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Clay Carter, assistant professor, Department of Biology, received a $99,722 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Research Initiative to support the study “Molecular genetics of nectar production in Brassica rapa.”

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.

Morris Levy and Duane Millslagle, associate professors, Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, published “ Kinematic Assessment of Treadmill Running Using Different Body-Weight Support Harnesses” in the Journal of Motor and Perceptual Skills,103, 607-618. This research study presents information on how harnesses change running gait. The findings are related to physical therapy to retrain patients to run, and body weight support treadmill protocols on running.

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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Jeff Gunderson, acting director, presented an overview of the accelerated corrosion of steel sheet pilings in the Duluth-Superior Harbor to the Council of Great Lakes Research Managers at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mid-Continent Ecology Division Lab during October in Duluth.
Sea Grant staff gave several presentations as part of the 35th Annual Conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education held during October in St. Paul. Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, co-presented “Great Lakes Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Lake Superior Exploration Workshop” with Bruce Munson, Department of Education, and Rosanne Fortner, Ohio State University. Hagley also co-presented “Great Lakes and Ocean Data for Classroom Use” with Steve Stewart, Michigan Sea Grant, as part of a pre-conference workshop. Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave the poster, “Get HabitattitudeTM! Prevent Release of Aquatic Invasive Species From Classrooms,” co-authored by Jamie Reaser, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.
Jensen gave an update on progress for implementing the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign at the University of Minnesota Extension Service Fall Conference during September in Brooklyn Center, MN.
Jensen gave an invited presentation, “Aquatic Invasive Species,” during a session at an annual training workshop of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary-Eighth District, during September in Rochester, MN.
Jensen gave a guest lecture, “Exotics Gone: Plants and Animals Out of Place,” to students enrolled in an undergraduate biology course offered by Jane Wattrus, College of St. Scholastica during October.
Barb Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, gave the presentation, “Building the Capacity of Volunteer Monitoring for E. coli in the Upper Midwest” at the 14th National NPS Monitoring Workshop during September in Minneapolis.

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