James Allert, assistant professor,
Department of Computer Science, authored an introductory textbook in computer
science, Programming with Visual C++: Concepts and Projects,
published February 2008 by Course Technology/Cengage Learning, 735 p.
Jay Austin, assistant professor, Department of Physics
and Large Lakes Observatory, was lead author on one and co-author on three
other presentations at the winter meeting of the American Society of Limnology
and Oceanography, in March 2008. Austin also gave a dinner
talk to the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association for Justice in
February, gave an invited panel talk to the annual meeting of the Great
Lakes Research Consortium in Syracuse, NY in March, and gave an invited
talk at a workshop entitled “Adapting to Climate Change? Challenges
and Opportunities” in Thunder Bay, Ontario in March.
Work by Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Art and Design,
has been accepted for the Online Digital Art Gallery D-ART 2008 for the
12th International Conference Information Visualisation iV 08, South Bank
University London, England July 8-11, 2008 and the 5th International Conference
“Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization” CGIV 08 Universiti
Sains Malaysia (USM) Penang, Malaysia, 25-28 August, 2008. The gallery
will be uploaded on the server in London to accompany the events and will
remain until the next year’s conferences. The committee selecting
her work included: Anna Ursyn, UNC, CO; Andrea Polli, Hunter College,
NYC; Marla Schwappe, RIT, NY; Ying Tan, University of Oregon; Dena Elisabeth
Eber, Bowling Green State University, OH; and LiQin Tan, Rutgers University.
Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics
and Statistics, developed a method for scheduling police officer shifts
for Superior Police Department.
Vicki Hansen, professor, Department of Geological Sciences,
was the featured scientist for Minnesota Sea Grant’s “Ask
A Scientist” Program in March. The title of the evening inquiry
was “Did a Comet Crack the Earth?” and presentations were
made on March 4 at the Blue Water Café in Grand Marais, and on
March 5 at the Amazing Grace Café in Duluth.
Hansen and geological sciences graduate students Emily
Bjonnes and Bhairavi Shankar presented two talks and two posters at the
39th International Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston in
March 2008. Hansen also served as a session chair at
the conference. The presentations and accompanied published abstracts
are as follows:
Hansen V.L., *Tharalson E.R., *McDaniel K.M., *Cole K.L.,
and *Goodge B.H., authored “2008, The Coronae Conundrum: Results
from Detailed Geologic Mapping of Agnesi Quadrangle”, at Venus:
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XXIX.
Hansen presented the poster. NOTE:
Erik Tharalson is past UMD undergraduate; Kelly McDaniel is past UMD graduate
student; Keri Cole is current UMD undergraduate student and Berit Goodge
is a student at Ordean Middle School.
Hansen, V.L. and López, I., authored “2008,
Venus: No Catastrophic Resurfacing, No Plate Tectonics, But a Rich Ancient
History? Results from Global Ribbon Tessera Terrain Mapping.” Hansen
presented the talk.
Bjonnes, E.E., Hansen V.L. and John Swenson, associate
professor, Department of Geological Sciences, authored “2008, Results
of Equilibrium Resurfacing Monte Carlo Models on Venus”. Bjonnes
presented the talk.
Shankar B. and Hansen V.L., “2008, Preliminary
Global Survey of Circular Lows, A Subset of Venusian.” Shankar presented
The second UMD NATSRL research workshop on traffic system management was
held at the Mn/DOT Metro District conference room on Friday, March 14.
A total of 13 Mn/DOT engineers in the area of traffic operations and freeway
design attended this workshop, where Eil Kwon, NATSRL
director, presented and facilitated the discussions on the theory for
traffic flow analysis. This workshop is a part of the NATSRL outreach
activities. The first NATSRL workshop on traffic system management was
held on February 15 at the Mn/DOT metro district.
Jim Miller, assistant professor, Department of Geological
Sciences, participated in the COSEE-Great Lakes (Centers for Ocean Science
Education Excellence) on-line workshop “The Great Lakes Rock!”
which ran from January 27 - February 8. He gave a 40-minute on-line lecture
on general geologic processes and replied to over 40 on-line questions
from K-12 science teachers.
Miller also gave presentations on the Precambrian field
camp being offered at UMD and on the Precambrian geology of the Lake Superior
region to students and faculty at two different locales: the Department
of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Tulane University, New Orleans,
LA on February 21-22 and at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on
Miller also gave a Department of Geological Sciences
seminar on Feb. 28 entitled: “The Inaugural Season of the Precambrian
Field Camp - Successes, Challenges, and Successes.”
Ted Pedersen, associate professor, Department of Computer
Science, and Anagha Kulkarni (MS 2006, Department of Computer Science)
recently published an article in the Journal of Intelligent Systems (vol.
17, 2008) entitled “Name Discrimination and E-mail Clustering Using
Unsupervised Clustering of Similar Concepts.” Pedersen
is also a co-advisor to Ph.D. student Bridget Thomson-McInnes, who has
been accepted into the Research Participation Program at the National
Library of Medicine (NLM), which is part of the National Institute of
Health (NIH). Bridget will be spending March through September at NLM
in Bethesda, MD. She has a BS and MS in Computer Science from UMD and
is currently a PhD student in the Twin Cities, where she is also advised
by John Carlis (UMTC).
Undergraduate student Ryan Bowlds, who works on the driver sleepiness
detection project with Xun Yu, assistant professor, Department
of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, just won the ITS MN Undergraduate
Student Award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of Minnesota.
This competition was open to all undergraduate students in Minnesota,
North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.
Subhash Basak and collaborators
gave the following presentations on their research on computational toxicology
at the Joint Midwest Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
and Northland Society of Toxicology meeting, March 31 to April 2.
1) “Use of Chemodescriptors and Proteomics-based Biodescriptors
in Predicting Toxicity of Chemicals,” authored jointly by Basak,
D. M. Hawkins (School of Statistics, U of MN TC campus), J.J. Kraker (University
of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), K.T. Geiss (Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton,
OH) and, F.A.Witzmann (Indiana University and Purdue University).
2) “Prediction of Biological Partition Coefficients: Calculated
Molecular Descriptors vs. Experimentally Determined Properties,”
authored jointly by Denise Mills, Basak,
Brian Gute, Moiz M. Mumtaz (Agency for Toxic Substances
and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta,
3) “QSAR Approach to Modeling Membrane Permeability,” authored
by Gute, Jim Riviere (College of Veterinary Medicine,
North Carolina State University), Ronald E. Baynes ( College of Veterinary
Medicine, North Carolina State University), and Basak.
Julie Oreskovich co-presented with Dale Cartwright of
DNR Lands and Minerals: “Mapping Underground Mine Workings on the
Mesabi Iron Range, Minnesota,” at the seventh Biennial Meeting of
the Interstate Technical Group on Abandoned Underground Mines (ITGAUM)
in Kansas City, Mar. 25-27. ITGAUM formed as a result of the I-70 interstate
collapse in Ohio in 1995. Members are state Departments of Transportation
and state agencies that oversee abandoned underground mines.
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