Tuesday, October 14, 2008 * Volume 26, Number 4
Jay Austin, assistant professor,
Department of Physics and Large Lakes Observatory (LLO), was awarded a
National Science Foundation grant entitled: Collaborative Research: The
role of Ice in the response of Large Lakes to a Changing Climate with
co-PIs Katsumi Matsumoto (UMTC) and Erik Brown, professor,
Department of Geological Sciences and LLO. The grant is for $1.1M over
the next three years and will include funds to UMD, funds to UMTC, and
Pam Griffin, coordinator, Disability Resources, is a co-author of Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice published by the Harvard Education Press and edited by Sheryl Burgstahler and Rebecca Cory from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Robert Hecky, professor, Department of Biology and LLO, was recently elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The RSC is Canada’s most prestigious scholarly organization and is equivalent to the US National Academy of Sciences. He inducted in Ottawa, Canada on Nov. 15. The citation for the award reads: Robert Hecky is world-renowned for his work on African great lakes and northern reservoirs. For over thirty years, he has led international groups investigating the hydrology, chemistry, biology and paleoecology of these ecosystems, including the effects of land-use change, nutrient dynamics, alien species, human population growth, climate change and mercury pollution. His research has led to the development of an excellent research laboratory in Uganda, and to the understanding of how climate, land-use and air quality have affected the great lakes of east Africa. His comparative studies have also greatly increased our understanding of the environmental impacts of northern reservoirs.
Tom Johnson, professor, Department of Geological Sciences and LLO is serving on a National Academy of Sciences/ National Research Council Committee on the Earth System Context of Hominid Evolution. The committee will have its final meeting in mid October at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and will publish a report of their deliberations in early 2009 in response to a request from the National Science Foundation. Johnson is also presenting a paper entitled "The Response of the East African Tropics to the Younger Dryas" at the Global Monsoon Workshop sponsored by the International Geosphere Biosphere Program at Tongji University in Shanghai in late October. Johnson is also an invited participant to a workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in late November, entitled "Scientific Drilling for Human Origins: Exploring the Application of Drill Core Records to Understanding Hominin Evolution," where he is a co-leader of an international team that is planning a drilling campaign on the hominid sites of Lake Turkana, Kenya.
Jim Klueg, professor and interim
department head, Department of Art & Design has an image of his vase,
Décor, in the October issue of Ceramics Monthly.
Dan Martin, assistant professor,
Department of Sociology/Anthropology, presented the paper “The (Class)
Structure of Bad News: Police, Families, and News of the Dead,”
in the refereed session, Mediation of Media and Finance Within Contemporary
Capitalism, at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association
in Boston in August.
Amy Kireta gave a presentation
on “Diatoms in America’s Great Rivers: Periphyton Versus Phytoplankton
Indicators,” co-authored by E.D. Reavie and G.V. Sgro (John Carroll
University) at the International Diatom Symposium (IDS) in Dubrovnik Croatia,
held in Sept.
Steve Bortone, director, Minnesota
Sea Grant and professor, Department of Biology, was appointed to the Research
and Monitoring Advisory Committee of the St. Louis River/Estuary National
Estuarine Research Reserve.
Barbara Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, moderated a panel, “Regional, State, Tribal, and Local Policymakers and Managers” at the “Impact of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Ecosystem” meeting during July in Ann Arbor, MI.
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