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Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, has work in the 2007 National Photography Exhibition at the Main Street Gallery in Groton, New York, running through November 25. Stanley Bowman, photographer and emeritus professor in art, photography, and digital imaging at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and Roger Smith, director, Main Street Gallery, selected her work.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Sylwia Cichacz, Fulbright Visiting Junior Scholar from University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland, attended the 21st Midwest Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography, and Computing in Charleston, SC.
Froncek gave a talk “Bipartite Cheesecake Factory Problem.” Cichacz presented a joint paper with Froncek, “Decomposition into trails.”
Froncek, was the chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 42nd Czech-Slovak Conference on Graph Theory, held in Hradec nad Moravici, Czech Republic. He was also a member of the organizing committee of the international conference Design Theory of Alex Rosa, held in Bratislava, Slovakia.

John C. Green, professor emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, presented a talk on “The Geology of the Arrowhead” to the Area III Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Two Harbors on September 26, 2007.

Vicki Hansen, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, along with UMD student B. Shankar, presented a conference abstract and poster entitled “A global survey of Venus’ circular lows (CLs) a subset of coronae” in the Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 6, p. 571
Hansen, along with UMD student E.R. Tharalson, presented a conference abstract and poster entitled “The corona conundrum, Agnesi Quadrangle (V-45; 2550S/30-60E), Venus” in Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 6, p. 571
Hansen, and Richard Maclin, professor, Department of Computer Science, along with UMD student E. Bjonnes, and John B. Swenson, associate professor, Department of Geological Sciences., presented a conference abstract and talk entitled “Equilibrium resurfacing of Venus: Results of Monte Carlo modeling” in Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 6, p. 589.
Hansen, and López, I., presented a conference abstract and talk entitled “Global map of ribbon tessera terrain, Venus: Record of a rich ancient history” in Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 6, p. 589.
Hansen, published “Venus: A thin-lithosphere analog for early Earth?” in Van Kranendonk, M. J., Smithies, R. H., and Bennett, V. C., editors., Earth’s Oldest Rocks: Developments in Precambrian Geology, vol. 15, Elsevier, p. 987-1012, 1330 pp.
Hansen, published the “October 2007 LIP of the Month: Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) on Venus;” as an invited contribution to the web publication, http://www.largeigneousprovinces.org/LOM.html.

Thomas Johnson, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, along with Scholz, C.A., Cohen, A.S., King, J.W., Peck, J.A., Overpeck, J.T., Talbot, M.K., Brown, E.T., 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., published, “Pan African megadroughts prior to 70 ka, and late-Pleistocene climate release,” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v. 104, 16416-16421.
Johnson, and Eric Brown, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, along with Scholz, C. A., Cohen, A. S. and King, J., published “Abrupt change in African tropical climate linked to the bipolar seesaw over the past 55,000 years” in Geophysical Research Letters, v. 34, doi:10.1029/2007GL031240.
Johnson and Brown also published, along with Cohen, A. S., Stone, J. R., Beuning, K., Park, L. E., Reinthal, P. N., Dettman, D., Scholz, C. A., King, J. W., Talbot, M. R., and Ivory, S. J., “Ecological consequences of early Late-Pleistocene megadroughts in tropical Africa” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v. 104, 16422-16427.

Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, spent two weeks on a geo-physical survey at the ancient site of Plataiai in Greece in October. Marchese, who is co-director of the project with colleagues from the University of Sheffield (now Cambridge University) and the University of Vienna, Austria, conducted electric resistance and magnetic survey of the site.
Marchese published, with his colleagues Andreas Konecny, Michael Boyd, and Vasili Aravantinos, their first year's geo-physical survey: - “Geophysik in Plataiai: Resultate der Kampagne, 2005,” in Jahreshefte des Oesterreischen Instuitute in Wein, vol 75, 2006, pp. 133-141.

Richard Ojakangas, professor emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, gave a presentation on October 16 on the Panama Canal for University for Seniors.

Bruce Peckham, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave a talk entitled “The Cusp-cusp bifurcation for noninvertible maps” at the Midwest Dynamical Systems Conference at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on October 19-21. The talk was about joint work with Bernd Krauskopf and Hinke Osinga from the University of Bristol. The collaboration was initiated during a Fall 2004 sabbatical leave spent at the University of Bristol.

Robert Repinski, associate professor, Department of Art, is a participating artist in the 10th annual “Postcards From the Edge” exhibition and benefit auction sponsored by VisualAIDS at the James Cohan Gallery in New York City. The event generates support necessary for artists living with AIDS to continue producing their work.

John B. Swenson, associate professor, Department of Geological Sciences, was appointed to a three-year term on the National Science Foundation’s MARGINS Steering Committee. The MARGINS program funds basic research on the geodynamical, geochemical, and stratigraphic evolution of continental margins; its annual budget is approximately 5M$. The 15-member steering committee provides advice and feedback to MARGINS program managers.

NRRI NEWS

The following presentations were given at the 2007 Minnesota Water Resources Conference held in Minneapolis in October.:

“Sediment and nutrient load measurements in Western Lake Superior streams: In-stream turbidity sensors versus grab sampling and modeling,” presented by Elaine Ruzycki, jointly authored by Rich Axler, Jerry Henneck, Norm Will, and George Host and

“Lakesuperiorstreams.org: Making stormwater and stream data come alive for citizens, students, teachers, contractors, resource agencies, decision-makers and scientists,” presented by Rich Axler, jointly authored by Cindy Hagley, Jesse Schomberg, Marion Lonsdale, Todd Carlson, George Host, Norm Will, Jerry Henneck, Jane Reed, Elaine Ruzycki, and Gerry Sjerven.

The following presentations were given at the Making a Great Lake Superior Conference held in Duluth, MN, in October 2007:

“Interactive web-based data visualization for discovery and decision-making: LakeSuperiorStreams.org,” presented by Rich Axler, jointly authored by George Host, Norm Will, Cindy Hagley, Jesse Schomberg, Jerry Henneck, Gerry Sjerven, Elaine Ruzycki, Todd Carlson, Jane Reed, Mindy Granley and Marion Lonsdale.

“Sediment and nutrient load measurements in western Lake Superior streams: in-stream turbidity sensors versus grab sampling and modeling,” presented by Elaine Ruzycki, jointly authored by Rich Axler, Jerry Henneck, Norm Will, and George Host.

MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS

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UM MEDICAL SCHOOL-DULUTH NEWS

Lois Heller, professor in the Medical School-Duluth department of Physiology and Pharmacology has been elected chair of the University-wide Academic Health Center Faculty Consultative Committee (AHC-FCC). This is the first time a member of the Duluth AHC faculty has served in this role. Heller has been a member of the committee for five years. The committee meets regularly with Frank Cerra, senior vice president for health sciences at the U of M, to discuss and advise on matters of concern to the AHC faculty.

Russell Luepker, Mayo professor of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, U of M, delivered the 10th Annual Whiteside Memorial Lecture on October 23 at the UM Medical School Duluth. The title of his lecture was “The Epidemiology of Sudden Cardiac Death: What have we learned?” More than forty students, faculty and staff attended from the Medical School Duluth, College of Pharmacy Duluth, St. Luke’s, St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic, College of St. Scholastica and University of Wisconsin - Superior.

The Duluth Campus boosted its participation in this year’s American Heart Association’s Heart Walk on September 29, in Duluth. Lori Isaacson from Senior Associate Dean Gary Davis’ office organized the walking team of 25 students, faculty, staff and family members. The Med School team raised $1,933, almost double last year’s amount.

The UMD Medical School hosted a Rural Pre-Med Summit on Saturday, October 20. The program is designed to guide premedical undergraduates between their sophomore and junior years, as well as nontraditional students who plan to enter medical school. School faculty, rural physicians and current first and second year medical students discussed the challenges and rewards of pursuing a career in medicine.

More than 375 students, families, friends and dignitaries packed the Weber Music Hall in Duluth as the Med School’s largest class of 58 first-year medical students received their white coats and recited the Oath for Medical Students. Lynne M. Lillie, M.D., HealthEast Woodbury Clinic and president of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, was the keynote speaker in Duluth. For more information view: http://www.med.umn.edu/duluth/NewsReleases/2007_Whitecoat.html

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