Tuesday, October 16, 2007 * Volume 25, Number 4

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Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, during his research stay in Europe gave invited lectures at Masaryk University, Brno, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, and Technical University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, and a seminar talk at Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Thomas Hedin, professor, Department of Art and Design delivered a public lecture entitled “Symmetrical Analogy in the Gardens of Versailles” on October 3 at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, in Washington, D.C. It was the first in a series of lectures to be held in the historic, recently renovated Music Room at Dumbarton Oaks.

TC. Johnson, professor, and Erik T. Brown, professor, both from the Department of Geological Sciences, along with Scholz, C.A., Cohen, A.S., King, J.W., Peck, J.A., Overpeck, J.T., Talbot, M.K., Kalindekafe, L., Amoako, P.Y.O., Lyons, R.P., Shanahan, T.M., Castaneda, I.S., Heil, C.W., Forman, S.L., McHargue, L.R., Beuning, K., and Gomez, J., 2007, published “Pan African megadroughts prior to 70 ka, and late-Pleistocene climate release.” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073 pnas.0703874104

Josef Werne, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Thomas C. Johnson, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, along with Castaneda, I., published their paper “Wet and arid phases in the southeast African tropics since the Last Glacial Maximum” in Geology, v. 35, p. 823-826, 2007.

PHARMACY NEWS

Ayman Noreddin, associate professor, presented “Pharmacodynamic Profiling of Dalbavancin, Daptomycin, Tigecycline, Linezolid and Vancomycin in the Treatment of Community Acquired and Hospital Acquired Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureaus (CA-MRSA and HA-MRSA): Monte Carlo Simulation Analysis” at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in San Diego, California, in October.

Seven pharmacy students and two faculty participated in the inaugural Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Event hosted by the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) on October 6. One hundred sixty-six households took advantage of this day-long event, offered as an environmentally friendly alternative to flushing unwanted/expired medications down the toilet or washing them down the sink. More than 250 pounds of medications (filling nearly three 55-gallon drums) were turned in for destruction, about 10 percent of which were controlled substances.

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