September 4, 2001, Volume 19 number 1

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The following article was recently published in Tetrahedron Letters 42 (2001) 4289-4292. "Polyfunctional adducts assembled with the help of a one-pot sequence of three AdE reactions as synthetically useful intermediates. The course of the Lewis acid induced transformations of the 4,6-dialkoxy-7-arylthioheptene moiety," authored by Ron Caple and Margarita Lazareva, Department of Chemistry, UMD, Dimitry S. Chekmarev and William Smit, Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry. Dimitry S. Chekmarev worked in Ron Caple's lab as an undergraduate researcher with the Summer Undergraduate Research Program in 1999 and 2000 at UMD.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor and head, art department, had work in the 2001 Exhibition in June and July at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. Her work was selected by Deborah Kao, curator of photography for the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard. Her work also is included in the "YLEM: Twenty Years of Art Science & Technology" exhibition at SOMARTS Gallery at the South of Market Cultural Center in San Francisco in September.

Leif Brush, professor of art, had his soundwork "mars moon snatch, positioning" played as part of the GMEB Le Festival "Synthese" 2001, a project of the Institut International Electroacoustic in Bourges, France.

James H. Fetzer, McKnight Professor of Philosophy, recently received copies of the Portugese translation of his book, Philosophy and Cognitive Science, 2nd edition (1996), which has now been published in Brazil under the title, Filosofia E Ciencia Cognitiva (2001).

Amy Meredith, professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, was invited to present a workshop for practicing school speech language pathologists for the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Bettendorf, Iowa. The workshop was held in August and was entitled, "Diagnosis and Treatment of Developmental Apraxia of Speech."

David Smith, professor, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, has recently complete work supervising 17 students undertaking research on behalf of the Northland Food and Farming Initiative, a University of Minnesota Extension Service funded project aimed at strengthening the food system in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Smith is on the steering committee for this project. He has also published two book reviews in the most recent issue of the American Anthropologist, flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association, and has an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Anthropological Research. Smith also wrote the Preface for Roots in the Past - Seeds for the Future, a volume concerned with the heritage and history of Clover Valley, French River and surrounding communities, complied by the Clover Valley/French River Community History Committee, North Shore Elementary School. This work was nominated for receipt of the best northern Minnesota book of the year.

Salih Ersayin recently attended the "Magnetic, Electrical and Gravity Separation" conference in Falmouth, England and presented the following papers: "Performance Analysis of Magnetic Taconite Processing Plants," coauthored with Blair Benner, "Magnetically Enhanced Hydroseparator" coauthored with Iwoa Iwasaki and "Detailed Analysis of Magnetic Separator Performance" coauthored with Ron Wiegel. Ersayin was also in Orleans, France and visited the Bureau of Research for Geology and Mines and presented a seminar entitled "Magnetic Separator Modeling: An Analysis of Plant Data."
    Neil Nelson presented "Isolation and Characterization of Chloroplasts and Mitochondria from Populus Species" by Durba Ghoshal, A.S. Rishi, Nelson, Ayuko Kassel and Arun Goyal (Biology, CSE) at the IUFRO meeting on Molecular Biology of Forest Trees in the Columbia River Gorge, Stevenson, WA, recently. IUFRO is the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

Minnesota Sea Grant and the University of Minnesota Extension Service 4-H program co-hosted a "Beetlemania" media event in July at Munger Landing. Reporters from KDLH, WDIO, KBJR and the Duluth Budgeteer went out in boats on the St. Louis River with area young people who distributed beetles that eat the exotic plant, purple loosestrife. The Duluth News Tribune also did a front page Sunday story on the project. The event is part of a program led by the MN Department of Natural Resources and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. It was coordinated with major support from several local programs: St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ‹ Exotic Species Program, Duluth Sailing Association, Duluth Boat Club, Carduus Consulting, Boy Scouts, Woodland Hills Youth Treatment Program, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The project was funded by a $31,000 grant from the National Sea Grant College Program.
    Douglas Jensen, exotic species information center coordinator, gave the presentation, "Aquatic Exotics: Lake Superior's Most Unwanted," at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitor Center, Bayfield, Wisconsin, in July. Jensen also co-chaired a workshop entitled, "Community Stewardship: Exotic Aquatics Lead the Way (Unfortunately!)," at the 86th Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, in August at Vancouver, Canada.
    Jensen and Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, will receive $96,000 in funding from the National Sea Grant College Program for "The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Raises Public Awareness of ANS Through Species WATCH ID Cards: Don't Leave Home Without 'Em." This cooperative project with Great Lakes Sea Grant programs and state natural resource agencies seeks to inform boaters, anglers, and aquarium hobbyists about the threats posed by various Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) through a series of species-specific identification cards. Minnesota Sea Grant will produce 1.7 million cards.

    Zhuikov and Jensen will receive $91,000 in funding from the National Sea Grant College Program for "ESCAPE From Exotics: Break Out of Your Classroom Routine by Exploring the Interesting World of Exotic Aquatic Species." This cooperative project with Great Lakes Sea Grant programs and Louisiana Sea Grant seeks to help citizens stop the spread of exotic species through classroom programs, cooperation with the Newspapers In Education program, and distance learning.
    Jeff Gunderson, assistant director, and Jensen will receive $59,000 in funding from the National Sea Grant College Program for "A National Training Initiative for Federal, State, and tribal Stocking Programs and Private Aquaculturists and Baitfish Industries Using an ANS-HACCP Approach from the Great Lakes." This cooperative project with Great Lakes Sea Grant programs seeks to lower the risk of spreading ANS into public waters via baitfish and fish stocking by conducting training sessions for resource managers.
    Barb Peichel, program assistant, gave a talk entitled, "Biological Invasions: Threats to Minnesota Waters," to members of the Crow Wing COLA (Coalition of Lake Associations for Crow Wing County) in Brainerd in August.

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