Tuesday, December 5, 2006 * Volume 24, Number 7

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Tom Beery was named by the National Park Service to the national committee planning for the 50th anniversary observance of the wolf studies on Isle Royale.

Dalibor Froncek, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was appointed Member of the Programme Committee of the 2007 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Scheduling (CISched 2007 Honolulu).

Randall Gordon, professor, Department of Psychology, is the recipient of the 2006-2007 Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research. Faculty members who receive this award are honored for their excellence in research, scholarly contributions to their field and for their dedication to student research in education. Gordon will receive his award during a ceremony to be held Thursday, December 14 at 3:15 p.m. in Med 130.

Linda Grover’s poem “Casualty Days” recently received honorable mention in the Winning Writers 2007 War Poetry contest.

Alec Habig, associate professor, Department of Physics, gave a talk on SNEWS (supernova early warning system) to the University for Seniors in October and a talk on neutrinos to the Cloquet High School science class in November.
Habig, and Richard Gran, assistant professor, Department of Physics, along with students Aaron Mislivec, Nate Mayer, Brian Bock, Eric Grashorn, and Jason Koskinen, are all authors of the first MINOS beam-related paper “Observation of muon neutrino disappearance with the MINOS detectors in the NuMI neutrino beam’’ Michael, D.G. et al, The MINOS Collaboration, Physical Review Letters 97, 191801 (2006).
Habig, and Gran, are among the authors of two published papers as part of the Super-K collaboration: “High energy neutrino astronomy using upward-going muons in Super-Kamiokande-I’’ Abe, K. et al, The Super-Kamiokande Collaboration, Astrophysical Journal, 652, 198 (2006); and the second,: “A Measurement of Atmospheric Neutrino Flux Consistent with Tau Neutrino Appearance’’ Abe, K. et al, The Super-Kamiokande Collaboration, Physical Review Letters 97, 171801 (2006). MS graduate Andrew Clough is also a co-author of the “High energy neutrino astronomy” paper.

Vicki Hansen, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, published her paper “Geologic constraints on crustal plateau surface histories, Venus: The lava pond and bolide impact hypotheses” in the 22 November 2006 issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research.

John Hiller, professor and head, Department of Physics, gave a talk on “Supersymmetric two-dimensional QCD at finite temperature” in October at the meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Particles and
Fields in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Thomas Jordan, professor emeritus, Department of Physics, gave an invited talk “Why Quantum Dynamics is Linear” at the Sudarshan Quests Symposium, University of Texas at Austin, on November 6. The talk was also given at the UMD Physics Department Colloquium in October.

Eun-Kyung Suh’s new work, “Being Captured” will be exhibited in the “Contained Art” exhibition in the galery sei-un-do in Zurich, Switzerland from December 8 to 30. Her works, “Yellow Ribbon I,” “Yellow Ribbon II,” “Once upon a time,” “Being Captured,” and “American dream” have been selected for the 5th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle International Online Juried Art Exhibition organized by Upstream People Gallery in Omaha, NE. The exhibition will open on December 1, at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com.

Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropolopogy, lectured on behalf of the Amercian Institute of Archaeology at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada on his work at Plataiai, Greece. The results of a geo-physical survey conducted in October of 2006 that identified a substantial part of the Roman city were presented for the first time in the lecture. Previous geo-physical research conducted in 2005 will appear in the American School of Classical studies journal Hesperia later this spring. Erin Hughes also assisted Marchese in the Plataiai research project as part of the UROP program. She will present her research at the 21st Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April, 2007. The final intensive geo-physical survey of Plataiai, which is the second largest ancient site in central Greece, will take place in October of 2007. The plan is to examine approximately 50% of the ancient town’s surface area which is over 192 acres.

Alexis Pogorelskin, associate professor, Department of History, recently presented a paper entitled “The Mortal Storm: FDR and Hollywood on the Eve of War” to the international Holocaust Studies conference, Lessons and Legacies, held at Clarement McKennna College in Clarement, California. She also presented a paper entitled “The Cult of Lenin at the Twelfth Party Congress” to the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement Studies held in Washington, D.C. There she was invited to join the editorial board of Kino, a journal devoted to the history of Soviet cinema.

David Wyrick, professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, presented his paper, “A Benchmark Study of Engineering Honor Societies” (Paper #52) on October 27 at the 2006 National Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management in Huntsville, Alabama. Hilal Katmale, MSEM graduate student, and David Wyrick, professor, both of the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, presented their paper, “Difficulties in Fleet Management: Intangible Factors, Information Overload, and Data Integrity” (Paper #51) at the conference.

Viktor Zhdankin, professor, and Paul Kiprof, associate professor and head, both of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, published a paper in Angewandte Chemie (the journal of the German chemical society) with collaborators Professor Masahito Ochiai, Takuya Sueda, and Kazunori Miyamoto from the University of Tokushima, Japan titled: “trans Influences on Hypervalent Bonding of Aryl lambda3-Iodanes: Their Stabilities and Isodesmic Reactions of Benziodoxolones and Benziodazolones.”


Dan Breneman gave two presentations about the Weber Stream Restoration Initiative, first, at the Lake Superior Basin meeting held at the Duluth Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in August and again at the North Shore Management Board meeting in Silver Bay in November.

Pavel Krasutsky recently published an article entitled “Birch Bark Research and Development” in Natural Products Report, 2006, 23, pp. 919-942.

Julie Oreskovich gave a presentation on “Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District Underground Mine Mapping project” with co-author Dale Cartwright (DNR Lands and Minerals) at the DNR Lands and Minerals all staff meeting in November.

NRRI is a principal sponsor the first event of a new Indo-U.S. lecture series for students in Bangalore, India, January 8-11, on “Discrete Mathematical Chemistry with Applications to Drug Discovery, Environmental Protection, Genomics and Proteomics.” The series is being organized under the auspices of the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum established in 2000 to “promote, catalyze and seed bilateral collaboration in science, technology, engineering and biomedical research” between the two countries. A proceeding of the lecture series will be published after the event. Contact Subhash Basak at sbasak@nrri.umn.edu for more information.


Debbie Sisson, assistant professor and associate director, experiential education, has been appointed to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Task Force for Inpatient Student Rotations. The charge of this task force is to develop resources and tools to guideinpatient care practitioners who offer student pharmacy practice experiences.


Jeffrey Gunderson, associate director, was awarded a $5,000 grant through the USDA Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service entitled, “North Central Regional Aquaculture Center Baitfish Project.” Gunderson will conduct outreach projects on spotfin shiner aquaculture for members of the baitfish industry.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave two presentations: “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers: An Update on Invasive Species Initiatives in Minnesota” and “Get Habitattitude: An Update on National Invasive Species Initiatives” during October at the fall meeting of the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council at the Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear Lake.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities extension educator, presented “How to Grow a Town and Protect Water Quality” for Leadership Duluth’s Environment Day at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in November.
Schomberg also presented “Water Quality: a Watershed Perspective” at UMD’s GIS Day in November.


The University of Minnesota Medical School’s search committee for a Senior Associate Dean for the Duluth Campus of the Medical School has begun its review of candidates. At the all-day Rural Pre-Med Summit on Saturday, November 4, 2006, at the U of MN Medical School Duluth Campus 89 students took part. The program was designed to help sophomore and junior premedical undergraduates from around the state become competitive applicants for medical school. Of the attendees 21 came from the University of Minnesota campuses, 11 from MNSCU colleges, 33 from Minnesota private colleges and eight from out-of-state, including students from Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Included in the full day of activities were breakout groups that offer hands-on experience in OB/delivery, medical imaging, histology, heart sounds and pathology; also MCAT entry exams, writing personal statements, interviewing for medical school and applying for financial aid.

As part of the required preceptorship program, 53 students spent three days working with physicians in family practice in rural and small communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin in November. The students shadow the physicians, observing, first hand, how health care is delivered.

Ten members of the Duluth Campus faculty and 12 students are involved in MED 2010 initiatives, and this month many participated in a reception in Minneapolis. MED 2010 is a five-year process to create an innovative, top-notch medical education program that offers students the creativity, flexibility, and rigorous training needed to become outstanding physicians and health-care leaders.

At the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in Washington, D.C. in September, Kim Schoonover’s presentation, “Alcoholism Diagnosis in Family Practice,” was awarded second place among the nine US medical students accepted for national presentation. In the past 13 years, Duluth students have presented forty-nine research presentations at the Annual Scientific meeting of the AAFP.Designed to evaluate parameters of alcoholism diagnosis and treatment, Schoonover’s study involved practicing family physicians’ anonymous responses to a mailed questionnaire. Ruth Westra, DO, MPH, chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Duluth and Jim Boulger, professor, Behavioral Sciences and Family Medicine co-authored the presentation.

A second Duluth student also presented. Autumn Erwin’s study, “Physician’s Guide: Hmong Health Beliefs”, described and illustrated the process used to develop a web site for use by physicians dealing with the health culture and beliefs of Hmong patients.

Lester R. Drewes spoke at two conferences in Korea: the Annual Convention of the Pharmaceutical Society of Korea, an annual two-day symposium attended by 200 scientists and clinicians, and at the Seoul National University. Drewes’ topic at the convention was “Perspectives on the Blood Brain Barrier: Transporters and Regulation. He was one of five speakers in the symposium, Molecular Mechanism of Aging and Age-related Diseases.”

Barbara Elliott, presented her research, the Quality of Life of Homeless and Emancipated Youth, at the 13th Annual Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) in Lisbon, Portugal. Elliott is a professor of family medicine in Duluth. Her study is tracking changes in quality of life as an outcome for more than 200 youth who access healthcare in her research settings. Deidre Quinlan MSW, and Caroline Woods PA, were co-authors on the paper. They provide services in the clinics.

Joseph Prohaska, and Anya Gybina, a Ph.D. graduate student, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, attended the 5th International Copper Meeting: Copper and Related Metals in Biology in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy where they each presented papers. Prohaska discussed his work on the identification of copper-dependent factors necessary for red blood cell development. Gybina presented her work on new molecular markers that respond to copper deficiency. The goal of this work is to discover sensitive markers in blood that will predict if copper supplementation is necessary to achieve optimal health.

Joseph R. Prohaska Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was recently invited to become a contributing editor of Nutrition Reviews, a monthly review journal published by ILSI now in its 64th year of publication. It is an international journal that publishes authoritative and critical review of significant developments in all areas of nutrition science and policy.

Jean Regal presented a lecture at two venues in Japan in September: the 13th Annual Japanese Society of Immunotoxicology which met in Kurashiki, Japan and at Shionogi & Co, Ltd, which develops antibiotics and is located in Osaka. Regal’s lecture was entitled “Models and Mechanisms of Chemical Respiratory Allergy: Not all Allergens are Equal.”

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