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FACULTY/STAFF NEWS

Kent Brorson, assistant professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, gave an instructional presentation entitled "An Internet Solution to Creating, Distributing, Collecting, Analyzing, and Reporting Research Surveys" at the 2001 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, in November.

Helen L. Carlson, professor of education, presented "Community Dialogue, Portfolios, and Scoring Rubrics: Refining Performance Assessment" at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators professional development component of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The conference was held in Annaheim, California in October. Co-author was Lorraine Mitchell, instructor of education.

Aydin Y. Durgunoglu, professor, Department of Psychology, presented an invited talk at the International Dyslexia Association meetings at Albuquerque, New Mexico on using cross-language transfer as a possible diagnostic tool for the difficulties of second language readers. She was also invited to participate in a two-week NATO-Advanced Study Institute in Italy. At that meeting, individuals from 30 countries discussed issues of literacy development in different languages, comparing the orthography, phonology and morphology of languages and discussing the implications for literacy. She presented a talk on Turkish literacy development as a function of its linguistic characteristics.

Ehsan H. Feroz, professor of accounting, has published an article entitled, "Institutional Theory and Accounting Rule Choice: An Analysis of the Four U.S. State Governments' Decisions to Adopt Generally Accounting Principles" in the Accounting Organizations and Society
(the leading journal of behavioral accounting research published from the Oxford University). The article co-authored with Vivian Carpenter of the Florida A&M University was published as the lead article of volume 26 (October 2001), pp.565-596. Feroz also recently attended the Finance Committee meeting of the American Accounting Association in Tampa, Florida. The committee reviewed the budget and the auditor's report regarding the 2000-2001 financial statements of the American Accounting Association. Feroz has also been nominated to serve on the U.S. General Accounting Office's Government Auditing Advisory Council.

Kathryn Fuller, social sciences and government documents librarian, earned a doctorate in history from Indiana University last May. Her dissertation is "Cool and Calm Inquiry: Women and the American Social Science Association, 1865-1890."

Arun Goyal, president-elect, SigmaXi-UMD Chapter, represented UMD at the annual meeting of Sigma Xi in Raleigh, North Carolina from in November. He was elected as a fellow-member by the Society of Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology. Earlier this year, he was recognized by Chancellor Martin and received 2001 UMD-Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award.
  On behalf of Chancellor's Diversity Initiative, Goyal (recipient of Diversity grant 2000-01) hosted Dr. AS Ragahvendra, professor and head, Department of Plant Biology, University of Hyderabad, India at UMD during the months of May and June 2001. Prof. Raghavendra presented three scientific seminars on Signal Transduction in Stomatal Guard Cells, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of PEP-carboxylase in C-4 Plants, Plant Bioinformatics: Principles and Prospects of Data base of Indian Medicinal Plants.
  As a member of the International Advisory Committee, Goyal helped plan the International Conference on "Chloroplast Development and Function" in August 2001.

Cecilia Giulivi, associate professor, department of chemistry, has been awarded two grants. One from the National Institutes of Health, entitled "Antioxidants and Mitochondrial Oxidative Damage" is to study the role of dietary coumarins and flavonoids on mitochondrial protein activities. The other project, entitled "Nitrotyrosine Biochemistry" is supported from the Petroleum Research Fund (American Chemical Society). This project will study the chemistry behind the oxidation-reduction of nitrotyrosine in proteins and its role in signal transduction pathways.


Rachel Greenwald, graduate student, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, co-presented a poster session entitled "School-Based SLP's Job Satisfaction Related to Caseload Size" with Kent Brorson, assistant professor, at the 2001 American Speech-Language-Hearing Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, in November.


Carmen M. Latterell, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics, recently had an article published in LATM. The article is "What is Problem solving Ability?" (pp. 5-16, Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 2001).

LaVonne Levar, clinical director, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, along with Faith Loven, associate professor, and Dienne Lucero, graduate student, presented a poster session entitled "Hearing Screening Practices in Minnesota and Wisconsin Public Schools" at the 2001 American Speech Language-Hearing Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, in November. Both were also awarded a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation entitled, "Rural Children's Aural Habilitation". The $62,000 award will provide clinical services for the hearing impaired in rural Minnesota during the next three years.

Amy Meredith, assistant professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, presented a poster session entitled "The Effects of Articulatory Accuracy on Prosody in Children With Developmental Apraxia of Speech" at the 2001 American Speech-Language-Hearing Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, in November.

Mark Mizuko, professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, along with Rudolph Chmelik, undergraduate student, presented a poster session entitled "Utilizing Computer Dictation for Language Sample Transcripts" at the WebNet 2001 World Conference on the Internet in Orlando, Florida, in October.

Angela C. Nichols, director Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Services, presented a workshop entitled "Creating Change in Higher Education" at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Conference in November in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nichols also participated on a panel entitled "Assessing Campus Climate: NGLTF 2000-2001 Study" sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education. Nichols is a four-year member of the Consortium.

Edward K. Stauffer, associate professor of physiology, presented a poster entitled "Does AHP Predict a Spinal Neuron's Peak Firing Rate?" at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience held in San Diego in November. The poster data was from Stauffer's collabortive research efforts with the University of Arizona and was supported in part by funds from the Edwin Eddy Foundation's grant to the School of Medicine.

Veronica Wajda, graduate student, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, co-presented a poster session entitled "Referrals for Speech & Language Services: Are Medical Students/Residents Prepared?" with Kent Brorson, assistant professor, at the 2001 American Speech-Language Hearing Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, in November.

NRRI NEWS


Subhash Basak recently gave an invited lecture entitled, "Prediction of Bioactivity of Chemicals using Chemodescri- ptors and Biodescriptors: An Integrated Approach" at the Ricerca, LLC Company, in Concord, Ohio.

MEDICAL SCHOOL

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 in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, David Z. Gerhart, scientist, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; and Lester R. Drewes, professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; presented a paper entitled "Large amino acid transporter LAT1 is expressed at the blood-brain barrier" at the 20th International Symposium on Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism in Taipai, Taiwan (2001).

M. Kent Froberg, assistant professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Z. Gerhart; Bradley E. Enerson, C. Manivel, M. Guzman-Paz, Nicole Seacotte, senior laboratory technician, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Lester R. Drewes, published the manuscript entitled "Expression of monocarboxylate transporters MCT1 and MCT2 in normal and neoplastic human CNS tissues" in the journal NeuroReport 16:761-765 (2001).

MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS

Mike Cousino has been hired as graphic designer at Minnesota Sea Grant. Mike has a breadth of experience in both print and web site design. He previously worked as graphic designer and art director at Granite Gear, a nationally and internationally known outdoor gear company based in Two Harbors. Before that, Mike had his own freelance design business where he served local, national, and international clients and won several design awards. He also worked for the College of St. Scholastica, coordinating their graphic design projects and as part of their website development team.

Cindy Hagley, water quality educator, gave a presentation about the Minnesota Shoreland Management Web site the North American Lake Management Society's 21st International Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin, in November.

Douglas Jensen, Exotic Species Information Center coordinator, gave an invited presentation, "Effective Public Outreach to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species" at the Great Lakes Biological Resource Issues Seminar in Delavan, Wisconsin, in November. Co-authored by Jesse Schomberg, Sea Grant/NRRI, the presentation featured preliminary results of a survey to evaluate aquatic nuisance species boater awareness in five states (MN, OH, VT, KS, CA). Hosted by the National Park Service, thirty Great Lakes regional park superintendents and resource managers attended. Jensen also gave an invited presentation based on the survey and participated in a panel discussion during an invasive species session attended by 100 conferees at the North American Lake Management Society's 21st International Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin, in November.

Barbara Liukkonen, water resources educator, gave an invited presentation, "Educating Local Decision Makers," as part of a workshop entitled "Ground Water Education ‹ The Needs, the Challenges, and Some Solutions," at the American Institute for Hydrology annual meeting in October. The workshop brought together hydrologists, agency staff, and educators to showcase success stories about groundwater education and action.


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