Tuesday, March 27, 2007 * Volume 24, Number 11

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Work by Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art & Design, has been selected by Robert Krawczyk, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL; Andrea Polli, Hunter College, New York; Ying Tan, University of Oregon; Marla Schweppe, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York; and Patricia Johnson for presentation at the IV 2007 Art Gallery, part of the 11th International Conference on Information Visualization in Zurich, Switzerland, July 2-6, 2007. The work also will be presented from August 13-16, 2007, at the 4th International Conference on Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Jay Austin, assistant professor, Department of Physics, gave talks on the recent rapid warming of Lake Superior at NRRI on February 27 and to the Twin Ports Freshwater Folks on March 7. He was interviewed on the same topic by Minnesota Public Radio on February 23, CBC’s As It Happens on March 5, and Wisconsin Public Television’s Day to Day on March 9.

Three new bedrock geologic maps by Geological Sciences faculty have been published by the Minnesota Geological Survey: Bedrock Geology of the Schroeder Quadrangle, Cook County, Minnesota: Miscellaneous Map M-170, 2006, by Terrence J. Boerboom and John C. Green, professor emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences; Bedrock Geology of the Tofte Quadrangle, Cook County, Minnesota: Miscellaneous Map M-171, 2006, by Terrence J. Boerboom, John C. Green, Paul Albers and James D. Miller, Jr.; and Bedrock Geology of the Little Marais Quadrangle, Cook County, Minnesota: Miscllaneous Map M-172, 2006, by James D. Miller, Jr., John C. Green, and Eric A. Jerde.
Green is professor emeritus in the Department; Boerboom, Jerde, and Albers are Master of Science graduates of the Department; Miller is adjunct assistant professor in Geological Sciences; and Boerboom and Miller are with the Minnesota Geological Survey.

Alec Habig, associate professor, Department of Physics, gave an invited talk, “SNEWS, the Supernova Early Warning System,” at the “Twenty Years after SN1987A” conference, Waikoloa, Hawaii, on February 24. The conference marked the twenty-year anniversary of the supernova that occurred in 1987.

Carmen M. Latterell, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Linda Deneen, director, Information Technology Systems and Services and associate professor, Department of Computer Science, have had their article “Evaluating a Program to Increase Faculty Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning” published in e-JIST. The article has also been chosen to be a commentary article, which means that the article was considered to be significant and readers are invited to provide their opinions and thoughts on the issues raised.

James P. Riehl, dean College of Science and Engineering, and professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, presented an invited lecture entitled “Luminescence as a Probe of Chiral Molecular Structure” at the University of Osaka Japan on February 13, and Osaka City University on Feb 14.

George (Rip) Rapp, regents professor emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, has received a grant of $15,960 from the Institute of Aegean Prehistory to publish a book on the Bronze Age Coasts of Greece and Aegean Turkey, a project he has been engaged in since 1970.


NRRI NEWS
NRRI staff (current and former) gave the following presentations or presented posters at a workshop on Understanding Agriculture’s Effects on Amphibians and Reptiles in a Changing World, held in St. Louis, MO, in February:
“Anurans as bio-indicators of ecological health in an agricultural landscape: the importance of spatial context” co-authored by Catherine M. Johnson, Lucinda B. Johnson, Joseph Murphy, Carl Richards, Tom Hollenhorst, and Val Beasley.
“The health and sustainability of Midwestern and global amphibian communities: Research findings and opportunities for improved management” co-authored by Beasley, Anna M. Schotthoefer, Rebecca A. Cole, Amy L. Reeder, Marilyn O. Ruiiz, Allan P. Pessier, C.
M. Johnson, Patrick K. Schoff, Stephen G. Diana, Murphy, Camilla L. Lieske, Jeffery M. Levengood, Karen R. Lips, Lauren E. Brown, Marvin D. Piwoni, Donald K. Nichols, and L.B. Johnson.
“Broad scale land use impacts on northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens) in the upper Midwest” co-authored by Jennifer H. Olker, Hollenhorst, L.B. Johnson, Schoff, C.M. Johnson, and Glenn Guntenspergen.
“A survey of atrazine in prairie pothole wetlands and preliminary gonadal examination of Rana pipiens” co-authored by Schoff, Angela K. Rohweder, Olker, Hollenhorst, L.B. Johnson, and Guntenspergen.
“The role of landscape and local variables in the prevalence and abundance of amphibian helminth infections” co-authored by Jason R. Rohr, Schotthoefer, Cole, C.M. Johnson, L.B. Johnson, and Beasley.

Two NRRI researchers gave presentations at the NE Landscape Implementation Committee meeting on March 21 at NRRI. Dan Breneman presented “Water Quality Projects/Weber Stream Initiative,” and Terry Brown and Matt Norton (Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy) presented “Plan Evaluation Tool.”

PHARMACY NEWS
Laura Traynor, assistant professor, and Andrew Traynor, assistant professor, recently passed the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties pharmacotherapy specialty exam. Pharmacotherapy is that area of pharmacy practice that is responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate, and economical use of drugs in patient care. The Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) has responsibility for direct patient care, often functions as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and is frequently the primary source of drug information for other healthcare professionals.

MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS
Dale Bergeron, maritime transportation extension educator, gave the presentation, “Ports and Harbors: Structure, Ownership, Management and Administration,” to members of the Lake Michigan Forum in Milwaukee, WI, during March.
Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, and Jeffrey Gunderson, associate director, co-hosted an “Aquatic Invasive Species: Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point” training workshop, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles during February.
Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities extension educator, gave the presentation, “Streams of Tomorrow: Envisioning the Future of our Waterways,” as part of the Re-Establishing Connections to Our Waterways speaker series in Duluth during March.
Schomberg also gave the presentation, “Climate Change in the Great Lakes,” at a meeting hosted by the Blue-Green Alliance in Virginia, MN, during February.

UM MEDICAL SCHOOL-DULUTH NEWS
Joshua W. Pyatskowit, Ph.D. graduate student in Toxicology, and Joseph R. Prohaska professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, published an article entitled “Rodent brain and heart catecholamine levels are altered by different models of copper deficiency” in Comp. Biochem. Physiol. C.145, 275-281 (2007).

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