Tuesday, March 28, 2006 VOLUME 23, NUMBER 12

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Alison Aune, associate professor of art education and museum education, gave presentations at the International Society of Education through Art (InSEA) Congress 2006: Interdisciplinary Dialogues in Arts Education in Viseu, Portugal from February 28 - March 5, 2006.

Aune, along with Joellyn Rock, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, conceived and curated a collaborative art exhibit, “Metamorphosis of Peace” at the conference. It included a gallery exhibit of paintings by Francisco da Costa Maya, an online exhibit of artwork by students, and an art education workshop at InSEA 2006. The graphic identity, posters and other design elements were created by undergraduate research grantee, Danielle Nelson.

Aune presented a workshop, “An Artist Based Approach to Curricular and Pedagogical Practice” with Francisco da Costa Maya at the Polytechnico Institute in Visue on March 2 and she presented “A Museum Based Art Education Program” in the Teacher Education Round Table with professors from France and Spain on March 3. An online exhibit was designed by Rock, http://www.d.umn.edu/~aaune/peace/.

Richard Liu has accepted the position of Director of Institutional Research. He assumed his responsibilities on February 27.

Shelly McCauley Jugovich and Bruce Reeves recently presented “IT and Educational Technology: What’s Pedagogy Got to Do With IT?” at the 2006 EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference in Chicago. Their presentation had the highest attendance among all track sessions, and is available from the EDUCAUSE web site at http://www.educause.edu/LibraryDetailPage/666?ID=MWR0679. Jugovich and Reeves support faculty in their use of educational technology on campus and are members of the Information Technology Systems and Services department.

Anna Marie Roos, associate professor, Department of History, presented “Johann Cohausen, Volatile Salts, and Theories of Longevity,” at the British Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, St. Hugh’s, Oxford in January. The same article will be published in the Journal Medical History in 2007. Her article, “Nehemiah Grew, the Early Royal Society, and the Saline Chemistry of Plants” will be published in the winter 2007 edition of Ambix, the journal of the Society of the History of Alchemy and Chemistry. The latter article has also been accepted for presentation at the International Conference on the History of Alchemy and Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia in July, as well as at the British Society of the History of Science Society in Kent, Canterbury in July.

In June 2007, Roos will also have her first photographic exhibition at the Stables Gallery at Oxford University. It is entitled: “Albion: Ideal, Real, and Transcendent.” The twenty photographs displayed will be accompanied by excerpts from a book about English culture that she is currently writing.


Valerie Brady (NRRI and MN Sea Grant), Gerald Sjerven, Jesse Schomberg (MN Sea Grant), Dan Breneman, and Gerald Niemi have been awarded a grant by the Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program. The grant is titled “North shore community futures: aquatic resources and growth scenarios.” The research will contribute to the Weber Stream Restoration Initiative begun last year which focuses on stream restoration for the Lester/Amity system and other Minnesota North Shore streams.

Tom Hollenhorst, George Host, and Lucinda Johnson published a book chapter titled “Scaling Issues in Mapping Riparian Zones with Remote Sensing Data: Quantifying Errors and Sources of Uncertainty” in the recently released book Scaling and Uncertainty Analysis in Ecology: Methods and Applications, by J. Wu, K.B. Jones, H. Li, and O.L. Loucks (eds.), Springer (publisher). Printed in the Netherlands.

Euan Reavie presented a seminar on “Paleoecological implications on the Southeast Lake of the Woods TMDL,” at the Third International Lake of the Woods Water Quality Forum in International Falls, Minnesota in March.

Brian Gute and Subhash Basak published the paper
“Optimal neighbor selection in molecular similarity: comparison of arbitrary versus tailored similarity spaces” in the international journal SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research, vol. 17, 37-51 (2006).

Larry Zanko gave a presentation at the 70th Meeting of the Petroleum Environmental Research forum (PERF) focusing on “Environmental Risk Assessment Methodologies: Analytical and Biological Aspects” in Paris, France, on March 21-22. The title of his talk, co-authored by J. Kenneth Wittle of EPI, was “The influence of particulate carbonaceous organics on the sampling, analysis and remediation of PAH contaminated harbor sediments.”

The following NRRI staff gave presentations at the First Minnesota Natural Resources Conference, February 28 - March 2, 2006 in Brainerd:
Chris Burdett, “Use of GPS Telemetry to Study the Space Use and Movements of Canada Lynx in Minnesota.

Cindy Hale, “Ecological Consequences of Exotic Invaders: Interactions involving European earthworms and native plant communities in hardwood forests.”

Tom Hollenhorst, “A Probablistic Sampling Design for Aquatic Communities in the Prairie Pothole Region.”

Jim Lind, “Breeding Bird Response to Harvest in Riparian Buffers in Northern Minnesota.”

Nick McCann, “Snowshoe Hare Population Density and Use of Cover Types in Superior National Forest, Minnesota.”

Niemi, “Update on Canada Lynx Research in Minnesota.”

Jennifer Olker, “Effects of Hydrology and Land Use on Amphibian Breeding Potential and Community Structure in the Prairie Pothole Region.”

Carol Reschke gave a presentation, co-authored with George Host and Lucinda Johnson, titled “Landscape Relationships and Classification of Minnesota Lakes Using DNR Aquatic Vegetation Data.”


Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave two sponsored presentations, “Lessons Learned in Aquatic Invasive Species Education in the United States” and “Boat Wash Stations: Just a Leaky Sieve?” at the Western Region Zebra Mussel Control Initiative’s Zebra Mussels and Other Alien Invaders Seminar sponsored by the Ireland Department of Environment, Heritage, and Local Government, in Claregalway, County Galway, Ireland, during March.
Jensen also gave the presentation, “Habitattitude: Don’t Release Nemo or Lily” to over 400 high school students at the 2006 River Watch Congress sponsored by the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet during March.

Jensen, Jeff Gunderson, acting director, and Phil Moy, Wisconsin Sea Grant fisheries and aquatic invasive species specialist, hosted an “Aquatic Invasive Species: Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Training Workshop” at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, in Ashland, WI, during March. Twenty-two National Park Service staff from ten Great Lakes offices attended and developed five draft AIS-HACCP plans aimed at preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species into park waters.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities extension educator, George Host and Lucinda Johnson (NRRI), and Carl Richards, former director, published “Evaluating the influence of landform, surficial geology, and land use on streams using hydrologic simulation modeling” in the Journal of Aquatic Science 67:528-540 (2005).


Joseph R. Prohaska, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Margaret Broderius, assistant scientist, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, published a manuscript entitled “Plasma peptidylglycine alpha-amidating monooxygenase (PAM) and ceruloplasmin are affected by age and copper-status in rats and mice” in Comp. Biochem. Physiol. B. 143, 360-366, 2006.

Prohaska was invited to present two lectures on the nutritional biochemistry of zinc and copper at the School of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom.


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