January 29, 2002, Volume 19 number 9

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Arlene Atwater, UMD Stores, was one of ten creative prose winners in the Lake Superior Writers 2001 Writing Competition judged by Carol Bly. Atwater’s short story, “Neither An Entrance Nor An Exit,” will be published in a forthcoming anthology. Atwater was also invited by the Minnesota Humanities Commission to serve as nomination selector for the 2002 Minnesota Book Awards.

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.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor and head, Art Department, has several works in the 2002 Toldeo Friends of Photography National Exhibition, at the University of Toledo Center for Visual Arts, from February 1 - March 1. Her photographs were selected by Olivia Parker, internationally known photographer. She also has eleven photographs in the six-artist exhibition “Still Life: Contemporary Photography” at the Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, through March 1, and is a participant in the Duluth Art Institute Members’ Exhibition through March 24. Brush is also exhibiting several works in the invitational “Computer Art International” exhibition from February 2 - March 8 in the John Weatherhead Gallery at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Leif Brush, professor of art, was a contributor to a publication #2/Without Name Again. a CD of sound, music, poetry reading, text, interactive works, and multiples which received production funding from the Ministry of Culture in Denmark. The publication has no name in order to emphasize the openness of the project. It is a non-mediaspecific, interdisciplinary publication with more than 70 contributors from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, USA, Canada, Australia, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Germany, England and Ireland.

Ron Caple, professor, and Rita Lazareva, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, recently had two articles published in Mendeleev Communications. The articles are: a) R. Lazareva, D. Chekmarev, W. A. Smit, R. Caple “Selectivity of the Lewis Acid Induced Transformations of the Polyfunctional Compounds Containing 4,6-Dialkoxy-7-arylthioheptene Moiety” N5, p 176, 21; and b) R. Lazareva, M. Nguyen, S. Nguyen, W. A. Smit, R. Caple “u-Alkyne Dicobalthexacarbonyl Complexes of the Conjugated Enzymes as Substrates in the Arylthiomediated stepwise AdE Reactions” N 6, p224, 21.

Stephen Hilyard and Jeffrey Dugan, assistant professors of art, had a collaborative art piece entitled Novio/Novia, accepted by the jurors for an exhibition at the Betty Rymer Gallery at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The theme of the exhibition is “Interrogating Diversity”. Hilyard will show a one-man exhibition of his artwork at Cherry De Los Reyes Gallery in Los Angeles this coming November.

James H. Fetzer, McKnight professor, Department of Philosophy, was recognized during the American Philosophical Association’s Centennial Celebration, which accents contributions that philosophy can make to the public good. His books on the assassination of JFK, Assassination Science and Murder in Dealy Plaza, are featured on the APA’s Centennial Home Page with summaries at http://www.apa.udel.edu/apa/centennial.

James A. Grant, professor and head, Department of Geological Sciences, spent six weeks in Australia on a Graduate School Grant-in-Aid continuing his research on partial melting of crustal rocks. He gave seminars on “How to prove that solid metamorphic rocks were once partially molten” at Maquarie University in Sydney, Australian National University in Canberra, and the Northern Territories Geological Survey in Alice Springs.

Thomas Hedin, professor of art history, has published an article titled “The Petite Commande of 1664: Burlesque in the Gardens of Versailles” in Art Bulletin 83 (December 21): 651-85. The Petite Commande was a suite of rustic statues that poked fun at the canons of ancient and Italian art, e.g. Michelangelo’s “David.” It appealed to a certain enlightened class of viewers at the time of Louis XIV.

Faith Loven, associate professor, from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is invited to give a presentation at the University Birmingham on February 19, 22. The title of her presentation is, “The effects of classroom amplification systems on early elementary students’ academic achievement, attending behavior, and ability to hear their teacher.” Loven is currently in Birmingham teaching for the Study in England Program.

Ronald Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, presented a paper at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Archaeology’s meetings in Phildelphia in early January. The presentation was the summation of the initial research on the ancient town site of Plataiai, Greece in which Professor Marchese is co-director. He also had published results appearing as “Plataiai: Die Kampaigne 20” in Osterreichische Jahrshefte (German), and “Plataiai 20” in Archaeologokon Delton (Greek/German) with Andreas Konecny, Austrian Institute of Archaeology, and V. Arvanatinos, director, Archaeological Museum of Thebes, Greece. He has recently been asked in an invited paper to publish a comparison between Armenian textile art and illuminated manuscripts for Brill Publication (Netherlands) to appear in Italian.

Cheryl Reitan, UMD publications director, received a second Norcroft writer’s residency for mid-January 2002. In addition, her short story, “Sliding” will be published in Bemidji State University’s literary magazine Dust & Fire in March 2002. It is part of a collection of short stories based on life in a 1970s commune.

Suzanne Szucs, assistant professor of photography, Department of Art, has been awarded a residency at Centrum Center for the Arts in Port Townsend, Washington. She will be researching and photographing the historic Fort Worden in the Spring.


Subhash Basak recently gave invited presentations on QSAR/ Computational Toxicology at the annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis entitled “Applications of Mathematical Structural Descriptors in Hazard Assessment of Chemicals: Problems and Prospects,” authored by Basak, Denise Mills, Brian Gute and Douglas Hawlins and “QSAR Modeling of the Toxicity of Halogenated Aliphatics,” authored by Basak, Kevin Geiss, Gute and Hawkins. Basak and Denise Mills published the paper “Use of Mathematical Structural Invariants in the Development of QSPR Models” in the international journal Communications in Mathematical and Computer Chemistry (MATCH), Number 44, pp. 15-30, 21. Basak also gave the following invited lectures/ seminars during his trip to India: a) “Applications of Bioinformatics and Chemoinformatics in Predicting Bioactivity of Complex Mixtures” at the Medicine and Veterinary Sciences section of the 89th session of the Indian National Science Congress, organized at Lucknow University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India; b) an invited seminar on “Use of Mathematical Invariants in Drug Discovery and Hazard Assessment of Chemicals” at the Applied Mathematics Department, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal, India and c) an invited seminar lecture on “Applications of Calculated Molecular Descriptors in Drug Design and Risk Assessment of Chemicals” at Shibatosh Mukherjee Science Center, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Iwao Iwasaki, endowed taconite chair at Coleraine Minerals Research Laboratory, was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines.

Pete Iwasaki had the following papers published in Minerals and Metallurgical Processing. “Extraction of Copper from Chalcopyrite Concentrates Without Sulfuric Acid Generation via Chlorination, Part 1: Gaseous Chlorination of Sulfide Concentrates,” Part 2: Selective oxidation of chlorinated producta,” and Part 3: Integration of Gaseous Chlorination and Selective Oxidation.”




Douglas Jensen, Exotic Species Information Center coordinator, gave the invited presentation, “Coordination of Regional Aquatic Nuisance Species Panels,” to 45 members and observers at a meeting of the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, Ann Arbor, Michigan, in November, and to a meeting of the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January. He also gave the presentation, “Aquatic Exotics: Lake Superior’s Most Unwanted,” to an ecology class at Superior High School, in Superior, Wisconsin, and to a biology class from Armstrong High School, Plymouth, Minnesota, at the Great Lakes Aquarium in December.

Carl Richards, director, was named chair of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network directors for 2002. In that capacity he will coordinate the directors’ actions and serve as a liaison between Sea Grant and external groups.

The University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program is announcing its biennial Request for Proposals for coastal and Great Lakes research from February 23-January 25. We will consider all proposals for research concerning improved understanding, use, and management of Great Lakes resources, particularly related to coastal Lake Superior and the adjacent region. Research themes are: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems for a Healthy Economy, Science Supporting Sustainable Northern Aquaculture, Communities and Urban Coasts, New Technologies for Lake Superior, Aquatic Science Literacy, Addressing Minnesota’s Fisheries Problems, Seafood Science and Technology, Reducing Vulnerability to Coastal Natural Hazards.
   The deadline for a letter of intent is February 21. Funded projects typically range between $30,000 to $50,000 per year. They anticipate funding six to 10 projects. See Minnesota Sea Grant’s Web site for detailed information: www.seagrant.umn.edu/funding.html.

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