Tuesday, August 27, 2002 • VOLUME 20, NUMBER 1

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Deborah Petersen-Perlman’s paper “Mentoring the Ignored: Encouraging Civil Service Employees” has been published in the proceedings of the International Mentoring Association conference “Diversity in Mentoring,” held in Fort Worth, Texas in April. In addition, Petersen-Perlman has been accepted as a member of the Women and Leadership cohort for 2002-2003. Petersen-Perlman is the Director of the UMD Office of Equal Opportunity and a member of the UMD Commission on Women.

Ladona Tornabene, assistant professor, Department of HPER, has published a book titled Gentle Hikes in unison with two co-authors, Melanie Morgan and Lisa Vogelsang. The book was written as an empowerment tool to encourage people of all abilities to reap the health benefits nature so freely offers. Its focus is on highly scenic hikes under three miles from Duluth to the Canadian Border with enabling factors such as location of benches, stairs, inclines and trail surfaces. Gentle Hikes also contains health education information presented in a user-friendly manner about the mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual benefits of leading a physically active lifestyle.

Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology/ Anthropology, recently presented a joint paper with Marlene Breu of Western Michigan University entitled “Digital Photography and Artifact Analysis” at the International Textile & Apparel Annual Meetings in August, 2002, in New York. The paper covered their recent use of high definition digital imagery in the analysis of artifact construction on their joint research on Armenian religious textiles. Marchese was awarded a Visualization and Digital Imaging Summer grant from the University of Minnesota which was instrumental in the presentation of this data. Marchese also had a recent review of The Archaeology of the Frontier in the Medieval Near East: Excavations at Gritille, Turkey published in the journal Near Eastern Archaeology. His work with the Vasili Arvanatinos, the director of the Thebes Archaeological Museum, Greece and Andreas Konecy of the Austrian Institute of Archaeology, Austria, “Preliminary Analysis of the Ancient Town of Plataiai: 1996–2001,” was recently accepted for publication in Hesperia as well. The final survey of the ancient town will take place in early October in preparation for the first volume on the new excavations of this important strategic town in central Greece.


John Pastor gave one of the keynote addresses at the Fifth International Moose Conference in Lillehammer, Norway, earlier in August. The title of his talk was “Moose-vegetation-soil interactions: a dynamic system.” The paper is coauthored by Kjell Danell of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.


John Kingston is attending the 17th International Diatom Symposium, in August in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is presenting one paper: Kingston, J.C., Stoermer, E.F., Peterson, M.R., and Andresen, N.A. “Periodic occurrence of abnormal Stephanodiscus niagarae from a eutrophic lake in northern Minnesota (USA)”. Kingston is also a co-convener at IDS2002 with Luc Ector,Luxembourg, of a workshop entitled: “Freshwater diatoms and their role as ecological indicators in rivers and lakes.”


JoAnn Hanowski, Peter Wolter and Gerald Niemi published “Effects of Prescriptive Riparian Buffers on Landscape Characteristics in Northern Minnesota, USA” in Vol. 38, No. 3, June 2002, Journal of the American Water Resources Association.
NRRI department director Neil Nelson was appointed adjunct professor in UMD’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine.


Recently published in Natural Areas Journal, July 2002 (Vol. 22, no. 3) was “Effects of Browsing Control on Establishment and Recruitment of Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus L.) at Cathedral Grove, Lake Superior Highlands, Minnesota, USA” authored by Chel E. Anderson, Kim Alan Chapman, Mark A. White, research fellow at the Natural Resources Research Institute; and Meredith Cornett.



Lester R. Drewes, professor and head, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, was awarded a two-year, $110,000 grant from the American Heart Association Northland Affiliate for his research entitled “Regulation of Monocaboxylic Acid Transporter-1 in Brain Endothelial Cells.” Drewes also chaired the opening session of the Gordon Conference on “Barriers in the Central Nervous System” which was held in Tilton, New Hampshire, in June.


Richard M. Eisenberg, professor and head of the Department of Pharmacology, received a $50,000 grant award from the trustees of the Duluth Clinic Education and Research Foundation for development of a CD-ROM titled “Geriatric Therapeutics: A Study and Review Program.” This project has also received matching funds from the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota.


Kenneth E. McMartin, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, LA is spending a yearlong sabbatical in the laboratory of Kendall B. Wallace, professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. McMartin will be studying/conducting research on the molecular mechanisms of chemical induced toxicity to isolated kidney cells.

Joseph R. Prohaska, professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, was an invited speaker and chaired the opening session at the 11th International meeting on Trace Elements in Man and Animals (TEMA) held in Berkeley California in June. Prohaska was reelected Chair of the Parent Committee which overseas organization of the next TEMA meeting which will be held in 2005 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.


Kendall B. Wallace has been reappointed to the Scientific Advisory Panel to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Food Quality Protection Act.


Cynthia Hagley, environmental quality specialist, gave two presentations and a poster at the Third National Resource Extension Professionals Conference, Naples, Florida, in June. The first talk, “Groundwater Education for Local Government Decision Makers,” was co-authored by Diane Desotelle, acting NEMO coordinator. The second talk, “Western Lake Superior Basin Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials–Pilot Project Results for Duluth Township, Minnesota and Sioux River Watershed, Wisconsin,” was co-authored by Desotelle, Sue O’Halloran, Gerald Sjerven, and Nathan Hudson. A poster presentation, “Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide–A Web-based Resource for Natural Resource Managers, Citizens, and Educators,” was co-authored by Barbara Liukkonen, water resources educator.

Douglas Jensen, Exotic Species Information Center coordinator, gave the presentation, “Beyond the Boundaries: Community Stewardship to Control Purple Loosestrife,” at the Third National Resource Extension Professionals Conference, Naples, Florida, in June. The presentation was co-authored by Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, and Shari McCorison, University of Minnesota Extension Service St. Louis County 4-H Program. Jensen was a guest speaker at the Isle Royale Boaters’ Association Spring Banquet, Duluth, in June. The presentation, “Threats of Aquatic Invaders to Isle Royale,” was attended by 250 members and guests. He also co-hosted two regional “Aquatic Nuisance Species - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (ANS-HACCP) Training Workshops,” for federal, state, and private hatchery and aquaculture businesses. One was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June. The other was held in Portland, Oregon, in August.

Liukkonen gave two presentations at the Third National Resource Extension Professionals Conference, Naples, Florida, in June. The first talk, describing the Lake Access EMPACT project, was entitled, “Lake Access: Water Quality Information to Help Change Behavior,” and was co-authored by Barb Peichel, program assistant, and Hagley. The second talk, “Volunteer Stream Monitoring: Involving Citizens in Collecting Quality Data” was co-authored by Mary Gullickson, technical coordinator of the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Partnership.

The “Seiche” newsletter recently won two awards of excellence in the 14th annual APEX competition run by Communications Concepts, a private business that promotes professional communications practices. “Seiche” was recognized for excellence in writing and for its online version, which can be found at www.seagrant.umn.edu/seiche/ index.html. Close to 5,900 entries competed for 1,625 awards. Award recipients are Zhuikov; Sharon Moen, editor; and Debbie Bowen, information technology professional.

Jesse Schomberg has been hired as a new coastal communities and land use planning extension educator. Schomberg will work with communities in the Western Lake Superior Basin to help community leaders better understand the impacts that different land management decisions have on water quality and community character. Schomberg will also work with related programs in northern Wisconsin and the Twin Cities area to provide watershed-based nonpoint pollution education materials and technical guidance to promote community involvement in water resource protection, while accommodating compatible economic growth.


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