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This is the final Weekly Bulletin for the Fall Semester. Weekly Bulletin will resume its weekly schedule on January 17.

Stephen Burks, economics and management, has been appointed to a two-year term as a member of the Research Advisory Board of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), effective January 1, 2007. ATRI is the non-profit research group sponsored by the American Trucking Associations. The Research Advisory Board is composed of a mixture of industry executives, delegates from industry stakeholder groups and academic experts, who provide voluntary service reviewing and overseeing the development of the research agenda of ATRI.

John Husted, psychology, has an article, co-authored by Mark Huntington, USD Medical School, Sioux Falls, appear in the fall edition of the journal Rural Mental Health. Betsy Lee '06 also assisted in the preparation of the manuscript. The study was carried out in Morris and Ortonville.

In October the ACS-Student Affiliates (Chem Club) participated in an event in St. Paul for the MN American Chemical Society to celebrate 100 Years of Chemistry in Minnesota. Students received second place for a display representing the 1930. A photo of two of the students, Megan Mekoli and Janice Lee, appears in this week's issue of Chemical and Engineering News (December 11, 2006 Volume 84, Number 50 p. 40-44), the national weekly publication of the American Chemical Society. Read more at or access the journal in the Briggs Library.

[WNPR online] Comments by Cyrus Bina are included in a story, "Policy decisions and power supply." Read and listen at


The following UMM faculty were funded in the all-University Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship Program fall competition: Jennifer Deane, history, Michael Eble, studio art, Pareena Lawrence, economics, Elena Machkasova, computer science, Ted Pappenfus, chemistry, Nancy Carpenter, chemistry and Jennifer Rothchild, sociology. Information about the spring competition (applications due January 30) will be forthcoming.

Upcoming faculty funding opportunities: Please contact the UMM Grants Office if you are interested in either of these programs. The office would be happy to help you with proposal and budget preparation:
Applications for the U of M Spring 2007 Grant-in-Aid Program (GIA) are due in the UMM Dean's Office on January 30. The Graduate School gives highest priority to applications from assistant professors in the first four years of their appointment who need assistance in establishing research, scholarly, or artistic programs (Category 1). Funding is also available in eight other categories. Visit for more information.
The U of M Office of International Programs (OIP) has announced two new funding opportunities for university faculty interested in interdisciplinary international collaborations. Interdisciplinary International Institutional Partnership Grants will fund partnerships related to teaching and education. Applications are due in the OIP on the Twin Cities campus by noon on January 29. Interdisciplinary International Research Circle Grants will fund collaborative research activities around a common theme. These applications must be submitted to the UMM Dean's Office by January 23. Visit for more information.

The guidelines and application form(s) for the Faculty Research Enhancement Funds are in the process of being significantly revised. However, viewing this web site will give you some basic information
The next round of applications will be due January 22, 2007, please watch your e-mail for the call for proposals.

Elementary or secondary education program applicants: You must take Praxis I (Pre-Professional Skills Test) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test will be offered at UMM on January 13 and April 28. If you are an elementary education student planning to graduate in 2009 OR are a secondary education student planning to graduate in 2008 you MUST take this test no later than the January 13 test date to meet application deadlines. The January registration form should be submitted before December 14. Also, all education students MUST complete all three areas of the PPST before entering the program. Contact Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office or Jane in the Counseling for information on registering.

Secondary education applicants planning to graduate in 2008: All of the application material is due to Pat Nelson in the Education Division office no later than Friday, Dec. 22. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Monday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Education Division Office door (200).

The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Friday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to stop by 309 Behmler Hall. Please note: these hours are subject to change. It is recommended that you check the following Web site: the day you plan to drop in or call ext. 6020.
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