Tuesday, April 10, 2007 * Volume 24, Number 12

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Professor Emeritus Leif Brush, department of Art and Design, has both soundworks and images in the invitational exhibition Sound in Art/Art in Sound, opening April 14 and running through July 1, at the Minnesota Museum of Art Riverfront Gallery in St. Paul.

Joe Gallian, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave invited talks in March at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Atlanta, Georgia, and at meetings of the Mathematical Association of America at Savannah, Georgia; Macomb, Illinois; and Purdue University.

John Hatcher, assistant professor of journalism, Department of Composition, had an essay published in the Chronicle of Higher Education's "Chronicle Careers" section. The article, titled "Writing With My Boots On," compares the challenge of doing scholarship with long-distance hiking. Hatcher also has an article pending (in press) in the Winter 2007 edition of the peer-reviewed journal American Journalism. The article is titled "Were Those the Days? Revisiting the Pulitzer-winning Efforts of Community Newspapers in the 1970s."

Catherine Jo Ishino, associate professor, Art and Design and Chair of Motion Graphics, gave an invited presentation at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China on March 20.  Her talk focused on social design.  As visual examples, Ishino showed her own works as well as her students. Also, she showed clips of the video oral histories she conducted while attending a 2004 design conference there, called 3 Generations of Chinese Designer.  While on sabbatical, Ishino stayed in Beijing for nine weeks and explored the current state of design by visiting design studios and meeting designers. She has been invited to write an article commenting on her observations in the journal, Design Issues, published by MIT Press.

NRRI and PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India, jointly organized the First Indo-U.S. Lecture Series on Discrete Mathematical Chemistry on January 8-11, Bangalore, India. Michael J. Lalich, Director of NRRI, was one of the chief patrons of the event. The lecture series was sponsored by the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and the Government of India in New Delhi. It was also supported by Hewlett Packard (USA), the International QSAR Foundation, and the International Society of Mathematical Chemistry. Subhash C. Basak and Professor R. Balakrishnan, DST Chair in Discrete Mathematics at the Srinivasan Ramanujan Center in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India, chaired the lecture series.

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