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Alison Aune, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design and Jeanne Doty, assistant professor, Department of Music, presented a lecture/concert entitled “The Backer Sisters: Norway’s Legacy to Art and Music” at the College Music Society National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri in September.

Sara Bauer, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, has been accepted into the juried online exhibit, “Five minutes of Fame.” For 24 hours from 9 a.m. December 5 to 9 a.m. December 6 is prototyping a new Minnesota arts Channel presenting online presentations of Minnesota artists work.

Geoffrey G. Bell, assistant professor, Department of Management Studies–Strategic Management, recently co-authored (along with Stuart Albert from the Carlson School of Management, UMTC) an article, “Timing and Music,” which appeared in the Academy of Management Review. Bell and Albert employ music theory to explore questions pertaining to when to act’ a major decision confronting organization. They applied their music theory-based model to provide insight into why the FBI launched its assault upon David Koresh’s compound in Waco, Texas.

Work by Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, will be in “Home Works,” an exhibition opening at the Betty Rymer Gallery at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on December 11, and continuing until February 7. The show examines how “home” is perceived amid the current situation of global and political unrest
within a socially diverse and multicultural society, and how the reality of “home” differs from the conceptualized vision of of individuals and communities. Jurors included Linda Dolack, Cheri Reif Naselli, and Jin Soo Kim.

Brush also has work in “Digital 02: Envisioning Time, Space, and the Future”, which is in the Technology Gallery at the New York Hall of Science from through December 1 and at the Toranto Gallery in Chelsea in New York from December 8 to January 31. The exhibition is a project of the Art and Science Collaborations, Inc. Julie Van Haften, former curator of photography for th New York Public Library, now head of its Digital Library Program, selected her work.

William Fleischman, professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, made presentations at the Minnesota Corrections Association Fall Training Institute at the DECC in October. As a member of the Student Services Committee, Fleischman participated in a Career/Internship Information Session for students and in a Professional to Professor Session focusing on Criminal Justice Curricula and Careers in Corrections. Fleischman is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Logger Education Program.

Work by Stephen Hilyard, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, will be featured as part of “Five Minutes of Fame”, an online exhibition of streaming video hosted by The web site is a joint project of the Walker Art Center and the McKnight Foundation. Hilyard will be showing a 3D digital animated walk-through of an installation piece first shown at the Tweed Museum of Art, entitled “Inconsolable”. The exhibition will begin at 9am on Thursday December 5 and continue until shortly after 9 am on December 6.

Jim Klueg, acting head and professor, Department of Art and Design, will be featured in “James Klueg: International Ceramix,” an article in the November issue of Ceramics Monthly.

Carmen Latterell, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been invited to write a column on mathematics education topics for Math Bits, the state-wide journal for Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The column, called “College Viewpoint”, will appear monthly.

Dean Lettenstrom, professor, and Nancy Cramer Lettenstrom, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, each have artwork included in the upcoming 55th Arrowhead Biennial Exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute. Stewart Turnquist, curator of the Minnesota Artists Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, selected 40 images to display from over 300 submissions. The six-state regional exhibit opens on November 18 and continues through January 26.


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Sarah Donahue, graduate student intern, presented, “ESCAPE From Aquatic Nuisance Species!” a workshop at the Minnesota Science Teachers Association Fall Conference, Eagan, MN, in October. 14 teachers explored the educational resources Sea Grant offers about ANS through traveling trunks, curricula, Web sites, and examples of community stewardship projects.

Jeff Gunderson, assistant director, presented, “Something’s Fishy,” a talk about the natural history of the fish of Lake Superior, changes that have occurred over the years and the fisheries connection between the Lake and the St. Louis River to the St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee at their quarterly board meeting, Duluth, in October.

Douglas Jensen, Exotic Species Information Center coordinator, gave a guest lecture, “Aliens in Our Waters: The Silent Invasion”, to St. Scholastica students enrolled in a course on current environmental topics in October.

The Shoreland Education Team won two awards: the University of Minnesota Extension Service’s Dean and Director’s Outstanding Team Award, and Excellence in Programming - Natural Resources and the Environment from the Minnesota Community and Natural Resources Association. The awards were given in October at the Extension Program Summit Meeting in St. Cloud. Minnesota Sea Grant members of the team are Cindy Hagley, environmental quality specialist, and Barb Liukkonen,water resources educator.

Nate Meyer, program assistant; Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension educator; and Hagley from Sea Grant, along with Rich Axler, Jane Reed, and Elaine Ruzycki from the Natural Resources Research Institute, organized events in four local schools:
Washburn Edison, Lowell Elementary, Proctor High School, and Harbor City International School, in October for National Water Monitoring Day in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. A brief presentation gave the students background information on pollution,
streams and watersheds. The students then visited streams, taking pH, temperature, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen measurements. The data was posted online at, along with other results from across the country.


Annette L. Boman, assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology received a $758,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society. This four-year grant will be used to study the “Role of novel ARF effectors in yeast membrane traffic.”

Robert T. Cormier, assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology recently received a
$21,000 grant from the Minnesota Medical Foundation for his grant entitled “Embryonic Stem (ES) Cell Culture Facility.” Co-principal investigator is Lester R. Drewes, professor and head, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The Minnesota Medical Association presented a “Legislator of the Year Award” in August to Representative Thomas E. Huntley, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Minnesota Public Health Association in May presented Huntley the B. Robert Lewis Award for his aggressive pursuit to establish and maintain health as a human right.

Joseph R. Prohaska, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, recently was invited to present research presentations on his work on copper, zinc-superoxide dismutase and copper deficiency at the Third International Meeting on Copper Homeostasis and Its Disorders: Molecular and Cellular Aspects held in Ischia Porto, Italy. Prohaska was also invited to give a lecture at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata on superoxide dismutase and its metallochaperone CCS.


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