Tuesday, June 28, 2005 VOLUME 22, NUMBER 15

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Robert Appleton, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, presented a report from “Grafist 9” an international graphic design conference in Istanbul, Turkey and the “Alliance Graphique Internationale Congress” conference recently held in Beijing, China to the Lake Superior Advertising Federation meeting in Duluth earlier this June. Catherine Ishino, associate professor also presented.

Catherine Ishino, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, reports that her oral histories of her relatives’ internment experiences has been reviewed by the curatorial staff and will be accessed to their permanent collection at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles; the only one of its kind in the USA.

Carmen Latterell, Mathematics and Statistics, had her article, “How We See Ourselves,” published in Mathematics in Michigan, volume 44, pages 2-4. The article described a study that revealed that mathematics majors like to appear to others as nerdy. She had her article “Low-level Mathematics Testing: It’s Not Just the Format” published in the New Jersey Mathematics Teacher, volume 62, Issue 2. She also had her article “Four women’s motivation for obtaining graduate degrees in mathematics” published in the International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning.

Candy Furo, associate administrator/academic advisor, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, was honored for her involvement in and commitment to Grandma’s Marathon with a Hall of Fame Award. The ceremony took place on June 18 in Duluth. Furo is in charge of coordinating race packet pick-up for the over 15,000 athletes participating in Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

Bill Tezla, professor emeritus, Department of English, has had published the book Egy szivvel; ket hazaban; amerikas magyarok, 1895--1920 [With one heart in two homelands: American Hungarians, 1895-1920.]

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Mustafa al'Absi, associate professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, has received an NIH grant award to fund an international research program titled Concurrent Use of Nicotine and Khat. The new three-year project is funded by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health through the FIRCA initiative, and will expand al’Absi’s research in the area of stress, neurobiology, and addiction.

Joseph R. Prohaska, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been awarded a five-year competitive renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his research on “Nutritional Copper Status and the Nervous System.” Prohaska has also been honored at the Experimental Biology 2005 meeting in San Diego, CA for his nine years of service as associate editor of the Journal of Nutrition. At that meeting he presented a paper on his work “Rat brain iron accumulation is dependent on adequate dietary copper” co-authored by Anna A. Gybina (Ph.D. graduate student in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics).


Jeff Gunderson, associate director, presented, “Great Lakes Regional Aquaculture Issues,” at the Aquaculture Legal Developments Workshop held in Rockport, Maine, in June. The workshop was sponsored by the Sea Grant Law Center.
Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave a presentation, “Habitattitude - A National Public Education Campaign to Prevent the Release of Unwanted Aquarium Fish and Plants,” at a quarterly meeting of the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council (MISAC), in St. Paul during April.

Barb Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, presented an invited poster at the “International Water Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, during April. The poster was entitled “Guide to Aquatic Invertebrates of the Upper Midwest.” Will Bouchard, Entomology, was co-author.

Sharon Moen, editor, and Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, were honored for their work writing Superior Science, Stories of Lake Superior Research, at the Seventeenth Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards held in May at UMD.

Several Sea Grant staff gave presentations at the 48th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research held by the International Association of Great Lakes Research during May in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Zhuikov presented, “Sharing Superior Science,” which described the Superior Science for You speaker series held in 2002-2003. Liukkonen and Cindy Hagley, environmental quality educator, presented, “The University of Minnesota Shoreland Program — Creating Shoreland Stewards.” Hagley also presented, “Duluth Streams — Web-Based Delivery of Real-Time Stormwater and Water Quality Automated Data Using User-Friendly Data Visualization Tools — Making Data Come Alive for Decision-Makers.”


NRRI economic geologists participated in the North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America meeting in Minneapolis, May 19-21, 2005, with the following presentations: Alexander, E.C., Jr., Alexander, S.C., Peterson, D.M., Hauck, S.A., and Zavodnik, A. “A reconnaissance geochemistry of groundwater seeps in the Soudan mine.” Miller, J.D., Jr., Green, J.C., Severson, M.J., Chandler, V.W. and Boerboom, T.J. “Geology of the Midcontinent Rift in northeastern Minnesota.” Miller, J.D., Jr., Jirsa, M.A., and Severson, M.J. “Geology, geochemistry, and PGE potential of the mafic-ultramafic intrusions in Minnesota, excluding the Duluth Complex.” Ojakangas, R., Severson, M., Morey, G.B., Jongewaard, P, Arola, J., Evers, J., Halverson, D., and Holst, T.B. “Geology and sedimentology of the Paleoproterozoic Animikie Group: Pokegama Formation, Biwabik Iron Formation, and Virginia Formation, Eastern Mesabi Range, and the Thomson Formation near Duluth.” Peterson, D.M., and Hudak, G. “Architecture of an Archean greenstone belt: Stratigraphy, structure, and mineralization.” Peterson, D.M. “Deep Underground Science at the Soudan mine: A proposal by the University of Minnesota.” Peterson, D.M. “Visualizing the geology of the Soudan mine: A proposed site for a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory in northern Minnesota.” Severson, M.J. “Cu-NiPGE mineral deposits associated with the Duluth Complex, northeastern Minnesota.” and Zanko, L., Setterholm, D., and Heine, J. “Pre-Cretaceous weathering profile and Cretaceous geology of the Minnesota River Valley.”

Subhash Basak was in Arlington, Virginia, in May to participate in the BioSpace Conference on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, organized by DARPA, U.S. Department of Defense. Basak traveled to Lille, France, to act as the Co-Chairperson of a QSAR session at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe conference, May 22-26, 2005, and to present a paper “QSARs for bioactivity and toxicity using chemodescriptors and biodescriptors” at the conference. He continued his trip to Orleans, France, where he gave an invited lecture “Prediction of bioactivity and toxicity of chemicals from chemodescriptors and proteomics based biodescriptors: An integrated approach” at the company headquarter of Bio-Chemics Consulting. Basak finally traveled to Paris to meet UNESCO/United Nations officials regarding UNESCO involvement in the Mathematical Chemistry research and workshop program of NRRI.

Several NRRI Center for Water and the Environment researchers attended the 2005 Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society in New Orleans in May. Valerie Brady presented an invited presentation with co-authors Lucinda Johnson, Jan Ciborowski, Dan Breneman, Tom Hollenhorst, and Joseph Gathman on Macroinvertebrate responses to wetland hydrogeomorphic classes in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Dan Breneman presented an invited presentation with co-authors Lucinda Johnson, and Catherine Johnson on Effects of fragmentation on macroinvertebrate community composition in vernal pools. Lucinda Johnson gave an invited presentation with co-authors Dan Breneman, Jan Ciborowski, Valerie Brady, George Host, Jeffrey Schuldt, Tom Hrabik, and Carl Richards on Identifying reference conditions in highly disturbed coastal Great Lakes regions.
Ron Moen gave a talk titled “Biology and Management of Canada lynx in Minnesota,” co-authored by Christopher L. Burdett, Gerald J. Niemi, L. David Mech and Edward L. Lindquist at the 2005 Joint Furbearer Workshop, in May in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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