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Steve Colman, director, Large Lakes Observatory, made a presentation on October 7, to the Associates meeting of the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute: “Feasibility study: Usefulness of modern acoustic methods to the maritime industry in relation to changes in water depth in the Great Lakes.”

Richard Davis, professor of chemical engineering, presented a two-day workshop in September for the taconite industry on mathematical modeling of grate-kiln induration furnaces. Models are used to explore process changes for energy conservation, product quality, and pollution prevention.

Emmanuel U. Enemuoh, assistant professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, presented his paper “Designed Experimental Study of Set-Up Parameters of Acousto-Ultrasonic NDE of Adhesively Bonded Lap Joints,” at the Annual ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) North Midwest Sectional Conference at University of Wisconsin Stout held October 5 – 7. The paper demonstrates how his research work on nondestructive evaluation techniques can be integrated into teaching his elective course on NDE of materials.

Dalibor Froncek, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was appointed a member of the editorial board and associate editor of the International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences.

Dick Green, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a keynote talk, “A Bayesian approach to optimal foraging in parastioids,” at an international meeting on the Behavioral Ecology of Parasitoids, held in Sophia Antipolis, France, on September 25-28.

John Goodge, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, was an invited member of a National Science Foundation proposal review panel on “Ice Sheet History and Dynamics,” for the International Polar Year initiative, NSF Office of Polar Programs in September. The panel reviewed 27 proposals in five disciplines, with total awards requested $17.4 million. The International Polar Year is a major international effort to expand our understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic environments.

Zhuangyi Liu, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, attended the Sixth International Conference on Mathematical Problems in Engineering and Aerospace Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, June 21-23, and gave an presentation on “Global Existence and Asymptotic Stability of a Nonlinear Thermoelastic System.” He joined a University of Minnesota delegation to 2006 Beijing International Education Expo. from July 20-25. From August 5-18, he was a visitor to the Interdisciplinary Center of Applied Mathematics for the ISAT project funded by DARPA. He was a member of the scientific committee for the International Conference on Partial Differential Equations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 12-15, and gave a plenary presentation on “Polynomial Stability of Some Weakly Damped Systems.” He was a visitor to University of Rio de Janeiro from September 16-23, and a defense committee member for a Ph.D. student at that university.

Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, lectured for the American Institute of Archaeology National Lecture Series at the University of Akron and Wayne State University in October. The topics — The Archaeology of Nomads and Research at the ancient town of Plataiai, Greece — have been supported by a three-year McKnight Arts and Humanities grant. Marchese also continued on his co-operative research with colleagues at the University of Sheffield, England, The University of Vienna, Austria, and the Greek Archaeological Service in October with geo-physical survey at Plataiai. Research staff included one UMD UROP student, Erin Hughes an archaeology major in the Department of Anthropology. During the course of Marchese’s sabbatical leave he spent time in Greece with research at Plataiai and Istanbul, Turkey with the continuation of the study of Armenian Orthodox sacred artifacts.

James Miller, assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, gave a talk at the National American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) meeting in St. Paul on Tuesday, September 26. The title of the talk was: “Precambrian Geology of Minnesota: Telling the story of the construction of North America.”

Richard Ojakangas, professor emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, led a three-day field trip to Northern Minnesota for the American Institute of Professional Geologists national meeting which was held in Minneapolis on Sept. 23-25.

Bruce Peckham, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has just published “Computing Arnold Tongue Scenarios,” in the Journal of Computational Physics with coauthor Frank Schilder of the Bristol Center for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics, Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol, UK. It presents new algorithms for computing a specific set of “bifurcation curves” which occur in a variety of engineering and science applications.

Alexis Pogorelskin recently participated in an international conference at Petrozavodsk State University entitled Regional Northern Identity: from Past to Future. She gave a paper entitled, “Finnish-American Identity in the 1930s- How Portable?” and she chaired a session entitled Cross-Cultural Communication and Ethnic Identities.

S. L. Strunic, teaching assistant, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, made a presentation entitled “Diagnosis of Heart Murmurs Using An Artificial Neural Networks Classifier,” at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, BMES2006, October 11-14 in Chicago. His paper was co-authored by UMD professors R. Alba-Flores, F. Rios Gutierrez, and S. G. Burns, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and G. Nordehn, Department of Family Medicine, UMD School of Medicine.

John Swenson, associate professor, Department of Geological Sciences, gave the keynote presentation entitled “Teleconnections between source and sink in sediment dispersal systems” on September 21 at a National Science Foundation sponsored MARGINS Source-to-Sink Theoretical and Experimental Institute (TEI) held in northern California.

NRRI NEWS
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PHARMACY NEWS
College of Pharmacy, Duluth, faculty Karen Bastianelli, Melissa Bumgardner, Debra Sisson and Timothy Stratton participated in Duluth’s Project Homeless Connect at the DECC on October 4. The faculty members supervised eight Pharmacy and College of St. Scholastica Nursing students who provided homeless and low-income clients with free screenings for diabetes, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis. Approximately 80 clients participated in the screenings. Almost 40 percent of clients had test results outside of the normal range and were referred to local medical providers for follow-up.


MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS
Stephen Bortone has accepted a position as director of the Minnesota Sea Grant. Most recently Bortone served as director of the Sanibel-Captiva Marine Laboratory in Florida.

UM MEDICAL SCHOOL-DULUTH NEWS
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