Tuesday, April 25, 2006 VOLUME 23, NUMBER 14

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Lynn Bye, associate professor, Department of Social Work, along with Michelle Alvarez, assistant professor of social work, University of Southern Indiana, edited School Social Work - Theory to Practice. The book, available this month, offers student skills and methods to help them adapt theories and current research into practice.


Subhash Basak was named one of the authors most cited by scientists in India for research in 2003-05. The study, “Assessment of India’s Research Literature” was conducted for the Defense Technical Information Center in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, by Ronald N. Kostoff, Dustin Johnson, Christine Bowles, and Simha Dodbele.


The Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant Programs hosted “A Tale of Two Estuaries: Restoring the Endangered Ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay and St. Louis River.” About 55 people attended the public science panel in March. Panelists were: Beth McGee, senior water quality scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Lynelle Hanson, executive director of the St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee; John Lindgren, fisheries specialist with the Minnesota DNR; Deb Swackhamer, professor with the University of Minnesota Twin Cities; and Heidi Bauman, Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program coordinator with the MPCA.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave a presentation “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! - An Opportunity for Local Partnerships” at a meeting of the Sportsman’s Club of Lake Vermilion in Tower during April.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities extension educator, and Nicole Hynum, a graduate student in environmental studies, received a Beautiful U Grant for $1,550 for an anti-littering campaign on the UMD Campus. The three-part project will involve creating an attention-grabbing waste receptacle, conducting an Earth Week campus clean-up event, and developing educational signs for posting along Tischer Creek, a campus trout stream. This project is part of the UMD Stormwater Committee’s anti-littering task force objectives.

Schomberg gave the presentation, “How Communities and Towns Can Grow While Protecting Water Quality,” 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.


Raymond G. Christensen, assistant dean for Rural Health and associate professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, has been awarded the Harold S. Diehl Award. This lifetime award is granted to individuals who have made outstanding professional contributions to the medical school, the university, and the community.


Randall Seifert was named head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy, Duluth. This separates the duties of the senior associate dean and department head, which became necessary as the Duluth Pharmacy program grew. Stephen Hoag will retain the senior associate dean role.


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