Two panoramic photographs, “Lighthouse Honeycomb” and “Orange Hawkweed” by Steve Bardolph, assistant professor of Art and Design, have been selected for inclusion in the Calvin College Alumni Photography Competition which will be on exhibit through March 8, at the Center Art Gallery on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Juror was Jennifer Steensma Hoag. View their website at: http://www.calvin.edu/centerartgallery/2007_2008/alumniphotography08.htm
Tim Craig, associate professor, Department of Biology, has recently published:
Craig, T. P., J. K. Itami and J. V. Craig. 2007. “Host plant genotype influences survival of hybrids between /Eurosta solidaginis/ host races.” Evolution 61: 2607-2613.
Craig, T. P. and J. K. Itami. 2008. “Evolution of preference and performance relationships,” Chapter 2, pp 20-28 In: Tilmon, K. (Ed.) Specialization, Speciation, and Radiation: The Evolutionary Biology of Herbivorous Insects http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/10828.html#toc. University of California Press, Berkeley
Julie Etterson, assistant professor, Department of Biology, has had a number of papers published recently:
Galloway, L.F., J.R. Etterson. “Transgenerational plasticity is adaptive in the wild.” Science 318:1134-1136.
Etterson, J.R., S.R. Keller, L.F. Galloway. 2007. “Epistatic and cytonuclear interactions govern outbreeding in the autotetraploid, /Campanulastrum americanum/.” Evolution 61:2671-2683.
Burgess, K.S., J.R. Etterson and L.F. Galloway. 2007. “Artificial selection shifts flowering phenology and other correlated traits in an autotetraploid herb.” Heredity 99:641-648.
Etterson, M.A., J.R. Etterson, and F. Cuthbert. 2007. “A robust new method for analyzing community change and an example using 86 years of avian response to forest succession.” Biological Conservation 138:381-389.
Vicki Hansen, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, gave an invited talk at Carleton College in January: “From Earth to Venus and Back Again.”
The musical co-written by Tom Isbell, professor, Department of Theater, with PBS humorist Mark Russell, Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of URSA Major, started a four-month, 33-city national tour in early January. It is tentatively scheduled to come to UMD on Monday, March 10. Simon & Schuster has published a book version of the play, with award-winning author Ronald Kidd doing the adaptation. First Lady Laura Bush wrote the foreword to the book, and Isbell did a book signing at Barnes & Noble on February 10.
Allen Mensinger, associate professor, Department of Biology, has been appointed Faculty Athletic Representative. He has also recently had two papers published:
Mensinger, A. F. and M. K. Powers. 2007. “Visual function in regenerating teleost retina following surgical lesioning.” Visual Neuroscience 24:299-307
Callahan, M.P. and A. F. Mensinger, 2007. “Restoration of visual function following optic nerve regeneration in bluegill (/Lepomis machrochirus/) X pumpkinseed (/Lepomis gibbosus/) hybrid sunfish.” Visual Neuroscience 24:309-317.
Principal investigator John Pastor, professor, and co-investigator Tali Lee, assistant professor, both of the Department of Biology, have been awarded a four-year National Science Foundation Grant for $547,000 to study “Wild rice population oscillations, allocation patterns and nutrient cycles.”
Michael Rother, assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, had published “Surfactant effects on thermocapillary interactions of deformable drops,” in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 316, 699-711 (2007).
Rother also has given two recent presentations:
Rother, M. A. Thermocapillary interactions of spherical drops covered with incompressible surfactant, American Physical Society - Division of Fluid Dynamics, Salt Lake City, UT. November 18 - 20, 2007.
Rother, M. A. Industrially supplied design projects at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, American Society for Engineering Education, North Midwest Section Conference, Houghton, MI, September 20 - 22, 2007.
Jiann-Shiou Yang, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has a paper titled “A Model-Free Approach to Special Events Traffic Signal Timing Control” to appear in the Journal of Control and Intelligent Systems.
He recently presented a paper (co-authored with ECE graduates Samuel Rud, Nicholas St. Jacque and Aaron Vant), at the 2007 International Conference on Machine Learning: Models, Technologies and Applications. The paper title is “Detection of Heart Murmurs Using the Support Vector Machine Classification Method.”
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Stratton, Swanoski, Bumgardner and a group of 25 Pharmacy students participated in the 26 Annual Mariner Mall Community Health Expo on February 2 in Superior, Wisconsin. The group screened over 85 patients and offered cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure tests at no charge. This was made possible through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HERSA) and funds received from TCF Bank, Walgreens, and pharmacy student fundraising.
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