Gloria DeFilipps Brush,
professor, Art & Design, had a work in Postcards from the Edge exhibition,
sponsored by the Visual AIDS organization in New York City, at the Sikkema
Jenkins & Co. Gallery, in December, 2006. Her work was acquired by
a private collector in the city.
Clay Carter, assistant professor, Department of Biology,
gave two invited talks this fall. He spoke on “Nectar and the syzygy
of plants, pollinators and pathogens” at Minnesota State University
in Mankato, MN on October 13, 2006 and for the Department of Plant Biology
at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul on October 31, 2006.
Julie Etterson, assistant professor, Department of Biology,
has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation,
starting in January, 2007. Her study is entitled “RUI - Testing
of the evolutionary potential of polyploids in the context of climate
Dalibor Froncek, associate professor, Department of Mathematics
and Statistics, constructed a 12-team 11-year rotating schedule of a 10-week
football tournament for a new format of the Mid-America Intercollegiate
Athletics Association. Froncek, was appointed Member
of the Programme Committee of MISTA (The 3rd Multidisciplinary International
Conference on Scheduling: Theory and Applications), Paris, France, August
In December 2006, Alec Habig, associate professor, Department
of Physics, was made co-convener of the MINOS’ Non-Oscillation,
Non-Accelerator Physics Working Group, with Giles Barr of the University
Charlene Harkins, registered dietitian and assistant professor,
Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, was selected
as a volunteer evidence analyst by the American Dietetic Association to
assist with the expansion of ADA’s online Evidence Analysis Library.
Evidence analysts are experts who review scientific literature on the
full range of food and nutrition topics including diabetes, kidney disease,
nutrition assessment, pediatric weight management and HIV/AIDS.
Tom Johnson, UMD Large Lakes Observatory and Department
of Geological Sciences, and J.M. Russell, (former UMD grad student) Brown
University, had an article, “Little Ice Age drought in equatorial
Africa: Intertropical Convergence Zone migrations and El Niño Southern
Oscillation variability,” published in this month’s Geology,
the magazine of the Geological Society of America. New research by Russell
and Johnson, using geochemical analyses of well-dated sediments from Lake
Edward, shows that central Africa experienced severe drought during the
Little Ice Age. The results suggest that the climate of central equatorial
Africa has been wetter and more stable over the past century than at any
time during the preceding millennium. This finding implies that central
Africa is overdue for a return to prolonged drought that would severely
disrupt developing East African economies.
Zhuangyi Liu, professor, Department of Mathematics and
Statistics, attended the First Congress of Applied Mathematics at University
of San Marcos in Lima, Peru from January 10 to 12. He was a plenary speaker
and give a talk on “Mathematical Problems Arising from the Integrated
Satelite Antenna Technology”.
On October 23, 2006, at the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment
Partnerships (NACEP) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Mary
Jean Menzel presented on her doctoral research pertaining to
UMD’s College In The Schools program. She also presented on her
research to the state-wide concurrent enrollment program association,
the Minnesota Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (MnCEP) in August, 2006,
in St. Cloud.Menzel coordinates the UMD College In The Schools program
which currently serves high-ability juniors and seniors in 11 high schools
throughout the region.
Richard Ojakangas, professor emeritus, Department of
Geological Sciences, presented a UMD Department of Geological Sciences
seminar on November 2 entitled “Uranium Deposits of the World: Energy
of the Future?”
Raghavan, V., Daniel N. Pope, assistant professor, Department
of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Gogos, G., published their
paper “Effects of Forced Convection and Surface Tension during Methanol
Droplet Combustion”, in the AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and
Heat Transfer, Volume 20, Number 4, pp. 787-798, 2006.
Raghavan, V., D. Pope, Howard, D. and Gogos, G., published
their paper “Surface Tension Effects during Low-Reynolds-Number
Methanol Droplet Combustion”, in Combustion and Flame, Volume 145,
Number 4, pp. 791-807, 2006
Eun-Kyung Suh, an assistant professor, Department of
Art and Design, will have two-person exhibition at Bloomington Art Center,
Bloomington, MN through February 16. Suh’s “Once
upon a time” and “Yellow Ribbon I” will be exhibited
in “Works on Paper” Exhibition at the South Shore Art Center,
Cohasset, MA through February 25 2007. Suh’s “Yellow
Ribbon I” won the first prize at the “Works on Paper”
national exhibition organized by the South Shore Art Center. This exhibition,
which features 22 selected artist works, through February 25, 2007.
A story on Janelle Wilson, associate professor, Department
of Sociology and Anthropology appeared in a recent issue of the Saginaw
Valley State University alumni publication, “This is SVSU.”
Wilson was also quoted in an article in the December
31 issue of the New York Post. The article is about the high
amount of turnover in law firms, especially with Gen-Xers. Recent studies
have shown that up to 77% of associates leave big law firms within their
first five years due to the amount of work, a lack of free time, and a
reduced quality of life.
Xun Yu, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical
and Industrial Engineering, with R. Rajamani, K. A. Stelson, and T. Cui,
published their paper “Carbon nanotube based transparent conductive
thin film” in the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,
vol.6 (7), pp.1939-1944, 2006. X. Yu, with R. Rajamani,
K. A. Stelson, and T. Cui, presented their paper “Active control
the sound transmission through windows with carbon nanotube based transparent
speakers and noise source identifications” at the 2006 American
Control Conference (ACC 2006), Minneapolis, MN, June 14-16, 2006
Pat Donahue and
Matt Aro attended the 10th International Inorganic-Bonded Fiber Composite
Conference held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in November. They presented a paper
entitled “Durable Phosphate Bonded Natural Fiber Composite Products.”
Lucinda Johnson, senior research associate, was named one of
15 founding fellows of the U of M’s Institute on the Environment.
The institute will coordinate the university’s breadth and depth
of environmental resources to make it easier for researchers to share
knowledge with each other and the public.
Pavel Krasutsky, program director, Dmitry Krasutskyy,
research fellow, Oksana Kolomitsyna, research fellow,
and Igor Kolomitsyn, research associate were invited by the Great
Lakes Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious
Diseases (GLRCE) to attend the 4th Annual Meeting at November 29-December
2 in Hilton Head Island, SC. O. Kolomitsyna won an award
for the best poster presentation that she gave about “Triterpenes
and Their Derivatives against Bacillus anthracis and Staphylococcus
aureus” with co-authors D. Missiakas and O. Schneewind (from
University of Chicago, Department of Microbiology), D.
Krasutskyy, and P. Krasutsky at the conference. D. Krasutskyy
gave a poster presentation entitled “Natural Triterpenoids and their
Quaternary Ammonium Salts as Adjuvants for Biodefense” with co-authors
O. Kolomitsyna, I. Kolomitsyn, and P. Krasutsky at the GLRCE 4th Annual
Meeting on December 1 in Hilton Head Island, SC. P. Krasutsky
gave an oral presentation entitled “Birch bark triterpenoids
in Synthesis of Antibacterial and Adjuvants for Biodefense”.
Dean Peterson, senior research associate, gave a talk titled
“New Ideas on Mineralization in the Duluth Complex” to the
Mesaba Range Geological Society meeting in Virginia, Minnesota in December.
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