April 30, 2002, Volume 19 number 15

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Arlene Atwater, UMD Stores, will read with Amy Bloom on May 3 at the Loft Literary Center. Bloom’s first book Come To Me was nominated for a National Book Award. She chose Atwater’s fiction for professional development work through the Loft’s national Mentor Program. Atwater will read her short story “Neither An Entrance Nor An Exit” at the Tweed Lecture Gallery on May 19. This story was chosen by Carol Bly to be published in the Lake Superior Writers’ 2001 Competition anthology titled Between Stone and Flesh.

Sarah Bauer, assistant professor, Department of Art, has received a Graduate School Grant-in-Aid of Research in the amount of $17,800 for her research project “Preservation, transformation and transmission of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist art and practices.”
Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor and head, Department of Art, has several works in the exhibition “First to See the Light,” running from May 16-31, at the Quay School of Art Gallery in Wanganui, New Zealand. Her work was selected by photographer Rita Dibert.

James H. Fetzer, McKnight Professor, Department of Philosophy, is the editor of a new on-line journal, “Assasination Research: Journal for Advanced Study of the Death of JFK.” Its inaugural issue may now be found at http://www.assassinationresearch.com.
William Fleischman, professor, Department of Sociology, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Minnesota Logger Education Program (MLEP). In April he attended a training session held at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center. The training was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Forest Partnership and MELP and is intended for loggers seeking certification in the Sustaining Minnesota Forest Resources: Voluntary Site-Level Forest Management Guidelines program.

Jo Mackiewicz, assistant professor, Department of Composition, presented a paper entitled “Agenda-Setting in Writing Center Tutoring Interactions: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis” at the International Writing Centers Association conference in Savannah, GA in April.

An article authored by Bruce Peckham of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics with Ioannis Kevrekidis of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Princeton University has just appeared in the journal, Nonlinearity. The title of the article is “Lighting Arnold flames: resonance in doubly forced periodic oscillators.” The article is a combination of numerical investigation and mathematical analysis to determine how the behavior of periodically forced systems changes, bifurcates, as forcing amplitudes and forcing frequencies are varied.

Viktor Zhdankin, professor, Department of Chemistry, graduate students Alexey Koposov and Olena Maydanovych, and undergraduate research students Jon Herschbach and Brian Netzel, all of the Department of Chemistry, attended the 223 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Orlando in April. During the event they presented two papers: “Preparation, Structure, and Chemistry of Phosphoranyl Derived Iodanes” and “Amino Acid Derived Hypervalent Iodine Reagents.”


Subhash Basak, professor, Department of Chemistry, D. Amic, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University, Croatia, B. Lucic, S. Nikolic, and N. Trinajstic all of the Rugjer Boskovic Institute, Croatia published the paper, “Structure-Water Solubility Modeling of Aliphatic Alcohols Using the Weighted Path Number” in the international journal SAR & QSAR in Environmental Research, vol. 13, pp. 281-295 (2000).

Basak, and collaborators presented the following papers at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Midwest Chapter, and Society of Toxicology, Northland Chapter, organized at the USEPA Mid- Continental Ecology Division, in Duluth recently.

“Hierarchical Quantitative Structure-Toxicity Relationship (HI-QSTR) Modeling of Chemical Toxicity” was presented by Basak, Brian Gute, assistant scientist, and Denise Mills, senior laboratory technician.

“Prediction of Blood: Air Partition Coefficients of Volatile Organic Chemicals Using Theoretical Molecular Descriptors” was presented by Basak, Gute, Mills, Hisham El-Masri, Division of Toxicology Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and Douglas M. Hawkins, University of Minnesota Minneapolis.

“On Clustering of JP-8 Chemicals” was presented by Basak, Gute, Gregory Grunwald, Information Technology professor, and James Riviere, North Carolina State University.

“Interrelationship of Major Topological Indices” was presented by Basak, Gute, and Alexandru Balaban, Texas A&M University; “Novel Matrix Invariants for Characterization of Toxic Effects on Proteomics Maps.” Basak, Milan Randic, Drake University, Zeljko Bajzer, Mayo Foundation, Rochester; Dejan Plavsic, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia. “Quantitative Molecular Similarity Methods in the Estimation of Chemical Properties and Activities: A Comparison of Arbitrary Versus Tailored Similarity Spaces” was presented by Gute, Basak, Mills, and Hawkins; “Use of Calculated Chemodescriptors in Toxicity Prediction of Halocarbons” was presented by Gute, Basak, Krishnan Balasubramanian, University of California - Davis, Livermore, CA, Kevin Geiss, US Air Force, Wright Patterson AFB, and Hawkins.

“On Predictive Toxicology from Proteomics Maps” was presented by Gute, Basak, Randic, Marjan Vracko, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia and Frank Witzmann, Purdue University.

John Kingston, research associate, and collaborators presented the following talk at Minnesota Water 2002, held recently in St. Cloud: “Paleolimnological Assessment: The Use of Sediment Cores to Reconstruct Nutrient Loading in Jessie Lake, Itasca County,” by Kingston, Norton and Koller.
Gregory Gustafson, information technology professor, E.J., M.G. Knutson, G.J. Niemi, NRRI director and professor, Department of Biology, and M. Friberg published a paper “Evaluation of Spatial Models to Predict Vulnerability of Forest Birds to Brood Parsitism by Cowbirds” in Ecological Applications 12(2): 412-426, 2002.

Several presentations were made recently by G.J. Niemi. “Great Lakes Environmental Indicators Project - An Overview” was presented at Cornell University, and to US EPA Region 2, in Albany, NY. “The Seven Year Itch - the Ecological Effects of a Pesticide Program” was presented at Bodega Marine Laboratory, U of California. Niemi, J. Hanowski, T. Jones, J. Lind, and N. Danz presented “Regional Monitoring of Forest Birds in the Western Great Lakes” at Partner’s In Flight national meeting, Monterrey, California.

Several NRRI staff members gave presentations at the recent SME Annual Meeting in Duluth. “New University and State funding sources for Technology Implementation at Minnesota Taconite Operations” was presented by D. Hendrickson. “Known Cu-Ni/PGE Deposits of the Duluth complex-Past and Present” was presented by M. Severson and S. Hauck; “Properties and Aggregate Potential of course Taconite Tailings - An Evaluation of Five Minnesota Taconite Operations” was presented by L. Zanko, H. Niles and J. Oreskovich. “Magnetic Separator Modeling” was presented by S. Ersayin. “Metallic Iron Nugget Research at Coleraine - A Progress Report” was presented by I. Iwasaki and R. Bleifuss.

Neil Nelson, was appointed co-editor of four scientific journals: Reviews in Plant Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Physiology; Molecular Biology of Plants; Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, and Indian Journal of Agricultural Biochemistry.


Mustafa al’Absi, published an article in the journal Pain (the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain). The title of the article is “Adrenocortical and hemodynamic predictors of pain perception in men and women.” The article reports for the first time that cortisol (a stress hormone) predicted lower pain reports in men only, and that blood pressure and heart stroke volume were associated with low pain only in women. The paper demonstrates that different physiological factors may contribute to pain perception in healthy men and women. The study was supported in part by grants to al’Absi from the Minnesota Medical Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid program. Other authors on the paper are Larry Wittmers, associate professor, Department of Physiology, and Karen Petersen, a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jessica Berthiaume, Ph.D. student in the University of Minnesota Toxicology Graduate Program, and Kendall B. Wallace, professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, published a manuscript entitled “Perfluorooctanoate, perfluorooctanesulfonate, and N-ethyl perfluorooctanesulfonamido ethanol; peroxisome proliferation and mitochondrial biogenesis” in the journal Toxicology Letters 129: 23-32 (2002).

Anatol A. Starkov and Kendall B. Wallace, professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, published a manuscript entitled “Structural Determinants of Fluorochemical-induced Mitochondrial Dysfunction” in the journal Toxicological Sciences 66: 244-252 (2002).


Jeff Gunderson
, associate director, presented an overview of the baitfish industry in the North Central region at a National Risk Management for Aquaculture workshop, Memphis, TN, in April. The workshop is part of a $3.6 million, four-year, Mississippi State University project designed to investigate the potential of offering risk management protection to previously-underserved producers. The project will focus on catfish, trout, salmon, and baitfish aquaculture production.

Douglas Jensen, Exotic Species Information Center coordinator, along with Gary Czypinski (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) co-authored a paper, “Status of Unintentionally Introduced Non-Native Aquatic Species in Lake Superior, 2002,” which was presented by Mark Dryer (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) at the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission Lake Superior Committee’s “State of Lake Superior in 2000” meeting, Duluth, in March.

Jensen also gave a presentation, “Preventing Spread of Zebra Mussels in Minnesota: How YOU Can Make a Difference,” at the Minnesota Water 2002 and Lakes and Rivers Conference, St. Cloud, MN, in April.

Barb Liukkonen, water resources educator, and Barb Peichel, program assistant, conducted a teacher workshop, “Watershed Watchers” where they showcased online water monitoring technology, Roseville, MN, in March.

Carl Richards, director, gave the presentation, “Habitat of Lake Superior,” at the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission Lake Superior Committee’s State of Lake Superior in 2000 meeting, Duluth, in March.

Richards gave the presentation, “What is Sea Grant?” to the University for Seniors group at UMD in March.

Richards gave an invited seminar at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, entitled, “The Role of Landscapes on Water: Reflections of the Land,” in April.

Richards also gave the presentation, “Developing Effective Indicators of Stream Quality: Linking Streams to the Landscape,” at the Minnesota Water 2002 and Lakes and Rivers Conference, St. Cloud, MN, in April.

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