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Adam Stocker published in the peer-reviewed journal

Posted on February 11, 2016

Adam Stocker, Biosciences, had a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal eLife titled: “Genetic mechanisms control the linear scaling between related cortical primary and higher order sensory areas.” The published findings reveal a previously unknown relationship between the size of primary sensory areas and higher order areas controlled by gene expression during embryonic development. Read the rest of this entry →

A Closer look at Pluto and Charon

Posted on February 10, 2016

On Friday, Feb. 12 from 3-3:50 pm, Dr. Matt Craig, Department of Physics and Astronomy will present images from the New Horizons spacecraft in the MSUM Planetarium. The New Horizons spacecraft continues to send back images from its close encounter last summer with Pluto and its moon Charon. After a quick introduction to the Pluto-Charon system and how it differs from real planets we will look at some of the surprising images from New Horizons. Both Pluto and Charon were expected to have very old, heavily cratered surfaces; instead New Horizons discovered ice mountains over 10,000 feet high, a canyon that spans half of Charon, and some very young surfaces.

“Psychology Works” presentation held on Monday, February 22

Posted on February 10, 2016

The February “Psychology Works” presentation will be Monday, February 22 at 3:30 pm in Bridges 361. Kandia Qual, Fargo Area Program Director of Dacotah Foundation, will provide information and answer questions about internship and employment opportunities. Dacotah Foundation provides community-based chemical dependency and mental health treatment. The “Psychology Works” series, organized by the MSUM Psychology Department and Psychology Club, presents representatives from a variety of places in the FM community where psychologists and other mental health professionals work, and where undergraduate students may also work or do internships to gain valuable experience and skills.

Society of Physics Students awarded a 2014-15 Distinguished Chapter Award

Posted on February 09, 2016

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter from Minnesota State University Moorhead has been awarded a 2014-15 Distinguished Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students. This award is given to SPS chapters that “build community and propel students into their careers as prepared professionals.” This is the third year in a row that the campus’ SPS chapter has been recognized as Distinguished chapter (2012-13 and 2014-15) or Outstanding chapter (2013-14) by the national organization.

School Psychology Faculty and Students Present at State Conference

Posted on February 08, 2016

Seven School Psychology Graduate Students presented posters and Dr. Lisa Stewart presented two breakout sessions at the Minnesota Association of School Psychology (MSPA) MidWinterConference January 28 and 29 in Bloomington, MN.

Dr. Lisa H. Stewart presented a session titled “MultiTiered Systems of Support in Preschool: Focus on a Literacy and Math Rich Schedule” and copresented a session with MSUM School Psychology alumni Kelli McGovern titled “Tier II Math Interventions: Who, How, Lessons Learned.” Read the rest of this entry →

Annual Physics Show on April 2

Posted on February 08, 2016

The Society of Physics Students invites you to its annual physics show on Saturday April 2nd from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, in Langseth 104. Come see exciting demonstrations of the physical laws that govern our world. There is no charge for admission, and the show is family friendly.

Juan Cabanela, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, featured on KFGO and WDAY

Posted on February 02, 2016

Juan Cabanela, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is used to answering questions about astronomy from the public. However, this past week he was interviewed by three different local media organizations on three separate astronomy related issues. On Thursday, January 21 he was interviewed by Jack Sunday on KFGO about evidence for a large ninth planet in the outer reaches our solar system. Then on Tuesday, January 26, he talked with Sandy Buttweiller of WDAY to discuss the fact that for the first time in a decade, we can simultaneously observe all five of the visible planets in the morning sky. Finally, an interview with both Dr. Cabanela and Sara Schultz, MSUM planetarium director, about memories of the Challenger disaster on its 30th Anniversary appeared in the Forum on Thursday, January 28.

Dr. Brandi Sillerud passed her Board Certification as a Nurse Executive Advanced

Posted on January 29, 2016

Dr. Brandi Sillerud, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, successfully passed her Board Certification as a Nurse Executive Advanced with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The mission of the ANCC is to promote excellence in nursing and healthcare globally through credentialing programs and recognizing individual nurses in specialty practice areas. Board certification as a Nurse Executive Advanced deems that Dr. Sillerud has achieved a high level of excellence in nursing leadership. Dr. Sillerud teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing and healthcare administration focusing on healthcare leadership, strategy/operations, healthcare policy and informatics.

Biosciences faculty research manuscript accepted for publication

Posted on January 26, 2016

Biosciences faculty Brian Wisenden, Dan McEwen and Ellen Brisch, together with Biosciences undergraduates Tony Stumbo, Kurtis McIntire, Justin Scheierl, Jessica Aasand, Heather North, Janna Gilbertson, Diana Grant, Frantz Joseph, Emily Mammenga and Rachel Walsh had their research manuscript accepted for publication in the international peer-reviewed journal Environmental Biology of Fishes. The title of their paper is “Population-specific co-evolution of offspring antipredator competence and parental brood defense in Nicaraguan convict cichlids”. Read the rest of this entry →

Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on January 22, 2016

On Friday, Jan. 22, 3-3:50 pm (Hagen 325), faculty members will give 10-15 minute talks about current projects of interest.

Juan Cabanela, Color Imaging in Astronomy: More than Just a Pretty Picture. I will briefly discuss the testing of a color astronomical camera and the new science that can be done using such a camera at a small observatory like Feder. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Tim Harms presented at the Fargo Public Schools Professional Development day

Posted on January 19, 2016

Dr. Tim Harms, Mathematics Dept., presented a session titled “Advantage Math Recovery Elementary and Beyond” at a Fargo Public Schools Professional Development day on Jan. 18, 2016 to 3rd – 5th grade educators. Teachers from Jefferson, Lincoln, and Ed Clapp Elementary Schools took part in this professional development.

Horizon Middle School AVID Students to Explore MSUM

Posted on January 13, 2016

Nearly 120 Horizon Middle School AVID Students will be touring MSUM campus on Thursday, January 14. After being welcomed by Admissions, the students will get to participate in activities all around campus, including a round-robin tour of 5 arts activities (e.g. drum circle, caricatures, improv, etc), DNA extraction from strawberries, a Q&A with college students and faculty panels and planetarium shows.


MSUM Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Prepare STEM Teachers

Posted on January 11, 2016

From National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship program

MSU Moorhead has been awarded close to $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship program. The five-year grant, Preparing STEM Teachers to Successfully Navigate the Urban to Rural Gradient, will facilitate the licensure of approximately 35 new Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers in outstate Minnesota.

The majority of the grant funds will be used to provide both scholarships and internships for talented science and math undergraduates and recent graduates in a STEM field. Interns will work with our partners, including Fargo and Moorhead Public School Districts and Lakes Country Service Cooperative, to assist in the delivery of summer opportunities for K-12 students, including English language learners, in the subjects of science and math. Read the rest of this entry →

Flores and Hansen published in economic studies journal

Posted on January 11, 2016

Oscar Flores and T.J. Hansen, Economics, had the paper “The Impact of Local Economic Conditions on the Retention of College Freshman at Regional, Public Universities in the United States” published in the December issue of Regional, Sectoral, and Economic Studies. Using six years of data for 180 public universities with a master Carnegie classification, Flores and Hansen, find support for the hypothesis that controlling for a number of factors, institutions located in cities with strong economies have lower retention rates. Institutions could use the model developed in the paper to set realistic retention goals.

Center for Geospatial Studies’ Campus Map Initiative introduced to Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group

Posted on January 08, 2016

MSUM faculty members Rinita Dalan (Anthropology and Earth Science) and T. J. Hansen (Economics, Law & Politics) joined Curtis Atkinson II, Lead System Engineer of HERE-Fargo, to address the Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group on December 9, 2015 in Fergus Falls. The presentation, “Partnering with the MSUM Center for Geospatial Studies: History, Campus Map Initiative, and You,” introduced regional GIS users to the center’s unique partnership with industry mapping leader, HERE. As part of the Campus Map Initiative, student interns from MSUM employed by HERE developed a 3-D map of the MSUM campus. HERE has also created interior maps of campus buildings as part of the initial phase of an ongoing partnership between these organizations. Representatives of MSUM and HERE answered questions about the Campus Map Initiative and invited those in the Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group to partner with the Center for Geospatial Studies in the future.

Lisa Stewart presents at NAEYC

Posted on January 06, 2016

Dr. Lisa Stewart, Professor of Psychology and Director of the School Psychology Graduate Program, and Minnesota Reading Corps colleagues Kate Horst and Dr. David Parker, presented a research poster at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) annual conference in Orlando, Fla., November 20, 2015. The poster, “Successful Kids and Satisfied Teachers: Preschool Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Key Components and Research Outcomes,” included an overview of the Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) model and outcomes from an external evaluation facilitated by MRC. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Michelle Malott to join Indiana University East

Posted on January 05, 2016

Dr. Michelle Malott will join Indiana University East as the executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs beginning July 1, 2016. As the executive vice chancellor, Michelle will be IU East’s chief academic and student affairs officer and will serve as the institution’s senior administrative officer. She will provide academic leadership to preserve and enhance the quality of academic programs and support services as well as be responsible for the strategic direction of Academic Affairs. Currently, Michelle is the dean of the College of Science, Health, and the Environment and a professor of bioscience at Minnesota State University in Moorhead, Minnesota. She has been at MSU since 2001 when she first began as an assistant professor of bioscience. Before she was dean, she was the chairperson of the Department of Biosciences.

Follow the MSUM delegation as they travel to South Korea, China

Posted on December 04, 2015

Denise Gorsline, interim dean of Arts, Media and Communication, has been blogging about her “Dragon Tales” and the MSUM delegation visit to South Korea and China that began Dec. 1.

In her Dec. 3 post she writes: “I have been enchanted by Seoul…from our visit with Seoul National University of Education (SNUE)  to our dinner with an MSUM graduate, an exchange student, and a potential exchange student, Seoul has been great.”

Read more and follow at Dragon Tales blog.

The seven-member team of faculty, administrators and staff will visit with with high schools and universities in South Korea and China for the purpose of partnership-building and bringing new students to MSUM. They will return to the U.S. Dec. 14.

Read more about the delegation visit.

International partnerships goal of South Korea, China delegation

Posted on November 19, 2015

A team of MSUM faculty, administrators and staff leave Dec. 1 for meetings with high schools and universities in South Korea and China for the purpose of partnership-building and bringing new students to MSUM.  The delegation includes Jack Healy, Randy Cagle, Denise Gorsline, Zhimin Guan, Peter Geib, Dan Brekke, and Janet Hohenstein. 

The trip will include visits to the Seoul National University of Education, a K-12 organization and universities in Bejing, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Guilin.  The delegation will return Dec. 14.  Read the rest of this entry →

Math and Science Secondary Teaching Scholarships

Posted on November 19, 2015

Are you interested in sharing the fun of science and math with kids by being a secondary teacher? Scholarships* are available for Math and Science Majors to pursue a Secondary Teaching Licensure

Noyce Scholar applications and FAQ can be found at:
Due Monday Nov. 30
* Full Tuition and Partial Room & Board
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