Tuesday, June 26, 2007 * Volume 24, Number 15

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On May 11, 2007, the Board of Regents approved the following individuals for promotion and tenure:
Dalibor Froncek, CSE, Mathematics and Statistics, to full professor.
Mary Caprioli, CLA, Political Science, to associate professor.
Emmanuel Enemuoh, CSE, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, to associate professor.
Ryan Frane, SFA, Music, to associate professor.
M. Imran Hayee, CSE, Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Mary Hermes, CEHSP, Education, to associate professor.
Dahui Li, LSBE, Finance and Management Information Science, to associate professor.
Mary Ann Marchel, CEHSP, Education, to associate professor.
Michael Pfau, CLA, Communication, to associate professor.
Yongcheng Qi, CSE, Mathematics and Statistics, to associate professor.
Maureen Stanley, CLA, Foreign Languages and Literatures, to associate professor.
Joyce Strand, CEHSP, Education, to associate professor.
Craig Stroupe, CLA, Composition, to associate professor.
Steve Vanderheiden, CLA, Political Science, to associate professor.
Josef Werne, CSE, Biology, to associate professor.

Tim Colburn, associate professor, and Gary Shute, associate professor, both of the Department of Computer Science, presented a paper on “Metaphor in Computer Science” at the Fifth European Conference on Computing and Philosophy at the University of Twente, Netherlands, June 21-23.

Tim Craig, associate professor, Department of Biology, along with J. K. Itami, J. D. Horner, has published “Geographic variation in the evolution and coevolution of a tritrophic interaction” in Evolution 61:1137-1152 (2007).

Carolyn Crouch, professor, Department of Computer Science, had her paper “Dynamic Element Retrieval in a Structured Environment” published in the ACM journal Transactions on Information Systems, 24(4), Oct. 2006, 437-454.
Crouch, along with Khanna, S., Potnis, P., Doddapaneni, N. published their paper “Dynamic Retrieval of XML Elements, Advances in XML Information Retrieval and Evaluation: Fourth Workshop of the Initiative for the Evaluation of XML Retrieval (INEX 2005)”, N. Fuhr, et. al, eds, Springer-Verlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3977, 2006, 292-302. [proceedings]

Dalibor Froncek, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, during his research stay at Illinois State University, gave an undergraduate colloquium presentation "Incomplete and non-compact round robin tournaments," and a seminar talk, "The Cheesecake Factory Problem" at the Combinatorics Seminar.

Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been busy. His article “Assigning drivers license numbers” is the 11th most downloaded article on JSTOR, covering 75 years of articles in the Mathematics Magazine. He was the keynote speaker at the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Southwest Regional Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on June 15, 2007. An interview done by Joseph Gallian with Doron Zeilberger was published in Focus vol. 27 no.5 May/June 2007, pages 14-17. He was the banquet speaker at the Minnesota Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges/Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference at the DECC on April 28, 2007. He gave the Ninth Annual George Kitchen Memorial Lecture at Kalamazoo College on May 2, 2007 entitled “Breaking Driver’s License Codes.” The UMD Mathematics REU, directed by Joseph Gallian, was profiled in Math Horizons in the February 2007 issue.

Rik Gran, assistant professor, Department of Physics, gave a talk, “Quasi-elastic neutrino interactions: prospects and challenges” at the NuInt07 workshop on May 31, 2007. He was also a session convenor at that workshop.

Alec Habig, associate professor, Department of Physics, gave a talk to the Cloquet High School science class, “SNEWS: The Supernova Early Warning System”, on May 11, 2007.
Habig, and Rik Gran, assistant professor, both of the Department of Physics, had their paper "Charge-Separated Atmospheric Neutrino-Induced Muons in the MINOS Far Detector’’ Adamson, P. et al, The MINOS Collaboration, published in Phys. Rev. D, 75, 092003. (2007)

Marshall Hampton, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, shared a first prize and cash award for best poster presentation at the recent SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) conference on Dynamical Systems, with

Matthew Andrews, professor, Department of Biology.
The poster was on mathematical modeling of mammalian hibernation.

Vicki Hansen, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, had a paper published, “LIPs on Venus”, in Chemical Geology, v. 241, no. 3-4, p. 354-374, July 15 2007.

Ishii, S., D. L. Hansen, Randall Hicks, professor, Department of Biology, and M. J. Sadowsky, have published “Beach sand and sediments are temporal sinks and sources of Escherichia coli in Lake Superior” in Environ. Sci. Technol. 41:2203-2209 (2007).
Ishii, S., W. B. Ksoll, Randall Hicks, professor, Department of Biology, and M. J. Sadowsky, has published “Presence and growth of naturalized Escherichia coli in temperate soils from Lake Superior watersheds” in Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72:612-621 (2006).
Ksoll, W. B., S. Ishii, M. J. Sadowsky, and Randall Hicks, professor, Department of Biology, have published “Presence and sources of fecal coliform bacteria in epilithic periphyton communities of Lake Superior” in Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73:3771-3778 (2007).

John Hiller, professor, Department of Physics, gave an invited talk on “Nonperturbative Pauli-Villars regularization of light-cone quantized theories” at the international workshop on Relativistic Hadronic and Nuclear Physics at Ohio State University on May 17, 2007. During the workshop he was selected to serve on a committee to prepare a multi-institution research proposal for applications of light-cone quantization. In the same session of this workshop, Sofia Chabysheva, Research Fellow in Physics, gave an invited talk on “An Application of nonperturbative Pauli-Villars regularization to quantum electrodynamics.”

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” published in Fluid Phase Equilibria, Volume 253, Issue 1, 1 April 2007, Pages 74-79. The coauthor is Darlington Danso, a former graduate student in Chemistry.

John Pastor, professor, Department of Biology, and Bruce Peckham, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, organized a symposium entitled “Modeling nutrient constraints: stoichiometry of cells, populations, and ecosystems” at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Dynamical Systems Conference, held at Snowbird, UT in May 2007. John Pastor presented the opening lecture at the workshop. Harlan Stech, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a lecture “Producer-Consumer Models with Stoichiometry” regarding recent collaborative work of Pastor, Peckham and Stech.

John Pastor, professor, and b, assistant professor, both of the Department of Biology, have just recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for a proposal entitled “Wild rice population oscillations, allocation patterns, and nutrient cycles”. The award is for $543,068 for the period July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2011.

Tom Peacock, professor, Department of Education, and co-author Marlene Wisuri have been awarded first place (Gold) for their 2006 book, The Four Hills of Life: Ojibwe Wisdom under the category, Multicultural Non-fiction Young for the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Ted Pedersen, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, along with Serguei Pakhomov of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Siddharth Patwardhan of the University of Utah, and Christopher Chute of the Mayo Clinic, have published an article entitled “Measures of Semantic Similarity and Relatedness in the Biomedical Domain” in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 40(3), 288-299, June 2007.

Dave Wyrick, professor and head, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, helped present a workshop on integrating learning abroad into the undergraduate curriculum as part of the NAFSA Conference May 27-June 1. NAFSA is an organization for people involved with study abroad, and over 7,000 professionals from around the world attended this year’s meeting in Minneapolis.

Xun Yu, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, with R. Rajamani, K. A. Stelson, and T. Cui, has published “Carbon nanotube based transparent acoustic actuators and sensors” in Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. Volume 132, Issue 2, 20 November 2006, Pages 626-631.


Randall Seifert, department chairman, has been named senior associate dean of the College of Pharmacy, Duluth, effective June 11, 2007. He replaces Stephen Hoag, who resigned the deanship and will continue as faculty in the Duluth program.

Michael Gulseth, assistant professor, is the lead author and editor of a newly released book published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists titled, Managing Anticoagulation Patients in the Hospital; The Inpatient Anticoagulation Service.

See the next issue of currents.

NRRI staff from the Economic Geology Group presented the following research at the 53rd Institute on Lake Superior Geology meeting in Lutsen, Minn.:
1) Dean Peterson led a two-day post-meeting field trip to the Nickel Lake Macrodike in the South Kawishiwi intrusion titled “Geology and Cu-Ni-PGEs mineralization -- Nickel Lake Macrodike, South Kawishiwi Intrusion.” 2) Julie Oreskovich presented a talk on “Documenting underground mine workings on the Mesabi Iron Range in GIS format.” 3) Tammy Diedrich presented a talk on “The effect of H2O on olivine to ringwoodite transformation: Implications for subduction zone dynamics and the deep earth water cycle.” 4) Mark Severson and John Heine presented a poster entitled “Revised stratigraphy of the Biwabik Iron Formation, Mesabi Range, Minnesota -- developing the ‘Rosetta Stone.’” 5) Heine and Peterson were also co-authors on a presentation given by George J. Hudak, and Adam, T. Hoffman titled “Recent developments understanding the volcanic, magmatic, tectonic, and metallogenic evolution of the Ely Greenstone Formation, Vermilion District, NE Minnesota.”

Brian Brashaw conducted a one-day lean manufacturing short course for the Wisconsin East Central Regional Planning Commission targeted at Wisconsin wood products manufacturers on April 19 in Appleton, Wisc.

Brian Brashaw and Earl Kline (Virginia Tech Sloan Foundation Forest Industries Center) presented the Eigth Lean Manufacturing Workshop Series for Wood Products in Princeton, West Virginia on May 7-9, 2007 along with and the USDA Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center. This workshop is recognized as an excellent opportunity for wood products manufacturers to develop the background needed to implement lean manufacturing as a preferred production and continuous improvement strategy.

Larry Zanko presented “The Aggregate Potential of Byproducts Generated by Minnesota’s Taconite Mining Industry: A Summary of Current Research” at the 43rd Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals during a session entitled “Aggregates and Construction Materials on May 22 in Boulder, Colorado. Zanko and Tamara Diedrich also participated in geological field trips and meetings during and after the forum, and also staffed an NRRI-Mesabi Hard Rock exhibitor display.


Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, spoke during the opening ceremonies and the mayors of the Twin Ports proclaimed May 16-18 as “River Quest Days.” Gave the presentation, “You Can Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!” to the Lake Vermilion Resort Association, in Tower during May. Jensen presented, “Progress Toward a Comprehensive Invasive Species Management Plan in Minnesota,” at a meeting of the federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force on ANS State Management Planning: Great Lakes Regional Perspectives, in Erie, PA, during May. Jensen coauthored a poster, “Get Habitattitude! Prevent Release of Aquatic Invasive Species from Classroom,” with Jamie Reaser, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, and Frank Lichtkopper, Ohio Sea Grant Program.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, presented “Including Education and Outreach in your Proposal: How to Make it Meaningful and Make it Happen,” which she coauthored with Rochelle Sturtevant, Sea Grant Extension Agent/GLERL during the International Association for Great Lakes Research’s 50th Conference on Great Lakes Research held in University Park, PA, in May.

Jeff Gunderson, associate director, gave the presentation, “The Mystery of the Missing Smelt,” as part of the “Ask a Scientist” speaker series in Grand Marais and Duluth in May. Gunderson presented “Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS Fish Virus) and Two Other Lurking Invaders” to the Harbor Technical Advisory Committee in June in Superior, WI.

Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, gave the presentation, “What’s in Those Ships,” as part of the “Ask a Scientist” speaker series in Grand Marais in June.

Steve Bortone, director, was invited to the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain. He presented “Monitoring and Assessment of Artificial Reef Effectiveness” and served on the discussion panel for the Advanced Course on Design and Management of Artificial Reefs for Fisheries in May.

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