Tuesday, June 18, 2002 • VOLUME 19, NUMBER 17

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Several Geological Sciences members are coauthors of a recent publication of the Minnesota Geological Survey: "Geology and Mineral Potential of the Duluth Complex and Related Rocks of Northeastern Minnesota", Report of Investigations 58, by James D. Miller, Jr., adjunct assistant professor; John C. Green, emeritus professor; Mark J. Severson (MS 1978), Val W. Chandler, Steven A. Hauck, Dean M. Peterson (BS 87, PhD 02), and Timothy E. Wahl. Green has also authored "From ancient fires: the story of the lake basin's fiery beginning", which appears in Lake Superior Magazine's June-July 2002 issue.


Subhash Basak gave an invited presentation "Development of New Tolls for Quantitative Characterization of Proteomics Maps" at the symposium Development and Application of Ecogenomics for Water Quality Assessment organized jointly by the Council of State Governments and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in Kansas City, MO.

Aquatic ecologist Lucinda Johnson was recently elected secretary of the North American Benthological Society (NABS), an international scientific organization with more than 1,650 members worldwide that promotes a better understanding of freshwater ecosystems and aquatic organisms. Johnson was elected for a three-year term that began during the recent NABS annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA. She has expertise in macroinvertebrates and fish. Her research focuses on quantifying the interactions between landscapes and aquatic systems such as streams and wetlands. Johnson is currently responsible for coordinating one of six components of the Great Lakes Environmental Indicators project, a collaborative effort involving institutions and experts around the coastal regions of the Great Lakes.

Steve Kossett participated in Hermantown Elementary School's Family Fun Night "Gadgets, Gizmos and Gears." Kossett shared his expertise on how computers are used to control machines by developing a "gadget" that the kids could interactively control with the computer. They could turn on lights, motors, fans and acquire temperatures. It was a practical way to illustrate computer-controlled devices.




Diane Desotelle, acting NEMO coordinator, gave a NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) presentation to the Coastal Programs GIS forum, Two Harbors, MN, in March.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality specialist, and Desotelle gave a NEMO presentation at the State of the Coast 2002 conference, Two Harbors, MN, in April.

Douglas Jensen, Exotic Species Information Center coordinator, Hagley, Barb Liukkonen, water resources educator, and Barb Peichel, program assistant, were judges and/or station presenters at the state Envirothon, Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, MN; and at the Area III Envirothon, Cloquet Forestry Center, both in May. Envirothon is a team competition for high school students to challenge their knowledge of environmental topics. This years' program, with a focus on "Introduced Species and Their Effects on Biodiversity," attracted 183 students from 10 area schools.

Jensen gave an invited presentation, "It's Not Just a Matter of Time: Effective Public Education Works to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Species," at the 15th Annual National Conference, Enhancing the State's Lake Management Programs: Managing Invasive Species in Lakes and Reservoirs, Chicago, IL, in April.

Jensen and Shari McCorison, University of Minnesota Extension Service, St. Louis County 4-H Program, hosted 42 area youth and adults at a community stewardship event held to help manage purple loosestrife, an invasive plant, at Munger Landing on the St. Louis River Estuary, in May. Nearly 300 purple loosestrife plants were removed from a nearby wetland, planted into pots, and taken to participants homes. In June, those plants will be inoculated with biocontrol beetles, which will produce between 1,000-2,000 offspring in a month. In July, the beetles will be released into the St. Louis River at locations where loosestrife is out-competing native plants and reducing wildlife biodiversity. Efforts will help reduce the spread and control purple loosestrife in several new locations along the river.

Glenn Kreag, tourism and recreation extension educator, gave three seminars while on study leave: "Tourism and development issues for Northeastern Minnesota's coastal area," to the Coalicion Para La Conservacion De La Cordillera De La Costa, Valdivia, Chile in February; and "Connecting tourism product quality and resident perceptions about open space in Duluth, MN," to the Dept. of Tourism, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in April and to the Tourism Program, School of Business, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia in May.

Carl Richards, director, was named as an observer to the Great Lakes Commission for the next year. Richards is representing the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network on the commission in his role as chair of the Network. The Great Lakes Commission is a nonpartisan, binational agency created by state and U.S. federal law. It consists of state legislators, agency officials, and governors' appointees from eight member states and two Canadian provinces. The commission is dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment, and high quality of life for the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence region and its residents.

Minnesota Sea Grant staff hosted a learning station on the annual "River Quest" cruise in May. They distributed over 2,600 educational publications and taught 805 sixth graders from Duluth and Superior about exotic species that live in the Duluth-Superior harbor. The station was hosted by Debbie Bowen, information specialist; Mike Cousino, graphic designer; Jeff Gunderson, assistant director; Jensen, Katie LeKatz, publications assistant; Sharon Moen, editor; Richards, and Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator.

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