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FACULTY/STAFF NEWS

Helen L. Carlson, professor of education, and Carol Holm, instructor of education and teacher at Woodland School have published a chapter entitled "Global Connections Project: Collaboration among Middle Level Students and Teachers and University Teacher Education Students and Faculty". The chapter is in the book Teaching Together: School University Collaboration to improve Social Studies Education published by the National Council for the Social Studies.

The photographic work of Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor and head of the art department, is in the Spectra 01 exhibition at Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan, Connecticut through November 11. Her work was selected by Marianne Brunson Frisch, curator, Reader's Digest Art Collection. Brush's work also was selected by Huguette Chesnais for the Siggraph 2001 traveling art exhibition, which will go to locations around the country following its appearance at Siggraph in Los Angeles.

Martin DeWitt, director of the Tweed Museum of Art, as current chair of the Minnesota Association of Museums, presided over the state wide museum professional organization's annual meeting in Duluth held at Tweed and the Saint Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (Depot) in September. The conference theme of "The Mission: Creating, Communicating and Critiquing the Message," was featured in the key note address by Evan Maurer, president and CEO, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. DeWitt was also the juror and offered critical analysis for the Visual Artists of Minnesota annual art exhibition held at the Cloquet Forest History Center in October. In addition, he was an invited panelist for the National Assembly of State Art Agencies/National Endowment for the arts symposium, "International Artistic Exchange Programs: States on the Global Stage," held in Alexandria, Virginia, in the summer 2001.

James H. Fetzer, McKnight Professor, Department of Philosophy, has had his article, "Philosophy and Computer Science: Reflections on the Program Verification Debate", published in an Italian translation under the title, "Capitolo quattordici Filosofia e informatica: riflessioni sul dibattito sulla verifica dei programmi", in La Fenice Digitale: come i computer stanno cambiando la filosofia, a cura di Terrell Ward Bynum e James H. Moor (Milano: APOGEO, 2000), pp. 277-300.

Arun Goyal, assistant professor, Department of Biology, has recently published following papers: (2001) "Photosynthetic Oxygen Compensation Point (O2t): A new concept." in the Journal of Plant Physiology 6: 1-9; Amiya R. Nayak & A Goyal (2001) "Biotechnology Industry - R&D, Service and Business Opportunities in India" in Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 7: 101-106; K. Dresback, D. Ghoshal & A Goyal (2001) "Phycoremediation of Trichloroethylene" (TCE) in Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 7: 117-123. K. Dresack worked on this project when she was a UROP student; she is currently a graduate student in the biology graduate program. Goyal also published (2001) "Carbon concentration mechanism(s) in unicellular green algae and cyanobacteria." in Journal of Plant Biochemistry Biotechnology 10: 83-90. He presented an invited lecture/seminar at the department of biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics (BMBB) in UM Minneapolis campus on "Carbon concentration mechanism(s) in plants and algae".

Tom Hrabik, Department of Biology, received a $57,000 grant from the Brandley Fund for the Environment-Sand County Foundation on "Mitigating the negative effects of rainbow smelt on lake herring in small lakes." Hrabik has also participated in several recent publications including, "Interactions Between Exotic Rainbow Smelt Young-of-Year and Native Yellow Perch Young of-Year in a Northern Temperate Lake" by Hrabik, T. R., M. P. Carey and M. S. Webster, 2001, in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 130:568 582; "Predicting mercury levels in fish: use of water chemistry, trophic ecology, and spatial traits" by Greenfield, B.K., T.R. Hrabik, C.J. Harvey, S.R. Carpenter and T. K. Kratz, 2001, in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; and "Stocking piscivores to improve fishing and water clarity: a synthesis of the Lake Mendota biomanipulation project" by Lathrop, R.C., B. M. Johnson, T. B. Johnson, M.T. Vogelsang, S. R. Carpenter, T. R. Hrabik, J. F. Kitchell, J. J. Magnuson, L. G. Rudstam, and R.S. Stewart, 2001, in Freshwater Biology. Hrabik has also been invited to Michigan State to give a seminar in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Paul Kiprof, associate professor, Department of Chemistry, was recently featured in the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Research Bulletin (Vol. 17, Number 3) with his research on "Theoretical Studies of the Stability of Carbocations."

Jim Klueg, professor, Department of Art, will have his vase, Whirlawake, included in CraftForms 2001, at the Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania, in December, 2001 and January, 2002. The national exhibition's juror is Michael W. Monroe, independent curator and former curator-in-charge of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery.

Joseph Maiolo published "The Girl and the Serpent," an excerpt from his memoir in its final revision, in Resurrecting Grace: Remembering Catholic Childhoods (Beacon Press: Boston, 2001). He also read varied selections from his work on three successive nights at the outdoor Cherry Orchard Theatre in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia.

Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, conducted archaeological research and the analysis of the pottery at the ancient site of Plataiai, Greece in September. Wendy Diedrich, a student at UMD, participated in the project as did Anne Salisbury from the American Institute of Archaeology. The project is a joint endeavor with Andreas Konecny of the Austrian Institute of Archaeology at the University of Vienna and the directorship of the Thebes Museum, in Greece. The results of their work will be presented by Marchese in January at the 105th annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. Marchese also had a manuscript accepted for the Textile Journal which focuses on his ethnographic research on Turkish nomadic culture.

Donald E. Maypole, emeritus professor, is teaching social work courses in the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuanithis fall semester. He received a grant from an international foundation to provide the courses and to engage in social development endeavors while there. He taught at the Universidade de Tras-Os-Montes e Alto Douro in Portugal last spring.

Merry Jo Oursler, Department of Biology, has received $25,000 of new funding for her work on "Molecular Mechanisms of Transforming Growth Factor Beta Stimulation of Osteoclast Differentiation: Potential Targets in Treating Pathological Bone Loss". The funding source is Eli Lilly. The goal of this project is to examine the influence of differentiation in the presence of TGF-ß on the RANKL signaling pathway. Oursler has also received a $224,936 renewal in funding from the Department of Defense for "Mechanisms of Transforming Growth Factor Beta Regulation of Tumor Progression in Metastatic Cancer." The goal of this project is to investigate the roles of TGF-ß in tumor metastasis by comparing cardiac to direct bone deposition in mice of breast cancer cells expressing dominant interfering or constitutively active TGF-ß receptors. Osteoclasts that differentiate in the presence of TGF-ß become TGF-ß dependent and a goal of this project is to determine the role of the SMAD signaling pathway in this dependence.

Bill Tezla, professor emeritus, Department of English, was recently appointed honorary member of the American Biographical Institute's Research Board of Advisors. His biography is included in the latest editions of Who's Who In America and Who's Who In The World, both published by Marquis, and in the first edition of One Thousand Great Americans, issued by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. The Centre has also conferred upon him its Lifetime Achievement Award. His latest book, Lajos Nagy, The Egyptian Scribe: Selected Short Stories, is in press at Corvina Books for publication early next year.

NRRI NEWS

Gerry Sjerven was the MN GIS/LIS Consortium Conference Chair for the 2001 conference and workshops held at Duluth's DECC recently. Presentations or posters were given by George Host, Rich Axler, Elaine Ruzycki, John Jereczek, Jane Reed, Gerry Sjerven, John Bonde, Tom Hollenhorst, Lucinda Johnson, Jeff Schuldt and Dean Peterson.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Lester R. Drewes, professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, recently gave the opening presentation held at the international meeting entitled "Love and Science 2001" of the United Leukodystrophy Foundation (ULF) near Chicago. The title of his presentation was "Natural Properties of the Blood-Brain-CSF Interfaces." Leukodystrophies are a group of genetic nervous system disorders affecting the myelin sheath, the insulating cover of axons through which nerve impulses are conducted. The ULF is an organization dedicated to providing patients and their families with information about leukodystrophies and promotes research into treatments and prevention of these diseases.

Roman Duelli, former postdoctoral associate, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and recipient of a Lynen Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bradley E. Enerson, Ph.D. graduate student, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, David Z. Gerhart, scientist, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Lester R. Drewes, published the manuscript entitled "Expression of large amino acid transporter LAT1 in rat brain endothelium" in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow Metabolism 20:1557-1562 (2001).

A recent publication by a faculty member of the School of Medicine: Hornby, T. G., Stauffer, E. K. & Stuart, D. G. 2001 entitled, "Open issues on the functional role of the plateau potential in the repetitive discharge of motoneurons in experimental animals and humans" was published in: Sensorimotor Control.

Kendall B. Wallace, professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, received a two-year, $250,000 continuation of funding by the 3M Company for his research entitled "Mitochondrial Interactions of Peroxisome Proliferators."

MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS
Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, was named chair of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network communications group. This group represent communication specialists working in Sea Grant programs throughout the Great Lakes. Zhuikov will serve as a liaison between communicators, other formal Sea Grant groups, and external groups. Zhuikov is also serving as chair of the Sea Grant Messages Task Force, which is developing a national mission statement Sea Grant.

Douglas Jensen, exotic species information center coordinator, gave the presentation, "Control of Purple Loosestrife for Grounds Management Programs," in October at a workshop, "Alien Invaders: Invasive Plants in Public Areas," to 25 attendees who manage public lands in the Duluth area. Co-presenter, Shari McCorison, community program associate for the St. Louis County University of Minnesota Extension Service, also gave the presentation to 50 people at an evening session, "Big Bad Weeds, Invasive Plants in Our Yards, Parks, and Wilds." Both workshops were hosted by UMD Facilities Management and co-sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension Service, Hartley Nature Center, City of Duluth Tree Commission, University of Minnesota Sea Grant, and Wild Ones Natural Landscapers. Jensen also gave the presentation, "Aquatic Exotics: Lake Superior's Most Unwanted," at a meeting of the Duluth Engineers Club in October in Duluth.

Barbara Liukkonen, water resources educator, gave an invited presentation, "Educating Local Decision Makers about Ground Water," at the American Institute of Hydrology annual meeting, in October in Bloomington, MN.


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