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Alison Aune, associate professor, Art and Design, with art ed majors Natalie Patrick and Debra Lindholm will present a lecture “The Turkish Tulip and Arabesque: A University and Community Collaboration” at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana (March 25-29, 2008). The SFA Turkish American Alliance art education project was inspired by traditional Turkish decorative art and was the foundation for a semester of course work in Aune’s elementary art education methods courses (spring 2007). The project can be viewed on the website created by assistant professor, Art and Design, Joellyn Rock at http://www.d.umn.edu/art/tulip.

Steve Bardolph, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, has had two panoramic photographs, “Lighthouse Honeycomb” and “Orange Hawkweed,” selected as Best of Show in the Calvin College Alumni Photography Competition, which was on exhibit February 8 through March 8, 2008 at the Center Art Gallery on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The juror was Jennifer Steensma Hoag. For more information visit: http://www.calvin.edu/centerartgallery/2007_2008/alumniphotography08.htm

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Art and Design, has work in the 2008 Society for Photographic Education Exhibition, co-sponsored by The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado. Timothy Anderson, editor of Camera Arts magazine, selected her work. The exhibition begins on March 10, 2008.

Jennifer Imsande, assistant director, Center for Advocacy and Political Leadership, had an opinion editorial, “Whose Turn Is It?” about the Democratic nomination, published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Saturday, March 1.

Mark Mizuko, professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder, gave a talk on Child Language Development at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center on February 1, 2008. As part of his visiting professorship with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, he has been directing child language development research with a graduate student and several developmental physicians at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.

Mariana Waisman, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, received a Silver Addy award at the “32nd American Advertising Awards 2007 Lake Superior Advertising Federation” on February 23 for the design of the website of “Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate”.


Subhash Basak and collaborators published the following papers in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Methods in Science and Engineering (ICCMSE) entitled “Computation in Modern Science and Engineering” edited by Theodore E. Simos and Maroulis and published by the American Institute of Physics, 2007:

“Quantitative Comparison of Five Molecular Structure Spaces in Selecting Analogs of Chemicals,” by Basak, Brian Gute and Gregory Grunwald, 544-547.

“Proper Statistical Modeling and Validation in QSAR: A Case Study in the Prediction of Rat Fat-Air Partitioning,” by Basak, Denise Mills, Douglas Hawkins (School of Statistics, UM-TC), and Jessica Kraker (UW-Eau Claire) 548-551.

“Information-Theoretic Biodescriptors for Proteomics Maps: Applications to Rodent Hepatotoxicity,” by Basak, Gute, Kevin T. Geiss (Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH ) and Frank A. Witzmann (Purdue University), 10-13.

“Similarity and Dissimilarity of DNA/RNA Sequences,” by D. Bielinska-Waz (Instytut Fizyki, Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika, Torun, Poland) , P. Waz (Centrum Astronomii, Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika, Torun, Poland ), W. Nowak (Instytut Fizyki, Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika, Poland), Ashesh Nandy (School of Environmental Science, Jadavpur University, and Kolkata, India) and Basak, 28-30.

John Morrice (U.S. EPA, Duluth), Nick Danz, Ron Regal (UMD), John Kelly (U.S. EPA, Duluth), Gerald Neimi, Euan Reavie, Tom Hollenhorst, Rich Axler, and Anett Trebitz, Anne Cotter, Greg Peterson (all three of the U.S. EPA, Duluth) published “Human Influences on Water Quality in Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands,” in Environmental Management, 2008, 41: 347-357.


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Doctors on Call finished its 26th season on February 21 in Duluth. Produced by the medical school in conjunction with Duluth’s PBS station, WDSE-TV, the call-in show aired for 18 weeks and this year, a unique program was added. Doctors on Call and another popular PBS call-in program, Lawyers on the Line, teamed up for the live special, “End-of-Life Planning and Decisions.” A panel of area physicians and attorneys tackled viewer questions and helped give insight to this important and often difficult subject.
Medical school faculty, Drs. Ray Christensen, Alan Johns, Jeff Adams, and Ruth Westra, participate as hosts or panelists.Linda Liskiewicz from the Duluth campus produces the show in conjunction with WDSE.

Clay Carter, Ph.D. adjunct assistant professor in the Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and assistant professor of biology, received $400,934 as co-PI for an MRI at UMD from the Major Research Instrumentation program, National Science Foundation (“MRI: Acquisition of a variable-pressure scanning electron microscope for interdisciplinary teaching and research at the University of Minnesota-Duluth” Goodge, J. (PI), Carter, C. (Co-PI), Miller, J. (Co-PI), Rutkowski, G. (Co-PI), Yu, X. (Co-PI)). The MRI will be installed in April 2008 in Life Science 93.

Lester R. Drewes, Ph.D. professor and department head of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and President of the International Brain Barriers Society (IBBS) was recently published in the January 2008 Lancet Neurology, vol. 7 (2008), titled, “Strategies to advance translational research into brain barriers.” He was also an invited presenter at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Symposium on Drug Delivery to the Brain in San Diego, CA, last November.

Anika Hartz, Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology research associate, received a FEBS-ABC2008 North America Travel Grant, to attend and to present “Estradiol Regulation of BCRP at the Blood-Brain Barrier” at the ABC2008 meeting: ATP-Binding Cassette (ABC) Proteins: From Multidrug Resistance to Genetic Diseases in Innsbruck, Austria, from March 1-8.

Lorentz Wittmers, Jr., Ph.D., M.D., has been named the permanent head of the Duluth Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. Wittmers is known internationally for his research on hypothermia. An associate professor, he holds the Edwin Eddy Endowed Professorship, he is director of graduate studies in Physiology and is a Graduate School Advisor Ph.D. level.


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