Tuesday, July 25, 2006 * VOLUME 23, NUMBER 17
MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS
Jeff Gunderson, acting director, was part of a Great Lakes coaster brook trout restoration project that was recognized for “outstanding leadership and personal stewardship” during the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation, which was held in St. Louis, Mo., in August 2005.
Cindy Hagley, environmental quality educator, and Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities educator, along with staff from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, earned an environmental stewardship award in the community group for their View From the Lake Project. The project was noted for its “outstanding efforts to restore or protect the natural environment in the Lake Superior basin.” The Lake Superior Binational Forum presented the award during July at a ceremony in Superior, Wisc.
Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave a presentation “Habitattitude - A National Education Campaign to Prevent the Release of Aquarium Fish and Plants,” at a meeting of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff in Duluth during June. Jensen gave the presentation, “Habitattitude: A Program Update,” at the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting held in Alpena, Mich., during June. Jensen gave another presentation, “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers: An Opportunity for Partnerships,” at the quarterly meeting of the Minnesota Arrowhead Association in Gilbert during July. Recognizing the benefits provided through the campaign and the threats that aquatic invasive species pose to recreation tourism in northeastern Minnesota, the association passed a resolution to join the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign.
Barb Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator; Nick Zlonis, communication designer; and Eleanor Burkett, Extension Service, were awarded the Sea Grant Program Leaders’ Outstanding Program Award at the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Conference in Alpena, Mich., during June for their project to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species via water gardening. Their partners were Wendy Strombeck (oneD.design), Mike Klepinger (Michigan Sea Grant), and Mandy Beall (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources).
Schomberg gave a talk, “Climate Change, Mercury, and Stormwater: Bringing it all Home,” at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais during June. Schomberg also presented, “Rip Current Education in Duluth,” at the 2006 Great Lakes Rip Current Conference in Manitowoc, Wisc., during June.
Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, Jensen, and Marco Yzer with the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Minneapolis campus, gave the talk “Integrating Audience Perspectives into Sea Grant Programming,” at the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting held in Alpena, Mich., during June.
NRRI water quality/diatom researchers recently gave the following talks:
Euan Reavie, “Great Lakes Diatom Tools: Advantages over Chemical Measurements in Paleolimnological and Monitoring Programs,” seminar at the 10th International Paleolimnology Symposium, in Duluth, Minn., June.
Amy Kireta presented a seminar on “Diatom-based nutrient models for the Great Lakes: Spatial and geomorphic considerations,” co-authored by Kireta, Euan Reavie, Rich Axler, John Kingston, Gerald V. Sgro (John Carroll University) at the North American Benthological Symposium, 54th Annual Meeting, in Anchorage, Alaska, in June. Kireta also presented a seminar on “A New Diatom-Based Phosphorus Model with Considerations of Lake and Geomorphic Characteristics,” co-authored by Kireta, Euan Reavie, Rich Axler, Gerald Sgro, and John Kingston at the 49th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research in Windsor, Ontario, in May.
Subhash Basak and Ramanathan Natarajan were in London in June to discuss collaborative research with colleagues at the Department of Crystallography, Birkbeck College, and University of London. They continued their journey to Dubrovnik, Croatia to give the following invited talks at the meeting of the International Academy of Mathematical Chemistry (IAMC), Dubrovnik, and June 15-17: 1) “Mathematical descriptors in the classification/ prediction of biological processes” by Basak, and 2) “On hierarchical QSAR approach” by Natarajan.
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