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Sumali Pandey awarded $25,000 grant

Posted on October 17, 2017

Sumali Pandey, Biosciences Department, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agriculture Health and Safety (HICAHS), to support her research on epigenetic and transcriptomic events associated with mold exposures. Mold related exposures are frequent in a farm environment, and this research will benefit the diagnostic and therapeutic decision making process in the agricultural community. Sumali will be collaborating with undergraduate students to execute the experiments for the proposed research.

Faculty attend, present at 2017 Minnesota GIS and LIS Conference

Posted on October 16, 2017

Faculty from the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science attended the 2017 Minnesota GIS and LIS Conference in Bemidji. In addition, David Kramar and Valquiria Quirino supported the MSUM student scholar, Jacob Larson. Read the rest of this entry →

Drs. Kramar, Branden publish article with student co-authors

Posted on October 16, 2017

Dr. David Kramar of the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science, and the Center for Geospatial Studies, and Dr. Karen Branden of the the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and the Center for Diversity and Social Justice recently published an article entitled “A Spatially Informed Analysis of Environmental Justice: Analyzing the Effects of Gerrymandering and the Proximity of Minority Populations to U.S. Superfund Sites” in the Journal of Environmental Justice. This was a collaborative effort with faculty from Southern Oregon University (SOU), and included two student co-authors: Hayley Hilfer of MSUM, and Aaron Anderson of SOU.

Minnesota State Employees’ Combined Charities Campaign is here

Posted on October 13, 2017

From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, join us in a competition with the other Minnesota State Universities to be the most charitable institution. We are competing for the highest percentage of employee participation—even $10 helps! Employees can donate to a charity of their choice through payroll deduction. Set it up once, and your generosity keeps giving all year long! 

This process makes your donation stretch further to help Minnesotans in need. The campaign includes Charitable Federations, groups of charitable organizations that represent charities working on similar issues. This collaboration keeps administrative and fundraising expenses low, making your contribution dollars go as far as possible.

Donate to the cause that matters most to you––environment, education, women’s issues, breaking the cycle of poverty, and much more!  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Carney presents keynote at Northern Plains Conference on Aging and Disability

Posted on October 13, 2017

Dr. Jeremy Carney presents keynote address at the 2017 Northern Plains Conference on Aging and Disability. His talk was entitled “Ethical Considerations Regarding End of Life Decision Making”and focused on how health care professionals who practice in palliative and end of life care must be prepared to face the many challenges associated with death and dying. This interactive presentation was focused on ethical dilemmas, value conflicts, and questions related to religion and the meaning of life.

Dr. Fulghesu’s research paper accepted for publication

Posted on October 13, 2017

Dr. Damiano Fulghesu, associate professor of the Math Department, had a research paper accepted for publication in the Michigan Math Journal. The paper, titled “The Chow ring of the stack of smooth plane cubics” was coauthored with Angelo Vistoli, professor of “Scuola Normale Superiore” in Pisa (Italy).

MSUM Enrollment Increases for 2nd Straight Year

Posted on October 12, 2017

The official Fall Semester enrollment figures for Minnesota State University Moorhead show an overall increase led by gains in new entering freshman and graduate students. Overall total headcount for undergraduate and graduate students is up 1.67 percent driven by a 21 percent increase in graduate students and a 2.5 percent increase in new entering freshman. Fall Semester headcount is 6,019, with 5,147 undergraduate and 872 graduate students. The official numbers are calculated after 30 class days and are used for standardized reporting purposes.  Read the rest of this entry →

Anthropology and Earth Science students, faculty attend 75th Annual Plains Anthropological Conference

Posted on October 12, 2017

Twelve students and five faculty members from the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science attended the Plains Anthropological Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota from October 4-17, 2017. The following seven co-authored talks and posters were presented, encompassing research across archaeology, cultural anthropology, geoarchaeology, geology, and GIS:  Read the rest of this entry →

What’s happening in Marketing

Posted on October 12, 2017

Each year, the Marketing Communications team develops a holiday greeting from the university to faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of MSUM. What had once been a traditional greeting card has evolved into a short video utilizing the talents of staff and our student workers who are often studying film, marketing, ad/PR or similar academic disciplines.

This year, Marketing interns Sara Erickson (broadcast journalism), Azmi Murtaza (advertising and PR), Dillan Schmiedt (film production), Leah Schmitt (advertising and PR), and Mandi Wahl (graphic design), with help from Music faculty member Allen Carter and Entertainment Industries and Technology faculty member Ryan Jackson, are working on an ambitious greeting in production now. Read the rest of this entry →

Kyja K-Nelson screens experimental video in North Portland Unknown Film Festival

Posted on October 12, 2017

Kyja K-Nelson, faculty of the School of Media Arts & Design, will be screening her new experimental video, Hús, in the North Portland Unknown Film Festival on Saturday, October 14. Shot in Iceland and North Dakota, Hús is a rhythmic meditation on emigration, immigration, house and home. The piece was made in collaboration with Icelandic noise artist AMFJ, who produced an original sound score for the video.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Bradbury serves as visiting scholar at Belarussian National Technical University

Posted on October 11, 2017

Dr. Boyd Bradbury, School of Teaching and Learning, served as the visiting scholar at Belarussian National Technical University (BNTU) in Minsk, Belarus last week. Dr. Bradbury gave multiple lectures, including one entitled, A Brief Overview of Education, Demographics, Learner Management, and Instructional Approaches for non-English Speaking Students in the United States and Minnesota State University Moorhead. Continued interaction with BNTU is planned.

Sibley donates international books to Curriculum Materials Center

Posted on October 10, 2017

The Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) has received a generous donation of international books from emerita Carol Sibley. Sibley served for two years on the Outstanding International Books (OIB) award committee for the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY).

USBBY is a nonprofit organization devoted to building bridges of international understanding through children’s and young adult books; it serves as the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).  Read the rest of this entry →

Pam McGee elected to ATMAE board

Posted on October 09, 2017

Pam McGee, Professional Management Department, was elected by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) board to serve a two-year term as the President of the Women In Technology Division. New members will be take office and be sworn in at the ATMAE Annual Conference, Nov. 1-3, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jim Sturdevant to receive MSU Moorhead’s L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award

Posted on October 06, 2017

Jim Sturdevant, a third-generation owner/CFO in the Sturdevant Auto Parts business, has been selected to receive Minnesota State University Moorhead’s 35th annual L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award. An awards reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 12 on the MSUM campus.

The award is named in honor of the late L.B. Hartz, the founder of Hartz Wholesale Company headquartered in Thief River Falls. It’s presented annually by MSUM’s College of Business and Innovation to an individual who has created economic opportunities for others through innovation, entrepreneurship and community service.  Read the rest of this entry →

Bee Wisenden publishes paper in Clinical Anatomy journal

Posted on October 06, 2017

Bee Wisenden (Biosciences Department) published a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Clinical Anatomy entitled “Emotional response of undergraduates to cadaver dissection.” This research was based on the experiences of MSUM students enrolled in BIOL 323 Human Anatomy. Cadaver dissection evokes an emotional response that affects some students more than others, and can be a barrier to learning. In this paper, the results of experimental pedagogy are reported that showed that humanization of donors (providing information about the donor’s occupation, health history, cause of death) helps some students feel more comfortable learning course material. There are five MSUM undergraduate co-authors on this paper (Katherine Budke, Chelsea Klemetson, Tana Kurtti, Chandi Patel and Trenda Schwantz) who helped administer the survey, collate the data and present earlier versions of this research at the Andrew B. Conteh Student Academic Conference.

Film and animation students, alumni and faculty exhibit work in Minne Mini Film Festival

Posted on October 05, 2017

Film and Animation students, alumni and faculty exhibit work in the Minne Mini Film Festival. The sold-out event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theatre in uptown Minneapolis.

Short films made by MSUM Film Production alumni include Hipster Zombies created by Matt Eckholm, Welcome to the Future made by Paul Eckhardt, and World’s Best Axe Murderer by Eric W. Carlson.  Read the rest of this entry →

Coquyt earns QM Certification for course design

Posted on October 05, 2017

Dr. Michael Coquyt, School of Teaching & Learning, recently earned Quality Matters Certification for his online course: ED 670 Educational Alternatives for Learning. This is Dr. Coquyt’s second course to earn QM Certification. QM reviews are a rigorous peer review process, recognized at both the state and national levels. Congratulations to Dr. Coquyt on his achievement!

MSUM art professors participating in this weekend’s FM Studio Crawl

Posted on October 05, 2017

The Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) organization will hold it’s 14th Annual Studio Crawl this weekend from noon to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8.  Ceramic artist and professor Brad Bachmeier at studio location #5 will be hosting painting professor Zhimin Guan at his studio for this year’s event due to a current studio relocation. Both artists will be presenting new work as well as providing artist demonstrations. Click the link for a digital brochure and map of open studios.

Dr. Kleinkauf-Morrow presents paper at international conference

Posted on October 04, 2017

On 26 September 2017, Dr. Annette Kleinkauf-Morrow gave a paper entitled “Perpetua in Myth and Hagiography” at the International Conference of Cultures, Hopes and Conflicts held at the University of Salerno (Italy). She joined scholars Dr. Victor Vitanza (Clemson University), Dr. Aneilya Barnes (Coastal Carolina University), Meredith Reidel (Duke University), and Lisa Verner (University of New Orleans) in a session entitled: “From Rome to Byzantium. Late ancient and medieval Mediterranean.”

Dr. Stewart works with Crookston school staff to promote student success

Posted on October 03, 2017

Dr. Lisa Stewart, School Psychology, provided a half day inservice to all Crookston School staff and administrators during a District Professional Development Day. The Topic of the inservice was “Child Find and Prereferral Interventions: Built on a Solid Foundation the Intervention Doth Stand (otherwise it probably falls apart).” The interactive inservice provided an opportunity to discuss a variety of academic and behavioral intervention strategies, both class-wide and individual, and progress monitoring tools that could be used to document and make decisions about intervention effectiveness.

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