Tuesday, September 5, 2006 * Volume 24, Number 1

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Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, has work in the traveling exhibition Innovation/Imagination, 50 Years of Polaroid Photography, at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, from August 27 to October 22.

Pat Farrell, associate professor, Department of Geography, Paula Pedersen, assistant professor Department of Psychology, and Eric McPhee, a graduate of UMD Geography department, received an award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) for a paper about McPhee’s UROP project, for which Pedersen and Farrell were co-advisors. The paper, entitled “Paper vs. Pixel: Effectiveness of Paper versus Electronic Maps to Teach Map Reading Skills in an Introductory Physical Geography Course,” won the Best Content Article Award for 2006 for the “Journal of Geography”. The award will be presented at the NCGE’s annual meeting in October in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Dalibor Froncek, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk “Cheesecake Factory Problem, the bipartite version” at the Italian International Conference, Combinatorics 2006, in Ischia, Italy.

Linda L. Grover, associate professor, Department of American Indian Studies, had “An Ojibwe American Indian View of Adult Learning in the Workplace,” published in Advances in Developing Human Resources, v.8 no. 3, August 2006. The article was co-written with Dr. Karen Keenan. In May, Grover was invited to Northern Michigan University for a poetry reading with three other Anishinaabe woman poets, and lectured as a guest in the Native Studies department.

Catherine Jo Ishino, associate professor, Department of Graphic Design, was invited to submit her motion graphics syllabus for publication in an upcoming design book, called Teaching Motion Design. The editors are Steven Heller and Michael Dooley. This book will serve as a companion to Teaching Graphic Design, a collection of 40 syllabi from various key schools from undergraduate to graduate levels and will be released this upcoming year. (Ishino’s capstone Senior Design Class, “Get Out the Vote” project, is already published in the second edition of this latter book.)

Ron Morton, professor, Department of Geosciences, and naturalist Judy Gibbs, have written a book titled A Walking Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail: Natural History, Scenery, and Other Trail Features. This walking guide details the natural history, scenic vistas, trail conditions, and interesting historical places seen and/or encountered along the more than 200 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail. For more information visit the publishers web site at www.rockflowerpress.com.

Robert Sand, Department of ITSS, climbed 14,410 ft on Mt. Rainier in Washington. Sand was part of a group of 24 guided by Rainier Mountaineering Inc. from Ashford, WA.

Randal Zimmermann, director, UMD International Education, has been hired as the first permanent, full-time Director of the UMD International Education Office.


Brian Brashaw conducted a “Lean Manufacturing 101” training for the Michigan Chapter of the Architectural Woodworking Institute in June in Traverse City, MI.21 attendees represented 10 architectural millwork manufacturers from Michigan.

Brian Brashaw provided a presentation to the Gitche Gumme Golden Kiwanis in July. The presentation covered an overview of NRRI’s nondestructive evaluation research and our interaction with the City of New Orleans covering the homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Brian Brashaw and Jennifer Dennison conducted a “Lean Manufacturing 101” training for the Lake States Lumber Association in July in Stevens Point, WI. 20 attendees represented six wood products manufacturers from Wisconsin and Michigan.

Jim Lind gave a presentation on NRRI forest bird monitoring program at the 1st Annual Boreal Hardwood Transition Zone Forest Bird Diversity Workshop in Cass Lake, MN in July. It was entitled Forest Bird Monitoring on the Chippewa National Forest.

Jennifer Olker presented a seminar on “Effects of Hydrology and Landuse on Amphibian Breeding Potential and Community Structure in the Prairie Pothole Region,” co-authored by Patrick K. Schoff, Lucinda B. Johnson, Tom Hollenhorst, Angela K. Rohweder, and Glenn Guntenspergen at the 20th Society for Conservation Biology Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, in June.


Laurie Fosnacht, administrative aide, was one of six recipients of the 2006 College of Pharmacy Meritorious Service Award for exceptional service to the college. The award was presented to her at a College of Pharmacy staff day in Taylors Falls, Minnesota.


Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave a presentation, “Get An Attitude About Habitattitude” to the Twin Ports Freshwater Folk at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Laboratory in Duluth during August. Jensen gave an overview on “Habitattitude” to teachers attending a Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute training workshop for teachers during July at UMD.

Barbara Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, gave the presentation, “It’s a Superior Lake,” and led a Lake Superior Game activity on Lake Superior Day during July at Sugarloaf Cove. Liukkonen also gave the presentation, “Gardening with Water: Rain Gardens and Water Gardens,” for a Café Scientifique talk in the Twin Cities during July.

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