Tuesday, October 2, 2007 * Volume 25, Number 3

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Alison Aune, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, presents an exhibition, “Dekorglädje: Swedish Paintings,” at the John Steffl Gallery in the Duluth Art Institute from Oct. 11, 2007 – Jan. 6, 2008. The opening reception will be held on Thurs, Oct 18, from 5 – 7 p.m. and an Artist Dialogue will be presented on Thurs, Oct 25, from 6 – 7 p.m.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, has her work in the invitational on-line catalog gallery for the national benefit auction for The Photo Review, from September to November, 2007. Stephen Perloff, editor and photography critic, invited her submission.
Brush, is in the 12_12 Gallery 2007 National Juried Photography Exhibition opening September 28 and running through November 4, 2007, in Richmond,Virginia. Brian Paul Clamp, Director of ClampArt Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, and author of numerous books on American art, selected her work.
Brush, is in the highly competitive international exhibition, The Art of Digital. Neal Benezra, Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, selected 104 pieces from 2,796 reviewed from artists working in various digital mediums from forty countries. The exhibition opens at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter on October 6, and runs through November 11, 2007.

Two etchings by Robert Repinski, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, have been selected for inclusion in a national, juried print exhibition entitled “Dia de los Muertos” which will be on view through November at the Dempsey Arts Center in Auburn, Alabama. A jury of three, including Conrad Ross, artist and author of “The Complete Printmaker” chose 32 works from entries submitted from across the country. Repinski is also represented in the exhibition “Birds” which is currently hanging at the Northern Print Gallery, here in Duluth.

Xun Yu, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering published “Carbon nanotubbased transparent thin film acoustic actuators and sensors”, co-authored by R. Rajamani, K. A. Stelson, and T. Cui in Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Volume 132, Issue 2, 1 November 2006, Pages 626-631. During the last year, the paper has been rated third, eighth, and thirteenth most downloaded paper by the journal.


Timothy Stratton, associate professor, Karen Bastianelli, assistant professor, and Melissa Bumgardner, assistant professor, presented “Community Health Screenings: A Vehicle for Conducting Research and Teaching Student Pharmacists” during a special session at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, in Orlando, Florida, in July. Bumgardner also co-authored a poster with Twin Cities colleagues, Amy Pittenger, and Kristin Janke, titled “Student Knowledge Acquisition in an Online Pharmacotherapy Course for Health Professional Students.”

Anna Firoozi
, executive office and administrative specialist, and Adam Moren, information technology professional, both received a 2007 College of Pharmacy Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service to the College. The awards were presented to them at a College of Pharmacy staff appreciation day in Stillwater, Minnesota, in August.


James Boulger, has been named the Duluth Campus’s Interim Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences by Gary Davis, senior associate dean of the UMD Medical School. The position was held by Davis before he was named chief academic officer of the UMD Medical School.

Jean Regal, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been officially named the first director of the Women’s Mentoring Program at the UMD Medical School.

Mustafa al’Absi, has been named the first director of the new Duluth Medical Research Institute (DMRI) at the UMD Medical School.


Robert Howe (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay), Ron Regal (UMD), Gerald Niemi, Nick Danz, and JoAnn Hanowski published “A probability-based indicator of ecological condition” in the journal Ecological Indicators, 7, 2007, 793-806.


Steve Bortone, director, presented “An Approach to Establishing Fish and Fisheries as in situ Environmental Indicators of Natural Hazards” at the American Fisheries Society -- Sea Grant Special Symposium in San Francisco, CA, during September.
Bortone presented “The Role of Artificial Reefs in the Management of Fisheries in Large Lake Ecosystems,” at the European Congress of Ichthyology held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, during September.
Bortone presented the “Historical Status and Trends in Tarpon Biology Based on Recreational Catch Data from the Gulf of Mexico” at the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists’ annual meeting in St. Louis, MO, during September.

Jeff Gunderson, associate director, conducted an Aquatic Invasive Species-Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point workshop in Rogers, MN, during September for fish farmers and baitfish producers. They learned how not to spread and to protect their operations from the VHS virus and aquatic invasive species.

Sea Grant staff members chaired several sessions and earned honors at the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Conference held during September in Chicago, IL. Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, chaired the marinas and ports session. Gunderson gave a presentation on Minnesota aquaculture. Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, chaired the Great Lakes coastal community development session. Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities extension educator, earned an early career service award from the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The award was presented for his outstanding accomplishments on the job. Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, was named chair of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network communications group.

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