Tuesday, June 29, 2004, VOLUME 21 NUMBER 16

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FACULTY/STAFF NEWS

Joie 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 Profession’s 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 Chancellor’s 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.

Rachinsky’s 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.

MINNESOTA 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 Speaker Series.

Schomberg, Stacey Stark, Geography Department, George Host, Natural Resources Research Institute, and Bill Befort, MN DNR, were recently awarded $34,400 from Minnesota’s 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.



NRRI NEWS

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,” in Nature.
Iwao Iwasaki, endowed taconite chair at the NRRI Coleraine Minerals Research Lab, will be included in 8th edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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 Road
Aggregate Material for Deicing and Pothole Patching Applications.”

The following researchers presented papers at the 2004 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMAP) Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island:
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 Systems.”

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 Coastal Wetlands?”

The following NRRI researchers attended the 52nd annual meeting of the North American Benthological Society in Vancouver, British Columbia, to give presentations:
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 analyses.”

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 systems.”


MEDICAL SCHOOL

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.”



SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

Michael 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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