Tuesday, February 13, 2007 * Volume 24, Number 9

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Aydin Durgunoglu, head, Department of Psychology, has just accepted an associate editorship at Applied Psycholinguistics, published by Cambridge University Press. This prestigious international journal has seen its impact grow over the last three years and is currently ranked as one of the top 10 journals within the area of applied linguistics. Durgunoglu’s strong international reputation in psycholinguistics has provided her with this opportunity to help guide and shape the work within her discipline.

Dalibor Froncek, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, during his recent trip to Poland and Czech Republic, presented a seminar talk “Decomposition of complete graphs into spanning trees” at AGH-University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland, and a colloquium lecture “Incomplete and non-compact round robin tournaments” at Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Joseph Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, began a two-year term as president of the Mathematical Association of American in January 2007. Two of Gallian’s summer research students received prizes at the annual joint meeting of the Mathematical Association of America and the America Mathematical Society in New Orleans in January 2007. Daniel Kane from MIT won the Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate. Kane’s father received a B.S. degree in mathematics from UMD in the early 1970s.

Alec Habig, associate professor of physics, gave an Astrophysics/High Energy Physics seminar at Purdue University on January 30, entitled “Neutrinos Change Flavors Under Wisconsin.” On February 2, he also spoke to a Cloquet High School physics class under the same title. Habig also recently had a paper published, as part of the Super-Kamiokande Collaboration, “Search for Diffuse Astrophysical Neutrino Flux Using Ultra-High Energy Upward-Going Muons in Super-Kamiokande I” M.E.C. Swanson et al., Astrophysical Journal 652, 206 (2006).

Russell, J. M. and Thomas C. Johnson, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, published “Little Ice Age drought in equatorial Africa: ITCZ migrations and ENSO variability,” in Geology, v. 35, p. 21-24. This paper was also highlighted in the January 25 issue of New Scientist. Jim Russell, now an assistant professor at Brown University, was Johnson’s former grad student and this publication was part of his thesis and post-doc research at LLO. Johnson was interviewed by KBJR TV on the subject of global warming for a show presented on Sunday, February 4. He also gave a talk at Sarah’s Table on Wednesday evening, February 7, on global warming and Minnesota.

Carmen Latterell, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, had her article “A ‘Reform’ Placement Test” published in Research & Teaching in Developmental Education. Latterell, Cindy Hale, John Pastor, professor, Department of Biology, Bruce Munson, professor, Department of Education, and Penny Morton, associate professor, Department of Geological Sciences, have received a $2,931,798 NSF grant. “GK-12: Graduate Fellows in Science and Mathematics Education.” NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12). This project will place 10 graduate students (called graduate fellows) into four area schools for ten hours a week. University and K-12 communities will gain a greater appreciation of the potential mutual benefits of developing and maintaining strong working relationships among university faculty, graduate fellows and K-12 teachers.

Keith B. Lodge, associate professor Department of Chemical Engineering, had his paper entitled “The measurement of fugacity and the Henry’s law constant for volatile organic compounds containing chromophores” accepted for publication in Fluid Phase Equilibria. The coauthor is Darlington Danso, a former graduate student in chemistry.

Richard Ojakangas, professor emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, presented a department seminar on January 25 as Herr Dr. Professor Wolfgang von Schlummerklutz, Direktor of the World Panzerenkotklotz Research Institute in Europe, entitled, “Panzerenkotklotzen.”

Hasan, A. R., Daniel N. Pope, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Skurla, J. A., published their research report “Alternatives to Petroleum Based Fuel for Marine Vessels,” in Final Report, Great Lakes Martime Research Institute, October, 2006. Raghavan, V., Daniel N. Pope, and Gogos, G., published their paper “Combined Effects of Forced convection and Surface Tension during Transient Methanol Droplet Combustion,” in the Proceedings of the 2006 Technical Meeting of the Central States Section of The Combustion Institute, Paper 13, Cleveland, OH, May 21-23, 2006

Volume 22 #1 of the journal Geoarchaeology is a Festschrift honoring Regents Professor Emeritus Rip Rapp, Department of Geological Sciences, a pioneer in the field. The issue contains seven articles by former students and colleagues of Rapp, including an interview with Rapp about his career written by Professor Z. Jing of the University of British Columbia, who did his Ph.D. with Rapp at UMD. Rapp was also honored as the only person from UMD included in the ‘Wall of Discovery’ on the Scholars Walk on the Twin Cities campus. Approximately 100 noted individuals (going back a century) that attended or taught at the University, including Nobel prize winners Norman Borlaug and John Bardeen, astronaut Deke Slayton, and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, have an illustration of their discoveries on The Wall of Discovery. Rapp’s pioneering use of geophysics to locate buried archaeological sites in Greece is illustrated.

Robert Repinski, associate professor of art and design, has four works included in “Erotic Justice: A Dialogue on Contemporary Sexuality” an exhibition that is a collaboration between several members of the Northern Printmakers Alliance and local writers. The exhibition opened February 8 at the Northern Prints Gallery in Duluth. Repinski has also been recently elected to the board of directors of the Duluth Art Institute for a three-year term.

Xun Yu, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, with H.Zhu, R. Rajamani, and K. A. Stelson, presented their paper “Acoustic transmission control using active panels: an experimental study of its limitations and possibilities” at the 2006 International Symposium on Flexible Automation, July 10-12, 2006. Osaka, Japan.

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Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, gave the presentation “Ballast Water: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” at the Twin Ports Freshwater Folk meeting in Duluth during November.

Steve Bortone, director, gave the presentation “Sanctuaries and Artificial Reefs as Ecosystem Management Alternatives in Large Lakes,” twice in January as part of the Twin Ports Freshwater Folk meeting in Duluth and at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
Bortone had two papers published recently: with Milbrandt, E.C., J.M. Greenawalt, P.D. Sokoloff, “Impact and Response of Southwest Florida Mangroves to the 2004 Hurricane Season,” in Estuaries and Coasts, Volume 29, Number 6A, pp. 979-984, 2006; and “Recommendations on Establishing a Research Strategy in the Gulf of Mexico to Assess the Effects of Hurricanes on Coastal Ecosystems,” in Estuaries and Coasts, Volume 29, Number 6A, pp. 1062-1066, 2006.

Jeff Gunderson, associate director, gave the talk “New Invasive Species: VHS, Quagga Mussels, and Bloody Red Shrimp,” to the Western Lake Superior Trollers Association in Duluth during January.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, gave the presentation “Streams of the North Shore and Duluth: LakeSuperiorStreams.org,” as part of the Re-Establishing Connections to Our Waterways speakers series in Duluth during January.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave a guest lecture “Exotics Gone: Plants and Animals Out of Place,” to biology students enrolled in a course offered by Glen Merrick at Lake Superior College during December. Jensen appeared on the January 19 Almanac North television program about quagga mussels. Jensen also gave the presentation “Amazing Lake Superior,” to the third grade class at St. Michael’s Lakeside School in January.

Barb Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, gave the invited presentation “Citizens Monitoring Bacteria: Collecting Useful Data,” for the University of Minnesota Water Resources Science Seminar in December.
Liukkonen presented “Bacteria Monitoring in Streams,” during the 6th Annual River Summit at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul during December.
Liukkonen presented “Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species through Water Gardening,” as part of a pesticide applicators training workshop at the Green Expo, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center during January.
Liukkonen gave the invited presentation “Citizens Monitoring Bacteria,” at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency water monitoring annual meeting, St. Paul, Jan 24, 2007.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities extension educator, gave the talk “Climate Change, Mercury, and Stormwater: Bringing it all Home,” at the Sugarloaf Interpretive Center during December. Schomberg also gave the talk “Rip Current Research on Lake Superior and How Rip Currents Affect Us,” at the Rainbow Community and Senior Center in Duluth during January.

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