Tuesday, November 16, 2004, Volume 22, Number 6

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Donn Branstrator, assistant professor and Conrad Firling, professor emeritus, Department of Biology, ran with UMD Faculty Dream Team in the Edmund Fitzgerald Ultramarathon Team Relay Race on October 16. The 2004 edition of the UMD Dream Team finished third in the open men’s master division with a time of 8 hours 47 minutes and 27 seconds for the 105K (66 mile) run from Finland, MN to Duluth. The UMD faculty team, which has never finished higher than eighth place in its division in previous races, has now participated in sixteen consecutive Edmund Fitzgerald Ultramarathon Relay Races. The team primarily consists of runners from the UMD College of Science and Engineering and the UMD School of Medicine.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, Department of Art and Design, has work in the Spectra 04 National Photography Triennial at Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan, CT from November 21 - December 22.

Pat Farrell, Department of Geography, traveled to Seattle to chair the Association of Women Soil Scientists (AWSS) annual meeting at the Soil Science Society of America Meeting. AWSS raised nearly $4000 in “Dirt shirt” sales. The proceeds are for a scholarship for a woman studying soil science and a donation to the upcoming Smithsonian Soils exhibit.

Ehsan H. Feroz, professor, Labovitz School of Business has recently been recognized nationally as “one of the most prolific researchers publishing in the accounting literature” by a national survey of the top thirty refereed academic journals in accounting. He is also the American Biographical Institute’s “Person of the Year 2004”.

Raj Karim, Department of Biology, recently had the following papers published: “Inhibition of Epstein-Barr Virus by the Triterpenoid Betulin diphosphate,” Amjad, Muhammad, Robert M. Carlson, Pavel Krasutsky, and M. Reza-ul Karim, 2004, J. Microbiology and Biotechnology, 14 (5) and “The Synergistic Effects of Betulin with Acyclovir Against Herpes Simplex Viruses.” Gong, Yunhao, M. Raj Karim, Carolyn A. Luscombe, Izabelle Gadawski, Teresa Tam, Jianhua Chu, David Gibson, Robert Carlson and Stephen L. Sacks. 2004. Antiviral Research 64: 127-130.

Mark Mizuko, professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and second year graduate student, Jolene Hyppa Martin, represented UMD at the International Conference on the Future of the Book in Beijing, China, in August. They presented a workshop about the different forms of ePortfolio, a web-based interactive information management tool used at UMD.

Mark Mizuko, and four graduate students, Jessica Cassellius, Kristen Eklund, Jolene Hyppa Martin, and Stacia Syrett, from the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, gave a presentation about their research at the Closing the Gap annual conference in the Twin Cities in October. The group presented their work on “Using Eye-Gaze Response Interface Computer Aid (ERICA)”. ERICA is a device that tracks eye movement to enable hands-free computer operation. Closing the Gap has an international reputation for information on innovative computer technology for persons with disabilities.

Jerry Niemi and M. McDonald, recently published “Application of ecological indicators” in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 35:89-111.

David Schimpf, Department of Biology, has been named Mr. November. His photos of Aegopodium podagraria are on the 2004 Invasive Species Calendar put out by the Plant Conservation Alliance’s Alien Plant Working Group. You can view/print them at http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/pubs/calendar.htm.


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