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A weekly news digest for UMM faculty, staff, and students

Vol. I, No. 3: September 10, 2008
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Asking the Big Questions
  • Midwest Philosophy Colloquium
  • Nic McPhee, students get Best Paper award
  • Judy Korn story in Asian Pages

    Upcoming events:

    Asking the Big Questions
    Asking the Big Questions is a public book discussion forum that will focus on timely and relevant issues. All are welcome to attend the club’s first meeting at 6:30 p.m. September 11 in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room.

    Annual Barber Lecture
    Russ Castronovo and Dana Nelson will give the 2008 Barber Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the HFA Recital Hall.

    Midwest Philosophy Colloquium
    J. Baird Callicott and Clare Palmer will address the Midwest Philosophy Colloquium September 25 and 26 on the topic of Frontiers in Environmental Ethics.

    Check out all of the campus events on the campus-wide events calendar.

    News and announcements:

    NWF gives UMM exemplary grade in sustainability
    UMM is among only 11 Minnesota colleges and universities named as “exemplary” by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in its recent report card on sustainability in higher education.

    Student DFL sponsors Obama energy team visit
    UMM alumnus and former Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Jim Nichols was part of the team who visited UMM September 8 as part of The Obama Heartland for Change Tour. The group, whose visit was intended to spotlight America’s farmers and the renewable fuels movement, toured the campus’ biomass facility and the WCROC wind turbine. The visit garnered a story in the September 10 Morris Sun Tribune. Photos here and here.

    Thank you
    On behalf of the Larson family, my thanks to the campus community for the cards, concerns, flowers and food given at the passing of my mother, Barbara Larson. – Maggie Larson

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    A paper co-authored by Nic McPhee with Brian Ohs '08 and Tyler Hutchison '07 won the Best Paper award at the EuroGP in Naples in March. A book McPhee published with two research colleagues on sabbatical was also published in March. The book is being given away or can be freely downloaded at A paper co-authored by McPhee with one of his sabbatical research colleagues won the Best Paper award in the genetic programming track at GECCO in Atlanta in July.

    UMM was mentioned in the Sustainable Endowments Institute College Sustainability Report Card 2007. A “B-minus” grade was given to the Morris campus within mention of the entire University system for the wind turbine. UMM received an “A” and tied with Carleton College for having the “second-largest university wind power installation.”

    UMM in the News:

    A story about Sara Lam ’03 by Judy Korn, University Relations, was published on the front page of the current issue of Asian Pages.

    Ben Winchester, Center for Small Towns, was featured in the story, “Anderson: These two things are important to our future,” published in the September 3 Waseca County News.

    Paula O’Loughlin, political science, was interviewed by KSTP (Twin Cities TV channel 5) on the general topic of the elections and also by the Minnesota Daily for “Anatomy of a Poll."


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