Tuesday, June 24, 2008 * Volume 25, Number 16

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Professors Eve Browning and Sean Walsh, Department of Philosophy presented papers at the 16th Annual Minnesota Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Conference at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in May 10. Browning’s paper was entitled “Aristotle on Moral Depravity,” and Walsh’s was entitled “How to be Happy After your Death: Aristotle on Eudaimonia.”

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a lecture “Graph theory and sports scheduling” at University of Loughborough, England.

Joe Gallian, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave a talk to the 12 winners (out of 400,000 high school students) of the United States Mathematical Olympiad on June 9 at Washington D.C.

John Hiller, professor, Department of Physics, was selected as a director on the inaugural Board of ILCAC, Inc., the incorporation of the International Light-Cone Advisory Committee, which organizes conferences on research in particle physics done with relativistic light-cone coordinates. The corporation will now also solicit and provide funds for such research, in affiliation with the Southeastern Universities Research Association. Hiller was also named Interim Treasurer of the corporation.

Robert Sand, professor, Department of Information and Technology, on June 7, summited Mt. Whitney in the Sierra Nevada’s outside of Lone Pine, Calif. Mt. Whitney is the highest mountain in the contiguous United States at an altitude of 14,496 feet. Sand hiked 34 miles with a total altitude gain of 6,096 feet. Sand who previously has summited Mt. Rainier and smaller mountains in the Canadian Rockies.

Eun-Kyung Suh, assistant professor, Department of Art + Design, has sculpture pieces, "Between" and "Purple on Thursday" selected for "Think Tank", an exhibition exploring all things political to be held at the Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray KY, September 19 - November 4. It includes 46 pieces from nearly 900 submissions.
Eun-Kyung Suh's jewelry was invited for the First Iowa Metals Guild Exhibition, 'Metals Iowa: Making Connections' in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is an exhibition of work by the recently formed Iowa Metals Guild and the exhibition will be at the Russian State Pedagogical Universy (RSPU), College of Art in St. Petersburg from May 13 May 22. The show is both juried and invitational and the work will be juried by Dr. Sean O'Harrow, the Executive Director of the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa and Harlan Butt, Regents Professor of Art, University of North Texas, Dentaon, Texas.

Julie Westlund, director of career services, was quoted on page A24 of the May 16th issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article provided clarification of the role that career services professionals play, working with students and employers in tough economic times.


Joakim Mattsson and Gerald Niemi recently published “Causes and consequences of distribution patterns in a migratory songbird across its geographic range” in Canadian Journal of Zoology, V. 86, 314-328 (2008).

Subhash Basak and Brian Gute published the invited review article entitled “Mathematical biodescriptors of proteomics maps: Background and applications” in the international journal Current Opinions in Drug Discovery and Development, 2008, 11(3) pp. 320-326.


Anika Hartz, research associate, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, co-authored “Seizure-induced upregulation of P-glycoprotein at the blood-brain barrier through glutamate and COX-2 signaling” (Bauer B., Hartz A.M.S., Pekcec A., Toellner K., Miller D.S. and Potschka H.) in the June 2008 Molecular Pharmacology 73(5). This paper has received a lot of attention. The article was chosen by Molecular Pharmacology for a perspective article and two radio stations, Voice of America and WCCO, and the magazine, Drug Discovery News, did interviews about the paper.

Josh Pyatskowit, graduate student, and Joseph Prohaska, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, recently published “Multiple mechanisms account for lower plasma iron in young copper deficient rats” in the journal Biometals (vol. 21, 343-352).


Steve Bortone, director, gave the presentation, “Recent Trends in Great Lakes Research: Information for Those Who Suffer From Lake Envy!” during the International Association for Great Lakes Research conference, at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, during May. Sharon Moen, editor, was a co-author.

Valerie Brady, research coordinator; Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities educator; and Gerald Sjerven with NRRI, gave the presentation, “A Choice of Futures for Local Communities,” at the State of the Coast conference in Duluth during May.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave the presentation, “Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species: Threats and Opportunities,” at a meeting of the United Northern Sportsman in Duluth, during May.
Jensen was co-author on, “Reflections on Outreach in Uncharted Waters: How the Discovery of Zebra Mussels in the Great Lakes has Changed Public Outreach and Involvement in the Region,” a presentation given by Carol Swinehart, Michigan Sea Grant, at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, during May.
Jensen also was elected as a member at-large of the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.

Barb Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, presented, “Social Dimensions of Private Well Testing,” at the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals national conference in Madison, WI, during May. She was also co-author of a poster with Nate Meyer and Wayne Seidel, “Impact of a Conservation Field Day: Lake County Case Study.” The poster received a first-place award.

Schomberg gave the presentation, “Promoting Responsible Development to Protect Water Quality,” for the Twin Ports Freshwater Folk meeting held during May in Duluth.

Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, was a panel member discussing, “The Secrets of Science Communication,” for the Ask a Scientist speaker series along with Debra Schoeder, College of St. Scholastica; Mike Simonson, KUWS Radio; and Joan Farnam, Cook County News Herald; in Grand Marais and Duluth during May.

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