Acheson, Department of Psychology, was named Outstanding Faculty Advisor
Award recipient. The Psychology Department will receive $1,000 in support
of its innovative Peer Advising program. She was also awarded the College
of Education and Human Service Professions Gemeinhardt Award, which
recognizes outstanding advisors in the college, in memory of William Gemeinhardt.
Sarah Bauer, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design
has received the Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant for
2004. The funds will be used to produce an exhibit of her work at the
Minneapolis Institute of Arts as part of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition
Program, that opens in December 2004 and runs through February 2005. They
will also support her participation in a one-month artists residency she
was awarded at the Vermont Studio Center, in May.
Dalibor Froncek, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics
and Statistics, was an invited speaker at the Czech-Slovak Conference
on Graph Theory held in Vysne Ruzbachy, Slovakia. He presented a lecture
Incomplete and non-compact round robin tournaments.
Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
was awarded a McKnight Research award from Minnesota McKnight Arts and
Humanities Endowment for three years. The $15,000 award will facilitate
archaeological research in Greece, continuing study of Armenian sacred
art from the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul, and research
and exhibitions of nomadic material culture in the Middle East. The award
runs through 2007.
Bob Nygaard, sports information director at the University of Minnesota
Duluth since 1983, has been selected to receive the Bob Kenworthy Community
Service Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America
(CoSIDA). The award is given annually to a CoSIDA member for civic involvement
and accomplishment outside the sports information office.
DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY NEWS
Donn Branstrator received $33,295 for a Grant-in-Aid of Research,
Artistry and Scholarship for Species invasion in Minnesota Lakes:
Predicting establishment of Bythotrephes.
M. Raj Karim, professor and specialist microbiologist, and associates
professors Robert Carlson and Pavel Krasutsky from the UMD Chemistry Department
are the recipients of two more patents, Triterpenes having human
antifungal and antiyeast activity,and Triterpenes having antibacterial
activity. Karim and his associates have another patent relative
to Herpes simples viruses, Use of Betulin and Analogs Thereof to
Treat Herpes Virus Infection.
Jerry Niemi published the paper Nest survival of forest birds
in a forest/grassland transition zone in The Condor 106:116-130.
Anna Rachinsky received $750 from the UMD Chancellors Faculty
Small Grants Program for spring semester 2004. The grant will enable her
to attend the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology
in Calgary, Canada, in July 2004.
Rachinskys UROP student, Julie Glasscock, attended the 18th National
Conference on Undergraduate Research in Indianapolis, in April. She gave
an oral presentation entitled Immunocytochemical localization of
an allatropin in selected developmental stages of Heliothis virsescens
and Apis mellifera. She also prepared a manuscript under the same
title, which will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Glasscock
also was a recipient of a Raymond W. Darland All-American Scholarship
for the 2004-05 academic year.
SEA GRANT NEWS
Douglas Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Information Center coordinator,
gave an invited presentation, Aliens A to Z: A History of Non-Native
Species Introductions in Lake Superior, at a meeting of the North
Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, Tofte, in April. He gave the same presentation
twice in June at the EPA Lab in Duluth and the North House Folk School
in Grand Marais for the Liquid Science Speaker Series.
Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension
educator, gave the presentation, Linking Land Use to Water Quality
on the North Shore, twice in May at Hartley Nature Center in Duluth
and the North House Folk School in Grand Marais for the Liquid Science
Schomberg, Stacey Stark, Geography Department, George Host,
Natural Resources Research Institute, and Bill Befort, MN DNR, were recently
awarded $34,400 from Minnesotas Lake Superior Coastal Program to
evaluate various methods used to measure the amount of impervious surfaces
along the North Shore.
A project coordinated by Sharon Moen, editor, Marie Zhuikov,
communications coordinator, and Douglas Jensen, earned third place
in a national competition for literacy programs from the Newspaper Association
of America Foundation for The Great Lakes Invasion Exotics
on the Move Newspaper in Education tabloid. The tabloid was designed
by the Erie Times-News an Education program with assistance from the Pennsylvania
Sea Grant Program.
Sea Grant staff educated 577 sixth grade students from area schools about
aquatic invasive species aboard the Vista Star on the River Quest boat
trips on the St. Louis River.
Subhash Basak, NRRI senior research associate,
Denise Mills, NRRI junior scientist, and Doug Hawkins, University of Minnesota
Twin Cities Campus, have been awarded the 2004 American Statistics Association
(ASA) Statistics in Chemistry Award. They are being recognized for their
paper Assessing Model Fit by Cross-Validation in the Journal
of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences, published by the American
Chemical Society in Washington, D.C.
The award recognizes outstanding collaborative endeavors between statisticians
and chemists. Hawkins, Basak and Mills will receive their award at the
ASA Presidential Awards session in Toronto on August 10.
Subhash Basak published the following papers: Similarity
study of proteomics maps, authored jointly with Marjan Vracko, National
Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Modeling of structure-mutagenicity
relationships: counter propagation neural network approach using calculated
structural descriptors, authored jointly with Iva Valkova, Faculty
of Pharmacy, Medical University-Sofia, Bulgaria, and Marjan; and QSARs
for chemical mutagens from structure: ridge regression fitting and diagnostics,
authored jointly with Doug Hawkins, School of Statistics, University of
Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, and Denise Mills.
Phil Fay and Travis Huxman, University of Arizona, co-author a
paper entitled Convergence across biomes to a common rain-use efficiency,
Iwao Iwasaki, endowed taconite chair at the NRRI Coleraine Minerals Research
Lab, will be included in 8th edition of Whos Who in Science and
Jim Lind gave a talk at the 74th Annual Cooper Ornithological Society
meeting in LaCrosse, Wisconsin entitled Forest Bird Monitoring in
Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The NRRI Economic Geology Group recently completed two maps, now available
on their Web site at: www.nrri.umn.edu/egg: Bedrock geology map
and Cu-Ni mineralization data for the basal contact of the Duluth Complex
West of Birch Lake, St. Louis and Lake Counties, northeastern Minnesota,
Dean M. Peterson, Patelke, R. L. and Severson, M. J. NRRI
Map Series, Map-2004-02, scale 1:10,000; and Bedrock geology and
lode gold prospect data map of the Mud Creek Road area, northern St. Louis
County, Minnesota, Dean M. Peterson and Patelke, R. L.
NRRI Map Series, Map- 2004-01, scale 1:12,000.
The following presentations were made at the 77th Annual Meeting of the
Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration entitled Paradigm
Shifts in Mining,in April:
Salih Ersaying, NRRI, William Bond, John Arola, both of Ispat Inland
Mining, and Bruce Kettunen, Noramco Engineering, gave a presentation on
Simulation-based Investigation of Process Improvement Alternatives
at the Ispat Inland Concentrator.
Richard Keisel and Jeremy Pletka presented The Influence
of Porosity and Pore Characterization on the Physical and Metallurgical
Properties of Iron Ore Pellets.
Larry Zanko and Julie Oreskovich presented Taconite
Aggregate: The Road Ahead.
David M. Hopstock, independent consultant, and Larry Zanko, NRRI,
gave a presentation on Minnesota Taconite as a Microwave-absorbing
Aggregate Material for Deicing and Pothole Patching Applications.
The following researchers presented papers at the
2004 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMAP) Symposium in Newport,
Valerie Brady, Jeff Schuldt, Lucinda Johnson, Jan Ciborowski, George
Host, Tom Hollenhorst, Carl Richards, Dan Breneman and Joseph Gathman
presented Indentification of Reference Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands
and Comparison of Fish Communities between Reference and Non- reference
Nicholas Danz, Gerald Niemi, Ronald Regal, Lucinda Johnson, Tom Hollenhorst,
Terry Brown and Valerie Brady presented Sampling along
Human Pressure Gradients in the Coastal Great Lakes.
JoAnn Hanowski, Robert Howe, Charles Smith and Gerald Niemi
presented, Can Nationally Standardized Wetland Breeding Bird and
Amphibian Monitoring Data be used to Assess the Condition of Great Lakes
The following NRRI researchers attended the 52nd annual meeting of the
North American Benthological Society in Vancouver, British Columbia, to
Valerie Brady, Lucinda Johnson, Carl Richards, University of Minnesota
Sea Grant, Dan Breneman, NRRI, and Joseph Gathman, University of
Windsor, authored a presentation on Relative influence of landscape,
habitat, and anthropogenic stress on macroinvertebrate communities of
Great Lakes coastal wetlands.
Johnson, Tom Hollenhorst and George Host, NRRI, and Richards
authored a presentation entitled Using flow distances to proximally
weight land use for predicting stream community and functional characteristics.
Ciborowski, Johnson, Gathman, Brady, Hollenhorst, Host, and Richards
authored the presentation Integrating indicators of environmental
condition at Great Lakes coastal margins: mapping results of standardized
Richards, Nick Danz, NRRI, Johnson, Hollenhorst, Brady, Breneman,
Ciborowski and Hrabik authored a presentation on Developing
indicators for use in probabilistic survey designs in Great Lakes coastal
Janet Fitzakerley, associate professor of
pharmacology and physiology, was awarded a grant from the Minnesota Medical
Foundation entitled Localization of Kv1.4 and Kv4.2 within Cochlear
Nucleus Neurons. She also received a Grant-in-Aid from the University
of Minnesota Graduate School entitled Activity-dependent Modification
of Potassium Channel Expression.
George J. Trachte, professor of pharmacology, was awarded a grant
from the Minnesota Medical Foundation entitled Natriuretic Peptide
Control of Renin Secretion in Transgenic Mice.
Gulseth, assistant professor, and Steven Meisel and Mary Meisel, Farview
Health Services, published the article Increasing the safety of
analgesia use in a community hospital in the American Journal of
Health-System Pharmacy, vol. 61, 1143-1146 (2004).
Timothy Stratton, associate professor, has been appointed 2004-2005
chair of the Organizational Affairs/Stategic Planning Council of the Minnesota
Society of Health System Pharmacists (MSHP) and the Strategic Planning
Implementation Committee of the Social and Administrative Sciences Section
of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).
Stratton has also been appointed to the Section Advisory Group for Small
and Rural Hospitals, Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners, of the American
Society of Health-System Pharmacists for 2004-2005.
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