Pam McGee was one of 12 educator’s across the Globe selected to attend the PMI (Project Management Institute) Global Undergraduate Curriculum Development meeting in Paris on August 13, 2014. The group’s charter is to develop a universal, global road map for anyone teaching an introduction to project management course.
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Dr. Paul Sando was again consulted and quoted in an article on railroad safety and oil transportation, this time at the international level. The publication is Future Rail Magazine, the author is Fran Marcellin, a British journalist working in France. The article was distributed by an online news clearing house called Piece Boutique. Read it here.
Dr. Lisa Stewart published the chapter, “Best Practices in Developing Academic Local Norms” in the most recent edition of the National Association of School Psychology Best Practices in School Psychology. The Best Practices resource is a staple in graduate programs across the country and the new edition was released August 2014.
Linda Houts-Smith has been invited to serve on the MinneTESOL Journal Editorial Board and is beginning her second year of service. The spring edition is available online at minnetesoljournal.org/journal/spring-2014 and features a photo from the 2009 TEAMWork Symposium held at MSUM. The Spring 2014 invited journal contributor Kate Kinsella, author of Cutting to the Common Core: Analyzing Informational Text, was the featured speaker at the symposium and the photo shows Kinsella with teachers from the Moorhead Public Schools who attended the conference. Two of the teachers are MSUM TESL program graduates.
Ximena Suarez-Sousa, Sue Severson selected to present study at annual American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education meeting
Ximena Suarez-Sousa, Teacher Education Data Manager and Sue Severson, Teacher Education Accreditation/Self-Study Coordinator, were selected to present their study entitled “The Correlation of ACT Scores with Teacher Education Accreditation Key Assessments at a Midwestern Institution” at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) in Atlanta, 2015. Outcomes from this correlational study are part of a series of data analyses that Suarez-Sousa and Severson conduct periodically as requirements for national and state accreditation as well as self-study and program improvement purposes. The results of this study are important evidence that will be presented during the upcoming accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAEP) and the Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT), which will take place in March, 2015.
Tonya Jo (T.J.) Hansen, an Economics faculty member, has been selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program sponsored by the Chamber. MSUM is sponsoring Hansen.
“The selection process for the Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program is very competitive,” President Anne Blackhurst said. “We’re proud to have T.J. represent our university. Participation in community activities like this is an important means of increasing our university’s visibility.”
Each year, LFMWF selects 40 emerging and existing leaders from all sectors of the community to participate in the nine-month program. For more information on the LFMWF program, click here.
Dr. Julie Swaggert and Dr. Mike Coquyt (Educational Leadership) present at the Minnesota eLearning Summit
Dr. Swaggert and Dr. Coquyt presented at the University of Northwestern on July 30th. Their session was titled, “Building Community and Relationships in the Online Classroom.” Their session focused on teaching strategies and techniques online educators can use to enhance student engagement, collaboration and relationship building. Creating authentic learning experiences, personal and timely feedback, asynchronous and synchronous teaching strategies and exploration of a variety of free or inexpensive technology tools were topics included in the session. Research and student survey data was included as the basis for accepted best practice strategies
John Buncher, Matt Craig, Steve Lindaas and Ananda Shastri, all of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, attended the American Association of Physics Teachers conference last week. Matt Craig presented a poster titled “Agile Development of a Python-based Image Analysis Tool” on his work developing a collaborative tool using iPython notebooks. Ananda Shastri presented his talk “Structured Progression in a Sophomore-level Experimental Physics Course “. Steve Lindaas presented the workshop “Demo Kit in a Box” which showed participants how to construct easy, inexpensive demos for just-in-time-teaching. Steve is also a committee member and past chair and attended meetings to plan next year’s conference. www.aapt.org/Conferences/sm2014/
Sports information director emeritus Larry Scott has published a book on the life and legacy of football coach Ross Fortier. Fortier, who signed on as head football coach at Moorhead State College in 1970, transformed the Dragons into a major player on the regional and national levels.
“As sports information director at Moorhead State, I had a front row seat to watch all 236 games of the Ross Fortier Era,” Scott said. “It was a privilege, indeed, and I felt a special calling to somehow preserve those wonderful days of yesteryear. I offer this small measure as a tribute to coach Fortier, not only for the program he built and the championships he produced, but more importantly for how he went about his business and the profound impact he had on hundreds of student-athletes.” Read the rest of this entry →
Biosciences faculty and undergraduates publish paper in international peer-reviewed journal Hydrobiologia
Brian Wisenden, Dan McEwen, Bee Wisenden and Ellen Brisch, Biosciences faculty, and Tony Stumbo, Pat Self, Biosciences Undergraduates, have published a paper in the international peer-reviewed journal Hydrobiologia, entitled “Co-evolution of offspring antipredator competence and parental brood defense in convict cichlids”. This paper is the culmination of 20 years of research from field sites in Costa Rica and lab experiments at the MSUM aquatic research facility in Langseth Hall. Read the rest of this entry →
By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM
MOORHEAD – It’s been a banner year for Yahya Frederickson’s poetry.
The Minnesota State University Moorhead English professor was awarded a $5,000 Lake Region Arts Council/McKnight Fellowship literary/performance grant, his collection of poetry “The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali” won the 2013 Idaho Prize for Poetry and was published by Lost Horse Press, and an animator friend set two of his poems to video.
But the Moorhead poet, husband and father of a twin son and daughter in college isn’t new to literary success. Read the rest of this entry →
Vijay Antharam PhD from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at MSUM will present a talk at the first annual “Metabolomics: Advances and Applications in Human Diseases” held in Cambridge, Mass. His presentation will be on “Can the gut reduce cholesterol? Merging metabolomics and genomics reveal two potential biomarkers during Clostridium difficile infection” which will be delivered on May 22, 2014. The talk will be given to medical doctors and biomedical scientists across the world who will be attending the two day conference held at the Hyatt Regency. Read the rest of this entry →
Biosciences undergraduates Evangeline Holley and Kaitlyn Ludwig, along with Biosciences faculty Dan McEwen and Brian Wisenden, have published a paper in the international peer-reviewed Journal of Fish Biology, based on research conducted by Evangeline and Kaitlyn and mentored by Drs. McEwen and Wisenden. The research showed that fish personality is not strictly genetically determined but also malleable through environmental influences. This work has important implications for commercial and sports fisheries that augment stocks with hatchery-reared fish. The full citation of their paper is: Holley ED, Ludwig KJ, McEwen DC, Wisenden BD. In Press. Predictability of food supply, but not ration, increases exploratory behaviour. Journal of Fish Biology.
Dr. Paul Sando, Anthropology and Earth Science, was interviewed for National Public Radio’s Midday program (WBUR Boston affiliate) regarding the USDOT’s newly released rules for railroads to disclose oil transport by rail through communities, and whether or not those trains have vulnerable design tank cars in their consist. The segment is set to air on Friday, May 9, 2014
Dr. Mark Wallert and eight members of his cancer research team presented their data at the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology National Meeting April 26 – April 30, 2014. The student presenting and their project titles include:
- Nick Berthelsen and Brittany Bisnett presented a poster entitled: “Mutational analysis of calcineurin B homologous protein isoform 2 (CHP2) binding to the Na+/H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1): NHE1 mutations H523I and H523G
- Molly Strong and Moriah Hovde presented work entitled: “A comparative survey of the impact of NHE1 phosphorylation on pHi and cell motility.”
- Harrison Pantera and Alex Novak presented a poster entitled: “Mutational analysis of calcineurin B homologous protein isoform 2 (CHP2) binding to the Na+/H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1): NHE1 mutations N519A and N519D.”
- Clarice Wallert and Scott Buchholz presented work entitled: “In vivo and in vitro interaction of calcineurin B homologous protein isoforms 1 and 2 (CHP1 and CHP2) with the Na+-H+ exchanger isoform1 (NHE1).” Read the rest of this entry →
Anna S. Arnar, Department of Art & Design, delivered the Gale Memorial Lecture at the University of New Mexico sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History. The title of her lecture was “The Culture of Print and the Social Lives of Books: Case Studies of Contemporary Book Works at Documenta 13.” The lecture is based on her new book project to be carried out during her sabbatical.
John Benson, a geographer in the School of Teaching and Learning and the son of missionaries, presented a paper at the Annual Association of American Geographers conference in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, April 9. The paper was titled, “Faith of Our Fathers Living Still?: A Comparison of the Religious Development of Children of Missionaries to their Parents.” The paper was based on research he has done on the missionary community that he grew up within.
MSUM students, Fanuel Asrat, Aba Boadu, Kofi Boadu, Cody Brandt, Jasmin Lam, Julie Maahs, Melhik Negatu, and Mira Nkulukadiele, and Economics faculty members, T. J. Hansen and Gregory Stutes, offered a workshop in conjunction with the Expanding Your Horizons Conference on April 12. The local Expanding Your Horizons Conference invites young women from Minnesota and North Dakota who are in the seventh, eighth or ninth grades to experience careers, which use mathematics, critical thinking, and scientific inquiry. Read the rest of this entry →
During the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Awards Ceremony on April 9, Karen Mehnert-Meland received ACUI’s Emeritus Award, which recognizes professionals who are retiring. The Emeritus Award is conferred by the ACUI Board of Trustees. Mehnert-Meland was nominated by Interim Director of the Comstock Memorial Union, Layne Anderson, with support from other professionals in the student affairs field. She plans to retire June 30, 2014.
Mehnert-Meland has served MSUM for 35 years in various capacities. She has spent much of her career serving the Comstock Memorial Union, where she began working part-time as the Assistant Director in 1986. She was named the Director in 1991. She currently serves as the Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. Read the rest of this entry →
An essay titled “Survivance as Resistance to Authoritative Discourse,” by Rebecca Gardner, Communication Studies, was included in the book “Feminist Challenges or Feminist Rhetorics? Locations, Scholarship, Discourse,” recently published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.