November 5, 2002, Volume 20 number 6

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The work of Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, is included in the invitational exhibition “Extraordinary Things: A Study of Contemporary Art through Material Culture,” running through November 22 in the Art Gallery at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. The project creates a visual and intellectual dialogue about contemporary art from the perspective of material culture, and focuses on how artists work with, examine, create, use, and interpret their physical environment.

Stephen Hilyard, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, will present a one-man exhibition of his work at the Cherry de Los Reyes Gallery in Los Angeles in November. The exhibition, entitled “Inconsolable”, will include an installation piece that was first exhibited at the Tweed Museum in the Fall of 2001. The installation includes a hand-made quilt and a digital animation of computer generated mountain ranges, created with the assistance of the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab. See

Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, spent two weeks in Greece completing an archaeological survey of the ancient town of Plataiai. With his colleague, Andreas Konecny of the Austrian Institute of Archaeology, Vienna, over 50 acres of the site were covered and analyzed. The work was supported by the European Union and the graduate school of the University of Minnesota through the Office of International Programs and a McKnight Travel Grant. Additional work was completed on the ceramic typology and chronology of the site. This proved valuable and was able to date the site to an earlier period than what was previously believed. Plataiai now appears to be of Middle Neolithic date, approximately 1000 years earlier than the initial analysis of Late Neolithic date. The first monograph on the site will appear in 2004/2005. A substantial preliminary article will appear in the American School of Classical Studies’ Journal Hesperia in the spring of 2003.

David Smith, professor, Department of Anthropology, has an article that has just appeared in Anthropology and Humanism (Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 60-79) entitled “The Flesh and the Word: Stories as Gifts of the Animals in Chipewyan Cosmology.” This journal is published by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association.

Janelle Wilson, associate professor, Department of Sociology, presented “Nostalgia and Identity” as part of the Kercher Center For Social Research Symposium Series, at Western Michigan University in October.


Gerry Sjerven, information technology professional, presented the poster “St. Louis River–River Watch Monitoring Sites” at the 12th Annual MN GIS/LIS Consortium Conference and Workshop in Duluth in October. Sjerven also received a gift of appreciation for being Conference Chair in 2001. In addition Sjerven received a Certificate of Appreciation from the MN GIS/LIS Consortium for continued support for the MN GIS/LIS Consortium Website, and was recognized for his work on the 2002 planning committee.

Peter T. Wolter and Mark A. White recently published “Recent forest cover type transitions and landscape structural changes in northeast Minnesota” in Landscape Ecology (17:133-155).


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Mustafa al’Absi, associate professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, chaired a symposium entitled “Anger Expression and Cardiovascular Disease.” It was conducted as part of the 25th International Congress of Psychology, held in Singapore. The symposium provided an international coverage of the latest research findings with a particular focus on moderating factors (e.g., gender, ethnicity, etc.) that influence effects of anger and risk for heart disease. Participants in the symposium included Stephan Bongard of Frankfurt University, Germany, Iva Stuchlikova from the University of South Bohemia, the Czech Republic, Claus Vgele from the University of Luton, United Kingdom, George Bishop and Divjyot Kaur from National University of Singapore, Singapore, and Gerdi Weidner from SUNY at Stony Brook, NY. In addition al’Absi presented research focusing on stress, nicotine addiction, and risk for heart disease. His research was funded in part by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Richard Leino, senior research associate, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, was invited to speak at an OECD-sponsored international workshop on the use of laboratory fish for the study of ecotoxological effects of endocrine disruptors, in Bilthoven, Netherlands. The title of his talk was “Key Features of Endocrine Disruptor-Induced Gonadal Histopathology in Fathead Minnows.”


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