Jay Austin, assistant professor, Department of Physics, and Steven Colman, Director of LLO and professor, Department of Geological Sciences, published, “Lake Superior summer water temperatures are increasing more rapidly than regional air temperatures: A positive ice-albedo feedback” in Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 34, p. L06604 (2007). This paper has been chosen as both an “Editor’s Highlights” and “Journal Highlights” paper by the American Geophysical Union. Austin also gave interviews to WTIP radio on the recent rapid warming of Lake Superior.
Dalibor Froncek, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk “Fair incomplete tournaments with odd number of teams” at the 38th Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing in Boca Raton, FL.
Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave two plenary addresses at the Iowa Section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America on April 13 and 14.
Richard Gran, assistant professor, and Alec Habig, associate professor, Department of Physics, published “Search for neutral Q-balls in Super-Kamiokande II” as part of the Super-Kamiokande Collaboration in Physics letters B (Short Communication) vol. 647, p. 18-22 (29 March 2007).
Thomas Hedin, professor, Department of Art History, wrote a book titled Diplomatic Tours in the Gardens of Versailles under Louis XIV. The book has been accepted for publication by the University of Pennsylvania Press. It will be a member of the Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture series. Hedin wrote the book in collaboration with Robert W. Berger of Brookline, MA.
Betty Myshack, Principal Accounts Specialist/Accounts Supervisor, Department of Biology, received an Outstanding Service Award for her valuable contributions during her eight years of employment in the department. Myshack was nominated jointly by the entire biology faculty.
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Brian Brashaw and John McCoy (Edge Forestry) presented “Lean Manufacturing Opportunities for Loggers” at the 27th Annual Loggers Congress in Cable, WI in March, 2007. This congress was sponsored by the Timber Producers Association of Wisconsin and Michigan.
Nick Danz presented a seminar entitled “Do birds see the forest or the trees? Sixteen years of monitoring in western Great Lakes region” at the Forest Resources department at the UM Twin Cities in April.
Steve Kossett gave a presentation entitled “Flexible Material Applications and Techniques Utilizing SLS and SLA Technology” at the 3D Systems Users Group conference in Daytona Beach, Florida in March, 2007.
Euan Reavie was part of two poster presentations at the 4th International Lake of the Woods Water Quality Forum in International Falls in March: “Zippel Bay: paleolimnology case study,” E.D. Reavie and N.G. Baratono; and “A diatom-based inference model for total phosphorus in the lake of the Woods (LOW): Combining Minnesota lakes with LOW sites,” A.M. Paterson, K.M. Rhuland, S. Pla, J.P. Smol, M.B. Edlund, S.A. Heiskary, J.M. Ramstack, and E.D. Reavie.
Elaine Ruzycki gave a presentation entitled “Creating Data Vignettes for Education and Outreach in Great Lakes Coastal Ecosystems” at the Great Lakes Observing Systems workshop on Best Education and Outreach Practices from Observing Systems: Applications to the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Observing System, in April in Traverse City, Michigan.
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Steve Bortone, director, gave the presentation, “Sanctuaries and Artificial Reefs as Ecosystem Management Alternatives in Large (Great) Lakes,” at Minnesota State University Mankato in April.
Jeff Gunderson, associate director, presented “VHS Virus and Bloody Red Shrimp: New Great Lakes Invaders,” to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board during March.
Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave the presentation, “It’s Not Just About Zebra Mussels: It’s About Stopping Aquatic Hitchhikers!” at the 2007 River Watch Congress, at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, in Cloquet during March.
Barb Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, gave the presentation, “Minnesota Water Resources: Threats, Successes and What You Can Do” to two different sections of the Roseville area League of Women Voters during February.
Sharon Moen, editor, and Jensen were judges for The Freshwater Society’s 2007 Water is Life Art Scholarship Contest; northeast regional competition at the Great Lakes Aquarium during April. Senior high school students throughout the state created art that depicts the theme “Water is Life.”
Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities extension educator, presented, “Linking Land Use to Water Quality,” to the Two Harbors Planning Commission during March.
Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, gave the talk, “Sharing Park Science with the Public: Strategy and Tools” at the George Wright Society Biennial Conference in St. Paul during April.
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