Tuesday, September 4, 2007 * Volume 25, Number 1

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Thomas C. Johnson, professor, Large Lakes Observatory, Department of Geological Sciences, and former UMD postdoctoral researcher Simone Alin, published “Earth sciences: Carbon lost from lakes” in the July 26 issue of Nature magazine. The same work, titled, Carbon cycling in large lakes of the world: A synthesis of production, burial, and lake-atmosphere exchange estimates,” was published in Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 21, in July.

Tricia Bunten, development director, College of Science and Engineering, was elected president of the Lake Superior Fundraising Executives for 2007-2008.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, has work in Hands Off, an international digital photography exhibition opening September 7 and running through September 28, 2007, at the Nan Boynton and 621 Galleries, Tallahassee, Florida. Robert Fichter, widely exhibited American photographer whose work has been in the Whitney Biennale and San Francisco MOMA, selected her work.

Eric Dubnicka, Tweed Museum staff member, has an exhibition of his paintings and drawings entitled, “When Pigs Fly,” at the George Morrison Gallery at the Duluth Art Institute. The show runs through November 25.

Richard Gran, assistant professor, Department of Physics, gave a talk on August 8 on the “Status of the MINERvA Experiment” in a working group session at the Ninth International Workshop on Neutrino Factories, Superbeams, and Betabeams held at Okayama University, Okayama, Japan.

John Hatcher, assistant professor of journalism, Department of Composition, presented two papers at the annual convention of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aug. 9, in Washington, D.C.: “News media and their state: A comparative analysis of media systems in 36 democracies,” and “War of words: How 22 newspapers in 11 countries framed the buildup to the Iraq War.”

John Hiller, professor, Department of Physics, is co-author of a paper, “Spectrum and thermodynamic properties of two-dimensional [script N] = (1,1) super Yang-Mills theory with fundamental matter and a Chern-Simons term,” recently published in Physical Review D
vol. 76, 045008 (2007).

Thomas F. Jordan, professor emeritus, Department of Physics, Anil Shaji, and E. C. G. Sudarshan published, “One qubit almost completely reveals the dynamics of two,” Phys. Rev. A 76, 012101 (July, 2007).
Jordan, Shaji, and Sudarshan also published, “Entanglement increase from local interactions and not completely positive maps,” Phys. Rev. A 76, 022102 (August, 2007).

Janice Kmetz, professor, Department of Art and Design, had a digital print “without/within” selected for exhibition in the 20th Annual Northern National Art Competition at the Nicolet College Gallery in Rhinelander WI, July 24 - Labor Day. Juror Allen Peterson, a nationally exhibited mixed media artist, published poet, gallery director, educator, arts reviewer/writer selected the print for a Donors Award. Kmetz also had her fibers/digital installation “’bout my Lover Boy’” in the 15th Annual Juried Exhibition at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids in August.


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Robert Howe (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay), Ronald Regal (UMD), Gerald Niemi, Nicholas Danz and JoAnne Hanowski published “A probability-based indicator of ecological condition” in Ecological Indicators, July 2007, 793-806.

JoAnne Hanowski, Nick Danz, Robert Howe (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay), Gerald Niemi and Ron Regal (UMD) published “Consideration of Geography and Wetland Geomorphic Type in the Development of Great lakes Coastal Wetland Bird Indicators” in EcoHealth, 2007, 4:194-205.

Gerry Sjerven, NRRI GIS specialist was appointed to the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information for the 2008 fiscal year. He joins 17 other members representing various governmental agencies, higher education, nonprofits and the private sector. Geographic information is critical to the understanding and management of complex economic, social, and natural resources in Minnesota.

Subhash Basak and Denise Mills participated in the Computational Chemistry Maui Workshop 2007 organized by Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Chemical and Biological Technologies and Threat Agency Sciences, U.S. Department of Defense, August 13-16. Basak gave the following two invited lectures at the workshop: “Estimation of tissue partitioning of chemicals from their structure: A hierarchical QSAR approach” authored jointly by Basak and Mills, and “Mathematical biodescriptors of proteomics maps and their toxicological applications” authored jointly by Basak and Brian Gute.

Basak and coworkers gave the following presentations at the 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, Mass., August 19-23:
1) “Predicting allergic contact dermatitis: Alternative statistical approaches to chemical classification” authored jointly by Basak, Mills and Douglas Hawkins (School of Statistics, TC campus, U of MN).
2) “Use of theoretical descriptors in predicting aryl hydrocarbon (Ah) receptor binding affinity of dibenzofurans: A hierarchical QSAR approach” authored jointly by Basak and Mills.
3) “Prediction of blood-air and tissue-air partition coefficients: Calculated molecular descriptors vs. experimentally determined properties” authored jointly by Basak and Mills.
4) “Molecular overlay as a tool to model bio-specificity: A case study with mosquito repellents” authored jointly by Ramanathan Natarajan and Basak.
5) “Relative chirality index: Novel approach for the numerical characterization of molecular chirality” authored jointly by Natarajan and Basak as an invited lecture.
6) “Proper use of cross-validation while descriptor-thinning: Naïve versus true q2” authored jointly by Basak, Natarajan, Hawkins and Jessica Kraker (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI).
7) “Mutagen/non-mutagen classification of diverse and structurally homogenous chemicals using calculated molecular descriptors: A hierarchical approach” authored jointly Basak, Mills and Hawkins.
8) “Development of mathematical biodescriptors for proteomics maps” authored jointly by Gute and Basak.
9) “Tailoring molecular similarity metrics for property estimation” authored jointly by Gute and Basak.
10) “Mathematical biodescriptors for DNA sequences: Applications to avian influenza” authored jointly Ashesh Nandy, Gute and Basak.
11) “QSAR approach to modeling membrane permeability” authored jointly by Basak and Mills.
12) “QSAR model assessment” authored by Hawkins and Kraker.

Basak, Mills and Moiz M. Mumtaz (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA) published a paper entitled “A quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) study of dermal absorption using theoretical molecular descriptors” in the international journal SAR QSAR Environmental Research, 18, 45-55 (2007).

Kraker, Hawkins, Basak, Natarajan, and Mills published the paper “Quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) modeling of juvenile hormone activity: Comparison of validation procedures” in the international journal Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, 87, 1, 33-42 (2007).

Ashesh Nandy (School of Environmental Science, Jadavpur University, and Kolkata, India), Basak and Gute published the paper “Graphical representation and numerical characterization of H5N1 avian flu neuraminidase gene sequence” in the journal published by the American Chemical Society: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling (JCIM), 47, 945-951 (2007).

Natarajan, Basak and Terry Neumann published the paper “A novel approach for the numerical characterization of molecular chirality” in the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, 47, 771-775 (2007).

Basak, Natarajan, Wieslaw Nowak, Przemyslaw Miszta (both of N. Copernicus University, Poland), and UMD alumnus Jerome Klun (USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland) published the paper “Three dimensional structure-activity relationships (3-D QSAR) for insect repellency of diastereomeric compounds: A hierarchical molecular overlay approach” in the international journal SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research, 18, 237-250 (2007).


Dale Bergeron, maritime transportation educator, served as assistant instructor for the Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Summer Institute (sponsored by the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute). The program brought 20 K-12 educators, community leaders, and policy makers to the Port of Duluth-Superior for a week in August to learn about the impacts of Great Lakes shipping.

Steve Bortone, director, was recertified as a Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America
Bortone’s research paper, “Establishing an Environmental Bioindicator Network to Evaluate the Impact of Extreme Events,” was published recently in Environmental Bioindicators, Volume 2, pp. 57-59, 2007.
Bortone was elected to the board of directors for The North Shore Sugarloaf Stewardship Association.
Bortone was also interviewed on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” show on August 24 for a story about seiches in the Great Lakes.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave a presentation, “Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!” to 80 Girl Scouts attending a Girl Scout Northern Pine Council camp at Jeanette Pollay Park, in Duluth during July.
Jensen gave an invited presentation, “It’s Not Just About Ballast Water: Opportunities and Success,” to the Committee on the St. Lawrence Seaway, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, in Washington D.C. during July. While in Washington, he also participated in Congressional Education Day on Aquatic Invasive Species, sponsored by the National Coalition on Invasive Species, meeting with members of Congress and their staffs to share insights about the importance of taking action on ballast water and aquatic invasives.

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