Tuesday, January 25, 2005, Volume 22, Number 8

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Praveen Aggarwal was recently invited to present a research paper at the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) at University of California, Irvine. This presentation was part of the CRITO Speaker Series, which is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Management and the Department of Information & Computer Science at UC, Irvine. The paper, co-authored with Rajiv Vaidyanathan, outlines an innovative methodology for analyzing online content using lexical-semantic analysis. Aggarwal was also an invited panelist for a news story broadcast by the WDSE (Channel 8). The topic of the story, broadcast live on Almanac North in November was “Mergers and Acquisitions: Maurices and Dress Barn, K-Mart and Sears.”

Beth Bartlett, professor, Department of Women’s Studies, has recently published her book, Rebellious Feminism: Camus’s Ethic of Rebellion and Feminist Thought, with Palgrave Macmillan.

Gloria DeFilipps, professor, Department of art & design, has work in the Fourth National Photography Image Biennial at Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina State University at Greenville, NC. The exhibition runs through February 20, and her work was selected by widely exhibited photographer Maggie Taylor. Brush has work in the Annual Exhibition at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, New York, from February 4 - March 19. The awards juror is Louis Grachos of the Albright-Knox Gallery.

James H. Fetzer, McKnight Professor of Philosophy, will present “Reasoning about Assassinations: Critical Thinking in Political Contexts”, during the Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities to be held at The University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, in August 2005. Fetzer’s paper explains how the application of principles of logic, critical thinking, and scientific reasoning have transformed what we know about the death of JFK and promises to resolve other cases. Its abstract, now a part of the formal conference announcement, is posted at http://H05.cgpublisher.com/proposals/488.

Scott Freundschuh, Department of Geography, recently published with Professor Dan Montello, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Cognition of Geographic Information” in McMaster, R. B and Usery, E. L. (Eds.), A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Carmen Latterell, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, had her book, Math Wars, published in January, 2005 by Praeger Press. Latterell and Sarah Kueffer, Anoka Ramsey Community College and former graduate student at UMD, had their article “Reform and Traditional Undergraduate Calculus I: A Meta-analysis” published in Volume 3, Issue 1, 2004, of the LATM Journal. Latterell also published “A Rubric for Evaluating Elementary Mathematics Curricula” written with her brother, Marshall Latterell of Oakwood Elementary School, in the January 2005 issue (volume 63, issue 1, pages 5-9) of The New Jersey Mathematics Teacher.

Richard Leino, senior research associate, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, is a co-author on a research paper by Kathleen Jensen and colleagues at the EPA Mid- Continent Ecology Division entitled: “Characterization of responses to the antiandrogen flutamide in a short-term reproduction assay with the fathead minnow,” Aquatic Toxicology. 70: 99-110, 2004.

Anna Marie Roos, associate professor, Department of History, and director of UMD’s Study-in-England Programme, has presented “Bryan Robinson (1680-1754), Theories of Respiration, and the Atmospheric Acids of Sir Isaac Newton” at the British Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford held this January. The same paper has been published in the Fall 2004 volume of the journal, Eighteenth-Century Thought. Roos will be a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine during her sabbatical year in 2005-6 where she will research and write her second book concerning early modern chemistry.

Jean Stevenson, Elementary Education, Linda Miller Cleary, English, and Mary Wright, Secondary Education, presented a paper titled “Interrogating the Past to Renew Literacy Practices in the Present: Multi-Modal Reflections for Pre-Service Teachers” at the 94th Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English in Indianapolis, Indiana in November. In addition Stevenson and Wright have co-authored a chapter entitled, “Breathing the Life-World of Literature” in Making Connections: Students and Authors on the Same Page, edited by John Harmon, published by the New York State English Council. Stevenson has presented additional papers at recent conferences including: “The Power of Response: Lessons from the Correspondence Between a Writer and Her Editor” at the 31st Plains International Reading Association Regional Conference in October in Bismarck, North Dakota; and “A Picture Walk: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Literacy” with Alison Aune, Art Department, and Susan Hudec, Tweed Museum of Art at the Art Educators of Minnesota Fall Conference in November in Minneapolis.

Tom Peacock has written a book entitled: The Four Hills of Life to be published in April 2005. The book, intended for middle-schoolers, is a life cycle book from an Ojibwe perspective combining human development, Ojibwe philosophy and culture, and the sciences. Challenges and responsibilities faced along each of the four seasons are highlighted.

Molly Minkkinen, instructor, and Mary Ann Marchel, assistant professor, Department of Education, co-presented “Early Childhood: A Career Full of Opportunity” at the 13th Annual Kids Plus Conference in Duluth, Minnesota in October.

Eun-Kyung Suh, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, has work selected for the 26th Annual Paper in Particular National Exhibition in Columbia College, Columbia, MO starting in February.

Viktor Zhdankin, professor, Department of Chemistry, was an invited speaker at the International Conference on “Chemistry Biology Interface: Synergistic
New Frontiers” in India in November. This conference was organized by the University of Delhi and attracted over 1,500 participants from all over the world. Zhdankin presented a lecture about his research on new hypervalent iodine reagents useful in organic synthesis, as well as in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry.


Jeff Gunderson, associate director, gave the presentation, “A Lake Superior Exotic Species Update,” and Carl Richards, director, presented, “Lake Superior Habitat Issues and Concerns,” at a Lake Superior Fisheries Conference held in December at the Cloquet Forestry Center.

Douglas Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Center coordinator, gave a guest lecture, “Aliens in Our Waters: The Silent Invasion,” to students enrolled in a course on current environmental topics, offered by Jane Wattrus, College of St. Scholastica, in December. Jensen also gave the presentation, “How to Prevent the Release of Aquarium Plants and Animals” to 20 first graders at St. Michael’s Lakeside School in December.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, presented, “North Shore Land Use and Water Quality” and Richards presented, “Habitats of Lake Superior,” at the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting held in December at the DECC. Schomberg also gave the presentation, “Miller Creek Watershed: Growth to Protect a Community Resource,” to the citizen’s group “Good Neighbors” in Hermantown in January.


George Host gave two invited presentations at the “Future of Open Water Observation Technology for the Great Lakes” workshop, sponsored by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the
International Joint Commission, which was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first talk was on “Remote underwater sensing technology and data visualization” and was coauthored by Rich Axler, Bruce Munson, Cynthia Hagley, and Carl Richards. The second was on “Multitemporal high-resolution satellite classification of submerged aquatic vegetation in the Great Lakes,” coauthored by Peter Wolter, Jerry Niemi, and Carol Johnston.

Rich Axler was an invited participant and speaker at the National Science Foundation — Environmental Engineering Directorate sponsored workshop “Sensors for Environmental Observatories (SEO)” in November ad December held at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. The talk was entitled “Using time-relevant, intensive lake and stream data for training technicians and educating citizens, students, resource agencies and decision-
makers.’ Co-authors are abundant and include: George Host, Norm Will, Elaine Ruzycki, Jane Reed, Jerry Henneck and Gerry Sjerven from NRRI; Cindy Hagley,
Jesse Schomberg and Carl Richards from Sea Grant; Bruce Munson andbl from UMD-Education; Chris Owen from Apprise Technologies, Inc; Marnie Lonsdale, Todd Carlson, Jerry Walker and Al Odean from the City of Duluth; and John Barten, James Johnson and Brian Vlach from Three Rivers (Hennepin) Park District.


Kendall B. Wallace, professor, was an invited speaker at the South Central Regional Chapter, Society of Toxicology at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS in October. The title of his presentation was “Multiple Mechanisms of Chemical-induced itochondrionopathies.” Wallace was an invited speaker at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter, Society of Toxicology at National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, NC in October. The title of his presentation was “Adriamycin-induced Cardiomyopathy -- A Radical Mechanism of Toxicity.” Wallace also was a member of the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI) Working Group on Cardiovascular Complications of HIV Infection and AIDS, “NRTI-induced Mitochondrial Cardiomyopathy” in October in Bethesda, MD.

Kaleb C. Lund, Ph.D. graduate student, and Wallace published a manuscript entitled “Direct, DNA pol gamma-independent effects of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors on mitochondrial bioenergetics” in the journal, Cardiovascular Toxicology 4, 217-228 (2004).

Joseph R. Prohaska, professor, Anna A. Gybina, Ph.D. graduate student, Margaret Broderius, assistant scientist, and Bruce Brokate, junior scientist, published a manuscript entitled “Peptidylglycine-alpha-amidating monooxygenase activity and protein are lower in copper-deficient rats and suckling copper-deficient mice” in the journal, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 434, 212-220 (2005).


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.

Haim Einat, assistant professor, presented “Animal Models for Bipolar Disorder — New Understanding and New Possibilities” as part of a special panel on medication development for bipolar disorder at the 43rd American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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