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Communication Associate: Public Relations | Lori Melton | | (218) 726-8830

March 22, 2006
Susan Beasy Latto, Director of Public Relations 218-726-8830
Sheri Pihlaja, Tech Fest 2006, chair 218-726-6975
Cheryl Reitan, UMD University Relations 218-726-8996


Public Cordially invited

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) will present "UMD Techfest 2006" on Friday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom. In this annual event, faculty, staff, and students showcase current trends and latest uses of technology at UMD. Techfest is set-up in a tradeshow format. Twenty-nine booths represent how all areas of the campus use technology to teach, learn and share information. Some examples include:

* STUDENT WEB CONTEST WINNERS: Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS) sponsors an annual UMD Student Web Contest. Student entrants worked creatively to develop web sites and/or web-based materials for undergraduate courses in conjunction with UMD faculty members. The winners of Student Web Contest 2006 are student Jeffrey Sharkey and Bryan LaCore. Jeffrey Sharkey's faculty sponsor was Jim Allert and his website was:
Bryan LaCore's faculty sponsor was Tom Beery and his website was:

Stacey Stark and Paul Perinchef from the Department of Geography are presenting information about the Geographic Information Sciences Laboratory (GISL). The lab functions as a center for Graphic Information System education, research, and contracts. GISL conducts workshops and services for University departments and to the general public.

One mission of GISL is facilitating projects that demonstrate different uses of GIS and provide students with hands-on experience. Projects include education, sponsored research, GIS consulting, and GIS services (data editing, cartography, printing). Services can also be provided for Internet Map Service sites and data network storage in the GIS component of any project. Technical services from data editing and GIS method development, to cartography and project documentation, are performed by GISL staff.

UMD departments currently using GISL include: Geography, Sociology/Anthropology, History, Geology, Biology, Pharmacy, Environmental Studies, and Recreation. GIS services have also been provided to Hartley Nature Center, Duluth Realtor Association, Neighborhood Housing Services, and Harbor City International School. Research Funders include Mn/DOT, MN DNR Coastal Program, MN Sea Grant and Center for Community and Rural Research.

For more information, please see: Or contact Stacey L. Stark at 218-726-7438,

UMD Techfest 2006 is free and open to the public. T-shirts and door prizes will be given away. Refreshments will be provided.

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