Tuesday, September 2, 2008 * Volume 26, Number 1

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Douglas Dunham, professor, Department of Computer Science, presented papers at two conferences this summer. The first paper was “A 'Circle Limit III’ Backbone Arc Formula,” presented on “Escher Day” (July 28) at the 11th annual Bridges Conference in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. A copy of the paper is at: http://www.d.umn.edu/~ddunham/dunbr08tlk.pdf. He also had two art works, “Fish Pattern 3-4 with Triangle” and “Fish Pattern 3-5 with Triangle,” displayed at the associated art exhibit, which can be seen at http://www.bridgesmathart.org/art-exhibits/bridges2008/dunham.html
The second paper, “Use of Models of Hyperbolic Geometry in the Creation of Hyperbolic Patterns,” was presented at the 13th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics, Aug. 4 - 8, in Dresden Germany. A copy of the paper is at: http://www.d.umn.edu/~ddunham/icgg08tlk.pdf.

Lisa Fitzpatrick, Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab (Viz Lab), received a grant from the Finlandia Foundation to produce an animated interactive children’s story in Finnish and English, “Auntie Sal and the Bear” on CD. She presented the digital story at FinnFest 2008, and has been doing presentations on Finland and Finnish culture for children in area schools with Alison Aune, associate professor, Department of Art & Design.

Jason Ford, Department of Philosophy, had a paper, “Attention and the New Skeptics” published in the Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 15, No. 3: pp. 59-86, 2008.
He has been accepted as an affiliate member of the Center for Cognitive Sciences at the U of M Twin Cities. He is the first affiliate member who was not based at the Twin Cities campus. Their website is: http://www.cogsci.umn.edu/index.htm.

Scott M. Freundschuh, Department of Geography, has accepted a one-year appointment (renewable for a second year) with the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC. While at NSF, Freundschuh will serve as a program director for Geography and Regional Science. He will be part of a three-member team promoting research funding, and providing input on directions for national research in geography and regional sciences.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, had a busy summer. He presented a lecture “Graph theory and sports scheduling” at University of Loughborough, England; he presented a talk “Decompositions of complete bipartite graphs into (0,/j/)-prisms” (a joint work with Fulbright Junior scholar Sylwia Cihacz) at The 43rd Czech-Slovak Conference on Combinatorics and Graph Theory, Zadov, Czech Republic; and he presented a talk “Decompositions of complete graphs and complete bipartite graphs/ /into (0,/j/)-prisms” (a joint work with Fulbright Junior scholar Sylwia Cihacz) at an international conference Combinatorics 2008, in Costermano, Italy.

John Green, professor emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, and David Schimpf, associate professor, Department of Biology, served as guides for a June 25 Duluth-area field trip that was part of Evolution 2008. This international meeting of three professional scientific societies was held on the U of M-Twin Cities campus. The field trip focused on geological and biological natural history near the western tip of Lake Superior.

Linda Grover, assistant professor, Department of American Indian Studies, Cheryl Reitan, publications director, and Candice Richards, Facilities Management, have work in a forthcoming publication, Trail Guide: A Northland Experience in Poetry and Prints, featuring images and poetry from the artists of the Lake Superior Writers and Northern Printmakers Alliance. They each read work at the opening reception on Aug. 28.

John Hiller, professor, Department of Physics, was selected as a director on the inaugural board of ILCAC, Inc., 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.

Jim Klueg, professor and interim department head, Department of Art & Design, has his vessel, “Famous Men,” included in Surface Design for Ceramics by Maureen Mills, recently published by Lark Books. Two ceramic cups were featured in a July invitational cup show at Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, N.M., curated by Avra Leodis. Klueg also has two vessels in Texting: Print and Clay, Sept. 11 - Oct. 24, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Mich., curated by Tara Robinson.

David McCarthy, professor, Department of Education recently presented two pre-conference workshops for the National Association of Teacher Educator’s National Meeting recently in Washington DC, “What’s New in Educational Technology” and “Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 ­— A to Z.” Further he presented three workshops during the conference entitled: Technology Addiction/Computer Addiction, Social Bookmarking, and Interactive Whiteboard — A Milestone in Classroom Teaching and Learning. Finally, David serves as the official photographer for the national organization, serves on the ATE National Commission on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education, and serves as ATE’s development specialist in technology.

Jim Miller, associate professor, Department of Geological Sciences, was an awarded an EDMAP grant from the US Geological Survey for $14,000. This funding will go towards supporting Dan Costello’s MS thesis research.

John Pastor, professor, Department of Biology, recently published Mathematical Ecology of Populations and Ecosystems, an introductory textbook on mathematical ecology for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The text, published by Wiley-Blackwell, shows how to bridge the sub-disciplines of population ecology and ecosystem ecology by using the mathematical theory of dynamical systems.

Ramanathan Natarajan, Subhash C. Basak, Denise Mills, Jessica Kraker (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire), and Douglas Hawkins (School of Statistics, U of M TC campus) published “Quantitative structure-activity modeling of mosquito repellents using calculated descriptors” in Croatica Chemica Acta, v. 81, pp. 333-340, 2008.

Subhash Basak, served as co-chair of a joint meeting of the Eighth International Conference on Mathematical Chemistry and the Fifth Indo-U.S. Workshop on Mathematical Chemistry, held at UMD, June 22-27. Basak and collaborators gave the following presentations at the conference:
1) “Chemo-bioinformatics: An integration of molecular structure and ‘omics’ based approaches for predicting bioactivity,” Basak. 2) “Tailoring molecular similarity methods to optimize activity estimation,” Brian Gute coauthored with Basak and Hawkins. 3) “Prediction of biological partition coefficients: Calculated molecular descriptors vs experimentally determined properties” a poster presentation by Denise Mills coauthored with Basak, Gute, and Moiz M. Mumtaz (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta, GA).
4) “Numerical characterization studies of mutations among neuraminidase gene sequences of the H5N1 avian flu strains from 1997 to 2007,” a poster presentation by Gute presented the poster coauthored with Ashesh Nandy (Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India), Ambanil Ghosh (Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India), and Basak.


Basak, Mills, and Douglas M. Hawkins (U of M-Twin Cities) published the paper “Predicting allergen contact dermatitis: a hierarchical structure-activity relationship (SAR) approach to chemical classification using topological and quantum chemical descriptors,” in the Journal of Computer Aided Molecular Design, volume 22, pp. 339-343 (2008).

Subhash Basak delivered an invited keynote lecture on “Pattern recognition of chemical and biological systems by information theoretic invariants” at the Information Theory and Statistical Learning workshop of WORLDCOMP ‘08 - World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing, held in Las Vegas, July 13-17.


Steve Bortone, director, was appointed to the international editorial board of Biologia Marina Mediterranea (Journal of the Italian Society of Marine Biology).

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave the joint presentation, “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers Threats Campaign: Invasive Species Outreach to Hunters and Anglers,” with Doug Grann, CEO of Wildlife Forever at the joint meeting of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin Panels on Aquatic Nuisance Species, during June in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Barb Liukkonen, water resources educator, presented water quality activities at the White Earth Reservation Academy of Math and Science during July. The math and science program helps boost the achievement of 5-8 graders from reservation schools.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities educator, participated on a climate change panel discussing key challenges and examples of solutions at the NOAA workshop, “Strengthening Capacity to Address the Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Communities and Ecosystems,” at the American Geophysical Union in Washington, DC, in June.


Mustafa al’Absi, a professor of behavioral medicine and director of the Duluth Medical Research Institute has been named chair of a newly established Max E. and Mary LaDue Pickworth Endowed Research Chair. Al’Absi is internationally known for his research on the links between stress, pain, and addiction.

Patrick Ward, M.D., FASCP, is one of eight members of the American Society for Clinical Pathology who will receive a Master Award at the ASCP Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md., in Oct.. Ward has taught the sophomore general pathology and systems pathology course at UMD for many years and has received numerous teacher awards from medical students. He was honored in 2002 with the H.P. Smith Award for Distinguished Pathology Educator.

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