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Steve Colman, director, Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) and professor, Department of Geological Sciences, recently received two grants from the National Science Foundation, each starting in October 2006. One, entitled “Post-glacial lake-level changes, isostatic deformation and paleo-hydrology in the Lake Superior basin,” with co-PI Nigel Wattrus, associate professor, Department of Geological Sciences and LLO, involves glacial deposits and drainage history in Lake Superior. The other, entitled “Tracing the late Quaternary record of the Asian monsoon system: Paleoclimate history from the Qinghai Lake Drilling Project,” with co-PI Erik Brown, professor, Department of Geological Sciences and LLO, is a study of past climates at Lake Qinghai, China.

Tim Craig, associate professor, Department of Biology, is an editor of and contributed to three chapters in the book, Ecological Communities: Plant Mediation in Indirect Interaction Webs, edited by T. Ohgushi, T. P. Craig, and P. W. Price. The book is being published by Cambridge University Press and should be available in December. Craig was also an invited plenary speaker at the International Congress of Dipterology in Fukuoka Japan in September 2006.

Dalibor Froncek, associate professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, presented a talk “Orthogonal double covers of complete graphs by lobsters of diameter 5”, in October of 2006 at the 20th Midwest Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography and Computing in Wichita, Kansas.

Christina Gallup, associate professor, and Kristin E. Riker-Coleman, Ph.D. candidate, both of the Department of Geological Sciences, had a paper published: “Evidence of Holocene uplift in east New Britain, Papua New Guinea” in the September 2006 issue of Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L18612, doi:10.1029/2006GL026596. Co-authors are L. M. Wallace, J. M. Webster, H. Cheng, and R. L. Edwards.

John Goodge, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, along with Fanning, C. M., Brosch, K. M. (UMD undergrad), and Curelli, D.K. (UMD undergrad), made the presentation “ Composition and Age of East Antarctic shield in Wilkes Land determined by proxy samples of Oligocene-Holocene glaciomarine sediment” at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, in Philadelphia, PA. in October 2006. They were invited for Theme Session T138: “Using Detrital Zircon Geochronology to Answer Geologic Questions We Formerly Could Not Ask”.

Vicki Hansen, professor, and undergraduate student Taylor Nordberg, both of the Department of Geological Sciences, made two presentations “Venus was not catastrophically resurfaced” and “Clues from Ribbon Tessera Terrain” at the Geological Society of America National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA in October 2006. Ivan Lopez, was also a coauthor on the work. Hansen’s work was also mentioned in an article at NewScienceSpace.com: http://www.newscientistspace.com/article/dn10427-venuss-surface-may- be-much-older-than-thought.html

Rashid Hasan, professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dan Pope, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and Jim Skurla, School of Business, presented their findings on the “Alternatives to Petroleum Based Fuel for Marine Vessels” at the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institutes’ University Affiliates Meeting in October 2006. They also submitted a final report to GLMRI under the same title.

Shelly McCauley Jugovich and Bruce Reeves, Information Technology Systems and Services Department, co-authored an article, "IT and Educational Technology: What's Pedagogy Got to Do with It? How IT staff can have an increasing role in teaching faculty about the pedagogy of technology," published in EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 29, Number 4. See: http://www.educause.edu/apps/eq/eqm06/eqm0649.asp.

Elizabeth Minor, associate professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and LLO, had a paper published: “Seasonal variations in dissolved organic carbon concentration and characteristics in a shallow coastal bay,” in the Oct. 5, 2006 edition of Marine Chemistry, 101(3-4), 166-179. The paper was co-written with J.-P. Simjouw, and M.R. Mulholland.

Howard Mooers, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, along with Tony Sames and Amanda J. Putz made the presentation “Sensitivity of Monument Corrosion For the Determination of The Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Acid Rain, Birmingham, England” at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA in October 2006.

In October Alexis Pogorelskin gave a talk on Karelian Fever to the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also showed her 90 - minute documentary on that subject entitled “Show Me the Way to Go Home.”

David Wyrick, professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Engineering Management as director of the North-Central Region.


Don Fosnacht
and Steve Kossett gave a presentation at the ZCorp User’s Conference on October 18 entitled: “Direct-Pour Method of Casting Zinc & Aluminum Parts in ZP130 with 3D Printing Technology.”

The American Ornithologists’ Union recently elected Gerald Niemi as a “Fellow” for his contributions to ornithology and service to the Union. The AOU, founded in 1883, is North America’s oldest and largest organization devoted to the scientific study of birds.

Gerald Niemi
gave a presentation at the Minnesota Water and Annual Water Resources Joint Conference, held in October in Brooklyn Center, Minn. The presentation was entitled “Environmental Indicators for the Coastal Region of the U.S. Great Lakes” and was authored by Niemi, Lucinda Johnson and Valerie Brady.
Gerald Niemi
gave the plenary address at the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference, held in November in Milwaukee, Wisc. This conference is a joint effort between the U.S. and Canada to report on the environmental status of the Great Lakes. Niemi’s plenary presentation was entitled “Indicators: Coastal Zones and Aquatic Habitats.”

Long-time NRRI Advisory Board member Gerald Ostroski was recently inducted into the UMD Academy of Science and Engineering for his outstanding work in the field of engineering, specifically as a leader of a group of industrialists and legislators who helped to establish the engineering program at UMD in the 1980s. His leadership with the programs continued as he served as head of the Engineering Advisory and Scholarship Committee.

Euan Reavie
presented a seminar on “An Early Look at Algal Indicators for the Great Rivers,” at the Indicators for the Assessment of Great River Ecosystems Symposium in Duluth on October 24.

Gerry Sjerven
presented a poster and demonstrated “Land Use/Stormwater Planning Tool” website designed for Duluth Township Landowners at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Conference and Workshop in St. Cloud, Minn., on October 5-6.
Larry Zanko
gave two presentations at the 22nd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, and Water held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on October, 16-19. The presentations were entitled: “The Influence of Particulate Carbonaceous Organics on the Sampling, Analysis” and “Remediation of PAH Contaminated Harbor Sediments” co-authored by J. Kenneth Wittle of Electro-Petroleum, Inc.

NRRI’s Ely field station is hosting a first annual Great Rivers Algae Workshop November 14-16. This work will support our ongoing Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) Great Rivers algae indicators project.

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