February 4, 2003, Volume 20 number 10

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FACULTY/STAFF NEWS

Dalibor Froncek, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a contributed talk “Cyclic decompositions of complete graphs into spanning trees” at the Mighty XXXV conference in September at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.

An exhibition of art-work by Stephen Hilyard, assistant professor of sculpture in the Department of Art and Design, has been reviewed for the February 2003 edition of Art Press, the contemporary art magazine published in Paris. The exhibition, entitled “Inconsolable” was on display at Cherry de los Reyes Gallery in Los Angeles in November and December.

Jim Klueg, acting head, Department of Art and Design, will have six ceramic vases in “Clay and Textual Practice” at the Trey Gallery, San Diego, in March. Klueg will also have two vases in the juried exhibition, “The Word Made Clay: Ceramics in Its Own W(Rite),” at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA, in February and March. Internationally-renowned ceramist Richard Shaw awarded Klueg the best-of-show Tile Heritage Award for “work that in the juror’s opinion best reflects the ceramic traditions of America.” Both events coincide with the annual NCECA (National Council on Education in the Ceramics
Arts) conference, in San Diego.

Carmen Latterell, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave two talks, “NCTM-oriented versus Traditional Problem-solving Skills” and “Placement Testing: Is it a Good Idea?” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore in January.

Rita Lazareva, Department of Chemistry, recently published “Polyfunctional Compounds Containing the 4,6-Dialkoxy-7-arylthioheptene Moiety as Synthetically Useful Intermediates. The Course of Lewis Acid-Induced Transformations” in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. The study is based on her work with summer undergraduate student, Dima Chekmarev, from the Higher College of Chemistry in Moscow, Russia. Dima spent two summers working under Rita’s supervision.

Richard Leino, senior research associate, Anatomy and Cell Biology, received a $17, 640 grant from the St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic Foundation to study “Prevention by carvedilol of doxorubicin-induced damage to heart, kidney, and liver.” He will be working with Ken Wallace, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, on the research project.

Bruce B. Peckham, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was the invited speaker at the November 2002 meeting of the Duluth Freethinkers. He gave a presentation on Chaos and Fractals.

Art and Design faculty members, Robert Repinski and Jeffrey Dugan have work included in “Queer Migrations” which opens this week at the Campbell-Soady Gallery, housed in the Gay/Lesbian Community Center of New York City. The show was conceived and curated by Repinski in his capacity as exhibitions chair for the Queer Caucus for Art, an affiliated organization of the College Art Association. The exhibition will hang for the month of February and coincides with CAA’s annual conference in New York.

Anna Marie Roos, assistant professor, Department of History, was invited to present her paper “Chemical Theories of the Tides in Seventeenth-Century England,” to the Modern History Faculty Seminar Series of the History of Science at Oxford University in October. She also presented the same work in the History of Science Society Annual Meeting in Milwaukee in November. Roos was invited to give a paper on early modern astrological amulets to the Sophia Centre of Cultural Astronomy and the History of Astrology at Bath Spa University in England in December.

Bill Tezla, professor emeritus of English, has had Lajos Nagy: Authoring, Barbering and Other Occupations. A Selection of Short Stories, published recently by Corvina Books (Budapest).

MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS


Barb Peichel, program assistant, was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Dean John A. Knuass Marine Policy Fellowship. In February, Peichel will start work in the office of Senator Akaka, who represents Hawaii. She will be applying her talents to learn about U.S. water policy and global water issues during the year-long fellowship.

NRRI NEWS

Participating in the Second Annual Forest and Wildlife Research Review in January at UMD’s Bohannon Hall from NRRI were: George Host and Mark White presenting “Changes in Landscape Spatial Patterns From the Pre-settlement Forests to the Present”; Tim Jones as a co-author on “Examining Spatial Impacts of Different Harvest and Management Scenarios Using LANDIS, an Ecological Landscape Model”; Tim Jones, Jerry Niemi, Nick Danz, JoAnn Hanowski and Jim Lind presenting “Biodiversity Management of Forest Bird Communities in National Forests of Minnesota and Wisconsin”; JoAnn Hanowski presenting “Forest Management Considerations for Breeding Birds Near Streams and Vernal Ponds”; and Chris Burdett, Gerald Niemi were co-authors and presenting “Past and Present Status of Canada Lynx in Minnesota.”

Lucinda Johnson gave two presentations in January on the Great Lakes Environmental Indicators (GLEI) project, “Lake Superior’s ‘Canaries’ – Detecting Ecological Change,” as part of the Minnesota Sea Grant speaker series. The GLEI project is a multi-million dollar, multiple institution endeavor coordinated at NRRI to identify species and chemicals that can be used to assess the condition of the Great Lakes coastal regions. Sea Grant’s speaker series is a public opportunity to hear scientists from around Lake Superior talk about their lake-related research. The series runs through June 2003.

John Pastor, senior researcher and biology professor, was recently named to the High Cited List in Ecology/ Environment published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).

The Highly Cited list is a new compilation, based on ISI’s past 40 years of indexing scholarly literature from a wide range of subjects. The list is valuable because research that is cited often in further studies is an important way to identify scientists whose work has significantly influenced their field of expertise.

Pastor is one of 245 of the most highly cited researchers in the field of ecology and one of three researchers from the University of Minnesota on the Ecology/Environment list. ISI released the Ecology/Environment Highly Cited list in the January 24 issue of “Agricultural Sciences.”

Larry Zanko will be a co-author on a paper to be presented at 225th American Chemical Society National Meeting, in March, in New Orleans. The paper will be presented by the first author J.K. Whittle, with co-authors, F. Doering, D.W. Bowman, L. Zanko, and S. Cieniawski. The paper is titled “The use of electrochemical geoxidation for the treatment of PHAs in sediments at the Erie Pier, Duluth.”

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Mustafa al’Absi, associate professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, received a pilot grant award from the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC), funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), to study effects of opiate blockade on stress hormones. This research seeks to determine the long term effects of tobacco use on the endogenous opioidsystem and on stress hormones, and it complements ongoing studies in our laboratories also funded by NCI and NIDA.

D.L. Santos, A.M. Moreno, Richard L. Leino, research associate, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, M.
Kent Froberg, assistant professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Kendall B. Wallace, professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, published a manuscript entitled “Carvedilol protects against doxorubicin-induced mitochondrial cardiomyopathy” in the
journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 185, 218-227 (2002).

Kendall B. Wallace, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, chaired an expert working group of the Society of Toxicology to develop a position paper on the subject of “The Safety of Genetically Modified Foods Produced Through Biotechnology.” This document is published in the journal Toxicological Sciences 71, 2-8 (2003) and can be viewed on the internet at: http://www.toxicology.org/information/GovernmentMedia/GM_Food.html

Wallace was also recently awarded a $1.8 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the mechanisms by which antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV-infection cause an increased risk of heart attacks in AIDS patients receiving these drugs.



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