Tuesday, February 24, 2004, VOLUME 21 NUMBER 10

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Linda Belote and Jim Belote, faculty members, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, along with Luis Macas are authors of an article entitled “Indigenous Destiny in Indigenous Hands” published in Millennial Ecuador: critical essays on cultural transformations and social dynamics, by University of Iowa Press, 2003.

Dalibor Froncek, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was an invited speaker at the 17th Midwest Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography and Computing in Las Vegas. He presented a lecture “So you want to schedule a tournament?” His students Petr Kovar and Tereza Kovarova presented contributed papers. Tereza Kovarova presented “Decompositions of complete graphs into isomorphic spanning trees with given diameters,” and Petr Kovar presented “Vertex magic total labeling of cartesian products of certain regular VMT graphs and certain regular supermagic graphs.”

Rod Raymond, fitness/wellness director for Rec Sports and Outdoor Programs, has been selected by the American Council on Exercise to teach a weeklong optimal health and personal training seminar in Singapore.


Minnesota Sea Grant hosted a Great Lakes Fishery Leadership Institute workshop in Ashland, WI, in January along with Sea Grant programs in Michigan and Wisconsin. The workshop focused on fishery issues in Lake Superior and is designed to provide interested citizens from around the basin with knowledge they need to become effective leaders on fishery issues. Similar workshops have been held across the Great Lakes as part of a Great Lakes Sea Grant Network project.

Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Information Center coordinator, was the recipient of the “School/Institution Award” from the St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee at a ceremony in January. He earned the award for education efforts he led concerning invasive species in the St. Louis River system.

Barbara Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, was a member of an external panel that reviewed Carleton College’s Environmental Sciences and Technology program. The review took place at Carleton in January and included panel members Harold Ward, Brown University, and Elizabeth DeSombre, from Wellesley College.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, gave the presentation “Linking Land Use to Duluth’s Water Quality” at the 12th Annual Living Green Conference at First United Methodist Church and also at Hartley Nature Center’s “Adult Night Out” in February.


Subhash Basak gave an invited lecture entitled, “Use of mathematical biodescriptors and chemodescriptors in predicting toxicity of chemicals” at the International Symposium on Water: Crisis and Strategies. The Symposium was organized jointly by the International Institute of Bengal Basin and Center for Ground Water Studies, organized in Kolkata (Calcutta) India. Basak also chaired a session at the symposium and participated in a panel discussion.


Mustafa al’Absi, associate professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, is traveling to Seattle, WA, to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was invited to participate on a symposium titled Biology and Behavior: New Pathways to Cancer Control, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Professor al’Absi will give a presentation about his research on stress and nicotine addiction, titled “Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenocortical Responses to Stress and Negative Affect Predict Smoking Relapse.”

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