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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 published: “A century of temperature variability in Lake Superior.” Limnol. Oceanogr. 53: 2724-2730, 2008.

Christopher Carroll, associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2008 “Outstanding Educator” award from the North Midwest Section of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). This award identifies an educator in the section (including MN, IA, WI, ND, SD, and upper MI) who is recognized by colleagues as having contributed significantly to the educational mission addressed by ASEE. He will receive the award at the regional ASEE conference at the University of Wisconsin Platteville in October.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, is serving as a reviewer-panelist for the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Institutional Support program.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was appointed member of the Joint Advisory Board for the Ph.D. programs in mathematics at University of Western Bohemia and J.E. Purkyne University, Czech Republic.

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

Georgia Keeney, associate professor of health education, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, was invited by the Board of Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Arts and Science at Lulea University of Technology, Sweden, to serve as opponent in a doctoral degree examination held in May. The candidate, Catrine Kosterius, Ph.D. student in nursing/health science, defended her research entitled “Giving Voice and Space to Children in Health Promotion.” While in Lulea, Keeney worked with the department of nursing/health sciences in advancing health education and health promotion professional preparation programs and delivered a lecture explaining how to apply Universal Learning Design principles to health education.

Zhuangyi Liu, professor, Department of Mathematics, attended a conference on Control Theory and Partial Differential Equations at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, in Sept. He presented an invited talk on “Exponential Stability of Porous-Elastic System with Thermal Damping.”

James Miller, associate professor, Department of Geological Sciences, directed and participated in the 12th Annual Minnesota Mineral Education Workshop at the Vermilion Community College in Ely. The 3-day workshop, held in Aug., was attended by over 60 K-12 earth science teachers from throughout the state. Miller also gave a public lecture on Aug. 25 at Vermilion Community College on the topic of “The geology and mineral resources of the Duluth Complex in Northeastern Minnesota."

Two works by Robert Repinski, associate professor, Department of Art, have been selected for inclusion in “Monoprint/Monotype” which will be on view at the Gray Art Galleries of Quincy University in Quincy Illinois during November and December. The exhibition is drawn from submissions to the Mid America Print Council, a professional organization with members from across North America. This exhibition was juried by Robert Lee Mejer, distinguished professor of art at Quincy University.

PHARMACY NEWS

Debbie Sisson, assistant professor and associate director experiential education, has been appointed the 2008-09 Chair of the Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Pharmacy Practice Experiences for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Section on Inpatient Care Practitioners.

Katie Ross, student personnel coordinator, received a 2008 College of Pharmacy Meritorious Service Award for extraordinary service to the college. The award was presented to her at a College of Pharmacy staff appreciation day at the Cloquet Forestry Center on Sept. 19.

Haim Einat, associate professor, was awarded a 2-year, $100,000 NARSAD Independent Investigator Award for the project, “Distinguishing drug effects on specific domains of bipolar disorder: A novel battery of tests for facets of mania.”

Sylvia Notenboom, post doctoral associate, was invited to speak at the 11th International Symposium on Signal Transduction in the Blood-Brain Barriers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on Sept. 18-20, 2008. She presented the abstract by Notenboom S, Hartz AMS, Bauer B titled “PLA2 Is Critical For P-glycoprotein Upregulation in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy.

Anika Hartz Notenboom (Medical School Duluth) and Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, were invited speakers at the 5th Annual North American ABC Genetic Workshop at NCI/NIH in Frederick, Maryland, on Sept. 24-26, 2008. Notenboom presented “PLA2 Is Critical For P-glycoprotein Upregulation in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy;” Hartz presented “It’s the Environment: Diesel Exhaust Particles Induce P-glycoprotein at the Blood-Brain Barrier Through Oxidative Stress and Proinflammatory Signaling;” Bauer presented “P-glycoprotein and the ‘Sacred Disease’ – Unraveling Drug Resistance in Epilepsy.” Bauer also chaired a session on the transporter P-glycoprotein.

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