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.
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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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