March 12, 2002, Volume 19 number 12
Matt Andrews, professor of biology, has
published two papers dealing with the genes that control hibernation in
mammals. Specifically, he has discovered the differential expression of
two genes responsible for fuel selection in hibernating thirteen-lined
The other paper, published in 2002, entitled Coordinate expression of the PDK4 gene: a means of regulating fuel selection in a hibernating mammal, was not only published in the journal Physiological Genomics (vol. 8, 5-13), but was also featured by the editor in the same issue. This editorial focus (Glueck, S.B. and Heldmaier, G., Physiol Genomics 2002, vol. 8, 3-4) highlights the work and comments that the differential expression of PDK4 offers mechanistic insight into the hibernation fuel switch and a better understanding of obesity in humans.
Ken Gilbertson, Director of the Center for Environmental Education, was awarded the MN DNR Division of Parks and Recreation 2001 Teamwork Award for his work with Tettegoouche and Jay Cooke State Parks.
Cecilia Giulivi, associate professor, Department of Chemistry was awarded a grant by the Minnesota Medical Foundation for support of her proposal entitled Applications of UV-Visible Spectroscopy to Biomedical Research. This award, in addition to matching funds from the CSE Deans office, provides support to purchase a fiber optic and reflectance probe equipped spectrophotometer. This equipment will be used to gain insight into the absorption changes of myoglobin in isolated, perfused heart during ischemia and reperfusion. This research is currently performed in the labs of Giuliv and Lois J. Heller, Professor Physiology, School of Medicine.
Giulivi, presented a lecture at the 2002 Gordon Conference on Oxygen Radicals held in Ventura, CA. The title of the presentation was Mitochondria and Nitric-Oxide Syntheses, and was part one of four talks presented on Mitochondrial Function in Health and Disease.
Jim Klueg, professor of art, has an image
of his vase, Dictum, and related text included in Matthias Ostermanns
The Ceramic Surface, recently published by A&C Black, London. Klueg
will also have another vase, Coffee Palindrome, included in the Texas
National 2002, April 16-May 12 at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches,
TX. The national all-media exhibitions juror is photographer Sandy
Cheryl Reitan, UMD publications director, was a featured reader in early March at an event that celebrated the Bemidji State University publication Dust and Fire. The reading will be broadcast over KAXE radio on the weekly literary show Realgoodwords.
Viktor Zhdankin, professor and Alexey Koposov,
graduate research assistant, Department of Chemistry, recently had the
following articles published: Secondary Bonding-Directed Self-Assembly
of Amino Acid Derived Benziodazoles: Synthesis and Structure of Novel
Hypervalent Iodine Macrocycles in the Journal of American Chemical
Society, vol. 123, p. 4095 (2001), and Functionalization of Buckminsterfullerene
by Hypervalent Iodine Reagents in Mendeleev Communications, p. 51
Iwao Iwasaki, senior research associate,
UMD NRRI-CRTD/Minerals and Salih Ersayin, program director UMD
NRRI-CRTD/Minerals, attended the 2002 SME Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona,
recently and presented papers
Mustafa alAbsi, assistant professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, published an article in this month issue of the American Journal of Cardiology titled Blood Pressure Responses to Acute Stress and Left Ventricular Mass (The Hypertension Genetic Study). AlAbsi is the lead author on the article, which was based on the national Hypertension Genetic Network study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The multi-site study was conducted in Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Utah, Alabama, and Massachusetts. Collaborating investigators were from Weill Medical College, Cornell University, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, and University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Jean F. Regal, Department of Pharmacology, was awarded a grant on Childhood Asthma called Differential Allergen Sensitivity in Induction and Elicitation of Asthma in Young Versus Adults. The performance period runs through January, 2006. This grant is funded by U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command under the Congressionally Directed Medial Research Program.
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