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Konrad Czynski’s 11th CD as narrator now available

Posted on February 11, 2016

Konrad Czynski’s 11th CD as narrator in the STORIES IN MUSIC series (Maestro Classics) was made available in November 2015 – “Merry Pranks of Master Till.” The German folktale was adapted for English narration by Czynski’s late friend, the composer and organist/pianist Stephen Simon, conductor of the series with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The original tone-poem, “Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche,” was composed by Richard Strauss (d. 1949). The CD includes, as also the 10 previous CDs, an educational booklet; the CD itself includes, among other tracks, an “About the Composer” spoken presentation by Bonnie Simon. For information about the series created for young people, see MaestroClassics.com.

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 →

Governor Dayton appoints Dr. Joel Powell to Minnesota POST Board

Posted on February 10, 2016

Joel Powell, Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Program in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, was appointed by Governor Dayton to a 4-year term on the Minnesota POST Board. Established in 1967, the board licenses peace officers, establishes minimum qualifications and standards of conduct, and regulates professional peace officer education and continuing education for peace officers. As an occupational regulatory agency, POST is responsible for licensing over 10,500 active peace officers and over 250 active part-time peace officers. The board has the legislative authority to adopt administrative rules that have the force and effect of law, rules that enable the board to establish policies and standards to which all licensees must adhere. The Board’s 15 members are appointed by the governor.

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 →

Paul Harris published in America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History

Posted on February 03, 2016

Paul Harris, Department of History, Languages, Critical Race, and Women’s Studies, has two recent publications. An entry he wrote on the “American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions” was published in America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History, a reference work from Charles Scribner’s Sons. He also reviewed Island Queens and Mission Wives: How Gender and Empire Remade Hawaii’s Pacific World, by Jennifer Thigpen, for the Hawaiian Journal of History.

Kevin Zepper, English, featured on WDAY

Posted on February 03, 2016

Kevin Zepper, English, is featured in four live interviews during WDAY’s morning television show, First News. Zepper talks about musician Buddy Holly’s career and the day he was killed in a plane crash. Zepper’s father was a police officer who was working the dance that Holly and his band members were supposed to play at. The interviews are titled “The Day the Music Died” and they air February 3 between 5 and 7 a.m. on WDAY/WDAZ Channel six.

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.

Dr. Barbara Headrick featured on It Takes 2 With Jack & Amy radio show

Posted on January 28, 2016

Originally published on KFGO – Dr. Barbara Headrick, a popular professor of political science at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and frequently heard on KFGO, had an AWFUL Christmas Holiday.  It all began with a lick from her cat!

But, her kitty was still sitting with her when we spoke.

While at home in Missouri, she was stricken with a very rare strain of Bacterial Meningitis Pasteurella.  She was very very sick and could have died.  Thank goodness for a close family which included a registered nurse with ties to the U of Missouri Medical Center.

The professor is feeling well enough to talk about it and joined It Takes 2 With Jack & Amy this week.

Get well Doctor!

Dr. David Tack, STL, invited by West Fargo Teachers’ Union to present at Teacher Study Group

Posted on January 28, 2016

Dr. David Tack, STL, was invited by the West Fargo Teachers’ Union to present and lead a breakout session with the West Fargo/Fargo Teacher Study Group. The topic of the presentation derives from his current research he is conducting and presenting: “Socioeconomic and Societal Issues that Impact Student Learning and Ways Educators Can Support Student Learning.”

Professor Stephen Hamrick, English, appeared on Prairie Public’s Main Street radio show

Posted on January 28, 2016

On January 27, Professor Stephen Hamrick, English, discussed Shakespeare on Prairie Public’s Main Street radio show. The Shakespeare discussion has been excerpted from the show and can be found here.

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 →

English Professor Stephen Hamrick to appear on Main Street radio show

Posted on January 25, 2016

English Professor Stephen Hamrick invited to appear on Main Street radio show on the Prairie Public network Tuesday 26 January 2016. Professor Hamrick will discuss Shakespeare in preparation for the 2016 WinterArts Fest: ShakespeareFest.

Two MSUM Professors involved in new book devoted to the field of Visual Studies

Posted on January 21, 2016

Penn State University Press has just published “Farewell to Visual Studies” based on the debates from a 2011 seminar held at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Stone Art Theory Institutes). The seminar was a critical assessment of the field of visual studies and examined its origins as well as its current scholarship. Anna S. Arnar, School of Visual Arts, was one of the fellows who participated in the seminar and Ted Gracyk, Department of Philosophy, was one of the international scholars asked to respond to the debates presented in the seminar devoted to the discipline of Visual Studies. For more information, click here.

Johnson Named Assistant Director of First Year Programs

Posted on January 21, 2016

After a national search, Mitch Johnson has accepted the position of Assistant Director of First Year Programs. Mitch’s passion for MSUM and first year students, along with his invaluable work experience, makes him a great asset to the Office of First Year Programs.

“I’m excited to hit the ground running and begin working to assist our new students in making a successful academic and social transition to MSUM,” said Johnson.

Dr. Valerie Ritland presented at the Hawaii International Education Conference

Posted on January 19, 2016

Dr. Valerie Ritland, School of Teaching and Learning, presented at the Hawaii International Education Conference in Oahu, Hawaii. The conference was held January 2nd through January 6th, with over 1200 participants from 31 different countries attending. Dr. Ritland’s topic was, “Partnering with Parents to Maximize Student Outcomes.”

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.

Peter Geib published in the Journal of Applied Business and Economics

Posted on January 14, 2016

Peter Geib, Paseka School of Business, has co-authored a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Business and Economics, North American Business Press.  The article is entitled, “The Dynamics of Chinese Expansion in the South China Sea.”

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.

David Paul presents leadership skills training

Posted on January 11, 2016

Dr. David Paul, CNSA program, presented Leadership Skills Training for college students interested in leadership positions in the Student Affairs field. The presentation was part of Augsburg College’s Career Education Day January 6, co-sponsored by Minnesota College Personnel Association.

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