Tuesday, October 31, 2006 * Volume 24, Number 5
Priscilla Day, professor, Department of Social Work and enrolled member of the Leech Lake Reservation will be honored at the Third Annual YWCA “Women of Distinction Award” luncheon held at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center on November 2. These awards recognize and honor women who have made significant contributions to the community.
Emmanuel Enemuoh, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, received a $10,000 award from British Aerospace Engineering (BAE) to research and develop Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) methods for detecting voids located at the bond-line interface between composite panels and the supporting substrate.
Julie Etterson, assistant professor, Department of Biology, was an invited seminar speaker at the Northern Forest Genetics Association Conference in September at the UMN Forestry Center in Cloquet, Minnesota. Her seminar was entitled “Evolution in response to climate change.” She was also an invited symposium speaker on the topic “Local adaptation of plant populations across climate gradients” during the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting held in Memphis, Tennessee this August.
Richard Gran, assistant professor, Department of Physics, recently published two papers with the K2K experiment collaboration: R. Gran, E.J. Jeon, et al., “Measurement of the quasielastic axial vector mass in neutrino interactions on oxygen” Physical Review D 74, 052002 (2006), and M.H. Ahn, et al., “Measurement of neutrino oscillation by the K2K experiment” Physical Review D 74, 072003 (2006).
Carmen Latterell, associate professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, had her article “CPMP III versus Algebra II” published in the current issue of FOCUS: On Learning Problems in Mathematics.
The paper on “The measurement of the organic-carbon normalized partition coefficient, Koc, for dioxin from contaminated sediment”, written by Keith Lodge, associate professor in Chemical Engineering, was recently included in the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts database from CSA. The paper was originally published in the Advances in Environmental Research (Vol. 7, no. 1, pp.147-156. Nov 2002).
Allen Mensinger, associate professor, Department of Biology, has been selected to serve on the National Science Foundation’s Fall 2006 Panel on Animal Sensation and Movement in Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Minor, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Large Lakes Observatory (LLO), had a paper come out in the September 2006 edition of Limnology and Oceanography: “Effects of salinity changes on the photodegradation and UV-visible absorbance of terrestrial dissolved organic matter,” Limnology and Oceanography 51(5), 2181-2186. The paper was co-written by J. Pothen, B.J. Dalzell, post-doc associate, LLO, H. Abdulla and K. Mopper.
Jon Rumbley, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, gave an invited seminar at St. Cloud State University on Monday, Oct 16, entitled, “Protein Folding: What is the Starting Point and Why Does it Matter?”
Jiann-Shiou Yang, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently presented two papers titled “Non-invasive Infrasound Heart Murmur Detection with a Support Vector Machine Classification Approach,” and “Application of the ARIMA Models to Urban Roadway Travel Time Prediction - A Case Study,” at the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, which was held October 8-11 in Taipei, Taiwan. He was also invited to chair three conference sessions: “Machine Learning 1”, “Machine Learning 3”, and “Intelligent Transportation Systems 5” at this meeting. A recent article entitled “Newspaper Volume Circulation Modeling and Prediction via Time Series Analysis” has been accepted by the journal WSEAS Transactions on Systems. In addition, Yang is serving on the International Program Committee for the upcoming 2007 IASTED International Conference on Robotics and Applications.
Evergreen Films, based in Pacific Palisades, CA came to Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) / Geological Sciences in September to film Tom Johnson and Erik Brown, both professors, Department of Geological Sciences and LLO, for a segment of Faces of Earth, a 4-hour series that will appear on the Discovery Channel in the second quarter of 2007.
Tom Zogg, reference librarian writes book reviews for the library journal Choice. His latest book reviews are for two titles by British lexicographer Adrian Room: Placenames of the World, reviewed in June 2006, and Nicknames of Places, the review to appear in the January 2007 issue.
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