Tuesday, July 27, 2004, VOLUME 21 NUMBER 17

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Cindy Hagley, water quality specialist, and Barb Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, were part of a team that earned the bronze award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) for promotional materials produced for the Shoreland Education Program. The award was presented in May at the ANREP national conference held in Wheeling, West Virginia. Other team members include Mary Blickenderfer and Eleanor Burkett with the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Ron Struss with the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center, and Wendy Strombeck, president of oneD design.

Liukkonen also gave three presentations in May: “Use care when water gardening and restoring shoreline: Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species,” at the 4th Natural Resources Extension Professional Conference, Wheeling, WV; “Enhancing citizen E. coli monitoring in streams in the Upper Midwest,” at the National Water Quality Monitoring Conference, Chattanooga, TN: and “Bacteria 101,” at the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Conference, Deerwood, MN.

Douglas Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Information Center coordinator, gave an invited presentation, “Non-Native Species Impacts in Lake Superior,” at the 2004 Ecology of the Great Lakes Teacher Institute aboard the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s research vessel, Lake Guardian, in July. The event was hosted by Martin Auer, Michigan Technological University, and sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education, Michigan Technological University, the Isle Royale Institute, and the Wege Foundation.


NRRI senior scientist Subhash Basak was co-chairperson of the session “Toxicogenomics and Molecular Mechanisms”at the 11th International Workshop on Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships in the Human Health and Environmental Sciences.

Basak gave an invited lecture entitled “Prediction of toxicity of chemicals using chemodescriptors and biodescriptors” at the workshop. Basak and his collaborators from USA and Europe also presented the following papers at the international workshop:
“Proteomics based biodescriptors for characterization of toxicity,” authored by Basak, Milan Randic, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia and NRRI, Dejan Plavsic, Institute Rudjer Boakovi, Zagreb, Croatia, and `eljko Bajzer, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; “A comparison of arbitrary versus tailored similarity spaces in property/toxicity estimation” by Brian D. Gute, Basak, Denise Mills and Douglas M. Hawkins, U of M Twin Cities campus; “Use of calculated chemodescriptors in toxicity prediction of halocarbons” by Gute, Basak, Krishnan Balasubramanian, University of California-Davis, Kevin Geiss, U.S. Air Force, Wright Patterson AFB, and Hawkins, U of M Twin Cities campus; “Intercorrelation pattern of major topological indices” by Basak, Gute and Alexandru T. Balaban, Texas A&M University at Galveston; “On Clustering of JP-8 Chemicals” by Basak, Gute, Gregory D. Grunwald, and James Riviere, North Carolina State University; “Estimation of tissue: air partition coefficients: a comparison of structure and property-based methods” by Basak, Mills, Hawkins and Hisham El-Masri, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; “Estimation of blood:air partition coefficients of volatile organic chemicals using molecular descriptors” by Basak, Gute, Mills, Hisham El-Masri and Moiz M. Mumtaz, both of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and Hawkins; “Estimation of estrogen receptor binding affinity using theoretical molecular descriptors” by Basak, Mills, and Hawkins; “Use of topological indices in predicting aryl hydrocarbon (Ah) receptor binding affinity of dibenzofurans: A hierarchical QSAR approach” by Basak, Mills, Mumtaz, Balasubramanian; “Similarity studies of proteomic maps” by Basak, Marjan Vracko, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Geiss and Frank Witzmann, Indiana University and Purdue University.


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The College of Pharmacy, Duluth, recently welcomed four new faculty and staff to their program: Debra Sisson, assistant professor and associate director, experiential education; Karen Bastianelli, associate director, Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center; Andrea Nasstrom,
assistant professor; and Stacy Tomhave, student personnel worker.

The following presentations were made at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City:

Paul Ranelli, professor, and Linda Martin, University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy, presented “The Use of Scholarship Committees to Foster Scholarly Growth Through Research Collaboration” at a joint session of Social and Administrative Sciences and Teachers of Pharmacy Practice sections.

Timothy Stratton, associate professor, Melissa Bumgardner, assistant professor, and Rodney Carter, associate dean of professional and external relations for the College of Pharmacy, presented a juried poster entitled “Large Class Clinical Case Discussions on Multiple Campuses Using Interactive TV.”

Patricia Lind, formerly of the College of Pharmacy (CoP), Sarah Westberg, assistant professor, and Laura Hubbard, undergraduate research assistant, presented “Cultural Competency Education in Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy.”

Westberg, Lind, and Bumgardner presented “Cultural Competency Curriculum Enhancements and Evaluation.”

Bumgardner also organized and directed a booth at the Health and Fitness Expo and Grandma’s Marathon in June. She was joined by Westberg and several pharmacy students providing aid to marathon runners.

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