Tuesday, December 7, 2004, Volume 22, Number 7

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FACULTY/STAFF NEWS

Dalibor Froncek, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a seminar talk, “Coverings of complete bipartite graphs minus perfect matching by bicliques and Sperner Theorem” at the Polish Academy of Science in Krakow, Poland.

Olaf Kuhlke, Department of Geography, recently had the following book: Representing German Identity in the New Berlin Republic: Body, Nation, and Place published by Mellen Press. The book examines the multiple and conflicting ways in which German national identity is spatially expressed through the material and metaphor of the human body.

Duane Millslagle, associate professor in the HPER department, has a study entitled, “Coincidence Anticipation and Dynamic Visual Acuity in Young Adolescents” which will be published in the Journal of Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2004, 99, 1147-56. A new psychometrics procedure was used to measure dynamic visual acuity. The subject tracked an object of a constant size while the researcher manipulated the object’s velocity. Analysis indicated coincidence anticipation and dynamic visual acuity are different visual abilities.

MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS

Jeffrey Gunderson, associate director, gave the presentation, "Coaster Brook Trout Overview," at three coaster brook trout rehabilitation workshops in Duluth, Grand Marais, and Ashland, WI, during November.

Cynthia Hagley, water quality specialist, gave the presentation, "Minnesota Sea Grant educational programs - Windows to the health of northern Minnesota lakes and streams," to the Metropolitan Watershed Partners group in St. Paul during November.

Douglas Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Information Center coordinator, gave an invited presentation "Habitattitude - Thinking Globally, Acting Locally" at the 2004 Gales of November Event at the DECC. "HabitattitudeTM" is a new national public education and outreach campaign created by the pet industry and federal agencies, including Sea Grant, aimed at preventing the release of aquatic plants and fish by aquarists and water gardeners into the environment. He provided an overview on local efforts that successfully eradicated an infestation of koi and goldfish in Rock Pond, Bagley Nature Area on the UMD campus.

Jensen also participated in a news conference to announce the launch of HabitattitudeTM, at the American Family Pet Expo consumer show, during November in Novi, MI. Others participating in the news conference were: Marshall Meyers, Executive Vice President, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council; Dennis Schornack, Chair, U.S. Section, International Joint Commission; Kenneth DeBeaussart, Director, State of Michigan Office of the Great Lakes; Charlie Wooley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region; and Richard Preuss, Preuss Animal House, Haslett, MI.

Carl Richards, director, gave the presentation, "Economic Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lakes," to the Lake Superior Binational Forum during November in Thunder Bay, Canada.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, gave the invited presentation, "Nonpoint Source Pollution and solutions in Lake Superior: Linking Land use to Water Quality" at the Lake Environment and Civic Life in Harmony and Adjustment symposium in Ami, Japan. The symposium was organized by the Ibaraki University College of Agriculture, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the City of Superior, and the Ami International Exchange Association. His trip was sponsored by the Ami International Exchange Association.

NRRI NEWS

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MEDICAL SCHOOL

The recent Medical School of Duluth publications are as follow: Elizabeth West and Joseph R. Prohaska, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, published a manuscript entitled "Cu,Zn-Superoxide Dismutase is Lower and Copper Chaperone CCS is Higher in Erythrocytes of Copper-Deficient Rats and Mice" in the journal Experimental Biology in Medicine 229:756-764 (2004).

Kaleb C. Lund, Ph.D. graduate student in Toxicology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Kendall B. Wallace, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, published a manuscript entitled "Direct Effects of Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors on Rat Cardiac Mitochondrial Bioenergetics” in the journal Mitochondrion 4:193-202 (2004).

Timothy M. O'Brien, Ph.D. graduate student in Toxicology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Kendall B. Wallace, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, published a manuscript entitled “Mitochondrial Permeability Transition as the Critical Target of N-Acetyl Perfluorooctane Sulfonamide Toxicity In Vitro” in the journal Toxicological Sciences 82:330-340 (204).

Kendall B. Wallace, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was an invited speaker at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “Early Preclinical Signals for Drug-induced Mitochondrial Toxicities” meeting held on September 14 in Rockville Pike, MD.

COLLEGE OF PHARMACY, DULUTH

Students and faculty at UMD and St. Scholastica have formed an interdisciplinary health professions group called Council for Health Interdisciplinary Programs Duluth (CHIPD). It is affiliated with the CHIP organization in the Academic Health Center on the Twin Cities campus. The group promotes professional learning and relationships among health professions students in the UMD School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, Duluth, and St. Scholastica Department of Nursing. UMD faculty advisors to the group are Timothy Stratton, associate professor, and Andrea Nasstrom, assistant professor, College of Pharmacy, Duluth; and Jeffrey Adams, associate director, family medicine, Medical School Duluth.

A paper by Ayman Noreddin, associate professor, titled "Target Attainment Potential versus Urinary Tract Infection E.coli of Ciprofloxacin 500mg Every 12 Hours, Gatifloxacin 200mg and 400mg Once Daily and Levofloxacin 500mg, 750mg and 1000mg Once Daily Administered to Hospitalized Patients: Analysis of Canadian versus US Isolates" was presented at the 2004 meeting of the Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Saskatchewan, Canada. Noreddin also published a paper, "Pharmacodynamic target attainment analysis against Streptococcus pneumoniae using levofloxacin 500mg, 750mg and 1000mg once daily in plasma (P) and epithelial lining fluid (ELF) of hospitalized patients with community acquired pneumonia (CAP)" in the International Journal of Antimocrobial Agents 24 (2004) 479-484.

Melissa Bumgardner, assistant professor, and Sarah Westberg, assistant professor, recently sat for and passed the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties pharmacotherapy specialty exam. Pharmacotherapy is that area of pharmacy practice that is responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate, and economical use of drugs in patient care. The Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) has responsibility for direct patient care, often functions as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and is frequently the primary source of drug information for other healthcare professionals.


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