Tuesday, May 8, 2007 * Volume 24, Number 14

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CNN did a feature article on the warming of Lake Superior, based on the analysis done by Jay Austin, assistant professor, Department of Physics, and Steven Colman, Director, LLO and professor, Department of Geological Sciences. This received significant national and international coverage.

Linda Belote, professor emeritus of anthropology was recently elected as a Fellow by the Society for Applied Anthropology. She was recognized for her many years of ethnographic research and publications on the indigenous people of Saraguro Ecuador.

Julie R. Etterson, assistant professor, Department of Biology, is the principal investigator for a new grant for $533,820 from the National Science Foundation, 2006-2011 to test the evolutionary potential of polyploids in the context of climate change.
Etterson also has two new publications for 2007: Botkin, D.B., H. Saxe, M.B. Araújo, R. Betts, R. Bradshaw, T. Cedhagen, P. Chesson, M.B. Davis, T. Dawson, J.R. Etterson, D.P. Faith, S. Ferrier, A. Guisan, A. Skjoldborg Hansen, D. Hilbert, P. Kareiva, C. Loehle, C. Margules, M. New, F. Skov, M.J. Sobel, D. Stockwell, and J.C. Svenning. 2007. “Forecasting the effects of global warming on biodiversity,” Bioscience 57:227-236. Galloway, L.F. and J.R. Etterson. 2007. “Inbreeding depression in an autotetraploid herb: a three cohort field study,” New Phytologist 173:383-372.

Dalibor Froncek, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, along with Mariusz Meszka, University of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland, created a new schedule for the newly expanded 15-team Czech National Hockey League.

Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave an invited talk at the Grand Opening Cerebration of the Mathematical Association of America Conference Center, two invited talks at Princeton University, two invited talks at Kalamazoo College, an invited talk and a banquet address at the regional meeting of the Mathematical Association of America at the University of Michigan at Dearborn and was the luncheon speaker at the annual meeting of Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Minnesota Two-Year College Mathematics Teachers at the DECC in Duluth.

John C. Green, emeritus professor, Department of Geological Sciences, and the Superior Hiking Trail Association have published “Natural History and Geology along the Superior Hiking Trail through Duluth.” This 48-page, full-color booklet was funded with the aid of a grant from Minnesota’s Coastal Program.

Vicki Hansen, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, gave an invited talk “Venus, Earth’s Sister Planet” to the Minnesota Geological Society, in April, at UM-Twin Cities.

John Hiller, professor, Department of Physics, presented a poster on “Supersymmetric two-dimensional QCD at finite temperature” at the American Physical Society meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, in April, 2007.

Tom Johnson, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, presented at an invited seminar to the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University. His talk “Climate variability in the East African tropics over the past 150,000 years: Megadroughts, D-O events, and more: Preliminary results from the Lake Malawi Drilling Project” was presented in March, 2007.
Johnson also presented a seminar in April, 2007, to the UMD Department of Geological Sciences. “Climate variability in the East African tropics over the past 150,000 years: Megadroughts, D-O events, and more: Preliminary results from the Lake Malawi Drilling Project.” He presented a talk in April, 2007 to the Environmental Science class at Fond du Lac Community College, “Minnesota and Lake Superior: What Lies Ahead?”

Zhuangyi Liu, professor of mathematics and statistics, was invited to be a visiting professor at University of Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France from March 3 to 25. He gave a colloquium talk, “Polynomial Energy Decay Rate for a Joint-Leg-Beam system” at the Institute of Mathematics.

Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, received a McKnight International Travel grant in order to conduct geo-physical research in Greece in October of 2007. Marchese also received an Office of International Programs grant to conduct research on the Armenian religious artifacts in Istanbul, Turkey for the summer of 2007.
A number of his publications recently appeared in print, “Plataiai in Boiotia: A Prelimenary Report on Geo-Physical and Field Surveys Conducted in 2002 - 2005” with Andreas Konecny (University of Vienna) and Michael (University of Sheffield, England) in Hesperia (Journal of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens), 2007; “Felt Production at the Village of Catkoy” An Ethno-archaeological Examination” in Anatolica (Journal of the Netherlands Institute for Middle Eastern Studies), 2007, LXIII; and “Social Identity and Sacred Art from the Armenian Orthodox Churches of Istanbul” with Marlene Breu (Western Michigan University), in the International Journal of the Arts in Society, vol. 1, issue 1, 2007 (both electronic and print publication). Marchese also co-wrote “Treasures of Faith: Sacred Relics and Artifacts from the Armenian Orthodox Churches of Istanbul” with Marlene Breu (Western Michigan University) which will be presented at the 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies in May, 2007.
Previously in April, Marchese’s UROP student Erin Hughes presented a paper of her directed research project in Greece, “Geo-Physical Survey and Site Analysis of the Ancient Town of Plataiai” at the 21st National Conference on Undergraduate Research in San Rafarel, California (Dominican University).
Immediately following the end of the term Marchese and Tom Hedin from the School of Fine Arts will bring 26 UMD students to Greece on a Classical Study Tour covering the civilizations of Minoan Crete, the Bronze Age Greek mainland, and the Greek islands of the Archaic period.

Richard Ojakangas, professor emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, taught the following courses during spring semester for University for Seniors:
Continental Drift & Plate Tectonics on March 26,
Geology of Central America & Caribbean on April 2, The Panama Canal: Failure & Success on April 9, Geology of the Mediterranean on April 16, Antarctica--The White Continent on April 23, and Creation Science, “Intelligent Design,” Science, & Faith on April 30.

Dean Peterson, instructor, Department of Geological Sciences, has published the paper “Imagining Scientific Realities Deep Underground: Utilizing Knowledge and 3-D Geological Modeling, Fundamental Tenets of the IUS- Soudan DUSEL,” Natural Resources Research Institute, Report of Investigations NRRI/RI-2007/02, 15 p.
Peterson, and Albers, P.B., have published “Geology of the Nickel Lake Macrodike and its association with Cu-Ni-PGE mineralization in the northern South Kawishiwi Intrusion, Duluth Complex, northeastern Minnesota: Institute on Lake Superior Geology, 53rd Annual Meeting, Trip #4,” Field Trip Guide Book, Lutsen, Minnesota, Volume 53, 27 p.
Peterson also presented “3-D Geologic Visualizations using gOcad, Interpreting Geology into the Subsurface” at the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, in April, and “Geology of the Soudan Mine; a proposed site for a U.S. Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory,” National Science Foundation Review Panel Presentation, Washington D.C., in April.


Michael Gulseth
, assistant professor, was voted president-elect of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and will assume presidency responsibilities in 2008. MSHP represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems in the state of Minnesota. Their mission is to provide visible leadership, education, advocacy, and networking opportunities which support its members as they enable people to make the best use of medications.

Debbie Sisson, assistant professor and associate director, experiential education, was selected to receive the 2006-07 Phi Lambda Sigma honorary membership award for her commitment to students and their education and for advancing the profession of pharmacy through her leadership efforts.

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Nick Danz, Jerry Niemi, Ron Regal, Tom Hollenhorst, Lucinda Johnson, JoAnn Hanowski, Rich Axler, Jan Ciborowski, Tom Hrabik, Val Brady, J.R. Kelly, J.A. Morrice, J.C. Brazner, R.W. Howe, Cathy Johnston, and George Host, recently published “Integrated gradients of anthropogenic stress in the U.S. Great Lakes basin” in Environmental Management 39(5):631-647, 2007.

Dean Peterson gave a seminar entitled “3-D Geologic Visualizations using gOcad: Interpreting Geology into the Subsurface” at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD in April.

Julie Oreskovich gave a presentation entitled “Documenting Underground Mine Workings on the Mesabi Range in GIS Format for Mine, Business, and Community Planning” at the Society for Mining Metallurgy and Engineering conference in Duluth, in April.

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