April 16, 2002, Volume 19 number 14

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FACULTY/STAFF NEWS

Jack Bowman has been appointed the new dean of the School of Fine Arts, beginning July 1, 2002. He has served as dean at Cameron University, Bradley University, and Converse College. In addition to his previous extensive administrative experience, his strength lies in his vision for the School of Fine Arts and its programs and his desire to be part of the UMD.

Jeanne Doty, assistant professor in the music department, was an official accompanist in the Second International Yrjö Kilpinen Art Song Competition held on April 6-7 in Madison, Wisconsin. Singers from around the country competed for prize money and a concert tour in Finland.

Tom Hrabik, assistant professor, Department of Biology, will publish “Recent declines in mercury concentration in a freshwater fishery: the effects of de-acidification and decreased atmospheric mercury deposition percent” in Science of the Total Environment. Hrabik has also recently procured research money from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission with with D. R. Schreiner, M. P. Ebener and M. H. Hoff for research entitled “Compilation and analyses of Lake Superior Salmonine diets: a multi-agency collaboration.”

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Virginia, announced the premiere of “The Man Who Moved a Mountain,” a play in two acts by Joseph Maiolo, professor of English and Tom Isbell, professor of theatre. The performance is based on the book, The Man Who Moved a Mountain by Richard C. Davids and will be presented April 19-21 and 28.

Donald E. Maypole, emeritus professor, will receive the prestigious Fulbright-Masaryk Award to teach in a university and to provide leadership in fostering the development of non-profit human service agencies in the Czech Republic during the spring semester of 2003. He had previous Fulbright Awards in Portugal and Qatar. In April of 2002, Maypole leaves to teach in a new social work department in a university in Ukraine for half a semester. On the way back from Lviv, Ukraine, he will teach a two-day workshop on grantwriting at his university in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Suzanne Szucs has been recognized with the distinction of Honorable Mention as part of Fellowship 2002 at the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA. Work from her new photographic series, Deer Project, will be exhibited June 12-August 17. This will be the first showing of this project.

NRRI NEWS

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Annett L. Boman, assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, published an invited review entitled “GGA proteins: New players in the sorting game” in the Journal of Cell Science 114:3413-3418 (2001).
Boman, was also awarded a one-year, $15,000 grant from the Minnesota Medical Foundation for her research entitled “Mutational analysis of yeast Gga proteins.” Boman and Shelly Rensink, M.S. graduate student in chemistry presented work from Boman’s laboratory at the American Society for Cell Biology’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in December. Other members of the Boman lab that were co-authors of the presented work are Olga Zhdankina, research associate, and Melissa Hauglund undergraduate research assistant.

A provisional patent application has been filed by the University of Minnesota for “Cyclodextrin Compositions and Methods of Treating Viral Infections.” The inventors are; Kendall B. Wallace professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, School of Medicine, M. Ayub Khan postdoctoral associate, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, School of Medicine, Robert M. Carlson, professor, Department of Chemistry, Stephen A. Rice senior research associate, Department of Microbiology, University of Minnesota Medical School, and M. Kent Froberg, assistant professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.

MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS

Douglas Jensen
, Exotic Species Information Center coordinator, gave an invited presentation, “Invasive Species in Wisconsin: How Public Education Can Work to Prevent Spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species,” to 65 participants at a session on exotic species at the Wisconsin Lakes Convention, Green Bay, Wisconsin, in March.

Sea Grant staff members participated in several events held as part of or in conjunction with the 11th International Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Conference, Alexandria, Virginia, in March.

Jeffrey Gunderson, associate director, and Jensen, along with Ronald Kinnunen, Michigan Sea Grant, co-hosted a training workshop, “ANS-HACCP: Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Via Aquaculture, Fish Stocking and Wild Baitfish Harvest.”

Jensen was an invited luncheon panelist at a workshop for high school students participating in the upcoming Virginia Environthon, which has the theme of “Introduced Species and Their Effect on Biodiversity.” Students in dozens of participating states will compete to earn a trip to the national competition in Massachusetts later this year.

Gunderson presented the paper, “Impacts of Aquatic Nuisance Species on Baitfish and Aquaculture Industries” and Jensen presented two papers, “Angler Knowledge, Behavior, and Risk for Spreading Aquatic Nuisance Species Based on Surveys in Five Great Lakes States,” co-authored by Gunderson, Jesse Schomberg (Minnesota Sea Grant), Michael Klepinger (Michigan Sea Grant), Patrice Charlebois, Kristen Tepas (Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant), Kinnunen, and Fred Snyder (Ohio Sea Grant). The second paper presented was “Measuring the Effectiveness of ANS Boater Awareness in Five States Using a Model Survey,” co-authored by Gunderson, Schomberg, Karen Ricker (Ohio Sea Grant), Michael Hauser (Vermont DEC), Bettina Proctor (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Region 6, Great Plains), W. Jay Rendal, Michelle Bratager (Minnesota DNR), S. Kim Webb (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Region 1, NW), and Jodi Cassell (California Sea Grant).

Jensen co-presented a third paper, “Blocking Westward Spread of Zebra Mussels Using Low Power Radio,” along with Robert Pitman (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Region 2, SW).

Gunderson, Jensen, and Kinnunen were also co-authors on fourth paper, “Potential Dispersal of ANS by Live Bait in the Great Lakes Region,” by Snyder, Charlebois, and Klepinger.

Jensen presented a poster, “Promoting Community Stewardship on Exotic Aquatics Through Youth Participation,” co-authored by Robin Goettel (Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant), Pam Borne Blanchard (Louisiana Sea Grant), Helen Domske (New York Sea Grant), Rosanne Fortner (Ohio Sea Grant), and Nancy Lerner (Washington Sea Grant).

Jensen also served as an invited panelist at the federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force-sponsored workshop, “Building Consensus for Regional Policy on Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Control.”



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