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.
Julie Etterson, assistant professor, Department of Biology,
was recently published in the prestigious journal Science. This
paper was also selected for inclusion in another journal Nature’s
“Faculty of 1000 Biology” that highlights major scientific
Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics
and Statistics, presented a talk “Group products and graph decompositions”
at the Combinatorics, Graphs and Network Topology Group Seminar at University
of Ballarat, Australia.
Karen Gran, adjunct assistant professor, Department of
Geological Sciences, along with Stephanie Day, Carrie Jennings, Andrea
Johnson, Wes Lauer, Gary Parker, Lesley Perg, and Peter Wilcock, gave
a presentation at the national Geological Society of America meeting in
Denver, CO, in October: “Evaluating sediment sources, storage, and
policy implications in the agricultural Le Sueur River watershed, central
Vicki Hansen, professor, Department of Geological Sciences,
2007, “Subduction origin on early Earth: A hypothesis” Geology,
v. 35, no. 12, p. 1059-1062.
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.
Randall Hicks, professor, Department of Biology, Dennis
Hansen (Biology Graduate Student), John Clark (past Biology graduate and
UROP recipient), and colleagues from the UM-Twin Cities campus (Satoshi
Ishii, Michael Sadowsky) recently had a paper on the “Sources and
Sinks of Escherichia coli in Benthic and Pelagic Fish” accepted
for publication in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. The results
of this study demonstrated that E. coli bacteria are found in benthic
fish in the Duluth-Superior harbor, but it may be more appropriate to
consider them vectors of E. coli strains from other sources, rather than
a new source of E. coli contamination in aquatic environments.
Tom Johnson, professor, Department of Geological Sciences,
spent the past two weeks in Germany, first serving on the Safety Panel
of the DOSECC (Deep Observations and Sampling of the Earth’s Continental
Crust) at a meeting in Cologne (Nov 5-6), where he reviewed plans for
drilling projects on lakes in Siberia, Patagonia, Turkey and Israel. Johnson
then presented seminars on “D-O Events and Megadroughts in the African
Tropics: Results from the Lake Malawi Drilling Project” to the Department
of Geography at the Free University of Berlin (Nov. 8) and then to the
Institute of Eco-Geology at the University of Braunschweig (Nov. 12).
Johnson also attended a Workshop on “Response of
North African Ecosystems to Abrupt Climate Change” at the University
of Bremen (Nov. 14-16), where he presented more results on the Malawi
Keith B. Lodge, associate professor, Department of Chemical
Engineering, presented a poster entitled “A new method for the measurement
of fugacity and the Henry’s law constant for volatile organic compounds
containing chromophores” at the SETAC (Society of Environmental
Toxicology and Chemistry) North America 28th Annual Meeting, Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, November 11-15.
Daniel Pope, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical
and Industrial Engineering, presented two papers at the 2007 ASME International
Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE) in Seattle, WA,
November 11-15, 2007: Paper IMECE2007-41049, written with Pedersen, W.
E.: “Modeling of an Integrated Wind Energy Building”. Paper
IMECE2007-43425, written with Raghavan, V. and Gogos, G., “Combined
Non-Luminous Flame Radiation and Surface Tension Effects during Methanol
Professor Emeritus Fred E. Schroeder was named an Alumnus
of Notable Achievement of the College of Liberal Arts UM Twin Cities campus
at a recognition dinner in Minneapolis on September 25.
Mariana Waisman, assistant professor in Art and Design,
had her paper “The effective design of computer based-aids for the
teaching and learning of music in elementary education” selected
for presentation at the third “IASTED (International Association
of Science and Technology for Development) International Conference on
Human Computer Interaction (HCI)” to be held in Insbruck, Austria,
from March 17 - 19, 2008.
See the next issue of Currents.
MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS
Dale Bergeron, maritime extension
educator, gave the presentation, “Ballast Water: The Good, the Bad,
and the Ugly,” at a meeting for policy makers about aquatic invasive
species in the Great Lakes by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in
Duluth during November.
Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator,
gave a guest lecture, “It’s Not Just About Zebra Mussels,
It’s About Stopping Aquatic Hitchhikers!” to an environmental
topics class at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth during October.
Jensen also gave a guest presentation, “It’s
Not Just About Zebra Mussels, It’s About Stopping Aquatic Hitchhikers!”
to 65 eighth grade students at Washburn-Edison School in Duluth during
Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities educator, presented
“Protecting Duluth’s Streams: New Tools for the Community,”
to the Skyline Planning and Preservation Alliance in Duluth during November.
He also gave the presentation, “Re-establishing Connections to our
Waterways” with Melissa Graftaas (AIA) at the American Institute
of Architects Minnesota’s annual convention in Minneapolis during
Minnesota Sea Grant staff members organized the Making a Great Lake Superior
Conference 2007 held in Duluth at the DECC during October. Staff activities
Dale Bergeron, maritime extension educator, co-authored
the poster, “Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Education Outreach:
A Model for Engaging Students, Teachers, and Communities.”
Steve Bortone, director, presented “Recent Trends in Great
Lakes Research: How Does Lake Superior Stack Up?”
Sharon Moen, editor, was a co-author. Bortone also moderated
the research workgroup and the closing plenary session, “What Have
We Learned and Next Steps.”
Jeff Gunderson, associate director, gave the presentation,
“Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species on the Lake Superior Fishery.”
Cindy Hagley, environmental quality educator, gave two
presentations: “Greatest of the Great Lakes: A Medley of Model Lessons,”
and “Vessel-Based Climate Change Education: An Example Program.
Schomberg co-authored the second presentation. Hagley moderated the K-12
workgroup and organized a teacher/scientist luncheon for the COSEE Project.
Hagley and Schomberg co-authored “Interactive
Web-Based Data Visualization for Discovery and Decision-Making: LakeSuperiorStreams.org.
They also co-authored “A View From the Lake: Providing Coastal Communities
with a New Perspective on Natural Resource Issues.”
Jensen co-chaired the Aquatic Invasive Species: Partners
in Action Session and gave two presentations: “Overview of Non-Native
Species Introductions into Lake Superior Basin, 1883-2006,” and
“Successes in Public Education to Prevent the Spread of AIS: Partnerships
That Work!” He also presented a poster, “Get Habitattitude:
Prevent the Release of Aquatic Invasive Species from Classrooms.”
Barb Liukkonen, water resources educator, co-authored
“Assessing the Impacts of Field Days for Youth.”
Schomberg organized the conference and gave the presentation,
“Assessing Beach User’s Knowledge of Rip Currents in Lake
Superior.” He also presented the poster, “Hands-On Activities
Help Communities Understand Role of Individuals and Local Governments
in Protecting Lake Superior,” with Hagley as a
Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, organized two media
briefings, including one featuring Governor Tim Pawlenty and polar explorer
Will Steger. Coverage of the conference appeared in the Minneapolis Star
Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Associated Press, Duluth News Tribune,
KUMD Radio and other regional radio stations, and local television stations.
Minnesota Sea Grant staff participated in the 2007 Minnesota Water Resources
Conference held in Minneapolis during October:
Liukkonen moderated the “Understanding Impacts
on Groundwater” session and co-moderated the “Quality of Groundwater,
and Important Source of Drinking Water for Minnesotans” session.
She gave the presentation, “Social Dimensions of Private Well Testing:
Why Don’t People Test Their Well Water?” along with Eleonore
Wesserle of the Twin Cities Campus.
Hagley and Schomberg co-authored. “LakeSuperiorStreams.org:
Making Stormwater and Stream Data Come Alive for Citizens, Students, Teachers,
Contractors, Resource Agencies, Decision-Makers, and Scientists,”
by Rich Axler (NRRI); Marion Lonsdale and Todd Carlson,
City of Duluth; George Host, Norm Will,
Jerry Henneck, Jane Reed, Elaine Ruzycki,
and Gerry Sjerven of NRRI.
MEDICAL SCHOOL-DULUTH NEWS
On November 7 in Duluth, Jenna M. Mollison was awarded
the Annette Boman Women’s Fellowship for Cancer Research. The Fellowship
which is awarded to a woman candidate involved with cancer research and
honors the memory of Annette Boman, a gifted UMD medical researcher.
Janet Fitzakerley, associate professor in the Physiology
and Pharmacology department, has been asked to lead a national subcommittee
in charge of promoting National Brain Awareness Week scheduled for March
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