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Steve Adams has just published The Best and Worst Country in the World: Perspectives on the Early Virginia Landscape, with the University Press of Virginia.


Linda Belote, professor, Department of Sociology/ Anthropology was interviewed on BBC West Midlands radio evening news by phone and in the studio, about the impact of the September 11 attack on the Study in England Program. As it turns out 48 of the 49 students decided to stay with the program and are glad they decided to come. However, they’re watching the international news quite closely.


Eve Browning Cole, Department of Philosophy presented a paper entitled, “Animal Psychology in Xenophon’s Peri Hippikes”, at the 20th annual Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Conference at Binghamton University in October. She also chaired a session on Aristotle’s political philosophy.


Linda Deneen of ITSS attended the national Educause Conference in Indianapolis in October where she participated in a joint presentation of the Educause Committee on Evolving Technologies, talking about personal digital assistants. She also facilitated a meeting of the Educause Constituent Group on Personal Digital Assistants.

Douglas Dunham, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, attended two conferences in Australia in July. At the Mathematics & Design 2001 conference at Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, he gave a poster presentation “Computer Design of Hyperbolic Escher Patterns”, and chaired a session. At the Fifth International Congress of ISIS-Symmetry, the International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry, at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, he chaired a session and gave a paper “Artistic Patterns in the Classical Geometries”, which will be published in the congress proceedings.

James H. Fetzer, McKnight Professor, Department of Philosophy, has been notified that his most recent book, Computers and Cognition: Why Minds are not Machines, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, which initially appeared in December 2000, has been selected for republication in Kluwer Academic Publisher’s new History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science Paperback Series, with an expected date of publication of November 2001.

Arun Goyal, assistant professor, Department of Biology, has recently published a number of papers:
A.S. Rishi, N.D. Nelson & A Goyal published (2001) “Improvement of Populus through genetic engineering” in International Journal of Plant Physiolology, 6: 119-126. Currently, Rishi is a post doctoral research associate in CSE-NRRI Biotech Initiative directed by Nelson and Goyal. D. Ghoshal, D. Mach, S. Gupta & A. Goyal published (2001) “Chloroplastic glyceride isoform of dihydroxyacetone phosphate reductase from Dunaliella tertiolecta : Purification and characterization” in Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 10: 113 120. This work was done by Mach, and Gupta as a recipient of UROP award. D. Mulley, D. Ghoshal & A. Goyal published (2001) “UV-A Inhibition of the capacity of alternative respiration in pea leaves and a unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii” in Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 10: 143-146. This work was done by Mulley when he was a recipient of UROP award. Arun Goyal also presented an invited lecture/seminar at the Department of Plant Biology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada on “Carbon concentration mechanism(s) in plants and algae”.

Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, gave a major address in the international symposium, “Light and Martyrdom: A Tribute to Armenia The First Christian Nation on the 1700th Anniversary of Her Conversion” in early November. The symposium featured an international group of participants as well as representatives from major departments of Armenian Studies in the United States. Marchese’s paper “Sacred Textiles: The Hidden Wonder of the Armenian Church” was an invited presentation. The symposium was held at The University of St. Thomas. Marchese also has accepted a contract with Brill Publications of the Netherlands to write a chapter in a forthcoming European volume on Medieval and Byzantine art. His focus will be Byzantium and Armenian religious textiles which will be translated into Italian. Recently appearing in publication were the following: “Pomp and Ceremony: religious Textiles from the Armenian Church Collections of Istanbul” in Athena Review, vol 3, Number 1 (202), 69 - 73, “Armenian Religious Textiles in Istanbul”, in Civil Society and Religion in the Third Millennium, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XIII (2001), 174 - 196, and “Camels and Weaving: Inter-Connective Impact On nomadic Material Culture”, Anatolica XXVII (2001), 171 - 189 and the acceptance of “Bangles, Baubles, and Beads: The Use of Amulets in Turkish Life” in The Textile Museum Journal (2002).

The International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) has invited Alexis Pogorelskin to serve on its regional scholar exchange program selection committee. She will assist in awarding major grants to scholars in the former Soviet Union.

Cheryl Reitan, publications director, served as a publication judge for the Case District VI communication competition. District VI covers colleges and universities in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. the winners will be announced at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education conference in St. Louis, Missouri in January, 2002.

Suz Szucs, Sandy Pederson, Robert Repinski, and Jeffrey Dugan will be showing work in a group exhibition at the Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, beginning November 18. All proceeds from the exhibit, “Postcards From The Edge,” will benefit the programs of Visual AIDS. Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS promotes AIDS education through visual arts and provides direct services to artists living with HIV/AIDS.

Viktor Zhdankin, professor of chemistry, was invited to present a series of lectures on his research in Japan. During a week long trip in October he gave research seminars at Kyushu University (Fukuoka), University of Tokushima, and Chiba University. In addition, he presented a plenar lecture about his research on the development of new hypervalent iodine reagents at the fourth Symposium on Iodine Utilization in Chiba. These annual symposiums are sponsored by the Chemical Society of Japan and by the Japanese iodine industry and attract about 400 participants from all over the world.


Milan Randic (Drake University), Frank Witzmann (Indiana University, Purdue University), Marjan Vracko (National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia), and Subhash Basak published the paper “On Characterization of Proteomics Maps and Chemically Induced Changes in Proteomes Using Matrix Invariants: Application to Peroxixome Proliferators” in the International Journal Medicinal Chemistry Research, Volume 10, pp. 456-479, 2001.

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.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded NRRI a grant of $600,000 to put state-of-the-art remote sensing technology to work for the Great Lakes Environmental Indicators project. The satellite technology will be well used as NRRI scientists, along with eight collaborating educational institutions and the Environmental Protection Agency, develop and test environmental indicators for the entire Great Lakes basin. Co principal investigators include Jerry Niemi, Carol Johnston and Peter Wolter.

Researchers at NRRI recently received a $748,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to categorize the different types of ecosystems around the entire Great Lakes basin by elements like climate, soil conditions, and vegetation for comparisons to similar ecosystems that have been impacted by human activity. Lead investigator is Jeff Schuldt. NRRI researchers Schuldt, Lucinda Johnson and George Host are working with Carl Richards from Minnesota Sea Grant and Jan Ciborowski of the University of Windsor, Ontario.


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