April 30, 2002, Volume 19 number 15
Arlene Atwater, UMD Stores, will read with Amy Bloom on May 3 at the Loft Literary Center. Blooms first book Come To Me was nominated for a National Book Award. She chose Atwaters fiction for professional development work through the Lofts 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.
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.
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
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.
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 Partners 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 alAbsi, 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 alAbsi 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).
SEA GRANT NEWS
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 Committees 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 Committees 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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