Tuesday, September 7, 2004, Volume 22 number 1

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Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art & Design, had a suite of prints in a Photographic Resource Center exhibition in Boston. She was one of fourteen artists out of 144 selected by juror Rachel Rosenfeld Lafo, curator of the Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Lafo was previously curator at the Portland Art Museum and has taught at Tufts and Boston Universities. Brush also had a group of images in the First to See the Light Annual 2004 Alternative Process exhibition in the gallery at the Quay School of Art in Wanganui, New Zealand. Photographer Rita Dibert selected her work.

The Mathematical Association of America presented a Trevor Evans Award to Douglas Dunham, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, for his article, “A Tale Both Shocking and Hyperbolic,” published in Math Horizons. Awards recognize authors of exceptional articles accessible to undergraduates.


Minnesota Sea Grant earned the highest rating possible in a review by the National Sea Grant Program and a Program Assessment Team. The review took place in September 2003, and found that Minnesota Sea Grant has done an outstanding job with administration, connecting with users, long-range planning, and producing significant results. As a result, the program will receive merit funds for the next four years.

Cindy Hagley, water quality specialist, and Sharon Moen, editor, each earned APEX awards of excellence from Communications Concepts, Inc. Hagley earned honors for the DuluthStreams Web site (www.duluthstreams. org) in the special purpose video and electronic publications category. Others involved in the project include Jesse Schomberg, Bruce Munson, and Carl Richards from Sea Grant; Marion Lonsdale from the City of Duluth Public Works and Utilities; and Richard Axler and George Host from NRRI. Moen earned honors for feature writing for her article about zebra mussels, “Coming to a Lake Near You?” for Cabin Life Magazine. The APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence.

Hagley presented a talk, “A Partnership to Evaluate a Superfund Site on Leech Lake Tribal Lands” at the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals national conference held in Wheeling, West Virginia in May. The talk was co-authored by Jeffrey Gunderson and Carl Richards of Minnesota Sea Grant, Richard Axler, NRRI, Shirley Nordrum, Division of Resource Management, Leech Lake Tribal Council, and John Persell, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Research Laboratory.

Douglas Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Information Center coordinator, participated as an educator for “BioBlitz,” in Superior, WI, in August.

Lucinda Johnson, associate director of the Center for Water and Environment, NRRI, gave the presentation, “Great Lakes in a Changing Climate,” twice in July at the EPA Lab in Duluth and the North House Folk School in Grand Marais for the “Liquid Science Speaker Series,”
which is sponsored by Sea Grant and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, gave the keynote address, “Linking Land Use to Water Quality on the North Shore,” at the Save Lake Superior Association annual meeting at Split Rock Lighthouse in August.


Brian Gute, NRRI computational chemist, recently published his first freelance writing/editing project, Full Metal Fantasy, Volume One: Iron Kingdoms Character Guide, a fantasy roleplaying game book for the Dungeons & Dragons game. Gute is one of four writers and one of three editors who produced the book. The
Iron Kingdoms setting and storyline were created by Brian Snoddy and Matt Wilson of Privateer Press, Inc., the book’s publisher.

NRRI’s Center for Water and the Environment made several presentations made at the 52nd annual meeting of the North American Benthological Society in Vancouver, BC:

Valerie Brady, Lucinda Johnson, Jan Ciborowski, Carl Richards, Dan Breneman and Joseph Gathman authored “Relative influence of landscape, habitat, and anthropogenic stress on macroinvertebrate communities of Great Lakes coastal wetlands.”

Johnson, Tom Hollenhorst, George Host and Richards authored “Using flow distances to proximally weight land use for predicting stream community and functional characteristics.”

Ciborowski, Johnson, Gathman, Brady, Jeff Holland, Hollenhorst, Jeff Schuldt, Host, Richards and Tom Hrabik authored “Integrating indicators of environmental condition at Great Lakes coastal margins: mapping results of standardized analyses.”

Richards, Nick Danz, Johnson, Hollenhorst, Brady, Dan Breneman, Ciborowski, and Hrabik authored “Developing indicators for use in probabilistic survey designs in Great Lakes coastal systems.”


Joseph R. Prohaska, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and J. Penland, USDA Human Nutrition Lab, Grand Forks, ND, published a manuscript entitled “Abnormal motor function persists following recovery from perinatal copper deficiency in rats” in the Journal of Nutrition 134, 1984-1988 (2004).

Prohaska was also an invited speaker at the FASEB Summer Research Conference. The title of his seminar was “Genomic and Proteomic Indices of Copper Status.” The conference was help at Snowmass, CO in June.

Robert T. Cormier, assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was awarded a $25,000 grant from the University of Minnesota Cancer Center for his research entitled “A Functional Genetic Test of the Role of PPAR in Intestinal Cancer.”

Edward L. Perkins, assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Duluth Clinic Chair of Molecular Medicine, was awarded a University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid of Research in the amount of $7,740 for his research entitled “Interaction of p27 tumor suppressor with the human cyclin A1 oncogene.”

Patricia M. Scott, research assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was awarded a University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid of Research in the amount of $28,951 for her research entitled “Role of Arf and Ubiquitin Interactions in GGA Function.”


Aaron Slotness was one of six recipients of a 2004 College of Pharmacy Meritorious Service Award for extraordinary performance during the past year. The award was presented to him at a College of Pharmacy staff day in Minneapolis.

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