about how to write the alphabet/numbersFaculty and graduate student “Writing@Minnesota State Mankato” brownbag lunches and writing development workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, March 24 and 31. Both sessions will be facilitated by Kirsti Cole (English).

  • A March 24 graduate student workshop, "Preparing for and Writing the Thesis/APP," will be at 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 256. It will look at thesis and APP writing situations, discussing the rhetorical situation of a thesis, how to prepare for a final project, and steps to take early in the program.
  • A March 31 faculty workshop, at noon in Centennial Student Union 204, will address "Writing Assessment," allowing participants to use, discuss, analyze and implement a variety of assessment strategies focused on writing. The assessment techniques will focus on student content and time management.

No reservation is required for either event. Faculty members are invited to bring their lunches to the noon discussion.

Another faculty “Writing@Minnesota State Mankato” brownbag lunch ("Writing Pedagogies") is scheduled for April 21. And another graduate student workshop, "Writing the Teaching Philosophy and Preparing a Portfolio," will be April 21 at 4 p.m. in CSU 204. The workshop is the first in a two-part series; the second part will be April 28 in CSU 204.

March 25: Good Thunder

Poets Philip Levine, Major Jackson and Jorge Evans (English) will read at a Thursday, March 25, Good Thunder Reading Series event that was to feature eminent American poet Lucille Clifton.

Clifton died Feb. 13 after a long illness.

Distinguished poet Levine and emerging poet Jackson will meet with individual writers the morning of March 25. At 3 p.m. that day they will lead a discussion on the craft of writing in Ostrander Auditorium, and at 7:30 p.m. Levine, Jackson and Evans will read from their published work in Centennial Student Union Room 253. The events are free and open to the public.

An interview with the writers, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air March 25 at 1 p.m., and Friday, March 26, at 11 a.m.

Levine, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Fresno, Calif., is known as the poet of the working class, dedicated to writing “for people for whom there is no poetry.” The most recent of his 20 collections of poetry is “News Of The World” (Knopf, 2009). His “The Simple Truth” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995, and “What Work Is” won the National Book Award in 1991.

Jackson is author of two collections of poetry, “Hoops” (Norton, 2006), a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, and “Leaving Saturn” (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2000 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

Jorge is a Nadine B. Andreas graduate assistant.

Those who want more information may call Richard Robbins (English) at (507) 389-1354, or visit the Good Thunder website.

April 6: Judy Shepard

Judy ShepardJudy Shepard, activist, author and mother of murdered college student Matthew Shepard, will visit campus Tuesday, April 6, to present “The Meaning of Matthew” as part of Eliminate Hate Week. Her talk, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. A book signing will follow the lecture.

In October 1998, 21-year-old Matthew was murdered in an act motivated by anti-gay hate. Shepard and her husband, Dennis, established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to continue Matthew’s legacy.

The Foundation promotes social justice; diversity awareness and education; and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

“The Meaning of Matthew” will share the story of Matthew’s life and death and address the ways the world continues to be affected by his murder.

Shepard travels around the country speaking to people and communities about what they can do to encourage acceptance, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. This lecture is hosted by the LGBT Center, Student Events Team, the Women’s Center, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Residence Hall Association, the President’s Commission on Diversity, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and South Central MN Pride, Inc.

Those who wanrt more information may visit the Matthew Shepard Foundation website.

April 6, 7: Nursing Scholar

Family and community health expert Sharon Denham will meet with nursing students, faculty and community partners Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 and 7, to guide Doctor of Nursing Practice student research about family and societal health. The visiting scholar event is sponsored by the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society.

Denham, an Ohio University School of Nursing faculty member, teaches courses in family, evidence-based practice, theory, nursing education, nursing research and community health. She also directs the Appalachian Rural Health Institute, an interdisciplinary health services and research institute that fosters interprofessional research, community outreach, education and scholarly activities.

During her two-day visit she will give presentations and provide individual faculty consultations in research, practice and education. Her visit is intended to strengthen the Taylor Nursing Institute and its community partnerships, and to help Doctor of Nursing Practice students with their family and societal health projects.

April 10: Scholarship walk

'Walk for Women's Scholarships' logoThe Walk for Women’s Scholarships will be at Myers Field House Saturday, April 10, with registration at 8:30 a.m. Exhibits and activities will be open from 9-10 a.m., with the walk through campus at 10 a.m. and breakfast courtesy of Hy-Vee foods at 10:30.

Each walker who raises $50 or more will receive a "goody bag" filled with gift certificates, coupons and a free T-shirt. After registering, walkers can meet Maverick teams, play interactive games (children are welcome) and sample products and services from a variety of sponsors.

The event provides a way to meet and mingle with other walkers and to show support for women’s athletics.

More information is available on the Mavericks website.

April 12: Jane Brody

Jane BrodyBest-selling author, international health authority and award-winning New York Times personal health columnist Jane Brody will present the fifth annual Center on Aging Chesley Lecture Monday, April 12. Brody's talk, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will be from 4-6 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

She will discuss suggestions from her latest book, "Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally and Economically for the End of Life." After the lecture she will sign books at the Centennial Student Union Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Light refreshments will be available.

The talk is free to Minnesota State Mankato students. Tickets for everyone else are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door.

Brody is author of more than a dozen books, including two best-sellers. She has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and starred in her own 10-part public television show. She has won numerous awards for her column, published in The Times and many other newspapers around the country.

Those who want more information may contact Donald Ebel (Gerontology). More information about Brody is available on her website.

April 12: Moore Lecture

Vincent Winstead (Electrical & Computer Engineering) will present the 2010 Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. He will discuss “Energy Independence through Wind Power: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future.”

The Moore Lecture celebrates excellence in research. It is the 36th president's faculty research lectureship, and the 23rd named in honor of former President Douglas R. Moore, who established the lectureship to illuminate faculty research.

Douglas R. Moore was president of then-Mankato State University from 1974-1978. His tenure saw the transformation of Mankato State College into a university, as well as the consolidation of the lower and upper campuses and construction of a new administration building.

April 14: Scott Simkins

Just-in-Time Teaching coverScott Simkins will discuss ways to encourage outside-of-class preparation by students, promote reflective learning and stimulate student feedback as outlined in his book, “Just-in-Time Teaching,” on Wednesday, April 14.

The event, sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, will be offered twice: From 9-11 a.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 238, and from 3-5 p.m. in CSU Room 202. Workshop I is limited to the first 30 people who register; Workshop II is limited to the first 20.

"Just-in-Time Teaching" will provide hands-on, in-class activities designed to boost engaged student learning. Those who wish to register should contact CETL at (507) 389-1098 or

April 16: Alan Page

Alan PageAlan Page, Minnesota’s first African-American Supreme Court justice, will talk about “The Importance of Education” Friday, April 16. Page’s talk, sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department, will be from noon until 1 p.m. in Room 284 of Centennial Student Union. His lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Page, renowned for his quarterback sacks as the star defensive end for the “Purple-People-Eater” Minnesota Vikings of the 1970s, reinvented his career after retiring from football. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1971. He attended the University of Minnesota Law School while playing, earning a juris doctor in 1978.

In the early 1980s, after retiring, he worked for a Minneapolis law firm, then was appointed special assistant attorney general and then assistant attorney general for Minnesota.

In 1992 he was elected to an open seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court, becoming the court’s first African-American associate justice. In 1998 he was re-elected as the biggest Supreme Court vote-getter in Minnesota history, and was re-elected again in 2004.

April 19: Education Job Fair

Students who will be licensed or qualified to teach or work in a school district by January 2011 may attend the Minnesota Education Job Fair Monday, April 19, at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.

Participants can meet representatives from 200 school districts, get information about various districts, interview for jobs and attend district presentations.

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $25 in advance and $35 at the door. More information is at the Career Development Center's Education Job Fair Information page or from the Career Development Center (507-389-6061).

May 1: Girls on the Run

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in New Balance Girls on the Run, a 5-k run-and-walk event Saturday, May 1. The event, in Sibley Park in Mankato, begins at 9 a.m.; registration starts at 8 a.m.

Those who wish to register may visit the Mankato YWCA website or contact Sheri Sander at (507) 345-4629 x 32 or

Walter Zakahi: New A&H dean

Walter R. ZakahiWalter R. Zakahi of New Mexico State University has been named the new dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. His appointment was announced recently by Scott Olson (Academic & Student Affairs). He will begin his duties as dean early in July.

He succeeds Jane Earley, who retired last year after serving for 35 years as dean of the college. Faculty member Terry Flaherty has served as interim dean since then.

Zakahi, who grew up in South Dakota, is professor of communication studies at New Mexico State University. He has four years of experience as academic associate dean for that university’s College of Arts & Sciences, overseeing student advising, recruitment and retention. At New Mexico State he taught interpersonal communication, communication theory and quantitative methods.

He joined New Mexico State in 1991, and was promoted to professor and appointed head of the Communication Studies Department in 1998. In 2008-‘09 he served in the University of Wisconsin system office as an American Council on Education fellow – higher education’s premier and oldest leadership development program.

He has published numerous articles about communication skills, social anxiety and loneliness. He edited the journal Communication Reports, published by the Western States Communication Association, from 2004-2006.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in 1978 and a doctorate from Bowling Green State University in 1982.

Prone Subjects Study

Bill Lewinski (Law Enforcement) is working with members of the Hillsboro, Ore., Police Department to discover how police officers can react safely against suspects who may have concealed weapons. The Discovery Channel interviewed Bill for an international "Daily Planet" episode that was broadcast on March 11.

The Prone Subjects Study is the first such research in the world, and Lewinski is discovering clues that he hopes will make police work safer. He also hopes his Force Science Research Center research will help the public understand why a suspect can be dangerous even when he's lying on the ground, surrounded by police.

The study focuses on documenting to the millisecond how quickly a prone subject can produce a hidden handgun and fire on an officer. Force Science Center researchers also are analyzing body movements that might telegraph a pending attack on police officers.

You can now watch the video online.

Discovery Channel is an international satellite and cable TV channel with programming focused primarily on popular science, technology, and history. It is reaches more than 92 million households, and has a global audience of 431 million homes in 170 countries and territories. 

Faculty/Staff Achievements

An article by Jeffrey Buchanan (Psychology), “Psychometric Properties of the Pyramids and Palm Trees Test,” was published recently in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Daniel Cronn-Mills (Communication Studies) is co-author (with Stephen Croucher, MA, 2003) of a new book, Religious Misperception: The case of Muslims and Christians in France and Britain. It will be published by Hampton Press. Dan also is on a panel at the 2010 RSP/iTeach Conference that will focus on “Communication Studies and Interconnective Technologies.”

Eiji Kawabata (Political Science & Law Enforcement) presented “International Norm Diffusion and Domestic Response in the Politics of Privacy in Japan” at the International Studies Association Conference in New Orleans in February.

An article by Kebba Darboe (Ethnic Studies), “Historical Perspectives on Equal Opportunity & Title IX, Diversity and Multiculturalism in United States Higher Education,” was published recently in the Great Plains Sociologist.

An article by Dan Houlihan (Psychology), “Teachers’ Commands and Their Role in Preschool Classrooms,” was published recently in the Journal of Research in Educational Psychology.

In-Jae Kim (Mathematics & Statistics) presented a lecture, “On Eventual Positivity,” at the Banff International Research Station Workshop on Theory and Applications of Matrices Described by Patterns in February. He also had his research paper, “Sign Patterns That Allow Eventual Positivity,” published in Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra.

Pavel Kitsul (Mathematics & Statistics) was invited to participate in a research program and deliver a series of lectures on Stochastic Processes at the School of the Department of Pure & Applied Mathematics in Padua, Italy, from May to July.

David Laverny-Rafter (Urban & Regional Studies) went to the Federal Policy and Program briefing session in Washington, D.C., late last year. In February he was honored for many years of involvement in global education at the Kearney International Center Global Citizen Award Ceremony.

Brian Martensen (Mathematics & Statistics) was invited to participate in a workshop, “Recent Advances in Topological and Measure-Theoretic Methods in Dynamical Systems,” at Nipissing University in May.

An article by Cynthia Miller (Geography), “Don Meinig as a Teacher,” was published recently in Geographical Review.

Phillip Miller's (Economics) article “Facility Age and Ownership in Major American Team Sports Leagues: The Effect on Team Franchise Values” was published in the International Journal of Sports Finance. His article “Subsidized Monopolists and Product Prices: The Case of Major League Baseball” was published in Applied Economics.

An article by Vinai Norasakkunkit (Psychology), “A Social Psychological Investigation of NEET and Hikkomori: Implications for Risk Factors and Intervention Strategies,” was published recently in the Journal of the Kokoro Research Center.

Ken Park's (Economics) article, “Contagion in the Stock Markets: The Asian Financial Crisis Revisited,” was published recently in the Journal of Asian Economics. His article, “Did the Oil Price Controls Achieve Its Goals?” was published in Economics Bulletin, and “How Public Monetary Support Comes From Non-Monetary Benefits Through Sporting Events” was published in the International Journal of Business Research. His piece, “The Industrial Relationships in Time-Varying Beta Coefficients Between Korea and U.S.,” was published in Applied Economics.

Russell Palma's (Physics & Astronomy) paper, “Brownleeite: A New Manganese Silicide Mineral in an Interplanetary Dust Particle,” was published in American Mineralogist 95.

Tao Peng's (History) article, “China’s Changing Japan Policy in the Late 1960s and Early 1970s and the Impact On Relations With the United States,” was published recently in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations.

Jeffrey Pribyl (Chemistry & Geology) presented “Sharing Our Work: A Showcase of PKAL Activities” at the Realizing Student Potential ITeach Conference in Minneapolis in February. Jeff also posted a peer reviewed activity, “Metric System Conversions: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning”.

Dan Sachau (Psychology) will be honored at the April national conference of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology in Atlanta for his Distinguished Teaching Contribution Award.

Ronald Schirmer (Anthropology) received funding from the Minnesota Legacy Grant Fund to pay for his research of native people along the upper Minnesota River Valley.

An article by Sherrise Truesdale (Sociology & Corrections), “An Analysis of State-Level Correctional Policies for Emergency Releases for Death-Bed Visits and Funeral Attendance,” was published recently in Professional Issues in Criminal Justice.

A chapter by Beth Wielde-Heidelberg (Urban & Regional Studies) was published in the book “Homer Simpson Marches on Washington.” Beth and some of her students are working with the League of Minnesota Cities to develop training sessions for new city council and planning commission members. They also will work with the Minnesota City/County Managers Association to bring local government education to high school social studies classes.

Yanwei Wu’s (Computer Science) paper, “Energy-Efficient Wake-Up Scheduling for Data Collection and Aggregation,” was published in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems in February. The 10th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology also invited Yanwei to be on its program committee.

Student Achievements

Megan Orcholski (Communication Studies MA) will present her performance piece, “How to get there: An exploration of effectively portraying the identities of others,” based on her thesis research at the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference in June in Austin, Texas.

Alyssa Reid (Communication Studies MA) will present her performance piece, “1 in 10: A Queer Pedagogical Experience,” at the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference in June in Austin, Texas.

Last month a team of students placed third in their first Minnesota-Wisconsin Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The team was advised by Christophe Veltsos (Information Systems & Technology) and Kevin Thompson (Information & Technology Services).


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