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Jay Austin, assistant professor, Department of Physics and Large Lakes Observatory, was the guest interview on Minnesota Public Radio’s Podcast “JetStreaming” on February 13, 2008.

Sylwia Cichacz, Fulbright Junior Scholar from University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland, currently a research fellow with the Department Mathematics and Statistics, presented a seminar at Illinois State University. She presented results on graph labelings and decompositions which she obtained during her stay at UMD in collaboration with Dalibor Froncek.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk “What is the diameter of Graphs with constant neighborhood of two independent vertices?” at the International Graph Theory Workshop ZR60 in Pavlov, Czech Republic

Tom Johnson, professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Large Lakes Observatory, has been selected as a member of the National Research Council Committee on “Earth System Context for Hominin Evolution” and participated in a workshop on this topic sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences at the University of California Irvine, February 21-23, 2008.

Eil Kwon, director, Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratories offered a research workshop on “Freeway Flow Characteristics and Behavior” on Feb 15 for Mn/DOT freeway design and traffic management engineers.

Zhuangyi Liu, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave a colloquium talk at the Department of Mathematics, Rice University on February 18, 2008. He has also recently published four papers:
“Minimum Angular-Impulse Control for a Large Flexible Spacecraft,” (with E.M. Cliff, T. Herdman), Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol 30, No 1, 2007, pp. 87-99.

“Polynomial Stability of a Joint-Leg-Beam System with Local Damping,” (with J. Burns, E. Cliff and R. Spies), MCM 46 (2007), pp. 1236-1246.

“Frequency Domain Approach for the Polynomial Stability of Partially Damped Wave Equations,” (with B. Rao), Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, 335 (2007), pp. 860-881.

“On coupled transversal and axial motions of two beams with a joint,” (with J.A. Burns, E.M. Cliff and R.D. Spies), Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, 339 (2008), pp. 182-196.

Elizabeth Minor, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Large Lakes Observatory, B. J. Dalzell and K. Mopper, 2007. “Evaluating the photoalteration of estuarine dissolved organic matter using direct temperature-resolved mass spectrometry and UV-visible spectroscopy,” Aquatic Sciences (DOI 10.1007/s00027-007-0897-y).
Minor also published, along with Dittmar, T., K. Whitehead, and B.P. Koch, 2007. “Tracing terrigenous dissolved organic matter and its photochemical decay in the ocean using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry,” Marine Chemistry, 107, 378-387.

Jeanne Doty, interim dept head, Department of Music and Diane Skomars, director of development, University Relations are serving as the co-chairs of FinnFest 2008 to be held in Duluth from July 23-27. They welcome volunteers for the event (www.finnfest2008.com) which includes music, art, food, a Finnish market, lectures and activities.

Hua Tang, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, presented with T. Kwon, Y. Zheng, H. Chang, “Design CMOS Processors for Vehicle Tracking”, Proc. of 50th IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS07), Montreal, Canada, Aug 5-8th, 2007.
Tang also published, along with M. Webb, “Optimal Synthesis of Delta-Sigma Modulator Topologies Considering SNR Variation”, Proc. of 50th IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS07), Montreal, Canada, Aug 5-8, 2007.

Joe Werne, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Large Lakes Observatory, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry program in the Earth Sciences Division of the Geosciences Directorate.
The project, “Validation of the MBT paleotemperature proxy in lakes,” for $199,360 runs through January, 2011.

NRRI NEWS

See the next issue of Currents.

MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS

Steve Bortone, director: and G.J. Holt, and D. Engle had the paper, “Perspectives on tarpon, based on the historical recreational fishery in the Gulf of Mexico,” published in the Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 59: 31-36.
Bortone gave the seminar, “An Approach to Establishing Aquatic Organisms as in situ Environmental Bioindicators of Natural Hazards,” at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich., during January and for the University of Minnesota Water Resources Science program in St. Paul during February.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave the presenation, “You Can Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers,” at a meeting of the Pelican Lakes Community Exotic Species Task Force, Pelican Lakes Conservation Club, at Breezy Point, Minn., in January.
Jensen also gave the presentation, “Update on the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Campaign: Products and Plans for 2008,” at a meeting of the St. Croix River Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force in St. Paul during January.
Jensen also gave the presentation, “Update on the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Campaign: Products and Plans for 2008,” at a meeting of the St. Croix River Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force in St. Paul during January.
Jensen gave the presentation, “How the Big Sandy Lake Association Can Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers,” during a Big Sandy Lake Association Board meeting, held in McGregor, Minn., in February.

Barb Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, was part of a regional team that received the national 2008 Outstanding Extension Program Award from Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), for their work in assessing E. coli test kit reliability and training volunteers to monitor bacteria in streams and lakes. The award was presented during the CSREES water quality conference held in Sparks, Nev., during February. Liukkonen and the team also presented the workshop, “Volunteer E. coli Bacteria Monitoring,” at the meeting.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities extension educator, gave the workshop, “Land Use and Water Quality: a Realtor’s Guide,” to the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors in Brainerd in January.

UM MEDICAL SCHOOL-DULUTH NEWS

See the next isuue of Currents.

PHARMACY NEWS

Debbie Sisson, assistant professor and associate director, experiential education, has won the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) highest honor--the Hallie Bruce Memorial Lecture Award. This award is given annually to an individual of high moral character, good citizenship, and high professional ideals who has made significant contribution to the profession of pharmacy in Minnesota. These contributions may have been in the form of sustained exemplary service in pharmacy, or a combination of accomplishments advancing the profession of pharmacy and, through it, humanity and public health. The award will be presented to Ms. Sisson at the annual meeting of MSHP in April.

Michael Swanoski, assistant professor, passed the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) exam in February. CGPs, as defined by the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge, education, experience, and skills beyond the requirements for licensure in pharmacotherapy for seniors.

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