Tuesday, September 16, 2008 * Volume 26, Number 2

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Jay Austin, assistant professor, Department of Physics and Large Lakes Observatory, and Steve Colman, professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Director, Large Lakes Observatory, have a paper “A century of temperature variability in Lake Superior,” published in Limnology and Oceanography, v. 53, #6.

Arthur Aufderheide, School of Medicine, was featured on a Primetime Discovery Channel Documentary “Secrets of the Dinosaur Mummy” which chronicled the work of Aufderheide and a research team on “Leonardo,” the world's most complete dinosaur fossil ever found.

The soundwork of Leif Brush, professor emeritus, Department of Art and Design, was presented during “Thermenblock III Experiment, Klang-und Strukturforschung” in March, at the week-long INMM1 sponsored by the Institut für Neue Musik und Muzikerziehung in Darmstadt, Germany.

Carlos Carranza-Torres, a new associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was the invited keynote speaker at the First South American Symposium on Excavations in Rock and the XII Congress of Columbian Geotechnical Engineering, held at the campus of Unviersidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Columbia, September 1-4, 2008. His lecture was “Integration of structural and geotechnical analysis in tunnel design.”

Clay Carter, assistant professor, Department of Biology, has received an NSF grant: Functional genomics of nectar production in Brassicaceae, Plant Genome Research Program, from the National Science Foundation for $1,336,289 from 9/1/2008 to 8/31/2012. Carter has also recently published: Kram BW, Bainbridge EA, Perera A, Carter C (2008) Identification, cloning and characterization of a GDSL lipase secreted into the nectar of Jacaranda mimosifolia in Plant Mol. Biol. 68:173-183.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was appointed Member of the Program Committee of International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science ICMCS 2009, which will be held in Chennai, India.

Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, served on a National Science Foundation grant review panel in August. Gallian also received a supplement to his current NSF grant.

Marshall Hampton, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been invited to give a three-week course on bioinformatics at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cape Town, South Africa.

John Hiller, professor, and Sofia Chabysheva, research fellow, both of the Department of Physics, attended the LC2008 workshop on Relativistic Nuclear and Particle Physics in July in Mulhouse, France, where they presented invited talks. Hiller spoke on “Supersymmetric theories at finite temperature” and Chabysheva on “Pauli-Villars regulated light-cone QED.” During the workshop, Hiller was re-elected to the Board of ILCAC, the corporation that coordinates the annual meetings, and was also appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth C. Minor and Josef P. Werne, both associate professors with joint appointments in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Large Lakes Observatory, have received a major NSF grant: “How Important is "Old" Carbon in Lake Superior? A Radiocarbon Investigation.” The award dates are 09/01/08 to 08/31/11 and the award amount to UMD is $477,428 with a linked collaborative award to S. Leigh McCallister at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

Eric Musselman, McKnight Visiting Scholar and instructor, Department of Civil Engineering, presented a paper “Design of Blast Resistant Long-Carbon Fiber Concrete Walls” and a poster “Effect of Long Carbon Fibers on Deflection of One-way Members” at the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering Conference, September 17-19 in Chicago, Ill.

Wiley/Blackwell Publishing has just published Mathematical Ecology of Populations and Ecosystems, a graduate textbook written by John Pastor, professor, Department of Biology.

This summer Ted Pedersen, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, developed a machine learning system that participated in the i2b2 Challenge in Natural Language Processing for Clinical Data. This was a shared-task on obesity, and required participating systems to automatically identify patients that suffer from obesity and any other co-morbidities they (definitely/likely) have based on hospital discharge summaries. The results of this challenge will be presented at a workshop in Washington, DC in November 2008.

Andrea Schokker, professor and head, Department of Civil Engineering, was appointed to a three-year term on the American Concrete Institute Board of Directors.

Paul J. Weber, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, presented a paper entitled, “Modeling of the Human Body Using a Generalized Stochastic Petri Net” at the IASTED Modeling and Simulation 2008 Conference. The conference was held in Quebec City, Canada in May. The work was completed by Buddhika R. Maitipe and mentored by Weber as an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) project in the spring of 2007. The paper presented the research work of generating a stochastic model of the human body in a similar manner as the analysis of a fault-tolerant electro-mechanical system. The research provided insight into the effectiveness of such modeling and its potential usefulness in objectifying the health assessment of a person and providing dependability metrics for synthetic organs.

Jiann-Shiou Yang, professor and department head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has a paper entitled “An Optimization-Based Approach to Special-Events Traffic Signal Timing Control,” recently published in the Journal of Control and Intelligent Systems (vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 137-143, 2008).

Sean Huls, Chris Shovein, Mike Brostrom and Jake Willis, all UMD Police Department officers, assisted with security during the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul and Minneapolis from Aug. 31 through Sept. 4. They joined over 3,500 police officers who assisted with the RNC event. UMDPD Officers assisted the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Division and The U.S. Secret Service at the Minneapolis Hilton where guests included: Sen. John McCain and family, Gov. Sarah Palin and family, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Joe Lieberman, high profile members of the national media, and others.

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MINNESOTA SEA GRANT NEWS

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave two presentations, “Address Aquatic Invasive Species Challenges Locally: Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! and “Habitattitude,” at the seminar, Aquatic Invasive Species: Protecting Our Lakes and Property Values, presented by the Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations and Becker County Master Gardeners at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes during August.

Sharon Moen, science writer, and Jensen provided an interactive activity at the “Girl Scouts North Shore Day Camp 2008” in Duluth during July. The theme of the camp was “Every Precious Drop.”

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities educator, and Mike Reichenbach, Extension forester, conducted the Flute Reed Erosion Control Workshop in Hovland during July. They demonstrated a variety of techniques for homeowners to prevent runoff and erosion around their property.

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