September 18, 2001, Volume 19 number 2

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Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor and head, art department, had work in the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition which ran during July and August in the gallery at Texas Woman's University in Denton, and then was also available on the gallery website. Trudy Wilner Stack, curator of exhibitions and collections at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, selected her work.

During the past summer, Aydin Y. Durgunoglu, professor, Department of Psychology, has attended English Learner Task Force meetings of California Department of Education in Sacramento. Because California currently has 1.5 million English language learners, the purpose of the task force was to make recommendations for best practices in teaching reading and English language development to students in kindergarten through grade three, and also to make recommendations for professional development and the necessary linguistic knowledge base of teachers of these students.

Jackie Moran, oral history coordinator, and Neil Storch, professor, Department of History, conducted videotape interviews with Professor Emeritus Fred E. H. Schroeder, Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies (July 25, 2001) and Dr. Warren Brooker, retired Director of Health Services (August 7, 2001). The interviews were part of an ongoing project to preserve the history of UMD. Technical assistance was provided by Ken Moran, retired UMD photographer.

Kathy Morris, Ph.D., has been appointed to the position of Director of UMD Health Services. Kathy has been the Health Service's Director of Counseling for the past 7 years and has been an active member of the Academic Support and Student Life team. Previous to her appointment at UMD Health Services, Kathy was a psychologist at the University of California-Davis.

Alexis Pogorelskin has recently had an article accepted by Canadian-American Slavic Studies. Entitled "L. B. Kamenev and the Peasant Question, 1924-1925: the Turn to Opposition," it will appear in the next issue. Her article, "The Recruitment of Identity: the Sources of Karelain Fever," will appear in the next issue of Siirtolaisuus, published by the Institute of Migration of the University of Turku, Finland.

Tom Zogg, reference librarian, had his review of Philip's Geography Dictionary published in Choice, September 2001, p.96. He continued his genealogical research in Switzerland and Britain this past summer.

    Brian Brashaw and Pat Donahue have been reclassified as program directors as part of the reorganization of forest products research at NRRI. Brian will be leading a new program in wood materials and engineering and Pat will lead a new program in secondary wood products.
    Subhash Basak recently gave an invited presentation "Applications of Mathematical Structural Descriptors in Predicting Toxicity and Genotoxicity of Chemicals: A Computational Approach" coauthored by Basak, Greg Grunwald, Brian Gute and Denise Mills, at the QSAR Workshop, at the National Center for Environmental Assessment, Cincinnati, organized by the EPA. Basak was also a member of an international panel of experts in discussion on the following topics: development and application of QSAR models for estimating toxicity benchmarks; predicting the chemical nature, rate of production, and in vivo stability of metabolites resulting from P450 metabolism; toxicokinetic modeling; toxicodynamic models and linking various QSAR research areas to the quantitative human health risk assessment. Basak continued his trip to New Orleans where he discussed collaborative research in the application of QSAR in predicting neurotoxicity of chemicals with colleagues at the LSU Neuroscience Center of Excellence, Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Medicine.
    Basak gave an invited lecture entitled "Application of Mathematical Molecular Descriptors in Predicting Toxicity of Chemicals: A Computational Approach" at the Quantitatve Structure-Toxicity Relationship Symposium which was part of the Fifth Girona Seminar on Molecular Similarity, in July, organized in honor of Professor Haruo Hosoya. Basak also was co-chair of a forum, which discussed strategies of predicting toxicity of chemicals using computational approaches. Basak, Milan Randic (Drake University), Matvez Pompe (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Marjana Novic (National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia) published the paper "Prediction of Gas Chromatographic Retention Indices Using Variable Connectivity Index" in Acta Chimica Slovenica, vol. 48, pp. 169-180, 2001.

Joseph R. Prohaska, professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Bruce Brokate, junior scientist, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, published "Dietary copper deficiency alters protein levels of rat dopamine beta-monooxygenase and tyrosine monooxygenase" in Experimental Biology and Medicine 226, 199-207.
    Prohaska was also recently awarded a three-year grant by the USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program for $250,000 to investigate the biochemical assessment of nutritional copper status.


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