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The Terrain Instruments soundworks of Leif Brush, professor emeritus, Department of Art and Design, are cited in two books, A Companion to Contemporary Musical Thought, John Paynter, author (London, Routledge), and the new Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between categories, by Alan Licht, Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 2007.

Jen Dietrich, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design and Sarah Nitschke, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, are pleased to announce that they have been awarded over $23,000.00 from the 08-09 Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship from the Graduate School for their film project Not Made in Heaven.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was appointed Member of the Program Committee of 19th International Workshop on Combinatorial Algorithms (IWOCA 2008), which will be held in Nagoya, Japan.

Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has recently received the following grants: National Security Agency $128,659; National Science Foundation $214,853; National Science Foundation $468,153 (Co-PI). The sponsoring agent for the last grant is the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Two of Gallian’s summer research students received prizes at the annual joint meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the MAA in January 2008, in part for research done in the summer program. The AMA/MAA Morgan prize is for outstanding research by an undergraduate; the Alice Schafer Prize is for excellence by an undergraduate woman. At the same meeting, an 82-minute documentary film about the United States 2006 Mathematical Olympiad team, for which Gallian was executive producer, had its premier showing.

Vicki Hansen, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, had her article, Hansen, V. L., “Subduction origin on early Earth: A hypothesis,” published in December in Geology, v. 35, 12, p. 1059-1062.

Dennis Hansen (Biology Graduate Student), John Clark (past Biology graduate and UROP recipient), Randall Hicks, professor, Department of Biology, and colleagues from the UM-St. Paul 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.

Eil Kwon, professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and director, Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratory (NATSRL), hosted a delegation from the College of Information Technology, Kangwon National University (KNU), Korea, who visited UMD in January, to discuss the development of a cooperative research program with the Swenson College of Science and Engineering. This visit was in response to Kwon’s visit to KNU in October 2007, where he gave a seminar in ITS research to the KNU faculty group. The delegation also visited the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Metro and District 1) to collect information on the snow management system in Minnesota. NATSRL is working with KNU to develop a research proposal for developing a comprehensive snow management system for the northern area in Korea.

Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, presented a paper at the 109th annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America/American Philological Association meetings in Chicago in early January. Entitled the “Plataiai Urban Mapping Project” in the section on Greek Urbanism - which included major papers by member of the German Institute of Archaeology, Columbia University, and the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, was presented as a joint paper with Marchese’s colleague Michael Boyd of Cambridge University. The Plataiai research project is a joint venture between the Marchese and his colleagues at Cambridge University, Vasili Aravatinos of the Thebes Archaeological Service, Greece, and Andreas Konecy of the University of Vienna. All four recently had a joint English/German publication in prestigious Jahreshefte des Õsterreichischen Archãologischen Institutes in Wein (Band 75) 2006. Marchese presented the initial paper on the Plataiai Urban Planning Project earlier in December, 2007 as part of the Alworth Institute’s Brown Bag lecture series at UMD. Finally, Marchese sent two students - one from UMTC and the other from UMD - for graduate education at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Both students participated in the winter Classical Study Tour of Greece under the direction of Marchese and Eve Browning.

David McCarthy, professor, Department of Education, just presented a three hour workshop presentation at the regional TIES Technology Conference in Minneapolis. His topic addressed new technologies for teacher education.
Further, he will be presenting two pre-conference workshops for the Association of Teacher Educator’s (ATE) National Conference which will be held in New Orleans this February and an additional two presentations during the conference. McCarthy currently serves on the ATE’s National Commission on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education and also serves as ATE’s development specialist in technology.

Richard Ojakangas, professor emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, was in southern India in November and December 2007. On November 12 he presented the seminar on “Lake Superior-Type Iron Formations” at a Geological Society of India meeting in Bangalore.
On November 13 he presented two seminars: “Proterozoic Glaciations” and “The World's Uranium Deposits: Energy of the Future?” at a meeting of the Geological Survey of India in Bangalore. He presented the same two seminars to the National Geophysical Research Institute in Hyderabad on November 26.
On November 28-30, Ojakangas presented two invited lead papers at an International Seminar on Crustal Evolution, Sedimentary Processes and Metallogeny in Dharwar: “Archean Sedimentology of the Lake Superior Region” and “Proterozoic Sedimentology of the Lake Superior Region, Canadian Shield.”
On December 10, Ojakangas presented two seminars at Australia-India Mineral Resources PTY, LTD in Bangalore: “Archean Sedimentology of the Lake Superior Region” and “Proterozoic Sedimentology of the Lake Superior Region, Canadian Shield.”

Susana Pelayo-Woodward, program director, Multicultural Center, was named the recipient of the 2007 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in November. The award recognizes and honors women who have made significant contributions to our community.

George (Ripp) Rapp, professor emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, had this book chapter “Prologue: The Organization, Development and Future of Geoarchaeology”, Chapter 1, pp. 1-5, edited by L. Wilson, P. Dickinson, and J. Jeandron, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, published in Reconstructing Human-Landscape Interactions.

Robert Repinski, associate professor of art, has received a juror’s “Award of Merit” for his etching, “Cycle” which is currently on exhibit at the Dempsey Art Center in Auburn, Alabama. Repinski’s work was selected from a national field of submissions, and he is one of five artists in the exhibition to receive individual recognition.
Repinski's “Leaving Home”, an etching /aquatint has been selected for inclusion in the 7th Annual Janet Turner National Print Competition which will be on exhibit through February at the Turner Museum on the campus of the California State University in Chico. The Juror was Karen Breuer, curator of contemporary graphic arts of the Auchenbach Foundation at the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco.


Subhash Basak served as U.S. Chairperson of the Third Indo-US Lecture Series on Discrete Mathematical Chemistry (Special Lectures on Chemoinformatics and Bioinformatics) in January. The bi-national, USA-India event was organized under the joint auspices of the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and Department of Bioinformatics, School of Life Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli. NRRI staff gave the following lectures at the conference:

“Mathematical chemodescriptors and biodescriptors: Development and applications” Basak.

“An integrated Chemo-Bioinformatic approach to bioactivity/ toxicity prediction” Basak.

“Realizing a balance via Mathematical Chemistry” Basak.

“Mathematical characterization of chirality: The hallmark of life’s chemistry” Ramanathan Natarajan (Department of Chemical Engineering, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada) and Basak.

“Characterizing molecular similarity and similarity methods” Brian Gute and Basak.

On January 14, Basak gave an invited lecture entitled “Mathematical structural invariants: Development and applications in predicting property/bioactivity/toxicity of chemicals” at the Department of Biophysics and Molecular Biology, University College of Science, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. Basak and Gute also participated in a discussion session with attendees of the lecture on various aspects of chemoinformatics, bioinformatics, and computational biology research in Eastern India.

David Hendrickson presented a paper entitled “Installation and operation of a downdraft biomass gasifier at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute” at the Advanced Biomass Energy Workshop held at the University of Minnesota Morris, November 15 - 16.

NRRI staff published the following papers in the Journal of Great Lakes Research 33 (Special Issue 3) 2007:
Gerald Niemi, J.R. Kelly, and Nick Danz, “Foreword: Environmental indicators for the coastal region of the North American Great Lakes: Introduction and prospectus.”
Y. Bhagat, J.J.H. Ciborowski, Lucinda Johnson, D.G. Uzarski, T.M. Burton, S.T.A. Timmermans, and M.J. Cooper, “Testing a fish index of biotic integrity for responses to different stressors in Great Lakes coastal wetlands.”
Valerie Brady, J.J.H. Ciborowski, Lucinda Johnson, Nick Danz, J.D. Holland, Dan Breneman, and J.P. Gathman, “Optimizing fishing time: one vs. two-night fyke net sets in Great Lakes coastal systems.”
J.C. Brazner, Nick Danz, A.S. Trebitz, Gerald Niemi, Ronald Regal, Tom Hollenhorst, George Host, Euan Reavie, Terry Brown, JoAnn Hanowski, Carol Johnston, Lucinda Johnson, R.W. Howe, and J.J.H. Ciborowski, “Responsiveness of Great Lakes wetland indicators to human disturbances at multiple spatial scales: a multi-assemblage assessment.”
David Grandmaison and Gerald Niemi, “Local and landscape influence on red-winged blackbird (Agelaius Phoeniceus) nest success in Great Lakes coastal wetlands.”
JoAnn Hanowski, Nick Danz, R.W. Howe, Ronald Regal, and Gerald Niemi, “Considerations for monitoring breeding birds in Great Lakes coastal wetlands.”
Tom Hollenhorst, Terry Brown, Lucinda Johnson, J.J.H. Ciborowski, and George Host, “Methods for generating multi-scale watershed delineations for indicator development in Great Lake Coastal ecosystems.”
R.W. Howe, Ronald Regal, JoAnn Hanowski, Gerald Niemi, Nick Danz, and C.R. Smith, “An index of ecological condition based on bird assemblages in Great Lakes coastal wetlands.”
Carol Johnston, T. Watson, and Peter Wolter, “Sixty-three years of land alteration in Erie Township.”
Carol Johnston, B. Bedford, Michael Bourdaghs, Terry Brown, C. Frieswyk, M. Tulbure, L. Vaccaro, and J.B. Zedler, “Plant species indicators of physical environment in Great Lakes coastal wetlands.”
M. Kang, J.J.H. Ciborowski, and Lucinda Johnson, “The influence of anthropogenic disturbance and environmental suitability on the distribution of the nonindigenous amphipod Echinogammarus ischnus at Laurential Great Lakes coastal margins.”
Amy Kireta, Euan Reavie, Nick Danz, Richard Axler, G.V. Sgro, John Kingston, Terry Brown, and Tom Hollenhorst, “Coastal geomorphic and lake variability in the Laurentian Great Lakes: implications for a diatom-based monitoring tool.”
C. Miller, Gerald Niemi, JoAnn Hanowski, and Ronald Regal, “Breeding bird communities across an upland disturbance gradient in the western Lake Superior region.”
Anna Peterson and Gerald Niemi, “Evaluation of the Ohio Rapid Assessment Method for wetlands in the western Great Lakes: an analysis using bird communities.”
S.J. Price, R.W. Howe, JoAnn Hanowski, Ronald Regal, Gerald Niemi, and C.R. Smith, “Are anurans of Great Lakes coastal wetlands reliable indicators of ecological condition?”
Euan Reavie, “A diatom-based water quality index for Great Lakes coastlines.”


Stephen Bortone, professor, Department of Biology and director, Minnesota Sea Grant, recently published two papers:
Bortone, S.A. 2008. Insight into the status and trends of Tarpon in southwest Florida through historical data recorded on scales. Pages 69-77. In: J. Ault (ed.). Biology and Management of the World Tarpon and Bonefish Fisheries. CRC Press, Inc. Boca Raton, Florida.
Bortone, S.A., G.J. Holt, and D. Engle. 2007. “Perspectives on tarpon, based on the historical recreational fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.” Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 59: 31-36.
Bortone, also gave the presentation, “Lake Superior Research Priorities,” for the Ask a Scientist speaker series in Grand Marais and Duluth during January.

Jeff Gunderson, associate director, helped facilitate and conduct a one-day Aquatic Invasive Species Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point training workshop in Pierre, SD, for fish farmers, bait producers, and the South Dakota Fish, Game, and Parks Department during January.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave a guest lecture, “Aquatic Invasive Species Threats to Minnesota,” in Duluth to a biology class from Hibbing Community College during December.
Jensen also gave a guest lecture, “It’s Not Just About Zebra Mussels, It’s About Stopping Aquatic Hitchhikers!” to a fourth grade class at St. Michael’s Lakeside School, Duluth, during January.

Barbara Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, gave the presentation, “Social Dimension of Private Well Testing,” along with B. D. Severtson and R. Kline-Robach at the New England Private Well Symposium in Providence, RI, during December.


Joe Prohaska, Ph.D., Department of Toxicology, was recently invited to national and international conferences. He presented “Copper Related Transporters and Signaling in Cellular Homeostasis” at the International Symposium on Molecular Biomarkers of Copper Homeostasis in Valpariso, Chile. He also presented his research, “Copper-Dependent Ferroxidases and Mammalian Iron Homeostasis,” at the University of Florida in Gainesville to the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Duluth Campus first-year students gathered to hear the 2007 summer interns tell about their experiences in communities around the state. Designed to encourage first-year students to sign-up for the two-to-eight week internships, the event included leaders from the Area Health Education Centers, St. Luke’s Hospital, and St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic who support the efforts to provide medical students clinical and/or research opportunities during the summer session. In addition, representatives from the Minnesota Medical Association Foundation and the Minnesota Medical Foundation attended.
Nine of the 67 students that participated last summer gave descriptions of their experiences in small community hospital and clinics where they observed rural patient care, assisted in surgical procedures, Ob deliveries, emergency care and routine medical office visits. Many also were involved in interdisciplinary experiences in the community including working with pharmacists, home care services, morticians, veterinarians and other health professionals.

Duluth Educators recently published results of prenatal care and delivery curriculum research in the Journal of Family Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
Motivated by the fact that the number of US family physicians who deliver babies continues to decrease for a variety of reasons, an educational team from the Duluth campus developed a new Obstetric Longitudinal Program (OLP) designed to expose first-year medical students to the longitudinal experience of prenatal care and delivery. The curriculum included reinforcement throughout clinical training to increase their knowledge of pregnancy care and to encourage inclusion of pregnancy care in their future family practice and it was set up as a research study with a control group. Results showed that, compared to the control group, OLP participants had higher knowledge scores at the end of the program and expressed greater likelihood to include deliveries in their future practice. Further studies are needed to determine if such early medical education experiences actually change the future practice of family physicians. Because of student demand, the course became an elective in the Duluth curriculum. For more information visit: http://www.stfm.org/fmhub/fm2008/toc.cfm?xmlFileName=fammedvol40issue1.xml
The team included: Ruth Westra, DO, MPH; Irina V. Haller, PhD, MS; Jeff Adams, MD; Bonnie J. Peterson; Jennifer Pearson, MD. The article is a result of collaboration between the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Duluth, University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth (Drs Westra, Adams, and Pearson and Ms Peterson) and Division of Education and Research, St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic Health System, Duluth, Minn (Dr Haller).


Michael Gulseth, assistant professor, accepted a three-year appointment to the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.

A manuscript co-authored by Ayman Noreddin, assistant professor, and 2007 PharmD graduates Angela Reese and Melissa Ostroski, et al. was published in the December 2007 issue of Clinical Therapeutics. The manuscript titled “Comparative Pharmacodynamics of Garenoxacin, Gemifloxacin, and Moxifloxacin in Community-Acquired Pneumonia Caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae: A Monte Carlo Simulation Analysis” is the result of a research project by the Duluth Center for Clinical and Translational Research (DCCTR). Reese and Ostroski worked on the project as part of a required PharmD paper course, and the project is an excellent model of research engaging pharmacy students.

The College of Pharmacy, Duluth, received a pledge of $100,000 from RxAmerica to support the University Medication Therapy Management program.

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